Petition Tag - human rights

211. Decriminalise Sex Work

The health, safety & human rights of South Australian Sex Workers are compromised/negated under the laws set down in the "Criminal law Consolidation Act 1935” and the “Summary Offenses Act 1953”.

Repealing these laws will allow for the human rights, health and safety of sex workers and the wider community to be protected & respected.

212. Mullaways Medical Cannabis Pty Ltd - Legalise Medical Cannabis, Australia

Legalise the use of Cannabis for medical purposes. Stop the Zero Tolerance of Pain and Suffering!

(Target Signatures 10,000 - AUSTRALIAN RESIDENTS SIGNATURES ONLY PLEASE)

213. Mullaways Medical Cannabis Pty Ltd - Legalise Medical Cannabis, NSW

Legalise the use of Cannabis for medical purposes. Stop the Zero Tolerance of Pain and Suffering!

(Target Signatures 10,000 - NSW RESIDENTS SIGNATURES ONLY PLEASE)

214. Free Iranian Blogger Pouria Farazmand

April 13, 2013--Committee of Human Rights Reporters – According to received reports, student, blogger and cyber activist Pouria Farazmand was detained in Kermanshah on April 7th.

According to CHRR, last Sunday when the student from Kermanshah province went to his university to follow up on matters regarding his graduation, he was handed a summons by the university security. As Farazmand was exiting the university, plain clothed officials who were equipped with walkie-talkies and pistols accosted and detained the student.

Students who witnessed the clash reported that the officials engaged in a brutal confrontation with Pouria Farazmand, beating him up and insulting him as they detained him.

After Pouria Farazmand was violently taken away, one of the security officials, M. Seyedi, appeared in front of the university’s gate and hurled insults while threatening the group of students who had converged at the scene. He lashed denigrating remarks and called the detained student and blogger a “spy” who is associated with “foreign entities.”

Pouria Farazmand is the writer for the blog Azadi Baraye Hamegan (freedom for all) and served on the editorial board of Mosht (fist), a banned student newspaper. Witness students said Farazmand never wrote anything pointing to foreign associations and that he only wrote about internal politics in Iran.

There is still no news of the whereabouts or condition of the student blogger.

During the past months an increasing number of bloggers, Internet activists and citizens taking part in social networks critical of the ruling regime have been arrested in various provinces in the country including Tehran, Alborz, Fars, Kurdistan and Razavi Khorasan.

215. Review Spain's Asset Declaration Laws (EN)

A request for an urgent review of Spain's new requirement for the reporting of assets held outside Spain and the compatibilty of that requirement (as set out in Law 7/2012 and Decreto Real 1558/2012) with EU Treaties and Laws, particularly those relating to non-descrimination, privacy and free movement of persons and capital.

216. Save the lives of political prisoners in Iran’s Gohar Dasht prison who are in great danger!

Warning all freedom loving people and human rights organizations to prevent the coming massacre of the lives of 250 political prisoners in the regime’s Gohar Dasht prison in Iran!

217. Unite A Family

I was brought up by my Grandmother and my father. I have grown up knowing what it is like to live without both parents by my side.

You grow up and decide that what ever happens you will make sure that you will do the best for your children and they will grow up with everything you did not have whilst growing up. So now the time has come where i give my beautiful daughter , who is 4, everything i was deprived of.

Back in 2008 i married Zahras dad, an amazing man who gave me hope that there are decent people out there in this world. He has supported me through everything. After i fell pregnant with our child i came back to the UK inorder to recieve better treatment and settle down inorder to sponsor my husband. In august 2008 a new law was passed. Both sponsors must be aged 21. I was gutted, I had to wait for 2 years before I could apply.

After waiting 2 years a new law had passed... The English Language Test. I just thought 'what is happening'. I felt i was just catching up with each new law. Last year the age limit has gone back to 18. Hearing this made me so angry, they made me wait 2 years for nothing if that law had not passed my husband would be here supporting me through life and most of all watch his daughter grow up.

My husband is losing out on watching his daughter grow up. It has been 5 years now and ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!!! As British born citizens it is my human right that I live a normal life with my husband and it is my daughters human right to have access to her father.

218. Change The Salvation Army's Positional Statement on homosexuality

This is a petition whose signatories are to be only those who:

(a) are official members of The Salvation Army; and

(b) believe the organisation's position statement on homosexuality should change.

All signatories are to state their name and their ranking within The Salvation Army (eg. "Adherent", "Soldier", "General", "Major", etc.).

The petition calls for The Salvation Army to change its official position statement on homosexuality, to not proscribe homosexuality or bisexuality, and to allow for same-sex relationships, including same-sex marriage.

A link to The Salvation Army's position statement on homosexuality is here:

http://www.salvationarmy.org.uk/uki/PSHumanSexuality

219. Pass The New York State Dream Act

In the 2013 New York State Legislative session, New York State Assemblyman Francisco Moya, representing District #39 (Corona, Jackson Heights and Elmhurst) introduced bill A2597, entitled "The New York State Dream Act".

This bill would allow undocumented students who were brought to the United States as very young children to be eligible to receive Financial Aid for a College Education within New York State.

The Bill increased Financial Aid by 25 million dollars, in support of this initiative. The Bill is supported by Speaker of the Assembly Sheldon Silver. A similar bill was introduced in the New York State Senate bill #S2378, but is being blocked by the Republicans Led by Senator Dean Skelos. Senator Skelos does not want the bill to reach the floor because he is afraid to put the State Senators on the record to either support or object to the Bill. Senator Skelos, does not want to loose power in the Senate. Senator Skelos is putting Politics above People.

We need to contact Senator Dean Skelos and tell him to support The Dream Act.

220. Get the Visual Fire Alarm for Lil Pluto (Mackenzie Ripley)

Lil Pluto is deaf. She requires a visual fire alarm. She cannot hear a regular fire alarm. It is her right to have access to one.

My building manager will not provide me with the 2 visual alarms that are needed. They also lied and told the property manager that we already have the visual alarm.

Let's show the support Lil Pluto has and help get her "Her Human Right".

221. 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.

222. 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.

223. 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

224. 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.

225. 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.

226. 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.

227. 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.

228. 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.

229. 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.

230. 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."

231. 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.

232. 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...

233. 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.

234. 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.

235. 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

236. 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

237. 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.

238. 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

239. 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

240. 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.