Category: News & Analysis

Iran’s opposition leader tests positive for COVID-19 while under house arrest

Sunday 15 November 2020 – With the spread of COVID-19 currently overwhelming the healthcare system in Iran, the government of President Hassan Rouhani was forced to announce urgent measures in an attempt to stem the pandemic.  President Rouhani stated today […]

Iran: UN expert urges accountability for violent protest crackdowns

NEW YORK (26 October 2020) – The Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran must conduct an independent, impartial and transparent inquiry into the violent crackdown against protests in November 2019 and January 2020, and bring human rights violators to […]

Iran’s beloved voice of protest falls silent!

Mohammad Reza Shajarian, Iran’s most famous singer, a voice celebrated across all generations in the country, died on Thursday 8 October after a long struggle against cancer that had prevented him from performing during the latter years of his life.  […]

Nurses denounce government betrayal

Employers have rewarded the sacrifice of Iranian nurses with sackings, unpaid salaries for shifts already worked, and revolving 89-day contracts – one day short of any job-security and rights. On Saturday 9th May, protests by nurses in Gilan province, in […]

Three implications of the corona crisis in Iran – Azadeh Zamirirad

The coronavirus is more than a health challenge for the Islamic Republic. The virus is exacerbating the legitimacy crisis and pushing religion into the background, says Azadeh Zamirirad. In February, the Islamic Republic announced its first confirmed cases of the coronavirus. […]

Iran temporarily releases 70,000 prisoners as coronavirus cases surge

DUBAI (Reuters) — Iran has temporarily freed about 70,000 prisoners to combat the spread of the coronavirus in jails, the head of the judiciary said on Monday, as officials reported hundreds of new infections and dozens more deaths across the […]

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s prison leave extended in Iran amid virus crisis

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s leave from prison in Iran has been extended by two weeks and her case has been put forward to prosecutor to seek clemency, her husband has said. The British-Iranian mother was among thousands of prisoners temporarily freed from jail […]

Iran’s Coronavirus Disaster – KARIM SADJADPOUR

Domestic mismanagement and international hostility have complicated Iran’s response to the coronavirus threat, fueling one of the world’s most dire outbreaks. The Islamic Republic of Iran has suffered a devastating number of fatalities from the new coronavirus, exceeded only by those […]

US Sanctions on Iran Are Increasing Coronavirus Deaths BY SARAH LAZARE

Iran is ravaged by coronavirus — and US sanctions are making the pandemic even more deadly. ust as the global coronavirus pandemic is escalating profound injustices within the United States, it is also intensifying the brutality of the sanction regimes the United […]

Fears mount as coronavirus outbreak worsens in sanctions-hit Iran

Local official says death toll stands at 50, raising concerns of a cover-up and whether the country will be able to cope with the crisis Calls for US to ease restrictions to allow China and other Tehran-friendly countries to provide […]