Sunday, November 10, 2019


Former political prisoner Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee was once again arrested on Saturday, November 9. She was arrested at home by 10 male security forces and taken to an undisclosed location. The security forces did not show their warrant for her arrest. On June 18, of this year, the Revolutionary Court of Tehran examined a new case filed against Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee and Atena Daemi for their protest while in detention to the executions of three Kurdish dissidents. The court sentenced them to 1.5 year imprisonment for “propaganda against the state” and to 2 years and one-month imprisonment for “insulting the leader (i.e. Ali Khamenei).” Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee was arrested by the Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Intelligence on September 6, 2014, along with her husband and two other activists for an unpublished article. Political prisoner Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee was finally released from Evin Prison on April 8, 2019, after serving half of her sentence. Just before she was re-arrested on Sat., she was collecting signatures to help her imprisoned husband Arash Sadeghi who is in critical condition due to refusal of medical care by the prison authorities.

Once again, political prisoner Fatemeh Mossanna was deprived of visiting her husband, Hassan Sadeqi, imprisoned on political grounds, in Gohardasht Prison in Karaj. On Sunday, November 3, Amin Vaziri, deputy prosecutor observing political prisoners, ordered cancellation of a visit between political prisoners Fatemeh Mossanna and her husband, because he did not agree to wear the prison garb, handcuffs and shackles during the transfer. Fatemeh has met her husband only three times since February 2019. The imprisoned couple were supposed to see each other in October, but their visit was cancelled for the same reason.
Fatemeh Mossanna was imprisoned for two years in 1981 at the age of 13, and her three brothers were executed by the clerical regime in the 1980s.
Fatemeh Mossanna and her husband, Hassan Sadeqi, were arrested on April 9, 2014, during the funeral ceremony of Mr. Sadeqi’s father who was a member of the opposition People’s Mojahedin of Iran (PMOI/MEK). She has been imprisoned in the Women’s Ward of Evin since.

The imprisoned student activist Leila Hosseinzadeh who is serving her 30 month prison sentence in the women's ward of Evin prison, was not allowed to receive medical care. On October 21, she was sent to Taleghani Hospital with a three-day delay to receive treatment for a broken finger. There, she was operated on and doctors inserted a pin to fix her finger which needed to be removed after a few weeks. After two weeks, prison officials are refusing her the opportunity to go to hospital to have the pin removed. Leila Hosseinzadeh was the secretary of the students’ Central Council at Tehran University. She was arrested during the December 2017-January 2018 uprising and protests and subsequently sentenced to six years in prison and a two-year ban on leaving the country. The Revision Court, however, commuted her sentence to 30 months on June 24.

Hadiss Sabouri, 40 and mother of a 17-year-old son, reported in to the 2nd interrogations branch of the Prosecutor’s Office of Evin Prison on Saturday, November 2, upon receiving a warrant last week. There, she was informed of her charges including “assembly and collusion against national security” and “dissemination of false information,” and subsequently apprehended and taken to the Women’s ward of Evin Prison. Haddis Sabouri had been arrested in August 2018 during the protests against high prices in Tehran. She was detained in Qarchak Prison of Varamin but later released on bail.
Ms. Sabouri was subsequently tried where she received a two-year suspended prison sentence by the Revolutionary Court of Tehran.
civil activist Zahra Mohammadi has been held in detention for five months despite her family’s depositing of 700 million tomans of bail bond for her temporary release. The Interrogations Court of Sanandaj, however, prevents acceptance of the bail amount.
Zahra Mohammadi has been in detention since May 23, 2019. She has been under tremendous pressure during her interrogations to make forced confessions. On September 18, 2019, Ms. Mohammadi was secretly taken for trial without informing her lawyer or family. Upon finding out, her family and lawyer objected this trial and the trial was eventually postponed to September 25.
Mohammadi, 28, is a member of Nojin Cultural Association which is active in protection of the environment in Kurdistan. She holds an M.S. degree in geopolitics from the University of Birjand, capital of south Khorasan Province in Iran.
The clerical regime continues to pressure civil and human rights activists in a bid to contain growing protests by a disgruntled populace who are fed with poverty and hunger.

