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1. Save Loghman and Zanyar Moradi

The Iranian regime is continuing its unjust and unprecedented crime against Kurdish political Activists and ready to yet commit another crime!

Zaniar Moradi and Loghman Moradi, both death row prisoners from Iran’s Kurdish minority, claim they were tortured into “confessing” to the 2009 murder of the son of a senior cleric in Marivan, Kurdistan province. They were sentenced to death in December 2010 after being convicted of “enmity against God” (moharebeh) and “corruption on earth” for the murder. They were also convicted of participating in armed activities with Komala, a Kurdish opposition group, which conducted armed struggle against the Islamic Republic of Iran.

After recent execution of - Habibollah Golparipour and Reza Ismaeili - the regime now punished Zanyar Moradi and Loghman Moradi with death sentences issued in public hanging!

This surge in executions shows that behind words and promises, the Iranian authorities continue to rely on state-sponsored killing, sparking fears that Zaniar Moradi and Loghman Moradi, two Kurdish minority prisoners on death row, could be next,” said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, Middle East and North Africa Deputy Director at Amnesty International, she said October 28, 2013.

2. HALT The Execution of Iranian Kurdish Political Prisoner Bakhtiar Memari

A local source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that Bakhtiar Memari, 35, a Marivan Kurdish citizen, who has been in prison since August 2010, is on death row on charges of "moharebeh (enmity with God) through membership in a Kurdish political party." Memari was officially informed of his sentence inside Sanandaj Prison on May 10, 2012.

According to the human rights source, security forces arrested Bakhtiar Memarimon on August 3, 2010 in Marivan and transferred him to the Sanandaj Intelligence Office. He was interrogated under torture for three weeks during which he was not allowed to visit or call his family.

In Bakhtiar Memari's defense bill, a copy of which the Campaign has been able to see, it is reflected that the court has not presented any evidence for Memari's accusations and that the ruling was entirely based on Bakhtiar Memari's confessions, which Memari said in court were extracted from him under pressure and through brutal beating and injuries by his interrogators. Bakhtiar Memari repeatedly denied his charges during the trial process.

A source close to the family of Bakhtiar Memari has stated that Bakhtiar Memari has been additionally accused of murdering two individuals based on orders from a British intelligence organization, charges which Memari repeatedly denied in court. The court has not produced any evidence, witnesses, or weapons that could substantiate or support these accusations, solely basing the charges on Bakhtiar Memari's confessions extracted under duress, which were videotaped and broadcasted on PressTV.

"After about three months, Sanandaj Intelligence Office forces took a handcuffed and footcuffed Bakhtiar Memari, along with a camera crew, to his father's home, where he was allowed to visit with his wife and children. The forces then said that because this was his last visit with his family. The intelligence forces then took Memari to the homes of two Krudish citizens who had been murdered some time before, introduced him as their murderer, and videotaped the visit. Subsequently, PressTV aired the recording in its Iran Today segment. In January 2012, Bakhtiar Memari was additionally sentenced to death for murder, based on Qisas Law."

Bakhtiar Memari is currently on death row inside Sanandaj Central Prison. He is allowed to visit with his family once a month.

Meanwhile, more than 27 Sunni Kurd prisoners are on the death row on the charge of Moharebeh, propaganda against the regime and acting against national security in Rajai Shahr prison as the reports mentioned. Six Kurdish political prisoners were hanged at dawn on March 4, 2015.


WHEREAS: Bakhtiar Memari is a political prisoner who could be executed by hanging at any time based on completely politicized charges;

AND WHEREAS: The United Nations and human rights organizations around the world have condemned the tidal wave of hangings which has been occurring regularly for years in Iran as well as the complete lack of respect for due process and international norms governing the use of the death penalty, and on that basis, have called for a moratorium on executions in Iran;

AND WHEREAS: There is a terrible trend in Iran of hanging Kurdish activists on trumped up charges, after interrogations involving severe torture and trials which do not meed international standards of jurisprudence;

THEREFORE: We, the undersigned demand that the international community ACT URGENTLY to seek a halt to any plans for the execution of Iranian Kurdish political prisoner Bakhtiar Memari, and a thorough review of his case based on internationally-recognized standards of justice.

