Iran Update
Volume: 1 - Issue:  3230 April 2010
Iran Update
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We are delighted to present you with the current issue of Iran Update, a publication of International Solidarity for Democratic Change in Iran (ISDCI).    
Iran sanctions may be 'unavoidable': Lavrov
AFP
29 April 2010

STRASBOURG - Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov admitted on Thursday that Iran was a "difficult partner" and warned targeted sanctions over its contested nuclear programme may become "unavoidable".
"Iran is a difficult partner and we are disappointed (it) has not responded constructively to the proposals reiterated" by world powers over its nuclear ambitions, Lavrov told the Council of Europe's parliamentary assembly.
"There are few examples where sanctions have produced truly positive results," said the Russian minister, whose country is considering whether to back further United Nations sanctions against Iran.
In Iran's case, however, "they may be unavoidable, and that will be up to the Security Council to decide," Lavrov said.
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Joke of the day: Iran's election to UN Women's Committee
Canada Free Press
Bob Parks
29 April 2010
What would you say if a nation well known for their legal mistreatment of women (including beatings, stoning, honor killings, etc.) is now on an international commission on the status of women?
the United Nations this week elected Iran to its Commission on the Status of Women, handing a four-year seat on the influential human rights body to a theocratic state in which stoning is enshrined in law and lashings are required for women judged "immodest."
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Iran: 27 executions in past 20 days
NCRI
28 April 2010
NCRI - With three more hangings reported on Tuesday in cities of Dezful (southern Iran) and Mashhad (northeast Iran) the number of executions in the past 20 days reaches 27.
The state-run daily Quds reported on Tuesday that two prisoners were hanged in Mashhad. It gave no details about the prisoners.
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Belgian Iran committee condemns Iraqi suppression of Ashraf residents
NCRI
23 April 2010
We were informed of a new attack by Iraqi government on 15 April and also more suppressive measures against Ashraf residents in the past few days. On Thursday evening, Iraqi forces attacked Ashraf residents and tried to overtake some of installations inside the camp. The Iraqi forces started attacking the residents with electric batons and iron bars. Five Ashraf residents were wounded in the attack. They were taken to hospital for treatment. The Iraqi suppressive forces also attacked a woman resident of Ashraf in a bid to take her hostage, but failed when faced with her resistance and protests by other residents.
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In This Issue
Iran sanctions may be 'unavoidable': Lavrov
Joke of the day: Iran's election to UN Women's Committee
Iran: 27 executions in past 20 days
Belgian Iran committee condemns Iraqi suppression of Ashraf residents
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