Petition Tag - human rights

211. Demand Rwanda cease all support for M23 and remove Rwandan troops from Congo

As of November 20, 2012, the Rwanda-backed rebel group M23, known for mass rape, summary executions, other human rights violations, has taken the key city of Goma. They say they are moving onto Bukavu and plan to "take Congo."

Rwanda has reportedly sent in 3000 troops in support of this effort. History (1996,1998, and the early 2000's), all show this invasion will result in massive rape and other human rights violations.

212. Stop the Keystone Pipe Line

Why we should oppose TransCanada’s Keystone XL Pipeline:
TransCanada does not care about landowners:
They have coerced families into signing fraudulent contracts and used eminent domain to take their land by force.

The pipeline threatens our health:
Toxic tar sands are corrosive and spill more often than crude. Spills are too difficult to cleanup. TransCanada’s pipeline threats the health of millions.

Grandmother and Texas landowner, Susan Scott has fought TransCanada for 4 years. She was unable to make an informed decision on TransCanada’s contract, which falsely described the pipeline as transporting crude oil, and not diluted bitumen (toxic tar sands).

Susan was bullied into signing with TransCanada after threats of land seizure by eminent domain.

U.S. pipeline company Enbridge is responsible for the worst tar sands spill in North America--and its total cover-up. Despite the warning signs, Enbridge allowed about one million gallons of toxic tar sands to spill in the Kalamazoo river. Over 200 people became sick, and the river’s fish all died. Enbridge paid for people’s silence and literally buried the spill.

Why we should oppose TransCanada’s Keystone XL Pipeline:
TransCanada has no integrity: They lie to landowners, indigenous communities, and regulators. TransCanada is a corporation that cannot be trusted with our communities’ safety.

Tar sands extraction is the most destructive plan on Earth: It produces four-times the carbon emissions as compared to crude oil. It will destroy a forest the size of NY state.

TransCanada has repeatedly lied about the contents of their pipeline. They claim it will transport crude oil, but we know that it will contain toxic tar sands. The contents of TransCanada’s pipelines are kept secret, even to regulators after dozens of uncleaned toxic spills. TransCanada lies to indigenous communities, and tramples their land and burial grounds.

Lies from TransCanada:
Tar sands exploitation has already destroyed 170,000 acres of ancient forest in Canada. There is no hope for regrowth.

With tar sands, Canada has no plan to comply with the carbon reduction agreements they signed, and their emissions will only make our climate crisis much, much worse.

213. Free Iranian Prisoner of Conscience Zahra Mansouri, Denied Her Medication for Epilepsy by Her Jailers

Zahra Mansouri, an epileptic prisoner, has been denied access to her medication in prison. Zahra Mansouri, 60, began serving her two-year prison sentence on October 27, 2012.

Zahra Mansouri's physician has warned against conditions that would bring on epileptic seizures for Mansouri, but prison authorities refuse to allow her access to medication provided by her family. Mansouri suffers from serious health problems caused by a recent intestinal operation.

Ms. Mansouri needs to regularly take her medicine and live in a stress-free environment, according to her doctors. Both are being denied her in the Islamic Republic's prison.

Security forces first arrested Zahra Mansouri on June 1, 2011. She spent 90 days in solitary cells inside the Intelligence Ministry's Ward 209 at Evin Prison. During her detention, she underwent surgery due to breast cancer, and immediately after her operation, authorities transferred her back to her solitary cell. She was released on bail on August 19, 2011.

Branch 26 of Tehran Revolutionary Court under Judge Pirabbasi initially sentenced Zahra Mansouri to five years in prison on charges of "acting against national security." Due to Mansouri's ill health, her sentence was reduced to two years in prison and an additional five years' suspended imprisonment.

Zahra Mansouri's brother, Mohammad Ali Mansouri, is a political prison who has been serving a 17-year prison sentence in exile in Rajai Shahr Prison on charges of "relations with groups hostile to the regime". Zahra Mansouri has been exposed to a lot of pressure due to her familial ties.

214. Free Iranian Student Maryam Salehi, "Missing" Months After Being Arrested

Maryam Salehi, 24, a university student and resident of Tehran and a member of Mothers in Support of Human Rights in Iran in addition to several other human rights campaigns, was arrested early Wednesday, August 15 at her father's home in Arak.

Maryam Salehi's mother, Sedigheh Mahouri, told Melli-Mazhabi website that the forces who entered the Salehi home did not present a warrant or any form of identification. They treated the family in a very humiliating way and took some of the family's personal belongings with them.

Since her arrest, despite efforts made by Maryam Salehi's family and friends, no information about her detention location has emerged. Maryam Salehi's family remain concerned about her conditions and ask for help from human rights organizations.

215. Immediate Executive Clemency for Leonard Peltier NOW!

November 10, 2012

To President Barack Obama, United States of America

WE the National and International Supporters of Federal Prisoner Native American Human & Environmental Activist Leonard Peltier (89637-132) do with Good Faith & Solidarity respectfully ask President Barack Obama of the United States of America to acknowledge, accept, and enact immediately the 2011 unanimously passed (NCAI) National Congress of American Indians’ Resolution for Executive Clemency for Leonard Peltier which was presented in December 2011 at the Tribal Conference in Washington DC.

