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Welcome to cryfreedom.net, formerly known as Womens Liberation Front.  A website that hopes to draw and keeps your attention for  babout the 21th. century feminist revolution as well especially the Zan, Zendegi, Azadi uprising in Iran and the and the uprisings of our sisters in other parts of the Middle-east. This online magazine that started December 2019 is published every week. Thank you for your time and interest.
Gino d'Artali
indept investigative journalist
radical feminist and women's rights activist 
 


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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. Zendegi. Azadi revolution.
16 February 2023 | By Gino d'Artali

And also
Read all about the assasination of the 22 year young Jina Mahsa Amini (Kurdistan-Iran) and the start of the Zan, Zendegi, Azadi (Women, life, freedom) revolution in Iran  2022
and the latest news about the 'Women Live Freedom' Revolution per month in
2024: Feb wk2 part3 --  Feb wk2 part2 -- Feb wk2 -- Feb wk1 - Jan wk5 -- Jan wk4 part2 -- Jan wk4 -- overview per month
and 2023: Dec wk 5 part 2 -- Dec wk 5 -- Dec week 4-3 -- Dec wk3 -- Dec 17 - 10 -- Dec week 2 and 1 -- click here for a menu overview November - Januari 2023


Tribute to KIAN PIRFALA, 9 years old and victim of the Islamic Republic's savagery 10 years ago. Update December 23, 2023

And
For all topics below
that may hopefully interest you click on the image:

'THE NO-HIJABIS

Updated February 5, 2024

'BIOLOGICAL
TERROR ATTACKS
AGAINST SCHOOLGIRLS'

Updated October 10, 2023

'IRANIAN JOURNALISTS
UNDER SIEGE'

Updated February 5, 2024  

'BLINDING
AS A WEAPON'

Updated January 3, 2024

'THE HANGING SPREE'

Updated Januari 24, 2024

CLICK HERE ON HOW TO READ ALL ON THIS PAGE 

Here we are to enter THE IRANIAN WOMEN'S REVOLUTIONISTS against
the supreme leader, the arch-reactionary Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and his placeman president, Ebrahim Raisi. The message of the women when he visited a university is plain: <give way or get lost> in 2023.
IN MEMORY OF ASRA PANAHI (16)- JHINA MAHSA AMINI (22) - NIKA SHAKARAMI (16), SARINA ESMAILZADEH (16) HADIS NAJAFI (20), AND MORE WOMEN WHO WERE ASSASINATED SO FAR BY THE IRANIAN AXIS OF EVIL.
  Click here for a total list so far

'Facing Faces and Facts 1-2'  (2022) to commemorate the above named and more and food for thought and inspiration to fight on.
and 'Facing Faces & Facts 3' edited December 2022/March 2023

Dear reader, from here on the 'Woman, Life, Freedom' pages menu will look a bit different and this to avoid too many pop-ups ,meaning the underlined period  in yellow tells you in what period you are and click on another underlinded period to go there. However, when needed a certain topic will be in yellow meaning it's a link to go that topic and will open in a new window. If you dissagree about any change feel more than free to let me know what you think at info@cryfreedom.net
This does not count for the  above topics which, when clicked on, will still appear in a pop-up window and for now the 'old' lay-out 'till I worked that all out. Thank you. Gino d'Artali
(Updates February 9, 2024)

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UPDATES OF THE UPRISING  AND REVOLUTION AROUND THE ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE DEATH OF JINA AMINI IN CUSTODY OF THE REGIME'S ATTEMPT AND CRUELTY TO TRY AND CRUSH IT. 

