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Iran News in Brief – October 17, 2021



Mistreatment of Elderly in Nursing Home Shocks Iranian Society

According to the official IRNA News Agency, republishing terrible images of torture, insults, and systematic beatings in a nursing home in Boroujerd, Southwestern Iran has caused social outrage. The provoked public fury forced the clerical regime to dispatch Mohammad Ali Goodarzi, director-general of Lorestan Welfare Organization to do damage control. While confirming the validity of these horrible scenes, he bogusly claimed the images were taken last year.



Iran: Coronavirus Death Toll Surpasses 457,800

Infographic-PMOI-MEK reports over 457,800 coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in Iran

The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) announced this afternoon, on Saturday, October 16, 2021, that the Coronavirus fatalities in 547 cities had surpassed 457,800. In Tehran the death toll has passed 107,226, Khorasan Razavi 37,590, Isfahan 31,045, Khuzestan 28,075, West Azerbaijan 16,713, Fars 16,585, Lorestan 15,215, Qom 12,550, Kerman 12,187, Hamedan 8,553, Central Province 8,338, Kermanshah 8,324, Hormozgan 7,710, Yazd 7,528, Semnan 6,165, Bushehr 5,149, and Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad 3,314.

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“You’re Not Permitted To Hold Funerals”—Families of Executed Prisoners Testify in Court

summer of 1988, more than 30,000 political prisoners

Friday marked the twenty-ninth 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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Sir David Amess, British MP and Supporter of Iranian Resistance, Murdered

Sir David Amess's Remarks to the Free Iran World Summit 2021- July 11, 2021

Friday saw the shocking news of the death of British MP Sir David Amess, murdered while he was holding a meeting with his constituency in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex. The police have arrested a 25-year-old man and are investigating the case as a possible terrorist attack. UK Home Secretary Priti Patel described Sir David, 69, as a “man of the people” who was “killed doing a job he loved.”

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A Brief Look at the Spread of Extreme Poverty in Iran and Its “Feminization,” as a Human Rights Violation in Iran by the Mullahs’ Regime.


On October 17, 1987, more than 100,000 people gathered in Trocadero Square in Paris to commemorate the victims of extreme poverty, violence, and hunger. This demonstration led to the creation of the World Day to Overcome Extreme Poverty, officially recognized in 1992 by the United Nations as the “International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.”

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Video Report: Poverty in Iran

An August 2020 report published by the state-run Tejarat News said about 26.5 million people, a third of Iran’s population, were living in absolute poverty in 2020. This is a 38% increase compared to 2019. The current poverty line in Iran is 10 million tomans ($370) a month. In March, Iran’s Minister of Labor said a worker gets 2.55 million tomans a month (if paid), enough for only 6 days of living costs.

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Iran: Teachers and Retirees Take to Streets in 45 Cities


On Thursday, October 14, thousands of citizens took to the streets in 45 cities across Iran’s 25 provinces, according to the Iranian oppositions People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK). Teachers staged protests in various cities, venting their anger over the officials’ failure to address their dilemmas and demands in recent months.

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Read more: Iran News in Brief – October 16, 2021