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Hamid Reza Khadem Serving His Sentence in Evin Prison
Political activist Hamid Reza Khadem, 34, reported to Evin Court in order to begin serving his four year prison sentence and has been locked up behind bars in Ward 350.
According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), on December 7, 2010, the fifteenth branch of the Revolutionary Court sentenced Hamid Reza Khadem to 5 years in prison on charges of conspiracy and propaganda against the regime. This sentence was later commuted to 4 years by the Appeals Court.
Hamid Reza Khadem was arrested after the presidential election in 2009. He is a member the Research Bureau of the National Front of Iran (Jebhe Meli).
Our understanding was the genocide perpetrators in Iraq could be brought before an international court, so as the court verdicts could have shaped an international dimension and the offenses were approved according to the international standards.
Besides, the charges could have been implemented as emerged. Confined criminals will be a proper way to bring the big crimes to a halt.
During July 2007 the Iraqi high tribunal of crimes decided to detain and act against 423 of those accused, later on the Iraqi tribunal on August 10 2010 in a new outcome distributed arrest warrants to 258 individuals living in Kurdistan region, although some of the accused are now living in: Germany, Austria, Swiss, Holland, Briton…etc.
Yaman Al Qadri, 19 year-old and a second year dermatology student at Damascus University, has been arbitrarily detained after she was severely beaten by security forces and armed government militia thugs (Shabeeha) in the guard gate of the University.
On 3 November 2011, an estimated 10 Syrian security agents viciously beat Yaman in front of her classmates at Damascus University, dragging her, throwing her into the walls, and brutally assaulting her. She was then forcibly taken along with a classmate to an unknown location. Her classmate was released an hour after the arrest but Yaman is still being held incommunicado.
Yaman faces grave danger and is at risk of torture, as the regime has systematically attacked health workers and professionals who are speaking up against repression and helping the injured.
Updates 2 , December , 2011
Ahmad Reza Ahmadpour who was transferred to Ahvaz prison last week, was verbally notified of the increase in his prison sentence.
Per a document from the Qom special court for the clergy, it was verbally announced to Ahamdpour that not only was his request for release denied, 2 years were added to his prison sentence for the additional charge against him of “acting against national security” and he must now spend 5 years behind bars.
Ahmadpour who was summoned to court on Tuesday objected to the sentencing and asked that the added charge of acting against national security be dropped considering it was not part of the verdict that the appellate court had previously handed down. But he was told that even though they understood his point, the court’s hands were tied and there was nothing they could do.
Full Story Here ;
Article in Persian: http://www.rahana.org/archives/46333
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Appeals court upheld 13-year prison sentence for cleric Ahmad Reza Ahmadpour.
Ahmad Reza Ahmadpour, dissident cleric, blogger, former political prisoner and member of the Qom Hezbeh Mosharekat to be imprisoned for 13 years.
Ahmad Reza Ahmadpour is a cleric, member of the Qom Hezbeh Mosharekat (Participation Front), a blogger for Pezhak-e Khamoosh, and a researcher. Intelligence agents in the city of Qom arrested him on July 19, 2010 after which he spent almost a year in prison. The appeals court has now issued a verdict based on additional charges against this cleric.
According to Human Rights House of Iran, Ahmadpour was handed down a sentence of 3 years behind bars in Ahvaz prison and 10-years exile to the city of Izeh. He has now found out that this verdict has been upheld at the appellate court.
Ahmadpour faced the new charges stemming from a letter he wrote to the United Nations. Because of this letter he was convicted of “publishing lies for the intent of disturbing public opinion”, “propaganda against the regime” and “violating the dignity of the clergy.”
In 2009 Ahmadpour was convicted of “acting against national security”, “propaganda against the regime”, and “violating the dignity of the clergy.” At that time he was handed down a one-year sentence, which he served behind bars.
Ahmadpour is a war veteran [of the Iran-Iraq war] who suffers from physical disabilities due to being exposed to chemical weapons during the war. Even though per doctor’s orders it is imperative that Seyed Ahmadpour is under around the clock medical supervision, the courts have handed down this new verdict with plans of again putting this cleric behind bars.
Article in Persian: http://www.rahana.org/archives/45631
Isa Faridi sentenced to 5 yeas in prison. Judge Salavati handed down a 5-year prison sentence, $40,000 fine and 30 lashes.
In a court session last week branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court presided by Judge Salavati handed down the verdict for Isa Farid. This citizen will face 5 years behind bars, plus a $40,000 fine and 30 lashes.
According to Kaleme, Faridi was arrested in June 2009 during the mass arrests and harsh crackdowns on citizens that took place following the protests against the disputed presidential elections. Faridi was detained at his office at work and transferred to Evin’ ward 2A, which is under the supervision of the Revolutionary Guards (IRCG).
Faridi endured 110 days in solitary confinement in the notoriously harsh 2A ward before he was released with a heavy bail of close to $310,000.
He was acquitted of some of the charges against him, and no decision was handed down on other charges that will up for review in the future. Isa Faridi has been involved in various areas of commerce including construction and the Ministry of Oil.
Article in Persian: http://www.rahana.org/archives/45600
There have been far too many babies aborted in Massachusetts. It is a shame that a state where many founding fathers were from, abortion is legal.
This is NOT a religious motivated petition. It is for anyone, whether Theist or Atheist, who knows the truth about abortion and why it is wrong.
Let's stand together to overturn Planned Parenthood in the Bay State.
ONE MİNUTE! ZERDÜŞT'LÜĞE VE KÜLTÜREL DEĞERLERİMİZE SALDIRAN ERDOĞAN`I NEFRETLE KINIYORUZ !
DUYARLI TÜM İNSANLIĞA VE HALKIMIZA;
Kurd halkının Ulusal Özgürlük Mücadelesini her alanda yükselttiği ve birliğini sağlam temellerde oluşturduğu bir süreci yaşıyoruz. Bunun karşısında halen çözümsüzlükte, imha ve inkar politikalarında ısrar eden Türkiye Cumhuriyeti devleti ve onun silahlı gücü TSK ağır kayıplar vererek; yaşamlarını yitiren genç askerlerini tabutlarla karşılıyor.
