Sunday, July 15, 2018

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The burnt body of student activist Maryam Faraji who was kidnapped and disappeared since Thursday, July 5, after leaving her residence in Tehran-Iran capital-, was discovered on Sat. July 14. Maryam was arrested on January 2, in Tehran during the nationwide Iran uprising. She was detained for ten days under interrogation in the Intelligence Ministry Ward 209 in Evin Prison. Her initial trial was held on April 8, at the 28th Branch of the Revolutionary Court presided by Ahmadzadeh. The court sentenced her to 3 years in prison and banned her from leaving the country for 2 years. More than 500 young women and girls, including dozens of female students, were arrested during the Iran uprising and imprisoned in various parts of the country on Dec 2017-Jan 2018.

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Roya Saghiri, a student of Tabriz University, has been sentenced to 23 months in jail. She was arrested during the nationwide protests last winter. The Sharia court charged this civil activist with “propaganda against the regime” and “insulting the leader.”
Mehrnaz Haghighi a 49 year old physician from Bandar Abbas has been summoned to court and is going to be tried on July 22. Dr. Haghighi was arrested by agents of the Intelligence Department on February 19, 2017, at her residence. She was detained at Bandar Abbas’s Security Police Station and in Tehran’s Evin Prison for more than three months. She was freed on bail on May 27, 2017. After being cleared of primary charges such as “disseminating lies,” “insulting the leader,” and “acting against national security,” the Prosecutor of Bandar Abbas informed her of two new charges including “membership in (the opposition) PMOI/MEK” and “publicizing against the regime in favor of dissident groups.” Mehrnaz Haghighi has denied being a member of the PMOI. She was arrested during 1980s in her house by the IRGC when she was 12, on the charge of being a PMOI supporter, and was freed after a while because of her young age.
Starting after 2009, she was involved in visiting families of political prisoners and collecting donations for them. The last time she had been arrested was while collecting new year presents for child laborers in Bandar Abbas.

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Women heads of household or bread winners in Iran have become younger. This was disclosed by Zohreh Ashtiani, a women’s rights activist and secretary of the Family Faction of the mullahs’ parliament (Majlis), in an interview with the state-run Shahrvand newspaper on July 10, 2018.
Ashtiani said, “16% of women heads of household in Iran are under 20 years of age.” She stressed that this figure only accounts for those heads of household “who have been identified or have introduced themselves to support centers.”
According to the statistics announced by the Welfare Organization and the Relief Committee, she said, about 3 million and 100 women heads of household in Iran have been identified, from which 500,000 (or 16%) are under 20 years of age.

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Families of the individuals who perished during the tragic bus-truck accident in Sanandaj, western Iran, laid their loved ones to rest at funeral ceremonies on Thursday. Those who survived this incident and the general public of Sanandaj, consider this accident the result of negligence by Iranian regime officials regarding the people’s rightful demands, especially those raised by residents of the city’s Dr. Hossein Fatemi Boulevard. 27 people lost their lives as a resualt of the accident. Iranian opposition President Maryam Rajavi issued a message of condolences to the victims’ families and said: ...Shame on Iran's ruling mullahs who sent anti-riot guards to suppress the people instead of tending to the wounded. Such desperate efforts will not save the mullahs from our people’s fury, she added.


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Women’s volleyball in Iran does not enjoy any financial support from industries and factory owners. In an interview with IRNA state-run news agency on July 11, regarding Women’s volleyball in Iran, Marzieh Ebrahimzadeh, vice chair of Golestan Province’s volleyball board said, “Women’s volleyball in the province is expanding but Golestan’s industries are not prone to financially support women’s sports teams in national competitions.


