GVF — Iran’s Supreme Court has approved a death sentence for Gholamreza Khosravi Savadjani, a human rights group reported on Monday.
Poor Healthcare In Evin Prison: From Prevalent Contagious Diseases, To 7 Month Wait To See A Special
The Internation Campaign for Human Rights in Iran - Iranian Delegate Responds Angrily Without Addressing Report’s ContentAhmed Shaheed, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Iran, presented his annual report today before the Human Rights Council in Geneva. Countries both in favor of and against the report, as well as Iran’s representative, asked questions and expressed their opinions about its contents, the Council’s future plans, and the Rapporteur’s mandate. One of the dramatic points of the meeting occurred when the head of Iran’s Human Rights Council, Mohammad Javad Larijani, displayed anger and used language that compelled the chair of the meeting to interrupt him.
Radio Zamaneh - Akbar Falahzadeh describes the deteriorating situation for workers in the Islamic Republic with ever-rising inflation, the decline of the manufacturing sector and mismanagement of the economy.
New York Times - United Nations investigator of Iran’s human rights record castigated its government for what he called evidence of “a striking pattern of violations of fundamental human rights guaranteed under international law.” A 36-page report by the investigator, Ahmed Shaheed, a special rapporteur for the Human Rights Council, catalogued numerous examples, including violations of due process in the courts, illegal detentions, extensive accusations of torture of prisoners, and maltreatment of dissidents, minorities, journalists and women. The report praised Iran for omitting stoning as a form of capital punishment in its new penal code, but it faulted the country for its large number of executions, mostly in drug cases, which increased to at least 670 cases last year from 100 in 2003.
It also criticized a bill under consideration in Parliament that would allow men to enter into temporary marriages without the knowledge or permission of their wives. Iran had previously objected to the appointment of a special investigator of its rights record and said the inquiry reflected what it called “Western espionage agencies, Zionist elements and terrorist groups.” It has not permitted Mr. Shaheed to visit the country, which he acknowledged in the report, saying the restriction required that he fulfill his mandate “on the basis of voluminous information collected from a variety of independent and reliable sources.”
By Rick Gladstone
Radio Zamaneh - Shirin Ebadi, the Iranian Nobel peace laureate, says the jailed members of Iran’s Human Rights Defenders Centre are being intimidated and pressured into making coerced confessions against their organization.
The Human Rights Defenders Centre of Iran was an NGO established by a group of Iranian lawyers to concentrate on human rights cases in their country. The members of the organization, which is now banned in Iran, have been targeted with fierce persecution over the past three years, especially after the controversial presidential elections of 2009.
Today it was announced that Abdolfattah Soltani, a prominent member of the Human Rights Defenders Centre, has been sentenced to 18 years in prison and a 20-year ban from practising law.
Shirin Ebadi, one of the founders of the centre who is now based outside of Iran, reports: “Abdolfattah Soltani and many other collaborators with the Human Rights Defenders Centre have been pressed one-by-one by the interrogators, in interrogation sessions that have always been private [without the presence of a lawyer], to testify against our organization and myself.”
Ebadi adds that the jailed defenders centre members are being pressured to state that because the centre worked many human rights cases pro bono, then it was actually receiving cash payments from foreign embassies.
The Nobel Peace laureate also reports the interrogators have told his colleagues that if they agree to do a recorded interview saying the Nobel Peace prize was awarded to Ebadi for political reasons to pursue regime change in Iran, they will be allowed to leave the country.
Ebadi also indicates that the jailed lawyers have refused to comply with the wishes of their interrogators.
Abdolfattah Soltani has reportedly told Ebadi that if he refuses to do as his jailors wish, then a fate like that of Nasrin Sotoudeh awaits him.
Sotoudeh, another human rights lawyer linked to the Human Rights Defenders Centre, has been jailed since 2010 and sentenced to six years in prison and a 10-year ban from practicing law.
Nargess Mohammadi, Abdolreza Tajik and Mohammad Seifzadeh have also been persecuted for their connection with the Human Rights Defenders Centre.
Amnesty International - Iranian journalist Rahman Ghahremanpour was arrested on 1 June 2011 . The legal basis for his arrest is unclear, and he was arrested without a warrant. He is believed be held in Tehran’s Evin Prison since his arrest , placing him at risk of torture or other ill-treatment.
Rahman Ghahremanpour, 35, was arrested by officials believed to be from the Ministry of Intelligence on 1 June 2011. A news agency close to the government, Mashreq News, reported on 2 July 2011 that someone with the initials “R. Gh.” was arrested on charges of espionage. While the agency did not use his full name, details given in the article indicate that they were referring to Rahman Ghahremanpour.
Freedom Messenger - Fatemeh Alvandi, the mother of political prisoner Mehdi Mahmoudian who is detained in Rajayi Shahr Prison in Karaj requested that the condition of political prisoners be seen to in a letter to the head of the Prison Organization Gholam-Hossein Ismaili.
She cited this letter in an interview and said, “In early February, they called me from prison and said that they had gone to Mehdi’s cell but he was not inside. My son was not returned to his cell until one day before my visit in prison. During this time, I constantly went to the court but I did not get any answers and they told me that there were no problems”.
“When I went to visit Mehdi, he said if he could see me in person, he would show me his body that was bruised and battered from being beaten. One soldier had held his throat and three others severely beat him while he was being transferred from Rajayi Shahr Prison to Evin. He was beaten so badly, that he passed out”, she added.
According to Mrs. Alvandi, in her visit, Mr. Mahmoudian said that when he regained his conscience, he saw doctors and nurses tending to him.
“The head of prison and the medical examiner witnessed this scene, but did nothing”, Mrs. Alvandi said adding that her son also received a blow to the head…
Mehdi Mahmoudian is a member of the Cooperation Front and had disclosed events at the Kahrizak Detention Center [which later led to its closure].
He was arrested on September 16, 2011 and was detained in Evin Prison. Mehdi was later transferred to Rajayi Shahr Prison…
Mr. Mahmoudian has been sentenced to five years of prison on the charge of assembling and conspiring against the government. He wrote a letter from prison to Khamenei about the condition of prisoners in Rajayi Shahr and continuous rapes going on in this prison. (Radio BBC)
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