According to NCRI: On the passing of Dr. Mohammad Maleki, the first Chancellor of Tehran University after the 1979 Revolution, on December 2, 2020, a group of political prisoners issued a statement from various prisons across the country. A group of women political prisoners in Qarchak Prison in Varamin were among the signatories of this statement, in which they wrote:
Dr. Mohammad Maleki left us for the eternal world. He spent all his life in the struggle against the dictatorships of the Shah and the clerical dictatorship, for the freedom of Iran and Iranians. He spent years in prison under torture and witnessed the executions in the 1980s. He taught us to “seek freedom from birth to death.”
The old freedom-fighter devoted all his life to freedom without expecting anything for himself. He was a staunch supporter of political prisoners and freedom-lovers in Iran. He never sought fame for himself.
Bahareh Soleimani and Somayyeh Kargar still held in solitary; anthropology student Elham Samimi arrested and detained Continued detention of a nurse in solitary confinement in Evin Prison.
Bahareh Soleimani remains in detention in the Intelligence Ministry Ward 209 of Evin Prison, nearly 1.5 months since her arrest on October 16, 2020.
Bahareh Soleimani, 43, is a nurse who worked for the health networks. She has suffered lung damage during the past 10 months when she cared for COVID-19 patients. But ever since her arrest, she has been deprived of the medical care she needs. She has made only three one-minute calls to her family since her detention.
On October 16, 2020, agents who introduced themselves as Security Police broke into her family’s residence and ransacked the house for 2 hours.
Anisa Jafari-Mehr, a Kurdish activist educator was arrested in the city of Eslamabad-e Gharb, in Kermanshah Province, western Iran.
According to the news published on November 23, 2020, intelligence agents raided and ransacked the residence of this Kurdish activist educator without presenting a legal warrant.
They confiscated Ms. Jafari-Mehr’s personal belongings including her laptop, smartphone, and some of her books. Her family said the agents were armed and they handcuffed their daughter at the time of arrest.
Anisa Jafari-Mehr has a Master’s in linguistics and is a member of the writers’ council of the literary quarterly called, “J”.
Retired teacher Massoumeh Asgari returned to Evin Prison on November 22, 2020, although her medical treatment had not been completed.
The retired teacher Massoumeh Asgari had been granted medical leave after the Coroner’s Office endorsed that she needs to undergo treatment because of her various illnesses.
Ms. Asgari recently had an accident where she broke her leg at 8 points. She cannot walk on her own and uses a walker.
The order to return to Evin comes as her medical treatment has not been completed. She was supposed to stay on medical leave for one year, but she was called back to the women’s ward of Evin Prison to endure the four remaining years of her sentence.
A woman setting herself on fire in Bandar Abbas, capital of the southern Iranian province of Hormozgan, evoked widespread outrage across the country.
The footage of this cruel and inhuman measure was disseminated on the social media on November 19. A young girl can be heard screaming and a woman is seen trying to prevent the agents from demolishing her home.
Tayyebeh, 35, with her three children, and her sister-in-law, Zahra Hassanzadeh, and her 7-year-old son, all lived in a small room built in Sarallah Ave. in Bandar Abbas.
On Thursday, November 19, agents of the municipality of Bandar Abbas went to their place without prior notice and without a court warrant. The small room built by the two women was so rickety that agents could ruin it just by using their hands to push the walls.
The wave of arrest of families and supporters of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) has continued.
In the second half of November, simultaneous with the anniversary of the protests last year which shook the regime to its foundations, the Ministry of Intelligence and its repressive forces and agents have launched a series of arrests particularly among the families and supporters of the PMOI/MEK.
In Tehran, the well-known Vafaii family were targeted. Pouria Vahidian, 27, is also among those recently arrested.
He is related to the Saeed Moghimi who was executed during the 1988 massacre.
Pouria Vahidian had been previously imprisoned from 2018 to 2020 and was released after completing his sentence in April 2020.
Iran HRM had previously reported on November 15 on the arrests of other supporters of the PMOI/MEK in Kermanshah, Yazd and Tehran.
The clerical regime’s Intelligence Ministry has launched a new wave of arrests in Iran to fend off the outbreak of a spate of protests.
A number of political prisoners were re-arrested or summoned over the past week. One of those arrested is a young man suffering from blood cancer and detention would pose greater risk to his health.
Fearing the explosive state of society on the anniversary of the uprising in November 2019, the clerical regime’s Intelligence Ministry has launched a new wave of arrests in Iran in the past few days in various cities.
Agents of the Intelligence Department of Songhor, in Kermanshah Province, raided and ransacked the residences of several former political prisoners on November 11, 2020. They arrested Saeed Asghari, Saeed Samimi, and Kasra Bani Amerian and took them to Ward 4 of Evin Prison in Tehran after hours of interrogation. No summons had been issued for these persons to report in to prison.
Seventy-one Iranian men and women were summoned to Behbahan’s Public and Revolution Court on November 7, for “investigations” into their participation in July protests.
The 71 citizens must appear in court within the next 5 days in Behbahan, a city in the southeastern Khuzestan Province.
The men and women were charged with “insulting the Supreme Leader, disrupting public order and the country’s security, and assembly and collusion against national and foreign security”.
July 2020 Protests in Southern Iran
Iranian protesters took to the streets in the southern cities of Shiraz and Behbahan on July 16 to protest dire economic conditions and the impending death penalty for three young men who were arrested during the protests in November 2019.