Sunday, March 29, 2020


More than 13,000 people have died of Coronavirus in 231 cities across Iran’s 31 provinces, according to reports collected by the Iranian opposition People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) as of Saturday afternoon March 28, local time.The regime’s Health Ministry spokesperson announced 3,076 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, showing a 220-percent increase in comparison to last Saturday, March 21.
Despite the catastrophic numbers of COVID-19 victims, Iranian regime President, Hassan Rouhani, who remains extremely concerned and focused on possible protests, revealed his anger over revelations regarding the scope of this Coronavirus disaster. “Those who spread rumors… are close colleagues of Coronavirus!” he said and continued: “The pillars of our health apparatus are so strong that not only have they remained firm to this day, even if it takes another few weeks and sees a new rise, our hospitals, physicians and nurses are ready to provide services… We’re not among those countries that our patients are on the ground of our hospitals,” he added.
While Iranians face lack of medical care, mask and sanitizers, the Iranian regime expelled a team of Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors without borders. The Iranian regime called on the Médecins Sans Frontières, who entered Isfahan with physicians, medicine and equipment, to leave Iran. Alireza Vahabzadeh, deputy Health Minister in Iran, tweeted on Monday, March 23: “There is no need for foreigners to establish hospital beds and their presence is cancelled.” According to Arash Najmi, spokesperson of the Isfahan Medical Sciences University, the Médecins Sans Frontières team was launching a 48-bed field hospital adjacent to Isfahan’s Amin Hospital with pre-authorization. This field hospital was transferred from France and arrangements were made for nine MSF physicians and specialists to begin their work confronting Coronavirus.
In an interview covered by the Fars news agency on Monday, March 23, Hossein Shariatmadari, editor-in-chief of Kayhan daily, known as the mouthpiece of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, described the regime’s reason behind the expulsion of MSF team from Iran as the mullahs’ mistrust in this organization despite the COVID-19 epidemic in Iran. He explained France is the “main base” for the Iranian opposition People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK). He went on to question and threatened those officials who are allowing the PMOI/MEK to continue their presence in France.
On the other hand, the conditions of prisoners in Iran are becoming all the more dire. A number of inmates in the prisons of Urmia, Greater Tehran Prison (Fashafuyeh), Ghezel Hessar and other facilities have lost their lives to COVID-19. In the past few days, defenseless prisoners in Khorramabad, Aligudarz, Tabriz, and Saqqez and Mahabad have launched riots. A number of inmates have been able to flee, and others were killed by Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) who opened fire.
Iranian opposition President-elect Maryam Rajavi, head of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), once again warned about a major catastrophe and crime against humanity in Iran’s prisons. She called for urgent action by the United Nations Secretary-General, Security Council, Human Rights Council and the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and the European Union for the release of all prisoners, especially political prisoners, across Iran.

On the 1st anniversary of 2019 flood in Iran, another devastating floods have spread in 19 provinces across Iran, leaving behind dozens killed and injured, and massive damages following over 40 years of neglect by the Iranian regime. Over 10,000 hectares of farmland south of Kerman in south-central Iran are engulfed by floodwaters. Fields of wheat, tomato, watermelon, vegetables and flowers have all been destroyed in this area. Floods have also inflicted 5 trillion rials (around $30 million) in damages to the already deprived farmers. The southern areas of Sistan & Baluchistan Province have suffered over 401 billion rials (around $2.43 million) in damages, according to local officials.

