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
'Facing Faces and
Facts 1-2' (2022) to commemorate the above named and more and food for
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Amini or Zhina Mahsa Amini (Kurdistan-Iran) and the Zan,
zendagi, Azadi (Women, life, freedom) revolution in Iran
BIOLOGICAL TERROR ATTACKS
BLINDING AS A WEAPON
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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.>
Note by Gino d'Artali: The Zan, zendagi, azadi!> (Women, life,
freedom) has just started and will only then end when khamenei and his
puppets i.e. the morality police and the basijis give way or go away!!
So here is where the protests continue and I'll continue to inform you about it. That's my pledge.
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Iranwire - October 10, 2023
<<International Volunteers Probe Iran School Poisonings - But No Answers Yet
More than 10 months after the start of what UN experts described as <targeted chemical attacks> against girls' schools across Iran, the cause of the sudden illness of thousands of pupils still remains a mystery. In an attempt to shed light on the reasons for the chain poisonings, which broke out last year amid nationwide protests led by women and girls, a coalition of doctors, pharmacists, scientists and activists inside and outside Iran has collected information and samples from victims and regarding poisoning cases. The intention is to conduct medical analyses and testing. The Investigation Alliance of Chemical Attacks in Iran (IACAI) includes the US-based International Iranian Physicians and Healthcare Providers Association (IIPHA), the Volunteer Doctors of Kurdistan, the French-based We Are Iranian Students (WAIS) and Canada's All 4 Iran, among other organizations.
<This group consists of 17 members and includes doctors from all over the world, as well as organizations and associations dedicated to healthcare from across the globe. It's a coalition of 10 organizations,> IACAI spokeswoman Soheila Anzali tells IranWire in a telephone interview from Germany.
The poisonings were first reported in the city of Qom in late November 2022, only a few weeks after the eruption of the Women, Life, Freedom protest movement. The poisoning cases spread to hundreds of schools, leaving as many as 13,000 girls with symptoms including coughing, difficulty breathing, nose and throat irritation, heart palpitations, headaches, nausea, vomiting and numbness in limbs. The latest such incident was reported in Tehran province on October 7 of this year - meaning that the situation remains active. Iranian authorities have failed to adequately investigate and end the attacks, and some officials dismissed girls' symptoms as <stress,> <excitement> or <mental contagion.> But many Iranians and human rights activists believe schoolgirls have been intentionally targeted for their involvement in nationwide protests sparked by the September 2022 death in police custody of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini. Anzali says the IACAI <has been collecting epidemiological data from students affected, mapping the geographical distribution of the schools targeted and scrutinizing the symptoms of poisonous gas exposure from students.> For that, the alliance <distributed questionnaires to students in Iran for reporting their experiences> and <started collecting samples from children's clothing and garments, such as robes, hijabs, scarves, and other fabrics, to detect any odors.>
The alliance has also obtained hair samples which are being tested.
<It is likely that we will receive the laboratory results by the end of this month,> Anzali says, expressing confidence that they will <eventually provide a conclusive answer> on whether nerve agents were used against Iranian girls. The IACAI will also prepare a report with its findings to be presented to the United Nations, which she hopes will <trigger meaningful action> by the international community.>>
JINHA - Womens News Agency - October 3, 2023, - by SAİDA ŞİRZAD
<<Families in Iran worry about sending their daughters to school
Sanandaj- Protests erupted in Iran and Rojhelat Kurdistan following the killing of Jina Mahsa Amini in Tehran by Iran's so-called <morality police>. The protesters taking to the streets have demanded the overthrow of the Iranian regime. The Islamic Republic of Iran has used inhuman practices such as execution, arrest, torture, murder, kidnapping, and poisoning schoolgirls to suppress the protests. Despite everything, people still take to the streets of Iran and Rojhelat Kurdistan.
'Families are afraid that their daughters will be poisoned'
In Iran and Rojhelat Kurdistan, more than 7,000 schoolgirls were poisoned at girls' schools between November 2022 and March 2023. As the new academic year begins in Iran, families worry about sending their daughters to school due to last year's poisoning at girls' schools. NuJINHA spoke to psychologist B. about the chemical attacks on girls' schools and the concerns of families. <Families are afraid that their daughters will be poisoned at schools. This is what the government aimed to do. The aim of the chemical attacks on girls' schools was to have an illiterate generation of women so that women will not demand their rights.>
'The aim of the regime is to deprive girls of education'
Sociologist R. thinks the chemical attacks on girls schools were an attempt by the regime to keep women at home. <The aim of the poisonous gas attacks on girls' schools is to prevent girls from attending school. The chemical attacks create fear and panic among people,> she told NuJINHA.
