Here’s how Iran censors the Internet

Posted on: August 16th, 2013

Discussion of Internet censorship usually focuses on China and its “Great Firewall.” But the Chinese Communist Party isn’t the only regime that censors its Internet. Iran does too.

Little is known about Iran’s censorship system because Iranian citizens who probe the network from inside the country risk reprisals from the government. But earlier this year, two anonymous Iranians teamed up with Alex Halderman, a computer science professor at the University of Michigan, to conduct one of the first systematic studies of Iranian Internet censorship to be published outside Iran. Halderman presented his findings at a Tuesday talk at the Usenix Security conference in Washington, D.C. (more…)


Iranian authorities target Internet, media before elections

Posted on: June 14th, 2013

The BBC’s Persian service reported that at least five opposition websites–Khodnevis, Saham News, The Communist Party of Iran, the Voice of the Green Wave, and Defender of Human Rights–had been briefly hacked. The conservative news website Emad News also reported that RASA Iran Green Media, Rowzane, Centre for Supporters of Human Rights, and Ostanban had been hacked, and showed before-and-after pictures of the websites. (more…)


Women, Law and Sexuality in Iran

Posted on: May 27th, 2013

Establishment of Islamic regime amounted to controlling women’s sexuality and sexual rights directly. At its first years of existence, regulations were made to restrain unveiled women from working in governmental offices. Additionally deprived them from presenting in public sphere until 1982 when the state stabilized legal violence against women by criminalizing unveiled appearance in public punishable to fine or prison. Prostitutes were killed harshly and brothels were put on fire in order of Imam Khomeini. As the documents show state’s policy was aimed to reinforce Islamic morality (in men’s favor) thought out the society.

In short, I can conclude that the state and men in the families have power on issues related to women’s sexuality; obtaining divorce, extra marital relationships,  sexual behavior, and dress code.On the other hand, men’s sexuality is not being considered as an important issue to be restrained, yet as a liberate power to be used for controlling women’s sexuality in order to safeguard the social security. Sharia as a political ground became a legitimate device to regressive social and legal rules such as gender discrimination in civil and penal codes, gender segregation, and moral police introduced under social security project initiated by Ahmadinejad’s government.

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Gholam Reza Khosravi’s Mother’s Letter to Ahmad Shahid and Ban Ki-moon

Posted on: April 17th, 2013

HRANA News Agency – Beigom Yadi is the mother of the political prisoner Gholam-Reza Khosravi Savad-Jani. She has written letters to Ban Ki-moon, the UN Secretary General, and Ahmad Shahid , United Nation Reporter for Human Rights in Iran. After expressing her gratitude for their efforts, she said the actions taken so far have not helped much.

 

In her letter to Ahmad Shahid she said ‘Gholam-Reza has been in prison for more than 5 years and he will finish his sentence soon but has not been given access to visitors or permission for an outside visit. (more…)


EU SANCTIONS IRAN JUDGES, CYBER POLICE FOR RIGHTS ABUSE

Posted on: March 17th, 2013

(AFP) – Iranian judges, media officials and a special police Internet monitoring unit linked to the death of a dissident in custody were added Tuesday to the EU’s sanctions list against Tehran for grave human rights violations.

The Iranian Cyber Police unit was set up in 2011, taking on anti-revolutionary and dissident groups who organised protests in 2009 against the re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the European Union’s Official Journal said. (more…)


Sattar Beheshti had been tortured

Posted on: March 7th, 2013

The testimony of 41 political prisoners in ward 350 of Evin: Sattar Beheshti had been tortured

HRANA News Agency – According to reports published by media outlets, Sattar Beheshti was arrested by the cyber police, a subsidiary of the nation’s security forces on October 30th 2012. On November 6th, Mr Beheshti’s family was reportedly informed of his passing, requesting that his body be collected at the Kahrizak morgue. All along, the family was threatened not to speak to anyone regarding this matter. (more…)


Justice Delayed: The massacre of political prisoners in Iran

Posted on: September 21st, 2012

HRANA News Agency – Massacre of Political Prisoners in Iran 1988, is  one of the darkest human rights violations in Iranian history. WNN Iranian reporter Elahe Amani shares insight and history into the increasing need for Iranian government accountability.

1988 is a year that thousands of political prisoners were executed in Iran followed by dumping their bodies in a mass grave in the outskirt of Tehran. Who were these prisoners in Iran?  What crimes did they commit? Why were they executed en masse? (more…)


Has Britain’s war on drugs led to more executions in Iran?

Posted on: September 16th, 2012

HRANA News Agency – Human rights campaigners are increasingly worried that funding to combat the narcotics trade is providing indirect assistance to a judicial system that is engaged in what has been described as ‘a killing spree of staggering proportions’.

In Vakilabad prison, northern Iran, there is a long beam that can take up to 60 nooses. The condemned are made to stand on stools which are then kicked away. Vakilabad’s record is 89 executions in one day. (more…)


Mehdi Khalaji: Iran and the Human Rights Opening

Posted on: August 8th, 2012

HRANA News Agency – The West’s single-minded focus on the nuclear dossier has permitted Iranian authorities to widen their violations of human rights.

With tensions mounting over Iran’s nuclear program, the West has dealt the Tehran regime crippling blows on several fronts, including through sanctions, the targeted killing of scientists, and cyber operations such as the Stuxnet virus. Tehran is no doubt reeling but regime leaders have spotted a silver lining: The West’s single-minded focus on the nuclear dossier has permitted them to widen their violations of human rights. (more…)