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211. STOP BIBLICAL ARCHAEOLOGY SOCIETY'S TRIP TO OCCUPIED CYPRUS

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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212. 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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213. 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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UPDATE 7 FEBRUARY , 2013

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.

SOURCE : IRANIAN.COM

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214. 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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215. 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.

FULL REPORT HERE :

http://www.amnesty.org/en/news/five-crimes-can-get-you-killed-2013-04-15

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 :
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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.

HRANA 29 JANUARY 2013

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.


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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
THURSDAY, 20 DECEMBER 2012

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

HRANA 10 OCTOBER 2012

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
FRIDAY, 28 SEPTEMBER 2012

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

IMAGES OF TEHRAN, JUNE 20: ONE OF THE MIDDLE-EAST’S MOST MODERN CITIES (STRONG IMAGES)
20 June 2012

FOUR PRISONERS HANGED PUBLICLY IN TEHRAN THIS MORNING 20 June 2012

UPDATE: 4 AHWAZI POLITICAL PRISONERS CONFIRMED EXECUTED 19 June 2012

3 AHWAZI POLITICAL PRISONERS EXECUTED THIS MORNING 18 June 2012

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

EIGHT PEOPLE AMONG THEM FIVE AHWAZI ARAB POLITICAL PRISONERS AND ONE WOMAN AT IMMINENT DANGER OF EXECUTION IN IRAN- INTERNATIONAL PROTESTS CAN SAVE THEM 10 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

18 NEW EXECUTIONS IN IRAN: 53 EXECUTIONS IN ONE WEEK- IHR URGES THE WORLD COMMUNITY TO REACT
21 May, by Iran Human Rights

26 PRISONERS EXECUTED IN IRAN: 10 OFFICIAL AND 16 UNOFFICIAL EXECUTIONS IN THREE PRISONS
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 PRISONERS WERE HANGED IN IRAN YESTERDAY AND TODAY
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

ANNUAL REPORT ON THE DEATH PENALTY IN IRAN- AT LEAST 676 EXECUTIONS IN 2011
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

12 EXECUTIONS IN SHIRAZ (SOUTHERN IRAN) TODAY: FIVE EXECUTIONS IN PUBLIC AND SEVEN EXECUTIONS IN THE PRISON
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

SOURCE : http://iranhr.net/spip.php?mot3

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216. Syria : Free Journalist Mohammed Abdelmawla al-Hariri

CITIZEN JOURNALIST SENTENCED TO DEATH
FOR AL-JAZEERA INTERVIEW

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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217. 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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218. URGENT!! STOP THE HANGING OF FOUR MEN FOR "SODOMY" IN IRAN

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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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219. 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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220. 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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221. 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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222. 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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223. 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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224. 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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225. Immediate & Unconditional Release of Kaveh Rezaie

Kaveh Rezaie, student activist, in a cell with drug addicts!

Kaveh Rezaie, 26 years old, needs our help NOW! He is a student activist who was transferred to Karaj central prison on April 24th to 'serve' his 18-month sentence! He is the only known political prisoner in this prison! It was reported today that he was transferred from the prison's quarantine ward to a cell where he is held with drug addicts! Aside from the daily psychological abuse he endures, Kaveh Rezaie is at serious risk of physical harm.

Kaveh Rezaie is a brave and bright student who must be released now!

Kaveh's only crime is seeking the truth! Please help free him!

Kaveh Rezaie, a 26-year-old university student, was taken to Karaj central prison on April 24th to 'serve' an 18-month sentence that had been previously issued to him by the Iranian judiciary. According to reports from Tehran, Kaveh is the only known political prisoner in this prison. Today Kaveh was transferred from the quarantine ward to a small cell where he is being held with drug addicts. According to Kaveh's mom her son endures psychological abuse on a daily basis and she fears he is at risk of physical harm.

Kaveh was a mechanical engineering university student who was close to graduation before the Iranian authorities labelled him a *starred student and expelled him from university.

STAR SYSTEM IN IRAN: The system of issuing stars against students was developed by Iran’s Ministry of Advanced Education so students with disciplinary issues would get penalized. After a student collects a certain number of stars, he or she is banned from education. The system is primarily used against student activists.

More information on Iran's star system (the Iranian government denies the existence of starred students): http://persian2english.com/?p=23275

Kaveh Rezaie was also a reporter for ISNA, the Iranian Student's News Agency (national news agency), but he was eventually fired due to the content in his personal blog. He was also a member of the One Million Signatures Campaign, an initiative to support changing discriminatory laws against women in Iran.

