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HANA https://hana-hr.org/

Hawar News https://hawarnews.com/en/

Hengaw https://hengaw.net/en

HRA https://www.en-hrana.org

Iran Human Rights https://iranhr.net/en/

KHRN http://kurdistanhumanrights.org/en

KMMK https://kmmk-ge.org/

Kurdistan Press Agency https://kurdpa.net/en

Kurdistan24 https://www.kurdistan24.net/en

Rudaw https://www.rudaw.net/english

NEWS

  1. Kurdish political prisoners begin hunger strike in Evin Prison over transfer
  2. Riot in the women’s ward of Urmia prison following Parvin Mousavi’s transfer to solitary confinement for execution
  3. Iranian director Rasoulof sentenced to eight years in prison and flogging, says his lawyer
  4. Iranian media highlights KRG President Nechirvan Barzani’s visit
  5. Child Kurdish Kolbar blinded in Eye by Iranian Border Guards
  6. Iran arrests Kurdish singer over revolutionary songs
  7. Security forces arrest 14 Kurdish activists in Oshnavieh
  8. Jîna Amini’s mother protests death penalty given to Kurdish rapper Tumac Salihi
  9. Iraq must continue negotiations with Iran on water release: Expert
  10. PJAK holds its 7th congress
  11. Drone strike kills two in southeast Iran: State media
  12. Iranian rapper sentenced to death over aiding protests: Media
  13. Femicide: Young Woman Fatally Assaulted by Spouse in Urmia, Iran
  14. Low salaries, disrespect push Iran’s health workers on the brink of suicide
  15. 15 women killed in Iran in one month
  16. Gilan Gharb/ War ammunition took the life of a female citizen
  17. Iranian Defense Ministry showcases military capabilities at Baghdad security exhibition
  18. Kurdish teacher sentenced to ten years in prison in Iran
  19. Hana’s announcement about the arrest and detention of Maysoon Majidi in Italy
  20. Businesses fear closure as Iran tightens compulsory hijab measures
  21. Journalist and Student Dina Ghalibaf Arrested in Tehran
  22. Iran: The incident can be considered closed
  23. Trial of Kurdish woman activist Moradi in Tehran postponed
  24. “Honor Killing” Claims Another Woman’s Life in Iran
  25. UN human rights body extends Iran fact-finding mission
  26. KCK commemorates martyrs of Mahabad and Kizildere
  27. Senate set to advance Mahsa Amini act in April
  28. Iranian Authorities arrest Prominent Kurdish Singer
  29. 15-year-old kolbar child dies of cold in Saqqez
  30. Iranian state forces torture Kurdish singer who performed at Newroz

OPINION, COMMENTARY, ANALYSIS

  1. Joint Statement on Women’s Reproductive Health
  2. Barzani’s visit to Tehran and its repercussions on Iraq
  3. 10 Kurdish Men Arrested for Participating in Newroz Celebrations by Iranian Security Forces
  4. KON-MED issues statement on 1 May
  5. New Details Regarding the State-Sanctioned Murder of Komar Daroftadeh;
  6. Emergency Medical Care Obstructed by State Security Forces
  7. 22nd interim meeting of the KNK starts
  8. Call for joint action to stop drug-related executions in Iran

REPORTS

  1. Further human rights violations in Rojhilat until 16 May
  2. A report of mass arrests in the cities of Oshnavieh and Piranshahr.
  3. Report on human rights violations in Rojhilat in April
  4. Iran executes 853 people in eight-year high amid relentless repression
  5. The statistics of Kolbers deaths in the first 3 months of 2024
  6. Hengaw’s Monthly Report on Women’s Rights Violations in Iran, April 2024 and other reports

 

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NEWS

  1. Kurdish political prisoners begin hunger strike in Evin Prison over transfer

16 May 2024 | KHRN

Wrisha Moradi, a member of the East Kurdistan Free Women Society (KJAR), and Pakhshan Azizi, a Kurdish activist and former political prisoner, have gone on hunger strike in Evin Prison after Moradi was transferred to Ward 209 of the Ministry of Intelligence within the prison on the orders of Judge Salavati.

