lundi 29 février 2016

Iran: fired Metro workers in Ahvaz stage protest rally

Metro workers rallying in Ahvaz, southwest Iran

Expelled workers of the Ahvaz metro in southwest Iran rallied on Saturday, February 27th outside the Iranian regime’s governorate office in Khuzestan Province and demanded their unemployment insurance problems be resolved.
“Around 390 workers were expelled from their jobs in the past few months… it has been around 3 months that these workers have not received their unemployment insurance,” a protesting worker said.
It is worth noting that these workers have staged 11 rallies to this day for not receiving their paychecks. This company has more than 600 workers, of which 300 have been expelled from March 20 15 onward.

Iran: Karaj – college students demand release of political prisoners

Azad University students in Karaj stage protest rally

At 8 am in the morning on Sunday, February 28th, Karaj Azad (Free) University, located west of Tehran in Iran, staged a rally against Bassij paramilitary agents and chanted slogans demanding the release of all political prisoners.
Campus officials quickly deployed the police in an effort to disperse the crowd. However, the students would not leave the site until the Bassij were forced to tear down their banners.

UN’s food agency says funding target met for Syrian refugees

Syrian children look out from behind a fence at a refugee camp in the southern Lebanese town of Zahrani

ROME - The United Nation’s food agency said Monday an 'unprecedented response' to its fundraising campaign meant it could fully reinstate its food assistance to Syrian refugees.
The pledges, worth $675 million (620 million euros), will enable food assistance for refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Egypt from March until the end of the year, the World Food Programme (WFP) said.

Iran: prisoner of conscious must be freed

Iranian cartoonist Atena Farghadani

An international campaign in defense of the rights activist and cartoonists Atena Farghadani has issued a letter seeking the release of this prisoner from prison in Iran.
The United Nations and other human rights organizations consider Mrs. Farghadani as a prisoner of conscience who is behind bars for peacefully practicing her right to freedom of expression.
This letter has been signed by more than 115 individuals and entities, including a large number of cartoonists, newspapers and universities across the globe, from Africa to Europe and Asia.
This international campaign network in defense of cartoonists’ rights issued a medal of bravery to Farghadani last August. Each year this group issues this honor to a cartoonist who has been placed in danger due to their cartoon or practicing freedom of expression. 
Farghadani is a critical cartoonist who received her degree in art from the al-Zahra University. She was first banned from continuing her studies for her master’s degree, and thus sent to prison for drawing a cartoon protesting a bill proposed in Iran’s parliament restricting women’s rights to control their childbirth practices and undermining their rights in general.

Your death is my shame

Poverty in Iran under Rouhani

A fifty-year-old homeless man, one of those miserable so called Carton-sleepers, died in the street in Yaftabad, south of Tehran, A news agency affiliated to the terrorist Quds force wrote: this morning, one of the Carton-sleepers diminished.
 An Iranian poet, named M. Shough sent us this poem. It says:
Oh! My dear compatriot carton-sleeper!
You have died, and have no tombstone
The mullahs have stolen your money
And all the expenses for your treatment have been sent to Syria
To kill innocent Syrians
That is why you died in the street,
Because you had no money for hospital treat
That is why you died on street pavement
For you had no one to care
And so, your death is my shame

IRAN: Maryam Rajavi addresses Paris Conference on the eve of International Women’s Day 2016

Maryam Rajavi: With women’s active and equal participation in political leadership, we will turn this century into the era of women's emancipation
• Iranian regime’s elections was a competition among incumbent and former officials in charge of executions, torture and export of terrorism
• Participants pointed to the successful example of the Iranian Resistance in realizing equality and pioneering role of women. They emphasized that with solidarity and unity of action, women can play a decisive, key role in the fight against fundamentalism and realization of equality
NCRI - On Saturday, February 27, 2016, on the eve of the International Women’s Day, a grand gathering entitled, “Pledge for Parity: Women United against Fundamentalism” was held in the presence of the Iranian Resistance's President-elect Maryam Rajavi and a number of political dignitaries, intellectuals, prominent personalities, and activists of the equality movement from 26 countries and four continents.

dimanche 28 février 2016

All men in an Iranian village in Sistan and Baluchistan has been executed

All the men in an Iranian village has reportedly been executed by the government on drug charges

According to Shahindokht Molaverdi, the vice president for women and family affairs every man in an Iranian village has reportedly been executed by the government on drug charges.
 “We have a village in Sistan and Baluchestan (province) where every single man has been executed,” Shahindokht Molaverdi, the vice president for women and family affairs told the Mehr news agency.
“Today their children are potential drug traffickers; either because they will seek revenge for the deaths of their fathers or because they will need to financially provide for their families, as a result of lack of support by the government.”
Sistan and Baluchistan in south east part of Iran
It was unclear when the men in the unnamed village died or whether the executions were carried out at once or over an extended period of time.

Many refugees fear they will not be able to continue journey as new border controls by Balkan states leave them trapped.

