Sunday, February 02, 2020


The cases of 5 female civil activists involved in the case of Haft Tappeh sugarcane workers protest and the International Labor Day protest were upheld on January 28, without being examined by a Revision Court. The cases of 5 female civil activists, Sanaz Allahiari, Asal Mohammadi, Atefeh Rangriz, Marzieh Amiri and Neda Naji, have been transferred to the Department of Implementation of Verdicts. Sanaz Allahyari and Asal Mohammadi, defendants of the case of Haft Tappeh protests, each were sentenced to 5 years’ imprisonment. Civil activists Atefeh Rangriz and Marzieh Amiri, who had been arrested on the International Labor Day, were also sentenced to 5 years in prison. Neda Naji, another female civil activist arrested on International Labor Day, was sentenced to 5.5 years in prison. Atefeh Rangriz and Marzieh Amiri were temporarily released on bails of 1 billion tomans each on October 26, 2019, but Neda Naji remains in temporary detention.

Savin Mahmoudian Rad, 23 from a village in Sardasht (Iranian Kurdistan), was transferred to the Central Prison of Mahabad on January 26, 2020. She had been arrested two months ago by the Intelligence Unit of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and held in solitary confinement in the “Mahdi Army” detention center in Urmia.

Nazanin Tousi has been sentenced to two years in prison by Branch 24 of the Revolutionary Court of Tehran for participating in the protests in November 2019 against the fuel price hike. She was arrested on November 19, 2019 and is accused of “association and collusion against the state.
The Iranian regime launched a new wave of arbitrary arrests of civil rights activists and started fabricating new cases for political prisoners in the aftermath of the uprisings in November and January.
At least 12,000 were arrested during the protests in November where 1,500 including at least 400 women and 17 teenagers were killed and another 4,000 wounded.
During the protests in January, an estimated 300 were arrested, but the regime officials has acknowledged the arrests of only 30.

A 7 year old girl child laborer was attacked and seriously injured by a group of stray dogs in the streets of Shahr-e Ray, a Tehran suburb, on Tuesday night, January 28, 2020. A photographer and social activist who posted a photo of the child laborer in the social media said: “I was informed that a girl child laborer had been attacked by a group of street dogs while selling flowers last night in one of the streets of Shahr-e Ray. She was seriously injured in the head, neck, shoulder, waist and leg and was subsequently taken to hospital by the people.” (The state-run Tasnim news agency – January 29, 2020)
The municipality and city officials responsible for collecting and transporting child laborers to authorized shelters should now be held accountable, the social activist wrote.
Iranian regime officials have neglected the problem of child laborers to the extent that their presence in the streets and abuse of them have turned into a routine practice.
The news of the little girl child laborer was also reported by an emergency doctor on the Twitter, but no further information has been provided on the girl’s family and the reason why she had to work late at night.
Obviously, the phenomenon of child laborers is a product of the increasing destitution of families in Iran. The problem of child laborers cannot be solved under the rule of the clerical regime.
The latest estimates on child laborers in Iran stands at around 7 million.
“Girl child laborers are the most vulnerable among street children,” said a member of the Social Commission’s board of directors in the mullahs’ parliament. “Even if child laborers are collected, the number of child marriages under 15 years of age will rise progressively.” (The state-run Tasnim news agency – September 27, 2017)

