Archive for March, 2009

A Call to Stop the Persecution of Baha’is in the Islamic Republic of Iran

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

Article source: http://hra-iran.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=684:457&cat

March 9, 2009

A Call to Stop the Persecution of Baha’is in the Islamic Republic of Iran

We, the undersigned scholars and academic specialists in the fields of Middle Eastern and Iranian studies, call on the Islamic Republic of Iran to put an end to human rights abuses against Baha’is in Iran, which have been greatly escalating in recent months, and grant them full civil rights and freedoms as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and the International Covenant on Social and Economic Rights, to which Iran is a signatory. We note with great concern evidence of an ongoing campaign to deprive the Baha’is of Iran of their fundamental human rights. This all points to a worrisome development inside Iran that appears to be preparing the way for further human rights violations against the Baha’is. Recent events include but are not limited to the following

• Arbitrary Arrests. Authorities arrested five Baha’is in Tehran on January 14, 2009: Ms. Jinous Sobhani, Mr. Shahrokh Taef, Mr. Didar Raoufi, Mr. Payam Aghsani and Mr. Aziz Samandari, followed by the arrest of two Baha’is in Mashhad, raids on eight homes and the arrest of Mr. Nima Haghar in Tehran on February 1, 2009. They join not only numerous individual arrested and detained in cities and towns throughout Iran, but also the seven Baha’i leaders who were arrested in 2008, and who remain in prison, despite statements by the United Nations, six Nobel Peace Prize Laureates, and various human rights organizations calling for their immediate release.

• Attacks on Baha’i Homes. Authorities have been entering homes either to arrest Baha’is and/or confiscate personal belongings such as photos, books, and computers. A new and troubling development is the recent dissemination of a 31-page list of Baha’is in Shiraz that includes their names, professions, and home and work addresses. The list was accompanied by several quotes from high-ranking clerics, including Ayatollah Khomeini, against the Baha’is, and could lead to attacks on the listed Baha’is.

• Denial of Access to Education. Since 1979, the Iranian government has enforced a ban on Baha’i students from access to higher education, a recognized universal human right, and frequent restriction of home schooling to children who have been denied access to public education institutions.

• Campaigns of Intimidation. These include the harassment of school children, government sponsored propaganda against the Baha’is in the media, public seminars and symposia, the distribution of anti-Baha’i CDs in various school districts throughout the country, and harassment of those who seek to help the Baha’is, such as Nobel Peace Laureate Shirin Ebadi.

• The Financial and Economic Strangulation of the Baha’i Community. The Iranian government has, over the course of the past decades, expelled all Baha’i employees of national and local governments, and has moved to confiscate homes, businesses, financial assets, and other properties in a systematic attempt to destroy financially the Iranian Baha’is.

• Attacks on and Desecration of Baha’i Cemeteries. Baha’i cemeteries in Qaimshahr, Yazd, Najafabad, and elsewhere have been repeatedly vandalized and then completely destroyed.

We stand in solidarity with the Baha’is and indeed with members of all religious communities who do not have full rights and freedoms in Iran.

Signed:

Ervand Abrahamian, City University of New York

Janet Afary, University of California, Los Angeles

Gholam R. Afkhami, Foundation for Iranian Studies

Reza Afshari, Pace University

Hamid Akbari, Northeastern Illinois University

Payam Akhavan, McGill University

Abbas Amanat, Yale University

Camron Michael Amin, The University of Michigan-Dearborn

Said A. Arjomand, State University of New York, Stony Brook

Muriel Atkin, George Washington University

Sussan Babaie, Independent Scholar

Ali Banuazizi, Boston College

Shahzad Bashir, Stanford University

Nasser Behnegar, Boston College

Mansour Bonakdarian, University of Toronto (Mississauga)

Michael E. Bonine, University of Arizona

Mehrzad Boroujerdi, Syracuse University

Charles E. Butterworth, University of Maryland

Houchang E. Chehabi, Boston University

Paul M. Cobb, University of Pennsylvania

Dick Davis, Ohio State University

Khalil Dokhanchi, University of Wisconsin at Superior

Fred M. Donner, University of Chicago

John L. Esposito, Georgetown University

Farideh Farhi, University of Hawai’i at Manoa

Willem Floor, Independent Scholar

Latifeh Hagigi, University of California, Los Angeles

Nader Hashemi, University of Denver

Hormoz Hekmat, Foundation for Iranian Studies

Mehran Kamrava, Georgetown University

Mehrangiz Kar, Harvard University (Law School)

Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak, University of Maryland

Farhad Kazemi, New York University

Stephen N. Lambden, University of California, Merced

Kate Lang, University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire

Todd Lawson, University of Toronto

Loren Lybarger, Ohio University

Denis MacEoin, Independent Scholar

Afshin Marashi, California State University, Sacramento

Lenore G. Martin, Emmanuel College

Rudi Matthee, University of Delaware

Ann Elizabeth Mayer, University of Pennsylvania

Farzaneh Milani, University of Virginia

Margaret Mills, Ohio State University

David Morgan, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Negar Mottahedeh, Duke University

Roy P. Mottahedeh, Harvard University

Parvaneh Pourshariati, Ohio State University

Sholeh A. Quinn, University of California, Merced

Nasrin Rahimieh, University of California, Irvine

Thomas M Ricks, Independent Scholar

Karim Sadjadpour, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Sunil Sharma, Boston University

