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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Bahareh Hedayat Student Activist Must Spend Two Years More In Prison After Spending Five And A Half Years …...

Bahareh behind prison window speaking with husband

A Repressive Regime With Repressive Judiciary !

Bahareh Hedayat the Iranian student activist who was arrested after the green movement uprising, thought she will be released and in fact her release order was issued but four days after the introduction of article 134 her old two years suspended sentencing was implemented and regime's judiciary decided she must stay another two years in prison.
Bahareh Hedayat was arrested in 2006 in a gathering in "Hafte Tir "square and received a suspended sentence of two years imprisonment.
Bahareh Hedayat together with Majid Tavakoli were two most prominent Iranian student activists who have spent years in prison including solitary confinement . Bahareh and her husband ( Amin Ahmadian ) lived only one year together when this all happened …….

…..In a letter Bahareh wrote to her husband that , four days ago the prison officials called her to the office and showed her the release letter but they didn't release her , why she have to stay in prison for four days while her release order was issued……?


Link:

http://www.iran-emrooz.net/index.php/news1/56919/









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Islamic Regime in Iran Executed Behrouz Alkhani A Kurdish Political Prisoner in Orumieh Prison …..

According to Association of Kurdistan Human Rights Defenders  :
Behrouz Alkhani was a member of " Pejak " a Kurdish political organization . The Islamic regime executed him at 1:00 am Wednesday morning in Orumieh prison with 5 other prisoners whose charges were drug trafficking.


The lifeless bodies of the five prisoners were given to their families but regime asked Alkhani's family in order to receive their son's body ,they must bring a letter from the court.
While regime was preparing Alkhani's execution ,his family members were gathered yesterday outside the prison demanding the regime to stop their son's execution until the result coming from appeal court.

Link:
http://www.akhbar-rooz.com/article.jsp?essayId=68879
https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2015/08/iran-kurdish-man-
awaiting-appeal-of-his-death-sentence-executed/










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Monday, August 24, 2015

Islamic Regime In Iran Sentenced 4 Human Rights Activists To 24 Years Imprisonment …..



Arash Sadeghi , Golrokh Iraei , Naveed Kamran and Behnam Musivand were sentenced by branch number 15 of the Tehran court of revolution by presiding judge Salavati to a total of 24 years imprisonment.

Arash Sadeghi is an expelled student from Alameh Tabatabaei University ….. He is sentenced to 15 years imprisonment

Golrokh Iraei is the wife of Arash Sadeghi …….She is sentenced to 6 years imprisonment

Naveed Kamran and Behnam Musivand both to 18 years imprisonment .


Arash Sadeghi:
For Gathering and conspiracy 7 years imprisonment ..
For Insulting to the founder of the Islamic Republic 3 years….
For Organizing a group 3 years imprisonment
For propagating against the state 18 months

Golrokh Iraei :
For Insulting to the sacred, 5 years imprisonment
Propagating against the state 1 year

Naveed Kamran and Behnam Musivand :
For propagating against the state / each one received 18 months imprisonment….

Link:
http://www.akhbar-rooz.com/article.jsp?essayId=68843





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33 Iranian Human Rights Organizations Calls For Justice on Mass Political Prisoners Killing by Islamic Regime in Iran 27 Years Ago…..


Solidarity For Human Rights in Iran :

We Demand Justice on This Injustice !

The Killing Of Political Prisoners in 1987-88 Won't Be Forgotten !

Every year on September Iranian around the world commemorate the mass killing of political prisoners  by Islamic Regime in Iran …….

33 Iranian Human Rights organizations from around the world released a statement on the coming of the event which is called " the mass killing of the political prisoners"  by Islamic regime in Iran and were buried hurriedly in shallow grave at night in a remote cemetery called Khavaran .
It didn't go long before a few brave Iranian exposed this grave by removing the soil and finding prisoners buried with their cloths in shallow grave and taking photo and then exposing to the world to see.

It was then when khavaran become known as one of the location regime buried its  political prisoners in mass killing and by knowing this the parents of those killed in prison gathered there every year to console themselves by laying flower on the cemetery land for their loved one ….

This file is still open after 27 years of Islamic reign against those officials responsible in the killing …..

This is a crime against humanity.
 

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Radical Official started their campaign to plan and execute the up coming election in March .......


