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Monthly Report – A Review of the Human Rights Situation in Iran (3)

Monthly Report – A Review of the Human Rights Situation in Iran (3) | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
 
The following is a monthly report summarizing the human rights status in Iran in October / November (Solar calendar, month of Aban), 2014. This report has been prepared by the office of Statistics and Publications of the Human Rights Activists Association of Iran. Considering the ongoing s
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Sixteen hanged after 14 Iranian border guards die in attack - DAWN.COM

Sixteen hanged after 14 Iranian border guards die in attack - DAWN.COM | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

“Sixteen rebels linked to groups hostile to the regime were hanged this morning in the prison of Zahedan in response to the death of border guards in Saravan,” Mohammad Marzieh, the attorney general of Sistan-Balochistan province, was quoted as saying by Fars news agency.

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Saravan lies in the southeastern province of Sistan-Balochistan near the Pakistani border and is home to a large community of minority Sunni Muslims, unlike the rest of Shia-dominated Iran.

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The group says it is fighting for the rights of the ethnic Sunni Balochis who make up a significant part of the Iranian province’s population.

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Three people executed in the central prison of Zahedan, body found in Pahra

Three people executed in the central prison of Zahedan, body found in Pahra | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Zahidan : 

The, Human Rights and Democracy in Iran, has reported that three prisoners were hanged in central prison of Zahedan, capital city of Iranian occupied Balochistan on Saturday....

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STOP Executions In IRAN !

STOP Executions In IRAN ! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

5 Five ‘crimes’ that can get you killed
#DeathPenalty #Executions #CapitalPunishment #Iran 



1. Consensual sexual relations outside marriage: 

* In Iran at least 10 individuals, mainly women, remain on death row having been sentenced to stoning for the crime of “adultery while married”.

2. Trafficking drugs : 

* Likewise, more than 70 per cent of all officially acknowledged executions in Iran in 2012 were for drug offences.

3. White-collar crimes : 

* In Iran, four men were sentenced to death in July 2012 after conviction of corruption and “disrupting the country’s economic system” for their role in a massive bank fraud.

4. Opposing the government : 

* In 2012, Iran’s Supreme Court upheld the death sentence imposed on Gholamreza Khosravi Savadjani under charges of “enmity against God” for his alleged ties to a banned Iranian opposition group, the Peoples’ Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI). He was originally only sentenced to a prison term and his death sentence came after two re-trials.

5. Offending or abandoning religion : 

* In Iran, web programmer Saeed Malekpour was sentenced to death in 2010 for “insulting and desecrating Islam” after a software package he had developed was used without his knowledge to post pornographic images online. His death sentence was reportedly suspended in December after he entered a plea in which he "repented" for his actions, a claim disputed by his family.

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Iran blocks use of tool to get around Internet filter

Iran blocks use of tool to get around Internet filter | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
DUBAI (Reuters) - Iranian authorities have blocked the use of most virtual private networks, a tool that many Iranians use to get around an extensive government Internet filter, Iranian media quoted an...
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Iraqi Forces Involvement in Camp Liberty Attack Confirmed

Iraqi Forces Involvement in Camp Liberty Attack Confirmed | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Deadly Attack on Camp Liberty

The initial investigation into deadly attack on Camp Liberty on 9th of February confirms that Iraqi security systems were involved in the attack which left 7 dead and over a 100 injured, an Iraqi website reported.

 

Voice of Iraq radio quoted a member of the Investigation Committee in the Iraqi Parliament on Sunday (February 17) on the condition of anonymity that: "The investigation includes commanders of the military forces responsible for the security of the region where camp Liberty is located."

He confirmed that members of the Iraqi National Coalition (the coalition forming the Iraqi government of Nouri Al-Maliki) is preventing the investigation on the attack and have a tendency to put the blame on the terrorists."

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"The Iraqi National Coalition tried to put the blame on so called Mokhtar Army, but other committee members reject the idea and consider the Iraqi Security systems is responsible."

Colonel Wesley Martin, chief anti-terrorism officer in Iraq, in his speech at a conference in Paris on the 11th of February stated:

Rocket Attack a Professional Military Operation

 

"Please allow me also to speak not only as a former camp commander of Ashraf but as the first anti-terrorism officer for all coalition forces in Iraq.

This rocket attack was a professional military operation. It could not have been done by a militia or a rogue element. To land scores of rockets in such a small location requires reconnaissance, ground surveys and a lot of practice. This was a Quds force operation working with the Maliki government.

Now we have Kobler asking Maliki to investigate the event. That equates to asking Adolf Hitler to investigate the Holocaust."

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UNPO: Iranian Kurdistan: Deteriorating Human Rights Situation

UNPO: Iranian Kurdistan: Deteriorating Human Rights Situation | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

..."The talks are an opportunity to press the human rights case. The international community urgently needs to press for a moratorium on executions and encourage the relevant Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council to seek invitations for the UN Special Rapporteur on Iran, Ahmed Shaheed, to visit Iran. 

"Sustainable peace and stability in Iran and the Middle East can not be achieved as long as Iranian people’s human rights are not secured."

While the latest round of P5+1 talks was taking place in Geneva from mid-October, IHR has documented 90 executions. Fifty of these were carried out in ethnic areas of Iran or were members of ethnic minorities executed in central parts of the country. They included three Kurdish and 17 Balochi prisoners convicted of Moharebeh, enmity with God, which is a charge commonly used against opponents of the government.

Many other non-Persian political prisoners are also facing imminent execution, including three Ahwazi Arabs who gave forced confessions on the government’s Press TV channel allegedly following months of torture in the custody of the intelligence services.

