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Zahra Navidpour, a rape victim suspiciously found dead in her mother's house

Former MP Let Off the Hook Despite Sexual Assault And Suspicious Death Of the Complainant


Zahra Navidpour, a rape victim suspiciously found dead in her mother's house

The Iranian regime’s Supreme Court acquitted the assailant of Zahra Navidpour, a former regime MP and IRGC official, Salman Khodadadi.

The NCRI Women’s  Committee media outlet has recently reported that the culprit accused of the “suspicious death” of Zahra Navidpour, who was allegedly raped and sexually assaulted by a state official, has now been acquitted of the charge of rape by Iran’s Supreme Court.  His name is Salman Khodadadi, and he used to be a deputy of the mullahs’ parliament. Normally anyone convicted of rape would expect a death sentence.

When the defendant’s charge of rape was dismissed, the Supreme Court accepted his appeal and didn’t pursue his case any further due to his diabetes.

At the time of the incident, Zahra Navidpour, 28, was seeking a job following her father’s death. Eventually, she was offered a job by Salman Khodadadi, the city’s deputy and was lured into his office where she was raped. Ms. Navidpour revealed that she knew of other cases where the rape took place.

With all the evidence including audio recordings, Zahra filed a lawsuit against Khodadadi but she was never treated fairly.

Not long after, according to the NCRI‘s Women Committee, Zahra revealed in social media that she had been the subject of acid attacks and death threats from people associated with Khodadadi’s.

Sadly, she was found dead at her mother’s home on January 6, 2019, but despite the announcement she had committed suicide, there is heightened suspicion that she had been murdered by the regime. Unfortunately, no autopsy ever took place because her body was snatched and buried in an unknown village.

In a video clip published on the internet in March 2019, the mother of rape victim Zahra Navidpour revealed that her family was under the pressure of security and judiciary officials to undertake the murder of her daughter.

Who is Salman Khodadadi?

Salman Khodadadi was a senior official in the regime after becoming a member of the IRGC after the 1979 Revolution. He occupied various important roles in the regime’s bureaucracy in the sixth, seventh, and eighth parliaments.

This is not the first time that Khodadadi has been associated with sex crimes. He was detained and charged with the rape of two women during his second term in parliament. He was later released on bail. He went on to serve as an advisor to the Minister of Affairs after being disqualified by the Guardians Council for the ninth parliament.

The disqualification didn’t last long as he was soon elevated to chair the parliamentary Social committee by the pro-Rouhani faction in the Majlis.

The Iranian public voiced their outrage at what seemed to be a contradiction between handing out heavy sentences for some civil activists and journalists but ignoring more serious charge of rape and sexual assault by their own officials.

The misogynistic regime of the mullahs does not recognize justice for the victims of rape in Iran

The bill intended to protect women from make violence has finally been passed to the Rouhani government after being postponed in the bureaucratic process for eight years. The parliament has not yet voted on the draft bill.

Female victims of rape in Iran must somehow prove that they have been raped, including witnesses. It is easy and common for the defendants to turn the tables on their victims and get away scot-free.

Unfortunately, Zahra Navidpour is just the latest in a series of tragic cases, many of which never come to light. Those who are victims of rape or sexual abuse by officials linked to the regime rarely have a chance to see justice. Some, like Navidpour eventually end their own lives.

The case of Reyhaneh Jabbari, a 26-year-old decorator, comes to mind. When she was 19 she defended herself against an attempted rape by a former Ministry of Intelligence official, 47-year-old doctor, Morteza Sarbandi, who was married with three children. Jabbari murdered him and was executed at dawn in Gohardasht Prison after serving 7 years in jail.

Another case that led to a tragic suicide was that of Farinaz Khosravani, who threw herself off the fourth floor of the Tara Hotel in Mahabad, in Kurdistan on May 15th, 2015. She had been provoked into this by the attempted rape by an Intelligence Department agent, Morteza Hashemivand. Neither Hashemivand nor the hotel owner, who was his accomplice, were ever charged.

