Sunday, January 20, 2019


A group of teachers of support schools in Yazd Province in Iran held a protest rally on Tuesday, January 15, against the mismanagement of support schools and demanded full payment of their salaries. According to State-run ISNA, support schools began working in 2014 by buying educational services from non-public schools to help provide education to more children in areas that have shortage of manpower.
- On Tuesday, January 15, a group of defrauded investors of the Caspian Credit Institute in Rasht held a protest rally and on Monday, January 14, the plundered investors of Pardisban held a rally in protest against the company’s scam. About 5 years ago, after extensive advertisements by the state-run radio and television, people registered in the Pardisban Company. Around 6,000 people who bought have lost their assets. The company sold shares in Tehran, but the largest shares were sold in Mashhad.
On Monday, January 14, the retired teachers and educators held a protest rally in front of the Farhangian Retirement Organization in Tehran in protest to an ineffective supplementary insurance. At the same time, in another gathering in Tehran, the plundered credit depositors of the Samen Credit Institute held another protest in front of the Ministry of Justice and demanded the reinstatement of their assets.
And a group of buyers of registered vehicles from Saipa Diesel Company gathered at the Ministry of Industry, Mine and Trade in Tehran, and protested against the company’s failure to deliver their vehicles and fulfill their demands.
In another development on Monday, January 14, during a ceremony at Gonbad-e Kavus in which Hassan Rouhani, Iranian regime’s president made a speech at the city’s stadium, the people of the city chanted slogans in protest to the high cost and the economic downturn. However, the organizers of the ceremony blared loud music from the stereo bands that were set up for Rouhani’s speech.
Teachers and educators in Tehran and Yazd, as well as the defrauded clients of the Caspian Credit Institute in Tehran and Mashhad also held a number of protests on Sunday, January 13.

Mrs Farangis Mazloumi, mother of political prisoner Soheil Arabi, is under severe pressure because of her son’s continued imprisonment. She said that she is being tortured every day and every night.
In the wake of the widespread campaign of those tortured in the Iranian regime’s prisons, Mrs. Farangis Mazloumi recounts her experience of daily torture because of her son being imprisoned in the Greater Tehran Penitentiary.
Ms. Farangis Mazloumi on Jan. 16, described her visit with her son: “Soheil was even weaker and slimmer than before. Bleeding and nasal pain tormented him and toothache and cold were added. There is still no sign of a doctor and hospital. The medical file for his nose that was broken has been completely destroyed so that there would be no evidence of it, but it is obvious from his appearance.
“Every Wednesday I’m tortured, too, and I am even tortured throughout the week. We’re deprived of phone calls, until the visiting day, which every time I go with fright, fearing that visits will be banned once again.
“I am tortured every day and every night. Will I be alive for 11 more years? How can I bear this suffering? Can my heart endure all this torture? Is the life and youth of our children so worthless? Every time I went to court, they gave me an uppity answer. Even Mr. Rostami and Vaziri are not willing to see me either. So who am I supposed to seek my justice from? Who will answer my plea from all this oppression?”
Soheil Arabi, a blogger arrested for insulting the regime’s leader on his FB page and defying the regime’s oppression, spent 4.5 years in Evin Prison and was subsequently transferred to the Greater Tehran’s Penitentiary (a.k.a. Fashafouyeh Prison) in February 2018, where he is being detained under harsh conditions. Soheil Arabi, 32 and married with a daughter, has been subjected to various forms of mental and physical tortures over these years.

Leila Rasouli, a young paramedic who was unable to find a job, ended her own life on Dec. 29. According to reports Leila was seeking employment for a long time, but she was not hired in Hamadan. Mohammad Sharifi Moghaddam, deputy director of the Nursing Organization, confessed to the status of nurses on October 2018 and said, “Due to financial constraints and lack of license for employment, there are 30,000 unemployed nurses in Iran.” (The state-run Young Journalists Club – October 29, 2018)
On Wednesday, January 16, a 28-year-old woman named Sabri Dashti from Oshnavieh, who had committed suicide on Sunday, January 13, lost her life in hospital. Sabri Dashti was married and had a young child.
In a shocking incident on Tuesday, January 15, an 11-year-old fifth-grader studying at Asgharzadeh elementary school in Urmia took her own life by taking pills. She lost her life in hospital.
On Monday, January 7, 2019, another woman, due to poverty and inability to solve her livelihood and economic problems, threw herself from the Zarqan Bridge at the Shiraz-Marvdasht highway and ended her life.
On Saturday, December 22, 2018, a 36-year-old woman from Kooy-e Saadi in Ahvaz committed suicide by self-immolation. (The state-run ILNA – December 22, 2018)
Kooy-e Saadi is one of the relatively new districts of Ahvaz, the capital of Khuzestan province.

