Sunday, January 21, 2018

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On Sat. Jan. 20, tens of thousands of women marched in American
and Canadian cities. Although the women came out to show their struggle for equality is far from over,  this march also was the anniversary of women's march in protest to Donald Trump's victory in US presidential election last year. Trump tweeted yesterday: Beautiful weather all over our great country, a perfect day for all Women to March. Get out there now to celebrate the historic milestones and unprecedented economic success and wealth creation that has taken place over the last 12 months. Lowest female unemployment in 18 years!


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On Sat. Jan. 21, the  Iranian-Canadian gathered in front of the Parliament Hill and across from PM office once again to stand in solidarity with Iranian people's uprising. They also commemorated the freedom of the last political prisoners in Shah's prisons in Iran, just a month before the 1979 revolution. Masoud Rajavi the leader of People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran, Ashraf Rajavi, his late wife and Moussa Khiabani were among the last prisoners who were freed by the Iranian people.
A few years into the 1979 revolution, Khomeini who always saw
Mojahedin as a threat to his agenda, planned to eliminate them. Many young PMOI supporters were arrested, tortured and killed for selling MEK newspapers. Ashraf and Moussa were killed when Khomeini forces attack their base by heavy machinery in the heart of Tehran. Ashraf and Moussa fought to the end. Khomeini ordered the execution of 30,000 political prisoners in 1988 with his own handwriting.


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Atena Daemi and Golrokh Iraee, imprisoned in the women’s ward of Evin Prison in Tehran, have been summoned to court. Evin Prison officials declared on January 16, that they have been called to Branch 4 of Evin’s Prosecutor’s Office. The two prisoners though have refused to appear in court since they have not received written summons and they have not been informed of the reason for the summoning. Both Atena and Golrokh sent out letters last week declaring support for the nationwide uprising in Iran.

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Young men and women studying at Zanjan University staged a protest on Tuesday, January 16 against the arrest and torture of students during the uprising and demanded their release.






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According to state-run ILNA news agency Jan. 15, Isfahan’s Department of Culture and Guidance prevented female musicians of the National Orchestra of Isfahan from going on stage in their concerts on January 12 and 13. Shahrooz Baluchistani, flute player in this orchestra, told the media, “The National Orchestra of Isfahan was formed in 2014. Women always take part in the orchestra’s rehearsals but they are not granted permission to participate in the actual performances.” He added, “Women musicians of Isfahan have not had the permission to go on stage for years. Why they cannot perform on the stage in their own hometown, is a question that has not been logically answered.
There are many skillful players among women who are educated in music and have been playing for years.”

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An Iranian regime's Majlis deputy called for implementation of gender segregation in medical centers in Iran. At an open session of the Iranian regime's parliament on January 14, Nasrollah PejmanFar, a cleric and deputy from Mashhad, addressed the Health Minister and said, “Despite the Supreme Council of Cultural Revolution’s adoption of bill 427 which full implementation of the law in adaptation of medical affairs to religious principles, today we see that there are serious problems in hospitals with regards to the issue of chastity and veil.”
He added, “Women’s privacy has been distorted. Why are men present in the operation room where a woman is taken for a C-section or miscarrieg?
It's worth noting that the women’s employment in Iran is conditioned on observation of gender segregation at the work place and if a company or workshop does not have a separate place for women, they are not allowed to employ women. Also, many public places, including university classes and entrances, parks, public transportation and trains, have already been gender segregated.

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Iranian security forces have taken a woman hostage until her son, a student activist who lives in Turkey, turns himself in. On Monday, January 15, security forces raided the residence of Omid Aghdami, a student activist at the University of Tabriz, a poet and a children’s rights activist. They took his mother, Akram Imamgholizadeh who has heart condition, to room 37 of Tabriz's Prison and told her they would keep her in detention until her son reports in to the Intelligence Department. In an open letter, Mr. Aghdami has protested the regime’s security forces’ intimidation of his mother and taking her hostage. In turn, he has threatened to set himself ablaze outside the Iranian embassy in Ankara- Turkey, if anything happens to his mother. He said this is the second time his mother has been summoned to Tabriz Prison.

