Sunday, June 28, 2020

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The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI) announced this afternoon, June 27, that Coronavirus has taken the lives of more than 61,800 in 340 cities across Iran. The death toll in various provinces include: 4720 in Khuzestan, 3670 in Khorasan Razavi, 3145 in Gilan, 2228 in Lorestan, 1575 in Golestan, 635 in North Khorasan, 580 in Hormozagan, 561 in Bushehr, 415 in Ilam. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.

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A member of the regime’s parliament called for State Security Force’s intensifying crackdown on women in reaction to their open opposition to the compulsory veil. “In addition to promoting the culture (of Hijab), combating women who remove their Hijab requires the action of the State Security forces,” Ali Akbar Karimi, member of the regime’s parliament from Arak said while calling for more vicious crackdown on women. Referring to the growing open opposition to the mandatory veil in public, he said, “There are more and more examples of women who flout the veil in the open and because they are not dealt with, these behaviors have become prevalent in society.” Karimi also called for the arrest of women who publish posts and photos (which show them without the veil) in the social media. “We want more seriousness in dealing with the damages and insults and the spreading of lies and rumors in the social media,” he said (The state-run ISNA news agency – June 25, 2020). In a related development, a woman was arrested in Amol on June 23, 2020, for publishing a photo in the social media without wearing the compulsory veil. Amol’s Public and Revolutionary Prosecutor stressed that the punishment for women who violate the hijab law is up to two years in prison. (The state-run ROKNA News Agency – June 23, 2020) In another case, the state-run media announced on June 23, 2020 that during a joint operation in the city of Arak, FATA (Iranian Cyber Police) and PAVA (Iranian Security Police) forces arrested a young couple who were administrators of a Telegram channel. Abbas Ghassemi, the Public Prosecutor of Arak, said, “Moral security is one of the priorities of the Judiciary and the State Security Force. Those who attempt to disrupt the society’s security will be dealt with forcefully and without any limitations.” (The official IRNA news agency – June 23, 2020) Earlier in June, a significant number of women were arrested in Khorasan Razavi Province for posting photos in the social media “without wearing the veil.”

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Contract teachers, as well as teachers from the Literacy Movement, staged a 3-day protest in front of the Iranian regime's Majlis or Parliament from June 21 to June 23. During the 3-day protest the teachers demonstrated against ill-defined conditions of employment conditions, job instability, and the challenges of maintaining a livelihood. While protesting, teachers chanted, “Neither discrimination nor exams, justice, justice.” State security forces attacked protesters, arresting several. At least 3 people were arrested.
Women Attacked and Arrested During 3-Day Protest by Tehran Teachers “Officers beat and arrested three teachers. But the teachers continued their protests and chants,” reported one of the protest’s participants. The teachers in the Literacy Movement have worked for years; some have as many as 10 years of teaching experience. However, since last year, they have been asked to take teachers’ university entrance exams to be officially hired. Iran’s Council of Retirees issued the following statement in support of the 3-day protests by teachers: “These teachers have been teaching and training students for years. They have had to live with meager wages, substandard facilities, and minimal benefits. They have not even enjoyed job security. Every year, more than in the prior year, the teachers worry about job security and earning a decent living. Although these teachers have years of teaching experience and are obviously eligible for employment, they are still in limbo while waiting to be hired by the Ministry of Education.” Unfortunately, under the Mullahs’ rule in Iran, living conditions for teachers – more than 50% of whom are women – are far below acceptable standards. Iranian teachers must contend with remaining unpaid for months; suffering unfair wage adjustments given the rising cost of living; and having no medical insurance. Instead of being able to focus on providing a good education for their students, teachers in Iran are preoccupied with making ends meet.

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Some women heads of household in Iran have taken refuge in city outskirts due to poverty and lack of adequate housing. They live in tunnels and holes underneath dilapidated buildings. These women are part of Iran’s at least 38 million people who live in shanty towns and slums. Sleeping on the streets, or even in empty graves – and now in underground holes – are among the phenomena the Iranian regime has imposed on Iranian society. More than 80 percent of Iranians live below the poverty line due to the regime’s predatory policies. According to regime experts, the face of poverty in Iran is feminine.
“Some women heads of household often live in ruins, dilapidated buildings, underground holes, and water wells, mostly because they are homeless. Some of those who live in slums or tents do not have proper accommodation,” said Mohammad-Reza Mahboubfar, a social researcher, in a statement to state-run media (The state-run website Etemad Online – June 22, 2020).
“The number of women heads of household in the country has also increased. These people are facing many problems due to homelessness and inflation, and lack of basic necessities such as jobs and housing. Some of these women are forced to emigrate to the suburbs where they are vulnerable to various social ailments such as violence, addiction, (forcing them into) selling their babies and prostitution. They are deprived of social support from official institutions. Even among those who have “decent” jobs, some women heads of household live below the poverty line and are deprived of minimum living standards,” Mahboubfar added.
At least 60 percent of Tehran’s population live in the slums and shanty towns
Referring to the shocking increase in the population of Iranians who live in slums and shanty towns, Mahboubfar said, “It was estimated in the past that there were about 25 million residing in the slums, but today that number has risen to 38 million. We can even say that population of slum dwellers in Tehran has increased by 60%.”
According to the social researcher, “Before the Coronavirus, the poverty line was 8 million Tomans… Most slum dwellers, day laborers, seasonal workers, peddlers, and so on, have lost 70 to 80 percent of their salaries. It is natural that they go to the city outskirts to seek housing and shelter. Part of the city outskirts consists of slums; the other part consists of tents or other deficient shelters. Homeless people have built makeshift, unsanitary settlements that generate crime.”

