July 1 – A senior member of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) was secretly arrested for allegedly spying for Israel, according to a report by the New York Times this week.

Speaking to The Times on condition of anonymity, the sources — who are believed to be connected to the IRGC — said Brigadier General Ali Nasiri had come under suspicion following Israel’s alleged operations inside Iran in recent months.

Nasiri had been working as a senior commander at the IRGC’s Protection of Information Unit during a period in which several top-level Iranian officials were mysteriously assassinated.

An Iranian tech company with an office in Dusselforf was accused of enabling government-sanctioned internet censorship, by Reporters Without Borders (RSF).

The media watchdog — which also condemned the government’s policy of implementing internet blackouts during periods of social unrest — said Abr Avan could be being used to filter online content in Iran.

RSF called on the company to stop its operations in Iran and cease its collaboration with the Iranian government.

And prison officials were accused of torturing jailed human rights advocate Narges Mohammadi and intentionally denying her access to her medication, by Amnesty International. Mohammadi suffers from serious health conditions which affect her heart and her lungs.

The allegations were made by Amnesty in a June 28 letter addressed to the head of Iran’s judiciary. In the letter — which was produced for supporters to copy and send — Amnesty said Mohammadi had been repeatedly beaten by guards and her hair roughly pulled on several occasions.

The human rights body said Mohammadi was a prisoner of conscience and called for her immediate release.

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