The Guardian Council which is established to just observe the election is and in the past was mixing its obligation to execute the election .
President Rohani in his recent speech attacked the Guardian Council for interfering on the execution of election which is the role of the Government.
The influential members of  the Guardian Council and its head ( Ayatollah Ahmad Janati) are known for their past radical positioning on various issues including the elections.
On March next year the election for Parliament and the Assembly of Expert will take place in Iran and the divided Islamist's  and rival groups including Conservatives and Reformists are preparing for controlling more seats.
Mr. Rohani also warned officials to watch what they say or act about the nuclear agreements , in response to this the commander of Sepah ( Revolutionary Guard ) Mr. Jafari without mentioning names attacked Rohani and said:
"Some people(?)  tells us , you cant say what you want or act , and based on this idea , we must adjust ourselves with the enemies . "

Link:
http://www.radiofarda.com/content/f2-iran-revolutionary-
commander-censures-rohani-guardians-council/27199407.html



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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Islamic Regime in Iran Has Changed Its Evin Prison Chief .....



According to news the Evin prison chief has been changed . The former chief Rashidi gave its position to a new chief Mr. Yousefy .

Yousefy has come from " Shahr Rey " ( Rey city ) , where radical Islamists or pro Ahmadinejad are holding more official position.
However the political groups believe this change is an act of favor for Mehdi Hashemi the son of Hashemi Rafsanjani ( A moderate official) who was recently sentenced to imprisonment in Evin prison.


IRAN WATCH CANADA :
But Iran Watch Canada Believe the situation of political prisoners will become harsher with this change.


Link:
http://www.akhbar-rooz.com/news.jsp?essayId=68751

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Bahareh Hedayat Iranian imprisoned Student Activist Served Her Sentences But Still In Prison.....


Bahareh Hedayat is a student activist who joined the green movement in the uprising of 2009 against Coup d, ta by Ahmadinejad and Khamenei.
Although she has served her sentences but she is still in Evin prison. Bahareh was arrested in Jan 2009 and since then she is in prison .......
 



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Friday, August 14, 2015

UN human rights experts call on Iran to release journalist Jason Rezaian as he awaits verdict



GENEVA (14 August 2015) – United Nations human rights experts today urged the Iranian Government to immediately release the Washington  Post ’s correspondent in Tehran, Jason Rezaian, who now awaits verdict after his fourth and possible final hearing earlier this week.

“The arrest, detention and secret trial of Mr. Rezaian violate his rights and intimidate all those working in the media in Iran,” said the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye. “His continued detention violates basic rules that not only aim to protect journalists, bloggers, human rights activists and others but to guarantee everyone’s right to information.”

Iranian authorities detained Mr. Rezaian and his wife, Yeganeh Salehi, over a year ago, though she was subsequently released. In secret proceedings, he has reportedly been accused of espionage, collaboration with hostile governments, gathering classified information and disseminating propaganda against the Islamic Republic of Iran .

“Mr. Rezaian seems to have been detained for the simple fact of having exercised his rights to freedom of expression, association and political participation,” said human rights expert Seong-Phil Hong, who currently heads the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention. “His rights to legal counsel of his choice and to due process of law seem to have been forgotten.”

Mr. Rezaian’s trial has been held closed to the public and even his close relatives. He has had no opportunity to present witnesses or evidence in his defense, or to examine and challenge witnesses and evidence against him. Mr. Rezaian has also been deprived of his right to consular visitation.

The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, Ahmed Shaheed, reminded the Iranian Government of its responsibility to ensure that journalists do not face prosecution for exercising their professional activities. “Mr. Rezaian’s case is part of a broader crackdown on freedom of expression in Iran. Journalists must be protected, not harassed, detained or prosecuted,” he stressed.

The UN experts noted that Mr. Rezaian, who is being held at Evin Prison in Tehran, was placed in solitary confinement for five months and subjected to full-day interrogation sessions that caused significant physical and psychological strain. The conditions at Evin Prison have resulted in Rezaian’s dramatic weight loss, respiratory problems, and chronic infections. “He has suffered unlawful treatment during his year-long incarceration,” Mr. Hong highlighted.  

“We urge the Iranian Government to release Mr. Rezaian as well as all those exercising their rights to expression who have been arbitrarily arrested, detained and prosecuted,” the human rights experts said.

ENDS

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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Cartoonist Rights Network International Gave Its Annual Courage Award To Atena Farghdani The Iranian Imprisoned Cartoonist


JAILED IRANIAN ARTIST ATENA FARGHADANI RECIPIENT OF CRNI’S 2015 COURAGE IN CARTOONING AWARD


CRNI’s 2015 Award for Courage in Editorial Cartooning is being given to Iranian artist-activist Atena Farghadani.  Ms. Farghadani was jailed in Tehran in August of 2014 after publishing a cartoonin protest of proposed legislation that would restrict birth control and women’s rights in Iran.  Following her release four months later, Farghadani posted a YouTube video recounting her beatings and mistreatment while in prison.  In anticipation of her trial on charges that included “spreading propaganda against the system,” Farghadani wrote a defiant open letter to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei in which she said: I know … I will be in a court that screams injustice.  I will be present before a judge who for years has skewed the balance of justice … What you call an ‘insult to representatives of the parliament by means of cartoons’ I consider to be an artistic expression of the … parliament which our nation does not deserve!” 

