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On April 13th, as farmers continued their protests against the government’s water policies in Iran’s Isfahan Province, they received a surprising blow. During a Friday prayer sermon in Isfahan on that same day, Ayatollah Yousef Tabatabaeinejad said, “As someone who has always been on the farmers’ side, I don’t think they have the right to demonstrate.
” He added, “Religious and revolutionary farmers would not do such a thing. They should separate themselves from seditious elements.”
The Iran Meteorological Organization reports that at least 97 percent of the country is experiencing drought to some degree. However, Isfahan’s farmers say that government mismanagement has exacerbated the drought, as water is diverted from the province’s main river to neighboring Yazd Province.
The Ahwaz MP confirmed that around 150 protesters who had participated in recent demonstrations in this town were still in detention. In an interview published Saturday in the state-run Etemad Daily, Kazem Nasab al-Baji called the Ahwaz protests “peaceful” and “controlled”.
Major discontent flared up on March 30 in the city of Ahwaz, the Khuzestan provincial capital, protesting what locals called the Iranian authorities’ marginalization of Iranians of Arab origin and their efforts to erase their Arab identity. Soon, other cities across the region including Abadan, Mahshahr, Hamidiyeh and Sheyban joined the protests.The State Security forces violently responded in the early hours with the arrest of at least 26 protesters including three women.
On Tuesday morning, April 24th, sugar beet growers in cities of Naqadeh and Oshnavieh of West Azerbaijan, Iran protested against the nonpayment of their salaries and demands.
The reason for the protest gathering of sugar beet growers in Naqadeh and Oshnavieh is to achieve their rights and demands that they have long been protesting to obtain.
Farmers and sugar producers shipped the products to the factories, but they were told that sugar companies are paying their money with delay. Wherever sugar beet farmers are turning to, the flood of promises is the only response to end their problems.
On Tuesday morning, April 24th, a number of Iranian environmentalists protested against the performance of Rouhani’s government in connection with Lake Urmia situation in Iran as the Iranian president was on route toward Tabriz, Iran.
According to the Urmia representative in the Iranian parliament, only 5% of Lake Urmia remains today, and the current status of Lake Urmia is more critical than what the news broadcasts.
The revival of Lake Urmia was one of the main slogans of Hassan Rouhani before the 2013 elections. However, after the start of the Rouhani administration, the lake was neglected.Over the past few years, lake revival plans have also been closed due to failure to pay approved budgets. The ministers of the country also do not implement the Lake Urmia Revival Office’s bills.
#Iran_Human_Rights (Women, Minorities, Ethnics)
According to a close source, on the morning of Monday, April 23, four prisoners were executed at Urmia Central Prison.
The prisoners, who were sentenced to death on murder charges, were identified as Tayyeb Sheikhnejad Moukeri from ward 4-3, Qader Mohammad Hassan from the mental ward, Yadollah Samadi from ward 10, and Eslam Rashidi from ward 2-1.The execution of these prisoners has not been announced by the state-run media so far.
According to Iran Human Rights annual report on the death penalty, 240 of the 517 execution sentences in 2017 were implemented due to murder charges. There is a lack of a classification of murder by degree in Iran which results in issuing a death sentence for any kind of murder regardless of intensity and intent.
Political prisoner Golrokh Iraee, protesting her unjustified transfer from Tehran’s Evin Prison to the notorious Qarchak Prison, ended her hunger strike today after 81 days.
Golrokh Iraee was transferred to Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Baghyatollah Hospital from Qarchak Prison as she was no longer able to stand up or walk. She has lost 22 kilograms and suffers from low blood pressure. Ms. Iraee’s mother said when they met her at the hospital, “her eyes’ cornea did not stop in one place. She staggered at us with wonder and could not remember us in the first moments.”
A writer and a human rights activist, Ms. Iraee has been sentenced to six years in jail for writing an unpublished book on the cruel punishment of stoning.
12 death row prisoners have been transferred to solitary confinement in Rajai Shahr prison of Karaj in preparation for execution. It is believed that their sentence will be implemented on Wednesday, May 5.
