Sunday, May 20, 2018

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On Saturday, May 19, the people of Kazerun- in the province of Fars Southwest of Iran, continued their uprising against the suppressive regime's actions and killing and detaining their loved ones by chanting “My detained brother must be freed!”. They gathered and protested in Shohada Square and in front of the judiciary of the Iranian regime. Kazerun shopkeepers also closed their shops and the pressure of intelligence agents to force them to open the shops did not succeed. The regime's agents, especially the intelligence agents, were deceptively trying to end the protests, but people are demanding the delivery of the bodies of the martyrs and the release of the arrested. A number of protesters were martyred during a demonstration of the people of Kazerun on Wednesday night when the security and special forces opened fire on protesters. Ali Mohammadian Azad and Omid Yousefian are two of the martyrs of Kazerun's uprising. On Friday, the people of Kazerun turned the city into a scene of confronting the totality of the oppressive apparatus of the clerical regime. Revolutionary Guards, Basijis, plainclothes and anti-riot guards, who were sent from other cities to Kazerun, were deployed in the city's central locations and closed streets leading to Friday's prayer show.  The people broke up the Friday prayer’s show by chanting slogans. The gathering in the Al-Nabi mosque, where the governor was supposed to speak, was disrupted with the slogan "The incompetent governor must be executed!” The attacks of repressive forces on protesters on the Shohada Street led to widespread street clashes and skirmishes. By burning tires, people blocked the path of repressive forces’ vehicles and defended themselves with stone and wood and breaking the mosaics of the streets.
The protests continued Friday night until Saturday morning. In Simashahr Square, people chanted slogans against the mercenary attacks: “Do not be afraid we are all together; and we are children of war, let’s fight”. At Quds intersection, the shooting of repressive forces on the protesters led to clashes where in addition to wounding the youth, a number of plainclothes and intelligence agents of the regime were also wounded. In the clashes on Thursday, the young people also beat some of the regime's agents and forced them to flee. The injured mercenaries were transferred by a bus to Nourabad Mamassani. The people of Kazerun are protesting the division to their cities.
Yesterday Sat. May 19 the Iranian-Canadians during their weekly protest, stood in solidarity with the people of Kazerun in front of the Parliament Hill and across from Prime Minister's office. They called for the freedom of arrestees and all  political prisoners in Iran.






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Plundered women and men gathered in protest on May 17 outside the Caspian Institute’s branch in Bassij Square of Kerman, southern Iran, against the company’s pilfering of their savings and deposits. On May 16, the wives of HEPCO workers joined their husbands on the third day of their protest and sit-in. Heavy Equipment Production Company or (HEPCO) produces road construction equipment and is located in Arak, capital of Markazi Province, southwest of Tehran Province.
On the same day, the State Security forces cracked down on the inhabitants of Abrak Azhgil village in Izeh, Khuzistan Province, opening fire on them. A 38-year-old woman was killed and two persons were wounded during the attack.
On May 15, students of Technical School of Yazd University and the students of Kermanshah’s Industrial University staged protests for the second day in a row, against the new policy of demanding tuition from students, and other problems in the university.





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Eleven detainees including a woman arrested in Arak during the Iran uprising during December 2017- January 2018 appeared in Sharia court in Iran. Neda Yousefi and ten others faced trial on the charge of “disrupting public order” at branch 102 of the Penal Court of Shazand, Arak, on Monday, May 14. More than 8,000 people were arrested during the 2017-2018 nationwide protests a number of whom were temporarily released until their trial time and others are still in jail.
In another development on the same day, at least 70 Gonabadi (Yaresan) dervishes including a number of women faced trial in the regime's revolutionary courts. Most of them were indicted of “acting against national security” charges including through “gathering and collusion against national security”, “defying law enforcement agents”, “disrupting public peace and order” and in some cases “membership in Majzoban Noor (Gonabadi dervishes group).”
It was earlier reported that eight Yaresan women inmates were taken to sharia court from the notorious Qarchak prison without any lawyer accompanying them.

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With the victory of the Iranian women's futsal team over Japan's in the final game of 2018 AFC Women's Futsal Championship, the state television's failure to broadcast the final game has turned into a political challenge for the Iranian regime. Women's sports do not enjoy any backing from the government and women face multiple obstacles to enter international tournaments. Broadcasting women’s matches are forbidden for the Iranian regime's state-run TV and even female reporters are not allowed into places where women compete.

