The thought of Iran, regime change, freedom and democracy in Iran and all the brave men and women who fight for these ideals on a daily basis occupy a lot of my time. For a long time I have looked for answers on how things can change... and the fact that I have not come up with a satisfying answer has been quite frustrating.

However for the first time tonight I came to a realization, it's OK not to have all the ANSWERS, what is important is to have QUESTIONS, as long as we continue to form questions, to think about issues and not to accept things at face value there is still hope that we can bring change, even great change to Iran. On the day we feel like we know everything and have all the answers ( like many unfortunate souls who are lost in their ignorance) is the day all hope will be lost and there will be no chance for a better Iran.

In my experience I have always found that those who felt like they knew everything were the exact people who were the most ignorant and did not know anything. As long as I have questions I will always feel fortunate, even if I don't always have the answers.

Long Live Freedom
Down With Dictatorship

A brief translation of article below:

According to the latest news from Rajaishahr Prison about 60 prisoners are currently on hunger strike. The total number of prisoners on hunger strike both in Rajaishahr and Orumiye Prison are more then 100.

It has been reported that in the central Orumiyeh Prison, prison officials have attacked the prisoners who are on hunger strike and taken away their personal belongings. further 5 other prisoners have joined the hunger strike. the number of prisoners in Sanandaj prison who are on hunger strike has reached 18.

The hunger strike in the Sanandaj Prison has led to the increase of security guards and Regime officials in the city of Sanandaj in order to create an atmosphere of fear among the people in the city.

This news release has been provided by Ahmad Andaryary.
احمد اندریاری
arezandaryary@gmail.com

According to this news about 60 Kurdish prisoners are on their 4th day of hunger strike in Iranian prisoners. English Translation Coming Soon...

بنا بر اخرین گزارشها در زندان رجایی شهر 60 زندانی هم اکنون در اعتصاب بسر میبرند با این رقم تنها در دو زندان رجایی شهر و ارومیه بیش از 100 زندانی در اعتصاب بسر میبرند،گزارشها حاکی از انست که در زندان مرکزی ارومیه یگانهای سرکوب به زندانیانی که در اعتصاب بسر میبرند یورش برده اند وسایل شخصی زندانیان را با خود برده اند، و گزارشها حاکی از پیوستن 5 نفر دیگر از زندانیان سیاسی و فرهنگی سنندج به اعتصاب کنندگان است
که درحال شمار اعتصاب کنند گان در زندان سنندج به 18 نفر رسیده است.
به دنبال پخش اخبار اعتصاب زندانیان سیاسی در سنندج ، به سرعت نیروهای انتظامی در شهر پخش شدند ،تا فضا را نا امن جلوه دهند ؛ودر ضمن درشهر مرتب به مردم کوچه وبازار گیر می دهند؛واز آنها عکس و کارت شناسایی می خواهند
در ادامه حمایتهای احزاب و نهادههای مدنی امروز کنفدراسیون جوانان شرق کردستان KCR با صدور اعلامیه های حمایت خود را از عملیات دمکراتیک زندانیان سیاسی و مدنی در ایران و شرق کردستان اعلام کرد.
جنبش مستقل جمهوری خواهان دمکرات ولاییک نیز،درروز 27آگوست 2008 ،طی انتشار بیانیه ا ی پشتیبانی و حمایت خودرا اعلام نموده است .

همچنین پشتیبانی و حمایت از اعتصاب های سیاسی و مدنی کرد در خارج از کشور نیز ادامه دارد. شماری از سازمانهای مدنی و چندین حزب، قرار است فردا 29 اگوست تجمعی را در شهر لاهه هلند در مقابل دادگاه جنایات جنگی انجام خواهند داد.

طی فراخوانی که در این باره منتشر شده، از تمام ازدیخواهان ساکن هلند خواسته شده است که برای شرکت در این تجمع روز جمعه در مقابل دادگاه بین المللی لاهه گرد هم آیند. این تجمع ساعت 1 به وقت محلی شروع و تا ساعت 4 عصر ادامه خواهد داشت.

همچنین کردهای ساکن بلژیک نیز روز شنبه 30 اگوست به همین منظور و برای نشان دادن اعتراض خود علیه صدور احکام اعدام از سوی رژیم ایران، تجمعی برگزار می کنند. این تجمع ساعت 2 بعد از ظهر به وقت بروکسل، در برابر مرکز اصلی اتحادیه اروپا برگزار خواهد شد.
از طرف دیگر حبیب الله لطیفی دانشجوی کرد محکوم به اعدام، در زندان شهر سنندج ممنوع الملاقات شد.
خانواده حبیب الله لطیفی که روز دوشنبه ی گذشته برای ملاقات به زندان مرکزی شهر سنندج رفته بودند، مطلع شدند که شماری از زندانیان از جمله جبیب الله لطیفی ممنوع الملاقات شده اند.
احمد اندریاری
arezandaryary@gmail.com


With the International Teachers day fast approaching, I can't help but to think about Farzad Kamangar, a Kurdish teacher who was recently sentenced to death. Mr. Kamangar was brutally tortured for months before being tried behind closed doors and being sentenced to death. The charges against him have never been proved; in fact there is no proof what so ever that Mr. Kamangar was anything but a teacher and a minorities rights activist.

As far as I know atleast two organizations International Committee Against Execution and Committee for Struggle to Free Political Prisoners have chosen this special day to protest against the executions taking place in Iran in general and Farzad Kamangar's death sentence in particular.

I also announce my solidarity with Farzad Kamangar, his family and this international campaign to fight against this grave injustice. I encourage all freedom loving people to raise their voices against this atrocity and to let the Islamic Regime know that the world will not remain silent in the face of these senseless murders!!!

In memory of all brave Iranian men and women who have lost their lives on the road to freedom,
In solidarity with those who have and are risking their lives to fight against the Islamic Regime, and towards a free Iran.

Long Live Freedom
Down with Dictatorship

Sayeh Hassan

A new opposition group called Oghabe Iran has recently been formed. This group is led by Mehdi Rohani, a Former Iranian Imperial Air Force Major General and other exiled Iranian Air Force commanders. From what I have heard and read about this group, they have chosen a peaceful approach to Regime Change, which is to be brought about by the expulsion of the top 100 Islamic Regime Mullah's. Those interested can watch their programs at www.parstv.tv and www.krsi.com every Monday and Thursday at 8:30pm US/PST


For more information on this group please check out the Iransara website

In the past few months I have really focused my activities on human rights issues only and have tried to stay away from politics. I thought I might be better able to help those in Iran if I only focused on human rights. However in the past few months I have come to certain conclusions:

1. There has been a huge rise in the number of human rights activists especially in Iran in the past few years. There doesn’t seem to be a particular definition for a human rights activist or any necessary qualifications.

a. Having worked with a number of prominent human rights activists and human rights organizations what I have observed is these human rights activists are men mostly in their mid 20’s or early 30’s with a high school education (at the most), no or very little work experience and very poor communication skills.

b. Another thing I have observed is a lot of these individuals and groups are full of greed, whether for fame or fortune and are willing to do almost anything to reach their goals. This could mean lying, using activists and prisoners in Iran, or remaining silent when they should be speaking out.

2. Another conclusion I have come to is the only way to end the human rights violations in Iran is through REGIME CHANGE. This does not mean that human rights work is not useful, it is, but only through a certain frame. A regime change frame.

a. Call me crazy but writing polite letters to Islamic Regime officials asking them to stop their human rights abuses is counter productive. Considering that the IRI has been responsible for some of the worst human rights violations imaginable in the past 29 years, I don’t think polite letters is going to make them stop.

b. Writing letters to human rights organizations maybe effective on a case by case basis, yes we might be able to save an individual from flogging, a lengthy jail term or even execution, but what about all the other people? What about all the unnamed prisoners who are tortured and executed without anyone even knowing their names? There is only one way to help ALL victims of human rights violations and that is Regime Change.

