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
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<<<<Former Iranian female police officer found dead after receiving death threats
News Center- Mansoureh Sagvand, a law student at Abdanan Azad University, died suspiciously six hours after her last post on her Instagram account. The dead body of Mansoureh Sagvand, who was a female police officer in Iran and resigned from her duty a month ago to support the “Jin, Jiyan, Azadi” protests, was found in a hospital in Abdanan, a city in the south of Ilam Province, six hours later her Instagram post reading, <You are scaring us with death as if we are alive.... Forever sacrifice for the future of Iran.> Mansoureh Sagvand wrote her resignation on Instagram. <I have been working as an honorary member of Khorramabad police force, but I will not have any cooperation with the armed forces and proudly stand with my people,> said her social media post. Iranian regime forces have killed, tortured, kidnapped, arrested and threatened hundreds of people since the Jin, Jiyan, Azadi protests started in Iran and Rojhilat following the killing of Jina Mahsa Amini in September 2022.>>
Jinha - Womens News Agency - June 2, 2023
<<Overnight protests continue in Iran
The national uprising that sparked in Iran and Rojhilat following the killing of Jina Mahsa Amini by Iran’s so-called <morality police> continues in its 9th month.
News Center- The women-led uprising that sparked in Iran and Rojhilat following the killing of Kurdish woman Jina Mahsa Amini by Iran's so-called “morality police” continues in its 9th month. Despite arrests, detentions, torture, oppression and executions, the people of Iran and Rojhilat Kurdistan keep holding overnight protests to demand freedom. A 21-year-old student named Bamshad Soleimankhani suffered from a severe headache after being released from prison. He was taken to a hospital in the city; however, he died on May 28. Last night, people took to the streets in the city to protest the killing of Bamshad Soleimankhani.
Attack on protesters
Citizens in different parts of the city protested the Iranian government by setting fire in the streets and chanting anti-regime slogans. The videos posted on social media accounts show that Iranian security forces opened fire on the protesters and fired tear gas to disperse the protesters. Many protesters have been reportedly injured and more have been arrested.
Protests in Tehran and Mashhad
Last night, anti-regime protests were held in Tehran, Mashhad and many more cities. Protesters chanted slogans such as <Death to Khamenei>, <No to executions> and <We do not want a government that kills children> and <Jin, Jiyan, Azadi (English: Women, Life, Freedom)>. The protesters also held a banner reading, <The Jin, Jiyan, Azadi uprising will continue until the victory is achieved. People will continue to demand freedom despite arrests, detentions, torture, executions and prison sentences.> >>
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Iranwire - 2 June, 2023 - By SAMANEH GHADARKHAN
<<Activist Exposes <Inhumane> Rectal, Vaginal Searches In Iran Jails
Numerous reports continue to emerge of women being subjected to horrid treatment in Iran's detention centers, including acts of torture, sexual abuse and humiliation. A children's rights activist in the north-western city of Tabriz told IranWire that many detained women have been compelled to expose their naked bodies in front of cameras, without knowing the purpose of these videos and who would have access to the recordings. Interrogators have also subjected women inmates to invasive physical contact, including rectal and vaginal examinations, to make sure the prisoners did not conceal anything, said Nargis, which is a pseudonym to protect her identity. Nargis, who was detained during nationwide protests last year, is herself a victim of such invasive and humiliating body searches. She said that the authorities are subjecting women inmates to such <unlawful> and <inhumane> treatment to <mentally break> them. Nargis said she had been subjected to a total of eight strip-downs and body searches before her transfers between the detention center and the intelligence departments. <Every morning throughout my interrogation, when they transported me from the detention center to the intelligence department and back, I underwent the same kind of physical search. In the final two days, when I was taken to prison, I underwent two more physical searches.> <They meticulously searched our clothes and inspected our bras and panties. They emptied the pockets of our pants and other garments, and if we were wearing a belt, they would examine it too.> Narges said the three-year-old daughter of one of the agents attended at least one of the strip-searches. <I protested, refusing to undress in front of the child, and [the mother] instructed me to step aside. Some women, arrested on drug-related charges, were also subjected to inspections before me.> Narges said that some strip-downs were filmed: <I was transferred from one intelligence department to another. The intelligence office had a small space devoid of cameras where we were instructed to undress. Once fully naked, we were expected to sit down and perform specific movements to ensure that if we had concealed anything, it would be expelled. I vehemently protested against this degrading practice.> Narges said that such physical inspections are in contravention of Article 53 of the code regulating the Prisons Organization. The activist said this article requires such inspections to take place in a designated room and that, when possible, electronic devices should be used for body searches. <The regulation explicitly forbids body inspections without clothing or intimate examinations....Yet, these violations persist. I was searched without the use of electronic devices since they are not available there.> >>
NCRI - Women committee - in Women's news - June 1, 2023
<<Women's rights activist Mojgan Keshavarz describes beatings and humiliation in Qarchak
Women's rights activist Mojgan Keshavarz has revealed that during her detention in prison, she was subjected to unethical mistreatment and beatings by prison agents. Women's rights activist Mojgan Keshavarz has stated that prison officials ordered her to strip completely naked for them to take photographs, and they treated her inappropriately and disrespectfully. The inhumane violence described by Ms. Keshavarz has been shared in a tweet thread. In the tweets, she explains that after her arrest and transfer to Qarchak prison, prison agents in the camera room demanded that she strip naked to take photographs. Ms. Keshavarz asked for the unjustifiable reason behind this demand, and in response, the agents said that it was intended to instill fear in detainees. The women's rights activist Mojgan Keshavarz added that the agents had undermined her dignity and integrity by forcing her to strip naked. She described that at that moment, she placed her hands over her body, and the agents ordered her to remove her hands and sit with her legs open. Furthermore, Ms. Keshavarz added that the prison agents inspected her private parts to ensure she did not hide a small mobile device. This unethical and demeaning act by the prison agents demonstrates the level of abuse and violence within Qarchak prison.
