Wednesday, February 29, 2012
For Immediate Release
Iran: Fair Vote ImpossibleOpposition Imprisoned, Barred from Running in Parliamentary Elections(New York, March 1, 2012) –
Iran’s parliamentary elections scheduled for March 2, 2012, will be grossly unfair because of arbitrary disqualifications and other restrictions, Human Rights Watch said today. The voting for 290 parliamentary seats follows the disqualification of hundreds of candidates based on vague and ill-defined criteria, and opposition leaders are either barred from participating, serving unjust prison sentences, or refusing to participate in what they consider sham elections.On February 21, the Guardian Council, an unelected body of 12 religious jurists, announced that fewer than 3,500 of the approximately 5,400 candidates running for seats in the majlis, Iran’s parliament, had been approved to run. The Interior Ministry had earlier disqualified about 750 candidates. At least 35 of those disqualified by the Guardian Council are current members of parliament. In response to these and other state actions, Iran’s opposition and reformist movement have called for an election boycott. “Iranian authorities have stacked the deck by disqualifying candidates and arbitrarily jailing key members of the reform movement,” said Joe Stork, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. “There is no transparency surrounding the vetting and selection of candidates.”Iran’s vetting process for both parliamentary and presidential candidates involves several stages. The Interior Ministry conducts a first cut of applicants based on criteria set by the election laws. While some of these criteria are concrete, such as age limits and educational requirements, most are extremely vague, enabling authorities to make sweeping and arbitrary decisions. Candidates have four days to appeal the Interior Ministry’s initial decision. Once the ministry compiles its list of “qualified” candidates, the Guardian Council makes the final decision on who may run for election.On January 10, the Interior Ministry’s election commission disqualified several dozen candidates because of their “lack of adherence to Islam and the Constitution.” The disqualified candidates include several incumbents who were critical of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s government. One of the disqualified candidates told Human Rights Watch that he received a note from local government authorities on January 10, informing him that he had been disqualified because he was allegedly affiliated with or supportive of “illegal” parties, organizations, or groups. He said the authorities gave him no additional information regarding the reasons for his disqualification, and he decided not to appeal the decision. Human Rights Watch has learned that the latest list of candidates disqualified by the Guardian Council includes several members of the 15 members of the Sunni bloc in parliament. Among those who will no longer be members of parliament are Jalal Mahmoudzadeh and Eqbal Mohammadi, the former and current leaders of the bloc. On December 19, 2011, the faction had sent a letter to Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, asking him to protect the political and social rights of Iran’s Sunni minority. Over the past few years, authorities have banned some reformist parties and severely restricted the activities of others. On September 27, 2010, the general prosecutor and judiciary spokesman announced a court order dissolving two reformist political parties, the Islamic Iran Participation Front and the Mojahedin of the Islamic Revolution. Authorities prevent members of other pro-reform groups, like the Freedom Movement party, from holding gatherings.The Guardian Council disqualifications came after reformist and opposition activists, some of whom are currently serving prison terms, denounced the upcoming elections and concluded that there was no reason to field candidates. On December 26, Fatemeh Karroubi relayed a message from her husband, Mehdi Karroubi, a former presidential candidate who has been under house arrest, calling the elections “a sham.” Several days later, the Iranian judiciary announced that calls for a boycott of the elections constituted “a crime.” On January 17, Saham News, a website affiliated with Karroubi’s Etemad-e Melli party, said that authorities were holding Karroubi incommunicado and preventing him from seeing his family in retaliation for his criticisms of the upcoming elections.Authorities continue to hold the opposition leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi and Zahra Rahnavard, as well as Karroubi, under house arrest more than a year after they called for demonstrations in support of wide-scale protests following the disputed June 2009 presidential election. Dozens of other opposition figures are in prison after being unfairly tried for such offenses as “acting against the national security” and “propaganda against the regime.”“Almost three years ago, following contested presidential elections, millions of Iranians marched through the streets chanting ‘Where’s my vote?’” Stork said. “Today those words still reverberate, reminding us of the government’s determination to deny its people the right to decide their own future.”
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Iranian in Toronto protest against parliamentary election circus in Iran!
