Sunday, May 21, 2017


Khamenei/Rouhani's challenges; Post (s)election


Radio Irava's interview with Hamid Yazdan Panah, Attorney and human rights activist.

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The Iranian presidential election or sham election as people refer to it, started on Friday May 19th and Hassan Rouhani's name came out of the ballet boxes. But is the Iranian election a democratic election? And what Rouhani's 2nd term means for Khamenei the supreme leader and the international community? Should we expect any change or will it be the repeat of the past 4 years?


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Sunday, May 14, 2017

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An earthquake of 5.7 magnitude shook the northeastern city of Bojnurd in North Khorasan province May 13. Some 400 people were injured and an old woman and a 12 year old girl are among the dead, according to State-run Mehr news agency Several nearby villages are damaged, some of them between 30-60 percent destroyed. It is not clear how people are trapped under the debris.
Schools and universities in Bojnurd were closed on Sunday. So far, there has been 26 aftershocks.
Sun.day morning, May 14, Iran local time, a 3.5 earthquake shook Bojnurd again. On Thursday Bileh-Savar in Ardebil was shaken by a 5.0 earthquake where 20 people were hurt.


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The Iranian regime's six presidential candidates exchanged barbs in their final debate on Friday, accusing each other of corruption and economic mismanagement a week ahead of the election.
Hassan Rouhani whose hoping for the second term, faced accusations of a failed nuclear deal which has not benefited the Iranian people, during the final televised debate with his rivals before the country’s presidential election next week. People say that the Candidates don't have any plans for the country's political and economic turmoil, instead they expose each other's Astronomical thefts in various posts in the last 38 years. Meanwhile Mahmoud Ahamadi Nejad the former president for the Iranian regime,
has said that he's not supporting any of the current Candidates and emphasized that the outcome of the election will have no impact on Iran’s future.

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State run Mehr news agency May 11 reported that 60 young men and women were arrested in a private party in Gorgan, north of Iran. Gorgan’s Prosecutor Ezzatollah Hamzehnejad said, “They were arrested on the order of judiciary officials and by the moral security police.”



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Women imprisoned in the Women's Ward of Evin Prison face numerous health problems after they have been denied hot water. According to an informed source, "Hot water has been cut off virtually every day over the past month after the heating system was turned off much sooner than the weather gets warm." There are 31 prisoners detained in the Women's Ward of Evin Prison, most of them on political or national security charges.

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Fatemeh Mosanna, a political prisoner in Evin, is suffering from severe tendon injury in her leg because she was not given the necessary treatment at the time of the injury last year during break when she was walking in the yard.
Doctors have diagnosed that she suffers from chronic tendon tear in the foot, which could be cured if she had received treatment in time.
Fatemeh Mosanna, 47, was arrested by security forces in February 2013, on the charge of supporting the opposition People's Mojahedin Of Iran, PMOI/MEK.

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Kurdish political prisoner Zeinab Jalalian has started a therapy strike in Khoy Prison. In a letter to the General Prosecutor, Zeinab Jalalian’s lawyer wrote about his client’s refusal to accept any form of treatment. Amir Salar Davoudi expressed serious concerns about his client’s health and underlined the responsibility of Khoy Prison officials and Khoy’s security and judicial authorities in guaranteeing Ms. Jalalian’s physical and mental health. Mr. Davoudi declared, “My client’s therapy strike will continue until her demands are met.” Zeinab Jalalian was arrested in 2008 and regime's kangaroo court found Zeinab guilty and sentenced her to execution, on charges of being a member of the Party of Free Life of Kurdistan (PJAK). She was later condemned to life in prison. Zeinab Jalalian is loosing her eye sight due to torture.

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Amnesty international issued an Urgent Action on May 9, calling for immediate hospitalization of Atena Daemi after 31 days of hunger strike. “Following 31 days of hunger strike in Tehran's Evin prison, Iranian human rights defender Atena Daemi is in poor health, and requires immediate hospitalization,” AI said. Atena Daemi began her hunger strike on April 8, 2017, in protest to the prison sentences that was issued for her sisters, Hanieh and Ensieh.

