Sunday, June 16, 2024

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A 69 year old political prisoner, Nejat Anvar Hamidi has been denied medical treatment on the orders of the authorities at Sepidar prison in Ahvaz-Iran. She was imprisoned for 28 months during the 1980s for supporting the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), the main Iranian opposition force. She and her husband and daughter were arrested for the second time in 2017. Nejat was interrogated and sentenced to five years for “membership in dissident groups on the internet” and “propaganda against the state.” In March 2019, she was called to serve her jail time in the Sepidar Prison of Ahvaz among ordinary prisoners violating the principle of separation of crimes. Mrs. Anvar Hamidi was later informed that she and her husband, Akbar Mohammadi, had been sentenced to another 15 years in prison for “membership in the PMOI/MEK” and “propaganda against the state” by the 4th Branch of the Justice Department of Ahvaz, while no new charges had been leveled against them. https://tinyurl.com/4t2nuxnj

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Iranian Cartoonist Atena Farghdani, was sentenced to 6 year imprisonment by the 26th branch of the Tehran Revolutionary Court, 5 years in prison for “insulting the sanctities” and to 1 year in prison for “propaganda against the state.” Atena Farghadani was violently arrested on April 13, 2024, by security forces while putting up one of her caricatures on a wall in Pastor Street where the presidential palace is located. A week after the arrest of the Iranian cartoonist and former political prisoner, Atena Farghadani, her lawyer said she was tortured in a safe house run by the regime’s security police. https://tinyurl.com/294myf6e

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On Wednesday, June 5, Hamideh Zeraii 37 years old and master’s student in the Research Sciences branch at Tehran Azad University was arrested after visiting the 13th branch of the Rasht Revolutionary Court in northern Iran. She was swiftly transferred to Lakan Prison in Rasht. Recently, Hamideh Zeraii was summoned to the same court to provide explanations. However, her appearance led to her immediate arrest and subsequent transfer back to Lakan prison. https://tinyurl.com/54znns3a


Sunday, June 09, 2024

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Two Kurdish women, Zahra Nabizadeh and Hatav Akrami, have been detained by security forces in Iran.  On Tuesday, May 28, 2024, Nabizadeh was taken into custody. Zahra Nabizadeh had been previously arrested by government forces during nationwide protests on December 25, 2022, while she was six-months pregnant. She lost her unborn baby under torture. Hatav Akrami, a Kurdish citizen residing in Bukan, was arrested by the security forces. The arrest occurred with intimidation and violence, and she was subsequently transferred to an undisclosed location. Hatav Akrami is the cousin of Mehran Akrami, another detainee from the 2022 nationwide protests who tragically died under torture. On the evening of Thursday, May 30, nearly 20 members of the IRGC’s intelligence forces stormed Hatav Akrami’s parents’ house in the village of “Ingijeh” in Bukan. She is a 42-year-old manager of a sewing workshop in Bukan city.  https://tinyurl.com/9zy4cvkh

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Iranian Political prisoner Elaheh Fouladi is suffering from heart complications and a high heart rate. The prison conditions have aggravated her illness, making it physically unbearable for her to remain incarcerated. Despite her acute physical condition, the prison authorities and judiciary have kept her in prison. Elaheh, born in 1978 in Khalkhal, Ardabil Province, is married with two children. She was an under graduate university student when she was arrested at the airport on January 23, 2020, along with her husband, Mr. Sattar Babaei, and taken to Evin Prison. After the interrogation period ended in July 2020, Elaheh Fouladi was released on bail. However, the Revolutionary Court of Tehran later sentenced her to eight years in prison for “propaganda against the state” and “assembly and collusion against national security” due to her association with the Iranian opposition, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK). On December 12, 2023, Elaheh Fouladi was re-arrested and transferred to the women’s ward of Evin Prison to serve her sentence. Her husband, Mr. Sattar Babaei, completed a two-year sentence in Evin Prison from 2020 to 2022 on similar charges of “assembly and collusion with the intention of acting against national security” and “propaganda against the state in favor of the PMOI.” https://tinyurl.com/4fksc5zt

