Mohammad Ali Taheri, An activist in Iran,

Spiritual Leader Sentenced to Death in Iran

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The Iranian government’s brutal intolerance of religious freedom continues. On August 27, a revolutionary court in Tehran sentenced Mohammad Ali Taheri, the founder of an Iranian spiritual movement, to death. He was charged with founding a religious cult and “spreading corruption on earth.” Mr. Taheri, who researched and taught alternative medicine at the university level, started an organization, known as …

A Blocked Resolution on Syria

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U.S. Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Nikki Haley called Russia and China’s choice to block the resolution to hold the Syrian regime accountable for its use of chemical weapons, “outrageous and indefensible.” The suffering experienced by victims of chemical weapons – the choking, burning, and suffocating, as well as the indiscriminate nature of the killing by gases that seep …

Rights Group Warns of Mine Threats in Former IS Territory © 2005 by Human Rights Watch

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Human Rights Watch warned Wednesday of the dangers civilians face from landmines placed by Islamic State fighters as battles continue to recapture control of areas in Syria and Iraq. The group said its investigation in the northern Syrian city of Manbij turned up the names up 69 people killed by the explosives, and hospital staff reported treating hundreds of people hurt …

Violations of Press Freedom in Iran

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Iran’s human rights record, as the U.S. State Department’s most recent world-wide report noted, remains dismal, despite rhetorical changes from government officials who pledged to restore and expand freedoms for the Iranian people. Among the violations the State Department cited were severe restrictions on civil liberties, including freedom of the press and expression; executions without due process; and politically motivated …