Archive for June, 2009

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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Protesters under attack

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

World Unites for Democracy in Iran

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

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.

Read More
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

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Thursday, June 18th, 2009

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Political activists detained in Tabriz, East Azarbaijan.

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

Amnesty International.

PUBLIC
AI Index: MDE 13/057/2009
16 June 2009
UA 152/09 – Fear of torture or ill-treatment/possible prisoners of conscience/arbitrary arrest
IRAN
Leyla Farzadi (f) doctor
Jalil Sharbiyanlou (m) surgeon
Ghaffari Farzadi (m) member of the Central Committee of the Iran Freedom Movement
Rahim Yavari (m) an Iran Freedom Movement activist
At least 24 political activists, students and health professionals

The four individuals named above and at least 24 political activists, students and health professionals were detained following a peaceful demonstration in Abresan Square, Tabriz, East Azarbaijan province on 15 June.
Their current whereabouts are unknown and they have yet to be charged or brought before a court of law.

According to press reports, they and hundreds of others were protesting against the conduct of the presidential elections held three days earlier. Amnesty International fears for their safety and would consider them to be prisoners of conscience if they were found to have been arrested for the peaceful exercise of their rights to freedom of expression and assembly.

On 10 June, two days before the election, following widespread public rallies in Tehran and across the country in support of candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi, the Head of the Revolutionary Guards Political Office accused his supporters as being part of a “velvet revolution” in Iran, which “would not be successful”.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad claimed victory after the Ministry of the Interior announced results showing he had won by what many consider to be an unexpectedly wide margin. The Guardian Council, a higher legislative and administrative body announced that the results were subject to their ratification and that a recount of ballots would be initiated. The three candidates who were declared as having lost the election have submitted formal complaints to the Council of Guardians, which oversees elections. A ruling on their complaints is expected within 10 days.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION
The Iranian authorities have an obligation to maintain law and order and to protect the safety of their citizens. However, international law requires that any restrictions on the right of freedom of assembly or expression must be in accordance with the law and strictly necessary to preserve national security or public safety, public order, public health or morals or the protection of the rights and freedoms of others. Any such restrictions must be proportionate to a legitimate purpose and without recourse to discrimination including on grounds of political opinion. Even if such a restriction is justifiable under international law, policing must be carried out in accordance with international standards regarding law enforcement, which prohibits the use force by law enforcement officials unless strictly necessary and to the extent required for the performance of their duty and to use firearms only when strictly unavoidable in order to protect life. Law enforcement personnel must exercise restraint, minimize damage or injury and respect and preserve human life.

RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send appeals to arrive as quickly as possible, in Persian, Turkish, English, or your own language:
– calling on the authorities to immediately and unconditionally release the political leaders and activists named above and all others if they were found to have been arrested for the peaceful exercise of their rights to freedom of expression and assembly;
– urging that they be allowed immediate access to their family members, lawyers of their choice and to any medical treatment they may require, and that they be protected from all forms of torture or ill-treatment;
– calling on the authorities to allow peaceful demonstrations by those wishing to express their opinion of the elections, even if critical

APPEALS TO:
Head of the Judiciary
Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi
Howzeh Riyasat-e Qoveh Qazaiyeh (Office of the Head of the Judiciary)
Pasteur St., Vali Asr Ave., south of Serah-e Jomhouri, Tehran 1316814737, Islamic Republic of Iran
Email: shahroudi@dadgostary-tehran.ir (In the subject line write: FAO Ayatollah Shahroudi)
Salutation: Your Excellency

COPIES TO:

Leader of the Islamic Republic
Ayatollah Sayed ‘Ali Khamenei
The Office of the Supreme Leader
Islamic Republic Street – End of Shahid Keshvar Doust Street, Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
Email: info_leader@leader.ir
via website: http://www.leader.ir/langs/en/index.php?p=letter (English)
http://www.leader.ir/langs/fa/index.php?p=letter (Persian)
Salutation: Your Excellency

and to diplomatic representatives of Iran accredited to your country.

PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat, or your section office, if sending appeals after 28 July 2009.

