Section 1: Civil, Cultural and Political Rights
Section 1: Civil, Cultural and Political Rights
A) Situation of Nonconformist Political and Social Activists
1. During this month, more than forty people were arrested and the names of 23 of them have been specified, who were: Ahmad Saberi, Abbas Haqiqi, Javad Lotfi, Safaei, Mas’ud Fattahi, Sirus Payam Mani, Bahrman Hassaninejad, Ali Hemmatcheraghi, Mehdi Mozaffari, Naser Sheykhi, Moslem Ghanizadeh, Ahmad Purjena’i, Ramin Heydarjan, Behzad Talebpur, Mahmud Dehqan, and Ahmad Nasirpur (all labour activists); as well as two civil activist from Khuzestan province who were Abdolhossein Baladi and Mehrdad Jamshidpur, and four social network activists, who were Moslem Bushehrian, Sasan Jannatian, Siavash Jannatian and Reza Alenaser.
Also 17 workers of Chadormalu Mine have been detained and their detention is approved by the local governor and the President of the Association of Workers at that mine, but their names are not clear. On the other hand, some young people who intended to attend in official march of 22 Bahman [11 February Revolution anniversary] have been detained. The detainees whose number is not known had posters in support of Hassan Rouhani which had the signature of “the Young Reformers”.
It should be noted that after a few days in detention, some of the arrested individuals were released temporarily on bail until the date of their trials.
2. Kazem Barjesteh, a politic activist, has been transferred to prison to serve his prison term of 5 years, while Hojabr Firuzian, a Baha’i citizen, has been sent to prison to serve his prison term of 40 days in addition to a fine of 12 million rials. A labour activist, Yusef Abkharabat, has been transferred to jail to serve his prison term of one year, while Vahed Seyyedeh and Mohammad Molanayi, two labour activists, have been sent to prison for their two-year jail terms, and Emad Arab, a civil activist, also has been transferred to jail to serve his prison term of three months and one day.
3. Mohammad Baqer Alavi, a member of Freedom Movement of Iran, has been sentenced to four years imprisonment; Fatemeh Hashemi Rafsanjani, a civil activist, has been sentenced to six months in jail; Reza Aqakhani, a national-religious activist, has been condemned to three years in prison; and Sarang Ettehadi, a Baha’i citizen, has been sentenced to five years in jail. Arash Moghadam Aslani, a cyber-activist, has been sentenced to eight years imprisonment and Bashir Nazari, a civil activist, has been condemned to one year in jail that has been suspended for five years. Also the Appeal Court of Tehran confirmed a six-year imprisonment sentence for Saeed Madani, a researcher and a member of the National-Religious Activists Council. Four years of his term must be spent in Bandar Abbas. The sentence also included ten years of mandatory residence in that city. Saeed Madani is in the Evin Prison at the present.
4. The court hearing has been held for eight labour activists who were: Ahmad Saberi, Abbas Haqiqi, Javad Lotfi, Safaei, Mas’ud Fattahi, Sirus Payam Mani, Aqil Yazdani and Kiumars Rahimi.
5. Ali Mottahari and Seyyed Shokr-e khoda Musavi, two representatives of the Iranian parliament, were summoned to the judiciary. Sadeq Zibakalam, a university professor, was summoned to the magistrate court and then was released with a bail of 50 million Tomans. Some eight labour activists who were Gholamhossein Heydarimusa, Hendijani, Maziyar Rahimzadeh, Alireza Bahadori, Adel Rashedi, Ali Sajedinia, Fariborz Kiyani and Nasim Junaki have been summoned to the magistrate court.
6. The burial of civil activist Naser Minachi has been prevented in Hosseynieh Ershad in Tehran.
7. The offices of Mohammad Naeemipur and Ali Sami’izadeh, two members of the Islamic Iran Participation Front have been inspected by security official. Furthermore, following the breach of the official seal of the central office of the Participation Front in Tehran, the Prosecutor’s Office has placed a new seal on the entrance to that office.