It’s not without reason that women play such a strong role within the Iranian Resistance and particularly in the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/ MEK), finding their ideals in the values and morals the entire organization believes in.

Women’s Rights Activists Discuss Role of Women in Iran’s Future at Free Iran Conference


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Women's role in Iran Protests

MEK Iran: The Indispensable Role of Women in Recent Protests

Women's role in Iran Protests

Women’s role in Iran Protests

The main opposition to the Iranian regime, the Mujahedin-e Khalq (PMOI/MEK Iran) has been working hard on behalf of the people of Iran to ensure that the course in which the country is heading changes drastically. The MEK Iran has a massive following in Iran because it is working towards the principles of democracy, human rights, freedom, equality, the separation of religion and state, and peace. This could not be any further from the reality that the people are currently dealing with.

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Another woman executed in Iran

MEK Iran: Another Woman Executed By Regime

Another woman executed in Iran

104 women have been executed under Hassan Rouhani’s presidency

The Iranian regime’s campaign of terror continues. It not only terrorizes millions of people around the region in the countries in which it interferes in the internal affairs, but it is also terrorizing the people of Iran.

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Fatemeh_R hanged in Gohardasht Prison

MEK Iran: Hundredth Woman Executed Under so-called “Moderate” Rouhani Presidency

Fatemeh_R hanged in Gohardasht Prison

Fatemeh_R hanged in Gohardasht Prison

When the Iranian regime’s President, Hassan Rouhani, took office, he was hailed as a moderate by the many in the West. Foreign governments saw his appointment as good news for relations with Iran. Despite claims during his election campaign that he would improve rights for women, the situation of women is deteriorated.

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Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the human rights situation in Iran on November 8, 2019- Geneva

U.N. Criticizes Iran’s Human Rights Abuses

Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the human rights situation in Iran on November 8, 2019- Geneva

Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the human rights situation in Iran on November 8, 2019- Geneva

On Tuesday, November 8, 2019, 111 countries participated in the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the human rights situation in Iran. The UPR is a peer-review mechanism whereby the United Nations member states can make recommendations to governments that are under review.

The Working Group in Geneva on Tuesday had a lot to say about the regime’s treatment of women, the execution of minors, the use of torture, and overall human rights abuses, making a total of 329 recommendations to the Iranian regime.

The recommendations made by the Working Group of the UPR were adopted on November 12th at a meeting of the U.N. Human Rights Council. The MEK has reported previously that the U.N. has condemned the Iranian regime 65 times over the last four decades for its human rights abuses.

Recommendations Made

A number of countries called on Iran to ratify the

Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).

Denmark, Estonia, and Moldova recommended that the regime ratify the Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.

Germany called on Iran to “[r]atify core international human rights conventions, in particular, the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.”

Germany also called on the regime to “establish a formal moratorium on the death penalty. In particular, cease all planned executions of juvenile offenders and prohibit the imposition of the death penalty for crimes committed by minors.”

Albania called on the Iranian regime to cooperate with all U.N. Special Rapporteurs who wish to visit the country.

Sweden agreed, saying that Iran must “fully cooperate with and grant immediate and unfettered access for the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran.”

Belgium recommended that Iran should “abolish the death penalty at least for crimes committed by persons under 18 years of age, in accordance with its obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and commute all death sentences for juvenile offenders.”

The United States called on the Iranian regime to immediately end the use of torture and to credibly investigate and prosecute all allegations of torture.

Ukraine called on Iran to “remove all national law provisions that allow for punishments that amount to torture or cruel and degrading treatment.”

Australia said Iran must “[i]mmediately investigate all allegations involving the torture and other ill-treatment of those arrested or detained during the demonstrations in December 2017 and hold those responsible to account.”

Australia also called on the regime to “[g]uarantee the rights to freedom of expression, association, and assembly, and release political prisoners, including women’s rights activists, labor rights activists, environmentalists, scholars, lawyers and journalists, detained for exercising these rights.”

