Sunday, December 01, 2019


Three women have been arrested in Karaj for taking part in protests against increase in the price of gas, commander of the State Security Force (SSF) of Alborz Province announced on Nov 28. Mohammadian said, “After the news of the rationing of fuel was announced, three people in Mohammad-shahr district of Karaj turned off their cars and held protests in the streets, chanting anti-government slogans.” He claimed that the three women arrested in Karaj were “members of the initial team that instigated riots and destruction of public property in Mohammad-shahr district of Karaj.” He said the popular protests were “illegal.”

Acknowledging that those arrested for participating in Iran protests in mid-November are badly dealt with and tortured, the SSF commander said, “Law (enforcement agents) will be harsh in dealing with these types of people who intend to disrupt public order. All those who are arrested for instigating insecurity in recent days, will be seriously dealt with by the police.” (The state-run Tasnim news agency – November 28, 2019) The arbitrary arrests of civil activist women have also been intensified during the Iran uprising.

Raha Asgarizadeh, journalist, photographer and women’s rights activist, was arrested on Thursday, November 28, at Tehran’s airport on her way out of the country. In a brief call to her family, she informed them that she has been taken to Evin Prison.

In Ahvaz, Leila Shaverdi, was arrested on November 25, by security forces. She has been arrested for the activities of her brother, Nasser, who lives abroad. The Intelligence Department of Ahvaz announced that they would release her only if her brother abandons his activities in the media.

In another development, Mojgan Kavousi, a writer and researcher from Kelardasht, was arrested on
Monday, November 18, by the Department of Intelligence of Kelardasht, in Mazandaran Province, northern Iran. No information is available on her fate. Mojgan Kavousi had posted photos of those killed in the recent protests in Marivan and Javanroud using the hashtag #silence_is_treason.

The name of another woman has been verified among the martyrs of the Iran uprising. Mahnaz Mehdizadeh Nader is the 16th woman identified as being killed during the protests. Mahnaz was shot three times by the Special Units of the State Security Force during the Iran Uprising in Karaj in mid-November. At the time of handing over of her body, government agents warned her family against disseminating the news of her death.
The names of the 16 female martyrs has identified so far.

Mahnaz Mehdizadeh Nader, killed in Karaj
Azar, nurse and mother of 4, killed in Karaj
Nikta Esfandani, 14, killed in Tehran
Ameneh Shahbazifard, 34 and mother of 3, killed in Karaj
A female student from Saqqez, killed in Sanandaj
A woman, killed in Rasht
Mina Sheikhi, killed in Tehran
Golnaz Samsami, mother of a 7-year-old boy, killed in Shahriar
Azadeh Zarbi, 28, killed in Shahriar
Fatemeh Habibi, killed in Baharestan, Tehran
Shabnam Diani, killed in Behbahan
Ethghi, killed in Mahshahr
An unidentified woman, killed in Mahshahr
Shelir Dadvand, killed in Bukan
A girl student, killed in Shiraz
A woman, killed in Saveh
The Iranian Resistance has been able to verify that at least 450 persons have been killed during the Iran uprising. The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran has published the names of 179 of these martyrs, so far.
The vicious slaughter of protesters in Iran is a manifest case of crime against humanity and the Iranian regime’s leaders must face justice for them. The Iranian Resistance calls for the dispatch of a fact-finding mission to Iran to investigate the deaths, injury and imprisonment of protesters.

Officials of Iranian prisons are denying access to medical treatment to political prisoners, justifying their measure by lack of security in hospitals due to the nationwide uprising in Iran. Denying access to medical treatment is one of the most common methods of torture in Iranian prisons to exert additional pressure on political prisoners.
With the weather getting colder, inmates in the Prison of Khoy are catching influenza. At least 15 women prisoners, including Kurdish political prisoner Zeinab Jalalian, have contracted influenza.
Suffering from various illnesses, Zeinab Jalalian is in dire physical conditions. Catching influenza has made her very weak. She has suffered multiple seizures and needs to be transferred to hospital, but prison authorities have prevented her dispatch, saying the situation is not safe.
Forty women of the women’s ward of Khoy Prison are incarcerated in just one hall. The closed space and limited medical facilities have made the disease contagious, adding to the number of inmates suffering from influenza. Some women have lost their motor abilities, and still, the only medications available to them are the ones handed in by their relatives. The inmates’ inquiries to receive medical treatment has been futile so far.
In Evin Prison, too, prison officials have prevented dispatch of political prisoner Atena Daemi to hospital under the excuse of hospitals being over crowded due to the recent uprising.
Atena Daemi had been given an appointment last month to do ultrasound and other medical examinations by a specialist doctor, and she should have been taken to hospital, but prison officials prevented her transfer.
Kurdish political prisoner Zeinab Jalalian has several medical conditions, including heart, intestinal, and kidney problems, as well as an oral thrush or Candidiasis that has caused painful white bumps on her tongue and interferes with her ability to eat and swallow.
Zeinab Jalalian is at risk of losing her eyesight in prison as she is being denied surgery for a worsening eye condition called Pterygium.
The right side of her body is numb, the reason for which remains unknown, as she has not received any diagnostic tests. Additionally, she is experiencing dips and spikes in her blood pressure, which the prison doctor has said is linked to the stress and psychological pressure she is under.

