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IMHRO strongly condemning the arrest of Abdul Zahra Washahi

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

Source: Iranian Minorities’ Human Rights Organisation (IMHRO)

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The Iranian security services have just arrested Abdul Zahra Washahi, a retired 62 year old Ahwazi Arab from Bandar Mahshahr (south-west Iran), who is the father of Reza Washahi – currently working as a researcher with IMHRO.

After a number of threats over the phone, the Iranian government finally arrested Abdul Zahra Washahi on 14th of May 2009. A few months ago Abdul Zahra was told that unless his son stopped his human-rights activities, he would be arrested instead.

This case and similar cases clearly show the tyrannical nature of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

IMHRO condemns putting pressure on dissident human-rights activists through their families still in Iran. To use the families of human-rights activists as a ransom is clearly an inhumane policy and practice of the Iranian government.

This policy of silencing through intimidation has never worked in the past and is not going to work now. IMHRO requests the international community to act swiftly for the release of Abdul Zahra Washahi, who also suffers with a heart condition.

Anti-Baha’i slogans on Baha’i Home.

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

Source: http://www.myfoxla.com/dpp/news/local/Bahai_Leaders_Await_Trail_in_Iran_20090629

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Identity of another one of Saturday’s victims

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

Source:http://www.hrairan.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1306:3456&catid=103:107&Itemid=261
هویت یکی دیگر از جان باختگان اعتراضات روز شنبه

هویت یکی دیگر از جان باختگان اعتراضات روز شنبه تهران به قرار ذیل اعلام میشود.

سعید عباسی، 24 ساله، فروشنده کیف و کفش، کسبه ساکن خیابان رودکی (سرسبیل)، مجرد، هویت یکی دیگر از جان باختگان اعتراضات روز شنبه در تهران است. ویدئویی از پیکر بی جان وی را اینجا مشاهده نمایید.

رسانه های بین المللی شهروندانی که در طی اعتراضات به نتایج انتخابات در تهران توسط نیروهای انتظامی و شبه نظامی به قتل رسیدند بین 19 تا 150 نفر اعلام نموده اند، این درحالی است که جانشین فرمانده نیروی انتظامی این آمار را 110 کشته و زخمی اعلام داشته است.

Young woman describes beating at hands of paramilitary

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

Source:http://edition.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/meast/06/21/iran.young.protestor/index.html?iref=mpstoryview


TEHRAN, Iran (CNN) — A 19-year-old woman who was wounded by Iranian paramilitary forces with clubs escaped with her camera and shared her photos with CNN — after tricking a paramilitary soldier into thinking she had given him the images on a disk.
The woman — whose identity is being withheld by CNN — said Sunday that on the previous day “the streets were full of guards and policemen.”

“They were hitting everyone, and everywhere was fire because of the tear gas they throw at us,” she said.

She was walking to Freedom Square in Tehran with a group of fellow demonstrators, but the Basij — voluntary paramilitary forces that answer to the government — wouldn’t let them get through, she said.

They warned the group to turn around. “They said, ‘Just run, and don’t even walk.’ We were just running away — and we were hit, of course,” she said.

It was too crowded to flee quickly, she said. “I said, ‘I can’t run. How can I run? It’s so crowded in here.’
“He hit me and he was twice [as big] as me — he was so big. And I said, ‘You want to hit me?’ And he said, ‘Yes’ and then he hit me with a club.”
She told CNN a Basij member hit her with a club, and then her foot was hit by a stone.

“Today I couldn’t go out because my foot was injured and I couldn’t run anymore. And I was sure: If I go out, I’m going to die. So I didn’t go out today.”

The group fought back by throwing stones at the soldiers, she said. “We had nothing to defend ourselves. Just the smallest stones we throw at them.”

There were many women among the crowd of demonstrators trying to get to Freedom Square, she said. “We gave the boys the stones because we can’t throw them so far. We gave them the stones, and we said the slogans.”

The young woman said many in Iran think Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is lying about the results of the June 12 election, in which incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was declared the winner with more than 62 percent of the vote.

“We don’t care who is the president now,” she said. “We had rather [opposition candidate Mir Hossein] Moussavi, but now when our leader says it was fair and we know that it’s not, I think that it’s about our country. We want the truth.”

The young woman sent photos of Saturday’s incident to CNN via iReport. iReport.com

Rafsanjani daughter released: Iranian state TV

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

Source: http://www.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUSTRE55L0D520090622
TEHRAN (Reuters) – A daughter of former Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, a rival of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has been released from detention, state television said on Monday.

Iran’s English-language Press TV had reported that Faezeh Rafsanjani and four other relatives of the former president were detained during an unauthorized protest in Tehran on Saturday. The four other relatives were freed earlier.

