Sunday, September 24, 2017

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On the 72nd United Nations General Assembly, Donald Trump the president of the United States for the first time and bluntly talked about the role of the Iranian regime as the state of exporting terrorism in the Middle East and its nuclear ambition. Trump said about the Iranian regime that: it “masks a corrupt dictatorship behind the false guise of democracy. It has turned a wealthy country with a rich history and culture into an economically depleted rogue state whose longest-suffering victims … are, in fact, its own people. Rather than using Iran’s vast oil profits to improve Iranian lives, the regime wastes this wealth — which rightly belongs to the Iranian people —
Trump concluded, that “the good people of Iran want change” and that “Iranian people are what their leaders fear the most.” “oppressive regimes cannot endure forever” and that the day will come when Iran’s people face a choice: “To continue down the path of poverty, bloodshed and terror” or “return to the nation’s proud roots as a center of civilization, culture and wealth where their people can be happy and prosperous once again?”
Mrs Maryam Rajavi , the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran-NCRI- welcomed President Trump’s remarks and characterized them as the first testimony by a US President over the past 38 years to underscore the need for regime change in Iran by the Iranian people, a cause that has been the declared policy of the Iranian Resistance for the past 36 years. Mrs. Rajavi added, “The recognition of the National Council of Resistance of Iran as the only democratic alternative to the terrorist, religious dictatorship in Iran is indispensable to ending and rectifying the United States’ disastrous past policy towards the people of Iran.”

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The Women’s Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran condemned the murder of Orouba Barakat and her daughter, Halla Barakat two Syrian activist women who were stabbed to death in their apartment in Istanbul- Turkey. Mrs. Orouba Barakat was a veteran figure of the Syrian Opposition who played a serious role in exposing the crimes of Bashar Assad particularly in the regime’s prisons. She had done research on the practice of torture in these prisons. Her daughter, Halla Barakat, was a journalist working with the opposition’s TV, the Orient News. The bodies of the Mother and daughter was discovered on Thursday Sept 21 by Turkish police. The Syrian opposition and USA has condemned Orouba and Hala's murder.

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According to state-run Mehr news agency Sept. 21, Thirty young women and men were arrested in a mixed-sex party in Varamin, north central Iran. This was announced by the Commander of Varamin’s Revolutionary Guard Corps, Davoud Asghari. He said agents entered a house in Varamin after getting information and identifying the place. The young women and men arrested in the party were handed over to the judiciary authorities for further investigations.


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Leila Mohammadzadeh was arrested while explaining the articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights for a group of women in a place near Zibar Lake in Marivan, Iranian Kurdistan. She now faces legal prosecution. She is also charged with “inciting women to reject Islamic norms through riding bicycles in public.” Her complainant is the State Security Force.
Mohammadzadeh had previously issued a statement in which she had accused Rouhani of giving promises for improvement of women’s rights, but not delivering on them after his victory. there were people who had used improving women’s rights as their election slogan, but that nothing had changed after their re-election... Presently, women face legal prosecution and arrest by the State Security Force if they ride bicycle in public in Marivan.


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According to State-run Daneshjou news website Sept. 20th, a Marivani school girl went on hunger strike to protest the announced results of the national test for university admission in Iran. Gelaveaj Arjangi, who was an honor student at the public school of Marivan, protested discrimination in student admissions to the Farhangian Beit-ol Hoda University in Sanandaj. She ranked 345 in the national test for university admission. According to her father, people with four-digit ranks had been admitted to the Farhangian University, but Gelaveaj was denied admission despite a three-digit ranking.


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Security forces in Tehran-Iran's capital, arrested a Christian couple after summoning them to the Intelligence Department. The Christian couple are accused of participating in a funeral in Behesht-e Zahra, in which they carried out Christian rituals. The incarcerated Christian couple have been identified as Mehrdad Houshmand and Sarah Nemati.




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The order of 80 lashes was carried out in Iran on Tuesday afternoon, September 19, for Leila Bayat.  Leila Bayat had sought refuge in Norway but was deported and sent back to Iran in March of 2017. She had been arrested in 2007 along with three of her friends in a private party and sentenced to 80 lashes for drinking alcoholic beverages. Leila was separated from her 13-year-old son and returned to Iran on March 11, 2017.


