formerly known as
Women's Liberation Front

Welcome to, formerly known as Womens Liberation Front.  A website that hopes to draw and keeps your attention for  both the global 21th. century 3rd. feminist revolution as well as especially for the Zan, Zendegi, Azadi uprising in Iran and the struggles of our sisters in other parts of the Middle East. This online magazine that started December 2019 will be published every week. Thank you for your time and interest.
Gino d'Artali
indept investigative journalist
radical feminist and women's rights activist 

You are now at the Iran 'Woman, Life, Freedom'  section

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The face of Iran's protests. Her life, her dreams and her death.

In memory of Jina 'Mahsa' Amini, the cornerstone of the 'Zan. Zendegi. Azadi revolution.
16 February 2023 | By Gino d'Artali

And also
Read all about the assasination of the 22 year young Jina Mahsa Amini (Kurdistan-Iran) and the start of the Zan, Zendegi, Azadi (Women, life, freedom) revolution in Iran  2022
and the latest news about the 'Women Live Freedom' Revolution per month in 2023:  November 5 - October 31 -- October 31 - 16 --  October 15 - 1 -- September 30 - 16 -- September 17 - 1 -- August 31 - 18 -- August 15 - 1-- July 31 - 16 --July 15 -1--June 30 - 15--June 15-1--May 31 -16-- May 15-1--April--March--Feb--Jan  

Tribute to KIAN PIRFALA, 9 years old and victim of the Islamic Republic's Savagery 10 years ago.

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Updated October 24, 2023


Updated October 10, 2023


Updated October 23, 2023 


Updated October 24, 2023 


 Updated October 10, 2023


Here we are to enter THE IRANIAN WOMEN'S REVOLUTIONISTS against
the supreme leader, the arch-reactionary Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and his placeman president, Ebrahim Raisi. The message of the women when he visited a university is plain: <give way or get lost> in 2023.
  Click here for a total list so far

'Facing Faces and Facts 1-2'  (2022) to commemorate the above named and more and food for thought and inspiration to fight on.
and 'Facing Faces & Facts 3' edited December 2022/March 2023

Dear reader, from here on the 'Woman, Life, Freedom' pages menu will look a bit different and this to avoid too many pop-ups ,meaning the underlined period  in yellow tells you in what period you are and click on another underlinded period to go there. However, when needed a certain topic will be in yellow meaning it's a link to go that topic and will open in a new window. If you dissagree about any change feel more than free to let me know what you think at
This does not count for the  above topics which, when clicked on, will still appear in a pop-up window and for now the 'old' lay-out 'till I worked that all out. Thank you. Gino d'Artali
(Updates November 3, 2023)



Articles about
<<Mahsa Amini's Father: <Everything They Have Said and Shown is Lies>
By Diako Alavi, a journalist from Saqqez and family friend of Mahsa Amini 
Jina Amini, the face of Irans uprising and revolution:

Unfortunately this call to artistically and poeticaly participate and to commemorate the killing of  Jina Mahsa Amini , has ended without participants. Click the  link for more info

Updates of Jina Amini's Revolution:
Part 12: October 6 - 2 2023
Part 13: October 13 - 12, 2023

and links to earlier parts
Gino d'artali's opinion: We mourn AND fight!

We all grief for the loss of our sister / daughter of Iran Armita Gevarnand:  
28 October 2023 Armita Gevarnand - Iran lost a daughter
29 October 2023
29 October 2023
<<Armita Geravand Is Laid to Rest Amidst Stringent Security Measures
30 October 2023 
<<Narges Mohammadi: Our Armita was sent to the brink of death because of her beautiful hair...
and more ...

<<Prominent Lawyer and Activists Beaten, Detained at Funeral of Teenager Armita Geravand....
<<Arrests Made during Funeral of Iranian Teen Who Died after Hijab Assault....

1 November 2023 <<Iranian women <haunted by fear> over forced hijab...
- Narges Mohammadi: "VICTORY IS CERTAIN"

3 November 2023 <<UN Experts <Shocked> by Attacks on Women, Girls in Iran...
<<HRW Calls for Probe into Death of Teenage Girl in Iran...