TC Başbakanı ve Ortadoğunun yeni „sultanı“ Tayyip Erdoğan başta olmak üzere; devletin ana çekirdek kadroları son dönemde akan gençlerin kanı üzerinden kirli siyasetlerini devam ettirmektedirler. Kürd halkına karşı nefret söylemlerini en üst boyuta taşıyarak birçok yerde sivil faşistlerin provokatif saldırıyla insanlarımız hedeflenmiş, adeta ikinci bir Maraş katliamının provasına gidilmiştir. Diğer yandan Türk devleti tüm askeri gücünü seferber ederek, kendi tarihinin en büyük sınırötesi operasyonuyla karadan ve havadan Kürdistan ülkesini bombalamakta, kaybettiği savaşın son hamleleriyle sonuç almaya çalışmaktadır.
Halkımız açısından böylesi hassas bir dönemde; başbakan Tayyip Erdoğan seçim sürecinden başlayarak günümüze kadar, sinsi ve aşağılayıcı söylemlerle halkımızın en büyük tarihsel değerlerinden olan Zerdüşt`lüğü her fırsatta ağzına alarak hakaretlerde bulunmaktadır. Daha önceden Alawî`lik ve diğer ezilen yaşam felsefelerine tahammülsüzlüğünü en açık ifadelerle tüm meydanlarda haykırarak, insanların dini duygularını kirli siyasetine alet ettiği bilinmektedir.
Mezopotamya`nın güneşiyle aydınlanarak ateş olup, ortadoğu ve tüm dünya`ya yayılan kadim Zerdeşti Aryan kültürünün merkezinde İNSAN vardır. Tüm toplumsal yaşam felsefelerinin, inançların, kültürlerin ve düşünsel değerlerin başlangıç noktası olarak gösterilen bu yüce öğreti; günümüz insanlığına yol gösterici özellikleriyle güncelliğini korumaktadır. Temel ilkesi “İyi düşün, İyi konuş, İyi Yap” olan bu en eski Kurd felsefesi; eşitlikçi, hümanist yönüyle halen dünya insanlığına umut kaynağı olmaktadır. “Kötü düşünen, Kötü yapan ve Kötü konuşan“ Türk İslam resmi devlet idelojisinin sözcülerinin karanlık ve bir o kadar kötü dünyalarında böylesi hakaretlerini gayet normal görmek gerekir. Birkez daha kendine müslüman, kendine demokrat diyen tekçi kafatasçı, faşizan AKP zihniyetine sahip olanların durumları daha net ortaya çıkmıştır.
En son BDP`nin meclise sunduğu Türban önergesine atfen “Dini Zerdüştlük olan bir anlayışın böyle bir derdi olabilir mi?” diyen Erdoğan, insan hak ve özgürlüklerini ayaklar altına alarak atalarımıza ve kültürümüze tekrar çirkefçe dil uzatmıştır. Böylelikle türban konusunda kendisinin ve AKP`nin samimiyetsizliğini kamuoyu nezdinde Zerdüştlüğe saldırarak telafi etmeye çalışmıştır. Aslen Gürcü kökenli olan birinin Türk barbar faşizmini; diğer halkları, inançları ve kültürleri inkar temelinde aşağılayarak savunması manidardır. Bu durum ancak mankurtlaştırılmayla ve osmanlının yeniçeri ocağındaki devşirme yöntemleriyle ifade edilebilinir.
Yüreği insanlıktan ve hoşgörüden yana atan her duyarlı dostu bu kınama ve protesto girişimine aktif destek sunarak, geniş kitlelere ulaşmada sorumlu davranmaya çağırıyoruz.
Bizler aşağıda isimler bulunan; Kürd şahsiyetleri, aydınları, kurumları,demokratik kitle örgütleri, demokrat-insanlıktan yana ve yine sanal alandaki siteler, sosyal paylaşım sayfaları-grupları olarak; farklı renklere, inanç ve kültürlere böylesi pervasız saldırıları nefretle kınıyor ve diyoruz ki;
“EY TAYYİP ERDOĞAN HADDİNİ BİL; KANLI ELLERİNİ VE KİRLİ DİLİNİ ZERDÜŞTLÜKTEN ÇEK, BİR HALKIN KÜLTÜRÜNE VE DEĞER YARGILARINA ALÇAKÇA SALDIRMAKTAN VAZGEÇ !! BİZDE İNSAN VE DOĞA SEVGİSİ VARDIR.
Güneştir ateştir yüzümüz, Aydınlıktır yönümüz..
Senin gibi karanlıkları, kötülükleri temsil etmiyoruz.
Bizleri aşağı, kendini de üst gören başbakanı insan olmaya çağırıyoruz.
Bizim kökümüz belli Zerdüştlükten geldik, ya siz BAŞBAKAN?
Devşirilmiş bir “Başbakan” ın kadim geçmişimize küfretmesine izin vermiyoruz.
KÜRDÜZ, KÜRDİSTAN`LIYIZ VE ZERDÜŞT`DE ATAMIZ !!
PLATFORMA KURDÊN ALAWÎ
Wang Yue (nicknamed YUE YUE), a 2 year old toddler who died 2 days ago (October 20th 2011) in Foshan City of China.
Wang Yue wandered away from her mother when she was run over by a truck. The truck stopped for a moment, then ran over her again with the back wheels. People passed by with nothing as much as a glance to her body on the floor. A second truck ran over her body, 18 pedestrians passed by her and a motorcycle drove around her body.
Wang Yue was then picked up by a woman (Chen Xianmei, 58) who put her aside and her mother was found. She was sent to the hospital. The doctors reported her condition as 'brain dead but stable' for a few days.
Wang Yue perished yesterday, October 21st.
Instead of labeling YUE YUE a victim, let her be a lesson and encouragement for reform and awareness.
This is a petition focusing on the Canadian-Chinese Ambassador. I encourage everybody to make a similar petition and forward it to their respective country Ambassadors.
The surveillance tape of the event (GRAPHIC CONTENT) :
Wherever you are, sign the petition.
As the Afghan and U.S. government are in talks to sign the Strategic Partnership Agreement to extend the war to 2024, the level of violence in Afghanistan continues to increase.