As a result of that letter and her YouTube posting, Farghadani was returned to prison in January, 2015.  In May, she was tried and found guilty of “insulting members of parliament through paintings” and “insulting the Iranian supreme leader.”  Atena Farghadani wassentenced to 12 years, nine months in prison.
The Courage in Cartooning award will be presented to Atena Farghadani in absentia by CRNI founder and Executive Director Dr. Robert Russell in Columbus, Ohio, on September 5, at an evening event during the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists  2015 convention. [Story]


Link:
http://cartoonistsrights.org/category/courage-award/courage-in-cartooning-award-winners/
http://cartoonistsrights.org/home/

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Mary Rezaian Speaking to media on August 10, 2015 after leaving the revolutionary court in Tehran

Link:
http://www.ifex.org/iran/2015/08/13/jailed_journalists/

This statement was originally published on freemedia.at on 13 August 2015. 

“We were all caught in that uncomfortable zone between trying to save our lives and betraying ourselves.” – Maziar Bahari, Then They Came for Me: A Family's Story of Love, Captivity, and Survival 

In 2009, Iranian-Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari was arrested without charge in Tehran and jailed in Iran's notorious Evin Prison. He endured psychological and physical torture, solitary confinement and daily interrogations. Finally, he was forced to make a televised – and excruciatingly humiliating – false confession. 

118 days later, and just two days before the birth of his daughter, he was finally released. 

But Bahari was lucky. As a Canadian citizen and a Newsweek reporter, he caught the world's attention. Prominent figures, including U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, called on the Iranian government to release him. 

His case was not the first in which a journalist in Iran was imprisoned on espionage charges, and unfortunately, it was also not the last. Dozens of Iranian journalists, bloggers, and human rights, social and political activists unknown to the outside world still languish in Iranian prisons. 

But now Bahari is using his own freedom to shine a light on the plight of journalists imprisoned in Iran who do not have the world behind them. 

In June of this year, Bahari launched the campaign “Journalism is not a Crime,” which aims to document ongoing human rights abuses against journalists and raise awareness of the deteriorating press freedom situation in Iran. 

The site hosts a collection of projects that, among other things, tell the history of journalism in Iran, investigate PTSD among Iranian journalists, address Iranian breaches of freedom of expression and examine the forced confessions of prisoners. 

The campaign also provides legal and psychological assistance to Iranian journalists before, during and after their arrest, produces original multimedia programs and organizes events with various organizations around the world. 

A commonality of origin 

Today, the iniquitous imprisonment of another Western journalist in Iran is making headlines. Washington Post Tehran bureau chief Jason Rezaian, an Iranian-American, is currently on trial for espionage and could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted. 

Just like Bahari, Rezaian is being held in Evin Prison, where he has been imprisoned since July 2014. However, Rezaian is expected to receive a final verdict in his case within a week, after a fourth, and possibly final hearing was held in Tehran on Monday. 

The International Press Institute (IPI) is monitoring his trial, which resumed behind closed doors in June. After three hearings so far, Rezaian's lawyer said on July 20 that court officials told her the next hearing would “almost certainly” be the last. 

While Rezaian holds both U.S. and Iranian citizenship, the Iranian government only recognizes his Iranian nationality. Rezaian is one of at least three American citizens currently imprisoned in Iran. 

However, the exact number of Iranian political prisoners is unknown. 

Rezaian's case is also remarkably similar to that of another Iranian-American journalist, Roxana Saberi, who was arrested on January 31, 2009, and held for 100 days in Evin Prison.

Saberi, who had been writing a book on Iran at the time of her arrest, was sentenced to eight years in prison for espionage. However, an Iranian court overturned her sentence and she was finally released in May 2009. 

“In my case, I think the international pressure helped push the authorities of Iran to set me free,” Saberi told IPI in a recent phone interview. “I don't know if it will push them to free Jason as well, but I think that it's better than staying silent.” 

The most significant commonality among Bahari, Saberi and Rezaian is that they all hold dual citizenship in a Western country and all three were working for Western news outlets at the time of their arrests. They were aided by international campaigns pushing for their release and supported by human rights groups and powerful political figures.

