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30th session of the HRC

GD Item 9
The bill to grant citizenship to the children of Iranian mothers and non-Iranian fathers as well as children of foreign national parents whose fathers were martyred fighting for Iran was not ratified in the Iranian Parliament while the 30th HRC session was hold in Geneva. This leaves over a million of children born in Iran to Iranian mothers and Afghan fathers without Iranian citizenship until they are at least eighteen years old. Subsequently, these children often cannot access basic social services available to citizens.


30th session of the HRC

GD Item 8
The full realisation of economic, social and cultural rights must be applied to all, including teachers. The Iranian activist of the Teachers Trade Association held rallies earlier this year to demand higher wages. The income of around 80 per cent of teachers is now below the poverty-line in Iran. Teachers should be able to live a decent life with full dignity. Other demands of Iranian teachers’ trade unionists are freedom of teacher prisoners of conscience and changing the controlled environment they have to teach in.


30th session of the HRC (24 September)

GD Item 5
Sudwind regrets that the Islamic Republic of Iran did not respond to the 2 urgent joint appeals of the special Rapporteurs on Ms Narges Mohammadi and Mr Younes Asakerah mentioned in the last report.


30th session of the HRC (22 September)

Item 5, ID with the human rights council advisory committee
Südwind tells that Women and human rights defenders are deeply concerned regarding the current situation of sportswomen under the Islamic Republic of Iran, being prohibited and limited in their right to exercise sports. For example Niloofar Ardalan, captain of the national Iranian women’s Futsal team, is one of the victims of this injustice. She was reportedly prohibited from leaving the country as her husband exercised his legal right to not grant her the permission. Niloofar Ardalan was subsequently prohibited to attend the 2015 AFC Asian Cup.


30th session of the HRC (18 September)

GD Item 3
Südwind talks about the large scope of arbitrary deprivation of liberty in Iran, with the number of cases continuously rising. Many of the prisoners of conscience, such as Rasul Bodaghiand and Bahareh Hedayat, who are held captive in Iran due to their stated criticisms against the Iranian authorities, or participation in peaceful protests are charged with similar accusations as they have continued to be actively criticizing several human rights violations in jail. This is against both international and domestic basic laws.


30th session of the HRC (17 September)

Panel discussion on unilateral coercive measures and human rights
Südwind talks about the case of Babak Zanjani, who was one of the significant figures in Iran’s economic corruption scene, was charged with stealing $17.5 billion. Although food and medicine was excluded from the sanctions, a substantial amount of citizens suffered and died due to food and medicine still not made available to them.


30th session of the HRC (September 14)

GD Item 2
Sudwind expreses support of the Iran deal with the international community and is also concerned with the accelerated use of the death penalty in the Islamic Republic of Iran. Around 750 individuals were executed from the beginning of 2015, yet this number is still rising rapidly. Our concern on arbitrary detention and lack of access to fair trials is that it is not only limited to journalists and bloggers, or even human rights defenders in Iran, but all prisoners of conscience as well as other prisoners.



29th session of the HRC (June 29)

GD Item 8
Südwind reports that on Tuesday 16th June 2015 a sit-down peaceful protest took place, in regards to the miners who had been made redundant, with no payment of leave. The miners had blocked a road with their protest, preventing lorries and other vehicles to pass through. The police shortly arrived, using tear gas on the protestors. Mohammed Ali Mirzai, the representative of the protesting miners, attempted to move out of the road but with his vision impaired from the tear gas, was killed by an oncoming lorry.

The Vice President of the Teachers’ Union, Ali Akbar Baghani, was already placed in custody to endure his sentence of 6 years imprisonment. Whilst the President of the union, Ismail Abdi was arrested on Saturday 27th June 2015, to begin his sentence of 10 years imprisonment.


29th session of the HRC (22 June)

ID with Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights and Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism
Islamic Republic of Iran has been justifying the high rates of poverty with using the sanctions as an excuse. However, the sanctions didn’t stop the importation of 95000 luxurious cars between 2009 and 2014, worth 600,000 Euros each.
To realize the depth of the problem, we can look at the number of people who live under poverty in Iran and can’t even afford buying bread. The cost of a single Porsche (one of the thousands of luxurious cars on the streets of Iran) can buy bread for 775 million of people.


