Sunday, July 16, 2017

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Maryam Mirzakhani, an Iranian genius in mathematics and the first woman to win the Fields Medal in math, died of breast cancer on Sat. July 15, in a hospital in the United States.
She had been battling with cancer for four years, the news of which spread only a few days ago. The Women’s Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran extends its condolences to her family, to the women and people of Iran, the scientific community and the women of the world.
Maryam Mirzakhani was born in 1977 in Tehran, Iran. She went to Farzanegan (Exceptional Talents) high school in Tehran.
In 1994, she won a gold medal in the International Mathematical Olympiad, the first female Iranian student to do so. In the 1995 International Mathematical Olympiad, she became the first Iranian student to achieve a perfect score and to win two gold medals.
She obtained her Bachelor of Science in mathematics in 1999 from Sharif University of Technology in Tehran. Later she earned her PhD from Harvard University  in 2004, where she worked under the supervision of the Fields Medalist Curtis McMullen.
At Harvard University, she tackled a problem that had stymied many mathematicians: calculating the volumes of moduli spaces of curves-geometric objects whose points each represent a different hyperbolic surface.
The Popular Science journal picked Maryam Mirzakhani among the annual Brilliant Ten in 2005.
She was also a 2004 research fellow of the Clay Mathematics Institute and a professor at Princeton University.
Mirzakhani has made several contributions to the theory of moduli spaces of Riemann surfaces. Her subsequent work focused on Teichmüller dynamics of moduli space. In particular, she was able to prove the long-standing conjecture that William Thurston's earthquake flow on Teichmüller space is ergodic.
Mirzakhani was awarded the Fields Medal in 2014 for "her outstanding contributions to the dynamics and geometry of Riemann surfaces and their moduli spaces". The award was made in Seoul at the International Congress of Mathematicians on 13 August.
She was married to Jan Vondrák, a Czech theoretical computer scientist and applied mathematician who is an associate professor at Stanford University. Her daughter, Anahita, is six years old.

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The younger brother of Iranian regime's President Hassan Rouhani, Hossein Fereydoun, has been arrested on financial crime charges, the judiciary said on Sunday. "Multiple investigations have been conducted regarding this person, also other people have been investigated, some of whom are in jail," deputy judiciary chief Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejeie said in a televised press conference. News of his arrest comes a year after the head of the General Inspection Organisation, Naser Seraj, accused him of financial violations.
The wide spread financial crimes of the Iranian regime's parliamentarians and their family members have been circulating for a long time.

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A seven-year-old girl became victim of sexual violence and murder in Parsabad- Iran. It had been reported on June 19, that Atena Aslani was missing. On the day of the incident, Atena left her father's site who is a street vendor as he was talking to a customer, and never returned. Atena's life-less body was found on Monday afternoon, July 10, in a parking lot inside a plastic barrel. She had been raped before being murdered. The state media identified the suspect as Ismail, a local businessman selling paint. The findings met with people’s outrage who took to the streets to express their abhorrence. Atena was buried on Wednesday, July 12, in the presence of the people of Parsabad. Parsabad is a city in Ardabil Province, in northwestern Iran.

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The state-run media in Iran published a document signed by the Iranian regime’s Vice President Is’haq Jahangiri, according to which all government decisions regarding the implementation of the UN Education 2030 document have to be annulled.
The Education 2030 document (SDG4) turned into a high profile issue of controversy between rival factions during the presidential election campaign in May. The regime's supreme leader Ali Khamenei ultimately weighed in to have the document removed from the government’s agenda and revoke the regime’s commitments made to it, albeit with reservations.
Khamenei said, “The UNESCO 2030 education agenda and the like are not agendas that the Islamic Republic of Iran should have to surrender and submit to.” (Khamenei.ir website – May 7, 2017)


