Sunday, September 20, 2020

 


On Wed. Sept 16, group of Iranian supporters of the Iranian resistance NCRI and PMOI/MEK gathered in front of the Parliament and across from Prime Minister's office in Ottawa during a candle light vigil to commemorate Navid Afkari an Iranian wrestler who was executed on Sat. Sept 12. Similar ceremonies were held in Toronto, Vancouver and many cities across US and Europe. Many heads of countries including Canada's foregone affairs, condemned Navid Afkari's execution. 

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Human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh has been transferred to hospital from Evin Prison. Having suffered heart problems on Saturday, September 19, 2020, Nasrin Sotoudeh was transferred to Tehran’s Taleghani Hospital. Nasrin Sotoudeh has been on hunger strike since August 11, 2020, and her physical condition is further deteriorating with every passing day. She started her hunger strike in protest to the Iranian Judiciary’s refusal to send political prisoners on leave during the pandemic and the dire sanitary conditions in prisons. Sotoudeh spent three years in prison from 2011 to 2013. She was rearrested in June 2018 and has been imprisoned in the women’s ward of Evin Prison ever since. The 57-year-old human rights lawyer, a mother of two, is sentenced to 38 years in prison and to 148 lashes.

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Based on daily reports by the PMOI/MEK People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran, Sunday September 20, 2020, Coronavirus has taken the lives of more than 106,200 in 440 cities across Iran. 

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More political activists are being summoned and stand trials, particularly those arrested during the November 2019 protests. Nahid Fat’halain, Nazanin Tousi, Yasamin Hanifeh Tabatabai, Sara Barzegar, Elaheh Jabbari and Mojgan Kavousi who's still on hunger strike are a few that can be named. https://tinyurl.com/y5otmz9t

Four women, Zeinab Hamrang 45, Sedigheh Mosali 55, Aghdas Pour-Eshragh 64 and her sister Soghra Pour-Eshragh, and Khadijeh (Yalda) Imamdoost, 47 are among People's Mojahedin Organizaton of Iran- PMOI/MEK- supporters arrested in recent months who are under torture and threatened with death. Also gentlemen Esmail Kazemzadeh, 61 from Sarab; Vahid Papi, 35 from Andimeshk; and Esmail Namazi, 39 from Behbahan, are among those arrested in June, July and August by agents of the Iranian regime's Intelligence Ministry. https://tinyurl.com/y3s8ewzy


Sunday, September 13, 2020


 The Iranian regime hanged on Saturday, September 12, the Iranian wrestling champion #NavidAfkari. The hasty execution was carried out despite his own pleas of innocence, earnest appeals by his mother and family, as well as a global campaign to stop his execution. Navid Afkari, 27, was arrested on September 17, 2018 and accused of killing a Bassij agent, Hassan Turkman, during the August 2018 protests in Shiraz. Navid Afkari maintained that he had been forced under torture to make false confessions. https://tinyurl.com/y2a3da2w

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The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) announced on Sunday September 13, that over 102,600 people have died of the novel Coronavirus in 431 cities checkered across all of Iran’s 31 provinces. 

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Reports say the health of political prisoners Nasrin Sotoudeh and Fatemeh Mosanna in Evin Prison and of Zeinab Jalalian is deteriorating in solitary confinement in the Prison of Kerman. There is grave concern about the lives of these female political prisoners. https://tinyurl.com/y53rzvos


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The regime’s judiciary summoned and detained civil activists retired teacher Zeinab Hamrang; retired lawyer Giti Pour Fazel; and Zahra Rahimi, executive director of the Imam Ali NGO, on September 5 and 6, in Tehran. https://tinyurl.com/yxzogz7t