Women's rights activist Mojgan Keshavarz was arrested in 2019 for participating in protests against the mandatory hijab. She was detained after distributing flowers among women in the metro on International Women's Day. She was sentenced to 12 years and seven months in prison. This report by Mojgan Keshavarz highlights that the issues and abuses experienced by women political and civil prisoners in Qarchak prison continue to persist. Given the evidence presented by Mojgan Keshavarz and similar testimonies from other prisoners, the international community, human rights organizations, and the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in Iran should pay attention to this issue and take necessary actions to protect human rights and ensure the well-being of female prisoners in Qarchak Prison.>>
Jinha - Womens news agency - June 1, 2023
<<Protests in Iran and Rojhilat Kurdistan continue
News Center- Since Jina Mahsa Amini was killed on September 16, 2022 by Iran's so-called <morality police>, the women-led protests have been held in Iran and Rojhilat Kurdistan. Last night, people took to the streets in many cities and shouted their demand for freedom once again. Many people held anti-regime protests in Tehran, Isfahan, Karaj, Sarableh, Shiraz, Qazvin, Kermanshah and Sanandaj. Passing car divers honked horns to support the protesters chanting slogans such as, <Freedom>, <Death to the dictator> and <Jin, Jiyan, Azadi (English: Women, Life, Freedom)>. In addition, the protesters distributed leaflets demanding the abolition of the death penalty. Despite the attacks of the regime forces, the protesters were determined to demand freedom.>>
Jinha - Womens news agency - June 1, 2023
<<Iran: At least 107 people detained in May
News Center- The <Jin, Jiyan, Azadi> uprising that sparked in Iran and Rojhilat Kurdistan following the killing of Jina Mahsa Amini continues. Since the first day of the uprising, thousands of people have been detained or arrested and hundreds of people have been killed by security forces. In May, Iranian forces detained or forcibly disappeared at least 107 individuals, including 21 women, according to the report released by the Hengaw Organization for Human Rights. At least 54 Kurdish activists, 21 women activists, six reporters, six teachers and one college student are among the detained people, the report said.>>
Iranwire - June 1, 2023 - By ROGHAYEH REZAEI
<<The Ordeal of an Instagram Page Admin in Iranian Dungeons
On October 3, 2022, Tehran resident Meysam Khodarahmi was in his home when he received a call on his cell phone asking him to go downstairs to pick up a package. When Khodarahmi got out of the apartment building, several security agents approached him and showed a warrant from a distance before searching his home and taking the man into custody. After being subjected to weeks of psychological and physical abuse by his jailers, the 40-year-old man was handed a long-term prison sentence for being the administrator of an Instagram page with 20,000 followers.
An informed source revealed Khodarahmi's ordeal to IranWire.
