Archive: Reports and Open Letters

Repression of those seeking truth and justice for 1980s killings needs to stop

JOINT PUBLIC STATEMENT The Iranian authorities should stop the harassment, intimidation and prosecution of human rights defenders seeking truth and justice on behalf of individuals who were summarily executed or forcibly disappeared during the 1980s and their families, said 20 human rights groups. Over the past few months, several human rights defenders, including Mansoureh Behkish, Maryam AkbariMonfared and Raheleh Rahemipour, have been subjected to harassment, reprisals or prosecution on vague national security-related charges for their

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Repression of those seeking truth and justice for 1980s killings needs to stop

Flags of Identity – Flags of State

Ref:        229/M/533 Re:         Flags of Identity – Flags of State Dear Secretary Kerry Following the 2015 Freestyle Wrestling World Cup in Los Angeles I have become aware that Iranian spectators were prohibited from carrying their flags and am writing to express concern about the repeat of such decision for any future sports events. The flag of Iranian national unity and identity has carried the emblem of the lion and the rising sun for over one

Written by admin in 26 May 15 Read more
Flags of Identity – Flags of State

Environmental crisis in western and southwestern Iran

Open letter to UN experts supported by 11 civil and human rights organisations Mr. Ahmed Shaheed, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran Mr. John Knox, UN Independent Expert on the issue of human rights obligations relating to the enjoyment of a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment, Mr. Dainius Pūras, UN Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental

Written by admin in 16 February 15 Read more
Environmental crisis in western and southwestern Iran

Legalising Paedophilia?

Legalising Paedophilia?   ‘Unsupervised or Ill Supervised Children and Youth Protection Bill’  Islamic Republic of Iran Ratified 22 September 2013   Ref:    214/M/518 Date: 26 September 2013     Summary  On 22 September 2013 the Islamic Consultative Assembly ratified a Bill by which a legal guardian can marry his/her adoptive child. Although the ‘Unsupervised or Ill Supervised Children and Youth Protection Bill’ has some positive points it also has many ambiguities and other objectionable articles. However,

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Legalising Paedophilia?

SEXUAL ABUSE OF FEMALE PRISONERS CONSTITUTES TORTURE

Ref:      206/M/510 Date:    Tuesday, 06 November 2012 In a letter addressed to the head of notorious Evin prison, Ali Ashraf Rostami Aghdam, thirty three female prisoners of conscience expressed their outrage at the brutality with which they were stripped and cavity searched. They state in no uncertain terms that the treatment they received and the manner in which they were searched was nothing short of sexual abuse. They have vowed never again. They assert that

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SEXUAL ABUSE OF FEMALE PRISONERS CONSTITUTES TORTURE

‘The International Day for the Right to the Truth’

Ref:     205 / M / 509 Date:   24 March 2012 ‘The International Day for the Right to the Truth’ concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims   24th of March 2012 marks the second ‘International Day for the Right to the Truth’. This day recognises the right of the families to the truth regarding the fate of their loved ones at the hands of their persecutors. It honours the memory of victims

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‘The International Day for the Right to the Truth’

 International Women’s Day 2012 and the Family Protection Bill in Iran

Date:   8 March 2012 International Women’s Day 2012 and the Family Protection Bill in Iran While the world celebrates international women’s day today Iranian women face further legalised discrimination. On 6 March 2012, the outgoing eighth Islamic Consultative Assembly (the parliament) passed articles of the [anti] Family Protection Bill that allows polygamy allows temporary marriage lasting from a negotiated few minutes to a number of years allows girls of thirteen and younger to be married remains

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 International Women’s Day 2012  and the Family Protection Bill in Iran

The unveiling of “40 Tekeh”

[gallery columns="4" ids="395,396,390,385"] Foreign Press Association, 25 Northumberland Avenue London WC2N 5AP Read Amnesty International interview with Roya Kashefi On the occasion of the ‘International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 4 x 1  meter protest banner made in Iran was unveiled by Association des Chercheurs Iraniens (ACI) in collaboration with the International Coalition Against Violence in Iran (ICAVI). Called “Chehel Tekeh,” the banner is supported by 15,000 names, addresses and signatures from

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The unveiling of “40 Tekeh”

Lake Oroumieh: urgent environmental crisis unfolding in North West of Iran

Ref:    201 / M / 501 Date:  Tuesday, 30 August 2011 HE Ban Ki-Moon UN Secretary General UN – New York   Your Excellency,   I would like to draw your attention to an urgent environmental crisis unfolding in North West of Iran with national, regional and global consequences.   Lake Oroumieh, the world’s third largest salt lake and a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, is drying up at an alarming rate due to drought, misguided irrigation

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Lake Oroumieh: urgent environmental crisis unfolding in North West of Iran

Protest Against Executions in Iran

Ref:     173/M/386 Date:   Sunday, 09 May 2010   His Excellency Ban Ki Moon Secretary General of the United Nations     Dear Secretary General, Escalation of Executions in Iran letter in pdf We write to register our strongest protest at the increasing number of executions in Iran. Among the five executed this morning[i] three had their cases open and under review. While in detention they were repeatedly tortured, ill treated and degraded and deprived of

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Protest Against Executions in Iran