Zamaneh Media’s 17th Labor Rights Quarterly Report which covers labor issues of Iranian workers from April to June 2021 is now available for download.
Zamaneh in this report covers labor protests, expulsion, flogging, and imprisonment of workers, issues that pensioners face, exploitation of oil and gas workers, municipal workers’ demands, protests of teachers, and sexual harassment at the workplace.
Hadi Bahmani, 17, was killed on Tuesday night, July 20, 2021, during demonstrations in Izeh. Bahmani was a teenager from the village of Susan in the city of Izeh. He had come to Izeh as a seasonal worker.
Since July 15, widespread protests began in various Arab majority towns and cities in Khuzestan and quickly spread to other regions in the province. Security forces have killed and injured dozens of protesters. There are several reasons for the unrest, including a water shortage, poverty, and discrimination. The protests have spread to Ahvaz, Susangard, Izeh, Dezful, Behbahan, Mahshahr, Abadan, and many other cities in Khuzestan province.
The international military equipment and dual-use goods procurement network of the Islamic Republic of Iran is an extensive network operating in countries from East Asia to Europe, North America, South America and North Africa. This includes companies and individuals who provide military and dual-use equipment to Iran through secretive and dangerous means.
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Iran has been under UN arms sanctions for the last 13 years, which has now ended on October 18, 2020. The Danish investigative journalism organizations Danwatch and Zamaneh Media have conducted a study on which countries and…
Thousands of oil industry workers from at least eight provinces in Iran have been on strike since June 19, 2021. The striking workers are employed by more than 65 different companies in the oil, gas, and petrochemical industry. Dozens of federations, and trade unions from around the world issued a joint statement on Monday (July 28) in support of the striking contract workers.
At least 35 striking workers at a refinery in Tehran have been fired so far.
The striking workers are demanding higher wages, increased paid leave, elimination of the subcontracting companies, better…
by Zamaneh Media — 20June 2021
Ebrahim Raisi, the conservative candidate currently serving as the head of Iran’s Judiciary, won Iran’s presidential election with 61.95 percent of the votes in an election that faced a boycott movement that resulted in the lowest turnout in the history of the Islamic Republic.
He becomes Iran’s president as his supporters see him as a salvation to the economic problems they face and his opponents see him as an ultraconservative who is consolidating Iran’s Supreme Leaders’ reign.
The election lasted for 19 hours, from 7 am on June 18th to 2 am on June…
The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ali Khamenei, appeared on Iranian television on Wednesday, June 17. While he encouraged Iranian citizens to participate in the upcoming 18 June elections, he did not mention the Guardian Council and the widespread disqualifications of candidates, nor did he accept the accusations that this election is “non-competitive.” Khamenei asserted that low turnout would lead to increased pressure by the enemy. “The people’s support of the system must be shown to the enemy,” he added.
The Supreme Leader warned the Iranian opposition inside Iran not to…
by Mahtab Divsalar — 9 June 2021
Iran started its COVID-19 vaccination campaign in February, but the vaccination process has been slower than in most parts of the world.
While the biggest mass vaccination campaign in the history of the world has administered more than 2.12 billion doses of the coronavirus vaccine across 176 countries, in Iran, only 4.5 million doses have been given so far, covering about 2.7% of the population.
Iran’s vaccine rollout for its 80-million-plus population started with Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine.
The available COVID-19 vaccines in Iran are all made abroad. Home-made vaccines will soon be…
In recent months, several assailants belonging to the Salafi fundamentalist groups in the Kurdistan province, Iran, have conducted several attacks against other citizens living in the province.
According to the Hengaw News website, on the evening of Friday, 14 May 2021, a group of Salafi-jihadis attacked several citizens with knives in the city of Saqqez. The Salafis justified their attack by saying that the attacks were conducted against some local youths who were drinking alcohol. The clashes escalated. Several of the wounded young men are now reported to be in critical condition. …
The five-day registration period at the Iranian Ministry of Interior ended on Saturday, May 15, 2021. The last day of registration was strangely overcrowded: of the 592, 288 signed up on Saturday.
In the conservatist (Principalist or in Farsi, اصولگرا) camp, almost all political parties have nominated one or more candidates. The Revolutionary Guard has put forth several apparent and not-so-apparent candidates for the upcoming presidential election. …
A banner made by the students of Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam in solidarity with Palestinian resistance against Israeli violations of human rights was taken down by the board of Hogeschool Rotterdam. Students are protesting what they call “the double standards” in this academic institution.
In their statement, Piet Zwart Institute’s students write:
“On Wednesday May 12th we hung a banner from our building that called for an end to the ethnic cleansing in Palestine. That same evening, the board of Hogeschool Rotterdam demanded that the banner be taken down as soon as possible. Our…