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Iranian Imprisoned translator Marjan Davari has been sentenced to death by Branch 15 of the so-called Tehran Revolutionary Court for ‘spreading corruption on earth’

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The regime has failed to prevent the Iranian people from celebrating end of the Iranian calendar year Fire Festivities, creating concern among officials and state media. 

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 By INU Staff 

INU - On Monday, the United Nations held a serious of “interactive dialogues” about human rights issues in several areas of concern, including the Islamic Republic of Iran. The discussion of ongoing Iranian abuses included commentary from the UN’s new special rapporteur on human rights in that country, Asma Jahangir. The UN website notes that she emphasized the lack of independence in the Iranian judiciary – something that directly contradicts the explanation given by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani for his administration’s failure to rein in well-known human rights abuses.

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Iran’s domestic unrest is escalating.

Thousands of angry teachers in more than 22 cities held protests in Iran on Thursday, March 9. The demonstrations took place in Tehran, Mashhad, Bojnourd, Ferdows, Torbat-heidaria, Mazandaran, Sanandaj, Saqqez, Marivan, Qorveh, Tabriz, Ardebil, Zanjan, Shiraz, Bushehr, Isfahan, Kermanshah, Kangan, Dehgolan, Lordegan, Ahwaz and Aligudarz. 

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A US-Iranian dual national and his wife, believed to be owner of an art gallery in Tehran, who often hosted events for dignitaries and foreign diplomats, were arrested last summer, and have been formally charged with with hosting parties. No names were given, but prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi said that the case ‘‘is related to a woman and man who provided alcoholic drinks, and encouraged corruption and debauchery by holding mixed parties.’’ He said 4,000 liters of alcohol had been found in the basement of their building in northern Tehran. The couple are said to  belong to the Zoroastrian religion, and are allowed to have alcohol for private use.  However, they are banned from sharing it with Muslims.

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Suicides have been on the rise among Iranian women.  Many social ills contribute to this. However, in the case of a young woman named Mahdis, it occurred just one day after she was released from prison last January. She was a 26 year old aspiring engineer, who was taken into custody by intelligence agents on January 24. She was like a different person after being released. She was sexually abused by Iranian suppressive forces. 

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