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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
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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.>
JINA AMINI PREVAILS!!!
Iranwire - October 19, 2023
<<Mahsa Amini, Iran's Women-Led Protest Movement Win Sakharov Prize
The EU parliament has awarded its prestigious Sakharov Prize to Mahsa Amini and the Women, Life, Freedom protest movement in Iran that was sparked by the death of the 22-year-old. European Parliament President Roberta Metsola announced the 2023 laureate on October 19, saying that the chamber <proudly stands with the brave and defiant who continue to fight for equality, dignity and freedom in Iran.> <We stand with those who, even from prison, continue to keep Women, Life and Freedom alive,> she told parliament. <By choosing them as laureates for the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought 2023, this House remembers their struggle and continues to honour all those who have paid the ultimate price for liberty.>
Amini died in Tehran in September 2022 while in police custody, three days after she was arrested for an alleged hijab infraction. Her death triggered protests that spread across the country and rapidly escalated into calls for the overthrow of Iran's four-decade-old Islamic theocracy.
Authorities responded with a brutal crackdown in which more than 500 people were killed and over 22,000 others were unlawfully detained, according to activists. The 27-nation EU has imposed several rounds of sanctions on Iranian officials and entities for their involvement in the clamdown on the women-led protests. Mahsa Amini and the Women, Life, Freedom movement were awarded the Sakharov Prize just weeks after imprisoned Iranian activist Narges Mohammadi won the Nobel Peace Prize for her fight against the <oppression of women> in her country and for promoting <human rights and freedom for all.> >>
Iranwire - October 18, 2023
<<Iranian Artist Beaten in the Street a Year after Incarceration
Sara Shamsaei, a 33-year-old Iranian painter and former political prisoner, was severely beaten in the street by unknown attackers after receiving numerous threats. Shamsaei described the October 17 brutal assault in a post on the social media platform X, accompanied by pictures of her face and lips with bruises and hematomas on them. <While I was waiting in Tehran for a taxi, two individuals on motorcycles pulled up in front of me,> she wrote. <Initially, I thought they might be resting, but one of them dismounted and launched a vicious assault, repeatedly striking me, throwing me to the ground, and mercilessly dragging me along the pavement.> Shamsaei was detained in September 2022 for participating in anti-government demonstrations and remained in custody for 48 days. The artist launched a 27-day hunger strike in protest of the incarceration. Upon her release, Shamsaei faced repeated threats from government supporters, both inside and outside the court. The pressure and threats faced by political, civil activists and human rights defenders in Iran and abroad have intensified significantly since the eruption of nationwide protests in September last year.>>
Iranwire - October 18, 2023
<<Brutal Killing Of Iranian Filmmaker Reminds of Past Political Murders
The recent slaying of renowned film director Dariush Mehrjui and his wife has caused shock and outrage among Iranians, with many of them drawing parallels with political assassinations that have rocked the country over the past decades. The 83-year-old Mehrjui and Vahideh Mohammadifar were stabbed to death over the weekend in their home in Karaj, near Tehran. Anti-establishment slogans such as <Women, Life, Freedom> and <Neither Gaza nor Lebanon. My life for Iran> were chanted at their funeral on October 18. Mehrjui is known as cofounder of Iran's film new wave in the 1970s that mainly focused on realism. Zahara Rahnavard, who has been under house arrest since 2010 alongside her husband, prominent opposition figure Mir Hossein Mousavi, said in a letter that the stabbing of Mehrjui and Mohammadifar <serves as a grim reminder of the brutal murder of Dariush and Parvaneh Forouhar.> The 70-year-old Dariush Forouhar and his wife, both outspoken critics of Iran's religious leadership, were stabbed to death in their home in southern Tehran in November 1998. The couple ran a small secular opposition party. <It also evokes memories of the tragic suicides and mysterious deaths that have befallen artists and other activists,> Rahnavard also said. Jailed human rights advocate Nasrin Sotoudeh commented on the killing of Mehrjui and Mohammadifar in a Facebook post, questioning the nature of the crime. <Regardless of whether this is a politically motivated murder, it underscores our determination to pursue a referendum to establish a functioning government. Even in the most optimistic scenario, it is clear that the current government cannot ensure public security,> she wrote. Speaking to the BBC's Persian service, firm director Mani Haghighi noted that <just 25 years have passed since the 1988 series of political murders, and the Iranian people earnestly hope that such heinous crimes will never occur again.> <The minimum expectation is a swift identification of the perpetrators of this crime,> Haghighi said.