The facts presented in this Resolution remain unchanged today with exception to the fact that Leonard Peltier is now 1 year older. http://goo.gl/NgDKv

Since NCAI presented their Resolution for Clemency in 2011, James Anaya, The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples presented his unbiased well-researched investigative report on the conditions and concerns of Native Americans to the United Nations. In Mr. Anaya’s report he favored Executive Clemency for Leonard Peltier. http://www.ohchr.org/Documents/HRBodies/HRCouncil/RegularSession/Session21/A-HRC-21-47-Add1_en.pdf

Leonard is 68 years old. He continues to suffer from un-treated and under-treated health problems. Despite his physical pain, suffering, limitations and the InJustice served upon him for close to 4 decades, he made a public statement during the recent presidential election campaign urging Native Americans and All other Americans of Voting age to exercise their Right-to-Vote! Leonard continues to work for his Humanitarian and Environmental causes as best he can.

WE Thank The Obama Administration for actively working with the NCAI to improve the severe conditions that continues to plague our Sovereign Nations. There is a long road ahead as so much more is needed to Right past Wrongs, to ensure Positive and Healthy Outcomes and to decrease the Prejudice and Racism that continues to prevail in some areas. WE understand that enacting Changes takes time… HOWEVER….WE know that Clemency for Leonard Peltier ONLY takes YOU, The Clemency Papers and A Pen!! Please Right the Wrongs of almost 4 decades IMMEDIATELY; Grant Executive Clemency to Leonard Peltier!

In Good Faith & Solidarity WE thank you for your time and consideration and ask that you sign those Clemency Papers NOW!

216. Bring my grandkids home

Our grandchildren are US Citizens. Our grandchildren due to their ages (16, 13, 2) in the US would be considered vulnerable. Despite the Dublin US Embassy's request to meet with our grandchildren, the Irish government has refused to allow the US Embassy to meet with them.

We have safety concerns for them with the Irish system. Our daughter, the children's mother, has been a loving, concerned parent who has been prevented from leaving Ireland with her three children who are USA Citizens and non-Irish citizens.

Our American grandchildren are not allowed to communicate with family members in the US, or with the US Embassy in Ireland as is their legal right. We want to have our grandkids and daughter repatriated to the USA immediately.

Please help us get our grandkids back from these illegal actions by the Irish.

NA Mainerich/Kar

217. Investigate the Disappearance of Sri Lankan Journalist, Prageeth Eknaligoda

For the past 26 years, Sri Lanka has been wracked by a civil war between the security forces (who are mostly from the majority Sinhalese community) and the armed Tamil opposition group, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), who sought an independent state for the Tamil minority in the north and east of the island.

The war ended in May 2009 with the defeat of the LTTE by the government. Since 2006, journalists and other media workers have been prime targets for attack. At least 14 media workers have been the victims of unlawful killings since the beginning of 2006; one has allegedly disappeared in the custody of the security forces, while others have been tortured and arbitrarily detained.

Emergency regulations issued by the Sri Lankan President have been used to silence critical media and generally violate freedom of expression in Sri Lanka, including through detention without charge or trial for periods lasting up to 18 months.

218. Reform Facebook Regulations

The other day I received a Friend invite on Facebook from a lady I did not know, after checking profile, I accepted! Then I was sent to a page to choose possible new friends, since the choice was only two, I picked both! One accepted, no word from the other!

Shortly later Facebook blocked me from making any more invites, claiming I was inviting people I did not know! After accepting an invite from someone I did not know and responding in kind, I was blocked!

219. Deny visas to the Pakistani feudal lords

I am petitioning to all the Western Governments and specially the British Government to revoke visas and deny entry to all the feudals and the Ruling class from Pakistan against whom there is evidence of violation of Human Rights in Pakistan as the Pakistan Govt is complacent in their crimes against humanity.

220. Ratify ILO Convention No. 169

Affirming that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are equal to all other peoples, while recognizing the right of all peoples to be different, to consider themselves different, and to be respected as such; and

Recalling that Australia, in responding to the recommendations of the Universal Periodic Review at the United Nation’s Human Rights Council’s seventeenth session on 31 May 2011, committed to formally considering becoming a party to International Labour Organization Convention No. 169 concerning Indigenous and Tribal Peoples (ILO 169); and

Recalling that in April 2009, Australia supported the Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples ‘in the spirit of re-setting the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians and building trust’; and

Noting the positive effect that ILO 169 has had on those Indigenous peoples living within or otherwise impacted upon by those nation states that have ratified the Convention, including Norway.

221. Free "The Five Iranian Christian Converts" Mojtaba Hosseini, Mohammad-Reza Partoei (Kourosh), Vahid Hakkani, Homayoun Shokouhi and his wife Mrs. Fariba Nazemian

Five Iranian Christian Converts Receive Trial Date

Following a long wait and much uncertainty and after the judicial authorities rejected their appeal to be released on bail, five Christian converts in Shiraz officially received a trial date. They spent eight months after their arrest in prison with their fate unknown.

According to Mohabat News reporters, five Christian converts, who have spent eight months in prison, finally received a date for their trial through their lawyer.

