Friday, October 31, 2014
Narges Mohammadi on the 2nd Anniversary of Satar Beheshti's Killing .....
The second anniversary of Satar Behesti's killing was held in Satar's family home at Robat Karim .
Those who have participated were Satar's mom and sister and several civil & human rights advocates including Ms. Narges Mohammadi , Mr. Mohammad Maleki , Esmael Mokhtari ( Mohammad Mokhtari's father ), Nasrin Sotoudeh , Ahmad & Said Montazeri ( Ayatollah Montazeri's sons ) , Firouzeh Saber ( Hoda Saber's sister) and many more attended at Satar's family home and paid respect .... . They then accompanied Satar's mom to the grave of Satar at Beheshte Zahra's Cemetery .
Many of the well known civil & human rights advocates spoke to the gathering including Ms. Narges Mohammadi who have said:
" Satar's torturer at the presence of Satar's mom and Ms. Pourfazel ( Satar's lawyer) and the judge of the case confessed that: I did kill Satar under torture, Satar was laughing and i was beating him , and i beat him so much until he died .
We must write this in history , in a court were a torturer says; he beat the person so much until he died. Did you ever see a criminal case as clear as this ? "
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See the video - what a brave woman ....Iran and Iranian must be proud of these women.
Satar Beheshti was a worker and blogger.
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Current situation in Iran remains of serious concern, human rights expert tells the UN General Assembly
The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran,
Ahmed Shaheed, raised a wide range of concerns about the human rights situation in the country in his
latest report* to the UN General Assembly.
“The current situation remains of serious concern notwithstanding some recent advances by the Iranian
Government and Parliament,” Mr. Shaheed said. “It is incumbent upon all of us to remain steadfast in our
commitment to work with the Government to remedy the problems highlighted by the various UN human
The human rights expert drew special attention to a surge in executions of individuals in Iran for crimes that
are not recognized as capital offenses under international law, as well as reports of torture, and draft laws
that appear to further undermine the rights to freedom of expression and association, and women’s rights.
The report, which assesses developments in the human rights situation in Iran since the UN expert last reported
to the UN Human Rights Council in March 2014, covers human rights issues such as the humanitarian impact of
sanctions, deteriorating environmental conditions, and violations on the freedom of religion.
Mr. Shaheed noted that the Iranian government has recently taken positive steps to engage with him and that
he has observed promising efforts and developments that can contribute to addressing international and national
concerns. “We must continue to recognize and encourage these steps,” he said.
“But we must also stress the need for the Iranian government to make deep and enduring strides towards
rectifying violations of fundamental human rights, which are rooted in law and practice so that all Iranians
can enjoy rights guaranteed by national and international laws,” the Special Rapporteur stressed.
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Mr Ahmed Shaheed (the Maldives) is 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, and led the country’s efforts to sign and ratify all nine international human rights Conventions. He is
the Chairperson of the human rights think tank Board of the Universal Rights Group. In addition, Mr. Shaheed
has been a visiting professor of political science at the City University of New York – Brooklyn College and a
visiting professor of human rights practice at the University of Essex since 2012. He was appointed as the
Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran in 2011 by the UN Human Rights Council. As
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Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Instead of Arresting the Acid Attackers on Iranian Women , Regime had Arrested several reportrs of ISNA News Agency in the City of Isfahan where the Acid Attackes Had Happened !!!???
Ms. Zahra Mohammadi the editor of ISNA in the city of Isfahan
Ms. Sanam Farsi the editor of social section of the ISNA in the city of Isfahan
Mr. Arya Jafari photo journalist of ISNA in Isfahan
Two others who were arrested earlier but released later.
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So , as we can see ,instead of arresting the acid attackers on Iranian women ,regime is arresting the messengers ,in this case the journalists .
Regime's Parliament Said No to President Rohani's Nominated Minister for Science & Education ...
