formerly known as
Womens Liberation Front


Welcome to, formerly known as.Womens Liberation Front.  A website that hopes to draw and keeps your attention for  both the global 21th. century 3rd. feminist revolution as well as especially for the Zan, Zendagi, Azadi uprising in Iran and the struggles of our sisters in Afghanistan.
This online magazine started December 2019 and will be published evey month and concerning the 'Women, Life, Freedom' revolution in Iran every week. Thank you for your time and interest.
Gino d'Artali
indept investigative journalist
radical feminist and womens rights activist








                                                                                                            CRYFREEDOM 2019/2020

The face of Iran's protests. Her life, her dreams and her death.

In memory of Jina 'Mahsa' Amini, the cornerstone of the 'Zan. Zendagi. Azadi revolution.
16 February 2023 | By Gino d'Artali

And also
Read all about the assasination of the 22 year young Jhina Mahsa Amini or Zhina Mahsa Amini (Kurdistan-Iran) and the start of the Zan, Zendagi, Azadi (Women, life, freedom) revolution in Iran  2022
and the latest news about the 'Women Live Freedom' Revolution per month in 2023: July 15 -1--
June 30 - 15--June 15-1--May 31 -16-- May 15-1--April--March--Feb--Jan  

Tribute to KIAN PIRFALA, 9 years old and victim of the Islamic Republic's Savagery 10 years ago.

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Updated July 20, 2023




Updated July 12, 2023 


Updated July 18, 2023


 Updated July 12, 2023


Here we are to enter THE IRANIAN WOMEN'S REVOLUTIONISTS against
the supreme leader, the arch-reactionary Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and his placeman president, Ebrahim Raisi. The message of the women when he visited a university is plain: <give way or get lost> in 2023.

Click here for a total list so far

'Facing Faces and Facts 1-2'  (2022) to commemorate the above named and more and food for thought and inspiration to fight on.
and 'Facing Faces & Facts 3' edited December 2022/March 2023

Dear reader, from here on the 'Woman, Life, Freedom' pages menu will look a bit different and this to avoid too many pop-ups ,meaning the underlined period  in yellow tells you in what period you are and click on another underlinded period to go there. If you dissagree about any change feel more than free to let me know what you think at
This does not count for the  above topics which, when clicked on, will still appear in a pop-up window and for now the 'old' lay-out 'till I worked that all out. Thank you. Gino d'Artali
(Updates July 20, 2023)

2-weekly opinion by Gino d'Artali:
Dedicated to the women-led revolution
July 15 - 1, 2023

June 30 - 15, 2023

June 15 - 9, 2023

July 8, 2023 -opens in new window-
<Honor killings and femicide are on the rise in Iran>


July 21 - 18, 2023


July 18 - 14, 2023
<<Jailed Iranian Who Lost an Eye During Protest Released on Bail....
and <<19-Year-Old Molaei-Rad: Shot Dead at Close Range By Security Forces....
and his mother <<The Life of Justice-Seeker Nahid Shirpisheh: Solitary Confinement in Prison....
and <<Iranian Education Institute Shuttered over 'Inciting Riots'....
and <<Resistant Kurdish Prisoner Sakineh Parvaneh detained 4 months without trial....
and more news

July 14 - 13, 2023
<<Iranian Sunni Cleric Says Politics Should Be Left to Politicians
and <<IRGC Chief: The Islamic Republic Goes through its <Most Sensitive Time Ever>
and <<Woman from Kermanshah: Iranian women want to have equal rights with men
and <<54 lawyers arraigned in Bukan for announcing their support to Jina Mahsa Amini's family
and <<Ongoing Crackdown on Women as Asal Mohammadi Begins Prison Term
and more news

July 12 - 11, 2023
<<Retirees gather in protest in 7 cities in Iran....
and <<Surrounded by Oil Pipelines, Khuzestan Residents Face Severe Water Crisis....
and <<Humanitarian Disaster in Iran, 57% of the populace is malnourished....
and <<15-Year-Old Iranian Girl Killed by Father in Latest <Honor> Killing....
and <<People of Mahabad protest killing of Peyman Galvani....
and more news

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When one hurts or kills a women
one hurts or kills hummanity and is an antrocitie.
Gino d'Artali
and: My mother (1931-1997) always said to me <Mi figlio, non esistono notizie <vecchie> perche puoi imparare qualcosa da qualsiasi notizia.> Translated: <My son, there is no such thing as so called 'old' news because you can learn something from any news.>
Gianna d'Artali.


