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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

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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.

The Martin Ennals Award 2009 goes again to a Human Rights Defender from Iran

Monday, May 25th, 2009

Today the Jury of the Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders (MEA) announces as the 2009 Laureate

Emad Baghi, a leading Iranian human rights defender based in Tehran. He founded the Society for the Defense of Prisoners’ Rights, and has been a vigorous and outspoken opponent of the death penalty in Iran. His campaigning includes a scholarly examination of Islamic law (shari`a) on the subject, in which he demonstrates the absence of any doctrinal requirement for maintaining capital punishment. In addition, Baghi’s inventory of death row prisoners in Iran, including juvenile offenders, has been an important resource for UN human rights bodies as well as human rights groups outside the country. Baghi has spent four years in prison over the past decade for his campaigning against the death penalty and other rights activities. Currently out of jail, he still faces charges relating to his work for the defense of prisoners rights. Baghi suffers from serious heart and kidney ailments; in August 2008 prison physicians declared his condition critical.

The Chairman of the Jury of the MEA, Hans Thoolen, describes the laureate as “an exceptionally brave man defending human rights despite imprisonment and poor health”.

The Ceremony of the Martin Ennals Award will take place in Geneva in November 2009.

MEA: the main award of the human rights movement. The Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders (MEA) is a unique collaboration among ten of the world’s leading human rights organizations to give protection to human rights defenders worldwide. The Jury is composed of the following NGOs: Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Human Rights First, International Federation for Human Rights, World Organisation Against Torture, Front Line, International Commission of Jurists, German Diakonie, International Service for Human Rights and HURIDOCS. Previous laureates : Mutabar Tadjibaeva, Uzbekistan (2008); Pierre Claver Mbonimpa, Burundi and Rajan Hoole-Kopalasingham Sritharan, Sri Lanka; Akbar Ganji, Iran and Arnold Tsunga, Zimbabwe; Aktham Naisse, Syria; Lida Yusupova, Russia; Alirio Uribe Muñoz, Colombia; Jacqueline Moudeina, Chad; Peace Brigades International; Immaculée Birhaheka, DR Congo; Natasha Kandic, Yugoslavia; Eyad El Sarraj, Palestine; Samuel Ruiz, Mexico; Clement Nwankwo, Nigeria; Asma Jahangir, Pakistan; Harry Wu, China.

Patrons of the Martin Ennals Award: Asma Jahangir, Barbara Hendricks, José Ramos-Horta, Adama Dieng, Leandro Despouy, Louise Arbour, Robert Fulghum, Theo van Boven and Werner Lottje.

KHRP Welcomes International PEN Campaign in Support of Writers on Minority Rights in Iran

Sunday, May 17th, 2009

Source:
15 May 2009
Press Release: For immediate release

KHRP Welcomes International PEN Campaign in Support of Writers on Minority Rights in Iran

KHRP welcomes a campaign launched by International PEN today to raise awareness of the plight of writers in Iran who speak out on the issue of minority rights.

Since President Ahmadinejad came to power in Iran in 2005, there has been a marked crackdown on those who criticise the political status quo. Members of minority communities have been particularly vulnerable, with Kurdish, Azeri and Arab writers targeted for calling for greater protection of their cultural and political rights. In the weeks leading up to presidential elections in June, International PEN’s Writers in Prison Committee is campaigning to focus attention on such cases.

‘Freedom of expression is a cornerstone of an open, democratic society,’ said KHRP Executive Director Kerim Yıldız. ‘We wholeheartedly support this campaign and call upon the government of Iran to abide by its obligations under international human rights law and respect the basic right of individuals from all sectors of society to freely voice peaceful opinions.’

KHRP has long sought to raise awareness of human rights violations committed against Kurdish and other writers in Iran, including arbitrary detention, torture and application of the death penalty. KHRP also liaises with UN human rights mechanisms to share information and to urge action in relation to individual cases of writers who face such abuses because of their work.

