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The Week in Human Rights Violations in Iran

Posted by IHRV On November - 27 - 2010

image633530245127968750.jpgBetween November 4th and 11th, the United Nations passed a resolution condemning the Islamic Republic of Iran for its human rights violations. The bill was supported by 88 countries. Mohammad Javad Larijani, a representative from Iran, called the draft “illegal” and “baseless,” and lobbied against the resolution. In a reaction to the passage of the resolution, Mr. Larijani accused Western countries of interfering in the domestic issues of Iran and claimed the M16, the Secret Intelligence Service of the United Kingdom, conspired to the murder of Neda Aghasoltan.

In its annual report, the U.S. Department of State has criticized Iran for the continued deterioration of its treatment of religious minorities.

Also, security forces have prevented Parastu Forouhar from commemorating the death of her parents, Daryoosh and Parvaneh, and did not allow her to appear at her parent’s grave.

According to reports, tensions have risen among Ahmadi Nejad supporters who opposed a reading of the “Arafeh” prayer by an opposition cleric in the Hoseynieh of Ghaleshahrood Major religious school.

As Ayatollah Montazeri’s funeral anniversary nears, Qom’s IRGC authorities have hung a huge picture of Ayatollah Khamenei on the door to “Martyrs” Hoseynieh in order to prevent any sort of gathering in memorial for him. The Hoseynieh once belonged to Ayatollah Montazeri and was sealed while he was under house arrest.

As we near December 7th, the first anniversary of the massive protest and bloodshed of last year’s Ashoora in Tehran, security measures on Enghelab Street, especially in front of Tehran University have intensified.

According to reports, as the ending of subsidies and introduction of prices on the free market nears, Tehran’s bus and subway system employees as well as the police are on high alert.

In other news, all Iranian asylum seekers in a campaign in Greece have been granted Greek citizenship and concluded their 35-day hunger strike.

Children who had been living in the “House of Hope for Children and Young Adults,” are now homeless after the shelter was closed on order of the governor of northern Azerbaijan.

Media

This week, the television channel “Farsi One” was hacked.

The personal website of Habibollal Peyman, the secretary general of the “Islamic Warriors Movement,” was blocked on Monday, hours after it was launched.

The official website of the Houshang Golshiri Foundation and Ahmad Shamloo, an Iranian poet and writer, were blocked.

Mohammad Davari, editor-in-chief for the website Saham News, was honoured with the “Freedom of Media” award presented by an international committee devoted to defending the rights of journalists. Currently, Mr. Davari is jailed in Evin Prison.

Hengameh Shahidi, an imprisoned journalist who was on sick leave for two weeks, was sent to the Methadone section of Evin Prison, after her return. In the past few weeks, this section has been used to house female political prisoners. The prisoners in this section do not have access to telephones.

Arrests and Verdicts

According to reports, two citizens of Shahrerey, who had voiced their dissatisfaction with the outcome of the presidential elections by writing slogans on the walls in some streets, have received a suspended sentence by the Appeals Court of Tehran.

Saeid Derakhshandi, a member of the “National Democratic Front of Iran” and the “Unification Council” was summoned and arrested on grounds that he has “continued in his efforts.”

On November 20th, Ahmad Ghabel, a writer, theological researcher and opposition icon, has appeared before the 5th Branch of Mashhad Revolutionary Court. During his address to the judge, he stated, “I will not be present at the court from now on as I have said all that should have been said. You have also taken note of all the accusations presented, so do not waste your time and do not bother my family or me.”

Women

According to reports, the efforts of authorities to segregate female prisoners in closed areas, demonstrate their will to create a new women’s section in prison.

The case of Zeynab Bahreyni, the young head of Mir-Hosein Mousavi’s electoral campaign in the province of Fars, was sent to the Revolutionary Court on Tuesday.

Azam Afsharian, the mother of imprisoned journalist Nazanin Khosravani, stated that after two weeks of imprisonment, her daughter has not been allowed to meet with anyone or to contact her family.

Mehri Javan Mahjub, a former prisoner, and the wife of political prisoner Abedi Bakhoda, were arrested and sent to Lakan Prison.

Labour

This week, nurses at Taleghani Hospital in Chaloos objected to an increase in the hours of their daily employment.

Workers of a plumbing factory in Khuzestan held a gathering in front of the governor’s office.

Javanrood city hall employees have not been paid for three months and previously their salaries have been given to them after long delays.

According to Iranian news, the transportation of workers in Kromit Baft ended in misfortune after 22 workers fell off the vehicle and were injured.

Aside for protests and strikes this week, reports from Iran state that Behrooz Nikoofard, Alireza Saeidi and Behrooz Mollazadeh, three members of the Hafttappe Sugar Corporations syndicate were sentenced to six months imprisonment by the Appeals Court of Ahvaz on Wednesday. They had been charged with insulting the Supreme Leader.

The province of Kurdistan has approved the imprisonment sentence of labour activist Azad Monirian.