'I am afraid that something will happen to her'
The mother of one of the students who was subjected to the chemical attack said, <When I learned that a chemical attack had been carried out against my daughter' school, I rushed there. I will never forget that day. When I arrived there, I saw my daughter and her friends having difficulties in breathing. Now, I am afraid that something will happen to her if I send her to school again.> Another mother said, <A poisonous gas attack was carried out against my daughter's school. We took her to hospital because she had difficulty breathing. At the hospital, I was worried about losing her and still I am worried about her.> >>
Iranwire - October 2, 2023
<<Poisonings at Iranian University amid Clampdown on Students, Professors
The repression against professors and university students deemed as critical to the Islamic Republic continues unabated in Iran. During the first week of the new academic year, at least nine male students and three female students were barred from entering Tehran's Amirkabir University of Technology, according to Amirkabir News Telegram Channel. A number of these students had previously been arrested by security agencies during nationwide protests sparked by Mahsa Amini's death in police custody in September last year. Amirkabir News Telegram Channel said that the university's security forces played a significant role in building a case against Alireza Baradaran Shoraka that led to his <unlawful> expulsion, despite the student's <excellent academic record.> The channel exposed the key involvement of university security departments in constructing cases against students, saying that security officers <provided personal information and profile photos of students to the police to facilitate their identification.> It has also noted that <the list of banned students at Amirkabir University is updated daily.> Many students have been excluded from universities on grounds such as <open cases in disciplinary committees and security reports,> in contravention of the universities' disciplinary regulations. University security officers have also prevented female students from entering the campus for non-compliance with mandatory hijab rules and threatened them with disciplinary action. The channel argued that security officers lack the authority to do this <under any provision or clause in the disciplinary code.> Students can only be barred from entry by an order from the university's disciplinary committee or a decree from its president.
Collective Resignation of Sharif University Professors from Trade Union Council
On September 30, the secretary and other members of the professors' union council at Tehran's Sharif University of Technology tendered their resignations in protest of the growing number of professors being dismissed. Over the past months, many prominent university professors have been expelled across Iran for supporting the protesting students and have been replaced by supporters of the government's policies. Vahid Karimi, a professor in the Faculty of Physics and the secretary of the Sharif University Professors Association, announced his decision to resign, citing a <summon> from an organization that is not affiliated with the university. This respected professor expressed his surprise at being summoned by an external security organization to discuss university issues, emphasizing that while he welcomes such discussions in his office, he views involvement of an external institution as a sign of disrespect for the entire academic faculty. Shortly after the publication of Karimi's letter, professors Saeed Shahrokhian from the Faculty of Chemistry and Fardin Jafarzadeh from the Faculty of Civil Engineering at Sharif University also resigned from the council. On the evening of September 30, professors Mahsohrab Rahwar from the Faculty of Physics and Ali Abedian from the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering also resigned from the Professors' Union Council of Sharif University.
Poisoning of Dozens of Students at Sabzevar University
On September 30, Mohammad Salari, the president of Sabzevar University of Medical Sciences in Razavi Khorasan Province, announced that 46 students were hospitalized after being poisoned two days earlier. Salari reported that <the condition of all the affected individuals> was stable. However, the cause of the poisoning and its source remained a mystery. Students attributed the poisoning to <spoiled food served in the student dormitory.> The Telegram channel of the country's student union councils quoted students from the university as saying that the <symptoms of poisoning appeared after pasta was distributed during dinner.> <The university officials not only refused to acknowledge the food poisoning....claiming that it was a flu or coronavirus symptom,> the report said. State news agencies and Tasnim News Agency, which is affiliated with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), initially quoted <informed sources> as suggesting that <viral poisoning may have affected the students> and ruled out food poisoning. After the president of Sabzevar University of Medical Sciences confirmed the food poisoning, Tasnim reported that students had been hospitalized with symptoms such as nausea, headaches and abdominal pain. During nationwide protests last year, thousands of Iranian university students and school children were hospitalized with symptoms of poisoning. Despite signs indicating intentional poisoning with some form of chemical gas in most of these incidents, officials at the Ministries of Science and Education attributed them to factors like <mass hysteria.> >>
JINHA - Womens News Agency - September 6, 2023 - by Siruşa Amin
<<Iranian government uses paramilitary groups against protesters
News Center- Recently, Salafist/ Wahhabi groups have attacked the people in many cities of Rojhelat (Eastern Kurdistan) with the support of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and security forces. Several days ago, these groups attacked young people in the city of Marivan. According to eyewitnesses, the identities of attackers were known, the government did not take any action against them but arrested the people protesting the attack.
