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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. Zendagi. 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
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2-weekly opinion by Gino d'Artali:
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.>
Opinion by Gino d'Artali: first the most victorious news for the 'Jina Amini Revolution':
Iranwire - October 6, 2023
<<Jailed Iranian Activist Mohammadi Wins Nobel Peace Prize
Imprisoned Iranian activist Narges Mohammadi won the 2023 Nobel Peace Prize for her fight against the <oppression of women> in her country and for promoting <human rights and freedom for all.> In making the announcement on October 6, the Norwegian Nobel Committee said the prize also recognizes <the hundreds of thousands of people who, in the preceding year, have demonstrated against Iran's theocratic regime's policies of discrimination and oppression targeting women.> <The motto adopted by the demonstrators - 'Woman - Life - Freedom' - suitably expresses the dedication and work of Narges Mohammadi,> the committee said. In a statement to The New York Times, Mohammadi said the <global support and recognition of my human rights advocacy makes me more resolved, more responsible, more passionate and more hopeful.> <I also hope this recognition makes Iranians protesting for change stronger and more organized,> she added. <Victory is near.> From behind bars, Mohammadi contributed an opinion piece for the US newspaper in which she wrote: <What the government may not understand is that the more of us they lock up, the stronger we become.> Berit Reiss-Andersen, the chair of the Norwegian Nobel Committee who announced the prize in Oslo, said that the prize <is first and foremost a recognition of the very important work of a whole movement in Iran with its undisputed leader, Nargis Mohammadi.>
Reiss-Andersen said the committee hopes the prize <is an encouragement to continue the work in whichever form this movement finds to be fitting.> She also urged Iran to release Mohammadi in time for the prize ceremony on December 10. The freedom fighter has been imprisoned multiple times over the past decade for her civil rights activities. She was most recently arrested in 2022 and sentenced to 10 years 9 months in prison on fabricated charges. Currently incarcerated in Tehran's Evin prison, Mohammadi has published in the past months numerous letters protesting prison conditions and violence against inmates. The outspoken activist has received many awards and accolades, including the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize and the Andrei Sakharov Prize of the American Physical Society. She is the deputy head of the Defenders of Human Rights Center, a non-governmental organization led by Shirin Ebadi, the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize laureate. The monthslong anti-establishment protests in Iran were sparked by the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini while in police custody for an alleged head-scarf violation. The authorities responded to the women-led protest movement with a brutal crackdown that has claimed the lives of more than 500 people. Thousands of others have been unlawfully arrested and prosecuted. Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, director of the Norway-based Iran Human Rights organization, expressed hope that Mohammadi's Nobel prize award <will draw the international community's attention to the Iranian people's struggle for their fundamental human rights.> Reporters Without Borders reiterated its call on the authorities in Iran to release the activist, who the Paris-based media freedom watchdog said <continues to report and denounce abuses against women while in detention.> In Germany, parliament member Ye-One Rhie said the 2023 Nobel Peace Prize <goes out to you and your bravery - and to everybody fighting for women's rights all over the world. Especially in Iran. Please keep fighting. We see you> >>
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'Narges Mohammadis' Nobel heightens hope for freedom'
<<Iran Sees World's Biggest Drop in Internet Freedom
Iran experienced the most significant decline in internet freedom in 2023, driven by the authorities’ <disproportionate and violent> crackdown on the Woman, Life, Freedom protest movement, according to Freedom House. In a bid to quell the nationwide anti-government protests sparked by the death in police custody of Mahsa Amini in September 2022, the authorities arrested thousands of demonstrators, including <numerous women who used social media to express opposition to the regime's discriminatory hijab policies,> the rights watchdog says in its annual report on the level of the Internet freedom in the world, published on October 4. <The government also shut down internet services, blocked WhatsApp and Instagram, and expanded its repressive surveillance apparatus,> it adds. State repression was not limited to the protests, the report says, adding that two people were <executed for alleged blasphemy after they shared their religious views on Telegram.> The report, titled Freedom On The Net 2023, covers 70 countries around the world, ranking the Internet in three groups -- Free, Partially Free and Not Free. Global Internet freedom declined for the 13th consecutive year in 2023, according to the report. None of the seven Middle Eastern countries assessed are considered Free. Three - Lebanon, Jordan, and Iraq - are rated Partly Free, and the remaining four - the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Iran-are rated Not Free. Iceland, Estonia, and Canada were ranked as most free.>>
Iranwire - October 6, 2023
<<Jail Terms and More Arrests for Baha’is Across Iran