Purulia District in West Bengal, is one of the most impoverished districts of India. Shrii Shrii Anandamurti, the founder of Ananda MArga, had a vision to elevate the educational status and improve the standard of living in such areas through comprehensive education.
He founded Degree College at Ananda Nagar in 1956, providing education to around 60 villages that previously had little access to higher education. Ananda Marga College began as an all-boys school, but has recently expanded to include women, whose facilities are completely apart from the main campus, in a nearby village, to comply with mandates of Sarkar, of separate, not co-ed facilities for higher education.
The Ananda Marga global ruling organizational body recently had a vote to discontinue the women's branch, saying that the existing conditions are coeducational, when they are, by all means completely separate, circumstances that would force these women to give up any chance that they might have of being able to make real progress in their lives, and the lives of their families and villages.
We feel that is necessary to overturn or redo this repressive vote, and help the women continue and move forward in their education and their lives.
We are calling Iranian authorities for the immediate and unconditional release of our Iranian colleagues Mojtaba Mirtahmasb and Katayoon Shahabi, who have been recently arrested for practising their profession as film makers.
They are believed to be held in section 209 of Evin prison in Teheran, which is controlled by the Ministry of Intelligence. Their colleagues Hadi Afarideh, Nasser Saffarian and Mohsen Shahnazdar, who have been arrested together with them were released on bail, their cases are pending.
In recent month our Iranian colleagues have been faced with increasing repression: several film makers have been detained or face imprisonment: Marzieh Vafamehr, an award-winning Iranian actress has been sentenced to 90 lashes as well as to one and a half year of detention. The corporal punishment has not yet been executed.
In July 2011, security officials arrested film makers, Mahnaz Mohammadi and Pegah Ahangarani. Both women were later released on bail, their cases are still pending. They are not allowed to leave the country.
Internationally celebrated directors Ja’far Panahi and Mohammad Rasoulof were both sentenced to six years’ imprisonment in December 2010. In addition Ja’far Panahi was banned from any involvement in film-making for 20 years.
Violence against women and children is now recognised as a global issue and and one of the most extensive violations of human rights.
Most cases of abuse towards women and children often take place in their own homes. More awareness and support needs to be given to these women and children who are or have been abused.
Urgent attention is needed in order to end violence against women and children.
Say NO to abuse.
The bloody massacre at the hands of the Egyptian Military of Copts in Egypt this past weekend is a devastating but not isolated example of the persecution Copts have suffered for generations in Egypt.
Copts have been in Egypt throughout history since the first century and Egypt was an entirely Coptic population historically. In fact the word Coptic directly translated means Egyptian. Copts came before all and any other religions in Egypt. Now a minority, Egypt's Coptic population is being systematically abused and mistreated and the atrocities against human rights has now become a habit and a norm.
Help us to fight these attacks on a peaceful people who are asking for their basic human rights to be respected. Help us fight for a peaceful conclusion to the torture, humiliation, grossly immoral and inhumane attacks on the Coptic people of Egypt.
DANSK VERSION KLIK PÅ DETTE LINK: EU-forsøgudensamtykke
DEFEND YOUR RIGT TO DECIDE OVER YOUR BODY AND LIFE WHEN HOSPITALIZED!
(new information is added to the text) A new bill** in the EU will abolish the directive* that protects the patient´s right to prior and free consent to trials with new medicine in emergency situations. Instead `subsequent consent´is proposed, meaning: The doctor can use emergency patients for a medicinal trial. And only a f t e r a patient regains consciousness will he be asked for consent to the trial. This is absurd and a violation of civil rights!
The bill is now being negotiated in the European Parliament. Due to the powerful lobbying of the pharmaceutical industry it will most likely be adopted in the first half of 2014 unless the citizens of Europe voice their protest!
Physicians are obliged to respect a patient's decision not to participate in trials. Each member State in the EU should therefore set up an electronic register, where citizens in advance can give their yes or no to participating in trials in cases of emergency.
This will enable doctors at the hospitals to check a patient's decision on the screen within a few minutes, and the citizen’s personal rights will be safeguarded.
**Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council, on clinical trials on medicinal products for human use, and repealing Directive 2001/20/EC
* Directive 2001/20/EC –on Good Clinical practice.
For the past 25 years thousands of poor Cameroonians have been subjected to serious human rights abuses by Baba Ahmadou Danpullo a powerful multi-millionaire commercial rancher and a member of the Central Committee of the ruling CPDM Party, who travels on a Cameroon Diplomatic Passport!
As the biggest landowner after the state in the NW Region, he uses police, gendarmes, courts and government officials to persecute defenceless subsistence farmers, cattle herders, opposition activists and human rights defenders.
In 2003, the Office of the President of Cameroon ordered an investigation into these exactions. Hundreds of victims gave testimonies to the Jani Commission but since then the recommendations of the Commission have not been implemented by the Prime Minister’s Office.
The exactions include the following:
1. Illegal displacement of small-scale Kom, Kedjum and Esu farmers and Mbororo cattle herders from Ndawara area without compensation.
2. Illegal expropriation of small-scale farming and grazing lands; confiscation of properties in parts of North-West Region and systematic violation of all administrative and judicial decisions to resolve these conflicts.
3. Contested acquisition of Bakweri lands in Fako Division, South-West Region for his CTE tea plantations.
4. Use of his private TV station, Danpullo Broadcasting System (DBS) TV broadcasting across Cameroon and some African countries to attack indigenous groups he considers a threat to his land grab agendas. For example, in recent TV broadcasts his agents savagely attacked ‘Pygmies’ in an unprecedented xenophobic and racist outburst of its kind on TV in Cameroon.
5. Illegal interference and imposition of Ardos (Mbororo community leaders) across Cameroon creating community tensions e.g.in Sabga, North-West and Bertoua in the East Regions.
6. Systematic harassment, slander, arbitrary arrests, illegal detentions, trumped up charges and imprisonment of human rights activists and campaigners.
7. Forced marriages of Mbororo girls including those under 15 years, the legal minimum age for marriage for girls, harassment of any eventual partners and families of his ‘ex-partners’.
