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Iran doctor says COVID-19 patients dying in hospitals during Tehran’s blackouts

Iranian hospitalIran News Wire - July 5, 2021: An Iranian doctor told a state-run news agency that COVID-19 patients on ventilators have passed away during Tehran’s blackouts. Speaking to Rokna, Dr. Mohammad-Reza Hashemian said between the time electricity goes out and the emergency power kicks in, hospital patients on ventilators face life-threatening conditions and have even died.

Dr. Hashemian, an ICU specialist at Tehran’s Masih Daneshvari Hospital, posted a video on his Instagram account showing patients on ventilators in critical condition during a blackout.

The voice heard in the video which shows three patients in the dark CCU rooms of an Iranian hospital says patients are “expiring” because the emergency power has not been connected. The video, which has been circulating on social media, has caused outrage.


Amnesty Says Iran Ignored Torture Complaints From Afkari Brothers

 afkaribrothersIran International, June 26, 2021: On International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, Amnesty International has highlighted the treatment of two Iranian prisoners, Vahid and Habib Afkari, since their arrest in 2018. A 45-page analysis, Harrowing Accounts of Torture Committed With Impunity – New Findings on Afkari Brothers, shows how Iran’s prosecution and judicial authorities have ignored or dismissed complaints filed by two brothers inside prison, Amnesty said.

Vahid and Habib Afkari are brothers of 27-year-old wrestler Navid Afkari, who was convicted of killing a security guard in 2018 and hanged in Shiraz last September despite many appeals in Iran and abroad. The three were arrested together in August 2018 after taking part in protests.

Vahid and Habib are serving lengthy prison terms in Adelabad prison in Shiraz, Fars province, following what Amnesty International said(link is external) were convictions in grossly unfair trials, where courts relied on torture-tainted “confessions” despite repeated requests by the defendants to exclude the confessions as evidence. At his trial, Vahid Afkari said that his interrogators had tortured him, threatened to kill or harm his family, and to rape his mother and sister.

Iran expels Italian nun who has spent her life for the poor of the country

cq5dam.thumbnail.cropped.1500.844Seventy-five-year-old Sister Giuseppina Berti is denied a visa renewal.
Vatican News, June 11, 2021: Seventy-five-year-old Sister Giuseppina Berti, who has worked for 26 years in the leprosarium of Tabriz and now lives in Isfahan in the house of the Congregation of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, will have to leave Iran in the coming days. In fact, her visa has not been renewed and she has received a travel order. Her departure will make it difficult for her fellow nun, Sister Fabiola Weiss, a 77-year  years old Austrian, who has dedicated 38 years to the poor and the sick in the leprosy hospital, and whose residence permit has been renewed for another year

The two religious nuns, who have dedicated their lives to the country's sick without distinction of religious or ethnic affiliation, are forced to abandon the Congregation's house, built in 1937. In Isfahan, the Daughters of Charity had dedicated themselves for years to the education and training of young people. Their commitment to hundreds of Polish children, refugees and war orphans, who arrived in Iran in the spring of 1942, should also be remembered. In fact, the sisters ran a large school in the city, which was confiscated after the 1979 revolution. In recent years, the two sisters did not carry out any outside activities, to avoid being accused of proselytizing.

Iran hides COVID 19 meltdown 310000 deathsJune 14 (UPI) -- More than 310,000 people have died of COVID-19 in Iran. These are the horrifyingly accurate figures, gathered daily by the main democratic opposition resistance units of the Mojahedin e-Khalq.

The theocratic regime claims the real figure is 81,000. The fact remains that the mullahs' venal corruption and incompetence has caused a catastrophic COVID-19 meltdown across the country, with the highly contagious Indian and South African variants spreading like wildfire against the largely unvaccinated population. 

Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has banned the use of all Western vaccines, particularly those originating from America or the United Kingdom. As a result, the clerical regime has been forced to rely on intermittent supplies of the Chinese Sinopharm and Russian Sputnik vaccines. So far, only 4 million people have been vaccinated. Indeed vaccinations have been halted in Tehran and many other towns and cities as supplies have run out, after the Chinese and the Russians failed to deliver on their contracts. Reports in the state-controlled media have stated that vaccinations are no longer available in health centers and have advised that people should not approach the centers until further notice.

Iran sentences labor activist Esmail Gerami to five years jail, flogging

The Haft Tappeh Sugar Cane Mill Labor Syndicate reported on Wednesday that Esmail Gerami, one of the leaders in the nationwide pensioners protests, had been fined two million tomans in addition to imprisonment and flogging.

Labor activist Esmail Gerami was arrested on March 7 outside the Ministry of Labor in Tehran during peaceful nationwide pensioners’ protests and was released the next day. 

He was once again arrested on April 3 by security forces in his home and was transferred to solitary confinement in the Greater Tehran Penitentiary also known as Fashafuyeh four days later. He has been in prison ever since.

The 36th Branch of the Tehran Revolutionary Court sentenced the labor activist Esmail Gerami to five years of prison, 74 lashes and a 2 million toman fine for “assembly and collusion against the state”.

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