Human rights work is very important, especially for those of us who believe change will come from Inside Iran. It is necessary for us to raise the voices of those who are fighting for this very change inside Iran.

But at the same time we cannot use human rights work as a band aid solution to “fix” Iran. The only real solution to putting an end to the human rights violations in Iran is to work toward Regime Change. So I for one will start to tailor my activities accordingly. Although I will continue to translate and post human rights related news on my blog, and continue forwarding the news to different human rights agencies, I will also take a political stand and work towards Regime Change.

To clear up any possible misunderstanding I have always been an advocate of Regime Change, I just think I have not said it often or loud enough in the past few months. I don’t have any clear cut answers or solutions; I will just work hard along with all other genuine activists who are truly working towards a free Iran.

Long Live Freedom

Sayeh Hassan

According to news received from Section 6 of the Gohardasht Prison on Saturday August 22nd 2008, Dr. Mostafa Alavi was transferred to Branch 3 of the Revolutionary Court to receive his sentence.

Dr. Alavi was transferred to court with handcuffs, his feet were also cuffed. Once at court he was informed that he had been sentenced to 15 years of imprisonment.

Dr. Alavi sufferes from numerous illnesses including diabetes, intestine and heart problems, as well he has lost most of his vision on his left eye.

Dr. Alavi was arrested under the order of Hassan Zareh Dahnavi on Esfand 1935 and after spending some time in Section 209 of the Evin Prison, he was transferred to Gohardasht Prison on Shahrivar of 1386.

In the past few months many political prisoners have been sentenced to lengthy prison terms. Some of these individuals are:

1. Ms. Shahnaz Keypour-5 years imprisonment
2. Ms. Azadeh Gerayi- 10 years imprisonment
3. Mr. Mohsen Gerayi-10 years imprisonment
4. Mr. Alijan Gerayi- 5 years imprisonment
5. Mr. Mahmoud sadigh Kaboudvand-11 years imprisonment
6. Ms. Hanna Abdi- 5 years imprisonment
7. Ms. Zeynab Bayzeydi- 4 years imprisonment.

Human Rights and Democracy Activists in Iran condemn the arrest and the lengthy sentences imposed on political prisoners and urge the international community to voice their concern and help put a stop to the inhumane treatment of political prisoners in Iran.

Published on Saturday August 23rd 2008

Human Rights and Democracy Activists in Iran

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pejvakzendanyan@gmail.com
Tel: 0031620720193


Translation By: Sayeh Hassan

According to news received from Tehran on Friday August 22nd 2008 12 student activists were arrested in Laleh Park by officers from Division 3 of the Intelligence Ministry.

All 12 students were transferred to Division 3 of the Intelligence Ministry. Five of the students arrested were women. Number of students who were arrested had previously been involved in the commemoration of the December 7 Student Day and had spent a lengthy period of time in Section 209 of the Evin Prison.

Names of some of the students who were arrested are:

1. Hamed Mohammadi
2. Nader Ehsani
3. Bita Samimizad
4. Elham Ehsani
5. Nima Nahvi
6. Saeed

All the female students who were arrested with the exception of Ms. Elham Ehsani were released on bail. As well an unnamed male student was also released on bail.

Those released on bail were told to report to the police station on Saturday August 23rd 2008.

The families of these individuals went to the police station to find out about their children’s’ situation; however the only answer they received was that their children were arrested for participation in an illegal gathering in Laleh Park. The families of these students spent most of the night in front of the police station.

The Human Rights and Democracy Activists in Iran condemn the new wave of mass arrests of activists and urge all human rights organizations to take steps to bring Islamic Regime’s human rights violations before the United Nations Security Council.

Published on Friday August 22nd 2008

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Tel: 0031620720193

PUBLIC
AI Index: MDE 13/119/2008
19 August 2008

UPDATE

Further Information on UA 169/08 (MDE 13/084/2008, 17 June 2008) and follow-ups (MDE 13/089/2008, 27 June 2008; MDE 13/097/2008, 25 July 2008) - Arbitrary arrest/fear of torture or other ill-treatment and new concern: Prisoner of Conscience

IRAN

Mahboubeh Karami (f), aged 40, journalist and women’s rights defender
About 200 others

Mahboubeh Karami was charged within the past week with "acting against national security," and the Revolutionary Court in Mahabad has scheduled her next hearing for 1 November, according to her lawyer. She has been held in Evin Prison in Tehran since 13 June. Amnesty International believes the charge is false, and that Mahboubeh Karami is a prisoner of conscience, detained solely for the peaceful exercise of her right to freedom of expression and association.

About 200 women who were arrested with her have all been released.

Mahboubeh Karami’s lawyer was only recently allowed to see the court documents concerning her case and will shortly be meeting with her for the first time.

The court set bail of one billion rials (approximately US$110,000) on 12 July, but her family have been unable to raise such a large amount.

Further Information on UA 214/08 (MDE 13/107/2008, 1 August 2008) Fear of torture or other ill-treatment and new concern: Prisoner of conscience

IRAN
Zeynab Bayzeydi (f), women's rights activist


Kurdish women's rights activist Zeynab Bayzeydi has been sentenced to four years' imprisonment, and internal exile to the Turkish-speaking city of Zanjan, 246 km from her home, by Mahabad Revolutionary Court. Her family learned of this on 10 August, when they went to the court to find out how her trial had gone. Amnesty International considers her a prisoner of conscience, imprisoned solely for the peaceful exercise of her right to freedom of expression and association.

She was convicted of a number of offences, all of which she has denied, except the one arising from her work on the One Million Signatures Campaign, which was working against laws that discriminate against women.

She is also a member of the Human Rights Organisation of Kurdistan (HROK). She had been arrested on 9 July, after the police ordered her to present herself for interrogation at a police station in Mahabad, which is in West Azerbaijan province.

According to news received from Gohardasht Prison there has been no news from Mr. Mansour Radpour who was taken to Section 1 (new torture chambers) of the prison on the third day of his hunger strike.

Mr. Radpour was taken to the new solitary cells in Section 1 of the Gohardasht August 6th 2008, while he was on the third day of his hunger strike. There has been no news from him since that date.

There is great concern for his well being not only because of the severe torture prisoners are subjected to in Section 1 of the Prison, but also because Mr. Radpour would have been on hunger strike when subjected to any type of torture, which might have much more serious effects. Mr. Radpour already suffers from numerous illnesses for which he has not been allowed any medical attention.

Mr. Radpour’s mother who is an elderly lady, barely able to walk has been to the prison on numerous occasion only be treated rudely and turned away without being able to visit his son or to even get news about his health and well being. Mr. Radpour’s family is very concerned about his safety and well being.

Mr. Radpour started his hunger strike on August 4th 2008 in objection to inhumane treatment of political prisoners and the recent wave of mass executions in Iran. On August 6th 2008 he was summoned to the office of Mahmoud Maghniyan Warder for Section 4 of the Prison (also responsible for carrying out bloody operations against political prisoners.). In Maghniyan’s office he was faced with Kermani who is the head of prison security and intelligence as well as Navid Khodyavi who is second in command of prison security and intelligence. Mr. Radpour was subjected to humiliation and beatings at the hands of these three individuals and was transferred to Section 1 of the Prison.

