Sunday, February 16, 2020


Anis Saadat, a young writer and filmmaker, is in the custody of the Intelligence Department of Shiraz in Iran. She is at high risk of developing lupus, yet is being denied treatment.
Anis Saadat’s family has not been able to meet with her, and they are deeply concerned about her health, given her illness. Lupus can lead to pleurisy and kidney failure.
On January 12, Anis Saadat and her colleague were arrested by the Intelligence Department of Shiraz, during a memorial service in Shiraz for the victims of the downing of the Ukrainian plane. Anis who was born in 1989, holds a Master’s degree in Psychology. She is known as a talented writer and scriptwriter in the literary and art circles of Shiraz.
In another news, the Qazvin Court of Appeals ordered Maryam Zirak and Soheila Zalbeigi, both board members of the Teachers’ Association of Qazvin Province, to pay a fine of 12,100,000 tomans. They had previously been sentenced to six months in a Qazvin prison on charges of “propaganda against the state.” Meanwhile, Parisa Seifi, a student, is being held at the Sanandaj Correctional Center. Although she is in temporary custody, the Sanandaj court has repeatedly refused to release her on bail.

Mary Mohammadi, a political prisoner and Christian convert, who was arrested on Jan. 12, during a rally in support of the families of victims of the Ukrainian airplane which was shot down by IRGC, was subjected to physical and sexual torture during interrogation. Mary was detained on January 12, and transferred to Tehran’s Vozara Detention Center. Prior to her interrogation, she was moved to the detention center’s courtyard, where she was forced to sit, in freezing weather, on the asphalt floor in front of the toilets. She was then questioned by three male interrogators. Mary Mohammadi was denied food during the first 24 hours of her detention. In addition to beating her, female prison officers conducted a physical examination. During the examination, the officers forced Mary to remove all her clothing, then ordered her to sit down and stand uprepeatedly. The officers had threatened to strip her forcibly if she did not remove her clothes herself. On Sunday, January 12, Mary Mohammadi had participated in a rally supporting the families of victims of the Ukrainian plane shot down by the Revolutionary Guards’ missiles. Since the rally, she has been held in Qarchak Prison. The prosecutor’s office at Evin Prison set Mary Mohammadi’s bail at 30 million tomans; however, the prosecutor denied the bail request. Earlier in January, Mary Mohammadi had been beaten by a Guidance Patrol in Tehran and sentenced to six months in prison on charge of spreading Christian propaganda. It is important to note that following the protests in last November and January, the Iranian regime launched a wave of arbitrary arrests of civil rights activists. At least 1,500 people, including 400 women and 17 teenagers, were killed during the November protests.

Nejat Anvar Hamidi, 61, a political detainee, and one of many prisoners in the 1980's is languishes in an Ahvaz prison. She is at risk of losing her eyesight. Njat is a supporter of the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran PMOI/MEK. Held in Sepidar Prison in Ahvaz, Nejat Anvar Hamidi, 61, suffers from severe eye disease. Regime authorities arrested her in March 2019 on charges of supporting the MEK (the People’s Mojahedin of Iran). In addition to suffering from severe eye disease, Nejat Anvar Hamidi continues to experience from chronic headaches – a result of being imprisoned in the 1980s. She was arrested in 1981 for supporting the MEK and held in the regime’s prisons for more than 2 years. Nejat Anvar Hamidi was eventually released on bail; however, the regime issued a warrant for her arrest and she was re-arrested. Her new sentence was for 5 years. In March 2019, she was transferred to Sepidar Prison in Ahvaz to serve the rest of her sentence. Nejat Anvar Hamidi’s husband and daughter were also arrested, interrogated, and threatened. Regime authorities informed the family members that they had no right to legal counsel. They were also told that if they sought counsel anyway, they would be arrested on charges of failing to cooperate with intelligence forces and representing a threat to national security.

