Sunday, January 22, 2017

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On Jan. 19, Tehran's Plasco commercial building collapsed and tens of people including firefighters died due to fire. 17 story Plasco building was Iran's oldest high-rise and contained a shopping center with 600 shops and 400 clothing suppliers, came down after a four-hour blaze. Habib Elghanian was a prominent Iranian Jewish businessman who served as the president of the Tehran Jewish Society and acted as the symbolic head of the Iranian Jewish community in the 1970s. He was executed on Spring of 1979 by Sadegh Khalkhali with charges of Moharebeh (enemy of God) and contacts with Israel. He was the first Jew and businessman to be executed by the Iranian regime.

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According to reports prisoner Saeed Nohi of section 7 in Tehran’s notorious Evin prison died on Monday, January 16 due to lack of medical care.





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Amnesty International issued a report on January 18, criticizing "persistent use of cruel and inhuman punishments, including floggings, amputations and forced blinding over the past year" by the Iranian regime. The report includes examples of flogging and harassment of Iranian women.



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Two women were among at least 14 prisoners who were executed in the Central Prison of Karaj on January 14. The prisoners had been transferred to solitary confinement on January 8. The women have not been identified.
The Iranian regime hanged Shamseddin R in Kerman prison on Sunday, January 15 and Babak Asghari 37 on Thursday, January 12 in the central prison of Hamedan.
The Iranian regime collectively hanged 20 prisoners on Saturday, January 14 in the Gohardasht and Ghezelhesar prisons in the city of Karaj. The regime also hanged two prisoners in the central prison of Lakan in Rasht, and another one in the northern town of Sari.

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Agents of the Revolutionary Guards Intelligence Corps arrested a number of women's rights activists in Tehran on Monday, January 16. The arrests are aimed at preventing their gatherings in Tehran to protest recent acid attacks on women. Two of those arrested have been reported to be Zahra Khandan, journalist and former student activist at Amir Kabir University, and Soha Mortezaii, also student activist. They were both arrested at their residences in Tehran.


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119 infants have been abandoned in the streets of Alborz Province- central Iran from March 2015 to December 2016, according to the figures announced by the Welfare Organization of Alborz Province. Daryoush Bayat-Nejad said: "Last year, the Welfare Organization of Alborz accepted 295 children, 77 of whom had been abandoned. Another 42 abandoned infants were accepted from March to December 2016." Poverty is the main reason many destitute women are forced to abandon or sell their newborns.

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According to IRNA state-run news agency Jan. 14, A law professor at Beheshti University told a gathering on the situation of women in Iran, "The Civil Code adopted in 1982 and reformed in 2002, set the age of marriage for girls at 13. We tried hard to leave the age of maturity out of the law, to no avail."
Hossein Mehrpour said, "In Article 16 of CEDAW, it has been reiterated that engaging children and wed them is considered illegal… Presently, in our country, according to the Civil Code and the Law of Islamic Punishment adopted in 2013, the age of maturity is 9 for girls and 15 for boys. We have arguments on this".

Monday, January 16, 2017


Jan. 16 marks the 22nd anniversary of the foundation of Radio Irava. On Jan. 16, 1995 Radio Irava went on the air as Ottawa-Gatineau's first Farsi Radio program and since 2005 Radio Irava has been serving the Iranian and
 Canadian community as the only Farsi/Eng radio program in this region.
 Special thanks to CHUO 89.1 FM and you for supporting Radio Irava all these years. 


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Sunday, January 15, 2017

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According to reports received by the Iranian resistance, on Thursday January 12, the political prisoner, Saeed Shirzad, on his 37th day of hunger strike in Gohardasht prison in Karaj suffered severe drop in blood pressure and lost conscious, when the prison officials were forced to transfer him to the one thousand beds hospital in Tehran. The prison officials had tried to open the sewed lips of this political prisoner but his cellmate did not allow the officials to do so without his consent. Saeed Shirzad sewed his lips on December 7, 2016 and staged hunger strike to protest inhuman treatment of the prisoners and the pressures on them by prison officials. Political prisoner, Saeed Shirzad, 28, was arrested on June 8, 2014 and held in Evin Prison’s ward 209 cells for two months incommunicado. He was later tried in the regime’s so-called courts 15 months after his arrest and sentenced to 5 years imprisonment on the charges of “assembly and collusion against national security.”
In response to the requests by a number of relatives of political prisoners and families of those executed to end his hunger strike, Saeed wrote: “Let me continue this hunger strike and be the voice of imprisoned voiceless.”

