Iran – News of violation of human rights

Iran – News of violation of human rights

Published by on December 1, 2016

imprisoned-kurdish-women-1Iran: Plight of five Kurdish women in Kerman Prison
Five of the political prisoners in Kerman Prison are Kurdish women who have been arrested and detained for cooperation with or membership in dissident Kurdish parties.
They have been imprisoned for years without enjoying any leaves or having access to legal counsel. The five women are:
Farideh Khoshnam, 32, from Takab, has a Bachelor’s degree in legal studies. She was arrested on July 30, 2004, and sentenced to 14 years imprisonment, 80 lashes of the whip, and internal exile to Kerman Prison. Ms. Khoshnam was viciously tortured under interrogation at the Department of Intelligence’s detention centre in Takab and seriously injured in the eye and legs.
Soudabeh Hassankhani, 31, a computer engineer from Bijar, was arrested in June 2004 and sentenced to 9 years in jail.
Hajar Piri, 33, from Naghadeh, was arrested in April 2007 and sentenced to 17 years imprisonment and internal exile to Kerman Prison.
Sohaila Minaii, 27, from Divandarreh, was arrested on August 10, 2015 in her city and sentenced to three years imprisonment and internal exile in Kerman Prison.
Afsaneh Bayazidi, student activist from Boukan was arrested in April 2016 and sentenced to four years in jail and internal exile in Kerman Prison.


sahar-feiziCourt summons Kurd female student for “links to Kurd opposition party”
Sahar Feizi received a summons from the Saqez Revolutionary Court. It has been stated in the summons that she is to be in count on Dec.19 to receive her sentence.
This 25-year-old student has been charged with having links to a Kurd opposition party.
Source: (Kurdpa Website)


execution-in-mahabad-1Iran hangs man in Mahabad
A prisoner identified as Jamshid Tahami was hanged on the dawn of Thursday November 24 in the Central Mahabad Prison. He was married with three children.
Source: (Human Rights Activists in Iran)





bahaii-symbolFive Baha’is, including pregnant women, arrested by Intelligence Agency
Intelligence Agents arrested at least five Baha’is in their homes in Shiraz.
A number of them have been identified as Lala Salehi, Parisa Sepehri, Nasim Kashani Nejad, and Rezvan Yazdani.
According to an informed source, Parisa Sepehri is in the first few months of her pregnancy.
Source: (Campaign in Defence of Political and Civil Rights Prisoners)


destitute-womanDestitute women sell their children for $20
Bitter realities were divulged during a meeting on “women and everyday living”.
The meeting held on November 14, 2016, at the school of social sciences at Tehran University discussed the situation of women who sleep in cardboard boxes in the streets or are engaged in prostitution.
Khosrow Mansourian, founder of the Association to Support the Socially Harmed, said: Small children are sold for 60,000 toumans (approx. $20) in (south) Tehran’s Shoush Square.
Reza Jahangiri, deputy for social services in the Organization of Welfare and Social Services, had previously reported that 3 per cent of the 3000 women who sleep in the streets in cardboard boxes, that is 90 women, are pregnant.
Habibollah Massoudi Farid, deputy of the Welfare Organization (Behzisti), had also placed the number of street women among the confidential statistics of the Iranian regime.
Source: (The state-run Salamat news agency)


sholeh-pakravanMother of execution victim is summoned to court
Ms. Sholeh Pakravan, an anti-death penalty activist, was called on the phone on November 14, 2016, and summoned to the Intelligence Department.
She was instructed to appear at the Intelligence Department on November 15th, at 10 a.m.
Ms. Sholeh Pakravan and a number of the participants were temporarily arrested on October 20, 2016, by plainclothes agents and security forces, as she was commemorating the second anniversary of her daughter, Reyhaneh Jabbari, executed on October 25, 2014, for defending herself against rape by an Intelligence Ministry official.




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The number of executions is rising in Iran, journalists are being detained for doing their job and activists face cruel and degrading punishments, long prison terms and even execution. According to the most recent reports by Amnesty International and the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, “Iran’s judiciary continues to sentence child offenders to death, and carry out their execution by hanging”. Also, on August 9th, 2016 the son of late Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, Khomeini’s designated successor in 1988, published a shocking audio tape of his father’s meeting with the “Death Commission” which summarily and extra-judicially executed tens of thousands of political prisoners held in jails across Iran. The massacre was carried out on the basis of a fatwa by the regime’s then-Supreme Leader Khomeini.

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