They threaten people
Despite the ongoing protests and criticism by people and activists, these groups are supported by Iran's security forces. According to local sources, the Iranian government employs these groups and gives them weapons to suppress the protests, to threaten and intimidate citizens in the cities of Eastern Kurdistan. The local sources say that these groups previously received military training from the IRGC and carried out many attacks against civilians. The local people think the main aim of these groups is to suppress the <Jin, Jiyan, Azadi (English: Women, Life, Freedom> uprising and the reason why the Iranian regime uses them is the influence of Salafism in Eastern Kurdistan.
The lives of women and girls are at risk
There is a serious increase in the rate of violence against women and girls in Iran and Rojhelat. Recently, these groups have attacked women and girls with acid. The recent acid attacks on women and girls recall the series of acid attacks on women and girls in Isfahan in October 1993. Some men threw acid on the faces of women and girls for not wearing their hijabs properly. The acid attacks became a nightmare for many girls in Isfahan and other cities. Despite the protests and demands for identification of the attackers, the case was closed in 2017. Today, women and girls face the same attacks and their lives are at risk. The Iranian regime keeps creating terror in society. Despite everything, the people are determined to demand their freedom.>>
Iranwire - August 8, 2023
<<Iranian Students Jailed for Protesting School Poisonings
Two university students have been sentenced to one year in prison each for protesting a wave of poisonings that has affected thousands of schoolgirls across Iran. The United Students' Telegram channel said on August 8 that the Tehran Revolutionary Court convicted Hasti Amiri and Zia Nabavi of <propaganda activity> against the Islamic Republic. The case stemmed from a March 7 protest by students of Allameh Tabatabai University in response to poisonings that had targeted hundreds of girls' schools since November last year, in what Amnesty International described as <a campaign that appears to be highly coordinated and organized.> As many as 13,000 pupils have reportedly suffered symptoms including nausea, fainting, headaches, coughing, breathing difficulties and heart palpitations, with many requiring treatment in hospital. The attacks appear to target girls for their involvement in nationwide protests sparked by the September death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in police custody. Amiri and Nabavi were also prosecuted for their support for the <Woman, Life, Freedom> protest movement and advocacy against the death penalty.>>
All is important concerning the bio-war
against schoolgirls but this one is very important because .....<the
Independent International Fact-Finding Mission (FMM) on the Islamic
Republic> ....and <<The FFM is seriously concerned at the reports, just
two months after the protests started, of a series of alleged poisonings
in dozens of [girls'] schools in 28 provinces, affecting directly and
indirectly, the human rights of thousands of girls, including their
right to access education,> the Bangladeshi lawyer added. <Reports that
these may have been orchestrated as a means to punish girls for, or to
deter them from involvement in the protests, are being duly investigated
in the framework of our mandate.>
Read about all about <<Attempts to Derail Human Rights Council Session on Iran.... below
Iranwire - July 7, 2023 - by FARAMARZ DAVAR
<<Attempts to Derail Human Rights Council Session on Iran
223 days after the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) passed a resolution on November 24, 2022, to establish a fact-finding mission to investigate human rights violations in Iran, the council heard the mission's first oral update. The HRC and representatives of member states reviewed and commented on the report on July 5, with the Islamic Republic and its allies trying to disrupt the proceedings eight times. In her statement, Sara Hossain, chair of the Independent International Fact-Finding Mission (FMM) on the Islamic Republic of Iran told the HRC, representatives of member countries and human rights organizations that widespread violations of human rights continue to be perpetrated in the country. Hossain pointed out that seven men have been executed in connection with last year's nationwide protests <following hasty proceedings marred by serious allegations of fair trial violations, including confessions extracted under torture.> She also warned that reports continue to emerge of arrests and detentions of protesters, <including women and girls refusing to comply with the country's forced veiling laws.> <The FFM is seriously concerned at the reports, just two months after the protests started, of a series of alleged poisonings in dozens of [girls'] schools in 28 provinces, affecting directly and indirectly, the human rights of thousands of girls, including their right to access education,> the Bangladeshi lawyer added. <Reports that these may have been orchestrated as a means to punish girls for, or to deter them from involvement in the protests, are being duly investigated in the framework of our mandate.>
