JINA MAHSA AMINI
The face of Iran's protests. Her life, her dreams and her death.
Read all about the Iranian Zan, zendagi, azadi
(Women, life, freedom) revolution in 2023!
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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.
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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.
28 Jan 2023
<<Instead of hospital, Zohreh Sarv is taken to Qarchak prison
Zohreh Sarv is taken to Qarchak prison instead of the hospital.
Political prisoner Zohreh Sarv was taken from Evin prison on January 24, 2023, to Qarchak Prison instead of Taleghani Hospital. According to social media reports, Zohreh Sarv was infected with the Corona-virus in Evin prison. The prison clinic mistakenly diagnosed her ill-ness as a cold, and she was deprived of treatment for a long time.
After a lengthy denial of treatment, Zohreh Sarv was transferred to Tehran's Shohada Hospital in Tajrish. After conducting tests, it was determined that the infection caused by the Coronavirus remained in her body due to lack of timely treatment. Finally, she was treated by prescribing some antibiotic tablets, which did not lead to her complete recovery. Zohreh Sarv's family said: Due to the persistence of the disease, she was denied the third dose of the Coronavirus vaccine. Therefore, they are worried about the spread of this infection to Ms. Sarv's heart and lungs. Regarding the transfer of Ms. Sarv to Qarchak Prison, a source said: <We still don't know why Ms. Sarv was transferred from Evin prison to Qarchak prison under the pretext of sending her to Taleghani hospital.> The online activist was arrested on December 24, 2019, by Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) intelligence agents for allegedly operating in cyberspace and managing an Instagram page. After being transferred to Ward 1A during interrogation and arraignment proceedings, she was transferred to Qarchak Prison on January 11, 2020. Political prisoner Zohreh Sarv was sentenced to a fine and 74 lashes on char-ges of possessing alcoholic beverages. The sentence was handed down by Branch 2 of Tehran's Criminal Court. Political prisoner Zohreh Sarv was lashed 74 times on April 5, 2021. Before this date, she had been set to pay a fine instead of being lashed. However, after paying the fine and delivering the receipt to the Implemen-tation Division, she discovered that her case had already been closed. Political prisoner Zohreh Sarv was sentenced to 8 years imprisonment by Branch 26 of Tehran's Revolutionary Court on charges of <insulting the leadership, propaganda against the state, assembly, and collusion with the intention of acting against the security of the country.> The sentence was made final by the Appeals Court of Tehran Province to 5 years imprisonment.>>
26 Jan 2023
<<Rights activist Kajal Vatanpour summoned to serve jail time
Women and children's rights activist Kajal Vatanpour, who had been arrested and sentenced to prison during the nationwide protests in Ilam, was summoned to the Department of Justice to serve her prison sentence. Kajal Vatanpour is from Gilangharb, Kermanshah province. She holds a master's degree in international law and is an activist for women's and children's rights. Plainclothes agents violently arrested Ms. Vatanpour during the nationwide protests at the Children's Park library entrance in Ilam on September 22, 2022, when she was on her way home. She was taken to one of the detention centers of Ilam's Intelligence Department.Kajal Vatanpour was subjected to physical and mental torture by agents of IRGC Intelligence in Ilam to make forced confessions. She was subsequently transferred to the women's ward of the Central Prison of Ilam. The Criminal and Revolutionary Court of Ilam sentenced Kajal Vatanpour to a total of 2 years and six months in prison on charges of disturbing public order and peace, propaganda and activities against the state, assembly and collusion against internal and external security, and cooperation with enemy networks. In the court of appeals, she was sentenced to one-year imprisonment, six months of suspended imprisonment; two years ban on leaving the country, cancellation of her passport, and giving free legal advice for 1100 hours in one of the offices of Ilam province. Kajal Vatanpour has been denied visitations with her family during her entire detention period. She was also deprived of having access to a lawyer.>>
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Womens news agency
26 Jan 2023
<<Cries of freedom continue to rise in Iran and Rojhilat
News Center- The protests that sparked in Iran and Rojhilat following the killing of Jina Mahsa Amini on September 16, 2022 by Iran's so-called <Morality police> continue. Despite the pressure of the Iranian government, the citizens of Iran and Rojhilat continue to demand freedom by taking to the streets. Last night, people took to the streets in many cities such as Sistan and Baluchestan Province, Tehran, Karaj, Mashhad, Shiraz, Ahvaz, Izah, Rasht, Tabriz and Isfahan. The protesters sang Kurdish and Persian revolutionary songs, distributed leaflets and wrote anti-regime graffiti on walls. The protesters also wrote <Jin, Jiyan, Azadi (English: Women, Life, Freedom) on walls and chanted anti-regime slogans. Some women protesters removed their headscarves.>>