Their trial, according to the announcement paper, is to be held on Monday, October 15, at 10 a.m. in Branch 3 of the Revolutionary Court in Shiraz. The names of the Christians are as follow, Messrs.. Mojtaba Hosseini, Mohammad-Reza Partoei (Kourosh), Vahid Hakkani, Homayoun Shokouhi and his wife Mrs. Fariba Nazemian.

The report received by Mohabat News indicates, these Christian converts are charged with "creating illegal groups", "participating in house church service", "propagation against the Islamic regime" and "defaming Islamic holy figures through Christian evangelizing".

Prior to this, on May 11, 2008, Mojtaba Hosseini and Homayoun Shokouhi had been arrested because of their Christian faith, together with eight other Christian converts in Shiraz. At that time, they were sentenced to five years in prison but released conditionally. One year from that suspended five year sentence is still remaining. It is believed that their prior case may also be reviewed in the trial that is to come.

Since their arrest, all five Christian prisoners are being held separately in wards where dangerous criminals like murderers and drug dealers are also being held in Adel-Abad prison in Shiraz. According to reports, Homayoun Shokouhi is being held in ward 10, which is believed to be the worst ward of all, Mohammad-Reza Partoei is in ward 11 and Mojtaba Hosseini and Vahid Hakkani are in ward 4, but on different floors. Also, Mrs. Fariba Nazemian is in the women's ward in the same place as feemale drug addicts and murderers.

Homayoun Shokouhi and his wife, Mrs. Fariba Nazemian, have two children, a 17 year old son and a 12 year old daughter. Their children are totally alone since their parents' arrest and are going through many difficulties.

It is noteworthy that their trial was set to be held between April 19 and 26. They were transferred to Revolutionary Court of Shiraz and were interrogated by Mr. Rezaei Dadyar in Branch Seven. They were told that some judicial officials have said that they would not accept any kind of bail for their temporary release.

These Christian prisoners' rights were also violated during their transfer to the court. As Mohabat News reporters witnessed, each time they were transferred with their hands and feet chained. This occurred although according to the regulations of the Prisons in Iran, prisoners of conscience should not be handcuffed or chained.

It should be remembered that security authorities raided a house on February 8, 2012, after they had identified it as a house church. The group of Christians who had gathered there to worship were ill-treated and eventually arrested. They were then taken in police cars to the detention center of the Intelligence Office in Shiraz, known as "Pelak 100", for interrogation.

It should be mentioned that harassment and discrimination against religious minorities has been a major Human Rights violation issue by the Islamic regime of Iran, during the last 30 years.

Regarding the situation of Christians in Iran, in the opening paragraph of its report, Fox News wrote that in a country like Iran where Christians are being pressured, the only way to secure the release of Christian prisoners is to continue the international pressure on the Iranian regime.

The Islamic government of Iran has increased its pressure on Iranian Christian converts during recent years. It has closed churches or prevented Farsi-speaking people from entering churches and uses all means to restrict and suppress "freedom of religion".

222. Free Fardin Moradpour

Fardin Moradpour is an political prisoner and activist for the rights of the Azerbaijanis in Iran. 21 year old Moradpour is serving six years of jail term since May 2010.

Fardin Moradpour undertook a hunger strike in protest at being severely beaten.

Association for Defence of Azerbaijani Political Prisoners in Iran (ADAPP) believes him to be a prisoner of conscience, held for the peaceful exercise of his right to freedom of expression.

Background Information:

On November 24, 2009, brothers Fardin and Morteza Muradpour were sentenced to 6 years and 3 years respectively, having been charged with "propaganda against the regime" and "threatening national security." Fardin Moradpour was additionally charged with "possession of explosives" for having fireworks in his pocket at the time of arrest.

Fardin Moradpour (18) was arrested during an Azerbaijani rights protest, which interrupted a government-sponsored fitness walk in El Goli Park in the city of Tabriz on May 22, 2009. He was detained while chanting Azeri language rights slogans and wielding signs that called for the establishment of Azeri-Turkic language schools.

Security forces responded by firing off their weapons directly into the crowd and shooting tear gas to disperse the protesters. Moradpour was struck and injured by a bullet and upon falling to the ground, a few fireworks explosives that were in his pocket went off, injuring him further. When Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) agents arrived on the scene, they prevented Moradpour from going to a hospital, claiming that he should "bleed to death."

Fardin Moradpour's father, Hasan Moradpour, later arrived on the scene after learning of his son's condition. After calling an ambulance for Fardin, he was detained and taken intoarbitrary custody by the MOIS for one month.

The following day Fardin's brother Morteza Moradpour, a university student who had been present in the El Goli protest but was not arrested, went to the local MOIS office in search of his father and brother. Upon arrival, he was immediately detained. He and his brother, Fardin, were held in arbitrary detention for 3 months only to be released for trial at a later date.

223. Free Bahai Member Hoshang Fanaayan

Hoshang Fana’ayan ( هوشنگ فنائیان ), a 49-year old Bahai imprisoned in Babol, is in poor health.

Earlier this year he suffered from kidney stones, and for the past 8 months he has suffered from pains in his neck and arm, and the doctor has said that the vertebrae of his neck and the muscles of his arm are out of place. However prison officials have not allowed him leave for medical treatment.

Hoshang Fana’ayan is a resident of Amol who was arrested on March 14, and is serving a 4-year sentence on charges of acting against national security, membership of the Bahai community and of Facebook, and writing letters to Iran’s Supreme Leader.

