Sunday, May 19, 2024

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In a major turn of events, state-run news agencies have reported that a helicopter carrying the Iranian regime’s president Ebrahim Raisi crashed in East Azerbaijan Province. According to initial reports, the convoy consisted of three helicopters. While two helicopters carrying other ministers and officials safely reached their destination, the one carrying Raisi did not. The Fars News Agency confirmed that among the passengers were Raisi, Tabriz’s Friday prayer leader Mohammad-Ali Alehashem, Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, East Azerbaijan Governor Malek Rahmati, and several others. Rescue teams are currently being dispatched to the crash site. As of 5 PM local time, the helicopter carrying Raisi had not been located, and attempts to contact its passengers have been unsuccessful, with all phone lines going unanswered. https://tinyurl.com/6a5ydkme

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A 33 year old woman, was hanged on May 15 in the central prison of Mashhad, Northern Iran. Razieh was a victim of rampant poverty in Iran. https://tinyurl.com/57rvrk7c


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A 62 year old political prisoner Masoumeh Nassaji, started a hunger strike, refusing food, water and medicine to draw attention to her demands in Evin Prison. She suffers from respiratory problems and acute bronchitis and depends on her oxygen machine. https://tinyurl.com/29r9xwju

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A mother, Farangis Fat'hi and her daughter Akram Koukhian were arrested on May 12 by the security forces in their home in Malekan County, Northwestern Iran. They were interrogated by agents of the Tabriz Intelligence Department at Malekan Detention Center. Mrs. Fat’hi was taken to the hospital due to her old age and lack of access to blood pressure medication. https://tinyurl.com/mr38u3vm

Monday, May 13, 2024

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In a significant move, the Canadian Parliament on Wednesday May 8, overwhelmingly voted in favor of designating the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist organization, with a resounding 327 votes in favor. The approval of this measure marks a renewed effort by Canadian MPs to officially recognize the IRGC as a terrorist entity, following previous unsuccessful attempts. Notably, every member of the Canadian House of Commons supported the motion, highlighting the bipartisan consensus on the issue. 6 years ago in 2018, another motion was introduced to the Parliament to designate the IRGC as a terrorist entity which to this day, the government has not fulfilled it's obligation. Mrs. Maryam Rajavi the president-elect of the NCRI- National Council of Resistance of Iran congratulated the Canadian MPs for the adoption of the terrorist designation of IRGC, adding: I hope that the government of Canada would implement the long-overdue legislation by the parliament, and officially blacklist this criminal corps. She said: I urge the European Union and its member states to stop further postponing the implementation of the terrorist designation of the IRGC as adopted by the European Parliament.

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Three Baloch prisoners, including a woman, Fariba Mohammad Zehi, were hanged at dawn on Wednesday, May 5, in the Central Prison of Kerman in Iran. Fariba was arrested three years ago on drug-related charges and sentenced to death. She is the seventh woman executed since January 2024. According to the information compiled by the Women’s Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, with the execution of Fariba Mohammad Zehi, the number of women executed in Iran since 2007 has reached 236. https://tinyurl.com/46kjxybz

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The Hijab Remains an Excuse for the Iranian Regime to Control, Suppress Dissent and Sustain Power. The Repressive Hijab Crackdown Continues, with the State Security Force Linking all CCTV Cameras in Iranian cities and towns. A member of the regime's parliament Amirhossein Bankipour has declared that all CCTV cameras in both government and private offices will be linked to the State Security Force (SSF). This move aims to facilitate the thorough identification of women who remove their hijab in public spaces. During a speech covered by the state-run media, Amirhossein Bankipour stated: “Our cultural solution in this bill is long-term, while our economic solutions serve as mid-term auxiliary measures. We have categorized the punishments accordingly. The lowest tier of punishment involves fining passers-by and individuals who remove their hijab in virtual spaces. https://tinyurl.com/3mx32paf