The United Kingdom called on Iran to “[i]mmediately demonstrate that all detainees in prison are neither tortured nor subject to cruel or inhumane treatment or punishment.”

Switzerland called on the Iranian regime to “[r]elease all persons detained for exercising their rights to freedom of expression, association, and peaceful assembly, and repeal or amend laws and other provisions criminalizing or restricting the exercise of those rights.”

Argentina said Iran must “[g]uarantee freedom of expression, particularly of men and women human rights defenders and journalists, and repeal legal provisions that affect these rights.”

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3 female activists receive heavy sentences

Three Iranian Activists Sentenced to Ten-Year Prison Sentences for Violating Compulsory Veil

3 female activists receive heavy sentences

Photo credit to activists sentenced to heavy prison sentences for disobeying the repressive dress code for women in Iran.

Three Iranian women were each given ten-year prison sentences for violating the Iranian regime’s laws on mandatory veiling in public. Yasaman Ariaie; her mother, Monireh Arabshahi; and Mojgan Keshavarz, were sentenced to a total of 55 years and six months in prison on a variety of charges stemming from their civil rights work and their noncompliance with compulsory hijab.

The sentences were handed down on July 31st by Judge Moghiseh in the 28th Branch of the Revolutionary Court in Tehran. The civil rights activists’ lawyers were not allowed to be present at the sentencing.

Judge Moghiseh sentenced Ariaie, Arabshahi, and Keshavarz to five years in prison for “assembly and collusion with the intent of acting against national security,” one year for “spreading propaganda against the state,” and ten years for “encouraging and providing the means for moral corruption.” Mojgan Keshavarz was given an additional seven years and six months in prison for “blasphemy.”

The ten-year sentences for “encouraging and providing the means for moral corruption” were imposed due to the activists’ failure to comply with compulsory public veiling laws.

A source present at the court proceedings described Judge Moghiseh’s treatment of the activists as “unsuitable and insulting.” Moghiseh verbally abused the women as he read his verdict.

Judge Moghiseh threatened the three women with long sentences in the notorious Qarchak Prison and barred their lawyers from following up with legal procedures until his verdict was announced.

According to Amir Raiesian, Ariaie and Arabshahi’s lawyer, attorneys were prohibited from attending court proceedings and legal procedures.

Initial Arrests

Yasaman Ariaie was arrested on April 10th for not violating the mandatory veil. Her mother, political prisoner Monireh Arabshahi, was arrested the following day. They are both currently being held in Section 5 of Qarchak Prison. Section 5 generally holds foreign nationals.

Mojgan Keshavarz was arrested in her home on April 25th for not observing the compulsory veil in public. She was transferred to Qarchak Prison six days later.

Violence Toward Political Prisoners

The Iranian regime claims to not have any political prisoners, so they are often housed with violent criminals. It is common for political prisoners at Qarchak Prison to be beaten by non-political prisoners, often at the behest of prison officials.

Yasaman Ariaie was recently the victim of a violent assault by an inmate at Qarchak. The prisoner struck her repeatedly in the shoulder blade.

The MEK’s Position

The MEK strongly opposes laws that govern the way women dress. The MEK’s political platform specifically states that women should have full gender equality, including the right to choose their own clothing.

The MEK’s political platform also states, “We believe in the rule of law and justice. We want to set up a modern judicial system based on the principles of presumption of innocence, the right to defense, effective judicial protection and the right to be tried in a public court. We also seek the total independence of judges. The mullahs’ Sharia law will be abolished.”

No one in a free country should be arrested under Islamic law or stand trial without the full benefit of legal representation.

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi and the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) are fighting to end the oppressive dictatorship that imprisons women for daring to walk outside without covering their hair and conducts sham trials without allowing defendants legal representation.

