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Prominent Iran human rights lawyer banned from practicing law
October 19, 2014
The semi-official news group Iranian Students' News Agency reported on Sunday that an Iranian court has banned a prominent human rights lawyer from practicing law for three years. Nasrin Sotoudeh, who has won numerous awards for her work, stated that she will not appeal the decision. However, she p....... [more]

Supreme Court of Canada rules torture victims cannot sue foreign countries
October 10, 2014
The Supreme Court of Canada ruled Friday that citizens cannot sue foreign governments for torture. Under the State Immunity Act, a foreign state is immune from the jurisdiction of any court in Canada, unless that state has waived such immunity. In the case at hand, a Canadian citizen visited Iran i....... [more]

US imposes new sanctions on 30 groups with ties to Iran
August 30, 2014
US National Security Council spokesperson Caitlin Hayden announced on Friday that the White House is placing new sanctions on over 30 organizations and individuals with ties to Iran. The sanctions come as the US continues to negotiate with Iran regarding the future of the country's controversial nuc....... [more]

Executions increased worldwide last year: report
July 19, 2014
Italian advocacy group Hands off Cain released a report on Friday revealing that the number of deaths by capital punishment increased despite a general global trend toward capital punishment abolition. The organization reports that there are currently 161 countries and territories that, to different....... [more]

Iran court sentences Facebook page administrators
July 14, 2014
An Iranian court has sentenced eight Facebook page administrators to jail for terms between eight and 21 years, Iran's official news agency, the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), reported on Sunday. The defendants were convicted of plotting against national security, spreading propaganda against....... [more]

BNP Paribas to pay almost $9 billion in US penalties
July 2, 2014
BNP Paribas (BNPP) pleaded guilty on Monday to criminal charges of violating US sanctions and will pay a penalty of almost $9 billion. The French bank has been under investigation for violating US money laundering laws by helping clients from Iran, Sudan and Cuba dodge US economic sanctions. The wor....... [more]

UN rights chief condemns juvenile execution in Iran
June 27, 2014
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Thursday condemned Iran's use of the death penalty for juvenile offenders and called on authorities to halt the announced execution of Razieh Ebrahimi. Ebrahimi, who was legally married to her then-28-year-old husband when she was 14, was sentence....... [more]

UN rights experts: Iran should abolish death penalty
June 6, 2014
A group of independent UN human rights experts on Thursday condemned Iran's execution of a political prisoner, calling for the country to end the death penalty. Gholamreza Khosravi Savadjani was arrested in 2008 for supporting western media, found guilty of enmity against God and sentenced to six y....... [more]

AI: Iran must halt execution of political dissident
June 1, 2014
Amnesty International (AI) urged Iran on Saturday not to execute a political dissident convicted of "enmity against God." Gholamreza Khosravi Savajani was sentenced to death in 2010 on the charge of "enmity against God" for his alleged links with a banned opposition group, the People's Mojahideen Or....... [more]

Iran judge orders Facebook CEO to appear in court
May 28, 2014
A judge in the southern Iranian province of Fars on Tuesday ordered Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg to appear in court regarding complaints that his company's Instagram and Whatsapp applications have violated individuals' privacy. The Iranian Students' News Agency quoted Iranian Internet of....... [more]

Argentina court strikes down agreement to probe 1994 bombing of Jewish community center
May 16, 2014
An appeals court in Argentina ruled Thursday that a controversial agreement between Argentina and Iran to investigate the 1994 bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish community center was unconstitutional. The two nations signed the agreement in January 2013, which permitted Argentinian authorities to ques....... [more]




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