Iran Human Right News

The Hill, by Taher Boumedra - For all his claims of moderation, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has overseen a crackdown by Iranian security forces. The ranks of political prisoners have swollen since he took office. A shockingly broad range of “offenses” can lead to execution, and despite campaign-trail promises of a more open Iranian society, Rouhani has done nothing to curtail this trend. Well over 3,000 people were executed during his first term, some for “crimes” such as donating money to banned media outlets sympathetic to the main opposition, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran.

There are few limits on who can be put to death. Iran remains one of very few countries that still executes offenders under the age of 18 at the time of their arrest. This practice has continued during Rouhani’s tenure, and as recently as August, two juvenile offenders were slated for execution within a week of each other.

Although one of these executions did not ultimately go forward, it was not because his sentence was commuted. Instead, the accused paid blood money to the victim’s family, in return for which they spared his life as is their right under Iran’s Islamic law. In recent years, whenever the execution rate has declined, it has apparently been because of this practice, and not because of any change in judicial sentencing.

This serves to illustrate the sharp difference between the Iranian regime and the Iranian people when it comes to basic questions of human compassion. Such misalignment between government and citizenry is important to understand in setting policy toward the Islamic Republic, and President Trump deserves credit for calling attention to it in his United Nations speech. On the other hand, Trump did not make human rights a focus of his remarks, which is unfortunate because despite Tehran’s defiance on matters such as juvenile executions, international pressure can still be effective.

To its credit, the White House is doing its part to back criticism up with credible threats and to build international consensus in many areas. But as long as the United States leaves human rights in the margin of its Iran policy, Tehran will continue to push the boundaries. And as long as the international community continues to look the other way on past crimes, there remains a high benchmark for what Tehran believes it can get away with.

That benchmark was set in 1988, when the Iranian regime set up “death commissions” to dole out death sentences for approximately 30,000 political prisoners, most of them opposition activists. The “offenders,” including numerous juveniles, were executed over the course of a single summer and then buried in secret mass graves. Recently, the United Nations finally broke the international silence when the special rapporteur on human rights in Iran called attention to the massacre in her latest report.

Unfortunately, the United Nations maintains that Iran could be urged to undertake its own investigation, even after 29 years of enforcing silence domestically. Perhaps the United Nations is still clinging to the notion of moderation under President Rouhani, a man who appointed two consecutive justice ministers in full awareness of the roles they had played on death commissions in 1988.

But the United States is apparently immune from such naïveté. This perspective must be brought into view in the deliberations at the United Nations over the forthcoming resolution calling attention to Iran’s abysmal human rights record. For the first time, there is a chance that the resolution will look unflinchingly into the past and finally make it clear that Iran’s past behavior is not forgivable, and its current behavior is not acceptable.

The pressure on the Iranian regime must be backed up by assertive policies and it should be focused on the correct topics, like those the United Nations has identified. The coming deliberations present an opportunity to finally adopt the correct policy on human rights in Iran.

Tahar Boumedra was chief of the human rights office of United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq. He now works with the nongovernmental organization Justice for Victims of 1988 Massacre in Iran.

Tehran: Sunday October 15, 2017: Thousands of people who are plundered by the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) - affiliated financial institutions, staged protest gatherings and marched through Tehran streets.

According to the reports, to prevent other people from joining and spreading the demonstrations, security agents surrounded the demonstrators, they also prevented the demonstrators who had started their march from judiciary building, to go towards regime's parliament.

When the security agents were threatening people, demonstrators collectively and unified chanted, 'I'll kill I'll kill whoever kills my brother.

The plundered people by Caspian financial institute from the city of Kerman also traveled to Tehran and Joined the 24/24 & 7/7 sit-in, in' Keshavarz boulevard.
Today's chants were:

We shall fight, we shall die, but never tolerate humiliation.

No nation has ever witnessed a government this coward!

Caspian institute is ripping us off and government is supporting it

Our country is a thieves’ heaven, and a unique one

Death to Seif (CEO of the central bank), shame on Rouhani (regime's president)

People are awake and disgusted of thieves

The Hill - Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Friday praised President Trump's decision to decertify Iran's compliance with the Obama-era international nuclear accord, saying Tehran has "literally been getting away with murder."

McCain pointed to Iran's support for the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad, saying Tehran "has contributed to hundreds of thousands of deaths and the displacement of millions, destabilizing nations across the Middle East."

