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Armin är uppvuxen i ett muslimskt land. Armin är en av de miljoner människor från Iran som utan val föddes in i Islam, och tvingade att leva som muslim. I hans hemland deltog han i hemliga kristna församlingar då det där innebär livsfara att bli en kristen. Han har skrivit i sin blogg  och Facebook om den orättvisa situationen i Iran for personer som konverterar till kristendomen. Han kritiserade även de radikala islamiska lagar i Iran som strider mot mänskliga rättigheter såsom bl.a. religionsfrihet och tvång att bära hijab. Han har använt varje tillfälle att förkunna sin tro. Idag bekänner numera sin tro på Jesus offentligt.

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Suicide fears for ailing British-Iranian prisoner of conscience

Fears are growing for the physical and mental health of Nazanin Zaghari Ratcliffe, a British-Iranian charity worker who is serving a five-year prison sentence in Iran, convicted of “national security” charges after an unfair trial, said Amnesty International today.

Her husband, Richard Radcliffe, told the organization that her health has sharply deteriorated in recent weeks and she has even contemplated suicide. She became so unwell that the authorities arranged an emergency family visit for her today. She is suffering from heart palpitations in addition to pain in her hands, arms and shoulders and blurred vision. She also began a hunger strike on 13 November to express her despair over the prospect of never being released.

“The news of the decline in Nazanin Zaghari Ratcliffe’s health is deeply alarming. Her imprisonment on spurious ‘national security’ charges has been utterly unjust,” said Philp Luther, Research and Advocacy Director for the Middle East and North Africa at Amnesty International.

“After her arrest, she was separated from her baby daughter and held in solitary confinement for 45 days. Instead of prolonging her pain and suffering, the Iranian authorities must end her ordeal by releasing her immediately and unconditionally.”

During an emergency family visit today, Nazanin’s mother collapsed when she saw how thin her daughter had become since her imprisonment. Nazanin agreed to end the hunger strike today for the sake of her baby daughter.

Despite two visits to the clinic at Tehran’s Evin Prison her husband says she has not received adequate medical care.

Her husband told Amnesty International that over the past few weeks she had reached “breaking point”. He said her spirits had sunk so low that she even wrote a suicide letter to him. She gave the letter to her cellmate but has not talked about suicide since.

“Nazanin Zaghari Ratcliffe’s ordeal has caused her immense despair and suffering. It is shocking that the Iranian authorities are adding to her pain by failing to grant her adequate medical care,” said Philip Luther.

The Iranian authorities announced earlier this year that her arrest was linked to her involvement with a network of bloggers imprisoned in 2014 for taking part in journalism training courses.

On 15 June, Iran’s Revolutionary Guards released a statement saying that Nazanin Zaghari Ratcliffe had “participated in devising and carrying out media and cyber projects aimed at the soft overthrow of the government”.

Amnesty International believes she is a prisoner of conscience who has been imprisoned solely for the peaceful exercise of her rights to freedom of expression and association.

Writer arrested in violent raid on her house following prison sentence for story about stoning

The Iranian authorities must immediately and unconditionally release writer and human rights activist Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee, following her arrest today, Amnesty International urged.

Despite the fact that no official summons has been issued, Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee’s home was raided this morning by officials, who violently broke through her front door before taking her to Evin Prison in Tehran. It appears that she has been taken to the women’s ward to begin serving her six-year sentence. She has been convicted of charges including “insulting Islamic sanctities,” for writing an unpublished story about the horrific practice of stoning in Iran. Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee’s husband, Arash Sadeghi, a human rights activist and prisoner of conscience, has since started a hunger strike in protest at her imprisonment.

“Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee is the latest young writer and activist to be caught up in Iran’s relentless crackdown on artistic expression. Her imprisonment for peacefully voicing her opposition to stoning is a terrible injustice and an outrageous assault on freedom of expression. It is also a shocking and deeply disturbing display of support for the cruel and inhuman punishment of stoning,” said Magdalena Mughrabi, Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa at Amnesty International.

“The Iranian authorities must break this cycle of injustice and immediately and unconditionally release Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee. We also urge them to ensure that her conviction is quashed.”

The unpublished fictional story, for which Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee has been convicted of “insulting Islamic sanctities”, describes the emotional reaction of a young woman who watches the film The Stoning of Soraya M – which tells the true story of a young woman stoned to death for adultery – and becomes so enraged that she burns a copy of the Qur’an.

The story was discovered by authorities when Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee was arrested together with her husband, Arash Sadeghi, who is currently serving a 15-year prison sentence in Evin Prison on charges including “spreading propaganda against the system”, “gathering and colluding against national security” and “insulting the founder of the Islamic Republic”, which stem from his peaceful human rights activities.
On 6 September 2014 both were arrested at Arash Sadeghi’s workplace in Tehran by men believed to be Revolutionary Guards. The men showed no arrest warrant, but took the couple back to their home, where they proceeded to search through their possessions and found the story which Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee had written.

Arash Sadeghi was subsequently moved to Evin prison while Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee was transferred to a secret location. She was detained there for one night before also being transferred to Evin prison, where she was held for 20 days without access to her family, a lawyer or a court. Her first three days were spent in solitary confinement.

During her detention, Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee was subjected to extended interrogations, where she was blindfolded and warned she could face execution for “insulting Islam”. In the next cell she could hear her husband being threatened and verbally abused by his interrogators. Arash Sadeghi has since stated that he was punched in the head, kicked, slapped and choked while in custody.

Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee was tried and sentenced to six years imprisonment in two brief sessions by a Revolutionary Court in Tehran. She had no legal representation at the trial. The first lawyer she appointed was put under pressure by intelligence and security officials to withdraw from the case, and the second was barred from reading her court case and representing her. She was not given the chance to speak in her own defence, because the first session was focused on her husband’s activism. At the second session she was in hospital recovering from major surgery and could not be present; she provided the court with her medical records, but her request to adjourn the hearing was rejected.

Earlier this month Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee received a phone call from the Centre for the Implementation of Sentences ordering her to present herself to Evin Prison to begin serving her six-year prison sentence, and threatening that if she did not she would be picked up on the street or her house would be raided. However, she was never served with a formal summons.

“Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee is being punished for the peaceful exercise of her human rights. But the crime at the root of this case is Iran’s ongoing retention of the horrific practice of stoning, which amounts to torture. Instead of doggedly intimidating and imprisoning critical voices, the authorities should abolish this cruel punishment once and for all,” said Magdalena Mughrabi.

