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  • Masoud Dalvand 10:12 am on 21 Sep 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Iran: Police Chief Warns Females Attempting to Attend Football Event They Will Be Arrested 

    Women arrested in Iran by moral police

    The crackdown on the people of Iran continues. Iranians over the past few decades have found themselves with fewer and fewer rights and freedoms and the regime is systematically ordering further crackdowns.

    In the latest news, the police chief in Tehran city has announced that if any females attempt to watch the derby at Azadi Stadium on Sunday 22nd September, they will be swiftly arrested.

    According to state media, Police Chief Hossein Rahimi said: “No woman or girl is allowed to enter Azadi Stadium to watch the derby held in the capital, and if they are seen, they will be arrested. Tickets are sold online, therefore, women and girls are not allowed to gather outside Azadi Stadium.”

    Two of Tehran’s main football teams will play against each other on Sunday, but the regime has made sure that female fans are not welcome to the event.

    This is something that would clearly alarm many nations around the world as banning women from a sports stadium seems ridiculous in this day and age. Aware that this would provoke many surprises from the West, the presidential directorate for women and family affairs said that it is not a political problem. Massoumeh Ebtekar said: “Women’s presence in stadiums is not a political issue and the government does not have any opposition to the presence of women in stadiums.”

    The Rouhani government is just trying to save face with a ridiculous publicity stunt.

    Only ten days ago, female football fan Sahar Khodayari set fire to herself outside a courthouse in Tehran. She was arrested for attempting to attend a match at Azadi Stadium. She died a week later. Ms. Khodayari had been given a six-month jail sentence for trying to watch a football match.

    Sahar Khodayari

    Women in Iran are not treated as equal and they face discrimination in many areas of their lives. The Women’s Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) has strongly denounced the Iranian regime’s treatment of women.

    The committee calls on the international community to recognize the struggle of Iranian women and urges international organizations that defend human and women’s rights to denounce the regime’s medieval practices and its misogynous policies.

    The NCRI and its Women’s Committee reminds the international community that its silence and inaction serves only to embolden the regime. They also remind the international community that the regime’s treatment of women is not just unfair, but it is often criminal.

    Women in Iran, or young girls, can be forced into a marriage where they are basically renouncing their rights. Other minorities also face huge levels of discrimination in Iran and there are regular reports coming from the country indicating that ethnic and religious minorities are targeted by security forces and thrown in jail on trumped-up charges.

    The regime is cracking down on the people because they are the biggest threat to its survival. They have called for regime change and they have made it clear they will pressure it until the end.

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  • Masoud Dalvand 6:57 pm on 6 Dec 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    The Human Rights Situation in the Mullah’s Regime in 2018 in the Annual Report of the Iran Human Rights Monitor 

    A glance at the abysmal human rights situation in Iran - December 2018

    A glance at the abysmal human rights situation in Iran – December 2018

    Freedom Star: Iran Human Rights Monitor‘s annual report for 2018 was released. In this comprehensive and documentary report on the human rights situation in Iran under the rule of the criminal mullahs, along with specific statistics and examples. I invite you to read some parts of this report to get acquainted with the terrible human rights violations in Iran under the bloody religious dictatorship.

    Introduction

    This year, Human Rights Day marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a milestone document that proclaimed the inalienable rights which everyone is entitled to as a human being.
    The people in Iran, however, are deprived of their most basic rights due to the horrendous violations of human rights committed by the clerical regime ruling the country.
    This oppression culminates in horrific scenes of public hangings, floggings, and even limb amputations.
    Prisons are overwhelmed with inmates, and conditions are intolerable and inhumane. Political prisoners, specifically, are subjected to horrendous mistreatment by the authorities.
    Iran’s judicial and security organs systematically wage a vicious crackdown on human rights defenders, lawyers, women’s and civil rights activists, teachers and labor activists, students, journalists and online media activists in blatant disregard of international and domestic standards.
    Hundreds of activists are imprisoned for peacefully exercising their rights.
    Here is a glance on the regime’s record in 2018. It must be stressed that the figures cited in this report have been compiled from official sources or from reliable non-governmental sources inside Iran who risked their lives to obtain the data. Therefore, they should be considered as minimums due to lack of transparency and censorship on the part of the Iranian regime and the absence of free access to information under the clerical regime.
    The Iranian regime has a dismal report card of at least 285 executions as of December 2017, including the execution of four women and six individuals who were sentenced to death for crimes they allegedly committed as children.
    An estimated 8,000 arbitrary arrests were made in the course of the month-long protests in January.
    At least 58 were killed during the 2018 protests and 12 jailed protesters murdered under torture.
    Iran must understand its atrocious crimes will not go unpunished. While more strong measures against Tehran are necessary, emphasis should be placed on Tehran’s human rights violations.
    The sanctions adopted by the US targeting institutions which have quashed dissent and are heavily involved in human rights violations, are welcome.
    Iran Human Rights Monitor urges the international community to hold the mullahs accountable for their crimes against humanity, and stand by the Iranian people in their struggle to achieve their basic human rights.