Three female protesters detained in the women’s ward of the Evin prison —Saba Kord Afshar, Yasamin Ariani and Azar Heydari— have sent out an open letter expressing their protest against high prices and living conditions of the Iranian people, and vowing to stand beside their fellow compatriots. The full text of this letter follows:
Iran a country rich with mines and oil wells a wealthy country with poor people.
This is a sentence we always think about. Most of the Iranian people live below the poverty line, with meager incomes that help them survive but not enjoy life.
For years, we have been told to thank God for one bite of bread. The saying comes from those who have pocketed a lot of money.
God must have thanked a thousand times, but what should we do when our rights have been taken from us?
August 1 was the day when the state media publicly announced that people can peacefully protest against high prices. August 2 was the day we peacefully protested and got arrested.
That day we found out that nothing has changed. Everything is like the murders, arrests and repression of the 80’s, 90’s, and 2009.
The difference is that now they smile at people;“they lie and keep people hungry (both physically and intellectually), and the proof of this is in the painful events that have been repeated for a year: lack of water in Khorramshahr, detention of minorities, economic inflation, execution of political prisoners, the privatization of Haft Tappeh (Sugarcane Complex) and the arrest of workers, school fires, sexual abuse of students, the protests of teachers to obtain their rights, the executions of the “kings of embezzlement,” the bus crash at the School of Research and Sciences, and the arrests of those who protested this terrible accident…
Iran has been sanctioned because of its violation of human rights and the allocation of the lion’s share of the country’s capital to military budgets for internal and external conflicts. Now, the Iranian people have to pay the price for the regime’s irresponsibility and put up with the more difficult living conditions.
Perhaps they do not know that these days, the Iranian people have become more aware and will not remain silent in the face of the tyranny imposed on them. The Iranian people will stand hand in hand. Everyone from every ethnicity or social class, they stand against oppression and shortcomings.
We, Saba Kord Afshar, Yasamin Ariani, Azar Heydari –three of those detained on August 2, 2018– continue to stand beside the beloved and aware people of our country and continue to protest along with you against the prevailing injustices.
Saba Kord Afshar, Yasamin Ariani, Azar Heydari
Women’s Ward of Evin Prison – January 2019


Three female students in Hormozgan suffered burns on their hands and facial area after an oven in the student dormitory caught on fire, on Sunday, January 13.
They were cooking on a worn-out gas stove.They had repeatedly reminded university officials of the defective gas stove, but officials refused to repair or replace the stove due to lack of funding.
One of the students said, “When we first came to the university, since the first term the gas stove of our dorm unit had problems and we were forced to go other units to cook. Unfortunately, the stoves in the other units do not have full safety conditions either and sometimes female students would burn their hair because of it.”
According to reports, after several reminders and follow ups by the female students, a specialist was brought in and they realized the stove was not repairable. However, the university officials did not replace it.
The head of the university minimized the issue by saying that a lighter had exploded in the female student’s hand and that nothing significant had happened. (The state-run Young Journalists Club – January 13, 2019)
Female student wounded in bus accident
In another fatal incident, a bus from the Buein Zahra Technical University veered off the road. A female student was consequently injured and transferred to the hospital.
Students say the bus had previously stopped on the roadside several times, due to technical defects. (The state-run ROKNA news agency – January 13, 2019)
About two weeks ago, an accident on the campus of the Sciences and Research Branch of Azad University in Tehran on December 25, 2018, led to the deaths of eight students including four female students and two other passengers. The accident was blamed on the aged bus fleet and brake failure of the bus carrying the students.


Sepideh Gholian who had announced would talk about the torture she and Ismail Bakhshi endured in prison, has been arrested again along with her brother. This came after a film was shown on StateTV against the 2 activist. Bakhshi is a Haft Tape(sugar cane factory)worker and Sepideh is a civil activist.

