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Bahrain Sentences 8 For Iran Ties

Bahrain Sentences 8 For Iran Ties | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
A Bahrain court has sentenced eight people to prison terms of up to 15 years on charges of plotting with suspected Iranian agents to topple the kingdom's ruling system.
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Three prisoners were executed in Iran today- 58 executions in 7 days in Iran - Iran Human Rights

Three prisoners were executed in Iran today- 58 executions in 7 days in Iran - Iran Human Rights | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Iran Human Rights, May 22: Three prisoners were executed in Shiraz (southern Iran) today.
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IRAN: Intelligence Ministry’s Agents Stationed In Ward 350 Of Evin Prison

IRAN: Intelligence Ministry’s Agents Stationed In Ward 350 Of Evin Prison | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

...This action was taken despite the fact that by law, Intelligence security agents are strictly prohibited from monitoring prisoners who are serving their sentence.

During the post-2009 presidential election events, scores of political activists, journalists, human rights activists, students, and many protesting citizens were arrested, and, after months of pressure, torture and solitary confinement were eventually transferred to Ward 350 of Evin prison and to Rejaei Shahr prison.

For months, Evin prison officials have banned phone use for the political prisoners in Ward 350.

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Female Political Prisoners In Evin Prison, Suffering From Illness And Are In Poor Health Condition

Female Political Prisoners In Evin Prison, Suffering From Illness And Are In Poor Health Condition | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

IRAN: Female political prisoners in Evin prison are suffering from illness and are in poor health. According to the families of political prisoners who met on Monday with women prisoners, during the last...

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IranFocus: Iran urges Bahrain to end 'suppression'

IranFocus: Iran urges Bahrain to end 'suppression' | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

20 April 2012
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“The most appropriate solution for Bahrain is to seriously pay attention to the demands of its people and end the suppression,” the deputy foreign minister in charge of Arab and African affairs, Hossein Amirabdolahian, was quoted as saying.

“Bahrain should pay serious attention to preparing the ground for effective and real talks” with the opposition, Amirabdolahian said after being asked why Bahrain insists on going ahead with the race while clashes have intensified. ....

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Exiled son of shah of Iran calls for Israel's help

Exiled son of shah of Iran calls for Israel's help | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

The exiled son of the toppled shah of Iran called on Israel not to bomb his home country, but rather to help the opposition to the ruling system, in an interview aired Monday on Israeli television.
Prince Reza Pahlavi told Israel's Channel 10 TV from his home in Washington that bombing Iran would play into the hands of the regime. Instead, he appealed for help saying the Jewish state should put its "technological, financial and other resources at our disposal."
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"The best thing you can do for the regime is to tell that, 'We are going to attack you,' or in fact attack you," he said. "You will be giving Khamenei and all his clique, when they have no answers anymore to the country's ills, the greatest gift of all by doing that. That is just crazy. That just doesn't make sense."

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Pahlavi called the current Iranian regime "fanatic," but said real Iranians would appreciate Israeli assistance rather than a strike against the nuclear sites, which he said could lead to all-out war in the region.
"Who in this planet doesn't know that there is a military option, but are there other options?" he said. "The best option is to utilize the best army in the world in place ready to strike, which is the Iranian people themselves. And if you don't help that, God help us all."

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One Iranian lawyer's fight to save juveniles from execution - the Guardian

As part of Amnesty International's 2012 death penalty campaign the Guardian and animators from Sherbet tell the extraordinary story of Mohammad Mostafaei, a ...
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Israelis rally to condemn Tel Aviv’s war plans against Iran

Israelis rally to condemn Tel Aviv’s war plans against Iran | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Hundreds of anti-war activists have rallied in Tel Aviv to warn the authorities of the Israeli regime against a potential military attack on Iran over its nuclear energy program.

The campaigners fear that mounting pressure on Iran can escalate into an all-out regional war, the effects of which will reverberate globally.

