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Maryam Rajavi: Khamenei’s ban on the purchase of COVID-19 vaccines is a crime against humanity
Khamenei’s ban on the purchase of COVID-19 vaccines is a crime against humanity. He is responsible for the deaths of thousands of our deprived compatriots due to the Coronavirus.#Iran
— Maryam Rajavi (@Maryam_Rajavi) January 8, 2021
Treasury Sanctions Iraqi Militia Leader Connected to Serious Human Rights Abuse
Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated Iraqi Popular Mobilization Committee (PMC) Chairman and former National Security Advisor Falih al-Fayyadh for his connection to serious human rights abuse. During protests beginning in October 2019, Iran-aligned elements of the PMC attacked Iraqi civilians demonstrating against corruption, unemployment, economic stagnation, poor public services, and Iranian interference in Iraq’s domestic affairs. Al-Fayyadh was part of a crisis cell comprised primarily of Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) militia leaders formed in late 2019 to suppress the Iraqi protests with the support of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force (IRGC-QF).
U.S. Treasury designated Iraqi Militia Leader Falih al-Fayyadh, head of the #Iran-backed Popular Mobilization Committee (PMC) in Iraq for his connection to serious #humanRights abuse, building upon the Global #Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act.https://t.co/GBfcCINlvz pic.twitter.com/zg7tqgqehC
— International Committee in Search of Justice (ISJ) (@isjcommittee) January 8, 2021
Twitter has now removed Khamenei’s tweet for violating its rules by banning the US, UK, and French vaccines
Twitter has now removed Khamenei's tweet for violating its rules by banning the US, UK, and French vaccines, in effect leading to the slaughter of massive number of Iranians. Long overdue for @Twitter to shut down his twitter account. #BanKhamenei pic.twitter.com/NjgARrxCFW
— Alireza Jafarzadeh (@A_Jafarzadeh) January 8, 2021
UPDATE: 3:00 PM CET
Khamenei says The “import of American and British vaccines is banned” to Iran because he does not trust them
Breaking:#Iran regime's Supreme Leader Khamenei says the "import of American and British vaccines is banned" to Iran because he does not trust them.
— Iran News Wire (@IranNW) January 8, 2021
Baluch prisoner Hassan Dehvari undergoes savage tortures before execution
In a voice recording emerged from inside Iran a Baluch political prisoner who was recently executed said that he was tortured to make confessions. Baluch prisoner Hassan Dehvari, 28, was executed along with 21-year-old Elias Qalandarzehi, and Omid Mahmoudzehi on January 3, 2021, in the city of Zahedan, Sistan and Baluchestan province, southeast Iran.
According to Mohammadreza Faqihi, lawyer to Hassan and Elias, he had requested an appeal to the Supreme Court and the case was pending review.
CTV News: Goodale rejects Iran’s offer to compensate Canadian victims of downed Ukraine plane
Canada’s special adviser on the Iranian military’s downing of a passenger jet one year ago this week is rejecting Tehran’s offer to pay $150,000 to the families of those killed in the tragedy.
Ralph Goodale, the former Liberal public safety minister, says Iran doesn’t have the right to offer compensation to victims’ families unilaterally.
Goodale told The Canadian Press the final amount will be subject to negotiations between Iran and Canada and the four other countries whose citizens were killed on the plane.
UPDATE: 9:00 AM CET
Iran: Coronavirus Death Toll in 478 Cities Exceeds 198,400
The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) announced on Thursday, January 7, 2021, that the Coronavirus death toll in 478 cities had exceeded 198,400. The number of victims in Tehran is 48,591, Khorasan Razavi 13,435, Isfahan 12,395, Lorestan 8,018, Qom 7,745, Mazandaran 7,652, Gilan 7,036, Fars 6,063, Alborz 5,165, Golestan 4,917, Hamedan 4,703, Kerman 4,372, Kermanshah 4,129, Yazd 3,512, North Khorasan 3,053, Qazvin 2,072, South Khorasan 1,871, and Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari 1,560.
AP: A year on, questions haunt Iran’s downing of Ukrainian plane
When Navaz Ebrahim learned that a Ukrainian plane had fallen from the sky near Iran’s capital, she didn’t realize her older sister was on the flight. They had just spoken on the phone. Niloufar had promised her, like she always does, that everything was going to be alright.
As news spread of the jetliner that burst into flames and plunged to the ground, killing all 176 on board, Ebrahim called her mother in Tehran, desperate to hear that her 34-year-old sister and brother-in-law, newly married in the northern mountains of Iran, had taken any other plane home to London. Then her mother checked the flight number.
Iranians Continue Protests; at Least Seven Rallies and Strikes on January 6
In Iran, not a day goes by without popular protests and spontaneous rallies and strikes. In this respect, different classes of society resort to protests to achieve their inherent rights. According to our sources, on January 6, citizens from different walks of life held at least seven protests.
Tehran’s Court of Appeals upheld a 2-year prison sentence for a journalist
— IRAN HRM (@IranHrm) January 7, 2021
Iran news in brief, January 8, 2021
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