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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<<Jailed Rapper Tortured, Forced into Psychiatric Center After Demanding Justice
The forced psychiatric hospitalization of jailed rapper Saman Yasin in Iran shortly after he demanded due process and justice for his case highlights the Iranian government's continued weaponization of medical treatment in order to suppress dissent, in flagrant violation of international and Iranian law. Yasin was also previously tortured to force him to confess to a crime, according to information obtained by the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). These major rights violations should be documented by the Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Iran. The UN and world leaders should meanwhile institute measures to demand the Islamic Republic stop using violence, torture, forced medical treatment and arbitrary detention to muzzle dissent. <The government in Iran has a history of using torture and involuntary psychiatric hospitalization to coerce political prisoners into making false 'confessions' and punish them over and beyond their unjust detention,> said CHRI Executive Director Hadi Ghaemi. <The authorities' aim is to crush dissent,> he added. <Yet Iranians are refusing to give up; their calls for justice should be amplified around the world as forcefully as the government's rights violations should be punished and condemned.>
Tortured, Denied Access to Counsel, Unlawfully Hospitalized without Consent
After 10 months of being detained, Saman Yasin, a 27-year-old rapper of Kurdish descent, broke his silence to describe his case, which has not only included torture and forced confessions, but also the forced use of a state-appointed lawyer who has been denied access to his case files, and now forced psychiatric hospitalization without cause or consent. Yasin's torture during the first two weeks of his 10-month detention, according to information sent to CHRI on the condition of anonymity for security reasons, included:
Being subjected to a mock execution, including having a noose put around his neck
A pencil being forced into his nose, which broke his nose
Being pushed down the stairs twice
Being forced to sit in a walk-in freezer intermittently over the course of two days
Being told his family would be tortured if he did not confess to a crime
At the time of Yasin’s mock execution, he was sharing a cell with Mohsen Shekari, a 23-year-old protester who was executed in December 2022 in Rajaee Shahr prison in Karaj, located 20 miles west of Tehran. CHRI is deeply concerned that Yasin, who was initially sentenced to death under <moharabeh> (enmity against God) on the unsubstantiated charge of murdering a state security force member, is now having his retrial handled by Judge Abolqasem Salavati, who is notorious in Iran for issuing harsh sentences against individuals accused of engaging in dissent or activism. Before his first court session with Salavati, Yasin was ordered to shave his beard, but keep a mustache, according to the information received by CHRI. In Iran, one stereotypical and disparaging belief is that men with mustaches are criminals; the order was issued by Salavati, which suggests his intent to treat Yasin as guilty from the beginning. Yasin was also pressured to make statements on camera alleging that he had joined street protests at the behest of foreign news stations and activists, which he refused to do. Currently held in Evin Prison, Yasin was <attacked and arrested by security forces in the middle of the night at my home> on September 30, 2022, he said, amid state security forces' violent repression of major anti-state protests that had erupted across Iran in September 2022 after the death in state custody of Jina Mahsa Amini for her allegedly improper hijab.
Yasin was accused of killing a state security force member and, while being denied access to independent counsel and a fair trial, initially sentenced to death a few weeks later. Under appeal, the Supreme Court accepted his request for a re-trial, and referred his case back to the Islamic Revolutionary Court, but the case has remained in limbo since then.
