According to the National Council of Resistance of Iran statement #200, On Friday, August 3rd, various cities in Iran, including Tehran, Karaj, Eshtehard, Isfahan, Ghahdariijan, Andimeshk, Mashhad, Shiraz, Hamedan, Kermanshah, etc. were host to the demonstration and expression of anger and disgust of the Iranian regime. NCRI added that the protests, which began at dusk, continued in many cities until midnight, and turned into conflicts with mercenaries and repressive forces. People of Eshtehard in Alborz province attacked a regime Seminary and broke its glasses and damaged the inside. The top ranking Mullahs within the regime are saying that the PMOI/MEK is leading the protesters.
The Women’s committee of the National Council of Resistance (NCRI) reported that Rohieh Nariman, a Baha’i woman from Shiraz was sentenced to a two-and-a-half-year prison term by the Revision sharia Court of Shiraz-Iran. Ms. Nariman was arrested by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ (IRGC) Intelligence on October 3, 2016, and tried along with her husband by the same Sharia court. She was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment. Another year was added to her sentence because she taught her own child and other pre-school Baha’i children at home.
The couple’s request to serve consecutive terms so that one of them could look after their child, was rejected and they were ordered to serve their sentences, simultaneously.
In another news Baha’i woman Samira Behin Ayeen, a construction engineer in Shiraz, was dismissed from her job because of her faith. Baha’i women in Iran are always subjected to threats and dismissals from their schools and jobs. Azita Rafizadeh has been imprisoned in Evin Prison because of her faith and because she taught Baha’i students who had been expelled from school. She has a 7-year-old son and her husband is also imprisoned in Gohardasht Prison.
Girls under 10 years of age got married in the southwestern Iranian province of Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad over the past Iranian year. Ali Mohammad Taghavi, general director of the National Statistics Registration Office in this province, announced that nine girls under 10 years of age had gotten married in the Iranian year 1396 (March 2017- March 2018) in the Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad Province.
Taghavi added, “Another 12 girls got married under 11 years of age; 25 were married under 12; 63 were married under 13; 124 girl children were married under 14; 225 girls got married under 15; 258 were married under 16; 312 girls were married under 17 years of age, and 384 girls got married under 18 years of age.” (The state-run ISNA news agency, July 29, 2018, and salamtnews.com, July 31, 2018)
This amounts to a total of 1,412 marriages which took place under 18 years of age in just one year in this rather small province, alone.
The mother of political prisoner Soheil Arabi issued an urgent call to international human rights organizations seeking help to save her son’s life. She said on July 28, that her son was under tremendous pressure in Greater Tehran Prison, also known as Fashafouyeh. He is constantly being harassed and mistreated by prison guards at the behest of the Judiciary. They intend to force him into taking deranging medications so that they could transfer him as a mental patient to Aminabad mental hospital. Soheil Arabi is presently deprived of talking to anyone in person or on the phone. Ms. Mazloumi has been informed of this by one of her son's cellmates. Soheil was arrested at his home in 2013 for "insulting the Supreme Leader" and "propaganda against the state" in his postings on Facebook. In late Sept. 2015 his sentence was commuted to “Reading 13 religious books and studying theology for 2 years. His wife was also summoned to Sharia court as well.
The compulsory veil in Iran is the subject of a report recently published by the research center of the Iranian regime’s parliament (Majlis). The report entitled, “Effective elements in the implementation of the policies on (women’s) Hijab (veiling) and the available solutions,” has been recently published by the Office of Cultural Studies of the Research Center of Majlis. According to this report, only 35 percent of Iranian women value the Sharia veil (Chador), and nearly 70 percent of women either do not believe in it or are among “the improperly veiled” and protest the compulsory veil in Iran. The law on the compulsory veil in Iran was adopted by the Iranian regime’s parliament in 1983 and ratified punishments for women who do not observe the compulsory dress code in public places.