Sunday, March 6, 2016

International Women’s Day-messages from inside Iran-Reyhaneh Jabbari’s Mother&Political prisoner Saleh Kohandel

International Women’s Day message of Reyhaneh Jabbari’s Mother

On the eve of International Women’s Day, Sholeh Pakravan, mother of Rayhaneh Jabbari- the young Iranian girl, that was sentenced to death and later executed despite international outrage, for defending herself against a rapist- sent a message to mark International Women's Day, March 8th and expressed her outrage at the Iranian mullahs' misogyny.

The message reads in part:

“On the occasion of March 8th, International Women's Day: I am a woman. A silent woman who has the cries of silent women from the depths of the history in her heart. I am a woman who has felt with my flesh and skin the suffering of the innocent girls whose right and justice seeking voices in their defense are not heard when they are raped. Because my child was in such a situation. I am a mother. The mother of the girl who went to the gallows unjustly.”

She goes on to say, “My Rayhaneh has now joined history. But her perseverance and insistence on truth and justice, has been a model for many girls. Oppressors abducted Rayhaneh from my arms and hanged her. Unaware that Rayhaneh's (basil) seeds were planted in the ground and thousands of green and fresh basil will grow from it.”

The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) stands in solidarity with the women of Iran who have had to go through such terrible exploitation and oppression. On Saturday, February 27, 2016, on the eve of the International Women’s Day, a grand gathering entitled, “Pledge for Parity: Women United against Fundamentalism” was held in the presence of the Iranian Resistance's President-elect Maryam Rajavi and a number of political dignitaries, intellectuals, prominent personalities, and activists of the equality movement from 26 countries and four continents.

She said that, "Mandatory veil, is an all-inclusive and permanent tool for suppression of women. In a matter of only one year, 3.6 million women were inspected and questioned on the streets for "improper veiling" and 18,000 women were put on trial.”

The NCRI is of the view that the common practice of violence and rape against women and widespread addiction and misery of women are among products of the mullahs' corrupt Sharia.

In Iran under the rule of the mullahs, polygamy, anti-human treatment of women and girl children, sexual abuse of girl children under 9 years of age are justified and imposed on women. Mrs Rajavi said that the Velayat-e Faqih is a senseless monopoly that is confronting women's equal rights full force. “They have turned Iran into a big prison for women.”

Women are the main victims of fundamentalism in Iran. The NCRI supports theirs struggle against oppression. With solidarity and unity of action, they can play a significant and key role in combatting the excesses of the Iranian regime

Iran: Political prisoner’s message to his daughter in exile on the occasion of International Women's Day

Mr. Saleh Kohandel, a political prisoner currently held in a notorious prison in Iran has written a letter marking March 8th, International Woman’s Day to his daughter, Paria, who managed to secretly exit Iran last year and join the main Iranian opposition movement, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK).

“I congratulate my daughters, Paria, and Zahra, and all your colleagues from inside the dungeons of the fundamentalist mullahs’ prisons. I say loud and clear: Thousands and thousands of salutations to you for choosing such a beautiful path and said no to the reactionary culture of the mullahs… congratulations to you

Of course, I was certain that none of the chains and restrictions of their culture could not keep you in their grasps. About me, don’t be worried because I have placed my entire cause to you, my spirit is with you and only my physical body is imprisoned by the inhumane mullahs, which itself is not very important. Now the mullahs’ regime is seeking to decay my body in solitary confinement, hang me like [PMOI member] Mr. Saremi, or have me murdered like my heroic friend, Shahrokh Zamani.

My girl, Paria, on such a beautiful day (International Women’s Day), which the misogynist mullahs cannot even tolerate as their ancestors buried girls alive and now they are splashing acid on innocent women’s faces, I am asking you to on my behalf congratulate those who are struggling for the freedom and liberation of Iranian women from the fundamentalist mullahs. It doesn’t matter what religion they may believe in.

And to those appeasing the mullahs, tell them to not waste their time because the future is ours and the mullahs will be defeated.
May victory be yours
Saleh Kohandel
Gohardasht Prison of Karaj – March 20 16

Annual Book: Iranian Women in 2015


No comments:

Post a Comment