In August 2019, three female civil activists were sentenced by a Tehran Sharia court to 6 years’ imprisonment. The activists, Shahla Jahan Bin, Giti Pourfazel(lawyer), and Shahla Entesari, were convicted of “gathering and colluding to commit crimes against national security” and “distributing anti-regime propaganda.” In addition to her sentence, Giti Pourfazel, a lawyer and member of the Writers’ Association, was banned from participating in any political parties or groups. The three activists were transferred to Evin Prison in October 2019. In November 2019, the three activists were finally released – more than 4 months after their initial arrest – on bail of 500 million Tomans.

Intelligence agencies in the Evin Prison have prevented granting medical furlough to political prisoner Samaneh Norouz Moradi despite her critical physical condition. At the same time, Zahra Jamali has been also denied medical care despite suffering from several illnesses and severe pain. Samaneh Norouz Moradi is imprisoned in the women’s ward of Evin Prison. She suffers from joint lupus. Her breasts are infected and she needs to be treated, urgently. Despite a 330-million-toman bail set to allow her have a medical leave, intelligence agencies in Evin Prison have opposed her request without giving any reasons. Ms. Moradi also suffers from stomach ulcer and other GI complications. Not having access to her medications have aggravated her health. Samaneh Norouz Moradi was sentenced to 3 years and 9 months in prison by the Revision Court. She has been incarcerated since May 4, 2019 to serve her sentence. Zahra Jamali who is serving a three-year-and-six-month sentence in Evin, needs urgent medical treatment for her ovarian cyst, a tumor in her heel, and serious pain but she has been denied being dispatched to a medical center. The Sharia judge presiding Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court of Tehran opposes sending Ms. Jamali for treatment because she made a speech against the regime in the funeral of Alireza Shir Mohammad-Ali, a young political prisoner who was stabbed to death by inmates in the Greater Tehran Penitentiary upon incitement by prison authorities.

Women’s rights activist Monireh Arabshahi who is serving her sentence in the women’s ward of Evin Prison, sent out a letter on February 2, 2020, explaining the pressures imposed on her fellow inmates through depriving them from their much needed medical care. In parts of her letter, Ms. Arabshahi wrote, “It has been months that Samaneh (Norouz Moradi) has had breast infection… Despite passage of several months, there is no surgeon who could discharge the infection, and so far, the Evin Prison’s dispensary has not taken any action in this regard.” Ms. Arabshahi also pointed out in her letter, “Evin’s dispensary does not have the minimum medical and pharmaceutical facilities which could be found in any rural medical clinic.” She said it takes a long time for prison authorities to dispatch ill prisoners out to hospital centers “while it is the prison’s duty to provide medical services and care for the prisoners. Any delay in medical measures, has irreversible adverse impact on the patient’s recovery and health.”

On Sunday, February 9, the heavy snow in Gilan province triggered an avalanche that killed several residents, including women and children. Mehdi Vali-Poor, Red Crescent Chief in Gilan province, who did not immediately report the casualties, indicated that one woman in Rudbar had been injured and another died. (The state-run ISNA news agency – February 13, 2020)Most of the roads were blocked due to the heavy snow, and much of the province suffered power and water outages. Mohammad Bagher Nobakht, Chairman of the Planning and Budget Organization, announced that 74,000 households in Gilan had suffered power outages. Speaking with reporters, he added, “2,000 urban households are without drinking water and 44,000 rural households have no water at all.” Reza Ardakanian, the Minister of Energy, announced that three of the 19 power distribution posts in Gilan province are out of order and could not be repaired “due to a lack of access to the roads.” Ismail Mirghazanfari, governor of Lahijan, announced that 125 villages had experienced power outages. He said, “Lahijan is facing a power crisis, not a snow crisis!” (The state-run ISNA news agency – February 9, 2020) In the Fouman district, 65 residential homes in just one village were destroyed. 28 villages do not have power. 25 roads in Some’sara are blocked. Bakeries were unable to open due to the power outage. The unprecedented snowfall in Gilan Province is covering 14,000 kilometers. Regime officials have failed to take any serious action despite passage of 5 days of heavy snow and deadly avalanche and abandoned the residents. Earlier the Crisis chief of Staff in Talesh while watching a soccer match said: Snow is not a crisis, it is a blessing.