Nader Sohrabi, Columbia University

Rosemary Stanfield-Johnson, University of Minnesota

Mark L. Stein, Muhlenberg College

Kamran Talattof, University of Arizona

Georges Tamer, The Ohio State University

Mohamad Tavakoli -Targhi, University of Toronto

Nayereh Tohidi, California State University, Northridge

Frances Trix, Indiana University

A. L. Udovitch, Princeton University

Farzin Vahdat, Vassar College

Fereydun Vahman, University of Copenhagen

Margit Warburg, University of Copenhagen

Madeline C. Zilfi, University of Maryland

Foreign Secretary, David Miliband, launched the eleventh annual report on human rights on 26 March 2009

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

Read the full report (pdf)

Human rights cut across all of the FCO’s policy goals; counter-terrorism and weapons proliferation; the promotion of a low carbon, high growth economy; prevention and resolution of conflict; and the development of effective international institutions. Our report reflects this. Human rights provide a set of standards and an international framework though which all our foreign policy can strive to be conducted.

A particular focus for the 2008 Report is the protection and promotion of the rights of women and children. There are separate features on these issues in the Report. They are also further highlighted in countries featured in the ‘Major countries of concern’ chapter, where our work is focused on these areas.

This chapter covers 20 countries of concern, countries where human rights is of particular interest to the Government, where we are particularly active, or where there is a need to shine a spotlight on serious concerns.

It is not a league table of what we see as the worst offenders. There are other countries whose human rights records also concern us and they are covered throughout the report. But it gives the opportunity to focus on those that attract attention. The deteriorating situation in Somalia has led to its inclusion for the first time. It replaced Nepal, which remains widely featured throughout the Report.

The Foreign Affairs Select Committee scrutinises the report in Parliament, taking evidence from Government Ministers, NGO community and the general public. The Report is distributed to the diplomatic community in London and sent to our overseas posts.

Please click on the link to view the article: here

Closure of the churches in Shahr Ara over the next few days based on orders from the Islamic Revolutionary Court in Iran

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

Article source:http://www.peykeiran.com/iran_news_body.aspx?ID=58762&AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1

تعطیلی “كلیسای شهرآرا” با صدور حكم دادگاه انقلاب اسلامی

كلیسای آشوریان شهرآرا بنا به حكم دادگاه انقلاب اسلامی و با اعلان از سوی نماینده آشوریهای ایران ظرف روزهای آینده تعطیل خواهد شد.
به گزارش شبكه خبر مسیحیان فارسی زبان و بنا به گزارش دریافتی، در آخرین روزهای پایان سال ۱۳۸۷در روز پنجشنبه ۲۹ اسفند ماه ( ۱۹ مارچ ۲۰۰۹) كه در تقویم مسیحیان آشوری با عنوان روز ” پدر” نامگذاری شده است، به همین منظور گردهمایی در انجمن آشوریان تهران برگزار گردید كه اقای “یوناتن بت كلیا ” نماینده آشوریهای ایران در مجلس شورای اسلامی در سخنان خود اعلام كرد؛
“بزودی كلیسای شهرآرا بنا بر حكم صادره از سوی دادگاه انقلاب اسلامی تعطیل خواهد شد.”
این گزارش حاكی است، از عمده ترین دلایل تعطیلی این كلیسا را می توان حضور نوكیشان مسیحی فارسی زبان در مشاركت و مراسم های عبادتی آن كلیسا دانست.
این در حالی است كه پیش از این نیز نماینده جمعیت ۳۵ هزار نفری آشوریان ایران در مجلس ، در برخی از مجالس آشوریها ضمن اعتراض به این موضوع به صراحت اشاره داشتند كه با توجه به نحوه فعالیت كشیش و مسئولان كلیسای شهرآرا مبنی بر اجازه ورود مسیحیان فارسی زبان و مشاركت در مراسم های كلیسایی ، مسائل و مشكلاتی برای ادامه فعالیت آن كلیسا ایجاد خواهد شد.!
در این زمینه در اولین یكشنبه مراسم عبادتی كلیسایی در سال نو ، “كشیش ویكتور” ، شبان كلیسای شهرآرا در واكنش به این سخنان نماینده مجلس ،درجمع حاضران گفت؛ “از این پس این كلیسا یا فقط برای آشوریها خواهد بود و یا اینكه تعطیل خواهد شد”.
كمیته مسیحیان در مجموعه فعالان حقوق بشر در ایران تصمیم دادگاه انقلاب اسلامی مبنی بر تعطیلی “كلیسای شهرارا” را در راستای سلسله اقدامات خود مبنی بر تداوم فشارها با هدف پاكسازی مسیحیت با هویت ایرانی دانسته، تا از این طریق بتوان مانع از رشد و اشاعه مسیحیت در بین هموطنان فارسی زبان گردد.
و این امر ناقض اعلامیه جهانی حقوق بشر مبنی بر حق مستلزم آزادی تغییر دین یا اعتقاد و همچنین آزادی اظهار دین ،در قالب آموزش دینی عبادت ها و اجرای مراسم دینی به صورت جمعی یا عمومی است.
پیش از این نیز در ماه گذشته جلسات عبادتی ویژه مسیحیان فارسی زبان علیرغم خواسته شبان و مسئولین كلیسای شهرارا بنا بدلایلی تعطیل اعلام شد كه شبان كلیسا از ذكر علت و دلایل آن خودداری كرد.
“كلیسای پنطیكاستی آشوری معروف به شهرآرا” بیش از هشت سال است كه به جهت خدمت به مسیحیان فارسی زبان در روزهای جمعه و یكشنبه در ساعاتی جداگانه جلسات عبادتی و پرستشی ویژه فارسی زبانان برگزار می كند.