    Freedom of expression, association and assembly

    The Iranian authorities crushed the right to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly, by cracking down on peaceful protesters. The swift and violent suppression of the protests and the number of deaths in custody suggest that freedom of assembly and expression has deteriorated.
    The protests that erupted in nearly every Iranian province since late December 2017 were met with a state response that was notable for its harshness and disregard for the law.
    According to reports from inside Iran and from within the regime, the number of detainees of the protests amounted to at least 8,000 by the end of the second week of the protests. Detainees were denied access to legal representation and threatened with more serious charges if they sought counsel.
    Despite the regime’s attempts to conceal the number of arrests, it admitted to parts of it.
    Meanwhile, officials openly spoke of “preemptive” arrests to curb further disturbances.
    There are also reliable reports that detainees were administered pills of an unknown substance, as well as methadone, without the presence of a doctor, in what appears to be a concerted attempt to depict the detainees as drug addicts.
    Twelve inmates died in custody under suspicious circumstances.
    Vahid Heydari, 22, is an example of those who died in detention at the 12th Police Station in the city of Arak, Central Province, sometime between the closing days of December 2017 and the beginning of January 2018. The authorities claimed he was a drug addict who committed suicide—a claim that his family has vehemently denied and for which there is little credible evidence.
    Another detainee who officials claimed committed suicide, Sina Ghanbari, 23, was arrested on December 31, 2017, during protests in Tehran and taken to Evin Prison. A week later, judicial officials claimed he had hanged himself in the bathroom of the prison’s quarantine unit on January 6, 2018. His body was delivered to his family on January 9.

    Sina-Ghanbari
    Numerous videos circulated widely on social media channels showed authorities using potentially lethal force against protesters. At least 50 protesters were directly shot dead by the state security force during the street protests.
    In August, more than 1,000 people were arrested during protests in Tehran and other provinces over deteriorating economic conditions and corruption. A protester was murdered in Karaj, during the week-long protests.
    There is grave concern that several hundreds of thousands of those arrested in 2018 protests may still be in custody.
    The Iranian Judiciary has convicted the protesters on vaguely defined national security charges and handed down heavy sentences.
    More recently, in the 15 HEPCO workers, to intimidate protesting and striking workers, the Judiciary of Arak condemned 15 HEPCO workers to 74 lashes, one to two years in prison and five-year suspended sentences for their protest in June last year against non-payment of their salaries and benefits, and the government’s failure to delivers on its promises. They were charged with “disrupting public order” and “spreading propaganda against the regime.”
    As for the truckers who held a nationwide strike over high prices and non-paid wages, a judiciary official warned them of “harsh penalties” if they continued their protests, state media said in September.
    Mohseni Ejei warned truck drivers who have continued their protests despite several rounds of arrests. “Harsh penalties await those who … block lorry traffic on roads,” he was cited by the state-run IRNA news agency as saying.
    General prosecutor Mohammad Jafar Montazeri said that protesting drivers may face death sentences under stern laws against highway robbery, the state broadcaster IRIB reported.
    At least 264 of striking drivers were arrested for allegedly blocking roads and trying to pressure colleagues to join the strike, according to Iranian news agencies.
    In yet another case, the head of the Revolutionary Court warned that those arrested in the January 2018 protests could face the death penalty.

    Torture and other ill-treatment

    Torture and other ill-treatment are still common practice, especially during interrogations.
    What needs clarification is the fact that Iran prisons are infamous for widespread use of tortures and inhumane and unbearable conditions.
    At least seven individuals were tortured to death while many others were subjected to ill-treatment such as prolonged solitary confinement in cells with no windows, ventilation and lavatories.
    Commonly reported methods of torture in prisons also include tying the inmates to a pole in cold or hot weather, mock execution, kicking and punching; beatings with cables or whips.
    The reports pointed to common use of physical or mental pressure on prisoners including isolation to coerce them into making false confessions.
    Reports obtained from inside Iran prisons indicate use of methods such as burning, electric shocks, pharmacological torture, and sleep deprivation.
    Prisoners endure cruel and inhuman conditions including overcrowding, limited hot water, inadequate food, scarce beds, poor ventilation and insect infestations.
    Political prisoners were locked up with dangerous criminals, murderers and ex-members of armed gangs.
    As an example, Iran’s judiciary used the Great Tehran Penitentiary, originally designed to detain drug offenders, to incarcerate dissidents and anti-state protesters convicted of politically motivated charges.
    Soheil Arabi was transferred from Evin Prison to the GTP on January 29, 2018. He was kept with dangerous and belligerent criminals who have assaulted him several times and threatened his life. His family members said prison guards have turned a blind eye on the systematic harassment and ignored complaints made by the prisoner.
    2018 reports indicate inmates are also subjected to rape.
    Taymour Khaledian, a civil activist, revealed on May 19, 2018, that he had been “severely beaten and sexually tortured” at a State Security Force base during his detention last winter, after he was arrested in protest gatherings. He explained that he was punched, kicked and beaten by shockers and batons. He was so tortured that he did not have the power to sit for some time.
    Political prisoners were denied medical care, held in solitary confinement and faced fresh criminal charges in reprisal.
    The judiciary, in particular the Office of the Prosecutor, and prison administrations continued to deliberately prevent political prisoners’ access to adequate medical care in many cases to extract “confessions”.
    Iranian authorities deliberately deprived Arash Sadeghi from his cancer treatment. Arash Sadeghi was diagnosed with a cancerous bone tumour in August. However, authorities at Raja’i Shahr prison repeatedly impeded his access to potentially life-saving medical care.
    The Iranian authorities’ treatment of Arash Sadeghi is not only unspeakably cruel, in legal terms it is an act of torture, Amnesty International said in a September statement.
    Arash Sadeghi was sentenced to 19 years in prison in 2016, for his peaceful human rights work.

    Cruel, inhuman or degrading punishment

    A number of cruel punishments were handed down in 2018, including hand amputations and floggings.