Articles about
<<Mahsa Amini's Father: <Everything They Have Said and Shown is Lies>
and
WHO JINA AMINI REALLY WAS.
By Diako Alavi, a journalist from Saqqez and family friend of Mahsa Amini 
and
Jina Amini, the face of Irans uprising and revolution:
www.cryfreedom.net/the-face-of-irans-protests.htm
November 15, 2023 - <<Iranian Woman Arrested on Jinas' Anniversary Tells Her Story...>
December 12, 2023 - <<EU Remembers Mahsa Amini at Sakharov Prize Awarding Ceremony...>

December 23, 2023 - <<Saleh Nikbakht Interrogated at Khomeini Airport and the Sakharov Prize confiscated by Iranian security forces...>
 

Updates of Jina Aminis' Revolution:
Part 16: December 28 - 16, 2023

Part 17: January 23 - 6, 2024
   

and links to earlier parts
 
Gino d'artali's opinion: We mourn AND fight!

And read also

ONGOING 'TILL VICTORY:
Jan 2024: 'WOMAN, LIFE, FREEDOM'
REVOLUTION

 

 


We all grief for the loss of our sister / daughter of Iran Armita Gevarnand:
 
 

Updated:
January 9, 2024
<<Children Used as Hijab Enforcers in Tehran Metro...
December 22 - November 27 - 20, 2023
= same page
In the aftermath of the killing of Armita more and more voices speak out against the mullahs' regime children killers. Read more by clicking the above link.
November 16, 2023
 <<More Hijab Patrols Recruited in Tehran Metro Stations....


 

November 15 - 6, 2023
<<Jailed Iranian Rights Lawyer Sotoudeh Released on Bail....
<<Jailed Iranian Activist Sotoudeh: We Feminized Evin Prison with Our Hair....
and
<<Women Arrested at Iranian Teen's Funeral Face Hasty Trial....
and

<<Iranian journalist Negar Ostad Agha taken to Gharchak Prison....
November 6 - 3 2023
<<Egyptian activists: We must take action for Iranian women....

 
3 November 2023 <<UN Experts <Shocked> by Attacks on Women, Girls in Iran...
and
<<HRW Calls for Probe into Death of Teenage Girl in Iran...

 Click here to read more and also what  happened to other sisters being victims of the mullahs' regime  

December 31, 2023 - Preface about the below 3 heroines of Iran by Gino d'Artali : Beacons of hope and inspiration on the road towards a long and free Iran . * Jina Amini, our sister/daughter who martyred herself for freedom; *Narges Mohammadi, our sister and as I call her 'mother of a free Iran' and winner of the Nobel Prize of Freedom 2023 and sentenced five times to a total of 31 years in prison and 154 lashes but who refuses to give in to the mullahs' regime to wear a hijab or bow to their demands and therefore is refused medical care although needing it badly and bringing her live in danger but says "Victory is not easy, but it is certain"  * and Maryam Akbari Monfared, our sister who's encarcerated since 15 years and refuses to bow down to the mullahs saying "Finally, one day, I will sing the song of victory from the summit of the mountain, like the sun. Tomorrow belongs to us"
Read all about them here and let them inspire you on your road towards a long and free Iran or as we say in the West: 'Three strikes and the mullahs' regime is out'
Be the finalizing strike dear and brave dissent

 

 

 

A to VICTORY tribute to
NARGES MOHAMMADI

"Victory is not easy, but it is certain"
watch it here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8LAMPz57Aqw 
Updates:
January 23, 2024
"The more of us they lock-up the stronger we become"...

Click here for a news-overview from January 15, 2024 'till October 31, 2023



JINA AMINI'S VOICE IS ALSO HEARD
And do read the incredible update!

despite the mullahs' regime to force it down!
And her mother speaks out loud and clear

 


 






MARJAM AKBARI MONFARED

Dec 30, 2023: Not bowing for the mullahs' regime she says: "Finally, one day, I will sing the song of victory from the summit of the mountain, like the sun. Tomorrow belongs to us"



 

January 5, 2024

Political prisoner Zainab Jalalian
"Zainab Jalalian Approaches 17th Year of Incarceration: Ongoing Medical Deprivation and Pressurized Interrogations Persist"

 

February 8 - 1, 2024
Coldblooded killers cannot hide forever

February 1 - January 31, 2024
The dance around the gallows
nada al-nashif -- raisi
Who'll lead?