There are some 22,000 refugees in Greece, with many trying to reach other European nations

Many refugees fear they will not be able to continue journey as new border controls by Balkan states leave them trapped

The UN is warning of a growing humanitarian challenge along Macedonia’s border with Greece as up to 7,000 people fleeing war in the Middle East and beyond remain stuck there, demanding they be allowed to cross.
Tensions are high as temperatures dip and many fear they will not be able to continue their journey.
Four Balkans countries have announced a daily cap on how many people can pass through and Austria has restricted entry for hundreds of thousands.
Consequently, Greece, a primary gateway to Europe, has been inundated with refugees following the border shutdowns.
People are trying to make their way to western and northern Europe, but border controls are forcing many into already overcrowded camps. Only some Iraqis and Syrians have been allowed to cross.
Biggest migration crisis

Iran: Inmates are subjected to transgression, violence by officials

Violence by prison officials in Mahabad Prison

Inmates in Mahabad Prison, western Iran are subjected to transgression and violence by prison officials, according to human rights activists and sources from inside Iran. Continuous inspections, insulting, cursing and attacking the prisoners were amongst the scenes repeated time and again in the past month in this jail.
Mahabad prisoners have been repeating such measures for no specific reason, and in most cases such inspections and actions would lead to attacking and insulting the inmates.
“To this day they have transferred a number of inmates outside of the ward, tying them up, cursing, punishing and harassing them by splashing water on them,” an informed source said to Hrana. 
A prisoner who has recently been released named a number of the individuals harassing the prisoners as Major Jam’i, representative of the special anti-riot unit; Safari, head of prison security; and guard officers Ghanipour and Jahedi.
Around 700 inmates are held in the Mahabad Prison while the capacity of this facility is at a maximum of 400 inmates. This has forced the prisoners to live in packed conditions and more inmates seen sleeping on the floors.
Around 40 political prisoners are held in Mahabad Prison and they are not separated from other inmates. Nearly 50 prisoners are on death row, most of whom are condemned on drug-related charges.

Iran Revolutionary Guards Corps, IRGC arrests book sellers

Crackdown in Iran

As part of the continuous crackdown on freedom of thought and speech, the head of the IRGC intelligence in Gilan Province, northern Iran, said members of a group have been arrested for what he called as 'distributing and publishing deviant books.” 
Mehdi Roudbareki said in an interview with Tasnim news agency on Thursday, February 25th that these individuals “launched a front company and began making contacts and attracting customers”.
Over 3,000 such books, such as “Satanic Verses” and published material related to the Baha’i minorities, were confiscated from these individuals, according to this IRGC intelligence official.
Books related to the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI) and monarchists were other publications confiscated by the Gilan IRGC intelligence teams. 
These individuals have been handed to the judiciary branch, the Gilan IRGC intel chief added.
It has been years that many books are banned inside Iran and they are provided to those interested through the Internet and underground markers.
The price for printed versions of these books is usually expensive. However, the market of banned books in Iran have their share of customers and in recent years street vendors have been seen entering this market.
Book censorship and increasing restrictions on publications is the most important element behind the growth of the underground book market in Iran. Back in December the Iran Writers Center issued a statement once again protesting the policies of the Iranian regime in the field of culture.

Iran - Maryam Radjavi: Le régime du guide suprême, l’ennemi des femmes

Iran - Maryam Radjavi: Le régime du guide suprême, l’ennemi des femmes
Discours de Maryam Radjavi
pour la Journée internationale des Femmes
Paris – 27 février 2016

Mesdames et Messieurs
Très chères sœurs,
Parlementaires, intellectuelles, éminentes personnalités et militantes du mouvement pour l’égalité !
La journée internationale des femmes approche. Le 8 mars est dédié aux femmes qui ont lutté et luttent pour l’égalité et la liberté, des femmes qui se dressent pour des lendemains glorieux et un monde meilleur, et pour qui la résignation, le désespoir et l’impuissance n’ont pas de sens.

Aujourd’hui, les femmes courageuses dans les prisons politiques en Iran et les mères intrépides qui se sont maintes fois insurgées devant la prison d’Evine à Téhéran, sont avec nous.
Nous saluons également les femmes d’avant-garde iraniennes qui se sont insurgées contre deux dictatures, de l’organisation des Fedayines du peuple et de l’organisation des Moudjahidine du peuple, et qui ont laissé leur vie comme FatemehAmini et MarziehOskouï, jusqu’à AchrafRadjavi et toutes les femmes qui se sont dressées contre le régime du guide suprême. Je pense en particulier à Zahra Rajabi qui a été assassinée par des terroristes de Téhéran il y a 20 ans en Turquie. Je pense aussi à Zohreh Ghaemi, GuitiGuivechiniyan, Saba Haft-Baradaran, AssiehRakhchani, MahdiehMadadzadeh, NayerehRabii et toutes mes sœurs héroïques qui ont été tuées aux camps d’Achraf et Liberty.