 

Shameful 16-year-sentence for Narges Mohammadi a devastating blow to human rights

In response to the news that the 16-year prison sentence against prominent human rights defender Narges Mohammadi, who is critically ill, has been upheld on appeal, Amnesty International’s Research and Advocacy Director for the Middle East and North Africa, Philip Luther, said:

“This verdict is yet another cruel and devastating blow to human rights in Iran, which demonstrates the authorities’ utter contempt for justice. Narges Mohammadi is a prominent advocate of human rights and a prisoner of conscience. She should be lauded for her courage not locked in a prison cell for 16 years.

“By insisting that this harsh and appalling sentence is imposed for her peaceful human rights work, the authorities have laid bare their intent to silence human rights defenders at all costs.

“It is particularly shocking that this sentence comes as Iran’s authorities are preparing for renewed bilateral dialogue with the EU, given that Narges Mohammadi was convicted for her work campaigning against the death penalty and meeting with the former EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs. This casts serious doubts over Iran’s commitment to engage meaningfully with the EU on human rights issues.

“Narges Mohammadi’s conviction and sentence must be quashed and the authorities must order her immediate and unconditional release. We urge the EU to make these calls, too, and put the heightened repression of human rights defenders in Iran at the heart of their dialogue.”

Overdue release of artist must be followed by freedom for other prisoners of conscience

The release of Iranian artist and activist Atena Farghadani yesterday is a long-overdue step towards righting the injustice against her and must be followed by the immediate and unconditional release of other peaceful artists and activists who remain behind bars, Amnesty International said today.

“Atena Farghadani’s release represents a legal and moral victory for her and encourages the efforts of activists worldwide to campaign for the release of other prisoners of conscience in Iran, as well as for reforms to the unjust laws used to put them behind bars in the first place,” said Magdalena Mughrabi, interim Deputy Director of the Middle East and North Africa Programme at Amnesty International.

“While this is a time for celebration, it is vital that the world doesn’t forget that Atena Farghadani should never have been imprisoned in the first place and that many others like her continue to languish in cells or have the threat of prison hanging over their head for peacefully exercising their rights.”

Atena Farghadani’s release came after an appeal court in Tehran dramatically reduced her original 12-years and nine months sentence to 18 months, most of which she had already served. The court, however, suspended a three-year prison sentence imposed for “insulting the Iranian Supreme Leader” for four years meaning that the threat of imprisonment will hang over Atena Farghadani during that period. The Iranian authorities often resort to suspended sentences to create a climate of fear, coercing activists, journalists and others into silence or self-censorship.

Atena Farghadani was sentenced on 1 June 2015 after a Revolutionary Court convicted her, following a grossly unfair trial, of charges including “gathering and colluding to commit crimes against national security”, “spreading propaganda against the system”, “insulting the Iranian Supreme Leader”, and “insulting members of parliament through paintings”.

All the charges stemmed from her peaceful activities including meeting with families of political prisoners, criticising the authorities on social media and through her artwork, which included a cartoon that satirized members of Iran’s parliament for considering bills that restrict access to voluntary contraception and family planning services.

In August 2015, Atena Farghadani said in a note, smuggled out of prison, that the authorities had subjected her to a forced ‘virginity test’. Earlier in 2016, the authorities confirmed her subjection to these tests. “Virginity testing” is highly discriminatory, compromises women’s dignity and rights to physical and mental integrity, and has been recognised as a violation of the prohibition of torture and other ill-treatment.

Earlier in December 2014, when she was out on bail, Atena Farghadani released a video message describing how female prison guards at Evin prison had beaten her, verbally abused her and forced her to strip naked for a body search.

“The Iranian authorities have 18 months of appalling injustice to make up for and they should start by investigating Atena Farghadani’s torture and other ill-treatment including forced ‘virginity testing’. They should also ensure that her conviction and suspended sentence are quashed,” said Magdalena Mughrabi.

Other activists persecuted and imprisoned

Atena Farghadani’s release comes at a time when scores of others face harsh prison sentences imposed for their peaceful human rights activism. They include Atena Daemi, Omid Alishenas, Saeed Hosseinzadeh, and Asou Rostami, all of whom were arrested at around the same time and have been sentenced to harsh prison terms following grossly unfair trials on similar charges to Atena Farghadani.

“The conviction and sentences of all these young activists must be immediately quashed and the Iranian authorities must stop using the threat of incarceration to stifle Iran’s young generation of activists,” said Magdalena Mughrabi.

“Of course, a prisoner release is only a first step – the Iranian authorities must also reform the country’s repressive laws, which for too long have been used to clamp down on dissent. As long as these laws remain on the books, human rights defenders and activists will remain at risk of being jailed simply for expressing their opinions.”

Background

In its April 2016 ruling, the Appeal Court in Tehran upheld Atena Farghadani’s 18 months prison term imposed for the charge of “spreading propaganda against the system” but acquitted her from the charge of “gathering and colluding against national security”. It commuted the nine-month imprisonment sentence for “insulting members of parliament through paintings”, “insulting the President” and “insulting prison officials” to a cash fine.

Iran’s Islamic Penal Code, adopted in May 2013, maintains vaguely worded “crimes” such as “spreading propaganda against the system”, “creating unease in the public mind”, “insulting Islamic sanctities” and “membership of an illegal group”. These “offences” are frequently used to curb the peaceful exercise of the rights to freedom of expression, association, and peaceful assembly. Such laws and practices violate Iran’s international obligations, including those under Articles 19, 21 and 22 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which guarantee the rights to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association.

 

 

Imprisoned cartoonist subjected to forced ‘virginity test’

A recent revelation by satirical cartoonist Atena Farghadani that she was forced to undergo a “virginity and pregnancy test”, prior to her trial for a charge of “illegitimate sexual relations” for shaking hands with her lawyer, has added another stain on Iran’s shameful record of violence against women, Amnesty International said today.

In a note written by Atena Farghadani leaked from prison, which has been seen by Amnesty International, she says the judicial authorities took her to a medical centre outside the prison on 12 August 2015 and forced her to submit to the tests, purportedly with the purpose of investigating the charge against her.