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2 Iranian women Melika Kavandi and Zahra Shafii Dehaghani have gone on dry hunger strike since September 19. They had been arrested 23 days earlier outside the Evin Prison when they were protesting the death sentence issued for the prisoner of conscience Mohammad Ali Taheri. They were subsequently taken to Shahr-e Ray Prison and detained there without being informed of their charges and determination of the status of their case.


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According to the Iranian resistance statement Sept. 22, the Iranian regime has hanged 33 prisoners from 12 to 20th of Sept. 2017 and on Thursday Sept 21st the hands of 3 prisoners were amputated for steeling. Thirteen prisoners were executed only on Wednesday, September 20 in Qom and Gohardasht prisons in Karaj, the central prison of Karaj, and the central prison of Qazvin (Chubin Dar). And two public executions were carried out in the cities of Aq Qala (Golestan province) and Pars Abad of Moghan (Ardebil province ). Between 12 and 19 September, 20 other detainees, including a female prisoner, were executed in Khorramabad, Karaj, Ardebil, Tabriz, Mashhad, Borujerd, Zanjan and Kerman prisons. Four of them were executed publicly in the cities of Islamabad Gharb, Anbarabad, Ilam and Salmas. Yadullah Movahhed, the head of regime’s judiciary in Kerman, called the five executed prisoners in the city 'the cause for insecurity and wickedness.'

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Parvin Heydari, a nurse with 17 years of experience at the Nabavi Hospital of Dezful in Khuzistan Province, said she had been expelled from her job for having pursued the implementation of the law on improvement of productivity, reported state-run ILNA news agency Sept. 18. She said: I worked with the staff, and with their cooperation, we gathered signatures and sent a letter to the Department of Labor, demanding implementation of this law. I faced heavy opposition for doing so and was eventually fired from my job.”  This is while according to the UN and CSW programs for women’s economic empowerment, women have the right to organize in workplaces and communities to uphold women’s labor rights, ensuring decent work and defining policy priorities.

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The case of a prominent player of the national women’s Futsal team of Iran is still open and might lead to her death sentence.The Futsal player whose name is not published collided with and killed a police officer in the Narmak neighborhood on her way home on May 13, 2017. The player is currently free on bail according to the state-run Pars Football website – September 18. Futsal is an indoor football or soccer.


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A Kurdish woman, identified as Farangiz Zareii, is currently being held in the Central Prison of Sanandaj, capital of the Kurdistan of Iran, on an 18-year prison sentence for alleged complicity in murder. Her husband was executed three years ago but Farangiz has been in prison for the past five years without a single day leave. She only has an elderly mother.According to one of her inmates, Farangiz has repeatedly announced that she had “no knowledge of the murder and did not participate in it in any way.”

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Carol De La Paz, a World Karate Federation instructor from Chile, left Iran with dissatisfaction after three weeks of giving technical advice. Critics blasted Iran’s Karate Federation for inviting her to Iran and called her “a dancer” and “a singer" who seeks "to promote the pervert culture of the West.”
In an interview, De La Paz said, “I have traveled to numerous countries but had never experienced anything like this… I respected everyone in Iran… but what eventually happened was incredible and unfair… The federation held a meeting with me and expressed interest in cooperation. But the rest of the story and the material published are very offensive.”
She stressed, “The Spanish President of the World Karate Federation has announced his full support for me regarding the events in Tehran, saying that they should have never happened… I am still waiting for the explanations of the officials of Iran’s Karate Federation. They have not shown any special reaction to those who insulted me, unfairly.”

