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Violent Arrest of Writer for story about Stoning

golrokhebrahimiThe UK based Committee for the Defence of Iranian People’s Rights reported on 7th November, the arrest of the violent arrest of the writer Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee, as follows:

The Iranian authorities must immediately and unconditionally release writer and human rights activist Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee, following her arrest today, Amnesty International urged.

Despite the fact that no official summons has been issued, Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee’s home was raided this morning by officials, who violently broke through her front door before taking her to Evin Prison in Tehran. It appears that she has been taken to the women’s ward to begin serving her six-year sentence. She has been convicted of charges including “insulting Islamic sanctities,” for writing an unpublished story about the horrific practice of stoning in Iran. Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee’s husband, Arash Sadeghi, a human rights activist and prisoner of conscience, has since started a hunger strike in protest at her imprisonment. Read the rest of this entry »

Appeal by the Mothers of Laleh Park

mothers of laale parkIn May 2016 the women who have come together under the banner Mothers of Laleh Park Iran and who have been campaigning against human rights violations in Iran, issued an open letter to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, as shown here:

“May 2016
From: Mothers of Park Laleh Iran, (

Mr. Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al-Hussein, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

- Mr. Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary General of the United Nations
- Mr. Ahmed Shaheed, UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran
- Mr. Christof Heyns, UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions
- Mr. Juan Mendez, UN Special Repporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment
- Human Rights Watch
- International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)
- Iranian League for the Defence of Human Rights
- Defenders of Human Rights Center (DHRC)
- Amnesty International”

“We Demand an Intensive Investigation on the Violation of Human Rights in Iran and Ask for the Authorities to Be Held Accountable.
The systematic violation of human rights in Iran is beyond description and we must find a way to put an end to it. Freedom of thought and expression is virtually non-existent in our country. No dissidents, whether social and political activists, or religious minorities such as Baha’is, Christians, Jews, Zoroastrians, Sunni, atheists and people with diverse ethnic Read the rest of this entry »

Workers and Youth Beaten and Flogged, while ‘Fat Cats’ Are Left Free to Do as They Please

The Public Prosecutor of the city of Qazvin in Iran announced that 35 students who were celebrating their graduation were flogged 90 lashes, in order to deter others from mixed shalagh-495x335parties and drinking alcohol.
This flogging was not the only one in that week. In another incident the workers of the Mine of Agh Darreh, who had been laid off were flogged and fined. Their solicitor told ILNA that each worker was given between 30 to 100 lashes.
Around eight o’clock in the evening of 27th December 2015 three workers who had been sacked from the Gold Mine of Agh Darreh attempted suicide in protest at losing their jobs. One of the three lost his life. The main contractor, Puya Zarkan which had sacked 350 workers at the mine, was already in the public eye and this event created much adverse publicity for it. It complained to the courts against the protesting workers. The public prosecutor brought a case against 17 workers, as a result. The first charge against the workers was rioting. In Read the rest of this entry »

DOIW’s message to WIDF and appeal for action in fighting Child Marriage

In a letter to the Women’s International Democratic Federation, the Democratic Organisation of Iranian Women has described the profound damage that the Islamic Republic’s policy of Distressed Child photopromoting child marriage is wreaking on young girls and children in our country and appealed to the Federation for its solidarity in taking action against this inhumane practice. The following are excerpts from the Organisation’s message:
‘Child marriage has serious and irreparable impacts on children’s physical and mental health. Many underage girls (under 18) die during or after childbirth.
The United Nations passed a resolution in 2014 that obligates all member states to ban child marriage and to ratify and enforce laws to prevent it and to punish who break them.
The legal age of marriage in Iran is 13 for girls and 15 for boys, and in some cases the child’s guardian could allow, with court’s approval, the child to be married even at earlier age. As such, legal avenues for child marriage are available. Moreover, the policy of “population increase” issued by the Supreme Leader in 14 articles and tasked to the government, urges the increase in the rate of pregnancy, lowering the age of marriage, and providing more services for pregnant women, which encourages child marriage. Read the rest of this entry »

Amnesty International on the 16-year-sentence against critically ill human rights defender