- 31 October 2023 <<Haniyeh Tawasoli summoned by Iran's judiciary....
- 25 October 2023 <<Iranian state media confirm that Armita Geravand is brain dead; her family does not
 - 19 October 2023 About Roya Zakeri's unfateful ordeal
 -16 October 2023 Young woman assaulted in Tabriz
 - 12 October 2023 Armita Geravands' Brain Death Emerge

Click here to read what that happened to other sisters being victims of the mullahs' regime




November 3 - 1, 2023
<Victory is Certain,> Jailed Iranian Nobel Peace Prize Winner Says...
and <<Narges Mohammadi's hospital transfer blocked for refusing to wear hijab...
and <<Remembering the Victims of Iran's Khash Massacre...
and <<Mother of Slain Nine-Year-Old Iranian Boy Forced into Silence |kian Pirfalak|...
and <<Maryam Forough-Manesh hanged in Yasuj Prison; 18 women executed in 2023 so far...
and <<Father of Slain Iranian Protester Handed Additional Prison Term...
and <<Iranian Protester on Death Row Beaten after Suicide Attempt...
and more news ...

October 31 - 30, 2023
<<Health Scare in Zanjan: 67 Girl Students Hospitalized After Poisoning Incident...
and <<Haniyeh Tawasoli summoned by Iran's judiciary...
and <<Students Prohibited from Entering Iran’s Al-Zahra University...
and <<Jailed Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Mohammadi Denied Medical Care...
and <<Jailed Iranian Activist Sotoudeh on Hunger and Medicine Strike...
and <<Mother of Killed Iranian Protester Sentenced to 13 Years in Prison
and more news...

Cruel regime stories not for the faint of heart:
October 2023
October 27, 2023
<<The <Islamization> of Schooling: Iranians Can No Longer Study at Foreign Schools...

<<Unprecedented Photos from Evin Show Brutal Conditions for Political Prisoners....
October 19 , 2023
<<Blind Human Rights Lawyer Disappears in Iran....
Keep reading:

October 19 , 2023
<<Iranian Man Faces Ordeal for Exposing Officials' Corruption...

and more here:
Click here for a 'RED ALERT' overview 'till August 2023   

2-weekly opinion by Gino d'Artali:
Dedicated to the women-led revolution
October 25, 2023 -
'Strengthening grief'
September 1, 2023
 August 4 - July 15, 2023
July 15 - 1, 2023
June 30 - 15, 2023

June 15 - 9, 2023

October 27 - 25, 2023
<<Iran Stages Military Exercises as Regional Tensions Rise...
and <<Iranian Activist and Refugee in Turkiye Facing Imminent Deportation...
and <<Iranian Prisons Ignore Declining Health of Jailed Activists...
and <<26 Baha'is in Iran Sentenced to 126 Years in Jail as 13 Arrested-Mostly Women...
and <<Jailed Iran Activist Rushed to Hospital...
and <<Officials Failing Forty-Three Thousand Undocumented Children in Iran...
and <<Students Sentenced to Prison for Protesting Schoolgirl Poisonings...
and more news...
October 25 -16, 2023

Updated with a quiete revealing article about the investigations

 and more menu links to news untill October 1, 2023

When one hurts or kills a women
one hurts or kills hummanity and is an antrocitie.
Gino d'Artali
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.>
Gianna d'Artali.

Jinha - Womens News Agency - 3 Nov 2023
<<Narges Mohammadi's hospital transfer blocked for refusing to wear hijab
News Center- The family of Narges Mohammadi said that 2023 Nobel Peace Prize winner Narges Mohammadi's hospital transfer was blocked by Iranian prison authorities for refusing to wear the compulsory hijab. According to the post of her family, the prison authorities have refused to transfer Nages Mohammadi, who suffers from heart and lung conditions, to a hospital outside Evin prison. <Two days and nights, a group of women in Evin protested in the prison yard to send Narges Mohammadi to the heart hospital. The prison warden announced that sending her to the heart hospital without a headscarf was prohibited, and her transfer was cancelled,> her family wrote on her official Instagram account on Wednesday. Her family also wrote that the prison authorities even refused to transfer Narges Mohammadi to the infirmary. Narges Mohammadi announced that she would not wear a hijab. Jailed Iranian women's rights activist Narges Mohammadi was awarded the 2023 Nobel Peace Prize on October 6, 2023. She smuggled out a letter of thanks for her Nobel Peace Prize. <I am grateful to all of you and urge you to support the people of Iran until the final victory. Victory is not easy, but it is certain,> she said in the letter.>>