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Iranian Kurdish Political prisoner Zeinab Jalalian began her hunger strike on June 20th, in protest of not being transferred from Qarchak Prison. Zeinab's request who is infected with the Coronavirus, is to be either transferred to Evin Prison, where most women political prisoners are kept, or returned to the Prison of Khoy where she was previously held. Zeinab Jalalian is currently being held in the quarantine ward of Qarchak Prison and is denied access to medical treatment.
“Political prisoner Zeinab Jalalian also suffers from asthma. Due to her infection with the Coronavirus, she coughs constantly, and her lung condition has deteriorated. After her infection with the Covid-19 was confirmed, she had a chest X-ray and was immediately returned to the quarantine ward of Qarchak Prison”, an informed source said about Zainab’s illness.
Sanitary conditions in the quarantine ward are horrible. This ward has even fewer facilities than other parts of the prison.
A specialist physician had previously told Zeinab Jalalian: “She needs to recover in a stress-free environment with good hygiene and healthy food as well as being under doctors’ supervision. Otherwise, there is a possibility of irreparable damage to her respiratory system.”
The situation in Qarchak prison is reported to be very serious. Women infected with the Covid-19 have been transferred to a place called the Prison Club, which is unsanitary and without proper ventilation. They are being held there without medical care, treatment, or food.

Sunday, June 21, 2020

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Iranians from across the globe, alongside their international supporters, held an online conference in 2000 locations on Saturday, June 20, marking the 40th anniversary of their resistance movement against the Iranian regime. Renowned global dignitaries joined this virtual event to express their solidarity and sympathy with the Iranian people and their organized resistance movement in their ongoing struggle to establish freedom, democracy and human rights in Iran.
NCRI’s(National Council of Resistance of Iran) president-elect Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, as the key speaker of this event laid out the sacrifices made by the members of the Iranian Resistance during the decades that have passed since that fateful day, including the summer 1988 massacre of political prisoners in the dungeons of the regime and the mullahs’ numerous terrorist attacks and plots against resistance members across the globe. “Iran’s 40-year history clearly shows the necessity and rightfulness of June 20, 1981. For this reason, the passage of all these years has failed to push it into oblivion,” Mrs. Rajavi said.  “[Iranian regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani are trying to obstruct the path leading to the threat of uprisings and overthrow by implementing a strategy of inflicting death and mass human casualties. But this barrier lacks in strength and will not last long, because the mullahs are stuck in a vortex leading to their overthrow,” the NCRI President-elect continued.

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The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI) announced on, June 21, that Coronavirus has taken the lives of more than 54,600 in 334 cities across Iran. 4490 in Khuzestan,  3765 in Qom, 3095 in Isfahan,  2950 in Gilan, 2030 in Lorestan, 1995 in Sistan and Baluchistan, 1890 in Alborz, 2030 in Lorestan, 1545 in West Azerbaijan, 1395 in Golestan, 1175 in Kurdestan. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.

