Imprisoned in Iran

Xiyue Wang, a fourth-year graduate student in history, with his wife, Hua Qu, and their son. Courtesy of Hua Qu

07.09.2017- By W. Raymond Ollwerther ’71 – Princeton Alumni Weekly –

Grad student convicted of espionage after archival research for Ph.D.

Xiyue Wang, a fourth-year graduate student in history who traveled to Iran in 2016 for research for his dissertation, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after his conviction on two counts of espionage.

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08.09.2017 – Amnesty international: In less than 2 weeks, more than 150,000 Rohingya people have fled Myanmar to nearby Bangladesh. Reports are flooding in of killings by the Myanmar security forces, as satellite images suggest that entire villages have been burned.

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Iranian MPs speak out as women are barred from World Cup qualifier

The Guardian – 06. September 2017 –

Syrian women are allowed into stadium but Iranian women are kept out, despite initially being allowed to buy tickets

Syrian fans at the Azadi stadium in Tehran, where Iranian women were barred from the match. Photograph: Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA

Female Iranian MPs have spoken out against a ban on women entering sports stadiums after some fans were prevented from watching a World Cup qualifying match in Tehran between Iran and Syria.

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New Light On Iran’s Human Rights Violations

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres addressing UN delegates at the General Assembly December 12, 2016 at the United Nations in New York. AFP / Eduardo Munoz Alvarez

Sep. 04 2017 – .Forbes- Heshmat Alavi , CONTRIBUTOR – Two of the major crises the international community is currently engaged with are terrorism and nuclear proliferation. Iran, in particular, is negatively involved in both fields, being known as the central banker of international terrorism, and suspicious for its own controversial nuclear program at home parallel to its nuclear/missile collaboration with North Korea.

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Iran: Campaign to stop destruction of mass grave of those killed in 1988 prison massacre

04 September, 2017 Amnesty international- The Iranian authorities must urgently stop the destruction of a mass grave in the southern city of Ahvaz said Amnesty International today, launching a campaign to urge authorities to protect the site, where dozens of prisoners killed during a wave of mass extrajudicial executions in August and September 1988 are buried.

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UN expert concerned at condition of prisoners on hunger strike in Iran

GENEVA (31 August 2017) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Iran, Asma Jahangir, today expressed her deep concern about the situation of a number of prisoners who have been on prolonged hunger strike to protest against their transfer to a high-security section of Rajai-Shahr prison in Karaj, West of Tehran, and about their treatment while in detention.

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Selling Iran the means to kill Americans

Monday, August 28, 2017- Washington Times –  By Gary Osen and Ari Ungar ANALYSIS/OPINION: When President Trump recently signed the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), most of the public attention centered on his objections to the sanctions it imposed on Russia. Therefore, it went largely unnoticed that a key provision of the law could create serious legal liability for Boeing if it goes through with its announced sale of 30 B737 Max aircraft to Iran’s Aseman Airlines.

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Chador in, hijab out: Iran VP’s wardrobe draws criticism

In this Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017, photo, two Iranian women make their way in a square while one of them wears the chador in downtown Tehran, Iran. She is just a couple of weeks into her appointment as new Iranian vice president but Laaya Joneidi’s decision to abandon her headscarf and fashion style for the all-encompassing black chador is raising questions among women in the Islamic Republic _ especially after she said that President Hassan Rouhani personally asked her to wear the more conservative Muslim women’s garment. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

August 26, 2017 – ABC News – Just a couple of weeks into her appointment, the new Iranian vice president’s decision to abandon her fashion style for the all-encompassing black chador is raising questions among women in the Islamic Republic — especially after she said President Hassan Rouhani personally asked her to wear the traditional women’s garment.

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The World’s Shame: Iran’s Hunger Striking Political Prisoners are Largely Ignored

August 25, 2017Huffingtonpost – Dr. Majid Rafizadeh, Contributor – Human rights record has deteriorated markedly in Iran according to human rights organizations including Amnesty International.

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25 August, 2017- MixMang – ANDY BUCHAN: Most promoters have pretty mundane problems. Which DJ to book, maybe, or how best to pacify a venue owner, or which bills they can get away with not paying. Iranian promoters have more pressing issues… like whether they would actually survive the sentence if they are caught putting on a party, or whether they have bribed a cop quite enough to allow them to dance until dawn in the Iranian desert. Iran is a country where, just recently, six music fans were given 91 lashes each for the criminal offence of singing along to Pharrell Williams’ ‘Happy’.

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