224. Free Mehdi Farahi Shandiz, Iranian Teacher And Labor Activist

Iranian teacher and labor activist Mehdi Farahi Shandiz was arrested in the first week of Januar, 2012 to serve a three-year jail term.

Mr. Shandiz had been previously detained on May 1, 2010 and had spent more than eight months in solitary confinement in the notorious Evin prison before being released on January 26, 2011.

Intelligence Ministry agents have arrested the 51-year-old teacher and labour activist Shandiz numerous times before.

While the ostensible basis for the conviction and prison sentence of Mr. Shandiz remain unclear, the fact that is that he is doubly vulnerable to persecution at the hands of the Islamic Republic regime's war against Iran's civil society by simple virtue of being both a teacher and a labor activist.

As for as labor activists are concerned, the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), has called for urgent action regarding the arrests of and acts of harassment against several Iranian trade unionists, including Shandiz, Shahrokh Zamani, Mohammad Jarrahi, Nima Pouryaghoub, Sassan Vahebivash, Sheys Amani, Sadiq Karimi, Sharif Sa’ed-Panah, Mozaffar Salehnia, Maysam Nejati-Aref, Ebrahim Madadi, Reza Shahabi, Mohammad Hosseini and Mehdi Farahi Shandiz.

As far as the plight of teachers, Zamaneh has recently reported:

Iran’s “Campaign to Support Jailed Teachers” has issued an announcement in protest against the “worrying situation” of teachers in Iran’s prisons.

Zamaneh reports that the Campaign made its announcement at the start of the academic year and in the run-up to World Teachers’ Day, aiming to be the voice of incarcerated teachers in Iran and rallying the public to demonstrate against how teachers are treated in the country.

The announcement calls on the Islamic Republic to heed the demands of teachers and urges all civil activists to become in every way possible the voice of “jailed teachers” between September 20 and October 5, World Teachers’ Day.

While pointing out the arrest of many teachers and the execution of Farzad Kamangar in 2010, the Campaign adds that many teachers are also being subjected to expulsion and exile, and being denied the right to participate in union activities.

In addition to the stated political persecution, the statement also indicates that many teachers in the provinces will be facing cuts to their salaries in the coming year, while nowhere in the country will educators be granted a raise.

Following the 2009 presidential elections, the government began a widespread crackdown on civil and political activists all across the country. Teachers have been one of the chief targets of government pressure including arrests, interrogations and prison sentences.

Names of some of the jailed Iranian teachers are: Mehdi Farahi Shandiz, Rasoul Badaghi, Abdolreza Ghanbari, Mohammad Davari, Abdollah Momeni, Ali Poursoleiman, Hashem Shabaninejad, and Hadi Rashedi.

225. Free Ali Pour Soleiman

Ali Pour Soleiman is a member of the Central Council of the Iranian Teachers' Organization. A prisoner inside Evin Prison's Ward 350, he has been in prison for almost a year without any furlough.

"We went to see Ali... Thank Good he was feeling a lot better, but he was sad to be behind bars on such a day. We cannot celebrate the Teacher's Day at all this year. We hope to celebrate when he gets out on 25 May, when he completes his sentence. We shall celebrate not just his release, but all our loved ones in prison," Pour Soleiman's mother told JARAS Website.

The teachers' rights activist was arrested in May 2011. He was severely beaten in prison and had to be transferred to hospital. After his hospital treatment, Ali Pour Soleiman was first transferred to IRGC's Ward 2-A, and then to Ward 350 at Evin Prison. His one-year sentence on charges of "propagating against the state" will end on 25 May. On Teacher's Day 2007, Iran's then Minister of Education and development, ordered the dismissal of Ali Pour Soleiman from his teaching position.

226. Free Mohammad Davari

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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Judicial authorities have imposed an exorbitant bail on Mohammad Davari, whose conditions continue to worsen in prison. In an interview with the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, Bijan Davari, Mohammad Davari’s brother, said his physical and psychological condition is seriously deteriorating.

“Though he exercised in prison and tried to keep up his spirits and when talking to us, he never talked about what he was going through, we can no longer deny that his physical illnesses are pressing him,” Bijan Davari told the Campaign.

Mohammad Davari is a journalist, former teacher, and former editor-in-chief of Saham News, a website affiliated with Mehdi Karroubi. He was arrested in 2009 after political opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi wrote a letter to head of the Council of Experts reporting the torture of political prisoners inside Kahrizak Detention Center. Security forces tortured Davari in prison, pressuring him to make televised confessions against Karroubi.

Bijan Davari told the Campaign that judicial authorities asked the family for a $400,000 bail collateral. “Really, even if our entire family came together, we would never be able to raise this amount. We can at best raise $100,000. He says himself, ‘I have not committed a crime. Therefore I will neither request a pardon, nor furlough. I only want my freedom.’ Nonetheless, we did make an effort, but the bail amount is too high. Since his imprisonment in 2009, Mohammad has not been granted even one day of leave. Our old mother travels from Bojnourd to Tehran to visit with him once every month,” he added.

Iranian authorities sentenced Davari to five years in prison, which in 2011 was increased to six years. The last year of imprisonment was added due to Davari’s inability to pay a $5,000 cash fine for a teachers’ protest he attended in February and March 2006. Davari is a union activist and member of the Central Council of the Iranian Teachers Association. He is also a disabled Iran-Iraq War veteran.

