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211. Free the Baha´i Family "3 Bahais of Kerman"

Detention without trial extended for 3 Bahais of Kerman

Bakhtiyar Rasekhi (بختیار راسخی) and his wife and daughter, Farhnaz Na`imi and Farin Rahimi ( فرحناز نعیمی و فرین رحیمی ) were among those detained on January 5 when agents from the security forces raided a home where the Bahais were marking the day of Iranian Youth.

The security forces were accompanied by a film crew. After six months, their detention without trial has been extended. They are charged with propaganda against the regime in favour of oppositional organizations and groups; spying for the benefit of foreigners; promoting deviant Baha’i ideas; supporting the apostasy of a large number of Muslims; and blasphemy against Islam.

During their six months detention, Bakhtiyar Rasekhi spent 45 days in solitary confinement, and Farhnaz Na`imi and Farin Rahimi spent 35 days in the quarantine facility where conditions are poor [these rooms are intended for short stays and do not have hygiene or sleeping facilities].

Farhnaz Na`imi became ill during her detention, but prison authorities did not allow her to be treated. On February 14, Farhnaz and Farin were transferred to the women’s wing of Kerman prison, and in May, Bakhtiyar Rasekhi was transferred to the general detention block at the prison.

The efforts of their family to arrange for release on bail have been fruitless. Every two months, the Ministry of Intelligence extends their detention without trial.

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212. Free Union Board Member & Teacher Mahmoud Bagheri

The Iranian Teachers Union is challenging the arrest of a member of its executive board, Mahmoud Bagheri, in a letter to the head of Iran’s judiciary.

The Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA) reports that the letter to Ayatollah Larijani declares that Bagheri is one of the country’s model teachers and calls his incarceration “incredible and undeserved.”

The physics teacher has been sentenced to a total of nine and a half years in prison for two separate files. Even though the sentence was suspended, he was arrested on Monday to serve out his time.

The Teachers Union condemns the “unprecedented” sentence, saying Bagheri, in addition to being a model physics teacher with 27 years of lauded experience, is also a war veteran who served 18 months at the front during the Iran-Iraq War.

His arrest, according to the letter, has been a shock to his colleagues, students and the teaching community in general, as he is known as a “peaceful but concerned supporter of teachers’ rights.”

The union emphasizes that Bagheri is “completely innocent and his arrest is a severe blow to him and his academic community.”

The letter calls for his immediate release and a review of his file, saying: “Be certain that prison is not the place for people such as Bagheri, as they are the precious assets of this country.”

Bagheri was first arrested six years ago during a teachers’ demonstration in front of Parliament and, after a month in prison, he was given a suspended sentence of three and a half years.

He was later arrested in July of 2011 for his work with the Teachers Union and, after three months in Evin Prison, he was handed another six years in jail, which was later approved in the appellate court.

SOURCE : Radio Zamaneh

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213. Free Samin Ehsani, Bahai Activist for Children’s Rights

Samin Ehsani sentenced to 5 years in prison.

Samin Ehsani ( ثمین احسانی ), a Bahai activist for children’s rights, has been sentenced to five years in prison. The trial was held on June 10, and the sentence was announced to her lawyer in recent days.

She was charged with propaganda against the regime, acts against national security, and de facto membership of the Bahai community. She engaged in teaching and assisting Afghan children who had been excluded from education. She was detained on August 17, 2011, in relation to some problems with her passport, and taken to Evin Prison in Tehran.

Following that, security agents searched her home and seized her personal effects, computer, and items relating to the Bahai Faith. She was held for one month, before being released on bail of 175 million tumans (113,000 euros, $US142,000).

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214. Demand of immediate release of 2 citizens of the Republic of Azerbaijan

“IRELI” Public Union operating in Baku, Azerbaijan, consisting 12 member organizations and over 25.000 young activists is submitting petition to the broad audience, NGOs, human rights defenders and young activists all over the world calling for the help to release two young Azerbaijani poets who were groundlessly accused and detained in the Islamic Republic of Iran more than two months.

“On 29th of April 2012 two Azerbaijani poets Farid Huseysn and Shahriyar Hajizade visited Islamic Republic of Iran in order to participate at the poetry festival. Soon after when they were planning to come back Azerbaijan on the 2nd of May in Tabriz city they were kidnapped and detained by persons in civilian clothes.

Two months has passed since unjustified detainment of Azerbaijani poets. In spite of the fact that within this period of time the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan has already gave 5 letters of notes to the Iranian side but yet it has not given desired outcomes. Unfortunately Iranian authorities have not yet provided reasonable information about the reasons of detainment of Farid Huseyn and Shahriyar Hajizade.

Moreover, each attempt of meeting with detained citizens of the Republic of Azerbaijan by the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan in Tehran and Consulate of the Republic of Azerbaijan in Tabriz was declined by Iranian officials. We would like to emphasize the fact that behavior of Iranian authorities is contradicting internationally admitted conventions and taking into consideration the fact that Iran is the member of UN and is part of the globally admitted civilization we find such behavior unreasonable and unjustified.

According to the information spread in Iranian mass media two Azerbaijani poets were detained because of accusation in illegal drug smuggling and in espionage to Israel. Furthermore, these media agencies also claim that two Azerbaijani poets made a confession regarding above mentioned accusations and Iranian officials has given related documents to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan. However, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan found these claims groundless and denied the fact of getting any documents by Iranian officials.

We also turn to such organizations as Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International and to the human rights defenders who based in Azerbaijan to draw more precise attention to the current issue. The curios fact is that till this moment none of above mentioned organizations have not drawn up any protocol and document regarding violation of human rights of the citizens of Azerbaijan in Iran. We also would like to see any kind of appeal by local human rights defenders to the global area, foreign media representatives, and international organizations with their true voice of justice.

We wish to see Azerbaijani human rights defenders more active and sensitive in the case when it comes to protect the rights of two Azerbaijani citizens who were unreasonably detained in other country. We make an open call to everyone who cares destiny of innocent people in Azerbaijan and across the globe to join our appeal in order to protect rights of humanity in the face of Farid Huseysn and Shahriyar Hajizade and require their soonest release.

The time is ripe for this approach because for too long Islamic Republic of Iran has not only refused release of two Azerbaijani citizens, it has also continued to ignore and repeatedly reject attempts of Consulate of the Republic of Azerbaijan in Tabriz to meet with detained Azerbaijani citizens.”

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215. Immediate & Unconditional Release of Journalist Nasour Taghipour

Iranian activist to serve 7 years in jail
Wed, 07/11/2012

Iranian activists and journalist Nasour Taghipour has been arrested to serve out a seven-year sentence.

The Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA) reports that Taghipour’s sentence has been approved by the appellate court and he was summoned yesterday to serve out his sentence at Evin Prison.

Taghipour was arrested in March of 2010 in Qazvin, on the day that the Islamic Republic carried out a widespread crackdown on human rights activists, arresting 46 of them.

The crackdown led to stiff prison terms and heavy fines for members of the Human Rights Activists of Iran as well as damage to six of their websites.

After being held in solitary confinement for 110 days, Taghipour was released on bail in June of 2010 and was later sentenced to seven years in prison.

Taghipour was charged with “membership in the Human Rights Activists of Iran” and “propaganda against the regime.”

The 29-year-old IT graduate is not a member of the human rights organization and has only served at its web designer.

Taghiour also ran a website called Nasour that archived literary articles.

SOURCE : Radio Zamaneh

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216. Ban remote manipulation of human nervous system

The report on U.S. military policy by “Project for New American Century” states: "It is now commonly understood that information and other new technologies …are creating a dynamic that may threaten America's ability to exercise its dominant military power. Potential rivals, such as China are anxious to exploit those transformational technologies broadly, while adversaries like Iran, Iraq and North Korea are rushing to develop ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons …the effects of information and other advanced technologies promise to revolutionize the nature of conventional armed forces" (ref. 13, pg. 4 and 11). The military concept of information technologies is, however, kept hidden from the world general public.

In February 2000 the Russian daily Segodnya, in the article "Riders of Psychotronic Apocalypse" (1), informed that in 1996 Russian government's information agency FAPSI warned that the effect of "informational means of war" is comparable to "the effect of the use of weapon of mass destruction" and produced a report entitled "Information Weapon as a Threat to National Security of Russia". In reaction, the Russian State Duma and consequently , the Interparliamentary Assembly of the Union of Independent States addressed the United Nations, OBSE and the European Council with a proposal for an international convention banning the development and use of informational weapons. According to the same newspaper Segodnya in March 1998, the matter was discussed with U.N. secretary general Kofi Anan, and included on the agenda of the General Assembly of the U.N. Most probably the USA vetoed this proposal and in consequence, the ban of informational weapons was not discussed by the United Nations General Assembly.

In the Doctrine of Informational Security of the Russian Federation, signed by President Putin in September 2000, among the dangers threatening the informational security of the Russian Federation, there is “the threat to the constitutional rights and freedoms of people and citizens in the sphere of spiritual life and to individual, group and societal consciousness” by “illegal use of special means affecting individual, group and societal consciousness.” (16). Among “the main areas of international cooperation of the Russian Federation in the field of information security” , is listed “banning the development, proliferation and application of ‘information weapons’ ” (17).

In the article under discussion Segodnya described "mysterious information-psychological" means capable not only of harming human health, but also of blocking human free will at the subconscious level, impairing human beings’ ability of “political, cultural and other self-identification" and even “causing destruction of indivisible informational and spiritual space of the Russian Federation”. According to Russian scientist A. F. Okhatrin, those means are also capable to kill people (2). Underneath the article, Segodnya published a review of weapons affecting human psyche which it obtained from the Russian Department of Defense. Together with ultrasound and microwave weapons, there are also "psychotronic weapons" which, in addition to having the capability of "transfering information among people", are able to act on communication and electronic systems (1).

The Space Preservation Bill proposed by Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2001, names the following technologies enabling access to the human brain, human health impairment or the killing of people: "land-based, sea-based or space-based systems using radiation, electromagnetic, psychotronic, sonic, laser or other energies directed at individual persons or targeted populations for the purpose of information war, mood managment or mind control of such persons or populations" (4). "Psychotronic weapon" listed in the Dennis J. Kucinich's bill is described as a weapon using "torsion fields" radiation in the book "Psychotronic Weapon and the Security of Russia" (6) by Russian scientist Vladimir Tsygankov and Vladimir Lopatin (a politician, who worked on Committees on Security in Russian Federal Republic, State Duma of the Russian Federation and the Interparliamentary Assembly of the Union of Independent States). Among the possible sources of remote influence on human psyche those two authors list “generators of physical fields” of "known as well as unknown nature" (14). It is common knowledge that both KGB and CIA carried out a large-scale research of psychotronic phenomena in the 70’s of the past century. It is not out of question that their scientists succeded in discovering the physical basis of those phenomena. In the 80’s the research did not continue, but the number of people complaining that their nervous system is manipulated from outside started growing from the begining of this decade.

Among the known physical concepts non-local electron and photon connection can be used to explain telepathy (46). The ability of sound and light technologies to influence human psyche is exemplified by Psychowalkman industry. The existence of the electromagnetic mind control technology is confirmed in the STOA report on crowd control technologies (40), Conclusion of the Committee on Security of the Russian State Duma [3] and can be deduced as well from scientific and military literature.

Nerve impulses in the brain are carried by electrical signals triggered by changes in chemical balance. During the fifties and sixties of the past century, it was proved that human nervous system and behavior can be thoroughly controlled by electric signals imported to the brain by tiny electrodes (41). 100 stimulations of one point in the bull‘s brain made him 100 times bellow. When a man was asked to straighten his hand the bending of which was stimulated he replied “I think your electricity is stronger than my will.” By means of electrical stimulation of the brain the rhythm of breathing and heart beat [this was even stopped for several pulses] was affected as well as the function of the most of the viscera - like the secretion of the gall bladder. The stimulation of areas in the brain where feelings and emotions reside produced decisions. A passive, depressed woman tore up a piece of paper when her center of anger was stimulated: “I did not control myself. I had to get up and tear”, she commented. An aggressive woman, with the same area stimulated, got up and smashed against the wall the guitar she was playing until the moment of stimulation. The intensity of feelings could be controlled by turning the knob which reduced or increased the intensity of the electric current. When the pleasure area was stimulated women offered marriage to therapists. Stimulation of a particular area in a female monkey‘s brain ended her motherly care for a newborn baby. When the limbic system was stimulated the patients vigilance weakened, they lost the ability to think, they often began to undress or grope and when the stimulation stopped they could not remember what was happening. The signals had to be delivered in specific frequencies to produce repetitive action of neurons. Spanish scientist Jose Delgado became world known when he, with the use of this technology, made a bull attack him by pressing one button on the small black box and stopped the bull few feet away from him by pressing another button.

