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30th session of the HRC (Sept. 18)

Human Rights Defenders in I.R.Iran
Presenting Seven Iranian Human Rights Defenders
Introduction by human rights lawyer Karolina Januszewski and international human rights activist Aron Rhodes
Mahnaz Parakand on student activist Maryam Shafipour
Ali Motmaen on labour rights activist Behnam Ebrahimzadeh
Kianoush Ramezani on children's and human rights defender Atena Farghadani
Amjad Hossein Panahi on Artist Atena Daemi
Morteza Kazemian on sociologist and writer Saeid Madani
Abdolreza Tajik on the Deputy Head of the now shuttered Defenders of Human Rights Center Narges Mohammadi
Zeinab Peyghambarzadeh on student and women’s right activist Bahareh Hedayat


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30th session of the HRC (Sept. 17)

Free and Fair Election in I.R.Iran
Hassan Nayebhashem on "The Criteria of the Free Elections",
Morteza Kazemian on "Features of the Elections in Iran" and Rezvan Moghadam on "Women and the Election".



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30th session of the HRC (September 14)

Arbitrary Detentions and Contemporary Forms of Slavery in I.R.Iran

Side Event

Diane Ala´i: "The Deprivation of Liberty of Bahai´s", Nima Pourjakob: "The Deprivation of Prisoners of Conscience´s Medical Care", Soheila Hadipour: "The Violation of Due-Process to Silence Dissidents", Pouyan Sodagari "Inflicted Pain on the Prisoners of Conscience´s Children", Reza Amiri: "The Continuation of Political and Social Activists Sentenced with Arbitrary Detentions" and Leila Saadati on "Women and Child Victims of Contemporary Forms of Slavery"



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29th HRC session (June 30)

Situation of Religious Minorities n Iran(I.R)

Helmut Gabel on "Dervishes in Iran"
Mansour Borji "Report on Christians in Iran"
Hossein Kazemeyni Boroujerdi on "Separation of religion and government"
Dian Alai on "Current situation of Baha'is in Iran"


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29th HRC session (June 18)

Death Penalty in Iran(I.R)

Parallel Event

Nima Pour Jakub on "Public executions in Iran: travesty of dignity"

Mitra Pourshajari on "The growing rate of executions in Iran"

Madyar Samieinejad on "Juvenile executions in Iran"


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29th HRC session (June 17)

Repression of the right to free expression and assembly

Parallel Event

Nobel Peace Prize winnerShirin Ebadi on "Lack of Freedom for judges and lawyers in Iran"

Journalist Keianoosh Tavakoly on "Censorship and the limits on the freedom of expression"

Women’s right activist Rezvan Moghaddam on "Suppression of women activists"

Journalist and filmdirector Ahmad Jalali Farahani presents his movie: “We are journalists”


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29th Session of the HRC (June 29)

Violence and discrimination against women in Iran(I.R)

Parallel Event

Jale Tabrizi on "Violation against women in Azerbaijan,Iran"
Solmaz Ahangari on "Situation of women in Turkmen Sahra"
Parastoo Fatemi on "Acid attack"
Nadia Zabehi on "LBT women in Iran-in exile"
Nabyeh Maramazi on "Violation against women in Ahwaz"


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29th session of the HRC (June 16)

Suppression of the Art Culture and Sports in Iran (IRI)

Parallel Event

Composer and Director Esfandiar Monfaredzadeh on "Freedom of Expression in Arts and Entertainments"
Freelance art journalist Mahdis Amiri "From Censorship to “Exaggerations” - A Report on Cinema and Cinematography in Iran"
Former sports caster on Iran’s TV Mehdi Rostampour on "Sports and Politics - Challenges for Athletes"
Founder of “Let Iranian Women Enter
Stadiums Campaign” Darya Safai on "Female Athletes and Women’s Access to Stadiums"
Former deputy editor at Iran-e Varzeshi Payam Younesipour Masouleh on "Discrimination Against Women in Sports"


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28th session of the HRC (March 18)