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.

Khatami in Canberra, advocating human rights, but denies persecution of Bahá’is

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

Article Source: http://news.brisbanetimes.com.au/breaking-news-national/israel-iran-can-coexist-says-khatami-20090324-9915.html

Israel, Iran can co-exist, says Khatami
Stephen Johnson
March 24, 2009

A former president of Iran believes the Islamic theocracy can peacefully co-exist with Israel as “brothers and sisters” and has defended his chequered record on human rights.

Dr Seyed Mohammad Khatami’s visit to Australia has attracted criticism from some in the Jewish community who have questioned his reformist credentials.

The former leader of Iran told a Canberra audience on Tuesday Iran had a history of living peacefully with its neighbours, putting him at odds with Iran’s current hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who was reported in 2005 to have said he wanted Israel “wiped off the map”.

“The … Iranian nation has always looked forward to co-existing with different nations around the world,” Dr Khatami said at the Australian National University.

“But with respect to the crisis that is going on in the Middle East, the crisis should be resolved through a just approach. It requires a global wheel.

“If such solutions based on justice would be realised … to observe the right of different ethnic groups and peoples in the region … humans can live next to each other as brothers and sisters.”

On the eve of Dr Khatami’s visit, the head of the Australia/Israel and Jewish Affairs Council, Colin Rubenstein, said the former Iranian leader did little to advance human rights.

“Khatami left office in 2005 having accomplished relatively little reform: pro-democracy protests were brutally suppressed under his watch, and newspapers and journals were banned,” Dr Rubenstein wrote in a newspaper opinion article.

“He advocated the death penalty for homosexuals, continued the punishment of stoning for adulterers, opposed women’s rights, and repressed minority religious and ethnic groups, such as the Baha’i.”

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Campaign for One Million Signatures Honored with an Award for Global Women’s Rights by Feminist Majority Foundation

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

Article source http://www.payvand.com/news/09/mar/1312.html

one million signatures

Each year the feminist majority foundation awards prominent women rights activists. Campaign for one million signatures is one of the winners of this year (2009) award. The award is for the demands and activities to end discriminatory laws against women in Iran.

The One Million Signatures Campaign launched by Iranian women’s rights activists on August 27, 2006, aims to collect one million signatures in support of a petition addressed to the Iranian Parliament asking for the revision of current laws which discriminate against women. Which should bring about a provision for education on legal issues to the public and especially to women, raise public awareness, promote collaboration between groups demanding equality between men and women.

Some of the winners from previous years are Dr. Sima Samar from Afghanistan ,Yanar Mohammad from Iraq.

Baha’i Woman Arrested in Sari

Sunday, March 22nd, 2009

On Tuesday, March 10, 2009, Iran Press News reported:

In a continuation of hostilities towards the Baha’is of Iran, a Baha’i woman in the town of Sari was arrested by agents of the Ministry of Intelligence and taken to the prison in the Kachui district of the same town.

According to reports received from Sari, Mrs. Shirin Furughian (Samimi) was taken into custody on Sunday, March 8, 2009, by agents of the Intelligence Ministry and taken to the Ministry’s prison in Kachui.

It should be noted that in the beginning of August 2008, agents of the same Ministry closed the shop of her husband, Adel Samimi. Shortly after this occurrence, their home was searched [by Ministry of Intelligence] and personal property such as their computer, satellite dish, pictures, and Baha’i books were confiscated.

Mr. Samimi was arrested on January 21, 2009, on the charge of “activities against national security”. He was released after nine days of interrogation. After repeated threats, his wife, Mrs. Furughian, was also arrested last Sunday.

Zohre Sharifi is released

Sunday, March 22nd, 2009

Source: BameAzadi 10 March 2009
Mrs. Zohre Sharifi, one of the followers of the liberal clergy Ayatollah Boroujerdi was released, after 21days in detention and under torture on Monday night, March 9, 2009 by giving heavy security.
This Iranian lady, who is married and has a child, had been detained along with her husband and child and transferred to Evin prison by governmental agents on Feb 17.
It is necessary to say that she had been arrested on Oct 2006 because of her belief in separation of religion from the state and her advocacy for Ayatollah Boroujerdi’s peaceful thoughts. The news published states that her three- month-old foetus has been aborted due to severe tortures during the detention.
Ayatollah Boroujerdi’s followers thank all Human Rights activists and liberal media for advocating and reflecting the news on this militant woman.

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.

Download-Letter

Ayatollah Boroujerdi Interviewed for International Women’s Day

Sunday, March 22nd, 2009

BameAzadi interviews Ayatollah Boroujerdi about his views on women

The day 8th of March is a pretext for reviewing our thoughts regarding the identity of this sacred creature and removing discrimination and feeble-mindedness about her also it is a chance to announce effective advocacy for women’s movement and to protest against continuing the detention of women rights activists in Iran.
Maybe, it can be said that Ayatollah Boroujerdi is the sole clergy that has a progressive view on woman’s place, but no opportunity has still been provided to express his comprehensive viewpoints in regard to women, because of many reasons that there is no time to mention.
If situation be provided to express his viewpoints on the world around freely, we will surly witness the presentation of the pretties and the most graceful ideas about woman, from this pacifist prisoner.
This great day is a chance to review a selection of the viewpoints of this freethinker and liberal clergy about woman:


Please explain the rights and limits of women ?

