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.

Political prisoner and relative of PMOI member at Camp Liberty, Reyhaneh Haj Ibrahim has been in Evin Prison since 2009.  She has been suffering from nerve pains in the back and leg for a long time. She is also suffering from internal bladder bleeding.

Plainclothes agents in Shiraz entered a wedding party on 19 January to control the dress code and gender segregation. Despite the fact that a curtain was step up in the middle of the hall to separate the men from the women, the agents criticized the guests, quoted the city’s Friday prayer leader, raised a serious scuffle and finally arrested a number of the guests.

Kurdish political prisoner Zeinab Jalalian has been transferred from the women’s ward in Kermanshah Prison to Khoy Central Prison. Khoy Prison lacks any ward for political prisoners.

On January 18, 2015, repressive agents of the ‘Promoting Good and Prohibiting Vice’ unit in Tehran attacked and arrested three girls under the mullah-fabricated pretext of improper veiling. The girls resisted and protested the arrest. However, repressive agents beat the young women and forced them to get in the agents’ van. The girls were taken to an unknown location.

Mehdi Hashemian, deputy chief of the headquarters of ‘Promoting Good and Prohibiting Vice’ said, “Active employees and premier entities will be awarded substantially and spiritually for imposing virtues on women.”

13-year-old Soghra Najafpour spent 25 years of her youth in prison and was only released at the age of 38. She was pardoned after the death of the murder victim’s father.

In a shockingly suppressive act, Evin Prison authorities removed meat and breakfast from the food program of female political prisoners. The prison’s food had already been dreadful and insufficient and most prisoners in the ward suffer from health problems caused by brutal tortures and are deprived of effective medical treatment.

Civil activist Atena Daemi, has been under pressure in solitary confinement, to confess having connections with Mr. Ahmed Shaheed, the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran. Ms. Daemi was arrested by the Revolutionary Guards on October 11, 2014 for alleged propaganda against the state, connections with foreigners and carrying out activities against national security.

The brother of Soheila Jorkesh, a victim of the October 2014 acid attacks, complained about their problems and officials forgetting their promises and said, “In the first days, the president, the minister of Health, the president’s advisor and the deputy minister, all visited Soheila one after another. One gave promises and the other confirmed. Now, there is neither any sign of them nor their promises. 

Mullah Movahedi Kermani, Tehran’s temporary Friday prayer leader said, “The society has no duties on non-explicit sins. Improper veiling is an explicit sin and when a sin becomes explicit, everyone is responsible and everyone will be held accountable.”