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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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 - July 21, 2023
<<Iranian Protester Killed in Clash with Security Forces
Iranian security forces have shot and killed a resident of the south-western city of Izeh who had been involved in last year’s nationwide protests, according to the Hengaw human rights organization. Seyyed Mostafa Ahmadpour died during a clash with armed forces on July 20. Government-affiliated media outlets confirmed Ahmadpour's death, describing him as one of the <instigators of the Izeh riots.> A nine -year-old boy and several other Izeh residents were killed when government forces opened fire on protesters in the city on November 16. Government officials have labeled the massacre as a <terrorist> act and attributed it to government opponents. The Sobh Zagros website released pictures purportedly showing Ahmadpour's dead body and reported that the clash also claimed the lives of two police officers. Two people accompanying Ahmadpour were reportedly taken away by government forces during the confrontation. There was no immediate information about their whereabouts. According to accounts circulating on social networks, Ahmadpour was an active participant in last year's nationwide protests sparked by the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini while in police custody. His brother, Mohsen Ahmadpour, is being held in Shiban prison in Ahvaz, the capital of Khuzestan province. He is accused of <waging war against God> and <corruption on Earth.> >>
Note from Gino d'Artali: Dearest Allah, please take the soul of yet another martyrer of the 'Woman, Life, Freedom' revolution under your care and please let the killings stop. Enough martyrers have died already and you know the IRGC will not stop killing innocent people so allow the protesters the ultimate and well deserved victory. Shukrah from the deepest of my heart and soul.
Iranwire - July 21, 2023
<<IRGC Agents Brutally Attack Tourist Camp in Northern Iran
Individuals donning uniforms of Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) violently attacked a group of Iranian tourists in a northern mountainous area early on July 20, according to information obtained by IranWire. <At around one o'clock in the morning, while the tourists were preparing to sleep after a touristic tour in the Opart area, over 30 IRGC officers on four-wheeled motorcycles and unmarked cars stormed the site,> said a source with knowledge of the matter. The officers viciously assaulted the tourists using batons and stun guns, repeatedly accusing them of consuming alcohol while reveling during the Shia month of Muharram. Eyewitnesses said that the attackers destroyed all the equipment belonging to the tourists and tore down their tents, as <terrified> women and children screamed and cried. Despite their searches, the attackers did not find anything that could incriminate the tourists. Witnesses said that the IRGC agents had a doctor with them who provided medical aid to the injured tourists and advised them to seek further treatment in hospital. Opart, a picturesque region nestled between Semnan and Mazandaran provinces, offers breathtaking mountain and forest landscapes. Alcohol has been banned in Iran Since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, but Iranians still drink foreign and homemade alcoholic beverages that are sold on the black market.>>
July 21, 2023 - Preface by Gino d'Artali: Dear reader, concerning the 'Woman, Life, Freedom' women-led revolution in Iran the Iranian people of all walks of life and professions, teachers (to be), journalists, house-mothers because yes, that's a profession too, and so much more are in a orange-phase alert because of the too many, and one is one to many already, arrests of late and in this especially the 'No-hijabis' are under siege by the basiji, the IRGC and the judiciary. So please, and also in memory of our dear sister Jina Mahsa Amini who was murdered by the basij now almost a year ago, I humbly ask you to go to http://www.cryfreedom.net/ZAA-JMA-2023july-Unveiled-And-Unbroken.htm which is fully centered around what has and is happening concerning the 'Unveiled but Unbroken'. Thank you so much on behalf of the women fighting for their rights for Freedom.
And yes, I agree with you, first things first, the current overall situation in Iran:
Iranwire - July 20, 2023 - by SHOHREH MEHRNAMI
<<Tehran Protester Forcibly Disappeared for over Eight Months
Iman Valdbeigi is among the thousands of victims of the Islamic Republic's brutal crackdown on nationwide protests that swept Iran last year.
Valdbeigi is a 42-year-old mechanical engineer from Tehran who has been missing for nearly eight months. According to his father, Mojtaba, his son participated peacefully in anti-government protests in Tehran. The man disappeared on November 30, and his father sought information about his whereabouts from various authorities such as the Evin Prosecutor's Office, all prisons in Tehran, the Intelligence Department, the Emergency Center and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps' (IRGC) Information and Intelligence Department. But after 229 days of intense search, he found no trace of his son. The family believes that Valdbeigi might be held in a secret detention center. Valdbeigi's disappearance coincided with the Iranian national football team's loss against the United States at the World Cup in Qatar, when people celebrated in the streets of Tehran and other cities.
On that day, two other men named Farzin Marofi and Ehsan Ghasemifar were shot and killed by the security forces. Iman was born in the central city of Isfahan and studied mechanical engineering before getting married. He had been living with his family in Tehran since separating from his wife a few years ago. The man worked at the engineering company Aria Hengard in Tehran. He was interested in political issues but was not very active on social media. Valdbeigi's father said that the last time he was seen by the family was when he left home at 8 a.m. to go to his workplace. There are speculations he might have participated in the protests held in front of the parliament on the day he went missing. He would not be the only protester to have been forcibly disappeared by the authorities. Other men such as Reza Abbasi, a 21-year-old resident of Robat Karim in Tehran region, also disappeared during rallies. There have also been reports of protesters being forcibly disappeared in the south-western province of Khuzestan. Enforced disappearance is a crime under international law that occurs when someone has been arrested, detained or abducted by state agents, or people acting with their authorization, support or acquiescence. The authorities refuse to acknowledge this or conceal the person's fate or whereabouts, placing them outside the protection of the law. Unofficial places of secret detention in Iran fall outside the protection of the law and facilitate human rights violations including torture. They are unlawfully used by intelligence and security bodies, most often by the Ministry of Intelligence or the intelligence unit of the IRGC, to keep individuals in custody. Leili Pourzand, a human rights activist and women's rights expert, tells IranWire: <The families of the kidnapped individuals experience immense mental anguish because they are uncertain whether their loved ones are alive or dead.> Pourzand highlighted that the lives of those forcibly disappeared are entirely in the hands of their jailers, who know no boundaries in inflicting torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment to detainees. <Kidnapping or enforced disappearance is considered one of the most severe forms of systematic violence, and it may qualify as violence against humanity under international law,> she said.
