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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.
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September 1, 2023
When one hurts or kills a women
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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 - September 8, 2023
<<Two More Relatives of Iran Protest Victims Arrested
Iranian security forces have arrested two family members of protesters killed in 2022 and 2019, bringing to at least 21 the number of such arrests over the past month. Omid, the brother of Foad Qadimi, was arrested on September 8 in the city of Diwandareh, Kurdistan province. Foad Qadimi was killed by security forces during last year’s nationwide anti-establishment protests sparked by the September death in police custody of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini. On September 5, Farzad, a relative of Reza Moazzemi Godrazi, a victim of the state crackdown on the November 2019 demonstrations over an abrupt raise in gasoline prices, was arrested in the city of Borujerd. There is no immediate information about the charges against Omid Qadimi and Farzad Moazzemi Godrazi. The Iranian authorities, fearing a flare up in protests ahead of the September 16 anniversary of Amini's death, have ramped up their crackdown against activists and families of those killed in the demonstrations. Amnesty International has said that the government's ongoing <campaign of intimidation> against the families of protest victims aimed at enforcing a climate of silence and impunity.>>
Iranwire - September 8, 2023 - by MARYAM DEHKORDI
<<The <Black Hole> of Karaj: Inmate Describes Harrowing Prison Conditions
Saeed Masouri, a political prisoner who has spent 23 years behind bars, wrote a letter from Ghezelhesar prison in Karaj, near Tehran, in which he describes the facility as a <black hole> where inmates are denied the most basic amenities. <They lack even the bare essentials. There is no access to water, food or decent clothing,> wrote Masouri, who was among a group of 13 prisoners recently transferred from Tehran's Evin prison to Ghezelhesar. <They stuffed 15 to 16 people into a nine-meter cell with no rights to protest [abuse],> he added. According to Masouri, the prison conditions are so dire that even the prison staff give their meals to the inmates. <Under the guidance of the supreme leader [Ali Khamenei] and with the connivance of a criminal, [judiciary head Gholamhossein Mohseni-] Ejei, people of all ages are cast into this abyss and consumed by the flames of their crimes.> On September 3, the authorities transferred Masouri and 12 other prisoners to Ghezelhesar prison without prior notice and without giving any reason. Human rights sources reported the next day that the prisoners initiated a hunger strike to protest the move and the <inhumane> conditions at the facility.
Dozens of other inmates have joined their protest action.
The judiciary has recently closed Rejaeeshahr prison in Karaj and relocated a significant number of inmates held there to Ghezelhesar.>>
NCRI - Womens committee - September 7, 2023 - in Women's News
<<Massoumeh Yavari Detained In Limbo, Deprived of Her Basic Rights
Massoumeh Yavari and her husband were initially accused of supporting the PMOI/MEK
Former political prisoner Massoumeh Yavari is detained in limbo after 72 hours. Massoumeh Yavari's family went to the Prosecutor's Office of Golpayegan to follow up on her case, but they were insulted and mistreated by the judiciary officials. The family is concerned about the conditions of Massoumeh Yavari as she is deprived of having access to her medicines. She used to have two injections every day as part of her treatment before being arrested. Ms. Yavari was arrested by agents of the Intelligence Ministry at her home on Monday, September 4, 2023. Some 20 agents attacked her husband as he was entering the house. The Intelligence Ministry agents had warrant instructing them to even break into the house and make the arrests. Ms. Yavari's husband was accused of supporting the opposition PMOI/MEK and destroying public properties. They ransacked the house and confiscated some of their personal belongings. Ms. Yavari has not been allowed to call her family since her arrest. There is no information available on the fate of this former political prisoner. Massoumeh Yavari was born in 1979 and lives in Golpayegan in Isfahan Province. Security forces arrested her in Tehran in September 2009. She was later sentenced to seven years in prison for having contacts with the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK).>>
JINHA - Womens News Agency - September 7, 2023
<<Call for general strike in Rojhelat on September 16
News Center- A joint statement has been released by the Kurdistan Free Life Party (PJAK), the Democratic Movement of Kurdistan-Iran (HDKI), the Communist Party of Iran (Komalah), the Organization of Iranian Kurdistan Struggle (Khabat), the Kurdistan Freedom Party (PAK) and the Community of Labourers of Kurdistan (Kurdish: Komeleya Zehmetkeşen Kurdistane). Calling for a general strike on the first anniversary of the <<Jin, Jiyan, Azadi> revolution on September 16, the statement said, <The uprising, known as <Jina Revolution> that sparked a year ago is the largest and longest-lasting uprising in the history of the Islamic Republic.>
The statement also said:
<Last year and during the revolution, the freedom-loving movement of the Iranian people in general and the Kurdish people in particular experienced a new and popular phase against the ruling regime in Iran and took decisive steps that are unstoppable and irreversible. The significant role of women in this revolution has taken our society a big step forward and made the horizon of victory brighter. Young people make a rare sacrifice to have a free life. On the anniversary of the Jina Revolution, we will remember the martyrs of the revolution, show our support to the political prisoners and keep the political movement alive.>
According to the statement, the parties made the following decisions:
1-Civil society activists and independent organizations should support and take an active part in the commemorations and activities on the anniversary of the 'Jin, Jiyan, Azadi' revolution.