https://kurdistanhumanrights.org/en/news/2024/05/16/kurdish-political-prisoners-begin-hunger-strike-in-evin-prison-over-transfer/

 

  1. Riot in the women’s ward of Urmia prison following Parvin Mousavi’s transfer to

solitary confinement for execution

16 May 2024 | Hengaw

A woman prisoner in the women’s ward of Urmia Central Prison, named Parvin Mousavi, who was previously sentenced to death for drug-related charges, was transferred to solitary confinement in this prison to carry out her death sentence.

https://hengaw.net/en/news/2024/05/article-51

 

  1. Iranian director Rasoulof sentenced to eight years in prison and flogging, says his

lawyer

09 May 2024 | ANF

The Iranian director Mohammad Rasoulof has been sentenced to eight years in prison, flogging, a fine and the confiscation of property, his lawyer, Babak Paknia, said

https://anfenglishmobile.com/culture/-73176

 

  1. Iranian media highlights KRG President Nechirvan Barzani’s visit

07 May 2024 | K24

Kurdistan Region’s President Nechirvan Barzani’s diplomatic mission in Iran, marked by meetings with senior Iranian officials, has garnered significant attention in Iranian newspapers and publications based in Tehran.

https://www.kurdistan24.net/en/story/34837-Iranian-media-highlights-KRG-President-Nechirvan-Barzani%27s-visit

 

  1. Child Kurdish Kolbar blinded in Eye by Iranian Border Guards

05 May 2024 | KMMK

A young Kurdish Kolbar (border courier) was seriously injured after being shot by Iranian border officials.

https://www.kmmk-ge.org/post/child-kurdish-kolbar-blinded-in-eye-by-iranian-border-guards

 

  1. Iran arrests Kurdish singer over revolutionary songs

04 May 2024 | Rudaw

Iranian security forces on Friday arrested a Kurdish singer who performed a Kurdish revolutionary song during Newroz celebrations earlier this year, a human rights organization reported on Saturday.

https://www.rudaw.net/english/middleeast/iran/04052024

 

  1. Security forces arrest 14 Kurdish activists in Oshnavieh

03 May 2024 | KHRN

Security forces have arrested at least 14 Kurdish activists in the city of Oshnavieh, West Azerbaijan Province, and several surrounding villages in recent days and taken them to an undisclosed location.

https://kurdistanhumanrights.org/en/news/2024/05/03/security-forces-arrest-14-kurdish-activists-in-oshnavieh/

 

  1. Jîna Amini’s mother protests death penalty given to Kurdish rapper Tumac Salihi

29 April 2024 | ANF

The death penalty given to rapper Tumac Salihi on 24 April, has been met with reactions and protests all over the world. Salihi was arrested by the Iranian regime during the “Jin, Jiyan Azadi” uprising.

https://anfenglishmobile.com/human-rights/-73014

 

  1. Iraq must continue negotiations with Iran on water release: Expert

29 April 2024 | Rudaw

The Iraqi government needs to continue negotiating with Iran to reach an agreement on the release of water, akin to the strategic water agreement with Turkey, a water diplomacy expert said on Monday.

https://www.rudaw.net/english/middleeast/iraq/290420242

 

  1. PJAK holds its 7th congress

27 April 2024 | ANF

The PJAK (Kurdistan Free Life Party) Assembly announced that they held their seventh congress under war conditions in the free mountains of Kurdistan.

https://anfenglishmobile.com/kurdistan/-72986

 

  1. Drone strike kills two in southeast Iran: State media

26 April 2024 | Rudaw

A drone strike on Thursday night targeted a car in Iran’s southeastern Sistan and Baluchestan province killing two, Iranian state media reported.

https://www.rudaw.net/english/middleeast/iran/26042024

 

