Sunday, August 19, 2018

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Baha'i student Romina Asgari was expelled from the Central Tehran Branch of Azad University. This undergraduate student was deprived of continuing her studies because she is a Baha'i. Last month, Sogol Zabihi was deprived of continuing her education. She was a sophomore undergraduate student of graphics at Rasam University of Karaj who was dismissed from school for her Baha’i faith. Earlier, Soha Izadi, a student of Information Technology (IT) at the University of Zanjan, had been dismissed from school for being a Baha’i. During the past year, at least 23 female students of Baha’i faith were dismissed from Iranian universities and deprived of continuing their education. Baha’is are deprived of education in Iranian universities based on paragraph 3 of the bill ratified by the Iranian regime’s Supreme Council of Cultural Revolution on February 25, 1991, which has also been endorsed by the regime’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei, “Once it is confirmed that a student adheres to Baha’ism, whether at the time of admission or during their studies, she/he must be deprived of education.”

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Female political prisoner Zainab Jalalian has been denied medical care and access to medical facilities for 11 years despite her deteriorating health conditions.
In an open letter, Zainab Jalalian writes, "First, my eyes became weak, and afterwards my kidneys, my lungs, my blood pressure, and then my mouth began foaming, and eventually my teeth were damaged and infected. I have been forced to endure intense pain. As a political prisoner, I have no rights. The authorities have not taken me to see a doctor but have lied to the media by telling them that I have seen one.”
She added, “I knew that if I requested treatment, I would not receive any answers, just like now. No one and nothing is strong enough to prevent me from achieving my goals. On my own, I will be stronger than ever and I will continue my path."
Amnesty International stated in an urgent call for action dated June 15, 2018, that Zainab Jalalian is exposed to torture by being denied medical care.
Political prisoner Zainab Jalalian has been in prison since 2007 and serves the heaviest sentence (life imprisonment) among female political prisoners in Iran.
On July 30, 2018, she, along with a group of other female prisoners, went on hunger strike in protest to being deprived of basic prison facilities in Khoy Prison.

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Sufi woman Shokoufeh Yadollahi was sentenced to five years in jail. She is in critical conditions due to lack of medical treatment in prison. In another incident, Evin Prison wardens endangered the life of the elderly mother of a political prisoner, by playing the sound of his cries under torture in a telephone call to his mother. According to a Facebook post by Reza Khandan, husband of human rights lawyer and political prisoner Nasrin Sotoudeh, "They called the old, sick and lonely mother of Farhad Maysami at least twice on Wednesday, August 8, once at 11 p.m. and next around 4 a.m., and had her listen on the phone to the sounds of beatings to extract confessions from her son. The first time, if it were not for the presence of friends, we might have been faced with another catastrophe and nobody could understand the cause. Mr. Maysami’s mother suffered from muscular cramps due to the anxiety and horror caused by the calls, and her friends spent hours to help her get back to normal conditions."
Farhad Maysami, a former publisher of Exam Preparation Books from Ayandehsazan Publishing, was arrested on Wednesday night, July 31, at his office. This 48-year-old civil rights activist has been transferred to Ward 209 of Evin Prison.

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The Iranian regime's security forces raided the residence of civil rights activist Negisa Shahbazi in Ilam and arrested her on Wednesday, August 1. Two weeks after the arrest of civil rights activist Negisa Shahbazi and persistent follow up by her family, no information has been made available on her fate and whereabouts. An electrical engineer by profession, civil rights activist Negisa Shahbazi is also an active member of the “Cower” mountain climbing team in Ilam, who played a major role in extinguishing the recent fire of Kabir Kuh and criticized the Iranian government institutions for their inaction.
Earlier, Sahar Kazemi, a female civil and environmental activist and sports coach from Sanandaj, was detained on August 9, by the Ministry of Intelligence forces at her home and transferred to an unknown location.
Another civil rights activist, Zahra Modarres-Zadeh, was also arrested and detained along with her husband, Reza Bozorgmehr, on August 9 in Karaj. Security forces transferred Ms. Modarres-Zadeh and her husband to an unknown location.