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In an open letter to the the Iranian regime's president, Hassan Rouhani, the Iranian Nursing Organization revealed that only 110,000 nurses are available to support 140,000 hospital beds throughout Iran and that at least 7,400 nurses had been infected with the Coronavirus. Following widespread protests by nurses across Iran and public pressure, the Iranian Nursing Organization was forced to compensate nurses to quell the protests. Excerpts from the open letter are as follows:
Eight-tenths of a nurse for each hospital bed
“Of Iran’s 250,000 nurses, including employees, students, and retirees, 110,000 are active for 140,000 hospital beds and only work in hospitals. This means that we have only eight-tenths of the nursing staff for every hospital bed in any given 24 hours. “Of the 110,000, about 65,000 to 68,000 nurses have served patients infected with COVID-19 during the past four months. This figure rises daily as the virus continues to spread in other provinces. “Of the 65,000 to 68,000 nurses, 50% – or at least 32,000 nurses – were continuously in direct contact with Coronavirus patients, day and night, for 2 weeks to 2 months. These nurses have been denied access to their families, including their spouses, children, and parents. “Due to their close interactions with Coronavirus patients, as many as 7,400 nurses have been infected with COVID-19 as of June 16. Of the 18 nurses who lost their lives, 7 were from northern Gilan province. The rest were from Tehran and other parts of the country. Many medical universities have failed to separate nurses’ hourly wages from overtime pay, leading to a lack of accounting transparency and the loss of many nurses’ salaries. “Due to the lack of manpower and the economic situation, they [the University of Medical Sciences] refuse to honor nurses’ legal requests for early retirement.” “One of the worst things to happen to nurses, particularly in the northern provinces of Gilan and Mazandaran, is that despite the University of Medical Sciences’ promise to hire and employ nurses for a year, nurses have remained without pay for 2.5 months.” “In Gilan province, for example, the University of Medical Sciences has provided nurses with an 89-hour compulsory hourly contract. The university has made all payment of compensation and benefits subject to nurses signing this contract.

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Less than a month after Romina Ashrafi’s murder, two more so called honor killings have shaken Iranian society. Two young women were brutally murdered by their father and husband on June 14 and 15 of this year. Reyhaneh Ameri, 22, from Kerman (southeast Iran), was killed by her father on June 15 when he struck her with an axe. Reyhaneh’s father had tried to kill her three years ago by breaking her arms and legs, but her sister saved her life(The state-run ROKNA News Agency – June 16, 2020).
Fatemeh Barahi, 19, was beheaded by her husband in the southwestern Iranian city of Abadan on Sunday night, June 14. The husband told officers that he had left Fatima’s head in the Bahar area near the Bahman Shir River after separating it from her body. Fatemeh Barahi was forced to marry her cousin last year(The state-run ROKNA News Agency – June 16, 2020). According to state-run media, at least four honor killings took place in May and June in the northern province of Gilan, the southern province of Sistan and Baluchestan, the southeastern province of Kerman, and the southern province of Khuzestan in Iran. These honor killings and the shocking tragedies are due to the misogynistic laws of the mullahs’ regime. Laws that do not criminalize violence against women, including domestic violence, serve to perpetuate it. In addition, the constitution protects honor killings. Article 301 of the Iranian Penal Code states that retribution for the murderer; i.e., execution, is applicable only if the murderer is not the victim’s father or paternal grandfather (The Islamic Penal Code, adopted in April 2013). Article 630 of the Iranian regime's Penal Code stipulates: "Whenever a man finds his wife committing adultery, and is sure of his wife’s consent in doing so, he can instantly kill both of them."

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Iranian regime's State Security Force (SSF) announced it will prosecute female pillion riders. SSF also imposed further restrictions on drivers who drop their veils behind the wheel. Tehran’s Chief of Police, Hossein Rahimi, said on June 14, 2020: "The State Security Force (police) in Tehran has received a new mandate to deal with motorcyclists who break the rules. The SSF will deal with offenders during the week, and especially on Thursdays." Iran weekends are Thursdays and Friday. Stressing that “the Police will not compromise with any immoral behavior,” Rahimi added that “motorcyclists who break the norms will be seriously dealt with.” (The state-run Aftabnews.ir– June 14, 2020). Earlier, on June 10, the regime took another step to increase pressure on Iranian women. Women who drop their veils behind the wheels also received new threats by Ali Zolghadr, the head of Tehran’s Security Police. Zolghadr announced, “Drivers who receive text messages saying, ‘Car owner! Someone dropped her veil in your car,’ must immediately report to one of the centers of the Security Police. It makes no difference in which city you are when you receive the text, and if the breach took place in another city. The owner and the person who drives the car must refer to a Security Police Center and if the removal of the veil was verified, they must sign written pledges.” (The state-run Mashreqnews.ir – June 10, 2020) Zolghadr said the new plan is called, “Systematic Impounding of Cars” and added, “Those who commit the crime of removing their veils or if they have objections (to the text message) must report to a police center within 10 days. The system is designed in a way that if a person does not report to the police to sign a pledge, their car would be impounded in the system… People who have a record of more than four or five arrests in the system will be turned in to the Judiciary immediately.” (The state-run Kayhan daily – June 10, 2020)

