Thursday’s Iran Mini Report – January 17, 2019

• Senior Iran Judiciary official criticizes low hand amputation rates for thieves

Iran Regime’s Attorney-General said that the low numbers of hand amputation punishments for thieves in Iran as a result of human rights condemnations was “unfortunate”.

In comments carried by the Fars News Agency, Mohammad Jafar Montazeri said that the hands of thieves had to be amputated but “unfortunately, to avoid being condemned on human rights issues by the United Nations, we have abandoned some of the divine laws.”

Montazeri has also admitted that, under backbreaking economic pressures, many faithful and God-fearing, poverty-stricken people might also be forced to commit theft.

• Iran Regime Says It Will Be Ready For New Satellite Launch in A Few Months

Iran will be ready for a new satellite launch in a few months’ time after a failed attempt this week, President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday, ignoring U.S. and European warnings to avoid such activity.

The United States warned Iran this month against undertaking three planned rocket launches that it said would violate a U.N. Security Council resolution because they use ballistic missile technology.

France’s foreign ministry on Wednesday condemned the abortive launch and urged Iran to cease ballistic missile tests, which Paris sees as of potential use for nuclear weapons.

• 39,000 Children under Five Suffering From Malnutrition in Southeast Iran

Ministry of Health raised alarm bells regarding prevalence of malnutrition in Iran’s southern port city of Chabahar.

Cited by the state-run IRNA news agency on January 15, Reza Ezzatian, a Health Ministry official said: “39,000 children under the age of five in the city are currently suffering from malnutrition.”

“In the margin of the city and remote rural areas, the situation is worse in terms of nutrition and poverty,” Ezzatian said.

“This region and other cities in Sistan and Baluchestan Province have high rates of malnutrition. Therefore, there is a need for more serious attention in this regard,” he added.

• Iran: A protester in last year’s uprising condemned to imprisonment and lashing

Political prisoner Morteza Parhizgar from Mashhad was sentenced to 74 lashes and nine years imprisonment on the charges of “assembly and collusion against national security” and “insulting the president”. He has been in prison for 11 months before his trial.

• Iran stops issuing tourist visas for Poles

Iran Regime has stopped issuing tourist visas for Poles, Polish private Radio Zet said on Wednesday.

Earlier this month Iran protested at Poland jointly hosting a global summit with the United States focused on the Middle East, particularly Iran to be held in February.

• France Condemns Failed Iran Satellite Launch, Urges Halt To Ballistics Tests

Reuters: France on Wednesday condemned a failed Iranian satellite launch that it said used technology applicable to long-range missiles and urged Tehran to stop all ballistic tests which are not in line with U.N. resolutions. It was the latest in a string of French comments expressing irritation at Iran’s ongoing ballistic missile program despite attempts over the last two years by France and other European powers to open talks on the subject with Iranian authorities.

• New Research Shows How Iranian Hackers Have Collaborated To Become One Of The World’s Most Fearsome Hacking Forces

CNBC: Iranian hackers have congregated since at least 2002 in online forums to share tips on the best ways to create successful cyberattacks. Those conversations have given birth to some of the most significant global cybersecurity incidents, including devastating attacks on Saudi Aramco, attacks against the public-facing websites of large banks and espionage campaigns on a wide range of Western targets, according to new research by cybersecurity intelligence firm Recorded Future.

• Iran: Unrelenting Repression

Human Rights Watch: Iranian authorities carried out arbitrary mass arrests and serious due process violations during 2018 in response to protests across the country over deteriorating economic conditions, perceptions of corruption, and the lack of political and social freedoms, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2019.

Authorities tightened their grip on peaceful activism, detaining lawyers, human rights defenders, and women’s rights activists.

• Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe Ends Hunger Strike In Iran

Daily Mail: Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has ended her three-day hunger strike following a decision by Iranian prison authorities to grant her medical treatment. The former charity worker and her fellow prisoner, Narges Mohammadi, called the strike after allegedly being denied healthcare by Iranian authorities. Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s husband claimed that she had not been granted medical attention for lumps in her breasts, severe neck pain, and numbness in her arms and legs.

• Iranian Ambassador Claims Free Nazanin Campaign Is ‘Unhelpful’

The Guardian: The Iranian ambassador to the UK has told the husband of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe that his campaign to secure her release from a Tehran jail is reducing her chances of freedom. Speaking in response to the announcement by the Free Nazanin campaign that Zaghari-Ratcliffe had brought her three-day hunger strike to an end after prison authorities agreed she could receive medical treatment for a lump in her breast, the Iranian ambassador, Hamid Baeidinejad, claimed that she had already been given full access to the required facilities.

• US Official Warns Iran Over Destabilizing Region

Gulf News: US Special Representative for Iran, Brian Hook, has condemned the terror activities conducted by Iran that aim to destabilise the region during a roundtable discussion in Bahrain. “Bahrain is a key partner in our Iran strategy. Iran’s support of proxies here in Bahrain is part of a much larger strategy to destabilise the region. Iran must stop testing and proliferating missiles, stop launching and developing nuclear-capable missiles, and stop supporting its militias in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Bahrain, and Yemen.”

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