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Ambassadors' Visit to Notorious Evin Prison, Criticized by 3 Female Prisoners.
Atenal Daemi and Golrokh Iraei held in Evin prison's women ward say that the inmates were unaware of the visit and did not meet with the ambassadors. The two civil rights activists have written a letter in this regard, asking foreign countries’ ambassadors to Iran to visit Iranian regime’s prisons without prior planning. The two inmates have also asked Asma Jahangir, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human right in Iran, to visit Iranian regime’s prisons and talk to inmates.
Earlier Maryam Akbari Monfared wrote an open letter critizing the Ambassador's visit to Evin prison.
The Ambassadors of nearly 50 foreign countries visited Evin prison on July 5, an event widely reflected by state media. Judiciary’s human rights department claimed that the ambassadors were surprised by prison’s nice situation. Comments published in regime’s media as being made by ambassadors of Indonesia, South Korea, and Portugal in this regard have been faced with wide protests.

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According to state-run Iran newspaper July 11, A young woman in a Shahrood village was splashed with acid after midnight by two masked men. After 20 days, she died in hospital on July 8.
Mohaddesseh, 32, lived in Posht-Bassam village near Shahrood, northeast Iran. Her father said “On the night of this incident, everyone was asleep. Suddenly, we heard my daughter who was screaming, ‘I’m burning, I’m burning.’ We quickly got up and found out that two men who had covered their faces with black fabric were running away.” Mohaddeseh died due to severe burns caused by acid and infection.

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A dozen of Bahaii women have been arrested and transferred to prison over the past week in Iran. They were either summoned by the judiciary in Gorgan or attacked and arrested by security forces. Shiva Rouhani was taken to Gorgan’s Amirabad Prison to serve her 18 months’ prison sentence. Roufia Pakzadan, Parivash Shojaii, Mojdeh Zohouri, Farahnaz Tebyanian, and Maryam Yazdeli were arrested by security forces at home. Shiva Ghoddusi, Pooneh Sanaii, Parisa Shahidi, Nazi Tahghighi, Mitra Nouri, Hana Aghighiyan, and Soudabeh Mehdinejad were summoned to the Department of Intelligence and transferred to prison.

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According to state-run Alef website July 12, Alam-ol Hoda, Khamenei's representative in Mashhad- Iran said, “One of the problems our society has to deal with today, is women’s excessive involvement in economic matters and in their husbands’ economic activities which is not appreciated in Islam because external (outside the house) and economic issues must not be relayed to women whatsoever.” Alam-ol Hoda stressed: “The issue of Hijab (veiling of women) protects our religious community’s identity and dignity. It is compulsory for us and if it is eliminated, the dignity of our religious community will suffer a blow. The identity of our society is Hijab and your mission is to protect and preserve it.”


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The State-run Rokna news website reported on July 9 that Shirin Samadi, a TV presenter, has been banned from appearing on TV because she performed in a play. On her personal Instagram page on July 9, she wrote, “I have been banned from appearing on TV for performing in a play called, "The wet sleep of the fish." Shirin Samadi had hosted many TV shows, including "Good Morning, Iran", "the Face of the Family", "Dandelion" and "Always Home".

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According to state-run Mehr news agency July 8, the SSF commander of Robat Karim announced that a traditional restaurant in this region has been sealed up for holding dance parties. Faramarz Abdullah Zadeh Pashaki said, “The SSF took firm action and arrested five people in this regard. The administrators of this unit had invited young women and girls, as individuals or in groups, to dance parties.”

Sunday, July 09, 2017

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Jailed British-Iranian national Nazanin Zaghari Ratcliffe, is in a poor state of mental health in Evin Prison. Her husband Richard Ratcliffe says that despite improvement of her physical conditions, his wife is mentally unstable and depressed. He said his wife has requested to see a psychiatrist in prison.
Nazanin was arrested along with her toddler daughter in March 2016 by the Revolutionary Guards Corps as she was about to depart Iran after visiting her family. She was then sentenced to five years of prison.


