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UN rights office condemns Iran crackdown on dissidents
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Daughter of Iran ex-president taken into custody to serve 6-month sentence
Faezah Hashemi [The Iranian profile], the daughter of former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, was arrested on Saturday and taken to Evin Prison to serve a six-month prison sentence. Faezah Hashemi, an outspoken critic of Iran's incumbent (More)
Daughter of former Iran president sentenced to six months
The daughter of former Iranian president Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani was sentenced on Tuesday to six months in prison after being convicted of spreading propaganda against the country's current government. Faezeh Hashemi, who is a former member of (More)
Iran court sentences opposition leader to 8 years in prison
Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Court on Wednesday sentenced opposition figure and former Iranian foreign minister Ebrahim Yazdi to eight years in prison for attempting to act against national security. Yazdi was also banned from civic activities for f (More)
Iran rights lawyer jailed for anti-government activities
Prominent Iranian rights lawyer Mohammad Ali Dadkhah was sentenced Monday to nine years in prison and banned from working as a lawyer and a teacher for 10 years after being convicted of seeking to overthrow the government. He had represented some o (More)
Iran opposition leaders jailed: reports
Iranian opposition leaders Mir-Hossein Mousavi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and Mehdi Karroubi [NYT profile; JURIST news archive] and their wives were arrested and jailed in Heshamatiyeh prison on Monday, according to Mousavi's website Kaleme (More)
Algeria government lifts 19-year state of emergency
The Algerian Council of Ministers on Tuesday approved a draft ordinance repealing the country's 19-year state of emergency, delivering on a promise made the week before . The draft ordinance will have the force of law upon publication in the Officia (More)
Libya government promises constitutional reforms following protests
The Libyan government is considering adopting a constitution and allowing greater freedoms, Saif al-Islam, son of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi , announced Monday in a televised address following several days of protests. In the address, Saif al-Is (More)
Iran opposition leader requests open, public trial
Iranian opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi [NYT profile; JURIST news archive] called Sunday for his own trial to be set up in a public court. In an open letter to the head of the Supreme Judicial System of Iran , Ayatollah Sadeq Larijani , posted on h (More)
UN SG calls for an end to violence against Middle East protesters
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday called for an end to violence against protesters [statement text; video] in Bahrain, referencing recent attempts to quell protests sweeping across the Middle East and North Africa . Ban said that he is " (More)