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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 Women.NCR-Iran.org-Iranian 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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Nasrin Sotoudeh

International Human Rights Groups and the Iranian Opposition Condemn 38-Year Sentence for Women’s Rights Lawyer

Nasrin Sotoudeh

Women’s rights lawyer, Nasrin Sotoudeh sentenced to 38 years of prison and 148 lashes, for defending the rights of women.

The Iranian human rights lawyer, Nasrin Sotoudeh, received a 38-year prison sentence with 148 lashes in a ruling the Iranian opposition has condemned as “anti-human” and “misogynist”. Mrs. Sotoudeh has devoted her life to standing up for Iranian women. She was a vocal critic of the clerical regime’s forced hijab (veiling) laws and frequently spoke out against the regime’s use of the death penalty.

These compassionate and sensible objections to the mullahs’ tyranny earnt her the attention of the regime. She was arrested after representing women who were arrested during the nationwide protests in 2018. She was tried in absentia in December 2018 and sentenced to five years imprisonment in one case and 33 in another, bringing her total sentence to 38 years in prison, her husband reported on Monday.

International Outcry

The sentence has been condemned by the Iranian opposition and prominent international human rights groups. In a statement, the Women’s Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), the umbrella organization or the largest Iranian opposition group, the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK), condemned the ruling.

International human rights organization Amnesty International also criticized the decision to imprison Sotoudeh. In a prepared statement, the NGO called the ruling, “an outrageous injustice.”

Philip Luther, Amnesty International’s the Middle East and North Africa Research and Advocacy Director said, “It is absolutely shocking that Nasrin Sotoudeh is facing nearly four decades in jail and 148 lashes for her peaceful human rights work, including her defense of women protesting against Iran’s degrading forced hijab (veiling) laws.” He continued to call for her immediate release and for the sentence to be “quashed without delay.”

Luther said that the ruling and Nasrin Sotoudeh’s sentence “consolidate Iran’s reputation as a cruel oppressor of women’s rights.” “Jailing a human rights defender for her peaceful activities is abhorrent but the fact that the judge in Nasrin Sotoudeh’s case used his discretion to ensure that she stays locked up for more than is required under Iranian law compounds the outrageous injustice of her sentence,” he said.

Free Nasrin

Both the MEK and Amnesty International have called on international human rights defenders to apply pressure to the Iranian regime in an attempt to secure Nasrin’s freedom. Luther singled out the European Union as one institution that should use its leverage to secure her freedom.

He said the EU “has an ongoing dialogue with Iran” and urged it to “take a strong public stand against this disgraceful conviction and urgently intervene to ensure that she is released immediately and unconditionally.”

This is among the longest and most excessive sentences the regime has handed down against a human rights activist in recent memory. The move has been interpreted as a sign that emboldened by the international community’s inactivity in the face of blatant human rights abuses, it is intensifying its crackdown on political dissent across the country.

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