The idea that electric currents in the brain could be induced by electromagnetic energy is obviously subsequent step in this path of research. The information inside of the brain is processed digitally; in other words analog perceptions are “translated” and transferred by a number and frequency of nerve impulses, while the intensity of the feeling or perception usually corresponds to the intensity of electrical current. Walter J. Freeman, who had been for years measuring the brain activity in reaction to different stimuli by multitudes of microelectrodes, presented already in 1975 a hypothesis “that a novel external stimulus is broadly transmitted from the primary sensory cortex or thalamus to other parts of the cortex... transmission occurs at some characteristic frequency, and...reception occurs in ... sets tuned to that frequency” (37). In other words, when neurons cooperate in the processing of specific information they synchronize their activity and oscillate in the same frequency. In an experiment by Wolf Singer (20) the differences in brain activity in reaction to two different stimuli, presented to the tested subject at the same time, were represented by two different groups of neurons oscillating in different frequencies. In the modern scientific literature synchronization of frequencies of emitted nerve impulses in different parts of the brain as a principle of brain functioning is generally accepted (19). Electroencephalographers have no doubt that those synchronizations appear on the EEG recordings and are already able to “read” in those frequencies the single letters of a word perceived by the tested subject (21). Theoretically this means that the events in the brain can be produced “synthetically” from the outside when additional energy is pumped into the brain in specific frequencies corresponding to specific brain activities. John Marks, in his book on CIA mind control research, quotes one of the CIA research veterans recalling a colleague’s joke: “If you could find the natural radio frequency of a person‘s sphincter, you could make him run out of the room real fast” (22). Since most of the activity of human brain takes place in frequencies from 1 to 100 Hz and electromagnetic waves of this frequency are hundreds and even thousands of miles long, and, for that matter, could not target human brain, scientists started experimenting with pulsed microwaves. There are “window” microwave frequencies which penetrate deep enough into the brain tissue to produce activity of neurons there.

The interaction of electromagnetic radiation and chemicals in the brain was proved for example by the experiment where irradiation of rats’ heads by 20 and 40 mW/cm2 microwaves pulsed at 300, 600 and 1000 Hz woke the rats up in 5 minutes from narcosis (23). Electrical signals of neurons in the brain are mediated by chemicals called neurotransmitters. At a conference on “Emerging Electromagnetic Medicine” in 1989 Capt. Paul Tyler, director of the U.S. Navy Electromagnetic Radiation Project between 1970 and 1977, quoted in his lecture the research of Dr. Merrit who measured the decrease of norepinephrine, serotonine and dopamine when a field of 80 mW/cm2 was applied (24). All those hormones act as neurotransmitters into the cortex. Dopamin influences the ability to learn and other cognitive abilities. Disruption in the biosynthesis or transmission of dopamine can lead to Parkinson’s disease. In another experiment a 500Hz signal produced release of neradrenaline in sympathetical neurons (25). Since those neurons control the muscles of internal organs and noraderenaline acts there as a neurotransmitter, an oposite signal should be able to reduce the activity of internal organs and eventually impair human health. The publication of the World Health Organization on the effects of electromagnetic radiation on living organisms from 1981 (25) gives many examples of the effects of microwave radiation on the excretion of glands and chemical composition of blood. Many of those effects could harm human health. Microwave radiation can also affect molecules of DNA and thus affect the development of organisms (25). This was proved by an experiment by Yale neurophysiologist, Jose Delgado, where the irradiation of chicken embryos by 10, 100 and 1000 Hz stopped their development including the development of hearts and veins. The experiment was replicated by the American Navy with the same results. Such attack by microwaves could have, in the long run, disastrous impact on targeted populations.

As a matter of fact microwave radiation can produce many deadly effects. In the experiment by McAffee already mentioned, the microwaves pulsed at 300, 600 and 1000 Hz produced impairment in breathing (even leading to suffocation) in rats. A similar signal could also suffocate human beings. At the conference on Nonlinear Electrodynamics in Biological Systems in 1983 the experiment was presented where blood clots were formed by microwave radiation (26). This capability is also suitable for weaponisation. Similarly dangerous is the finding of Allan Frey that radio frequency radiation can weaken the blood-brain barrier that prevents poisonous chemicals from the access into the brain (30). In 1986 the American Air Force issued a book “Low Intensity Conflict and Modern Technology” (18). The chapter “Electromagnetic Spectrum in Low Intensity Conflict”, was written by Capt. Paul Tyler, who had been the director of the U.S. Navy Electromagnetic Radiation Project from 1970 until 1977. At the beginning of the chapter, Capt. Tyler quotes a source entitled “Final Report on Biotechnology Research Requirements for Aeronautical Systems Through the Year 2000” that had been issued by American Air Force in 1982: “Currently available data allow the projection that specially generated radiofrequency radiation (RFR) fields may pose a powerful and revolutionary antipersonnel military threats ... the passage of approximately 100 miliamperes through the myocardium can lead to cardiac standstill and death ... A rapidly scanning RFR system could provide an effective stun or kill capability over a large area. System effectiveness will be a function of wave form, field intensity, pulse width, repetition frequency, and carrier frequency.”

In less draconian assault, the use of microwaves could be limited just to the influence of human behavior. In 1985 Kathleen McAuliffe visited Jose Delgado in his laboratory in Spain, where he experimented with electromagnetic stimulation of brain. She subsequently wrote an article for the magazine OMNI (27). Jose Delgado showed her how he could make an ape fall asleep, or make it overactive, or how he could calm down fighting fish using suitably modulated microwave radiation.

The next series of experiments shows that human behavior can be controlled in even more intricate ways. In 1962 Allan H. Frey published in the “Journal of Applied Physiology” (28) the results of experimentation with transmission of sounds into the brain by electromagnetic radiation at a distance of up to 1000 feet. The “electromagnetic” sounds were heard by deaf as well as hearing people. In his report, Frey writes that, by then, only the visual system had been shown to respond to electromagnetic energy and he noted that, “With somewhat different transmission parameters we can induce the perception of severe buffeting of the head..” and ”Changing ... parameters again, one can induce a ‘pins-and-needles’ sensation.” Frey’s experiment was replicated several times by other scientists (28). Another, more advanced experiment that involved the transmission of radio modulated with audible sounds into the brain, was published only inadvertently in 1975, when Don R. Justesen published, in the article on "Microwaves and Behavior" (29), the result of an experiment described to him over the telephone conversation by his colleague J. C. Sharp, who worked on a secret military project Pandora. Joseph C. Sharp at the Walter Reed Army Institute improved the method of Frey to the point that he was able to transmit into the experimental subject’s brain words which he could understand. The ability of U.S. military to produce perception of speech in humans by microwave radiation substantiates the article by Sharon Weinberger, “Mind Games”, which was published in The Washington Post in January 2007. In response to a Freedom of Information Act request filed for the article the Air Force released “records that note that the patent was based on human experimentation in October 1994 at the Air Force lab, where scientists were able to transmit phrases into the heads of human subjects” The article also states that “the research laboratory, citing classification, refused to discuss it or release other materials” (31).

Robert Becker, who was twice nominated for Nobel price for his share in the discovery of the effects of pulsed fields at the healing of broken bones, wrote in his book (30) about the experiment by J. F. Schapitz, who stated: “In this investigation it will be shown that the spoken word of hypnotist may also be conveyed by modulated electromagnetic energy directly into the subconcscious parts of the human brain - i. e. without employing any technical devices for receiving or transcoding the messages and without the person exposed to such influence having a chance to control the information input consciously.” In one of the four experiments subjects were given a test of hundred questions, ranging from easy to technical ones. Later, not knowing they were being irradiated, they would be subjected to information beams suggesting the answers to the questions they had left blank, amnesia for some of their correct answers, and memory falsification for other correct answers. After 2 weeks they had to pass the test again (30). The results of those experiments were never published. It is rather evident that in those experiments the messages were sent into human brain in ultrasound frequencies which the human brain perceives, but of which the subject is unaware. According to Russian newspapers, in this way, people may be programmed to perform different actions in the same way people can be programmed under hypnosis. In Moscow there exists Psychocorrection Center, where this method is used to heal psychical diseases such as alcoholism. The use of this method was questioned in the Russian press when general Lev Rokhlin was killed by his wife in his sleep at 2 a.m. after she had had a casual telephone conversation with a female friend. Did her friend use a sequence of words which were supposed to trigger the murderous action? Before his murder General Rokhlin planned for army protests against army reform and visited editor’s desks of Russian newspapers, telling them he might be soon killed in a car accident, during a drinking spree or during an argument with his wife (42).

In his other book “Cross Currents” Robert Becker presents the report coming from the Microwave Research Department at the Walter Reed Army Institute, where J.C. Sharp carried out his experiment with the transmission of words into the brain by radiofrequency radiation. The report deals with the effects of pulsed microwaves on the nervous system and describes the division of testing program into four parts: 1) prompt debilitating effects; 2) prompt stimulation auditory effects; 3) work interference (stoppage) effects; 4) effects on stimulus controlled behavior. The report presents this conclusion: “Microwave pulses appear to couple to the central nervous system and produce stimulation similar to electrical stimulation unrelated to heat” (32).

In the second volume of the Final Report on Biotechnology Research Requirements for Aeronautical Sysmes of the American Air Force it is stated: “While initial attention should be toward degradation of human performance through thermal loading and electromagnetic field effects, subsequent work should address the possibilities of directing and interrogating mental functioning, using externally applied fields…” (33). In the second volume of the report the research was evaluated as "progressing according to the schedule or in advance" and was supposed to be terminated in 2010.

In the Soviet Russia the ongoing research in this area was completely hidden from the public, but change of political system and actual use of this equipment during the putsch against Gorbachov brought this subject to newspapers headlines. According to Russian daily newspapers, during the failed coup d'etat against Gorbachov, General Kobets warned the defenders of the Russian White House that mind control technology could be used against them. After the putsch, respected Russian scientist Victor Sedlecki published a statement in the Russian daily Komsomolskaya Pravda that psychotronic biogenerators were mass produced in the Soviet Union and were used during the failed coup d'etat [7], but failed to succeed due to the inexperience of the personel who operated them. In the following spree of articles on the subject of mind control, the experiment was published where manipulation of masses of people by microwave radiation was performed. Already in 1974, after successful testing on a military unit in Novosibirsk, the installation Radioson (Radiosleep) was registered with the Government Committee on the Matters of Inventions and Discoveries of the USSR, described as a method of induction of sleep by means of radio waves. Apparently, in 1974, the entire military unit was put to sleep (5).

In the book “Low Intensity Conflict and Modern Technology” (18), Captain Tyler also wrote: “Because of the many parameters involved and the apparent specificity of each parameter, one can tailor a specific response. The ability to have this kind of flexibility provides an enormous range of options to the user. It opens the door for providing an appropriate response in warfare, be it conventional or unconventional” (18). If you object that the range of frequencies in which the human nervous system works is too narrow to provide for such a wide choice of reactions, Capt. Tyler writes: “There are unconfirmed reports that change of 0.01 Hz can make a difference.” Since many activities of human brain are represented by different sequences of frequencies, this provides for further large choices.

At the end of 1994 the first tests of the most powerful radar system in the world were carried out in Alaska. This year its power should reach 10 billion watts and later 100 billion watts. The main features of the system include its ability to heat the ionosphere and in this way change the altitude of the ionosphere. By this kind of manipulation of the ionosphere, it is possible to bounce the electromagnetic waves back from the ionosphere to whichever region of the planet one wishes to target. According to the official information by the U.S. government the system HAARP is designed for scientific research. However, there are too many facts suggesting that the major reason for its construction are military purposes. The main patent of Bernard J. Eastlund (number 4,686,605) proposes the use of the system for destruction of navigation systems of airplanes and missiles wherever in the atmosphere they might be, and for interference with all communication systems anywhere on the planet, and the global weather control. Other patents connected with the system propose the use of the system for induction of detonations in the extent of nuclear explosions and other military uses (33).

Evidently, the warning of Russian intelligence agency FAPSI to the Russian government and the article in the Russian daily “Segodnya” were direct recations to the installation of the U.S. HAARP system. The HAARP system can start pulsing microwave radiation with one thousandth of one Hertz and this means that, when raising pulsing frequencies, it can change pulses of microwave radiations by one thousandths of one Hertz and can control the activity of human brain in frequencies from 1 to 100 Hertz which are crucial for functioning of human nervous system. In June 1995, Michael Persinger, who apparently worked on the American Navy's project of non-lethal electromagnetic weapons “Sleeping Beauty”, published, in a scientific magazine Perception and Motor Skills the article where he states: “the technical capability to influence directly the major portion of the approximately six billion brains of the human species without mediation through classical sensory modalities by generating neural information within a physical medium within which all members of the species are immersed… is now marginally feasible” (34).

John B. Alexander, who later became the Director of Non-lethal Programs in Los Alamos National Laboratory, wrote in his article in the Military Review in the year 1980: “whoever makes the first major breakthrough in this field will have a quantum lead over his opponent, an advantage similar to sole possession of nuclear weapons” (35). Samuel Koslov, a leading personality of the Pandora project that was dedicated to research of effects of microwave radiation on humans, and a researcher at the John Hopkins University, in his closing speech at the conference on Nonlinear Electrodynamics in Biological Systems in 1984, said that the conference had proven that the external electric fields can “become a key to the cellular control console. The implications, social, economic, and even military are enormous.” Koslov went on: “If much of what we have heard is indeed correct, it may be not less significant to the nation than the prospects that faced the physics community in 1939 when the long-time predicted fissionability of the nucleus was actually demonstrated. You may recall the famous letter of Albert Einstein to President Roosvelt. When we’re in a position to do so in terms of our proofs, I would propose that an analogous letter is required” (26).

