On the eve of a visit by the Islamic Republic of Iran’s (IRI) president, Hassan Rouhani, to the United States, the Iranian authorities on Wednesday unexpectedly freed 11 of Iran’s most prominent political prisoners, New York Times reported.
Among those released, prominent human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh was serving six years in prison for ‘endangering national security’ and ‘misusing her profession’ as a lawyer. In a telephone interview after her release, she said: “I don’t know why they released me. I don’t know under what legal basis they released me. But I am free.”Read more
Ten days after the murder of Ataollah Rezvani, a Baha’i citizen of Bandar Abbas in Southern Iran, details surroudning the killing and its perpetrator remain shrouded in mystery. According to sources close to the victim, authorities have advised Mr. Rezavani’s family to avoid speaking to the media about the incident. An open message of condolence to the family and condemnation of the killing, recently issued by Ayatollah Tehrani, a pro-reform cleric, has been a significant new development, underscoring how a policy of imposed silence is ineffective in keeping Iranian society unaware and...Read more
Iraqi security forces loyal to Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, carried out another attack on the remaining members of Iranian dissident group, Mujahedeen-e-Khalq (MeK) and killed 52 unarmed member of the banned group early Sunday at their camp north of Baghdad, the Iranian exiles said.
The assault on Camp Ashraf began at 5 a.m. and lasted until late afternoon. Iraqi troops tied the dissidents’ hands behind their backs and shot them in the head, according to eye-witnessesRead more
Nominating Pour-Mohammadi as the Minister of Justice does not indicate moderation or any intention to release the hundreds of political prisoners wasting their youth and their lives in Iranian prisons. The new President will have to tolerate criticism if he is true to his campaign. Objecting to his choice for the Ministry of Justice of a man with such a bloody career is a moral imperative. It is also a sign of pragmatism. Foreign and internal policies are the two sides of the same coin and lasting changes in foreign policy are unlikely as long as the leadership fears its own people and has...Read more
Mohammad Nourizad and Mohsen Makhmalbaf are both filmmakers. Both were active supporters of the Iranian regime but later turned against the regime and became ardent advocates of human rights. Now they have openly broken with another feature of their past: prejudice against religious minorities.Read more
by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
July 19, 201311:59 AM
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The curtain opens. Six nooses hang above a group of teenage inmates, who are making chairs in a prison workshop to be used as platforms in their own hangings. The audience gasps.
This is theater that's raw, edgy and political — and it's all been cleared by the Iranian authorities, even though they have tightened controls on speech.
The production, translated from Farsi as "The Blue Feeling of Death," opened last month as a showcase of activist art against Iran's legal codes that allow death sentences...Read more
UN diplomats informed Reuters that Iran intends to fill seats on the Human Rights Council’s 47-member body. The General Assembly’s annual elections for the Geneva- based Human Rights Council will be held later this year in New York. There will be 14 seats available for three-year terms beginning in January 2014.
From the Asia group, which includes the Middle East and Asia, seven countries – China, Iran, Jordan, Maldives, Saudi Arabia, Syria and Vietnam – are vying for four seats, UN diplomats said on condition of anonymity.
With an unrivalled record of human rights...Read more