In a public letter the former Italian Ambassador to Iran, Roberto Toscano, condemned the arrest and now three-month detention of dual Iranian-American citizen Karan Vafadari and his wife, Afarin Niasari, whom he called among “the most dignified people I have met during the five years I spent as Italy’s ambassador to Tehran.”
2016.11.18 – We, women have all experienced the wounds of violence. At home, in school and in society, from the moment that we have come to know ourselves as the second gender, as a woman, violence has entered our lives – daily violence that appears to be natural, always with some kind of cultural, traditional, psychological, biological, legal or religious justification. Even we ourselves who have been the target of violence have become used to it. The violence is not only an act damaging our bodies and endangering our lives.
Declaration of FIDH and more than 100 Member and Partner Organisations (List below)
10.25.2016 – Zeinab Sekanvand another young Iranian woman from Kurdistan region is set to be executed by the Islamic regime of Iran. She is accused of killing her husband. When she was arrested, only 17 was held in the police station and tortured by male police officers for weeks to make her confess to the killing. Zeinab was denied access to a lawyer until the very
last minute before her unfair trail. In court she refused to plead guilty but made a shocking statement that the brother of her husband who had raped her many times was responsible for the murder.
Iran’s Judiciary Should Release Siamak and Baquer Namazi and Allow Them Full Defense in Appeals Court
October 25, 2016—The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran calls on Iran’s Judiciary to immediately release on bail the unjustly imprisoned Iranian-American dual citizens Siamak Namazi and his father, Bagher Namazi, and allow them to prepare for the Appeals Court with legal counsel and full due process.
Stop Zeinab’s execution now!
Amnesty International UK – Zeinab was 15 when she left her family to marry Hossein. She thought the marriage was her only chance to escape poverty. Soon after the wedding, Hossein started beating Zeinab- she asked for a divorce, but he refused. She told police, but they Ignored her. She ran away, but her family disowned her.
In the summer of 1988, in a matter of a few months, 30,000 political prisoners were massacred upon a fatwa by Khomeini, the Iranian regime’s leader. Based on this fatwa, all the prisoners who were still loyal to the opposition People’s Mojahedin of Iran (PMOI/MEK) and refused to renounce it were executed. Many of the victims were serving their sentences or had even finished them. The fatwa was subsequently extended to other prisoners.
19.09.2016 (New York, Paris) FIDH welcomes the unprecedented initiative by the United Nations General Assembly to hold a world summit on Refugees and Migrants on 19 September to discuss a “more humane and coordinated approach” to migration. It urges Heads of State and government to use this opportunity to take concrete actions to protect the rights of refugees and migrant persons.
August 29, 2016–Imprisoned Iranian scientist Omid Kokabee, who spent more than five years in Evin Prison for refusing to work on Iran’s military projects, was granted conditional release on August 29, 2016. Kokabee, currently on medical leave, was diagnosed with kidney cancer this past April after years of being denied proper medical treatment by prison authorities.
4 August 2016 – BBC – Iran has hanged up to 20 Sunni Muslim prisoners it says were involved in armed attacks. State media said the group was executed on Tuesday, and was responsible for killing women and children between 2009 and 2011.