Sunday, September 15, 2019

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The tragic death of Sahar Khodayari who self-immolated in protest
to her six-month jail sentence for attempting to enter a sports stadium, has aroused widespread global outrage, and has been covered by the press and media around the world. It has once again focused global attention on the plight of Iranian women and violations of their rights in Iran.
The widespread global outrage included a statement by Amnesty International on September 12, 2019, in which AI wrote, “What happened to Sahar Khodayari is heart-breaking and exposes the impact of the Iranian authorities’ appalling contempt for women’s rights in the country. Her only ‘crime’ was being a woman in a country where women face discrimination that is entrenched in law and plays out in the most horrific ways imaginable in every area of their lives, even sports.”
Amnesty International also addressed the stadium ban on Iranian women, saying, “This discriminatory ban must end immediately and the international community, including football’s world governing body, FIFA, and the Asian Football Confederation, must take urgent action to end the ban and to ensure that women are allowed access to all sports stadiums without discrimination or risk of prosecution or punishment.”
It was reiterated in the statement, “Amnesty International believes that Sahar Khodayari would still be alive if it were not for this draconian ban and the subsequent trauma of her arrest, detention and prosecution for attempting to circumvent it. Her death must not be in vain. It must spur change in Iran if further tragedies are to be avoided in the future.”
The U.S. Department of State announced on September 12, 2019, “Death of blue girl, Sahar Khodayari, is another proof for the fact that the Iranian people are the greatest victims of the Islamic regime.”
On September 11, 2019, Reuters reported that following the self-immolation and death of Sahar Khodayari which led to widespread global outrage, authorities of the World Football Federation-FIFA are going to visit Iran.
A FIFA spokesman said the visit is expected to take place within the next two weeks with regards to the preparations for the World Cup qualifying games. However, they are going to check the preparations made by the Iranian Football Federation to provide access to that qualifying game for women.
In a statement issued on September 10, FIFA expressed its condolences and said it reiterated “our calls on the Iranian authorities to ensure the freedom and safety of any women engaged in this legitimate fight to end the stadium ban for women in Iran.”
A number of Iranian soccer players such as Ali Karimi have boycotted the stadiums. Iranian regime is the only regime in the world, that banns women from watching sports in stadiums.

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Judiciary and security agencies are stepping up pressure on members of the Voice of Iranian Women Association. They are charged with “promoting corruption and prostitution”, “formation of the Iranian Women Association”, “association and collusion against national security”, and “propaganda against state.” They are either imprisoned in limbo, or are under increasing pressure by judiciary and security agencies. Akram Nasirian, Nahid Shaqaqi, Mahboubeh Farahzadi, Maryam Mohammadi, Esrin Derkaleh and Laila Hossienzadeh are a few of such women in prisons under pressure.
Akram Nasirian and Nahid Shaqaqi were summoned to the 2nd Branch of the Prosecutor’s Office of Evin, on September 4, 2019. Four days later, on September 8, when they reported in, they were told that their bail bond had increased. They were freed after they paid the bail. Mmes Nasirian and Shaqaqi had been arrested in April 2019 and detained for a month before being released on bail.
Mahboubeh Farahzadi, retired teacher and a member of the Voice of Iranian Women Association, was also summoned on September 3, 2019, to the Prosecutor’s Office of Evin, and was interrogated there for several hours on September 8, 2019.
Maryam Mohammadi, another member of the Voice of Iranian Women Association, was arrested on July 8, 2019, in the city of Garmsar and taken to solitary confinement in the Intelligence Ministry Ward 209 in Evin Prison. She was confined for a month in solitary and subsequently transferred to the Women’s Ward. Ms. Mohammadi was a political prisoner in the 80s. She was arrested in 1981 at the age of 14 and remained in detention until 1989. She has two daughters, 16 and 26 years old.
Members of Voice of Iranian Women Association under more pressure
Esrin Derkaleh, another member of the Voice of Iranian Women Association, has been in prison for more than 40 days. She was arrested on July 28, 2019, in Garmsar and taken to Ward 209 of Evin Prison. She was born in 1983 and has an 18-year-old child.
Mmes Mohammadi and Derkaleh are presently held in detention under undetermined status.
In another development on September 11, 2019, the lawyer of imprisoned student activist Leila Hosseinzadeh announced that a new charge has been levelled against his client.
Leila Hosseinzadeh is the secretary of the student central council of Tehran University who is presently imprisoned in Evin Prison
Leila Hosseinzadeh is the secretary of the student central council of Tehran University who is presently imprisoned in Evin Prison. Her new charge is participating in the birthday ceremony of another imprisoned student in January 2019 outside the Industrial Sharif University of Tehran. Leila Hosseinzadeh was sentenced to 30 months of prison on June 24, 2019, for “association and collusion against national security” and to another one year in prison for “propaganda against the state.” She will be banned from leaving the country for two years after completing her sentence.

