Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Private meeting at UN between Trudeau team and Omani officials led to Hoodfar's release by Iran
Trudeau's pattern of directly investing himself in consular cases appears to bear fruit for 2nd time
Judge Salavati Sentenced Narges Mohammadi The Vice President Of The Association Of Human Rights Defenders in Iran To 16 Years Imprisonment
She was sentenced in preliminary court headed by judge Salavati to a total of 16 years imprisonment : On 3 counts of charges - 5 years for gathering and collaborating to commit offences against the national security , One year for the charges of propagating against the regime and lastly, 5 years for the charges of establishing and managing the " Legam " Association....
The lawyers of Ms Mohammadi have protested against the court and judges decision.
IRAN WATCH CANADA: Usually in appeal court another judge must preside , but it seems the decision by the judiciary judge Salavati was pre-arranged.
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Monday, September 26, 2016
Bahram Ghasemi The Spokesperson For The Ministry Of Foreign Affairs Announced That Homa Hoodfar Is Released From Prison .....
According to news from ISNA todays evening Iranian time, Bahram Ghasemi the spokesperson from the Iran ministry of Foreign affairs announced that , Homa Hoodfar is released from prison on humanitarian ground.
Mr. Ghasemi said: Ms. Homa Hoodfar the retired professor of the Canadian universities who was accused of some charges is released based on humanitarian ground including sickness.
47 Bahai Students Are Deprived From Taking University Entrance Examination And To Continued Education ...
Regime carries a biased and discriminatory policy towards Bahai faith students and their families .
Regime not only carries discrimination policy towards Bahai's but also prosecute them. As a result of this apartheid policies , thousands of Iranian Bahai left the country and many have been killed and their spiritual leaders are in prison and .......
The Bahi students not only deprived from continuing their education but also deprived or jobs in Governmental institutions.
The Campaign known as " not hurting and imprisoning the Bahai's " have prepared the list of 47 students who were disqualified by regime cultural revolutionary council .
IRAN WATCH CANADA: The Government of Hassan Rohani and his minister do agree of course with this policies ,otherwise would have interfered ...........
To Know About The Biggest Women Prison In Iran - " The Gharechak Women Prison - In Shahr Ray " ......
According to report by HRANA , the biggest women prison in Iran yet to known as " Gharechak women prison" or in other name as " Women Kahrizak " .
Kahrizak prison became known after the 2009 green movement uprising in Iran ,where no one knows exactly how many young protester were killed . Earlier report said , Said Mortazavi the infamous judge was in charge of the prison.
This prison is located about 17 km - between Tehran and the city of Varmin high way in a place known as Gharechak . The place has salty water and low hygiene and dangerous disease .
According to this report , this prison facility accommodate about 2000 women and their children.
Gharechak prison has 6 ward and every ward accommodate about 200 to 300 women prisoners and the prisoners aren't divided based on the crime they have committed.
This prison facility lack all kinds of healthy environment from populated facility to water, food , showers and proper medical facilities that the women are more vulnerable to disease including their children.
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Mansoureh Behkish The Sister Of Six Political Prisoners Who Were Killed In A Mass Murder In Iran Is Banned Again From Leaving The Country ......
According to news coming from Iran, Mansoureh Bahkish sister of six political prisoners who were all killed in a mass killing by Islamic regime in 1988 was leaving Iran on Sept. 17 , 2016 to visit her daughter in Ireland when the agents at the gate told her she is banned to leave Iran and they took her passport and told her to follow the case through prosecutors office at Evin Prison .