More information about ways of participating in the International PEN campaign – including lobbying the Iranian and other governments, and raising the issue of freedom of expression in Iran in your local press – can be obtained by emailing cathy.mccann@internationalpen.org.uk

International Journalist of the Year Award goes to human rights journalist Mohammad Sadegh Kaboudvand

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

Source:[http://www.kurdishacademy.org/]

Mohammad Sadegh Kaboudvand was awarded the International Journalist of the Year award at the The Press Gazette British Press Awards. Winning a British Press Award is seen as the crowning achievement of any journalist’s career – and just being shortlisted is to be set among the elite of the profession. International journalist of the year recognises the courage of an overseas journalist who has battled against oppression.

کبودوند “روزنامه نگار بین المللی سال ۲۰۰۹” شد
source[http:[http://www.bbc.co.uk/persian/iran/2009
/04/090401_op_british_press_awards_kaboudvand.shtml
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محمد صدیق کبودوند، فعال حقوق بشر و روزنامه نگار کرد ایرانی در مراسم سال ۲۰۰۹ “جوایز مطبوعات بریتانیا” به عنوان “روزنامه نگار بین المللی سال” برگزیده شد.

اعطا کنندگان این جایزه، آقای کبودوند را “روزنامه نگار و مدافع برجسته حقوق بشر” معرفی کرده اند که از طریق فعالیت های حقوق بشری و روزنامه نگاری خود در تشکیل شبکه ای مدنی از فعالان و جوانان کرد موثر بوده است.

دادگاه انقلاب ایران در تیرماه ۱۳۸۷ آقای کبودوند را بازداشت و به اتهام نشر اکاذیب به قصد تشویش اذهان عمومی از طریق تشکیل “سازمان حقوق بشر کردستان” و فعالیت در آن، به یازده سال حبس محکوم کرد.

وی در حال حاضر دوران محکومیت خود را در زندان اوین تهران می گذراند.

آقای کبودوند در نامه ای به اعطاکنندگان “جوایز مطبوعات بریتانیا” که متن آن در سایت سازمان حقوق بشر کردستان منتشر شده، ابراز امیدواری کرده است که تعلق گرفتن این جایزه به او توجه “وجدان های بیدار جهان” را به وضعیت دشوار روزنامه نگاران و نویسندگان در جوامع بسته خاورمیانه جلب کند.

او در این نامه نوشته است: “در سرزمین ما… مردم حق هیچگونه انتقاد و اعتراضی ندارند و هر انتقاد و اعتراضی با سرکوب مواجه است و منتقدان و معترضان با تعقیب و بازداشت و آزار و اذیت و مجازات روبرو می شوند”.

آقای کبودوند از زمستان سال ۱۳۸۲ نشریه “پیام مردم” را به دو زبان کردی و فارسی در تهران و استان های کردنشین ایران منتشر می کرد.

او در فروردین ماه سال ۱۳۸۴ “سازمان حقوق بشر کردستان” را تشکیل داد.

“جوایز مطبوعات بریتانیا” هر سال به بهترین های روزنامه نگاری بریتانیا اعطا می شود.

این جایزه در دهه ۱۹۷۰ میلادی پایه گذاری شده و برگزیدگان آن را هیأت داورانی متشکل از روزنامه نگاران و مدیران مطبوعات بریتانیا انتخاب می کنند.

پرناز باغبان حسنی، همسر آقای کبودوند پیشتر در گفتگو با بی بی سی فارسی از دو بار سکته همسرش در دوران بازداشت و زندان خبر داده بود.

او گفت: “آقای کبودوند روز ۲۸ دی ماه ۱۳۸۷، هجده روز پس از سکته دومش، با دستبند و به شکلی تحقیرآمیز به بیمارستان دولتی قلب در تهران منتقل شد”.

آقای کبودوند زمستان سال ۱۳۸۷ جایزه هلمن – همت سازمان دیدبان حقوق بشر را نیز به خود اختصاص داده بود.

