On Friday Feb. 8, 2019 The Alternative National Council of Resistance of Iran on the 40th anniversary of the 1979 anti-monarch revolution held a huge rally in Paris and condemned the ongoing human rights violations in Iran and called for the IRGC(Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps) and MOI(Ministry of Intelligence) to be listed as Terrorist organizations, Iranian regime's diplomats to be expelled from UN, and the Iran's seat to be assigned to the National Council of Resistance of Iran. This story was picked up by Midas around the world.
Prison guards beat female prisoners and used tear gas, firearms, and pepper spray during raids inside wards 1 and 2 of Qarchak Prison in Varamin on Thursday, February 7. According to reports, the attack and beating of the female prisoners continued until Friday morning, February 8. After the female prisoners in wards 1 and 2 of Qarchak (Shahr-e Ray) Prison of Varamin tried to raise awareness that one of the prisoners needed medical care, the security forces responded with violence, firing tear gas and pepper spray. Prisoners set fire to their beds and bed sheets in order to neutralize the effects of the pepper spray and tear gas fired in the closed area. However, the prison authorities used a fire engine to extinguish the fire while women were still trapped in their ward. A number of female prisoners in Qarchak Prison in Varamin were violently transferred to Evin Prison. On Saturday, February 9, 40 female prisoners from Qarchak Prison in Varamin, were transferred to Ward 240 of Evin Prison by prison officials, while their heads were covered with sacks. Responding to reports of the attack that began on Thursday, February 7, 2019, Amnesty International’s Research and Advocacy Director for the Middle East and North Africa, Philip Luther said, “The reports of the Iranian prison guards’ reckless and heavy-handed response to protests at Shahr-e-Rey prison are deeply alarming. Many prisoners were reported to have received hospital treatment for the effects of tear gas.
Hundreds of teachers, educators and other sectors held massive protest rallies in Isfahan and Qazvin in Iran on Thursday, February 7 against the regime’s policies, including the drying up of Zayanderud water. This peaceful rally was attacked by Security forces that used tear gas and pepper spray to disperse the crowds. On the same day, a group of teachers and educators in the Esfarvarin district of Qazvin Province gathered in front of the governor building and protested against false promises of the housing cooperative and lack of accountability of the judiciary after twelve years.
On Thursday, February 7, a group of defrauded clients cheated by Padideh Shandiz in Mashhad held a protest gathering and On Tuesday, February 5, a group of plundered clients of the Sekkey (coin) Talay-e Samen gathered outside the General Prosecutor’s Office in Tehran and protested against the loss and plunder of their assets.
A 12-year-old girl student named Leila Osmani, along with her 13 year old brother Abbas Osmani, lost their lives when a school minibus carrying young students crashed with a trailer truck. 10 other students were injured in the accident.
******Based on the reports and video clips disseminated in the social media, labor child girls in Iran who are forced to work in the streets to earn meager amounts of money are abused physically and sexually by municipality agents.
General director of the Welfare Organization of Ilam Province in Iran said the number of under-15 marriages of girl children in Ilam amounted to 94 in first nine months of the current year. In an interview with the state-run IRNA news agency on February 6, Zahra Hemmati announced that a total of 98 under-15 marriages took place in Ilam 94 of which were girl children and four were boys under 15 years of age.
On the statistics of the previous year, Hemmati said, “There were 188 under-15 marriages of girl children in Ilam in 2017 registered in various cities and counties. There were five cases of under-15 boys getting married. So, there were a total of 193 under-15 marriages in 2017.” The official acknowledged that under-15 marriages needed to be rectified. She said, “The phenomenon of child marriages is a new social ailment we face in this province. The number of child marriages in this province which are considered forcible marriages, is particularly noteworthy in one of the cities.” (The official IRNA news agency – February 5, 2019)