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According to the news made public on Saturday, June 13, several dangerous prisoners recruited by the Ministry of Intelligence and prison authorities have threatened to assault and murder the political prisoner Zahra Safaei in Qarchak prison in Iran.
Political prisoner Zahra Safaei was arrested along with her daughter, Parastoo Moeini, on February 24 and transferred to the Ministry of Intelligence Detention Center (Ward 209 of Evin Prison). Then they were transferred to Qarchak Prison of Varamin in mid-April. Zahra Safaei was among the 20 arrested Iranians listed in the statement of the Iranian Resistance on May 5 of this year in which the NCRI- National Council of Resistance of Iran called for urgent action to save their lives. Zahra Safaei endured time behind bars as a political prisoner from 1981 to 1989. She was arrested again in 2006, and subsequently banished to the Prison of Qazvin in 2009. Her father, a prominent figure in the Tehran business community, was executed in 1982 on charges of supporting the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK).
The Iranian regime systematically sends female political prisoners to the notorious Qarchak Prison to increase the pressure on them and break their resistance, or to brutalize and kill them by dangerous prisoners incited and hired by prison authorities. Political prisoners are not safe in Qarchak because the principle of separation of prisoners according to the categories of their crimes is not observed in this all-women prison. Qarchak Prison is also plagued with the Covid-19 disease as prisoners with symptoms are not isolated and quarantined. There have been reports of the infections of some 100 inmates in this prison. Political prisoner Zeinab Jalalian who had been recently transferred to Qarchak on May 2, 2020, has contracted the disease and tested positive. Many other political prisoners including Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee, Forough Taghipour (who has also contracted the disease), and those arrested in the protests in November 2019 are detained in Qarchak under deplorable conditions. This seems to be a deliberate attempt on the part of the regime which has been taking advantage of the deadly virus to get rid of its resistant and firm political opponents. The NCRI Women’s Committee renews the call by the Iranian resistance on the UN Secretary-General, the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the UN Human Rights Council, and other international human rights organizations to take urgent action to secure the release of political prisoners in Iran and to dispatch a delegation to inspect the clerical regime’s prisons and visit the prisoners.

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Soheila Shirvani, the mother of two young men slain in Iranshahr in Sistan and Baluchestan province in Iran, is seeking justice under an oppressive regime. In a public message, she called on the people of Iran to make her voice heard everywhere. On Wednesday, May 6, the State Security forces (SSF) raided the home of the Baluch family in Asadabad neighborhood of Iranshahr and shot the two brothers at close range, killing them both.
Ahmad Pourian, the brother of Mohammad and Mehdi Pourian, 18 and 20, respectively, spoke about the SSF raid, saying that his brothers had been asleep when SSF forces raided their home. The troops woke up the two brothers, beat and killed them. “After Mohammad and Mehdi were beaten – before our mother’s eyes – Iranshahr SSF forces ordered them to flee. Mehdi started to run, but he was shot in the back and killed. Mohammad refused to run. He was shot dead inside his home in front of his mother,” Ahmad added. According to Ahmad Pourian, his mother was also beaten during the raid. Having witnessed the killing of two of her sons, she suffered a heart attack. Meanwhile, Ahmad’s father suffered a nervous breakdown. Soheila Shirvani posted her audio message online on Thursday, June 12, announcing that she was seeking justice for her sons. The bereaved mother of two slain young men said in her message, “I am pursuing in court the matter of the killing of two of my children. The court told us that the murder of my children was ordered by Golmohammadi, and the [SSF] forces did so on his orders.” Mohsen Golmohammadi is the Public and Revolutionary Prosecutor of Iranshahr. Ms. Shirvani objected to the court’s failure to assign the case, and the circumstances under which the court failed to act. “Because of the Coronavirus, no one leaves the house to even buy bread. But I’m not afraid of the virus. I’ve lost two children. I am always in this court or that SSF station. Every morning after I wake up, I go to this or that office. Why did you make my life miserable? Why did you break my heart? Why did you destroy me? You killed my soul. I am a mother,” she said in another part of her message. “God, these are the oppressors who rule over us. You are the great God, so take revenge on them… Make my voice heard everywhere…”

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The Security and Counter terrorism Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI)says that it has obtained documents on the transfer of those wounded during Iran protests in November 2019 to hospitals, including documents on six women wounded during the protests. The documents are but a very small part of the realities of the Iranian people’s major uprising in November 2019. The documents verify the injuries and transfer of 60 people to hospitals in Tehran by the National Emergency Organization between 15 and 18 of November 2019. They include information on six women wounded during Iran protests, two by security forces’ pellet guns, on November 16 and 17.
Please refer to www.women.ncr-iran.org for more info.

Sunday, June 14, 2020

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The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK) announced on June 14, that Coronavirus has taken the lives of more than 51,800 in 332 cities across Iran. 4230 in Khuzestan, 2665 in Isfahan, 1940 in Sistan and Baluchistan, 1765 in Lorestan, 1725 in East Azerbaijan, 1440 in West Azerbaijan, 1310 in Kermanshah, 1078 in Kurdistan, 625 in Kerman, 370 in Hormozagan. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.