He was a women's rights activist and a blogger. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One_Million_Signatures

Kaveh was involved in seeking the truth in the case of Zahra Baniyaghoub, an Iranian women political prisoner who allegedly committed suicide in prison. However, Zahra's family and Iranian activists strongly suspect that Zahra was murdered by the Iranian authorities. Kaveh wrote about Zahra in his blog. Iranian activists suspect his persecution is linked to the content in his blog, especially the post on Zahra Baniyaghoub. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zahra_Bani_Yaghoub

In his blog Kaveh Rezaie wrote mainly about the everyday struggles of Iranian citizens. Kaveh felt that it is his duty as a concerned Iranian citizen to speak out about the truth.

Iranian authorities have increased the pressure on Kaveh due to his insistence on blogging and defending women's rights. He even helped found a university group in solidarity with the One Million Signatures Campaign called: Men in Support of the One Million Signatures Campaign. This group held workshops for women to discuss their stripped rights.

Kaveh Rezaie was arrested once before in 2008, again for his blogging and civil activism.

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226. Free Ali Moradi

* UPDATE 2013 -11-19

Kurdish Political Prisoner Stages Hunger Strike
by PDKI | on November 19, 2013

A Kurdish political prisoner by the name of Ali Moradi has begun a hunger strike because he will be transferred from Minab prison to a prison in Bander Abbas.

Ali Moradi has spent the last ten years in prison on charges of being a member of a Kurdish political party. Agents of Iran’s intelligence agency arrested him 11 years ago in the Kani Dinar district of Mariwan. Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Court in Mariwan sentenced him to 30 years in prison.

Witnesses state that he has staged a hunger strike in protest against the poor conditions he will face if he is moved to the prison in Bander Abbas.

Source : http://pdki.org/english/kurdish-political-prisoner-stages-hunger-strike/?utm_content=buffer4fe57&utm_source=buffer&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Buffer

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Iranian-Kurdish Prisoner on hunger strike

Mon, 04/30/2012

Ali Moradi, an Iranian-Kurdish prisoner, has sewn his lips together as part of a hunger strike he’s been on since April 4 in Bandar Abbas Prison in southern Iran, Moradi’s family reports.

Zamaneh has been informed that Moradi began his hunger strike to protest his “illegal transfer” to Bandar Abbas Prison from Minab.

The report indicates that Moradi has been transferred to solitary confinement and is in “critical condition.”

Moradi was arrested in 2004 in a Kurdish village near Marivan and sentenced to 30 years in jail and exile to Minab Prison for the charge of “enmity against God” due to his membership in a Kurdish dissident group.

The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has quoted a local source saying that last February, Moradi reportedly spoke to one of the national prison inspectors and reported shortcomings in the medical and hygienic facilities of the prison.

According to the Campaign report, Moradi was beaten in prison following his talk with the inspector and transferred to solitary confinement. After 15 days, in a reportedly illegal procedure, he was then exiled to Bandar Abbas Prison.

It is said that Moradi and several of his inmates have protested on numerous occasions for being held in the general section of the prison rather than in a special ward for political prisoners.

SOURCE : Radio Zamaneh

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227. 20 June 2012 - The International Day in Support of Political Prisoners in Iran

The Campaign to Free Political Prisoners in Iran (CFPPI) has declared the 20th of June as The International Day in Support of Political Prisoners in Iran. In response to this call, demonstrations were held in 50 cities around the world.

Why the 20th of June?

The 20th of June 1981 was an important turning point in the history of the struggle of the people in Iran against the Islamic regime. In 1979 the current regime hijacked the revolution in Iran and imposed their theocratic authoritarian power on millions of people.

Also in 1981, less than two years of coming to power, on the 20th of June the regime started its crackdown on the opposition parties and organizations including their members. Further, waves of mass arrests, tortures, and executions were carried out: the regime executed 300-500 people every day, a total of up to 7000 people were executed that year, some for merely reading opposition handouts. There is no precise information about the exact number of people that were arrested and executed since the regime carried out this cleansing act in secret and buried the bodies in unmarked mass burial sites. The parents of those executed were never informed of their children’s grave. Some estimate that between 1981 and 1988 a total of 20,000 innocent men and women were executed by the current regime in Iran.

20th of June 2011

In support of the call by CFPPI the International Day in Support of Political Prisoners in Iran was held in 50 cities across the globe. For more information please Contact us.

20th of June 2010

CFPPI called 20th of June to be recognized as The International Day in Support of Political Prisoners in Iran. This was done to highlight the imprisonment, torture and execution of thousands of political prisoners in Iran over the past three decades.

20 June 2009

Following the so-called “election” of Ahmadinejad in summer of 2009, thousands of demonstrators came to the streets in different cities in Iran. Thousands of demonstrators, some of them as young as 13, were arrested, brutally tortured and raped. As you read these lines, many of them are still in prison and awaiting their death sentence.

