Down with Islamic regime: free political prisoners


forough taghipour born in 1994, is currently imprisoned in Evin prison in Tehran and must remain in prison for over 15 years. She is now 29 years old and will get released when she is 44 years old.

Forough was arrested for the first time in February 2020. She was taken to Evin Prison in Tehran along with her mother and was subjected to interrogation and torture for several weeks.

She was sentenced to 5 years in prison in February 2020 for the charge of association with Mujahideen, but she was released from prison in January 2023 after the order to amnesty political prisoners. Her two-year imprisonment was accompanied by numerous physical ailments.

In July 2023, while only 6 months had passed since her release, the security agencies arrested her without any specific charges in the fall and transferred her to Ward 209 of Evin.
During the #Women_Life_Freedom movement, she was imprisoned in solitary confinement. In November 2023, she was tried on the charge of “membership in opposition groups of the Iranian regime.”
The Islamic regime put her in solitary confinement for two months under all kinds of physical and mental tortures so that she would agree to their scenario and confess to the accusations they had made against her. Finally, in February of the same year, she was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Sharifeh Mohammadi, a labor rights activist based in Rasht, remains in prison and in a state of uncertainty as she enters her fifth month of detention.

Mohammadi was arrested in her home during a raid by security forces on the morning of 5 December 2023, and after being introduced to the Rasht Intelligence Office, she was transferred to #Sanandaj Prison. During her interrogation, Sharifeh Mohammadi was beaten by security agents and transferred to Lakan Prison in Rasht, where she was deprived of her right to medical care.

She faces serious security charges in Lakan Prison in Rasht.

Zohre Dadras was sentenced to six years and one day imprisonment for “forming a group” and to three years and six months and one day imprisonment for “assembly and collusion against national security”.

Fateme (Zohre) Dadras, born in 1989, holds a Master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Tehran. She is a student activist and campaigner for women’s and children’s rights. She lives in Rasht, where she is a well-known social activist.
Zohre Dadras was arrested on 16 August 2023, along with 11 other women’s rights activists, after agents raided her home.

After 47 days of interrogation and detention, she was released from Lakan Prison in Rasht on 1 October

Shiva_Shah_Siah, a women’s rights activist, has been sentenced to three years, six months, and one day of imprisonment, as well as two years, seven months, and sixteen days of imprisonment on charges of “membership in a group.”
Shiva Shah-Siah, born in 1992, holds a Bachelor’s degree in stage and costume design from Tehran University’s College of Fine Arts. She is an illustrator and graphic designer who resides in Lahijan. Shiva Shah-Siah is interested in and active in women’s and gender studies.
On August 15, 2023, Shiva Shah-Siah, along with eleven other women activists, was detained by security forces raiding her home. After undergoing interrogation individually by the intelligence forces, she was transferred to Lakan Prison on September 26, 2023.

MatinYazdani, a women’s rights activist and a resident of Rasht, was sentenced to three years, six months and 1 day in prison on charges of “association and collusion” and two years, seven months and 16 days on charges of “membership in a group”.

Matin, born in 1986, graduated in sociology, photographer, women’s rights activist and one of the skilled teachers of children in Rasht city. In recent years, her activities and concerns were in the field of eliminating and fighting violence against women.
Matin Yazdani was arrested on August 25, 2023, with others Rasht women activists, in a raid by security forces at her home, and after being interrogated at the Rasht Intelligence Department, she was released on bail from Rasht’s Lakan prison on September 26.

Osman Ismaili, a labour activist imprisoned, is at risk of losing his legs due to severe spinal cord compression and involvement of four vertebrae. If surgery is not performed promptly, the possibility of him becoming paralyzed is certain.
The “Defense Committee for Osman Ismaili” has announced that Osman Ismaili was transferred from Saqqez prison to Sanandaj Central Prison on February 12, 2024, for medical treatment. In this prison, he suffers from various pains, but the authorities of Sanandaj Central Prison refused to deliver the MRI results to a neurologist after a month of testing.
According to the report, with continuous follow-ups, Ismaili’s family delivered the required test to a neurologist, who informed them of the risk of Ismaili losing his legs.
Osman Ismaili was supposed to undergo surgery for a hernia before this, but this has not been done yet. In the past two months, he has visited several specialists, including cardiologists, neurologists, and surgeons, all of whom have emphasized his physical condition’s severity.
Osman Ismaili, a painter labour activist from Kurdistan, has been detained and imprisoned numerous times for defending workers’ rights. Government forces detained Ismaili in February 2023 without presenting a judicial order and transferred him to one of the security detention centres in Sanandaj for interrogation. Then, in May 2023, he was temporarily released from Saqqez prison on bail of one billion tomans until the end of the trial process. On June 18, 2023, a court session was held in Saqqez to hear the charges against Osman Ismaili, including the accusation of “membership in opposition parties and propaganda against the regime.” In November 2023, the sentence of 16 months of imprisonment issued by the Revolutionary Court of Saqqez was confirmed verbatim by the Supreme Court, and on November 13, 2023, he was transferred to prison to serve his sentence.


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