Monday, February 27, 2012
Regime of coup d,eta continue to arrest and detaine the independent voices to silence them in the coming parliamentary election on March 2nd !
Iranian- Canadian will protest against parliamentary election circus in Iran !
"Election Circus" stage show ,coming up on March 2nd- Islamic Republic regime in Iran is the producer !
Sunday, February 26, 2012
A Separation,Oscar Award winner 2012 for IRAN - No need military intervention,Islamic Regime being driven by its leaders Khamenei-Ahmadinejad to fall
Mahsa Amrabadi (Iranian journalist) wife of imprisoned journalist Masoud Bastani was sentenced to five years imprisonment.
These are all hapening to silence the independent journalists in the coming election on March 2nd.!
In the past Week Mahsa Amrabadi the Iranian independent journalist is senteced to five years imprisonment.She is charged with "colaboration for conspiracy" against national security.She is sentenced to five years imprisonment ( four years suspended sentence ).She is charged because she didn't withdraw her support for Musavi and karoubi the two green movement leader and her participation and activities with families of political prisoners.Because of her new charges and sentencing ,seven political prisoners (rasoul Badaghi, Keyvan Samimi,Eisa Saharkheiz,Heshmat Tabarzadi,Mehdi Mahmoudian,Jafar (Shahin ) Eghdami,Reza Sharifi Boukani)who are in prison with her husband Masoud Bastani ( Journalist)released a statement and condemned regime for harrassing , intimidating and arresting political prisoners family members.Mahsa was arrested last year on March 1,2010 for 2nd time by security forces of "Sepah" but she was released on Bail.Mahsa also was arrested June 2009 and was sentenced to one year imprisonment.Mahsa's husband Masoud Bastani is also a journalist who has worked with many reformists newspapers and was arrested in August 2009 and sentenced to six years imprisonment and currently is serving this sentence in Rejaei Shahr prison.
Saturday, February 25, 2012
On March 2nd Iranian will say "I won't vote" to Islamic Republic parliamentary election circus !| | | |
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Only one week has left to ninth parliamentary election in Iran ! March 2nd is the day that Iranian opposition will say No to election show by regime
1-The coordinating council of the green movement called the opposition in the green movement to come out on March 1 from 2-4 pm and inform people about the election show by regime the next day and stay home on March 2nd in protest against regimes election show.
Hundereds of Iranian peaceful protesters on Feb.14 were arrested and detained!
2- According to news coming from Iran hundreds of Iranian from all over Iran have been arrested and detained since the peaceful march on Feb.14,2012.
Mehdi Khazali : In case i died UN doctors do the autopsy !
3- Mehdi Khazali son of Ayatollah Khazali on 46 days of hunger strike inside Evin prison. In a letter to Evin prison officials,he asked in case he had died, he doesn't like the prison doctors to examine his body instead he requested his body be examined or the autopsy be done by UN doctors.
Dariush Ejlali sew his lips and chained himself at Yasuj Univ. in Iran protests against inhuman University condition...
A Student Takes On The Iranian Regime ... Then Flees
22-year-old Olad Azimi (pictured below) is one of those voices who has been pressured so much by the Iranian authorities, he has been forced into exile.He talked to Persian Letters on February 19 -- the same day a video of him publicly criticizing the Iranian establishment was posted on YouTube. He said he made the video available right after fleeing the country.
The amateur video, which was recorded by a cellphone, has already been widely shared on social media. It is from an October event at Iran's Orumieh University that was attended by an official from the Interior Ministry.
In the video, Azimi publicly confronts the ministry official, who he identifies as Mahmud Abbaszadeh Meshkini, the ministry's political director. Azimi asks several challenging questions, including why former Prime Minister Mir Hossein Musavi and former parliament speaker Mehdi Karrubi have both become critics of the establishment and leaders of the opposition movement. Both men have been under house arrest for the past year.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
News From Iran .....
1-According to ISNA news agency, the emails & Gmails are shut down again in Iran and it is now in its second level and those service providers are keeping silence.It is becoming normal shutting down the emeils ,because every now and then the internet - email /Gmail users are being denied access to . For the last 10 days the email access were ON and OFF for several days. Ali Motahari an MP brought this issue at his question period and demanded for the answer. No one is responding on what bases the internet and emails access to Iranian citizens are denied.
