Monday, October 31, 2016
Sunday, October 30, 2016
Statement by Mr. Ahmed Shaheed SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON THE SITUATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS IN THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN
Thursday, October 27, 2016
Abdourahman Fazli The Interior Minster Of the Islamic Regime : About Ten Minutes From Zahedan , The Centre Of Baluchistan And Sistan Province , We Have 250,000 People Who Live In Condition and Standard Of 100 Years Ago.....
According to news from " Seda Va Sima " , Mr. Abdolrahman Fazli the interior minister of the Islamic regime in the " 4th session on scientific development and progress of the country " said:
" About Ten Minutes From Zahedan , The Centre Of Baluchistan And Sistan Province , We Have 250,000 People Who Live In Condition and Standard Of 100 Years Ago. "
Mr. Fazli didn't speak about the name of the place or city which he was referring to , and the media didn't cover about this news ...
The minister also said that; Iran's system of planning, programs and budgetary is of 40 years ago. A census which was take on 2006 indicate that, out of 2,350 ,000 population in Baluchistan and Sistan , more than 640,000 are illiterate .
Earlier Mrs. Shahindokht Molaverdi deputy to the president Rohani on Women Issues also said;
" We Have a village in Baluchistan and Sistan where all the men of the village are hanged "
IRAN WATCH CANADA; Despite of all these kinds of problems in Iran, Islamic regime is spending billions of Iranian peoples money in the war in other countries like Syria, Yemen , Iraq and .........
Ali Motahari The Deputy To Parliamentary Speaker : Some Of The Security Agents Still Believe In using Chain Murdering against the political and civil right activists ....
According to Digarban news , Ali Motahari the deputy to the parliamentary speaker said ; some of the security agents still believe in using chain murdering to scare the political and civil rights activists .
Mr. Motahari said; during the reformists Government some security agents believed in order to protect the system from the danger , they have gone after the intellectuals and created stories that everyone knows now.
He means, the murder of some intellectuals and writers during the Government of president Khatami by some of the boss in the ministry of intelligence which became known as " The Chain Murdering " .
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
The Islamic Regime In Iran Again Sentenced An Iranian- American Dual Citizen To 18 Years Imprisonment......
According to news coming from Iran via HRANA, Mr. Reza ( Robin ) Shahini an Iranian -American is sentenced to 18 years imprisonment . He is charged with breaching national security. He is arrested by agents from Sepah Pasdaran in the city of Gorgan .
Mr. Shahini travelled to Iran to visit his family members in the city of Gorgan , a city in Golestan province.
Reza Shahini is 46 years old and is charged with; acting against national security , collaborating with enemy countries and relationship with members of counter revolutionaries.
Mr. Shahini announced that he would start his hunger strike against this decision / ruling.
IRAN WATCH CANADA: The world humanity is suffering from injustices , war crimes and migration of millions of people from their homeland , they face something that is unbearable .
The world lack an international body to make strong decision and stand strongly against all violators whether it is internal or external Governments. UN and its various agencies must act now .
The situation of the world is getting out of hand and if UN don't act now it might become late and the humanity will face another international conflict .
Saturday, October 22, 2016
Islamic Regime In Iran : Dual Citizens Won't Be Hired In All Government Agencies And Some Other Posts .......
Clergy Pourmohammadi said: "All managers must strictly follow this order " .
Mr. Hossein Naghavi Hosseini the spokesperson of the commission on national security of the parliament said: The dual citizens are suitable for " US penetration project ."
Free Narges Mohammadi The Vice President Of Iran Human Rights Defenders........| | | |
The Story Of "Maryam Akbari Monfared " ...... IRAN WATCH CANADA: What A Cruel And Oppressive Regime, Taking Mojahedin's Family Members As Hostage ...
Her older brother Reza Akbari Monfared who is 63 years old is also sentenced to 17 years imprisonment and now is in Rejaei Shahr prison.
