Archive for Human Rights

Iran top leader: Troublemakers in election will be ‘slapped’

Ali Khamenei

Abc News – By NASSER KARIMI AND JON GAMBRELL, ASSOCIATED PRESS – TEHRAN, Iran —Iran’s supreme leader warned Wednesday that anyone trying to foment unrest around the upcoming presidential election “will definitely be slapped in the face” — a sign authorities want to avoid a repetition of the violence that followed the country’s disputed 2009 poll.

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Iran election’s theatrics, frank discourse push boundaries

FILE — In this Tuesday, May 9, 2017 file photo, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, center, waves to his supporters accompanied by Vice President for Women and Family Affairs Shahindokht Molaverdi, left, at a campaign rally for the May 19 presidential election, in Tehran, Iran. From a former president disobeying the supreme leader to open discussion of a 1980s mass execution, Iran’s presidential election is pushing the boundaries of what can be discussed and done there, a small but noticeable shift in the country’s clerically overseen polls. (Vahid Salemi, File/Associated Press)

By Jon Gamberell -The Washington Post – AP May 10. 2017 – DUBAI, United Arab Emirates From a former president disobeying the supreme leader to open discussion of a 1980s mass execution, Iran’s presidential election is pushing the boundaries of what can be discussed in public and done online, a small but noticeable shift in the country’s clerically overseen polls.

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An Interview with Scholar and Historian Ervand Abrahamian on the Islamic Republic’s “Greatest Crime”


Scholar and Historian Ervand Abrahamian

10.Mai 2017 –  Presidential Hopeful Ebrahim Raisi Served on Committee That Ordered Executions of Thousands

The executions of thousands of political prisoners in Iran in 1988 has received renewed attention due to the presidential election coming up on May 19, in which one of the candidates—Ebrahim Raisi—was a member of the committee that ordered the killings.

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“Respect international law” – UN experts urge Iran to stop executions of two men sentenced to death as children

OHCHR- GENEVA (28 April 2017) – Iran must abide by its obligations under international human rights law and stop carrying out death sentences passed on persons who committed offences when children, say a group of United Nations rights experts* calling for an immediate halt to the execution of two persons, who were sentenced when they were both under 18.

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Iran confirms rejecting appeal by held British-Iranian woman

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s

Associated Press – April 26. 2017 – TEHRAN, Iran — Iran has confirmed that the final appeal by a British-Iranian woman detained in Iran while on a trip with her toddler daughter of having her five-year prison sentence overturned has been denied.       Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s family earlier said that she learned of the development last weekend.

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Trump asked to work for release of 2 jailed by Iran

Siamak Namazi and his father, Baquer Namazi,

The Washington Post – By George Jahn | AP April 25 – VIENNA — A relative of two Iranian-American citizens imprisoned in Iran says their health is failing rapidly due to inhumane conditions and is urging U.S. President Donald Trump to take “personal responsibility” for their lives.

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Congressman: Obama’s Iran deal prisoner swap was ‘brutally incompetent’

Jason Rezaian

New York Post – By Maris – APRIL 25, 2017 – WASHINGTON — Rep. Lee Zeldin, one of the two Jewish Republicans in the House, is blasting the Obama administration prisoner swap with Iran as “brutally incompetent” following new disclosures about the troubling backgrounds of the Iranians who were set free.

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8 March: In the face of the attacks and the setbacks, Fighting back for Women’s rights!

08/03/2017-FIDH-  For International Women’s Day, FIDH produced a video clip in several languages to illustrate the scope and diversity of mobilisation currently underway. The song “Stood up” by John Hiatt is performed by Angélique Kidjo. The daily threats and attacks on women’s rights around the world are being met with new and unprecedented initiatives. No more complacency; it is time for action.

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Iranian-American’s Hunger Strike Highlights Iran’s Jailing of Dual Nationals

Reza “Robin” Shahini, who was born in Iran and emigrated to the U.S., was detained in July 2016 in Gorgan, Iran, where he traveled to visit his mother and other family members.

WASHINGTON-VOA-March 02, 2017- The sister of an Iranian-American man detained in Iran since July says he has entered the third week of a hunger strike against what he sees as an unjust jail term for “collaborating with a hostile government.”

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White House weighs designating Iran’s Revolutionary Guard a terrorist group

FILE PHOTO: Members of the Iranian revolutionary guard march during a parade to commemorate the anniversary of the Iran-Iraq war (1980-88), in Tehran, Iran, September 22, 2011. REUTERS/Stringer/File Photo

Tue Feb 7, 2017 -Reuters – U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration is considering a proposal that could lead to potentially designating Iran’s powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist organization, according to U.S. officials familiar with the matter.

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