Woman is the partner of man in administration of the life affairs .women have the same position in creation that men have achieved and each law violates their personality and credit integrity is worthless .All judgments which lead to humiliating and regressing women are as the Human Rights violators. Every kind of limits and restrictions which cause reduction in their success and enjoyment of life are unrespectable and unenforceable. Scientific and social fields must not cause limitation and strait for them.

Read the article in full

Imprisoned Iranian Blogger Begins Hunger Strike

Sunday, March 22nd, 2009

This article is from IMHRO. Posted on Thursday 8th March

Shahnaz Gholami, an online Iranian journalist and rights activist, has begun a hunger strike in Tabriz city prison.
The editor of the “Azerzan” blog, Gholami was accused of publishing propaganda against the Islamic republic and jeopardizing national security. She was sentenced to six months in prison last month.

Her lawyer, Naghi Mahmudi, told RFE/RL’s Radio Farda that Gholami began the hunger strike to protest her prison conditions. She has been kept in the same ward with convicted murderers, drug dealers, and prostitutes.

Gholami advocates for women rights as well as for the rights of the Azerbaijani minority in Iran. She was detained for three weeks in 2007 for criticizing a police crackdown on public protests in many cities in northwest Iran. She spent five years in prison for her political activities in the 1980s.

The blogger’s arrest in November came a few days before a pro-government publication, “Sobh-e Sadegh,” called the Internet a Western tool of subversion.

In its article, “Sobh-e Sadegh” accused the U.S. government of attacking “the opinions of young Iranians and the world population for its own interests.” Among other “tools of subversion,” the Iranian publication listed RFE/RL, Voice of America, and CNN, as well as Google and Yahoo! search engines.

(by RFE/RL correspondent Farangis Najibullah)

Leading Indians Join the Wave of Support for Baha’is and their Rights in Iran

Saturday, March 7th, 2009

A Call to the Government of Iran:
Release Innocent Baha’i Detainees Facing Trial Immediately

We have learnt that the seven Baha’is, detained in Tehran without charges since May 2008,
are going to undergo trial at the Revolutionary Court very shortly. The Iranian Deputy
Public Prosecutor has recently announced that the seven Baha’is are accused
of “espionage for Israel, insulting religious sanctities and propaganda against the
Islamic Republic. Amnesty International “considers the charges to be politically
motivated and those held to be prisoners of conscience, detained solely because
of their conscientiously held beliefs or their peaceful activities on behalf of the Baha’i community.”

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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

Kurdish Channel Tishke TV Interview Bahá’is

Saturday, March 7th, 2009

Diane Alai, Baha’i International Community’s UN Hamid Samandari give an interview on Tishke TV regarding the seven Baha’i prisoners in Iran.

Book documenting the persecution of the Gonabadi Dervishes Minority and the Destruction of their Hosseiniyeh in Qom During the Month of Bahman 1384/2006

Saturday, March 7th, 2009

To Download a digital copy of this book please click http://erfan-gonabadi.com/BOOK/gelayol-va-atash-1.pdf

Documents Show the Hand of the Iranian Authorities in Attacks Against the Gonabadi Dervishes in Boroujerd:

Saturday, March 7th, 2009

To download this document please click http://darvishan.info/doc/materiali/Boroujerd-version2.pdf

Head of Dervish Community Hospitalized Due to Harsh Prison Conditions

Saturday, March 7th, 2009

Ali Akbar Bonakdar, one of the detained dervishes who heads the Reza Community Services, an organization instituted by Gonabadi dervishes was taken to Modarres Hospital due to the severe conditions he faces in prison and lack of medical care for his heart condition.

درويش زنداني علي اكبر بنكدار به بيمارستان انتقال يافت

علي اكبر بنكدار رياست مددكاري رضا از بنگاههاي خيريه متعلق دراويش گنابادي كه در 2 اسفند 1387 شب قبل از «روز درويش» با يورش ماموران امنيتي به منزل وي دستگير و تاكنون در زندان اوين بازداشت ميباشد به دليل ناراحتي قلبي تحت الحفظ به بيمارستان قلب مدرس منتقل و تحت مداوا قرار گرفت.

بنكدار كه به دليل جراحي قلب باز و تعويض دريچه و عروق قلب در سال 1382 بايد تحت مراقبت غذايي و بهداشتي خاص باشد در اثر فشارهاي زندان دچار عارضه قلبي گرديد و صبح 13 اسفند درحالي كه روي برانكارد قرار داده شده بود به بيمارستان مدرس منتقل و پس از معاينات و معالجه در پايان شب مجددا به زندان اوين منتقل گرديد.

علي اكبر بنكدار سالهاست كه رياست مددكاري رضا را به عهده دارد و از اينطريق خدمات بسيار زيادي را به صدها هزار نفر رسانيده بود و عدم وجود وي بر سمت خود در حال حاضر منجر به ايجاد نواقص و معضلات متعددي در بخش مددكاري رضا شده است.

قابل ذكر است كه محمدعلي تابان رياست مددكاري حسينيه دراويش نعمت اللهي گنابادي در كرج نيز در همان بند زندان اوين به دليل شركت در تجمع روز درويش در مقابل مجلس شورا بازداشت ميباشد.

