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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Regime in Iran is Going to Hang Gholam Reza Khosravi !?? Dont Let this Happen .....


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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Islamic Regime in Iran is Facing with the Tsunami of Corruption & Unemployment .......


Unemployment of Young University Graduate Iranian has reached between  24% to 26% and 1.1 Million Graduate are without job and according to Minister of Labor 5.4 Million Iranian will graduate this year from University and will join the workforce. The general unemployment rate of the country is 10.4 % . 
Link:
http://www.akhbar-rooz.com/article.jsp?essayId=60279

Corruption has gone so much by private individual or regime officials particularly the officials during Ahmadinejad coup Government and we all know that, Ayatollah Khamenei the regime leader has fully supported his 8 years Government.
Mah afarid khosravi 
By execution of Mah Afarid Khosravi regime had in fact silenced him for talking and naming the officials who had offered him help via bribe !
Recently regime judiciary executed Mah Afarid khosravi in Evin prison. Mah Afarid is one of the accused in the 3000 billion Tuman economic embezzlement. Khavari the chief of Iran National Bank or Bank Melli is one other who was involved in the embezzlement who escaped to Canada and currently the interpol / international police is looking for him. There are many others people who were involved in the 3000 billion Tuman embezzlement including Mehregan Khosravi ( Mah Afarid's brother ) who is currently in Canada with his family. Before execution Mah Afarid sent a letter to Khamenei the leader of the Islamic regime ,what is written in that letter is not yet known but in court Mah Afarid confessed about many Ahmadinejad's Government officials who asked for bribe to issue him permission to import products . About Khavari, Mah Afarid said: He gave $3000,000 and $109,000 dollar bribe to him.
On the corruption issue Mr. Gholamali Jafarzadeh an MP said: The corruption so so large that we can't disclose and we fear it may create a shock in the society !???

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Iranian Journalist Saba Azarpayk is arrested !


According to news from social networks Saba Azarpayk reporter of Weekly "Tejarat Farda" is arrested by security forces. Security forces attended at the office of this weekly and arrested her ,no one knows about the motives of the arrest. Ms. Azarpayk was also arrested in the past when she was working for Etemad newspaper but she was released on bail.
Saba had followed and reported about the assault on women by "Gashte Ershad " ( Patroling Guidance officers) in Vanak Square and she also followed and reported on the case of Iranian blogger Satar Beheshti who was killed while in prison and made this case a national case like the "Kahrizak" prison case.
Saba's mother said : when the agents came to arrest Saba ,they slap at Saba's brother and then they took her away , i want to tell to the officials that, this isn't the way to deal with young Iranian. Jail is not the solution and it has opposite result .  

Link:
http://www.iran-emrooz.net/index.php/news1/50962/

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

James Bezan Conservative Party Member discusses Iran and Mahmoud Reza Khavari In Canadian Parliament

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" Happy " Video Clip Director with Hassan Rohani's Presidential Campaign !

Sasan Soleymani 2nd from left
This Photo shows Sasan Soleymani the " Happy " video clip director who is still in Rejaei Shahr prison for making the " Happy " video clip. The video shows a group of young talented Iranian play with the music " Happy" of Pharrel Williams.
Sasan acted as taking photo of Mr. Rohani during presidential campaign and he says ,he has suggested Mr. Rohani to use violet color as his campaign symbol.    



Link:
http://bamdadkhabar.com/2014/05/32287/


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Many Iranian Cyber Activists Are sentenced by Islamic Regime for Long time imprisonment !


Here are the names of these cyber activists :

1- Amin Akramipour.......................... Sentenced to 13years and one day
2-Amir Golestani.......................... ......Sentenced to  20 years and one day
3-Masoud Ghasemkhani......................sentenced to 19 years and ninety one days
4-Seyed Mahmoud Talebi....................sentenced to 15 years and one day
5-Faribourz Kardarfar...........................sentenced to 18 years and ninety one days
6-Mehdi Rayshahri...............................sentenced to 11 years
7-Ms. Roya Saberi................................sentenced to 20 years and one days
8- Ms. Naghmeh Shahsavandi Shirazi..Sentenced to 7 years and ninety one days ( Is released on bail)

Some are charged with propagating against Islamic regime and others are charged with insulting Imam ( Khomeini) and Khamenei.

Link:
https://hra-news.org/en/



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Radan Deputy of Police Chief is removed from his Post .....