29th session of the HRC (17 June 2015)

ID with Special Rapporteur on violence against women
In the Islamic Republic Südwind has witnessed the sentence of six months imprisonment for a father who killed his 17 year old daughter with a knife and eight months of jail for a husband who killed his wife with an axe and threw acid on her dead body, both of which justified as ‘honour killing’. Many more male killers are free from punishment and jail altogether. Such light sentences are by no means preventive of crimes committed against women and girls.


29th HRC session (June 18)

ID with Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression
The daughter of Mostafa Azizi, a well-known filmmaker, TV producer and author, talks about her father's case. He went back to Iran after a few years of living in Canada where he was a permanent residence. This was after the Iranian authorities had repeatedly extended an invitation to Iranian diasporas to return to their homeland. He hoped to use the opportunity of a more open environment to return to his country that he loved, take care of his ailing father and serve the country he loved. But on February the 1st, he was arrested and after spending 14 days in solitary confinement, he was taken to the general population of Evin prison in Tehran. On June 1st , his much-awaited trial took place and the result has left all in shock: he was sentenced to no less than eight years in prison, charged with insulting the Supreme Leader and acting against national security. The only evidence provided to back these charges are posts her father wrote on Facebook and other forms of social media.


29th session of the HRC (June 26)

UPR Turkey
Sudwind brings attention to inhuman living and working conditions of Iranian refugees in Turkey.
LGBTI persons, political prisoners, and women, victims of domestic violence and discrimination are especially vulnerable groups. These minority groups are all in danger of prosecution merely for practicing their basic human rights in their country of origin, thus seeking protection by the state of Turkey. We however regret to see that the state of Turkey fails to fulfill their obligations toward the Human rights conventions.


29th session of the HRC (June 16)

ID with Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children
54 Iranian women between the ages of 16 to 25 are being sold on a daily basis in Pakistan's Karachi alone. The estimated number of runaway girls in Iran is at least 300,000, many of whom turn to addiction and prostitution. There are specific vulnerability factors for women and girls that lead them to become trafficking victims such as poverty, drug addiction, sexual abuse, forced marriages as well as divorce.
70% of the Afghan victims that are trafficked to Iran are boys that are mostly exploited for domestic work, retail and agriculture. More than six percent of them are exploited for sex trafficking and more than 19 percent for distribution and selling of drugs. The victims of human trafficking in Iran are arrested, prosecuted, and punished on charges of prostitution or adultery.


29th session of the HRC (June 18)

ID with Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers and Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health
Iran has systematically targeted lawyers with arbitrary and lengthy detention. Iranian lawyer Mohammed Seifzadeh was sentenced to 9 years in prison and prohibited from practicing law for a decade because of his involvement in the foundation of a human rights center. Nasrin Sotoudeh, an Iranian human rights lawyer, was sentenced to 11 years in prison in 2011, only to be released last year due to massive international pressure. Yet, she has been barred from practicing law for 20 years. Their colleague Abdolfattah Soltani, despite his deteriorating health, was denied urgently needed medical treatment outside the prison by the Tehran Prosecutor. In 2012, he was sentenced to 13 years in prison and a 20-year ban on practicing law. Recently, human rights lawyer Mohammad Moghimi, was arrested for shaking hands with his client Mrs. Atena Faraghdani.


29th session of the HRC (June 24)

GD Item 4
Südwind informes about Narges Mohammadi, the spokesperson of Center for the defenders of human rights, who is despite her poor health condition arrested as a result of her activities against death penalty. Other cases are Atena Daemi, Atena Farghadani, Omid Ali Shenas and Aso Rostami have been sentenced to 14, 12years and 9 months, 10 and 7 years in prison respectively, only because they defended the rights of the work and street children. The latest brutal attacks on the workers peaceful assemblies happened in June 2015. Metal workers of Ardebil were gathering to protest the delay of 16 months on paying their salaries.

The 31st sessions of the human rights council coincide with the Assembly of Experts and the Parliament elections in Iran. The people of Iran have never experienced a democratic, free and fair election in the 37 years lifetime of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Südwind hopes that the HRC council will offer and facilitate the international observers to monitor the upcoming elections


29th session of the HRC (June 16)

ID with Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, Special Rapporteur on minority issues
Südwind spoke among other issues on the situation of Roma population who have a long history of living in Iran. They illustrate in a sad manner how the Iranian state and society systematically turn a blind eye on their minorities. They are called kowli, but depending on the region, they are also called čegini in the North and abdal in the South. They have no permanent place of residence, yet unlike Bakhtiaris and Ghashghais, Roma are not included in any official statistics. They are denied education because they have no identity card. They die as a result of very simple diseases because they are deprived of healthcare facilities. Discrimination and exclusion against Roma in Iran continue after death, for they are not allowed to bury their family members on normal cemeteries.


