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10 brave female political prisoners in Evin prison in Iran:
Nasrin Sotoudeh, human rights defender lawyer is on hunger strike since October 17. Nasrin is protesting at the authorities’ harassment of her family and restrictions on her visitation rights. The Evin Prison Disciplinary Council has apparently placed a three-week ban on her receiving family visits. Since her arrest in 2010, Sotoudeh was held for a lengthy period in solitary confinement and has been regularly prevented from face-to-face meetings with her family, including her two children or making phone calls to other family members.
The following political prisoners went on a hunger strike on October 31 in protest of the harassment and degrading treatment by the Evin prison authorities:
Bahareh Hedayat is a student activist and a member of the One Million Signature Campaign which is committed to ending discrimination against women in Iranian law. She is serving a 10-year prison sentence for “insulting the president”, “insulting the Leader” and “gathering and colluding to commit crimes against national security”.
Zhila Bani Yaghoob, an award-winning journalist and women’s rights activist, was summoned to Evin Prison on 2 September 2012 to serve a one-year prison sentence. In addition to her imprisonment, she has been banned from media and journalistic activities for 30 years after conviction of “spreading propaganda against the system” and “insulting the president”.
Shiva Nazar Ahari is a journalist, human rights activist and a member of the Committee of Human Rights Reporters. She is currently serving a four-year prison sentence for her peaceful human rights activities.
Mahsa Amrabadi, a journalist detained for two months after the disputed 2009 presidential election, is currently serving a one-year prison sentence for “spreading propaganda against the system through interviews and reports”.
Zhila Karamzadeh-Makvandi is a member of the Mothers of Laleh Park (formerly known as the “Mourning Mothers”), which campaigns against human rights violations such as unlawful killings, arbitrary arrests, torture and enforced disappearance. Many of its members are women whose children were killed, detained or who disappeared in the unrest which followed the June 2009 election.
Nassim Soltanbeigi, student rights activist last time arrested in 2010, sentenced to total of 6 years in prison.
Hakimeh Shokri is a member of “Mothers of Laleh Park” (aka Mourning Mothers), a group actively supporting the mothers of individuals arrested and killed during post election demonstrations. She was arrested in Beheshte Zahra Cemetery in Tehran on December 5th, 2009 after attending the funeral of Amir Arshad Tajmir, killed during the post election demonstrations.
Nazanin Deihimi Translator of children’s books – Student in theater, arrested on 14 Feb 2011 during protest. Released on bail in Apr 2011, and on Oct 3, 2012 reported to Evin to serve her 8 months sentence.
Raheleh Zokaee among the lesser-known prisoners, received one-year prison sentence for “propaganda against the regime.”
November 4th, 2012 – According to reports received by The Peace Activists in Exile Campaign, in the latest attempt to coerce Nasrin Sotoudeh to break her hunger strike, the incarcerated human rights lawyer now on the 18th day of her hunger strike was reportedly transferred to solitary confinement last Wednesday October 31st, 2012.
Soutoudeh’s husband Reza Khandan, confirmed that he was informed that he and other family members have been banned from visiting with Nasrin when he arrived at the visitation area at Evin today. It looks as though Sotoudeh’s transfer from the general female ward to solitary confinement was preplanned.
Nasrin Sotoudeh is a lawyer, human rights and civil rights activist. She is a member of the Defender of Human Rights Center in Iran, a member of the One Million Signature Campaign (seeking to end legalized discrimination against women) and The Society for the Protection of Children. Prior to her arrest and incarceration, Sotoudeh was legal council for a large number of human rights activist, women’s rights activists, victims of child abuse and children on death row.
Soutoudeh has been on hunger strike since October 17th, 2012 protesting the harassment and illegal treatment of her family members during their prison visitations, in addition to the illegal banning of her young daughter from leaving the country.
It looks as though this latest transfer to solitary confinement is designed to further increase pressure on Sotoudeh. Given the past history of death of political prisoners such as Hoda Saber while on hunger strike in solitary confinement, it goes without saying that there is much concern regarding her Soutoudeh’s well being.
The recent wave of news regarding Sotoudeh’s hunger strike has attracted the attention of the international community. In fact the Iranian authorities cancelled a European Parliament delegation’s trip to Iran after they requested to meet with Soutoudeh while in the country.
Translation by Banooye Sabz
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40.000 SUPPORTERS as well as 24 groups and Non-Governmental Organizations DEMAND FREEDOM FOR SAKHAROV WINNER NASRIN SOTOUDEH.
Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh has been on hunger strike since the morning of 17 October 2012 in protest at the authorities’ denial of her repeated requests to have face-to-face meetings with her family. She is a prisoner of conscience and should be released immediately and unconditionally.
Your support of Nasrin Sotoudeh made a difference to her and many others affiliated with her when she was on hunger strike in Evin prison back in 2010 . We need your support one more time to demand freedom for her and avoid further undue pressure and cruelty against her and other Prisoners of conscience in Iran, who have not committed any crime other than defending our collective basic freedom.
Nasrin Sotoudeh is a lawyer who is in prison for simply defending her clients and insisting that Iranian authorities respect human rights. Nasrin Sotoudeh has long been an outspoken advocate of the rights of women, children, and prisoners of conscience, exposing the failure of Iranian authorities to uphold the law. These brave actions have made her a target.
Your help in inviting your friends and family to this “Support Page” will be greatly appreciated. We would not be where we are today without your generous help and moral support. Please accept our thanks and deep felt gratitude for your continued support .
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2- Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights / OHCHR (http://www.ohchr.org)
3 - International Federation of Human Rights Leagues (http://www.fidh.org)
4- Florence City Council (http://www.provincia.fi.it/)
7- Amnesty International @ MIT ( http://web.mit.edu/amnesty )
8-Middle East and North Africa Unit of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
9- Neda For A Free Iran (http://www.nfafi.org/)
10- Iran Human Rights Italia (http://www.iranhr.it/)
11- International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran (http://www.iranhumanrights.org/nasrin-sotoudeh)
12- Amnesty International Netherlands (http://www.amnesty.nl)
13- Activists of Verein Südwind Entwicklungspolitik in Geneva (http://www.suedwind.at)
14- Sepidedam (http://www.Sepidedam.org/)
15- Iranian Park Laleh Mothers (http://www.madaraneparklale.org/)
16- Green Expert of Iran (https://www.facebook.com/greenexpertsofiran)
17- Int. Campaign in Support of Jafar Panahi (https://www.facebook.com/JafarPanahi)
18- Green Activists for a Democratic Iran (https://www.facebook.com/GreenActivists4aDemocraticIran)
19-Azadegan Norway (https://www.facebook.com/azadegan.norway)
20- Human Chain Project (https://www.facebook.com/HumanChainProject)
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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton released the following statement regarding the Iranian government’s imprisonment of Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh and filmmaker Jafar Panahi:
The United States congratulates Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh and filmmaker Jafar Panahi for receiving the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. We also wish to congratulate the other finalists, Ales Byalyatski, a recipient of the State Department’s 2011 Human Rights Defender award, Nadezhda Andreyevna Tolokonnikova, Yekaterina Samutsevich and Maria Alyokhina.