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After the Iranian regime failed to enforce the mandatory Hijab by the massive deployment of Guidance patrols and plainclothes agents in the streets and through violent and arbitrary arrests of women and girls, it's adopting new measures, while the Hijab and Chastity bill has not yet become a law. Recent reports from state-run media indicate that the head of the Food and Drug Organization, affiliated with the Ministry of Health, has emphasized the role of mandatory hijab in determining pharmacy quotas. This new approach aims to link compliance with hijab norms to the allocation of pharmacy licenses. According to Haidar Mohammadi, who spoke at the presidential communication center on May 5, pharmacies will be evaluated based on their adherence to hijab requirements. Non-compliance with mandatory hijab is considered an “abnormality,” and directly impacts the quota assigned to each pharmacy. Haidar Mohammadi said, “If a pharmacy does not comply with the norms, initially, it will be warned. If the warning has no effect, preventive measures will be implemented against the offending pharmacy. If the preventive measures are ineffective, the violators will be introduced to the legal authorities. https://tinyurl.com/49xahkc6

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The Disciplinary Appeals Committee sentenced Afarin Najafizadeh, a mechanical engineering student at Tehran’s University of Science and Technology in Iran to a half-year suspension from the university. “The case was filed one day after I participated in the Student’s Day press conference and after reports were written by Sharq, Etemad, Emtedad, Ensaf dailies, among others, on December 5, 2022,” Afarin wrote in a social media post. She added: “In the three cases for which I was summoned to the disciplinary committee, the university’s security department repeatedly referred to my ‘establishing the working group to defend the rights of the University of Science and Technology students’ as a prelude to their complaint, and this time as a hypothetical violation, they also referred to an interview I had last year with the Ham-Mihan newspaper, as the secretary of the suspended (student) association.”
According to other reports, suspended student Motahareh Gouneii was transferred to the women’s ward of Tehran’s Evin Prison following her arrest. Motahareh, a suspended Tehran University dental student and the former political secretary of Tehran University’s Islamic Student Association, was arrested and transferred to Evin prison on Wednesday, May 1, after being summoned via phone by the IRGC intelligence Department. There is still no information on why she is being charged. Three days ago, Ms. Gouneii, together with another student activist, held a sit-in outside Tehran’s Music House for a few hours to protest the death sentence for rapper Toomaj Salehi. She has been under pressure by security agencies since the sit-in. Motahareh said she was summoned by the IRGC’s Sarullah Corps, who were posing as the Public Places’ Police. Before this, Motahareh Gouneii was expelled from Tehran University and prohibited from studying at any institution for the next five years. https://tinyurl.com/ys5zdb4y

Monday, April 29, 2024

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A week after the arrest of an Iranian cartoonist and former political prisoner, Atena Farghadani, her lawyer initially said she was taken to Qarchak prison, but because of the severity of her injuries, she was not admitted to the prison and was subsequently transferred to the women’s ward of Tehran’s notorious Evin prison. Moghimi wrote in his social media account, “To protest her harassment by security agencies, Atena Farghadani went to Pastor Street to put up a protest cartoon on the wall, when the IRGC Intelligence agents, using extreme violence, first took her to one of their safe houses and severely tortured her. She lost consciousness due to severe bleeding from her nose and the blows to her head, and hours later, regained consciousness in the prayer hall of the 8th Fateb police base where she found out some of her clothes had been removed. He added: “After receiving her clothes, she noticed that blood stains were washed out of her clothes, and on the morning of April 14, she was transferred to the Evin courthouse. She has been falsely charged with ‘spreading propaganda against the state’ and ‘insulting the sanctities’ (against the Shiites’ 12th Imam).”  https://tinyurl.com/3hkszpxm

