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Sunday, March 12, 2017

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Workers of Parsilon Factory staged a protest with their families outside the Governor's Office in Khorramabad, capital of western Lorestan Province, on Friday March 10. They were protesting unpaid wages, employment insurance etc...



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Some 700 retired teachers and staff of the Education Ministry, who the majority of whom were women, staged a protest outside the Iranian regime's parliament in Tehran at 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 9, demanding freedom of imprisoned activists, balancing of their salaries and insurances, and elimination of discrimination.
Protesters carried placards which read, "Teachers must not be imprisoned", "we demand elimination of discrimination in the educational regime", and "we, the retired teachers, demand our salaries and insurance be efficiently balanced with other ministries."
The State Security Force attempted to disperse the demonstrators and prevent it from spreading. They did not allow anyone to take photos or films. The internet access in the area and its periphery was disconnected. In addition to Tehran, teachers held similar demonstrations outside the departments of education in 28 cities across the country, including Shiraz, Mashhad, Rasht, Qazvin, Tabriz, Isfahan, Ahwaz, Sanandaj and Shahroud.

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On Wednesday night, March 8, a ten-year-old girl hanged herself in the town of Takab, near Orumiyeh, capital of West Azerbaijan Province. The child identified as Shadi M. committed suicide due to family problems.




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According to State-run Fars news agency March 19, two women, one of them pregnant, were splashed with acid in the same week in the Petroshimi Park in Mahshahr, southwestern Province of Khuzistan. Acid attacks on women have become a common practice since October 2014 after the adoption of a bill in the regime's parliament giving support to those who "promote virtue and forbid evil", the term used to justify state-backed hoodlums who attack and terrorize women on the streets for not observing the mandatory veil.

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Amnesty International and 19 other NGOs and human rights organizations issued a joint statement on March 8, calling on the Iranian authorities to stop the harassment, intimidation and prosecution of human rights defenders seeking truth and justice on behalf of individuals who were summarily executed or forcibly disappeared during the 1980s and their families.
According to this statement, over the past few months, several human rights defenders, including Mansoureh Behkish, Maryam Akbari-Monfared and Raheleh Rahemipour, have been subjected to harassment, reprisals or prosecution on vague national security-related charges for their peaceful efforts to learn the fate and whereabouts of their loved ones. The persecution signals renewed efforts by the authorities to suppress the struggle that has been ongoing for over three decades to reveal the truth about the gross human rights violations that were perpetrated by the Iranian authorities during the 1980s, including the extrajudicial executions of several thousands in 1988 and their burial in unmarked mass graves.


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An international conference was held in Tirana, Albania, on the occasion of the International Women's Day where thousands of the members of People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran or PMOI are currently residing.
Maryam Rajavi the president-elect of the National Council Resistance of Iran or NCRI , political personalities and activists of the equality movement from various countries participated. The conference entitled, 'Women in Political Leadership', featured speeches on the threat of the fundamentalist and misogynous tyranny in Iran, the Iranian women's resistance against the regime and the trailblazing role of the vanguard heroines of Ashraf. The PMOI members were transferred from Iraq to Albania recently as a unit despite efforts by the Iranian regime to force them to surrender. The Ashrafies were subject of numerous missile and military attacks by the Iraqi forces by the order of Khamenei the Iranian regime's supreme leader as well as blockade of food, medicine, oil for 14 years in Camps Asharf and later Liberty in Iraq.


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Massoumeh Zia continues to remain incarcerated in an undecided state after two months. She is incarcerated in the notorious Ward 209 of the Evin Prison and according to her family investigations into her case have not concluded yet and no verdict has been issued for her release. Ms. Zia was arrested on January 6, 2017 at the airport upon arrival from a family visit abroad.


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Two women were executed on March 4, in the Central Prison of Rasht. No information has been published on their identities. The number of women executed during Rouhani's tenure has reached to 75 so far.




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On Saturday, March 4, students of the school of literature at the Allameh University in Tehran staged a protest where a considerable number of protesters were female students.
They were protesting measures by the university's security department or Harassat to segregate the school's entrances, as well as their illegal and unsuitable treatment of the students.

