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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
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WOMEN'S REVOLUTIONISTS against
by Gino d'Artali:
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 - 27 Nov 2023 - by SOLMAZ EIKDAR
<<Tehran Hijab Enforcer: <I Need This Job to Feed My Children>
Zeinab, a single mother of three, is among women in Tehran who dedicate eight hours a day to safeguarding <chastity of society.> Ismail, a resident of northern Tehran, spends his evenings patrolling the streets of northern Tehran to record the license plate numbers of vehicles in which women are not wearing the mandatory hijab. These individuals are referred to as <hijab enforcers> by Islamic Republic officials. Zeinab and other women from her neighborhood underwent several training sessions before embarking in July on her mission to warn women with uncovered hair. She is part of a network responsible for <photographing and documenting> non-compliant individuals. Interior Minister Ahmad Vahidi denied issuing permits to individuals involved in the <Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice,> claiming their engagement was "spontaneous.> And on November 24, he acknowledged that such an activity is a public duty. Two days later, Etemad newspaper revealed a confidential document showing that hijab enforcers are organized under Vahidi's supervision to <suppress> women. In an interview with IranWire, Zeinab explains that she was forced to fend for her two daughters and her son alone after her husband abandoned the family. Desperate to make ends meet, she responded to a job opportunity suggested to her by a woman she worked for as a home cleaner. This job, described as a mission to safeguard <the chastity of society,> offered a prospect of financial security, with a monthly income and material benefits worth approximately 13 million tomans ($260). Days after the woman introduced Zeinab to her husband, she was invited to participate in preparatory classes to become a hijab enforcer. The classes began with lectures on hijab, described as a divine obligation, and the principles of the <Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice.> Subsequent sessions focused on practical aspects of the job, emphasizing the importance of maintaining a group presence, avoiding confrontation with women who do not adhere to the strict dress code, and utilizing photography to document instances of non-compliance. Zeinab and her fellow hijab enforcers then embarked on eight-hour patrols across Tehran, reminding women to cover their hair appropriately. <We only warn,> Zainab says. <We say, 'My lady, my dear, your hijab, scarf, or shawl.'> Each group of hijab enforcers typically consist of eight women accompanied by several men. The men largely remain on the sidelines, but when a conflict arises between enforcers and defiant women they step in to support the female enforcers. Zeinab acknowledges that occasional clashes occur during her patrols. <We have been told that if we harm someone, we must be held accountable, and the headquarters will deny any connection with us,> she explains. <From the very first day, they said that if we hit someone, we would be responsible for it.> <I won't get involved in any conflicts because I need this job to feed my children. If something happens, no one would give a piece of bread to my children,> the woman adds. Ismail tells IranWire that he works for eight to 10 hours daily in a poultry farm in Shahriar, near Tehran. After this job, he commutes to the capital, where he monitors and reports license plates of vehicles carrying women without head covering. Ismail says he has received a <monitoring software> from the local paramilitary Basij force to identify cars with <bareheaded women.> For over four months, he has reported instances of "hijab violations" in the north of Tehran five days a week. <The rich people in the north of Tehran are the agents of the West, the Israeli and American staff, trampling on the blood of my martyred father and people like me,> he says.
Ismail's father died in the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s.
The man, who claims not to receive any money for his work, expresses frustration about being limited to reporting 40 cars every 24 hours. <Some days it takes me two hours to reach Niavaran neighborhood and half an hour to record the plate numbers of 40 cars. I input them into the software and then I have to go back.> Ismail acknowledges that despite the intensifying crackdown on women without head covering, their number has not decreased. He attributes this to the judiciary's lack of decisive action and the constraints put on the Basij force. <If they had left us, we would have put a scarf and a chador on women's heads; it only takes a little determination and force,> he says.>>
Opinion by Gino d'Artali: I do understand the people needing a job but what they earn is 'bloodmoney' really because it will not bring back our dear sister Armita Gevarnand, Jina Amini and all the other sisters who were killed by the mullahs' regime or its shia followers/murderers!
