Aida Shakarami Charged with “Inciting Immorality and Indecency”

Aida Shakarami, sister of the deceased protester Nika Shakarami, has been formally charged with “inciting immorality and indecency” and “disobedience to officers.”

Her lawyer, Reza Shafakhah, confirmed that the Criminal Court of Tehran is handling the case, with the court session scheduled for June 24, 2024.
Tehran’s Morality Police initially detained Aida and subsequently released her on bail from Shahr-e-Ray Prison on March 23 of this year.
Her sister Nika, a sixteen-year-old from Khorramabad, was tragically killed during protests in Tehran on September 21, 2022.

Journalist Mohammad Parsi Faces Legal Action

The Tehran prosecutor has initiated legal action against journalist Mohammad Parsi for “publishing an article detailing Nika Shakarami’s death.” Parsi confirmed this legal action to the public.

Recently, a report by the BBC revealed leaked documents about the sexual assault and murder of teenage girl Nika Shakarami, committed by security forces during nationwide protests. This report has sparked widespread reactions, resulting in the arrest of several individuals by the Iranian regime in an attempt to silence dissent.

Parsi, the chief editor of the literary magazine Kandoo, has previously faced legal challenges for his journalistic work.

Sister of Killed Protester Nika Shakarami Arrested for Hijab Non-Compliance

Nasrin Shakarmi, mother of Nika Shakarami, who was killed at the hands of regime forces during the 2022 nationwide protests, has disclosed that her other daughter, Aida, was detained by Tehran’s Morality Police for non-compliance with hijab regulations.

“Yesterday, Tehran’s Morality Police arrested my daughter, Aida, for not adhering to compulsory hijab. She remains in custody,” Nasrin Shakarmi stated.

The location of Aida Shakarami’s detention and the specific allegations against her are currently undisclosed.
Nika Shakarami, aged sixteen and from Khorramabad, was tragically killed on September 21, 2022, during protests in Tehran.

A Comprehensive Report of the First 82 days of Nationwide Protests in Iran

  HRANA – Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old young woman, was arrested by the morality police for the crime of improper hijab. Her arrest and death in detention fueled nationwide protests in Iran. Protesters came to the streets with the central slogan “Women, Life, Freedom” in protest against the performance, laws, and structure of the regime. The following 486-page report is dedicated to the statistical review, analysis, and summary of the first eighty-two days of the ongoing protests (September 17 to December 7, 2022). In this report, in addition to the geographic analysis and the presentation of maps and charts, the identity of 481 deceased, including 68 children and teenagers, an estimated of 18,242 arrested along with the identity of 3,670 arrested citizens, 605 students and 61 journalists or activists in the field of information is compiled. In addition, the report includes a complete collection of 1988 verified video reports by date and topic. The report examines protests across 1115 documented gatherings in all 31 provinces of the country, including 160 cities and 143 universities.

Summary

Mahsa (Zhina) Amini, a young 22-year-old woman from Saqqez, Kurdistan was visiting Tehran, when she was taken into custody on Tuesday, September 13, 2022, by the Morality Police officers at the Haqqani metro station in Tehran. The reason for her arrest: not properly observing the strict Islamic dress code. Mahsa/Zhina was taken to the infamous detention center of Moral Security Police known as Vozara.
Shortly after Mahsa’s arrest, she went into a coma with level three concussion, and her partially alive body was transferred to the intensive care unit of Kasra Hospital. Given the track record of the police and Guidance Patrols in mistreating the arrestees and similar previous incidents, with the believe that Mahsa was beaten during the arrest people were outraged.

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Unpersuasive explanations given by the Central Command of the Islamic Republic Police Force (FARAJA) in defense of its actions regarding the death of Mahsa, the past performance of the police force, along with widespread dissatisfaction with the existence of a body called the Moral Security Police, fueled widespread protests in Iran.
The widespread protests sparked at the time Mahsa Amini was announced dead in front of Kasra Hospital on Argentina Street in Tehran, and then quickly spread to the streets despite the intimidating presence of Iran’s security forces. The protests intensified after Mahsa’s burial in a Saqqez cemetery. To the extent that after eighty-two days of nationwide protests between September 17, 2022, to December 7, 2022, they have spread to Iran’s all 31 provinces, 160 cities, and 143 major universities.
The protests did not stay limited to Mahsa’s death, it rather, quickly targeted the Iranian government’s political and ideological foundations. These protests were violently quashed by the anti-riot police and Iran’s militia force (Basij). teargas, pellets, and live ammunition were used in the repression of protestors. This widespread crackdown has led to the death of dozens of people and the wounding of hundreds of protestors.
Despite sever communication restrictions imposed by the Islamic Republic, this report attempts to give a clearer picture of the first 82 days of the protests between September 17, to December 7, 2022. It’s worth mentioning at the time of this report the protests are still ongoing in various forms.

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