As long as Norway continues its cooperation with countries such as Iran; who torture, terrorize and kill their own people – then the Norwegian government and its members have blood on their hands. It is totally unacceptable to put economic interests before human dignity. Read the case below – every single one of our Norwegian government members has signed this verdict and carried out these lashes! Stop all cooperation with Iran and similar countries NOW!
A Revolutionary Court in Iran has sentenced a husband and wife who are among Iranian lifestyle and sports Instagram influencers to a total of 16 years in prison, 74 lashes and a cash fine.
In a post on Instagram on April 29 Ahmad Moin-Shirazi who now lives in self-exile with his wife Shabnam Shahrokhi and two children said the court has issued a verdict against him and his wife in absentia on charges of “propaganda against the regime”, “obscene and vulgar” social media posts, acting against public morals and propagating moral corruption.
According to the posts that Mr. Moin-Shirazi and his wife have published on Instagram, the family had to leave Iran in September 2019 to live in self-exile in Turkey to avoid harassment. Mr. Moin-Shirazi says he and his wife were repeatedly summoned to the Intelligence Ministry, accused of espionage, warned about their social media activities, and even detained for a day before being freed on bail.
The couple have nearly 1.5 million followers on their separate Instagram accounts combined. Mr. Moin-Shirazi – better known as Picasso Moin — is a former world kickboxing champion and entrepreneur. He has been sentenced to 9 years in prison. He says his interrogators told him he could not post anything about his political views or even post photos in which his wife appeared without hijab (compulsory Islamic outfit).
Ms. Shahrokhi has been sentenced to 7 years in prison, 74 lashes and 3 months of unpaid work for the municipality, also on account of her Instagram posts. She often posted photos of herself exercising or practicing kickboxing in the family apartment in Tehran, alone or with her husband. She also wrote about her pregnancy, her children and sometimes social or political issues and occasionally advertised baby products or ran ads for charities on her account.
Iranian authorities often arrest non-conformist social media influencers on charges of corruption for posting their dance videos or not wearing the prescribed Islamic headscarf and long coat.
This article is written by Maryam Sinaiee who is a British-Iranian journalist, political analyst and former correspondent of The National, who contributes to Radio Farda. Read the whole article here.
Executions aren’t new in Iran, but this time they’re different
The Islamic Republic of Iran has long ranked among the world’s top executioners. But with the recent death sentences handed down to protesters, critics say the regime has taken capital punishment to a new level.
Last weekend, Iran executed two more protesters charged with killing security personnel, causing an international outcry. Critics said that the executions were a result of hasty sham trials.
The regime executed 314 people in 2021, 20% more than the previous year, rights group Amnesty International said in a report from May 2022. Many of those had to do with drug-related crimes.
This year, a number of protesters are entangled in Iran’s court system, many of whom face a particularly unjust judicial process, according to activists.
Human rights activists have warned there’s a real risk that many of them could become another number in the growing list of those executed by the Islamic Republic. At least 43 people are currently facing execution in Iran, according to a CNN count, but activist group 1500Tasvir says the number could be as high as 100.
“Defendants are systematically deprived of access to lawyers of their choice during the trial, are subjected to tortured and coerced confessions and then rushed to the gallows,” Tara Sepehri Far, an Iran researcher at Human Rights Watch, told CNN.
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