Iranians began their New Year today on March 20. Mothers of political prisoners and executed political prisoners celebrated the New Year near prisons or by the side of their children’s tombs.
Farangis Mazloum, mother of political prisoner Soheil Arabi, and mother of political prisoner Arsham Rezaii, celebrated the New Year near Gohardasht Prison in Karaj. Mrs. Mazloum said they were not allowed to set-up their Haft-seen near the prison, so they had to do it a little farther.
Farangis Mazloum congratulated all Iranians in Iran and abroad and expressed her wish that the upcoming year be the year of Iran’s freedom. She said, “I hope that next year, we would all be together, and all Iranians could live together in happiness and freedom.”
Also, Mrs. Sedigheh Maleki, wife of political prisoner Hashem Khastar, and Fatemeh Sepehri, sister of Mohammad Hossein Sepehri, gathered outside the Central Prison of Mashhad (a.k.a. Vakilabad Prison) at the turn of the year.
The mother and relatives of executed political prisoner Navid Afkari, also celebrated Nowruz and the advent of the New Year by the side of his grave.
Mothers of political prisoners and martyrs seek justice for their loved ones who are innocently imprisoned or executed by the clerical regime without a fair trial.
Maryam Akbari Monfared has three daughters and is not going to be able to see them for the New Year visits.
The prisons where these political prisoners are banished to are small, unsanitary and overcrowded, increasing the possibility of contracting the Corona virus which has plagued Iranian prisons across the country.
The NCRI Women’s Committee once again urges the UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women and the UN High Commissioner to investigate the conditions of female political prisoners and urge the clerical regime to release them.