Masoud Ghalandari Arrested in Yasuj

On March 14, 2023, IRGC intelligence agents arrested Masoud Ghalandari at his father’s house in Yasuj. The agents searched the house and confiscated some of his belonging.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, on March 14, 2023, Masoud Ghalandari was arrested in Yasuj, Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad Province.

An informed source told HRANA, “today, ten IRGC intelligence agents raided his father’s house, beaten and arrested him. They searched the house and confiscated some of his belonging.”

Ghalandari was also previously arrested amid the 2022 nationwide protests.

The location he is detained and the allegations against him are unknown at the time of writing.

Pouria Mousavipour Sentenced to Imprisonment and Flogging

The Court of Appeals of Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad Province sentenced Pouria Mousavipour, a resident of Yasuj, to one year, 74 lashes, and paying a fine.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, Pouria Mousavipour was sentenced to one year and 74 lashes for “disturbing public order and peace by setting a car tire on fire in the street.” He was also fined 23 million tomans.

On September 26, 2022, Mousavipour was arrested by security forces amid nationwide protests in Yasuj, and after a month was released on bail.

Kourosh Jalil Sentenced to One Year in Prison

The Criminal Court sentenced Kourosh Jalil, a resident of Yasuj, to one year in prison.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, Kourosh Jalil was sentenced to one year in prison, including the pre-trial detention period, for “spreading falsehood to disturb public opinion.”

An informed source told HRANA that Jalil failed to appear at the court to defend himself since the intelligence agents had seized his cell phone; hence, he could not be informed about the court summons.

On September 21, 2022, security forces arrested Jalil in Yasuj and released him on bail on November 6, 2022. Before his arrest, he had been summoned by IRGC intelligence several times in recent months.

 

Two Inmates Executed in Yasuj and Shiraz

On December 4, 2022, two inmates were executed in Yasuj and Shiraz prisons.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting Iran Human Rights Organization, on December 4, 2022, two inmates identified as Heydar Hassani Maram and Hojjat Seifpanah were executed in Yasuj and Shiraz prisons, respectively.

Hassani was arrested and accused of drug offences and then sentenced to death four years ago.

Seifpanah was sentenced to death for killing his employer during a financial dispute.

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

Woman Arrested for Cutting her Hair in Protest 

On September 29, a young woman who cut her hair in protest against the compulsory hejab in Yasuj was attacked and arrested by the security forces.

An informed source told HRANA that the woman had cut her hair, as it is done these days, in protest against compulsory hejab in public. Then, the agents shot at her direction, arrested her, and took her to an unidentified location.

HRANA is working on identifying the woman and obtaining information about her whereabouts.

Since the start of the nationwide protests in Iran, many have cut their hair or burnt their headscarves in protest against the government’s actions.

On September 17, 2022, Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old woman, died at a hospital after the Moral Police arrested her for improper hejab. Since September 23, demonstrations were held in at least 85 cities and 18 universities across 29 provinces, and are still ongoing, as many have been arrested, injured, or killed.

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HRANA’s Daily Review of Protests in Iran

On Thursday, July 7, 2022, at least seven protests and two labour strikes took place in Iran.

About 20 workers of the municipality of Veysian, Lorestan Province walked off the job and went on strike to protest against delays in payments.

The mayor announced that due to this strike the municipality had to shut down. He said that workers’ and employees’ wages have not been fully paid for eight months.

For the third consecutive day, the workers of the Sungun copper mine went on strike and held a protest rally. This protest turned violent when the police attacked and arrested seven protestors.

Dozens of citizens whose digital assets have been frozen in the cryptocurrency exchange Cryptoland for over one year protested in front of the Economic Crimes Courthouse in Tehran.

At the same time, the victims of a gold dealer’s scam gathered before the Tehran Revolutionary Court to ask for expediting the process of this financial case.

In Kermanshah, a number of medical employees held a protest in front of the Lorestan University of Medical Sciences to protest against the post-Covid mass layoff.

The pensioners of the Social Security Organization held a protest in Shush to demand raising up pensions in accordance with Supreme Labor Council’s enactment.

In Yasuj, a number of citizens protested against local authorities’ failure to protect the oak forests in the area against caterpillar pests.

Report on Current Nationwide Protests: Hundreds Arrested; Dozens Killed and Injured

During the last two weeks, triggered by food price hikes, nationwide protests erupted in more than 31 cities across 10 provinces. HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, has recorded 53 demonstrations so far. 

According to HRANA, on Friday, May 6, 2022, following the government’s decision to cut subsidies on essential food items such as dairy products, flour, cooking oil, chicken, and eggs leading to soaring prices, the call for rallying against soaring prices went viral on social media. In the following days, several protests broke out in Khuzestan Province and soon swept through numerous cities across the country.

Prior to these protests, a series of protests and gatherings of teachers, labor workers and the retirees who had lost their pensions due to the government’s risky financial decisions had been sweeping across the country leading to dozens being arrested.

The new rounds of protests sparked initially in Susangerd City and other neighboring cities in Khuzestan Province. In the following days, at least 30 Arab-speaking citizens were arrested by security forces.