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Political prisoner Maryam Mahmoud Abadi is currently detained in solitary confinement at the IRGC Intelligence detention center of the Sarallah Corps in Kerman, southern Iran. She was arrested during a raid on her family’s residence in Sirjan on May 14, 2024. Her family has been threatened not to disclose her arrest to the public or the media. Maryam Mahmoud Abadi, 25, had previously been arrested in November 2022 during the nationwide uprising for posting a story on Instagram about the death of slain protester Nika Shakarami. She was eventually temporarily released on bail. https://tinyurl.com/32cypjdp


Sunday, June 02, 2024

 IRAN NEWS))))))


On Monday May 27, during Iran Accountability week which is held annually in the Federal Parliament in Ottawa, a conference was held by Judy Sgro, chair of the Standing Committee on International Trade and former Minister of Citizenship and immigration. In this conference Struan Stevenson the  Coordinator of the change campaign for Iran and former Member of European Parliament, and members of Iranian communities participated and spoke. Iran Accountability Week is an annual event in the parliament which checks and discuss Iranian regime's violations of human rights, and it's regional destructive activities. After the closure of the Iranian regime's embassy in Ottawa in 2012, June 5 was recognized by the Parliament as a day of Solidarity with the Iran's victims of 1988 Massacre and Sept 1, solidarity with the Iranian political prisoners. On Monday and Tuesday May 27 an 28, the Iranian Canadians under rainy days, held a gathering calling on the Liberal Government to uphold the Parliament's decision to black List the IRGC, the Iranian regime's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corp.

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The Revision Court of Gilan in Iran, upheld the sentences of more than 60 years of imprisonment for eleven women’s rights activists in this province. The verdict issued by Branch 11 of the Revision Court of Gilan Province, was communicated to the activists on Tuesday, May 28, 2024. Zohreh Dadras was sentenced to 9 years and 6 months in prison on charges of “forming a group with the aim of disrupting the country’s security” and “assembly and collusion with the aim of disrupting national security.” Eight others, Forough Sami Nia, Sara Jahani, Yasamin Hashdari, Shiva Shah Siah, Negin Rezaei, Azadeh Chavoshian, Zahra Dadras, and Matin Yazdani, were each sentenced to six years, one month, and seventeen days in prison. Jelveh Javaheri and Houman Taheri were each sentenced to one year of imprisonment. The National Council Resistance of Iran's Women’s Committee strongly condemns the issuance of these criminal sentences by the judiciary of the misogynist clerical regime. Security forces arrested these eleven women’s rights activists in the cities of Rasht, Lahijan, Anzali, and Fooman, on August 16, 2023, on the eve of the anniversary of the 2022 uprising and during a spree of arrests in Gilan province and throughout the country. The detainees were released on bail after spending some time in Lakan Prison of Rasht. https://tinyurl.com/mt43tjj5

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Somayeh Akhtarshomar, an experienced English teacher with a 17 year experience in city-level schools, has been dismissed following a series of contentious allegations. The case has sparked debate and concern within the educational community. According to reports, the Administrative Offenses Committee of the province’s employees accused Somayeh Akhtarshomar of several offenses, including:

- Publishing Offensive Content: Allegedly, she spread offensive material and false news against the clerical regime.

- Membership in Online Teachers’ Union Channels: Akhtarshomar was accused of actively participating in illegal teachers’ union channels in virtual spaces.

- Provocative Content: The teacher allegedly posted provocative content in the union channels of Marivan and Sarv Abad teachers and Iranian educators.

- Designing Exam Questions Related to the 2022 Uprising in Iran: Her involvement in creating exam questions related to the 2022 Uprising in Iran was also cited.

- Supporting Kurdish Opposition Groups: Akhtarshomar faced accusations of supporting Kurdish opposition groups critical of the Iranian regime.