29th session of the HRC (30 June 2015)

ID with Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance
Südwind informs that Afghani inhabitants of Iran suffer an immense amount of systematic discrimination. The police carry more random stop and checks on the Afghani inhabitants than others. An example of such random discriminatory testing occurred for a young Afghani man. He was wrongly accused by the police for owning a box containing drugs left behind by an Iranian, simply because of his nationality, using it as a justifiable reason not to believe him. He was arrested and following his trial was sentenced to death, and was executed.


29th session of the HRC (19 June 2015)

Panel on Eliminating and preventing domestic violence against women and girls
Südwind talks on the denial of the existence of prevalent violence against women by the Islamic Republic of Iran in their country and brings attention to the issue and scope of femicide in the name of honour


29th session of the HRC (25 June 2015)

GD Item 5
There is no response of Islamic Republic of Iran to the joint urgent appeal dated 1st January by Dr Shaheed, the SRs on Arbitrary detention; Discrimination against women; Freedom of peaceful assembly and of association; Human rights defenders; Independence of judges and lawyers; and Violence against women to further explain the reasons of 45 days of Solitary confinement of Mrs Mahdieh Golru who was arrested after participating in a peaceful protest on 22 October 2014 to denounce a series of acid attacks against women in Isfahan before being moved to another cell. She was freed on bail on 27th January. The perpetrators of acid attacks are still to be arrested.


29th session of the HRC (15 June 2015)

Enhanced ID on human rights of migrants
Südwind reports that Australia has sent four Iranian refugees to Cambodia and has refused to give them permission to enter Australia, and this
decision is based on the agreement between Australia and Cambodia.


29th session of the HRC (22 June 2015)

ID with Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions
Südwind calls the public executions an example of propaganda for pure violence. There are 21 countries which still practice public executions. In 2014, there were at least 53 prisoners who were executed publicly in Iran. Their number in 2015 has reached 15.Since the beginning of 2015 we have witnessed at least 686 executions in the Islamic Republic of Iran; 206 of them from June the first to June.


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28th session of the HRC (20 March 2015)

GD Item 5
Statement by Mitra Pourshajari, daughter of Mr. Mohammad Reza Pourshajari, whois prisoner of conscience. His name was included in a note of special procedures communication, dated 25th of November 2014 by the Special Rapporteurs on human rights situation in Iran and 5 other special Rapporteurs. In this communication, it is reported that my father was rearrested 38 days after he was released on 23rd August 2014 serving a four year prison term. He was persecuted on charges of contacting Dr Ahmed Shaheed the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran.


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28th session of the HRC (19 March 2015)

UPR Islamic Republic of Iran
Sudwind regrets that Iran has missed the opportunity to improve the human rights situation in the country. Iran doesn't accept such fundamental recommendations as ratifying CAT, CEDAW and the second optional protocol of ICCPR as well as all 41 recommendations regarding ban of capital punishment with the excuse that they contradict the Islamic teachings or that their contravene with the constitution and basic laws of the country. For us civil society actors this means that Iran doesn't want to stop torture or discrimination against women and that in the next 4.5 years, we will still witness the very high number of individuals executed. The number of individuals executed in the last 5 years for drug offenses which is not categorized under the most serious crimes, was 2052 and the number of last year’s executions was more than the number of seats in this hall. During the adoption of the first cycle we mentioned our concerns on political executions in the country. This concern continues as do public executions and execution of juvenile offenders.


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28th session of the HRC (17 March 2015)

GD Item 4
Südwind informs about stoning to death as a legal penalty in Iran. Amputation of individuals’ hand and legs and blinding them are also among legal penalties that are allowed within the Iranian penal code. These atrocities are often committed off camera, to keep the domestic and international public opinion in the dark about the depth of brutalities.


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28th session of the HRC (16 March 2015)

Item 4 - ID with SR on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran
Sudwind and IGLHRC and ECPM supported by Arseh Sevvom, Iran Human Rights and Human Rights Defenders Association of Kurdistan, IHRDC issued a joint statement on the Special Rapporteur’s report and mandate.


