#Iran--Negotiations, Prisoners of Rights, and More
Arseh Sevom--Wow, is Iran ever in the news. Nuclear negotiations, prisoners of rights, fertility treatments, and sanctions relief all feature this week. What we didn't include could fill an entire newspaper. Arseh Sevom congratulates physicist Omid Kokabee on the award of the Andrei Sakharov Prize from the American Physical Society and calls for his immediate and unconditional release from prison. We are watching other developments with interest.
#Iran -- I'm Sorry, So Sorry, #Rouhani Apologizes on State TV
Arseh Sevom – There are times when the sword is mightier than the pen and on January 29 it was so. Two Ahwazi Arabs were executed without warning, without the chance to say goodbye to loved ones. Their crime: “enmity against God.” This review looks at politics, sanctions, apologies, and executions.
US Sanctions Law Shuts Down Online Courses in #Iran
"Few things illustrate the bone-headedness, short-sightedness, and sheer chauvinism of the political structure of the United States better than the extent to which its ideologues are willing to go to score cheap domestic political points with narrow interests in the pursuit of a sanctions regime that has clearly run its course." Those were the words sent to the students of the online course "Constitutional Struggles in the Muslim World" this morning. A U.S. Treasury spokeswoman reminds us that Coursera needs to apply for a license to operate and that the office of the treasury has a history of approving educational licences.
Four diverse civil society organizations --Arseh Sevom, The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, United4Iran, and Sanctioned Life -- have launched JUST ACCESS, an international campaign to ensure access to medication, humanitarian goods, and other non-sanctioned items by people living in Iran. The campaign focuses on the unintended effects of economic sanctions on people living in Iran. Our objective is for the European Union to create a payment channel allowing the purchase of non-sanctioned items, such as medication and humanitarian goods. Click here to read the campaign statement.