UN : The Human Rights Council should create a new special procedure on the right to privacy in the digital age

September 13, 2014- In the context of discussions held at HRC 27 on “the right to privacy in the digital age”, FIDH advocates for the creation by the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) of a Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy.
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“Happy” Youths Go on Trial in Tehran

September 12, 2014- The Iranian youths who produced the dance video “Happy in Tehran” set to the Pharrell Williams hit song “Happy” were put on trial in Tehran on September 9, 2014, where they were charged with “participation in producing a vulgar video clip” and conducting “illicit relations” with one another, an informed source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.

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Henry Kissinger: Iran ‘A Bigger Problem Than ISIS’

Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger celebrates his 90th birthday, last year in Berlin. In a recent interview with Scott Simon, he gave his thoughts on ISIS, Ukraine and Iran. Gero Breloer/AP

September 06, 2014 npr – by NPR Staff
Henry Kissinger was a Harvard scholar before he became a mover and shaker in the world of foreign policy. And in his new book, World Order, the former secretary of state under Presidents Nixon and Ford gives a historian’s perspective on the idea of order in world affairs.

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Crash of Iranian built plane leaves 39 dead

An IrAn-140 Sepahan Air passenger plane bound for Tabas in northeast Iran crashes near Tehran’s Mehrabad airport, killing at least 39 people. (Reuters)

By Associated Press August 10 2014, TEHRAN, Iran — A locally built Iranian passenger plane crashed shortly after takeoff in Tehran on Sunday, killing 39 people and reviving questions about the safety of a cash-strapped aviation sector left hobbled by international sanctions.

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Seyed Jamal Hosseini, editor of HRANA found dead in Turkey

Seyed Jamal Hosseini

HRANA – Seyed Jamal Hosseini (Esfandiar Baharmas), editor and a senior member of Human Rights Activists in Iran (HRANA), was found dead in his office by Turkish authorities last night. Authorities believe that he had passed a few hours prior to their arrival.

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Journalists Jason Rezaian and Yeganeh Salehi Held in Secret Detention Center

July 30 2014 – The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has learned that the journalists Jason Rezaian and Yeganeh Salehi, who were detained in Tehran on July 22, 2014, are being held in an unknown location. Except for a phone call to their families the day after their detention, the two journalists have not been allowed any contact with the outside world.

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Iran: Open Letter to the European Union High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy

Paris, 22 July 2014 – Subject: Imminent risk of execution of juvenile offenders in Iran
Dear Ms Ashton,
FIDH wishes to bring to your attention the cases of Mr. Rasoul Holoumi, aged 22, and Ms. Razieh Ebrahimi, aged 21, both sentenced to death in 2010 for crimes committed when they were minors. These two young people are at risk of imminent execution, in contradiction with international law and human rights principles.
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Iran Urged To Halt Execution Of Juvenile Offender

07-15-2014 – RTT News – Prominent rights group Amnesty International on Tuesday urged Iran to halt the execution of a young man who was a child at the time of his alleged crime. The rights group stressed that Iranian authorities must act to reverse a disturbing rise in the execution of juvenile offenders, noting that at least eight individuals being put to death in the first half of 2014 for crimes allegedly committed when they were below the age of 18.

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New Study Shows Leading Iranian Figures Support Nuclear Negotiations

July 16, 2014 – In a study released by the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran today, Voices from Iran: Strong Support for the Nuclear Negotiations, prominent members of Iranian civil society expressed their strong support for the P5+1 nuclear negotiations between Iran and the world powers.

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Iran frees hunger-striking dissident Mehdi Khazali on health grounds

Mehdi Khazal, photographed in 2012. He was serving a six-year jail sentence for acts against national security and spreading propaganda against the regime. Photograph: Maryam Majd/AFP/Getty Images

Monday 14 July 2014 – theguardian – IRNA news agency says 48-year-old, who was taken to hospital after going on hunger strike, is deemed too ill to return to jail. Iranian dissident Mehdi Khazali, who was serving a six-year prison sentence for acts against national security and spreading propaganda against the regime, has been freed on health grounds.

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