On October 15, the BBC's Persian service aired excerpts of a documentary about Mehrjui, in which he says he is tired of <four decades of deceit,> referring to the 44 years of Islamic rule in Iran. In another scene, the film maker removes his wife's headscarf and whispers: <The headscarf is done, finished, come with me...oh, you have such beautiful hair...my beauty.> >>
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Iranwire - October 18, 2023
<<Iranian Civil Activist Arsham Rezaei Re-Arrested
Iranian authorities have arrested civil rights activist and former political prisoner Arsham Rezaei, and transferred him to an undisclosed location. A source told IranWire that two vehicles filled with security agents were dispatched to detain Rezaei in Karaj, near Tehran, on October 17.
Subsequently, all CCTV footage from the vicinity was destroyed by the security agents. There is no information available regarding Rezaei's current whereabouts and condition. Previously, security forces attempted to apprehend Rezaei at his family's residence on August 29 but were unsuccessful due to his absence from home. In a video posted on his Instagram page at the time, Rezaei said that 12 government agents posing as <electricity department employees> raided his mother's house, and confiscated all of his identification documents and bank cards. Rezaei has been detained and incarcerated multiple times for his activism. In December 2018, he was arrested by intelligence agents of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in Tehran. His trial was held at the Revolutionary Court of Tehran without the presence of a defense lawyer. The court sentenced the activist to a suspended sentence of eight years and six months on charges of <propaganda against the system,> <gathering and colluding with the intent of acting against national security> and <insulting the leadership.> The sentence was upheld on appeal.>>
Jina Amini's grieving parents
Iranwire - October 18, 2023
<<Open Letter in Support of Jailed Iranian Journalists Hamedi, Mohammadi
An open letter signed by 200 Iranian journalists and writers decried the continued incarceration of Niloofar Hamedi and Elahe Mohammadi, who have been jailed for more than an year for their coverage of Mahsa Amini's death while in police custody. The letter, which was published by Shargh newspaper on October 17, calls for the immediate release of the two women. <We, the journalists and writers of Iran, stress that we will not tolerate arbitrary, extra-legal and contradictory actions that infringe upon the freedoms guaranteed by the constitution. Such actions provide fertile ground for those who wish ill upon the people,> it reads.
The signatories noted that the defendants are still awaiting the verdicts nearly three months after their separate trials ended following two closed-door hearings. Hamedi and Mohammadi are being held at Tehran's Evin prison. They are accused of collaborating with the <hostile> government of the United States, colluding to commit crimes against national security, and engaging in propaganda activities against the regime. Before her arrest, Hamedi captured an image of Amini's parents embracing each other at a Tehran hospital while their daughter was in a coma, and shared the photo on Twitter. Mohammadi covered Amini's funeral in her hometown of Saqqez, where nationwide protests sparked by the 22-year-old woman's death first erupted. According to the New York-based media freedom watchdog, the Islamic Republic has detained at least 95 journalists during last year's nationwide protests. Many have been released on bail while awaiting trial or summonses to serve multi-year sentences.>>
Iranwire - October 18, 2023
<<Jailed Iranian Singer Yarrahi Released on Bail
Mehdi Yarrahi, an Iranian singer who had been arrested for a song criticizing compulsory hijab rules, was released on bail after spending a month and a half in custody, one of his legal representatives says. Lawyer Zahra Minuei said on the social media platform X that Yarrahi was released from Tehran's Evin prison on October 18. She shared a photograph of the smiling singer holding a bouquet of flowers. Yarrahi faces a litany of charges, including <encouraging corruption and prostitution, creating and disseminating content that contravenes moral and public decency, inciting individuals to commit crimes and propaganda against the system,> Minuei said. The lawyer said she expected the verdict to be pronounced in the coming days.