According to reports, Gholamreza Gholanhosseini, a member of Tehran’s bus drivers union is being held in the 8th Section fo Rajai Shahr Prison, after being brutally tortured. Gholanhosseini has not yet been formally charged with any crime.

A labour activist, after enduring a year of inhumane imprisonment, has been released on Wednesday.

Homayoun Jaberi, a member of Tehran’s bus driver union, was released on a nearly USD 30,000 bail.

University Students

On directives from the Minister of Education, six heads of different universities were replaced, resulting in newly assigned heads at half of the universities in Tehran. These new heads are waiting to be approved by the High Council of Cultural Revolution.

This week, Amirahmad Monazzami, a university student activist of Tehran East University, was sentenced to a year imprisonment and 74 lashes.

Arash Sadeghi, a student of Allameh Tabatabai University who was arrested on Ashoora day last year and subsequently sentenced to three years imprisonment, was summoned to the illegal court based at Evin detention centre.

The Military Court of Judges declined to get a subpoena against Majid Dorri’s judge. Majid Dorri’s family who had been present to give the subpoena were also ridiculed and threatened.

This past week, Alireza Kiani, Ali Gholizadeh and Mohammad Heydarzadeh and Mohsen Barzegar have all been allowed to call and make contact with their families.

Based on reports, students of medicine at the Medical University of Shiraz and the former political secretary of the university’s Islamic council was dismissed without cause after holding the position for a year and a half by the discipline council of the Ministry of Health and Medical Education.
The students at the Faculty of Architecture at Ferdousi University in Mashhad have refrained from attending classes last week on Wednesday and demanded the resignation of the head of the faculty.

Hossein Sarshoomi, a student activist from Isfahan University, remains in solitary confinement after 150 days. He is being kept in the “A-T” section of the IRGC Intelligence in the central prison of Isfahan.

Prisoners

Between November 14th and 21st, eleven prisoners of Evin Prison who had signed a petition advocating for the creation of a “Truth Committee for the aftermath of the election” were summoned to the court of Evin Prison, interrogated and charged again.

In Rajai Shahr Prison, even pro-government newspapers have not been available for weeks.

According to reports, although cash subsidies in banks are not ready to be withdrawn, the government does not even send the money to the bank accounts of the families of political prisoners.

Mohammad Ali Mansouri’s family has not been informed to the whereabouts of their son after his removal from solitary confinement. He had been in solitary for approximately one month. Prison authorities are not responding to the request of the family for information.

Mashaallah Maeri, a prisoner in Rajaishahr Prison in Karaj, is in weak physical condition but authorities are ignoring his poor health.

Rajabali (Babak) Dashab, one of the prisoner’s from last year’s Ashoora protest, has not been allowed leave from the prison. He has been requested to leave a nearly USD 600,000 bail although his family cannot afford this amount.

Religions and Ethnicities

This week, thirty dervishes of the Gonabadi Dynasty from the town of Charmhin, who had been charged with disrupting social order and security, disobeying authorities and insulting and destroying government buildings, have been sentenced to a five year suspended sentence and a USD 3,500 fine by the General Court of Bagh Bahadan in Isfahan. Previously, the dervishes had witnessed the destruction of their place of public prayer by security forces.

Security agents stopped Seyyed Ahmad Shariat, one of the Sheikhs of Nematollahi Gonabadi’s Dynasty who was travelling from Mashhad to Tehran. He had been invited by the dervishes from Babol to recite prayers in that city.

A Baha’i citizen was arrested in Semnan and another one was released on bail.

Security forces arrested some Baha’i citizens by attacking their meeting in the province of Mazandaran.

On Tuesday, five Baha’i citizens appeared before the Revolutionary Court of Tiran in the suburbs of the province of Isfahan.

According to reports, security forces confiscated the passport of Hassan Amini, a member of teh Maktabe Qoran of Kurdistan at the airport.

A Kurd citizen was sentenced to 16 years imprisonment by a court in Oshnavieh.

Two Kurd activists were arrested in Salmas by security forces and taken to an unknown location.

According to reports from Iran, murders in Kurdistan have continued. During the past four days, at least four people have lost their lives as a result of direct fire from armed forces of the Islamic Republic

Lastly, two Kurd citizens in Bookan were arrested and another one appeared before the court in Saghez.

Executions

In the final days of this month, the Human Rights Committee of the UN approved an outline of a resolution against execution as a form of punishment.

The order to execute Shahla Jahed, signed by Larijani last week, has been sent to the prosecutor. If the family of the victim do not take back their subpoenas, she will be hung on December 1st.

The Supreme Court has asked the 9th Branch of Execution Verdicts of the Revolutionary Courts in Urumieh to execute Hossein Khezri.

The head of the 71st Branch of the Criminal Court of Tehran declared that the case of the murder in Kaj square in Tehran will be followed up by four councillors on Monday. He also added that “most probably, the murderer will be hung in Kaj square.”

The judiciary has sentenced two citizens, Sahar and Nahid, to death for murder.

Also a bankrupt farmer was sentenced to three death penalties, one for each killing of three drivers.

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