Ahmad Reza Radan is known for his crime against humanity . He is one of the suspect for his involvement in Kahrizak prison for torturing and killing the young Iranian protesters during 2009 protest against the presidential election coup. Radan also known for his support on "Hijab" and " Rascals and villains " project . During 8 years of Ahmadinejad's presidency these projects targeted more and almost daily the Iranian women in the streets for not having proper Hijab and also targeted men for their behavior or dress and hair code.......
Radan's superior chief was Esmaeil Ahmadi Moghadam.
After many international outcry against Ahmad Reza Radan for his violation of human rights ,US government added his name in the list of sanction .
Link:
http://www.balatarin.com/topic/2014/5/27/1014811


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Monday, May 26, 2014


For Immediate Release


Iran: Drop Case Against ‘Happy’ Youth
Seven Face Possible Charges Over Music Video

(Beirut, May 25, 2014) – Iran’s judiciary should drop the case against seven youth for participating in a video showing them dancing and end any further legal proceedings or harassment against them and their families, Human Rights Watch said today. Authorities released six of the seven on bail on May 21, 2014, the day after authorities showed the suspects on television “confessing” and expressing remorse for their roles in the video.

Iranian police arrested the four men and three women several weeks after a video that showed the youths dancing to the popular song “Happy,” sung by Pharrell Williams, went viral on YouTube. The video shows the youth dancing, solo and together, in various public and private locations, apparently in Tehran. The women in the video are not wearing a hejab, a headscarf or shawl used to cover a woman’s hair, which is required in public. Public dancing or depictions of such dancing, especially between men and women, is generally forbidden. Authorities are still holding Sassan Soleimani, who is alleged to have directed the YouTube video.

“People who express themselves through music and dance are not committing a crime,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. “Iran’s judiciary should not be pursuing these charges.”

On May 20, a state television program showed six young men and women whose faces had been blurred and identified them as those who had appeared in the YouTube video. During the program the youth said that they did not intend for the video to be publicized and that they had been tricked into taking part in it. A police commander for Greater Tehran, Hossein Sajedinia, said on the television program that authorities identified the six and arrested them within hours after the video was posted, which seemed to contradict reports suggesting that the authorities arrested them weeks after the video was initially uploaded online. He warned Iran’s youth against engaging in similar activities and said security forces would similarly deal with others who made such videos.

Two of those in the video who were released on bail are Reyhaneh Taravati and Afshin Sohrabi. The other four have only been identified by their first names (or stage names) as “Neda,” “Bardia,” “Roham,”and “SPDH.”

It is not clear whether the youth have been charged, though their release on bail suggests that authorities are considering prosecution. Iranian authorities have previously relied on various morality and cybercrimes laws to punish those engaged in activities considered immoral or prohibited under Sharia, or Islamic law. Sentences for violating these laws can include fines, imprisonment, and lashings.

The arrests occurred against a backdrop of statements by President Hassan Rouhani urging greater Internet freedom in the country, and apparent disagreements between various branches of government over the extent to which authorities should police and censor the Internet. On May 21, the day authorities released the youths, the administrator of a Twitter account linked to the presidential office retweeted a tweet from June 2013 that read: “Happiness is our people’s right. We shouldn’t be too harsh on behaviors caused by joy.”

YouTube and Facebook are blocked in Iran, but millions of Iranians access these and other filtered sites using proxy servers and other filter-evading technology.

For more Human Rights Watch reporting on Iran, please visit:
http://www.hrw.org/en/middle-eastn-africa/iran

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New fact-finding mission: UN expert to probe human rights in Iran through diaspora in Europe


GENEVA (26 May 2014) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ahmed Shaheed, will undertake his latest fact-finding mission in Sweden, Austria, and Italy, which host significant Iranian diaspora populations.

From 27 May to 6 June 2014, the independent expert will gather information about the recent experiences of victims of alleged human rights violations in Iran, and will meet with relevant experts and officials in order to asses current reports coming from Iran.

“While I am encouraged by recent conversations, statements, and overtures by Iranian officials, I am concerned by consistent reports that the human rights situation on the ground has yet to improve, and that pledges have simply not translated into results,” Mr. Shaheed underscored.

“The mission, therefore, will provide an opportunity to accurately evaluate and analyze recent progress, or lack of it, through conversations with individuals with diverse backgrounds and opinions,” he said.

