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Juvenile Offender Faces Execution in Iran

Juvenile Offender Faces Execution in Iran

Iran Human Rights -  According to the Iranian state-run news agency, Rokna, a juvenile offender identified as Farshid, 22, is facing execution after he was sentenced to death at the age of 16 for the charge of murder. There is no information available at this time regarding where Farshid is detained.

Supporters Of Iran's President Rohani Launch Huge Twitter Storm Backing Him After Hardline Mob Forces Him to Flee Rall


CHRI - Tens of thousands of President Hassan Rouhani's supporters took to social media to express their outrage after he was surrounded by an angry mob loyal to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and forced to flee a rally in Tehran on June 23.  In a short time, their # I-Support-Rouhani (�#حامی_روحانى_ام�) Twitter storm in Farsi exploded to the top of the network's highest trending topics worldwide.

Map shows extent of I-Support-Rouhani tweets in Iran by region.

An investigation by the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) shows that the Twitter storm, which began at 10pm Tehran time on June 23 and peaked two hours later, generated more than 150,000 tweets in a matters of hours, with 70 percent originating from inside Iran where the network is officially banned.

Figures show most tweets were sent from the following provinces, in this order: Hamadan, Alborz, Semnan, Qazvin, East Azerbaijan, Isfahan, Tehran, Hormozgan, Khorasan Razavi, Khuzestan, Gilan, West Azerbaijan, Mazandaran, Yazd and Zanjan.



Watch how Iranians turned #حامی_روحانی_ام (I Support Rouhani) into the 1st worldwide trend today. Ironically twitter is blocked in Iran.

11:01 PM - 23 Jun 2017



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During the annual Quds Day rally in the capital, an angry mob shouted slogans against Rouhani, comparing him to Iran's first president, Abolhassan Banisadr, who was ousted in a power struggle in 1981 and fled to France.

The outpouring of support for Rouhani has taken place on social media where Iranians can express themselves relatively freely, in contrast to the highly censored state-controlled traditional media outlets that shy away from reporting that is critical of Iran's supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, who has recently made remarks widely seen as highly critical of the Rouhani administration's policies.

In addition to I-Support-Rouhani, other hashtags in Farsi, such as Rouhani-is-not-Alone and He-Was-the-Peoples-Choice, also generated large trends, often with emojis that symbolized love and victory.

"I Support Rohani" campaign
artwork by Hadi Heidari

Deputy Parliament Speaker and Rouhani ally Ali Motahhari, who also became a target of the pro-Khamenei mob on June 23, called on the Judiciary to apprehend those involved.

"The group that shouted slogans against the president during the Quds Day rally in a premeditated attack committed obvious crimes. The evidence is there and now we have to see how the Judiciary will react," he said in an Instagram post. "The Tehran Prosecutor is facing a great test either to pursue the criminals in a show of judicial impartiality or close its eyes and ignore justice in favor of political partisanship."

The mob attacking President Rohani
cartoon by Mehdi Azizi, Ghanoon daily
Read relates articles (in Persian) by Iranian dailies:
Ghanoon | Shahrvand | Shargh

The angry chanting mob that surrounded Rouhani at the rally on June 23 took place days after Khamenei made a reference to Banisadr's downfall and warned the Rouhani government not to fall in the same "dangerous" path.

"The country should not be polarized," Iran's leader said in a speech to government officials on June 12, 2017.  "People should not be divided into supporters and opponents, as they were in 1980 by the president at that time. It's dangerous."

On June 7, Khamenei said his supporters should "fire at will" against a government that does not do its job effectively, a remark that many Rouhani supporters saw as implicitly inviting such actions against the centrist president.

cartoon by Abolfazl Rahimi, Ghanoon daily

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Denied Due Process, Detained Telegram Channel Admins Go on Hunger Strike

Telegram channel admin Nima Keshvari was detained in mid-March 2017 by the IRGC's Intelligence Organization.CHRI - Six administrators of channels on the Telegram messaging application who were arrested in the run-up to Iran's May 2017 presidential election have gone on hunger strike in Evin Prison to protest their prolonged detention without access to legal counsel.

Rouhani Government “Closed Seven Million” Websites in First Term

CHRI - A cabinet minister appointed by centrist President Hassan Rouhani has admitted that the Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technology filtered "seven million" websites during Rouhani's first term (2013-17).

Imprisoned Teachers’ Rights Activist Returned to Evin Prison After Three-Day Hospitalization

CHRI -  Esmail Abdi ended his hunger strike on June 6, 2017 after a "positive" meeting in Evin Prison, according to a statement posted by the Iranian Teachers' Trade Association (ITTA) on its Telegram channel. The statement said the meeting took place between Abdi, his lawyer Amir Salar Davoudi, assistant prosecutor Hajimoradi (first name unknown), two members of the ITTA's board of directors and Abdi's mother on June 16, 2017.

Abdulkarim Shah Bakhsh; 8 Years of Torture and Harassment in Prisons

Abdulkarim Shah BakhshHRANA News Agency – Abdulkarim Shah Bakhsh, 55, Baluch Sunni political prisoner, after eight years of imprisonment in exile in the Central Prison of Ardabil, is held without leave and medical treatment for the diseases such as; “asthma, swelling and scarring of the lungs” with coughing up blood. In his referring to the prison clinic, he was told that he had to pay “6 million IRR” for his medicines as they had to get them from outside the prison, while in the past eight years Mr. Shah Bakhsh had no income because of the imprisonment, and his family is in poverty caused by being “orphaned”.