KHRP Alarmed by Deteriorating Human Rights Situation in Iran Following Elections

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

Source: http://www.khrp.org/content/view/472/2/

KHRP, (Kurdish Human Rights Project), today condemned the repressive measures taken by the Iranian authorities in the aftermath of the country’s recent presidential elections.

The methods employed – including violent suppression of demonstrations, arrests of activists and strict restrictions on media reporting – have no place in a democratic society. In addition to the mass protests seen in Tehran and the deaths of at least seven people there in recent days, there have also been reports of unrest in the Kurdish regions, including alleged shootings by security forces in the city of Marivan.

‘Sadly, the human rights violations that have been caught on video since the elections are not isolated events, and indeed are all too common in Iran. People who criticise or peacefully challenge the Islamic Republic – whether this is because they are Kurdish, Baluchi, Azeri, Arab, Christian, Jewish, or homosexual, or women – are treated with brute force,’ said KHRP Deputy Director Rachel Bernu. ‘Iran has a responsibility to its citizens to respect their inherent rights to freedom of expression and association, as well as the basic rights to life and liberty, and to act within the rule of law.’

Iranian Doctors Remain in Prison, Despite Lack of Evidence

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

Source: http://www.nearinternational.org/alert-detail.asp?alertid=497&src=ml

Copies of court documents obtained by the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran clearly show that prosecutors failed to prove the guilt of Dr Kamiar Alaei and Dr Arash Alaei. The brothers were sentenced to jail terms in January 2009, convicted of working in cooperation with the United States government to instigate a ‘soft revolution.’

According to The Campaign, the court rulings demonstrate a considerable reliance upon implicit ‘confessions’ that the Alaei brothers vehemently deny ever making. These ‘confessions’ reportedly include information about preparations and planning for international seminars, for which there are no laws criminalizing such activities in Iran.

The Campaign have said that the Judge construed all cultural and educational exchanges with American institutions as a front for U.S. intelligence activities, without noting that the Iranian government had indeed encouraged and participated in some of these events. Both brothers were found guilty of communicating with an ‘enemy government.’

Roxana Saberi, an Iranian-American journalist arrested in February 2009 for espionage, had her sentence reduced by an appeals court, which rejected the interpretation that the United States government could be considered an ‘enemy government.’ No such consideration has appeared in the case of the Alaei brothers.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION:

Dr Kamiar Alaei and Dr Arash Alaei were found guilty of communicating with an ‘enemy government’ in an arbitrary trial that has been widely labelled as politically motivated. The prosecution cited the brothers’ participation at numerous international AIDS conferences as part of their scheme to foment a so-called ‘velvet revolution’ against Tehran.

Dr Kamiar Alaei is an AIDS physician and doctoral student at the SUNY Albany School of Public Health and Dr Arash Alaei is former Director of the International Education and Research Cooperation of the Iranian National Research Institute of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease.

The doctors have an international reputation for their contributions to HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment programmes. They have worked to address problems relating to drug use in the spread of HIV/AIDS for over 20 years. They have been instrumental in placing these issues firmly on the Iranian national healthcare agenda, working with both government and religious leaders on education programmes for young people and in prisons. They have also conducted workshops for Afghan and Tajik healthcare professionals.

Robert Fisk: Iran’s day of destiny

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

Fisk witnesses the courage of one million protesters who ignored threats, guns and bloodshed to demand freedom in Iran

It was Iran’s day of destiny and day of courage.
A million of its people marched from Engelob Square to Azadi Square – from the Square of Revolution to the Square of Freedom – beneath the eyes of Tehran’s brutal riot police. The crowds were singing and shouting and laughing and abusing their “President” as “dust”.

Mirhossein Mousavi was among them, riding atop a car amid the exhaust smoke and heat, unsmiling, stunned, unaware that so epic a demonstration could blossom amid the hopelessness of Iran’s post-election bloodshed. He may have officially lost last Friday’s election, but yesterday was his electoral victory parade through the streets of his capital. It ended, inevitably, in gunfire and blood.

Not since the 1979 Iranian Revolution have massed protesters gathered in such numbers, or with such overwhelming popularity, through the boulevards of this torrid, despairing city. They jostled and pushed and crowded through narrow lanes to reach the main highway and then found riot police in steel helmets and batons lined on each side. The people ignored them all. And the cops, horribly outnumbered by these tens of thousands, smiled sheepishly and – to our astonishment – nodded their heads towards the men and women demanding freedom. Who would have believed the government had banned this march?