January 26, 2024
'No To Execution' Hunger-Strike Movement...

Januari 6, 2024

Kurdish Activist Roya Heshmati Subjected to 74 Lashes in Tehran...
"In the name of woman, in the name of life, the clothes of slavery are torn, our black night will dawn, and all the whips will be axed..."

 

February 12 - 11, 2024
<<Uncle of Mahsa Amini Jailed for Over Five Years...
and <<Ayda Morad Behrouzi disappeared with classmate on Jan. 31...
and <<Three Kurdish Detainees During Jina Amini's Commemoration Sentenced to Prison Following...
and <<Iranian Sunni Cleric Handed Death Sentence...
and <<Kurdish Journalist Pakhshan Azizi Faces "Revolt" Charges, Risking Heavy Sentence...
and <<Taliban detain women, girls for violating hijab rules...
and <<Man Sentenced to Death Over of Killing Iranian Filmmaker Mehrjui...
and <<Kurdish Cross-Border Porter Killed in West Iran...
and <<Saqqez Football Association Head Sentenced to Over Six Years in Prison...
and more news
 

February 10 - 9, 2024
EXTRA AND RED ALERT NEWS
<<Iranian judiciary has convicted Jina Aminiís uncle to imprisonment...
and <<Concerns Grow Over Accusations of Revolt Against Political Activist Varisheh Moradi...
and <<Mamosta Mohammad Khezrnejad Sentenced to Death Amid Jin, Jiyan, Azadi Movement...
and <<Tragic Suicide of Kurdish Activist Following Interrogation and Threats by Iranian Intelligence Agency in Ilam...
and <<Iran is Targeting its Opponents in Britain...
and more news

February 9 - 7, 2023
<<No Phone Calls, No Visits: Punitive Measures Against Jailed Iranian Nobel Winner Extended...
and <<EU Lawmakers Call for Stronger Action on Rights Violations in Iran...
and <<10 More Azeri Activists Arrested in Iran...
and <<Judicial Ordeal Continues for Iranian Who Suffered Eye Injury During Protest...
and <<Kurdish activist arrested to serve her prison sentence...
and <<Prominent Human Rights Couple Jailed in Iran...
and <<Iranian Traffic Controller Gets 10 Years for <Disabling CCTVs> During Protests...
and <<UN Agency Urged to Press Tehran on Internet Restrictions...
and <<More than 60 professors dismissed in Iran in two years...
and <<Iranian Professor Who Protested Student Arrests Sacked...
and more news
 

February 6 - 2, 202
<<Women in Northeast Iran Province Barred From Exercising in Parks...
and <<Iranian Comedian Zeinab Mousavi Summoned to Serve Prison Sentence...
and <<Iranian Activist Parvin-Joda Arrested; Reason, Whereabouts Undisclosed...
and <<Indictment prepared against KJAR member Verishe Moradi...
and <<TJK-E calls on all women of Kurdistan to participate in march to be held in Cologne...
and <<Iranian Journalist Faces Terrorism Accusations over Instagram Post
and <<Daya Sharifa, a justice seeking and bereaved mother, is placed under house arrest...
and <<Mother of Slain Activist Receives Six-Year Detention Sentence...
and more news

February 2 - January 31, 2024
<<Iranian Sunni Cleric Calls for Explanations After Baluch Teen Dies in Custody...
and <<Iran blocks bank accounts of business owners in Sanandaj...
and <<Fate of Executed Iranian Protester's Father Undecided, Months After Arrest...
and <<Tragic Death of Baloch Student in IRGC Detention Center...
and <<Gohar Eshghi receives threats...
and <<Nasrin Sadat Shahrayeeni sentenced to one year and 91 days in prison...
and <<UN Rights Official Urged to Ditch Hijab While Visiting Iran...
and <<Iranian Baluch Teen Dies in IRGC Custody...
and <<Zahra Nazarian, 27, executed in the Prison of Sabzevar...
and <<Iranian Political Prisoner Faces Imminent Execution...
and more news

