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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Iranwire - July 28, 2023
<<Stop Blaming the <Enemy> Says Iran's Top Sunni Cleric
Iran's leading Sunni cleric, in his ongoing series of Friday prayers sermons in which he criticises Iran's government, has urged the Shia leadership not to attribute the country's problems solely to <the enemy.> <Instead of confronting people and attributing everything to 'the enemy,' try adopting a more constructive approach,> Molavi Abdulhamid, the outspoken Sunni Friday prayer leader of Zahedan, said in his latest sermon. He made the comments on July 28, as residents of the restive south-eastern city returned to the streets for weekly protests against Iran's clerical establishment.
<No government, be it Muslim or non-Muslim, should resort to killing people for its own survival,> he said. <It is not worth taking lives for the sake of power,> the 75-year-old Sunni cleric added. In his recent Friday prayer sermon, Molavi, who has consistently criticized the government's approach to the country's problems, declared the Islamic Republic's prospect for solving problems as <hopeless.>
He vehemently demanded the resignation of the officials. <Ongoing economic problems have wreaked everything,> he said. <In such a dire situation, the government should refrain from imposing strict measures on the people.> It appears that Molavi's reference pertains to the government's growing insistence on imposing the mandatory hijab on women. This imposition aligns with the resurgence of morality police patrols on the streets of Iran, where they have confronted and arrested women, summoned and prosecuted artists, and even closed down shops and public spaces for failing to comply with the hijab regulations. Furthermore, in response to recent statements made by some Shia clerics, he said, <Let go of unnecessary desires.> <One claims that dying in Mashhad guarantees entry to heaven, while another asserts that passing away in Qom leads directly to paradise. Some speak about Medina and its link to salvation. However, neither Mecca and Medina nor Mashhad and Qom can guarantee salvation; it is one's own actions that determine their fate.> He went on to question, <Why should we impose beliefs on ourselves or force them upon others?> Molavi has been a key dissenting voice inside Iran since the eruption of the widespread protests in September 2022, using his sermons to call for fundamental economic, social and political changes in the country.>>
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Opinion by Gino d'Artali: I totally agree with the honorable cleric Molavi Abdulhamid and mark my words: the hezbolla as mentioned in a quote below? That means total war ahead against the 'Woman, Life, Freedom' Movement! And remember what Adolf Hitler said: <Wohlt Ihr den Totalen Krieg?> Translated: Do you want the total war? Well, that's exactly what the regime is declaring now: a total war against the No-hijabis and the men supporting them and/or wearing 'improper clothing' themselves.
And please go this page which is dedicated to the coming commeration of Jina Mahsa Amini, heinously murdered by a basij for apparently wearing her hijab wrongfully. Do partipate I almost beg you:
Iranwire - July 28, 2023 - SHOHREH MEHRNAMI
<<Iran's Judiciary Uses Legal Tricks to Prosecute Human Rights Lawyer
In the aftermath of the Woman, Life, Freedom movement, several lawyers have faced arrest and received prison sentences for various reasons, though Marzieh Mohebi's verdict has taken an unexpected turn in the judicial system. A court in the northeastern city of Mashhad issued a ruling for Mohebi - granting authorities the power to confiscate her properties - in violation of her citizenship rights. With an impressive legal career spanning over three decades in Iranian courts, Mohebi has been a devoted advocate for women's rights. She is the esteemed founder and director of the non-profit organization, Sora Women Lawyers Association, which boasts a membership of approximately 250 lawyers. In an interview with IranWire, Mohebi revealed that her organization has been tirelessly providing pro bono legal representation to incarcerated women in the Khorasan-Razavi province. Additionally, they have offered vital support to women who have endured violence and abuse. Under her guidance, the association's lawyers have taken up cases involving child abuse, fought against child marriage, and advocated for women's rights, particularly in marginalized communities on the outskirts of Iranian cities. Mohebi's situation escalated after the start of the Woman, Life, Freedom movement and the initiation of a legal case in Mashhad Revolutionary Court. Mounting pressures have now compelled her to leave the country in a bid to protect her safety. Mohebi took to Twitter to announce the decree issued by the judicial system of the Islamic Republic, allowing the seizure of her property. <The corrupt court in this land has stripped me of my rights and confiscated and destroyed my property,> she said. <Trust is a legal concept dating back to the time of caliphs and Islamic governments. It represents an agreement between the Islamic ruler and non-believers to live within the boundaries of the Islamic government, much like asylum,> Mohebi said, explaining a