Sunday, August 18, 2019


The IRGC (Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps) arrested several young women for attempting to enter Iranian stadiums to watch soccer match and transferred them to Qarchak Prison in Varamin. The arrests are said to have taken place upon the request of Mehdi Taj the president of the Football Federation in Iran.
The IRGC Intelligence forces arrested several young women on August 12, who circumvented Iran’s ban on women in stadiums by entering a stadium disguised as men to watch a football match. Zahra Khoshnavaz, Leili Maleki, and Hedieh Marvasti are among those who were arrested. Forough Alaei, a photographer for Donya-ye Eqtesad is also among those arrested.

15 civil rights activists, including five women, were transferred from Iran's Vakilabad Prison to the Intelligence Department in Mashhad on Wednesday morning, August 14. The activists were arrested on Sunday, August 11, participating in a protest in front of the Mashhad court, simultaneous to the trial of a university professor, Kamal Jafari Yazdi. Five women are among those detained, three of whom have been identified as Hurriyeh Farajzadeh, Fatemeh Sepehri, and Pouran Nazemi.
The state-run Fars News Agency confirmed the arrests of the activists on Sunday, August 11, accusing them of “disrupting security” and of “being in contact with groups supporting regime change.”
In other news, Raha Ahmadi was transferred to Qarchak Prison in Varamin on Sunday, August 11, 2019, following an arraignment at the prosecutor’s office in Evin Prison. Ms. Raha Ahmadi has been sentenced to two months’ detention and her 600 million tomans bail sentence has been rejected. She was detained by security forces on Sunday, August 4, 2019, and interrogated at Vozara Detention Center for a week.
Reports released on Wednesday, August 14, 2019, suggest that the detention sentence of Asal Mohammadi has changed to a 2 billion toman bail, which her family has so far not been able to secure. Asal Mohammadi, a civil rights activist and a student at the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Azad University of Tehran, and one of the defendants in the Haft Tappeh Sugar Company workers’ protests case is still in custody. She was arrested on Sunday, August 4, 2019, and transferred to Evin Prison.
Ms. Mohammadi has been charged with “forming groups with the intention to disturb national security, membership in groups or collectives with the intention to disturb national security, propaganda against the state, and assembly and collusion against national security”.
Previously, Asal Mohammadi was arrested at her home in Tehran by security forces on December 4, 2018, and transferred to the Office of the Public and Revolutionary Prosecutor of Shush, and was released on a 500 million toman bail.

Without any explanation, Evin Prison authorities canceled the visitation of Ms. Farangis Mazloum with her family, which was arranged in coordination with her detention unit. Farangis is the mother of political prisoner Soheil Arabi. She was arrested by security forces on July 22, and is currently being held at the Ministry of Intelligence’s detention center, Ward 209 of Evin Prison. She is being held in prison only for defending her son and being the voice of this political prisoner. Given her history of heart problems, her family is very worried.
- Labor rights activist Narges Mansouri was arrested by security forces on Monday, August 12. Narges is a member of the Syndicate of Workers of Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company who was arrested a day after the arrest of a number of trade and civil activists in Mashhad and her whereabouts are not known.
- A court hearing on the charges against journalist and labor activist Marzieh Amiri who was arrested on the International Labor Day was held in the Tehran-Iran Court on Tuesday, August 13. Sharia Judge Moghiseh has rejected Marzieh Amiri’s request to change her temporary detention verdict to bail. Marzieh Amiri suffered from epileptic seizures at the time of interrogation due to physical and psychological pressures.
- At a news conference, Gholamhossein Esmaili, spokesman for the judicial system of Iran, confirmed the arrest and detention of Noushin Jafari, theater and cinema photographer, saying Noushin Jafari was detained on charges of “sacrilege,” “denigrating” a religious mourning anniversary and “propaganda against the Islamic Republic.”
- As a result of the international campaign to save the lives of political prisoners in Qarchak Prison, Saba Kord Afshari, Yasaman Aryani, Monireh Arabshahi, Mojgan Keshavarz, and Sima Entesari were transferred to Evin Prison from Qarchak Prison in Varamin on Tuesday, August 13, 2019. On the same day, Sufi woman Elham Ahmadi was released from Evin Prison after the end of her sentence.

