Sunday, March 14, 2021


Over 231,300 people have died of the novel Coronavirus in 518 cities across Iran, according to reports tallied daily by the Iranian opposition People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) as of Thursday March 14. 


According to news on March 9, political prisoner Maryam Akbari Monfared has been abruptly relocated from the women’s ward of Evin Prison and banished to the Prison of Semnan in the 12th year of her imprisonment. Her cellmates protested her banishment and intervened to prevent her relocation. But prison guards violently broke into the ward and took her out of the ward by force. Maryam Akbari Monfared has been in prison since December 2009 without a single day of furlough. This mother of 3 girls, has been deprived of access to medical treatment as well. Maryam was arrested on December 31, 2009, after the tremendous uprising on December 27 that year which shook the pillars of the regime. In June 2010, the Revolutionary Court of Tehran handed down a 15-year prison sentence for Moharebeh on the alleged charge of “membership in the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran,” a charge which Mrs. Akbari has never accepted. She suffers from Thyroid malfunction and joint rheumatism. Maryam Akbari’s sister and brother were executed during the massacre of political prisoners in the of summer 1988. Another two of her brothers were executed during the mass executions in the early 1980s. The reason for her imprisonment is that Maryam wants to know where her siblings are buried.


The Iranian regime's Revolutionary Court of Tehran, Branch 28, handed down a 5-year sentence for Forough Taghipour, imprisoned for supporting the opposition People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) on March 7. The court convened on January 5, and examined charges of “propaganda against the state” and “complicity with opposition groups” leveled against Forough Taghipour and her mother. The Sharia judge had threatened Ms. Taghipour to hand down a verdict for Moharebeh (waging war on God), but she rejected this charge and announced that she was not guilty. Under the clerical regime’s laws, Moharebeh (waging war on God) is punishable with the death penalty. Political prisoner Forough Taghipour and her mother, Nassim Jabbari, were arrested on February 24, 2020. Forough contracted the COVID-19 while in detention in Qarchak. Born on May 10, 1994, Forough Taghipour has graduated in accounting with a bachelor’s degree.