The life of Iranian physicist and political prisoner Omid Kokabee, who recently had surgery to remove a cancerous kidney, will be in grave danger if he is returned to prison in Iran, Amnesty International has warned.
Kokabee who has been diagnosed with advanced kidney cancer following five years of medical neglect in prison had surgery to remove his right kidney on April 22.
The government of the Maldives said Tuesday it has decided to sever 40-year-old diplomatic ties with Iran, saying the Iranian regime's policies in the Middle East are detrimental to peace and security in the region.
The Maldives foreign ministry said in a statement that peace in the Middle East is also linked to the island nation's own peace, stability and security.
NCRI - After a large number of the Iranian regime’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) and the regime’s foreign mercenaries were killed or wounded near Aleppo, Syria on May 6, the Iranian regime has stopped dispatching forces from Mazandaran Province to Syria and Iraq, out of fear of protests. Mazandaran was reportedly the point of origin for most of the Revolutionary Guards killed in the latest fighting near Aleppo.
A rising tide of protests inside Iran has triggered a brutal backlash by the clerical authorities, former European lawmaker Struan Stevenson has argued.
Acknowledging the serious "threat" posed by recent demonstrations and mass protests involving teachers, truck drivers, street vendors and trade unionists, the Iranian regime's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei told a recent meeting of senior security officials that further repressive measures throughout the country were now a "high priority," Mr. Stevenson wrote for the United Press International on Tuesday, May 17.
NCRI – Reports from Iran of some of the latest anti-regime protests:
Medical Students Protest in Tehran
On Monday, May 16, a group of students of Tehran University of Medical Sciences rallied in opposition to the fundamentalist regime’s plan to impose gender segregation in the university library and other so-called ‘security measures’ on campus.
NCRI - Officials of the mullahs’ regime have acknowledged that people in some villages and towns in Ilam Province (western Iran) and Yazd Province (central Iran) are deprived of drinking water.
NCRI - The head of the main iron foundry in Ardabil, north-west Iran, has acknowledged that production in his factory has reached record low levels, a situation facing other production centers around the province as well.
“In Ardabil Province some 50 percent of all factories are shut down and the other ones are working at their lowest capacity,” Taqi Bahrami-Nowshahr, managing director of the Ardabil Iron Foundry, on Sunday told the Tasnim news agency, affiliated to the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) Quds Force.
NCRI – At least six million Iranians are struggling to provide food on the kitchen table each day, according to a member of the outgoing Parliament of the mullahs’ regime.
“At least six million people in the country are struggle to bring bread to the dinner table each day,” Mohammad Ismaeil Saidi on Monday told the Basij News website, operated by the regime’s paramilitary Basij force.
NCRI - Iran’s fundamentalist regime hanged at least 13 people, including one man in public, on Tuesday.
Six men were hanged collectively in the Central Prison of Urmia (Orumieh), north-west Iran, earlier on Tuesday, May 17. They had been serving a prison sentence in Ward 15 of the jail on drugs-related charges.
NCRI - Two members of the Iranian regime’s Majlis, or Parliament, recently delivered separate speeches each describing a gloomy prospect for Iran’s economy. Both described the persistence of rampant corruption in the distribution of income and expressed fear of popular uprising. Nonetheless, Hassan Rouhani's government claims to have resolved the country’s dire economic situation by way of last summer’s nuclear agreement with the six major world powers.
NCRI – The Syrian Network for Human Rights on Monday denounced the invitation made to the Iranian regime’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif to participate in a meeting of the International Syrian Support Group (ISSG) in Vienna this week.
“SNHR condemns the invitation of the Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran to participate in a meeting of International Syrian Support Group (ISSG), to be held on 17 May in Vienna City,” the human rights monitoring group said in a statement on its website.
NCRI - The Iranian regime will eventually be forced to acquiesce to the will of the Syrian people to self-determination and to choose their leaders freely, the head of Syria's democratic opposition coalition Anas Alabdah has said.
Alabdah, who was elected President of the National Coalition of Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces in March, pointed out that Bashar al-Assad's regime will eventually be overthrown and the Syrian people will emerge victorious.
NCRI - Supporters of the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI or MEK) in The Hague have held a protest outside the Dutch Parliament denouncing the crimes of the Iranian regime against the people of Syria.
The PMOI (MEK) supporters on Saturday urged the government in Holland to base its relationship with the Iranian regime on a halt to its domestic human rights abuses and support for Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad.