Sunday, October 23, 2016


The memorial ceremony for Reyhaneh Jabbari was raided on Thursday, October 20, and her mother, Shole Pakravan, was arrested but later released. Reyhaneh Jabbari, 26, was executed on October 24, 2014, after 7.5 years of imprisonment for defending herself against rape by Morteza Sarbandi Iranian regime's Intelligence Ministry official.

 On Oct. 20 the students and supporters of prisoner of conscience Mohammad Ali Taheri staged a protest against his continued detention despite completion of his prison sentence.
The protestors most of them women demanded Mr. Taheri's immediate release.
On October 19, a similar protest rally was held outside the Baghiyatollah Hospital in Tehran. Plainclothes agents frisked and questioned anyone who intended to enter the hospital.

 New restrictions are going to be imposed on female students of Ahwaz's Jondi-Shapour School of Medical Sciences in a bid to overcome women's defiance of the compulsory dress code imposed by the Iranian regime.
Farhad Hamzeh-louii, said there are going to be bi-weekly meetings on Hijab where relevant officials will be discussing new measures and the musts and must-not's.
The Council of Promoting Virtue, tasked with clamping down on female students, will also be actively involved in this plan. (The state-run ISNA news agency – October 21, 2016) Ahwaz is the capital of the oil-rich, southwestern Province of Khuzistan.

 An imprisoned woman Sedighe Jaafarzadeh, 64 who was on death row lost her life on Oct. 21st due to heart attack in the women's ward of the Central Prison of Orumiyeh.

 Iranian regime's Secretary of the fashion working group formally announced that all forms of fashion and modelling activities are going to be banned in Iran.
Hamid Ghobadi told State run news agency Fars: "We have revoked the modelling bylaws and such activities are no longer going to be allowed in the country."
(The state-run Baztab website – October 21, 2016)

Amnesty International issued a statement on Oct. 19 on the situation of Kurdish prisoner Zeinab Jalalian who is denied badly needed medical treatment and the risk of losing her eyesight in prison. AI wrote on Oct. 19 that: "The authorities have refused to give her access to an eye specialist and to authorize her transfer to a hospital for urgently needed eye surgery and have only given her eye drops. The have also refused her repeated requests for medical leave. According to her lawyer, some of her requests have been rejected outright while others have been accepted on condition that she makes videotaped 'confessions'. On one occasion, she says prison authorities told her that she had to have a virginity test before they would allow her to receive medical treatment."
Amnesty International pointed out, "Withholding medical treatment resulting in severe pain or suffering in order to force a 'confession' amounts to torture under international law."

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Radio Irava with Dylan Connor American teacher, singer/song writer and an advocate for the Syrian people.

Sunday, October 09, 2016


The Canadian Friends for a Democratic Iran called for an international criminal investigation of the events of 1988 during a press conference in the House of Commons, Parliament Hill, on Thursday Oct. 6 in Ottawa.
in a press conference at the Parliament Hill in Ottawa, a group of MPs from different parties such as Michael Cooper, Candice Bergen, James Bezan along with Hon. David Kilgrour and members of the Iran Democratic Association-2 of them who have lost their brothers during 1988 Massacre- urged the Liberal government to stop efforts to re-engage with the Iranian regime and emphasized that human rights must the base of any relations with the Iranian regime.  The conference called for justice for the 30,000 Massacred political prisoners in 1988 in Iran. The Media Express, one of many medias that covered this story, on Oct. 07 reported: Shahram Golestaneh, spokesman for the Iran Democratic Association provided new details about dozens of officials involved in the massacre and some secret mass graves where they were buried.
He added: “According to information compiled by the National Council of Resistance of Iran ( NCRI ) from sources inside Iran, most of the institutions of the Iranian regime are run by the perpetrators of the 1988 massacre. In recent weeks, about 60 of the most senior officials responsible for this massacre, whose names had remained secret for nearly three decades have been identified. These individuals were members of the “Death Commissions” in Tehran and 10 other Iranian provinces.” The story was picked up by Canadian medias such as: Hufington Post, Global News, Toronto Star, Freedom Star, Winnipeg free press, Herald lethbridge, I Politics, meadow lake Now, Medicine Hat news, Daily Herald, surghar daily, The daily Courier, the star, Times Colonist, Yahoo Canada, follow news, info news, Lates Today news, Canada standard, Ontario news, and Maritimes.
Simultaneously tens of Iranian-Canadians gathered in front of the Parliament Hill and across from
Prime Minister's office. A petition supported by a member of Parliament Peter Kent, was read during the protest. The freedom of Saeed Malek poor an Iranian-Canadian in Iranian jail is one of the clause of the petition. It also called on the Liberal government to "Make human rights the bench mark from which to consider re-establishment of diplomatic relations with Iran".  