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Nastaran Na’imi, the wife of Iranian prisoner of conscience Sohail Arabi, was fired from her job under the influence of the Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC).
In a letter from Evin Prison dated September 14, 2017, Soheil Arabi wrote, “The interrogators of IRGC intelligence continue to treat him and his family in illegal manners.” Soheail Arabi who's on hunger strike in a letter had thretened that if the couple are not freed he will go on dry hunger strike meaning he will refuse water and other liquids.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Radio Irava's interview with Marc Nelson, American Artist and Art teacher


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Marc Nelson earned his B.A in Fine Arts from Augustana College  in Rock Island, Illinois and Art Education Teaching Certificate from Western Illinois university. He's been teaching art for the past 10 years. Although his passion is to teach the beautiful world of art as he puts it to his students, Marc knows no boundaries when it comes to human rights violations and it reflects in his paintings that he draws from Syrian human catastrophe to the suffering of political prisoners on hunger strike in Gohardasht prison in Iran.  
Marc believes we shouldn't just watch human suffering around the world and should break the silence and do something about it. He emphasis's on today's world of social networks as a tool for artists, to protest the unjust. I was so honoured that he found the time out of his busy schedule to talk to me about his art and the positive role an artist can play. 


Sunday, September 10, 2017

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A group of Kurdish women staged a protest rally on September 7, in Baneh, in the Kurdistan of Iran. They protested the shooting and arbitrary killing of Kurdish porters by security forces.
In the morning of September 4, the State Security forces in the border area of Baneh shot and killed two Kurdish porters who were 21 and 45 years old.
The deaths have led to widespread outrage among residents of Baneh, Marivan and other cities such as Sannadaj and Kermanshah. People are calling to stop killing hard working porters who in most cases have high degree of education. Poverty is the main reason for the people in border area of Iran such as Kurdistan to work as porters and carry heavy items on their backs through rough and deadly paths.


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According to state-run Mehr news agency Sept. 8, Fire at a girls' school in the city of Meshginshahr, northwest Iran, led to the complete destruction of the roof. The school was shut down in the wake of this incident and 300 students are remained out of school on the eve of the new academic year. The Governor of Meshginshahr, Mir Ali Rahimizadeh, said, “In the current situation and given the limited time left before the school year, it is not possible to repair the roof and make it ready for the start of the new school year.”

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The State-run ILNA news agency reported on Sept 6 that female teachers held a protest rally in front of the Governor’s Office in Kermanshah, western Iran, on Tue. September 5, demanding to be officially employed by the Education Department. Despite years of service and experience, the teachers have not been officially hired yet and their employment status is still undetermined. Some 30 female pre-school teachers, on Sept. 4 staged a gathering outside the office of the governor of Golestan Province in the city of Golestan, northern Iran, to protest the uncertainty surrounding their employment status.

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The news of repeated rape of a mentally disabled woman in Iran at a Tehran government-run welfare center has shocked and outraged the public. According to state-run Mehr news agency Sept. 3rd, the 30-some year-old woman has lived in the welfare center for several years. An aid worker who wants to remain anonymous said that the young woman had been repeatedly raped by one of the workers at the facility. It was also found out that this was not the first case of rape by the assailant but he had previously assaulted two other mentally disabled women in the center.
In the wake of the aid worker’s report, inspectors intervened and had the worker fired from the facility, but the director of the welfare center called him back to work and arranged instead for the transfer of the mentally disabled woman to another center as had been the case with the other two women. The director of the center has also refused to send the victim for medical examinations to start legal action against the worker. It should be noted that there is no law in Iran which incriminates violence against women.

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Imminent rupture of gallbladder is threatening the life of Atena Daemi, a political prisoner detained at Iran’s Evin Prison.
Simple renal and gallbladder problems diagnosed in April have developed into a dangerous condition due to prevention of treatment by the director of Evin’s dispensary. Presently, Ms. Daemi is in danger of a gallbladder rupture and even if she is operated on, the surgery will be accompanied by infection, physicians say.
In April, in the final days of her 54-day hunger strike, Atena Daemi was visited by a physician at a medical center outside the prison, and diagnosed as suffering from initial precipitation of gallstones and primitive infection of the kidneys. The doctor ordered her to be hospitalized.

