The Women’s Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran on Feb. 27tha stated that the ruling mullahs’ regime has increased its suppression of women in a bid to prevent the rise of protest acts by Iranian women.In the city of Sanandaj, the regime’s agents flogged two female labour activists, identified as Sousan Zazani and Shiva Kheirabadi. They were arrested on allegations of participating in International Labour Day demonstrations. The insolence towards these women has led to widespread anger among the people of Sanandaj against the clerical regime. During the past several days, in the course of the courageous student protests at Tehran’s Polytechnic University, at least 30 female students have been arrested and taken to prison by the regime. There is no information regarding the fate of some of the detainees.Women activists and female students in various Iranian universities, who are at the forefront of anti-government protests, have always been subjected to suppression by the regime’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) and other oppressive organs. Over the three decades of the mullahs’ rule, female students have been the subject of suspension from education, expulsion from university, arrest, and pressure and torture in the regime’s dungeons.Mistreatment of and disrespect towards Iranian women under the pretext of “mal-veiling” is also ongoing in various Iranian cities. In Gorgan and Qazvin, the regime’s agents have subjected thousands of women to public interrogations under the pretext of “the Guidance and Warning Scheme.” On February 21, 2009, state-run media outlets reported that the first phase of this suppressive measure has been completed.Ms. Sarvnaz Chitsaz, Chair of the Women’s Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, condemned the suppression and intimidation of women especially on the brink of the International Women’s Day, and drew the attention of international women’s rights and human rights organizations to the violation of women’s rights in Iran. To that end, she called on all international human rights organizations as well as all international women’s rights organizations and associations to adopt immediate and binding measures aimed at guaranteeing respect for the minimum human rights of Iranian women.
Hundreds of Polytechnic University students protest
National Council of Resistance of Iran said in a statement on Tuesday that hundreds of Polytechnic University students protested for the second day in row against burying remains of five members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) left from 1980-88 war with Iraq on the campus.Students chanted anti-government slogans when they were attacked by the plain-cloths agents of the Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) and members of paramilitary Bassij students dispatched from other Tehran’s school to help quell the protests. 'Death to dictator,' 'We don’t want a fascist regime' shouted the students when they were beaten by security forces. Twenty-five students were arrested and transferred in police vans to unknown locations despite attempts by their fellow classmates to get them released.Twenty years after the end of the eight-year-long Iran-Iraq war the remains of IRGC soldiers are being buried in Iranian universities.NCRI’s statement added: It all began with the notion of preserving the idea of what the mullahs called the 'culture of fighting in fronts' for new generations.On October 26, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s office announced that he will be present at burial site in Teachers Training School in Tehran to witness the burial ceremony for the remains of three fallen IRGC men.
Unprecedented suppressive measures against university students in Tehran During anti-government demonstration of more than 1500 students of Tehran’s Polytechnic University on Monday, the agents of the clerical regime attacked them with knives and knuckle-dusters in the most unprecedented suppressive measures against the students, Amir-Kabir, a student newsletter reported from Iran. More than 60 students were injured and about 20 of them were transferred to hospital; some injured students are in critical condition. During this brutal attack more than 120 students, including 30 female students, were arrested and transferred to prison.According to reports, the agents of Intelligence Ministry (MOIS) attacked brutally the homes of some of the Polytechnic University students and arrested a number of them. Ahmad Qassaban, Nariman Mostafavi, Mehdi Mashayekhi, and Abbas Hakimzadeh are among the detainees; no information is available of the fate of other arrested students.
Iranian Intelligence agents murdered a 16-yr after sever torture
Agents of the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence (MIOS) murdered a 16-yr juvenile after brutal tortures in the city of Maku (north western of Iran) yesterday.The juvenile was named Behzad Golmohammadi who was arrested at Iran-Turkey border area by the MOIS agents without any charge. After brutal tortures on him, the regime’s agents broke his arm and leg and then opened fire at him; they left his body on the snow.When Behzad’s family referred to the Intelligence office, they were machine-gunned by the MOIS agents and two of them were injured. The injured persons were transferred to a hospital in Mahabad.
Iraq’s Tribal Council reject Rafsanjani’s visit to Iraq
Iraq’s Tribal Council announced its opposition to Hashemi Rafsanjani’s visit to Iraq that is to be done next week, reported Asharqiya TV.The Council reiterated in its statement that Rafsanjani is the one who directly conducted the military operations during Iran-Iraq war and has been involved in killing the people of Iraq. Also, during his era, the Iraqi POWs were under systematic torture and Iraqi citizens were murdered, and therefore the social forces and Iraqi nationalist tribes oppose this visit and request not to meet with him during his visit.
Iranian teachers’ widespread strike across the country
The Iranian teachers staged widespread strikes in various provinces of the country including Kermanshah and Fars.In Kermanshah, the teachers of primary, and secondary schools refrained from going to the classes. The high schools Hakim Nezami, Ebne Sina, Javadol-Aemmeh, Shohadaye Enqelab, and Khomeini and the secondary schools of Abbas Yousefi, Motazedi , Bethat, and the primary schools of Dr. Mohammad Kermanshahi, Adab, and Mofid are among the schools whose teachers were on strike.The strike was aimed at protesting delayed responses to the teachers’ demands and their bad livelihood condition.In Shiraz too, the teachers, particularly the high school teachers, refrained from going to classes since Sunday. Some of the striking schools in Shiraz district 1 are Sina, Mulla Sadra, Shahed, Tizhoushan, and Isar.
14 million people under poverty line in Iran
Sarmayeh, Iran’s state- run daily, reported on February 11 that Iran’s Central Bank officially acknowledged that there are 14 million people under poverty line in Iran.The daily added: 'The average monthly expenses in big cities are more than 780,000 Tomans; this is at a condition that more than 30 percent of the country’s population live in the big cities, and 14, 570,000 people are homeless”.The daily added, 'There are 13 million illiterate people in Iran and 20 percent of the society’s population suffer different psychological diseases.