A women and her husband were hanged in the Central Prison of
Rasht on Saturday, July 1. She was identified as Zeinab Sa’adanlou. They had been transferred to solitary confinement since Thursday, June 29, 2017. Zeinab is the 78th woman to be executed under Rouhani's presidency. The Iranian regime is on another killing spree. On July 8 4 prisoners were hanged in Orumieh central prison, on Friday 2 people were hanged in Maragheh prison, on Wed at least 7 people were executed in Gohardasht Karaj, on Tues a man in Ghaemshahr prison was hanged and  two other prisoners were hanged in Urumieh central prison and close to a Gym in public in Torbat Haidarieh. Experts believe that executions are a tool for the Iranian regime to create fear in society.

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According to state-run Tasnim news agency July 3, President of Iran’s Bodybuilding Federation said: Female bodybuilders are not entitled to participate in any competitions. Referring to a report about the participation of a women’s power-lifting team, coached by Shirin No-Bahari, in the international competitions in Georgia, Nasser Pour Alifar said: “We have never sent any female teams (for competitions) and we are not planning to do so in the Body Building Federation. We have repeatedly announced that women’s training in this federation is only educational.” “This is not the first time that I am reiterating that Iran’s Body Building Federation does not have any competitions for women, and women are not allowed to take part in any,” he added.

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Khamenei’s representative in Mashhad Northeast Iran, Alamol Hoda, said women’s failure to observe the hijab has led to the economic crises in the country. In a video clip distributed on the internet on July 7, Alam-ol Hoda says, “Our economy has been hurt by women and girls who wear leggings!... Careless women who do not fear (the law) and drop their veils, these fearless women have created problems for our economy!” In another news Mehdi Kahe کاهه the General and Revolutionary Prosecutor of Qom close to Iranian Capital Tehran, announced on July 7, that the plan to oversee “chastity and hijab (veil)” would be stepped up with the help of the Bassij and the State Security Force in Qom.

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A teenage girl was shot dead by her brother for resisting against forced marriage. The victim has been identified as Narges Ali Shojaei, 17, from one of the villages of Behbahan (a town in southwestern Iran). Narges had initially committed suicide in the wake of her family’s pressure to force her into marriage with her cousin. Only hours after being rescued from suicide, she was shot three times by her brother. Narges’s funeral was held on July 4 at her residence.

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The mother of political prisoner Golrokh Iraee has been threatened with arrest by the Revolutionary Guards Corps’ (IRGC) intelligence agents. In a telephone call to Mrs. Tahereh Iraee, the IRGC officers threatened that she will be arrested if she has any interviews with the media about her daughter’s condition. Mrs. Iraee was interviewed by the media about the pressures in Evin Prison on her daughter and son-in-law, Arash Sadeghi. On October 24, 2016, security forces stormed Golrokh Iraee’s residence, broke into her house and took her away to serve her six-year prison term.

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According to state-run ISNA news agency July 7, the head of the Union of Photographers and Cameramen said that the authorized units that work under the supervision of this union are not allowed to send men to weddings to take photographs. “According to the existing laws, wedding photographers necessarily have to be women. All authorized units also follow this rule,” Manouchehr Bastani Moghari said. “Even to show her sample work, the photographers must show them only to the bride and to ladies,” he added.

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The official IRNA news agency reported on July 5 that Sadegh Sa’adatiyan, Director General of the Registration of Documents and Properties Organization, said, “The divorce rate in the province has increased 6 percent over the past Iranian year and reached 36,700.” Previously, the state-run Qods website had reported on May 28, 2016 that one-fourth of marriages in Iran end up in divorce. In another words, one couple got separated every 3 minutes and 45 seconds.