France 24 | The Observers
26 Jan 2023
By Alijai Ershad
<<Amid gas shortages and blackouts, a harsh winter is fueling discontent in Iran
For weeks, Iran has been hit by cold weather. In a country where most households rely on natural gas for heating and hot water, gas short-ages in many regions have paralysed the population, leaving people in sub-zero temperatures. In some regions, schools and public facilities have even been closed. The gas shortage itself has led to widespread power outages in several cities, an increase in air pollution and even more protests, on top of the anti-regime protests that have been wracking Iran since September 2022. Iran has the largest known reserves of natural gas in the world after Russia, but Tehran is unable to supply enough energy for domestic consumption. The Iranian regime rejoiced at the idea of a <harsh winter in Europe> that emerged after Russia's invasion of Ukraine. For months, Iranian authorities hoped that European governments would have no choice but to negotiate with Tehran to exchange Russian gas for Iranian gas to avoid their citizens freezing in their homes. But when winter arrived, it was in fact Iranians who were left out in the cold. When Iran was hit by a cold snap in January 2023, the authorities initially had to close schools and many public facilities because there was no gas to heat them. Javad Owji, Iran's petroleum minister, said on January 15, <The closure of schools, universities and government offices in Tehran has helped us a lot, we could save up to 2.5 million cubic metres of gas per day.> But it wasn't enough. Neighbourhoods and entire towns went without gas - and thus, without heating - while temperatures reached up to 20 or even 30 degrees below zero. Cities like Amol, Sabzevar, Neyshabur, Gorgan and many others had no more gas. These gas outages not only led to outrage on social media, but also to a new wave of protests in some cities in Iran. Torbat-e-Jam was one of the cities where the gas outages led to public outrage and widespread protests.>>
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NCRI - Women committee
24 Jan 2023
Lawyers of detained protester Armita Abbasi resign 6 days before her trial
The lawyers of the detained protester Armita Abbasi resigned as the court refused a face-to-face meeting with the defendant. The lawyers of the detained protester Armita Abbasi resigned on January 23, 2023, on the eve of her trial. Mohammad Esmailbeigi announced in a tweet: <Given our request for a face-to-face meeting which has not been responded to until this moment, and the shortage of time that makes it impossible to adequately defend our client, Ms. Sonia Mohammadi and I declare our resignation from the defense of Ms. Armita Abbasi.> 106 days have passed since the arrest of Armita Abbasi. Her trial is scheduled for January 29, 2023. Previously, her trial was supposed to be held on the 26th, but this date has been postponed for three days. Armita's father wrote in his diary on his Instagram page: <Until this moment, I, as Armita's father, do not know about her charges; her lawyer was not accepted, and they did not agree to release her on bail. With all these deprivations and lack of knowledge, how can I provide a fair defense for my dear daughter?>
Detained protester Armita Abbasi, a victim of sexual assault as torture
The detained protester Armita Abbasi was arrested in early October during nationwide protests. During her detention and before being transferred to Fardis Prison (Kachouii) in Karaj, she was severely tortured for a week and gang-raped many times. Armita Abbasi's name was leaked to social media for the first time when she was taken to Imam Ali Hospital in Karaj while shaking and bleeding. At first, the doctors and medical staff thought that she had cancer, but after the examination, it was found that she had been raped many times. Her head had been shaved, and she was bleeding from the rectum. She was terrified. The plainclothes agents accompanying her insisted that the doctors register the rape as something that happe-ned before her arrest. Before her family could reach the hospital, the security agents kidnapped and took her away. Armita Abbasi is now held in Fardis prison in Karaj. News from this prison indicates that Armita and her fellow inmates were severely beaten in response to their protest against the prison's unsanitary conditions. These 15 women started a hunger strike on January 2 in protest of the beating and the prolongation of their detention, and the Judiciary's failure to determine their status. In a retaliatory measure, Fardis prison authorities banned the strikers from the right to call and visit. Now, with the resignation of her defense lawyers, the life of detained protester Armita Abbasi is in danger because the court will be held without the presence of a lawyer.>>
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<<Women of Iran remain high-spirited despite much suffering...
