Sunday, September 10, 2017


A group of Kurdish women staged a protest rally on September 7, in Baneh, in the Kurdistan of Iran. They protested the shooting and arbitrary killing of Kurdish porters by security forces.
In the morning of September 4, the State Security forces in the border area of Baneh shot and killed two Kurdish porters who were 21 and 45 years old.
The deaths have led to widespread outrage among residents of Baneh, Marivan and other cities such as Sannadaj and Kermanshah. People are calling to stop killing hard working porters who in most cases have high degree of education. Poverty is the main reason for the people in border area of Iran such as Kurdistan to work as porters and carry heavy items on their backs through rough and deadly paths.

According to state-run Mehr news agency Sept. 8, Fire at a girls' school in the city of Meshginshahr, northwest Iran, led to the complete destruction of the roof. The school was shut down in the wake of this incident and 300 students are remained out of school on the eve of the new academic year. The Governor of Meshginshahr, Mir Ali Rahimizadeh, said, “In the current situation and given the limited time left before the school year, it is not possible to repair the roof and make it ready for the start of the new school year.”

The State-run ILNA news agency reported on Sept 6 that female teachers held a protest rally in front of the Governor’s Office in Kermanshah, western Iran, on Tue. September 5, demanding to be officially employed by the Education Department. Despite years of service and experience, the teachers have not been officially hired yet and their employment status is still undetermined. Some 30 female pre-school teachers, on Sept. 4 staged a gathering outside the office of the governor of Golestan Province in the city of Golestan, northern Iran, to protest the uncertainty surrounding their employment status.

The news of repeated rape of a mentally disabled woman in Iran at a Tehran government-run welfare center has shocked and outraged the public. According to state-run Mehr news agency Sept. 3rd, the 30-some year-old woman has lived in the welfare center for several years. An aid worker who wants to remain anonymous said that the young woman had been repeatedly raped by one of the workers at the facility. It was also found out that this was not the first case of rape by the assailant but he had previously assaulted two other mentally disabled women in the center.
In the wake of the aid worker’s report, inspectors intervened and had the worker fired from the facility, but the director of the welfare center called him back to work and arranged instead for the transfer of the mentally disabled woman to another center as had been the case with the other two women. The director of the center has also refused to send the victim for medical examinations to start legal action against the worker. It should be noted that there is no law in Iran which incriminates violence against women.

Imminent rupture of gallbladder is threatening the life of Atena Daemi, a political prisoner detained at Iran’s Evin Prison.
Simple renal and gallbladder problems diagnosed in April have developed into a dangerous condition due to prevention of treatment by the director of Evin’s dispensary. Presently, Ms. Daemi is in danger of a gallbladder rupture and even if she is operated on, the surgery will be accompanied by infection, physicians say.
In April, in the final days of her 54-day hunger strike, Atena Daemi was visited by a physician at a medical center outside the prison, and diagnosed as suffering from initial precipitation of gallstones and primitive infection of the kidneys. The doctor ordered her to be hospitalized.

State-run Jam-e Jam reported on Sept 5 that 19 young women and men were arrested in a private party in Sirjan, in Kerman Province, southern Iran. The General and Revolutionary Prosecutor of Sirjan announced, “After receiving information that a mixed night party was being held on Saturday night in one of the suburban gardens, the issue was followed up by Sirjan’s Intelligence and Public Security Police.
”He added that after receiving warrants from the judiciary, police forces entered the premise and arrested a number of women and men. Sharia Judge Mohsen Nikvarz continued, "Those arrested included seven women and twelve men. A number of others, including the party hosts who are on the run, are being followed by the police.”

A number of protesters hacked the Azadi Stadium’s website on September 6, after Iranian women were not allowed to enter the stadium to watch the football match between the national teams of Iran and Syria the day before. This is while Syrian women had entered the stadium to watch the game even without a Hijab.
The ISNA news agency reported, the website of Azadi Stadium has been hacked. The hackers have posted a photo of Syrian women among spectators inside the stadium on the homepage of this website. The title on the photo read, “Shame on you, brothers! That’s all.”
ISNA noted that the Azadi Stadium authorities initially denied the hack but subsequently said that the website had undergone some problem for a while