Iranwire - 22 Nov 2023
<<Iranian Journalist Shokrani Faces New Legal Case
Maryam Shokrani, the economic editor of Iran's Shargh newspaper, has announced that a new legal case was filed against her. Shokrani said on Instagram on November 22 that the case was referred to Branch 1058 of the Culture and Media Prosecutor's Office <without investigation.> The journalist also said she hadn't been given a chance to present her defense. This is the second case filed against Shokrani in recent weeks. Shokrani announced earlier she had been summoned to Branch 16 of the Tehran Culture and Media Prosecutor's Office, adding that she was unaware of the complaint's subject matter. The cases were opened against Shokrani amid a wider crackdown on journalists who have reported on the death of Armita Geravand, a 16-year-old girl who was assaulted at a Tehran metro station on October 1 for not wearing a headscarf. Armita died after being in a coma for 28 days. Several other journalists have also been summoned or arrested for their coverage of her death. They include Sara Masoumi, Milad Alavi, and Omid Tosheh. Negar Ostad Agha, a member of Etimad Online's editorial team, has been arrested for attending Geravand's funeral.>>
Iranwire - 22 Nov 2023
<<Iranian Activist Ronaghi Faces New Charges
Former political prisoner and civil activist Hossein Ronaghi says he has been summoned by the Iranian judiciary to face new accusations. On November 21, Ronaghi posted an image of the summons on the social media platform X, accompanied by a caption stating: <I have been summoned to Branch 1 of the Evin Prosecutor's Office regarding new charges and a new case.> <We are unaware of the specifics of the accusation or the new case, but I will go to the prosecutor's office in the coming days. It is likely that the new case is related to my statements regarding the killing of Armita Geravand,> he added. Armita is a 16-year-old girl who was assaulted at a Tehran metro station on October 1 for not wearing a headscarf. She died after being in a coma for 28 days. Following Armita's death, Ronaghi denounced the <killing> of the teenager. Ronaghi has been arrested and convicted multiple times in the past. His most recent arrest occurred in the early days of the nationwide protests that erupted in September 2022.
Ronaghi was released from prison on bail on November 26 of last year.>>
Iranwire - Nov 20, 2023 - By MARYAM DEHKORDI
<<Suppression of Women's Rights in Iran Intensifies
The UN General Assembly's committee on social, humanitarian and cultural issues approved a Canada-drafted resolution earlier this week that condemns the widespread and serious human rights violations being committed by the Islamic Republic of Iran. The resolution highlighted the plight of Iranian women who face systematic discrimination and oppression. One of the most egregious examples of this oppression is the requirement for women and girls to wear a headscarf in public, which is a source of ongoing protest. This report details the experiences of Iranian women who have been subjected to abuse at the hands of the security forces in the past weeks for simply exercising their basic rights and freedoms.
Urmia, October 2023
<I was utterly exhausted. I was going home after a long day at work. My energy was completely drained. While waiting at a red light, I instinctively reached for a cigarette. I had just started smoking when I noticed a police officer calling my license plate. They instructed me to pull over.> This incident is recounted by a woman living in the northwestern city of Urmia: <The officer inquired, 'Do you smoke?' His tone was laced with disapproval. 'Aren't you ashamed? A woman smoking in the street?' I was taken aback by his judgmental attitude. He continued: 'If you fail to abide by hijab regulations and don't seek treatment for your smoking habit, you're corrupting society.' Then he fined me.> She later experienced a similar experience: <I was fined once again for smoking behind the wheel. I asked the police officer: 'Do you fine men for smoking in their cars?' He didn't respond and threatened to impound my car.>
Instances of women being fined for smoking behind the wheel have been reported in other Iranian cities.