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The Iranian regime secretly executed Kurdish political prisoner Hedayat Abdollahpour 21 days ago without informing his family and lawyer. The regime also refused to hand over the deceased body to his family for burial, instead, they buried him in a secret location.  According to the leading Rights group Iran Human Rights Monitor (IRAN HRM), Abdollahpour’s father was told upon his arrival at the Implementation Unit of the Urmia Judiciary, that his son was executed on May 21, after he was moved to an undisclosed location on May 9.

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The English website of the Iranian resistance: www.ncr-iran.org

 reported June 10 that the Iranian regime, to justify its crimes and pursue its demonetization campaign against its main opposition, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), has
dedicated a vast part of the Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) to this work. This time they used Marjan, a renowned and famous Iranian singer, who joined the MEK and continued her activities against the Iranian regime alongside the Iranian Resistance abroad, and passed away on June 6 at a hospital in Los Angeles. Her death saddened all the Iranian people, including artists and athletes and political prisoners inside Iran, who shared messages of condolences on their social media accounts and elsewhere. When the messages of condolences increased, the MOIS conducted a fake news, issuing a fake MEK publication intending to pressure those who condoled Marjan's passing, to take a stand against the resistance. The MEK spokesperson said, MEK Journal has not been published for sometimes now and news and articles are published on www.mojahedin.org
Marjan was put to rest on Sat. June 13, 2020 in Los Angeles cemetery in US.

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Political prisoner Maryam Akbari Monfared was orally summoned to the Evin Courthouse on Wednesday, June 10 but she refused to turn out for the hearing. She stated that the reason for her refusal to appear in court was that she had not received a written notice from the court and that she had been denied access to a lawyer. The new charge leveled against Maryam Akbari is her chanting slogans on the night of February 11, 2020, the anniversary of the 1979 Iranian Revolution which toppled the Shah. Maryam Akbari Monfared, 45, mother of three girls, was arrested in late December 2009, after she contacted her siblings who are members of the opposition People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK). She was arrested and charged with Moharebeh or waging war on God through collaboration with the PMOI. Maryam was essentially deprived of access to legal counsel and was sentenced to 15 years in prison in a 5-minute trial. She is serving her 11th year in Evin Prison without even a day off.
On Saturday night, June 6, the Evin Prison authorities informed Atena Daemi that she had been summoned to the Evin Courthouse on the morning of June 7. Atena appeared in court presuming that the hearing was related to her previous case. But she realized upon arrival that this was a new case and she was accused of disrupting the prison’s order by chanting slogans on the night of February 11, 2020. Atena Daemi denied the allegations during her interrogations. Political prisoner Atena Daemi, a civil activist defending children’s rights, was arrested on October 21, 2014. She was sentenced to 14 years in prison on March 14, 2015, for her peaceful civil activities, on charges of “propaganda against the state”, “association and collusion against national security”, “insulting the leader”, and “hiding the evidence of crime.”  Atena Daemi was freed on February 15, 2016, after serving 16 months and her sentence was subsequently decreased to 7 years. But she was violently re-arrested on November 26, 2016 and taken to Evin Prison to serve her sentence.

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Eight inmates infected with Covid-19 have been abandoned without any care in Women's prison Qarchak in Iran. At the same time, political prisoner Zeinab Jalalian who is also infected was taken to a civic hospital but after being examined, she was returned to jail to the room where non-infected prisoners are held. Despite doctors’ recommendations and the normal procedure for any Covid-19 patient, Zeinab Jalalian who is serving her life sentence was returned to jail on June 9 and taken to the room where Kurdish lawyer and political prisoner Soheila Hejab is being detained. Ms. Hejab is not sick and is now at risk of the contagions.

Sunday, June 07, 2020

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The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI) announced on June 7, that Coronavirus has taken the lives of more than 50,000 in 325 cities across Iran. Over 10,400 in Tehran, 4015 in Khuzestan, 1705 in Sistan and Baluchistan, 1685 in Alborz, 1215 in Kermanshah, 985 in Kurdistan, 285 in Hormozagan. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces. The Iranians were ordered to go back to work weeks a go and now Hassan Rouhani the Iranian regime's president blame them for the rise of Coronovirus. Coronavirus is on the rise in Khzestan, Kurdistan, Khorasan and many other provinces in Iran.

