Sunday, April 23, 2017

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According to WASHINGTON, Daily Caller, April 22, an Iranian resistance group claimed Friday that the Iranian regime has expanded its efforts to build nuclear weapons. The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) said at press conference that the Iranian government has covered up research activities so that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) can’t examine it. Alireza Jafarzadeh, deputy director of the Washington office of the NCRI, said the information was obtained by the People’s’ Mojahedin Organization of Iran (MEK), which procured it from onsite observations and sources inside the Iranian government. NCRI is the parent organization of MEK. Jararzadeh said that the information his group has obtained indicates that METFAZ the unit responsible for building a trigger for a nuclear weapon has moved its main activities within Parchin, a key military complex. A press release by NCRI stated: “The reason for the move was based on the conclusion reached by regime officials that the probability for the IAEA to get access to Parchin in the future is extremely low, which means that the site is the optimal location for shielding the regime’s activities in this regard.”
In a related news and according to France 24 April 20, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson branded the Iran nuclear deal a failure, Wednesday as President Donald Trump ordered a review of how Washington is countering the threat from Tehran.

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Nurses in Iran have embarked on a campaign in the social media to express their protest and demand their basic rights. Lack of sufficient accommodations in hospitals, large gap between salaries of nurses and doctors, setting a price list on the nursing services, and implementation of the law on hard and harmful labor are among the main issues raised by nurses. (The state-run ILNA news agency – April 19, 2017)


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Amnesty International issued an Urgent Action statement on April
20, for political prisoner Atena Daemi held in Evin Prison in Iran. The statement reads in part: Iranian human rights defender Atena Daemi has  been on hunger strike in Tehran’s Evin prison since April 8. She is protesting the suspended prison sentences imposed on two of her sisters, Hanieh and Ensieh, for “insulting public officers on duty”. She has accused Iran’s security bodies of harassing family members as a way to inflict further pain and suffering on political prisoners. Her mother Massoumeh Nemati, also wrote a letter to the UN Special Rapporteur on Iran, Ms. Asma Jahangir, urging her to take appropriate measures to improve the situation of political prisoners in Iran.


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Four Baha'i women were arrested by security forces in the southern port city of Bandar Abbas and in the island of Qeshm on April 18. They are Mahnaz Jonnesar, Maral Rasti, Mehraleh Afshar and Nassim Ghanavatian. Security forces confiscated the women's personal belongings and equipment during inspection of their residences.



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Massoud Ghaderi Pasha, director general of the Coroner's Office in Tehran Province in Iran, announced Sunday, April 17, that six female workers had died in 2016 due to lack of safety measures at the work place.

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A large number of Iranian women among some 100 retired teachers staged a protest in front of the Budget and Planning Organization in Tehran on Tuesday morning, April 18. One of the protesters said, "We demand to receive our termination-of-service reward, proper balancing of pensions, and improvement of medical services provided by insurance." (The state-run ILNA news agency – April 18, 2017) Earlier on March 12, 2017, over 10,000 working and retired teachers staged protest demonstrations in Tehran and other cities to express their demands.

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Prison officials have once again refused to grant medical leave to political prisoner Zeinab Jalalian jailed in Khoy Prison, West Azerbaijan Province in Iran. Ms. Jalalian suffers from pterygium تیر جیوم and risks losing her eye-sight. In an international campaign in December 2016, Amnesty International circulated a petition for freedom of a number of human rights activists including Zeinab Jalalian who is deprived of needed medical treatment.
Zeinab Jalalian was arrested 10 years a go in 2007 in Kermanshah on the charges of contacts with Kurdish parties. The Revolutionary Court sentenced her to death but her sentence was later commuted to life in prison.

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Political prisoner Zahra Zehtabchi has been deprived of any leaves from prison.
Ms. Zehtabchi has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for supporting the opposition People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK). She has been in prison since 2013. Zahra is a social researcher and mother of two daughters. She has lost some of her family members, including her father, during the mass executions of the 1980s in Iran.

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A Tehran gathering entitled, "violence against women in shanty towns", discussed the deplorable conditions of women living in slums on April 19 in Iran. A volunteer for the Imam Ali Charity Society, Taravat Mozaffarian, addressed forced marriage of young women in these slums and said, "5 per cent of these women marry men who are 15 to 40 years older, 10 per cent marry men between 10 to 15 years older, and 85 per cent marry men less than ten years older than themselves." Ms. Mozaffarian also provided some figures on domestic violence against women. "47 per cent of these women experience contusions, 53 per cent suffer broken bones, 21 per cent are injured and three per cent are disabled," she said. (The state-run ISNA news agency, April 19, 2017)    

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Women teachers applying for housing in Zanjan-Iran held a protest rally in front of the Governor’s Office on Thursday April 20. Dozens of people participated in the rally. They protested the government’s failure to attend to their housing problems despite passage of 11 years.

