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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. Zendegi. Azadi revolution.
16 February 2023 | By Gino d'Artali
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-'23
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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 - 7 Nov 2023
<<Tortured Kurdish Man at Risk of Execution in Iran
Amnesty International has urged Iranian authorities to immediately quash the conviction and death sentence against Reza Razaei, a man accused of involvement in the killing of a security agent during nationwide protests last year. <If charged with a recognizable criminal offence, proceedings must meet international fair trial standards without recourse to the death penalty and exclude <confessions> obtained under torture,> the London-based human rights watchdog said on November 6. Razaei, a 34-year-old member from Iran's oppressed Kurdish and Yaresan ethnic and religious minorities, was arrested on November 24, 2022 in Shahriar, Tehran province. He is currently being held in Dizel Abad prison in the southern province of Kermanshah. Amnesty International quoted an informed source as saying that the man was subjected to torture and other ill-treatment, including <electric shocks, suffocation by putting a plastic bag over his head and severe beatings to compel his forced 'confessions.'> Last month, a court in Kermanshah sentenced Razaei to death for his alleged involvement in the <murder> of an agent, identified as a member of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) by state media, during a protest in Sahneh, Kermanshah province. Razaei, who has repeatedly denied involvement, was also sentenced to one year in prison and 74 lashes for <disrupting public order.> In its verdict, Branch 2 of Criminal Court 1 dismissed Razaei's retraction of his forced <confession.> The defendant only met his lawyer for the first time at trial, which took place over three sessions. <His right to a fair trial was flagrantly violated, including to access a lawyer of his choosing from the time of arrest, to meaningfully challenge the legality of his detention and to be tried by an independent, competent and impartial tribunal,> Amnesty International said. The group urged the authorities to immediately grant Razaei access to his family, independently chosen lawyer and adequate medical care, to protect him from further ill-treatment and to <investigate his torture allegations, bringing anyone found responsible to justice in fair trials.> Iranian authorities unleashed a brutal crackdown on monthslong protests sparked by the death in police custody of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in September 2022. More than 520 people were killed during demonstrations and over 20,000 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. The protests and clampdown on dissent have been particularly intense in Iran's western Kurdish areas and Sistan and Baluchistan, which is home to the country's Sunni Baluch minority.>>
and read the full call for action from Amnesty International here:
Iranwire - 7 Nov 2023
<<Iranian Authorities Dismiss Case over Teenage Protester's Death
The Iranian judiciary has closed the case initiated by the family of a 16-year-old boy shot dead during nationwide protests last year, in yet another instance of the rampant impunity enjoyed by security forces in the country. Abolfazl Adinezadeh lost his life after being hit by 24 pellets in the northeastern city of Mashhad on October 8, 2022. His family filed a complaint to seek justice for the teenager's death. In a statement issued through their lawyer on November 6, the family said that the Khorasan Razavi Military Prosecutor's Office decided to close the case due to <insufficient concrete evidence to support the claim that military and law enforcement personnel used shotguns.> <We are completely sure and aware that the killer of Abolfazl is Mashhad's special unit,> the family said, insisting that they had <no illusions about receiving justice.> The statement added that the authorities have blocked access to footage recorded by CCTVs around the site of the tragedy, alleging that the cameras were either non-
functional or failed to capture the incident. Adinehzadeh was one of the many casualties of the anti-establishment protests sparked by the death in police custody of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini. More than 500 people were killed by security forces during the unrest and over 20,000 were unlawfully detained. Following biased trials, the judiciary has handed down stiff sentences, including the death penalty, to protesters. Seven of them have been executed so far. Meanwhile, the authorities have exerted pressure on the victims' families through collective arrests and the summoning of grieving families by security agencies. Adinezadeh's father, Ali, his sister Marzieh, and one of his uncles, Reza, were temporarily arrested in June, on the eve of what would have been the teenager's 17th birthday.>>
Iranwire - 7 Nov 2023
<<Iranian Authorities Urged to Give Mohammadi Medical Help
The Norwegian Nobel Committee has urged Iranian authorities to provide medical care to this year's Nobel Peace Prize laureate Narges Mohammadi, who is incarcerated in Tehran's Evin prison. Human rights activist Mohammadi began a hunger strike on November 6 over being blocked along with other inmates from getting medical care and to protest the Islamic Republic's mandatory headscarf rules for women, her family said. The authorities have prevented the activist from receiving medical treatment because she refused to wear a head covering for a hospital visit. <The Norwegian Nobel Committee is deeply concerned about the health of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Narges Mohammadi after she has been denied medical treatment,> Berit Reiss-Andersen, who chairs the committee, said in a statement. <The requirement that female inmates must wear a hijab in order to be hospitalized, is inhumane and morally unacceptable.> <Narges Mohammadi's initiation of a hunger strike demonstrates the seriousness of the situation,> Reiss-Andersen added, urging the authorities to provide Mohammadi and other female inmates with <whatever medical assistance they may need.> The family expressed concern about Mohammadi's <physical condition and health,> saying that the outspoken activist and her lawyer for weeks have sought her transfer to a specialist hospital for heart and lung care. Mohammadi was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize last month for keeping up her fight against the <oppression of women> in her country despite numerous arrests and spending years behind bars.>>
NCRI - Womens committee - 6 Nov 2023 - in Women's News
Reyhaneh Ansarinejad jailed in Evin to serve 4 years
Labor activist Reyhaneh Ansarinejad has been sent to jail to serve her time in prison. Reyhaneh Ansarinejad was imprisoned in Evin Prison on Monday, November 6, 2023. Security forces arrested and detained her after summoning her to a branch of the Implementation of Verdicts Office.