    Statistics:


    • At least 110 people received flogging sentences
      • At least one instance of hand amputation was reported
      • At least 11 people were flogged
      Iranian authorities publicly flogged a man in July for drinking alcohol. Identified only as M.R., he was 14 or 15 years old when he consumed alcohol at a wedding party. He received 80 lashes on the back in Niazmand Square in the city of Kashmar, northwest Iran.
      Authorities in Iran amputated the hand of a convicted thief in a prison in the country’s northeast, according to the state-run ISNA news agency. The January report said one hand of the 34-year-old convict identified only as Ali was cut off by “guillotine” in a prison in Mashhad. The report said Ali was detained in 2011 for allegedly stealing sheep, jewelry and motorbikes.

    Unfair trials

    Iranian courts, and particularly the revolutionary courts failed to hold fair trials. They allegedly used confessions obtained under torture as evidence in courts including in cases which ended up with death penalties. Iranian law restricts a defendant’s right to access a lawyer, particularly during the investigation period.
    Iran’s judiciary in June approved a list of 20 lawyers to represent people accused of national security crimes, i.e. human rights activists, in Tehran’s courts during the investigative stage. Despite the fact that Tehran has more than 20,000 lawyers registered with its bar association, Iran’s Tasnim News Agency published the names of 20 defenders cleared to represent individuals charged with political, security or media crimes. However, even prior to the approved list, human rights organizations had noted a pattern of detainees being denied access to legal representation.
    This is just one more example of Iran’s judiciary trampling over due process.
    Iranian courts are controlled by hardliners who are accountable to the regime’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. They often act swiftly and harshly against dissidents and civil activists on vague charges and behind closed doors.
    Serious concerns remain that judges, particularly those presiding over Revolutionary Courts, are appointed on the basis of their political opinions and affiliations with intelligence bodies, and lack legal qualifications.

    Death penalty

    Iran is the world’s leading executioner per capita, with many hangings carried out in public. At least 285 people were executed in the period spanning December 2017 to December 2018. The real numbers were likely to be much higher as use of capital punishment in Iran is often shrouded in secrecy.

    Statistics:

    • At least 285 people were executed
      • At least 11 people were executed in public
      • At least 10 political prisoners were executed
      • At least 4 women were executed
      • At least 6 individuals were executed for crimes they allegedly committed as minors.
      Several scheduled executions were postponed in the last minute to add to the mental and physical ordeal of imprisonment on death row. Thousands remain on death row.
      One of the infamous cases in 2018 was the executions of three Kurdish political prisoners hanged on September 8.
      Cousins Zaniar Moradi and Loghman Moradi were held for nine months at Raja’i Shahr Prison of Karaj without access to their lawyers and families before being executed.

    Iran Hangs Three Kurdish Political Prisoners Despite Global Outcry To Stop The Executions

    They said they had confessed to murder under torture. They were punched, kicked, and tied to a bed and flogged. They had been also threatened with rape. Their request for a judicial review of their case was repeatedly ignored.
    The third Kurdish activist, Ramin Hossein Panahi, was accused of “taking up arms against the state” in June 2017.
    The executions took place despite a call to halt the executions by two U.N. human rights special rapporteurs, Javaid Rehman and Agnes Callamard, who said in a statement that the men had not been given fair trials.
    Another example was the execution of a 51-year-old man from Iran’s largest Sufi order, the Gonabadi Dervish religious minority, which was carried out despite serious unfair trial concerns.
    Mohamed Salas  was executed by the Iranian authorities at dawn on June 18, 2018. Amnesty International condemned in the strongest terms the execution asserting: “Mohammad Salas’ trial was grossly unfair. He said he was forced under torture to make a ‘confession’ against himself. This ‘confession’, taken from his hospital bed, was broadcast on state television weeks before his trial and used as the only piece of evidence to convict him. He was not allowed access to his chosen lawyer at any point before or during his trial, and his independent lawyer’s repeated demands to the authorities to allow critical evidence indicating his innocence were dismissed outright.”
    In fact, the Iranian regime uses the death penalty as a tool to suppress and silence a disgruntled public the majority of whom live under the poverty line, are unemployed and deprived of freedom of expression.

    Sufi bus driver Mohammad Salas

    Freedom of religion and belief

    The Iranian regime is among the top violators of the rights of religious minorities. Widespread and systematic attacks continued to be carried out against religious minorities.
    Among religious groups, Baha’is and Christian converts from Islam were seriously discriminated against. They faced systematic discrimination, including in education and employment, and were persecuted for practicing their faith.

              Baha’is
    Followers of the Baha’i faith are systematically harassed and persecuted under the clerical regime in Iran. They are denied equitable access to employment, education, political office and exercise of their economic, social and cultural rights.
    Systematic violence against members of Baha’i community further included arbitrary arrests, lengthy imprisonment, torture and other ill-treatment, forcible closure of Baha’i-owned businesses, and confiscation of Baha’i properties.
    In the time period under study, at least 72 Baha’i people have been arrested while 69 were deprived of education. 18 Baha’I owned businesses have been shut down.

              Christians
    The Iranian regime continues to harass, interrogate and arrest Christians. Many have been charged with spurious, security-related charges such as “acting against national security” and sometimes handed prison sentences of 10 years or longer.
    Most recently, Saheb Fadaei and Fatimeh Bakherti, both converts from Islam, were sentenced to more than a year in prison for “spreading propaganda against the regime,” a common charge used against Christians along with “acting against national security.” Fadaei was already serving a 10-year sentence.
    In yet another case, two Christian converts were detained on November 16, in what some human rights activists are calling a rash of arrests in the area.
    Behnam Ersali and Davoud Rasouli, both converts from Islam who live in Karaj, had arranged to meet in Mashhad, according to advocacy organization Middle East Concern (MEC), but their calls are believed to have been intercepted by the Iranian intelligence.
    Rob Duncan, regional manager at MEC, said: “It reveals how closely the Iranian authorities are monitoring the Christians.”