The Court of Appeals in Khorasan Razavi province has upheld the 10-year and 9-month prison sentence for Sanaz Tafazoli, a Baha'i citizen currently detained in Vakil Abad Prison in Mashhad. Reports indicate that the Court of Appeal for Tafazoli's case proceeded without notifying the defendant or her lawyer. The First Branch of the Revolutionary Court in the north-eastern city of Mashhad originally sentenced Sanaz Tafazoli on July 15 on charges of <collusion against security, leading a group with the intent to disrupt national security, and engaging in propaganda> against the Islamic Republic. Tafazoli, 46, had been accused of <engaging in humanitarian and social endeavors as a Baha'i, as well as having pamphlets and literature pertaining to the Baha'i faith at her residence.> Under the application of Article 134 of the Islamic Penal Code, a strict punishment of six years and six months imprisonment can be enforced. She was arrested on November 22, 2022, in Mashhad and has been detained in Vakil Abad prison for over 10 months. Meanwhile, on the morning of October 5, two Baha'i citizens, Iman Rashidi and Ahmad Jafari Naimi, were apprehended by Ministry of Intelligence agents in central Yazd and taken to an undisclosed location. According to a reliable source, at 10am that morning, around 14 security agents entered Iman Rashidi's house. They conducted a search, seized religious books, a laptop, and a mobile phone, and subsequently detained him. On the same day, agents from the Yazd Intelligence Department arrived at Ahmad Jafari Naimi's workplace, arrested him, and transported him to an undisclosed destination. The mobile phone of this Baha'i citizen was also confiscated.>>
Iranwire - October 6, 2023
<<Iranian Actor, Director Atila Pesyani Dies at 66
Acclaimed Iranian actor and director Atila Pesyani died in France after a long battle with eye cancer. He was 66. <With heavy hearts, we regret to inform you that the esteemed Atila Pesyani, an invaluable and irreplaceable figure in the world of Iranian cinema, theater, and television, departed after a prolonged and arduous battle with illness abroad. He left us and found eternal peace,> the Guild of Cinema Actors of Iran said in a statement on October 6. Pesyani graduated in theater directing and acting from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Tehran. He began his theater career in 1978 and entered the world of cinema in 1981 with the movie <Ifrit.> Throughout his career, Pesyani directed approximately 40 plays and starred in numerous films and television shows.>>
Iranwire - October 5, 2023 - by Tara Orami
<<More Security Scrutiny and Restrictions at Iran's Kurdistan University
Kurdistan University in Sanandaj, the largest academic institution in the western Iranian province of Kurdistan, actively supported the Women, Life, Freedom movement during last year's anti-government protests. The student-led protest actions, which included boycotting classes, condemning executions and criticizing the arrest of professors, were repeatedly met with violence by the Islamic Republic's security apparatus. In recent months, the authorities have imposed additional security measures targeting students and professors at Kurdistan University as part of efforts to purge the country's academic institutions of elements deemed undesirable. In November 2022, as the country was swept by anti-government protests, the head of Kurdistan University resigned from his post in protest over the suppression of students. Rahmat Sadeghi was replaced by Hamid Ghadirzadeh, whose tenure at the helm of the university coincided with an escalation in the repression against students. As the new academic year begins, Kurdistan University has become even more heavily guarded and its students and professors have faced increased restrictions.
Security cameras have been installed across Kurdistan University's campus, except the <bathroom,> one student told an IranWire citizen reporter.
<I attended this university two years ago, and although surveillance cameras were present along certain pathways on the campus, this year has seen a significant surge in the number of these cameras,> the student explained. <It's safe to say that the university authorities now have eyes on everywhere except the bathroom.>
Stringent Rules for Women
A young man who accompanied his sister during the registration and dormitory selection process at the beginning of the academic year told IranWire: <I dropped my sister off at the dormitory entrance. She was wearing a regular coat and a headscarf that didn't strictly adhere to the criteria set by the Islamic Republic. I wanted to enter the dormitory to check my sister's accommodation, but the dormitory staff, while emphasizing the need for my sister to wear her headscarf, informed me that only our mother had the right to enter.> <They also emphasize the necessity to comply with the rules posted inside and in front of the dormitory, warning of consequences in case of non-compliance.> <These regulations encompass proper attire within the dormitory, rigorous adherence to entry and exit times, especially during the night, prohibition of tobacco use, among other things. Furthermore, continuous monitoring of these regulations is conducted within the dormitory premises.>
Gender-Segregated University Cafeterias
In Kurdistan University, it has been customary for both male and female students to dine together, but over the past year the Ministry of Science has placed a stronger emphasis on gender segregation. The Kurdistan University students' Telegram channel recently warned that gender-segregated cafeterias could be established. <According to certain speculations, the university is considering the creation of a male-only cafeteria for the Faculty of Agriculture. Meanwhile, the Fereshtagan Complex will be designated for the distribution of meals to female students,> it said.
