Iran Update
Volume: 1 - Issue:  4431 May 2010
Iran Update
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Japan urges Iran to halt uranium enrichment
Strait Times
31 May 2010

TOKYO - JAPAN urged Iran on Monday to halt its controversial uranium enrichment programme, hinting Tokyo might support additional international sanctions against the country, media reports said.
The move came as Japanese Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada met his Iranian counterpart Manouchehr Mottaki in Tokyo at Tehran's request after the United States presented a draft resolution to the UN Security Council.
The United States is pushing for a resolution that would punish Iran with a fourth set of sanctions because of fears that Teheran is trying to develop nuclear weapons. Iran maintains that its nuclear programme is peaceful.
Mr Okada told Mr Mottaki fresh sanctions would be 'unavoidable' if Teheran continues a programme of enriching uranium to 20 per cent, a practice seen by Western nations as a cover for the production of nuclear weapons, the reports said. 
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Opposition steps up calls for protest in Iran capital
Iran Focus
30 May 2010

Tehran, May 30 - For the third week running, activists in Tehran wrote political graffiti on walls and distributed leaflets in different districts in the capital ahead of the planned anti-government protests in June which the opposition has called for.  
Their activities have prompted authorities to finally acknowledge the campaign. The state-run Javan Online, affiliated with the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), wrote: "In the past few days, supporters of the leaders of the opposition distributed leaflets, inciting chaos and anarchy on 12 June".  
Javan added: "In the past few days, leaflets and statements have been distributed in the suburbs of the capital, including Pardis township, urging the public to join the 12 June anti-government protests, wreak havoc and destroy public property." 
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Murder and torture in Gohardasht prison exposed
HRANA
30 May 2010

Gohardasht (Rajai Shahr) prison in Karaj, one of the most dangerous and notorious prisons in Iran, has turned into a place of exile for more than 70 political prisoners. Under the blind eye of prison authorities, Rajai Shahr is a place of torture, rape, murder, and many other human rights violations. HRANA has released another video as part of a series of reports aimed at revealing human rights violations by prison authorities. This video was taken at Rajai Shahr prison in Karaj and transferred to the outside by means that cannot be disclosed due to security reasons."
WARNING: Graphic images. Viewer discretion is advised.
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U.S. general accuses Iran of helping Taliban in Afghanistan
Voice of America
Sean Maroney
30 May 2010

The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal, says there is "clear evidence" that Iran is providing weapons and training to Taliban fighters in the war-torn country.
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UN report documents al-Maliki government's gross rights violations against Ashraf residents
NCRI
29 May 2010

In a report to the United Nations General Assembly and the Human Rights Council, UN officials documented a series of crimes committed by the clerical regime in Iran as well as Iraqi forces on July 28 and 29, 2009, against 3,400 unarmed members of the main Iranian opposition movement residing in Camp Ashraf near Baghdad. The report echoes fears concerning the possibility of forcible return of Ashraf residents to Iran where they could face execution or torture.
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In This Issue
Japan urges Iran to halt uranium enrichment
Opposition steps up calls for protest in Iran capital
Murder and torture in Rajai Shahr prison exposed
U.S. general accuses Iran of helping Taliban in Afghanistan
UN report documents al-Maliki government's gross rights violations against Ashraf residents
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