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Just after a few days, that media company Telegram launched its voice phone service for the people inside Iran, the Iranian regime shut it down. Telegram voice phone would make it possible for people to get easier access to the outside world. The Iranian regime had asked Telegram to give them access to people's conversations online, but the company has refused.


Sunday, April 16, 2017

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Washington Examiner, News now, EU Reporters, Fox news to name a few on April 15 reported that Sen. John McCain, met with a group representing Iranian dissidents in Albania on Friday.
Speaking to members of the Mujaheddin-e Khalq, the largest of five organizations in the National Council of Resistance of Iran, at their headquarters in Tirana, McCain spoke about his opposition to the Iranian regime. 'Someday, Iran will be free. Someday, we will all gather in that square,' McCain said. The dissident group, also known as the Mujaheddin-e Khalq, has revealed information on Iran's nuclear and terror activities over the years.
The MEK says 140 MEK members were killed in seven attacks on Camps Ashraf and Liberty in Iraq by the Iranian regime, the Iraqi army and the pro-regime Iraqi terrorist militias.
In 2004, following the U.S. invasion of Iraq, the MEK residing at Camp Ashraf handed over their weapons and submitted to US military protection.
During the meeting, Mrs. Rajavi the president-elect of the National Council of Resistance thanked Senator McCain for his relentless endeavors in support of safe transfer of members of the PMOI outside of Iraq. She pointed out, “Today, there is consensus on the destructive role of the clerical regime in the region and that the religious fascism ruling Iran is the main source of war, terrorism, crisis in the Middle East.”  As long as the clerical regime is in power, Rajavi said, it will not stop its export of terrorism and fundamentalism. Rajavi added that from all indications the clerical regime is engulfed in social, political, and economic deadlock. The Iranian people and the resistance are more determined and prepared than ever to overthrow the ruling theocracy and to establish democracy and national sovereignty in Iran, she said.

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Security guards raided the women's ward in Evin prison in Tehran-Iran on Wednesday, April 12, to inspect the prisoners' belongings. Women were frisked in a humiliating manner, then the guards took them outside and searched all their personal belongings.




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The Prosecutor's representative threatened political prisoner Atena Daemi that he would accuse her of committing a crime because she has started a hunger strike. The children's rights activist Atena Daemi started her hunger strike on Saturday, April 8, to protest the imprisonment verdict issued for her sisters, Ensieh and Hanieh. Her family went to the Prosecutor on April 12, to urge them to attend to Atena's situation, but the representative of the Prosecutor, Haji Moradi, made threats to indict Atena.

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On Thursday April 13, the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned the Tehran Prisons Organization and Sohrab Soleimani, a senior official within Iran’s State Prison Organization, in connection with serious human rights abuses in Iran. This action reflects the United States’ deep concern regarding the human rights situation in Iran. Sohrab Soleimani is the brother of Iranian regime's most high-profile military chief Qassem Soleimani.

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Yesterday was the last day of registrations for the Iranian regime's presidential election. The Minister of Interior Abdulreza Rahmani Fazli paid a visit to the Election Headquarters on April 11 to oversee registration of volunteers for the election. He said in his remarks, that "the interpretation of the law so far indicates that the term 'political statesmen' does not include women." (The state-run Daneshju website – Apr. 11, 2017)
Article 115 of the Iranian regime's Constitution states that the country's president must be elected from among the religious and political statesmen (rejal). The word rejal literally means men of high achievement.
The Minister of Interior's explicit remarks means that the women registering to run for the elections will not be qualified by the Interior Ministry and will be deprived of being elected to presidency. More than 1500 ordinary people have registered for the election knowing that they wouldn't be approved by the guidance council.

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According to Asre-Iran State-run website April 11, a 45-year-old woman was arrested by the Cyber Police (FATA) in northern Iranian Gilan Province for her activities on the Internet. There has been no news about the woman's identity and her place of detention.




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United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres designated on April 10, 2017, children’s rights activist and Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai as a UN Messenger of Peace. The 19 year old activist also became an honorary Canadian citizen.



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Judiciary officials refused to grant furlough to human rights activist Narges Mohammadi who is presently detained in Evin Prison in Iran. This is while they have already received a 600-million-touman bail bond for her. Ms. Mohammadi has finished serving a six-year sentence for her first case. She has started serving another 10-year sentence as the second stage of her case which began on March 15, 2017. The Women's Committee of the Iranian resistance issued a statement on May 19, 2016, demanding revocation of Narges Mohammadi's unjust verdict and her release.