Sunday, February 09, 2020


According to prisoners recently released from Qarchak Prison, women with contagious diseases are held in the general wards. More than 130 women detained in Qarchak Prison suffer from AIDs and Hepatitis, but they are held in various wards among other prisoners. There are also six prisoners suffering from scabies who are held with other prisoners, instead of being kept in the quarantine.
Prison authorities fail to separate sick prisoners
Prisoners have time and again asked prison authorities to detain prisoners suffering from contagious diseases in a separate section.
Scabies is a very contagious disease which could be transferred by shaking hands, using a contaminated sheet, or even touching the clothes of the contaminated prisoner. But prison authorities have told prisoners that scabies is not contagious!
Qarchak Prison authorities have closed down the quarantine ward. As a result, new prisoners directly enter the wards without being tested for AIDs, Hepatitis, and other contagious diseases. Even if they are tested, they are admitted into the general wards regardless of their positive or negative results. Despite prisoners’ warnings to prison authorities including Mehdi Mohammadi, the warden of Qarchak, and other officers in charge like Sakineh Shah Cheraqi, Zahra Mirzaii, and Maryam Mirzaii, they have not taken any action to separate the sick prisoners from others.
Imprisoned mothers
One of the most tragic conditions is that of mothers who have their children imprisoned with them. Lack of access to suitable clothes for children and unsanitary conditions of the wards are only a small part of the problems mothers face in prison. In February 2019, prison guards raided these prisoners. As they used tear and pepper gas against the inmates, a 20-day infant who was staying with his mother in prison, died.

Three women’s rights activists Yasaman Aryani, Monireh Arabshahi and Mojgan Keshavarz were sentenced to more than 31 years in prison. Yasaman Aryani and Monireh Arabshahi both were sentenced to 9 years and 7 months and Mojgan Keshvarz was sentenced to 12 years and 7 months imprisonment. Attorneys were not allowed to enter the court in the first instance and at the appeal. The regime court also refused to receive a defense bill from the three women’s rights activists. Earlier, in August, the initial sentences of these three women’s rights activists totaled 55 years, which triggered widespread international condemnation.
Civil rights activist Narges Mansouri, a member of the Workers Syndicate of Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company, was sentenced to 6 years in prison and two years’ ban on membership in political parties at Tehran’s Revolutionary Court presided by Sharia Judge Iman Afshari. Narges Mansouri’s salary has been cut off despite more than 25 years of work experience at Tehran’s Bus Company. Narges Mansouri was arrested on August 11, 2019 and went under interrogation at the IRGC Detention Center.
On the fifth day of her arrest, she went on a hunger strike to protest to the interrogators’ insulting and pressuring her under interrogation, and not allowing her to call her 12-year-old daughter.
She was on a hunger strike from August 16 to September 22, 2019 and ended her strike after being transferred to the women’s ward of Evin Prison.
Narges Mansouri was released from Evin Prison on November 13, on a 500 million toman bail.

Firouzeh Shafizadeh, a Baha'i pharmacist in the Khotbeh sara village in Iran's Gilan province was arrested at her home in this village on January 25. Firouzeh Shafizadeh, with a Ph.D. in Pharmacology, had many opportunities to work in foreign countries, but moved from Karaj to this village two months ago (November 2019) to work in the countryside and help disadvantaged people. She was arrested only because of her religious beliefs, and security agents arrested her on charges of “propaganda against the state.” She has been in jail for more than ten days but has not been allowed to visit her lawyer. The prosecutor has refused to grant her temporary release on bail.