It is this perspective, of the revolutionary nature of these scientific developments, that gives us the title, “Revolution in Military Affairs and Conflict Short of War”, of a book published by the Strategic Studies Institute at the U.S. Army War College in 1994 (36). Since the national security information is in question, the book cannot tell the readers what technology exactly is making this revolution feasible. From the beginning the authors were aware that the use of this technology may run counter to basic moral and political values of the American society, and in consequence the revolution in military affairs would require a moral and political revolution to come first: ”In the pre-RMA days, psychological operations and psychological warfare were primitive. As they advanced into the electronic and bioelectronic era, it was necessary to rethink our ethical prohibitions on manipulating the minds of enemies (and potential enemies) both international and domestic... Through persistent efforts and very sophisticated domestic ”consciousness raising”, old-fashioned notions of personal privacy and national sovereignty changed.” Since it is difficult for them to imagine that the American society would accept the ethical and political revolution that would deprive the citizen of his privacy, they develop a scenario of events which would lead the American political leaders to back this revolution.

The scenario is placed into the year 2000, and is based on the situation of growing terrorism, drug trafficking and criminality. In the document Rebuilding Americas Defenses, backed by the past U.S. government, we read: “To preserve American military preeminence in the coming decades, the Department of Defense must … seek to exploit the emerging revolution in military affairs … Further, the process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event – like a new Pearl Harbor” (ref. 13, pg. 51). Was it by accident that in 2001 a massive terrorist attack ocurred in the USA facilitated by questionable work of U.S. intelligence services and explosives in the World Trade Center and followed by anthrax attacks where the only indicted scientist, Bruce Ivins, did not have the technical means and scientific knowledge to turn the anthrax spores into a deadly aerosol which was used and that those two attacks were followed by an assault on privacy of U.S. Citizens and international law?

The scenario goes on: “The president was thus amenable to the use of the sort of psychotechnology which formed the core of the RMA (revolution in military affairs) in conflict short of war ... As technology changed the way force was applied, things such as personal courage, face-to-face leadership, and the ‘warfighter’ mentality became irrelevant.” So the psychotechnology, which formed the core of the RMA, provided new methods for influencing the psyche of the adversary, in place of the classical strategy to make him fear his death. The book goes on: “Potential or possible supporters of the insurgency around the world were identified using the comprehensive Interagency Integrated Database. These were categorized as ‘potential’ or ‘active’, with sophisticated personality simulations used to develop, tailor and focus psychological campaigns for each. There is also potential for defensive psychotechnology such as ‘strategic personality simulations’ to aid national security decision makers.” (See Norman D. Livergood and Stephen D. Williams, “Strategic Personality Simulation: A New Strategic Concept”, unpublished draft paper, Carlisle Barracks, PAK: U.S. Army War College, 1994). Human behovior and thinking is substantially controlled by emotions. If simulated emotions are broadcasted into somebody’s nervous system they will orient his thinking and behavior. Thoughts are another organizer of human behavior and personal thoughts can be overridden by ultrasound messages. In other words if there was, for example, a new Jesus Christ, U.S. agencies would simply engineer his personality to make sure he would not introduce any cultural changes. Once the strategy of computerized personality simulation is applied, the unfolding of human history will be totally controlled by elites having exclusive access to those technologies. The conclusion of the authors was: “Whether we opt for revolution or evolution, change will occur.”

The concept of the “strategic personality stimulation” is probably tested on some of the people in the USA who claim to be mind control experiments victims, whose number, rapidly growing after 9/11 attacks, inspired the article in Washington Post, entitled “Mind Games” (31) in 2007. Cheryl Welsh, the director of the American organization Mind Justice (38) claims that she has received over 2500 complaints from U.S. citizens. Though some of those people may be mentally ill, many of them defend themselves in a rational way that suggests that they may be mentally sound. The same situation is in Russia. Russian politician Vladimir Lopatin even admitted nonconsensual human-subject experiments had been conducted in Russia, when he wrote in the quoted book: “Compensation of damages and losses connected with social rehabilitation of persons suffering from destructive informational influence must be realized in legal trial…” (14). Growing numbers of complaints are coming as well from China, India and Japan (over 200).

The European Parliament reacted to the installation of HAARP system by calling for “an international convention introducing a global ban on all developments and deployments of weapons which might enable any form of manipulation of human beings” (15, Paragraph 27). The body of the European Parliament STOA (Scientific and Technolgical Options Assessment) in the document “Crowd Control Technologies”, stated that „some of these concerns… have been more specifically covered by the resolution on legal aspects of military activities passed at the meeting of the EP_s Foreign Affairs, Security and defence Policy which called for an international convention and global ban on all research and development , whether civilian or military , which seeks to apply knowledge of the chemical, electrical, sound vibration or other functioning of the human brain to the development of weapons which might enable any form of manipulation of human beings, including a ban on any actual or possible deployment of such systems. (40, pg CII, ref. 369). The „actual“ deployment of those means confirmed US Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich, the author of a Bill introduced into the US Congress in October 2001 proposing a ban on the deployment of “mind control” weapons, when he was quoted to assert that those weapons actually exist and “those people who control them are deadly serious and intend to use them, if we don't stop the weaponisation of space” (10).

Electromagnetic technology enabling remote control of the functioning of human organism is subjected to National Security Information law in the USA (8) and all technologies enabling access to human brain are subject to the same law in the Russian Federation (9). Under such conditions, the mass media cannot fully disclose the existence and capacities of those technologies and world public cannot be engaged in favour of a ban on the use of such capabilities. The ownership of those technologies gives opportunity to governments to use them against individuals (and eventually against masses), without giving them any access to any legal remedy. The concept of the world respecting freedom and human rights is fundamentally corrupted in this way. In November 2000 the Committee on Security of the Russian State Duma stated that capabilities enabling remote control of human nervous system or the remote infliction of health impairment are available to many modern governments (3). This was confirmed by the article from the U.S. army weekly Defense News stating that mind control technologies were used by the Israelis against the Palestinians (12). As well ousted Hunduran president Manuel Zelaya, while under siege in Brazilian embassy in Honduras, complained that he had been subjected to an "electron bombardment with microwaves" which produces "headache and organic destabilisation" (44). When asked by Amy Goodman from Democracy Now: „As president, do you know about this in the Honduran arsenal?” He replied: „Yes, of course“ (45).

Evidently the secret arms race among the world governments may continue until the information war actually breaks out. V. Lopatin, in the book “Psychotronic Weapon and the Security of Russia”, stated that psychotronic war is, as a matter of fact, “already taking place without declaration of war”. In this way the human world may sink into some kind of virtual reality where the independence of human thinking, feeling and decision making will be destroyed as a part of an “information war” or, in the worst case, into the reality where large masses of people will be killed, and unlike the aftermath of the use of nuclear weapons, the planet will still remain inhabitable for the survivors.

With emerging energetic, financial and climate crises either the next world war could erupt, or the means of remote manipulation of human brains and organisms could be applied to control dissatisfied citizens. In the conclusion of the Committee on Security of the Russian State Duma it is stated: “Phone lines, heating and sewer pipes, TVs, fire signalisation can be used as transmitting antennas” (3). Our elected democratic representatives are responsible for foreseeing the emerging crises and preventing them from happening by appropriate measures. However, they do not have mandate from citizens to allow those crises to happen, and then use technologies of mind manipulation to do away with citizen’s dissatisfaction. If this technology is once used against citizens it is questionable whether true democracy will be restored one day. The countries with the most advanced military technologies include the USA, which has never proposed any international initiative aimed at securing the ban of technologies enabling the remote control of human beings. According to the study “Crowd Control Technologies” published by the European Parliament’s STOA office, the USA are the major promoter of the use of those arms. (In fact, it was principally the efforts of the USA government to persuade this outcome that ensured the inclusion in NATO military doctrine of non-lethal technology.) The STOA states: “In October 1999 NATO announced a new policy on non-lethal weapons and their place in allied arsenals”; and “In 1996 non-lethal tools identified by the U.S. Army included… directed energy systems” and “radio frequency weapons”. Directed energy system is further defined: „Directed energy weapon system designed to match radio frequency source to interfere with human brain activity at synapse level“ (40).

According to the Russian government intelligence agency FAPSI, in the last 15 years, the U.S. expenses on the development and acquisition of the means of informational war grew fourfold and at the present time they occupy the first place among all military programs (17),(3). Though there are concepts of informational warfare other than the remote control of human beings, the unwillingnes of the USA to engage in the negotiations aimed at the ban of the manipulation of human brains suggests an intention to use those means in internal as well as in international affairs. If the USA achieve essential military preeminence in this area and if no global ban of the use of those technologies against civilians is negotiated, the USA may become a world totalitarian superpower of the new type.

So far the only government who made a small step toward the ban of those technologies is the Russian Federation where the addendum to the article 6 of the Russian Federation law “On Weapons” was approved on July 26, 2001. The legislation states: “within the territory of the Russian Federation is prohibited the circulation of weapons and other objects … the effects of the operation of which are based on the use of electromagnetic, light, thermal, infra-sonic or ultra-sonic radiations…”. Besides omitting the use of the term “psychotronic energy” that both Lopatin and Kucinich used, the Russian legislation does not provide any means for Russian citizens to defend themselves against the use of those weapons. Nor is there any compulsion upon the police or public health organizations to set up teams capable of detecting radiation that was enabling remote manipulation of human body and nervous system, or the source of such radiation. Nor does this legislation prohibit Russian government agencies from the use of such technology against their own citizens. In the USA alone, some of the federal states have enacted in their laws on firearms, new standards on electric and electromagnetic weapons (Michigan in 2003, Massachusetts in 2004, Maine in 2005). Sanctions go from 15 years in jail to life imprisonment, identically with weapons of mass destruction. As in Russia, those laws do not provide for the defense of citizens against the use of those weapons by government agencies.

On February 25, 2009 Deputy Chief of General Staff of Russian Army, Anatoli Nogovicyn, stated that within 2 or 3 years a full fledged war in informational sphere, including “information-psychlogical influence on population and military units” may break out (39). So far politicians (especially in the USA) have not shown responsible intention to take action to stop this new arms race, which threatens to place human beings in a position subsidiary to machines and to destroy democracy. Humanitarian organizations apparently do not dare to challenge this National Security Information (on several occasions Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have refused to engage with this issue). Under such circumstances, it is left to citizens themselves to organize defense of their freedoms and elementary human rights, before those technologies are used at war or to suppress their dissatisfaction with governments who failed to prevent the emerging crises. They should coordinate their efforts internationally if they want to succeed.

1) - Russian original - “Riders of Psychotronic”, concise English translation of "Riders of Psychotronic Apocalypse" at –

2) - Russian original: “Zombeing Bluff or” – concise English translation of the article "The Project Zombie is a Bluff or…?" -

3) see Russian original “Dokument” -, translation – “State Duma” -


5) - Russian original “Installation Radiosleep”, concise English translation - "Installation Radiosleep"

6) pg. 27-37 concise overview of the book other excerpts you will find at the address

7) Russian original - : “Authors of Project Zombie”, concise English translation - - "Authors of Project Zombie Discovered in Kiev".

8) - see memorandum of the Department of the Air Force, Assembly State of New York and Communicating via the Microwave Auditory Effect or article „Mind Games“ in Washington Post from January 2006, where an experiment with microwave transmission of spoken phrases into the human brain was published as well as the fact that this technology is subject to the National Security Information law

9) - Russian original: “Secret Weapon in Action” - concise translation "Secret Superweapon in Action":

10) see the article from Berkeley Daily Planet"


12) - Israel Fields Means to Suppress Palestinian Violence

13) , pg. 4

14) pg. 36, or concise English translation of the book „Psychotronic Weapon and the Security of Russia“ at

15) Resolution on the environment, security and foreign policy

16) Doctrine of the Informational Security of the Russian Federation there see pg. 3 - Types of Threats to the Informational Security of the Russian Federation)

17) See ref. 16, pg. 19, “The International Cooperation of the Russian Federation in the Field of Ensuring Information Security"

18) Low Intensity Conflict and Modern Technology, ed. Lt.Col. J. Dean, USAF, Air University Press, Center for Aerospace Doctrine, Research and Education, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, june 1986 (on Internet the site exists, but can not be found)

19) Francis H. Crick: The Astonishing Hypothesis. The Scientific Search for the
Soul, Simon and Schuster, London, 1994, U.K.