Sunday, March 05, 2017

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According to State run Fanous website March 4, the State Security Force of West Tehran raided a women's party and arrested a number of women. Mohsen Khancharli, West Tehran's SSF (State Security Force)Commander, said they had obtained the information about this party on the internet. They deployed female police forces and entered the party and arrested the organizers. According to Khancharli, a judicial case has been filed against the organizers and the place has been sealed. No information has been made available on the number women arrested or their identities.
In a related news a number of youths were arrested in a private party according to the deputy chief of the Staff of Enjoining Good in Sepidan who announced the news on March 2, 2017. He said his forces entered a villa in the gardens of Homashahr village in Sepidan in Fars province and arrested six young men and eight young women in a mixed-gender party.


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Two political prisoners in Evin and Gohardasht prisons issued a message and congratulated women on the International Women's Day. In their joint message for March 8, Amir Amirgholi and Behnam Ebrahimzadeh pointed out as part: "...We, political prisoners, expect everyone to stand up to the anti-women laws, violence against women, and humiliation of women, and consider any attack on women as an attack on the whole society. Let us get together and turn March 8 into a day when we declare our protest to savagery and barbarism."

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Fereshteh Arghavani, 52, was arrested and sentenced to one year in jail for contacting her brother who has lived abroad for the past 35 years.  Fereshteh who has children and grandchildren and very ill, presently is detained in a prison in the Tirkola village of Sari, capital of the northern province of Mazandaran.



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Four Christians including two women were arrested by security forces in Tehran and Orumiyeh. The two women have been identified as Nana Badrian from Tajikistan and Anousheh (Veronica) Rezabakhsh. Nana was arrested on January 23, 2017, and taken to solitary confinement in Ward 209 of Evin Prison for interrogation. Anousheh Rezabakhsh and her son were arrested on February 20, 2017, and were taken to a detention center in Orumiyeh.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

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Roghayeh Azizi Mirmahaleh who was scheduled to be deported to Iran on Feb. 28, was freed on Wed. Feb. 22. and was granted a 2 year temporary residency. Azizi a PMOI sympathizer(People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran) spent 3 years in prison in Iran and her husband was executed during the massacre of 30,000 political prisoners in 1988. They were both arrested when their only daughter Sahar was a toddler for distributing pamphlets in Iran printed by the POMI. The Iranian resistance had issued a statement condemning Azizi's arrest and deportation order. Iranian activists, Canadian MPs and Ministers had protested and opposed Azizi's arrest and deportation order as well.


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A 32-year-old victim of rape named Nahid was sentenced to 15 years in prison and 99 lashes for illicit relations with a man who drugged, raped, filmed and blackmailed her in 2011 in Iran. Ironically, Nahid's 38-year-old husband, Hamid, who atrociously cut off the man's head, has been cleared of murder charges and is going to be freed on the grounds that the man who had raped his wife was punishable by death, anyway according to the state-run Rokna February 18.

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A young woman, 27, from the southeastern Sistan-o Baluchistan Province has been sentenced to death in Mashhad. The woman charged with drug-trafficking was married at age 15 and has six children. The woman has not been identified and the date of her arrest has not been mentioned in government sources.




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Dorsa Derakhshani, member of the Iranian Women's National Chess Team and the sixth world champion in under-18 games, got expelled from the national team for not covering her hair in the Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival.
Head of Iranian regime's Chess Federation, Mehrdad Pahlevanzadeh, said they will "seriously deal" with a sister and brother who played in the chess festival in Gibraltar because the girl did not observe the veil and the boy played with an Israeli player.
Pahlevanzadeh pointed out, "The first step in dealing with them would be to deprive them from every game that is played in Iran and in the name of Iran, and they will not have the chance to be on the national team."
Dorsa Derakhshani, 18, is presently studying in Spain and had participated in the Gibraltar games independently. Her brother, Borna, 15, had also registered in the games on his own. He played with Alexander Huzman, grand-master from Israel. (The state-run Fars news agency – February 18, 2017)