January 21, 2023 in Podcast
an article in NCRI Womens committee
23 Jan 2023
Deepa Parent, Lauren Hurrell, Maheen Sadiq and Nikhita Chulani, Source: Guardian / Reuters / As credited
By Deepa Parent, Lauren Hurrell, Maheen Sadiq and Nikhita Chulani
<<Iran: fears grow of security crackdown in Zahedan as anti-regime protests persist
It has been more than four months since the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini at the hands of Iran's 'morality police' sparked waves of protests across the country. After mass arrests, the Iranian regime has now begun executing people connected to the protests in what the UN human rights office has called 'unfair trials based on forced confessions'. As concern grows for those demanding change in Iran, journalist Deepa Parent explains what we know about the executions so far - and how they have created a 'fire under the ashes' by fuelling protesters' anger.>>
to view the video, 3.53 min.
Womens news agency
24 Jan 2023
<<Iranian actress Hengameh Ghaziani appears in court
News Center- The protests that sparked in Rojhilat and Iran following the killing of Jina Mahsa Amini on September 16, 2022, have continued. Hengameh Ghaziani had posted a picture on social media without a headscarf and condemned the first execution of a protester. On her Instagram, she wrote, <Maybe this will be my last post. From this moment on, whatever happens to me, know that as always, I am with the Iranian people until my last breath.> One day later, she was arrested and she was released in November, 2022.
Yesterday, Hengameh Ghaziani appeared before the judge on charges of <taking action against national security and inciting propaganda against the state>. The hearing lasted two hours.>>
Womens news agency
24 Jan 2023
<<Iran: 16 young people tortured in custody
News Center - The Iranian regime continues to arrest, oppress and blacklist people to crack down the nationwide protests that started in Rojhilat and Iran following the killing of Jina Mahsa Amini by so-called <Morality police>. Every day, the torture against those who arrested for participating in protests is documented. In November, intelligence bodies arrested 25 members of Youth of Orumieh Neighborhoods and accused them of trying <to deceive young people and incite them [to riot]>. Iranian activists reported that 16 young people, including eight women, are currently being prosecuted in the case. According to the reports, arrested eight people, including two teenagers, were released on bail and are awaiting trial by the Revolutionary Court of Urumieh. 16 young people, including 15-year-old girl named Samaneh Fathi, were sent to prison. 16 arrested young people were reportedly tortured and threatened with rape to incriminate each other.>>
Text by: NEWS WIRES
<<Iranian women take centre stage at the 2023 Sundance film festival
Movies by and about Iranian women took center stage at the Sundance film festival this weekend, as diaspora filmmakers reflected on female-led protests and the deadly challenges of censorship and resistance in their ancestral home. <Joonam,> a documentary about a three-generation family of Iranian women now living in Vermont, and <The Persian Version,> a colorful but candid dramedy which hops between Iran and New York over several decades, received world premieres on Saturday. <Shayda,> a drama directed by Noora Niasari about a Persian woman who flees her abusive husband in Australia, debuted earlier at the high-profile independent film festival in Utah. Their inclusion in Sundance's line-up follows four months of mass demonstrations in Iran, triggered by anger over the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini after her arrest for violating the Islamic republic's strict dress rules. At least 481 people have been killed in the crackdown and at least 109 others are facing execution in protest-related cases, in addition to the four already put to death, according to NGO Iran Human Rights. The protesters <are literally putting themselves on the line... I stand in support with them 100 percent,> said <Joonam> director Sierra Urich.>>
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Jan 23 2023
Text by: NEWS WIRES
<<EU agree on new Iran sanctions over deadly crackdown on anti-regime protestors
The EU on Monday placed 37 more Iranian officials and entities on an asset-freeze and visa-ban blacklist over Tehran's bloody crackdown on protesters. The bloc targeted the minister of sports and the command of the Revolutionary Guards in 12 regions of Iran in its fourth round of sanctions over the repression of demonstrators, the EU's official journal said. Hard-line lawmakers, senior state media officials and the head of the body setting the country's strict <morality> rules were also added to the list. The EU has already imposed sanctions on more than 60 Iranian officials and entities over the crack-down on protestors, including the <morality police>, Revolutionary Guard Corps commanders and state media. But the 27-nation bloc has so far stopped short of blacklisting the Revolutionary Guards themselves as a terror group despite calls from Germany and the Netherlands to do so. Iran has warned the bloc against taking the move and EU officials are wary that it could kill off stalled attempts to revive the 2015 deal on Tehran's nuclear programme being mediated by Brussels. EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell insisted that there needed to be a legal ruling in an EU member state first before the bloc could make the move.>>
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Opinion by Gino d'Artali: That's why I hate politics and being an anarchist. In politics it's not about humanity first but about their interests, in this case a nuclear deal, first. Screw you! Zan, Zendagi, Azadi first!!
