33 Mourning Mothers

Shuffled between emergency rooms and detention center

( Authorities transferred nine of the 33 detained members of the Mourning Mothers to emergency rooms following their detention on January 9, and later took them to Vozara Detention Center in Tehran, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said today.

The nine mothers suffer from various illnesses and were taken back to Vozara Detention Center from Sajjad and Firuzgar hospitals in Tehran.

On Sunday morning, family members and supporters of the Mourning Mothers congregated in front of the Vozara Detention Center demanding information and reasons for detaining 33 mothers. The authorities however, refused to provide any information. At around noon, an ambulance entered the detention center, causing much anxiety regarding the health of the detained mothers.

Following the lack of any accountability from officials, a spontaneous protest in support of the detained mothers took place, in which the crowd chanted “Free the Mothers!” and blocked nearby traffic. Security forces attacked the crowd and violently dispersed it. Two passengers in a passing car who were taking pictures of the protest were detained and taken inside the detention center.

The Campaign is seriously concerned about the health of the detained mothers and holds the Iranian authorities fully responsible for their well-being. The Campaign strongly condemns the unlawful detention of the 33 mothers who are seeking accountability for the killings and disappearances of their children and calls for their immediate and unconditional release.

The names of the 28 of the 33 mothers currently being held in Vozara Detention Center are: Tahereh Akhshay, Zahra Afrouz, Fatemeh Farhadi, Kobra Najafpour, Zahra Atab, Sadigheh Shokri, Ziba Shekoor-Sadiqi, Mansoureh Behkish, Farideh Sahraie, Maliheh Sahraie, Touba Daralshfaie, Zari Nojavan, Fereshteh Taodoli, Masoumeh Ataar, Fatemeh Rastegar, Fatemeh Salehi, Nosrat Khaki, Soraya Jaafari, Maryam Hossein Gholizadeh, Hakimeh Shokri, Manizheh Taheri, Eshrat Khabarhassan, Mohtaram Karamad, Jila Mahdavian, Leila Seifallahi, Ansieh Bakhshay, Izedi, Tabrizi.

For more information about the Mourning Mothers and the circumstances of their arrest yesterday visit here


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My heart goes to these mothers and I cherish their bravery

by Bavafa on

Down with the criminal Velayate faghih



I just don't want 2 be 'charitable' 2 known worst mass murderers

by Anonymouse on

Everything is sacred.


Anonymouse: Why do you think

by vildemose on

Anonymouse: Why do you think IRI is better than Pol Pot?? I think IRI's crimes are yet to be discovered long after they are gone...And I'm positive they will surpass the crimes of Pol Pot in both in scope and savagery.


While not Pol Pot, they sure made a name for themselves w/ this1

by Anonymouse on

Everything is sacred.

Brian Appleton

Why all the calculated inhumanity?

by Brian Appleton on

It is not just barbarity that is the cause of this kind of action by the regime. They are struggling for their survival. All the clerics who have become filthy rich wealthy and the millions of minions on their payroll do not want the gravy train to end. They know exactly what they are doing now. It is completely premeditated so when they stand trial for their crimes someday they will not be pardoned. The inhumane actions they take are intended to push people into the silence and submission and self censorship which has characterized and been the status quo in Iran ever since the corruption and repression of the Qajars with their public executions and floggings in every town square. Except for a few brief moments in modern history like the 1906 Constitutional Revolution, the Mossadeg take over, the Iranian Spring after the 1979 revolution, when have Iranians ever been free? It is time for is long past due.

Brian H. Appleton


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I can only echo Shifteh

by Monda on

 ای بی شرمهای قاتل، روز حساب شما هم خواهد رسید



by yolanda on

Thank you for reporting this! I am glad that International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran is putting pressure on IRI. It is just shameful that IRI killed the young and mistreats victims' moms!

Shifteh Ansari

اوج بی مرامی و پستی

Shifteh Ansari

ای تف بر بی غیرتان قاتلی که فرزند را شکنجه می کنند، می کشند، دزدکی خاک می کنند، به خانواده می گویند دم نزنید و وقتی مادران عزاداری می کنند، آنها را کتک می زنند و دستگیر می کنند.  ای بی شرمهای قاتل، روز حساب شما هم خواهد رسید


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Maryam Hojjat

Shame on IRI/IRR & its supporters

by Maryam Hojjat on

Down with IRI/IRR.