- Posting Pictures Without Hijab: The Marivan Department of Education accused her of sharing pictures of herself without wearing a hijab, which is a violation of the compulsory dress code.

- Pictures of Students Without Hijabs: Akhtarshomar allegedly posted images of her students without hijabs, further contributing to the accusations against her.

- Child Wearing Kurdish Clothes: Additionally, she was charged with posting pictures of her child wearing clothing associated with Kurdish opposition parties. https://tinyurl.com/542rf7un

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Zhina Modarres Gorji, a Kurdish journalist and women’s rights activist from Sanandaj- Iran, has faced significant challenges due to her activism. Gorji who was arrested during the 2022 nationwide protests in Iran, has been sentenced to 21 years in prison. Additionally, she has been exiled to Hamedan Central Prison by the Iranian regime.

The charges against Zhina are serious and include various allegations related to her activism. According to the verdict issued by the 1st branch of the Sanandaj Revolutionary Court, she has been found guilty of the following offenses:

1. Forming an illegal group and aiming to overthrow the regime: This charge carries a 10-year prison sentence.

2. Collaboration with hostile groups and countries: For this offense, she has been sentenced to another 10 years in prison.

3. Propaganda against the regime: She faces an additional 1-year prison term for this charge.

Despite the heavy sentence, Zhina Modarres Gorji’s lawyers have officially registered their objection and sent the case to the provincial appeals court for re-examination. The application of the Consolidation of Sentences Law means that the most severe punishment—10 years of penal servitude with deportation to Hamedan prison—may be implemented. https://tinyurl.com/23vryhz3


Thursday, May 30, 2024

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On Sunday May 20th the helicopter carrying Ibrahim Raisi, president, Hossein AmirAbdollahian Foreign Minister and several other high-ranking officials, crashed and all on board died. Ebrahim Raisi started to work closely with the regime when he was only 20 years old as a prosecutor in different settings after the anti monarchy revolution 1979. He was one of the members in the death commission, sentencing political prisoners during Iran's 1988 massacre of some 30,000 political prisoners in kangaroos courts to death. He is also responsible for executions carried out during his tenure as the regime's head of Judiciary before he was chosen as the president by Khamenei, regime's supreme leader. Raisi's death has brought joy not only to the Iranian people specially those who have lost loved ones by him but the people of Syria and Gaza celebrated his death by offering sweets on the streets. His replacement is said to be next to impossible for Khamenei. For the last three years, both Ebrahim Raisi and Hossein Amir-Abdollahian were advancing the Supreme Leader’s agenda both domestically and internationally. Raisi was the front-runner for the presidency of the Assembly of Experts that resumed on May 21, set to play a crucial role in Khamenei’s succession. With the Raisi's death, his Vice President, Mohammad Mokhber, has come under global spotlight and scrutiny as he will claim the position of the clerical regime’s acting president. Mohammad Mokhber has spent decades working behind the scenes in the regime’s politics, looting resources and serving Ali Khamenei, the regime’s Supreme Leader.

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Susan Hassanzadeh, a Kurdish language teacher from Bukan, Iran, was violently arrested by the regime’s security forces on May 15, in her residence. The intelligence agency personnel raided her home without any warrant or legal documents. Following her apprehension, Susan Hassanzadeh was swiftly moved to an undisclosed location, leaving her fate unknown to her family, friends, and the community. The lack of information regarding her current whereabouts or the specific charges leveled against her has heightened fears for her safety and well-being. https://tinyurl.com/2t939y7f

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2 female prisoners Parvin Moussavi 53 and Fatemeh Abdullahi 27 years old were hanged on Sat May 18 respectively in Urumia prison and central prison of Neishapur in Iran. Parvin was a mother of 2 boys and had cancer. She could not afford treatment in the hospital, so the prison authorities did not send her to the hospital. https://tinyurl.com/3bykpkmk