Sunday, July 02, 2017

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Hundreds of distinguished political personalities and lawmakers from the United States, Canada, Europe, and the Middle East, joined the annual Free Iran gathering in Paris on Saturday July 1, 2017. This gathering which was organized by Iranian communities outside Iran, came as the Tehran regime is engulfed in domestic and international crises, and as the activities of the organized opposition have expanded in Iran and abroad. This gathering was especially important as in the past months, Iran has become a source of escalating tension with the United States and the countries of the Middle East region. In the Free Iran rally, in addition to tens of thousands of Iranians from across the world, hundreds of politicians and parliamentarians from dozens of countries representing a wide range of
political perspectives participated and many delivered speeches. Honorable John Baird Canada's former foreign minister headed the Canadian delegation in the gathering. Baird said: “The people of Iran demand and deserve better than the religious fascism ruling Iran...The money spent by the regime on nuclear weapons and terrorism is being stolen from the Iranian people... The policies of appeasement let the people of Iran down.” This was Baird's second time joining the Iranian's rally. Canada severed ties with the Iranian regime and closed its embassy in Iran and expelled Iranian regime's diplomats from Canada in 2012. Canada considers Iranian regime as the State Sponsored Terrorism.
Maryam Rajavi the president elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran as the key note speaker said: "Regime change in Iran is necessary and within reach". The IRGC -Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-must be placed on the blacklist, the mullahs must be isolated by the international community, Iran’s seats must be handed over to the Iranian Resistance. She added: “The only solution to free the people of Iran and establish peace and tranquility in the region, is the overthrow of the Iranian regime". A wide range of news agencies around the world covered the Free Iran gathering in Paris either live or as reportage.

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According to State-run Aftab News website June 26, Alam-ol-Hoda Khamenei's representative in Mashhad-Iran said: Those who are indifferent to improper veiling and non-veiling in society, both ordinary people and officials, are actually indifferent to insults to the Prophet.
He added: “One should not expect that only the State Security Force deal with the issue of improper veiling… All the people, clerics and officials are responsible in combating improper veiling.”


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Different groups of protesters including large numbers of women staged protest rallies in different cities, including Mashhad, Zahedan, Sorkhrood (in Mazandaran Province), Rasht, Ahwaz and Nahavand on Thursday, June 29 in Iran.
The protesters’ deposits have been plundered by credit institutes such as Caspian. They demanded their deposits back. In Mashhad, women protesters sat in Sajjad Street and blocked the way. They chanted, “Iran has become the house of thieves.”

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The State-run Aftab News reported on June 30 that the sixth branch of Tehran's Penal Court sentenced a woman and her husband to death. They are charged with promoting superstition. The identities of the couple have not been disclosed.




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Ismael Akbari, a director of the Justice Department of Fars Province Southwest Iran, announced that the women who get arrested on the charge of improper veiling will have to attend an eight-hour mandatory educational class. Earlier, the Prosecutor of Mazandaran Province had declared that the Judiciary files cases against women who drop their veils in their vehicles, and they will have to stand trial by the Judiciary.

