On Wednesday, July 17, 2019, another female prisoner, Zahra Safari Moghadam, 43, was hanged in the Prison of Nowshahr, in northern Iran. She was in prison since July 2016.
Less than a month ago, on June 19, another woman named Fatemeh Nassiri was hanged in Gohardasht (Rajaii-Shahr) Prison of Karaj. She was imprisoned for 11 years in Qarchak prison before her execution. She was said to have undertaken the crime committed by her son.
A statement from the Free Nazanin Campaign said Nazanin Zaghari’s father had visited the hospital on Tuesday, but was barred from seeing her daughter.
“This is unusual. She has now been kept isolated from family or legal contact under IRGC (Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps) control for over 36 hours,” the campaign group said, adding that it was not clear how long she would be held at the hospital or what kind of treatment she would receive there.
Nazanin Zaghari went on a two-week hunger strike on June 15, 2019, in protest to her unfair detention, demanding her unconditional release. Her husbnad Richard simultaneously went on hunger strike outside the Iranian Embassy in London. Nazanin was arrested at Tehran’s Imam Khomeini Airport in April 2016 and has always maintained the visit was to introduce her daughter, Gabriella, to her relatives. The couple’s five-year-old daughter, Gabriella, is in Iran in the care of her grandparents since her mother’s arrest and she's not allowed to leave the country.
He said this year all the executive agencies are required to activate the council. (The state-run Young Journalists Club – June 24, 2019)
Yusef Tabatabai Nejad, Imam of Friday Prayer in Isfahan, also said that the Basij should engage in promoting virtue and prohibiting vice of women on the basis of improper veiling. “The city’s atmosphere should head toward hijab and chastity, we must stand against abnormalities with force,” he said, stressing the need to fight improper veiling. (The state-run Tasnim News Agency – July 12, 2019)
Previously, an IRGC commander in the northern province of Gilan announced the launch of a 2,000 strong Basij group to counter what the regime calls “improper hijab”.
Mohammad Abdollahpour, the commander of the Gilan Quds Force, announced last June that, “a new chapter of promoting virtue and prohibiting vice had started in the northern province and 2,000 Basij groups would give verbal notices and would also take action against what they deemed improper in the society. The issue of hijab and chastity is not an ordinary matter but rather a political and security matter for the country.” (The state-run Mehr News Agency – June 4, 2019)
According to a report, “after four months of illegal arrest and the pressures by intelligence institutions on her, she was accused of charges such as blasphemy, insulting the Supreme Leader, and disturbing public opinion. But no ruling has been issued for her, and she is kept under uncertain conditions in the Central Prison of Ardabil while she is barred from visits and calls and is not allowed to see her child. Her weekly’s license has also been suspended.”
They have been sentenced to 1.5 years in prison on the charge of “propaganda against the state” by sending open letters out of prison, and to 2 years and 1 month for “insulting the leader (Ali Khamenei).”
Other charges leveled against the two civil rights activists were causing disruption in the prison’s order by resisting an inspection and singing protest anthems on the day that the three Kurdish political prisoners were executed.
Political prisoner Golrokh Iraee had been just released on April 8, 2019, after serving her sentence. She had been imprisoned since October 24, 2016, for writing an unpublished book on the cruel punishment of stoning.
Atena Daemi, who is currently serving five years for her civil activities, was arrested on October 21, 2014. She began serving her sentence in December 2016 in Evin Prison.
This is while Parisa Alilou, general director for women and family affairs in West Azerbaijan Province said the Delyar musical group with its female singers were scheduled to perform for women and the concert’s revenues would have gone to cancer patients.