Ever Since Navid Khodyvai was promoted to the security and intelligence branch of the prison the inhumane treatment of political prisoners has increased dramatically. Khodyavi was responsible for the transfer of Behrouz Javid Tehrani to Section 1 of the Prison and his torture for 50 days. He is also responsible for the transfer of Alijan Gerayi and Mohsen Gerayi to Section 1 of the Prison and their torture. These two individuals still remain in Section 1 of the Prison.

Khodyavi is also responsible for attacking cells of political prisoners and confiscating their personal writings, subjecting prisoners to the sun and extreme heat for long periods of time, bringing false charges against them, threats of physical violence, insulting behavior towards the families of political prisoners etc…

Human Rights and Democracy Activists in Iran condemn the transfer of political prisoners to Section 1 of Gohardasht Prison and the torture of political prisoners and urge all human rights organizations to act immediately to help stop the inhumane treatment of political prisoners.

Human Rights and Democracy Activists in Iran

http://hrdai.blogspot.com
pejvak_zendanyan10@yahoo.com
pejvakzendanyan@gmail.com
tel: 0031620720193

mnesty International has condemned the hanging in Iran of Reza Hejazi, who was executed for a crime he committed when he was under 18 years old.

Hejazi was aged 15 in 2004 when he was among a group of people involved in a dispute which resulted in a man being fatally stabbed.

He was hanged in the city of Isfahan on Tuesday, Iranian media said.

Amnesty says the execution of juvenile offenders is prohibited under international law.

The rights group also says the Iranian authorities failed to give 48 hours' notice of the execution, in contravention of Iranian law.

Hejazi's lawyer, Mohammad Mostafaie, told the BBC Persian Service that he had gone to Isfahan prison on Tuesday after hearing from Reza Hejazi's family that he was about to be executed.

After spending several hours there, he was told the execution had been postponed and he passed this news on to the family.

Mr Mostafaie said he was on his way back to his office in Tehran when he was told by journalists that Reza Hejazi had been hanged.

According to Amnesty International, the execution brings the number of juvenile offenders put to death in Iran this year to five, with 132 more on death row.

In 2007, Iran was one of only three countries to execute such offenders. So far this year it is the only country known to have done so.

Last year, Iran was second only to China in the number of overall executions it carried out for crimes including murder, rape, drug trafficking and armed robbery.

Last month, 29 criminals were executed in Teheran's Evin prison on a single day.

With many contradictory reports on whether Reza Hejazi was executed or not I have done some digging, and it seems like many were under the impression that the execution had been postponed, due to the relentless efforts of his lawyer. However the execution was carried out illegally hours later without anyones knowladge. His family and lawyer were informed of the execution AFTER it had been carried out. Reza Hejazi's lawyer Mr. Mostafayi has confirmed the fact that the execution was carried out.

According to news from BBC Persian Mr. Hejazi was infact executed today. There seems to be some contradiction in the reporting of this news with certain human rights organizations reporting that the execution had been postponed. I will post any new information I might receive in this regard.

قوه قضائیه
محمد مصطفایی وکیل مدافع رضا حجازی در گفت و گو با بخش فارسی بی بی سی از اجرای حکم اعدام وی در روز سه شنبه 29 مرداد خبر داده است.

رضا حجازی که در زمان اعدام 20 سال سن داشت، در 15 سالگی در جریان یک درگیری خیابانی، به اتهام قتل دستگیر و در دادگاه به قصاص محکوم شده بود.

محمد مصطفايی وکیل رضا حجازی روز گذشته نیز به بخش فارسی بی بی سی گفته بود که موضوع اجرای حکم را تنها از طریق خانواده رضا حجازی دریافته است.

آقای مصطفايی روز دوشنبه گفته بود: "شعبه 106 دادگاه عمومی اصفهان بدون درنظر گرفتن این موضوع که رضا حجازی طفل است و این پرونده باید در دادگاه اطفال مورد رسیدگی قرار بگیرد، او را طبق قانون مجازات اسلامی به قصاص نفس محکوم کرد."

بر اساس خبرهای منتشر شده در ایران، رضا حجازی در دادگاه اطفال محاکمه نشده بود و بر همین اساس مستنداتی از سوی وکیل وی به قاضی اجرای احکام تحویل داده شده بود که به تایید مسئولان زندان اصفهان نیز رسیده بود.

روز سه شنبه خانواده رضا حجازی که برای آخرین دیدار با فرزندشان به زندان مراجعه کردند، مطلع شدند که برای رسیدگی به شکایت وکیل متهم درباره اینکه رضا حجازی باید در دادگاه اطفال محاکمه شود، اجرای حکم اعدام به تاخیر افتاده است، اما ساعاتی پس از این، حکم اعدام رضا حجازی اجرا شد.

آقای مصطفايی یک روز پیش از اعدام رضا حجازی گفته بود که فکر نمی کرد که این حکم چنین به سرعت به اجرا در آید چون در این موارد از وکیل و یا خانواده فرد محکوم به اعدام برای حضور در جلسات صلح و سازش دعوت به عمل می آید که در این مورد چنین نشده است.

او گفته بود "از لحاظ قانونی اجرای این حکم بر خلاف قانون است چون در زمانی که او مرتکب جرم شد سن او زیر هجده سال بود و از طرفی باید حکم اعدام به وکیل ابلاغ می شد اما این ابلاغ صورت نگرفته است."

پیشتر "دروری دایک" از عفو بین الملل در این مورد به بخش فارسی بی بی سی گفته بود که این سازمان نگران این است که حکم اعدام برای رضا حجازی که در سن پائین مرتکب قتل شده به اجرا در آید.

او گفت که طبق قوانین بین المللی از جمله کنوانسیون حقوق کودک، اجرای حکم اعدام برای این افراد ممنوع است.

عفو بین الملل که از گروه های مدافع حقوق بشر است، می گوید دولت ایران در سال گذشته میلادی پس از چین، بیش از هر کشور دیگری دست به اعدام افراد زده است.

ایران با وجود پیوستن به کنوانسیون حقوق کودک، همچنان احکام اعدام را در مورد آنها صادر و اجرا می کند.

بر اساس قانون مجازات اسلامی، اطفال در صورت ارتکاب جرم از مسئولیت کیفری مبرا هستند. اما این قانون اطفال را در پسران، 15 سال قمری و در دختران 9 سال قمری تعریف می کند.



According to news received from Human Rights and Democracy Activists in Iran execution of Reza Hejazi has been postponed.

Mr. Hejazi is a young offender who was taken to solitary confinement to await his execution which was scheduled for today (Tuesday, August 19th 2008 at 4:00am).

A press release was issued by Human Rights and Democracy Activists in Iran yesterday afternoon, urging all international human rights organizations to help stop the execution of Mr. Hejazi. Thanks to the relentless efforts of numerous international human rights organizations the execution of Mr. Hejazi has been postponed.

Unfortunately there is no news about the status of three (3) other individuals who were taken to solitary cells to await execution yesterday. the names of these individuals are:

1. Asghar Ismaili- 25 years old- Ward 2- Central Esfehan Prison
2. Mehdi Karimi- Educational Ward, Central Esfehan Prison
3. Ali Mohammadi-23 years old – Ward 4 of the Central Esfehan Prison

For a more detailed report in Farsi please refer to the website of Human Rights and Democracy Activists in Iran.

Due to major differences in political views I have decided to leave The Voice of Human Rights in Iran and am no longer affiliated with it. I wish them the best.

