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Joint letter in support of UNGA resolution on Human Rights in Iran

29 NGOs supported the 2016 UNGA resolution on human rights situation in Iran in a joint letter to Member States of the United Nations General Assembly


Politically-motivated executions are the gravest violation of the right to freedom of expression, and foster a climate of fear in which individuals and group self-censor, further limiting freedom of expression in the country.

Rights groups condemn recent execution of Kurdish prisoners and call for an immediate moratorium on all executions in the Islamic Republic of Iran
Iranian authorities must immediately put a halt to the execution of Kurdish political prisoners and prisoners of conscience, 22 human rights organizations stated. These organizations also urged for an immediate moratorium on the death penalty and a right to due process and fair and public retrials for all prisoners sentenced to death.


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30th session of the HRC (September 15)

Truth and Justice in I.R.Iran


Parallel Event

Parviz Dastmalchi "Mykonos Terrorist Attack", Parvin Hemmati "Justice for the Mass Executions in the 1988"
Jaleh Tabrizi: "Water Pollution in Azerbaijan I.R.Iran",
Pooyan Fatemi: "New Methods in Managing Waste"


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Südwind Written Statement

Honour Killing in Iran’s Kurdish Regions

June 2015

In the Islamic Republic of Iran, research and report on honour killings, like research and report in many other social issues related to violence against women is categorised as part of a threat to the national security. Therefore, at the national level, reliable and accurate statistics are rare. However, women activists in Kurdistan have managed to do some work on this issue and for this reason, sample examples in this report come exclusively from the Kurdish areas.
Honour killing is not an act of violence by one man against a woman. It is a set of male-dominated system which demonstrates itself in forced marriages, early marriages, female virginity, female genital mutilation, acid attack, deprivation from education, all of which systematise social relations between men and women. The killing of a woman is related to the man’s honour to sustain the system of male domination.


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Statement endorsed by United for Iran, All Human Rights for All in Iran, Iran Human Rights Documentation Center, International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, Impact Iran, Ensemble contre la peine de mort (ECPM), Center for Supporters of Human Rights , Association of Human Rights in, Kurdistan of Iran-Geneva, Arseh Sevom , Abdorrahman Boroumand Foundation

Iran should heed the UN and end illegal house arrest of opposition leaders

On four-year anniversary of house arrest, human rights groups call on international community to speak out

The Iranian government should release opposition leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi, Mehdi Karroubi, and Zahra Rahnavard from their extra-judicial house arrest in compliance with the opinion by the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, 10 human rights organizations stated today on the fourth anniversary of the political leaders' detention. These rights organizations (listed below) also urged the international community to continue to call on the Islamic Republic of Iran to heed the opinion of the Working Group to immediately and unconditionally end the illegal house arrest of the political leaders.


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Families of Iranian Political Prisoners Protest Violent Crackdown in Evin Prison
Families of political prisoners demonstrated outside the presidential office in Tehran on April 22 to protest what they say was a brutal raid and called on authorities to investigate the incident. According to them and reports from inside Iran, at Tehran’s Evin Prison security guards in Ward 350, supported by agents of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps and the Intelligence Ministry, had stormed on April 17 the cellblock in a violent clash that left more than 30 detainees injured, some seriously. It has been reported that at least 32 individuals from Ward 350, where many political prisoners are held, have been transferred to solitary confinement in Ward 240 of the prison.

According to these reports and international Iranian media, some of the assailants had put on glasses and had covered their faces. The prisoners were moved through a human tunnel and were beaten as they were moved in that tunnel. According to Iranwire.com, Omid Behroozi, a lawyer, and Esmail Barzgari, a musician, had been hospitalized with ruptured blood vessels and broken ribs and later placed in solitary confinement, tied to their beds. Other prisoners are reported to have been injured, but it is not clear whether they have received medical treatment inside the prison. The head of Iran's Prisons Organization, Gholam Hossein Esmaili have been quoted in the state-run media in the evening on April 22 that the incident was an inspection to find electronic devices, which had been used to spread "false information to Iranian journalists and media abroad. The state television aired footage it said was taken on the day of the incident, showing the protest of prisoners such as the well known Iranian imprisoned human rights lawyer, Abdolfattah Soltani, at one cell.