These parliament is one of the worse parliament ever the Iranian people saw. Most of these MP's are not elected by the people in their riding's as the regime try's the people to believe them they are. Regime had learned during the last 35 years of its reign , how to engineer the elections and how to create an atmosphere of fear among the people to keep running the country. This parliament is headed by Ali larijani one of the Larijani brothers ( Mohammad Sadegh Larijani is the head of Judiciary and Javad Larijani is the head of commission on Human rights )who are well known for corruptions ( Land transfer and money laundering )and all have biased stand against the interest of the Iranian people and Iran . Iranian people now call this parliament as a regime made parliament , This Parliament is even against Hassan Rohani's Government which is a so called moderate one . to see why this parliament is against the people interest is ...because just today, the MP's voted No to the President's Minister nominees for Science & education ( out of 246 MP's 160 MP's voted No )
The majority of the current MP's also voted No to the last Minister nominees of president , that is because these ministers are trying to disclose the great scandal which was going on during Ahmadinajad's Government in that ministry . So the ministry has no minister since Hassan Rohani became president . So , by saying No to these ministers , the Current conservative &fundamentalist MP's wants to stop this minister for further disclosing about the scandal -which is a huge scandal about students ( Perhaps son or daughters of officials) who did not pass the ministries standards to receive free education paid by Government to study inside and outside of Iran.
In recent week this parliament also approved a bill which emphasized more about dress code and encouraged radical Muslim's to be vigilant on those women breaking the dress code ,
which resulted these radicals to pouring acid on women in the city of Isfahan.
In short People have no interest in this parliament and does not expect a major change in the future .
Javad Larijani The Islamic Regime Commissioner on Human Rights in an interview on Reyhaneh Jabari's Execution : We were trying to Speaks to the Victims family to stop the "Ghesas" but the NGO's & online campaigners had negative impact on the family to forgive and stop the "Ghesas. Therefore Larijani now blames the NGO's for Reyhan's Execution instead of regimes judiciary system and calls his action for saving Reyhaneh's Life. These Mafia / corrupt officials have No Shame !!!!???????
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Fw: OHCHR PRESS BRIEFING NOTES - Iran execution
We are shocked and saddened by the execution on 25 October of Ms. Reyhaneh Jabbari, who was sentenced to death for the alleged murder of Morteza Abdolali Sarbandi, a former employee of the Iranian Intelligence Ministry. The execution of Ms Jabbari was carried out on Saturday despite repeated calls on the authorities by various United Nations human rights mechanisms not to execute her.
Serious concerns were raised about due process in connection with Ms. Jabbari’s case -- in particular the allegation that her conviction was based on confessions made under duress. The court also apparently failed to take all relevant circumstantial evidence into account.
On 7 July 2007, Ms. Jabbari reportedly stabbed Mr. Sarbandi in the shoulder after he offered to hire her to redesign his office and then took her to a residence, where, according to her, he attempted to sexually assault her. Ms. Jabbari maintained that her actions were taken in self-defence, in order to prevent a serious assault on her person.
The Iranian authorities apparently did make attempts to prevent the execution, which was stayed at least twice, in April and September, in order to enable the two families to reach a settlement. However, it is the Government’s responsibility to prevent execution, especially when there is so much uncertainty about the events surrounding the killing, and concerns over due process.
We are very concerned about the increased use of the death penalty in Iran, as highlighted in the report of the Special Rapporteur on Iran which is being presented to the General Assembly later today. Iran is scheduled to appear before the Human Rights Council under the Universal Periodic Review this Friday (31 October), and we call on the Iranian authorities to make an explicit commitment to immediately institute a moratorium on the death penalty, particularly in light of the high number of executions and the continuing serious concerns about fair trial and due process.
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Human Rights Watch : Stop Targeting Rights Lawyer
Sotoudeh Arrest, Ban Bodes Ill for Profession
(Beirut, October 28, 2014) – The Iranian government should stop detaining and harassing prominent rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, and allow her the right to peaceful dissent and assembly, Human Rights Watch said today. Officials should also end their interference in the internal affairs of Iran’s bar association; the government and the association should ensure that no lawyer is disciplined for defending clients, and that disciplinary hearings are fair and independent.
Reza Khandan, Sotoudeh’s husband, told Human Rights Watch that on October 25, 2014, security forces arrested her and at least 10 others who attempted to gather peacefully in front of the Interior Ministry to protest a recent spate of acid attacks targeting women in the central city of Esfahan. Large demonstrations against the attacks began in Esfahan on October 22.