Sayeh Hassan


According to news received from central Prison in Esfehan today Reza Hajazi was transferred to solitary cells along with three (3) other individuals to await execution. Mr. Hejazi was convicted of murder at the age of 15 in 2004.
According to his family he is to be executed at 4:00am on Tuesday August 19th 2008. Although many international human rights organizations have voiced their concern and condemned the execution order, Saeed Mortazavi the Prosecutor General has ordered for the execution to be carried out.
The family of Reza Hajazi has asked all human rights activists and organizations to take immediate steps in the few remaining hours to help stop the execution of their son.
Further today three (3) other prisoners (named below) were transferred to solitary cells to await execution.
1. Asghar Ismaili- 25 years old- Ward 2- Central Esfehan Prison
2. Mehdi Karimi- Educational Ward, Central Esfehan Prison
3. Ali Mohammadi-23 years old – Ward 4 of the Central Esfehan Prison
It must be noted that Bijan Shah Mansouri (30 years old) who was imprisoned for about three (3) years in Ward 4 of Esfehan Prison, was transferred to solitary cells on Tuesday August 12th and executed on Thursday August 14th 2008. However the General Prosecutors Office has not allowed for the publication of this news.
Human Rights and Democracy Activists in Iran condemn the execution of young offenders as well as execution of prisoners in general and urge all human rights organizations to take immediate steps to help save the life of Reza Hajazi.
Human Rights and Democracy Activists in Iran

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pejvakzendanyan@gmail.com
tel: 0031620720193

According to news received from Sepaydar Prison in the city of Ahwaz, Mr. Javad Alikhani who is a veterinarian student at Chemran University was transferred to solitary cells in the Ministry of Intelligence detention centre in June.

Without any legal reason Mr. Alikhani was transferred to solitary cells in a secret Ministry of Intelligence detention centre on June 20th 2008. While in solitary confinement for 45 days he was subjected to brutal physical and psychological torture.

Some forms of torture he was subjected included:
1. electric shock
2. beatings with cables
3. being held in an extremely hot cell with a closed window and no air circulation.

The interrogators who subjected Mr. Alikhani to torture were hoping for a confession from him. For the past 10 months Mr. Alikhani has been in custody in a very uncertain legal state, without bail, trial or even a trial date.

Mr. Alikhani’s family reside in the city of Karaj and need to travel a very long distance and spend a large some of money to be able to visit their son. During the 45 days Mr. Alikhani spent in solitary confinement his family had no news of his whereabouts or health.

Mr. Javad Alikhani was arrested on October 20th 2007 along with numerous other student activists in Chemran University in the city of Ahwaz. All other students who were arrested were released on bail with the exception of Mr. Alikhani.

Mr. Alikhani has been tried in two different courts. On April 30th 2008 he was tried in the Revolutionary Court and acquitted of all charges. Further on June 8th 2008 he was tried in a criminal court before an individual called Ali Saki. He was once again acquitted, but again informed that he would have a re-trial on September 6th 2008. In order to keep Mr. Alikhani incarcerated the Regime is setting up numerous unnecessary trials with dates that are very far apart.

Individual who has a role in constantly bringing new charges against Mr. Alikhani and not granting him bail is named Barani who is a persecutor in Section 1 of the Revolutionary Court in Ahvaz. He is a former interrogator who worked for the Ministry of Intelligence.

Human Rights and Democracy Activists condemn the arrest, imprisonment and torture of this activist and urge all human rights activists and organizations to take immediate steps to help the immediate and unconditional release of Mr. Alikhani.

Human Rights and Democracy Activists in Iran

http://hrdai.blogspot.com
pejvak_zendanyan10@yahoo.com
pejvakzendanyan@gmail.com
tel: 0031620720193



According to news from The Voice of Human Rights in Iran, Mr. Khaled Hardani and Mansour Radpour have ended their hunger strike after almost two weeks.

Due to grave concern for Mr. Hardani and Radpour’s health many human rights activists and organizations had asked them to end their hunger strike, believing that political prisoners could continue to fight against the Regime only as long as they were healthy.

Mr. Hardani has thanked everyone who supported him and Mr. Radpour during their hunger strike. Mr. Hardani ended his hunger strike on Friday August 15th 2008 at 12:00pm. According to news Mr. Radpour also ended his hunger strike on Friday.

It must be noted that Mr. Radpour was taken to solitary confinement on the second day of his hunger strike and still remains in solitary confinement.


I urge all human rights activists and groups to support Mr. Daneshpazir in this very difficult time.

As many of you may be aware Ahmad Daneshpazir is a blogger and a political activist. Mr. Daneshpazir was arrested in his home on February 12th 2008 based on an arrest warrant from the Revolutionary Courts. Mr. Daneshpazir spent 3 months in Section 209 of the Evin Prison where he was interrogated.

Mr. Daneshpazir’s son Damun Daneshpaiz was also arrested on March 2008, because of his contact with human rights activists/organizations and the media, and his request for help in regards to his father’s situation.

He was also taken to Section 209 of the prison where he was interrogated for one week after which time he was released on bail. Both Mr. Ahmad and Damun Daneshpazir have been charged with “acting against the Regime” which carries a jail sentence of 3-12 months.

On August 13th 2007 both Mr. Ahmad and Damun Daneshpazir reported to Section 15 of the Revolutionary Court before Judge Salvati, based on a summon they had received 2 months earlier. However the trial did not go forward and was adjourned to August 13th 2008. However on August 13th the trial was once again adjourned and an arrest warrant was issued for Mr. Ahmad Daneshpazir. He was arrested and taken to the Evin Prison. According to Mr. Damun Daneshpazir his father is in a very bad physical state.

Mr. Damun Daneshpazir has asked for help and support from all human rights activist and organization in regards to his fathers situation.

The Voice of Human Rights in Iran

نگرانی‌ برای زندانیان سیاسی در ایران
من سایه حسن وکیل فعال حقوق بشر در ۱۳ ژوئیه‌ سال جاری یک خط تلفن مستقیم از ایران را از یک کمپانی به نام «تلفن لین» خریداری کردم تا از این طریق زندانیان سیاسی و خانوداه‌هایشان بتواننند بدون هزینه با من تماس بگیرند. به همین منظور مبلغ ۳۵ دلار پرداخت و شماره تلفن ۹۸۲۱۸۲۱۸۵۳۰۱ را دریافت کردم.

با این شماره برای مدت ۲ هفته با زندان گهردشت تماس داشتم ولی پس از آن متوجه شدم این خط تلفن مسدود شده است و در صورت گرفتن این شماره پیغام "تماس با مجاز نمی‌باشد" شنیده می‌شد. وقتی‌ علت را جویا شدم، شرکت تلفن مذکورنامه‌ا‌ی الکترونیکی‌ برایم فرستاد و اعلام کرد چون من بر خلاف قانون با زندانیان سیاسی تماس داشته‌ام، این خط را قطع کرده‌اند. در صورتی‌ که، انجمن حقوق بشر دیگری دو خط از تلفن‌ها را به مدت طولانی در اختیار دارند که شماره‌های آن به این قرار است: ۹۸۲۱۸۲۱۸۵۴۷۳ و ۹۸۲۱۸۲۱۸۵۴۳

من نمی‌دانم، شاید این گروه مورد اعتماد جمهوری اسلامی باشد که هنوز می‌تواند از این شماره‌ها بدون مشکلی استفاده کند. افراد این انجمن (آقای کیوان رفیعی و آقای اسفندیار بهار)کارهای خود را از شهر وان ترکیه اداره می‌کنند. هرچند، همه زندانیان بر این بوده‌اند که این دو فرد در ایران هستند و چون در راستای‌ اهداف جمهوری اسلامی عمل می‌کننند پس کانال ارتباطی‌شان فعال است. نگرانی من این است زندانیان سیاسی با تماس با این گروه جان خود را به خطر بیاندازند. روشن است که این خطوط توسط رژیم ایران کنترل می‌شوند و احتمالا این اطلاعات بر ضد زندانیان سیاسی استفاده می‌گردد. امیدوارم اعضای این گروه به جامعه‌ی بین‌المللی، زندانیان سیاسی و خانواده‌های آنها توضیح بدهند که چرا خط‌های تلفن آنها در این مدت قطع نشده و نیز چرا با وجود اقامت در خارج از کشور به زندانیان سیاسی این را الغا کرده‌اند که در ایران به سر می‌برند.