Sunday, November 24, 2019


The names of 99 martyrs killed by security forces in 20 cities during
Iran protests have been verified and published by the Iranian Resistance. The list includes the names of seven women, three of whom had already been announced by the Women’s Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran. The total number of women killed during Iran protests thus reaches 10. The three remaining names have not been obtained, yet. The number of martyrs of Iran protests has reached 300, the number of wounded is estimated to be more than 4000 and more than 10,000 have been arrested. Most of those killed were young or teenagers, even as young as 13. Most were shot in the head or chest by the regime’s snipers. The regime is employing various ploys to try to conceal the actual death toll. In many instances, suppressive forces refuse to hand over their bodies for independent autopsy or to their families. Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), urged all compatriots to actively attend the memorial services of the martyrs, provide care and treatment to the wounded and injured, and look after families who have lost their guardians. She called on the United Nations Security Council, governments, and international human rights organizations to demand an immediate halt to the killings and suppression and to demand the immediate release of prisoners. The UN Security Council must declare Ali Khamenei, Hassan Rouhani, and other regime officials as criminals against humanity for their involvement in suppression and bloodshed so that they face justice and trial. The UN must urgently send fact-finding missions to Iran to conduct investigations around the killings, casualties, wounded, and prisoners. The Iranian regime blocked out the internet on the second day of the Iran Protests in entire Iran in order to hide the atrocities against the peaceful demonstrators. Based on Net Blocks on Sat. the national connectivity was up to %64.
Iranian supporters of the Iranian resistance have had gatherings in support of Iran protests at the Parliament Hill and across from Prime minister's office.

Fifty Tehran University students were arrested after participating in

protests in solidarity with Iran protests over fuel price hike on Mon Nov 18. They were transferred to Evin and Fashafouyeh prisons by ambulances. In a similar development, Melika Gharagozlou, a student of journalism at Tehran’s Alameh Tabatabaii University, was arrested by intelligence agents on the street on Sunday, November 18. In a brief phone call to her family, she told them she was detained in Evin Prison. The latest data compiled by the Iranian opposition, People’s Mojahedin of Iran, indicates that at least 165 cities have seen the uprising.

A Tehran Court upheld the sentence for student activist Parisa Rafii for 7 years in prison and 74 lashes.
On Saturday, November 16, Branch 98 of the Revolutionary Court of Tehran upheld a sentence of 7 years’ prison, 74 lashes, and 2 years ban on leaving the country for this female student activist.
Parisa Rafii, 23, a student of art at Tehran University, was charged by branch 26 of the Tehran Court with association and conspiring “crimes against national security”, “propaganda against the state”, and “disturbing the public.”
According to her mother, her appeals court which was to be held on July 2, 2019, was canceled and her charges were issued in absentee.
Parisa Rafii was arrested on February, 25, 2018, by the Intelligence Ministry agents in front of Tehran University and transferred to Ward 209 of Evin Prison. Her lawyer had previously said, “In my opinion there is no logical or legal reason in the files for an absolute justification that she committed a crime. The crimes she is charged with are all normal behavior and in the framework of laws and rights of the nation under the constitution and civil rights for all citizens especially a student activist. Unfortunately, by issuing this sentence, legal and juridical fairness, justice, principles, and values are undermined and I will request an appeal.”
While being held in Evin Prison, Parisa Rafii wrote a letter revealing illegal pressures on female political prisoners. In parts of her letter she wrote: “I chose to write this letter under the circumstances of knowing what pressures are put on those who reveal such experiences and what effects it would have on their cases and issued sentences.”