Ethnic rights in Iran(I.R.I)
Mother tongue in Azerbaijan - Iran
Professor Shapour Ansari

Execution in Baluchistan
Nima Pour Yaghoup

Political & social situation the Turkmen Sahra
Yusef KOR

Environmental crisis in Ahwaz
Feisal Maramazi

The Human Rights violation in Kurdistan Iran
Amjad Hosseini Panahi

The Qashqai situation in Iran
Ruhollah Moradi


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28th session of the HRC (March 17)

Parallel Event on "Human Rights Defenders and Human Rights in the I.R.I”

Interactive dialogue with the UN Special Rapporteur on Iran, Mr. Ahmed SHAHEED, on the situation of human rights defenders in the I.R. Iran (1:00 PM to 2:00 PM )

Südwind and close colleagues, family members and friends present five Iranian human rights defenders, who have made significant contributions to human rights in the I.R. Iran.
Interactive dialogue with the UN Special Rapporteur on Iran, Mr. Ahmed SHAHEED, on the situation of human rights defenders in the I.R. Iran (1:00 PM to 2:00 PM )
Mehran Barati presents the member of National Council of Peace and furthermore co-founder of the Kharabat website Kayvan Samimi
Jila Mahdavian presents the supporter of mourning mothers Hakimeh ShokriAbdullah Kurdpoor and the chief editor of Mukrian News Agency Khosrow Kurdpoor and the journalist and civil activist Masoud KurdpourGloria Modharebi presents the Baha'i psychologist, teacher and author Faran Hesami
Opening words will be hold by :
Shirin Ebadi - Nobel prize laureate (Video message) and Aaron Rhodes - Human rights activist


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The ordeal of religious minorities in Iran (I.R.I)

28th session of the HRC (March 11)

Palais des Nations,
ROOM: XXIV

Majid Mohseni on "Some cases of the violation of freedom of conscience", Eve Beverly on "Oppression of Gonabadi Dervishes: A case study of religious persecution" and Mohammad Ahmadi on "When you follow the ‘wrong’ Ayatollah: Persecution of Shia dissenters in Iran"




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28th session of the HRC (March 10th)

Human rights of persons with disabilities in Iran(I.R.I)

Palais des Nations, ROOM: XXIV, 11:00 - 12:30

Journalist and activist Ehsan Abedi on "Inclusion and the “uneducable” label"
Farid Ansari, chair of the Iranian Disability Support Association in Britain and a member of the World Disability Union on "The barriers faced by disabled job seekers"
Mehri Jafari, human rights lawyer, on "National laws in Iran and noncompliance with the convention on the rights of persons with disabilities"
Laleh Khanebaz on "The life story of a Baha´i woman with disability"
Samaneh Nikmanesh on "Listen to the life story of a blind lesbian"


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20th Session of Universal Periodic Review.

Iran report on human rights is inaccurate
On 31 October, the UN Human Rights Council carried out a valuation of Iran’s human rights records under the Universal Periodic Review process (UPR). In 2010 the I.R. Iran accepted a series of recommendations to improve the human rights standards in Iran, but so far these are mostly not implemented. A report by the Iranian government to the UN Human Rights Council grossly distorts the progress Iran has made in improving its human rights record, said representatives of Südwind and other human rights groups in Geneva.

In a side event at the Council, held two days before Iran was scheduled to undergo its review of its human rights efforts, Sholeh Zamini of Sudwind , Diane Ala’i of the Baha’i International Community and Rod Sanjabi of the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center (IHRDC) offered numerous examples of the way in which Iran was inaccurate in its report.