خدمات اين مددكاري در جميع عرصه ها بعنوان يك نهاد NGO از محل كمكهاي انساني يا مالي دراويش به همه اقشار ضعيف جامعه و بدون توجه به دين يا مذهب آنان خدمات رايگان ارائه مينمايد.

Ultimate Degradation of Sacred Site for Sufis.

Saturday, March 7th, 2009

Iranian security forces spread human waste and water to cover Takht-i-Foulad in Esfahan, the site of where Dervishes had planned to gather and perform their community obligatory prayers last Thursday

براي جلوگيري از نماز اداره اطلاعات اقدام به پاشيدن فضولات انساني در محل خرابه هاي تكيه تخت فولاد اصفهان نمود.

روز پنج شنبه 8 اسفند ماه 1387، بر حسب استنصار قبلی دراویش اصفهان جمع کثیری از دراویش سلسله نعمت اللهی گنابادی جهت برگزاری مجلس درویشی شب جمعه، در خرابه های تکیه درویش ناصر علی گرد هم آمدند. نیروهای امنیتی و مامورین خدمات شهری و آتش نشانی از ساعاتی قبل مقادیر زیادی کودانسانی و آب در محوطه تخت فولاد اصفهان پخش کردند تا مانع حضور دراویش و مراسم نماز آنها باشند.

دراويش محل برگزاری مجلس را پاک کرده و پس از تطهير آن در آنجا اقدام به برگزاري نماز و تشكيل مجلس فقري نمودند. مجلس درویشی شب جمعه اصفهان با حضور چهارصد تن از دراویش گنابادی در خرابه های حسینیه اصفهان برگزارگرديد. و اين در حالي بود كه تعداد زیادی از ماموران لباس شخصی و نيروي يگان ويژه ضد شورش و نيروي انتظامي کلانتریهای اصفهان این منطقه را بشدت تحت محاصره داشتند. اين مجلس بدون هیچ درگیری پایان یافت.

اين اقدام اداره اطلاعات اصفهان يعني پاشيدن فضولات انساني در محل برگزاري نماز بسياري از مردم اصفهان را با اين سوال مواجه كرد كه اولا ابداعات عمروعاص هنوز در ايران متولي دارد و از سوي ديگر مالياتي كه از مردم ايران گرفته ميشود و به عنوان حقوق به ماموران اطلاعات داده ميشود صرف خريد و پاشيدن فضولات انساني براي جلوگيري از اقامه نماز جماعت ميگردد. ارايت الذي ينهي عبدا اذا صلي

يكي از عابرين با صداي بلند به ديگران ابراز ميداشت با اين سياست قصد دارند اسلام را صادر كنند و در مجامع بين المللي حضور يابند. همينگونه رفتارهاي اين دوستان نادان و دشمنان داناست كه اسلام را در جهان نزد افكارعمومي بين المللي خوار كرده و ايرانيان در سراسر جهان سرافكنده هستند و هيچ دولتي در روي كره زمين با كشور ايران روابط حسنه ندارد و بلكه همه جهان كمر همت بسته اند تا ايران و حكومتش را از بين ببرند

Statement Issued by the Secretariat of the National Resistance Council in Support of the Dervishes

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

The Secretariat of the National Resistance Council releases a statement on the rights of dervishes in Iran, seeking international attention and investigation into their persecution

آخوندها با تمام قوا درپي ريشه كن ساختن دراويش اهل حق در ايران هستند

بنا به اطلاعات دريافتي، صبح روز شنبه 10اسفندماه, يكي از زندانيان اهل حق به نام آقاي مهدي قاسم زاده, در زندان مرکزی ارومیه توسط دژخيمان آخوندها اعدام شد. وي بهمراه سه تن ديگر از پيروان اهل حق در مهرماه سال 83 دستگير و زنداني شده بود و تحت شكنجه دژخيمان قرار داشت. سه درويش دستگيرشده دیگر به نامهاي سهندعلی محمدی، بخش‌علی محمدی و عبادالله قاسم زاده به 13سال حبس محكوم شده و همچنان در زندان به سر مي برند.

رژيم بعد از روي كار آوردن احمدي نژاد سركوب و اعمال فشار بر صوفيان را با شدت بيشتري پي گرفت و عوامل اطلاعاتي سركوب دراويش را, كه از اولين سالهاي پس از پيروزي قيام بهمن57, شروع شده بود, به قصد ريشه كن ساختن صوفيان يكبار ديگر به طور فعال در دستور كار خود قرار دادند.

برخي از اقدامات ضدانساني و ضداسلامي جنايتكاران حاكم در مورد پيروان اهل حق به شرح زير مي باشد:

1. تخريب و به آتش كشيدن خانقاهها، حسينيه ها و سالنهاي اجتماعات دراويش در كيش، قم، بروجرد، اصفهان و ساير شهرها به دفعات و دستگيري صدها تن از دراويش و انتقال دستگيرشدگان به بندهاي مخوف209 و 242 اوين.

2. يورش همزمان مأموران وزارت اطلاعات, سپاه, نيروي انتظامي و ديگر ارگانهاي سركوبگر در شهر اصفهان به سالن اجتماعات دراويش گنابادي در تخت فولاد اصفهان و تخريب آن با بولدوزر و دستگيري تني چند از درويشان حاضر در محل (30بهمن).

