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Prominent Rights Defender Faces New Charges for Her Meeting with Ashton

Narges Mohammadi, the prominent human rights defender and Deputy Head of the now-shuttered Defenders of Human Rights Center in Tehran, told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that new charges have been brought against her stemming from her March 8, 2014 meeting with the EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton.

Olive branches and old scars

PALESTINIANS' latest attempt to reconcile their divided territories faces daunting obstacles at home and abroad

A gathering storm

New immigration policies are worrying Syrians

Cartoon 86: The Execution

Fars News Agency wrote on Sunday, June 1, 2014 that Gholamreza Khosravi Savadjani, a political prisoner charged with moharebeh (enmity with God), was executed inside Rajaee Shahr Prison in Karaj. Gholamreza Khosravi Savadjani had been sentenced to death following his arrest in 2008 on charges in connection with his alleged support for the Mojahedin-e Khalgh [...]

In trouble

Reconciliation between Palestinian factions is faltering

Down but not out

The Syrian regime's forces have gained the upper hand against rebel groups in the country's bloody civil war. A current increase in foreign aid is not enough to change that

Gone but not forgotten

Locals in Idleb are still fearful of the extremist group

Iran’s IRGC Commander Admits to Interference in 2009 Election

In a newly released video, the commander of the Revolutionary Guards, Mohammad Ali Jaafari, in a speech to an audience which appears to be composed of Guard commanders, details the role of the Guards in the 2009 presidential election and the subsequent violent crackdown of the post-election protest movement.

That well is ours

Local communities in the far south want a bigger slice of the oil action

State-run TV’s Disinformation Encourages Violence Against Women

June 2, 2014—The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran calls on President Rouhani to immediately institute supervision of Iran’s state TV and end the broadcast of programs that falsely defame dissidents and implicitly justify violence against women who do not wear the hijab, the compulsory dress that covers a woman’s head and body.

Getting harder

A slideshow of life in one Baghdad district

Religious Groups and Scholars of Islam in the Syrian Revolution by Isam Eido

Issam Eido is a Neubauer Collegium Visiting Fellow and a Visiting Instructor of Islamic Studies and Arabic in the University of Chicago Divinity School. Dr. Eido’s research focuses on the Qur’an in late antiquity, hadith studies, and Sufi and Arabic literary and poetic studies. Show More Summary

Political Prisoner ?Executed Despite Lack of Due Process

A long-time death-row inmate accused of inciting recent prison disturbances was unexpectedly executed on the morning of June 1, 2014 in Rajaee-Shahr Prison, the semi-official Fars news agency.

Under fire

Journalists are increasingly nervous, as an outstanding editor is gunned down

One Thousand Days in Prison: John Kerry Appeals for Amir Hekmati’s Release

The US Secretary of State John Kerry asked the Iranian government, in a statement issued on Memorial Day, May 26, 2014, to release US citizen Amir Mirzaei Hekmati, who has been in prison in Iran since July 2011.

Director of “Happy” Video Released on Bail

The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has confirmed that Sassan Soleimani, director of the “Happy in Tehran”[] video, was released on bail of approximately $16,600 earlier today in Tehran.

Syrians in Lebanon Vote in Presidential Elections

My brother voted 'no' in the Syrian embassy in Moscow during 1980s Hafez 'election'. His passport was revoked & never able to go back since — ???? ?????? (@agh_yan) May 28, 2014   As Syrians abroad have been gathering to vote in theShow More Summary

Warily groping towards a deal

Western governments want Palestinian reconciliation, but Israel’s does not

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