Nowruz of Mothers of Activists Prisoners and Martyrs of Peaceful Protests in IranPublished by Ali on March 21, 2021
International Liberty Association: This is New Year in Iran, and in many other Asian countries of course, on 20 March. Mothers of human rights and civil activist prisoners and prisoners and peaceful protesters martyrs in Iran celebrated the New Year near prisons or by the side of their children’s grave.
Farangis Mazloum, mother of civil activist prisoner Soheil Arabi, along with mother of prisoner Arsham Rezaii, celebrated the New Year near Gohardasht Prison in Karaj. Mrs. Mazloum said they were not allowed to set-up their Haft-seen near the prison, so they had to do it a little farther.
However, Farangis Mazloum congratulated all Iranians in Iran and abroad and expressed her wish that the upcoming year be the year of Iran’s freedom. “I hope that next year, we would all be together, and all Iranians could live together in happiness and freedom”, she said.
Also, Mrs. Sedigheh Maleki, wife of teacher prisoner Hashem Khastar, and Fatemeh Sepehri, sister of Mohammad Hossein Sepehri, gathered outside the Central Prison of Mashhad, Vakilabad Prison, to celebrate the new year.
The mother and relatives of executed peaceful protester, Navid Afkari, also celebrated Nowruz and New Year by the side of his grave.
These heartbroken mothers and families of the activist prisoners and martyrs seek justice for their loved ones who innocently imprisoned or executed by the state without a fair trial.
Also, Mothers of the victims killed during the November 2019 uprising also visited the tombs of their innocent children and remembered them at the turn of the New Year with the traditional Haft-seen.
ILA: It should be mentioned that, several female women rights activist prisoners have been sent to exile on the eve of the Persian New Year. They include Maryam Akbari Monfared, Atena Daemi, and Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee.
Maryam Akbari Monfared has three daughters and sadly is not going to be able to see them for the New Year visits.