Friday, March 30, 2012
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Execution threatens the life of Shirko Moarefi the Kurdish Iranian political prisoner !
khalil Bahramian the defence lawyer for Shirko Moarefi believes the execution of his client is imminent !
Mr. Bahramian said that; he did not receive any document on the date of execution of his client but told to "Kurdpa" news agency that; since his death sentence was approved ,that means any time the death sentence may be carried against his client .He said; usually judiciary /prison officials do notify the prisoners but not the lawyers and this is illegal.Shirko Moarefi is a 31 years old Kurdish-Iranian political prisoner from the city of Baneh of Kurdistan province. He was sentenced to death by the court of Revolution for allegedly his colaboration with a Kurdish political party. Shirko was arrested on November 1999 and since then he spends time in Saghez city prison.
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After 70 days of hunger strike Mehdi Khazali was released !
IRAN WATCH CANADA: Conservatism & shadow of violence in Middle East & South Asia ...
The 33-year-old former dancing girl — who was allegedly attacked by her then-husband, an ex-lawmaker and son of a political powerhouse — jumped from the sixth floor of a building in Rome, where she had been living and receiving treatment.
Her March 17 suicide and the return of her body to Pakistan on Sunday reignited furor over the case, which received significant international attention at the time of the attack. Her death came less than a month after a Pakistani filmmaker won the country's first Oscar for a documentary about acid attack victims.
Younus' story highlights the horrible mistreatment many women face in Pakistan's conservative, male-dominated culture and is a reminder that the country's rich and powerful often appear to operate with impunity. Younus' ex-husband, Bilal Khar, was eventually acquitted, but many believe he used his connections to escape the law's grip — a common occurrence in Pakistan.
More than 8,500 acid attacks, forced marriages and other forms of violence against women were reported in Pakistan in 2011, according to The Aurat Foundation, a women's rights organization. Because the group relied mostly on media reports, the figure is likely an undercount.
"The saddest part is that she realized that the system in Pakistan was never going to provide her with relief or remedy," Nayyar Shabana Kiyani, an activist at The Aurat Foundation, said of Younus. "She was totally disappointed that there was no justice available to her."
Younus was a teenage dancing girl working in the red light district of the southern city of Karachi when she met her future husband, the son of Ghulam Mustafa Khar, a former governor of Pakistan's largest province, Punjab. The unusual pairing was the younger Khar's third marriage. He was in his mid-30s at the time.
The couple was married for three years, but Younus eventually left him because he allegedly physically and verbally abused her. She claimed that he came to her mother's house while she was sleeping in May 2000 and poured acid all over her in the presence of her 5-year-old son from a different man.
Tehmina Durrani, Ghulam Mustafa Khar's ex-wife and his son's stepmother, became an advocate for Younus after the attack, drawing international attention to the case. She said that Younus' injuries were the worst she had ever seen on an acid attack victim.
"So many times we thought she would die in the night because her nose was melted and she couldn't breathe," said Durrani, who wrote a book about her own allegedly abusive relationship with the elder Khar. "We used to put a straw in the little bit of her mouth that was left because the rest was all melted together."
She said Younus, whose life had always been hard, became a liability to her family, for whom she was once a source of income.
"Her life was a parched stretch of hard rock on which nothing bloomed," Durrani wrote in a column in The News after Younus' suicide.
Younus' ex-husband grew up in starkly different circumstances, amid the wealth and power of the country's feudal elite, and counts Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar as a cousin.
Bilal Khar once again denied carrying out the acid attack in a TV interview following her suicide, suggesting a different man with the same name committed the crime. He claimed Younus killed herself because she didn't have enough money, not because of her horrific injuries, and criticized the media for hounding him about the issue.
"You people should be a little considerate," said Khar. "I have three daughters and when they go to school people tease them."
In February, Younus said in one of her last interviews that powerful Pakistanis brutally treat ordinary citizens and "don't know how painful they make others' lives."
