Friday, March 28, 2014
Thursday, March 27, 2014
When the intelligence agents of the Islamic regime first broke into my apartment they beat me to death and took me for interrogations.
A Young Iranian Actress and stage player Is Sentenced to Death .....Her Lawyer Abdolsamad Khoramshahi said,the death sentence has gone for execution...
Reyhaneh Jabari is a young Iranian woman sentenced to death by Islamic judiciary. She is 26 years old and spent 7 years in jail. She is accused of murdering an agent of the ministry of information. She said ,she did it in self defense.
Reyhaneh is an actress and stage player. On the day of the event , "a man who came with condom, money , power and medication to make you unconscious " , the man who was as old as her father and was member of the ministry of information of the regime,tried to sexually assault her , in self defense she used a knife and escaped the scene and the agent died of bleeding.
She also played in Asghar Farhadi 's film . Asghar Farhadi received Oscar for his film.
Don't Let Islamic regime in Iran to kill this woman. She needs your help. Stop her execution.
Earlier Iran Watch Canada had reported about this case.
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Friday, March 21, 2014
An " Osulgra" ( Principalist ) Newspaper is closed due to violation of Media Code....
Media Watch Dogs has seven members, out of seven ,two members are representing the government .
The members are:
A judge representing the judiciary,
Minister of Islamic Guidance or his representative,
A member representing Parliament,
A professor representing Minister of Culture
A representative from media
A representative from Clergies ( from Houzeh Elmieh)
A representative from cultural revolution
Austrian MPs grill Iranian foreign minister over rights
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Happy Nowruz to all Iranian , Tajic, Afghan & Kurd All Over the World.......
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
A Petition with More than 40,000 Iranian workers Warned Minister of Labor and Government for Protest....
President Rohani in his election campaign promised to use the law to increase the minimum wages of the workers but lied .......
In their petition they have asked the minister and Government to reconsider their decision in workers minimum wages ....
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Son of photojournalist to ask Supreme Court for right to sue Iran over her death
Zahra Kazemi, a dual citizen of Iran and Canada, was covering protests in front of the notorious Evin prison in Tehran in 2003 when she was arrested. Two days later the 54-year-old was in a coma after suffering a brain hemorrhage. Iran acknowledged she was beaten, but no one has ever been convicted in her death.
For her son Stephan Hashemi of Montreal, now in his mid-30s, “it’s about some form of justice,” his lawyer, Mathieu Bouchard, said in an interview. Although Mr. Hashemi is unlikely to collect any damages from Iran in the $17-million lawsuit, Mr. Bouchard said that’s not the point.
“The point is to have an official recognition by an independent court of what happened, and the damage it caused, to his mother and to him. He suffered tremendously as a result of those events. He’s still suffering.”
Federal law in Canada expressly grants foreign states immunity from being sued, and the Canadian government argues that, if Mr. Hashemi is permitted to sue Iran, Canada could lose its immunity abroad, and its relationships with other countries would suffer. But Mr. Bouchard quotes a British judge’s reaction to a similar argument: “I’m not impressed by arguments based on the practical undesirability of upsetting foreign regimes which may resort to torture.”
Even so, Mr. Bouchard acknowledges that allowing the lawsuit to go ahead would set Canada apart from other nations. A Quebec judge dismissed Mr. Hashemi’s suit because of the federal law on immunity, a decision upheld by that province’s highest court. Ontario’s top court threw out a lawsuit in 2004 for similar reasons, in another torture case involving Iran. And courts in Britain and New Zealand have come to similar decisions. But Mr. Bouchard argues that the Supreme Court has the legal tools to put Canada at the forefront of international human rights law. The United Nations’ Convention Against Torture requires that nations allow for legal redress in cases of torture; the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms protects security of the person from breaches of fundamental justice (Mr. Bouchard argues that Mr. Hashemi’s suffering at being denied legal accountability violates his security); and the rarely used 1960 Bill of Rights protects the right to a fair process.
