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Iranians Gather at Tehran Cemetery for One Year Anniversary of Reyhaneh Jabbari’s Murder

October 26, 2015
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Shole Pakravan at the one year commemoration gathering at Behesht Zahra Cemetery for her daughter, Reyhaneh Jabbari. 

Persian2English – A crowd courageously gathered at Behesht Zahra Cemetery on the afternoon of Sunday October 25 to commemorate the one year anniversary of Reyhaneh Jabbari’s murder. According to close sources, Iranian plainclothes and Ministry of Intelligence agents were present at the grave site with cameras, in an attempt to intimidate and scare attendees by taking their photos. Despite the tense security atmosphere, Reyhaneh’s friends, family members and supporters carried on with the ceremony from 2 to 4pm Tehran time. Other mothers of children who had been killed by Iranian authorities were also in attendance; in addition to Iranian television personalities and prominent dissidents including Shahin Mahinfar, Mohammad Nourizad and Mohammad Maleki.

Dario Fo, recipient of the 1997 Nobel Prize in Literature, painted this portrait of Reyhaneh Jabbari in 2014.

Dario Fo, recipient of the 1997 Nobel Prize in Literature, painted this portrait of Reyhaneh Jabbari in 2014.

In a post on social media, Reyhaneh’s mother, Shole Pakravan, described the last moments with her daughter before Iranian authorities hanged her to death. A summary of her recent note has been translated by Persian2English:

It has been one year since the shocking execution of Reyhaneh Jabbari; a year of pain, suffering and tears. There is not a day that goes by that I don’t think of Reyhaneh. I am constantly thinking about the injustices against her.

I will never forget her innocent and feverish face during our last visit together. Before she got up to leave, Reyhaneh gathered her chador and  wrapped it around her body. She walked toward two iron doors, and before exiting, she looked back at us quickly. She didn’t make eye contact with anyone, it was as if she was just making sure we were still there. She didn’t cry or smile; nothing. I watched her leave until she was no longer in sight. That was the last time I saw Reyhaneh. I will not forget that day.

It has been a year since this massive bleeding hole formed in my heart. But, each time my wounded heart tries to heal, I am reminded of Reyhaneh’s words, her writings, her gestures and her actions. And just like that, the wound in my heart grows larger.

From the commemoration gathering on October 25, 2015 for Reyhaneh Jabbari.

From the commemoration gathering on October 25, 2015 for Reyhaneh Jabbari.

Attendees included Gohar Eshghi (far left), her son, Sattar Beheshti, a blogger, was murdered by Iranian authorities in 2012.

Attendees included Gohar Eshghi (far left), her son, Sattar Beheshti, a blogger, was murdered by Iranian authorities in 2012.

Other attendees were Shahin Mahinfar, a popular Iranian television presenter who was fired from her job after Iranian authorities murdered her son during street protests in Iran on December 27, 2009 (Ashura).

Other attendees were Shahin Mahinfar, popular Iranian television presenter who was fired from her job after Iranian authorities murdered her son during street protests in Iran on December 27, 2009 (Ashura).

Also present was Akram Neghabi, the mom of Saeed Zeinali, a student arrested by Iranian authorities 16 years ago during the 1999 uprising. Saeed has been missing since 1999.

Also present was Akram Neghabi, the mom of Saeed Zeinali, a student arrested by Iranian authorities 16 years ago during the 1999 uprising. Saeed has been missing since 1999.

Mohammad Nourizad, a prominent Iranian dissident and writer, was in attendance at the commemoration ceremony for Reyhaneh Jabbari.

Mohammad Nourizad, a prominent Iranian dissident and writer.

Also in attendance: Mohammad Maleki, prominent Iranian dissident and the first Dean of the University of Tehran following the 1979 revolution.

Mohammad Maleki, prominent Iranian dissident and the first Dean of the University of Tehran following the 1979 revolution.

Reyhaneh Jabbari's lawyer, Mohammad Ali Jedari Foroughi, spoke at the gathering.

Reyhaneh Jabbari’s lawyer, Mohammad Ali Jedari Foroughi, spoke at the gathering.

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REMEMBERING REYHANEH JABBARI
By William C. Anderson, Truthout
October 25, 2015

Today is a cold anniversary marred by the reminder of an unjust death. On this day one year ago, Reyhaneh Jabbari was executed by hanging in Iran. She was only 26 years old at the time of her death…Reyhaneh was convicted of killing a man she said attempted to rape her. She was arrested in 2007 after being accused of the murder of Morteza Abdolali Sarbandi, a former Iranian intelligence ministry worker.  MORE…

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