Soon after, the protests spread to other cities and provinces. The videos received from citizen journalists indicate that the protestors chanted slogans against inflation as well as the Iranian regime leaders, including President Ebrahim Raeisi and Supreme Leader Seyyed Ali Khamenei.

The map below shows the locations where the protests were.

As the map shows, the protests took place in the following cities: Izeh, Susangerd, Hamidieh, Ahvaz, Mahshahr, Masjed Soleiman, Shadegan, Jarahi Town Mahshahr, Dorud, Andimeshk, Dezful, Shahrekord, Junaqan, Fashafouyeh, Yasuj, Ardabil, Farsan, Khorramabad, Dehdasht, Borujerd, Suq, Yazd, Golpayegan, Cholicheh, Rasht, Neyshabur, Surshjan, Hafshejan, Babaheydar, Karevan Town and Pordanjan.

In total, 53 protests have been recorded. Moreover, 45 times, the attempts to start a protest were foiled due to the heavy presence of police and security forces in the streets. 

The map below shows the locations of 53 protests and the time periods.

During these protests, at least on 22 occasions in 14 cities, the police and security forces used tear gas, warning shots, pellet guns and in some cases heavy weapons against the protestors. In nine cities, tear gas and in 14 cities warning shots were used to scatter the crowds. In eight cities, security forces fired straight toward the crowds. Reportedly, security forces have used pellet guns, Kalashnikov assault rifles and paintball guns to disperse the protestors.

The map below shows the places where crackdowns and unrestrained shootings have been reported.

Since the beginning of the protests on Friday, May 6, the government disrupted the internet in several areas in Ahvaz in an attempt to prevent the protests. In the days that followed, Internet disruption was also reported in at least 10 cities.

In addition to intentional Internet disruption, the press was banned from covering the protests.

According to the reports obtained from local sources, at least 449 individuals were arrested during the protests.

So far, six people have been confirmed dead. These people have been identified as Pishali Ghalebi Hajivand (Dezful), Saadat Hadipour (Hafshejan), Jamshid Mokhtari Junaqani (Junaqan), Omid Soltani (Andimeshk), Hamid Ghasempour (Farsan City), and Behrooz Eslami (Babaheydar). HRANA can only confirm the reports on the death of the first two individuals mentioned above.

From all videos of protests which are circulating on social media, HRANA has verified the authenticity of 30 video reports which compilation you can watch below:

 

Teacher Union Activist Ali Hasan Bahamin Arrested Violently and Detained 

On Monday, April 25, 2022, the security forces arrested teacher union activist Ali Hasan Bahamin in Yasuj City. He was beaten during the arrest and was released after a day on April 26.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, on Monday, April 25, 2022, teacher union activist Ali Hasan Bahamin was arrested violently and detained for one day.

The videos obtained by HRANA show that Bahamin’s hand was injured and surrounding people were trying to stop the security forces from arresting him. According to an informed source, Bahamin was arrested while he was heading back home from the University.

On the day of Bahamin’s arrest, a number of civil activists had gathered to protest against their colleagues’ detention in front of the building of Fatah Corps, a subdivision of IRGC, in Yasuj.

Last Tuesday, during teachers’ protests in Yasuj, he had been arrested and detained for one day as well.

 

 

Thirteen Citizens Arrested and Accused of Impurity and Prostitution 

Deputy attorney of the Public and Revolutionary Court of Yasuj announced the arrest of 13 citizens for what he called “provoking and provision of indecency and prostitution.”

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting ISNA, thirteen citizens were arrested and accused of provoking indecency.

Deputy attorney of the Public and Revolutionary Court of Yasuj, Hamid Naderian claimed:

“The Moral Security Police of the province identified the place where the activities tainted with indecency and prostitution in an organized manner were taking place. By the order of the prosecutor of the Public and Revolutionary Court, in an operation, the inhabitants who were accommodated in groups and in several apartments were arrested.”

“These individuals have been charged with prostitution and severe punishment up to 10 years imprisonment awaits them. Also, by the order of the prosecutor, the building is closed until further notice.”

The Moral Security Police is a sub-branch of the Intelligence and Public Security Police that acts as an Islamic religious police center.

Couple Executed in Yasuj Central Prison

On Tuesday, November 23, a couple was executed in Yasuj Central Prison.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting Rokna, the man and woman had previously been sentenced to death after being charged with the murder of two people. HRANA has identified the executed man as Siavash Ardeshiri. The identity of the executed woman is still unknown as of this writing.

Public and Revolutionary Prosecutor of Yasuj Seyed Ali Malek-Hosseini commented on the verdict.

“On December 18, 2018, a man and his wife are arrested on the charge of murdering two people and subsequently were sentenced to death,” Malek-Hosseini stated. “This verdict was confirmed by the Supreme Court. The convicted man claimed that his motivation for these homicides was to save his marriage relationship.”

The most recent report of the Statistics and Publication Center of the Human Rights Activists in Iran (HRA) states that between October 8 of 2020 and October 9 of 2021, at least 266 citizens, three of whom were juvenile offenders, were executed and 90 citizens were sentenced to death.

As the report points out, Iran’s judicial authorities do not publicly announce over 82% of executions. These unreported executions are known as “secret executions” by human rights organizations.