Iran: Renowned directors jailed as part of clampdown
13 July 2022 | 4:41 pm
Iran's arrest of prominent filmmakers is part of an escalating clampdown on protesters. Human rights groups fear more backlash as Iranian women defy the regime's hijab laws in a social media campaign.
Brussels stopped short of labeling Revolutionary Guards a terrorist group in its latest raft of Iran sanctions. Meanwhile, the UK summoned a top Iranian diplomat over alleged threats to UK-based reporters.
The decision follows a similar move by Germany after a court in Tehran sentenced a German-Iranian citizen to death.
A Welsh jury found the couple guilty of manslaughter in the negligent death of their handicapped daughter. The teen was found dead on a pile of soiled beddings by shocked authorities in 2020.
A controversial prisoner swap deal with Iran could go ahead under a Belgian court ruling. But the conditions attached mean the future of a Belgian aid worker remains unclear.
Hundreds of schoolgirls in Iran have been reportedly poisoned. The United Nations and German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock have called for a thorough investigation.
Hundreds of schoolgirls have been hospitalized across Iran, and parents took to the streets in Tehran to protest. Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the perpetrators should be severely punished.
Reports of unexplained poisonings in girls' schools and dorms in Iran have increased since November. Authorities have claimed the victims are experiencing symptoms of "stress," but activists say it's unlikely.
Despite 44 years of propaganda and systematic attempts at brainwashing in all educational institutions, the Iranian regime has failed to prevent women from rising up against the clerical establishment.
Leaders in Iran announced several arrests amid an ongoing wave of school poisonings. Tehran's Interior Ministry has accused some of those arrested of having ties to "foreign-based dissident media."
Bernard Phelan, 64, has been sentenced to six and a half years in prison by the Iranian authorities, his family says.
The stampede in October 2022 during a soccer match left 135 people dead, with over 40 children among the victims. Both officials were found guilty of negligence.
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