“It is shocking that on top of imposing a ludicrous charge on Atena Farghadani for the ‘crime’ of shaking hands with her lawyer, the Iranian authorities have forced her to undergo a ‘virginity and pregnancy test’,” said Said Boumedouha, Deputy Director of Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Programme.

“In doing so, the Iranian judicial authorities have truly reached an outrageous low, seeking to exploit the stigma attached to sexual and gender-based violence in order to intimidate, punish or harass her.”

Coerced “virginity testing” is internationally recognized as a form of violence and discrimination against women and girls. It also violates the absolute prohibition of torture, and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment under international law, including article 7 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), which Iran has ratified.

“The Iranian authorities must immediately and unconditionally release Atena Farghdani, who is a prisoner of conscience. Whilst in custody, she must be protected from any further ill-treatment or reprisals, including pressure to retract her complaint. An independent and impartial investigation has to be urgently conducted into the alleged torture and ill-treatment suffered by Atena Farghadani and those responsible brought to justice,” said Said Boumedouha.

Atena Farghadani and all women prisoners who come forward to report gender-based violence should be commended for their bravery and granted full reparations, including guarantees that it will not happen again.

Instead of exploiting the taboos around sexual violence to scare women from engaging in political activism, the Iranian authorities must urgently take steps to put an end to violence and discrimination against women and guarantee women’s access to legal procedures that will bring justice in cases of gender-based violence.

Since she was charged with “illicit sexual relations falling short of adultery” for shaking hands with her lawyer in June 2015, Atena Farghadani has complained that prison officials and guards have made lewd gestures, sexual slurs and other insults to her. She went on a three-day “dry” hunger strike in September 2015 in protest at this ill-treatment; however the harassment has continued.

Background

Atena Farghadani is a prisoner of conscience. She has committed no internationally recognizable crime, and has been punished simply for exercizing her rights to freedoms of expression, association and assembly.

Held in prison since January 2015, Atena Farghadani was sentenced in June 2015 to 12 years and nine month in prison for her peaceful activism, including meeting with families of political prisoners, and for drawing a satirical cartoon depicting legislators as monkeys, cows, and other animals. The cartoon was in protest at a bill that seeks to criminalize voluntary sterilization and restrict access to contraception and family planning services.

In December 2014, when she was out on bail she released a video message on YouTube protesting at how female prison guards at Evin prison had beaten her, verbally abused her and forced her to strip naked for a body search. Instead of investigating these allegations the Iranian authorities rearrested her in January 2015, possibly in reprisal for the video.

Forced virginity testing committed in detention is a serious violation of international law. It violates women and girls human rights to physical integrity, dignity, privacy and right to be free from torture and cruel and inhuman and degrading treatment. Such tests are discriminatory in purpose and in effect and there is absolutely no legitimate justification for such violence and abuse.

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) has urged health authorities worldwide to end the practice of “virginity testing” in all cases and prohibit health workers from perpetuating this discriminatory and degrading practice.

Kurdish man executed while awaiting appeal of his death sentence

Behrouz Alkhani, a 30-year-old man from Iran’s Kurdish minority, was executed early this morning local time, said Amnesty International, despite the fact that he was awaiting the outcome of a Supreme Court appeal.

The organization has also learned that the authorities have so far refused to return Behrouz Alkhani’s body to his family.

“Today’s execution of Behrouz Alkhani, who was still waiting for the outcome of a Supreme Court appeal against his sentence, is a vicious act of cruelty by the Iranian authorities and a denigration of both Iranian and international law. It is appalling that they have imposed further pain and suffering on Behrouz Alkhani’s family by refusing to return his body for burial,” said Said Boumedouha, Deputy Director of Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Programme.

“The fact that the authorities have carried out the execution despite the pending appeal against a sentence imposed in a grossly unfair trial and international pleas to halt the execution, shows their utter disregard for justice. His execution is just further proof of the authorities’ determined resolve to continue with a relentless wave of executions which has seen more than 700 put to death in Iran so far this year.”

For more information about the case see: https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2015/08/iran-halt-execution-of-kurdish-man-due-to-be-carried-out-tomorrow-morning/

 

Iran’s ‘staggering’ execution spree: nearly 700 put to death in just over six months

The Iranian authorities are believed to have executed an astonishing 694 people between 1 January and 15 July 2015, said Amnesty International today, in an unprecedented spike in executions in the country.

This is equivalent to executing more than three people per day. At this shocking pace, Iran is set to surpass the total number of executions in the country recorded by Amnesty International for the whole of last year.

“Iran’s staggering execution toll for the first half of this year paints a sinister picture of the machinery of the state carrying out premeditated, judicially-sanctioned killings on a mass scale,” said Said Boumedouha, Deputy Director of Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Programme.

“If Iran’s authorities maintain this horrifying execution rate we are likely to see more than 1,000 state-sanctioned deaths by the year’s end.”

The surge in executions reveals just how out of step Iran is with the rest of the world when it comes to the use of the death penalty – 140 countries worldwide have now rejected its use in law or practice. Already this year three more countries have repealed the death penalty completely.
Executions in Iran did not even stop during the holy month of Ramadan. In a departure from established practice, at least four people were executed over the past month.

While Amnesty International opposes the use of the death penalty unconditionally and in all cases, death sentences in Iran are particularly disturbing because they are invariably imposed by courts that are completely lacking in independence and impartiality. They are imposed either for vaguely worded or overly broad offences, or acts that should not be criminalized at all, let alone attract the death penalty. Trials in Iran are deeply flawed, detainees are often denied access to lawyers in the investigative stage, and there are inadequate procedures for appeal, pardon and commutation.

“The Iranian authorities should be ashamed of executing hundreds of people with complete disregard for the basic safeguards of due process,” said Said Boumedouha.

“The use of the death penalty is always abhorrent, but it raises additional concerns in a country like Iran where trials are blatantly unfair.”

The reasons behind this year’s shocking surge in executions are unclear but the majority of those put to death in 2015 were convicted on drug charges.

Iran’s Anti-Narcotics Law provides mandatory death sentences for a range of drug-related offences, including trafficking more than 5kg of narcotics derived from opium or more than 30g of heroin, morphine, cocaine or their chemical derivatives.

This is in direct breach of international law, which restricts the use of the death penalty to only the “most serious crimes” – those involving intentional killing. Drug-related offences do not meet this threshold.

There is also no evidence to prove that the death penalty is a deterrent to crime and drug trafficking or use. Earlier this year, the deputy of Iran’s Centre for Strategic Research admitted that the death penalty has not been able to reduce drug trafficking levels.