The protesters’ bravery was all the more staggering because many had already learned of the savage killing of five Iranians on the campus of Tehran University, done to death – according to students – by pistol-firing Basiji militiamen. When I reached the gates of the college yesterday morning, many students were weeping behind the iron fence of the campus, shouting “massacre” and throwing a black cloth across the mesh. That was when the riot police returned and charged into the university grounds once more.
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محمد علی ابطحی بازداشت شد

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/persian/iran/2009/06/090616_he_ir88_abtahi-arrest.shtml

‘محمد علی ابطحی بازداشت شد’
وب سایت محمد علی ابطحی

وب سایت ابطحی خبر بازداشت او را منتشر کرده است

محمد علی ابطحی، از مشاوران مهدی کروبی، بازداشت شده است.

روز سه شنبه، 16 ژوئن (26 خرداد)، سایت “وب نوشت”، وب سایت شخصی محمد علی ابطحی، رئیس دفتر و معاون رئیس جمهوری در زمان ریاست جمهوری محمد خاتمی، رئیس جمهوری سابق ایران، اطلاع داد که آقای ابطحی بامداد سه شنبه در خانه خود بازداشت شده است.

در انتخابات اخیر ریاست جمهوری در ایران، آقای ابطحی یکی از مشاوران مهدی کروبی، از نامزدهای اصلاح طلب در این انتخابات بوده است.

همسر آقای ابطحی در مکالمه تلفنی با بی بی سی تایید کرده است که ساعت 6 صبح سه شنبه، افرادی به خانه آنان مراجعه کردند و محمد علی ابطحی را با خود بردند.

وی گفته است که این افراد حکم بازداشت در دست نداشتند و در نتیجه، مشخص نیست که این افراد از سوی کدام نهادی مامور بازداشت آقای ابطحی بوده اند و او را به چه مکانی انتقال داده اند.
اخبار تایید نشده ای از بازداشت سعید حجاریان توسط ماموران دولتی نیز دریافت شده است

خانم ابطحی افزود که گفته می شود سعید حجاریان، از فعالان اصلاح طلب در جمهوری اسلامی نیز روز سه شنبه بازداشت شده است اما این خبر هنوز از سوی منبع دیگری تایید نشده است.

از زمان اعلام نتایج انتخابات ریاست جمهوری در ایران در روز جمعه، شماری از فعالان سیاسی، روزنامه نگاران و شخصیت های مخالف محمودی احمدی نژاد در ایران بازداشت شده اند.

Read article in full: http://www.bbc.co.uk/persian/iran/2009/06/090616_he_ir88_abtahi-arrest.shtml

Iran Reports 7 Deaths in Mass Protest Against Vote Result

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/17/world/middleeast/17iran.html?_r=2&ref=global-home


TEHRAN — Less than 24 hours after the largest demonstrations here since the 1979 revolution, Iranian state radio reported Tuesday that seven people were killed in clashes overnight, ramping up tensions after days of unprecedented protests which have forced a formal review of Friday’s disputed election.

As dawn broke over this tense and divided nation, anticipation grew over what would come next, whether calls for a nationwide general strike and more protests would play out across the country, or if emotions would begin to cool. But, in defiance of the protests, which have undermined his legitimacy around the world, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad flew to a regional summit in Russia.

In contrast to doubts about the validity of the election expressed in many western European countries, Sergei Ryabkov, Russia’s deputy foreign minister, welcomed Mr. Ahmadinejad and said his presence was “a sign that the Russian-Iranian relations will advance further,” The Associated Press reported.

On Monday, hundreds of thousands of people from across Iranian society poured into the streets to protest what they charge were fraudulent results last week’s presidential vote.

The state radio announcement of the seven deaths said the victims died in clashes in Tehran after an “unauthorized gathering” following Monday’s mass rally. State radio accused the protesters of trying to attack “a military location,” the A.P. said.

Read article in full:http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/17/world/middleeast/17iran.html?_r=2&ref=global-home

Remarks on Iran by President Obama, June 15, 2009

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

Obviously all of us have been watching the news from Iran. And I want to start off by being very clear that it is up to Iranians to make decisions about who Iran’s leaders will be; that we….