Yasin, Under Pressure, Breaks Silence and Is Quickly Punished
<I don’t know what crime I've committed that even the state-appointed lawyer doesn't have the right to work on my case,> he said in an audio message that was shared online on July 21, 2023, referring to the fact that his assigned lawyer, Hossein Sartipi, told him Judge Salavati wouldn't allow him to review and investigate his case. That was the first time Yasin had been heard from since his arrest. <If I've committed a crime and you have evidence, reveal it, and give me a sentence,> he added. <If I'm innocent, then release me. Why are you leaving me in uncertainty?> Two days later, Yasin was hospitalized at the Aminabad Hospital, also referred to as the Razi psychiatric hospital in Shahr-e-Rey in southern Tehran. This is the same hospital where political prisoner Behnam Mahjoubi was tortured before dying at a different hospital in Iranian state custody. Yasin did not provide consent to the hospitalization, a source with detailed knowledge of his case told CHRI. This form of arbitrary detention is a violation of International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), to which Iran is a signatory.>>
Read more here (about your rights too):
NCRI - Womens committee - in Women's news - July 24, 2023
<<The Distorted Justice System in Iran Targets Truth-Tellers
Instead of denouncing the violence perpetrated by a mullah, the clerical regime's prosecutor announced their intention to find and punish whoever shot the footage and posted it on social media. On Saturday, July 22, a video clip went viral, depicting a mullah brutalizing a woman who had protested against his trespassing at her house in Sheshlou village, located in Gilan, northern Iran. The mullah in question was identified as Seifollah Gohari, the head of the political-ideological bureau and a Friday prayer leader in a government agency in Langrood. The Iranian official media reported that the battered woman was the mullah's sister-in-law in a bid to downplay the mullah's violence against a defenseless woman. His case was referred to the Special Court of the Clergy for examination. However, the media quoted the prosecutor of Langrood, Seyyed Hashem Mir-Hosseini, stating that they would diligently pursue, identify, and take serious action against the person(s) responsible for posting the video on social media. (The state-run Entekhab.ir, July 23, 2023) The clerical regime consistently prosecutes and punishes individuals who post videos revealing the regime's oppressive measures. They have enacted laws that criminalize the publication of material that disturbs public opinion, significantly if it exposes the truth about the mullahs' conduct. Anyone found guilty of doing so would face arrest and punishment. For instance, during the poisoning of schoolgirls throughout the country, individuals who filmed and shared evidence on social media or revealed any clues were identified and imprisoned. In this way, the clerical regime seeks to cover up the corruption plaguing the regime and fend off public outrage.>>
Opinion by Gino d'Artali: The by the mullah battered woman was I'd say a 'citizen journalist' reporting about an un-acceptable violation of women's rights!
Iranwire - July 24, 2023 - by SHOHREH MEHRNAMI
<<Iranians' Angry Reactions to Muharram Ceremonies
Over the past 44 years, the religious and political missionaries of the Islamic Republic have relied on the deep belief of a significant portion of the Iranian people in the Third Shia Imam. Every year, millions of Iranians observe Ashura on the 10th day in the month of Muharram, the first month in the Islamic lunar calendar, as it marks the death of Hossein ibn Ali, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, during the Battle of Karbala in 680.
Large demonstrations of high-scale mourning are held throughout the country to remember and honor Hossein's sacrifice; preachers deliver sermons, narrating the life of the Third Shia Imam and recounting the history of the battle; poetry is recited to celebrate his virtues and legacy. The Islamic Republic's officials have used this fervor to justify the government's policies, label their opponents as enemies of religion and gather more supporters. But this year, Iranian social media users have shared messages urging people not to wear black clothes during Muharram. The families of those who lost their lives during last year's anti-government protests - some of whom hold strong religious beliefs - draw comparisons between their loved ones' suffering and the Battle of Karbala. Goldasteh Hosseini, the mother of Abulfazl Adinezadeh, one of the victims of the Islamic Republic bloody crackdown on the months-long unrest, expressed her grief on her Instagram account. <My son, Abulfazl, my Muharram is the day they took your dear life, my Karbala is your grave,> she lamented. The mother of Abulfazl Amirataei, another victim, shared a heart-wrenching video of her son's struggle to survive in hospital, expressing her anguish over the <senseless act that claimed> his life. <Don't lecture me about Muharram; I've experienced my own trials, like the time Abulfazl spent months in the hospital, and I still curse the person responsible for shooting you,> she said.