Sunday, September 08, 2019

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In a court hearing on Saturday, September 7, Asal Mohammadi, Sanaz Allahyari and Sepideh Qolian, three young Iranian female labor activists were sentenced each to 18 years in prison, a total of 54 years. Three other activists including Amirhossein Mohammadifar, Ms. Allahyari’s husband, were also sentenced to 18 years each.


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Acting commander of the State Security Force of Borujerd in Iran announced his forces had sealed up 50 shops in this city because their clerks and managers were improperly veiled or not wearing proper clothing. On September 5, Mohammad Qassem Miri said that suppression of women for improperly veiling was “legal.” and added, “We will use all legal tools at hand to prevent any breach of norms. The Nazer (Observer) Plan monitors cars and vehicles, persons and shops. They take action any time they see the slightest breach. In (the Persian calendar year) 1398 (beginning on March 21, 2019) and in the past months, some 50 shops have been sealed and shut down because their managers were improperly veiled or improperly dressed.”
Miri added, “Moral Security Patrols and our Intelligence Police along with the voluntary police patrol the city, go to shops and halls; they monitor the passengers of all cars and if they see someone who is improperly veiled, they write down the car’s license plate and enter it in the SSF data bank. Then the car owner will receive a text message saying, ‘as the car owner, you have removed your veil and you must answer for it.’ If the car owner repeats improper veiling or removing the veil, and does not report to the State Security Force, her car will be impounded and the owner will have lots of troubles.”
On the escalation of suppression by the State Security Force, Miri said, “The State Security Force has started its work and has increased its monitoring these days and in this month. Our priority today is promoting virtue and forbidding evil with regards to improper veiling, and we declare our all-out support for the work (of the vice patrols).” (The state-run Tasnim news agency – September 5, 2019)

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Ten young women and 25 young men were arrested over two nights in Sari, capital of Mazandaran Province in northern Iran. The state-run Fars news agency reported that they had arrested the ten young women in three private parties in Sari over the weekend, on Thursday, August 29, and Friday, August 30. Some of those arrested had joined the parties from nearby cities and towns. (The state-run Fars news agency – August 31, 2019)
Another 52 young women and men had been arrested in another party in Sari, on August 24. Twenty-three of them were young women and the rest were young men. Security forces arrested them under the pretext of wearing improper clothing. (The state-run Asreiran website – August 24, 2019)
Also, on August 16, ten people were arrested during a wedding ceremony in Jouybar. The hall where the ceremony had been held was also sealed. (The state-run ROKNA news agency – August 16, 2019)
On July 30, 2019, an official of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps in Hamadan Province announced that they had arrested 20 women while “dismantling the assembly of a women’s network aimed at promoting a Western lifestyle.” Without mentioning the details of time, place and how the group was dismantled, the official stated, “the 20 detained women were dealt with.”
Ali Akbar Karimpour, the public relations officer for Hamadan’s Ansar-al Hossein Corps, told the state-run ISNA news agency that “Virtual and actual groups have networked to recruit women and girls in Hamadan to prepare them for special and anti-cultural events.” (The state-run ISNA News Agency – July 30, 2019)
The women's committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran-NCRI says that these arrests are in line with the regime’s policy of tightening repression in society to prevent social upheavals while it is struggling to deal with the paralyzing economic crisis, international isolation and growing discontent across the country.

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Maryam Abbasi Nejad expert in the Iranian regime's Ministry of Health announced that in the Iranian calendar year of 1397=2018 one hundred thousand people who have committed suicide has been registered. She added: Suicide rates in 18 provinces are higher than the national average.

