The Week in Review: April 5th – April 12th

April 12 – Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said he planned to attend a United Nations Security Council meeting on Palestine being held in New York next week, according to a report by the online publication Amwaj Media.

Citing sources familiar with the matter the publication said visas had been obtained for the minister and his team, for the conference on April 18.

Amwaj media, a company owned by the London-based Parsik Consulting and run by Swedish national Mohammad Ali Shabani offers news about Iran and Iraq but does not classify itself as a newspaper in its Companies House filings.

The European Union came under fire from Iranian pro-democracy campaigners for removing a tech firm from its list of human rights sanctions after it was accused of censoring the internet during the nationwide 2022 anti-government protests in Iran.

ArvanCloud’s delisting comes after a complaint lodged with the European Court of Justice which claimed that the company had provided free internet access to millions of Iranians in the country during the demonstrations.

Previously the EU had called the company a “major partner” in the Iranian government’s internet censorship policies.

And several female students from a university in Iran were threatened with legal action after a video showing them dancing after their graduation ceremony went viral on social media.

An estimated 11 students were told by Al-Zahra University’s president Zahra Hajiani that they had not obtained permission from the academic institution and that the content was illegal.

Hajiani said the maker of the video had been identified and that she and her father would be called in for questioning. Women are not allowed to dance or play music in in public under the Islamic Republic’s laws.

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