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Saturday, March 28, 2015

HRANA ( Iran Human Rights Activist Group) : Mostafa Azizi An Iranian resident of Canada is in Evin Prison !?


Mostafa Azizi a writer and a TV series producer is arrested and detained and currently is in Evin prison .
According to news from HRANA ( the human rights activist group), he is arrested one month after his arrival and he is currently in Evin prison . He had spent some time in a section in Evin prison called :" Bande Do -Alef" ( Section 2A ) which is under " Sepah " ( Revolutionary Guards ) control and the judges handling his case is the infamous Judge Salavati .
He is been charged with : Insulting the leader of the Islamic Republic, Association & conspiracy and Activities against the state .

Mr. Azizi is a resident of Canada and was visiting his family members when arrested by security forces of the Islamic Republic.
Mr. Aziz is a published writer and has 30 years of writing and working experience in TV series and animation production .

Link:
http://news.gooya.com/politics/archives/2015/03/194941.php

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

After Five Years The Green Movement Leaders Are Still Under House Arrest !


The Green movement leaders Mir Hosein Musavi , his wife Zahra Rahnavard and Mehdi Karoubi are still under house arrest since the presidential election cheating and coup in 2009 .
Mr. Musavi and Karoubi both were presidential candidate when the election cheating took place under Ahmadinejad's Government. After the coup ,millions of Iranian people went in to the streets and protested against the cheating and both Musavi and his wife and Karoubi joined the protesters and made speeches against the coup. Today after five spring's they are still have no freedom and are under house arrest.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The Burial Day For The Young Iranian Man Who have Set Himself to Fire becom A Day Of Protest Against Islamic Regime in Iran !


Younes Asakereh was just 31 years old and a vendor/ sales man ,whose vending fruit selling machine was destroyed by the municipal officers . Younes was a resident of Khoramshahr a city in the Persian Gulf area and he was married with two children .
According to report on March 14 ,2015 one day after his vending machine was destroyed by municipal agents , he set himself to fire in front of the Khoramshahr city hall.
As a result of the degree of burning, he died on Sunday march 22.
During his burial procession on Monday March 23 , thousands of the young people from Khoramshahr city chanted " Harba- Harba " meaning Freedom , Freedom . The burial event became a protest against Islamic regime in Iran.

Link:
http://www.akhbar-rooz.com/article.jsp?essayId=66032

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For Immediate Release

UN Rights Council: Voting Records Exposed
Analysis of Members That Protected Rights  or Didn’t 

(Geneva, March 24, 2015) – The records of United Nations Human Rights Council members in addressing egregious rights violations in individual countries are scrutinized in the updated “VotesCount” website, Human Rights Watch announced today. The website shines a spotlight on the votes taken by members of the council on situations in individual countries during 2014.

“Countries often hide behind their regional groups or the political dynamics at the Human Rights Council, but each has a role in the council's successes and failures,” said John Fisher, Geneva director at Human Rights Watch. “Each council member should be held accountable for its votes and for its leadership, which our VotesCount website makes easily accessible.”

The Human Rights Council is the main UN body with a mandate to address situations of gross and systematic violations of human rights and to respond to human rights emergencies. Since its creation in 2006, it has successfully established investigation and monitoring mechanisms for grave violations in North Korea, Sri Lanka, Syria, and Iran. But it has failed to take on abuses in other countries and situations, such as in Egypt, Uzbekistan, Guantanamo Bay, and China.

On March 26 and 27, 2015, the Human Rights Council is expected to adopt resolutions on the human rights situations in North Korea, Iran, Burma, and Libya.

While many council members from all regions are willing to confront governments responsible for human rights violations, a few refuse outright to support any council engagement with specific countries, despite the council's explicit mandate to do so. A large number of countries have been inconsistent in their votes, supporting action in some situations, but opposing steps to deal with even more dire circumstances in other countries.

VotesCount is a unique online resource that reveals how each member has voted on resolutions concerning individual countries during 2014, as well as whether countries have demonstrated leadership or participated in key debates. The website compiles a picture of the performance by the member countries that is difficult to glean from other sources, and provides a perspective about how individual countries have performed.

Countries with a mixed or poor record in addressing situations concerning individual countries should make a commitment to fully carry out the council’s mandate and to base their positions on an assessment of the violations committed, Human Rights Watch said. Countries that have a strong voting record should assume greater leadership roles in mobilizing action on situations that the council has not addressed.

“The Council’s most worrying trend is the small number of countries that are willing to show leadership in putting situations requiring council action on the table," Fisher said. “More governments need to step up and play a role in helping the council fulfill its mandate to provide real relief to those facing human rights violations in numerous countries across the globe.”

The Votes Count website, which is regularly updated, was created on the Silk platform.

For more information, please visit: http://votescount.hrw.org

To browse the analysis of the 47 countries that were members of the council in 2014, please see below.

For more Human Rights Watch reporting on the Human Rights Council, please visit:
http://www.hrw.org/topic/united-nations/hrc

For more information, please contact: 
In Geneva, John Fisher (English, French): +41-79-508-39-68 (mobile); or fisherj@hrw.org
In Geneva, Philippe Dam (French, English): +41-76-413-35-36 (mobile); or philippe.dam@hrw.org. Twitter: @Philippe_Dam
In New York, Peggy Hicks (English): +1-646-509-1818 (mobile); or hicksp@hrw.org, Twitter: @HicksPeggy

To browse the analysis of the 47 countries that were members of the council in 2014:
 http://www.hrw.org/topic/united-nations/hrc


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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Farsi speaking people around the world are celebrating their new year tomorrow , the first day of spring mark the Nowruz - Happy Nowruz and Happy New Year advance . Navruz 2014 au Trocadéro, partie Tadjikistan

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Soccer game in Iran Ended with Violence and Arrest !

Report by : Karim Dahimi a human rights activist

An Asian  soccer league game between Iranian team ( Fould- from the city of Ahwaz) and a Saudi team ( Al-Helal )  in Iran ended with violence and clash between anti riot forces of the Islamic Republic and the soccer fans in the city of Ahwaz .
As a result of this violence two police car caught fire and many young Ahwazi soccer fan with their traditional custom dress were arrested . This violence came after a young Ahwazi man ( Younes Asakareh )burned himself in front of the stadium.


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Reply by the Islamic Republic of Iran to Dr. Shaheed’s March 2015 Report


 16/03/2015 Latest Reports, Replies from Iran
The Islamic Republic of Iran replied to the Special Rapporteur’s March 2015 report on the situation of human rights in Iran.

Link:
http://shaheedoniran.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Islamic-Republic-of-Iran%E2%80%99s-reply-to-the-SR%E2%80%99s-draft-report..pdf 
 

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Saturday, March 14, 2015

Mehdi Khodaei An Iranian Human Rights Advocate is Still Prison !


More than 268 Iranian human rights activist in a letter to judiciary power demanded for the release of Mehdi Khodaei who have just ended his fifth year in prison . Mr. Khodaei was arrested like thousands of Iranian after the presidential election cheating in 2009 .

Link:
http://news.gooya.com/politics/archives/2015/03/194308.php

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Friday, March 13, 2015

NEW: March 2015 report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran


12/03/2015 Latest Reports

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 28th session of the UN Human Rights Council  in March 2015.

Link for the report :
http://shaheedoniran.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/A_HRC_28_70_en-PDF.pdf

http://shaheedoniran.org/english/dr-shaheeds-work/latest-
reports/march-2015-report-of-the-special-rapporteur-on-human-rights-in-iran/

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On March 12th, World Day against cyber-censorship, Reporters Without Borders is launching the "Collateral Freedom" operation, one of the largest counterattacks ever undertaken against censorship online, and is unblocking 9 websites in 11 countries.

Reporters Without Borders is using the technique known as “mirroring” to duplicate the censored sites and place the copies on the servers of Internet giants such as Amazon, Microsoft and Google. In these 11 countries that are “Enemies of the Internet,” blocking the servers of these Internet giants in order to make the mirror sites inaccessible would deprive thousands of companies of essential services. The economic and political cost would be too high. Our nine sites are therefore protected against censorship.

Discover all about the mirror sites created by Reporters Without Borders and the techniques to circumvent internet censorship.

Internet belongs to everyone.
Free the information!

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Islamic Regime in Iran Won't Allow This Human Rights Lawyer ( Nasrin Sotoudeh) to Practice Her Profession in Iran !


Nasrin Sotoudeh teh human rights lawyer and international award winner is banned for three years to practice her profession as lawyer. A regime decision to punish Nasrin for her defense of human rights .  Because of this decision, she has no work and instead she attends outside the Iran Bar Association everyday to protest this inhuman decision.


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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Radical Islamists in Iran Ambushed On A moderate MP's Car in the city of Shiraz !



The car of Ali Motahari a moderate MP son of the late Islamic philosopher Ayatollah Motahari was ambushed by a group of radical Islamists in the city of Shiraz. Radical Islamists backed by Radical Ayatollah's Like Mohammad Taghi Mesbah Yazdi and Mohammad Yazdi ( the current head of Assembly of Expert) , Ali Janati , Seyed Ahmad Khatami and......are present in every city's and they are very well organized and they do what ever told them to do by radicalizing  and creating fear in the society.  These radical ( ISIS style ) Islamists in Iran have the full protection from law and have full impunity for the crime they commit.

This happened last week and the thugs armed with stick and stone , pepper spray , tomato and ....ambushed the car of MP Motahari in the city of Shiraz where he was invited by university scholars to deliver a speech.
What Mr. Rohani's moderate Government will do? Why the Government don't create a task force  against this kinds of acts? Is the Government going to show its teeth someday ? Iranian people's safety and security is under continuous threat and they are fed up with this criminal elements .

Link:
https://exilesactivist.wordpress.com/2015/03/10/


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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Greeting To All Women , including Brave Iranian Women on March 8 the International Women's Day - On March 8,2015 Brave Iranian Women Did Whatever they could to Celebrate March 8 and Bring The Iranian Women's Attention to Their Rights and Struggle ....- Event in Iran According to pictures...


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Sunday, March 08, 2015

Dispatches: FIFA Should Prevent Sidelining of Women in Global Sports


By Minky Worden
This week, Sepp Blatter, the chief of FIFA, the international governing body for football, appealed to Iran to end its longstanding stadium ban for women. Since the 1980s, Iran, like Saudi Arabia, has barred women and girls from attending men’s football matches as spectators. Because Iran suffered no adverse consequences for this blatant discrimination, the world should not have been surprised when the country extended the ban to other sporting events, including volleyball matches.

Last June, Ghoncheh Ghavami, a dual Iranian-British law student, paid a high price for this international silence. Iranian authorities arrested Ghavami after she participated in a peaceful protest against the ban on women attending men’s volleyball matches. Subsequently, a court convicted her on the charge of “propaganda against the state,” imposing a one-year prison term and a two-year ban on travel abroad. She is now out on bail, awaiting the results of her appeal.

Iran isn’t alone in applying such discrimination. Saudi Arabia not only places severe restrictions on women and girls seeking to participate in sports, but also bans them from attending public sporting events as spectators to prevent gender mixing. Last December, the newspaper Saudi Gazette reported that authorities arrested a Saudi woman for attending a football match in Jeddah while apparently disguised as a man.

In February, 190 Iranian human rights activists, including Nobel Peace Laureate Shirin Ebadi, Nasrin Sotoudeh, and Mohammad Maleki, wrote an open letter to FIFA’s Blatter, asking him to sanction Iran for refusing “to allow Iranian women into stadiums to watch football matches.” Several months earlier, Human Rights Watch had written to Blatter to ask him to address this discrimination by both the Iranian Football Federation and the Iranian government.

Blatter is doing the right thing by speaking out now, ahead of the FIFA leadership election on May 29, but much more needs to be done to hold Iran and Saudi Arabia to account for flouting the rules.

Now that Blatter has found his voice, it will be interesting to see what action, if any, FIFA will take if the Iranian and Saudi authorities persist in banning women from attending football matches as spectators. Is FIFA prepared to sanction Iran and Saudi Arabia for lowering the standards in sport? Will Iran still be allowed to host international football matches and competitions like the 2019 Asian Cup, for which it is reportedly bidding? These are just a few of the questions that FIFA needs to address.

When women and girls are denied the fundamental right to exercise, watch, or compete, we all lose out. It’s time to give meaning to the Olympic Charter’s pledge that “sport is a human right,” and level the playing field for women and girls.

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Saturday, March 07, 2015

'It's time to end ban on women at matches,' Sepp Blatter tells Iran



(CNN)FIFA president Sepp Blatter has told Iran to end its "intolerable" ban on women attending football matches.
Writing in the FIFA Weekly magazine published by world football's governing body, Blatter described the situation as one that "cannot continue."
Iran's ban was put in the spotlight at the Asian Cup in Australia earlier this year, when thousands of female Iranian fans watched their team without restriction.
At the match against Iraq, activists unfurled a banner showing the face of Ghoncheh Ghavami, a British-Iranian woman jailed for trying to watch a volleyball match against Brazil in 2014, and called for the ban to end.
The measure was imposed following the 1979 Islamic Revolution because the idea of mixed crowds was deemed un-Islamic.

Iran is in the running to host the 2019 edition of the Asian tournament, for which the United Arab Emirates is also bidding. But the ban is widely expected to scupper its chances of securing the event.
Blatter wrote: "I raised the topic at my meeting with the President of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, and came away with the impression that this intolerable situation could change over the medium term.
"However, nothing has happened. A collective stadium ban still applies to women in Iran, despite the existence of a thriving women's football organization.

"This cannot continue. Hence my appeal to the Iranian authorities -- open the nation's football stadiums to women."
During last year's football World Cup, CNN reported how fans in Iran gathered to watch games in venues that defied a ban on public screenings.
At one coffee shop in the capital, Tehran, the tense game against Argentina -- a game Iran lost only to an injury-time Lionel Messi goal -- was watched by a large mixed crowd.
"100 percent it's better this way," said Negar Valayi. "It doesn't happen often. It would be great if we have more of this."
"It's actually much better to watch it with a bunch of people around because it makes you feel more excited," said Roya Marzbahan.
Hoardings advertising the World Cup throughout Tehran that summer had featured no pictures of women.
And state TV broadcasts of matches employed a delay of several seconds in order for images of female fans deemed too racy to be censored.
Blatter also hit out at football's continental confederations for failing to elect any women onto governing body's executive committee.
The committee includes three women -- one of whom has voting rights and two of whom are co-opted -- but they are elected directly by the FIFA congress following a change to the statutes in 2011.
"This was hard work because the members of FIFA's executive committee are elected by the national associations... and there was never, never a proposal for a woman to be finally in FIFA," the 78-year-old said at an event in Switzerland.
"We had to take the decision, and I did it in 2011 at the end of the congress, [that] we must have at least one woman on the executive committee."
He described football as a "macho" sport and warned: "We should change in the future."
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Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Islamic Republic of Iran Calls Its Islam as The " Merciful & Passionate Islam" , But It's Regime Has Killed and Is Killing More Human Beings !

IRAN WATCH CANADA: Islamic Regime in Iran Executed Another Six Kurdish Political Prisoners !

HRANA News Agency – Hamed Ahmadi, Kamal Molai, Jamshid Dehghani, Jahangir Dehghani, Sedigh Mohammadi and Seyed Hadi Hosseini were executed this morning in Rajai Shahr Prison in Karaj.
According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), the 6 prisoners were taken to solitary confinements at yesterday at 8:30 am and have been executed today at 4 am.
“An ambulance left the prison at 5 am and all the families rushed towards it. We couldn’t see the bodies but we were told that all 6 prisoners have been hanged and we can collect the bodies at Bibi Sakine cemetery.” Said one of relatives of Hamed Ahmadi
Amnesty International had released a statement yesterday demanding Iranian authorities to halt the execution of these 6 prisoners.
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Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Islamic Regime in Iran Hanging Six Kurdish Political Prisoners !


According to report on Tuesday regime has informed the family members of these six Kurdish political prisoners in Rejaei Shahr prison in Karaj city to come from Kurdistan to Karaj to say good bye to their prisoner( Loved one)  because they will be hanged by early morning Iranian time .
The family members together with Mr. Nourizad and Narges Mohammadi both human rights advocates gathered behind the walls of the Rejaei Shahr  prison to demand to stop these executions.
Mr. Nourizad speaking on phone asked everyone to help send letter to the leader of the Islamic Republic and ask him to stop the killing of these six Iranian-Kurdish political prisoners.
More than one hundreds riot guards entered in prison to remove these six prisoners from the rest and transferred them to an unknown location for execution.

To hear the crying mothers behind prison wall - while Mr. Nourizad speaking on the phone , please click the link below .
Link:
https://soundcloud.com/behrouz-javid/ogyqok5gmqut

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Monday, March 02, 2015

Autism and the Difficulties of the Autistic Society in Iran


I first came to know autism when I decided to write my MA thesis in Linguistics on the speech disorders of the autistic children, and as a result entered their society through research. During my presence at special schools for autistic children in the two cities of Shiraz and Mashhad in Iran, I came to know about the shortcomings from which they were suffering both at school and home. Since there is not much public information about the autistic children and their difficulties in Iran, I thought it would be informative for the public to know about some of my experiences with these children and their difficulties so that due attention could be paid to them.
What is Autism?
Autism is a complex, multi-faceted disorder which affects neurodevelopment during the early stages of life and for many lingers throughout adulthood. Inherent features, to name but a few, include difficulties or deficits in communication, social interaction and cognition, and person-to-person behavioral coordination and recall. Autism impacts the affected individual, his/her family, and in some cases the localized community. Among the factor that can contribute to autism are heredity and genetics as well as biological, biochemical, and environmental factors such as air pollution, use of certain medicines, nicotine and alcohol during pregnancy, and also exposing of the children to these damaging factors during the early stages of their lives.
In order that the autistic children’s speech and communication, social interaction and cognition, and person-to-person behavioral coordination be improved, they need improving measures such as speech pathology, occupational therapy, play therapy, music therapy, art therapy and medical therapy; treatments that can be undertaken together or individually at public or private school and clinics. All of these methods can increase the children’s power of communication, improve their social behavior, and boost their self-confidence. These therapies can also help autistic children make safe and helpful contact with their therapist as well as with other people.
The autistic children in Iran are only partially supported by the government and society. There are no “foundations for special diseases and disorders” allocated to these children. As a result, the autistic children in Iran are rarely provided with the necessary facilities for their therapy and improvement, whether at school or home. I will enumerate some of the shortcomings with regard to the care for and improvement of the autistic children in Iran in the following.
Speech Pathology
Speech pathology studies the nature of language and speech disorders, and also develops the methods of diagnosis and therapy for these disorders. Autistic children need the services of a speech pathologist, but there are not enough therapeutic sessions for them at school. In order to improve their speech and language, they need to attend about three or four therapeutic sessions per week given the severity or weakness of their speech and language disorders. However, they are only given a twenty-minute session per week. As a consequence, their speech will not improve.
Occupational Therapy
Occupational therapy is a method of skillful therapy which helps damaged people regain or obtain their basic mental and physical abilities such as use of hands for the different activities of everyday life. The occupational therapist helps autistic children to improve some of their skills such as writing, putting their clothes on, moving around safely in society, communicating with other people, and a host of other personal and social skills. Although occupational therapy is important for autistic children, there aren’t enough therapeutic sessions for them at school; and it is to be mentioned that at some schools there is no occupational therapist at all.
Play Therapy
As well as being one of the effective methods for the child’s mental/social development and evolution, playing is an efficient method for curing a number of mental disorders in children. Using playing methods in order to cure the mental disorders of the child is called play therapy. In this method, a playing situation is employed to make contact with autistic children so that they can release their hysteria and make emotional and intellectual contact with their instructor. But play therapy, as a therapeutic method, follows a set of specific principles without the consideration of which it won’t be effective. The games that are typically used in this kind of therapy need special safe rooms and specialized instructors. However, the rooms that are allocated to play therapy at most schools in Iran aren’t safe and suitable; and neither is the time allocated to each autistic child enough for their improvement.
Music Therapy
Music therapy is a highly effective method for the improvement of the speech of autistic children who typically demonstrate weak or severe deficiencies in their verbal behavior. Music therapy can in a systematic way improve the speaking abilities of the autistic child. Music can specially be helpful in curing the autistic children’s auditory problems because it strengthens their auditory comprehension. Nevertheless, in the schools that I visited there weren’t any programs for music therapy, due to two reasons: first, there is no budget allocated for such kind of a treatment; second, there are few therapists specialized in this field in Iran.
Art Therapy
Art therapy is one of the most successful methods for curing autistic children all over the world. As it activates the emotional and communicative sensors of autistic children, art therapy is generally useful for the improvement of their five senses, specially their visual sense. But again, like music therapy, there is a shortage – or even lack – of budget and specialists for this method of therapy at schools in Iran.
Medicine Therapy
Although there is yet no special medication for curing autism, specialists usually use specific medicines in order to relieve the autistic children of their seizures, temporary periods of unconsciousness, body convulsions, unusual movements, or staring spells.  If autistic children don’t receive that kind of medication, it can cause severe seizures in them. Most of the medicines used for this purpose, which are also used for other mental disorders with similar symptoms, are special and expensive. As a result, it is difficult and sometimes even impossible for most of the autistic children’s families – who are usually from the lower ranks of society and have economic shortcomings – to provide them with the necessary medication.
Economic Problems of the Autistic Children’s Families
The majority of the therapeutic methods that I mentioned in this article are expensive. While the families of the autistic children, like any other families, are classified in the three levels of “poor, ordinary, and rich”, most of the families that I came to know proved to be poor. Consequently, these families can’t even provide their children with their most vital necessities such as nourishment, clothing and stationery. This economic disability prevents these families from having access to the better services of the private centers for autistic children. As the facilities and programs in public schools in Iran prove inadequate and insufficient, autistic children never get any appropriate cure and training, and therefore always remain disabled.
Conclusion
Autistic children are not necessarily devoid of any ability. While it is not advisable for the parents of autistic children to expect their kids to be on the same level of learning with an ordinary kid, it is a fact that autistic children have special talents that can be utilized in order to improve their general condition. For instance, most autistic children have a special talent in art, and if this talent is improved in them, they can even be better artists than a typical child. However, this is impossible unless necessary and sufficient facilities are provided for these children, both at school and home. By improving their talents, autistic children can have better lives both as individuals and members of society. Helping these children will release them from the prison in the making of which they themselves had no hand.

Link:
https://khodnevis.org/article/63889#.VPSXUrPF8rM

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