Sunday, January 13, 2019


Teachers and educators in Kermanshah and Ardabil in Iran gathered on Thursday, January 10, in front of the Department of Education to protest against the regime’s lack of response to their demands to raise their low salaries. On the same day defrauded clients of Padideh Shandiz financial institute held a protest in Mashhad outside the Governorate building demanding their assets.
On Wednesday, January 9, teachers and educators in Isfahan gathered outside the Department of Education in Isfahan and staged a protest.
On Tuesday, January 8, the defrauded clients of the Caspian Credit Institute in Rasht gathered in front of the office of the institute in a protest gathering which consisted of women. They demanded the return of their lost assets.  On the same day, buyers and owners of automobiles including Saipa, Brilliance, PrideL90 and etc. gathered at the car exhibition in Tehran-Iran to protest against the failure to deliver their vehicles.
The students of Shiraz University also gathered in front of the City Council in protest to the death of a woman on Jan. 4 sleeping in cardboard boxes on the streets of Shiraz. The students said that they would sleep in the cold in front of the City Council until the problem of homeless people of Shiraz is resolved.
On Monday, January 7, members of the Vahdat Institute in Mashhad gathered in front of the city’s governorate in protest to their unemployment.

Sahar Kazemi a female Kurdish woman from Sanandaj who was arrested by the Iranian regime’s Ministry of Intelligence forces at her home in August 2018, was temporarily released on November 24, but was arrested again on Sunday, December 2, after going to the Justice Department of Sanandaj. Sahar Kazemi’s husband, Madeh Fat’hi, was arrested last autumn and held for three months in a solitary cell in the detention center of the Department of Intelligence of Sanandaj.
Moreover, Sama Nazifi, a student of architecture at Azad University’s Shahriar Branch, was dismissed from school on Monday, January 7, due to her Baha’i beliefs. She had received an honorary student title last year.
According to reports, until November 19, 2018, 58 Baha’i students were deprived of their education at the university competitive examinations, and at least 11 Baha’i students were expelled from their universities because of their beliefs.
In another report, Baha’i woman Neda Shabani is still being held in uncertain status over 40 days after her arrest in Karaj.
The security forces of Karaj arrested Neda Shabani on November 29, 2018, and transferred her to an unknown location. Ms. Shabani has only been able to contact her family once a week, and despite repeated attempts by her family, they have not yet been fully informed about the status of her case. They have only been informed of Neda Shabani’s extended detention.
Also in Isfahan, several women were sentenced to imprisonment on December 25, 2018, because of their Baha’i conviction. Baha’i women Bahareh Zaini (Sobhaniyan), Fujhan Rashidi and Sepideh Rouhani were each sentenced to 4 years’ imprisonment and Anosh Rayeneh to 6 years in jail.

Sufi woman Elham Ahmadi was sentenced to 148 lashes by Mohammadi, the Head of Qarchak prison in Varamin for revealing the catastrophic condition of Qarchak prison and the lack of medical treatment of women in prison by an audio recording. She was charged with ‘publishing lies’ and ‘insulting prison officers’ by the Sharia judge of Branch 1145 of the regime’s court. For each of these two accusations, she was sentenced to 74 lashes, a total of 148 lashes.
Iran is the only country in the world in which thousands of women have been executed or subjected to torture for being opposed to the regime. According to eyewitnesses, just over the past year, nearly a thousand women were arrested and brutalized in prison for participating in anti-government protests.
Elham Ahmadi and other imprisoned Sufi women, Sepideh Moradi and Shokoufeh Yadollahi, were beaten and brutalized by prison agents for asking the return of their personal belongings seized by prison authorities on June 13, 2018.
Earlier last August, Sufi women imprisoned in Varamin’s Qarchak Prison were beaten by security agents on the grounds that one of them, Elham Ahmadi, made a telephone call to her young daughter. The raid on the Sufi women followed the public dissemination of an audio recording by Elham Ahmadi which revealed the catastrophic state of medical treatment in Qarchak Prison.
Previously on June 11, 2018, six Sufi women went on hunger strike, which lasted 16 days, in protest to the mistreatment and beatings of prisoners.
Ms. Elham Ahmadi was arrested during a bloody crackdown on the Gonabadi Dervishes protest in Tehran on February 20, 2018, and detained in the Qarchak Prison of Varamin. She has already been sentenced to five years in jail by Tehran’s Revolutionary Court.
Amnesty International issued an Urgent Action on March 29, 2018, condemning the arbitrary arrest and ill-treatment of 11 women from Gonabadi Dervish religious minority.