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According to State-run Isna news agency May 8, Zahra Nemati, an Iranian archer who took part in the Rio 2016 Olympic, was banned from leaving the country by her husband. Her husband Roham Shahabipour syas: "After the Paralympic Games in Rio, Zahra Nemati has left home for some reason, and has even asked for divorce... After this incident, I banned her from traveling abroad so that she could not participate in any tournament".


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Civil rights activist Leila Mir-Ghaffari was arrested by security forces on May 18, and transferred to an unknown location. There has been no news about her charges. Earlier, in 2015, she was arrested along with several other activists and transferred to Varamin's Qarchak prison for attending a protest, in front of Evin prison. In December of 2016, she was also summoned and interrogated for attending the anniversary of execution of Reyhaneh Jabbari, the young girl who was executed for defending her honour against her rapist who was an intelligent agent.

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Two women, civil rights activists, Mahsa Roj'ati and Mehrak Karimpour Andalibi, are still detained in limbo in Ward 241 of Evin prison. Mahsa Roj'ati was arrested on Jan 2, at the airport as she was departing for Canada. She was arrested by the Ministry of Intelligence agents. Mehrak Karimpour Andalibi, 23, a student of industrial engineering, was arrested on December 27, 2016, at her home also by the Ministry of Intelligence agents.

Mahsa Roj'ati is lingering in solitary confinement of Evin Prison in dire physical conditions. She has suffered from nervous shocks, yet prison officials have refused to approve her transfer to hospital. And she remains deprived of receiving any medical care.

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Mehrnaz Haghighi, a physician, was finally transferred to the women's ward of Evin Prison in Tehran after 70 days in custody.
She was arrested on Feb 19, by security forces at her home in Bandar Abbas (southern Iran) and taken to an unknown location. No details are available on her case or charges.



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State-run Rokna news agency reported on May 7 that according to Farhadi the director of the crisis management in Charmahal-e Bakhtiari South Western Iran, 4 women disappeared in the flood that overran the village of Seyyed Mohammad in Charmahal-e Bakhtiari Province.



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Associated Press reported May 13 that Cyber security officials in Britain have applauded a young researcher for helping halt the global ransomware cyber attack. In a post on its website, Britain's National Cyber Security Center said that by registering a domain name that unexpectedly stopped the spread of the malware, the anonymous Britain-based cyber specialist, known as Malware Tech, had prevented further infections and 'already resulted in preventing over 100,000 potential infections.' The researcher tweeted Saturday that he initially didn't know that his actions would stop the malware.

Sunday, May 07, 2017


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The families of miners who lost their lives in a recent explosion at the Azadshahr mine in Golestan Province-northern Iran, clashed with anti-riot police units stationed at the mine. The special forces intended to dispurse the family members who refused to leave the site. The family members have been staying at the mine’s entrance day and night since the incident.
On May 4th a number of miners held a protest rally on the sidelines of a crisis session held with the Golestan Province governor attending.
“Our monthly salaries equal the price of a minister’s snack and we are expelled from work if we protest,” they said.
According to miners who rushed to the scene to save their colleagues after the recent gas explosion, even at a depth of 1,700 meters there are no ventilation devices in this mine. The Iranian regime officials in March arrested and threatened those miners who demanded their paychecks that had been delayed for eight months.
The Zemenstan-Yort mine is owned by the ‘Eghtesad Mehr Bank’, associated to the Revolutionary Guards Basij’s Cooperation Foundation.
 The Iranian regime's deputy Labor Minister acknowledged that at least 35 miners have been killed in Wednesday's mine explosion in Golestan Province and more than 40 others are still trapped. But the resucers, according to the AFP have been able to recover only 21 bodies from the coal mine in the northern Iran. The workers at the Zemestan-Yort attacked Hassan Rouhani's vehicle as he was visiting the mine. The video can be watched HERE.

