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IRAN: IRANIAN PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE CRITICALLY ILL: MOHAMMAD NAZARI

Image result for MOHAMMAD NAZARIAmnesty - Prisoner of conscience Mohammad Nazari, who has been unjustly languishing in prison for over two decades, is critically ill and needs urgent medical care outside prison. He has been on hunger strike since 30 July, demanding his release from prison. He must be released immediately and unconditionally.

Mousavi’s Daughters: Officials “Hoping and Planning” for Death of Opposition Leaders Under House Arrest

Mousavi’s Daughters: Officials “Hoping and Planning” for Death of Opposition Leaders Under House ArrestCHRI - In an open letter addressing Muslim religious leaders worldwide, Mir Hossein Mousavi's daughters have accused "some" Iranian officials of "hoping and planning" for the "gradual death" of their father, mother Zahra Rahnavard, and fellow opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi.


Mousavi (75), Rahnavard (72) and Karroubi (80) have been under extrajudicial house arrest and forced isolation for more than six years for leading the peaceful protests against the disputed result of Iran's 2009 president election.

Mousavi's daughters, Kokab, Zahra and Narges Mousavi, said they are only permitted to see their parents once a week at their home on Pasteur St. in Tehran. No one else is allowed to enter the home without approval by the security agents.

"Some are hoping and planning for the gradual death of the detainees while others see it as an easy solution for this inescapable problem," wrote Mousavi's daughters in a letter published on October 15, 2017, on the reformist Kalame website.

"They [officials] are trying to escape responsibility with a thousand different tricks," said the letter addressed to "the great scholars in religious schools in the world of Islam."

"We, the daughters of Zahra Rahnavard and Mir Hossein Mousavi, address you at a time when we have been witnesses to injustice against our parents under house arrest for nearly seven years," they wrote.

"Their communication with the outside world has been completely cut off and they have been put under all kinds of restrictions that violate their human rights and dignity, without any sense of accountability, in this world or the next, for those who are abusing these good and pious human beings," said the letter. "Their most natural rights, such as access to medical care, are delayed for as long as possible so that the abuse impacts their health."

Activists and MPs renewed calls for the elderly opposition leaders to be released after 79-year-old Karroubi was repeatedly hospitalized in the summer of 2017 to receive emergency treatment for heart complications, including low blood pressure.

According to comments by officials familiar with the case, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has long insisted that the three must apologize for their role in the peaceful mass protests of 2009, which were violently repressed by the state.

On August 29, 2017, agents of the Intelligence Ministry, who had been stationed inside Karroubi's home in the Jamaran neighborhood of northern Tehran from the beginning of his house arrest, retreated after he went on hunger strike to demand their exit.

However, the opposition leader's second demand, to be tried in public, was ignored.

"We are left completely in the dark for a whole week every time we leave our parents," wrote the Mousavi sisters in their letter. "We cannot even call them on the phone without permission."

"They are lingering in a hopeless situation that is not only unlawful, but also un-Islamic and inhumane, they have been left at the mercy of vengeful people seeking power," they added.

A day after the letter was published, Grand Ayatollah Yousef Sanei, an outspoken moderate religious leader in the city of Qom, condemned the house arrests.

"The officials are busy fighting over power and don't care about the people's problems," said Sanei in an interview with Kalame on October 16, 2017.

"During the [May 2017] election campaign, the people demanded Mousavi's freedom and they voted with the hope that someone would do something for those who are under house arrest," he added. "But no one has."

Ending the house arrests was one of President Hassan Rouhani's top pledges during his 2013 election campaign. Crowds of supporters chanted for the trios' freedom during many of his campaign rallies in 2013 and again in 2017.

However, after his re-election on May 19, 2017, Rouhani adopted a more cautious line and suggested that a solution depends on cooperation from other branches of state.

IRAN IS MISLEADING THE PUBLIC BY CLAIMING IMMINENT EXECUTION OF TEENAGE BOY IS “LAWFUL"

IRAN IS MISLEADING THE PUBLIC BY CLAIMING IMMINENT EXECUTION OF TEENAGE BOY IS “LAWFULAmnesty - The Iranian authorities are making a mockery of juvenile justice and misleading the Iranian public by claiming that the scheduled execution of Amirhossein Pourjafar, a teenager who was arrested at 16, is lawful. The organization emphasized that international law absolutely prohibits the use of the death penalty against individuals who were below 18 at the time of the crime and reiterated its calls on the Iranian authorities to immediately halt the execution of Amirhossein Pourjafar and commute his death sentence to imprisonment.


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No Information about Ramin Hossein Panahi after more than 100 Days of Detention

Abbas Hossein PanahiHRANA News Agency – Afshin Hossein Panahi’s mother, met with her son after about two months since his arrest by the security forces. The meeting was held at the intelligence ministry in Sanandaj with the presence of security guards. The fates of Abbas and Ramin Hossein Panahi are still unknown.

Tehran Prosecutor: Streaming TinyMoviez Website Shut Down For “Indecent” Content

CHRI - Case Highlights State Sanctioning of Copyright Infringement in Iran

The popular Iranian streaming movies website, TinyMoviez, which featured pirated material, was shut down for distributing "indecent" foreign films, announced Tehran Prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi on October 10, 2017.