An Open Letter by Classmates of Expelled Baha’i Students from Sahand University in Tabriz:

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

Article Sourced at: http://hra-iran.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=723:321&catid=160:6954&Itemid=368
نامه سرگشاده جمعی از دانشجویان سهند تبریز در حمایت از همکلاسی های بهایی خود


متاسفانه در طی سه سال اخیر شاهد تشدید نگاه تبعیض آمیز مسوولین جمهوری اسلامی به جامعه بهاییت ایران بوده ایم.

بازداشت اعضای ارشد این جامعه مذهبی در روزهای آغازین انقلاب و سی سال بی خبری از سرنوشت آنها همچنین سالها ممعانت از ورود آنان به دانشگاه ، عدم اجازه اشتغال در مناصب دولتی و فقدان امنیت آنان، بازداشت چند باره مسئولان مذهبی آنان در طی سه دهه نشان از عزم راسخ مسوولان در برخود و سرکوب این بخش از جامعه ایرانی دارد. در تکمیل این برخوردها شاهد تصفیه اندک دانشجویان بهایی از دانشگاهها به دلیل اعتقادات مذهبی خود و به قصد عقب نگه داشتن آنها از پیشرفت و همچنین ممانعت از تصدی مشاغل دولتی می باشیم که خود گواهی دیگر بر وجود روندی سیستماتیک و هدفمند در برخورد با جامعه بهایی ایران دارد.

ما جمعی از دانشجویان دانشگاه سهند تبریز علاوه بر محکوم نمودن تمامی برخوردهای فراقانونی با این جامعه مذهبی که مخالف نص صریح اصل 3 بند 3 و بند 8 و همچنین اصل 14 قانون اساسی ( تسهیل و تعمیم آموزش عالی و مشارکت عامه مردم در تعیین سرنوشت سیاسی ، اقتصادی ، اجتماعی و رعایت حقوق انسانی غیر مسلمانان ) و نیز ماده 2 بند 2 میثاق حقوق اقتصادی و فرهنگی ( عمومیت آموزش عالی ) سازمان ملل متحد می باشد ، اخراج سه تن از همکلاسیهای خود (سینا دانا ، سماء نورانی و فراز وزیرزاده) را محکوم نموده و از مسوولان مسرانه خواستار تجدید نظر در نگاه خود به این بخش از جامعه ایران می باشیم و امید داریم که در سال جدید در کنار همکلاسان بهایی خود فارغ از هر مرام و مسلکی در جهت پیشرفت و بهروزی میهن خویش گام برداریم.

Human Rights Council: ARTICLE 19 Calls On HRC Members To Vote Against Proposed Resolution On “Defamation Of Religions”

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

To view ARTICLE 19’s statement, go to: http://www.article19.org/pdfs/press/human-
rights-council-article-19-calls-on-hrc-members-to-vote-against-propose.pdf

ARTICLE 19 has expressed its deep concern about a draft resolution on “combating defamation of religions” which has been circulated by the Organisation of Islamic Conference at the 10th session of the UN Human Rights Council. Whilst ARTICLE 19 observes that the draft resolution modifies the approach of previously adopted resolutions on the subject, it argues that the draft resolution does not address any of the problems associated with the concept of “defamation of religions”, but rather entrenches them.

In its statement, ARTICLE 19 notes that, in various ways, the draft resolution builds on resolutions on combating defamation of religions which have been adopted by UN human rights bodies since 1999. For instance, the draft resolution contains express references to Articles 19 and 20 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), recent initiatives of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and previously adopted resolutions of the Human Rights Council and the General Assembly on combating defamation of religions. It also appears to encompass the “targeting of … venerated personalities of all religions” and “religious symbols” within the concept of defamation of religions and draws closer links between that concept and the incitement to religious hatred.