Sunday, March 22, 2020


According to the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK), Saturday March 21, the number of Coronavirus deaths has risen to 8,800 in 201 cities across Iran. Based on reports from Qom 60 to 70 people die of Coronavirus every day, and mortuaries cannot accommodate them. Clerics in Qom have requested those in charge of Behesht-e-Zahra Cemetery in Tehran to bury some of the deceased in Qom, but those officials have rejected the request because of the large number of deaths in Tehran.
In Tehran at least 1,250 victims were buried in Behesht-e-Zahra by March 18. A large number of Coronavirus victims have been buried ostensibly under other causes. Several workers at the mortuary, including five women, who worked in sections not designated for Coronavirus victims, were infected with the virus. More than 100 people who are dying of Coronavirus are being transferred to Behesht-e-Zahra on a daily basis. A contract to dig 10,000 new graves in the cemetery has recently been signed.
While other countries around the world are compensating workers and employees so that they can stay at home, Hassan Rouhani said, “It’s the counter-revolutionaries’ conspiracy to shut down businesses and economic activity in Iran. We must not let this happen; we must all work within the framework of health protocols.” He urged people to “Stay at home for 10 to 15 days, don’t travel, and be cautious. This is not for two or three months, God willing, if we are careful, the circumstances will automatically change by April 1, 2020”.
On the other hand, Rouhani’s deputy minister of Health said, “We will get rid of the disease by the end of June if we observe the preventive measures.” He also added that “the economic, social and cultural situation in our country does not allow us to quarantine any city.”
Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) emphasized that the main obstacle to confront Coronavirus is the incompetent, medieval dictatorship ruling Iran that has plundered the country’s resources either for repression and terrorism or in pursuit of its warmongering and unpatriotic nuclear and ballistic missile programs. Only a portion of the pillaged public funds stacked in IRGC or Khamenei affiliated cartels is sufficient to cover the necessary cost to cover Coronavirus preventive measures and pay the salaries of workers, nurses, teachers, and employees so that they would not have to go to work to make their ends meet.
Speaking of nurses, the deadly Coronavirus has taken the lives of more than 100 doctors and nurses and members of the medical community in Iran in their efforts to fight the Coronavirus.
The new names of female nurses and medical staff who died of Coronavirus have been compiled by the NCRI Women Committee, as follows:
Ms. Khoshgoftar, a staff member at Gilan University of Medical Sciences and the Secretariat of the (Fouman) Imam Hasan Mojtaba Hospital, and Anousheh Bikian, a midwife from the Alzahra Education, Research and Remedial Center, died of the coronavirus. (The state-run IRNA news agency – March 16, 2020)
Razieh Hosseininejad a retired health care worker from Babol also lost her life in the last days while serving her compatriots in the Coronavirus crisis. (The state-run Hamshahri Website – March 15, 2020)
In another report, Haniyeh Edalati, a staff member of the Medical Records Unit at Shafa Hospital in Takestan, was infected with Coronavirus after a period of serving patients and lost her life from the virus.
Also, Tahmineh Adibi, the emergency nurse at Beheshti Hospital in Bandar Anzali died of the deadly Coronavirus after a period of care and service to patients.
The death of medical staff at various hospitals in Iran is while they have not stopped for a moment to care for patients in these critical situations. However, the mullahs’ regime has taken no action to pay their wages. Nurses and staff at medical universities are facing delays in their payments for about 8 to 14 months! (The state-run Salamat News website – March 14, 2020)
One of the health experts said, “The highest number of Coronavirus infections among government employees is related to doctors and nurses, indicating that the medical and nursing staff are among the most dangerous, difficult and harmful occupations.” (The state-run Salamat News website – March 14, 2020)
The Iranian Resistance announced that by Monday afternoon, March 16, 2020, the number of Coronavirus fatalities exceeds 5,500 in 186 cities.
An official at the World Health Organization said the Iranian regime’s statistics of the Coronavirus are one fifth of the actual number. It is estimated that about 75,000 people in Iran are infected with Coronavirus.

As the Coronavirus outbreak spreads across in Iran and in Iranian prisons, political prisoners are denied temporary release to avoid contracting the virus. Several women political prisoners in Evin and Qarchak prisons have started hunger strikes since several days ago to protest the regime’s policy of not releasing them on temporary leaves. Human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh started a hunger strike on Monday, March 16. In a letter from prison, she announced her decision and wrote, “It is a national need to shut down many wards of the country’s prisons, including the Women’s Ward of Evin. It is a nationalist need for the regime to reconcile with the world and take advantage of their science and technology to deal with the Corona disease.”
Political prisoner Rezvaneh Ahmad Khanbeigi also started a hunger strike on Monday, March 16, 2020.
Sona Hagh-Bayan went on a hunger strike on Thursday, March 12, to protest her 8-month detention and uncertainty in the “mothers’ ward” of Qarchak Prison of Varamin.
Ms. Hagh-Bayan is 36 years old and has a 9-year-old son who suffers from Down Syndrome. She had emigrated to Georgia where she worked as a tour guide. She was detained by the Ministry of Intelligence on June 30, 2019, upon arrival in Iran for a family visit.
In another development, the prison sentence of author and researcher, Mojgan Kavousi, was increased from 5 years and 7 months, to 6 years and 3 months. She's been charged for posting images of the martyrs of the November 2019 uprising in Marivan and Javanrud on her Instagram page. “Silence is treason,” Kavousi wrote in a post on her Instagram page.