B) Situation Regarding Cultural Rights
1. Hossein Zaman, a singer, has announced that he is still banned from his artistic carrier and Fatemeh Mo’tamed Arya, an actress, also has not been allowed to work in the past four years. Also Hossein Pakdel was not allowed to host the Fajr Film Festival’s closing ceremonies because he has been banned from appearing on stage.
2. Abdolreza Davari, the former managing director of Shahrvand daily, has been sentenced to pay one million Tomans fine. Also the Press Jury has found the managing director of Bokhara Magazine guilty and has ruled out any leniency towards him.
3. IBNA information web site has been closed and Mohsen Heydari, the manager of the web site, was prosecuted. Also Alireza Khamesian, the managing director of Omid web site, has been summoned to the magistrate court and then released on bail.
4. The managing director of Abrar daily, Mehr-e Taban-e Farda weekly and Khorasan daily have been subjected to legal action, and their cases are under investigation.
5. The Ministry of Intelligence prevented the monthly meeting of the Association of Iranian Writers.
6. The movies “I am not angry”, directed by Reza Dormishian, and “Lovely rubbish” directed by Mohsen Miryusefi, were excluded from the competition of Fajr Film Festival due to pressures by some state institutions.
C) Other Instances of Human Rights Abuse
1. Some 42 individuals have been executed in this month. The complete names of some of them are still not clear but judicial authorities or government-controlled media have confirmed their executions. Some of the names are as follows:
“S-B” and “M-R” has been executed in Zanjan and four individuals also have been executed in the city of Kerman. State-controlled media announced that they had been found guilty of the crime of possession and transportation of drugs. “H-Lotfi” was executed in public and five individuals have been executed in Kermanshah Province as well. Judiciary official have announced that they were found guilty of the crime of possession and transportation of drugs. “F-E” and “M-S” have been executed in the cities of Rudbar and Som’eh Sara. The public relation and information department of the Judiciary in Gilan Province has said they were convicted of the crime of possession and transportation of drugs.
“J-M” and “M-A” have been executed in the city of Nowshahr and two individuals were executed in Kermanshah Province. They were found guilty of the crime of first degree murder according to the judiciary officials. “M-R” and “M-P” have been executed in the city of Rasht. The public relation and information department of the Judiciary in Gilan Province said they were convicted of first degree murder.
“N-J” and “A-R” were executed publicly in Alborz province. State-controlled media announced that they were found guilty of the crime of rape. “R-A” and “M-D” have been executed in public in the city of Shiraz. The media sources affiliated to the Iranian state announced the convicts had been found guilty of murder and rape. “E-Z” was also executed in public in Shiraz. State-controlled media announced that he was convicted of armed robbery and first degree murder.
Also some web sites reported the execution of seven individuals who were: Bahram Soltani, Mohsen Davudi, Hadi Beygi, Meysam Haji, Feizmohammad Saberzehi, Nazarali Fakuk and Yunes Karamin in Qezelhesar prison in Karaj because they were found guilty of the crime of possession and transportation of drugs. Furthermore, five individuals were also executed in the prison of Orumiyeh because of the crime of murder. They were: Karam Resa’i, Javad Qasemzadeh, Hamid Eslamsokan, Rashid Keramat and Khezr Ahvas. The web sites also reported the execution of two individuals with abbreviated identities of “R-H” and “M-SH” in the city of Delfan due to the crime of possession and transportation of drugs and a person who has been convicted of the crime of possession and transportation of drugs from Abdolhesseini village in the district of Khaveh in Malayer city.
Hashem Shabaninejad and Hadi Rashedi, two members of the academic and cultural institution of Al-Havar have been executed in Ahvaz.
2. One individual has been sentenced to amputation of hand and leg in Shiraz. State-controlled media have reported that he has been convicted of armed robbery.
