Human Rights in Iran Death sentences
trafficking from Iran to the Persian Gulf Shiekhdoms
Shargh daily, May 26
– A group of Iranian boys and girls will be sold in an auction today (May
26) in Fojeyreh, United Arab Emirates. At a round table
on human trafficking held yesterday (at the office of) the Young Iranian
Society news agency, it was announced that the preparations for this auction
were made two weeks before by hunters of Iranian women and girls in the
course of an international exhibition…
The human hunters were able to choose 54 Iranian girls out of the 286 that
were put on show in an Arab country's booth. They were then sent to a Persian
Gulf country on May 17 to get ready for the Fojeyreh auction on May 26…
Mostafa Ben Yahya, a pilot of Iranian descent who works for the United Arab
Emirates airline, announced in the meeting yesterday, "An average of between
10 to 15 girls are sent to the United Arab Emirates everyday on nine ordinary
flights and 20 irregular flights from Iran to Dubai,… Moreover, corpses
of three to five Iranian girls are taken from these countries to Iran every
The pilot of Iranian descent said: "Some of these girls are so young that
they have to work as house maid for some time before starting work at the
Public execution in Khorram Abad
Jomhouri Islami daily, May 2 – Hossein Pirdadeh Piranvand was arrested
by the State Security Forces and executed Sunday morning on court order.
His execution was carried out in public in Asad Abad Square in the presence
of provincial authorities and his family.
19 year old girl sentenced to death Khorassan daily,
5 – A 19-year-old girl named Leila was sentenced to death. This sentence
was issued despite the fact that her sentence could be commuted because
of her age.
Public hanging Iran National TV,
4 – A man was hanged in public at 8 am Sunday, on Naderi Bridge. The people
present chanted slogans against the security forces and said: (The government)
brings these drugs itself, why do you treat the people like this..
Execution in Karaj prison Iran daily,
5 - A man was hanged in Rajaii Prison in Karaj. He was 43 years old and
was sentenced to life imprisonment and payment of bail.
Execution in Ahwaz Jomhouri Islami daily,
6, Ahwaz– According to reports from the intelligence and foreign relations
offices in the Justice Department of Khorassan Province, the death decree
for Abolqassem G. was carried out in Ahwaz.
Young woman sentenced to execution, Roshangari website,
May 6 – A young woman in Karaj was sentenced to death. The sentence was
upheld by the Supreme Judge. The woman's three sisters were sentenced
to 30 months prison each.
Iran critic faces death penalty,
News, May 10 - The death sentence imposed on liberal Iranian academic
Hashem Aghajari has been confirmed, his lawyer has said. Saleh Nikbakht
says he has been officially told of the re-imposition of the death penalty
originally passed on his client in 2002. Aghajari was charged with blasphemy
for saying that Muslims should not blindly follow religious leaders.
Five death sentences for a man in Ahwaz, Jomhouri Islami
daily, May 22 - A man in Ahwaz was sentenced to five times execution.
The head of judiciary in Khuzistan Province said the execution will be
carried out in public.
Arrests, Tortures and inhumane punishments Mass arrest of girls
at a restaurant,
Iran website, Apr. 28 – A number of girls were arrested en masse while
eating lunch at a restaurant. This took place in Qazvin and at least one
member of the Guards Corps was involved.
40 females taken into custody,
Sunday, April 25, about 40 female students in Qazvin were taken into custody
by plain-clothes agents.
Labor Day arrests in Iran
Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU Online), May 3, Brussels - Following
the arrests of 40 workers on Saturday 1st May 2004, during a Labor Day
march in Saqqez, in Iran’s Kurdistan Province, the International Confederation
of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU) has lodged a formal complaint with the UN’s
International Labor Office on Sunday 2 May. It has also requested that
the ILO intervene urgently with Tehran’s authorities to obtain the release
of those arrested.