“Rafsanjani’s daughter released after brief arrest,” Press TV said in a headline without giving details.

Last week, the semi-official Fars News Agency said Faezeh and her brother Mehdi had been barred from leaving Iran.

Faezeh addressed supporters of defeated presidential candidate Mirhossein Mousavi last Tuesday when they gathered near the state television building in Tehran in defiance of a ban on opposition protests.

Her father, who remains a powerful figure in Iran, supported Mousavi in the June 12 election. Official results showed Ahmadinejad won by a landslide but Mousavi says the vote was rigged, a charge the authorities reject.

Rafsanjani reacted furiously when Ahmadinejad during the election campaign accused him on television of corruption, publicly urging Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to rein in the president.

(Reporting by Fredrik Dahl; editing by Angus MacSwan)

A vigil for Neda: Iranian-Americans pick up their banners and commemorate dead protesters

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

Source: http://www.examiner.com/x-12370-Chicago-Foreign-Policy-Examiner~y2009m6d21-A-vigil-for-Neda-Eerie-calm-in-Tehran-as-IranianAmericans-pick-up-their-banners

A day after armed government forces clashed with protesters, the streets of Tehran have calmed. Riot police and Basij militia line the streets, but no clashes have occurred with protesters coming out. Outside Iran, however, expatriates are leading vigils for the victims of the fury the Iranian goverment unleashed on Saturday.

Iranian-Americans have come out into the streets of their own home cities, including Washington DC, New York, Los Angeles, Houston, Boston, and Chicago. Earlier in the week, pro-opposition rallies were held in several cities, and 250 local Iranian-Americans came out in Chicago’s loop despite rainy weather.

The primary difference between the earlier rallies and the June 21st marches is that during the preceding week, demonstrations were held virtually non-stop in the streets of Tehran. The rallies around the world then were largely in jubilant support for the courage of the people within Iran. The attitude has since become more somber, as the participants seek to honor and commemorate those that died in the midst of the protests throughout the week. Protests have returned to their more peaceful nature, despite the prsence of government security forces.

Saturday proved to be the most violent, as government police, security, and Basij militia forces violently battled protesters trying to enter Azadi (Freedom) and Revolution Squares, two of the main venues of the week’s marches. By the end of the day, at least 19 lives had been claimed, though unconfirmed reports place the death count at about 150. Among these was the death of an unnamed young girl called by many “Neda,” Farsi for “voice” or “call,” which was captured by video recorded by onlookers.

It was unclear whether she was protesting with her father, or they were innocent bystanders caught in the crossfire. The graphic YouTube video shows “Neda” collapsing from an apparent gunshot wound to her heart. Several men try to plug the wound and prevent her from bleeding out, and it appears the girl’s eyes turned to look at the camera as she draws her last breath amid blood pouring out of her mouth.

The video spread and was shown multiple times on CNN and “Neda” has within hours of her demise become the rallying cry for the protesters, the hashtag #neda quickly edging its way to most popular on Twitter, along with #iranelection. To those outside Iran, “Neda” has become the symbol of the tragedy that appears to be unfolding on the streets of Tehran and other Iranian cities after a week of demonstrations during which it appeared nothing could stop the protesters from succeeding.

It remains to be seen whether the protesters will resume their marches in the coming days, and it is unclear if “Neda” will become the battle cry of an all-out revolution against the Islamic Republic itself, led by clerics under Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khameini who sanctioned Saturday’s repression. For many Iranian expatriates, however, hope remains that their co-nationals will be able to regroup and establish liberal democracy and secure freedoms they say their people want and deserve.

Many of Chicago’s Iranian-Americans arrived in the United States after the 1979 revolution that overthrew the pro-Western monarchy and placed the current regime in power. Among them are people that were sidelined by the revolutionary regime and faced repression if they had not fled, such as the Baha’i community in Evanston. In Iran, the Baha’i are a religious minority that has been continuously restricted and repressed by the Islamic Republic, and Ahmadinejad’s staunchly conservative and pro-clerical government has exacerbated hardships.

The Iranian-Americans hope that President Barack Obama will take a tougher stance on the Iranian regime if it continues repression, though realpolitik may take precedence in the coming days, and it will be up to the Iranians themselves to continue their fight, or lick their wounds after the battering they took on Saturday.

