Youth in Peril – Film Screening of “Don’t Bury My Heart” and Panel Discussion

The Sydney Feminists have teamed up with United Nations Youth Australia to bring you a screening of “Don’t Bury My Heart”, a powerful documentary about child executions in Iran.  Created by director/producer Saba Vasefi, the film has been screened for the BBC, Amnesty International in London, as well as the Copenhagen International Film Festival, the Iran Human Rights forum at the University of Oslo and the UN in Geneva. Continue reading “Youth in Peril – Film Screening of “Don’t Bury My Heart” and Panel Discussion”

Here’s how Iran censors the Internet

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. Continue reading “Here’s how Iran censors the Internet”

Iranian authorities target Internet, media before elections

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. Continue reading “Iranian authorities target Internet, media before elections”

Women, Law and Sexuality in Iran

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

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. Continue reading “Gholam Reza Khosravi’s Mother’s Letter to Ahmad Shahid and Ban Ki-moon”


(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. Continue reading “EU SANCTIONS IRAN JUDGES, CYBER POLICE FOR RIGHTS ABUSE”

Sattar Beheshti had been tortured

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. Continue reading “Sattar Beheshti had been tortured”

Justice Delayed: The massacre of political prisoners in Iran

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? Continue reading “Justice Delayed: The massacre of political prisoners in Iran”

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

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. Continue reading “Has Britain’s war on drugs led to more executions in Iran?”