January 31 - 26, 2024
<<Sakineh Parvaneh starts hunger strike to protest executions in Iran...
and <<Tina Delju jailed to serve one year in Lakan Prison...
and <<General Strike Sweeps Across Kurdistan in Protest of Four Kurdish Political Prisoner Executions...
and <<Labor Strike Hits Iran's Kurdistan After Executions...
and <<The Joy And Despair of Winter in Tabriz...
and <<Bahareh Shiri, Mother of Slain Protester, Sentenced to 6 Years of Prison...
and <<Raha Pour Ebrahim denied medical care in Mashhad jail...
and <<Iranian Journalists Assaulted During Sit-In Protest in Toronto...
and <<Prosecution of journalists persists in Iran: Parisa Salehi is handed down one year in prison...
and <<30,000 Iranian Disabled Children Are Left Out of School, Official Says...
and more news
 

Please do read the following articles with mostly very 'Inspiring Stories' - click on the underlined topics -
Updates
February 7, 2024
Shining-stars-and-heroines ...
February 5, 2024
Iranian-Baha'i-Women-Languishes-in-Jail-since...
February 1, 2024
The story of Bayan Azimi...
January 31, 2024
The Saga of Iranian Journalists...
---
January 25, 2024
Gohar-Eshghi-(1946-) "Why should I shut my mouth?"...

Click here for previous articles incl. Red Alerts
 

Noteable: my opinion from here on will be
added to certain news and signed as
G. d'A. And also to the 'Jina revolution' parts and in all dedicated to the women-led revolution
Previously:
October 25, 2023 -
'Strengthening grief'

January 26 - 24, 2024
Note by G. d'A.: There are various reports about the imprisoned women
in hungerstrike against the hanging spree like
<< <No To Execution> Hunger-Strike Movement Spreads Across Iran and Abroad...
and more...
and <<Iran's Top Sunni Cleric Criticizes Body Overseeing Elections...
and <<Tehran Student Handed Prison Term Amid Clampdown on Universities...
and <<Raheleh Rahmipour transferred to hospital after heart attack...
and <<Elderly Iranian Prisoner Hospitalized After Heart Attack...
and <<Femicide in Iran Persists: Two More Women Become Its Heartbreaking Victims...
and as said more news
which will also bring you throughout Januari 2024

When one hurts or kills a women
one hurts or kills hummanity and is an antrocitie.
Gino d'Artali
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.>
Gianna d'Artali.




JINA and uncle Safa Aaeli
Hengaw Organisation for Human Right - 10 Feb 2024
<<Iranian judiciary has convicted Jina Aminiís uncle to imprisonment
Safa Aaeli, uncle of Jina Amini, was detained around the anniversary of State-sanctioned killing of Jina Amini, has been sentenced to a total of 5 years, 4 months, and 17 days of imprisonment and additional penalties including travel ban and ban from expressing views about the government forces killed during the <Jin, Jian, Azadi> movement, The charges against him include participation in protests against internal security, dissemination of anti-government propaganda, and insulting the Supreme Leader. According to reports received by the Hengaw organization for Human Rights, Safa Aaeili , 30 years old was convicted by the branch 1 of the revolutionary court in Saqqez, led by chief Judge Javad Mostafaei. The charges including in 3 years, 6 months, and 1-day of imprisonment for plotting and conspiring against internal security, 7 months and 16 days for propagating against the regime, and 15 months and 1 day for insulting Khamenaei the Supreme Leader, concluding total of 5 years, 4 months, and 17 days of imprisonment. The stringent part of the verdict, specifically 3 years, 6 months, and 1 day, is executable considering the days spent in detention, in addition two year travel ban as a supplementary penalty. In accordance with Article 7 of the 2020 Penal Code, one/third of the harshest punishment has been suspended for 3 years, contingent on non-interaction with detainees of the anniversary of the State-sanctioned killing of Jina Amini in Saqqez. This suspension also requires monthly reporting to the intelligence office and completion of three educational, ethical, and religious courses. Furthermore, Saffa Aaeili is sentenced to document the biography of one of the repressive government forces killed during the <women, life, freedom> Movement and express his personal interpretation of the autobiographical book, disseminating it as an article to the department of corrections and publish a voice recording through one of the popular social media channels in the city of Saqqez. Safa Aaeili, was brutally assaulted during his detention by intelligence forces at his residence during the anniversary commemoration of Jina Amini's murder on September 5, 2023. He was temporarily released on bail from Sanandaj Central Prison on October 17, 2023, after 42 days of detention, upon posting a bail of one billion and two hundred million tomans until the completion of the judicial proceedings.>>
Source:
https://hengaw.net/en/news/2024/02/iranian-judiciary-has-convicted-jina-aminis-uncle-to-imprisonment