On the 20th of June 2009 the day that Neda Agha-Soltan (a 27-year-old philosophy student) was shot to death by the snipers of the Islamic regime on the streets of Tehran, regime arrested more than 500 of the demonstrators!

Farsi: http://tinyurl.com/bsbuuma

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228. Free Iranian Labour Activist Zabiollah Bagheri

Labour activist arrested before Workers' Day

Fri, 04/27/2012

Iranian labour activist Zabiollah Bagheri was arrested in Esfahan this week, according to the Committee of Human Rights Reporters

.The labour activist was reported arrested on Tuesday, as the lead-up to International Worker Day has put Iranian authorities on alert for the possibility of labour protests.

Bagheri was summoned by factory security as he was leaving work and was taken to an undetermined location by three officials in plain clothes.

The reason for the arrest and his whereabouts remain unknown.

The report indicates that in recent months, Bagheri was involved in organizing labour protests against the non-payment of wages and the suspension of worker benefits.

Bahgheri was previously arrested during the funeral ceremony for dissident cleric Ayatollah Montazeri in December of 2009.

The Kaleme opposition website reports that with the approach of May Day, the Islamic Republic has been ratcheting up pressure on labour activists and groups, and many workers have been summoned and threatened with arrest if they are caught participating in any labour event to mark the occasion.

The government has remained silent about a formal request from labour organizations to organize a march on May Day.

Source : Radio Zamaneh

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229. African Commission: To Fully Implement ACmPHR Decision on Mauritania

English

African Commission: To Fully Implement ACmHPR Decision on Mauritania

We are writing to invite Mauritanian Diaspora and allies to sign the petition below, supporting the work of the African Commission on Mauritania and requesting effective follow-up on the decision in Malawi Africa Association, et al. v. Mauritania (Communications 54/91-61/91, 96/93-98/93, 164/97, 196/97-210/98), issued in 2000. The petition seeks the full implementation of the six recommendations by the African Commission in the decision, designed to address gross human rights violations. This is a critical moment as the Commission is preparing to hold a hearing on implementation of the decision during its 51st Ordinary Session in Banjul.

In 2000, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) issued a landmark omnibus decision, addressing dozens of communications filed against Mauritania concerning severe human rights violations perpetrated by the government between 1986 and 1992. The Commission examined, inter alia, alleged Charter violations based on an array of atrocities, perpetrated or incited by the government of Mauritania against its citizens and in particular against members of various black ethnic groups. In its decision, the Commission found the government was responsible for grave or massive violations of human rights, including ethnic discrimination, torture, illegal detention, extrajudicial killings and mass expulsions of Black Mauritanians (Articles 4 (right to life), 5 (torture, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment or treatment), 6 (“massive violations,” right to liberty and security of person), as well as perpetuation of slavery and related degrading practices (Article 5)).

The decision included six recommendations designed to remedy the violations and to compensate the thousands of victims involved: (1) the need for an independent inquiry and prosecutions; (2) rehabilitation and reintegration of expellees; (3) compensation of widows and beneficiaries; (4) reinstatement of workers; (5) the eradication of slavery; and (6) effective enforcement of an anti-slavery statute.

Your participation in this collective effort to fully implement the decisions of African Commission on Human and People’s Rights will be greatly appreciated.

To learn more about the dossier, please click on this link: http://mauritania.ihrda.org/acmhpr-mauritania-decision-implementation/
Sponsoring Organizations:
Open Society Justice Initiative
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For more information, please contact Mr. Humphrey Sipalla, Publications and Communications Officer at: hsipalla@ihrda.org


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French

Commission Africaine: Pour l’Application Pleine de la Décision du ACmHPR sur la Mauritanie

Nous écrivons pour inviter les Mauritaniens de la Diaspora et leurs alliés à signer la pétition ci-dessous pour soutenir le travail de la Commission Africaine sur la Mauritanie et demander un suivi efficace de la décision de Malawi Africa Association, et al. v. Mauritanie (Communications 54/91-61/91, 96/93-98/93, 164/97, 196/97-210/98), publiée en 2000. La pétition vise l’application pleine des six recommandations de la Commission Africaine contenues dans la décision en reponse aux graves violations des droits de l'homme. Ce moment est crucial pendant que la Commission se prépare à tenir une audience sur la mise en œuvre de la décision durant sa 51eme session ordinaire a Banjul.

