Petition Tag - human rights

211. STOP RAPE IN INDIA

On Friday the 15th of March 2013, a Swiss girl was raped by several (possibly 7 or 8) Indian men, while her boyfriend was tied to a tree. This act of violence is not standing alone.

Through the past years, there have been many acts of (group) rapes in India. Rape is a direct violation against the human rights, and therefore it should be strictly prohibited.

The Indian government is not taking enough action against it. That’s why the rapes still continue. Therefore the United Nations should make sure the Indian government is going to take action.

212. Basic Human Right to Work to be ratified by Parliament immediately for Community Detainees

Refugees arriving by boat in Australia who are released into Community Detention are forced to live for several years upon charity. According to international conventions, every person has the right to work: The Right to Work is Protected by:
Articles 23 and 24 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Articles 6,7,8, and10 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights
Articles 8 and 22 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
Article 5 of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination
Article 11 of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women

The basic right to work is stripped from asylum seekers in detention centres and in Community Detention, along with their dignity and self esteem.

The cost to the Australian public via Charitable and Governmental organisations is not justifiable when many of these detainees arrive with skills and a strong desire to finance their own and their families' existence here. The effect of forced unemployment on their mental health increases the health bill for their care while torturously awaiting the governments decision to grant a visa or exile them into probable danger.

Australians should be aware of this breach of human rights by our Government, and assist change by voicing their concerns.

213. Pledge to end Class Discrimination

At present...

There are few, and possibly no laws that protect those who are discriminated on the basis of class. We believe that class discrimination should be recognised and included, therefore with other protected characteristics - including: age, gender, religion, sexual orientation, disability and race.

Why include Class Discrimination?

Well, doing so would reduce anger - and the likelihood of prejudice and discrimination including:

- between 'people who have different social, economic, and educational status'
- between the working, middle and upper classes
- between business owners, directors, management, employees, temps, and contractors
- because it supports and is connected to race, culture, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation and education - and
- when analysing class alongside status and power

Gans (a functionalist) would argue that discrimination is the result of the need to transfer social costs from those with the most power to those with the least power. Please find more information via this link: http://www.sociology.org.uk/as4p3.pdf

...noting that in January 2009, in England the government at the time, lead by Gordon Brown unveiled a long-awaited white paper on social mobility as they had apparently planned to outlaw discrimination on the grounds of social class in a bid to improve the career chances of talented people from less privileged backgrounds. Please find articles via links below:

https://apps.facebook.com/theguardian/society/2009/jan/13/class-discrimination-social-mobility

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2009/jan/13/new-opportunities-white-paper

214. Free Ghasem Ahmadi, Iranian Kurdish Journalist Sentenced To Four Years

UPDATE: AUGUST 8, 2013: Ghasem Ahmadi, the Kurdish journalist has been sentenced to four years in prison by branch 1 of the Mahabad revolutionary court.

Ghasem Ahmadi (pictured on right) is an Iranian Kurdish journalist who is one of the editors of the Rojav Quarterly. Rojav is a political, cultural and social quarterly which published by the Kurdish students of Tehran university. The quarterly published 13 volumes and it's releasing stopped by disciplinary and cultural committee of Tehran university on April 9th of 2011.

Ghasem Ahmadi was arrested in Mahabad on Thursday, March 7--the same day as fellow Kurdish journalist Khosrow Kurdpour. The brother of Khosrow Kurdpour, Masoud Kurdpour (also a journalist) was subsequently reported arrested as well.

These three arrests indicate an escalation of the persecution against Iran's Kurdish minority by the Islamic Republic regime, as well as a further intensification of the regime's campaign of persecution against Iran's independent journalists. This campaign has been ongoing since January and is transparently related to the up-coming presidential elections in June.

215. 聯署要求中國當局停止處決家暴受害者李彥

*scroll down for English version*

中國政府處死被虐打婦女!

四川婦女李彥,婚後受到嚴重家暴,被前夫譚勇切斷手指,以煙蒂掐臉,虐打!

李彥曾報公安,所有有關機構卻不了了之。直至2010年尾,李彥用槍殺害前夫。中國法院在沒有詳情考慮律師提出的大量家暴證據下, 在2011年判處李彥死刑,隨時執行!

李彥由家暴受害者變謀殺犯,提出所有上訴都維持原判處以死刑。

中國是世界上執行死刑最多的國家之一。現時沒有數據顯示死刑可以有效減低罪案。死刑是司法以正義之名,終極剝奪人民生命,嚴重違反人權的行為。如果你也認為李彥罪不致死,請你用幾秒時間,為中國人權出一分力,簽名聯署向中國政府施壓,停止執行死刑。

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PETITION TO DEMAND RELEVANT CHINESE AUTHORITIES TO HALT EXECUTION OF LI YAN

Li Yan, a 41 year-old Chinese woman from Sichuan province (South West China), could be EXECUTED any day from now and the Chinese New Year in February.

In late 2010, Li Yan has beaten her husband to death with a gun after suffering months of domestic violence: frequent beatings, having her fingers cut-off, stubbed cigarettes out on her face and was locked outside her home with little clothing during the freezing Sichuan winters. All inflicted by her own husband, despite Li Yan's testimonies about the abuse she suffered and evidence provided by witnesses, the court upheld the death sentence. The court did not put her history of domestic violence into consideration.

China is one of the top executors in our world. There is currently no statistics that show that death penalty can effectively deter people from committing crimes and reduce crime rate. Death penalty is a serious violation of human rights, which states commit murder under the disguise of justice. If you agree that Li Yan's execution should be halted, please spare a few seconds, support our petition to pressurize the relevant Chinese authorities.

216. Free Yasan Mousavi

6 February 2013
Yasan Mousavi arrested and transferred to prison

Keywords : Political Prisoners

فارسى

Committee of Human Rights Reporters – On Sunday, February 3rd, agents from the Ministry of Intelligence detained Yasan Mousavi at his home in Tehran and transferred him to Evin prison.

Yasan Mousavi, born in 1984, was an activist at Mir Hossein Mousavi’s 2009 presidential campaign. His brother Hooman Mousavi was arrested during that time and since then, Yasan Mousavi has been summoned and interrogated many times.

According to news obtained by CHRR, Yasan Mousavi was arrested without notice on February 3rd, and two days later on February 5th, judiciary agents contacted his family and informed them that he will be kept in temporary detention for one month.

Yasan Mousavi was alone at his residence when he was detained. According to witnesses, Intelligence agents entered his home by breaking the locks, conducted a massive search of his home during the arrest and seized personal items such as his computer and satellite dish.

Yasan Mousavi’s brother Hooman Mousavi is a former political prisoner who was arrested during the time of unrest following the contested presidential election results of 2009, and spent 2 years behind bars in Evin prison. Their parents were also political prisoners and were executed by the Islamic Republic in the late 1980’s during the period of mass executions in Iran’s prisons.


هرانا؛ بازداشت یکی از فعالین صنفی بازار تهران
سه شنبه 17 بهمن 1391 ساعت 23:49 |

خبرگزاری هرانا - یاسان موسوی از فعالین صنفی بازار تهران روز یک شنبه ۱۵ بهمن ماه بازداشت و تاکنون موفق به تماس با خانواده خود نشده است.

بنا به اطلاع گزارشگران هرانا، ارگان خبری مجموعه فعالان حقوق بشر در ایران، یاسان موسوی متولد ۱۳۶۳ از فعالان صنفی بازار تهران و از فعالان ستاد میرحسین موسوی که پدر و مادر وی در دهه ۶۰ اعدام شده‌اند روز یکشنبه ۱۵ بهمن ماه با یورش مامورین امنیتی به منزل مسکونیش بازداشت شد.

مامورین امنیتی که اقدام به شکستن در منزل کرده بودند پس از تفتیش منزل وسایل شخصی وی مانند دوربین عکاسی، آلبوم خانوادگی، کامپیو‌تر و ریسیور را ضبط کرده و با خود بردند.

یکی از بستگان یاسان موسوی به گزارشگر هرانا گفت: "امروز سه‌شنبه ۱۷ بهمن ماه از دفتر پیگیری وزارت اطلاعات با ما تماس گرفتند و گفتند برای یاسان یک ماه قرار بازداشت موقت صادر شده و اکنون در زندان اوین بسر می‌برد."

وی ادامه داد: "ما از وضعیت سلامتی وی هیچ‌گونه اطلاعی نداریم و خانواده نگران وضعیت وی می‌باشند."