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Iran executed 670 in 2011, says U.N. investigator

Iran executed 670 in 2011, says U.N. investigator | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

GENEVA (Reuters) - Iran executed some 670 people last year, most of them for drug crimes that do not merit capital punishment under international law and more than 20 for offences against Islam, a United Nations investigator said on Monday.

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International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran – UN Report Documents “Striking Pattern of Violations”

International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran – UN Report Documents “Striking Pattern of Violations” | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

 (7 March 2012) The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran today welcomed the comprehensive report of the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ahmed Shaheed, as a significant document that gives voice to the victims of widespread violations. The Campaign called on the Iranian government to end its absolute lack of cooperation with UN mechanisms and its systematic violations of its international obligations and to work with the Special Rapporteur to address the human rights crisis in that country.

 

 Shaheed's 36-page report:  http://is.gd/QQwYRm

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PARTING WORDS: from the Seven Martyrs of Hamadan

A tribute to the seven Baha'i martyrs of Hamadan Iran who suffered imprisonment and endured cruel torture before finally sacrificing their lives for their religious beliefs on June 14, 1981.

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Iranians using proxy servers 10 times more than they were last year

Iranians using proxy servers 10 times more than they were last year | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Despite the partial Internet blackout in Iran, there is some evidence that people are still finding their way online.

 

AnchorFree VPN:  http://is.gd/C6F52j

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Signs build that Iran sanctions disrupt food imports | The Green Voice of Freedom

Signs build that Iran sanctions disrupt food imports | The Green Voice of Freedom | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

More evidence emerged on Tuesday of the crippling impact of new sanctions on Iran, with international traders saying Tehran is having trouble buying rice, cooking oil and other staples to feed its 74 million people weeks before an election.

New U.S. financial sanctions imposed since the beginning of this year to punish Tehran over its nuclear program are playing havoc with Iran's ability to buy imports and receive payment for its oil exports, commodities traders said.

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Iran confirms sending troops to Syria

Iran confirms sending troops to Syria | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
News, Mideast News: Islamic Republic admits its forces are aiding Assad's regime in crackdown on pro-democracy protesters; UN's tally of fatalities in Syrian uprising is at 13,000...
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UNPO Speaks Out Against New Arrests of Baloch People in Iran

UNPO Speaks Out Against New Arrests of Baloch People in Iran | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

In the past week reports indicate that the Iranian regime has arrested up to sixty Baloch people in the latest restrictions to be placed on the rights of the Baloch people to expression, free speech, and peaceful demonstration in the Islamic Republic of Iran. ....

 

It is therefore in the strongest possible terms that I condemn this latest arrest of up to sixty Baloch people over the past month in Iran. The ongoing targeted policies against the Baloch people, which has resulted in mass displacement, killings, disappearances and mass imprisonment in Balochistan must cease.

Furthermore, the discrimination against the Baloch population and the denial of their linguistic rights and access to education in their mother tongue must end if the root causes of such discontent are to be addressed in any meaningful way. I urge the Iranian authorities to account for the detained protesters, uphold Iran’s international obligations, and for the international community to arise their concerns with the Iranian authorities around the world.

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Iran: List of imprisoned journalists and bloggers

Iran: List of imprisoned journalists and bloggers | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

On December 1, 2011 the Committee to Protect Journalists has published a worldwide prison census for journalists, declaring the Islamic Republic of Iran “as the world’s worst jailer, with 42 journalists behind bars, as authorities kept up a campaign of anti-press intimidation that began after the country’s disputed presidential election more than two years ago.”...

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IRAN: Farshid Fathi, a Christian prisoner received a six year prison term

IRAN: Farshid Fathi, a Christian prisoner received a six year prison term | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

.... Although the details of his court session have not been published, a knowledgeable source according to the issued verdict said that the court announced his accusations as, "action against the regime's security, being in contact with foreign organizations and religious propaganda".

