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Iranian Parliament proposes a new bill to legitimize the use of weapons by security forces

Mehdi Sa’adati, an IRGC commander and Qassem Soleimani’s protégé, does his best to legitimize the security forces’ use of weapons against protesters.
Mehdi Sa’adati, an IRGC commander and Qassem Soleimani’s protégé, does his best to legitimize the security forces’ use of weapons against protesters.

Mehdi Sa’adati, an IRGC commander and Qassem Soleimani’s protégé, does his best to legitimize the security forces’ use of weapons against protesters.

On Friday, June 10, Iran’s state-run media reported that, based on a new government bill, the Parliament [Majlis] is attempting to legitimize the security forces’ use of weapons during “illegal armed demonstrations.” In recent weeks, a large number of videos have been posted and circulated on social media platforms showing security forces using lethal force against peaceful protesters arbitrarily.

Iran’s nefarious nuclear program must no longer be tolerated by the international community

Since August 2002, the world has faced a new problem: a rogue regime, incapable of cooperating and violating international law, that has been caught developing a secret nuclear weapons program.
Since August 2002, the world has faced a new problem: a rogue regime, incapable of cooperating and violating international law, that has been caught developing a secret nuclear weapons program.
Since August 2002, the world has faced a new problem: a rogue regime, incapable of cooperating and violating international law, that has been caught developing a secret nuclear weapons program.

Since early 2000, Tehran has had access to “secret United Nations atomic agency reports,” according to a new Wall Street Journal report. They cite Middle East intelligence officials as saying that “Iranian records were circulated among senior Iranian military, government, and nuclear-program officials between 2004 and 2006” and that “Iran could design answers that admit to what the International atomic energy agency (IAEA) already knows, give away information that it will likely discover on its own, and better hide what the IAEA does not yet know that Iran wants to keep hidden.”

UN experts concerned about escalating crackdowns on Iranian protesters

"The recent escalation of allegedly arbitrary arrests of teachers, labour rights defenders and union leaders, lawyers, human rights defenders, and other civil society actors has alarmed us," the experts said.
“The recent escalation of allegedly arbitrary arrests of teachers, labour rights defenders and union leaders, lawyers, human rights defenders, and other civil society actors has alarmed us,” the experts said.

UN human rights experts expressed grave concern today about a violent crackdown on civil society in Iran, including the arrest of members of labour unions and teachers protesting low wages and poor working conditions, and urged those responsible for using excessive force to be held accountable through independent investigations.

International community must put an end to Iran’s nuclear blackmail campaign

The regime's Atomic Energy Organization (AEOI) announced the removal of 27 cameras from sensitive nuclear sites.
The regime’s Atomic Energy Organization (AEOI) announced the removal of 27 cameras from sensitive nuclear sites.

On June 8, an overwhelming majority of the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency issued a resolution calling on Iran’s clerical regime to come clean about its nuclear ambitions. While delegations from the BoG member states were still in Vienna, the regime’s Atomic Energy Organization (AEOI) announced the removal of 27 cameras from sensitive nuclear sites, indicating that Tehran has no intention of complying.

Traders and Bazaar Merchants in 4 Cities Go On Strike

Arak Bazaar continued its fourth day of strike today, Wednesday, June 15. Bazaar merchants in Fasa and Ilam closed shop this morning and staged demonstrations.

 

Arak Bazaar continued its fourth day of strike today, Wednesday, June 15. Bazaar merchants in Fasa and Ilam closed shop this morning and staged demonstrations. In Shiraz, auto parts vendors closed their shops in protest of high prices and heavy taxes.

Iran: Was the Bank-e Meli robbery a staged show?

Iran: Was the Bank-e Meli robbery a staged show?
Iran: Was the Bank-e Meli robbery a staged show?
Thousands of Iranians lost their savings in government-backed credit institutions like Caspian and Thamen-Ol-Ameh in 2018.

“Burglars cut through the wall of a branch of Bank Meli (Persian for National Bank) from a neighbouring building in Tehran,” Iran’s state television reported on Monday.

These looters broke into the bank, had 14 hours to easily dismantle CCTV cameras and steal their memory cards, and made a lot of noise by cutting the safe boxes and stealing people’s belongings with hand milling machines. Bank alarms went off, numerous calls to the regime’s “security” apparatus went unanswered, and not a single police officer arrived on the scene. Hundreds of Iranians have lost their life savings as a result.

Iran: Pensioners nationwide protests continue for the sixth day in a row

Retirees-and-pensioners,
Retirees-and-pensioners, "They stage protests in Ahvaz, Mashhad, Kermanshah, Borujerd, Bandarabbas, Sari, Isfahan, Zanjan, Arak, Hamedan, Karaj, Rasht, Naqadeh, Shushtar, Solduz, Tabriz, and in other cities across Iran.
Retirees-and-pensioners, “They stage protests in Ahvaz, Mashhad, Kermanshah, Borujerd, Bandarabbas, Sari, Isfahan, Zanjan, Arak, Hamedan, Karaj, Rasht, Naqadeh, Shushtar, Solduz, Tabriz, and in other cities across Iran.

 

For the sixth time in a week, Social Security Organization retirees and pension recipients took to the streets in at least 20 cities across Iran on Sunday, June 12, 2022. “Retirees continue to rally and march across the country, demanding their fundamental rights,” the Iranian opposition, the People’s Mojahedin of Iran (PMOI/MEK), reported.

Iran’s cheap oil no longer has a buyer

The conflict in Ukraine has sent shockwaves around the world in terms of energy consumption and oil production.
The conflict in Ukraine has sent shockwaves around the world in terms of energy consumption and oil production.
The conflict in Ukraine has sent shockwaves around the world in terms of energy consumption and oil production.

 

The fossil-fuel crisis has turned into a riddle. While rising oil prices suggest that oil-rich countries like Iran could benefit greatly from the crisis, it appears that Tehran is having difficulty capitalizing on the opportunity.

Court in Tehran sentences four Christian women to seventeen years in prison

The four Christian women shared a case with three Christian men, Messrs. Joseph Shahbazian, Farhad Khazaei, and Salar Eshraghi Moghadam. The seven Christian citizens were sentenced to 28 years in prison in total.
The four Christian women shared a case with three Christian men, Messrs. Joseph Shahbazian, Farhad Khazaei, and Salar Eshraghi Moghadam. The seven Christian citizens were sentenced to 28 years in prison in total.
The four Christian women shared a case with three Christian men, Messrs. Joseph Shahbazian, Farhad Khazaei, and Salar Eshraghi Moghadam. The seven Christian citizens were sentenced to 28 years in prison in total.

 

On June 7, 2022, four Christian women were sentenced to 17 years in prison. Somayyeh (Sonia) Sadegh, Massoumeh Qassemi, Mina Khajouy-e Qomi, and Maliheh Nazari have also been stripped of their social rights, including the right to leave the country, by the court.

Western nations submit a draft resolution to the IAEA, moving towards adopting firm policy against Iran

Despite opposition from Russia and China, the Board is likely to adopt this resolution, according to media reports citing diplomats.
Despite opposition from Russia and China, the Board is likely to adopt this resolution, according to media reports citing diplomats.
Despite opposition from Russia and China, the Board is likely to adopt this resolution, according to media reports citing diplomats.

The United States, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom have submitted a draft resolution to the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) Board of Governors, urging the Iranian regime to respond to the IAEA’s outstanding questions about its suspected nuclear activities. Despite opposition from Russia and China, the Board is likely to adopt this resolution, according to media reports citing diplomats.