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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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.
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 - Women committee - in Women's news - September 6, 2023
<<Mahboubeh Roshandel, 30, Hanged in the Central Prison of Mashhad
Mahboubeh Roshandel executed in Vakilabad Prison
A woman was hanged in the Central Prison of Mashhad, aka Vakilabad Prison, on Monday morning, September 4, 2023. The unfortunate woman was Mahboubeh Roshandel, 30, the mother of a 3-year-old child. Convicted of murder, Mahboubeh Roshandel had been imprisoned for three years in the women's ward of Vakilabad Prison without having the chance to see her child. Mahboubeh Roshandel is the 218th woman to be executed in Iran since 2007, according to the data compiled by the NCRI Women's Committee.
The world's record holder of the executions of women
The Iranian regime is the world's top record holder of the executions of women. The Women's Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran has compiled these women's names in a list called <List of Women Executed in Iran since 2007.> No government in the world has executed so many women. The list does not account for the tens of thousands of women executed in Iran on political grounds. The Iranian regime is the world's top record holder of executions of women. The NCRI Women's Committee has previously mentioned that many women executed by the mullahs' regime are victims of domestic violence against women and have acted in self-defense.>>
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Opinion by Gino d'Artali: It is written in the Holy Quran that one can kill out of self-defense and in the cases of women killing their husband or partner because of domestic violence she has all the right to do so to defend herself, even if that leads to the death of the husband or partner. And I know what I'm talking about because my dearest mother, who to my deepest grief passed away, was a victim for 15 years and I a witness of cruel domestic violence. On later years I did consider becoming a serial killer of men who physically abuse women but lucky them I became a visual artist; poet; journalist and women's rights activist.
NCRI - Women committee - in Women's news - August 12, 2023
<<Roqieh Abedini hanged in Hamedan - the new victim of executions in Iran
At dawn on Thursday, August 10, 2023, two prisoners, including a woman, were hanged in Hamedan prison. The identities of the two prisoners were verified as Roqieh Abedini and Afshin Rahim Hedayat. Roqieh Abedini, 40 years old and from Tabriz, was sentenced to death due to charges related to drugs and murder. Roqieh Abedini was arrested three years ago on the charge of murdering her husband in Hamedan and was sentenced to death by judicial authorities. Until the moment of writing this report, the execution of these two prisoners has not been announced by state media or official sources in Iran. Based on the information and data compiled by the NCRI Women's Committee, the execution of Roqieh Abedini brings the number of women executed in Iran since 2007 to 217.
The Iranian regime is the world's top record holder of the executions of women.
The Womenís Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran has compiled these women's names in a list called <List of Women Executed in Iran since 2007.> No government in the world has executed so many women. The list does not account for the tens of thousands of women executed in Iran on political grounds. The Iranian regime is the world's top record holder of executions of women. The NCRI Women's Committee has previously mentioned that many women executed by the mullahs' regime are victims of domestic violence against women and have acted in self-defense. An average of 15 women are executed in Iran per year>>
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Iranwire - August 11, 2023
Six More Prisoners Hanged in Iran amid Spike in Executions
The Iranian authorities executed six more people this week, bringing the total number of executions since the beginning of the year to at least 455, human rights activists say. Four prisoners sentenced to death on drug-related charges were hanged on August 6 in Karaj Central Prison, near Tehran, according to the Haalvsh human rights website. In the north-eastern city of Mashhad, two Baluch prisoners were hanged on August 10 without the knowledge of their families. The pair had also been sentenced to capital punishment on drug-related grounds. Iran sees a surge in executions following months of nationwide protests sparked by the September 2022 death in police custody of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini. Human rights groups say the rise reflects an effort by the Islamic Republic to <instill fear> among anti-establishment protesters. According to the Norway-based Iran Human Rights (IHR) group and France's Together Against the Death Penalty (ECPM), Iranian authorities executed at least 582 people in 2022, 75 percent more people than the previous year. As many as 174 Baluch prisoners were among those executed last year, representing more than a third of all executions in the country.>>
Iran Human Rights - August 8, 2023
<<Juvenile Offender Yaser Fathi Obtains Extension in Death Penalty Case
Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO); August 8, 2023: Juvenile offender Yaser Fathi who was transferred to solitary confinement in preparation for his execution in Zanjan Central Prison, has been returned to his cell after obtaining an extension from the plaintiffs in the case. According to information obtained by Iran Human Rights, Yaser Fathi was returned to his cell in the middle of the night after obtaining an extension in his case. The juvenile offender is alleged to have committed a murder during a group fight when he was 17 years of age. He was sentenced to qisas (retribution-in-kind) for murder. Yesterday, Iran Human Rights reported that Yaser was transferred to solitary confinement in preparation for his execution on 6 August 2023.