Civil activist Rezvaneh Ahmad Khanbeigi was sentenced to an additional six years in prison on Sunday, February 2. Rezvaneh's trial had been held a day earlier on Saturday, February 1, at the Revolutionary Court of Tehran presided by notorious Judge Amouzadeh to examine the charges leveled against her by the Intelligence Department of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).
For taking part in the protests against fuel price hike in November 2019,  Rezvaneh has been accused of “collusion and association against national and international security” and “propaganda against the state.”
Earlier, civil activist Rezvaneh Ahmad Khanbeigi had been sentenced to 4 years and five months’ imprisonment by Branch 26 of Tehran’s Revolutionary Court presided by Judge Iman Afshari, for “collusion and assembly against national security” and “propaganda against the state.” The verdict was upheld by the Revision Court.
Rezvaneh Ahmad Khanbeigi had been detained in the IRGC Ward 2A in Evin from November 17 to December 12, 2019. Then, she was transferred to the Women’s Ward of Evin Prison.
Born in 1990, Ms. Ahmad Khanbeigi suffers from epilepsy and other nervous illnesses and needs special medications. Her family are concerned about her situation.
Kurdish civil activist Farzaneh Jalali has been sentenced to one year in jail by the Revolutionary Court of Kermanshah on the charge of “propaganda against the state. Her trial had was held on November 15, 2019. Ms. Jalali is a graduate of anthropology from the University of Tehran. Despite winning the sixth rank in the post-graduate admission test, she was deprived of continuing her education. Farzaneh Jalali has been active in the fields of children’s rights and women’s rights.
 Jhaka Esma’ili, another Kurdish civil activist from Boukan, was also taken to jail to serve her three-month sentence on Wednesday, January 29.

The home of Moloud Hajizadeh, a journalist and women’s rights activist, was raided by IRGC intelligence agents on Monday, February 3rd. Upon completion of searching her house, IRGC agents told Moloud Hajizadeh to report in for investigations, the date and place of which will be announced later. The journalist was sentenced to 2 years’ imprisonment and a fine of 4 million tomans by the Tehran Revolutionary Court’s Branch 26 on charges of propaganda against the state and disturbing public opinion.
She was also detained and transferred to Evin Prison on July 15, 2019, after being referred to the Tehran Intelligence Prosecutor’s Office for her latest defense and bail hearing. After her charges were declared, she was temporarily released until the end of her prosecution on a 250-million-toman bail on July 16, 2019.
The Iranian regime has various oppressive organs making arbitrary arrests. The various organs consist of the State Security Force (police), the IRGC, the Bassij, even the disciplinary committees of the universities, etc. They have formed a network to impede the freedom of opinion, expression and assembly.

Civil rights activists Fatemeh Sepehri and Nasim Sadeghi were sentenced to 6 years and 6 months suspended imprisonment for 3 years respectively in prison.

The regime had assured nurses – the majority of whom are women – that they would be paid in full by the end of the year. However, as 2019 drew to a close, that promise went unfulfilled.
In the past few years, the regime has repeatedly agreed to pay nurses’ salaries in full and on time. The nurses were also promised increased employment opportunities. Thus far, the regime’s assurances have failed to yield any concrete results. On the contrary, nurses across the country continue to be at the forefront of the health system, yet they are forced to cope with the challenges and constraints in Iran’s weak patient treatment system. (The state-run– February 1, 2020)
Saeed Deh Namaki, the Minister of Health, had agreed to fulfill the regime’s promises to the nursing community. He also said the government would “bring nurses’ demands to zero by the end of this year.” (The state-run – February 1, 2020)
In November 2019, Mohammad Mirzabeigi, head of the Nursing Organization, spoke about the chronic delays in paying nurses’ salaries. He added, “There is no reason for nurses to lose overtime pay in exchange for receiving their salaries.” He added, “In some parts of the country, [the regime] has delayed overtime pay by as many as six months. In other areas, [they have delayed] up to one-third of overtime payments.”
Previously, in July 2019, a member of the parliamentary Health Commission had acknowledged the problem. He stated, “Nurses have not received payment for several months. They are increasingly frustrated.” (The state-run Iran-Estekhdam website – July 14, 2019)
In addition to the regime’s failure to pay nurses’ salaries, Mirzabeigi admitted that “Nursing shortages are among the main problems in the country’s health system right now. We have not hired any new nurses in about two years.” (The state-run ISNA news agency – November 16, 2019)
In Iran, under the mullahs’ regime, the health system clearly fails to provide essential services – to nurses and patients alike.