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3,000 young women and girls have run away from their homes in Iran during the period spanning between March and September 2017.  In an interview with the state-run Tasnim news agency, head of the Social Emergency of the Welfare Organization, Hossein Assadbeigi, said, “Compared to the previous year, the number of runaway girls has increased in the first six months of the Persian year.” Assadbeigi said the Welfare Organization had been informed of a total of 5,000 runaway girls, last year. 
This number includes girls who have reported themselves in to the centers of the Welfare Organization, as well as those who have been reported as being on the run. However, the actual figure should be considered much higher.
Runaway girls can stay up to three weeks in one of the four centers of the Welfare Organization in the capital. Based on the organization’s laws, however, the girls who need support for a longer period have to move to other centers called, Safety House (khaneh salamat). These houses have limited capacity and are actually not safe. There have been numerous reports in the past indicating that girls are sexually abused in these houses and ultimately sold to human trafficking gangs.

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Security agents put the veil back on the head of a Chinese woman performing on stage in Iran. On Friday, January 12, on the third night of the annual Fajr Music Festival in Iran, an Iranian musical group was performing in Niavaran Cultural Center in the company of some Chinese players, when the head cover of one of the Chinese women fell. Security agents reacted by going on stage during the performance to put back the veil on the head of the woman. (The state-run Aftab website – January 13, 2018)

Sunday, January 14, 2018

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On Friday Jan. 12, the US Treasury Sanctioned 14 Individuals and Entities for Human Rights Abuses and Censorship in Iran, and Support to Sanctioned Weapons Proliferators. The 14 individuals include Sadegh Larijani the head of Iran's judiciary and Rajaee shahr prison and Gholamrezathe Ziaei head of that prisons,
"The United States will not stand by while the Iranian regime continues to engage in human rights abuses and injustice.  We are targeting the Iranian regime, including the head of Iran's judiciary, for its appalling mistreatment of its citizens, including those imprisoned solely for exercising their right to freedom of peaceful assembly, and for censoring its own people as they stand up in protest against their government," said Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin.  "We are also targeting Iran's ballistic missile program and destabilizing activities, which it continues to prioritize over the economic well-being of the Iranian people."

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The Iranian regime facilitated the escape of its former head of judiciary from Germany back to Iran. Mahmoud Shahroodi had traveled to Germany for treatment. This is while many Iranians such as Dr. Mohammad Maleki are denied outside the country treatment. There were demonstrations and protests against Shahroodi's visit to Germany. A number of Iranians, including former political prisoners who were witnesses to crimes committed in prison during Hashemi Shahroudi’s tenure as head of the judiciary, filed complaints against him in Germany. The Representative Office of the National Council of Resistance of Iran in Germany has also filed a complaint with the Federal Prosecutor’s Office against Hashemi Shahroudi in accordance with international criminal procedures within the framework of a crime against humanity, which called for issuing a warrant for his arrest. He departed from Germany on Thursday Jan. 11 in early morning and in a hurry. He used different rout to avoid the demonstrators who were waiting for him at the airport.

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According to a report published by one of the Iranian state-run websites, women have to cover their heads even under surgery in some of the hospitals in the capital. “Can’t enter the hospital’s emergency room without the chador,” says a middle-aged woman standing at the hospital’s entrance to prevent women from entering if they are wearing manteaux.
Some of the clinics and hospitals in Tehran require women to wear the chador before walking in. Baghyatollah Hospital is one of these centers. The patients who are not feeling well and need to rely on others to walk must also observe this requirement. The woman guarding the entrance says, “Those who come on their own feet, we make them remove their make-up. Here, we have everything. Make-up remover, nail-polish remover, napkins, ... Those who have artificial nails, must wear gloves.”
The chador – head-to-toe black veil—is not only compulsory in the hospital’s clinic but also inside the hospital and even in the emergency room. The female patient’s gown for the operation room also includes a maghna’eh (head cover which is tighter than a scarf and covers everything but the face).
Sara whose mother has recently had an operation in this hospital says, “My mother did not feel well and was very anxious about her operation. My mother had breast cancer and the doctors would see her body. So, I don’t know what was that head cover good for.” “We came to this hospital because of our insurance contract but women and their companies are very much distressed in this hospital,” added Sara. (The state-run Fararu.com, January 11, 2018)