Iranian Representative Throws A Fit when Hearing Criticism
After the oral update by the FFM, Kazem Gharibabadi, the secretary of the Iranian judiciary's High Council for Human Rights who was once the Islamic Republic's permanent representative to the HRC, delivered an angry speech in which he rejected the establishment of the mission as <politically-motivated and unacceptable.> He then admonished the HRC for failing to investigate the riots in France that followed the shooting of a 17-year-old teenager by police. Of course, he ignored the fact that, unlike in Iran, police in France are not shooting protesters with battlefield guns. After claiming that the <riots> in Iran were instigated by think tanks in the West and were stirred up by foreign intelligence services and a <television network> outside the country, he angrily left the meeting and passed his baton to another representative of the Islamic Republic who, throughout the rest of session, tried to disrupt the meeting by raising objections. After the angry remarks by Gharibabadi, representatives of the council's 47 member states and non-governmental human rights organizations were each given 90 seconds to deliver comments. The representative of the Islamic Republic interrupted these speeches at least five times to object to the use of the word <regime> when referring to the Iranian government, calling it <disrespectful.> Venezuela, Russia and Zimbabwe also raised objections in support of the Islamic Republic. The chair of the meeting pointed out that the term <regime> was used during previous HRC meetings and told the Iranian representative he would no longer be allowed to disrupt the session. Nevertheless, the official interrupted speeches by member states in at least two instances, including when a representative of Ukraine criticized the Iranian government for sending armaments to Russia for use against Ukrainian civilians. This speech was also interrupted by the Russian representative. As a result of these interruptions by Iran and its backers, the session went overtime by half an hour.
The Majority Stood Against the Islamic Republic
The speakers in the HRC meeting fell into two groups: a majority that supported the FFM and spoke against violations of human rights in Iran, and a minority that supported the Islamic Republic's bloody crackdown on protesters. Finland, Ukraine, Spain, the United States, Britain, France, Israel, Iceland, Romania, Belgium, Albania, North Macedonia, Austria, Irelan, Malta, Australia and Luxembourg expressed extreme concern at the violations of human rights in Iran, the execution of protesters, the sexual assault of prisoners and detainees, arbitrary arrests, and, of course, the poisoning of schoolgirls. Meanwhile, representatives of North Korea, Russia, China, Cuba, Syria, Venezuela, Laos, Belarus, Nicaragua and Zimbabwe supported the Islamic Republic, calling the events in Iran an <internal> matter. The Islamic Republic tried to increase the number of its supporters by bringing representatives of two pseudo-NGOs to the meeting. One of them blamed the sanctions imposed on Iran for being responsible for the widespread protests, while the other organization emphasized the Islamic Republic's commitment to human rights. This session ended after speeches by Shaheen Sardar Ali of Pakistan and Viona Kristovich of Argentina. Both speakers called on the Islamic Republic to cancel the death sentences handed down in connection with the protests. FMM members asked the Islamic Republic to respect its commitments to human rights and to cooperate with the mission's mandate. As of now, the Islamic Republic has ruled out any cooperation with the fact-finding mission. The FFM is scheduled to present a comprehensive report on its findings to the Human Rights Council in March 2024, but it might not be its final report since the Islamic Republic continues to flagrantly violate human rights.>>
Iranwire - July 5, 2023
<<Outspoken Iranian Academic Handed Prison Term over Tweet
An Iranian court has sentenced prominent university professor and political analyst Sadegh Zibakalam to one year in prison for a tweet criticizing the government's response to a wave of poisonings at girls' school. Zibakalam said that Branch 1057 of Tehran Criminal Court sentenced him on June 27 for <spreading lies with the intention of manipulating public opinion.>
The conviction and sentence can be appealed.
Many activists have faced imprisonment for protesting over poison attacks that have sickened thousands of schoolgirls since they were first reported in November last year. During the peak of the attacks, Zibakalam wrote a tweet saying: <In 1979, we firmly believed that the system that replaced the imperial system was superior not only to the humanism of the West but also to the socialism of the East. It was envisioned as a new model for humanity.> <If someone had told us....that 44 years later, girls would fall victim to poisoning, what would our response have been?> he added.
