Archiv für den Tag 28. April 2011

Iranischer Journalist erhält UNESCO-Preis für Pressefreiheit – Herzlichen Glückwunsch!!!!

Iranischer Journalist erhält UNESCO-Preis für Pressefreiheit

Bonn (epd). Die UNESCO ehrt den iranischen Journalisten Ahmad Zeidabadi mit dem Guillermo-Cano-Preis für Pressefreiheit. Der inhaftierte Reporter erhalte die Auszeichnung für seinen Einsatz für Demokratie und Menschenrechte im Iran, teilte die Deutsche Kulturorganisation der Vereinten Nationen am Donnerstag in Bonn mit. Der Preis ist mit 25.000 US-Dollar (17.000 Euro) dotiert und wird zum Welttag der Pressefreiheit am 3. Mai in der US-Hauptstadt Washington verliehen.

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Upcoming: Statement of Support for Iran’s Workers

Given the recent workers’ rights protests in Wisconsin, Amnesty International (AI) Wisconsin, Amnesty International USA, and United4Iran have drafted a statement of support and concern for human rights abuses that Iranian workers continue to face. The statement, which will be mailed to various Iranian authorities and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, urges the Islamic Republic of Iran to allow its workers

  • Freedom of association and right to organize,
  • Right to collective bargaining,
  • Abolition of forced labor,
  • Abolition of child labor,
  • Prohibition of employment and occupation related to discrimination, and
  • Standards regulating wages and conditions of work and work place.

Among the statement’s signatories are leaders of Wisconsin union workers, prominent human rights activist and Nobel Peace Laureate Ms. Shirin Ebadi, as well as AI-Wisconsin, AI-USA, and United4Iran. The statement and its signatories will be published in full on May 1, 2011 to coincide with International Workers’ Day. If your organization would like to get involved – especially by encouraging your locale’s union leaders to sign it – please e-mail us ASAP at to coordinate.

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Fars News Agency: 100 members of parliament signed a petition calling Ahmadinejad for questioning?

As a coup president of the Islamic Regime, Ahmadinejad never bends to anyone except Khamenei ( May be not now).
He showed he is strong and though and defends his cabinet ministers from all conservative and non conservative or parliamentary members criticism and pressures.He is known for being lier and though unlike Khatami the reformist president who is known as Mr. Smiley and soft who lost many precious opportunities while as prsident.Yet he sometimes treats his own cabinet members so harsh which surprise everyone, like in the case of Mr. Motaki the Foreign Minister who was removed from his post while on assignment in a small African nation. Mr. Motaki himself didn’t know that he was removed from his post until the African host told him.
He is creator of enemies for himself from left and the right.

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Open Letter to the Swedish Migration Office: Do Not Deliver Mohammad Mehdi Maleki to the Fascist Government of Iran (includes letter-writing action)

This open letter to the Swedish Migration Office on behalf of Mohammad Mehdi Maleki, an Iranian refugee who has sought asylum in Sweden, was written by Abdollah Asadi, the Secretary of the Solidarity International Federation of Iranian Refugees, on 17 April 2011. We ask everyone to also send a letter to the Swedish Migration Office with the same demands; this letter may be used as a model letter and simply sent to the following email addresses: registrator@foreign.ministry.seand The letter is reproduced here in English, Swedish, and Farsi. Read the story of the young political activist who protested regularly to stop the stoning execution of Sakineh Ashtiani, among his other political activities against the barbarism of the Islamic Republic, yet who the Swedish government intends to deport to his detention, torture, and probable execution in Iran.

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IRAN: Release of a human rights lawyer, while others remain arbitrarily detained and harassed

Paris-Geneva, April 28, 2011. The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), welcomes the release of human rights lawyer Mohammad Oliaiyfard, but expresses its deepest concern over the arbitrary detention of other human rights lawyers in the Islamic Republic of Iran

On April 18, 2011, human rights lawyer Mohammad Oliaiyfard was released after serving a one-year prison sentence. He had been arrested on May 1, 2010 and imprisoned on the same day following a sentence by Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court dated February 7, 2010[1] on charges of “propaganda against the system by giving interviews to the foreign media about Behnoud’s case”[2]. The Observatory welcomes his release, but strongly deplores the ongoing harassment against a number of other human rights lawyers.