8. Systematic and sustained efforts to undermine Mbororo identity, dignity and self-organisation e.g. continuous effort to erase the name ‘Mbororo’ and to get the Mbororo organisation MBOSCUDA banned or dissolved.
9. Illegal establishment and operation of a Sharia Court in his private premises (Ndawara Alkali Court) – use of the ‘court’ to ‘try’ Mbororo herders including justification for illegal confiscation of their cattle.
10. Use of the Societe de Developpement d'Elevage et du Commerce (SODELCO) which is falsely portrayed as a ‘socio-cultural association’ to perpetrate xenophobia, oppress indigenous activists, advance his political and economic hegemony, as well as extorting money and cattle from Mbororo people by way of ‘shares’.
11. Destruction and obstruction of communal water resources and environmental pollution from pesticides and chemicals drained into water sources from ELBA Ranches.
Justice and Dignity Website: http://www.justice-dignity.net
You Tube: http://www.youtube.com/justiceanddignity1
Commission des droits de l'homme - Le Rapporteur spécial conjointement avec le Rapporteur Spécial sur l’indépendance des juges et des avocats et la Représentante spéciale du Secrétaire Général concernant la situation des défenseurs des droits de l’homme, a attiré l’attention du Gouvernement du Cameroun sur la situation des éleveurs Mbororos du Cameroun. Pages 24-28 (119-139): http://tinyurl.com/bmtvrw8
CAMEROON: Millionaire rancher probed for seizing land and cattle from tribesmen: http://tinyurl.com/cb6rm5d
Anti 'Pygmy' and Mbororo Hate Propaganda on DBS TV: http://tinyurl.com/dyvtdoh
UN Human Rights Council Denounces Ill-treatment Of Mbororos:http://tinyurl.com/d4ga6ey
L'ONU - Commission des droits de l'homme - Rapport soumis par le Rapporteur Spécial en application de la résolution 1998/38. Cf: Annexe II, (11) (17) & (53) Ardo Duni, Adamu Dohma, Mallam Dewa, Sarli Sardou Nana: http://tinyurl.com/cg374ou
The Rey Bouba of Ndawara: http://tinyurl.com/cugba6b
Cameroon: L'Onu interpelle le gouvernement sur les exactions dont seraient victimes la communauté Mbororo: http://tinyurl.com/c7qs2e7
Submission of the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative for the Universal Periodic Review of Cameroon. See C(6) Minority rights: http://tinyurl.com/c4eaw7h
"Terror campaign" against Cameroonian herders: http://tinyurl.com/cnxhyay
Amnesty Internation: Detention without charge/Fear of Torture or ill-treatment: http://tinyurl.com/cwehf7v
Survival International: Cameroon: Mbororo Land Campaigners Freed: http://tinyurl.com/d5ak2b3
Bakweri Lands Claims Committee Documents: http://tinyurl.com/ce24n9w
Survival - Cameroon: four men arrested and tortured: http://tinyurl.com/bo9qz8w
Cultural Survival - Mbororo Appeal Acquittal in Torture Case: http://tinyurl.com/czk4ypg
CAMEROON: Amnesty International, Survival protest Mbororo arrests: http://tinyurl.com/cxzkz9j
Statement, 9th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Peoples: http://tinyurl.com/d7thwvv
U.S. Embassy Cable on Sabga Lamidat: http://tinyurl.com/d6kbexw
Controversy surrounds BAD's acquisition of CDC Tea Estates:http://tinyurl.com/cgy4whe
Danpullo at the Origin of Babanki Fondom Crisis leading to the murder of Fon Vugah
The crisis started when the Fon sold land to Danpullo. The matter went to court and the verdict was in favour of the Babanki farmers. The then Governor of the NW Province created a Commission that granted the farmers circa FCFA 50 million, which Danpullo was asked to pay and leave the farmlands. He snubbed the decision. Details here:
Assad Taghizadeh, an Iranian park ranger employed by Iran's Department of Environment, was on duty enforcing the national law at Dena preserved Area when confronted a group of 5 armed Illegal hunters who had hunted a wild goat.
According to Mehr News Agency, Illegal hunters fired at the park rangers when they were chased. At which point, Assad fired back at them in self defence, using his licenced firearm, that resulted the death of one of the illegal hunters unintentionally.
Mr Taghizadeh was tried for manslaughter in 2007 and found guilty. He was consequently sentenced to Death Penalty and his sentence has been approved by Iran's supreme court which is feared to take place in early future.
According to RAHANA, lack of appropriate firearms and legal training for rangers by Iran's Department of Environment (Employer Liability) could have also contributed to death of the hunter.
Iran's Shria based penal code permits Retribution (Qesas) and this has been demanded by the victim's family however numerous attempts to seek their pardon of Mr Taghizadeh have rendered fruitless.
It is worth mentioning that in the last 30 years, 110 park and forest rangers were killed and 450 others were handicapped In Iran in the line of duty as stated by Iran's Research Institute of Forests and Ranges.
Mehr News Agency: http://www.mehrnews.com/fa/newsdetail.aspx?newsid=1165447
Research Institute of Forests & Ranges: http://rifr.blogfa.com/post-249.aspx
اسد تقی زاده محیط بان ایرانی در سال ۱۳۸۶ دریک درگیری با پنج شکارچی غیر قانونی مسلح در منطقه حفاظت شده دنا که یک کل وحشی را در ارتفاع سه هزار متری شکار کرده بودند، درگیر شد و پس از اینکه شکارچیان مسلح به سمت محیط بانانی که آنها را تعقیب می کردند شلیک کردند، در دفاع از خویش بسوی یک نفر از آنان شلیک نمود که متاسفانه منجر به فوت شکارچی گشت. این محیط بان به جرم قتل غیر عمد، محاکمه و حکم قصاص وی صادر شد که توسط دیوان عالی کشور نیز تایید شد .خطر اعدام وی در آینده نزدیک وجود دارد. با امضای این پتیشن خواهان توقف اعدام، تجدید نظر در پرونده و ابطال حکم غیر منصفانه و غیر انسانی اعدام هستیم.
The Defense of Marriage Act(DOMA) was put into effect in the year 1996. This act defined marriage as being only between a man and a woman, disallowing all marriage benefits to be given to a same-sex couple that may be considered married.