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A Kurdish woman, Touran Mehraban, has been beaten up and tortured in jail after being arrested last week. The mother of this arrested student said she had been informed of the torture when she met her daughter on Saturday, January 6, at the detention center of the Department of Intelligence of Orumiyeh, capital of West Azerbaijan Province, NW Iran. Ms. Mehraban was studying at Nazlou University of Orumiyeh when she was arrested on Saturday, December 31, 2017, by security forces on the charge of taking part in protest gatherings against economic corruption.
Another one of the arrested women has been identified as a civil activist Sepideh Farahan (Farah
abadi) who was arrested on Tuesday, January 2, in Tehran’s Enghelab Square by security forces and transferred to an unknown location.

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A young woman named Neda Ahmadi has been arrested in Orumiyeh. Neda, an Economics student at Tabriz University, was arrested on Saturday, December 30, in Orumiyeh, capital of West Azerbaijan Province, NW Iran.




At least 400 women are among those arrested in recent protests in Izeh, in Khuzistan Province, SW Iran. The arrests in this city have been extensive. All members of some families have been arrested. Local eyewitnesses say most of the arrested women in this city have been taken to a drug addiction rehabilitation camp. Thirty-six individuals including 8 women were arrested during a raid on a house in Birjand, capital of South Khorassan Province, eastern Iran. The Public and Revolutionary Prosecutor of Birjand, Hossein Moghaddas, said the arrested women had previous record of breaching the dress code and they were taken to jail. 11 protesters, including at least seven women, have been recently transferred to the prison of Saqqez, Iranian Kurdistan, after preliminary interrogations. An uncertain number of detainees are held in other detention centers including those belonging to the Intelligence Department and the Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), reports say. According to the Iranian resitance some 8000 people have been arrested during Iran protests. Based on Brigadier General, Hossein Zolfaghari, Deputy Interior Minister more than %90 of protesters who were arrested are youths under the age of 25.

Sunday, January 07, 2018

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On Sat. Jan. 6, 2018 in a bitter cold of -40C in Ottawa, the Iranian-Canadians simultaneously as the rally in Toronto gathered in front of the parliament Hill and across from PM office to show their support for the Iran uprising once again. They chanted: change, change, change, Regime change in Iran. Down with Khamenei, Down with Rouhani. They also braved the cold on Wed. Jan. 3 and stood in solidarity with the IranUprising.





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The CBC website on Jan. 4 wrote that: The Liberal MP for Richmond Hill is facing the ire of many of his Iranian-Canadian constituents after posting a tweet many see as an attempt to legitimize the theocratic government in Iran. CBC added: On Dec. 30, as the protests in Iran were building, Jowhari put out two tweets containing Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland's official statement supporting the right of Iranians to protest. Jowhari added his own thoughts."As our government is closely monitoring the ongoing protests in Iran; it is my sincere hope that the brave nation of #Iran have the opportunity to air their legitimate financial, social and political concerns with the support of their elected government, in a secure environment and without the fear of persecution." CBC said: That seemingly innocuous statement raised a number of flags for Iranian-Canadians, starting with Jowhari's use of the word "elected." One of the most popular chants, as heard in videos of the protests emerging from Iranian cities, has been "marg bar diktator" or "death to the dictator."
Iranian-born Majid Jowhari was elected in the 2015 election.