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Ali Younesi's sister, announced that her brother a student genius,  has been under excessive pressure to make false confessions on television, after having endured five months under torture. Aida Younesi, Ali Younesi's sister, tweeted: “On Wednesday (September 2, 2020), my brother, Ali Younesi, was told that he can make televised confessions and accept his charges to help commute his penalty to a life sentence.” “After five months of detention, torture in solitary confinement, and general interrogations, he has been under pressure and threats for three weeks to have interviews on the television,” Aida, sister of Ali Younesi, added. https://tinyurl.com/y4hx6hlf

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Political prisoner and human rights advocate Narges Mohammadi expressed her protest over the death sentences issued for participants in nationwide protests, including Navid Afkari. In an open letter from the Prison of Zanjan where she is serving her sentence in exile, human rights advocate Mohammadi said the clerical regime’s Judiciary lacked independence. She emphasized: “The regime thinks by tightening the rope around the neck of protesters, could silence the nation’s voice of protest. But the execution of frustrated youths will only add fuel to the fury of the people.” https://tinyurl.com/y2o52mcd

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Political prisoner Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee sent a letter from the notorious Qarchak Prison on the anniversary of the executions of three Kurdish political prisoners, Zanyar and Loghman Moradi and Ramin Hossein Panahi. Describing Qarchak Prison as “the largest women’s prison in the Middle East,” she wrote in this shocking letter, “Life does not exist” in this prison and “this is what could be said in a nutshell.” https://tinyurl.com/y4gsbyqq

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Female political prisoners in Sepidar Prison of Ahvaz sent out a message on the anniversary of the foundation of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), the main Iranian opposition force. In this message, they vowed not to relent in their struggle until Iran is free. https://tinyurl.com/y4n3hyam



Sunday, September 06, 2020

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According to the the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI-MEK) September 6, Coronavirus has taken the lives of more than 99,600 in 410 cities across Iran. Continuing his brazen lies, Rouhani claimed, “In the first wave, we passed through the outbreak, better than other countries! In the second wave, in which I think we are taking the final steps, God willing, we hope our provinces will pass through successfully. Now many provinces that were caught up in the second wave, including Azerbaijan, Ardabil, Kurdistan, Khuzestan, and other provinces, thank God, were able to pass the second wave, and with people observing the protocols, we hope that we will not witness the third outbreak.” Meanwhile, the spokesperson for the regime’s Health Ministry listed all four mentioned provinces as red or on alert.

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Tehran Province’s Revision Court upheld the sentence of 3 years and 6 months of imprisonment for a female journalist on the charge of “assembly and collusion.” Female journalist Nada Sabouri has been serving her sentence since August 7, 2020 in the women’s ward of Evin Prison. In April 2014, female journalist Nada Sabouri accompanied the families of political prisoners in their protest gatherings outside the mullahs’ parliament, the Prosecutor’s Office and the office of the mullahs’ president. The gatherings were in protest to the brutal beating of political prisoners in Ward 350 of Evin Prison. Ms. Sabouri and six others were arrested during these protests. On April 14, 2014, the special guards of Evin Prison raided Ward 350 and viciously brutalized the political prisoners detained there. A number of political prisoners were wounded and subsequently taken to solitary confinement. One of these political prisoners, Gholamreza Khosravi, was subsequently executed. 

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On August 31, 2020, intelligence agents in Tehran apprehended civil activist Shakila Monfared as she was leaving home. They took her to an undisclosed location and by the time this report is being prepared, there is no information available on her conditions and whereabouts. In another development, the 2nd Branch of the Public and Revolutionary Prosecutor’s Office of Sanandaj extended the detention of Faranak Jamshidi for another month, presumably for continued investigations by the Department of Intelligence. Ms. Jamshidi is held in the detention center of the Department of Intelligence of Sanandaj during the day. She spends the nights in the Correctional Center of Sanandaj, the capital of Iranian Kurdistan. Faranak Jamshidi is a civil and environmental activist. She was arrested and detained on the charge of “propaganda against the state” and “acting against national security.”