  1. Iranian rapper sentenced to death over aiding protests: Media

25 April 2024 | Rudaw

An Iranian court issued a death sentence for a popular rapper imprisoned over backing the nationwide protest movement sparked by the death of Kurdish woman Zhina (Mahsa) Amini nearly two years ago, local media reported on Wednesday.

https://www.rudaw.net/english/middleeast/iran/25042024

 

  1. Femicide: Young Woman Fatally Assaulted by Spouse in Urmia, Iran

25 April 2024 | Rudaw

In the early days of this spring, Samereh Mokhtarpour, a young woman hailing from Salmas and residing in Urmia (West Azerbaijan), fell victim to domestic violence, tragically losing her life at the hands of her husband. Her body was discovered along the Urmia-Mahabad road.

https://hengaw.net/en/news/2024/04/article-78

 

  1. Low salaries, disrespect push Iran’s health workers on the brink of suicide

24 April 2024 | Rudaw

The Iranian health sector has witnessed a surge in suicide rates in the past few weeks, with nurses and resident doctors identifying low salaries and disrespect as the main factors behind the recent trend.

https://www.rudaw.net/english/middleeast/iran/24042024

 

  1. 15 women killed in Iran in one month

23 April 2024 | ANF

In Iran, including in the Kurdish regions of the country, 15 women and two girls were killed, five women and two children died in suspicious circumstances between 21 March and 20 April 2024.

https://anfenglishmobile.com/women/-72903

 

  1. Gilan Gharb/ War ammunition took the life of a female citizen

23 April 2024 | HANA

According to the reports received by HANA human rights organization: on Saturday “April 20, 2024”, a female citizen with the identity of “Akhtar Khanum Moradi…due to the explosion of ammunition left over from the Iran and Iraq war, she was seriously injured.

https://hana-hr.org/content/20240423-gilan-gharb-war-ammunition-took-the-life-of-a-female-citizen

 

  1. Iranian Defense Ministry showcases military capabilities at Baghdad security

exhibition

21 April 2024 | K24

The United Company for Exhibitions and Conferences, in coordination with the General Company for Exhibitions and Commercial Services, held an exhibition for security, defense and military industries in Baghdad.

https://www.kurdistan24.net/en/story/34652-Iranian-Defense-Ministry-showcases-military-capabilities-at-Baghdad-security-exhibition

 

  1. Kurdish teacher sentenced to ten years in prison in Iran

21 April 2024 | ANF

In Rojhilat, a Kurdish teacher has once again been given a long prison sentence. A revolutionary court in Sine (Sanandaj) sentenced Soma Pourmohammadi to ten years in prison for alleged offences against national security, the Kurdpa news agency reported on Sunday.

https://anfenglishmobile.com/kurdistan/-72877

 

  1. Hana’s announcement about the arrest and detention of Maysoon Majidi in Italy

20 April 2024 | HANA

After the killing of Zhina Mahsa Amini by the Iranian Moral Police and the wave of anti-government protests across Iran, Maysoon Majidi intensified her activities against the Iranian government…

https://hana-hr.org/content/20240420-hana-s-announcement-about-the-arrest-and-detention-of-maysoon-majidi-in-italy

 

  1. Businesses fear closure as Iran tightens compulsory hijab measures

17 April 2024 | Rudaw

Following the introduction of new harsh measures aimed at preventing defiance of Iran’s compulsory hijab law, business owners in the country now fear closure of their stores as authorities prohibit service to women who do not adhere to the law.

https://www.rudaw.net/english/middleeast/iran/17042024

 

  1. Journalist and Student Dina Ghalibaf Arrested in Tehran

16 April 2024 | Hengaw

Dina Ghalibaf, a journalist and student at Tehran’s Shahid Beheshti University, was arrested after posting on her social media account about her sexual assault during her arrest at a metro station.

https://hengaw.net/en/news/2024/04/article-40

 