Current immigration laws in Australia prevent people with a disability migrating to Australia because it is presumed that they will be an excessive cost to the Australian community. People are judged hypothetically on what somebody with their condition or disability would be eligible to receive.
They are not given the opportunity to demonstrate how they could offset possible health costs and their personal circumstances are not taken into account. As a result, hundreds of Australian families are torn apart and permanently separated as applicants applying through the family stream are still required to undergo extensive health checks. The current health requirements are therefore detrimental to Australian citizens who also have to undergo the trauma of being separated from loved ones.
The current immigration system is therefore indirectly discriminatory and at odds with Australia's international human rights obligations.
ALI MANSOURI is an Iranian asylumseeker in Sweden .
For the second time a pilot refused to take him to a violent death sentenced ! This time he was chained hands and legs and mishandled by the Swedish police.
He was taken chained to a chair on board a little, private plain and then to Amsterdam, where he was then in chains moved to a passenger plane en route to Tehran. He asks for help and he receives a well deserved help from the Honorable people on board who demand the plane taxi back and stopped the deportation.
230. Save Hadi
Re: Asylum case of Mr Hadi Abdollahian holder of the UNHCR registration no 385-11C04414, reference number 2011/PLN/01217, national of Iran, born on 09/03/1991.
Dear UNHCR officer,
As a human rights activist, I am writing to express my deepest concerns regarding the status of the above-named asylum seeker whose application is currently under consideration in Turkey while he is waiting for his substantive interview to take place.
Whilst in Iran, due to his, and his father’s activities against the current regime, Hadi has been subject to such various ill-treatments as torture, rape, imprisonment and other forms of discriminatory behaviours, for which visual and medical evidences are available.
Hadi was the designer of two well-known websites both of which were later used to spread anti-regime materials. Evidence is accordingly available on the internet and shall be submitted to your office, too. Mr Abdollahian’s father, who was a senior airforce pilot during the previous regime of Iran, was killed in a suspicious road incident in Iran in 2008 following which the authorities refused to further pursue the case.
A brief summary of one of the events Hadi has be gone through would be as follows:
After the death his father, Hadi was contacted by the Intelligent Services agents, accused to be doing what his father was doing, and to be a Pan Azeri, and was thus forced to cooperate with them. During a meeting, he was told that those responsible for his father’s death will only be found if he accepts the cooperation. He was thereby forced by the agents to cooperate in Computer and IT related matters. Following the 2009 election and the Green Movement in Iran, and after observing what was being done to people, he decided to upload the clips taken from the event onto the internet, that is, to one of his well-known websites. This was action was perceived by the agents of the regime, upon which he gets summoned to the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Tabriz, East Azerbaijan. Once he returns home from a short holiday, he gets beaten up very badly in front of their house by several members of the Basij force, following which he makes a note on his website describing the event. The next day, he gets arrested and blindfolded, and was taken to place that he describes as a “smelly basement”, where he was severely tortured, hit with pipes and thick sticks, sexually raped, abused, humiliated, and said that the next time he will end up dead. He is thereafter blindfolded again, and thrown out of a car in the countryside of his city, Ahar.
As a result of the aforementioned events, and various other incidents faced by Hadi, he is now suffering from severe Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), insomnia, nightmares, and is highly suicidal. He is also suffering from various physical difficulties such as constant backaches, headaches, heartburns, and is in serious need of medical investigation, hospitalisation and treatment.
Shahrokh Zamani is sentenced to another six months in prison
Hrana 2nd October, 2013
HRANA News Agency – After being tried once more, Shahrokh Zamani has been sentenced to another six months in prison.
According to the report of committee to support Shahrokh Zamani, this labor activist who was sentenced to 11 years in prison on charge of establishing the socialistic group and propagating against the regime, was transferred to branch 2 of Tabriz revolutionary court to be tried once more on charge of insulting on the Supreme Leader.
The trial session formed based on the information and reports from two of criminal prisoners and the verdict was also issued based on their words.
The source mentioned that the two criminal prisoners are of the most notorious ones and claimed that Shahrokh Zamani insulted Ali Khamenei in his speeches.
Eventually Shahrokh was sentenced to six months imprisonment by Tabriz revolutionary court and he has been informed in Rajaie Shahr prison of Karaj about it on September 26.
Needed to be mentioned that the Intelligence agents appeared recently in Rajaie Shahr prison to threaten and intimidate Shahrokh Zamani, Saleh Kohandel, Saied Masouri, Khaled Hardani and Farzad Madadzadeh to not do any political activities anymore or they will face death verdicts.
Translator: Ramyar Hassani
Source : HRANA
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UPDATE Hrana May 22 , 2013
Translator: Houman Niyazi
HRANA News Agency – Shahrokh Zamani and Khaled Hardani, the two political prisoners in Rajai Shahr prison are on hunger strike.
After destroying the houses of 7 Arab families in Shelang Abad of Ahwaz by the security forces using dozer, Shahrokh Zamani and Khaled Hardani have stated a hunger strike protesting this since Saturday 18th May.
According to a report by the committee to defend Shahrokh Zamani, these two political prisoners want to attract the attention of Iranian and international organizations in order to support these families.
The officers have destroyed their houses using dozers not even allowing them to bring their properties out the houses and the 7 families are now living in tents nearby their destroyed houses without having the basic life requirements.
Source : Hrana
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UPDATE 11 February - 2013 : CHRR :
Shahrokh Zamani barred from face-to-face visitation and phone calls.
Committee of Human Rights Reporters – Shahrokh Zamani, labor activist who was arrested on June 7, 2011, sentenced to 11 years in prison, and transferred to various prisons, is now banned from face-to-face visitations and phone calls. Zamani is a member of the Council of Representatives of Labor Organizations and the Painters’ Union. His heavy sentence was handed down by Branch 1 of the Tabriz Revolutionary Court on the charges of "propaganda against the regime", "endangering national security" and "participating in organization of an illegal group" by setting up a coordination committee to help with the creation of independent labor unions.
