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    United States: Appeals Court Refuses Review of Visa Denials for Four Iranian Nationals Under Doctrine of Consular Nonreviewability On January 31, 2024, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit affirmed the ruling of the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin that the doctrine of consular nonreviewability precluded the court from reviewing the denial of visas for four Iranian nationals. (Pak v. Biden, No. 23-1392 (7th Cir. … Continue reading “United States: Appeals Court Refuses Review...
    • Contributor: Friedman, Sarah
    • Date: 2024-02-26
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    Iran: Law to Protect the Family by Promoting the Culture of Chastity and Hijab Proposed On July 27, 2023, Iran’s Parliamentary Judicial Commission introduced substantial changes to a bill drafted last April titled the Protection of the Culture of Chastity and Hijab Law. The purpose of the proposed law is to suppress the growing movement of women in the country who defy previous rules mandating the wearing of headscarves in … Continue reading “Iran: Law to Protect the Family...
    • Contributor: Ahmad, Tariq
    • Date: 2023-09-05
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    United Kingdom: Sanctions Imposed On Iranian "Morality Police" As a result of the death of Mahsa Amini on September 16, 2022, in Iran following her arrest by the “morality police,” which triggered protests across Iran, the government of the United Kingdom (UK) on October 10, 2022, imposed sanctions against the entirety of the Iranian “morality police,” along with five other leading political and … Continue reading “United Kingdom: Sanctions Imposed On Iranian...
    • Contributor: Feikert-Ahalt, Clare
    • Date: 2022-10-26
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    United States: US Court of Appeals for DC Circuit Holds Iranian Soldier Cannot Bring Suit Against Iran or Revolutionary Guard Corps Under Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act On August 3, 2021, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit dismissed a lawsuit involving the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA), 28 U.S.C. § 1602 et seq. (Radmanesh v. Islamic Republic of Iran, No. 19-7121 (D.C. Cir. Aug. 3, 2021) (Case).) The plaintiff, Darioush Radmanesh, brought a lawsuit in 2017 alleging that Iran … Continue reading “United States: US Court of Appeals...
    • Contributor: Myers, Louis
    • Date: 2021-09-22
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    Sweden: Swedish Transport Agency Revokes IranAir's Right to Operate in Sweden over Coronavirus Threat (Mar. 3, 2020) On March 2, 2020, the Public Health Agency of Sweden (Folkhälsomyndigheten) requested that the Swedish Transport Agency (Transportstyrelsen) revoke the IranAir airline’s right to operate (trafiktillstånd) in Sweden. The request comes as a measure to stop the spread of the coronavirus, Covid-19, from spreading in Sweden. The Transport Agency responded by temporarily […]
    • Contributor: Hofverberg, Elin
    • Date: 2020-03-03
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    Iran: Parliament Refers Election Campaign Transparency Bill to Internal Affairs Commission for Further Scrutiny (Jan. 22, 2020) On January 12, 2020, Iran’s Majles (Parliament) referred a high-priority bill to increase transparency in election campaign financing to the parliament’s Councils and Domestic Affairs Committee for further consideration. The bill is a response to discussions on political spending that arose before the last Majles election in 2016 that questioned the integrity […]
    • Contributor: Lerner, Barry
    • Date: 2020-01-22
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    Iran: Space Agency Aims to Train Specialists in Space Law (Nov. 7, 2018) The Iranian Space Agency (ISA) and the University of Tehran’s Institute for Studies in Public Law signed a memorandum of understanding in late-August 2018 providing for the University to train specialists in space law “to increase Iran’s role in international assemblies and secure national interests.” (Iran Expanding Space Law Studies, EGHTESAD ONLINE […]
    • Contributor: Lerner, Barry
    • Date: 2018-11-07
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    Iran: IMF Evaluates Iran's Legislative and Institutional Efforts to Combat Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing (Apr. 13, 2018) In its March 2018 report assessing the economic situation in Iran, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) found that Iran had made progress in reforming its policies on combating money laundering and the financing of terrorism and was taking steps to improve the country’s connections to the international banking and trade system. (IMF, […]