En 2000, la Commission Africaine des Droits Humains et des Peuples (CADHP) a rendu une décision historique de portee generale, relative aux dizaines de communications déposées contre la Mauritanie concernant les graves violations des droits humains perpétrées par le gouvernement entre 1986 et 1992. La Commission a examiné, entre autres, des violations de la Charte basees sur une panoplie d’atrocités, perpétrées ou incitees par le gouvernement de la Mauritanie contre ses citoyens et en particulier contre des membres de divers groupes ethniques noirs. Dans sa décision, la Commission a constaté que le gouvernement était responsable de violations graves ou massives des droits de l'homme, y compris la discrimination ethnique, la torture, la détention illégale, les exécutions extrajudiciaires et des expulsions massives de Mauritaniens noirs (articles 4 (droit à la vie), 5 (torture, traitements inhumains ou dégradants), 6 (violations massives, le droit à la liberté et la sécurité de la personne), ainsi que la perpétuation de l'esclavage et les pratiques dégradantes qui en sont relatives (article 5)).

La décision comprenait six recommandations visant à remédier aux violations et d'indemniser les milliers de victimes concernees: (1) la nécessité d'une enquête indépendante et des poursuites judiciaires; (2) la réhabilitation et la réinsertion des expulsés; (3) l'indemnisation des veuves et des ayant droit; (4) la réintégration des travailleurs; (5) l'éradication de l'esclavage, et (6) l'application effective d'une loi anti-esclavagiste.

Votre participation à cet effort collectif pour mettre pleinement en œuvre les décisions de la Commission africaine des Droits Humains et des Peuples sera grandement appréciée.

Pour en savoir plus sur le dossier, s'il vous plaît cliquer sur ce lien: http://mauritania.ihrda.org/acmhpr-mauritania-decision-implementation/
Les organisations sponsors :
Open Society Justice Initiative
400 West 59th St.
New York, NY 10019
(212) 547-6999

L’ Institut pour les Droits Humains et le Développement en Afrique
949 Brusubi Layout, AU Summit Highway
P.O. 1896 Banjul, The Gambia
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Pour plus d'informations, s'il vous plaît contacter M. Humphrey Sipalla, Charge de Publications et de Communications à l'adresse suivante: hsipalla@ihrda.org

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230. Citizen's Arrest of Stephen Harper

English version, French version below. Version anglaise, version française ci-dessous.

PETITION FOR CITIZEN'S ARREST

Between: CANADIAN CITIZENS (BY BIRTH, IMMIGRATION, ABORIGINAL PEOPLES), HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN

and

Accused: PRIME MINISTER OF CANADA, STEPHEN JOSEPH HARPER


The accused, Stephen Harper, Prime Minister, stands charged:

THAT he has and continues to commit High Treason and conspire with Members of Parliament against the people of all provinces and territories by failing to comply or communicate with Her Majesty the Queen in the Right of Canada in regards to levying war by purchasing F-35 fighter jets during peacetime under questionable circumstances (Appendix A), legislating the Crime Omnibus which creates a war zone for Canadian citizens (Appendix B), violating four sections of the Canadian Rights and Freedoms, Constitution Act, 1982 (Appendix C), and violating three articles of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, United Nations (Appendix D).

Version française.

PÉTITION POUR L'ARRESTATION DU CITOYEN


Entre: LES CITOYENS CANADIENS (PAR NAISSANCE, IMMIGRATION, AUTOCHTONES), SA MAJESTÉ LA REINE

et

Accusé: LE PREMIER MINISTRE DU CANADA, STEPHEN JOSEPH HARPER

L'accusé, Stephen Harper, Premier ministre, est accusée:

Ce qu'il a et continuera à commettre une haute trahison et de conspiration avec des membres du Parlement contre le peuple de toutes les provinces et les territoires en omettant de se conformer ou communiquer avec Sa Majesté la Reine du chef du Canada en ce qui concerne la guerre perception par l'achat de F-35 de combat jets en temps de paix dans des circonstances douteuses (Annexe A), légiférer sur la Omnibus Crime qui crée une zone de guerre pour les citoyens canadiens (Annexe B), la violation de quatre du Charte canadienne des droits et libertés, La Loi Constitutionnelle de 1982, Canada (Annexe C), et de violer trois articles de La Déclaration universelle des droits de l'homme, Organisation des Nations Unies (Annexe D).

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231. Return Due Process to Mississippi

“Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal."
~The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

With the NDAA's indefinite detainment without due process clause, (meaning legally, the Federal Government can arrest anyone for anything at any time secretly) It is time to recognize that Mississippians could lose their right to a fair trial.

With new bills being introduced to take away our first amendment rights, we should be worried about the consequences of disagreeing with any legal policies the government wants to implement.

If there is a suspected terrorist or protester, they should have the right to a fair trial by a jury of their peers to determine if their actions were illegal, and to determine the extent of punishment under law.

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232. Letter to Ayatollah Khamenei to release Nasrin Sotoudeh

This letter will be sent to Leader of the Islamic Republic Ayatollah Sayed 'Ali Khamenei on May 14, 2012.