Yarrahi was arrested on August 28 following the release of the song Roosarito, or Your Headscarf in English, which was accompanied by a video showing women in various social settings without their mandatory headscarves, some dancing to the music. Yarrahi dedicated the song to the <brave women of Iran who shine courageously at the forefront of the 'Women Life Freedom' movement,'> a reference to the monthslong nationwide protests sparked by the September 2022 death of Mahsa Amini while she was in police custody for an alleged hijab violation. As a protest against Yarrahi's arrest, Iranian social media users posted and shared videos of their own dance performances and renditions of his songs. A growing number of women have refused to wear a head covering since the Woman, Life, Freedom protest movement erupted in September last year. Many of them have been arrested and prosecuted, while dozens of businesses have been closed for failing to enforce compulsory hijab rules for women visitors. >>
Listen here to
Soroode Zendegi (Life's Anthem) - by Mehdi Yarrahi
Jinha - Womens News Agency - October 17, 2023
<<Baluchestan Women's Movement expresses concern about Verishe Moradi
News Center- Verishe Moradi, a member of the East Kurdistan Free Women Society (KJAR), was arrested and taken to an unknown location by the members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in Sanandaj on August 1, 2023. Since then, no information has been received about whereabouts. The Baluchestan Women's Movement has released a statement expressing their deep concern about her wellbeing and calling for her immediate release.
<As women of Baluchestan, we are in solidarity with our Kurdish sisters, women's rights defenders, and everyone fighting for justice, freedom and equality,> the statement said, noting that according to the reports received by them, Verishe Mora
di has been subjected to rights violations and severe tortures in detention. The statement said, <Her detention is a right violation. We should raise our voices against her unjust arrest. We have deep concerns for her health and safety. She has no access to her medicines. We demand her immediate release and an investigation be launched into the ill-treatment faced by her in detention. We condemn the inhumane practices of the Islamic Republic of Iran aimed at silencing political opponents. We call on the international community, the United Nations and all human rights organizations to take action for the immediate release of Verishe Moradi.> >>
Ava Yargholi - Allah has her soul
NCRI - Womens committee - October 17, 2023 - in Women's News
<<Ava Yargholi is beheaded by her father
Ava Yargholi, a first grader, was beheaded by her father in the city of Hidaj, Zanjan Province. Her father, 32, was ostensibly under the influence of narcotic drugs (crack) when he cut her head off. This horrific crime took place at 1 a.m. on Friday, October 13, while Ava Yargholi was asleep. The parents of Ava Yargholi are divorced. Her mother was financially and morally qualified to take custody of her child. However, according to the misogynistic laws of the clerical regime, she was placed in the custody of her addicted father.>>
Iranwire - October 17, 2023
<<Sunni Clerics Barred from Entering Iranís Zahedan
Iran's most prominent Sunni cleric has protested against the prevention of a number of Sunni clerics from entering the southeastern city of Zahedan, calling such actions a manifestation of the <narrow-mindedness> of the Islamic Republic's Shia leadership. Molavi Abdulhamid emphasized that Sunnis <are a part of the country and should not face obstacles when traveling to Zahedan, Chabahar or other cities and provinces.> <The general populace wants freedom in the country and a less oppressive atmosphere,> the outspoken Sunni prayer leader of Zahedan added. Zahedan is the capital of Sistan and Baluchistan province, which is home to Iran's Sunni Baluch minority of up to 2 million people. It was previously reported that Molavi Habib-ur-Rahman Motahari, the director of the Hanaf-e-Khaf seminary, and a group of Sunni clerics had been prevented from traveling to Zahedan. Security forces also blocked the entry of Molavi Fazl-Rahman Kohi, the Friday prayer leader of Sarbaz and director of Anwar-ul-Haramein Seminary. According to Haalvsh, a group that monitors rights violations in the province, security and military forces have been conducting vehicle checks at Zahedan's entry points since the evening of October 16. It said that members of the Baluch community are often mistreated and are occasionally prevented from entering the city. Zahedan has seen protest rallies almost every Friday since September 30 of last year, when security forces killed nearly 100 people in the deadliest incident in the nationwide demonstrations sparked by the death in police custody of Mahsa Amini.
