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NIAC Action joined Jewish Voice for Peace, Win Without War, MoveOn and over 100 other organizations to support U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s resolution to block a planned 735 million-dollar sale of weapons to Israel. At an extraordinary time of heightened violence and disproportionate civilian deaths of Palestinians, we believe it is more vital than ever for the American people to ensure our government is working to peacefully resolve tensions rather than exacerbating or turning a blind eye to the crisis.
Join NIAC and our featured panelists as we explore key questions arising from the election results, discuss whether Iran’s next President will change the country’s foreign and domestic policies, and what the prospects are for continued engagement with the West.
Iran’s presidential election is fast approaching on June 18th. The Guardian Council, a governmental body composed of 12 clerics and jurists, has disqualified all but 7 out of the 592 candidates who registered to run. Out of these, the leading candidate is conservative Ebrahim Raisi, who lost to moderate President Hassan Rouhani in the 2017 election but has since taken the post of Judiciary chief. The disqualifications of all the prominent reformist and moderate candidates gives Raisi a far easier path to winning the presidency and has fed speculation that he is being groomed to be the next supreme leader.
Less than four months after the tragic death of Iranian prisoner of conscience Behnam Mahjoubi, another political prisoner has died in the custody of Iranian prison authorities from maltreatment and lack of access to proper medical treatment. Like Mahjoubi, who suffered from a serious panic disorder that required daily medication, Sasan Niknafs needed suitable medical attention for his serious health issues, including epilepsy, diabetes, and depression.
Thirty-five-year-old French citizen, Benjamin Brière, was arrested in Iran in May of 2020 for allegedly flying a drone and taking photos in a restricted area near an Iranian border. Brière is now facing charges of espionage and “propaganda against the system” in an Iranian court.
Iran’s presidential campaign is in full swing and the candidates have sparred in two televised debates. President Rouhani has derided the conservative candidates for scapegoating his administration and not talking about U.S. sanctions. Meanwhile, a bill in parliament seeks to further restrict internet access and the Vienna JCPOA talks are due to restart this Saturday.
The latest round of Vienna talks on restoring the JCPOA ended without a deal but Rouhani and his senior officials are still upbeat about resolving remaining differences. Meanwhile, the approved presidential candidates are campaigning, but the main moderate candidate is facing limitations. Khamenei has also done a reversal on his view on the Guardian Council’s disqualifications.