You can add your signature to letter through this petition.

Thanks to all those who decide to sign!

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233. Free Saudi Human Rights Activist Mohammed al-Bajadi Sentenced To Ten Years

URGENT UPDATE: MOHAMMED AJ-BAJADI HAS BEEN SENTENCED TO TEN YEARS IN PRISON! March 12, 2015--A founding member of one of the few independent human rights groups in Saudi Arabia has been sentenced to 10 years in prison, a regional rights group has said.

Mohammed al-Bajadi was sentenced last Thursday by the specialised criminal court in Riyadh, whose jurisdiction is related to terrorism, the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) said in a statement on Wednesday.

ajadi is a founder of the Association for Civil and Political Rights (ACPRA), said the GCHR, which has offices in Beirut and Copenhagen.

“The court ordered him to serve the first five years of the sentence and suspended the last five years,” it said, adding that he was tried without prior notification or access to his lawyers.

Bajadi, in his 30s, faced various accusations including acquiring banned books, organising a protest by the families of prisoners and publishing material that “would prejudice public order”, the group said.

According to a report by Amnesty International in October, Saudi authorities “have targeted the founding members of ACPRA one by one, in a relentless effort to dismantle the organisation and silence its members, as part of a broader crackdown on independent activism and freedom of expression since 2011”.

Bajadi was one of three members of the group awaiting retrial. Two others were detained without trial, while three were serving prison terms of up to 15 years, Amnesty said in October.

On Saturday, Saudi Arabia hit out at criticism of its judiciary and said it does not accept “any form of interference in its internal affairs”.

The comments came in response to worldwide outrage over the sentence of 1,000 lashes handed to another activist, Raif Badawi, for “insulting Islam”.

The foreign ministry said the country’s constitution “is based on sharia (Islamic law) that guarantees human rights”.

Sweden announced on Tuesday that it would not be renewing a military cooperation agreement with Saudi Arabia, in effect ending defence ties, due to mounting concerns over human rights issues.

In January, the Swedish foreign minister, Margot Wallström, condemned the kingdom’s treatment of Badawi as “nearly medieval”.

Badawi received his first 50 lashes in January but there have been no more since.

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Mohammed al-Bajadi, leader of Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association (ACPRA), was detained in March 2011 for supporting families gathering outside the interior ministry in Riyadh to demand the release of detained relatives.

His trial on various charges, including the tarnishing of the state's reputation, has been suspended as he refused to recognize the court. Judges have prohibited Mr Bajadi's lawyers from attending his trial at the Specialised Criminal Court, a state security tribunal for terrorism cases.

On the weekend, ACPRA published a letter from Mr Bajadi which was smuggled out of his prison by someone who visited another inmate.

"I inform you that I am still continuing with my hunger strike," he wrote.

"On Tuesday 20 March I was taken to the prison hospital for a check-up and force fed in the presence of five soldiers and the ward officer."

He added: "I have lost around 10kg (22lb) and my blood sugar level, according to them, has dropped to a dangerous level."

Activists tried unsuccessfully to visit Mr Bajadi in prison on 2 April.

"The interior ministry... carries full responsibility over the deteriorating health condition of the prominent rights activist and member of the association, Mohammed bin Saleh al-Bajadi," ACPRA said in a statement.

Mr Bajadi "stopped drinking water early Saturday... fainting four times in a row, which proves that his life is in danger and his death inevitable."

But on Tuesday evening, the interior ministry rejected the claim.

"Mohammed al-Bajadi did not go on hunger strike and he is in good health, consuming food on a regular basis and in the company of other inmates," Mr Turki told the Reuters news agency.

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234. Free Isma’il Othman al-Salihah, Age 70, Held In Communicado By Syrian Regime

Isma’il Othman al-Salihah, age 70, is from from Maarat al-Numaan, in the north-western Idlib province. He was arrested on 19 March 2012. An eye-witness told Isma’il Othman al-Salihah’s son Ghassan al-Salihah, that his father was arrested at a temporary check-point near the city of Aleppo, known by locals to be controlled by the Air Force Intelligence Directorate (Idarat al-Mukhabarat al-Jawiyya)--possibly the most powerful of Assad's secret police agencies

Ghassan al-Salihah, who participated in pro-reform demonstrations and other activities, believes his father was arrested in relation to pro-reform activities by family members. Ghassan al-Salihah, who is not currently in Syria, was detained by State Security officials on 31 April 2011 in relation to his activities and was released without charge on 1 June 2011 in a general amnesty covering "all members of political movements, including the Muslim Brotherhood”.

Isma’il Othman al-Salihah is a retired secondary school teacher and, according to his son, has not been politically active since pro-reform demonstrations began in 2011.