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A woman  has been arrested and detained for the second time in an extrajudicial measure for protesting the compulsory veil.
Mrs. Shaparak Shajarizadeh was arbitrarily arrested along with her 9-year-old son in the city of Kashan, central Iranian province of Isfahan. Her son was freed several hours later but she is still in captivity. Mrs. Shajarizadeh is going to stand trial at Branch 1089 of Tehran’s Penal Court on June 10, on the charge of “violating (the compulsory) veil” and “promoting corruption.”
Iranian women immediately face violent arrest and detention if they do not comply with the compulsory veil and dress code.
The Women’s Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran strongly condemns the arrests of Iranian women and girls under the pretext of mal-veiling and for protesting the compulsory veil; it urges international organizations and authorities defending human rights and women’s rights to take urgent action for the immediate and unconditional release of these women.
In her visit to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg in January 2018, the NCRI President-elect Maryam Rajavi called on EU member states to adopt effective measures and binding decisions to compel Iran’s ruling religious fascism to end subjugation of women and abolish the compulsory veil.

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Three Iranian Baha'i women were summoned to Sharia court and transferred to the Prison of Ahwaz on Sunday, May 13. Neda Sabeti, Forough Farzaneh and Nooshin Afshar who had been earlier freed from the detention center of the Intelligence Department of Ahwaz on Saturday, May 12, were re-arrested and jailed.
In earlier developments, Ms. Enisa Motahhar, a Baha’i residing in Isfahan, was summoned to court on May 8, after her residence was ransacked by the State Security Force and her own and her family’s personal belongings were confiscated. Ms. Kiana Thanie, a student of architecture, was banned from education and dismissed on April 30, 2018, from Mirdamad Non-profit University in Gorgan (in northern Iran) for adherence to the Baha’i faith.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

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On Sat. the Iranian-Canadians in Ottawa gathered during their weekly protest in front of the Parliament Hill and across from Prime Minister's office in solidarity with the teachers of Iran. The chanted: Shaking hands with mullahs, Sharing crimes with mullahs. They demanded the Iranian regime's embassy AKA  "House of terror" must remain closed.



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Iran’s teachers, held protests in at least 32 cities across the country outside the Departments of Education and in Tehran, outside the Budget and Planning Organization and the regime's parliament.
They came out in Tehran, Arak, Qazvin, Zanjan, Kermanshah, Isfahan, Homayounshahr, Shiraz, Mamasani, Shahreza, Shahr-e Kord, Mashhad, Bojnourd, Birjand, Kazeroun, Saqqez, Baneh, Sanandaj, Dehgolan, Marivan, Mahabad, Qorveh, Zivieh, Divandarreh, Tabriz, Rasht, Sari, Khorramabad, Behbahan, Bandar Abbas, Boushehr, and Hamedan. The teachers protested against low wages, difficult living conditions, being denied their most basic rights including medical insurance, job security and officials’ failure to address their problems. In the capital Tehran, the State Security forces attacked the teachers’ gathering and beat up the teachers particularly the women, arresting a number of them. One of the protesters has been identified as Mrs Aliyeh Aghdam-Doost who was transferred to Evin’s court in the morning of May 11, with cuffed hands and feet. 

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A group of plundered depositors of Ayandeh Bank, held a protest in front of the bank’s branch located on Panzdah-e Khordad Street in the Iranian capital, Tehran, on Thursday morning, May 10. They chanted “Ayandeh Bank steals our money.”




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On Wednesday, May 9, the students of Orumiyeh University spread empty tablecloths on the ground in protest to a plan for charging students for courses. Orumiyeh is the capital of West Azerbaijan, in northwestern Iran.





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A group of female nurses held a protest gathering in Mashhad, the second largest city of Iran in the northeast on Tuesday May 8. They gathered in protest in Navab Safavi Street and Razavi Sharestan against lack of transparency in distribution of the shares belonging to a construction project called Iman-e Mashhad. On the same day in the Capital Tehran, mothers and families of MPS patients gathered in protest in front of the Health Ministry. MPS, or Mucopolysaccharidosis is a rare genetic disorder that affects many body systems and that leads to organ damage. It is caused by a mutation in the gene that makes an enzyme called alpha-L-iduronidase.