Sunday, August 11, 2019



With the International Federation of Association Football(FIFA) setting a deadline for Iranian women entering the stadiums(Aug. 31) to watch football matches in Iran, this issue has again become a trending topic of the day. However, the Attorney-General and the religious authorities of the Iranian regime continue to oppose the subject. Attorney-General of Iran, Mohammad Jafar Montazeri said, “Do you think this a simple matter when FIFA officially announced that if women are not allowed to enter the stadiums they will ban Iran from attending international matches? That is not an easy thing to say. What business is it of FIFA for a country where 10, 500, 1000, or 5000 spectators go to watch football that a number of them have to be women?”He added: “Do they feel sorry for women when they are pining for women to be allowed to enter stadiums in Iran? Are they worried about our sports centers? Worried for women not being deprived of the great graces of watching football? Do not take this as a simple matter.” (The state-run ISNA News Agency – August 7, 2019)
Makarem Shirazi, one of the regime’s religious authorities also said, “The environment in the stadiums is not suitable for the presence of women… Therefore, women need to refrain from attending such programs. Especially since they can watch them from the media and their presence is unnecessary.” (The state-run Aftab News Agency – August 5, 2019)
FIFA has given the Iranian regime until August 31, 2019, to agree to allow women to enter stadiums.

Two women’s rights activists, Maryam Mohammadi and Esrin Derkaleh, have been moved from the Intelligence Ministry Ward 209 in Evin Prison to the Women’s Ward. They had been active in the field of women’s empowerment and women’s literacy and spoke on the International Women’s Day to a gathering held by the Voice of Iranian Women’s Association (Neda-ye-Zanan-e Iran) and talked about women as being the main driving force in the protests and also about 40 years of women’s movement in Iran..

- Nasrin Javadi who was arrested on May 1st demonstrations in Tehran, was summoned to the 26th
Branch of Tehran’s Court on Tuesday, August 6, 2019. The court accused her of disrupting public order and of association and collusion against national security, as well as of propaganda against the state.

- On Sunday, August 4, security forces arrested Ms. Raha Ahmadi and took her to an unknown location. Her family has inquired about her whereabouts without any response.

- Asal Mohammadi, a civil rights activist and a student at the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Azad University of Tehran, was transferred to Evin Prison on Sunday, August 4, after appeared in Branch of the regime's court on a pre-set date but her bail was changed to detention on the basis of a complaint from the Ministry of Intelligence. She must remain in custody until her sentence is issued. Ms. Asal Mohammadi was thus arrested by judicial bailiffs and transferred to Evin Prison.

- Leila Hosseinzadeh, a master’s student of anthropology at Tehran University who was arrested by intelligence agents on July 28, was transferred to the women’s ward in Evin Prison on Monday, August 5, to carry out her 30 months’ imprisonment sentence.

- On Monday, August 5, a hearing on the charges against Atefeh Rangriz, labor activist arrested during the Labor Day protests, was held at Branch 4 of the Iranian regim's Tehran Court. A bail was set at 4 billion tomans for Ms. Rangriz’s temporary release, but since her family could not afford it, she was returned to Qarchak Prison in Varamin. Atefeh Rangriz was badly brutalized by ordinary prisoners on July 30, and transferred to the hospital after the incident.

- A month after the arrest of Sedigheh Moradi and her husband Mehdi Khavas-sefat, their families are still unaware of their fate. The former political prisoners were detained by security forces in Tehran on Sunday, July 7, 2019.

Sunday, August 04, 2019


Following sanctions against Mohammad Javad Zarif, the Iranian
regime Minister of Foreign Affairs, on July 31, in a press release, Mohammad Mohaddessin, Chairman of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, (NCRI), Foreign Affairs Commission, urged the US to put the regime’s President Hassan Rouhani and its Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) on the list of US terror sanctions.
Mohaddessin said: “Zarif and his ministry are the facilitators of the regime’s internal oppression, warmongering, terrorism and its race to obtain weapons of mass destruction. Zarif’s greatest honor, according to himself, is his acquaintances with Hezbollah’s chief Hassan Nasrallah and Ghasem Suleimani, head of the regime’s terrorist-designated Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) Quds Force. This fact once again proves that Rouhani and the regime’s Supreme Leader, [Ali] Khamenei, are two sides of the same coin and have no other goal than to extend the rule of the mullahs, who are the main instigators of conflict and chaos in the region".

