Human Rights Activist Attorney Arrested; Location Unknown

 

 

The International Human Rights Campaign has reported that Amir Salar Davoudi, attorney and human rights activist, has been arrested.

According to the campaign’s report, he was arrested and taken to an undisclosed location on November 20. His office and his home were searched and some of his personal belongings and his client cases were confiscated.

A credible source says that Mr. Davoudi has not been indicted yet and his location is unknown. He also reported that “the security forces have threatened Davoudi’s family not to publicize his arrest.”

Amir Salar Davoudi was the defense attorney of several political, civil, and ideological activists.

175 percent increase in price of land in Iran during the Spring

Iran’s Center for Statistics announced that during the Spring of 2019, the price of land has increased by 175 percent. According to the report, the cost of rent from the Spring of 2018 to 2019 has gone up by 35 percent. The price of residential apartments has increased by 110 percent.

 

 

UAE releases $700 million of Iran’s frozen funds

An Iranian MP announced that relations between the Islamic Republic and the United Arab Emirates are improving and the country has just released $700 million of Iran’s frozen funds.

Akbar Torki added: “UAE has distanced itself from Saudi Arabia and the United States and it is amending its relations with Iran.”

Last week, Rouhani’s chief of staff also announced that the relations between Iran and Emirates are “slowly changing” and Saudi Arabia has also slowly moved away from “hostile relations.”

After being shut down for a while, Iranian currency exchange businesses in Dubai have also reopened. 

Sweden has arrested an Iranian suspected of espionage

Swedish newspapers reported that Swedish security police arrested a 46-year old Iranian man on the suspicion of espionage for Iranian Intelligence organizations seven months ago.

According to the report, this individual was arrested in connection to several assassination plots in Europe. The person’s name has not been revealed but according to the report he exited Iran almost 10 years ago and is a Swedish national. He was working as a journalist in Sweden.

In September of 2018, Denmark security police closed the connecting bridge between Denmark and Sweden. It was later announced that it was an operation to arrest suspects of an assassination plot of an Islamic Republic dissident.

Japan will separately send forces to the Strait of Hormuz

 

According to Asahi, Japan will not joint the US led coalition for shipping security in the Persian Gulf, but will separately send military forces to the Strait of Hormuz.

Previously, the Japanese media announced that due to Iran and Japan’s close economic relations, Japan will not join the US-led coalition for scouting and providing security for commercial vessels in the Persian Gulf.

The arrest of a British tanker and the attacks on several oil tankers in recent months led to the formation of a coalition by the United States to protect navigation in the Persian Gulf.

Pompeo: We will push back against Iran’s threat against Israel and the region

In a meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo emphasized the two country’s cooperation on pushing back against the threat of the Islamic Republic regime of Iran.

After the meeting, Pompeo told the reporters: "We talked about all the efforts that we have made to push back against the threat not only to Israel but to the region and the world from the Islamic Republic of Iran.”

“We've had important discussions about strengthening our alliance, the region and various challenges that we face together, and I want to thank you and the president for your consistent support for Israel," Netanyahu said.

The two also talked about the events in Syria, and expressed hope for the ceasefire.

Netanyahu last week issued a statement condemning “Turkey's invasion of the Kurdish areas in Syria.”

Atefeh Rangriz begins her hunger strike in Qarchak prison

Atefeh Rangriz, the university student who was arrested on the International Workers’ Day, has begun her hunger strike in Qarchak Varamin prison. She was sentenced to 11 years and six months in prison and 74 lashes.

Rangriz began her hunger strike in protest to the unfair trial procedure and being repeatedly denied her basic rights in prison during the past five months.

 

Pakistan says Iran and Saudi Arabia willing to pursue diplomacy

Pakistan’s foreign minister, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, says Iran and Saudi Arabia are willing to find a diplomatic solution to end the conflicts between the two countries.

He did not elaborate on the solution.

Tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia rose after the attacks on Saudi oil tankers and reached an all-time high with the attack on Aramco oil facilities in Saudi Arabia.

Due to the attacks, Saudi Arabia’s oil production was reduced by half for a few days. The United States, Saudi Arabia, and European countries have blamed Iran for the attack.