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NO PAUSE: Iran's criminal sentencing of "corruption of earth" against protesting musicians include writing a song about human-rights violations by the United States government

Updated: May 1

A 22-year-old Iranian woman died after being arrested for allegedly violating strict hijab rules — sparking protests against the Islamic Republic’s morality police.

She was accused of improperly wearing a hijab.


Now, Iran’s government is preparing to have a 33-year-old man executed just for rapping about it.

His crime: committing music.


On Oct. 30, 2022, Iran authorities arrested Toomaj Salehi, a 33-year old Iranian Hip-Hop artist, and detained him in its Isfahan prison.

His lyrics, roughly translated: “Someone’s crime was that her hair was flowing in the wind. Someone’s crime was that he or she was brave and [was] outspoken.”

The words are an obvious reference to the 2022 murder of Mahsa Amini, who Iran police killed for “violating” the mandatory hijab law — because a few strands of her hair were showing.

Toomaj's 2021 rap song is "Soorakh Moosh" ("Mouse Hole" english translated) >; [ original Toomaj Toomaj Hole Moshoosh > ]

Mahsa Amini's death sparked a women-led revolution, though it was strongly backed by men and boys, like Salehi.


Toomaj Salehi was arrested and held on the charges of “corruption on earth”, “spreading propaganda”, “cooperating with a hostile government” and “incitement to violence.”

He was eventually sentenced to six years; and remained in detention for 384 days, 252 of them in solitary confinement.

After a ruling by Iran’s Supreme Court, Salehi was released, and then hauled back in again just 12 days later; because he posted a video describing the torture he endured in detention.

Now, he’s facing essentially the same charges, one of which carries the death penalty. >


The precise number of those detained or killed in conjunction with the protests that followed Amini’s murder is unknown, but arrests are certainly in the tens of thousands.

And the protests — and crackdowns — undeniably continue to affect millions of everyday Iranians throughout the country.


Shervin Hajipour, a 27-year-old pop star, was nabbed two days after the release of his Grammy award-winning song “Baraye,” which was based on tweets about the protests by Iranian youth. He was accused of spreading “propaganda against the regime” and “inciting violence.” In response, “Baraye” became an anthem of the Women, Life and Freedom movement, especially as the song’s lyrics pulled directly from the language of protesters’ tweets.

Hajipour was sentenced to three years and eight months in prison.

He was also ordered to document human-rights violations by the United States government over the last century and write a song about US atrocities against humanity.


• SOURCE: Iran is preparing to murder a hip-hop artist for committing . . . music. New York Post (Opinion per Claudia Bennett, a legal and program officer at the Human Rights Foundation.) >


*VIDEO: Global Outrage After Iranian Rapper Toomaj Salehi's Death Sentence Over Mahsa Amini Protests. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty >


*RehaB101 Original New School Webcast > #RehaB101ONSW newsfeed.

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