اطلاعات تکمیلی درباره ندا شهید راه آزادی در تهران

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

Source: http://asemandailynews.com/?p=1697
بنا بر گزارش های رسیده از بستگان نزدیک دختری به نام ندا که روز ۳۰ خرداد در محله امیر آباد تهران به شهادت رسید نام کامل وی ندا آقا سلطان بوده است. وی متولد ۱۳۶۱ بوده است. وی در روز ۳۰ خرداد به همراه استاد دانشگاهش (‌رشته فلسفه) و چند تن از هم کلاسی هایش در تظاهرات شرکت داشته است . وی برای دقایقی در حالی که با موبایل صحبت میکرده از جمع تظاهر کندده عقب می افتد که دراین هنگام ۲ لباس شخصی موتور سوار (‌موسوم به بسیجی) قلب ندا را با کلت کمری هدف قرار می دهند . وی در دستان استادش جان می سپارد. ولی این موتور سواران توسط مردم متوقف می شوند و بنا به این گزارش توسط مردم دستگیر می شوند. و بنا بر گزارش تایید نشده ضارب اصلی کشته شده است. ظهر روز ۳۱ خرداد ( روز بعد از شهادت) پیکر ندابه شرط خاکسپاری سریع و محرمانه در بهشت زهرا به خانواده اش تحویل شده است . خاکسپاری وی تحت شدیدترین تدابیر امنیتی و با سرعت بسیار انجام شده است.گفتنی است که هم اکنون خانواده وی بعد از خاکسپاری ندا آقا سلطان به خانه باز گشته اند. مراسم یادبود ندا قرار بود فردا اول تیر ساعت ۵ تا ۶.۳۰ در مسجد نیلوفر واقع در عباس آباد تهران برگزار شود که با تماسی از طرف مسجد این مراسم لغو شده است. همچنین به تمام مساجد تهران دستور داده شده است که اجازه برگزاری مراسم ندا آقا سلطان را ندارند.

Confidential letter by office of supreme leader arranging highest degree opposition to protestors

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

نامه محرمانه دفتررهبری به وزارت اطلاعات و درخواست بالاتربردن سرکوب ها

سه روز عزای ملی به فرمان آیت الله منتظری

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

Source: http://www.rfi.fr/actufa/articles/114/article_7040.asp


آیت الله حسینعلی منتظری به نشانۀ سوگواری برای جان باختگان اعتراض های خیابانی ایران به نتیجۀ انتخابات دهم ریاست جمهوری این کشور از روز چهارشنبه به مدت سه روز عزای ملی اعلام کرد و از مردم ایران دعوت نمود که در این سه روز مراسم سوگواری را به جا آورند. این روحانی منتقد حکومت اسلامی با انتشار بیانیه ای در روز یکشنبه مطالبۀ مردم معترض مبنی بر ابطال نتایج رسمی دهمین انتخابات ریاست جمهوری را شرعاً مجاز دانسته و افزوده است که مقاومت در مقابل خواسته های مردم از نظر دینی ممنوع است.

Parsing Iran’s ‘Momentous’ Internal Drama

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

Source: http://www.cfr.org/publication/19667/parsing_irans_momentous_internal_drama.html?breadcrumb=%2F

Interviewee: Karim Sadjadpour, Associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Interviewer: Bernard Gwertzman, Consulting Editor, CFR.org


Karim Sadjadpour, a leading Iranian analyst who worked for four years in Iran for the International Crisis Group, says that given the “unprecedented” scale of protests in Iran over the presidential election results, “it’s very difficult to see how the status quo ante could prevail no matter what happens.” However, he believes the United States should continue trying to stay out of the political infighting in Iran. “This is extremely delicate and the situation is so dynamic,” Sadjadpour says. “We clearly have to be on the right side of history here, but if we try to insert ourselves into the momentous internal Iranian drama that’s unfolding we may unwittingly undermine those whom we’re trying to strengthen.”

Q: The demonstrations and the opposition efforts to overturn the official election results in Iran continue. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has approved a partial recount by the Guardian Council, but opposition candidates are demanding a new vote. What do you think is going to happen over the next several days?

A:Something historic is afoot today in Iran. The scale of the protests is unprecedented. The depth of people’s sense of injustice and rage is palpable. People are continuing to bravely take to the streets, risking their lives, despite the fact that they’ve been told the Basij [Iranian paramilitary force] and Revolutionary Guards have been authorized to use force. This has not dissuaded them. The fissures we’re seeing amongst revolutionary elites are also unprecedented. It’s very difficult to see how the status quo ante could prevail no matter what happens.

Read interview in full

Anti-Baha’i books aimed at children and youth

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

Source: http://ibna.ir/vdcbs0ba.rhb5spiuur.html
دو کتاب جدید از مهدی طهوری در راه است
مهدی طهوری، نویسنده کودک و نوجوان از انتشار دو کتاب جدید خود با عنوان‌های «داستان بهاییت» و «آدمک عاشق» در آینده نزدیک خبر داد._

طهوری در گفت وگو با خبرنگار خبرگزاری کتاب ایران(ایبنا)درباره کتاب «داستان بهاییت» گفت: این کتاب چگونگی شکل‌گیری و ادامه فعالیت فرقه انحرافی بهاییت را به زبان ساده به کودکان و نوجوانان شرح می‌دهد.