Update on Saeed Malekpour
2- 51 political prisoners who were in the same ward as Saeed Malekpour demanded regime to stop the execution.In a testimonial affidavit they have said ; Saeed told them that he is innocent and the confession was taken by force and under intenmse long solitary confinement ,mental and physical torture. Most of the people who have signed this testimony are journalists and were arrested after presidential election coup in 2009 and were kept together with Saeed Malekpour in ward 350 in Evin prison.To name a few are : Mohammad Nourizad,Salman Sima,Sasan Aghaei,Arman Rezakhani,Reza Rafiei,Masoud Lavasani,Hosein Nouraninejad,Mehdi arabshahi and Mohammad Oliaei fard. These people have testified that ; based on their experience with Saeed and being in one ward ,we found him as : " a responsible person,respected ,kind,patient and harmless and we believe such accusations doesn't fit on saeed's personality and we testify that ,time and time again Saeed have told us that the confessions were taken under intense physical and mental torture and we have seen the scars on his body ."
Update on Mehdi Khazali
3-Mehdi Khazali son of Ayatollah Khazali ,a writer and critic to Khamenei-Ahmadinejad regime and a political prisoners on his 44 days of hunger strile fell in coma and was transfered again to hospital.
This is the phone number of Human Rights commission at judiciary power in Iran:
Call in support of Mehdi Khazali ,for his release from prison.
Monday, February 20, 2012
IRAN WATCH CANADA Solidarity with the people of Syria- 18 02 2012 Damascus - Al Mazza Biggest demonstration in the heart of the Syria.
Sunday, February 19, 2012
Iranian Kurdish youth are targeted by security forces of the Islamic Republic in Iran!
Labels: political prisoners
Security forces at midnight removed Mehdi Khazali from hospital!
Saturday, February 18, 2012
Mehdi Khazali (son of Ayatollah Khazali) on his 42nd days of hunger strike is transfered to hospital because of heart attack !
Mehdi Khazali a writer and critic to Khamenei-Ahmadinejad regime sent a message from prison:"I won't bend. Let me open a space for myself among martyrs and stand on my values."Doctor Khazali was arrested a month ago and went on hunger strike since 25 days ago. He was sentenced to 14 years imprisonment and 90 lashes, plus 10 years exile to the city of Borazjan.afew days ago it was reported that,Mr. Khazali was bleeding from stomach because of hunger strike and was transfered from ward 350 in Evin prison to prison clinic.As a result of hunger strike he has lost 16 kilos.Doctor Mehdi Khazali in a letter to friends who asked him to end the hunger strike said:My dear friend ,Instead of asking me to end the hunger strike, aske the regime to end the illegal detentions."
Friday, February 17, 2012
Saeed Malekpour the young Iranian-Canadian residence is going to be excuted at any time now.Please show your protest against his death sentence!
Labels: political prisoners
My Husband Saeed Malekpour is innocent. Do NOT let them execute him! I ask all human rights activists to help ,only 20 days more left
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Iran Tehran 14.02.2012 Enghelab Sq, riot forces in street, heavy security. Report by an Iranian present at revolution Square...
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
SMS Messaging from telecommunication to Public in Iran!
" Dear citizen,in case of communication with counter revolutionaries outside of Iran and participation in any illegal gatherings , you will be facing with article 498 & 500 of the Islamic penal code".
This was happening while the communication via internet was shut down for two days.
Iran tehran 14.02.2012 People marche in silence on sidewalks despite of heavy security presence ! Green movement is alive ..
Security forces were stationed in Tehran and other major cities in Iran!
Once again the green movement activists from all walks of life called Feb.14 as a day of protest and the repressive Islamic regime for the fear of uprising brought thousands of its security forces including Basiji militia( on foot and on motorcycles) and Revolutionary guards into the streets of Tehran and other major cities.According to news , in one occasion six people were arrested in "Valei asr" square ( three brave women) . The protest started since 12:00 noon time (tuesday) and continued in different locations in Tehran and other major cities in major intersections and squares(circles).Reports are as follows:
The major streets and squares in Central Tehran on the eve of Feb.14 are occupied by Police -security forces.According to Jaras website, the plain cloths basiji motorcycle riders and Revolutionary guards are manouvering in and around the major intersections .It has been reported that; there were clashes between people and security forces in and around Revolution Square and several people are arrested.From "Haft Square " to "Valei Asr Square " is very busy but there are no chanting and clashes or arrest.For the first time regime is using its " Ninja style women" forces.The security forces search and arrest anyone they suspect. Students of Amirkabir University ,Sharif University and Tehran University are boycotting the afternoon classes.