3. The conditions of political prisoners are still reported to be undesirable. For example, female political prisoners in the Evin Prison faced cold weather and absence of hot water due to the breakdown of heaters there. Also some prisoners in the Raja’i Shahr prison have suffered from infectious diseases due to the water condition. On the other hand, Asghar Qatan and Omid Behruzi have been prevented from transfer to hospital.
4. Abdolghafur Qalandarinejad, a member of the sect of Gonabadi dervishes, has refused to attend his court session in protest against the legal procedures and the fact that his court summons was not given to him in writing.
5. Rasul Bodaghi and Shahrokh Zamani, two prisoners of Raja’i Shahr prison in Karaj, were transferred to solitary confinement. Also the authorities of the prison, in contravention of prison’s rules, declared that the prisoners in Ward No 350 could not take their books with them after completion of their sentence or when they went on prison leave.
6. The secretary of the Committee to Determine Criminal Contents has said that the two social network websites, Facebook and Twitter, have been blocked.
Section 2: Social and Economic Rights
1. The economic conditions in the country are still reported to be unfavourable. The Labour Minister of the 11th government has said that, according to the official statistics, there are 3.5 million of unemployment individuals and 4.5 million newly-graduated individuals would also enter the job market very soon. This is while the Deputy Health Minister has also said that high health costs each year bring 13 per cent of families down to below the poverty line in Tehran.
2. Some 250 workers of Iran Tire Factory have lost their jobs. Also some of the contract workers in phases No 17 and 18 of the South Pars Project have been subjected to downsizing and mandatory time off (without pay). On the other hand, 50 workers of petrochemical zone of Ilam have been fired.
3. Payment of salaries of some 1400 workers of East Alborz coal mines in Semnan province has been delayed for more than 2 months. Other delayed payments include; 200 workers of Zagros Steel for 7 months; 650 workers of “Luleh Gostar” in North Khorasan province for 3 months; and 220 workers of “Ajor Jil” factory in Ahvaz for 8 months. Also workers of the “Agahan Niru” Contracting Corporation, workers of the sugar cane agro-industry in Shushtar in Khuzestan province, workers of sodium sulphate processing plant of “Safa’iyeh Golshan” have been facing delays in receiving obtaining their legal benefits.
4. Additional teaching salary for many teachers have not been paid in May and also for the four months of October, November, December and January.
Section 3: Cultural Heritage and Environment
Reports concerning cultural heritage and environment also point to the continued presence of unfavourable conditions in these areas in months of January and February.
1. The Senior Advisor of the World Health Organization has announced that lead, cadmium, arsenic and mercury have been found in the milk of breastfeeding mothers who were exposed to air pollution in Esfahan.
2. Secretary of the National HQ for the Revival of Orumiyeh Lake has mentioned that the lake is unhealthy, adding that geologists believe the lake is now dead due to the replacement of sodium with magnesium.
At the end of this report we would like emphasize that for the Iranian government, the only way out of the current social deadlock in the country is compliance with human rights standards and conventions that it has already signed, and has committed itself to their implementation.
Note: For further information regarding the above reports, please refer to the following news websites: Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA), Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), Iranian Labour News Agency (ILNA), Fars news agency, Mehr news agency, Young Journalists Club news agency, CDHR website, JARAS, Committee of Human Rights Reporters, Nedaye Azadi, Baztab, HRANA, Ghanoon, Kaleme, Mohebbat News, Sunni Online, International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, Majzooban-e Noor, Melli Mazhabi, Nedaye Sabze Azadi, Radio Zamaneh, Radio Farda and BBC.
