Six of the Iranian regime’s troops killed in clashes with Kurd rebels
According to Associated France Press July 23 a senior officer of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards was among six soldiers killed in clashes with Kurdish rebels on the border with Iraq, Fars news agency reported on Friday. 'General Assemi of the Qom branch of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps was killed along with five clashes with PJAK (Party of Free Life of Kurdistan) in the Sardasht area. The Iranian troops launched a major offensive on Saturday against PJAK rebels operating out of rear-bases in neighboring Iraq. On Tuesday, the autonomous regional government in Iraqi Kurdistan demanded Iran respect the border after a Guards commander said Iranian forces had taken 'full control' of three PJAK camps inside Iraq. Iranian forces have repeatedly shelled border districts of Iraq’s Kurdish region, targeting PJAK bases.
The Iranian regime sentences 6 prisoners of conscience to death
Human rights activists in Iran reported on July 20 that the 28th branch of the Tehran Revolutionary Court headed by Judge Mohammad Moqiseh sentenced six Kurd religious activists to death on charges of ‘terrorist measures’ and ‘being members of Salafi [religious Sunni] groups’. According to the Kurdistan Human Rights Watch, the Tehran Revolutionary Court sentenced Behnam Rahimi, Asghar Rahimi, Yavar Rahimi, Mokhtar Rahimi, Bahman Rahimi and Mardan Maleki who are between the ages of 28 to 30 to death. This report says that these people were arrested two years ago in Sanandaj and were then transferred to Evin Prison. They were transferred to Rajayi Shahr Prison in Karaj after a few months in Evin. Currently about 15 Kurd prisoners are on death row.
Henchmen of clerical dictatorship exert excessive pressure on female political prisoners
Human rights website Edalat reported on July 20th that by transferring a number of female political prisoners from the Qarchek Prison in the city of Varameen to the infamous Evin Prison, this prison has become overcrowded even more. This occurs at a time when due to lack of sanitary and health measures as well as other pressures and inhumane treatment by the regime, most of the female political prisoners are suffering from various diseases, which have reached, in some cases, to very dangerous levels. Additionally, for some times now, the henchmen of the mullahs’ regime have denied any visits for the female political prisoners and have cut off their access to phone, Edalat reported.