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Statement by Women's Committee of the NCRI

Women Under Threat as Regime Intensifies Crackdown

Statement by Women's Committee of the NCRI

The Women’s Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), issues a statement on the increasing repression on women in Iran- June 7, 2019

As the regime finds itself the subject of increasing public ire, it is ramping up its repressive measures to prevent the outbreak of social unrest.

At the forefront of the mullahs’ minds will be the nationwide uprisings of 2018 which saw protests spread rapidly across all 31 Iranian provinces. Those protests marked a watershed for the regime. It was the first time that Iranians from all sectors of society had risen up in such an overt rejection of regime rule.

The Role of Women

Women played a central role in the 2018 uprisings. As a result, women have been targeted by the regime’s repressive mechanisms.

Mohammad Abdullah-Poor, a senior member of the regime’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), revealed that the regime had assembled more than “2,000 groups in charge of giving verbal and practical warnings” to women.”

These extrajudicial groups charged with thuggishly enforcing regime laws and arbitrarily harassing members of the public and opposition have issued more than 28,000 warnings to women for improper veiling on their patrols, Abdullah-Poor claimed.

In a statement made to the state-run Tasnim news agency, he said: “The issue of chastity and veil is not an ordinary issue, but an issue of political significance and security for the country.”

His comments echo those of Mohammad Reza Es’haqi, the head of the State Security Force of Gilan Province. He claimed that 28,238 women had been “dealt with” for improperly veiling. For 64 of these women, the incident resulted in the case being referred to the Justice Department.

A Climate of Fear is Permeating into the Regime’s Leadership

The crackdown on Iranian women only serves to demonstrate the fear present in the regime. The mullahs know that they are on borrowed time. They know that their days in power are numbers and they know that women will be at the forefront of the opposition protests that will ultimately bring about their demise.

The Iranian opposition and the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK) has urged the United Nations (UN) to protect Iranian women from this arbitrary harassment and detention. The pro-democracy group headed by President-elect Mrs. Maryam Rajavi called on the UN Human Rights Council, the High Commissioner for Human Rights, “and all advocates of women’s rights,” to condemn the regime’s behavior towards Iranian women.

The MEK urged the UN to support the calls of Iran’s women for freedom and the realization of a free and democratic Iranian state, committed to gender equality and religious tolerance.

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Banning women from participating in a concert

Female Musicians Banned from Charity Performance Minutes before Concert

Banning women from participating in a concert

Female performers were banned from appearing at stage due to the Iranian regime’s repressive measures
against women

A charity concert was disrupted in northwest Iran last week, and women musicians were banned from performing.


The ILNA news agency reported on the surprise prohibition of women musicians from the May 22nd event, which is one of the largest annual charity programs in the city of Qazvin.


The women are part of a traditional musical group that was scheduled to play the charity program in the auditorium of the Azad University of Qazvin. Before the concert began University President Moussa Khani entered the auditorium and ordered the women in the group to leave, explaining that they were banned from performing in the show. The women were forced to leave the venue and were not allowed to watch the male musicians perform from the audience.


Ahmad Shokri, the organizer of the charity event, spoke to ILNA about the incident. He said: “The group female musicians is the most respected traditional music group in Qazvin province who agreed to perform for the charity for free. But in the middle of the event, by the order of the dean of Azad University of Qazvin, they were prohibited to perform on the stage.”


“They were not even allowed to sit in the audience, which prompted many of the artists to leave the event in protest,” Shokri added.

Prohibition of Artistic Expression


Artistic expression is commonly targeted for suppression by the extremist regime. State-run television will not even show musical instruments in its broadcasts. Women are subject to the most repressive restrictions on artistic performance though. Women are forbidden from publicly performing in theaters and music groups. Women may not perform as vocalists in the presence of men.


In February 2019, the regime’s religious police banned a pop group after a female guitarist sang a 12-second solo during a concert in Tehran.


On May 17, 2019, Negar Moazzam was placed under surveillance by the Prosecutor’s Office of Isfahan Province after singing a song during a sightseeing trip to the historical village of Abyaneh.