Monday, February 13, 2012
Mehdi Khazali in his 35 days of hunger strike!
"I won't bend. Let me open a space for myself among martyrs and stand on my values."
Doctor Khazali was arrested a month ago and went on hunger strike since 25 days ago. He was sentenced to 14 years imprisonment and 90 lashes, plus 10 years exile to the city of Borazjan.afew days ago it was reported that,Mr. Khazali was bleeding from stomach because of hunger strike and was transfered from ward 350 in Evin prison to prison clinic.As a result of hunger strike he has lost 16 kilos.Doctor Mehdi Khazali in a letter to friends who asked him to end the hunger strike said:My dear friend ,Instead of asking me to end the hunger strike, aske the regime to end the illegal detentions."
Iranian People Love Freedom and on Valentine's Day Feb.14 Tomorrow They will chant freedom in all over Iran!
Cartoon by Mani Honarvar
Green Movement activists in Iran distributed thousands of pamphlet in the city of Mashhad .....| | | |
Iranian people chanting "Deth to Dictator" and "Political prisoners must be released" tonight Feb.13 in Tehran ,Iran
Protest in Iran will start from late tonight.....
Sunday, February 12, 2012
Help Support for the release of union leaders from prison,Help Iranian workers and their families!
Iran: Anniversary demonstrations on 14 February must be allowed to take place peacefully ! Amnesty International
Iran: Anniversary demonstrations on 14 February must be allowed to take place peacefully .
Amnesty International is calling on the Iranian authorities to respect freedom of assembly and
allow peaceful demonstrations in Tehran and elsewhere in Iran on 14 February 2012, amid fears
that the authorities may once again use excessive use of force to quell protests, as has happened
in previous years.
The demonstrations - called by the Coordination Council of the Green Path of Hope - mark the one
year anniversary of demonstrations called by opposition leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi
Karroubi, in support of the people of Egypt and Tunisia which were brutally repressed and left at
least two people dead.
Amnesty International also reiterated its call for the immediate release of Mir Hossein Mousavi and
Mehdi Karroubi, who have been held under unofficial house arrest since 10 and 14 February
2011 respectively. Mir Hossein Mousavi’s wife, Zahra Rahnavard, is also held, while Mehdi
Karroubi is currently held on his own and has been denied any contact with his family since the
day after he told his wife in December 2011 that he believed the upcoming parliamentary
elections would be fraudulent.
Iran: Wave of arrests in run up to parliamentary elections.Iran: Wave of arrests in run up to parliamentary elections.
Iran: Wave of arrests in run up to parliamentary elections
Amnesty International is concerned that an ongoing wave of arrests of media workers and bloggers
is intended to limit freedom of expression in the run up to parliamentary elections in Iran
scheduled for 2 March 2012.
The arrests indicate that the Iranian authorities are once again choosing to restrict freedom of
expression and association in an apparent attempt to disrupt public discourse and potential
criticism of the authorities’ record in various spheres including human rights and economic
performance in advance of the start of the election campaign.
Amnesty International is urging the authorities to release all those detained in recent weeks unless
they are promptly charged with a recognizably criminal offence and tried in accordance with
international fair trial standards.
The organization said that the Judiciary in Iran should make it
Friday, February 10, 2012
United We Stand,Divided We Fall! World Moslem,dont be fooled by Islamic regime in Iran!This protesters are moslem Iranian against This regime !
Islamic regime in Iran for fear of citizen journalism in the coming parliamentary election shut down the internet !
"The complete HTTPS internet protocol in Iran is shut down and following that event , the Iranian are unable to have access to Gmail or Yahoo and other websites and secured internet services."