“The government’s well-documented harassment of Nasrin Sotoudeh, including her recent detention and previous unlawful conviction and imprisonment, suggests they are heavily invested in preventing her from doing her job as a lawyer,” said Eric Goldstein, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. “Harassing a respected lawyer who peacefully defends human rights only adds insult to injury after locking her up for defending her clients.”
Khandan said the group had initially gathered in front of the Iranian Bar Association in Tehran to protest its recent three-year ban on Sotoudeh from practicing law, but around noon attempted to join the demonstration in front of the Interior Ministry. Authorities released the others shortly after their arrest, but transferred Sotoudeh to an Intelligence Ministry detention facility in Tehran, where they kept her for approximately seven hours, Sotoudheh told Human Rights Watch after her release. She said that during her detention security agents once threatened to charge her with the crime of moharebeh, or “enmity against God,” which can carry the death penalty, and attempted to forcibly blindfold her but she resisted.
Since large-scale protests began against the acid-throwing attacks, security forces have arrested and detained dozens of demonstrators in Esfahan and Tehran, including a cameraman working for the semi-official Iranian Students News Agency who was covering the protests. There have also been reports of police using teargas and batons to disperse protesters. The protesters have expressed sympathy for the victims and frustration at what they consider to be the authorities’ inadequate response to the attacks. On October 20, authorities announcedthey had arrested four people in connection with the attacks, but later released them for lack of evidence.
On October 18, the Iranian Bar Association’s disciplinary committee told Sotoudeh that it had revoked her law license because a revolutionary court convicted her on vague national security charges in 2011. The government and the bar association should ensure that all lawyers can continue to practice their profession freely without discrimination on the grounds of political opinion, nor should any lawyer be negatively affected or disciplined for practicing their profession and defending their clients, Human Rights Watch said.
Sotoudeh told Human Rights Watch that the Iranian Bar Association’s disciplinary board imposed the ban under pressure from security, intelligence, and judiciary officials. The September 2011 revolutionary court judgment, after an unfair trial, sentenced her to six years in prison and a 10-year ban on practicing law. She was freed without explanation on September 18, 2013. The national security charges on which she was imprisoned arose solely from her peaceful exercise of fundamental rights and zealous defense of her clients, who included many human rights activists.
Sotoudeh told Human Rights Watch that she appeared before the Iranian Bar Association’s disciplinary board on September 30, 2014, to defend herself against a complaint by the Tehran Prosecutor’s Office seeking to ban her from practicing law. In an interview with the semi-official Iranian Student’s News Agency, Sotoudeh said that bar association officials had “repeatedly told [her] that they are under pressure to suspend [her] law license,” and “went as far as suggesting that [she] turn in [her] license voluntary, which [she] refused.”
Under Iranian law, the prosecutor’s office is empowered, if not required, to file a complaint with the Iranian Bar Association seeking a temporary suspension of a lawyer’s license if the lawyer is indicted, and revocation of the lawyer’s license to practice if the lawyer is convicted of a crime.
Security forces arrested Sotoudeh on September 4, 2010, and Branch 26 of Tehran’s Revolutionary Court sentenced her to 11 years in prison and banned her from practicing law for 20 years in January 2011. The charges against Sotoudeh included “acting against national security,” “propaganda against the state,” and “membership in the Center for Human Rights Defenders,” the group formed by the Nobel peace laureate Shirin Ebadi and other lawyers. On September 14, 2011, Branch 54 of Tehran’s Revolutionary Appeals Court reduced Sotoudeh’s sentence to six years and reduced the legal practice ban to 10 years. Authorities banned and then shut down the Center for Human Rights Defenders in 2008.
Sotoudeh told Human Rights Watch that she did not plan to appeal the disciplinary board’s decision because the case would go before a supervisory board consisting of government-appointed judges – members of the same judiciary that convicted and sentenced her unfairly – instead of a panel of lawyers and peers. Sotoudeh and other lawyers contend that only the Iranian Bar Association, not revolutionary courts, has the legal authority to ban lawyers from practicing law.
Although she will not appeal, Sotoudeh said, “I do, however, plan on exercising my civil rights and will conduct a sit in in front of the bar association to protest this decision.”