3. Demand for Immediate & Unconditional Dismissal of Charges against Iranian Activist Amir Amirgholi

Iran's Authorities Issues a Heavy Sentence against Amir Amirgholi.

Amir Amirgholi, 33 arrested in the street by security forces under Branch 6 of Ghods Court warrant has been sentenced to 19 years and six months in prison at Branch 15 of the Islamic Revolutionary Court in Tehran. Judge Abolghasem Salavati handed down the sentence.

Amir is a dismissed student of the Islamic Azad University of Ghazvin and the son of Abbas Amirgholi. Officials had taken him to his father's house and seized his personal belongings: a laptop, cell phone and hard drive of his PC. He was transferred to Ward 8 after an intense two-month investigation in solitary confinement.

Branch 6 of Shahid Moghadas Court of Evin court chaired by Amin Naseri, where he was accused on vague charges of "assembly and collusion against national security", "blasphemy", "insulting the Supreme Leader of Iran", "propaganda against the regime of Iran".

Amnesty International has stated that Amir Amirgholi, Iranian activist was sentenced to 19 years and sex months incarceration on charges in connection with his peaceful activities, following an hour-long trial in early 2016. He is being held in prison under extremely poor conditions while waiting for his appointment with the appeals court.

The leftist activist was arrested and taken to the Evin prison on August 30, 2007, after taking apart on the anniversary of the massacre of political prisoners in Khavaran. He was then held in solitary confinement in Ward 209 of Evin Prison without access to legal counsel and with no contact with his family for 56 days. Almost a month after the arrest, he was granted permission to speak with his family in a brief phone call, stated Amnesty International He had reportedly served 16 days in solitary confinements at the Islamic Republic chambers.

Amirgholi was previously arrested in the peaceful demonstration supporting Kobani on September 2014. He was released after spending a night at the chambers of Intelligence and Public Security Police of NAJA, according to the reliable sources. According to the reports, he also was arrested by security forces in front of Milad Hospital; officials released him after a few days.

According to his family, it is of urgent concern at this time that Amir suffers from a pancreatic disorder and require medical attention. Previously he was held at Ward 8 of Evin prison alongside hardened criminals convicted of pirating, theft, embezzlement, fraud and forgery. Evin prison is notorious for it's poor treatment and torture of political prisoners.

Branch 36 of Tehran's Appeal Court will hold a retrial session to re-examine Amirgholi's verdict on August 3, 2016.

4. Push for the creation of a Multinational Peacekeeping Humanitarian Task Force to stop ISIS and provide aid to Iraq and Syria

The self-proclaimed caliphate of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant or ISIL, also known as ISIS, is a malevolent, well-armed group of extremists responsible for killing over 1,700 people in 23 countries, not counting the higher death toll in Iraq and Syria or the millions forced to flee their country.

All nations must work together toward lasting peace and bringing an effective end to this global calamity. Therefore, the formation of a multinational peacekeeping humanitarian ground force is called for under the terms of Chapter VII of the United Nations charter.

This contingent shall fulfill solely the purpose of dismantling ISIS and providing much needed aid to civilians in conflict-stricken Iraq and Syria, with strict adherence to international law and the directives of the UN Security Council.

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5. Stop Bulgarian government’s illegal deportation of Kurdish activist Farshid Farokh Nia

Urgent action: stop Bulgarian government’s illegal deportation of Kurdish activist Farshid Farokh Nia

We as human rights activists are writing to demand all of human rights organization to intervene immediately to halt the imminent deportation of asylum seeker Farshid Farokh Nia, an Iranian Kurdish journalist and human rights activist who has sought refuge in Bulgaria from prolonged prosecution by the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Farshid was born on 30-04-1973 in Sanandaj city. As Iranian Kurdish, he is a member of ethnic group that has faced centuries of oppression and discrimination and neglect by the Iranian government.

According to Farshid Farokh Nia, the Bulgaria’s government has scheduled 9 of November for his deportation to Iranian gallows. Farshid fled the country and 5 years ago sought asylum in Bulgaria to preserve his own life from prosecution at the hands of Iranian government. Since the beginning Bulgarian government has denied his application for refugee and repeatedly threatened to extradite him to Iran.

Farshid Farokh Nia is a prominent human rights activist who, due to exercising his fundamental right to freedom of speech, is facing political charges by the Iranian government. If he were returned to Iran, he would face with possible risks and more likely his life would be in danger of execution.

