Sunday, July 22, 2018


The World Medical Association has condemned state-affiliated doctors in Iran for their complicity in the facilitation of child executions in the country. This follows the execution of Abolfazl Chezani Sharahi, 19, in June, who was sentenced to death in 2014 after the Legal Medicine Organisation in Iran gave their official medical opinion that he was mentally “mature” at 14, when the alleged crime took place.

Azade University's new management is concentrating on so-called "moral" issues in many of the university programs and affairs to suppress and impose further restrictions on female students. A ceremony was held on Wednesday, July 18, 2018, to award the decrees of members of Azad University's Council on Promoting Virtue and Forbidding from Evil. Officials addressing the gathering stressed on all-out efforts by Azad University's new management to institutionalize the task of "promoting virtue and forbidding from evil", gender segregation and harsher enforcement of the compulsory veil in Azad universities. Azad University is a private entity affiliated with the highest regime officials with numerous branches all across the country. Based on 2012 data at least 1.5 million Iranian students study in these universities.

Shinabad girls held a protest in Tehran on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 17 and 18, 2018, across from the office of the regime’s president, Hassan Rouhani, on Pastor Avenue. Shinabad girls criticized officials for not responding to their needs, by refusing to issue them passports and to pay for their travel abroad and medical expenses.
Their lawyer, Hossein Ahmadi Niaz, said the Shinabad girls had been waiting for a week in Tehran to meet the ministers of Education and Health but received no answers. Finally, they were forced to stage a protest. “These girls did this to pursue their treatment and obtain their rights when they did not receive any response from relevant authorities,” he told the state-run news agency, ISNA. (The state-run Entekhab website - July 18, 2018)
Twenty-seven Shinabad girls suffered serious burns and two died in a 2012 fire accident at an elementary school in Shinabad village in Piranshahr, northwestern Iran. The fire was caused by a worn-out oil-heater in their classroom.

In Tehran-Iran on Tuesday, July 17, defrauded men and women investors of Caspian institute, affiliated with the IRGC, gathered in protest in front of the institute’s branch on Sohrevardi Avenue. On the same day, another protest gathering was held in front of the Golsar branch of this institute in Rasht, north of Iran. This protest was an all-women protest and they chanted against the government, the parliament, the three heads of branches, and other state agencies for stealing their money. They demanded their plundered properties.
Hundreds of retired employees of Tehran banks gathered on Tuesday, July 17, , outside the Bank Employees’ Retirement Fund to protest against the government’s failure to balance their pensions. A number of retired women also participated in this protest. They demanded the Fund’s CEO to either meet their demands or resign.
On Monday, July 16, , plundered stock holders of Pardisban Enterprise in Mashhad, northeastern Iran, staged a protest gathering across from the Justice Department in Kohsangi. Women actively participated in this protest gathering.

Azizollah Maleki announced the arrest of 46 members of a modeling network. He stated, “38 delinquent businesses (photographers, hair dressers, and bridal maisons) and eight female models were arrested and turned in to judicial authorities to go through the legal process.”
Citing articles 637 and 638 of the Islamic Punishment Code, Maleki claimed that these people have “upset public chastity and disseminated anti-culture” in the guise of modeling profession. (The state-run Donyay-e Eghtesad website - July 16, 2018)
This time, eight women were among the arrested members of a modeling network in Hormozgan. More women working in the modeling profession have been previously arrested by security forces in other cities, including Mashhad, Shiraz, Tehran and Zahedan. In 2017, for example, eight women working with a modeling network were arrested in Mashhad, capital of the northeastern Iranian province of Razavi Khorasan. (The state-run ROKNA news agency – November 23, 2017)
Three women were also arrested for modeling activities in Sistan and Baluchestan Province, southeastern Iran. They included a woman owning a hairdresser who had employed two other women as models for ads in the social networks to invite customers to her shop; all three were arrested and the business was sealed. (The state-run ISNA news agency- October 25, 2017)
Two women were also arrested last June in Mashhad for tattoo training.

Sufi woman Sepideh Moradi refused to appear before the Sharia court on Saturday, July 14.
Imprisoned in Qarchak Prison (a.k.a. Shahr-e Ray) in Varamin, Sufi woman Sepideh Moradi Sarvestani is protesting denial of access to defense lawyers for Sufi prisoners and the prison authorities’ failure to observe the due process of law.
Sepideh Moradi was arrested after being badly brutalized during the bloody crackdown on the protest gathering of Gonabadi Dervishes in Tehran’s Golestan-e Haftom Ave. on February 19-20, 2018. She was beaten by batons and seriously injured in the arm, elbow and fingers. She also suffered burns in her legs as a result of being hit by teargas canisters used by security forces. The burn scars have remained on her body after five months since the incident. She has been denied medical treatment and care.
Like other Sufi women, Sepideh Moradi has endured insults, beatings and violence under interrogation and during detention in Qarchak Prison in Varamin.

Baha’i student 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 faith.
Earlier, Soha Izadi, a student of Information Technology at the University of Zanjan, had been dismissed from school for being a Baha'i. Last year, at least 23 girls of Baha'i faith were dismissed from Iranian universities and deprived of continuing their education. Baha'i's are deprived of education in Iranian universities based on paragraph 3 of the regime’s bill ratified by the Supreme Council of Cultural Revolution in March 1991 which has also been endorsed by the mullahs’ supreme leader Ali Khamenei “Once it is confirmed that a student adheres to Bahaiism, whether at the time admission or during their studies, she/he must be deprived of education.”