Political prisoner in critical condition
Iran website, May 2 – Mohammad Ibrahim Behboudi was arrested in 2003 by
intelligence agents and transferred to ward 209 of Evin prison. After
70 days of solitary confinement and enduring torture that tore the stitches
on his abdomen, he was sentenced to three and a half years prison for
disrupting security and being a member of the Mojahedin in 1981. He is
in critical physical and psychological condition and suffered a minor
heart attack two weeks ago.
Man sentenced to 10 years prison,
lashes in public Jomhouri Islami daily, May 5, Shushtar- A man named Alireza
Q. was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment, 74 lashes in public and payment
of bail. The sentence for lashes in public was carried out in Beheshti
town market on April 30.
Incarceration of students
May 8 – A student of Amir Kabir University was sentenced to a 3-year suspended
prison term. Farrokhi had participated in the student gatherings of December
9, 2002, and was charged with "acting against national security by staging
Farda, May 8 – A Tehran University student was sentenced to one-year imprisonment.
The 26th branch of the Islamic revolutionary tribunal sentenced Ahmad
Moshkelati to one-year suspended prison term. Ahmad Moshkelati was one
of the students detained in the unrests last June.
Political prisoner testifies on 1988 massacre,
va Jahan, May 11 – Testimony by Mr. Hossein Mokhtar, a survivor of the
1988 massacre in Iran: I am one of some 900 survivors of the massacres
of almost 30,000 helpless political prisoners who were executed by the
Islamic regime. Most of these victims were killed in less than 10 days
in July and August of 1988. These killings were done by shooting, hanging
or even by grenade and TNT explosives. The executions were carried out
in the hills surrounding Evin... It is interesting to know that those
who are running the government today are the same people in charge of
that massacre… Many political prisoners still linger inside prisons of
the Islamic regime. Some have been killed by the regime's secret agents,
and made it look like a car or other types of accidents.
Man received 80 lashes
Islami daily, May 13, Ahwaz – A man named Sammy Kh. was sentenced to 80
whips for drinking alcoholic beverages after undergoing the legal procedures.
Agents came across the man as he was drunk. They arrested and handed him
to the judicial authorities after arresting him.
Four Yazd University students detained,
Farda, May 19 – Four students of the University of Yazd were detained
on court order. The students are Dabir, Khaleqi, Gholami, and Eshaqi.
The court has set a bail of 80 million rials for each student.
Hand of man in Andimeshk cut off,
daily, May 26 – The hand of a man in Andimeshk was cut off in public.
The sentence for cutting of the right hand of the 25-year-old Ruhollah
N. was carried out in the presence of the judiciary representative of
the State Security Forces on Andimeshk Boulevard.
Two more female students arrested
May 26 – Hanieh Nemati, student of management at Tehran University and
Shiva Nazari Ahari, student of urban development in Sadra University,
were arrested at their homes this morning by Tehran's judiciary.
Two youth flogged in Gonbad Kavous, Peik-e Iran website,
May 23 – The flogging verdict for two young men who were sentenced to
75 whips each was carried out at 10 am on Sunday at the revolutionary
tribunal intersection on Taleqi Avenue in the city of Gonbad Kavous. The
sentence was carried out in public while the two young men were half naked.
State Security agents invited people to watch while reading out the verdicts.
Freedom of expression
RSF: Khamenei is great enemy of press freedom
Radio Farda, May 3 – The Reporters Without Borders published its annual
report on the World Press Freedom Day, calling the year 2003 a dark year
for the world press. The organization once again described Iran as the
biggest prison for journalists in the Middle East and said Ayatollah Ali
Khamenei, the leader of the Islamic Republic, is among the 37 great enemies
of press freedom throughout the world.
Judicial authority shuts down 12 Internet provider centers
daily, May 9 - A judicial authority issued a warrant for dispatching different
groups to some of the internet service businesses in Tehran for inspection,
and shut down a number of these units. Twenty internet service businesses
have been inspected so far and more than 12 of them have been closed down.