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The superintendent of an elementary school in Abadan, southwestern Iran, cut a girl’s hair for not properly covering it. On May 6, in an all-girls elementary school in Golestanshahr of Abadan, the superintendent used scissors and cut the hair of a student because it had stuck out of her veil. Narges who suffers from astma had an attack because of this offensive treatment and was taken to a hospital. In response to objections to such offending measure, the superintendent said, “The schoolmaster is a man and her hair sticking out could have aroused him.”
In a similar incident in December 2017, officials of a girls’ school in Islamabad village in Orumiyeh, capital of the West Azerbaijan Province, the school’s principal and master went to the court yard in the company of several State Security forces cutting the hair of those girls whose hair stuck out of their scarves.

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A state official revealed that the number of women prisoners in Iran are twice the prisons’ capacities. Attahareh Nejadi, deputy for planning and coordination in the Women and Family Affairs Directorate, presented a report on her visit to women’s prisons. Nejadi said: “Visiting the country’s prisons, I didn’t find the situation of women as appropriate. Women with undeliberate crimes are keeping their small children in prison; their children know only of life in prison. According to the existing information, the average age of these women is between 17 and 37 years old; of course, there are older women, too.”
Explaining women’s crimes, Abd-ol Samad Khorram-Shahi, a jurist and lawyer, said, “Women who face hardships in their lives and are sexually abused, resort to drugs to forget their problems and consequently become susceptible to crimes and abuse. This is why we are witnessing an increasing number of women prisoners and feminization of some crimes.”
According to Iranian regim's law, women can be arrested for husban's bad cheques. 
“When the basic necessities of life are not provided for people, misdead, prostitution and drugs show up,” Khoram-Shahi added. “All these (factors) lead to crimes. When the mother of a family is in prison, in addition to the harms inflicted on herself, her family and relatives are also affected and this foments crimes in the society.”
“The unsuitable conditions in prisons and the lack of resources, hygiene and sufficient education for women, create more difficult conditions for women, pushing them towards heavier crimes and armed robbery gangs.” (The state-run IRNA news agency- May 9, 2018)


Sunday, May 06, 2018

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On May 5, delegations from more than 40 US states gathered in the Iranian freedom convention in Washington D.C. which was held by the Organization of Iranian American communities in the United States. Mayor, Rudy Giuliani as keynote speaker at the Iran Freedom Convention expressed his support for the Iranian people and called for a Free Iran. He asked US media to go to Paris and participate in the Grand Gathering of the Iranian people this summer. In a message to the Iranian American Freedom Convention in Washington DC, congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Congressman Ted Poe, Bill Richardson, former governor of New Mexico, Congressman Eliot Engel, as well as Dr. Daneshgari an Iranian American personality spoke at the event. Mrs Maryam Rajavi the president elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran- NCRI, sent a message to the gathering as well. The Iranian Americans attending the 2018 Iran Freedom Convention called on all freedom loving Iranians to attend at FreeIran2018 on June 30th, Paris and support a Free Iran. The annual grand gathering of the Iranians will take place on June 30, 2018 at the Villepinte Exposition center north of Paris – France.

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According to the People's Mojahedin of Organization of Iran PMOI May 5 statement, in several raids on May Day 2018 (the International Workers’ Day), hundreds of the youth and workers were arrested and tortured in Southwestern oil rich city of Ahvaz in Khuzestan province by security forces and intelligence agents on various fake charges. PMOI statement continues: more than 100 of the detainees, who had been transferred to Sheiban Prison in the city of Whace and tortured with whips and hoses, were taken before the Sharia judge to receive their sentences. Among them, there are a number of workers of Haft-Tapeh sugarcane plantation who were aggressively attacked by the regime’s agents while they were preparing and mounting their protest banners. An immediate fact-finding visit to Ahvaz prisons by representatives of the UN and international organizations is absolutely vital said PMOI.

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Mrs. Dayeh Sharifeh, mother of Iranian death-row political prisoner
Ramin Hossein Panahi, called for an open trial for her son and challenged the Revolutionary Guard Corps’ charges against him. Ramin Hossein Panahi is a Kurdish political prisoner sentenced to death. He was scheduled to be executed on Thursday, May 3, but was returned from solitary cell to the general ward of the Central Prison of Sanandaj and implementation of his death sentence was postponed after an extensive international campaign to stop his execution. His niece, Nishtman Hossein Panahi, committed suicide on May 1, due to pressures from the Intelligence
Department of Sanandaj and in protest to the death decree for her uncle. Nishtman was pressured to divorce her imprisoned husband and cooperate with the Intelligence Department against her family.
In a message published in social media on May 3, 2018, Mrs. Dayeh Sharifeh said:
Since the first day when Ramin was arrested, we demanded that his trial be open. Ramin is absolutely innocent. He has never been armed at any time. He had come to Sanandaj just to visit me. Now if the Justice Ministry is telling the truth, they should also disseminate what Ramin and I have said. They must prove that Ramin was armed. These false charges have been leveled by the IRGC to cover up their own crimes by sending Ramin to the gallows.