20) Wolf Singer: The Formation of Representations in the Cerebral Cortex, 1992, Editor: Arzneimittelinformation/Medizinische redaktion, Schering, Germany, ISSN 0940-9300

21) Journal of Electroencephalography and Clinical Neurophysiology, supplement no. 45, 1996, “Continuous Wave-Form Analysis”, page 64

22) John Marks: The CIA and Mind Control - the Search for Manchurian Candidate, USA, 1988, ISBN 0-440-20137-3

23) James C. Lin: Microwave Auditory Effects and Applications, Charles C. Thomas publisher, Springfield, Illinois, USA, ISBN 0-398-03704-3, (experiments by McAffee conducted in 1961, 1962 and 1970)

24) Emerging Electromagnetic Medicine, 1990, conference proceedings

25) Critere d'hygiene de l'environment, frequence radioelectric et
hyperfrequences, World Health Organization, Geneve, Switzerland, 1981

26) Nonlinear Electrodynamics in Biological Systems, ed. Ross Adey, proceedings of the conference, Plenum Press, New York, London, 1984

27) magazine OMNI, February 1985, Kathleen McAuliffe "The Mind Fields"

28) Allan H. Frey, 1962, Human Auditory System Response to Modulated
Electromagnetic Energy, Journal of Aplied Physiology, 17/4, pg. 689 – 692 -
E..M. Taylor. B-. Ashelman, 1974, Analysis of Central Nervous System
Involvment in Microwave Auditory Effects, Brain research, vol. 74, pg. 201 -206
J.L. Flanagan, 1961, Audibility of Periodic Pulses and a Model for the Threshold, Journal of Acoustic Society of America, vol. 33 (11), pg. 1540 – 49 K.R. Foster, E.D. Finch, 1974, Microwave Hearing: evidence for Thermoacoustic Auditory Stimulation by Pulsed Microwaves, Science, vol. 185, pg. 256 -258

29) Don R. Justesen, 1975, Microwaves and Behavior, American Psychologist, March 1975, pg. 391

30) Dr. Robert Becker: Body Electric: Electromagnetism and the Foundation of
Life, William Morrow and comp., New York, 1985


32) Robert Becker: Cross Currents, The Startling Effects of Electromagnetic
Radiation on Your Health, 1991, Bloomsberry Publishing, London, Great Brittain, ISBN 0-7475-0761-9

33) Dr. Nick Begich, Jeanne Maning: Angels Don't Play this HAARP, Earthpulse
Press, P.O. Box 393, Anchorage, Alaska 99520, USA (on Internet you will find the reference to the “Final Report…” but the site can not be found)

34) M.A. Persinger: On the Possibility of Directly Accessing Every Human brain
by Electromagnetic Induction of Fundamental Algorythms, Perception and Motor Skills, june 1995, vol. 80, pg. 791 -799 - ,

35) John B. Alexander: The New Mental Battelfield: Beam me up Spock, Military
Review, Dec. 1980

36) Steven Metz, James Kievit, "The Revolution in Military Affairs and Conflict
Short of War, U.S. Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute, Carlisle
Barracks, PA 17013-5050

37) Mlada Fronta Dnes, March 28, 1997 (the Czech newspaper)



40) Working document for STOA panel of the European Parliament entitled “Crowd Control Technologies” - (pg. Xlvi) (Appendix 6-67)

41) Jose M. R. Delgado: Physical Control of the Mind, Toward a Psychocivilized
Society, 1969, USA

42) Russian weekly “Argumenty I Fakty”, number 32, August 2003, article title: “Versii ubiistva generala Rokhlina” (Versions of Murder of General Rokhlin)

43) Walter J. Freeman: Mass Action in the Nervous System, Academic Press, New York, San Francisco, London, 1975

44) Manuel Zelaya undergoes strange siege inside Brazilian embassy, Fabiano Maisonnave, The Guardian, Sunday 25 October 2009
45) Ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya Speaks from the Brazilian Embassy in Tegucigalpa, Democracy Now, Monday, October 5, 2009
46) Paraphysics R&D-Warsaw Pact (U), Defense Intelligence Agency unclassified dokument, October 1977, pg. 31/35,

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217. Free Syrian Red Crescent Medic Mohamad Nour Audi

Dr. Mohamad Nour Audi, a Syrian Red Crescent medic, was arrested by Assad's security forces on March 24, 2012. Since then he has been held in detention at a secret facility. Thus, he is at grave risk of torture and other mistreatment.

As a result of this and other hostile acts taken in Syria by the Assad regime, The Syrian Arab Red Crescent has decided to suspend its activities in various parts of the country, affirming that it has not received protection from the Syrian government which instead is obligated to allow it to carry out all of its interventions in safety.

The Syrian Red Crescent have been accused by Assad's forces of being “untrustworthy” and their crucial work has been undermined, as they have been deemed by the concerned authorities as not being “neutral”. In addition to this, several of their volunteers have lost their lives.

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218. Help Australian Julian Assange

This petition is designed to put global pressure on the Australian Federal Government to encourage them to assist Australian Julian Assange in regard to his current circumstances related to WikiLeaks in releasing sensitive information including Australian Senate briefings for which no charges could be brought and assisting Private Manning by publishing unauthorised US Military data; the sexual assault allegations and extradition to Sweden for questioning for which no charges have been laid and the extradition papers which were signed by the Prosecutor contravening UK, US and Australian laws; which could lead to extradition to the USA on charges of espionage and conspiracy and ultimately assassination, execution or a life sentence; and the politically motivated attacks on him as an individual particularly in Australia, Great Britain and the USA.

By collecting signatures on a petition, we intend to demonstrate to the Australian Federal Government, the large amount of support for Australian born Julian Assange. To show that people don't believe the political spin being used to try and discredit him and also to justify the mistrust of the Australian Federal Government and contempt at their lack of action for an Australian Citizen.

Australians and other Citizens of the World expect the Australian Federal Government to support ALL Australian Citizens and we want the Australian Government to finally understand this.

In diplomatic cables it is alleged that: The Australian embassy in Washington reported in February that “the US investigation into possible criminal conduct by Mr Assange has been ongoing for more than a year. The question of advance warning of any prosecution or extradition moves was previously raised by Australian diplomats in December 2010 when they first confirmed that Assange was the target of what US Justice Department officials described as an "unprecedented'' investigation. The Australians on that occasion explained that the advance warning would be appreciated ''so that ministers could respond appropriately''. Briefings for the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, and Senator Carr also suggest the Australian government has no in-principle objection to extradition.

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which details the Prime Minister's involvement in the Australian Government's lack of action.

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219. We support and defend all Christians in Nigeria

In Nigeria since the beginning of the year, there have been nearly 600 deaths caused by the Islamic group Boko Haram; the majority of these victims were murdered while they were at Mass.

Yet millions of people continue to go to church, choosing to exercise their freedom of religion and to practice their faith.

We cannot watch in silence the substantial indifference that has accompanied these massacres and denials of religious freedom, a principle which is relevant to every religion.

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220. პეტიცია უკრაინის ჰომოფობიური კანონპროექტების წინააღმდეგ

2012 წლის 3-6 ივლისს უკრაინის პარლამენტში დაგეგმილია #8711 კანონპროექტის განხილვა „ზოგიერთ საკანონმდებლო აქტში (ბავშვთა უსაფრთხო საინფორმაციო სივრცის უფლების დასაცავად) ცვლილებების შეტანის შესახებ.” გარდა ამისა, მზადდება #10290 კანონპროექტი „ჰომოსექსუალობის პროპაგანდისათვის კრიმინალური და ადმინისტრაციული სასჯელის შემოსაღებად”.

აღნიშნული კანონპროექტების მიღების შემთხვევაში „ჰომოსექსუალობის პროპაგანდისათვის“ დაწესდება მკაცრი ჯარიმები და 5 წლამდე თავისუფლების აღკვეთა.

კანონპროექტები ეწინააღმდეგება ადამიანის უფლებათა დაცვის საერთაშორისო სამართალს. კერძოდ, “ჰომოსექსუალობის პროპაგანდის” აკრძალვა სინამდვილეში გამოხატვის თავისუფლებისა და ინფორმაციაზე ხელმისაწვდომობის უფლების შეზღუდვას გულისხმობს. გამოხატვის თავისუფლება და ინფორმაციაზე ხელმისაწვდომობს უფლება, თავის მხრივ, აღიარებულია სახელმწიფოთათვის მბოჭავი ძალის მქონე მრავალი საერთაშორისო დოკუმენტით, მათ შორის, სამოქალაქო და პოლიტიკური უფლებების შესახებ საერთაშორისო პაქტითა და ევროპის ადამიანის უფლებათა დაცვის კონვენციით.

სამწუხაროდ, მსგავსი საკანონმდებლო ცვლილებები ყოფილი საბჭოთა კავშირის სივრცეში ტენდენციად იქცა. რუსეთის ფედერაციისა და მოლდოვის რამდენიმე ქალაქში “ჰომოსექსუალობის პროპაგანდა” აიკრძალა. ლგბტ ადამიანების უფლებადამრღვევი საკანონმდებლო ცვლილებები განიხილება ლიტვაშიც.

მსგავსი საკანონმდებლო ინიციატივის სურვილი რამდენიმე კვირის წინ საქართველოს პარლამენტშიც გამოითქვა. ქრისტიან-დემოკრატიული მოძრაობის აზრით, საქართველოში ლგბტ ჯგუფს „ჰომოსექსუალობის პროპაგანდის” საშუალება არ უნდა მიეცეთ და გარკვეული შეზღუდვები დაუწესდეთ. საბედნიეროდ, აღნიშნულ პოზიციას საქართველოს პარლამენტში დეპუტატთა მხრიდან საკმარისი მხარდაჭერა არ მოჰყოლია.

გთხოვთ, სოლიდარობის მიზნით, ხელმოწერით დააფიქსიროთ, რომ ეწინააღმდეგებით ჰომოფობიური კანონის მიღებას უკრაინაში.

On July 3th-6th, 2012, The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine scheduled a hearing of the #8711 bill “On Amending Some Legislative Acts (Concerning Children’s Right to Safe Informational Space)”. Similar bill #10290, suggesting both administrative and criminal liability for so the called “homosexual propaganda” is also pending before the legislators there.

If adopted, the laws will introduce steep fines or imprisonment up to five years for “homosexual propaganda”.

We consider the bill to be in violation of the International Human Rights Law. Prohibition of “homosexual propaganda” includes restriction of the right of expression of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) people, and infringes the right to information of the larger society. The right of expression and the right to information are recognized by binding international documents, such as International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the European Convention on Human Rights.

Adoption of the similar legal amendments have become a trend in the former soviet countries. “Propaganda of homosexuality” has been banned by the several cities of the Russian Federation and Moldova. Initiation of the bill against the rights of LGBT people has also been proposed in Lithuania.

Few weeks ago similar legal amendments were discussed in the Parliament of Georgia. According to the Christian-Democratic Movement, “propaganda of homosexuality” should be banned in Georgia and some restrictions should be imposed on LGBT persons. Fortunately, the position of the Christian-Democratic movement was not shared by the majority of the Members of the Georgian Parliament.

By signing this petition, you will show your protest against the homophobic bills of Ukraine.

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221. To remove fluoride from the water supply of the City of Elliot Lake, Ontario

Please sign this petition if you oppose the use of fluoride in the water supply of the City of Elliot Lake, Ontario.

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222. Release Mohammad Ali Salmani Nodoushan


1. Conversion to Christianism;

2. Persistence on New Faith;

3. Pro-human rights activity

Items 1 to 3 all automatically entail a death sentence.

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223. Bahrain : Drop All Charges Against Ali Hassan


No jail time for boy in Bahrain accused of protesting

CNN July 5, 2012

A preteen arrested and accused of protesting in Bahrain will not get jail time, authorities said Thursday.
The verdict ends the case that had elicited criticism from activists angered that authorities would target an 11-year-old boy.

Police arrested Ali Hasan on May 14 and accused him of participating in an "illegal gathering" with about a dozen others, according to the Persian Gulf kingdom's information office.

On Thursday, a judge said the 11-year-old was free to go home with his family and would not face detention, according to Luma Bashmi, spokeswoman for the president's office.

The boy will be under observation for the next year and be visited by a social worker every six months, Bashmi said.

UPDATE 20 June 2012

The Guardian

Bahraini boy, 11, charged with helping protesters
Ali Hasan faces up to three years in jail if convicted as authorities refuse to believe he was merely playing in the street

Prosecutors in Bahrain have charged an 11-year-old boy with taking part in an illegal gathering, which could see him sent to jail.

Ali Hasan, a primary school pupil from the capital's suburban area of Bilad al-Qadeem, was picked up by security officials from his neighbourhood on accusations that he helped protesters block a street with rubbish containers and wood during anti-government demonstrations in the area last month. He subsequently spent nearly a month in a juvenile detention centre before being released last week to await trial.

Ali told the Guardian he was merely playing with friends in the street and had nothing to do with the protests.

"The verdict will be issued on 5 July," said Ali's lawyer, Shahzalan Khamees, who defended him at the juvenile criminal court in Manama on Wednesday. "They charged him with illegal gathering that has a few weeks up to three years imprisonment as punishment under the country's law." Ali was accompanied to court by his father, Jasem Hasan.

Khamees described Ali as a "political prisoner" and said: "Ali was scared in the court. He didn't want to go back to jail again, he hated his time in custody." She added: "It's a shame that the authorities in the country are putting its children in jail instead of protecting them.