During his ten-day visit, the Special Rapporteur will meet with and interview members of the Iranian diaspora and other members of Iranian civil society, including journalists, student activists, lawyers, authors, publishers, proponents of minority, women’s, and children’s rights. He will also meet with relevant NGOs and Government officials in Sweden, Austria, and Italy.

Mr. Shaheed’s most recent findings on the human rights situation in the Islamic Republic of Iran will be brought to the attention of the Government of Iran and to the member states of the UN General Assembly during its 69th Session, later this year.

The Special Rapporteur restated his commitment to constructive dialogue and cooperation as a means of addressing and resolving human rights concerns in Iran. He noted that the upcoming assessment of Iran’s human rights record by other States during the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) represents a potential major opportunity in this regard.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran has often stressed the importance of the UPR process as a universal and impartial mechanism for the evaluation and discussion of human rights situations the world-over,” the independent expert noted.

“I truly hope that the Government will use this opportunity to genuinely reflect on its human rights record over the past four years, and, in the spirit of cooperation, to engage in frank discussion with its peers at the United Nations with a view toward prompt and quantifiable improvement,” Mr. Shaheed said.

Since his appointment in August 2011, the Special Rapporteur has issued three reports to the UN General Assembly and three additional reports to the Human Rights Council on the situation of human rights in Iran.

Mr. Shaheed has made several official requests to the Government of Iran for a country visit since his appointment without obtaining an affirmative response. He continues to call on the Iranian authorities to cooperate with his UN Human Rights Council mandate with a view to addressing its human rights challenges.

ENDS

Ahmed Shaheed (the Maldives) is a Visiting Professor at Essex University, UK; a former member of the Maldivian presidential Commission Investigating Corruption; and a foreign policy advisor to the President of the Maldives. Mr Shaheed was Foreign Minister of the Maldives from 2005 to 2007 and from 2008 to 2010. He led the country’s efforts to sign and ratify all nine international human rights Conventions and to implement them in law and practice. He was appointed as the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran in June 2011 by the UN Human Rights Council. As Special Rapporteur, he is independent from any government or organization and serves in his individual capacity. Learn more, visit: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Countries/AsiaRegion/Pages/IRIndex.aspx

OHCHR Country Page – Iran: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Countries/AsiaRegion/Pages/IRIndex.aspx   

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Sunday, May 25, 2014

“Happy” Video Director Linked to Rouhani Campaign Remains in Detention !


Sassan Soleimani, the director of one version of the ”Happy in Tehran” video, remains in Rajaee-Shahr Prison in Karaj where he is being deprived of sleep, days after six people who appeared in the video were released from detention, a source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.
Soleimani, a 33-year-old filmmaker and animator, told Zendegi Ideal (Ideal Life) magazine in 2013 that when he was taking photos for Hassan Rouhani’s presidential election campaign, campaign officials asked him to suggest a color for campaign materials and he chose purple, which became Rouhani’s official color during the campaign.
Authorities had told Soleimani’s family that he could be released on bail but as of May 24 he was still in prison. The family was told to come back in one week for a visit.
On May 19, the morality police arrested three men and three women on charges of dancing in a video based on Pharrell Williams’ international hit song, “Happy” and held them at the unit’s station on Vozara (Khaled Eslamboli) St. in Tehran. They were released two days later after posting bail of between 300 million and 500 million rials each (between about $10,000 and $16,600).
The Campaign has learned that while the six were in detention, they were pressured by interrogators into accusing Soleimani of tricking them.
Soleimani was arrested on May 20 while agents confiscated his personal computer and other belongings from his home. Bail was set at 500 million rials ($16,600) but officials have not let him go free despite the family’s preparedness to pay.

Soleimani was previously arrested for making the “Soosan Khanom” video for the Barobax pop band in Iran.
Link:
http://www.iranhumanrights.org/2014/05/sasan-soleimani/

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Saturday, May 24, 2014

Abdolreza Davari Deputy to General Director of IRNA News Agency is Arrested !


Mr. Abdolreza Davari deputy of the  General director of IRNA news agency is arrested. Mr. Davari was news deputy of this agency during presidency of Ahmadinejad. According to an informed source Mr. Davari is charged with " publishing lies " and " writing lies about officials" .
Mr. Davari had worked for ISNA and IRNA news agencies and he is known for his  close ties with Ahmadinejad. While in charge of Shahrvand newspaper , Mr. Davari was sentenced to a fine of One Million Tuman ( Iranian Currency) for an interview he made with Javanfekr another nedia personality who had supported Ahmadinejad.
Link:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/persian/iran/2014/05/140314_l45_davari_arrested.shtml






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Friday, May 23, 2014

After a Tweet from President Rohani Regime's Agent Released the Group " Happy " from Tehran Prison on Bail !

