Without a Definitive, Coordinated Response from the International Community, Iran’s Violence Abroad will not Cease

The July 13, 2021 revelation about the indictment by the United State Department of Justice of four Iranians involved in a kidnapping plot targeting Masih Alinejad and other unnamed activists in exile has shocked and dismayed the Iranian diaspora. The Islamic Republic of Iran’s history of politically motivated violence across the world is not new. Since 1979 Iranian agents have carried out attacks against hundreds of refugees, most often with impunity, hence their repetition. Iranian authorities respond to rising discontent and unrest with violence. Protests, which broke over water shortages in Khuzestan…

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Five civil and media activists arrested and summoned in Tehran and Ahvaz

Human rights sources from Iran have reported that in recent days, three media activists and civil activists critical of the Islamic Republic have been arrested in Tehran and Ahvaz, and two human rights activists have been summoned to khuzestan judicial authorities. According to Iran Human Rights Watch, on October 30, 2020, Mr. Reza Bavi and Fouad Sadeghi, two Ahwazi Arab bloggers and media activists, were arrested at Tehran International Airport (Imam). Kamal Hosseini, an Ahwazi Arab student activist, was also arrested by plainclothes security agents in front of Chamran University…

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UN: Iran Must Conduct Independent Inquiry into Violence against Protests in November 2019

The Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran must conduct an independent, impartial and transparent inquiry into the violent crackdown against protests in November 2019 and January 2020, and bring human rights violators to justice, a UN expert said today. Javaid Rehman, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran, said in his annual report delivered to the General Assembly that instead of holding those responsible to account, serious violations targeting protesters continued. “Despite clear evidence that Iranian security forces used excessive and lethal…

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Continued human rights abuses in Iran, crackdowns and arrests and killings of protesters

As human rights abuses continue in Iran, the detention of civil society, labour, student activists, and women activists and journalists continue in various Iranian cities. Thousands have been detained, hundreds killed, and dozens were missing during recent Iran protests since the third week of November 2019. Iranian regime officials have also cut off Internet networks across the country, preventing leaks of current news and events abroad. News sources report that many students, labour, media, and women’s activists have been abducted and detained in recent weeks. According to reports, on Monday,…

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Independent Human Rights Experts Sound Alarmed on Suppression in Iran

Following the protests that began on Friday, 15 November, against the 300 percent increase in gasoline prices across Iran; the Iranian government moved to repress forcefully the people and especially the youth. The United Nations posted an article on its website titled “Independent rights experts sound alarmed at Iran protest crackdown, internet blackout”. The article said in part: “Reports of killed and maimed demonstrators, and a continuing nationwide internet shutdown in Iran’s now week-long protests are of ‘grave concern’, and the Government and authorities must ensure rights of expression and…

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Uprising Against Iran’s Mullahs

Tens of thousands of people have been taking to the streets in Iran since last Friday demonstrating against the regime. The reason: While the Islamist regime funds terrorism throughout the Middle East, it oppresses its own people and exploits the people. The mullahs’ security forces and militias respond to the protests with brute force – and shut down the Internet to cover up the violence. In dozens of cities, demonstrators have been attacking government buildings, state-owned banks, state-owned firms, and the regime’s so-called seminaries, where they activate their reactionary ideology,…

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Iran’s Baha’i Problem

The Islamic Republic of Iran is facing a big problem. As a matter of fact, the problem is so big that the Iranian leadership and State media cannot stop talking about it. They are very very upset, suffering from high levels of stress and anxiety. This problem is so big that it has unified the otherwise divided hardliners and pragmatists who now speak with one voice in the name of all that is holy and sacred. If you guessed that the problem is the highest per capita rate of executions…

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Iran introduces 2,000 new morality police units in response to women’s hijab protests

Iran has introduced 2,000 new morality police units in reaction to what officials call an “increasing defiance” of the compulsory wearing of hijabs. The units, called “resistance groups for verbal and practical response to bad-hijabi women”, were launched recently in the northern province of Gilan as part of a pilot scheme. They are each made up of six women who have the power to arrest and detain those they deem to be flouting the country’s strict veiling laws. The move comes amid a growing backlash by women in the Islamic…

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Iran To Block Social Media In Case Of War With U.S.

Iran would block its citizens’ access to social media if war were to break out with the U.S., the head of the country’s Passive Defense Organization has said. In a speech on Sunday, May 26, brigadier-general Gholamreza Jalali of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps said, the U.S. “uses social media for media and psychological operations to influence Iranians’ minds.” He added that Washington has the opportunity to exercise soft power in exploiting both Iran’s lack of a defensive national intranet and its weakened economy, using “social media for placing its…

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Amnesty: Proposed Iranian Law Restricting Access to Lawyer Would Be Crushing Blow for Justice

A contemptible amendment to the Iran’s code of criminal procedure could effectively strip detainees who are facing punishments such as the death penalty, life imprisonment and amputation, of the right to access a lawyer while they are under investigation, Amnesty International announced on Thursday, May 16. An analysis of the bill published by the organization Thursday details how, if passed, the amended law would permit the prosecution to immediately deprive individuals arrested on “national security” and certain other serious criminal charges of access to a lawyer for 20 days, which…

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