In her letter from prison to Iran Wire , she wrote her and her family story . She wrote :
1- Her younger brother Abdolreza Akbari Monfared was arrested on 1980 when he was only 17 years old for charges of having a Mojahed publication. For this charges he was sentenced to three years imprisonment and was transferred to Gohar Dasht prison in Rejaei Shahr . He was executed during the 1987-88 mass political prisoners killing.
2- Gholamreza Akbari Monfared is her another brother who was arrested on 1983 and was executed two years later .
3- Alireza Akbari Monfared her third brother was also arrested on 1981 and was also executed same year in prison.
4- After the execution of Alireza and on a memorial night for him , her sister Rogheieh Akbari Monfared and her mother together with family and friends who were mourning were arrested and her mom was released after serving five months jail but her sister who was sentenced to 8 years imprisonment was executed during the mass political prisoners execution.
5- Her father Ali Osat Akbari Monfared died 11years ago after suffering of so much of pain from not being able to see his other son and daughter who were at the time in Camp Ashraf ( Mojahedin's Camp in Iraq ) and now in Albania .
In her letter from prison she added ,why she have decided now after spending seven years in prison to write the letter and demand for justice about the execution of her brothers and sisters .
She wrote : Now that i am writing this letter don't know what would be my destiny , but despite of knowing the consequences , i demand justice for all those political prisoners killed during the mass execution including my brother and sister.
Representative of The Iranian Zoroastrian In The Islamic Regime Parliament Have protested To Isfahan City Friday Prayer Imam....
MP Esfandiyar Ekhtiyari demanded from Isfahan Friday prayer Imam to respect the people's divine faith and their religion. MP Ekhtiyari said : " Unfortunately on Oct. 14 in Isfahan Friday prayer , on a strange reason , you have called the heroic and honourable Zoroastrian Iranian citizens unfairly as people who believe in dual gods . He added that: "The Zoroastrian always have believed in one God."
Clergy yousef Tabatabainejad, Isfahan Friday prayer Imam on October 14 Friday prayer have said: The Zoroastrian believe in two Gods , the Evil/ satanic God and the God of Good .
MP Ekhtiyari have demanded from members of the assembly of expert to respect people's belief and faith and not to spread or cause division among people with their speeches .
Islamic clergies have always called the Zoroastrians as " Fire Worshipers ".
Thursday, October 20, 2016
Regime Security Forces Arrested , detained and then released Mrs. Soleh Pakravan the Mother of Reyhaneh Jabari The Young Girl Who Was Hanged A year Ago .....
Two years ago , a young girl Reyhaneh Jabari was hanged to death because of protecting herself from a sexual predator, a doctor who was member of the ministry of intelligence ,who planned and then brought Reyhaneh Jabbari to one of his office to help do the interior designing . While their , he tried to sexually assault her, when during this assault the sexual assailant died , and because of his death Reyhaneh was sentenced to death by hanging ( sharia law known as " ghesas ").
On her memorial day , Reyhaneh's mom , Mrs. Sholeh Pakravan and relatives and friends including several human rights advocates gathered at her grave site to mourn, but the agents attacked at their gathering and asked everyone to leave or else will be arrested .
And they did arrest some of the activists including Reyhaneh's mom Mrs. Sholeh Pakravan but were all released later.
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Executions in the Islamic Republic of Iran, 2005 to July 2016
14. Amendments to the Criminal Procedure Code of the Islamic Republic of Iran that became effective in June 2015 now require that all death sentences be reviewed by the Supreme Court (ibid., para. 25). These changes annul article 32 of the Anti-Narcotics Law, which authorized the country’s Prosecutor General to fast-track and confirm death sentences for drug-related offences adjudicated by revolutionary courts. On 7 December 2015, the Supreme Court issued a ruling requiring all revolutionary courts to refer drug-related death sentences to it for review.11
15. However, the Special Rapporteur continues to receive information indicating that violations of due process rights, including the right to appeal death sentences, remain problematic in drug-related cases.12 In April 2016, for example, prison authorities in the northern city of Rasht executed Rashid Kouhi, who was convicted of a non-violent drug-trafficking offence in the absence of review by the Supreme Court, as required by law.13 Human rights groups reported that Mr. Kouhi did not receive adequate legal assistance in requesting an appeal to the Supreme Court and that his requests for clemency were rejected. Mr. Kouhi was also reportedly deprived of access to a lawyer during his interrogation and met with a pro bono State-appointed lawyer for the first time during his trial.14
16. In December 2015, 70 members of parliament presented a bill that, if approved by the legislature and the Guardian Council, would reduce the punishment for non-violent drug-related crimes from death to life imprisonment. On 11 January 2016, the bill was introduced on the main floor of the parliament for review.15 It is not known whether the apparent drop in the number of executions during the first six months of 2016 is directly related to the Government’s increasing sensitivity to drug-related executions or the result of newly implemented and pending legislation.