Iranwire - 3 Nov 2023 - by ROGHAYEH REZAEI
<<Remembering the Victims of Iran's Khash Massacre
A year ago, Iranian security forces unleashed live bullets on largely peaceful protesters, bystanders and worshippers after Friday prayers in the city of Khash, southeastern Sistan and Baluchistan province, killing at least 18 people, including children. The November 4, 2022, incidents occurred less than a month after Bloody Friday in the provincial capital, Zahedan, which claimed the lives of over 100 people. The tragedies revealed that <protesters from the oppressed Baluchi minority have borne the brunt of the security forces' particularly vicious crackdown> on the monthslong demonstrations that swept Iran following the death in police custody of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, according to Amnesty International. In his November 3 Friday sermon, the Sunni Friday prayer leader of Zahedan, Molavi Abdulhamid, said that the Iranian people continue to seek <justice> for the killings and demand that the <perpetrators and masterminds> be held accountable. Haalvsh, a group that monitors rights violations in Sistan and Baluchistan, has been able to reveal the names of only 11 of the victims in Khash, including many young individuals who aspired to break free from the shackles of poverty and oppression. On the anniversary of the massacre, IranWire tells the story of several of those killed.
Innocent Children: Mobeen and Yasser
Mobeen Mirkazehi, 14, lost his life after being struck by a bullet in front of the governor's office of Khash. Baluch activists said that the boy had joined the popular protests against the government. A close relative, who preferred to remain anonymous for security reasons, tells IranWire that the family had struggled to provide for their child and make sure he received a proper education. <The family's meager resources were depleted, leaving little for their impoverished household,> the source said. <Mobeen's father is a laborer. Every six months, he would travel to [the southern port city of] Bandar Abbas for work, leaving his family for three to four months.> <On the day Mobeen was killed, they called his father with the news that his son was unwell, which was far from the truth. It was a ruse to bring him back,> the relative added. <They were forced to earn money, silence their grief, and forfeit their right to seek justice. The suffering inflicted upon them has been immense, to the extent that the health condition of Mobeen's mother has significantly deteriorated since his death.> The 17-year-old Yasser Bahadorzehi, who Baluch activists say did not participate in protests, is another victim of the security forces' indiscriminate crackdown in Khash. The teenager suffered from severe physical and mental disabilities, as evidenced by photos and videos circulated after his death. His lifeless body bearing bullet wounds was found a day after the November 4 massacre, in a field located hundreds of meters from the protest site.
Targeted in Chest and Head: Mohammad, Sadegh, Younes and Ali
Mohammad Shahbakhsh, a 22-year-old student at Khash Azad University, was fatally shot during the protests in Khash. Videos show Mohammad's lifeless body amidst the protesters, who can be heard chanting <Allah Akbar> (God Is Great). Moments later, they lift the body from the ground and carry it away. A photo of Younes Selahshoran's grave - featuring an inscription that reads <Oh God! What did the martyrs see in martyrdom to leave us and go to you?> - has been widely shared on social media networks. <In Baluchistan, those who lost their lives in the protests are referred to as martyrs. Despite the government's attempts to claim them as its own martyrs, many families resist accepting the government's narrative regarding the martyrs of Baluchistan, despite the poverty and hardships they face,> a source tells IranWire. <Many of the people of Baluchistan are devout Muslims, but they are staunchly against the government and its oppression,> he continued. <They have not allowed the government, which deceitfully confiscated the people's religious values, to falsely label them as martyrs.> Sadegh Aramesh, a muezzin and servant of Khash's Meraj Mosque, was shot and killed by security forces. Disturbing images of Sadegh show his bloodied face, with one eye still open, and a bullet struck to his head. In one video, a man identified as a member of Sadegh's family rejects the government’s accusations against those killed, saying they were not <thugs and hooligans> but rather students, laborers and tradesmen.
Ali Moradzehi, 25, also lost his life after being hit by bullets.
This primary school teacher was pursuing undergraduate studies at Khash Azad University.
Azim Mahmoudzehi, Father of Four
Azim, 40, left behind four young children. A source close to his family tells IranWire that he was a hardworking laborer who transported agricultural goods to cities in Baluchistan. A video posted by his wife, Binazir Yarahamdzehi, shows her sitting beside a young child and asking in Baluch language: <I want to ask them [the government]: 'What did my husband do to deserve martyrdom? What crime had he committed that led to his martyrdom?'> <My husband went to take a driving license exam out of despair and helplessness, but before he reached the governorate of Khash, they shot him in the head,> she says with her voice quivered with emotion. <After shooting him in the head, they discarded his body in the wilderness. They took his phone, opened his watch, removed the car's key, the certificate and his ring. Why did they abandon him in the desert? Do they think that God will spare them? No, I’m praying in this mosque that God will bring shame upon them,> she adds. The grieving woman bursts into tears as she asks, <What am I going to do with four children? You've made these four children orphans. Now this child asks: 'Where is my father?' What answer can I give him? He pleads: 'Go get my father from the ground!'> >>