گفتنی است، یاسان برادر هومان موسوی می‌باشد که در طی حوادث پس از انتخابات سال ۸۸ بازداشت و بیش از دو سال در زندان اوین بسر برده بود.

217. Free Yasan Mousavi

Yasan Mousavi arrested and transferred to prison.

CHRR 6 February 2013

On Sunday, February 3rd, agents from the Ministry of Intelligence detained Yasan Mousavi at his home in Tehran and transferred him to Evin prison.

Yasan Mousavi, born in 1984, was an activist at Mir Hossein Mousavi’s 2009 presidential campaign. His brother Hooman Mousavi was arrested during that time and since then, Yasan Mousavi has been summoned and interrogated many times.

According to news obtained by CHRR, Yasan Mousavi was arrested without notice on February 3rd, and two days later on February 5th, judiciary agents contacted his family and informed them that he will be kept in temporary detention for one month.

Yasan Mousavi was alone at his residence when he was detained. According to witnesses, Intelligence agents entered his home by breaking the locks, conducted a massive search of his home during the arrest and seized personal items such as his computer and satellite dish.

Yasan Mousavi’s brother Hooman Mousavi is a former political prisoner who was arrested during the time of unrest following the contested presidential election results of 2009, and spent 2 years behind bars in Evin prison. Their parents were also political prisoners and were executed by the Islamic Republic in the late 1980’s during the period of mass executions in Iran’s prisons.

218. Stop the Execution of Saeed Malekpour, Iranian-Canadian Comp Programmer, Imminent Execution!

Iran is imprisoning and abusing an American pastor because of his faith. Iran, home of one of the world’s most radical Islamic regimes, is holding American Pastor Saeed Abedini because he is a Christian, refusing to release him, and subjecting him to unspeakable abuse.

At the ACLJ, we are launching an international campaign to free Pastor Saeed, and we need Americans to mobilize for religious liberty.

Urge the President, the State Department, and every Member of Congress to take a stand for an American Christian.

219. Free Human Rights Activist And Former Secretary of Azad University Islamic Association in Shahr-e Rey, Mehdi Khodaei

UPDATE Hrana 2013-04- 23

Editor: Human Niazi
Translator: Houman Niyazi

HRANA News Agency – Mehdi Khodai and Mohammad Davari have returned to the section 350 of the Evin prison while their vacation has been finished.

According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), Mehdi Khodai and Mohammad Davari returned to the Evin prison couple of hours ago.

Mehdi Khodai is the former secretary of the Islamic Society of Shahre Rey Azad University and a member of Human Rights Activist has come for vacation on March 20, 2013 after 3 years.

Mohammad Davari is the Editor of Saham News Website and had been in the prison since September 2009. He had a heart problem when he heard his brother’s death and was transferred to hospital. He had been on the vacation since February 20, 2013 however he was not allowed to take part in his brother’s funeral.
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Recently, prison authorities have rejected imprisoned student and human rights activist, Mehdi Khoaei's request for medical leave.

According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), It is around three years that Mehdi Khodaei and his family are trying to get medical leave, but recently, prison authorities has rejected the request.

Mehdi Khodaei is the former Secretary of Azad University Islamic Association in Shahr-e Rey, and a human rights activist. He was an electrical engineering student at the time of his arrest. Khodaei was arrested on 2 March 2010, five days after receiving a sentence of four years in prison on the charge of "acting against national security through organizing gatherings." Previously, he had spent 38 days in detention in the summer of 2008.

After his arrest on 2 March 2010, he was transferred to IRGC's Ward 2-A inside Evin Prison, where he spent ten months in solitary or two-person cells. Khodaei's family had no information about him for months after his arrest. During his detention inside Ward 2-A, he was subjected to repeated interrogations and severe physical and psychological pressure to make forced confessions against himself.

Khodaei was tried on 21 August 2010 in Branch 28 of Tehran Revolutionary Court, with Judge Moghisseh presiding. On 12 October 2010, Khodaei was sentenced to an additional three years in prison on charges of "acting against national security through organizing gatherings," and "propagating against the regime."

Separately, in December 2010, his earlier four-year prison sentence was upheld by a Tehran appeals court. Therefore, with his three-year prison term also upheld, Khodaei is currently serving his seven year prison term. In late December 2010, Khodaei was transferred to Evin Prison's General Ward 350. Despite his long prison term, he has not been allowed furlough since his detention. Khodaei remains defiant and active in prison and has participated in several protest hunger strikes and has signed several group letters in prison.

220. Free Kazakh Poet Aron Atabek

On January 31, prominent Kazakh dissident, author, and poet Aron Atabek turned 60. Atabek marked the milestone alone, in solitary confinement in a maximum-security prison in the city of Arkalyk, where he has just been transferred for the next two years.

In 2007, Atabek was convicted of organizing mass disorder against the demolition of the Shanyrak shantytown that resulted in the death of a police officer. His supporters believe the case against him was politically motivated. He was sentenced to 18 years in a labor camp. Atabek has always maintained his innocence and even rejected a government pardon if he would admit his guilt.

Atabek, who already served two previous years in solitary confinement, from 2010 to early 2012, is now accused of insubordination against the prison regime.

"A real man must stand up for his honor and dignity if he finds himself among the ranks of the 'troublemakers' and 'offenders of the regime,'" he told RFE/RL.

Atabek described conditions in Arkalyk, saying that in the first year of his previous solitary confinement -- a "prison within a prison," as he described it -- he was not allowed a single book, only a manual on chess. In two years, he says, he received only one letter and one parcel from his family and was not allowed to make a single phone call -- a "complete vacuum," as he put it. He says he was permitted a television and a radio in his second year, on which he listened to RFE/RL's Kazakh Service.

He gives a long and grim description of prison life for people serving life sentences in isolation.

"The conditions are very harsh: 24-hour video surveillance and, when you're taken out for exercise, it's in handcuffs and a mask, so you can't see anyone. The whole system was formed under [Soviet dictator Josef] Stalin, and now it's even worse," he says.

He goes on to criticize Kazakhstan's penal system, which in 2011 was moved out from under the Justice Ministry and handed back to the control of the Interior Ministry. Since then, he says, cases of "violence and tyranny, torture, and humiliation" have been on the rise.

"It's not only the police but special interior forces who conduct prison checks," he says. "They're pure scum. For them, there are no laws, no order. They lead people out to the grounds to conduct a search, then steal the prisoners' property -- different things, like radios. They wear black masks. We call it the 'mask show.' They come to the camp and turn everything upside down."

He says he knows of at least three people who have died in prison as a result of torture.

"This is the image of a modern system," he says. "I'd call it the agony of the Nazarbaev regime. Of course, officially he's still sitting on his throne. But his throne is quite rotten. The 2011 Zhanaozen events [during which at least 16 protesters were killed in December 2011 when police and riot troops fired on them] are proof of that. And the Shanyrak events are also proof."

While treated harshly, he says he has not been beaten in prison, although he said he is aware of prisoners being severely beaten and raped with truncheons. He says he is in good health, though he has been treated for tuberculosis and eye problems from a scuffle with a fellow inmate.

He believes his transfer to solitary confinement is linked to the recent publication on the Internet of a book he wrote while in prison called "The Heart of Eurasia." (He has described the book as an essay that presents "evidence-based" criticism of the Nazarbaev regime. He says he means the book to be a political forecast for the next 10 to 20 years in Kazakhstan.) The scenario is similar, he says, to what happened in 2009, when he was sent to Arkalyk after an antigovernment book of poetry and prose titled "Nazarbaev's Regime and Revolution" was circulated on the Internet.

"This shows once again how much the regime [of President Nursultan Nazarbaev] fears the truth," he says.

Atabek's family says his health is deteriorating, and that they fear for his life after the publication of his latest book.

Here's a passage from a poem, "Re-Zona-Nce," by Atabek as translated by the website Samponsia Way:

My father was a slave of the Soviet State
in the gold mines of Kolyma
and my destiny, too, is repeating this pattern
and the brutality of Kolyma.

My father was tried in court as an Enemy of the People,
so it turns out I am a “Son of the Enemy.”
I break rocks with a pickaxe alongside him,
no different to him.

Russia is my Mother; my Father is Kazakhstan.
A childhood on the Volga, I grew up in Almaty
to kick open the doors to the Throne Room of those in power,
with a strong belief in my rights and in righteousness.

Atabek says he is very grateful for the international attention his case has received, including a prize in 2010 from Freedom to Create, an NGO dedicated to supporting projects that unleash people's creativity.