9 See www.darsiahkal.ir/64601/64601 (in Persian).
10 Reply of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran to a communication dated 20 January
11 See www.rrk.ir/Laws/ShowLaw.aspx?Code=8008 (in Persian).
12 See www.iranrights.org/newsletter/issue/74.
13 See https://hra-news.org/fa/execution/a-4759 (in Persian).
14 See www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2016/04/iranian-man-facing-imminent-execution-
15 See www.farsnews.com/13941021000764 (in Persian).
B. Executions of juveniles
17. The Special Rapporteur notes with great concern that under articles 146 and 147 of the Islamic Penal Code, the Islamic Republic of Iran retains the death penalty for boys of at least 15 lunar years of age and girls of at least 9 lunar years.
18. On 12 January 2016, the Committee on the Rights of the Child concluded its review of the implementation by the Islamic Republic of Iran of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. In its concluding observations (CRC/C/IRN/CO/3-4), the Committee expressed great concern about the ongoing execution of juveniles and called on the Government to withdraw reservations that sanction judicial disregard of provisions of the Convention. They also called on the Government to define juveniles as anyone under the age of 18, in line with Convention standards, and to raise the age of criminal responsibility for girls so that there is no discrimination between boys and girls. In its response, the Government continues to defend its use of a general reservation to the Convention based on its “religious teachings and culture”.
19. Amendments to the Islamic Penal Code in 2013 repealed capital punishment for juveniles found guilty of committing drug-related offences and now require a judge to determine whether these defendants understood the consequences of their actions at the time they committed non-drug-related capital offences. In January 2015, the Supreme Court issued a ruling requiring all courts to apply the new amendment retroactively for cases adjudicated prior to 2013 if a juvenile defendant petitions for an appeal.16
20. The Special Rapporteur notes with great concern that, notwithstanding these reforms, the number of executions of juvenile offenders has actually increased during the past few years. He also continues to receive reports maintaining that some juvenile offenders have been denied the right to appellate review, that the Supreme Court has rejected several petitions for retrial and that it confirmed the death sentences of at least six juvenile offenders.17 The Special Rapporteur has also received reports suggesting that the criteria used by courts to assess mental capacity vary widely and are inconsistently applied throughout the country.18 The Government rejects this allegation, and in its response asserts that amendments to the Islamic Penal Code have resulted in a reduction in the number of juvenile executions this year.
21. At least one confirmed execution of a juvenile had reportedly been carried out as of the date of drafting of the present report and four juvenile executions took place in 2015.19 At least 73 juvenile offenders were reportedly executed between 2005 and 2015 and some 160 others were reportedly awaiting execution as of January 2016.20 In its response, the Government notes that in all cases of retributive justice for juvenile offenders, its fundamental policy is to encourage reconciliation between the perpetrators’ and victims’ families in lieu of the death penalty. It also notes that executions of juvenile offenders are not carried out until the perpetrators reach 18 years of age.