Iranwire - Nov 3, 2023 - by SAMANEH GHADARKHAN
<<Mother of Slain Nine-Year-Old Iranian Boy Forced into Silence
Iranian authorities are exerting intense pressure on the family of Kian Pirfalak, a nine-year-old boy who was killed during nationwide protests last year, ahead of the one-year anniversary of his death. Kian and several other people lost their lives when government forces indiscriminately fired live ammunition on people during protests in the southwestern city of Izeh on November 16, 2022. Officials have labeled the Izeh massacre as a <terrorist> act and attributed it to government opponents. The Pirfalak family rejected the claims and said the boy was shot by the security forces in his parent's car. Kian's outspoken mother, Mahmonir Molaei-Rad, publicly accused Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and his security forces of being responsible for her son's death. A source from Izeh tells IranWire that security officials have now forced Molaei-Rad into silence by issuing threats against her and the entire family. The source hints that the authorities are apprehensive about potential large gatherings taking place on the anniversary of Kian's death. In June, Molaei-Rad organized a commemoration to mark what would have been Kian's 10th birthday and called on all Iranians to join. The Iranian diaspora responded to the call by holding ceremonies across the globe on that day. In the days leading up to Kian's birthday, security agents conducted a raid on Molaei-Rad's home, engaged in violent confrontations with family members and confiscated several personal items. And on Kian's birthday, Molaei-Rad's 21-year-old cousin, Pouya, was shot and killed by security forces while he was heading to the boy's gravesite in the village of Parchestan, Izeh. According to IranWire sources, security institutions interrogated Molaei-Rad after Pouya's death and conditioned the handover of his body to the family's silence. <The Molaei-Rad and Pirfalak families have retreated from public life due to the immense pressure they have experienced and continue to face,> IranWire's source says. Almost no one in Izeh directly communicates with the families, the source says, adding, <They are under intense surveillance.> >>

Iranwire - 3 Nov 2023
<<Dissident Iranian Composer Receives UN Award for <Courageous> Work
A dissident Iranian composer who has been jailed three times for his music has won the United Nations' second annual International Art Contest for Minority Artists. The honor was presented to Mehdi Rajabian in absentia on November 2 because he is unable to leave Iran. <This is an important award,> Rajabian said in a statement, adding, <Happiness is a collective event, and unfortunately no one is happy here [in Iran].> <The situation has become completely different after the recent protests. No award can be a criterion for determining the artistic value of an artist, but it can definitely be a platform for the voice of human rights and freedom of art.> The award went to three <minority artists working on themes relating to intersectionality and compounded forms of discrimination,> according to the website of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR). Claude Cahn, a UN human rights officer, said that the judges were moved by Rajabian's bravery, resilience and commitment, according to Billboard, which publishes a news website and weekly magazine that covers music, video and home entertainment. <In the views of the judges panel, at the risk of his health and own life, he has used his spirit and music to be a human rights light in the darkness,> he said. Sverre Pedersen, the executive committee chair of the nongovernmental organization Freemuse and Minority Rights Group International, a partner in the contest, said that Rajabian <continues his artistic work and his courageous human rights work> despite being under <constant surveillance> and <often subjected to harassment and threats.> Rajabian was arrested in 2013, put in solitary confinement for three months, released on bail and arrested again in 2015 for recording the album The History of Iran Narrated By Setar. In Tehran's Evin prison, the artist began a 40-day hunger strike that led to his release on parole in 2017. Rajabian was arrested again in 2020, but not imprisoned, because of his album Middle Eastern. He was accused of <encouraging prostitution> because female vocalists sang on the album, according to the composer.>>