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Two Iranian Kurdish political prisoners detained in the women’s ward of Evin Prison, went on hunger strike on September 1, 2020. Mojgan Kavousi and Sakineh Parvaneh deprived themselves of food to protest the authorities’ refusal to grant leave to political prisoners during the Coronavirus pandemic. One of their other demands is to stop gender discrimination with regards to prisoners’ right to use the telephone. All male detainees in Evin Prison have unlimited time in using the telephone, but the women detainees can use the telephone for only half an hour a week. Kurdish writer and researcher Mojgan Kavousi was arrested in November 2019 in the city of Nowshahr, in northern Iran. She was transferred to the detention center of the IRGC Intelligence organization in Sari, capital of Mazandaran Province, northern Iran. Sakineh Parvaneh was born in 1988 in Kermanj in Razavi Khorasan Province. She was arrested on February 7, 2020, and taken to the Intelligence Ministry Ward 209 of Evin Prison. She was detained for 10 days in solitary confinement and then transferred to the women’s ward of Evin. In March 2020, she was sent to Qarchak Prison as a punishment for writing graffiti on the walls of Evin. https://tinyurl.com/y3y24j2h

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The NCRI Women’s Committee (National Council of Resistance of Iran) called for urgent action to save the lives of 3 female political prisoners based on a reliable report it has received. The report says the lives of political prisoners in Qarchak Prison are in danger. Mehdi Mohammadi, the Warden of Qarchak Prison, and his deputy, Mrs. Mirzaii, have paid common prisoners convicted of dangerous crimes to brutalize and murder Zahra Safaei, her daughter, Parastoo Mo’ini, and Forough Taghipour, the report says. The dangerous inmates have been ordered to incite fights during which they could kill the said political prisoners in Qarchak Prison. Zahra Safaei's father, a prominent figure in the Tehran business community, was executed in 1982 for supporting the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK). https://tinyurl.com/y2fz5f6j

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The International Federation of Journalists reported on Aug. 29, that Kowsar Karimi, a female journalist who first reported on the destruction of Abolfazl village in Khuzestan-Iran was arrested on Aug. 28. Living in Khuzestan Province, Kowsar Karimi reported for the state-run Mehr news agency. She was the first journalist to report on the destruction of the houses of the residents of Abolfazl village in the media. Kowsar Karimi was taken to the Prosecutor’s Office. After being interrogated, she was arraigned with the charge of “propaganda against the state” and was eventually released temporarily and on bail until her trial proceeding are completed. Some 130 of the residents of Abolfazl village have been arrested for confronting the Mostazafan Foundation’s attempt to destroy their houses. On August 26, security forces attempted to raze the houses of the deprived people of this village. They clashed with the residents of the village, using pellet guns and tear gas. At least ten people including several children were wounded and dozens were arrested. In some cases, the women of this village stood up to the security forces and prevented the bulldozers from razing their homes. 

Sunday, August 30, 2020


Over 96,900 people have lost their lives due to Coronavirus in 409 cities across Iran’s 31 provinces, according to reports tallied by the Iranian opposition People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) as of Sun afternoon local time, August 30. 

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On Wednesday, August 26, the Iranian regime’s repressive forces attempted to destroy the homes of the villagers in Abolfazl in the Kianshahr district of Ahvaz in Khuzestan province. They attacked the villagers who were protesting and preventing the destruction of their homes. The repressive forces used Winchester BB guns and tear gas. At least 10 residents, including several children, were wounded and dozens were arrested.

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The Iranian regime’s Judiciary retaliated against the universal condemnation of the execution of Mostafa Salehi, an imprisoned protester who was executed on Aug. 5, 2020 and protests by Iranians in different countries by ordering Salehi’s wife to pay 425 million tomans apx $10,000 US as blood money. If that sum is not paid, the house and all properties of his bereaved wife and two orphaned children will be confiscated. Mrs Maryam Rajavi wrote in a tweet on Aug. 27: #Iran’s ruling mullahs have surpassed all boundaries in ruthlessness. Those who under the mask of “families” shed crocodile tears for PMOI members, are demanding the bereaved wife and orphaned children of #MostafaSalehi to pay for the execution of their husband and father.