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27 session of the HRc (23. september)

Parallel Event on "Human Rights Defenders in Iran"
Ahmad Rafat on "Reprisal of civil society activists", Shirin Ebadi (video message) on "Current situation of human rights acitivits", Hassan Nayeb Hashem on "The role of HRDs in the UPR process", Mehdi Tajik on "Unfilled expectations from Iranian journalists from Rouhani's government" and Sholeh Zamini on "Women Human Rights Defenders"


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27th Session of the HRC

Parallel Event on "Situation of Religious Minorities in Iran"
Simin Fahandej on "Update on situation of Bahai’s", Eve Beverly on "A Hunger Strike to the end; desperate times call for desperate measures", Dr Golmorad Moradi
on "Situation of Yarsans/Izadis(Yazidi)", Mohammad Ahmadi
on "Situation of some prisoners of conscience", Dr Roya Araghi on "Political Religion is the Roots of all Crises, Atrocities and Human Rights Violence’s" and Attieh Frad on
"Support of new Christian converts"


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27 sesson of the HRC (September 12)

Arbitrary Detention and situation of Prisoners in Iran
Elahe Amani on "Violation of the rights of women prisoners",
Rezvan Moghaddam on "Women prisoners of conscience", Amjad Hossein Panahi on "Arbitrary detention of Iranian Kurds" and Nima Pooryaghoob on "Lack of medical treatment
is torture"


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27th session of HRC

Massacre of political prisoners during the 80's in the Islamic Republic of Iran:Seeking truth and justice
Hamid Sabi on "A report on the activities of the people’s
tribunal of Iran", Shokoufeh Sakhi on "The people's tribunal as manifestation of agency:An Iranian experience",
Sir Geoffrey Nice on "The Special Rapporteur on truth and justice: Practical limits", Roya Ghiasi on "A mother’s cry for justice", Mehdi Memarpouri on "A witness’s testimony: In
search of justice"


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27th session of the HRC (September 9)

Parallen Event on "Environment and Ethnic Issues in Iran"
Josef Kor on "Systematic executions in Turkmen Sahra", Amir Nilo on "Executions in Tabriz on 1980", Sharifeh Jafari on "The publication and its strict laws", Mansoor Seifi on
"Actual situation of Urmia Lake", Azam Bahrami on "Water consumption and management"


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26th session of HRC

Parallel Event on "Violence against women in the Islamic Republic of Iran"
Sholeh Zamini on "Female Genital Mutilation", Rouhineh Shafii on "Women and the Transformation of Family Institution" and Mahnaz Ghezelloo on "LGBT Rights"


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26th session of the HRC (13 June)

Parallel Event on "Independence of Judges and Lawyers in the Islamic Republic of Iran"
Shirin Ebadi on "Suppression of Independened Lawyers", Saeideh Sohrabi on "Why We Need Independence and Immunity", Naghi Mahmoudi on "Independence of Judges and Lawyers; Pretense or Reality" and Nargess Tavassolian on "Challenges of Iranian Lawyers"


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26th session of the HRC (June 12)

Parallel Event on "Death penalty in the Islamic Republic of Iran"
Roya Ashrafabadi on "Extrajudicial, Summary and
Arbitrary Executions", Amjad Hossein Panahi on "Kurdish Prisoners of Conscience Sentenced to Death", Nima Pour Jakub on "Secret Executions in Tabriz Prison", Mina Ahadi on "Is This Crime Against Humanity?" and Hassan Nayeb Hashemon on "Legam (Campaign Step by Step to Stop Death Penalty)


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26th Session of HRC (June 10)

Parallel Event on "Freedom of expression, association and assembly in the Islamic Republic of Iran1"

Amir Nilo on "The right to set up labour unions", Tooraj Aboozarkhanifard "Government’s response to labour unions", Helmut Gabel "Why they violate the human rights", Ali Mehrabi on "Discrimination against & oppression of
Ahleh Hagh population", Maryam Moazenzadeh on "The situation of secular Shias", Mohammad Kasaizadeh on
"Structural antagonism of I.R.I. with human rights" and Abdolreza Tajik "Intelligence approach of the Iranian conservatives to journalism"


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26th Session of HRC (June 11)

Side Event on Protecting Journalists

Joint Event

With among others UN Special Rapporteur on the protection and promotion of the right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression Frank La Rue and Behrouz Afagh, BBC World Service Group, Iran


25th Session of HRC (May 21th)

Parallel Even on "Religious Minorities and Prisoners in the Islamic Republic of Iran"
Diane Ala’i on "Situation of Baha’is in Iran", Reza Khani Fishtami on "Persecution of Dervishes" Maryam Moazenzadeh on
"Secular Moslems in Iran", Mitra Pour Shajari on "Political Prisoners in Exile" and Shiva Mahboobi on "Prison and Health".


