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Prominent Iranian lawyer Sotoudeh meets children in jail

Read more: Prominent Iranian lawyer Sotoudeh meets children in jailday of a prominent Iranian lawyer, Nasrin Sotoudeh, showing her meeting her two children in Tehran’s notorious Evin prison for the first time in several months.Sotoudeh who defended several political activists arrested in the aftermath of Iran‘s 2009 disputed presidential elections and juvenile offenders joined her clients in jail in September 2010 when the authorities took offence to her high profile work as a lawyer. In Evin, she is spending time with some of the prisoners she defended in court.She was initially sentenced to 11 years for a series of charges including “acting against the national security” and “propaganda against the regime” but had her prison term reduced to six year last September.In the video which only shows few moments of the lawyer’s recent meeting with her children, Sotoudeh is speaking through a partition to her son,

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Imprisonment and lashes for activists and defenders of The Ouromieh lake

Read more: Imprisonment and lashes for activists and defenders of The Ouromieh lakeHRANA- 37 defenders of the Ouromieh lake were sentenced to 18 years imprisonment and 1110 lashes. According to HRANA, the activists were sentenced yesterday, 11-06-2012. 

Scientists protest against prison sentence for Iranian student

 

 

 

Read more: Scientists protest against prison sentence for Iranian studentScientific societies and human-rights organizations ask for fair treatment for Omid Kokabee.Iranian PhD student Omid Kokabee has been jailed for conspiring with a foreign government.
The 10-year prison sentence imposed on physics PhD student Omid Kokabee in Iran for conspiring with foreign countries has triggered protests by scientific organizations around the world.The Committee of Concerned Scientists in New York has launched a petition asking the Iranian government to release Kokabee, and Scholars at Risk, another human-rights watchdog in New York, has called for people to send letters, faxes and e-mails to the appropriate authorities requesting a reconsideration of his conviction.

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Iran to crack down on web censor-beating software

Read more: Iran to crack down on web censor-beating softwareTEHRAN (AFP)— Iran’s cyber police force is poised to launch a new crackdown on software that lets many Iranians circumvent the regime’s Internet censorship, media reported on Sunday.The operation will target VPNs, or Virtual Private Networks, which use a secure protocol to encrypt users’ data, foiling online blocks put in place by Iran’s authorities, according to the head of the specialised police unit, Kamal Hadianfar.“It has been agreed that a commission (within the cyber police) be formed to block illegal VPNs,” he was quoted as saying in a report originally published by the Mehr news agency.

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Iran bans women from Euro 2012 screenings

Read more: Iran bans women from Euro 2012 screeningsTEHRAN (AFP)— Women in Iran are being banned from watching live public screenings of Euro 2012 football games because of an “inappropriate” environment where men could become rowdy, a deputy police commander said Sunday.“It is an inappropriate situation when men and women watch football in (movie) theatres together,” said Bahman Kargar, Iran’s deputy police commander in charge of social affairs, according to the ISNA news agency.“Men, while watching football, get excited and sometimes utter vulgar curses or tell dirty jokes,” he said. “It is not within the dignity of women to watch football with men. Women should thank the police” for the ban.

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AdaptiveMobile Drops Iran Contracts On Gear For Text Monitoring

Read more: AdaptiveMobile Drops Iran Contracts On Gear For Text MonitoringAdaptiveMobile Security Ltd. ended its contracts with an Iranian phone company following the disclosure that the closely held firm supplied and serviced technology for monitoring and storingtext messages.AdaptiveMobile, based in Dublin, stopped doing business with MTN Irancell, Iran’s second-largest mobile provider, as of May 24, according to United Against Nuclear Iran, a New York-based advocacy organization that pressures companies to cut business ties to Iran. The group cited an e-mail from AdaptiveMobile.

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Iranian Kurdish journalist stages hunger strike over ill son

Read more: Iranian Kurdish journalist stages hunger strike over ill son Many imprisoned Iranian journalists, stripped of their basic rights by the government, are going on long hunger strikes to draw attention to their plight in a country described by the Committee to Protect Journalists as the “world’s worst jailer of journalists”.Mohammad Seddigh Kaboudvand, who was named the international journalist of the year at the British Press Awards in 2009, is on his third hunger strike after his 10th request to visit his ailing son in hospital was turned down.Kaboudvand’s son Pejman was diagnosed with a rare blood condition and has been “gravely ill” in a Tehran hospital for five months, putting the family under immense emotional and financial pressure.

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Obama’s Iran and Syria muddle

Read more: Obama’s Iran and Syria muddle From one point of view the connection between our troubles with Syria and Iran is pretty straightforward. The Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad is Iran’s closest ally, and its link to the Arab Middle East. Syria has provided the land bridge for the transport of Iranian weapons and militants to Lebanon and the Gaza Strip. Without Syria, Iran’s pretensions to regional hegemony, and its ability to challenge Israel, would be crippled.It follows that, as the U.S. Central Command chief Gen. James N. Mattis testified to Congress in March, the downfall of Assad would be “the biggest strategic setback for Iran in 25 years.” Making it happen is not just a humanitarian imperative after the slaughter of more than 10,000 civilians, but a prime strategic interest of Israel and the United States.

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Iran lashes EU over nuclear talks

Read more: Iran lashes EU over nuclear talksTEHRAN (AFP)— Iran on Sunday hit out at a perceived lack of willingness by world powers to engage it ahead of crucial nuclear talks to take place in Moscow on June 18 and 19, according to reports.Ali Bagheri, deputy to Iran’s top negotiator Saeed Jalili, said in a letter to Helga Schmid, deputy to EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, that he was “surprised” by issues she was raising in correspondence with him.He also complained that preparatory groundwork by experts from both sides was needed before the talks.

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Christian Church Closed by Iranian Authorities

Read more: Christian Church Closed by Iranian AuthoritiesSecurity forces in Iran closed down an Iranian church in the “Jannat-Abad” region in Tehran, Tuesday, reports HRA News website.  The measure is in line with rising pressures by the Iranian regime on the Iranian-Christian minority throughout the country.Iranian Christian sources say that the Jannat-Abad church was closed down following orders from the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Intelligence.  The agency operates independently of and according to informed sources its agents act considerably more brutal than the Iranian Information Ministry agents.

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Iran publicly hangs five

Read more: Iran publicly hangs five TEHRAN: Iran has publicly hanged five men convicted of drug trafficking in the southern city of Shiraz, the governmental newspaper Iran reported on Saturday.The report said the men sent to the gallows on Thursday were convicted of smuggling different amounts of narcotics and identified them as Abbas Z, Aref A, Abolqasem A, Farhang N, Ali Akbar MIran is one of the world’s main practitioners of capital punishment, along with China, Saudi Arabia and the United States.

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