Last month, protesters in multiple cities across Sistan and Baluchistan marked the one-year anniversary of Bloody Friday. Dozens of people were arrested or injured in the crackdown by security forces, including several children.>>
Iranwire - October 17, 2023
<<Lawyer of Mahsa Amini's Family Handed Prison Term
An Iranian court has sentenced the legal representative of Mahsa Amini's family to one year in prison for <propaganda activity> against the Islamic Republic, according to an activist group. The France-based Kurdistan Human Rights Network said that Branch 28 of the Islamic Revolution Court of Tehran also banned Saleh Nikbakht from online activities for a period of two years. Nikbakht, 72, was put on trial over interviews he gave to domestic and foreign media, in which he criticized the government's handling of Mahsa Amini's death and its aftermath.The Ministry of Intelligence, the plaintiff in the case, alleged he had pushed the Amini family to seek legal redress for Mahsa's death in police custody in September last year. The 22-year-old woman had been arrested by the morality police for allegedly wearing the mandatory headscarf improperly. The authorities claim she died of natural causes, but eyewitnesses and her family say she was beaten while inside a police van that took her to a detention center. Amini's death sparked months of nationwide protests. More than 500 people were killed in the clampdown by security forces and over 20,000 were unlawfully detained, including dozens of lawyers. Following biased trials, the judiciary has handed down stiff sentences, including the death penalty, to protesters.>>
Iranwire - October 16, 2023
<<More Security Patrols at Iranian Universities
In the third week of Iran's new academic year, pressure on students and professors continues to escalate, with the authorities implementing new forms of repression that a student Telegram channel said are part of a project to <Islamize universities.> <In recent days, joint patrols comprising security forces and plainclothes officers have engaged in confrontations with university students,> said the Amirkabir Newsletter Telegram channel, which covers news related to Amirkabir University. These patrols have targeted students for <mixed-gender sitting,> <un-Islamic or improper clothing such as short pants and open-front coats, as well as piercings.> According to IranWire sources, a member of the security team at Amirkabir University named Zoghi has been involved in repressing students on the campus. <Mr. Zoghi is the one who has expelled many of us from the university, preventing us from studying alongside our friends,> one student said. <He becomes more audacious with each passing day. One day, he stops female students by his motorcycle, another day he threatens them, and yet another day he hands students over to the special unit, despite having promised they would be safe.> There are also reports of female students being handed over to plainclothes forces by the head of security in Amirkabir University. The security forces have also interfered with the conduct of classes. They have requested that classrooms remain open, allowing them to peer inside to ensure female students are wearing proper hijab.
Students are also not allowed to close the curtains in the classrooms.
At Allameh Tabatabai University, the Council of Students' Union reported that at least 20 female students at the Faculty of Social Sciences were confronted by officers when entering the faculty. The council also reported the dismissal of more professors in Iranian universities. Ali Asghar Khodayari, of the Faculty of Mining Engineering, was dismissed as part of a crackdown on those who support protesting students. The Etimad newspaper reported last week that 32,000 professors at Azad University have been removed from their posts since the beginning of the year.>>
Iranwire - October 16, 2023
<<Iranian film director and Wife Found Stabbed to Death
Noted Iranian film director Dariush Mehrjui has been stabbed to death alongside his wife at their home near Tehran. The 83-year-old Mehrjui and Vahideh Mohammadifar, were discovered dead with wounds to their necks, the official IRNA news agency quoted a judiciary official as saying. The official, Hossein Fazeli-Harikandi, said the director's daughter, Mona Mehrjui, found the bodies when she went to visit her father late on October 14 at the home in a suburb west of the Iranian capital. Police said that <no signs of forced entry can be seen at the crime scene.> <Traces have been found> at the scene they believe to be <related to the murderer,> they added. Four suspects have been identified for their links with the case and two have been arrested, according to the semi-official ISNA news agency. On October 15, the Etemad newspaper published an interview with Mehrjui's wife saying she had been threatened and that their home had been burglarized. The director was known as cofounder of Iran's film new wave in the 1970s that mainly focused on realism. He received many awards, including a Golden Seashell at the San SebastiŠn International Film Festival 1993 and a Silver Hugo from the Chicago International Film Festival in 1998. Mehrjui studied cinema at the University of California in the early 1960s. Besides his cinema career, he also translated works by the French playwright Eugene Ionesco and the German Marxist philosopher Herbert Marcuse into Persian.>>
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