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Iranian-Kurdish Human Rights Lawyer Masoud Shamsenjad Faces Iran Propaganda Charges
Iranian-Kurdish human rights lawyer Masoud Shamsenjad is accused on "propaganda" charges and contact with foreign media”.

Masoud Shams Nejad, an attorney and professor at Payam Nour and Azad universities in Orumieh, was arrested on Thursday May 9, 2013. He has defended several Iranian Kurdish political prisoners, including Ali Ahmad Soleiman, Habib Afshari, Hossein Khezri and death row inmate Habibollah Golparipour.

The continuing harassment and arrest of Iranian defence lawyers not only violates their rights, but those of their clients, who are finding it increasingly difficult to find legal representation because of the deterrent effect of such arrests.


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Iran arrests studying abroad student on charges of spying

Hamid Babaei was a PhD student at the University of Liege, in Belgium. Shortly, after returning to Tehran to visit his family, he was summoned to the Intelligent Service of Iran for questioning in July 2013


Hossein Ronaghi’s Father Write a Letter to Peresident of Iran Rouhani

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IRAN DELIVERS “DEVASTATING” BELOW TO PASTOR SAEED ABEDINI – REJECTS APPEAL, AFFIRMS 8-YEAR PRISON SENTENCE
An appeals court in Tehran rejected the appeal of American Pastor Saeed Abedini, a U.S. citizen, and refused to reduce his 8-year prison sentence


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Critical health situation of Mr. Shahin Dadkhah in Evin Prison
Shahin Dadkhah, the former advisor of Hassan Rohani at the Supreme National Security is in critical health situation.
Despite the recognition of the Evin Prison`s clinic to take him to the hospital, the Prison authorities refuse to take him for further specialized treatments. It is said that the authorities of the Ministry of Intelligence and National Security have prevented his removal to hospital. Shahin Dadkhah is suffering from kidney failure.


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Mustafa Daneshjoo refuses medical treatment in hospital / Reza Shahabi on medical treatment strike for second week
Mostafa daneshjoo‘s health condition is very critical in Evin Prison. He has been the lawyer of Gonabadi Dervishes.
Mostafa Daneshjoo suffers from respiratory disease and cardiac arrhythmia. He refused being taken with hand’s chain to hospital.


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Siavash Hatam was released and Mohammad Reza Noori was given aleave from Evin prison at 21 august 2013
Siavash Hatam, one of the political prisoners in Evin Prison, a student activist and former director of the Islamic Association of students at Bu-Ali Sina University of Hamedan was released at 21 august 2013.


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Mr. Rouhani, please hear our voices!

Mansoureh Behkish’s open letter to Iran’s new president, Hassan Rouhani
On Saturday, August 3, 2013, you were confirmed as the president of the Islamic Republic of Iran and subsequently were sworn into the office. During the inaugural ceremonies, you stated that the president represented everyone in the country. As an Iranian, I find it necessary to point out that you don’t represent those of us who didn’t participate in the presidential election. We believe that elections aren’t free in Iran because the basic process of nominating and selecting a candidate is not democratic; there is no freedom of speech in the country, and people are not free to form and participate in political organizations.


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Trade unionist Reza Shahabi in strike on medical treatment in jail
According to Südwind journalist,Vandad Oladiazimi,Reza Shahabi,a member of director's board of the drivers' trade union of great Tehran and it's Suburb,who has been imprisoned on political charges since June 2010,is refusing medical treatment to protest against the prevention of treatment in hospital,his poor medical care,insolence of the prison's medical doctor and abuse by prison guards against him at the Evin prison.


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An Iranian political prisoner is sentenced to 27 years of imprisonment
Mansur Zardui,a Kurdish political prisoners,is sentenced to 27 years behind bars on political charges by the Enghelab Court and was sent to a prison of Paveh town.


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The mothers of four Ahwazi activities asked the world to protect their sons

The mothers of four Ahwazi cultural activities from Shadegan city in Ahwaz , who recently sentenced for the death row sent a letter to the Ahwazi Human Rights activities to ask them to publish their letters and ask the world to save their sons lives.