The work of Nasrin Sotoudeh and Jafar Panahi to uphold human rights and promote freedom of expression represents the desires of all Iranians to exercise their basic rights and freedoms. Unfortunately, they will not be able to enjoy today’s recognition. Despite her deteriorating health, Iranian authorities have imprisoned Sotoudeh and sentenced her to six more years in prison. Panahi has been sentenced to six years in prison and a 20-year ban on filmmaking and travel has been imposed on him. We call on the Iranian government to release Sotoudeh immediately, lift the restrictions and sentence on Panahi and release all political prisoners and others detained simply for their religious or political beliefs.
According to the International Film Festival of Rotterdam, “last December, Jafar Panahi and his fellow filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof were sentenced by a Revolutionary Court to six years imprisonment. They were also banned from making films for a period of twenty years(!).”
The indiewire film blog described Panahi’s film, The White Balloon, which the Iranian regime found to be offensive enough to imprison Panahi for, as:
A classic of the Iranian New Wave, and in its day, the most successful and acclaimed Iranian film to be released in the U.S. ever, Jafar Panahi’s masterpiece “The White Balloon” looks to be AWOL from American screens, big and small. Maybe someone out there knows the status of U.S. home video distribution rights for this important film, but according to my research, “The White Balloon” appears to have vanished into the ether, available for purchase only on obscure Iranian movie websites and in Spanish PAL versions.
Released by Jeff Lipsky and Bingham Ray’s October Films in 1995, “The White Balloon” was hailed by critics for its simplicity of storytelling and delicate touch. Few saw it for its supremely subtle and artfully crafted political perspective–a precursor to Panahi’s equally excellent and more overt social commentaries (i.e. “The Circle,” “Crimson Gold” and “Offside”). It was Jonathan Rosenbaum, in a lengthy review in the Chicago Reader, who saw past the film’s more obvious neorealist aesthetic, discovering something far more complex.
In the meantime, Secretary Clinton is facing criticism of her own when it comes to jailing filmmakers. Charles Woods, the father of slain retired Navy SEAL Tyrone Woods, told a number of media outlets recently that Secretary Clinton told him that she would make sure that the filmmaker behind the video The Innocence of Muslims would be arrested and prosecuted.
That filmmaker, Mark Basseley Yousef, was arrested in southern California one month ago on a probation violation and is being held without bond until his next court date on November 9.
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BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Iran has canceled a European Parliament delegation visit to Tehran after the group asked to meet two Iranian activists awarded a top EU rights prize, a parliament spokeswoman said on Saturday.
The decision came after senior officials at the parliament, which on Friday awarded its Sakharov prize for human rights and freedom of thought to human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh and filmmaker Jafar Panahi, said they wanted the delegation to meet the two activists.
“After hearing the new conditions, the Iranians decided to cancel,” European Parliament spokeswoman Satu Helin told Reuters. The delegation was set to travel to Tehran from October 27 to November 2.
Iran’s Mehr news agency quoted an Iranian parliamentary official as saying the European delegation had stated as a “precondition” a visit with Sotoudeh and Panahi.
“The European parliamentary delegation wished to visit two Iranian political prisoners and give them a prize,” said Hossein Sheikholeslam, international affairs adviser to Iran’s parliament, according to Mehr. “Iran did not agree with this condition.”
Ties between Iran and Europe have become increasingly strained over Tehran’s disputed nuclear program.
But meetings between European and Iranian parliamentary delegations were meant to keep open another line of communication, including with civil society – even though the European Parliament has little influence over dealings with Tehran.
Western countries accuse Iran of seeking a nuclear bomb; Tehran denies this and says its program is for peaceful purposes only.
(Additional reporting By Yeganeh Torbati in Dubai; Editing by Myra MacDonald)
Source: Chicago Tribune
Incarcerated blogger and human rights activist Hossein Ronaghi Maleki has written a letter to imprisoned rights attorney Nasrin Sotoudeh.
Nasrin Sotoudeh launched a hunger strike on October 17 protesting violations of her legal rights, and mistreatment of, and pressures put on, her family by the Judiciary.
Reza Khandan, Sotoudeh’s husband, in an interview last week with Kalameh, announcing Nasrin’s hunger strike, said, “I urged her to change her mind and not go on a hunger strike, but she was adamant saying there is nothing else that she can do while imprisoned, my last resort to voice protest is to launch a hunger strike.
Just imagine, a defense attorney who must resort to writing her own defense on a piece of napkin, then for it to be confiscate it, telling her that she has committed an illegal act, and from that date, being denied face-to-face visitation with her children.”
I am concerned for my wife. She has already become so thin and weak that she is unrecognizable to those who have not seen her in some time. Imagine how much worse will it be after she goes on a hunger strike.”
Nasrin Sotoudeh has been imprisoned since September 4, 2010. She was tried and convicted on charges of acting against the national security, propagating against the regime, and membership in The Defenders of Human Rights Center. She was sentenced to six years imprisonment, banned from practicing law and banned from leaving the country for 20 years, and also fined 50,000 Tomans for not observing the Islamic code of attire (Hijab).
Complete text of the letter written by Hossein Ronaghi as provided to the Kalameh site is as follows:
No one is thinking about the flowers
No one is thinking about the goldfish
No one wants to believe
That the garden is dying
That the heart of the garden is inflamed under the sun
That the garden’s mind is slowly, slowly
Emptying from the green memories
And it seems that the garden’s senses
Are something incorporeal, that have rotted in loneliness of the garden
The yard of our home is alone
The yard of our home is yawning, awaiting rain from an unknown cloud
And the pond in our home is empty.