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Two women were executed on Wednesday morning May 3, in Gohardasht Prison, Karaj. They have not been identified. According to one of the prisoners, the two women had been transferred from the notorious Qarchak Prison to Gohardasht for execution. They were accused of murder. The number of executions of women under Rouhani's presidency thus reaches 77.

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“Women's share of high-level responsibilities in the Municipality of Tehran, is zero percent,” Mohammad Haghani, head of Tehran City Council's environmental committee, said. The comment was made in response to remarks by Mohammad Ghalibaf, Tehran's Mayor who is running for president in the upcoming elections. Ghalibaf had said in one of the debates that, “More than 13 percent of Tehran Municipality directors are women.”
“The presence of a woman among senior managers of Tehran Municipality, is just a symbolic theatrical measure to counter those who say women's share in high-level responsibilities in Tehran's Municipality is zero per cent," Haghani reiterated. (The state-run Entekhab news website – May 5, 2017)

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Political prisoner Atena Daemi was transferred to Evin's infirmary due to her dire physical conditions on her 27th day of hunger strike. It's been reported that her kidneys are infected and her face and tongue have discolored.
Atena Daemi began her hunger strike on April 8, 2017, in protest to the prison sentences that was issued for her sisters.



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According to state-run Rokna news agency May 3rd, s huge fire broke out in an addicted women's rehabilitation camp in Qazvin, northwest of Tehran- Iran. At least 23 women suffered serious burns, two of them suffered burns over 70%. Ali Fakhar Solaimani, director of the Crisis Center of Qazvin's medical science university, said the injured were between 20 and 35 years of age.



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Women were not allowed in to watch the Pakistan-Iran volleyball match on May 1, in Rezazadeh stadium of Ardabil, Iran's East Azerbaijan Province. They voiced their protest against such discrimination. The cancellation without prior notice was made despite previous approval letting women into the stadium to watch the game.



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Dozens of young women and men were arrested in roundups in the cities of Qom and Abadan within two days for participating in private parties.
45 men and women were arrested in the security forces' raid in Qom, and 36 young men and women were arrested in Abadan. A number of detainees are still in custody. Their identities have not made public, reported state-run ROKNA news agency, May 1.

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Associated Press reported on May 3, that Facebook says it will hire another 3,000 people to review videos of crime and suicides following murders shown live, the company's co-founder Mark Zuckerberg announced Wednesday. In a Facebook post, Zuckerberg, the company's CEO, said the new workers will be in addition to the 4,500 people who already review posts that may violate its terms of service.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

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According to WASHINGTON, Daily Caller, April 22, an Iranian resistance group claimed Friday that the Iranian regime has expanded its efforts to build nuclear weapons. The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) said at press conference that the Iranian government has covered up research activities so that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) can’t examine it. Alireza Jafarzadeh, deputy director of the Washington office of the NCRI, said the information was obtained by the People’s’ Mojahedin Organization of Iran (MEK), which procured it from onsite observations and sources inside the Iranian government. NCRI is the parent organization of MEK. Jararzadeh said that the information his group has obtained indicates that METFAZ the unit responsible for building a trigger for a nuclear weapon has moved its main activities within Parchin, a key military complex. A press release by NCRI stated: “The reason for the move was based on the conclusion reached by regime officials that the probability for the IAEA to get access to Parchin in the future is extremely low, which means that the site is the optimal location for shielding the regime’s activities in this regard.”
In a related news and according to France 24 April 20, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson branded the Iran nuclear deal a failure, Wednesday as President Donald Trump ordered a review of how Washington is countering the threat from Tehran.