    • Contributor: Lerner, Barry
    • Date: 2018-04-13
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    Iran: Cabinet Abandons Directive on Scrapping Old Cars to Reduce Air Pollution (Dec. 5, 2017) Pressure from Iran’s automakers and the country’s Ministry of Industry, Mines and Trade has led to the cancellation by the Council of Ministers (Cabinet) of a recently adopted directive aimed at combating the high levels of air pollution in Iran’s big cities, 80% of which comes from automotive sources. (Ameer Hossein Askarian, […]
    • Contributor: Lerner, Barry
    • Date: 2017-12-05
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    Iran: New Copyright Law to Be Submitted to Parliament (Nov. 7, 2017) Iran’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology has announced it is working closely with the Parliament Research Center and other relevant agencies to formulate a new copyright bill for submission to Parliament. (Minister of Communications and Information Technology: Copyright Law Is Outdated; New Copyright Law to Be Sent to Parliament, IRANIAN LABOUR […]
    • Contributor: Lerner, Barry
    • Date: 2017-11-07
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    Iran: New Law Poses Health and Financial Problems for Thalassemia Sufferers (Sept. 27, 2017) A recent Iranian law that in effect removes all foreign medications from the list of drugs covered by insurance organizations reportedly endangers the health of a large percentage of the country’s thalassemia patients and subjects them to heavy financial burdens.  (Law Creating Hurdles for Thalassemia Patients, FINANCIAL TRIBUNE (July 26, 2017).)  The […]
    • Contributor: Lerner, Barry
    • Date: 2017-09-27
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    Iran: Drug Law Amended to Restrict Use of Capital Punishment (Aug. 31, 2017) After months of debate, Iran’s Majlis (Parliament) has approved a bill that amends its drug-trafficking laws to curtail the application of the death penalty to drug offenders.  (Iran Parliament Softens Drug Death Penalty Laws, ARAB NEWS (Aug. 13, 2017).)  The bill, passed on August 13, 2017, amends article 45 of the Law […]
    • Contributor: Lerner, Barry
    • Date: 2017-08-31
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    Iran: Law to Protect Wetlands (July 10, 2017) In an effort to counteract the combined effects of climate change, water crises, and human activities that have turned Iran’s once-thriving wetlands into sources of dust and sand storms, the Iranian Parliament has passed the Law to Protect, Restore, and Manage the Country’s Wetlands (Wetlands Protection Law). (Law on Wetlands Protection Ready, […]
    • Contributor: Lerner, Barry
    • Date: 2017-07-10
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    Iran: 14.5% Minimum Wage Increase Still Not in Accord with Labor Law Protections (Apr. 19, 2017) Iran’s Supreme Labor Council, a government body charged with proposing labor regulations to the presidential Cabinet, agreed on March 15, 2017, to raise the minimum wage for the 2017 fiscal year (which begins March 21 in Iran) by 14.5%.  (Workers’ Rights, CENTER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS IN IRAN (Jan. 3, 2006); Labor Code […]
    • Contributor: Lerner, Barry
    • Date: 2017-04-19
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    Iran: Charter on Citizens' Rights Signed (Feb. 28, 2017) With the aim of “recovering and promoting citizens’ rights,” Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, under his constitutional authority to “determine the program and policies of the government,” signed the Charter on Citizens’ Rights in a ceremony on December 19, 2016.  (Rouhani Unveils Charter on Civil Rights; Vagueness Regarding “Enforcement Guarantee,” VOA (Dec. 19, […]
    • Contributor: Lerner, Barry
    • Date: 2017-02-28
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    Iran: New Insurance Law Provides for Equal Compensation to Women in Traffic Accidents (Apr. 11, 2016) It was reported on March 15, 2016, that Iran’s Guardian Council, a 12-member body that vets legislation to ensure it conforms to Shari’a law, had approved the Third Party Insurance Bill. The legislation, which is expected to become effective in the near future, “will bind insurance companies to compensate victims of road […]
    • Contributor: Zeldin, Wendy
    • Date: 2016-04-11
