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Obama signs law banning entry for UN ambassadors with terrorist affiliations
April 19, 2014
US President Barack Obama on Friday signed into law a bill that bars entry for any UN ambassadors who have engaged in "terrorist activity." The law has been seen as a response to Iran's choice of US envoy, Hamid Aboutalebi, who has been linked to the student militants that seized the US embassy in T....... [more]

UN rights investigator urges Iran to halt execution of sexual assault victim
April 14, 2014
UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran Ahmed Shaheed on Monday urged Iran to immediately halt the execution of Reyhaneh Jabbari, a woman sentenced to death of murdering Mortez Abdolali Sarbandi, a former employee of the Iranian Intelligence Ministry ....... [more]

Iran to sue US over UN nominee's visa denial
April 14, 2014
A foreign ministry spokesperson on Monday said that Iran plans to sue the US over its refusal to grant an entry visa to Hamid Aboutalebi, Tehran's newly-proposed ambassador to the United Nations (UN). As the UN is based in New York, this US decision bars the nominee from taking up and carrying out....... [more]

Iran court overturns death sentence for ex-Marine
April 13, 2014
An Iranian appeals court on Saturday overturned the death sentence of ex-Marine Amir Hekmati who was convicted of spying for the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in 2011. Saturday's ruling decreased Hekmati's sentence to 10 years in prison. Hekmati is a dual US-Iranian citizen who was arrested i....... [more]

UN experts: Iranian political prisoners being denied urgent medical treatment
April 11, 2014
Experts from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) voiced concern on Thursday about the lack of medical treatment to two political prisoners in Iran who are at risk of dying in detention. The experts have urged the Iranian government to provide medical care to the two priso....... [more]

Iran human rights lawyer summoned for questioning
April 1, 2014
Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, has been summoned by the Iranian Intelligence Ministry according to a post on her husband's Facebook page Tuesday. The summons are thought to be in response to a video posted online showing Sotoudeh giving a speech that voices support for what she calls....... [more]

UN rights experts alarmed at spike in executions in Iran
February 23, 2014
A group of UN independent experts on Saturday called on the government of Iran to halt the startling increase in the number of hangings since the start of 2014. According to the UN Office of the Commissioner of Human Rights (OFCHR), at least 40 persons were hanged in the beginning of January 2014....... [more]

Syria opposition group refuses to attend peace talks if Iran also attends
January 20, 2014
The National Coalition, the main opposition group in Syria, announced on Monday that it will not attend peace talks this week in Switzerland unless the UN withdraws its invitation to Iran to attend the talks. In a press release, National Coalition head Ahmad Jarba accused Iran of ?carrying ou....... [more]

Iran has executed 40 people in two weeks: Amnesty International
January 18, 2014
The Iranian government has carried out 40 executions in the two weeks since the beginning of 2014, claims human rights group Amnesty International in a statement published Thursday. "The spike in the number of executions carried out so far this month in Iran is alarming," said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui....... [more]

Human rights activists urge Iran president to end persecution of gays
January 9, 2014
Human rights activists from various international organizations in late December called on Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to end the country's persecution of LGBT Iranians in a letter citing various attacks and rights violations. The signatories of the letter, from Human Rights Watch, Amnesty Inte....... [more]

Iran agrees to limit nuclear program in exchange for relief from sanctions
November 24, 2013
The P5+1 world powers, which include the US, UK, Russia, China, France and Germany, reached an agreement with Iran on Sunday committing Iran to limiting its developing nuclear program in exchange for relief from international sanctions. The agreement outlines a six-month program, although the US h....... [more]


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