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
Indept investigative journalist
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Here we are to enter THE IRANIAN
WOMEN'S REVOLUTIONISTS against
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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.
10 March 2023
<<Exiled Iranian Opposition Figures Release Charter For <Free, Democratic> Iran
Six exiled Iranian opposition figures have come together to publish a joint <Charter of Solidarity and Alliance for Freedom> setting out proposals for the establishment of a <free and democratic Iran> after the Islamic Republic falls. The four-page document, dubbed the <Mahsa Charter,> lists democratic governance, human rights and human dignity, justice, peace and security, environmental sustain-ability and economic transparency as shared values. The charter was put together by the Alliance for Democracy and Freedom in Iran of former crown prince of Iran Reza Pahlavi, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi, the ex-president of the Association of Families of Flight PS752 Victims Hamed Esmaeilion, actress and rights activist Nazanin Boniadi, activist and journalist Masih Alinejad and the leader of the Komala Party of Iranian Kurdistan Abdullah Mohtadi. The six figures discussed the future of the country's pro-democracy movement during a meeting hosted by Georgetown University last month. Their proposals come amid more than five months of pressure from protes-ters who are demanding fundamental economic, social and political change after over four decades of clerical rule under the Islamic Republic.
This would include imposing international pressure on the Islamic Republic to halt all death sentences and to immediately release all political prisoners, and consulting with democratic governments to expel the Islamic Republicís ambassadors from their respective countries. The <Mahsa Charter> says that subsequent actions should focus on <fair transitional justice, the formation of a council for the transition of power, and the means by which power is trans-ferred to a secular, democratic government> - all this with the participation of activists inside Iran. The charter calls for determining the form of government by referendum, establishing a <secular-democratic system,> based on the principle of separation of religion from government, in which all state officials are picked through a free election process. Citizens of <all beliefs, ethnicities, gender and sexual orientation> should be granted equal rights, while <diversity in language, ethnicity, religion and culture> should be accepted. The authors call for the organization of democratic elections to form a <Constituent Assembly> tasked with producing a new constitution that adheres to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights <in its entirety.> The charter ends with a call on all Iranians committed to freedom to unite against the Islamic Republic's <tyranny.> <The courage of the people of Iran and their persistent fight for freedom shall be the bright beacon of hope for our future. Let us stand united in the creation of a free tomorrow,> it reads.>>
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10 March 2023
<<Zahedan's Sunni Cleric Calls For Human Rights Of <All Iranians> Be Respected
Iran's most prominent Sunni cleric has used his Friday sermon to urge the country's Shia leadership to uphold international laws and stan-dards on human rights, including equality between men and women, ahead of weekly anti-government protests in the southeastern city of Zahedan. Molavi Abdolhamid, the Sunni Friday prayer leader of Zahe-dan, also called for accountability for the victims of a bloody crack-down on protests in the restive city in September 2022. <Human rights and the rights of all Iranians, including women, must be respec-ted, and we will pursue the rights of the victims of Zahedan's Bloody Friday,> he said, insisting that women should be granted <equal rights and opportunities> as men. Activists said there was a large presence of security forces in the city as hundreds of demonstrators took to the streets after Friday prayers, chanting slogans <Freedom,> <I will kill whoever killed my brother,> <We don't want a child murderer govern-ment> and <Political prisoners must be released.> Internet monitor NetBlocks reported a <significant disruption> to Internet connectivity, saying that it follows <a pattern of localized network blackouts on Friday afternoons targeting continued weekly political protests.> >>
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10 March 2023
<<Iranian Security Forces Seek Girls Who Danced In Public Without Hijab
Iranian security forces have reportedly launched efforts to identify five girls who caused a stir on the Internet this week with a dance video in Ekbatan Town, west of Tehran, which has been a flashpoint of anti-government protests. Late on March 9, Shahrak Ekbatan Twitter account, which covers news about the neighborhood, warned that police were looking for the teenagers. <They looked for CCTV footage of Block 13 to identify the girls who were only dancing and were not involved in any political activity. Police were seen checking the footage and questioning the guards,> it said. Shahrak Ekbatan also reported that the Instagram page in which the dance video was first published has been deactivated. In their 40-second clip, which coincided with International Women's Day on March 8, the five girls in loose clothing and without the mandatory headscarf dance to the tune of Calm Down by Rema and Selena Gomez, with two grey buildings in the back-ground. The video has gone viral on social media, with comments praising the dancers' <act of defiance> toward the Islamic Republic.
