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2-weekly opinion by Gino d'Artali:
December 29 - 27, 2023
When one hurts or kills a women
one hurts or kills hummanity and is an antrocitie.
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.>
Maryam Akbari Monfared "Finally, one day, I will sing the song of victory from the summit of the mountain, like the sun. Tomorrow belongs to us"
Maryam Akbari Monfared
Preface from Gino d'Artali: I know, I've put a one-day earlier article first but I did so because it's important to know what Maryam Akbari already had to go through before already a day later being struck by the viscious mullahs' judiciary so please understand and bare with this oh so brave woman who refuses to bow for the mullahs' regime.
NCRI - Womens committee - 30 Dec 2023 - in Articles, Women's News
<<Free in Captivity: The 15-year odyssey of Maryam Akbari Monfared
Maryam Akbari's unbound courage, unfettered soul, and unbroken resolve keep her going amidst overwhelming adversity
On December 30, 2023, Maryam Akbari Monfared starts her 15th year in jail without a single day off even for badly needed medical treatment. Maryam Akbari Monfared was born on December 14, 1975, and is the mother of three daughters. She is one of the most resistant female political prisoners who has chosen to live free without bowing down to the mullahs. She was taken to Evin prison <to provide some explanations> at midnight of December 29, 2009, without being able to say goodbye to her daughters. But she never returned home. She was incarcerated because she seeks justice for four of her siblings executed in cold blood by the clerical regime in the 1980s. Her sister, Roghiyeh Akbari Monfared, had a little daughter when she was sent to the gallows among the prisoners massacred in the summer of 1988.
Maryam Akbari Monfared her four siblings slain in the 1980s.
A Rainbow of Hope
Throughout the years she spent behind bars, Maryam has always inspired other prisoners. Her heart is as big as an ocean filled with feelings for everyone around her. One of her cellmates, former political prisoner Atena Farghadani, describes her as <a woman whose resistance was a rainbow of hope for all the prisoners.> So, prison authorities sent her to a remote prison to prevent her inspiring others. On March 9, 2021, they abruptly took her away to the Prison of Semnan and abandoned her among ordinary prisoners in violation of the principle of separation of crimes. In Semnan Prison, she was deprived of visitations and of making ordinary phone calls to her family like other prisoners. Every call she makes must be in the presence of prison authorities and security agents. After 14 years of imprisonment, political prisoner Maryam Akbari Monfared is suffering from various illnesses. The Ministry of Intelligence does not allow her to see a doctor outside the prison. The prison's doctor prescribed her special food, but her requests for proper nutrition and a visit to a specialist have not been answered. Her physical condition has acutely deteriorated due to a lack of proper nutrition and access to treatment, and she is suffering from various side effects.
The price of remaining steadfast
In August 2023, Branch 101 of the Criminal Court of Semnan sentenced Mrs. Akbari Monfared in absentia to two additional years in jail and 150 million rials in fines for <disseminating falsities in social media> based on two cases filed against her by the Ministry of Intelligence. The first case concerned her time in Evin Prison, which charged her with disseminating <propaganda against the state.> The second case concerned her time in the Prison of Semnan for which she is accused of insulting Ali Khamenei, the mullahs' supreme leader, propaganda against the state, assembly and collusion (!), disseminating falsities and disrupting public opinion, and inciting people against national and external security through letters published in social media.
The breathtaking countdown
In a letter she wrote from prison last year, Maryam Akbari described her feelings. <Thirteen years is a breathtaking battle to pass second by second. Counting 13 years day by day (that is 4 thousand and 745 days) makes a person tired, let alone if she wants to spend 4 thousand and 745 days one by one in the middle of an unequal battle. It is not a 4,000-page story; it is the naked reality of life some fascists have imposed on us because we did not want to surrender.> Maryam Akbari also wrote about being separated from her children. <Although I wanted to be with my children, what mother wouldn’t? But I do not regret it, and I am more determined to continue my path. I have said this in every formal and informal interrogation session and am happy to repeat it!>
The husband and daughters of Maryam Akbari Monfared, a family she has missed for 14 years.
