On Thursday, the 70th day of the nationwide uprising, protests began with strikes in dozens of cities, including Kermanshah, Qorveh, Mashhad, Urmia, Mahabad, Piranshahr, Kamyaran, Javanrud, Saqqez, Naqadeh, Divandarreh, Bukan, Sanandaj, Baneh, Sarpol-e Zahab, Oshnavieh, Sardasht, Dehgolan, and Salas-e Babajani.

In Tehran, the families of arrested protesters rallied in front of Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison and demanded authorities to clarify the whereabouts and conditions of their loved ones. Nightly protest rallies were held in several cities, including Tehran, Kermanshah, Ilam, Urmia, Karaj, Isfahan, Hamedan, and Sanandaj. In many cities, citizens chanted slogans in support of the people of Iran’s Kurdish cities, who have suffered deeply at the hands of the regime’s security forces in recent days. Despite a brutal crackdown in Javanrud, Mahabad, and several other Kurdish cities, the people of the region are resisting, and the rest of the country has risen in their support. In Tehran’s Tehranpars district and in Karaj, west of Tehran, protesters chanted: “Death to the dictator,” and “From Kurdistan to Tehran, my life for Iran.’

In the capital’s Narmak district, protesters rallied in support of Iran’s Kurdish cities. In Isfahan, central Iran, protesters chanted “Freedom!” in support of the country’s Kurdish cities. In Kermanshah, western Iran, protesters chanted “Death to the dictator!” In Lowar, Ilam Province, western Iran, Locals set ablaze a pro-regime poster on the 70th night of the uprising.

Also, the United Nations Human Rights Council held its first-ever special session on Thursday focusing on atrocities committed by the regime’s forces against the Iranian people during the recent protests. The Council voted 25-6 to condemn human rights violations by the Iranian regime and launch a first-ever investigative mission into the crimes committed by this regime and its forces against the Iranian people.

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), welcomed the formation of an international fact-finding commission to investigate the crimes of the mullahs’ regime. It is necessary to inspect the known and secret prisons of the religious fascism ruling Iran, especially the prisons of the Ministry of Intelligence and the State Security Force, she added. The Iranian Resistance has underscored this imperative for the past four decades, but the policy of appeasement towards the clerical regime has prevented it from taking place. Mrs. Rajavi reiterated that the fact-finding commission should also consider the massacre of political prisoners.

The current leaders of the regime, including the supreme leader Ali Khamenei, President Ebrahim Raisi, Judiciary Chief Gholam-Hossein Mohsei Eje’i, and Parliament Speaker Mohammad-Bagher Ghalibaf, who are involved in suppressing the recent uprising, have all been directly involved in the aforementioned atrocities since the 1980s. The Security Council must undertake the necessary arrangements for their trial, Mrs. Rajavi stressed.

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