An informed source told Iran Human Rights: <Yaser Fathi was returned to his cell and two charities are to help him pay the diya set by the plaintiffs within a month.> Those charged with the umbrella term of <intentional murder> are sentenced to qisas (retribution-in-kind) regardless of intent or circumstances due to a lack of grading in law. Once a defendant has been convicted, the victimís family are required to choose between death as retribution, diya (blood money) or forgiveness. In Yaser's case, the family have agreed to accept diya in lieu of execution if he can come up with the amount they have set within a month. While the judiciary sets an annual indicative amount, there is no upper cap and plaintiffs may demand however much they desire. Though charities help in some cases, many have been sent to the gallows over the years because their families could not afford the set diya.
It is important to note that Yaser remains at risk of execution while his death sentence is enforceable.
According to Article 91 of the new Islamic Penal Code, passed in 2013, <In the cases of offences punishable by hadd or qisas, if mature people under eighteen years do not realise the nature of the crime committed or its prohibition, or if there is uncertainty about their full mental development, according to their age, they shall be sentenced to the punishments prescribed in this chapter.> The note to the Article gives judges the power to determine the defendant's mental capacity: <The court may ask the opinion of forensic medicine or resort to any other method that it sees appropriate in order to establish the full mental development.> Iran is one of the few countries in the world that still carries out the death penalty for juvenile offenders. The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights which the Islamic Republic is a signatory to, prohibits the issuance and implementation of the death penalty for crimes committed by an individual below 18 years of age. According to Iran Human Rights' reports, at least 68 juvenile offenders were executed between 2010 and 2022 in Iran. International reports show that the Islamic Republic is responsible for 70% of juvenile executions in the last 33 years. The Convention on the Rights of the Child, which the Islamic Republic is also a signatory to, explicitly states that <Neither capital punishment nor life imprisonment without possibility of release shall be imposed for offences committed by persons below eighteen years of age.> However, the new Islamic Penal Code adopted in 2013 explicitly defines the <age of criminal responsibility> for children as the age of maturity under Sharia law, meaning that girls over 9 lunar years of age and boys over 15 lunar years of age are eligible for execution if convicted of <crimes against God> (such as apostasy) or <retribution crimes> (such as murder).>>
Iran Human Rights - August 7, 2023
<<Rajai Shahr Prison Closure; Intentional Destruction of Evidence of Crimes Against Humanity
Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO); August 7, 2023: State media have reported the evacuation and closure of Rajai Shahr (Gohardasht) Prison. This is while the prison is the site of the mass atrocities committed throughout the 1980s and the 1988 prison massacre of political prisoners. Last year, a Swedish court sentenced Hamid Noury to life imprisonment for his role in the massacre at the prison. Iran Human Rights calls for urgent action to stop the demolition of the prison and the destruction of evidence of crimes at the prison which reached its peak in the 1988 massacre. Director, Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam said: <Gohardasht Prison is the place where crimes against humanity were committed by those who currently hold key positions in the Islamic Republic. We still donít know the full scope of those crimes and destroying the evidence is without doubt one of the key motivations behind its closure. The justice movement, Iranian civil society and the international community must do everything in their power to prevent the prisonís demolition.> According to state media, the Head of Judiciary, Mohsen Ejei, ordered the closure of the prison on 6 April 2023, with the evacuations starting on 1 July and ending on 5 August. An informed source told Iran Human Rights: <Prison authorities told the prisoners that the prison had been sold for 10,000 billion tomans (Ä200 million) without naming the buyer and would soon be evacuated.> The closure and impending demolition of the prison is taking place after a Swedish court sentenced Hamid Noury to life imprisonment for his role in the 1988 Massacre last year and his case is currently at the appeal stage. As well as being the location of mass executions in the 1980s, the prison has also been the location of thousands of executions in the last three decades. According to data collected by Iran Human Rights, at least 530 executions took place just for murder charges at the prison between 2015-2022. Authorities have claimed that the prison closure and transfers are <in line with the implementation of the law on transferring existing prisons and educational centres outside of cities (approved on 28 November 2001).> However, evidence shows that Rajai Shahr Prison's evacuation is part of the intentional and systematic efforts by Islamic Republic authorities to erase all traces of the crimes they have committed at the prison throughout their years in power, particularly that of the 1988 prison massacre. Such crimes are not restricted to just Rajai Shahr Prison. Furthermore, in a visit to Mashhad in February, the Head of Judiciary announced Mashhad Central Prison would also be closed and moved to the outskirts of the city. Mashhad Central Prison is another prison where mass atrocities took place in the 1980s.