Dear Lady Nasrin,
On the difficult path to liberty, the freedom seeking people inevitably endure much pain and suffering, and the aberrant pain of injustice and oppression. But these sorts of pain and hardships that we, side by side, for our common purpose, have endured for our beloved Iran, is not fruitless.
The Self Sacrificing Lady,
It has been some days since you launched a hunger strike, and I know the reason; to achieve your basic legal and human rights – symbolizing the rights of all of us – which you have been deprived of – just as we have been denied those rights.
Therefore, I do not know if I, like others should urge you to halt your hunger strike or not? If I do, am I not vindicating silence before what is deemed unjust? If I do not, then why do I not join you in your quest? Then why am I so meekly complaining? Why when we see you, see myself and others, do we not speak up?
The Steadfast Lady Of My Land,
You told me one day, in this same prison, that you firmly believe that our work is not in vain. That we are on the right path that will not be without results. And all of our struggles will bear fruit.
You said that in this era of mass communications, no secret will remain hidden, victory will be ours. You told me about Aung San Suu and other freedom fighters as examples. All those who long suffered but steadfast stood, and did not lose faith in the whirlwind of disappointments.
We stand by your side, and believe in our goal. Is it not so that we all share the same pain and joy? How could we not be heart broken by the tyranny and oppression that is inflicted upon you.
Yes, we all have been afflicted with pain and sorrow, but there is another fact. The fact of being imprisoned, which is deemed most honorable if it is for defending the rights of others, for defending the honor of others, and for the protection of liberty and justice, the national interest and the progress of our homeland, however unjust and suffering it may cause. That is why we are proud of you and prison-mates such as yourself.
Today, I have decided to exercise my rights; to protest and object to the injustice and oppression that now rule, and the appalling events that have become normal policy, that are occurring under the shadow of lawlessness and against the rule of law.
It is obvious that acts of deception, hypocrisy, lies and repression no longer work, and the people’s awareness has disabled the weapons of threats, enticement and deception.
In the end, and inevitably, the foundations of tyranny will collapse, oppression will cease, and liberty will dawn.
Hossein Ronaghi Maleki
Translation by Persianbanoo
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Two Iranian activists, lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh and film director Jafar Panahi, are this year’s joint winners of the European Parliament Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. They were chosen by President Schulz and political group leaders on Friday morning.
“The award of the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought to the Iranians Nasrin Sotoudeh and Jafar Panahi is a message of solidarity and recognition to a woman and a man who have not been bowed by fear and intimidation and who have decided to put the fate of their country before their own. I sincerely hope they will be able to come in person to Strasbourg to the European Parliament to collect their prize in December”, said President Schulz, announcing the winner after the meeting.
President Schulz will award the prize at a formal sitting of Parliament during the December plenary session, in Strasbourg.
Nasrin Sotoudeh, born in 1963, is an Iranian lawyer and human rights advocate. She has represented opposition activists imprisoned following Iran’s disputed June 2009 presidential elections, juveniles facing the death penalty, women and prisoners of conscience. She was arrested in September 2010 on charges of spreading propaganda and conspiring to harm state security and has been held in solitary confinement.
Sotoudeh has two children. She recently started a hunger strike in protest against the state’s harassment of her family.
Jafar Panahi, born in 1960, is an Iranian film director, screenwriter and film editor. He first achieved international recognition with his film The White Balloon that won the Caméra d’Or at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival. His films often focus on the hardships faced by children, the impoverished and women in Iran.
Mr Panahi was arrested in March 2010 and later sentenced to six years in jail and a 20-year ban on directing any movies or leaving the country. His latest film “This Is Not a Film” was smuggled from Iran to the 2011 Cannes Film Festival on a USB stick hidden inside a cake.
Sotoudeh and Panahi were nominated by the Socialists and Democrats, Liberals and Democrats and Greens/European Free Alliance groups as well as by José Ignacio Salafranca, Elmar Brok and 11 other MEPs.
The two other finalists were Ales Bialiatski and Pussy Riot
The Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, named in honor of the Soviet physicist and political dissident Andrei Sakharov, has been awarded by the European Parliament every year since 1988 to individuals or organizations that have made an important contribution to the fight for human rights or democracy. The prize is accompanied by an award of €50,000.
Source: European Parlament
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Nasrin Sotoudeh, incarcerated human rights lawyer on hunger strike since October 17th, 2012 was reportedly transferred to the infirmary at Evin prison two days ago as a result of her deteriorating health condition.
Upon announcing his wife’s recent hunger strike Reza Khandan told Kaleme: “I did everything I could to convince her to change her mind, but she insisted that since she can do nothing while behind bars, she is left with no other recourse but to launch a hunger strike. Imagine if you will a defense lawyer who must resort to writing her own defense on a piece of napkin and have the napkin be confiscated after she is told that she has committed an illegal act. As if that were not enough, she is then denied face to face visitation with her children for the supposed crime she has committed. I am concerned for my wife. Even before her hunger strike she had become much too weak and had lost so much weight that she was unrecognizable to those who hadn’t seen her for a while.”
Reza Khandan added: “From the very start we have faced a myriad of challenges. There have been issues with our visitation rights, and we have been summoned and threatened an issue that my wife is naturally very sensitive about, particularly as the threats and pressure has been ongoing and have shifted towards our children. My daughter has been banned from leaving the country. Recently we were contacted by the 28th branch of the Revolutionary Court regarding her travel ban and we have now been orally summoned. My wife is also aware of this latest development. Our face to face visitations have been denied by the prosecutor’s office for the past three months. Unlike other political prisoners who see their families on Sundays, our visitations from behind a cabin window have now been moved to Wednesdays in order to further isolate us and control our interactions. My daughter Mehraveh must attend a 4 hour mathematics class on Wednesdays. It goes without saying that she cannot skip class every week and as of mid September she has only been able to visit with her mother once. When Mehraveh is not there with us, our visits become that much harder to bear. We requested that they switch our visitation day to Sundays when all other families visit their loved ones or to any day in the week, but they would not agree. Furthermore, like all other political prisoners, our telephone privileges have also been banned for the past 18 months. It goes without saying that it is very difficult for a mother to have no news of her children during the entire week.”