Parisa Farshidi, an Iranian female Taekwondo belt, has applied for asylum in Germany. She is an Asian Games runner-up and Bronze medalist. Born in 1990, Farshidi is a fitness trainer, with expertise in CrossFit and TRX. In the 2010 Asian Games, Parisa Farshidi earned a Silver medal in the 67-kilogram welterweight.
Another six female athletes have recently sought refuge in other countries.
Kimia Alizadeh, also a Taekwondo champion, was the first and only Iranian Olympic medalist in women’s sports. She applied for asylum in Germany in November 2019.
In an open letter on her reasons for fleeing Iran, Kimia wrote, “Let me finally introduce my previously censored identity. I’m one of the millions of oppressed women in Iran. I had to wear whatever I was told to wear; I had to say whatever I was told to say. They [the regime] even claimed my medals and victories were because of their oppressive dress code and hijab. They attributed my successes to their management and tact.”
The regime’s sports federation has demonstrated its utter inadequacy in the field of women’s sports, offering virtually no support to female athletes and champions. Female athletes reach championship levels, both in Iran and around the globe, as a result of their individual efforts. They receive no financial support whatsoever from public institutions.
Mitra Hejazipour, a chess Grandmaster, is another example. Iran’s Chess Federation expelled her from the National Chess Team on January 2, 2020, for removing her headscarf during the World Chess Championship.
Sara Khadem-o Shari’eh (Sara Khadem), an Iranian chess player who holds both titles of International Master and Woman Grandmaster, posted on Instagram on January 12, 2020 that she would no longer be willing to represent the Iranian chess federation at international competitions.
Sara Khadem-o Shari’eh is the world’s No. 13 chess player.
These female athletes and medalists – national treasures of Iran – are clear examples of the brain drain that occurs under repressive regimes.

Sunday, February 02, 2020


The cases of 5 female civil activists involved in the case of Haft Tappeh sugarcane workers protest and the International Labor Day protest were upheld on January 28, without being examined by a Revision Court. The cases of 5 female civil activists, Sanaz Allahiari, Asal Mohammadi, Atefeh Rangriz, Marzieh Amiri and Neda Naji, have been transferred to the Department of Implementation of Verdicts. Sanaz Allahyari and Asal Mohammadi, defendants of the case of Haft Tappeh protests, each were sentenced to 5 years’ imprisonment. Civil activists Atefeh Rangriz and Marzieh Amiri, who had been arrested on the International Labor Day, were also sentenced to 5 years in prison. Neda Naji, another female civil activist arrested on International Labor Day, was sentenced to 5.5 years in prison. Atefeh Rangriz and Marzieh Amiri were temporarily released on bails of 1 billion tomans each on October 26, 2019, but Neda Naji remains in temporary detention.

Savin Mahmoudian Rad, 23 from a village in Sardasht (Iranian Kurdistan), was transferred to the Central Prison of Mahabad on January 26, 2020. She had been arrested two months ago by the Intelligence Unit of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and held in solitary confinement in the “Mahdi Army” detention center in Urmia.

Nazanin Tousi has been sentenced to two years in prison by Branch 24 of the Revolutionary Court of Tehran for participating in the protests in November 2019 against the fuel price hike. She was arrested on November 19, 2019 and is accused of “association and collusion against the state.
The Iranian regime launched a new wave of arbitrary arrests of civil rights activists and started fabricating new cases for political prisoners in the aftermath of the uprisings in November and January.
At least 12,000 were arrested during the protests in November where 1,500 including at least 400 women and 17 teenagers were killed and another 4,000 wounded.
During the protests in January, an estimated 300 were arrested, but the regime officials has acknowledged the arrests of only 30.