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The political prisoner Fatemeh Ziaii Azad, 67 years old, a mother of 2 PMOI members and herself a supporter of People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran who was on medical leave, was arrested again on Sunday, April 21, and transferred to Evin prison. She has been arrested and imprisoned many times since the 1980s. Until September 2022, when Fatemeh Ziaii Azad was rearrested, she had spent 10 years and two months behind bars. Fatemeh Ziaii Azad (Houri) suffers from Multiple Sclerosis MS and has been deprived of access to medical treatment during her years in prison. On September 10, 2022, she was sentenced to six and a half years in prison on charges of “assembly and collusion against the state” and “having contact with the PMOI.” https://tinyurl.com/yvsh9699

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The First Branch of the Iranian regime's Revolutionary Court of Sanandaj sentenced Suma Pour-Mohammadi to 11 years in prison and banishment to Kermanshah in two separate cases. Suma teaches Kurdish language and is a member of the board of directors of a social and cultural organization in Sanandaj, called Nojin. Sanandaj is the capital of Kurdistan Province in western Iran. Suma has been sentenced to 10 years in prison on charges of “formation of a group to sabotage national security.” Suma Pour-Mohammadi, 35, was arrested on January 18, 2024, when she had referred to the court to inquire about the situation of her detained husband. https://tinyurl.com/2s4y3umk

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On Sunday, April 14, Fariba Safarzaei, a 50-year-old Baloch woman, along with her son, Idris Yar-Ahmadzehi, and her husband, Mikael Yar-Ahmadzehi, went to the Zahedan Bureau for Aliens and Foreign Immigrant Affairs located on Amir Kabir Blvd. Upon entering, a male guard said Mrs. Fariba Safarzaei had to be physically searched. When she resisted the order and her son also objected the method of the search, the agents at the Bureau for Aliens and Foreign Immigrant Affairs severely beat them. The agents not only refused to follow up Mikael’s birth certificate issues, but also confiscated the birth certificates of the children and even Fariba’s documents. Hundreds of thousands of Baloch people who live in Iran have been denied birth certificates despite trying for years to resolve this issue. When they go to the relevant agencies, they face discrimination, insults and humiliation, and are finally forced to give up the pursuit of obtaining their birth certificates. https://tinyurl.com/2s3vkmdw

Sunday, April 21, 2024

 IRAN NEWS))))))


According to social media reports, Aida Shakarami, sister of Nika Shakarami who was killed during 2022 Iran Uprising, was arrested on, April 17, by the moral security police in Tehran for flouting the mandatory Hijab code. Aida Shakarami is held in detention, but there is no information available on her whereabouts, or the charges leveled against her. https://tinyurl.com/47xe2anm



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Political prisoner Nejat AnvarHamidi Karoun a 68 year old teacher and a supporter of the PMOI (People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran), is suffering from severe heart disease while detained in Sepidar Prison in Ahvaz-Iran. Although according to specialists, she needs surgery, despite repeated requests from her family, prison authorities have refused to send her to a hospital. In addition to her heart condition, Mrs. Anvar Hamidi has been losing her eyesight as well. https://tinyurl.com/a78jjhrj

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A 19-year-old woman named Marjan Hajizadeh was executed on Thursday, April 11, in the Central Prison of Zanjan, Iran. Marjan and her husband, Esmail Hassaniani, 29, had been sentenced to death on drug related charges. They were arrested and imprisoned three years ago when Marjan Hajizadeh was only 16 years and 4 months old. Marjan Hajizadeh is the 233rd woman to be executed in Iran since 2007, according to the data gathered by the NCRI Women’s Committee. She is the 4th woman executed in Iran in 2024. https://tinyurl.com/nhz65wms

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Atena Farghadani, the famous cartoonist and a former political prisoner, was violently arrested by security forces on Saturday, April 13, and transferred to Evin Prison. She was arrested, reportedly, for attempting to post one of her drawings on the wall in Pastor Avenue, where the presidential palace is located. In protest to her arbitrary arrest, she refused to accept bail bond. Her lawyer, Mohammad Moqimi, reported that Atena Farghadani had been badly brutalized at the time of arrest so much that the scars were evident on her face. https://tinyurl.com/mryxjd8v