Nasrin Sotoudeh has been behind bars since September 4th, 2010. She was charged with acting against the national security of the country, propaganda against the regime and membership in The Defenders of Human Rights Center and sentenced to 11 years in prison (later reduced to 6 years by the appeals court), banned from practicing the law for 20 years and banned from leaving the country. Sotoudeh was also fined $500 dollars for non adherence to the Islamic dress code (Hijab).
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From the Facebook Of Reza Khandan the husband of incarcerated human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh now on hunger strike for six days.
Today despite the fact that for the past year our visitation days with Nasrin have not coincided with the visitation days of her cell mates, we were finally allowed to visit with Nasrin.
Nasrin continues to be on a hunger strike and stated that her request that our visitation day be changed [as a result of conflicting schedules with Mehraveh's school] was a minor request for her main demand from the judiciary is that they put an end to their relentless pressure on her family members.
From the day that they concocted a case file against our daughter Mehraveh banning her from leaving the country, Nasrin wanted to do something in her defense. She was not only incapable of doing anything to help her daughter, but was also forced to witness the ever increasing pressures on her family. The refusal by the Office of the Prosecutor to grant the family the right to change their visitation day left her with no other recourse, triggering this latest hunger strike.
She looked much thinner and weaker than I had imagined. Perhaps it is because the past two years have taken a toll on her physical strength and well being. Despite the fact that she was still on a hunger strike, she was the only prisoner who had prepared a lunch behind the cabin window. She had predicted that the authorities may make an exception and allow the children to go to the other side if only for a few minutes and as a result she had prepared their favorite meal. Though Nasrin herself was not eating she was feeding the children while she spoke to us.
امروز پس از نزديك به يك سال كه روزهاي ملاقات ما را از بقيهي هم بنديهاي نسرين جدا كرده بودند، ملاقات كرديم.
نسرين همچنان در اعتصاب است. ميگفت تغيير روز ملاقات يك خواستهي كاملا فرعي بود. خواست اصلي من برداشتن فشار قضايي از روي خانوادهام هست.
از روزي كه براي مهراوه پروندهسازي كردند و ممنوع الخروج، نسرين ميخواست برايش كاري بكند. او نه تنها نميتوانست هيچ كاري برايش انجام دهد بلكه هر روز فشار، بيشتر و بيشتر ميشد. مخالفت دادسرا با تغيير روز ملاقات در واقع جرقهاي شد براي شروع ماجراي اعتراض و اعتصاب.
خيلي بيش از حد تصورم ضعيف و لاغر شده بود. به دليل اينكه در اين دو سال توان جسمياش تحليل رفته است.
درسته كه هنوز در اعتصاب غذا بود ولي با وجود اين تنها زنداني كه در پشت كابين سفره و بساط ناهار پهن كرده بود نسرين بود چرا كه احتمال ميداد براي دقايقي به بچهها اجازه بدهند كه پشت كابين و پيش مادرشان بروند در نتيجه غذاي مورد علاقهي آنها را پخته بود. نسرين، هم با ما حرف ميزد و هم به بچهها غذا ميداد.
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In an open letter addressed to Ayatollah Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, incarcerated human rights activist and blogger Hossein Ronaghi Maleki beaten and rearrested while on medical furlough and volunteering to help the victims of the recent earthquake in Eastern Azerbaijan province, asks the Supreme Leader to respond to the blatant neglect of the fundamental necessities of thousands of earthquake stricken victims who continue to suffer without shelter under extreme harsh winter conditions.
The complete content of the poignant and heart felt letter written by Ronaghi Maleki from Evin Prison’s Ward 350 as provided to Kaleme is as follow:
In the name of God of life and wisdom …
…and anyone who is faithful, believes in performing good deeds and he who does not fear oppression and harm,
To the Ayatollah Khamenei,
Greetings. I Hossein Ronaghi Malek,i an incarcerated political prisoner behind bars at Evin prison’s ward 350 have decided to write you this letter for I believe that your excellency’s travels to various cities and provinces across our nation must stem from your desire to gain direct knowledge of the concerns, challenges and hardships facing our people with the intent to improve the lives of our suffering citizens. I am certain that regardless of the judgment rendered by the Islamic Republic against me and my kind, there are still a limited few within the ruling establishment that are willing to admit that those of us who have chosen to spend our youth behind bars want nothing more than to see our country progress and stand tall.
This summer our compatriots in Azerbaijan experienced an earthquake that shattered their lives, leaving an indelible mark on their families and loved ones. The aftershocks, extremely cold weather and lack of direction and false promises by government officials only further increased the hardship endured by the victims of this severe natural disaster. The situation is so dire that even the Minister of Health and Governor of East Azerbaijan have publicly stated: “Two months after the earthquake more than 120,000 individuals effected by the earthquake are still living in temporary tents despite the extremely cold winter conditions. Many of the earthquake victims have been deprived of basic amenities such as bathrooms and heating supplies and are effected by skin conditions and infectious diseases that threaten their lives” – this while government officials continue to spend exorbitant amounts of money on provincial tours or trips with their families to attend the annual meeting of the United Nations, not to mention the money sent to Syrian, Lebanon and other countries. Have the regions effected by the earthquake indeed been rebuilt during the past two months as per the claims of Mr. Ahmadinejad’s Vice President?
Was Ahmadinejad’s trip to Mecca at the time of the earthquake, along with the inexplicable indifference of the IRIB [Iran's National Broadcasting System] that chose to treat the tragedy as an event threatening our national security, arresting a large number of rescue workers and volunteers not a blatant demonstration of the indifference shown by the authorities of the Islamic Republic vis-a-vis the Iranian nation and the earthquake stricken victims of Azerbaijan?
Does this type of behavior not explain the distancing of the public from the ruling establishment? It is only not natural that I like many of my Iranian compatriots would be pained by such irresponsible behavior; it is only natural that like my compatriots I would feel the pain of those suffering without any shelter under the extremely cold conditions in Azerbaijan? I am pained at the thought of them grappling with a myriad of diseases while facing an endless number of challenges. Are you aware of the fact that government officials who enjoy the luxury of the warmth of their homes continue to make false promises with regards to the rebuilding of the earthquake stricken regions? This while they have yet to provide most earthquake stricken victims with adequate shelter. Are you aware of the fact that a number of our Azari compatriots have lost their lives to a flood in the region, while others have been completely abandoned?