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Week of mandatory veil has been launched in Iran’s 31 provinces starting on July 10, to impose the compulsory veil on Iranian women. The state-run ISNA news agency reported that Minoo Aslani, president of the Women's Society of Bassij, announced on Sunday, July 8, that the “Chastity and Veil” Staff (Setad-e Hijab-o Efaf) has been formed to launch campaigns in all 31 Iranian provinces in the heat of summer, enforcing further controls on Iranian women and obliging them to observe the mandatory dress code imposed by the regime.
Bassij is the paramilitary force affiliated with the Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) which recruits ordinary citizens to suppress the public.
Umm os-Sadat Rakhshandeh, in charge of the Women's Society of Bassij in the IRGC Karbala Corps of Mazandaran, also announced that in the week of mandatory veil lasting from July 10 until July 16, over 2,000 special programs will be carried out throughout the province to promote the culture of Chastity and Veil. The clerical regime spends exorbitant sums on the week of mandatory veil to enforce and impose the compulsory dress code on Iranian women while people across the country are fed up with water shortages and power cut-offs in the heat of summer, and various sectors have not received their salaries for months. Recent days witnessed major protests in Khorramshahr, Dashtestan, Abadan, Ahvaz, Karun, Mahshahr, Borazjan, and other cities demanding clean drinking water.

Sunday, July 08, 2018

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People in the city of Borazjan in southern Iran poured into the streets on Saturday, protesting the recent severe water shortage crisis. Borazjani citizens chanted: "Our enemy is right here, they lie & say its America According to reports from this city, people haven't had running water for the past four days. The familiar demonstration quickly turned political when people started chanting, “Death to the Dictator,” referring to the Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and Let go of Syria, think of us. People forced the Friday prayer Imam who is Khamenei's representative out of the city. The people of Borazjan threatened with revolt if their demands are not met. The Iranian regime is deeply concerned about such protests escalating out of control and turning into another scene similar to Khorramshahr of last week. Less than a week a go people of Khorramshahr were on the streets demanding drinkable water. Iranian regime opened fired and killed, injured and arrested tens of protesters.

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Reuters on Friday cited officials from the Dutch Intelligence
service, AIVD that  the Netherlands is expelling two members of the Iranian embassy staff. "We can confirm that the Netherlands has expelled two persons accredited to the Iranian embassy," according to a spokesperson of the Dutch intelligence. "We will not provide any further information."
“This report was issued merely a few hours after the Joint JCPOA Commission finalized its meeting in Vienna,” according to the Iranian regime’s Tasnim news agency, affiliated directly to the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) Quds Force.
It remains unclear if there is any affiliation between these two Iranian embassy staffers in the Netherlands with the recent arrests of six Iranians in Europe, including a regime diplomat, on charges of attempting to bomb the annual rally held by the Iranian opposition People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), according to EuroNews.
A Belgian couple of Iranian origin were arrested on June 30th by Belgian authorities on suspicion of attempting to bomb this rally in Villepinte near Paris. Furthermore, an Iranian diplomat working in Austria was arrested in Germany on the same charges, alongside three other individuals facing similar charges who were apprehended by French police. Investigations on these six individuals continues. This year former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper spoke at the rally along side a delegation from Canada. Other dignitaries included Newt Gingrich, Rudy Giuliani from US. Political and human rights figures attended the rally from all over the world.

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On July 6, the Iranian regime's Ministry of Intelligence and security MOIS arrested more than 60 people at Babak Fort a monument of ancient Persian history. The fort is located in the mountains near the city of Kalibar in Eastern Azerbaijan, northwest of Iran. It is the stronghold of Babak Khurramdin, an Iranian legend who fought against the foreign invasion of the country. Every year, Iranians gather at the fort to commemorate and celebrate the legacy and memory of Khurramdin. This is a tradition that has gained popularity in the past decades, and many tourists attend the ceremony every year.

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Sepideh Farhan (Farahabadi) a graduate of architecture and a civil activist who was arrested by security forces during the uprising in late December and January was sentenced to six years in prison and 74 lashes. She was released from Evin Prison on a bail bond of 250 million toumans, on February 17. More than 500 young women and girls, including dozens of female students, were arrested and detained in cities across Iran.

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A woman was hanged in the Central Prison of Orumieh on Wed July 4th along with two other male prisoners. The identity of the executed woman has not been made available, yet. With this execution, the number of women executed during Hassan Rouhani’s presidency amounts to 83.