Yet, despite this finding, the Bulgarian government has continued to illegally attempt to deport Farshid Farokh Nia and others, all of whom are clearly and undeniably at risk not only of detention and torture by the Islamic Republic of Iran, but at unquestionable risk of execution.


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فراخوان برای نجات یک روزنامه‌نگار پناهنده کُرد از دیپورت به ایران

از همه انسان‌های آزاده و مدافع حقوق بشر برای نجات «فرشید فرخ‌نیا» روزنامه‌نگار کُرد پناهنده در بلغارستان از استرداد به ایران درخواست کمک فوری می‌کنیم.
«دولت جمهوری بلغارستان» اعلام کرده «فرشید فرخ‌نیا» ژورنالیست و فعال حقوق بشر را در روز یکشنبه 9 نوامبر 2014 (18 آبان‌ماه 1393) از این کشور اخراج و به «دولت جمهوری اسلامی ایران» تحویل می‌دهد. درخواست پناهندگی این روزنامه‌نگار کُرد در بلغارستان مورد بررسی قرار نگرفته و در همان مرحله اول این درخواست، رد شده و پرونده وی نیز بسته شده است و در صورت دیپورت به ایران در خطر جدی شکنجه و اعدام قرار دارد. این پناهنده کُرد در سال 2009 میلادی، به صورت قانونی و با پاسپورت واقعی وارد بلغارستان شده، و در این مدت بر سر دریافت حق قانونی پناهندگی و انتقال به کشور امن سوم، مبارزه کرده و در نهایت در کمال ناباوری زندانی می‌شود. فرشید فرخ‌نیا در چندین نوبت به صورت اعتصاب غذا و تحصن در مقابل دفتر کمیساریای عالی پناهندگان سازمان ملل متحد (UNHCR) و مقابل ساختمان دادگستری در شهر صوفیا نسبت به وضعیت ناعادلانه خود در این کشور اعتراض کرده و بارها در حالت وخیم جسمی در بیمارستان بستری و به کمک پزشکان حیات دوباره یافته است. سرانجام این کمیساریا به جای احقاق حق وی در پی همکاری با پلیس دولت بلغارستان، باعث می‌شود تا این ژورنالیست در حبس انفرادی افتاده و توسط بازجویان اداره پلیس شکنجه شود. این فعال حقوق بشر که خود از اقلیت‌های دینی ایران است، از سوی نیروهای امنیتی و دستگاه قضایی بلغارستان، به اتهام واهی «جعلی بودن پاسپورت» بازداشت، بازجویی و به زندان محکوم می‌شود. مدارک مربوط به شکنجه وی توسط پلیس بلغارستان موجود و از سوی پزشکان بین‌المللی تایید شده است. این روزنامه‌نگار کُرد با حمایت بهائیان بلغارستان، به صورت موقت از زندان رهایی می‌یابد اما همچنان در خانه خودش در حصر قرار داشته و به دور از چشم نهادهای بین‌امللی مدافع حقوق بشر در شرایطی غیر انسانی محدود شده است. این در حالی است که دولت جمهوری اسلامی ایران بارها تقاضای استرداد وی را از دولت جمهوری بلغارستان کرده که در نهایت با توجه به لابی‌گری‌های مداوم حکومت ایران در این کشور، با دیپورت فرشید فرخ‌نیا موافقت شده است. اکنون ما جمعی از فعالان مدافع حقوق بشر در ایران و خارج از کشور، فعالان سیاسی، مدنی، روزنامه‌نگاران و شهروندان، با امضای این فراخوان دولت جمهوری بلغارستان را از عواقب حقوق بشری دیپورت فرشید فرخ‌نیا چهره‌ی رسانه‌ای و فعال حقوق بشری کُرد آگاه ساخته و نسبت به سیاه شدن کارنامه حقوق بشری این کشور بیش از پیش و عواقب بعدی به خطر افتادن جان و حتی اعدام این ژورنالیست کُرد از سوی حکومت اسلامی ایران هشدار می‌دهیم. از تمامی انسان‌های آزاده، فعالان حقوق بشری، سازمان‌ها و نهادهای مدافع حقوق بشر، فعالان مدنی و سیاسی و همچنین دولت‌های مدافع دموکراسی و آزادی، درخواست کمک فوری می‌کنیم تا بتوانیم در این فرصت باقیمانده از دیپورت فرشید فرخ‌نیا جلوگیری کنیم. همراهان ما می‌توانند با امضای این فراخوان و نیز از طریق راه‌های زیر با وزارت امور خارجه بلغارستان و نماینده و شعبه‌های کنسولگری این کشور تماس گرفته و از راه تلفن، فاکس، ایمیل و ارسال پیام به دولتمردان بلغارستان، مانع از دیپورت و استرداد فرشید فرخ‌نیا به ایران شوند. امیدواریم همراهان ما بتوانند با استفاده از ایده‌های جدید و شیوه‌های نوین هرچه در توان دارند برای نجات این روزنامه‌نگار کُرد انجام دهند.