1- President Rohani's Tweet about the group " Happy".
"#Happiness is our people's right. We shouldn't be too hard on behaviors caused by joy." 29/6/2013
2 299 Retweets 2 011 favorites

2- Reihaneh is one of the group member released on bail from prison and after release she wrote :
3- American Cartoonist Taylor Jones on Iranian group " Happy" :
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Islamic Regime In Iran Filtered " Instagram " !

Link:
https://khodnevis.org/article/57803#.U4AIIS_m3C8

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Urgent appeal to the Iranian Government: Halt the scheduled execution of Ahwazi Arab men

GENEVA (21 May 2014) – A group of United Nations human rights experts* today urged the Iranian authorities to halt the scheduled execution for tomorrow, Thursday 22 May, of two Ahwazi Arab farmers and cultural rights activists, after their death sentences were reportedly upheld by the Iranian Supreme Court.
The UN experts expressed alarm over the case of Ali Chebeishat and Sayed Khaled Mousavi, who were arrested in November 2012 and sentenced to death on charges of Moharebeh (enmity against God) by a Revolutionary Court in September 2013.
Both men have reportedly been subjected to severe mistreatment and beatings, possibly amounting to torture. They have now been held incommunicado for over two months, and neither their lawyer nor family members have been able to obtain official information regarding their current whereabouts or the status of their cases.
The human rights experts expressed further serious concern over reports that the accused were not afforded due process or fair trial standards in accordance with both domestic and international law.
“First and foremost, the Iranian authorities must stop the executions and the accused should be permitted a new, fair trial,” they said. “The authorities must also cease any and all retribution against family members for allegedly speaking with international organizations, including the United Nations.”
“The Iranian authorities must promptly inform Messrs. Chebeishat and Mousavi’s families of their whereabouts, and allow their families and their lawyers’ access to details regarding the status of their cases, in accordance with both international and Iranian law,” the experts stressed.
“The accused were convicted either primarily or solely on the basis of a televised ‘confession’ which appeared on Iranian State TV in June 2013,” the rights experts said, noting with concern that they were apparently not allowed legal representation of their own choosing and were later denied regular access to their court- appointed lawyer.
“The timing of the video release, as well as its content, beg serious questions about its legitimacy as evidence in the conviction and sentencing of these men to the most serious and irreversible fate possible,” they underscored.
(*) The experts: the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, Ahmed Shaheed; the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Christof Heyns; Special Rapporteurs on minority issues, Rita Izsák; and the Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, Gabriela Knaul; and the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention.
 

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Doctor Ahmed Shaheed UN Reporter on Human Rights in Iran and Amnesty International to Islamic regime in Iran: Stop Execution of Two Iranian Arab from the City of Ahwaz !


The Islamic regime in Iran planned to execute these two Iranian Arab from the city of Ahwaz . Mr. Ali Chipshot and Seyed Khaled Musavi were sentenced to death last year and their execution was to be carried out today.
They are accused of bombing the Gaz pipe line passing through their village. Regime interrogator took forced confession from these two Iranian Arab who are known for their cultural rights activities among their community and aired via Press TV.
UN reporter on Human Rights Doctor Ahmed Shaheed and Amnesty International demanded from Islamic regime to stop the execution.
Link:
http://www.akhbar-rooz.com/article.jsp?essayId=60121

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

"Kissing" a Basic Human Reaction to each other in Public is Not Acceptable by Islamic Regime Standard !


Leila Hatami is an Iranian actor known internationally by playing a film known as " A Separation" which won the Oscar . Recently she was appointed as judges for Cannes Film Festival . While in Film Festival she met Cannes president Gilles Jacob who greeted her with a kissed and this kissing became a big issue for Islamic regime in Iran. Kissing of prominent Iranian in international stages ,including president or officials with other sex are not allowed under Islamic regime. This isn't the first time it is happening ,in the past Kiarostami and Asghar Farhadi  Iranian international award winning directors were also under pressure by Islamic regime. In Kiarostami's case, he kissed a female actor while in paris and described the kiss " Had the taste of cherry" , but upon his return in the airport he said; "that cherry taste became bitter ".