Sunday, April 09, 2017

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Yesterday April 8 at the Parliament Hill and across from PM office in Ottawa, the Iranian-Canadians gathered on the sixth year anniversary attack on Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK residents in camp Ashraf in Iraq where 36 were killed by Iraqi forces to commemorated the fallens. The demonstrators also condemned recent chemical attack on the Syrians civilians by dictator Assad al-Assad and emphasized on boycotting the upcomming Iranian regime's sham election. They chanted: "Go Go Go Bashar Assad must Go




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After years of inaction by Barack Obama which led to involvement
of the Iranian regime and Russia in Syria, on Thursday April 6, the US president Donald Trump ordered a missile attack against Bashar Assad's air base in Homs. This was a response to the recent
chemical attack on civilians and children near the same area. Nikki Haley US representative in UN said United States is ready to take further measures against the Syrian government. The Western counties such as Canada, Britain, Australia, France, Germany, National Syrian Coalition and the Iranian resistance, National Council of Resistance of Iran, have supported the missile attack against Assad in Syria.

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Political prisoner Sotoudeh Fazel, a 65-year-old teacher, has been deprived of revision of her sentence by the Court of Appeals in Iran. Mrs. Fazel was arrested on June 29, 2016, and is presently detained in the Women's Ward of Evin Prison.




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During Noeruz celebrations, security forces arrested a young woman in Sanandaj capital of Western Iranian Kurdistan province for wearing "unconventional clothes", namely a dress bearing the flag of Kurdistan. Chenar Hosseini was subsequently released by signing a written pledge, but she was summoned and threatened, a number of times.


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At least three female environmental activists, were arrested by security forces in Marivan, Iranian Kurdistan. They had staged a protest against burying the city's waste in a tourist area called, Samaghan Valley. Earlier, another twenty female environmental activists in Marivan had been arrested by security forces on March 18.


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According to State-run Vaghayee Ettefaghiyeh April 5, only two days to the start of the International Pars Marathons, Iranian officials announced that the race's routes have been changed because they could not control the veiling of non-Iranian female participants. Women were banned from running in the main route and they were permitted to run only around the Azadi Lake. Hamid Sa'adat, public relations director of the Athletics Federation, openly defended banning of women and said, "We are staging the tournament in an Islamic country and we must be able to control everything. We cannot hold the women's marathon race without observing the Islamic codes." The state-run Sharq newspaper reported that despite Iranian women and girls' overwhelming interest in the race, the tournament's website had shut down the women's registration section and only men could register for the competitions. The International Pars Marathon was commenced on Friday, April 7, in Tehran.

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A woman participated in the men's marathons in Shiraz, southern Iran, to demonstrate her protest to the exclusion of women. Mahsa Torabi started two hours earlier and ran 42 kilometers without having a number.




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The State-run Mehr news agency reported April 5, that according to official sources in Iran, there are some 226 female prisoners jailed for deliberate crimes. 90 per cent of them have no previous criminal record. The average age of imprisoned women ranges between 20 and 35.




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With the completion of her first prison sentence of six years on March 15, 2017, Narges Mohammadi's second prison sentence began on the same day. Ms. Mohammadi had been sentenced to six years of imprisonment in 2010 on the charges of disseminating propaganda against the state, as well as association and collusion against national security.


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Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been deprived of contacting her family and husband in U.K., for two weeks during Noerouz holiday- Iranian New Year. Nazanin Zaghari has been sentenced to five years in jail on the charges of acting against national security. She was arrested along with her 2 year toddler one year ago, at the airport as they were about to return to London after a family visit in Iran. She was transferred to Kerman and agents confiscated her daughters's British passport.

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The Iranian regime's Revolutionary Court of Qazvin sentenced Soheila Kargar, a civil rights activist, to five years imprisonment for "disrupting public security".
The edict mentions membership in telegram (a social network popular in Iran) groups among her charges.



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With the conclusion of her leave for the Iranian New Year holidays, Azita Rafizadeh, Bahaii prisoner of conscience, had to return to the Evin Prison. She has a 7-year-old son and has been charged with acting against national security and detained for her adherence to the Bahaii faith. Her husband, Payman Koushk-Baghi, is also imprisoned in Gohardasht Prison in Karaj.


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Atena Daemi, a human rights activist and advocate of children's rights, has gone on hunger strike to protest the prison sentences issued for her sisters Ensieh and 

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Earlier, on April 3, she had made a protest but there was no response to her demands, so she went on hunger strike. Ms. Daemi is presently detained in the Women's Ward of Evin Prison.



