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 Jhina Mahsa Amini or Zhina Mahsa Amini (Kurdistan-Iran) and the start of the Zan, Zendagi, Azadi (Women, life, freedom) revolution in Iran 2022
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Iranwire - August 25 2023
<<Iranís Baluchistan Hit by Anti-Government Protests
Thousands of protesters took to the streets across the southeastern Iranian province of Sistan and Baluchistan, chanting against the Islamic Republic's oppressive policies, as Iranís top Sunni cleric called for an end to the country's <religious government.> Cities including the provincial capital of Zahedan, Rask, Khash and Sarbaz were rocked by protests after Friday prayer on August 25, with the demonstrators shouting <I will avenge the one who took my brother's life,> <Release political prisoners> and <Death to the dictator.> They also called for the immediate release of Molavi Fathi Mohammad Naqshbandi, the Sunni Imam of Rask, who was arrested by security forces on August 20. The cleric, who has voiced support for last year's nationwide protests, is accused of <dissemination of false information through speeches> and <acting against national security.> Protesters in Rask held placards reading <Free Molana Naqshbandi> and <You were the voice of the oppressed; the oppressed stand with you.> Videos shared by the Haalvsh human rights website showed an extensive deployment of military forces in the city.
In Sarbaz, demonstrators blocked the road leading to Chabahar.
Meanwhile, Molavi Abdulhamid, the outspoken Sunni Friday prayer leader of Zahedan, once again criticized the policies of the country's Shia leadership and said that religious governments have proved to be ineffective across the world. Molavi also criticized the Islamic Republic's birth policy. <First, empower the Iranian people financially, and then lament the scarcity of children,> he said. <People have problems filling their stomachs.> Molavi has been a key dissenting voice inside Iran since the eruption of nationwide protests in September 2022, using his sermons to call for fundamental economic, social and political changes in the country.>>
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Iranwire - August 25 2023 - by
By Milad Abdi, citizen journalist
<<Kamal Abdullahzadeh: A Protesting Conscript Who Does Not Feel Free after Being Pardoned
Kamal Abdullahzadeh, a 22-year-old man from Kurdistan province, was arrested nearly 11 months ago after joining anti-establishment protests and refusing to continue his mandatory military service. <I stand with the people and I refuse to fire at anyone,> Abdullahzadeh wrote in a social media post accompanying a picture of himself in military uniform.
Who exactly is this courageous young man? What has happened to his family since his arrest?
Abdullahzadeh is from the western city of Saqqez, the hometown of Mahsa Amini whose death in police custody on September 16, 2022, sparked months of widespread protests. Abdullahzadeh was on a nine-day leave with his family when he joined the ranks of the demonstrators and used social media to call on Iranians to join the protest movement. Abdullahzadeh returned to his military base when his leave came to an end. Two days later, on September 28, police stormed the conscripts' dormitory, apprehended Abdullahzadeh, and confiscated his belongings. <In addition to his physical presence [at the demonstrations], Kamal had been posting content against the government on the online platforms. Members of the [paramilitary] Basij force noticed these posts and reported him to the police station,> a relative told IranWire. The young man remained in solitary confinement for 40 days in Tehran's Evin prison during which he was subjected to intensive interrogation. He could only communicate with his family on five occasions - for less than two minutes. Abdullahzadeh was then transferred to Fashafouyeh prison, also known as Great Tehran Prison. <Kamal confided in us about the constant fear and anxiety he experienced throughout this ordeal. Another 45 days passed until he was finally granted bail.> another individual close to Abdullahzadeh told IranWire. Abdullahzadeh was released on December 17, after posting a hefty bail of 1 billion tomans ($20,000) and spending a total of 85 days behind bars. He was later sentenced to five years and eight months in prison by Branch 26 of the Tehran Revolutionary Court on charges of <gathering and colluding against national security> and <propaganda activity> against the Islamic Republic.
While an appellate court upheld the initial verdict, Abdullahzadeh released a video narrating his arrest and trial.