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Nima Ebrahimzadeh, son of labor activist Behnam Ebrahimzadeh, is in critical condition in hospital
According to the report by the “peace campaign activists in exile” Nima Ebrahimzadeh, who was diagnosed with cancer and is the son of labor activist Behnam Ebrahimzadeh, had a septic shock resulting from emergency hospital admissions test. Before his son’s breakdown the labor activist was not given more extension days in order to be by his son’s side at the hospital.


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Ahead of presidential election in Iran

Thousands of Iranian gmail users targeted in attempted hacks
Google says it has detected and stopped thousands of phishing attacks targeting email accounts of Iranian users ahead of the 14 June presidential election.

In an online statement, the firm said it had noticed a "significant jump" in the region's overall volume of phishing activity in the last three weeks before the election.


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Urgent letter from Ahwazi Arab sentenced to death
In an urgent letter addressed to all human rights organizations and the international community the Ahwazi cultural activist, Hashem Shabani, claims his and the convictions on his fellow sufferers were based on “false accusations” by the Iranian intelligence service, who threatens the future of highly educated young people by bringing them to the gallows.

The teacher Hashem Shabani was originally sentenced to death in 2012 together with Mohammad Ali Amouri, Sayed Jaber Alboshoka and his brother Sayed Mokhtar Alboshoka and Hadi Rashidi (or Rashedi). They were convicted of charges including “enmity against God and corruption on earth”, “gathering and colluding against state security” and “spreading propaganda against the System".


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Killed blogger’s mother emphasizes her announcement to stage a sit-in in front of the Supreme Leader's residence

Two weeks after she published a video addressing the Iranian supreme leader Khamenei to investigate her son’s murder, Gohar Eshghi, the mother of the in 2012 under torture killed blogger Sattar Beheshti, confirms her intention to stage a protest.


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Iranian border guards kill 10 Afghans
According to local authorities in western Farah province of Afghanistan, dozens of Afghan civilians were killed and injured by Iranian border protection security forces.

A local security official speaking on the condition of anonymity said the deceased civilians entered illegally Iran territory on Friday morning, May 9, to find a job and ten were shot dead and 9 were injured.


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Young Ahwazi Arab is in serious condition after he set himself alight

The Ahwazi Center For Human Rights reports that Mehdi Mojadam, the young Ahwazi Arab, who set himself on fire in protest against unemployment in front of the entrance door of governor's building in April, is in very critical condition.

He was taken to the Taleghani hospital of Ahwaz, but there he has been insulted and then interrogated by the intelligence forces, who also threatened his family members with jail if they don’t remain publicly silent.


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Ten in Evin prison punished by solitude
According to the "Campaign for Peace Activists in Exile" ten prisoners of section 350 of the Evin prison were transferred to solitary confinement in section 240. The transfer was caused by verbal conflicts with Mozaffar Musavand and Javad Momeni, responsible authorities of the Evin prison.


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Detained workers in Sanandaj in unsettled legal position
According to a report by the “committee of coordination to help founding workers” Ghaleb Hosseini and Ali Azadi, the two arrested labour rights’ activists and committee members, are kept captive since more than two months now - despite authorities having completed their investigation. The Intelligence Bureau refuses to send their cases to the court and doesn’t respond to queries by their families.


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Secret group executions inside the central prison of Birjand
According to a report by activists of the organization "Human Rights and Democracy in Iran" on Saturday in a medieval act against humanity a number of prisoners were secretly executed in the central prison of Birjand.

On Saturday morning a unknown but larger number of prisoners were secretly hanged inside the central prison of Birjand. Among those executed was Ali Arang, 31 years old and since three years detained in prison. The exact number of executed prisoners is not yet known, but a relative said several people were executed.


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Student and activist Mehi Bigdeli barred from continuing with his University studies
Mehi Bigdeli, political activist and student in the field of philosophy and Islamic studies, got dismissed after studying two semesters at the Science and Research University of Tehran.


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Former Iranian nuclear negotiator denied visitation in Evin prison

According to the “peace activist in exile campaign”, Dr. Shahin Dadkhah, a former advisor to the Supreme National Security Council, is banned from having visitors or a leave from Evin prison due to his arrest under a pseudonym. The former member of the Iranian nuclear negotiating team has been sentenced to seven years in prison on charges of spying.