A deadly 5.9 magnitude earthquake hit northwestern Iran on Friday morning, November 8. At least four women and a 10 year old girl were among those killed in the earthquake. Hundreds more have been injured. The number of fatalities has grown to 8.
The four women and girl children were: Zahra Abedi, 10, and Reyhaneh Ghorbani, 13 (pictured above); Goli Jalili, 47, and Khatoun Rezazadeh, 78.
The tremor struck at around 2:00am local time in Iran’s East Azerbaijan Province and there have been at least 152 aftershocks until evening. A magnitude 5 earthquake can cause considerable damage.
The governor of East Azerbaijan Province said on the state TV, “Six cities and 140 villages in our province have been affected… According to the latest data, 1500 housing units have been destroyed in this earthquake.” (The official IRNA news agency – November 8, 2019)
One of the villagers told the state-run ISNA news agency that the sick and wounded are still left unattended. The villager who lost his wife and niece in this earthquake, said his niece, 12, died on the way to hospital. “If there were a hospital, no one would have died.” (The state-run ISNA news agency – November 8, 2019)
Four women and girl children die in deadly earthquake in northwestern Iran
1500 housing units were destroyed in East Azerbaijan.
In 2003, a 6.6 magnitude earthquake destroyed the historic city of Bam, killing 26,000 people. In 2017, an earthquake of 7.3 magnitude hit vast parts of Kermanshah Province in western Iran, leaving at least 620 dead and 9,338 people wounded. Two years after this earthquake, the residents of these areas still live in horrific conditions.
In spring 2019, devastating flashfloods hit at least 25 provinces all across Iran, leaving behind horrendous human and material damages.
The Iranian regime has left the people of Iran defenseless in the face of natural disasters, by plundering Iran’s wealth or wasting it on warmongering and anti-patriotic nuclear and missile projects.

Sunday, November 03, 2019


A young Iraqi woman, Noor Marwan, studying in the Medical School of Baghdad, was killed during protests in Baghdad when tear gas canisters hit her in the head on Monday, October 28, 2019.
Hundreds of thousands took to the streets of Iraq this week in the second wave of protests against the government of Adel Abdul Mahdi and deep-seated government corruption. While as an OPEC member, Iraq is one of the world’s largest oil exporters, many Iraqis live in poverty and are deprived of clean water, electricity and basic medical services.
The protests and uprising in Iraq started on October 1, over unemployment and poor living conditions, but swiftly escalated into anti-government protests calling for regime change. They also are calling for the Iranian regime to stop meddling in their country. As the people of Lebanon, Iraqis are under pressure buy the Iranian regime's agents in the government.

On Thursday, October 24, the Moral Security Police arrested 50 people during a raid on a party held somewhere near Mashhad-Iran, announced the general director of the Department of Justice of Khorasan Razavi, Qolam-Ali Sadeqi.
Sadeqi said, “Female police agents arrested 23 women attending the party.” They were arrested on the pretext of being improperly dressed.
The Moral Security Police sealed off the location and impounded 24 vehicles belonging to the participants in the party, towing them away to a public parking lot. (The state-run ROKNA news agency – October 26, 2019)


In an interview with the official IRNA state-run news agency, the director of Weight-lifting Federation, Ali Moradi, admitted that female weight-lifters who have not won any medals in Asian and global competitions have not received any salaries.
Moradi admitted, “Unfortunately, women have not been paid any amount, in the hosting section of the Iranian Olympiad and other competitions. Considering that female weight-lifting is a new sport (in Iran), women (in this field) have not received any salaries, yet; because none of them has won championship.” (The official IRNA news agency – October 29, 2019)
In another report, Jaleh Kardan, member of women’s national disc throwing team, said that men earn three times greater than women in this field. Pointing to discriminations against female athletes, Kardan explained, “Such inequality and discriminations must be blamed on sport clubs and it is the federation’s duty to tackle these problems. Young women who are doing well should earn the same amount as men. Female athletes have no other choice than to succumb to these conditions, because there are no clubs to sponsor them for participating in different competitions.” (The official IRNA news agency- October 29, 2019)
Discrimination against female athletes in payment of salaries is the main problem of female athletes in some fields.
Nastaran Moghimi a female futsal player said, “Lack of live television broadcasts of women’s competitions results in lack of sponsors who finance the teams, and this has a huge impact on the inequality of salaries.” (The official IRNA news agency- October 27, 2019)
The head coach of SAIPA women’s futsal team, Niloufar Ardalan, in an interview said, “The lack of financial sponsors and broadcasting has made a huge difference in the wages of male and female players in most sports.” (The official IRNA news agency- October 26, 2019)
“Male futsal players earn five times greater than women futsal players,” said Nastaran Moghimi one of the members of the national team. An Indoor soccer game is called Footsal.