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The women committee of the National Council of
Resistance of Iran reported that: Great Iranian artist and singer and former political prisoner, Marjan voice of Iranian Resistance for freedom, passed away Friday night, June 5, 2020, due to heart failure after a surgical operation. Marjan was a popular actress and singer. Born on July 14, 1948, her original name was Shahla Safi Zamir. She became a radio announcer as a teenager, then found her way to cinema, and finally to singing where she became a brilliant star. Like other female artists, she was banned from singing after the 1979 Revolution which toppled the Shah. In July 1982, she was arrested and imprisoned for supporting the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), and her properties confiscated. She was deeply impressed during her years of incarceration by the young women who has been imprisoned also for supporting the PMOI/MEK, something that changed her life forever. In an interview she said, “I feel humble when I recall the resistance and perseverance of prisoners I met in the clerical regime’s jails. Young women with the average age of 17 to 20. Of course, there were younger ones in other wards who were even younger, between 10 to 12…” After being released, she left Iran for fear of her life and lived in Los Angeles until the end of her life. In an interview with Alarabiya, she explained, “The (clerical) regime was at war with artists and particularly with women. It did not cherish music and had declared it unlawful… The art community was annihilated all together. All the movies were destroyed… So, I decided to fight because it was my right to live free in my own country. Those days, the best organized group was the People’s Mojahedin Organization. After I was arrested, I was directly taken to solitary confinement. This is the worst place for detention and torture. Later on, I asked why the took me to a solitary cell. And they told me, ‘because your charge was serious. You were a famous person and you joined this group…’ When I was in Iran, my husband was also in prison. When he was released, we somehow re-established our contact with the PMOI/MEK. But the regime found out. Then, they published an article about me in Kayhan daily in the especial news column. And I felt that it was no longer safe for me to stay in Iran… On the same night I fled to Dubai.” During her years in exile, she was always in contact with the National Council of Resistance of Iran. Marjan devoted her art to advance the cause of Iranian Resistance for freedom and for regime change. She sang dozens of songs including “Rouyesh Nagozir” (inevitable sprouting) and “vaght-e barandazi” (time for regime change) which were widely embraced by young people and particularly young women in Iran. In an interview with the Youths magazine in Los Angeles, she said, “My voice is my weapon until the day our fellow compatriots are free. And I would prefer to use my voice not in concerts but in the conventions of the National Council of Resistance, against the mullahs ruling my country.” Marjan was one of the brave and liberated women of Iran who instead of submission to the clerical regime decided to fight and stand up to the regime. Until her last breath, she proudly endeavored in this path. Today, Marjan voice of Iranian Resistance for freedom has become eternal, but her name, her memory, and her songs will continue to inspire freedom lovers and particularly Iranian women and girls in Iran.

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NCRI women committee:
Kurdish political prisoner Zeinab Jalalian has contracted the Covid-19 disease, but the clerical regime’s Intelligence Ministry officials do not allow her to be dispatched to a civic hospital for treatment. Ali Jalalian, Zeinab’s father, announced: “On Tuesday night, June 2, Zeinab Jalalian was transferred to the prison’s medical center due to severe shortness of breath and after being examined and tested by a doctor, she was diagnosed with Covid-19.” Despite the diagnosis, Qarchak Prison authorities have refused to send Kurdish political prisoner Zeinab Jalalian to a civic hospital on the orders of the mullahs’ Intelligence Ministry. Reliable sources say in a telephone call on June 6 to her family, Zeinab said she was being held along with several other infected inmates in a separate room in the Quarantine ward of Qarchak Prison. She said she was still suffering from short breath and high fever. According to the doctor working at the prison’s clinic, the virus has infected her lungs and they are trying to bring it under control. Kurdish political prisoner Zeinab Jalalian served 13 years of her life sentence in Khoy Prison. On May 2, 2020, she transferred to the quarantine ward of Qarchak Prison in Varamin where some 80 inmates are being held in violation of social distancing protocols. At least 20 inmates were reported to have the infection by the state-run Khabar Online news agency on April 15, 2020. In a call for urgent action on June 15, 2018, Amnesty International said Zeinab Jalalian is being subjected to torture by blocking her access to medical care. According to Amnesty International, “Zeynab Jalalian also has heart, intestinal, and kidney problems, as well as an oral thrush condition that has caused painful white bumps on her tongue and interferes with her ability to eat and swallow. She is at risk of losing her eyesight in prison as she is being denied surgery for a worsening eye condition called pterygium, which is impairing her vision and causing her severe discomfort.” “She has repeatedly asked the prison authorities to take her to a hospital outside the prison for specialized testing and treatment for her health problems but the authorities have either rejected outright her requests or have accepted them on the condition that she make videotaped ‘confessions’,” Amnesty international added.