Perhaps they have not informed your excellency of the spontaneous and unexpected and extensive presence of rescue workers and volunteers from all creeds and walks of life from the onset of the earthquake; volunteers who chose to abandon their daily lives and rolled up their sleeves, working side by side, if not harder than their official rescue worker counterparts. Unfortunately, however, rather than being appreciated, many of the volunteer forces were beaten and illegally arrested by plain clothes agents and the agents of the Tabriz Intelligence Ministry.
I believe that the Judiciary is the root cause of all these injustices, for instead of protecting and supporting the volunteer workers and their legal and humane activities, they chose to give into the influence of the security and intelligence apparatus, concocting cases against the volunteer workers without any provocation or justification what so ever that led to their eventual arrest. We cannot fathom why those who would voluntarily support earthquake stricken victims would be rewarded with prison sentences. Perhaps as the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Your Excellency can provide a response to our unanswered question. Despite the events that ensued the earthquake and the hardships endured by the earthquake stricken victims, the sense of responsibility and sympathy demonstrated by all Iranians towards their compatriots in the earthquake stricken regions of Bam and Roudbar have not been forgotten and it was once again proven to all that Azerbaijan is indeed an integral part of Iran.
I am one of the many volunteer workers who were beaten and arrested for extending a hand of friendship, demonstrating humanity and providing support to the helpless earthquake victims. They continuously threatened to arrest our families and loved ones. I was personally on furlough from prison and felt a humane and national duty to forgo my personal affairs such as following up on my medical treatment in order to serve my compatriots in Azerbaijan. In response to my spontaneous and humane support of the earthquake stricken victims I was forced to face the arbitrary and illegal behavior of the intelligence and security apparatus and as a result of the beatings I endured at the time of my arrest, my kidneys were extremely damaged. Would it be inappropriate of me to ask you as the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, assuming that the content of my letter is true, to hold the law breaking and law evading officials who spread such lies accountable in an independent court of law? Is is inappropriate to demand that you pay more attention to the plight of the innocent victims of the earthquake in Azerbaijan who continue to suffer under harsh winter conditions? Clearly the ruling establishment must also adhere to the rule of law, for if the powers that be choose to ignore the law, denying citizens of their fundamental rights, and if citizens are subjected to injustice, their national security forsaken, the distrust and chasm between the people and the ruling establishment will only further increase – a predicament that we are all unfortunately witnessing today….
As our renowned poet Saadi once said:
Human beings are members of a whole,
In creation of one essence and soul.
If one member is afflicted with pain,
Other members uneasy will remain.
If you have no sympathy for human pain,
The name of human you cannot retain.
Seyed Hossein Ronaghi Maleki
Evin Prison, Ward 350
Petition | Translated by: Banooye sabz
قوه قضاییه سرچشمه همه بی عدالتی هاست
نامه حسین رونقی به رهبری درباره رفتارهای غیرقانونی و هتاکانه مسوولان قضایی و امنیتی
چکیده :آنچه بر امدادگران و نیروهای داوطلب و مردمی رفت یکی از تاسف بارترین پرونده ها در اسناد قوه قضایی جمهوری اسلامی است . آیا شما باور می کنید که هنوز هم امدادگران بازداشت شده را تهدید و وادار به سکوت می کنند تا از حقوق خود دفاع نکنند و از ظلم ها و قانون شکنی ها پرده برندارند . پیش از آن نیز در اداره اطلاعات تبریز و پلیس اطلاعات و امنیت به عقاید بسیاری از امدادگران توهین شد ، روزهای بسیاری را به صورت غیرقانونی و بدون تفهیم اتهام در بدترین وضع و زیر فشارهای غیر انسانی در بازداشت به سر بردند …
سیدحسین رونقی، وبلاگ نویس و فعال حقوق بشر محبوس در بند ۳۵۰ زندان اوین در نامه ای خطاب به رهبری نوشته است: من هم بسان همه مردم ایران از این گونه برخوردهای غیر مسوولانه ناراضی و ناراحت هستم و نیز از اینکه هم میهنانم در سرمای شدید بدون هیچ سرپناهی زندگی میکنند، از اینکه با انواع بیماریها دست و پنجه نرم میکنند و با هزاران مشکل روبرو هستند در رنجم. اطلاع دارید مسوولانی که همچنان در خانههای گرم خود نشستهاند و درباره بازسازی خانههای زلزله زدگان وعدههای دروغین میدهند. هنوز حتی نتوانستهاند برای این مصیبت دیدگان کانکس تهیه کنند؟ و اطلاع دارید که بخاطر یک سیلاب تعدادی از هم میهنان شمالیمان جانشان را از دست دادهاند و بسیاری بیپناه ماندهاند؟
به گزارش کلمه، این زندانی سیاسی در نامه خود با بیان اینکه “اطمینان دارم با هر قضاوتی که نسبت به امثال من در جمهوری اسلامی وجود داشته باشد، حداقل عدهای از مسولان سیاسی کشور هستند که اذعان کنند انگیزههای ما که پذیرفتهایم دوران جوانی خویش را درزندان سر کنیم، چیزی جز سربلندی و پیشرفت ایران عزیزمان نیست.” آورده است: آنچه بر امدادگران و نیروهای داوطلب و مردمی رفت یکی از تاسف بارترین پرونده ها در اسناد قوه قضایی جمهوری اسلامی است. آیا شما باور می کنید که هنوز هم امدادگران بازداشت شده را تهدید و وادار به سکوت می کنند تا از حقوق خود دفاع نکنند و از ظلم ها و قانون شکنی ها پرده برندارند. پیش از آن نیز در اداره اطلاعات تبریز و پلیس اطلاعات و امنیت به عقاید بسیاری از امدادگران توهین شد، روزهای بسیاری را به صورت غیرقانونی و بدون تفهیم اتهام در بدترین وضع و زیر فشارهای غیر انسانی در بازداشت به سر بردند.
سیدحسین رونقی ملکی از بازداشت شده های پس از انتخابات ریاست جمهوری سال ۸۸ است که توسط اطلاعات سپاه بازداشت شد و در شعبه ۲۶ دادگاه انقلاب به ریاست قاضی پیرعباسی به ۱۵ سال حبس محکوم شد. او پس از مدت ها تعلل و معطلی و پس از چند مرحله اعتصاب غذا و دارو، در نهایت چند هفته پیش به مرخصی درمانی آمد که به بازداشت وی در کمپ کمک رسانی به زلزله زدگان منتهی شد.
