Plain Clothes Agents Opened Fire at 2 Dervishes

HRANA News Agency – On Thursday, November 16, 2011, Security agents attempted to detain two members of Nimatullahi Gonabadi Sufi Sect in Kavar County, Fars Province, Iran, and opened fire at them when the dervishes resisted arrest.

According to a report by Majzooban Nur, Nimatullahi Gonabadi Order website, on Thursday afternoon, while Zabehe Kurdpour and Reza Poshtkar were heading towards the dervishes’ temple in Kavar County, security agents together with plain-clothes officers stopped them and attempted to detain both dervishes.When Zabehe Kurdpour and Reza Poshtkar resisted arrest and tried to escape, security agents opened fire at them.During this incident, no one was injured.

Recently, pressure on Gonabadi dervishes in Kavar County has increased, and more arrests are made continuously such that the members of this religious minority feel more threatened and insecure every day.

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Ayatollah Mohseni Eje’i Won the International Bludgeon Award

HRANA News Agency – Ayatollah Mohseni Eje’i, Prosecutor of Iran, was chosen as the winner of the International Bludgeon Award of the Woman’s Link worldwide as the most anti-woman judge in the world. In their announcement, the organization who awards the number one pro-women and anti-women judges in the world every year, said: ‘the Bludgeon went to a decision of the Supreme Court of Iran which found that wives who refuse to comply with their conjugal duties cannot file for a divorce even if the husband takes another woman as a wife. This decision was nominated by Shadi Sadr from Justice for Iran.”

Following the decision of the Supreme Court of Iran regarding limiting the right to divorce for women, on March 13, 2011, Justice for Iran nominated Ayatollah Mohseni Eje’i, as well as the majority of the judges on the Supreme Court, for the International Bludgeon award for having voted in favor of this decision. In a call for action, Justice for Iran asked everyone to use the Women’s Link Worldwide website and vote for Ayatollah Mohseni Eje’i.

The call for action stated: “The nomination is due to the decision issued by the Supreme Court in October 2010 based on which, if a women disobeys her husband sexually, and leaves his house, she can no longer use the right of divorce obtained as a marriage condition, even if her husband takes another wife. Based on this, if a wife has disagreement with her husband and leaves him and the husband takes another wife without obtaining her permission, the first wife is considered to be disobedient and thereby cannot obtain a divorce based on her marriage contract conditions. This is while according to the Iranian law, not only the husband has the right to have multiple wives, but also, if he so chooses, he can divorce his wife whenever he wants without providing any reasons as to why. According to the text of the vote published in the official gazette, Ayatollah Mohseni Eje’i stated his agreement with the elimination of the right of the women given to her by the marriage condition prior to the voting of the other judges. The blatant injustice ingrained in this vote and the negatives effects of it on the lives of all married or to be married Iranian women motivated Justice for Iran to nominate Mohseni Eje’i and the members of the Iranian Supreme Court for the worse judge of the year award.”

Twenty three other judges, other than Mohseni Eje’i, were nominated from countries of Spain, Colombia, UK, Argentina, El Salvador, the Philippines, Kenya, Mexico, Canada, Ecuador, and Cambodia.

Last night, on June 2, 2011, in a ceremony in Madrid, the jury awarded Mohseni Eje’i to be the winner of the International Bludgeon award of this year.

Shadi Sadr, director of Justice For Iran said in the ceremony: ‘I am so glad that once again, the issue of gender discrimination in Iran has been visible at international level. I would like to thank Women’s World Wide to make this unique opportunity for us to nominate Ayatollah Mohseni Eje’i and the majority of the judges of Iran’s Supreme Court to nominate them and to shame them through the gathering bludgeon for them.’

The winner of the Gavel went to a decision made by the Inter American Commission for Human Rights that asked Haiti to take measures to protect women and girls who were victims of sexual violence in the internally displaced camps after the 2010 earthquake. The measures include adequate medical attention, availability of emergency contraception and prevention against sexual violence. This decision was nominated by Lisa Davis, Adjunct Professor at CUNY Law School and Human Rights Advocacy Director for MADRE.

