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Iran is the world’s biggest jailer of women journalists.

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is alarmed by a new wave of arrests and interrogations of women journalists since the start of August in Iran. The Islamic Republic is now the world’s biggest jailer of women journalists, with a total of ten currently held.
“Already one of the world’s five biggest jailers of journalists, Iran is now holding more women in connection with their journalistic activities than any other country in the world,” said Reza Moini, the head of RSF’s Iran/Afghanistan Desk.

“We call on Javaid Rehman, the UN special rapporteur on the human rights situation in Iran, to intervene with the utmost urgency to obtain their release and to address the disastrous press freedom situation in this country.”

Here are portraits of the ten women journalists currently detained in Iran:

● Noushin Jafari: This photojournalist’s detention was confirmed by the judicial system’s spokesman, Gholam Hossein Esmaili, on 14 August. A specialist in covering theatre and cinema, she was arrested at her Tehran home on 3 August by Revolutionary Guard intelligence agents in civilian dress, who seized data storage devices and CDs. Pro-Revolutionary Guard trolls were the first to report her arrest and the charge brought against her: “insulting Islam’s sacred values” on Twitter. Her family has not heard from her since her arrest and still does not know where she is being held. She used to work for the “arts and literature” section of the daily newspaper Etemad and was previously arrested in February 2010, when she was held for 28 days. According to relatives, She is being pressured by Revolutionary Guard intelligence agents to make a confession.

●Marzieh Amiri: The revolutionary court’s 28th chamber refused to release her on bail on 13 August. A journalist with the daily newspaper Shargh, Amiri was arrested while reporting outside an intelligence police station in Tehran on 1 May. Her lawyer told the media that she is charged with “conspiracy and assembly against national security,” “anti-government propaganda” and “disturbing public order.”

According to her family, she has been sentenced to 10 years in prison and also 148 lashes.

● Assal Mohammadi: A student at the Islamic Azad University and member of the editorial board of the student newspaper Game, she was returned to prison by a Tehran court on 4 August. Initially arrested on 4 December 2018, she had been released on bail of 400 million tomans (10,000 euros) but the bail amount was later raised to 1 billion tomans (212,000 euros). She appeared in court with Haft-Tappeh Sugarcane company workers, whose strike and protests for more pay she had covered.

● Sanaz Allahyari and her fellow-journalist husband Amir Hossein Mohammadi Far – Mohammadi’s colleagues at Game – are also being held for covering this strike and the mistreatment of the jailed workers.

● Farangis Mazloom: The mother of Soheil Arabi, the recipient of RSF’s 2017 Press Freedom Prize in the citizen-journalist category, she was arrested by intelligence ministry agents on 22 July. Her only crime was informing the public about the conditions in which her imprisoned son is being held and the inhuman and degrading treatment to which he is being subjected.

● Hengameh Shahidi. A reporter and editor of the Paineveste blog who has been held since 25 June 2018, she has been sentenced to 12 years and nine months in prison for her revelations about the lack of justice within the Iranian judicial system and her criticism of its chief, Sadegh Amoli Larijan.

● Sepideh Moradi, Avisha Jalaledin and Shima Entesari: These three women, who worked for the Sufi community news website Majzooban Noor, have been held since February 2018 and are serving five-year jail sentences in Tehran’s notorious Evin prison.

● Narges Mohammadi: A journalist and human rights activist held since May 2015, she was sentenced to a total of 16 years in prison by a Tehran court. Under a 2015 law, which says a person convicted on several charges only serves the sentence applied to the most serious one, she will have to serve a 10-year term.
Iran is ranked 170th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index.

https://rsf.org/en/news/iran-worlds-biggest-jailer-women-journalists

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IRAN: 46 Executions in Five Weeks…!

Arbitrary executions to spared fear to stop the escalation of uprising

The inhuman mullahs’ regime in desperate need of suppressing the popular uprisings has resorted to more executions. The mullahs’ agents hanged 39 prisoners only in July. Four were women and there was one public hanging. In past few days, the regime hanged seven other prisoners.

The executions took place in Birjand, Ghohardasht, Karaj, Kashan, Khondab, Mahshahar, Kelardasht, Orumeh, Noor, Mashhad, Mahabad, Zanjan, Minab, Bandar-Abbas, Borujerd, Shiraz, Tabriz, Gorgan, Dezful, Rasht and Kermanshah prisons.

The religious fascism ruling Iran has resorted to more executions to escape the big social outburst.

The Iranian Resistance calls on the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the UN Human Rights Council as well as other human rights organizations and defenders in addition to the UN Security Council and the EU to condemn the new wave of executions in Iran. The Iranian Resistance also calls for binding decisions to stop the barbaric and systematic executions by the mullahs’ regime in Iran. Silence and inaction only emboldens the mullahs’ medieval regime in its crimes.