JINHA - Womens News Agency - July 18, 2023
<<Kurdish female activist Bayan Farajollahi arrested in Sanandaj
News Center- The wave of arrests against Kurdish citizens and activists has been intensified in Iran. More than 20 Kurdish people have been arrested and taken to unknown locations this month. Kurdish female activist Bayan Farajollahi is one of them. On July 17, 2023, she was arrested and taken to an unknown location by Iran's security forces. According to the received reports, Iran's security forces raided the house of Bayan Farajollahi on the evening of Monday and arrested her without presenting any legal documentation or arrest warrant>>

Iranwire - July 18, 2023
<<Well-Connected Iranian Prisoners Released from Prison
JULY 18, 2023
The Iranian judiciary has announced the release from prison of two well-connected men who had been convicted in separate corruption cases: Hossein Fereydoun, the brother of former President Hassan Rouhani, and Hadi Razavi, the son-in-law of an ex-minister of labor. Judiciary spokesperson Masoud Setayeshi told a press conference on July 18 that Fereydoun was released on July 13 to receive medical treatment. <If someone has a medical issue, we cannot detain them,> he added. The Islamic Republic often denies medical treatment to political prisoners who suffer from serious health conditions. Fereydoun was convicted of <receiving bribes> in 2019 and sentenced to five years in prison. He was also ordered to return any property he had acquired illicitly. Seteyshi said that Razavi <has been in prison since 2019, his retrial was accepted in 2021, and he is currently free in accordance with the law.> The son-in-law of former Labor Minister Mohammad Shariatmadari was sentenced to 20 years in prison and ordered to forfeit 72 billion tomans ($540,000), the spokesman said. He had been convicted of embezzlement and <disruption of the economy> after receiving 2.11 trillion rials ($51 million) in loans from banks, which he failed to pay back. Razavi and Fereydoun were released from prison at a time when the Islamic Republic has intensified pressure on political and civil activists ahead of the first anniversary of Mahsa Amini's death. Amini died while in police custody on September 16, 2022, sparking months of anti-establishment protests across the country.>>
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Opinion by Gino d'Artali: So this is how the judiciary plays the 'game': if a prisoner has 'a medical issue' and/or is 'well-connected' he can rest assured to be freed despite the facts of having received bribes and/or of embezzlement and <disruption of the economy>.
So how about the imprisoned protesters who were beaten half to death and still suffer from 'medical issues' because of it, or the victims of 'Blinding as a weapon' (LINK) who at least lost one eye and will only be released on bail (read below) or what about the imprisoned 'journalists under siege' (LINK), or political, teaching and other prisoners?

JINHA - Womens News Agency - July 18, 2023
<<Kurdish female activist Bayan Farajollahi arrested in Sanandaj
News Center- The wave of arrests against Kurdish citizens and activists has been intensified in Iran. More than 20 Kurdish people have been arrested and taken to unknown locations this month. Kurdish female activist Bayan Farajollahi is one of them. On July 17, 2023, she was arrested and taken to an unknown location by Iran's security forces. According to the received reports, Iran's security forces raided the house of Bayan Farajollahi on the evening of Monday and arrested her without presenting any legal documentation or arrest warrant>>
Opinion by Gino d'Artali: Remember my words: the closer the day is nearing when thousands if not hundreds of thousands Iranians will go to the streets to memorize Jina Mahsa Amini (an Iranian-Kurd) and her heinous killing by a basij.