“For years, Iranian authorities have used the death penalty to spread a climate of fear in a misguided effort to combat drug trafficking, yet there is not a shred of evidence to show that this is an effective method of tackling crime,” said Said Boumedouha.

Many of those convicted of drug-related offences come from disadvantaged backgrounds. Their cases are rarely publicized. In a letter circulated online in June, 54 prisoners held on death row in Ghezel Hesar prison near Tehran described their plight:

“We are the victims of a state of hunger, poverty and misery, hurled down into the hollows of perdition by force and without our will… If we had jobs, if we did not need help, if we could turn our lives around and stop our children from going hungry, why should we have gone down a path that guaranteed us our death?”

Among those executed in Iran are also members of ethnic and religious minorities convicted of “enmity against God” and “corruption on earth” including Kurdish political prisoners and Sunni Muslims.

Currently, based on monitoring work done by Amnesty International and other human rights organizations, several thousand people are believed to be on death row in Iran. The Iranian authorities have said that 80% of those awaiting execution are convicted of drug-related offences. They have not, however, provided an exact number.

“It is especially harrowing that there is no end in sight for this theatre of cruelty with Iran’s gallows awaiting thousands more death row prisoners,” said Said Boumedouha.

Prisoners in Iran are often left languishing on death row, wondering each day if it will be their last. In many cases they are notified of their execution only a few hours beforehand and in some cases, families learn about the fate of their loved ones days, if not weeks, later.

Background

Each year the Iranian authorities acknowledge a certain number of judicial executions. However, many more judicial executions are carried out but not acknowledged.

As of 15 July 2015, the Iranian authorities had officially acknowledged 246 executions this year but Amnesty International has received credible reports of a further 448 executions carried out in this time period. In 2014, 289 people were executed according to official sources but credible reports suggested that the real figure was at least 743.

Each year Amnesty International reports both the number of officially acknowledged executions in Iran and the number of executions the organization has been able to confirm took place, but which were not officially acknowledged. When calculating the annual global total number of executions Amnesty International has, to date, only counted executions officially acknowledged by the Iranian authorities.

The organization has reviewed this approach and believes it fails to fully reflect the scale of executions in Iran, about which the authorities must be transparent. In its 2015 annual report on the death penalty, and all other reporting on the death penalty in Iran, Amnesty International will use the combined figure of officially acknowledged executions and those executions not officially admitted but which the organization has confirmed took place.

 

Police must exercise restraint amid Kurdish protests

Iranian security forces must refrain from using excessive and unnecessary force in the policing of protests, Amnesty International urged after police in riot gear dispersed a demonstration in the Kurdish-populated city of Mahabad, West Azerbaijan province, on 7 May.

Officials have today confirmed that at least 25 people, including seven police officers, were injured in the ensuing clashes last night.

There are fears of a renewed police crackdown amid reports of arrests and after further demonstrations were called.

“After last night’s violence, tensions are running high in Mahabad and other Kurdish-majority towns and cities. Law enforcement officials have the right to defend themselves and a duty to protect the safety of the public, but they must comply with international standards governing the use of force in their policing of any further protests,” said Said Boumedouha, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for Middle East and North Africa.

“Moreover, a heavy-handed police response to quell acts of violence by a minority when the majority of protesters are non-violent would only fuel tensions that are already on a knife-edge. The authorities must respect the right to protest and peaceful assembly, and prioritize non-violent means when confronting those responsible for committing internationally recognizable offences.”

A large group of protesters gathered outside Mahabad’s Tara Hotel yesterday evening to express their anger after a 25-year-old Iranian Kurdish woman, Farinaz Khosravani, fell to her death from the hotel’s fourth storey several days earlier.

The circumstances surrounding her death are unexplained, but the incident sparked anguish among some residents in Mahabad who alleged that a member of Iran’s intelligence and security forces had threatened to rape her in the run-up to this incident. A provincial official has publicly disputed that allegation.

At some point yesterday evening, the demonstration outside the hotel erupted into violence. In videos circulated on social media, some protesters are seen hurling rocks and looting the hotel while a portion of the building is in flames.

According to Kurdish rights activists outside Iran, the violence started after riot police resorted to batons, tear gas and possibly live ammunition to disperse the crowd, injuring multiple people. The activists told Amnesty International that Ministry of Intelligence officials have since arrested at least 20 people, and some wounded protesters have avoided going to hospital due to fears of being arrested.

Amnesty International has not yet been able to verify the precise number of arrests and casualties.

“We have long documented how Iran’s security forces have a history of using excessive force to quell protests – in direct violation of international law,” said Said Boumedouha.

“Instead of resorting to intimidation and excessive force, the authorities must launch a prompt, impartial and independent investigation into the circumstances that led to the death of the young woman in Mahabad as well as the allegations about the use of excessive force in the policing of protests that her death sparked.”

According to international human rights law and standards, police may use force only when strictly necessary and proportionate to a legitimate purpose. Firearms may only be used as a last resort in defence against an imminent threat of death or serious injury, and intentional lethal use of firearms may only be made when strictly unavoidable in order to protect life.

Letter from the gallows in Iran: “I felt the shadow of execution over my head”

We rarely hear a first-hand account of those languishing on death row in Iran. But a letter has just emerged from Hamed Ahmadi, a man executed on Wednesday 4 March after a grossly unfair trial. It gives a rare glimpse of the agony endured by those prisoners who know all is about to end.

“It is all finished”, the guard said, confirming the worst.

On the other side of the thick brick wall of Raja’i Shahr prison in Karaj, west of Teheran, are the bodies of six Sunni men from Iran’s Kurdish minority, each hanging from a noose.

Hamed Ahmadi, Jahangir Dehghani, Jamshid Dehghani, Kamal Molaee, Hadi Hosseini and Sediq Mohammadi had been sentenced to death in 2012 after being convicted of the vaguely worded offence of “enmity against God” (moharebeh).

Iran’s Supreme Court upheld the death sentences in 2013 even though the men denied any involvement in armed or violent activities, saying they were targeted solely because they practiced or promoted their faith. The authorities refused to review their cases despite changes to the penal code that should have allowed them to do so.

Their exhausted relatives, who had been standing by the prison’s door throughout the night, desperately pleading with the authorities not to carry out the executions could do nothing but cry — the prison guards taunting them and shouting insults.