Sunday, October 27, 2019


The Iranian regime's Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) has been preventing granting furlough to Kurdish political prisoner Zeinab Jalalian for medical treatment, despite her family’s depositing of a bail bond.
Mr. Ali Jalalian, Zeinab’s father, has been cited as saying that she is suffering from intestinal complications and heart problems. Jalalian family deposited one million tomans for her bail bond despite difficulties but the MOIS is handling the case of Zeinab Jalalian and refuses to accept the bail.
Mr. Jalalian said his daughter has been in jail for 12 years and their inquiries to get her released temporarily for medical treatment have gotten nowhere. Even in recent weeks, when Zeinab Jalalian’s brother passed away, they did not allow her to attend his funeral.
Denial of medical treatment to political prisoners is one of the most common methods the Iranian regime uses to bring double pressure on political prisoners.
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.
Kurdish political prisoner Zeinab Jalalian was arrested in March 2008 in Kermanshah at the age of 25. She was first sentenced to death which was later commuted to life sentence on the charge of “enmity to God” and “membership in Kurdish parties.”
She has several medical conditions, including heart, intestinal, and kidney problems, as well as an oral thrush or Canadianism that has caused painful white bumps on her tongue and interferes with her ability to eat and swallow. She also suffered from a severe dental infection.
Zeinab Jalalian is at risk of losing her eyesight in prison as she is being denied surgery for a worsening eye condition called pterygium, which is impairing her vision and causing her severe discomfort.
The right side of her body is numb, the reason for which remains unknown, as she has not received any diagnostic tests.
Additionally, she is experiencing dips and spikes in her blood pressure, which the prison doctor has said is linked to the stress and psychological pressure she is under.

Political prisoner Sepideh Qolian went on hunger strike on Sunday, October 20, to protest increasing pressure brought on her family and relatives by intelligence organs. Her protest was also to the authorities’ mistreatment of inmates in Qarchak Prison. She demanded that a delegation from the Judiciary visit Qarchak to look into the abysmal conditions of inmates in this prison.
Sepideh Qolian was freed on bail on Saturday.

Civil rights activist Sepideh Qolian was arrested during the protests by workers of Haft Tappeh Sugarcane Factory last winter. She was later sentenced to 18 years in prison.
Her sister, Samaneh Qolian was arrested and detained on October 21, 2019, in Ahvaz, only a day after Sepideh went on hunger strike. Samaneh was released after one day of interrogations.
political prisoner Atefeh Rangriz ended her hunger strike in Qarchak Prison on Wednesday, October 23, 2019, after eight days.

In another development, political prisoner Atefeh Rangriz ended her hunger strike in Qarchak Prison
on Wednesday, October 23, after eight days and was freed on bail on Sat.
Atefeh Rangriz is a master’s student of sociology and a labor activist arrested during the Labor Day protest in Tehran on May 1, 2019.

Also on Tuesday, October 22, 2019, students of Tehran University held a protest gathering declaring support for Soha Mortezaii, who has been holding a solo sit-in for ten days in front of the university’s library. Soha Mortezaii was arrested in January 2018 during the nationwide uprisings in Iran. She is demanding that the ban on continuing her education for a Ph.D. be lifted.

In her twitter account Ensiyeh Daemi posted that her family was banned from meeting her sister Atena in the prison’s visiting hall. Ensiyeh Daemi posted on October 20, 2019, “In the visiting hall, they stamped our hands. This is a routine we have to go through whenever we go for a visit. Then we went to the hall where we can meet in person. Suddenly, a guard brought a letter from the warden indicating that we could not meet in person, without mentioning any reasons. We were shocked. We asked why but did not get anywhere. So, we went for a cabin visit. Unaware of the ban, Atena had cooked lunch. Even Atena could not get an answer. We talked and we did not reach any conclusions as to why this ban had been imposed, except that Atena was a thorn in their eye.”
Political prisoner Atena Daemi, a children and civil rights activist, was arrested on December 21, 2014, for her peaceful activities. She was tried on March 14, 2015, and charged among others with “propaganda against the state”, “association and collusion against national security”, and “insulting Khamenei.” Atena was sentenced to 14 years in prison in a court presided by Sharia Judge Mohammad Moghiseh, a member of the Death Commissions in the 1988 massacre of 30,000 political prisoners. Atena’s sentence was subsequently commuted to seven years which she has been serving since 2016. Just recently, she was sentenced to another 3 years and seven months in prison for protesting execution of Kurdish activists.

On October 15, 2019, Jaka Ismailpour, was arrested along with her husband and two other men, in Bukan, in West Azerbaijan Province in Iran. She was transferred to the city of Urmia by security forces.

A Christian woman, Rokhsareh (Mahrokh) Ghanbari, 61, reported in to Kachouii Prison in Karaj to serve her one year in prison.