Monday, July 02, 2018

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On Saturday, June 30, the Iranian Resistance’s grand gathering was
held in Paris, France. Tens of thousands of Iranians from all over the world including Iran, participated in National Council of Resistance of Iran, grand gathering. Delegations from various countries including prominent politicians, members of parliaments, mayors, elected representatives, and international experts on Iran, attended the event. The speakers declared their support for the Iranian people’s uprising and the democratic alternative, NCRI the National Council of Resistance of Iran. They called on the international community to adopt a firm policy against the Iranian regime's tyranny and stand by the arisen people of Iran. Mrs. Maryam Rajvai the keynote speaker said during her speech: Hail to my fellow compatriots in Khorramshahr who are thirsting for water and for freedom. You, who explicitly told the mullahs that their prayers are not acceptable to God. I have come here on behalf of a Resistance movement which has offered its entire existence to ensure the victory of the Iran uprising, and for Iran’s freedom, pride, and magnificence. I have come here to declare what you want: The overthrow of this regime is inevitable. Victory is certain and Iran will be free. She said: Since the January uprising, the signs of change in Iran and the regime’s overthrow have appeared. The prospects for the victory of Iran’s democratic revolution, devoid of the mullahs and the Shah are looming. Through their uprisings and by relying on resistance units, the Iranian people have the leverage they need to topple this regime.
Delegations from Canada included Hon. Stephan Harper Canada's former Prime Minister and Hon. John Baird former foreign minister, Hon. Ms Judy Sgro, liberal member of the parliament, Hon. David Kilgour, Raymond Folco former MP, and Candice Bergen to name a few. Stephen Harper emphasized on Canada's support for the Iranian people in overthrowing the regime. When he said that Canada shut the Iranian regime's embassy in Ottawa and told them to get out, the audience went crazy with cheers chanting of Thank you Canada!
33 Prominent American dignitaries, members of the US delegation who took part in Saturday’s
Iranian opposition convention in Paris, issued a statement a head of the convention, expressing their solidarity with the ongoing Iranian people’s uprising and supporting the alternative to the Iranian regime, being the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) and the ten-point plan presented by NCRI President-elect Maryam Rajavi. Their statement in part states:  “… we are united in bipartisan solidarity, speaking with one voice and reflecting our common American values and principles as we join the call for liberty, justice and an end to repression for the people of Iran. As our Delegation prepares for this annual rally in France, we extend our appreciation for President Macrons’ statesmanship in seeking a coordinated position on Iran among the European Union countries and the United States, and particularly his emphasis on human rights issues in Iran. “For too long the world has turned its back on the Tehran’s regime’s brutal denial of the Iranian people’s basic rights. We stand with Iran’s citizens in calling for legitimate, accountable and honest government serves the people. “Our delegation is going to Paris this year to support the NCRI, firmly believing that the current regime is vulnerable to the popular movement seeking an end to tyranny and corruption. The NCRI and its principal constituent, the MEK, have long embraced democratic values. The resistance movement has demonstrated its widespread roots with Iranian society, its resilience in the face of unimaginably difficult circumstances, its impressive organizational prowess, and its ability to expose secrets that Tehran is determined to keep from the Iranian people and the world at large. This organization has spent years preparing for a calm and genuinely democratic transition to the elected representatives of the Iranian people – whoever the people may choose in the fullest exercise of their long-deferred freedom.
US Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee sent a message to the #FreeIran2018 syaing: I am very sorry that I can not be present with you at this very important stage, but I want to express my commitment and support to a secular, democratic, non-nuclear, and Republican Iran, and from the 10 point plan of Mrs. Maryam Rajavi.

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The Globe and Mail confirmed that Hon. Irwin Cotler began acting as international legal counsel for Maryam Mombeini’s family about month ago. The news of Mr. Cotler’s involvement in the high-profile consular case comes days after Ms. Mombeini’s home in the Iranian capital of Tehran was raided by a powerful branch of the country’s military that arrested her husband prior to his death in the notorious Evin prison in February. Kavous Seyed-Emami was an Iranian-Canadian university professor and a prominent environmentalist. Seyed-Emami ran the Persian Wildlife Heritage Foundation and was a sociology professor.

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On Sat the people of Khorramshahr in Iran's Khuzestan province staged a demonstration for the second day in protest to water shortages and salty waters in their city. They chanted anti-state slogans such as Down with Rouhani. The regime agents shut tear gas on people. The people of Abadan in the same province also protested the water shortage and quality of their water on Sat. According to video online the Iranian regime is re-routing the water pipes which were supposed to provide water to people of khuzestan, to Iraq instead.