Park-e Laleh Mothers, a group of women who have lost their children mostly during the 2009 uprising, issued a statement demanding justice for their slain children. The Iranian Resistance's President-elect Maryam Rajavi issued a call on August 2, 2016, inviting all Iranians at home and abroad to join a movement to demand justice for the victims of the 1988 massacre by formation of an international tribunal to prosecute officials of the clerical regime engaged in the massacre as part of the national movement for Iran's freedom.
The call has extensively welcomed by families who have been sending in photographs of their loved ones, information on their burial as well as on the method of their executions. Various individuals and groups of Iranians also have issued statements demanding justice for their loved ones who have been slained by the clerical regime in its horrendous crimes against humanity.

France 24 reported on Oct. 6 that under the Global Pressure and the call by the International Movement for Justice for 1988 Massacre Victims, some 150 members of the Iranian regime Majles deputies signed a bill to significantly reduce the number of people the Islamic Republic executes on drug trafficking charges, while the measure is already facing stiff opposition.
Iran continues to be among the countries that execute the highest number of their own citizens. During Hassan Rouhani's tenure more than 2700 people have been executed including women and young offenders.

On Wed. Oct 5, the repressive police officers attacked a peaceful sit-in by the Samen alHojaj share holders who had demanded their money back. At least one woman was injured.  Samen alHojaj is one the predatory institutions in Iran

The Women's Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran strongly condemned awarding the Women's World Chess Championship to Iran

In a statement issued on October 3, the NCRI Women's Committee underlined Rouhani's record of suppression of women's rights and pointed out that
Awarding Women's World Chess Championship to a regime that takes advantage of gender apartheid to suppress the entire society and has a shameful, bloody record in violation of women's rights is tantamount to endorsing and accepting the suppression of Iranian women, particularly that in addition to the Iranian chess players, the fundamentalist rulers of Iran force female players from other countries to wear the hijab, as well.
The NCRI Women's Committee urged all female players to boycott the games in protest to the
suppression of Iranian women and imposing the compulsory veil, as some of the world's top champions of chess have already done so. 2 female chess player Nazí Paikidze and Carla Heredia have already boycotted the championship in Iran which has the support of Chess coach Nigel Short and the Russian Chess Grandmaster Garry Kasparov.

Security officials of Tehran's Nations Hall (Farhangsaray-e Melal) prevented performance of a traditional Iranian music group called, Gozar, because of numerous female musicians.
The group was going to play a number of its musical pieces on the international day honoring great Iranian mystic poet, Mowlana better known as Rumi.
The Gozar musical group issued a statement vowing to continue its activities despite obstacles created by the government.
In another curious development concurrent with the mourning Muslim month of Moharram, the statue in the Mother Square of Rasht, capital of the northern Iranian Province of Gilan, was covered with a black veil, provoking vast public resentment. The women committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran which reported this news added: The measure was a reminder of the covering of statues in a Rome museum during Hassan Rouhani's visit to Italy last January.

United Nations Special Rapporteur Ahmed Shaheed called on the Iranian regime for the immediate and unconditional release of a British-Iranian national sentenced to five-years in prison for charges unknown to her, and two elderly dual nationals who are suffering from serious health conditions that require urgent and adequate medical attention.
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was arrested on 3 April 2016 along with her 22 months old daughter. Zaghari-Ratcliffe was tried, on secret charges, in a Tehran revolutionary court and, on 6 September, she was convicted and sentenced to five years’ imprisonment. She was only able to meet her lawyer three days before the beginning of her trial. The UN human rights experts also expressed concerns about the health of two other dual nationals, Mr. Baquer Namazi 80 years old Iranian-American and Mr. Kamal Foroughi,  77 year old British-Iranian who are currently incarcerated in Evin prison.