On April 23, 2011 indeed, the lawyer of Mr. Mohammad Seifzadeh, prominent human rights lawyer and founding member of the Defenders of Human Rights Centre (DHRC), announced that his client had been arrested and was held in a detention centre of the Intelligence Department in the North-Western City of Urumiyeh. Mr. Seifzadeh, who had been missing since April 11, was reportedly allowed to give a brief phone call to his family, and to be visited by his son. Following the visit, which lasted about two minutes, his son declared that his father was not in good health, had lost weight, and was limping. His lawyer was however not allowed to visit him, but the magistrate in charge of his case told Mr. Seifzadeh’s lawyer that his client had been arrested on April 11, 2011 for allegedly having “interviewed two dozen Afghans there”, without providing further information. On October 29, 2010, Mr. Mohammad Seifzadeh had been sentenced to 9 years imprisonment and to a 10 years ban to practice as lawyer by Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court, on charges of “acting against national security” through founding the DHRC, and “propaganda against the regime” through interviews with foreign media. He had appealed his sentence.

In addition, Ms. Nasrin Sotoudeh, a human rights lawyer arrested on September 4, 2010 and sentenced on January 9, 2011 to 11 years imprisonment, 10 years of ban on professional activities and 10 years of ban on travelling abroad, for supposed „assembly and conspiracy with the intention to commit offences against the security of the state“, „propaganda against the regime“, and „membership in an illegal organisation“, remains arbitrarily detained to date in a solitary cell of Section 209 of Evin Prison.

In another case brought against Ms. Sotoudeh for which she was tried by Branch 26 of the Islamic Revolution Court in late December 2010 and February 2011, Ms. Sotoudeh was sentenced on April 19, 2011 to a 500,000 Iranian rials fine (US$40) for failing “to observe the hejab” (Islamic dress code). Her prosecution and sentence follows a video taken during a ceremony in Italy on the occasion of a human rights prize being awarded to her, where she had not worn the headscarf. It is to be noted however that under the Iranian law, the Islamic Revolution Court does not have jurisdiction over such offence[3].

The Observatory firmly denounces the ongoing arbitrary detention of Messrs. Mohammad Seifzadeh and Ms. Nasrin Sotoudeh as well as of dozens of human rights defenders in Iran[4], with the only aim to sanction the legitimate exercise of their human right activities, amid the current general crackdown on the Iranian civil society.

The Observatory urges the Iranian authorities to put an end to these acts of harassment against human rights defenders, to immediately and unconditionally release those presently detained in the country, and more generally to conform to the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights Defenders, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and international human rights instruments ratified by Iran.

For further information, please contact:

  • FIDH: Arthur Manet : + 33 1 43 55 25 18
  • OMCT: Seynabou Benga / Delphine Reculeau : + 41 22 809 49 39

[1]              Following his sentencing, Mr. Oliayfard had been briefly detained from March 8 to 15, 2010, and released because some legal technicality had not been complied with (i.e. the original sentence had not been communicated to all of his lawyers).

[2]              Mr. Behnoud Shojaee was a ‚juvenile offender‘ executed in October 2009 in Evin prison.

[3]              The subject matter jurisdiction of the Court is limited to offences against internal and external security; moharebeh and corruption on earth; insult to founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the current leader; conspiracy against the Islamic Republic of Iran; armed actions;  espionage; drug-related crimes; claims concerning Article 49 of the Constitution (related to confiscation of all wealth accumulated through „usury, usurpation, bribery, embezzlement, theft, gambling, misuse of endowments, misuse of government contracts and transactions, the sale of uncultivated lands and other resources subject to public ownership, the operation of centers of corruption, and other illicit means and sources“.

[4]              See latest Urgent Appeals of the Observatory: IRN 001/0211/OBS 024 and IRN 002/0311/OBS 052.

The Islamic Republic’s Position on Iranians Outside of Iran Who Oppose the Regime, Including Asylum Seekers/Refugees

Recently we have received inquiries from Czechoslovakia, Norway, and elsewhere asking for documentation on declarations of the Islamic Republic’s intent to prosecute Iranian refugees if they are returned, asking for examples of returned refugees who have been arrested upon return to Iran, and similar information. This information is needed to stop deportartion to Iran at both the level of individual cases as well as at the level of policy.

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