UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, condemned the execution of Zeinab Sokaanvand Lokran, a young woman in Iran accused of killing her husband in 2012 at the age of 17. Bachelet added in her statement that “her claims that she was coerced into confessing to the killing, and that she had been a victim of domestic violence, were reportedly not adequately examined during her trial.” “The sheer injustice in the case of Zeinab Sokaanvand Lokran is deeply distressing. “The serious question marks over her conviction appear not to have been adequately addressed before she was executed. The bottom line is that she was a juvenile at the time the offence was committed and international law clearly prohibits the execution of juvenile offenders.” Said Bachelet. Despite a number of appeals from UN Special Rapporteurs and the UN Secretary-General since her conviction in October 2014, Zeinab Sokaanvand, was hanged on October 2, 2018 in Iran’s Urmia Prison along with four other prisoners.
Forced into marriage at the age of 15, Zeinab Sekaanvand lived two painful years, being battered everyday by her husband. The 24-year-old Iranian Kurdish woman was convicted of killing her abusive husband at the age of 17. She told the judge that her husband’s brother, who had raped her several times, had actually committed the murder. Zeinab Sokaanvand is the 84th woman executed under Rouhani.
President of the World Federation of Football Federation (FIFA) sent a letter to the Iranian regime, demanding an answer for lifting the ban on women entering sports stadiums in Iran. This is the third letter sent to the clerical regime on the basis of the promise made by Hassan Rouhani on lifting the ban on female fans to attend matches in stadiums.
The Women’s committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran –NCRI says, preventing women’s entry to sports stadiums and volleyball matches has been formally imposed by law enforcement officers since 2013, and since then, this problem has never been resolved for football stadiums and even women's sports venues. A number of government officials and religious scholars, including Makarem Shirazi and Nouri Hamedani, have emphasized on the ban on women’s entry into sports stadiums in Iran.
Farangis Mazloumi, mother of political prisoner Soheil Arabi, sent out an audio message on October 3, seeking assistance from all international human rights organizations to save her son’s life. In her message, Farangis Mazloumi explains about her son’s imprisonment and the new verdicts issued for him.
Soheil Arabi, a blogger arrested for insulting the Iranian regime’s leader and defying the regime’s oppression, via Facebook spent 4.5 years in Evin Prison and was subsequently transferred to the Greater Tehran’s Penitentiary (a.k.a. Fashafouyeh Prison) in February 2018, where he is being detained incommunicado and under harsh conditions. Soheil Arabi, 32 and married with a daughter, has been subjected to various forms of mental and physical tortures over these years.
Political prisoner Soheil Arabi went on a 56-day hunger strike beginning on January 24, 2018, in protest to the beating of women political prisoners, Atena Daemi and Golrokh Iraee, and their illegal transfer from Evin Prison to the notorious Qarchak Prison in Varamin. Earlier, he had staged another 52-day hunger strike in protest to harassment of his family and fabrication of charges against himself. Now, he faces a new verdict, sentencing him to a total of 9 years in prison, 4 million toumans of fine, and exile to Borazjan Prison, in southern Iran. His mother, Farangis Mazloumi has staged numerous acts of protest to save her son’s life. For the past four years, Farangis Mazloumi has been observing the New Year ceremonies in front of prisons. This year, she spent the turn of the New Iranian Year outside the Greater Tehran’s Penitentiary and declared that so long as her son is in prison, she will not celebrate Nowrouz.
Farangis Mazloumi announced on July 28, 2018, that her son was under tremendous pressure. 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.