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Nurses in Iran have embarked on a campaign in the social media to express their protest and demand their basic rights. Lack of sufficient accommodations in hospitals, large gap between salaries of nurses and doctors, setting a price list on the nursing services, and implementation of the law on hard and harmful labor are among the main issues raised by nurses. (The state-run ILNA news agency – April 19, 2017)


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Amnesty International issued an Urgent Action statement on April
20, for political prisoner Atena Daemi held in Evin Prison in Iran. The statement reads in part: Iranian human rights defender Atena Daemi has  been on hunger strike in Tehran’s Evin prison since April 8. She is protesting the suspended prison sentences imposed on two of her sisters, Hanieh and Ensieh, for “insulting public officers on duty”. She has accused Iran’s security bodies of harassing family members as a way to inflict further pain and suffering on political prisoners. Her mother Massoumeh Nemati, also wrote a letter to the UN Special Rapporteur on Iran, Ms. Asma Jahangir, urging her to take appropriate measures to improve the situation of political prisoners in Iran.


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Four Baha'i women were arrested by security forces in the southern port city of Bandar Abbas and in the island of Qeshm on April 18. They are Mahnaz Jonnesar, Maral Rasti, Mehraleh Afshar and Nassim Ghanavatian. Security forces confiscated the women's personal belongings and equipment during inspection of their residences.



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Massoud Ghaderi Pasha, director general of the Coroner's Office in Tehran Province in Iran, announced Sunday, April 17, that six female workers had died in 2016 due to lack of safety measures at the work place.

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A large number of Iranian women among some 100 retired teachers staged a protest in front of the Budget and Planning Organization in Tehran on Tuesday morning, April 18. One of the protesters said, "We demand to receive our termination-of-service reward, proper balancing of pensions, and improvement of medical services provided by insurance." (The state-run ILNA news agency – April 18, 2017) Earlier on March 12, 2017, over 10,000 working and retired teachers staged protest demonstrations in Tehran and other cities to express their demands.

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Prison officials have once again refused to grant medical leave to political prisoner Zeinab Jalalian jailed in Khoy Prison, West Azerbaijan Province in Iran. Ms. Jalalian suffers from pterygium تیر جیوم and risks losing her eye-sight. In an international campaign in December 2016, Amnesty International circulated a petition for freedom of a number of human rights activists including Zeinab Jalalian who is deprived of needed medical treatment.
Zeinab Jalalian was arrested 10 years a go in 2007 in Kermanshah on the charges of contacts with Kurdish parties. The Revolutionary Court sentenced her to death but her sentence was later commuted to life in prison.

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Political prisoner Zahra Zehtabchi has been deprived of any leaves from prison.
Ms. Zehtabchi has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for supporting the opposition People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK). She has been in prison since 2013. Zahra is a social researcher and mother of two daughters. She has lost some of her family members, including her father, during the mass executions of the 1980s in Iran.

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A Tehran gathering entitled, "violence against women in shanty towns", discussed the deplorable conditions of women living in slums on April 19 in Iran. A volunteer for the Imam Ali Charity Society, Taravat Mozaffarian, addressed forced marriage of young women in these slums and said, "5 per cent of these women marry men who are 15 to 40 years older, 10 per cent marry men between 10 to 15 years older, and 85 per cent marry men less than ten years older than themselves." Ms. Mozaffarian also provided some figures on domestic violence against women. "47 per cent of these women experience contusions, 53 per cent suffer broken bones, 21 per cent are injured and three per cent are disabled," she said. (The state-run ISNA news agency, April 19, 2017)    

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Women teachers applying for housing in Zanjan-Iran held a protest rally in front of the Governor’s Office on Thursday April 20. Dozens of people participated in the rally. They protested the government’s failure to attend to their housing problems despite passage of 11 years.

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Just after a few days, that media company Telegram launched its voice phone service for the people inside Iran, the Iranian regime shut it down. Telegram voice phone would make it possible for people to get easier access to the outside world. The Iranian regime had asked Telegram to give them access to people's conversations online, but the company has refused.