Sunday, November 17, 2019


Some 93 cities across Iran are witnessing escalating protests in response to a gasoline price hike imposed by the regime in Iran. People in Tehran and other major cities throughout the country are blocking roads and highways in their sign of protests. Based on some reports 163 people have been killed and injourd in Kurdistan province alone. Maryam Rajavi President elect of the National council of Resistance of Iran for the transition period from the beginning in her twitter account supported people's uprising and called upon others to join in. She also saluted the martyrs. Women have also a significant role in the uprising. The Iranian regime though has cut off internet and cell phones so that people can't send out their videos. Some members of the Congress have condemn the Iranian regime for this.
Mike Pompeo also twitted: As I said to the people of Iran almost a year and half ago: The United States is with you.
In a video sent out by the People of Shiraz, the Iranian regime's agents open fire on protesters from a helicopter. In many cities people have set banks, Seminaries, and centers of repression on fire. On two different videos people are preparing food for the protesters and giving money to a driver whose car was smashed by the regime's agents.

The Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) agents arrested two human rights activist women, Raheleh Rahemipour and Jila Karamzadeh Makvandi, in Tehran on November 12. As the IRGC agents were searching the residence of Raheleh Rahemipour they insulted her children, took her son to another room and brutalized him. Her son and daughter were told to report to the Courthouse of Evin later that week.
A source close to the arrested women said their families had referred to Evin’s Courthouse as well as the Guidance court and detention center, but were told that Raheleh Rahemipour and Jila Karamzadeh Makvandi were not there. The next day, however, Ms. Makvandi’s family were told at the Courthouse of Evin that their cases are filed with the Inspections Department of the Courthouse of Evin and that they should not inquire about them until Sunday.
Jila Karamzadeh Makvandi is an artist, poet, and a human rights activist. She was one of the first women to join the Mothers of Laleh Park movement.
On Wednesday, November 13, the Sharia court convened to examine the case of imprisoned labor activist Neda Naji. Her husband, Jamal Ameli, later tweeted that “Neda Naji’s court convened but did not issue a bail bond, and she was returned to prison.”
Additionally, political prisoner Samaneh Norouz Moradi who has been incarcerated in Evin Prison for eight months, has been denied access to hospital treatment. She is in poor health and suffering from a joint disease. Prison authorities, however, refrain from sending her to hospital or granting her a medical furlough. Ms. Norouz Moradi’s eyes have also been bleeding and she is suffering from other health problems including stomach and intestinal ulcer.

The Third Committee of the General Assembly of the United Nations censured for the 66th time, flagrant violations of human rights in Iran.
The Third Committee of the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution which was brought forward by Canada, with 84 affirmative votes on Thursday, November 14, condemning the grave and systematic violations of human rights in Iran.
Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI),for the transition period welcomed the adoption of the 66th UN resolution and added: I emphasize that impunity for the clerical regime leaders must end and they must be prosecuted. Those responsible for the majority of the crimes to which the resolution has referred are the very people who have been continuously perpetrating crime against humanity for the past four decades, in particular the 1988 massacre of political prisoners. She said: this resolution reaffirms the indisputable imperative that impunity for the criminal leaders of this medieval regime should end and all of them must face justice for 40 years of crime against humanity.
The UNGA Third Committee expressed serious concern “at the alarmingly high frequency of the imposition and carrying-out of the death penalty” in Iran, and voiced alarm at the “widespread and systematic” use of arbitrary arrests and detentions, prison conditions and discrimination against women.
Article 17 of the resolution strongly urged the Iranian regime “to eliminate, in law and in practice, all forms of discrimination and other human rights violations against women and girls, to take measures to ensure protection for women and girls against violence and their equal protection and access to justice, to address the concerning incidence of child, early and forced marriage, as recommended by the Committee on the Rights of the Child, to promote, support and enable women’s participation in political and other decision-making processes, and, while recognizing the high enrolment of women in all levels of education in the Islamic Republic of Iran, to lift restrictions on women’s equal access to all aspects of education and women’s equal participation in the labour market and in all aspects of economic, cultural, social and political life, including participation in and attendance at sporting events.”
In Article 18, the resolution calls upon the Iranian regime “to release women human rights defenders imprisoned for exercising their rights, including the right to freedom of association and peaceful assembly and the right to freedom of expression and opinion, and to take appropriate, robust and practical steps to protect women human rights defenders and guarantee their full enjoyment of all their human rights.”