              Sufis
    Followers of Ahl-e Haq or Yaresan were also arrested in large numbers, brutalized and imprisoned.
    Iranian authorities arrested 600 Dervishes during street protests by Iranian Dervishes in Tehran.
    Amnesty International said some families were not informed of their whereabouts and the detainees were denied access to lawyers until their interrogations were complete.
    Dozens of the arrested Dervishes have received heavy sentences so far.
    Dervishes involved in the February protests had been demanding the release of arrested members of their community and the removal of security checkpoints around the house of their 90-year-old leader.
    Members of the Sufi Muslim religious sect long have complained of harassment by Iran’s Shiite Islamist rulers, who view them as heretics.

    Prisons

    Thousands of prisoners are being held under the worst conditions possible. They face numerous issues of concern. Prisoners’ objections are met by prison guards attacking and beating them.
    Following is a brief review of the conditions in a few of these prisons:

              Evin Prison
    Evin Prison is a vast complex that consists of multiple buildings, generally up to three floors high with two sections on each floor. Several reports point to inhumane and unsanitary conditions at Evin Prison. Chronic overcrowding, severely limited hot water, poor ventilation, and infestations of cockroaches and mice, particularly near kitchen areas, are among the most common complaints. Prisoners are forced to sleep on the floor during cold winter months due to a shortage of beds. According to the reports from inside the prison, meals are little and “barely edible.” Hungry inmates have to collect food residues from other trays or the ground.

              Raja’i Shahr Prison
    Due to the presence of dangerous criminals, bloody clashes among prisoners is a common incident in this prison. Ordinary criminals are detained in the cell neighboring political prisoners.
    Usually, there is no water and prisoners can use the bathroom only for limited hours. Warm water is available only one hour a day and the rest of the day, prisoners have to take shower with cold water.
    Prisoners are beaten and denied medical care. Inmates and their families face degrading treatment during visits through invasive and abusive body searches. In Section 4, Room 12, where political prisoners are held, air ventilation is poor as the windows are covered with metal sheets.

              The Great Tehran Penitentiary
    Located in Tehran Province’s Fashafouyeh district, 20 miles southeast of Tehran, the Great Tehran Penitentiary was built in 2015 primarily for holding inmates convicted of drug-related offenses. Iran’s judiciary has also used the GTP to incarcerate dissidents and anti-state protesters.
    Multiple former detainees have pointed out the inhumane living conditions in the GTP, the largest detention facility in the country. A journalist recently described it as “beyond the limits of human tolerance.” There is running water for only one hour a day. There is only one toilet for every 170 prisoners. Sanitation and health conditions are so bad that several prisoners have got serious infections.
    Ticks and lice infestation are common in overcrowded cells. Prisoners have to take a shower with a single pitcher of water. There are prisoners with HIV and hepatitis who are not being treated or segregated from other prisoners. The authorities have not taken any action to deal with this problem.

              Diezelabad Prison of Kermanshah
    The cells made for three, are filled with seven prisoners. The cells are inspected every other day, the inmates’ belongings confiscated and their books torn. Prisoners get fresh air for only half an hour. The cells lack any form of ventilation, heaters or cooling system. The prison’s store sells only wafers, tea and artificial fruit juice and prisoners do not have access to any other item. To extract confession, interrogators commonly threaten prisoners with rape.

              Karaj Central Prison
    Karaj Central Prison was built for 2,000 inmates. Currently, 8,300 inmates are in extremely inadequate conditions at this facility. A 20 square meter room is home to 45 inmates using three-level bunkbeds. There is no medical care for the inmates. Food quality is very low.
    In response to their complaints, the ward chief says they are given 37,000 rials (around 25 cents) for each inmate and they do not have enough money to provide food.

    Persecution of ethnic minorities

    Ethnicities_and_religions_in_Iran

    Ethnic minorities including Kurds, Baluchis, Azeris, Lors and Arabs have been subjected to oppression for years at the hands of the Iranian authorities.

    Arabs
    Hundreds of people were arrested around Ahvaz last year amid protests against the regime’s discriminatory policies, water and power cuts and poverty.
    Fifteen year-old Ma’edeh Shabaninejad was one of those arrested in March at her aunt’s house in Ahvaz, where she was hiding after security forces raided her own home and confiscated her poems.
    In a sweeping crackdown against the Ahwazi Arab ethnic minority in recent months, authorities arrested at least 700 of people in Khuzestan province. The wave of detentions follows a deadly armed attack on a military parade in the city of Ahvaz in September. Amnesty International believed that “authorities are using the attack in Ahvaz as an excuse to lash out against members of the Ahwazi Arab ethnic minority, including civil society and political activists, in order to crush dissent in Khuzestan province.”
    Iranian authorities did not disclose the fate and whereabouts of hundreds of the detainees being held without access to their families or lawyers.
    At the same time, Ahwazi Arab activists outside Iran told Amnesty International that 22 men, including civil society activist Mohammad Momeni Timas, have been killed in secret.

              Turks
    Azerbaijani Turkic minority rights activists were also targeted.
    Iranian authorities arbitrarily detained 120 people in connection with two separate Azerbaijani Turkic cultural gatherings that took place in July and August 2018.
    They were targeted solely for peacefully exercising their rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly, including through their advocacy promoting the rights of the Azerbaijani Turkic minority in Iran.
    There were disturbing reports of torture and other ill-treatment committed by security forces during and after the arrests, particularly those which took place in July.