جناب آقای خامنهای
اینجانب در میان امدادگرانی بودم که به خاطر نوع دوستی و انسانیت و کمک به مردم بیپناه بازداشت شدند و توهینهای بسیاری را تحمل کردند. بارها تهدیدمان کردند که خانواده و اطرافیانمان را نیز بازداشت میکنند. این در حالی بود که من شخصا برای مرخصی خارج از زندان بودم و بنا به وظیفه انسانی و ملی فرصت به دست آمده برای رسیدگی به کارهای شخصی و معالجاتی خود را رها کرده، برای کمک به زلزله زدگان شتافتم اما با برخورد خودسرانه و غیرقانونی نهادهای اطلاعاتی و امنیتی مواجه شدم و بر اثر ضربات وارده به هنگام بازداشت بشدت از ناحیه کلیه آسیب دیدم. نمیدانم این درخواست نابجایی است اگر به عنوان رهبری این نظام از جنابعالی بخواهم که ماموران و مسوولان قانون شکن و قانون گریز، قضات ناعادل و آنان که دروغ پراکنی میکنند را به فرض صحت مطالب عنوان شده در این نامه به میز محاکمه یک دادگاه مستقل بسپارید؟ و بیشتر از پیش به وضعیت بد زلزله زدگان بیپناه در سرما رسیدگی کنید؟ آنچه مسلم است حکومت باید در برابر قانون سر فرود آورد. اما اگر حاکمیتی از قانون بگریزد و شهروندان را از مزایا یا حقوق مصرح قانون محروم کند و اگر شهروندان خود را در معرض بیعدالتی و عدم امنیت ببینند شکاف بیاعتمادی میان مردم و حاکمیت پدید میآید. متاسفانه این است آنچه امروز همگان شاهد آن هستیم
به نام خداوند جان و خرد
و هر کسی کارهای شایسته انجام دهد و مومن باشد، نه از ستمی میترسد و نه از آسیبی.
و من یعمل من الصالحات و هو مومن فلا یخاف ظلما و لا هضما – ۱۱۲ / طه
جناب آیت الله خامنهای
با سلام و عرض ادب
من سیدحسین رونقی ملکی، زندانی سیاسی در بند ۳۵۰ به این گمان که حضرتعالی با دغدغه آشنایی مستقیم با مشکلات و رنج های مردم و کوشش در بهبود نسبی زندگی و معیشت آنها به شهرها و استان های کشور سفر میکنید، این نامه را مینویسم. اطمینان دارم با هر قضاوتی که نسبت به امثال من در جمهوری اسلامی وجود داشته باشد، حداقل عدهای از مسولان سیاسی کشور هستند که اذعان کنند انگیزههای ما که پذیرفتهایم دوران جوانی خویش را درزندان سر کنیم، چیزی جز سربلندی و پیشرفت ایران عزیزمان نیست.
جناب آیت الله خامنهای
تابستان امسال زلزلهای در آذربایجان رخ داد که تن هم میهنانمان را تا به امروز به لرزه انداخته است. پس لرزهها، سرمای شدید و بیتدبیری و وعدههای دروغین مسوولان نیز درد این مصیبت دیدگان را دو چندان کرده است. آنگونه که وزیر بهداشت و استاندار آذربایجان شرقی عنوان کردهاند: “با گذشت بیش از دو ماه از وقوع زلزله ۱۲۰ هزار نفر در مناطق زلزله زده در سرمای شدید زیر چادر اسکان موقت زندگی میکنند، بسیاری از زلزله زدگان از ابتداییترین امکانات همچون حمام و توالت و لوازم گرمایشی محروم هستند. بیماری های عفونی، پوستی و… سلامت آنها را تهدید میکند.”
این در حالی است که بسیاری از مسوولان نظام با هزینههای گزاف به سفرهای استانی یا به همراه خانوادههای خود به سازمان ملل میروند و هزینههای بسیاری صرف سوریه، عراق، لبنان و دیگر کشورها میشود. آیا همانگونه که معاون اول آقای احمدینژاد عنوان کرده بود مناطق زلزله زده ظرف دو ماه بازسازی شد؟
جناب آقای خامنهای
آیا سفر آقای احمدینژاد در زمان وقوع زلزله به مکه، در کنار بیتفاوتی غیرقابل توجیه صدا و سیما نسبت به این واقعه تلخ و به گونهای امنیتی با آن برخورد کردن و بازداشت امدادگران و نیروهای داوطلب مردمی، بیانگر بیتفاوتی مسوولان جمهوری نسبت به مردم ایران و واقعه زلزله آذربایجان نبود؟ آیا این امر بیانگر فاصله بین مردم و حاکمیت نیست؟ طبیعی است که من هم بسان همه مردم ایران از این گونه برخوردهای غیر مسوولانه ناراضی و ناراحت هستم و نیز از اینکه هم میهنانم در سرمای شدید بدون هیچ سرپناهی زندگی میکنند، از اینکه با انواع بیماریها دست و پنجه نرم میکنند و با هزاران مشکل روبرو هستند در رنجم. اطلاع دارید مسوولانی که همچنان در خانههای گرم خود نشستهاند و درباره بازسازی خانههای زلزله زدگان وعدههای دروغین میدهند. هنوز حتی نتوانستهاند برای این مصیبت دیدگان کانکس تهیه کنند؟ و
اطلاع دارید که بخاطر یک سیلاب تعدادی از هم میهنان شمالیمان جانشان را از دست دادهاند و بسیاری بیپناه ماندهاند؟
جناب آیت الله خامنهای
شاید به حضرتعالی اطلاع نداده باشند که حضور امدادگران و نیروهای داوطلب مردمی فارغ از هر مرام و عقیدهای در مناطق زلزله زده از اولین ساعات چشمگیر و غیر قابل انتظار بود. داوطلبانی که زندگی روزانه خود را رها و جلیقه امدادگر بر تن کرده بودند و در امدادرسانی فراتر از مسوولان تلاش میکردند به گونهای که به گفته نماینده مردم تبریز آقای پزشکیان مردم در کمک به زلزله زدگان از مسوولان جلوتر بودند. اما پاسخ بسیاری از این نیروها و امدادگران داوطلب و مردمی، ضرب و شتم و بازداشت غیرقانونی توسط نیروهای لباس شخصی و اداره اطلاعات تبریز بود.
