to go further Follow the news on Iran News News March 18, 2021 Find out more Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 June 9, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information IranMiddle East – North Africa After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists March 24, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 UN Human Rights Council votes to send special rapporteur to Iran RSF_en Organisation Receive email alerts News IranMiddle East – North Africa Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists Reporters Without Borders hails today’s adoption by the United Nations Human Rights Council of a resolution appointing a special rapporteur on the human rights situation in Iran. Approved by a large margin – 22 votes in favour, 7 against (including China, Pakistan, Russia and Cuba) and 14 abstentions – the resolution requires Iran to cooperate fully with the rapporteur.This resolution, which was strongly supported by Reporters Without Borders, offers hope to the hundreds of Iranians enduring inhumane conditions in Iranian prisons, dozens of whom have been sentenced to death.“We hope the appointment of a special rapporteur will finally enable the international community to see what the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran tries and too often manages to hide – its violence, its policy of harassing and persecuting political opponents, its nightmarish justice system and its blind repression of everything representing rights and freedoms, to the despair of part of the population,” Reporters Without Borders said.The resolution was voted despite the Iranian government’s threats and attempts to bribe several delegations to the Human Rights Council. Iran must now cooperate so that the special rapporteur can be sent as soon as possible.The authorities have been persecuting the political opposition, human rights activists and journalists ceaselessly ever since Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s reelection as president in June 2009. According to a Reporters Without Borders tally, more than 200 journalists and bloggers have been arrested and 40 of them are still being held on charges of spying, acting against state security or spreading false information.Around 20 news media have been banned by the regime, about 100 journalists and bloggers have been forced to flee the country, and more than 3,000 are out of work as a result of the crackdown or the closure of newspapers or because the media they used to work for have been banned from rehiring them. News February 25, 2021 Find out more
Danish commercial mutual pensions giant PFA has outlined its new three-year business strategy after reporting a “historically high return” of DKK57.6bn (€7.7bn) for 2019 – a year that was nevertheless marred by heavy losses on its health and accident insurance.The new plan — dubbed “Commercial Responsibility 2023” — sets out the labour-market pension provider’s strategy to stay in Denmark’s wealthy pension sector, both in terms of steady return generation and in sustainability and responsible investment.Allan Polack, PFA chief executive officer, said: “To hold onto the leading position among pension companies, a strong commercial focus has to go hand in hand with responsibility.“We want to generate profitable growth and live up to our goal of ensuring the good life for our customers in the future,” he added. The pension fund – whose total customer assets grew to DKK560bn by the end of December – described last year’s return on savings as a “historically high return for PFA in a year when the financial markets experienced handsome increases across all asset classes.”The DKK57.6bn return compares to a restated 2018 loss of DKK5.3bn suffered by the firm. “We want to generate profitable growth and live up to our goal of ensuring the good life for our customers in the future”Allan Polack, PFA CEOIn spite of this return, health and accident insurance lost DKK2.27bn for PFA in 2019, adding to 2018’s restated loss of DKK1.13bn.Polack said that because of this unsatisfactory result, the company had started a major restructuring of its insurance operations and ramped up resources in this area.PFA said the new 2023 strategy is based on its idea that commercial value creation and responsibility are mutually dependent, and consists of three primary objectives:to be the best at generating sustainable returns;earn the highest customer loyalty in the market;and have a solid foundation and generate profitable growth.Market-rate returns for PFA’s pension customers ranged from 6.4% and 19% before tax in 2019 depending on the individual profile, compared with between -5.7% and 0.3% in 2018.Average interest rate plans returned 2.6%, up from 1.4% in the previous year.The comparative 2018 figures provided by PFA in its 2019 financial report were changed from those originally reported due to an earlier reporting error.