ARTICLE 19 argues that such modifications demonstrate the clear will of the drafters to situate the draft resolution more directly within the framework of established international human rights law and to legitimise and further develop the concept of defamation of religions. Yet the concept lacks any definition in the draft resolution or legal basis in international human rights law. The statement indicates that the draft resolution is inconsistent with the right to freedom of expression and freedom of religion, will not be effective in promoting equality in practice and is likely to be abused by states seeking to stifle criticism of religions and religious institutions. References made in the draft resolution to established international law on freedom of expression and recent initiatives of the OHCHR are also misleading.

ARTICLE 19 argues that, if adopted, this draft resolution will add to the series of previously adopted resolutions on combating defamation of religions adopted by UN human rights bodies – an alarming trend which should be halted immediately. We therefore urge member states of the Human Rights Council to vote against the draft resolution or at least abstain in a vote on its adoption.

Letter from the Baha’is in Kerman to Prosecutor General of the country Dorri Najafabadi

Sunday, March 22nd, 2009

This is a letter from the Baha’is in Kerman to Prosecutor General of the country Dorri Najafabadi pointing out that the management of the affairs of the Baha’i community since the 1983 ban on Baha’i administration has been done by ad hoc groups of Baha’is under close supervision and direction of the Iranian authorities in particular its Ministry of Intelligence and therefore charges of espionage or secrecy do not hold. Please click the link below to download the letter.

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Letter from expelled Bahá’i Student

Saturday, March 7th, 2009

On Tuesday 3rd March 3 Students were expelled from the University of Sahand in Tabriz for being Bahá’is.
The following is a letter from one of those students, Sina Dana.

http://www.Hra-Iran.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=640:657&catid=160:6954&Itemid=368

Comedians Stand Up for the Bahá’is in Iran.

Sunday, March 1st, 2009

The world of comedy showed it’s face of courage and integrity as it made
a statement of concern for the rights of the Bahá’is in Iran. This statement which was
published in the Times Online was signed by fifteen top comedians from the UK circuit.

Sir, We are deeply concerned at the continuing imprisonment for more than eight months of seven leaders of the Baha’i community in Iran. No formal evidence has been brought against them.

They have not been given access to their legal counsel, the Nobel laureate Shirin Ebadi. She has had no access to their files and has suffered threats and intimidation since taking on their case.

Spurious charges now look likely to be filed against these Baha’is in the Revolutionary Court. “Espionage for Israel, insulting religious sanctities and propaganda against the Islamic republic” are their alleged crimes.

In reality, their only “crime”, which the current regime finds intolerable, is that they hold a religious belief that is different from the majority.

As artists who strive to uplift the human spirit and enrich society through our work, we register our solidarity with all those in Iran who are being persecuted for promoting the best development of society — be it through the arts and media, the promotion of education, social and economic development, or adherence to moral principles.

Further, we join with the governments, human rights organisations and people of goodwill throughout the world who have so far raised their voices calling for a fair trial, if not the complete release of the Baha’i leaders in Iran.

David Baddiel

Bill Bailey

Morwenna Banks

Sanjeev Bhasker

Jo Brand

Russell Brand

Rob Brydon

Jimmy Carr

Jack Dee

Omid Djalili

Sean Lock

Lee Mack

Alexei Sayle

Meera Syal

Mark Thomas

Source http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/letters/article5804284.ece

Semnan’s Supreme Leader wants to Rid Iran of it’s Bahá’i Population

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

Another Iranian official, the representative of the Supreme Leader in Semnan, Seyyed Mohammad Shahgheraghi, refers to uprooting Baha’is from Iran and states that it is binding on every Muslim to avoid any ties or deal with the Baha’is:

امام جمعه سمنان
بر هر مسلماني واجب است از معامله‌ و وصلت با پيروان بهاييت خودداري كند
زمان مخابره خبر :2/12/1387 16:28:0
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به گزارش خبرنگار خبرگزاري رسا در سمنان، حجت‌الاسلام و‌المسلمين سيدمحمد شاهچراغي نماينده ولي‌فقيه در استان سمنان خطبه‌هاي نماز جمعه اين هفته سمنان، گفت: بهائيت متولد شده در دامان صهيونيسم بوده و براي مبارزه با اسلام پديد آمده است.