40 ONG et plus de 75 artistes à travers le monde demandent la libération d’Atena Farghadani en Iran

40 ONG et plus de 75 artistes à travers le monde demandent la libération d’Atena Farghadani en Iran
Quarante ONG et plus de soixante-quinze artistes, journalistes et écrivains à travers le monde ont écrit au président du régime iranien, Hassan Rohani, une lettre dans laquelle ils ont demandé la libération d’Atena Farghadani (dessinatrice, défenseur des droits civiques et des droits des enfants).
Les auteurs de cette lettre ont demandé au président du régime iranien de faire libérer Atena Farghadani qui a été emprisonnée uniquement pour la publication sur Internet d’une caricature.
Madame Farghadani a été arrêtée en septembre 2015 par des pasdaran, mais elle a été libérée après le versement d’une caution. Dans une interview elle a déclaré que durant sa détention, elle a longuement été interrogée sur ses dessins, sur ses relations avec les familles des victimes de la répression des protestations postélectorales en 2009 et sur ses contactes avec des personnes de confession bahaïe.
Après sa libération, elle a déclaré dans une vidéo diffusée sur Internet que dans les prisons contrôlées par les pasdaran, l’intimité des prisonniers n’est nullement respectée et les détenus sont sous surveillance vidéo permanent même dans des toilettes et dans des salles de douche.
Le 10 janvier 2016, Atena Farghadani a été de nouveau arrêtée et elle a été écrouée dans la prison de Ghartchak située près de Varamine. En février 2016, à la suite de sa grève de la faim, elle a été transférée à la prison d’Evine.
Parmi les signataires de la lettre pour demander la libération d’Atena Farghadani, il y a notamment : Le Dr. Robert Russell (le Directeur Exécutif de « Cartoonists Rights Network International ») ; l’ONG « Article 19 » ; « Reporters Sans Frontières » ; des associations de journalistes dans plusieurs pays (notamment Biélorussie, Brésil, Roumanie et Pakistan) ; « PEN club international » (une association d’écrivains qui a des sections dans de nombreux pays à travers le monde).
Atena Farghadani qui milite également pour les droits des enfants et des minorités, avait été exclue de l'école des beaux-arts de Téhéran pour avoir dessiné une allégorie sur le Parlement des mollahs
Atena Farghadani qui milite également pour les droits des enfants et des minorités, avait été exclue de l'école des beaux-arts de Téhéran pour avoir dessiné une allégorie sur le Parlement des mollahs

jeudi 25 février 2016

Iran: Another hanging of the victims of mullahs’ regime in the city of Gorgan

Execution in Iran

According to an exclusive report from the Central Prison in the City of Gorgan, northeastern Iran, a prisoner was hanged last Sunday, February 21 simply for drug charges. The identity of the individual has been announced as 52-year old Morad Ali Rajablu. 
This is despite repeated calls from international human rights org. that killing a prisoner just for having a small amount of drugs is not justified and must not be carried out.

Iran regime introduces female agents of the so called Moral Police at ski resorts

Limitation for women in Iran

Tehran’s famous ski resort of Darbandsar, some 35 kilometers north of the capital, is the second highest mountain in Iran. On weekends this ski resort becomes one of the favorite site for many Iranians and it is only an hour drive from the capital. Men and women are seen playing winter sports.
The state-run Asr-e Iran news agency in this regard reported the presence of female members of the Moral Police to control and impose pressure on women and youth in this area. A picture of these agents has also been posted.

Iran regime has issued prison sentences to 4 civil activists

Crackdown of civil activists in Iran

An Iranian regime appeals court upheld a previously announced jail terms for 4 civil rights advocates on Sunday, February 21. 
Mr. Arash Sadeghi has been sentence to 15 years imprisonment, Ms. Golrokh Iraie to 6 years, and two other men, Behnam Musivand and Navid Kamrian each to a year behind bars. The rulings for these individuals are final.

Hassan Rouhani's Deputy shocking acknowledgement of brutal executions in Iran

All men in a village in Sistan and Baluchistan have been executed
ٔNCRI - In an interview with Mehr state news agency on 25 February 2016, Shahindokht Molaverdi, Rouhani's Deputy in Women and Family Affairs, acknowledged a minute section of Iranian regime’s criminal record and the unparalleled dimension of the executions. “We have a village in Sistan and Baluchistan that all of the men in that village have been executed,” Molaverdi said. “If the man of a family commits a crime, his wife and children must be punished? We have many cases were the man of the family has been thrown in prison for drug-trafficking or any other crime and the law has confiscated his belongings while a small apartment had been the only shelter for his wife and children… They have confiscated the only apartment of a family paying no heed to what a woman and her three children are to do [without a place to live].”