Prior to her October 25 arrest, Sotoudeh and supporters had regularly gathered in front of the bar association, since the morning of October 21, 2014, without incident or interference from the authorities. She joined separate protests in support of victims of acid attacks. As part of her protest in front of the bar association, Sotoudeh demands that officials remove legal restrictions and barriers that undermine the independence of the Iranian Bar Association and the ability of lawyers to defend political dissidents and others before Iran’s courts.
The first branch of the bar association’s disciplinary board on August 30 had rejected a complaint by the Tehran Prosecutor’s Office that sought to suspend her law license. Sotoudeh said she was surprised that the bar association seemed to reverse itself such a short time later by imposing the three-year ban.
Judiciary officials have curtailed the independence of the Iranian Bar Association by various means in recent years, such as barring lawyers from seeking senior positions based on their imputed political opinions and peaceful human rights activities. For example, in 2008, the judiciary disqualified Farideh Gheyrat, Mohammad Ali Dadkhah, and Abdolfattah Soltani – all members of the Center for Human Rights Defenders – as candidates for the association’s Central Board because of their activities as human rights defenders. The Comprehensive Bill on Lawyering and Attorneyship, a draft law before Iran’s parliament, would further curtail the Iranian Bar Association’s independence, giving the judiciary greater powers over regulating and disciplining members of the legal profession.
The erosion of the Iranian Bar Association’s independence has been accompanied by increased official action against human rights lawyers since 2005, particularly after the mass protests that followed the 2009 presidential election. In the past few years the judiciary has sentenced prominent rights lawyers such as Mohammad Seifzadeh, Soltani, and Dadkhah to lengthy prison terms on similar national security-related charges. Both the judiciary chief, Mohammad Ayatollah Sadegh Larijani, and Javad Larijani, the head of the Human Rights Council of the Judiciary, have publicly accused lawyers such as Sotoudeh of damaging the government’s reputation in interviews with Persian-language media outlets based abroad.
Several other well-known lawyers, including Ebadi, Mohammad Mostafaei, and Shadi Sadr, have left the country as a result of repeated arrests, detention, and harassment since 2009.
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.” The basic principles affirm the right of lawyers to freedom of expression, which article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) also provides, including “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.” Iran has ratified the ICCPR and is bound by its provisions.
The UN Basic Principles also require governments and professional associations of lawyers to ensure that lawyers can enter the profession and continue to practice without discrimination, including on the grounds of political or other opinions. It requires governments and professional associations to ensure that lawyers can exercise their profession without intimidation or improper interference. It also requires governments to ensure that the professional associations can operate without outside interference.
“Sotoudeh’s ban is an important test case in determining the independence of the legal profession in Iran and the future ability of rights lawyers to do their job,” Goldstein said. “If Iran’s security services and judiciary are allowed to bully the bar association into banning a prominent lawyer based on a wholly unfair conviction, there is little reason to believe they will stop there.”
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People in Southern City of Ahwaz protest against Acid Attacks on Iranian Women !
Monday, October 27, 2014
NEW: October 2014 report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran
The report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ahmed Shaheed. Submitted in accordance with Human Rights Council resolution 25/24 to the 69th session of the UN General Assembly in October 2014.
Sunday, October 26, 2014
Acid Victim in Isfahan : A Motorcycle Rider Poured Acid on my Face, No ...No He didnt say anything,..I was looking at my right side, i brought down the car window for a few seconds...And then i saw something was poured on my face, These happened in one in 1000 seconds ....I was burning pain , I was dying of burning pain ...I put my hands on my face .....I just want to ask him why and i will never forgive him, ........
Watch protest here:
Protesters : Shame on You Police Forces..........Police Force , where is my sisters eyes..... Our Majles ( Parliament ) is a disgrace / Shame .........
Islamic Regime in Iran Arresting the Messenger instead of Arresting those who have poured Acid on Women in the City Of Isfahan !
Thousands came to the streets in Isfahan to protest against lack of police protection after a series of acid attacks on women. Despite the judiciary's claims that some arrests have been made, the only person who we know for sure who has been arrested is a photographer who is in charge of ISNA news agency who has given full coverage to the women whose faces were disfigured by acid. His name is Arya Jafari
Where are you Hasan Rohani?
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Today the Islamic Judiciary in Rejaei Shahr Prison Hanged Rehaneh Jabari The Young Iranian Actor !
The whole Conscientious Iranian Are in Shock today !