وي افزود: دادستان كل كشور نامه‌اي را به دفتر امام جمعه سمنان ارسال كرده است تا درباره اين فرقه ضاله به مردم تذكر داده و با آن مبارزه شود.

امام جمعه سمنان تصريح كرد: هدف اين فرقه در حقيقت ضديت با اسلام بوده و به همين خاطر بر هر مسلماني واجب است تا هيچ گونه معامله‌اي با پيروان اين فرقه نداشته باشند و از وصلت با اين افراد به صورت غيرقانوني و غيررسمي بپرهيزند.

حجت‌الاسلام و‌المسلمين شاهچراغي گفت: اگر مردم ايران اراده كنند، همان گونه كه رژيم پهلوي را سرنگون كردند مي‌توانند ريشه بهائيت را نيز در كشور بخشكانند.

نماينده مردم استان سمنان در مجلس خبرگان رهبري از مردم هميشه در صحنه و انقلابي سمنان خواست تا با اين فرقه گمراه كننده و غيرديني به طور جدي مقابله كنند.

وي تصريح كرد: همان گونه كه در 30 سال گذشته عمر انقلاب پربركت ملت ايران شاهد افتخارات بزرگي در تمام عرصه‌هاي سياسي، اجتماعي، فرهنگي و اقتصادي بوده‌ايم، مي‌توانيم با وحدت و مقابله دشمن را تسليم خود كرده و پيروز نهايي باشيم.

A Trial Without Evidence for the Seven Imprisoned Baha’is.

Thursday, February 12th, 2009


Tehran’s deputy prosecutor-general, Hassan Haddad, is to refer the case of the seven Bahai’s who have been detained since last May, to the revolutionary court next week. In a shocking announcement, Mr Haddad claims that the Bahai’s are being tried on charges of “espionage for Israel, insulting religious sanctities and propaganda against the Islamic republic”.

No evidence so far has been produced to justify these outlandish accusations and at no time since their arrest have they had access to their legal counsel, Mrs Shirin Ebadi, who has also been subjected to relentless intimidations and harassment. For the last 30 years the government of Iran have systematically been trying to eliminate the Baha’i Community, yet this last minute trial may be a reflection of the magnitude of danger waiting at the door of this persecuted community.

As well as an estimated 30 Baha’is imprisoned solely on their religious beliefs, countless others are denied jobs and education. A further eighty have been forced to post deeds of property and business licenses as collateral for bail.

Mourning Their Children:The Mothers of Khavaran

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

The following two videos show the mourning and the stories of the thousands who where executed and
buried at Khavaran. Their bodies where dumped and covered. None of the families, who turn up every year in their memory ever knew the exact site of their loved ones, as they where all left unmarked. The Government has recently attempted to demolish this site and cover up the evidence. Many are campaigning bring this demolition to a halt and preserve the testimony of this most heinous
crime.

please click to view the first video Khavarans Mothers from The Iranian Womens Studies Foundation

Watch more YouTube videos on AOL Video

We Are Ashamed

Saturday, February 7th, 2009

The following is an article written and signed by a group of Iranians consisting of artists, writers, professors, poets, journalists, human rights activists and many other conscientious voices. The letter entitled “we are ashamed” is an emotional and sensitive apology for the wrongs committed against the Baha’is in Iran. The original article can be read
on the cnn website or in farsi at asre-nou.net

Century and a half of silence towards oppression against Bahai’s is enough
by Open Letter
04-Feb-2009


In the name of goodness and beauty, and in the name of humanity and liberty!

As Iranian human beings, we are ashamed for what has been perpetrated upon the Baha’is in the last century and a half in Iran.