3. يورش به تجمع اعتراضي درويشان در مقابل مجلس آخوندها و دستگيري 700تن از شركت كنندگان در تجمع كه افراد پير و سالخورده و زنان را شامل مي شد و انتقال دستگيرشدگان به زندان بدنام اوين به اتهام تبلیغ علیه نظام ، اخلال در نظم عمومی و… (3 اسفند).

4. انتقال 16تن از دراويش دستگيرشده به زندان مركزي اصفهان و تحت شكنجه قرار دادن آنها(4اسفند).

5. بازجويي يكصد تن از درويشان به اتهام اغتشاش در امنيت ملي, توسط حداد جنايتكار, معاون امنيت دادستان تهران(7اسفند).

6. ممنوعيت برگزاري مجالس مذهبي و درويشي, يورش وحشيانه به صفوف نمازگزاران و ضرب و شتم و دستگيري آنان ازجمله حمله به مراسم نماز جماعت درويشان در محل تخريب شده مسجد تخت فولاد اصفهان ( 8 اسفند).

7. ممنوع الملاقات كردن شيوخ با ساير درويشان , احضار و بازجويي, بدرفتاري و اعمال فشار مستمر و تبعيد شيوخ سلسله گنابادي و وابستگان آنها.

مقاومت ايران, ضمن محكوم كردن اقدام ضدانساني و ضداسلامي سركوبي دراويش, عموم مجامع بين المللي به ويژه ارگانهاي حقوق بشري را به رسيدگي به وضعيت وخامت بار اقليتها و ديگر آيينهاي مذهبي فرا ميخواند و خواستار آن است كه دبيركل و كميسر حقوق بشر ملل متحد ضمن محكوم كردن اين جنايتها, با اعزام يك گزارشگر ويژه آزادي مذاهب به ايران به اين سركوبي هاي وحشيانه و ضدانساني خاتمه بخشد.

دبيرخانه شوراي ملي مقاومت ايران

11 اسفند 87 ( اول مارس 2009)

Interogations Continue on imprisoned Dervishes.

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

Update by Sazman Paykar on the situation of Dervishes who are at wards 242 and 209 of Evin. Judge Haddad has not granted them family visitation rights and while interrogations continue access to defense has been denied. Their families are also facing increasing pressure and plan demonstrations in the days ahead. It is rumoured that the attacks carried out against the Dervishes is funded by President Ahmadinejad through the office of Ayatollah Makkarem Shirazi.

آخرين وضعيت زندانيان دراويش در بندهاي زندان اوين

هنوز بازداشت شدگان دراويش در روز درويش سوم اسفند 1387 در بندهاي 242 و 209 زندان اوين بسر ميبرند. بسياري از دراويش بطور جداگانه به اندرزگاههاي مختلف و قرنطينه منتقل شده‌اند. تعداد دراويش زنداني كه در حال حاضر در اوين بسر ميبرند 41 نفر گزارش شده‌اند. و اين رقم جدا از دراويش زنداني در زندان اصفهان است.

قاضي حداد معاون امنيت قاضي مرتضوي دادستان تهران اجازه ملاقات زندانيان را با خانواده‌هاي آنان نداده و همچنين اجازه ورود وكيل به پرونده هاي آنان را صادر نكرده است. كليه زندانيان دراويش در اوين ممنوع الملاقات هستند و وكلاي آنان نيز اجازه ملاقات با آنها را نيافته اند.

وضعيت جسماني اكثر دراويش از لحاظ روحي خوب ولي از لحاظ جسماني به دليل عدم تغذيه آنان در روز اول بازداشت و دادن نان و پنير در ده روز گذشته بعنوان تنها غذاي روزانه دچار ضعف بدني و لاغري مفرط شده‌اند.

دراويش زنداني اجازه هواخوري در محوطه زندان و ارتباط با خارج از بند را ندارند.

تحقيقات و بازجويي ها بطور مستمر از دراويش ادامه دارد

خانواده هاي زندانيان نيز در شرايط ناگوار بسر ميبرند. زمزمه ها در بين خانواده‌هاي دراويش حكايت از تشكيل تظاهرات احتمالي براي آزادي زندانيان در جلوي درب زندان اوين و ميدان پاستور در اعتراض به قوه قضائيه و رياست جمهوري است. همزمان “کمیتۀ دفاع از حقوق درویشان و دانشجویان ستمدیده و دربند ایرانی” از ايرانيان مقيم انگستان دعوت به تظاهرات در مقابل دفتر آیت الله ناصر مکارم شیرازی در لندن نموده كه زمان آن را هنوز مشخص نساخته است.

گفتني است انتخاب دفتر آيت الله ناصر مكارم شيرازي به دليل حمايت مخالفتها با دراويش از طريق دفتر نامبرده است و هزينه هاي مالي آن توسط شخص محمود احمدي نژاد رياست جمهور ايران طي اعطاي چكهاي ميليارد توماني به نامبرده تامين ميگردد. اين مبالغ در راستاي توسعه فعاليتهاي مختلف برخورد با دراويش از تبليغات ضدصوفيه نظير وبلاگ سازي (مشخصا وبلاگ خرقه) تا سازماندهي گروههاي بسيج در سپاه و حمله به دراويش و حتي پرداخت پاداش به مسؤولين رده دوم و سوم اطلاعات و امنيت و پرسنل آنان را شامل ميشود.
لازم به ذكر است كه تاخير در پرداخت برخي از اين چكها منجر به عدم پذيرفتن اعضاي وابسته به دولت توسط دفتر آيت الله مكارم شيرازي در سال جاري شد و مجددا با روانه شدن چكها روابط به حالت حسنه قبلي برگشت.