Iranian officials have announced the arrest of several individuals in connection to the poisonings.>>
Opinon by Gino d'Artali: And all the authorities do about it is to arrest the wrong and innocent instead of the shia mullahs connected and the real guilty ones and lie themselves.
NCRI - June 26, 2023 - in Women's news
<<Setayesh Amiri detained in the terrifying Adelabad Prison after nearly 4 months
Setayesh Amiri, 17, a high school student from Larestan and a protester against the poisoning of students, remains detained without standing trial in the notorious Adelabad Prison of Shiraz, despite the passage of nearly 4 months since being arrested. Security services arrested Setayesh Amiri and her father in early March concerning the chemical attacks on the schools in Larestan Country, Fars Province, in southern Iran.
Erfaneh Honar, 19, and Setayesh Darougheh, 16, were also arrested with her but were later released.
Setayesh Amiri and her father, Ebrahim Amiri, were tortured to accept false allegations of having ties with <foreign media> and being involved in the <poisoning of students.> The false confessions extracted under torture from Setayesh Amiri and her father, Ebrahim Amiri, Setayesh Darugheh, Erfaneh Honar, and another man, Alireza Bagheri, were broadcast from the state TV. The confessions were seasoned with edited videos and unclear information.>>
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Iranwire - June 26, 2023
<<Students Face Physical Inspections, Threats during Exam Sessions
Security forces have disrupted the end-of-semester exam sessions in Tehran's Allameh Tabatabai University, subjecting the students to invasive physical searches and threatening women who did not strictly abide by compulsory headscarf rules. Iran's Student Union Council said on its Telegram channel that the university's security officers <repeatedly disrupted the order> by taking pictures of students and ordering strict adherence to hijab regulations. The examinees were threatened that their answer sheets would be withheld if they failed to comply, it added. According to testimonies from students, many women were unable to attend the exam sessions on time because they were subjected to intrusive searches under the pretext of physical inspection. The Student Union Council wrote that the security forces searched both male and female students using metal detectors. The students were prevented from entering the exam rooms with metallic objects, including belts. In recent months, the pressure on students has intensified through increased disciplinary measures, punishments imposed by the judicial system and heightened security measures in exam halls and dormitories. This can be attributed, in part, to the students' involvement in last year's nationwide protests. Many of those who participated in rallies have been summoned and subsequently faced severe penalties, including suspension or expulsion from university.>>
NCRI - Womens committee - in Women's news - June 24, 2023
<<Samin Nessari and Saba Eskandari - Two more female students are deprived of education
Samin Nessari has been suspended for 1.5 years Two female students, Samin Nessari and Saba Eskandari, have been temporarily banned from studying. Samin Nessari, a history undergraduate student at Kharazmi University in Tehran, has been sentenced by the university's disciplinary committee to a one-and-a-half-year suspension from education. Samin Nessari had also lost her previous semester because she was banned from entering the university. Furthermore, Saba Eskandari, a counseling and guidance student at the University of Tehran, has been deprived of education for 2.5 years by the university's preliminary council on charges of not observing compulsory hijab. Universities were at the forefront of the anti-regime protests during the 2022-2023 uprising. Consequently, the regime has stepped up pressure on universities under the pretext of enforcing the compulsory hijab. The confrontations with students have escalated to such an extent that students are promptly summoned and face expulsion or suspension from education if they fail to comply with the compulsory dress code or participate in any protest or gathering. On the other hand, the mullah's regime intends to shut down 82% of universities as part of its repressive measures against students. Mohammad Mehdi Dehghan, one of the officials from the Ministry of Science, stated, <Currently, there are 2,183 higher education institutions in Iran. However, the number is expected to be ultimately reduced to 400 universities. Only 18% of the existing educational centers will continue their activities, while 82% will be closed or merged.> (The state-run Tejaratnews.com, June 21, 2023)>>
NCRI - Women committee - in Monthlies - May 5, 2023
<<April 2023 Report - chemical attacks on Iranian schoolgirls
Authorities Turn a Blind Eye on Chemical Attacks on Iranian Schoolgirls
After five months, the chemical attacks on Iranian schoolgirls continue to threaten the lives of young women and girls in schools across Iran. The clerical regime has not taken any meaningful measures to stop the attacks. The chemical attacks on Iranian schoolgirls and students resumed after the Nowruz holidays, despite belated warnings from Ali Khamenei to arrest and punish the perpetrators of such heinous crimes. The clerical regime claimed to have arrested more than 100 individuals in early March. Still, they announced the names of only a few who appeared on TV making confessions that had been extracted from them under torture. The arrests failed to stop the chemical attacks on Iranian schoolgirls. The attacks have occurred in over 700 schools in over 160 cities across Iran. Various Health Ministry, MPs, and regime officials have put the number of students affected between 5,000 to 13,000. The number has increased since the announcements in February and early March.