“Unfortunately, Mohammad has developed psychological problems. He also suffers from a heart condition and he has had problems with his teeth for a long time. They told us to provide the name of a doctor so that they would take him there. We gave the names of several doctors, but they did not agree to those physicians. But why didn’t they take him to a doctor of their own choice? Is it possible that a huge prison like that does not have a heart specialist? Forget about his teeth that are entirely decayed. Well, when he sees that nobody cares, he endures double psychological pressure. And there is nothing we can do. We don’t know whose advice to seek, whom to tell, and how to tell! We have no one in Tehran. All of us feel helpless about what to do. Mohammad had a lawyer whose work ended after his verdict was finalized. It is really unbelievable that Mohammad who is innocent should stay in prison for five years,” Bijan Davari told the Campaign.

“If we have freedom of expression and press, why should he be in prison? It is so painful that an innocent Mohammad should spend five years of his life in prison, and on the other hand, his situation is not reviewed. We cannot do anything, just to stand and watch,” he added.

227. Huduma bora Haki yetu

The roads in Kaptembwo have been in a very bad condition in a very long time. We have tried to contact the responsible Parties but they never take action instead they are insulting and calling us Names. Councilor Japhter Maina Maniga is the councilor Kaptembwo War 13.

We are now demanding our rights since its stated in the new constitution "Chapter 42" that every person has the right to clean and healthy environment. We are giving him two weeks to take action or else we will encourage the Kaptembwo residents to demonstrate and fight for our rights.

We have created petitions demanding immediate action failure to that the councilor is requested to step down. Please help us collect these signs

228. Immediate & Unconditional Release of Mohammad Abdollahian

Mohammad Abdollahian who is a Red Crescent volunteer in Ahar, Iran and helped lots of earthquake victims in last month got arrested and transferred to an unknown place tonight! he had an interview with BBC farsi and we are concerned about his safety and we strongly condemn BBC Farsi's irrisponsible act which endanger Iranians' life by revealing their names and location! this is not a faithful act of journalism!

Please spread the word!


محمد عبد الهیان، کارمند داوطلب صلیب سرخ که در جریان زلزله هریس کمک‌های فراونی به زلزله زدگان منطقه کرد و پس از مصاحبه‌ای با بی‌ بی‌ سی‌ فارسی‌ امشب از طرف وزارت اطلاعات به منطقه نامعلومی منتقل شده، ما کارکرد بی‌ مسولانه بی‌ بی‌ سی‌ فارسی‌ را بشدت محکوم می‌کنیم که آنها با علم اینکه اینگونه مصاحبه‌ها که محل زندگی‌ و اسم اشخاص را آشکار می‌کنند و آنها را در خطر دستگیری قرار میدهد و تابحال موارد متعددی از بی‌ بی‌ سی‌ فارسی و صدای آمریکا ملاحظه شده. ما خواستار آزادی محمد عبد الهیان هستیم و از بی‌ بی‌ سی‌ فارسی‌ برای این اعمال غیر اخلاقی‌ خواستار توضیح هستیم، نه توجیه!

229. FREE Iranian Student Activist Amir Garshasbi

* UPDATE CHRR 10 April 2013

Committee of Human Rights Reporters – On the afternoon of Tuesday April 9th around 35 political prisoners were unexpectedly released from Evin prison.

According to news provided to CHRR, Saman Hamidi, Amir Gorshasabi, Ghourbian, Sedaghat, Lahouti, Ali Shariati, Abolfazl Ghasemi, and Javad Zakeni are among the released.

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Student activist sent to jail

The Iranian judiciary has confirmed the prison sentences of Iranian student activist Amir Garshasbi.

The Kaleme website reports that Amir Garshasbi, an electronics student at Shiraz Sanati University, was handed a three-year sentence and has been transferred to Evin Prison to serve it out.

He was charged with “assembly and collusion with the aim of disturbing national security.”

Garshasbi was also arrested in December of 2009 in the mass protests against the controversial presidential elections that were marred by allegations of vote rigging.

230. FREE Baloch Teenage Political Prisoners Abdulwahab Rigi And Mehrollah Rigi

Two Baloch teenage political prisoners sentenced to death were transferred to exile prisons

HRANA 14 SEPTEMBER 2012

HRANA News Agency –Two Baloch teenage political prisoners sentenced to death by Iranian revolutionary court and were exiled to Qazvin and Semnan prisons. And, also there is no information about another Baloch teenage political prisoner.

According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), Abdulwahab Rigi was arrested in September 2010 when he was seventeen years old and he was exiled to Qazvin prison. Despite his young age, he is placed alongside dangerous criminals awaiting execution sentence.

Mehrollah Rigi was arrested in September 2010 in a raid by agents of the Intelligence Ministry when he was just 17 years old as well. He was sentenced to death in a few minutes after the court session had started. Currently, he is exiled to Semnan Prison awaiting his death sentence.

Meanwhile, there is no information about another Baloch teenage political prisoner, Mohamad Saber Malek Reisi with the charge of Moharebeh (Enmity against God) sentenced to 15 years in exiled prison.

