NCRI WOMEN'S COMMITTEE

Works extensively with Iranian women outside the country and maintains a permanent contact with women inside Iran. The Women’s Committee is actively involved with many women's rights organizations and NGO's and the Iranian diaspora. The committee is a major source of much of the information received from inside Iran with regards to women. Attending UN Human Rights Commission meetings and other international or regional conferences on women’s issues, and engaging in a relentless battle against the Iranian regime's misogyny are part of the activities of members and associates of the committee.

A letter by Ayatollah Hossein-Ali Montazeri published on September 27, 2016, reveals horrific crimes committed by the clerical regime's judiciary against unarmed 13-year-old girls in 1981.

The letter dated September 27, 1981, is addressed to Khomeini. Montazeri wrote in his letter:

"The Supreme Judiciary Council and as a result, the Revolutionary Courts, are acting weakly to the extent that the honest and committed staff who are working there complain that the ongoing conditions in the Evin Prison and many prisons in other cities are absolutely horrible and very disconcerting as pressures and unbearable tortures are on the rise.

"There are arbitrary executions which are probably carried out without the verdict of any religious judge, without their information or despite their opposition. And in the absence of coordination among courts in issuing the sentences, the verdicts are affected by reaction to the atmosphere, feelings or anger and even girls who are only 13 or 14 years of age are executed without them using arms or participating in any demonstration."

Of course, Montazeri intended to pretend that Khomeini was unaware of the events, so that he would have an open hand in bringing up the issues. Whereas in reality, the executions were being carried out on Khomeini's personal orders and edict.

In another part of the letter, Montazeri states, "The number of prisoners is so many that they pack five persons in a single solitary cell under inhuman conditions. They are not even accommodated to pray. One of the religious judges said chaos and arbitrary measures by interrogators are truly cause of concern."

 

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