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Iran News in Brief – August 6, 2021



Iran: Coronavirus Death Toll Exceeds 348,800

Infographic-PMOI-MEK reports over 348,800 coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in Iran

The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) announced on Thursday, August 5, 2021, that the Coronavirus death toll in 547 cities had exceeded 348,800. The number of victims in Tehran has reached 81,656, Isfahan 23,585, Khuzestan 22,086, Khorasan Razavi 21,215, Mazandaran 13,505, Lorestan 13,080, West Azerbaijan 12,653, Fars 11,967, Gilan 11,241, Qom 10,335, Alborz 10,188, Sistan and Baluchestan 10,085, Kerman 8,683, Golestan 8,240, Hamedan 7,213, Yazd 6,082, Hormozgan 5,975, North Khorasan 4,784, Ardabil 4,190, Bushehr 3,974, Ilam 3,581, and Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari 2,815.

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NCRI-US Virtual Briefing: Challenges Posed By Ebrahim Raisi, A Recognized Murderer

On Thursday, August 5, 2021, the U.S. Representative Office of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI-US) held an online briefing. The discussion focused on the challenges of implementing an appropriate Iran policy following the inauguration of Ebrahim Raisi, internationally recognized for his crimes against humanity and his key role in the massacre of some 30,000 political prisoners in 1988.
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33 years ago, I was in the same room with Iran’s new president when he voted to execute political prisoners

(CNN)August 3, 2021, marked the start of Ebrahim Raisi’s four-year term as president of Iran. The validation ceremony took place in the “Beyt” (Arabic for “house”) of the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, as a prelude to Raisi’s inauguration.

It was exactly 33 years ago, on August 3, 1988, when I found myself in the same room with Ebrahim Raisi. At the time, he was a deputy prosecutor of Tehran and a key member of what was known as the “Death Commission” in Gohardasht Prison located in Karaj — northeast Iran. I was a political prisoner in the middle of serving my 10-year sentence when I first met Raisi, like thousands of other friends and fellow sympathizers of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), a political opposition group. I was there to hear Raisi decide my fate.
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361 Names Identified in Widespread Arrests After Khuzestan Water Protests


Widespread arrests took place after water shortage gatherings that started on July 15 changed to anti-government protests across the country, and 361 detainees have been identified by the Human Rights News Agency. Previously, there were reports of 102 names identified by the Human Rights News Agency and 350 names identified by the local Khakzadegan Telegram channel. The new list with 361 names includes detainees from the southwestern province of Khuzestan and other provinces.

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July Iran Protests Report: 3,719 Protests


According to collected reports by sources affiliated with the Iranian Resistance in July, there were at least 3,719 recorded protests. This is almost five times more than the number of protests in June when 765 protests were recorded. Most of the protests in July were from the Khuzestan water protests which started on July 15. The water protests amounted to 197 protests held in 73 cities, and from the oil industry workers who held 3,226 protests in 44 cities. Other sectors held 296 protests in 44 cities.

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Why the Iranian Regime Is Terrified of Its Own Internet Censorship Plan

Internet censorship in Iran

The Iranian regime’s Majlis (parliament) is moving to vote on a new bill to limit internet access in Iran. The discussion of the internet censorship bill by the parliament has caused outrage among the people to the extent that the media, fearing the people’s anger, are warning about its problems and potential backlash. In this regard, the Resalat newspaper wrote on August 1: “Why it was done without considering that it is scientific and it should have been done by research institutes and think tanks and special centers and without considering the negative reaction of the people, they wrongly did it while the plan has effects and It has serious consequences for the government.

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A Report on the Dire Situation of Nurses in Iran


The labor force in Iran has always faced much negligence. This problem is not limited to one class and is not related just to a situation with serious conditions. However, sometimes some problems and difficulties intensify in a period. Like the situation of nurses these days who, with all the existing problems, physical, and spiritual shortcomings, try to save the people.

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International Investigation Into 1988 Massacre in Iran as Crimes Against Humanity


Immediately after Ebrahim Raisi was announced as Iran’s next president, Amnesty International’s Secretary-General, Agnès Callamard, said on 19 June 2021: “That Ebrahim Raisi has risen to the presidency instead of being investigated for the crimes against humanity of murder, enforced disappearance and torture, is a grim reminder that impunity reigns supreme in Iran.

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Iran Secretly Executes Young Man Arrested at 15


Iranian authorities have secretly executed Sajad Sanjari, a juvenile offender imprisoned in Diezelabad Prison in Kermanshah, according to Amnesty International. The child offender was 15 years old at the time of his arrest and spent more than a decade in prison. Amnesty International issued a statement on August 4, stating that the prisoner’s family had been unaware of the execution, which was carried out on August 2, until a prison official asked them to collect his body later that day.

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Three Iranian Women Receive Prison Sentences of 16 Years and 8 Months


The 26th Branch of Tehran’s Revolutionary Court handed down prison sentences for three Iranian women, Somayyeh Kargar, Bahareh Soleimani, and Nazanin Mohammad-Nejad. Somayyeh Kargar and Bahareh Soleimani received sentences of 6 years and 8 months, each, for “participation in running an illegal group,” and “propaganda against the state.” Nazanin Mohammad-Nejad received a 3-year and 4-month prison term for “complicity in running an illegal group,” and “propaganda against the state.”

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