              Baluchis
    Iran’s Baluch minority numbers between one and four million people, based mainly in the southeastern region of Sistan and Baluchestan.
    Discrimination and poverty in Baluchestan region have led to many security implications. Even the state’s own research institutes have maintained that discrimination against the Baluchis has created poverty in the region.
    Recently, IRGC-linked news agency Tasnim published a research that poverty in the province has led to a marked increase in the number of those who leave schools, concluding that the rise in drop-outs has had various social, economic, cultural and security implications.
    In the meantime, several Baluchis have been killed while smuggling gas-oil to make ends meet in this unemployment-stricken area. Security forces are not answerable for the murders.
    Baluch human rights activists believe that more than 100 people, including innocent bystanders, are killed every year in anti-smuggling operations in Iran’s Baluch populated province.

              Kurds
    Regime forces, mainly the IRGC, continued to unlawfully attack and even open fire on scores of unarmed Kurdish men known as Kulbars who carry huge packs of goods on their backs and cross the border on foot to supply them with goods not widely available in Iran, like alcohol, foreign clothing, and other consumer goods.
    At least 81 Kurdish porters were shot dead by the state security forces in 2018 in the mountainous border region.
    Iranian security forces began in December 2017 to block footpaths kulbars use to carry goods into Iran from Iraqi Kurdistan. Much of the local economy in Iran’s predominantly Kurdish region relies on such trade.
    The border blockade deprived residents of imported products to sell in local stores, which have suffered from a lack of customers because of widespread poverty in the region.
    There was a heavy police presence across Kurdistan province to confront protests in the majority Kurdish regions with merchants going on strike to highlight the financial losses they’ve suffered since Iran closed the border. The state security forces arrested at least 30 Kurdish people during the protests.
    In March, the state security forces also arrested 20 Kurdish activists in the run-up to Nowruz celebrations, which mark the start of the Persian new year. The arrests took place in the village of Nay, in Marivan County, Kurdistan Province.
    Around the same time, 11 Kurdish rights activists, including outspoken journalist, Adnan Hassanpour, were arrested in Marivan. All the detainees were reportedly accused of participation in a rally for supporting the city of Afrin and its residents in Syria, where was surrounded by Turkish military units at that time.

    Discrimination against women and girls

    Iran morality police

    Iranian woman physically attacked by ‘morality police’

    Women are discriminated against in law and practice, including in access to divorce, employment, equal inheritance and political office, and in family and criminal law.
    The Global Gender Gap 2017 report ranks Iran 140th among 144 countries.
    Women’s participation in City Councils amounts to 1.7 per cent. “Women almost disappear in senior management positions.”
    Women were the first victims of Iran’s bankrupt economy in light of the flagrant discrimination against women institutionalized in the law and numerous restrictions imposed on their employment and education.
    Hassan Ta’ii, job market advisor to the Minister of Labor, said in September 2017, that working women receive %77 of men’s wage for equal work, and as such they lag 10 years behind their male colleagues.
    Many colleges educated women resort to jobs with salaries as low as one-third of the minimum wage.
    Leila Falahati, from the presidential Directorate on Women and Family Affairs, set women’s economic participation rate at an optimistic 17 per cent in Iran. This leaves Iran way behind other economic powers in the Middle East region. (The state-run ISNA news agency, January 13,2018)
    This is while the latest estimates according to official figures stood at 11.8 per cent.
    The unemployment rate among young women doubles that of men. Only 16.2 per cent of the 21 million-strong workforce are women.
    Women’s employment in Iran is contingent on gender segregation at the work place. If women’s place of work is not separate from men, companies and workshops are not allowed to employ women.
    Also, many of the public places including classes, university entrances, parks, city buses, trains and etc. have already been segregated.
    Authorities have defied ongoing public pressure to open football stadiums to women spectators.
    Acts of violence against women and girls, including domestic violence and early and forced marriages are widespread.
    The phenomenon of child brides in Iran has taken on catastrophic dimensions.
    At least 180,000 early marriages are registered in Iran every year.
    At least 37,000 of them are given to marriage between 10 to 15.
    One of the main reasons is the law that sets the legal age of marriage for girls at 13 and allows fathers to wed them even earlier. At the same time, the mullahs’ parliament has been refraining so far to pass a bill seeking to raise the minimum age of marriage for girls.
    Shahrbanou Imami, member of Tehran’s City Council and former member of the mullahs’ parliament, told an IWD gathering at Tehran’s Melli University that there were 15,000 young widows under 15 years of age in Iran. (The state-run ILNA news agency, March 8,2018)

     
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    UN Special Rapporteur Speaks on Dismal Human Rights Situation in Iran 

    NCRI Staff

    NCRI – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran addressed the Seventy-second session of the General Assembly in New York on October 25, to discuss the dismal situation of human rights in Iran that has been prevalent since the Regime took over in 1979.

    Asma Jahangir, who was addressing the General Assembly for the first time since taking the role in November 2016, delivered a report on the first six months of 2017 which was based on sources both inside and outside of Iran.

    Executions

    Jahangir explained that she was worried about the rate of executions in Iran, as well she should be. Currently, Iran has the highest execution rate per capita and is one of the few countries to still execute juvenile offenders, in clear violation of the UN’s Rights of the Child charter.