Religious minorities also continued to suffer violent persecution while the world concentrated on talks over the nuclear issue. Following raids on 14 Baha’i homes in the Iranian city of Abadeh in October, residents were interrogated by government agents who told them to leave town or face being summoned the occupants for questioning and told them to leave town or they would be knifed to death in the street.

Christians, Alawites and Sunnis are also subjected to continued persecution and state violence in spite of President Rouhani’s pledge to allow greater freedom of worship.

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مترجم - السبب الحقيقي وراء العدوان الاسرائيلي على سورية| America's BOGUS justifications for war!

اتحاد القنوات السورية على اليوتيوب شبكة منقول الإخبارية,شبكة اخبار طرطوس,شبكة شام المؤيدة,الصفحة الداعمة للسيد الرئيس بشار الأسد,شبكة أخبار حمص,حلب نيوز،من أ...
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FREE All Political Prisoners & Prisoners of Conscience in Iran

FREE All Political Prisoners & Prisoners of Conscience in Iran | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

.....1) We the undersigned demand the immediate and unconditional release of ALL Political Prisoners & Prisoners of Conscience in Iran ! 

2) We demand the prison authorities, all government forces, agents, police, and basij to stop the inhumane torture of Iranian citizens in prison in Iran!

3) We demand for ALL political prisoners & prisoners of conscience to receive urgently needed medical care for the torture wounds inflicted by prison authorities. ....

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UNPO: Iranian Kurdistan: Protesting Sexist Punishment

UNPO: Iranian Kurdistan: Protesting Sexist Punishment | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Kurdish men and women in Iran have cross-dressed to protest a ‘sexist’ punishment where a man was sentenced to be paraded down the street in female clothing.

Below is an article published by gaystarnews: 

Kurdish men from the Marivan County in the Kurdistan province of Iran have launched a cross-dressing campaign to redress outmoded concepts of masculinity and femininity.

Over the last week, over 150 Kurdish men have posted photographs of themselves in women’s clothing to campaign against the sexist nature of a court sentence which led to the public humiliation of a man by dressing him in women’s clothing.

The campaign, entitled Kurd Men for Equality is a response to a sentence given to a convicted man by the Marivan County tribunal court on 15 April. The campaign's tagline reads: ‘Being a woman is not a way for humiliation or punishment.’

According to Saman Rasoulpour, the convicted man was paraded down the streets of Marivan in a red tchador (traditional Kurdish women’s clothing).

Rasoulpour stated that public humiliation is a common punishment for troublemakers.

Rasoulpour told us: ‘[In] this way, authorities are able to both demean the accused and deliver a warning to the public.’

However, Rasoulpour emphasized: ‘This is the first time in Iran that an accused is paraded in women’s clothes in the streets to humiliate him. It is unprecedented anywhere in Iran.’

In response to the judge’s sentence, a local feminist organization of Marivan called the Marivan Womens' Community held a protest against the misogynistic punishment. The protest brought one hundred women on the streets of Marivan in a civil resistance campaign for gender equality....

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BALOCH LAND: Forced Confession Of Baloch Political Prisoners In Iran

BALOCH LAND: Forced Confession Of Baloch Political Prisoners In Iran | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Zahidan : We fear their execution will happen soon, thus asking international community and human rights defenders to intervene and put pressure on the Iranian government to halt the prisoners’ execution and provide them open and fair trial with access to their own defense lawyers.

Iranian official television has broadcasted forced confession of some Baloch political Prisoners most of them were arrested in March, April and May 2012. They confess of their involvement in assassination of Mr. Mulavi Mostafa Jungozahi.

Most of the people in the region believe that Mulavi Janguzahi has been assassinated by the regime’s own security forces, in order to justify their plan for arresting Baloch activists and terrorizing people in Balochistan. Even Mulavi Mostafa Jangozahi's family members have rejected these people’s involvement in the assassination plot.

Given the regime’s fear of uprising by oppressed nationalities people against open discrimination, it is using its most fearful instrument of forceful confession and execution in the regions of oppressed nationalities. In the recent weeks the regime has convicted to death also Kurdish and Arab political prisoner in Iran. They also have been shown in TV where they have confessed their connection to foreign countries and assassinations.

It is the Iranian authorities’ normal practice in Balochistan to execute political prisoners after their forced televised confessions. We fear their execution will happen soon, thus asking international community and human rights defenders to intervene and put pressure on the Iranian government to halt the prisoners’ execution and provide them open and fair trial with access to their own defense lawyers.

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Spencer Haskins's comment, February 23, 2013 8:39 AM
The great people of Balochistan face oppression at the hands of not only Pakistan, but also Iran. All world powers and media who remain silent and do not act against these abuses are complicit in the crimes! SILENCE IS A WAR CRIME! RAISE YOUR VOICE FOR THE FREEDOM AND INDEPENDENCE OF THE BALOCH!
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Deadly bomb strikes Pakistani Shia pilgrims

Deadly bomb strikes Pakistani Shia pilgrims | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Nineteen people killed after bomb strikes pair of buses carrying Shia Muslims in southwest Balochistan province.
Spencer Haskins's insight:

1.  I do not usually post terrorism news....  I do here due to my hopes that minor changes might preclude these attacks in the future.

2.  A greater distance between the buses, and Shia pilgrims being less concentrated in their movements would make this more difficult.

3.  If these buses are devoted to a business of providing transport for Shia pilgrims exclusively, then that makes them targetable, a more diversified transport method might fetter attacks and limit casualties while providing more pilgrims a successful pilgrimage and greater religious expression/freedom.

 

4.  These changes in Shia activity are recommended not as an idictment of the Shiite population.  Sadly, sometimes the best method to avert intolerance is avoidance.  The Shia are categorically sinless in these attacks, they are victims.  Shiites must be protected!

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