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Iran: Release and Provide Urgent Medical Care to Jailed Activist

Read more...Mohammad Sadigh Kaboudvand May Have Suffered Stroke; Family Claim He is Not Receiving Adequate Health Care

July 28, 2010
Mohammad Sadegh Kaboudvand, Hellman/Hammett Award Winner
 Kaboudvand needs an immediate and thorough assessment of his worsening condition. Denying a prisoner necessary medical care is both cruel and unlawful.


UN sets up an agency to promote equality for women

Jul 4, 2010
 United Nations, Jul 3 (PTI) After intense negotiations stretching four years, the UN General Assembly has approved setting up of a single entity within the world body to promote equality for women at its plenary session chaired by Minister of State for External Affairs Preneet Kaur.
 The establishment of this new composite UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, which is to be known as ‘UN Women’, brings together as many as four women-related agencies of the world body.
 The move, which meets a longstanding demand, came last night after four years of intense and difficult political negotiations.
 “The newest member of the UN family has been born,” Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, told the Assembly after it passed the resolution establishing the new UN entity.
 “This is truly a watershed day,” he declared.
Source: Press Trust of India

Killed fourty refugees and buried them all in a pit hole

Written by Saeed Valadbaygi, Human Rights, Iran NewsMay 17, 2010

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According to a report from the Turkish Newspaper Sabah and based on the confessions of a former Segeant who had previously worked in the Information Section of Security Police Forces of the city of Hakkâri* in the area of Yüksekova, they had killed fourty refugees while escaping (as traffickers) from the Iran-Turkey border and buried them  all in one grave.
 He claims that he can also identify and show this grave, After his sudden dismissal from the Police Force, he has referred to Special Prosecutor’s Office in Diyarbakir and asked the authorities to protect his life.



(April, 1, 2009) The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran called on the Iranian Judiciary to immediately release five members of the Al-Yasin Society who have been detained without explanation or justification during the past few months.
The detainees are Peyman Fatahi, Nazi Hesami, Morteza Rasoolian, Mitra Haji Najafi, and Aliyar Nik-Farman. They are reportedly held in section 209 of Evin prison, which is under the control of the Intelligence Ministry.


U.S. Department of state

U.S. Department of state
Human Rights Report: Iran*

Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor
 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices
February 25, 2009
  On December 18, for the sixth consecutive year, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) adopted a resolution on Iran expressing "deep concern at ongoing systematic violations of human rights."


Updates: G8 urges Iran to respect international agreements

Jun 27, 2010
 G8 leaders pressed Iran for more transparency in its nuclear activities as well as urging it to respect the rule of law and freedom of expression for its citizens.
 In their summit, G8 leaders expressed concern over the expansion of nuclear weapons and referred to Iran and North Korea as the main sources of threat in this respect.


Roxana Saberi: Needed: A loud, persistent cry against Iran's abuses

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Read more...By ROXANA SABERI, Washington Post
 May 13, 2010

Shortly after Iran announced that it had executed five Kurdish political activists on Sunday, I received an e-mail from a human-rights campaigner in Tehran who knew one of them, asking me to spread the word about the hangings. "We are truly helpless," she wrote, "and we feel lost."


International Federation for human rights

International Federation for human rights

Human rights situation in the Islamic Republic of Iran  
Briefing note - February 2009
 The human rights situation in the Islamic Republic of Iran has remained particularly dire throughout 2008 and during the first two months of 2009, confirming the pattern of widespread and systematic violations in the country. This poor record is confirmed in all fields, in particular the situation of human rights defenders and other peaceful activists, the repression against minorities and the use of the death penalty.

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