He says suing in Iran is impossible, and taking action against Iran in other forums is also impossible because Iran is not a party to the Convention Against Torture, and does not recognize the jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice.
“We have some very solid foundations for this. We’re saying that in the case of torture, when the foreign state does not afford any way for redress, then Canada should take jurisdiction.”
He added, “Torture is probably the worst form of human rights breach that we can deal with, on a par with genocide and slavery. There aren’t a lot of crimes of that nature around. These three are of a special nature and require special treatment.”
Iran will not be sending a lawyer to present arguments. The Supreme Court has appointed Toronto constitutional specialist Christopher Bredt to ensure that all arguments that Iran might make are heard. He will argue that the 1987 Convention Against Torture obliges Canada only to permit lawsuits over torture committed within its borders.
Several rights groups, including the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers, will back Mr. Hashemi’s case and argue that the court should permit the lawsuit to go ahead.
Monday, March 17, 2014
Friday, March 14, 2014
Report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran* **
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Islamic Regime in Iran is sending another young Iranian Lady to the Execution Gallow ........What a Shame ....What a dark judiciary system....
This lady Ms. Rayhaneh Jabari is awaiting for her execution on the Gallow...
She has been in prison since four years ago for a murder she agreed to commit ,but she says :she did it in self defense. The man she murdered was Known as Sarmady a member of the Ministry of Information . The Islamic laws deals with this type of murder with " Ghesas " meaning she will be hanged ,the only chance remain for her is , the family of the victim will come forward asking the judiciary to pardon her , only then the hanging will be stopped .
Please Voice Against this execution and save her life !
Ban Ki-moon rebukes Iranian president for human rights failings
UN secretary general condemns continuing abuse, highlighting 'executions, unfair trials and bias against minorities'
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Ayatollah Javadi Amoli : " Chahar Shanbeh Souri " is against religious laws ,it is unwise and it is a bitter tradition which was unfortunately founded !?
One of the celebration before March 20 ( First Day of Spring ) is Chahar Shanbeh Souri ( The Last Wednesday of the year- Fire celebration /jumping over Fire )-
Nourooz and Chahar Shanbeh Souri are celebrated for more than 2500 years in Old Persian Empire...
Monday, March 10, 2014
EU High Representative Catherine Ashton visit to Iran and her meeting with Narges Mohammadi the Human Rights advocate ....
This meeting is good but not a big deal....
There are still lawyers , Human rights activists , Workers rights advocates, Teachers rights advocates ,Journalists and political activist inside the prisons.....
On Saturday Catherine Ashton High Representative of EU arrived in Iran for two days official visit ,during her visit she met Human rights advocates and the mother of Satar Beheshti a young Iranian murdered inside the regime prison. Ms. Ashton met seven women and human rights advocates including Ms. Narges Mohammadi for two hours on March 8 the International Women's Day. Fars News which belong to Sepah wrote:" Ashton met with a convicted sedition ". In December also she met with Nasrin Sotoudeh an Iranian lawyer and human rights defender and Jafar Panahi an Iranian film maker in Iran.
Sunday, March 09, 2014
Said Razavi Faghih Past Central Council member of the " Dafter Tahkime Vahdat" is Arrested.....
Said Razavi Faghih the central council member of Daftar Tahkim Vahdat is arrested. He was arrested while speaking in the gathering of reformist in the city of Hamedan. Taleban style clerics and their followers protested against his speeches . In his speech Mr. Said Razavi Faghih openly criticized the officials in the parliament , the Guardian council and the assembly of experts.
President Rohani, Stop Violation Against Dervishes in Iran.......
Iranian won't allow foreign countries for intervention in Iran via a yet another Libyan style war and preparation for infiltration of Al Qaeda forces into Iran and creation of civil war and secession of ethnic provinces like Bluchestan ,Kurdistan , Khuzistan .....
In recent months influential fundamentalists, and forces close to their circle ,in various rank & position in the regime are trying to show of their force and creation of an atmosphere of fear and in fact are trying to de stabilize the Government of Rohani and the whole country , from ethnic provinces to the arrest and pressure on independent Iranian and media. President Rohani must stand against these forces and fulfill his promises given during election campaign.
