Monthly Report – An Overview of the Human Rights Situation in Iran in October-November, 2015

HRANA News Agency – The Department of Statistics and Publications of the Human Rights Activists Association of Iran has published the following monthly report on the human rights situation in Iran during the period of October-November, 2015 (Persian calendar month of Abaan, 1394). This report cannot perfectly and comprehensively reflect the details of human rights concerns in Iran for obvious reasons including the existing governmental limitations and ban on the free exchange of information. It should be noted that in addition to the monthly reports, the Department of Statistics and Publications of the Human Rights Activists Association of Iran publishes a comprehensive and analytical annual report at the end of each year.

An Analytical Overview on the Human Rights Situation in Iran Oct-Sep, 2015

The systematic violation of human rights in Iran continued in the month of Abaan of the Persian calendar year, 1394 (Oct-Nov, 2015). This month began with the executions of 20 individuals in the provinces of Sistan-Balouchestan, Alborz, Kerman, West Azerbaijan, Isfahan, and Golestan, demonstrating a terrible start for the human rights situations in Iran. Some of the most noted cases of executions in this month include the public execution of four prisoners in the central prison of Karaj; the execution of one individual in Khoy, and the execution of two individuals in Golestan, most of which were carried out in secret and without public media coverage.

One of the most controversial and noted human rights violations report was the execution of a teenage boy in the Kurdish city of Boukan. Moreover, the supreme court’s confirmation of the execution of Shahram Ahmadi, the Sunni Kurdish political prisoner in the city of Sanandaj, was another controversial case of violation of human rights in this month.

The good news of this month was suspension of death sentences of 10 individuals including a couple who were convicted of murder (and were pardoned because of having young kids) as well as a teenage boy who committed murder in very young age.

On the other hand, the violations of the religious and ethnic minorities rights continued in this month. The most significant of these cases were the arrest of two civil rights activist in the East Azerbaijan province; multiple arrests of the civil rights activist in the city of Ahar; public announcement of the poor living condition of the people of Sistan-Balouchestan province, %70 of whom living below the poverty level.

In the category of violations of Baha’is rights, the violations continued in this month as usual, and several reports were highlighted in this regard including the annexation of Baha’i’s belongings in the city of Semnan; blocking Baha’is’ businesses in Mazandaran. In one of the most prominent reports about the violations of Baha’i citizens’ rights, there was a report about the arrest of 16 Baha’i citizens in three cities of Iran.

Regarding the violations of Sunni minorities’ rights, there were a few reports including the arrest of a Sunni clergy in Zabol; the arrest of Mamousta Taha-Karimi and his students as well as two other activists in Sarbaz.

Also, the arrest of one new convert to Christianity in Tehran and unknown situation of 13 other new converts in Varamin are amongst the human rights violations reports concerning Religious minorities and Christians in Iran.

Regarding children’s rights, there was a couple of reports, the most notable of which were reports lack of proper educational resources including classroom; dismissal of students because of HIV infection; trafficking newborn babies for about $30.

In the category of women rights, there were several reports of assaults against Iranian women who have been continuously suppressed and deprived of their rights. Some of the most notable reports in this category were attacking a young girl in one of the main squares in the city of Kermanshah; the speech of the Imam of the Friday prayers in Isfahan, asking the authorities to ban women’s activities and employment in supermarkets, private and federal institutions; the death of a women in Tehran due to the lack of proper care in the hospital; the latest statistics revealing more than 1,313 cases of rapes last year.

In this month, there were several reports related to the labors’ rights movements or violations of labor rights including summoning one labors’ rights activist by security forces; summoning the secretary general of the Free Labor Union of Iran to spend six years in prison; imprisonment of the labors’ rights activist, Jafar Azimzadeh; 14 cases of fatal work incidents.

In the field of trade union and union rights, there were a few incidents in this month including the official announcement of police force supervision of shopping centers advertisements; summoning Seyed-Mansour Mousavi, the Union activist to the court; closure of movie theater because of noncompliance with the so-called Islamic public appearance.

In the field of health and environmental protection, there were few reports mainly involving the air pollution and environmental problems including cutting the trees in the city of Mazandaran; stopping physical education and sport classes in the schools in Tehran because of air pollution; concerning level of death tolls (50 individuals) because of HIV infection in the Markazi province.

Specific Attention to the Violation of Human Rights

In this section of this monthly report, we highlight the most controversial and publicly sensitive cases of violations of human rights in Iran. It is obvious that more attention does not necessarily indicate the magnitude of the violations of human rights in that specific category.

Some of the most noted reports in this month include violent suppression of the drivers and passengers who do not comply with Islamic Hijab by the Police; the president Rouhani’s order to ban the mixed (boys and girls) field trips; the one year imprisonment decree of Reyhaneh Tabatabayee; the arrest of the journalist (cartoonist) of the Shahrvand (Citizen) newspaper. Moreover, the ban on the TV program, Fitileh, was one of the most notable and controversial reports in this month.

The least underlined human rights violations

In contrast to the reports indicated in the previous section, many human rights reports received little or no attention from social media, bloggers, Internet activists, who are considered key contributors of the public opinion. It should be note that some of this unintentional or intentional negligence has resulted in further spread of human rights violations in Iran.

Perhaps the least noted violation of human rights report is public execution of drug addicts and terrible situation of drug addicts in Iran. The following reports also did not receive proper attention: the execution of one prisoner in the city of Khoy; announcing the names of 100 death-row prisoners; the death sentence for a teenage offender in Boukan; the government conducting more than 43 executions per day.

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