In a letter to Amnesty International, Shahrokh Zamani stated that his lawyer was not given access to his court files or allowed to speak in court, and that his sentencing was pre-determined. He described how he had been kept in solitary confinement for 36 days and put under severe psychological and physical duress in an effort to extract a false confession, which he refused. He was transferred to the public ward after launching a hunger strike and endured 4 months of brutal interrogations before his court date.
Shahrokh Zamani’s mother, Zarin Najati discussed the present situation of her son in an interview with CHRR on February 9, 2013.
Some websites have reported a bail has been set for Shahrokh Zamani; can you confirm if he is being granted furlough?
No this news is not correct. We have not been contacted. Shahrokh is innocent and he is being kept behind bars. Shahrokh’s daughter had a suitor but we could not accept because how can we, when her father is in prison. Shahrokh’s children are left on their own while their father is transferred from one prison to the next.
When was the last time you were able to visit Shahrokh and how was his mental state?
His father, brother and I went to visit him Thursday of 2 weeks ago (January 31st). Shahrokh tried to be reassuring and told us that one day his innocence would be proven.
Besides the official charges against Shahrokh Zamani, what do you think is the real reason for his arrest? What has he done that caused his arrest and prevention from furlough?
Shahrokh says he did nothing and he doesn’t understand how they could keep him locked up. He said he told the authorities that he is a laborer; he has work to do, has done nothing wrong and should be released. He said he got angry with them and so the authorities are punishing him by handing down this heavy sentence. The others who were arrested with him told the court that they had falsely confessed under duress because they were beaten and they were released. But they kept Shahrokh behind bars.
Has the arrest of your son had any effect on your livelihood?
My husband is retired so we cannot help Shahrokh’s family. Nobody can help them. His wife, Mrs. Zamani has a job and barely manages to handle their expenses. Everything is so expensive now but what can they do? Their son and daughter are students, so responsibility falls on Shahrokh’s siblings and us.
Has there been a formal furlough request for Shahrokh Zamani? If so, what has been the response of the judiciary?
They said no, it is not possible and he must serve his sentence. Not only that, he is banned from face-to face-visitations. When he was in Tabriz prison he was allowed to talk to his father and I by phone. But since his transfer to Tehran, he is not allowed to make phone calls, and we see him from behind a glass when we have visitation.
What is your request of the judicial authorities?
I ask that they allow me to see my child. He is a laborer; he has a wife and kids. What is his crime? Clearly he is a laborer so he defended his fellow workers and there is nothing wrong with doing that. They must release him.
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Shahrokh Zamani, have been sentenced to heavy prison term in Tabriz, Iran.
Shahrokh Zamani was sentenced to 11 years in prison on charges of organizing an opposition group and propaganda against the regime.
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Aaron Ara was denied refuge for the second time in June 2o11. He is one of nearly 75o Palestinian refugees whose asylum applications have been rejected by Norwegian authorities during the last two years. Previously, nearly all Palestinian refugees were granted residence in Norway, but in 2009 this changed dramatically.
For the first time in history, Norwegian authorities changed the terms of immigration targeting a specific group of refugees whose homeland situation had not changed. In addition, the current policy clearly opposes the recommendations of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
Norwegian authorities presently consider Palestinian territories to be safe enough for refugees to return. Simultaneously a number of factors indicate the opposite. First, Palestinian refugees have their own memories and experiences that can easily be backed up by witness descriptions, mainstream news media and general knowledge about the area.
Second, Norwegian authorities discourage Norwegians to travel to these areas (http://www.norway.org.ps/Norsk/Reiserad/). Third, international human rights organizations criticize Palestinian authorities for disregarding human rights.
Iran’s Supreme leader is sending his representative to the UN General Assembly again to take advantage of this important tribune for his inhumane and malicious propaganda.
The delegation sent by Ali Khamenei, the brutal dictator of Iran, does not represent Iranian people; the illegitimate ruler is pursuing his own secret agenda, defying free will of Iranian people, breaching international obligations and ignoring values and virtues of humanity.
Neda is the real voice of Iran, who was shot dead in the streets of Tehran in June 2009 after the Iranian fraudulent Presidential Election. They murdered Neda to silence the free voice of Iran, but to their dismay, her voice has become stronger and louder not only in Iran, but has spread all over the world.
Amir Khorram was kidnapped following the summons order by the court in order to serve his sentence.
His 6 year prison sentence was issued for his participation in the Ashura protests and for his membership in the Freedom Movement of Iran. He is an Iran-Iraq War veteran. He has been the member of the Freedom Movement of Iran since 1986.
He was arrested in 2001 along with several other members of the group for the charge of attempting to overthrow the government. The accusation was later forgotten. He spent 3 months in solitary confinement.
He was sentenced to 4 years and 8 months in prison for acting against national security by membership in the Freedom Movement if Iran.
There is no information as to his whereabouts.
Persian Article: http://www.rahana.org/archives/44206
* UPDATE 2013-11-05
Authorities prepare silent death of prisoners of conscience
FIDH Last Update 4 November 2013
On 1 November 2013, prominent human rights lawyer Abdolfattah Soltani (a founding member of the Defenders of Human Rights Centre - DHRC) and three other political prisoners started a hunger strike in Evin prison in protest against the authorities’ denial of adequate medical care to dozens of sick prisoners in the prison. Two days later, about 80 prisoners also started a 3-day strike in Rajaishahr prison, near the city of Karaj, west of Tehran.
The four initial striking prisoners warned against the “gradual trend of demise of prisoners, in particular political prisoners,” that “has begun long ago” and denounced:
the lack of specialist doctors within prison;
refusal of the authorities to send political prisoners to outside medical facilities without handcuffs, shackles and prison uniform;
interference of security and intelligence organisations in decisions concerning despatch of prisoners to outside medical centres;
refusal of the authorities to provide for costly treatment and medicines for prisoners suffering from refractory diseases.
Prisoners in Rajaishahr prison are protesting against the installation of electronic jamming antennas in the prison, which have caused severe headaches and nausea among prisoners.
There are around 30 sick prisoners in Ward 350 of Evin prison alone and a number of others in Rajaishar prison as well as in other prisons.
“Authorities seem to be seeking revenge against prisoners of conscience for exercising their rights. In addition to suffering torture during pre-trial detention and harsh sentences after extremely unfair trials, they are denied access to adequate medical treatment” , said Karim Lahidji, FIDH president.
