Democratic Republic of Iran جمهوری دموکراتیک ایران

The Only Way Forward

آقای وزیر اطلاعات! این مناصب غنیمت نیست، آزمون آخرت است / Former prosecutor crticizes Iran’s intelligence ministry

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Moslehi and Hadavi

Mehdi Hadavi, first prosecutor general of the Islamic Republic, criticized the current imposition of intelligence officers on the judiciary, in a letter to Iran’s Minister of Intelligence, Heydar Moslehi.

Kaleme website reports that Mehdi Hadavi refers to the recent arrest of his son in the letter, writing: “An official organization should not comport itself like armed robbers or kidnappers.”

Hadavi’s son, Mohammad Amin Hadavi, was arrested two weeks ago and taken to an unknown location. About two weeks later, Hadavi’s grandson, Shafiq Hadavi was also arrested by the authorities.

Tehran’s Prosecutor, Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi announced earlier that Mohammad Amin Hadavi was arrested over security charges but gave no further information regarding his situation.

In his letter, which was also forwarded to the head of the judiciary, Ayatollah Amoli Larijani, Mehdi Hadavi writes that officials appeared at the home of his son in inappropriate attire and arrested his son without even presenting a proper arrest warrant.

He writes: “Isn’t the Ministry of Intelligence an official government body? Why do they arrest people secretively without giving proper information to their family? The identities of prisoners in Guatanamo and Abu Ghuraib were clear but over here it is not clear who is arresting people; why people are being arrested and where people are being taken to.”

Islamic Republic’s first prosecutor general maintains that the only reason the security officials do not present a proper arrest warrant could be that “the judiciary is impotent and your staff (intelligence officers) do whatever they want.”

Mehdi Hadavi, head of Qom judiciary in 1963, refused to pass an exile sentencing for Ayatollah Khomeini and was therefore dismissed from his post and transferred to Tehran.

Ayatollah Khomeini later returned to Iran after the fall of Iran’s last monarch to establish the Islamic Republic after the Revolution of 1979.

Hadavi, who is now 85 years old, then became the first prosecutor of the Revolution and for a while served as a member of the Guardian Council.

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Filed under: Heydar Moslehi, iran election, Iran News, Iranian protests, revolution, ایران iran

بدحجابی- حمله ماموران وحشی رژیم به زنی در ارومیه / Iranian girl is being beaten by Police for bad Hijab in Orumieh, Iran

گزارش شاهد عینی : ضرب و شتم پليس براي بد حجابي در اروميه
داشتم از خيابان كاشاني رد ميشدم كه با اين صحنه ها برخورد كردم
An Iranian girl is being sexually harrassed in front of many other citizens because of her dress.

Filed under: Iran News, Iranian protests, revolution, ایران iran,

دموکراسی سکولار برای ایران

“Don’t forget the veil is compulsory”

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اعتراض یک دانشجو به کمبود بنزین /Iranian student protesting lack of gasoline rides a donkey to the University

صبح روز ۴ آبان ماه ۱۳۸۹ یک دانشجوی کارشناسی ارشد علوم سیاسی دانشگاه آزاد واحد چالوس در اعتراض به کمبود بنزین با خر به دانشگاه آمد که این کار موجب بازداشت وی توسط حراست دانشگاه شد. دانشگاه آزاد واحد نوشهر و چالوس – ایران

Filed under: Iran News, Iranian protests, Iranian University Protests, ایران iran

رهنورد: خود را برای چوبه دار آماده کرده ام و تا پای جان بر سر آرمان های آزادی-دموکراسی و قانون گرایی ایستاده ام /Zahra Rahnavard: “I have prepared myself for the gallows and am prepared to pay with my life for ideals such as freedom, democracy and the rule of law”

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In an interview with the opposition Kaleme website, Zahra Rahnavard, women’s activist and wife of Iranian opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi has said that the radical elements currently in power in Iran have been present in the country since the Islamic Revolution in 1979 and are determined to stay in power “at any cost.”