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25th Session of HRC (May 18th)

Parallel Event on "Human Rights Defenders and Human Rights in the I.R:I
Südwind and close colleagues and friends present six Iranian human rights defenders, who have made significant contributions to human rights in the I.R. Iran. Opening words Human rights lawyer Karolina Januszewski, Human rights activist Aaron Rhodes and Nobel prize laureate Shirin Ebadi (Video message)


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25th Session (March 18th)

Südwind presents RAHA Human Rights Award Winners
Südwind presents six Iranian human rights defenders durring a parallel event during the 25th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva on March 18, 2014, who have received the RAHA Human Rights Award.

Jila Karamzadeh Makvandi is awarded for her assistance to political prisoner’s families and to the "Mothers of Laleh Park," a group of mothers protesting their children's detentions; as is the member of the teachers’ guild, Rasoul Bodaghi, for his actions and his advocacy for education and labour rights, student activist Majid Tavakoli, who is imprisoned for peacefully exercising his right to freedom of expression and for his fight for democracy and human rights through speeches and publications. Nasim Soltanbeygi is listed for her prowess and commitment as a journalist, women's rights activist and former student rights activist, while Kurdish women's and children's rights activist Parvin Zabihi is nominated for her fight against laws that discriminate women, female circumcision, honour killings and burning and stoning of women. Reza Shahabi, a founding member and the treasurer of the Syndicate of Workers of Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company, an independent trade union, is honoured for his contribution and sacrifices to the labour movement.

More information on the winners


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25th Session of HRC (May 17th)

Human Rights and Environmental Issues in I.R.I
Faisal Marmazi on "Executions in Prisons in Ahwaz", Jale Tabrizi on "Imprisonments during the International Mother Language Day in Azarbaijan and Tehran", Amir Safarian on "Dust Storm in Iran", Ruhollah Moradi "Social and Political Situation of Ghashghais", Amjad Hossein Panahi "Kurdish Political Prisoners Sentenced to Death"


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25th Session of HRC (May 6th)

Parallel event on "Women and LGBT in Iran"
Panalists include: Farid Haerinejad "A brief look at LGBT situation in Iran" Screening: "Out of Iran; Iran's Unwanted Sons and Daughters", Chowra Makaremi "Prison and Motherhood in Iran", Maedeh Ghaderi: "Legal Discriminations Against Women", Azra Azari: "Situation of Young Female Students"


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24rd Session of HRC (September 24)

Parallel event on "Religious Minorities in the Islamic Republic of Iran"
Panalists include: Simin Fahandej "Persecution of Bahai´s", Ali Mehrabi on "Oppression against the religious minority
Yarsan", Gholamreza Fishtami on "Conditions of Dervishes", Majid Mohseni on "Secularism Shia policy" an Attieh Fard on "Reports of Christians"
Mahdi Nakhl



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24rd Session of HRC (September 23)

Parallel event on "Irainian Asylum Seekers"
Panalists include Tania Kaliji on "Who is an asylum seeker?", Hassan Talebi on "Dublin regulation and its dilemma", Mohammad Ahmadi on "Asylum seeksers in Switzerland" and Shirin Najafi on "Irainian asylum seekers in Turkey"


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24rd Session of HRC(September 13)

Parallel event on women in the Islamic Republic of Iran
panelists include: Shahnaz Gholami on "Honor killings and approach of media", Amjad Hosseinpanahi on "Female Genital Mutilation", Parastoo Fatemi on "Forced marriage to stop revenge", Jila Mahdavian on "Mothers in prison" and Sholeh Zamini on "Women and education"


