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
Read all about the assasination of the 22 year young Jhina Mahsa
Amini or Zhina Mahsa Amini (Kurdistan-Iran) and the Zan,
zendagi, Azadi (Women, life, freedom) revolution in Iran
and the ZZA Revolution per month: June 15-1--May 31 -16-- May 15-1--April--March--Feb--Jan 2023
covering the period of the 'Women Life Freedom' revolution in 2023 and with links to the period of the murdering of Jina Mahsa Amini on September 2022 'till December 2022..
updated 31 May 2023
OR NOT TO WEAR A HIJAB i.e. TO BE OR NOT TO BE A FREE WOMAN'
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'Biological terror attacks' (menu to the left) go here:
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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.
Click here for the 2022 'Chapters'
When one hurts or kills a women
one hurts or kills hummanity and is an antrocitie.
and: My mother (1931-1997) always said to me <Mi figlio, non esistono notizie <vecchie> perche puoi imparare qualcosa da qualsiasi notizia.> Translated: <My son, there is no such thing as so called 'old' news because you can learn something from any news.>
Iranwire - June 1, 2023
<<Bid Launched to Overturn Iran's Appointment as Chair of UNHRC Social Forum
The human rights group UN Watch says it has submitted to the United Nations the draft text of a resolution to overturn Iran's appointment as the chair of the Social Forum of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC). The group said in a statement on May 31 that the text was contained in a UN Watch submission to the 53rd Session of the UNHRC, a Geneva-based body whose mission is to promote and protect human rights around the globe.
There is no stipulated procedure for canceling such an appointment, but the 47-nation UNHRC plenary can overrule any decision of the president if one of the council's 47 member states sponsors the resolution, according to UN Watch. <We thank the more than 75,000 people worldwide who have signed our petition to stop Iran's regime from heading the UN Human Rights Council Social Forum in November,> said Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch. <Our goal is to reach 100,000 before approaching world leaders for their support.> Human rights advocates have expressed outrage over the appointment of Ali Bahreini, Iran's UN ambassador, to serve as chairman of the forum, which is to focus on the contribution of science, technology, and innovation to promote human rights. The Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) has said that such an appointment at a time when a fact-finding mission set up by UNHRC is investigating the killing of hundreds of peaceful protesters by the Islamic Republic <reflects a shocking ethical blindness.> Iranian authorities have cracked down hard on months of nationwide protests sparked by the September death of a 22-year-old woman, Mahsa Amini, while in police custody. Security forces killed more than 520 people during demonstrations and unlawfully detained over 20,000 others, activists say. Following biased trials, the judiciary has handed down stiff sentences, including the death penalty, to protesters.>>
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NCRI - Women committee - in Women's news - May 31, 2023
<<Arghavan Fallahi, Parvin Mirasan condemned as enemies of God
Arghavan Fallahi and Parvin Mirasan were convicted of waging war on God Arghavan Fallahi, her father, Nasrollah Fallahi, her brother, Ardavan Fallahi, and Ms. Parvin Mirasan have been convicted on the charge of Moharebeh or waging war on God. On Tuesday, May 30, 2023, four political prisoners, Arghavan Fallahi, Nasrollah Fallahi, Ardavan Fallahi, and Parvin Mirasan, were accused of <waging war against God,> <corruption on Earth through extensive destructive actions,> and <assembly and collusion against internal and external national security.>
Detention of Massoumeh Ahmadi Arghavan Fallahi
Security forces arrested Nasrollah Fallahi, 66, and her daughter, Arghavan, 22, on November 4, 2022. Ardavan Fallahi, 24, had already been arrested on November 3. Additionally, their family friend, Parvin Mirasan, 65, was arrested and detained in November. They were interrogated under torture for over two months in detention centers in Isfahan. On February 12, 2023, they were transferred to solitary confinement in Ward 209 of Evin Prison.