The report added:
"In the past two months port 443 was more or less slow in speed ,but since Feb.9 it was completely shut down.This port after port 80 or http is one of the most important internet ports. This event effects only the communication with outside Iran and the connection of SSL with inside Iran is still working."
Link to news in Farsi:
Labels: Internet in Iran
Thursday, February 09, 2012
Wednesday, February 08, 2012
Human Rights Watch
For Immediate Release
Iran: Arrest Sweeps Target Arab MinorityDozens Held; 2 Have Died in Custody(New York, February 7, 2012) –
Iranian security forces arrested more than 65 Arab residents during security sweeps in Iran’s Arab-majority Khuzestan province since late 2011 according to local activists, Human Rights Watch said today. The Iranian government should immediately charge or release those arrested, Human Rights Watch said. Authorities should also investigate reports by local activists that two detainees have died in Intelligence Ministry detention facilities in the past week.Reports by local activists about security sweeps in the towns of Hamidiyeh, Shush, and Ahvaz indicate that authorities carried out at least some of the arrests in response to anti-government slogans and graffiti spray-painted on public property expressing sympathy for the Arab Spring and calling for a boycott of Iran’s parliamentary elections, scheduled for March 2, 2012. Human Rights Watch received information that Mohammad Kaabi, 34, and Nasser Alboshokeh Derafshan, 19, died in detention facilities run by local intelligence officials in Shush and Ahvaz respectively, apparently as a result of torture. The local activists say that most of those arrested are being held in incommunicado detention.“There has been a blackout inside Iran on this latest round of arrests targeting Arab protesters and activists,” said Joe Stork, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. “Authorities should immediately divulge the reasons for the arrests, give detainees access to family members and lawyers, bring all detainees promptly before a judge, and hold anyone responsible for torture to account.”Human Rights Watch expressed concern for those in custody. Based on past government actions some of those arrested could be at imminent risk of execution if they are convicted by revolutionary courts of national security crimes including terrorism or espionage, or face prosecution on such charges. Human Rights Watch is not aware of any charges that have been brought in these cases.According to several Iranian Arab rights groups, security forces have since November 2011 arrested at least 18 Arab men in Hamidiyeh, 25 kilometers west of Ahvaz, the provincial capital. The first arrest, on November 28, was of the prominent activist Hasan Manabi, an elementary school principal, and his brother Ghabel. A close friend of Hasan Manabi told Human Rights Watch that security and intelligence forces had arrested him numerous times since 2005. He said that Manabi, who had told the friend about torture and ill-treatment at the hands of intelligence officials following earlier arrests, had decided in late 2010 to seek asylum in Turkey.Manabi’s friend told Human Rights Watch that the Intelligence Ministry summoned and detained Manabi’s wife for several days to pressure him to return to Iran. Manabi returned in September 2011 and introduced himself to intelligence officials in Ahvaz, who interrogated him, then released him after several hours. But on November 28 intelligence agents raided Manabi’s home and arrested him and his brother Ghabel. The authorities have since accused Hasan Manabi of spying for the United States and the United Kingdom, in addition to having ties with Arab opposition groups operating in Khuzestan province.A local Khuzestan activist told Human Rights Watch that the latest round of arrests in Hamidiyeh began when security forces arrested nine Iranian Arabs on January 10 and four more on January 26 and 30. Most are between ages 20 and 28, and some had previously been detained for participating in demonstrations demanding more rights for Iran’s ethnic Arab minority. At least one has been released on bail, the local activist said, and several others have since been arrested.Authorities have also arrested at least 27 people in Shush, 115 kilometers northwest of Ahvaz, in recent weeks. A local activist there said that security forces, including plainclothes members of the Intelligence Ministry, initiated the arrests in response to anti-government slogans and graffiti spray-painted on public property expressing sympathy for the Arab Spring and calling for a boycott of Iran’s parliamentary elections, scheduled for March 2. The activist said that security forces set up checkpoints throughout Shush. After they arrested Jasim Kaabi, his daughter Khadijeh, and his son Mohammad in their home on January 21, he said “people became angry and poured into the streets.” In response, security forces arrested at least 24 men, most of them in their 20s, on January 25 and 26. The arrests took place in Ahmadabad, Khazireh, Davar, and several villages outside of Shush.