Iranian Sharia courts have sentenced three Baha’i women to long prison term sentences during the past days for their faith.
Yalda Firouzian who resides in Semnan Province, has been sentenced to six years in prison. She was also deprived of staying in Semnan for two additional years. Yalda Firouzian who has been imprisoned since April 2019, was charged with “membership in outlaw groups acting against national security” and “acting against national security through organized activities and propaganda.”
An appeal sharia court in Iran’s southern Kerman Province sentenced other members of the Baha’i faith to a total of 12 years behind bars on Saturday, November 9, 2019. Kiana Rezvani and Kimia Mostafavi residing in Kerman were sentenced to six years in prison each.
Kiana Rezvani had previously been deprived of admission to university in 2016 due to her Baha’i faith despite passing the entrance test.
Also on November 9, another Baha’i woman, Samin Maqsoudi was taken to Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison to begin serving a five-year-sentence. The Revolutionary Court of Tehran had sentenced the Baha’i woman to five years in prison for her belief in the Baha’i faith, on September 22, 2019.
In another case in July 2019, that highlights the persecution of Baha’is on religious grounds, the Revolutionary Court of Birjand sentenced nine Baha’i citizens, including four Baha’i women, to 54 years in prison. The sentenced women were Maryam Mokhtari, Ra’fat Talebi Fard, Shaida Abedi, and Simin Mohammadi. They have each been sentenced to 6 years’ imprisonment.

Amnesty International issued an urgent action on November 13, 2019, calling for the release of imprisoned Kurdish activist Zahra Mohammadi.
AI wrote in its statement: “Zahra Mohammadi, a Kurdish civil society activist, has been accused of co-operating with Kurdish opposition groups and charged with national security offences for her peaceful activities empowering members of Iran’s marginalized Kurdish community, including through teaching the Kurdish language. On 18 September 2019, without prior notice to her lawyers or family, Zahra Mohammadi was transferred to Branch One of the Revolutionary Court of Sanandaj for a hearing which was subsequently postponed.”
Amnesty International stressed that “Zahra Mohammadi is in poor health. She currently has a stomach-related illness. She also has a pre-existing digestive condition that requires medication, which she has been unable to take in prison.”
Amnesty International urged Iranian authorities to “release Zahra Mohammadi immediately and unconditionally as she is a prisoner of conscience detained solely for her peaceful civil society activism. Pending her release, please ensure that she is protected from torture and other ill-treatment and  can  receive  regular  visits  from  her  lawyer  and  family,  as  well  as  adequate  medical  care, including any specialized treatment she may need.”
Zahra Mohammadi, 29, was a member of Nojin Social and Cultural Association in Sanandaj which is active in protection of the environment in Kurdistan. Zahra holds an M.S. degree in geopolitics from the University of Birjand, capital of south Khorasan Province. She had been teaching Kurdish language in Sanandaj and its surrounding villages for ten years.
AI calls for release of Kurdish civil activist Zahra Mohammadi
She was arrested on May 23, 2019, when agents of the Intelligence Department of Sanandaj raided her residence.
On May 30, the family of Zahra Mohammadi was able to visit her after eight days when she was under intense interrogation to make forced confessions against herself.
She has been held in detention for five months and remains in jail despite her family’s depositing of 700 million tomans ($166K) of bail bond for her temporary release.
On September 18, 2019, Ms. Mohammadi was secretly taken for trial without informing her lawyer or family. Upon finding out, her family and lawyer objected this trial and the trial was eventually postponed to September 25.

Sunday, November 10, 2019


Former political prisoner Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee was once again arrested on Saturday, November 9. She was arrested at home by 10 male security forces and taken to an undisclosed location. The security forces did not show their warrant for her arrest. On June 18, of this year, the Revolutionary Court of Tehran examined a new case filed against Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee and Atena Daemi for their protest while in detention to the executions of three Kurdish dissidents. The court sentenced them to 1.5 year imprisonment for “propaganda against the state” and to 2 years and one-month imprisonment for “insulting the leader (i.e. Ali Khamenei).” Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee was arrested by the Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Intelligence on September 6, 2014, along with her husband and two other activists for an unpublished article. Political prisoner Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee was finally released from Evin Prison on April 8, 2019, after serving half of her sentence. Just before she was re-arrested on Sat., she was collecting signatures to help her imprisoned husband Arash Sadeghi who is in critical condition due to refusal of medical care by the prison authorities.