EIFA condamne l'ingérence de Qasem Soleimani commandant de la Force criminelle iranienne dans le pays

EIFA condamne l'ingérence de Qasem Soleimani commandant de la Force criminelle iranienne dans le pays
Communiqué de presse de l'Association européenne pour la liberté en Irak (EIFA), le 25 février 2016
La visite du général Qasem Soleimani, commandant de la Force criminelle Al-Qods iranienne à Bagdad, est l'un de ses premiers voyages après avoir été grièvement blessé en Syrie en novembre dernier. Son objectif est de prévenir l'effondrement des milices chiites et de renforcer leur contrôle.
Actuellement, le commandant des milices Badr est Hadi Ameri, le commandant du Hezbollah est Abou-Mahdi Mohandess et le commandant de l'AAH est Qais Khazali. Ces trois milices tombent sous le commandement suprême de la Force terroriste Al-Qods iranienne, dirigée par Soleimani.
Au cours des dernières semaines, les chefs religieux les plus éminents et des personnalités politiques chiites et sunnites ont appelé au désarmement des milices affiliées au régime iranien et Abadi a appelé à une réduction de leur nombre de 30 %, provoquant une grande colère et un ressentiment profond dans leurs rangs. Un état de quasi-anarchie sans foi ni loi existe maintenant dans de nombreuses parties de l'Irak, menant le régime iranien à la panique.

En Iran, il y a un village où tous les hommes ont été exécutés – adjointe du président

En Iran, il y a un village où tous les hommes ont été exécutés – adjointe du président
Chahindokht Mowlaverdi, l’adjointe du président du régime iranien pour les affaires des femmes et des familles, a critiqué la suppression de la loi l’aide aux familles des personnes exécutées. Elle a précisé : « Dans la province de Sistan-Baloutchestan [au sud-est de l’Iran], il y a un village où tous les hommes ont été exécutés ».
Elle a déclaré dans une interview avec l’agence de presse Mehr : « Nous avons de nombreux cas où le chef de famille a été emprisonné pour avoir commis un délit et le tribunal a ordonné la confiscation du logement de la famille. Que dit le législateur concernant la confiscation du seul abri d’une mère de famille avec trois enfants. Dans de telles situations, quels sont les devoirs de l’exécutif ? »

mercredi 24 février 2016

Iran’s sham elections - Paria Kohandel

Illustration on the mullahs domination of the election process in Iran by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

On March 6, 2006, I was nine years old and I was looking forward to the Iranian New Year. That morning I heard the doorbell ring. It was longer than usual. I was alone at home and as I was wondering whether I should answer it, the main glass door of the apartment complex was smashed and several strangers stormed our little house. I saw my father with them. He was handcuffed. I started screaming as I began to grasp what was happening.
I knew that my father had been arrested twice before by the notorious Ministry of Intelligence. I grabbed my father to prevent him being taken away by them again and one of the agents pulled a gun and put it to my head. The message was clear. My dad was dragged away.

Iran: jail term and lashing for an artist

Crackdown of artists  in Iran

Tehran’s appeals court has sentenced Keivan Karimi, a 30-year-old cinema director to 223 lashes, a 200 million rial fine (around $$5,715) and 1 year behind bars. The lawyer of this filmmaker was informed of this ruling on February 20.
The charges raised against Karimi are propaganda against the state and insulting the sanctities. The latter charge is due to one of his films by the name of “Writing Across the City” that was never actually shown in cinemas.

Iran: Another political prisoner on hunger Strike

political prisoner Saeed Hosseinzadeh

In his letter from inside Ward 7 of the notorious Evin Prison after 3 days of hunger strike, Saeed Hosseinzadeh, political prisoner and civil activist wrote: “The court ruling issued for me added to my earlier sentence. A need for medical leave and the fact that I am not physically fit to serve time in jail has been confirmed. Despite all this, due to the fact that Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) intelligence elements oppose this ruling, they are preventing my release from prison.”
Saeed Hosseinzadeh suffered from numerous illnesses while in jail, including breathing disorders, rheumatism, heart illnesses and intestinal disorders. However, despite all the legal follow-ups regarding his judicial dossier, his lawyer has yet to be allowed to review his client’s case.
Hosseinzadeh was arrested at his home by IRGC agents back in September 2014 and immediately transferred to solitary confinement in the IRGC-controlled ward 2A of Evin Prison. In a preliminary court he was sentenced to 7 years behind bars for propaganda against the state and insulting the supreme leader.

Syrian opposition yet to agree to fighting halt

Russian air strikes in Syria

BEIRUT (Reuters) Feb. 24, 2016 - Syria’s main opposition group said it has yet to commit to a U.S.-Russian plan to stop fighting in Syria on Saturday, underlining rebel doubts over a deal they fear will not prevent Russian air strikes against them.
Combatants are required to say whether they will agree to the 'cessation of hostilities' by noon on Friday (0500 ET), and to halt fighting at midnight Saturday. The deal does not include Islamic State or the Nusra Front, an al Qaeda affiliate which is widely deployed in opposition-held areas.
The United Nations hopes the planned cessation of hostilities will provide a breathing space for Syrian peace talks to resume.
The last round in Geneva broke up earlier this month without progress after the Syrian government launched a Russian-backed offensive on the city of Aleppo, where more fighting was reported on Wednesday.
The Saudi-backed HNC, which groups political and armed opponents of President Bashar al-Assad, said on Monday it had 'given its acceptance of international efforts for a cessation of hostilities'.