Link:
http://ir.voanews.com/content/leila-hatami-cannes-film-festival-2014/1917831.html

Here is Gilles Jacob's comments to ayatollahs in Iran :

"This controversy based on a normal Western custom is baseless," tweeted the festival head, after Iranian authorities publicly condemned actress Leila Hatami for greeting him with a kiss on the cheek. 


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A Group of Young Iranian In a Video Clip known as " Happy " are Arrested ! Under Islamic Regime You are ought Not to Be Happy!!???

Under Islamic Regime You Are Ought Not To Be Happy !!!???
In recent weeks a video clip was released which showed a group of young Iranian dancing with the music of Pharrell Williams known as "Happy" on roof tops of the houses in Tehran. These young Iranians were just exercising their basic human rights . In fact they are so talented and made a very nice video clip but the Islamic regime is a regime does not tolerate these type of freedom and therefore arrested all the boys and girls in this video clip.
You can watch this video clip here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tg5qdIxVcz8

Kianoush Ramezani an Iranian cartoonist living in Paris and his cartoon on this video clip :
https://khodnevis.org/cartoon/57742#.U3y12i_m3C8


Their arrests was reported by Islamic Regime's Television. See this video clip here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5jyIR3NdjE



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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

HRW Press: Mounting Pressure on Baha’is


Iran: Mounting Pressure on Baha’is
Facing Prison, Cemetery Destruction

(Beirut, May 20, 2014) – Iranian authorities should ensure that prison sentences against 20 Baha’is unlawfully convicted of national security crimes are overturned, Human Rights Watch said today. Security and intelligence forces arrested the group of 20 in July 2012. Authorities should also halt the Revolutionary Guard bulldozing of an old Baha’i cemetery in Shiraz.

The appellate court ruling, issued on April 13, 2014, follows lower court convictions of the group in 2013 on charges of “propaganda against the state” and “propaganda on behalf of groups or organizations acting against the state.” Several defendants told Human Rights Watch that the convictions followed prolonged periods of solitary confinement and interrogation by Intelligence Ministry agents, who subjected detainees to physical and psychological ill-treatment.
“These transparently political charges make it painfully clear that authorities have targeted the Baha’is not for any crime but because of their religious beliefs,” said Joe Stork, deputy Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch. “It’s hard to understand how members of the judiciary can justify such religious intolerance.”

The ruling issued by branch 1 of Yazd’s Appellate Court, with an average of two to three years per defendant, stems from a campaign targeting Baha’is in central Iran. On July 31, 2012, Intelligence Ministry agents raided the homes and businesses of the 20 Baha’is in the cities of Yazd, Esfahan, Arak, Shahinshahr, Vilashahr, and Kerman. Defendants who spoke to Human Rights Watch described how the agents searched their homes, confiscated personal belongings including birth certificates, bank statements, and religious material, then arrested them and took them to detention facilities in Yazd.
The defendants are out on bail. Fariborz Baghi, who was sentenced to two years in prison and given a one year suspended sentence, told Human Rights Watch that over the course of a month in a Yazd detention facility: “I was subjected to a lot of psychological and emotional pressure…. They told me if you don’t confess to everything we will bring your daughter and your son here too … they did not say what they would do to them.” Baghi’s wife, Nategheh Jafari Naeimi, told Human Rights Watch that agents arrested her and took her to a women’s detention facility, where she was in solitary confinement for 17 days during her interrogation. They later released her on bail.

Another defendant, Iman Rashidi, told Human Rights Watch that one of his interrogators insulted and cursed him and other Baha’is, and struck him on the head from behind on two occasions. Rashidi said he was in solitary confinement for 15 days, and was allowed to contact his family only on his 21st day of detention. The court sentenced Rashidi to three years in prison and a one year suspended sentence.

Several defendants said that during the two-day lower court trial, which lasted about three hours each day, the government provided little evidence substantiating the charges against them:
The judge first read the charges against us aloud and then asked if we wished to defend ourselves. Then he immediately asked us and our lawyer to provide our last defense. I felt as if they had already made a final decision and had issued the verdict before our trial, and before hearing our words and our lawyer’s defense.
Another defendant, who wished to remain anonymous, said that several days after the lower court issued its verdict, a member of the judiciary told him: “In the Islamic Republic of Iran, the constitution does not acknowledge any rights for you. You are not considered citizens. If it were up to me you would not have the right to live, either.”

