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Monthly Archives: March 2017

Faezeh Hashemi, Former Iranian Leader’s Daughter, Jailed For ‘Spreading Propaganda’

RFL/RE – Iran’s hard-line judiciary has sentenced the daughter of late Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani to jail for “spreading propaganda against the regime,” Iranian news media reported on March 17. Faezeh Hashemi, daughter of former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani It was the latest move against pro-reform opposition in the Islamic republic ahead of a presidential election on May …

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Press Release of International Organisation to Preserve Human Rights.

18 March 2017, Geneva – During the recent meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Mr Garib Abadi of Iran’s ruling regime, in response to United Nation’s criticism of Iran’s Human Rights violations, stated that the actions of the Iran’s judiciary are based on ‘religion and custom’ of the country, and are not based on Western secular-liberal principles and therefore any criticism based on Western principles is irrelevant.   Its our aim in the following pantographs to inform all international human rights observers, the type of actions that constitutes in Mr Gharib Abadi’s mind and in the mind of the Iranian regime as ‘Islamic customs’.    First example: Financial corruption.   Clear example of this type of corruption was highlighted by the revelations on Dorr TV global news network and Amad news telegram Channel with regard to the sixty-three secret bank accounts of Mr. Sadeq Amoli Larijani, the head of the Iranian judiciary, and the member of the Iranian parliament. In these reports, it was clearly shown that Mr Larijani over many years had blatantly redirected Judiciary funds, profits and all judiciary fines to these accounts, all for his personal gain. All which was not only not reported to the Iranian parliament, but it was also a clear violation of the Iranian law.   So it is clear that in the eyes of the the Iranian judiciary system, these illegal acts committed by the head of the judiciary, Mr Larijani, are not only correct, but at the same time consistent with their views on ‘Islamic customs and laws’. While at the same time, the same judiciary system, has not only prosecuted Ms. Faiza Rafsanjani on charges of expressing her opinions on this corruption issue, but also has sentenced her to six months imprisonment.   Second example: Sexual immorality and Corruption.   The second example concerns the inaction of the judiciary system against those who, within the regime, perpetrated sexual crimes against young children. Despite the fact that the individuals who committed these crimes (paedophiles) have confessed in their own words and in nine hours of audio recordings, to these acts and also have repeatedly written letters of repentance, yet none of these individuals have been prosecuted for theses acts by the judiciary system. Meanwhile their victims are constantly harassed and threatened by the security services. This violation of law is clearly another example of ‘religion and custom ‘ of the Iranian judiciary system, as referred to by Mr. Gharib Abadi!   The third example – Stalinist confession   Other examples of the types of judicial procedures referred to by Mr Abadi as ‘religious custom’ is the arrest, interrogation and obtaining false confessions through the use of torture. An example of this type of action is the interrogation and confession of Mrs. Hengameh Shahidi …

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Reformist Journalist Hengameh Shahidi on Strike after Arbitrary Arrest

Radiozamaneh – Hengameh Shahidi, a reformist member of the Etemad Melli Party and a former adviser to opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi has been on hunger strike since her arbitrary arrest on 9 March 2017. Shahidi who is a women’s rights advocate was also arrested after the 2009 disputed presidential election in Iran and sentenced to six years in prison. She …

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Rouhani’s Intelligence Ministry and Khamenei’s IRGC Widen Crackdown Ahead of Election

Iranhumanrights.org – The number of arrests carried out by Iran’s Intelligence Ministry, operating under the control of President Hassan Rouhani, increased in the last few months leading up to Iran’s May 2017 presidential election. Research by the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) indicates that since January 2017, the ministry has increasingly targeted civil and women’s rights advocates, journalists, …

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Predicting Her Arrest, Reformist Activist Wrote Letters Criticizing Rouhani’s Failure to Protect Citizens

Iranhumanrights.org – Hengameh Shahidi, a reformist senior member of the Etemad Melli (National Trust) opposition party, has decried her arrest as part of a crackdown by hardliners on reformists ahead of Iran’s upcoming presidential election. In two open letters, she also criticized President Hassan Rouhani, who will be running for re-election on May 19, 2017, for failing to protect citizen’s …

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IRAN: JOINT LETTER TO MEMBER STATES OF THE UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL

Amnesty – Amnesty International and 40 other human rights and civil society groups have written a joint letter to Member States of the UN Human Rights Council, calling on them to support the resolution to renew the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran at the 34th session of the …

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In Syria, Iran sees necessary war

Al-monitor – Six years into the crisis in Syria, Iran sees the outcome of the conflict as shaping the new Middle East. It was Iran’s first overt foreign intervention in decades, one that some Iranian ideologues have called a war for existence. Iranian officials say it spared the Islamic Republic from having to fight a similar war within its own …

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Iranian MP threatens to impeach intelligence minister

Al-monitor – In anticipation of the May 19 presidential elections, Iranian security agencies have reportedly gone on an arrest spree, rounding up activists who use the Telegram app, prompting one Iranian parliamentarian to demand answers. Outspoken Ali Motahhari, also deputy speaker of the parliament, told the Iranian Students’ News Agency (ISNA) that 12 activists with Telegram accounts have been arrested. …

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Trump Blasts U.S. Court Ruling Freezing Revised Travel Order

RFL/RE – U.S. President Donald Trump blasted a federal judge who suspended his revised travel order, accusing him of “unprecedented judicial overreach.” U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson issued a decision blocking the order late on March 15, hours before it was to take effect, saying he found a strong likelihood it would be ruled unconstitutional and would cause “irreparable injury” …

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U.S., Saudi Arabia Ready To Tackle Iran’s ‘Destabilizing’ Actions

RFL/RE – U.S. President Donald Trump and Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman have pledged to improve bilateral economic cooperation and face up to Iran’s “destabilizing regional activities” during a meeting on March 14, the White House said. Trump reiterated his support for their countries’ “enduring strategic partnership” and his backing for a new U.S.-Saudi economic cooperation plan “potentially …

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