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Iran News in Brief – June 14, 2022



Ebrahim Raisi’s Minister of Labor Resigned

After months-long protests across Iran and protesters calling for him to step down, the Iranian regime’s Minister of Labor resigned today.

This morning, the state-run Fars news agency quoted the spokesman of Ebrahim Raisi’s administration as announcing that Hojjat Abdolmaleki’s resignation was accepted by the regime’s president. The agency also reported that Mohammad Hadi Zahedi-Vafa, former economic deputy of the vice president becomes acting Minister of Labor.

Abdolmaleki attributed his resignation to “increasing coordination” in the government.

The state-run ISNA news agency reported: “Zahedi Vafa has been the director of the Research Center of Imam Sadegh University (an elite college mainly for state officials’ offspring), the director of the Faculty of Islamic Studies and Economics of Imam Sadegh University, and the deputy director of economic affairs of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Finance.”

ISNA also mentioned a managerial record that shows his background in other institutions that are tied with the IRGC and have their hands dirty with systemic corruption and plundering the Iranian people’s wealth.

“He is also a member of the board of directors of Social Security Investment Company (Shasta), chairman of the board of directors of New Industries Holding, chairman of the board of directors of Rightel Company, chairman of the Economics Institute of the Iranian Islamic Model Center for Progress since 2011 and the planning deputy director of Imam Sadegh University,” ISNA added.


Anti-regime Protests Expand Across Iran

“In the current circumstances… the enemy is counting on protests and the social conditions!”

These remarks were made by Esmaeil Khatib, the Minister of Intelligence and Security of the regime ruling Iran, on June 5. This warning is quite something in and of itself. It is a stark warning to all factions and entities inside the mullahs’ regime in Iran, and a clear signal to the Iranian people and those seeking to overthrow this regime that major and unprecedented opportunities are in the making.

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4 Un Rapporteurs Intervene To Stop the Breach of Political Prisoners’ Housing and Property Rights

4 UN Rapporteurs wrote to the clerical regime in Iran about violating the rights of two political prisoners, Fatemeh Mosanna and her husband, Hassan Sadeghi.

Addressing Ebrahim Raisi’s Government, the 4 UN Rapporteurs gave them a 60-day deadline in which they expected a response to violations of the two political prisoners’ right to property and housing.

This letter, dated April 7, 2022, was made public and published on the UN website with a two-month delay under UN rules.

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Iran Executes 26 Prisoners in 10 Days

As an instrument of harassment, Iran’s judiciary courts have been extremely busy with execution orders carrying out 26 executions in the span of just ten days. According to reports, at least 26 people, including two women, were executed from May 17 to 27 in 11 Iranian provinces. Seven of the executed men were Baluchi citizens — an ethnic minority making up five percent of the population — and were sentenced to death on “drug-related” charges.

The clerical regime hanged 12 inmates in Kermanshah, Ilam, Birjand, Ardabil, Khalkhal, Ahvaz, Isfahan, and Amol prisons from June 7 to June 9. Twelve prisoners from the Baluch minority were sent to the gallows in Zahedan Prison on June 6.

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Tehran’s Breakout Timeline Is “Zero;” Weakness Is Not an Option Toward Iran

In recent months, all evidence has shown that the Iranian regime authorities are tirelessly continuing their nuclear bomb-making projects, and the international community, the P5+1 in particular, is still avoiding taking a firm approach against them.

Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization (IAEO) has failed to provide reliable and convincible details about the traces of uranium of human-made origin found in the regime’s Torquzabad, Varamin, and Marivan nuclear facilities, all of which were unknown until 2019. Tehran’s failure to comply has led the Board of Governors to approve a resolution.

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Iranian Retirees’ Sixth Protest in a Week

On Sunday, June 12, 2022, retirees and pension recipients affiliated with the Social Security Organization took to the streets in at least 20 cities across Iran for the sixth time in a week. “In another nationwide protest, retirees continue their rallies and marches, demanding their fundamental rights,” the Iranian opposition Mojahedin-e Khalq (MEK) reported.

“They hold demonstrations in Ahvaz, Mashhad, Kermanshah, Borujerd, Bandarabbas, Sari, Isfahan, Zanjan, Arak, Hamedan, Karaj, Rasht, Naqadeh, Shushtar, Solduz, Tabriz, Shush, Shahrud, Kerman, Sanandaj, and Shiraz,” the report read.

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Imprisoned Labor Activist Reza Shahabi Goes on Hunger Strike

Reza Shahabi, a leading member of an independent trade union in Iran, who has been detained since May 12, started a hunger strike in protest at his continued detention.

A board member of the Union of Workers of the Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company (Sherkat-e Vahed), Shahabi was arrested on May 12.

Intelligence Ministry officers arrested him shortly after he publicly called on the authorities to investigate death threats against him and his family.

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Iranian Resistance Supporters in Various Countries Called For Expulsion of the Mullahs’ MOIS Mercenaries and Shutdown of Iran’s Regime Espionage Centers

Freedom-loving Iranians in Various Countries Called For Expulsion of the Mullahs' MOIS Mercenaries

Saturday, June 11, 2022: Freedom-loving Iranians, supporters of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), rallied in various cities in Europe and Canada against the mullahs’ terrorist regime ruling in Iran.

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Read more: Iran News in Brief – June 13, 2022