Sunday, January 24, 2021

 رادیو ایرآوا ۵ بهمن ۹۹= ۲۴ ژانویه ۲۰۲۱

میهمان: خانم سهیلا دشتی، آموزگار و نویسنده

موضوع: زندانی سیاسی کیست و چگونه تعریف می شود؟ سعید ماسوری کیست؟- قسمت اول









According to the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran(PMOI/MEK) Jan. 24, the number of Covid-19 fatalities in Iran has exceeded 205,800 in 478 cities across Iran. Meanwhile Khamenei in a Fatwa, has ordered the ban of purchasing the Covid vaccine for the Iranian people. 

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On Jan. 19, Mahboubeh Rezaii has been arrested and taken to the Prison of Bushehr, to serve her 2 and a half year jail sentence. Ms. Rezaii is from the city of Borazjan, in Bushehr Province, in southern Iran. Her charges include “assembly and collusion against national security”, “membership in one of the opposition groups”, “insulting the (mullahs’) leader” and “propaganda against the state” for which she had been sentenced to a total of 13 years in jail. The Revolutionary Court of Shiraz said that 5 years of this sentence will be implemented according to the regime’s laws. The Revision Court finally upheld 2.5 years of the sentence for this activist woman. Mahboubeh Rezaii was first arrested in May 2017 but was temporarily released on bail until final disposition of her case. In another development, the trial of Shakila Monfared, a civil activist, was held in Tehran on January 20, 2021. Three male guards and a woman from the IRGC’s Sarallah Garrison took her to prison after the trial. Born in 1993, Shakila Monfared resides in Tehran. On August 22, 2020, intelligence forces arrested her as she was leaving home. She is charged with “insulting the (mullahs’) leader” and “propaganda against the state.” At least 41 Kurdish citizens have been arrested so far in a wave of arbitrary arrests that stared on January 9. Most of those apprehended had been involved in civil, cultural, environmental and student activities. https://tinyurl.com/y66h3z2g

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The Iranian Intelligence services have deprived a Christian woman from getting employed for converting from Islam to Christianity. A former prisoner of conscience, Mary Mohammadi (Fatemeh) wrote in a post that nearly one year since she was released from Qarchak Prison in Varamin, she has been deprived of finding employment. The companies that she previously worked with, have refrained from hiring her under pressure of intelligence services and against their own will. Her former boss said about the situation: “For the sake of my one-year-old child, I cannot take any risks.” Mary Mohammadi was deprived of continuing her education in Tehran’s Azad University – North Branch where she was studying English translation, in December 2019. Earlier on April 7, 2018, Tehran’s Revolutionary Court sentenced this Christian woman to 6 months’ imprisonment on charges of Christian activities and acting against national security through propaganda against the state. She was released from prison after finishing serving her sentence. On January 12, 2020, intelligence agents violently brutalized and apprehended her near Tehran’s Azadi Square during the nationwide protests against the downing of a Ukrainian passenger airliner by the Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). Mary Mohammadi was sexually harassed and abused while under interrogation in Vozara detention center in downtown Tehran. She was rearrested a second time for alleged “disruption of public order and calm” by taking part in an illegal gathering. She was sentenced to three months and one day of prison and 10 lashes. The Revolutionary Court of Tehran sentenced each of two Baha’i women, Sofia Mobini and Negin Tadrissi, to five years’ imprisonment. The two women are charged with celebrating the birthday of the Baha’i prophet in 2017. https://tinyurl.com/yxhcgjpb

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On Saturday, January 16, two members of Glaris all-women musical band were summoned to the Intelligence Police of the State Security Force of Kermanshah-Iran. Nazanin Atabaki and Nasrin Yazdanipour, solo singers of the musical band, were interrogated by the police. Subsequently, they were temporarily released on bail until their prosecution is finalized. According to an informed source two members of Glaris musical band had performed in a video advertisement for a furniture store. Members of Glaris musical band in Kermanshah, including Nazanin Atabaki, Samira Farahnaki, Maliheh Moradi, Nasrin Yazdanipour and Elham Yazdanipour have been summoned several times over the past days. They were compelled to sign written pledges not to participate in production of such video clips. The all-women Glaris musical band was founded in Kermanshah in 2017. It is active in performing folklore and traditional Kurdish music. Under the misogynous laws of the Iranian regime, women are censored and banned from singing in public. In the initial years of the mullahs’ rule, all female singers and performers were forced to stay home. https://tinyurl.com/y2sz25kp 