After one month, Nasrollah Fallahi and Ardavan Fallahi were transferred to Ward 4 of Evin Prison, while Arghavan and Ms. Parvin Mirasan were transferred to the women's ward of Evin Prison.>>
Iranwire - May 31, 2023
<<Iranian Model Wore <Noose> Dress at Cannes to Protest <Wrongful> Executions
Iranian-born model Mahlagha Jaberi has said that she wore a dress with a noose-like design on the red carpet at the Cannes film festival last week because she wanted to call attention to <wrongful executions> carried out by the Islamic Republic of Iran. The 33-year-old Jaberi, who now lives in Los Angeles, said in an Instagram post on May 30 that the dress had the slogan <Stop Executions> on the back of its train but security guards made her cover that up when she arrived at the 76th edition of the annual festival in Cannes on May 26. <We wanted to make a fashion statement to observe the glamour of Cannes, but more importantly, to bring media attention to the wrongful executions of Iranian people,> she wrote. Jabari's dress was widely shared on social media, with some condemning her move as disgraceful and others backing it as an eye-catching form of protest.<We tried to play a small role in fighting against the heinous crime of executing innocent people in Iran by sending out the message in Cannes Festival,> Jaberi wrote in a separate post. <Every small step counts towards eliminating injustice.> The Islamic Republic executes more people annually than any nation other than China. According to the Norway-based Iran Human Rights group, 278 people have been executed this year.>>
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Iranwire - May 31, 2023
<<Judiciary Chief Says Executions of Protesters Will Continue
The head of Iran's judiciary has said that convicts sentenced to death in connection with anti-government protests will have their sentences implemented <without any delay,> amid international outrage over a rise in the number of executions. In a speech in Tehran on May 30, Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei also urged security and intelligence agencies to arrest women who are flouting mandatory hijab rules and to hand them over to the judicial authorities for <severe punishment.> Iranian authorities have cracked down hard on months of nationwide protests sparked by the September death of Mahsa Amini while in police custody. Amini had been arrested in Tehran for allegedly wearing a headscarf improperly.
Security forces killed more than 520 people during demonstrations and unlawfully detained over 20,000 others, activists say. Following biased trials, the judiciary has handed down stiff sentences to protesters. The Islamic Republic has already executed seven people in connection with the protests. The execution of three men on May 19 sparked widespread outrage inside and outside Iran, with rights groups and several governments criticizing the authorities for conducting hasty trials, forcing <confessions> and denying the accused due process. On May 23, Amnesty International raised <grave> concern that at least seven other people are at grave risk of execution after being unjustly convicted in connection with protests, while dozens of others face capital punishment. Human rights groups say the Islamic Republic has escalated executions in recent weeks to try to instill fear in society. Mohseni Ejei responded to the criticism by claiming that the judicial processes fully adhere to <legal standards> and to the principles of <justice and fairness.> The brutal repression unleashed by the Islamic Republic has largely succeeded in quelling the months-long protest movement. But acts of civil disobedience have continued, with many women appearing in public without headscarf. Mohseni Ejei claimed that these acts against <chastity> are <orchestrated by the enemy who seek to undermine Islam and the Islamic Revolution.> >>
NCRI - Women committee - May 28, 2023 - 2023 - in Women's News
<<Monir Noori-Kia, 212th woman to be executed in Iran since 2007
Monir Noori-Kia was hanged this morning in the Central Prison of Mashhad
On Sunday, May 28, 2023, the clerical regime's Judiciary hanged a woman named Monir Noori-Kia in the Central Prison of Mashhad. Further information about this woman and the reason for her execution is unavailable now. Fearing the eruption of the Iranian people's anger and discontent and to prevent further uprisings, the mullahs' regime has executed at least 150 prisoners, including 3 women, since April 21, 2023. With the execution of Monir Noori-Kia, the number of women executed in Iran reaches 212 since 2007.