One of the systematic violation is on Iranian Dervishes. Many of their leaders are already in prison , recently some of them in Evin prison went on hunger strike in protest against the way prison officials treated the ill dervishes , or transferring some to Rejaei shahr prison from Evin prison , because of their hunger strike as many as 500 Dervishes stage rally on Saturday in front of Tehran public prosecutors office which extended until today Sunday. This rally ended with clashes between Dervishes and the security forces. As a result of this clashes many Dervishes are wounded and arrested . The website of Dervishes "Majzooban Noor " released many names of those arrested ( more than 25 Dervishes detained in Evin prison )or wounded.
More than 2000 Dervishes demanded the medically ill imprisoned Dervishes to be transferred to the hospital and the three transferred Dervishes from Evin to Rejaei Shahr prison must be returned to Evin prison.
Link to this news in Farsi:
Iran: Free Women Activists
Imprisonment of 3 Highlights Plight of Female Rights Defenders
(Beirut, March 8, 2014) – Iran’s government should immediately and unconditionally free three female rights defenders unlawfully detained for their support of women, students, and political dissidents, Human Rights Watch said today, International Women’s Rights Day. On March 2, 2014, one of the three was sentenced to seven years in prison. The others were already serving prison terms.
The three activists are among at least 14 women in the women’s political prisoners ward at Tehran’s Evin Prison. The Iranian government should also address gender discrimination codified in the country’s legal system, Human Rights Watch said.
“International Women’s Rights Day is an occasion to shed light on the courageous women behind bars in Iran solely because they spoke out for people’s rights or called for an overhaul of the country’s discriminatory laws,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch. “The detention of these women activists is a stark reminder that Iran’s government deprives its people of their most basic and fundamental rights.”
On March 2, a revolutionary court found Maryam Shafipour, a student rights activist, guilty of violating the country’s national security and sentenced her to seven years in prison.
Bahareh Hedayat, a women’s and students’ rights defender, was sentenced in May 2010 to ten years in prison in relation to her peaceful activities. Since her arrest in 2009, her husband told Human Rights Watch that authorities have not allowed her to get adequate medical treatment outside of prison for serious gynecological problems. The lack of gynecological services in prison and the denial of such treatment outside jail could amount to gender-based discrimination, Human Rights Watch said.
The third activist, Hakimeh Shokri, is serving a three-year sentence for peaceful activities in support of political prisoners and protesters killed during the 2009 postelection violence.
Shafipour, 27, was summoned to the Evin Prison prosecutor’s office on July 27, 2013, and then arrested. She had spent several years advocating for the rights of university students barred from higher education because of their activism and for the release of political prisoners, including the 2009 presidential candidate, Mehdi Karroubi, who is under house arrest.
A source close to the family told Human Rights Watch that Shafipour spent seven months in pretrial detention, including over two months in solitary confinement, during which she had no access to her lawyer. Another source told Human Rights Watch that during her pretrial detention, interrogation officials subjected her to psychological and physical abuse, including kicking her.
The source close to the family told Human Rights Watch that branch 28 of Tehran’s revolutionary court convicted Shafipour of “propaganda against the state,” “assembly and collusion against the national security,” and “membership in an illegal group” that the source said was defending the rights of university students barred from education. The source said evidence, presented by the prosecutor’s office as proof of these “crimes,” included information posted on her Facebook page about the situation of political prisoners, and her peaceful activities and statements she signed in support of students barred from higher education. The sentence against Shafipour includes a two-year ban on the use of Facebook and other social media sites upon release.
In 2010, Emam Khomeini International University officials in the northwestern city of Ghazvin barred Shafipour from continuing her university studies because of her rights activities. The activities included visiting family members of political prisoners and her affiliation with Karroubi’s presidential campaign. Shafipour has 20 days to appeal her conviction and sentence.