Tragically, at least five children have lost their lives so far.
Social media have reported the deaths of Raha Hosseini, 9, in Isfahan in March and Mahna Rahimi Mehr in Saqqez, Kurdistan, in April due to the organized chemical attacks on girls' schools.
An 11-year-old student, Fatemeh Razaei, reportedly died due to the poisoning in February. A first grader named Roham Shahveisi died after a chemical attack on their school.
Unconfirmed reports indicated the deaths of two elementary schoolgirls in Marand, E. Azerbaijan province (NW Iran), Fatemeh Mehdizadeh and Shabnam Jamshidi, on March 7.
Karou Pashabadi, 16, from Kamyaran in Kermanshah Province, died on Friday, April 7, 2023, after being hospitalized for three weeks after inhaling poisonous gas.
Authorities Turn a Blind Eye on Chemical Attacks on Iranian Schoolgirls
The Iranian regime's response to these attacks has been appalling. Instead of taking swift action to investigate and stop the attacks, the regime has engaged in a denial campaign, blaming the enemies and foreign intelligence services for the attacks. The continued attacks on girls' high schools and the regime's inaction and cover-up attempts have left parents feeling helpless and concerned for their children's safety. Sometimes, parents took turns guarding the school from outside and inside the yard to protect their children from intruders who wanted to attack them with poisonous gas. Finally, after five months of keeping the public in the dark, the Ministry of Intelligence issued a declaration on April 28, denying using poisonous chemicals and claiming that the chemical attacks were mischief-making by students themselves!>>
Read more here:
or download the Monthly April report 2023 .pdf here
NCRI Women Committee - in Women's news - May 23, 2023
<<Eight medical students in Tabriz sentenced to academic suspension and exile
We have neither the right to education nor the right to live in the city we love
In the ongoing wave of suppression of students by the intelligence and security institutions of the Mullah regime, eight medical students in Tabriz have been sentenced to academic suspension and exile to the cities of Ahvaz, Semnan, Kashan, Urmia, and Ardabil. These unjust verdicts were issued after these students protested the widespread poisoning of schools during a gathering on March 7, 2023. Mir-Mehdi Mousavian, a medical student, has been sentenced to a 2-year academic suspension and exile to Semnan. Mohammad-Amin Soltanzadeh, a medical student at Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, has been sentenced by the Central Disciplinary Council of the Ministry of Health to a 3-term academic suspension and educational exile to the city of Kashan. Sohila Sepidedam, a pharmacy student, has been sentenced to a 4-term academic suspension and educational exile to Ahvaz.
Eight medical students in Tabriz sentenced to academic suspension and exile
Suspended students, clockwise from top left: Mir-Mehdi Moussavian, Mohammad-Amin Soltanzadeh, Reza Ansarian, and Ali Parvin
Ali Parvin, a student at Tabriz University of Medical Sciences studying pharmacy, has been sentenced by the Central Disciplinary Council of the Ministry of Health to a 3-term academic suspension and educational exile to the city of Ardabil. Elaheh Ashrafpour, a nursing student, has been sentenced to a 2-term academic suspension and educational exile to Urmia. And Reza Ansarian, a medical student at Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, has been sentenced to a 3-term academic suspension and educational exile to Urmia. After the widespread arrests and imprisonment of students who had been at the forefront of the 2022-2023 uprising, the Iranian regime has begun depriving students of education to exert more pressure on this intellectual and freedom-loving class. Among those who were denied education are a considerable number of female students.>>
Iranwire - By OMID SHAMS - May 9, 2023
<<Guerrilla Theater and Iran's Nationwide Protests
During at least three months after the nationwide protests started with the death of Mahsa Amini in the custody of morality police, international media outlets published pictures of women who cut off their hair and threw it to the ground or hanged their headscarves on sticks and burned them as a symbol of subjugation and misogyny. From the very first day, protest theater was ingrained in what has become known as the Mahsa Uprising.