16 See www.rrk.ir/Laws/ShowLaw.aspx?Code=2460 (in Persian).
17 See www.amnesty.org/en/documents/mde13/3112/2016/en/.
19 See www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2016/08/iran-hanging-of-teenager-shows-brazen-disregard-
C. Right to be free from torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment
22. The Special Rapporteur continued to receive reports alleging the use of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment during the reporting period. Such treatment includes the continued use of amputations,21 blinding and flogging as a form of punishment, reliance on physical and mental torture or ill- treatment to coerce confessions (mostly during pretrial detention) and the denial of access to proper and necessary medical treatment for detainees. Human rights groups have documented at least one amputation22 and several floggings during the reporting period.23
23. In its response, the Government rejects the notion that amputations and floggings amount to torture and maintains that they are effective deterrents to criminal activity. It also reports that 4,332 complaints alleging rights violations were submitted in the past four years, including torture and ill-treatment, and that “only a small percentage” warranted action. No specific information is provided regarding prosecutions and/or convictions of individuals alleged to be involved in the torture or ill-treatment of detainees.
24. In early 2016, a spokesperson for the judiciary in Qazvin province announced that the authorities had arrested 35 young women and men who were attending a graduation party. He reported that all those attending the event had been convicted and sentenced to 99 lashes each, because they were “half-naked while consuming alcohol and engaging in acts incompatible with chastity which disturbed the public opinion”, and that the sentences were carried out promptly the same day.24
25. Some 17 miners in Azarbayjan-e Gharbi province were reportedly flogged for protesting against the firing of hundreds of colleagues pursuant to two court rulings in Takab sentencing the miners to between 30 and 100 lashes.25 In its response, the Government maintains that the workers were flogged as the result of a lawsuit filed by the mining company, which accused the workers of blocking the entrance to the mine, insulting or threatening the mine’s guard and resorting to violence, not because the workers had exercised their rights to association or assembly. The Government also reports that nine individuals received between 30 and 50 lashes as punishment for their crimes.
21 Articles 217-288 of the Islamic Penal Code.
22 See hra-news.org/fa/uncategorized/a-5594 (in Persian). 23 See, e.g., www.isna.ir/news/95030703729 (in Persian). 24 Ibid.
25 See www.ilna.ir (in Persian).
- 16 See www.rrk.ir/Laws/ShowLaw.aspx?Code=2460 (in Persian).
Report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran
Agenda item 68 (c)
Promotion and protection of human rights: human rights situations and reports of special rapporteurs and representatives
The Secretary-General has the honour to transmit to the General Assembly 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 31/19.
1. Since 2011 the Special Rapporteur has observed several developments that could lead to positive changes in the human rights situation in the Islamic Republic of Iran. These include the publication of a draft charter of citizens’ rights; the emergence of a limited public dialogue on a handful of human rights issues, including the use of the death penalty for non-violent drug crimes; the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action; and legislative steps taken by the parliament to improve the protection of certain rights.
2. Most of these developments have not, however, yielded tangible or sufficient improvements in the country’s human rights situation, for reasons that will be further discussed below. Specifically, there is a notable gap between the law and State-sanctioned practices that violate fundamental rights. While recent legislative efforts to strengthen protections for the rights of the accused are noteworthy, they offer little relief in the absence of proper implementation and enforcement by the executive and judicial branches of Government.
3. Information gathered from government sources and civil society actors continues to highlight the arbitrary detention and prosecution of individuals for their legitimate exercise of myriad rights, as well as the use of torture and other forms of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, following the enactment of these legal improvements. Human rights defenders continue to face intimidation, censure and retribution for their contact with the United Nations human rights mechanisms and international human rights organizations, and those alleged to have abused their authority continue to enjoy impunity. Other legislation, including the country’s anti-narcotics laws, which have not yet been amended, continue to violate the right to life.
4. The Special Rapporteur wishes to highlight the Government’s continued engagement with the special procedure mandate holders of the Human Rights Council, including through dialogue with his mandate and by way of recent invitations to the Special Rapporteur on the right to food and the Special Rapporteur on the negative impact of unilateral and coercive measures on the enjoyment of human rights to visit the country.1 In its response to the present report, the Government asserts that it “has so far paved the way for the visits of seven thematic rapporteurs and working groups”.2 However, the authorities remain reticent with regard to repeated requests for country visits made by eight thematic mandate holders and the country-specific mandate holder since 2005, date of the last visit to the country by a special rapporteur.3
5. A total of 23 communications concerning pressing developments or emerging issues detailed in the present report and/or appealing for remedy were transmitted by the Special Rapporteur to the Government from January to mid-August 2016. Of these, 22 were urgent actions and 1 was an allegation letter joined by several thematic mandate holders. The Government responded to 7, reducing its rate of reply from 38 per cent in 2015 to 30 per cent during the reporting period. The Government also continues to respond, at length, to the Special Rapporteur’s reports, including the current one.