"I want such people to be treated in the same way" as they treat people whose lives they ruin, she told Geo TV over the telephone from Rome.
Younus was energized when the Pakistani government enacted a new set of laws last year that explicitly criminalized acid attacks and mandated that convicted attackers would serve a minimum sentence of 14 years, said Durrani. She hoped to return someday to get justice once her health stabilized.
"She said, 'When I come back, I will reopen the case, and I'll fight myself,' and she was a fighter," Durrani said.
Durrani had to battle with both Younus' ex-husband and the government to send her to Italy, where the Italian government paid for her treatment and provided her money to live on and send her child to school. Pakistani officials argued that sending Younus to Italy would give the country a bad name, Durrani said.
Younus was happy when Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy won an Oscar for her documentary about acid attack victims in February, but was worried about being forgotten since she wasn't profiled in the film, said Durrani.
Durrani said Younus' case should be a reminder that the Pakistani government needs to do much more to prevent acid attacks and other forms of violence against women, and also help the victims.
"I think this whole country should be extremely embarrassed that a foreign country took responsibility for a Pakistani citizen for 13 years because we could give her nothing, not justice, not security," said Durrani.
Associated Press writers Zarar Khan and Asif Shahzad contributed to this report.
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Amnesty International Reports on Execution (death row)
Monday, March 19, 2012
It's once again our coming New Year , the Persian historic celeberation of Nowrouz, Wish everyone a Happy Nowrouz particularly to political prisoners
Saturday, March 17, 2012
Alert...Alert....The lives of many Iranian political prisoners particularly the Kurdish and Bahai's are in great danger !| | | |
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
UN Human Rights Council : FIDH and LDDHI welcome the report presented by the Special Rapporteur on Iran
Saturday, March 10, 2012
Ahmad Zeidabadi the Iranian journalist who worked for major reformists newspapers during Khatami's presidency is now on his 1000 days in prison.| | | |
Friday, March 09, 2012
Justice and equality of women and men Islamic Republic style!???!!
Thursday, March 08, 2012
IWD 2012 - Best wishes and salute to the brave women of my country and around the world!
Women United ,Never defeated!
On International Women's Day March 8,2012 in Iran 47 women political prisoners are in jail because of their activities and beliefs.
Out of these 47 women 34 of them are heavily sentenced and 14 out of these 47 are awaiting for their sentences. The total of jail sentence for the 34 women is 208 years and 8 months and they have to stay in jail for two century.
The heaviest sentencing was given to Zeynab Jalalian the Iranian Kurdish activist and it is life imprisonment. Mahvash Sabet and Fariba Kamalabadi the two Iranian Bahai faith leaders with 20 years each and Farah Vazehan with 17 years imprisonment.
Human Rights Watch:
Iran: Quash Convictions and Free Rights AdvocatesLong Sentences in Newest Convictions of Human Rights Activists(New York, March 8, 2012) –
Iran’s judiciary should immediately overturn a lower court ruling against a lawyer sentenced to 18 years in prison for his human rights activities and set him free, Human Rights Watch said today. Abdolfattah Soltani, a colleague of Nobel Peace laureate Shirin Ebadi and cofounder of a banned rights group, was convicted on charges that violate his rights to freedom of expression and association protected under international law. On the same day another colleague of Soltani’s, Narges Mohammadi, learned that an appeals court had sentenced her to six years in prison on similar charges.On March 4, 2012, Soltani was convicted and sentenced to prison on national security charges after two court sessions. According to the court’s judgment, Soltani will be barred from practicing law for 20 years after his release because “the accused has used the law as a tool and cover to commit … crimes.” The sentence also requires Soltani, a Tehran resident, to serve his term “in exile” in a prison in the town of Borazjan, more than 600 kilometers south of the capital in Bushehr province because, according to the judgment, “his presence inside a Tehran prison will cause corruption.” Authorities had previously alleged that Soltani, who had previously spent time in Evin prison, improperly provided legal advice to other prisoners.