Sunday, September 01, 2019

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The Paris-based international organization, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has declared Iran as the world’s largest prison for female journalists. The latest RSF report published on August 26, states, “The Islamic Republic is now the world’s biggest jailer of women journalists, with a total of ten currently held.” The RSF expressed alarm that a new wave of arrests and interrogations of female journalists had started in Iran since the beginning of August. The RSF indicated that the Islamic Republic previously ranked fifth among the countries with the highest number of detained female journalists. However, “Iran is now holding more women in connection with their journalistic activities than any other country in the world,” said Reza Moini, the head of RSF’s Iran/Afghanistan Desk. Iran ranks 170th among 180 countries according to the 2019 World Press Freedom Index of the Reporters without Borders.

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According to People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran, PMOI or MEK, Aug. 30th, on Thursday, Iranian authorities executed eight prisoners in Gohardasht prison, Karaj. During the same week, the regime also executed Hamidreza Derakhshan, a citizen of Kazerun, who had killed the city's Friday prayer leader in frustration of corruption of the regime. Simultaneous the regime freed it's minister Mohammad Ali Najafi who had shot and killed his wife at their home.

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Labour activist Atefeh Rangriz who is presently imprisoned in
Qarchak Prison in Varamin, based on her Aug. 31st verdict is sentenced to 11 years and six months in jail and 74 lashes.
Another female prisoner, Saba KordAfshari 20 years old, was sentenced to 24 years in prison for protesting the compulsory veil and refusing to cooperate with the regime and make forced confessions.
In another development, Parvin Mohammadi, vice president of the Free Union of Iranian Workers, was accused of "propaganda against the state" and was sentenced to one year in prison.

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A new plan is going to be enforced across Iran beginning this week to further step up suppression of women for improper veiling. The acting commander of Police, Ayoub Soleimani, said the new plan, called Nazer (Observer) 2, is going to be implemented. 
The new plan is designed to put maximum pressure on women. According to the new plan, Police will be present in public places, major stores, and beaches to give warning to women who are considered improperly veiled according to the regime’s standards.
The Iranian regime’s Police had already implemented the Nazer1 plan to monitor women who remove their veils inside their cars.

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On Sunday morning, August 25, a woman was executed in Mashhad Central Prison. This is the 94th woman executed during six years of Hassan Rouhani’s presidency. More than 3,700 people have been executed in Iran in the past six years under Rouhani’s presidency. The Iranian regime is the world’s top record holder of executions.


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On Saturday night, August 24, Zahra Jamali, a civil activist living
in Tehran, was arrested at her sister’s home by security forces and was taken to an unknown location. Security forces also seized the personal belongings of Ms. Zahra Jamali, including her cellphone and laptop, during her arrest.
On August 19, Ms. Giti Pourfazel, a retired lawyer, was arrested by security forces and her fate remains unknown. Giti Pourfazel was previously arrested and released during a rally in protest November 2015. In other news, despite a month after the arrest of Ms. Zahra Akbari-Nejad, the wife of political prisoner Abolghassem Fouladvand, no information is available on her fate. She was arrested on July 23, during a raid on her home by security forces. Despite three months of the arbitrary detention of Zahra Mohammadi, director of Nojin Social and Cultural Association in Sanandaj, her fate remains unknown. Ms. Zahra Mohammadi was arrested on May 23, when agents of the Intelligence Department of Sanandaj raided her residence.

