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Journalist Behind Bars Since 2009 Suffers Heart Attack in Prison

The imprisoned journalist Massoud Bastani was transferred to the hospital on February 20, 2015, following a heart attack inside Shahid Rajaee Prison. The health conditions of Bastani, 37, who has been in prison since his arrest in the...Show More Summary

Prisoner of Conscience Released After Nine Months of “Temporary Detention” At Deplorable Facility

Nine months after her arrest, the lawyer and prisoner of conscience Negar Haeri was released on bail of about US$580,000 on February 25, 2015. She spent her entire time in prison since her May 2014 arrest on "temporary detention orders."

Rouhani Top Advisor Says Identity of Killer of Canadian Photo-Journalist Zahra Kazemi is Known

Ali Younesi's reference to violations of human rights in Iranian prisons and courts defies the Iranian authorities’ consistent denial of reports of such violations by Ahmed Shaheed, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human...Show More Summary

Activists Ask FIFA to Intervene to End Iran’s Ban on Women in Stadiums

Referring to the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, approved in 1997, the signatories added, "Any type of deprivation of fundamental rights or restricting such rights based on gender, aimed to or resulting in reduced access of women to sports" is prohibited.

My belly Dancer for October: Zeinat Olwi

I am in the land of belly dancing, for a whole month! So, I hope that this time I will be able to go somewhere to watch one of the country’s famous belly dancers live. Until then, I offer you my choice for this month, a cute vintage belly dancer, Zeinat Olwi, who is not... View Article

My Christmas Belly Dancer

I have been very lax with my blogging recently but it’s been a very busy year (post coming up). Hopefully next year  will be different and I will be able to post like before if not more often. Anyhow, I thought I would finish the belly dancing part of my blogging year with a hilarious... View Article

A Busy 2014

I seem to specialise in dramatically changing the course of my life every few years, mainly for the sake of keeping it interesting. When I was young I did it every five years or so. Now that I am older, it is every ten years or so. This year I decided to change my life... View Article

Turkish Carrot & Lentil Stew

It has been quite some time since I last posted a recipe. My excuse is that I was busy changing my life as I have explained in my previous post. This put a spanner in my normal working life and throughout the time it took to move and reorganise myself, I was only able to... View Article

My belly dancer for February: Na3ima Akef

Well, a little later than I should, I am back with my belly dancer of the month and this time, she is not wearing the regular revealing costume but rather a chic evening gown that hugs her figure with the obligatory scarf on her hips. This is how elegant Arab ladies belly dance at parties... View Article

Six Hanged in Orumiyeh Central Prison for Drug Trafficking

Six prisoners on death row for drug trafficking were hanged on February 15, 2015 inside Orumiyeh Central Prison, according to a local source. The names of the six men are Saeed Bakhshali, Ebrahim Reyhani, Adel Kouhi, Khosrow Modiri, Rahim Soleimani, and Rasoul Ghadamyari.

After Years in Solitary Confinement, Mohammad Ali Taheri Faces New Trial on Corruption on Earth Charges

Three-and-a-half years after the arrest and imprisonment of Mohammad Ali Taheri, the founder of a spiritual group who has been in Evin Prison since May 2011, the Iranian Judiciary will put him on trial again for “corruption on earth,” a charge he was acquitted of earlier, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has learned.

Syrian Refugees Collectivizing in Jordan Becomes a Security Issue — by Katy Montoya

Katy Montoya, an undergraduate at Swarthmore College, has undertaken some ambitious research on the situation of Syrian refugees in Jordan. Following previous work on refugees in Jordan posted on Syria Comment (here, here, and here),...Show More Summary

Free Them Now: End Arbitrary House Arrests of Green Movement Leaders

(February 17, 2015) – The Iranian Judiciary and Iran’s National Security Council should put an immediate end to four years of extrajudicial house arrest of Green Movement leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi, Mehdi Karroubi and Zahra Rahnavard, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said today.

Omid Kokabee, in Letter from Prison, Accepts Prestigious Science Award

An acceptance speech [Link to full letter] by Omid Kokabee, written from his prison cell in Iran, was delivered at the Award Ceremony for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) 2014 Freedom and Responsibly Award on February 13.

Prisoner of Conscience’s Life at Risk at Evin Prison

Pourseifi, a radio host and senior producer for Iranian state radio, was a member of the Society for the Defense of Working and Homeless Children. He was arrested in 2009 on charges of "cooperating with the Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA),” and was later released. Show More Summary

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