Many social media users evoke the events surrounding Karbala, drawing parallels between the battle and the violence inflicted to protesters. In response to the violent suppression of the protest movement, Iranians have published images depicting the harsh treatment endured by the demonstrators. Some of them compare the government's actions with the historical events of Muharram, highlighting the contradiction between the government's brutality and the mourning of Imam Hossein. <The government claims to mourn an imam who protested oppressive rulers, yet it suppresses its own people for opposing the regime; this exposes its hypocritical behavior,> religious scholar Mohammed Javad Akbarin tells IranWire.
However, Akbarin points out that the posts shared on social media reflect <the diverse sentiments within the society.> <Some individuals express their frustration and disdain toward the government's hypocritical actions, while others remain supportive, possibly due to personal interests or beliefs.> <These online expressions of grief, anger and resistance are indicative of the sentiments prevailing in the majority of society, as voiced through social networks. It is clear that a significant portion of the population does not align with the government's narrative and its handling of religious and historical events, Akbarin adds.
Opposition to Mandatory Hijab
A significant segment of society expresses opposition to the official Muharram ceremonies, primarily due to the ongoing crackdown on women flouting mandatory hijab rules. This stance has gained considerable traction and has resulted in detentions, imprisonments and forced confessions for those who stand against the compulsory headscarf during Muharram. In Karaj, a defiant woman walked past a religious procession without a hijab and told a man who had warned her while recording the scene: <I’m a woman, don't scare me; I will stand by my beliefs.> This woman was reportedly apprehended by security agencies, and the semi-official Fars news agency published her forced confession in which she was portrayed as being against religious norms. Boys and girls who have shown their opposition to the Islamic Republic and forced hijab during Muharram have ended up in jail. According to sociologist Mehrdad Darvishpour, these incidents show the secularization of society and the weakening of religious norms in Iran.
<While the Iranian government remains one of the most fervently religious in the region, secularism of society has reached unprecedented levels, with some individuals even adopting anti-religious stances,> he tells IranWire. Darvishpour notes that last year's protests, particularly the <Women, Life, Freedom> movement triggered by the September death in police custody of Mahsa Amini, <exacerbated the rift between the government and the people.> <Although street protests may have diminished, disregard for mandatory hijab among women and girls indicates that society remains assertively opposed to the government's religious norms,> he says. He predicts that this gap will continue to widen, making it increasingly challenging for the government to enforce religious practices on the populace.
Crimes by the Iranian Government
For social media users, gathering examples of the Iranian government's oppression of dissent is not a challenging task. One disturbing image shared on social media depicts a protester from Zahedan, Khodanoor Lejaei, with his hands and feet tied to a police station flagpole. A glass of water is placed in front of him, but he can't reach it. This cruel treatment was accompanied by the hashtag Final-Muharram. Another social media user shared the picture of Navid Afkari, a protester who was executed after enduring torture, with a question <Muharram???> Afkari's brothers, his sister and brother-in-law were imprisoned, while his parents endured harassment. This showcases the extent of suffering and injustice experienced by the victims of the Islamic Republic and their families. In response to the religiosity promoted by the government, these opponents often point out the Islamic Republic's hypocrisy and sometimes reject the religion altogether. This process, according to Akbarin, draws parallels to historical events in the West, where crimes committed by the church led to the Period of Renaissance. <Just as the society in the West grappled with the realization that it had to choose between humanity and religious dogma, freedom and religion, and honor and dignity and religion, a similar experience currently unfolds in Iran under the Islamic Republic," he said.>>
NCRI - Womens committee - in articles - Women's news July 23, 2023
<<30.000 victims we never forget nor forgive
The 1988 Massacre in Iran and the Urgent Need for Independent Inquiry