Sunday, March 01, 2020


On Tues. Feb. 25th, the Canadian lawmakers showed their support for the Iranian Resistance and its cause of a free Iran. An event was held at the Sir. John McDonald’s building in the Canadian Parliament on Tuesday, on the initiative of Members of Parliament from Canada. The event was titled: “Iran: Human Rights, uprisings and West’s political options.” This event was attended by dozens of Canadian Senators, MPs, and renowned American politicians, as well as the supporters of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI, Mujahedin-e Khalq or MEK) and the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI). The participants of this event paid tribute to the victims of the Ukrainian passenger jet, shot down by the Iranian regime’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC); and over 1500 martyrs of the nationwide Iran protests. The meeting was held at the invitation of the Liberal Party MP Judy Sgro and Conservative MP James Bezan in cooperation with the Canadian Committee of Friends of a Democratic Iran. Former US Democratic Senator Robert Torricelli and Ambassador Lincoln Bloomfield, former US Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs, were among the participants of this event. They called on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to take a firm policy towards the Iranian regime.


On February 29, the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI /MEK) announced that as of February 29, the death toll for the COVID-19 Coronavirus has exceeded 500. Meanwhile, the Iranian regime is making every effort to prevent the disclosure of the actual number of the victims. PMOI/MEK added that at least 150 victims have died in Qom, 100 in Tehran, 100 in Mazandaran Province, 37 in Arak and Saveh, 37 in Isfahan, Homayounshahr and Najafabad, 24 in Kashan and 22 in Gilan. In addition, several more people have died in Mashhad, Kermanshah, Karaj, Semnan, Bandar Abbas, Yazd, Ilam, Yasuj, Khorramabad, Neyshabour, and Hamada. The spokesman of the health ministery put the death toll at 54 and the number of those contracting the virus at 978. Maryam Rajavi the president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran NCRI saild: Ali Khamenei, Hassan Rouhani, other regime leaders and IRGC commanders are responsible for the unprecedented outbreak of COVID-19 and the deaths of hundreds of Iranians. They prevent the disclosure of the actual death toll and the number of those contracting the virus. Observers from the World Health Organization must go to Iran and supervise all the medical centers and quarantines to prevent the spread of the catastrophe in the country.


