Dozens arrested for throwing mixed-gender parties in Iran

Dozens arrested for throwing mixed-gender parties in Iran

A series of raids on mixed-gender parties, which are illegal in Iran, has led to the arrest of more than 80 young people this week. 

In Shiraz, a city in southern Iran, 63 young men and women were arrested in two separate raids on parties that were deemed “unlawful” by the Iranian state.

“After receiving reports about two parties held in the middle of the night in north-east Shiraz, a joint operation was carried out by the police and another security agency and 63 half-naked boys and girls were arrested,” Colonel Yousef Malek-Zadeh, commander of Iran’s State Security Forces in Shiraz said on Friday, August 19. Hist statement was reprinted on Friday by the Tasnim news agency, affiliated to the regime’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) Quds Force.

“In these two mixed-gender parties that took place last night, boys and girls had gathered together under the guise of a birthday celebration,” Zadeh added.

“With the arrival of the police, all of them were arrested and sent before the judiciary.”

“Given the attraction of the gardens in the vicinity of Shiraz, the police have tried to fully monitor all the venues and gardens in this region. Police deputies and commanders stringently monitor these venues through snap inspections,” he said. “With the arrival of summer, police monitoring of these venues has been stepped up.”

Elsewhere, the prosecutor-general of Amol, northern Iran, announced on Friday that 20 university students were arrested for attending a mixed-gender party.

“These individuals were arrested at 11pm last night in a residential property in Hezar Street,” he said.

“Following their arrest these individuals were handed over to the local judiciary for prosecution. We will deal with anyone in this city who disturbs public order,” he added.

Regarding the recent arrests, Shahin Gobadi of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) said:

“The clerical regime has never been so isolated at home and loathed by the Iranian people, in particular by the youth and women. As such, it is resorting to more and more repressive measures to confront this growing trend. This once again proves that the notion of moderation under Hassan Rouhani is a total myth. But it also indicates the vulnerable and shaky state of a regime that cannot even tolerate private festivities of the people, particularly the youth. It is becoming more evident that the mullahs are totally paranoid of any social gathering in fear of a popular uprising.”

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Iran Court upholds decision to flog blogger

Saveh-based journalist and blogger Mohammad Reza Fathi
Savey-based journalist and blogger Mohammad Reza Fathi should be flogged because of his posts about city officials!!


22.08.2016 – Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is appalled to learn that an appeal court in the city of Saveh, in central Iran, has upheld a lower court’s decision that the Saveh-based journalist and blogger Mohammad Reza Fathi should be flogged because of his posts about city officials.
Under the original ruling handed down on 13 April, Fathi was sentenced to 444 lashes (to be administered in six sessions of 74 lashes) on charges of defamation and publishing false information. In its 12 July ruling, the appeal court confirmed the decision to flog Fathi but modified the sentence. It sentenced him to three sessions of 77 lashes for defamation and three sessions of 76 lashes for publishing false information – for an increased total of 459 lashes.
But the appeal court added that only the second sentence (three sessions of 76 lashes) will be administered in accordance with article 134 of the new Islamic penal code (as amended in 2013), which says that when a defendant is given more than one sentence on criminal charges, only the sentence corresponding to the gravest charge is implemented.
RSF again calls on the judicial authorities to overturn this sentence, which is inhumane and medieval, and contrary to international law.

Maryam Rajavi releases statement urging movement to obtain justice for 1988 massacre

Maryam Rajavi- President elect of NCRI

Maryam Rajavi, president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), is urging the creation of a movement to obtain justice for the victims of a 1988 prison massacre in which 30,000…

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America’s Iran payment sends a troubling message


By Candice Malcolm

Canada, the U.S. and other Western countries have a long-standing policy not to pay ransom in exchange for the release of kidnapped citizens.

The reason is pretty straight forward – if Western governments started handing out cash in exchange for kidnapped citizens, pretty soon, every rouge state, terrorist group and criminal gang would start franchising in the kidnapping business.

Soon enough, it would no longer be safe to leave your home.

The policy is necessary, although at times painful. Canadians learned this the hard way earlier this year when two of our own were murdered by Islamist thugs in the Philippines after the Trudeau administration refused to pay the desired ransom.

It was difficult. But it was the right thing to do.

New information reported this week in the Wall Street Journal, however, suggests that the Obama administration has broken this cardinal rule.

We know the U.S. government made a $400 million payment to Iran as part of the nuclear deal, but the new report suggests the payment was contingent on the release of American hostages. A State Department spokesperson confirmed the timeline.

In a script that could have been written for a Hollywood movie, U.S. officials blocked an Iranian cargo plane filled with $400 million in cash from an airport in Switzerland until three American hostages were able to depart from Tehran.

It was a coordinated exchange, a textbook ransom payment.

The Obama administration insists the timing was coincidental, and that the payment wasn’t ransom – it was money the U.S. government owed to Iran. But even that rationale is problematic.

Nearly 40 years ago, the U.S. entered into an arms deal with Iran. Shortly thereafter, the Iranian government was overthrown by a radical group of Islamists. Those Islamists still rule Iran today.

Every U.S. administration since has deemed it too dangerous to complete the deal or issue a refund to this nefarious regime. Either response would enable Iran and its proxy terrorist groups to wreak havoc around the world.

President Obama is making an historical pivot in U.S. foreign policy. He’s not only turning a blind eye to Iran’s bad behaviour, but he’s also misleading the American public about his wheeling’s and dealings with Iran.

Contrary to White House spin, Iranian officials openly boasted about the exchange and called it a ransom.

And the story gets even worse.

The cash-filled Iranian cargo plane was operated by Iran Air – an airline sanctioned by the very same Obama administration for its involvement in smuggling weapons to Iran’s Revolutionary Guards. Also known as Quds Force, the Revolutionary Guards unit is listed as a terrorist entity in Canada for its role in training, arming and bankrolling other terrorist organizations such as Hezbollah, Hamas and the Taliban.

There is little doubt the $400 million will end up in the hands of terrorists, used to fund more murders, more arbitrary arrests and more demands for ransom.

Regardless of Obama’s rhetoric, this exchange sends a message that America does, in fact, negotiate with kidnappers and terrorists. The optics are terrible.

Obama, however, doesn’t seem to care. He doesn’t seem concerned about the rights and freedoms of Iranian people living under a cruel and oppressive regime. He doesn’t seem worried about the security and stability of the Middle East, particularly for America’s longstanding friend and ally, Israel.

President Obama, in his final year in office, cares about one thing. His legacy.

And it might be a legacy Americans live to regret.


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Iranian mothers’ groups urge end to death penalty, offer condolences to victims of last week’s executions

Mothers in Iran whose family members have been victims of political repression or execution have spoken out against the use of the death penalty and offered their condolences to the bereaved. Shole…

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