They said they could not help but think of the last words they had exchanged with their loved ones, at a brief meeting on Tuesday , albeit while the men were bound by chains and shackles.

Now all that is left is a letter from Hamed Ahmadi, in which he paints a grim picture of his last five years on death row, living with the constant threat of execution, before his life was taken away.

“On a cold autumn morning in November 2012, they woke me up and told me that I would be transferred to Sanandaj prison, [Kordestan province]. The usual practice was that those who had been sentenced to death were moved only for the implementation of their sentence. I felt the shadow of execution over my head. The whole ward gathered together. Back then there were 10 people on death row. Some were crying, some were deep in their thoughts. We thought that maybe they were just transferring us but the humiliating looks of the guards said something different. They blindfolded and handcuffed the 10 of us, and pushed us into a bus while shouting insults.

I tried to think about my good memories to boost my spirits but it is hard to think about happiness when you are only a step away from death. When we arrived, they took us off the bus and threw our belongings on the ground. It was raining and the ground was covered in mud. They replaced our metal handcuffs with plastic ones but tied them so tight that the hands of some of my fellows started to bleed. They removed our blindfolds and took us to a room with walls covered by handwritten notes from people on death row who had been taken there before their execution. We washed for prayers and started to pray seeking peace and solace.

I started to wonder if I was ever going to see my daughter again. She was born when I could not be beside her. I asked God to give forbearance to my family and wished they would let me at least say goodbye to them.

The door opened. Our hearts started to pound. The nightmare of death was coming true. They separated us from one another. Our spirits were going down and our fears were rising. Time was passing slower than our entire life. The night before, the TV had broadcast a documentary about us. Everyone was of the view that this was a sign that our sentence was going to be implemented soon.

But 45 days went by. Every day, we thought we would be executed the next day but no one came for us. We approached death 45 times. We said good-bye to life 45 times.

Just when we started to become hopeful that we were not going to be executed, when we could start thinking about life again, our names were announced in the list of transferees to Raja’i Shahr prison. Again the nightmare of death. Again the repetition of the image of a man dangling from a noose in our head. There, they gave us light blue clothes that are for those who will be executed. The image of the execution scene did not leave me for a second. Three days passed.

I became completely disoriented. My brain did not work anymore.

I banged on the door non-stop and yelled for someone to come and answer my questions: Why are we here? My family is worried. At least allow me to make a phone call. Finally, I was allowed to make a call. My sister started crying as soon as she heard my voice: “You are alive? The MP for Sanandaj Salar Mohammadi has called and said all 10 of you have been executed.” They had held a funeral ceremony for us.

I then called my brother. He was in front of the prison. I asked if he had heard about the six persons who were not with us. He cried and said: They hanged them today and didn’t return the bodies. I lost control and started crying and yelling. The guys I had lived with in a cell for three and a half years were no longer in this world. I could not believe it. I felt wrecked and destroyed. None of them had been able to even say goodbye to their families.

Execution followed me and my family every second. My family was executed with me over and over. If they had not received news from me for one day, they would come to the prison immediately thinking that we are finished… We were left in this situation where every minute felt like we had a noose put around our neck.”

These are the last words Hamed’s relatives have from him.

It’s shocking but commonplace.

Iran carries out more executions than any other country in the world except for China. In 2013 alone, the Iranian authorities acknowledged having executed 369 prisoners although the real figure is believed to be more than 700 with many executions taking place unreported or in secret.

Ethnic and religious minorities are disproportionately affected by these executions which frequently follow unfair trials where “confessions” extracted through torture and other-ill-treatment are admitted as evidence.

In less than a month, Iran will appear before the United Nation’s top Human Rights body to announce its position on the recommendations it received during the country’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) for the improvement of its dire human rights situation. One can only wonder how the Iranian authorities expect to be taken seriously when there is such a contrast between their rhetoric at the UN and the human rights violations that they regularly sanction at home.

Iran ‘Happy’ dancers sentenced to jail and flogging in flagrant assault on freedom of expression

The Iranian authorities’ sentencing of seven people for making a homemade video of the Pharrell Williams’ song, “Happy”, reveals the authorities’ contempt for freedom of expression, said Amnesty International.

Six of those who appear in the video have been sentenced to six months’ imprisonment each and a seventh to one year, one of their lawyers said in a media interview. All seven have also been sentenced to 91 lashes. The sentences are suspended for three years.

“With these sentences, the absurd meets the unjust. If confirmed, it would be a ludicrous outcome; these individuals will have been convicted and branded criminals purely for making a music video celebrating happiness. The youths should never have been paraded before state TV to ‘confess’ nor brought to trial,” said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa programme.

“These convictions flagrantly flout Iran’s obligation to respect the right to freedom of expression. If the sentences are ultimately carried out, these individuals will be prisoners of conscience.”

Suspended sentences are generally not carried out in Iran unless the individual is convicted of certain crimes, such as qesas (retribution in kind) or hodoud (fixed offences and punishments in Islamic law), during the period of time specified by the court – in this case three years.  However, individuals still remain under the threat of imprisonment. Flogging violates the absolute prohibition of torture and other cruel, inhuman, or degrading punishments.

The sentences have not yet been communicated in writing to the lawyers.

The seven Iranians – three women and four men– were convicted of “participating in the production of a vulgar video clip” and of “illicit relations between group members” following their trial on 9 September. Their lawyer has stated that he does not know whether they will appeal the verdict.

The seven were arrested in May 2014 after appearing in the video dancing and miming to “Happy”, an upbeat anthem that has inspired hundreds of similar video tributes worldwide. The video is filmed on the streets and rooftops of Tehran. The women appear unveiled; veiling has been compulsory in Iran since 1981.

Police said the “vulgar” video offended “public chastity”. Shortly after the arrests, Iran’s state-run TV featured apparent “confessions” from the defendants in which they claimed to have been tricked into making the video, believing it was for an audition.

Background:

The seven have been named as Sassan Soleimani, Reyhaneh Taravati, Neda Motameni, Afshin Sohrabi, Bardia Moradi and Roham Shamekhi.

Sassan Soleimani was additionally convicted of directing the video. Reyhaneh Taravati was also convicted of possessing alcohol in her home, and of uploading and distributing the video clip on YouTube.

The arrests prompted a Twitter campaign for the release of the seven with the hashtag #freehappyiranians.