باورم این است سرچشمه همه این بیعدالتیها قوه قضاییه است که بجای حمایت از امدادگران و فعالیتهای قانونی و بشر دوستانه آنها، تن به نفوذ نهادهای امنیتی و اطلاعاتی داد و همگام با آنها به گفته خودشان برای امدادگران بیگناه بدون هیچ دلیل و توجیه مشخصی پرونده سازی کرد و آنها را روانه زندان نمود. ما هر چه فکر میکنیم، در نمییابیم چرا باید مزد کمک به هم میهنان رنج دیدهمان زندان باشد؛ شاید جنابعالی بعنوان رهبر جمهوری اسلامی برای این سوال پاسخی بیابید. اما در عین حال و در کنار همه مصیبتها زلزله آذربایجان نشان داد هنوز حس نوع دوستی ما ایرانیان در زلزلههای رودبار و بم فراموش نشده است و بر همه ثابت شد که براستی آذربایجان پاره تن ایران است.
جناب آیت الله خامنهای
آنچه بر امدادگران و نیروهای داوطلب و مردمی رفت یکی از تاسف بارترین پروندهها در اسناد قوه قضایی جمهوری اسلامی است. آیا شما باور میکنید که هنوز هم امدادگران بازداشت شده را تهدید و وادار به سکوت میکنند تا از حقوق خود دفاع نکنند و از ظلمها و قانون شکنیها پرده برندارند. پیش از آن نیز در اداره اطلاعات تبریز و پلیس اطلاعات و امنیت به عقاید بسیاری از امدادگران توهین شد، روزهای بسیاری را به صورت غیرقانونی و بدون تفهیم اتهام در بدترین وضع و زیر فشارهای غیر انسانی در بازداشت به سر بردند. بازجویان به تفتیش عقاید پرداختند و با ورود به خصوصیترین مسایل امدادگران آنها را وادار به اعترافات غیرواقعی و خلاف کردند. ضرب و شتم امدادگران برای کسب اعترافات غیرواقعی از تلخترین رخدادها بود و تلخی آن در سوابق برخورد نهادهای اطلاعاتی، امنیتی فراموش نخواهد شد.
جناب آقای خامنهای
اینجانب در میان امدادگرانی بودم که به خاطر نوع دوستی و انسانیت و کمک به مردم بیپناه بازداشت شدند و توهینهای بسیاری را تحمل کردند. بارها تهدیدمان کردند که خانواده و اطرافیانمان را نیز بازداشت میکنند. این در حالی بود که من شخصا برای مرخصی خارج از زندان بودم و بنا به وظیفه انسانی و ملی فرصت به دست آمده برای رسیدگی به کارهای شخصی و معالجاتی خود را رها کرده، برای کمک به زلزله زدگان شتافتم اما با برخورد خودسرانه و غیرقانونی نهادهای اطلاعاتی و امنیتی مواجه شدم و بر اثر ضربات وارده به هنگام بازداشت بشدت از ناحیه کلیه آسیب دیدم. نمیدانم این درخواست نابجایی است اگر به عنوان رهبری این نظام از جنابعالی بخواهم که ماموران و مسوولان قانون شکن و قانون گریز، قضات ناعادل و آنان که دروغ پراکنی میکنند را به فرض صحت مطالب عنوان شده در این نامه به میز محاکمه یک دادگاه مستقل بسپارید؟ و بیشتر از پیش به وضعیت بد زلزله زدگان بیپناه در سرما رسیدگی کنید؟ آنچه مسلم است حکومت باید در برابر قانون سر فرود آورد. اما اگر حاکمیتی از قانون بگریزد و شهروندان را از مزایا یا حقوق مصرح قانون محروم کند و اگر شهروندان خود را در معرض بیعدالتی و عدم امنیت ببینند شکاف بیاعتمادی میان مردم و حاکمیت پدید
میآید. متاسفانه این است آنچه امروز همگان شاهد آن هستیم.
بنی آدم از اعضای یکدیگرند
که درآفرینش ز یک گوهرند
چو عضوی به درد آورد روزگار
دگرعضوها را نماند قرار
توکه از محنت دیگران بیغمی
نشاید که نامت نهند آدمی
سیدحسین رونقی ملکی
بند ۳۵۰ – زندان اوین
The European Union has imposed sanctions on 17 Iranian officials, including prominent members of the government and the judiciary it says play a key role in serious human rights violations.
The names of the 17 officials are as follows:
1. Ezatollah Zarghami – Head of the IRIB
2. Reza Taghipour – Minister of Communication and Information Technology
3. Touraj Kazemi – Head of the Cyber Police
4. Sadegh Larijani – Head of the Judiciary
5. Asghar Mir Hejazi – Deputy in Charge of Security for the Office of Ayatollah Khamenei
6. Ali Saeedi, Representative for Ayatollah Khamenei at the IRGB
7. Mohammad Ali Ramin, former Deputy Minister of Culture
8. Solat Mortazavi , Deputy Interior Minister
9. Gholam Ali Rezvani, Deputy Governer of Gilan
10. Malek Ajdar Sharifi , Head of the Judiciary in Eastern Azarbaijan
11. Mousa Khalil Elahi, Public Prosecutor of The Revolutionary Court in Tabriz
12. Ali Farhadi, Public Prosecutor of the Revolutionary Court in Karaj
13. Ali Rezvan Manesh, Deputy Prosecutor for the city of Karaj
14. Gholamreza Razvani Commander in Charge of Data Protection for the IRGB
15. Mohammad Sadeghi, commander of Ansar al-Hussein and Senior Member of the Cyber Army
16. Reza Jafari, Head of the Prosecutor’ s Office in Charge of Computer Related Crimes
17. Bahram Reshteh Ahmadi, Tehran’s Deputy Prosecutor in charge of prisons and Head of the Shahid Moghaddas Court at Evin Prison.
Leading Women Building Community 2012, Award Ceremony
Human Rights Activist
and executive board member of, “Neda For a free Iran, a human rights advocacy NGO”
Jack Purcell Community Centre, Ottawa
March 24th, 2012
Thank you so much for this award and for your kind words of introduction. I am truly honoured and humbled by your support. I accept this award with a deep sense of gratitude and most importantly with humility, as I am just one individual fighting for what I believe in, education, human rights, justice and empowering the voiceless.