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State-run Jam-e Jam reported on Sept 5 that 19 young women and men were arrested in a private party in Sirjan, in Kerman Province, southern Iran. The General and Revolutionary Prosecutor of Sirjan announced, “After receiving information that a mixed night party was being held on Saturday night in one of the suburban gardens, the issue was followed up by Sirjan’s Intelligence and Public Security Police.
”He added that after receiving warrants from the judiciary, police forces entered the premise and arrested a number of women and men. Sharia Judge Mohsen Nikvarz continued, "Those arrested included seven women and twelve men. A number of others, including the party hosts who are on the run, are being followed by the police.”

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A number of protesters hacked the Azadi Stadium’s website on September 6, after Iranian women were not allowed to enter the stadium to watch the football match between the national teams of Iran and Syria the day before. This is while Syrian women had entered the stadium to watch the game even without a Hijab.
The ISNA news agency reported, the website of Azadi Stadium has been hacked. The hackers have posted a photo of Syrian women among spectators inside the stadium on the homepage of this website. The title on the photo read, “Shame on you, brothers! That’s all.”
ISNA noted that the Azadi Stadium authorities initially denied the hack but subsequently said that the website had undergone some problem for a while

Monday, September 04, 2017

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On Thursday Aug. 31st Iran Democratic Association-Canada held a rally and a Press conference at the Parliament Hill in support of the Justice Movement for the victims of 1988 Massacres of 30,000 executed political prisoners in Iran. The Canadian Parliament has recognized 1988 Massacre as Crime Against Humanity. During the press conference inside the parliament, honorable Irwin Cotler, former minister of justice asked the Canadian government to include the 1988 Massacre in Canada led Human rights resolution at the United Nations this year.

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During the past weeks in Solidarity with the striking political prisoners in Gohardasht Prison, freedom-loving Iranians and supporters of the Iranian Resistance staged demonstrations and rallies in various cities of the world, including in Los Angeles, Berlin and Hamburg, London-UK, Stockholm and Gothenburg, Oslo, Copenhagen, Aarhus , The Hague, Toronto, Ottawa and Vancouver. The striking political prisoners in Gohardasht are in dire condition.
The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Iran, Asma Jahangir, on
Thursday Aug. 31st, expressed her deep concern about the situation of a number of prisoners who have been on prolonged hunger strike to protest against their transfer to a high-security section of Rajai-Shahr prison in Karaj, West of Tehran, and about their treatment while in detention. “I am deeply alarmed by reports about the deteriorating medical conditions of the prisoners on hunger strike, and that their torture and ill-treatment have continued since their transfer,” Ms. Jahangir said. “Depriving prisoners of having family contact, lawyers and adequate medical care is contrary to international law,” the rights expert said, adding: “I urge the Government of Iran to look for a prompt solution to the extreme situation created by the hunger strike through good faith dialogue about the grievances and underlying human rights violations, ensuring full respect for their dignity and autonomy,” the expert concluded.

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The bus carrying a number of Iran’s talented and elite students on their way to Shiraz overturned in Darab highway leaving 44 young women dead or wounded. The accident took place at around 4 Am on Friday, September 1. The deputy operations officer of Iran’s Emergencies Organization has confirmed the deaths of 11 and injury of 33.  Thirteen girls have been reported to be in critical conditions. Hassan Noori said four young women suffered amputated limbs or spinal cord injuries. Three of the critically wounded have been transferred to a hospital in Shiraz. On the cause of the accident, the state-run press has reported the bus driver as being drowsy. (The state-run ISNA news agency, September 1, 2017) This is not the first time that large groups of young people get killed in bus accidents. In a similar accident on March 17, 1997, the bus carrying students of Tehran’s Sharif Industrial University was driven into a gorge, killing seven students and two members of the university’s faculty of staff. Maryam Mirzakhani, a world math genius who died of cancer in US recently, survived that deadly accident.

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Violent approach of agents of Tehran’s municipality led to an old street vendor's heart attack. Tehran Municipality agents roughed up a female vendor on the street on Friday, September 1. The woman subsequently suffered a heart attack.




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According to state-run ILNA news agency Aug. 30, three of the women working in a brick kiln in East Azerbaijan Province, in northwest Iran, were seriously burned in a gas explosion on August 29. Vahid Shadinia, the public relations officer of the East Azerbaijan’s Emergency Center, said, “The explosion occurred in the room where workers lived and as a result, 30-50% of the injured workers have been burned.”
The injured workers are members of the same family aging 15, 36 and 50. It is reported that the wounded women are presently in dire conditions.
The town of Viaghan in East Azerbaijan has a population of 5,000 people, and most of the families in this town work at the brick kiln.

