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Amnesty finds surge in repression of dissent in Iran

Guardian - Feb 29, 2012
Lawyers, journalists, political activists, religious and ethnic minorities and filmmakers targeted in the new wave of arrests/ 's parliamentary elections on Friday, the first public vote since the 2008 unrest in the country, the authorities have once again stepped up crackdown on journalists and activists. Amnesty International has published a thorough report on the surge in repression of dissents in Iran, which it said has "dramatically escalated" ahead of the parliamentary vote, especially in regards to freedom of expression. , has ...


Iran: military decides if IAEA can visit Parchin

Reuters - Feb 29, 2012
It is up to Iran's military to decide whether U.N. nuclear inspectors can visit a site they want to see as part of their investigation of Iranian nuclear activities, a senior Iranian official said on Wednesday. The U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said last week that it had requested access to the Parchin military facility during high-level talks in Tehran earlier this month, but that the Iranian side had not granted it. The IAEA had hoped that Iran would start addressing its mounting concerns about possible military links to ...


Iran turns the screws on dissidents ahead of elections, report finds

Telegraph - Feb 27, 2012
Iran has escalated its crackdown on freedom of expression ahead of this week's parliamentary election, Amnesty International said in a report published today./ Iran is desperate to avoid an uprising popular protests like those that flared up after the 2009 elections/ "In Iran today you put yourself at risk if you do anything that might fall outside the increasingly narrow confines of what the authorities deem socially or politically acceptable," said Ann Harrison, interim deputy director of Amnesty's Middle East and North Africa programme./ ...


Iran ups repression of dissent ahead of vote: Amnesty International

Al-Arabiya - Feb 27, 2012
Iran is holding Friday a parliamentary election, its first national poll since the controversial 2009 re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. (Reuters)/ Iran has escalated its crackdown on freedom of expression ahead of this week’s parliamentary election, Amnesty International said in a report published on Tuesday. “In Iran today you put yourself at risk if you do anything that might fall outside the increasingly narrow confines of what the authorities deem socially or politically acceptable,” said Ann Harrison, interim deputy ...


Iran says expects talks with IAEA to continue

Reuters - Feb 28, 2012
Iran said on Tuesday that it expected talks with the watchdog International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to continue and it was optimistic that they would proceed in the right direction. In the latest high-level talks between the IAEA and Iran, conducted in Tehran in January and February, Iranian officials stuck to a refusal to address intelligence reports about covert research relevant to developing nuclear weapons. Iran says its nuclear program is for peaceful energy purposes only. "We expect the dialogue that has started will continue," ...


Iran steps up repression before polls: Amnesty

Reuters - Feb 28, 2012
Iran has "dramatically escalated" a crackdown on dissent in the run-up to this week's parliamentary elections, arresting lawyers, students and journalists and targeting electronic media, human rights group Amnesty International said on Tuesday. "In Iran today you put yourself at risk if you do anything that might fall outside the increasingly narrow confines of what the authorities deem socially or politically acceptable," said Ann Harrison, an Amnesty Middle East expert. "Anything from setting up a social group on the internet, forming or ...


Iran says seeks engagement on its nuclear policy

Reuters - Feb 28, 2012
Iran said on Tuesday there were two ways of dealing with its "peaceful nuclear program", either engagement or confrontation, but that it preferred cooperation. In a speech to the U.N.-sponsored Conference on Disarmament, Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi accused the West of double standards for supporting Israel, the only Middle East state that is outside the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). "We have clearly stated time and time again there are two alternatives in dealing with the Iranian peaceful nuclear program. One way is ...


Amnesty: While Arab world explodes, Iran cracking down with impunity

CNN - Feb 27, 2012
A new Amnesty International report documents what is described as repression in Iran/ The human rights advocacy group urges the international community to take action/ "We are ordered to crush you," one interrogator told a detainee, according to the report/ Things may get worse with elections around the corner, Amnesty says/ -- While the world's attention has been focused on tumult in the Arab world, Iran has cracked down with impunity on dissent and is feared to come down even harder as elections approach, Amnesty International said in a ...


Six-nation Iran nuke talks may happen soon

UPI - Feb 29, 2012
A handout picture released by the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s official website shows Ahmadinejad visiting Tehran’s nuclear reactor during the unveiling ceremony on February 15, 2012 in Tehran, Iran. Iran simultaneously unveiled three new nuclear projects on Wednesday. UPI/ Washington and five other powers expect to announce new nuclear talks with Iran within days, diplomats said as Iran condemned nuclear weapons as "a great sin." The United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China have agreed in principle to accept ...


Iran says nuclear weapons are a 'great sin'

ABC Online - Feb 28, 2012
Iran condemned production of atomic weapons as a "great sin" as it called for more talks with the United Nations (UN) nuclear watchdog. The country is facing growing international pressure over its nuclear program, which it says is peaceful but Western powers suspect could have a military dimension. Last week the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said it had been denied access to a key Iranian military site where it is suspected nuclear activities have been carried out. Negotiations with the IAEA have stalled, but Iranian foreign ...


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