My heartfelt gratitude to MPPs Yasir Naqvi and Dr. Reza Moridi for nominating me for this award. My special gratitude to Hon Laurel Broten and to my MP Royal Galipeau.
Many thanks for the wonderful recommendation letters, and to my dear friends, especially to Wendy Nobel and Nazanin Afshin-Jam, my family and my husband for supporting me and empowering me.
Today is The International Day for The Right to the Truth of Victims of Gross Human Rights Violations. This award also enables me to bring to your attention the systematic human rights abuses in Iran, particularly the crackdown on civil society activists in the aftermath of the 2009 presidential elections.
This Award is given every year to women and girls in Ontario who have illustrated exceptional leadership and courage in building communities and in defense of women’s and girls’ rights, social justice and human rights. For this reason I would like to dedicate my award to Nasrin Sotoudeh, an Iranian Human Rights lawyer who is currently imprisoned in Iran, since her courage has been exceptional and is deserving of recognition.
As Albert Einstein said: “The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything”
Thank you again for this award which I accept with both honour and gratitude.
Please Join the International Campaign in Support of Nasrin Sotoudeh in calling for the release of lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, who is in prison for simply defending her clients and insisting that Iranian authorities respect human rights.
A Selection of artworks by contemporary Iranian artist will go on display at Westminster central Hall in London.
Three Mehrnoosh Barazandeh-Nejad paintings will be exhibited at The Society of Botanical Artists ‘ Annual Open Exhibition , which is one of the biggest exhibitions of flower paintings in the world .
It runs from Friday 20th April to Sunday 29th April . ( 11am to 5 pm ) at Westminster Central Hall ,
Storey’s Gate , London SW1H 9NH.
Mehrnoosh Barazandeh-Nejad is an Iranian painter who began her career 18 years ago.
She was taught to draw by Iman Maleki and to paint in oils by Mr.Rahim Navesi who has been a personal Mentor to her.
At a ceremony held in London on Tuesday evening, Iranian journalist Amir Taheri was named “International Journalist of the Year”. The prize was part of the British Media Awards 2012 presented by panels chosen by the British Society of Editors and the Foreign Press Association (FPA).
Taheri has been a columnist for Asharq Alwsat since 1987 and, between 1990 and 2003, also covered many major events for the newspaper.
In Iran, Taheri was Editor-in-Chief of the daily Kayhan, Iran’s largest newspaper for seven years.
The judges chose the Daily Mail as “Newspaper of the Year” and its editor Paul Dacre as Editor of the Year.
The Daily Mail collected most of the prizes, including three for humorist columnist Craig brown in three different categories. The Times collected six prizes, including that of Taheri who has published most of his 2011 articles for the British press in that newspaper.
The Daily Telegraph won four prizes.
Thanking the judges, Taheri said he wished to dedicate his prize to all those who worked to build a new culture of journalism in the Middle East.
“I must also thank the many British editors who, over the years, have given me space to express myself,” he added.
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Asghar Farhadi’s Nader and Simin, a Separation was the big winner at the 6th Asian Film Awards on Monday evening.
The Academy Award-winning Iranian courtroom drama took best film, best director and best screenwriter for Farhadi, as well as best editor for Hayedeh Safiyari.
Leila Hatami was nominated for Best Actress in the 6th Asian Film Awards for her performance in Nader and Simin, A Separation.
She was up against Eugene Domingo of The Woman in The Septic Tank (Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank), Vidya Balan of The Dirty Picture (India); Michelle Chen of You are the Apple of My Eye (Taiwan); and Deanie IP of A Simple Life (Hong Kong).
A Separation won best film, best Screenplay, best director and Film Editing Award.
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Nader and Simin have been married for fourteen years and live with their eleven-year-old daughter Termeh in Tehran. Not exactly out-of-love, Nader and Simin are attempting to divorce on the grounds of irreconcilable differences. They have acquired visas to emigrate from Iran – Simin is anxious to ensure a better future for Termeh, but Nader refuses to leave his elderly father who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease. When the judge refuses to formalise their separation, Simin departs the family home, leaving the obstinate Nader to hire a housekeeper. Razieh is a devout, impoverished woman who tends to the apartment and Nader’s father. When Nader returns one day to find his father alone, it leads to an altercation that has unexpected consequences.
Report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran
The present report, the first to be submitted to the Human Rights Council, is submitted pursuant to Council resolution 16/9 and covers the human rights developments since the commencement of the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on 1 August 2011. The Special Rapporteur e presented his first interim report to the General Assembly (A/66/374) in October 2011.
The present report outlines the Special Rapporteur‟s proposed methodology and highlights the recent trends in the human rights situation in the Islamic Republic of Iran. While listing some of the most recent human rights concerns, the Special Rapporteur focuses on some of the cases that emerged during post-election unrest in 2009. Although the report does not cover all the violations of human rights in the country, it provides a picture of the prevailing situation in that regard. It is envisaged that a number of important issues not covered in the present report will be addressed in the Special Rapporteur‟s future reports to the Assembly and the Council.
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Simin Daneshvar born in 1921 in Shiraz, she was educated in a missionary school and became fluent in English. She began her writing career as early as 1935, when she was still an eighth-grader. Her first article, “Winter Is Not Unlike Our Life,” was published in a local Shiraz newspaper. She entered Tehran University and majored in Persian literature. When her father, a physician, died in 1941, Daneshvar was forced to find a job, as the family’s only source of income had been her father’s salary. She was employed at Radio Tehran, where she wrote a series of programs entitled “The Unknown Shirazi,” for which she received scant pay. In acute need of money, she even wrote articles on cooking. Eventually, her fluency in English enabled her to become assistant director of foreign news. But she soon became dissatisfied with the routine nature of this job and left Radio Tehran for a newspaper called Iran, for which she wrote articles and did translations. The relaxed social and political
environment of the forties, marked by some degree of democracy and freedom of speech, prompted Daneshvar to choose journalism as a potential career.
During her year at Iran (1941-1945), she decided to try her hand at fiction writing. Later, without prior knowledge of story-writing technique, she wrote Atash-e Khamoush (The Quenched Fire) in 1948, at the age of twenty-seven. Although seven out of sixteen stories are O. Henry inspired, and Daneshvar had the book published in first draft form, the major elements of her style are evident. Daneshvar had become familiar with O. Henry as a student, and like him she deals with the basic issues of life, death, love and self sacrifice .
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