Narjes Khanalizadeh, 25 a nurse and the first medical staff, died at Milad Hospital of Lahijan on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 due to Corona infection.
 One of the authorities of Milad Hospital said Narges Khanalizadeh had died due to flu, but she had died due to Corona infection and lack of the necessary equipment for physicians and nurses in the hospital. (The state-run Fars news agency – February 25, 2020)
On the deaths of the two other women, the president of the Medical Sciences University of Saveh, Abbas Nikravesh, told the state-run ISNA news agency that the first case belonged to an 82-year-old woman who had a heart condition, kidney condition and a chronic blood disease. She had referred to Modarress Hospital with acute respiratory symptoms and fever, and died after one day.
The second case was an 87-year-odl woman who had heart, lung, liver and kidney problems. She also referred to Chamran Hospital with acute respiratory problems. She died after two days of being hospitalized. (The state-run ISNA news agency – February 25, 2020)
One of the students of Khajeh Nasir University of Tehran has also contracted the virus and is currently quarantined. (The state-run ISNA news agency – February 25, 2020)
Local sources in Karaj reported of the death of a young woman, 17, due to Corona infection. Two others died in Khorramabad, one in Kermanshah, and seven in Gilan Province. 18 persons have died due to Corona infection in various hospitals in Isfahan. Eight people have contracted the disease in Kashan and one has died.
The head of the Medical Sciences University of Neyshabour said on Monday, February 24, 2020 that a 70-year-old patient had died in that city due to Corona infection. (The state-run ILNA news agency – February 24, 2020)
The highest death toll after China
Death of a nurse and two other women due to Corona infection
Iran has the highest death toll due to Corona infection after China.
In less than 24 hours, the number of provinces affected by the virus increased from 7 to 13. Health Ministry officials say 916 persons have been identified as suspected of carrying the virus. The Minister of Health, Kianoush Jahanpour, said 95 persons have tested positive and 15 have so far died in Iran. (the official IRNA news agency – February 25, 2020)
This is while Ahmad Amirabadi Farahani, member of parliament from Qom and member of the board of directors of the parliament, disclosed on Monday, February 24, 2020 that at least 50 persons had died in recent weeks in Qom due to infection with the Coronavirus, Covid-19. (The state-run ILNA news agency – February 24, 2020)
The trip by a delegation from the World Health Organization who were supposed to arrive in Tehran on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 was postponed. The WHO observer teams visit all countries to make sure they have all the necessary facilities to fight the spread of the Coronavirus.
The regime’s concealment and lack of transparency on the spread of the Coronavirus and the officials’ failure to provide the necessary equipment, masks and disinfectants has outraged the public.
In Talesh, hundreds of youths held a protest and clashed with the State Security Force.
Students of the Velayat University of Iranshahr also protested the arrival of two mullahs in their city.
In Bushehr, students of the Persian Gulf University held a gathering and called for the shutdown of their school.
Le Monde wrote, “Obvious mismanagement of the Coronavirus crisis by a regime which has been largely discredited among their people in recent months, has been a major contributor to a new crisis with regards to the people’s lack of trust in Iran.”

The Sports Federation of Iran has framed Iranian female ice climber, Zeinab Kobra Moussavi, forcing her to part with her profession in the championships.
Iranian ice climber Moussavi, the silver medalist at the Asian Championships, is one of the top 10 ice climbers in Iran and the world and is currently known as one of the best ice climbers in the world. She pointed to the obstacles she faced, including her lack of support from the Sports Federation of Iran and its gendered and masculine viewpoints.
Regarding her departure, Mosavi said that the lack of support from the Iran Mountaineering and Sport Climbing Federation, the lack of a dedicated gym for the sport, as well as the federation’s efforts to prevent her independent trips to international competitions are the most important factors of parting from her profession.
Zeinab Kobra Mosavi said, “I started 2020 with a lot of energy and hope to be the first Iranian woman to embark on the global ice climbing platform. There were only two other contests and tournaments left for me to reach the global level, but the federation did not allow me to leave. They didn’t even let me go to the tournament independently. All the times and days I spent practicing without a coach was in vain.”
This ice climber described the latest attempt by the Sports Federation to remove her and said, “They invited me to the federation, and I found out that they had filed a disciplinary case for me. I think there’s nothing worse than filing a case for a professional athlete.”
Zeinab Kobra Mosavi, began gymnastics when she was 6-years old. She completed her studies in theology and began ice climbing professionally.
In recent months, athletes such as Iranian chess Grandmaster, Mitra Hejazipour; Kimia Alizadeh, the first Taekwondo Olympic medalist; Iranian female boxer, Sadaf Khadem; and Dorsa Derakhshani, chess Grandmaster and International Master, have been forced into leave Iran because of the misogynistic policies of the Iranian regime.