On November 25, 2022, one could hear disturbing sounds like a funeral march or drumbeats of warning coming from the front of the Netherland’s Foreign Ministry. More than 20 members of the theatrical company Tales of A Revolution stood on white stands in the front of the ministry's building, with a blood drop painted on their faces. They played a march with bottles of mineral water and shouted <Shut down the Iranian embassy>, <Your silence is violence> and <Woman, Life, Freedom.> Also standing in front of the Foreign Ministry with an emaciated face and holding a petition scroll was Baluch activist Masoud Hamidi-Far, who for two weeks had staged a sit-in there in the harsh winter of the Netherlands. This powerful perfor-mance heightened the interest of the Dutch public, media outlets and eventually politicians in the events happening in Iran. On December 14, 2022, while voting for expelling the Islamic Republic from the UN Commission on the Status of Women was in progress, the US-based Iranian sculptor Ramin Etemadi Bozorg stood in the freezing cold of New York from 9:50 to 11:33, holding a big piece of red-colored ice, sculpted in the shape of Iran. The ice melted little by little into a small stream in the color of blood. With this powerful performance, he told the spectators that the distressful situation in Iran needs urgent attention and every moment of procrastination by politicians would cost the lives of tens of Iranians. Some of these performances are rooted in the most ancient rites of Iranian culture, in which cutting hair has been a ceremonial rite of Iranian women to mourn and protest. This rite has found its way into Iranian mythology and poetry, such as the story of Siavash, a mythological Iranian prince and a major figure in Ferdowsi's <Book of Kings,> whose unjust and tragic death is mourned by women who cut their hair. But the performers have also borrowed images, concepts or themes familiar to an international audience to make the situation in Iran more tangible for them. For instance, at the height of the protests, many pictures were posted online of protesting Iranian women in the streets who were dressed like characters in the TV series The Handmaid's Tale, an adaptation of a novel by Margaret Atwood that takes place in a fictitious totalitarian and patriarchal state by the name of the Republic of Gilead. In December 2022, a group of women, dressed like the handmaids in the TV series, held a demonstration in the US city of Seattle to protest against the Islamic Republic. On International Women's Day on March 8, 2023, in a march organized by the group Stage of Freedom in the center of London from the Palace of Westminster to the Iranian embassy in Kensington, women who were dressed like the characters in The Handmaid's Tale carried pictures of those killed during the protests in Iran. Some had a patch on one eye to remind people of hundreds of protesters who had been blinded by the security forces. This march, with women in red cloaks carrying pictures with the words <Woman, Life, Freedom,> was visually so impressive that the spectators could not help wanting to know more about it. On March 7, 2023, in response to a wave of chemical attacks on girls' schools across Iran, students staged a protest theater in the courtyard of Tabriz University. Female students, wearing black blindfolds reminiscent of protesters who had been executed, sat on the ground as security forces angrily milled around them. Then one of them started chanting: <We swear to your name, a name which is our watchword, that Mahsa's night will dawn with a hundred voices.> Then she put her hand on the shoulder of the students next to her who, in turn, raised their heads and joined the chant. The same thing was repeated when each student <woke up> the next student. When all the girls had joined hands, they <rose up> and this time sang the song more forcefully. Then two men with covered faces approached them, moved around them for a little while and then released a <gas> into the air. The girls started coughing. A woman entered the scene and helped one of them. A man entered the scene to help as well and then a woman, clad in full-length chador, ran to the girl who had been poisoned. At this point, they all held each other's hands and finished their song with more resonance: <Sing so that the city becomes the song of women! So that this country becomes our country!> >>
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Opinion by Gino d'Artali: this is a very long nd powerfull and more than convincing article to revolt against the Iranian dictatorship.
NCRI - Womens committee - May 8, 2023 - in Women's News
<<Raheleh Narouii arrested after following up on her husband's fate
Agents of the Criminal Investigation Department of Gonbad-e Kavus arrested a 32-year-old man Baluch woman named Raheleh Narouii on April 29.
