Negar Haeri, daughter of political prisoner Mashallah Haeri was arrested

Posted on: October 15th, 2012

HRANA News Agency – Negar Haeri, daughter of political prisoner Mashallah Haeri was arrested by security forces in Iran.

According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), during last week, Negar Haeri was arrested by security forces for following the case of his father and his bad health situation in Rajai Shar Prison. She also had been detained for this reason last year.

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Ahmed Shaheed’s third report: Rights activists beaten, raped/ About 670 people were executed in Iran in 2011, 223 in First Five Months of 2012

Posted on: October 11th, 2012

HRANA News Agency –  United Nations:  Human rights activists in Iran are subjected to beatings with batons, mock hangings, rape, sleep deprivation, and threats that family members will be raped or killed, about 670 people were executed in Iran in 2011, 223 People in First Five Months of 2012. the UN rights investigator said in a report released on Thursday.

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Statement by the spokesperson of the High Representative, Catherine Ashton, on reports of the imminent execution of Iranian prisoner Gholamreza Khosravi Savadjani

Posted on: October 9th, 2012

HRANA News Agency – The spokesperson of Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the Commission, issued the following statement today:
“The High Representative is deeply concerned about reports that the execution of Iranian prisoner Gholamreza Khosravi Savadjani may be imminent. She appeals for clemency and urges that the sentence be commuted. His death sentence contravenes Iran’s international obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. The EU holds a strong and principled position against the death penalty. The High Representative restates her call on Iran to halt all pending executions and to introduce a moratorium on the death penalty.”

HRW Calls For Release Of Jailed Iranian Teachers

Posted on: October 6th, 2012

HRANA News Agency – Human Rights Watch (HRW) has urged Iranian authorities to immediately free seven jailed teachers and to end the harassment of dozens of others.

(Beirut) – Iranian authorities should immediately free seven teachers who are behind bars solely for speaking out against the government. Iran should also end harassment of dozens of others teachers who are facing charges or who have already served time in prison on national-security-related charges. Human Rights Watch issued the call on World Teachers Day as part of a joint campaign initiated by Iranian and other international rights groups to highlight the plight of teachers who criticize the government.

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The U.N. human rights deeply worried of Iran’s cracking down on human rights activists, lawyers and journalists

Posted on: October 2nd, 2012

HRANA News Agency – GENEVA — The UN human rights agency on Tuesday voiced deep concern over the arrest and imprisonment of a number of prominent human rights and political activists, lawyers and journalists in Iran over the past two weeks.

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‘National Internet’ imminent in Iran

Posted on: September 26th, 2012

HRANA News Agency – The first phase of Iran’s national Internet project has already been launched in the country’s government departments. Activists fear it’s a step toward cutting the population off from the World Wide Web.

In the past few days, several Iranian officials have mentioned the imminent launch of “our own Internet,” or what has previously been described as the “Halal Internet.”

Reza Taghipour, Iran’s information and communications minister, announced last week that the first phase of this nationwide project, which covers governmental institutions in 29 provinces, was set to launch on September 21. Taghipour said all Iranian universities would become part of this network by early 2013, putting Iran a step closer to disconnecting itself entirely from the global Internet.

As the news spread, government officials also announced that Iran was blocking access to Google and Gmail in reaction to the US-made anti-Islam film that has triggered protests across the Muslim world in recent weeks.

Abdolsamad Khoramabadi, an Iranian official from the online censorship department, claimed the decision had been made because of request from the censorship committee.

“We received the written announcement from the Internet censorship committee this morning,” Mohammad, a software engineer living in Tehran, told DW earlier this week. “The committee described it as an act against YouTube, but YouTube was already filtered out several months ago.”

 

Human rights organizations and Internet activists believe the move marks the beginning of the end for digital freedom in Iran. But Iranian officials deny this, insisting the project will work side by side with the global Internet to “improve its speed and quality.”

“Pulling out of the global Internet is like a self-imposed sanction. It’s not logical,” said Mohammad Soleimani, the former communications minister, in an interview with the Iranian Students’ News Agency (ISNA) last week.

“There is no clear, detailed information about Iran’s national Internet project,” Amin Sabeti, a London-based Iranian blog researcher, told DW. “But I do not think Iran has the necessary infrastructure to completely cut Iranian Internet users’ access to the Internet.” But, he adds that Iranian censorship authorities can sometimes do the unexpected, such as the decision to block Google and Gmail.

Many of the official statements coming out of Iran have been worrying. Two months ago, the Communications Ministry claimed that “in 95 percent of cases you don’t need a connection to the international network to use the Internet.” Meanwhile, many Iranian officials have said a “Halal Internet” is the best way to protect “religious and national values.”

Nearly 5 million websites, including social media networks such as Facebook and Twitter, are already blocked in Iran, and the country is ranked fourth in a list of the world’s most censored countries compiled by the Committee to Protect Journalists – after Eritrea, North Korea and Syria.

