February 8th marks the anniversary of a fate-making event in the history of the Iranian people's quest for freedom.
In a campaign to secure the release of those arrested in the course of the uprising in Iran, the Iranian opposition leader Maryam Rajavi visited the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, on Wednesday, January 24, 2018, to urge the European governments to stand with the Iranian people and help secure the release of the prisoners of the uprising.
At a press conference at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi declared the Iranian people and Resistance’s demands from Europe and the International Community in general, in the wake of the uprising which shook the Iranian regime to its foundations in the first two weeks of 2018.
Summing up the points she had already raised on the same day in three official meetings at PACE with EPP, ALDE and UEL groups, Maryam Rajavi underscored the volatile state of the Iranian society and pointed out that dozens were killed by the Revolutionary Guards and security forced in the course of the uprising. At least 8000 have been arrested. Many have been killed under torture while in detention and many young protesters are missing. “These are clear examples of crime against humanity.”
Freedom-loving writer and human rights activist, Golrokh Ibrahimi Iraee, sent out an open letter from behind bars of Evin Prison on January 9, 2018. The political prisoner imprisoned in the Women’s Ward of Evin declared solidarity with the Iranian people’s uprising and called on Iran’s youths to continue their presence (in the streets), unite for their common cause and pay the price of freedom.
Human rights and children’s rights activist, political prisoner Atena Daemi, has sent out an open letter from Evin Prison declaring her solidarity with the Iranian people’s uprising.
She reiterates in her letter, “For a long time, it’s been the government that’s been sowing violence and now they are reaping its product.”
A new wave of protests has swept across Iran since December 28, 2017, quickly spreading to over 100 cities in less than a week most radically targeting the foundations of the entire clerical establishment.
The outbreak of protests reflects widespread discontent not only over rising prices, government fraud and corruption, and the clerical regime’s costly involvement in regional conflicts but also the nation’s deep-seated fury against the mullahs’ oppressive rule.
In the ancient myths, the stereotype for a hero has always been a big, strong man. Recently, however, a story has been circulating in the internet about a frail, young girl who has been named a national hero.
Haniyeh, 13, used to live in Sarpol-e Zahab, the epicenter of the earthquake that hit Kermanshah Province in western Iran on November 12, 2017.
On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, this is a call to stop the state-sponsored violence against women in Iran.
Iran’s fall into the lowest group of the World Economic Forum’s ranking on gender gap is due to the “laws and structural restrictions” imposed on women, said Shahindokht Molaverdi, former deputy for women and family affairs in Rouhani’s government in an interview with the official IRNA news agency on November 7, 2017.
“The current human rights situation in Iran… is deeply concerning in many respects” is how the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, Ms. Asma Jahangir, described her assessment in the first six months of 2017. She said “much remains to be done to realize” women’s rights as outlined in the 5th Sustainable Development Goal.
October 25 marks the anniversary of the hanging execution of Reyhaneh Jabbari in 2014.
Reyhaneh Jabbari walked to the gallows at dawn on Saturday, October 25, 2014, after seven years of incarceration.