In 2021, two officials who have committed tremendous rights violations for decades, the mullah’s President Ebrahim Raisi and Judiciary Chief Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Eje’I, ascended to top positions of power in Iran.
By appointing major human rights violators, which obviously threat Iran’s civil society, Khamenei is using all his power to crush protests, restrict activists, and stifle any dissent.
Suppression of activists intensified, as did the crackdown on Iran protests in 2021.
Beset by a whole host of economic, social and political crises, the clerical regime tried to rein in simmering social discontent by use of brute force. This is while that the Iranian people from all walks of life, have been protesting the regime’s failure to resolve numerous crises in the country that are affecting their lives. State forces kill protesters in Sistan and Baluchestan
The bloody crackdown on fuel transporters in Iran’s Sistan and Baluchistan Province in February is more evidence of the regime’s intention to stifle any form of dissent. The state security forces used lethal state force used against demonstrators since unrest broke out in the area on February 22, 2021, killing at least 40 men and injuring more than 100 in the southeast province amid an intermittent shutdown of the internet.
Deadly repression of protests against water, power shortages The unlawful killings of protesters by state security forces in Iran’s drought-ridden Khuzestan Province added to concerns that the rights situation in Iran steadily worsened.
Two Baluch men were killed by narcotic forces in Sistan and Baluchistan, south-eastern Iran.
According to Rasanak, a regional human rights news agency, a Baluch fuel carrier identified as Mahmoud Brahui was shot and seriously injured by narcotic forces on Saturday, December 25. He died at the hospital on Sunday, due to the severity of his injuries.
Narcotic forces opened fire on his car, on suspicion that he was carrying drugs. According to the report, Mahmoud’s car was empty and the agents fired at him without warning.
The terms “fuel carrier” and “border porter” are an unfortunate consequence of 42 years of corruption and mismanagement under the Iranian regime which has resulted in a significant lack of job opportunities, especially for Iranians in north-western and south-eastern Iran.
Iranian security forces and the IRGC shoot and kill Baluch fuel traders with impunity.
The Iranian regime’s security forces and police have a history of shooting and killing civilians.
Qarchak prison officials are preventing political prisoner Zahra Safaei from being sent to hospital to continue treatment for his heart problems. The warden of Qarchak Prison, Soghra Khodadadi, has not allowed Mrs. Safaei to receive medical treatment despite the doctor’s prescription and her family’s repeated inquiries.
The political prisoner suffered a heart attack in late August and underwent angiography after many hindrances by the authorities of Qarchak Prison. Since then she needs to be regularly visited by a specialist in a hospital, something of which she has been deprived.
Authorities in Qarchak Prison refuse to provide medical treatment to pressure Zahra Safaei. She also suffers from a toothache. Prison authorities have turned down her request to visit a dentist outside the prison at her own expense. The prison’s clinic has not provided her with any medical treatment. According to the UN’s Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners, which all UN Member States are expected to abide by, “…Sick prisoners who require specialist treatment shall be transferred to specialized institutions or to civil hospitals.”
At least 100 persons were wounded during the attack by the Iranian regime troops on the peaceful demonstration of the farmers and people of Isfahan. An upwards of 300 have reportedly been arrested and detained during the protests.
The Iranian regime’s security forces opened fire on the protesters in the vicinity of Khajou Bridge of Isfahan. Many were shot in the face and eyes. Hit and run confrontations between the protesters and the regime’s repressive forces continued until midnight in various parts of Isfahan where the sound of gunfire could be heard.
The disgruntled farmers and youths of Isfahan held protests yesterday, November 26, 2021, in the riverbed of Zayanderud despite massive mobilization of security forces. They clashed with the IRGC, Bassij, and State Security Force (SSF), forcing them to retreat in many areas.
To control the situation, security forces opened fire on protesters using pellet guns and tear gas. At least 100 persons were wounded and more than 300 arrested during the protests in Isfahan on November 26.
The authorities of clerical regime hanged Arman Abdolali this morning, November 24, 2021. The execution took place in Rajaei Shahr (Gohardasht) Prison in Karaj, west of Tehran. Arman’s family did not have the chance to visit him for the last time.