“سازمان پيكار”

Report on Iran’s Human Rights Record.

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009


http://www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/hrrpt/2008/nea/119115.htm

2008 Human Rights Report: Iran*

Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor
2008 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices
February 25, 2009

The Islamic Republic of Iran, with a population of approximately 70 million, is a constitutional, theocratic republic in which Shia Muslim clergy dominate the key power structures. Government legitimacy is based on the twin pillars of popular sovereignty-–albeit restricted–and the rule of the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution. The current supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, was not directly elected but chosen by a directly elected body of religious leaders, the Assembly of Experts, in 1989. Khamenei’s writ dominated the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government. He directly controlled the armed forces and indirectly controlled the internal security forces, the judiciary, and other key institutions. The legislative branch is the popularly elected 290-seat Islamic Consultative Assembly, or Majles. An unelected 12-member Guardian Council reviewed all legislation passed by the Majles for adherence to Islamic and constitutional principles and also screened presidential and Majles candidates for eligibility. In 2005 hardline conservative Mahmoud Ahmadi-Nejad won the presidency in an election widely viewed by the international community as neither free nor fair. Civilian authorities did not fully maintain effective control of security forces.

The government’s poor human rights record worsened, and it continued to commit numerous serious abuses. The government severely limited citizens’ right to change their government peacefully through free and fair elections. The government executed numerous persons for criminal convictions as juveniles and after unfair trials. Security forces were implicated in custodial deaths and committed other acts of politically motivated violence, including torture. The government administered severe officially sanctioned punishments, including death by stoning, amputation, and flogging. Vigilante groups with ties to the government committed acts of violence. Prison conditions remained poor. Security forces arbitrarily arrested and detained individuals, often holding them incommunicado. Authorities held political prisoners and intensified a crackdown against women’s rights reformers, ethnic minority rights activists, student activists, and religious minorities. There was a lack of judicial independence and fair public trials. The government severely restricted civil liberties, including freedoms of speech, expression, assembly, association, movement, and privacy, and it placed severe restrictions on freedom of religion. Official corruption and a lack of government transparency persisted. Violence and legal and societal discrimination against women, ethnic and religious minorities, and homosexuals; trafficking in persons; and incitement to anti-Semitism remained problems. The government severely restricted workers’ rights, including freedom of association and the right to organize and bargain collectively, and arrested numerous union organizers. Child labor remained a serious problem. On December 18, for the sixth consecutive year, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) adopted a resolution on Iran expressing “deep concern at ongoing systematic violations of human rights.”

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Dervishes Continue their Worship in Prison

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

Last night the detained Dervishes observed their religious ceremonies in prison. Their inamtes were visibly moved by their spirituality, however, the officials resumed their interrogations earlier this morning.

شب جمعه 8 اسفند 1387 دراويشي كه در روز درويش سوم اسفند جاري دستگير و به زندان اوين منتقل شده بودند اقدام به برگزاري مجلس فقري شبهاي جمعه نمودند و مراسم مذهبي خود را با خواندن اشعاري از عرفا بجا آوردند.

براساس گزارشات واصله بسياري از زندانيان غيردرويش كه در اين مجلس شركت كرده بودند تحت تاثير قرار گرفته و حتي تهيه چاي مراسم را نيز به عهده گرفته اند

وقوع اين پديده كه زندانبانان تا به حال مشابه آن را در زندان اوين مشاهده نكرده بودند برخي از ايشان را به تحقيق بيشتر انداخته و از صبح جمعه بازجويي ها و احضار زندانيهاي درويش مجدد شروع شد و سوالات عقيدتي از آنها بيشتر پرسيده ميشود

Complain to Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

Ms. Asma Jahangir
Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief
c/o Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights United Nations
Palais des Nations, 8 – 14 Avenue de la Paix
1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland

February 24, 2009

RE: Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief

Dear Ms. Jahangir:

Urgent investigation is required into the atrocity against the followers of Nematollahi-Gonabadi Sufi (Sufis) order by the government of Islamic Republic of Iran.

On February 18, 2009, about 200 government security forces, police and plainclothes agents under the cover of night surrounded the Hosseinieh (place of gathering and prayer) of Nematollahi-Gonabadi Sufi order, located in the historical Takhteh Foulad Cemetery in Esfahan, Iran and completely demolished the building using bulldozers and loaders.

Subsequently, on February 21, 2009, more than sixty thousands of Sufis from all over Iran decided to bring out their voices against the oppression of the government of Islamic Republic of Iran, and to denounce demolishing of their Hosseinieh by gathering in front of the Parliament, in Tehran. Security forces and plainclothes agents arrested more than 850 members of the Sufis, before them finding their ways to the Parliament. Although, the latest news from Iran indicates most of those who were arrested are freed since then, but still more than 120 Sufis have been transferred to unit 242 of the dreadful notorious Evin Prison for interrogation and torture.

Families of those who remained detained are saying that they have been unable to obtain information about their beloved ones’ whereabouts, legal status, health and conditions. Lawyers representing detained Sufis are prevented from meeting with their clients.
The repression by the authorities came amid about what appears to be increasing demonization of the Sufi Muslim and other religious minorities in Iran.