Sayeh Hassan
Barrister and Solicitor
Toronto, Ontario
Tel: 416-779-4726
Email: setareh_kaviyan@yahoo.com

On July 15th 2008 I purchased a direct Tehran line from a company called Iran Phone Lines. Being in touch with political prisoners and activists in Iran I felt a direct line where they could call without having to pay long distance fees would be very helpful. I had to pay $35 and my phone number was 982182185301.


After being in touch with a prisoner in Gohardasht (Rajaishahr) Prison for two weeks my line was filtered. Individuals trying to reach me through this number would receive a message “calling this number is not allowed”, I was informed of this through a prisoner in Gohardasht Prison, and later on by individuals who were not in prison.

In correspondence with the Iran Phone Line Company I was informed that one of the terms and conditions of purchasing a phone line from this company was to abide by the Islamic Regime Laws. Following is a quote from an email I received from the company:

“va albate ma dar terms and condition e site nevehstim ke
bayad nahveh estefadeh shoma ba mavazin e jomhoori e eslami moghayerat
nadashteh bashe.” Meaning my activities could not be against the Islamic Regime Laws otherwise I would lose my privileges.

There is another Human Rights organization that uses Iran Phone Lines to contact political prisoners in Iran. This group is Human Rights Activists in Iran, whose organizers are Mr. Keyvan Rafiee and Mr. Esfandiyar Bahar. Although both these individuals are in Turkey in the city of Van, (Mr. Rafiee for the past 8 months and Mr. Esfandiyar for the past 3 years), these individuals have created the illusion that they are in Iran and operating from Inside the country.

This group has two phone numbers from Iran Phone Lines, 982182185473 and 982182185438. Both these numbers are public and on their website at http://www.hra-iran.org/ . What has raised a question in my mind is why my line was filtered after two weeks, whereas the lines of this group which has been in operation for the past year has not been filtered or faced with any problems. I find it extremely hard to believe the Islamic Regime is not aware of Mr. Rafiee’s activities given the fact that he was a former prisoner and both the website and the phone numbers are very much public.

Is it possible that the Human Rights Activists in Iran are acting within the frame of the Islamic Regime and that is why they have been able to use these lines for the past year? It is very clear from my own experience with this company that these lines are under control of the Islamic Regime and this has caused me great concern, knowing political prisoners call this group with much difficulty and much hope, not aware of the fact that these lines are controlled and what ever information is relayed through these lines could very well be used against them in the Islamic Courts or in Prison.


I am challenging both Mr. Rafiee and Mr. Bahar to come forward and explain why they have misled the entire International Community, human rights organizations, as well as activists and prisoners in Iran by making them believe they are operating from inside Iran, and to further clarify why they believe their lines have not been filtered by the Islamic Regime after being active for more then one year.

Sayeh Hassan
Barrister and Solicitor
Toronto, Ontario
Tel: 416-779-4726
Email: Setareh_Kaviyan@yahoo.com

PUBLIC
AI Index: MDE 13/111/2008

UA 221/08
Death Penalty
12 August 2008

IRAN

Shabnam Parastesh, (f), aged around 33 years

Shabnam Parastesh's death sentence has been upheld by the Supreme Court for the murder of her husband. Her execution was scheduled for 12 August and she is at imminent risk of execution.

In 2006, a criminal court in Tehran found her guilty of the murder of her husband and she has been detained for the past two years in Raja’i Shahr prison in Karaj, a city west of Tehran.

Shabnam Parastesh had been married for one month when she discovered that her husband had been married previously and that he continued to have intimate relations with his former wife and other women.

Her husband is reported to have said in the course of their final argument that she would either have to live with the situation or pay him a considerable amount of money for him to agree to divorce her.

Following this exchange, Shabnam Parastesh drugged him with a powerful relaxant and sedative as a result of which her husband fell unconscious. Shabnam Parastesh reportedly then stabbed him. With the assistance of an accomplice, Shabnam Parastesh transported her husband’s body to scrubland outside Tehran where it was later found.

According to the latest news from Human Rights and Democracy Activists in Iran another prisoner has been sent to solitary cells to await execution.

Another Prisoner has been Transferred to Solitary Cells and is Awaiting Execution

According to news received from Dastgerd Prison in the city of Esfehan on Tuesday August 12th 2008 a prisoner in Esfehan Prison was transferred to solitary cells to await execution.

This prisoners name is Bijan Shah Mansouri, he is 30 years old and has been imprisoned in Section 4 of the Esfehan Prison for the past three (3) years.

It is reported that about 100 people are on death row in Esfehan Prison, number of them being young people under the age of 18.

According to Islamic Regime’s state controlled media 39 people have been executed in the past 2 weeks. The person approving and ordering the executions is Shahroudi, the head prosecutor in prosecutors’ office.

Human Rights and Democracy Activists in Iran condemn the mass executions in Iran and urge the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights and other international human rights organizations to act immediately to help stop the mass executions in Iran.

Human Rights and Democracy Activists in Iran

http://hrdai.blogspot.com
pejvak_zendanyan10@yahoo.com
pejvakzendanyan@gmail.com
tel. : 0031620720193


The hunger strike of Mr. Khaled Hardani and Mansour Radpour is on its 8th day. Mr. Radpour was taken to an unknown location on the second day of his hunger strike and there has been no news about his whereabouts, health or well being in the past 6 days.

Mr. Hardani's health has suffered significantly due to his hunger strike and is suffering from heart problems as well as internal stomach and intestine infection. Although the prison doctor Dr. Andali has indicated that Mr. Hardani needs to be treated in a hospital outside of the Prison he has not been allowed to seek the medical attention he requires.

Further the Prison Officials have not acknowladged the hunger strike or tried to meet the requests of these two political prisoners. The main requests of Mr. Hardani and Radpour are the seperation of political prisoners from non political prisoners, stop of mass executions, visitation of Gohardasht Prison by an independent committee and an investigation into the treatment of political prisoners in Gohardasht Prison.

In a telephone conversation today Mr. Hardani stated that he would not stop his hunger strike until his requests were met. He is also extremely concerned about the well being of Mr. Mansour Radpour who has been missing for the past 6 days.

The Voice of Human Rights in Iran is extremely concerned about the health and well being of both Mr. Hardani and Mr. Radpour. We strongly and urge all human rights organizations to act immediately and before it is too late to help bring attention to the situation of Mr. Hardani and Mr. Radpour.


The Voice of Human Rights in Iran.



The Islamic Regime has increased its crackdown on students in the past month. According to a recent news article from Radio Farda at least 13 students have been arrested this month. Ali Ojaghi a student activist in the city of Esfehan stated that another student activist Mr. Mohammad Mehdi Habibi (a student in Mohajer University in Esfehan) had been arrested without a legal arrest warrant on July 9th 2008. His personal belongings including his computer have also been confiscated. Mr. Habibi was able to call his family Monday night stating that he was well; however there was no mention of what he had been charged with.

