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Women’s Rights Activist Faranak Farid in Critical Condition After Being Arrested and Severely Beaten

September 15, 2011

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IRAN.— Women’s rights activist and journalist Faranak Farid, was arrested by plainclothes officers on 3 September 2011 upon leaving her home on an errand in Tabriz. Allegedly, her charges were, “Insulting the Supreme Leader”, “Propaganda against the Islamic Republic regime”, and “Acting against national security”. Faranak Farid is a member of the Azerbaijani minority in […]

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Missing Iranian Blogger Arrested for Attempting to Write Editorial on Women’s World Cup

July 22, 2011

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IRAN.— On Sunday, July 10, 2011, four Iranian law enforcement officers entered Pegah Ahangarani’s house, taking her and some of her personal belongings into custody. The Iranian actress and blogger was arrested as she prepared to leave for Germany to write a blog for the Deutsche Welle radio station about the women’s football World Cup. Pegah Ahangarani […]

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Iranian Human Rights Activist Under Pressure to Give False Confession as a Condition of Release

July 21, 2011

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IRAN.— Reza Khandan, husband of imprisoned Iranian lawyer and human rights activist Nasrin Sotoudeh, has told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that his wife is under intense pressure by security forces to give a false confession. “Confessions are meaningful only when an individual has committed a criminal act and then confesses. But […]

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Melody Moezzi, Iranian- American Muslim Writer and Attorney Speaks on Religion, Politics and Culture in Iran

May 9, 2011

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SAN DIEGO, Ca.– On Thursday, May 12, 2011 UCSD hosts Iranian- American writer and attorney Melody Moezzi. Melody Moezzi  is the author of War on Error: Real Stories of American Muslims and is the Executive Director of the Atlanta based nonprofit, 100 People of Faith.  Moezzi is also the founder of the activist group Hooping […]

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UCLA to Hold Conference on Iran: Iran and the International Community in the 21st Century

May 4, 2011

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LOS ANGELES, Ca– Friday, May 13th, the UCLA Burkle Center for International Relations and the UCLA International Institute will hold a conference on Iran. The conference will focus on Iran’s relationship with it’s Middle Eastern neighbors as well as the international community. Questions that will be proposed include: How can relations between Iran and the […]

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Amnesty International to Hold Virtual Protest in Iran’s Azadi Square

May 1, 2011

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DRAFTED BY: Ashly Bloxon IRAN.— There are currently hundreds to thousands prisoners being unjustly detained in prisons in Iran. Many of these are individuals were arrested in 2009 after protests that were ignited by the unexpected win by incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in presidential election. The government responded swiftly to the protests, increasing restrictions on freedom of expression, association and assembly. Authorities targeted hundreds […]

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