Through a vast social campaign, Iraqis have called for the boycott of Iran-made commodities on the Iraqi market.
A hash tag # “let it rot” is circulating on social media through which Iraqis call for a boycott of anything under the ‘made in Iran’ brand. Iraqi activists have tweeted that the campaign aims at economic sanctioning of Tehran and applying economic pressure in the hope of reining in the latter’s intervention in Iraq.
Kurdish political prisoner Zeinab Jalalian who has been imprisoned for nearly 12 years, continues to be denied specialist medical treatment despite suffering from serious health issues, according to her father Ali Jalalian.
Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) has not allowed a short furlough on medical grounds to Zeinab Jalalian, despite her family’s depositing of a bail bond.
Media have cited Ali Jalalian as saying that she is suffering from intestinal complications and heart problems. Jalalian family deposited one billion tomans for her bail bond despite difficulties but the MOIS is handling the case of Zeinab Jalalian and refuses to accept the bail.
Mr. Jalalian said his daughter has been in jail for 12 years and their inquiries to get her released temporarily for medical treatment have gotten nowhere. Even in recent weeks, when Zeinab Jalalian’s brother passed away, they did not allow her to attend his funeral.
Two political prisoners have gone on hunger strike to protest their harsh prison sentences.
Ebrahim Khalil Sadighi Hamedani and his son, Salar, have gone on hunger strike in Urmia Central Prison in West Azerbaijan Province, since September 25, protesting being sentenced to a total of 38 years in prison.
The judge presiding over this jail, by the name of Mokhtari, along with the prison warden, met with the two political prisoners with the objective of forcing them to end their hunger strike. They provided several pledges to the two, only to be turned down and the political prisoners emphasizing on their demands.
This hunger strike has caused a significant drop in their blood pressure and the two are suffering from extreme fatigue. Ibrahim Khlail and his son have written a letter to the prison clinic, emphasizing they will no longer cooperate with blood pressure tests and insist on continuing our hunger strike until their demands are met.
Iranian authorities executed four prisoners on Wednesday, 2 October, at Raja’i Shahr Prison in the city of Karaj, near the capital, Tehran.
Two of the victims identified as Hossein Roshan and Mohsen Kounani were sentenced to death on charges related to moharebeh (“enmity against God”), while Mohammad Reza Ghanbari and Hamid Sheikhi were hanged on murder charges.
As a consequence of the clerical regime’s failure to categorize murders according to their degrees, anyone committing murder is sentenced to death, regardless of their motives. On Wednesday, 2 October, the Iranian regime executed a man in public in the northern ciry of Rasht. He was hanged for killing a security agent.
Iran authorities hve banned Iranian political prisoner couple Fatemeh Mossanna and Hassan Sadeghi from visiting each other in prison. The ban was ordered because Hassan refused to wear prisoner clothes and shackles for the transfer.
The ban was ordered because Mr. Sadeghi did not accept to wear the prisoners’ garb and be transferred with shackles and handcuffs. The prison’s supervisor thus ordered cancellation of the visit, the first after several months.
Iranian authorities executed a woman on Thursday morning, 26 September, 2019, in Sanandaj Prison. She was identified as Leila Zarafshan and was in prison since five years ago on murder charges.
Leila Zarafshan is the 95th woman to be executed in Iran during Rouhani’s term in office since 2013. Iran is the only country that executes juveniles and holds the highest number of female executions in the world.
On25 August, 2019, a woman was executed in Mashhad Central Prison.
Another woman identified as Maliheh Salehian from Miandoab was hanged on July 16, 2019, in the Central Prison of Mahabad, in the western Iranian province of Kurdistan.
Zahra Safari Moghaddam, 43, was hanged in the Prison of Nowshahr, northern Iran, on 17 July, 2019.
According to reports from inside Iran, prison authorities tortured Iranian political prisoner Mehdi Farahi Shandiz in Karaj Central Prison. Prison guards transferred Farahi Shandiz to the prison’s medical center after he lost consciousness under torture.
The Iranian regime’s repressive forces tortured Mehdi Farahi Shandiz while he was on hunger strike.
After transferring the political prisoner to the medical center, the prison guards did not allow him to receive full treatment and immediately returned him to solitary confinement after he received minimum care.
Farahi Shandiz suffered from a heart attack in July and was transferred to the hospital, where he was diagnosed with diabetes and heart failure.
In the past eight years, Farahi Shandiz has suffered from impairment to his sight and hearing and fractured ribs under torture.
Two political prisoners, Soheil Arabi and Haj Jaffar Kashani held in Evin prison, went on hunger strike to protest continued detention and situation of Farangis Mazloum, Arabi’s mother.
The two politcal prisoners started their hunger strike on Friday, 20 September.
In an open letter the political prisoners said, “Hear the sound of our protest. We heard your protests from inside this prison. We don’t want a tyrannical regime.”
“By going on hunger strike, we political prisoners incarcerated in Evin prison will join the opponents of the dictators and we demand the overthrow of this tyrannical regime. Wherever we look, we see poverty, economic divide, and tyranny. Silence is complicity with the tyrants,” the Iranian political prisoners wrote in their letter.
Iranian Sunni prisoners of conscience were attacked and beaten by Raja’i Shahr Prison guards in Karaj after protesting prison conditions and denial of medical treatment. Many were injured but are still in solitary confinement.
Reports indicate that the prison guards beat the prisoners on 27 August, 2019, using electric shock and truncheons.
The prisoners had previously staged hunger strike in July to protest the authorities’ abuse of the prisoners and ignoring their problems such as lack of space, not being allowed to telephone their families and loved ones, deprivation of light and clean air, and being locked up inside their cells without being allowed to go outside for fresh air.
A peaceful gathering of HEPCO workers was violently repressed Monday, September 16, after the state security forces attacked the protesters. Reports indicate that 15 workers were injured while 30 to 40 were arrested.
Workers from the Heavy Equipment Production Company (HEPCO) in the central city of Arak held their gathering for the second consecutive day, protesting months of unpaid wages and the privatization of the company which has left the once productive company in shambles.
The protesting workers were holding a banner reading, “We HEPCO workers are making it crystal clear: Our main demand is the clarification of the company shareholding and ownership status following five years of being left in limbo. We will no longer accept merely a new company director.”