"Young people in Bahrain are all watching Ali's case with much distress, they want to know what will happen to him, they don't want to experience the same fate."

Khamees said that Ali was not the only child to be arrested in connection with the 15 months of protest against the Khalifa dynasty, a Sunni minority ruling over Bahrain's Shia majority since its independence.

Bahraini officials said that the country's chief of public security, major general Tariq al-Hassan, had ordered an official investigation into Ali's arrest and had found that he "was arrested for blocking a crowded main road on three separate occasions in the course of one afternoon".

An official statement given to the Guardian by the Bahraini embassy in London said: "When he was arrested he told police that he had been paid 3 Bahrain dinars [£5] to commit the illegal acts."

It denied that Ali had attended a criminal court, saying "there are no trials in the juvenile court" and that "a judge makes a decision after hearing from the child, their lawyer, a social worker, and the prosecuting attorney".

The statement went on: "The judge's decision is based on what is best for the child. The notion of punishment does not enter the equation."

In a letter to the Guardian – provided through the embassy – in response to Ali's interview, Hassan said: "Being taken into police detention in these circumstances equates, in UK terms, to being taken to a place of safety. What Ali was doing was putting himself and others in danger."

In response to the widespread demonstrations in recent months, Bahraini rulers have launched a campaign of prosecution against human rights activists and even doctors and nurses accused of helping protesters.

Activists including Amnesty International have expressed concerns about Ali who they said has been tried on "spurious charges".

"This case shows the excessive means the Bahraini authorities have resorted to in order to crush protest. I hope they will see sense and drop all the charges against Ali Hasan," said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, Amnesty's deputy director for the Middle East and North Africa programme.

UPDATE 19 June 2012

Guardian UK

Bahrain puts boy aged 11 on trial for alleged role in roadblock protest

Ali Hasan says he was just playing in the street when he was arrested.
He was 'forced' to confess and was detained in jail

At a time when most 11-year-old boys are looking forward to the school holidays, Ali Hasan is preparing for his trial.

On Wednesday morning the primary school pupil from suburban Manama will stand in a Bahrain court and listen as the case against him is spelt out. The prosecution case: that Ali helped protesters block a street with rubbish containers and wood during demonstrations last month. Ali's defence: that he's a child who was just playing with friends in the street.

"On the day before I was arrested there was some fighting in the streets near my house between the demonstrators and the police," Ali told the Guardian by phone from his home in the Bilad al-Qadeem suburb. "The demonstrators had blocked the street by setting fire to tyres and using containers in which people dispose of their rubbish.

"The day after this I went to the street with two of my friends to play. It was around 3pm. While we were playing there, some police forces came towards us which made us panic. My friends managed to run away … but I was so scared by the guns they were carrying that I couldn't move … and I was arrested."

Bahrain's rulers have proved ruthless in the cases they have pursued against those accused of involvement in 15 months of protests against the Khalifa dynasty, with prosecutions against doctors, nurses and rights activists. Ali Hasan's case marks a new precedent in the legal crackdown against civil society. He is believed to be the youngest Bahraini to stand trial in connection with the uprising.

Ali has already spent weeks in jail before he was bailed last week, and even sat his exams in prison. After his arrest he was taken to various police stations where he said he was forced to confess to taking part in anti-government demonstrations. "I was crying all the time. I told them I'd confess to anything to go back home," he said.

Ali's father, Jasem Hasan, a car parts dealer, said his son was taken back to the detention centre the day after his arrest.

"I was abroad at the time and when I called Ali's mother was only crying. She was crying for all the time Ali was in prison," he said.

In jail Ali spent a month in a room with three other children and was made to clean the centre. "We would wake up early in the morning for breakfast, usually around 6.30, and then I had to do some job," he said. "The first day in jail was horrible. I cried all the time but I became friends with the other boys there and we could play for four hours every day – but had to spend all our other time in a locked room." Describing the centre, he said: "It's like putting a bear in a box, I felt just like that. I never want to go back to that place again."

Bahrain's chief prosecutor for those under 18, Noura Al-Khalifa, has said that Ali was detained while blocking the street and Bahraini information officials have alleged that Ali was participating in an "illegal gathering" along with other protesters. Ali's father said the allegations were lies. "They claimed that my son had accepted money in exchange for setting fire to tyres and blocking the road," he said. "I don't say I'm a rich person but I make enough money and my son doesn't need to go in streets looking for money. I always give enough money to him."

Ali's lawyer, Mohsen al-Alawi, said the boy was nothing to do with the demonstrations. "Ali was not a political activist or a demonstrator. He was only playing games like all other children of his age."

Human Rights Watch has expressed concerns about Ali's case. "He was not accompanied by a lawyer during his questioning," said HRW's Mariwan Hama-Saeed. "It seems the only evidence used against him is his own confession and the testimony of a police officer."

The UK and US governments have been criticised for maintaining close relations with the Bahraini leadership, and failing to address human rights abuses in an uprising that has left scores dead. The Foreign Office minister for the Middle East, Alistair Burt, who visited Bahrain last week, encouraged further reform in the country, saying that it was "clear there is much more to do".

Burt said: "While the Bahraini government has made some good progress on the recommendations of the Bahrain independent commission of inquiry (BICI), we are clear there is much more to do. Bringing about sustained, comprehensive reform will take time, but the government should build on the steps they have taken and ensure that BICI recommendations are implemented quickly and in full, including where they relate to human rights.

"We stand ready to assist Bahrain as it tackles the challenges ahead, including help with reform of the judicial system, promoting human rights training in the police and other government services, and reducing sectarian tension through reconciliation."

The Foreign Office did not respond to the Guardian's request for comments on Ali Hasan's case at the time of publication.

Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, deputy director for the Middle East and North Africa programme at Amnesty International, said: "Arresting an 11-year-old boy, interrogating him for hours without a lawyer before trying him on spurious charges shows a jaw-dropping lack of respect for his rights."

She added that such treatment was completely out of step with international standards, or even Bahrain's own penal code. "This case shows the excessive means the Bahraini authorities have resorted to in order to crush protest. I hope they will see sense and drop all the charges against Ali Hassan."

Boy, 11, detained in Bahrain crackdown, rights groups say
By the CNN Wire Staff June 10, 2012

An 11-year-old boy has been detained by Bahraini authorities for participating in what the government calls an "illegal gathering," an arrest that human rights groups say comes amid the country's continued crackdown on anti-government protesters.

Rights groups on Saturday demanded the release of the boy, Ali Hasan, following news that Bahrain's Juvenile Court ordered the youth moved from a jail to a juvenile detention facility.

Hasan was arrested on May 14 by Bahraini authorities for allegedly participating in an "illegal gathering" with about a dozen others, the Bahrain International Affairs Authority, the kingdom's information office.

But an attorney for Hasan's family disputes the government account, saying the boy was playing with two other children in the street when he was stopped by police.

The attorney, Shahzalan Khamees, said that police stopped Hasan and two other boys, who managed to run away. Khamees said Hasan claims the police threatened to shoot him with a pellet gun if he ran.
The boy, according to Khamees, was then detained for questioning.

The Bahrain Rehabilitation and Anti-Violence Organization, an Ireland-based rights group, demanded Hasan's immediate release.

There are a "growing number of children detained for investigation in security cases," the group said in a statement.

Meanwhile, the Bahrain Center for Human Rights expressed concern about the government's targeting of children under the age of 15 in its crackdown.

The rights group said Hasan, who they claim is 11, was the youngest detainee in Bahrain's prison system. The government did not immediately respond to the allegation.

Bahrain has been heavily criticized by rights groups for its crackdown on anti-government protests that began February 14, 2011, in Bahrain -- spurred by popular uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt.

But the protests failed to gain the traction of other Arab Spring uprisings following a crackdown in February and then again in mid-March by Bahraini authorities -- backed by troops from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Demonstrators and Bahraini authorities have continued to clash, with the opposition accusing the government of being heavy handed in its crackdown on protests.
In November, Bahrain's Independent Commission of Inquiry issued a report highly critical of the crackdown.

The commission, set up by the king, concluded that police had used excessive force and torture during last year's crackdown on protests. The report recommended reforms to the country's law and better training of its security forces.

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224. STOP børnearbejde!

Ifølge skøn fra International Labour Organisation (ILO) er der 215 millioner børnearbejdere på verdensplan. Man anslår, at det i virkeligheden drejer sig om langt flere. Mange af de udsatte børn er nemlig ikke registreret eller har dåbsattest, og så tæller de ikke med i statistikken.

Tallet 215 millioner svarer dog i sig selv til, at hvert syvende barn i verden er børnearbejder. I Danmark ville det svare til, at cirka 124.000 børn arbejdede og ikke kom i skole.

Vi har alle et ansvar i bekæmpelsen af børnearbejde. Forbrugere, politikere og virksomheder må alle tage del i løsningen, hvis det skal lykkes at udrydde børnearbejde!

Danmark og EU skal skabe regulativer på området, og virksomheder skal forpligte sig til at producere børnearbejdsfrie produkter.

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225. Letter Ayatollah Khamenei for immediate care of 18 Iranian journalists

This letter will be sent to Leader of the Islamic Republic
Ayatollah Khamenei on June 25, 2012.

You can add your signature to letter through this petition.


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226. Freedom for Basak Suhin Duman

==Please do not use anonymous signatures==

The Turkish Republic has adopted a very harsh interpretation of anti-terrorist laws which has been imposed in every single sphere of the country. The enacted measures are rather extreme in the sense that with the vague definition that purpo... rts the term “terrorist,” there are a near limitless number of categories/manifestations in which the term can be imposed on an individual or group of people.

Staging protests resembling the likes of Occupy Wall Street are virtually banned in Turkey. There is a silenced apartheid that is going on within the Turkish Republic which bans its people from taking to the streets in a way where grassroots activism can ensure government transparency at the highest levels.

In this case, an activist by the name of Basak Suhin Duman who was protesting against these harsh reactionary measures within the Turkish Republic was detained in Croatia and can potentially be extradited back to Turkey where she awaits criminal charges for political subversion. The worst activity pursued by this individual was undertaken at a protest in a country that does not take too kindly to protesting activists; she has never been involved with terroristic activity of any kind and protesting through a force of civil activism does not produce any evidence whatsoever to single anyone out as someone who could qualify for the makings of a terrorist.

Turkey has been a close ally of NATO and the Western bloc since the inception of its republic after the end of the Ottoman Empire. Therefore, INTERPOL has intervened on behalf of the Turkish Republic to honor the extradition order of Basak Suhin Duman in order to stand trail for participation in publically orientated protests staged against the Turkish Republic’s anti-terrorist measures. The tenant of this cause presents the citizens of the world with an implication which does not just impact one individual in a single country, but directly impacts us as peace and freedom loving citizens of the world. Overzealous authoritarian governance condoned in the name of anti-terrorism will inevitably bring about the makings of a totalitarian Orwellian state/society.

We must endorse the petition that is being pitched toward the Croatian government which insists upon the termination of the extradition order so that she will not have to serve as a political prisoner in a country where torture is still a common tactic utilized and observed in its national prison systems. In addition, the same individual would be heinously punished for an activity that is widely practiced in a carefree manner all over the Western world. I would like to thank any additional support for the advancement of this cause. Irrespective of our national identity and where we reside, we must stand for what is right, dignified, and justified at all costs. Further research and inquiry is always welcome.

Please sign the petition to prevent her extradition!

==Collected signatures will be added to signatures collected on the ground in Zagreb==

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We are writing concerning the trip that you organize to Turkey and then Cyprus (June 1-15, 2012), entitled “Sailing with Paul in the Mediterranean”.

It appears from the documentation that we have seen that you may not be aware of certain facts that are important to bring to your attention. The reference to “Northern Cyprus” constitutes, in fact, the area of Cyprus under Turkish military occupation since 1974. It is recalled that the secessionist entity in the occupied areas of Cyprus was condemned by the United Nations Security Council, in its resolutions 541 (1983) and 550 (1984), as “legally invalid” and is not recognized by any international organization or country, other than Turkey which is the occupying power.

Furthermore, we wish to respectfully bring to your attention that the airport through which you intend to arrive in Cyprus has been declared by the Government of the Republic of Cyprus as an illegal point of entry into and exit from the Republic. The legal points of entry into the Republic of Cyprus to which visitors should use are Larnaka and Paphos airports and the ports of Larnaka and Lemesos.

Moreover, this illegal airport is not recognized by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and its illegal operation causes serious risks to flight safety in the region.

It is also important to stress that this illegal airport is located on property belonging to a significant number of Greek Cypriot refugees who were forcibly expelled from the property by the invasion forces in 1974.

These refugees remain the legal owners of their properties, as it has been confirmed by numerous relevant Judgments of the European Court of Human Rights, and have not consented to the construction of the illegal airport.

Furthermore, the organization of such a trip by an archaeological society is particularly offensive to the local and international community of archaeologists working in Cyprus, due to the destructive consequences that the Turkish occupation has caused to the tangible and intangible cultural heritage of the island.