That was a huge help. They would have killed me a long time ago in this prison if people didn't know who I was and didn't defend me," Atabek says. "They're afraid to torture and beat me because international organizations know about me. I'm grateful to the people and the organizations that are protecting me. I thank them with all my heart."

Atabek vowed to "fight to the end" for democracy for Kazakhstan, for an end to Nazarbaev's "rotten throne."

"Every man fights within the limits of their own understanding," he says. "And I have my way. I'll never turn my back on politics. I'll fight to the end."

221. Install more baby boxes in South Korea

Through Latvia babybox - 17babies saved, 12 babies adopted, 2 of the adopted babies - parents changed their mind, took the baby with them.

South Korea- during 2years: 26 babies abandoned.

222. Campaign to help South Azerbaijani political prisoners

In Three Languages (English-Turkihs-Farsi)

English:

Geographically South Azerbaijan is the region stretching from northwestern Iran to the center of the country. This region fully encompasses East and West Azerbaijan, Ardabil, Zanjan, and Qazvin; it also includes parts of Hamadan and Merkezi. Due to its role as being an opening door to Europe, this region is strategically important. Approximately 40-45% of the Iranian population is ethnic Azerbaijani. The protests which took place in May of 2006, due to official attacks and discriminations against Azerbaijani Turks and their language, is spreading the promise of democracy to all parts of the society; meanwhile the Iranian regime is continuing its undemocratic politics.

Mass arrests, imprisonments, threats towards families, and similar injustices are continuing. Peaceful South Azerbaijani activists are tried at the courts of the Iranian regime for supposedly being “traitors and agents for America and Israel”. Many Azerbaijani Turks are charged and imprisoned for supposedly “being ethic fanatics”.

Our goal is to promote the notion of equality for all with peaceful and non-violent activities constructing the center of our mutual activities. However, the Iranian regime has proved many times that it is far from sharing these values. It is continuing its silent massacre in the region of South Azerbaijan which was hit by twin earthquakes back in August of 2012; many people are still living in plastic tents under harsh winter conditions. This inhumanitarian regime has stayed quite to the drying of Lake Urmia and is continuing to socially and physically damaging South Azerbaijan.

For the cause of freedom of speech and to promote democracy in the region, we are starting this petition for South Azerbaijan. When the topic is democracy, every signature means very much to us.

Turkish:

Coğrafi olarak Güney Azerbaycan, İran’ın kuzeybatısından merkezine doğru uzanan bölgedir. Bu bölge Doğu ve Batı Azerbaycan, Erdebil, Zencan, Gazvin illerini tamamen, Hemedan ve Merkezi illerini kısmen içermektedir. Bu bölge İran’ın Avrupa’ya açılan kapısı olduğu için stratejik önem taşımaktadır. Azerbaycanlıları, İran nüfusunun %40-60’unu oluşturmaktadırlar.gecen Mayıs ayından itibaren Güney Azerbaycan’da ve İran’ın değişik bölgelerinde Türklüğe ve Türkçeye yapılan iğrenç Fars şövenisti saldırıya karşı gösterilen milli tepki dalga dalga yayılırken, Tahran’ın şaşkınlık içinde aldığı tedbirler yeni hukuk facialarına yol açmaktadır.

Toplu tutuklamalar, hapisler, Şüpheli ölümler, gözaltılar, ailelerin tehdit edilmesi, sebepsiz yargılamalar, soruşturmalar, asılsız suçlamalar, yüklü para cezaları sürmektedir. Aşağıdaki listede adları yazılı olan milliyetçi gençler Tahran rejiminin tehdidi altındadırlar. Tebriz'deki ve diğer şehirlerdeki tutuklu Türk gençlerine sorgularda ABD veya İsrail'le bağlantılı değil Türkiye ve Azerbaycan'la bağlantılı suçlamalar yöneltilmekte, sorular sorulmaktadır. Resmi belgelerle sabit suçlamalar şunlardır: Rejimin Aleyhine Faaliyet, Pantürkizm, Kavimcilik.

İnsanlık ailesinin bütün üyelerinde bulunan haysiyetin ve bunların eşit ve devir kabul etmez haklarının tanınması hususunun, hürriyetin, adaletin ve dünya barışının temeli olmasına, İnsan haklarının tanınmaması ve hür görülmesinin insanlık vicdanını isyana sevkeden vahşiliklere sebep olmuş bulunmasına, dehşetten ve yoksulluktan kurtulmuş insanl... ama malesef şuana kadar iran adlanan ülkede konuların hiç biri uyğulanmamaktadır. deprem bölgesinde yumuşak soykırım, urmu gölünün kurutulma siyaseti, ana dilde eğtimin yasağı, anti türk politikalar, şiilik yayımçılığı ve boşu boşuna suçlamaların hepsi bu rejimin mahiyetini ifşa etmektedir. bizler bu hasızlıklara karşı, Güneydeki soydaşlarımızın azadlığı için , inanç ve özgürlük tutuklularımız için bu kampanyaya onur ve şerefle başlamışız. nitekim, özgürlük ve insanlık için çalışan eller için, bir kalem ve bir imza bize büyük bir ümitdir.

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آذربایجان جنوبی به لحاظ جغرافیایی منطقه ای است که از شمال غرب به سمت مرکز ایران گسترش یافته است؛این منطقه در مجموع و به طور کلی از استان های آذربایجان غربی،شرقی،اردبیل،زنجان ،قزوین،همدان و شامل بخشی از استان مرکزی می باشد.از نظر استراتژیکی این منطقه دروازه ورود ایران به اروپا میباشد، به همین سبب از اهمیت ویژه ای برخوردار است.حدود 40تا 60 درصد از جمعیت ایران را آذربایجانی ها تشکیل میدهند.از ماه می سال پیش در تعرض تهوع برانگیز شوونیزم فارس به تورک و تورک بودن، آذربایجان جنوبی و بخش هایی از ایران و بر انگیخته شدن اعتراضات و با به همراه بودن موج موج واکنش ملت ، دولت تهران حیرت زده، راه را برای فاجعه های حقوقی باز کرده است.دستگیری های جمعی، حبس ها،مرگ های مشکوک، توقیف ها ، تهدید خانواده ها، محاکمه های بی علت،تحقیقات، اتهامات بی اساس، جریمه های هنگفت در حال پیشرفت است.اسامی جوانان ملی گرایی که نامشان در لیست زیر آمده است تحت فشار و تهدید رژیم تهران میباشند. جوانان ملی گرای بازداشت شده به اتهام اینکه شما وابسته به آمریکا و اسرائیل نیستید بلکه در جهت اتهامات مطرح شده که وابسته به ترکیه و آذربایجان هستید مورد مواخذه و بازجویی قرار گرفته و تحت پرس و جو هستند. اسناد رسمی و اتهامات ثابت شده به این شرح است: فعالیت علیه رژیم، پان تورکیست ،نژادپرستی... و با اعمال وحشیانه که وجدان بشریت را جریحه دار کرده است ...حیثیت و کرامت ذاتی تمامی اعضای خانواده انسانی بر مبناو به رسمیت شناخته شدن حقوق و به خصوص آزادی، اجرای عدالت و صلح جهانی و همچنین آزاد شدن ملت از فقر و ترس میباشد... اما متاسفانه هیچکدام از این موارد در کشور "ایران نامیده شده" به اجرا در نیامده است. نسل کشی نرم در مناطق زلزله زده، سیاست خشکانیدن دریاچه اورمیه،ممنوعیت آموزش به زبان مادری،سیاست های ضد تورک، انتشار مذهب شیعه، تحت فشار قرار دادن های بی سبب، همه این موارد ذکر شده ماهیت اصلی رژیم ایران را افشاء میکند.ما این کمپین را با شرف و افتخار در مقابله با این بی عدالتی ها ،نسبت به هم وطنانمان در آذربایجان جنوبی و آزادی آنها و همچنین برای آزادی زندانیان عقیده ای آغاز کرده ایم. بنابراین یک قلم و یک امضا از طرف دستان یاری رسان انسانیت و آزادی برای ما امید بزرگی است...

223. Free Journalist Milad Fadai Asl

Milad Fadai Asl, Head of the Political Section of ILNA News Agency, Arrested.

Committee of Human Rights Reporters – Agents from the Ministry of Intelligence have detained journalist Milad Fadai Asl tonight, January 26, 2013.

According to news obtained by CHRR, Milad Fadai Asl had just left his office and was talking on his mobile phone when suddenly he was accosted by agents from the Ministry of Intelligence and transferred to an unknown location.

