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“India and the Syrian Conflict,” by Niraj Srivastava

India and the Syrian Conflict by Niraj Srivastava For Syria Comment, May 26, 2016 It was reported in the Indian media that on May 20 the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) released a new 22-minute Arabic language documentary online featuring purported Indian Jihadi fighters in its ranks. Show More Summary

Imprisoned Physicist Given Two-Week Medical Furlough After Losing Cancerous Kidney

Imprisoned physicist Omid Kokabee has been granted a two-week medical furlough upon payment of five billion rials ($164,000 USD) bail, an informed source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. On Wednesday (May 25, 2016) Kokabee was transferred from the hospital to his family home in Tehran where he will be continuing to […]

Iran Must End State Persecution of Baha’is, Say Exiled Iranian Political Figures

In the wake of the intense criticism by Iranian officials and religious leaders of Faezeh Hashemi, the daughter of former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, for her meeting with Baha’i leader Fariba Kamalabadi, several exiled Iranian political figures have publicly voiced their condemnation of the persecution of Baha’is in Iran. Faezeh Hashemi, a former MP from […]

Environmentalist’s Facebook Account Hacked, Used to Deny Her Detention while She Was Still Behind Bars

Zakiya Neysi’s Father Forced to Sign Pledge Prior to her Release The day after environmental activist Zakiya Neysi was arrested by intelligence agents in the southwestern Iranian city of Ahwaz, a posting appeared on her Facebook account declaring that she had returned home and denouncing one of her brothers. But the young woman was still […]

Young Kurdish Activist’s Mother: “My son is dying in prison”

Prisoner of conscience Afshin Sohrabzadeh, 27, is suffering from cancer in Minab Prison in southern Iran and could die from internal bleeding if he does not receive outside medical treatment immediately. “Afshin has developed intestinal cancer and is suffering from internal bleeding,” an informed source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. “The […]

Kurdish Political Prisoner in Iran on Hunger Strike to Protest New Charges

Mohammad Sediq Kaboudvand, a prominent Kurdish human rights activist who is in his ninth year of incarceration at Tehran’s Evin Prison, has gone on hunger strike to protest the new charges that have been brought against him. Kaboudvand’s wife, Parinaz Baghban Hassani, told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that he started the […]

The Local Defence Forces: Regime Auxiliary Forces in Aleppo

By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi Emblem of the Local Defence Forces. On top: “Homeland, Honour, Sincerity.” Below: “Syrian Arabic Republic. The army and armed forces- Local Defence Forces.” Besides the well-known National Defence Forces (NDF)...Show More Summary

A Day in The Life of The Jungle: The Syrians

Apart from the odd father attending to the needs of their families, most Syrians sleep in late in the Jungle in Calais. They are wrapped up inside their tarpaulin and plywood hovels resembling one of those Hoovervilles from Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath. Show More Summary

Leading Iranian Human Rights Activist to Serve Ten Years in Prison

Narges Mohammadi Sentenced for Her Peaceful Activism in Iran May 19, 2016—The prominent Iranian human rights activist Narges Mohammadi has been sentenced to serve ten years of a 16-year prison sentence, for her work defending human and women’s rights in Iran. Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court sentenced Mohammadi to ten years in prison for […]

Concerts of Popular Iranian Musicians Canceled Due to Pressure from Religious Conservatives

Two of Iran’s top musicians have been prevented from performing in the city of Neyshabour and other locations in northeastern Khorasan Razavi Province by the local prosecutor. The Persian classical music master Shahram Nazeri, who was licensed by the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance, was set to perform at an event honoring Ferdowsi National […]

Iran Judiciary Vows to Punish Former President’s Daughter for Upholding Baha’i Rights

Faezeh Hashemi, Daughter of Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Criticized for Meeting with Baha’i Leader A high-ranking member of the Iranian Judiciary has said that action will be taken against Faezeh Hashemi, the outspoken daughter of a prominent...Show More Summary

Iran’s Fashion Industry under Assault; Details of Arrests of Models by Revolutionary Guards Surface

Eight Arrests and Scores Interrogated in “Project Spider 2” May 17, 2016—Eight people working in Iran’s fashion industry have been arrested and formally charged in an industry wide crackdown led by the Revolutionary Guards. Cases have also been opened on another 29 people, and most of the 170 fashion industry workers who have been targeted […]

Women Prevented from Attending Iran’s Premier League Finale

Ban on Women in Stadiums Upheld Under President Rouhani Iranian women were once again blocked from attending a major public sports event alongside men as the police stopped women from entering Tehran’s Azadi Stadium for the finale of Iran’s Premier League soccer season on May 13, 2016. A 15-year-old girl who tried to get into […]

French Foreign Ministry Staffer with Dual Citizenship Awaits Appeal on Prison Sentence in Iran

Nazak Afshar, an employee of France’s Foreign Ministry who holds Iranian and French citizenship, is awaiting a ruling on her appeal against a six-year prison sentence issued by Judge Abolqasem Salavati of Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court on unspecified charges. Afshar is a former staff member of the French Embassy’s cultural section in Tehran. […]

Imprisoned Political Activist, Currently Appealing 21-Year Sentence, Denied Adequate Medical Care

Prisoner of conscience Amir Amirgholi, who has appealed the 21-year prison sentence he was issued earlier this year in 2016, has been denied medical treatment outside the prison for severe pancreatitis, his father told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. “When he was 12 my son was in an accident and lost half […]

Imprisoned Spiritual Leader Slapped with New Charges Upon Completing Sentence

Mohammad Ali Taheri, an imprisoned spiritual leader who was supposed to be freed more than two months ago after completing a five-year prison sentence, has again been charged with “corruption on earth,” as well as membership in a banned militant Marxist organization. His sister told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that the […]

The Leopards of Homs: A Pro-Assad Militia

By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi Emblem of The Leopards of Homs. The Arabic reads: “Fuhud Homs: Fawj al-Maham al-Khasa” (The Leopards of Homs: Special Operations Regiment). See older emblems of the militia here. The Homs area has seen the creation...Show More Summary

Imprisoned Teacher on Hunger Strike Sent Home After Hospitalization

The imprisoned teachers’ union activist, Mahmoud Beheshti Langroudi, has been released from hospital and sent home after a 22-day hunger strike.  Beheshti Langroudi was sent home from Imam Khomeini Hospital in Tehran, where he was being treated for serious health complications resulting from the hunger strike, on May 11, 2016. The judicial orders that enabled […]

Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP) and the War in Syria

 By Jesse J. McDonald The larger and more influential groups fighting in Syria have garnered much media attention for all the obvious reasons.  However, one organization is sparsely mentioned considering it has existed since 1932[1]. ...Show More Summary

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