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28th session of the HRC (13 March 2015)

GD Item 2&3
Südwind speaks on fair trial standards and informs that the Islamic Republic of Iran officials blinded the left eye of a man based on a court order on March 3th. He was sentenced to blinding both eyes, paying blood money and 10 years of jail as retribution in kind (Qesas) for throwing acid on the eyes of another man.


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28th session of the HRC (12 March 2015)

Item3- ID with Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children
Südwind speaks about Article 301 of the new Penal Code of the Islamic Republic of Iran. It states that if a father (or paternal grandfather in the absence of a father) murders his child, the qisas principle does not apply at all, instead the father, if found guilty, will face between three and 10 years of jail. Corporal punishment of children in Iran is also not forbidden.


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28th session of the HRC (12 March 2015)

Annual full-day meeting on the rights of the child
"Towards better investment in the rights of the child"

Südwind tells that the fight against poverty in the Islamic Republic of Iran remains incomplete and the number of children in labor and on the streets is on the rise.
The 2011 national census showed that there were more than 900,000 children between the ages of 6 and 14 out of school.
According to the head of social pathologies’ office at the Ministry of Labor, 45 % of street children are between the ages of 10 to 14. While 34% of street children are in still in school, 40% of them have dropped out of school and 24% have never been to school.


28th session of the HRC (10 March 2015)

ANNUAL INTERACTIVE DEBATE ON THE RIGHTS OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES
Südwind explains how for disabled Iraniansexclusion and condition of invisibility present a barrier to the promotion of their rights to full citizenship, independent living, equal opportunities and full participation - although the Islamic Republic of Iran has joined the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.


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28th session of the HRC (11 March 2015)

Item3- ID with SR on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography
Südwind informs about children, who have been sold for 28 to 1500 dollars in parts of Tehran, or example Darvaze Ghar. The families of these children, known as "ghorbati", are mostly drug addicts or in jail. They sell children to bear the cost of their drug use. A lot of these children don't even have identity cards and thus lack a legal identity. The buyers of these children usually force them into slave labour, sexual exploitation and enforced marriage. Some of the girls are forced to marriage or sexual exploitation become pregnant but because they don't have the financial means or capabilities to take care of their children, they are forced to sell their children as well.


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28th session of the HRC (11 March 2015)

Item3- ID with SR on freedom of religion or belief
A victim of violence, done in the name of religion, talks about her up growing and treatment in Iran as a Bahai.


28th session of the HRC (9 March 2015)

Item 3; ID with Independent Expert on the issue of human rights obligations relating to the enjoyment of a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment
Südwind informs about one of the worst ecological disasters (in Iran) - the gradual drying up of the lake Orumiyeh located at the northwest of Iran. This lake is the second largest hyper saline lakes in the world and the largest in the Middle East.


28th session of the HRC (10 March 2015)

ID Item3- SR on Persons with Disabilities
Sudwind welcomes the creation of the mandate and the appointment and draws attention to civilian casualties and victims of mine explosions in Iran which as of 2013 exceeded 50,000. Most of them in rural areas without access to transport to standard hospitals and they are denied access to standard prostheses.


28th session of the HRC (4 March 2015)

BIENNIAL HIGH-LEVEL PANEL ON THE QUESTION OF THE DEATH PENALTY
Südwind informed about the executions of Hamed Ahmadi, Kamal Malali, Jamshid Dehghani and Jahangir Dehghani who are mentioned in the report of the Secretary General to this session (A/HRC/28/26), along with Sedigh Mohammadi and Hadi Hosseini early in the morning on this day.


27th session of the HRC (22 September 2014)

Statement GD Item 5
Südwind reported that Mr. Mohammad Reza Porshajari a blogger sentenced to 4 years incarceration in Sept 2010, as mentioned in the communication of 24/03/2014, was released from prison however, still he faces the travel ban and therefore, he is unable to visit his daughter abroad and access the medical treatment of his choice. The problem of access to medical treatment is also seriously crucial for another prisoner of conscience, mentioned in communications, the religious cleric Sayed Hossein Kazemeini Boroujerdi. His health status worsened due to poor prison condition, prolonged solitary confinement and lack of access to specialist medical treatment outside prison.