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According to state-run Aftabnews May 3rd, Several female supporters of Esteghlal soccer team, were identified and arrested on May 3rd, while attempting to enter a stadium in Khorramshahr (southwestern Iran) with men's disguise. Iranian women have been wearing men's clothing and appearance to break the discriminatory restriction officially imposed on them to enter stadiums in Iran. Some women have been successful in doing so and published their photos and films in social media. 

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Women teachers actively took part in an act of protest organized at the grave of Iran's freedom-loving poet, Mirzadeh Eshghi. Mirzadeh Eshghi was assassinated by the order of the Chief of Police when Reza Khan was Prime Minister. Reza Khan later toppled the Qajar Dynasty, founding the Pahlavi Dynasty which ruled Iran with dictatorship for 75 years.



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Students of Tehran's Allameh Tabatabaii University, including a large number of young women, staged a protest on Sunday, April 29, at the university's campus. They protested the university's new policy of requiring tuition, fabricating of false cases against students, and issuing heavy sentences for them. 
Allameh’s young women held placards which read, “Students are not criminals,” “university is not a garrison,” “Sina Rabii, a student with heavy sentences.”
They also spoke out against the policy of Rouhani’s government to obtain tuitions from college students. They held placards which read, “No to college tuitions”, “Allameh U is an economic firm”, etc. Last year, young women and female students participated in 111 acts of protest in various univerisities across Iran.

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According to state-run Young Journalists Club April 27, a plan is to be implemented against shop owners who offer unconventional clothing for women, said the commander of the State Security Force (SSF) in Isfahan, central Iran.
The SSF Commander of Isfahan said that the plan was called, “Tat’hir,” which means purifying or cleansing. He said, “Hijab (veil) and chastity are the (Iranian) Revolution’s strongest barrier against infiltration of the enemies. To this end, a special plan called “Tat’hir” is going to be on the agenda under the command of Isfahan Province’s SSF. The objective of this plan is to deal with suppliers who offer unconventional clothing for women and cause improper clothing and violation of chastity in society.”
Earlier on March 24, Nasser Makarem Shirazi, one of the regime’s religious scholars had proclaimed that “Hijab” had been transformed from a secondary commandment of Islam into one of its symbols.

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A group of families of the men and women arrested in recent protests in Ahwaz, SW Iran, gathered outside the city’s court on Sunday, April 29, 2018.
More than 400 protesters including a number of women are presently held in detention.
Participants in this protest gathering, most of whom were women, demanded determination of the status of their children.
Judiciary and security officials had previously promised that all the arrested protesters were going to be released. However, only five have been temporarily freed from jail, so far, until their sentences are issued. The bailbonds set for the detainees are very high and the families do not afford to provide the necessary property documents to deposit as bail.
Ahwaz is the capital of the oil-rich Khuzistan Province, in southwestern Iran.
Also in Tabriz, NW Iran, a group of women who have worked on temporary contracts for the city’s municipality staged a picket line outside the building. They have not received any benefits for years and demand to be officially employed by the municipality.

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A 15-year-old student, Ma'edeh Shabani-Nejad, is still being held in Sepidar Prison of Ahwaz since her arrest in January. Ma'edeh Shabani-Nejad (Amouri) is a freshman at Reyhaneh High school in Abadan and is a brilliant student. She writes nationalistic and epical poetry in Arabic and publishes them on social media.
The first time, Ms. Shabani was arrested was on October 17, 2017. The second time, she was arrested in her uncle's house in Ahwaz on January 25, 2018, by the IRGC's Department of Intelligence and transferred to the IRGC detention center.
Some of her family members and relatives have been also arrested for helping this 15-year-old girl. Among them was Ms. Mahnaz Amouri Faissali, 43, her aunt, Mahmoud Amouri, 32, her uncle, Khaled Amouri, 28 and Foad Amouri, 30.