After his arrest, the source said that Khodarahmi was kept blindfolded and handcuffed during his transfer to a detention center called A1, which operates under the supervision of Sarallah Camp of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) in eastern Tehran. The A1 detention center, whose exact location remains undisclosed, has been used by the security institutions of the Islamic Republic in recent years for the interrogation and confinement of protesters. Numerous reports have exposed instances of torture, harassment, intimidation and threats of sexual assault inside the facility. Khodarahmi spent a total of 20 days there, including approximately 10 in solitary confinement. The prisoner walked to the interrogation room with the help of two guards, who supported him under his arms, because he suffered acute symptoms, including fever, chills, body pain and a severe infection in his body. Despite Khodarahmi's condition, he was subjected to hours of questioning each day. When the inmate entered the interrogation room with a blanket, the interrogator confiscated it and turned on the air conditioner. In order to coerce Khodarahmi into confessing to acts he did not commit, the interrogator also threatened to terminate his father's retirement benefits or to arrest and physically assault him. Maysam's father is an elderly individual battling cancer. As a result, Khodarahmi reluctantly agreed to say he had accepted money from foreign entities or from a prince and that he participated in forming a group against national security. The food provided to the detainees was scarce and of low quality, barely enough to prevent starvation. And despite his health situation, Khodarahmi was denied medication. Once, a guard told him he should be suspended from the ceiling and have water dripped into his mouth to quench his thirst. Khodarahmi also suffered a broken hand during his detention.
<He Was on the Brink of Death>
After the interrogation period, Khodarahmi was taken to Branch 3 of Evin prison's Prosecution Office for further questioning and then to Greater Tehran Prison. He remained ill for weeks after his transfer from the detention center. <He was on the brink of death,> the source told IranWire. <Whenever he went to the hospital, he received no care and was not even provided with cold pills. Many people suffered from toothaches but were denied painkillers to alleviate their pain.> <Meysam even broke two teeth in prison due to stones found in the food. The bathroom and toilets were filthy, no one cleaned them except the prisoners themselves. Out of the 10 toilets shared by 250 people, some were completely broken and unusable,> the source said. Khodarahmi remained in Greater Tehran Prison until early February, when he was released on bail. <His case file spans 300 pages and is divided into two volumes, with an additional volume dedicated solely to the videos on his social media page,> another source told IranWire. <All his [Instagram] stories and conversations were printed and included in the file.> Branch 28 of the Tehran Revolutionary Court sentenced Khodarahmi to 16 years in prison, a sentence which was upheld by Branch 36 of the Tehran Court of Appeal in early March. He will have to serve 10 years of the sentence. Meysam received a letter on April 24 ordering him to hand himself over to the authorities by May 25. He went to Evin prison two days after the deadline to serve his sentence.>>
Iranwire - June 1, 2023
<<Ex-Official: Virgin Prisoners Were Raped to Prevent Them Going to Paradise
The former head of Tehran's Evin prison has spoken about the cruel treatment inflicted to women inmates in the 1980s, including rape, as a means to prevent them from attaining paradise. Addressing an event held this week on the Clubhouse online platform, Hussein Mortazavi Zanjani, who served in the notorious prison between 1987-88, said that virgin female prisoners were coerced to marry guards before their execution. According to ex-political prisoners, this inhuman practice was based on the belief that women and girls dying as virgins would go straight to paradise. Mortazavi quoted the father of one of the executed women prisoners as telling him after her execution: <What deeply pains and angers me in life is not the killing of my daughter but that they brought money and claimed it was for a marriage sanctioned by Sharia law. This act was more devastating and horrifying to me than the loss of my child.> The ex-official also said that the current president of the Islamic Republic, Ebrahim Raisi, had a direct role in the execution of political prisoners, which were carried out based on a fatwa by Iran-s then supreme leader, Ruhollah Khomeini. Raisi was at the time the deputy prosecutor of Tehran. Mortazavi's comments ignited a firestorm of reactions, with some former prisoners saying that he did not provide any new and substantial information regarding the mass executions.>>
Iranwire - June 1, 2023
<<Only Female Candidate for Wrestling Federation Presidency Disqualified
Iranian authorities have disqualified the only woman candidate for the post of president of the Islamic Republic of Iran Wrestling Federation, adding to growing concerns regarding the fairness and inclusivity of electoral processes within Iranian sports institutions. A source with knowledge of the matter told IranWire that Muna Mirzaei has been barred from running by the <relevant authorities> due to <non-completion of documents.>
Mirzaei previously led Iran's national women's wrestling team. She holds a doctorate in sports management. Her disqualification adds to increasing concerns about the treatment of women in Iranian sports federations since the appointment of Hamid Sajjadi as minister of sports and youth.
Alireza Dabir, the current head of the wrestling federation, enjoys support from security institutions and parliament speaker Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf. In the past, the Ministry of Sports and Youth and security institutions invoked various reasons such as <incomplete documentation> and <lack of managerial experience> to disqualify candidates running for the presidency of the football federation.>>
Center for Human Rights in Iran - June 1, 2023
<<Students Arrested and Banished, Professors Fired in Latest State Crackdown in Iran
University Officials Are Committing Major Rights Violations, Say Students. At Least 720 Students Arrested Since Protests Began in September 2022.