part of her case during an interview with IranWire. <If a non-believer violates the terms of this agreement, they lose the right to safety and their property is confiscated. In this way, the government could resort to punishment and property seizure,> she said. According to Mohebi, the Islamic Republic has extended this rule to its opponents and critics, allowing them to easily implement property confiscation orders. In essence, the Revolutionary Court did not consider Mohebi's right to citizenship, which, according to Iranian laws, cannot be unilaterally abandoned by the government or its citizens. Instead, they labeled her as a <refugee to the Islamic system> in her own country, which gave them the power to unilaterally revoke her right to shelter and to subsequently seize her property. Regarding the charges in her case, Mohebi stated, <The judicial system of the Islamic Republic handles political charges in the revolutionary courts. Typically, security forces levy one or more accusations against political and civil activists and unjustly links them to Western spy organizations or the Mujahideen [MEK]. I have also faced a series of similar false accusations.> She further added, <The proceedings were completely illegal and disregarded fundamental legal principles and rules. My family members were arbitrarily summoned to court without any justification, and my property was confiscated under Article 49 of the Constitution, despite its irrelevance to my case.> Regarding the specifics of the accusations, Mohebi explained that the judicial system does not provide the indictment directly; instead, it allows only those referred to it to read it. Accusations such as <connections with hostile organizations abroad,> <leadership of protests,> and <collaboration with the People's Mujahideen Organization [MEK]> have been brought against Mohebi. She considers all these allegations utterly baseless, serving only as a pretext for further repression. According to Mohebi, the verdict of confiscation of property is commonly imposed on those deemed <infidels> by the regime, but there is no such record for political defendants.
The verdict issued to lawyer Mohebi is unprecedented.
According to lawyer Moussa Barzin Khalifaloo, while such sentences have been historically imposed by the Iranian judiciary under various pretexts, such as Article 49 of the Constitution, this is the first time a lawyer's property has been targeted solely because of her profession. Article 49 stipulates the confiscation of wealth obtained through illegal means like usury, bribery, theft, or embezzlement. Previously, the properties of individuals associated with the Pahlavi government and Baha'is were seized based on this provision. However, Khalifaloo argues that applying it to a lawyer, unrelated to any criminal activity, is unlawful and contrary to Sharia principles. He also added that having different political or religious opinions should not warrant property confiscation. Describing the government's long-standing pressure on lawyers, especially those engaged in human rights cases, Khalifaloo points out that <since the [1979 Islamic] Revolution, statements against lawyers by prominent leaders like Ruhollah Khomeini, Sadegh Khalkhali, and Mohammad Beheshti led to the closure of lawyers' associations and created obstacles for those involved in human rights work.> Similarly, Mohammad Olyaei-Fard, another jurist and lawyer, sees the government's motive for issuing such harsh sentences as an attempt to suppress dissenting voices. He deems the rulings based on Article 49 as illegal since they lack proper legal procedures, as no law has been passed in the parliament to support such actions. Olyaei-Fard notes that the independent nature of the lawyers' society gives them greater freedom to act, and despite the government's efforts to influence or undermine it, the legal community remains steadfast in defending the people's rights.>>
Iranwire - July 28, 2023 - by TARA ORAMI
<<Protester Sentenced to 15 Years in Jail for Lowering Iran's Flag
Iranian judiciary officials have sentenced a young protester to 15 years in prison on several charges - including lowering the Islamic Republic's flag in the Kurdish city of Saqqez. After enduring 35 days of detention in Sanandaj, Javanpour was ultimately transferred back to Saqqez, where he was handed the staggering 15-year prison sentence. The Revolutionary Court of Saqqez, presided over by Keyvan Jahani, issued the sentencing, with the most severe penalty of 10 years in prison ended down for the charge of managing <a crowd of over two people to disrupt security.> Ayoub Javanpour also faced allegations of organizing protest gatherings, which contributed to <disruptions> in security, <propaganda against the system> and <insulting the founder and leader of the Islamic Republic.> IranWire sources say that Javanpour was a part-time electrician whose work was often interrupted by economic and work pressures. Described by those who know him closely as bold and fearless, Javanpour has a history of joining protests and other demonstrations. He has, as a result, found himself entangled in several court cases, all stemming from his unwavering commitment to social activism. His father's house is located in a neighborhood that repeatedly saw restless nights during nationwide protests.