Varisha Moradi
Hengaw Organisation for Human Right - 10 Feb 2024
<<Concerns Grow Over Accusations of Revolt Against Political Activist Varisheh Moradi
Varisheh Moradi, a political activist and advocate for women's rights, currently detained in Evin Prison, has been accused of <Rebellion> by the Iranian judicial system, raising fears of a potential death sentence. Varisheh has endured 193 days of detention marked by pressure and torture.
According to reports received by the Hengaw Organization for Human Roghts, Varisheh Moradi, was accused of <Rebellion> for her alleged affiliation with the Kurdistan Free Life Party known as <Pajak>, by the investigator of branch 5 of Tehran's General and Revolutionary Prosecutor's Office. The case has been forwarded to Branch 15 of the Tehran Islamic Revolution Court, presided over by Judge Salvati. Previous reports by Hengaw have highlighted the severe torture Varisheh endured while detained in the Intelligence Department center in Sanandaj, including incidents where she vomited blood and lost consciousness. Varisheh Moradi spent five months in solitary confinement before being transferred to the women's ward of Evin Prison on December 26, 2023, following interrogation and torture at the Sanandaj Intelligence Department detention center. The abduction of Varisheh Moradi occurred on Tuesday, August 1, 2023, while traveling from Marivan to Sanandaj. Security forces from the Ministry of Intelligence subjected her to severe beatings during the kidnapping and transported her to the detention center without providing medical attention. The attribution of Rebellion charges and the threat of heavy sentences against Varisheh Moradi underscore the ongoing challenges faced by activists within Iran and raise concerns about the fairness and transparency of the judicial process.>>
Source:
https://hengaw.net/en/news/2024/02/concerns-grow-over-accusations-of-revolt-against-political-activist-varisheh-moradi
 
Hengaw Organisation for Human Right - 10 Feb 2024
<<Naqadeh: Arrest and Ignorance of Ebrahim Rasulpour's Status
Ebrahim Rasulpour, a Kurdish citizen from Naqadeh, was arrested by the security forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran, and his status is unknown after nearly two weeks. According to the report received by Hengaw Organization for Human Rights, on the morning of Tuesday, January 30, Ibrahim Rasulpour, a 28-year-old citizen from Naqadeh, was arrested by the security forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran and taken to an unknown location.
According to an authoritative source, the family's efforts to find out about his status have been unsuccessful so far. Until now, there is no detailed information about the reason for the arrest, charges, and the whereabouts of this citizen.>>
Source:
https://hengaw.net/en/news/2024/02/naqadeh-arrest-and-ignorance-of-ebrahim-rasulpours-status