I am requesting you and your organization to take an immediate action to stop this atrocity in Iran. The Sufis have been facing increasing persecution in Iran. Many worship houses have been destroyed and Sufis have faced detention and torture. Recently, a few of attorneys representing detained Sufis have lost their licenses simply because of representing them in the Islamic Revolutionary courts. The government of Islamic Republic of Iran initiated its aggression against the peaceful and respected Sufi Muslim in Iran since early 2006, when the security forces and government supporters attacked, demolished and burnt the Hosseiniehs to the ground in the City of Qom (February 15, 2006) and the City of Boroujerd (November 11, 2007). On June 11, 2008, they forcibly entered and bulldozed the house of Mr. Javadai, (also place of gathering and prayer) in the Town of Charmehin, Esfahan.

In Iran, where mosques and Hosseiniehs are built without requiring the necessary permits, demolishing and burning Sunni Muslims’ mosques, Sufis’ Hosseiniehs and their place of residence are clear denouncement of Iranian Islamic Constitution by the Iranian Government. While the Government of Iran condemns the demolishing of Palestinians’ houses in the Gaza by the Israeli’s forces, but yet permits such action to take place at home, under their authority, is simply vindication of manipulating and ridiculing the international community.
The Sufi Muslim has no other choice but to seek redress and solutions at the doorsteps of the United Nations, international community, especially the International Court of Justice, Amnesty International, and the Lawyers’ Committee for Human Rights. On behalf of all those oppressed, suppressed and marginalized Sufi Muslims and other religious and ethnic minorities, I formally request that you exercise all powers conferred upon you by the United Nation, the most supreme world democratic organ, to take notice of this struggle to protect Sufis’ most basic human rights, and realize the urgency of the situation of Sufis and other minorities in Iran.

Sentencing of the Seven Bahá’ais Looms Closer.

Sunday, March 1st, 2009

Jamshidi, a spokesperson for the judiciary announced that arrangements for the sentencing of the seven Baha’is accused of espionage has been issued. He goes on to deny that Zhinus Sobhani, a former administrator at the Centre for Human Rights Defenders is a Baha’i and comments on other arrests in recent days.

Source http://www5.irna.ir/AR/View/FullStory/?NewsId=357904

سخنگوي دستگاه قضايي: قرارمجرميت هفت بهايي به اتهام جاسوسي صادر شد
“عليرضا جمشيدي” سخنگوي قوه قضاييه روز سه شنبه از صدور قرار مجرميت براي هفت عضو فرقه ضاله بهاييت به اتهام جاسوسي خبر داد.

نشست خبري با سخنگوي قوه قضاييه
وي در گفت و گو با خبرنگاران داخلي و خارجي در تهران گفت: اين هفت نفر مرتکب اعمال و اقدامات مجرمانه شده اند.
سخنگوي دستگاه قضايي با بيان اينکه “اين افراد براي بيگانگان جاسوسي مي کردند”، گفت: قرار مجرميت اين افراد صادر شده است و تا هفته آينده نيز کيفرخواست آنها تنظيم خواهد شد.
جمشيدي در پاسخ به اين سوال که “آيا افراد دستگير شده دسترسي به وکيل خواهند داشت”؟ گفت: منعي براي دسترسي به وکيل براي اين افراد وجود ندارند. وکلاي اين افراد مي توانند در مرحله دادگاه، متهمان را همراهي کنند.
سخنگوي قوه قضاييه در پاسخ به سوالي در باره نامه اخير دادستان کل کشور به وزير اطلاعات در باره فعاليت بهاييان در ايران، گفت:‌ هر فعاليتي که تبليغ عليه کشور، نظام و اسلام باشد، قطعاً جرم است و با مرتکبين آن برخورد مي شود. اما در مورد زندگي و سکونت اين افراد در ايران مشکلي وجود ندارد، همچنان که سالها در ايران بهاييان زندگي مي کردند.
خبرنگاري از سخنگوي قوه قضاييه پرسيد: آيا يک کارمند کانون مدافعان حقوق بشر در زمره بهاييان دستگير شده است؟ سخنگوي دستگاه قضا پاسخ داد: اين کارمند در زمره بهاييان نيست.
جمشيدي در پاسخ به سوال خبرنگاري در مورد دستگير شدگان مراسم سالگرد “مهدي بازرگان” از فعالان ملي – مذهبي در مقابل حسينيه ارشاد تهران، گفت: هفت نفر در حاشيه مراسم سالگرد بازرگان دستگير شده اند. براي دو نفر از افراد دستگير شده قرار وثيقه صادر شده است که يکي از آنها، با توديع وثيقه از زندان آزاد شد.
وي تصريح کرد: هم اکنون شش نفر از افرادي که در مقابل حسينيه ارشاد دستگير شده اند در بازداشت به سر مي برند.
سخنگوي قوه قضاييه اتهام دستگير شدگان را “اخلال در نظم عمومي” و “درگيري با نيروي انتظامي” ذکر کرد.
جمشيدي در خصوص آمار متناقض از دستگير شدگان شهرآورد پايتخت گفت: در بازي فوتبال روز جمعه ميان دو تيم فوتبال استقلال و پيروزي 20 نفر دستگير شده اند.
وي افزود: 10 نفر از دستگير شدگان به اتهام حمل مواد مخدر دستگير و اتهام پنج نفر سرقت، چهار نفر به اتهام درگيري و يک نفر به اتهام تخريب اموال عمومي بازداشت سده است.

Ayatollah Montazeri Speaks about the Mass Excecutions of 1988 in an Interview with Radio Zamaneh

Sunday, March 1st, 2009

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