Two young female political prisoners, Yasamin Ariani and Saba Kord Afshari in an open letter from Evin Prison reacted to an article published in the Iran official daily newspaper describing the situation of political prisoners as favorable.
On January 17, the official Iran daily newspaper claimed that “The security (political) convicts have no problems and are in the best situation in terms of phone calls, family visits and using medical facilities.”
Yasamin Ariani and Saba Kord Afshari stated in their open letter that, “All of these claims are unfounded and false. The women’s ward of Evin Prison did not have a telephone for many years, and the only way the prisoners could contact their family was a weekly 20-minutes visit. After a series of follow-ups, a telephone was finally brought in the ward”. The activities included a 20-day hunger strike by some of the loved ones. Despite the efforts we made, it did not work out, and instead of 60 minutes of telephone calls per week, each person only has 30 minutes, that means only three days a week for 10 minutes.” They also pointed out the visitation ban of two political prisoners, couples Golrokh Iraee and Arash Sadeghi and that they have been banned to see each other for 10 months. Yasamin Ariani and Saba Kord Afshari also noted that women political prisoners had to go on a hunger strike for access to dental care after a year of follow-up.
In part of their letter referring to political prisoner, Maryam Akbari Monfared, Yasamin Ariani and Saba Kord Afshari wrote, “According to the law of prisons, every prisoner is granted a three to five day leave every two months, while there are those here after 10 years of their imprisonment have not been granted leave despite having the leaving conditions.”
In the end, they pointed out the shortage of food distribution, which has had a harmful effect on the female political prisoners.
Yasamin Ariani and Saba Kord Afshari were arrested in Tehran during the protests in August 2018 and sentenced to one year in prison. They are currently detained in the women’s ward of Evin Prison.
Iranian regime officials have ordered 1,800 children to be separated from their imprisoned mothers.
According to the state-run ILNA news agency Jan. 26, Mohammad Nefriyeh, director general of the Children and Youth affairs in the Welfare Organization, said, “According to a memorandum between the Welfare Organization and the Prison Organisations, all children above two years of age who live with their mothers in prison, must be delivered to the Welfare Organization, because the prison environment will have a very bad instructional and educational effect on the children.”
He added: “We are not responsible for the establishment of a nursery in prisons. Prison conditions are special security conditions. Therefore, it is not possible to establish a nursery in prison.” “There are currently 1,800 children at welfare centers whose mothers are imprisoned, and until the mother is released and has the conditions to take care of her child, the child will be kept at the welfare center.”
A woman only identified as M.A. was hanged Wednesday morning, January 30, in the Prison of Nowshahr, in the northern Iranian province of Mazandaran. She had been imprisoned for six years on death row on the charge of deliberate murder. She is the 87th woman who is hanged during Hassan Rouhani’s tenure as the Iranian regime’s president.
Ms Parvin Mohammadi, Vice President of the Free Union of Iran Workers, was arrested on Tuesday, January 29. Parvian Mohammadi was arrested a few hours after the arrest and detention of Mr. Jafar Azimzadeh, Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Free Union of Iran Workers. Parvin was arrested by SSF (State Security Forces)agents in Fardis, Karaj, and all her personal belongings including her lap top and cellphone were confiscated.
According to state-run Borna news agency, New vice patrols are launched in Qom (140 KM south of Tehran, Iran’s capital) to further crack down on women on the pretext of improper veiling. Abdol-reza Aghakhani, commander of the State Security Force in Qom Province, announced that in cooperation with the Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) of Qom, the new vice patrols have been launched.
Aghakhani said, “Everyone should know that Qom is not a place for such acts (i.e. improper veiling) and all the moral standards must be observed in Qom. To deal with the women who have out-of-norm appearance in observing the Hijab, which would lead to social ailments, the traffic police is determined to deal seriously with female drivers who do not observe the Islamic veil.” On the treatment of women by the new vice patrols in Qom, Aghakhani said, “The vehicles of improperly veiled women are going to be impounded for a week and transferred to the parking in cooperation with the Judiciary. Also, those drivers who cause sonic pollution (i.e. play loud music in their cars) in the city will be seriously dealt with. Their cars will be impounded and towed to the parking and they will be fined.”
Since the creation of Islamic State in Iran, 40 years ago, imposing Hijab on women, has been a loosing battle for the Iranian regime, despite its 24 hour propaganda.