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.


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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8 Prisoners Hanged in Rajai Shahr Prison

HRANA News Agency – 8 prisoners were executed in Rajai Shahr prison in Karaj.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), most of these prisoners were sentenced to death with drug-related crimes and were taken to solitary confinements in ward five in Rajai Shahr prison, last Saturday. Mansoor Gholamzadeh, Reza Ghorbani, Mahmood Maleki, Ahmad Malekizadeh and Hamid Farajloo were executed and the other three prisoners have not been identified yet.

The brother of one of those executed, told HRANA’s reporter: “My brother did not deserve execution; unfortunately today his corpse was delivered to my family for burial and funeral services.”

About his brother’s alleged relationship with drugs, he said: “My brother used to be a street fighter and one time he was rotated along with several people, (for humiliation), but he never misused drugs and he was not a drug dealer and he was quiet, but in his second trial, he was sentenced to death by the judge. He was quite and was serving his imprisonment.”

Also, HRANA has got some news, which stated that several prisoners have been taken to solitary confinements for execution in Qezalhesar prison, but we have no more information yet.

More Prisoners Scheduled to Be Executed in Karaj

HRANA News Agency – A number of families of prisoners who have been sentenced to death in Rajai Shahr prison and Qezelhesar, in Karaj, were called for their last visit with prisoners on Monday.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), these prisoners were transferred to solitary confinement since last Monday, in Karaj central prison, Rajai Shahr prison and Qezalhesar, and 8 of them were executed in Karaj central prison and the others are still waiting for execution. Continue reading “More Prisoners Scheduled to Be Executed in Karaj”

More than 16 Prisoners Are in Danger of Imminent Execution

HRANA News Agency – At least 16 death row prisoners in central prison of Karaj and Rajaei Shahr prison are waiting for execution of their sentences.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), these prisoners have been transferred to solitary confinements of ward number 5 of Rajaei Shahr prison and central prison of Karaj yesterday.

According to the received reports, 7 prisoners from those 16 are transferred to Rajaei Shahr prison and 9 others are kept in solitary confinements. In conclusion, by the time this news is being edited, 9 death row prisoners in central prison of Karaj and more than 7 others in Rajaei Shahr prison are waiting for the execution of their sentences.

The identities of 5 prisoners who is known so far, are: Reza Ghorbani, Mahmood Maleki, Hamid Farajloo, Ahmad Malekizadeh and Mansour Gholamzadeh. However, unconfirmed reports claim that more prisoners have been transferred to Rajai Shahr prison.

As the officials announced that these prisoners are going to be executed this morning, their families gathered in front of the prosecutor’s office in Karaj on Sunday morning, but officials refused to make any comment.

These prisoners have been sentenced to death on charges related to drug trafficking.