Adcali.com August 12, 2019

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Iran : La mère d’un enfant âgé de quatre ans est sur le point d’être exécutée

Iran:Une femme a été condamnée à mort à la prison centrale de Sanandaj et risque d’être exécutée sous peu.

Soghra Khalili est accusée de meurtre.
Omid Badri, le mari de Soghra Khalili, a déclaré : En 2015, sa condamnation à mort a été confirmée. Mais le meurtre commis par ma femme était une question d’honneur. Un homme faisait constamment du mal à ma femme et la harcelait, alors que ma femme était mariée. Finalement, la patience de ma femme a pris fin et elle a tué cet homme avec une arme blanche. Soghra est en prison avec son enfant de 4 ans. Elle a un autre enfant qui a maintenant 14 ans.

ADCALI.COM 30 juin 2019

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Iran HRM: Women Activists Held In Jail Amid Tightening Repression.

Five women activists are held in prison under deplorable conditions for demanding their own and their people’s human rights.

Three women activists were arrested during an International Workers Day protest demonstration on May 1, 2019, in Tehran across from the Iranian parliament.

Marzieh Amiri, Neda Naji, and Atefeh Rangriz were among 15 activists who were brutalized and arrested by security forces in the May Day demonstration in Tehran.

The detention warrants for Neda Naji and Marzieh Amiri have been extended for another month and the warrant for Atefeh Rangriz has been turned into bail but prison authorities are preventing her release for various reasons, claiming that a new charge has been added to her case.

Marzieh Amiri is presently detained in the general ward of Evin Prison.

Neda Naji has completed her interrogations but is presently detained solitary confinement.

Atefeh Rangriz has been returned to the Shahr-e Ray Prison for women in Varamin after finishing her interrogations.

In other news on women activists, Evin Prison authorities have been preventing transfer of Sanaz Allahyari to hospital despite her deteriorating health conditions.

adcali.com 12 jun 2019
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UN Special Rapporteur Concerned About Executions of Minors in Iran.

The UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Iran has raised concerns over human rights violations in Iran, particularly the widespread use of the death penalty against juvenile offenders, in his latest report to the UN Human Rights Council.

Javaid Rehman, a British-Pakistani legal scholar and Professor of Islamic Law and International Law, expressed regret on February 27 that children as young as nine years old can still be executed in Iran and advised that at least 33 minors have been executed since the supposedly moderate Hassan Rouhani became president in 2013.

He urged the Iranian Regime to “urgently amend legislation to prohibit the execution of persons who committed [a crime] while below the age of 18 years and as such are children, and urgently amend the legislation to commute all existing sentences for child offenders on death row”.

He also asked Iran to provide the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Special Rapporteur with a list of all child offenders currently on death row.

He also noted that the death sentence should only be applied to the “most serious crimes”, which is widely thought to refer to premeditated murder, especially as international law prohibits executions for nonviolent crimes.

In recent months, Iran has seen an increased number of financial crimes cases resulting in the convict being given the death sentence, which is the mullahs’ attempt to seem as if they are handling the ongoing economic crises that have led to mass protests.

Rehman also advised that a disproportionately large percentage of persons executed or imprisoned in Iran are from ethnic and religious minorities, including Kurdish Iranian H. Abdollahpour, whose sentence was upheld by the Supreme Court in October despite reports that he’d been tortured in detention and denied access to a lawyer of his choice.

He also raised concerns about the detention of dual citizens, the suppression of ethnic and religious minorities, and the crackdown on labour rights.

Rehman said that Iran should:

• End the death penalty for all but the most serious crimes

• Protect from prisoners torture and ill-treatment

• Allow defendants access to a lawyer of their choosing

• Ban all forms of discrimination against religious and ethnic minorities

•End the persecutions of religious and ethnic minorities

This is nothing new, of course, and the Iranian Regime has been doing all this and more for decades. They’ve even been emboldened by the appeasement policy of Europe, which has meant that Europe failed to act regarding previous rights violations. Europe must end this policy and hold the Regime to account.

adcali.com 04 March 2019

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Iran Regime Breaks Legs and Shoulder of Political Prisoner in Vicious Beating.

12 December 2018.

By Staff Writer

Iranian political prisoner Arzhang Davoodi had both of his legs and his shoulder broken after being beaten and thrown off a staircase at Zahedan Central Prison in Baluchistan province, according to sources, and medical diagnoses say that he will not be able to walk without aid for the rest of his life.