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The notorious Ebrahim Raisi has publicly announced that he would stand as a candidate in the upcoming Presidential election in Iran.
In a letter addressed to the regime's Supreme Leader Khamenei on March 22, some 50 mullahs, members of the Assembly of Experts, requested his nomination. He had told other factions that he would run for office if he had Khamenei's approval.
At the same time, Hassan Rouhani regime's current president told his cohorts that he had obtained Khamenei’s approval to run. Raisi is a former member of the death commission of the 1988 massacre of tens of thousands of political prisoners.


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According to Reuters Apr. 9: at least 21 people were killed and more than 50 injured on Sunday by an explosion in a church in the Nile delta city of Tanta, Egyptian state television reported. There was no immediate claim of responsibility and the cause of the blast, just one week before Coptic Easter and the same month as Pope Francis is scheduled to visit Egypt.

Sunday, April 02, 2017

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According to Middle East Eye, on Wednesday, the Standing Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade voted in favour of moving Bill S-219 to a debate in Canada’s Senate chamber. Bill S-219 is a non-nuclear sanctions against Iranian regime for violations of human rights, and its terrorist activities including the Iranian Revolutionary Guards or IRGC. This bill is to be sent to the Canadian senate for approval.

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Independent, reported on March, 30th that a 21-year-old Iranian man has been sentenced to death by the authorities for “insulting Islam” through messages he sent on an instant messenger app. Human rights lawyers say that Sina Dehghan, who was just 19 when he sent the messages, was tricked into signing his own death warrant after being persuaded to confess to the breach of Islamic law with the promise of release if he did so.
But after obtaining a confession, prosecutors dropped the agreement and sentenced Dehghan to death in January of this year, according to the Center for Human Rights in Iran.
Prosecutors asked that Dehghan be sentenced to death for “insulting the prophet’ as well as to 16 months in prison for ’insulting the supreme leader’.
Co-defendants Sahar Eliasi and Mohammad Nouri were also convicted of posting anti-Islamic material on social media. Nouri was issued a death sentence, and Eliasi's sentenced reduced from 7 years to 3years. According to Amnesty International, there were 289 state executions carried out in Iran in 2014, and according to the UN, at least 966 people were put to death in the country in 2015.

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Three female prisoners, Massoumeh Zia, Tahereh Riyahi, and Mahsa Roj'ati were transferred to solitary confinement in Ward 241 of Evin Prison on Saturday night, March 25.
No information is available on the reason for their transfer to the solitary ward.
Massoumeh Zia, a civil rights activist, Tahereh Riyahi, a journalist, and Mahsa Roj'ati, a civil rights activist, had been transferred to the Evin's Women's Ward after two months of interrogation in solitary confinement at Ward 209.

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Kurdish student activist Afsaneh Bayazdi has been sent into solitary confinement in the wake of writing a letter to Ali Khamenei, the Iranian regime's supreme leader, protesting insults, brutal torture and rape in prisons.
Ms. Bayazidi was interrogated and badly beaten up by authorities of the Central Prison of Kerman.
She writes in part in her letter: , "For 38 years, you have played with the people of Iran and all the ethnic groups like your rosary beads. And in the name of a false religion and an Islam which you have made up, you have tortured and raped people and given them long prison sentences, or executed them. I will never forget what happened to me and others like me, in prison but a day will come when people like me will see you and your accomplice in virtuous courts. We hope for the day when the occupying officials of the evil regime of the Islamic Republic would be punished as they deserve."
Afsaneh Bayazdi, Kurdish student activist, was sentenced on September 8, 2016, to four years in prison and internal exile to Kerman for disseminating propaganda against the state.

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The Women's Committee of the Iranian resistance on April 1st
condemned the Iranian Regime's Banning of Female Athletes' Competition on the Bogus Charge Of "Failing to Observe Islamic Codes". The Women's committee's statement reads: In an appalling measure, the clerical regime deprived five female Iranian athletes for one year from participating in all national and international tournaments for "failing to observe Islamic codes" while participating in China's Open billiard competitions.

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Families of death-row prisoners have announced that they will hold a gathering on April 9, in front of the Parliament in Tehran, calling for abolition of the death penalty. The families will converge on Tehran from different cities and provinces including Isfahan, Chahar Mahal-o Bakhtiari, Fars, Hormuzgan, Orumiyeh, Hamedan, Sistan-o Baluchistan, Kerman, West Azerbaijan, and Alborz.
They held similar gatherings on January 30 and February 25, 2017 demanding abolition of the death penalty.