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Iran: Continuing judicial harassment against founders of the Defenders of Human Rights Centre


IRN 005 / 0711 / OBS 098

Sentencing / Judicial harassment


July 6, 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), requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in Iran.

Description of the situation:

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources of the continuing judicial harassment against members and founders of theDefenders of Human Rights Centre (DHRC), in particular Messrs. Mohammad Ali Dadkhah and Abdolfattah Soltani, both lawyers and founding members of the Defenders of Human Rights Centre (DHRC).

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Iran’s execution binge – Human rights abuses are increasing as Tehran’s leaders use public executions to send a message to dissenters.

Why not Iran?

Egypt and Tunisia have overthrown repressive regimes. Citizens in Syria, Yemen and other Middle East countries are demanding change. Yet in Iran, where a wave of 2009 demonstrations helped spark the movements we are now witnessing elsewhere in the Middle East, the populace is strangely silent.

What accounts for the relative quiet in Iran? The answer, at least in part, is that one of the great human rights tragedies of the modern era is underway in Iran.

From the moment the first protesters hit Tahrir Square in Cairo, Iran’s leadership has cracked down hard, instituting a brutal campaign of terror against its own people. The most gruesome manifestation of this repression has been a wave of public executions.

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Iran News Round Up – 5.Juli 2011

IRGC responds to Ahmadinejad’s corruption allegations; Iran blasts Britain’s pledge to continue military presence in Afghanistan; Iran denies IRGC’s support for militants in Iraq, Afghanistan

  • Presidential crisis:
  • Ahmadinejad implicitly accuses the Revolutionary Guards of engaging in illicit trade and smuggling: „There is a record of illegal transfer of goods from abroad into the country. Smuggling equates theft from public funds… [The large sums spent on cigarettes] invite all first class smugglers of the world, let alone our own ’smuggler brethren.‘ [The term „brother“ is usually used for members of the Revolutionary Guards]“
  • Revolutionary Guards Chief Mohammad-Ali Jafari responds: „This organization, just like other military institutions, has military jetties but has never used them for commercial activities… This discussion is a deviation and is expressed by partisan elements… These individuals are trying to divert attention of the government and other institutions from areas where the real smuggling takes place…“
  • ISNA News, close to Ahmadinejad, publishes a list of jetties on the Caspian and Persian Gulf shores which are outside the control of customs.
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  • Eye on Iran – 6. Juli 2011

    Top Stories

    WashPost: „Iranian-backed militias in Iraq are using more sophisticated weapons than in the past to target U.S. troops and military installations in Iraq, according to senior U.S. officials. James F. Jeffrey, the U.S. ambassador to Iraq, said Tuesday that fresh forensic testing on weapons used in the latest deadly attacks in the country bolsters assertions by U.S. officials that Iran is supporting Iraqi insurgents with new weapons and training. ‚We’re not talking about a smoking pistol. There is no doubt this is Iranian,‘ Jeffrey said in an interview. ‚We’re seeing more lethal weapons, more accurate weapons, more longer-range weapons,‘ Jeffrey added. ‚And we’re seeing more sophisticated mobile and other deployment options, and we’re seeing better-trained people.‘ In some cases, insurgents made no effort to remove from the weapons identification numbers suggesting that they came from Iran, ‚which in itself is troubling‘ Jeffrey said.“

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    Foto: Saskia Otto

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