Iranwire - 2 Nov 2023
<<Iranian Court Upholds Teachers' Prison Sentence
An Iranian court has upheld the six-month prison sentence of a teachers' union activist, while another faced his third court appearance in two months amid an relentless clampdown on organized labor. The Appeals Court of Khorasan Razavi Province confirmed Atekeh Rajabi's sentence, with two months of prison time and four months suspended for five years, the Coordinating Council of Teachers Syndicates reported. Rajabi was arrested in May while on her way to participate in a teachers' rally in the northeastern city of Mashhad protesting the deteriorating state of the educational system and the suppression of students. She was fired from her job last year after appearing in a video without a headscarf in which she criticized the government's <unjust treatment> of students and teachers who are simply demanding their rights be respected. Condemning what it called <the systematic case fabrications> against union activists, the Coordinating Council of Teachers Syndicates also reported that Mohsen Omrani had made his third court appearance on October 31 in a trial revolving around charges of <propaganda against the system.> Omrani had previously been sentenced in two separate cases to a total of two years and three months in prison, asset confiscation and 35 lashes. He was also arrested in May. Unrest has rattled Iran since last summer in response to declining living standards, wage arrears and a lack of welfare support. The September 2022 death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini while in police custody breathed new life into the protests, which the authorities have tried to quell with brutal force. More than 500 people were killed by security forces during demonstrations sparked by Amini's death and over 20,000 people were unlawfully detained, activists say. Following biased trials, the judiciary has handed down stiff sentences, including the death penalty, to protesters. Seven of them have been executed so far.>>

NCRI - Womens committee - 2 Nov 2023 - in Women's News
<<Maryam Forough-Manesh hanged in Yasuj Prison; 18 women executed in 2023 so far
Another unfortunate woman, Maryam Forough-Manesh, was hanged in the Central Prison of Yasuj at dawn on Wednesday, November 1, 2023. The news of the execution of this execution has not been published by the Iranian state media and press at the time of writing this report. Maryam Forough-Manesh was from Dehdasht, in Kohgiluyeh and Boyer Ahmad Province in southwestern Iran. She had been convicted of murder and sentenced to death. It is not yet clear how many years she was incarcerated. According to the data compiled by the NCRI Women's Committee, this is the 221st woman to be executed in Iran since 2007, and the 18th woman executed in 2023, so far. Ebrahim Raisi has so far executed six more women every year. The number of executions in Iran has drastically increased since more than two years ago, when Ebrahim Raisi took office as the mullahs' president in August 2021. Based on the data compiled by the NCRI Women's Committee, 118 women were executed in Iran from August 2013 to August 2021, when Hassan Rouhani was in office. That makes an average of 15 women executed per year. However, under Ebrahim Raisi, 42 women were executed from August 2021 to August 2023. That makes an average of 21 women per year, which is six more women executed every year compared to the regime's previous president.
The Iranian regime is the world's top record holder of the executions of women.
The Women's Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran has compiled these women's names in a list called <List of Women Executed in Iran since 2007.> No government in the world has executed so many women. The list does not account for the tens of thousands of women executed in Iran on political grounds. The Iranian regime is the world’s top record holder of executions of women. The NCRI Women's Committee has previously mentioned that many women executed by the mullahs' regime are victims of domestic violence against women and have acted in self-defense.>>
Note by Gino d'Artali: embedded as part of the article are 3 links with more heinous details about the mullahs' regime hanging spree of women.
And read also the below:

Iranwire - 2 Nov 2023
<<Executions in Iran Are up 30 Percent, UN Report Says
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said that the Islamic Republic of Iran is carrying out executions <at an alarming rate.> and expressed deep concern at the <lack of transparent and independent investigations> into reports of massive human rights violations. The Iranian authorities executed at least 419 people in the first seven months of the year, up 30 percent from the same period in 2022, Guterres said in a new report to the UN General Assembly on the human rights situation in Iran. More than half of those executed - 239 people - were reportedly put to death on drug-related charges, a 98-percent increase from the same period last year, he said. Seven men were executed in relation to or for participating in the monthslong nationwide protests sparked by the September 2022 death in police custody of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, according to the report. In all seven cases, the judicial proceedings <did not fulfill the requirements for due process and a fair trial under international human rights law,> it said, adding that <access to adequate and timely legal representation was frequently denied, with reports of coerced confessions, which may have been obtained as a result of torture.> Guterres cited information received by the UN rights agency that between September 2022 and February 2023, an estimated 20,000 people were arrested for their involvement in the protest movement. <It is particularly concerning that most of the individuals arrested may have been children, given that the reported average age of those arrested was estimated to be 15 years, according to the deputy commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps,> the secretary-general said. He cited reported instances of disproportionate and excessive use of force against demonstrators, and beatings and sexual violence after they were put into custody, as well as psychological abuse.The government said <a minimum of> 22,000 people detained during the protests were pardoned, but Guterres pointed out that it was difficult to verify the numbers of those arrested and released. He also said that a number of those who were pardoned then received summonses on new charges or were rearrested, including activists, journalists and members of minority groups. According to the report, <the continued denial of adequate medical care in detention remains a serious concern.> The secretary-general urged Iran to immediately halt all executions, abolish the death penalty and release all people detained arbitrarily <for legitimately exercising their rights to freedom of opinion and expression, association and peaceful assembly.>
Guterres said the government should guarantee the right to peaceful assembly, ensure that security at protests complies with international human rights norms and standards, and respect the rights to due process and fair trials.>>

Iranwire - 2 Nov 2023
<<Father of Slain Iranian Protester Handed Additional Prison Term
An Iranian court has handed an additional six-month prison sentence to Manouchehr Bakhtiari, a political prisoner incarcerated in the northwestern city of Qazvin, according to a human rights website. The Qazvin Revolutionary Court issued the sentence on November 1 after convicting Bakhtiari of <insulting> the Islamic Republic's Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, the Harana website said. Bakhtiari was arrested in Tehran in April 2021 and was subsequently sentenced to three years and a half in prison for <acting against national security> by calling for justice for his 27-year-old son Pouya, who was fatally shot by security forces during protests in Karaj in November 2019. Manouchehr Bakhtiari's wife, Sara Abbasi, has expressed concern over his poor health condition, saying he faces multiple diseases, and claimed he had been denied access to medical treatment and furlough.>>

Iranwire - 2 Nov 2023
<<Iranian Authorities Criticized over <Relentless> Repression of Baha'is
A US government commission has condemned a recent series of arrests and prosecutions of members of the Baha'i faith in Iran, whom it said have been <relentlessly repressed> for decades. Susie Gelman, a commissioner at the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), made the comments in a post on the social media platform X, after the Baha'i International Community (BIC) reported last month an <escalating pattern of persecution.> <The Biden admin must continue to lead multilateral efforts to call out the Iranian regime's terrible restrictions on religious freedom & targeting of Baha'is & other religious minorities in Iran. We urge other govs to do the same,> Gelman wrote in a separate post. Baha'is have been systematically persecuted in Iran for 44 years because of their faith. The government has intensified its crackdown over the past year, imprisoning dozens of Baha'is on spurious charges, denying members of the faith access to higher education and livelihoods, and confiscating or destroying their personal properties. Shia Islam is the state religion in Iran. The constitution recognizes several minority faiths, including Christianity, Judaism, and Zoroastrianism, but not the Baha'i faith. The Baha'i community claims to have more than seven million followers worldwide, including some 300,000 in Iran.>>