 

 

 

 

 

Ahmed Shahid: in the past two years, more than 300 Christians have been arbitrarily arrested and detained in Iran

Posted on: September 23rd, 2012

HRANA News Agency – Two United Nations Special Rapporteurs have expressed in the past two years, more than 300 Christians have been arbitrarily arrested and detained in Iran.

According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA),The Special Rapporteurs welcomed the recent release of Christian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, who had received the death sentence on a charge of apostasy. The experts highlighted however the arrest and detention of hundreds of Christians over the past two years and called on the Iranian authorities to “ease the current climate of fear in which many churches operate.”

The conviction of apostasy and death sentence for Pastor Nadarkhani – who was born to Muslim parents but converted to Christianity at the age of 19 – sparked strong condemnation from governments, organizations and religious leaders around the world. Earlier this month, Pastor Nadarkhani’s charge was reduced to “evangelizing Muslims,” and his sentence to three years, which he was credited with having already served.

“Iran possesses the basic legal framework to guarantee Christians, as a group, the right to freedom of religion, and should ensure that this right is granted in practice as well,” said Dr. Bielefeldt, who noted that “the right to conversion in this context is an inseparable part of freedom of religion or belief.”

He also called for the protection of Baha’is and other religious minorities who are not recognised in Iran’s Constitution.

HRW wants Iran to lift women eduation ban

Posted on: September 23rd, 2012

HRANA News Agency – Human Rights Watch (HRW) urged Iran on Saturday to lift restrictions on women attending university and enrolling in certain academic fields. Thirty-six universities across Iran have banned women from 77 different majors, including accounting, counseling, and engineering, for the school year that begins on Saturday, Iran’s Mehr news agency reported in August.

There was no official reason given for the move, but Iranian officials have expressed alarm in recent months about the country’s declining birth and marriage rates, seen as partially caused by women’s rising educational attainment in the last two decades. In a statement released on Saturday, Human Rights Watch urged the Iranian government to immediately reverse the more restrictive policies, and said they were a violation of the international right to education for everyone without discrimination.

“As university students across Iran prepare to start the new academic year, they face serious setbacks, and women students in particular will no longer be able to pursue the education and careers of their choice,” said Liesl Gerntholtz, women’s rights director at Human Rights Watch. Women in Iran make up a majority of college students. Sixty percent of those who passed this year’s national college entrance exam were women, said Hossein Tavakoli, an official at Iran’s National Education Assessment Organization (NEAO), according to Iran’s state news agency IRNA.

Iranian Nobel Peace Laureate Shirin Ebadi argued in a letter to the United Nations in August that the closure of certain academic fields to women was part of a push by the Iranian government to stifle “women’s presence in the public arena”. Human Rights Watch said some of the banned majors include high-paying fields where women have had a greater presence in recent years, like engineering and applied science.—Reuters

E-mail sending Action: Please help save Gholamreza Khosravi and other prisoners sentenced to death in Iran

Posted on: September 21st, 2012

HRANA News Agency – This is a ‘generalized’ letter to send to the authorities around the world to urge Iranian governors to stop executions of Gholamreza Khosravi Savadjani and other prisoners sentenced to death in Iran.

Subject: Save Gholamreza Khosravi and other prisoners sentenced to death in Iran

To Whom it may concern;

“I beg you, calling on the Iranian authorities, not to execute Gholamreza Khosravi Savadjani, or anyone else sentenced to death and remind them that under international law, the death penalty can only be carried out for “the most serious crimes” which must be “intentional crimes with lethal or other extremely grave consequences. “

“I am expressing extreme concern that Gholamreza Khosravi Savadjani did not receive a fair trial, and urging the authorities to investigate the allegations that he was tortured and to bring to justice anyone found responsible for abuses.”
“Also, I am asking the authorities to make sure Gholamreza Khosravi Savadjani is protected from torture and other ill-treatment, is granted all necessary medical treatment, and is allowed immediate and regular contact with his lawyers and family.”

Sincerely,
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از شما تمنا داریم از مقامات ایران بخواهید حکم اعدام غلامرضا خسروی سوادجانی و دیگر زندانیان محکوم به اعدام را متوقف کنند. به آنان یاد آور شوید تحت قوانین بین المللی، حکم اعدام تنها مختص “جرایم بسیار خطرناک” می شود که بایستی شامل “جرایم عمدی مرگبار و یا دیگر عواقب بسیار وخیم” باشند.
شدیداً تأکید می کنیم که غلامرضا خسروی سوادجانی از دادگاه صالحه برخوردار نبوده، و مقامات ایران را تحت فشار قرار دهید تا مورد شکنجه شدن تا دادگاه وی را تحت پیگرد قانونی قرار دهند و کسانی که در این پروسه از مسئولیت خود سوء استفاده کرده اند را محاکمه کنند.
همچنین از مسئولین جمهوری اسلامی می خواهیم اطمینان دهند که غلامرضا خسروانی از هر گونه شکنجه و بد رفتاری ها مصون خواهد بود، کمک های پزشکی مورد نیاز را دریافت کرده و اجازه خواهد داشت به طور منظم با وکیل و خانواده اش در تماس باشد.

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