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Tuesday, March 31, 2009



International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran:
Release Khadijeh Moghadam and Mahbubeh Karami the two women rights advocates!

While 10 out of 12 women's rights advocate are released, but two high profile women activists are still in Evin prison.
International campaign for Human Rights in Iran demanded for the release of Ms. Khadijeh Moghadam and Ms. Mahbubeh Karami. The campaign believe, there is no legal explanation for this arrest.
The judiciary power officials without any explanation didn't accept the bail of Khadijeh Moghadam and Mahbubeh Karami .The 10 women rights advocate were released on $ 50,000 each and was asked to attend in the office of prosecutor on Sunday April 4, 2009 .

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Sunday, March 29, 2009



A letter from Mr. Brujerdi an imprisoned Iranian clergy to Mr. Hashemi Shahrudi the head of Islamic Republic Judiciary power!

It is now 30 months that I am in prison and have been from prison to prison and ward to ward in Tehran and Yazd city and have becom really ill and unhealthy. I was six months in solitary confinement in cell 209 with mental and physical burden.
They have always denied and didn't pay attention to my request for an independent reporters without borders and lawyers and were silent to bring independent doctors to see me.They have confiscated my properties and caused problems for my family . I have heard ; when they are going to kill someone gradually , they send them to Yazd prison which is known as "Sekandar prison". They have made solitary confinement for me in this placeand have cut off my phone line. How can you speak about the "justice of Ali"? ( one of Shiite Imam and son in law of Mohammad ) . According to United Nation principle which your government is a signatories , the political prisoners ward must be separated from the criminals.........
Now, for the last time ,i would like to speak to you that during this three years that i was the hostage , i have becom ill , old and unable and feel the death every day.

wishing that freedom , independent and democracy rule .

Signed by: Seyed Hossain Kazemini Brujerdi

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New information about the death of young Iranian blogger Mr. Omid Reza Mirsayafi in Evin prison!
IRAN WATCH CANADA is not recomending you to see this picture.

Reporters Without Borders ( RSF) called the death of Mirsayafi " murder" and demanded for an independent commission to investigate how he have died in Evin prison.
Omidreza Mirsayafi was summoned on February 7,2009 to Tehran court of revolution and was arrested and detained, and on Wednesday March 18 , 2009 he lost his life in Evin prison. The prison officials announced he commited suicide inside the prison and was transfered to Loghmanodoleh hospital but pronounced death.
This is the picture of Late Mirsayafi when his dead body was handed to his family for burial . His dead body is currently in croners office for autopsy . The family of this recent victim is going to call all possible officials to follow up his suspicious death in Evin prison.
"According to "Human Rights Activist in Iran" at the time when his lifeless body was handed to his family, there were evidence of bleeding from his left ear , nose, back of his head, and there were dark -blue areas at the back of his body which increases the complexity about his death."
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Student's rights advocate and women's rights advocate must be all released from prison!
Shirin Ebadi about the arrest of women's rights advocate : There has been violation in all the process of these arrest.

There has been news today that, these women's rights advocate has been released. But , the regime didn't releas all, some are still in prison including the men who have supported the women cause.

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Intense torture of an Azarbayejani activist !

Mr. Ramin Sadeghi is under intense pressure in detention centre of the Ministry of Information office in "Ardebil" city.
March 27,2009
Reliable sources have reported that: " Mr. Ramin Sadeghi Asl" one of civil rights activist of Azarbayejan in the city of Ardebil was arrested in his parent home on Feb. 5,2009 and upto now he is under intense torture and worse condition in detention centre of the Ministry of Information office in Ardebil city."

Mr. Mohammad Sadeghi the brother of this Azarbayejani activist after spending 17 days temporary imprisonment was released on a 30, 000,000 Tuman ( almost $30,000) bail on March 14,2009.

Earlier Mr. Ebrahim Sadeghi younger brother of both Ramin and Mohammad after spending two weeks in prison was released.
Meanwhile, according to a prisoner who was released recently from detention centre of the Ministry of Information office in Ardebil city told that; the agents have tortured Ramin and his brother Mohammad in a frightening way.

The interrogators have hanged them on one foot for several days and tortured them with a machine called " charkhe Falak" (merry- go round).
" Giving electric shock to sexual organ and other sensitive parts of the body , severe beating , lashing by cable, solitary confinement, keeping the prisoner awake at sleeping time and insulting and humiliating " are the tactics the interrogators use to take false confession from prisoners.
According to this reliable source , Sadeghi brothers under these severe physical and mental tortures were forced to say what they haven't done.

They have signed a confession which shows , together with three other Azarbayejani activists in "Moghan" ,they passed Aras river ( A border river between Iran and Republic of Azarbayjan ) and had close contact with foreign mercenaries in order to receive guidance for distribution of CD's and pamphlets in general to execute the movement of Azarbayjan.

They were also forced on false confession about other Azarbayejani activist including Mr. Abbas Lesani and his wife.
According to human rights defenders, it was agreed that Mr. Ramin Sadeghi would also be released before New Year ( Persian New Year, first day of spring , 20th of March) after the investigation by Ministry of Information.But when he attended the court in the city of Ardebil , he didn't approve the confession during interrogation which was added on his file. He announced " All these confession has been taken under intense physical and mental torture and has no validity." But Ardebil city prosecutor has ordered to return him to detention centre of the Ministry of Information office in "Ardebil" city for accepting the confession.
Ramin and his two brothers while in detention were deprived of lawyer and meeting with their family .
Background:
Mr. Ramin Sadeghi was arrested in the past on occassion such as " International Mother tongue Day(Feb. 20th) and was detained for a month and was released on bail.Amnesty International has called his case as prisoner of Conscience and demanded for his release.
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http://www.akhbar-rooz.com/news.jsp?essayId=20080

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Friday, March 27, 2009

Homayoun Shajarian&Dastan Ensemble- Vatan (Homeland, I have always been with you)

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Join the international campaign and turn off your home light on Saturday March 28 @ 8:30 pm for one hour!


In support for the initiation to reduce global warming more than 500 city's from around the world are turning off their light on Saturday March 28, 2009 at 8:30 pm for one hour. The goal of the organizers is that 1000 city's from all over the world to join the campaign.

On 2007 only Australia participated in the campaign and more than 2 millions home turned off their light .

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Thursday, March 26, 2009



On Thursday more than 10 members of Campaign for One Million Signature and mother for peace has been arrested by Islamic Republic security agents !


Those arrested are:


Ms. Khadijeh Moghadam
Ms. Farkhondeh Ehtesabian
Ms. Delaram Ali
Ms. Leyla Nazari
Ms. Mahbubeh Karami
Mr. Ali Abdi
Mr. Amir Rashidi
Mr.Mohammad Shurab
Mr. Arash Nasirieghbali

They were on their way to the house of political prisoners family's including Zahra Baniyaghub's family ( the young medical student who have died mysteriousely in prison) to greet them for the New Year. They had agreed to meet in Sohrvardi St. at Seyed Khandan bridge in Tehran. They were arrested and were transferred to Nilufar police station.
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http://news.gooya.com/politics/archives/2009/03/085556.php

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Environmental disaster along Persian Gulf !?