Infiltration by Security Institutions
The increasing influence of security institutions within the university and their retaliation against professors involved in the Woman, Life, Freedom movement is a matter of grave concern. Behrouz Chamanara, a faculty member at the Department of Kurdish Language and Literature, was arrested during last year's protests and later dismissed for non-academic reasons. In a recent Instagram post, Chamanara protested his unlawful arrest and the authorities' insistence that he writes a letter of repentance.>>
JINHA - Womens News Agency - October 5, 2023
<<Kausar Eftekhari sentenced to 5 months in prison
News Center- Kausar Eftekhari, a theatre player, has been sentenced to five months in prison by Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court of Tehran on charges of <propaganda against the regime> and <gathering and collusion against the security of the country>. The young woman announced the prison sentence given to her on her Instagram account. On October 12, 2022, Kausar Eflekhari was shot in the eye by IRGC forces during a protest at Azadi Square in Tehran.>>
Iranwire - October 4, 2023
<<Jailed Iranian filmmaker Dehaghani Describes Beatings and Threats
Zahra Shafiei Dehaghani, an Iranian filmmaker arrested during protests last month marking the one-year anniversary of Mahsa Amini's death, says she and fellow prisoners have been subject to <brutal> physical abuse by female security personnel. In an audio message from Qarchak's women prison, near Tehran, Dehaghani described her arrest in the capital on September 16. <Female officers, donned in black cloaks, clad in black uniforms and wearing masks, detained me on [Tehran's] Enghelab Street,> she said. <They used batons and physical force during the arrest. When I inquired about the reason for my arrest, they responded with more baton strikes and beatings.> She said that security agents hit her with blows on her head and face while her hands were bound behind her back. At one point, a female officer kicked her forcefully in the back, after which plain clothed men pushed her into a van along with other male and female protesters, many of whom were crying. Shafiei described how government officials humiliated and insulted women and girls by forcing them to wear mandatory head coverings: <When they reached me, they demanded I wear a headscarf. I refused, they insisted, and I continued to resist. They even told me to place my bag on my head and one of them resorted to kicking me to compel me to obey.> The filmmaker explained that she and other detainees were initially taken to a police station before being transferred to prison, where they were subjected to more beatings and were threatened not to publicize their ordeal.
Shafiei recounted that over 500 detainees were mistreated in such a brutal way.
<I declared that I had taken to the streets because of their actions and societal issues such as theft, corruption and rent-seeking,> the filmmaker said. More than 500 people have been killed around the country in the authorities' brutal crackdown on protests sparked by Amini's death, with thousands more arrested.>>
Iranwire - October 4, 2023
<<Iranian Poet Bodaghi Called to Serve Prison Sentence
Iranian authorities have ordered a poet and writer who has actively supported the <Woman, Life, Freedom> protest movement to hand himself over to serve an undisclosed prison term. The Culture and Media Prosecutor's Office issued the summons on October 2 and gave Hujjat Baddaghi five days to comply. In defiance, Bodaghi posted a line of a poem by Hafez Shirazi on his Instagram account, which reads: <We have tested our luck in this city; we must pull ourselves out of this abyss.> Iranian authorities continue to clamp down on any form of dissent a year after the death in police custody of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini sparked months of anti-government protests. Artists, writers, teachers, and university professors have been targeted for their support of the protests.>>
And more victorious news:
Iranwire - October 5, 2023
<<Dozens of Countries Denounce Women's <Systematic> Discrimination in Iran
More than 40 countries have expressed <serious concern> at the recent adoption of the Chastity and Hijab bill by the Iranian parliament, saying the proposed law <considerably aggravates> punishments for women and girls who do not wear a compulsory headscarf. The bill <also seeks to force non-complying women into an unprecedented social and economic siege, by imposing travel bans, denial of education, of access to health facilities and other public services, and by making it compulsory for private actors, including business owners, to refuse services,> they said in a joint statement delivered to the Human Rights Council in Geneva on October 4. The Chastity and Hijab bill was approved by lawmakers on September 20, just four days after the first anniversary of Mahsa Amini's death while the 22-year-old was in custody for an alleged hijab infraction. Amini's death sparked months of anti-government protests that were brutally repressed by the authorities. Under the draft law, which requires approval by the hardline Guardians Council, women repeatedly failing to wear a headscarf would face prison terms of up to 10 years. <We are also deeply troubled by reports of the use of new artificial intelligence and digital facial recognition technology to surveil, arrest and punish women,> the joint statement backed by Canada, the United States and dozens of other countries reads. <These recent developments only aggravate an already dire situation for women and girls, marked by widespread and systematic discrimination in law and practice, in many aspects of their public and private life.> It also says that women and girls of Iran <should not be treated as second class citizens and must enjoy the full array of their human rights, free from discrimination, surveillance and fear of retribution.> The backers of the text urge the Iranian authorities <to heed to the legitimate claims of protesters, and to abide by its obligations under international law, including in matters of women's rights and gender equality.> >>
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