Mojgan Eskandari who had been arrested and detained for participating in the November uprising, was sentenced to three years in prison. Mojgan was arrested on December 10, 2019 for participating in the protests in November. She was informed of her verdict on February 19, 2020 after completion of her trial stages by the Revolutionary Court of Tehran.
Mojgan Eskandari was held in the detention center of one of the intelligence agencies in Tehran after being arrested until the end of her interrogations. She was subsequently transferred to Qarchak Prison of Varamin on the charge of assembly and collusion against national security.
Born in 1968, Ms. Eskandari is currently detained in ward 1 of the Qarchak Prison known as the mothers’ ward.
Another political prisoner, Samira Hadian, who had been arrested on November 21, 2019 was sentenced to eight years’ imprisonment by the Revolutionary Court of Tehran presided by Sharia Judge Iman Afshari. She is currently incarcerated in Ward 1 of Qarchak Prison in Varamin.
In other news, civil activist Hakimeh Ahmadi was sentenced to 16 months in prison by the Court of Maraqeh. Hakimeh Ahmadi was arrested by security forces at her home in late October 2018.
On October 30, 2018, she was taken to hospital for broken ribs and fingers after being brutalized in the detention center. Three days later, on November 2, 2018, she was returned to the detention center of the Intelligence Department of Marand. She is currently held in the Prison of Maraqeh.
Also, cultural activist Parisa Seifi who had been imprisoned under undetermined status in Sanandaj Prison since November 2019, was released after several days of hunger strike.
During her time in detention, she was under pressure from security forces to make false confessions, so she went on a hunger strike.
Parisa Seifi was temporarily released on February 23, 2020, on a bail bond of 300 million tomans.

The Iranian Resistance released the names of 31 more protesters killed during Iran protests in November 2019. Among these is Vina Houshangi from Javanroud and a 3 year old child named Hosna Bameri. Hosna was shot and killed when she was in her mother’s arms.
This brings the number of protesters identified as being killed during the November protests to 755.
The Iranian Resistance declared on December 15, 2019 that the number of protesters killed in the protests in November 2019 exceeded 1,500.
The Iranian regime continues to refuse to announce the number of martyrs.
In a press conference on February 16, 2020, Rouhani said, “The Coroner’s Office has the figures… They can announce it…. There’s no problem with that.”
On February 17, 2020, the Head of the Coroner’s Office responded, “The ratification of the National Security Council, which is a subsidiary of the Government and is headed by the Interior Minister, have specified as to who must announce the figures… The Government must announce them… We have told the relevant authorities and have no duty to publicly announce them…. You can get all the information from the Interior Minister.”
The Iranian Resistance again calls on the United Nations Secretary-General to dispatch a fact-finding mission to Iran to investigate the status of those killed and wounded and visit the prisons and those arrested.
New sentences for those arrested during Iran protests in November 2019
The arrests and sentencing of political activists and those arrested during Iran protests in November 2019 continue.
Maryam Alishahi and her son were sentenced to a total of 15 years in prison for participating in Iran protests in November 2019. She is currently held in the Qarchak Prison of Varamin where she was informed of her sentence of 9 years.
Melika Gharagozlou, a student of journalism at Allameh Tabatabaii University in Tehran, was also sentenced to six months in prison by the Tehran Revolutionary Court. Melika Gharagozlou was arrested on November 17, 2019, during Iran protests in November 2019.
Forouzan Yazdani-Poor, a student of the School of Social Sciences of Tehran University, was also arrested at her home in Tehran, on February 22, 2020. There is no information of her place of detention and the reason for her arrest since that day.

Sunday, February 23, 2020


The Coronavirus has reached Canada and the latest
victim is a 30 year Iranian woman who has recently come back from Iran. It is not clear yet where in Iran she was infected with the virus. In Iran meanwhile the Iranian regime has not put any measures in place to protect its citizens. Mostafa Eghlima a government expert, has told Sanat news news paper that because we do not have isolated equipment, two doctors died of coronavirous. We only have 50 kits to test the virus, so we should've to buy it in advance. The Ministry of Health is afraid to reveal the exact statistics of Coronavirus. A spokesman for the Iranian Ministry of Health has confirmed that the number of people with coronavirus in Iran has risen to 43 and the number of dead has risen to 8.  Due to lack of information in Iran and the regime's of history of lying it's not  known exactly how many people are infected or dead.

