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30th session of the HRC

RAHA Human Rights Awards
The RAHA Human Rights awards will be granted this Friday, September 18, to Narges Mohammadi, Bahareh Hedayat, Atena Farghadani, Atena Daemi, Saeed Madani, Behnam Ebrahimzadeh and Maryam Shafipour, honouring their work to support human rights in Iran. The seven recipients were selected by a special jury comprising the Nobel Prize laureate and human rights lawyer Shirin Ebadi as chairwomen, the co-founder and principal investigator of the Freedom Rights Project and former executive director of the International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights Aaron Rhodes and the Südwind board member and human rights lawyer Karolina Januszewski.


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28th session of the HRC

RAHA human rights award has been awarded to the member of National Council of Peace Kayvan Samimi
The Human Rights Awards Ceremony was held on March 17th in Geneva. In his absence his colleague Mehran Barati accepted the award. Kayvan Samimi is the managing editor of the banned Nameh monthly, a member of National Council of Peace, a committee formed in 2007, by a call from human rights Nobel laureat, Shirin Ebadi, and in response to increased foreign threats about IRI's nuclear program. Their motto: No to War, Yes to Human Rights. Samimi is serving a six year prison term in the I.R. Iran plus deprivation from political activities for life.

Samimi, who was born in 1948 in Abadan, is also a member of the Committee for Follow-up on Arbitrary Arrests, Committee for Defending Citizen Rights and Committee for Defending Education Rights. He is furthermore co-founder of the Kharabat website, now blocked by authorities. He was among political activists arrested through post-election riots in 2009 and was tortured during interrogation. Samimi was arrested just one day after the presidential election on charges of questioning the official tally and attending protests. Front Line believes that his arrest was directly related to his legitimate work in defence of human rights. On February 2, 2010, Samimi was sentenced to six years in jail plus deprivation from political activities for life. He was found guilty of propaganda against the Islamic regime and collusion for harming national security.


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28th session of the HRC

RAHA human rights award goes to Baha'i psychologist Faran Hesami
Faran Hesami, a Baha'i psychologist, has been awarded on March 17 in Geneva by Südwind, among other four winners, the RAHA human rights award for her contributions to human rights in the I.R. Iran. Faran Hesami is serving a four year prison for teaching psychology at the Baha'i University. Since the Baha’s are not recognized in Iran and they are barred from Iranian universities since the 1979 Islamic Revolution. In her absence her cousin Gloria Modharebi accepted the award.

Hesami got a BA in psychology at Baha’i Institute for Higher Education (BIHE) before going to take her MA at Carleton University of Canada. After returning to Iran, she started cooperating with the State Welfare Organization and used to advise families. She also translated books and articles for magazines. Faran Hessami has so far published four books about training children and child molestation. All of them have had the approval of Iran’s Culture and Islamic Guidance Ministry. Two of her books – Guidelines for Treating Sexually Abused Children and Preventing Child Sexual Abuse – were reprinted while the author was jailed.


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RAHA Human Rights Award goes to Hakimeh Shokri

The RAHA Human Rights Award recognizes Iranian human rights defenders, who have made contributions to human rights in the I.R. Iran. Candidates are considered based on the significance of their contributions and their current situation. The 45 year-old Hakimeh Shokri is a supporter of mourning mothers and is serving a three-year sentence for her peaceful activities. Shorki, who also participated in a demonstration for women’s rights at international women's day 2012, used to visit the families of those who were killed or arrested during post-election riots in 2009.
Authorities have repeatedly targeted the group, previously named “Mourning Mothers,” arrested its members, and prevented them from gathering at Laleh Park in Tehran and other public places. She was sentenced to 3 years imprisonment on charges of “propaganda against the regime” and “acting against national security”. She is currently serving a prison sentence for her peaceful human rights activities.


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28th session of HRC

RAHA Human Rights Award will be presented to Khosrow Kurdpour and Masoud Kurdpour
Khosrow Kurdpour and Masoud Kurdpour, two Kurdish human rights activists and journalists, will receive the 2015 RAHA Human Rights Award, given annually by Südwind, during the session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva. The award honors those who exercise a profound and positive influence on human rights in Iran.
An independent jury has selected the two winners. Khosrow Kurdpour and Masoud Kurdpour are two brothers. Khosrow is the chief editor of Mukrian News Agency, an online news agency, has been involved in civil and human rights activities for more than two decades. The news agency which mainly covers news related to civil activists, political prisoners and human rights violations particularly in Kurdish cities.


25th session of the HRC

RAHA Human Rights Award Winners

March 2014

The six recipients were selected by a special jury comprising the Nobel Prize laureate and human rights lawyer Shirin Ebadi as chairwomen, the co-founder and principal investigator of the Freedom Rights Project and former executive director of the International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights Aaron Rhodes and the Südwind board member and human rights lawyer Karolina Januszewski.


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25th session of the HCR, March 18 2014

Südwind presents the RAHA Human Rights Awards winners
Südwind honours and presents six Iranian human rights defenders, who won the RAHA Human Rights Awards, in Geneva on March 18.

The RAHA Human Rights Award recognizes Iranian human rights defenders, who have made contributions to human rights in the I.R. Iran. Candidates are considered by Südwind based on the significance of their contributions and their current situation. This year’s six winners include women right’s activists, labour union activists, student and education rights activists and journalists – all of whom have demonstrated commitment to defending and advancing human rights and democracy despite great personal sacrifices.


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Südwind honours Faramarz Mohammadi
Südwind has honoured Faramarz Mohammadi, a human rights, social and anti-war activist from Iran with a Special Award for his lifetime contribution to promote human rights, and change the things that cause people to be disempowered, persecuted and killed in Iran.

During his sustained engagement he provided financial assistance as well as all other forms of support assistance (employment and housing assistance) to political refugees and families of political prisoners to escape the country or to move inside Iran.

During the Iran and Iraq war Faramarz Mohammadi distributed medicine among deprived villagers and supported families afflicted by the war. Due to these activities he had to leave his home city. He also participated in setting up the Iranian Political Prisoners Support Society inside the country. He has been arrested several times over his political and human rights activism. He survived execution due to his appearance before the Montazeri commissions in 1984.

In January 2010, he was summoned and arrested on charges of participating in demonstrations on Ashura Day in 2010. After 55 days of solitary confinement and regular incarceration, he was released on bail.


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RAHA Human Rights Awards
The RAHA Human Rights Awards are instituted by Südwind and are intended to honour and commend people which have made a contribution to the promotion and protection of the human rights in the I.R. Iran. The first winners will be awarded in March 2014. The physical token of the award is a metal sculpture designed and made by the well known Iranian sculptor Behruz Heshmat.

The six recipients were selected by a special jury comprising the Nobel Prize laureate and human rights lawyer Shirin Ebadi as chairwomen, the co-founder and principal investigator of the Freedom Rights Project and former executive director of the International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights Aaron Rhodes and the Südwind board member and human rights lawyer Karolina Januszewski.


Human right prizes
Outstanding contribution to the promotion and protection of the human rights in Iran will be awaraded at the parallel- events at the sessions of the Human right. A jury will select the award winners. Nobel Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi, Iranian lawyer, human rights defender and founder of Defenders of the Human Rights Centre in Iran, will act as chairwomen for the jury.



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