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Women arrested during the December 2017/January 2018 uprisings in Iran have been transferred to prison after being sentenced in Sharia court. One of the women arrested during the uprisings last year, Mahin Taj-Ahmadpour, 46 and a former street vendor, was transferred to the Nashtarud Tonekabon prison for imprisonment. Ms. Ahmadpour was sentenced to 6 months imprisonment by Branch 101 of the 2nd Criminal Court of Tonekabon on August 11, on charges of "disrupting public order by participating in illegal gatherings" on May 2, 2018, and 4 months imprisonment by Tonekabon Revolutionary Court on charge of "propaganda against the regime." She was sentenced to a total of 10 months’ imprisonment and was arrested on Tuesday, August 14, 2018, and transferred to Nashtarud Tonekabon prison for imprisonment.
Last week, eight other detainees were sentenced by the Tonekabon Revolutionary Court, with a group ruling, totaling 28 and a half months in prison.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

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On Thursday, August 9, the eighth night of protest by women, protesters cheated by Padideh Shandiz in Mashhad, were attacked by hirelings of that company.The sit-in started on August 2, and has continued to date. Women have actively participated in this sit-in.The protesters have staged a sit-in and set up tents outside Padideh Shandiz institute so that they can continue their protest 24 hours a day and round the clock. They have announced that they will not end their sit-in until they receive their arrears of four years. Women, protesters cheated by Padideh Shandiz demand that the companies be dissolved and their 20-billion-touman properties sold to pay for the money they owe to the people.

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Sahar Kazemi, a civil rights and environmental activist and an athletics coach from Sanandaj, was arrested at home on Thursday, August 9, and transferred to an unknown location. Intelligence Department agents ransacked Sahar's home in Sanandaj, capital of the Iranian Kurdistan in western Iran. Some 75 members of a group of environmental activists have been arrested since February 2018 on the charge of espionage.
In another development, Zahra Modarres-Zadeh was arrested on Thursday, August 9, by security forces in Karaj, 20 kilometers west of Tehran. Zahra Modarres-Zadeh is a civil activist and one of the supporters of Mohammad Ali Taheri, a death-row prisoner of conscience who advocates a new school of philosophy.
Before Zahra Modarres-Zadeh, her husband, Reza Bozorgmehr, had been arrested. Security forces used his cell phone to call his wife and set an appointment with her in some place in Karaj. She was attending the funeral procession of Homa Soltani when she received her husband’s call.  When she arrived at the meeting place, security forces arrested both she and her husband and took them to an unknown location. Their friends and relatives have persistently inquired about their situation and whereabouts, but there is no information available on their fate.
Zahra Modarres-Zadeh had previously been arrested on November 21, 2015, and on February 7, 2018, along with other civil activists in gatherings outside Evin Prison. She had been sentenced to 91 days of imprisonment and 74 lashes.

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According to the Iranian resistance statement Aug. 10, on Friday, August 10, during the soccer match between Tehran and Tabriz clubs at Azadi stadium, thousands of spectators expressed their anger and hatred of the oppressive regime in Iran by shouting “Death to the Dictator.” It happened despite the fact that the regime’s authorities had stationed a large number of their Basiji forces who are affiliated with the IRGC intelligence section and also the IRGC guards, intelligence and anti-riot guard agents as well as plainclothes mercenaries among the crowd in order to prevent the youths’ protest. Bringing anti-riot guard into the stadium was an unprecedented measure. Nevertheless and in spite of all these measures, the youth broke the obstacles that had already been set up in the stadium stand, and chanted “Death to the Dictator” and “Security Force, shame on you, savage, savage” all over the stadium. They resisted against the brutal attack of repressive forces and punished a number of them.
The regime’s tricks for making the two clubs’ fans fight each other and for deviating their chanting did not work and Azerbaijani Iranians and supporters of Tabriz Tractor-Sazi Club chanted: “Everywhere in Iran is my homeland; long live Azerbaijan”. Outside of the stadium, young people who were not allowed to enter the stadium clashed with the repressive forces.
The protests continued even after the match and spread to Azadi Square. Anti-riot guards and plainclothes mercenaries rushed into the crowd with their motorcycles, injured, and battered them. Brave youths confronted them courageously.
There was also another incident during a soccer match in the Naghsh-e-Jahan Stadium of Isfahan where brave youth started chanting “Death to the Dictator” and other slogans against the regime’s policies of meddling in the region. France 24 reported that the Iranians reported Saturday that the state broadcaster had muted stadium noise during the football match in Tehran, in an apparent attempt to drown out anti-government chants. Mobile phone footage shared widely on social media showed thousands of fans in Tehran’s Azadi stadium chanting “Death to the dictator” during the fixture between the capital’s Esteghlal and Tractor Sazi from the northwestern city of Tabriz.