    She said: “I am concerned by the rate of executions in Iran. Reports indicate that since the beginning of the year 435 persons have been executed…At least four juvenile offenders were executed, and 86 more are known to be on death row, although the actual figure may be higher. I take the opportunity to reiterate my request for a list of all juvenile offenders on death row and reiterate my appeal to the Iranian authorities to urgently abolish the sentencing of children to death, and to engage in a comprehensive process of commutation of all death sentences issued against children, in line with juvenile justice standards.”

    Jahangir also expressed concern about the death sentence levied against spiritual leader Mohammad Ali Taheri for so-called corruption on earth- an exceptionally vague charge which the mullahs use when you haven’t actually committed a crime but they want to punish you anyway.

    Taheri’s trial is believed to have violated several international standards including due process and coercion of witnesses. As such, Jahangir called for his conviction to be overturned.

    She said: “I call for the immediate withdrawal of charges against Mr. Taheri and for his unconditional release, and the withdrawal of charges against all individuals held for peaceful exercise of freedom of expression, religion, or belief.”

    Cruel and Unusual Punishment

    Jahangir also raised the worrying issue of torture, corporal punishment, and the denial of medical care to coerce confessions and punish people, which violates human rights law and international standards of justice.

    She said: “I regretfully note that amputation, blinding, flogging, and the continued use of prolonged solitary confinement continues to be regularly practised. I am also deeply concerned by consistent reports of the denial of access to proper and necessary medical treatment of detainees, including the deprival of medical care as a form of punishment.”

    Many political prisoners have gone on hunger strikes to protest the dismal conditions they are being kept in and the Regime refuses to allow them access to sorely needed medical care.

    Prisoners of conscience

    While on the topic of political prisoners, it is important to discuss the routine detention of human rights defenders, journalists, religious minorities, ethnic minorities, and political campaigners for freedom of expression and peaceful activism.

    As of June 2017, no less than 26 journalists/bloggers had been arrested and/or sentenced for exercising press freedom. Many more had been harassed and/or intimidated by the Regime through interrogation, surveillance, amongst other things.

    Jahangir even spoke to those working at the BBC Persian Service who had been harassed by the Regime and told that if they continued working their relatives would be targeted and their assets would be frozen.

    She said: “They all sought private meetings for fear of the consequence of being identified as having provided information to my mandate.”

    Another worrying trend is that of the imprisonment of dual nationals, like UK charity worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who have been accused of spying for Western countries and sentenced to many years in jail.

    The 1988 Massacre

    This persecution of ordinary Iranians based on their political beliefs is not a recent phenomenon but is well ingrained in the Iranian Regime’s DNA.

    In 1988, the Regime slaughtered over 30,000 political prisoners in just a couple of months. They buried their bodies in mass graves, refused to tell the families what had happened, and attempted to hide their “crime against humanity” from the rest of the world.

    Despite recent acknowledgements of the genocide from the highest-ranking members of the Regime, the international community has still been largely silent and this silence must end.

    Jahangir said: “The families of the victims have a right to remedy, reparation, and the right to know about the truth of these events and the fate of the victims without risking reprisal. I therefore reiterate my call upon the Government to ensure that a thorough and independent investigation into these events is carried out.”

    Rights of Women

    As you can imagine, women in Iran are routinely oppressed by the Iranian Regime, whether its mandatory dress codes, banning women from attending sports matches, arresting people from reading and sharing feminist literature, excluding women from certain occupations, or many more misogynistic things.

    Jahangir said: “I call upon the Government to address these concerns in practice, and in legislation through ratifying the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women and to repeal all laws and policies that discriminate against women and girls.”

    Jahangir paid tribute to the many human rights defenders who have risked their lives to speak to her about the situation in Iran.

    She said: “I have received ongoing and consistent reports of harassment, intimidation, and prosecutions of human rights defenders. For example, the well respected human rights defender, Narges Mohammadi, continues to be imprisoned simply because of her commitment to human rights. I am also deeply concerned by the reports of attacks on women human rights defenders in the form of judicial harassment, detention, and smear campaigns.”

    Even those living outside Iran fear reprisals from the Regime’s many terrorist proxy groups or that their family will be targeted by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC).

    What’s next for Iran?

    Jahangir expressed hope that the situation would improve through diplomatic action, but this does not seem likely.

    Iran regime’s President Hassan Rouhani made various promises during his campaign, which echoed promises that he made and did not follow through on after taking office in 2013. This so-called moderate has seen over 3,000 people executed during his four-year term and continues to see the Iranian people suppressed at the hands of the Regime.

    The only way to achieve human rights in Iran is through regime change by and for the people of Iran.

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 5:51 pm on 26 Oct 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Remembering Reyhaneh on the anniversary of her flight 

    October 25 marks the anniversary of the hanging execution of Reyhaneh Jabbari in 2014.

    Reyhaneh Jabbari walked to the gallows at dawn on Saturday, October 25, 2014, after seven years of incarceration.

    Since then, Reyhaneh stands as the symbol of Iran’s defenseless women who are handed the death penalty without deserving it. At the same time, she has become an icon for brave women who do not succumb to the Iranian regime and its demands.

    She was 26 at the time of execution. An interior designer by profession, she had defended herself against rape by a high official of the Intelligence Ministry (MOIS), Morteza Sarbandi.

    Reyhaneh was viciously tortured to make false “confessions” which would whitewash the methods and image of the Ministry of Intelligence but she did not give in. Instead, she wrote about the incident and about many women in the clerical regime’s jails whose only crime was being poor.

    She cried for and wrote about the victims of the clerical regime’s misogynous laws and for the young women who did not have any support in society and were victims of oppression and violence.

    Let us remember on this day, this young courageous woman, Reyhaneh Jabbari, who resisted for seven years at the cost of her life to uphold her dignity and humanitarian values.