Viviana Waisman, Executive Director at Women’s Link said in the ceremony: “In all countries, regardless their political system, national culture or religious believes, statements made by judges, courts or tribunals have an enormous influence on the sense of justice and the daily life of men and women. With the Gender Justice Uncovered Awards all of their decisions are under a magnifying glass and citizens from all over the world can help in scrutinizing them”.

Woman’s Link Worldwide jury consists of Lydia Cacho Ribeiro, Mexican journalist and writer who has won numerous awards for her work on the conditions of human rights and sexual violence. Baltasar Garzon, justice of the Spain’s High Court and the advisor to the International Criminal Court who issued the arrest warrant for Pinochet, former dictator of Chile. And Patricia Sellers, Prosecutor and advisor on sexual matters to the International Criminal Tribunal of the Former Yugoslavia as well as the prosecutor for the Women’s War Crime Tribunal in Japan.

This is the third year Women’s Link Worldwide issues the international Bludgeon Award to the most Anti-Women judge in the world. This year, the organization also awarded the international Gavel award for having issued a decision to most help promote gender equality.

Justice for Iran thanks all those who voted for Mohseni Eje’i and helped bring the attention of the international community to the discriminatory laws in Iran and the behavior of the Supreme Court judges in further promoting these discriminatory laws. Justice for Iran considers this award to be a positive step towards holding the human rights violators in Iran accountable, a step towards the goal that no human rights violation must go unheeded.

Who is Gholam Hossein Mohseni Eje’i?

Gholam Hossein Mohseni Eje’i was born in 1956 in Ejeyeh of Isfahan Province. After the revolution, for 14 years he held different judicial and intelligence related posts.

Some of his posts include: head of the selection office of the ministry of Intelligence between 1984-1985, representative of the Judiciary in the ministry of Intelligence from the second half of 1985 to 1988, head of the Special Court for Economic issues in 1989 and 1990, representative of the Judiciary in the Ministry of Intelligence and some protection offices between 1991 and 1994, prosecutor of the Special Court for the Clergy between 1985 and 1987. Further, according to testimony of political prisoners, he was a member of a committee known as “Death Committee” by whose decision thousands of political prisoners were killed in 1988. It is further alleged that he issued the fatwa for assassination of some modern thinkers and writers during the chain murders.

Aside from heading the special court for the clergy, between 1998 and 2002, Mohseni Eje’i was in charge of the Special Judicial Compound to Process the Crimes of the Government Employees. In the recent years, he was the representative of the judiciary in the committee to supervise published press, a committee who issued the closure order for tens of newspapers and magazines.

During Ahmadinejad, he was first introduced as the minister of Intelligence that, due to the role that office played in crushing the opposition post 2009 presidential election, is known to be one of the main violators of human rights. For this reason, the American government placed him amongst the names of statesmen who are subject to sanction.

Gholam Hossein Mohseni Eje’i is currently the Prosecutor of Iran.


NAJA Commander: “Plans to Combat Improper Hijab Began”

HRANA News Agency – By pointing out plans to combat improper hijab have begun, Pasdar Ahmadi Moghadam, the Chief Commander of Iranian Police Force, claimed that public demands to deal with non Islamic attire and dress code have increased.


According to a report by Fars News Agency, Ahmadi Moghadam said, “As the warm season begins and traveling increases, improper hijab becomes a bit more prevalent. The police force will deal with these individuals who are a handful of people intending to pollute our social environment.  Along these lines, we began our initiative in Tehran last week to combat non Islamic attire and dress code.


Emphasizing the importance of educating the public, Ahmadi Moghadam added, “The police force isn’t tasked with the responsibility to build or shift the culture.  However, law enforcement can be a good supplement to cultural programs by deterring unlawful behavior.”