2-Declaration of September 16 2023 as the day of general strike in the whole of Kurdistan. All shops, markets, businesses and administrative centers should remain closed. The people of Kurdistan will visit the graves of the brave martyrs of the revolution and Jina Mahsa Amini and hold commemoration ceremonies.
3-All people demanding freedom in Iran should support the strike of the people of Kurdistan across the country and show their support for the 'Jin, Jiyan, Azadi' revolution.
4-All forces, activists and parties abroad should support the strike on the anniversary of the revolution, hold mass demonstrations and marches and draw the attention of the whole world to the 'Jina revolution'.
5-Each party of Kurdish political parties and movements at this meeting express their participation and support in the commemoration ceremonies to be held at the graves of the brave martyrs on September 16, 2023.> >>
Iranwire - September 7, 2023 - by MARYAM DEHKORDI
<<Marginalized Community in Ahvaz Laments Lack of Basic Infrastructure
A video shared on social media on August 21 showed many residents of Ekbatan town in the southwestern Iranian city of Ahvaz protesting the failure of municipal authorities to provide essential amenities. Ekbatan town is located in the city's District 4, known as Golestan, along the banks of Karun River. After more than a decade of development, the area still lacks crucial infrastructure, including water, gas and sewage services, as well as asphalted roads.
Municipal services, schools, healthcare centers, as well as cafes and restaurants are inexistent.
<Property prices in Ekbatan aren't significantly different from those in the rest of Golestan… but there's been no progress in this area over the past 10 years,> Abu Tareq, the owner of a real estate agency, told IranWire. <All the houses have proper documentation, and the location of the town is favorable. However, I’m perplexed as to why it’s not considered part of Ahvaz City,> Tareq said. <Some homeowners who are disheartened by the lack of progress have tried to sell their properties for the past three years, but there have been no takers.>
<Their Situation Is Nothing Short of Miserable>
<The majority of Ekbatan's residents are of Arab descent, many having relocated from villages surrounding the steel industries such as Chenibih in search of urban amenities,> said a local cultural activist who wished to remain anonymous. <Unfortunately, this has brought them little more than hardship and health issues.> <There are no dustbins at all in the streets,> the activist continued. <Families resort to piling up their rubbish on the streets, and a rubbish truck comes once a week.> This situation poses a severe sanitation problem, especially during scorching summer days, with leachate seeping from the refuse, insect and vermin infestations and a persistent sewage smell. The activist pointed out that residents sometimes resort to burning their rubbish in a reedbed behind the settlement. Without a municipal sewage network, many residents <have resorted to digging wells in their homes as a makeshift solution to sewage disposal,> while others <redirect sewage to the streets or discharge it into [Karun River].>
<The only solace for the residents of this town is that the promise of free water is fulfilled. Otherwise, their situation is nothing short of miserable,> the activist said, adding that community members <have staged numerous rallies in front of the District 4 municipality building.>
A Community Without Oversight
Mehran Ahmadi Balutaki, the head of the West Ahvaz Health Center, has said that Ekbatan town is a recently developed district <lacking proper oversight.> Residents currently rely on Health Center No. 4 in Saadi village and its subsites in Mujahid village for their healthcare needs, he added. Referring to a March 2018 census, he reported that there were 230 households and nearly 1,000 residents in Ekbatan town at that time. He emphasized that this number has undoubtedly grown since then.
