No News From 6 Death Row Sunni Prisoners

Haidar Rashidi, Taleb Maleki, Pouria Mohammadi, Kaveh Visi, Kaveh Sharifi, Mohammad Yavar Rahimi and Bahman Rafiei are seven prisoners who were transferred on November 1, from the ward 10 of Rajai Shahr prison to ward known as Army ward of Rajai Shahr prison. 

Until today we are without news from six of them who are on death row and are Sunni prisoners of Rajai Shahr prison. 

On November 1, 2015, from the seven prisoners who had been transferred to intelligence ward of Sanandaj prison, Haidar Rashidi was transferred to Sanandaj prison and since his transfer there is a total ignorance from the situation of six other prisoners in Intelligence Ward.

These six sunni prisoners:  Taleb Maleki, Pouria Mohammadi, Kaveh Visi, Kaveh Sharifi, Mohammad Yavar Rahimi and Bahman Rafiei are sentenced to death, and their family have no news from their situation and they are very concerned. 

Mohammad Karimi Transferred To Evin General Ward

According to HRA, The news organization of Human Rights Activists in Iran, Mohammad Karimi, civil rights activist and one of the participants in civil protests in Tehran, after 25 days in solitary confinement in Evin prison, was transferred to the general ward of Evin prison. 

The activist during a brief phone call to the family, said that he is charged with « propaganda against the system ». 

This civil activist prisoner since his arrest on october 5, 2015, is deprived from family visiting. 

F.B. November 11, 2015

Mostafa Davoodi Denied Medical Care

Despite medical advice and insistence of doctors, political prisoner Mostafa Keyvan Davoodi was denied medical treatment.

He is in urgent need of surgery and physiotherapy

Mostafa (Keyvan) Davoodi born in Mahabad,  was arrested on 2008 on charges of cooperation with the opposition kurdish parties. He was sentenced to ten years in prison, he is now in Urmia prison serving his 8th year of prison.

F.B. November, 11, 2015

Still No Dignity For Chinese Women

By SHENG KEYI related from NewYorkTimes

BEIJING — A scene I saw 30 years ago is forever seared on my memory. A man returning to our rural village pulled a two-wheeled cart that bumped along the unpaved road. Lying in it was the man’s wife who was recovering from sterilization surgery. A thick floral-patterned quilt covered the woman from head to toe. She was motionless, like a corpse.

Ever since seeing that unconscious woman I have feared that I could wind up like her one day: a victim of a sickening physical violation perpetrated by a Chinese government intent on enforcing its draconian one-child policy. I vowed to myself that I would never have children so that sterilization surgery would never be inflicted upon me.
The Chinese Communist Party leadership announced on Oct. 29 the end of the one-child policy, to be replaced with a law that allows married couples to have two children. But dropping the one-child policy will not end the government’s control of women’s bodies. We still will not have the final say when it comes to our reproductive rights.
This flagrant disregard for women’s rights is built into the system, which I got to see close up. In 1997, I found a job “promoting health awareness” in the propaganda office of a hospital family-planning center.

Things I saw in the hospital shocked me. One day four burly men dressed in army camouflage dragged a young woman into the operating theater, one man per limb, as she desperately writhed. A faint sense of outrage flickered inside me, but I didn’t give it much thought because I was too busy worrying about my job and my own survival.