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The US State Department on Tuesday, June 27, released its report on Human Trafficking. According to this report, "Some Iranian women, who seek employment to support their families in Iran, are vulnerable to sex trafficking. Iranian girls between the ages of 13 and 17 are targeted by traffickers for sale abroad." The annual TiP report ranks countries in a three-tier system on their effectiveness in tackling human trafficking and other forms of slavery. It placed Iran on its global list of worst offenders in human trafficking and forced labor. The report said the Government of Iran "does not fully meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking and is not making significant efforts to do so; therefore, Iran remained on Tier 3." TIP report added, "Public information from NGOs, the media, and international organizations indicate the government did not take significant steps to address its extensive trafficking problem. Trafficking victims remained highly vulnerable to punishment, including death, for unlawful acts committed as a direct result of being subjected to trafficking. Allegations continued that Iranian officials coerced Afghan men into combat roles in Syria, and the Iranian government provided financial support to militias fighting in Iraq that recruited and used child soldiers."
The report highlights Iranian officials' involvement in human trafficking. "The government did not report anti-trafficking law enforcement efforts and officials continued to be complicit in trafficking crimes."
On the women who are victims of human trafficking in Iran, the TIP wrote, "Some Iranian women, who seek employment to support their families in Iran, are vulnerable to sex trafficking. Iranian girls between the ages of 13 and 17 are targeted by traffickers for sale abroad; younger girls may be forced into domestic service until their traffickers consider them old enough to be subjected to child sex trafficking. In 2016, there was a reported increase in young Iranian women in prostitution in Dubai; some of these women may be trafficking victims. From 2009-2015, the transport of girls from and through Iran en route to other Persian Gulf states for sexual exploitation reportedly increased. Iranian girls were subjected to sex trafficking in brothels in the IKR, especially Sulaimaniya; in some cases this exploitation was facilitated by Iranian trafficking networks. In 2015, the media reported Kurdistan Regional Government officials were among the clients of these brothels. In Tehran, Tabriz, and Astara, the number of teenage girls exploited in sex trafficking reportedly continues to increase. “Temporary” or “short-term” marriages lasting from one hour to one week—for the purpose of commercial sexual exploitation—are reportedly increasing in Iran. Trafficking rings reportedly use Shiraz, Iran, as a transit point to bring ethnic Azeri girls from Azerbaijan to the UAE for commercial sexual exploitation. Street children in Iran are highly vulnerable to trafficking. Organized criminal groups kidnap or purchase and force Iranian and migrant children, especially Afghan refugee children, to work as beggars and street vendors in cities, including Tehran. These children, who may be as young as three years old, are coerced through physical and sexual abuse and drug addiction."

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According to state-run ILNA news agency June 27, a number of women working at the Behesht Zahra mortuary in Tehran objected to the Tehran Criminal Court's verdict. The court had convicted a young woman in April for a relationship with a strange man to 74 lashes and to work for two years in a mortuary. “Our job is an honorable job and a symbol of serving people; such approaches discredit us and our job… We endure eight hours of hard work and numerous problems at work, as well as various pains and injuries, but such approaches are intolerable,” the Iranian women workers said.

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Iran Judiciary's State-run Mizan website reported on June 27, that the Public and Revolutionary Prosecutor of Mazandaran’s capital announced the Judiciary will tackle, seriously and legally, the problem of women dropping their veils. Jaafari said, “In light of the arrival of the hot season, seasonal holidays, and rise in the number of people travelling and going to beaches, legal cases will be filed for people who attempt to remove their veils.” “Any personal or public vehicle, motorcycle, motor boat, jet ski and other motor vehicles that are used by unveiled women will be also impounded.”

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The State Security Force (SSF) is going to launch a plan in Karaj-Chaloos Road  central Iran to clampdown on women under the pretext of improper veiling.
Bakhsh-Ali Kamrani, commander of SSF in Alborz Province said, “The plan aims to reduce the social harms and instances of improper veiling currently observed in this road.” Earlier in May, it was announced that “the Interior Ministry’s central headquarters in charge of protecting public security and citizens’ rights” will start inspecting government institutions and departments in late June 2017 to oversee the staff’s observation of "veil and chastity."

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With more than one million widowed women, Iran presently ranks first among 40 countries with regards to the number of widows.
This figure was announced by Roozbeh Kordoni, director general of the office of social harms in the Ministry of Welfare. He added, “The reality is that widows face numerous challenges in different societies. Poverty is one of the most significant issues that affects the lives of these women and consequently afflicts them with other forms of violence… There are many cases where men look at widows in immoral ways. Unfortunately, such approaches concern them a lot… so much that in Iranian society widows often have to conceal the fact that they are widows.”

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The State-run Rokna website reported on June 24, that a 12-year-old girl has committed a fatal suicide by taking pills after she was raped by a 30-year-old man. The incident took place in Gorgan of Golestan province, northern Iran. The names of the child and the assailant have not been announced.





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According to Mashreq News website June 25, Aria Hejazi, Director General of Khorasan Razavi’s Coroner’s Office, Northeast of Iran announced that in the period spanning from March 2016 to March 2017 (Iranian year 1395), some 7,385 cases of abuse of spouses have been registered by the Coroner’s Office, where 6,923 of which were women. The figure shows an increase of 821 cases compared to last year.