6. Immediately & Unconditionally Release Omid Alishenas, an Iranian activist

Updated on Dec 10, 2016.

Omid Alishenas, an Iranian civil rights activist, was arrested by IRGC officials in front of his father's house on Sep 4, 2014 and taken to Ward 2-A Sepah (IRGC). He was accused of the vague charges of "assembly and collusion to attempt crimes against national security", "propaganda against the regime" and "insulting the Supreme Leader of IRI" at Branch 28 of the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Tehran chaired by Judge Mohammad Mogheyeseh on March 7, 2015.

He was in isolation for 132 days, his relatives said. In addition, officials denied him the right to access his family (face to face meeting) for more than nine months while Omid was kept in Ward 8. Omid has just spoken to his relatives from behind bars via phone.

He, 32, was sentenced to ten years in prison, the maximum punishment by the court for his peaceful activities as a child labor activist, as well as for gatherings he attended to protest the situation of Kobani children in Syria. The sentence was announced by the Head of Office of Branch 28 on May 12, 2015, and the case has been allegedly referred for re-examination to Branch 36 of the Appeals Court chaired by Judge Seyed Ahmad Zargar. The biased court accused him of “supporting the political prisoners’ families in the 80s”, “protest against systematic human rights violence in Iran, especially in cyberspace”, “opposition to the death penalty”, and “condemning the mass execution in the 80s”.

Omid, son of Atila, was very hopeful of being released on bail; Iran's judiciary officials refused his release on bail of $33,000 (1 billion Rials) despite the initial decision for conditional release, reliable sources said, which means he will have to spend the best years of his life in the notorious Evin prison.

Finally, He was released on bail of $ 230,000 (7 billion Rials) after spending 17 months in the regime’s chambers on January 18, 2016. The appeal court will issue its final decision on July 5, 2016.

Officials had confiscated his personal belongings such as cell phones, flash memory cards, three Personal Computers and a lap top, camera and CDs.

Mr. Alishenas, who has an academic degree in the field of Civil Engineering, has reportedly experienced severe torture both physically __ psychologically in the Islamic Republic chambers. He was frequently beaten during his interrogation periods that were mostly at night; officials used the barbaric procedures such as holding in isolation where in about 2 Square Meters he was kept without basic needs.

He had been in the solitary confinements at Ward 2-A Sepah (IRGC) for 132 days, and then was transferred to the public Ward 8 amongst criminals imprisoned for serious offenses such as murder, rape, drug smuggling, embezzlement, fraud and forgery (Ward Eight is officially labeled as a financial crimes ward).

The prisoners are kept in one of the crowded wards of the prison known as the infamous Ward 8, where the unsuitable circumstances could menace their health. It is an aging office building with low ceilings which has no proper sanitary facilities and has poor air circulation.

Branch 36 of the appellate Court issued 7-year prison term against Omid Alishenas. The court was conducted by Judge Ghomizadeh.

Finally, Omid Alishenas was arrested in a raid at his father house by Sarrallah Base forces of IRGC on December 10, 2016. He was taken to Evin prison to serve his 7 year prison term.

7. Immediate & Unconditional Release Saeid Shirzad & Atena Faraghdani, children-rights-activists

Demand for Immediate & Unconditional Release Saeid Shirzad & Atena Faraghdani, children-rights-activists.

does addressing the miserable and wretched situation of poor children of Iranian society in accordance with the Islamic republic laws consider a crime?