On Aug. 3, Nurses working in hospitals of Mashhad held a protest
outside the Governor’s Office in this capital of Khorasan Razavi province in northeastern Iran. They demanded to receive their wages and overtime dues.

Zahra Akbari-Nejad Dorcheh, 49 and the wife of political prisoner Abolghassem Fouladvand, was arrested by security forces and taken to an unknown location on July 23rd. Zahra suffers from numerous illness including heart diseas. Her husband Mr. Fouladvand supporter of People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran PMOI/MEK has been imprisoner since 2013.

Three women’s rights activists held in Qarchak Prison (Shahr-e
Ray) have been sentenced to a total of 55 years and six months in prison all of which must be implemented. The Revolutionary Court of Tehran in Iran informed Yasaman Aryani, Monireh Arabshahi, and Mojgan Keshavar of their sentences in the absence of their lawyers on Wednesday, July 31.
In another development, a Kurdish woman activist, Parvin Advaii, was arrested by agents of the Intelligence Department of Marivan where she resides, on July 27. Intelligence agents raided her home and ransacked it, taking her away to an unknown location. No news has been available on her fate.

70 Iranian women cyclists have been arrested in Tehran’s Vali-Asr
Square. Gholam Hossein Ismaeli, spokesman for the Judiciary, confirmed the news and said the 70 women cyclists had been arrested for breaching the rules of “chastity and Hijab”. And 20 women were dealt with according to Hamadan IRGC (Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps) official. He announced the news as “dismantling the assembly of a women’s network aimed at promoting a Western lifestyle”, and without mentioning the details and timing and how the group was dismantled, only stated, “the 20 detained women were dealt with.”

The Iranian regime has executed 8 prisoners since Wed July 31. The victims were parshed in Lakan, Gohardasht, Mashhad and Dezful prisons. At least 4 others have receieved their execution verditcts and are in solitary cells.

Sunday, July 21, 2019


A Kurdish woman named Maliheh Salehian was executed on Tuesday July 16 in the central prison of Mahabad-Iran. She is the 91st woman to be executed in Iran during Rouhani’s term in office since 2013. In the last two days, 13 people have been executed in different cities of Iran.
On Wednesday, July 17, 2019, another female prisoner, Zahra Safari Moghadam, 43, was hanged in the Prison of Nowshahr, in northern Iran. She was in prison since July 2016.
Less than a month ago, on June 19, another woman named Fatemeh Nassiri was hanged in Gohardasht (Rajaii-Shahr) Prison of Karaj. She was imprisoned for 11 years in Qarchak prison before her execution. She was said to have undertaken the crime committed by her son.

Nazanin Zaghari Ratcliffe has been transferred to the psychiatric ward of “Imam Khomeini” hospital in Tehran-Iran from Evin Prison. She was handcuffed and shackled by the IRGC agents Islamic Revelutionary Gurard Corps when she was being transferred.
A statement from the Free Nazanin Campaign said Nazanin Zaghari’s father had visited the hospital on Tuesday, but was barred from seeing her daughter.
“This is unusual. She has now been kept isolated from family or legal contact under IRGC (Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps) control for over 36 hours,” the campaign group said, adding that it was not clear how long she would be held at the hospital or what kind of treatment she would receive there.
Nazanin Zaghari went on a two-week hunger strike on June 15, 2019, in protest to her unfair detention, demanding her unconditional release. Her husbnad Richard simultaneously went on hunger strike outside the Iranian Embassy in London. Nazanin was arrested at Tehran’s Imam Khomeini Airport in April 2016 and has always maintained the visit was to introduce her daughter, Gabriella, to her relatives. The couple’s five-year-old daughter, Gabriella, is in Iran in the care of her grandparents since her mother’s arrest and she's not allowed to leave the country.