“For about four days [from January 25] Shush was effectively under martial law, which has since been lifted,” the activist said. “But the city is still under a heavy security presence.”The local activist told Human Rights Watch that Mohammad Kaabi, who was arrested in Shush on January 21, died in custody at a local Intelligence Ministry detention facility. The local activist confirmed reports from other activists that on February 2 authorities from the Shush Intelligence Ministry office contacted Kaabi’s family and informed them that he had died. The official reportedly told the family that authorities had already buried Kaabi’s remains and there was no need for funeral services. They warned the family not to conduct a public mourning service for their son.Prior to news of Kaabi’s death, local activists told Human Rights Watch that 19-year-old Nasser Alboshokeh Derafshan had allegedly died after being tortured on January 30 in an Intelligence Ministry detention facility in Ahvaz. A source close to Derafshan’s family told Human Rights Watch that security forces arrested Derafshan on January 26 for unknown reasons.On January 30, agents from Ahvaz’s Intelligence Ministry called Derafshan’s father and told them to come pick up him up, the source said. When his father arrived at the detention facility, he caught a glimpse of a body inside the ambulance parked there and asked if it was his son, but the authorities denied it. He followed the ambulance to Golestan hospital and discovered that the body in the ambulance was his son’s. The source told Human Rights Watch that Derafshan’s family saw signs of torture on his body, including bruises on his face, neck, waist, and ribs. The authorities claim that Derafshan died of natural causes.The source told Human Rights Watch that authorities have so far refused to return Derafshan’s body to his family.Local activists also told Human Rights Watch that intelligence agents have arrested at least 11 Arab men in and around Ahvaz since February 3. Security forces arrested another 10 Arab men, all of whom are members of the Sunni sect, on January 17, activists said. One of them told Human Rights Watch that security forces, many of them plainclothes agents, are present throughout Ahvaz and the situation there is very tense.Human Rights Watch has received the names of many of those arrested or killed, but has not been able to verify the circumstances of each arrest due to severe government restrictions on independent monitoring and reporting in the province. Human Rights Watch previously called on Iranian authorities to allow independent international media and human rights organizations access to investigate allegations of serious rights violations in the province.“Security operations in Khuzestan province since protests there last April have resulted in the largest number of deaths and injuries since the crackdown that followed the disputed 2009 presidential election,” Stork said. “With the province under an information blackout and the history of secret convictions and executions, we have reason to be very worried about the people the authorities have been snatching up and carrying off there.”
Tuesday, February 07, 2012
Bahman uprising Trailer- Bahman (Meaning avalanche) is the month of revolution (32 years ago)- Once again people will come out on Feb.14 to protest.
Saeed Malekpour's sister: My brother was under pressure by regime to appear for another video clip confession!
Monday, February 06, 2012
More arrest before parliamentary election on March 2nd. These Civil rights advocates are from Azarbayjan again !
United We Stand,Divided We Fall!
No to War & War Mongers, Yes to Peace and Peace Lovers!
Human Rights House has reported that eight civil rights advocates from the Azarbayjan province are arrested and sentenced to one year imprisonment with eight months in suspended sentence.These people were posting flyers on the walls around " Ghom Tapeh "area in the city of Tabriz in defence of their detained colleagues when arrested by Basiji forces . These brave Iranian people are:
Mohammad Reza Bakhshi Khajeh
Rahim Ali Rezaei
Asgar Aghaei Alvandi
They are charged with ; Activities against national security and gathering for conspiracy.
Mehdi Khazali writer and critic to regime:" I wont bend" !
Sunday, February 05, 2012
Mohammad Reza Khatami deputy speaker of six parliament & past president's brother:The 9th election is an engineered one & the result is clear
50 members of different political background came together by Olof Palme's Internation Center in Sweden discussing democracy and the coming election !
No to War & War Mongers ! Yes to Peace & Peace Lovers !
Oppositon groups abroad discuss democracy and election show in Iran !