Further on July 31st Amnesty International issued an urgent appeal asking for the immediate and unconditional release of 12 arrested students. The names of these students are:

Mehdi Khoda’i (m), student at Azad University,
Shahre-Ray Salman Sima (m), student at Azad University,
Shahre-Ray Farzad Hassanzadeh (m), student at Mashad University
Mohamad Zerati (m), student at Mashad University
Bahareh Hedayat (f), student at Tehran University
Mohammad Hashemi (m), student at Tehran University
Majid Asadi (m), student at Alahmeh University,
Tehran Arash Rayji (m), student at Zanjan University
Hassan Joneydi (m), student at Zanjan University
Payam Shakiba (m), student at Zanjan University
Student at Bushehr University only known as ‘Anbaraki’
Student at Bushehr University only known as ‘Khoeyni’

All of the above named students have been charged with acting against national security, propaganda against the regime, propagating lies, disturbing public opinion and promoting anti-religious attitudes.

Further according to the Amir Kabir News Agency at least 40 students were summoned to the disciplinary committee in the Teachers College in Amir Kabir University. At least 8 of these individuals have been expelled from university. The names of these students are:
1. Mohammad Sharifi
2. Farogh Maaroufi
3. Amir Salari
4. Sayvan Farokhzad
5. Mosleh Fattahpour
6. Amin Arya
7. Abbas Rashidi
8. Ms. Sedaghati

The Voice of Human Rights in Iran condemns the recent crackdown on students by the Islamic Regime and urges the international community and human rights organizations to condemn the recent crackdown, arbitrary arrest, torture and imprisonment of students in Iran and to put pressure on the Islamic Regime to stop its human rights violations.


The Voice of Human Rights in Iran.


According to news received from Gohardasht Prison this morning the hunger strike of Mr. Khaled Hardani and Mansour Radpour is on its 4th day. Mr. Radpour was taken to an unknown location on August 6th 2008 and there has been no news about his whereabouts or health for the past three days.

Further Mr. Hardani was seen by the prison doctor Dr. Andali this morning who indicated that Mr. Hardani is suffering from a stomach and intestine infection. Also there has been a widening of his hearth valves.

In a telephone conversation Mr. Hardani stated that Dr. Andali has written a letter to prison officials stating the prison does not have the facilities to treat Mr. Hardani and he must be treated in a hospital outside of Prison.

The Voice of Human Rights in Iran announces its solidarity with Mr. Hardani and Mr Radpour. We condemn the imprisonment of individuals based on their political and religious beliefs, as well as the inhumane treatment of political prisoners in Iran. We urge the International Community and Human Rights Organizations to condemn the inhumane treatment of political prisoners in Iran, and to take immediate action in the face of this great injustice.


The Voice of Human Right in Iran


Helale Mohammadzadeh is an Iranian woman on death row. She was convicted of murder at the age of 27, however she has always maintained that death was a result of self defence. She has been imprisoned in the central jail in the city of Mahabad for the past 8 years. She has been waiting for a verdict from the Iranian Supreme Court regarding her death sentence for the past 4 years.

This lengthy 4 year wait, along with the psychological pressure of having to face a death sentence has been extremely difficult on Ms. Mohammadzadeh and has caused her great psychological pressure.

Ms. Mohammadzadeh is in desperate need of a defence lawyer and is seeking the help of all human rights organizations and humanitarian lawyers in this regard.
The Voice of Human Rights in Iran announces its support for Ms. Mohammadzadeh, and will do everything in its power to help her receive justice.



The Voice of Human Rights in Iran.



According to the latest news received from Section 4 of the Gohardasht Prison in Iran Both Mr. Khaled Hardani and Mr. Mansour Radpour are on the 3rd day of their hunger strike. Mr. Hardani and Radpour started their hunger strike on August 5th 2008 in response to the increased physical and psychological torture towards political prisoners in Gohardasht Prison.

Mr. Hardani and Radpour have written a letter to the prison officials setting out their demands, however there has been no response from the prison officials in regards to this hunger strike. It must also be mentioned that Mr. Radpour was taken to an unknown location yesterday (August the 6th) at about 10:30 am, and up until this point there is no news about his whereabouts, safety and well being. This is a great cause for concern for The Voice of Human Rights in Iran.

A copy of the letter in Farsi can be found on the website of Human Rights and Democracy Activists in Iran.

The Demands of Mr. Hardani and Mr. Radpour are as follows:

1. The recognition of political prisoners in Iranian Prison.

2. End to the oppression and inhumane treatment of political prisoners and their families.
3. Separation of political prisoners from non-political and dangerous prisoners.

4. End to the mass executions which have been taken place in the last month in Iran.
5. A visit from an independent committee appointed by the United Nations to the Rajaishahr Prison to see and investigate the current inhumane treatment of political prisoners.



The Voice of Human Rights in Iran

Two doctors with HIV & AIDS expertise are in custody. Is their imprisonment justified? Are they protected from ill-treatment?

PUBLIC
AI Index: MDE 13/108/2008

UA 216/08
Arbitrary arrest / Detention without charge
6 August 2008

IRAN

Dr Arash Alaei (m), doctor
Dr Kamiar Alaei (m), doctor, brother of Arash Alaei

Brothers Arash Alaei and Kamiar Alaei, both of whom are doctors specialising in the prevention and management of HIV and AIDS, were arrested in June. They are believed to be held without charge in Tehran's Evin Prison. E’temad newspaper in Iran has reported that the brothers are held on "suspicion of plotting to overthrow the government". Amnesty International fears their arrest may be politically motivated and based on the brothers’ association with non governmental organizations based in the US.

Dr Arash Alaei was arrested by Iranian security forces on 22 June. The following morning, they escorted him to his mother’s house in Tehran, where they found his brother, Dr Kamiar Alaei, and arrested him too. They also seized documents belonging to the brothers.

Arash and Kamiar Alaei are well known for their work on HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment, especially for their work to prevent the spread of HIV among drug users. Both doctors have travelled abroad as a result of their work, and Dr Kamiar Alaei is a doctoral candidate at the State University of New York (SUNY) Albany School of Public Health. He holds a Masters degree in International Health from Harvard University and is due to resume his studies in Albany later in 2008. Earlier this year, the US-based non-governmental organization (NGO), the Asia Society, named him as a Fellow, "one of 23 new Fellows identified as being among the most promising trendsetters and emerging leaders in the Asia-Pacific region." Dr Arash Alaei is the former Director of the International Education and Research Cooperation of the Iranian National Research Institute of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease. Neither man is known to have been involved in political activities.

Iran’s response to HIV/AIDS has been accorded international respect, particularly the preventative measures promoted by Drs Arash and Kamiar Alaei. According to the 2008 Report on the Global AIDS Epidemic (published by UNAIDS on 29 July 2008 and available at http://www.unaids.org/) “the… support for needle exchange projects in countries such as the Islamic Republic of Iran … serve as clear examples of courageous, visionary leadership in the response to HIV”. However, the government of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, which took office in August 2005, has started to remove its support of such centres.

On 3 August, Tehran's deputy prosecutor Hassan Haddad was quoted as saying, "A case has been filed whose defendants are two brothers. They held conferences on such topics as AIDS, which drew the attention of domestic and foreign organisations and NGOs," and that "they would organise foreign trips for people and train them. They were aware of what they were doing, and their training was of the nature of a velvet revolution." However, Haddad did not confirm that Dr Arash Alaei and Dr Kamiar Alaei are currently in detention.

Authorities have now presented the 7 Baha’is with charges connected to national security. None have access to legal counsel and all are at risk of physical assault.

PUBLIC
AI Index: MDE 13/109/2008
UPDATE
6 August 2008

Further Information on UA 128/08 (MDE 13/068/2008, 15 May 2008) Arbitrary arrests / Prisoners of conscience

IRAN

Members of the Baha’i community:

Fariba Kamalabadi Taefi (f)
Jamaloddin Khanjani (m)
Afif Naeimi (m)
Saeid Rezaei (m)
Behrouz Tavakkoli (m)
Vahid Tizfahm (m)
Mahvash Sabet (f)

The seven people named above, all members of the Baha’i religious minority, have been charged with vaguely worded charges relating to national security. According to press reports, Tehran's deputy prosecutor claimed that they had “confessed” to setting up an illegal organisation in Iran that took orders from Israel and other states to undermine the ‘Islamic system’. Amnesty International considers the charges politically motivated and that those held are prisoners of conscience, detained solely because of their conscientiously held beliefs or their peaceful activities on behalf of the Baha’i community.