Ms. Mansoureh explained the situation as follows :
" On Friday September 17 i was traveling to Ireland . A journey which supposed to bring me joy and peace , particularly after the death of my dear mother, i have had difficult period and still not normal due to her absence. I wanted to be away from all the tensions and pressures of Iran and have three months quiet time with my daughter in Dublin . of course she is a professor and we couldn't be together during the day time , but i had plan to walk in parks and see the sceneries and to make connection with people , to strengthen my English and to have peace of mind . I also had plan to attend at the library of the universities and to become familiar with their cultural environment , and at the evening when my daughter's work is finished, we will have happy and joyful time together and to strengthen energy. But unfortunately they did not let this to happen and therefore deprived us from our basic human rights ,the right to meet /meet each other. "
" The security agents of the regime at the airport , like the year 2009 when i was traveling to Italy to visit my other daughter , at first put the exit stamp in my passport to make me quiet, but later banned me from leaving Iran to Italy and forced me to return home from the airport. But in both two instances my name was paged for several times and echoed in the airport. the agents then found me at the flight gate and took my passport and asked me to go with them to an office and at the office, they gave me a letter and told me to follow up the passport from the prosecutors office at Evin prison. i asked them , why , on what basis / reason ??!! they replied : we are just an agents and don't know nothing????!!!! And then i screamed and let them and people at the airport know about all the cruelty the regime have done on us...Passengers at the airport who were listening and looking at me, approached me and showed solidarity with me , and when the agents saw the situation , in order to make me quiet, the played a national song of " Ey Iran " from the loudspeakers .
" As simple as this , they destroyed my traveling plan , and by taking my passport and giving me a letter for follow up at Evin prosecutors office .
She added :" I will send The gifts that i have bought for my daughter by post ......I have my suitcase ready at my home if they take me to Evin prison ......They can't make us the " family's for Justice " quiet . Regime must know that the patience of the people is limited and one day the wave of the protest and call for justice will flow again , and that time it will be too late for the regime. "
Excerpts from Mansoureh Behkish's letter.......
Monday, September 19, 2016
Iranian Journalist Sadra Mohaghegh Is Arrested ......
According to Iran Wire website, his arrest after Yashar Soltani another Iranian journalist who is arrested last week is about their report on land / property transfer and selling by Tehran City hall .
Sadra Mohaghegh is a well known journalist who's reports covers the social issues including destruction of historical buildings and illegal constructions in the city of Tehran. He has written extensive critical articles about these issues.
Sadra Mohaghegh is the chief editor of the social service section in Shargh newspaper. According to report by Mehr newspaper, " S - M " was acting as an informant for counter revolutionary newspaper and is arrested by security agents in an intelligence undercover operation.
According to report by Mehr newspaper , Sadra Mohaghegh was preparing information for counter revolutionary newspaper.
Since last year regime's security agents mostly Sepah intelligence has started arresting Iranian journalists under the false accusation of " acting as informant for counter revolutionary newspaper outside of Iran" . The journalists arrested on this new round of allegations are : Eisa Saharkheiz , Ehsan Mazanderani, Afarin Cheitsaz, Saman Safarzaei and dawned Asadi.
Saturday, September 17, 2016
Human Rights And Islamic Regime's Officials ........
Mohammad Javad Zarif the foreign minister of the Hassan Rohani's Government..on April 2015 speaking with PBS -Charlie Rose programme : " We don't jail anyone for their belief...."
IRAN WATCH CANADA: This is a big lie .....everyone knows there are hundreds of political prisoners in Iran among them human rights advocates and vice president of the Association of Human Rights Defenders in Iran likes Narges Mohammadi ........
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Opening Statement by Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, at the 33rd session of the Human Rights Council
13 September 2016
Colleagues and Friends,
I want to emphasise that some States do continue to cooperate fully. This was recently the case of the Republic of Congo, despite the severity of the violations alleged. The report of that mission is being finalised, and the prompt access granted by the authorities is appreciated.
In contrast, Syria, despite repeated requests, has granted no access to OHCHR or to the Commission of Inquiry since the crisis began in 2011. This is a State led by a medical doctor and yet is believed to have gassed its own people; has attacked hospitals and bombed civilian neighbourhoods with indiscriminate explosive weapons; and maintains tens of thousands of detainees in inhuman conditions. Words cannot convey how profoundly I condemn this situation. The Government, which is responsible for some of the gravest violations on record in the history of this Council, has regularly sent notes verbales to my Office reporting abuses by armed groups. But it offers no possibility whatsoever for independent scrutiny.
