DUBAI — Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s niece, a well known rights activist, has called on foreign governments to cut all ties with Tehran Its violent crackdown against popular unrest prompted by the death in custody of a young woman.
A video of Farideh Moradahani, an engineer whose father was a prominent opponent figure, has released a statement to Khamenei’s sister, was being widely shared online after what activist news agency HRANA said was her arrest on Nov. 23.
“O free people, be with us and tell your governments to stop supporting this murderous and child-killing regime,” Moradkhani spoke in the video. “This regime is not loyal to any of its religious principles and does not know any rules except force and maintaining power.”
Khamenei’s office did not immediately respond to A Reuters request was made for comment.
HRANA reported that more than 450 protesters were murdered in two months. of nationwide unrest as of Nov. 26, including 63 minors. It stated that 60 members were involved. of 18173 protestors were held and the security forces were shot dead.
Protests, sparked in response to the death of After her arrest for trespassing, Mahsa Amini (22 years old) was taken into custody by the Kurdish Iranian women “inappropriate attire,” pose one of the strongest challenges to the country’s clerical establishment since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
Jalal Mahmoudzadeh – a member of Parliament in the mainly Kurdish City of Mahabad said that 105 people were killed in Kurdish-populated regions during the protests. As quoted by Entekhan, he spoke in parliament.
Challenging the Islamic Republic’s legitimacy, protesters from all walks of Life has burned pictures of Khamenei was called for its downfall of Iran’s Shi’ite Muslim theocracy.
Her brother Mahmoud Moradkhani (France-based) shared the video on YouTube Friday. He describes himself as “The French Brother.” “an opponent of the Islamic Republic” via his Twitter account and later by prominent Iranian rights advocates.
On Nov. 23, Mahmoud Moradkhani reported her sister’s arrest as she was heeding a court order to Look at the Tehran prosecutor’s office. Farideh had been arrested earlier this year by Iran’s Intelligence Ministry and later released on bail.
HRANA stated that she was in Tehran’s Evin security prison. It said that Moradkhani had previously been sentenced to a 15 year prison term on unspecified charges.
Her father, Ali Moradkhani Arangeh, was a Shi’ite cleric married to Khamenei’s sister and recently passed away in Tehran The following years of isolation due to According to him, his opposition to the Islamic Republic. to His website.
Farideh Moradkhani also added this video: “Now is the time for all free and democratic countries to recall their representatives from Iran as a symbolic gesture and to expel the representatives of this brutal regime from their countries.”
On Thursday, the United Nations’ top human rights body decided A comfortable margin to establish a new investigative mission to Look into Tehran’s violent security crackdown on the anti-government protests.
Criticism of Family members of the Islamic Republic of This is not a rare occurrence. Faezeh Hashedi Rafsanjani, the daughters of President Obama, was elected in 2012. of Former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani was sentenced to jail for “anti-state propaganda”.
Iranian authorities release Hossein Ronaghi, blogger and activist, on bail on November 26 to Get medical treatment as prescribed to His brother wrote on Twitter.
Concerns had been growing about Ronaghi’s health after he went on a hunger strike last month.