Mohammad Khezrnejad
Hengaw Organisation for Human Right - 10 Feb 2024
<<Mamosta Mohammad Khezrnejad Sentenced to Death Amid Jin, Jiyan, Azadi Movement
Mohammad Khezrnejad, a prominent Kurdish religious figure from Bukan, has been sentenced to death by the Iranian judicial system on charges of <corruption on earth,> amidst his involvement in the Jin, Jiyan, Azadi (Woman, Life, Freedom) movement. According to reports received by the Hengaw Organization for Human Rights, the 45-year-old cleric was also handed down a 15-year prison term for <harming the territorial integrity and independence of the country,> and an additional one-year imprisonment for <propaganda against the regime.> The verdict was delivered by the third branch of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Court in Urmia, presided over by Judge Reza Najafzadeh. Mohammad Khezrnejad's trial, conducted via video conference, saw him deprived of the right to legal representation. Sources close to his family revealed that the verdict was solely based on reports from the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence, with no opportunity for the cleric to present his defense. The ordeal began on Saturday, November 19, 2024, during the Jin, Jiyan, Azadi movement, when Mohammad Khezrnejad and his son Yaser Khezrnejad were arrested at their home by Iranian Intelligence Forces. They endured 100 days of harsh detention conditions, including torture and coerced confessions. While his son was eventually released, Mohammad Khezrnejad remained incarcerated. His arrest came shortly after delivering a speech at Bukan Eftekhari Mosque during a commemoration ceremony for Asad Rahimi, a martyr of the Jin, Jiyan, Azadi movement. In his address, Mohammad Khezrnejad criticized the Iranian government's handling of the protests, leading to his subsequent arrest and legal persecution. This case underscores the ongoing challenges faced by activists and religious figures advocating for change within Iran, highlighting the need for international attention to protect human rights and ensure fair treatment within the judicial system.>>
Source:
https://hengaw.net/en/news/2024/02/mamosta-mohammad-khezrnejad-sentenced-to-death-amid-jin-jiyan-azadi-movement


Kamil Zandkhani
Hengaw Organisation for Human Right - 10 Feb 2024
<<Tragic Suicide of Kurdish Activist Following Interrogation and Threats by Iranian Intelligence Agency in Ilam
Kamil Zandkhani, a 19-year-old Kurdish resident of Ilam and a detainee associated with the <Jin, Jian Azadi> movement, has taken his own life shortly after being summoned to the local intelligence office. This young activist, who had previously faced detention and survived a suicide attempt under the pressure of security forces last year, tragically ended his life. According to reports received by the Hengaw organization for Human Rights, at 3:00 AM on Thursday, February 8th, 2024, Kamil Zandkhani threw himself from the sixth floor of his residence in Azadi neighborhood in Ilam, putting an end to his life. A source close to Zandkhani's family revealed to Hengaw that <Kamil committed suicide following several hours of interrogation and threats by the authorities of the intelligence services.> In recent days,Kamil has been repeatedly summoned and, in the latest instance, threatened with detention if he fails to cooperate. A source close to the family confirmed to Hengaw that only two hours after Kamil's suicide, intelligence forces confiscated his body and mobile phone, returning the corpse to his family yesterday afternoon after obtaining a commitment from the family not to publicize the incident. Notably, his mobile phone has not been returned. The source continued, stating, <The intelligence department had threatened Kamil on Wednesday that if he did not collaborate, he would be held responsible for the death of a government official, a member of suppressive forces in Ilam, killed during the <women, life,freedom> movement, imposing severe consequences on his family. This threat ultimately led to Kamil's suicide.> It is worth noting that Kamil Zandkhani, after he was released from his previous arrest and tortured in February 2023, attempted suicide and spent several days hospitalized. Kamil was detained during the <Jin, Jiyan, Azadi> movement on October 23, 2023, and released on bail after a few days. He was then arrested again on December 21st, 2023, and after 19 days of imprisonment, interrogation, and torture, his bludgeoned body was left in front of his parents' home. Hengaw had previously reported that during Zandkhani's detention, he was repeatedly warned by a government official in a clerical garment that he would be executed soon, causing him significant psychological distress.>>
Source:
https://hengaw.net/en/news/2024/02/tragic-suicide-of-kurdish-activist-following-interrogation-and-threats-by-iranian-intelligence-agency-in-ilam