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On Aug. 11, at Parliament Hill and across from Prime Minister's office: Iranian-Canadians once again stood in solidarity with the Iran_Protesters who risk their lives for Democratic Change in Iran in city streets or Soccer stadiums in Tabriz, Ahvaz and Tehran. They supported the striker Bazar merchants and shoemakers who have joined the strike. They also called for the release of political prisoners.







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Khalid bin Salman, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the US, has reiterated his condemnation of the Iranian regime’s “menacing role” in Yemen. His remarks on Twitter on Friday came days after Saudi Arabia resumed shipping through the Bab Al-Mandeb. Maritime activity had been temporarily halted following Houthi attacks on two of the Saudi Arabia's oil tankers.“There should be no doubt about the Iranian regime’s ‘menacing role’ in Yemen,” the prince said, referring to Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) Commander Nasser Shabani’s admission that the regime was behind recent attacks on the two oil tankers.

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Iraq has begun to apply new US economic sanctions against Iranian regime, turning back shipments of Iranian goods at a number of border crossings, according to Al Hurra TV, quoting Iranian merchants. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, who is straddling the political fence as he seeks a second term following parliamentary elections in May, told journalists Wednesday that he was "totally opposed to the principle of sanctions, given the price [Baghdad] itself had paid for international sanctions." Nonetheless, Abadi said he would apply them, since "the world does business in dollars and it would hurt the interests of the Iraqi people" if he ignored them.

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Iran test-fired a short-range anti-ship missile in the Strait of Hormuz during naval drills last week that Washington believes were aimed at sending a message as the United States reimposes sanctions on Tehran, a US official said on Friday. “It’s pretty clear to us that they were trying to use that exercise to send a message to us that as we approach this period of the sanctions here, that they had some capabilities,” Votel told reporters at the Pentagon. Votel said the U.S. military was keenly aware of Iran’s military activities. “We are aware of what’s going on, and we remain ready to protect ourselves as we pursue our objectives of freedom of navigation and the freedom of commerce in international waters,” Votel said.

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Sufi women continue to be deprived of their basic human rights at Qarchak Prison in Varamin, north central Iran. Sepideh Moradi was sentenced in absentia to five years in jail. She had refused to appear in court in protest to unfair trials and denial of legal counsel to Sufi women during court proceedings.
At the same time, Ms. Shokoufeh Yadollahi was sent to hospital for the fourth time due to her critical health conditions. Ms. Yadollahi was denied medical treatment for over five months, despite serious injuries she suffered at the time of arrest.
Ms. Yadollahi is the mother of Kasra, Pooya and Amir Noori who have been sentenced to 12, 2 and 6 years’ imprisonment, respectively, as well as to flogging, internal exile and other social privations. Ms. Yadollahi is one of the Sufi women who have been detained in Qarchak Prison since February 20, 2018, deprived of access to lawyer and other basic rights.