After the 1979 Revolution, women were forbidden from singing in public. Many female singers fled the country as a result. Those who did not were forced to stay home and silence their voices.

Women are subjected to a number of misogynistic restrictions by the Iranian regime. Female athletes are banned from public performances. Women are not even allowed to enter stadiums when men are competing.


Public cycling by women was recently banned in the city of Isfahan after pressure from clerical leaders. Women found in violation may have their bicycles confiscated.


At the beginning of Ramadan, regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei warned men that they should not even look at women during the holy month. He said that morality police would enforce the restriction and violators would be punished.

The recent crackdown on women is part of the regime’s latest strategy to avoid overthrow through fear and suppression. The mullahs, who are fearful that the economic catastrophe enveloping the country will lead to a widespread revolt led by the MEK, hope that creating a climate of fear will prevent the people from rising up. This strategy has only served to make the Iranian people angrier.

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Isfahan prosecutor bans cycling for women in public

Isfahan Prosecutor Bans Women’s Cycling in Public

Archive photo- The Iranian regime’s repressive forces have once again cracked down on Women, abandoning the use of bicycle for them.

On Tuesday, Isfahan’s Public and Revolutionary Prosecutor officially banned public bicycling by women in the city, making violators subject to punishment under Islamic law.


In remarks carried by the state-run IRNA news agency, Prosecutor Ali Esfahani said, “As per the attestation of Muslim scholars, and based on the law, cycling by women in public is haram [prohibited]. The police have been ordered to initially give women bikers notices and take their IDs. Otherwise their bikes will be confiscated.”

Esfahani went on to discuss consequences for violators of the ban. “First-time offenders will have to go to the security police and sign a pledge,” he said. “They will not be punished and their personal documents and bicycles will be returned. If they repeat this sinful act two or three times, they will be punished in accordance with the Islamic Penal Code.”


Esfahani justified the crackdown on women cyclists by claiming that they had been “harassed” and citing complaints by clerics. “It has been some time that the heads of Friday prayers and the families of martyrs have complained of women’s cycling in public areas,” he said.

Khamenei’s Fatwa


Although Iranian law does not explicitly prohibit women from using bicycles, the clerical regime has always frowned upon public cycling by women, calling it “immoral.” In September 2016, regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei issued a fatwa banning the public use of bicycles by women, describing women’s cycling as “ostentation.” He also prohibited women from using bicycles in the presence of strangers or those outside of their immediate families.


“Riding bicycle often attracts the attention of men and exposes the society to corruption, and thus contravenes women’s chastity, and it must be abandoned,” Khamenei said, in response to an inquiry about the fatwa at the time. The fatwa clearly shows his backward ideology presented under the name of Islam and the misogyny within highest officials of the regime.

Mounting Pressure from Clerics


The city of Isfahan has not strictly enforced the fatwa until now, but city officials have faced growing pressure from clerics to address the perceived endorsement of women’s cycling and to enforce other oppressive regime policies.

Seyed Yusuf Tabatabaie Nejad, Khamenei’s representative in Isfahan Province, recently commented that “officials should not allow the religious and cultural identity of the city of Isfahan to be tarnished by breaking norms.”


He then thanked Prosecutor Esfahani for his “good orders” and good measures” in cracking down on enforcement of “women’s biking, the hijab, dog walking and parties held in orchards.”


On April 12th, the temporary Friday prayer Imam in Isfahan, Abolhassan Mahdavi, used his sermon to criticize city leaders in Isfahan for allowing women to ride bicycles in public. He demanded that officials deal with the issue immediately.

The MEK is strongly opposed to laws that prevent women from fully participating in public life. The Iranian Resistance and its leader, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, believe that Iran should be governed by a secular democracy where women and men enjoy equal rights and representation in all spheres of life.


The Iranian regime has maintained its rule for forty years through suppression and intimidation, but the people have shown through their protests that they are no longer willing to accept this treatment. The MEK provides a path to a free Iran.

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