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The Iranian regime hanged some 20 prisoners in mass executions On Sat. Jan. 14, in Gohardasht and Ghezel Hesar prisons. Amnesty International and Human rights watch had called for halt of their executions. During Hassan Rouhani's tenure since 2013, close to 3000 people have been executed in Iran.
On January 11 the Iranian regime executed a prisoner in Urmia Prison, northwest Iran. The day before another prisoner was sent to the gallows in Maraghe Prison, northwest Iran. On January 8, two other prisoners were hanged in public on charges of theft in the town of Sarpol Zahab in Kermanshah Province, western Iran.
Three death-row prisoners, including a woman, were transferred to solitary confinement on January 10, in the Orumiyeh Prison, to be prepared for implementation of their verdicts.
During Rouhani's presidency, since 2013, at least 71 women have been hanged and executed in Iran.


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Struan Stevenson the President of the European Iraqi Freedom Association (EIFA) wrote in The Hill on Jan. 13, that Unofficial reports in Iran are hinting at the possible appointment of Ebrahim Raisi as the likely successor to the late Hashemi Rafsanjani’s position as head of the Expediency Council, a powerful body, which is intended to resolve disputes between the Iranian parliament and the Guardian Council. Rafsanjani died on Sunday, Jan. 8. Although relatively unknown in the West, the 56-year-old Raisi was a key member of the “Death Commission” that in the summer of 1988, oversaw the massacre of 30,000 political prisoners, mostly members of the opposition People’s Mojahedin of Iran (PMOI or MEK). Stevenson continues: When Donald Trump enters the White House later this month, he and his new Secretary of State Rex Tillerson cannot allow this grisly crime to go unpunished, particularly when they know that the murderers are not only still alive, but in positions of power inside Iran. Ruthless killers like Raisi and Pour-Mohammadi must be held to account and indicted for crimes against humanity

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Ms. Massoumeh Zia a member of the Cosmic Mysticism, better known in Iran as Erfan-e Halgheh was transferred to solitary confinement in Ward 209 of the Evin Prison. Massoumeh was arrested at the airport on January 6, upon return to Iran from a family visit abroad. Massoumeh Zia's sister announced on January 12, that her family had learned from Massoumeh's whereabouts when she called her niece and told her where she was.

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According to State-run Jamn-e Jam online Jan. 12, two young women were arrested by the State Security forces in Dezful (southwestern Iran) for riding motorcycles.
Ali Elhami, an SSF commander, said, "Two outlaw girls took advantage of the absence of the State Security Force in the Jungle Park of Dezful and rode a motorcycle contrary to the values and traditions of our society… The State Security Force undertook extensive measures to follow and arrest the girls." he added.

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Because of the performance of female singers in Arak- Iran, all musical concerts were banned until further notice. Mehdi Haghighi, the general director of the Central Province's Department of Guidance, announced this and added that a music hall had been sealed for this reason.
"The Department of Education held a ceremony on December 18, 2016. In a video clip from this ceremony, one can see a woman singing in a long shot," Haghighi said. "I believe this was not a solo singing but two singers were present in this ceremony… Since this has created a major problem for the province, we decided to stop all concerts in the city of Arak." Under Mullahs's rule women are banned from singing in public in Iran.

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In an interview published on January 12, 2017, Behshid Arfania, member of the Lawyers' Guild, explained about institutionalization of discrimination against Iranian women in the law.
She said, "In many laws, women's rights have been violated. The most important of these laws is article 1105 of the Civil Code which says the family is headed by men."
Arfania added, "In fact, women have no respect in family or society even if they have high education or skills. They are always looked upon as second class citizens." (The state-run ILNA news agency, January 12, 2017)

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Two female chess champions announced that they are not going to take part in the 2017 championship competitions in Tehran- Iran.
Irina Krush from the US mentioned lack of security and Mariya Muzychuk from Ukraine mentioned the obligation to wear the veil as their reasons for not participating in the games. (The state-run ISNA and Tasnim news agencies – January 10, 2017)
Irina Krush, 34, is an American chess international grandmaster who has won the US Women's Chess Championship in 1998, 2007, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015.
Mariya Muzychuk, 25, is an Ukrainian chess player and Women's World Chess Champion from April 2015 to March 2016. She is also a twice women's champion of Ukraine (2012, 2013), World Team and European Team champion with Ukraine in 2013 and bronze medal winner of the 2012 and 2014 Chess Olympiad with Ukraine.

Sunday, January 08, 2017

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Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, one of the Iranian regime's most murderous mullah, died today at age 82. He held different positions in the regime since 1979 and had hand in the mass executions of thousands of political prisoners in the 1980's and in sending children to battle field during Iran-Iraq war. Rafsanjani is also known as the mastermind behind the assassinations of Iranian dissidents in Europe in the 1990's.



