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Iran News in Brief – October 14, 2021

Supporters of the MEK hold a protest rally in front of the court where Iranian regime torturer Hamid Noury is being tried

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UPDATE: 9:00 PM CEST

Poland and Germany Call on Iranian Regime to Reverse Course

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At the UNGA Conference on Disarmament, representatives from Poland and Germany expressed their concerns about the Iranian regime’s violation of international treaties and nuclear advancements.

Marcin Czepelak, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Poland said: “We note with concern steps taken by Iran violating its obligations under the JCPOA, highlighted by the IAEA reports. Exceeding uranium enrichment and stocks significantly above JCPOA limits and producing uranium metal make it impossible to be assured about the exclusively peaceful nature of Iranian nuclear program.”

Mrs. Katharina Stasch, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Federal Republic of Germany to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva said: “We remain deeply concerned by the overall trajectory of the Iranian nuclear program marked by systematic JCPOA violations, activities lacking plausible civilian justifications, reduced transparency, and insufficient cooperation with the IAEA. We urge Iran to reverse course and to return to full compliance with its political commitments and legal obligations in the nuclear field.”


UPDATE: 6:00 PM CEST

2 Iranian Inmates Killed Upon Drinking Sanitizer, Provided by the Iranian Regime Embassy in Sri Lanka

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According to Deutsche Welle, two Iranian nationals held in a Sri Lankan high-security prison were killed after drinking disinfectant fluid sent to them by the Iranian embassy.

“Two Iranians died and 10 others were taken to hospital after drinking the same sanitizer,” said Chandana Akanaya,” said Chandana Ekanayake, prisons spokesman for Colombo Remand Prison on Wednesday.

He added: “This sanitizer was provided to the prisoners by the Iranian embassy to prevent them from contracting the coronavirus.” These prisoners were imprisoned on charges of heroin trafficking in this country.


UPDATE: 5:00 PM CEST

Rubio, Cruz, Tillis Introduce Bill to Disrupt Illicit Metals Mining and Trafficking

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Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Ted Cruz (R-TX), and Thom Tillis (R-NC) introduced legislation to disrupt illicit gold mining and trafficking of other precious metals that are commonly used to fund terrorist groups and rogue regimes. This bill would empower the Department of the Treasury to take steps against those complicit in mining and moving these resources.

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Teachers Protest Throughout Iran on Thursday

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Following the state official’s failure to listen and address the grievances of Iranian teachers, upon a previous call for nationwide protest, the teachers started their protest rally in different cities of the country today. Reports and images of protesting teachers have been sent to the Iranian Opposition from Kermanshah, Khorramabad, Boroujerd, Mazandaran, Shiraz, Poldakhtar, Khorramshahr, Qazvin, Tehran, Isfahan, Marivan, Yazd, Malayer, Saqez, Behbahan, Javanroud, Mamasani, Rasht, Arak, Andimeshk, Yazd, Qom, Shirvan, Hamedan, Bushehr, Darab, Kerman, Bojnourd, Yasuj, Anzali, Ahvaz, Zanjan, and Ardabil.

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Turkey Banned Iranian Carpets

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Razi Haji Aghamiri, former head of the Iranian regime’s Export Confederation announced: “Turkey has banned the import of Iranian carpets. Previously, Turkey was one of the important destinations for the export of Iranian carpets.”

According to state-run news agency Tejarat News, handmade carpets have played an important role in Iran’s foreign trade and were its most important export commodity second to crude oil, but now the industry is on the verge of extinction. In the first three months of this year, carpets export reached the value of about $5 million, which is a sharp decline considering the industry’s potential. In the past decades, Iranian carpets were exported to countries such as the United States, Europe, China, Malaysia, Turkey, etc., but domestic and international polio-economic developments have hurt this industry dramatically.


UPDATE: 8:30 AM CEST

Iran: COVID-19 Fatalities Across the Country Surpasses 455,500

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The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) announced on Wednesday, October 13, 2021, that the COVID-19 death toll in 547 cities had exceeded 455,500. The number of victims in Tehran has reached 106,666, Khorasan Razavi 37,435, Isfahan 30,840, Khuzestan 27,925, Mazandaran 16,870, West Azerbaijan 16,578, Fars 16,475, East Azerbaijan 15,953, Gilan 15,930, Alborz 13,453, Yazd 7,493, Kurdistan 7,277, Qazvin 5,139, and Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad 3,294.

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Reverse a Pattern of Appeasement by Arresting Iran’s Genocidal President

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Human rights activists have recently joined with persons affected by the Iranian regime’s human rights abuses in order to issue formal requests for the arrest of Ebrahim Raisi, the president of Iran. Raisi assumed office in August following months of protests by Iranian citizens and expatriates alike over his role in severe human rights violations, including the massacre of 30,000 political prisoners, mostly members and supporters of the main opposition, the Mojahedin-e-Khalq (MEK) in the summer of 1988.

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Facebook Removes IRGC Accounts That Targeted PMOI Supporters

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Facebook says it removed an influence operation run by the Iranian regime’s Revolutionary Guards that targeted MEK supporters, particularly in Lorestan province. FB removed 93 fake accounts, 14 Pages, 15 Groups and 194 Instagram accounts in Iran.

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“They Executed My Brothers and Told My Mother Not To Come to Prison Anymore”—Families of Executed Prisoners Testify in Hamid Noury Trial

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Tuesday marked the twenty-seventh session of the trial of Hamid Noury, an Iranian prison official charged with torturing inmates in the Gohardasht prison (Karaj) and taking part in the 1988 massacre of thousands of political prisoners. Noury was apprehended by Swedish authorities during a trip to the country. Noury is now standing trial in a court in Stockholm, where many of his victims are giving harrowing testimonies of how he and other regime officials brutally tortured prisoners.

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What Is Iran’s IRGC Preparing For?

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The Iranian state-run news agency ILNA reported on October 9 that Yaghoub Ali Nazari received a vote of confidence in the cabinet meeting as the governor of Khorasan Razavi. He was previously the commander of the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) Imam Reza Base, the deputy of the Panj Nasr Division of Khorasan, and the deputy coordinator of the IRGC Imam Reza Base. He was also in charge of the IRGC Ansar al-Reza base in South Khorasan Province.

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Calls Increase for Iranian Regime President Raisi To Be Held Accountable for His Crimes

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Calls continue to rain in from Iranian activists for the arrest of the Iranian regime’s president, Ebrahim Raisi for his involvement in the regime’s 1988 massacre of over 30,000 political prisoners, most of whom were supporters or members of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK). Many of the survivors and families of the victims of the massacre have been leading the calls for Raisi to be held accountable.

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Keeping the Ban on Women by Preventing All Spectators From Attending the Game

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The football teams of Iran and North Korea played their game in the absence of any spectators in Tehran’s Azadi Stadium on October 12, 2021. The Iranian Football Federation did not allow any spectators to the stadium under the excuse of Covid-19 protocols, to keep up its ban on women. One of the conditions FIFA had set for Iran to qualify for hosting the games was allowing the entrance of women to all Iranian stadiums in all national and league games.

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Read more: Iran News in Brief – October 13, 2021