Ban to Iran: Free the Journalists, Political Prisoners

SEPTEMBER 19, 2014 – FP- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has directly appealed to Iran to release the Washington Post’s Iranian-American reporter, Jason Rezaian, and his journalist wife, Yeganeh Salehi, Ban told Foreign Policy in an interview on Friday.

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Happy Video Youths Receive Suspended Flogging and Prison Sentences

September 18, 2014- The youths involved in the making of the “Happy in Tehran” dance video set to Pharrell Williams hit song “Happy” have all been sentenced, receiving suspended sentences of 91 lashes and six months in prison, with the exception of Reyhaneh Taravati, who received a suspended twelve-month prison sentence in addition to the suspended lashes, provided they do not engage in any “wrongdoings” during the next three years. The court ruling was unofficially announced in Tehran today, according to a source who told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran about the ruling.

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Hiva Alizadeh pleads guilty in Ottawa terrorism trial

Hiva Alizadeh, one of three men charged with terrorism-related counts after a 2010 RCMP investigation, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Ottawa to explosives possession with intent to cause harm as part of a terrorist conspiracy. (Sketch by Laurie Foster-MacLeod)

Sep 17, 2014 -CBC- Hiva Mohammad Alizadeh, a man police called the ringleader of a group accused of plotting attacks in Canada, has pleaded guilty to explosives possession with the intent to cause harm as part of a terrorist conspiracy and received a 24-year sentence as part of an agreement. He entered the plea in court in Ottawa on Wednesday under a deal agreed to by Crown and defence lawyers.
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As Rouhani Comes to NY, Domestic Repression in Iran Remains Unabated

New Video Shows Gap between Rouhani’s Rhetoric and Reality on the Ground in Iran
September 17, 2014 – Ahead of President Rouhani’s visit to New York next week, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran released a video today, bringing into sharp focus the disconnect between Rouhani’s rhetoric on domestic affairs and the reality on the ground.

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Asian Games: Iran Football Official Suspected of Sexual Harassment

The man has not been taken into custody, but is being investigated. © AFP

Tuesday, 16 September, 2014 – sports.ndtv – Reported by: Associated Press – South Korean police is investigating an official from Iran’s Asian Games delegation over suspicions that he sexually harassed a female volunteer at a football stadium. Seoul: South Korean police said on Tuesday that they are investigating an official from Iran’s Asian Games delegation over suspicions that he sexually harassed a female volunteer at a football stadium near the host city of Incheon.

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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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