JINA MAHSA AMINI
The face of Iran's protests. Her life, her dreams and her death.
In memory of Jina 'Mahsa' Amini, the cornerstone of the 'Zan.
Zendagi. Azadi revolution.
16 February 2023 | By Gino d'Artali
Read all about the assasination of the 22 year young Jhina Mahsa
Amini or Zhina Mahsa Amini (Kurdistan-Iran) and the Zan,
zendagi, Azadi (Women, life, freedom) revolution in Iran
and the ZZA Revolution per month: May 15-1--April--March--Feb--Jan 2023
covering the period of the 'Women Life Freedom' revolution in 2023 and with links to the period of the murdering of Jina Mahsa Amini on September 2022 'till December 2022..
updated 18 May 2023
'TO WEAR OR NOT TO WEAR A HIJAB i.e. TO BE OR NOT TO BE A FREE WOMAN' Updated
UPDATES: LINKS 2 'Blinding as a weapon' (menu to the right) AND
'Biological terror attacks' (menu to the left) go here:
Indept investigative journalist
CLICK HERE ON HOW TO READ ALL ON THIS PAGE
Here we are to enter THE IRANIAN
WOMEN'S REVOLUTIONISTS against
'Facing Faces and
Facts 1-2' (2022) to commemorate the above named and more and food for
thought and inspiration to fight on.
Click here for the 2022 'Chapters'
When one hurts or kills a women
one hurts or kills hummanity and is an antrocitie.
and: My mother (1931-1997) always said to me <Mi figlio, non esistono notizie <vecchie> perche puoi imparare qualcosa da qualsiasi notizia.> Translated: <My son, there is no such thing as so called 'old' news because you can learn something from any news.>
NCRI - Womens Committe - in Women's News - May 15, 2023
<<Iran: Disciplinary Actions Taken Against Student Activists
In recent disciplinary actions at universities across Iran, several students have faced severe penalties for their alleged involvement in activities leading to expulsion or academic suspension. Here are the details of the cases:
Motahareh Gouneii Expelled and Banned for Five Years
Motahareh Gouneii, a dentistry student and the political secretary of the Students Association at Tehran University and its School of Medical Sciences, has been expelled from the university and prohibited from studying at any institution for the next five years. The decision was made by the Disciplinary Council based on allegations of creating chaos and unrest within the university. Gouneii was also among the detainees of the nationwide 2022-2023 Iran protests.
Fatemeh Sadrifar Receives Academic Suspension and Change of Study Location
Sepideh Rashno Banned from Al-Zahra University
These disciplinary actions highlight the plight of student activists in Iran. The cases of Motahareh Gouneii, Fatemeh Sadrifar, and Sepideh Rashno illustrate the various reasons behind these penalties and the potential impact on studentsí academic futures.>>
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Iranwire - May 15, 2023 - By MANA NEYESTANI - Cartoons
<<The Master's Family Planning. <More children, happier lives.> The Islamic Republic escalates executions in a bid to sow fear and suppress popular protests, while desperately enforcing policies aimed at encouraging Iranians to have more children.>>
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Iranwire - May 15, 2023
<<Hijab is the Islamic Republic's <Symbol,> Iranian Vice President Says
Mohammad Dehghan, Iran's vice president for legal affairs, has once against revealed the misogynistic nature of the country's clerical regime by stating that <hijab is the symbol of the Islamic Republic.> <Without hijab, the Islamic Republic would not have much of a meaning,> Dehghan said on May 13, adding, <So we must not be negligent on this issue.> When asked whether women who flout the Islamic Republic's strict dress code are all felons, he answered, <No, the felons are those who promote not wearing hijab in an organized way. They are usually connected to foreign countries, and they apparently play the role of mercenaries who promote not wearing hijab.> A growing number of Iranian women have appeared in public without the compulsory head covering since Mahsa Amini's death in the custody of morality police in September last year triggered months of widespread protests demanding economic, social and political changes. In response, authorities have closed down hundreds of businesses due to the failure of owners or managers to observe hijab rules. Police and volunteers issue warnings in subways, airports and other public places. Text messages have targeted drivers who had women without head covering in their vehicles.>>
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Opinion by Gino d'Artali: What the vice president really is saying is when all free women burn their hijab the Islamic republic will be burned to ashes. Or in the words of Sepideh Qoliyan <Khamenei the Zahhak! We'll take you down into the grave,> Sepideh Qoliyan shouted outside Evin prison, referring to a mythical king said to have fed serpents growing out of his shoulders with young people's brains.>
Iranwire - May 15, 2023
<< <We Want our Rights!> Iranian Retirees Protest Over Deteriorating Living Conditions
Retirees from the telecommunications sector staged coordinated rallies in multiple cities across Iran to protest the governmentís failure to improve their living conditions. On May 15 in North Khorasan province, retirees gathered in front of the province's telecommunications center in Birjand and chanted slogans such as <We want our rights> and <We will not give up.> Retirees in Shahrekord, in Chaharmahal Bakhtiari province, protested the non-payment of their medical and welfare claims on time. Similar protests were led in the cities of Isfahan, Khorramabad, Ahvaz, Mashhad, Isfahan and Karaj, near Tehran. The protests were organized by the Free Workers' Union of Iran. Unrest has rattled Iran since last summer in response to declining living standards, wage arrears and a lack of welfare support amid the Islamic Republic's increasing isolation and a worsening economic situation partly triggered by years of sanctions. The September death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini while in police custody breathed new life into the protests. Last month, the government announced the resignation of the education minister after a delay in payments to teachers. And in 2022, the labor minister lost his post after protests by workers and retirees over payments.>>