Women and girls in Iran are required to wear a headscarf and are forbidden to dance in public. But a growing number of women and girls have been demonstratively ignoring the codes imposed by the Islamic Republic since the September 2022 death of a 22-year-old woman, Mahsa Amini, in the custody of morality police. Amini had been arrested for allegedly wearing a headscarf improperly.>>
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10 March 2023
<<At least 17 children killed by Iranian forces, Baloch activistsí group says
News Center- The Baloch Activists Campaign, a Baloch activists' campaign group based in Sistan and Baluchestan Province of Iran, has announced that at least 17 children were killed in the province by Ira-nian forces. The group has also announced that 15 people have lost their eyes due to the attacks of the security forces. On September 30, 2022, Iranian security forces opened fire on protesters, violently cracked down on protesters in Zahedan and later opened fire on worshipers holding the Friday Prayers in the Jameh Mosque of Makki. In the massacre, also known as <Bloody Friday>, more than 100 people were killed, more were injured and dozens were arrested.>>
9 March 2023
<<Iranian Children Used As Human Shields Against Protesters
In his report about the creation of a Special Court to investigate war crimes committed during Sierra Leone's 1991-2002 civil war, then-UN Secretary General Kofi Annan emphasized that using child soldiers can no longer be done with impunity.
The nationwide protests triggered by the September 2022 death of Mahsa (Zhina) Amini in the custody of morality police was met with a violent crackdown by the security forces that has claimed the lives of more than 500 protesters so far. As of now, IranWire has published the names of 310 of these victims, including at least 48 children or 15.5 percent of those killed. However, the children who have fallen victim to this bloody crackdown are not only those who were among the protesters. The security and military forces have extensively used child soldiers to suppress recent demonstrations. IranWire's investigations and published pictures show that the Revolutionary Guards and the affiliated paramilitary Basij force extensively use children aged between 12 and 17 as security and anti-riot forces. These children have been seen in different cities in Tehran, Isfahan, East Azerbaijan, West Azerbaijan, Qom, Kurdistan, Golestan and Sistan and Baluchistan provinces. On almost all the pictures we have examined the children appear younger than 15. Security forces use these children as human shields. On the one hand, they let them do whatever they want to suppress protesters, and, on the other hand, they intentionally put them in the harm's way so that if something happens to them, they can accuse the protesters of violence. IranWire has identified at least on case in which one of these children was severely injured when he was mistakenly shot by the security agents.>>
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9 March 2023
<<Global freedoms declined for a 17th consecutive year in 2022, but ongoing protests against repression in Iran and other authoritarian countries show that people's desire for freedom is enduring and that no setback should be regarded as permanent, a US human rights watchdog says.
<Recent events in Iran are another reminder that millions of people are willing to call for democracy and defend their rights even at great personal risk,> Freedom House said in its annual report on freedoms around the world, released on March 9. <So long as human beings remain true to their natural yearning for liberty, authoritarians will never be secure, and the global movement for democracy will never be defeated,> it also said.>>
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9 March 2023
<<Iranian Student Handed Lengthy Prison Sentence On Security Charges
Iranian university student and children's rights activist Samaneh Asghari has been sentenced to 18 years and three months in prison, activists say. Under the law, Asghari will have to serve one-third of the sentence, six years and three months, handed down by Branch 15 of the Tehran Revolutionary Court, according to the Committee for Follow-up on the Status of Detainees. The committee said the court had rejected her request for bail.
Her lawyer previously said that she has been accused of <gathering and conspiring to commit crimes against national or foreign security, disrupting public order and comfort, inciting violence and instigating people to fight and kill each other with the intention of disrupting the country's security, spreading propaganda against the Islamic Re-public system, and allowing women to appear in public without wearing the required religious hijab.> She is also accused of being a member of a group that aims to disrupt national security and spread lies. Asghari, a student at Tehran's Kharazmi University, has been behind bars since her arrest during nationwide protests on October 11, 2022. Iran has been swept by protests demanding fundamental economic, social and political reforms since the September death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in the custody of morality police. Amini had been arrested for allegedly wearing a headscarf improperly. The Iranian authorities have cracked down hard on the women-led protest movement, killing more than 520 people and illegally detaining over 19,000, including many women, rights groups say. After biased trials, the judiciary has handed down stiff sentences, including the death penalty, to protesters.>>
9 March 2023
<< <We're Moving Toward Revolution>: Iranians Mark Women's Day With Fresh Protests
Demonstrators returned to the streets across Iran on International Women's Day amid nearly six months of nationwide protests against a clerical establishment that have deprived women of their most basic rights. The protesters demanded more freedoms and women's rights and voiced anger and frustration about the authorities' belated response to the poisoning of hundreds of schoolgirls since the end of November 2022. Some Iranians have suggested that the poisonings could be an attempt to force the closure of girls' schools or a retalia-tion for students and women leading the protest movement sparked by the September death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in the custody of morality police. Amini had been arrested for allegedly wearing a headscarf improperly. In the southern city of Ahvaz, protesters rallied outside the provincial Education Department, accusing the authorities of failing to protect students. In the west of Tehran and Sattar Khan Street, men and women called for an end to the repres-sion of women and accused the government of being responsible for the poisonings. The protesters called for the overthrow of the Islamic Republic and chanted <Death to the dictator,> in reference to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. In eastern Tehran, security forces used tear gas and shotguns to disperse a group of women who were protesting the Islamic Republic's discriminatory treatment of women.
The demonstrators chanted slogans including <Death to the dicta-tor> and <Woman, life, freedom,> the main slogan of the women-led protest movement. Several protests rocked the northern city of Rasht, with women shouting, <Whether with hijab or without hijab, we're moving toward the revolution.> >>
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