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Iran continues to allow young girls to be forced into marriage

By INU Staff

INU - The Iranian regime is known for its nuclear program and its spread of chaos and terrorism across the Middle East. There has been a lot of focus on the relations between the United States and Iran in the past few weeks because of the heightened tensions that many feared would result in military conflict.

Faltering to Control Online Behavior, Tehran Gives the Public New Circumvention Tools

By Jazeh Miller

On Thursday, the Center for Human Rights in Iran issued a report that arguably highlighted two contrary trends related to the online environment in the Islamic Republic of Iran. The article began by asking the question, “Why is the Iranian government aiding the development of a censorship circumvention tool?” It then went on to explain that the emergence of a web proxy known as MTProto appeared to be part of an effort by the country’s Ministry of Information and Communications Technology to manage and possibly subvert the tendency of private citizens to gain unfiltered access to the internet using similar such tools.

By Jazeh Miller

On Tuesday, a number of reports appeared in the international press which communicated the latest findings of cyber security experts and social media giants regarding ongoing efforts to deceptively influence Western audiences with talking points that serve Iran’s interests.

By INU - Staff

INU - It was reported on Tuesday that the Iranian woman who sparked a large-scale protest movement against the country’s forced veiling laws has been freed from prison. But the news comes amidst a series of crackdowns on other activists, including women’s rights activists, thereby diminishing the significance of the supposed act clemency.

Ongoing Repression of Iran’s Minorities Contributes to Threats of Popular Protest

By Mahmoud Hakamian

On Sunday, Agence France-Presse reported that two managers at an Iranian state television channel had been fired over the broadcast of a live program deemed insulting to Sunni Muslims. While this headline given the impression of meaningful efforts by regime authorities to exhibit sensitivity to Iran’s minority groups, the underlying incident is also one of many examples of a culture of discrimination in Iranian state media and in mainstream Iranian society as a whole.

Two Months After Nationwide Flooding, Iran Still Withholds Relief, Attacks Victims

By Edward Carney

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and the European Civil Protection Mechanism have recently released estimates regarding the severity of the flooding that struck at least 25 of Iran’s 31 provinces beginning in mid-March. The figures indicate that upwards of 12 million Iranian citizens have been affected by the disaster, and that roughly two million of them are currently in need of humanitarian relief. However, such relief has not been forthcoming from the Iranian government, and Iran Human Rights Monitor seized upon the international reports last week to accuse Tehran of withholding available funds.

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