“More than two dozen prisoners of conscience have died as a result of extensive neglect under highly dubious conditions in Iranian prisons in the past few years, including Messrs Hoda Saber, Afshin Ossanlu, Mohsen Dogmechi and Alborz Qassemi” , said Shirin Ebadi, DHRC President and 2003 Nobel Peace Laureate, “The Iranian authorities are silently preparing the death of prisoners of conscience” , she added.
FIDH, and its two member organisations, DHRC and LDDHI, urge the international community to express their concern for the plight of political prisoners in Iran in particular by voting for a UN resolution, bound to reflect the gross violations of human rights in the country within the next few weeks.
Source : FIDH
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* UPDATE 03/04/2013
Iran Sky-high Bail Keeps Rights Lawyer
Abdolfattah Soltani in Jail
Radio Zamaneh 03/04/2013
Jailed human rights lawyer Abdolfattah Soltani has been practically prevented from getting a furlough after the judiciary set his bail at 12 billion rials.
The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran quoted Soltani’s daughter on Monday March 4 saying that Soltani’s bail should be commensurate with the number of years remaining in his sentence. She said the 11 years still outstanding in Soltani’s 13-year sentence would put his bail amount at around 1 billion rials, but the authorities are asking 12 times that amount.
Abdolfattah Soltani has announced that such an amount for bail violates the laws of the Islamic Republic.
Soltani is currently in section 350 of Evin Prison and is serving out a 13-year sentence for receiving the Nuremberg Human Rights Award, speaking with the foreign media about his clients and co-founding the Human Rights Defenders Centre in Iran.
Source : Radio Zamaneh
* UPDATE October 9 , 2012
Iranian lawyer and human rights defender Abdolfattah Soltani is today named as the winner of the 2012 International Bar AssociationHuman Rights Award. The announcement comes during the International Bar Association (IBA) Annual Conference taking place in Dublin, Ireland.
Mr Soltani, who co-founded the Defenders of Human Rights Centre (DHRC) with Nobel Peace Prize winner Ms Shirin Ebadi, has been conferred with the title for his outstanding contribution as a legal practitioner to human rights. Mr Soltani has worked courageously and determinedly throughout his career to provide pro bono legal counsel to those in need.
As a result of his human rights defence work, Mr Soltani has endured persistent persecution from the Iranian government and has been imprisoned on several occasions. He is currently serving a 13-year prison sentence in Iran that stems from a number of charges including co-founding the DHRC, spreading anti-government propaganda and endangering national security. The imprisonment began on 4 March 2012.
Mr Soltani’s daughter, Maede Soltani, and fellow Iranian lawyer, Mahnaz Parakand, will accept the Award on his behalf at the IBA’s Rule of Law Symposium being held on Friday at the conclusion of the week-long IBA Annual Conference. The presentation will be made in Auditorium, Level 3 of the Conference Centre Dublin, Spencer Dock, North Wall Quay, Dublin 1, Ireland.
* UPDATE June 12 2012
Daughter: Iran dissident gets 13 years in prison
BERLIN (AP) — A prominent Iranian human rights lawyer has been sentenced to 13 years in prison by a Tehran revolutionary court, his daughter said Tuesday.
Maede Soltani, who lives in Germany, said her family was officially notified Monday of last week's ruling, which came during the appeals process.
Her father, Abdolfattah Soltani, co-founded a human rights group with Iranian Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi. He was arrested last year.
A court in March initially sentenced the 58-year-old to 18 years in prison on various charges, including co-founding the Center for Human Rights Defenders, spreading anti-government propaganda and endangering national security.
"My father was told that his sentence would be reduced (further) if he would apologize and speak out against Ms. Ebadi in an open letter or an interview," Maede Soltani said. "He declined."
Amnesty International maintains Soltani is a "non-violent political prisoner who is being jailed only for his legitimate activities" as a human rights lawyer.
"Abdolfattah Soltani is one of the bravest human rights defenders in Iran," the group said after his detention last September, urging his immediate release.
Maede Soltani told The Associated Press that last week's "politically motivated" ruling cannot be appealed a second time.
Soltani was previously arrested for seven months in 2005 and again for several months in the wake of Iran's disputed presidential elections in 2009.
The revolutionary court also upheld the decision to transfer Soltani to a remote prison in the city of Borazjan, about 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) southwest of Tehran, Maede Soltani said, adding that the family will barely be able to visit him there.
Working alongside Ebadi, the lawyer also represented the family of photojournalist Zahra Kazemi, a Canadian of Iranian origin who was arrested for taking photographs in front of Evin prison and died several days later in the prison, possibly after being tortured.
An investigative panel concluded Kazemi died of a fractured skull and brain hemorrhage caused by a "physical attack," but the findings were rejected by Iran's conservative judiciary.
SOURCE : AP
* UPDATE - March 5, 2012*
Human rights lawyer sentenced to 18 years in jail
Sun, 03/04/2012 Radio Zamaneh
Abdolfattah Soltani, an Iranian human rights lawyer, has been sentenced to 18 years in prison, exile and a 20-year ban from practising law.
The RAHANA Human Rights House of Iran reports that Soltani was charged with “propaganda against the regime, establishing the Human Rights Defenders Centre and assembly and collusion against the regime.”
The report indicates that he is also charged with “acquiring pelf” by receiving the Nuremberg Human Rights Award in 1995.
Soltani has been under arrest for more than seven months in Evin Prison. He was also arrested six years ago and was held in solitary confinement for 219 days.
Saeed Mortazavi, Tehran’s prosecutor at the time, had charged him with spying for revealing information about his clients. He was sentenced to five years in jail and a five-year ban from practising law, but the appeals court cleared him of all charges.
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Iranian authorities have arrested the prominent human rights lawyer Abdolfattah Soltani in Tehran, according to reports out of Iran.
Security officials reportedly searched his home for hours today, Saturday, and later produced an arrest warrant for Soltani, who is also a member of Iran’s Human Rights Defenders Centre.
The charges have not been verified.
Soltani was previously arrested in June 2009 during the mass protests that broke out after the presidential election, over allegations of vote fraud in Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s victory. The lawyer was held for 70 days and released on $100,000 bail.
