New Protests In Southern Iran Over Water Shortages

People protest water shortage in Borazjan in southern Iran.

July 09, 2018 – Radio Farda – Thousands of residents of Borazjan, the center of Dashtestan County in Bushehr province, southern Iran, poured into the streets on Saturday, July 7, to protest “shortage” and “chaotic” distribution of water.

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Iran executes 8 over 2017 Islamic State attack on Tehran

A man hands a child to a security guard from Iran’s parliament building after an assault of several attackers, in Tehran, Iran, on June 7, 2017. Iran said Saturday, July 7, 2018, it executed eight people convicted in the 2017 Islamic State group attack on parliament and the shrine of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in Tehran.

By AMIR VAHDAT AND JON GAMBRELL | Associated Press | Published: July 7, 2018 TEHRAN, Iran — Iran executed eight men convicted over the 2017 Islamic State attack on parliament and the shrine of the Islamic Republic’s founding ayatollah, the bloodiest terror attack to strike Tehran in decades, authorities said Saturday.

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Women in Iran Are Dancing to Protest the Arrest of a Teenage Instagrammer

2018-07-08 – Time – By LAIGNEE BARRON – Iranian women are dancing in public and posting videos of themselves online to protest the arrest of a teenage Instagram star.

Maedeh Hojabri gained a large social media following for her dancing videos. To the tune of Western and Iranian pop and rap music, the teenager bopped and twirled in her bedroom without wearing the compulsory Islamic headscarf or hijab.

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Iran must halt execution of Ramin Hossein Panahi, say UN rights experts

GENEVA (18 June 2018) – UN human rights experts* have made a fresh call to Iran to annul the death sentence imposed on Iranian Kurd Ramin Hossein Panahi, amid reports that he will be executed after the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

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Banned from men’s soccer matches in Iran, these women dressed as men to sneak in

May 02.2018 – The Washington Post – By Jacob Bogage –

Shortly after the 1979 revolution, Iran’s Islamic government banned women from a range of sporting events, most notably men’s soccer and volleyball matches. Those national teams draw massive domestic followings, and soccer club teams pack stadiums with crowds that rival the size of European counterparts.

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Rouhani’s Citizens’ Rights Charter: A Harmful Distraction

Human Rights Deteriorated in Iran Since Signing of Charter, With Many Abuses by Rouhani’s Own Intelligence Ministry

May 1, 2018—President Hassan Rouhani’s signature domestic initiative—a Citizens’ Rights Charter which lays out in 120 articles the rights and freedoms of Iranian citizens as stated in Iranian law—has no ability to impact the human rights situation in Iran in any meaningful way and has in fact done harm by distracting attention from the causes of rights abuses in Iran and the reforms needed.

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In a Desperate Move to Squash Internet Freedom, Iran Blocks Telegram

Ban Unlikely to Stop Most of Telegram’s 40 Million Users in Iran

May 1, 2018–The Iranian Judiciary has ordered internet service providers (ISPs) to block access to the country’s most used messaging app, Telegram, in an attempt to thwart an estimated 40 million Iranians’ open access to information.

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Iran Detains Another Iranian British Citizen, Computer Scientist and Antiwar Activist Abbas Edalat

Abbas Edalat, an Iranian British academic and antiwar activist

April 25, 2018—Abbas Edalat, an Iranian British academic and antiwar activist based in London, has been detained in Iran since April 15, 2018, after being arrested by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

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Imprisoned Rights Defender Narges Mohammadi Gives Message of Hope and Strength in Accepting 2018 Andrei Sakharov Prize

April 15, 2018 — Prisoner of conscience Narges Mohammadi was unable to accept the 2018 Andrei Sakharov Prize in person in Columbus, Ohio where the American Physical Society (APS) awarded it to her but she sent a message of hope and strength in a powerful speech.

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Massive cyberhack by Iran allegedly stole research from 320 universities, governments, and companies

U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein at a press conference this morning that announced the indictment of nine Iranians who allegedly stole data from researchers around the world. YURI GRIPAS/REUTERS

Science – By Jon Cohen – Mar. 23, 2018 – Nine Iranians working on behalf of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps hacked the computers of 7998 professors at 320 universities around the world over the past 5 years, an indictment filed by a federal grand jury alleges. The hackers stole 31.5 terabytes of documents and data, including scientific research, journals, and dissertations, the indictment alleges. Their targets also included the United Nations, 30 U.S. companies, and five U.S. government agencies.

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