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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 Jina Mahsa Amini (Kurdistan-Iran) and the start of the Zan, Zendegi, Azadi (Women, life, freedom) revolution in Iran 2022
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WOMEN'S REVOLUTIONISTS against
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.>
Iranwire - 15 Nov 2023
<<Jailed Iranian Rights Lawyer Sotoudeh Released on Bail
Prominent Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh has been released from Tehran's Evin prison after 17 days of detention. Her husband, Reza Khandan, said on the social media platform X that she was released on November 15 after posting bail. Sotoudeh was among dozens of people violently arrested during the October 29 funeral of Armita Garavand, a 16-year-old girl who was fatally assaulted at a Tehran metro station for not wearing a headscarf. The activist, aged 60, was after her arrest moved to Qarchak women's prison outside Tehran and subsequently to Evin. Sotoudeh, who has spent much of the past decade in and out of prison serving a myriad of sentences in cases linked to her activism, began a hunger and medication strike after her latest arrest. The New York-based Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) said it was <pleased> about her release, but warned there are numerous individuals still detained <whose plight should not be forgotten.> The United States has condemned the Iranian authorities' <violent assault and unjust detention> of human rights defenders during Armita's funeral and their <campaign of violence against the women and girls.> >>
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Iranwire - 14 Nov 2023
<<Jailed Iranian Activist Sotoudeh: We Feminized Evin Prison with Our Hair
Prominent Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh was among dozens of people arrested during the October 29 funeral of Armita Garavand, a 16-year-old girl who was fatally assaulted at a Tehran metro station for not wearing a headscarf. In a letter written from behind the walls of Qarchak prison on October 30, Sotoudeh described her violent arrest at Tehran's Behesht-e Zahra cemetery along with Manzar Zarrabi, a mother advocating for justice over the January 2020 downing of a Ukrainian passenger plane by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, and other women.
At the prosecutor's office in Evin prison, the activist says she and Zarrabi <categorically refused to wear headscarves.> <A few of us, the accused women, had spent hours in the yard, effectively feminizing the Evin prosecutor’s yard, without realizing what we had done. With our hair, we had thrown Evin, with its masculine and security atmosphere, into convulsions...>
It is Monday morning. We arrived at the Evin prosecutor's office at 10 a.m. We were sitting in the yard. Every other one unveiled, every other one smoking, every other one with her entire earlobe pierced with rings. One with a pierced nose, the other tall as a cypress, with a beautiful short army jacket, velvet green, with black pants that surreptitiously drew the eyes to her ankles. Her head, a riot of gorgeous curly hair glistened in the pale autumn light, hues of brown, shining ever so brightly and beautifully. There were 23 of us that day, 23 women on one side of the yard, 20 men on the other. We had all been arrested the previous day. Most of us were arrested at the funeral, at the graveside. Two or three were arrested at the mosque. Most of those arrested at the mosque had been released that very night. Two or three had refused to post bail and take an oath. What oath? The oath that they would not participate in such a ceremony. Among those arrested, next to us in the van, was a woman wrapped in official garb, clad in a heavy veil. She was telling us how sick of herself she had felt for appearing at work every day wearing that uniform. And how, now, in that moment, she felt relief, more at ease. When we reached Zahra's Paradise, the cemetery, I went to the mortuary, where the family wash their dead. Armita’s relatives were there. Her mother and sister arrived a little later. People would come forth, introduce themselves and get acquainted. Among those who came forth and exchanged greetings was Manzar Khanom, holding her children's pictures. She and I exited together, sat in her car, and drove to the graveside. As she was holding the photos of her children, the security guard snatched them from behind. She rushed to get them back. Afterward, she folded the photos and put them back in her bag. After that, we suddenly saw them dragging a young woman who was standing next to me on the ground. I pulled her back, as did others, until she was in our midst, a few rows ahead. They covered her hair with a scarf and did what was necessary to conceal her...A few moments later, they dragged Manzar, I stepped forward to pull her back, they dragged both of us on the ground and took us. When they forced us into the van, we realized that they had arrested others before us. The van was almost full. I sat next to the door and refused to step in. They used a stun gun, delivering multiple shocks to my legs. I didn't budge. For a reason. I could see the tears in the eyes of the woman standing in front of the van and was expecting arrest. They had no more room. Later, one of my ward mates told me that her friend had left a message for her family. She had asked them to thank me for sitting in front of the van, saying: <There was no room for them to arrest me, so they freed me.> From Zahra's Paradise, they took us to the Vozara Detention Center.