Déclaration de Maryam Radjavi sur la parodie électorale en Iran

Déclaration de Maryam Radjavi sur la parodie électorale en Iran
Quelle que soit l’issue de la parodie électorale en Iran, le régime en sortira affaibli, les luttes intestines du pouvoir exacerbées et le ressentiment populaire envers le régime amplifié.
La Présidente-élue de la Résistance Iranienne, Maryam Radjavi, a affirmé que quelle que soit l’issue de la farce électorale pour le renouvellement du Majlis et de l’Assemblée des Experts en Iran, qui n’ont pas la moindre légitimité aux yeux du peuple iranien, le régime en sortira affaibli, ses crises internes exacerbées et le ressentiment de la population à l’égard des factions corrompues et criminelles des mollahs amplifié.

Amnesty International – le rapport annuel sur l'Iran (2015/2016)

Amnesty International – le rapport annuel en Iran 2015/2016
Amnesty International : Les autorités ont imposé des restrictions sévères à la liberté d’expression, d’association et de réunion. Des journalistes, des défenseurs des droits humains et des syndicalistes, entre autres voix dissidentes, ont été arrêtés et emprisonnés sur la base d’accusations vagues et de portée large. Le recours à la torture et à d’autres formes de mauvais traitements est resté répandu, en toute impunité. Les conditions de détention étaient éprouvantes.
Cette année encore des procès inéquitables ont eu lieu, débouchant dans certains cas sur des condamnations à mort. Les femmes, ainsi que les membres des minorités ethniques et religieuses, souffraient de discrimination généralisée, dans la loi et dans la pratique. Des châtiments cruels ont été appliqués ; des condamnés ont notamment été rendus aveugles, amputés ou fouettés. Les tribunaux ont prononcé des condamnations à mort pour toute une série de crimes ; de nombreux prisonniers, dont au moins quatre mineurs délinquants, ont été exécutés.

mardi 23 février 2016

Iran: Baha’i citizens tried in absentia

Seven Baha’i citizens, including three women living in Isfahan, were tried in absentia, without prior information or the presence of their lawyers in the court.
Court officials told one of the women who referred to the court on February 16, to introduce her lawyer, that her “trial was held in her absence and her sentence as well as those of six others will be announced in two days.”
Mmes. Matin Janemian, Yeganeh Agahi and Zarrin Agha-Babaee were among those tried in absentia.
They had been arrested in their homes along with 13 other Baha’i citizens in Isfahan by security forces on November 15, 2015.

Iran: Member of women's national volleyball team killed

Fa'ezeh Ghazipoor, a high school student and member of volleyball youth team, was killed in the northern city of Neka.
She went to an apartment to purchase energy pills but the seller had a different plan. When the young girl realized, she started crying out and making noise in an attempt to escape the scene.
People hearing the noise gathered around the building before witnessing the strange scene of the national team member throwing herself down. The young volleyball player lost her life in Sari’s hospital.
Under the mullahs’ rule, if the young girl had given up to rape, she would have been stoned to death on the charge of adultery and if she defended herself she would have been hanged just like Reyhaneh Jabbari.
The state media announced three unnamed individuals were arrested in connection with this incident without giving any details.

Iran holds a Syrian political 3prisoner who entered the country by mistake

Ramadan Ahmed Kamal, a political prisoner from the Syrian city of Kubani, held in Iran prison

Ramadan Ahmed Kamal, a political prisoner from Syrian detained in Gohardasht Prison of Karaj, west of Iran, is on hunger strike protesting authorities’ refusal to provide him any medical care.
It is worth noting that this political prisoner is from the city of Kubani in Syria. Back in 2008 he had mistakenly entered Iran with three Kurdistan Workers Party members and was arrested by Iranian border guards.
This Kurdish prisoner was sentenced to death for his membership in the PKK. However, Iran’s supreme court decreased his sentence to 10 years behind bars.
Amnesty International issued a statement on 26 January 2016 calling for “Urgent Action” on the conditions of this Kurdish political prisoner.
Prior to this Kamal had written a letter to Dr. Ahmed Shaheed, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran, reporting how he had been beaten by prison guards in Gohardasht Prison.