Iranwire - May 15, 2023 - By SOLMAZ EIKDAR
The Dubious <Confessions> of Three Iranians at Imminent Risk of Execution
The recent broadcast of a video showing the forced <confessions> of three Iranian men sentenced to death on Iranian state TV has raised concerns about their imminent execution in the central city of Isfahan. On May 12, Amnesty International warned that Majid Kazemi, Saleh Mirhashemi and Saeed Yaghoubi could be executed at any time after the Supreme Court upheld their <unjust> convictions and death sentences earlier this month. The London-based human rights watchdog urged Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei to immediately halt any plans to execute the trio and quash their convictions and death sentences. Mirhashemi was twice sentenced to death, while Kazemi and Yaghoubi were handed capital punishment and a 10-year prison sentence in relation to the death of three members of the paramilitary Basij force during protests in Isfahan on November 15, 2022.
In an interview with IranWire, a cousin of Kazemi who resides in Sydney, Australia, said that the narrative presented by the Islamic Republic's state TV is <contradictory, ambiguous, and even false.> Mohammad Hashemi said that Kazemi's appointed lawyers were sure that his sentence would be reduced after the case was referred to the Supreme Court. He said that the broadcast of the forced <confessions> after the court upheld the verdicts terrified the trio's families. After the case was referred to the Supreme Court, he also said, the families received information that Asadullah Jafari, the chief prosecutor of Isfahan province, sent two busloads of people to Tehran to gather in front of the court with the aim of exerting pressure to get the death sentences confirmed and quickly executed. It is evident that Kazemi, Mirhashemi and Yaghoubi were coerced into making <confessions> for crimes they did not commit. In the video broadcast on state TV, the defendants claimed to have had <access to weapons> and that they did <a lot of shooting.> Although they mentioned the presence of other individuals who were also <shooting,> they did not mention any violence directed toward security forces. Besides, the Supreme Court acknowledged that Mirhashemi denied carrying any weapons, and the weapon allegedly belonging to him has not been recovered. The video of the <confessions> is only 4 minutes and 16 seconds long, but it has been edited 53 times to include images from the night of the incident, the defendants' accusations against each other, the moment of their arrest and the reconstruction of the crime scene. The clip contains several errors. For instance, it claims to show the moment when one of the defendants was arrested by agents of Isfahan's Sahib Al-Zaman Corps. However, the images clearly show that the defendant's hands are tied behind his back. This calls into question the credibility of the entire video. If its creators are capable of making such a basic mistake, it is possible that they have also fabricated other parts of the video.>>
Jinha - Womens News Agency - May 15, 2023
<<Activists held in Evin prison deprived of their right to make phone calls
News Center- People held in Iran's prisons have faced rights violations. According to the received reports, five political prisoners being held at the women's ward of Evin Prison in Tehran have been banned from making phone calls. Fariba Kamalabadi, Mahosh Thabit, Narges Mohammadi, Golrokh Iraee and Faezeh Hashemi were arrested in April for participating in the virtual conference called <Dialogue to Save Iran>. Being held at the womenís ward of Evin prison, five political prisoners have been banned from making phone calls. The virtual conference called <Dialogue to Save Iran> was held on the Clubhouse app between April 21 and 22. After the conference, many activists were arrested on charges of <propagandizing against the regime>, <participation in illegal gatherings> and <preparation and publication of images of illegal gatherings on channels opposed to the regime>.>>
Jina - Womens News Agency - May 15, 2023
<<Iranian teacher Ateke Rajabi released on bail
News Center- Since the nationwide protests started in Iran and Rojhelat following the killing of Jina Mahsa Amini in September 2022, the Iranian regime has used all kinds of methods to quell the protests. Hundreds of people, including academics, artists, activists and journalists have been arrested in the country since September 2022. Iranian teacher Ateke Rajabi was arrested on May 9, 2023 after leaving her home to take part in a protest held by the Coordinating Council of Teachers' Union in the northeastern city of Mashhad. She went on a hunger strike in prison to protest her incarceration. Yesterday (Sunday), on the fifth day of her hunger strike, she was released from the prison in Mashhad on bail. Ateke Rajabi was fired from her job last year after she refused to go to class in September and published videos criticizing the government's <unjust treatment> against students and teachers who are simply demanding their rights be respected.>>
Iranwire - May 15, 2023- By FARAMARZ DAVAR - Interview
<<Ardeshir Zahedi - New Secrets
It is worth listening to the 27-hour interview of Ardeshir Zahedi with Habib Lajevardi. His tone is honest and audacious and sometimes he uses word that are close to being offensive. His love for the Shah is especially evident in tape no. 21, about when the Shah, in the last hours of his life, is in a hospital in Cairo. It is perhaps one of the most painful parts of the interview. As the interview shows, Zahedi was extremely respectful of Mohammad Reza Shah till the end of his life but he was also blunt and unsparing in criticizing him and blaming him for the current sorry situation in Iran. Perhaps that is why he did not want the interview to go public while he was alive. Nevertheless, in his last years of his life, in more intimate gatherings and even in some of his public pronouncements, he explicitly criticized the Shah for his policies and for leaving the country before the 1979 revolution.>>
Read the complete interview here:
Note from Gino d'Artali: Dear reader, I simply leave it up to you to yes or no read the interview. I read it but I was and am doubting if it is to the benefit of the 'Women, Life, Freedom' revolution.