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The complaint by Shinabad girls to receive compensation from the Education Ministry has been delayed by the Coroner’s Office of West Azerbaijan Province in Iran as it has failed to provide its assessment on the extent of damages inflicted on the girls in the fire that broke out in their school six years ago.
In an interview with the state-run IRNA news agency on Tuesday, August 7, Hossein Ahmadi Niaz, the lawyer representing the Shinabad girls, explained, “After three months, the Coroner’s Office of Orumiyeh has not yet issued its assessment regarding (the extent of damages inflicted on) these girls.” The complaint by Shinabad girls was filed to receive compensation from the Education Ministry to pay for their treatment. Lawyer Ahmadi Niaz said the complaint by Shinabad girls was first filed with the Prosecutor’s Office of Piranshahr and they referred the file to the city’s Coroner’s Office to assess the damage. He said, “My clients were examined three months ago. We have been waiting for the result since then. These girls have undergone more than 300 surgeries, each of which has caused grave side effects and problems. This is why they are entitled to compensation (by the Education Ministry).”
Ahmadi Niaz also reiterated that his clients have suffered various psychological damages as a result of which four of them attempted suicide. He demanded that the money be paid to his clients, enabling them to continue their treatment. (The state-run IRNA news agency – August 7, 2018)
On December 5, 2012, an elementary school for girls in Shinabad Village of Piranshahr, West Azerbaijan Province, caught fire because of using a non-standard worn-out heater in the classroom. Two students died due to deep injuries and 12 out of 28 others suffered severe burns. The girls have been promised to be sent abroad for treatment but officials have failed to deliver on this promise. On August 2, 2018, Mohammad Bat’haii, the Minister of Education, told state-run ILNA news agency that the girls do not need to be sent abroad and “it is possible to treat them in Iran,” something that has met numerous obstacles, so far.

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Women were actively involved in a big rally held outside the Central Bank in downtown Tehran-Iran on Tuesday, August 7, where people defrauded by Caspian and other fraudulent financial institutes had gathered to protest. Holding various placards, they chanted along with other participants, “Our money was a deposit, treachery is what you did to it.”
Other acts of protest were held by landowners on Sunday and Monday, August 5 and 6, in Kowsar township, in Hashtgerd, one of the cities of Alborz Province, located west of Tehran Province.
Participants protested against confiscation of 1,200 pieces of lands which are legally owned by 2,000 families. They gathered outside the Crusade Building in Alborz Province. Women were actively involved in this protest, too.

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Mrs. Farangis Mazloumi, mother of political prisoner Soheil Arabi, travelled several times between the court and Greater Tehran Penitentiary on Tuesday, August 7, 2018, hoping to visit her incarcerated son.

Sunday, August 05, 2018

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According to the National Council of Resistance of Iran statement #200, On Friday, August 3rd, various cities in Iran, including Tehran, Karaj, Eshtehard, Isfahan, Ghahdariijan, Andimeshk, Mashhad, Shiraz, Hamedan, Kermanshah, etc. were host to the demonstration and expression of anger and disgust of the Iranian regime. NCRI added that the protests, which began at dusk, continued in many cities until midnight, and turned into conflicts with mercenaries and repressive forces. People of Eshtehard in Alborz province attacked a regime Seminary and broke its glasses and damaged the inside. The top ranking Mullahs within the regime are saying that the PMOI/MEK is leading the protesters.

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The Women’s committee of the National Council of Resistance (NCRI) reported that Rohieh Nariman, a Baha’i woman from Shiraz was sentenced to a two-and-a-half-year prison term by the Revision sharia Court of Shiraz-Iran. Ms. Nariman was arrested by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ (IRGC) Intelligence on October 3, 2016, and tried along with her husband by the same Sharia court. She was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment. Another year was added to her sentence because she taught her own child and other pre-school Baha’i children at home.
The couple’s request to serve consecutive terms so that one of them could look after their child, was rejected and they were ordered to serve their sentences, simultaneously.
In another news Baha’i woman Samira Behin Ayeen, a construction engineer in Shiraz, was dismissed from her job because of her faith. Baha’i women in Iran are always subjected to threats and dismissals from their schools and jobs. Azita Rafizadeh has been imprisoned in Evin Prison because of her faith and because she taught Baha’i students who had been expelled from school. She has a 7-year-old son and her husband is also imprisoned in Gohardasht Prison.

