Feb. 4 – A document believed to have been produced by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps warned that Iran was facing rising discontent, with its society in a “state of explosion.”
The document was leaked to news outlet Radio Farda, which said on Wednesday that the report outlined concerns by Iran’s clerics about growing social unrest over the country’s economic crisis fuelled by government corruption and mismanagement, as well as US sanctions.
The seven-page document was shared by Edalat-e Ali (Ali’s Justice), a hacking group which previously acquired confidential documents and videos about the maltreatment of detainees inside Iran’s prisons. Radio Farda said it could not verify the authenticity of the report.
Ali’s Justice also took responsibility for hacking an online state television channel in Iran on Tuesday.
The group interrupted a broadcast to stream a one-minute anti-government video which opened with clips of Iranians in Tehran’s Azadi stadium shouting “death to dictator” in reference to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
The voiceover also added that the group was against compulsory hijab in Iran, and showed footage of a campaign by human rights activist Masih Alinejad in the background.
And Iran’s judiciary executed two gay men following their convictions for sodomy in the Islamic Republic. Mehrdad Karimpour and Farid Mohammadi spent six years on death row before being hanged in a prison in the city of Maragheh.
Homosexuality is illegal in Iran, which allows the state to enforce the death penalty for people who engage in same-sex acts.
Iran’s use of the death penalty has drawn strong criticism from the U.N.’s independent investigator on human rights in Iran, who said Iran continued to enforced the death penalty “at an alarming rate” in a report to the U.N. General Assembly’s human rights committee.