Your Excellency, Dr. Ahmad Shaheed,
The Special Rapporteur of the United Nations
Please accept the warm greetings of a Kurdish family who has endured much pain.
We are the family of the social activist Anvar Hussein Panahi who was sentenced to death four years ago for a crime he had not committed. Because of the pressure exerted and the support shown by the international human rights organizations and the European Union, the Appeals Court commuted Anvar’s death penalty and sentenced him to six years in prison.
Anvar Hussein Panahi is the oldest son in our family and has a wife and three children. His younger sister, Ashraf, was the second born child in our family. She had a job in Tehran and provided financial help to her elderly father. After Anvar was arrested and sentenced to death, Ashraf moved from Tehran to Sanandaj in order to help with her brother’s case and that of a cousin also condemned to death. (more…)
HRANA News Agency – The administrative office of Human Rights Activists in Iran has issued a press release to express concerns over Reza Shahabi’s condition in prison after this political prisoner began his hunger strike, and the news of his deteriorating health was reported.
Human Rights Activists in Iran has requested that the Special Rapporteur of the United Nations to pay immediate attention to this prisoner of conscience. Demanding immediate and unconditional release of the labor activist Reza Shahabi, this organization has also reminded the government of Iran that the freedom to form and participate in labor unions is an integral part of international obligations towards human rights. (more…)
HRANA News Agency – On the 32nd anniversary of the day when the American embassy in Tehran was occupied by student activists in 1979, nineteen former and current student activists have written a letter to President Obama to ask him to end the US appeasement policy towards the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Bamdad Khabar Website has released the complete contents of this letter as follows:
Your Excellency, the President of the United States of America,
Last year on a day such as this, a group of student activists wrote a letter to you to direct your attention towards human rights violations in Iran and your moral obligation to support our oppressed nation. (more…)
The following statement has been released by Mothers of Park Laleh on the International Day Against Death Penalty, October 10, 2011:
The Nobel and Honorable People of Iran:
How can we believe the government when there is so much evidence to the contrary? Since the Islamic Republic of Iran came to power, human rights violations began. Mass killings in Kurdistan, the Cultural Revolution, the dismissal of large numbers of students and professors from universities, the oppression of political parties and the imprisonment of their members, barbaric and violent tortures, the mass executions of prisoners, the continuation of a destructive war with large numbers of fatalities and disabled veterans, the dismissal of bright and intelligent individuals from their places of employment, the Chain Killings in Iran and abroad, orchestrated attacks against dormitories and murdering college students, driving the country’s gifted and talented scientists abroad, opening fire on crowds in the streets, attacking gatherings of women, workers, teachers, students and funeral processions in homes and cemeteries and thousands of other human rights violations which can’t be mentioned here one by one. So what must be done? (more…)
HRANA News Agency – Forty three prominent professors around the world have issued a letter denouncing restrictions on freedom of education in Iran. For decades, the Islamic Republic of Iran has denied Baha’i citizens the right to attend universities and has blocked any attempts by the Baha’i community to establish institutes of higher education for its members. As recently as two days ago, seven Baha’i professors and university officials connected with the Baha’i Institute for Higher Education (BIHE) were sentenced to a total of 30 years in prison. (more…)
HRANA News Agency – The Statistics and Publications Unit of Human Rights Activists in Iran has reported that from October 2010 to October 2011, 480 individuals charged with various crimes have been hanged in Iran. During the same period of time, there have been 641 prisoners sentenced to death and 46 individuals hanged in public.
According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), the majority of prisoners who received the death penalty were charged with drug related crimes. It is also noteworthy that Iranian Judiciary Branch neither officially announces the majority of death sentences when they are issued nor the time when they are carried out.
Since the beginning of 2011, 478 individuals have been sentenced to die, and the death penalties for 422 of these prisoners have been carried out. If there are no more hangings in the remaining days of 2011, the number of hanging in the current year will be 22% less than last year. (more…)
Joint Message from UNESCO, UNDP, UNICEF, ILO and Education International on the occasion of World Teachers’ Day
NEW YORK/ GENEVA/ PARIS, 5 October 2011 – Today, on World Teachers’ Day, we honour the millions of educators all over the world who devote their lives to teaching children, youth and adults.
This year’s theme, “Teachers for Gender equality”, reminds us that in order to achieve Education for All (EFA) and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the gender dimension of teaching must receive particular attention, beginning with girls’ access to schools. We know, for example, that in many regions a low proportion of female teachers will mean fewer girls at school and consequently even fewer women teachers in the future. Yet educating girls and women has cascading benefits for human development: fewer deaths in childbirth; more healthy babies; more children in school; better protection for children and women from HIV and AIDS, trafficking and sexual exploitation; and the economic and political empowerment of women, leading to stronger and more inclusive development. (more…)
Tehran, 1st October 2011– More than 5 years after Seyyed Hossein Kazemeini Boroujerdi was incarcerated for being a steadfast advocate of strict adherence to the United Nations Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, he has suffered a severe heart attack, which has led to a pulmonary edema. Intelligence authorities have rejected all demands by Evin prison officials for him to be treated at a properly equipped medical facility.
For over 1825 consecutive days, Kazemeini Boroujerdi has been denied the freedom for advocating separation of religion from state in Iran, and peace in the Middle East. As importantly he has called for Iran to abide by all its international obligations.
He was brutally arrested at his home by the Iranian state’s feared Law Enforcement Forces (LEF), on 8th October 2006. Alongside him, those arrested included members of his family and hundreds of supporters who were acting as human shields. The LEF deployed handguns, tear gas, batons and anti crowd control vehicles to attack the residence and the surrounding streets, beat up, maim and transport the arrested to Section 209 of Evin prison where they were brutishly questioned and held in solitary confinement. Since then Kazemeini Boroujerdi has been subjected to the most inhumane forms of physical and psychological torture to force him into signing a statement renouncing his beliefs. (more…)
HRANA News Agency – Majid Dari is an imprisoned student activist expelled from Allameh Tabatabai University (ATU) in Tehran. He studied literature at ATU and was a member of the Advocacy Council for the Righhttp://www.en-hrana.org/thehiddenlocation/wp-admin/post.php?post=4419&action=editt to Education. In July of 2009, Majid Dari was arrested by Iranian Intelligence Agency and locked up in Evin Prison.
Following a trial and an appeal, Majid Dari was sentenced to 6 years in prison and exiled to Khuzestan Province. In August 2010, without prior notice, prison officials placed Majid Dari in shackles and transferred him to a prison in the city of Behbahan. Since then, he has been serving his prison term in exile.
Majid Dari has written the following statement from Behbahan Prison on the occasion of the new school year in Iran: (more…)
The Writers in Prison Committee (WiPC) of PEN International is seriously concerned for the welfare of journalist, poet and activist Faranak Farid, who was arrested on 3 September 2011 in Tabriz, north-west Iran, apparently for her peaceful activism and writings on environmental issues and women’s rights. She was reportedly severely beaten during her arrest and also ill-treated during the lengthy interrogation sessions which followed at the Tabriz police detention centre in the initial days of her detention. Requests for medical treatment have been denied and concerns for her welfare are mounting. PEN International demands Faranak Farid’s immediate and unconditional release in accordance with Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Iran is a signatory. It also urges that she is given all necessary medical treatment as a matter of urgency. (more…)