String of fires at Christian, Hindu, Jewish holy sites in Iran ‘deliberate’

The Saint Sarkis Cathedral next to a building bearing a drawing of the founder of the Islamic republic in Tehran on January 1, 2020. (AFP May 22, 2020 Fires at three sacred sites in Iran belonging to religious minorities are raising suspicion, with some experts suggesting they may have been set deliberately. Following [...]

By |May 22nd, 2020|Iran, Minorities|

Will Iran have the world’s oldest population in 30 years?

Iran's population over the age of 65 at the time of the last census in 2016 was just 5.21 percent. (Fars) May 22, 2020 On the occasion of National Population Day on May 19, Mohammad Ismail Akbari, adviser to the Minister of Health, warned that Iran had an ageing population. "Iran will be [...]

By |May 22nd, 2020|Iran|

Sacred Jewish site in Iran under constant threat of destruction

The tomb of Esther and Mordechai in Hamedan, Iran. (Twitter) By Behnam Gholipour May 22, 2020 The shrine of Esther and Mordechai in the biblical city of Ecbatana, or Hamedan in today’s Iran, was set on fire by person unknown on Thursday, May 15,: the anniversary of Israel's Declaration of Independence. As of now, there have [...]

By |May 22nd, 2020|Iran, Minorities|

Iran jails critical journalist for ‘spreading propaganda’

Image of “Symbolic Prison Cell” in Iran. (Flickr) May 22, 2020 Iranian journalist Nejat Bahrami has started serving a one-year prison sentence this week, in what the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) called another step by authorities to “muzzle" the press. Bahrami arrived at Tehran’s Evin Prison on May 18 to begin serving [...]

By |May 22nd, 2020|Iran|

Iran courts sentence ten people to a total of 100 years prison for supporting monarchy

Iranian judges Mohammad Moghiseh (L) and Abolghasem Salavati is the head of the 15th branch of the Islamic Revolutionary Court in Tehran. (MEHR) May 21, 2020 A court of appeals in Tehran has upheld the verdict against ten citizens of the Islamic Republic of Iran sentenced to more than 100 years in prison [...]

By |May 21st, 2020|Iran|

Baha’i community warns of increased persecution of followers in Iran

Diane Alai, Representative of the Baha’i International Community to the UN in Geneva, delivering a statement to the UN Human Rights Council on March 10, 2020. (Twitter) May 21, 2020 In a statement released on May 18 the Baha'i International Community (BIC) warned about the increased persecution of Baha'is in Iran despite the [...]

By |May 21st, 2020|Iran, Minorities|

Some 10,000 Iranian health workers infected with coronavirus

The Health Ministry said in April that over 100 health workers had died of COVID-19. (Twitter) May 21, 2020 Around 10,000 Iranian health workers have been infected with the new coronavirus, the semi-official ILNA news agency quoted a deputy health minister as saying on Thursday. Health services are stretched thin in Iran, the [...]

By |May 21st, 2020|Iran|

Iran appeals to people not to travel for Eid holiday to avoid COVID-19 spike

Taxi driver wearing protective mask against coronavirus in Kerman, Iran. (Tasnim) May 21, 2020 Iran’s top health official appealed to Iranians to avoid traveling during the Eid Al-Fitr religious holiday later this month to avoid the risk of a new surge of coronavirus infections, state TV reported on Thursday. Iranians often travel to [...]

By |May 21st, 2020|Iran|

Iran’s currency drops to near all-time lows against US dollar

An Iranian man walks past a currency exchange shop in northern Tehran. (Reuters) May 21, 2020 The depreciation of Iran’s currency against the U.S. dollar has continued in recent days, reaching near all-time lows as the country faces multiple economic challenges. Iran’s rial on Wednesday came close to 180,000 against one U.S. dollar, [...]

By |May 21st, 2020|Iran|

Amnesty urges probe into ‘ruthless’ Iran protest killings

Families of protesters killed in the city of Marivan attending the burial ceremony of 7 victims on November 20, 2019. (Supplied) May 21, 2020 Amnesty International urged the United Nations on Wednesday to launch an inquiry into the killing of protesters by Iranian security forces, six months after they erupted over petrol prices. [...]

By |May 21st, 2020|Iran|