Catastrophic Situation of Working Street Children

HRANA- Investigative research done at Beheshti University on Iran’s street children shows that these children suffer from a multitude of physical and mental health problems.These children often have very poor reading and writing skills, communication skills, and are underdeveloped emotionally.

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Three Girls Under 10 Married in Azerbaijan

HRANA News Agency – Mohammad Javan, the Director of Civil Resgistry in West Azerbaijan Province, has reported that marriages of three girls under the age of 10 have been recorded in this province since the beginning of the current [Persian] year.

According to a report by Sirwan Weekly Publication, Mohammad Javan also announced that amongst 9 Azerbaijani elderly women who married in same period of time, the oldest was 75 years old.The Director of Civil Registry added, “Since the beginning of the current [Persian] year, marriages for 23 boys under 15 years of age and 55 men above 75 years of age were registered in Azerbaijan.”

In the current [Persian] year, 9,200 marriages in cities and 6,400 marriages in rural areas were registered in this province.Mohammad Javan reported, “Our research reveals that in this period of time, there have been 1400 divorces in the cities and 400 divorces in the rural regions of the province.”

Additionally, there have been 13 divorces registered in Azerbaijan Province for girls between the ages of 10 to 14, and the oldest woman divorced was 75 years old.

The youngest boy divorced in Azerbaijan Province was 15 years old, and the oldest men divorced were 75.Divorces for one boy in the first category and 36 men from the second category have been registered in the current [Persian] year.

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Two Children Raped and One Murdered in One Month

HRANA – The social work unit of the Children’s Rights Agency issued a report regarding the child abuses cases it has investigated between April 21 and May 22, 2010 (dates correspond to the second month of the year 1389 of the Persian calendar).

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Four Suicides in Ilam Province

HRANA News Agency – In the last month, at least four residents of Abdanan in Ilam province have attempted suicide, resulting in three deaths.

According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), because of widespread poverty, addiction, unemployment, and family disputes, the tragic phenomenon of suicide is alarmingly spreading amongst residents of Abdanan.

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A Teen on Trial for Killing a Basiji

HRANA News Agency – Two years ago, at the age of seventeen, Ali Nasiri was arrested and charged with vehicular homicide resulting in the death of a basiji.During this time, Ali Nasiri has been locked up in Rajai-Shahr Prison in a state of limbo.It is believed that the case against him has been fabricated by the security and judiciary officials.

Born in 1992, Ali Nasiri was only seventeen years old when he was arrested on June 14, 2009 during the protests following the presidential elections in Iran.Together with his friends, Ali Nasiri was stopped while driving his car on Paknejad Blvd. in Saadat Abad and was immediately transferred to the Shahpur Detention Center.Although he was released on bail after eight days, his vehicle remained impounded by the Shahpur Intelligence Agency.

According to a report by Human Rights Activists for Democracy in Iran, on the same night after Ali Nasiri had been locked up for several hours at the Shahpur Detention Center, a few members of Iran’s Basiji Militia were run over by an unknown motorist while they were stopping vehicles on Kakh Square.As a result of this hit and run incident, a Basiji named Hussein Qollam Kabiri was killed.

After a few days following his release, Ali Nasiri received a letter informing him that in order to pick up his vehicle, he had to go to the Intelligence Agency on July 31, 2009. When he showed up at the agency on the designated date, Ali Nasiri was arrested again and subsequently first transferred to the Juvenile Center and then to Rajai-Shahr Prison.

After spending two years in prison in a state of limbo and uncertainty, Ali Nasiri was finally put on trial this month on charges of not having a driving license and also participating in the murder of Hussein Qollam Kabiri.Although there is an obvious time discrepancy between when the accused was detained while driving and when the hit and run occurred, during the trial, Judge Aziz Mohammadi insisted on finding Ali Nasiri responsible for the charges.

 

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Baluchi Teenager Taken Hostage by Intelligence Agency for 20 months

 

HRANA News Agency – Mohammad Saber Malek Raisi, a Baluchi teenager who was kidnapped by the Iranian Intelligence Agency 20 months ago, still remains locked up in solitary confinement.

 

According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), this Baluchi teenager was arrested in late 2009 in Chahbahar County because his brother refused to cooperate with the Ministry of Intelligence and National Security of the Islamic Republic of Iran.  Mohammad Saber Malek Raisi has been locked up since then in solitary confinement in a detention center in the city of Zahedan, [Sistan and Baluchestan Province].

 

In the last twenty months, Mohammad Saber Malek Raisi has been denied access to phone or visits with his family.  During this time, he has also been unable to attend school and has fallen behind his education.

 

Since Zahedan Intelligence Agency has neither offered any explanation regarding this teenager’s continued detention nor Mohammad Saber Malek Raisi has been tried for any crimes, it is safe to conclude that the arrest has been done illegally.

 

In an earlier interview with HRANA, Mohammad’s brother expressed his concern and said that he was worried about his brother’s continued detention since the Intelligence Agency could be holding Mohammad hostage until he would be at a legal age to be executed.

 

Despite the fact that one year ago the news of this arrest was published, and Mohammad Saber Malek Raisi was introduced to the world as Iran’s youngest political prisoner, human rights organizations inside or outside Iran have made no effort to look into this prisoner’s condition.

 

In short, Mohammad Saber Malek Raisi has been denied the right to attend school or pursuit a normal life for twenty months, and his family has not been allowed to see their child for the same period of time.