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Roxana Saberi has threatened to go on hunger strike, if not released!

Radio Farda

Roxana Saberi the Iranian -American journalist who is detained in Evin prison, in a telephone contact with her father said: "If they dont release me, I would go on hunger strike."
Mr. Reza Saberi the father of Roxana in speaking with Ruiters news agency said: On Tuesday her daughter called him. He said: " I worry about her, she is very much intends to do suicide" .
Mr. Saberi said her daughter told him:
"If i'm not released , i will go on hunger strike,",
I tried to calm her down, i told her, we are trying all we can to gurantee her freedom and she is better to hold on".
Background:
Roxana was reporting for foreign news agencies from Iran.She has been arrested for almost a month now and is detained in Evin prison where Zahra Kazemi the Iranian -Canadian photojournalist has died.

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IFEX - News from the international freedom of expression community
UPDATE - IRAN 26 March 2009
Journalist Roxana Saberi may remain in prison for prolonged period
SOURCE: Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), New York (CPJ/IFEX) -
The following is a 25 March 2009 CPJ press release:
Report says Saberi may be held for prolonged period New York, March 25, 2009 -
The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmedby a news report indicating that Iranian-American journalist Roxana Saberimight remain in prison for a prolonged period. In a telephone conversationwith her father, Saberi said a prosecutor told her she would remain indetention for "months or even years," The New York Times reported today. "We are very deeply concerned by the circumstances of Roxana Saberi'sdetention," said CPJ Middle East and North Africa Program CoordinatorMohamed Abdel Dayem. "She continues to be held without charge, whileofficials have offered shifting reasons for her detention." Saberi was detained in January. Since then, Iranian officials have issuedconflicting explanations for the detention. Initially, Saberi told herfamily that she was apparently being held for buying wine. A few dayslater, a spokesman for Iran's Foreign Ministry stated that Saberi was detained for reporting without proper accreditation. The next day, aspokesman for the Iranian judiciary confirmed that she was being held inTehran's notorious Evin Prison, where political prisoners are frequentlyjailed. He added that she was being held in accordance with a writ issuedby the Revolutionary Court, but he would not reveal the reasons for thedetention. "We are particularly concerned about Saberi's physical and mental health,especially in light of where she is being held," CPJ's Abdel Dayem said. At least two journalists have died at the prison in last six years insituations that have not been fully explained.
Omidreza Mirsayafi, anIranian blogger serving a 30-month sentence on a charge of insulting religious figures, died at Evin Prison last week under mysterious circumstances. In 2003, Iranian-Canadian photojournalist Zahra Kazemi died from a brain hemorrhage that resulted from a beating at Evin Prison.
An intelligence agent charged in the killing was acquitted after a flawedtrial. Kazemi had been jailed because she took photographs outside theprison. More than 10,000 people worldwide signed a CPJ petition expressing deepconcern about the detention. CPJ presented the petition to the IslamicRepublic of Iran's Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York. The Committee to Protect Journalists is a New York-based, non profit,non-partisan organization dedicated to defending press freedom around theworld. Updates the Saberi case:
http://www.ifex.org/en/content/view/full/101365
For further information on the Omidreza MirSayafi (Mir-Sayafi) case, see:
http://www.ifex.org/en/content/view/full/101823
For further information on the Zahra Kazemi case, see:
http://www.ifex.org/en/content/view/full/95352
For further information, contact Mohamed Abdel Dayem (x103) or MariwanHama-Saeed (x104) at CPJ, 330 Seventh Ave., New York, NY 10001, U.S.A.,tel: +1 212 465 1004, fax: +1 212 465 9568, e-mail: mideast@cpj.org,m.abdel.dayem@cpj.org, mariwan@cpj.org, Internet: http://www.cpj.org
The information contained in this update is the sole responsibility of CPJ.In citing this material for broadcast or publication, please credit CPJ.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Jawaherdeh- Ramsar, Iran


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Support Peace, Protection of Environment and Social justice!

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Sunday, March 22, 2009

A journalist is arrested!

Mr. Hamid Mafi the past editor of " Farhang Ashti" ( culture of reconciliation) and "Hadis Ghazvin" newspaper is arrested by security agents.

Mr. Mafi was arrested in his home 12 days ago, befor the Iranian New Year by security agents. There are no news on his whereabout and charges. His family members also have no news about him.
http://www.iran-emrooz.net/index.php?/news2/17661/

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Presidential election in Iran !

Mr. Kamran Daneshju the president of the staff working for presidential election in Ministry of Interior announced :
The presidential election will be held on June . The presidential candidates will start their campaign from Friday May 22,09 for 20 days. He said : There are 46 millions and two hundered thousands (46,200,000) Iranian eligible to vote. This coming election is the 10th presidential election in the Islamic Republic.

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http://www.etemademeli.com/HTMLResources/Search/

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Saturday, March 21, 2009



Centre for Human Rights Defenders in Iran protested to the arrest of family members gathered in front of Evin prison.
On Iranian New Years Day , families of the imprisoned students in Evin prison get together in front of the Evin prison to celeberate their New Year closer to their dear one, but several of these family members together with student activists were arrested by security agents and are detained.
So far, according to news these brave people have been arrested and detained by the security agents of the Islamic Republic:
1- The mother of imprisoned student Nariman Mostafavi
2- Mr.Mehdi Arabshahi
3-Mr. Milad Asadi -Central council member of " Daftare Tahkime Vahdat
4-Ms. Bahare Hedayat- Central council member of " Daftare Tahkime Vahdat"
5-Mr. Majid Dori - Student deprived from continuing his education in "Alameh University"
6-Mr. Said Faizollahzadeh- Deprived from continuing his education in " Alameh University"
7- The mother of Milad Asadi
8- Farid Hashemi -Central council member of " Tahkim Vahdat"
9- Amin Nazari - Central council member of " Tahkim Vahdat"
10- The security agents also in this event confiscated the plate number of Mr. Keyvan Samimi's car.
Mr. Samimi is secretary of the "Committee Following up the Arbiterary Arrests".
The security agents for dispersing the crowed in front of Evin prison used the tear gas.

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Friday, March 20, 2009

The President's Message to the Iranian People

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Violin, Tonbak and Persian singing,Rahmatollah Badii and daughter and grandson(?), Nourooz

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Happy New Year !

With best wishes for all of you.

On Fri. March 20, 2009,at 03:14 PM Iranian all over the world will celeberate their New Year .

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(19 March 2009)
The death of an imprisoned blogger inside Evin Prison on 18 March
, following the recent death of another prisoner of conscience, demonstrates that Iranian authorities are seriously neglecting the health of prisoners the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said today. The Campaign called on the Iranian Judiciary to immediately investigate and prosecute prison officials for their neglect and responsibility in these deaths.