به گفته طهوری، کتاب «آدمک عاشق» را نشر شباویر و «داستان بهاییت» را انتشارات مدرسه منتشر می‌کند.

این نویسنده کودک و نوجوان همچنین از انتشار مجموعه کتابی با عنوان «مشاهیر ایرانی» توسط انتشارات نواندیش خبر داد و گفت: این مجموعه با هدف آشنایی کودکان ایرانی با مشاهیر کشور تولید و منتشر خواهد شد.

وی تصریح کرد: این مجموعه کتاب که ویژه کودکان دبستانی منتشر می‌شود شامل زندگینامه برخی از مشاهیر ایرانی است که با تاکید بر جنبه‌های داستانی نگاشته می‌شود.

به جز طهوری برخی دیگر از نویسندگان کودک و نوجوان نیز در نگارش این مجموعه همکاری دارند.

مهدی طهوری متولد سال ۱۳۵۴در همدان و فارغ‌التحصیل رشته‌ خبرنگاری از دانشکده خبر است. او کار حرفه‌یی را در حوزه نویسندگی از سال ۷۸ با چاپ کتاب «کشف‌القطاء» آغاز کرد.

UN human rights chief concerned about manner of arrests, and possible use of excessive force in Iran

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

Source: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/media.aspx

GENEVA – The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, said Friday she is concerned about reports of an increasing number of arrests, which may not be in conformity with the law, and the possible illegal use of excessive force and acts of violence by some militia members in the aftermath of the recent presidential elections held in the Islamic Republic of Iran.

“The legal basis of the arrests that have been taking place, especially those of human rights defenders and political activists, is not clear,” Pillay said. “What are the grounds for the arrests? Have proper warrants been issued in accordance with Iranian law? Why have some of those who have been arrested been denied access to lawyers and members of their families? And why is the whereabouts of others unknown? These are all troubling questions, and I urge the Iranian authorities to ensure that due process is followed, since to do otherwise may fan the feelings of injustice.”

The High Commissioner noted that freedom of expression and freedom of assembly were fundamental human rights, and commended the largely peaceful and dignified conduct of the huge demonstrations that have been taking place in the Iranian capital, Teheran.

Pillay expressed particular concern about reported acts of violence by members of the Basij militia, which may also be in contravention of international and Iranian national law. “I strongly urge the authorities to ensure that official and semi-official forces act strictly in accordance with the law,” she said. “It is the responsibility of the government to ensure that militia members and regular law enforcement agencies do not resort to illegal acts of violence. If they are perceived to be acting outside the law, it could provoke a serious deterioration in the security situation, which would be a great tragedy and is in nobody’s interests.”

The High Commissioner reminded the Iranian authorities of their international obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which states that ‘no one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest or detention’ (Article 9), ‘everyone shall have the right to freedom of expression’ (Article 19), and ‘the right of peaceful assembly shall be recognized’ (Article 21).

ENDS

For more information, call OHCHR Spokesperson Rupert Colville at + 41 22 917 9767

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL NEWS FLASH:Khamenei’s speech gives legitimacy to police brutality

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

This morning’s speech by Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, indicates the authorities’ readiness to launch violent crackdowns if people continue to protest which may cause a widespread loss of life, Amnesty International said today.

“We are extremely disturbed at statements made by Ayatollah Khamenei which seem to give the green light to security forces to violently handle protesters exercising their right to demonstrate and express their views,” said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, Deputy Director of the Middle East and North Africa Programme. “If large numbers of people take to the street in protests in the next couple of days, we fear that they will face arbitrary arrest and excessive use of force, as has happened in recent days, particularly as permission for a demonstration to be held in Tehran on Saturday 20 June has been denied.”

In a televised address to the nation during Friday prayers in Tehran, Ayatollah Khamenei called for an end to street protests against the outcome of the election. Instead of warning security forces, including the volunteer Basij militia, to act with restraint and in accordance with the law, he said that if people continued to take to the streets, the consequences would lie with them.

“For a Head of State to put the onus of security on peaceful demonstrators and not on the security forces is a gross dereliction of duty and a license for abuse,” said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui.

Peaceful assembly is expressly permitted under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights to which Iran is a state party. Law enforcement officials must use force only when strictly necessary and to the extent required for the performance of their duty. They must not use firearms unless strictly unavoidable and in order to protect life. Law enforcement personnel must exercise restraint, minimize damage or injury and respect and preserve human life.

Unknown chemicals sprayed by helicopters on Iranian protestors

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

این خبر بسیار مهم است لطفا همه مطالب آنرا کامل خوانده و منتشر نمائید .