Mehran Amirabadi, a 45-year-old Yazd resident who was sentenced to a year in prison and a one year suspended sentence, said that the judge accused the group of being in touch with Israel without providing any proof:
They never provided evidence for the charge of “propaganda against the regime”. They just said that all 20 of us were part of an organized network. I asked the judge what evidence substantiated the charges against us. The judge looked at the prosecutor’s representative, who nodded his head. Then the judge answered that the representative of the prosecutor will inform you later.... How can I defend myself if the prosecutor’s representative is going to inform me of the evidence for my charges later? Then, the judge related us to Israel, and [said that] we are in touch with Israel without any proof, evidence, and witness.
Haifa, in present-day Israel, is the faith’s administrative headquarters since 1868, when Haifa was under Ottoman rule. The Iranian government has repeatedly used the connection to accuse Baha’is in Iran of spying for Israel, with which Iran has hostile relations.

The Baha’i International Community says that as of December 2013, there are 136 Baha’is that are in prison in Iran solely on religious grounds. Among those are the seven former Baha’i leaders, who are nearly six years into 20-year sentences in a trial that fell short of international standards. The seven are: Fariba Kamalabadi, Jamaloddin Khanjani, Afif Naeimi, Saeid Rezaie, Mahvash Sabet, Behrouz Tavakkoli, and Vahid Tizfahm.
Those arrested on July 31, 2012, are: Farahnaz Misaghian Ardakani, Shabnam Mottahed, Iman Rashidi Azabadi, Fariba Ashtari, Nategheh Jafari Naeimi, Shahram Fallah, Navid Haghighi Najafabadi, Khosro Dehghani Mohammadi, Farah Baghi Asrabadi, Mehran Eslami Amirabadi, Azam Motahari, Azar Meidokht Toloui Mehdiabadi, Safa Golshan, Enayatollah Taghipour, Sasan Haghiri, Shahram Eshraghi Najafabadi, Tahereh Rezaeidashti, Naghmeh Farabi, Vida Haghighi, and Fariborz Baghi.

In a separate development, on or around April 21, 2014, authorities began excavating an old Baha’i cemetery, “Golestan-e Javid” (Eternal Paradise), in the southern city of Shiraz. Two Baha’i residents, who have family buried in the cemetery, told Human Rights Watch that the Revolutionary Guard began bulldozing the cemetery despite efforts by the community to prevent demolition of the site.
Defacing and destruction of religious or sacred sites, including cemeteries where Baha’i leaders and ordinary members of the community are buried, has also been part of the systematic campaign of government repression targeting Iran’s Baha’i community since the 1980s, Human Rights Watch said.

One resident, who wished to remain anonymous, said that his mother’s cousin, who was among a group of Baha’is executed by the government in the early 1980s, was buried in the cemetery, but that since the government confiscated the property in the 1980s the Baha’i community had not been able to use the site for burials. The resident also said that local Baha’is had complained to various governmental authorities to stop the excavation, to no avail.
In a recent interview with the Persian-language Radio Farda, a Baha’i International Community spokesperson, Simin Fahandej, said that the land on which the Baha’i cemetery sits is now owned by a Revolutionary Guard, and that three years ago it announced plans to build a cultural and sports complex on the site. The cemetery’s burial ground holds the remains of more than 900 Baha’is, including “10 women who were hanged in 1983 for their refusal to recant their Baha’i beliefs,” the Baha’i International Community said in a May 8, 2014 statement.

According to the Baha’i International Community, between 2005 and 2012 “at least 42 Baha’i-owned cemeteries were attacked in some manner.”

“The targeting and harassment of Baha’is, both living and dead, shows how deeply entrenched the government’s intolerance is against Iran’s Baha’i community,” Stork said. “Those who are supposed to be protecting the Baha’i community should call a halt to this campaign of repression.”

For more Human Rights Watch Reporting on Iran, please visit:
http://www.hrw.org/middle-eastn-africa/iran 
 

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Monday, May 19, 2014

Mohammad Nourizad together with a group of Dervishes are Arrested in the City of Shiraz !