Javaid Rehman, the UN Special Rapporteur on Iran, released a report on the human rights situation in Iran on Wednesday, February 19. The report highlighted a wide array of human rights violations in Iran. The report is due to be presented United Nations Human Rights Council meeting on March 9, 2020. In one section of the report is mentioned the death toll of the protesters, which according to Reuters News Agency are reported to be at least 1,500 people, and that the regime has declined to officially announce the number of deaths. Javaid Rehman called the high death toll, the serious injuries and mistreatment of detainees as shocking. According to the Special Rapporteur’s investigations, detainees were sometimes tortured and mistreated by the Islamic Republic agents for confession. The wounded protesters were denied access to appropriate treatment.
Javaid Rehman has received reports of discrimination against women and minorities and has expressed concern about the lack of laws protecting vulnerable groups, including children.
He criticized the continued detention of women such as human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, protesters of forced veils such as Yasaman Aryani, Monireh Arab-Shahi, Mojgan Keshavarz and Saba Kord Afshari.
Deprivation of women from attending sport stadiums
The Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran highlighted the regime’s contradictions in its decision-making on entrance of women in sports stadiums. “The Vice President has said that there is no barrier for women to enter the stadium and hopes for progress in lifting the ban. At the same time, it was reported that the country’s Attorney General and high-level religious figures did not support lifting the ban. Other high-level religious figures have also said that the ban should continue.”
He further referred to the detention of women who attempted to watch football matches in stadiums and wrote about the self-immolation of Sahar Khodayari, also known as “Blue Girl”. After hearing that she would have to serve six months in prison, Sahar set herself on fire in front of the court on September 2, 2019.

Parisa Seifi cultural activist from Kamyaran who was arrested during the November protests in Sanandaj, was taken to a hospital due to critical health conditions while on hunger strike. During her transfer to Tohid Hospital in Sanandaj, more than 20 security personnel escorted her. Security forces threatened all the hospital’s medical staff that this news must not be leaked to the media.
Parisa Seifi has been on a hunger strike since February 8, 2020 in protest to the continued uncertainty about her situation and the pressure by security forces for force confessions. She was arrested on November 12, 2020, by security forces (IRGC) in Sanandaj. She is a graphic design graduate.
Regarding the arrests of civil activists, a report by Javaid Rehman, United Nations Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Iran shows that half of the political prisoners detained on charges of acting against national security in Iran are Kurdish. According to this report, during the first eight months of 2019, more than 352 Kurdish citizens were detained by the regime’s security forces.
In another development, the Appeals Court in Tehran confirmed the sentence of civil activist Raha Ahmadi. Raha Ahmadi was sentenced to two years in prison on charges of assembly and collusion.

The Athletics Federation invalidated the record for the fastest female Iranian runner in track and field. The tournament was held in Istanbul. Farzaneh Fasihi also broke her previous record of the 60 meters indoor Track and Field Championships with 7.25 seconds. This female sprinter was able to reach this position at her own personal expense. But the Iranian regime’s Athletics Federation called on Turkey to declare Fasihi’s new record void. Farzaneh Fasihi had previously won the World Indoor Athletics Championships entry record in Serbia Belgrade Competition with 7.29 seconds.
Maryam Irandoost, head coach of women’s national football team in Iran said the inexperienced referees judge the league this season and question the status of the Premier League. This is because experienced referees, because of their protests in November for not being paid, have been barred from judging in the Premier League and they have chosen referees to judge in matches that, according to the coaches, have not whistled once in the Premier League and are inexperienced. (The state-run IRNA news agency – February 19, 2020)
The head coach of the women’s futsal team in Kerman, Saedeh Iranmanesh said, “The lack of television broadcasts makes the mistakes of the refereeing not to be seen and said and because of not accepting criticism in women’s futsal we are denied the slightest word.” (The state-run IRNA news agency – February 18, 2020)
The girls’ futsal coach has been suspended by the disciplinary committee from accompanying the futsal team for allegedly insulting and publishing false statements against a referee and must pay a fine of 10 million tomans.
Saedeh Iranmanesh explained that all the head coaches of the teams are unhappy with the referees’ judgment this season. In 2 games we witnessed a referee who had never whistled in the Premier League! When men’s futsal is televised and has an audience it is sure to be on a higher level, the flaws are seen and told. There is no law and order and planning in the women’s futsal league. Lack of television broadcasting and criticism impede the growth of women’s futsal.
The Iranian women’s futsal team won the Asian Championship in 2018. The lack of television broadcasting of the team’s championship game has become a political challenge for the Iranian regime, and the process continues. This is something that is increasingly affecting the women’s futsal team.
Women’s entry to stadiums in Iran
In a new letter, FIFA stressed that the Football Federation of Iran should provide relevant facilities for women to attend three forthcoming major soccer events in the country. In the FIFA letter 3 sections are pointed out:
1. Women be allocated more seats in World Cup qualification games.
2. Women should be able to enter stadiums in matches played by Iranian teams in the AFC Champions League.
3. Provide conditions for women to watch their favorite team in the national league at stadiums from June.