Davoodi, 65, was summoned to the prison’s chief office on April 3, where his hands and feet were enchained. As he left the room, the deputy chief of the president shoved him off the staircase from the second floor and, as Davoodi’s feet and hands were still in shackles, he was unable to maintain his balance. This assault resulted in the breakage of Davoodi’s right thighbone and left tibia, the dislocation of his shoulder and bruises on his spinal cord.

Currently, Davoodi, a teacher, can barely walk even with a walker and is being kept in a dirty, dark room in the prison’s quarantine section, which is only worsening his already poor health.

Davoodi has been on hunger strike since March 3 in protest at being kept in a small solitary confinement unit since August 2017, with denial of access to family visits, phone calls, communications with prisoners, free airtime, reading, television, and access to medication and suitable food.

In an open letter, dated March 2018, Davoodi explained the reasons for his hunger strike.

He wrote: “I merely want some air and some sunlight, of which I’ve been inhumanly deprived since August. This shameless and lengthy suppression of my rights has worsened my heart condition and diabetes. It has caused my eyesight to become dim… When I was returned to Zahedan prison, my physical conditions further deteriorated, because I’m being held in a very small cell, known as ‘solitary no.2’ of the prison’s quarantine section… The very harsh measures seen in the prisons of this province is not only imposed against political prisoners. This nature is literally seen in all forms of this regime’s authorities who always resort to force.”

He also called on Zeid Ra’ad al-Hossein, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, and other human rights organizations to investigate Iran’s prisons.

Davoodi, who was taken to Zahedan prison in January, was arrested in 2003 for criticizing Iran’s human rights record in a documentary that investigated the suspicious death of Zahra Kazemi, a Canadian-Iranian photojournalist. During his time in prison, Davoodi has been repeatedly tortured, beaten, kept in solitary confinement and kept in unsanitary conditions.

Amnesty International has repeatedly called for Davoodi to be released immediately as he is a “prisoner of conscience”.

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Iran:Women’s News -Arrest of women’s rights activists signal crisis in Iran human rights.

Arrest of women’s rights activists signal crisis in Iran human rights. Amnesty International issued a statement on September 3, 2018, warning that the arrests of lawyers and women’s rights activists in Iran signal intensifying crackdown on civil society.

The statement reads in part, “Human rights lawyer and women’s rights activist Hoda Amid was arrested at her home on 1 September, just a day after the arrests of human rights lawyers Payam Derafshan and Farokh Forouzan. Payam Derafshan and Farokh Forouzan were arrested on 31 August while visiting the home of another recently jailed lawyer, Arash Keykhosravi, in the city of Karaj, north-west of Tehran.

“Also, on 1 September, women’s rights activist Najmeh Vahedi was arrested by the Intelligence Unit of the Revolutionary Guards at her home in Tehran.”

“These latest arrests are a blatant attempt to silence those advocating for human rights in Iran,” said Philip Luther, Amnesty International’s Research and Advocacy Director for the Middle East and North Africa.

“The human rights situation in Iran has reached crisis point. Mild expressions of concern are not enough. We call on the international community to demand that the Iranian authorities stop attacks on human rights defenders, including human rights lawyers and women’s rights activists. It should urge the authorities to immediately and unconditionally release those most recently detained and ensure that every detainee is provided access to a lawyer of their own choosing from the time of arrest.

“Given its ongoing dialogue with Iran, the European Union (EU) should be at the forefront of such calls,” Luther stressed.

Amnesty International pointed out in its statement, “The arrests of human rights lawyers are part of an attempt by the authorities to prevent them from being able to defend their clients, who are often human rights defenders or individuals who face the death penalty, including for crimes committed as a child.

“Hoda Amid had previously written about a campaign, entitled ‘Struggle to change the masculine face of Majles [parliament]’, which was launched before parliamentary elections in February 2016, with the aim of increasing women’s representation in parliament. She and Najmeh Vahedi had also worked to empower women and girls, including by teaching them how to protect their rights in marriage.”

adcali.com 04 September 2018

Iranian peaceful protesters kidnapped, face torture

Iran Human Rights Monitor – Arash Mohammadi, 24 who was arrested on January 3, in Karaj west of Tehran called his family and told them he was tortured. It was the last time that Arash called his family. It’s been more than 4 days that no one has any news of him. Iranian authorities have denied his arrest and refused to provide any response.

Another young man, Behnam Nouri, 22 was arrested by intelligence 12 days ago from his home in northern city of Talesh. There is no news about him at the time of publishing this report.

Ramezan Azizi was also disappeared after being summoned to the intelligence department of Mahabad on January 10, 2018. No news is available on his whereabouts or condition.

Lives of those arrested during the nationwide protests are in danger. Each passing day reveals further deaths in custody.