Mr. Saeid Shirzad, children-rights-activist, was arrested on 2nd June 2014 at his working place in Tabriz. Back in August 2012, he already faced judicial problems; he was forced to prison by state officials to handing numerous people in East-Azerbajdan being affected by a big earthquake. He was bailed-out after 19 days and later charged for a year on probation. Reporters of Harana informed, that Saeid currently is about to be sentenced once against to court as a danger to national security.

He did not appear at his last hearing in court because he refused to put on the unhygienic and disgraceful official prison clothes. As a punishment for that, the visitor’s right of his family was withdrawn.

For the beginning of the school term, Saeid wrote a note from prison where he appeals to children of feeling with him and being in solidarity with him.

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Another Iranian prisoner is Mrs. Atena Faraghdani who is children’s rights activist and painter that has been arrested in August for unknown reasons. Her house was investigated by security guard of regime. She is not in favorable conditions and her tendon was injured in an accident that needs surgery for fifth time.

A source who wanted to remain unknown, informed Harana’s reporter that there is no any information about her sentence and allegations and reason of arrestment.

This source informed, “we suppose Atena is kept in ward 2-Alef in Evin prison.

We, the undersigned, strictly oppose the arrest and sentence of Said & Atena, children-rights-activists, and demand their freedom now and without conditions.

—We request that the international human rights community investigate the cases of prisoners of conscience in Iran, and especially the cases of Saeid Shirzad & Atena Faraghdani.


درخواست آزادی فوری و بدون قید و شرط سعید شیرزاد و آتنا فرقدانی؛ از فعالان حقوق کودک
آیا رسیدگی به وضعیت بغرنج و اسف بار کودکان محروم جامعه ایران، طبق موازین حقوقی جمهوری اسلامی یک جرم است!؟
سعید شیرزاد، فعال حقوق کودک روز دوشنبه 12 خرداد ماه 1393 (2 ژوئن 2014) در محل کار خود در تبریز بازداشت شد.
سعید در تاریخ جمعه 31 مرداد ماه 1391(21 آگوست 2012) نیز در حالی که برای کمک به مردم زلزله زده آذربایجان شرقی رفته بود، بازداشت و پس از 19 روز با قید وثیقه از زندان آزاد شد. او در شعبه 26 دادگاه انقلاب اسلامی، به دلیل این پرونده به تحمل یک سال حبس تعلیقی محکوم شده بود.
بنا به اطلاع گزارشگران هرانا، سعید شیرزاد که در زندان اوین به سر می برد، قرار است روز سه شنبه 15 مهرماه 1393(7 اکتبر 2014) به اتهام اجتماع و تبانی علیه نظام جمهوری اسلامی مورد محاکمه قرار گیرد.
مسوولان قضایی جمهوری اسلامی ایران از انتقال سعید شیرزاد، به دلیل ممانعت او از پوشیدن لباس فرم غیر بهداشتی، غیر قانونی و توهین آمیز زندان، به دادسرای شهید مقدس اوین برای ارائه آخرین دفاع خود، ممانعت کرده اند.
سعید به دلیل امتناع از پوشیدن لباس فرم زندان بنا به دلایل فوق، از داشتن ملاقات حضوری با خانواده خود نیز محروم بوده است.
او به مناسبت آغاز سال تحصیلی جدید در ایران نیز یادداشتی را در راستای ابراز همدردی و همبستگی با کودکان، از درون زندان خطاب به آنها نوشته است.
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دیگر فعال حقوق کودک که اکنون در زندان به سر می برد،آتنا فرقدانی؛ فعال حقوق کودک و نقاش است که در شهریور ماه 1393 بدون هیچ گونه توضیحی بازداشت شده است.
ماموران امنیتی پس از بازداشت آتنامنزل او را نیز مورد تفتیش قرار دادند. او از شرایط جسمانی خوب برخوردار نیست و با توجه به پارگی تاندون دست اش، برای پنجمین بار نیاز به عمل جراحی دارد.
یکی از نزدیکان آتنا که نخواسته نام او فاش شود، به هرانا گفته است: هیچ گونه اطلاعی در مورد حکم و اتهام آتنا در دست نیست و گمان می رود که او در بند 2 الف زندان اوین نگهداری می شود.
ما امضا کنندگان متن بالا، بازداشت سعید شیرزاد و آتنا فرقدانی و محکومیت آنها را تحت هر عنوانی در زندان های جمهوری اسلامی محکوم کرده و خواستار آزادی بدون قید و شرط و فوری این فعال حقوق کودک هستیم.
از جامعه حقوق بشر بین المللی نیز خواستار پیگیری پرونده زندانیان سیاسی وعقیدتی در زندان های جمهوری اسلامی و به ویژه پرونده سعید شیرزاد و آتنا فرقدانی هستیم.