Saqqez, the hometown of Mahsa Amini, whose death in police custody in September 2022 sparked months-long protests, became a hotspot for the demonstrations. Javanpour was arrested during this tumultuous period. After a brief period of detention, he was released, but his resolve remained unshaken. He reappeared at the forefront of protests, particularly during the wave of poisoning schoolgirls in Saqqez that began in April. While chemical attacks had been witnessed in other cities before, the incident in Saqqez provoked widespread outrage. Parents, students, and protesters gathered in significant numbers in front of Bent Al-Hadi school in the city. Anti-government slogans were chanted during the upheaval and the flag of the Islamic Republic of Iran was pulled down. And although the available images do not provide a clear view of the individual who performed this act, accusations have been leveled against Javanpour in connection to this incident. While the exact identity of the person who lowered the flag remains uncertain, Javanpour's bold and spirited character has led many to believe he may be responsible for the symbolic action. He was arrested on June 10, when security agents raided his father's house in Saqqez and apprehended him, subsequently transferring him to Sanandaj city, the provincial capital of Kurdistan province. The anguish faced by the Javanpour family paints a picture of the sufferings endured by the loved ones of political prisoners. When his mother visited him in prison, she was met with a shocking sight. Javanpour appeared physically frail, bearing the evident marks of torture, a sight that hardly allowed her to accept that the figure before her was her own son, sources said.>>
Iranwire - July 28, 2023
<<Hundreds of Hardline Youth to Join Iran's Ministry of Culture
The Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance of the Islamic Republic has announced plans for a large-scale shake up within the ministry.
<After two years of earnest efforts, 400 Hezbollah youth are set to join this ministry by the end of summer with the aim of bringing significant transformations to the ministry,> said Mohammad Mehdi Esmaili, referring to hardline government supporters. Highlighting the challenges of recruiting and preparing this new entry into the ministry's workforce, who are staunchly loyal to the Islamic Republic, Esmaili acknowledged that the task had been <difficult.> The selection process involved <handpicking individuals from the ranks of the revolutionary front, specifically well-known, experienced, and trusted personnel of the Islamic Republic.> Esmaili's emphasis on recruiting <Hezbollah youth> stems from recent speeches of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. Khamenei had called for the training and employment of <revolutionary youth forces> within the Iranian government.
Esmaili, who is also the the author of the text <Political Thought of Ayatollah Khamenei,> joined Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi's administration in August 2021 without prior executive work experience. In late June, Esmaili publicly acknowledged a <severe shortage> of expertise within the Iranian government, expressing concern over the lack <of specialized and committed human resources> despite four decades of Islamic Republic rule. The inclusion of <Hezbollah> forces in the ministry is expected to intensify pressure on various cultural sectors within the country - and it could lead to increased censorship and exclusion of artists and further restrict freedom of expression. Under the Ebrahim Raisi administration, the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance has undertaken a more aggressive stance towards artists and has exerted more control over the nation's cultural sphere. Numerous artists have already faced threats, summonses, and bans from the ministry in response to their support for nationwide protests.>>
NCRI - Women committee - in Maryam Rajavi Speeches - July 26, 2023
<<35th Anniversary of the Massacre of 30,000 political prisoners
Prosecute Clerical Regime Leaders for Crimes Against Humanity, Genocide
Speech by Maryam Rajavi on day 3 of the Free Iran World Summit, July 3, 2023
On the brink of the 35th anniversary of the massacre of 30,000 political prisoners, we pay tribute to those who gave their lives for freedom and cultivated the seeds of unwavering uprisings; they are indeed the martyrs of the Iranian people's Democratic Revolution. The untainted blood of those innocent souls massacred in 1988 resonates today in the ongoing uprisings of the Iranian people and continues to inspire and motivate rebellious youths across generations. Thousands of PMOI heroes bravely stood their ground, defending their political identity and ideals. They marched to the gallows, shouting 'Long Live Massoud' and welcoming their martyrdom. Their aspirations and ideals remain just as relevant in contemporary Iranian society. The past few months have witnessed the imprisonment of 30,000 defiant young men and women who fearlessly challenged Khamenei's regime. Among them are selfless and devoted men and women who established the Resistance Units. They are united in their fight for the cause of freedom, equality, and the rejection of oppression. The People's Mojahedin, a name that burns with crimson passion in Iran, has emerged from this ideal, painting the dawn with its fiery red spirit. After 44 years of slandering the PMOI and spreading lies about their generations, the mullahs' fury remains unabated. Their heartless fear of any group affiliated with the PMOI, even thousands of kilometers away from Iran, stems from a cause that transcends time and place. While the mullahs strive to impose their rule characterized by coercion, tyranny, and oppression, the arisen generation in Iran yearns for freedom and a people's republic. This is a cause that shall ultimately prevail.
May God bless the resilient people of Iran, and may the martyrs be honored and remembered forever. Long live freedom!
Read Miss Rajavi' full speech here:
NCRI - Women committee - in Women's news - July 27, 2023
<< Support Iranian's Women struggle for Freedom and Equality.
Solidarity with the women of Iran has been one of the most brilliant and effective women's projects in recent years and one of the world's most glorious solidarity movements.Today as the world is witnessing Iranian women's leading role in the Iran uprising, the impact of such a solidarity becomes even clearer. Campaigns to stop the persecution of thousands of Iranian women who brave all dangers to participate in Iran protests for freedom, justice, and equality are the most crucial. As Iranian women's struggle for freedom and equality has entered a fate-making stage, the activities of the Iranian Resistance and the NCRI Women's Committee bear greater significance. We are sincerely grateful to those who have so far participated and played key roles in this endeavor. Your support enables us to improve and expand our efforts to support Iranian women's struggle.>>
Note from Gino d'Artali: Do visit the page and do support dear readers. The Women need it!
Iranwire - July 27, 2023
<<Activists Protest New Charges against Political Prisoner Jailed for 13 Years
A group of Iranian political and social activists, along with former female political prisoners, have condemned the opening of a legal case against Maryam Akbari Monfared, who has been behind bars for 13 years for protesting the killing of her four siblings by the Islamic Republic in the 1980s.
The statement says the judicial system has filed six new charges against Akbari Monfared, as the end of her prison-term approaches. It emphasizes that the activist has been unjustly imprisoned for all these years and should be unconditionally released. <Despite the pain of separation from her family, she has steadfastly worked to uplift the spirits of her fellow incarcerated women, leaving behind a memory filled with passion, determination, faith and life for all those who have been imprisoned alongside her in recent years,> the text also reads. The statement was authored by prominent figures such as Jila Baniyaqoub, Hassan Yousefi, Abdullah Naseri, Shiva Nazarahari, Ghoncheh Qavami and Mahdieh Golroo.
Akbari Monfared was arrested in December 2009 and forcibly disappeared for months.
She was sentenced to 15 years in prison in 2010 on the charge of acting against national security for allegedly being a supporter of the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI or MEK). According to her husband, Hassan Jafari, her sole contact with the opposition group was <a few phone calls to her siblings in Camp Ashraf in Iraq,> which housed Iranian exiles. Three of her brothers and one sister lost their lives during the mass killing of political prisoners in the 1980s. Akbari Monfared has been in prison since her arrest without being granted any leave. The activist, who has one daughter, is serving her sentence in Semnan prison. Earlier this month, a joint letter signed by 44 civil activists, including current and former prisoners, condemned the opening of a new case against Akbari Monfared, saying it aimed at torturing her and her family.
<Endless imprisonment cannot deter their quest for justice,> they said.>>
NCRI - Women committee - in Women's news - July 26, 2023
<<Labor activist Anisha Assadollahi to serve 5 years in Evin
Labor activist Anisha Assadollahi reported to Evin to serve her time in prison.
The 26th Branch of the Revolutionary Court of Tehran sentenced Ms. Assadollahi to five years and eight months in prison in late May 2023. Tehran Province's Revision Court later upheld this verdict. Labor activist Anisha Assadollahi was convicted of <assembly and collusion> and >propaganda against the state> and sentenced to 5 years and eight months. According to Article 134 of the regime's Punishment Code, the maximum sentence would be implemented, which is five years for <assembly and collusion.> On April 16, 2023, a hearing was convened at Branch 26 of the Tehran Revolutionary Court to address the charges against labor activist Anisha Assadollahi. Subsequently, on the eve of International Workers' Day, April 28, 2023, she was arrested along with several other trade union and labor activists by security forces at the residence of Mohammad Habibi, a prominent teachers' union activist, and transferred to Evin Prison. She was released temporarily on a 1-billion-Toman bail on May 8, 2023. On June 18, 2019, twelve intelligence agents arrested labor activist Anisha Assadollahi on the street. She had just been released on bail after being arrested during the Labor Day demonstrations. Anisha Assadollahi was among 15 women violently arrested on May 1, 2019, during a protest demonstration on International Workers' Day. Some were taken to the Intelligence Ministry Ward 209 in Evin Prison, and others were transferred to the Qarchak Prison (Shahr-e Rey) in Varamin.>>
Iranwire - July 26, 2023 - by SAHAR REZAEI
<<Iranian Women Athletes Targeted for Expressing Dissent
Iranian women athletes who participated in last year's nationwide protests or took stands against the Islamic Republic's compulsory headscarf rules have been forced to back down from their beliefs under the pressure of the Ministry of Sports and Youth as well as the security and intelligence agencies, IranWire has learned. Through interviews with relatives of several athletes and information obtained from the Ministry of Sports, IranWire has uncovered a systematic pattern of pressure on prominent sportswomen, particularly in recent weeks. The tactics used against these defiant women include imposing travel bans, closing their bank accounts, prohibiting them from attending national training camps or from accessing sports venues, and threatening them with arrest.>>
Read more here and also about other athletes under threat:
<- Razieh Janbaz;
- Parmida Qasemi and
and What the Islamic Republic Seeks from the Athletes>...