Iranwire - 9 Feb 2024
<<Iran is Targeting its Opponents in Britain
In 1987 Amirhussein Amir-Parviz, a former cabinet minister in the Shah of Iranís government, was sitting in his car in London. Mr Amir-Parviz led a group opposed to the Islamic regime which had taken power in Tehran in 1979. When a bomb under his seat exploded, Mr Amir-Parviz escaped. He was just one among scores of people targeted by Iranian agents across Europe in the 1980s and 1990s. Now, it seems, the bad old days are back, the Economist newspaper writes. Britain has identified at least 15 credible threats by Iran to kill Britons or British residents since the start of 2022 alone. On January 29th the government imposed new sanctions on members of an Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (irgc) unit that had tried to assassinate two presenters at Iran International, a Britain-based tv station. It is <quite an unprecedented time>, says a British government official who works on Iran. <We are at the peak level of Iranian state activity globally since 1979.> Iran's Islamic Republic has a long record of foreign skulduggery. But such activity has revived dramatically in recent years. In September 2022 the death of Mahsa Amini, a young Kurdish-Iranian woman who had been arrested for flouting the mandatory hijab law, prompted huge protests across Iran. The regime, spooked and vulnerable, went after what it saw as subversives abroad. London, the centre of a loose network of activists and dissidents that constitutes Iranís opposition in exile, is a big target-even more so now, after the war in Gaza and British participation in attacks on Iranian-backed Houthis. The most prominent quarry has been Farsi-language broadcasters like Iran International and bbc Persian. In February 2023 Iran International was forced temporarily to abandon its operations in Britain citing the threat from Iran, which had declared it a terrorist organisation in the wake of its reporting about the death of Amini. In December a Chechen-Austrian man was sentenced to more than three years in jail for collecting information about the channel's former offices.
No one has been physically harmed so far. <If they wanted to kill people they could have done it,> says a former British diplomat. But scare people they have. All the Farsi-speaking journalists in London contacted by The Economist said they or their families in Iran had been intimidated. One had been moved to a safe house after men on a motorbike had shouted death threats at his wife along with the address where she lived. Some had resigned. New security laws to tackle foreign spying on British soil came into effect late last year. All the journalists we spoke to had received visits by counter-terrorism police advising them to change their daily routines and to avoid visiting countries near Iran, including Turkey and the uae. Some had received panic alarms. But all fear the police are overstretched. When one called an emergency number no one answered.>>
Source:
https://iranwire.com/en/speaking-of-iran-2/125211-iran-is-targeting-its-opponents-in-britain/

Iranwire - 9 Feb 2024
<<Iranian Ex-Official Facing Canada Deportation Says He Knew Nothing About Abuses
A former Iranian deputy Interior minister facing deportation from Canada has claimed that he was unaware his boss had ordered police to use lethal force against protesters in 2019. Seyed Salman Samani told a deportation hearing on February 8 that he knew nothing about the directive issued by then-Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli, Global News reported.
Samani served as deputy Interior minister in 2016-21.
Iranian police and security forces were mobilized to suppress demonstrations that erupted in November 2019 after an abrupt fuel price rise. More than 300 people lost their lives during the turmoil. At his hearing, Samani told Canada's Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) that he was so <troubled> by the events at the time that he decided to leave the government. He explained that he remained on the job until August 2021 because he wanted to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic. The ex-official insisted he had never been involved in human rights abuses, and was not aware that the Islamic Republic was engaged in arbitrary arrests, torture and killings. <I have been doing my best in order to protect human rights in my country,> he said. While acknowledging he had been deputy minister and the spokesperson for the Interior Ministry, he claimed he <was only responsible for distributing the information.> The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is trying to deport Samani under sanctions introduced in 2022 that banned senior Islamic Republic officials from Canada. The sanctions were imposed over the bloody crackdown on anti-establishment protests that rocked Iran in 2022-23. Earlier this month, the IRB ordered the deportation of another former Iranian official, Majid Iranmanesh, who has held prominent positions in the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Roads and Urban Development and the National Iranian Youth Organization.>>
Source:
https://iranwire.com/en/news/125207-iranian-ex-official-facing-canada-deportation-says-he-knew-nothing-about-abuses/


