An Iranian musician has been banned from travelling abroad because his musical group includes women. Regime border police confiscated Majid Derakhshani’s passport at Tehran airport, and he now faces prosecution for the ‘offence’.
Mr Derakhshani said in an interview: “The border police officers at Tehran airport confiscated my passport and told me that if I wanted to know the reasons for the travel ban, I should ask the passport authority.”
Mr Derakhshani said Iranian security officials had regularly summoned members of his group for questioning because it includes women musicians.
His group’s first concert in Europe took place in October 2013 with the participation of two women singers.
Regime agents had now told him his prosecution would now be reviewed by a court, he said.
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.
We, the undersigned, hereby urge you to take up this issue and raise it in the General Assembly in order to;
1. Put pressure on Iran to immediately halt the executions and abolish death penalty in Iran.
2. Call on all Western governments to make any improvement in economic relations with Iran contingent on its human rights record.
3. Demand in its resolution on human rights violations in Iran, to bring the perpetrators of 1988 massacre (one of the worst atrocities the post-war world has ever seen – Geoffrey Robertson-QC) to justice before an international tribunal.