My Office has had no access to the conflict situation in Nagorno-Karabakh, including since the events of April 2016. Consequently, conflicting claims of human rights violations cannot be verified, and the plight of hundreds of thousands of internally displaced people and refugees has not received the kind of human rights scrutiny that it deserves, for the past decades – either from my Office or from the international community.
In 2011, the Government of Nepal chose to close OHCHR's field offices throughout the country, and since then we have encountered great difficulty in engaging on human rights. The Government has explained it has sufficient domestic human rights capacity, and requires no outside assistance. Yet the country continues to face serious and chronic human rights challenges. A decade after the civil war, accountability for gross human rights violations is still not pursued. Nepal remains amongst the poorest of the world’s nations and corruption is high. Despite a huge influx of aid following the earthquake last year, many victims have yet to receive adequate support. There are also severe and long-standing issues of discrimination based on gender, caste, religion and ethnicity, which as the past has demonstrated, could swiftly lead to violence.
I also regret also that Armenia has so far not accorded full access to our presence in Tbilisi, which supports countries in the South Caucasus. We have therefore been unable to cooperate and engage fully with the Government, its state entities and civil society organizations.
Regarding Burundi, while I note the continued cooperation of the authorities with my Office, I am very concerned at the failure of the Burundi delegation to appear or present replies during the Special Session of the Committee against Torture in July – an unprecedented course of action by any State. Deplorably, a number of civil society groups, media and lawyers who cooperated with CAT continue to face the threat of official reprisals. I am also disturbed by the Government’s refusal to comply with the Security Council’s request for a police component to monitor the security situation. You will receive a more detailed briefing on Burundi in the course of this session.
The Democratic People's Republic of Korea extended an invitation to me to visit the country, yet has refused to engage on the modalities of the trip or to engage with our Seoul presence. This approach deprives my Office of further understanding the point of view of the DPRK authorities. Our remote monitoring indicates that grave human rights concerns persist throughout the country, including pervasive restrictions on all public freedoms, a vast and brutal prison system, torture, and violations of the right to food and other economic and social rights.
Regarding the Islamic Republic of Iran, my Office has been given no access since 2013 – despite several years of good technical cooperation prior to that date.Our offers to begin a technical dialogue on the death penalty have been systematically overlooked, as have all other proposals of engagement. This is particularly regrettable given the reports we continue to receive of fundamental problems with the administration of criminal justice; continued execution of large numbers of people,including juveniles; allegations ofdiscrimination and prosecution of religious and ethnic minorities; harsh restrictions on human rights defenders,lawyersand journalists; anddiscrimination against women both in law and practice.
I seize this occasion to share with you some broader thoughts regarding States' cooperation – or non-cooperation – with country-specific mandates, including Commissions of Inquiry, Council-mandated fact-finding missions and the specific country mandates of the Special Procedures. Currently, Belarus, Eritrea, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, theIslamic Republic of Iran and Syria refuse to cooperate in any way with these mechanisms. Israel has had a long record of refusing to cooperate with most of them, in terms of allowing access to the Occupied Palestinian Territory.
In Bahrain, I am concerned by harrassment and arrests of human rights defenders and political activists, and legislation which enables revocation of citizenship without due process. I urge greater attention to this situation. The past decade has demonstrated repeatedly and with punishing clarity exactly how disastrous the outcomes can be when a Government attempts to smash the voices of its people, instead of serving them.he authorities of Bahrain would be well advised to comply with the recommendations of the human rights mechanisms and UPR, and engage more productively with my Office, as well as with this Council's Special Procedures.
Internal Politics Behind Intensified Crackdown
(Beirut, September 13, 2016) – An Iranian court has sentenced an Iranian-British dual national to five years in prison on national security charges, Human Rights Watch said today. The family of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe told Human Rights Watch that Branch 15 of Tehran’s Revolutionary Court sentenced her on September 6, 2016. She is one of a half-dozen Iranian dual nationals who have been arrested and prosecuted on vaguely defined national security charges in the past two years.