Womens News agency
21 January 2023
<<Mojgan Keshavarz faces fatal charge of <corruption on Earth>
Mojgan Keshavarz had been previously sentenced to 23 years and six months in jail for opposing the compulsory Hijab Women's rights. Activist Mojgan Keshavarz faces the trumped-up charge of <corruption on earth,> which could be punished by the death penalty.
Mojgan Keshavarz is an opponent of the compulsory Hijab. She had previously received a sentence of 23.5 years in 2019 for openly opposing the mandatory Hijab but was temporarily released due to illness which made prison conditions unbearable. Her lawyer, Mohammad Moghimi, announced on January 17 that <the life of Mojgan Keshavarz is in danger.> A new case has been filed against her on the charge of <corruption on earth,> Mr. Moghimi said.
Mojgan Keshavarz, who has a 12-year-old daughter, was arrested at home in Tehran on April 25, 2019. She was beaten in front of her daughter and subsequently taken to an unknown location. Just before being arrested, Ms. Keshavarz was working as a volunteer to help the flood-stricken residents of Lorestan. Ms. Keshavarz and two other Hijab protesters, Yasaman Aryani and Monireh Arabshahi, were sentenced to 55 years and six months in prison. The Revolutionary Court of Tehran informed Yasaman Aryani, Monireh Arabshahi, and Mojgan Keshavar of their sentences in the absence of their lawyers on July 31, 2019. Branch 28 of Tehran's Revolutionary Court, presided by the notorious judge Mohammad Moghiseh, sentenced each of these prisoners to 5 years in prison for <assembly and collusion against national security,> one year for <disseminating propaganda against the state,> and ten years for <encouraging and preparing the grounds for corruption and prostitution.> In addition to these charges, Mojgan Keshavarz has been sentenced to 7.5 years for <insulting the sanctities.> These add up to 55 years and six months in prison for women's rights activists. Amnesty International issued a statement on the three women's rights activists whose arrests are related to a video clip showing them handing flowers to women in a metro wagon on International Women's Day. Amnesty International wrote, <Making criminals of women and girls who refuse to wear the hijab is an extreme form of discrimination.> >>
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21 Jan 2023
<<Iran judiciary to rule on famed filmmaker's release: lawyer
Tehran (AFP) - Iran's judiciary is to rule by Friday on whether to release celebrated filmmaker Jafar Panahi on bail after his conviction was overturned by the Supreme Court, his lawyer said Saturday.
Panahi, 62, who has won a string of awards at European film festivals, was arrested on July 11 and had been due to serve a six-year sentence handed down in 2010 after his conviction for <propaganda against the system>. But on October 15, the Supreme Court quashed the conviction and ordered a retrial. <Early this morning, judicial officials told me that they will make a decision about Panahi by the end of the week,> his lawyer, Saleh Nikbakht, told AFP.
<Panahi's case had remained blocked in the courts since mid-October, but it was finally sent to the Court of Appeal on Monday to launch the legal proceedings. <By law, he should immediately be released on bail and his case reviewed again,> the lawyer said.>>
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incl. about his cinematography. Note by d'Artali.
The 51 %
By: Annette Young|Yong CHIM|Stephanie CHEVAL
20 Jan 2023
<<How a women's-led counter-revolution is reshaping Iran
In a special edition, we mark four months since protests erupted across Iran following the death of Mahsa Amini. The 22-year-old died shortly after she was arrested by the infamous morality police for improperly wearing her veil. In a rare opportunity, our colleagues at France 2 Television managed to speak to several brave women. Annette Young also speaks to Tara Sepehri Far from Human Rights Watch on whether the government's harsh crackdown will crush the protest movement or merely fuel existing public anger. Our reporters also meet the Iranian women who have fled to Kurdistan to join Kurdish commandos in a bid to bring down the Iranian government.>>
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