Archive for September 2015

Europe’s shame: EU meeting of interior ministers fails to make any progress in dealing with Europe’s refugee crisis

16 September 2015 – EU Interior Ministers meeting in Brussels on Monday failed to address the urgent needs of Europe’s refugee crisis. They were unable to agree on a proposal for the relocation of 120,000 refugees from Greece, Italy and Hungary, falling back on an agreement made in June for a temporary and exceptional mechanism to relocate 40,000 people over two years.

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Imprisoned Labor Activist Dies of Stroke after Being Denied Medical Care

Labor activist Shahrokh Zamani

Authorities Routinely Refuse Medical Treatment to Political Prisoners
September 16, 2015 – Labor activist Shahrokh Zamani died of a stroke on September 13, 2015, at Rajaee Shahr Prison in the Iranian city of Karaj, days after prison authorities refused him medical treatment.

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Khamenei Consolidates Power over Internet Policy in Hard Line Council He Controls

Move Cuts Rouhani Administration Out of Decisions on Internet Access

September 14, 2015—Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, has announced that authority for Internet policy will be exclusively centered in the country’s Supreme Cyberspace Council, a move that will consolidate decision-making power over the Internet into an organization the hardline cleric controls.

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