HRANA’s Daily Review of Protests in Iran

On Monday, August 15, 2022, at least five protests took place in Iran.

The farmers who are cultivating rapeseed gathered in front of the governor’s office in Behbahan, Khuzestan Province to demand the rest of the payment for their sold rapeseed crops from the government.

The farmers from Isfahan Province gathered in front of Isfahan Water and Waste Water Company to protest against the authorities mismanagement and inattention toward drying up the river Zayandeh-Rud.

For the third consecutive day, a group of truck drivers demonstrated before the Governor’s Office in Sirik county, Hormozgan Province in protest against cutting their fuels portion following readjustments according to a new fuel portion scheme.

A number of residents of Hendijan, Khuzestan Province, rallied against frequent power outages.

A number of civil rights and women’s rights activists demonstrated against Sepideh Rashno’s detention. They asked the authorities to inform the public about Rashno’s conditions and whereabouts, and asked for her release.

Artist Rashno is in custody for her resistance and confrontation against an individual who was enforcing the Hejab code in public transportation, a practice which is praised by the Iranian authorities.

Sepideh Rashno Hospitalized Prior to Forced TV Confession

An informed source has revealed to HRANA that detained artist Sepideh Rashno had been hospitalized due to the risk of internal bleeding, which raised the question as to whether she was tortured to make confession aired on July 30. 

On July 16, security forces arrested Rashno after a quarrel on a city bus with a woman who harassed and assaulted her for what she deemed improper hejab. 

The informed source told HRANA, “Overnight, a lot of agents took Rashno to the Taleghani Hospital in Tehran for a possible internal bleeding caused by assault.”

A few days after the hospitalisation, Iran’s State TV broadcast Rashno’s forced confession. A picture on social media showing Rashno’s paled face and circles around her eye raised concern about her health condition. So far, she has been denied access to a lawyer and the charges against her are unknown.

Rashno is in custody for her resistance and confrontation against an individual who was enforcing the hejab code in public transportation, a practice which is praised by the Iranian authorities.

Sepideh Rashno Coerced to Make TV Confession

Official media outlets inside Iran have released a forced confession video of imprisoned artist Sepideh Rashno who is in custody for her resistance and confrontation against an individual who was enforcing the hejab code in public transportation, a practice which is praised by the Iranian authorities.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists,  the regime authorities forced detained artist Sepideh Rashno to make a coerced TV confession, which is a common practice and a violation of the individual’s human rights

In this confession video, Rashno, whose hand had been injured during the quarrel, blamed herself instead of the attacker.

 A video has been circulating on social media showing a woman harassing Rashno and blaming her for an improper hejab at public transportation. After the video was published, security forces arrested Rashno. 

An informed source told HRANA, “Mrs Rashno was allowed a short phone call to one of her relatives, but she has not called her family. The judicial officials told her family that a legal case has been opened against her in Branch 3 of Evin Prosecutor’s Office”.

Sepideh Rashno, age 28, is a student of Tehran University and a resident of Khorramabad.

IRGC Detained Artist Sepideh Rashno 

Artist and student Sepideh Rashno is still held at an IRGC detention facility known as Ward A-1. On July 16, security forces arrested Rashno after a quarrel on a city bus with a woman who harassed and assaulted her for what she deemed as improper hejab. Such incidents are on the rise in public places as the government has tightened the hejab enforcement. 

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, Artist and student activist Sepideh Rashno is held at an IRGC detention facility awaiting further legal proceedings.

So far, she has been denied access to a lawyer and phone calls in prison.

The charges against Rashno are unknown so far.

Last week, a video circulated on social media showing a woman harassing another and blaming her for an improper hejab. After publishing the video, security forces arrested  Rashno, who is an artist and a resident of Khorramabad.

The Iranian regime encourages citizens to get involved in the enforcement of the Islamic code in public as a religious duty, which demonstrates how significant compliance with these rules is for the government.