Sunday, October 02, 2016


Following Canadian and international pressures the Iranian regime was forced to release Ms. Homa Hoodfar a 65 year old Iranian-Irish-Canadian citizen and, researcher on Muslim women in various regions of the world from prison on Monday Sept. 26. Homa Hoodfar was detained in June. Hoodfar said she didn't believe she was actually on her way home until she was on the plane out of Iran. She traveled to Iran in February to see family and do academic research but was arrested in March, just as she was set to return to Montreal. She was released on bail and then rearrested in early June. She was accused by the Iranian regime's authorities of collaborating with a hostile government against national security and with propaganda against the state.

Yesterday during the weekly protest of the Iranian-Canadians in Ottawa in front of the Parliament Hill and across from prime minister's office the protesters called for the freedom of political prisoner, Narges Mohammadi and Arzhang Davoodi and all other political prisoners in Iran. They also called for the trial of those responsible for the 1988 Massacre of 30,000 political prisoners in Iran. The

Iranian-Canadians then in an act of solidarity joined the demonstration of the Syrian community towards the Russian embassy. They were carrying banners which demanded a halt to massacre of Aleppo residents in Syria.

The United States and European Union and Human Rights watch on Friday September 30 called on Iranian regime to free Narges Mohammadi, a journalist and activist whose 16-year prison sentence was recently upheld by Mullah's courts.
Mohammadi was arrested last year after joining a campaign to end the death penalty in Iran.

A woman was executed Thursday morning, September 29, in the Central Prison of Orumiyeh (northwestern Iran), along with her husband and six other prisoners. Molouk Noori who had been imprisoned in the women's ward of Orumiyeh Prison, and her husband, Behnam Pirkuzadegan, were Kurds and resided in Kermanshah. The other six prisoners hanged collectively in the Orumiyeh Central Prison were all Kurds from Orumiyeh.
The number of women executed during Rouhani's tenure so far amounts to 71. Hassan Rouhani took office in 2013.

According to state-run Tasnim news agency Sept. 29, Hossein Ashtari the commander of the State Security Force announced on Sept. 29 that "Some 2000 women who wear improper clothing are arrested every day in Tehran and some other provinces."
He added: "We have submitted a plan proposing social deprivations and deprivation from services by the Islamic Republic, for clothing abnormalities and unconventional behavior." Tasnim belongs to Quds terrorist forces.

The Daily Telegraph wrote on September 29, that the world's top
female chess players have reacted with horror after being told they must compete at next year's world championship wearing a hijab when competing in Iran.
Within hours of Iran, being revealed as its host country, the prestigious event was plunged into crisis as it emerged players taking part face arrest if they don't cover up.
In response, Grand masters lined up to say they would boycott the 64-player knock-out and accused the game's scandal-hit governing body Fide of failing to stand up for women’s rights.
Fide's Commission for Women's Chess, meanwhile, called on participants to respect “cultural differences” and accept the regulations...
However, players claim by awarding the event to Iran Fide is turning a blind eye to sexual discrimination.
Nazi Paikidze, the US women's champion, also raised concerns about players' safety in the Islamic republic and said: "It is absolutely unacceptable to host one of the most important women's tournaments in a venue where, to this day, women are forced to cover up with a hijab.
"I understand and respect cultural differences. But, failing to comply can lead to imprisonment and women's rights are being severely restricted in general.
"It does not feel safe for women from around the world to play here.” Paikidze added: "I am honored and proud to have qualified to represent the United States in the Women’s World Championship. But, if the situation remains unchanged, I will most certainly not participate in this event…."
Fide is already reeling after its president, the eccentric multi-millionaire Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, was placed on a US sanctions list for alleged business dealings with Syrian president Bashar al-Assad's regime.