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For the second time in a month, another woman was attacked by acid in Tabriz, capital of Iran's northwestern province of East Azerbaijan. Maryam has been burned in the face and hands. The assailant was her husband who threw one liter of acid on her.
In 1995, a wave of state-backed acid attacks on women was carried out in Tehran and Isfahan against women who were accused of not properly covering themselves, as part of an anti-vice campaign. The assailants were never arrested or punished. This led to common use of acid in cases of personal revenge. The bill proposing criminalization of violence against women has been waiting in the Iranian regime's parliament for ten years now without being examined and adopted.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

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According to state-run Fars news agency April 27, two young women were arrested in Isfahan (central Iran) on Friday, April 27, for attempting to enter the Naghsh-e Jahan Stadium to watch the soccer match between their favorite teams. On the same day, three young women were identified and arrested by security forces outside Tehran's Azadi Stadium for attempting to enter to watch the football game. However, five other young women in disguise who managed to sneak through and watch the game in the stadium, published their photo on social media. Iranian women are banned from entering stadiums to watch games and those who try to do so are arrested.

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The chasing of a young couple by the State Security Force's Moral Security in Tabriz- Iran led to the death of the woman and injury of the man. The Moral Security of Tabriz embarked on chasing a young couple driving in a car on Friday, April 27 which the driver lost control and crashed with a bus. The young woman died and the young man was injured, and arrested by the Moral Security despite his condition.

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On Thursday April 26 the House of Representatives in US passed the Iran Human Rights and Hostage-Taking Accountability Act (H.R. 4744). The bipartisan legislation shines a light on the Iranian regime’s long record of human rights abuses and hostage-taking. It also mandates sanctions on Iranian officials responsible for wrongful, politically motivated jailing of US citizens.
Chairman Ed Royce in part said in his remarks: "... Mr. Speaker, for years, the regime in Tehran has systemically beat down all opposition in Iran. It regularly uses brutal tactics at home, including torture and mass executions, as it seeks to export violence and radical ideology abroad. Ever since its 1979 revolution, Iran has been a rogue state. As this legislation details, today the regime flagrantly disregards commitments it’s made to respect the fundamental rights of the Iranian people. Many of us recall the barbaric mass executions carried out over a four-month period in 1988. Thousands of political prisoners were executed by hanging and fire squad for refusing to renounce their political affiliations. Mr. Speaker, I want to thank Chairman McCaul and Ranking Member Engel for their leadership on this legislation. I am glad we have strong, bipartisan support for this measure. Regardless of how one views the Iran nuclear agreement, it is critical that the United States and our allies continue to press Iran for its dangerous and threatening acts that fall outside of the JCPOA. This is an area where officials from both the Trump and Obama administrations agree, and for good reason. Remember, this is the same Iranian regime that is holding American citizens – including one who is in very poor health – on sham charges in one of the largest ransom schemes ever devised. This regime, of course, held its first American hostages in 1979 when it overran our US Embassy. The regime’s M.O. remains the same. It is far past time the regime faced consequences for its attacks on Iranians and Americans alike.”

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As we approach the International Worker's Day the Iranian's protests are on the rise:
 On Tuesday night, April 24, the people of Marivan in the Kurdistan province clashed with the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps aka IRGC or Sepah-e Pasdaran. The clash took place when Pasdar-Colonel Kaveh Kohneh-Poushi along with Latif Nikpay, murdered an inhabitant from one of the villages of Marivan. The people burnt down the houses of the two IRGC members in protest.
- In Baneh and Javanrood, the strike of the merchants and shopkeepers continued for the 15th day Sunday April 29. The intelligence agents arrested a protesting woman who was calling on people in the Baneh main street to continue the strike. She was transferred to a police station. The people of Baneh, having gathered outside the police station, forced the mercenaries to release her. No information is available on the fate of six other Baneh inhabitants detained last week.
- The farmers in the east of Isfahan continued their protests against the crisis of water shortages and the rerouting of water by staging a sit-in in front of the governorate building. The governor met with them at the sit-in, but he had no answer to the problem of the farmers.
- Farmers from the cities of Weiss and Mollasani (Iranian Khuzestan Province) gathered outside the governor's office for the third straight day to protest against lack of their right to water.
- The workers of Hamidieh Municipality gathered in front of the city's municipality for the third day in protest against the failure to pay their salaries for months and the hollow promises of the regime's authorities.
- A large number of oil industry staff gathered in front of the main building of the oil ministry in Tehran.
- In Yazd, fuel-supplying truck drivers went on strike in protest of lower fares.
- The people looted by Caspian institute gathered in Tehran and the people looted by Arman Vahdat institute in Ahvaz and demanded once again for the return of their hard earning savings.
- A number of environmental activists in Tabriz gathered on the path of Hassan Rouhani to protest the performance of Rouhani's government in relation to Lake Urmia on April 25th.