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 womenís 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
The Iranian regime open-handedly uses the death penalty as a form of punishment. In many cases, religious and ethnic minorities, political dissidents, and women are targets of the death penalty in a discriminatory manner. In 2019, the mullahs' regime hanged 16 women in tandem with increasing suppression and executions in Iran. In December 2019 alone, six women were executed by the regime in various Iranian prisons. The regime also executed 18 women in 2021, seven from November 22 to December 21, 2021. According to the statistics on the executions of women in Iran, compiled by the NCRI Womenís Committee, at least 15 women were executed in Iran in 2022.>>
Iranwire - May 26, 2023
Zahedan's Weekly Protests Met with Mass Arrests
Thousands of protesters descended to the streets of the south-eastern Iranian city of Zahedan amid heavy security presence, in the 34th consecutive Friday of demonstrations against the Islamic Republic. Haalvsh, a group that monitors rights violations in Sistan and Baluchistan province, said on May 26 that military personnel and plainclothes officers arrested at least 10 protesters in Towheed and Khayyam Streets. It also reported widespread detentions in other areas of the city. The demonstrators chanted slogans including <Death to the execution regime> and <We Don't Want This Republic of Executions.> Internet monitor NetBlocks reported a <another major internet outage> in the city, saying that <the recurring disruption adds to the pattern of weekly internet shutdowns aimed at stifling anti-government demonstrations during Friday prayers.> Ahead of the weekly protests, the Sunni Friday prayer leader of Zahedan used his sermon to denounce the pressures exerted on lawyers and the work of parliament members, and said that the right to hold peaceful demonstrations should be recognized. <When you put the lawyer in prison, who dares to defend the people?> Molavi Abdulhamid asked. He also said that MPs should <prioritize overseeing government performance, upholding justice and protecting the rights and freedoms of the people, rather than concerning themselves with trivial matters like basic amenities.> Expressing concern over the forced <confessions> of protesters, the 76-year-old cleric stressed the importance of MPs visiting detention centers to ensure the fair treatment of detainees. Molavi, Iran's most prominent Sunni cleric, has been a key dissenting voice inside Iran since the eruption of nationwide protests in September 2022 demanding fundamental economic, social and political changes.>>
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NCRI - Women committee - in Women's news - May 25, 2023
<<Soada Khadirzadeh and Infant Daughter Re-Arrested Shortly After Temporary Release
Agents of the Intelligence Department of Piranshahr re-arrested Soada Khadirzadeh and her one-year-old daughter on Friday, May 19, 2023, only several hours after she left prison on temporary leave. Soada Khadirzadeh is a Kurdish political prisoner imprisoned in the women's ward of the Central Prison of Urmia. Ms. Khadirzadeh was arrested while she had received leave in the evening of the previous day, Thursday, May 18, and arrived at a relative's house in Piranshahr from Urmia. According to an informed source, Soada Khadirzadeh and her daughter, Ala, were returned to the womenís ward of Urmia Central Prison after 48 hours of imprisonment at the detention center of the Intelligence Department of Piranshahr. Despite the provision of bail of three billion tomans, Soada Khadirzadeh's previous requests for leave were rejected in two instances by the Intelligence Department and the prosecutor of the Revolutionary Court of Piranshahr. The Criminal Court No. 1 of Mahabad has sentenced Soada Khadirazadeh to 12 years and six months on charges of <assisting in the murder of a member of the Revolutionary Guards> and <membership in the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran.> The verdict was officially announced to this political prisoner's family on September 6, 2022. Soada Khadirzadeh, who has survived suicide in prison at least once, gave birth through a cesarean section operation on June 21, 2022, in a hospital in Urmia. She was returned to the Central Prison of Urmia after one day without full recovery. Soada Khadirzadeh was arrested by government forces in Piranshahr on October 14, 2021, and transferred to the Central Prison of Urmia on November 8, 2021.>>
NCRI - Women committee - in Women's news - May 26, 2023
<<Farzaneh Zilabi, a lawyer, sentenced to 1.5 years behind bars