In order to become a formal employee of the hospital, I did something that would make me feel ashamed for the rest of my life: I wrote an uplifting fictional story about the birth-control center describing how the doctors cared for patients as if they were part of their own families. The story was published and won an award from the Family Planning Commission.
I also wrote the hospital’s annual performance report, including statistics of sterilization surgeries and abortions. I still remember a staggering number I came across: The director of the hospital achieved a record by performing 88 sterilizations in one day.
At the time, I did not realize that forced sterilizations and abortions were being carried out nationwide. People who were deemed to have violated the family planning regulations were detained, their houses knocked down, their livestock confiscated. The authorities in cities and villages had to meet targets for collecting fines and performing abortions. There were cases of pregnant women being abducted and taken to hospitals to forcibly perform birth control procedures on them.
The web is now awash with promotional materials encouraging couples to have a second child, which in light of the recent exhortations to have only one child seems like a cruel joke.
Most women will not likely want to have more than two children: With newfound wealth and education most people appear to prefer keeping the family small. And the expenses of raising children will be a deterrent to having more. But a two-child policy means the state can and will still interfere in the decisions women make about their bodies and their families.
What happens to the family that wants a third child? What about women who get accidentally pregnant a third time and want to keep the baby?
Liang Zhongtang, a demographer who has advised officials on population policy, told the Beijing News recently that family planning was still part of the state’s mission. “To maintain the integrity of the state policy, there must be compulsory punitive measures for family planning policy violators,” he said.
These “punitive measures” will not only continue to affect women but also an untold number of second- and third-born children — some estimates say the number is in the millions — who remain undocumented because their parents could not afford the fines for violating the one-child policy. Children whose parents do not pay the fines may never be issued official state identity documents. Without them, the children are denied schooling and health care and other social benefits. There’s no reason to believe that these children will be officially recognized in light of the new policy, nor is there reason to think the practice of fining violators of the two-child policy won’t continue.
The birth control regime reaches beyond family life. The government forbids single women from using “assisted reproductive technology,” which includes the freezing of eggs and in vitro fertilization. This year the prominent Chinese actress Xu Jinglei said that she had gone to the United States to freeze her eggs. The particular discrimination faced by single women will not change under the two-child policy.
The vast entrenched family planning bureaucracy may have been a factor in the government’s calculations. The National Health and Family Planning Commission reportedly employs more than 500,000 people — and the fines charged to violators of the one-child policy have been a major source of government revenue. Bureaucrats will fight to keep their jobs under the two-child regime.
The policy shift is merely a nod to China’s troubling gender imbalance and the rapidly aging population. The nature of the system will remain the same: It still tramples people’s dignity and still places the interests of the state ahead of ordinary citizens. The two-child policy is too little, too late.

NOVEMBER 10, 2015

Professional Affairs Of Semnan Baha’i Confiscated

According to HRANA, Sunday, November 8, 2015, judicial officers and security forces, with a warrant, raided the warehouse of the reinforced glass factory of Baha’i citizen, Afrasiab Khanjani, and confiscated his property and transferred them to an unknown location.
Previously also in 2012, the factory of Mr. Afrasiab Khanjai was sealed and his business were also seized. Besides his work Baha’i license had been canceled.
There are also a few months, agricultural land of the Baha’is of Semnan were seized and destroyed.

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Selon HRANA, le dimanche 8 novembre 2015, les officiers judiciaires et les forces de sécurité, avec un mandat, ont fait une descente à l’entrepôt de l’usine de verre renforcé du citoyen Baha’i Afrasiab Khanjani, et ont confisqué ses biens et les ont transféré vers un lieu inconnu.
Auparavant aussi en 2012, l’usine de M. Afrasiab Khanjai avait été scellée et ses affaires avaient été également saisies. Par ailleurs sa licence Baha’ie de travail avait été annulée.
Il y a aussi quelques mois, les terres agricoles des baha’is de Semnan avaient été saisies et les récoltes détruites.

    

Iran’s Human Rights

A report released this month on “The Situation of Human Rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran” reveals that Iranians are worse off under “moderate” President Hassan Rouhani than his more conservative predecessor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and that, based on their current trajectory, they are expected to exceed well over 1,000 executions by year’s end.
“The human rights situation in the country remains dire,” Dr. Ahmed Shaheed, the UN’s special rapporteur on Iran, said during a briefing at the United Nations last week.

Iran executes more individuals per capita than any other country in the world. In his 26-page report, Shaheed notes that between January 1 and September 15 of this year, Iran executed at least 694 people by hanging, which included at least 10 women and one juvenile. In 2014, Iran clocked in at a shocking 753 executions.

Shaheed’s analysis also found that “more than 480 persons were flogged during the first 15 days of Ramadan for not fasting,” but that the Iranian regime has falsely maintained that only three individuals were subject to this punishment for their non-observance of the fast. Additionally, two people who were convicted of theft had their limbs amputated mere weeks prior to the conclusion of the Iran nuclear deal (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA) in July.

A man identified as “Hamid S.” reportedly had his left eye and right ear surgically removed in January of this year after being found guilty of attacking another man with acid in 2005, which caused the victim to lose the same body parts. Another man was also forcibly blinded in March of this year in a process known as qisas, or “retribution-in-kind,” for throwing acid on another man in 2009.

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