Event organized by the Olof Palme Center

Iran Info Days 26-28 November 2014
Ahmed Shaheed, Human Rights Council Special Rapporteur on Iran and Südwind representatives took part in an event on workers' rights in Iran. 30-40 participants, mainly from Swedish TUs and Swedish TU newspapers, participated. Also participants from SIDA (The Swedish International Development Agency), UD (The Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs) as well as other Swedish NGOs took part.

“Stop the executions” UN rights experts alarmed at the sharp increase in hangings in Iran
GENEVA (22 January 2014) – The United Nations Special Rapporteurs on the situation of human rights in Iran, Ahmed Shaheed, and on summary executions, Christof Heyns, today called on the Government of Iran to urgently halt the abrupt surge in hangings in the country since the start of 2014.

Human rights situations and reports in Third committee of General Assembly of United Nations
Human rights situations and reports of special rapporteurs
and representatives in third committee

Letter from 25 NGOs in Support of UNGA Resolution on Human Rights in Iran
We, the undersigned human rights and civil society organizations, write to urge your government to vote in favor of resolution A/C.3/68/L.57 on the promotion and protection of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran during the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly, scheduled to take place this Tuesday, 19 November 2013.

Open letter from USLAW to Ayatollah Sayed ‘Ali Khamenei in Iran

This letter is to express utmost outrage over the tragic death of Afshin Osanloo, a jailed Iranian labour activist and political prisoner. Prison authorities have announced that Mr. Afshin Osanloo suffered a heart attack on Thursday, June 20, 2013 in notorious Rajai-Shahr Prison in the City of Karaj. Afshin Osanloo was 42 years old and had no previous hearth problems. He was subject to severe torture during his incarceration since December 2010.

Amnesty International launches urgent action on critical condition of the Gonabadi dervishes Saleh Moradi and Kasra Nour
The two men imprisoned in Adel Abad Prison in Shiraz, south-west Iran, are in critical condition after a prolonged hunger strike protesting the harsh treatment of dervishes, including lawyers, in Tehran’s Evin Prison. They have been beaten, have lost consciousness several times, and are being kept alive by intravenous drips in prison.

Saleh Moradi and Kasra Nouri, are Gonabadi dervishes from the Nemattolah Gonabadi order, one of Iran’s largest Sufi orders. They started a “wet” hunger strike (taking water but not food) on 15 January in protest at the illegal transfer of seven dervishes, including lawyers, imprisoned without trial, to solitary confinement in Tehran’s Evin Prison. On 21 March, both men intensified their protest by entering into a “dry” hunger strike (refusing water as well as food). They have reportedly each lost 35 kilos and are thought to be in critical condition.

Iranian blogger attacked in New Delhi
Two unidentified motorcyclists mounted a vicious assault on Iranian blogger and peace activists in exile, Vandad Oladiazimi, on Wednesday, March 14 in New Delhi and left him wounded. The assailants reportedly went at Vandad with a hard object from behind. According to an Indian police report, the acitivist and his wife received anonymous telephone threats before the attack. The Indian police is trying to trace the person or persons who made threatening phone calls.

Iranian Government has confirmed the deaths of 13 Afghans in its territory
The head of the Afghan Foreign Affairs Department in Herat, Sayed Abdul Naser Yosufi, said that the Iranian Government has confirmed the deaths of 13 Afghans in its territory.

Iran has executed at least 13 Afghan nationals few months ago. The Afghans sentenced to death did not receive fair trials, the refugees were sentenced to death for drug trafficking. Their relatives told that they were all teenager Afghan boys and had gone to Iran for work purposes and were not drug smugglers.

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