Top U.N. officials voiced deep concern on Tuesday about human rights violations in Iran amid reports of rising numbers of executions, including of minors and Afghan migrants for drug-related offences. They spoke as an annual report on human rights in Iran, authored by Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, was presented to the U.N. Human Rights Council, a political body consisting of 47 elected members that can authorise investigations. "The Secretary-General is deeply concerned by the increase of executions, including for drug-related offences," said Nada Al-Nashif, U.N. deputy high commissioner for human rights.
The United Nations on Wednesday urged Iran to halt plans to amputate the fingers of eight prisoners and called on Tehran to do away with any form of corporal punishment. UN Human Rights Office spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani said seven of the men were currently being held at the Greater Tehran Central Prison. “We are deeply concerned by the likely imminent amputation of the fingers of eight men convicted of burglary in Iran and urge the Iranian authorities to call off the planned amputations,” she said in a statement. “We also call on Iran to urgently revise its criminal penalties to do away with any form of corporal punishment, including amputations, flogging and stoning, in line with its obligations under international human rights law.”
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China has received a new shipment of nearly 2 million barrels of Iranian oil in the past week at a southern port, according to shipping trackers, with one tracker saying the cargo is destined for state reserves. The 260,000 tonne cargo, carried by vessel Dorena which is owned by the National Iranian Tanker Corp (NITC), was discharged at Zhanjiang port, according to shipping tracking specialist Vortexa Analytics as well as U.S. advocacy group United Against Nuclear Iran, which specialises in tracking Iranian oil flows. A Vortexa analyst told Reuters the cargo was for state reserves. Previous imports of Iranian oil for China’s state reserves have also been facilitated by NITC vessels and discharged at Zhanjiang.
…China has received a new shipment of nearly 2 million barrels of Iranian oil in the past week at a southern port, according to shipping trackers, with one saying the cargo is destined for state reserves. The 260,000-ton cargo, carried by vessel Dorena which is owned by the National Iranian Tanker Corp., was discharged at Zhanjiang port, according to shipping tracking specialist Vortexa Analytics as well as US advocacy group United Against Nuclear Iran, which specializes in tracking Iranian oil flows. A Vortexa analyst told Reuters the cargo was for state reserves. Previous imports of Iranian oil for China’s state reserves have also been facilitated by NITC vessels and discharged at Zhanjiang.
Iran continues to significantly develop its cyber capabilities for a variety of purposes. Only recently it was reported that Tehran had sought to attack Boston Children’s Hospital - an attempt that the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation called one of the most “despicable” he had ever seen. This incident is another indication of Iran’s boldness in operating cyber tools. But the majority of Iranian cyberactivity is focused on social engineering for obtaining intelligence information.
On June 19, 2022, UANI Policy Director Jason Brodsky joined i24NEWS Global Eye host Ellie Hochenberg to discuss Iran's plots against Israelis in Turkey. Fellow panelists included Dr. Ori Goldberg (Iran Expert, Lauder School of Government, Reichman University) and Hananya Naftali (Israeli Political Commentator).
PROTESTS & HUMAN RIGHTS
Workers in the industrial town of Mahmoudabad in Isfahan continued their strike for a third consecutive day as a wave of unrest across Iran over living and work conditions shows no signs of letting up. Truck drivers in Tehran rallied in the capital on June 20, while more than 300,000 stone factory workers in the industrial town of Isfahan remained off the job despite threats from authorities. Sources quoted officials as saying the decision to strike in Isfahan was announced last week in a speech by a union leader who was arrested by security forces afterward.
Protests continue across Iran as discontent grows over the government's failure to address deteriorating living conditions one year after President Ebrahim Raisi's election victory. Workers in the industrial town of Mahmoudabad in Isfahan continued their strike for a fourth consecutive day on June 21. Workers in the industrial towns of Dolatabad, Bakhtiar Dasht, Meimeh, Rezvanshahr, Najafabad and Doshakh have also joined the action.
A human rights group says Iran has "secretly" executed Kurdish political prisoner Firuz Musalu without even informing his immediate family that the punishment was being meted out. According to the Hengaw Organization for Human Rights, which monitors Kurdish areas in western Iran, Musalu was executed inside the Urmia Central Prison on June 20. Not even his lawyer was informed, the group added. The 31-year-old had been sentenced to death by the Revolutionary Court of Urmia on charges of “waging war against God through membership of an opposition group."
RUSSIA, SYRIA, ISRAEL, HEZBOLLAH, LEBANON & IRAN
Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps commander Hossein Salami said Monday that Israel is undergoing a political collapse as the government announced that it will dissolve parliament and call fresh elections. The US, meanwhile, is trying to extract itself from the region without losing face, Salami claimed. “If you follow the news, you will see that the Zionist regime is in political collapse,” Salami said at a military ceremony in Tehran, the semi-official Fars news service reported. “And the United States seeks a dignified escape from the Islamic world.”
OTHER FOREIGN AFFAIRS
Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian visited New Delhi June 8-10, where he met with his Indian counterpart Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and national security advisor Ajit Kumar Doval. Considering that discussions were held at the highest level, it seemed like an effort to reset India-Iran ties. Trying to put together a more broad-spectrum partnership, Amir-Abdollahian spoke about drawing up "a road map for long-term cooperation between the two countries.”