Iranwire - July 18, 2023
<<Jailed Iranian Who Lost an Eye During Protest Released on Bail
A young Iranian man who lost an eye during nationwide protests last year has been released on bail after spending two months in custody. Amir Velayati left Tehran's Evin prison on July 17, Mercedeh Shahinkar, another protester injured during the unrest, said through her Instagram account.
According to the Modara news website, Velatayi was released on a bail of $23,000. Velayati was arrested on May 18 when government forces raided his home. He is accused of <propaganda against the system and action against national security.> During a demonstration in Tehran, a security force member fired a shotgun at the young hairdresser, resulting in the loss of one of his eyes. After the tragedy, Velayati continued to share protest-related content on Instagram. His arrest took place while he was undergoing medical treatments for his eye.>>.
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Iranwire - July 18, 2023
<<Iranian Activist Sentenced To Six Years in Prison
Iranian political activist Majid Tawakoli says he has been sentenced to a total of six years in prison on charges of <gathering and collusion against the security of the country> and <propaganda activity against the system.> Branch 28 of Tehran Revolutionary Court also banned Tawakoli from using social media and from traveling for a period of two years. Tawakoli, who had been imprisoned in the past, said the latest case against him stemmed from his writings. The Norway-based Iran Human Rights group has raised concerns about the practice by Iranian authorities of using <preventive detention> against civil activists such as Tawakoli.>>

Iranwire - July 18, 2023 - by SAMANEH GHADARKHAN
<<19-Year-Old Molaei-Rad: Shot Dead at Close Range By Security Forces
On the evening of June 11, tragedy struck as Pouya Molaei-Rad, a 19-year-old student, met his untimely demise due to gunfire from security forces.
The government's narrative surrounding his death has been plagued by many contradictions, as previously shown by IranWire. New information is now shedding further light on the circumstances surrounding this murder. Among those called in for questioning by the security agencies following Pouya's death was Mahmonir Molaei-Rad, his cousin and the mother of Kian Pirfalak, a nine-year-old boy who was killed during nationwide protests last year.
Pouya's body was taken hostage by security forces. But security institutions conditioned its hand-over to the family to Mahmonir's admission that security agents were not responsible for her son's death. Mahmonir rejected that and her Instagram page was blocked. Her current whereabouts are unknown. Kian and several other Izeh residents lost their lives when government forces fired live ammunition on protesters in the south-western city on November 16. Officials have labeled the massacre as a <terrorist> act and attributed it to government opponents. Pirfalak's mother rejected the claims at her son's funeral, accusing security forces of firing bullets at the family's car. Security officers had tried to scare Mahmonir and other people away from attending a memorial service for Kian on June 11, which would have marked the boy's 10th birthday. A source close to the Molaei-Rad family gave details about the circumstances surrounding Pouya's death, telling IranWire: <Pouya, a young man full of life, had embarked on a journey with the intention of visiting> the cemetery where Kian is laid to rest. Pouya was driving at speed on a road that was <treacherously narrow> when he hit a police officer who was standing in the middle of the road, <<engrossed in a conversation on his mobile phone.> Pouya lost control of his vehicle and the officer, named Mohammad Ghanbari, died. Another acquaintance of the family quoted witnesses as saying that Pouya <emerged from the wreckage, only to be met with a barrage of bullets from the security forces.> <The police forces initially informed the grieving family that their loved one had perished in an accident, neglecting to mention the fatal shooting.> <No one was permitted to remain at the scene, and those daring to ask questions were promptly escorted away. Regrettably, everybody was subjected to immense pressure.> Approximately half an hour after the fatal shooting, the security forces transported Pouya's lifeless body to the hospital in Izeh, where he was pronounced dead. According to a reliable source, the Intelligence Department subjected Pouya's relatives to <immense pressure.> Someone close to the family adds: <When Pouya collided with Mohammad Ghanbari, his car veered off the road, and Pouya exited the vehicle and surrendered. Witnesses present at the scene observed Pouya stepping out of the car. After he approached the officers, two narratives emerged, both confirming that Pouya was shot at an extremely close range.>