The 1988 massacre is a stark reminder of the Iranian regime's complete disregard for the sanctity and dignity of human life. The 1988 Massacre in Iran and the Urgent Need for Independent Inquiry. 35 years ago, in the final days of July, the Death Commissions in prisons all over Iran engaged in a quiet yet hurried massacre and genocide. Their goal was to eliminate those who 'stood their ground and continued to do so, as per Khomeini's order. During this time, the Evin and Gohardasht prisons witnessed the massacre of prisoners, leaving only a few Mojahed prisoners in other cities' facilities. In some prisons, not a single person survived. The 1988 massacre in Iran, deemed the most significant crime against humanity since the Second World War, stands as a stark reminder of the Iranian regime's complete disregard for the sanctity and dignity of human life. It serves as evidence of the corrupt and repressive regime's relentless pursuit of power, regardless of the cost. Remembering these dark days is an act of honoring the victims of this massacre and amplifying their voices in the quest for freedom and justice in Iran. We must never forget that their voices were brutally silenced by the mullahs' regime during those years, with extreme brutality. In his speech to the Free Iran World Summit 2023, on July 3, Mr. Stanislav Pavlovski said, <The massacre of 1988, which claimed the lives of tens of thousands of people, was a tragic event that deeply shocked not only Iranian society but the entire civilized world.... It is known justice delayed is justice denied, and the time for justice has come. Such tragic events should have no place in the world based on the principles of humanity, where human life and dignity are absolute values protected by all jurisdictions, and the world should do everything to guarantee that they will never happen again.>
Reflecting on the massacre of 30,000 innocent souls
Reflecting on the massacre of 30,000 innocent souls sends a chill down one's spine. The manner in which the Iranian regime executed these individuals is deeply unsettling. Take a moment to pause and consider: why did they all sacrifice their lives?>>
Please please do people, we may indeed '<not'> 'forget nor forgive':
Iranwire - July 24, 2023 - July 24, 2023 - by KIAN SABETI
<<Baha’is in July: 123 Years of Prison Sentences, $5m in Fines
Late June to late July of this year has been one of the more difficult months for the Baha’is in Iran. And even since March, in an escalating situation with a Ministry of Intelligence official, Baha'is in Tehran have been denied of the right to bury their dead in a Baha'i-owned cemetery in the city. After days and sometimes after weeks of being left in the morgue of the larger Behesht Zahra Cemetery, in the south of Tehran, the Baha'i dead have been buried in the mass graves of the victims of the 1980s mass executions without informing the families and without Baha'i religious rites and ceremonies. The Baha'i International Community has condemned this situation in repeated statements as not only a violation of the rights of the Baha’i families in Iran - but also as a deep disrespect to those other Iranians buried in these mass graves. And earlier in July, Mehdi Khazali, a publisher close to the Iranian authorities, was filmed spreading disinformation about the Tehran Baha'i cemetery. Other absurd and public attacks on Baha'is also continue unabated. On July 7, close to a year after the Woman, Life, Freedom uprising swept across Iran after the death of Mahsa Amini in the custody of the so-called <morality police,> Hojatoleslam Kazem Sadighi, Tehran's Friday prayers preacher, claimed that women who refuse to comply with forced hijab are either Baha'is or have been paid off. Tens of Baha'is have also been given long prison sentences over the past month - just because of their beliefs. Several have been arrested and some sent to prison to begin their sentences. Revolutionary Courts in various cities across Iran have sentenced 37 Baha'is to prison on misleading charges such as <membership in an outlawed group> or <propaganda against the state,> over the past month, whereas their only crime was their faith. The judges in these cases have issued the maximum sentences for these charges and have imposed additional penalties such as fines, bans on leaving the country, and exile. Another additional penalty has been restrictions on the rights of the convicted. The restrictions have been imposed despite the fact that for almost 45 years Iranian Baha'is have already been deprived of the most basic civil rights including access to higher education, employment at government and state-affiliated organizations, the right to hold religious gatherings, the right to publish journals or books and even the right to ask for the recognition as <martyrs,> or acknowledged casualties, for loved ones who lost their lives to defending Iran during the Iran-Iraq war.>>