Environmental activists Niloufar Bayani and Sepideh Kashani were subjected to intense psychological torture and threats of physical torture and sexual abuse during 1200 hours of interrogation. In a letter written in February 2020, Niloufar Bayani described the interrogations and wrote, the agents forced her to “mimic sounds of wild animals” and threatened to inject her with “crippling ampoules and air ampoules. They threatened her to write forced confessions. Bayani also wrote a letter to Iranian regime's supreme leader Ali Khamenei on February 11, 2019, describing how she was treated by IRGC interrogators. She said seven armed men took her to a villa in Lavasan, north of Tehran, and forced her to “watch them engage in immoral and un-Islamic behavior in a private swimming pool.” In another letter to the head of IRGC’s Ward 2-A in Evin Prison, on January 16, 2019, Bayani wrote that “during long interrogations” agents “repeatedly made the most filthy sexual insults… in detailed, disgusting, imaginary situations and wanted [force me] me to complete their sexual fantasies.”
Niloufari Bayani wrote in the letter, ” Shockingly, every time I exposed this behavior and sought help from the authorities, the pressures, threats and acts of torture increased, and they repeatedly told me… not to do anything to irritate the regime.”
in her never-published final defense presented to the court in August 2019, Bayani wrote, “Video recordings are a witness to how I was treated by the main interrogator… ‘Hamid Rezaie,’ whose name still makes me shudder. He was so shameful that whenever interrogations dragged on into the darkness [of the night], I would shake all over in fear of being seriously assaulted.” She continued: “I was increasingly terrified that if I didn’t write whatever he wanted, he would violently sexually assault me. Because of his inexplicable sudden appearances and disgusting behavior in various places like dark passages and in the detention yard, I didn’t feel safe anywhere. Intolerable anxiety never ceased.”
In September 2018, Niloufar Bayani had told the former Tehran Prosecutor, Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi that her confessions were under pressure, torture and intimidation, and that it was completely false, but the prosecutor insisted that she was not allowed to retract her confessions.
She cited examples of the treatment she endured, ” threatened with execution on a daily basis, endured eight months of total isolation in solitary confinement with long interrogations lasting 9-12 hours day and night, interrogated blindfolded while standing, spinning or sit-and-standing.”
On the verdicts of environmental activists Niloufar Bayani and Sepideh Kashani, the appeals court confirmed their verdict on Tuesday, February 18, 2020. Niloufar Bayani was sentenced to 10 years and Sepideh Kashani to 8 years in prison.
Sepideh Kashani also wrote in a letter describing her situation that the IRGC Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corp interrogators subjected her to the most severe mental and psychological torture as well as physical and sexual threats during at least 1,200 hours of interrogation.
A new report by the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran said, “Concerns over unfair trials and convictions of individuals and human rights activists based on coerced confessions are heightened.”