  1. Iran: The incident can be considered closed

14 April 2024 | ANF

Iran says it carried out the attack in response to an Israeli raid on the Iranian consulate in Syria on April 1 and says the matter can now “be deemed concluded.”

https://anfenglishmobile.com/news/-72763

 

  1. Trial of Kurdish woman activist Moradi in Tehran postponed

11 April 2024 | ANF

The start of the trial against Kurdish woman Warisha Moradi before an Islamic Revolutionary Court in Tehran has been postponed. The activist from the women’s association KJAR is accused of participating in an armed uprising.

https://anfenglishmobile.com/women/-72711

 

  1. “Honor Killing” Claims Another Woman’s Life in Iran

09 April 2024 | Hengaw

In a tragic incident, a young woman from Ahvaz in Khuzestan province, Iran, was brutally murdered by her own brothers in the name of so-called “honor.” The perpetrators fled the crime scene following the heinous act.

https://hengaw.net/en/news/2024/04/article-22

 

  1. UN human rights body extends Iran fact-finding mission

04 April 2024 | Rudaw

The United Nations Human Rights Council on Thursday voted to extend the mandate of two bodies monitoring and investigating human rights in Iran, including in connection with the Jin Jiyan Azadi protests.

https://www.rudaw.net/english/middleeast/iran/05042024

 

  1. KCK commemorates martyrs of Mahabad and Kizildere

30 March 2024 | ANF

The Co-Presidency of the KCK Executive Council issued a statement to commemorate both the martyrs of Mahabad and those of Kizildere. The statemente said: “On March 31, 1947, in Çarçira Square, the fascist Shah regime murdered the great patriot Qazi Mihemed…

https://anfenglishmobile.com/news/-72496

 

  1. Senate set to advance Mahsa Amini act in April

30 March 2024 | ANHA

More than 7 months after its approval in the House of Representatives, the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee announced that it will discuss the Gina Mahsa Amini bill on April 16.

https://hawarnews.com/en/senate-set-to-advance-mahsa-amini-act-in-april

 

  1. Iranian Authorities arrest Prominent Kurdish Singer

29 March 2024 | ANHA

The Human Rights Organization in Eastern Kurdistan announced that the Singer, Muhammad Abbas Zadeh (35 years old), was arrested after the Newroz celebration in Shuhan city.

https://hawarnews.com/en/iranian-authorities-arrest-prominent-kurdish-singer

 

  1. 15-year-old kolbar child dies of cold in Saqqez

27 March 2024 | ANF

On the evening of Sunday, 24 March, Hastyar Abdul Karimi, a 15-year-old boy from Divandarreh, Sanandaj Province, died of cold in Mishaw, Saqqez, Sanandaj Province.

https://anfenglishmobile.com/human-rights/-72444

 

  1. Iranian state forces torture Kurdish singer who performed at Newroz

25 March 2024 | ANF

According to reports in Eastern Kurdistan (Rojhilat) media, Iranian state forces raided the house of singer Hasan Kakeyî last night on the grounds that he sang a Kurdish national anthem during the Newroz celebration in Bokan city.

https://anfenglishmobile.com/kurdistan/-72423

 

 

OPINION, COMMENTARY, ANALYSIS

  1. Joint Statement on Women’s Reproductive Health

10 May 2024 | Kurdpa

Along With 15 Other Human Rights Organizations, Have Released A Joint Statement Urging The International Community And Human Rights Activists To Unite In Condemning Iran’s Restrictive Policies On Sexual And Reproductive Rights.

https://kurdpa.net/en/news/2024/05/1

 

  1. Barzani’s visit to Tehran and its repercussions on Iraq

08 May 2024 | ANF

The ruling party in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, the KDP, left no stone unturned to postpone the parliamentary elections in Southern Kurdistan, and held some talks in Iran this time as a result of these attempts.

https://anfenglishmobile.com/features/-73171

 