…respect Iranian sovereignty and want to avoid the United States being the issue inside of Iran, which sometimes the United States can be a handy political football — or discussions with the United States.

Having said all that, I am deeply troubled by the violence that I’ve been seeing on television. I think that the democratic process — free speech, the ability of people to peacefully dissent — all those are universal values and need to be respected. And whenever I see violence perpetrated on people who are peacefully dissenting, and whenever the American people see that, I think they’re, rightfully, troubled.

My understanding is, is that the Iranian government says that they are going to look into irregularities that have taken place. We weren’t on the ground, we did not have observers there, we did not have international observers on hand, so I can’t state definitively one way or another what happened with respect to the election.

But what I can say is that there appears to be a sense on the part of people who were so hopeful and so engaged and so committed to democracy who now feel betrayed. And I think it’s important that, moving forward, whatever investigations take place are done in a way that is not resulting in bloodshed and is not resulting in people being stifled in expressing their views.

Now, with respect to the United States and our interactions with Iran, I’ve always believed that as odious as I consider some of President Ahmadinejad’s statements, as deep as the differences that exist between the United States and Iran on a range of core issues, that the use of tough, hard-headed diplomacy — diplomacy with no illusions about Iran and the nature of the differences between our two countries — is critical when it comes to pursuing a core set of our national security interests, specifically, making sure that we are not seeing a nuclear arms race in the Middle East triggered by Iran obtaining a nuclear weapon; making sure that Iran is not exporting terrorist activity. Those are core interests not just to the United States but I think to a peaceful world in general.

We will continue to pursue a tough, direct dialogue between our two countries, and we’ll see where it takes us. But even as we do so, I think it would be wrong for me to be silent about what we’ve seen on the television over the last few days.

And what I would say to those people who put so much hope and energy and optimism into the political process, I would say to them that the world is watching and inspired by their participation, regardless of what the ultimate outcome of the election was. And they should know that the world is watching.

And particularly to the youth of Iran, I want them to know that we in the United States do not want to make any decisions for the Iranians, but we do believe that the Iranian people and their voices should be heard and respected.

Amnesty International – Urgent Action (MDE 13/056/2009): post-election demonstrators detained, risk torture

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

PUBLIC AI Index: MDE 13/056/2009
15 June 2009

UA 150/09 Fear of excessive use of force/torture

IRAN Demonstrators against announcement of re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad

Thousands of people, mainly supporters of presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi, who has challenged the announcement that current President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, had won the 12 June presidential election have been demonstrating, sometimes violently, in the streets in Tehran and other cities. They are at risk of injury or death at the hands of the security forces. Dozens have been arrested, and up to five students are reported to have been killed on Sunday and one person in a demonstration on Monday. Amnesty International believes the security forces are likely to use excessive force if, as expected, there are further demonstrations, and that those arrested are at risk of torture or other ill-treatment. The organization also believes the authorities are unlawfully restricting freedom of expression and information by blocking access to phone services, including SMS messages, foreign media and various internet sites.

In Tehran there have been demonstrations since the re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was announced by the Interior Ministry on 13 June. The demonstrators have at times thrown stones and set fire to buildings, motorbikes, cars, and have threatened members of the security forces, who have responded with violence, beating demonstrators, and arresting at least 170. On 14 June the Deputy Police Chief of Tehran said 10 of these were people who had been arrested for “masterminding” the riots, including some politicians, and 50 for “orchestrating” them.

Up to five students, named to Amnesty International as Fatemeh Barati, Kasra Sharafi, Mobina Ehterami, Kambiz Sho’a’i and Mohsen Imani – were reportedly shot dead on 14 June when security forces attacked a dormitory area in Tehran; others – possibly dozens – were arrested and many reportedly injured. Amnesty International has received the names of 13 students said to have been arrested. There are also reports of people arrested at demonstrations in provincial cities such as Zahedan, Tabriz, Mashhad, Babol, and Shiraz.