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Yesterday Sat. Jan. 7 the Iranian-Canadians gathered in front of the
Parliament and across from Prime Minister's office and called for the freedom of Mr. Ali Moezzi a political prison who's sentence has ended but the Iranian regime has transferred him to an unknown location. The Iranians also called for the freedom of Arash Sadeghi, Maryam Akbari Monfared and all other political prisoners in Iran.

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The Iranian regime was finally forced to release Golrokh Ebrahimi
Iraee on Tuesday, January 3, 2017 and that ended her husband Arash Sadeghi's 72 days of hunger strike. Arash Sadeghi was finally transferred to hospital on Sat. but despite doctors direct order for hospitalization, they returned Arash back to Evin prison.

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Civil and children's rights activist and political prisoner Atena Daemi staged a sit-in in Evin prison after learning about the summoning of her relatives. After two days, Evin warden Charmahali called her and threatened her so that she would withdraw here complaint against the IRGC. He said the complaint would get nowhere but will be used against her."



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Tehran's Khomeini Hospital refused to do a liver transplant operation on a sick woman who was suspected to be an Afghan, according to Jahan-e San'at Jan. 6.
The woman's nephew said their family were originally from Sistan-and-Baluchistan, but had been residing in Gonbad for the past 35 years. He stressed that his aunt's documents and confirmation by the coroner's office indicating that she was an Iranian citizen were at hand through her husband, nevertheless hospital officials did not do her operation. Afghans in Iran face Systematic discrimination by the Iranian regime.

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A few hours after being released from Varamin's Qarchak Prison on January 4, 2017, Zahra Shafii said, "They read out the court's verdict for us in prison… Our sentence is two years of suspended imprisonment and 74 lashes."
Zahra Shafii who had been imprisoned for protesting and demanding the release of his teacher, Mohammad Ali Taheri, said: "We are not content with such unfair verdict and we are going to protest it."

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One of the regime's officials defended marriage of child girls in Iran according to State-run Qanoon daily Jan. 2nd. Zahra Ayatollahi, head of Women's Social and Cultural Council in the Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution, argued, "Our grandmothers and grandfathers got married in very young age. Many of them were 14 or 15… This practice should be implemented today, as well, in our society."
Ayatollahi said having a family is more important than having education for a girl. She pointed out, "It is more essential for girls to learn how deal with their husbands' families than to learn chemistry, physics and math formulas."
According to the regime's statistics, economic poverty is the main reason why families give their daughter for marriage between the age of 10 and 15. Divorce rate in Iran has been skyrocketing over the past years and the widow age has dropped to 16 while Iranian welfare and social security system has no protective plan for the homeless or widowed women. Ayatollahi did not mention though why the Iranian regime's officials send their own children to abroad such as USA for higher education instead of early marriage.

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In a gathering on January 2, the State Security Force spokesman Saeed Montazer al-Mahdi announced the formation of the Children's Police and the Judicial Police who will impose more control over women and youths.
Montazer al-Mahdi said dealing with mal-veiling is the Police Force's priority and added, "The responsibility of promoting the veil is with 26 agencies, among whom the police is the last agency. Actually, all agencies must engage in the issue of veiling."

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A Baha'i couple were arrested by security forces of the Intelligence Department in the southern city of Boushehr. The security forces searched the residence of Maryam Bashir and Borhan Esmaeli in Borazjan and confiscated their personal belonging including their cellphones, laptop and religious books.


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A magnitude 5.1 earthquake struck a village deep in southern Iran on Friday Jan. 6 2017, killing four people and injuring four others, Iranian state-run television reported.
The quake struck in the morning hours in the village of Saifabad near the town of Khong, about 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) south of the capital, Tehran. According to the TV, the four fatalities are Afghan nationals, who worked on local farms. It said one of the injured was also an Afghan laborer.
In 2003, some 70,000 people were killed by a magnitude 6.6 quake that flattened the historic southeastern city of Bam.

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For the fourth day in a row, students at Tarbiat-Moalem University demonstrated on Tuesday, Jan. 3rd to protest the university for charging tuition for the withdrawn and retaken courses.




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Prison authorities executed at least 4 prisoners in the Karaj central prison, north of the capital, Tehran, and another prisoner in the Ghazvin prison on Tuesday, January 3. Prison authorities also executed a 36-year-old prisoner, Mahmood Faramarzi in the Ghazvin prison on Tuesday. Two other prisoners were also executed on Monday in the Ghazvin prison.

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Workers at the “Glassbid factory” in Arak in North Central Iran went on strike on Tuesday, January 3, protesting a five-month delay in the payment of their salaries.