Varisha Morade
NCRI - Womens committee - 9 Feb 2024 - in Women's News
<<Varisha Moradi, a women's rights activist, charged with <armed rebellion>
A Revolutionary Court in Tehran charged Varisha Moradi Bagh-y or <armed insurgency,> a very heavy charge which can carry long prison terms and even the death sentence. Varisha Moradi was charged by the 5th Branch of the Tehran Public and Revolutionary Court. According to Kurdish human rights sources, Varisha Moradi was summoned twice to court and charged with Bagh-y for membership in a Kurdish opposition party. She was transferred from Ward 209 to the women's ward of Evin Prison after the end of her interrogations on December 26, 2023.
Varisha was abducted on August 1, 2023, in Kermanshah, on her way to Sanandaj in western Iran.
Ms. Moradi has been denied the right to her chosen lawyer and due procedure. She was only allowed to call the lawyer after an indictment was issued. She has only been allowed to see her family once during her six months of incarceration. Reports say Varisha spent the first five months of incarceration in solitary confinement in the detention center of the Department of Intelligence in Sanandaj and Ward 209 in Evin Prison where she was viciously tortured to make false confessions against herself. Varisha Moradi is a women's rights activist and a member of the Free Women's Society of Eastern Kurdistan (KJAR). In a September 26 statement addressed to the public, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran and international human rights organizations, KJAR said Varisha Moradi was in Kurdistan to carry out <political activities and to organize women.> Three other political prisoners in the women's ward of Evin Prison have also been charged with Bagh-y. The three female political prisoners are Marzieh Farsi, Forough Taghipour, and Nasim Gholami Fard. They are accused of collaborating with opposition groups.>>
Source:
https://women.ncr-iran.org/2024/02/09/varisha-moradi-armed-rebellion/


Arrest of Four Balochs, Including a Woman and a Child
Hengaw Organisation for Human Right - 9 Feb 2024
<<Arrest of Four Balochs, Including a Woman and a Child, by Iranian Security Agencies
Four family members and relatives of the three arrested Baloch brothers, namely Hamidreza Kohkan, A. Narwii, Ali Akbar Kohkan, and 16-year-old Haris Kharout, have been arrested by Iranian security forces and taken to an unknown location.

According to a report received by the Hengaw Organization for Human Rights, on Tuesday, February 6, 2024, in one of the streets of Zahedan, 20-year-old Ali Akbar Kohkan and his cousins Benyamin, Idris, and Elias Kohkan, three Baloch individuals, were arrested along with 16-year-old Haris Kharout and an uncle of these two arrested individuals by the forces of the Intelligence Department. According to the Baloch Activists Campaign, on the same day, Intelligence Department forces stormed the family home of Hamidreza Kohkan, the father of these two arrested individuals, and arrested him along with his wife named <A. Narwii.> According to informed sources, the arrest of these four people was carried out without presenting any judicial papers and by resorting to violence. Mrs. <A. Narwii> was arrested while she is the mother of an infant child. These four individuals were charged on Wednesday after being transferred to the Nouri judicial complex in Zahedan. Tafihim and Haris Kharout were transferred to the Correctional and Education Center, A. Narwii to the women's ward of Zahedan Central Prison, and each of Hamidreza Kohkan and his nephew named Ali Akbar Kohkan to an unknown location. Elias and Benyamin Kohkan were arrested on January 3, 2024, and Idris Kohkan was arrested on September 10, 2023, by the forces of the Intelligence Department and are still incarcerated in Zahedan Central Prison.>>
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https://hengaw.net/en/news/2024/02/arrest-of-four-balochs-including-a-woman-and-a-child-by-iranian-security-agencies

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