Iran: A woman protests harsh treatment of his imprisoned son

Protest in Iran

The mother of a jailed activist protested her son’s conditions and demanded his court case be clarified immediately. Shayeste al-Sadat Shahidi is the mother of Ali Shariati who is currently detained in ward 8 of Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison . One year after his apprehension he remains in limbo and under so-called temporary detention, whereas he has never been informed of his temporary detention being extended.
“It has been a year since they raided our house and arrested him. However, he remains in temporary detention while not temporary detention takes 1 year!” said the mother of this prisoner in her protests.
“In court they raised the charges of ‘assembly and collusion’ against Ali, along with ‘propaganda against the state’, ‘insulting the leader’, ‘insulting the president’ and ‘having satellite TV equipment’,” she added.
“I also followed up on other matters. However, the judge has to deliver his ruling and the ministry has yet to report on this case,” Mrs. Shahidi continued.
“When I go to follow up on his case the office manager the ruling is being typed. Then when I call they say it is not being typed, but they are waiting for the judge to answer!” she added.

Iranian Security forces arrested two dozen activists in Saghez, western Iran

Arrested 20 civil activists in the city of Saghez

More than 20 civil activists have been arrested in the city of Saghez, western Iran. Security authorities says the reason for these arrests is their membership and activities in support of Kurdish parties opposing the Islamic regime. Nearly all those arrested are known civil activists in the city of Saghez.
A number of their names and identifications have been revealed: Nader Majidian, Ali Daraie (Farshad), Saman Rabbani and Hoshiyar Heydari.

Les députes françaises ont exprimées leur solidarité avec les femmes de la résistance iranienne - Vidéo

A la veille de la journée internationale des femmes, les députées Martine Carrillon - Couvreur, Catherine quéré et Martine Faure se sont exprimées sur la situation des femmes en Iran, à la prise avec le régime misogynes des Mollahs. Elles ont également exprime leur solidarité avec le combat des iraniennes pour l’Egalite au sein de la résistance iranienne. 

Iran – Condamnation d’un étudiant à 19 ans de prison

Iran – Condamnation d’un étudiant à 19 ans de prison
Iran – Condamnation d’un étudiant à 19 ans de prison
CNRI – Un tribunal des mollahs a condamné un étudiant dissident à 19 ans de prison. Ce verdict a été prononcé le 20 février, par la 54e Chambre du Tribunal de Téhéran, présidé par Salévati, un juge connu comme étant un exécutant des ordres du guide suprême du régime et réputé pour l’extrême sévérité de ses verdicts.
Dans ce tribunal, quatre activistes des droits civiques ont été condamné à de lourdes peines de prison. Arash Sadeghi a été condamné à 19 ans de prison ; Golrokh Iraï (l’épouse d’Arash Sadeghi), Behnam Moussavand et Navid Kamran ont été respectivement condamné à 6 ans, 3 ans et 1 an de prison.
Ces quatre personnes avaient été violement arrêtées en septembre 2014 par le département des renseignements du « Corps des gardiens de la Révolution » (pasdaran). A cause des violences des agents du régime lors de ces arrestations, la mère d’Arash Sadeghi a eu une attaque cardiaque et a décédé quelques jours pus tard dans un hôpital à Téhéran.
Arash Sadeghi était étudiant à l’université Allameh à Téhéran. Durant sa détention, il a été placé en isolement total pendant plus de 7 mois.
Des spécialistes de l’Iran ont précisé que même selon les règles de procédures en vigueurs sous l’actuel régime, le procès de ces quatre activistes a été entaché de nombreuses irrégularités. Golrokh Iraï – qui est gravement malade – n’a pas pu être présente à son procès et elle a été condamnée par contumace. Par ailleurs, le procès d’Arash Sadeghi a eu lieu alors que son avocat n’était pas présent au tribunal et qu’il n’avait pas eu la possibilité d’étudier le dossier d’accusation.

lundi 22 février 2016

Iran: 444 lashes plus 18 months behind bars, sentence issued to 6 female activists

Crackdown of women in Iran

Tehran Criminal Court has issued sentences for 18 civil activists including jail terms and lashes during the past few days. Six of these individuals are women.
Each of the 6 defendants have been sentenced to 91 days in jail and 74 lashes.
The names of these individuals are Seemeen Ayuzi, Khadije (Leila) Ghafari, Azam Najafi, Parvin Suleimani, Shermin Yamani and Sara Saedi. These civil activists were arrested on Saturday, November 21 during a peaceful rally outside Evin Prison .

Russia guilty of egregious war crimes in Syria, human rights group says

A man carries a child that survived from under debris in a site hit by airstrikes carried out by the Russian air force in the town of Douma

Amnesty International has told Sky News that Russia is guilty of some the most 'egregious' war crimes it has seen in decades.
The human rights organization claims Moscow’s warplanes have been deliberately targeting civilians and rescue workers in Syria over the last week.
Tirana Hassan, director of Amnesty’s crisis response program, said the attacks are ongoing, with strikes documented on schools, hospitals and civilian homes.
She claimed the bombing of civilian targets by Russian and Syrian forces was in itself a war crime, but warned there have been consistent reports of additional bombardments which injure and kill humanitarian workers and civilians attempting to evacuate the wounded and the dead.
The Kremlin denies it has been hitting civilian areas and insists it is dropping bombs only on terrorist targets.
However, evidence obtained by Sky News suggests that this is not the case.
Footage filmed in Aleppo five days ago shows the graphic aftermath of what’s claimed to be a Russian airstrike.

