HRANA’s Daily Review of Protests in Iran

On Monday, August 22, 2022, at least four protests took place in Iran.

In Isfahan, a number of farmers demonstrated in front of the Isfahan Regional Water Organization to demand their water portions and other issues.

A number of workers of Qazvin-based chemical and consumer goods Company Tolypers gathered and protested at their workplace. One of the workers said: “Since the beginning of the year, due to the raw material shortage, the factory productivity has been decreased and payments have been delayed for three to four months.”

A number of retirees of Tejarat Bank protested before the central building of this Bank in Tehran.

A number of residents of a district in Dehgolan County, Kurdistan Province, held a protest against mining activities, which have damaged farmlands, and water springs.

 

Karim Pezeshki and Saeed Rashidi in Pre-trial Detention

Karim Pezeshki and Saeed Rashidi, residents of Baneh, Kurdistan Province, are still in pre-trial detention after more than eight months since their arrest.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, Karim Pezeshki and Saeed Rashidi have been unlawfully kept in detention.

“They have been allowed to have a family visit and make phone calls. However, security and judicial authorities refuse to grant bail for a temporary release or an attorney,” an informed source told HRANA.

On November 11, 2021, security forces arrested nine people in Baneh, including Pezeshki and Rashidi. Intelligence agents used violence during the arrest, searched their houses and confiscated some of their personal belongings. 

Two Teacher Union Activists Arrested in Mariwan

Security forces in Kurdistan Province arrested two teacher union activists, Jabbar Doosti and Mehdi Tafsiri in Mariwan and transferred them to an unidentified location. Two other teachers and residents of Mariwan, Aram Ghaderi and Aram Mohammadi were also beaten by security forces. Aram Ghaderi was then arrested and released after a few hours of interrogation.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting the Telegram channel of the Coordination Council of the Iranian Teachers’ Trade Association, two teacher union activists, Jabbar Doosti and Mehdi Tafsiri were arrested by security forces.

The video received by HRANA shows a teachers’ gathering in Mariwan before the Ministry of Education was taken over by the police force.

In recent days, and especially since the Teacher Appreciation Week in Iran is close, many teachers and educators have been summoned or arrested by security and judicial institutions.

Aram Moradian Detained After 37 Days

Aram Moradian, a resident of Tangsir Village in Kurdistan Province, is still in detention after 37 days. On November 14, he was arrested after his appearance at the Revolutionary Court in Sanandaj City.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting Kurdpa, Moradian has been denied a lawyer and family visitation. He was reportedly allowed to make two short phone calls.

According to an informed source, Aram Moradian was summoned to the Revolutionary Court of Sanandaj. During the session, the court issued a detention warrant against him.

On April 27, he was arrested by security forces without a warrant. After being charged with “collaboration with one of the opposition political parties”, he was released on bail of 500 million tomans (approx. 18000 dollars) until the end of legal proceedings.

One Worker Killed and One Injured in Recent Workplace Accidents

In two recent workplace accidents, one worker lost his life in Azna City in Lorestan Province and one was injured severely in Baneh City in Kurdistan Province.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting IRIB News Agency, a worker of Iran Ferroalloy Industries Company was killed after falling from a tall industrial structure. Reportedly, he died from a heavy object that fell on top of him in the accident.

In a separate work accident, according to IRNA, a gasoline leak from a car parked in a store caused a fire that severely injured one worker in an industrial town in Baneh City.

“The fire broke out in the store due to the gasoline leaked from a car in the vicinity of a heading torch” head of Municipal Fire and Safety Services of Baneh Salar Bastami stated. The injured worker has second-degree burns and is now hospitalized in Tabriz City.

Iran ranks 102nd in workplace safety out of 189 countries.

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Young Woman Burned to Death by Father in what Islamic Penal Code Deems “Honor Killing”

Early on Sunday, October 3,  news spread on social media of a young woman who was burned to death by her father in Sanandaj, the capital of Kurdistan Province.

HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, has identified the victim as 22-year-old Faezeh Maleki, who had been living in Dolat-Abad (Kurkureh), a village in Sanandaj county.

Reportedly, after she passed away in hospital, her father was beaten by some people, which led to the arrest of some of these attackers.

“Faezeh Maleki got divorced shortly after her marriage,” an informed source told HRANA. “Thereafter, she wanted to marry a young man but his parent disagreed with this marriage. Once some pictures showing the continuation of their relationship came into the hands of her father, he punished his daughter by burning her with gasoline.”

In a post on social media, the victim’s surgeon announced her death and mentioned having a boyfriend as the reason why his father committed this crime. He said that her father is still free. Thereafter, his post was taken down for unknown reasons.

“They send her to hospital but medical team could not save her life and she passed away from severe injuries,” the source added. “Some furious citizens beat her father, who is drug-addicted, in Eghbal Square in Sanandaj. Police detained the father and some of these attackers.”

According to Islamic penal codes, the severity of a sentence in cases of homicide is in large part determined by the wishes of the “blood avenger”, or closest relation to the victim. If a father is convicted of killing his child, however, he can then act as his own “blood avenger”, which almost always results in a significantly lighter sentence.

Typically, a father convicted of killing his child be sentenced to “Weregild payment” and relatively short imprisonment. As case investigations have shown, this system has at times encouraged parents to commit such so-called “honor killing”, because they are aware of the sentence leniency that will be afforded to them if convicted.

Arman Asadi Arrested by Security Forces in Divandarreh

On Monday, September 27, Arman Asadi was arrested by security forces and transferred to the Sanandaj Intelligence Detention Center.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, Asadi, who is a native of Divandarreh in Kurdistan Province, informed his family  yesterday that he had been transferred to this security detention center.

“Mr. Asadi was detained by security forces when he was closing his shop for lunch,” an informed source told HRANA.

The reasons for Asadi’s  arrest and the charges against him are not known as of this writing.

Gharib Sharifzadeh Arrested by Security Forces in Saqqez in Kurdistan Province

On Saturday, September 18, Gharib Sharifzadeh was arrested by security forces in Saqqez in Kurdistan Province.

According to the HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting Center of Democracy and Human Rights in Kurdistan, Sharifzadeh was taken to an unknown location following the arrest.

The report states that Mr. Sharifzadeh is from Saqqez in Kurdistan Province.  Sharifzadeh is said to have been arrested without a warrant and was beaten at the time of the arrest.

Mr. Sharifzadeh has a history of arrest and conviction and was sentenced to two years in prison for “collaborating with an opposition party” in 2017, which he endured in Saqqez Prison.

As of this writing, no information is available on the reasons for his detention, the charges against him, or his whereabouts.

Citizen Detained by Security Forces in Baneh

On September 15, Anvar Rasouli was arrested by security forces in Baneh City in Kurdistan Province.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, Rasouli was transferred to an unknown location following the arrest.

Anvar Rasouli is 45 years old and from Abolhassan village. The report says that Mr. Rasouli was arrested without a court order.

As of this writing, no information is available on the reasons for Rasouli’s detention or the charges against him.

Two Citizens Detained in Sanandaj and Taken to Unknown Location

On Monday, September 6, two citizens were arrested by security forces in Sanandaj in Kurdistan Province.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting Kurdpa, the citizens were taken to an unknown location following their arrest.

The report has identified the detainees as Behrouz Azizi and Rasoul Azizian, both from the village of Mehrab in the Sanandaj area. The reasons for their detention and whereabouts are still unknown.