  1. 10 Kurdish Men Arrested for Participating in Newroz Celebrations by Iranian

Security Forces

03 May 2024 | Hengaw

In recent days, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ (IRGC) intelligence department has apprehended a minimum of 10 Kurdish individuals hailing from Oshnavieh, West Azerbaijan (Urmia) Province.

https://hengaw.net/en/news/2024/05/article-14

 

  1. KON-MED issues statement on 1 May

01 May 2024 | ANF

The Confederation of Kurdistan Communities in Germany (KON-MED) said in a message on 1 May that “this is the day when all workers and peoples fighting against oppression come together in solidarity and express their common will for freedom.

https://anfenglishmobile.com/news/-73030

 

  1. New Details Regarding the State-Sanctioned Murder of Komar Daroftadeh;

Emergency Medical Care Obstructed by State Security Forces

23 April 2024 | Hengaw

Recent documents and evidence obtained by Hengaw reveal that Komar Daroftadeh, a teenager killed during the “Women, Life, Freedom” movement, lost his life due to the denial of emergency medical services and the threatening of medical staff by state security forces.

https://hengaw.net/en/reports-and-statistics-1/2024/04/article-7

 

  1. 22nd interim meeting of the KNK starts

20 April 2024 | ANF

The Kurdistan National Congress (KNK), which held its founding congress on 26 May 1999 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, has been seeking national unity among Kurdish parties in the four parts of Kurdistan for 25 years without interruption.

https://anfenglishmobile.com/news/-72860

 

  1. Call for joint action to stop drug-related executions in Iran

10 April 2024 | Kurdpa

The death penalty or state murder is the Islamic Republic’s most important tool for instilling societal fear to maintain power. Executions in Iran increased dramatically following the “Woman, Life, Freedom” uprising, with at least 834 people executed in 2023.

https://kurdpa.net/en/news/2024/04/1

 

 

REPORTS

  1. Further human rights violations in Rojhilat until 16 May

16 May 2024 | KHRN

Between 1 and 16 May 2024 the KHRN highlights 52 cases of human rights violations in Kurdistan and violations of the rights of Kurdish civilians in different regions and cities across Iran.

https://kurdistanhumanrights.org/en/

 

  1. A report of mass arrests in the cities of Oshnavieh and Piranshahr.

08 May 2024 | HANA

According to the reports received by Hana Human Rights Organization, during the past two weeks, from April 20, 2024, until now, at least 19 Kurdish citizens were arbitrarily and without a court order arrested by the security forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran…

https://hana-hr.org/content/20240517-a-report-of-mass-arrests-in-the-cities-of-oshnavieh-and-piranshahr

 

  1. Report on human rights violations in Rojhilat in April

01 May 2024 | KHRN

In its monthly reports, the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) highlights cases of human rights violations in Kurdistan and violations of the rights of Kurdish civilians in different regions and cities across Iran.

https://kurdistanhumanrights.org/en/news/2024/05/01/monthly-report-of-april-2024/

 

  1. Iran executes 853 people in eight-year high amid relentless repression

04 April 2024 | ANF

Robust international action is urgently needed to halt a horrifying surge in executions that saw Iran’s prisons transformed into sites of mass killings in 2023, said Amnesty International.

https://anfenglishmobile.com/human-rights/-72596

 

  1. The statistics of Kolbers deaths in the first 3 months of 2024

02 April 2024 | HANA

According to these statistics, in the months of January, February and March 2024, a total of 201 Kolbers, including 12 children, were killed and injured while carrying a load.

https://hana-hr.org/content/20240517-the-statistics-of-kolbers-deaths-in-the-first-3-months-of-2024

 

  1. Hengaw’s Monthly Report on Women’s Rights Violations in Iran, April 2024 and other reports

06 April 2024 | Hengaw

Based on the statistics registered in the Statistics and Documents Center of the Hengaw Organization for Human Rights, at least three women were executed in the prisons of the Islamic Republic of Iran in April 2024.

https://hengaw.net/en/reports-and-statistics