University students and professors in Iran are facing arrests, banishments and expulsions in a renewed state crackdown on their right to peacefully criticize state policies, according to research conducted by the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). University disciplinary committees at dozens of universities across the country are spearheading the crackdown, and students and professors have described to CHRI individual officials at the universities who have been particularly egregious rights violators and enforcers of the state's crackdown. Those officials should be investigated by international human rights mechanisms such as the UN Human Rights Council's Fact-Finding Mission on Iran. <University officials and committees are operating as extensions of the Islamic Republic's system of repression to crush the peaceful activism on campuses that has surged ever since the protests of the 'Woman Life Freedom' movement,> said CHRI Executive Director Hadi Ghaemi. CHRI has identified over 720 students by name who have been arbitrarily arrested by state security forces since major protests erupted across Iran in September 2022 in response to the death in state custody of 22-year-old Jina Mahsa Amini shortly after she was arrested for her hijab. The actual number of student arrests is likely much higher.
<Governments worldwide should exert greatly increased diplomatic pressure on Iran to uphold its human rights obligations and allow protests, while university students and organizations across the world should raise their voices in support of Iranian students,> Ghaemi said. Many students were released after being held for months without access to a lawyer, yet now are facing suspensions and <banishment,> a form of punishment traditionally meted out by Iranian courts where a person is sent to a remote village or city far from their home for an extended period of time to isolate them from their communities. The banishment of students by university committees is a new trend in the state-led bid to crush dissent in Iran. Additionally, at least 60 professors have been expelled, suspended, forced into retirement, or had their salaries terminated for allegedly expressing support for the protests. Freedom of expression and the right to peaceful assembly are fundamental human rights protected by numerous international human rights instruments, including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), to which Iran is a party. <From hanging protesters and shooting them in the streets, to suspending university students and firing professors, Iranian authorities are stopping at nothing to vengefully punish young people for peacefully raising their voices against state repression,> Ghaemi added.
Two University Officials Lead Crackdown at Tehran's University of Art
A crackdown beginning in November 2022 on peaceful protests at the Art University in the capital of Tehran saw university staff being fired for allegedly expressing support for students' right to protest, and female students being banned from campus for allegedly refusing to abide by the state's compulsory hijab laws. Other students were given zero grades on their exams to pressure them to stop protesting. Two men-Mohammad Reza Hosanaee, the university's chancellor and Hamzeh Barzouie, the head of university security-have been identified as leading the crackdown, according to sources who spoke to CHRI on the condition of anonymity to protect their security. Mohammad Reza Hosanaee, who has studied in Russia, was appointed as acting chancellor at the Art University in the winter of 2022. He is known for personally harassing female students on campus for their hijabs. Hosanaee is also notorious among students and staff for enforcing gender segregation on campus, including by installing metal sheets at the entrance gate of the College of Applied Arts to prevent female and male students and staff from standing beside or even seeing each other.>>
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Iranwire - June 1, 2023
<<Bid Launched to Overturn Iran's Appointment as Chair of UNHRC Social Forum
The human rights group UN Watch says it has submitted to the United Nations the draft text of a resolution to overturn Iran's appointment as the chair of the Social Forum of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC). The group said in a statement on May 31 that the text was contained in a UN Watch submission to the 53rd Session of the UNHRC, a Geneva-based body whose mission is to promote and protect human rights around the globe.
There is no stipulated procedure for canceling such an appointment, but the 47-nation UNHRC plenary can overrule any decision of the president if one of the council's 47 member states sponsors the resolution, according to UN Watch. <We thank the more than 75,000 people worldwide who have signed our petition to stop Iran's regime from heading the UN Human Rights Council Social Forum in November,> said Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch. <Our goal is to reach 100,000 before approaching world leaders for their support.> Human rights advocates have expressed outrage over the appointment of Ali Bahreini, Iran's UN ambassador, to serve as chairman of the forum, which is to focus on the contribution of science, technology, and innovation to promote human rights. The Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) has said that such an appointment at a time when a fact-finding mission set up by UNHRC is investigating the killing of hundreds of peaceful protesters by the Islamic Republic <reflects a shocking ethical blindness.> Iranian authorities have cracked down hard on months of nationwide protests sparked by the September death of a 22-year-old woman, Mahsa Amini, while in police custody. Security forces killed more than 520 people during demonstrations and unlawfully detained over 20,000 others, activists say. Following biased trials, the judiciary has handed down stiff sentences, including the death penalty, to protesters.>>
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