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Tuesday’s Iran Mini Report – March 12, 2019

Tuesday's Iran Mini Report - March 12, 2019

• U.N. Investigating Suspected North Korean Arms Dealers In Iran
NBC News: The United Nations is investigating two North Korean missile and arms companies suspected of operating in Iran in possible violation of international sanctions, according to a report by a U.N. panel of experts. The presidents of top North Korean regime arms firms, KOMID, which exports equipment for ballistic missiles and other weapons, and Green Pine, which sells conventional arms, recently traveled to Iran, according to air passenger documents cited by the report by the U.N. panel.

• Iranian Court Sentences U.S. Navy Veteran, Human-Rights Lawyer
The Wall Street Journal: An Iranian court has sentenced a U.S. Navy veteran for an unspecified crime, according to Iranian state-linked media, in a move that threatens to further strain relations between Washington and Tehran. Michael White was detained last year in the north-eastern city of Mashhad after an individual accused him of wrongdoing, while authorities also were investigating possible security-related charges against him, an Iranian prosecutor said in January.

• UN Expert Slams Iran’s Rights Record in 1st Report to Geneva Council
VOA: Iran’s human rights record came under sharp criticism at the U.N. Human Rights Council on Monday, with a U.N. expert singling out Iran’s crackdown on dissent and practice of sentencing children to death. Presenting his first report to the Geneva-based council since taking office in July, the Special Rapporteur on human rights in Iran, Javaid Rehman, cited what he called Tehran’s “worrying patterns of intimidation, arrest, prosecution, and ill-treatment” of human rights defenders, lawyers, and labor rights activists who have taken part in recent protests and strikes across the country.
• Iran To Launch New Development Phases Of South Pars Gas Field
Reuters: Iran is to launch four new phases at South Pars, the world’s largest gas field, with a production capacity of up to 110 million cubic meters per day, the oil ministry said on Twitter on Tuesday. No additional information was provided on when the four new phases would be launched. Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh told state TV last month that Iran’s gas production at South Pars had hit 610 million cubic meters per day.
• Iranian Human Rights Lawyer Sentenced To 38 Years In Jail, Lashes – Husband | Reuters
Jailed Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh has been sentenced to 38 years in prison and 148 lashes, her husband Reza Khandan wrote in a post on Facebook on Monday, without specifying what charges she faced. Sotoudeh’s lawyer, Payam Derafshan, told the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) in December that Sotoudeh – arrested last June – had been charged with spreading information against the state, insulting Iran’s Supreme Leader and spying.
• Iranian Lawyer Who Defended Women Protesters Gets 7 Years
AP: Iran’s Judiciary said it sentenced a prominent human rights lawyer to seven years in prison after she defended protesters against the Islamic Republic’s mandatory headscarves for women. However, Reza Khandan, the husband of 55-year-old Nasrin Sotoudeh, said on Facebook that his wife’s verdict was delivered to her in jail and that it was “five years imprisonment for her first case and 33 years imprisonment with 148 lashes for the second case.”
• Iran: Pro-Government Vigilantes Attack Women For Standing Up Against Forced Hijab Laws
Amnesty International: A series of videos shared on social media in recent weeks have shed light on the daily harassment and violent attacks women in Iran face at the hands of morality police and pro-government vigilantes seeking to enforce the country’s forced hijab (veiling) laws, said Amnesty International. The videos show members of the public or plain-clothes morality police aggressively confronting or attacking women for defying Iran’s degrading forced hijab laws, in the name of defending “public decency”.