The trial of Reyhaneh Ansarinejad was held on July 17, 2023, at branch 15 of the Tehran Revolutionary Court. The Tehran Revolutionary Court sentenced Ms. Reyhaneh Ansarinejad to 4 years in prison on the charge of <assembly and collusion to act against the security of the state.> The court informed Reyhaneh Anasarinejad of the verdict and additional punishments, banning her membership in parties, groups, political organizations, activities in cyberspace, media, and press, and leaving the country for two years. On Friday, April 28, 2023, on the eve of International Labor Day, the security forces raided the residence of imprisoned teacher Mohammad Habibi. They violently arrested several teachers and labor activists in the house. Ms. Ansarinejad was among those who were arrested in this raid and taken to Evin prison. But ten days later, she was released after posting a bail of one billion tomans. The previous year, Reyhaneh Ansarinejad was violently arrested on May 12, 2022, by the agents of the Ministry of Intelligence. The agents raided her house after midnight and searched it for several hours. She spent several months in prison under undecided conditions. Ms. Ansarinejad is the sole guardian of her young daughter.>>
Iranwire - 6 Nov 2023
<<Iranian Actress in Shock after Attack by Machete-Wielding Thief
Iranian actress Mona Farjad says she was treated in a hospital after a traumatic encounter with a machete-wielding thief, in yet another incident of growing insecurity in Iran. Farjad took to Instagram on November 6 to describe the assault and share a picture of herself on a hospital bed with oxygen tubes in her nose. She did not say in which city the incident took place. Farjad was standing with a friend outside a restaurant the previous night when a man armed with a machete and wearing a black hat and a mask suddenly appeared in front of her, she wrote. The assailant swung the machete menacingly and Farjad and her friend fell to the ground <at least two meters away,> the actress continued. <I won't forget the razor-sharp edge of the machete passing close to the artery of my friend's neck,> she recounted, adding that the <sound of screams and shouts> forced the attacker to flee on a motorcycle ridden by an accomplice. <Today, I experienced the true meaning of insecurity,> Farjad wrote. According to Farjad, the street where the attack occurred is the scene of many robbery attacks each week. <Right at the place where we had this bitter experience last night, a man was attacked with a machete and his leg was injured,> she wrote. The government's failure to devise policies to address poverty facing millions of Iranians has contributed to the rise of criminality in Iran. Last week, an actor, Amir Nouri, reported the theft of over 1.5 billion tomans ($30,000) from his property, and the wife of Kayhan Kalhor, a renowned Iranian musician and composer, said that some of their household items had been stolen.>>
Iranwire - 6 Nov 2023
<<Iranian Man Dies after Falling Unconscious during Trial
An Iranian man fell unconscious while defending himself in Tehran's Revolutionary Court, and died after his transfer to a hospital, according to the judiciary's news agency. Mizan news agency reported on November 6 that the man faced security-related charges. It said his legal representatives were present during the incident. The report, which did not disclose the identity of the man, came two days after human rights activist Reza Khandan named the deceased as Saeed Khademi. Khandan said this man had been summoned at Branch 29 of the Revolutionary Court to face trial on charges including <insulting sacred entities.> Initial assessment by emergency personnel suggested that Khademi died of cardiac arrest, according to an official from the Tehran Revolutionary Court. Khademi's lawyer, Hossein Askari-Rad, told local media that his client was arrested in 2022 on allegations of <propaganda against Islam> and spent some time behind bars before his release on bail. Ensaf News reported that Khademi was employed at a research institute associated with Mohammad Javad Larijani, a conservative politician.>>