Iran: Political prisoner on hunger strike

Political prisoner Saeed Hosseinzadeh

A civil and social activist is on hunger strike in ward 7 of Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison. Authorities refusing to provide , Saeed Hosseinzadeh any medical leave, turning down forensics’ orders of this prisoner not being able to tolerate his sentence and lack of any adequate medical care are amongst the reasons he is currently on hunger strike. Hosseinzadeh was arrested by Revolutionary Guards members at his home in September 2014 and immediately transferred to ward 2A of Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison. 

Iran: death sentence of young Kurdish man becomes definite

Young Kurdish Heyman Uraminezhad

Iran appeal’s court confirmed the death sentence issued to a juvenile who was under the age of 18 at the time of attributed crime. The country’s Supreme Court upheld the death sentence issued for a young man by the name of Heyman Uraminezhad.
This young man is currently held in Sanandaj Central Prison waiting for his sentence to be carried out. Heyman is currently 21 years old and was convicted on premeditated murder by the Sanandaj Prime Court.

Iran: 150 yarn factory workers protest demanding job security

Workers protesting in Iran

Some 150 workers of Parand Yarn Factory gathered outside the industry complex in the city of Kashan, central Iran, planning to hold a protest rally. However, the police – already on high alert due to the upcoming sham twin elections on February 26th – intervened and prevented the workers from holding their rally.
Nearly 200 to 250 workers of this factory have been laid from work, one worker said. They have taken letters or requests to a bank to finalize the status of this factory and/or receive their demands, yet each time they return without any answers. It is worth noting this factory has around 400 employees working on 3 shifts. It also had a large number of personnel, around 250, who are now out of work and due to the recession throughout Iran they have not been able to find jobs in other factories. Many of these workers are seen selling goods on the streets and taking other jobs to make ends meet for their families.

Deutsche Welle: Poverty driven marriages in Iran

Poverty in Iran

In the province of Khorasan Razavi, northeast Iran, some 6,700 Iranian women have been registered as marrying foreign nationals, without having official marriage certificates. More than 20,000 children have been born to these marriages also without any official birth certificates. All of these happens due to poverty and needlessness, officials say.
The number of Iranian women marrying foreign nationals in this province is estimated at 12,000, of which to this day 5,300 cases of have been registered, said Mohammad Ajami, Director General of Foreign Nationals and Migrants. Ajami estimates the number of children from Iranian women marrying with Afghan men in Mashhad as 20,000, describing them as “children without registered IDs”. Poverty is one of the main reasons women are giving in to temporary marriages.

Iran official reveals about 250 children in prisons

Asghar Jahangir head of the Prison Organization

Asghar Jahangir, head of the Prison Organization admitted that there are around 200 to 250 children living inside the country’s prisons today.

dimanche 21 février 2016

Iran: Compulsory cover for women

Crackdown of women in Iran

Iran’s deputy minister of interior, Ali Molazadeh regarding the women’s Hijab said, “We have so far gone to 31 provinces and evaluated the efficiency of 40 different entities.”
Molazade said regarding the promotion of hijab, they have specified 314 tasks for 24 entities.
“Hijab conditions are not good in the private sector,” he said referring to the fact that hijab in private sectors such as drug stores, agencies and … is not good.
“Measures should be placed on schedule for the private and government branches. Employees should be provided different programs in promotion of hijab,” he added.

Iran: hijab, virtue to be implemented for young teenage girls

Compulsory cover for women in Iran

Tehran mayor Ali Mohammad Nabini oversaw the 58th Commission on Hijab and Virtue in the Iranian capital city of Tehran .
“Plans for hijab in schools are being implemented in parts of the country’s capital”, state-run sources reported citing this individual.
Mehdi Peerhadi, deputy of social and cultural in Tehran’s 3rd district, presented his report of spreading hijab in 20 different cities.
“The first phase of this plan was launched back in December, and the second and third phases began in January and February with the intention of providing training, including lessons in different branches, advisory, questions and answers with adolescents,” he said.
Peerhadi referred to the special plan for girls between the ages of 8 to 18 that has been implemented in a section of Tehran.

Iran: strike leads to scuffle with state agents in Tehran

Repressive municipality agents attack street vendors in Tehran [File Photo]

From 9 am on Thursday, February 18th, workers in a fruits and vegetables bazaar went on strike protesting insulting behavior by municipality agents and also preventing their customers from entering the bazaar. These agents intended to exploit the street vendors and attacked their goods under the pretext of searching for narcotics. Two of these street vendors were also summoned by state agents for questioning.
Storeowners in this bazaar said they will continue their strike until these two employees are allowed to return.
State agents beaten, forced out of restaurant
Agents of the Health Ministry, accompanied by repressive police officers, intended to enter a restaurant in Noroozkhanan bazaar on Thursday, February 18th. However, the employees and a group of locals protested their measures. A scuffle erupted when the agents intended to enter the restaurant by force and people prevented them from doing so, forcing them out of the facility.

Salman Rushdie’s life is once again threatened by Iran Revolutionary Guards

Irans Revolutionary Guards (IRGC)

The Iranian regime’s state media have reported that 40 state-run media outlets have jointly offered a new $600,000 bounty for the head of British author Salman Rushdie. The announcement was made to coincide with the anniversary of the fatwa issued by Ruhollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic.
Mansour Amini, the head of the Saraj Cyberspace Organization and the Secretary of the Third Exhibition of Islamic Revolution’s Digital Medias announced on February 17 the names of the outlets that contributed money to the fund. The state-run Fars News Agency, which is closely affiliated to the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), was among the largest contributors. Amini said that Fars has devoted one billion Rials, or nearly $30,000.
Cyberban also allocated one billion Rials, while Tehran Press News allocated 300 million, or nearly $10,000 and Saraj Cyberspace Organization and the Headquarters for Advocating Virtue each allocated 500 million Rials for the potential assassination.
Shahin Gobadi of the National Council of Resistance of Iran ( NCRI ) said: “This once again clearly shows that terrorism is intertwined with the very existence of this regime as one of the pillars of its survival. The mere fact that even the so-called media in this regime allocate a budget for terror manifests that all of the regime’s institutions are geared toward its ominous objectives. It’s simply ludicrous to think that one can reach out to some parts of the ruling theocracy to bring about moderation.”
Khomeini issued the fatwa against Rushdie on charges of blasphemy on February 15, 1989 to cover up the defeat of his goals in the Iran-Iraq war and in order to create crisis to divert attention from the regime’s problems and people’s demands following the Iran-Iraq war.
The regime’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei and other officials have reiterated this fatwa on a number of occasions over the past 27 years. Khamenei underscored its validity on October 20, 2015.

samedi 20 février 2016

Iran youth humiliated, paraded in the streets

Crackdown in Iran

Security police in East Azerbaijan Province, located northwest Iran, arrested four individuals for the “crime” of “yelling too loud”. These four individuals were then paraded in the city of Tabriz.
Crime: Internet activities!!
Man who filmed and posted video images on the Internet was paraded in Tehran by state security agents. State-run news agencies identified this individual as “A. Sh.”. Shalikar, commander of the district police described the individual as a hooligan and had him paraded around the city to serve as a lesson for others!

Iran: 21 years jail sentence for a university student accused of insulting the Supreme Leader

Political Prison Ali Amir-gholi

Ali Amir-gholi, an expelled industrial management student from Ghazvin Azad (Free) University, has been sentenced to 21 years behind bars by one of the most infamous judges in the radical Islamic regime of Iran. He was charged and sentenced by Judge Salavati for “insulting the Supreme leader and sanctities, propaganda against the state, disrupting public order', just because he took part in protest rallies.
This college student had prior to this been arrested and transferred to Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison for taking part in a gathering held at Khavaran cemetery marking the 20th anniversary of the 1988 massacre of political prisoners.

Iran: 5 series of strikes, protests in 3 provincial capitals

Teachers rallying in Ilam [File Photo]

On Wednesday, February 17th five series of protests and strikes staged by people from all walks of life were reported from the capitals of Ilam, Kurdistan and Kermanshah provinces in western Iran.
In Ilam a group of teachers protested not receiving their paychecks that have been delayed for a long time. This rally was held outside the districts education department building.
A group of Small Industries Organization employees rallied outside the organization building protesting the fact that their paychecks remain unpaid.
A group of employees associated to the Abkhizdaran Company in Ilam also protested not receiving their November-December paychecks.
In Sanandaj a group of pipe factory workers rallied at the company site after not receiving their November-December paychecks. This company is located in the Dehgolan industrial complex.
A group of Farhangian stores employees in Kermanshah protested not receiving their November-December paychecks. This rally was held in East Teachers’ Avenue.

Iran: Mixing political and common criminal prisoners in the notorious Evin Prison

Evin Prison in Tehran

One of the mischievous and evil plots that the Iranian regime resorts to against political prisoners, is to mix them with common criminals in order to expose them to threats and dangers of possible encounter with them.
A recent example of this evil plot was a fight and scuffle at one of the Evin Prison Wards where prisoners accused of embezzlement and other social crimes engaged in a fight with political prisoners. The incident happened when a number of individuals held in Evin for financial crimes began beating political prisoners in this facility.
The clash inside this infamous prison took place shortly before February 11 marking the 1979 revolution in Iran. Reports indicate a political prisoner by the name of Saeed Razavi Faghih was injured and transferred to the prison clinic.