On 21 May 2014, the semi-official Twitter account of President Hassan Rouhani quoted a 2013 statement by him, “#Happiness is our people’s right. We shouldn’t be too hard on behaviors caused by joy”. The Tweet was interpreted by many to have made a reference to the arrests.

New wave of attacks against journalists as repression escalates

A sharp rise in arrests, prosecutions and imprisonment of independent journalists in Iran signals the authorities’ utter determination to crush hopes for increased freedom heralded by the election of President Hassan Rouhani, said Amnesty International in a new briefing today.

“The way journalists are being treated puts everything journalism should stand for at risk in Iran. Anyone deemed critical of the authorities has been at increased risk of arrest and prosecution in recent months, creating an intense climate of fear where voicing any criticism has become a direct road to prison,” said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, Deputy Middle East and North Africa Programme Director at Amnesty International.

“The authorities’ zero tolerance for anything other than state-sanctioned ideas and voices means that merely reporting the news can put people at risk of incarceration.”

The wave of repression which intensified after the disputed presidential election in 2009 has reached new highs over the past few months. The authorities appear to have widened the circle of repression in a bid to crumple any aspirations for change created by the promises of increased freedoms that followed the election of President Hassan Rouhani in 2013.

Iranian journalists and foreign correspondents have faced harassment, intimidation, arrest and imprisonment for their legitimate journalistic activities. Other media workers, such as filmmakers, have also faced judicial bans preventing them from carrying out their work.

Many of those arrested are charged under provisions of the Islamic Penal Code which loosely define ‘crimes’  such as “spreading lies”, “spreading propaganda against the system”, and “creating unease in the public mind”, in effect criminalizing  a wide range of peaceful activities. The authorities are also using protracted prosecutions, unserved prison sentences and denial of medical leave as threats hanging over the heads of journalists who dare to criticize authorities.

“These overly broad legal provisions have in effect been used as a tool to stop media professionals from providing independent news to the world about the social and political situation in Iran,” said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui.

“Iran’s Judiciary is toying with the law and using drawn-out trials and unserved prison sentences to coerce independent journalists into self-censorship.”

Jason Rezaian, the Washington Post’s correspondent in Iran and a dual Iranian-American national, and his wife, Yeganeh Salehi, a journalist for the United Arab Emirates newspaper the National, were arrested on 22 July 2014 in Tehran. Three days later, Gholamhossein Esma’ili, the Head of Tehran’s Judiciary confirmed the arrests, saying that further information will only be provided upon the completion of “technical investigations and interrogations”.

The whereabouts of both journalists are still unknown.

In a separate case, Saba Azarpeik, a journalist working for a number of reformist publications in Tehran, was arrested on 28 May 2014 and is also being held in an undisclosed location. She was brought before Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court in Tehran on 21 and 22 July to face charges of “spreading propaganda against the system” and “spreading lies” linked to her previous arrest in January 2013.

Journalist and member of the Participation Front political party Hossein Nourani Nejad, is facing six years of imprisonment after a Revolutionary Court in Tehran sentenced him for “spreading propaganda against the system” and “gathering and colluding against national security” in June 2014. He had been arrested on 21 April 2014 and taken to solitary confinement in Evin Prison in Tehran.

Two months before his arrest, he had returned to Iran from Australia, where he was a postgraduate student, to see his new-born child for the first time. Hossein Nourani Nejad had been arrested previously in 2009.

Another journalist, Serajeddin Mirdamadi, was also sentenced to six years in prison on 27 July on the charges of “gathering and colluding against national security” and “spreading propaganda against the system”.

Mahnaz Mohammadi, a documentary filmmaker and women’s rights activist, Reyhaneh Tabatabaei, a journalist and a former writer for Shargh and Bahar newspapers, Marzieh Rasouli, an editor of a number of reformist newspapers, and journalist Sajedeh Arabsorkhi were also among the media workers summoned in recent months to start serving prison terms handed down on them on broadly defined national security charges.

“Independent journalism is not a crime. Authorities in Iran must immediately and unconditionally release all those who have been arrested and imprisoned in recent months only for peacefully exercising their legitimate right to freedom of expression, association and assembly,” said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui.

Jailed for being a journalist

Journalists and media workers in Iran are yet again targeted for repression. The fresh crackdown appears to be aimed at crushing hopes heralded by promises of change and increased freedoms that followed the election of President Hassan Rouhani. Amnesty International is urging the Iranian authorities to release immediately and unconditionally all those arrested and imprisoned in recent months if they have been detained solely for their peaceful exercise of their rights to freedom of expression, association, and assembly.

From businessman to ‘spy’: a Canadian-Iranian man’s ordeal in Tehran’s Evin Prison

“Your brother has passed away,” a prison guard told Hamid and his world imploded.

Hamid Ghassemi-Shall, the Canadian-Iranian co-owner of a computer business had been held in Evin Prison in Tehran, Iran, for a year. His brother Alborz Ghassemi, a former mechanical engineer in the Iranian army was also there.

They had been sentenced to death, convicted in 2008 on spurious charges of espionage and cooperation with, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI), a political group proscribed in 1981. They had been held for months on end awaiting execution.

“You have to call your family to come and collect the body,” the guards told Hamid.

Serious questions remain around the death of Alborz. The Iranian authorities claim he had been diagnosed with stomach cancer a few months earlier. However, when a coroner examined the body he reported a large head injury.

After his brother died, Hamid spent a further four years in the prison until he was eventually released and able to return to Toronto in September 2013.

However, the trauma of what happened during those five years is still very much alive.

“I hold Iran responsible for my brother’s death, for the 64 months of my life that I spent in a prison, for the pain and suffering [my wife] Antonella, my sister, my mum, my brother and my sister-in-law went through. There’s no excuse for that,” Hamid said.

‘A witch hunt’Hamid’s nightmare began in May 2008. He had travelled from Canada to Iran after his father passed away, to spend time with his mother, his brother Alborz and other siblings. He had been living in Toronto since leaving Iran after the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

But a few days after his arrival, Iranian security officials forced their way into his family’s home, took their passports and arrested Alborz, who had remained in Iran the whole time.

When Hamid went to the Office of the Army Prosecutor to retrieve his passport and ask about his brother, he was arrested and taken to an army detention centre for questioning.