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    Iran: Political Offenses Defined (Feb. 9, 2016) On January 24, 2016, Iran’s Parliament, the Majles, passed a draft law that for the first time defines what constitutes a “political offense” in Iran. (Jacqueline Jones, Iran Parliament Defines ‘Political Offenses,’ PAPER CHASE (Jan. 24, 2016).) The legislation was adopted by a vote of 112-13, with seven abstentions.  (Iranian Deputies Approve […]
    • Contributor: Zeldin, Wendy
    • Date: 2016-02-09
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    Iran: Law on Nuclear Agreement Approved by Guardian Council (Nov. 5, 2015) On October 14, 2015, the Guardian Council of the Islamic Republic of Iran determined that legislation passed by Iran’s Parliament (Majlis) the previous day, approving a multi-lateral nuclear agreement was consistent with the country’s Constitution and Islamic law. The agreement had been concluded with the United States and five other world powers […]
    • Contributor: Zeldin, Wendy
    • Date: 2015-11-05
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    Iran: UN Calls for Halt of Executions (Oct. 16, 2012) On October 12, 2012, three U.N.Special Rapporteurs, Ahmed Shaheed, Christof Heyns, and Juan E. Méndez, whose focus is on Iran, extrajudicial executions, and torture, respectively, called on Iran to halt all executions. They particularly condemned the 11 executions scheduled for October 13. (Press Release, U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human […]
    • Contributor: Johnson, Constance
    • Date: 2012-10-16
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    Iran: Criticism of Newly Proposed Budget (Mar. 21, 2012) Iran's Parliamentary Research Center recently put forward three major criticisms of the government's budget bill for the upcoming year (1391/Mar. 20, 2012-Mar. 20, 2013), in addition to its previous critical assessment of numerous aspects of the bill in the form of 26 separate reports submitted to the Majles (Parliament), seeking that the […]
    • Contributor: Zeldin, Wendy
    • Date: 2012-03-21
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    Afghanistan; Iran; Pakistan: Agreement to Halt Drug Traffic (Nov. 30, 2011) On November 28, 2011, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) praised the three-way pact on drug smuggling signed by officials from Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iran on November 27. The agreement is designed to increase information sharing in the fight against the drug trade. Ninety percent of the opium in […]
    • Contributor: Johnson, Constance
    • Date: 2011-11-30
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    Iran: Prominent Human Rights Lawyer Sentenced to Nine Years in Prison (July 20, 2011) On July 4, 2011, Mohammad Ali Dadkhah, a prominent Iranian lawyer and human rights activist, was sentenced to nine years' imprisonment upon conviction on the charge of “actions and propaganda against the Islamic regime” and banned for ten years from practicing law and university teaching. According to one account, he has also […]
    • Contributor: Zeldin, Wendy
    • Date: 2011-07-20
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    Iran: Anti-Money Laundering Guidelines Issued for Credit Institutions (June 2, 2011) It was reported on May 17, 2011, that the Central Bank of Iran (Bank-e Markazi) has adopted ten guidelines that will be used to restructure banking with a view to combating money laundering and preventing the financing of terrorism. The Central Bank indicated that the new rules are also aimed at “making […]
    • Contributor: Zeldin, Wendy
    • Date: 2011-06-02
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    Iran: Journalist Released on Bail (Sept. 16, 2010) Shiva Nazar Ahari, a journalist arrested in 2009, was tried in September 2010 in Tehran on charges of “warring against God” (Moharebeh), conspiring to commit a crime, propaganda against the Iranian revolution, having ties to the exiled organization People's Mujahedeen of Iran, and disturbing public order. Recently a judge from Branch 26 […]
    • Contributor: Johnson, Constance
    • Date: 2010-09-16
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    Iran: Nuclear Protection Achievement Bill Adopted into Law to Retaliate Against Foreign Sanctions (July 16, 2010) It was reported on July 8, 2010, that in order to protect the country's national interests, the Majlis (Iran's Parliament) had adopted a law to retaliate against foreign unilateral sanctions and in response to a United Nations sanctions resolution, ratified by the U.N. Security Council on June 9, 2010, that also permits […]
    • Contributor: Zeldin, Wendy
    • Date: 2010-07-16