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Tehran’s Revolutionary Court issued a verdict on January 19, sentencing media activist and journalist Moloud Hajizadeh to one-year imprisonment. Moloud who lives in Tehran, had posted articles in protest to the bloody crackdown on the protests in Iran in November 2019. She also wrote against the downing of the Ukrainian airliner by the regime’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) on January 8, 2020, which led to the deaths of all the 176 passengers and crew on board. https://tinyurl.com/y3a29oe6

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Parizad Hamidi Shafaq was sentenced to 18 years and six months of imprisonment for her activities on social media. She is presently detained in the notorious Qarchak Prison in Varamin. Parizad has already served 11 months in ward 8 of Qarchak Prison. Agents of the IRGC Intelligence arrested her in February 2020. After undergoing interrogations for 25 days, she was transferred from the solitary cells of Ward 2A of Evin Prison to Qarchak Prison on March 19, 2020. The Revolutionary Court of Tehran sentenced Parizad Hamidi Shafaq to 18 years and six months in prison. Since she did not object the sentence, her final sentence was commuted to 5 years and 7 months and 15 days. In another news, three detained Kurdish women have been transferred to the detention center of the IRGC Intelligence in Urmia, capital of W. Azerbaijan Province. Esrin Mohammadi, arrested in Tehran; Darya Talebani, arrested in Karaj; and Azimeh Nasseri, arrested in Bukan; have been taken to the IRGC Intelligence’s detention center in Urmia.

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Intelligence agents kidnapped a young poet and threatened to cut her tongue if she continues to write poems. This news was published on January 18. The young poet, Taraneh Mohammadi, was taken out of the city of Baneh in Iran-Kurdistan on January 11, where she was insulted, humiliated and harassed. One of the intelligence agents who spoke Farsi told her that they would cut her tongue out. Ms. Mohammadi's posts in the social media and her poems were mostly about human rights of the Kurds, women’s rights, children, and violence against women, including forced marriages. https://tinyurl.com/y2sfdkwm

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40 days after the arbitrary arrest of Nazanin Mohammad Nejad, this student activist continues to remain in solitary confinement in Ward 209 of Evin Prison. Nazanin is deprived of having access to a lawyer and of calls and visits with her family. Forces of the IRGC Intelligence broke into Nazanin's home on December 8, 2020 and arbitrarily arrested her. She was taken to Ward 2A of Evin Prison and detained in solitary confinement. IRGC Intelligence forces confiscated some of her personal belongings. Nazanin Mohammad Nejad was a student activist at Tehran and Allameh Tabatabaii universities. She is from Mahshahr, in the southwestern Province of Khuzestan. Nazanin’s sister had earlier announced that the IRGC Intelligence is responsible for life and safety of her sister. https://tinyurl.com/y6rwx3jd

Sunday, January 17, 2021

 


Over 203,000 people have died of the Covid-19 in 478 cities across Iran, according to reports tallied daily by the Iranian opposition People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) as of Sunday January 17.



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“Despite growing concern of physicians over the possibility of her becoming paralyzed, no decision has been taken for starting medical treatment of this prisoner,” said lawyer Mostafa Nili about the situation of political prisoner Raheleh Ahmadi. She must be urgently granted medical leave, but nothing as such has happened, yet.” Raheleh Ahmadi suffered a nervous shock after her daughter, Saba Kord Afshari, was abruptly relocated to the notorious Qarchak Prison. She had mobility problems and was sent to hospital twice, including on January 5, 2021, when she was sent to Tajrish Hospital. Specialist physicians say she could be paralyzed. No decision has been taken on her treatment while the decision is an emergency. Intelligence agents arrested Mrs. Raheleh Ahmadi at her home on July 10, 2019 and taken to Qarchak Prison. She was temporarily released 4 days later on a bail of 700 million Tomans, until her prosecution was finalized. Subsequently, she received a prison sentence of 2 years and 7 months. On February 1, 2020, she was summoned and taken to the women’s ward of Evin to serve her sentence. https://tinyurl.com/y4n2sz5k