Narges Mohammadi
Iranwire - 1 Nov 2023
<Victory is Certain,> Jailed Iranian Nobel Peace Prize Winner Says
In a message smuggled out of her cell in Tehran, Nobel Peace Prize winner and women's rights activist Narges Mohammadi said that transitioning away from Iran's <religious authoritarian regime> to a more democratic, equalitarian and freer political system is an <unstoppable process.>
Mohammadi's 17-year-old daughter, Kiana Rahmani, read out the message nearly a month after the imprisoned activist was awarded the Nobel prize for her fight against the <oppression of women in Iran> and for her efforts to promote <human rights and freedom for all.> The 51-year-old activist once again criticized the Islamic Republic's strict dress code for women, saying that <the compulsory hijab is a means of control and repression imposed on the society and on which the continuation and survival of this authoritarian religious regime depends.> She condemned <a regime that has institutionalized deprivation and poverty in society for 45 years,> and said that it was <built on lies, deception, cunning and intimidation.> Mohammadi, whose family took refuge in France, has been arrested 13 times, convicted five times, and sentenced to a total of 31 years in prison and 154 lashes for her activism. Incarcerated in Tehran's Evin prison following her latest arrest in 2021, she has been one of the women spearheading the <Woman, Life, Freedom> uprising in Iran. The protest movement, which has seen many Iranian women and girls take off their hijab, cut their hair and rally in the streets, was sparked by the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in September last year after she was arrested for allegedly wearing a headscarf improperly. The monthslong demonstrations waned earlier this year following a deadly state crackdown in which hundreds of people were killed and thousands were unlawfully arrested. However, many Iranian women and girls continue to refuse to wear a mandatory headscarf, in a direct challenge to the country's clerical rulers. <We, the people of Iran, demand democracy, freedom, human rights, and equality, and the Islamic Republic is the main obstacle in the way of realizing these national demands,> Mohammadi said in her message. <We... are struggling to transition away from this religious authoritarian regime through solidarity and drawing on the power of a non-violent and unstoppable process in order to revive the honor and pride of Iran and human dignity and prestige for its people,> she continued. <Victory is not easy, but it is certain,> the activist concluded.>>

Iranwire - 1 Nov 2023
<<Israel-Hamas War: Iranian Activists Blast Khamenei's <Reckless> Policies
Eighty Iranian political and civil activists have called for a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip and warned Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei against dragging Iran into the abyss of war. <First and foremost, as concerned Iranian citizens, we feel a compelling duty to issue a stern warning to the leadership of our country,> the activists wrote in a joint letter obtained by IranWire. <They must recognize that they lack the authority to lead our nation into war with their reckless, unwise and unpatriotic policies, potentially transforming the peaceful people of Iran into war-weary victims,> they said. The warning comes as Israeli ground forces pushed deeper into Gaza in their attempt to destroy Palestinian terrorist group Hamas. While openly admitting its backing for Hamas, Iran's clerical rulers insist the Islamic Republic was not involved in the group's October 7 attack on Israel. They have also warned Israel of an escalation if it failed to end its assault on Gaza, with authorities indicating Tehran-backed proxies across the Middle East were ready to act. In their joint letter, the Iranian activists said that Khamenei <does not possess the authority to disregard the collective will of the Iranian people and to prioritize his own regional ambitions.> <By directly involving our nation in these conflicts, he not only jeopardizes the safety and prosperity of the Iranian people, but also threatens to impose the scourge of war upon our land,> they said, criticizing the supreme leader's <destructive policies and anti-national stance.> The Israeli military has been bombing Gaza since the Hamas attacks on Israel that killed 1,400 people and saw more than 230 people kidnapped as hostages. The Hamas-run Health Ministry in Gaza says more than 8,700 people have been killed since Israel's retaliatory bombing started, including 2,913 children.>>

Iranwire - 1 Nov 2023
<<Iranian Protester on Death Row Beaten after Suicide Attempt
Mujahid Korkur, a 34-year-old protester on death row, was severely beaten after he attempted to take his own life for a second time while in custody. A source told IranWire that Korkur made his suicide attempt behind the walls of Shiban prison in the southern city of Ahvaz as his mental and physical health dramatically worsoned. His ensuing brutal beating by prison officers required the inmate's hospitalization. Korkur's arrest was reported in mid-December 2022 and he was handed capital punishment earlier this year for allegedly killing several people during protests in the western city of Izeh. In June, security agents raided the home of Korkur's family and arrested his sister Negar. Officers showed Korkur a video of her during the arrest and warned him: <We will bring the disaster you fear to your sister.> The video produced immense mental and emotional pressure on Korkur, who made a first suicide attempt. After that, the prison authorities allowed his mother and father to visit him. During the encounter, Korkur <pleaded> with his parents to tell him the <truth> about Negar, according to sources close to the family. After the meeting, Korkur's parents reported a deterioration of his mental and physical health. Korkur's alleged victims in Izeh on November 16 include Kian Pirfalak, a nine-year-old boy who was shot by the security forces in his parent's car. After partially recovering from injuries sustained during the shooting incident, Kian's father, Meysem Pirfalak, released a video in which he refutes Korkur's involvement in the death of his son. <My wife and I witnessed firsthand the security forces…firing at our car, injuring me and killing my son,> he said.>>

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