In the past few months, his wife Saba Sherdost has been summoned to the Islamic Republic office of investigations several times. Previously on December 2, 2009, at the time of the mass protests against the disputed presidential elections, Milad Fadi Asl was arrested at his home. Branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court handed a one-year prison term on the charge of “propaganda against the regime.” Fadai Asl was released after serving his one-year sentence behind bars.

224. Prevent Abuse of the Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP)

The Liverpool Care Pathway was first developed by specialists in palliative medicine to give compassionate care and respect to those facing death. Its stated aim was to enable patients ‘to live until they die’, free of pain. Extended to all NHS hospitals since the 1990s, this Pathway has become subject to major abuse.

Large numbers of patients not suffering from terminal illness, but whose quality of life is judged deficient or too costly to sustain, are routinely being put on the Pathway - often without the knowledge or consent of either themselves or their families. The Telegraph, before Christmas, famously reported that of the 130,000 patients placed on the Pathway in NHS hospitals every year, 57,000 last year were given no hint that their treatment had been stopped and measures put in place to hasten death.

What it means: For patients on this Pathway all treatment, broadly defined so as to include food and hydration, is withdrawn. This effectively means the patient is starved to death. The process is then helped along by the administration of massive doses of narcotics, which serve to sedate the patient, but even by themselves can be lethal.

People wrongly put on this Pathway, if removed in time, have gone on to make a full recovery. Sadly, many others - also wrongly put on this Pathway, but for whom help has come too late, - have died. We do not criticise right use of the Pathway for those in the end stages of clear and established terminal disease, but we wholly deplore wrongful extension of this Pathway to the chronically ill, or to those whose only deficiency is to be old.

225. Free Christian Convert Mostafa Bordbar

UPDATE HRANA 10th July, 2013

The trial session of Mostafa Bordbar the arrested converted christian citizen who is currently imprisoned in ward 350 of Evin prison was held in Tehran.

According to a report of Mohebbat News, The trial session of Mohammad Hadi -Mostafa- Bordbar the converted christian from Rasht who was arrested on December 27, 2012 during last Christmas was held by judge Pirabbasi in branch 26 of Tehran revolutionary court on June 9, 2013.

The court announced charges of this christian citizen as “colluding and attending in home-church meetings” that according to Shima Ghoushe the member of human rights commission in Iran and Mostafa’s lawyer this accusation will result between 2-10 years imprisonment. But the final verdict is not announced yet.

Mostafa Bordbar was able to meet his parents a few minutes before his trial session in prison uniform and handcuffed but only his lawyer was allowed to enter the trial session. Now he is in ward 350 of Evin prison with other christian prisoners such as Farshid Fathi, Saied Abedini and Alireza Seyyedian.

Mostafa ,27, arrested after the invasion of plainclothes security forces to the worship gathering of the converted Christians for Christmas and new year.

Mostafa Bordbar was arrested once more in 2009 in Rasht on charge of converting to Christianity and presence in home-church. Also he was tried by branch 1 of court on charge of apostasy and after the trial sessions was released by bail and it has been added to his criminal records.

Source : Hrana

Editor: Human
Translator: Ramyar Hassani

https://hra-news.org/en/a-converted-christian-has-been-tried
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HRANA News Agency– Mostafa Bordbar from converted Christians who was detained by the security forces in Tehran during Christmas, is still in detention in Evin prison.

According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), quoted from Mohabbat News, there is no news from Mostafa Bordbar - who was born on 1986 and is a converted christian from Rasht- and how he has been arrested.

According to the released reports, on Thursday, December 27th of 2012, about 50 converted Christians in Tehran gathered for Christmas eve prayers and praising Jesus Christ at a home in Northern Tehran but have been arrested by the invasion of plainclothes security forces.

These people have been detained for hours at the same place and got permission to leave the house after interrogation. During this event also Priest "Verevir Avansian" arrested who is Iranian-Armenian christian, while he is sick hardly. The priest was released after 15 days detention in Evin prison by providing bail until the day of his trial.

Sources reported that the security agents after detaining Mostafa at the same night, went to his brother's house in Tehran and searched everything, but when they did not find anything related to his Christianity, they left the place with Mostafa after an hour.

Mostafa after detention by security forces, which seems spend his interrogation days under of Evin prison interrogators control, had not any contact with his family. Finally after two weeks they allowed him to have short phone call with his family to tell them that he is doing OK.

His family could not visit him despite of followings up, haunt to judicial centers and Evin detention center after Mostafa called them.

- Refusal of accepting the bail to release him:

After one month of Mosata Bordbar detention, according to the news, judicial department asked for bail instead of his provisional release until the trial day but unfortunately they refused the bail of his family because it belongs to Rasht and prevented the provisional release of this prisoner of conscience.

Judicial officials asked the family of this christian prisoner to provide a bail belongs to Tehran. Then it seems until his family will find a new bail he should be in detention.

Continuation of the detention of a converted christian in Tehran
THURSDAY, 24 JANUARY 2013

Mostafa Bordbar has been arrested in accusation of conversion to Christianity and attending the hidden churches at homes in Rasht in 2009.

He is also accused to apostasy and released by providing bail which is registered in his dossier.

Translated by: Ramyar Hassani

226. Free Manizheh Bohlouli, Lawyer at Iran Justice Department

The lawyer, Manizheh Bohlouli arrested

THURSDAY, 17 JANUARY , 2013

HRANA News Agency – Manizheh Bohlouli, The lawyer at justice department has been arrested without enough evidence and reason; and transferred to prison by the 4th branch of prosecutors in Miyaneh.

According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), This lawyer called her family from Miyaneh prison and informed them that she is in detention, and Also the assistant prosecutor of 4th branch has granted a bail of 5 million tomans for her.

Her family went to the prosecutors office and asked for her freedom with the bail in hand but unfortunately they faced the assistant prosecutor's refusal.

Five months ago in a case that Manizheh Bohlouli was lawyer, prosecutor himself with the investigator entered to her office and confiscated some of the evidences and her dossiers.

Manizheh Bohlouli formed a complaint in court judges against Mr. Bagheri the head of Miyaneh court, Hossein Moharrami the attorney general of Miyaneh court and Soltani the head of the 102nd branch of criminal court of Miyaneh court; But in addition of not being successful in complaint, judicial officials formed bogus case about her and arrested her illegally.

Translated by: Ramyar Hassani

227. Legalise Voluntary Euthanasia in Western Australia

Voluntary Euthanasia is not about death, it's about choice.

We all have the right to a dignified death.

The next step is to legalise some very thorough legislation.

228. Free Imprisoned Iranian Earthquake Relief Workers

The Kaleme website reported that 20 relief workers were sentenced in Tabriz Revolutionary Court. Their prison sentences range from six months to two years.

A deadly earthquake in northwest Iran in August left hundreds dead and thosands homeless prompting volunteer relieft efforts by activists and ordinary citizens around the country.

The detained relief workers were arrested at an independent relief camp in Sarand when government security insisted on taking control of all relief efforts.

The detainees, who included many prominent civil activists, wrote an open letter to the head of the judiciary, condemning the security forces' misrepresentation of their humanitarian efforts.

The court has found the relief workers guilty of "collaboration in assembly and collusion to commit crimes against national security."

The judiciary had accused the relief workers of "trying to distribute expired food", but the relief workers have stressed there is no evidence that any expired food had been in the camp and they have denied all the charges brought against them.

UPDATE, JANUARY 16, 2013: Tabriz judicial authorities today also accused the group that was sentenced to a total of 19 years in prison, of drinking homemade alcohol, use of illegal satellite equipment, and non-religious mix of the opposite sexes.

NOTE: PLEASE ALSO SIGN THE SISTER PETITION FOR THE RELEASE OF THE TWO MOST PROMINENT HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVISTS IMPRISONED FOR THE "CRIME" OF VOLUNTEER EARTHQUAKE RELIEF, HOSSEIN RONAGHI MALEKI AND NAVID KHANJANI:
http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/islamic-republic-of-iran-mustfree-hossein-ronaghi-malek.html

229. Stop Sweden deporting Nasser Abiat to Iran

My husband did not come to Sweden just to marry me. My husband had to flee his country in order to save his own life. He had no choice, he had to escape ... or die.

He comes from Iran where people are living under a dictatorship, a country where people do not have the right to express their opinion, they does not have the right to choose their religion, have no right to dress as they want, have no right to speak their language or live according to their culture. The regime in the country does not know what human rights are. If someone go against the regime's rules, the regime hit down on them hard and unfair.