Security forces secretly buried Zahra Navidpour body in the small villag of Tazeh Qaleh(Mikan Kandi). The lifeless body of Zahra Navidpour was found on Sunday, January 6, 2019, at her mother’s home. Zahra Navidpour, 28, had been repeatedly raped by Salman Khodadadi, the parliamentary deputy of the people of Malekan, a small city in East Azerbaijan Province, in northwestern Iran. Khodadadi had previously told her in the parliament, “I will order to have you and your family killed overnight without anyone knowing.” The handwritten notes, documents and complaints that Zahra Navidpour has left reveal that she had been pursuing her rights in a legal process. She had been repeatedly threatened by Salman Khodadadi. In a letter to the judge persiding her case, she wrote that she had no security and that she needed to be protected. Holding audio files and documents of the threats, Zahra Navidpour attended several court hearings. The judge, however, was intent on incriminating her. He accused Zahra of lying and tried to turn the case against her while attempting to close the case in any possible way. Zahra Navidpour is not the first woman in Iran who becomes victim of violence and sexual abuse by regime officials but is incriminated by the court against her own complaint, and finally loses her life.

Sunday, January 06, 2019


Yesterday Sat. Jan. 5, 2019, the Iranian-Canadians gathered to commemorate the one year anniversary of the Jan.2018 uprising in Iran, in front of the Parliament Hill and across from PM office. They also stood in solidarity with the Isfahan farmers who are protesting in order to get their water rights. Similar gathering was held in Amsterdam as well.

Iran’s retirees held a massive protest across from the regime’s parliament in capital Tehran on Tuesday, January 2, demanding restitution of their rights. A considerable number of women participated in this massive protest. Security forces arrested two protesting retirees in order to control the scene but were confronted by the protesters shouting at them, “Let them go, let them go.” On the same day, another group of retirees held a massive protest in Mashhad against the authorities who have not responded to their demands.
On Wednesday, January 2, also a group of defrauded clients of Shideh Company held a rally to protest swindling of their properties. And a group of workers and employees of the Khomeini Hospital in Karaj held a protest demanding their wage. 
The families of the arrested workers of the National Steel Group of Ahvaz staged a protest and demanded the release of their loved ones on the same day as well and the families of the farmers in Isfahan joined the massive protest of the farmers of Varzaneh in a protest demanding their water rights.

Female political prisoner Zeinab Jalalian has been deprived of her weekly family visits since December 24, 2018. In addition to the pressure and denial of medical treatment, the prison authorities recently rejected Zeinab’s request for medical treatment outside of prison. Zeinab Jalalian is a Kurdish woman sentenced to life imprisonment in Khoy Prison. She was transferred to the prison’s infirmary last week due to severe kidney pain. Doctors said she should receive medical treatment outside prison due to a lack of sufficient medical facilities inside the prison. However, her transfer was objected by prison authorities. The Kurdish female political prisoner has been on a medicine strike for a year in protest to the lack of medical treatment in prison, and is in critical condition. In a call for urgent action on June 15, 2018, Amnesty International said Zeinab Jalalian is being subjected to torture by blocking her access to medical care in Iranian jail.

A bus transporting female gardeners of the Citrus Gardens in Mazandaran, overturned on Wednesday, December 26 in Galugah- Nokadeh Rr-North of Iran and all its passengers, including 14 female gardeners and the driver, were wounded. Last November, 23 women workers were injured in an accident in northern Iran when the minibus carrying them overturned into a water canal near the Tabaqdeh village on the fringe of the Islamabad city in Miandorud, Mazandaran Province.
On April 15, 2018, a Nissan vehicle was overturned on the Lak Pol area of the Qaemshahr – Babol road. Seven women workers were injured and transferred to the hospital. (The state-run – April 15, 2018)

The State Security Force of Hormozgan Province dealt with 54 young women in the province who worked as professional models. In light of the arrest of 54 young female models, Azizollah Maleki, Iran’s State Security Forces Commander of Hormozgan Province said on December 26 that “In an operation with intelligence identification, the provincial public security police officers have identified a number of young women models who are in collaboration with some classes, including women’s hairdressers, studios and ateliers. In this regard, with the coordination of a judicial authority, 54 young women and girl models were identified and legal proceedings were taken towards the case.”
Referring to Act 21 on Computer Crimes and Article 638 of the regime’s Islamic Penal Code regarding the arrest of these 54 young women, Azizollah Maleki stated, “The offender will be decisively dealt with according to the law.” (The state-run ISNA news agency – December 26, 2018)
This is not the first time that 54 young women are arrested in Hormozgan on modeling charges. In July 2018, the SSF Commander of Hormozgan Province Azizollah Maleki announced the arrest of 46 members of a modeling network; eight women were among the arrested members of the network. He stated, “38 delinquent businesses (photographers, hair dressers, and bridal maisons) and eight female models were arrested and turned in to judicial authorities to go through the legal process.” (The state-run Donya-ye Eghtesad website – July 16, 2018)
In Sistan and Baluchestan Province, a woman owning a hairdresser, had employed two other women as models for ads in social networks to invite customers to her shop. The agents went to the business, arresting the three women and sealing the shop. (The state-run ISNA news agency – October 25, 2018)
Two women were also arrested last June in Mashhad for tattoo training. (The official IRNA news agency – June 1, 2018)
Earlier on August 30, 2016, the Prosecutor of Ardebil had reported on the arrest of a number of women. He announced that “20 members of a modelling network have been arrested and four hairdressers and famous photo ateliers have been sealed.”
On October 21, 2016, it was announced that modelling was banned in Iran. (Hamid Ghobadi, Secretary of Fashion working group, interview with Fars news agency, October 21, 2016)