Sunday, August 25, 2019

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The two-day visit by the Iranian regime’s
sanctioned foreign minister-Javad Zarif to Sweden on August 20 and 21, met with stormy protests of supporters of the Iranian opposition including by hundreds of Iranian women living in Sweden. Iranian protesters loudly spoke out against the regime’s human rights violations, murdering dissidents in Iran, and suppressing women, rights activists and religious minorities. They denounced Stockholm’s acceptance of the foreign minister of the mullahs’ terrorist regime and demanded his expulsion from Sweden.
“Zarif, get lost!” chanted Iranian protesters, and cried out, “Zarif is a murderer and enemy of all Iranians”; “Zarif is a murderer, talks with him are unacceptable”; “Zarif is a charlatan and enemy of the people of Iran”; “Zarif is a terrorist murderer”, etc.
The exiled Iranians supporting the Iranian Resistance, defend and echo the stifled voice of Iranian women and youth and many of them are survivors of families persecuted by the clerical regime. However, they were violently treated by the Swedish Police.
A number of women were among 50 Iranian protesters who were beaten up and arrested by the Police. They included prominent Iranian women’s rights activists, former political prisoners, and families of victims of the 1988 massacre.
The violent treatment of Iranian women and protesters by the Swedish Police took place while the foreign minister of the world’s top state-sponsor of terrorism was being treated as a guest at the Foreign Ministry building in Stockholm.
Zarif was further given a forum at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) where he threatened the world with “unpredictability” in response to “unpredictable” U.S. policies.
Zarif threatened Iranian protesters at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institude which was aired live by the state-run Iranian PressTV pointing to the people outside the building and said: “they would not stay alive for a minute,” if they are caught by the regime’s agents.
The vehement protests by supporters of the Iranian Resistance in Stockholm caused cancellation of a joint press conference by Zarif and the Swedish Foreign Minister, Margot Wallström. Under fire, Ms. Wallström tried to justify her meeting with Javad Zarif and said that Sweden didn't invite Zarif and he came on his own. Javad Zarif, Iranian regime's Foreign Minister was sanctioned three weeks ago by the US Department of Treasury as the key enabler of the Iranian regime’s policies in the region and the world. The US State Department called him the chief apologist of the regime, who is “just as complicit in the regime’s outlaw behavior as the rest of Khamenei’s mafia.”

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The trial of Marzieh Amiri, Journalist and activist who was arrested
during May day in Iran, was held in Tehran on August 13, presided by the notorious Sharia judge, Mohammad Moghiseh. She was sentenced to 10 years and 6 months in prison and 147 lashes.
Marzieh Amiri suffered from epileptic seizures at the time of interrogation due to physical and psychological pressures. But Moghiseh opposed her bail and temporary release for medical treatment.
Earlier, Nasrin Javadi (Azam Khezri), a female labor activist who was arrested on International Labor Day in Tehran, was sentenced to 7 years in prison and 74 lashes. Other female labor activists currently in prison include Neda Naji, Atefeh Rangriz, Anisha Assadollahi, Sanaz Allahyari, Sepideh Qolian, and Asal Mohammadi.
In other news, the hearing on the charges against Parvin Mohammadi, the Vice President of the Free Union of Iran Workers, was held in the Karaj Court on Saturday, August 24, 2019. Ms. Mohammadi was arrested by security forces at a ceremony on the occasion of International Labor Day held in Jahan Nama Park located on Tehran-Karaj Highway on April 26, 2019. Parvin Mohammadi is accused of propaganda against the regime.
Also on Thursday, August 22, 2019, Ms. Shahla Entesari, a women’s rights activist was arrested by security forces. The Ministry of Intelligence agents arrested Ms. Ansari in her private garden in Rasht. The whereabouts of this women’s rights activist are unknown. Ms. Ansari had previously been arrested and released on International Women’s Day in 2017.


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Ms. Farangis Mazloum, the mother of political prisoner Soheil Arabi, has been on hunger strike since August 16. She was being held in a poor physical condition in the solitary confinement in Ward 209 of Evin Prison. she has a history of heart problems. She was arrested on July 22. Prison authorities have also issued a 300 million toman bail for her release, which her family cannot afford.
- Ms. Shahla Jahanbin, the wife of writer and civil activist Abbas Vahedian Shahroodi in Mashhad, was arrested by security forces on August 21, and taken to an unknown location. Five Ministry of Intelligence agents arrested Ms. Shahla Jahanbin at her home while searching the house and seizing two mobile phones belonging to Ms. Jahanbin. Mr. Abbas Vahedian Shahroodi was arrested by security forces on Sunday, August 18, 2019. The reason for Ms. Shahla Jahanbin’s arrest is unknown.
Abbas Vahedian Shahroodi, 49, was previously arrested at his home in Mashhad by the Ministry of Intelligence agents last October and transferred to an unknown location and was eventually released as a result of his daughter’s activities.

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On Monday Aug. 19 a group of animal-right activists protested in front of Tehran's Mayor's office the cruel treatment of dogs by the employees of this office. The city employees injected dogs in Kahrizak township with acid through their hearts. The regime's forces attacked this protest with batons and pepper spray.