8. Immediate & Unconditional Dismissal of Charges against Imprisoned Human Rights Activists, Arash Sadeghi and Golrokh Iraee!

UPDATED on DJan 30, 2017.

Arash Sadeghi, who had broken his prolonged hunger strike on January 3, 2017, again has started his hunger strike since the re-arrest of his wife Golrokh on Saturday morning, January 22, 2017, BCR Group has learned.

The 30-year-old imprisoned activist was recently transferred to Ward 350 of Tehran notorious Evin prison, says HRANA. He, who has diagnosed with kidney and digestive failure due to a 71-day long hunger strike, was first taken to Ward 2-A of Sepah (the IRGC controlled section) with the excuse of transferring to hospital six days ago. Wardens transferred Arash to Ward 2-A at the same time resuming his hunger strike. The agents finally took him to Ward 350 after he endured three days in solidarity confinement cells, local sources quoting his relatives. News indicate that his personal belongings such as marriage ring and watch were supposedly stolen in transfer.

“Ward 350 is heavily guarded and severely isolated section allegedly run by the regime’s Ministry of Intelligence where prisoners of conscience are locked up in. The ward has limited contact with the outside world.”

Previously, Arash had started an indefinite hunger strike following arbitrary arrest of his life Golrokh on October 25, 2016. “I will continue my hunger strike until Iran’s authorities release her from the prison, HRANA quoted it form his letter. Finally, he ended his hunger strike after 71 days on January 3, after officials released his wife on a $125,000 USD.

Despite official promises, on January 22, the Sarallah Base agents (IRGC's main security group in Tehran) rearrested Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee in front of her house in the morning and took her to Executing Verdict Department where is located in Evin prison. She was arrested along with her friend Saeed Eghbali, according to reports. Agents ultimately transferred Golrokh to Women Ward of Evin and released Saeed on January 23, 2017.

Hence, Arash is back on hunger strike because the authorities did not fulfilled their promises. He is currently kept at Ward 350 along with a few of political prisoners. The prisoners are deprived of making phone calls with their families, HRANA added.

According to news, the peaceful human rights activist is still being denied medical treatment by authorities. Arash was repeatedly unable to breathe without a pulmotor system and his life reportedly at risk. “The senior specialist at hospital emphasized that Arash needs to be hospitalized for at least five days to receive medical treatment for his critical condition”, close sources to Arash told BCR Group once he was previously transferred to hospital. Early January, prison doctors had reported that the damage in Arash's right kidney is so severe that it will likely never return to normal functionality. The report said that 70% of his right kidney and 20% of his left kidney are already damaged. "Arash Sadeghi has not received adequate medical care. Iranian regime authorities are torturing Arash through medical neglect, "says Maryam Nayeb Yazdi, an Iranian activist, on her Twitter account.

He is currently suffering from a low blood pressure, a lung infection, a severe cough, gastrointestinal bleeding and pneumonia, according to the medical reports.

Human Rights organizations and many worldwide activists have come out in support of Arash Sadeghi and his legal demands.

On December 30, 2016, Iranian citizens and activists around the world came together on Twitter to spread global awareness about his critical situation. Their efforts led to #SaveArash to become the top trending hashtag in the world and celebrities and Iranian parliament members to pay attention and speak up about Arash. However, international attention to Arash's case also led to the Iranian regime's media to launch a misinformation campaign against him and Golrokh. For example, the TV show 20:30, which is a propaganda arm of the Sarallah Base, shamelessly aired an episode attempting to smear the couple.

Both of Arash and Golrokh are currently kept at Evin prison to serve their unjust sentences respectively 19 years in prison and 6 years imprisonment.

