Sunday, November 10, 2019


Former political prisoner Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee was once again arrested on Saturday, November 9. She was arrested at home by 10 male security forces and taken to an undisclosed location. The security forces did not show their warrant for her arrest. On June 18, of this year, the Revolutionary Court of Tehran examined a new case filed against Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee and Atena Daemi for their protest while in detention to the executions of three Kurdish dissidents. The court sentenced them to 1.5 year imprisonment for “propaganda against the state” and to 2 years and one-month imprisonment for “insulting the leader (i.e. Ali Khamenei).” Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee was arrested by the Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Intelligence on September 6, 2014, along with her husband and two other activists for an unpublished article. Political prisoner Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee was finally released from Evin Prison on April 8, 2019, after serving half of her sentence. Just before she was re-arrested on Sat., she was collecting signatures to help her imprisoned husband Arash Sadeghi who is in critical condition due to refusal of medical care by the prison authorities.

Once again, political prisoner Fatemeh Mossanna was deprived of visiting her husband, Hassan Sadeqi, imprisoned on political grounds, in Gohardasht Prison in Karaj. On Sunday, November 3, Amin Vaziri, deputy prosecutor observing political prisoners, ordered cancellation of a visit between political prisoners Fatemeh Mossanna and her husband, because he did not agree to wear the prison garb, handcuffs and shackles during the transfer. Fatemeh has met her husband only three times since February 2019. The imprisoned couple were supposed to see each other in October, but their visit was cancelled for the same reason.
Fatemeh Mossanna was imprisoned for two years in 1981 at the age of 13, and her three brothers were executed by the clerical regime in the 1980s.
Fatemeh Mossanna and her husband, Hassan Sadeqi, were arrested on April 9, 2014, during the funeral ceremony of Mr. Sadeqi’s father who was a member of the opposition People’s Mojahedin of Iran (PMOI/MEK). She has been imprisoned in the Women’s Ward of Evin since.

The imprisoned student activist Leila Hosseinzadeh who is serving her 30 month prison sentence in the women's ward of Evin prison, was not allowed to receive medical care. On October 21, she was sent to Taleghani Hospital with a three-day delay to receive treatment for a broken finger. There, she was operated on and doctors inserted a pin to fix her finger which needed to be removed after a few weeks. After two weeks, prison officials are refusing her the opportunity to go to hospital to have the pin removed. Leila Hosseinzadeh was the secretary of the students’ Central Council at Tehran University. She was arrested during the December 2017-January 2018 uprising and protests and subsequently sentenced to six years in prison and a two-year ban on leaving the country. The Revision Court, however, commuted her sentence to 30 months on June 24.

Hadiss Sabouri, 40 and mother of a 17-year-old son, reported in to the 2nd interrogations branch of the Prosecutor’s Office of Evin Prison on Saturday, November 2, upon receiving a warrant last week. There, she was informed of her charges including “assembly and collusion against national security” and “dissemination of false information,” and subsequently apprehended and taken to the Women’s ward of Evin Prison. Haddis Sabouri had been arrested in August 2018 during the protests against high prices in Tehran. She was detained in Qarchak Prison of Varamin but later released on bail.
Ms. Sabouri was subsequently tried where she received a two-year suspended prison sentence by the Revolutionary Court of Tehran.
civil activist Zahra Mohammadi has been held in detention for five months despite her family’s depositing of 700 million tomans of bail bond for her temporary release. The Interrogations Court of Sanandaj, however, prevents acceptance of the bail amount.
Zahra Mohammadi has been in detention since May 23, 2019. She has been under tremendous pressure during her interrogations to make forced confessions. On September 18, 2019, Ms. Mohammadi was secretly taken for trial without informing her lawyer or family. Upon finding out, her family and lawyer objected this trial and the trial was eventually postponed to September 25.
Mohammadi, 28, is a member of Nojin Cultural Association which is active in protection of the environment in Kurdistan. She holds an M.S. degree in geopolitics from the University of Birjand, capital of south Khorasan Province in Iran.
The clerical regime continues to pressure civil and human rights activists in a bid to contain growing protests by a disgruntled populace who are fed with poverty and hunger.

A deadly 5.9 magnitude earthquake hit northwestern Iran on Friday morning, November 8. At least four women and a 10 year old girl were among those killed in the earthquake. Hundreds more have been injured. The number of fatalities has grown to 8.
The four women and girl children were: Zahra Abedi, 10, and Reyhaneh Ghorbani, 13 (pictured above); Goli Jalili, 47, and Khatoun Rezazadeh, 78.
The tremor struck at around 2:00am local time in Iran’s East Azerbaijan Province and there have been at least 152 aftershocks until evening. A magnitude 5 earthquake can cause considerable damage.
The governor of East Azerbaijan Province said on the state TV, “Six cities and 140 villages in our province have been affected… According to the latest data, 1500 housing units have been destroyed in this earthquake.” (The official IRNA news agency – November 8, 2019)
One of the villagers told the state-run ISNA news agency that the sick and wounded are still left unattended. The villager who lost his wife and niece in this earthquake, said his niece, 12, died on the way to hospital. “If there were a hospital, no one would have died.” (The state-run ISNA news agency – November 8, 2019)
Four women and girl children die in deadly earthquake in northwestern Iran
1500 housing units were destroyed in East Azerbaijan.
In 2003, a 6.6 magnitude earthquake destroyed the historic city of Bam, killing 26,000 people. In 2017, an earthquake of 7.3 magnitude hit vast parts of Kermanshah Province in western Iran, leaving at least 620 dead and 9,338 people wounded. Two years after this earthquake, the residents of these areas still live in horrific conditions.
In spring 2019, devastating flashfloods hit at least 25 provinces all across Iran, leaving behind horrendous human and material damages.
The Iranian regime has left the people of Iran defenseless in the face of natural disasters, by plundering Iran’s wealth or wasting it on warmongering and anti-patriotic nuclear and missile projects.