The Campaign reminds Iranian authorities that under international human rights law, they are held accountable for the health and safety of prisoners.

“Iranian leaders have relegated the administration of the prison system to a group of incompetent and cruel officials who are showing their utter disregard for human life,” said Hadi Ghaemi, the Campaign’s spokesperson.

“If the authorities do not move quickly to hold negligent officials responsible, they are reinforcing impunity and the lack of accountability,” he added.

On 18 March, 29-year-old blogger Alireza Mirsayafi died while in Tehran’s Evin prison. According to an account by Hesam Firoozi, a physician also imprisoned in Evin, Mirsayafi had taken extra doses of his medication. Firoozi’s account, as provided by the Human Rights Activists in Iran, notes that Mirsayafi suffered from serious depression. Firoozi was present during the initial stages of Mirsayafi’s treatment inside the prison’s medical clinic and reported that the prison doctors failed to provide proper care by not sending him immediately to a hospital to save his life.

Mirsayafi was prosecuted solely for his opinions expressed in his private blog. He was charged with insulting the authorities and sentenced to two years and six months in prison.

In an interview with the Campaign on 16 December 2008, Mirsayafi said his blog was completely private and was read only by a few of his friends. He also said that expert testimony by an Intelligence Ministry official during his trial emphasized this point and that he should not receive such a heavy sentence.

Mirsayafi’s lawyer, Mohammad Ali Dadkhah, told the Campaign that Mirsayafi’s sentenced was rushed into implementation without proper judicial procedures and that he had not been notified officially of the sentence before its implementation.

“From the Judge who sentenced Mirsayafi solely for his peaceful opinions, to the prison medical staff who ignored his critical condition, a host of judiciary and prison officials are responsible for his death. Mirsayafi’s death is an indication of the cruelty of Iranian Intelligence and security agencies abusing the courts with the cooperation of the Judiciary,” Ghaemi said.

On 6 March, Amir Saran, a political prisoner serving an 8-year sentence for his political activities, died of a brain stroke. His family and associates have alleged negligence and lack of proper care by prison officials as the causes of his death.


For the latest human rights developments in Iran visit the Campaign’s website at http://click.icptrack.com/icp/relay.php?
For more information:

Hadi Ghaemi, in New York: +1 917-669-5996
Aaron Rhodes, in Vienna: +43 676-635-6612

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Tuesday, March 17, 2009




Iran student movement: Release our classmates NOW!

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Naser Zarafshan is banned to leav the country!
Mr. Zarafshan is a member of "Iran writers Association" and " Iran Lawyers Society ". He is as well lawyer for the family's of the victims of "chain murdering" in 1988.
Mr. Zarafshan was invited to European Parliament by the president of all Europe Green Party and coordinator between Iran & Europe of the European parliament.He was to participate and discuss on environmental issues in Iran and the future of the relation of Iran and Europe.
Mr. Zarafshan in speaking with "Radio Farda" said: "He was banned to leave the country in Tehran airport" and his passport is taken away by security agents of Iran Government.
Mr. Zarafshan said: After taking my passport, the agents gave me a letter and said, on May, meaning 10 months ago , i had a case file in court , and because of it , ican't leave the country."
Mr. Zarafshan said : This is a pretext to take my passport away and i dont think i have a case file in the court , because i dont live underground and have been summoned to the court for several times in the past months and if there was a file it was easy for them to summon, to arrest or detaine me.
Upto now many Iranian writers, journalists and personalities have been banned to leave the country by Islamic Republic officials.
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Sunday, March 15, 2009

They need your help!
An open letter by the family of Mr. Anvar Hossain Panahi.
The wife and children of Mr. Anvar Hossain Panahi the political prisoner is sentenced to death, released a letter and asked the free willing people to help them.
March 8, 2009
To:
Officials in the Government,
UN Human Rights Council
Human rights organizations

Everyone knows that our father Mr. Anvar Hossain Panahi is detained for 15 months without any reason. We do not know what has gone to him during these 15 months. We are not going to say what went on us in this 15 months, It is 15 months that we have tolerated the pain of not having the husband and father around us. His absence has become great sorrow for us. It is 15 months that his loneliness and absence brought sorrow for us. We have spent the cold & dark days of 15 months pain without having heard from him. 15 months that we have experience and feel him from behind the prison cell. 15 months that we have been deprived from a very kind husband and father. In this side of the cold and tall wall as tall as the sky, we are waiting for his release and him on the other side of the short, violent and merciless wall seeing us in his dreams.15 months of hot discussion in our house and the neighbors house is about prison, bread winner in the family, not knowing what is going on and hopelessness about his release and freedom.15 months in these kind of childhood, while other children with the same age are heading home and meeting their mother and fathers, but us, with an expecting eyes , depressing face and heart broken getting back home with a hope of meeting our father everyday and the disappointment or not knowing about him is like a poke on our head. We wish no one could ever deprive from the love and affection of their father.
This hard and killing expectation not only ended to more hopelessness on July 13, 2008 but made the atmosphere in our little depressing house much bitter. This was when the court of revolution in Sanandaj city announced our father was charged with “ Maharebeh” ( fight with Islam) and sentenced to death and everyone says that, the sentence was handed to him……

The last support person we had was Mr. Ashraf Hossain Panahi (The brother of our father and our uncle), who could follow up and bring the voice of our father to the public and high ranking officials, on the night of August 27,2008, while carrying 5000 signature from the people of our region and was on his way to Tehran to meet the lawyer , he was hit by a car at the side of the road in our village by an unidentified man and died and our only hope like a light turned off. Yes, we are powerless and there are no help. …….
Hoping for the release of all political prisoners.

Signed by:
Susan Hossain Panahi –Wife
Mahtab –Daughter
Milad- Son
Mahshid – Daughter
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www.akhbar-rooz.com

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Friday, March 13, 2009

Vigen - Blossom song ترانه شکوفه بهاری از زنده ياد ويگن

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Vigen-Baroon Baroone- Iranian Pop singer

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Women in Iran never kept silence and no regime can silence Iranian women when it comes to their human rights!
IRAN WATCH CANADA will continue to cover the struggle of Iranian women for their human rights by monitoring their fight back against Islamic Republic policies toward women.





