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The suppressive forces’ fear of the Resistance Units and valiant young Iranians joining the relentless campaign to break the atmosphere of repression on Khomeini’s death anniversary reached a peak. Khomeini was the founder of Islamic Republic of Iran and the founder of first Islamic State in recent history. The NCRI’s (National Council of Resistance of Iran) Committee on Security and Counter terrorism on June 4 published a segment of the directives and communications by the Command Head Quarter of the State Security Force (SSF) in Greater Tehran’s western region as follows as such: “To Sheriff offices and police precincts and those active in the districts: Within your protection perimeter, provide physical protection for bases, including the classified ones. Given the threats posed by hostile grouplets in setting fire to government and military sites and filming such disruptive activities, as well as other perceived actions and threats, and given examples from previous years, alert the officers to be active at the level of districts to put under special surveillance passing cars and those riding on passing motorcycles.
Carefully surveil any suspicious movement, action, or behavior by suspicious persons. Specialized ranks must definitely engage in intelligence collection. Follow up on patrol searches from 10:00 pm to 12:00 am. Specialized police must have added patrols. Make sure you follow up in this respect. All patrol units must be supervised. The reference number issued by your counterparts is 515. Mention that the last three digits are 515. Say 48/515. Please mention the background [of the case] on the letter as well. The letter’s number must be included in the background. Thank you very much. Please take the time to quickly inform the HQ about any piece of important news in this regard.
National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI)
Committee on Security and Counter terrorism
June 4, 2020

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More than 2.5 years after the Kermanshah earthquake, a large number of people still live in makeshift trailers or sheds in Kermanshah province, including Sarpol-e Zahab. People in these trailers do not have even basic living standards and are often deprived of water and electricity. The government has not taken any formal action to help these people. In a short video report from one of the neighborhoods in the city of Sarpol-e-Zahab, several women offered some insights into their daily challenges. 2.5 years after the Kermanshah earthquake, women still live in trailers. One of the women said, “Today is April 21, 2020. Here is the Nirouy-e Entezami neighborhood of Sarpol-e Zahab. It’s been 891 days since the earthquake, but we still live in trailers. There are several families here. We have been without water and electricity for three days now. They [local officials] don’t want us to stay here anymore because of the conditions. I have a one-month old baby, whom I had to leave at home with one of my relatives. My husband is unemployed, and we have zero income. “I don’t know what to do now. It’s very hot outside, and the situation is really difficult.” Turan Hemmati, another woman who introduced herself, is in one of these makeshift trailers. “We are here, and we have no facilities,” she said, adding that her husband is ill and that they have no income. Turan Hemmati, another woman who introduced herself Kermanshah province is considered a “red zone” relative to the COVID-19 pandemic, yet 2.5 years after the earthquake, homeless women and their young children are still deprived of the most basic necessities of life. The death toll from the 8.0-magnitude earthquake in Japan can be counted on one hand, but in Iran, earthquakes of lesser magnitude destroy vital public infrastructure and kill a large number of people (The state-run Tasnim News Agency – June 4, 2020). One of the fundamental needs of women, and from which she derives other basic needs such as security, health, dignity, and other basic human rights, is a dignified home. The housing crisis that the earthquake-stricken women of Kermanshah are experiencing reflects the living hell the religious dictatorship has subjected the Iranian people to for 40 years. Farhad Faghihi, Deputy Minister of Reconstruction and Rural Housing of Kermanshah Province, provided data on the extent of the damage to residential units. According to the data, the earthquake of 2017 destroyed 12,500 rural and 7,500 urban housing units. In addition, nine cities (Salas-e Babajani, Sarpol-e Zahab, Qasr-e Shirin, Dalahoo, Gilan-e Gharb, Islamabad-e Gharb, Javanroud, Paveh and Ravansar, and two parts of Mahidasht and Kozaran) suffered massive destruction. Most of the damage occurred in the city of Sarpol-e Zahab. In the city of Sarpol-e-Zahab alone, 9,173 urban and 8,250 rural housing units were destroyed or damaged (The state-run IRIB TV News Agency – November 12, 2019). The government official, however, left unanswered a major question: How will the government solve problem of homeless people. 2.5 years after the Kermanshah earthquake, women still live in trailers.

