NCRI - Fighting in Syria may have decreased while the international community tried to arrange an end to the war but make no mistake, it is not over.
In Idlib, the South Aleppo Front, Damascus’ suburbs and East of the Euphrates in Deir az-Zour the fighting is still commonplace, while Russian troops were recently attacked at the Khmeimim base in Latakia.
NCRI - Iranian university students have stood up for their imprisoned peers by denouncing the Regime’s crackdown on students during the current protests in an official statement.
The University Trade Unions Council of Iran (UTUCI) explained that the Regime is very “fearful” over the current protests and using it as an excuse to pressurise students, trade union activists, and others in the groups most likely to be protesting.
Trump Warns This Might Be Final Iran Deal Waiver, President Trump renewed the Iran nuclear deal, but said that this will be the last time. The deal, which must be renewed every 120 days, waives key sanctions the US lifted as part of the deal.
The United States imposed sanctions on 14 individuals and entities on Friday for human rights abuses in Iran and supporting Iranian weapons programs, including the head of Iran’s judiciary, Ayatollah Sadeq Larijani.
The U.S. Treasury Department said in a statement that Larijani, a close ally of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, is “responsible for ordering, controlling, or otherwise directing, the commission of serious human rights abuses against persons in Iran or Iranian citizens or residents.”
NCRI - Some of those arrested for participating in Iran protests are being tortured and murdered in custody, according to recently released prisoners and the families of those still held without charges.
At a rally outside Iran’s infamous Evin prison, activist Amir said: “People inside are being tortured, maybe tortured to death.”
NCRI - Back in 1989, a mid-level cleric in the Iranian Regime became the surprise pick for Supreme Leader after the death of the Regime’s founder Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.
Ali Khamenei was chosen as the Supreme Leader during an emergency closed-door session of the Assembly of Experts, in which he said that he was unqualified for the job and his selection was unconstitutional, as damning new footage shows.
NCRI - The Iranian regime is under immense pressure at the minute. The people have taken to the street en masse to protest and hold anti-government demonstrations. The people are slamming the regime for plundering the nation’s wealth on conflicts abroad.
NCRI - After at least 50 deaths and over 4,000 arrests, the Iranian Regime has yet again declared the nationwide anti-regime protests to be over and done with. That is simply untrue.
Many citizen-journalists have risked violence from the Regime in order to post photos and footage about ongoing protests, and although the protests don’t appear to be growing in numbers or frequency at the current time, that doesn’t mean that this is over. Not by a long shot.
NCRI - At least 50 anti-regime protesters have been shot dead in the streets in Iran, 4,000 have been detained and are threatened with the death penalty, with at least two have died under torture in prison.
This is how the Iranian Regime deals with peaceful protesters and human rights organisations from around the world should be paying close attention, according to Iranian-American political scientist Dr. Majid Rafizadeh.
Issued on: January 10, 2018
The Trump Administration is deeply concerned by reports that the Iranian regime has imprisoned thousands of Iranian citizens in the past week for engaging in peaceful protests. Further reports that the regime has tortured or killed some of these demonstrators while in detention are even more disturbing. We will not remain silent as the Iranian dictatorship represses the basic rights of its citizens and will hold Iran’s leaders accountable for any violations. The protesters in Iran are expressing legitimate grievances, including demanding an end to their government’s oppression, corruption, and waste of national resources on military adventurism. Iran’s regime claims to support democracy, but when its own people express their aspirations for better lives and an end to injustice, it once again shows its true brutal nature. The United States calls for the immediate release of all political prisoners in Iran, including the victims of the most recent crackdown.
NCRI - The Iranian regime’s authorities heavily restricted the internet in an attempt to quell the anti-regime protests but the Iranian people have been evading the censorship through the use of virtual private networks (VPNs).
When the regime’s Supreme National Security Council first slowed down internet speeds, shut down certain applications, and even shut down the VPNs that Iranians have used for years to evade restrictions, tech entrepreneur M. Nouri was set back and his company, which employs 15 people, was heavily affected.
NCRI - When you stay silent in situations of oppression, you are tacitly siding with the oppressor. That is why the US must intervene in the Iran protests, in which at least 50 have died, that has been raging for almost two weeks now.
U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley hit the nail on the head last Friday, when she addressed an emergency meeting of the Security Council to discuss the protests and said: "Human rights are not the gift of governments; they are the inalienable rights of the people themselves."The Iranian Regime has responded to the nationwide protests by arresting 3,700 peaceful protesters and threatening them with the death penalty and by cutting off the people’s access to internet services so that they cannot communicate to each other or the outside world. This infringes on the right to freedom of speech, the right to peaceful protest, and the right to not be subjected to cruel and unusual punishment.
NCRI - In support of recent protest rallies in the country, Iran’s independent labor unions have issued joint statements to condemn regime’s dealing with protesters.
The five independent formations -- Free Labor Union of Iran, Kermanshah Electrical and Metal Workers Labor Union, Alborz Province’s Painters Syndicate, Association of Defenders of Workers’ Rights, and the Committee Pursuing Formation of Labor Unions in Iran -- have issued a joint statement, condemning regime’s killing of more than 20 protesters as well as arrest of close to 2000, including 100 students, in different cities across the country.