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Girls under 10 years of age got married in the southwestern Iranian province of Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad over the past Iranian year. Ali Mohammad Taghavi, general director of the National Statistics Registration Office in this province, announced that nine girls under 10 years of age had gotten married in the Iranian year 1396 (March 2017- March 2018) in the Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad Province.
Taghavi added, “Another 12 girls got married under 11 years of age; 25 were married under 12; 63 were married under 13; 124 girl children were married under 14; 225 girls got married under 15; 258 were married under 16; 312 girls were married under 17 years of age, and 384 girls got married under 18 years of age.” (The state-run ISNA news agency, July 29, 2018, and salamtnews.com, July 31, 2018)
This amounts to a total of 1,412 marriages which took place under 18 years of age in just one year in this rather small province, alone.

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The mother of political prisoner Soheil Arabi issued an urgent call to international human rights organizations seeking help to save her son’s life. She said on July 28, that her son was under tremendous pressure in Greater Tehran Prison, also known as Fashafouyeh. He is constantly being harassed and mistreated by prison guards at the behest of the Judiciary. They intend to force him into taking deranging medications so that they could transfer him as a mental patient to Aminabad mental hospital. Soheil Arabi is presently deprived of talking to anyone in person or on the phone. Ms. Mazloumi has been informed of this by one of her son's cellmates. Soheil was arrested at his home in 2013 for "insulting the Supreme Leader" and "propaganda against the state" in his postings on Facebook. In late Sept. 2015 his sentence was commuted to “Reading 13 religious books and studying theology for 2 years. His wife was also summoned to Sharia court as well.

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The compulsory veil in Iran is the subject of a report recently published by the research center of the Iranian regime’s parliament (Majlis). The report entitled, “Effective elements in the implementation of the policies on (women’s) Hijab (veiling) and the available solutions,” has been recently published by the Office of Cultural Studies of the Research Center of Majlis. According to this report, only 35 percent of Iranian women value the Sharia veil (Chador), and nearly 70 percent of women either do not believe in it or are among “the improperly veiled” and protest the compulsory veil in Iran. The law on the compulsory veil in Iran was adopted by the Iranian regime’s parliament in 1983 and ratified punishments for women who do not observe the compulsory dress code in public places.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

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Resolution 1034 by McClinton, Gassar and Ted Poe was submitted to the US House of Representatives' Foreign Relations Committee. The resolution condemns the plot of the terrorist attack to the Free Iran in Paris, and writes: "Given the role of the Iranian diplomat, Asadollah Asadi, in the terrorist plan, it is necessary to bring this plan to justice against the Iranian opposition." The resolution presented to the US Congress supports the 10-point plan by Maryam Rajavi the president-elect of the Iranian resistance NCRI and calls for the recognition of the Democratic Alternative of the National Council of Resistance of Iran.

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After 5 months of persistent inquiries and protests, 2 sufi women Sepideh Moradi Sarvestani and Shokoufeh Yadollahi were finally sent to hospital on Wednesday, July 25, for preliminary examinations and were returned to prison afterwards.
They were wounded during the bloody crackdown on the protest gathering of Gonabadi dervishes in Tehran on February 19-20. Eleven of the Sufi women arrested in the protest gathering of Gonabadi dervishes in Tehran were transferred to the quarantine ward of Qarchak Prison after being brutalized.


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According to Women committee of the Iranian resistance NCRI, Soror Foroghi Mehdi-Abadi was sentenced to one year of suspended imprisonment by the 3rd branch of the Court of Yazd for being a Baha’i. In addition, Sarear Moghen, a student of architecture at Isfahan’s Azad University, has been deprived of continuing her studies since June for her faith in Baha’ism. She was expelled in the last term of her undergraduate work despite passing 135 units. Baha’i citizens are systematically deprived of their human rights while according to article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and article 18 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, “everyone shall have the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion. This right shall include freedom to have or to adopt a religion or belief of his choice, and freedom, either individually or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in worship, observance, practice and teaching.”