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The US Senate voted Thursday to confirm CIA chief Mike Pompeo as President Trump’s next secretary of state, ending a contentious nomination battle. Pompeo was confirmed on a 57-42 vote. Pompeo, a former Republican congressman from Kansas, replaces Rex Tillerson.


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Thousands of residents of Kazerun including a large number of women once again took to the streets and the main square of this city in southern Iran to express their protest which was sparked on April 16. The gathering comes in the wake of consecutive protests last week to the decision of city officials to divide Kazerun. The protesting women and men walked from the main square to the mosque where the Friday prayer was being held and chanted slogans against the regime. The protesters demanded the Governor to personally appear before them and account for the decision.
In another protest in Ahwaz, southwestern Iran, the inhabitants of Abu-Havan village including a large number of women staged a protest for the second time outside the Governor’s Office on Wednesday, April 25, against the lack of water and power in their village.

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According to state-run ISNA news agency April 25, Iran's women national volleyball team practice with their own sportswear and do not receive any support from the Sports Federation. The publication of a photo from an exercise session of the women’s national volleyball team revealed that every player is wearing something different. This showed that the Volleyball Federation is not planning to provide uniforms for the women’s team. This is while the men’s team appeared in their exercizes with uniforms.

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Numerous protests took place in various cities across Iran on Wednesday, April 25, with women's active participation as such, in Bandar Abbas, Tehran and Mahshahr.
In Bandar Abbas, the female personnel working for the Plan to Evolve Health and Medical Network staged a protest against officials’ lack of accountability and failure to raise their salaries in the face of rising inflation. In Tehran, women and men plundered by Arman Institute gathered in front of the Commerce Bank and demanded reimbursement of their assets. One of the protesters held a banner which read, “What I had earned in young age for the future of my child has been squandered by Arman Institute under the supervision of the Islamic Republic’s Central Bank. Is there anyone who could do justice?” In Mahshahr, a group of women and men gathered in protest outside the Justice Department’s building, demanding serious action against a father and a stepmother who had tortured three innocent children.

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Nazanin Bangaleh, a young Baha'i woman, was tried by the First Branch of the Iranian regime's Court of Shiraz on Tuesday, April 24, along with her father Nematollah Bangaleh and sentenced to five years of imprisonment, each. Their residence was violently ransacked at the time of arrest and their furniture damaged. Under the Iranian regime, Baha'i's are systematically persecuted and denied their basic rights.


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The Iranian regime’s Judiciary Chief said beating of young women by the State Security Force was imperative and within the guidelines of religion and law. In his remarks published on April 24, Sadeq Amoli Larijani, head of the Judiciary, stressed on the need for the State Security Force to act within the framework of law and religion. He reiterated, “One must not allow anyone to resist against the SSF’s legal measures or insult its agents. The SSF must not back down whatsoever.” (The state-run ISNA news agency – April 23, 2018). The state-run Kayhan daily which reflects the views of the regime’s supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, also wrote that the SSF officers must be praised.
The SSF’s beating of young women in Tehran last week was widely covered in the world media and met vast criticism.

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Political prisoner Golrokh Iraee's treatment in hospital was stopped on Sun. April 29 and she was sent back to Qarchack prison. Golrokh ended her hunger strike after 81 days on Tuesday, April 24. The news came from an informed source who announced that Mrs. Iraee had “ended her hunger strike and taken food” while hospitalized at IRGC’s (Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corp)Baghyatollah Hospital. Mrs. Iraee, political prisoner Arash Sadeghi's wife and her fellow inmate, Atena Daemi, went on hunger strike on February 3, in protest to their unlawful exile to Qarchak Prison on January 24, and breach of the principle of separation of prisoners’ categories. They demanded to be returned to the Women’s Ward of Evin Prison. Golrokh is sentenced to 6 years imprisonment for her unpublished story about stoning in Iran.
A number of political prisoners including Saeed Shirzad, Majid Assadi, and Arash Sadeghi (Ms. Iraee’s husband) and over 1,000 civil and human rights activist and families and mothers of political prisoners and martyrs had already asked Ms. Iraee to end her hunger strike.
A number of human rights organizations including Amnesty International, Human Rights Sub-Committee of the European Parliament, and four UN experts had called for the release of Golrokh Iraee and reiterated that she must have not been imprisoned in the first place.