Raheleh Narouii is the widow of Majid Diargar, who died after being poisoned in the Prison of Gonbad-e Kavus. She has three children, two sons, and a daughter. On Saturday, April 29, 2023, Raheleh Narouii and her brother went to the Criminal Investigation Department to inquire about the fate of Raheleh's husband, who died. However, they were both arrested. Raheleh's brother was released after 24 hours, but Raheleh Narouii is still in prison, and no information is available on her fate. Eight prisoners were suspiciously poisoned in the Prison of Gondbad-e Kavus on Friday, April 28. Prison authorities, however, did not take action for three hours. The inmates were transferred to the prison's clinic at 9 p.m. and from there to a hospital in the company of prison guards. Even in the hospital, the medical staff delayed in giving them treatment. As a result, two of the eight poisoned prisoners, Majid Diargar and Mahmoud Sabetzadeh, died. According to sources close to Ms. Raheleh Narouii, she has been arrested for covering up her husband's suspicious death. Earlier, the warden of Gonbad-e Kavus Prison had a quarrel with Majid Diargar (Raheleh's husband) and threatened him. He also beat Majid in front of other inmates.>>
Note by Gino d'Artali: the following is the headline and sub-headline of an April 2023 report about the chemical attacks against schoolgirls.
It's very detailed and reasoned with clear situation-sketches and counter arguments to what authorities say.
It's very lenghtly, 11 pages (which you if wanted, can download), but more than worthwhile if you take the time to read it and all about the heinousity of the authorities i.e. the criminals.
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NCRI - Women Committee - Women's News - May 6, 2023
<<April 2023 Report - Chemical Attacks on Iranian Schoolgirls
Authorities Turn a Blind Eye on Chemical Attacks on Iranian Schoolgirls>....
NCRI - Women Committee - Women's News - May 4, 2023
<<Regime in Denial as Poisoning of School Girls Continues in Iran
The serial poisoning of school girls continues in Iran while the regime officials continue to deny that any poisoning is taking place. Wednesday, May 3, saw chemical attacks on Parvin Etesami girls' school in Hassanabad, Sanandaj. The day before, on Tuesday, May 2, the Ali Mohammadi all-girls school in Baneh, Elahieh all-girls school, Kimia Conservatory for girls, and another girls' school on Komeil St. in Kermanshah, and many other schools were targets of chemical attacks. In the case of Elahieh School in Kermanshah, police forces went to the high school after the chemical attack and threatened the students. The students of one of the schools in Kermanshah said they saw a drone dropping a smoking candle in the schoolyard. On Monday, May 1, students of Efaf and Sajjadieh all-girls schools in Tehran, Jafari School in Kermanshah, Meraj and Bentol Hoda schools in Saqqez, Fatemeh School in Harsin, Sarollah School in Fardis, Karaj, etc. were poisoned after chemical attacks on their schools and taken to medical centers. At least 40 students of Jafari all-girls school in Kermanshah had to be hospitalized. In the case of Fatemeh School in Harsin, the school authorities closed the doors and prevented parents from entering. In the case of Meraj School in Saqqez, the regime's suppressive forces attacked the school after the poisoning of school girls and brutalized them. One of the students was injured in the head. On Sunday, April 30, Esparvarin High School in Karaj was targeted. And on Saturday, April 29, the students at Sama High School for Girls, Kar-o Danesh Abrar Conservatory for Girls in Tehran, and Mehdizadeh Conservatory for Girls in Mashhad were poisoned.
Regime officials refuse to acknowledge the poisoning of school girls
The regime continues denying the poisoning of school girls, with officials stating that the <discomfort> students feel is the result of rumors or a psychological aspect. Alizadeh, a parliamentary deputy, said, <One must deal with those who spread rumors and falsities regarding the discomfort of students, so that others would take a lesson and future incidents are prevented.> (The state-run Fars news agency, May 3, 2023)
Mullah Pour-Radi, the general director of the Department of Education of East Azerbaijan, said, <It seems that the matter had a psychological aspect.> (The state-run Fararu.com, May 1, 2023)
Intelligence Ministry denies poisonings in schools, blames enemy rumors
On April 28, the clerical regime's Ministry of Intelligence issued a statement containing the conclusions of its investigations into the chemical attacks on schools. The statement said: <Simultaneous with the project to fuel unrest in Autumn 2022, signs of the enemy's attempt to target students (especially girls) and shut down schools were observed.> The statement further concluded, <Toxic substances have not been distributed in any schools in the country; however, non-toxic agents that have caused panic have been accidentally or intentionally used in some reported environments.>>
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Opinion by Gino d'Artali: it really is interesting to read how the regime is in denial but moreso they basically are saying 'there's no proof' so revolutionists: go into a counter-attack and collect evidence.
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