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Thursday, March 12, 2009



The united activities of women from left in Tehran and Karaj city!
the Marxists -socialists individuals , their organizations or political prties are all either moved to abroad or are underground in the Islamic Republic due to reppression, persecution and have no freedom at all. In this two pictures the women belonging to these organizations stage activities on March eight the International Women's Day. They put the women demands in different crowded locations and distributed leaflets from top of buildings. According to report, these activities were welcomed and supported by peoples on the area.
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Shirin Ebadi in speaking with a German newspaper: We are not going to attend in an undemocratic election!
Madam Ebadi told to the newspaper that they are not going to participate in the coming presidential election on June.
She has protested to the system of election in Iran and said: "Until the Guardian council is deciding on the competency of candidates , we are not going to participate in the election."
In her view the election in Iran is not free, because according to her the the gurdian council is the main obstacle for a free election.
In response to a question , why do you boycotting the election , she said:
"The probelm is to stand on principle. These principle is very important for us. If it is the people to participate in the election, they must have the freedom to choose.In Iran but it isn't this way and the competency of candidates who are not even peoples candidate must be first approved by the gurdian council. For this reason until the gurdian council is looking after the competency of candidates , we won't participate in election."
She said: This doesn't mean i'm telling the people not to participate in the election.
She added: Some people believe they must participate in election and between "bad and worse" to choose one. She said: In her opinion this idea is correct, but she has chosen not to participate in the election.
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Century and a half of silence towards oppression against Bahais is enoughby

Open Letter04-Feb-2009
An Open Letter from a group of academics, writers, artists, journalists and Iranian activists throughout the world to the Baha’i community
In the name of goodness and beauty, and in the name of humanity and liberty!
As Iranian human beings, we are ashamed for what has been perpetrated upon the Baha’is in the last century and a half in Iran.
We firmly believe that every Iranian, “without distinction of any kind, such as, race, color, sex, language, religion, politics or other opinions,” and also without regard to ethnic background, “social origin, property, birth or other status,” is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. However, from the very inception of the Baha’i Faith, the followers of this religion in Iran have been deprived of many provisions of human rights solely on account of their religious convictions.
According to historical documents and evidence, from the commencement of the Babi Movement followed by the appearance of the Baha’i Faith, thousands of our countrymen have been slain by the sword of bigotry and superstition only for their religious beliefs. Just in the first decades of its establishment, some twenty thousand of those who stood identified with this faith community were savagely killed throughout various regions of Iran.
We are ashamed that during that period, no voice of protest against these barbaric murders was registered;
We are ashamed that until today the voice of protest against this heinous crime has been infrequent and muted;
We are ashamed that in addition to the intense suppression of Baha’is during its formative decades, the last century also witnessed periodic episodes of persecution of this group of our countrymen, in which their homes and businesses were set on fire, and their lives, property and families were subjected to brutal persecution – but all the while, the intellectual community of Iran remained silent;
We are ashamed that during the last thirty years, the killing of Baha’is solely on the basis of their religious beliefs has gained legal status and over two-hundred Baha’is have been slain on this account;
We are ashamed that a group of intellectuals have justified coercion against the Baha’i community of Iran;
We are ashamed of our silence that after many decades of service to Iran, Baha’i retired persons have been deprived of their right to a pension;
We are ashamed of our silence that on the account of their fidelity to their religion and truthfulness in stating this conviction, thousands of Baha’i youth have been barred from education in universities and other institutions of higher learning in Iran;
We are ashamed that because of their parents’ religious beliefs, Baha’i children are subjected to denigration in schools and in public.
We are ashamed of our silence over this painful reality that in our nation, Baha’is are systematically oppressed and maligned, a number of them are incarcerated because of their religious convictions, their homes and places of business are attacked and destroyed, and periodically their burial places are desecrated;
We are ashamed of our silence when confronted with the long, dark and atrocious record that our laws and legal system have marginalized and deprived Baha’is of their rights, and the injustice and harassment of both official and unofficial organs of the government towards this group of our countrymen;
We are ashamed for all these transgressions and injustices, and we are ashamed for our silence over these deeds.

We, the undersigned, asked you, the Baha’is, to forgive us for the wrongs committed against the Baha’i community of Iran.
We will no longer be silent when injustice is visited upon you.
We stand by you in achieving all the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of the Human Rights.
Let us join hands in replacing hatred and ignorance with love and tolerance.
February 3, 2009