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Detainee nurse Bahareh Soleimani, 43 years old and a resident of Tehran-Iran, has been transferred to the women’s ward of Evin Prison after completion of her interrogations. Intelligence Ministry forces arrested Bahareh Soleimani on October 16, 2020, and detained her in solitary confinement in the IRGC Intelligence Ward 2A in Evin Prison. Ms. Soleimani suffers from lung complications due to infection with COVID-19 since she had been attending to COVID patients since the outbreak. She needs urgent medical attendance and treatment. The family of this detained nurse are worried about fabrication of charges against her. She has been deprived of having access to her lawyer since being apprehended. Intelligence Ministry forces ransacked her family’s house and her own house in Tehran. During the inspections they confiscated her personal belongings such as her computer, cellphone, books, CDs and floppy disks. Ms. Soleimani’s family referred to the Evin Courthouse on October 18, 2021, and inquired about her. But they were told that their daughter is being held in a high security section and in solitary confinement. They could only visit her after her status is determined.

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Political prisoner Arash Sadeghi, Golorkh Iraee's husband, who is detained in Gohardasht Prison of Karaj, sent out an open letter on January 13. In part of this letter, he said: “Last week, my mother-in-law suffered a stroke and was hospitalized after she learned about the beating of her daughter with batons and stun guns. The question is how much maneuvering power does an interrogator enjoy under the Islamic Republic’s Judiciary? Does he have the power to threaten and harass the family of a prisoner? Intimidation and harassment of the families of political prisoners has become a routing practice for the Islamic Republic in recent decades. It seems that the Judiciary’s structure, the torture methods have returned to those of the 1980s, and are widely practiced with special cruelty.” It's beem more than a month since the forcible transfer of political prisoner Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee to Ward 2A of Evin Prison. There is still no information available on her conditions. Earlier, after repeated referrals by the Iraee family to the Evin Courthouse, Amin Vaziri, supervising the conditions of political prisoners, told them: “The riot in Qarchak had been organized by Golrokh Iraee and whatever happens to her, she deserves it.” He added, “For the time being, you should not be waiting for your daughter.”  https://tinyurl.com/y3xppll5

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Political prisoner Massoumeh Senobari suspected of cancer, is deprived of medical care in Prison of Tabriz, in Iran. Massoumeh's family have been following up on her treatment and medical tests and have accepted to pay for her treatment, but prison authorities have prevented her from doing her ultrasound test and overlooked her visits to the prison dispensary requesting dispatch to civic medical centers. Last October, Massoumeh Senobari had contracted the Coronavirus but was deprived of medical treatment and proper food. Political prisoner Massoumeh Senobari, born in 1988, is sentenced to a total of eight years in prison. One year for “propaganda against the state,” five years for alleged “membership in the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran,” and two years for “insulting Khamenei.” https://tinyurl.com/y4j5lcu9

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The clerical regime’s security and intelligence forces arrested a number of activists such as Darya Talebani and Azimeh Nassri on Jan. 9 and summoned, Haleh Safarzadeh and her husband, Alireza Saghafi, to the courthouse of Karaj to serve their one-year sentences. The Appeals Court of Tehran Province upheld a 2-year sentence for Raha Asgarizadeh, journalist, photographer and women’s rights activist, on January 7 and at the same time, Zahra Nazouri, whose husband is detained as a political prisoner in Evin Prison, was sentenced to one year in prison by the Revision Court of Isfahan Province. Mrs. Nazouri is charged with “propaganda against the state.” In another news, Afsaneh Azimzadeh, a children’s rights activist, was arrested on December 14, 2020, and has been detained since without standing a trial in the IRGC detention center, Ward 2A of Evin Prison. Ms. Azimzadeh was arrested in Tehran’s Milad Hospital when she was following up on the heart problem of her mother. https://tinyurl.com/yxmcqgk4

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Nurses of Milad Hospital in Tehran-Iran held a protest in front of the hospital’s entrance, demanding pay raise and payment of their salaries during the pandemic, reported state-run ILNA news agency January 12. Nurses of Milad Hospital who participated in this protest said: Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have not received our fees for fighting the Coronavirus. We did not have a salary raise in recent months, either. This is despite the fact that our job has become difficult and hazardous after admission of patients infected with the Coronavirus. The protesting nurses were accompanied by a group of the hospital’s staff. Their demands included a 50% raise in their salaries, payment of fees for fighting the Coronavirus, payment of their past-due salaries, job security, official contracts, and attending to their demands. https://tinyurl.com/yxbzjh6t


Wednesday, January 13, 2021


 The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) announced on Tuesday, January 12, 2021, that the Coronavirus death toll in 478 cities had exceeded 200,600. Amnesty International in reaction to remarks by Ali Khamenei, Iranian regime's supreme leader on Fri Jan. 8, that banned Covid vaccine in the county said: Iran's Supreme Leader banning lifesaving #COVID19 vaccines from the UK and US to millions of people in Iran is in step with the Iranian authorities' decades-long contempt for human rights, including the right to life and health. 

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The pressure of forced labor in Tabriz Prison drove one of the female inmates to cut her wrist. But prison authorities claimed that she had done so because of family problems. Massoumeh Bahrami cut her wrist on Sunday, January 3, 2021, and was transferred to the prison’s clinic. Ms. Bahrami, 28, is imprisoned on drug-related charges. Tabriz Prison’s authorities reportedly forced female inmates to wash all the blankets and carpets of their ward in the courtyard in the severely cold weather of Tabriz. The frail women were also forced to move their beds to the yard and paint them. The women were compelled to do forced labor in Tabriz Prison while the weather was -1 degree Celsius during the day and -4 degree Celsius at nights. https://tinyurl.com/y6yjf73h

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On the first anniversary of the downing of the flight 752 by the Iranian regime's IRGC near the capital Tehran, the families of the victims organized memorial for their loved ones. On Jan. 8, 2020 the Iranian regime shot down the Ukrainian airplane leaving Tehran for Kiev and killed all 176 people on board. 55 of the 147 Iranians on board were Canadian Citizens. Canada has marked Jan. 8 as the national day for victims of air disasters. Similar commemorations were held in Toronto as well. 

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Branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court of Tehran convened on Tuesday, January 6, examining the charges against political prisoner Forough Taghipour, 25, and her mother, Nassim Jabbari, 58. They were arraigned with the charge of “propaganda against the state. ”The Sharia judge presiding the court threatened to level the charge of “Moharebeh (waging war on God)” against Forough Taghipour, presently detained in Qarchak Prison, and her mother, Nassim Jabbari, who is out on bail for the time being. Forough Taghipour rejected the charge and did not accept it, saying she was innocent but the sharia judge Amouzad made threats to summon her interrogator to the court. Under the clerical regime’s laws, Moharebeh or waging war on God is punishable with the death penalty. Suspicions are that Amouzad is planning to drive the case in this direction. Forough and her mother along with Zahra Safaei and her daughter Parastoo Moini were arrested on Feb. 24, 2020. Forough Taghipour contracted the COVID-19 in Qarchak Prison. https://tinyurl.com/y5ab2bja

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The Prosecutor’s Office of Abadan-Iran, Branch 7, ordered the arrest of Bahareh Cheshm Berah, who was badly injured after inhumane treatment by a security agent in the Berim District of Abadan late last October. Simultaneous with the arrest warrant issued for Bahareh, her assailant, Mehdi Kazemi, was exonerated, her lawyer and a journalist from Khuzestan reported. On October 22, 2020, a video clip circulated in social media of a young woman Bahareh in Abadan with bloody face being held on the ground while a security agent for the Oil Company touched her inappropiateley and put his foot on her chest. The person behind the harrowing incident was Jahan-Nejadian, a high-ranking manager of Abadan Oil Refinery and an operative of the Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). The Security Force of the Berim District in Abadan also cooperated with him and brutalized the young woman. (The state-run Mardomsalari daily – October 23, 2020) The charges leveled against Bahareh Cheshm Berah include trespassing, beating and arson. https://tinyurl.com/y28x2ghn


Sunday, January 03, 2021

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More than 196,500 people have died of the Covid-19 in 478 cities across Iran, according to reports tallied daily by the Iranian opposition People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran- PMOI as of Thursday Jan. 3, 2021. 


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More than 20 days since her forcible transfer to Ward 2A of Evin Prison, her family have no news on Golrokh Iraee and her conditions. Golrokh Iraee’s family are extremely worried about her health and the possibility of fabrication of a new case against her. As a result, her mother suffered a nervous attack and is presently hospitalized. Golrokh Iraee has not had any contacts or visits with her family since she was taken to the IRGC Intelligence detention center at Ward 2A in Evin Prison. After repeated referrals by the Iraee family to the Evin Courthouse, Amin Vaziri, supervising the conditions of political prisoners, told them: “The riot in Qarchak had been organized by Golrokh Iraee and whatever happens to her, she deserves it.” He added, “For the time being, you should not be waiting for your daughter.” Intelligence services, however, are known for their fabrication of charges and filing new cases against prisoners who are about to complete their sentences. The IRGC Intelligence summoned political prisoner Golrokh Iraee to Ward 2A of Evin Prison on December 7, 2020, without mentioning any reason. Political prisoner Golrokh Iraee who was detained in Qarchak Prison, called the measure illegal and refused to go to the IRGC detention center. On Sunday, December 13, the new warden of Qarchak Prison oversaw 20 male and female anti-riot guards who raided political prisoners in Ward 8. They brutalized the inmates in Ward 8, and beat them with stun guns and batons. The guards took political prisoner Golrokh Iraee by hair and dragged her out of the ward to send her to the IRGC Intelligence Ward 2A in Evin Prison. Golrolkh Ebrahimi Iraee was imprisoned in Evin on October 16, 2015, for writing an unpublished book against stoning. During her time in prison, a new file was trumped up against her, according to which she was sentenced to more imprisonment. After an 81-day hunger strike, Golrokh Iraee was finally released from prison on April 8, 2019, after completing her first sentence, but had to deposit bail for her new prison sentence. Shortly afterwards, Ms. Iraee was rearrested and taken to Qarchak Prison to serve her 3 years and 7 months’ prison term.  

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The Iranian regime's Judiciary hanged the 111th woman during Hassan Rouhani's tenure on Sunday, December 27, 2020. her name was Zeinab Khodamoradi, 43 years old and from the city of Qorveh. She had been imprisoned for five years. She suffered from mental imbalance and nervous disorder. Her family could not afford to pay the 700 million Tomans set as blood money for the victims, so she was sent to the gallows. https://tinyurl.com/y9f92yam

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The Iranian regime hanged 3 prisoners on Sun. Jan. 3rd, 4 others on Thur. Dec. 31, 2020. Their names are: Hassan Dehvari, Ilias Ghlanderzehi, Omid Mahmoudzehi, Hamid RastBala, Kabir Saadat Jahani, MohmmadAli Arayesh, Abdolhmaid Mirbalooch and Mohammad Hassan Rezaei. Mohammad hassan was 16 when arrested for alleged murder. 6 of the victims were Muslim Sunnis. 

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Cultural activist Sahba Hemadi also known as Lamya was taken to the Sepidar Prison of Ahvaz on December 31, 2020, one day after the Revolutionary Court of Ahvaz sentenced her to 7 years in prison. She is accused of “armed insurgency and acting against national security.” Sahba was under the most cruel physical and psychological tortures while in detention for two years. She was detained for six months in Evin Prison. She was given electric shocks under interrogation and her arms bare scars of burn because of it. Hemadi was arrested in October 2018. She was sentenced to death in May 2019, but in November, it was commuted to 15 years . https://tinyurl.com/ya4bh6rp

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Maryam Akbari Monfared started her 12th year in prison on Wednesday, December 30, 2020. She is a political prisoner jailed in Evin since 2009 without one day of furlough. Maryam was arrested on December 30, 2009, after the major upheavals on December 27 that year which nearly toppled the Iranian regime. In June 2010, the 15th Branch of Tehran’s Revolutionary Court sentenced her to 15 years in prison on the charge of “Moharebeh (waging war on God) through membership in the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran,” a charge which she never accepted. Maryam Akbari Monfared has three daughters and suffers from thyroid malfunction and rheumatism. She lost two of her brothers during the executions of members and supporters of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran in 1981 and 1984. Her sister and younger brother were executed during the massacre of 30,000 political prisoners in summer of 1988. https://tinyurl.com/y9lz6xth

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Civil activists Nazanin Mohammad Nejad, a student of Russian language in Tehran's Allameh Tabatabaii university, Bahareh Soleimani a nurese and Somayyeh Kargar a graduate student of Philasophy from University of Tabriz, continue to be detained in Ward 209 of Evin Prison. They have been arbitrarily arrested and are presently detained in limbo. In another news the Evin Prison authorities continue to oppose the release on bail of Shohreh Hosseini, an interpreter and civil activist, who has been detained in Evin Prison since November 28. Also children’s rights activist Afsaneh Azimzadeh has been detained in solitary confinement since December 14, in one of the intelligence wards of Evin. Mehrnoush Songhori, an artist, also was summoned to the Evin Prison Courthouse on December 23, but was readily arrested there.  https://tinyurl.com/y9aw4v4a