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

مردم ایران به پا خیزید و به ما بپیوندید.

از مردم تمام استانها و شهرستانهای ایران تقاضا میکنیم به پا خیزند اگر می توانند در میادین اصلی استانها و شهرستان خود و اگر نمی توانند به مردم تهران بپیوندید

این اعتراض ها به زودی فروکش نمیکند .

ما مخالف نظام و اسلام نیستیم .

ما از خود شما هستیم , ما همه مسلمانیم , ایرانی هستیم.

ما خواهان آزادی در مقابل ابراز اعتراض خود هستیم .

حرف ما چیز دیگریست . به حرفهای ما گوش کنید.

ما تا کی باید ساکت بنشینیم و نتوانیم اعتراض کنیم ؟

ما انتقام خون همه کشته شدگان را خواهیم گرفت .

ما آرام نخواهیم نشست هر شب در تمام میادین تهران دست به اعتراض خواهیم زد .

تظاهرات و راهپیمایی عظیم و خود جوش مردمی در اعتراض به سرکوب و کشتن مردم تا ابطال انتخابات

هر شب در تمام میادین تهران میدان آزادی , میدان انقلاب , میدان ولی عصر , میدان هفت تیر , میدان توحید , , میدان ونک , میدان مادر , میدان امام خمینی , میدان جمهوری , میدان فردوسی , میدان بهارستان , میدان امام حسین میدان فلسطین , میدان فاطمی , میدان آرژانتین , میدان تجریش , میدان صادقیه , سعادت آباد , پاسداران , میدان 7 حوض , نارمک , تهرانپارس میدان را آهن , میادین جنوب شهر تهران (شهرری , نازی آباد , خانی آباد , جوادیه , خزانه و …. ) , شهرستانهای اطراف تهران (اگر در جنوب شهر نمی توانید به نزدیکترین میدان محل سکونت) و تمامی میادین اصلی و مهم تهران

میادین شرق و غرب , جنوب و شمال تهران

تا ابطال انتخابات

از همه میادین و از خیابانهای منتهی به میدان آزادی به سمت میدان آزادی حرکت خواهیم کرد

هر روز از ساعت 6 بعد از ظهر به بعد اوج تظاهرات از ساعت 8 شب

و ندای الله اکبر و یا حسین , میر حسین هر شب از ساعت 10 شب

تا ابطال انتخابات

والسلام علي من التبع الهدي

مردم معترض تهران
حامیان میرحسین موسوی
حامیان مهدی کروبی

این مطالب را به هر نحوی انتشار داده و به گوش همگان برسانید .

لطفا این خبر را از طریق تلفن یا حضوری، به نزدیکان خود در سراسر ایران اطلاع دهید.

Freedom Monument in Tehran: architect’s daughter shares her story

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

Source: http://www.cbc.ca/news/citizenbytes/2009/06/iran_monument_daughter_of_the.html

Wednesday, June 17, 2009 | 02:27 PM ET

Submitted by Sarvenaz Amanat

I am the daughter of Hossein Amanat, the architect of the Freedom Monument in Tehran.

I was born in London, England in 1979 right at the beginning of the Iranian Revolution. As such, I have never been to Iran and grew up in Canada, but it has always been my wish to visit. I moved to Vancouver when I was three years old and lived here until I finished high school. Then, I moved to Montreal where I obtained a bachelors degree from McGill University. After that, I obtained my masters in art history, theory and criticism from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. I have worked in the art auction business, as well as museums, and currently work part-time at the Vancouver Art Gallery in family programs. I plan to stay here in Vancouver to raise my two sons.

My take: As I sit here watching all the news about the protests and situation in Iran, I feel compelled to tell the story of my family.

My father, Hossein Amanat, the architect of the Freedom Monument in Tehran, has been a Vancouver resident for the past 30 years.
As a young graduate, he won a nationwide competition for its design, and since that time, the Freedom Monument has become a symbol of modern Iran. It is also the venue for the protests and demonstrations that are currently taking.
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European Parlement Against Ahmadinejad پارلمان اروپا علیه احمدی نژاد

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

Iran’s Religious Minority Speaks Out On Elections

Sunday, June 21st, 2009

Source:http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=105576958&sc=emaf&sc=emaf

Listen: story.php?storyId=105576958
Members of the Baha’i faith, Iran’s largest religious minority, have long been discriminated against and persecuted by the Islamic Republic of Iran government. Farhad Sabetan, an official within the Baha’i faith community, offers a reaction to the recent elections.

NY Times: As Confrontation Deepens, Iran’s Path Is Unclear.