The pictures showing the bullet entry points on Pouya's body reveal <burn marks,> which the source said can occur in two scenarios: <When the gun is placed against the body and fired, or when it is fired from an incredibly short distance, just a few steps away.> According to the government's narrative, Pouya ran over Ghanbari and then his car was fired upon. However, the informed source asserts that the angle at which the bullets entered the body indicates a direct and straight trajectory. <We have concluded with certainty that these bullets were fired directly and from an extremely close range. Pouya was in no position to resist and was killed in the most brutal manner. Pouya was intentionally shot from an incredibly close distance.> <The security forces manipulated the situation so that the primary concern for the family who has lost its child became retrieving his lifeless body. It is excruciating for parents who have lost their young child to have to plead for the hand-over of their child's body, as their main priority is to give their child a proper burial.> The propaganda machinery of the Islamic Republic sprang into action immediately after Pouya's death, disseminating the government's narrative and leaving no room for alternative views. Initially, most Iranian media outlets reported that a police officer <dedicated to maintaining security> was <martyred> after being run over by a car. Shortly afterward, Fars news agency, which is affiliated with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), quoted Izeh's Prosecutor Yar Mohammad Resalati as stating: <This evening, at one of the city's entry points, a car with a distinct identity intentionally collided with security forces during a traffic stop, leading to the officer's death at the scene.>
The prosecutor confirmed that the driver of the car died after being shot by the officers.
A person close to the Molaei-Rad family says that <Pouya was directly shot by the forces stationed at the checkpoint.> <In the forensic photographs, we identified three bullets that were fired from an extremely close range. Two bullets were aimed precisely at the heart and penetrated the chest, while one bullet passed through the arm.> <One of the fatal bullets was fired from a Kalashnikov weapon and the other bullet entered approximately 5 centimeters away, likely from a Colt (handgun) because of the small entry point. Pouya's hand was targeted precisely by a smaller firearm.> <A shot from a handgun fired at such close range is lethal, especially when the chest is targeted. Normally, a shot from the same weapon at a distance of 10 meters would not be fatal, but this distance was so small,> the source adds.
<It seemed as if the weapon was pressed against his chest.>
Sources close to the family say that Pouya surrendered before stepping out of the car and was taken by officers to a white Renault L90. A local resident says the family is not sure whether Pouya was shot at close range right after surrendering or inside the Renault. <Only an autopsy could have revealed the truth. If someone with an honest conscience who is unwilling to conceal the truth or reality had been present, everything would have been unveiled.> In the early hours following the news of Pouya's death, government-affiliated media outlets released photographs of his severely damaged car. However, witnesses informed the family that when the car collided with Ghanbari, it veered off the road but did not overturn.
An investigation conducted when the car was removed from the scene revealed no bullet marks on the car. It appears that the bullet marks were added afterward. Based on the testimonies provided by witnesses to the family, Pouya did not intentionally target Ghanbari and he was unjustly killed.>>
Note by Gino d'artali: read below about what happened to his mother miss Nahid Shirpisheh and her solitary confinement in prison

