June 10 – A joint statement by France, Germany, Britain, and the US called on Iran to provide evidence of its nuclear program to the UN’s atomic watchdog, as part of an ongoing agreement allowing the UN to assess Iran’s nuclear facilities.
Tehran has breached several terms in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in recent months, as talks to revive the deal have stalled.
In the statement, the countries said Tehran’s refusal to cooperate was “serious and ongoing” and that the watchdog’s role included providing assurances that Iran’s nuclear program remained peaceful.
Human Rights Watch said there was ample evidence that the mass executions of thousands of political prisoners by Iranian officials in 1988 amounted to crimes against humanity, in a document published on Wednesday.
The document examined evidence provided by survivors and rights groups which indicated that the prisoners had been denied the right to a fair trial and had been systematically targeted for their political views.
Human Rights Watch called for named senior officials to be investigated and prosecuted under international law.
And Iran’s regime released a pop song in a bid to encourage children to engage with its ideology. The song, titled, “Hello Commander!” uses military metaphors and refers to children as soldiers willing to do the regime’s bidding.
The song also references the former Quds commander Qasem Soleimani, who was assassinated by the US in a drone strike in Baghdad in 2020.
Several Iranians on Twitter altered the lyrics in apparent parodies of the track to protest government corruption and rising levels of poverty, citing the excessive cost of cars and taking care of their families.