A Juvenile Offender on Death Row in Ardabil Prison

Mehrab EyvaziHRANA News Agency – Mehrab Eyvazi, juvenile offender from Ardabil was arrested at the age of 17 with nine other defendants. Mr. Eyvazi was accused of participation in kidnapping and rape. He was severely beaten at the police station and was threatened with rape by the police officer while he was naked in front of the camera. Mr. Eyvazi was sentenced to death, despite his young age. He believes that the verdict has been issued just based on his confessions which have been obtained while he was denied to access his family and lawyer and was subjected to torture and ill-treatment.

Iranian Officials Increase Pressure on Telegram App to Comply With Censorship Policies

TheCHRI - Iranian Telecommunications Minister Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi has vowed to block "anti-revolutionary channels" on the Telegram messaging application after the popular Amad News channel reported that a state official's daughter was arrested for spying.


"We are seriously seeking to derail channels that oppose the state," said Jahromi, a former intelligence official, on October 8, 2017.

Iranian officials often threaten to block access to Telegram channels that are critical of the state or contain allegedly "immoral" material. However, that would technically require cooperation from Telegram, which has so far only complied with requests involving violations of the company's terms of use, including posts containing extreme violence and pornographic content.

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Complying with the Iranian authorities' censorship policies would be a serious violation of freedom of expression by Telegram, and could result in the migration of a significant number of its reported 40 million Iranian users.

On October 9, Tehran Prosecutor General Mohammad Jafar Montazeri, stated that the Islamic Republic was determined to shut down Amad News "for conducting anti-revolutionary activities through Telegram."

An independent news channel based outside of Iran with more than 640,000 followers, Amad News is one of the most popular Iranian-content channels on Telegram. Under the motto of "Awareness, Struggle, Democracy," the channel frequently publishes reports critical of Iranian state policies.

On October 3, Amad News published a report claiming that Judiciary Chief Sadegh Larijani's daughter, Zahra Larijani, had been arrested on suspicion of spying for the UK.

Larijani denied the report the next day.

"The recent rumors about me and my family are not worthy of a response," he said in a speech at the University of Judicial Sciences and Administrative Services in Tehran on October 4. "These attacks on the judiciary are retaliation for punishing those behind the 2009 sedition."

Iranian officials refer to the peaceful mass protests against the disputed result of the 2009 presidential election, which came to be known as the Green Movement, as the "sedition."

Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi stated in an interview with the Iranian state broadcasting organization, abbreviated as IRIB, on October 4 that his agency "has not seen any signs that would lead to suspicions of spying by any member the Larijani family."

Iranian officials often threaten to block access to Telegram channels that are critical of the state or contain allegedly "immoral" material. However, that would technically require cooperation from Telegram, which has so far only complied with requests involving violations of the company's terms of use, including posts containing extreme violence and pornographic content.

On September 26, 2017, Tehran Prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi announced that a lawsuit had been filed in an Iranian court against Telegram CEO Pavel Durov, claiming that the app is servicing terrorists and spreading immoral content in Iran.

In a tweet to Durov on October 8, Telecommunication Minister Jahromi wrote, "We support the free flow of information, but we condemn the publication of hate and false information in cyberspace."

The internet and social media apps are heavily restricted and censored in Iran, with hardliners in the government viewing any form of internet freedom as a threat to the Islamic Republic.

Numerous sites, including independent news outlets, have been filtered by Iran's state censors and dozens of journalists and social media activists have been punished with long prison terms for posting their views online.

According to a report published in September 2017 by the Open Observatory of Network Interference (OONI), an internet censorship monitoring organization, 121 of the 886 sites blocked by the state between September 2014-17 were news-related.

Iranian print and broadcast media outlets are also forced to comply with strict censorship rules, including bans on prominent former presidents, or risk arrest and imprisonment.

In July 2017, outgoing Telecommunications Minister Mahmoud Vaezi revealed that he had come under pressure by Iran's main internet censorship body, the Taskforce to Determine Instances of Criminal Content, to shut down social media channels that supported rival candidates during the presidential election in May.

"We are in contact with officials at Telegram, but they refuse to shut down political channels," he said. "For instance we, like you, would like to see Amad News shut down. They criticize the Telecommunications Ministry the most."

Reformist activist and former political prisoner Mostafa Tajzadeh has mocked state officials for trying to shut down Telegram.

"With an annual budget of more that a billion dollars, IRIB has 40 channels broadcasting 24 hours a day and yet it has been defeated by a Telegram channel with more than 600,000 members," he wrote on his Telegram channel on October 9.

In January 2016, Asadollah Dehnad, the acting director of the Telecommunications Company of Iran, stated that the average Iranian spends more than two hours a day on Telegram. "That means many times more than watching [state] television," he said.

Labor Activist Dies From Cancer Left Untreated in Iranian Prison

A photo of Mohammad Jarrahi visiting the grave of fellow labor activist Shahrokh Zamani, who died of a stroke in September 2015 after being denied medical care as a political prisoner.CHRI - Labor activist Mohammad Jarrahi has died from thyroid cancer that was left untreated while he was held as a political prisoner in Iran's Tabriz Prison, his former lawyer, Naghi Mahmoudi, told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI).

Innocent Bystanders Killed in Anti-Smuggling Operations in Iran’s Sistan and Baluchestan Province

CHRI - More than 100 people, including innocent bystanders, are killed every year in anti-smuggling operations in Iran's Sistan and Baluchestan Province, according to human rights campaigner Habibollah Sarbazi.

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