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Anti-regime demonstrations in Tehran University

Despite repeated threats by the officials, on Saturday 30th December, demonstrators Demonstration-Tehran University- 30th Dec 2017gathered again in front of the Tehran University and the Enghelab (Revolution) Square, with slogans that were more directed, such as: ‘Seyed Ali (Khamene’i) have some shame, Let go of the country’, ‘Fundamentalist-Reformists, it is all over now’, ‘Honourable Iranian, Support us, Support us’. In the Enghelab Square, people chanted the slogan: ‘Death to the Dictator’. Anti-riot squads attacked the protesters in front of the University.

Demonstrations of people in Mashhad and its spread to many more cities and towns

As the life of ordinary people becomes ever more difficult due to rising prices, unpaid wages, and unemployment, their patience has been tested for too long.Mashhad demonstration 28th December 2017

On Thursday 28th December the people of Mashhad went on a march, in protest at rising prices. The protests started with the slogan ‘No to High Prices’ and ended with the intervention of the armed police and security forces and violence. Several people were arrested. Estimates put the number of protesters at Read the rest of this entry »

New Year Greetings – 2018

Mazanan expresses New Year greetings to everyone who celebrates this day. We hope happy-new-year-hd-2018that 2018 will be a year of success in the struggle of the people for the preservation of the environment, for freedom, peace, social and economic justice, and for an end to all forms of violence. We wish for a year of victory over despotism together with our Christian compatriots who have started this new year alongside other peoples of our country, against despotism of the Supreme Religious Leader’s regime.

Pain and Suffering of Iranian Children

The murder of several little girls in recent weeks, has drawn media’s attention to the suffering of children, the unprecedented increase in the rate of child marriage and the appalling social damage caused by child abuse  Iran. These are only a small part of the social problems related to the children that surface in the media. They are rooted in poverty and unemployment, combined with ignorance, cultural poverty, and policies based on the traditionalist and reactionary views of the ruling regime in Iran. Combined with an absence of legal and stat

young boy in hospital

e protection for children, these conditions exacerbate social problems and the suffering of the children in Iran.
According to the statistics, children make up 24 million of Iran’s population (according to the Convention on the Rights of the Child, anyone below the age of eighteen years is defined as a child). Sociologists deem children as the most defenseless and vulnerable individuals in a society. The Convention states, “The Convention states that everyone under the age of 18 (the definition of a child), regardless of gender, origin, religion or possible disabilities, needs special care and protection because children are often the most vulnerable.”
Despite signing the Convention on the Rights of the Child, Iran’s theocratic regime has taken no steps towards it. The Child Protection Act has been gathering dust in the bureaucracy of the parliament for years. The regime persecutes organisations that genuinely promote the rights of children, it conceals and obstructs the publication of data on the harm done to children and works towards removing the subject from the agenda of periodic international meetings on the rights of children, and it tries to present fake statistics. In Read the rest of this entry »

Political Prisoners’ solidarity with Mehdi Karroubi’s Hunger Strike

Mehdi Karroubi, one of the three leaders of what came to be known as the Green Movement, and has been under house arrest for the نرگس-محمدی-کروبی-300x300past 7 years, since the rigged presidential elections of 2009 and the mass protests that met with the regime’s brutality, went on hunger strike in protest at the presence of intelligence agents stationed inside his home, and demanded a trial. The news was relayed by his wife, Fatemeh Karroubi, announcing that he had ‘asked for the intelligence agents to leave his house, given that since the Revolution it was unprecedented that intelligence agents would be stationed in the home of the detainee, that cameras and recorders would be installed and every aspect of the detainee’s personal life would be monitored, and make life extremely difficult for the individual and his family in the strangest way. As mentioned in separate letters to Mr. Rouhani and Mr. Motahari, he demanded that he should be given a trial in open court’. Mrs. Karroubi added that after 6 years under house arrest, Mehdi Karroubi asked that the date of the trial should be set as soon as possible. ‘Of course the court should be an open one, according to Article 168 of the Constitution, so that Mr. Karroubi can answer the regime’s trumped up charges, alongside his lawyers, so that he can let people know what is on his mind. This is a very important aspect of his demand, and one that he has stressed since the start of his detention.’
‘As the former leader of the legislature, Mr. Karroubi believes that extrajudicial punishment is illegal and no one has the right to act outside the law and punish an individual. Any punishment must be sanctioned by the courts. Mr. Karroubi is aware of the structure of judiciary and its level of independence and hence he does not expect a just trial, however, he believes that the continuation of this Read the rest of this entry »

Widening Gender Divide and Increasing Impoverishment of Women

One of the most telling indicators of economic, political and cultural development, gender equality and the empowerment of women, isstreet vendors in Gilan Iran women’s share of economic resources and their influence in the country’s economy. According to agreements and official documents of international gatherings on women, ‘promoting development, eradicating poverty, promoting and achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment are among effective factors for the realisation of human rights (World Conference on Women, 1995), and governments have a duty to plan for these and to implement them.

