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Iran News in Brief – January 1, 2021

Katak Bozorg village near Andika city, Khuzestan province, SW Iran. The poor workers of the Rural Water and Sewerage Department in the city of Andika still protest delayed paychecks
Katak Bozorg village near Andika city, Khuzestan province, SW Iran. The poor workers of the Rural Water and Sewerage Department in the city of Andika still protest delayed paychecks



Coronavirus Disaster in Iran – the Staggering Number of Victims in 478 Cities Exceeds 194,400

The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) announced this afternoon, December 30, 2020, that the Coronavirus death toll in 478 cities had exceeded 194,400. The number of victims in Tehran is 47,761, Isfahan 11,865, Qom 7,595, Mazandaran 7,377, Fars 5,950, Alborz 5,105, Golestan 4,797, Sistan and Baluchestan 4,741, Hamedan 4,635, Kerman 4,227, Kurdistan 3,336, Semnan 2,939, Hormozgan 2,045, Zanjan 2,030, Ilam 2,005, Bushehr 1,944, and in Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari 1,525.

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Iran: Regime Ends 2020 by Hanging a Juvenile Offender


At dawn on Thursday, December 31, 2020, the Iranian regime committed another crime by hanging a juvenile offender. Authorities executed Mohammad Hassan Rezaei at the Lakan Prison in the city of Rasht, Gilan province in the north of Iran.

“Mr. Rezaii had been taken to solitary confinement once before last year to prepare for execution. But the implementation of his verdict was postponed. He was taken for execution again, two weeks ago, but the implementation of the verdict was postponed, and he was returned to the ward,” the Iran Human Rights Monitor reported.

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Mohammad Mohaddessin: Urgent call for saving lives of death row inmates in Iran

Mohammad Mohaddessin, the Chairman of Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran condemned the execution of Mohammad Hassan Rezaiee and urged for an urgent call for saving lives of death row inmates in Iran, especially juveniles. He demanded prosecuting of the regime’s officials.

Comment by UN Human Rights Office Spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani on execution of child offender in Iran


Early this morning in Iran, Mohammad Hassan Rezaiee was executed for an offence he allegedly committed when he was 16 years old…. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet strongly condemns the killing of Mohammad Hassan Rezaiee. We are also dismayed that this execution took place despite interventions and engagement by the UN Human Rights Office with the Government of Iran on this issue.

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Peter Stano: EU strongly condemns execution of Mohammad Hassan Rezaiee

Peter Stano, the lead spokesperson for the external affairs of the EU, wrote in a Twitter message that the EU condemns strongly the execution of the Iranian prisoner Mohammad Hassan Rezaiee. Death penalty for juvenile offenders goes against Iran’s international obligations. Capital punishment is inhuman and should be abolished. The EU calls on Iran to refrain from executions and abolish the death penalty.

Public statement by Amnesty International – Iran: Execution of young man arrested as a child an abhorrent violation of right to life

The Iranian authorities’ execution of a young man on 31 December 2020, following a grossly unfair trial for a crime that took place when he was just 16 years old, has once again demonstrated their unrelenting assault on children’s rights and utter disregard for the rules of juvenile justice and the right to life.

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Iran Sentences 9 Baha’is to Prison for proselytizing their religion

An appeals court in Iran has sentenced eight Baha’i citizens to a total of nine years in prison for being members of their religious minority.

According to the verdict issued by the Branch 36 of Tehran’s Appeals Court presided over by Judge Seyed Ahmad Zargar, the Baha’i citizens Houman Khoshnam, Elham Salmanzadeh, Payam Sha’bani, Kianoush Salmanzadeh, Soruosh Agahi, Parvan Ma’navi, Jamileh Pakrou, Peyman Ma’navi and Neda Shabani were each sentenced to one year in prison for “propaganda against the state through proselytizing Baha’ism.”

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Cultural activist Sahba Hemadi taken to Sepidar to serve 7 years


Cultural activist Sahba Hemadi also known as Lamya was taken to the Sepidar Prison of Ahvaz on December 31, 2020, one day after the Revolutionary Court of Ahvaz sentenced her to 7 years in prison. She is accused of “armed insurgency and acting against national security.”

Sahba Hemadi was under the most cruel physical and psychological tortures while in detention for two years.

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Iran: Workers in Khuzestan’s cities protest delayed paychecks, unmet demands

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Iran news in brief, January 1, 2021

Iran news in brief, January 1, 2021


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