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24rd Session of HRC(September 9)

Südwind: Parallel event on ethnic groups and environmental human rights in Iran.
Parallel event held on ethnic groups and environmental human rights in Iran. With Nasser Mohtashami „Can executions reduce crime?“, Hamdulla Soleimani “Lake Urmia Azerbaijan”, Yousef Kor “Human rights in Turkmen sahra”, Nahid Mokri “Human rights in Kurdistan”, Ali saedi “Executions of people and destruction of Environment in Ahwaz City” and Azam bahrami “Water pollution in Iran”


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24rd Session of HRC(September 10)

Paralllel event on the right to truth and justice in the I.R.Iran
Parallel event held on the right to truth and justice regarding the 25th anniversary of political prisoners' massacre in Iran in 1988. With Mokhtar Shalalvand “My brother's fate”, Hamid Sabi “Process of truth commission and Iran tribunal in the Hague”, Manaf Amari “Rule of law and Islamic Republic of Iran”, Roya Ghiasy “The families of victims”, Mehdi Memarpour “Prison experiences” and Amir Nilo “Minutes before execution”.


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23rd Session of HRC (June 12)

Paralllel event on ethnic groups and religious minorities in I.R.Iran
Amjad Hossein Panahi on "Human rights in Kurdistan", Ashour Toomaj on "Human rights of Turkmens", Daryoush Navidi on "The situation of cross-border couriers (Kulbars) in Kurdistan", Haji Mohammad Kor on "The situation of Sunnis in Iran", Simin Fahandej on "Latest situation of Iranian Baha'is", Helmut Gabel on "The situation of Dervishes", Ali Mehrabi: "The situation of Yaresans", Mansour Borji on "The situation of new Christians".


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23rd Session of HRC (June 3)

Parallel event on freedom of expression
Zeinab Peyghambarzadeh on "Women’s Right to Education", Farshid Faryabi on "Radio and Television in Iran: Means of Repression", Mahmoud Tajali Mehr on "Human Rights & Access to Internet", Hassan Makaremi on "Iran’s 11th Presidential
Election and its Context" and Mohammadali Shirzad on "Freedom of Expression: Case of a Filmmaker"


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23rd Session of HRC (31 May)

Parallel event on violations of human rights in the I.R.Iran

Statements by Amir Memarian on "The Right to Education", Mohammadali Shirzadi on "Where might the wind rest"
(Parts of the documentary film about Iranian asylum seekers) Shahnaz Gholami on "Women ward of Tabriz prison (VAW" and Iran Ansari on "Violence against women in law and practice".


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23rd Session of HRC (29 May)

Parallel event on Iranian Judicial System
Statements by Shirin Ebadi Nobel laureate (video record) on the "Judgment in the Islamic Republic of Iran“, Naghi Mahmoudi on the “Situation of the Lawyers and courts in Azarbaijan Iran”, Hedayat Matin Daftari on the “Justice and truth Symbolic International Iran Tribunal” and Mercedeh Mohseni on the “Extrajudicial executions in Islamic Republic of Iran”.



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23rd session of the United Nations Human Rights Council

Parallel events during the 23rd session
Five parallel events on human rights in Iran will be hold by Südwind at the 23rd session of the United Nations Human Rights Council from 27 May to 14 June 2013, in Geneva, Switzerland.

The events will bring together Iranian human rights defenders and activists from various backgrounds and will share information on political rights, women’s rights, the system of justice, ahead of the June 2013 presidential elections the right to freedom of expression and on assembly, the right to education as well as on rights of ethnic and religious minority groups in Iran.


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22nd Session of HRC (March 14)

Südwind: Parallel event on the human rights of religious minorities in Iran
Lydia Boons on the situation of Gonabadi Dervishes, Simin Fahandej on the Situation of Baha'is, Ali Mehrabi on the situation of Yârsâns, Paris Keynejad on the situation of Elyasin community (Ale Yasin), Mahdi Nakhl Ahmadi on the situation of Sunnis in Iran and Roya Araghi (via skype) on the situation of secular Shiites particularly on the case of Ayatollah Boroujerdi.


