Iranians Gather at Tehran Cemetery for One Year Anniversary of Reyhaneh Jabbari’s MurderOctober 26, 2015
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.
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.
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…