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Iran News in Brief – August 11, 2021

Protests in Charmahal and Bakhtiary (1)



Justice Prevailed

As the people of Juneghan remained steadfast against the security forces and insisted on the liberation of Habib Fadaie, the outspoken critic of the regime was eventually released and went home surrounded by a jubilant crowd of locals and fellow protestors.

Standing Firm to Demand Justice

For the second consecutive day, Iranians gathered outside the court where Hamid Noury, one of the perpetrators of the 1988 massacre was tried for war crimes and murder.


Iran: The Coronavirus Fatalities Exceed 355,600

The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) announced on Tuesday, August 10, 2021, that the Coronavirus fatalities in 547 cities had exceeded 355,600. The number of victims in Tehran has reached 83,446, Isfahan 23,980, Khuzestan 22,456, Khorasan Razavi 21,785, Mazandaran 13,780, Lorestan 13,170, West Azerbaijan 12,808, Fars 12,312, Gilan 11,555, Sistan and Baluchestan 10,445, Alborz 10,413, Kerman 8,913, Golestan 8,400, Kermanshah 6,533, Yazd 6,218, Hormozgan 6,140, North Khorasan 4,864, Ardabil 4,315, Bushehr 4,109, Qazvin 4,009, Ilam 3,623, South Khorasan 3,301, and Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari 2,870.

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Iran: Protest Rallies in Cities Against Repression, Corruption, and Economic Woes

جونقان هم‌اکنون با شعار برادر زندانی آزاد باید گردد-اعتراض مردم به بازداشت حبیب فدایی

On Tuesday, the people of Jughan, a Charmahal & Bakthiary province, held a rally in protest to the arrest of Habib Fadayee, one of the citizens of the county. Fadayee was beaten and arrested earlier today by security forces. The protesters blocked roads and chanted, “Our imprisoned brother must be freed.”

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Locals Protest Arrest of Outspoken Community Leader and Activist Habib Fadaie in SW Iran

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Locals in a city in southwestern Iran took to the streets and gathered outside the police station after security forces arrested an outspoken community leader and activist. Habib Fadaie was detained this morning after armed security forces raided his home and beat his son in Joneghan. He was taken to an unknown location. In a video, his distressed son was seen inviting locals to gather on the streets to demand the release of his father.

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Over 40 Injured, 50 Interrogated in NW Iran Protests


Following protests held on August 7 where military forces opened fire in a protest gathering in Naqadeh, in northwestern Iran, there were reports of over 40 injured, and over 50 were summoned and interrogated. According to the Hengaw Organization website, protest gatherings continued for three days and anti-riot police reinforcements were sent from Urmia and Miandoab to control the protests. Protests started after locals had gathered outside the Police Station Number 11 building to demand justice after “thugs” killed a 31-year-old man identified as Fardin Ebrahimi. Fardin was the father of a three-year-old girl and was a political activist.

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Increasing Inflation in Iran and Its Dangerous Outcome

How the mullahs destroyed Iran's economy

After 42 years of rule under the mullahs, Iran’s society is faced with more than 60 million people below the poverty line and a giant inflation. Unemployment in Iran has reached the brink of crisis. Economic growth and production have dipped below zero. The situation is so critical that most experts are warning regime leaders about the social consequences of this situation and the potential protests it might trigger.

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Summary of Human Rights Violations in Iran – July 2021


It is clear for Iranian human rights observers that with Ebrahim Raisi as the regime’s president and Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Eje’i as the new head of the regime’s judiciary, the human rights situation in Iran will become worse and the people will witness more executions and other medieval trials. What has happened over the past month about human rights abuses in Iran is a testament to that. Nearly 40 executions and hangings have taken place in Iranian prisons last July alone.

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Iran’s Supreme Court Upholds Death Sentence, Ruling Called “Unfair”


Iran’s Supreme Court upheld the death sentence for Yousef Mehrad, allegedly for insulting the Prophet of Islam. The Revolutionary Court of Arak also upheld 8 years for Mr. Mehrad for another part of his case. Mohammad Arman, Mr. Mehrad’s lawyer said the ruling was unfair and the Iranian Judiciary needed to exonerate his client. Arman, the Judiciary-appointed lawyer for Mr. Mehrad, said his client had not confessed to any of the charges leveled against him. Nevertheless, the Supreme Court upheld the preliminary court’s ruling that relied on implied conclusions unsubstantiated legally or religiously.

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Iran’s Executions Surging With Ebrahim Raisi’s Taking Office


Iran has stepped up executions of prisoners including those convicted of drug-related charges after Raisi’s presidential inauguration. At least 22 prisoners have been executed in August, bringing the total number of those executed in 2021 to at least 210. Seven of those executed in August were charged with murder while the other 15 were executed on drug charges.

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Semnan Prison Authorities Ramp up Pressure on Maryam Akbari Monfared


The latest news from Iran says prison authorities have ramped up pressure on Maryam Akbari Monfared, a political prisoner for 12 years without a single day of leave. Prison authorities have deprived Mrs. Akbari of visitation by her three daughters, claiming they want to prevent the Coronavirus from spreading. Nevertheless, they allow new arrivals into the prison wards without keeping them for the necessary time in the quarantine.

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