In the occupied area, archaeological sites and monuments, including churches, have suffered severe destruction and violation, museums have been looted and destroyed, and antiquities continue to be illegally exported.

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228. Support Mr. Zahir Mohamad’s Right to Stay in Canada

Mr. Mohamad is 73 and a resident of Ottawa, Ontario. He has been living in Canada for the past 20 years, along with his wife and two children, both Canadian citizens.

But Zahir Mohamad (Client ID: 2770-6552) faces deportation in September, having failed to obtain landed immigrant status when he arrived from Afghanistan two decades ago. His problem goes back to unproven allegations in 1992 that he worked for a pre-Communist administration in Afghanistan, which was accused of committing human rights abuses. Mr. Mohamad has always denied involvement in any such crimes.

During his 20 years in Canada, he has been a law-abiding man, paid all government taxes, has been involved in community work and supported his now ailing wife, his two children and two grandchildren. He wishes only to live his last years in peace with his family here in Canada.

Please write to protest the removal of Zahir Mohamad and demand his right to live in the country that has become his home.

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229. Free Mostafa Tajzadeh

UPDATE Radio Zamaneh 05/26/2013

Reformist slams Supreme Leader’s “absolute monarchy”.

Political prisoner Mostafa Tajzadeh, a top reformist figure, announced in a letter from jail that the establishment has left no alternative for reformists but to boycott the elections.

Tajzadeh writes that the disqualification of Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Esfandiar Rahim Mashai and other volunteers for the presidential race has simply “left the road open for the victory of the Supreme Leader’s chosen candidate… which means Iran’s political system has been turned into the absolute monarchy of the clerical leader.”

Tajzadeh’s letter was published on the Norooz website, which is linked to the banned reformist group the Islamic Iran Participation Front. He writes: “In view of the calamities that the establishment has brought upon our country, creed and people, we expected that with an apology to the people, they would take the path of recovery by allowing a free, legal and conclusive election so that a window of hope out the current dismal situation would appear.”

Iran’s Guardian Council disqualified Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, the top candidate for the reformists, and Esfandiar Rahim Mashai, the candidate endorsed by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his supporters. The final eight candidates approved by the council are basically figures that will act in complete obedience to the wishes of the Supreme Leader.

Tajzadeh, who was involved in the Interior Ministry in the reformist government of Mohammad Khatami, was arrested immediately after the presidential elections of 2009, as allegations of vote rigging in favour of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sparked major street protests across the country.

Tajjzadeh predicts “a decline in public participation in the election, especially compared to 2009; widespread problems in economic leadership, government corruption, growing fissures between the conservatives, growing pressures of international sanctions and ever-increasing public discontent will bring the absolutist system into crisis sooner that they think.”

He adds that since the election is “engineered and illegitimate” and the ruling conservatives have stolen the “right of free elections” from the people; therefore, there is no alternative but to boycott the elections.

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Tajzade's medical treatment in Farabi Hospital prevented

HRANA News Agency - Islamic revolutionary guards agents prevented the continuation of medical treatments on Mostafa Tajzade's teeth and eye in Farabi hospital and claimed that since now all the process will be continued in a hospital which is under revolutionary guards management.

According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), quoted from Norooz, After a few months of internal eye bleeding the medical treatments on Mostafa Tajzade started in Farabi hospital but islamic revolutionary guards transferred him from Farabi hospital to Baqiatollah hospital and prevented the continuation of medical treatment process. This happens while the judge issued permission for Tajzade to be under medical treatment in Farabi hospital.

According to Tajzade's wife, she has been informed 2 days ago that the medical treatment for teeth and eyes of this prisoner could not be continued in Farabi hospital anymore and he will be under medical treatment in another hospital under revolutionary guards management.

The head of election committee during reform time has detained and quarantined illegally since 30 months ago. He started fasting as a way to protest and the consequences affected his body in different ways.

Some of the consequences of his protest are eyes problems and blood pressure which increased because of delay in treatment. Tajzade's family is concern about his medical treatment in the revolutionary guards hospital.

Recently, the wife of this political prisoner through a letter to Hossain Taeb claimed that he is responsible for what happened to her husband and asked him to introduce the guilty person if he himself is faultless.

Translated by: Ramyar Hassani

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UPDATE Radio Zamaneh 01/14/2013

Jailed reformists have joined with former interior ministry chief Mostafa Tajzadeh to publish another letter from Evin Prison that urges Tajzadeh’s peers to give their firm support in the quest for free elections.

The Kaleme website quotes Tajzadeh’s latest letter as saying: “In effect, free elections is the strategy of Iranian reformists, and as the Green Movement took shape through the elections, its victory is tied to free elections, and in such a case, whoever really wins the majority vote would naturally gain the respect of all.”

The prominent reformist writes: “In the recent fanfare, we must not fear and we must stand firm with integrity for free elections, because in Iran we can either have free elections or, God forbid, an ignominious one.”

Tajzadeh stresses once more that the key to the country’s survival is free elections, adding: “If I were on the outside, I would launch the biggest campaign for the defence of free elections, which is a legal and legitimate concern.”

In recent weeks, after a number of top reformists called for commitment to free elections, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei snapped back at their statements, saying that to insinuate that the elections are anything but free is to fall in line with the country’s enemies. He stressed that talk of free elections should be considered as the “new code of sedition.”

Mostafa Tajzadeh went on to add in his letter: “I urge any individual who is concerned about Iran’s independence, territorial integrity and security, and who does not want our country to end up with the fate of Libya, Yemen or Syria, to work hard for free elections in Iran, and that is not only in the coming election but for all elections to come.”

Tajzadeh was arrested after the 2009 election, when reformist allegations of vote fraud were followed by mass street protests.

The establishment chose to crack down violently on challengers of the election results and labelled election protesters as “seditious elements.”

SOURCE : Radio Zamaneh

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Mostafa Tajzadeh:
Reformist sentenced to six years in prison

Mostafa Tajzadeh, member of the Islamic Iran Participation Front (Jebhe-ye Mosharekat) and Islamic Revolution Mujahedin Organization. Tajzadeh was a high official, serving as Deputy Interior Minister in the Khatami cabinet and Interim Head of the Interior Ministry after the sitting Minister, Abdollah Nouri, was impeached. Prior to that, he had served as Deputy Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance in the Mir Hossein Mousavi cabinet during the time Mohammad Khatami was Minister of Culture. Tajzadeh also worked at Hamahsahri Newspaper.

On 13 June 2009, only one day after the disputed presidential election, Tajzadeh was arrested. He spent about four months inside solitary cells at Evin Prison, where he was pressured to give television interviews and confessions. He was finally transferred to Evin's General Ward on 14 October 2009. During the first 100 days of his arrest, Tajzadeh was not allowed contact with his family and lawyer.

Tajzadeh was one of dozens of individuals arrested following the election who were tried during a group trial at Branch 15 of Tehran Revolutionary Court under Judge Salavati. The trials, which were later referred to as "show trials," convened without the presence of the suspects' lawyers and their families and government media reported on their proceedings.

Tajzadeh and his party faced heavy charges in his indictment. During the fourth session of the trial on 24 August 2009, many detainees who had been under pressure and torture were forced to make confessions against themselves. Tajzadeh attended two more trial sessions, but did not offer any defense and did not allow his lawyers to defend him, either. His charges were "assembly and collusion with the intent to disrupt national security," "propagating against the state," "insulting the authorities," and "keeping classified documents." On 17 April 2010, Tajzadeh was sentenced to six years in prison and ten years' ban on activities in parties and media. Tajzadeh did not appeal the court's decision and it became final.

After nine months in prison, on 10 March 2010, Tajzadeh was granted furlough and was temporary released. He had refused to post bail and his release was made possible without posting bail.

Tajzadeh was one of seven leading reformists who filed a law-suit against several commanders of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corp (IRGC) for their alleged intervention in Iran’s rigged presidential elections. When he refused the Intelligence Ministry's demand that he "take back his lawsuit," he was arrested again on 15 August 2010 and transferred to solitary cells inside IRGC's Ward 2-a at Evin Prison, banned from having visitations. Eleven months' detention inside solitary cells led to a deterioration of Tajzadeh's health. He was allowed six days of leave in June 2011, five days in August 2011, and one day of leave in March 2012, after which he was immediately transferred back to prison. Tajzadeh has embarked on several hunger strikes to protest inhumane prison conditions.

Tajzadeh has written several letters from prison which have angered the authorities who have in turn put him inside Evin Prison's Methadone Ward, a ward generally reserved for hardcore criminals and drug addicts. His wife, Fakhrossadat Mohtashamipour, was also arrested and detained for several weeks in 2011, after she engaged in activities to protest her husband's detention and to form a support group for prisoner families.


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230. Create an Organisation for the Management of Immigration and Asylum Requests (OMIAR)

Since 1988 thousands of men, women and children have perished in the Mediterranean attempting the so-called ‘voyage of hope’ to Europe. Tens of billions of euros are spent every year to control our borders and immigration processing.

In Europe, we should have a better expenditure management and better respect for human rights.

Ask the European Parliament to reform laws on immigration and a more humane management of migration flows by creating a European Organization for Management of the Immigration and Asylum Requests.

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231. STOP Executions In IRAN !

UPDATE Amnesty International 15 April 2013

5 Five ‘crimes’ that can get you killed
#DeathPenalty #Executions #CapitalPunishment #Iran

1. Consensual sexual relations outside marriage:

* In Iran at least 10 individuals, mainly women, remain on death row having been sentenced to stoning for the crime of “adultery while married”.

2. Trafficking drugs :

* Likewise, more than 70 per cent of all officially acknowledged executions in Iran in 2012 were for drug offences.

3. White-collar crimes :

* In Iran, four men were sentenced to death in July 2012 after conviction of corruption and “disrupting the country’s economic system” for their role in a massive bank fraud.

4. Opposing the government :

* In 2012, Iran’s Supreme Court upheld the death sentence imposed on Gholamreza Khosravi Savadjani under charges of “enmity against God” for his alleged ties to a banned Iranian opposition group, the Peoples’ Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI). He was originally only sentenced to a prison term and his death sentence came after two re-trials.

5. Offending or abandoning religion :

* In Iran, web programmer Saeed Malekpour was sentenced to death in 2010 for “insulting and desecrating Islam” after a software package he had developed was used without his knowledge to post pornographic images online. His death sentence was reportedly suspended in December after he entered a plea in which he "repented" for his actions, a claim disputed by his family.


SOURCE : Amnesty International

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Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, the spokesperson of IHR urged the international community to show strong reaction to the executions in Iran.

He said: "The world must not get used to the executions in Iran. Most of the people executed in Iran haven’t been through fair trials and each of the executions must be condemned by the international community".

Reported Executions in Iran 2013 :

Iran Human Rights, June 2: Two prisoners were hanged in the prison of Khoramabad (western Iran), reported the Iranian state media.

Iran Human Rights, May 25: According to unofficial sources in Iran, at least one woman was hanged on Wednesday, May 22 in Gharchak Prison, located in Varamin (a city near Tehran).

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Iran Human Rights, May 20: Two prisoners were hanged in the prison of Hamadan (western Iran) today May 20.

Iran Human Rights, May 19: Two prisoners were hanged in Tehran’s Evin Prison early this morning.

Iran Human Rights, May 18: One prisoner was hanged in the prison of Khoramabad (western Iran) today May 18

Iran Human Rights, May 16: A prisoner was hanged in public in Noshahr (northern Iran) today, reports Mehr, a state-run Iranian news agency.

Iran Human Rights, May 15: Three prisoners were hanged in the Rajai Shahr Prison of Karaj (west of Tehran) today.

Iran Human Rights, May 15: Seven prisoners were hanged in the central Prison of Rasht (Northern Iran) today.

Iran Human Rights, May 11: One prisoner was hanged in Kermanshah (western Iran) today.

Iran Human Rights, May 9: Four prisoners were hanged in Semnan Province (northern Iran) early this morning reported the Iranian state media.

Iran Human Rights, May 7: Three prisoners were hanged in the prison of Isfahan (Central Iran) early this morning, reported the Iranian state media.

Iran Human Rights, May 6: Three prisoners were hanged in the "Liberty Square" of Kermanshah (western Iran) today.

Iran Human Rights, May 6: Three prisoners were hanged in the "Liberty Square" of Kermanshah (western Iran) today.

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Iran Human Rights, May 2: Four prisoners were hanged in the prison of Arak (central Iran) today May 2, reported the Iranian state media.

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Iran Human Rights Tuesday 30 April 2013

Seven Prisoners Hanged in Iran-One Hanged in Public

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Hrana 28th April, 2013

2 prisoners are hanged in Waramin

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Iran Human Rights 24 April 2013

11 Prisoners Among Them 2 Women and 2 Afghan Citizens Were Executed in Iran

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Iran Human Rights, April 20: Four prisoners were hanged in the prison of Kerman (southeastern Iran) early this morning.

Iran Human Rights, April 17: Four prisoners were hanged in two different Iranian prisons today, Wednesday April 17.

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RFE / RL Seven men convicted of serious crimes have been hanged in Iran, according to local agency reports.