The UN Secretary-General António Guterres issued a report on February 17, 2020, for the 43rd UN Human Rights Council.
The report referenced the Iranian regime’s continued crackdown on civil activists and journalists, including torture and arbitrary detention.
The report also noted the status of a number of female political activists, including Atena Daemi, Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee, Yasaman Aryani, Monireh Arabshahi, Mojgan Keshavarz, Saba Kord Afshari, Nasrin Sotoudeh, Neda Naji, Atefeh Rangriz, Anisha Assadollahi, and Marzieh Amiri. Narges Mohammadi is reported to have been relocated to Zanjan Prison recently and deprived of medical treatment and hospitalization, despite being ill.
According to the Secretary-General’s report, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights also confirmed that it had received reports of torture and arbitrary detention, as well as discrimination, against women, young girls, and minorities.
The UN Secretary-General also reported that detainees, including civil activists, are denied the right to a fair trial and lack of access to legal representation.
The report notes that in most Iranian prisons and detention centers, torture and flogging have become commonplace as means of extracting information from accused persons. The report also addresses the regime’s continued practice of issuing death sentences against children, as well as long-term prison sentences based on security charges against human rights defenders, lawyers, journalists, writers, labor rights activists, artists, and environmentalists.
In a previous report, the UN Secretary-General had called on the Iranian regime to ratify the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).

Maryam Akbari Monfared, political prisoner in Evin Prison, has been denied family visitations for three weeks. Also, Gita Horr, one of the protesters arrested in November 2019 uprising who is currently being kept in Qarchak prison in Varamin, has been sentenced to six years in prison.
The decision to deny Maryam Akbari any visits was announced and executed on Sunday, February 16, 2020. The political prisoner was deprived of family visitations only because she objected to the bad treatment of a newcomer female prisoner. The political prisoner was denied family visitations for three weeks without a disciplinary committee meeting and during administrative proceedings.
She had previously been deprived of family visits for three weeks with a verbal order of the head of the women’s ward of Evin Prison, along with political prisoners Golrokh Ebrahimi and Atena Daemi, in October 2018. The political prisoners were deprived of visits because they had protested and chanted slogans following the execution of Ramin Hossein Panahi.
Maryam Akbari Monfared has been in prison for 10 years in Evin Prison without even a day of prison furlough.
In another development, Gita Horr, one of the protesters arrested in November 2019 uprising who is currently being kept in Qarchak prison in Varamin, has been sentenced to six years in prison. The trial of this political prisoner was held at Branch 24 of Tehran Court on January 18, 2020, presided by Judge Mohammad-Reza Amouzadeh.
Gita Horr was arrested by security forces during the uprising on November 21, 2019. After her interrogations, she was transferred from one of the security agency detention centers in Tehran to Qarchak Prison in Varamin on December 1, 2019. Born in 1989, Gita Horr is currently incarcerated in the newly established ward known as the “Club” in Qarachak Prison.

Marjan Davari 52-year-old researcher, translator and writer, was sentenced to 75 years in prison by Branch 1 of the Tehran criminal court.
In 2017, Marjan Davari’s case was referred to the Supreme Court after receiving the death sentence. Ms. Davari is accused of translating books on mysticism and metaphysics, as well as teaching at the Institute of Rahe Marefat (The Way of Knowledge), on corruption on earth, and on assembly and collusion against the system. Marjan Davari was arrested on September 24, 2015 at her father’s home in Mehrshahr, Karaj, and transferred to Ward 209 of Evin Prison. She was held in solitary confinement for more than three months and was interrogated without access to a lawyer. Following the interrogation, Ms. Davari was transferred to the Women’s Ward of Evin Prison on January 3, 2016 and transferred to Qarchak Prison in Varamin on February 2017.
On Saturday, February 15, 2020, Raheleh Ahmadi, a civil rights activist and mother of Saba Kord Afshari, was arrested and taken to Evin Prison after being tried at Branch 3 of the Prosecutor’s Office in Tehran. Ms. Ahmadi was previously sentenced to 4 years and two months in prison by the Tehran court.
Saba Kord Afshari, a civil rights activist and daughter of Raheleh Ahmadi, has also been held in Evin Prison since June 2019 and is serving her sentence in the women’s ward of Evin Prison.
In other news, journalist and civil activist Sareh Mihmani was arrested by security forces. Sareh Mihmani and her son were arrested at their house and then transferred to Evin Prison. Sareh Mihmani has been teaching English in Gorgan for the past 30 years. Her husband was also sentenced to 18 months’ imprisonment in 2010, after the 2009 protests.