    She remains an idol for young Iranian women and men who oppose the regime’s injustices and yearn freedom. In her name, and in the name of all the innocent victims of the clerical regime, the people of Iran call for justice.

     

     

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 7:55 am on 27 Oct 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    45 Weird Bans on Women in Iran 

    Gender apartheid in the Islamic Republic.

    Under Iran’s Islamic laws, women are prohibited from performing basic day-to-day activities. I had firsthand experience of witnessing many of these strange and bizarre bans while living in Iran and other Muslim countries. Millions of women, including my relatives in Iran and Syria, continue to face these injustices. Some of the following rules, which are derived from Iran’s Islamic constitution and moral police codes, were recently reported on by Deutsche Welle Farsi. They exist in may other Islamic countries as well:

    1. Women are prohibited from taking selfies with soccer players. Specifically, Iran’s “moral committee” has banned women from taking selfies with famous soccer players.

    2. Iranian women are prohibited from riding bicycles. Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, recently issued an Islamic fatwa regarding officially banning women from riding bicycles. He argued that “riding bicycles often attracts the attention of men and exposes the society to corruption, and thus contravenes women’s chastity, and it must be abandoned,” according to Iran’s state-run media.

    3. Coffee shops are prohibited from hiring women. According to Iran’s police, women are banned from working in any cafés.

    4. Iranian Muslim women cannot marry non-Muslim men. But Iranian Muslim men can marry non-Muslim women.

    5. It is forbidden for women to wear boots over their pants. (Why? I am not sure what is Iran’s Islamic logic behind this.)

    6. Women are not allowed to wear hats instead of veils to cover their hair.

    7. Women are not allowed to wear tight clothes that show their body curves.

    8. Women are prohibited from wearing tight clothes for swimming.

    9. Women are forbidden from changing their religion or criticizing Muhammad, Allah, the Supreme Leader and other Muslim leaders.

    10. Women are prohibited from entering sport stadiums and watching men’s sports.

    11. In Iran, buses and subways are divided in two sections. The larger front section is for men, the smaller back section is for women. Women are prohibited from entering the men’s section even if there are no seats left in the back and there are plenty of empty seats in front of the bus.

    12. According to Iran’s moral police, women are banned from wearing leggings.

    13. Women are prohibited from showing strands of their hair on any side. Article 683 states: “Those women that appear in the streets and public places without the Islamic hijab, shall be sentenced from ten days to two months’ imprisonment or fined from fifty thousand to five hundred thousand Rials.”

    14. Women are banned from going camping with men.

    15. Any kind of contraceptive surgery is not allowed for women.

    16. Women are banned from entering coffeehouses or smoking hookah.

    17. Women are not allowed to initiate divorce. Men have the right to do so.

    18. According to Iran’s family code, women cannot travel abroad except with the permission of their custodian or natural guardian (husband, father, etc.). They also cannot obtain a passport without the consent of their husbands.

    19. Women are banned from wearing clothes with writing on them.

    20. Women are banned from taking their hijab off in any sport event, including in the Olympics.

    21. Iranian women are prohibited from pursuing education in some academic fields. Iranian regime’s oil minister argued that “education of women in the field of operations such as drilling and processing and so on that require (physical) activities in operational areas and sites is useless and these are masculine (men’s) jobs.”

    22. Women are not allowed to work in any occupation if their husband disagrees with it. Article 1105 of the Civil Code states, “In relations between husband and wife, the position of the head of the family exclusively belongs to the husband.” In addition, when it comes to employment laws, Article 1117 of the Civil Code indicates, “The husband can prevent his wife from an occupation or technical profession which is incompatible with the family’s interests or the dignity of him or his wife.”

    23. Women are banned from receiving the same amount of inheritance as their male relatives. Even if a husband dies, the wife will receive only one-eighth of the inheritance if she has a child.

    24. Women are forbidden from having any physical contact with men, including shaking hands.

    25. Women are banned from becoming a Supreme Leader.

    26. Girls, as young as 9 years old, are not allowed to object to their parents decision to marry them off.

    27. Women are not allowed to object to their husband’s requests for sex. The law of Tamkin means women’s submission, obedience, full accessibility and unhampered sexual availability to her husband. Sexual availability is considered a woman’s duty and a man’s right.

    28. Women are not allowed to bring lawsuits if they are raped, unless they have four witnesses.

    29. Women are banned from socializing or dating men.

    30. Women are banned from attracting attention in public through “flamboyant behavior” such as laughing loudly.

    31. Women are not allowed to show any part of their skin except the face. It is encouraged to cover the face as well.

    32. Women are not allowed to have any kind of alcoholic drinks.

    33. Women are not allowed to dance.

    34. Women are forbidden from being lesbian. Sex between two women is adultery and the punishments range from stoning to execution.

    35. Women are banned from listening to “forbidden” music.

    36. Women are not allowed to have pets, such as a dog.

    37. Women are banned from adopting except if they have a husband and he agrees to do so.

    38. Women are prohibited from gambling in any kind of event.

    39. Women are banned from having sex or marrying a man up to five or six months after their divorce.

    40. Women are prohibited from having tattoos.

    41. Women are not allowed to have premarital relationships with men.

    42. In many of Iran’s provinces, women are banned from performing music on stage.

    43. Women are banned from being judges.

    44. Women are banned from striking their husband, but men are allowed to do so in some circumstances.

    45. Women are not allowed to show their jewelry in public.

    Some women continue to defy these rules, but many face severe punishment and discrimination for performing some of these normal day-to-day activities. We need to raise our voice in helping Muslim women in Iran and other Muslim countries who desire to experience freedom, social justice, equality, and do not want to be subjugated, dehumanized, treated as second class citizens, or solely as sexual toys for men.