27th session of the HRC (15 September 2014)

ANNUAL DISCUSSION ON INTEGRATION OF A GENDER PERSPECTIVE
Südwind reports that propaganda now encourages youth women in Iran to get married when they are still in school, stating that to get married once at university is even too late. The legal age for marriage for girls currently stands at 13 and so in light of the recent changes to the education system, which now sees girls leaving primary school at 13, this policy clearly doesn’t promote the economic, social situation of women and girls in Iran.


27th session of the HRC (10 September 2014)

ID with the Independent Expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order and Working Group on the use of mercenaries as a mean of violating human rights and impeding the exercise of the right of peoples to self-determination
Südwind express the importance of free and fair elections, without an international order will not be possible. The Iranian people have never experienced elections that could be deemed free and fair based on international standards. In 2016, the Islamic Republic will hold parliamentary elections. Südwind asks what you can be done within the mandate to make these elections as free and as fair as possible.


27th session of the HRC (12 September 2014)

ID with Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice reparation and guarantees of non recurrence and Working Group on the use of mercenaries as a means of violating human rights and impeding the exercise of the right of peoples to self-determination
In the first decade after the establishment of the Islamic Republic of Iran in 1979, thousands were executed without proper trials or observance of judicial due process. At the height of this decade, in September 1988, more than 5,000 political prisoners were executed all over Iran within a period of weeks.


27th session of the HRC (10 September 2014)

ID with the Independent Expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order and Working Group on the use of mercenaries as a mean of violating human rights and impeding the exercise of the right of peoples to self-determination

Südwind speaks on the necessity of the annihilation of nuclear arms. On the specific case of the nuclear program of Iran, Südwind is glad that the attempts toward a diplomatic and peaceful agreement are moving in a positive direction. It is hope that achieving such an agreement would lead to the quick lifting of economic sanctions that, are easily avoided by the government while resulting in injustices done vis-à-vis innocent people.


27th session of the HRC (09 September 2014)

Panel on history teaching and memorialization processes
Iranian human rights activist and witness Shokoufeh Sakhi talks about 5000 prisoners are being massacred 27 years ago in the I.R. Iran. "My name is Shokoufeh Sakhi. I spent 8 years from 1982 to 1990 in prisons as political prisoner. 27 years ago in this month of September at least 5000 of prisoners were massacred under close doors, without any due process, without their families knowing about their fates, not just that , but without they themselves knowing they were condemned to death. Tens of my cellmates were among them. Their bodies were smuggled out and buried in unmarked mass graves. One of those graves is called Khavaran...."


27th session of the HRC (09 September 2014)

ID with Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation and Special Rapporteur on the implications for human rights of the environmentally sound management and disposal of hazardous substances and wastes
Passage of oil tankers, constant oil spills and haphazard lifting of sand and soil (meant for use in construction of artificial islands) increased pollution in the Persian Gulf. This body of water is now 48 times more polluted than the average; a fatal reality for its diverse marine species and ecologies.
Lack of government’s attention to research work, inadequate infrastructure investments on water resources, ignoring the opinion of local and international experts, un-planned buildings of dams, a short-term attitude to the use of underground water resources, digging wells without legal permit and the use of traditional and inundation methods in agriculture are among factors that have led to an exuberant waste of water in Iran. When it comes to re-use and refining of wastewater, the measures taken by some governments, such as the Islamic Republic of Iran, are not suitable for the urban geography.


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26th HRC Session (June 24)

Sudwind on the situation in Syria and the expansion of chaos to other parts of the region. (GD Item 4)
Sudwind expressed its concern about the situation in Syria and the expansion of chaos to other parts of the region. Human Rights Council should consider the matter urgently. The suppression of people’s peaceful demonstrations in Syria gave birth to the evil forces such as ISIS. The continuation of the recent tensions in Iraq has put the lives of Iranians living in Iraq at risk. Also, the lives of Sunni prisoners in the Iranian jails can be in danger. We are concerned that comments given by the high ranking Iranian politicians including Iran’s President Mr Hasan Rouhani will instigate the Shia-Sunni divide and create further tensions in the region. The unofficial presence of Irani’s revolutionary guards in Iraq which produced its first victim, Alireza Moshajari can expand the war to Iran.


