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Monthly Archives: October 2021

Execution of Juvenile Offender Arman Abdolali Postponed to Next Week

Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO) –  The scheduled execution of juvenile offender Arman Abdolali has been temporarily suspended again and he has been returned to the general ward of Rajai Shahr Prison. Four other prisoners who were due to be executed this morning were also returned to their cells. According to information obtained by Iran Human Rights, juvenile offender Arman Abdolali …

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Despite vaccination push, Iran nearing sixth wave of COVID

Al-Monitor – After approximately a month of relatively lower COVID-19 numbers in Iran, it appears that the virus is back on the rise for a sixth wave, despite the fact that the fifth wave never fully ended. In the last 24 hours there have been over 11,000 new confirmed cases, with nearly 2,000 hospitalizations. In the same time period, there …

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‘Maximum Psychological’ Pressure: Iranian Rights Lawyer Tortured, Drugged During Detention, Attorney Says

RFL/RE – Payam Derafshan was confined in a dark, windowless room inside a safe house run by the feared intelligence branch of Iran’s powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC). The human rights lawyer was then transferred to Tehran’s notorious Evin prison, where he was drugged with unknown substances that triggered violent convulsions. During one seizure, Derafshan bit part of his …

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Labor Activists Detained as Protests Erupt in Three Provinces

Iranwire – Security agents have arrested two labor activists near Rasht in Gilan province and taken them to an undisclosed location, an Iranian workers’ union has reported. The arrests followed workers’ protests across Gilan, Mazandaran and Golestan provinces, with over 3,000 workers demanding to be paid. Some said they had not been paid their wages for 15 months. ”The workers and their families are in a …

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Unemployed Iranian Man Sets Fire to Himself in Front of Martyrs’ Foundation

Iranwire – Images have been posted online appearing to show a man setting himself on fire in front of the Foundation for Martyrs and Veterans’ Affairs building in Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad province. Shared on Tuesday, October 19, the pictures were said to show the son of a “martyr” – the term used in Iran for Iran-Iraq War veterans and others …

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Traffic Police Chief: We’ll Deal With Women Motorcyclists

Iranwire – Kamal Hadianfar, traffic chief for the police’s NAJA special forces unit, has said that women will be “definitively” dealt with if they ride a motorcycle. On Tuesday, October 19, Hadianfar told the Iranian media that only men’s names could appear on motorcycle licenses. As such, he said, no woman could legally drive one.   “This issue needs to …

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Internal Report: Iran’s Government is Drowning in Debt

Iranwire – Predictions on the future price of the dollar in Iran – or even concrete indications of the inflation rate – are seismic enough news that they often come without further explanation. Recently Iranians were left with the impression that if sanctions continue, the price of the dollar by 2027 might be as much as 285,000 tomans. For context, it currently …

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Iran’s crackdown on freedom of expression aims at silencing dissent

Iran-HRM – The right to freedom of expression in Iran has always been severely restricted. The arrest of critics and dissidents, prison sentences against rights activists, crackdown on protesters, severe censorship of the social media and the press, and crackdown on any dissent are just part of the repression on the freedom of expression in Iran. The extent of the …

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Iran, Pakistan work to strengthen ties as Afghan situation remains fluid

Al-Monitor – Iran’s army chief, Maj. Gen. Mohammad Hossein Bagheri, headed a high-level military delegation to Islamabad last week at the invitation of his Pakistani counterpart Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa. Marking a new phase in military ties between both neighbors, the trip held special significance as it took place at a time when the region is going through major geopolitical …

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Iran commander rejoices at US ‘defeats’

Al-Monitor – The commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) said the United States has “fled” Afghanistan and is currently counting its “last months” in Iraq as well. Underlining Washington’s regional “defeats,” Hossein Salami added that US “plots” in Lebanon and Syria have also failed. The Iranian general, known for his ferocious anti-West rhetoric, was speaking at a “martyrs’ graveyard” in …

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