Feb 17, 2018 Comments Off on Iranian women must remain united to advance rights
Feb 14, 2018 Comments Off on The Guardian: Iranian intellectuals call for referendum amid political unrest
Feb 12, 2018 Comments Off on Iranian intellectuals call for a UN sponsored referendum to choose a new system of governance
Feb 05, 2018 Comments Off on Iran protests are fire under ashes
Jan 12, 2018 Comments Off on FOUR NOBEL PEACE LAUREATES URGE IRAN TO RESPECT THE RIGHTS OF PROTESTERS
Jul 08, 2017 Comments Off on Report by the Centre for Defenders of Human Rights to the UN Human Rights Special Rapporteur regarding the inspection of Evin Prison by foreign ambassadors
Jun 27, 2017 Comments Off on The Centre for the Defenders of Human Rights: Avoid expressing anarchy-inspiring remarks
May 21, 2017 Comments Off on The elected president should start monitoring the performance of the Ministry of Intelligence
Feb 14, 2018 Comments Off on The Guardian: Iranian intellectuals call for referendum amid political unrestSaeed Kamali Dehghan Iran correspondent Wed 14 Feb 2018 A group of prominent Iranian intellectuals have said they have lost hope that the Islamic Republic can reform, and have called for a referendum to establish whether the ruling establishment is still backed by a majority. A day after Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani, touted the idea […]
Feb 12, 2018 Comments Off on Iranian intellectuals call for a UN sponsored referendum to choose a new system of governanceFifteen Iranian public intellectuals dismayed by four decades of the Islamic Republic rule, in a statement released on Sunday to coincide with the 39th anniversary of the Iranian Revolution of 1979, call for a UN-sponsored referendum for Iranians to choose a new political system for their country. The group of intellectuals which include internationally renowned […]
Feb 05, 2018 Comments Off on Iran protests are fire under ashesLONDON, United Kingdom (Kurdistan 24) – After heavy government crackdown, the seemingly spontaneous nation-wide protests in Iran have been silenced, but a Nobel Peace Prize winner says the rage is ever present and will flame up at the next chance. Late in December 2017, Iranians took to the streets to protest the sluggish economy. The […]
Jan 12, 2018 Comments Off on FOUR NOBEL PEACE LAUREATES URGE IRAN TO RESPECT THE RIGHTS OF PROTESTERSOttawa – January 11, 2018 Nobel Peace Laureates Shirin Ebadi, Jody Williams, Leymah Gbowee and Tawakkol Karman, urge the Islamic Republic of Iran to conduct credible independent investigations into the use of violence, especially lethal violence, and mass arrests in reaction to protests held in 75 cities across the country, beginning on December 28, 2017. […]
Jul 08, 2017 Comments Off on Report by the Centre for Defenders of Human Rights to the UN Human Rights Special Rapporteur regarding the inspection of Evin Prison by foreign ambassadorsFriday 7 July 2017 – 16 Tir 1396 In the wake of the publication of the news about the visit to Evin Prison by 50 ambassadors of different countries, the Centre for Defenders of Human Rights has sent a letter to the UN Human Rights Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the […]
Apr 13, 2016 Comments Off on Guidelines for a transparent and merit-based system for the appointment of high level judgeFor the full report in English click below link: Guidelines for a transparent and merit based system for the appointment of high level judge
Jun 27, 2017 Comments Off on The Centre for the Defenders of Human Rights: Avoid expressing anarchy-inspiring remarksTuesday- 6th of Tir 1396- 27 June 2017 In continuation of its monthly reports, the Centre for the Defenders of Human Rights has reviewed the situation of human rights in Iran during the month of Khordad 1396 [Iranian month corresponding to 22 May to 21 June 2017] The Centre for the Defenders of Human Rights, […]
May 21, 2017 Comments Off on The elected president should start monitoring the performance of the Ministry of IntelligenceIn continuation of its monthly reports, the Centre for the Defenders of Human Rights has reviewed the situation of human rights in Iran during the month of Ordebehesht 1396 [21 April to 21 May 2017]. The Centre for the Defenders of Human Rights, which is presided over by Shirin Ebadi, has referred to the holding […]
Jul 21, 2016 Comments Off on Why won’t my fellow Nobelist Aung San Suu Kyi help a Muslim minority?