If he was arrested solely in relation his son’s activities, then he is a prisoner of conscience who is at terrible risk of torture as long as he is being held incommunicado. There is further concern for Isma’il Othman al-Salihah’s well-being as he requires daily medication for diabetes and high blood pressure.

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235. STOP involuntary confinement, treatment of Jhilmil Breckenridge

In response to the fact that Ms. Jhilmil Breckenridge, being locked up at IHBAS- Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences, Shahdara, Delhi (also known as Shahdara Mental Asylum) against her consent has alerted and shocked many women who have undergone similar incarceration and emotional trauma. She was picked up by policemen and is in lock up at the asylum.

Ms. Jhilmil, a wonderful, warm, vibrant woman and mother of 4 children, has been forcibly institutionalised in the Shahadara mental asylum. She was becoming 'too difficult' to manage. And this, despite the fact that she has a supportive doctor who has confirmed over many instances throughout communications between her family and friends that she is NOT going through symptoms of mania (she has had a previous diagnosis of Bipolar).

Background, which is hugely facilitating a medico legal charge of insanity: She is in the middle of a difficult divorce - perhaps that explains why she is getting 'too difficult' to manage. Her reactions in any way, from holding her child, to being moody and difficult are being classified as 'mad'. She has asked for help from other authority figures, but they have only been shooed away by statements such as: 'Do not take her words seriously, she is crazy'.

Institutionalizing her is against the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)
Article 5: Equality and Non-Discrimination
Article 6: Women with Disabilities
Article 10: Right to Life
Article 12: Equal Recognition before the Law
Article 13: Access to Justice
Article 14: Liberty and security of the person
Article 15: Freedom from torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment
Article 16: Freedom from exploitation, violence and abuse
Article 17: Protecting the integrity of the person
Article 19: Living in the community
Article 25: Health

Her case is that of thousands of other women in this country who have had to face atrocities due to laws that continue to function despite the ratification of UNCRPD in 2007. How many, many women have been towed away into asylums on an insanity petition, so that the man can gain custody of children, be irresponsible about alimony, hide domestic violence, and obscure an extra marital affair before the public eye and the eye of justice?

Jhilmil is eminently able to take care of herself, is a yoga teacher, and has a self discipline about her own well being and recovery. She is an inspiration to many regarding recovery and well being.

Her doctor's word is not sufficient for her release when she is being held under a government psychiatrist.

Read supporting documents at: http://mindarcs.wordpress.com/petitions/stop-forced-institutionalization-and-release-jhilmil-breckenridge/

Documents pertaining to CRPD and human rights can be accessed at: http://www2.ohchr.org/english/law/disabilities-convention.htm

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236. Give our community a greater say in the licensing of lap dancing clubs

At present, lap dancing clubs are licensed in the same way as cafes and restaurants. But lap dancing clubs are part of the sex industry, not the ordinary leisure industry.

By adopting Schedule 3 Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council will be able to stop licensing lap dancing clubs like cafes and start applying necessary controls and regulations to the clubs. By adopting Schedule 3, local people will also be given a greater say in the licensing process.

The Gender Equality Duty 2007 legally requires local authorities to promote equality between women and men in all that they do. The Gender Equality Duty is particularly relevant in relation to the licensing of sex establishments because of the gendered nature of sex establishments like lap dancing clubs, and because of the negative impact that lap dancing clubs have on efforts to promote equality between women and men.

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237. Support Bill 310 and Stop Legal Prostitution to prevent further Human trafficking

1) In response to the recent legalization of prostitution ALLOWED in Bawdy houses, and victimizers and traffickers who can now disguise themselves as Body guards, phone operators and drivers to continue Exploiting women and Children and living off their avails. I have created a petition and expect to acquire 1000 signatures and Postal codes to help create awareness to appeal the Ontario court of Appeal decision and the consequences of it. Just because it can be taxed and legal does not make it immoral.

I have sent a copy to Human Trafficking Advocates and a copy to the Supreme Court Of Canada and The Prime Minister, Premier of Ontario and Members of Parliament regarding this urgent matter.

Article 1:http://www.torontosun.com/news/canada/2010/09/28/15506066.html
Prostitution laws struck down Article 2: Court ruling won't help protect most vulnerable prostitutes http://www.vancouversun.com/life/Court+ruling+help+protect+most+vulnerable+prostitutes/6364338/story.html#ixzz1qLAUddz0

2) IT WILL BE DIFFICULT TO DISCRIMINATE BETWEEN AN EMPLOYEE OF THE PROSTITUTE OR THE PIMP EXPLOITER, NO WAY TO ENFORCE ANY PRECAUTIONS AND THE ABUSE, SLAVERY THEY MAY ENDURE, (Just because it is indoors doesn’t deem it safe, solely unseen).