Amnesty International wrote on 19th May: ‘The shocking 16-year prison sentence against prominent human rights defender Narges Narges Mohammadi and kidsMohammadi, who has several serious, chronic illnesses, represents an all-out attack on human rights defenders in Iran, and demonstrates how Iran’s abusive criminal justice system is used as a tool of repression, said Amnesty International.
Narges Mohammadi, a distinguished human rights defender, a supporter of the anti-death penalty campaign Legam (Step by Step to Abolish the Death Penalty) and vice president of the Centre for Human Rights Defenders in Iran, was sentenced by a Revolutionary Court in Tehran which convicted her of several trumped-up national security related offences in connection with her human rights work. The verdict was communicated to her lawyer on 17 May. Read the rest of this entry »

Challenges Facing Women Workers

May 1st commemorated the heroic struggle of the textile workers of Chicago in 1886. While this day is a national holiday in many countries in the world, and is celebrated by workers, in Iran not only is it not a national holiday, the994-women-p8 state prevents workers demonstrations or expression of their demands on this day.

The regime of Islamic Republic only allows organizations manufactured by itself and ones that are ‘subordinate to the leadership’ to assemble and organize. Last year the regime prevented the members of the Union of bus drivers of Tehran from distributing sweets among the workers as a celebration of international workers’ day, while Ebrahim Madadi and Davood Razavi, members of the union’s management were arrested. Every year the treatment of workers becomes harsher in the run-up to May 1st.

The neo-liberal policies such as privatization and structural adjustment worsen the conditions of unemployment and poverty. The trend of firing workers and closure of factories and workshops continues unabated. The workers who are not laid off have to deal with severely delayed pay and insurance. Women are among the first to be laid off, and this is true of women in all walks of life and not just women workers. Read the rest of this entry »

Issues Facing the Women’s Movement (pt 2)

The regime of Supreme Religious Leader has adopted different tactics in dealing with the women’s movement and despite 994-women-p8all the restrictions it has imposed on women, the regime has not succeeded in suppressing the movement completely. The statistics on women’s employment during the last ten years are cause for serious concern for women’s activists. One of the means the regime uses is to restrict women’s engagement in social matters. This has been confirmed over and again by the most senior members of the ruling regime. There is not doubt that the current and deliberate policies of the regime will result in even worse statistics in a short time. While the number of women in higher education has grown, this has not resulted in an increase in employment. This is due to the fact that the sinister policy that the medieval regime has pursued for a long time, has borne fruit and the superior position of women in the social movements in the country will be weakened substantially. Women’s rights activists must study this situation with great care and devise a way of countering it. Read the rest of this entry »

Issues Facing the Women’s Movement

The following is an account of some of the issues that face Iranian women.994-women-p8
“…The world has been witness to immense technological development and progress in the 21st century. These developments have had profound effect on our way of living, working and on individuals’ social relations. The effect of these changes has been significant in communications too. In addition to new problems, today’s world has been faced with new possibilities too. In the field of communications, the reach of news has extended to the most isolated places, and this can lead to public opinion being mobilised around vital issues.
It would not be an exaggeration to say the in many arenas of life we women continue to face massive problems. This is cause for sadness and concern…”. Read the rest of this entry »

Iranian New Year – Greetings

March 20th, 2016 marks the start of Iranian New Year. MaZanan offers new year greetings to its readers. We hope that the Iranian New Year will be a year of solidarity and collective struggle, of freedom for our Apple tree in springcountry and the unconditional release of all political prisoners and prisoners of conscience, especially women who are incarcerated in the regime’s prisons; the repeal of misogynistic laws and executions, and all the conditions that deprive people, especially women, from living in a humane society with social justice.
MaZanan 19.03.2016

Shirin Ebadi on the recent elections in Iran

ebadi630x354Shirin Ebadi has given an interview to Mother Jones, the US news outlet, in which she has discussed her views about the parliamentary elections (which were due to take place on the 26th February) about political prisoners, the role of the Ministry of Intelligence in the sentences passed by courts, and the legal restrictions that the Islamic Republican regime has imposed on the women of Iran.

“Mother Jones: What do Iranians want out of the upcoming elections?

Shirin Ebadi: The people are fed up with corruption and embezzlement. They object to censorship. The first thing that the people of Iran want is free elections. The government of Iran claims that every two years there are elections. But none of them are free. The competence of the people who have been nominated first has to be approved by the Guardian Council. It is a vetting process, and only then can Iranians elect these people. Yet the members of the Guardian Council are not elected by the people. They have been appointed by the leader [Ayatollah Ali Khamenei]. Any person who has the slightest criticism will not be approved. Over 40 percent of the people who have been nominated have not been approved. Read the rest of this entry »