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The news of the arrests of at least 21 women during nine days of nationwide protests in Iran has been published in the state media and press. According to Abdollah Pashaki, Chief of Police in Robat Karim district of Tehran, “Three women who had significant role in the riots in the town of Parand have been arrested by the State Security Force.” (The state-run ROKNA news agency – January 5, 2018)
He had already announced the arrest of another three women in Parand.
Qassem Abdollahi, General Director of the Justice Department in Markazi Province, said nine women had been arrested in Arak, and one woman in Saveh, on December 30, 2017. He said on December 31, 2017, that another five women were arrested in Arak, three of whom had been transferred to jail.  (The state-run ISNA news agency – January 4, 2018)
In addition to the 21 women arrestees, the arrests of six female students have been confirmed: Soha Mortezaii, Faezeh Abdipour, Leila Hosseinzadeh, Yasamin Mahboobi, Negin Aramesh, and Touran Mehraban.
Soha Mortezaii, is the secretary of the central council of Tehran University students, who was arrested at her home onThursday morning, January 4, 2018.
Yassamin Mahboobi is a student of anthropology at Tehran University.
The actual number of female students and young women is definitely much higher than what has been published or confirmed.

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The mothers and families of the youths arrested during recent uprising in Iran, continued their sit-in outside Evin Prison for the sixth consecutive days and chanted, “God is great.”
The sit-in started on the second day of protests by families of arrested Gonabadi dervishes and expanded and continued with rising number of arrests. On the eight day of the protests on January 4, when the uprising had spread to over 120 cities across Iran, at least 45 people have been killed by the regime’s oppressive forces and at least 1500 people have been arrested and imprisoned.
At the same time, there have been various reports of defections in the ranks of the regime’s repressive forces to the ranks of protesters. A former Bassij member posted a clip on the internet, burning her membership card. She is heard saying, “Most of the regime’s leaders are like members of Daesh (ISIS).” She called on all Bassij members to defect the regime.

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The news of suspicious death of a woman, formerly imprisoned in the same ward with Kurdish political prisoner Zeinab Jalalian, was disseminated on January 6, 2018. The lifeless body of former prisoner, Zahra Azadseresht, was found at her home in Kermanshah on October 14, 2017. Zahra was under pressure of the Intelligence Department of Kermanshah for her relations and contacts with Zeinab Jalalian.
Azadseresht had been in prison for four years on ordinary charges. She befriended Ms. Jalalian when she was serving her sentence at the Rehabilitation Center of Kermanshah and the women’s ward of Diezelabad Prison of Kermanshah, in western Iran. Zahra did not heed warnings by the counter intelligence section discouraging prisoners from contacting Ms. Jalalian and maintained constant contact with her.
After being released, Ms. Azadseresht paid a visit to Zeinab and contacted her a number of times, for which she was subsequently interrogated and intimidated by the Intelligence Department. She was also fired from her job. Intelligence Department agents had told her that she would be relieved of their pressures, only if she appears on TV and denies that Zeinab Jalalian is sick. They even offered her money, but she did not accept to do so. Eventually, her body was found by her relatives at her home on October 14, 2017. The Coroner’s Office claimed that she had taken drugs and committed suicide. She had called Zeinab Jalalian five days prior to her death though, and in that telephone contact, she did not mention anything about killing herself.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

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Thousands of residents of Mashhad-northeastern Iran took to the streets on Thursday Dec. 28 to protest against unemployment, poverty and the rising cost of living. The demonstration quickly turned into an anti-regime rally. People chanted “Forget about Syria, think about us”, “Don’t be scared, we are all together.” In support of Mashhad uprising people in 40 other cities poured onto streets, calling for regime change and end of the Mullah's rule in Iran. The protests has spread Tabriz, Tehran, Kermanshah, Rasht, Sari, Qom, Urumieh, Ardebil, Mahabad, Qaem shahr, Ahvaz, Shiraz, Khorram Abad, Isfahan, Semnan, Hamedan, Arak, Chaloos, Sabzevar, Karaj, Malayer, Yashooj, Noshahr, Qucahn, Miandoab, Tukman sahra, Baneh, Mianeh, Abhar, Tuyserkan, bandar abas, Khuy, Ilam, Nahavand to name a few. According to reports received by Radio Irava last night the people of Karaj conquered the judiciary and burnt the files. The regime forces have opened fire on people in Dorud in Lorestan province and killed 4. Their names are Hamzeh Lashni, Mohsen Viaiisi, Mohammad Chubak and Hossein Rashtu.

