Civil Rights Activist Farideh Moradkhani Imprisoned for Sentencing

On November 23, 2022, civil rights activist Farideh Moradkhani was imprisoned after an appearance at Evin courthouse to serve her 15-year sentence.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, on November 23, 2022, Farideh Moradkhani was taken to Evin Prison for sentencing.

On January 13, 2022, Moradkhani was arrested by security forces while returning to her house. At the time of her arrest, the intelligence agents searched her house and confiscated some of her belongings. One day after, in a phone call, she informed her family that she was detained in Ward 209 of Evin Prison.

On April 30, 2022, Moradkhani was released on a 10-billion-tomans bail until the end of legal proceedings. She had also been arrested on previous occasions due to her civil activities.

Five Protestors Sentenced to a Total of 21 Years Imprisonment

Recently, the Urmia Revolutionary Court sentenced Sarina Gherabat, Faezeh Javadi, Shiva Kianfar, Parsa Dastmalchi and Sonia Sotoodeh to a total of 21 years in prison for participating in protests.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, in Urmia, the Revolutionary Court sentenced five citizens arrested at protests to a total of 21 years imprisonment.

According to these verdicts, Sarina Gherabat and Faezeh Javadi were sentenced to five years, Shiva Kianfar and Parsa Dastmalchi to four years, and Sonia Sotoodeh to three years. All these individuals were charged with “assembly and collusion to act against national security” and “propaganda against the regime.”

Since the outbreak of nationwide protests, over 18000 people, including journalists, lawyers, teachers, students and civil rights activists, have been arrested. For more details and statistics on the nationwide protest across Iran, read HRANA’s comprehensive report here.

Saha Mortezai Imprisoned for Sentencing

Saha Mortezai, the former head of the Student Union of the University of Tehran, was taken to Evin Prison to serve her sentence. Earlier, on November 21, 2022, security forces arrested her violently at her workplace.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, former student union activist Saha Mortezai was taken to Evin Prison to serve her six-year sentence.

On November 17, 2019, IRGC Intelligence arrested her at a student dormitory in Tehran and took her to Ward 2-A of Evin Prison. After a while, she went on a hunger strike in jail in protest against an excessive bail she could not afford. She ended her hunger strike after 22 days. On January 22, 2020, she was released on bail.

In November 2020, the Tehran Revolutionary Court sentenced Mortezai to six years. This verdict was upheld on appeal. According to Iran’s Student Union, three years and eight months for one charge are enforceable to her.

 

29 People Arrested in Malekan and Bonab

During the last three days, at least 29 people were arrested in Malekan and Bonab, East Azerbaijan Province.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, security forces arrested 29 people, including a student, in the cities of Malekan and Bonab.

The reason for these arrests and their whereabouts are still unknown.

Since the outbreak of nationwide protests, over 18000 people, including journalists, lawyers, teachers, students and civil rights activists, have been arrested. For more details and statistics on the nationwide protest across Iran, read HRANA’s comprehensive report here.

At Least 30 Yarsani Followers Arrested

Many Yarsani believers have been arrested in the recent week, 30 of whom have been identified.

On November 18, 2022, at least 30 Yarsani followers were arrested in Sahneh county of Kermanshah Province during the twenty-first commemoration of Khalil Alinejhad, a well-known Yarsani figure who was killed in 2001.

An informed source told HRANA, “the security forces present at the commemoration turned this event violent by shooting and using tear gas.” At Least 30 people have been arrested and taken to an unknown place.

The names of those arrested during this event are as follows:

Kaki Saeed Almasi
Siavash Kaliani
Kamyab Heidari
Seyed Ali Dakei
Seyed Shahoo Shah-Ebrahimi
Afshin Azimi
Meysam Azimi
Hamid Zandi Nejhad
Navid Hassanlou
Seyed Foad Shah-Ebrahimi
Faezeh Ranai
Naghi Rahmani
Masoum Razavi
Hamid Afshari
Rashid Mohammadi
Bardia Tajdini
Meraj Hemmati
Amin Malekzade
Farzad Rahmatabadi
Seyed Fariborz Shah-Ebrahimi
Noshad Taheri
Ali Nazari
Seyed Farhad Zalnouri
Seyed Fereydoun Taheri
Mohammad Bahrami
Ghadir Rahimi
Hamid Gorgin
Mehr-Ali Hemmati
Nemat Pourvali
Shahrouz Esmaeili

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Two Gonabadi Dervishes Arrested in Karaj and Gorgan

Saeed Soltanpour and Faezeh Abdipour, two Gonabadi Dervishes, are among those recently arrested.