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Student activist Peyman Aref arrested again on April 22
According to the Human Right Activists News Agency Iran (HRANA) activist and journalist Peyman Aref, a student of political science at Tehran University and a member of the Alumni Association, got arrested on April 22 at 6 pm while security forces stormed his house.


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Detained blogger’s family is appealing for help from UN’s High Commissioner and Special Rapporteur
After more than seven months of watching their son and brother in an Iranian jail cell without any clear charges or a court trial and for crimes they claim he didn’t commit, the family of blogger Kaveh Taheri is pulling out all the steps for their sibling’s release.

Kaveh Taheri, a blogger born in 1982, has been held at Adel Abad Prison in Shiraz since last year. He faces charges of "acting against national security" and "creating public anxiety in the virtual space. For a living he was working at a clothing store in Shiraz.


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Fifteen-year-old Ahwazi teenager killed in Ahvaz

Iran’s Ahwazi Arab minority remains a topic of concern for human rights organisations

According to the committee of Human Rights Reporters (CHRR) the 15-year old teenager, Morteza Soweidi, was killed by gunshot wound to his head on Friday, April 12, during a demonstration against the demolition of residential homes. Security forces also arrested two other citizens.

According to CHRR, the security forces had emerged with bulldozers in the Seyed Mousa district to continue the destruction of illegal homes. The residents demonstrated against the demolitions. In the clash after Morteza Soweidi´s death, the boy lived alone without parents, the security officials arrested two of his relatives. Other relatives confirmed to the CHRR that the 15-year old Morteza Soweidi lost his life by a gunshot wound and identified the killer as Colonel Chabok Sawar.


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Blogger and poet Reza Akvanian arrested
Reza Akvanian, blogger, poet, writer and human rights activist was detained by security agents on Sunday March 24, 2013 at approximately 3am. Reza Akvanian works as a writer for the blog “salhaye khoobe zendegi” (life’s good years).

According to the Committee of Human Rights Reporters Akvanian, after being held incommunicado for 2 weeks, was finally allowed to receive a visit from his family on Saturday April 6th. According to his family, bruising and signs of beatings were visible on Reza Akvanian’s body due to the severe physical pressure by agents to obtain a false confession.


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Protesters demand release of labour activists in Sanandaj

Activists are being held purely for their union activities, and must be released immediately and unconditionally

The Coordination Council for the Support of Labour Organization announced on Monday April 1 that on the previous two days, the families of detained labour activists joined with other members of the public to gather in front of the Sanandaj Revolutionary Court and demand the detainees’ release. In March several labor activists were arrested due to their union activities.


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Shirin Ebadi´s monthly report on the human rights situation in Iran (February to March 2013)

Shirin Ebadi on the undiplomatic and impolite behaviour of Mohammad Javad Larijani
In her latest monthly report, Shirin Ebadi, propounds the behaviour of the Iranian Government’s envoy at the meetings of the United Nations Human Rights Council. She describes the undiplomatic and impolite behaviour of Mohammad Javad Larijani, the Iranian Government’s representative at the UN Human Rights Council, and calls on the Iranian state officials to replace him with someone more polite and proper behaviour.


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Zahedan’s political prisoner’s message to the pP5+1 countries and nuclear negotiators
A group of political prisoners in Zahedan's prison called, through an audio massage, the p 5+1 countries, demanding the negotiators` attention on the fulfillment of the obligations by the Iranian government to respect the liberty and civil rights of political prisoners.


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FCO calls for release of Iranian opposition figures

Alistair Burt calls for release of Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, who have spent two years under house arrest in Iran.


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UN experts call on Iran
to stop journalist arrests and release those detained


GENEVA (5 February 2013) – A group of United Nations independent human rights experts* called on Monday for the Government of Iran to immediately halt the recent wave of mass arrests of journalists and to release those already detained.


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Ms. Mansoureh Behkish of Mourning Mothers of Iran - Summoned to Prison
The Iranian League for the Defence of Human Rights (LDDHI) informed that Ms. Mansoureh Behkish, a supporter of the “Mothers of Park Laleh” (the “Mourning Mothers” of Iran), also known for fighting against the death penalty, has to serve a prison sentence.



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