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Mr. Massoud Rajavi, the chair of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, NCRI, said in a message on August 26, following the designation of 14 Iranian individuals for their involvement in gross violations of human rights on behalf of the Iranian regime, the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism. Those individuals were involved in the assassination of Dr. Kazem Rajavi, Masoud's brother. Masoud Rajavi said in his message: In addition to the assassins of my brother, Kazem, the perpetrators and the masterminds of all assassinations and crimes committed inside and outside Iran by the ruling religious fascism must be sanctioned and punished for their actions. They include the assassins of Qassemlou in Vienna, Bakhtiar and Boroumand in Paris, Fereydoun Farrokhzad in Bonn, Akbar Ghorbani in Istanbul, Sharafkandi in Berlin, Naghdi in Rome, Zahra Rajabi and Ali Moradi in Istanbul, Mohammad Hassan Arbab in Karachi, and dozens of others, he added. Mr. Rajavi said: These crimes are in addition to hundreds of other terrorist crimes perpetrated by Iran’s ruling theocracy against the Iranian Resistance, the Peshmargas and our Kurdish brothers in Iraqi territory and Iraqi Kurdistan.

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Imprisoned 17 year old Kurdish teenager Aynaz Zare’e has been infected with the Coronavirus while detained with her mother, Shahnaz Sadeghifar, in the women’s ward of the Central Prison of Urmia. On Tuesday, August 25, Aynaz was transferred to a hospital out of prison where she was hospitalized in the Emergency section of the Taleghani Hospital of Urmia for respiratory problems and short breath.

- Civil activist and theatre actress Mehraban Keshavarzi was arrested and detained on August 19, 2020, after referring to Evin Prison to follow up on her case.

- Ms. Keshavarzi is a master’s student of acting at Tehran’s School of Art. She had been arrested in September 2015 for her activities in Tehran’s Allameh Tabtabaii University. The intelligence forces of the IRGC took her to Ward 2A of the IRGC Intelligence in Evin Prison.

- Marjan Es’haghi, a student of political sciences at Tehran University, was arrested during the protests in November 2019. She is supposed to face trial by the Revolutionary Court of Tehran on September 6, 2020.

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Civil activist Farangis Mazloum, mother of political prisoner Soheil Arabi, appeared before Branch 29 of the Revolutionary Court of Tehran on Tuesday, August 25. Ms. Mazloum is accused of “assembly and collusion to commit crime through making contacts with the People’s Mojahedin Organization." Her son political prisoner Soheil Arabi, 32, married with a daughter, has been detained for posting notes critical of the regime in his Facebook account. He spent 4.5 years in Evin Prison. In February 2018, he was sent into exile to the notorious Great Tehran Penitentiary (a.k.a. Fashafuyeh). He has staged long hunger strikes, at least three times, in protest to the brutality of prison guards in Evin and Fashafuyeh.

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Retired teacher and political prisoner Nahid Fat’halian has been returned to the women’s ward of Evin Prison after completing her interrogations. Four months since her initial arrest, Ms. Fat’halian remains in custody in an undetermined status without being tried. Political prisoner Nahid Fat’halian was arrested on April 14, 2020, by agents of the Ministry of Intelligence in Tehran. She was taken to the women’s ward of Evin after several days of interrogation. Nahid Fat’halian was one of the teachers’ union activists who rushed to the aid of flood victims in the Spring of 2019, in which she collected aid packages every day and played an active role in this relief effort.

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Female political prisoners are harassed and tortured in Sepidar Prison of Ahvaz, in Khuzestan. This is a common practice by the regime to terrorize the society and create an atmosphere of fear.

Female political prisoners are harassed, and frequently insulted, brutalized and tortured by prison authorities.