According to news Mohammad Nourizad a documentary film maker and a critics of  Ayatollah Khamenei and his way of leading the country is arrested in Shiraz . Before leaving Tehran for Shiraz Mr. Nourizad asked those who are willing to meet him can meet him at Shiraz - Hafezieh ,the shrine of Hafez the Iranian Lyric poet of 14th century.
But most of them including Mr. Nourizad and Mr. Pouria Nouri ( Kasra Nouri's brother - He is one of the leading Dervishes who is currently in prison by regime) and three others are arrested  and there is no news where the security agents took Mr. Nourizad and Mr. Pouria Nouri. But the others after a few hours of interrogations were released.

Link:
http://ofoghesorbi.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/blog-post_19.html?m=1
http://www.kalemeh.tv/?q=fa/news



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Islamic Republic as One of the World's Violator of Human Rights ,closed the Course on Higher Education of Human Rights in Tehran University !

The Mother of All Universities in Iran ( Tehran University ) is Without Human Rights Course !
The Higher education on Human Rights was first started in 1981 . According to " Fararo " website news regime has closed this course and as a result students who are interested to continue this course are no longer able to do it in Tehran University. Aside from Tehran University other universities including Alameh Tabatabaei and "Shahid Beheshti" University and Mofid University in the city of Ghom are teaching this course.
Mr. Ebrahim Mousazadeh and Kheirolah Parvin are two professors in Human Rights course who have said; they do not know about the closure.
Link:
http://fararu.com/fa/news/190613/
https://khodnevis.org/article/57698#.U3ozui_m3C9



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On Sunday Stuents of Tabriz University protested against the Presence of Mohammad Hosein Safar Harandi Minister of Guidance of Ahmadi Nejad Government . The Students Chanted : Get out ...Liar....Political Prisoners Must Be Released ...Anti Culture Minister is a Calamity for Nation....

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Saturday, May 17, 2014

Khamenei's Uncle : The Intelligence Minister is just a Decoration !

1- Mr. Hosein Mirdamadi the uncle of  Ayatollah Ali Khamenei the leader of the Islamic regime in Iran speaking with Rooz online website said: The Minister of Intelligence in the Islamic regime is " just a decoration" and play the " decoration role". The intelligence minister has no power and can't interfere into anything and is just for " Decoration".

He was asked if he will ask Khamenei for the release of his son (Serajodin Mirdamadi) who is a pro reformist journalist and was recently arrested ,he said: Power has isolated Khamenei  from his relatives and he is not minding his relatives ,therefore there is no need to ask him for my son's release.
Serajodin Mirdamadi is a pro reform journalist and is arrested in May when was summoned and detained . he is charged with:
"Action against national security " and  " Gathering and plot" ......
Link:
https://khodnevis.org/article/57629#.U3eBVi_m3C8

2- Minister of intelligence Mr. Alavi who have promised to investigate about assault on political prisoners in ward 350 of Evin prison , not only did nothing weeks after ,but also is asking the investigators not to go into details.

No wonder when Mr. Hosein Mirdamadi says , Intelligence minister is just a decoration.

Link:
http://www.kaleme.com/1393/02/27/klm-184916/





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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Civil Rights Advocates in Iran at the home of Imprisoned Bahai Leaders !


Prominent civil rights leaders in Iran gathered at the house of the imprisoned Bahai leaders in their sixth year of imprisonment.

Six years imprisonment for what they believe ,for their faith ....how many years more these innocent Iranian Bahai's must spend in prison? This is the cruelty by Islamic regime in Iran over its citizens and all the officials in the Islamic regime are responsible and must answer in future. Iranian people won't forget ....
Link:
http://www.iran-emrooz.net/index.php/news1/50788/

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Iranian protest in Front of European Parliament about the Assault on /Situation of Political Prisoners in Iran !

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Babak Abazari Manager of Nasira Publications : I was threatened with overrun by car !


Babak Abazari is a poet and publisher and the manager of the "Nasira " publications. His publishing firm was also part of the Tehran Book Exhibition but was ordered to be closed by Ministry of Guidance.

