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Iran News in Brief – December 6, 2023

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Senior Iranian Official Caught in Toronto


Canada has launched a deportation case against a senior Iranian government official found living in Toronto, Global News has learned. Seyed Salman Samani, 42, is facing a deportation hearing under sanctions imposed a year ago against members of Iran’s hardline regime.

The Canada Border Services Agency has asked the Immigration and Refugee Board to hold a hearing for Samani that could result in his removal.

“Samani was referred for an admissibility hearing on Nov. 10, 2023,” said Anna Pape, the Refugee Board spokesperson. The Canadian government declined to say whether the case concerned Seyed Salman Samani, 42, who is Iran’s deputy minister of interior.

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Virtual G7 Summit Addresses Global Challenges and Calls on Iran for De-escalation


In a virtual meeting held on December 6, the leaders of the Group of Seven (G7) convened to discuss pressing global challenges and chart a path toward a more promising future. During the summit, the G7 issued a joint statement addressing concerns about the Iranian regime’s involvement in supporting various militias in the Middle East. The leaders called on Tehran to refrain from providing support to these groups and they also called on the Houthis, to stop attacks on civilians and threats to international shipping lanes and commercial vessels.

The statement also reads, “We remain determined that Iran must never develop a nuclear weapon and reiterate that Iran must cease its unabated escalation of its nuclear program, which has no credible civilian justification and brings it dangerously close to actual weapon-related activities. We call on Iran to fulfill its legal obligations and political commitments regarding nuclear non-proliferation with prompt action, including full and unconditional cooperation with the IAEA.”

Wednesday Protests in Iran

Today, December 6, retirees in Kermanshah, Hamadan, Arak, Ahvaz, Sanandaj, and Mamasani came together to express their discontent with the challenging economic conditions, poverty, and perceived exploitation under the clerical dictatorship.

Also today, workers at the Abadan oil refinery took a stand by ceasing work, protesting the non-receipt of their wages and insurance benefits. The protest extended beyond the Abadan petrochemical complex, encompassing the oil refinery in the city as well.


Iran: Security Forces Used Rape To Help Crush Women’s Rights Protests – New Report


The Iranian security forces have used rape and other forms of sexual violence to intimidate and punish peaceful protesters during last year’s “Woman Life Freedom” uprising, Amnesty International said in a major new report today.

The 120-page report, Sexual Violence Weaponised to Crush Iran’s ‘Woman Life Freedom’ Uprising, documents in harrowing detail the ordeal of 45 survivors – 26 men, 12 women and seven children – who were subjected to rape, gang-rape and/or other forms of sexual violence by intelligence and security forces following their arbitrary arrest for taking part in the protests.

The perpetrators include agents from the Revolutionary Guards, the paramilitary Basij force and the Ministry of Intelligence, as well as different branches of the police force – including the public security police (police amniat-e omoumi), the investigation unit (agahi), and the special forces group (yegan-e vijeh).

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The Iranian Regime’s Hidden Agenda in the Gaza Conflict

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More than 50 days have elapsed since the commencement of the devastating war in Gaza, leaving a trail of destruction with over 16,000 casualties, 35,000 injuries, and 6,000 missing. The dire situation has forced over two million people to flee their homes. Amidst this chaos, leaders of Iran’s regime are becoming increasingly explicit about their true intentions, openly discussing their aggressive stance in Gaza and revealing a disturbing goal: to quash any potential uprising or threat of regime overthrow.

In a revealing speech, Javad Enayat, the governor of the regime in South Khorasan, highlighted the correlation between internal turmoil in Islamic Iran and the relative calm in regions like Yemen, Palestine, Lebanon, Iraq, and Syria—the frontline nations of resistance. He suggested that the Islamic Republic of Iran, as the imperial power in the Islamic world, deliberately foments conflicts externally to divert attention from internal issues. According to Enayat, stability, security, peace, and unity within Iran signal the opposite abroad, allowing the regime’s proxy forces to engage with the United States and its allies.

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Sharifeh Mohammadi Is Arrested by Intelligence Dept

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Agents of the Intelligence Department of Rasht arrested labor activist Sharifeh Mohammadi at noon on Tuesday, December 5, 2023. They transferred her to an undisclosed location.
Rasht is the capital of Gilan Province in northern Iran.

Sharifeh Mohammadi was arrested after intelligence agents raided and ransacked her residence without presenting a judicial warrant.

So far, there is no information available on the reason for the arrest and the whereabouts of Sharifeh Mohammadi.

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Iran-backed Houthis Attack 3 Commercial Ships in the Red Sea

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US Central Command (CENTCOM) announced on Monday, December 3, that the Houthi group in Yemen, backed by the Iranian regime, attacked “three commercial vessels” in the waters of the southern Red Sea. The attack was intercepted by US Arleigh-Burke Class destroyer USS CARNEY.

The CENTCOM statement, released early Monday morning, states that it believes “these attacks, while launched by the Houthis in Yemen, are fully enabled by Iran.”

The statement says that the USS Carney responded to the distress calls of these three commercial ships, which are affiliated with 14 countries, and provided assistance to them.

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Cologne, Germany—December 2, 2023: MEK Supporters Rally in Solidarity With the Iran Revolution, Condemning the Brutal Executions in Iran

Cologne—December 2, 2023: MEK Supporters Held a Rally in Solidarity With the Iranian Revolution.

Cologne, Germany—December 2, 2023: Freedom-loving Iranians and supporters of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) organized a rally to support the Iranian Revolution. They also condemned the wave of brutal executions in Iran.

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Heidelberg, Germany—December 2, 2023: MEK Supporters Exhibition in Solidarity With the Iran Revolution, Condemning the Brutal Executions in Iran

Heidelberg—Dec 2, 2023: MEK Supporters Held an Exhibition in Solidarity With the Iranian Revolution.

Heidelberg, Germany—December 2, 2023: Freedom-loving Iranians and supporters of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) organized an exhibition to support the Iranian Revolution. They also condemned the wave of brutal executions in Iran.

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Also, read Iran News in Brief – December 5, 2023