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26th HRC Session (June 24)

Statement on women's rights (Item8)
On 15th June Iranian women were barred from entering the Azadi Stadium (meaning Freedom Stadium) to watch the FIVB Volleyball Men’s World match between Brazil and Iran’s national teams. In contrast to Brazilian women who were able to sit next to men and watch the match. On 20th June the Iranian Journalist Fatemeh Jamal Pour was arrested and put six hours in detention for demanding to enter the stadium to prepare a report. After this occasion, she wrote at the same day on her facebook site: "When I unexpectedly received the first slap, then the second slap and then the 3rd slap and while I was beaten and pulled by 10 agents and plain-cloths men and women to a van, I closed my eyes and thought it was a dream or a nightmare, but it was a real and happened today in front of the doors of the Azadi Stadium, where a volleyball game was going on between Italy and Iran."


26th HRC Session (June 13)

Interactive Dialoge with the Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers (Item 3)
Statement on the last urgent appeal send by the the Special Rapporteur on 21st May 2014 to the Government of Iran urging the Iranian authorities to halt the scheduled execution of two Iranian Arab farmers and cultural rights activists.
On Friday when this statement was to be read, the families of the two, namely, Ali Chebeishat and Sayed Khaled Mousavi were informed that they have been executed. Both men have reportedly been subjected to severe mistreatment and beatings, possibly amounting to torture.


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26th HRC Session (June 12)

Interactive Dialoge with the Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences
In the Islamic Republic of Iran, violence against women is legally endorsed, encouraged and promoted. Women are second class human beings in the eye of the establishment especially some religious authorities who have the power to issue fatwas and instigate terror and hatred against women. Discriminatory laws exemplified by the attitudes and behaviors of the establishment have authorized violence against women as part of daily life. In the public arena, for the past 35 years, Iranian women are often humiliated, arrested, beaten, flogged and threatened by morality police and security forces.
Iranian women are not even allowed to decide over their own bodies and clothing. Official support for violence against women goes so far and deep that recently in an article in a well-known fundamentalist homepage declared that if women don’t dress properly i.e. a proper Hijab they have to take into account the “right of men to enjoy them”, meaning raping them.


26th HRC Session (June 10)

Statement on (secret) executions in the I.R.Iran(GD Item 2)
Südwind reported that more than two hundred individuals were executed mostly due to drug issues since January 2014 in the Islamic Republic of Iran, however ten days ago Mr Gholamreza Khosravi Savadjani, a political prisoner was also executed. He was sentenced to death under the charges of Moharabeh (enmity against God) for allegedly sharing information and possibly providing financial assistance to a London-based opposition TV station. In addition not all executions in Iran are publicized. There is confirmed information on secret executions for example in Mashhad prison.


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26th HRC Session (June 19)

Statementent on journalists and other members of the media in the I.R. Iran
Südwind reported that there are no less than 23 journalists being held in prison in the Islamic Republic of Iran for doing nothing other than their jobs.Mr. Amir Mohammad Mir Damady, Known as Seraj Mir Damady, is a journalist who reported to the human rights council on the crackdown on Iranian journalists during our Side Event in Geneva. He was arrested on 30 April 2014 and is accused of spreading falsehoods and conspiracy against regime. He is being held at Evin Prison in Tehran.
Mrs Saba Azarpeyk is another journalist who was arrested on 28 May 2014 and has not been heard of since. Her whereabouts are unknown and there is no information concerning the charges against her.


25th HRC Session (March 5)

High-Level Panel on the Question of the Death Penalty
Sudwind expressed its concern about the increasing number of executions, public executions and execution of juvenile offenders in the Islamic Republic of Iran. This severe trend has also not changed since the presidential election in 2013.
Since the beginning of 2014 alone, 155 people have been executed, however only 84 of these executions have been officially confirmed. At least two of them had been sentenced to death for their offences committed prior to the age of 18. Minors sentenced to death are held in prisons and executed once they reach the age of 18. There are at least 5 minors who are already sentenced to death and are in death row.


25th HRC Session (March 14)

Statement on child marriage (GD Item3)
Child marriage is one of the most brutal violence of the rights of the child especially those of the girl brides. In the last Iranian year (21 March 2012 to 21 March 2013) alone, 40,651 girls under 15 years of age were married legally in the Islamic Republic of Iran, out of which 187 were under 10 years old. In the same period, 359 boys under the age of 15 were married.


25th HRC Session (March 21)

Statement on UPR process (GD Item 6)
To improve the UPR procedure, Sudwind suggests:
• Instead of using such vague terms as “due time”, a definite deadline shall be mentioned and followed by the states
• States to cover the topics that thematic and country Special Rapporteurs, Independent Experts and Working Groups have raised in their reports.



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