In an official letter to
Ruhollah Khomeini, his deputy, Hosseinali Montazeri specifically raised
the issue of female prisoners being tortured and raped at the prison at
the time. The letter which was written in the summer of 1988, reads: <Do
you know that in Mashhad Prison, around 25 girls had to have their
ovaries or uterus removed because of what was done to them? Do you know
that in some Islamic Republic prisons, young girls are forcibly raped?>
There have also been multiple reports of government efforts to destroy
Khavaran cemetery over the years and specifically over the last three
years. Thousands of political prisoners executed in the 1988 Massacre
were buried in mass graves in Khavaran without names and place markings.
Last year, hundreds of the families of the victims of the Islamic Republic called on the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to prevent the <destruction and any manipulation> of Khavaran Cemetery by the authorities.>>
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Iranwire - August 4, 2023 - by PAYAM YOUNESIPOUR
<<Vafaei Sani, the Iranian Boxing Champion Sentenced to Death
Lawyer Babak Paknia confirmed on July 31 that a court has confirmed the death sentence against Mohammad Javad Vafaei Sani, a 27-year-old boxer arrested for taking part in nationwide unrest in November 2019. Paknia said that Branch 4 of the Mashhad Revolutionary Court issued the death sentence in first instance, but the Supreme Court overturned the ruling and sent the case back to court for retrial. Last month, Branch 2 of the Revolutionary Court maintained the death penalty. Paknia said he planned to file an appeal against that judgment.
Who Is Vafaei Sani?
He was arrested in Mashhad in March 2020 for participating in protests sparked by a governmental decision to raise gasoline prices and in demonstrations over the January 2020 downing of a Ukrainian airliner by Iranian forces.
He was aged 23.
In the north-eastern city, Vafaei Sani holds a reputation as a boxing champion. He won the provincial title at both the elementary and adult levels.
Hossein Souri, the former president of the national boxing federation who moved to Spain in November 2022 in support of anti-government protests that swept Iran for months, confirmed that Vafaei Sani was a professional boxer. <I knew him as the boxing champion of the province in the past years. The young man showed great promise, although he was not invited to the national team camps before his arrest,> Souri said. Vafaei Sani had been actively involved in coaching boxing at various clubs since the age of 21 and dedicated part of his time to teaching boxing and self-defense to working children, sources in Mashhad told IranWire.
What Do We Know about the Verdict?
Vafaei Sani was arrested by agents of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and endured 65 days of both physical and mental torture. On January 9, 2022, Branch 4 of the Mashhad Revolutionary Court charged him with <corruption on Earth,> according to the Iranian Human Rights Center. The boxer was accused of <incitement and deliberate destruction of government buildings> and <connections with the People's Mojahedin Organization,> an opposition group. The defendant denied the accusations. The court presided over by Judge Hadi Mansouri subsequently sentenced him to death. The European Union, the United Kingdom and Canada have sanctioned Mansouri for his involvement in serious human rights violations.
His infamous rulings also include the death sentence pronounced against a protester named Mojidreza Rahnavard and an 18-year prison term against political activist Fatemeh Sepehri. In December 2022, Branch 9 of the Supreme Court overturned the death sentence of Vafaei Sani and sent the case back to court for a new judgment. Finally, on July 24, Branch 2 of the Mashhad Revolutionary Court upheld the death sentence.
A Government that Executes Athletes
In recent years, the Islamic Republic carried out executions against athletes such as Navid Afkari. He was executed on September 12, 2020, for his alleged involvement in the murder of a security officer during the 2018 protests. The International Olympic Committee and world sports federations issued statements condemning the execution. Mohammed Mahdi Karmi, a holder of more than 10 karate championship titles and a national runner-up, was executed on January 7, 2023, over the killing of a member of the paramilitary Basij force during nationwide protests. Karmi was handed the death penalty after repeatedly denying the charges against him and claiming to have been coerced into false confessions. Other Iranian athletes have lost their lives at the hands of security forces during protests. Ali Mozafari of the Saipa volleyball club was shot and killed during protests in the city of Qochan on September 21, 2022. Mohammed Ghaemifar, the goalkeeper of a football club in the southern city of Dezful, was hit by more than 40 pellets after being shot from behind. He survived for 15 days before succumbing to his injuries. Ehsan Ghasemifar, a 32-year-old bodybuilder from Karaj, near Tehran, won multiple provincial and national championships and also competed internationally. Ghasemifar had gone out shopping while participating in a live Instagram program when he was surrounded by government forces. A few hours later, the athlete's lifeless body was handed over to his family, which was pressured by security agencies to say he had succumbed to a <heart attack.> Despite the alarming number of executions and murders perpetrated by the government, international sports organizations have remained silent on human rights violations against Iranian athletes.>>
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