“They didn’t tell me I had the right to see a lawyer. They handcuffed me, blindfolded me and took me to a cell. During the investigation the treatment was very bad. They beat me and tortured me psychologically for eight months,” Hamid explained.

“This is a witch hunt. They need to arrest some people and they don’t care if the person has done nothing. All they care about is reporting they have arrested people on this kind of charges.”

For both men, interrogation sessions generally took place in a small room and would last anything between a few hours and a whole day. Interrogated separately, the two brothers later learned what the other endured: Hamid was seated in a metal chair with one hand handcuffed to a table leg. He was questioned through a one-way mirror, unable to see those observing and taking part in his interrogation.

“I was there for hours, sometimes until midnight. They would ask me to answer the questions looking at my reflexion on the glass so I felt I was talking to myself. That makes you go crazy,” he told Amnesty International.

“They would ask me who I was in contact with, what kind of people, and what kind of information my brother had given me. They even asked me if I was having an affair.”

Hamid was accused of seeking sensitive information relating to Iran’s military, based on what he insisted was a falsified email to his brother Alborz, who was formerly a mechanical engineer in the army.

Eight months later, following what Amnesty International described at the time as an unfair trial by a Revolutionary Court, the brothers were convicted of moharebeh (enmity against God) for espionage and cooperation with the PMOI.

During successive trial sessions, the men were denied regular access to a lawyer of their choice; obtaining one only when the case was before the Supreme Court. The ‘evidence’ was a copy of an email seeking information on military matters, Amnesty International was told. The email address did not belong to Hamid Ghassemi-Shall. He implored the authorities to have the address checked, including by asking the firm, Yahoo for verification, but his request was ignored. Yet, the authorities had unfettered access to the men’s emails.

They were sentenced to death, and transferred to Tehran’s Evin Prison.

On several occasions, he was hours, if not minutes from being executed. One time, prison guards  took him, blindfolded, dragged him up a flight of stairs and made him sit against a wall, alone. He thought that he would be killed. It was possibly a mock execution, intended to strike fear into him.

Later, at the end of February, 2011, Hamid’s sister contacted Antonella and said Hamid could be executed at any moment.

“It was unthinkable; unfathomable; such a chilling experience. It lead me to think that we were dealing with the unfathomable,” Antonella told Amnesty International.

‘I didn’t know what was going on’While the brothers, tried to cope with life in prison and the prospect of being executed, Hamid’s wife Antonella, who was at home in Canada, contacted Amnesty International and launched a global campaign for their release.

“I was in Canada and I didn’t know what was going on. When I heard they had been arrested I knew it wasn’t good,” Antonella said.

“I felt I was a hostage, a prisoner. No matter what I did, I could be putting my husband in jeopardy. I didn’t speak the language so I was lost in a complete dark hole.”

The campaign spearheaded by Antonella spread across Canada and later, the world, contributing to Hamid’s release. On 21 September 2013, Hamid was told he was going to be put on a plane back home.

He was one of possibly dozens of political prisoners who were released in Iran shortly after the Iran’s new President Hassan Rouhani took office.

When Antonella received a call from Hamid’s sister in Iran breaking the news, she could hardly believe it was true: “To me, it was only real when he was standing in front of me at the airport in Canada. I could barely stand. I just wanted to hug him and feel that everything was ok.”

Hamid says he will never forget what happened and still struggles with the fact that he doesn’t know how his brother died.

Despite decades of campaigning and appeals, the authorities have not, as far as Amnesty International is aware, brought to justice any official accused of wrongdoing. Impunity remains the rule in Iran today, under President Rouhani just as it was under previous administrations.

“All I want is an apology to my family. They didn’t have evidence to keep me for a minute. And my brother passed away,” Hamid said.

Hoda Ahangary

I Iran är det ett brott att byta religion från den Islamiska tron till något annat. Detta fick Hoda Ahangary erfara då hon efter att ha bytt till kristendom, tvingats fly från Iran.

I följande artikel från Mohabat News följer en rapport om situationen för kristna i Iran.

På Hodas blogg och facebook-sida skriver även Hoda om sin egen situation och om de orättvisor som kristna får utstå tack vare den Iranska diktaturens styre.

Mohammad Mohammadi

Mohammad Mohammadi är Kurd från Iran. Tillsammans med sina landsmän bedriver Mohammad en aktiv kamp med Misstro Oss Inte, mot diktaturen i Iran.

Trots vetskapen om faran med att öppet demonstrera och motsätta sig Iran och dess diktatur, har Mohammad varit en av medlemmarna från Misstro Oss Inte, som stått rakryggad mot orättvisorna i Iran.

Mohammad har även varit aktiv i flera demonstrationer, ledda av Rättvisepartiet Socialisterna, i kampen mot styret i Iran.

2011 lät Mohammad sig döpas och konvertera till kristendomen.

Karim Pourmah

Karim Pourmah har varit i Sverige i över 11 år utan att beviljats uppehållstillstånd!

Karim kom till Sverige för 11 år sedan. Han flydde ett diktatoriskt styrt Iran i hopp om att finna lyckan i ett annat land.

Kampen för att leva ett normalt liv är långt ifrån över då han ännu inte beviljats något uppehållstillstånd. Men det stoppar inte Karim från att fortsätta kämpa.

Karim har varit med Misstro Oss Inte redan från start och aktivt deltagit i demonstrationer mot orättvisorna i Iran och kampen för ett rättvist samhälle.

Till sin bundsförvant har han Gud, som han bär med sig i kampen. Det var aldrig någon tvekan för Karim att ta emot Gud och dopet var en lyckans stund. En stund som gav en strimma hopp!

Rasol Shadman

Rasol Shadman kom till Sverige för snart 5 år sedan och har varit aktivt trogen sina medmänniskor i Misstro Oss Inte.

Rasol har och är en av de centrala figurerna vid gruppens större demonstrationer.

Rasol Shadman har också hittat sin tro i Smyrna Kyrkan och vigt sitt liv till Gud.

Rasol Shadman håller tal framför Irans Ambasad

Rasol shadman Åtgräde till stöd för Nasrin sotoudeh Brunnsparken 2012.11.03

Rasols dop

Rasols bloggar:

Parvaneh Maroufi

Parvaneh Maroufi is one of the milions iranian people which without any choised born muslim and had to live muslim but something in her natural didn’t accept life without desire and she follow her heart even she know that it can cost her life.