Iranwire - July 17, 2023 - by SOLMAZ EIKDAR
<<The Life of Justice-Seeker Nahid Shirpisheh: Solitary Confinement in Prison
Nahid Shirpisheh was only a simple teacher. Then, on the evening of November 16, 2019, the second day of nationwide protests sparked by a steep rise in fuel prices, she and her daughter Mona and her son Pouya joined demonstrators in the streets. That's where she witnessed the killing of her son by the security forces of the Islamic Republic. A number of videos of Pouya Bakhtiari were recorded during the protests in which he gives voice to the people's complaints, including one from November 16, shortly before he was shot in the head. <I am somebody's son as well,> he says in the clip, a sentence that became a symbol of the 2019 protests. After Pouya was killed, his mother and other members of his family sought justice. Despite harassment by security forces and repeated arrests, they also became a symbol for the justice-seeking families of those killed in November 2019. Following Pouya's death, security agents repeatedly raided Nahid Shirpisheh's home, took away her mobile phone and eventually prohibited her from owning a smartphone. Finally, on July 11, 2022, Pouya Bakhtiari's mother was arrested along with other families who were seeking justice for the loss of their loved ones after security forces. At the time, quoting an <informed official,> Fars news agency, which is affiliated with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), wrote that <a number of agitators who claim to seek justice> were arrested at a gathering where they planned to <start riots.> Without naming the official, Fars claimed that the detainees <communicated with a person connected to foreign intelligence services.>
In September 2022, Branch 1 of Karaj Revolutionary Court sentenced Nahid Shirpisheh to five years in prison on charges of <gathering and collusion to act against national security> and <propaganda against the state.> In the face of constant harassment, she said many times that by following Pouya's ideals she believes she is a <good mother> who has not <betrayed his blood>.
Extrajudicial Punishment of Pouya's Mother. On July 11, 2022, Nahid Shirpisheh was transferred to the ward housing <dangerous criminals> in Martyr Kachooei (Fardis) Prison in Karaj, near Tehran. <Pouya's mother was assaulted by a violent inmate in that ward,> Mahshid Nazemi, a human rights activist and former political prisoner, tells IranWire. <The prisoner grabbed her throat in a way that almost choked her to death, and the bruises on her neck were visible for quite a while.> Keeping political prisoners next to violent criminals and exposing them to life-threatening dangers is a well-known practice in Iranian prisons. While in Fardis Prison, Shirpisheh was denied the right of talking to her family or meeting them in prison. Later, when Shirpisheh was scheduled to be granted a medical leave of absence, they transferred her to a women's prison in the city of Zanjan, pretending that they were taking her to hospital. Ms. Shirpisheh was denied the most basic rights in Zanjan Prison as well. According to Mahshid Nazemi, after more than seven months in solitary confinement, she was transferred to the common ward, but even there she was the cellmate of <violent criminals.> <When Pouya's mother arrives at the common ward, one of the inmates asks her why she is incarcerated,> says Nazemi. <When Ms. Nahid explains that she is the mother of one of the protesters who was killed, that inmate, using the official lexicon of the government, calls the protesters 'rioters,' attacks Pouya's mother and beats her.> After this attack, Nahid Shirpisheh was forced to ask prison officials to be sent back to solitary confinement. <This was a victory for the government because not only the prisoner was returned to solitary confinement at her own request, but it also suggested to people that even prisoners are against protests and actions by the families who are seeking justice,> says Nazemi
Nahid Shirpisheh has been repeatedly harassed, threatened, arrested by security agencies, and she spent many months in solitary confinement. As a result, she is suffering from various physical and psychological ailments such as joint pain, panic attacks and abnormally high rate of heartbeat. In addition, she is still not allowed to talk to her relatives and the family is not allowed to visit her. After a number of justice-seeking families had a suspicious accident while traveling from Karaj to Qazvin to attend the trial of Pouya's father, Manouchehr Bakhtiari, and following the death of Sedigheh Tourani, the mother of Farhad Mojaddam who was fatally shot in the head by security forces in November 2019, Shirpisheh herself asked her family not to travel to Zanjan to visit her. <Nahid Shirpisheh's condition is horrifying,> says Mahshid Nazemi. <We are not asking for her release, but the least they can do is to take her out of solitary confinement and transfer her to the prison in Karaj, where all members of her family live. On what charge is she being kept in solitary confinement month after month? Nahid Shirpisheh, who lost her son in front of her eyes, is now suffering from various psychological ailments and depression. If we don't do anything for her now, she would die a slow, painful death.> <Ms. Shirpisheh has never been into politics. She has always been seeking justice. She stood up to seek justice for her son and all the others who were killed during the November 2019 protests, and this is what has enraged the government against her and the whole family of Pouya Bakhtiari.> Besides Pouya's parents, who are now both in prison, his sister Mona is being harassed by security forces. His uncle was given a five-year suspended prison sentence and banned from leaving the country. Other members of the family were repeatedly arrested as well. But the perseverance of the family in demanding the <right to seek justice> keeps the hope alive that justice-seekers for the victims of the Islamic Republic will not be silenced.>>