Ratcliffe works for the media development team at the Thomson Reuters Charity Foundation and lives with her husband and daughter in West Hampstead, United Kingdom. Iranian authorities arrested her on April 3, at the Tehran airport, when she arrived to visit family for the Iranian New Year, and detained her in Evin Prison. Authorities also confiscated her 22-month-old daughter Gabriella’s passport, effectively barring her from returning to the UK. Ratcliffe’s trial took place on August 14. She had access to a lawyer only three days before her trial, nearly three months after the Kerman Revolutionary Guard completed their interrogation.
“Ratcliffe’s conviction and sentencing on unclear charges without any semblance of a fair trial is what amounts to ‘justice’ in Iran’s notorious revolutionary courts,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. “The authorities should immediately release Ratcliffe and other detained dual-nationals who have not been charged with a credible offense.”
On August 7, Mizan, the Iranian judiciary’s news agency, alleged that Ratcliffe was an “agent” for the Thomson Reuters Foundation – whose charitable work, Mizan said, was a cover for “spying and intelligence operations for Western governments,” and part of “an infiltration project,” a term hard-liners in the government regularly level against dual nationals who have been detained or imprisoned. Thomson Reuters Foundation rejected these allegations, calling them a “blatant attempt to seek to justify the imprisonment of British citizen Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe.”
In the past two years, intelligence authorities, especially the Revolutionary Guard Corps intelligence unit, have arrested several dual nationals in Iran. In October 2015, Iranian authorities convicted the Washington Post correspondent in Iran, Jason Rezaian, and sentenced him to a prison term that was not revealed even to him and his lawyer. He was released in January 2016 as part of a prisoner swap between Iran and the United States after spending 18 months in a section of Evin Prison controlled by the Revolutionary Guards.
In the latest case, on July 11, Revolutionary Guard authorities in the city of Gorgan, in northern Iran, arrested and detained Robin Shahini, a dual Iranian-American citizen who had traveled to Iran to visit his family. On August 16, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran reported that Shahini was formally charged with “acting against national security,” “participating in protest gatherings in 2009,” “collaborating with Voice of America (VOA) television,” and “insulting ‘the sacred’ on Facebook,” but that his lawyer had not been allowed to see the evidence against him.
On June 6, following three months of interrogations, authorities in Tehran arrested Homa Hoodfar, a professor of anthropology at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. In early March, Revolutionary Guard intelligence agents raided Professor Hoodfar’s home shortly before she was to leave the country, confiscating personal belongings, including her passports, research documents, and computer. The Hoodfar family said in a press release that Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court tried to dismiss the lawyer Hoodfar had chosen. On August 30, the family announced that Hoodfar had been hospitalized due to her rapidly declining health.
On October 15, 2015, Iranian authorities arrested Siamak Namazi, a dual Iranian-American citizen and the head of strategic planning at the Dubai-based Crescent Petroleum, while he was visiting his family in Tehran. On February 22, authorities arrested his father, 80-year-old Bagher Namazi, a former UNICEF representative in several countries. Both remain in detention on unclear charges.
In 2011, authorities arrested Kamal Foroughi, a British-Iranian businessman, and sentenced him to eight years in prison on charges of espionage and alcohol possession. His son Kamran Foroughi told Human Rights Watch that his 77-year-old father has just been diagnosed with cataracts and desperately needs an operation to avoid going blind. He was eligible for early release two years ago and has not seen his wife and family for more than five years.
Hard-liner factions in Iran have repeatedly warned about what they believe is a project led by the West to “infiltrate” the country and its core values. In the past two years, authorities have arrested several Iranian dual nationals accusing them of facilitating the “infiltration project.” Authorities have also prosecuted several journalists, accusing them of being part of an “infiltration network” but have yet to offer any evidence supporting these allegations.
“The jump in prosecutions of Iranian dual nationals appears to reflect efforts by government hard-liners to keep Iran isolated from the global community,” Whitson said. “Individuals should not have to suffer unjust prison terms because of a country’s internal politics.”
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