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Four activist women calling for repeal of the death sentence issued for Iranian prisoner of conscience Mohammad Ali Taheri were arrested on August 28, in front of Tehran’s Evin Prison in Iran. The four women; Zahra Shafii, Melika Kavandi, Zahra Ebrahimi, and Raha Davoudian were on the second day of their sit-in outside Evin. The women used to be students of Mohammad Ali Taheri. Zahra Ebrahimi and Raha Davoudian were transferred to the women’s ward of Evin. Taheri’s lawyer, Mahmoud Alizadeh Tabatabaii, announced on Sunday, August 27, that his client had received a death sentence and that they would appeal.

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A large number of women who have lost their deposits due to fraud by Arman's credit institution, launched a protest rally on August 29. They demanded reimbursement. Protests against Arman Credit Institution which is backed by Iran’s Central Bank have started since March 2017, and women have expressed their protest at multiple gatherings to the plunder of their deposits.



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“Girls under 15 and young women between 15 and 19 years of age face higher risk of death during delivery, respectively five and two times greater than those women who deliver after 20,” said Fereshteh Sarbazi, a member of the Association of Gynecologists and Obstetricians. Sarbazi reiterated, “Teenage pregnancies mostly happen in rural and poor societies who are not educated. Although mothers under 19 years of age need more medical care during pregnancy, they do not have the opportunity to see a doctor since such marriages mostly take place in low income families.
“The other dangers of early pregnancies include pregnancy poisoning, anemia, death of the mother, insufficient fetal growth, and death of the fetus.” (The state-run ILNA news agency – August 29, 2017)

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Iranian regime hanged 2 men; Fardin Hosseini 31 a Chemical engineer and Masoud Valizadeh, both from Ardebil on Wed. Aug. 30th in Ardebil Centeral prison. Fardin and Masoud along with 2 other prisoners were transfered to quarantine in Ardebil.




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Ms. Ashraf Rahimkhani, 54, former political prisoner of 80's has been sentenced to one year in prison. She is presently charged for running a library called the Mother’s Library. Ms. Zeinab Keshvari, 37, has also been sentenced to four months in prison. She was charged with cooperating with Ms. Rahimkhani in running the Mother’s Library. Ms. Keshvari suffered a miscarriage while violently attacked at night at her residence by the Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC).
Founded in 2010, the Mother’s Library was widely welcomed by women and girls in the town of Andimeshk. In recent days, a number of labor and political activists are being summoned or are awaiting revision of their sentences by the court.

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Iranian civil rights activist Ms. Elham Rasouli Baghi was sentenced to one year of imprisonment by Tehran’s Revolutionary Court.
Elham was arrested on May 12, 2016, in a gathering outside the Dena Tire Company building in Tehran in protest to the corrupt bureaucracy in Iran. She was interrogated by agents of the Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Sarallah Garrison.



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According to state-run ILNA Aug. 27, the Public Prosecutor of
Mazandaran, northern Iran, announced that the Judiciary would be harsh on those women who do not cover their hair in their cars. “If any woman is detected without the veil in a car, her car will be impounded and she will be turned to the Judiciary,” said Public Prosecutor Assadollah Jaafari, adding “Despite the fact that some people consider cars as a private area, I do not believe in this and any kind of dropping the veil inside a car will be legally dealt with,”.  “Also, dropping one’s veil on the beaches, during jet-skiing, and on powerboats, will be legally dealt with.” said Jaffari.
Jaafari also stressed on monitoring and controlling all shops and manufacturers of clothing that violate Islamic norms. He said, “Supplying unsuitable clothes is one of the important challenges that Islamic societies face.”  In the latest example of summer crackdown on women in Iran, a photo has been published on the internet, showing the Moral Security Patrols enter the Noor beach in Mazandaran, northern Iran. They prevented women and girls from enjoying their leisure times on the beach.