Friday, June 19th, 2009

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/19/world/middleeast/19iran.html?_r=2&hp


TEHRAN — As another day of defiance, concessions and ominous threats transfixed Iran’s capital, it was increasingly apparent on Thursday that there was no clear path out of a deepening confrontation that has posed the most serious challenge to the Islamic republic in its 30-year history.

The situation had all the hallmarks of a standoff. Hundreds of thousands of silent protesters flooded into the streets. They roared a welcome to their champion, Mir Hussein Moussavi, the opposition candidate for president whose reported defeat by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Friday’s election touched off the crisis.

Iran’s leaders offered conciliation, while simultaneously wielding repression.

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Video: Basijis attack a student dormitory

Friday, June 19th, 2009

Rights groups: reformists seized in Iran crackdown

Friday, June 19th, 2009

Source: http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hdYGj-kh7FyM35LRHAZxzeadIsiQD98SU5VO0
By HADEEL AL-SHALCHI – 1 day ago

CAIRO (AP) — International human rights organizations said Wednesday that many prominent activists and politicians have been arrested in Iran in response to protests over the country’s disputed presidential election.

Hadi Ghaemi, director of the New York-based International Campaign for Human Rights, said he had spoken with family members and colleagues of people who have been arrested or disappeared and was told that there were at least 200 across the country.

The Associated Press could not independently confirm the rights groups’ reports due to government restrictions on reporting inside the country. The Iranian government has said that it has arrested a relatively small number of people responsible for violence and other crimes.

Ghaemi said one of the latest to be arrested was Ebrahim Yazdi, who was foreign minister after Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini’s 1979 revolution and is now leader of the banned but tolerated Freedom Movement of Iran. Ghaemi said Yazdi was arrested in the intensive care unit of Pars Hospital in Tehran.

Yazdi’s son, Mehdi Noorbaksh, who lives in Harrisburg, Pa, confirmed that his 74-year-old father was detained while undergoing treatment at the hospital. Noorbaksh told The Associated Press that Yazdi was arrested around 3 p.m. Wednesday and taken to Evin Prison, just outside the Iranan capital.

“It has been very difficult to get information, phone lines are cut off,” said Nootbaksh.

Iranian analyst Saeed Leilaz was arrested Wednesday by plainclothes security officers at his home, said his wife, Sepehrnaz Panahi. Ghaemi also said that Mohammad-Reza Jalaipour, another noted Iranian analyst, was detained.

The BBC’s Farsi-language news site said Jalaipour is a student at Oxford and was arrested at the airport upon trying to leave Iran with his wife, Fatemeh Shams. A plainclothes officer did not give a reason for the arrest, Shams told the BBC.
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YouTube – Opposition Rally Tehran June 17 2009

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

Amnesty International: Arrests and killings rise as election protests grip Iran

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

Arrests and killings rise as election protests grip Iran

17 June 2009
Demonstrations against Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s disputed election victory have spread to all corners of the country. New reports suggest that around 15 protesters have been killed and hundreds more injured or arrested by security forces.

Up to two million people, including supporters of opposition leader Hossein Mousavi, took to the streets in Tehran on Monday to protest the outcome of the election. Large numbers massed again on Tuesday afternoon despite government threats that they would clamp down on “illegal protests”.

Elsewhere in Iran, similar protests against the announcement of President Ahmadinejad’s re-election have been met with an excessive force by police and security forces. In addition to seven protesters killed in Tehran, three people are reported to have died in Oroumiye and Shiraz.

While the arrest of dozens of political activists in the capital has been widely reported, less attention has been paid to the situation in provincial towns and cities.

In Tabriz, north-western Iran, 17 political activists, including doctors and those affiliated to the Nehzat-e Azadi (Iran Freedom Movement) are reported to have been detained and taken to unspecified locations on Monday night after they staged a peaceful protest in the city’s Abresan Square.

Among those arrested was Doctor Ghaffari Farzadi, a leading member of the Iran Freedom Movement and a lecturer at Tabriz University.

Students appear to have been particularly targeted. Security forces entered dormitories at Tabriz University on Monday and detained 10 students who had been involved in demonstrations. On Tuesday, activist and student leader Amir Mardani was among hundreds more people detained.

In the city of Oroumiye, also in north-western Iran, local media reported on Tuesday that two people had been killed and hundreds more detained after a crackdown on around 3,000 protesters in Imam Street.

In Shiraz, southern Iran, security forces used tear gas as they forced their way into a university library. Reports say that several students were beaten and around 100 were detained. Unconfirmed reports suggest that one person may have been killed.

In the northern town of Babol, armed paramilitaries and plain-clothed officials are reported to have surrounded Babol University and targeted students in dormitories.