We firmly believe that every Iranian, “without distinction of any kind, such as, race, color, sex, language, religion, politics or other opinions,” and also without regard to ethnic background, “social origin, property, birth or other status,” is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. However, from the very inception of the Baha’i Faith, the followers of this religion in Iran have been deprived of many provisions of human rights solely on account of their religious convictions.

According to historical documents and evidence, from the commencement of the Babi Movement followed by the appearance of the Baha’i Faith, thousands of our countrymen have been slain by the sword of bigotry and superstition only for their religious beliefs. Just in the first decades of its establishment, some twenty thousand of those who stood identified with this faith community were savagely killed throughout various regions of Iran.

We are ashamed that during that period, no voice of protest against these barbaric murders was registered;

We are ashamed that until today the voice of protest against this heinous crime has been infrequent and muted;

We are ashamed that in addition to the intense suppression of Baha’is during its formative decades, the last century also witnessed periodic episodes of persecution of this group of our countrymen, in which their homes and businesses were set on fire, and their lives, property and families were subjected to brutal persecution – but all the while, the intellectual community of Iran remained silent;
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Threat Against Three Baha’i Families in Qa’emshahr

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

This is an article translated by Ahang Rabbani from Iran Press Watch.

On Monday, 5 January 2009, Human Rights Activists of Iran reported the following in the Persian section of their online news organ:

The agents of the Ministry of Intelligence went to the residence of three Baha’i families in the town of Qa’emshahr, and conducted a search of homes and summoned everyone to the office of the Ministry [for further questioning].

On 24 December 2008, security agents arrived at the homes of three Baha’i families in Qa’emshahr and searched throughout the homes and confiscated such personal items as family books, papers and computers.

The Agents also asked Mr. Bijan Naw’khah, Mr. Sohrab Loghmani, Mrs. Fanaian, Miss Emilia Fanaian and Miss Anisa Fanaian to present themselves to the office of the Intelligence Ministry.

No further detail about these incidents is available at this time.

Highest Ranking Student Barred for Being Baha’i

Sunday, October 12th, 2008

The following is an article from Iran Press News.

[On Monday, 6 October 2008, the prestigious organization Human Rights Activists in Iran published the following letter by a Baha’i student under file number 87-1073: http://www.hrairan.com/Archive_87/1095.html. This letter is offered below in translation. Ahang Rabbani.]

My name is Sima Haqiqat-Muhlebani, daughter of Isma’il, and my birth certificate number is 5287, issued in Tehran. I was born in 1961. After 24 years of being barred from attending institutions of higher education in Iran and being deprived of furthering my education solely on the ground of my belief in the Baha’i Faith, I participated in the nationwide college entrance examination.
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Death Penalty for apostacy: an imminent threat to religious minorities in Iran.

Sunday, October 12th, 2008

Alarm bells are ringing across the globe as a new bill proposing the death penalty for
apostacy awaits its verdict from the Iranian Parliament. If this bill does get through many religious minorities, eg Christians, Baha’is and converts could legally face the death penalty. As the Islamic republic finds yet another loophole to rob a population of its religious freedom, cries of outrage are being heard across the world, from human rights activists to political leaders. One such voice was that of The British Foreign and Commonwealth Secretary, Rt Hon David Miliband, MP who has condemned this bill and stated that he deplored the way in which the Iranian Parliament is… now discussing a draft penal code that would set out a mandatory death sentence for the crime, quote unquote, of apostasy.”

Apostacy by definition means Abandonment of one’s religious faith. However this wouldn’t stop at just converts from Islam as in the example of the Baha’i community which Iran “considers to be apostates because of their claim to a religious revelation subsequent to that of the Prophet Mohammed……Since 1979, Iranian authorities have killed more than 200 Baha’i leaders, thousands have been arrested and imprisoned, and more than 10,000 have been dismissed from government and university jobs”.

The United Nations Commission on Human Rights, considers the recanting of a person’s religion a human right legally protected by the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Yet Iran continues to ignore these ideals, and ultimately denying itself and its people the chance to contribute to, and experience, a more just and tolerant vision of society.