3) HUMAN TRAFFICKING IS RUNNING RAMPID, STOP THE DEMAND FOR GIRLS/WOMEN FOR SALE, CHILDREN ARE MORE IN DEMAND, CANADA IS FACING ONTARIO BEING THE HUB OF TRAFFICKING BY ASIA, SOUTHERN AMERICA, EASTERN EUROPE AND INDIA, IF IT REMAINS LEGAL stop the online advertising and in newspapers in North America.

4) IT IS ALREADY A PROBLEM WITH IMMIGRATION AND VICE UNDERGROUND NOW IT WILL BE IN THE OPEN AND MORE IMMIGRANTS SOLD TO CHILD SEX SLAVERY.

5) Children/minors: NO WAY TO ENFORCE OR CHECK FOR AGE OF MAJORITY. THERE IS FAKE ID ALSO THAT CAN ONLY BE DETECTED BY AN OFFICER OF THE LAW, HOW WILL THEY CHECK EVERY GIRLS ID?

Explanation/Concerns If the law for prostitution legalized is not appealed:

Ontario is probably the next landmark for human trafficking there is no law or prohibition in preventing men and women from driving the girls, bringing them to and from brothels or their home in peoples family neighborhoods and no way to tell if they are being "manipulated exploited" by others.

Employment rates are down already, men and women who would be owners of escort agencies will exploit them, they have to perform acts even if they do not want to,RUNAWAYS, ABUSED, vulnerable younger girls/boys wanting to make fast money and dropping out of school unless they have morals, or a good family and a stable income. Now perpetrators will be fueled and have a reason to exploit them it’s legal to transport them, and if they live together how do you prove they are living off the avails, there is no enforcement of these big factors not to mention Ontario will be a port of trafficking now worse than before.

I feel afraid for the new generation, the message that humans can be bought, IT doesn’t make it right to legalize something immoral as long as they can tax it?

I also am worried about my nieces and friends children. Also our young generation, this message is saying that it is ok for a guy to buy sex and/or females it is vs. Education and Morality and Employment Once again, I am calling for your support and immediate action to criminalize prostitution and bawdy houses, and to abolish the “support staff permitted aka pimps” and protect the minors and new immigrants from human trafficking, as Ontario will be a hub for prostitution for minors as there is no way to completely enforce protection for them. THEREFORE WE MUST STAND UP FOR CANADA AND SAY NO WE WONT ALLOW FURTHER EXPLOITATION

MP wrote the petition for me and I am posting it below
WE THE UNDERSIGNED CITIZENS OF CANADA, draw attention to the House to the following:

WHEREAS it is internationally acknowledged that the median age of entry into prostitution is 12-14 years of age;

WHEREAS 92% of prostitutes would leave prostitution if they could;

WHEREAS the demand for commercial sex with women and children is the root cause for prostitution and trafficking for sexual purposes;

WHEREAS child prostitution and violence towards women have increased in countries where prostitution has been legalized;


THEREFORE your petitioners request that Parliament amend the Criminal Code to decriminalize the selling of sexual services and criminalize the purchasing of sexual services and provide support to those who desire to leave prostitution.

We are asking for tougher laws to be proactive against crime. The legalization of bawdy houses will not help the victims but cause more trafficked children and women and victims.

Sincerely,

Josy Chafoya LOG1B0 prayer-w@yahoo.ca

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238. Free Kurdish Syrian Student Activist Jaqar Khoen Mullah Ahmed

Student activist, Jaqar Khoen Mullah Ahmed, a member of Syria’s Kurdish minority, has not been seen since 3 March. There are fears he may have been arrested by the security forces. If so, with the security forces denying he is in their custody, he has been subjected to enforced disappearance. He is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.

Jaqar Khoen Mullah Ahmed is a student at the University of Aleppo. He was last seen when he left the apartment he shares with fellow students around on 3 March. A contact told Amnesty International that after he left the apartment, heavily armed but unidentified security officials raided it, taking Jaqar Khoen Mullah Ahmed’s laptop. Jaqar Khoen Mullah Ahmed was previously arrested and detained for about 10 days in relation to his involvement in student activism and focus on Kurdish rights. He recently changed apartments in fear of another arrest.

On 5 March, Military Security officials visited Jaqar Khoen Mullah Ahmed’s family in Qamishli, north-eastern Syria. The men enquired about Jaqar Khoen Mullah Ahmed’s activities, his age, and education. When the family asked about the whereabouts of their son, the men denied that he was in their custody and insisted that their enquiry was routine. His family has received no information concerning his fate or whereabouts since 3 March but believes the available information points to his having been arrested.