<The question is how construction and completion permits were issued for an area lacking essential infrastructure,> the cultural activist said. <The prices of many houses here are comparable to those in affluent areas of Ahvaz,> he added. <Some even built stylish houses, but it remains unclear why urban services in this area have been neglected.>
<Until the Roads Are Paved, No One Will Address our Needs>
A 48-year-old father of five told IranWire he regretted not buying a house elsewhere in Golestan. <I wanted to be close to my family; I'm their eldest son. For the past 10 years, every winter when I step outside my house, I lament the amount of mud that clings to my shoes. During the summer, we hesitate to invite guests due to the smell of rubbish, which even seeps in when the air conditioner is running.> When asked about the top priority needed by the residents, the man replied, <Asphalt, ma'am. Until the roads are paved, no one will address our needs.> >>
Iranwire - September 1, 2023
<<Iran's Sunni Leader Blasts Raisi for Broken Promises
The leader of Iran's Sunni community, Molavi Abdulhamid, has used his latest weekly Friday sermon to criticize the government of President Ebrahim Raisi for failing to fulfill its promises to Iran's Sunni population. In his address after Friday prayer, on September 1, Molavi said that the Raisi administration had <failed to fulfill any of its promises> made to the Sunni community during the 2021 election campaign. One of these unfulfilled promises, according to the outspoken Sunni leader in Zahedan, was the appointment of Sunnis to positions of power, such as governor, deputy minister or ambassador. But he emphasized that the primary demands of the Sunni community align with those of the entire Iranian population - including addressing economic challenges and improving the Islamic Republic's international relations. Abdulhamid's criticism comes at a time when the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic, Ali Khamenei, has been praising the government's performance. Recent economic reports, however, reveal an increase in several crises including inflation, a housing crisis, and shortages of essential goods. Molavi has consistently highlighted unresolved economic issues in Iran in his speeches. This time, he drew attention to inequalities among different ethnic and religious groups in the country. He cited the absence of Sunni representation in Iran's armed forces, contrasting it with the presence of Sunnis in the command positions of the armed forces before the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
The Sunni religious leader of Iran also criticized the absence of Sunni ministers.
He argued that this lack of representation of Sunnis <does not imply incompetence, but rather that there is no true meritocracy in Iran.> The 76-year-old cleric pointed out other forms of discrimination against Sunnis in the Islamic Republic, such as the restriction on Sunni mosques in Tehran.
He called for the management of Sunni religious sites in Iran to be entrusted to Sunni communities, with the government playing a supervisory role rather than assuming direct control. 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.>>
Iranwire - September 1, 2023
<<Revolutionary Guards Showcase Forced Confessions of <Royalist> Protesters
The Tasnim news agency, associated with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, has released a video featuring forced confessions from several individuals who were allegedly involved in raising the <lion and sun> monarchist flag during protests in the restive city of Zahedan. The video, which is four minutes long, shows the individuals making statements that they were in contact with royalists living abroad and that they were instructed to raise the flag during the protests.
The individuals also claimed they were given a package of flags and posters by the royalists.
<The confessions of those arrested in connection with this incident in Zahedan reveal that they comprised a four-person team,> Tasnim claimed.<They communicated through foreign messengers and received a supply of flags and posters from an intermediary.> <They were tasked with hoisting the lion and sun flag amid the gathering crowd after Friday prayers in Zahedan. They then recorded a video of this act and forwarded it to the foreign intermediator,> it added. Obtaining forced confessions under duress is widespread within Islamic Republic security agencies. It appears that the release of these coerced confessions was aimed at attributing the protests to external influences. Zahedan has seen protest rallies almost every Friday since September 30 of last year, when security forces killed nearly 100 people in the deadliest incident of widespread demonstrations sparked by the death in police custody of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini.>>
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Iranwire - September 1, 2023
<<Human Rights Groups Call for UN Probe into Iran Prisoner's Death
Amid growing concerns and public outcry following the suspicious death of protester Javad Rouhi in prison, human rights organizations are mobilizing to demand an international probe into the death. Both the Iranian Human Rights Organization and Human Rights Watch have issued urgent calls for an international investigation into the circumstances surrounding Rouhi's death, demanding United Nations intervention. Mahmood Amiry Moghaddam, director of the Iranian Human Rights Organization, issued a statement insisting that Rouhi's death must be investigated as a potential extrajudicial killing within the prison system. <Javad Rouhi's death must be investigated as an extrajudicial killing in prison by the UN Fact-Finding Mission. Ali Khamenei and all individuals and organisations involved in his arrest, torture and detention are responsible for his death and must be held accountable,> he said. The Iranian Human Rights Organization also citied a pattern of suspicious deaths and forced disappearances within Iran's detention facilities, dating to before Rouhi's case. These accounts include individuals such as Saeed Zeinali, Zahra Kazemi, Waliullah Faiz Mahdavi, Zahra Baniyaqoob, Ebrahim Lotfollahi, Kavous Seyed Emami, Vahid Heydari, Sina Ghanbari, Saro Garhami, Behnam Mahjoubi, and Sasan Niknafas.