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The lack of adequate water piping and a poor water supply infrastructure in Bashirabad Village of Torbat-e Jam in Khorasan Razavi, led to miscarriages by five pregnant women. Bashirabad is located 27 kilometers from Torbat-e Jam. With 132 families, the village has a population of more than 500, all of whom are deprived of potable water.
In Bashirabad Village, given the lack of drinking water, women are forced to carry water from an aqueduct or spring that is 1.5 kilometers away. Sometimes the deprived women from this village transport water using wheelbarrows.
Most rural women suffer from lumbar disc disease, as well as osteoarthritis of the neck. And recently led to five pregnant women experiencing miscarriages.
Speaking about the water shortage, the head of Bashirabad Village, Mohammad Shekarchi, declared, “The village does not have running water. Since 2003, the local water supply has come from a water tank. The city’s water department drains a 10,000-liter tank in a concrete reservoir in the village every day. This amount of water is not enough for even 50% of the villagers’ consumption. The rest of the villagers are forced to use an underground aqueduct or a spring that is 1.5 kilometers away to secure water” (The state-run ILNA News Agency – June 3, 2020).
Five pregnant women suffered miscarriages after carrying heavy loads of water
Since the end of March 2020, the city’s water department has requested about one million rials for each water tank. This amount far exceeds village’s budget, and is more than residents can afford, yet the water department has threatened to suspend water delivery if the amount goes unpaid.
In 2012, Bashirabad Village was slated for a water supply project that, through adequate plumbing, would bring in water from a spring some 5 kilometers away. However, the project was closed down the same year and remains stalled. Thus far, the regime has not taken any steps to restart or complete the project.
According to the head of the Torbat-e-Jam Water and Sewage Company, the sum of 10 billion tomans of credit would be needed to transfer water to this village; however, the government refuses to allocate the funds.
In the budget document of the fiscal year 1399 (March 2020-March 2021), the clerical regime has allocated 2,000 million Euros from the National Development Fund to reinforce the country’s defense power (amendment 4). In the same document, the government has ordered the Water and Power Ministry to provide the funds needed for providing water to villages and rural areas by charging the urban population for every cubic meter of water (amendment 6) for up to 965 billion Rials which was approximately $55 million at the exchange rate of those days.

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Nurses in Iran held protest rallies in Tehran and Yasuj on June 2.
A group of nurses from different Tehran hospitals gathered at their workplaces on June 2, 2020. They protested the small amount of fee designated by the Deputy Minister of Health for their work during the Coronavirus outbreak.
Another group of nurses gathered outside the governor’s office of Yasuj, capital of Kohgiluyeh and Boyer Ahmad Province, the state-run ILNA news agency reported. They held placards which read, “unemployment is not the answer of our sacrifices.”
Yasuj nurses protested their non-employment after the end of the 89-day contract by the Yasuj University of Medical Sciences. Since the COVID-19 outbreak, the nurses worked hard under the contract. (The state-run ILNA News Agency – June 2, 2020)
Nurses in Iran: Unemployment is not the answer for our sacrifices
The failure to employ nurses in Iran on a permanent basis comes as the deputy for nurses’ affairs in the Health Ministry recently highlighted the shortage of nursing staff in Khuzestan Province during the Coronavirus era.
During her visit to Khuzestan hospitals, Maryam Hazrati said, “Shortage of manpower is strongly felt in Ahvaz, Abadan and Dezful; this is particularly so with regards to specialized nurses…”
“These nurses definitely need to be reinforced,” Hazrati said. “Nurses in Khuzestan are giving it all under harsh climatic conditions. We are trying to recruit (additional) workforce from other provinces,” she added. (The state-run ILNA News Agency – June 1, 2020)
The official IRNA News Agency also reported that a group of educators from Khuzestan’s Literacy Movement gathered across from the building of Khuzestan’s General Department of Education on Tuesday, June 2. One of the female teachers explained the reason for the protest: “A number of teachers were recruited in 2013 to work for the Khuzestan Literacy Movement who are working on temporary contracts.”
“Given the need for teachers in Khuzestan, we demand promotion of our status to that of casual teachers,” she added.
“Our salaries have not been paid for about two years now, while we have been working full time,” she reiterated.
Earlier on June 1, 2020, about 40 of these educators gathered to protest their non-recruitment. Khuzestan Education had promised to follow up on their recruitment.

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Vida Haghighi Najafabadi was sent to Isfahan Prison on June 1, for her Baha'i religion. Security forces went to Vida’s house and ordered that she turn herself in to begin serving her jail sentence. She was arrested in the summer of 2011 by agents of the Ministry of Intelligence along with 19 other Baha’is. Vida was sentenced to one year in prison and one-year suspended imprisonment by the Revolutionary Court of Yazd. The verdict was upheld by the Yazd Provincial Court of Appeals.
Also, on May 30, two other Baha’i women, Mitra Bandi Amirabadi and Hiva Yazdan Mehdi-Abadi, were arrested and taken to an unknown location. The Security forces insulted the residents during the house search.
Hiva Yazdan Mehdi-Abadi was previously detained by security forces in December of 2017 on the charge of teaching music to children. She was transferred to the Prison of Yazd.
In another development, Neda Ashtiani, a political prisoner, returned to Evin Prison after the expiration of her leave. She is serving a three-year sentence. Neda Ashtiani was arrested by agents of the Ministry of Intelligence at her work place in late February 2019 for her activities in the cyberspace and transferred to Ward 209 of Evin Prison. In June 2019, the Revolutionary Court of Tehran sentenced her to five years in prison and a two-year ban on leaving the country. The Court of Appeals reduced her sentence to three years in prison on November 18, 2019.