Tehran, October 2023
According to Zohreh, a veteran women's rights activist, Iran is <regressing rapidly to the dark ages of the 1980s.>
Zohreh recounts an incident that highlights the escalating repression against women: <In broad daylight, I was violently accosted by plainclothes officers for simply applying lipstick. It was midday, and I was waiting for my husband in central Tehran. I glanced at myself in the rearview mirror, noticing that my makeup had smudged during the day. I took out my lipstick from my bag and retouched my lips. Suddenly, an unidentified individual approached my car and began hurling insults. I was taken aback by his aggressive behavior; he could have been my son.>
Tehran, November 2023
On November 16, Iran marked the third anniversary of the 2019 brutal crackdown on protests that left many people dead and injured. Coinciding with these commemorations, images of undercover officers enforcing mandatory hijab rules have emerged from the streets of Tehran. Photos from western Tehran capture the presence of black-clad women and armed men confronting women who did not wear a headscarf. Initially concentrated in metro stations in the city center, this practice has spread to other parts of the capital. IranWire received multiple reports of violent confrontations between women and black-clad officers stationed in metro stations in the city center. The plainclothes officers bore no insignia and had cameras attached to their clothing. <I enter the metro at Theater Station,> says a woman named Pardis. <There are two women and one man or three men standing at the metro entrances and exits....you have to turn around and change your path to avoid them. But even if you succeed, you will eventually encounter them somewhere inside the station.> Pardis says that the officers took pictures of women's faces: <It's unclear why they are taking pictures. They started at Theater Station because students from Tehran University, the University of Arts and other universities pass through there. They have now spread like a virus.> <They are conquering the city both on foot and by car. At Theater Station, a bearded man is standing with a cell phone and a flashlight, taking pictures and videos. Police are also present but they don't intervene...I witnessed one of [hijab enforcement officers] punching a woman in the face.> According to Pardis, at least 15 bearded officers are stationed in front of the metro gates, creating an atmosphere of fear.
<There are six exits, each with at least two or three officers standing guard. What bothers me most is not the insults or the shouting, but other people's indifference,> she says.>>
Iranwire - 20 Nov 2023
<<Iranian Actress Who Supported Protests Handed Suspended Prison Sentence
An Iranian court has sentenced Hanieh Tavassoli, a renowned film actress, to six months in prison for voicing support for nationwide protests last year, her lawyer says. In a statement on social media on November 19, lawyer Maryam Kian Ersi said the sentence would be suspended for a period of three years. Tavassoli, 44, was arrested at her home in mid-September this year and released on bail the following day, after speaking out against the government's crackdown on dissent and expressing solidarity with victims of human rights abuses. She was charged with <publishing content contrary to reality with the intention of disturbing the public mind.> In a recent Instagram post, Tavassoli shared pictures of summonses she had received from the authorities. One of them related to social media posts in which she expressed sympathy for the family of Armita Geravand, a 16-
year-old girl who was assaulted at a Tehran metro station on October 1 for not wearing a headscarf. Armita died after being in a coma for 28 days.>>
NCRI - Womens committee - 16 Nov 2023 - in Women's News
<<More Hijab Patrols Recruited in Tehran Metro Stations
Iranian state media have reported an increase in the number of Hijab patrols in Tehran's metro stations.
On August 6, Iranian media wrote about the recruitment of 400 Hijab patrols with a monthly salary of 120 million Rials by Tehran's municipality.
As claimed by regime officials, the duty of these oppressive forces is to issue verbal warnings and prevent unveiled individuals from entering the metro, reporting them to the police in case of resistance. Paying such high salaries to suppressive forces targeting women comes at a time when, according to the Supreme Labor Council's decision, the minimum monthly wage for Iranian workers in the current Iranian year of 1402 is less than 50 million rials. Unprecedented inflation and soaring prices have placed immense burdens on workers and laborers. Heart-wrenching scenes of men, women, and children rummaging through garbage bins for their meager sustenance trouble the conscience of any human being, except for the ruling mullahs and the criminal authorities who have abandoned all sense of humanity. In October, Armita Geravand, an innocent 17-year-old student, lost her life after she was assaulted by Hijab patrols in a metro wagon in Tehran. The clerical regime's parliament has adopted a new Hijab and Chastity Bill containing 70 articles that impose draconian restrictions and punishments on women who defy the compulsory Hijab and the businesses that allow women to do so. The NCRI Women's Committee calls on all freedom-loving youth to stand against these oppressive measures targeting noble women and urges defenders of human and women's rights to condemn these actions under the pretext of combatting improper veiling. During the 2022 uprising, Iranian women demonstrated with slogans like <With or without hijab, we march towards revolution,> proving that attaining gender equality and minimum women’s rights is contingent upon overthrowing the religious fascism ruling Iran. As Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), has declared, <No to compulsory religion, no to compulsory hijab, and no to compulsory government.> >>
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