Iranwire - July 26, 2023
<<Retrial Ordered for Protester on Death Row Suffering <Mental> Issues
The Iranian judiciary has overturned the death sentence of 23-year-old protester Mohammad Qobadloo, his lawyer says, after the convict sent a distressing message from prison. <The sentence of Mohammad Qobadloo was overturned by Branch 1 of the Supreme Court,> Lawyer Amir Raisian said on his Twitter account on July 26. <The case will now be referred back to the same branch to address matters related to my client's mental health and to issue a new verdict,> he added. Qobadloo is accused of running over a member of the security forces named Farid Karampour during last year's nationwide protests. <Every moment I feel the roughness of the rope around my neck,> the prisoner said in a written message shared by his mother. <I never intended to take anyone's life. I didn't even see his face,> he added, referring to Karampour.>>
Iranwire - July 26, 2023
<<Baha'is Arrested on Spurious Charges of Cultural <Infiltration>
In a joint statement, the IRGC Intelligence Organization and the General Intelligence Directorate of northern Gilan province have announced the arrest of several Baha'i citizens. The arrested members of the Baha'i religious minority are facing serious accusations of <infiltrating various cultural, social, and educational sectors, with a special focus on music schools for children and teenagers.> Furthermore, they have been allegedly involved in <theater directing and acting and exerting influence over local state television.> According to the statement, the detained Baha'is are said <to have pursued their objectives using multiple media platforms including social media and satellite channels.> No evidence has been presented by the authorities to substantiate the accusations. But the authorities have accused the Baha'is of inciting Iranian citizens to participate in protests during the autumn of 2022 and to engage in anti-hijab campaigns. The joint statement did not revealed the identities of the detainees>>
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Iranwire - July 26, 2023
<<Protester Sentenced to Death Granted Retrial after Sons Issue Plea
The Iranian judiciary has granted retrial to a father of three sentenced to death over his participation in nationwide unrest in November 2019, his lawyer says. The request for Abbas Daris's retrial has been registered with Branch 9 of the Supreme Court and an order to halt the execution of his sentence has been sent to a court in the south-western city of Mahshahr, Lawyer Fereshteh Tabanian wrote on his Twitter account on July 26.
Earlier this month, his three young sons appealed to the authorities not to carry out the execution. <We implore for forgiveness and mercy to save our father's life,> one of the boys said in a video circulated on social media. <His sentencing has already claimed the life of our mother, who suffered a fatal stroke.> <Our father is all we have left,> he added. In November 2019, more than 100 Iranian cities and towns were hit by protests sparked by a government's decision to raise gas prices, with many demonstrators chanting against the Iranian Republic. Daris and his brother, Moshen, were arrested in Mahshahr on charges of <waging war against God, inciting disorder and participating in the murder of Reza Sayadi,> a member of the special police forces known as NOPO. The Mahshahr Revolutionary Court sentenced Daris to death, and his lawyer said on July 10 that the Supreme Court upheld the sentence without giving any regard to objections she had filed in the case. Daris has denied the charges against him.>>
Iranwire - July 26, 2023
<<Azeri Activist Razizadeh Handed Two-Year Prison Term
Iranian authorities have sentenced the administrator of an Instagram page dedicated to supporting Azeri political prisoners to two years in prison over his alleged links to illegal groups, IranWire reports. In its July 15 ruling, Branch 15 of Tehran Revolutionary Court also barred Ali Razizadeh from traveling abroad and from having any activity with political parties and organizations for a period of two years.
The notorious Judge Abulqasem Salavati presided over the case.
Razizadeh, an ethnic Azeri residing in Tehran, has long been an advocate for Azeri political activists and prisoners. In February 2022, he was summoned to Branch 3 of Evin Prosecutor's Office due to his activities on an Instagram account that focused on highlighting the plight of Azeris facing political persecution. Earlier this month, Ramin Alinia, another Azeri citizen living in Tehran, received a six-year prison sentence on similar charges.>>
NCRI - Women committee - in Women's news - July 25, 2023
<<Political prisoner Zahra Saeedianju banned from visits
Zahra Saeedianju was not allowed to visit her family on Tuesday, July 25, 2023, in Ahvaz. She was banned from having any visits during her interrogation in Tehran and after being transferred to Ahvaz. Zahra is the sister of Milad Saeedianju, 26, who was shot and killed by security forces on November 14, 2022, during the protests in Izeh. Security forces arrested her at her workplace in Tehran and taken to Evin Prison on Sunday, July 9, 2023. Zahra Saeedianju, sister of a slain protester, is arrested and jailed in Tehran>>
Read more here, especially also about <Journalist Marzieh Mahmoudi fined and sentenced to internal exile>...:
Iranwire - July 25, 2023
<<Iranian Lawmaker Warns of Rapid Rise in Poverty
The number of people living below the poverty line in Iran has reached 28 million, a lawmaker has said, warning that the continuous and rapid surge in poverty <may lead to social and political problems in the not too distant future.> Speaking on July 24, Mohsen Pirhadi, vice chairman of the 7th Development Plan Consolidation Commission, attributed the escalation of poverty to the <economic collapse of certain sections of society over the past decade.> He warned that failing to address this situation <seriously> in the 7th Development Plan <could lead to a severe crisis in social health.> According to Pirhadi, the increase in poverty has already led to a dramatic increase in <marginalization, addiction, corruption [and] migration to urban centers.> He did not set a figure for the national poverty line - the estimated minimum level of income needed by Iranians to secure the necessities of life. But Mohammad Bagheri, a member of the parliament's Economic Commission, said last month that, due to soaring inflation, Tehran residents now need as much as 30 million tomans ($630) a month to cover their basic necessities. Also in June, the Research Center of the Iranian parliament reported that approximately 11 million Iranians have plunged into poverty over the course of a decade. The poverty rate among Iran's 84-million strong population has sharply risen since 2005, crossing the 30-percent mark by 2017. Despite promises made by President Ebrahim Raisi to <eradicate absolute poverty> - when household income is below the poverty line - the situation has worsened over the past two years.>>
Iranwire - July 25, 2023
<<US-Born Iranian to Swim around Manhattan for <Brave> Women in Iran
Raha Akhavan, a 45-year-old trailblazing academic and determined open-water swimmer, is preparing for an extraordinary challenge aimed at raising awareness about the plight of the <brave> women of Iran who are fighting to have <their rightful rights> respected. The US-born Akhavan will embark on August 31 on the 20 Bridges Swim around the island of Manhattan in New York, covering a distance of 48.5 kilometres. In an interview with IranWire, she describes the oppression she faced as a girl and a woman in Iran, and pays tribute to the victims of the Islamic Republic's bloody crackdown on last year's nationwide protests demanding more freedoms and women"s rights, particularly those who have lost their eyes.<Throughout my school and university years in Iran I felt all the pressure, oppression and brutality that these women were protesting against,> she says. <I always felt out of place and wrong in my own society because I didn't fit in with the imposed standards.> >>
Read more here:
Iranwire - July 25, 2023
<<Iranian Kurdish Activist Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison
Iranian authorities have sentenced Kurdish civil activist Ayoub Javanpour to a total of 15 years in prison, according to the Kurdistan Human Rights Network. The Revolutionary Court in the western city of Saqqez on July 22 handed down a ten-year prison sentence for ,leading a crowd of more than two people to disrupt security,> two years for <insulting the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran,> two years for <insulting the system's leader> and one year for <propaganda against the system by pulling down the flag.> If the sentences are upheld by the appeals court, Javanpour will have to serve 10 years in prison. The activist was violently arrested by security forces in Saqqez on June 10 and is currently being held in the city's central prison, the report said. Javanpour was previously targeted by the judiciary in 2018 for his activism.>>
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