A spokesperson for the Baha'i International Community to the United Nations, rebutted claims made by the authorities, stating that "suggestions of collusion with the state of Israel are categorically false and misleading”.

Six leaders of a group responsible for the Baha’i community’s religious and administrative affairs in Iran (Fariba Kamalabadi Taefi, Jamaloddin Khanjani, Afif Naeimi, Saeid Rezaie, Behrouz Tavakkoli and Vahid Tizfahm), were arrested following raids on their homes by officers from the Ministry of Intelligence in the early hours of 14 May. A seventh person, acting as a secretary for the group, Mahvash Sabet, has been in custody since 5 March.

The seven are in solitary confinement in Section 209 of Tehran's Evin Prison, which is run by the Ministry of Intelligence. Six of them – all except Behrouz Tavakkoli – have had two visits from relatives but none has been granted access to legal representatives.

Fariba Kamalabadi Taefi, Behrouz Tavakkoli and Jamaloddin Khanjani had previously been arrested for their activities on behalf of the Baha’i community.

Three other Baha’is are also currently detained in the city of Shiraz, southern Iran. The reason for their arrest is still not known. They may be prisoners of conscience (See UA 25/08; MDE 13/017/2008, 25 January 2008).


According to further news recieved through a phone conversation with Mr. Hardani, the hunger strike of Mr. Hardani and Mr. Radpour which started Yesterday on August 5th 2008 continues.

As a way of punishment the prison officials have taken Mr. Hardani and Mr. Radpour outside under the sun and kept them there for 1.5 hours, under the guise of head count, without giving them any protection from the sun or any water.

Today at 10:30am Iran time Mr. Mansour Radpour was taken to an unkonwn location in the prison. There is no furhter news regarding his condition.

The Requests of these two prisoners are:

1. An independent committee from the United Nations Visits the Prison and investigates the condition of political prisoners.

2. Transfer of political prisoners to a seperate ward away from non-political, dangerous inmates.

Please stay tuned for further updates.

Political Prisoner Khaled Hardani
Section 4 of Gohardasht Prison


The Voice of Human Rights in Iran.



Hunger Strike of Two Political Prisoners in Gohardasht Prison
According to the latest news received from the Gohardasht Rajaishahr Prison, through a telephone conversation with a political prisoner Mr. Khaled Hardani, Mr. Hardani and another political prisoner Mr. Mansour Radpour have gone on a hunger strike due to extreme physical and psychological pressure put on political prisoners by the prison officials in Section 4 of the Gohardasht Prison.
The recent pressures are due to the fact that the political prisoners in Section 4 had organized a memorial for the 2nd anniversary of Akbar Mohammadi’s (a prominent political prisoner) murder in the Islamic Regime Prisons.
The hunger strike started yesterday, Sunday August 4th 2008, after Mr. Hardani and Mr. Radpour wrote a letter of protest against one of the head guards “Jaruyi”. There is a possibility that other political prisoners might join the hunger strike as well. We will publish any further news that may come from Gohardasht Prison in this regards.

Political Prisoner Khaled Hardani
Section 4 of Gohardasht Prison

The Voice of Human Rights in Iran.



Another political activist Mr. Yaghub Mehrnehad was executed today in the city of Zahedan. He was a human rights activist working for the rights of the Balouch Minority.

Long live his memory...
His family will be in my thoughts and prayers

Long Live Freedom

About two weeks ago I purchased a direct Iran line from a company called http://www.iranphoneline.com/ (Iran Phone Line) by paying $35 a month I was given a direct Iran number where people in Iran would be able to call me free of charge and the call would be transferred to my cell phone. I wanted to use this line to keep in touch with activists inside Iran, without them having to pay the charges for long distance calls.

Yesterday (two weeks after the purchase of my phone line)it was brought to my attention by an activist in Iran that my line had been disconnected. When they tried to call my number they got a message saying (Mojaz nist) meaning not allowed to call this number. I had a number of other family members try the line to see if they would be able to call. They got the same message.

I have contacted the company and they have not answered my inquiries. I should also mention that another human rights activist group who shall remain nameless for now has been using the same direct lines from the same company for the past year, contacting many activists and political prisoners in Iran. Yet their line has never been filtered or disconnected. Which again makes me wonder why my line who was active for only 2 weeks was filtered and theirs after one year is still operational.

Since we spoke with the same activists in Iran it would make sense that all the lines would be disconnected and not just mine. This makes me wonder...

Ofcourse the disconnection of my line is not going to keep me silent or stop my activities, I have already found ways to overcome this obstacle. I just find it almost amusing that the Regime should be so afraid of a single person as to go to all of these lenghts!

And for anyone who might be using this company or thinking about it, there is a very very high possibility that the lines are being controlled by the Regime.

Long Live Freedom

Sayeh Hassan


Mr. Alidad Hassani (Engineer), born on March 3, 1957 in the city of Shiraz is a human rights activist, and one of the first people who protested against the discriminatory laws against women and one of the members of the One Million Signature Campaign. The goal of the One Million Signature Campaign is to gather One million signatures in support of changing discriminatory laws against women in Iran. Mr. Hassani was attacked and arrested by the Ministry of Intelligence Officials in July 7th 2007.

During interrogation Mr. Alidad Hassani was subjected to severe physical and psychological torture by the Ministry of Intelligence Interrogators. Both Mr. Hassani and his family, including his wife were put under great pressure in order to keep quiet and not to report Mr. Hassani’s situation to any human rights organizations.

Mr. Hassani was also personally threatened by the prison warden that if he or his family were to report his situation to human rights organizations, he would be transferred to the most dangerous section of the prison where those convicted of murder and other highly dangerous crimes are imprisoned.

It must be noted that Human Rights Watch has reported on Mr. Hassani’s situation including the circumstances of his arrest and charges in their 2007 annual report.
After extensive interrogations Mr. Hassani was transferred to the “Adel Prison” in the City of Shiraz. For a number of months after his arrest he was deprived of even his most basic rights including the right to a lawyer and the right to visitation with his family.

Later on a lawyer named Mr. Karim Sadighi took on Mr. Hassani’s case and was able to get him bail in the amount of 100 million toman. This amount however was too high for the Hassani family and Mr. Hassani remained in jail for further sometime until the bail was reduced to 50 million toman and he was released on bail on December 7th 2007.

However Mr. Hassani’s freedom was short lived and on January 14th 2008 he was summoned to the Revolutionary Courts again.

Mr. Hassani had originally been charged with organizing anti-regime gatherings, making anti-regime speeches, acting against national security and being in contact with anti regime organizations outside Iran. No further charges were laid against him on January 14th 2008 when he was summoned to court however he was re-arrested and sent to prison.

His family who attended at the Revolutionary Court in Shiraz in order to obtain information about his whereabouts and to arrange for a visitation were faced with extreme brutality by the police (Niruye Entezami).

21 days after his arrest Mr. Hassani was still not allowed to have visitations which caused great concern for his family who were extremely concerned about his health and well being.

On February 6th 2008 Mr. Sadighi was finally able to secure Mr. Hassani’s freedom from jail. Upon his release Mr. Hassani stated that once again he had been subjected to the most brutal physical and psychological torture in order to coerce him into doing a televised confession. However in spite of the torture Mr. Hassani has refused and indicated that as long as there was discriminatory laws in Iran he would continue his human rights activities.