“Soltani should not spend a minute, let alone 18 years, in a prison hundreds of kilometers away, for acts directly related to his exercise of basic human rights,” said Joe Stork, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. “The appeals court should quash this unfair sentence and free him.”Security forces arrested Soltani on September 10 at Tehran’s revolutionary court, where he had apparently gone to review a client’s case files. He has been held since then in Evin prison’s Ward 209, which is controlled by Iran’s Intelligence Ministry. His defense team has 20 days from the date of conviction to appeal the lower court ruling to the appellate court.Branch 26 of Tehran’s revolutionary court convicted Soltani of several national security charges, including “propaganda against the state,” assembly and collusion against the state, and establishing the Center for Human Rights Defenders, the nongovernmental organization that Soltani cofounded with Ebadi in 2003. The court also convicted Soltani of “receiving funds through illegitimate means” in relation to the human rights prize from the German city of Nuremberg, which he received in 2009.Mohammadi, a former spokesperson and member of the Center for Human Rights defenders, was sentenced in an appellate court. Branch 26 of Tehran’s revolutionary court had previously issued an 11-year sentence for Mohammadi on charges related to “propaganda against the state,” assembly and collusion against the state, and membership in the Center for Human Rights Defenders, but an appeals court reduced to sentence to six years. Security forces arrested Mohammadi in June 2010, but released her on July 1 on bail. She is currently out of prison but expects to be summoned shortly to serve her sentence.Iran’s revolutionary courts handle special cases, including those purporting to be about national security.Maedeh Soltani, Soltani’s daughter, told Human Rights Watch that authorities showed Soltani a copy of the court’s judgment after it had been issued but refused to provide him with a copy. “They asked my father to sign the judgment and acknowledge receipt but he refused and demanded they give him a copy so he could review it,” Maedeh Soltani said. She said her father had refused to provide a defense at his trial because he considered the charges politically motivated and demanded the presence of a jury in accordance with Iranian law.Under article 168 of Iran’s Constitution, “political and press offenses [should] be tried openly and in the presence of a jury.” The constitution requires that a definition of political offenses “be determined by law and in accordance with Islamic criteria,” but authorities have failed to include such a definition in the Islamic Penal Code or other applicable legislation.Authorities had previously arrested and detained Soltani in 2005 and 2009. On July 30, 2005, agents of the judiciary operating under the authority of then-Tehran chief prosecutor Saeed Mortazavi, arrested Soltani inside the offices of the Lawyers’ Association in Tehran. The next day, a judiciary spokesman announced that authorities had arrested Soltain for “revealing secrets relating to the case of nuclear spies.”Officials held Soltani in Ward 209 of Evin prison for 219 days, largely in solitary confinement. On July 16, 2006, a revolutionary court convicted Soltani on espionage charges and sentenced him to five years in prison and barred him from practicing law for five years, but an appellate court acquitted him on all charges.Security forces arrested Soltani again on June 16, 2009, four days after officials announced that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had won the disputed June 2009 presidential election. They released him on bail after two months in detention.The government has increased pressure against lawyers defending rights activists since 2005, and especially after the 2009 election protests. In August 2011, Ebadi said that at least 42 lawyers had faced government persecution since June 2009. In addition to Soltani, the judiciary has sentenced Nasrin Sotoudeh, Mohammad Seifzadeh, and Javid Houtan Kian to prison and lengthy bans on practicing law on similar national security-related charges. The judiciary has allowed several other convicted high-profile lawyers, like Mohammad Ali Dadkhah and Khalil Bahramian, to be released from detention on submitting money for bail and await the results of their appeals outside of prison.In 2010, Mohammad Javad Larijani, the head of the Human Rights Council of the Judiciary, Iran’s state-controlled human rights body, said in relation to Sotoudeh’s case that she had been engaged “in a very nasty campaign” against the government, referring to several interviews with her by foreign Persian-language media outlets in which she defended her clients. On January 20, 2011, Sadegh Larijani, the head of the judiciary, repeated the government’s warning that lawyers should refrain from giving interviews that damage