Nine Inmates Executed in Different Prisons

In recent days, nine inmates convicted of murder or drug-related crimes were executed in Kashan, Zahedan, Mashhad, Isfahan, Iranshahr and Hamedan.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, on November 28, an inmate identified by his last name as Turkzadeh was executed in Hamedan Prison. He was previously convicted of murder.

Haal Vsh news outlet reported the execution of two inmates Abdolnabi Mazar-Zehi and Mohammad-Amin Omar-Zehi in Zahedan Prison. Both were convicted of drug-related crimes.

Haal Vsh also reported the execution of Mohammad-Omar Khameh in Mashhad and Abdollah Salahzehi in Iranshahr. Both were convicted of murder.

According to Iran Human Rights Organization, on November 26, an inmate identified as Keyhan Shaker-Panahi in Kashan and three inmates in Isfahan, of which two have been identified as Hossein Kheirollahi and Saheb Rasouli, were executed.

None of the official sources and media outlets inside the country has reported these executions at the time of writing.

Iranian Labour News Agency Staff Intimidated and Arrested by Security Forces

Since the outbreak of nationwide protests, Labour News Agency (ILNA) staff have been subjected to intimidation and arrest by security institutions.

Somayeh Masroor, the head of ILNA, was arrested at protests and released on bail after a few days.

In another case, leaving the country toward Qatar in order to cover the football world cup news, ILNA’s sports editor was stopped at the airport by security forces. The agents arrested him and seized his passport.

Several other staff have also been summoned, interrogated and forced to sign a letter of commitment.
On Wednesday, November 23, IRGC forces arrested ILNA’s reporter Reza Asad-Abadi at his house. Since then, he has not called his family.
Also, in mid-November, judicial authorities banned another ILNA reporter in Qazvin, Seyyed Mostafa Jafari, from practising journalism. He was also banned from leaving the country for six months.


Student Maryam Derisi Sentenced to Three Years

The Kazerun Revolutionary Court sentenced student Maryam Derisi to three years imprisonment. If the verdict is upheld on appeal, two years for one charge will be enforceable to her.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, Maryam Derisi, a Master’s student at the University of Saveh, was sentenced to three years in prison.

According to this verdict, Derisi was sentenced to two years for “insulting the Supreme Leader of Iran” and one year for “propaganda against the regime.”

On October 15, 2022, security forces arrested Derisi in Shiraz and jailed her in Adel-Abad Prison. On November 2, she was released on bail.


Journalist Maryam Vahidian Arrested

On November 27, 2022, security forces arrested Journalist Maryam Vahidian at her house and took her to an undisclosed location. The agents also searched the house and confiscated some of her belongings.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, on November 27, 2022, journalist Maryam Vahidian was arrested at her house.

An informed source told HRANA that Vahidian was arrested at her birthday party. The agents confiscated her laptop, cell phone, and the guests’ cell phones.

The reason for her arrest and her whereabouts is still unknown.

Teacher Union Activist Jafar Ebrahimi Sentenced to Five Years

On November 27, the Tehran Court of Appeals upheld a five-year sentence against teacher union activist Jafar Ebrahimi.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, teacher union activist Jafar Ebrahimi was sentenced to five years in prison.

In late October 2022, the Tehran Revolutionary court sentenced him to four years on the charge of “assembly and collusion” and one year on “propaganda against the regime.” He was also banned from leaving the country and from membership in political and civil groups for two years.

Based on article 134 of the Islamic Penal Code, four years for the first charge will be enforceable to him.

Last week, Ebrahimi was hospitalized due to poor health conditions.

Ebrahimi is a teacher and Tehran Iranian Teachers’ Trade Association member. In February of this year, he was sentenced to four years and six months in another legal case.



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Sepideh Gholian Faced New Charges in Prison

Imprisoned civil rights activist Sepideh Gholian was briefed on the charges of a new legal case following the complaint of the Bushehr General Directorate of Prisons.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, imprisoned civil rights activist Sepideh Gholian was faced with the charges of “spreading falsehood, blasphemy, insulting and slandering government officials.”

His brother wrote on social media that prison officials have denied Gholian access to phone calls since November 19.

On November 18, 2018, Sepideh Gholian was arrested along with at least 19 others, including members of the Assembly of Representatives of Haft-Tappeh workers, and several workers’ activists by security police in Shush city. She was released on bail on December 18, 2018.

After broadcasting her forced confession as well as some other workers’ activists, including Esmail Bakhshi on state TV, they announced that the “confessions” were extracted under duress. Soon after this announcement, the security police arrested them.

On October 26, 2019, Gholian was released on bail until the end of legal proceedings. On December 14, 2019, she was sentenced to 5 years imprisonment by Tehran Appellate Court.
On June 21, 2020, Gholian began serving her prison term in Evin prison. On March 10, 2021, she was exiled to Bushehr Prison, where she was held until she was granted leave.

On September 10 as a protest against her imprisonment in exile and away from her city. Three days later, she was hospitalised due to her hunger strike.




Baha’i citizen Sanaz Tafazoli Arrested in Mashhad

On Tuesday, November 22, 2022, the intelligence agents arrested Baha’i citizen Sanaz Tafazoli in Mashhad and took her to an undisclosed location. The agent searched her house and confiscated some of her and her son’s belongings.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, Baha’i citizen Sanaz Tafazoli was arrested in Mashhad.

After three days, Tafazoli’s whereabouts is still unknown.
She has faced other arrests and convictions on a prior occasion.


Iran Protests: 13 More Detainees Identified

Based on the latest reports obtained by HRANA and other news outlets, 13 people arrested by security forces related to nationwide protests in recent days have been identified.

The list of these detainees goes as follows:

  • Amaneh Zamani, children’s rights activist- Tehran on November 24.
  • Shahriar Yadegar, age 24- Khash, Sistan and Baluchestan province on November 18. (source: Haal Vsh)
  • Adib Manoochehri- Paveh, Kermanshah Province. (Source: Kurdpa)
  • Ali Jahangirzadeh- Mahabad, West Azerbaijan Province. (Source: Kurdpa)
  • Farhad Navabi- Mahabad, West Azerbaijan Province. (Source: Kurdpa)
  • Pouya Mazloumi, a student-Tehran, jailed at the Great Tehran Penitentiary.
  • Amir Nasr Azadani, former soccer player, Isfahan (identified by Iran International Tv)
  • Mohammad Babooli- Mahabad, West Azerbaijan Province. (Source: Kurdpa)
  • Mohammad-Taher Ahmadi-Aghdam-Mahabad, West Azerbaijan Province. (Source: Kurdpa)
  • Heyman Sargoli -Mahabad, West Azerbaijan Province. (Source: Kurdpa)
  • Mohammad Khalili -Mahabad, West Azerbaijan Province. (Source: Kurdpa)
  • Peiman Roozkhoon -Mahabad, West Azerbaijan Province. (Source: Kurdpa)
  • Samku Doodkanlu-Mahabad, West Azerbaijan Province. (Source: Kurdpa)

The charges against these individuals are still unknown.

Since the outbreak of nationwide protests, over 18100 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.



Yarsan Civil Activist Siavash Hayati Sentenced to One Year Imprisonment

Recently, the Kermanshah Revolutionary Court sentenced Siavash Hayati, spokesperson for the Advisory Forum of Yarsan Civil Activists, to one year in prison.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, Siavash Hayati, a member of the Yarsan community, was sentenced to one year in prison on the charge of “propaganda against the regime.”

On September 23, 2022, security forces arrested Hayati in Kermanshah. He was released on bail after fifteen days.

Hayati faced other arrests on prior occasions.

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.