Nasser was politically active in Iran, he has been both imprisoned and tortured twice, and he has had double trials for the same crime. He lost his job because of this, his family has been harassed, his close friends have been harassed, and some of them have disappeared and even died for this cause. Nasser's crime is that he is active for human rights in Iran. Just the suspicion that people are involved in something that goes against the regime can get them hung.

When he fled, he fled to Sweden, he had a real passport but purchased by money and the Swedish visa was also bought, they even bought people on airport to get him out of the country. He travelled by airplane from Iran to Turkey and then to Sweden. Within a month after he came to Sweden, he continued his political commitment to get justice for his people.

Nasser works for human rights in Iran and fighting for what he believes is right. He is a blogger and has his own blog and is published on other websites, and he also published texts and picture on Facebook, he has had many exhibitions and speeches to tell us Swedes what the Iranian regime is trying to hide. He speaks to his people in the worldwide satellite channels and he has been published in Swedish news media. Nasser wants to help his people inside Iran.

The Swedish Migration Board doesn’t believe that he could buy a passport and visa, or that his political action in Sweden will give him trouble if he returns to Iran. They believe that Iran not have noticed that Nasser has been protesting against the regime here in Sweden. The Swedish Migration Board has not considered the fact that he is already known by the regime in the past and they know very well who he is. Nasser is now in a very difficult situation, because he is currently in danger of deportation from Sweden. I am now in danger of losing my beloved husband.

I beg everyone to help us to live together. Each of you, who give us a signature, is one of those that save my husband's life! We thank you with all our hearts that you support us!

Ingrid & Nasser Abiat

230. Free Ali Akbar Baghani, The Secretary General Teacher’s Union, Iran

HRANA News Agency – Ali Akbar Baghani, the secretary general for the Teacher’s Union in Iran, was sentenced to one year in prison and 10 years in exile to Zabol City, by branch 26th of Tehran’s revolutionary court.

According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), Judge Pir Abassi at branch 26th of Tehran’s revolutionary court, sentenced Ali Akbar Baghani to 1 year in prison and 10 years exiled to Zabol, a city far in eastern south of Iran. This verdict was issued based on his case from 2010 on charge of propaganda against system.

If this new verdict been confirmed by Supreme Court, Ali Akbar Baghani will be imprisoned for six years, because he has a 5 year suspended imprisonment in his records from 2006.

231. Stop the Execution of Younes Aghayan

Fear of Imminent Execution: Younes Aghayan Was Transferred to Solitary Confinemen

HRANA News Agency 27 DECEMBER 2012

Younes Aghayan, ethnic prisoner sentenced to death was transferred from Mahabad prison to solitary confinement in Urmia prison, yesterday.

According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), Younes Aghayan, a follower of the Yari faith (Ahl-e Haq), ethnic prisoner who is sentenced to death, was transferred from Mahabad prison to solitary confinement in Urmia prison. There is fear of his execution.

Younes Aghayan is a follower of the Yari faith (Ahl-e Haq) from the village of Ooch Tappeh, near Miandoab. In October 2004, police raided Ooch Tappeh village to remove signs with religious writings of Yari faith. When villagers resisted the raid and confronted the police, Younes Aghayan, 21, and another Yari faith follower by the name of Mehdi Ghassemzadeh (Aghayan’s uncle) were arrested. In January 2005, the two men were put on trial by Branch Two of Mahabad Revolutionary Court, and were sentenced to five years in prison on charges of “carrying ammunition and arms,” and to death on charges of “armed resistence against the Islamic Republic of Iran.” After the Supreme Court confirmed the sentences, Mehdi Ghassemzadeh was executed in 2008, and Younes Aghayan has remained on death row inside Orumiyeh Prison since then.

Mehdi Ghassemzadeh was executed without the knowledge of his family and his court-appointed lawyer, and according to the source, his body was never returned to his family for burial.

232. Free Iranian-American Pastor Saeed Abedini

UPDATE aclj Apr. 15, 2013

It began last week. American Pastor Saeed Abedini, who is serving an eight-year prison term in Iran because of his Christian faith, has been suffering from internal bleeding for months - injuries received from the beatings in prison. In what could only be viewed as a cruel act of psychological abuse, prison officials took Pastor Saeed to a hospital last week - only to be turned away - and brought back to Evin prison without receiving medical treatment for his internal bleeding.

Now, comes word out of Iran, that the beatings and physical abuse are intensifying. Pastor Saeed reported today that last week he was severely beaten the same day the prison officials took him to the hospital. During the weekly prison visit today, Pastor Saeed's family reported that his physical condition is worsening - seeing first-hand the marks and symptoms left by the recent beating. These beatings and the internal injuries are causing Pastor Saeed frequent fainting spells. Iranian officials are telling Pastor Saeed it could be an additional two months before he will receive medical treatment. Such a delay is inhumane and a gross violation of Iran’s international obligations.

In addition to refusing to give Pastor Saeed the medical care he needs, it now appears authorities are stepping up their physical abuse and psychological torture. Pastor Saeed reported that cellmates, who appear to have connections to the Iranian intelligence police, recently threatened they would suffocate Pastor Saeed in his sleep, making his death look like an accident. The daily threat that his life could be taken by his internal injuries or by the hands of cellmates, weighs heavily on Pastor Saeed.

Full story here : http://aclj.org/iran/beatings-intensify-american-pastor-saeed-condition-worsens-in-iranian-prison

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UPDATE 23 MARCH , 2013

#US Secretary of State #Kerry Urges Release Of #Iran Pastor

RFE/RL March 23, 2013

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has called on Iranian authorities to immediately free an Iranian-American Christian pastor who has been sentenced to eight years in jail.

In a written statement, Kerry said he was "deeply concerned" about the fate of Saeed Abedini.

The top U.S. diplomat said he was "disturbed” by reports that Abedini has suffered physical and psychological abuse in prison, and that his condition has become increasingly dire.

The statement said “such mistreatment violates international norms as well as Iran's own laws."

Abedini, a naturalized U.S. citizen who converted to Christianity, was sentenced in late January.

He has denied charges of attempting to undermine Iranian state security by creating a network of Christian churches in private homes.

SOURCE : RFE / RL

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UPDATE HRANA 17 FEBRUARY 2013

Banning the bail of Saied Abedini and threatening it's provider

HRANA News Agency – The illegal Evin prosecutor banned the bail for Saied Abedini the Iranian-American pastor.

According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), also the islamic revolutionary guards interrogators threatened the person who tried to put bail to prevent this prisoner's furlough.

Saied Abedini is the Iranian-American who is accused to establishing home-church in 2009 and after his arrival to Iran in 2012 has been arrested by islamic revolutionary guards Etela'at and transferred to ward 2A.

More than eighty US senators from both Democrat and Republican parties on Thursday February 14th wrote a letter to John Kerry the United States Secretary of States and asked him to try to do all what is needed for freedom of Saied Abedini the Iranian-American pastor.

Translate by: Ramyar Hassani

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US Confirms Pastor Sentenced To 8 Years In Iran

RFE / RL January 28, 2013

The U.S. State Department has confirmed that Iranian authorities have sentenced an American Christian pastor of Iranian origin to eight years in prison.

Spokesman Darby Holladay said Washington is calling on Iran to respect Saeed Abedini's human rights and release him.

Earlier this month, Abedini reportedly went on trial on charges of attempting to undermine Iranian state security by creating a network of Christian churches in private homes.

The pastor, who is of Iranian origin but lives in the United States, denies the charges.

The U.S. spokesman said the State Department is in close contact with Abedini's family.

He also called on Iran to uphold the right of freedom of religion.

A rights group, the American Center for Law and Justice, has alleged that Abedini was beaten and tortured during his detention.
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Lies and a Conviction: Iran Mocks Justice, Convicts & Sentences American Pastor Saeed_Abedini

ACLJ Jan. 27, 2013

Our worst fears have been realized. This morning in Tehran on an empty promise that American Pastor Saeed Abedini might be released, his lawyer came to court. The lawyer had no formal notice that his presence was required, only the casual request less than 24 hours before from a court administrator to a family friend that the lawyer should come to the court because it was releasing Pastor Saeed. But this was all a lie.

Upon arriving at the court, Dr. Naser Sarbazi, Pastor Saeed’s lawyer, saw his client. He knew he had been deceived.

