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Iran News in Brief – January 14, 2022



A Trip to Iraq for Selling Kidneys

Kidney for sale sign in Iran
A street advertisement in Iran: Kidney for sale- blood group: O+

Hossein Bigleri, head of the Association for Support of Kidney Patients in Kermanshah said that some Iranians have traveled to Iraq to sell their kidneys.

“Some Iranian citizens volunteer to donate kidneys to Iraqis and sell them at a higher price in US dollars,” Bigleri told the state-run Khabar Online.

“They say we’re going to Iraq to sell our kidneys. We assume that Iraqis come to Iran and find someone who wants to sell their kidneys, but since organ transplants for foreign nationals are forbidden in Iran, people go to Iraq,” Bigleri said. “Sellers are invited to Iraq and buyers also bring US dollars and the operation takes place in that country.”

Due to extreme poverty in Iran under the clerical regime, selling organs has become a regular source of income for people who struggle to feed their families.

Following Being Brutally Beaten by Security Forces, Young Westler Champion Dies

On January 13, Asian and world wrestling champion Mohsen Ghasemi passed away at the age of 31.

In February 2020, while staying at a camp in Borujerd for drug rehabilitation, he was attacked by the regime’s security forces and suffered a concussion and he consequently went into a coma.

“After being beaten and going into a coma, Mohsen woke up after about two months, and due to the high cost of treatment, we transferred him from a private hospital to the Taleghani State Hospital,” his father has told. “They did not take good care of my son. And after a long while in coma, he died.”


Un Rights Experts Decry Imminent Execution of Juvenile Offender Hossein Shahbazi in Iran

GENEVA (13 January 2022) ̶ UN human rights experts* expressed dismay at the decision by Iranian authorities to proceed with the execution of juvenile offender Hossein Shahbazi despite repeated calls to halt it. The execution of Mr. Shahbazi was scheduled to take place on 5 January 2022 but was temporarily halted. He remains at risk of imminent execution.

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Demolition of Residential Houses in Southeast Iran

چابهار تخریب منازل مسکونی

State agents of the Housing Foundation raided the village of Mirabad, Chabahar, Southeastern Iran, and destroyed the homes of Baluchi citizens on Wednesday, January 12. According to local sources, the repressive agents also beat an old man named “Ahmad Baloch. The Baluchi minority has always been oppressed and discriminated against during the rule of the clerical regime.

Downing PS752 Was an Act of Terrorism, Ukraine Says

In an interview with VOA on Thursday, January 13, Oleksiy Danilov, Secretary of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council called the downing of the PS752 Ukrainian passenger plane an act of terrorism.

Responding to the question about the Iranian regime’s Revolutionary Guard’s claim that the missile battery had mistaken the airliner for a cruise missile on January 12, 2020, Mr. Danilov said: “The Boeing 737 is a passenger aircraft and cannot be a military target. The plane posed no threat. A day after it was shot down, we announced that the plane had been targeted by a Russian Tor M1 missile. We were almost certain of that.”

“The system operator cannot make such a decision alone,” he said in response to another question about the IRGC’s claim that the missile operator was acting independently. “The highest authority must issue this order. We suspect that external control may have been used to steer the missile.”


Veterans, Families Urge Administration Not to Release Billions in Frozen Funds to Iran Until Terrorism Cases Are Settled

U.S. military veterans and their families called on the Biden administration Thursday not to release frozen funds to Iran as part of nuclear negotiations until U.S. victims of terrorist attacks carried out by the Tehran regime or its proxies are compensated.

More than 1,000 veterans and family members of those killed or wounded in bombings and other attacks in Iraq and elsewhere asked President Joe Biden in a letter to meet with some of the families whose loved ones were killed.

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Iranian Teachers’ Protest in 30 Provinces

This morning, Thursday, January 13, 2022, educators and teachers across Iran staged protest gatherings. Rallies and demonstrations by educators and teachers took place despite widespread security measures and the presence of large numbers of security forces and plainclothes agents.

As of this afternoon, reports of protest rallies have been received from 116 cities in 30 provinces in Iran. The scheduled rallies took place outside of Majlis, the regime’s parliament in Tehran, in front of the governor’s offices in provincial capitals, and in front of the education department in other cities.

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Iran Regime’s Supreme Leader Exploits Western Credulity

January 3 marked the second anniversary of the US drone strike that eliminated the Iranian regime’s top terrorist operative, Qassem Soleimani. Marking the occasion, there has been a continuous outpouring of belligerence from the regime. The installed President Ebrahim Raisi demanded that former US president, Donald Trump be tried for ordering the strike at the start of 2020, then went on to threaten “without a doubt” that the followers of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei would take revenge on US officials anywhere in the world if no trial were forthcoming.

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Political Prisoners in Iran’s Behbahan and Sheiban Prisons

Concurrent with increasing protests in Iran, the number of political prisoners is also on the rise. Like the early years of this regime, the country’s prisons are now filled up with men and women who have decided to confront the regime. Here we try to introduce some of them to show the real situation of the country and people’s courage and decision to confront the regime and overthrow it at any cost. This is contrary to the regime’s propaganda that it has control over the situation.

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Teachers Launch Nationwide Demonstrations in 116 Cities in 30 Provinces

Teachers and educators held another round of their nationwide demonstrations on Thursday, January 13, 2022. They held their nationwide protests and gatherings despite massive security measures and the heavy presence of security forces and plainclothes agents. By noon, teachers reported their nationwide demonstrations from 116 cities in 30 provinces. Female teachers widely participated in the nationwide demonstrations.

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Political Prisoner Goes on Hunger Strike After Unlawful Banishment

Political prisoner Ebrahim Sediq Hamedani was transferred to solitary confinement in Marivan Prison while on a hunger strike. Mr. Khalil Sedighi Hamedani, 63, and his son Salar, 30, were abruptly transferred on January 7, from Urmia Prison to Marivan and Kamyaran Prisons where they have been incarcerated alongside common criminals. Both have gone on hunger strike since their transfer.

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Iran: Coronavirus Takes the Lives of 497,300

The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) announced on January 13, 2022, that the Coronavirus death toll in 547 cities has exceeded 497,300. In Tehran, the number of victims has reached 116,180, Khorasan Razavi 40,060, Isfahan 34,470, East Azerbaijan 17,198, Alborz 14,503, Sistan and Baluchestan 13,715, Hamedan 9,218, Hormozgan 8,230, Ardabil 6,340, and South Khorasan 4,406.

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