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President Obama's Nowruz Message


Read more...In this video, President Obama sends an important message to those celebrating the Persian holiday of Nowruz, and in particular to the people and government of Iran. While recognizing our continuing differences with the Iranian government, the President outlines his commitment to a more just and hopeful future for all Iranians. To everyone celebrating Nowruz around the world, may you have a peaceful and prosperous new year.

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Libyan forces storm protest camp

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Read more...Moammar Gaddafi stepped up a crackdown on protesters in several eastern Libyan cities (AP)

Libyan special forces have stormed a two-day-old protest encampment in the country's second largest city, clearing the area, witnesses said.

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EU parliament chief denounces Iran’s hanging of Dutch woman

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Read more...BRUSSELS, January 30, 2011 (AFP) – President of the European Parliament Jerzy Buzek on Sunday denounced Iran’s hanging of a Iranian-Dutch woman arrested after anti-government protests in 2009 then convicted of drug trafficking.

“The hanging of Sarah Bahrami, who was a Dutch and hence a European citizen, is a cowardly act of arbitrary justice,” he said in a statement.

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UN resolution on human rights violations approved

Nov 21, 2010

The Third Committee of the United Nation has approved a draft resolution condemning the Islamic Republic for human rights violations.

Reuters reports that General Assembly’s Third Committee, which is also referred to as the Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee, passed the resolution 80-44 with 57 abstaining last night in New York.

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Iran arrests two Germans for interviewing family of accused adulterer Ashtiani

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October 12, 2010

Kabul, Afghanistan
Read more...Iranian authorities have arrested two Germans who entered Iran on tourist visas allegedly to interview the family of a woman sentenced to death by stoning.
The pair was arrested Sunday while talking to the lawyer and son of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, who Iranian authorities accuse of adultery. Ms. Ashtiani’s case has been the source of much international outrage and her sentence was suspended in July, but now Iranian officials are considering hanging her for the murder of her late husband, reports the BBC. Her lawyers insist she is innocent of all charges.

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Iran: End Intimidation and Harassment of Lawyer and His Family

Unable to Arrest Mohammad Mostafaei, Officials Detained His Wife, Brother-in-Law
July 31, 2010

"The authorities have provided no reason for the arrests of Fereshteh and Farhad Halimi. The burden is squarely on the Iranian government to explain why these arrests do not essentially amount to state-sanctioned hostage-taking."
Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch
(New York) - Iranian authorities should immediately charge or release the wife and brother-in-law of a prominent lawyer, Human Rights Watch said today. The authorities should also stop harassing and intimidating Mohammad Mostafaei, who has spent his career defending juveniles and the underprivileged, including many who were sentenced to execution.

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U.S. urges Iran to halt executions after Tehran hangs woman

Read more...Tehran, Iran (CNN)— The United States is urging the Iranian government to halt executions after Tehran hanged a Dutch-Iranian woman, saying she was a drug smuggler.
The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has said the drug charges were only a pretext to execute Zahra Bahrami, and the Netherlands froze all ties with Iran on Sunday, a day after the hanging.

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Egyptian Protests Inspire Opposition in Iran

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Read more...By FARNAZ FASSIHI

Egypt’s uprising has captivated the Arab world, but in Iran—fresh from its own outpouring of antigovernment unrest—backers of the regime and supporters of the beleaguered opposition are competing for credit for inspiring the demonstrations in Cairo.

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Iran: Human Rights Crisis Requires International Scrutiny

Read more...New York - Human Rights Watch and a number of other international and Iranian groups have issued the following statement seeking action by the United Nations General Assembly in light of the human rights crisis that continues to unfold in Iran:

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Damning report on an ignored issue: Discrimination against ethnic and religious minorities in Iran

Paris, October 21, 2010 - The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and theIranian League for the Defence of Human Rights (LDDHI) make public today a report ondiscrimination against ethnic communities and religious minorities in Iran. The report,entitled "The Hidden Face of Iran", highlights an unknown aspect of Iran:

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IFJ Calls on Iran to Free Jailed Journalist after Claims of Mistreatment

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July 31, 2010

Read more...The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today called on Iranian authorities to release journalist Abdolreza Tajik who has been in detention for 50 days without being charged. His family claims he has been ill treated in jail.

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