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Simone Veil, French politician and Holocaust survivor, who secured the legalization of abortion in France in the 1970's, died at her home in Paris on Friday, her family said. She was 89 years old.
A Jewish survivor of a Nazi death camp at Ravensbruck with the prisoner number 78651 tattooed on her arm, she was a fervent European and fighter for civil liberties, becoming the first directly elected president of the European parliament in 1979.
She commanded wide respect across the political spectrum and remained among the most popular politicians in opinion polls.
She was health minister in 1974 under then President Valery Giscard d'Estaing.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

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According to State-run news agency IRNA, the commander of SSF (State Security Forces) Moral Security Police said, the SSF forces may enter private beaches along the Caspian Sea and other Iranian beaches for inspection. Gholam-haydar Heydari on Tuesday night June 20th told the staff in charge of planning for the Mazandaran Sea in Sari, “Private beaches that host the public and travelers are not considered private and the SSF forces face no legal restrictions entering them, just as they do in other places.” Heydari added, “The SSF will demand beach managers this summer to observe the new directive according to the law.”

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During the first quarter of the Iranian calendar year 1396 (from March 21 – June 21, 2017), 13 Kurdish women and girls have committed suicide and died.
There have been eight cases of suicide by hanging, four self-immolation and one drowning. These women were from Marivan, Mahabad, Divandareh, Saqqez, Orumieya and Takab.



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State run ILNA reported on June 20th that Assal Ismaielzadeh, a photojournalist, was arrested on June 19, at Tehran’s Prosecutor’s Office while accompanying her husband Saeed Seif Journalist and meida activist and director of Dideban Iran website.
Seif told the press, “Despite the fact that I was the one charged in a case, when my wife and I went to the prosecutor’s office, the judge ordered the arrest of my wife, Assal Ismaielzadeh.” “I still don’t know why my wife was arrested,” he added.


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According to state-run IRNA news agency Mostafa Haghi, Gorgan's public and Revolutionary prosecutor said on June 20th: "It is essential to take legal action against and confront improperly veiled women who break the social norms and the Prosecutor’s Office will do so with strength and might".
“Some female drivers and passengers think that inside their cars is like their home and is considered private and they take off their scarves, but according to the law this is a transgression and they will be dealt with without any mercy”, The cars where women drop their scarves will be identified and impounded in coordination with the State Security Force,” Gorgan’s prosecutor said.


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A young woman in Semnan- Iran was victim of an acid attack. The cause and motif of this action have not been clarified, yet. According to state-run ILNA news agnecy June 20th the suspect is a 27- year-old man, and related to the woman.





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The longest-serving Iranian-Kurdish woman imprisoned in Orumiyeh Prison is on the verge of execution after 17 years of imprisonment. Mohebat Mahmoudi who was imprisoned for defending herself against rape, is now facing death by execution because her family can not afford to pay 1 billion toumans (over $308,000) as blood money to the victim’s brother.


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Three Baha'i women were put on trial on Saturday morning, June 17, in the 3rd Branch of the Revolutionary Court of Mashhad in Iran. Dori Amri, May Kholosi and Saghi Fadaie are charged with spreading propaganda against the government by preaching Baha’ism and being members of a Baha’i organization.



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According to State-run ILNA news agency June 16, 169,000 children are deprived of education in the southeastern province of Sistan and Baluchistan in Iran. Alireza Nakhaii, general director of the Education Department in the southeastern province of Sistan and Baluchistan, announced on Friday, June 16, that 169,000 children had been identified in the province who “need to receive education.” According to the reports of the Research Center of Parliament (Majlis), 3,200,000 children are deprived of education in Iran. Girls make up the lion’s share of those deprived of education.
In addition to Sistan and Baluchistan, there are at least 100,000 children in Khuzistan Province (southwestern Iran) and 15,000 children in Hormuzgan Province (southern Iran) who are deprived of access to education.