The semiofficial Mehr news agency reported on April 16 that the seven were hanged in the southern Iranian city of Shiraz -- four in public and three at the city’s Adel Abad prison.

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HRANA News Agency – 12th April, 2013

One prisoner has been hanged on March 10, 2013 in the Bandar Abbas prison.

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Iran Human Rights, March 6: Two prisoners were hanged publicly in North-western Iran.

HRANA News Agency – 16 prisoners hanged within last week across Iran.

According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), 12 prisoners were hanged in different cities of Iran during last week:

At least two prisoners convicted of drug trafficking were hanged in Yazd on Thursday, February 21, 2013.

One prisoner convicted of drug trafficking was hanged in Behbahan on Monday, February 25, 2013.

Three prisoners convicted of drug trafficking were hanged in Qazvin on Sunday, February 24, 2013.

Two prisoners convicted of drug trafficking were hanged in Sari and Kashan on Wednesday, February 27, 2013.

One prisoner convicted of drug trafficking was hanged in Semnan on Thursday, February 28, 2013.

Four prisoners convicted of rape were hanged in Gachsaran on Thursday, February 28, 2013.

A prisoner was hanged in Sari convicted of drug trafficking on Saturday, March 2, 2013.

Two prisoners convicted of murdering were hanged in Mianeh on Sunday, March 3, 2013.

Iran Human Rights, February 21: Three prisoners were hanged in the prison of Dizelabad in Kermanshah (western Iran) yesterday Wednesday February 20.

Iran Human Rights, February 20: One prisoner was hanged publicly in Arak (central Iran) today Wednesday February 20.

Iran Human Rights, February 19: Eight prisoners were hanged in Shiraz’s Adelabad Prison early this morning. According to the official website of the Iranian judiciary in the province of Fars, eight prisoners, among them one woman, were hanged this morning.

Iran Human Rights, February 18: According to reports from reliable sources in Iran, 12 prisoners are scheduled to be executed in Shiraz Prison (south of Iran) on Wednesday, February 20, 2013.

Iran Human Rights, February 17: Seven prisoners were hanged in the cities of Arak and Shiraz according to the official Iranian sources.

Iran Human Rights, February 13: One prisoner was publicly hanged in Tehran today.

Iran Human Rights, February 12: Two prisoners were hanged in Arak (South of Tehran) and one prisoner scheduled to be hanged publicly in Tehran tomorrow, reported the Iranian state media.

Iran Human Rights, February 6: Three prisoners were hanged in the prison of Isfahan reported the Iranian state media today.

Iran Human Rights, February 4: According to reports from reliable sources, Iranian authorities are executing in increasing numbers in Rajai Shahr Prison, west of Tehran.

Iran Human Rights, January 31: Five prisoners were executed in the prison of Kerman (Southeastern Iran) yesterday morning January 30., reported the state run Iranian media.


According to the reports by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), Early this morning, five Balouch prisoners: Nazar Shahbakhsh-son of Allah Dad, Ne'matollah Shahbakhsh- son of Assad, Abdollah Shahbakhsh-son of Vali Mohammad, Abdorrahman SHahbakhsh-son of Youcef and Saleh Noti Zehi were executed in Kerman. They had been arrested five years ago. There is no information about their charges.

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Iran Human Rights, January 28: One prisoner was hanged in the prison of Mianeh (northwestern Iran) reported the official Iranian news agency IRNA today

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Iran Human Rights, January 26: According to the official Iranian media a man was hanged in the public early this morning in Kerman (southeastern Iran).

Iran Human Rights, January 25, 2013 : One prisoner was hanged in the prison of Ilam yesterday morning reported the state run Iranian news agency Fars.
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Iran Human Rights, January 23: Three prisoners were hanged in Qazvin Prison (west of Tehran) today.

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Sunday 20 January 2013; Tehran Today: Two Men Were Hanged Publicly 35 Days AFter Being Arrested-

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Iran Human Rights, January 19: Two men were publicly hanged in Pakdasht (South of Tehran) yesterday morning reported the official Iranian media today.

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Iran Human Rights 16 January 2013;
Six prisoners were hanged in three different Iranian prisons, reported the official Iranian media today.
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Iran Human Rights, January 6: Two prisoners were hanged in the prison of Khomarabad (western Iran) reported the official news website of the Iranian police today.

Iran Human Rights, January 5: Two prisoners were hanged publicly in the town of Shahr-e-Kord (western Iran) early this morning, reported the Iranian state media.

Iran Human Rights, January 3: One prisoner was hanged in the prison of Yasouj (southern Iran) yesterday January 2.

Reported Executions in Iran 2012:
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Iran Human Rights, December 29: Four prisoners were hanged in the prison of Yazd (Central Iran) early this morning Saturday December 29.

Iran Human Rights, December 27: Five prisoners were hanged publicly in southern Iran today December 27.

Iran Human Rights, December 27: An Afghan citizen was hanged in Dameghan (northern Iran) early this morning reported the Iranian state media.

HRANA News Agency – One prisoner convicted of drug trafficking was hanged in Sari Prison in presence of local Judiciary Authorities on Tuesday, December 25, 2012.

HRANA : Seven Prisoners Hanged in Isfahan, Iran

Iran Human Rights, December 17: One prisoner was hanged in Kashan (central Iran) today, reported the Iranian state media.

Iran Human Rights, December 10: One prisoner was hanged in the prison of Semnan (northern Iran) early this morning.

Iran Human Rights, December 8: Three prisoners were hanged in the southeastern Iranian city of Zahedan early this morning, reported the Iranian state media.

1 Woman And 3 Men Hanged In Western #Iran-
One Hanged Publicly :

Iran Human Rights Monday 3 December 2012

According to the official site of the Iranian judiciary in Kermanshah, one female and two male prisoners were hanged in the prison of Kermanshah, while a foruth prisoner was hanged publicly in the Azadi (Freedom) Square of Kermanshah Monday noon.
None of the prisoners were identified by name.

Iran Human Rights, November 17, 2012 : According to the reports from the Iranian state media two prisoners were hanged publicly the Iranian town of Darab (southern Iran) yesterday November 16.

Iran Human Rights, November 14, 2012 : Three prisoners were hanged publicly in Arak (central Iran) this morning, reported the Iranian state media today.

Iran Human Rights, November 13, 2012 : The Iranian state media has reported the hanging of two prisoners. The official website of the Iranian judiciary in the province of Fars (southern Iran) has reported the public hanging of one prisoner, identified as F. B., in the town of Neyriz (south of Shiraz) on November 12.

Iran Human Rights, November 12, 2012 : One prisoner was hanged in Ardebil (northwestern Iran) early this morning. According to the official website of the Iranian judiciary in Ardebil, a prisoner, whose name was not mentioned, was hanged early this morning in Ardebil Prison.

Iran Human Rights, November 11, 2012 : One prisoner was hanged in the Isfahan central prison early this morning, reported the Iranian state media

Iran Human Rights 8 November 2012, Prisoners Executed Today- 23 Executions In 2 Days- 9 Executions In Public

Iran Human rights, October 18: Two prisoners were hanged in the Shahroud Prison (northern Iran) early this morning. Thursday 18 October 2012

#IRAN Four Prisoners Were Hanged In North-Western Iran

Iran Human Rights Thursday 11 October 2012

#IRAN From October to October: 488 Executions , 333 on the Row
#CapitalPunishment #Executions #DeathPenalty


According to a report by the HRA's Institute of Statistics and Publications, from 10th October 2011 until today, 488 people were executed in Iran. Meanwhile, 333 were sentenced to death and waiting for their executions.
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Iran Human Rights, October 7: Five prisoners were hanged in Shiraz (southern Iran) today reported the Iranian state media.

Iran Human Rights, October 2: Three Afghan prisoners were hanged in the prison of Tabas, eastern Iran, reported the Iranian state media today.

At least 14 men were executed in Iran, 18 in the row of execution within next days

Iran Human Rights, September 25: One prisoner was hanged in the prison of Semnan reported the Iranian media today.

Iran Human Rights, September 23: One prisoner was hanged in public in the Northwestern Iranian province of Azarbaijan today.

Iran Human Rights, September 20: According to official and unofficial reports from Iran, at least six prisoners were executed in three different prisons today.

One man hanged in public today- Another man to be hanged in public Tomorrow
Monday 10 September 2012

11 Prisoners Hanged Today According to Unofficial Sources- One Afghan Citizen Among Those Executed
Saturday 8 September 2012

One prisoner was hanged in Western Iran
Tuesday 24 July 2012

Three prisoners hanged in Isfahan (Central Iran)
Sunday 22 July 2012

Two prisoners hanged in Iran today: One man was hanged publicly in Shiraz (southern Iran)
Thursday 19 July 2012

Iran Human Rights, July 18: Three prisoners were hanged in the prison of Qazvin, west of Tehran, yesterday morning July 17.

Three Prisoners Were Hanged in South-Eastern Iran
Monday 16 July 2012

Update : Three prisoners were hanged in Qazvin (west of Tehran) today 12 July 2012

A woman prisoner (Safieh Ghafoori) was hanged in Shiraz today 12 July 2012

Two prisoners were hanged in western Iran
12 July 2012

Death Sentences Issued to Five More Ahwazi Arabs
10 July 2012

Two prisoners were hanged in southeastern Iran today
10 July 2012

Statement Against the Execution of Four Ahwazi Arabs and the Death Penalty in Iran 9 July 2012

Four prisoners were hanged in Iran 9 July 2012

Two prisoners were hanged in southeastern Iran
4 July 2012

Four prisoners executed in Iran- One hanged publicly
2 July 2012

Two prisoners were hanged publicly in Iran this morning
28 June 2012

Two Iranians at imminent danger of execution for alcohol consumption 25 June 2012

Death row political prisoner Yunes Aghayan is awaiting justice 22 June 2012

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Two prisoners were hanged publicly in southern Iran this morning 11 June 2012


Two prisoners convicted of waging war against God hanged in southeastern Iran this morning 9 June 2012

Five prisoners hanged publicly in Shiraz (southern Iran) today 7 June 2012

At least 8 prisoners executed in Iran, one day after EU expressed concern about the alarming number of the executions-
At least 78 executions in May 2012 31 May 2012

One prisoner hanged publicly in southern Iran- His attorney says he was innocent 26 May 2012

One Prisoner Publicly Executed in Southwestern Iran — 59 Executions in 9 Days 25 May 2012

Three prisoners were executed in Iran today- 58 executions in 7 days in Iran 22 May 2012

21 May, by Iran Human Rights

17 May, by Iran Human Rights

One prisoner was hanged in western Iran today
16 May, by Iran Human Rights

A prisoner charged with espionage for Israel and killing an Iranian nuclear scientist, was hanged this morning
15 May, by Iran Human Rights

Ten prisoners were executed in Iran
7 May, by Iran Human Rights

Four prisoners were executed in northern
Iran today April 30.
30 April, by Iran Human Rights

13 prisoners, among them five Afghan citizens, were executed in Iran
26 April, by Iran Human Rights

Four prisoners executed in Iran: One hanged in public
19 April, by Iran Human Rights

Two prisoners executed today- 20 executions in the past eight days in Iran
17 April, by Iran Human Rights

Indiscriminate executions of the alleged drug traffickers continue in Iran: Eight prisoners executed in southern Iran- Tens of prisoners to be executed in northwestern Iran
16 April, by Iran Human Rights

10 April, by Iran Human Rights

One prisoner was hanged in central Iran
4 April, by Iran Human Rights

Three prisoners were hanged in Qazvin yesterday- 18 executions in one week
14 March, by Iran Human Rights

Two men publicly hanged in Mashhad (northeastern Iran) this morning
13 March, by Iran Human Rights

13 prisoners executed in the past days- Five others to be hanged publicly in the coming days
11 March, by Iran Human Rights

4 March, by Iran Human Rights

One prisoner was hanged in western Iran
15 February, by Iran Human Rights

Four prisoners were executed in Qom (south of Tehran)
8 February, by Iran Human Rights

One man was hanged publicly in Karaj (west of Tehran)
1 February, by Iran Human Rights

One prisoner was hanged in western Iran today
30 January, by Iran Human Rights

Two prisoners were executed in northern Iran today
29 January, by Iran Human Rights

One prisoner was hanged in western Iran
28 January, by Iran Human Rights

One man was hanged publicly in southeastern Iran
19 January, by Iran Human Rights

15 January, by Iran Human Rights

Two prisoners were executed- 9 others to be executed in the coming days
13 January, by Iran Human Rights

One man was hanged publicly in western Iran- At least 40 executions in the first week of 2012
8 January, by Iran Human Rights

Five prisoners were hanged in western Iran
7 January, by Iran Human Rights

One prisoner was hanged in Varamin (west of Tehran)- 34 executions in five days
6 January, by Iran Human Rights

Eight prisoners executed in Iran- Three hanged publicly today
5 January, by Iran Human Rights

The new year begins with more executions in Iran
3 January, by Iran Human Rights


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232. Syria : Free Journalist Mohammed Abdelmawla al-Hariri


Reporters Without Borders FRIDAY 18 MAY 2012.