Keeping the faith
On the secret of remaining resistant, she wrote: <If you ask me, then how did I survive in the darkness of torture and exhaustion of time? I say that the blazing flame of faith in my heart has kept me going.> Amid loneliness with empty hands, this warm and rebellious flame is what the interrogators want to steal from the prisoner from the first moment of her arrest so that her being freezes and surrenders to the yoke. <But I kept it burning for all 13 years with the holy fury over the tortures I witnessed and pierced my heart! I laughed and made others laugh so I could stand firm because resistance is our heart. Faith in the cause that my brothers and sisters died for. Faith in the path I stepped into and the clenched fists and firm steps of the young people who are now protesting in the streets against the dictatorship with their bodies and lives. Yes, faith in the innocence and oppression of my brothers and sisters, whom I never considered dead; they were and are the most alive for me. They grabbed my hand in every moment of my prison time. And now I find them in the streets of Iran.> On this December 30, we honor Maryam Akbari Monfared and pay tribute to this courageous Iranian woman's unquenchable flame of hope, unwavering faith, and resolute spirit. As she eloquently penned in her letter's conclusion: <Finally, one day, I will sing the song of victory from the summit of the mountain, like the sun. Tomorrow belongs to us.> >>
NCRI - Womens committee - Jan 1, 2024 in
Statements, Women's News
<<In two separate trials, three more years handed down for Maryam Akbari, one of the longest-held female political prisoners
Her sentence extension to 18 years bars her release following the completion of a 15-year term
Urgent Appeal to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Human Rights Council, and Other Advocates to Ensure Freedom of Political Prisoner Maryam Akbari
The clerical regime's judiciary sentenced political prisoner Maryam Akbari Monfared to an additional 3 years in prison through 2 separate fabricated cases filed by the Ministry of Intelligence. These cases were heard in orchestrated courts in Semnan and Evin, hindering her release after completing a 15-year sentence. Consequently, she now faces a total of 18 years in prison. The statement of the NCRI Secretariat on August 28, 2023, stated, “The Ministry of Intelligence (MOIS) has initiated two new cases against Maryam Akbari to prevent her release. One accuses her of 'propaganda against the regime,' while the other alleges <insulting the Supreme Leader (Khamenei), incitement to riot, spreading falsehoods, and disturbing public opinion, inciting people against national security.'> In another part, the statement added that Branch 101 of Semnan Criminal Court had issued <an additional two years, along with a fine of 150 million rials, as part of a new, in-absentia ruling.> Subsequently, the Evin Courthouse also held a sham trial sentencing Maryam Akbari to another year in prison in relation to the second case. According to another statement by the NCRI Secretariat on July 17, 2023, the regime's judiciary transferred political prisoner Maryam Akbari Monfared from her place of exile in Semnan Prison to Evin Court on Saturday, July 1. After being arraigned on five new charges, she was returned to Semnan Prison. The mullahs' judiciary recently upheld the two rulings and endorsed the extension of her sentence by three years, totaling an 18-year imprisonment. Under the inhumane laws of the clerical regime, political prisoner Maryam Akbari was supposed to be released in 2019 after serving 10 years of her sentence. The primary 'crime' of this political prisoner over the past decade has been seeking justice for the martyrs, according to the regime’s perspective. Maryam Akbari's sister and three brothers were executed by the clerical regime in the 1980s. PMOI member Alireza Akbari was killed under torture in September 1981. Gholamreza Akbar was executed in 1985. Roghiyeh Akbari and Abdolreza Akbari were among the political prisoners massacred in 1988. Maryam Akbari is one of the longest-held women political prisoners in Iran. She was arrested after the uprising in Tehran on December 27, 2009. The mullahs' notorious judge, Abolqasem Salavati sentenced her to 15 years in prison on the charge of <Moharebeh> (waging war on God) <through membership in the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK).> Maryam Akbari has completed serving 14 years of that sentence without a single day off even for medical treatment. Prison authorities sent her to internal exile in 2021. The NCRI Women's Committee once again urges the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the UN Human Rights Council, the UNSR on human rights in Iran, the UNSR on violence against women, and other advocates of human rights and women’s rights to vehemently condemn the clerical regime's inhuman treatment of political prisoners, especially the female prisoners. The NCRI Women's Committee appeals for urgent action to secure the release of political prisoner Maryam Akbari.
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