The prisoners in the women’s ward of Sepidar Prison of Ahvaz are not separated according to the category of crimes, making the conditions even more difficult and intolerable for the female political prisoners.  

Virtually, all female political prisoners have been tortured under interrogation. Some of them were pregnant while being interrogated.

Following is a partial list of them and a brief information, as much as it was available:

Elaheh Darvishi, 20, married with a child. She was 18 and pregnant at the time of arrest. She delivered her child while in prison;

Sakineh Segour, 35, married with two children. She was pregnant when she was being interrogated. She was sent to hospital to deliver her baby as she was drenched in blood and her hands and feet were in cuffs;

Mahnaz Amouri

Mahnaz Amouri Faissali, 38, married with a 10-year-old son. Her only crime was to help her 15-year-old niece, Maedeh Sha’abani Nejad, hide from agents of the Intelligence Department who wanted to arrest her;

Maryam Hemadi, 28, married with two children;

Fatemeh Tonitzadeh, mother of Maryam Hemadi, arrested in October 2018;

Nejat Anvar Hamidi

Nejat Anvar Hamidi, 62, who has caught the coronavirus. She had been imprisoned in 1981 for 2 years and 4 months. Then, she was arrested again in 2017, and sentenced to 5 years in prison for supporting the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) in March 2019. Since that time, she has been suffering from acute eye illness and is at risk of losing her eye sight;

Zoveydeh Afrawi, 55, arrested in October 2018, from Albu Afri village in Susangerd;

Zeinab Afrawi, arrested on September 21, 2018;

Gheisiyeh Afrawi, 60, arrested in October 2018, from Albu Afri village in Susangerd;

Maryam Zobaidi

Maryam Zobaidi, 53, married with three sons and a daughter, from Zeitun district of Ahvaz. She was arrested on March 15, 2018 along with two of her sons, 26 and 29 years old. One of her sons, Benjamin Albu Ghabish, was killed under torture on June 26, 2019;

Makkiyeh Neissi, 35, married with three children;

Massoumeh Sa’eidawi, 48;

Sussan Sa’eidawi, 45.

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Political prisoner Fatemeh Mosanna was taken to Taleghani Hospital in Tehran on Wednesday, August 19, 2020, after going unconscious in the women’s ward of Evin Prison. Her hands and feet are cuffed to the hospital bed since that day. She is denied from being visited by her children and relatives. Political prisoner Fatemeh Mosanna earlier had symptoms of fever and chills. Ms. Mosanna’s children referred to the Taleghani Hospital to see their mother, but they have not yet managed to visit her. They have been told that their mother is tied to her bed, on the orders of Amin Vaziri, the special prosecutor for political prisoners. Political prisoner Fatemeh Mosanna had been granted prison leave on bail on March 31, 2020. But she was rearrested on May 6, 2020, by agents of the Prosecutor’s Office and transferred back to Evin Prison. The sanitary conditions in Evin Prison have been reported to be dire. Imprisoned human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh who is also imprisoned in the women’s ward of Evin, in an open letter on August 11, 2020, announced her hunger strike in protest to “the oppressive conditions in jail, and after receiving no answers to the letters and legal demands of prisoners.” It was reported that at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, August 19, 2020, Ms. Sotoudeh was transferred to the dispensary of Evin Prison because of her critical conditions. Fatemeh Mosanna and her husband, Hassan Sadeqi, were arrested on April 9, 2014, for holding a funeral ceremony for his father, deceased on January 29, 2014, in Camp Liberty, Iraq, where PMOI members were held under siege. The couple were later sentenced to 15 years in prison for having contacts with the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran. Their house and shop were confiscated by the Iranian regime in March 2019. The couple have been deprived of visits for a long time. Fatemeh Mosanna was a political prisoner in 1981 and detained for two years when she was only 13 years old. Three of her brothers were executed that year by the clerical regime.