<Amnesty> before Reimprisonment
In February, government media announced that Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei was offering <amnesty> to thousands of prisoners. However, many of those who were granted pardon have since been summoned again, threatened or imprisoned. For Abdullahzadeh, the <amnesty> led to the closure of his case. But according to a close friend, the man faced difficulties reintegrating into normal life. <After regaining freedom Kamal faced a set of challenges and quandaries. These included considering emigrating and leaving his homeland and family,> a relative said. <One constant refrain from Kamal after his release is that leaving prison doesn't equate to total liberation. True freedom, he asserts, will be found when Iranian society undergoes profound transformation and becomes completely free.> >>
Iranwire - August 25 2023
<<Iranian Human Rights Lawyer Summoned by Disciplinary Court
The disciplinary court of the East Azerbaijan Bar Association has summoned Ali Azimi, the former head of the provincial branch of the Human Rights Commission, IranWire reports, amid a crackdown on human rights lawyers. The primary objective behind the move seems to be the cancellation of Azimi's license. The accusations leveled against him include providing legal representation to protestors opposing encroachments on land and environmental degradation caused by the Andrian gold mine and showing alleged disrespect toward the country's leadership.
The disciplinary court of East Azerbaijan has already taken action against other human rights lawyers.
Amir Mahdipour, a member of the Human Rights Commission within the provincial Bar Association, was recently suspended for five months. On August 20, parliament passed a resolution obliging lawyers' associations to adhere strictly to the decisions made by the Ministry of Economy's deregulation board. Lawyers held rallies across the country on August 24 to protest the move.>>
Iranwire - August 25 2023
<<Twelve Days in Detention Without Charge for 90-Year-Old Baha'i
Twelve days have passed since the arrest of Jamaloddin Khanjani, a 90-year-old Baha'i man in Tehran, still with no clear charges from the authorities against him. Despite Khanjani's advanced age and frail health-two days ago, the Baha'i International Community announced that Khanjani is suffering from pancreatic cancer and heart disease-he remains confined within the walls of Evin Prison. During this period, Khanjani's contact with his family has been limited to just two brief phone conversations.
Details about the charges against him remain unknown.
<The elderly and the sick are mercilessly imprisoned by the Iranian authorities. Mr. Jamaluddin Khanjani, 90 years old Baha'i has been arrested while suffering from pancreatic cancer, heart disease and high blood pressure,> Simin Fahandej, Baha'i International Community Representative to the United Nations, said in a tweet on August 23. <He is just one of many Baha'is who are sick and in prison without medical care. This is an inhumane and cruel practice,> she added. Khanjani was arrested on August 13 with his daughter Maria Khanjani, a statement by the Baha'i International Community (BIC) said, noting that he had already been imprisoned between 2008 and 2018 because of his membership of an informal leadership group for the Baha'is in Iran, known as the <Yaran> or <Friends>. The group was formed with the knowledge of the authorities as a result of the government's banning of formal Baha'i institutions in Iran. The Yaran was disbanded in 2008, and all its seven members were imprisoned until 2018, when they were released after serving their 10-year sentences. Khanjani's latest arrest comes days after the 10-year prison terms of two other former Yaran members, Mahvash Sabet and Fariba Kamalabadi, were upheld on appeal. On August 16, the Baha'i International Community denounced more than 180 incidents of persecution against Iranian Baha'is in recent weeks, which itself has followed months of intensified crackdowns. The BIC also added that the 70-year-old Mahvash Sabet <suffers from significant health issues and has been transferred to the hospital from prison numerous times in the past year.> >>
Opinion by Gino d'Artali: Some time ago I ordered through my bookstore Mahvash Sabet's poetry book <Prison poems> and received a notice that because of the USA customs it cannot be said when I will receive an email that I can come and pick it up. That's a Red Light warning to me from customs. Let's see.