1. Aban, Vahid, Human Rights Activist – Sweden2. Abdolalian, Morteza, Journalist, CJFE Board of Directors - Canada, Oakville3. Abdi, Asghar, Physiologist/ Human Righst Activitst4. Abghari, Shahla, Professor, Life University – USA, Atlanta5. Abghari, Siavash, Professor, University of Georgia – USA, Atlanta6. Aeine, Abtin, Poet - Sweden7. Afshar, Mahasti, Reasercher – USA, Los Angeles8. Afshari, Maryam, Activist – Sweden, Gutenberg9. Afshin-Jam, Nazanin, Human Rights Activist/ Singer Canada, Vancouver10. Aghnam, Reza, Writer/Literature Critic – England, London11. Ahmadi, Fereidoon, Political Analyst – Germani Colonia12. Ahmadi, Ramin, Professor, Yale University – USA, Yale13. Akbari, Mansour, Human Rights Activist – Sweden, Stockholm14. Akhavan, Asal, Human Rights Supporter - Australia15. Alavi, Reza, Writer/Political Analyst - USA16. Almasi, Nasrin, Managing editor of Shahrvand- Canada, Toronto17. Amini, Bahman, Publisher – France, Paris18. Amini, Mehdi, Political Activist – USA, Washington DC19. Amirgholi, Amir, Human Rights Activist – Iran, Tehran20. Amirhosseini, Bahman, journalist – USA, Virginia21. Amirsedghi, Nasrin, Writer/Ditrector of Kult DA – Germany, Mainz22. Amoozgar, Mojgan, Medical Doctor – France, Paris23. Ansari, Siamak, Human Rights Activist - Sweden, Gutenberg24. Arian, Nima, Student/Human Roghts Activist - Germany25. Asadi, Houshang, Writer/ Journalist – France, Paris26. Assadi Savadkouhi, Hooshang, IT specialist – Sweden, Stockholm27. Assman Mohammad, Javad, Poet/ Translator – Iran, Esfahan28. Attar, Mahmood, Pharmacist/ Human Rights Supporter - Italy29. Avaei, Gil, Writer/Bloger – Holand30. Ayoubzadeh, Hassan, Writer/ Lawyer – Netherlands, Arnhem31. Azad, Azadeh, Sociologist - Canada32. Azadian, Abbas, Psychotrapist – Toronto Canada33. Azarian, Mina, Actress – Sweden, Stockholm34. Azarkolah, Houman, Actor – France, Paris35. Azarli, Katayoun, Writer/Poet - Germany36. Bagheri Goldschmied, Nahid, Freelance Journalist – Austria, Vienna37. Bagherpour, Danesh, Political Analyst - Germany38. Bagherpour, Khosro, Poet /Journalist – Germany39. Bakhshizadeh, Marziye, Human Rights Activist – Germany40. Bakhtiyari, Sheyda, Human Rights Activist - Denmark41. Balouch, Abdolghader, Writer, Canada Vancouver42. Baradaran, Monireh, Writer/Human rights activist - Germany43. Barati, Mehran, Researcher, Germany, Berlin44. Batebi, Ahmad, Human Rights Activist - USA, Washington45. Behboodi, Reza, Human Rights Activist – Canada46. Behnia, Kamran, Physicist – France, Paris47. Beyzaie, Niloofar, Play writer/Theatre Director – Germany, Frankfurt48. Bigdeli, Bahram, Human Rights Activist - Germany , Cologne49. Bishetab, Reza, Writer, France, Paris50. Borghei, Mohammad, Professor Strayer University - USA51. Boroumand, Ladan, Researcher, Boroumand Foundation - USA, Washington52. Boroumand, Roya, Executive Director, Boroumand Foundation – USA, Washington53. Chehabi, Houchang-Esfandiar, Professor – USA, Boston54. Choubine, Bahram, Researcher/Writer – Germany, Köln55. Corrazo, Gabriela, Journalist - Spain56. Daneshvar, Hamid, Actor/Theatre Director – France, Paris57. Darvishpour, Mehrdad, Professor, Stockholm University - Sweden, Stockholm58. Daryani, Hossein, Stage Actor – Germany, Berlin59. Dashi, Ali, Political Activist Danemark60. Dastmalchi, Parviz, Writer/Political Analyst – Germany, Berlin61. Davani, Hossein, Art Critic/Human Rights Activist – Germany Colonia62. Dehzangi, Arash, PHD Candidate- Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur 63. Delneshin, Shahin, Political Analyst/Blogger -Denmark, Copenhagen64. Djalali Chimeh, Mohammad (M. Sahar), Poet - France, Paris65. Djanati Atai, Behi, Actor/ Writer/Theatre Director – France, Paris66. Doai, Babak, Musician/ Music Teacher - Belgium67. Duschouki, Abdolsatar, Political Analyst - England68. Ebadi, Abdolatif, Poet/Translator/Journalist - England69. Ebrahimi, Hadi, Editor-in-chief of Shahrgon, Canada, Vancouver70. Emami, Bahram, Human Rights Activist - Sweden, Stockholm71. Esfandarmaz, Sherin, Human Rights Activist, Belgium Bruxelles72. Eskandari, Mohammad Reza, Sociologist / Activist - Holand73. Fadai, Behroz, Political Activist – Holand74. Fahimi, Nima, Chief of Efsha Website - England75. Fani Yazdi, Reza, Political analyst - USA76. Farahani, Fereshteh, Human Rights Activist – Holand77. Faraji, Hossein, TV Moderator – USA ,Los Angeles78. Farhoudi, Vida, Poet/Translator- France, Paris79. Farid, Siamak, Human Rights Activist, Belgium Bruxelles80. Farrahi, Farahnaz, Chief of Iran bbb Website – Germany, Berlin81. Farshy, Ebrahim, Writer/Teacher/Theater Actor – Germany Colonia82. Fattah, Abasali, Political Activist – Australia83. Fazel, Navid, Chief Physician - Germany84. Ferdosian, Payam, writer/ Researche/ Human Rights Activist – USA, Virginia85. Forouhar, Parastou, Artist/Human Rights Activist – Germany, Frankfurt86. Fouladi, Firuzeh Faye, USA, Silver Spring, Maryland87. Ghadiri, Khosro, Professor/ Journalist/Analyst – USA, California88. Ghaemi, Hadi Coordinator Int. Campaign for HR in Iran - USA89. Ghahari, Keivandokht, Deutsche Welle, Section Iran- Germany, Bonn90. Ghahraman, Saghi, Poet /Journalist – Canada, Toronto91. Ghahraman, Sasan, Publisher/Writer/Journalist – Canada, Toronto92. Ghasemi Impertro, Akhtar, Free lance Journalist/ Photographer – Germany, Colonia93. Ghassemi, Reza, Writer – France, Paris94. Ghiaee, Abbas, Bookstore Manager – Germany95. Ghorashi, Reza, Professor, USA New Jersey96. Giahi, Fatemeh, Human Rights Activist, USA, Massachusett97. Goharzad, Reza, Journalist, USA98. Golab Dej, Hooshang, Writer/Poet – Sweden Stockholm99. Golchin, Ali, Lawyer – USA, Massachusett100. Habibinia, Omid, Journalist - Sweden101. Hajzadeh, Fallah Masoud, Design Engineer - Västerås, Sweden102. Hakim, Mohammad Hossein, Professor – USA, Amherst103. Halford, Zhara, Painter/Photograph/Sculptor - France104. Hamidi, Nasrin, Human Rights Activist - Holand105. Hamidi, Hamid, Human Rights Activist - Holand106. Hamzeloee, Mahmoud, Actor/Theatre & Cinema Director – Norway107. Harandi, Farideh, Lawyer, USA108. Hashemizadeh, Iradj, Architekt/Journalist- Austria, Graz109. Hassibi, Mohammad, Political activist, USA110. Hatami, Parviz, Human Rights Activist - USA111. Hekmat, Bijan, Political Activist – France, Paris112. Heyrani, Aref , general contractor, USA, Beaverton OR113. Homayounpour, Kourosh, , USA, Washington, DC.114. Homayounpour, Shohreh, Teacher- USA, Washington DC115. Honarmand, Manouchehr, Journalist - Holand116. Hosseini, Mirali, Actor/Journalist, France, Paris117. Hosseinzadeh, Jafar, Political Activist – Belgium118. Houshmand, Zara, Writer – USA, Houston119. Irani, Nikki, Human Rights Activist- USA120. Irani, Sholeh, Editor-in-Chief AvayeZan.org –121. Irvani, Arash, (M. Saghi) Poet, Germany Dusseldorf122. Jabbari, Reza, Reasercher - Sweden, Gutenberg123. Jaddeh, Mohsen, Journalist/Translator - Germany124. Jafari, Reza, Theatre Director - Germany125. Jafari, Sedighe, Human Rights Activist - Germany, Hanover126. Javadi, Akram, Director of Ida Bookstore - Germany127. Javdan, Hamidreza, Actor/ Theatre Director - France, Paris128. Javid, Jahanshah, Publisher, Iranian.com – Mexico, Chihuahua129. Jazani, Mihan, Writer/Activist – France, Paris130. Kakhsaz, Naser, Political analyst – Germany, Bochum131. Kalbasi, Sheema, Poet – USA, Washington132. Kamali, Shaghayegh, Singer/ Music Lecturer – Germany, Münster133. Kamrani, Ali, Stage Actor/ Song Writer – Germany, Frankfurt134. Karami, Nasser, Political Analyst - Germany135. Karimi, Behzad, Political Activist, Netherland 136. Kassraei, Farhang, Writer/Actor – Germany, Wiesbaden137. Kaviany, Massoud, Professor University Michigan– USA Michigan138. Kavir, Mahmood, Poet/Writer - England139. Kazemi, Monireh, Women Rights Activist - Germany140. Keshavarz, Mehran, Human Rights Activist - Norway141. Khabazian, Reza, Human Rights Supporter - USA142. Khayam, Zohreh, Women Right Activist - USA143. Khoi, Esmail, Writer/Poet – England, London144. Khojinian, Hadi, Poet/ Writer – England145. Khorami, Tahere, Human Rights Activist – Holand146. Khorrami, Hossein, Political Activist – Germany, Essen147. Khorsandi, Hadi, Satirist – Great Britain, London148. Khosroparviz, Keikhosro, Political Activist, Sweden149. Khosrozadeh, Behrooz, Journalist/ Political science Reasercher – Germany150. Kiarostami, Kia, Film Producer, Germany, Berlin151. Koohgilani, Parvin, Editor Shahrvand - USA, Texas152. Kowsari, Hamid, Director of New Technology Training Institute, USA Los Angeles153. Laghaeian, Shahriar, Medical Doctor – USA, Seattle154. Lalejini, Ali, Translator - Sweden155. Lavaei, Mehrdad, Human Rights Activist – Holand156. Madadi, Shabnam, Physician/ Human Rights Supporter - Germany157. Madjlessi, Darius, Political Activist – Holand158. Maghssudnia, Manochehr, Political Activist – Germany, Berlin159. Mahbaz, Efat, Women rights activist /Journalist– England, London160. Mahdjoubi, Ali, Member of Parliamet - Germany, Berlin161. Mahjoubi, Ebrahim, Human Rights Activist – Germany, Cologne162. Malakooty, Sirus, Classical Guitar Player/ Composer/ Lecturer - England, London163. Malekzadeh, Ali, Human Rights Activist164. Manoo, Missaghi, Social Analyst, Canada, Toronto165. Masoudi, Banafsheh, Reasercher – France, Paris166. Massoumi, Bahram, Writer/Activist - Germany167. Masumian, Nima, Teacher – Spain168. Mazhar, Varya, Writer/ Poet – Finnlands, Helsinki169. Mehr, Bijan, Political Activist – USA, Boston170. Mirfakhrai, Mehran, Architect/ Human Rights Supporter – Italy171. Miremadi, Bijan, Professor University Vancouver – Canada Vancouver172. Mir Mobini, Hossein, Journalist – USA, California173. Mir Sattari, Anwar, President of EuroPers Human Rights – Belgium, Brussel174. Moghaddas, Mehran, Play writer/Theatre Director – Denmark, Copenhagen175. Mohamadi, Majid, Professor/Writer/Reasercher – USA, NY176. Moheb, Robab, Writer/ Poet - Sweden177. Mohtasham, Yashar, Activist – France, Paris178. Mokhtari, Sohrab, Writer, Germany, Berlin179. Morad, Daryoush, Human Rights Activist - Germany, Cologne180. Moshkin Ghalam, Shahrokh, Actor/Dancer – France, Paris181. Mossaed, Jila, Poet/Writer - Sweden, Göteborg.182. Mossallanejad, Ezat, Writer/Human right Activist, CCVT – Canada, Toronto183. Naghibzadeh, Fathiyeh, Germany, Berlin184. Nakhai, Shahbaz, Journalist – Canada185. Nazarian, Arsen, Translator - Holand186. Nejad, Mohsen, Political Activist – USA, California187. Nejati, Ahmad, Human Rights Supporter - Belgium188. Niroumand, Bahman, Writer/Journalist – Germany, Berlin189. Noghrekar, Masoud, Writer – USA Florida190. Nourmanesh, Shirindokht, Writer/ Activist – USA, California191. Nowzari, Hamid, Political Activist - Germany, Berlin192. Omidmehr, Ali Akbar, Researcher/ Professor - Denmark193. Omidmehr, Ashraf Sadat, Teacher/ Human Rights Activist – Denmark194. Omidnehr, Mahraz, professor - Denmark195. Omid, Mahzad, Reasercher/Professor - Denmark 196. Ostovar, Yavar, Poet - Sweden197. Pak Anna, Asyeh, Women right activist – France198. Paki, Morteza, Human Right Activist, Canada199. Parham, Babak, Poet - USA200. Parsa, Kourosh, Human Rights Activist - USA201. Parsa, Soheil, Theatre Director - Canada Toronto202. Parsi, Touradj, Researcher/Ex-Professor - Sweden203. Payandeh, Mehrdad, DGB Director, Germany, Hanover204. Pegahi, Mahshid, Women Rights Activist - Germany205. Pourmandi, Ahmad, Political Activist – Germany, Munich 206. Pour-Naghavi, Ali, Political Activist, Holand207. Rafiee, Keyvan, Human Rights Activist – Iran208. Rahbari, Alexander, Composer/ Music Professor – Austria Vienna209. Rahimi, Khosro, Radio Producer - Sweden, Gutenberg210. Rahnamaee, M.J., Music Reasercher/ Poet - Holand211. Ramezani, Rahim, Political Activist – Turkey Van212. Ranjbar, Darvish, Former Diplomat of IR of Iran.213. Ranjbar, Kazem, Political Sociology Scientist – France, Paris214. Rashedan, Nima, Political Reasercher/Analyst – Swiss215. Rashidi, Asad, writer/Poet - Germany216. Rastgar, Iraj, Human Rights Activist – USA, Texas217. Rasti, Mahshid, Women/Human Rights Activist- Sweden, Stockholm218. Razavi, Rasoul, Human Rights Activist – Germany Bonn219. Roshan, Mitra, Journalist – Canada, Montreal220. Saadati, Mansoor, Chemist – Canada, Edmonton221. Sabety, Setareh, Writer/Teacher – France, Nice222. Sadr, Hamid, Writer – Germany223. Sadreddin, Zahed, Actor/Teather Director – France, Paris224. Safaei, E., Poet/Political Activist – Germany, Colonia225. Sahimi, Muhammad Professor, University of Southern California – USA, California226. Sakhaee, Manoucher, Singer/Jurnalist – Germany227. Salary, Babak, Photograph - Canada228. Samadpouri, Ali, Political Activist – Belgium229. Samadany, Faramarz, Chemist - USA230. Samienejad, Mojtaba, Journalist, Iran231. Sarhaddi, Arash, Actor/Teather Director - Germany, Berlin232. Sarshar, Homa, Writer/Journalist – USA, Los Angeles233. Sedghi, Majid, Journalist – Franc, Paris234. Sehati, Parisa, Women Rights Activist - Sweden235. Seihoun, Farideh, Professor, Framingham State College- USA236. Servati, Mojgan, Sosiologist/Writer/Reasercher - Germany237. Setoodeh, Behrouz, Political Analyst - USA238. Shabafrooz, Masood, Human Rights Activist – USA California239. Shafaei, Javad, Italia, Roma240. Shafaei, Manuchehr, Artist/Activist, Germany241. Shafie, Minoo, Human Rights Activist - Denmark242. Shafigh, Shahla,( Chahla Chafiq) Writer/Researcher – France, Paris243. Shamshiri, Fariborz, Human Rights Activist - Canada244. Shemiranie, Khosro, Journalist - Canada, Montreal245. Sheyda. Behrooz, Literary Critic/Theorist- Sweden, Stockholm246. Shirazi, Jahangir, Journalist/Activist – Holand247. Simai, Behrouz, Poet/Writer - USA248. Sina, Bijan, Medical Doctor - Germany249. Sobhani, Sohrab, International Affairs Consultant - USA, Washington, DC250. Sohi, Siamak , human Rights Activist - Denmark251. Soltani, Anwar, Reasercher - England252. Taghipoor, Masoomeh, Actor/Theatre Director - Sweden, Göteborg.253. Tahavori, Mohammad, Journalist, USA, MA Cambridge254. Tavackoli, Shahin, Medical Doctor – USA, Huston255. Torabi, Mohammad, Telcom Research Scientist - USA, Dana Point256. Vahdat, Kamran, Professor – USA, Amherst257. Vahdati, Soheila, Human Rights Activist – USA, California258. Yadegari, Shahrokh, Composer/Professor University Of California - USA, California259. Yousefi, Nasser, Teather Director/Radio Producer – Sweden, Stockholm260. Youssefi, Hadi, Human Rights Activist – Denmark261. Zahed, Sadreddin, Stage Actor/ theatre Director – France, Paris262. Zahedi, Mitra, Theatre Director – Germany, Berlin263. Zandian, Mandana, Medical Doctor/Writer/Poet – USA264. Zarasvand, Hossein, Poet – Toronto Canada265. 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Monday, March 09, 2009



