Sunday, December 01, 2019


Three women have been arrested in Karaj for taking part in protests against increase in the price of gas, commander of the State Security Force (SSF) of Alborz Province announced on Nov 28. Mohammadian said, “After the news of the rationing of fuel was announced, three people in Mohammad-shahr district of Karaj turned off their cars and held protests in the streets, chanting anti-government slogans.” He claimed that the three women arrested in Karaj were “members of the initial team that instigated riots and destruction of public property in Mohammad-shahr district of Karaj.” He said the popular protests were “illegal.”

Acknowledging that those arrested for participating in Iran protests in mid-November are badly dealt with and tortured, the SSF commander said, “Law (enforcement agents) will be harsh in dealing with these types of people who intend to disrupt public order. All those who are arrested for instigating insecurity in recent days, will be seriously dealt with by the police.” (The state-run Tasnim news agency – November 28, 2019) The arbitrary arrests of civil activist women have also been intensified during the Iran uprising.

Raha Asgarizadeh, journalist, photographer and women’s rights activist, was arrested on Thursday, November 28, at Tehran’s airport on her way out of the country. In a brief call to her family, she informed them that she has been taken to Evin Prison.

In Ahvaz, Leila Shaverdi, was arrested on November 25, by security forces. She has been arrested for the activities of her brother, Nasser, who lives abroad. The Intelligence Department of Ahvaz announced that they would release her only if her brother abandons his activities in the media.

In another development, Mojgan Kavousi, a writer and researcher from Kelardasht, was arrested on
Monday, November 18, by the Department of Intelligence of Kelardasht, in Mazandaran Province, northern Iran. No information is available on her fate. Mojgan Kavousi had posted photos of those killed in the recent protests in Marivan and Javanroud using the hashtag #silence_is_treason.

The name of another woman has been verified among the martyrs of the Iran uprising. Mahnaz Mehdizadeh Nader is the 16th woman identified as being killed during the protests. Mahnaz was shot three times by the Special Units of the State Security Force during the Iran Uprising in Karaj in mid-November. At the time of handing over of her body, government agents warned her family against disseminating the news of her death.
The names of the 16 female martyrs has identified so far.

Mahnaz Mehdizadeh Nader, killed in Karaj
Azar, nurse and mother of 4, killed in Karaj
Nikta Esfandani, 14, killed in Tehran
Ameneh Shahbazifard, 34 and mother of 3, killed in Karaj
A female student from Saqqez, killed in Sanandaj
A woman, killed in Rasht
Mina Sheikhi, killed in Tehran
Golnaz Samsami, mother of a 7-year-old boy, killed in Shahriar
Azadeh Zarbi, 28, killed in Shahriar
Fatemeh Habibi, killed in Baharestan, Tehran
Shabnam Diani, killed in Behbahan
Ethghi, killed in Mahshahr
An unidentified woman, killed in Mahshahr
Shelir Dadvand, killed in Bukan
A girl student, killed in Shiraz
A woman, killed in Saveh
The Iranian Resistance has been able to verify that at least 450 persons have been killed during the Iran uprising. The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran has published the names of 179 of these martyrs, so far.
The vicious slaughter of protesters in Iran is a manifest case of crime against humanity and the Iranian regime’s leaders must face justice for them. The Iranian Resistance calls for the dispatch of a fact-finding mission to Iran to investigate the deaths, injury and imprisonment of protesters.

Officials of Iranian prisons are denying access to medical treatment to political prisoners, justifying their measure by lack of security in hospitals due to the nationwide uprising in Iran. Denying access to medical treatment is one of the most common methods of torture in Iranian prisons to exert additional pressure on political prisoners.
With the weather getting colder, inmates in the Prison of Khoy are catching influenza. At least 15 women prisoners, including Kurdish political prisoner Zeinab Jalalian, have contracted influenza.
Suffering from various illnesses, Zeinab Jalalian is in dire physical conditions. Catching influenza has made her very weak. She has suffered multiple seizures and needs to be transferred to hospital, but prison authorities have prevented her dispatch, saying the situation is not safe.
Forty women of the women’s ward of Khoy Prison are incarcerated in just one hall. The closed space and limited medical facilities have made the disease contagious, adding to the number of inmates suffering from influenza. Some women have lost their motor abilities, and still, the only medications available to them are the ones handed in by their relatives. The inmates’ inquiries to receive medical treatment has been futile so far.
In Evin Prison, too, prison officials have prevented dispatch of political prisoner Atena Daemi to hospital under the excuse of hospitals being over crowded due to the recent uprising.
Atena Daemi had been given an appointment last month to do ultrasound and other medical examinations by a specialist doctor, and she should have been taken to hospital, but prison officials prevented her transfer.
Kurdish political prisoner Zeinab Jalalian has several medical conditions, including heart, intestinal, and kidney problems, as well as an oral thrush or Candidiasis that has caused painful white bumps on her tongue and interferes with her ability to eat and swallow.
Zeinab Jalalian is at risk of losing her eyesight in prison as she is being denied surgery for a worsening eye condition called Pterygium.
The right side of her body is numb, the reason for which remains unknown, as she has not received any diagnostic tests. Additionally, she is experiencing dips and spikes in her blood pressure, which the prison doctor has said is linked to the stress and psychological pressure she is under.