Zanjan Revolutionary Court Acquits Civil Rights Activist Safiyeh Gharebaghi

Posted on: November 9th, 2018

Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA) – “I was acquitted!” wrote Safiyeh Gharebaghi, a Zanjan-based civil rights activist, on November 6th. That day, Judge Siyadi of Zanjan Revolutionary Court Branch 1 acquitted her of all charges, namely propaganda against the regime and gathering and conspiring against national security.

Quoting an excerpt of the court’s ruling, Gharebaghi said the verdict legitimized her right to dissent under Iranian law:

“‘[…]This court, considering the criticism of certain laws and procedures, even legal judgments, to be the incontrovertible right of every individual and legal entity, and considering that the crime’s spiritual basis was devoid of criminal intent, rejects the defendant’s charges and hereby announces its ruling to acquit.”

No verdict has yet been issued on Gharebaghi’s separate case in Zanjan General Court, where she faces charges of spreading lies and disrupting the public mind.

Gharebaghi was initially detained by the Zanjan Intelligence Office in 2017 on charges of propaganda against the regime in cyberspace, abetting sedition, and spreading lies. Her cited infractions included protesting gender inequality, voicing support of political prisoners and the sedition movement, and signing a condolence letter for the late father of opposition leader Mir-Hossein Mousavi.

Collecting 16 thousand satellite dishes in Zanjan

Posted on: April 24th, 2013

HRANA News Agency – The vise-commander of the Police of Zanjan province said: during last year we have collected 16 thousand 800 satellite dishes in this province.

According to a report by Fars, Esmail Samaili who was talking in the seminar of the commanders and vise-commanders of the Police said: “We have collected 16 thousand and 800 satellite dishes in Zanjan province last year. (more…)

Human Rights violations in Iran Yearly Statistical – Special Year 2011

Posted on: February 6th, 2012

In a prediction report, it contains Statistical Data (2010-2011) of Human Rights violations in Iran. The statistical basis of this report, that has been prepared, will provide analytical, statistical efforts of institution, and the publication of Human Rights Activists in Iran.

Certainly, due to the Iranian government not allowing human rights defenders to work properly in reporting Human Rights violations and preventing the free flow of information, it does not recognizes the independence of the civil activities, and at the moment, reporting these issues are something with many limitations, difficulty and dangerous in Iran.

Obviously, in such situation for Human Rights defenders, despite great difficulties, only a very small volume of human Rights violations are being monitored, researched and documented in relation to media reports, and finding other groups. However with regards to the restrictions, we can» t deny the analytical error of the content, but the Human Rights entity have known the statistical content and analysis repots with %3 margin of error, rare in its own kind.

As in the first section of the report, it is necessary to notice the human Rights group activities and effort in Iran to improve the reporting of human Rights violations, however, statistics can make dramatic differences in terms of the reports focused on the center of the country compared to other parts of the country as one of the weaknesses of Iran «s civil society entities.

With regard to the Human Rights statistics, 1120077 cases of Violation and protocols documented in Iran with the total repots of 2751, see the map below.

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Protests Against Gender Segregation in Zanjan University

Posted on: October 7th, 2011

HRANA News Agency – During the last few days, hundreds of students in Zanjan University have demonstrated against gender segregation imposed in the university cafeteria, buses and the Technical Engineering Library.

According to a report by Daneshjoo News, following recent demonstrations at Amir Kabir University, Kurdistan University, Shahrekord University and Yazd University, protests have broken out in various other colleges throughout Iran.On Tuesday, October 4, 2011, more than 500 students in Zanjan University demonstrated in front of the Mechanical Engineering building and shouted slogans against limitations imposed by the implementation of the gender segregation plan.

During these demonstrations, students voiced their objections to new gender segregation schemes imposed at the university cafeteria which was already divided into two sections separated by a glass wall.Students also protested against segregated university buses and pointed out that such a policy would result in more fuel consumption.Demanding an immediate halt to the implementation of gender segregation plan, students further objected to the limitations imposed at the Technical Engineering Library since last year.

 

Mr. Faraji, the representative of the Supreme Leader’s Office, appeared amongst the students and said, “It is our religious and moral duty to look into students’ objections.”He added, “It has been three years since government officials have been studying the gender segregation plan and have concluded that this policy benefits all students.”

In return, students asked the following questions from Mr. Faraji who refused to answer any of them:

 

  • Gender segregation requires extra expenses.Why doesn’t the university spend this budget on students?
  • Why is money wasted on gender segregation when officials claim that the university doesn’t have any money?
  • Why can’t a student study with his spouse at the library?
  • How does a purchase made by male and female students at the same counter cause problems or threaten our religion?
  • Why aren’t students allowed to study with a smart classmate from the opposite sex?


Mr. Faraji further explained that any changes to the gender segregation plan had to be postponed until the head of Zanjan University returned to the campus.Meanwhile, the implementation of gender segregation plan continues while the Chancellor is absent.

At the end of the demonstrations, students declared their intention to protest again next Sunday at 11:30am if gender segregation measures are not halted by Saturday when the Chancellor returns from his trip.

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