Women’s rights activist and news photographer, Aliyeh Motallebzadeh, was sentenced to three years in prison by the revision court. Aliyeh Motallebzadeh is the Vice President of the Association for the Defense of the Press.
Motallebzadeh was arrested by agents of the Ministry of Intelligence on November 26, 2016, and held in solitary confinement in ward 209 of Evin Prison where she was interrogated for 25 days.
Tehran’s Revolutionary Court issued a three-year prison sentence for Aliyeh Motallebzadeh, on the charge of association and collusion to commit crimes against national security.

Girl children sifting through garbage to earn a meager living are victims of absolute poverty in Iran. The “Garbage Mafia” in the capital Tehran takes advantage of them to make fortunes.
Addressing this issue, Hossein Maghsoudi, member of the Iranian regime parliament, said, “Garbage gangs use derelict children and women, and addicts to collect garbage. Today, these children are victims of this ‘dirty gold.’ Currently, there are some 15,000 scavengers in the capital, 5,000 of whom are children. 40% of them are 10 to 15 years old and their families’ only breadwinners.” (The state-run ICANA news agency – October 18, 2019)
State-run media have written about the girl children sifting through garbage saying they are more vulnerable to diseases than boys. Their long hairs are full of lice and they have not enough water to wash their hair. The little water they use is contaminated. (The state-run ICANA news agency – October 20, 2019)
Iron deficiency, lice, skin and ear infections, severe malnutrition, hepatitis A and AIDS are just some of the diseases child laborers are affected with.
Elham Fakhari, a member of Tehran’s City Council, had earlier said, “Most of these children have diseases, but their illnesses are not a priority among their problems, because most of them are sexually abused.” (The state-run ILNA news agency – June 12, 2019)
A garbage dump woman called Zainab says “bullying and rape are the main problems female workers in the garbage dump have to deal with.”
A social activist also said, “Children sifting through garbage work an average of more than 10 hours a day. There were kids who worked 20 hours a day. This is kind of a modern slavery.” (The state-run Tahlil-e Iran website- January 8, 2018)
There are children from 4 to 12 years old among the scavengers. Living in sheds made of junks and full of vermin, lack of bathrooms and showers, and contagious diseases are just some of the problems these children have to deal with.

Sunday, October 20, 2019


Atefeh Rangriz, a graduate student of sociology and a labor activist, started a hunger strike in the notorious Qarchak Prison of Varamin on October 16, 2019, to protest her unjust treatment in prison. Atefeh Rangriz has been sentenced to 11 years and six months in prison and 74 lashes. On her first day of hunger strike she wrote an open letter and revealed her situation.
 In part she wrote: I was arrested on May 1, 2019, during the International Labor Day gathering. After four days, I could be freed on a 30-million-toman bail, but my release was prevented. For 28 days, I was being transferred back and forth between Qarchak and Evin prisons and interrogated. Although I had repeatedly told them in my answers that my activities had been completely legal, and I could not understand any of their questions, I finally faced charges which were utterly fake and fabricated… I have repeatedly objected to the illegal proceeding of my case, including the rejection of my bail bond, and the authorities’ failure to observe the principle of separation of prisoners’ categories. I have also protested in various ways the handing down of unfair sentences. This is a summary of the unlawful situation I have been through over the past 5 months and 13 days. Outside the prison, my family did not receive any response for their inquiries, neither did I from inside… Therefore, I have made a weapon from my body to stand up to the injustices we have and continue to experience. I hereby announce that I am going on hunger strike to protest the five times illegal rejections of my bail bond, and also to protest the unfair sentences and my illegal detention in Qarchak Prison. I know it all too well that my life is not worth protecting for those who are playing with it. I have decided to endure this suffering to break the suffocating silence that is effectively killing our civil society and our righteous cries. Hence, I conclude this letter with two words that have echoed throughout the history of oppressed people, “Either death or freedom.”
Atefeh Rangriz, Qarchak Prison, October 16, 2019


22 school girls were poisoned and hospitalized after inhaling carbon monoxide gas in their classrooms in a school in Kargan Jadid village of Bostanabad, in East Azerbaijan Province in Iran. The heating system of Asiyeh girls’ school in Kargan Jadid Village started mal-functioning, leaking off carbon monoxide and poisoning the students, according to a report by the official IRNA news agency on Wednesday, October 16, 2019. They were taken to Bostanabad hospital by the Red Crescent emergency ambulances and other vehicles.

Amir Hooshangi, director of the Education Department in Bostanabad, announced, “The students will be transferred to another school until the problems in this educational unit are resolved.” (The official IRNA news agency – October 16, 2019) Iranian girl children are victims of non-standard systems and deficient school infrastructures, unsafe transportation, and irresponsible approach by the authorities. School children have been repeatedly poisoned due to unsafe and deficient heating systems.