Sunday, December 30, 2018


Students of the Science and Research University in Tehran, the capital of Iran, held their second rally on Sunday Dec. 30, expressing their anger over Iranian regime authorities in this facility. The students are grieving the loss of their classmates killed in a recent bus accident that killed 10 and wounded 28. They are holding incompetent regime officials, responsible for the incident. The students are demanding the resignation of the representative of Iranian regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei on their campus. On Sat. the students were also protesting measures by the Iranian regime aiming to cloak the role of the regime’s plundering mafias in this incident. One poster specifically read, “Expelling second-class officials in this university is a sign of the regime’s obscenity.” A large number of college students took part in this rally while the Iranian regime had taken measures to station repressive security units on campus and nearby areas to keep the rally under control. Prior to this, the regime had dispatched anti-riot units to create a climate of fear at the capital’s Science and Research University.

On Sunday, Dec. 30 the farmers of Varzaneh, Isfahan province, gathered and marched in the streets of the city once again in protest to unfair management and distribution of water sources. They held similar rally on Friday. The past year has seen intermittent protests by the farmers, who have been deprived of vital water to irrigate their lands due to the destructive policies of the Iranian regime. The Iranian regime has engaged in several dams and water channel creation projects to divert the waters of Isfahan and its famous Zayandeh Rud River for its own purposes. Among the disputed engagements is a water pipeline that is transferring Isfahan’s water to neighboring Yazd province. The measures have deeply damaged the agriculture in Isfahan, which is one of the main occupations of the province's population.

On Thursday, Dec. 27, teachers and education workers of Isfahan demonstrated in front of the education ministry headquarters. The demonstration took place in spite of efforts by the security and intelligence agents of the Iranian regime to dissuade the teachers by threatening to take severe actions against them.
Security forces had lined up in the streets surrounding the offices of the education ministry to prevent the protests from taking place. However, the teachers did not back down and started their demonstration in Darvazeh Dolat Street in front of the mayor’s office. Security forces attacked teachers, majority women, with batons and pepper spray. Clashes ensued and the demonstrations continued, and security forces arrested several protesters. Subsequently, groups of teachers gathered in front of the education ministry offices. Security forces attacked them and violently dragged several of protesters into their cars and took them away. Several others were forced into a clinic that was close to the location.
The teachers of Isfahan have been protesting against low wages and are demanding the release of their imprisoned colleagues. Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, hailed the teachers of Isfahan and urged their compatriots to support them in their protests.

The parliamentary judicial and legal committee rejected the plan to increase the minimum age of marriage for girls in Iran. Allahyar Malekshahi, chair of the judicial and legal committee of the regime’s parliament, said on December 23rd, that “The judicial and legal committee held several meetings to discuss this issue… Ultimately, the committee reached the conclusion that it is not possible to discuss this plan any further since it contains religious and social deficiencies. So, it was decided that a delegation made up of the committee members propose another motion which could resolve some of the problems brought up by the (rejected) plan
According to official statistics, 180,000 early marriages take place in Iran every year and comprise 24% of the total number of marriages. A social expert revealed that at present, 41,000 early marriages under the age of 15 take place in Iran every year.
Citing statistics on the annual records of the National Registration Bureau (Sabt-e Ahval), a social worker had previously reported of the marriages of 179 girl children under 10 and 36,000 girls between 10 and 14 in the year 2015.

Afsaneh Rezaii, an elite master’s student of telecommunications at Shiraz University was transferred to Adel Abad Prison in Shiraz. Afsaneh’s mother who is a teacher was arrested in Shiraz for participating in the gatherings and protests of teachers and educators in August 2018. Holding a banner, Afsaneh Rezaii joined the protests and supported her mother. She was subsequently arrested by government officials after participating in the gatherings in support of her mother on Dec. 24. Afsaneh Rezaii, who is studying for her masters in telecommunication at Shiraz University, was transferred to Adel Abad prison in Shiraz on Dec. 24 to serve her six months jail sentence.