A 7 year old girl child laborer was attacked and seriously injured by a group of stray dogs in the streets of Shahr-e Ray, a Tehran suburb, on Tuesday night, January 28, 2020. A photographer and social activist who posted a photo of the child laborer in the social media said: “I was informed that a girl child laborer had been attacked by a group of street dogs while selling flowers last night in one of the streets of Shahr-e Ray. She was seriously injured in the head, neck, shoulder, waist and leg and was subsequently taken to hospital by the people.” (The state-run Tasnim news agency – January 29, 2020)
The municipality and city officials responsible for collecting and transporting child laborers to authorized shelters should now be held accountable, the social activist wrote.
Iranian regime officials have neglected the problem of child laborers to the extent that their presence in the streets and abuse of them have turned into a routine practice.
The news of the little girl child laborer was also reported by an emergency doctor on the Twitter, but no further information has been provided on the girl’s family and the reason why she had to work late at night.
Obviously, the phenomenon of child laborers is a product of the increasing destitution of families in Iran. The problem of child laborers cannot be solved under the rule of the clerical regime.
The latest estimates on child laborers in Iran stands at around 7 million.
“Girl child laborers are the most vulnerable among street children,” said a member of the Social Commission’s board of directors in the mullahs’ parliament. “Even if child laborers are collected, the number of child marriages under 15 years of age will rise progressively.” (The state-run Tasnim news agency – September 27, 2017)

On Tuesday, January 28, prison guards beat up imprisoned lawyer Soheila Hijab and took her out of the women’s ward. She was transferred out to Taleghani Hospital after being brutalized by prison guards, but was returned to prison without receiving medical care. Soheila Hijab is currently kept in Evin Prison’s dispensary. Her fingers are badly hurt and must be operated on, according to the doctor who examined her in Taleghani Hospital. Prison guards, however, prevented the operation and threatened the hospital’s doctor to postpone the operation. When a passer-by at the hospital attempted to take a film from this prisoner, prison guards prevented this and dispersed people.
Justice Ministry lawyer, Soheila Hijab, was born in 1990. She was arrested in June 2019 by security forces and transferred to Evin Prison. Shortly after her arrest, she was transferred to an IRGC safe house and then returned to Evin Prison. IRGC is Iranian regim'es Islamic Revolutinary Guard Corp which is responsible for human righs violations in Iran and it's Quds force is responsible for murdering people in Syria, Iraq, and the region.
Addressing the regime’s officials, Ms. Hijab wrote an open letter on January 13, 2020, following the uprisings in Iran in November and January.
In her letter, she pointed to the various events where the people of Iran had lost their lives, including the uprising in November. She said, “I think of Iran as a sore pain in the throat. The pain and suffering of those killed in the November protests, in the overturning of buses, in the plane crash, in the floods in Sistan and Baluchistan, and in thousands of other disasters that occur one after another due to the policies of incompetent rulers, and the lack of scientific preventive measures and advanced equipment. And our noble and patient compatriots have been engulfed in great sorrow and sadness.”

IRGC and the authorities of Evin Prison have filed new cases against political prisoner Atena Daemi. The anti-death penalty activist stood trial on Sunday, January 26, at Branch 3 of the Evin Prosecutor’s Office, headed by Investigator Allahyari. Ms. Atena Daemi has been accused of collusion and assembly against national security for “celebrating during prison’s silence hours on November 11, 2019 during the holy month of Muharram; issuing a statement against the death penalty on October 8, 2019; releasing a statement along with 17 other inmates on the imprisoned mothers’ plea for justice on November 8, 2019; holding a sit-in outside the prison office for several hours to protest being denied family visits and demanding to know the reason while being supported by 21 of her inmates; insulting and accusing prison guards for being deprived of family visits on November 2, 2019; participating in a sit-in on December 21, 2019 along with 7 other inmates; and forcing her inmates to pass her statements out of prison.”
The political prisoner was threatened during her trial on January 26, 2020, to be exiled to a prison in a distant city.
In addition to the head of the women’s ward, Fazeh Abdolhamidie, 17 of the women’s ward’s staff have testified against Ms. Daemi.
The new cases against Ms. Daemi were filed while she has been barred from meeting her lawyer since the previous case.
She was verbally informed of the ban on her family visits 11 months ago, but not in writing.
Comments of her father
Mr. Hossein Daemi, Ms. Daemi’s father, said the following about her daughter: “They did not allow us to visit Atena. We saw her as she was being returned from the Prosecutor’s Office of Evin. My daughter’s physical condition is not good. But she has high spirits and strong will. So long as I’m alive, I’ll continue to be her voice, and I will reveal the oppressor.”