How could this happen ? While the whole world from UN to High ranking politicians and world human rights communities petitioned in support of Reyhaneh .
How could Islamic judiciary neglect all these protest and go ahead to hang this young woman ,who did nothing but according to her defense to protect herself from sexual assault happening by a member of the regime security intelligence forces.
Rehaneh Jabari the young Iranian actor was just 19 when she was lured by Morteza Sarbandi a member of the Ministry of Information to a house and was about to sexually assaulted when she used a knife to defend herself which ended him dead and then she called the police and ambulance .
Reyhaneh Jabbari's mom said:
"Me, her dad , her two sisters , her grand ma and dad went to the prosecutors office in Shahre Ray -Varamin prison and the prosecutor told us about the situation ( that , the victims family aren't agreeing to forgive her and she is going to be executed by hanging according to " Ghesas " the Islamic law ) and we asked him where they are taking her , he didn't say where ??!!. Reyhaneh had fever at the time. "
Before her execution ,she had written a very painful and sad testament /will .
This morning Reyhaneh was Executed by hanging in Rejaei Shahr prison in the city of Karaj.
This case brought many attention in Iran and the whole world . Now we have to see what the people of Iran will do about this unfair justice system ,because they themselves also deal with the same justice system .
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My heart is broken this morning ....
Friday, October 24, 2014
Iranian People are Tired of Islamic Regime's fundamentalists ppouring acid on women , their Lies, Corruption, Unemployment and Thirty Five Years reign of Terror and destruction of our country Iran !
This picture shows Iranian people in Isfahan protesting against Acid pouring on women by fundamentalist Islamist forces .....regime had always used this forces to bring fear among people ....
Eighteen Nobel Laureates Call for Immediate Release of Iranian Physicist
Thursday, October 23, 2014
The Islamic Regime in Iran Continues its Inhuman Policies Toward Human Rights Lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh !
On October 18 , a three member panel of disciplinary Lawyers court ,a Government appointed lawyers banned Ms. Sotoudeh from practicing her law license for three years based on a complaint by prosecutor's office in Evin prison.
Also at the end of August the security forces of the Islamic regime searched the office and home of Ms. Sotoudeh and confiscated her personal belonging.
All of these are happening while the president Hasan Rohani who is a lawyer and during the election had promised and took oath to protect the rights of Iranian citizen , do nothing to stop these security forces of arbitrarily arresting , interrogating , bothering and intimidating Ms. Sotoudeh and many other Iranian people .
Because of this Ms. Sotoudeh together with few of her supporter staged a protest at Iranian Bar Association building in Tehran .
Nikbakht Street in the city of Isfahan -in front of Ministry of justice , people protest against Acid throwing on Iranian women. ...Securtiy forces -together with anti-riot forces -- beat people and arrested several of them.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
One official in Isfahan speaks and people demand action for justice ,but what people hear is same old promises to follow up the cases and people chant " Lies ..lies " and .....
The Phenomena of Acid Throwing on Iranian Women in the City Streets Of Isfahan and Iran in general...........
Keyhan newspaper ,a fundamentalist voice , wrote nothing about this issue on its front page. Keyhan Newspaper is run by Hosein Shariatmadari an ISIS style Islamic thinker in Iran!
Raja news the website of " Jebhe Paydari " another fundamentalist voice only wrote about Mohseni Ejei's press conference on this issue.
Yousof Tabatabaeinejad The Friday prayer imam of Isfahan who was one of the instigator of these kinds of barbaric acts , now is saying he did not tell his followers to throw acid on women who does not follow the hejab .
Mohseni Ejei spokesperson for judiciary said, the criminal acid throwing act did not happen because of breaking the hejab code . because these women had hejab and we can't approve the reports by some websites about this issue ..
His response in fact is a threat against those website who have reported about the acid throwing.
Recently in the city of Isfahan 10 women fell victims of Acid throwing on them , as result of this inhuman act One woman died and one other lost her eye and the rest lost their facial appearances.
Yesterday people of Isfahan and Tehran gathered in front of prosecutors office and parliament to protest against these barbaric act by fundamentalists .
People of Isfahan in a communique to all Iranian asked them to join the protest .
The following pictures shows the people of Isfahan and Tehran protest against this issue: