Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Iranian Political Prisoners Still on Hunger Strike …..

Based on news coming from Iran, Iranian political prisoners in protest to their prison condition went on hunger strike and they continued their hunger strike …
These political prisoners who are on hunger strike are:
Hossein  Ronaghi Maleki, Said Razavi Faghih , Iraj Hatami, Farid Azemoudeh and Behzad Tarahomi .

Hossein Ronaghi Maleki and Said Razavi Faghih are two political prisoners who suffers from illnesses / health complications and are inside ward number 7 at Evin prison . they are on their 4th and 7th day of hunger strike because the prison and judiciary officials denies their medical care.

Also, Farid Azemoudeh, Iraj Hatami and Behzad Tarahomi were the past employees of the defence Ministry who are in Rejaei Shahr Prison as national security prisoners. The prison officials at Rejaei Shahr transferred these political prisoners from ward 12 ( A political ward ) to general ward (among criminals ). They want the officials to return them to ward number 12.

IRAN WATCH CANADA : The judiciary of the Islamic regime and in general the judiciary system of the regime needs reform and a new head of judiciary, who is not appointed by Khamenei the leader but an independent body who think independently and is impartial . Right now Khamenei imposes his political will on the judiciary system . So long as the door of the judiciary turn on this pivot , nothing will change .

Mohammad Sadegh Larijani - Head of judiciary  


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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Prison Term And Fine For Mostafa Azizi The Iranian -Canadian Writer and Television Series Producer …...

According to news Parastoo Azizi the daughter of Mostafa Azizi said, my dad was given two weeks holiday to visit family on Nowrooz festivity on fifty Million Tuman Bail .

Mostafa Azizi was sentenced eight years imprisonment in preliminary court and after spending almost a year , in a recent appeal court his sentencing is reduced to three years imprisonment , knowing that he is already spent one year in prison ,he has two years more to go .

Mostafa Azizi came to Canada with his family in 2008 and returned to Iran in December 2014 to visit the sick father and extended family members .
Mostafa Azizi was sentenced by Judge Moghiseh in preliminary court to 8 years imprisonment,  Five  years  for association and collaboration to commit conspiracy , Two years for insulting the leader of the Islamic Republic and One Year for propagating against the Islamic state .

Currently Mostafa Aziz has returned to prison after his two weeks family visitation .



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Monday, March 28, 2016

This Iranian Professor in US University Can't Get Iranian Passport For Her Child …..

Interview by Parvaneh Masoumi
Iran Wire
Problems Iranian Women Face …
Excerpt from the interview.

According to news Ms. Negar Kiyavash an Iranian professor Can't get Iranian passport for her child .
She is less than 40 years old and is a professor in US for 8 years . She teaches Electrical engineering / technical subjects in Illinois University . Her husband is not an Iranian . She registered is a high IQ person.
In Speaking with Iran wire she said, she is not the only person who have this problem , another Iranian women like Ms. Maryam Mirzakhani also have same problem as her.


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UN Human Rights Council Voted Yes on Doctor Ahmed Shaheed For Another Year as Reporter …..

According to news , UN human rights council extended Doctor Shaheed's as the reporter on human rights in Iran . This makes it to six years for him as reporter on human rights in Iran. 

On Wednesday UN vote on Dr. Ahmed Shaheed was as follows :
 20 Yes 
15 NO
11 Abstention

IRAN WATCH CANADA : Wishing Doctor Shaheed best of he alt and success. 


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Iran: Detainees Denied Fair Legal Representation

For Immediate Release

Iran: Detainees Denied Fair Legal Representation
New Criminal Code Restricts Choice of Lawyer

(Beirut, March 24, 2016) – Iran should remove restrictions on access to lawyers for people charged with national security crimes, Human Rights Watch said today. Nine months after Iran’s new criminal procedure expanded detainees’ access to a lawyer during the investigative phase, authorities are denying people charged with national security and political crimes access to an independent legal defense. These defendants should be able to choose their own lawyers.

Human Rights Watch interviewed lawyers, political prisoners, family members, and sources familiar with cases of detainees facing national security and political charges. Human Rights Watch documented several instances over the past year in which the detainees were denied access to lawyers during investigations or were forced to change their legal advocate under pressure by judiciary officials.

“While Iran claims the new criminal code has improved defendants’ rights, these efforts are meaningless if parliamentary amendments completely undermine the spirit of fair judicial proceedings,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. “The incoming parliament should ensure that the criminal procedure law is actually a step forward rather than two steps back for the rights of its own citizens.”

Iran’s new criminal procedure law was approved in 2014, and entered into force in June 2015. It stipulated that detainees could choose a lawyer while under investigation, with the exception of those accused of national security crimes, for whom such access could be delayed for up to a week. Article 190 of the 2014 code stated that, “denial of the accused of access to legal defense would nullify the information obtained during the investigation.”

However, three days before the law went into effect, parliament passed new amendments that further restricted the rights of people charged with national security crimes. The amended article 48 now requires people accused of certain offenses to select their counsel from a pool of lawyers approved by the head of the judiciary. These offenses include national or international security crimes, political and media crimes, and charges that incur capital punishment, life imprisonment, or retributive punishment (Qisas).

The new amendments also backtracked from the 2014 code’s provision that information obtained in the absence of a lawyer would be inadmissible, imposing only disciplinary measures instead. The judiciary has yet to provide the list of pre-approved lawyers mandated by the new law, but even in the absence of a list, officials are using this provision to arbitrarily reject lawyers appointed by detainees or their families.

Iran has consistently failed to prevent torture in detention and to investigate allegations of such abuse. Revolutionary courts use confessions obtained under torture as evidence in court. As a result, the right to access a lawyer from the time of an arrest is an important safeguard against abuses in detention.

On July 6, the Iranian bar association published an open letter to President Hassan Rouhani opposing the 48 amendments and asking him to take necessary measures to reform the law. Several lawyers who spoke to Human Rights Watch, some of whom asked to remain anonymous for fear of reprisal, expressed frustration about the last-minute amendments. They noted that in numerous cases involving national security charges, the prosecutor’s office did not allow them to represent their own clients during the investigation. They also said that though they had filed several requests with the prosecutor’s office, officials had refused to allow them to visit their clients in detention or to have access to their case files, citing the lack of an approved list as justification.

Salah Fallah, a lawyer who represents Nizar Zakka, a Lebanese citizen arrested by intelligence officials on September 18, 2015, said that Branch 1 of the prosecutor’s office in Evin Prison has not allowed him to visit his client. “I filed the paperwork two months ago and have not heard back from them,” he said. “All I want is to visit my client according to the law.” Sources close to Zakka’s family told Human Rights Watch that he is detained in Ward 2-A of Evin Prison under the supervision of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and that the exact charges that he faces remain unclear to his family.

Mahmoud Alizadeh Tabatayi, who represents several journalists, activists, and others facing national security charges, said that since the new criminal procedure went into effect, he has not had access to his clients’ case files during the investigations. He said he specifically requested access to the files of the journalists Davoud Asadi, Ehsan Mazandarani, and Issa Saharkhiz, and of the Iranian-American citizens Siamak and Bagher Namazi, all of whom are detained in Evin Prison.

Iranian authorities arrested the three journalists and several others on November 1, 2015. Tabatabayi said that Saharkhiz and Mazandarani have been formally charged with “acting against national security” and “propaganda against the state.” On October 15, Iranian authorities arrested Siamak Namazi, the head of strategic planning at Dubai-based Crescent Petroleum, who was visiting his family in Tehran. The charges against him are unclear. Authorities arrested his father, Bagher Namazi, a former UNICEF representative in several countries, on February 22, 2016.

Human Rights Watch has also learned that authorities at Branch 2 of the prosecutor’s office denied the lawyer for Esmail Abdi, the secretary general of the Teachers’ Association, visits to his client and access to his case during the investigation. On February 22, Branch 15 of Tehran’s Revolutionary Court sentenced Abdi, who has been detained since June 27, 2015, to six years in prison on charges of “propaganda against the state” and “assembly and collusion against national security,” partly for a teachers’ demonstration in front of the Parliament on May 15.

Citing the new amendments, at least one revolutionary court judge has arbitrarily refused, during trial, to accept lawyers for a person facing national security charges. Several political prisoners said that Judge Abolghasem Salavati, from Branch 15 of Tehran’s Revolutionary Court, had refused to accept their lawyers at trial, or otherwise coerced them into appointing a new one without any clear legal basis.

Arash Sadeghi, a former student activist who was sentenced to 15 years in prison by Branch 15 of Tehran’s Revolutionary Court on charges including “assembly and collusion to disrupt national security” and “propaganda against the state,” told Human Rights Watch that his family had appointed Peyman Hajmahmoud Attar as his lawyer when Sadeghi was detained in Evin Prison, but that the authorities at Branch 2 of the prosecutor’s office had refused to accept Attar, questioning the authenticity of his paperwork and threatening to file charges against him for forging documents.

Sadeghi said that his family then chose Amir Raeesian, who tried to access Sadeghi’s case file several times but was rejected. “After I was released from prison on bail, I went to the court myself and asked Judge Salavati at Branch 15 to allow my lawyer to read my case file before the trial,” he said. “He told me that, according to the new criminal procedure, I can either have a public defender approved by the court, or I have to defend against the charges myself.” He said that Judge Salavati also refused to accept a lawyer for Sadeghi’s wife, Golrokh Iraee. On August 31, 2014, Sadeghi learned that the Revolutionary Court had sentenced his wife to six years in prison on charges of “insulting sacred beliefs” and “propaganda against the state.”

Iranian authorities arrested the couple for their peaceful activities and transferred them to Evin Prison on September 6, 2014. They were released on bail on September 27, 2014, and March 14, 2015, respectively, pending appeal.

International law guarantees anyone accused of a crime access to a lawyer at all stages of criminal proceedings, including during the investigation, the pretrial proceedings, and during the trial itself. Under article 1 of the United Nations’ basic principles of the role of a lawyer, “All persons are entitled to call upon the assistance of a lawyer of their choice to protect and establish their rights and to defend them in all stages of criminal proceedings.” Article 14 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, ratified by Iran, says everyone charged with a criminal offense has the right to defend themselves through legal assistance of their own choosing, as well as to have adequate time and facilities for the preparation of their defense and to communicate with counsel of their own choosing.

“Defendants having access to the lawyer of their choice is a crucial safeguard for guaranteeing a fair trial in Iran,” Whitson said. “Iran should immediately address this problematic provision in the law and take effective action against abuses committed in its judicial system.”

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Saudi Arabia: Journalist sentenced to five years in prison for tweets latest victim of ruthless crackdow

Saudi Arabia: Journalist sentenced to five years in prison for tweets latest victim of ruthless crackdown


25 March 2016
Saudi Arabia: Journalist sentenced to five years in prison for tweets latest victim of ruthless crackdown 
The sentencing of journalist Alaa Brinji to five years in prison, an eight-year travel ban and a fine of 50,000 Saudi Arabian riyals (about US$ 13,300) for a series of tweets, is a clear violation of international law and the latest demonstration of the Saudi Arabian authorities’ deep-seated intolerance of the right to peaceful expression, Amnesty International said today. 
He was found guilty on 24 March of a string of charges that included amongst other things, “insulting the rulers”, “inciting public opinion”, and “accusing security officers of killing protestors in Awamiyya” – an area in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province. 
“The sentencing of Alaa Brinji to a five year prison term is utterly shameful. He is the latest victim of Saudi Arabia’s ruthless crackdown on peaceful dissent, where the aim appears to be to completely wipe out any and all voices of criticism, said James Lynch, Deputy Director of Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Programme.
“Putting someone behind bars for peacefully exercising his legitimate right to freedom of expression, and defending the rights of others to do so, is a complete distortion of the very notion of justice. The authorities must ensure his conviction is quashed and release him immediately and unconditionally.” 
Alaa Brinji is a respected journalist who has worked for the Saudi Arabian newspapers al-Bilad, Okaz and al-Sharq. Amnesty International considers him a prisoner of conscience, imprisoned solely for peacefully expressing his views. 
He was arrested on 12 May 2014 and has been in detention ever since. He was initially held incommunicado in solitary confinement and has not been allowed access to a lawyer. 
He was convicted by Saudi Arabia’s notorious counter-terrorism court, known as the Specialized Criminal Court (SCC), on a range of charges, including, “insulting the rulers of the country”, “inciting public opinion”, “accusing security officers of killing protestors in Awamiyya”, “ridiculing Islamic religious figures” and “violating Article 6 of the Anti-Cyber Crime Law”. The court also ordered the closure of his twitter account. All of these charges stem from tweets he posted online some of which were in support of Saudi Arabian women’s right to drive cars, human rights defenders and prisoners of conscience.
His list of “offences” also originally included the act of “apostasy” which is considered a serious crime in Saudi Arabia and carries the death penalty but he was not convicted of this due to a lack of evidence.
Since 2014 the SCC has sentenced many activists and dissidents to lengthy prison terms, and even to death, after grossly unfair trials. 
Earlier this month Saudi Arabian writer and Islamic scholar Mohanna Abdulaziz al-Hubail was sentenced in absentia by the SCC to six years in prison to be followed by a travel ban of equal length. He was convicted of a number of ‘offences’ including violating Article 6 of the Anti-Cyber Crime Law by “insulting the state and its rulers” and “being in solidarity with imprisoned members of the Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association” (ACRPA) on Twitter. He was also found guilty of inciting and taking part in demonstrations and calling for the release of prisoners of conscience. The court also ordered the closure of his Twitter account. 
“Saudi Arabia must be held accountable for its gross and systematic violations of human rights,” said James Lynch.
“Its international allies, who seek to collaborate on security and intelligence, have to confront the fact that using the pretext of 'counter-terrorism’, the government's draconian crackdown has eradicated virtually all forms of peaceful dissent in the country.” 
Public Document 
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Sunday, March 20, 2016

PM Trudeau msgs Nowruz 2016

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President Obama’s Nowruz Message to the Iranian People

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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Iranian prominent Actor Ezatolah Entezami in An Open Letter To President Rohani : It is Time To Fulfill Your Promises And To Remove The House Arrest From Three Leader Of The Green Movement ….

Iranian Actor Ezatollah Entezami

Five Years Passed Since The House Arrests Of The Green Movements Leaders !

Its Time Hassan Rohani To Fulfill His Campaign Promises !
According to news coming from Iran , Ezatollah Entezami the prominent Iranian actor sent an open  letter to president Hassan Rohani and asked him to fulfill his campaign promises and to remove the house arrest from the three leaders of the green movement who are under house arrest since 2009 presidential election coup. In his letter Mr. Entezami wrote: On the foreign affairs issue you have solved big problem , why can't you solve the internal national problem to remove the house arrest of the green movement leaders ?

In response Mr. Nahavandian the head of the president's Rohani's office wrote : "Everything will be done on its time and with its suitable pace "

This is happening while earlier Cleric Nategh Noori the head of the leaders office said: It is not the Government/ president Rohani's jurisdiction or any others to enter on issue such as " Hasr " meaning the house arrest and he added ; Only leader and other high ranking state official will decide on this issue based on the national interest .


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For Immediate Release

UN: Keep Human Rights Spotlight on Iran
Renew Special Rapporteur’s Mandate

(Beirut, March 17, 2016) – The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) should renew the mandate of its special rapporteur on Iran, 34 human rights and other organizations said today in a letter to council member countries.

The UNHRC is scheduled to vote on a resolution to extend the special rapporteur’s mandate for a year on March 23, 2016.

“It’s critically important for the Human Rights Council to keep international attention focused on Iran’s deeply flawed human rights record,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. “Until human rights concerns in Iran are addressed with the same enthusiasm that the Rouhani government shows for inking new business deals, the special rapporteur is needed to ensure that human rights will remain high on the international agenda.”

Repressive elements, particularly within the security and intelligence forces and the judiciary, are among those responsible for rights abuses in Iran.

The special rapporteur reported that in 2015 alone, Iran executed between 966 and 1055 people, the majority of whom had been convicted of drug offenses in trials that fell far short of international standards. Human rights groups documented the execution of at least four child offenders in 2015, in violation of Iran’s obligations under international law.

Security authorities routinely arrest and prosecute journalists, social media users, trade unionists, and human rights defenders, as well as members of ethnic and religious minorities, for expressing dissent or for peaceful activities. Revolutionary courts have sentenced hundreds of people to long prison terms for such offenses in unfair trials.

The prominent opposition figures Mir-Hossein Mousavi, Zahra Rahnavard, and Mehdi Karroubi have remained under house arrest without charge or trial since February 2011. And the Tehran prosecutor announced in February 2015 what appeared to be an extrajudicial media ban on any mention of the former reformist president, Mohammad Khatami. Iranian authorities disqualified the majority of reform candidates for February parliamentary and Assembly of Experts elections based on discriminatory and arbitrary criteria.

Iranian women face widespread discrimination in various aspects of their lives in both law and practice. In 2015, authorities sought to introduce or implement discriminatory laws, including by restricting the employment of women in certain kinds of jobs, and limiting access to family planning as part of official measures to boost Iran’s population.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Nowruz (Simply Explained!) نوروز

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Iranian /Persian New Year Is Approaching ( March 20 - First Day of Spring) , Its Time President Hassan Rohani Act on His Promises and Release All Political Prisoners

Iranian / Persian Started Their Celebration For The Coming Of New Year ( NowRooz -New rooz , new day or new beginning ) .
Iranian /Persian New Year Is Approaching ( March 20 - First Day of Spring) , Its Time President Hassan Rohani fulfill or Act on His Promises and Release All Political Prisoners and let them to celebrate new year festivities with their family members .

Last night Iranian celebrated Char-ShanbehSouri , the last Wednesday of the year . They usually celebrate it on Tuesday evening . On Char- shanbeh-Souri Iranian clean their home , remove dusts and unnecessary /unwanted items from the home and make home fresh and clean again, then they attend at festivity by jumping on piles of fire and chanting : Take away my Yellowness/ faintness and bring me new/fresh  blood or redness.

However Islamic regime top clerics through their messages tries to discourage or even prevent Iranian people to celebrate Char-Shanbeh -Souri and Nowrooz which were celebrated for more than 2500 years . One reason they do that is because, the Iranian /Persian new year isn't a religious day but it is the first day of spring , the birth or new beginning of  the nature , so it isn't the birth Day of the Mohammad the Islamic prophet .

The Islamic clerics therefore by their messages wish Iranian People to celebrate new year on Mohammad's ( the Islamic prophet ) birth day. Which did not happen under their 37 years of rule and it did not happen in 1400 years of Islamic cleric preaches.

Cartoon by Nik Kowsar - Iranian Cartoonist and satirist 

IRAN WATCH CANADA : Happy Char Shanbeh -Souri To all ………..

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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Dispatches: Rights Key as Australia Embraces Iran‏

By Elaine Pearson

As Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif arrives in Canberra this week for talks to increase economic ties, his Australian counterpart Julie Bishop hopes to finalize an agreement to return thousands of failed Iranian asylum seekers back home. Even more reason then for human rights to feature high on the agenda.

Last year the use of the death penalty in Iran soared to its highest level in a decade. The United Nations special rapporteur on Iran says Iran executed between 996 and 1054 people in 2015, mostly for drug offenses. Children feature on the long list of those executed. Amnesty International confirmed the execution of four child offenders last year: Javad Saberi, Vazir Amroddin, Samad Zahabi, and Fatemeh Salbehi.

Iranian authorities continue to clamp down on free speech and peaceful dissent. Revolutionary courts have handed down harsh sentences against social media users, including several death sentences. People affiliated with banned opposition parties, labor unions, and student groups are routinely prosecuted. Ethnic and religious minorities are persecuted and women face widespread discrimination. And Iran continues to imprison dozens of activists and human rights defenders for their peaceful or professional activities.

Bishop has said she will raise rights concerns with Zarif. It’s critical she sticks to her word – especially if failed asylum seekers are to be returned to Iran.

Australia has a dismal track record on refugee rights. This includes failing to respect international standards for asylum seekers and refugees, abuses in its controversial offshore processing system, and outsourcing its refugee obligations to other countries. These failures have exacted a heavy human toll.

Some recognized refugees sent to Manus Island in Papua New Guinea say Australian officials have offered them A$10,000 (US$7,500) to return home. Yet rather than enticing refugees to return to a country where they would be in danger, the government should be offering people an opportunity to move on with their lives in safety and certainty in Australia or elsewhere, not leaving them to languish in limbo on remote Pacific islands.

In the rush to welcome Tehran in from the cold, Australia should not trample over the rights of vulnerable Iranians. 

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Iranian Workers Protest In Front Of The Governors Office Building In Isfahan And Chanted : Leave Syria Alone and Think About Our Situation !!

According to news, hundreds of Currently working and Retired workers of Isfahan Foulad Company staged a protest day in front of the Isfahan Governors building on last Saturday and chanted :" Leave Syria alone and think about our situation" .

In the past year, there were hundreds of this kind of protest by Iranian workers for their rights or delayed in their salary sometimes for nine months in different part of Iran, but this is the first time the workers openly chanted : "leave alone the Syria and think about our situation".
Heshmatollah Tabarzadi the general secretary of the Iran Democratic Front called opposition and intellectuals not to keep silence and protest against regimes crime in Syria and Iraq .
Mohammad Nourizad a one time supporter of the regime also criticized regime for their involvement in Iraq, Syria, Yemen and……
Sadeq Zibakalam a reformist professor and columnist also wrote a letter to Zarif the foreign secretary to stop supporting Asad and defending the Yemani Houti's.
The workers protest in Iran is growing due to economic difficulties and huge corruption among officials .

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Monday, March 14, 2016

NEWS RELEASE - Juvenile death penalty and administration of justice top list of serious concerns in Iran – UN expert‏

Juvenile death penalty, maladministration of justice, and denial of fundamental freedoms top list of serious concerns in Iran, UN expert 
GENEVA (14 March 2015) – The United Nations the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ahmed Shaheed, today raised continuing concerns about the extremely high rate of executions, especially for juvenile offenders, and fundamental flaws in the administration of justice. Iran executed at least 966 prisoners in 2015, the highest such rate in over two decades. 

“With at least 16 juvenile offenders reportedly hanged between 2014-15, Iran remains one of only a few countries still resorting to this practice despite a strict prohibition against it under international law,” Mr. Shaheed said, presenting his latest report* to the UN Human Rights Council.

“I urge Iranian officials to put aside efforts at piecemeal reform in this area and ensure, once and for all, that no boy or girl who commits a crime under the age of 18 is ever put to death,” he stated.

Mr. Shaheed also highlighted fundamental flaws in the administration of criminal justice, ranging from laws that expressly violate Iran’s legal obligations to the failure  of security, intelligence and judiciary officials to faithfully and properly implement provisions of Iranian law that comply with international law.

While acknowledging positive steps towards real legal reform, he also noted reports that individuals accused of national security and drug crimes are often deprived of the most basic due process and fair trial rights, including proper access to lawyers, long periods of incommunicado detention, torture and ill-treatment and forced confessions used in court to secure convictions. 

“Despite recent changes to laws which grant greater procedural safeguards to those suspected of crimes, including the right to access a lawyer at all stages of criminal proceedings, these vital protections are not always implemented in practice,” he said. “There remains a considerable gap between protections afforded to the accused in Iranian law and the reality on the ground.”

Mr. Shaheed’s report, which assesses developments in the human rights situation in Iran since the UN expert last reported to the UN General Assembly in October 2015, also covers other areas of serious concern such as restrictions on the right to freedom of expression, freedom of association and the right to free and fair elections, women’s rights and concerns regarding the rights of religious and ethnic minorities. He expressed particular concern about the continued persecution of the members of the Baha’i community and the denial of their fundamental rights.

The Special Rapporteur acknowledged efforts taken by the Iranian officials to engage with his mandate and cooperate with UN human rights bodies, and called on the international community to continue supporting the Government in realising its human rights obligations. 

The expert congratulated Iran for the successful parliamentary and the Assembly of Experts elections of 26 February 2016, and expressed hope that the new parliament will play a key role in the realisation of human rights by devising policies and laws that are based on international human rights standards.

He also renewed his call on the Government to increase its engagement with the international community, including the United Nations human rights mechanisms, by admitting him for a country visit. 
(*) Check the Special Rapporteur’s report (A/HRC/31/69):

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. Learn more, visit:
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March 2016 report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran…...

Report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran to the thirty first session of the Human Rights Council.
The present report is submitted to the Human Rights Council pursuant to resolution 28/21. The report communicates developments in the human rights situation of the Islamic Republic of Iran that have transpired since the submission of the Special Rapporteur report to the 70th session of the General Assembly in October 2015.
The present report outlines the Special Rapporteur’s activities since the renewal of his mandate by the Human Rights Council during its 28th session, examines ongoing issues, and presents some of the most recent and pressing developments in the country’s human rights situation. Although the report is not exhaustive, it provides a picture of the prevailing situation as observed in the preponderance of reports submitted to and examined by the Special Rapporteur. It is envisaged that a number of important issues not covered in the present report will be addressed in the Special Rapporteur’s future reports to the General Assembly and the Human Rights Council.
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3000 Iranian Teachers And Human Rights Activists In A Letter To President Hassan Rohani Demanded For The Release Of The Imprisoned Teachers …….

According to news coming from Iran, 3000 Iranian teachers and civil rights advocates in a letter to president Hassan Rohani demanded for the release of the imprisoned teachers .

In this letter ,they have indicated that, these teachers are the best teachers in the country and their crime is nothing but fighting for the rights of the teachers. They have also indicated in the letter that, if their crime is not political , then they must be tried in an open court with their lawyers , judge and juries.

The names of these teachers are:
Rasoul Badaghi , Esmail Abdi, Mahmoud Beheshti, Ali Akbar Baghani and Ali-reza Hashemi .

The signatories asked from president Rohani to use his constitutional power to release these teachers who are not guilty of any crime but only defending the rights of all Iranian teachers .


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Monday, March 07, 2016

On Wednesday morning, Reporters Without Borders organized the first news conference to be given by Cumhuriyet editor Can Dündar since his release from Silivri prison on 26 February, ending 92 days in pre-trial detention. “Right from the very first hearing in our trial, on 25 March, we are going to fully expose the state’s crimes,” Dündar told a packed room. “We are not going to defend ourselves. We are going to put the state’s crimes on trial.”
Yes, international pressure is effective,” RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “For millions of people in Turkey and elsewhere, Can Dündar now symbolizes the very essence of journalism. We will not rest until the absurd charges have been dropped. We will be there at the opening of his trial on 25 MarchMr. Erdogan, we hold you responsible for Can Dündar’s safety.”
Let’s continue to campaign for Can Dündar and all the other Turkish journalists who are being prosecuted just for wanting to keep us informed.

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Sunday, March 06, 2016

Islamic Regime In Iran Banned The March 8 Rally ( International Women's Day ) ???

Congratulation To All Women on The Coming Of March 8 , The International Women's Day !

Despite of Continues anti women policy of the Islamic regime , the Iranian women never stopped to hold March 8 rally in Iran.
According to news from Iran ,  " UNESCO program for peace , Human Rights and Democracy " which was planned for Today Sunday to discuss on the situation of women in Iranian society was cancelled by regime Judiciary and security forces. This program was supposed to take place in the college of law at Shahid Beheshti University.
In this planned program the following personalities were invited to speak:
Nahid Tavasoli ( women Issues researcher) , Amir Nik ( Law professor) , Shahnaz Sajadi ( Lawyer ) and Pardis Ameri ( reseacher and social activist) .

The ban on International Women Day , March 8 Rally has a long history under the regime of Shah and this regime . Islamic regime in some cases issues permit for the rally but when the Iranian women gather to hold the rally , the security forces including Sepah and Basij and police forces attend at the rally and enter into clashes with the women protesters, arrest or detains them and disperse the rest . One of such rally was held close to nine years ago at Daneshjou Park in Tehran on March 8 which was attended by late Iranian renowned poet Simin Behbehani were she was also hurt .

IRAN WATCH CANADA: On March 8 all the women around the world including in Iran wants to do by holding a rally to bring their issues ( Women Issues, short comings and success ) to the public , thats all they wanted to do . 


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Friday, March 04, 2016

Raheleh Rahemipour Moghadam: You Have Killed My Brother Hossein Rahemipour Moghadam, What Have You Done With His Baby Daughter ?

According to Justice For Iran, Raheleh Rahemipour Moghadam the sister of Hossein Rahemipour Moghadam wrote a complaint letter to UN against Islamic regime in Iran demanding UN to help investigate / find her niece ( Golro Rahemipour Moghadam - Who at the time was born in Evin prison ) .

Hossein Rahemipour Moghadam was a dentist and a political activist, member of Rahe Karegar Organization, he was arrested together with his wife 32 years ago when the wife was pregnant , the wife gave birth in Evin prison 32 years ago on March , the baby daughter was 15 days old when the detained parents in prison asked prison authorities about their newly born babydaughter Golro Rahemipour Moghadam but were silenced , since then the question about the baby went no where  and the father was executed in prison and the mother was released due to heart problem. In recent years the baby's aunt Raheleh Rahemipour Moghadam was seen in many protest events holding a placard asking the authorities : You have killed my brother Hossein Rahemipour ,what have you done with their baby ?!!!???
The family members of Hossein Rahemipour Moghadam don't know even where he is buried when executed by regime in Evin prison 32 years ago.


This is just one out of thousands of disappeared political family members yet the Islamic regime must answer …...

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