PETITION :
FREE Mohammad Saber Malek Raisi
http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/free-mohammad-saber-malek-raisi.html

231. Δώστε στον Λαό τα ονόματα των δωροδοκηθέντων από την siemens

Καλούμε τους Έλληνες πολίτες αφού ενημερωθούν, με την παρακάτω πλήρως αναρτημένη επερώτηση που έχει ηδη κατατεθεί στον Πρόεδρο της Ελληνικής Βουλής (ΣΥΝΤ.69), από τον Δημήτριο Αντωνίου, την 04-09- 2012 με αρ. πρωτ.1972/04-09-2012 να την συνυπογράψουν.

Είναι το ελάχιστο που μπορούμε να κάνουμε αντιδρώντας στην συγκάλυψη των εθνοπροδοτών και διεφθαρμένων πολιτικών που καταχράστηκαν την εμπιστοσύνη του Ελληνικού λαού, προς όφελος των ξένων κατακτητών και διαφθορέων, υπερασπιζόμενοι το πολίτευμα και τα δικαιώματα των πολιτών της Χώρας.

Η συλλογή των υπογραφών θα κατατεθεί στον Πρόεδρο της βουλής.

προηγήθηκε αίτηση προς την βουλή του ιδίου με το ίδιο θέμα η οποία έτυχε αρνητικής απάντησης.
προβολή της απαράδεκτης απάντσης εκ μέρους της Βουλής στον παρακάτω σύνδεσμο.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=407060069348647&set=a.401388639915790.92322.401324656588855&type=1&relevant_count=1

232. Immediate & Unconditional Release of Iranian student activist Rashid Esmaili

Radio Zamaneh Mon, 09/10/2012

Iranian student activist Rashid Esmaili has been arrested by security forces in Esfahan.

The Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA) reports that Esmaili, an executive member of the student group Tahkim-e Vahdat, was arrested on Saturday September 8 without an arrest warrant.

According to the HRANA report, Esmaili was first arrested in December of 2009 while he was undergoing cancer treatment. He was banned from graduate studies in human rights at Allameh University and in recent months was involved in journalistic activities with various websites.

Advar News reports that Esmaili will be held by the Revolutionary Guards Security branch until his interrogation is complete.

Last June 17, international human rights organizations, including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, issued a joint statement expressing grave concern about the conditions for students at Iranian universities and the escalation of “arbitrary” arrests, as well as the expulsion of students and professors on the basis of their beliefs and political views.

According to the statement, since 2009 more than 600 students have been arrested and many are serving heavy prison terms. In addition, hundreds more have been banned from continuing their education on the basis of their political views and activities.

Iranian student activist Rashid Esmaili has been arrested by security forces in Esfahan.

The Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA) reports that Esmaili, an executive member of the student group Tahkim-e Vahdat, was arrested on Saturday September 8 without an arrest warrant.

According to the HRANA report, Esmaili was first arrested in December of 2009 while he was undergoing cancer treatment. He was banned from graduate studies in human rights at Allameh University and in recent months was involved in journalistic activities with various websites.

Advar News reports that Esmaili will be held by the Revolutionary Guards Security branch until his interrogation is complete.

Last June 17, international human rights organizations, including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, issued a joint statement expressing grave concern about the conditions for students at Iranian universities and the escalation of “arbitrary” arrests, as well as the expulsion of students and professors on the basis of their beliefs and political views.

According to the statement, since 2009 more than 600 students have been arrested and many are serving heavy prison terms. In addition, hundreds more have been banned from continuing their education on the basis of their political views and activities.

233. Immediate & Unconditional Release of Mahsa Amrabadi

UPDATE 23 JANUARY 2013 :

Iranian authorities have given furloughs to a number of political prisoners in recent days, including Nasrin Sotoudeh, Bahareh Hedayat, Mahsa Amrabadi (the wife of Masoud Bastani) and Bahman Ahmadi Amouyi.

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Journalist Mahsa Amrabadi, who is married to imprisoned journalist Massoud Bastani, was sent to Evin Prison on 9 May to serve her one year prison sentence.

In an interview with the International Campaign for Human Right in Iran, mother of Mahsa Amrabadi expressed shock about her daughter's sudden imprisonment. "Yesterday (Tuesday, 8 May), they called us from the Sentence Enforcement Unit and they said that Mahsa had to turn herself in the next day. I asked whether they wanted to send her to prison, but they did not reply. Mahsa went there with her father today and they sent her to prison at 1:00 p.m. Mahsa was prepared, so she had taken her bag of things and clothes. But I'm still dumbfounded and can't yet believe that she is gone. I thought like other times, she would come back again. I didn't even go to prison with her and say goodbye for the last time," she said.

Asked why after several summonses Mahsa Amrabadi was transferred to prison this time, her mother told the Campaign, "because the Judge in charge of the Sentence Enforcement Unit has changed and the new Judge believed that Mahsa should go to prison."

Journalist Mahsa Amrabadi was arrested in June 2009 and was released two months later on bail of $200,000. Branch 26 of Tehran Revolutionary Court sentenced her to five years in prison, 4 years of which were suspended and one year to be served, on charges of "propagating against the regime through interviews and reports." An appeals court later upheld Amrabadi's sentence in its entirety. Amrabadi's activities such as participating in Qur'an reading gatherings with families of political prisoners, interviews, and writing reports for newspapers, visits with independent Grand Ayatollah's, and defending her imprisoned husband were cited as evidence of her charges. Security forces arrested Amrabadi a second time during February 2011 demonstrations in Tehran, and she was subsequently released a few days later.