If, Jaqar Khoen Mullah Ahmed is now detained by security forces, the authorities should immediately inform his family of his whereabouts, permit him to make contact with them, and ensure that he has access to a lawyer and necessary medical care. He should be released unless he is charged with a recognizable criminal offence and tried in compliance with international fair trial standards. If he is held for his peaceful exercise of his right to freedom of expression and assembly then Amnesty International considers him a prisoner of conscience and would call for his immediate and unconditional release.

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239. Tacko, Asuman, Andrew and Proscovia MUST STAY!

Tacko, Asuman, Andrew and Proscovia MUST STAY!

Justice delayed is justice denied.

End the degrading treatment of Refugees.

Grant asylum to Tacko, Asuman, Andrew and Proscovia NOW.

Tacko, Asuman, Andrew and Proscovia are lesbian/gay activists and civil rights leaders from Uganda and Senegal, nations where openly gay people are politically persecuted, imprisoned and murdered for being gay. Tacko, Asuman, Andrew, and Proscovia are seeking political asylum in Britain. Their outspoken and public opposition to the anti-gay political policies of the Ugandan and Senegalese governments means that a decision by the British government to return them to Uganda or Senegal is tantamount to a death sentence.

Tacko, Asuman, Andrew and Proscovia are members of the Movement for Justice and leaders of the struggles against racism and the scapegoating of refugees and asylum seekers here in Britain. They are also tireless leaders of the struggle for lesbian/gay equality in Britain, Africa and other parts of the world. Both the governments and anti-gay death squads of Uganda and Senegal know their sexual orientation.

Tacko, Asuman, Andrew and Proscovia have not been granted asylum, even though each of them filed a claim many months ago. Three survived torture; the fourth’s partner was tortured and killed. Living under the constant threat of deportation, never knowing what the next day holds, is an especially excruciating experience for these political asylum seekers.

Tacko, Asuman, Andrew and Proscovia have not been granted asylum thus far because of their political activism in Britain. All four are members of the Movement for Justice and leaders of the struggles against racism and the scapegoating of refugees and asylum seekers here in Britain. Tacko, Asuman, Andrew and Proscovia are also tireless leaders of the struggle for lesbian/gay equality in Britain, Africa and other parts of the world. They are precisely the kind of leaders that Britain needs to progress as a society.

Last year Britain co-sponsored a Joint Statement on LGBT Rights by 85 countries at the United Nations, calling on governments like Uganda and Senegal to end the torture of LGBT people, protect their safety and human rights, and stop treating homosexuality as a criminal offence. Granting asylum to Tacko, Asuman, Andrew and Proscovia is an easy, direct and meaningful way for the British government to show that its pious words will be backed by action.

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240. Thirsting for Justice: Stop the demolition of Rain Collecting Cisterns in Area C of the West Bank

1. From 2010 to 2011 there was an over 50% increase in cistern demolitions in Area C of the West Bank. International and local NGO’s have underlined this as concerted political strategy to target essential livelihood structures and force the displacement of Palestinians. From 2009 to 2011, nearly four hundred Palestinians were internally displaced as a direct result of the destruction of water, sanitation, and hygiene infrastructure.

2. Israel simultaneously violates its legal obligations as an occupying power under IHL, clearly stated by Article 54 of Protocol 1 of the Geneva Conventions, by not refraining from demolishing objects indispensible to the survival of the civilian population. Israel also violates its obligations as a signatory to international human rights conventions to respect, protect and fulfill the right to water of Palestinians. Additionally, both Israeli and Palestinian authorities issued a joint declaration in 2001, “for keeping water infrastructure out of the cycle of violence,” essentially but ineffectively protecting cisterns.

3. Rain collecting cisterns are essential water sources in Area C of the West Bank - an area which faces chronic water shortages due to lack of infrastructure developments and inadequate resource distribution. The survival of hundreds of Palestinian communities is dependent on cisterns as the main source of water for livestock, crops and domestic use. Cisterns are structures that collect rain water posing neither a threat a threat to the environment, nor is their destruction required by imperative military necessity which under International Law would be the only legal justification.

4. The policies aimed at cistern demolitions should be viewed in the larger context of occupation and the enforcement of a restrictive planning regime controlled by the Israeli military. To date, all structures are subject to a permit procedure which rarely grants Palestinians building permits. This hinders nearly all development in Area C, and puts many structures at risk of being demolished, including cisterns. Rain collecting cisterns should be excluded from the inefficient planning system and should not be subject to demolitions.

5. Urgent action is need now - 2012 will be a critical year for at-risk communities living in Area C, with the High Court of Justice making unprecedented rulings on cases linked to planning and demolitions, greater pressure coming from settler organizations, and over 3,000 outstanding demolitions orders existing today.

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