Read more here about what I, Gino d'Artali, call 'Atrocities against Humanity':
Iranwire - July 24, 2023 - July 24, 2023
<<Forbes: Iran's Rial is World's <Weakest> Currency
The Iranian rial is the <weakest currency in the world,> based on its relative value against the US dollar, as <economic sanctions have put pressure on Iran's currency, along with political unrest and high inflation,> Forbes said in a recent report. According to the economic magazine, one rial buys just 0.000024 dollars - or, put another way, 1 dollar equals 42,273 rials. However, the report used the official exchange rate for its ranking - not the rate in the open market, which currently stands at 488,000 rials for one dollar. According to data from the Bonbast website, the rial lost 51.6 percent of its value against the dollar in the open market in just one year. Forbes ranked the Vietnamese dong and the Laotian kip as the world's second and third weakest currencies, respectively, followed by the Sierra Leonean leone, the Indonesian rupiah and the Lebanese pound. Kuwait, Bahrain, and Oman had the strongest currencies.>>
Iranwire - July 24, 2023 - July 24, 2023 - by EHSAN MEHRABI
<<Iranian Official Sacked over Same-Sex Video
An official of Iran's Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance was sacked after the release of a video purportedly showing him having same-sex intercourse. The scandal emerged last week when the Radio Gilan Telegram channel shared a video allegedly showing Reza Saghati engaging in a sexual act with a young man. Saghati is the director-general of Culture and Islamic Guidance in northern Gilan province. The video was purportedly recorded within the premises of the General Directorate of Culture and Islamic Guidance. On July 19, the Gil Khabar news site reported that Saghati was dismissed from his position <due to the scandals,> without providing further details. A few days later, the General Directorate of Culture and Islamic Guidance issued a statement stating: <Immediately after the former manager of this department was suspected, the Honorable Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance ordered a thorough investigation with the involvement of security and judicial authorities.> <In order to facilitate further research and ensure uninterrupted cultural and artistic activities, a new supervisor has been appointed for the General Directorate.> >>
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Iranwire - July 24, 2023 - by Jailed human rights activist Narges Mohammadi and her tweet on July 22, 2023
<<Mohammadi: <Tyrannical> Theocracy Uses Forced Hijab to Suppress Women
Jailed human rights activist Narges Mohammadi has responded to a new round of pressure by the government of the Islamic Republic to impose mandatory hijab on women, calling it a conspiracy by the country's theocracy to subjugate women. <Contrary to claims by the theocracy, covering women's hair was not meant to 'protect women's dignity' and 'control men's sexual urge'> Mohammadi said in an Instagram message on July 22. <In fact, covering our hair was to preserve tyranny and to satisfy men's dictatorial lust. Now the world is witnessing that women's 'power of refusal' has broken the 'tyrannical power' of theocracy.> <Forced hijab was a conspiracy by the tyrannical government to expand suppression, to institutionalize submission, to enforce (hidden) violence> in order to subjugate women, dominate them and remove them from the public sphere, she continued.
<The fact is that forced hijab is not only a 'women's problem;' it is the problem of the whole society; it is a problem for freedom, for deliverance from tyranny, for justice, for overthrowing injustice and oppression, for realizing peace, democracy and human rights and for getting rid of violence and discrimination. Therefore, nobody can ignore this issue, regardless of creed, ideology and beliefs. <We, the women, have achieved the historical power and position to bring about revolutionary changes...and we can have no doubt that our power to refuse and to disobey forced hijab would defeat the tyrannical power of theocracy.> Mohammadi is one of the best-known human rights activists in Iran. She has been harassed, arrested and imprisoned many times and is currently serving a 16-year prison sentence in Tehran's Evin Prison. The outspoken activist has received many awards and accolades, including the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize and the Andrei Sakharov Prize of the American Physical Society.>>
JINHA - Womens news agency - July 24, 2023
'We have always been inspired by the courage of our sisters, Iranian women and Kurdish fighters'