Without family present, Judge Pir-Abassi of Branch 26 of the Iranian Revolutionary Court, known as the “hanging judge,” verbally convicted and sentenced Pastor Saeed to eight years in prison for threatening the national security of Iran through his leadership in Christian house churches. The evidence provided was of Pastor Saeed’s Christian activities primarily during the early 2000s, when under President Khatami house churches were not perceived as a threat to Iran. Despite Iranian law requiring a written verdict, none was given.

Here’s the troubling reality: A U.S. citizen, who has been beaten and tortured since him imprisonment last fall, now facing eight years in Evin Prison, one of the most brutal prisons in Iran.

We represent Pastor Saeed’s wife, Naghmeh, and her two children who live in the U.S. Upon hearing this injustice, Naghmeh, said: “The promise of his release was a lie. We should not trust the empty words or promises put out by the Iranian government. These false hopes amount to psychological torture. You don’t want to trust them, but they build a glimmer hope before the crushing blow. With today’s development I am devastated for my husband and my family. We must now pursue every effort, turn every rock, and not stop until Saeed is safely on American soil.”

We know that with the Iranian Revolutionary Court, Pastor Saeed’s conviction and sentence had to be approved at the very top – The Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khomeini had to sign off.

Iran has not only abused its own laws, it has trampled on the fundamentals of human rights. We call on the citizens of the world to rise up in protest. We call on governments around the world to stand and defend Pastor Saeed. As his wife has pleaded, starting with our own government, every effort must be pursued. We are calling on the State Department and the White House, which have both called for Pastor Saeed’s release, to engage further.

This is a real travesty. An U.S. citizen faces a lengthy prison term for simply because of his Christian faith. Pastor Saeed facing eight years in a harsh prison – likely facing life-threatening torture and abuse at the hands of the Iranian regime.

Please continue to pray for Pastor Saeed and his family. We will continue to utilize all of our efforts to see that justice is served and Pastor Saeed is safely in the arms of his loving wife and two children back home in the United States.

Jordan Sekulow is Executive Director of the American Center for Law and Justice.

SOURCE : ACLJ

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UPDATE: ACLJ Jan. 24, 2013

Iranian guards turned away the family of American Pastor Saeed Abedini this morning when they attempted to visit him in Evin Prison. They were told Saeed was not there.

On Monday, the first day of his trial and the only day he was allowed to be present and make a defense, Pastor Saeed’s attorney, Dr. Naser Sarbazi, asked that Saeed be moved from his current ward in Evin to ward 305, so that he could receive better medical treatment.

Judge Pir-Abassi told Saeed’s attorney that he would see to it. However, since then, no indication has been given to Saeed’s attorney or his family that this move would take place.

It's important to note this is one of Iran's “hanging judges” who told family members that Pastor Saeed would be released on bail. The fact is the family's repeated efforts to secure Pastor Saeed's bail have been flatly rejected by Iranian officials, and Judge Pir-Abassi’s own right-hand man threatened a family friend to stop assisting Pastor Saeed’s family.

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UPDATE JANUARY 16, 2013

Jailed U.S. Pastor Says He 'Will Hang' for His Faith

CBN January 16, 2013

An Iranian-born American pastor imprisoned in Iran is set to go on trial Monday, Jan. 21:

http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/world/2013/January/Jailed-US-Pastor-Says-He-Will-Hang-for-His-Faith/

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UPDATE 22 December 2012

Iranian-American pastor imprisoned in Evin, Iran, without notice of charges

HRANA News Agency – Saeed Abedini, a 32-year-old Iranian who is a U.S. citizen and a Christian convert has been imprisoned without notice of any formal charges while visiting his family in Iran.

According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), The Rev. Saeed Abedini, is currently awaiting trial at Iran's notoriously brutal Evin Prison, where he has been incarcerated since late September.

He lives in the U.S. with his wife and two young children, was making one of his frequent visits to see his parents and the rest of his family in Iran, his country of origin and where he spent many years as a Christian leader and community organizer developing Iran's underground home church communities for Christian converts.

On this last trip, the Iranian government pulled him off a bus and said he must face a penalty for his previous work as a Christian leader in Iran.

In July, Abedini left his wife and kids to go to Iran to visit family and continue a humanitarian effort he began years ago to build an orphanage.

After a short visit to a nearby country, Abedini was traveling back into Iran to catch his flight back to the U.S. when members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard stopped his bus near the Turkey-Iran border and pulled Abedini from the bus, confiscating his passports and subjecting him to intense interrogation, according to his wife.

After weeks under house arrest and many calls to Iran's passport control office about the status of his confiscated passport, Abedini was told that his case has been referred to the Revolutionary Guard, the Iranian government's elite military force.

On Sept. 26, five men kicked open the door of Abedini's parents' residence in Tehran where they collected all communications devices and arrested him.

SOURCE : HRANA
http://www.en-hrana.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=745:1&catid=13:religious-minorities&Itemid=13

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A Iranian-American pastor, Saeed Abedini, has reportedly been arrested and charged in Iran while visiting his family.

Reports say the 32-year-old Christian convert has been detained in Tehran’s Evin prison since late September.

The charges against him are not clear.

The American Center for Law and Justice, which is representing his wife, has alleged that Abedini was jailed because of his Christian faith.

The group says it is launching a campaign to demand the release of the pastor, who became a U.S. citizen in 2010.

Earlier this year, Iran released pastor Youcef Naderkhani, a Christian convert, who had reportedly been sentenced to death for apostasy for refusing to renounce his faith.

In the Islamic republic, a Muslim who converts to another faith can face the death penalty.

233. Free Hamid Eslami and Rahman Vafa’i

3-year sentences confirmed
for Hamid Eslami and Rahman Vafa’i

Sen´s Daily September 16 , 2013

The review court has confirmed the 3-year sentences hand down to Hamid Eslami ( حمید اسلامی ) and Rahman Vafa’i (رحمان وفائی ). They were arrested by agents from the Ministry of Intelligence in Shiraz on July 14, 2012, and were charged with “membership of, and propaganda for, illegal groups” and “endangering national security.” However they are held in Adel Abad prison in the section for religious prisoners, not as security or political prisoners. The review court considered their files on August 22, 2013, with the lawyer for the defendants present. On September 14, their lawyer was informed that the sentences had been confirmed. Mr. Vafayi, who is 59 years old, suffers from heart complications and his family fears the effects of imprisonment on his health.

Source : Sen´s Daily
http://sensday.wordpress.com/
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UPDATE Sen´s Daily July 13 , 2013

Concerns for the health of Rahman Vafa’i,
imprisoned in Shiraz

Rahman Vafa’i (رحمان وفائی ), a 59-year old Bahai serving a three-year sentence in Adel Abad prison in Shiraz, is in poor physical health and has been denied prison furlough. He suffers from high blood pressure and experiences severe pain from a sciatic nerve. He was receiving medical treatment before his imprisonment, but it has not been possible to continue this in prison. His family send medicines to the prison, but they are not always passed to him by the prison.

Although he needs surgery for his sciatic problem, as he has lost all feeling in his left foot, the prison doctor has not recognized that this is necessary. He was arrested by the Ministry of Intelligence in Shiraz on July 14, 2012, and after almost 9 months in detention was sentenced, in May 2013, on the charges of “propaganda against the regime” and “membership in Baha’i organizations.”

Source : Sen´s Daily

http://sensday.wordpress.com/2013/07/13/concerns-for-the-health-of-rahman-vafai-imprisoned-in-shiraz/

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UPDATE Radio Zamaneh 05/31/2013

Two Baha'is sentenced to jail for “propaganda”.

Two Iranian Baha’is have been sentenced to three years in jail by the Islamic Republic judiciary in Shiraz.

The Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA) reports that the two Baha’i citizens were arrested last July in Shiraz and, after 11 months in Adelabad Prison, were finally charged with “propaganda against the regime” and “membership in Baha’i organizations.”

Rahman Vafayi and Hamid Eslami have each been handed three years in prison.

HRANA adds that 59-year-old Vafayi suffers from heart complications and his family fears the effects of imprisonment on his health.

The Islamic Republic does not recognize Baha-ism as a legitimate religion, and most Baha’is face severe discrimination and persecution in Iran, which is the birthplace of the Baha’i faith.

http://archive.radiozamaneh.com/english/content/two-bahais-sentenced-jail-%E2%80%9Cpropaganda%E2%80%9D

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Hamid Eslami ( حمید اسلامی ) and Rahman Vafa’i (رحمان وفائی ), who were arrested in Shiraz on July 14, have now been in “temporary custody” (detention without trial) for five months, including 68 days in solitary confinement. According to reports from relatives, the two have been subjected to harsh conditions such as cramped quarters, severe cold, malnutrition and being stripped of their clothes as well as lack of medical facilities.

