Archiv für den Tag 12. August 2011

Teacher In Imminent Danger Of Execution

Abdolreza Ghanbari’s death sentence order has been sent to the Revolutionary Court’s Implementation Division.

The Human Rights Activists News Agency reports the Amnesty and Clemency Commission has rejected Ghanbari’s clemency request and has sent the case to the Implementation Division.

Ghanbari with a PhD in Literature and Persian Language was a high school teacher in Varamin when arrested during Ashura protest on December 27, 2009.

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Amnesty International’s submission to the Commission on the Status of Women regarding concerns about the harassment and imprisonment of women , including rights defenders and members of minorities , in Iran

MDE 13/071 / 2011


This submission to the Commission on the Status of Women (the Commission) is intended to draw the Commission’s attention to the continued pattern of human rights violations experienced by women in reprisal for their peaceful political or human rights activities, on account of their ethnic origin, their faith, or their relationship to men who have expressed views dissenting from those considered acceptable by the Iranian authorities or the peaceful exercise of their rights to freedom of expression and association. The submission provides case updates to the situation of nine women previously raised by Amnesty International in its submission to the Commission on the Status of Women in 2010, and highlights the cases of two additional women — including of a woman who participated in the 55th session of the Commission. These cases are accompanied by an appendix (Appendix 1) containing responses from the Iranian authorities about seven of the women featured in this submission, and a second appendix (Appendix 2) listing reports, articles and action materials published by Amnesty International since last year’s submission which raise awareness of the plight of women and of individual women activists and others in Iran. Amnesty International believes that all eleven women featured in this submission are prisoners of conscience who should be released immediately and unconditionally.

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Swedish Government’s Attempt to Deport Peyman Najafi Halted; All Hands on Deck for Navid Mirpourzadih!

Iranian activist Peyman Najafi’s deportation order was cancelled today at the last minute, on the day he was to be forcibly boarded on a flight to Tehran. We extend thanks & gratitude to each and every person who called, faxed, emailed and otherwise supported the call to stop Peyman’s deportation.

We especially thank Andisheh Alishahi of the International Federation of Iranian Refugees for all of her hard work on the ground. And we thank Pascal Yasmina, Stéphane Julien and all of the French activists who helped us pass a decisive milestone in our struggle for a humane world. When the French union CGT stood to support Peyman Najafi and Navid Mirpourzadeh, it demonstrated that we are not the only ones who believe that the attack against the rights of refugees is an attack against society in general and in its totality; and in our barricades to defend our humane rights, we too need the unity and solidarity of our sisters and brothers worldwide. This has made a qualitative difference in the struggle both for Peyman and Navid, and for the larger struggle for asylum-seekers‘ rights as well.

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The Latest from Iran (12 August): The Opposition and the Question of Elections

1453 GMT: The Wanted Watching the Watchers Alert – Ayatollah Sey Hashem Hosseini Bushnehri told the UN Security Council „you are dead“ because they are ignoring the violence against British citizens. He spoke about the injustice towards the youth in America and Britain, and he accused the Security Council of turning a blind eye.

1431 GMT: Friday prayer update – Shahreza Hojjatoleslam Seifollah Yaghoubi said today that the entire world envies Iran because of their „erudite“ leader, Ayatollah Khamenei.

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Eye on Iran: Clerical Regime Looks To Impose Control Over Iran’s Sunni Seminaries

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RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty: „The Shi’ite clerical regime of Iran appears to be intensifying its repression of the country’s Sunnis under the guise of ‚reorganizing‘ their seminaries. This is being done through the full implementation of a memorandum issued in 2008 by Iran’s Supreme Cultural Revolution Council, a Qom-based conservative-dominated body whose 41 members are appointed by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. President Mahmud Ahmadinejad chairs the body, although any decisions made by the council can be overruled by Khamenei.“

AP: „Turkey says an explosion at a pipeline has temporarily cut natural gas supplies from Iran. The governor’s office for Agri province, where the explosion occurred late Thursday, says Kurdish rebels are suspected of sabotaging the pipeline. The gas flow was immediately cut and no one was hurt in the explosion. An Energy Ministry official told the AP Friday that repairs to the pipeline were under way and gas supplies would resume in a week.“

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