<We have always been inspired by the courage of our sisters, Iranian women and Kurdish fighters. Although Iranian female fighters have been shot, tortured, and facing execution in horrific prisons, they keep taking to the streets and raising their voices more than before. The fight of brave Kurdish women against ISIS and its supporters showed the world that the only way to liberate from the clutches of ISIS and the Taliban is the strong struggle of women.The extremist and criminal groups in Iran and Afghanistan emerged in the heart of imperialism and the intelligence agencies of the USA and Britain and the West as a whole have been implementing the colonial policies of the West by chanting the slogan ‘neither east nor west’. Therefore, there must be an awareness in society that the struggle against fundamentalists cannot be separated from the struggle against US-led imperialism.>
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Mahsa Moguii' gravestone and portrait as depicted by jailed journalist miss Nazila Maroofian
NCRI - Women committee - in Women's news - July 23,
<<Immediate relatives of Mahsa Mogouii detained in limbo after 7 days
Mahsa Mogouii's close relatives have been detained in limbo without standing trial seven days after their arrest. On July 16th, they gathered at Mahsa Mogouii's grave in the cemetery of Fouladshahr to commemorate her birthday. However, security forces arrested her father, mother, and brother. Effat, Mahsa Mogouii's mother, was arrested and transferred to the Intelligence Department's detention center in Lenjan County in the central Isfahan Province. Her father, Mohammad Ali Mogouii, and brother, Milad Mogouii, were taken to Isfahan’s Dastgerd Prison. Despite the passage of seven days since their arrest, they continue to be held without a trial. Mahsa Mogouii, an 18-year-old from Fouladshahr, was tragically shot and killed by security forces using pellet guns during the nationwide protests on September 22, 2022.
|Journalist Nazila Maroofian|
Nazilla Maroofian in the women's ward of Evin
Recent reports indicate that Nazilla Maroofian has been transferred from the Intelligence Ministry's detention center in Ward 209 of Evin to the women's ward of the prison. Nazila Maroofian is a young journalist from Saqqez who studied at Tehran's Allameh Tabatabaii University and used to work with Dideban-e Iran and Rouydad24 websites. She was summoned to the first branch of the Evin Courthouse on July 8th, where she was arrested after reporting in and then transferred to Evin Prison. On July 4th, security forces raided Ms. Maroofian's residence and confiscated her electronic devices. Nazila Maroofian was initially arrested on October 30, 2022, and confined to Ward 209 of Evin. She was later transferred to Qarchak Prison and released on bail of 600 million Tomans after a while. In February 2023, Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court of Tehran sentenced Nazila Maroofian to two years in prison, imposed a cash fine of 15 million Tomans, and issued a five-year ban on her leaving the country. The charges against her were <propaganda against the state> and<dissemination of falsities to disturb public opinion through publishing an interview with Mahsa Amini's father.> The prison sentence for this young journalist has been suspended for five years.>>
Note from Gino d'Artali: by the end of this week I'll publish/send out an email an invitation to all to commerorate the murder of Jina Mahsa Amini, and yes, let us make it an action to commemorate all Mahsa's and girls and women murdered by the basiji and/or the IRGC since September 16, 2022.
NCRI - Women committee - in Women's news - July 22, 2023
<<Sara Nasseri detained for 7 months without standing trial
Despite the passage of 7 months since her arrest during the nationwide protests, Sara Nasseri remains detained in Vakilabad Prison of Mashhad without standing trial. Sara Nasseri, a 41-year-old woman from Mashhad, was arrested on December 6, 2022, by security forces during the Iran uprising. She was confined in solitary at the Department of Intelligence of Mashhad for 20 days, and subsequently transferred to the quarantine of the Central Prison of Mashhad (Vakilabad Prison). She is presently detained in the women's ward of Mashhad Prison in difficult conditions and in violation of the principle of separation of crimes. Ms. Nasseri is accused of collaboration with the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK). Despite the completion of her interrogations, she remains in detention. Her interrogator, Mohsen Gol-Mohammadi Tavallaii, opposes her release on bail. Sara Nasseri's case is being investigated in Branch 904 of the Prosecutor’s Office of Mashhad. Her charges include “propaganda against the state> and <distributing protest flyers.> >>
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