Iran Human Rights (IHR) warns against a new wave of execution in Iran. IHR’s spokesperson Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam said:” Iranian authorities use the death penalty to spread fear and counteract the growing movement of civil disobedience in Iran”. According to reports by IHR at least 15 people have been executed during the last five days.
Prominent teachers’ rights advocate Esmail Abdi staged a hunger strike on April 24, protesting what he calls the Iranian Judiciary’s “arbitrary and illegal rulings” and “widespread violation of the rights of teachers and workers in Iran.” The 44-year-old high school teacher and former secretary general of the Iranian Teachers’ Trade Association has been serving a six-year prison sentence since being arrested by the Intelligence Ministry in 2016 for the charges of “propaganda against the state” and “collusion against national security.” He is demanding to be tried in a public court with a jury and to be granted furlough.
Blaming the Iranian authorities for their failure to uphold the promises of the country’s 1979 revolution, the teacher wrote a letter from Evin Prison in March 2018.
Iran- Terrorism Activities (Middle-East)
Since the strikes led by the United States and involving the United Kingdom and France on Syrian targets, Iran has been spreading lies and misinformation. The strike was initiated because of the use of chemical weapons on civilians in Syria and the leaders involved asserted that they were obliged to act so that another attack does not happen.
James Mattis, the US Secretary of Defense, said very shortly aster the strikes began that the United States was expecting an onslaught of negativity and propaganda from “those that have aligned themselves with the Assad regime”.
And Iran was as predictable as ever. The US-led strike targeted the chemical weapons infrastructure that the Syrian regime controls. The airstrikes were very precise and the leaders involved in the strike made it very clear that they were pursuing that road of action to dissuade further use of chemical weapons.
Iran has been interfering in the internal affairs of numerous countries across the Middle East, most notably in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Yemen. It is able to gain influence in a number of different ways and it is has tens of thousands of fighters working on the Iranian agenda.
Iran is also seeking to increase its influence in other areas using covert and under-the-radar methods. One such place is Africa where it is spending billions and billions of dollars.
One of its tried-and-tested methods is to get into medical and social systems where it provides “free” services under the guise of aid. It also sets up Islamic schools to gain influence in communities. It goes like this for an indefinite amount of time and, before long, the Iranian regime has quite a hold. Last year, the Foreign Minister of Iran travelled to Uganda where he opened a clinic that his country financed. The Organization of Islamic Culture and Communications in Iran has been responsible for building a number of religious centres where it can target small minority Muslim communities. The regime will train local clerics which in turn will further influence communities.
Acting Sec. Sullivan at #G7: The U.S. has concerns with #Iran and its ballistic missiles program & its destabilizing and malign influence in the region – in #Yemen, #Syria, and elsewhere – and concerns with the #JCPOA
itself, including its sunset clauses.
Iran- Nuclear Activities
Finding a bank in Iran is easy. The challenge is finding one that will lend at affordable rates, or even lend at all. The central bank’s rates for businesses are set as high as 18 percent. Ahmad, who employs about 20 people, says his bank told him that his company’s healthy accounts put him in a good position for a loan. But when he applied, he was refused and given excuses, says Ahmad, who asked not to be to be identified by his full name because of concerns in Iran about speaking to foreign media.
On Tuesday, during a joint press conference with President Macron, President Trump expressed his points of view regards a likely new deal to curb Iran from achieving nuclear weapons. He emphasized that any new deal should come with “solid foundations” and not “decayed foundations” as it is right now.President Trump slammed Obama’s administration for the current nuclear deal, which as he described as a “bad deal”, “falling down”, which should have “never have been made.”
On Friday, the US State Department released its annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices. The reports detailed human rights abuses around the world and were accompanied by a statement declaring some of those countries to be “morally reprehensible” and either unable or unwilling to use good governance instead of repression in order to maintain internal stability.
“The governments of China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea, for example, violate the human rights of those within their borders on a daily basis and are forces of instability as a result,” said acting Secretary of State John Sullivan, as quoted by Reuters.
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