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…
About this investigation
Rouhani will soon leave the office of the President of Iran. The investigation into the legitimacy of his Ph.D. degree started two years ago, as Zamaneh continues other investigations that other journalists and activists have conducted. Unfortunately, we couldn’t complete this investigation in due time because of the global COVID-19 pandemic and its resulting travel limitations. We were primarily waiting for the Glasgow Caledonian University archive to reopen so that we could cross-check the accuracy of his digitized thesis in our possession with the original in their library. …
Bryan Stevenson and Nasrin Sotoudeh are both human rights attorneys who have dedicated their lives to “helping the poor, the incarcerated and the condemned.” They both received the 2020 Alternative Nobel Prize, also known as the Right Livelihood Award.
On the occasion of International Workers’ Day, Zamaneh Media has published its annual labor report, which covers issues related to workers’ rights in Iran from May 2020 to May 2021.
Over the past year, despite the coronavirus pandemic and police crackdown, workers took to the streets many times chanting slogans against exploitation, poverty, unemployment, and lack of social support. They consisted of industrial workers, teachers, nurses, job seekers, peddlers, seasonal workers, and farmers.
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Zamaneh Media’s 16th Labor Rights Report, covering major labor rights issues, protests, and trends between January and March 2021 is available for download.
One year after the onset of the new coronavirus pandemic, a new wave of the disease begun in Iran in Feb 2021, hitting Iran’s economy hard; an economy that has been already stagnant due to US economic sanctions and structural corruption.
Women in the workforce were hit particularly hard. More than one million women were expelled from the labor market. The population of economically active women — women who have…