Iranwire - August 25 2023
<<Protest Victims' Families Denounce Pressure to Silence Them
As the first anniversary of the eruption of the <Woman, Life, Freedom> protests approaches, the Iranian government is increasing pressure on victimsí families demanding justice and truth. <One family after another amongst the plaintiffs is subjected to arrests and summonses,> according to a joint statement shared by several of these families on social media. <Between us, who carry the lifeless bodies of our loved ones on our shoulders, and you and your prisons, whips and threats, there is only one sentence left: We swear by the blood of our comrades that we will stand until the end,> it said. The Iranian officials' concerns over a possible resurgence of nationwide protests on the anniversary of Mahsa Amini's death next month have led to escalating pressure on civil and political activists as part of efforts to intimidate and silence those who might speak out against the government. Amnesty International has condemned the Iranian government's treatment of the families of protest victims, calling it a <campaign of intimidation.> >>
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JINHA - Womens News Agency - August 25, 2023
<<Political prisoner Shakila Monfared faces new charge
News Center- Ashkan Monfared, brother of political prisoner Shakila Monfared held in Evin Prison, announced on his Twitter account yesterday that his sister was summoned to testify by the Evin Security Court on Wednesday on charges of <communicating with anti-revolutionary groups while on medical leave.> <I called my sister when she was receiving treatment at the hospital to learn how she was. My sister now faces a new charge because of my call,> his tweet said. In August 2020, Shakila Monfared was arrested in Tehran by Iranian security forces as she was leaving her home for her social media posts. In September 2020, she was released from prison on bail. In January 2021, Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court of Tehran convicted her for <insulting Islamic sanctities> and <propaganda against the state>. She was sentenced to six years and four months in prison. Then, Branch 36 of the Revolutionary Court of Tehran reduced her sentence to four years and two months. In February 2021, another case was brought against her while in prison and she was sentenced to two years and eight months in prison on new charges described as <membership in one of the anti-regime groups and spreading lies.> In the beginning of July 2023, she was granted a two-month medical leave because she was suffering from gallbladder disease. Although her family paid a bail of fifty billion rials, she was denied medical leave for gallbladder surgery for about a month. Then, she was temporarily released from prison and underwent a gallbladder surgery. Although she was granted a two-month medical leave, she was transferred back to Evin prison on August 19, 2023.>>
JINHA - Womens News Agency - August 25, 2023
<<Iranian artist Elham Modaresi leaves Iran to undergo liver transplant
News Center- Iranian artist Elham Modaresi, who was arrested in the Karaj city of Iran by Iranian intelligence agents on November 2, 2022, was temporarily released from prison on bail in February because she suffers from a genetic liver disorder and requires urgent medical care. According to the received report, she managed to leave Iran to undergo a liver transplant. The artist has been reportedly hospitalized in Turkey and she needs an urgent liver transplant. Many human rights organizations launched petitions demanding the immediate release of the artist to receive treatment. On November 2, 2022, Elham Modaresi was taken from her home in Karaj by Iranian intelligence agents and transferred to Kachoui Prison in Karaj on charges of <disturbing public order and comfort> and <propagating against the regime>. She was psychologically tortured in prison and interrogated for long hours while blindfolded.>>
Iranwire - August 24 2023
<<Mother of Killed Protester Summoned to Court
The mother of Siavash Mahmoudi, a 16-year-old Iranian who was killed by security forces during last year's protests, has been summoned to court.
Leili Mahdavi was reportedly served with a summons on August 23 during a search of her home by law enforcement officers. The officers also confiscated her mobile phone. Mahdavi is scheduled to appear at the Evin Prosecutor's Office on August 26. It is unclear what charges she faces.
Siavash Mahmoudi was shot and killed by government forces on September 21.
Leili Mahdavi has been a vocal advocate for justice for her son, and her social media posts have been widely shared. The authorities routinely summon and arrest relatives of the victims of the brutal crackdown on last year' sprotests in an attempt to intimidate and silence those who might speak out against the government. Amnesty International has condemned the Iranian government's treatment of the families of protest victims, calling it a <campaign of intimidation.> >>
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