“As the representative of the Iranian nation and the person in charge of enforcing the constitution, I state here that in important cases in which billions of [dollars worth of] public assets have been embezzled, people’s questions should be answered, because if they are not answered, we lose a more important thing than $3 billion … and that is the public’s trust and social capital.”
Since 2013, Tehran has received over $10 billion in sanctions relief from across the globe (Wall Street Journal). Much of the sanctions relief was cash and gold from a number of countries with unfrozen oil fund assets. The amount includes publicized and private payments, but doesn’t include the $1.7 billion from a decades-old dispute between Washington and Tehran over a failed arms deal. The U.S. wasn’t directly involved in facilitating the transfer.
Imprisoned writer and human rights activist Arash Sadeghi ended a 71-day hunger strike after his wife was freed (ICHRI). Sadeghi is serving a 19 year prison sentence for allegedly conspiring and producing propaganda against the state. His wife Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee was jailed for writing an unpublished story about her reaction to the American film, The Stoning of Soraya M. It was found when the IRGC stormed their home in 2014. Sadeghi claims his wife’s six-year sentence was given to punish him. Given his deteriorating health, there was a Twitter storm campaign on Friday. The hashtag #SaveArash became a worldwide trending topic on the social media site.
'Eaten Fish' is a 25-year-old Iranian cartoonist detained on Australia’s Manus Island. Ali's ink drawings, sketched on torn pages from a notepad, chronicle everyday life in the controversial refugee detention camp. Last week, the cartoonist's refugee status application was rejected and he must now return to Iran (The Guardian). Eaten Fish fears that if he is sent back to Iran he'll be hanged or imprisoned. Also, Tehran now refuses to take back asylum seekers who have been forcibly repatriated.
Eaten Fish won the 2016 Award for Courage in Editorial Cartooning from Cartoonists Rights Network International. Read more about Eaten Fish.