Iran- Human Rights (Women, Minorities, Ethnics)
Iran Human Rights (JAN 3 2016): On Thursday December 31, six prisoners were reportedly hanged at Tabriz Central Prison (northern Iran) on drug charges and two young prisoners were reportedly hanged at Mashhad’s Vakilabad Prison (northern Iran) on murder charges. On Saturday January 2, a prisoner was reportedly hanged at Khorramabad’s Parsilon Prison (central Iran) on drug charges.
According to Iran state run news media, Jam News, the prisoners from Mashhad were executed on murder charges. The report identifies one of the prisoners as “A”, committed murder in 2001, and does not mention any information about the other prisoner except that he was hanged for murder.
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“There has been a steady deterioration of human rights abuses in Iran during Hassan Rouhani’s tenure as president, including executions and suppression of religious and ethnic minorities,” said Shahin Gobadi of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran.
“This is just another case in point. Actually, the clerical regime is one of the top violators of rights of religious minorities, including Christians, in the world. The regime has institutionalized repression of the Iranian people as the main tool of its survival.”
Iran- Terrorism Activities (Middle-East)
Senior U.S. military commanders on Wednesday accused Iran’s military of “highly provocative” actions in firing unguided rockets 1,500 yards from ships including an American aircraft carrier.
The USS Harry S. Truman was crossing international waters in the Strait of Hormuz when Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRCGN) conducted a live-fire exercise right nearby, according to a statement.
Iran- Nuclear Activities
the United States signed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear bomb. I decided to support the agreement because I believe that approval of the JCPOA, for all its flaws, gives us the best chance of stopping Iran from developing a nuclear weapon, something that would pose a genocidal threat to Israel and the rest of the world.
As I wrote in my statement at the time, “Although we know that Iran will remain a major menace to the region and the world, even without nuclear weapons, a nuclear armed Iran would represent an unacceptable threat to the United States, to Israel, and to global security.”
Iran’s president denounced the United States on Thursday for suggesting the possibility of new sanctions over Iranian missiles, and he ordered his Defense Ministry to respond by swiftly building more of them.
Hours after circulating a draft of proposed sanctions on Wednesday, however, the White House did not provide a timetable or even say that they would be put into effect.