In addition, Moral Security Police Chief recently announced the presence of 70,000 law enforcement officers on the streets to implement the state’s moral security plan.




One-Hundred and Two “Thugs and Hoodlums” Arrested

HRANA News Agency – Announcing the news that 102 “known thugs and hoodlums” in Tehran have been arrested, the capital city’s police chief said, “During this morning’s operations, five women were also detained.”

In an interview with Mehr News, Tehran’s Police Chief Hossein Sajedinia said, “The second phase of the Neighborhood-based Security Plan began this morning in 375 locations throughout the capital in order to deal with thugs and hoodlums decisively.”

Hossein Sajedinia added, “During these operations that ended today at 2:00am, one hundred and two well-known thugs and hoodlums around the capital city were arrested.These individuals have distributed illegal drugs and attempted to be a menace to others by brandish daggers and threatening, intimidating, traumatizing and bullying the public.Additionally, the police has confiscated large and considerable amounts of narcotics, alcoholic drinks, obscene CDs, various weapons and firearms.”

Hossein Sajedinia further explained, “Amongst those arrested, there are 97 men and five women.After the preliminary interrogations and collection of evidence, these individuals will be charged accordingly so that the Judicial Branch can deal with them to the full extend.”

Referring to the fact that the Neighborhood-based Security Plan will continue to target citizens who are identified as “thugs and hoodlums,” the chief police of Tehran announced, “This plan won’t end.During the upcoming nights, the law enforcement will once again target notorious thugs and hoodlums.”

The critics of Iranian government’s various security plans believe that such operations don’t maintain safety but instead create fear and cause anxiety and insecurity in the society.


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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Assault and Murder in Tabriz under the Pretext of Combating Mal-veiling

HRANA- Using their identification cards, three member of the paramilitary Basij, kidnapped and sexually assaulted a young woman in the city of Tabriz before shooting and killing her. The three then proceeded to dump her body outside of the city. This incident has sparked outrage amongst the people of the region.

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Iranian Government Inaction over Human Trafficking Criticized

HRANA- In its annual report, the United States Department of State criticizes the Iranian government for its lack of cooperation in the implementation and enforcement of the most basic laws to combat forced slavery and human trafficking.

According to Radio Farda, the report names Iran as the center for the trafficking men, women, and children for the purposes of forced labor and sexual exploitation. The report states that women are trafficked for the purposes of prostitution and forced marriages.

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Rejection and Expulsion for Smokers

HRANA News Agency – Marzieh Vahid-Dastjerdi, Iran’s Minister of Health and Medical Education, has said that college applicants who smoke will be rejected, and university students who smoke will be expelled.


According to a report by Fars News Agency, Marzieh Vahid-Dastjerdi has announced, “In the Ministry of Health and Medical Education, candidates who smoke won’t be selected, and in relation to college students, those who smoke will be expelled.”


According to this report, Marzieh Vahid-Dastjerdi has also said that laws to combat tobacco usage are approved and well established in the country, but government organizations tasked to oversee the enforcement of these laws must become more proactive and punish the offenders.


It appears as if this decision has been reached in order to place more restrictions on college students.



Mass Arrests of “Hoodlums and Vagrants” in Mashhad

HRANA News Agency – Police forces in Mashhad, [Khorasan Province], have arrested 52 citizens under the pretence of being purse snatchers, professional thieves, hoodlums, vagrants and vendors selling goods in violation of Islamic culture.Additionally, some of these citizens have been detained for encroachment upon people’s honor or carrying non-firearm weapons.

This report contains a few pictures of these detainees as they are being degraded and humiliated in public.


Iran’s Police Commander Admits to the Authenticity of the Dormitory Attack Video

HRANA- Iran’s Police Commander (State Security Force) recently confirmed the authenticity of a video aired three months ago by BBC showing an attack on Tehran University dormitories, while criticizing the film for its portrayal of State Security Forces as responsible for the attacks.

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