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Diversity in Iran: A source of inspiration for the future - Part 2

anagomezInternational Organization to Preserve Human Rights in Iran -  Interview with Ms. Ana Gomez, Member of the European Parliament.

On March 7, Mr. Alvaro hosted a round table conference 'The Future of Iran: Freedom of Thought, Belief and Expression'  and an exhibtion: "Diversity in Iran: A source of inspiration for the future" from 5 till 9 March in the European Parliament in Brussels.

The exhibition was highlighting and describing the Persian history as well as the reality of the last 33 years. The focus was on the religious and ethnic diversities in Iran, which are being surpressed and harrassed by the regime of Ali Khamenei. At the same time the exhibition would like to point out the necessities of the present time for the future and invited the visitors to express their ideas, wishes, hopes and expectations and integrate them in the exhibition.

Diversity in Iran: A source of inspiration for the future - Part 1

Alexander_AlvaroInternational Organization to Preserve Human Rights in Iran -  Interview with Mr. Alexander Alvaro, Vice-President of the European Parliament. Mr. Alvaro hosted a round table conference 'The Future of Iran: Freedom of Thought, Belief and Expression' on 7 March and an exhibtion: "Diversity in Iran: A source of inspiration for the future" from 5 till 9 March in the European Parliament in Brussels.

The exhibition was highlighting and describing the Persian history as well as the reality of the last 33 years. The focus was on the religious and ethnic diversities in Iran, which are being surpressed and harrassed by the regime of Ali Khamenei. At the same time the exhibition would like to point out the necessities of the present time for the future and invited the visitors to express their ideas, wishes, hopes and expectations and integrate them in the exhibition.

Rights group accuses IRGC office

KhameneiRadio Zamaneh - Justice for Iran says the IRGC’s Center to Investigate Organized Crime should be put on the international list of human rights violators.

Iran - "Shooting at the messenger doesn't delimit the message!"

ahmad_shaheed_and_HGabelMehriran.de - Interview with Dr. Ahmed Shaheed, Special Rapporteur to the United Nations on Human Rights situation in Iran.

A Face for Women's Rights in Iran

A_face_for_womens_rights2International Organization to Preserve Human Rights in Iran - action for women's rights in Iran in front of the European Parliament in Brussels on March 8 - International Women's Day

Video: Iranian Cinema Under Siege

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International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran - The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has released a short video highlighting the plight of Iranian cinema. The video, “Iranian Cinema Under Siege” features Hamid Dabashi, professor at Columbia University, and Richard Peña, the director of the New York Film Festival, who discuss the extent of the government’s repression of Iranian filmmakers. Footage of prominent Iranian filmmakers Bahman Farmanara and Jafar Panahi, who is currently under house arrest, details the ongoing effect of this repression.

The recent Academy Award for the Iranian film A Separation has once again put Iranian cinema in the spotlight for its original and innovative storytelling and reflection of daily societal issues. This international acclaim comes at the same time as the Iranian government continues its increased targeting and persecution of Iranian actors and filmmakers.

Members of Iran’s independent film industry face enormous pressure from the government simply for pursuing their career. The Iranian government sees independent filmmakers who stray from the official narrative and strive for an honest portrayal of Iranian society as a threat.

Right now, as the world is once again noticing Iranian cinema, this video calls attention to the situation inside Iran. The video calls for the Iranian government to let filmmakers and artists continue their work without the interference of authorities that see the film industry as an extension of their propaganda machinery, something many Iranian artists refuse to be.

Senior cleric decries "damaged" state of Islamic Republic

Ayatollah_dastgheibRadio Zamaneh - Ayatollah Dastgheib, the Iranian senior cleric and a member of the Assembly of Experts, says: “The essence of the regime is now under question; the people have distanced themselves from religion and God and are now completely pessimistic about it.”

Increasing press freedom violations in Iran

 

journalistsCommittee to Protect Journalists - The Iranian regime continued its sustained crackdown on the press, arresting a blogger, handing a journalist a harsh prison term, and banning a reformist news publication, according to news reports. The regime has also announced the mass arrest of several individuals with alleged links to the BBC Persian-language service, news reports said.

"The situation for journalists in Iran is going from bad to worse," said Robert Mahoney, CPJ's deputy director. "The Iranian authorities seem intent on silencing any independent or critical voices."

Security forces arrested Mehdi Konjareh, a freelance journalist with several reformist publications, on February 2, as he left work, according to news reports. Later that day, security forces went to Konjareh's home, searched the premises, and confiscated his computer and other personal items, news reports said. The journalist's condition, whereabouts, and status were not immediately known.

On February 7, Mehdi Khazali, an online journalist and the son of a high-ranking cleric, was sentenced by the Tehran Revolutionary Court to 14 years in prison, 10 years in exile, and 90 lashes, according to human rights groups. Khazali was arrested on January 9 on charges of "insulting the Supreme Leader," news reports said. He had written critically of the regime on his blog, which has since been hacked, according to CPJ research. Khazali's lawyer told the U.S. government-funded Radio Farda that the journalist will appeal the decision.

Khazali's son, Mohammed Saleh Khazali, told local human rights groups that the journalist had been waging a hunger strike and was transferred to the infirmary last week with a stomach ailment. Khazali had previously been held in solitary confinement for three weeks, news reports said. His son also said that the journalist was denied medical treatment for his arm, which had broken during his arrest.

"Not content with harassing and imprisoning journalists who dare criticize the government, the Iranian authorities now intend to flog them," said CPJ's Mahoney. "We call on the Revolutionary Court to lift the sentence of jail and 90 lashes."

Iranian authorities banned reformist daily Roozegar for a month after it published a story in its February 5 edition with the headline, "We take no orders," according to news reports. The story concerned an interview with the former president's brother, Mohammed Reza Khatami, in which he said reformists will not participate in the upcoming parliamentary elections in March. Iran's prosecutor's office called the newspaper and informed the staff about the ban, news reports said. The paper had previously been banned for two months on September 5, according to CPJ research.

On February 6, days after the BBC stated that relatives of the BBC Persian-language service staff members had been detained or harassed, the semi-official Mehr news agency reported that Iranian authorities had arrested several people who produced content and reported for the BBC Persian-language service.

In a &feature=youtu.be">press conference on Monday, Iran's Prosecutor General Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei said that a number of people with alleged links to the broadcaster were in custody because they had acted against national interest and that their cases were under judicial review. On February 7, the BBC said in a statement that there were no BBC Persian-language service staff members working in Iran. The number of arrested individuals, their identities, the charges against them, and their whereabouts were not disclosed.

This latest string of anti-press attacks comes amid 10 new arrests of journalists in January documented by CPJ. When CPJ conducted its annual prison census on December 1, 2011, Iran was holding 42 journalists in custody, the most in the world.

 

Iranian MP denounces internet service disruptions

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Radio Zamaneh - Iranian MP Ahmad Tavakoli says the recent blocking of internet and satellite services, causing sudden and unexplained disruptions, is creating widespread discontent that could be “very costly” for the regime.

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