Iranian Writers Protest Repression

The Iranian Writers’ Association has issued a statement protesting repression and persecution against “different groups of the Iranian society” in the recent months. The report, dated February 23, notes that “in the last few months, along with the deterioration of economic and social conditions in Iran, a new wave of censorship, bans, citations to security …

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They Could Be Executed Next Week

Yesterday, deputy Tehran prosecutor Hassan Haddad was quoted by semi-official news agency Isna, saying that Iran’s seven imprisoned Baha’i leaders (see photo) will be going on trial next week on charges of  ”acting against the Islamic Republic” and “espionage for Israel,” allegations that may lead to execution. The Baha’i community categorically denies these charges. No evidence …

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Don’t Rush to Judgements!

These pictures are quite popular in the West: Iranian women covered by a black veil, “chador,” as they call it, from head to feet, with only the noses visible and a glimpse of their faces and eyes. And the “burka” in Afghanistan:  usually in blue, but covering even those facial parts, leaving something like a grid …

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Leave the Dead in Peace!

South of Tehran, there is a cemetery called Khavaran with hundreds of individual and mass, unmarked graves. In the past, it was used as a graveyard for religious minorities such as Hindus, Christians, and recently Baha’is. Between August 1988 and February 1989, Iranian authorities buried here thousands of regime opponents who were executed in a wave …

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