They have also been placed in a cell with murderers and drug users. Although their interrogation has ended, the court has not released them on bail and has even extended their remand.

234. Free Kurdish Brothers Ali Afshari and Habibollah Afshari

Ali Afshari and Habibollah Afshari two brothers were in Iranian Kurdistan in court of Mahabad sentenced for execution. They are accused of being members in a party against the Iranian regime. They are accused of propagating against the regime.

Ali and Habibollah are prison in Oroumieh and not allowed to receive any visitors since last week. Ali Afshari was wounded by a shot from an agent of the regime. 75% of his body is ulcerated by the gunshot wound. The prison authority still refuses to provide him medically. His inflammation worses day by day. Ali and Habibollah have two other brothers who are also imprisoned in Oroumieh prison. Both Jafar and Vali were sentenced to five years in prison.

235. Stop the Killings in Manipur, NE India

We are alarmed that the killings in Manipur continue to happen and the impunity in the manner that these killings are done despite numerous investigations done by a high level investigating agent, the Central Bureau of Investigation regarding the BT Road killing , official visit of the UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Execution, Prof. Christof Heyns and his meeting with human rights groups and victims in Guwahati 28 March this year ; and the intervention of the Supreme Court initiating investigation on the killings .

Despite these investigations, there is no substantial and action taken by the government to bring the perpetrators to justice, indemnify the victims and to put these incidences to a full stop.

236. EU asylum for Anastasia Grishay

Anastasia Grishay is a very kind person and a very good mother.

She loves her kids and places them above all.

She is being persecuted in her home country Ukraine, for starring in porn.

As a fact Anastasia needed money so badly after she has been left alone with kid, that she was ready to do anything to feed her family.

Getting into the porn business was not an easy decision at all. And sometimes, more often these days, people have to face the struggle to protect their families from poverty.

A beautiful soul makes a beautiful person; and Anastasia is very beautiful indeed.

Please, your support can save her family.

237. 2013: EL AÑO DE LA LUCHA POR ELECCIONES AUTÉNTICAS

CARTA ABIERTA A LA SOCIEDAD DEMOCRÁTICA
“2013: EL AÑO DE LA LUCHA POR ELECCIONES AUTÉNTICAS”

A lo largo del año 2012, ciudadanos y organizaciones no gubernamentales coincidimos en torno a un tema fundamental para una nación democrática: las Elecciones Auténticas. De allí nació la Declaración de Caracas (*1), y en particular el “Proyecto Elecciones Venezolanas Auténticas” - Proyecto EVA - (*2).

La oposición ha limitado su ámbito básicamente al plano electoral, y de paso, en los términos y condiciones que el gobierno impone a través del CNE. No parece haber ningún interés en diseñar una estrategia capaz de neutralizar el complejo sistema electoral electrónico. Y se autoriza la convocatoria – lo que es más delicado aún – a procesos electorales que atentan contra la forma republicana de la nación, sin que ello pase por exigir condiciones mínimas para que la sociedad democrática le ponga un punto final a un sistema electoral perverso.

Han pasado dos meses de la elección presidencial del 7 de octubre y los ciudadanos que votamos ese día no hemos podido constatar los resultados de la verificación ciudadana (auditoría de la mesa electoral), pues a pesar de haberse solicitado (*3), no se publicó ninguna de las “actas garantías” del adecuado funcionamiento del sistema electrónico.

Que el resultado de una elección repose únicamente en las actas que arrojan las máquinas bidireccionales, constituye una gravísima deformación de una Elección Auténtica, pues ni se hace un escrutinio popular, ni el mismo es público. Que además, deliberadamente se conecte un equipo a la máquina para generar una duda sobre el secreto del voto, y más grave aún, para hacer técnicamente factible la posibilidad de que el Régimen conozca las secuencias de huellas y votos, coloca a los electores, en su conjunto, como rehenes de un sistema de dominación de nuevo cuño.

El 7 de Octubre marcó un triste hito para Venezuela, nación que fue ejemplo a seguir en la Latinoamérica de los sesenta y setenta, llena de dictaduras militares y oligarquías perversas. Un militar activo, en abierta violación a la constitución, resultó supuestamente reelecto por el voto de una mayoría, siendo que ese pueblo que lo eligió nunca salió a celebrar. Todos estos hechos, junto a otras irregularidades debidamente sustanciadas, esperan su respuesta procesal y jurídica por parte del máximo tribunal del país. (*4)

El 16 de diciembre ha sido concebido por el CNE como otra oportunidad más para perfeccionar el control de las elecciones. El órgano electoral, conformado mayoritariamente por militantes del partido de gobierno, contraviniendo el artículo 296 de la constitución, ha decidido darle cuatro vueltas más al garrote vil con el que pretende asfixiar la vocación democrática de la sociedad venezolana. Y por ende, busca impedir que la crisis de gobernabilidad y constitucionalidad, que existe de hecho en el país, sea superada entre otros elementos, con el concurso de elecciones limpias, justas, transparentes e imparciales.

El CNE ha aprobado cuatro medidas adicionales, ilegales e inaceptables, para una sociedad democrática:

1. La creación y posterior modificación de los circuitos electorales, base para la elección de los diputados de los concejos legislativas, instancia fundamental para la gobernabilidad de un estado (provincia para los lectores extranjeros). Caso especial de esta táctica previa a una elección difícil, fue la elección de la Asamblea Nacional del año 2010, en la que siendo mayoría la oposición, terminó convirtiéndose en una minoría irrelevante para el Régimen Militar, una suerte de jarrón chino del parlamento, y todo ello en franca violación al principio de representación proporcional consagrado en el artículo 63 de la constitución vigente (*5).

2. La Colocación, en la pantalla de votación, de la opción “combo candidato-diputados”, con el objetivo de “entubar” los votos de los electores, atentando abiertamente con el principio constitucional de personalización del voto mismo -articulo 63-, y con el agravante de generar una gran ventaja a favor del Poder Central, dada su capacidad de manejo de recursos para la propaganda en todas las regiones del país.

3. La ilegal e injusta medida impuesta a los electores, para que se vean obligados a pasar primero por el Servicio de Información al Elector (S.I.E.) únicamente en los centros de tres (3) o más mesas. Esta decisión discriminatoria contraviene los artículos 2 y 21 de la Constitución y el artículo 125 de la LOPRE.

4. La modificación del registro electoral para favorecer a una opción, fuera del lapso previsto en la LOPRE, y que popularmente se ha conocido como la migración de los “candidatos paracaidistas”. Con la imposición sin obstáculos de los circuitos electorales, y en ausencia de condiciones que den autenticidad a los resultados, muy pocos de los concejos legislativos estadales tendrán mayoría de los representantes de la oposición, aún en aquellos estados en los que resultaren electos candidatos opositores, ya sea por capital político propio, o por ser parte de la estrategia del Régimen Militar. En este escenario, el Régimen tendría a su disposición en los consejos legislativos, una suerte de pelotón de fusilamiento, con el cual colocar a un gobernador en situación de crisis de gobernabilidad, cuando la troika cubano-venezolana lo considere oportuno. Y con el botón del “combo candidato-diputados”, el Régimen resuelve cualquier posible error de sus electores, ya sea por desconocimiento de cómo votar, o por la decisión de gente de la base de no aceptar imposiciones en el voto por lista uninominal. Y este precedente puede ser muy útil cuando el Régimen considere oportuna la convocatoria de una Asamblea Constituyente.

Los cambios en los circuitos electorales y el botón antes citado, atentan contra el espíritu del concepto expresado por el constituyente en el artículo 162 de nuestra Carta Magna: “El Poder Legislativo se ejercerá en cada Estado por un Consejo Legislativo conformado por un número no mayor de quince ni menor de siete integrantes, quienes proporcionalmente representarán a la población del Estado y a los Municipios....” (subrayado agregado).

Con la obligatoriedad de pasar por el S.I.E., el Régimen se mantiene informado, en tiempo real, sobre la composición de los electores que han pasado por las mesas de votación, así como de los electores censados en sus patrullas electorales, que no hayan votado, siendo que la oposición no cuenta con dicha información, estableciéndose así otro desequilibrio más a favor del Poder Central.