II. Civil and political rights
8. On 26 November 2013, President Hassan Rouhani, highlighting his campaign promise to improve the protection of human rights, released a draft charter of citizens’ rights that addresses a range of civil and political rights guaranteed by Iranian law. Since its publication, however, no significant steps have been taken to either finalize or implement the charter’s provisions. The Government notes that it expects the charter to be finalized by “the end of the current year”. While applauding the effort, the Special Rapporteur notes that many of the charter’s provisions fail to sufficiently protect fundamental rights, including the rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly.
9. The Government accepted 189 of the 291 recommendations that were the outcome of its universal periodic review in 2014, asserting that the majority of the recommendations had already been implemented, including the recommendation to strengthen its domestic legal framework and implement its international human rights obligations. Despite these commitments and the country’s legal obligations, the state of protections for the majority of rights guaranteed by the five human rights instruments to which the Islamic Republic of Iran is a party remains largely unchanged.
A. Right to life
11. Human rights organizations estimate that despite these appeals, between 966 and 1,054 executions took place in 2015, the highest number in over 20 years.5 Between 2416 and 2537 executions were reportedly carried out from January to the end of the third week of July 2016. This number is significantly lower than the number of executions carried out during the same period in 2015. In the light of the repeated concerns expressed by the Special Rapporteur and other human rights bodies and organizations, any decrease in the number of executions is a positive development. However, reports received by the Special Rapporteur suggest that the number of executions in the Islamic Republic of Iran increased again in July 2016, when human rights organizations documented at least 40 executions carried out during the first three weeks of that month (see figures I-III).8 As in previous years, the majority of the executions in 2015 and 2016 were for drug-related offences.
Executions in the Islamic Republic of Iran, 2005 to July 2016
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Iranian Workers Gathered In Front Of The Parliament and protested Against The New Labour Law Presented by Government To The Majles ( Parliament) .....
According to news , while the Majles ( Parliament ) was reviewing the new labour law presented by the Government to the parliament , the Iranian workers organized by Free Labour Union today gathered in front of the parliament in Tehran and protested against this new legislation up until 12:00 noon . The Workers sent three representatives to the parliament to discuss their side of the story with the MP's . Ms. Parvin Mohammadi including Ms. Ashraf Banaei and Ms. nahid Khodajoo told to the commission on Social committee that, the workers won't agree with this new legislation.
The workers want their wage be increased.
Ms. Parvin Mohammadi said: Millions of workers live outside the city and in poverty, Millions are without job and are underpaid and live below poverty line and thousands of the workers receive their salary sometimes months later.......
The workers demanded solution to their situation .
Sunday, October 16, 2016
Students Received Lashes Because Their Parents Didn't Have Money To Pay To the School !!!????
Watch the video below - The video is in Iranian -Farsi language :
Education..... open air class in the forest - northern Iran - close to Caspian Sea.......
Friday, October 14, 2016
Mohammad Ali’s widow calls for release of Siamak and Bagher Namazi
“I would like to request that your Excellency show Islamic mercy towards these two individuals who are pure-hearted citizens of our world and allow these Muslims to be reunited with their family in this holy month,” wrote Lonnie Ali in a letter to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Iranian-American dual nationals Siamak Namazi and his father Bagher have been held on security charges and are awaiting sentencing.
A Father's Plea From Prison To His Daughter : My Dear Daughter, always love your country more than me.
This is Rasul Badaghi an Iranian teacher's union activist. Rasul is in jail because of his teachers rights activities. While in prison , he wrote to his daughter : " My dear daughter , always love your country more than me . " ......