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Two women hunger strikers, Shokoufeh Yadollahi and Dr. Nazilla Noori's health are in danger after 10 days of hunger strike in Qarchak Prison of Varamin. On Monday, June 25, it was reported that Shokoufeh is suffering from severe GI infection, dizziness, heavy weight loss and low blood pressure. Her cellmate, Dr. Noori, has also become extremely weak, lost a lot of weight and suffers from a very low blood pressure. The two women are among 11 Gonabadi women dervishes who have been imprisoned in Qarchak Prison since February 20, when they were arrested in a bloody crackdown on the peaceful protest of Gonabadi Dervishes in Tehran. It is estimated that at least 300 dervishes were arrested on that night.

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Drop outs by female students has exceeded 151,000 in this academic year. Referring to the data on the drop out of girl students in schools across the country, Abbas Soltanian deputy for mid-level education in the Ministry of Education noted, "This academic year, from October 2017 until June 2018, there have been 151,046 girl students who did not register in any schools, their names were not registered anywhere, and were not considered students at all." He listed a number of reasons for the drop out of girl students. He said forced marriages at an early age, lack of schools, transportation, and female teachers for rural girl students coupled with their parent's refusal to let them continue their education, are among the reasons that lead to the drop out of girl students. At the same time, poverty and unsuitable conditions of families are among the reasons that cause and lead to drop out of girl students from school.
In response to question on the proportion of drop of girl students in comparison to boys, Soltanian said, "A total of 4.23 per cent of students dropped out of school in the previous academic year. Girl students constituted 4.17 per cent of it, meaning that there is a big difference between girls and boys' drop outs."

Sunday, June 24, 2018

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Radio Irava was informed Sat. June 23rd that its colleague Atefeh the host/producer of Radio Chakavak in Sweden has passed away. Radio Irava sends it's condolences to her family and friends and her listeners at Radio Chakavak.




According to the Iranian resistance, as protests are increasing in numbers across Iran, new reports indicate they have returned to the capital, Tehran, in a significant scale. In addition to voicing a variety of demands, numerous protest reports on Monday showed people also voicing their support for the upcoming Iranian opposition convention scheduled for June 30th in Paris-France. The shoemakers in Tehran's Sepahsalar Garden held a major rally where their daily demands quickly turned political with a focus shifting on the Iranian regime’s authorities and their entire apparatus.
An increasing number of videos are arriving from inside Iran where people hide their faces and hold up placards supporting the upcoming Iranian resistance gathering in Paris.
As the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) writes, “To bring the efforts of Iranians to fruition, NCRI will be hosting a huge rally, which some refer to as the “galaxy of all uprisings”, on June 30th in Paris. This rally will demonstrate to the world the common goal of all Iranians and will also serve as a reminder that that the only effective way to address the current problems is to overthrow the regime and support its replacement with a viable Democratic Alternative.”
Iranians outside Iran are also in support of the grand gathering of
the NCRI on June 30th as such yesterday June 23rd in Ottawa the Iranian-Canadians gathered in front of the Parliament Hill and across from Prime Minister's office as they do every week and showcased their support for Paris gathering. They also called for the freedom of all political prisoners in Iran, specially Ramin Hossein Panahi who awaits his execution.




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According to reports published on June 22, Mahnaz Amouri remains in detention for helping her niece, Ma’edeh Shabani-Nejad, as judiciary officials refuse to release her. Mahnaz, 36 married with an 8 year old son, is held in Sepidar Prison of Ahwaz, capital of southwestern Khuzistan Province.
She shares the same case with her niece, Ma'edeh Shabani-Nejad, and was arrested along with her by the Intelligence Department of Abadan on January 25. Abadan is the second largest city of Khuzistan where the country’s largest oil refinery is located.
Ma'edeh Shabani-Nejad (Amouri) is a high school freshman at Reyhaneh Girls' High. She is an exemplary student in Abadan and writes patriotic and epical poems in Arabic and has been active in social media. For this reason, she was arrested on January 25, along with a number of her relatives, including her aunt, and transferred to Sepidar Prison. Ma’edeh Shabani-Nejad was first arrested and taken under interrogation on October 17, 2017, but was later released on bail.