Negar Ostad Agha
Jinha - Womens News Agency - 6 Nov 2023
<<Iranian journalist Negar Ostad Agha taken to Gharchak Prison
News Center- Negar Ostad Agha, a journalist and senior editor at Etemad Online, was arrested during the funeral of 16-year-old Armita Garawand, who was hospitalized after being physically attacked by Iran's morality police officers at Tehran Metro on October 1 for not complying with the compulsory <hijab> and died at Fajr Hospital on October 28. According to the local reports, Negar Ostad Agha was taken to Gharchak prison near Tehran on Sunday. After her arrest, her family threatened not to talk about her arrest. The reports say that no information has been received about her situation.>>
Iranwire - 6 Nov 2023
Iranian Kurd Executed after Nearly 14-Year Imprisonment
Iranian authorities executed Kurdish prisoner Qasem Abasteh on November 5 in Karaj's Ghezelhesar prison, near Tehran. The Hengaw human rights group reported that the hanging was carried out after Abasteh had spent 13 years and nine months behind bars. Abasteh was arrested on December 7, 2009, on murder charges. However, Branch 28 of the Tehran Revolutionary Court sentenced him to death after convicting him of <actions against national security, propaganda against the system, membership in Salafist groups and corruption on Earth.> In 2016, the Supreme Court overturned the sentence and sent the case to another branch of the Revolutionary Court for retrial. Abasteh was again sentenced to death, this time on the charge of <waging war against God.> Political prisoner Ahmadreza Haeri wrote in a letter that, according to a co-defendant in the case, <the entire trial did not last two minutes.> Officials reportedly told Abasteh he deserved to be executed three times for being <a Kurd, a Sunni and having Salafist beliefs.> On November 3, political prisoners in Ghezelhesar said Abasteh had been moved to solitary confinement ahead of his execution, and denounced his <clearly unfair trial.> >>
Iranwire - 6 Nov 2023
<<Jailed Nobel Peace Prize Winner Mohammadi on Hunger Strike
Nobel Peace Prize laureate Narges Mohammadi has begun a hunger strike to protest being blocked together with other inmates from getting medical care and the Islamic Republic's mandatory headscarf rules for women, her family says. A post on Mohammadi's Instagram page, which is managed by her relatives, said that she sent a message from Tehran's Evin prison on November 6 and <informed her family that she started a hunger strike several hours ago> in protest of <the Islamic Republic's policy of delaying and neglecting medical care for sick inmates” and its <policy of 'death' or <mandatory hijab' for Iranian women.> The family expressed concern about Mohammadi's <physical condition and health,> adding that the outspoken activist and her lawyer for weeks have sought her transfer to a specialist hospital for heart and lung care. It did not elaborate on what conditions the 51-year-old Mohammadi suffered from, though it described her as receiving an echocardiogram of her heart. Mohammadi's decision increases pressure on Iran's theocratic rulers over her incarceration, a month after she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for keeping up her despite numerous arrests and spending years behind bars.>>
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Egyptian support for Armita
Jinha - Womens News Agency - 6 Nov 2023 - by ASMAA FATHI
<<Egyptian activists: We must take action for Iranian women
Cairo- 16-year-old Armita Garawand, who was hospitalized after being physically attacked by Iran’s morality police officers at Tehran Metro on October 1 for not complying with the compulsory <hijab>, died at Fajr Hospital on October 28. Egyptian activists and feminists spoke to NuJINHA about the oppressive policies faced by women in Iran.