Reporters Without Borders is shocked to learn of the death sentence passed today on the citizen journalist Mohammed Abdelmawla al-Hariri for “high treason and contacts with foreign parties”. He was arrested on 16 April just after giving an interview to the television station Al-Jazeera about the situation in his hometown of Deraa.

“Such a verdict is unacceptable and out of all proportion to Mohamed al-Hariri’s so-called crime of giving an interview to Al-Jazeera,” the press freedom organization said.

“The government of Bashar al-Assad has thus shown the extent of its brutality and cruelty. Reporters Without Borders calls for this contemptible verdict to be overturned and for this citizen journalist to be released immediately.”

According to the SKeyes Center for Media and Cultural Freedom, Hariri was subjected to horrific torture after his arrest, to the point of being partially paralysed. After the verdict was pronounced, he was transferred to Saidnaya military prison north of Damascus.

Hariri gave regular interviews to Al-Jazeera about the situation on the ground in Deraa in southern Syria, such as this one on 15 April. The Syrian government has accused the Qatari-based station and other foreign media outlets of being part of a global plot to cause chaos in Syria.

Reporters Without Borders lists Assad among 41 predators of freedom of information. Several media workers, citizen journalists and cyber-activists have been killed by the government since the start of the year and dozens more are currently languishing in Syria’s prisons.

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233. Letter to President Barack H. Obama to release Javid Houtan Kian

This letter will be sent to President Barack H. Obama on June 11, 2012.

You can add your signature to letter through this petition.

Thanks to all those who decide to sign!

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In Iran, a court has sentenced four men from the town of Choram, in the Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad Province, to death by hanging for sodomy.

Four men named ‘Saadat Arefi’, ‘Vahid Akbari’, ‘Javid Akbari’ and ‘Houshmand Akbari’ are due to be executed shortly after their verdict was approved recently by high court judges, according to a report from the Human Rights Activist News Agency (HRANA) in Iran.

The four men are said to be from the town of Choram, in the Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad Province of Iran.

According to HRANA and JOOPEA, these four men will be hanged for sodomy according Shari’a law.

A gay activist based in Iran said: ‘Although being gay is not a crime based on Iranian criminal law but this is the most clear statement against same sex-acts in past months.’

He added that ‘there wereof our other men hanged in past five months.’

London based Iranian Human Rights Lawyer, Mehri Jafari said: ‘I am horrified and saddened to have heard the news about these four men. Not only with regards to the execution which is about to take place, but the fact that is beyond our control.

‘There are two important issues in this case; the location of the alleged occurrence and the interpretation of the Sharia’ law that a Hodud (strict Sharia punishment) is eminent. Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad is one of the most undeveloped provinces in Iran and it is obvious that a lack of access to lawyers and fair trial can be considered a serious issue in this case. After this announcement it is very likely that the execution will be carried out soon, and the remote location makes it difficult to exert any influence on the process.’

Mehri further pleaded: ‘I hope international organisations act quickly and effectively on this specific case.’

Gorji Marzban chairperson of the Austrian-based Oriental Queer Organization (ORQOA) said: ‘The recent death sentence for the four Iranian men is a shocking reality and demonstrates the discrepancy between Western and Islamic perception of queer life. The rhetoric of announcement makes the link between same-sex sexual activity, or sodomy with corporal punishment very clear. Last month the Iranian authorities hanged a young man and the local news agencies/authorities were intentionally unclear about the reason for the death penalty. In the case of these four men we have a clear text attributing the reason for hanging is sodomy.

‘The judicial denial of same-sex relationships in Iran stems from its relationship to Shari’a law and patriarchy. This is a warning signal not only for the queer population of Iran but also for all types of gender inclusive the heterosexuals who have sexual relations outside marriage.

‘The death penalty has failed to eradicate homosexuality from Iran but it was successful to force queer people into the closets. Sooner or later any Islamic community is obliged to integrate queer people. We believe that Iranians should gain more gender equality and rights and wholly condemn such an archaic sentence to murder which is inherently unislamic!’

Human Rights Watch (HRW) in its 2011 - We are a Buried Generation: Discrimination and Violence Against Sexual Minorities in Iran - stated that because trials on moral charges in Iran are usually held in closed sessions, it is difficult to determine what proportion of those charged and executed for same-sex conduct are gay and in what proportion the alleged offense was consensual.

Because of the lack of transparency, Human Rights Watch said: ‘It cannot be ruled out that Iran is sentencing sexual minorities who engage in consensual same-sex relations to death under the guise that they have committed forcible sodomy or rape.’

The issue of the death penalty for same-sex acts is further compounded by the fact that the Iranian legal code does not differentiate between rape and homosexual acts.

Furthermore, in many cases, it is often unclear whether the accused has actually committed a sexual act or it is a mere accusation based on some dispute. Even in the cases where the same-sex act has happened, often it is not clear whether the individuals involved are actually gay or it is an occasional act of sexual gratification.

Iranian Human Rights activists constantly note the fact that the two genders are strictly segregated increases the tendency for same-sex acts among the youth, in a phenomena that is also similarly known in single gender prisons. Indeed this phenomenon happens throughout highly segregated societies in the Middle East and North Africa.


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235. STOP Pills Filled with Baby Flesh!

Thousands of pills filled with powdered human baby flesh discovered by customs officials in South Korea
More than 17,000 pills smuggled into country have been intercepted since last August. Pills viewed as a “miracle cure” for all ailments – but unsurprisingly they are harmful.

Thousands of pills filled with powdered human flesh have been discovered by customs officials in South Korea, it was revealed today.

The capsules are in demand because they are viewed as being a medicinal “cure-all”.

The grim trade is being run from China where corrupt medical staff are said to be tipping off medical companies when babies are aborted or delivered still-born.

Dead baby pills: This is ground baby powder which tests discovered is 99.7 per cent human last year. South Korean officials have stopped 17,000 dead baby pills being imported since last August

The tiny corpses are then bought, storedin household refrigerators in homes of those involved in the trade before they are removed and taken to clinics where they are placed in medical drying microwaves.

Once the skin is tinder dry, it is pummelled into powder and then processed into capsules along with herbs to disguise the true ingredients from health investigators and customs officers.

The discoveries since last August has shocked even hardened customs agents who have pledged to strengthen inspections.

Chinese officials are understood to have been aware of the trade and have tried to stop the capsules being exported but thousands of packets of them have been smuggled through to South Korea.

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236. Halt the flogging of the Iranian cartoonist Mahmoud Shokraiyeh

25 Lashes for drawing an official

created 05/07/2012

Cartoonist sentenced to flogging for depicting MP

An Iranian cartoonist has been sentenced to flogging after depicting a member of parliament in a local publication.

According to the country’s official news agency Irna, cartoonist Mahmoud Shokraiyeh has been sentenced to 25 lashes after drawing a cartoon that showed Arak MP Ahmad Lotfi Ashtiani wearing a football jersey.

The Press Court of the Province, presided over by Judge Edalatkhah, issued the sentence.

The cartoon appeared in Nameye Amir, the Central Province’s best-selling publication. The magazine is currently in its tenth year of publication.

The harsh ruling handed down to Shokraiyeh is not an isolated case in Iran. In the past, other cartoonists such as Mana Neyestani have also been imprisoned for their work.

Source : GV The Green Voice of Freedom

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237. Stop labeling special needs children at school in order to prevent bullying

Currently children who are in special education are still presented to the student body and public in a separate category labeled "Special areas" or the like.

A child who is at a certain grade level but needs one on one instruction and is included in the special education program will be referred to as "special" in many awards programs and sometimes even yearbooks. This way of categorizing children is a very outdated notion, for we as a society are trying to stop the bullying and teach our children acceptance of the differences of their peers. This is teaching all the children that there is something different and perhaps less about the children in special education.

This makes these children more of a target for bullying and stereotypes and also will attach a social stigma to that person that will last throughout their lives. Mostly the schools have done a good job with inclusion as far as academics and socially, but there is still some work to do. As a parent of 2 children with autism and a former student at the schools they attend, I have been on both sides of the situation.

I remember how cruel children would be to other children only because they were labeled as special needs and they wouldn't be socially included. To this day when I see these people out and about the first thing I remember about them is the fact that they were in special education and how they were categorized. Also, it could have undesirable effects on the self esteem of the children in special education, as they could feel ostracized.

This is really unnecessary and can easily be altered to preserve the dignity of our children who will be productive adults in our community one day. Thank you for your time.

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238. Syria : Free Journalist Ali Mahmoud Othman

Syrian state TV aired Saturday what it said was a confession by citizen journalist Ali Mahmoud Othman, who activists say was arrested in March after he helped foreign journalists escape from the besieged city of Homs.

Othman helped run a media center in Baba Amr area of Homs, which provided information to international news media during a months-long crackdown on the civilian neighborhood by government forces. Reporters Without Borders, the journalist watchdog group, said last month it was "extremely concerned" for the life of Othman after his detention.

Othman was transferred to Damascus two days after his arrest by the intelligence services in Aleppo on March 28, the group said. Activists fear he may have been subjected to torture in detention. Rafiq Lutf, described as a Syrian media researcher, told the state TV program he had spoken to Othman for seven hours uninterrupted, all of it videotaped.

His subject states his name is "Ali Othman aka Al-Jid from Baba Amr of Homs. I work as photography director and live streaming with Khalid Abu Salah at the media center. I communicate with the satellite channels, on top of them Al Jazeera, Arabiya, CNN, BBC, Sky News and Turkish channel TRT." In the interview Othman describes how the media operation was set up in Baba Amr, and talks about demonstrations and the role of armed groups. It is unclear under what circumstances the interview was taped.

But Heather Blake, UK representative for Reporters Without Borders, said: "Research by our organization and many other organizations indicates that many human rights defenders who are detained have been shown to give false confessions under much duress and torture.

"We would advise anyone watching this to be very aware of that fact. The fact that Othman was arrested after committing no crime would suggest that he is speaking under duress." Reporters Without Borders calls for Othman's release and for justice to be served, Blake said.

Foreign news outlets have been severely limited during the government's bloody year-long crackdown against protesters. Critics say that the government has been dutifully working to stifle such independent reporting. Amateur videographers and news reporters dubbed "citizen journalists" have braved violence to undermine the government's news coverage restrictions. They have helped those international journalists who were able to sneak into Syria and report. And they have produced videos, photos and print reports every day that bear witness to the brutal crackdown.

Woes mount in Syria as UN mission grows Head of U.N. mission arrives in Syria U.N. response in Syria mocked. Those reports have helped news outlets around the world tell the story of the violence. Speaking shortly after Othman's arrest, Paul Conroy, a British photographer who was injured in the Baba Amr offensive, said the regime was taking steps "to ensure that independent reporting becomes impossible."
He said Othman helped him escape from Baba Amr, hammered for weeks by the military until resistance fighters retreated. Activists say other parts of the city continue to be shelled.

"After the attack and treatment of the wounded he played a significant role in assisting in our escape from Baba Amr. All our efforts must now be concentrated on saving his life. If it wasn't for him, no Western media would have been able to work in Baba Amr and bear witness to the slaughter of the civilian population," Conroy said.

The team that worked with Othman in Baba Amr has been pushing for the release of Othman and other detained activists.

Reporters Without Borders has also called for their release.

"Citizen journalists whose only crimes are to have witnessed, filmed and photographed acts of violence by a regime that persists in its deadly folly are being hunted down, arrested, tortured and murdered," the group said in a statement last month.

"We hold the Syrian authorities responsible for whatever may happen to them. The regime is more determined than ever to suppress all information about its crackdown. Syria has become a hell for both professional and citizen journalists."

A peace plan brokered by international envoy Kofi Annan last month calls on Syria to ensure freedom of movement for journalists in the country.

An apparent violation occurred this week when Sky News, a British broadcaster, said Syrian officials confiscated a television camera after a crew filmed an impromptu protest in Damascus.

SOURCE : CNN May 5, 2012

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239. Urgent: Stop the imprisonment of people in their homes for the Olympics

Disabled people who live in the locality of London 2012 will not have access to care provision or services such as Meals on Wheels.

For security reasons supermarkets will not be able to deliver either. Taxis and transport providers will also be unable to pick up or drop off in these areas.

This is effectively imprisoning people with limited mobility in their own homes.

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240. Stop Inhumane Siege of Camp Liberty Residents

In recent reports, we are seeing the Iraqi forces are increasing pressure the residents and treating them very inhumanely.

The Iraqi forces prevented the injured and disabled from taking their daily necessities to Camp Liberty. They prevented workers from entering for repairs to sanitary services. Repair or replacing damaged air conditioners is prevented. Residents are not allowed to bring working air conditioners from Camp Ashraf and to replace them. Despite Iraqi government's repeated promises, it continues not to replace or repair them.

These limitations are while the MOU signed between the Iraqi government and the UN on December 25, 2011, states: "It allows residents to enter into bilateral agreements with contractors to provide living necessities and requirements, such as water, food, communications, cleaning, and maintenance and reconstruction equipments at their own cost".

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