Human Rights Watch, in a statement published on August 31, highlighted the extensive history of <torture and ill-treatment> perpetrated by Iranian prison officials. <The Iranian prison authorities' egregious record of torture and mistreatment makes Javad Rouhi's death in custody more than a little suspicious,> said Tara Sepehri Far, senior Iran researcher at Human Rights Watch. <An international inquiry is needed since there’s no reason to believe Iranian authorities will carry out a transparent investigation.> <The United Nations Fact-Finding mission should investigate all torture and deaths in custody related to the protests in Iran,> Sepehri Far said. <Sadly, the case of Javad Rouhi is just the latest one.> Rouhi was accused of'<waging war against God,> <spreading corruption on earth> and <apostasy> and had received three separate death sentences. But Iran’s Supreme Court intervened in June, overturned all three death sentences and subsequently referred the case to another court for reevaluation. Despite the Sari Revolutionary Court's awareness of his deteriorating condition, they made a controversial decision to deny Rouhi any release on bail.
Amnesty International has said Rouhi was subjected to severe beatings and <floggings, including on the soles of his feet and while being tied to a pole, given electric shocks with tasers, exposed to freezing temperatures, and sexually assaulted by having ice put on his testicles for 48 hours.>
<Revolutionary Guards agents repeatedly pointed a gun to Javad Rouhi's head and threatened to shoot him if he did not make forced confessions,> according to Amnesty.>>
Read the full report <IHRNGO Calls for UN Investigation into Suspicious Death in Custody of Protester Javad Rouhi> here:
Iranwire - September 1, 2023
<<Iranian Asylum Seeker Says Turkiye Deportations Accelerating
A former Iranian political prisoner currently living in Türkiye, and seeking asylum outside the country, has expressed fears of being deported back to Iran where he could face <torture and execution.> Abdelreza Dehghan said in an audio recording received by IranWire that he is currently being held in the security department of Denizli city along with several other refugees. He said it is highly likely that they will be transferred to a deportation camp and then deported from Turkiye. Dehghan said he believes the Turkish government is deporting Iranian refugees more quickly because of an agreement reached between the two countries. <The number of deportations is so high,> he said. <They do not care there is a possibility that the Iranian government will torture and execute you.> Dehghan described the living conditions for refugees in Türkiye as <inhumane.> He said he has been arrested multiple times in Turkiye because of his involvement in political and human rights activities. He added that he is now relying on international assistance and human rights organizations to improve his situation. In November 2019, Turkish authorities detained him for his involvement in a protest rally organized by Iranians in Denizli. The rally aimed to demonstrate solidarity with demonstrators who had taken to the streets in 2019, to protest the cost of living in Iran and to support victims of the violent government crackdown on the protest. Dehghan was also arrested by Iranian security agencies in 2009 and was held at Evin Prison for several years and. He left Iran after his release. Dehghan travelled to Turkiye where he applied for asylum - and then fell into eight years of administrative limbo. On August 3, Turkish authorities deported another former political prisoner, Shahryar Baratinya, to Iran. He was detained upon his return to Iran and is currently in Evin Prison.>>
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Iranwire - September 1, 2023
<<More Relatives of Slain Iran Protesters Arrested
Iranian authorities have arrested the cousin and nephew of Jamshid Mokhtari Junaghani, who was killed during last year's protests, as a campaign of pressure by security agencies against the families of protesters intensifies. The arrests took place on the evening of August 31, when agents visited the workplace of relatives of Mokhtari. They arrested Mokhtari's 17-year-old nephew, Meysam Mohammadian, and his 34-year-old cousin, Saadat Mokhtari. There is currently no information available about the whereabouts or physical well-being of the two detainees. The arrests of Mokhtari's relatives are part of a wider campaign of intimidation and harassment targeting the families of slain protesters, days before the September 16 first anniversary of Mahsa Amini's death. In recent weeks, there have been a number of reports of families being threatened, summoned to court and arrested. The human rights organization Atlas of Iranian Prisons has reported that, from July 23 to August 31, the Islamic Republic arrested at least 28 family members of individuals who lost their lives during the protests.
The arrests are seen as an attempt by the authorities to silence dissent and prevent further protests.
Amnesty International has condemned the Iranian government's treatment of the families of protest victims, calling it a <campaign of intimidation.>
In a report published on August 21, the London-based human rights watchdog documented the cases of 36 victims' families from 10 provinces across the country who have been subjected to human rights violations in recent months.>>
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