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The Iranian people and supporters of the Iranian resistance in solidarity with the uprising in Iran, gathered in different cities around the world on Sat. As such yesterday the Iranian-Canadians gathered in front of the Parliament in Ottawa in -30C and repeated the slogans of Iranians inside the country. They also called on Canada to support the protesters. The Hon. David Kilgour the co-chair of the Committee of the Canadian Friends of Democratic Iran who insisted to be at the gathering said: "We are here to stand in solidarity with the Iranian people who want democracy and the end of Mullah's regime. Mrs Maryam Rajavi supported the uprising in different cities and that said that this is the Death knell of Mullah's regime. We're here to show our support for a new government, a Democratic government. He added: On behalf of the Committee of the Canadian Friends of Democratic Iran we are here to demand change after 40 years of Misery. Let us have a government who respects all people including women".

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Saturday night Dec. 30, Canada's Foreign ministry said in a
statement: “Canada is encouraged by the Iranian people who are exercising their basic right to protest peacefully. “We call on the Iranian authorities to uphold and respect democratic and human rights. “Canada will continue to support the fundamental rights of Iranians, including the right to freedom of expression.”
Canadian senator Linda Frum also in her twitter channel supported the uprising in Iran.

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Donald Trump also tweeted his government's support for the demonstrators in Iran by saying: Many reports of peaceful protests by Iranian citizens fed up with regime’s corruption & its squandering of the nation’s wealth to fund terrorism abroad. Iranian govt should respect their people’s rights, including right to express themselves. The world is watching! #IranProtests
I should mention that #IranProtests has been trending on Twitter for the past 3 days
US Senatores such as Tom Cotton, John McCain, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Ted Cruz, Orrin Hatch, and Sara Sanders the white house spokewoman, all showed their support for the peaceful demonstrors in Iranians.

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According to Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran Dec. 31, 2017, On the fourth day of the nationwide uprising of the Iranian people to overthrow the regime, the regime’s officials were compelled to acknowledge the anger and disgust of the people against the regime and the extent of the uprising.
The regime's interior minister, Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli said today, 'The events of the last few days have caused concern, sadness and discomfort for our dear people, and ... the created atmosphere .... Has damaged the security of the country.'
He said:  'Those who attempt to destroy public property, and create unrest and lawlessness, and undermine the people’s security, are responsible before the law and should be held accountable for their behavior and pay its cost.” He added, 'Those who misused the cyberspace and used it for the purpose of destroying security, irregularity, law-breaking and destruction of the people’s property, have shown that it was just an excuse to use this capacity (cyberspace).' Meanwhile, Mehr, the state news agency, wrote today that the PMOI /MEK'is behind the recent turmoil and manages it. Ali Asghar Nasser, the security and law enforcement deputy of Tehran governorate, said 'A few individuals yesterday disrupted the people's comfort, and they were arrested quickly.' He added these few people! Threw 'stones at the police force, damaged police vehicles, and broke windows of the banks and ...'.
Meanwhile, more fear and confusion can be seen within the regime than ever before regarding the uprising of the Iranian people. Khamenei remains silent on the fourth day of the uprising. Rouhani, the regime's president, also canceled his speech today. Iran daily, associated with Rouhani, announced this morning, “in light of recent events and several days of conflict in different cities of the country, the president will speak on these incidents in a couple of hours'. However, two hours later, one of Rouhani’s spokesmen said, 'There is no speech in Rouhani’s program today.”
The Iranian regime shut down schools in Tehran and many cities under the pretext of 'air pollution' for today and tomorrow.