Iranwire - May 15, 2023
<<Baha'i Prisoner of Conscience Barred from Receiving Visitors for Three Weeks
In her last phone conversation, Fariba Kamalabadi, a Baha'i prisoner of conscience in Iran's Evin Prison, told her family that she has been barred from receiving visitors for three weeks after contributing a letter to the virtual How to Save Iran seminar held last month on Clubhouse. The virtual seminar, held on April 21-22, saw the participation of more than 40 political, social and human rights activists inside and outside Iran. Some participants even joined from inside the Islamic Republic's prisons. Fariba Kamalabadi was arrested on July 31, 2022, at her home in Tehran and since has been held at Evin Prison. She was sentenced to 10 years in prison after a one-hour trial by Judge Iman Afshari, presiding over the Revolutionary Courtís Branch 26, on charges such as <administering a group belonging to the deviant group [meaning the Baha'is] aimed at undermining national security>. Kamalabadi and seven other former members of Iran's informal Baha'i leadership group, the Yaran or <Friends> of Iran, were jailed for a previous 10 years between 2007-2017 on charges which their lawyer, the Nobel laureate Shirin Ebadi, said were never substantiated. The activist Faezeh Hashemi Rafsanjani was one of Kamalabadi's most prominent supporters during her imprisonment. Iran's revolutionary appeals court has yet to rule on the verdict.>>
Iranwire - May 15, 2023
<<Row over Hijab Sparkes Violence at Tehran University
The security guards of Tehran University attacked students at the School of Fine Arts on May 13 after a quarrel with a student over her head covering. The guards reportedly beat a number of students who had come to the defense of the female student. According to the Telegram channel of Iranian Students' Unions, the security guards accosted a number of female students as others protested by chanting slogans such as <Woman, Life, Freedom,> <Students will die but will not be humiliated,> and <Death to the Leader after so many years of crime.> The report said that the security guards followed and locked a student in a classroom where she had taken shelter and tried to confiscate her mobile phone and student ID. The guards also insulted and beat professors and an old university watchman, and harshly pressed the throat of one of the students. On the same day, Sepideh Reshnoo, a student at Tehran's Alzahra University who was arrested and tortured after she was filmed arguing with a woman on a bus over forced hijab, reported that she had been suspended from the university for two semester for not abiding by the Islamic Republic's dress code.>>
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Iranwire - May 15, 2023
Security Forces Fire Tear Gas at Iranians Protesting Trio's Imminent Execution
Security force have used violence to disperse hundreds of Iranians who had gathered around a prison in the central city of Isfahan overnight in an attempt to prevent the imminent execution of three protesters. The families of the three inmates on death row -- Majid Kazemi, Saleh Mirhashemi and Saeed Yaghoubi -- gathered outside Dastgerd prison on May 14 and asked for supporters to join them. Kazemi's cousin, Mohammad, tweeted that the trio was expected to be executed on May 15. A riot squad fired tear gas at the protesters, but rallies in the city continued until 3 a.m. on May 15, with many demonstrators honking their cars. On May 12, Amnesty International expressed grave concern that Kazemi, Mirhashemi and Yaghoubi are at imminent risk of execution after the Supreme Court upheld their <unjust> convictions and death sentences earlier this month.
Mirhashemi was twice sentenced to death, while Kazemi and Yaghoubi were handed capital punishment and a 10-year prison sentence in relation to the death of three members of the paramilitary Basij force during protests in Isfahan on November 15, 2022. The Dadban Legal Group, which provides legal advice to protesters in Iran, said there was no reliable evidence proving the accusations made against the defendants, and that the only document available in the case was their <forced confessions.> The defendants were present at the scene of the protests but none of them has ever admitted shooting at Basij members, according to the group.>>
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