On June 24, Gholami, head of provincial affairs of the morality and vice patrols headquarters in Khorasan Razavi regarding the crackdown on women , said “In the formation of the morality patrol divisions, the province will be divided into 60 regions, 50 percent of these areas will be in the center of the province. Which will act as scouting groups.” He added, “So far, 12 governorates have begun their work with more than 8,000 troops, and by the end of this year, the morality patrol divisions in all cities of the province.”
He said this year all the executive agencies are required to activate the council. (The state-run Young Journalists Club – June 24, 2019)
Yusef Tabatabai Nejad, Imam of Friday Prayer in Isfahan, also said that the Basij should engage in promoting virtue and prohibiting vice of women on the basis of improper veiling. “The city’s atmosphere should head toward hijab and chastity, we must stand against abnormalities with force,” he said, stressing the need to fight improper veiling. (The state-run Tasnim News Agency – July 12, 2019)
Previously, an IRGC commander in the northern province of Gilan announced the launch of a 2,000 strong Basij group to counter what the regime calls “improper hijab”.
Mohammad Abdollahpour, the commander of the Gilan Quds Force, announced last June that, “a new chapter of promoting virtue and prohibiting vice had started in the northern province and 2,000 Basij groups would give verbal notices and would also take action against what they deemed improper in the society. The issue of hijab and chastity is not an ordinary matter but rather a political and security matter for the country.” (The state-run Mehr News Agency – June 4, 2019)

Mojgan Siyami, poet, journalist and writer from Ardabil, was arrested in April and is being held under uncertain conditions in prison. Mojgan Siyami, Managing Editor of Saray Magazine, was arrested by security forces in Tehran, last April, and subsequently transferred to the Central Prison of Ardabil, and has since been in the Ardabil Prison.
According to a report, “after four months of illegal arrest and the pressures by intelligence institutions on her, she was accused of charges such as blasphemy, insulting the Supreme Leader, and disturbing public opinion. But no ruling has been issued for her, and she is kept under uncertain conditions in the Central Prison of Ardabil while she is barred from visits and calls and is not allowed to see her child. Her weekly’s license has also been suspended.”

Golrokh Iraee and Atena Daemi have received the new sentences because of a new case filed against them during their time in prison for expressing their protest to the executions of three Kurdish political prisoners. The trial of Golrokh Iraee and Atena Daemi had been held on June 18, 2019, at the 26th branch of the Revolutionary Court of Tehran-Iran, for just two hours which is barely enough for the defense to present their case in any trial.
They have been sentenced to 1.5 years in prison on the charge of “propaganda against the state” by sending open letters out of prison, and to 2 years and 1 month for “insulting the leader (Ali Khamenei).”
Other charges leveled against the two civil rights activists were causing disruption in the prison’s order by resisting an inspection and singing protest anthems on the day that the three Kurdish political prisoners were executed.
Political prisoner Golrokh Iraee had been just released on April 8, 2019, after serving her sentence. She had been imprisoned since October 24, 2016, for writing an unpublished book on the cruel punishment of stoning.
Atena Daemi, who is currently serving five years for her civil activities, was arrested on October 21, 2014. She began serving her sentence in December 2016 in Evin Prison.

 On Wednesday, July 18, Delyar musical group was supposed to hold a charity concert at Omid Hospital in Urmia, northwest Iran, the revenues of which would have gone for cancer patients. The concert, however, was cancelled. The all-women Delyar musical group is headed by Neda Behzad, and its solo singers are Nazli Soltanzadeh and Atefeh Norouzi. The general director of Islamic culture and guidance in West Azerbaijan province told the official IRNA news agency, that the excuse for cancelling the concert was that they did not have written agreement of the State Security Force Command of West Azerbaijan. (The official IRNA news agency – July 17, 2019)
This is while Parisa Alilou, general director for women and family affairs in West Azerbaijan Province said the Delyar musical group with its female singers were scheduled to perform for women and the concert’s revenues would have gone to cancer patients.


 Taghi Afarand, deputy for monitoring public places in Tehran’s Public Security Police, announced that mixed wedding ceremonies are against religious standards and it is totally banned. If any case is observed, it will be dealt with. He said women and men must be completely segregated. (The state-run BORNA news agency – July 18, 2019)

 The plainclothes agents who had brutalized and arrested a 16 year old young woman for playing water guns with her friends in Iran's Tehranpars park, were praised by the Commander of Tehran’s State Security Force and granted awards and cash gifts.