Twenty-nine year old activist, Atena Daemi, is a defender of human and children’s rights. She was sentenced to seven years in prison, on charges of “propaganda against the state, association, and collusion against national security,” as well as insulting the Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.

Also an activist, Golrokh Ibrahimi Iraee was sentenced to six years for “insulting the sanctities” and insulting the Supreme Leader.

After being summoned to the Directorate for the Implementation of Sentences, the two women refused. They have said that they were taken to the IRGC Ward 2A of Evin Prison, and when they refused to be interrogated separately, and demanded to see their transfer warrant, they were beaten by authorities.

The Women’s Committee of the NCRI issued a statement on January 26th, saying, “The brutal treatment of Atena Daemi and Colrokh Iraee comes in reaction to their declared support for the Iranian people’s uprising and is an attempt to scare Iran’s courageous women, especially the young high school and university students, who played a significant role in the Iranian people’s nationwide uprising.” The NCRI also condemned the regime’s “savagery towards women political prisoners.” They called on international authorities and non-profits, as well as the United Nations, to take action to address the situation of political prisoners in Iran — especially these two women.

During the protests at the turn of the year, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) played an important role, organizing, as well as breaking the censorship barrier of the regime to get news of the protests to the international community. Initially, the protests were economically based, but quickly became more about regime change.

The regime has attempted to convince foreign policymakers that the opposition was limited to exiles abroad, and not a significant force within Iran. The recent protests have proven this a misconception.

Supreme Leader Khamenei blamed the U.S. for the protests, claiming that the U.S. plotted with the MEK, but in truth, many within the international community have called out the oppressive Iranian regime.

Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the NCRI, stated, “The mullahs cannot prevent the resurgence of the uprisings because they only depend on their deeply-hated repressive organs. They have lost the most important component of their power to enchain the society…The Iranian society will not return to the conditions preceding the uprising, nor is the religious dictatorship capable of regaining its previous balance.”

At the Parliamentary Assembly of Council of Europe on January 24th, Mrs. Rajavi told major political groups, “All governments should adopt effective measures and binding decisions to compel the religious dictatorship ruling Iran to release the prisoners of the uprising, uphold freedom of expression and association, end repression and lift the compulsory veil.”