the government’s reputation.At least eight other lawyers, including Ebadi, Mohammad Mostafaei, and Shadi Sadr, have been forced to leave the country as a result of repeated arrests, detention, and harassment. Authorities banned and then shut down Ebadi’s Center for Human Rights Defenders in 2008. In March 2010, Tehran’s Public and Revolutionary Prosecutor’s Office accused the Center and two other local rights organizations of engaging in “cyber warfare” against the state. The groups denied the charges, and the Center for Human Rights Defenders called the attacks nothing more than a “frame job against human rights activists and civil society.”Authorities have also limited the independence of the Iranian Bar Association by barring lawyers from running for high-level offices in the association on discriminatory grounds, including their imputed political opinions and their peaceful human rights activities. For example, in 2008, Mohammad Ali Dadkhah, Hadi Esmailzadeh, Farideh Gheyrat, and Soltani – all members of the Center for Human Rights Defenders – were disqualified by the judiciary from running in the election for the association’s Central Board because of their activities as human rights defenders.The UN Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers provide that lawyers must be allowed to carry out their work “without intimidation, hindrance, harassment or improper interference.” In addition, it affirms the right of lawyers to freedom of expression, also provided for in Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which includes “the right to take part in public discussion of matters concerning the law, the administration of justice and the promotion and protection of human rights.”“Soltani’ and Mohammadi’s convictions are the latest in a series of arrests, detentions and convictions of rights advocates who are being targeted simply because they are doing their job,” Stork said. “The judiciary should immediately quash all convictions that relate to the defenders’ free exercise of their basic rights, and allow them to return to work without harassment and interference.”
Wednesday, March 07, 2012
UN Report Documents “Striking Pattern of Violations”
Presents Allegations of Fraud in 2008 and 2009 Elections
Calls for an Immediate Moratorium on Death Penalty
Prominent Human Rights Defenders Sentenced to Draconian Prison Terms Just Before Release of UN Report
(7 March 2012) The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran today welcomed the comprehensive report of the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ahmed Shaheed, as a significant document that gives voice to the victims of widespread violations. The Campaign called on the Iranian government to end its absolute lack of cooperation with UN mechanisms and its systematic violations of its international obligations and to work with the Special Rapporteur to address the human rights crisis in that country.
Shaheed’s 36-page report concludes that it has “catalogued allegations that produce a striking pattern of violations of fundamental human rights.” It includes several recommendations to the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran. It specifically calls “for the immediate release of all political prisoners and prisoners of conscience and calls upon the government to protect the space for public criticism or advocacy.”
“Iranian authorities not only barred Shaheed from visiting the country but also publicly insulted him and called him a liar,” said the Campaign’s spokesperson, Hadi Ghaemi. “Despite these obstacles and intimidations, his insistence on carrying out an independent investigation has resulted in a comprehensive documentation of many aspects of the ongoing human rights crisis.”
“This is just the beginning of a process at the UN level to reveal and address the many aspects of gross and systematic human rights violations in Iran,” he added.
The Special Rapporteur called for “a moratorium on the death penalty for all crimes until such time as effective enforcement of due process rights may be meaningfully demonstrated.” His report notes the skyrocketing rise in the number of executions, from less than 100 cases in 2003 to at least 670 cases in 2011.
The report includes testimony from a former member of the Iranian parliament who details allegations of fraud in the 2009 presidential election, as well as the 2008 parliamentary election.
The UN report also calls for independent and impartial investigations into post-election violence, particularly allegations of violations of due process and torture and deaths in detention centers. Instances of allegations of torture in the report include “excessive solitary confinement, electric shock, severe beatings, threats of rape, and threats to detain and/or harm friends, associates, and family members.”
