‘Vicious crackdown’: Amnesty ups death toll estimate in Iran

‘Vicious crackdown’: Amnesty ups death toll estimate in Iran

by WorldTribune Staff, December 16, 2019 Amnesty International has reported that at least 304 people were killed in Iran during a three-day crackdown against protests in November. The rights group had earlier estimated 208 deaths in the demonstrations, which started amid furor over an increase in gas prices but developed in many areas in the […]

Iran used firearms to subdue protests; Pompeo tells Iranians, ‘We hear you’

Iran used firearms to subdue protests; Pompeo tells Iranians, ‘We hear you’

by WorldTribune Staff, November 27, 2019 Video footage which made it past Iran’s Internet blockade during recent anti-government demonstrations shows Iranian security forces using firearms against civilian protesters, rights groups reported. Reports say at least 143 were killed, but news reports from Iran are sketchy and unreliable. “Verified videos show security forces deliberately shooting unarmed […]

Iran on fire in 100 cities: ‘Most difficult time in decades’

Iran on fire in 100 cities: ‘Most difficult time in decades’

by WorldTribune Staff, November 20, 2019 Mass protests are raging in more than 100 cities in Iran days after the Islamic Republic, under pressure from sanctions, finally announced fuel rationing and a 50 percent increase in gas prices. As it has in response to past uprisings, the government is cracking down — hard. According to […]

New State Dept. ‘Unalienable Rights’ panel worries abortion, LGBT advocates

New State Dept. ‘Unalienable Rights’ panel worries abortion, LGBT advocates

by WorldTribune Staff, July 9, 2019 U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on July 8 the formation of the State Department Commission on Unalienable Rights which will  be grounded in the “nation’s founding principles of natural law and natural rights.” “I hope that the commission will revisit the most basic of questions: What does […]

Iran challenged on fate of thousands of dissidents secretly executed

Iran challenged on fate of thousands of dissidents secretly executed

by WorldTribune Staff, December 5, 2018 A human rights group has asked the United Nations to investigate and bring to justice those responsible for the executions of thousands of political dissidents in Iran in the summer of 1988. London-based Amnesty International, in a Dec. 4 report, called on the UN to establish an “independent, impartial […]

Iranian women removing hijab charged with ‘inciting prostitution’

Iranian women removing hijab charged with ‘inciting prostitution’

by WorldTribune Staff, February 28, 2018 Iranian police have begun charging women who remove the mandatory hijab in public with “inciting prostitution,” a charge which carries a prison sentence of up to 10 years. In the first two months of 2018, more than 35 women have been arrested in Teheran for removing the compulsory headscarf […]

Iran arrests 29 women who removed head scarves, claims they were ‘tricked’ by social media

Iran arrests 29 women who removed head scarves, claims they were ‘tricked’ by social media

by WorldTribune Staff, February 2, 2018 Iranian police have arrested 29 women who removed their hijabs in the latest wave of protests against the country’s strict modesty laws. The protests are part of what organizers are calling the “White Wednesdays” movement where women take to the streets without wearing the required Islamic veils. The Islamic […]

Iran reportedly releases woman who took stand against compulsory veiling during protests

Iran reportedly releases woman who took stand against compulsory veiling during protests

by WorldTribune Staff, January 29, 2018 “The girl of Enghelab Street,” whose stand in Teheran last month against wearing the mandatory head scarf went viral on social media, has been released after being held in detention, a human rights lawyer said. The woman, whose name has not been made public, has been released by Iranian […]

Sudan reported to use chemical weapons in Darfur

Sudan reported to use chemical weapons in Darfur

by WorldTribune Staff, October 2, 2016 The Sudanese regime has disputed a report that it used chemical weapons in the Darfur region. A report by Amnesty International on Sept. 27 said that people in 32 villages in the Jebel Marra area of Darfur reported symptoms consistent with exposure to “blister agents” — a banned class […]

Iran hangs gay teenager with ‘no access to a lawyer’

Iran hangs gay teenager with ‘no access to a lawyer’

by WorldTribune Staff, August 5, 2016 Iran has executed a gay teenager who was convicted as a juvenile of “forced male-to-male anal intercourse,” Amnesty International reported. Hassan Afshar, 19, was hanged in Arak Prison in Iran’s Markazi Province on July 18. Amnesty said Iranian authorities received a complaint accusing Afshar and two other adolescents of […]