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22nd Session of HRC (March 13)

Südwind: Parallel event on human rights of ethnic groups in Iran
Iranian human rights defender Sajad Radmehr talks about “Human Rights of Iranian Azeris” and his own experience with torture due to his activities as a student activist.


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22nd Session of HRC (March 13)

Südwind: Parallel event on human rights of ethnic groups in Iran
Jaleh Tabrizi / Sajad Radmehr on “Human Rights of Iranian Azeris”, Ali Saedi on “Human Rights of Iranian Arabs”, Yousef Kor on “Human Rights of Iranian Turkmens”, Nasser Mohtashami on “Human Rights of Iranian Balouchs” and Zahed Shaeri on “Human Rights of Iranian Kurds”


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22nd Session of HRC (March 11)

Ardeshir Amir Arjomand on Sanction and human security at Südwind´s parallel event
Mir Hosein Mousavi representative in Europe, Ardeshir Amir Arjomand, talks about Sanctions and and human security at Südwind´s parallel event (Video in Farsi).


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22nd Session of HRC (March 11)

Südwind: Parallel Event on the impacts of sanctions on human rights in Iran
Ardeshir Amir Arjomand on "Sanction and human security", Ali Mazrooi on "Impacts of sanction on livelihood of people: children and patients" and Ali Pournaghavi on "The increasing effects of sanction on human rights"


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United Nations Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Iran Dr. Ahmed Shaheed at Südwind´s parallel event
United Nations Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Iran Dr. Ahmed Shaheed reports at Südwind´s parallel event on the human rights situation in Iran.


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22nd regular session of the Human Rights Council (March 8th)

Südwind: Parallel Event on the Situation of women and children in Iran
With Mehri Jafari on "Disabled women and children", Azam Bahrami "Children and immigration", Jaleh Tabrizi on "Discrimination against women of ethnic minorities",
and Khadijeh Moghaddam on "Equality for all women"


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22nd regular session of the Human Rights Council (March 6th)

Südwind: Parallel event on arbitrary detention, torture and forced disappearance in Iran
With speeches from Monireh Baradaran on "Harassment of non-believers in Iran", Sam Mahmoudian on "Detention experience", Mansour Osanlou on "Harassment and torture of trade union activists and workers", Massoud Alizadeh on "Detention experience" and Massoud Zeinalin also on "Detention experience"



22nd regular session of the Human Rights Council (March 1st)

Videos about the Südwind parallel event on political rights in Iran
Speakers include Iranian human rights defenders and activists such as Amir Arjomand, adviser to Hussein Mousavi, one of the fraud elections of 2009 candidates, attorney Hassan Fereshtian and women's rights activists Parvin Bakhtiarnejad .


Parallel event on free and fair election in Iran, house arrest of 2009 presidential candidates, situation of journalists

22nd regular session of the Human Rights Council (March 1st)

Ardeshir Amir Arjomand: House arrest of leaders of green movement

Hassan Fereshtian: Legal aspects of house arrest

Seraj Mirdamadi: criteria of free and fair elections, rights
and demands of people

Parvin Bakhtiarnejad: Demands of Women and civil society
from elections

Reza Tajik: Situation of journalists and media in Iran


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Parallel events during the 22nd session

Seven parallel events on human rights in Iran will be hold by Südwind at the 22nd regular session of the United Nations Human Rights Council from 25 February to 22 March 2013, in Geneva, Switzerland.

The events will bring together Iranian human rights defenders and activists from various backgrounds and will share information on political rights, women’s rights, the situation of disabled peoples, the impacts of torture and other cruel and inhuman punishments of detainees, the effect of economic sanctions on the human rights situation as well as on rights of ethnic and religious minority groups in Iran.


parallel events by Südwind

21st regular session of the Human Rights Council

10 - 28 September, 5 November 2012




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