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Issuance of such an unjustified sentence by the Islamic Republic's judicial system for a Christian convert whose only crime is practicing his Christian faith, contravenes international laws and the Human Rights convention that the Islamic Republic has signed and is obliged to follow.

Farshid Fathi is currently held in the ward 350 of Evin prison. ...

Some 60 Christian citizens and members of house churches in Tehran and other cities were arrested during that highly coordinated and pre-organized attack by security authorities. The accusations announced to the families of these Christian detainees were as follows, conversion (apostasy), evangelism, having contact with Christian organizations.

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Sean Stone & Piers Morgan discuss Iran and its nuclear potential

Sean Stone, son of controversial director Oliver Stone, converted to Islam in Iran last week and says he's already experiencing a Hollywood backlash. The ceremony was held in Isfahan, where he is researching a documentary. He now goes by the name of Sean Christopher Ali Stone.

He told Page Six: ''I've already experienced the reverse of anti Semitism, having people within the film industry express a reluctance to work with me now that I have said a simple prayer, 'There is no God but God, and Mohammed is his messenger.' I am sure I have (bleeped) off some powerful people.'' Speaking over dinner at Barrio 47, Sean told us, ''Having read the Koran and having been around the Islamic culture, especially in Iran, I do believe that Mohammed is a Prophet of the same God worshiped by other religions....

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Iran Prisoner Information

Iran Prisoner Information | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Regularly updated list of prisoners of conscience and political prisoners in Iran.
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EU targets Iran's Internet snoops.....blacklisted.....

EU targets Iran's Internet snoops.....blacklisted..... | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

EU countries have banned the sale of Internet-snooping technology to Iran and blacklisted the country's top cyber-censors. ....

EU-based companies, such as the UK's Creativity Software and Finnish-German company Nokia Siemens Networks, have in recent years faced embarrassment for allegedly selling relevant hardware and software to Iran.

The list of items now designated by the EU measure includes: "deep packet inspection equipment ... semantic processing engine equipment ... speaker recognition/processing equipment ... pattern recognition and pattern profiling equipment ... semantic processing engine equipment ... [and] WEP and WPA code-breaking equipment." ....

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EU names 17 Iranians sanctioned over human rights

EU names 17 Iranians sanctioned over human rights | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
BRUSSELS/DUBAI (Reuters) - The European Union has imposed sanctions on 17 Iranian officials, including prominent members of the government and the judiciary it says play a key role in serious human rights...
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Mir Hossein Mousavi’s Daughter Was Involved In A Staged Car Accident

Mir Hossein Mousavi’s Daughter Was Involved In A Staged Car Accident | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
In the latest Intelligence Ministry’s agents’ harassment of detained opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi’s family, one of his daughters was involved in a staged car accident. Si...
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Iranian theocratic regime opens fire on peaceful rally in Balochistan

Iranian theocratic regime opens fire on peaceful rally in Balochistan | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Two innocent Baloch women killed and 3 wounded when Iranian occupying forces opened fire on a peaceful rally in Western Balochistan. The peaceful protest was organized by local women demanding basic rights.

According to details the peaceful women protest rally was going through the streets of Pashamg when the brutal forces of occupying Iranian theocratic regime showed up and opened indiscriminate fire on the participants. Two Baloch women died on the spot while 3 including 2 young children left badly wounded. Others managed to escape the firing.

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For a democratic secular Iran. For peace and prosperity in the Middle East.

For a democratic secular Iran. For peace and prosperity in the Middle East. | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Great Iran blog!

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Iran: Political Prisoners In Desperate Need Of Medical Care That Is Being Denied By Authorities

Iran: Political Prisoners In Desperate Need Of Medical Care That Is Being Denied By Authorities | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

There are a number of political prisoners in Evin and Rejaei Shahr prisons in poor and in critical health condition. For many, their repeated medical furlough has been denied.

The majority of these political prisoners entered the prison system healthy, but most now suffer various ailments caused by torture, poor prison diet and the unsanitary prison environment....

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