This scenario was repeated in other centres. In Mashhad, in the north-east, there were further reports of security forces attacking students and in Zahedan, in Iran’s southeast, two students are among at least three activists who have been detained

Amnesty International has called on the Iranian authorities to exercise restraint in their policing of any further demonstrations in connection with the election result and to end attacks on students. The organisation is looking into the reported deaths.

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Violence against demonstrators marks new presidential term in Iran (News, 15 June 2009)
http://www.amnesty.org/en/news-and-updates/news/violence-against-demonstrators-marks-new-presidential-term-iran-20090615
Iran’s presidential election amid unrest and ongoing human rights violations (News, 5 June 2009)
http://www.amnesty.org/en/news-and-updates/news/iran-presidential-election-amid-unrest-and-ongoing-human-rights-violations-20090605

Amnesty International – urgent action – Tabriz

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

Arrest and possible torture of at least 28 Iranian activists–their whereabouts are unknown

عفو بین الملل

عمومی

شماره نمایه عفو بین الملل: MDE13/057/2009

16 ژوئن 2009 (26 خرداد 1388)

فراخوان فوری 09/152

نگرانی از شکنجه یا آزار/ زندانیان عقیدتی احتمالی/دستگیری¬های خودسرانه

ایران:

لعیا فرزدی، دکتر

جلیل شربیانلو، جراح

غفار فرزدی، عضو شورای مرکزی نهضت آزادی ایران

رحیم یاوری، فعال عضو نهضت آزادی ایران

حداقل 24 فعال سیاسی، دانشجو و متخصصان پزشکی

چهار نفر نامبرده در بالا و حداقل 24 فعال سیاسی، دانشجو و متخصصان پزشکی در پی تظاهراتی مسالمت آمیز در میدان آبرسان تبریز در آذربایجان شرقی در روز 15 ژوئن دستگیر شدند. محل نگهداری آنها نامشخص است و هنوز به آنها تفهیم اتهام نشده یا آنها را به دادگاه اعزام نکرده اند.

بنا به گزارش های مطبوعاتی، این عده و صدها نفر دیگر در اعتراض به روش برگزاری انتخابات ریاست جمهوری سه روز پیش از آن شرکت داشتند. عفو بین الملل نگران امنیت این عده است و در صورتی که مشخص شود آنها به علت به کارگیری مسالمت آمیز از حق آزادی بیان و تجمع خود دستگیر شده اند، آنها را زندانی وجدان تلقی می کند.

در روز 10 ژوئن، دو روز پیش از انتخابات، در پی اجتماعات گسترده عمومی درحمایت از میرحسین موسوی در تهران و سراسر کشور، رئیس دفتر سیاسی سپاه پاسداران هواداران او را متهم کرد که بخشی از یک «انقلاب مخملی» هستند که موفق نخواهد شد.

پس از این که وزارت کشور نتایجی را اعلام کرد که نشان می داد رئیس جمهور احمدی نژاد با تفاوتی که به نظر بسیاری، زیاد و غیرقابل انتظار بود، برنده شده، او مدعی پیروزی شد. شورای نگهبان، که یک مجمع بلندپایه قانونگذاری و اجرایی است، اعلام کرد که نتیجه انتخابات منوط به تایید آن است و بازشماری آرا می تواند انجام شود. سه نامزدی که در انتخابات بازنده اعلام شده اند، شکایت های رسمی خود را به شورای نگهبان، که نظارت بر انتخابات را به عهده دارد، تسلیم کرده اند. انتظار می رود ظرف 10 روز در باره شکایت ها تصمیم گیری شود.

اطلاعات پس زمینه ای

مقامات ایران وظیفه دارند نظم و قانون را برقرار کنند و از امنیت شهروندان محافظت کنند. اما، بنا به قانون بین المللی هر گونه محدودیت بر حق آزادی تجمع یا بیان باید طبق قانون و کاملا برای حفظ امنیت ملی یا امنیت عمومی، نظم همگانی، سلامتی یا اخلاق عمومی یا حمایت از حقوق و آزادی های دیگران ضرورت داشته باشد. هرگونه محدودیتی از این قبیل باید در تناسب با هدفی قانونی و بدون توسل به تبعیض، از جمله به خاطر عقاید سیاسی، باشد. حتا در صورتی که چنین محدودیتی طبق قانون بین المللی توجیه پذیر باشد، برقراری نظم باید طبق موازین بین المللی ِ مربوط به اجرای قانون باشد که استفاده از زور به وسیله مسئولان اجرای قانون را ممنوع می کند مگر در صورتی که کاملا ضروری باشد و فقط به میزانی که برای اجرای وظیفه شان لازم است، و از سلاح گرم فقط در صورتی می توانند استفاده کنند که برای محافظت از زندگی انسان ها کاملا اجتناب ناپذیر باشد. مجریان قانون باید خویشتن¬داری نشان دهند، خسارت یا جراحات را به حداقل برسانند و به زندگی انسان ها احترام بگذارند و از آن محافظت نمایند.

