Archive for December 2017

Iran blocks Instagram and messaging app after third night of protests

31.12.2017- theguardian – Iranian authorities, scrambling to contain the biggest nationwide protests since 2009, have blocked social media apps and said anyone who disrupts public order will pay the price, after a turbulent night of growing anti-establishment demonstrations left at least two dead.

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Iran is being rocked by anti-government protests. Here’s why demonstrators deserve Trump’s support

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12.30.2017 -Fox News – By Christian Whiton | Fox News

Protesters took the streets in more than a half-dozen cities in Iran for a second day Friday, risking their lives to challenge the Islamist tyranny that has prevailed in the country since 1979, when it held American diplomats hostage.

Whether the protests last only another day or persist long enough to imperil the Iranian regime, President Trump should make it clear that America gives the protesters our moral support.

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Protests rally in western Iran, some demonstrators detained in Tehran

Fatemeh Bahrami | Anadolu Agency | Getty Images A Iranian woman walks past a wall painting in the shape of Iranian flag in Tehran, Iran on the first anniversary of nuclear deal between Iran and world powers on January 16, 2017.

CNBC – 12.30.2017 – Iranian police dispersed anti-government protesters in the western city of Kermanshah on Friday, the Fars semi-official news agency said, as protests spread to Tehran and apparently several other cities a day after rallies in the northeast.

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Iran justice ministry says no decision yet on British-Iranian aid worker

Iranian-British aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is seen with her husband Richard Ratcliffe and her daughter Gabriella in an undated photograph handed out by her family. Ratcliffe Family Handout via REUTERS

12.23.2017-Reuters- Bozorgmehr Sharafedin –  Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a project manager with the Thomson Reuters Foundation, was arrested in April 2016 at a Tehran airport as she was heading back to Britain with her two-year-old daughter after a family visit.

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Iranian-British Citizen Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe Eligible for Early Release

December 21, 2017–The husband of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has stated that the Iranian-British dual national, who is currently serving a five-year sentence in Tehran’s Evin Prison, is now eligible for “early release” and that her lawyer was “hopeful” when he visited her on December 20, 2017.

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Iran’s Judiciary Should Free Labor Activist Reza Shahabi Who Suffered Stroke​

Labor activist Mohammad Jarrahi died in October 2017 from thyroid cancer that was left untreated while he was held as a political prisoner in Iran’s Tabriz Prison. In September 2015, Jarrahi’s colleague Shahrokh Zamani died of a heart attack after being denied medical care in Rajaee Shahr Prison.

December 19, 2017—The Iranian judiciary should immediately free ailing trade unionist Reza Shahabi, who recently suffered a stroke in Rajaee Shahr Prison, and allow him to receive full medical attention, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) said in a statement today.

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Forced Confession of Academic on Death Row in Iran Has No Legitimacy

Islamic Republic Has Long History of Forcing False Confessions in Politically Motivated Cases

December 18, 2017—The forced confession broadcast December 17 on Iranian state TV and used to validate the death sentence against Ahmadreza Djalili is completely illegitimate and in no way validates the unlawful judicial process used to convict the Iranian-born Swedish resident on espionage charges.

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Iran: Free Ailing Labor Activist

Iranian authorities should immediately release Reza Shahabi, a prominent labor activist, after he suffered a possible stroke in prison, Human Rights Watch said today. © 2012 By Hosseinronaghi/Wikimedia Commons

December 16, 2017- HRW- (Beirut) – Iranian authorities should immediately release Reza Shahabi, a prominent labor activist, after he suffered a possible stroke in prison, Human Rights Watch said today. Medical experts who examined Shahabi said that he should be released for medical reasons.

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US presents ‘proof’ missile fired at Saudi Arabia was ‘made in Iran’

2017-12-15 – France 24 – The United States on Thursday presented pieces of what it said is the missile fired at Saudi Arabia by Houthi militia in Yemen, describing it as conclusive evidence of Iran involvement and its violation of UN resolutions.

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Tell UK Officials to Put People Before Politics and Demand Iran Free Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

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Dec 05. 2017- Iranian-British dual national Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been held captive in Iran since April 2016. For 19 months, the UK government refused to condemn Nazanin’s imprisonment while it pursued business and trade deals with the Islamic Republic. There is no evidence to support the national security charges against Nazanin. Now she’s facing new charges for the same dubious claims.

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