She use every opportunity to evangel people about jesus.she dance and sing in church for people and tell them the story of love Parvaneh is active next to the misstro oss inte against iran regime and fighting for free iran also.

Xorshid fann en kärleksfull Gud

“Xorshids liv som muslim i Iran var fullt av rädsla. Som asylsökande i Sverige mötte han kärleksfulla kristna och det ledde till att han vågade öppna sig för Jesus. Då fick han också ett helt nytt liv med kärlek, glädje och frid.

Xorshid Behzadi Khorgo var en rätt-trogen muslim. Han bad fem gånger om dagen, fastade, och försökte följa allt som Koranen kräver, men upplevde bara rädsla. När han gick och la sig för att sova visste han inte om Gud hade förlåtit honom eller inte.”

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“En kvinna är en halv man”

“Katauou, kallas för Kati, Khodadost, 51 år är en flykting från Iran. Hon har nu bott i Sverige i snart tio år, konverterat till kristendom och Migrationsverket har vid tidigare nekat henne asyl. Offensiv har träffat henne och nedan följer en intervju.”

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Ali Amini

Ali Amini är en av de mest aktiva medlemmarna inom protestaktionen ”Misstro oss inte”.

Redan från början har han varit en inspirerande faktor, dels på grund av hans långvariga vistelse i Sverige och dels på grund av hans mångåriga aktiviteter i exil mot den sittande iranska regimen.

Under en lång tid fungerade han som aktionens ansikte i Stockholm och var vår kontaktperson med en lång rad politiska organisationer. Han var också en drivande kraft när det gällde anordning av demonstrationer i Stockholm framför den islamiska ambassaden

Frö av tro

I juli 2010 lämnade Fariba Alamrahnema Iran tillsammans med din dotter Ghazal Zekavat och sonen Reza Zakavat.

Fariba jobbade i Iran som dagisfröken och hade det inte helt lätt då hon var emot att låta barnen läsa ur koranen. En åsikts som inte mottogs med någon vidare värme på jobbet.

Faribas dotter Ghazal var bara 17 år när hon kom till Sverige, men trots hennes ringa ålder var Ghazal politiskt aktiv i hemlandet, något hon hållt fast vid även i Sverige.

Tillsammans har de varit till stor hjälp för Misstro Oss Inte och är strängt emot den islamistiska diktaturen i Iran.

I Sverige har de funnit lycka och glädje i sin tro. Genom Smyrna Kyrka har de döpt om sig i kristi namn, något som Ghazal trots vetskapen om troligt dödsstraff i Iran, låtit tattuera in på sin hand i form av ett kors.

Fariba, Ghazal och Reza önskar alla Iranier som flyr undan terrorregimen i Iran, lycka till!

Ghazals dop:

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Stoppa alla utvisningar till Iran

“Lördagen den 1:a september samlades återigen gruppen Misstro oss inte i Brunnsparken i Göteborg.

Demonstrationerna mot terrorregimen i Iran blir bara fler och fler. Det var den 5:e demonstrationen sedan slutet av juli och ett 40 tal medverkade. Flera talade och kritiserade, Alliansfria rörelsens (NAM) toppmöte, som hölls i Teheran, Iran, under torsdagen och fredagen, vilket FN:s generalsekreterare Ban Ki-moon valde att besöka.”

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Sveriges beslut kan innebära dödsstraff

Lördagen den 11 augusti genomförde gruppen Misstro oss inte i samarbete med Rättvisepartiet Socialisterna för tredje lördagen i rad en demonstration mot terrorregimen i Iran och för att Sverige skall stoppa alla tvångsdeportationer till Iran. Under demonstrationen talade 24 personer.

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Ökade risker för utsatta grupper kan leda till verkställighetshinder

Via Sanna Vestin: “IRAN: Ökade risker för utsatta grupper kan leda till verkställighetshinder

Migrationsverket har publicerat ett nytt rättsligt ställningstagande rörande asylsökande från Iran. Ett antal utsatta minoriteter mfl grupper räknas upp. För personer i de utsatta grupperna som fått slutligt avslag så långt tillbaka att omständigheter kan betraktas som nya nya, kan läget “i ett flertal ärenden” vara så försämrat att det utgör skäl för en ny prövning. Ställningstagandet innehåller en genomgång av hur skäl som uppstått i Sverige ska bedömas, och riskerna för internetaktivister poängteras särskilt:

“Irans kapacitet att övervaka och kontrollera dissidenters aktiviteter på Internet har kontinuerligt ökat under de senaste åren. Regimkritiker i Sverige, som varit aktiva på nätet, utsätts för påtryckningar av olika slag för att tvinga dem att upphöra med sina regimkritiska aktiviteter. Iranska myndigheter bedöms lägga ned påfallande stora resurser på att bevaka och kartlägga iraniers förehavanden utomlands. Landet utmärker sig i själva verket som ett av de länder som går längst i detta hänseende. Detta bör vara en utgångspunkt för prövningen. ”

I länken nedan finns ett PDF-dokument med vidare information:
http://lifos.migrationsverket.se/dokument?documentSummaryId=27833

Meisam Shalpoush mot regimen i Iran!

Meisam Shalpoush är en av många som bedriver en farlig kamp mot regimen i Iran. En kamp som får folk att få upp ögonen för vad som pågår, men samtidigt en kamp som får regimen i Iran att få upp ögonen för en.

Meisam är aktiv på flera områden, inte minst på hans blogg, där han skriver om regimens orättvisor och lyfter upp viktiga ämnen om vad som händer i landet.

Meisam är också aktiv med videokameran, en följeslagare på demonstrationerna mot diktaturen i Iran är i Göteborg, som efter flykten från Iran nu är hans nya hem.

Besök gärna Meisam Shalpoush blogg och titta på några av hans videos.

Till Meisams blogg.

Diktaturen i Iran mot yttrandefrihet!

Den islamistiska diktaturen i Iran stoppar all aktivitet för ett fritt Iran i den mån det kan. Yttrandefrihet är inget som går hand i hand med det diktaturstyrda landet!

Alireza, medlem av misstro oss inte och aktiv i kampen mot den islamistiska diktaturen i Iran har fått sin blogg stängd av Iranska regeringen.

Det är dock inget som stoppar honom från att driva sin kamp vidare. YouTube är inget som Iranska regeringen kommer åt och Alireza bedriver nu sin kamp där istället.

Alirezas blogg som stängts av regimen.