Therefore, one of the most important indicators of development is the rate of employment among women and its effect on the country’s economy. From this point of view, Iran has a deplorable rating, even among the countries of the region. Read the rest of this entry »

Regime’s Cynical Tour of Notorious Evin Prison for Ambassadors

In early July 2017, representatives of 45 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa and South America visited Iran’s notorious Evin Prison, the site of the murder of many political prisoners and where currently many women and men are held in breach of their human rights, Evinamong them are Atena Daemi, Golrokh Iraee, Narges Mohammadi and Maryam Akbari Monfared. Amnesty International (AI) has reported on the cynical measure of the Islamic Republican Regime and has called it a ‘Public Relations stunt’. Below is the text of AI’s report.

‘Last week the Iranian authorities arranged a rare visit to one of the country’s most infamous prisons for representatives of up to 45 foreign diplomatic missions from Europe, Asia, Africa and South America.

The authorities made no secret of the fact that the tour of Evin Prison in Tehran was designed to counter negative human rights reports about the prison, and showcase the “excellent facilities” on offer which include an in-house beauty salon, gym, library and restaurant.
In the days that followed, state media outlets were flooded with news stories praising conditions at the prison including congratulatory comments from Indian, Indonesian, Portuguese and South Korean delegates. Read the rest of this entry »

Remembering Maryam Mirzakhani

Maryam Mirzakhani, the accomplished Iranian mathematician, died on Saturday 15th July at the age of 40, due to breast cancer. She maryam-Mirzakhanileaves a daughter and a husband. She studied in Tehran’s Sharif University and went to Harvard for her PhD, which she completed in 2004. Tributes have been paid to her nationally and internationally, by academics who knew her professionally, praising her for her remarkable intellect and contribution to mathematics.
Her significance, as a woman from Iran, is ever more remarkable given the disdain that the ruling regime shows women and the impediments it engineers in their development, socially, economically, and politically; and the way it has hampers the development of so many girls and young women in science and education. The achievements of Maryam Mirzakhani find even greater importance in this context. She was a positive role model for so many young girls, whose interests and talents in all fields of education are neglected by a patriarchal and misogynistic system of government, and its laws and artificially imposed social norms. Read the rest of this entry »

Urgent Action – Human Rights defender on Hunger Strike

On 20th April, the solidarity organisation CODIR called for action in solidarity with Atena Daemi, political prisoner in Iran.

‘Iranian human rights defender Atena Daemi has been on hunger strike in Tehran’s Evin prison since

Atena Daemi

8 April. She is protesting the suspended prison sentences imposed on two of her sisters, Hanieh and Ensieh, for “insulting public officers on duty”. She has accused Iran’s security bodies of harassing family members as a way to inflict further pain and suffering on political prisoners.

Write a letter, send an email, call, fax or tweet:

  • Release Atena Daemi immediately and unconditionally, as she is a prisoner of conscience targeted solely for peacefully exercising her rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly;
  • Ensure, pending her release, that she has access to a qualified health professional who can provide health care in compliance with edical ethics, including the principles of confidentiality, autonomy and informed consent;
  • Quash the convictions and sentences of Hanieh and Ensieh Daemi, which were issued after an unfair trial;
  • Investigate Atena Daemi’s allegations of torture or other ill-treatment, including being subjected to violence during her November 2016 arrest, and ensure that those responsible are brought to justice in fair trials. Read the rest of this entry »

UN concern over Iran’s Human Rights Record – Report

The UN Human Rights Council passed a resolution last week expressing concern over the human rights situation in Iran, and extended the mission of Asma Jahangir, the Special Rapporteur on human rights in Iran, and has asked the Iranian government to cooperate fully with her.

The UN Human Rights Council resolution on Iran was approved by 22 votes to 12, with 13 abstentions. The Council welcomed the report prepared and submitted by Asma Jahangir, stating that its contents aUN report image from CODIRre a source of “serious concern”.

In her report, Asma Jahangir referred to certain limited developments, including the signing of the Bill of Rights by President Hassan Rouhani, but at the same time pointed to the continuing problems concerning human rights in Iran. Iran has rejected Ms. Jahangir’s report and has alleged that it is born out of “political motives”.

Ms Jahangir expressed concern at the high number of executions, the use of punishments such as flogging and blinding, execution of under-age criminals, the use of torture and lack of due process in the judicial system of Iran. Read the rest of this entry »