Con la modificación extemporánea del registro electoral, se verifica una de las causales de nulidad previstas en el numeral 2 del artículo 215 de la LOPRE. Los principales voceros de los partidos políticos de la oposición tradicional, y de la mayoría de los grandes medios de comunicación social consideran, que sin importar el costo, lo más importante es recuperar espacios. Y por ello favorecen la participación en condiciones leoninas. Y pasan por “invisibilizar” a quienes denuncian este proceso de deformación continuada del sistema electoral venezolano (recordar el caso de la reciente censura - de la MUD en Globovisión - de la entrevista de Nitu Pérez Osuna al Ingeniero y abogado Alfredo Weil), excelentemente diseñado con el concurso de expertos cubanos, para que el Régimen Militar consolide victorias perdiendo, o aplaste al rival ganando.

Este nuevo ensayo del CNE, se realiza en una coyuntura política marcada por la incertidumbre sobre el estado de salud del líder del Régimen Militar y la ofensiva comunicacional sobre el nuevo Estado Comunal, como paso previo a la cubanización de la sociedad venezolana. El control de los consejos legislativos puede ser vital en el proceso del cambio de la geometría del poder local, toda vez que el Régimen controla la Asamblea Nacional, y es a través de ella que puede promover la castración de las competencias de gobernadores y alcaldes, con la respectiva legitimación de una nueva burocracia local con competencias de gobierno y presupuestos independientes, mermando así, el ya deficitario presupuesto de los estados.

El año 2013 obliga a los factores del Régimen a jugar inteligente y duro. Y a los factores de una Oposición seria y patriota, a responder con más inteligencia y visión estratégica.

Ya sea por la vía de una enmienda a la Constitución (Estado Comunal y más poder al Vicepresidente), o por una posible elección presidencial, o por una acción de la propia oposición como podría ser el revocatorio de diputados del PSUV, es posible que la sociedad venezolana se coloque de nuevo ante una oportunidad histórica para cambiar el actual rumbo por la vía electoral.

Ahora bien, un evento nacional de esta envergadura debe ser asumido únicamente desde el marco de las Elecciones Auténticas, so pena de seguir enterrando el futuro de las próximas generaciones. Y es que es la única manera de que se recupere el ánimo para votar.

238. Stop abusive biological experiments by scientists

I recently watched a TV program on how psychological tests were performed on baby monkeys who were kept isolated for nearly 1 years in cages. The movie showed them suffering in awkward positions inside the cage. Also a human baby was scared continuously for several months. The purpose of these experiments were to test their emotions. It stated that the monkeys had severe psychological damage after 1 year in total isolation.

The alarming part was that a modern day scientist who was interviewed said that he was not sure if they should have been kept in isolation but if a scientific panel asked him to do such a research, he will do it in the name of science. It showed me how much the scientific community are brain washed and cold. They can even kill somebody in cold blood and say “ it is in the name of science” “ it is for the survival of humanity”. I was wondering if they want to save humanity, why wont they volunteers to be guinea pigs or select one of their loved ones ? Always good to save humanity at the expense of somebody else being sacrificed for their noble prize.

People who perform psychological or pain inflicting experiments on life forms are not fit for civilized society. They do not possess the emotional intelligence needed to make ethical judgement and their brains work similar to serial killers. The only difference is that they are educated and have the ability to influence high ranking figures in society by exhibiting their PhDs. The only thing stopping them from performing the same experiments on humans is the fear of the law. If they had a way to evade the law, they would definitely try out these experiments on humans. This might be a reality today with entities having huge budgets to accomplish scientific breakthroughs at any cost.

239. Stop the killings of human rights advocates and community leaders

34 Mindanawons, including 26 Lumads, have been killed since June 2010 for their defense of the land, environment, and people’s livelihood. This includes pregnant women, human rights defenders, environment defenders, missionaries, priests...

More than 159 environment and human rights defenders have been slapped with legal harassment cases, vilification, and intimidation from the military.

An estimated 1,106 families with 6,066 individuals have been forcibly evacuated in the course of intense military operations carried out by the Philippine Army most notably in the Caraga, Northern Mindanao, and Southern Mindanao regions. There were also 30,000 Moro civilians who were displaced due to militarization.

240. Universal Healthcare Free at the Point of Use

Currently in Georgia, the healthcare system is largely privatised and people must pay for their care either through medical insurance or by out-of-pocket payments.

The insurance companies often do not pay out people's claims so many must personally pay for their treatment. In fact, 73% of total health expenditure is out-of-pocket payments.

The same insurance companies often run the hospitals and clinics with the aim of maximising their profit. This usually entails lowering medical professionals' salaries and increasing treatment costs. This lowers the overall level of care and makes healthcare inaccessible for a great many people.

Access to healthcare should not be determined by the invisible hand of the market. It is unjust that the market determines who lives and who dies.

We want the government to introduce a universal healthcare system which is free at the point of use, financed by general taxation and provided by a public, nonprofit national health service.

This would mean that there would be universal coverage throughout the country, universal access throughout the population and improved levels of patient care. We believe this is the right thing to do for the people of Georgia.

It is also the right thing to do for the country and the economy. A healthy population is a more productive one. A universal healthcare system would lower crime rates and make the country more politically and economically stable.

Georgia can afford to do this. According to our calculations, such a universal healthcare system would cost in the region of 850 million GEL per year. If the government increased healthcare spending to 11% of the budget, it could afford to implement this system.

If we want to live in a modern, civilised country with people who care for and respect each other, we need to adopt this model of healthcare.

It is simply not just or acceptable to leave people suffering and dying for want of money.

შესავალი

დღეს, საქართველოში ჯანდაცვის სისტემა ძირითადად პრივატიზებულია და მით სარგებლობა საკმაოდ ძვირი ჯდება.

მოსახლეობის იმ მცირე ნაწილს, რომელსაც სამედიცინო დაზღვევა გააჩნია, მაინც უწევს მომსახურებისთვის თანხის გადახდა, რადგან სადაზღვევო კომპანიები უარს აცხადებენ ხარჯების სრულიად დაფარვაზე. 2009 წელს ჯანდაცვაზე დახარჯული 1.8 მილიარდი ლარის 73%-ს მოსახლეობის მიერ ჯიბიდან გადახდილი თანხა წარმოადგენდა.

სადაზღვევო კომპანიები, ხშირ შემთხვევაში ასევე არიან კლინიკებისა და საავადმყოფოების მფლობელნი და მათი მთავარი მიზანია მოგების მაქსიმირება, რაც ერთი მხრივ, ექიმთა ანაზღაურების შემცირებით და მეორე მხრივ, მომსახურების ტარიფების გაზრდით ხორციელდება. ეს მიდგომა აუარესებს ჯანდაცვის ხარისხს და მრავალი ჩვენგანისთვის მიუწვდომელს ხდის მას.

ჯანდაცვით სარგებლობა არ უნდა განისაზღვრებოდეს ბაზრის უხილავი ხელით. უსამართლობაა, როდესაც ბაზარი განსაზღვრავს იმას, თუ ვინ იცოცხლებს და ვინ არა.

ჩვენ გვსურს, რომ მთავრობამ შემოიღოს ჯანდაცვის უნივერსალური სისტემა, რომელიც უფასო იქნება გამოყენების დროს, დაფინანსდება საერთო გადასახადებიდან და უზრუნველყოფილი ჯანმრთელობის ეროვნული სამსახურის მიერ (ორგანიზების ამ სქემას ტრადიციულად უნივერსალური ჯანდაცვის ბევერიჯისეულ (ბრიტანულ) მოდელს უწოდებენ).

მთავრობის მიერ შემოთავაზებული ბისმარკისეული (გერმანული) მოდელი (რომელიც გულისხმობს ჯანდაცვის სისტემის სავალდებულო დაზღვევით თანადაფინანსებას) ჩვენთვის მიუღებელია, რადგან:

პირველი, თუ გავითვალისწინებთ ქართულ გამოცდილებას დაზღვეული მომხმარებელი მაინც არაა დაცული ფინანსური რისკისგან;

მეორე, საჭირო იქნებოდა შუა რგოლის არსებობა - არა მომგებიანი სადაზღვევო კომპანიების სახით, რაც გაცილებით მეტი დაგვიჯდებოდა და გაგვირთულებდა ჯანდაცვის სისტემით სარგებლობას;

მესამე, შრომის ღირებულება დაახლოებით 15%-ით მოიმატებდა, რაც უარყოფითად აისახებოდა უმუშევრობის ისედაც მაღალ დონეზე.