According to Pourzand, the relatives of those forcibly disappeared choose to remain silent out of fear of suffering a similar fate: <The most effective way to combat this crime is to expose and publicize the cases. However, the families of the abducted individuals are often subjected to intense fear, intimidation, desperation and psychological isolation, making it challenging for them to take such actions.> <The repressive apparatus aims to exert severe pressure and isolate activists and their families, to create panic and uncertainty, and ultimately to manipulate information in the absence of support from the media and human rights [groups],> she added.>>
Iranwire - July 19, 2023
<<Baha'i Citizen Arrested Again - After Previous Five-Year Jail Term
Security agents descended upon the Tehran residence of Keyvan Rahimian, a Baha'i citizen, and took him into custody on Tuesday. The motive behind his arrest and the specific charges against him remain undisclosed. Shortly after being apprehended, Rahimian managed to make contact with his family, informing them that he had been transferred to Evin Prison, a notorious facility often used for prisoners of conscience and political prisoners. Concerns for his well-being and the uncertain circumstances surrounding his detention have escalated within his family. And it is not the first time that Rahimian's family has faced such a distressing ordeal. Rahimian previously endured a five-year sentence in Rajaei Shahr Prison. He was convicted at that time of teaching university-age young people, denied the right to attend Iran's public universities, and who were pursuing their education at the informal Baha'i Institute of Higher Education, or BIHE. The BIHE was established in the 1980s as an informal educational solution to the fact that young Baha'is were barred from higher education. Rahimian was eventually released after serving his full sentence in September 2017. The Rahimian family's Baha'i faith has already brought them significant loss. Rahim Rahimian, Keyvan's father, was executed in Tehran in 1986, due to his unwavering commitment to his religious beliefs. The Iranian authorities' crackdown on members of the Baha'i minority appears to have accelerated since July last year. And the clampdown has continued after the eruption of nationwide demonstrations in September 2022, with dozens of arrests reported over the past few weeks. Shia Islam is the state religion in Iran. The constitution recognizes several minority faiths, including Christianity, Judaism, and Zoroastrianism, but not the Baha'i faith.>>
Note by Gino d'Artali: Do also read this article <A Blazing Candle: Keyvan Rahimian's Tribulations and Strength.>
as published on July 19, 2023 by Iranwire
Iranwire - July 19, 2023
<<Protesting Iranian Retirees, Workers Shout for <Justice, Livelihood>
Retirees, teachers and other workers staged protests in at least nine Iranian cities on July 18 to demand union rights and better living conditions amid growing anger over soaring prices. Videos shared on social media show rallies in Ahvaz Shiraz, Hamedan, Alborz, Kermanshah, Yazd, Shiraz, Sanandaj, Ardabil, Karaj and other cities across Iran. Most protesting retirees gathered outside buildings of the Pension Fund and governorate offices, demanding higher pensions as they struggle to meet basic needs of life. In front of the governor's office in Ardabil, retirees chanted <Shout, pensioners! Shout for your rights!> <Justice, livelihood, our bold slogan> and <Inflation, high prices, disasters for people's lives,> were among the slogans shouted by the pensioners demonstrating in Sanandaj. Haft Tappeh sugarcane workers gathered in Ahvaz to protest the planned implementation of a revised job classification plan by the company, according to the Free Union of Iranian Workers. Meanwhile, a group of educators took to the streets of Shiraz to call for the release of teachers' union activists who have been imprisoned in recent months for their support of protesters demanding more rights. The demonstrators chanted slogans such as <Free the imprisoned teachers,> <Livelihood and dignity, our inalienable rights,> and <Shout, teacher, shout for your rights.> A large banner read: <There is no place for teachers in prison; Help them secure their rights.> >>
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Opinion by Gino d'Artali: The Jamaican singer-songwriter shouted it out in the 1960-ties <Get up, stand up for your rights> and today the Iranian retirees are doing the same and damn right they are ('scuse me my French). And they're not shouting in a dessert where nobody's listening. Oh no, they're heard by tens- of thousands Iranians standing up for their rights and an equal lot of people from the whole world are listening. Now I'd repeat and shout this slogan also as was shouted months ago: Give in or get lost! by students in Tehran.
NCRI - Women committee - in Women's news - July 18, 2023
<<Kowkab Badaghi is temporarily dismissed from teaching
Kowkab Badaghi, a high school teacher in the city of Izeh, Khuzestan Province, was temporarily dismissed from her job for one month by the appeals board for dealing with administrative violations of employees. The appeals board issued its verdict on July 18 and informed Kowkab Badaghi of its ruling. The Revolutionary Court of Ahvaz held the trial for 11 members of the Educators' Guild in Khuzestan on Saturday, June 17, 2023.
The 11 teachers, Kowkab Badaghi, Zohreh Bakhtiari, Pirooz Nami, Siamak Sadeghi Chehrazi, Shahriar Shirvani Nia, Emad Rafii-nejad, Ali Karoushati, Moein Zargani, Sadegh Naseri, Eqbal Tamoradi, and Behnia Bahmaei-nejad, are accused of <engaging in propaganda activities against the regime and membership in groups aiming at undermining national security.> Kowkab Badaghi Pegah is a physical education teacher at a high school in Izeh.
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