Journalist Massoud Bastani, Mahsa Amrabadi's husband, was also arrested in 2009. He was sentenced to six years in prison and $36,000 in cash fines. He is currently serving his prison term inside Rajaee Shahr Prison in Karaj and has been denied furlough since his arrest. Amrabadi occasionally spoke with media outlets about her husband's conditions.

Mahsa Amrabadi's mother stated that her daughter has been asked several times in the past to sign a letter, requesting pardon. "The former Judge of the Sentence Enforcement Unit asked Mahsa several times to write a letter, requesting pardon, but Mahsa said that if she wrote a letter requesting a pardon, she would be accepting the accusations made against her, and that she had not committed any crimes and did not accept her charges. She never agreed to writing such a letter," said Amrabadi's mother.

"This sentence is truly cruel for Mahsa. All Mahsa's activities were legal and she worked in this country's legal newspapers. All the accusations made against her are ridiculous and meaningless. In this country, criminals are free, and kids who care about the country are in prison," said Maryam Amrabadi.

"My request of Iran's judicial authorities is to review these cases one more time. Three years ago, there were those who wanted to create a state of crisis in the country. Now, if the authorities wish to end the crisis in the country, they should review these cases again and see whether the rulings they made were fair or not. I believe none of the sentences issued for these kids are fair," she added.

Stating that Amrabadi and her husband are no longer able to visit with each other, Maryam Amrabadi added, "The problem is that Massoud, Mahsa's husband, is at Rajaee Shahr Prison and Mahsa is at Evin Prison. Our minimum request is that they transfer her husband to Evin Prison, so that at least they can see each other once a week."

234. HALT the Deportation Of Bardia Taherpur From Holland To Iran

Bardia Taherpur in Danger of Deportation
from Holland to Iran

The Persian dissident Mojtaba (Bardia) Taherpur is in danger of deportation from Holland to Iran. He told "Persian Dutch Network” today, September 4th, that the Dutch Immigration Office has rejected his asylum request.

Taherpur, who was quite shocked, added: “IND has given me and my wife 28 days to leave the Netherlands.”

Taherpur problems began in 2005 when he was a student in Tehran. Iranian authorities prevented him from finishing his studies because of anti-government activities. Taherpur moved to Dubai to continue his studies and activities but during a short visit to his family in Tehran was sentenced to 1 month imprisonment and 80 lashes. Taherpur fled to The Netherlands through Turkey in November 2010.

Frank Wassenar, spokesman of Dutch Immigration Office (IND), did not give any details about the rejection of Taherpur’s case. “Based on the law we are not allowed to discuss personal cases,” he told “Persian Dutch Netwok” today.

Since his entrance to Holland, Taherpur has actively studied the Dutch language and is now a student of Hoogschool van Amsterdam. He has participated in various meetings of Persian opposition groups and also spoken at a demonstration in front of the Iranian Embassy in The Hague.

In 2011 Bardia Taherpur converted from Islam to the ancient Persian religion of Zoroastrianism. Because of an interpretation of Islamic law forbidding conversion and even punishing it with death, Tahrepur and his wife face potential harassment and even execution or sanctioned murder. His popular blog contains critical postings about Islam and the Islamic Republic in Iran.

Taherpur and his wife now live in an asylum camp in Almere.

SOURCE : Payvand Iran News 09/05/12
http://www.payvand.com/news/12/sep/1034.html

235. General and Complete Disarmament in 50 years

When was the idea of GACD born and why it died?

The idea of GACD was born before World War II, within the League of Nations, which devoted much time and energy for disarmament, although many governments doubted that extensive disarmament could be achieved or was even desirable in this time. The inability of the League of Nations to prevent the Second World War led to its dissolution in 1946. For some time it seemed as if GACD was buried forever.

The new international organization, the UN shifted the emphasis from GACD to peacekeeping mission in the armed conflicts by control of certain types of weapons, especially nuclear and protection of human rights, and humanitarian aid, etc. Thus, the idea of GACD, per se, was in fact forgotten. The security was set as the cornerstone, which, as shown by the post-war history, cannot be guaranteed by any amount of weapons and their proliferation. The GACD was sacrificed to security. However, we know that security in the ocean of arms is a very fragile ship with constant leaks and the threat of explosions in general.

In the 60's, the idea of GACD was revived again as phoenix from the initiatives of the USSR. In the history of the United Nations, only in 1962, the World Congress for GACD was held in Moscow. Revival of the GACD idea was fleeting (1959-1962) and soon it went into oblivion due to its uselessness for industrial civilization. It was partly because of lack of understanding of its fundamental precepts and partly because of its intangible content. The GACD had no place in the UN.