25 school girls were poisoned by carbon monoxide gas at the all-girl Payam-e Hedayat elementary school in the city of Bam, Kerman Province in southern Iran. (The state-run ISNA news agency- January 29, 2019)

In February 2018, Supervisor for Emergencies, Pir-Hossein Kolivand, announced that 23 high school girls in Mashhad had also been poisoned by carbon monoxide when the chimney of the classroom’s heater was blocked, giving off carbon monoxide into the classroom. (The state-run ROKNA news agency- January 21, 2018)

In December 2012, one of the most tragic incidents happened in an elementary girls’ school in Shinabad village, a subsidiary of Piranshahr in West Azerbaijan Province. One of the classes caught fire where 37 girls got burned. Two of them died, and the rest suffered serious injuries for the rest of their lives. The government took no practical measures, failing to offer proper support for the treatment of the girls.

The 36th branch of the Revision Court of Tehran Province approved and finalized one-year prison sentences for six female singers. Tehran Province’s Court handed down the sentences for the six female singers charged with unauthorized audiovisual activities, collaboration in making music and images, and airing them on anti-regime satellite networks. In May 2019, a female singer was prosecuted for solo singing during a tour of Abyaneh, a village in Isfahan Province. (The state-run Fararu website – May 21, 2019) In another event, Tehran’s Guidance Ministry Court summoned Matin Sotoudeh, a cinema, television and theater actress, on October 16, 2019, for the way she had dressed up during the screening ceremony of a movie.

Back in August, the commander of Tehran’s State Security Force, Hossein Ashtari, declared that posting pictures of people wearing dresses not complying with the official dress code is a breach of law. He added, “It doesn’t matter who is breaking the norm; whether an artist, an actress or a celebrity, all of them will be dealt with accordingly.” (The state-run ROKNA news agency- August 5, 2019)

Women have always been banned from solo singing under the mullahs’ rule and were targets of censorship. In the early years of Khomeini’s rule, female singers were literally forced to stop their activities and go home, and many had to leave the country. Many others were forgotten and left alone without being able to make ends meet. Only a small number of female singers that chose to tolerate the regime’s repressive censorship, were allowed to perform before a female audience.

Back in May, female musicians were banned from playing in a traditional music band supposed to perform in a charity concert at the auditorium of the Azad University of Qazvin. They were not allowed to even sit among the audience. (The state-run ILNA news agency – May 23, 2019)

The Tehran Supreme Court rejected the flogging and exile verdict for Salman Khodadadi, accused of raping a young woman, Zahra Navidpour. Following a suit filed by Zahra Navidpour, Tehran Province’s Criminal Court convicted Salman Khodadadi of adultery “without use of violence” and sentenced him to 99 lashes in addition to two years of internal exile and deprivation of holding elected or appointed positions. Khodadadi objected the verdict and his case was undertaken by one of the branches of the Tehran Supreme Court. While rejecting the charge of “rape,” the Supreme Court branch accepted the convict’s objection and did not uphold the preliminary ruling because Khodadadi suffers from diabetes and injects insulin. The case was turned back to the Criminal Court of Tehran to be re-examined. (The state-run Fararu website – October 15, 2019) Zahra Navidpour, 28, from the small city of Malekan in East Azerbaijan Province, was looking for a job after her father’s death, when she was offered a job in Tehran by Salman Khodadadi, the deputy of Malekan in the Iranian regime's parliament. Zahra was locked up, harassed and subsequently raped by Khodadadi at his office in Tehran. Then, she was threatened and warned against telling anybody about the incident. Zahra filed a suit against Khodadadi. She held audio recordings and other incriminating documents at hand, but due to the deputy’s collusions with the court, she faced an unfair trial and a presiding judge who was intent to incriminate her. In a verbal encounter in the parliament building, Khodadadi had threatened to kill Zahra and her family “overnight without anyone knowing.” In a letter to the judge presiding her case, she wrote that she had no security and that she needed to be protected. Finally, Zahra Navidpour was found dead at her mother’s home on January 6, 2019. It seemed that she had committed suicide. The coroner’s office was supposed to perform autopsy on Zahra Navidpour’s body to determine the reason for her suspicious death, but security forces stole and secretly buried her body in a village before autopsy.

Tehran University students held a protest against Rouhani’s presence at Tehran University on Wednesday, October 16, 2019. They held their protest gathering in front of the university’s mosque. They also spoke out against heavy prison sentences issued for student activists and depriving them of continuing their education.