Six month sentences for Cyber Activists

Friday, September 5th, 2008

Four women activists, including award winning Parvin Ardalan, have been given six month sentences by a court in Tehran. Their crime was publishing articles online, directly challenging the discriminatory laws against women across Iran.

After their magazines were censored the four women were forced to publish their articles online, only to face further recriminations. They found themselves charged with “publishing information against the Government”, under article 500 of the Islamic criminal code.

This situation reflects an ever worsening human rights crisis in Iran. Nobel Laureate Lawyer, Shirin Ebadi, who is representing the women, voiced her concerns over the recent arrests stating “If parliament ratifies the new law increasing sentences for crimes against society’s moral security, bloggers could get prison sentences.”

Once again Iran is extending its suffocating arm, threatening to strangle any freedom of thought, even in cyberspace.

Parvin Ardalan
Parvin Ardalan

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Family Home burnt to the ground in Kerman.

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

In the early hours of Friday July 18th the home of the Shakir Family, who are members of the Bahai’ community in Kerman, was burnt down in a suspected arson attack. Fortunately the family were away during the attack. Everything from furniture to possessions perished in the fire.

This family, like many in the Bahai community, are no strangers to harassment. In a recent event prior to that, whilst at a Bahai gathering, their friends noticed that the Shakirs car was set alight and tried to put it out with a fire extinguisher. They had also been on the receiving end of many threatening phone calls quite a while.

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Two Suicides and More Political Prisoners Deported to Turkey

Sunday, March 16th, 2008

 

According to a report by Human Rights Activists in Iran, two young brides forced into marriage in Kurdistan set themselves on fire and died, while a Kurdish independence activist was deported to Turkey:

دو خودسوزی در کردستان و استرداد یک زندانی به ترکیه

 

          بر اساس آخرین گزارشات دریافتی خانم صبری جواهری 16 ساله ساکن شهر کامیاران به علت ازدواج اجباری در تاریخ 22/12/86 در شهرستان کامیاران اقدام به خودسوزی نموده بود که امروز و در بیمارستان شهرکامیاران به علت سوختگی شدید جان خود را از دست داد .

همچنین خانم ثریا زند سلیمی 18 ساله به دلیل اختلاف خانوادگی و ازدواج اجباری که در شهر سنندج در تاریخ 22/12/86 اقدام به خودسوزی نموده بود ، صبح امروز در بیمارستان مرکزی آن شهر جان خود را از دست .

 

 

          “خالق گونه ش” از زندانیان سیاسی کرد متهم به همکاری و عضویت در حزب حیات آزاد کردستان که مدتها پیش دستگیر و در زندان مرکزی ارومیه نگهداری میشد در تاریخ 21/12/86 به نقطه نامعلومی منتقل و گزارش رسیده است سرانجام از طریق مرز سرو-یوکسوکاوا به کشور ترکیه تحویل داده شده است . در طی ده روز گذشته حداقل 5 زندانی سیاسی به کشور ترکیه تحویل داده شده است.

Kurdish Teacher Faces Death in Iranian Prison

Sunday, March 16th, 2008

Farzad Kamangar was arrested in Tehran in July 2006 and held in various detention centres across the country. Kamangar claims that during a period of detention in the notorious Evin Prison, officials tortured him to such an extent that he had to be taken to the prison hospital to receive medical attention. Kamangar was also tortured while in detention in the cities of Sanandaj in Kurdistan province and Kermanshah, Human Rights Watch say. Details of how he was tortured were discovered by Human Rights Watch in a secret letter sent by Kamangar from prison.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION:

Farzad Kamangar worked for 12 years as a teacher in the city of Kamyaran, Iran, before he was arrested and placed in detention. He also sat on the governing board of both a local environmentalist group and the local branch of the teachers association. Kamangar wrote actively for the monthly journal Royan, a publication of the Department of Education of Kamyaran. He was also a writer with a local human rights organization that documents human rights abuses in Kurdistan and other provinces, Human Rights Watch have said.