A bus accident on Tehran- Shiraz Road led to the deaths of nine passengers including five women.
The fatal bus accident was reported on January 28, 2020 by the general director of Isfahan Province’s Accidents and Medical Emergencies. Another 18 passengers were injured in this bus accident including four women. (The state-run Rokna news agency – January 28, 2020)
Sixteen (16) women including a pregnant woman died in four bus accidents in various parts of Iran from January 9 to 20, 2020.
According to the state-run media in Iran, every half an hour, one Iranian woman loses her husband or father due to road accidents.
Experts say addiction, prostitution, divorce, street children and child labor are some of the consequences of road accidents affecting women and children. (The state-run -January 25, 2020)
In investigating the causes of increase in road accidents in Iran, many domestic and international experts believe that the lack of standard roads and traffic infrastructures, worn-out and sometimes out-of-date vehicles, lack of traffic signs on the roads, population growth and rising number of cars, poverty and economic pressure on drivers are among the causes of road accidents in Iran. This is in addition to mismanagement by a kleptocratic regime.
Iran ranks the world’s number one with the highest death toll, in 800,000 road accidents per year (1.5 times the world average).
In terms of casualties caused by road accidents, Iran ranks 189th among 190 countries.

Sunday, January 26, 2020


A 15-year-old girl from Dishmuk village in Iran's Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad Province, set herself ablaze. She was the mother of a one-year old baby. Under the Iranian regime's misogynistic rule, the 15-year-old girl had been forced to marry. The stated cause of her self-immolation was “family problems.” A woman from Dishmuk says, “The women here are so badly beaten at home that they set themselves on fire. There are also many examples in the surrounding villages.” The reasons for self-immolation are Early marriage, domestic violence against women and girls, poverty and deprivation. According to Mohammad Noroozi-Nia, Director of Dishmuk’s Department of Education, “The rate of self-immolation in women in Dishmuk is high.”He explained, “The main reason that girls in Dishmuk drop out of school is early marriage –  which takes place when girls reach the age permitted by Shari’a law.” (The state-run Tabnak website – May 31, 2019)

Security forces arrested Mary Mohammadi on Sunday, January 12. There is still no information about her situation. Mary Mohammadi, a recent convert to Christianity who's family members have been following up on this case, have come up empty handed.
She participated in Tehran protests about the Ukrainian plane downing by IRGC Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corp, on Sunday, January 12. Tens of thousands of demonstrators, including families of the victims of the Ukrainian plane downing, participated in 4 days of peaceful protest.
Gholamhossein Ismaili, a regime judiciary spokesman, said that 30 protesters had been arrested in connection with the demonstrations. In speaking with the media, Mr. Ismaili, a state official, failed to elaborate on the exact number of people arrested, nor for the cause of the detentions (State-run ISNA news agency – January 14, 2020).
However, he did comment on the arrests, saying, “We do not have definitions where there is activity against security.”
Fatemeh Mohammadi (Mary), a student at North Tehran Azad University, was banned from school on December 21, 2019. The Christian compatriot had previously been beaten by the guidance patrol in Tehran on July 9, 2019 and sentenced to 6 months in prison on charges of “Christian activity.”