Since Shaheed’s appointment in August 2011, the Iranian government has avoided any substantive discussions with him or any response to allegations he produced in his interim October 2011 report. The government has also intensified its attack on human rights defenders. Just days before the release of Shaheed’s recent report, the Judiciary issued draconian prison sentences against prominent human rights defenders Abdolfattah Soltani and Narges Mohammadi, sentencing them to 18 years and 6 years in prison, respectively.
“Targeting the human rights community in such a brazen and unjustified way, just before the release of this UN report, together with the government’s persistence in not cooperating with UN mechanisms, demonstrates that the Iranian Judiciary has no respect for international norms and standards of justice,” Ghaemi said.
Shaheed’s report was submitted for review and comments to the Iranian government well before its publication, in accordance with standard UN protocol. However, as the report makes clear, Iranian authorities failed to make any substantial response to allegations of widespread violations documented in the report.
Instead, in their reply to the UN, Iranian authorities questioned the legitimacy of UN mechanisms, saying, “The Special Rapporteur was engaged in propaganda by participating in forums and gatherings that were contaminated by Western espionage agencies, Zionist elements, and terrorist groups.” They also claimed “reports or complaints” contained in the report “lacked credibility.”
In response, Shaheed made clear the only public gatherings he participated in were press conferences at the UN and other media interviews. He also noted that his report is based on dozens of interviews with victims and witnesses whose credibility has been established by a number of independent sources.
The UN report focuses mostly on the events following the disputed 2009 election to portray an accurate picture of the current situation in the country. It notes a communication from the “Mothers of Laleh Park” requesting that he investigate “the deaths of their children—Neda Agha Soltan, Sohrab Arabi, Ashkan Sohrabi, Masoud Hashem Zadeh, Mostafa Karim Beigi, Kianoush Asa, and Ali Hasan Pour—during the 2009 elections.”
The Campaign called on the members of the Human Rights Council to vote for a resolution renewing the Special Rapporteur’s mandate and to urge the Iranian government to cooperate with his mandate as well as all other UN human rights mechanisms during its current session. The 19th session of the Human Rights Council is currently underway in Geneva until 23 March 2012.
Special Rapporteur Ahmed Shaheed will make a presentation regarding his findings to the Council on 12 March 2012.
Monday, March 05, 2012
Abdolfatah Soltani Iranian lawyer and human rights defender is sentenced to 18 years imprisonment and internal exile to the city of Borazjan !
Eisa Saharkheiz the imprisoned journalist was attacked by basijis while in the hospital in an intensive care!
Mehdi Khazali on his 57th day of hunger strike !
Saturday, March 03, 2012
Unrealistic statistics by regime of coup d'eta about parliamentary election!
Iran Tehran 02.03.2012 Empty election locals- People's lack of participation in parliamentary election show, a blow on regime of coup d'eta !!!
Iran Karaj 02.03.2012 Empty election locals part 2- Local voting centers One by one show the lack of people's participation in regime election show
Iran Tehran 02.03.2012 Empty election locals part 4- as you can see this is one of Tehran voting center -No people going in or out - A sham election
Iran- Isfehan 02.03.2012 Empty election locals part2- INA (Iran Khabar Agency)- Empty voting centers in the city of Isfahan
Iran Tehran 02.03.2012 Hejab School Empty election locals part 7- See how Iranian people responded by staying home and not participating in election
Iran Isfehan 02.03.2012 Low election participation at election locals- One of Isfahan city voting center - By :Iran Khabar (news) Agency
Iran city of Shiraz 02.03.2012 Empty election locals- voting centers as you see no one go's in and no one comes out - by :Iran "Khabar " Agency -
Iran Bojnord 02.03.2012 Empty election locals part 2- Voting centers are empty ! Regime may call it 60-70% participation !!!!
Friday, March 02, 2012
Few picture from voting center taken by brave Iranians despite of danger . As you can see people are not present in the streets and voting centers!
Critical cartoon on parliamentary election in Iran by different Iranian cartoonists !