Mehdi Khalaji: Iran and the Human Rights Opening

Posted on: August 8th, 2012

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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.

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Security Agents Raided Yalda Celebrations in Gorgan

Posted on: December 23rd, 2011

 

HRANA News Agency – Yalda celebrations organized by youth groups and social activists in Gorgan, Golestan Province, was cancelled after police and security agents raided the ceremony.Yalda is the Persian Winter Solstice Celebration observed on the longest night of the year.

According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), more than one hundred young citizens and social and cultural activists from Golestan Province planned Yalda celebrations which was ultimately cancelled after security agents raided the ceremony.

Prior to the celebrations, all the expenses were paid and preparations were made for a modest ceremony planned to be held in the garden of a restaurant.Guests intended to recite poems, read stories and eat dinner.

One of the organizer of Yalda celebrations in Gorgan told HRANA, “This ceremony was not political in nature at all.It was a small and simple gathering to observe Yalda, a thousand-year-old Iranian tradition.Before the celebrations began, police raided the restaurant and threw all the guests out.Then security agents cut off the electricity and prevented us from carrying out the program.”

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Plain Clothes Agents Attack Mohammad Ali Abtahi

Posted on: May 22nd, 2010

HRANA – On the morning of Thursday, May 20, 2010, a group of plain clothes agents attacked Mohammad Ali Abtahi’s car with tear gas, cables and knives.

According to Parleman News, Mohammad Ali Abtahi described the incident in the following manner: “This morning, at the end of a memorial for Mirza Javad Tehrani held in Shahre Ray that I was participating, I was attached by a number of plain clothes as I was exiting the event, and then in the middle of the highway, near the holly site a car turned in front of me and a group of motorcyclists attacked my car with kicks, cables and knives and broke the windows and threw tear gas inside my car and I was miraculously able to exit the area with broken windows and teary eyes. It was a vicious attack. No one came to help me. Very confident and without fear. God had mercy on me.”

Fars News Agency had its own, completely different, version of the story, offering the following description: “Abtahi who was supposed to participate in this event faced an attack by a group of individuals who intended to physically attack him, but police forces prevented an attack on his person. Nevertheless, Abtahi’s car was damaged, such that its windows were broken.”

Rise in Detainment and Pressures on Teachers During Teachers’ Week

Posted on: April 29th, 2010

April 29, 2010

HRA News Agency – Three members of the Teachers’ Guild Association were detained in the aftermath of the increasing pressures on Teachers’ Guild activists at the threshold of the “Teachers’ Week.” According to HRANA, On Wednesday morning April 28, officials of the Ministry of Information arrested Ali Akbar Baghani, director general of Teachers’ Guild Association, and Mohammad Beheshti Langroodi, the speaker of this association, at their place of residence. An hour later in city of Tabriz, security forces raided the personal residence of Toufigh Morteza Poor, one of the members of the Teachers’ Guild Association of Tabriz and detained him.

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The Latest News on the Condition of Human Rights Activists Victimized by the Iranian Security Apparatus

Posted on: March 26th, 2010

HRANA – In a press release, the Human Rights Activists in Iran Organization (HRAI) published the names of its detained members and associates who have been arrested over the past several months.The complete press release is as follows:

Press Release on Widespread Arrests

The Iranian Security Forces embarked on a nationwide mission against human rights defenders and, in particular, members of HRA, in February of 2010 and their mission continues in full force to date. These Actions of Security Forces had catchy names such as “American Cyber Army Defeat Mission” or “Project Against Human Rights.” However, members of HRA have given their own name to these widespread raids and arrests: “The Security Apparatus Against Human Rights Activists in Iran.” The HRA issues press releases and held a conference in which it examined the various dimensions of recent developments.

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