Sara Nasseri faces detention in violation of the separation of crimes principle. Farzaneh Zilabi, an attorney at law, has been handed a verdict by the 4th Branch of the Revolutionary Court in Ahvaz, resulting in a one-year and six-month prison sentence. The charges against Farzaneh Zilabi include <anti-regime propaganda> and <insulting the leadership.> While Farzaneh Zilabi did not personally attend the court hearing, her defense brief was submitted, and one of her lawyers was present during the proceedings. Similarly, the case of Sara Nasseri, a 41-year-old resident of Mashhad, adds to the growing alarm regarding human rights abuses. Nasseri was arrested during the nationwide uprising on December 6, 2022, and after spending 20 days in the Intelligence Department's detention center, she was transferred to Vakilabad Prison in Mashhad. Despite five and a half months since her arrest, Nasseri remains detained without trial. Adding to the concerns surrounding Nasseriís case, prison authorities recently violated the principle of separation of crimes by relocating her from the women's ward 5, which houses prisoners of conscience, to the general ward. Her situation is further exacerbated by the fact that her case, accused of propaganda against the state, is currently being investigated in Branch 904 of the Mashhad Prosecutor's Office. These incidents highlight the ongoing challenges faced by individuals in Iran who express dissenting opinions or engage in activism. The continued arrests, detentions, and harsh sentencing underline serious concerns regarding human rights and the state of freedom of expression in Iran.>>
Iranwire - May 26, 2023 - By ROGHAYEH REZAEI
<< <Archive of Defiance:> A Compilation of Iranian Protest Art
Woman, Life, Freedom: An Archive of Defiance is a collection of art works created during the Iranian uprising sparked by the murder Mahsa Amini in police custody in September last year. This archive has been curated by two scholars of Iranian descent in Canada and presents works in various fields of art, including dance, animation, graffiti, painting, photography and music, which were created around the world by Iranians and non-Iranians who empathized with Iranian women. Shahrzad Mojab, a professor with the University of Toronto, and writer and researcher Afsaneh Hojabri started collecting and documenting hundreds of art works from the very early weeks of nationwide protests. Shortly after the outbreak of the demonstrations, many artworks were created in support of the <Woman, Life, Freedom> movement. Hundreds of artworks by young and unknown artists in Iran, many of whom did not reveal their names over fear of reprisal, were heard and seen around the world.
<An artistic 'Explosion' and Uprising that Expressed Rage, Defiance, Protest> The website of An Archive of Defiance says it gathers <selected visual materials representing 'Woman, Life, Freedom'> and intends to <create an aesthetically inspired resource for transnational feminist revolutionary pedagogy.> <This archive is named after the defiance and the uprising of Iranian women that started with the state murder of Mahsa. Following that, we witnessed an artistic 'explosioní and an uprising that expressed rage, defiance, protest, demands for justice and freedom and everything that was expressed in the slogan 'Woman, Life, Freedom',> Mojab tells IranWire. She is a professor at the Women and Gender Studies Institute and the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. <It dawned on me how important it is for students, academics, activists and artist who want to learn about this uprising to also pay attention to its artistic aspects,> Mojab adds. <This archive, a collection of works created in the first 100 days of the uprising in seven artistic fields such as music, dance, graffiti, writing slogans, installations and visual arts including photography, painting and illustrations, expresses the demands of this movement.>
An Archive for History
An Archive of Defiance is the result of six months of navigation and search through popular media platforms such as Twitter, TikTok, WhatsApp, Instagram, Telegram, and YouTube. On each platform, researchers identified several active accounts and followed them on a daily basis. They also extensively used hashtags in English, Persian and Kurdish. Each entry in the archive is identified by group, subgroup, publication date, place and, when available, the work's and the artist's names. The song <Baraye....> (<For....>) by Shervin Hajipour <is one of the hundreds of music pieces in the archive,> says Shahrzad Mojab. <There are also many good critiques of this song that we have added as a supplement to show how important it is to intellectually and dynamically engage with these artworks.> <This archive was only possible by taking great care and with our enthusiasm for this movement. We did not want to just provide links. We wanted to have the originals of the artworks so that history would remember them. This is a very important concept in building an archive. Preserving the collective history and the collective memory is important.>