The Iranian judiciary accused him of “challenging the elections, propaganda against the regime and establishing a group to act against national security.”
Germany’s Human Rights Office in Nuremberg gave Soltani a human rights award in December 2008, which he was unable to receive due to travel restrictions imposed on him by the Islamic Republic. His wife, Masoomeh Dehghani, accepted it on his behalf.
This past June, Dehghani was arrested and released on bail after five days. Soltani, who acted as his wife’s attorney, told ISNA that she was accused of distributing a 15,000-euro prize that came with the award among the families of political prisoners. Soltani added that he had not yet received any such prize.
Dehghani’s file remains open, and no sentence has been issued so far.
Soltani has represented numerous human rights cases, including those of Ali Afshari, Akbar Gangi, Haleh Esfandiari, the family of Zahra Kazemi, the family of Zahra Bani-Yaghoub and several Nationalist-Religious figures. He has also acted for numerous closed-down publications and student activists.
In the past 32 years, the Iranian fascist regime has executed tens of thousands of Iranians--mostly prisoners of conscience and members of minority religious groups. We believe that no one is entitled to take another person's life. This motivated us to start a 10,000,000-signature campaign to abolish death penalty in Iran.
در طی سی و دو سال گذشته رژیم حاکم بر ایران به نام دین دهها هزار ایرانی را اعدام کرده است که اکثر آنان دگر اندیشان مذهبی و زندانیان سیاسی بوده اند. ما معتقدیم تنها خداوند است که جان میدهد و حق دارد جان بگیرد. این کمپین به منظور جمع آوری حد اقل ده میلیون (10000000) امضاء برای لغو قانون اعدام در ایران راه اندازی شده است. به ما بپیوندید
UPDATE July 15 , 2013
Misagh Yazdannezhad refused to go to hospital #Iran
Hrana 15th July, 2013
HRANA News Agency – Misagh Yazdannezhad the imprisoned student in Rajaie Shahr prison of Karaj dissuaded to be transferred to hospital after being insulted by the authorities and putting handcuff and shackle on him.
According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), Misagh was supposed to be transferred to hospital on July 7 because of several physical and mental issues and get hospitalized but when he objected using handcuff and shackle by authorities he faced the insulting of the prison authorities.
He dissuaded of going to hospital due to the insulting and because of being unable to get the treatment process properly with handcuff and shackle in hospital.
Misagh Yazdannezhad was born in 1986, imprisoned since September of 2007 and exiled to Rajaie Shahr prison since 2009.
Also this political prisoner was in confinement cells of ward 209 around 200 days.
He is student of English translation BA and sentenced to 14 years imprisonment on charge of membership in People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran and attending in the anniversary of executions of 1988 in Khavaran cemetery.
Source : Hrana
Translator: Ramyar Hassani
Source : https://hra-news.org/en/misagh-yazdannezhad-refused-to-go-to-hospital
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UPDATE 2013- 05-05
HRANA 4th May, 2013
A bail of 100 million Thomans and a guaranty have been determined for Akram Alsadat Sanjari and her son Milad Yazdan Nejad.
Akram Alsadat Sanjari is the mother of Misagh Yazdan Nejad who has been sentenced to 14 years of prison charged with enmity against the God.
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Political prisoner Misagh Yazdan Nejad has been denied medical care by judicial and prison authorities. Currently, he is behind bars in critical condition in Rajai-Shahr Prison.
According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), although the medical examiner and the medical commission have recommended to the prosecutor and prison officials that Misagh Yazdan Nejad needs to undergo a surgery, nothing has been done thus far.
Last year, after an urgent recommendation was issued by the medical commission, Misagh Yazdan Nejad was taken to an operating room in a hospital outside the prison, but the surgery was halted for unknown reasons.
Misaghh Yazdan Nejad is a 24 year old student who studied in Payam Nur College to become a translator. During a raid by intelligence agents, he was arrested on September 10, 2007 while attending a memorial service for the19th anniversary of political prisoners executed in 1987. He was subsequently sentenced to 13 years in prison by Judge Abolqasem Salvati.
Dr. Mohammad Ali Salmani Nodoushan was arrested in Iran on Thursday August 25, 2011. He has been taken to unknown place.
On Farvardin 27, 1370 (April 16,1991) Mohammad married a sophomore student—named Fariba Moradalizadeh—from his same university. Fariba’s Mother, Mrs Soroor Ziaii, was a close relative of Effat Marashi, the-then-Iranian president’s wife, so he found himself in the in-group of Hashemi Rafsanjani’s family and tribe.
Dr Salmani Nodoushan has been a political dissident, a human-rights activist, and a freedom fighter in Iran. In the past 20 years he has been detained and tortured several times.
Recently, Fariba Moradalizadeh, Dr Salmani Nodoushan’s ex-wife, has gained upon some information that indicates Dr Salmani Nodoushan has been a Christian since 1993. She has written to some Grand Ayatollahs, and they have decreed that Dr Salmani Nodoushan must be put to the sword based on Islamic laws.
This time, the Iranian regime may want to use his conversion as a pretext to execute him.
Kathleen Benitez Field is currently being charged with possessing a non-valid work permit she purchased over a decade ago, unknowing that it was a serious offence. Immigration authorities were made aware of this by her abusive ex-husband, who had previously left her with three children at seven months pregnant on the doorstep of the Salvation Army in 2007.
Since then, he has had over 50 charges of breaking his restraining order against the family, and yet, through this one calculated act, he has gained custody of the two youngest children, and Kathleen now faces deportation on September 6th. We need your help to support Kathleen in this crisis – to show that we believe more strongly in doing what is right rather than following the red tape of the system.
Other important details:
• Kathleen's two youngest children are ages 3 and 6.
• Kathleen's ex was not only abusive to Kathleen and the kids, he has two upcoming court cases: 1) for breaking his restaining order over 50 times; 2) for being the potential person who hit Kathleen's counselor with a truck (the counselor now has a 5% chance of survival after the operation being performed on the 6th). The truck has since "gone missing".
• Kathleen is a sweet soul, who is currently going to Garden City Church, a community who has welcomed her in this time.