    Source: 45 Weird Bans on Women in Iran

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 8:59 am on 19 Oct 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Twenty bizarre bans on Iranian women by misogynist mullahs’ regime ruling Iran 

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    Morality police in Tehran noted that the young woman to cover hair.

    NCRI – Many of the prohibitions that Iranian women are facing are considered bizarre and odd by their counterparts in many other countries. The bans have been changed over time and sometimes become more intense. Let’s get familiar with some of these bans.

    Deutsche Welle Farsi has collected and published in a report a list of strange prohibitions for Iranian women in Iran as the followings:

    Cycling is prohibited for women

    One of the latest prohibitions Iranian women are facing is a ban on bike riding. Recently, Ali Khamenei, Iranian regime’s supreme leader, answering a question on women’s cycling said: “Women’s cycling in public places and also in places where they are visible to strangers is forbidden.”

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    Cycling is prohibited for women

    Women selfies with footballers is prohibited

    After some Iranian women published in social networks their selfies with famous footballers in the recent years, the Iranian regime’s so-called “ethics committee” announced: “Women taking selfi photos [with male footballers] is prohibited.”

    Employment of women in coffee shops is prohibited

    In Iran, women are not allowed to work in some fields. In the latest example of such instance, Iranian Police announced: “Women’s employment in coffee shops (cafés) and coffeehouses is prohibited.”

    Iranian women are not allowed to wear boots on pants

    Iranian police, in line with their “winter combat (against mal-veiling)” plan, have announced that women are prohibited from wearing boots on pants.

    Using hat or cap instead of scarf (veil) by women is prohibited

    Iranian police also prohibited women from using hats instead of scarves or veils and announced: “Those women who use hats (as a veil) instead of head scarves and wear tight and short winter coats will be dealt with.”

    Women are prohibited swimming while wearing maillot or “swimming suit”

    In Iran under the rule of mullahs, women are not allowed to wear swimsuit for swimming in front of “stranger men.”

    Women are barred from going on stage

    According to Sharq newspaper, “Women musicians and performers in 13 provinces in Iran are not allowed to go on the stage for musical performance [playing musical instruments or singing, etc.].”

    Women are not allowed to enter sport stadiums

    In Iran [under the rule of mullahs], women are not allowed to enter sport stadiums such as football or volleyball stadiums when men are playing matches.

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    Women are not allowed to enter sport stadiums

    Women are not allowed to go to men’s section of Metro (Subway) or Bus

    A small section of the buses and subways in Iran is allocated to women and they are not allowed to sit in the men’s section which is much bigger [even if women’s section is full and men’s section is empty].

    Wearing Support (legging) is prohibited for women

    The Iranian regime’s police have in recent years prohibited women from wearing Support (or leggings).

    Women are not allowed to let their hair come out of either or both sides of their scarf or veil

    The Iranian regime’s Police and Security forces have announced: “In the discussion on scarf and veil there is a point. Some people (women) think that if their hair is not shown from both sides of scarf but let their hair come out (and be seen) from one side of the scarf, this is not an instance of mal-veiling. In response, they should be told that changing the type of hairdressing is not applicable (the same) as fixed veiling (i.e. is not acceptable as proper veiling).”

    Female students are prohibited to go camping with men

    State-run Iranian media published an overview of the students mixed (gender) camping in the city of Jiroft as an example of non-compliance with “Islamic values” and a taboo.

    Any contraceptive surgery is prohibited for women

    In line with the Iran Regime’s policy to encourage population growth, any surgical procedure to prevent pregnancy is prohibited (for women) in Iran. In addition, publicity and advertising about contraception is also prohibited.

    Women’s entry into coffeehouse and providing hookah to women is prohibited

    According to the Union of coffeehouse (café) and traditional table houses, women’s entry into regular coffeehouses is “illegal” and the traditional coffee – and table – houses are “not authorized” to provide hookah to women.

    Divorce at the request of women is not allowed

    In Iran under the rule of mullahs, only men have the right to divorce, except in exceptional cases. So, normally women do not have the right and are not allowed to divorce their husband even if a woman does not agree with her husband.

    Iranian women are prohibited marrying non-Muslim men        

    According to Iranian regime’s laws, Iranian women are not allowed to marry non-Muslim men. However, Iranian men are allowed to marry non-Muslim “People of the Books” such as Christians and Jews.

    Women are not allowed to obtain a passport or travel abroad without husband’s permission

    According to Iranian regime’s law, Iranian women are not allowed to obtain a passport or travel abroad without getting permission from their husband or legal male guardian.

    Wearing manteau (coat) with writing on its back is prohibited for women

    After the media affiliated with the Iranian regime’s hardline faction criticized the release of “Women’s manteau (coat) with writing on its back” in Iran, Iranian police has announced plans to deal with the importers of these women’s coats.

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    Morality police in Tehran noted that the woman

    Holding track and field competition for women wearing internationally recognized clothing for this sport such as shorts and short-sleeve T-shirts is prohibited.

    … No explanation needed.

    Iranian women are banned from education in some academic fields

    In recent years, Iranian regime’s oil minister announced: “Education of women in the field of operations such as drilling and processing and so on that require (physical) activities in operational areas and sites is useless and these are  masculine (men’s) jobs.”

    Source : Twenty bizarre bans on Iranian women by misogynic mullahs’ regime ruling Iran

     
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