Now the GACD idea is dead firmly. The concept of "general and complete disarmament" is not exists even in the modern world encyclopedias: Wikipedia, Encyclopedia Britannica, etc. In the last five decades, the GACD has been suppressed by ever greater oppression of the arms race, the cost of which, under the pretext of security, grows each year by an incredibly huge amount. In fact, the GACD has been quietly moribund by the military industrial civilization. The GACD is being undermined because it poses an easier and viable solution to prevent conflicts at the expense of the vast military-industry complex that depends heavily upon building the weapons of war. However, there is a silver lining for the GACD. The complete nuclear disarmament launched the United States and Russia in 2009 is a good sign for the revival of GACD, but still only an elusive dream. The proposed petition can turn it into reality.

The profound cause of helplessness and death of the GACD idea is military industry understanding of peace without recognizing the merits of GACD and completely excluding the idea of world peace. Their objectives are temporary peace supported by the threat of military force. Therefore, any talk about GACD is not needed. Military-industrial civilization lives on the old and false militarist slogan “If you want peace - prepare for war.” This slogan transforms peace into a time of temporary period of rest between the wars and in preparation for the new wars. It profits only the military-industrial complex eliminating the prospect of global peace and GACD. This principle subordinates peace to war, turning peace into a slave of war. So have been the periods of peace to this day. Since the military-industry civilization has no other perspective for peace to view from, the prospect of GACD died in it.

The universal peace depends upon GACD, whereas the universality and freedom of war eliminates the need and possibility of GACD.

236. Immediate release of Iranian lawyers Abdolfattah Soltani, Mohammad Ali Dadkhah and Mohammad Seifzadeh

This letter will be sent to the Embassy of Iran in Dublin.

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237. Free Jila Baniyaghoob

Prominent Iranian journalist Jila Bani-Yaghoub has begun her one-year jail term at Evin Prison.

The Kaleme opposition website reports that Ban-Yaghoub, a prominent Iranian journalist and women’s rights activist, returned to Evin Prison on Sunday September 2 to serve out a one-year sentence.

She was arrested in 2009 during the election protests against the controversial victory of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Ban-Yaghoub was arrested along with her husband, Bahman Ahmadi Amouyi, another journalist, who is currently in jail serving a five-year prison term.

In addition to her one-year jail term, Bani-Yaghoub has also been banned for 30 years from media activities for the charge of "propaganda against the Islamic Republic and insulting the president."

The Islamic Republic government has arrested and jailed many journalists in reaction to the 2009 protests.

Reporters Without Borders has been consistently speaking out against the treatment of journalists in Iran, and in its latest statement, the press-rights group reports that with 26 journalists and 18 netizens in jail, Iran only trails China as the biggest prison for journalists.

238. Free Baha´i Musician and Composer Behnam Rohani Fard

Behnam Rohani-Fard, a Bahai Musician and composer who had resided in Tehran for some time traveled to the city of Yazd to participate in the mourning ceremony arranged for one of his family members. In the morning hours of Monday, October 12, Mr. Rohani-Fard was detained by Intelligence agents while driving in his private car; he was taken to an undisclosed location.

In repeated follow-ups made by Mr. Rohani-Fard’s wife, she was told that her husband would be released in one week and his detentions was related to his change of residence, as well as chanting religious Bahaei songs.

Readers are reminded that Mr. Rohani-Fard was a target of investigation by agents from the Intelligence Ministry in March 20 of this year. During the investigation, Mr. Rohani-Fard’s computer and some of his personal effects were confiscated. The agents carried a search warrant and an issued sentencing for a one-year suspended jail term, effective for the next four years.

SOURCE : Iranian.com

239. Stop recruitment of Child Soldiers

Families all over Africa in areas of conflict are being killed by their own children, or begging for their children to return.

They are likely to carry on their hatred to adulthood and then pass it on to their kids and future generations.

240. FREE SALAH AL-SHOGRE, 17-YEAR-OLD BROTHER OF SYRIAN HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST ANAS AL-SHOGRE!

A 17-year-old boy, Salah al-Shogre (or al-Shogri), brother of a detained activist, was arrested on 28 July in Syria and has been held incommunicado since then. His whereabouts are unknown, and he may be at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.

Salah al-Shogre and his father were stopped at a check point on 28 July, near their home in the coastal city of Banias. According to a relative who lives outside Syria, both Salah al-Shogre and his father were taken to the political security branch in Banias, where Salah al-Shogre was separated from his father for questioning.

Salah al-Shogre’s father asked the security forces where his son had been taken, and was told: "If you want to see your son, go to Tartus." The authorities have given no reasons for his arrest, or revealed where he is, but an unofficial source has told Salah al-Shogre’s family that he is being held at the Military Security branch in the city of Tartus.

Amnesty International is not aware of the reasons for Salah al-Shogre’s arrest. His older brother Anas, who had organized demonstrations in Banias, has been held in incommunicado detention since May 2011. If Salah al-Shogre is held solely in connection with his brother’s activism, he would be a prisoner of conscience and Amnesty International would call for his immediate and unconditional release.

International standards require that detainees' families are notified promptly after their arrest, and that detainees have access to lawyers of their choice throughout their detention and are allowed to communicate with their families.

Salah al-Shogre’s brother, Anas al-Shogre has been detained incommunicado since May 2011 at an unknown location. The authorities have not told his family why he has been detained, and it is not known whether he has been charged. According to Syrian human rights activists and a network responsible for planning and organizing protests, the Local Coordination Committees in Syria (LCC), Anas al-Shogre played a major role in organizing protests in his city of Banias and telling the media what was happening on the ground.