50 members of the political groups in opposition to Islamic Republic regime in Iran came together by Olof Palme's International Center in Sweden for a two days seminar to discuss about democracy and the coming of the 9th parliamentary election show by regime on March 2,2012.The title for this two days seminar is " United for democracy". According to report the host of this gathering was Olof Palme's International Center and the seminar started on Saturday Feb. 4 and eneded in Sunday Feb.5,2012 under heavy security presence. A Representative of Olof Palme's International Center told reporters that: This seminar intended to bring the many devided opposition groups and individuals to Islamic Republic together for dialogue and cooperation.
Saturday, February 04, 2012
Syria - Idlib Funeral for Martyrs Maher & Mahmoud Shahud - Murdered by Assad Supported by Islamic Republic (Regime of Coup by Khamenei -Ahmadinejad )
Friday, February 03, 2012
For Immediate ReleaseIran:
Stop Holding Reporters’ Relatives Hostage
Journalists’ Families Targeted in Campaign Against Media(New York, February 3, 2012) –
The Iranian government has been intimidating and detaining relatives and friends of foreign-based Persian-language journalists to obtain information or silence them, Human Rights Watch said today. A family member of a BBC reporter whom Iranian authorities arbitrarily detained and held as a hostage for close to two weeks is one of the latest victims in a new wave of arrests against journalists and bloggers prior to parliamentary elections due on March 2, 2012.In mid-January, security forces raided the home of a BBC Persian employee’s relative in Tehran, searched and confiscated their belongings, and transferred the person to Evin prison. Hours later, a man claiming to be the relative’s interrogator at Evin contacted the BBC employee in London, seeking information about the BBC in return for the family member’s freedom. Human Rights Watch has learned that authorities released the detainee on bail several days ago.“Detaining a BBC reporter’s relative seems to be part of a wider campaign to harass Iranian journalists by putting pressure on them and their families,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. “It suggests that authorities detained the relative to silence the reporter and the BBC. It also sends a message that the government’s long arm of repression can extend well beyond borders.”A man who claimed he was an interrogator at Tehran’s Evin prison contacted the BBC employee through the internet. The man asked about the employee’s job, and said if the employee cooperated and provided him with contacts and sources at the BBC, the authorities would free the detained family member. Around two weeks later, the authorities released the family member on bail. It is not known whether authorities have charged the family member with a criminal offense, Human Rights Watch said.A BBC staff member who spoke to Human Rights Watch expressed concern for the targeting of journalists’ family members. “My colleagues and I at the BBC have been exposed to almost daily insults and personal attacks on various pro-government websites and blogs inside Iran, but this is really a red line for us, and we can’t stay silent,” the journalist said. “Our families should not be victimized because of our personal decisions to work for the BBC. Nor should they become a pawn in a larger political game between Iran and other countries.”The BBC decided to publicize the campaign against its employees and their family members and friends in Iran during a news broadcast on February 2. During the broadcast, Sadeq Saba, the head of BBC Persian, said that, during the past few weeks, Iranian authorities had intimidated, interrogated, and arrested several family members and friends of BBC Persian employees in an apparent campaign to silence BBC Persian. He also said there is evidence suggesting that some of those interrogated or detained may have been forced to participate in televised confessions that they worked or cooperated with BBC Persian inside Iran; he flatly denied that BBC Persian has any presence inside Iran. Saba told Human Rights Watch that during the past few weeks the pressure against family members and friends of BBC employees has intensified. He said the Iranian government’s actions were “unprecedented” and “inhumane.”Iranian authorities have been particularly sensitive to the role of BBC Persian television, which launched operations in January 2009, because of its extensive coverage of the disputed 2009 presidential election. During the post-election crisis, BBC Persian television conducted hundreds of telephone interviews with protesters and witnesses who provided accounts of deaths, injuries, and arbitrary arrests carried out by security forces. Since June 2009, the authorities and pro-government websites have repeatedly attacked the BBC and anyone inside or outside the country whom they believe works for or cooperates with the British news outlet. On September 17, 2011, Iranian security forces arrested six independent filmmakers for allegedly cooperating with BBC Persian on a documentary. They transferred them to Evin prison’s notorious Ward 240, which the Iranian Intelligence Ministry controls, but later released them.Human Rights Watch