اقدامات پیشنهادی: لطفا هر چه سریعتر نامه هایی به فارسی، ترکی، انگلیسی یا به زبان خودتان بفرستید و:

ـ از مقامات بخواهید فورا و بدون قید وشرط زندانیان سیاسی و فعالان سیاسی نامبرده در بالا و نیز همه افرادی دیگری را آزاد کنند که به خاطر به کارگیری مسالمت آمیز حق آزادی بیان و تجمع خود دستگیر شده اند.؛

ـ تاکید کنید که به زندانیان فورا اجازه دسترسی به خانواده ها و وکلای دلخواه خود و نیزهرگونه مراقبت پزشکی ضروری داده شود و از آنها در برابر تمام اشکال شکنجه و دیگر اذیت و آزارها محافظت شود؛

ـ مقامات را فرابخوانید تا به کسانی که مایل هستند عقیده، حتا عقیده انتقادی، خود را در باره انتخابات ابراز کنند، اجازه برگزاری تظاهرات مسالمت آمیز بدهند.

نامه¬ها را به مقامات زیر بفرستید:

رئیس قوه قضاییه

آیت الله محمود هاشمی شاهرودی

حوزه ریاست قوه قضاییه

خیابان پاستور، خیابان ولی عصر، پایین تر از سه راه جمهوری، تهران کد پستی 1316814737، جمهوری اسلامی ایران

پست الکترونیکی: shahroudi@dadgostary-tehran.ir (در قسمت موضوع بنویسید: خدمت آیت الله شاهرودی)

عنوان: جناب آقای

رونوشت برای:

رهبر جمهوری اسلامی ایران

آیت الله سید علی خامنه ای

دفتر مقام رهبری

خیابان جمهوری اسلامی، خیابان شهید کشور دوست، تهران، جمهوری اسلامی ایران

پست الکترونیکی: info_leader@leader.ir

از طریق تارنمای: (انگلیسی) http://www.leader.ir/langs/en/index.php?p=letter

(فارسی) http://www.leader.ir/langs/fa/index.php?p=letter

عنوان: جناب آقای

و نمایندگان دیپلماتیک ایران در کشور خودتان.

لطفا درخواست ها را فورا ارسال کنید. در صورتی که بخواهید پس از 28 ژوئیه 2009 نامه بفرستید، از دبیرخانه عفو بین الملل یا دفتر عفو بین الملل بخش خودتان سوال کنید.

Open Letter: Iranian Artists in Exile

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

Source: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Iranian-Artists-in-Exile/109026567353?ref=mf

Iranian Artists in Exile “Human beings are members of a whole,
In creation of one essence and soul.
If one member is afflicted with pain,
Other members uneasy will remain.
If you have no sympathy for human pain,
The name of human you cannot retain.”

– Saadi

This week Iranians turned out in record numbers not seen since the beginning of the Iranian revolution to change their current President Mahmood Ahmadinejad.

Their willingness to exercise their democratic right was both historic and uncommon in the Middle East. Iranians longed for change the same way people in the United States, and indeed worldwide, longed for a new beginning after the Bush years. They were tired of an increasingly delusional President who has thrown their country into economic turmoil and portrayed their country as a conflict seeking entity in the Middle East.

But today the same Iranian regime that has denied a dialogue with the world, denied human rights, denied democracy, denied the Holocaust, is blatantly denying the will of its people by committing massive election fraud to reelect Mahmood Ahmadinejad, and arresting journalists and opposition leaders in broad daylight.

Accepting this deception will be costly not only for the people of Iran but also for the people of the Middle East, with far reaching consequences worldwide.

As you read these words, the people in Iran have taken to the streets in nationwide protests. Despite brutal government suppression tactics the Iranian people are courageously fighting for their rights. As antiriot police batons crush the bones of demonstrators whose only protest is election fraud, Iranians are screaming for the world to hear them: WE DENOUNCE MAHMOOD AHMADINEJAD!

The people of Iran now ask for your support!

We do not expect you to fight our struggle but to help us fight it. We expect people worldwide to put pressure on their governments and politicians not to accept the legitimacy of the Iranian elections and the fraudulent presidency of Mahmood Ahmadinejad. Democratic societies worldwide must not leave the Iranian people alone now that they have risen to the challenge. Instead they need to align their policies with the will of the Iranian people.

Friends, we ask you not to let 70 million people in Iran be taken hostage. Any government that accepts Mahmood Ahmadinejad as the new president of Iran has betrayed the Iranian people, endangered world peace, and has no sympathy for human pain.

Iranian Artists in Exile