'They receive little international support'
Jawaher Taher, lawyer and head of the Access to Justice Program at the Center for Egyptian Women's Legal Assistance Foundation, said that gender-based violence cases have increased globally, noting that Iran is one of the countries where women's rights are constantly violated. <Violence against women in Iran has increased because of the compulsory hijab that suppresses and rejects women's freedom. The continuation of violence and oppression against women in Iran means that they receive little international support.>
'Campaigns made an overwhelming impression'
Jawaher Taher thinks other countries should put pressure on Iran to end rights violations against women. Speaking about the international campaigns launched by Arab and Iranian feminists, she said, <These campaigns made an overwhelming impression in Egypt and Iran. Such campaigns should be launched more because they reveal what has been happening in Iran.>
'There is a need for an opposition movement'
Nasima al-Khatib, lawyer and founder of the Sanad, an Egyptian initiative fighting gender-based violence, confirmed that femicide cases in public spaces in Egypt and a number of measures were taken to protect women and achieve justice for killed women. <However, the situation in Iran is different because the perpetrators of the crimes committed against women are police and Iranian authorities. Women living in Iran still face an oppressive regime and violence. There is a need for an opposition movement that changes the reality of women and takes measures to protect women so that women can enjoy their freedom.> Nasima al-Khatib called on women in Egypt and all around the world to <make efforts to ensure a better reality for women in Iran and Eastern Kurdistan.>
'Crimes against women spark our anger'
Feminist journalist Hajar Kamal told NuJINHA that crimes against women by Islamic Republic of Iran spark their anger. Recalling that Armita Geravand was just a 16-year-old student, she said, <The criminals were the police officers, who had to protect individuals. The reasons for her killing were inhumane and against human rights. Using violence until she went into a coma is a crime. Forcing women to wear hijab is a violation of human rights. Women have the right to wear whatever they want. Women have the right to decide about their bodies. The international community must take urgent action to prevent the Iranian regime from committing crimes against women.> Speaking about the dangerous situation faced by women and girls in Iran and Eastern Kurdistan, she said, <The world must rise up to save the lives of girls from this oppressive regime. Feminists have an important role in the fight against these oppressive authorities that violate human rights and especially women's rights. Urgent action must be taken for Iranian women, who are shackled by the restrictions of the ruling authority>.>>
Source incl. 3 videos:
NCRI - Womens committee - 4 Nov 2023 - in Women's News
<<The Iranian Judiciary sentenced Mahsa Yazdani to 13 years in prison.
Mahsa Yazdani is the mother of one of the victims of the 2022 Iran protests, Mohammad Javad Zahedi. The first branch of the Revolutionary Court has sentenced Mahsa Yazdani to two counts of five-year sentences for <insulting the sanctities> and <provoking people against national security.> She is sentenced to two years for insulting Ali Khamenei, and to one year in prison for <activities against the Islamic Republic.> These make a total of 13 years. If the verdict is upheld, Mrs. Yazdani would have to serve five years in prison. Security forces in Sari, the capital of Mazandaran Province, arrested Mahsa Yazdani on August 22, 2023, before the anniversary of last year's Iran protests. Mahsa Yazdani was temporarily released on 1.5 billion Toman bail on October 12, 2023. Mohammad Javad Zahedi, 20, was shot and killed from close range with a pellet gun by security forces on September 22, 2022.
In another development, the 35th Branch of the Revision Court of Khorasan Province upheld a six-month sentence for Atekeh Rajabi, an elementary school teacher who was arrested before joining a teachers’ protest in Mashhad on May 9, 2023. She had been already expelled from her job on January 5, 2023, for supporting the nationwide protests. Two months of this sentence will be implemented and four months will be suspended for five years. Hailing from Mashhad, Atekeh Rajabi was a devoted teacher at Abu Zar Elementary School until her expulsion from the Khorasan Province's Education Department on January 5, 2023, owing to her staunch support for the nationwide 2022 uprising. On Tuesday, May 9, 2023, Atekeh Rajabi was apprehended by security forces as she was leaving home to join the protest gathering of educators in Mashhad. Subsequently, she was transferred to the detention center of the Intelligence Department of Mashhad. The authorities proceeded to search her residence following her arrest.>>
Iranwire - 1 Nov 2023
<<Fourteen Baha’is Given Jail Sentences and Fines
The Court of Appeal in the northern province of Mazandaran has issued prison sentences and fines for 14 members of the Baha'i religious minority in the province. This follows their arrest on August 31, 2022, in the city of Qaemshahr. According to HRANA, the human rights news agency, Sanaz Hekmatshe'ar and Bita Haghighi, two Baha'i citizens, have each been sentenced to three years in prison. The other 12 members of the persecuted Baha'i religious minority, Mani Gholinejad, Negar Darabi, Sam Samimi, Mahsa Fathi, Sameieh Gholinejad, Mojir Samimi, Anis Sanai, Afnaneh Nematian, Basir Samimi, Hengameh Alipour, Golban Fallah, and Nazanin Goli, have been sentenced to pay a fine of fifty million tomans ($1,000) each. The 14 Baha'i citizens were initially charged with <engaging in educational or propaganda activities contrary to Sharia law of Islam.>
In the first-instance court, they were sentenced to a total of 31 years in prison. HRANA, citing an informed source, reported that the sentences of these citizens were not officially communicated to their lawyers. The lawyers were informed only orally and were prevented from attending proceedings. The pressure exerted by the Iranian government's judicial and security institutions on the Baha'i religious minority in Iran has significantly escalated, especially after the Woman, Life, Freedom protests began. Baha'is have been systematically persecuted in Iran for 44 years because of their faith and are often accused of being spies or opposed to the Iranian government. The Baha'i International Community and other spokespersons note that no evidence has ever been provided to demonstrate these charges.>>
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