Shafipour and Shokri are both members of the Mothers of Laleh Park, a group established in June 2009 by mothers whose children lost their lives in the violent government-sanctioned response to protests following Iran’s disputed June 12 election. The group has also shown solidarity with political prisoners and their families. Authorities have repeatedly targeted the group, previously named “Mourning Mothers,” arrested its members, and prevented them from gathering at Laleh Park in Tehran and other public places.
A Tehran revolutionary court convicted Shokri on charges of “propaganda against the state” and “acting against the national security” in April 2012 because of her activities with the group, according to rights activists. Security forces arrested her and several other members of the group on December 5, 2010, as they gathered at a Tehran cemetery to commemorate the death of a protester killed by security forces during the 2009 postelection violence.
Hedayat, 32, is the first secretary of the Women’s Commission of the Office to Foster Unity (Tahkim-e Vahdat), one of the country’s largest student groups, which has been banned since 2009, and the first – and only – woman elected to its central committee. Authorities arrested her on December 30, 2009, and eventually charged her with various national security crimes, including “propaganda against the system,” “disturbing public order,” “participating in illegal gatherings,” “insulting the Supreme Leader,” and “insulting the president.” An appeals court upheld the sentence in July 2010.
Amin Ahmadian, Hedayat’s husband, told Human Rights Watch that Hedayat is serving an eight-year sentence because of public speeches and joint statements she made as a central committee member of Takhim-e Vahdat criticizing the government clampdown on political dissidents and students in the wake of the 2009 presidential election. He said Hedayat is serving an additional two years based on a previous suspended sentence in connection with public demonstrations she attended in 2006 with the One Million Signatures Campaign, a grass-roots campaign aimed at overturning laws that discriminate against women.
Ahmadian said that although Hedayat is suffering from a chronic reproductive system complication that requires immediate medical attention, judiciary and prison authorities have refused her an adequate medical leave.
Iran’s judiciary should release Hedayat and other political prisoners based on recent amendments to Iran’s penal code, Human Rights Watch said. Under article 134, a person convicted of multiple charges may only receive the maximum penalty for their most serious charge, instead of a compounded sentence based on each individual charge. Article 134 also allows the judiciary to free Hedayat after she has served half her sentence.
Since 2005, and especially since the 2009 presidential election, Iran has stepped up arrests and other repressive measures against activists, including those who advocate student’s rights and speak out against discriminatory laws based on gender. Iranian women face discrimination in personal status matters related to marriage, divorce, inheritance, and child custody. A woman needs her male guardian’s approval for marriage regardless of her age, and cannot pass on her nationality to her foreign-born spouse or their children.
On August 1, 2013, Human Rights Watch wrote to then-President Hassan Rouhani asking him to take concrete steps in several key reform areas, ranging from freeing political prisoners to expanding academic freedom in universities and respecting women’s rights. Human Rights Watch urged Rouhani to remove disciplinary boards that unlawfully monitor students’ activities and suspend or expel them solely because they have exercised their fundamental rights, and to allow organizations like Tahkim-e Vahdat to resume operating.
Human Rights Watch also urged Rouhani to work toward gender equality in the country, noting that while “the president has limited ability to directly change the discriminatory personal status laws related to marriage, inheritance, and child custody … [he] should nonetheless support efforts to amend or abolish such laws” and support groups like the One Million Signatures Campaign.
On November 26, President Rouhani’s official website presented a draft Citizens’ Rights Charter for public comment. In a joint letter Human Rights Watch and the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran noted that many of the draft charter’s provisions, including those addressing women’s rights, fail to protect rights adequately or violate Iran’s legal obligations under international law. Among the problems are limitations on rights based on seemingly subjective criteria such as “national security” and “principles of Islam.”
“Iran’s judiciary bears primary responsibility for freeing rights defenders like Shafipour, Hedayat, and Shokri from prison, and ensuring that the country abides by its international rights obligations,” Whitson said. “But Rouhani’s government can also play a critical role by advocating the release of these rights defenders and pressing security and intelligence forces to stop harassing and targeting activists.”
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