<Iranian Women's Rage Has Become Transnational> Some of the artworks in the archive have been seen millions of times by Iranians and non-Iranians and shared extensively. They have attracted a lot of attention in the academia as well. Mojab points out that the responses have been positive and <it is very important and interesting to see response to these works.> Which of the works in this archive does she believe is closest to the spirit of anti-government protests in Iran? <There is a series of animations in the archive that say a lot even though they are very short. In the video section, Khodanour's dance and works about this crime by the government that murdered an honorable and oppressed person like Khodanour impressed me a lot. I have used it a lot and will do so again.> Khodanour Lajai was an Baluch protester who loved dancing and who was killed around the <Bloody Friday> massacre in the south-eastern city of Zahedan in September. While he was detained and tied to a pole, members of the Revolutionary Guards placed a bottle of water in front of him but he could not reach it. A picture of this scene became one of the symbols of the nationwide protests and captured the world's attention. <This archive has also recorded international responses to the uprising in Iran in various artistic forms, including public performances, dances, music, sculptures and installations in various streets around the world,> Mojab says. <This shows that, without a doubt, this uprising has had a global impact. It is an uprising that originated in the rage and defiance of women. This rage and defiance has become transnational and has shaken the foundations a patriarchal and theocratic system that has taken over womenís bodies and womenís freedom.> According to Mojab, this archive has so far included only works that need no translation or description of cultural concepts, but the plan is to expand the entries: <Up to now, we have had very exact criteria for choosing and introducing artworks. We tried to choose works that do not need translations and descriptions of cultural concepts but, little by little, we are working on works that need translation.> An Archive of Defiance is open to everyone and whoever wants to use it can do so. If an artist has created a work that he wants to be included in this archive or if an artist finds one of his works in the archive and wants to add information about it, he can contact Mojab by email. firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com> >>
Note by Gino d'Artali: Being an artist I'm in the midst of creating a special artwork to hail the women of the 'Women, life, freedom' revolution so count on me.
Iranwire - May 26, 2023- By KIAN SABETI
<<Houthis Stage Violent Raid on Baha'i Gathering>>
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Note by Gino d'Artali: this is an article about violence against the Baha'is in Yemen.
Iranwire - May 26, 2023
<<Iranian Dissident Tabarzadi Sentenced to 45 Years in Prison
The Isfahan Revolutionary Court has sentenced Heshmatullah Tabarzadi, a well-known opponent of the Islamic Republic, to 45 years and six months in prison, his lawyer says. <This unjust conviction is not final and can be challenged. However, my client refuses to acknowledge the legitimacy of the Islamic Republic's courts and therefore does not protest,> the lawyer, Mohammad Moghimi, said in a tweet on May 25. Tabarzadi, the secretary-general of the Democratic Front of Iran, has been held behind bars for the past eight months. His arrest coincided with nationwide protests sparked by the September death in police custody of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini and a brutal crackdown on dissent. Tabarzadi recently published an open letter from Isfahan prison, saying he refused to participate in the proceedings of his <fabricated> case. The activist said he faced a litany of accusations, including <propaganda against the regime, insulting the leadership, collaborating with hostile countries, insulting [former Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah] Khomeini, waging war against God, spreading corruption on Earth, inciting violence and discord among people with the intent of disrupting the country's security.> <I would willingly embrace the gallows 1,000 times, but I refuse to bear the burden of lies and false cases,> he stated defiantly.>>
Opinion by Gino d'Artali: Mr. Tabarzadi is a very very brave man. We thank him from the bottom of our hearts for standing firm against the oppresor and will be in thought every day in thought with him.
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