JINHA - Womens News Agency - July 17, 2023
<<Kurdish woman detained in Urmia
News Center- On July 15, Kurdish woman LaliKhan Niknia, mother of four, was detained by Iranian security forces in the Heki village located in the Tergawar region of Urmia. According to local reports, LaliKhan Niknia is accused of being collaboration with Kurdish opposition parties against the Islamic Republic.> The local reports say that no information has been received about where she has been held.>>

JINHA - Womens News Agency - July 17, 2023
<<Soraya Qeytarani released on bail
News Center- Soraya Qeytarani, who was arrested by the Iranian security forces in June 2023, has been released on bail. On June 26, 2023, Iranian security forces raided the house of Soraya Qesytarani's parents in the village of Kani Mala, Piranshahr. Soraya Qesytarani was arrested and taken to a detention center. Then, she was transferred to the women's ward of Urmia Central Prison. Her brothers Abdurrahman and Sadreddin Qeytarani were arrested at the beginning of June 2023. The reasons for their arrest and the charges against them are still unknown.>>

Iranwire - July 17, 2023
<<Iranian Education Institute Shuttered over 'Inciting Riots'
Iranian authorities have closed down an educational center accused of <inciting riots> during a Persian literature exam for students last year, an official at the Ministry of Education said on July 16. <We prepared and issued a warrant for the closure of Gaj center following the directive of the minister of education,> Ahmad Mahmoudzadeh, the head of Iran's non-governmental schools, said. He did not elaborate, but according to some reports, Gaj Educational Institute had cited excerpts from revolutionary poems by prominent dissident Farrokhi Yazdi, including the line: <How long will this captivity last, O helpless nation?> The institute, founded in 2002, has won multiple awards over the years for its publications.>>
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NCRI - Women committee - in Women's news - July 14, 2023
<<Resistant Kurdish Prisoner Sakineh Parvaneh detained 4 months without trial
Resistant Kurdish Prisoner Sakineh Parvaneh has been detained in the Central Prison of Mashhad for four months without standing trial. The judge presiding over her case does not allow her release on bail. Sakineh Parvaneh, a Kurdish citizen from Quchan, was arrested on April 4, 2023, for the second time in one month, after being summoned to Mashhad's General and Revolutionary Prosecutor's Office. She was arrested on March 7, 2023, and released after four days.
Background on the resistant Kurdish prisoner Sakineh Parvaneh
Sakineh Parvaneh was born in 1988. In early autumn of 2019, security agents arrested her because she had visited her family in Soleimaniya, in the Kurdistan of Iraq. They took her to the Iran-Iraq border. She was detained for ten days in the detention centers of Marivan and Sanandaj. She was subsequently transferred to the Evin Prison in Tehran. She underwent harsh interrogations under psychological and physical torture in Ward 2A, Ward 209, and the women's ward of Evin. During this time, she was deprived of having visitations. In March 2020, after she wrote graffiti on the walls of Evin, she was sent to the notorious Qarchak Prison, where she was detained in solitary confinement for four days with handcuffs and foot cuffs. Then, prison guards took her to Aminabad Psychiatric Hospital in Shahr-e Rey. After 25 days in Aminabad, the resistant Kurdish prisoner Sakineh Parvaneh was returned to the quarantine ward of Qarchak Prison.
Resistant Kurdish political prisoner Sakineh Parvaneh's hunger strike
On May 25, 2020, she went on a hunger strike to protest, being sentenced to 5 years in prison, banned for two years from membership in political groups, and detained in conditions where the category of their crimes did not separate prisoners. On July 4, 2020, she was returned to Evin Prison while bearing scars and bruises from being beaten. In August, she was sentenced to another two years for <rioting in prison.> The resistant Kurdish prisoner Sakineh Parvaneh went on a hunger strike several times in Evin. On October 27, 2020, she was relocated from the women's ward of Evin to the Prison of Quchan. She was sent to a solitary cell on Monday, November 9, 2020, in response to her hunger strike since October 31 in protest of her possible relocation again to the Prison of Isfahan. On the eighth day of her hunger strike, she sewed her lips. But in these same conditions, she was brutalized and beaten by guards. On December 13, 2020, Sakineh Parvaneh was taken from Quchan Prison to the Central Prison of Mashhad, where she was deprived of family visitation and banned from calling home. The IRGC pressured Ms. Parvaneh to make forced confessions against herself. The resistant Kurdish prisoner Sakineh Parvaneh was serving the fourth year of her sentence when she was released from Vakilabad Prison in Mashhad on February 15, 2023. According to reports on social media, the IRGC confiscated all of Sakineh Parvaneh's registration documents about four years ago. Despite her release from prison, her documents were not returned to her. As a result, Ms. Parvaneh faced difficulties in basic aspects of her life, such as renting a house, finding employment, purchasing a mobile phone SIM card, and other essential matters.>>
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