Tehran said on Monday that it had evidence that Western countries were behind the protests that have roiled the country.
The attention of the UN Human Rights Council is on Iran after the country allegedly killed a nuclear scientist with a magnetic bomb attached to his car.
The death of 22-year-old Kurdish Iranian woman Mahsa Amini after her arrest for “inappropriate attire” sparked protests, among the most significant challenges to Iran’s religious elite since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
Nasser Kanaani, a ministry spokesman, said they have specific information showing that the US, possibly other Western countries, and some of America’s friends were involved in the protests. As of writing, though, there were no definitive threats from the Iranian government proving US or Pentagon’s active intervention in the protests.
Key Figures are Speaking Out
Meanwhile, a video released online by Iran’s supreme leader’s niece on Saturday urges the world to cut ties with the Islamic Republic. The footage shows Nargess Najaf Abadi holding a banner that reads, “Any collaboration with Iran is complicity with torture and murder of civilians,” as she walks through an unidentified city.
“O free people, be with us and tell your governments to stop supporting this murderous and child-killing regime,” Moradkhani said in the video. “This regime is not loyal to any of its religious principles and does not know any rules except force and maintaining power.”
Abadi, the daughter of one of Khamenei’s sons, was reportedly detained and tortured by Iranian authorities after participating in post-election protests in 2009. Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has the final say on all significant matters in Iran, has repeatedly criticized the deal. In a speech last week, Khamenei called on Iran’s judiciary and security forces to take action against those he said were trying to normalize relations with Iran. Khamenei has the final say on all significant matters in Iran and has repeatedly criticized the deal.
According to Jalal Mahmoudzadeh, a parliament member from the Kurdish-dominated city of Mahabad, as many as 105 people were killed in Kurdish-dominated areas during the protests, as reported by the Entekhan website.
In an interview with the Associated Press, prominent Iranian human rights defender Narges Khamenei said foreign governments should cease all relations with Tehran over the deadly government suppression of pro-democracy protests. The Iranian regime violently put down the protests after the death of Neda Soltan, a young woman who was shot and killed during a protest.
Other key figures are speaking out, like an engineer named Farideh Moradkhani, whose late father was a prominent opposition figure married to Khamenei’s sister, who was reportedly arrested on Nov. 23 after a video of her statement was widely distributed online.
Moradkhani called on free peoples to inform their governments that this murderous child-killing regime must be stopped. She asserted that this regime adhered to no religious principles other than force and maintaining power.
As of Nov. 26, HRANA said 450 protesters had been killed in nationwide protests in more than two months, including 63 minors. In addition, it said 60 members of the security forces had been killed, and 18,173 protesters had been detained.
More than 100 people died in the Kurdish-dominated city of Mahabad during the recent protests, Jalal Mahmoudzadeh, a member of parliament from the city, said on Sunday. The quote came from the Entekhan website.
On Friday, her brother Mahmoud Moradkhani, who describes himself as an “opponent of the Islamic Republic” on his Twitter account, shared the video with his followers. Iran-based human rights activists then spread the message.
On Nov. 23, Mahmoud Moradkhani announced her sister’s arrest after she returned to Tehran’s prosecution office in compliance with a court order. Farideh had been detained by Iran’s Intelligence Ministry earlier in the year and subsequently bailed out.
HRANA reported that Moradkhani had been detained in Tehran’s Evin security prison. It said she had earlier been sentenced to 15 years on unknown charges.
According to his website, Ali Moradkhani Arangeh, Khamenei’s sister’s husband and a dissident Shi’ite cleric who passed away in Tehran recently, was denied access to his relatives for years because of his opposition to the Islamic Republic.
On the other hand, Farideh Moradkhani said in her video that now is the time for all free and democratic nations to withdraw their representatives from Iran and expel the representatives of this brutal regime from their governments as a symbolic gesture.
The United Nations’ top human rights body overwhelmingly approved a resolution on Thursday to establish a new investigative mission to probe Tehran’s violent security operation against the anti-government protests.
It is not uncommon for the relatives of top officials to criticize the Islamic Republic. For example, in 2012, Faezeh Hashemi Rafsanjani, the daughter of late former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, was incarcerated for “anti-state propaganda.”
Iran’s minister of health has formed a committee to investigate the causes of death in anti-government protests.
So, Was Trump Right About Iran?
Iran is accusing the United States of inciting protests in Iran that have been happening for the past months. The Iranian government has released footage and statements trying to prove America’s involvement. This comes as Iran is also seeking international favor, as the country faces increasing sanctions from the United States.
Iran has a long and complicated history with the United States. The two countries have not always seen eye-to-eye, and many disagreements and conflicts have been over the years. One of the primary sources of tension between the two nations is Iran’s nuclear program.
The United States has consistently pushed Iran to halt its nuclear activities, which it believes are a cover for developing nuclear weapons. However, Iran has maintained that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only and has the right to pursue these activities.
The United States began imposing sanctions on Iran in response to its nuclear program in 1995. These sanctions have gradually become more severe and have caused significant economic hardship for the Iranian people.
In May 2018, the United States withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). This deal was reached in 2015 between Iran and a group of world powers, including the United States, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, China, and Russia.
The Trump administration justified its decision to withdraw from the deal by stating that it was ineffective enough in preventing Iran from developing nuclear weapons. However, the other signatories to the agreement have vowed to continue upholding it.
Since taking office, US President Donald Trump has taken a hard-line stance on Iran. In 2018, the Trump administration withdrew from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also known as the Iran nuclear deal. The JCPOA was an agreement between Iran and six world powers (the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia, and China) to limit Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for lifting international sanctions. President Trump has also imposed sanctions on Iran, which have significantly impacted the Iranian economy.
President Trump has defended his stance on Iran by arguing that the previous administration’s deal didn’t go far enough in limiting Iran’s nuclear program and that the lifting of sanctions did nothing to stop Iran’s other behavior, such as its support for terrorist groups. He has also argued that the United States should be tougher on Iran to force it to change its behavior.
Critics of President Trump’s stance on Iran argue that withdrawing from the JCPOA and imposing sanctions has only led to increased tension between the United States and Iran and that it is not clear what, if anything, will force Iran to change its behavior. They also argue that the impact of sanctions on the Iranian people has been devastating.
Since withdrawing from the deal, the United States has imposed even more sanctions on Iran. These sanctions are devastatingly affecting the Iranian economy and causing immense suffering for the Iranian people.
Iran’s accusations of US involvement in protests are part of its efforts to gain international favor as Iran faces increasing sanctions from the United States. Iran has a long and complicated history with the United States, especially concerning Iran’s nuclear program. This has increased tensions between the two countries and escalated sanctions from the US, especially since Iran continues to be Russia’s weapons supplier. Iran’s attempt to gain international favor serves as a reminder of the current state of US-Iranian relations and its potential implications for the region. At the same time, Iran hopes to use this opportunity to draw attention away from its human rights abuses and economic issues caused by US sanctions. The outcome of Iran’s efforts remains unclear, but it is clear that Iran is determined to fight for its interests.