Once again, political prisoner Fatemeh Mossanna was deprived of visiting her husband, Hassan Sadeqi, imprisoned on political grounds, in Gohardasht Prison in Karaj. On Sunday, November 3, Amin Vaziri, deputy prosecutor observing political prisoners, ordered cancellation of a visit between political prisoners Fatemeh Mossanna and her husband, because he did not agree to wear the prison garb, handcuffs and shackles during the transfer. Fatemeh has met her husband only three times since February 2019. The imprisoned couple were supposed to see each other in October, but their visit was cancelled for the same reason.
Fatemeh Mossanna was imprisoned for two years in 1981 at the age of 13, and her three brothers were executed by the clerical regime in the 1980s.
Fatemeh Mossanna and her husband, Hassan Sadeqi, were arrested on April 9, 2014, during the funeral ceremony of Mr. Sadeqi’s father who was a member of the opposition People’s Mojahedin of Iran (PMOI/MEK). She has been imprisoned in the Women’s Ward of Evin since.

The imprisoned student activist Leila Hosseinzadeh who is serving her 30 month prison sentence in the women's ward of Evin prison, was not allowed to receive medical care. On October 21, she was sent to Taleghani Hospital with a three-day delay to receive treatment for a broken finger. There, she was operated on and doctors inserted a pin to fix her finger which needed to be removed after a few weeks. After two weeks, prison officials are refusing her the opportunity to go to hospital to have the pin removed. Leila Hosseinzadeh was the secretary of the students’ Central Council at Tehran University. She was arrested during the December 2017-January 2018 uprising and protests and subsequently sentenced to six years in prison and a two-year ban on leaving the country. The Revision Court, however, commuted her sentence to 30 months on June 24.

Hadiss Sabouri, 40 and mother of a 17-year-old son, reported in to the 2nd interrogations branch of the Prosecutor’s Office of Evin Prison on Saturday, November 2, upon receiving a warrant last week. There, she was informed of her charges including “assembly and collusion against national security” and “dissemination of false information,” and subsequently apprehended and taken to the Women’s ward of Evin Prison. Haddis Sabouri had been arrested in August 2018 during the protests against high prices in Tehran. She was detained in Qarchak Prison of Varamin but later released on bail.
Ms. Sabouri was subsequently tried where she received a two-year suspended prison sentence by the Revolutionary Court of Tehran.
civil activist Zahra Mohammadi has been held in detention for five months despite her family’s depositing of 700 million tomans of bail bond for her temporary release. The Interrogations Court of Sanandaj, however, prevents acceptance of the bail amount.
Zahra Mohammadi has been in detention since May 23, 2019. She has been under tremendous pressure during her interrogations to make forced confessions. On September 18, 2019, Ms. Mohammadi was secretly taken for trial without informing her lawyer or family. Upon finding out, her family and lawyer objected this trial and the trial was eventually postponed to September 25.
Mohammadi, 28, is a member of Nojin Cultural Association which is active in protection of the environment in Kurdistan. She holds an M.S. degree in geopolitics from the University of Birjand, capital of south Khorasan Province in Iran.
The clerical regime continues to pressure civil and human rights activists in a bid to contain growing protests by a disgruntled populace who are fed with poverty and hunger.

A deadly 5.9 magnitude earthquake hit northwestern Iran on Friday morning, November 8. At least four women and a 10 year old girl were among those killed in the earthquake. Hundreds more have been injured. The number of fatalities has grown to 8.
The four women and girl children were: Zahra Abedi, 10, and Reyhaneh Ghorbani, 13 (pictured above); Goli Jalili, 47, and Khatoun Rezazadeh, 78.
The tremor struck at around 2:00am local time in Iran’s East Azerbaijan Province and there have been at least 152 aftershocks until evening. A magnitude 5 earthquake can cause considerable damage.
The governor of East Azerbaijan Province said on the state TV, “Six cities and 140 villages in our province have been affected… According to the latest data, 1500 housing units have been destroyed in this earthquake.” (The official IRNA news agency – November 8, 2019)
One of the villagers told the state-run ISNA news agency that the sick and wounded are still left unattended. The villager who lost his wife and niece in this earthquake, said his niece, 12, died on the way to hospital. “If there were a hospital, no one would have died.” (The state-run ISNA news agency – November 8, 2019)
Four women and girl children die in deadly earthquake in northwestern Iran
1500 housing units were destroyed in East Azerbaijan.
In 2003, a 6.6 magnitude earthquake destroyed the historic city of Bam, killing 26,000 people. In 2017, an earthquake of 7.3 magnitude hit vast parts of Kermanshah Province in western Iran, leaving at least 620 dead and 9,338 people wounded. Two years after this earthquake, the residents of these areas still live in horrific conditions.
In spring 2019, devastating flashfloods hit at least 25 provinces all across Iran, leaving behind horrendous human and material damages.
The Iranian regime has left the people of Iran defenseless in the face of natural disasters, by plundering Iran’s wealth or wasting it on warmongering and anti-patriotic nuclear and missile projects.