As Rouhani faces elections for a second term in May 2017, the hardline factions that dominate the security apparatus and judiciary continued to crackdown on citizens for the legitimate exercise of their rights, in blatant disregard of international and domestic legal standards.Iranian dual nationals and citizens returning from abroad were at particular risk of arrest by intelligence authorities, accused of being “Western agents.” Despite an initial slowdown in executions in the first months of 2016, authorities had executed at least 203 individuals by October 25.Human rights groups, however, report that the number might be as high as 437, with most executions taking place in the second half of the year.According to government authorities, individuals convicted of drug charges constitute the majority of those executed in the country.Mohammad Kamand is preparing a young man for marriage at Tebyan, a government-approved website where arranged unions are strongly favoured over love matches. Profile pictures are forbidden and parents must accompany would-be couples on their first dates.
Executions, especially for drug-related offenses, continued at a high rate.
Years of political sanctions isolated Iran’s economy, limiting imports and curbing Iranians’ ability to use international currencies like the US dollar. So innovative Iranians developed their own fashion ecosystem.
“The fashion scene in Iran (especially the underground fashion scene) really took off after economic sanctions were imposed against Iran,” Iranian-American fashion blogger Hoda Katebi tells Racked.
Parisian entrepreneur Moojan Asghari noticed something unusual about the Tehran startup weekend she contributed to in December 2016: the prevalence of stylish hijabs and lipstick.
Unlike the high-tech events she goes to in Europe and the United States, women were well-represented in the competing Iranian teams.