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Hunger strike of Sufi women in protest to their ill-treatment by prison guards in Qarchak prison of Varamin which began on June 11 passed the tenth day.
The names of those on hunger strike are: Shokoufeh Yadollahi, Elham Ahmadi, Sepideh Moradi, Nazilla Noori, Maryam Farsiabi, and Massoumeh Barakouhi.
Sedigheh Khalili, the mother of Sepideh Moradi, explained about the hunger strike of Sufi women in protest to their ill-treatment in Qarchak Prison. She said, "On June 11, when these women were outside, one of the prison guards closed the door and made them stay for three days and nights in a narrow dark corridor between the ward and the courtyard. On the same day, the women started their hunger strike. Three days later, on Wednesday, June 13, prison guards allowed them back into the ward, but shortly afterwards, 4-5 dangerous prisoners were incited by the guards to attack the sufi women. That is when the they started shouting Ya-Ali. Then the Special Guards raided the ward and female agents started beating them with batons and shockers."
The participants in the hunger strike and five other sufi women have been imprisoned in Qarchak Prison since February 20, under inhuman conditions.
According to judiciary and SSF(State Security Forces) officials as well as sources of Gonabadi Dervishes, more than 300 Gonabadi dervishes were arrested and imprisoned during the crackdown on the sufis' peaceful protest. Some 150 of them have so far received heavy and light sentences.

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Iranian women continue to actively participate in protests of various sectors of Iranian society. In Abadan, the second largest capital of the oil-rich Khuzistan Province, southwestern Iran, a group of residents held a protest on Wednesday, June 20, across from the Department of Water and Waste Water in the city.  The protesters demanded healthy drinking water, while the portable water they are provided in Abadan is salty and smells. Nevertheless, people have to pay for the rotten water.
The students of Tehran University's School of Social Sciences continued their protest on June 21st for the fifth consecutive day against illegal and heavy sentences issued for students of this university. They threatened to boycott the term's final exams if their demands are not met. They demand immediate and unconditional repealing of the students' illegal and heavy sentences and granting them the right to continue their education.
On Tuesday, June 19, a group of residents of Tehran who have been plundered by the fraudulent Caspian Institute staged a protest march around Argentine Square  and chanted slogans against officials who lie about having reimbursed their money.
On the same day, in Iranshahr, southeastern Iran, a group of women gathered outside the Governor's Office in this city and protested against gang rape of 41 young women and girls, demanding the arrest and punishment of the culprits.






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Nearly 3 months after the last message from political prisoner Arzhang Davoudi there is no information about his whereabouts. His family has been threatened and remains under pressure. It is only known that Davoudi is under pressure and torture, and currently held in the quarantined section of Zahedan Central Prison in southeast Iran.
Based on the latest reports published back in March, Davoudi was on hunger strike from March 3rd and said: “My hunger strike aims to be provided fresh air time and some sunshine, which I have been inhumanely deprived of since July 26th in Zabol and Zahedan prisons.”
Davoudi is currently suffering from diabetes, high cholesterol and heart illness.
In his last message Davoudi explained how he is losing his vision and being deprived of even the most basic necessities.
“I am being held in a small dungeon supposedly known as cell number two in the prison quarantine section. I am deprived of any visits, telephone calls, connection with other prisoners, fresh air time, walks, reading books, watching TV, being able to purchase medicine, adequate food considering my illnesses and …”
No news from this political prisoner raises concerns about his health.
Last year, prior to the Iranian opposition’s annual convention in Paris, Davoudi sent out a message in supporting the event.
 “I wouldn’t be exaggerating to say currently the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) is the oldest and most organized entity of the imminent alternative directing the nationwide struggle aiming to establish freedom from the evil of a mafia established by [Iranian regime Supreme Leader Ali] Khamenei and his partners. The PMOI/MEK’s presence has now become an undeniable necessity. The large participation of freedom loving people in such events continues to be heartwarming for resilient prisoners that continue to yearn their country’s freedom while inside the regime’s medieval dungeons, day and night…”
More voices from across the globe are expressing their support for the June 30th Iranian opposition convention in Paris.