Kamangars lawyer said that the trial did not conform to Iranian legal requirements – it was closed, with no jury present. He also told Human Rights Watch that court officials ridiculed his requests that they follow mandated legal procedures.

NEAR and Human Rights Watch deplore the use of torture and call on the Iranian authorities to revoke the death sentence handed down to Farzad Kamangar.

RECOMMENDED ACTION:
Please send appeals:
1. Calling on the Iranian authorities to revoke the death sentence handed down to Farzad Kamangar.
2. Insisting that Farzad Kamangar be given a legitimate trial in a public court and reminding the authorities that this is a legal requirement in Iran.
3. Urging the authorities to ensure the safety and well-being of Farzad Kamangar whilst in detention.

APPEALS TO:
Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic

His Excellency Ayatollah Sayed ‘Ali Khamenei
The Office of the Supreme Leader
Shoahada Street, Qom,
Islamic Republic of Iran

Email: info@leader.ir or istiftaa@wilayah.org
Head of the Judiciary

His Excellency
Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi
Ministry of Justice, Park-e Shahr,
Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran

Please send emails via the Judiciary website – Iranjudiciary.org/feedback_en.html
Minister of Intelligence

Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejeie
Ministry of Intelligence,
Second Negarestan Street,
Pasdaran Avenue,
Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran

Email: iranprobe@iranprobe.com
COPIES TO:

President

His Excellency Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
The Presidency,
Palestine Avenue,
Azerbaijan Intersection,
Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran

Email: dr-ahmadinejad@president.ir
Please also send a copy of your appeal to the diplomatic representative for Iran in your country.

PLEASE ALSO SEND COPIES OF YOUR APPEALS TO:

Jonathan Travis
Programme Officer, Network for Education and Academic Rights
90 London Road,
SE1 9LN
London, UK
Fax: 0044(0) 207 021 0881
jonathan.travis@nearinternational.org‘>jonathan.travis@nearinternational.org

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Arrest in Sanandaj

Friday, February 22nd, 2008

 

http://mukriannews.blogfa.com/post-140.aspx

 

بازداشت يكي از پيروان مكتب قرآن در سنندج

بازداشت يكي از پيروان مكتب قرآن در سنندج

موكريان نیوز

روز گذشته يكي از پيروان مكتب قرآن در سنندج به نام عبدالله فيضي توسط نيروهاي امنيتي در منزل خود بازداشت گرديد

تاكنون از اتهام ومحل نگهداري نامبرده اطلاعي در دست نيست

گفتني است در جريان بازداشت نامبرده منزل وي نيز توسط مامورين مورد بازرسي قرار گرفته است

Suspicious deaths

Thursday, January 24th, 2008

The number of reports about suicides and suspicious deaths in Iranian prisons is on the rise. Many of them are young inmates who have either faced unfair treatment as students at Iranian institutions or as prisoners in custody. The case of Ebrahim Lotfallahi is a recent example of suspicious death while in an Iranian prison, which has attracted the following reaction on the part of US authorities:

Press Statement
Sean McCormack, Spokesman
Washington, DC
January 23, 2008

Death of Imprisoned Student in Iran

The United States is deeply concerned about the tragic death under suspicious circumstances of Ebrahim Lotfallahi, an Iranian student of Kurdish descent detained by the Ministry of Intelligence on January 6. We call on Iranian authorities to conduct a full investigation.The Iranian regime continues to deprive its citizens of a future free of fear, abuse, and arbitrary arrest. We urge the regime to release all individuals held without due process and a fair trial, including the three young Baha’i teachers being held in a Ministry of Intelligence detention center in Shiraz and the three Amir Kabir University students that prison authorities refuse to free despite an order issued by an Iranian judge in late December.

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Released on January 23, 2008

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