Sunday, July 15, 2018


The burnt body of student activist Maryam Faraji who was kidnapped and disappeared since Thursday, July 5, after leaving her residence in Tehran-Iran capital-, was discovered on Sat. July 14. Maryam was arrested on January 2, in Tehran during the nationwide Iran uprising. She was detained for ten days under interrogation in the Intelligence Ministry Ward 209 in Evin Prison. Her initial trial was held on April 8, at the 28th Branch of the Revolutionary Court presided by Ahmadzadeh. The court sentenced her to 3 years in prison and banned her from leaving the country for 2 years. More than 500 young women and girls, including dozens of female students, were arrested during the Iran uprising and imprisoned in various parts of the country on Dec 2017-Jan 2018.


Roya Saghiri, a student of Tabriz University, has been sentenced to 23 months in jail. She was arrested during the nationwide protests last winter. The Sharia court charged this civil activist with “propaganda against the regime” and “insulting the leader.”
Mehrnaz Haghighi a 49 year old physician from Bandar Abbas has been summoned to court and is going to be tried on July 22. Dr. Haghighi was arrested by agents of the Intelligence Department on February 19, 2017, at her residence. She was detained at Bandar Abbas’s Security Police Station and in Tehran’s Evin Prison for more than three months. She was freed on bail on May 27, 2017. After being cleared of primary charges such as “disseminating lies,” “insulting the leader,” and “acting against national security,” the Prosecutor of Bandar Abbas informed her of two new charges including “membership in (the opposition) PMOI/MEK” and “publicizing against the regime in favor of dissident groups.” Mehrnaz Haghighi has denied being a member of the PMOI. She was arrested during 1980s in her house by the IRGC when she was 12, on the charge of being a PMOI supporter, and was freed after a while because of her young age.
Starting after 2009, she was involved in visiting families of political prisoners and collecting donations for them. The last time she had been arrested was while collecting new year presents for child laborers in Bandar Abbas.

Women heads of household or bread winners in Iran have become younger. This was disclosed by Zohreh Ashtiani, a women’s rights activist and secretary of the Family Faction of the mullahs’ parliament (Majlis), in an interview with the state-run Shahrvand newspaper on July 10, 2018.
Ashtiani said, “16% of women heads of household in Iran are under 20 years of age.” She stressed that this figure only accounts for those heads of household “who have been identified or have introduced themselves to support centers.”
According to the statistics announced by the Welfare Organization and the Relief Committee, she said, about 3 million and 100 women heads of household in Iran have been identified, from which 500,000 (or 16%) are under 20 years of age.

Families of the individuals who perished during the tragic bus-truck accident in Sanandaj, western Iran, laid their loved ones to rest at funeral ceremonies on Thursday. Those who survived this incident and the general public of Sanandaj, consider this accident the result of negligence by Iranian regime officials regarding the people’s rightful demands, especially those raised by residents of the city’s Dr. Hossein Fatemi Boulevard. 27 people lost their lives as a resualt of the accident. Iranian opposition President Maryam Rajavi issued a message of condolences to the victims’ families and said: ...Shame on Iran's ruling mullahs who sent anti-riot guards to suppress the people instead of tending to the wounded. Such desperate efforts will not save the mullahs from our people’s fury, she added.

Women’s volleyball in Iran does not enjoy any financial support from industries and factory owners. In an interview with IRNA state-run news agency on July 11, regarding Women’s volleyball in Iran, Marzieh Ebrahimzadeh, vice chair of Golestan Province’s volleyball board said, “Women’s volleyball in the province is expanding but Golestan’s industries are not prone to financially support women’s sports teams in national competitions.

Week of mandatory veil has been launched in Iran’s 31 provinces starting on July 10, to impose the compulsory veil on Iranian women. The state-run ISNA news agency reported that Minoo Aslani, president of the Women's Society of Bassij, announced on Sunday, July 8, that the “Chastity and Veil” Staff (Setad-e Hijab-o Efaf) has been formed to launch campaigns in all 31 Iranian provinces in the heat of summer, enforcing further controls on Iranian women and obliging them to observe the mandatory dress code imposed by the regime.
Bassij is the paramilitary force affiliated with the Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) which recruits ordinary citizens to suppress the public.
Umm os-Sadat Rakhshandeh, in charge of the Women's Society of Bassij in the IRGC Karbala Corps of Mazandaran, also announced that in the week of mandatory veil lasting from July 10 until July 16, over 2,000 special programs will be carried out throughout the province to promote the culture of Chastity and Veil. The clerical regime spends exorbitant sums on the week of mandatory veil to enforce and impose the compulsory dress code on Iranian women while people across the country are fed up with water shortages and power cut-offs in the heat of summer, and various sectors have not received their salaries for months. Recent days witnessed major protests in Khorramshahr, Dashtestan, Abadan, Ahvaz, Karun, Mahshahr, Borazjan, and other cities demanding clean drinking water.