"For years, the Iranian regime has literally been getting away with murder," McCain said in a statement. "Meanwhile, the United States has lacked the comprehensive strategy to meet the multifaceted threat Iran poses. The goals President Trump presented in his speech today are a welcomed long overdue change."

McCain also said that Iran "has the blood of hundreds of American soldiers on its hands from its support of anti-American terrorist groups and militias throughout the region."

Trump declared Friday that the Iran nuclear deal was no longer in the national security interest of the United States, but stopped short of withdrawing the U.S. from the agreement.

The president said he would not certify Iran's compliance with the 2015 deal, which the administration is required to certify to Congress every 90 days.

Trump had twice certified Iran's compliance with the deal. But on Friday, he declared that Iran had violated the "spirit" of the accord with its non-nuclear behavior, citing its support for Assad and militant groups in the Middle East in addition to its ballistic-missile program. 

“Iran has routinely threatened the United States and its neighbors for decades. It is the largest state sponsor of terrorism in the world," McCain said in his statement, citing the country's support for Assad, who has waged a brutal war against Syrian people.

“I did not support the nuclear deal at the time it was proposed, and many of its specific terms will make it harder to pursue the comprehensive strategy we need. In that sense, I agree with the President that the deal is not in the vital national interests of the United States," he said. 

Trump has proposed changes to the law that holds the deal in place, calling for Congress to install new benchmarks for Iran in order for Tehran to avoid nuclear-related sanctions in the future. 

On Thursday, October 5, 2017, Mohammad Jarahi, a noble worker, who had spent more than five years in the prison of Iranian regime for restoring the rights of workers, died in hospital.

Mohammad Jarahi was arrested on June 8, 2011, along with Shahrokh Zamani, on charges of "propaganda against the regime" and "assembly and conspiracy against national security" in Tabriz and was sentenced to five years discretionary imprisonment.

The regime’s henchmen deprived him from medical furlough despite his suffering from cancer. Constant denial of access to medical services, in addition to the inhumane conditions in the prisons of the mullahs’ regime, led to the rapid progression of the cancerous gland and resulted in his death one year after his release from prison.

The agents of the mullahs’ infamous Ministry of the Intelligence, had arrested Mohammad Jarrahi twice in 2007 and 2008, and continuously harassed him and his family.

The ruling religious fascism is responsible for torturing to death this noble worker, as before, many political prisoners like Shahrokh Zamani, imprisoned worker, have been murdered suspiciously in prisons or have been killed by the clerical regime due to deprivation of medical services.

 

A political prisoner in Gohardasht prison in Karaj is on the sixty-ninth day of his hunger strike. Mohammad Nazari, Kurdish political prisoner, has been on hunger strike to protest his legal status and Iran regime’s failure to address his situation. One of his requests is his transfer to a prison in Iranian Kurdistan province such as Mahabad or Orumiyeh. He has fallen unconscious several times during the hunger strike and the prison officials have not done anything about the prisoner's requests.

Meanwhile, four political prisoners in Rajajahi Shahr (Gohardasht) Karaj, in a letter addressed to the U.N. Secretary General, Mr. António Guterres, and the UN Rapporteur on Situation of Human Rights in Iran, Ms. Asma Jahangir, warned about the condition of Mohammad Nazari, one of the most prominent political prisoners in Kurdistan, calling for his unconditional release.

The political prisoners Saeed Shirzad, Ibrahim Firouzi, Jafar Eghdami, and Saeed Masouri, in their letter noted more than 60 days of hunger strike by Mohammad Nazari and wrote: “Mohammad Nazari has spent more than 24 years in prison without even one day of furlough. He was sentenced to life imprisonment allegedly for having contact with Kurdish parties.”

In another part of this letter, these prisoners who themselves have been convicted of several vague charges including “propaganda against the system, disturbing public opinion and assembly and collusion against the system”, referring to the laws of the judiciary regarding the prisoners on the verge of dying as well as the serious physical and health condition of Mohammad Nazari, who is not even able to speak and drink sugar water, has called on all the awake consciences as well as independent lawyers to protect Mr. Mohammad Nazari life and his freedom as well as his demands which are fully legitimate.

Mohammad Nazari, Kurdish political prisoner was arrested in 1993 on the charges of having contact with Kurdish parties and was sentenced to death after false confession taken under beating and torture.

However, due to the pressure of human rights organizations, his death penalty was reduced to life imprisonment in 2007 and he was then transferred from Orumiyeh to Rajaei-Shahr prison.

He and 16 of his cellmates have been on hunger strike for more than 3 months to protest the lack of investigation of the indictment against them and the inhumane condition of the prison.