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Political prisoner Zeinab Jalalian who’s been sentenced for life, condemned the assissination of Kurdish activist Eghbal Moradi. Eghbal was the father of political prisoner Zaniar Mordai. She sent out a message telling Zaniar While condemning this assassination, I pledge from behind these prison bars, to continue my struggle to realize what they gave their lives for freedom.


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Sufi woman Sima Entesari, who is presently confined in Varamin’s Qarchak Prison, sent out an open letter on Wednesday, July 25, passing over her revision court. Sima was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment at branch 26 of Tehran’s Revolutionary Court on July 3. Her letter reads in part: “Participating in an unfair summary trial – which convened for only a few minutes five months after my violent and inhumane arrest and sentenced me to five years in jail – was enough for me to learn that expecting justice from the judicial authorities is an effort in vain and contradicts human dignity. Because the judge did not give us any opportunity to defend ourselves, and no lawyer was given the opportunity to study my case and those of other Sufi women…”


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Sufi women, Elham Ahmadi and Sedigheh Safabakht, have been sentenced each to five years in jail by Tehran’s Revolutionary Court. They were arrested during the bloody crackdown on the protest gathering of Gonabadi Dervishes in Tehran on February 20, 2018. 




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On Wed. July 25, Women defrauded by Padideh and Caspian financial institutes held protests in parts of Tehran- Iran’s capital. This is not the first time these defrauded women hold a protest against plunder of their wealth by this institute. This time, they shouted, “Plunder is enough, people’s pockets are empty.” The State Security Force intervened to disperse the gathering. They arrested a number of representatives of the protesters and those who had filed complaints.

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A group of Republican senators on Thursday warned European nations not to try to flout U.S. sanctions on Iran that will soon be re-imposed after President Donald Trump withdrew from a landmark nuclear accord.
The 10 senators, all of whom opposed the 2015 agreement, said in a letter to the ambassadors of Britain, France and Germany that they would be "particularly troubled" by any efforts to evade or undermine the sanctions. They said attempts to do so could be met by congressional action. A first set of U.S. sanctions lifted by the Obama administration under the terms of the nuclear deal is to be restored on Aug. 4. A second set will be re-imposed on Nov. 4.


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On Friday, July 27, truck drivers continued their fifth day of strike in protest over high costs of spare parts, retirement insurance, high commission fees and other demands in Iran. The new round of strike, which began on Monday, July 23rd, was followed by the inaction of the promises of parliamentarians, head of the social security organization, and government representatives to drivers.

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On Friday, July 27, Kermanshah’s petrochemical workers stopped working and went on strike in protest to the Iranian authorities’ failure to meet their demands. The Kermanshah Petrochemical Company was registered in 1996 and in 2000 a wide acceptance of recruitment was undertaken by the Kermanshah Petrochemical Company.



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On Thursday night, July 26, at 8:45 pm local time, during a soccer match between Tehran’s Persepolis and Mashhad’s Padideh at Imam Reza Stadium in Mashhad, Northeast  Iran, the youth chanted slogans calling for water and staged a protest.





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Child widows constitute a great catastrophe in Iran, said Hassan Moussavi Chelak, head of the Social Work Association. In remarks made on July 24, Moussavi Chelak, expressed concern over this catastrophe by saying, “The existence of more than 24,000 widows under 18 years of age, warns of a worrying situation.”
Moussavi added, “Some of these child widows could even commit crimes or become victims of social harms to earn their living. Economic and psychological pressures build up on child widows, eventually entangling them in psychological and social crises.”
According to article 1041 of the Iranian regime’s Civil Code, the minimum age of marriage for girls is 13. And economic poverty is a significant factor contributing to early marriages and the phenomenon of child widows. From March 2017 to March 2018, the number of marriages registered in Tehran was 78,972, which included 1,481 marriages of girls under 15 years of age. This is just for Tehran-capital. This statistic escalates in lower-income cities and town and destitute regions.