The Tragic Tale of Imprisoned Couple Arash and Golrokh:

Arash Sadeghi's last arrest was on June 7, 2016 and he has been held in Evin Prison since then. He is being held in Evin's Ward 8 amongst prisoners who are charged with serious offences such as robbery, embezzlement, fraud and forgery.

Arash Sadeghi was sentenced to a 15-year prison term by branch 15 of Tehran's revolutionary court, presided by the corrupt Judge Salavati. In the same court hearing, Golrokh was sentenced to six years in prison. Arash had a previous four-year suspended imprisonment sentence in which Salavati activated in the court hearing, thus condemning Arash to a total of 19 years in prison. Both Arash and Golrokh were deprived of their right to a lawyer during the hearing.

Prior to his 15-year prison sentence, Arash was sentenced to six years in prison, which was eventually reduced to one year in prison and four years of suspended imprisonment. The charges against him include: "Gathering and colluding against national security ", "Propaganda against the regime ", "Insulting the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran ", and "Spreading false news in cyberspace ".

Arash Sadeghi, a Masters of philosophy student who is barred from his education by the regime, was first arrested in July 2009. The nonviolent civil rights defender has been in and out of prison since then and has been severely tortured by his interrogators. Throughout these seven years of repeated imprisonment, Arash has launched several hunger strikes to protest against his unjust sentence and the unlawful behavior and actions of the Iranian regime's authorities.

Despite the decline in his health, authorities have frequently prolonged Arash's imprisonment, kept him in solitary confinement for long durations, physically and psychologically abused him, and tortured him through depriving him of his right to adequate medical care. As a result of the physical tortures inflicted on Arash during interrogations, he has suffered a broken shoulder and broken ribs and still continues to suffer from these injuries today. Arash is in need of medical treatment for his injuries caused by the hunger strikes and tortures he endured.

Arash has had an extremely painful experience in these seven years. Among the worst was arguably when his mother died during a violent house raid by Iranian regime authorities on October 30, 2010. According to close sources, Arash's mom died as a result of the shock of the raid.

Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee was nabbed at her house by IRGC forces early morning on October 24, 2016. The agents kicked down the door to her home and entered without an arrest warrant, according to her relatives. She was reportedly taken to Evin Prison and held in the women's ward. Golrokh is charged with "Insulting Islamic sanctities” (blasphemy) for an unpublished fictional story she had written in her journal about "stoning ", according to various confirmed sources.

9. Declaration of Facebook Media Group and Multi-networking Media Group Protesting China’s Aggression against Vietnam

Declaration of Facebook Media Group and Multi-networking Media Group Protesting China’s Aggression of Vietnam - Tuyên Cáo Của Nhóm Truyền Thông Facebook và Nhóm Truyền Thông Liên Mạng Phản Đối Trung Quốc Xâm Lược VN

The East China Sea territories presently claimed by many ASEAN nations such as Viet Nam and China and the conflicts there are mounting. Nations, communities and people claiming territories and or resources have petition (http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/tuy%C3%AAn-c%C3%A1o-c%E1%BB%A7a-nh%C3%B3m-truy%E1%BB%81n-th%C3%B4ng-facebook-v%C3%A0-nh.html) the UN to resolve the territory dispute. Therefore, it is necessary for the UN World Court (and any related institution(s)) to actively and promptly resolve the conflict to prevent further global communities divisiveness, anger, hatred, mistrust, animosity and potential destruction and violence.

Resolution by the UN may not prevent conflicts since conflicts can be function of political, economical, cultural and social factors. However, it would establish mechanisms for rule of law; mechanisms for conflict prevention dialogue and resolution; respect of UN Charter, values, principles and membership; global responsibility and accountability; and Global Responsibility To Protect. An effective and comprehensive Global Responsibility To Protect mechanism should not only be limited to intervening when there are such as violence, abuse, atrocities, crimes against humanity and genocides but it should also cover the responsibility and accountability to prevent and resolve conflicts before they escalated. Act promptly to prevent and resolve conflicts are also opportunities for the UN to build up the resources, institutions and structures for common good and the benefits of all.