Soon After his release Mr. Hassani’s son Kamran Hassani was arrested on March 9th 2008 on the charges of drawing caricatures which insulted the Supreme Leader and other high government officials.

Since his arrest there has been no information about his whereabouts or well being. A few days ago the Hassani Family received a threatening phone call indicating that Kamran would be killed if they were to inform any human rights organizations of the current situation of Kamran.

They were further threatened that since Mr. Alidad Hassani’s case had not yet been finalized, he could be sentenced to death if he or his family tried to contact any human rights organization in regards to Kamran’s situation.

It must be noted that the oppression of human rights and political activists in Iran has greatly increased in the past year and many have been sentenced to long prison terms and even execution.

We urge all human rights organizations to take immediate action to help the Hassani Family and in particular to ask for the immediate and unconditional release of Kamran Hassani.

Yours truly,

Sayeh Hassan
Secretary General
The Voice of Human Rights in Iran.
www.voiceofhumanrightsiniran.org
info@thevoiceofhumanrightsiniran.org
Tel:001416-790-4726

A prisoner of conscience linked to the One Million Signatures Campaign risks serious physical assault.

PUBLIC
AI Index: MDE 13/107/2008

UA 207/08
Fear of torture or other ill-treatment
1 August 2008

IRAN

Zeynab Bayzeydi (f), women's rights activist

Women's rights activist Zeynab Bayzeydi was arrested on 9 July, after the police ordered her to present herself for interrogation at a police station in the city of Mahabad, in the western province of Kordestan. She is in danger of torture or other ill-treatment.

Zeynab Bayzeydi is a member of the Human Rights Organization of Kurdistan (HROK) and the One Million Signatures Campaign, which aims to collect a million signatures of Iranians on a petition demanding changes to laws that discriminate against women.

Her family only learned that she had been arrested some days later, when she was allowed to telephone them. She told them she had been summoned for several hours of interrogation on 5 July, after which she was told to return on 9 July. This time she was questioned for three hours and then arrested. She was held at a detention centre in Mahabad run by the Ministry of Information and Security. She was brought before a revolutionary court in Mahabad on 31 July, and charged with membership of unauthorised human rights associations, and on account of her activities in support of women's rights. She has denied all the charges. She is a prisoner of conscience who is being detained solely because of her peaceful exercise of her rights to freedom of expression and association.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

The HROK, which has over 200 members, was founded in April 2005. The authorities have never granted it official recognition as an NGO. Its founder, Mohammad Sadiq Kabudvand, is serving an 11-year prison sentence for "acting against state security by establishing the Human Rights Organization of Kurdistan" and "propaganda against the system."

Iran's Kurdish population live mainly in the west and north-west of the country, in Kordestan and neighbouring provinces, bordering Kurdish areas of Turkey and Iraq. They have long suffered extensive discrimination. Kurdish human rights defenders, including community activists and journalists, risk arbitrary arrest and torture.

Parents are banned from registering their babies with certain Kurdish names, and religious minorities that are mainly or partially Kurdish are targeted by measures designed to stigmatize and isolate them. Kurds are also discriminated against in their access to employment, adequate housing and political rights, and so suffer entrenched poverty, which has further marginalized them.

For more information on human rights violations against the Kurdish minority in Iran, see: Iran: Human rights abuses against the Kurdish minority, at: http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/asset/MDE13/088/2008/en/d140767b-5e45-11dd-a592-c739f9b70de8/mde130882008eng.pdf

A peaceful protester is in custody and at risk of torture.

PUBLIC
AI Index: MDE 13/106/2008

UA 213/08
Fear of torture or other ill-treatment
1 August 2008

IRAN

Saman Rasoulpour (m), Kurdish human rights activist, aged 23

Kurdish human rights activist Saman Rasoulpour was arrested on 25 July at his home in the city of Mahabad, in West Azerbaijan province, and is in danger of torture. He is a senior member of an organisation that campaigns for better treatment of Iran's Kurdish minority, the Human Rights Organisation of Kurdistan (HROK), based in the city of Sanandaj, in the western province of Kordestan.

The police confiscated a number of his possessions when they arrested him. He is now held at a detention centre in the city of Oroumiye, in the north-western province of West Azerbaijan. He has been able to telephone his family once since he was arrested.

On 23 July he had taken part in a peaceful demonstration calling on the authorities to lift the death sentences handed down to three Kurdish human rights activists on 25 February 2008. Around 200 Iranian Kurds had taken part in the demonstration.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

The HROK, which has over 200 members, was founded in April 2005. The authorities have never granted it official recognition as an NGO. Its founder, Mohammad Sadiq Kabudvand, is serving an 11-year prison sentence, imposed after an unfair trial, for "acting against state security by establishing the Human Rights Organization of Kurdistan" and "propaganda against the system."

Iran's Kurdish population live mainly in the west and north-west of the country, in Kordestan and neighbouring provinces, bordering Kurdish areas of Turkey and Iraq. They have long suffered extensive discrimination. Kurdish human rights defenders, including community activists and journalists, risk arbitrary arrest and torture.

Parents are banned from registering their babies with certain Kurdish names, and religious minorities that are mainly or partially Kurdish are targeted by measures designed to stigmatize and isolate them. Kurds are also discriminated against in their access to employment, adequate housing and political rights, and so suffer entrenched poverty, which has further marginalized them.

For more information on human rights violations against the Kurdish minority in Iran, see: Iran: Human rights abuses against the Kurdish minority, at: http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/asset/MDE13/088/2008/en/d140767b-5e45-11dd-a592-c739f9b70de8/mde130882008eng.pdf

PUBLIC
AI Index: MDE 13/104/2008

UA 212/08
Arbitrary arrests / Fear of Torture or ill-treatment / Prisoners of conscience
31 July 2008

IRAN

Mehdi Khoda’i (m), student at Azad University, Shahre-Ray
Salman Sima (m), student at Azad University, Shahre-Ray
Farzad Hassanzadeh (m), student at Mashad University
Mohamad Zerati (m), student at Mashad University
Bahareh Hedayat (f), student at Tehran University
Mohammad Hashemi (m), student at Tehran University
Majid Asadi (m), student at Alahmeh University, Tehran
Arash Rayji (m), student at Zanjan University
Hassan Joneydi (m), student at Zanjan University
Payam Shakiba (m), student at Zanjan University
Student at Bushehr University only known as ‘Anbaraki’
Student at Bushehr University only known as ‘Khoeyni’

The 12 university students named above were arrested at various locations across Iran in July and remain in detention. They were arrested around the eighth anniversary of student demonstrations held in Iran on 9 July 1999 that were violently suppressed by the security forces. The 12 are facing various charges, such as "acting against national security", "propaganda against the regime", “propagating lies", "promoting anti-religious attitudes", and “disturbing public opinion”. They are prisoners of conscience, held on account of their conscientiously held beliefs and should be released immediately and unconditionally.

Mohamad Zerati and Farzad Hassanzadeh, were both arrested on 3 or 4 July, have had their bail set at 30 million rial ($3,229.9742 USD). Their place of detention remains unknown.

Mohammad Hashemi and Bahareh Hedayat were arrested by the security forces at their homes on 13 July; they are accused of having links with "illegal and anti-revolutionary groups abroad". Both are members of the Office for Consolidating Unity, the central council of a pro-reform student group. They are being detained in Evin Prison in Tehran.

Payam Shakiba, Arash Rayji and Hassan Joneydi, students at Zanjan University, were arrested on 8 July; their place of detention remains unknown.

At least 12 other students who were arrested in July have now been released without charge.

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