A lot of the prisoners who don't have anybody speaking out for them stay there [in jail] for years and years. 
Iranian-American journalist Roxana Saberi


Hillary Clinton called for the release of both Bahari and Saberi. U.S. President Barack Obama has urged Iran to release Rezaian. 

The high-profile nature of these cases created public awareness. And if there is public awareness, there is an opportunity to take action. 

However, it appears the West only cares about the West. The Western public only hears about cases involving Iranian journalists who are also Westerners, while dozens of locals are simply forgotten or overlooked. 

“A lot of the prisoners who don't have anybody speaking out for them stay there for years and years,” said Saberi. 

A 'Wall of Shame' exists on the Journalism is not a Crime website, which aims to compile a comprehensive list of all the journalists who have been jailed in Iran, not just the foreign ones, and provide biographies of them. The site also tracks journalists awaiting trial, those with a suspended sentence or those who have been released or killed. 

And that is exactly what these imprisoned Iranian journalists need: international attention, support from powerful world actors and campaigns for their release. 

“For those Iranians who don't have the same coverage outside the country, I think it's really important to raise awareness among the public about the situation inside Iran,” Saberi told IPI. 

IPI is undertaking its own efforts to promote press freedom in Iran, including its ongoing push for Jason Rezaian's release. IPI also named award-winning Iranian journalist Mashallah Shamsolvaezin its 2014 World Press Freedom Hero. 

Shamsolvaezin was jailed numerous times for his criticisms of Iranian government policies. From 2000 to 2001, he was held for 17 months in Evin Prison for an article he wrote criticizing capital punishment. 

A call to arms 

Maziar Bahari gained support for his release on an international scale. Roxana Saberi also had an army of supporters campaigning for her freedom. And now, Jason Rezaian is receiving a global push for his long-deserved release as well. 

But by only focusing on cases involving Western journalists, we are only paying attention to a part, not the whole. The majority of imprisoned journalists in Iran are local journalists – and they are being overlooked. 

The world must campaign for the freedom of all journalists, bloggers and social media activists imprisoned in Iran. The United Nations, foreign governments and influential political figures need to come together and pressure Iran toward lasting change. 

“It's just a combination of efforts that helps keep the stories of those journalists in jail alive,” said Saberi. 

And that is exactly why Bahari's Journalism is not a Crime campaign is so significant. We don't just see a name on a list; we see a story behind it. Moreover, the site's primary language is Persian, so it is not linguistically exclusive to English, unlike most campaigns. 

Social media is also a powerful tool to make communities aware of an issue and encourage those communities to then come together with an idea and instigate change. Through social media, the public can make its own noise and pressure governments. 

“As a journalist, we want to see other journalists to be freed. We don't want them to be punished for peacefully using the right to freedom of speech or freedom of the press and that should be the case for journalists all over the world, whether it's Iran, or Europe or America or wherever,” said Saberi. 

The imprisonment of these journalists, these people, deserves the world's condemnation – and nothing less. 


Natalie Rowthorn is pursuing a journalism degree at Indiana University with a focus in international relations.

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Today, August 13th, is the third anniversary of the kidnapping of American journalist Austin Tice in Syria. Two days ago, Austin turned 34. Credible sources indicate Austin is alive, and we know that there has been significant and meaningful progress on securing his safe return. We work everyday to bring him home. Join his family and loved ones in the campaign for his release!
 
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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Death sentence of Iranian doctor "absolute outrage"

 Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein. UN File Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré
The death sentence of an alternative medicine doctor in Iran has been called an "absolute outrage" by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).
Mohammad Ali Taheri, the founder of a spiritual movement and practitioner of alternative medicine, was charged by the Revolutionary Court for the crime of "corruption on earth".
High Commissioner Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said the death penalty for peacefully exercising freedom of expression and religion is a clear violation of international human rights law.
He called on Iran to immediately withdraw the charges and ensure Mr Taheri's unconditional release.
Daniel Johnson has been speaking to OHCHR spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani.

IRAN WATCH CANADA: News coming from Iran indicates that ,Mr. Mohammad Ali Taheri died under torture in prison and that,s why the Islamic regime in Iran hastily publicized or announced his death sentence, but this news is not been verified by judiciary spokesperson Mr. Ejeie....  

The latest news is that, Mr. Mohammad Ali Taheri's lawyer, Mr. Alizadeh Tabatabaei on Tuesday   rejected the rumors about Mr. Taheri's death and said, his health condition is okay and hope the Superior court will quash the death sentence against his client.
Link:
sentence-of-iranian-doctor-absolute-outrage/#.Vcti2p1Viko 

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