has also documented jamming and interference of satellite feeds by Iranian authorities of BBC Persian, Voice of America, Deutsche Welle, and other foreign-based Persian-language broadcasts. In May 2010, Ezatollah Zarghami, the head of the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (Iran’s state-run broadcast company), publicly acknowledged that his government engages in jamming of foreign broadcast satellites. Human Rights Watch has monitored numerous pro-government websites run from inside Iran, including the Young Journalists’ Club, which regularly post articles, blogs, and messages containing personal attacks against individuals who work for BBC Persian.The arrest and intimidation of family members of BBC Persian employees takes place amid escalating political tensions between Iran and the United Kingdom. On November 29, protesters breached the walls of the UK embassy compound in Tehran apparently in response to an announcement that the UK would sanction Iran’s central bank and push for a European Union boycott of Iranian oil. Following the attack, the UK recalled its ambassador and shut down its embassy in Tehran.During the past few weeks, Human Rights Watch has received information that authorities may be holding at least two other journalists and bloggers, detained during the recent wave of arrests, in Ward 2-A, which Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps control. On January 15 and 17, security forces arrested Parastou Dokouhaki and Marzieh Rasouli respectively. They have detained several other journalists and bloggers during the past three weeks. The arrests come amid repeated warnings by senior officials that Iran’s enemies would seek to destabilize the country during the March parliamentary elections. Human Rights Watch has received information suggesting that authorities may have arrested Dokouhaki and Rasouli in an attempt to link them to BBC Persian.On January 24, Intelligence Minister Heidar Moslehi announced that security and intelligence forces had uncovered and disrupted various plots to undermine the legitimacy of the upcoming parliamentary elections. He claimed that the “link between the seditionist elements and the state’s enemies has already been established and there is lots of evidence [to support this].” It is not yet clear whether the arrests of family members of BBC staff, along with others who have been detained since the beginning of the year, are connected to Moslehi’s January 24 announcement.As of December, 42 journalists and bloggers were in prison in Iran, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. According to rights groups, more than 60 journalists were forced into exile in 2011 alone, and authorities have shut down at least 40 publications since 2009. Human Rights Watch has repeatedly called on the authorities to unconditionally release all journalists and bloggers detained or facing charges related to their exercise of fundamental rights, including freedom of expression.“The recent wave of arrests, especially against relatives of journalists working abroad, is a reprehensible escalation in the current campaign to stifle freedom of information in Iran,” said Whitson. “It is a sober reminder of the lengths Iranian authorities will go to control the airwaves, newspapers, and the internet – even if it means ruining the lives of Iranians at home and abroad.”
Thursday, February 02, 2012
Mojtaba Vahedi journalist and political advisor to Mehdi karoubi: This time protest movement on Feb. 14 will be greater than before !
286 Journalists, civil rights & political personalities in Iran demanded for boycotting the planned parliamentary election by regime on March 2,2012!
According to report by Fereshteh Ghazi, in continuation on arresting the journalists before the parliamentary election , regime security forces has arrested Mr. Reza jelodarzadeh the editor in chief of the "Sobhe Azadi " newspaper.( Recently thise newspaper was closed by regime).
Women Noble Peace Prize Winners: Free Iranian Green Movement Leaders !
Mohammad Sadegh Larijani head of Islamic Republic judiciary :" It was wrong to join the international human rights charters "
As the head of judiciary of the Islamic Republic instead of dealing with open national case files like : The case files of political prisoners,the case file of University Campus ( Where the basij militia and security forces attacked the campus and killed and wounding students),the case file of Kahrizak prison( Where many young Iranian protesters after presidential coup were tortured,sexually abused and killed by Hossein Taeb, Saeed Mortazavi and...),the case files of the Iranian killed during the green movement protest after June presidential election in 2009 to the security and revolutionary Guards (Etelaate Sepah) forces . Larijani said:" If anyone insulted to our Imam's ,saints and Fatemeh Zahra(Daughter of Mohammad the prophet ),in some cases they will be executed and others will go to jail. Now , if someone insult Jesus,in your opinion is it wrong to deal with that person?
IRAN WATCH CANADA: In Modern world no one will be executed becuse of insulting they Jesus Christ or .....faith or religious belief , only Islamic Republic officials like Mohammad Sadegh Larijani with sparrow brain will do such heinous crime.