Iranian Authorities Designate Specific Areas where Protests may be Allowed

Saeed 19 June 2018

by Saeed

Since the turn of the year uprising during December and January, when thousands of Iranians marched in more than 140 cities and towns across the Islamic republic, antigovernment demonstrations have rocked Iran. The clerical establishment that forbids public dissent, and has a history of harsh crack-downs on unauthorized protests, is being challenged by its people.

UN Rights Experts Say Iran Must Annul Execution of Ramin Hossein Panahi

Editor 19 June 2018

 by Staff writer, SF

UN Special Rapporteurs belong to what is known as the Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council. The largest body of independent experts in the UN Human Rights system, Special Procedures is the general name of the Council’s independent fact-finding and monitoring mechanisms that address either specific country situations, or thematic issues in all parts of the world.

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Iranian asylum seeker dies in Australian camp

Atousa Pilger 18 June 2018

by Atousa Pilger
It has been reported that a young Iranian man has died on the offshore detention centre on the island of Nauru a few days ago. The site is a regional processing centre and is Australian run. Initial reports say that the 26-year-old Iranian asylum seeker died by suicide.

Protests Continue in Iran, as Minorities Rise for Freedom

Editor 15 June 2018

 by Staff writer, SF

The continuing protests in Iran highlight the oppression of the non-Persian ethnic minorities who are speaking out for freedom along with their fellow citizens of Persian ethnicity.

The regime’s shockingly racist policies toward the country’s ethnic minorities, who collectively comprise over half of the Iranian population, and include Kurds, Ahwazi Arabs, Balochis and Turkish Azeris, have been downplayed regionally and internationally.

Female Chess Star from India Boycotts Iran Championship Event over Mandatory Hijab

Editor 14 June 2018

by Staff writer, SF
The Asian Nations Chess Cup takes place from July 27th to August 4th in Hamadan, which is believed to be among the oldest of Iranian cities. In Iran, women are required to wear the Islamic headscarf in public places. This has been the law since the Islamic revolution of 1979. Iranian law forbids women from showing more than their face, hands, and feet in public, and they must wear only modest colors.

Iran: Execution continues After New Amendments to Anti-Narcotics Law

Armin Baldwin 03 June 2018

by Armin Baldwin
During the first six months of 2017, an estimated 203 people were executed, 112 were hanged for drug offenses. It is reported that at least 77 people have been executed between January 1st and May 20, 2018. Three of them were juvenile offenders. Four were hanged in public spaces. Sixty-two were charged with murder, seven were executed for Moharebeh (being an “enemy of God”), seven for rape, and 1 for drug offenses.

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