Islamic Republic in Iran by banning all peaceful means of expressing critical views and banning speaking on human rights, is leaving the women who are half of Iranian population to no other choice than pouring into the street one day and like a tsunami revolt against Islam & Islamic republic !

The celebration for International women's Day in Iran was banned by Islamic Republic.

The Government and security organizations didn't issue the permission for the organizers of this gathering.Yesterday Tehran City hall supported the government and cancelled the permission for the gathering on March eight the International Women's Day .The lawyers association and the Centre for Human Rights Defenders were helping the women to celeberate this event.

Mr. Mohammad Mostafaei the lawyer said: Two weeks ago we got a place for holding this event and applied for permission and received the permission , yesterday when we attended to the location found a note on the window, which was reading; this programe is cancelled because of the lack of permission. We attended to the office of the place and they have told us , for not having permission from governors office the event is cancelled. This lawyer said: "for holding an event, we usually take permission from city hall and not governor's office."

Since there was no place to hold the event and since wherever the women went , they were followed by the security agents , even coffee shops and parking lot of artists house ,as a result those women attended were gradually dispersed.


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Sunday, March 08, 2009


Ms. Alieh Eghdamdoost talking through phone line from inside the prison: I’m a woman, a worker and a teacher!
She contacted from Nesvan ward in Evin prison.
The feminist School took the opportunity and interviewed her, here is the interview:

What year did you born and where?
July 23, 1953 , in the city of “Fuman”

You were a teacher one day and you were teaching in high school , but you were expelled from Ministry of Education , is this right?

Yes , it is correct, i was cleared from Ministry of Education in 1980

What subjects were you teaching?
Different subjects, from mathematics to history and physical education

Where were you teaching? Was it in your birth place or....?
For a while in the city of Fuman, my home town and also for sometimes in district number 10- Ministry of Education in Tehran and another time i taught in “Hadaf” girl high school , this was when madam Melina Malkumian was the owner, at the time i was teaching sociology.

What did you study while in university?
I have received Bachelor of Science in history from Tehran University. I could because of my grade enroll in medicine. Because at that time my IQ and talent grade was 99.2% and I was top student in class. But because i have no tolerance looking at dead bodies and basically I'm soft hearted , I decided not to get in medical studies.

What year did you finished your study from university?
I think it was 1974. But later i continued my education and in 1997 i finished my master in industrial management (production).

How many brother and sister do you have?
We were seven sisters and three brothers. But now we are four sisters and one brother. The rest have past away and I’m the youngest in the family, for this reason my sisters and brother all are in higher age and are very old.

Since when you become sensitive with women’s issues?

The women issues aren’t separate from Iranian people’s issues, but in laws, women are really being discriminated. Since I was a child and teen by reading the works of “ John Steinbeck” I become familiar with dictions such as inequality , poverty and discrimination and that’s why always poverty , injustice and discrimination was very important and sensitive issues for me. Since childhood the existence of inequality was bothering me and it was very bitter. While I was getting older I could see women like men are working but because of the existence of discrimination laws over our society, women were suffering more from inequality and it was effecting on their lives.

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Did you ever think that there might be clashes in “ Hafte Tir “ square gathering and you may be arrested?
See, It wasn’t problem for me, because it was all about the rights of women and I had six years imprisonment in the past.

Alieh , on what issues in your case file do you protest?

I remember in investigation process, they have inserted two blue color placards in my court file and they were saying they took those placards from me, while I never had any placards , that means, I participated in that gathering without placards. In the court later on, I saw those placards weren’t blue and instead there was the white one. I announce here that, I was protesting to legal discriminations (which was in fact written on those placards), that’s why I joined the gathering, but specifically these placards that they have inserted in my case file, wasn’t in my hand and my protest is that, according to law , they shouldn’t add or remove anything in my file, and this in my opinion is the violation of law. At the same time , I reject any charges against me, because according to article 27 of constitution, that gathering and every gathering which dealt with the rights of women, teachers and workers , I have every right to participate, because , first of all I’m woman, and then I was a teacher and at a time representative of teachers and also in a period I worked in Mazda company. Therefore, I’m a woman, a teacher and a worker. So, according to law I can participate in those gathering for my union rights and I don’t find it violating the law .

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Translation of this interview was reduced .IRAN WATCH CANADA

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Greeting to all women particularly to Iranian women on March eight the International Women's Day ! IRAN WATCH CANADA

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Friday, March 06, 2009



UN human rights council must send a delegate to investigate Islamic Republic prisoners in Rejaei Shahr and Evin prisons !


Death of another political prisoner in prison!
The death of Mr. Amir Hossain Heshmat Saran was confirmed by his family. Mr. Heshmat Saran who was in his 5th year out of 16 years imprisonment , because of brain hemorrhage was transfered to "Rejaei Shahr" hospital and this morning passed away. During last two years two other prisoners in same or other circumstances died while in prison and none of either judiciary or prison official respond to this situation.
Mr. Amir Saran was arrested on 2003 for allegedly forming a group known as " National united front " and was sentenced by Karaj city court of revolution to eight years imprisonment. Earlier he was also sentenced by another court to eight years for his participation to a protest gathering in front of Hotel Laleh in Tehran , which collectively become 16 years imprisonment.
During all this five years, this political prisoner had only one leave of absence from prison which ended by agents arresting him at his home and transferring him to prison. At that time he said: "Because he is not guilty , he does not wish to return to prison."
The judiciary power and prison officials of the Islamic Republic are responsible for his death. Because according to his lawyer Mr. Mohammad Reza Faghihi , Mr. Saran was suffering from heart illness,and needed to be transferred to a hospital outside of prison

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Thursday, March 05, 2009



Three medical students of Sahand University in Tabriz city were banned from university because of their belief in Bahai religion!
According to news on March three , three medical students of Sahand University in Tabriz city were banned to enrol in next term .
Sina Dana, Sama Noorani and Faraz Vazirzadeh are the three banned Bahai students. The president of university upto now decided not to respond to these students questions.
It is needed to say that expulsion, deprivation of Bahai students from continuing their education in Iran has a long history.
IRAN WATCH CANADA as always condemn discriminatory policy of Islamic Republic against Iranian Bahai's and all other religions.
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Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Shocking Observations of a Political Prisoner of Brutal Torture Scene of a Prisoner

By the Name of Freedom Creator

Today I witnessed the most brutal, inhumane, immoral, and malicious image in my life with my own eyes for which I am prepared to testify in any court even it costs my life.