Arman Abdolali was transferred to solitary confinement on Sunday, November 21, 2021, to prepare his execution after eight long years in prison.
Over the past few months, the authorities took Arman to solitary confinement seven times pretending to want to execute him, a practice which is intended to torture the prisoner.
The death sentence was carried out while there were many ambiguities in his case and despite international and domestic outcry to stop it.
Amnesty International called for a halt to his death sentence.
UN Third Committee resolution censures serious rights abuses in Iran. This is the 68the resolution passed by the United Nations condemning the flagrant human rights violations in Iran. The Third Committee of the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution, censuring the brutal and systematic violations of human rights in Iran on November 17, 2021.
The Third Committee resolution was passed by 79 votes in favor, 32 against and 64 abstentions.
The resolution expressed serious concern at the “alarmingly high frequency of the imposition and carrying-out of the death penalty by the Islamic Republic of Iran, in violation of its international obligations, including executions undertaken against persons on the basis of forced confessions or for crimes that do not qualify as the most serious crimes, including crimes that are overly broad or vaguely defined, in violation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, expresses concern at the continuing disregard for internationally recognized safeguards, including executions undertaken without prior notification of the prisoner’s family members or legal counsel, as required by Iranian law, and calls upon the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran to abolish, in law and in practice, public executions, which are contrary to the 2008 directive seeking to end this practice issued by the former head of the judiciary, and to consider establishing a moratorium on executions.”
Iran children are the most vulnerable under the mullahs since they neither protect nor promote the rights of children. On the World Children’s Day, here is a brief glance on the plight of children in Iran.
Poverty, hunger, child labor, child abuse, trafficking and sale of children and infants are among the hallmarks of Iranian children’s lives. Furthermore, the regime’s laws promote violation of children’s rights by sanctioning child labor, early marriages, honor killings, etc.
The Iranian regime is a signatory of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, but it does not take any action to safeguard and protect the rights and lives of children in Iran, particularly the girl children.
The child’s right to life and freedom from cruel punishment
Article 6 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child obliges all states parties to recognize that every child has the inherent right to life and ensure to the maximum extent possible the survival and development of the child.
The CRC stipulates that no child shall be deprived of his or her liberty unlawfully or arbitrarily.
Political prisoner Zahra Safaei is in dire health conditions after suffering a heart stroke and undergoing heart surgery. She is being detained despite the forensic’s confirmation that she cannot endure imprisonment.
Zahra Safaei has undergone a heart surgery in a civic hospital after hinderances by prison authorities. In the hospital, her hands and feet were chained to the bed.
She was having heart problems and pain in the chest for two months but the authorities of Qarchak Prison ignored her conditions. Ultimately, she suffered a heart stroke on August 31.
Despite the fact that she cannot endure prison conditions after the heart surgery, the authorities have returned her to Qarchak and detained her alongside ordinary prisoners, which is a violation of the principle of separation of crimes.
Security forces arrested Zahra Safaei in Tehran on February 24, 2020. They also arrested Parastoo Mo’ini, her daughter, as well as Forough Taghipour and her mother, Nasim Jabbari. They were subsequently transferred to the Intelligence Ministry’s detention center (Ward 209 of Evin Prison). Parastoo Mo’ini and Forough Taghipour were transferred to Qarchak Prison in early March 2020.
The court of appeals in Mazandaran Province recently upheld Baha’i citizen Manijeh Azamian’s one year prison sentence.
According to a news agency of Human Rights, Manijeh Azamian, 52-year-old, had previously been sentenced on a charge of “propaganda against the regime” by Branch 1 of the Revolutionary Court of Babol.
On April 10, security forces searched Azamian’s house and confiscated several of her personal belonging such as her cell phone, PC hard drive, flash drives, and books about the Baha’i faith. They summoned her to appear at the Ministry of Intelligence office on the same day afternoon.
An informed source said: “During the interrogation, they called several phone numbers from the list on her cell phone and at least three of her non-Baha’i friends or neighbors were summoned for interrogation.”