Saeed Soltanpour, Gonabadi Dervish, was recently arrested in Karaj. Soltanpour’s home and belongings were searched at the time of his arrest. It is worth noting that Soltanpour had also previously served prison and exile terms for a previous conviction.

Faezeh Abdipour, Gonabadi Dervish, was arrested in Gorgan on November 22, 2022, and was taken to an unknown place.

Since the outbreak of nationwide protests, over 17400 people, including journalists, lawyers, teachers, students and civil rights activists, have been arrested. For more details and statistics on the nationwide protest across Iran, read HRANA’s comprehensive report here.

Seventeen People Arrested in Sisakht

Recently, security forces arrested seventeen people during protests in Sisakht, Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad Province. So far, HRANA has identified one of these individuals as Ali Mehrabi.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, recently, at least seventeen protestors have been arrested in Sisakht and jailed in Yasuj Prison.

HRANA has identified one of them as Ali Mehrabi. The security forces reportedly broke his hand during the arrest.
The reason for these arrests and the charges are still unknown.

Fifteen People Arrested in Izeh and Baghmalek

HRANA has identified fifteen people arrested by security forces during the protests in Izeh and Baghmalek, Khuzestan Province.

The list of these identified arrestees is as follows: (Notice the actual number of arrests is likely higher.)

In Izeh: 

• Mahmood Darvishi
• Masoud Mohammadi
• Amin Shirmardi
• Ahmad Gorooie

In Baghmalek:

• Sajjad Shafiee
• Hamzeh Shafiee
• Jamshid Ghasemian
• Jamal Ghasemian
• Sasan Zangeneh
• Shirin Mara’ashi
• Majid Yousefi
• Amin Amiri
• Salman Eyvazi
• Mehdi Mousavi
• Alireza Azarnoosh

 

According to an informed source, these individuals have been arrested in the last two days, and their whereabouts are still unknown.
Since the outbreak of nationwide protests, over 17400 people, including journalists, lawyers, teachers, students and civil rights activists, have been arrested. For more details and statistics on the nationwide protest across Iran, read HRANA’s comprehensive report here.
 

Filmmaker Mostafa Al-Ahmad’s Sentence Upheld on Appeal

Recently, the Tehran Court of Appeals upheld the sentence against filmmaker Mostafa Al-Ahmad. Earlier,  Al-Ahmad was sentenced to six years and four months, paying a fine, being banned from leaving the country for two years, and other additional punishments.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, filmmaker Mostafa Al-Ahmad was sentenced to six years and four months in prison by the Tehran Court of Appeals.

According to his lawyer, Maryam Kian Ersi, Al-Ahmad has been sentenced to three years and eight months for “assembly and collusion against national security,” eight months for “propaganda against the regime,” and two years and 150-million fine for “spreading falsehood.”

On July 8, 2022, security forces arrested Al-Ahmad and another director Mohammad Rasoulof for issuing a statement titled “Put Your Gun Down.” Later, on August 10, 2022, he was released on bail until the end of legal proceedings.

 

Actress Katayoun Riahi Arrested

Security-institutions-affiliated news channels reported that prominent actress Katayoun Riahi was arrested by security forces, allegedly for supporting nationwide protests.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, security forces arrested actress Katayoun Riahi in Qazvin County.

These state media mentioned Riahi’s support for protests despite security agents’ warnings as the reason for her arrest. Riahi’s whereabouts are still unknown.

Earlier, on September 26, 2022, the security agents searched her house and confiscated some of her belongings.

According to Tasnim News, yesterday, November 20, another actress Hengameh Ghaziani was arrested allegedly for “association with anti-regime media.” Earlier, in support of nationwide protests, she removed her headscarf in a video published on Instagram.