Newly Reelected Rouhani Abandons Promise to End Six-Year House Arrest of Opposition Leaders

Newly Reelected Rouhani Abandons Promise to End Six-Year House Arrest of Opposition LeadersCHRI - In his first press conference after being declared the winner of Iran's May 19, 2017 election, President Hassan Rouhani refused to commit to ending the more than six-year extrajudicial house arrests of three opposition leaders—a pledge he made during his first presidential campaign.

Asked what he would do to free opposition leaders Mehdi Karroubi, Mir Hosseini Mousavi and Zahra Rahnavard, who have been detained for more than six years for leading the peaceful, mass protests against the disputed result of the 2009 presidential election, Rouhani suggested that a solution depended on cooperation from other branches of state.

"The country is ruled by laws and we should all submit to them," he said on May 22. "The executive, legislative and judicial branches have their own responsibilities. We are moving forward on the basis of the Constitution."

"I am responsible for the rights of every citizen, even Iranians living abroad," added Rouhani. "Wherever I see the rights of Iranians being violated, I will take action within my powers. In cases related to the judiciary, I will respond by direct communication or in joint meetings. The next government plans to implement the Charter on Citizens' Rights. In this respect, the rights of all people are important to me."

Rouhani made no reference to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, whose adamant opposition to freeing the three detainees has kept them detained in legal limbo.

At a presidential campaign rally at Sharif University in Tehran on May 13, 2013, Rouhani said he hoped he could free the three within the first year of his presidency: "We can provide conditions such that over the next year, individuals who were imprisoned or put under house arrest for the 2009 events are released."

Amid Rouhani's virtual silence on the issue during his first term, other politicians raised it a number of times, including conservative Deputy Parliament Speaker Ali Motahari, who has repeatedly spoken of the need for a solution.

In an interview on May 8, 2017, Motahari repeated his suggestion that the issue could be resolved through negotiation.

"Some steps have been taken towards resolving the house arrests and we have to listen to the reasoning by the opposing side," he said. "We have to move towards improving the conditions in the country and prevent issues before they turn into a crisis."

Motahari has previously explained that Khamenei is the driving factor behind the continuing house arrests.

"One of the obstacles against their freedom has been the insistence by some officials that if they do not apologize and repent, it will damage the state and the supreme leader," said Motahari. "It isn't wrong to have an opinion about the 2009 incidents different than those of people in power...keeping (Mousavi, Rahnavard and Karroubi) under house arrest for six years is neither compatible with the law nor with religious teachings."

At the May 22 press conference, the newly reelected president was also asked about his policies on protecting the rights of the artistic community, particularly those in the music and film industries.

"One of the outcomes of this year's elections was that everyone was at peace with music," responded Rouhani. "However, we are not too fond of cheap music. Some say that's fine as well, but in any case, I am certain our new government will give more support to the cultural community."

"The situation did improve for music and cinema in our previous four years, but we will make greater efforts in the next four," he added.

Since 2013, when Rouhani was voted into office promising a more open society, numerous state-sanctioned musicians, including the popular musical artists Alireza Ghorbani and Sirvan Khosravi, saw their concerts canceled at the last moment.

Religious conservatives have justified their attacks on musicians by quoting vague statements and decrees by senior religious leaders. Khamenei has himself often warned about the alleged dangers of music, saying it will "lead people away from the path of God."

Rouhani also said his government would adopt proposals based on educational guidelines provided by the UN 2030 Agenda—vehemently opposed by conservatives—that do not violate Islamic principles.

"The ministers of foreign affairs, science and education wrote to the supreme leader explaining to His Excellency at length that the Islamic Republic of Iran has reserved the right to ignore parts of agenda 2030 that do not conform with our culture and national values," said Rouhani.

On the issue of women in the workforce, Rouhani said his government would do more to increase women's employment prospects.

"It's wrong to think that men have a higher status or that they are more capable than women," he said.

At the same time, Rouhani echoed Khamenei's sexist views by claiming certain jobs are more suitable for men than women.

"It's wrong to think that men have a higher status or that they are more capable than women," he said at the same press conference. "Of course men are better at some professions and women are better at others. (God) has given both their own special qualities."

"But women are not lower than men and keeping them inside the house does not make sense from social or legal standpoints," he added.

Arash Sadeghi in Critical Health Condition in Evin Prison

Arash SadeghiHRANA New Agency – Arash Sadeghi, imprisoned civil activist in ward 350 of Evin prison, has advanced stomach bleeding, so that he is “no longer able to eat solid food”. This prisoner, who is suffering from aspiratory chronic inflammation disease (asthma), stomach bleeding and intestinal colitis, caused by long term hunger strike, is still in prison and being deprived of treatment, due to opposing by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards.

Ahead of Iranian elections, international rights groups denounce targeting of activists

Ahead of Iranian elections, international rights groups denounce targeting of activistsIRAN HUMAN RIGHTS -  In advance of the Iranian Presidential elections on 19 May, which will take place in a largely restrictive environment, we, the undersigned organisations, urge that the Iranian government fulfill its international human rights obligations and cease the systematic targeting of human rights defenders (HRDs).

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