The cases of the businesses that have been shut down were presented to
the judicial authorities after being sent to the department of Public
hatami urges "new type of filtering" for electronic media,
May 2, Tehran - Referring to the spread of electronic media, President
Mohammad Khatami said access to books has become easy, while filtering
them has become difficult. "In the era of electronic media, we need a
new type of 'filtering' to ensure safety of the society, which we need
for progress," President Khatami pointed out.
Iran slammed for expelling Guardian Reporter Reuters,
May 20, Paris - Iran's expulsion of the only U.S. journalist based in
Tehran is a new sign that it does not readily accept criticism, says a
press freedom group. Iran ordered out Dan de Luce, a reporter for the
Guardian, because he reported the aftermath of the Bam earthquake without
permission, the daily said… "This decision is an obstacle to the freedom
of the press and shows once again that the Iranian authorities react badly
to criticism," Robert Menard, the secretary-general of Paris-based Reporters
Without Frontiers, said in a statement.
Women Rise in young women suicides
Iran website, May 1 – The number of suicides in 2003 had a 46% increase
compared to 2002, and 74% of the successful suicides (that led to death),
were those of women. The director general of social affairs of the governorate
of Kohkiluyeh and Boyer Ahmad said this and added: "90% of these women
were between 17 and 35 years old. The real number of suicides is much
higher than what we have."
TV series encourages misogynic acts,
May 6, Tehran - An Iranian television series in which a woman introduces
a friend to her husband for marriage has outraged female activists in
the Islamic state who say it encourages polygamy and reinforces prejudice
against women. Protest gatherings and editorials in feminist publications
have singled out the "Another Woman" mini series, whose run on state monopoly
IRIB ended last month, as a prime example of the broadcaster's negative
portrayal of women… Men in Iran, where Islamic law has been in force since
1979, can marry up to four permanent wives and as many "temporary wives"
-- via religious contracts lasting as little as a few hours to several
years -- as they wish. Women, in contrast, require their husband's permission
to work or travel abroad and enjoy far weaker divorce and custody rights
UN rights group ignores Iran,
News, May 2 - The annual session of the United Nations Human Rights Commission
has ended in Geneva with no rebuke of Iran. The commission's silence comes
after a year of particularly grievous violations by Tehran's Islamic fundamentalist
A U.N. whitewash for Iran
Press, May 10 - When it came to the Iranian government's brutal treatment
of its own citizens, the UNHRC stood mute. At this year's session, which
concluded in Geneva late last month, the organization declined to rebuke
the Iranian government for violating human rights, despite a large body
of evidence that it has engaged in summary executions, torture, and arbitrary
arrests and detention. In January, U.N. special investigator Ambeyi Ligabo,
a Kenyan diplomat, issued a report documenting the cases of journalists
and intellectuals who have received severe punishment for criticizing
the Islamist government and clerical leadership that controls the country…
But even though Mr. Ligabo documented these and other cases in his report,
the UNHRC has ignored his findings and refused to condemn the Iranian
Half of Iranians populace involved with drugs Fars news
agency, May 26 – The president of the Scientific Society of Social Harms
in Iran said, "Over 50% of the Iranian people are involved either directly
or indirectly with drugs. Neglecting the economic and cultural needs of
society is leading to a very dangerous crisis.
Amnesty International report:
Continued torture and ill-treatment
May 26 - Amnesty reported that "flagrant violations of Iranian and international
law continued in the administration of justice. Scores of political prisoners,
including prisoners of conscience, continued to serve sentences imposed
in previous years following unfair trials. Scores more were arrested in
2003, often arbitrarily and many following student demonstrations," the
annual report said. "Judicial authorities curtailed freedoms of expression,
opinion and association, including of ethnic minorities; scores of publications
were closed, Internet sites were filtered and journalists were imprisoned.
At least 108 executions were carried out, including of long-term political
prisoners and frequently in public. At least four prisoners were sentenced
to death by stoning while at least 197 people were sentenced to be flogged
and 11 were sentenced to amputation of fingers and limbs. The true number
may have been considerably higher."…