On Tuesday, January 28, prison guards beat up imprisoned lawyer Soheila Hijab and took her out of the women’s ward. She was transferred out to Taleghani Hospital after being brutalized by prison guards, but was returned to prison without receiving medical care. Soheila Hijab is currently kept in Evin Prison’s dispensary. Her fingers are badly hurt and must be operated on, according to the doctor who examined her in Taleghani Hospital. Prison guards, however, prevented the operation and threatened the hospital’s doctor to postpone the operation. When a passer-by at the hospital attempted to take a film from this prisoner, prison guards prevented this and dispersed people.
Justice Ministry lawyer, Soheila Hijab, was born in 1990. She was arrested in June 2019 by security forces and transferred to Evin Prison. Shortly after her arrest, she was transferred to an IRGC safe house and then returned to Evin Prison. IRGC is Iranian regim'es Islamic Revolutinary Guard Corp which is responsible for human righs violations in Iran and it's Quds force is responsible for murdering people in Syria, Iraq, and the region.
Addressing the regime’s officials, Ms. Hijab wrote an open letter on January 13, 2020, following the uprisings in Iran in November and January.
In her letter, she pointed to the various events where the people of Iran had lost their lives, including the uprising in November. She said, “I think of Iran as a sore pain in the throat. The pain and suffering of those killed in the November protests, in the overturning of buses, in the plane crash, in the floods in Sistan and Baluchistan, and in thousands of other disasters that occur one after another due to the policies of incompetent rulers, and the lack of scientific preventive measures and advanced equipment. And our noble and patient compatriots have been engulfed in great sorrow and sadness.”

IRGC and the authorities of Evin Prison have filed new cases against political prisoner Atena Daemi. The anti-death penalty activist stood trial on Sunday, January 26, at Branch 3 of the Evin Prosecutor’s Office, headed by Investigator Allahyari. Ms. Atena Daemi has been accused of collusion and assembly against national security for “celebrating during prison’s silence hours on November 11, 2019 during the holy month of Muharram; issuing a statement against the death penalty on October 8, 2019; releasing a statement along with 17 other inmates on the imprisoned mothers’ plea for justice on November 8, 2019; holding a sit-in outside the prison office for several hours to protest being denied family visits and demanding to know the reason while being supported by 21 of her inmates; insulting and accusing prison guards for being deprived of family visits on November 2, 2019; participating in a sit-in on December 21, 2019 along with 7 other inmates; and forcing her inmates to pass her statements out of prison.”
The political prisoner was threatened during her trial on January 26, 2020, to be exiled to a prison in a distant city.
In addition to the head of the women’s ward, Fazeh Abdolhamidie, 17 of the women’s ward’s staff have testified against Ms. Daemi.
The new cases against Ms. Daemi were filed while she has been barred from meeting her lawyer since the previous case.
She was verbally informed of the ban on her family visits 11 months ago, but not in writing.
Comments of her father
Mr. Hossein Daemi, Ms. Daemi’s father, said the following about her daughter: “They did not allow us to visit Atena. We saw her as she was being returned from the Prosecutor’s Office of Evin. My daughter’s physical condition is not good. But she has high spirits and strong will. So long as I’m alive, I’ll continue to be her voice, and I will reveal the oppressor.”

A bus accident on Tehran- Shiraz Road led to the deaths of nine passengers including five women.
The fatal bus accident was reported on January 28, 2020 by the general director of Isfahan Province’s Accidents and Medical Emergencies. Another 18 passengers were injured in this bus accident including four women. (The state-run Rokna news agency – January 28, 2020)
Sixteen (16) women including a pregnant woman died in four bus accidents in various parts of Iran from January 9 to 20, 2020.
According to the state-run media in Iran, every half an hour, one Iranian woman loses her husband or father due to road accidents.
Experts say addiction, prostitution, divorce, street children and child labor are some of the consequences of road accidents affecting women and children. (The state-run -January 25, 2020)
In investigating the causes of increase in road accidents in Iran, many domestic and international experts believe that the lack of standard roads and traffic infrastructures, worn-out and sometimes out-of-date vehicles, lack of traffic signs on the roads, population growth and rising number of cars, poverty and economic pressure on drivers are among the causes of road accidents in Iran. This is in addition to mismanagement by a kleptocratic regime.
Iran ranks the world’s number one with the highest death toll, in 800,000 road accidents per year (1.5 times the world average).
In terms of casualties caused by road accidents, Iran ranks 189th among 190 countries.