A demonstration against the result, scheduled for 15 June, was called off that day after an Interior Ministry statement that demonstrations against the election result were not permitted and that those breaching public order would be dealt with “in line with the law.” However, the demonstration took place anyway, and Mir Hossein Mousavi and another presidential candidate, Mehdi Karrubi, said they would attend in order to “calm the crowd.” Clashes are reported to have taken place between supporters of Mir Hossein Mousavi and President Ahmadinejad and one protestor is reported to have been shot dead. A 14 June victory rally in Tehran for President Ahmadinejad, attended by thousands of his supporters was allowed to take place.

The authorities appear to be attempting to limit reporting of the disturbances and to prevent Mir Hossein Mousavi’s supporters from organizing protests, by closing down the SMS network, blocking access to various internet sites including Facebook and websites supportive of Mir Hossein Mousavi, and jamming satellite broadcasts by foreign media such as the BBC. Telephone lines to Tehran have been intermittently disrupted.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION
On 10 June, two days before the election, following widespread public rallies across in support of Mir Hossein Mousavi, the Head of the Revolutionary Guards Political Office accused his supporters as being part of a “velvet revolution” in Iran, which “would not be successful”.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad claimed victory after the Ministry of the Interior announced results showing he had won by what many consider to be an unexpectedly wide margin. His re-election has been endorsed by the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, the ultimate arbiter of power in Iran. Mir Hossein Mousavi, who has said he was initially told by the Interior Ministy that he was the victor, has called the result a “dangerous charade,” and both he and another candidate, Mohsen Rezaei, have submitted formal complaints to the Council of Guardians, which oversees elections. A ruling on their complaints is expected within 10 days.

The Iranian authorities have an obligation to maintain law and order and to protect the safety of its citizens. However, international law requires that any restrictions on the right of freedom of assembly must be necessary and in accordance with the law in the interests of national security or public safety, public order (ordre public), the protection of public health or morals or the protection of the rights and freedoms of others. Any such restrictions must be proportionate to a legitimate purpose and without recourse to discrimination including on grounds of political opinion. Even if such a restriction is justifiable under international law, policing must be carried out in accordance with international standards regarding law enforcement, which allow law enforcement officials to use force only when strictly necessary and to the extent required for the performance of their duty and to use firearms only when strictly unavoidable in order to protect life. Law enforcement personnel must exercise restraint, minimize damage or injury and respect and preserve human life.

RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send appeals to arrive as quickly as possible, in Persian, Arabic, English, French or your own language:
– calling on the authorities to exercise restraint in the policing of any further demonstrations in connection with the election result, and ensure that firearms are used only as a last resort where strictly unavoidable in order to protect life;
– stressing that all those detained must be protected from torture or other ill-treatment, allowed access to their families, lawyers and any necessary medical treatment and should be brought before a judge without delay so they may challenge the basis of their detention;
– urging them to order an independent investigation into the policing of the demonstrations, particularly into the deaths and injuries which have been reported;
– calling for anyone detained solely for their peaceful expression of their views regarding the outcome of the election to be released immediately and unconditionally;
– asking the authorities to stop unlawfully restricting the freedoms of association, assembly and expression, including the freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas.

APPEALS TO:

Minister of the Interior*
Sadegh Mahsouli
Ministry of the Interior
Dr Fatemi Avenue
Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
Fax: +98 21 8 896 203
+98 21 8 899 547
+98 21 6 650 203
Salutation: Your Excellency

Head of the Judiciary
Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi
Howzeh Riyasat-e Qoveh Qazaiyeh (Office of the Head of the Judiciary)
Pasteur St., Vali Asr Ave., south of Serah-e Jomhouri, Tehran 1316814737, Islamic Republic of Iran
Email: shahroudi@dadgostary-tehran.ir (In the subject line write: FAO Ayatollah Shahroudi)
Salutation: Your Excellency
COPIES TO:
Leader of the Islamic Republic
Ayatollah Sayed ‘Ali Khamenei
The Office of the Supreme Leader
Islamic Republic Street – End of Shahid Keshvar Doust Street, Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
Email: info_leader@leader.ir
via website: http://www.leader.ir/langs/en/index.php?p=letter (English)
http://www.leader.ir/langs/fa/index.php?p=letter (Persian)
Salutation: Your Excellency

and to diplomatic representatives of Iran accredited to your country.

PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat, or your section office, if sending appeals after 27 July 2009.