Archive for Human Rights

Iran Denies Appeal of Jailed Princeton Student: University

Xiyue Wang, a naturalized American citizen from China, arrested in Iran last August while researching Persian history for his doctoral thesis at Princeton University, is shown with his wife and son in this family photo released in Princeton, New Jersey, U.S. on July 18, 2017. Courtesy Wang Family photo via Princeton University/Handout via REUTERS REUTERS

Aug. 17.2017 – USNews- By Yeganeh Torbati- WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Iranian authorities have denied the appeal of a Princeton University student who had been convicted on espionage charges and sentenced to 10 years in prison, the university and his wife said on Thursday.

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Rouhani Cabinet Pick Linked to Mass Surveillance of 2009 Protestors

Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi

August 17, 2017—President Hassan Rouhani’s pick to head the telecommunications ministry should publicly address concerns over his direct involvement with surveillance operations during the state crackdown on the peaceful protests in 2009 and allegations that he personally interrogated activists at the time, said the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) in a statement today.

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11 Christian Converts Issued Long Prison Sentences in Iran in Less Than Two Months in Sham Trials

Judge Mashallah Ahmadzadeh on Sentencing Spree Since June 2017

July 20, 2017—The Iranian authorities must immediately halt the disturbing trend of arrests and imprisonment of Christians, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) said in a statement today.

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White House threatens Iran over detained Americans

07-21-2017 – The Washington Post – By Associated Press- WASHINGTON — The White House is threatening “new and serious consequences” for Iran unless it releases all U.S. citizens who are detained there. The White House says President Donald Trump is prepared to act in an attempt to end Iran’s practice of using detentions and hostage taking as state policy, but it provides no specifics about potential consequences.

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Iran’s double standard of justice

Sadegh Larijani and Hassan Rouhani

20.07.2017-DW- President Hassan Rouhani’s brother was released from custody one day after he was arrested on corruption charges. And yet, Iranian journalists and activists spend months in solitary confinement without charges.

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The Trump administration should read its own documents about regime change in Iran

At the end of last month, the U.S. State Department quietly published a trove of hundreds of documents detailing the American role in Iran’s 1953 coup.

07.11.2017 – Washington Post – In that year, a combined CIA and British plot deposed democratically elected Prime Minister Mohammed Mossadegh, an act fueled by Cold War geopolitics as well as Western indignation at Mossadegh’s nationalization of Iran’s oil assets. The coup may feel distant to Americans, but it lives long in the imagination of many in the Middle East. “This is still such an important, emotional benchmark for Iranians,” said Malcolm Byrne, the director of research of the nongovernmental National Security Archive at George Washington University, to the Associated Press. “Many people see it as the day that Iranian politics turned away from any hope of democracy.”

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Education for all? Not in Iran

23.06.2017 – DW – Iran is refusing to implement UNESCO’s education agenda. The country’s religious leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, views it as a Western conspiracy. In doing so he’s discriminating against women and minorities like the Baha’i.

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Beyond the Ban: Exhibition Spotlights Major Iranian-American Artists

June 21, 2017—Works by prominent Iranian-American artists were showcased to a packed house on June 14, the opening night of the “Beyond the Ban” art exhibition, a collaboration between the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) and the Susan Eley Fine Art gallery in New York City.

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What Would Happen in the Hours and Minutes After the US Bombed Iran?

Jun 19 2017VICMIKE PEARL – Donald Trump predicted back in 2013 that the US would eventually go to war with Iran. At the time, Trump was merely a rich guy and right-wing gadlfy criticizing Secretary of State John Kerry on FOX News, but later, as a presidential candidate then a president, his rhetoric and policies have been strikingly antagonistic.

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Saudi Arabia says it detained three Iranian Revolutionary Guards

Mon Jun 19, 2017 – Reuters – The Saudi navy has detained three members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) from a boat seized on Friday evening as it approached the kingdom’s offshore Marjan oilfield, a Saudi Information Ministry statement said on Monday.

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