A wind, as carefree as young children at play, caressed our hair. Manzar Khanom and I, aged 65 and 60, categorically refused to wear headscarves. After a while, those younger than us would hesitantly don a headscarf in between entering and exiting the prosecutor's office so that perhaps they might be freed. The men at the prosecutor's office would abandon their stations, come out one after another and stare at us with wide eyes. We had done the simplest thing in the world. We were just casually sitting there but it was as if the gentlemen in the prosecutor's office were choking on their breath. They looked at us wondering what had come to pass. Every hour or so, they handcuffed Manzar and I to one another and told us they would take us back to Vozara Detention Center. Then, after a half hour or so, they told us to step out of the van, wear our headscarves and go back to the prosecutor's office for cross-examination. We refused and didn't go in. They repeated it again. On one of these occasions, as they were taking us back into the van, I told one of the officials to tell Mr. Qenaatkar I would complain against him as he did not have the authority to stop me from being prosecuted because I was not wearing a veil. In the throes of our deep sorrow, the grief of losing Armita, I who had refused to step into any court for years found myself insisting that I appear before the Evin prosecutor unveiled. A few of us, the accused women, had spent hours in the yard, effectively feminizing the Evin prosecutor's yard, without realizing what we had done. With our hair, we had thrown Evin, with its masculine and security atmosphere, into convulsions…
Iranwire - 7 Nov 2023
<<Women Arrested at Iranian Teen's Funeral Face Hasty Trial
Fourteen women who were arrested at the recent funeral of a 16-year-old Iranian girl were brought to Tehran's Revolutionary Court to face trial, an activist told IranWire. Armita Geravand fell, unconscious, on the platform of a Tehran metro station on October 1. She was taken to a hospital where she remained in a coma for 28 days. The authorities said the high school student had fallen and injured her head after suffering a sudden drop in blood pressure, but reports strongly suggest that she was physically assaulted for not wearing a head covering. During Armita's burial ceremony in Tehran on October 29, authorities assaulted mourners and arrested dozens of people, including prominent human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh.
Sotoudeh's husband, human rights activist Reza Khandan, told IranWire that 14 detained women were brought before Branch 26 of Tehran's Revolutionary Court on November 6. He also said that his wife’s case has been referred to the 29th Branch 29 of the Tehran Revolutionary Court.
The hasty trial of the women arrested at Armita's funeral has raised concerns among human rights activists that they might be tried collectively.
The women have been denied their basic rights while in custody.>>
Negar Ostad Agha
Jinha - Womens News Agency - 6 Nov 2023
<<Iranian journalist Negar Ostad Agha taken to Gharchak Prison
News Center- Negar Ostad Agha, a journalist and senior editor at Etemad Online, was arrested during the funeral of 16-year-old Armita Garawand, who was hospitalized after being physically attacked by Iran's morality police officers at Tehran Metro on October 1 for not complying with the compulsory <hijab> and died at Fajr Hospital on October 28. According to the local reports, Negar Ostad Agha was taken to Gharchak prison near Tehran on Sunday. After her arrest, her family threatened not to talk about her arrest. The reports say that no information has been received about her situation.>>
Egyptian support for Armita Garavand
Jinha - Womens News Agency - 6 Nov 2023 - by ASMAA FATHI
<<Egyptian activists: We must take action for Iranian women
Cairo- 16-year-old Armita Garavand, who was hospitalized after being physically attacked by Iran’s morality police officers at Tehran Metro on October 1 for not complying with the compulsory <hijab>, died at Fajr Hospital on October 28. Egyptian activists and feminists spoke to NuJINHA about the oppressive policies faced by women in Iran.
'They receive little international support'
Jawaher Taher, lawyer and head of the Access to Justice Program at the Center for Egyptian Women's Legal Assistance Foundation, said that gender-based violence cases have increased globally, noting that Iran is one of the countries where women's rights are constantly violated. <Violence against women in Iran has increased because of the compulsory hijab that suppresses and rejects women's freedom. The continuation of violence and oppression against women in Iran means that they receive little international support.>
'Campaigns made an overwhelming impression'
Jawaher Taher thinks other countries should put pressure on Iran to end rights violations against women. Speaking about the international campaigns launched by Arab and Iranian feminists, she said, <These campaigns made an overwhelming impression in Egypt and Iran. Such campaigns should be launched more because they reveal what has been happening in Iran.>
'There is a need for an opposition movement'
Nasima al-Khatib, lawyer and founder of the Sanad, an Egyptian initiative fighting gender-based violence, confirmed that femicide cases in public spaces in Egypt and a number of measures were taken to protect women and achieve justice for killed women. <However, the situation in Iran is different because the perpetrators of the crimes committed against women are police and Iranian authorities. Women living in Iran still face an oppressive regime and violence. There is a need for an opposition movement that changes the reality of women and takes measures to protect women so that women can enjoy their freedom.> Nasima al-Khatib called on women in Egypt and all around the world to <make efforts to ensure a better reality for women in Iran and Eastern Kurdistan.>
'Crimes against women spark our anger'
Feminist journalist Hajar Kamal told NuJINHA that crimes against women by Islamic Republic of Iran spark their anger. Recalling that Armita Geravand was just a 16-year-old student, she said, <The criminals were the police officers, who had to protect individuals. The reasons for her killing were inhumane and against human rights. Using violence until she went into a coma is a crime. Forcing women to wear hijab is a violation of human rights. Women have the right to wear whatever they want. Women have the right to decide about their bodies. The international community must take urgent action to prevent the Iranian regime from committing crimes against women.> Speaking about the dangerous situation faced by women and girls in Iran and Eastern Kurdistan, she said, <The world must rise up to save the lives of girls from this oppressive regime. Feminists have an important role in the fight against these oppressive authorities that violate human rights and especially women's rights. Urgent action must be taken for Iranian women, who are shackled by the restrictions of the ruling authority>.>>
Source incl. 3 videos:
Women's Liberation Front 2019/cryfreedom.net 2023