Speaking with" Akhbar Rooz " website ,He said; during and after the closure, he was threatened by security forces because of displaying some books . He said; I thought the threatening will end, but instead it was increased and i had the fear someone may attack at me , in this situation and for my own safety i decided to leave Iran. I was told by plain clothes security forces that, we are selling the poetry book of a counter revolutionaries living in Los Angeles ( Amir Mohebian) and they threatened me with overrun by a car . They also threatened they would revoke my publishing license , they asked me to keep quiet and not to speak to any media , and  to publish some religious books for now until they will find out about my views. He says, the officials in Ministry of Guidance told him that his case file is with security forces and he does not know who they are , but believe they may be are from Sepah intelligence.
We are facing a dual power struggle in Iran and the regime is trying to show things are beautiful but deep inside it is not. More than 100 books did not get permission for publication and many publishing company's are closed because of censorship.
Link:
http://www.akhbar-rooz.com/article.jsp?essayId=59923


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Mir Hosein Musavi in Hospital !


Three Years Under House Arrest !

Nedaye sabze Azadi -
Mir Hosein Musavi one of the green movement leader and presidential candidate of 2009 is suffering from heart problem and was recently in and out of hospital. Mir Hosein 's wife Ms. Zahra Rahnavard was also in hospital.

After Mr. Rohani became president ,there was speculation that he would call for the release of green movement's leader's ( Mehdi Karoubi, Zahra Rahnavard and Mir Hossein Musavi), but without any positive result.

Link:
http://www.irangreenvoice.com/article/2014/may/13/43340



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Thursday, May 08, 2014

" Dana " News Website is shut down !

According to a news , " Dana" news website is shut down by public prosecutor due to the same allegation which brought " Ghanoon " newspaper to a closure. They have reported about  Mr. Royanian's  release from prison on bail .

Prosecutor decided to put filtering against "Dana" news website because Ghanoon newspaper believed they have taken their news ( Royanian's release ) from Dana , Irna news agency and Jahan news website.

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Radical Fundamentalist are Free to make rally but Labor unions aren't under Islamic regime in Iran !


While radical fundamentalists are making rally without getting permission from ministry of interior , the labor union are not allowed to make rally on May day International labor day and are being arrested and detained.
On Wednesday fundamentalist Islamic forces made a pro Hijab rally in Tehran without even applying for permission from ministry of interior. It is illegal to make rally without getting permission , but it seems not for these group of people. Who are behind them which makes them special ? These forces are the darlings of the Islamic regime , the backbones of the Islamic regime , ready for any kinds of violence against Iranian people. We have seen these forces in green movement ( 2009 presidential coup acting violently against peaceful Iranian protesters). These forces are consists of Radical fundamentalist Basiji militias or Members of Sepah ( Revolutionary Guards), agents of Ministry of Information and  fundamentalists clergies .....Some members of Parliament who are pro" Jebhe Paydari" and followers of Ayatollah Mohammad Taghi Mesbah Yazdi.
This picture shows Kochakzadeh an MP on a motorcycle leading the pro Hijab rally.
Link:
http://www.isna.ir/fa/news/93021812276/

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Punishment for Robbery Under Islamic Regime in Iran !

Dear colleagues,
I am transmitting the information about a very specific case of a human rights violation that has been delivered to me, directly by the victim, who is imprisoned with my father in the same prison.
Reza Safari ,born on 1970 in the City of Arak
The original letter from the victim of case with his photos are attached. I am also in possession of his court judgments and will be happy to share, upon request.
Just to summarize, the file belongs to a 42 –year old man who has spent 17 years of his life in prison as a punishment for thievery. But that is not all he got as punishment. He was also sentenced to amputation of both his right hand and left foot by the Article 278 of the Islamic Penal Code. His hand and foot were amputated in public without the victim being under anesthesia, which caused him great physical and mental pain.
The punishment is obviously in contravention of international norms and standard. Such severe punishment was administered without any consideration of the crime and the convict. Severe corporal punishments, even though enacted by law, are prohibited by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), which Iran has voluntarily ratified.

Although the Islamic republic of Iran has not signed the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment Convention, for its perceived conflicts with the Islamic rules and principles, still the universality of the Convention goes beyond question.
Thus, the victim, hereby, demand international human right organizations to condemn such inhumane activities as well as urge Iran to sign and comply with the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment Convention and to amend civil laws in the country, so that no one else endures suffering.
In spite of serving many years in prison and having hand and foot amputated, the victim still has to spend the rest of his life in prison as he cannot afford the charges of a lawyer to defend his case.
The victim, hereby, seek assistance from international human rights organizations to help his voice being heard so he can live the rest of his life in peace.
The victim has also declared his intention to go on a hunger strike starting from 7 May 2014. Time is critical and your attention to the case is highly appreciated.

Sincerely,


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