Today I saw with my own eyes that one of the guard officers by the name of Mohsen Khaki brought a large blond prisoner who had shaved his beard to the protection centre of the prison. Prisoner’s hands and legs were shaking so badly. I was hearing his solicitation and lamentation. Since I had to be in the protection centre, I, along with two other prisoners was able to witness this incident.

Supposedly, guards wanted three of us to see the whole incident and learn lesson from it.

First, Mr. Kermani, head of the protection centre started beating up the prisoner with a nightstick. With a plastic nightstick in each one’s hand, four guards along with Mohsen Khaki started beating up the prisoner. The prisoner was soliciting and crying. Apparently his crime was involvement in a small scale drug dealing issue. Regardless of his crime, I do not believe that he deserved that kind of terrible torture. While he was receiving punches and kicks, the young prisoner was nailed down. He was screaming, soliciting, and lamenting.

That much torture did not satisfy Kermani, head of the protection centre who was extremely furious. He rushed to another room and brought two electrical nightsticks and asked soldiers to stay aside. He gave the second nightstick to Mohsen Khaki. They both started beating up the young prisoner. Prisoner was crying, holding Mohsen Khaki and Kermani’s feet, and begging for mercy. Due to excessive beating, he lost his control. He was crying and begging continuously.

At the end, Kermani forced him to lick his shoes. This incident took a long time.

Behruz Javid Tehrani
The only Remaining Prisoner from Student’s Revolt, 18 Teer, 1378 (1999)

*Translated by a colleague.

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Fox News: U.S Reporter/Free-Lance Journalist Detained In Iran 3/01

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Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Warning for those Iranian opposition (dissidents) travelling to Syria!

Warning for members of Peoples Mojahedin of Iran living in Iraq.

According to news Mr. Abdollah Mansori a human rights activist from Khuzestan province and a defender of the rights of Iranian -Arab of Khuzestan who had double citizenship of Iran - Netherland was arrested in Syria and deported to Iran!

According to a report on February 24 ,2009 from "Netherland Radio International" Mr. Mansori travelled to Syria for visit but was arrested and transferred to Iranian officials. This arrest happened with the request of Islamic Republic officials. Mr. Mansori was travelling with his Netherland passport and there was no political agenda in his travel. Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Netherland is currently looking into the case and Islamic Republic does not allow Netherland lawyers to defend one of its citizens. The Islamic Republic does not recognize Mr. Mansori’s passport and believe that he is an Iranian citizen. Mr. Mansori was sentenced by Islamic Republic judiciary to 30 years imprisonment.

Amnesty International also reported on August 11, 2006 that Mr. Mansori isn’t the only one who have been arrested , there are other Arab –Iranian youth who have been arrested including:
Rasul Mazreeh , Taher Mazreeh, Jamal Abdavi, Musa Savari and three students namely: Ahmad abduljalber Abit, Jamal Abidi and Isa Musavi. Three of these people have been released but the rest are still in prison.

The Iran-Arab people of Khuzestan are angry from Syrian regime for these arrests and transferring them to Islamic Republic officials.

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Monday, March 02, 2009



1700 people, 70 groups and campaign organizers and website demanded for the freedom of Alieh Eghdamdoost !
March 8 the International Women's Day is coming. In Iran the women activists in women movement has to make decision either to get out on that day and have a peaceful rally and go to jail or stay at home and avoid the arrest and detention.
When it was about women human rights Alieh was always the first one in the rally. Alieh is a women who sacrificed her life for her belief in justice and now she has to spend three years of her life alone in Evin prison.
Alieh is one of the participant in peaceful rally on June 12, 2006. She was sentenced in preliminary court to three years and four months imprisonment and 20 lashes. The appeal court has approved her three years imprisonment. On Sunday January 31,2008 she was transfered from her hometown Fuman to Evin prison in Tehran . She didn't have the chance to say goodbye to any of her friends.Alieh Eghdamdoost is the first women rights activist who goes to jail with a definit sentence.
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Cartoon by: political cartoonist Nikahang Kowsar

Ahmadinejad: Do i burn it the wrong way , that you wan a burn yourself ?

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Sunday, March 01, 2009


Iranian society has entered into new and dangerous stage!
Recently the " Centre for Human Rights Defenders " warned that based on specialists there are more than 10- 15 millions Iranian living below the poverty line in a rich country like Iran.

Economic crisis is growing bigger in a country like Iran where its income /budget depends on oil revenue. factory closure in recent months has increased and in one example the closure of a cooking oil factory ( Mojtameh Kesht o Sanat- north of Iran )1200 workers lost their job. It has been for months that the workers of " Haft Tapeh" in south of Iran continuously protesting against the policy of Islamic Republic for not responding to their demands.

The inflation in Iran has reached to 26% .

Mr. Hossain Raghfar an expert in economic have told repoter that , based on information from Iran Statistic Centre which does not have much quality, the poverty line of income is about 780 - 800 thousands Tuman ( close to $800 ).

Again, ILNA has reported that, the general secretary for "ending poverty" a division in Ministry of Welfare has announced : "09 Millions needy will receive food stamps ."

And again , in recent weeks many Iranian for different reasons but mostly because of poverty and losing their job put themselves on fire and burned themselves to death in public places.

And for many many other reasons , Iranian society has entered into new stage. A stage which might burn the whole Iran with Islamic Republic all together.

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Iranian -American freelance journalist Ms. Roxana Saberi is arrested and detained since January 31st, 2009.
Her father Mr. Reza Saberi who lives in north Dakuta state in US, in speaking with American network Television Fox news said: Based on a telephone conversation i had with my daughter on February 10,2009 she was arrested on January 31st and since then she is in prison.She said she might have been arrested because of buying wine from a store and the store owner might have reported her to police. Mr. Saberi beleives she might have been arrested for different reason.
Roxana is 31 years old and finished her education in journalism and have worked as freelance journalist with American and English media and wrote reports about Iran for them from Tehran.
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Establish Ministry of Human Rights in Iran!
"Centre for Human Rights Defenders" in a statement to 10th Iran presidential candidates:
You must form a "Ministry of Human Rights" !
On the coming of 10th Iran presidential election, the "Centre for Human Rights Defenders " in a statement to presidential candidate, requested the candidate to prepare an under-secretary office to form a " Ministry of Human Rights".


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