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UN Report: US Sanctions Hit Iran’s Oil Sales چاپ ارسال به دوست
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UN Report: US Sanctions Hit Iran's Oil Sales 

 According to Javaid Rehman, Kurdish political prisoners charged with national security offenses represent almost half the total number of political prisoners in Iran.

Saturday, 17 August, 2019

New York - Ali Barada 

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The UN expert on human rights in Iran has said in a report that US sanctions reimposed on the country in 2018 have hit oil sales and caused the devaluation of its currency.

"The negative impact of the reimposition of economic sanctions" by Washington has been "felt strongly by ordinary Iranians," Javaid Rehman said in his report to the General Assembly circulated Friday.

"The sanctions have hit oil sales, imposed wide-ranging restrictions on traders and businesses and triggered the devaluation of the Iranian currency," he said.

"All these factors have contributed to raising the scale of austerity and pushing inflation higher. Rising levels of unemployment and poverty have also adversely affected the rights to health and education and access to other basic services for millions of Iranians," he stated.

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Academics, intellectuals demand forces in Rojhelat to unite against aggression of the Iranian state چاپ ارسال به دوست
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Academics, intellectuals demand forces in Rojhelat to unite against aggression of the Iranian state

 
09/21/2018
 
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On September 8, 2018, the armed forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran launched multiple missile attacks on the offices and residential compounds of Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran (KDPI) and Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) in Koya, deep inside the federal region of Iraqi Kurdistan in blatant breach of international law. These attacks lead to the significant number of death and injury among these parties' members and civilians residing in the compound.
 
 
On the same day, Iranian regime executed three Kurdish political prisoners, Ramin Hossein Panahi, Loqman Moradi and Zanyar Moradi. The executions took place despite multiple calls by international human rights organisations to halt the executions and address serious procedural flaws in the detention and trial of the three individuals.
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Nikki Haley, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations on Iran چاپ ارسال به دوست
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 Nikki Haley, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations on Iran;

 
"In a blatant violation of Iraqi sovereignty, the Iranian regime recently fired a barrage of missiles from Iran into Iraq. Iran attacked the headquarters of the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran, killing eleven people. This was not an act of Iranian proxies but of the Tehran regime itself."
 
Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in the Middle East Ambassador Nikki Haley, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, chairs a UN Security Council meeting on the Middle East on September 20, 2018.
 

https://youtu.be/IEswTsc4IXU  

Mr. Mladenov, thank you very much for your briefing.

I've listened to my colleagues statements this afternoon with great interest. I have always been open about my belief that this Middle East debate has been excessively and unfairly focused on Israel. Today, I will go one step further. The Palestinian-Israeli conflict is serious and worthy of this Council's attention. But if there is one country that is the source of conflict and instability in the Middle East - one country that merits a quarterly debate in the Security Council - that country is not Israel. It's Iran.

For almost 40 years, the Iranian regime has existed outside the community of law-abiding nations. It is difficult to name a conflict in the Middle East that does not have Iran's fingerprints on it.

 

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Arash and Kamyar Alaei, who are brothers, were detained without charge by Iranian security forces چاپ ارسال به دوست
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Iranian Islamic security forces detained Arash Alaei, holding him overnight at an unknown 

 
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Iran: Release Detained HIV/AIDS Experts
Arrested Physicians Have Not Been Charged, Whereabouts Unknown

(vokradio.com New York, July 21, 2008) - Iranian authorities should immediately release or charge two physicians who are internationally recognized for their work on HIV/AIDS, Human Rights Watch said today. The men, Arash and Kamyar Alaei, who are brothers, were detained without charge by Iranian security forces in late June, and their whereabouts remain unknown. 

 

location. The following morning, they accompanied him to his home, where they arrested Kamyar Alaei and seized material and documents belonging to the brothers. The authorities have not yet announced why the brothers were detained or whether or not they intend to bring any charges against them. Moreover, they have refused to disclose information about where the Alaei brothers are being held and have not provided them access to counsel.
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How US Can Do the Right Thing By the Kurds, While Avoiding Crisis چاپ ارسال به دوست
Irina Tsukerman, VOKRadio, Los Angeles, California   

How US Can Do the Right Thing By the Kurds, While Avoiding Crisis

The US at this juncture has significant leverage over Baghdad.

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By: Irina Tsukerman

 October 8, 2017

New Yourk,

Staying out of the issue and refusing to back Kurds in times of need will not win US friends or allies in the Middle East, a region that values strength, loyalty, and strategic consistence over quibbling, appeasement, and insecurity. 


President Trump can exercise that leverage effectively by having the airport ban lifted, not with loud proclamations that can only create indignation with the Iraqi government, but with nuanced behind the scenes diplomacy.

The ban is not going to change anyone's mind about independence, only gets people more intent to move forward as soon as possible unilaterally and with no negotiations.

At the same time, it's causing damage to Kurdish economy, creates undue suffering for civilians, and causing problems for US investors working on oil projects in the region.

The US has invested untold amount of money into Iraqi government - just so they could repay us by creating a de facto blockade against our allies, and preventing us from getting in and out?

It serves no legitimate purpose and actually causes the US to look weak - weaker than the Iraqi government, and unable to defend our own interests.

Weighing in on this issue will allow the US to retain credibility with the Kurds while also pushing both sides towards a negotiated solution to the current face-off.

Second, the US should play a role in negotiations over Kirkuk and oil, which are central to any successful bilateral discussion.

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