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Vào lúc 5g58 sáng ngày 26/05/2011, ba tàu chiến Trung quốc, còn gọi là Hải giám mang số 17, 72, và 84 đã ngang nhiên xâm nhập lãnh hải Việt Nam trong phạm vi thềm lục địa 200 hải lý của Việt Nam cắt cáp thăm dò của tàu Bình Minh 02. Cho dù phía Việt Nam đã nhiều lần cảnh báo sự xâm nhập trái phép này. Tọa độ bị cắt cáp ở vị trí 12o48’25” Bắc và 111o26’48” Đông, cách mũi Đại Lãnh (Phú Yên) khoảng 120 hải lý.

Sự xâm lược nói trên của Trung Quốc vi phạm nghiêm trọng quyền chủ quyền của Việt Nam, và vi phạm Công ước Luật biển năm 1982 của Liên Hiệp Quốc, trái với tinh thần và nội dung của Tuyên bố năm 2002 giữa ASEAN và Trung Quốc về ứng xử của các bên ở Biển Đông (DOC).

Do sự xâm nhập trái phép cũng như có những hành động vượt qua mức độ của một quốc gia có trách nhiệm đã dấy lên sự quan ngại của các nước lân cận trong khu vực nói chung, và người Việt Nam ở trong cũng như ngoài nước nói riêng.

Nhóm Truyền Thông Facebook và Nhóm Truyền Thông Liên Mạng đòi hỏi phía Trung quốc phải lên tiếng xin lỗi với dân tộc Việt Nam và bồi thường thích đáng cho sự vi phạm này. Mong rằng những hành động xâm nhập trái phép như trên sẽ không xảy ra trong tương lai.

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Bốn vị linh mục đại diện Liên đoàn Tinh thần Nguyễn Kim Điền đồng ký tên ủng hộ Tuyên cáo:

- Linh mục Chân Tín, 38 Kỳ Đồng Sài Gòn.
- Linh mục Nguyễn Hữu Giải, Thừa Thiên-Huê.
- Linh mục Nguyễn Văn Lý, Huế.
- Linh mục Phan Văn Lợi, Huế.

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Ông Nguyễn Mậu Hiệp, Hoa Kỳ ủng hộ tuyên cáo

10. Appeal on behalf of Mr. Shahin ZeinAli an Iranian journalist

Appeal on behalf of Mr. Shahin ZeinAli an Iranian journalist who is scheduled to serve a harsh sentence for activities namely membership in a legal political party and participating in peaceful gatherings.

We are writing to you on behalf of Mr. Shahin ZeinAli, a 29-year-old Iranian journalist who is scheduled to serve a harsh sentence for activities that do not appear to constitute a crime under the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran, namely membership in a legal political party and participating in peaceful gatherings. What follows is the information that has caused us a great deal of concern.

According to the Iranian Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), in the morning of Wednesday, June 16, 2010, Shahin ZeinAli, a 29-year-old Iranian journalist was sentenced to two years, three months incarceration by Judge Pirabasi of the Revolutionary Court of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Reportedly, two years of the above mentioned sentence was for Shahin's alleged conspiracy against national security of the Islamic Republic of Iran through membership in a political party (Pan-Iranist Party). The remainder of Shain's sentence, 91 days, was for participating in illegal assemblies that resulted in chaos [presumably in the post- June 2009 disputed Iranian presidential election], interview with foreign media. Shahin will also have to pay a monetary penalty, in the amount of one million, five hundred Rial (approximately $150000).

Last year, Shahin was arrested at his residence, detained at Section 240 of notorious Evin prison in the north of Tehran. He was released after serving three weeks in solitary confinement. During the search of his home, his computer, computer files, academic and journalism-related books, news archives and other personal items were confiscated. Shahin has awaite the reurn of his personal property by the authorities to no avail. The security forces refuse to return to him what they have taken illegally from him.

Shahin was asked to present before Section 25 of the Revolutionary Court for last defence after four months of having no information on the status of his case. He attorney, Mr. Mohammad Mustafayee, continued his case to June 16, 2010, at which time he was notified of his two-year-three-month sentence.

We are asking the authorities of the Islamic Republic of Iran, including the presiding judge, Mr. PirAbbasi, Mr. Larijani, the heard of Judiciary, and Mr. Seyed Ali Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, to commute this unjust sentence and apologize to Mr. ZeinAli and his family for undue hardship and anxiety caused by Mr. ZeinAli's arrest and related events (search, seizure of property and solitary confinement).

We thank you in advance for your kind and prompt attention to this matter.

Sincerely,