The veteran activist said that the aim of Ahmadinejad and his allies was to “eliminate” any “thought, idea and ideology” that is not in line with their agenda. “At times, this elimination has been accompanied with suppression and the people’s suffering and at times, it has manifested itself through the chain murders [of reformist figures in the 90s] and [inflicting] pain.”

“In fact, with the election of the ninth government [in 2005], a portion of this radical group, which was either in favour or was involved in the chain killings, is in a position of power and now wants to keep this power by any means [possible] and under any condition. It could be said that following the Islamic Revolution, the radical and oppressive factions that had not yet risen to power, [finally] rose to power during the ninth [presidential] elections [in 2005 that saw Ahmadinejad take office] and will stop at nothing, not even a coup d’état, to maintain power.”

When asked about the post-election clampdowns against protesters, Rahnavard responded by saying that the aftermath of the rigged 2009 presidential election was a “nightmare” for those who had played key roles in the Islamic Revolution’s triumph and had suffered greatly under the Shah’s dictatorship. “They never imagined that such tragedies would ever take place under an Islamic Republic, whose ideals were all against tyrant, suppression, prisons and that police environment [during the Shah’s reign] and [the Islamic Republic] was shaped based on kindness, compassion, humanity, freedom and the union of the nation and state,” she said. Rahnavard told Kaleme that a “great rift” had been formed between the Iranian people and the Iranian regime.

“We never imagined that such mistreatment would take place whether in the streets or inside the prisons. According to us, this was a nightmare [scenario] perpetrated by the Shah’s regime. In any case, the Green Movement’s goal is the rule of the people and not the rule of states.”

In reference to the suppressions and the injustices in the post Islamic Revolution era, the prominent women’s rights activist said that she herself had been a victim of the state’s oppressive measures and had constantly faced the Iranian government’s censorship. “In these thirty years, no one has been more of an opponent [of the regime’s policies] than me. I’ve protested whenever I’ve had information [about the state’s actions], but I have been among the people who has always been under pressure and none of my books have been granted permission for publication … when I saw that I could not be active I sought sanctuary at the university … but this meant that I couldn’t take part in any social activities.”

Rahnavard, who many consider to be Iran’s true “first lady,” stressed that she has always been against actions contrary to freedom and liberty. “Through my writings and speeches, I have always expressed my opposition to oppressive measures when it comes to women’s rights and what they wear,” she continued.

The university professor was also asked about her role in her husband’s 2009 presidential campaign. “When I set foot in the election [race], I knew that I would be attacked ruthlessly. I went against tradition by breaking a mental taboo, and as women do not have the right to take part in the presidential race [as candidates], for the first time [in Iran] I commenced [my] electoral activities as the wife of a candidate,” she said. “I accompanied Mousavi so that I could put forth the ideals that I was fond of, and for me, more important than Mohandes Mousavi’s candidacy was [the fact] that I intended to make use of the opportunity and to defend thought, lawfulness, democracy and the freedom to write as well as [freedom] of speech.”

Rahnavard also explained that her involvement in the presidential race was to draw women and the youth to polling stations and to materialise slogans such as “freedom, rule of law, democracy” and more specifically to “remove gender-based discrimination” in the country. She argued that throughout history, due to oppression, Iranian women had usually been reluctant to play an open role in politics despite influencing the men of power in their lives, “but today, the presence of women has come out from beneath the layers of history and is [no longer] concealed and [restricted] to [simply] having an influence, but rather, it is lucid, serious, rational and out in the open,” she added. She also called Iran’s discriminatory and domineering laws against women, “overbearing.”

“During the election rallies, first [it was] I [who] would make a speech and then he [Mousavi] would speak and these [actions] drew the people and especially women [to the polling stations], and they saw that during the election their demands were being echoed by a woman and this won a great deal of votes for the reformists [but] was then followed by that monumental fraud or electoral coup.”
 
During the interview, Rahnavard also spoke about the relentless attacks against her by Ahmadinejad and his allies during the 2009 presidential campaign. “They showed their deep sense of resentment towards me by accusing me of having studied illegally and by provoking Mousavi by insulting me,” she said, referring to Ahmadinejad’s infamous television debate with Mir Hossein Mousavi during which he questioned Rahnavard’s academic degree, forcing Mousavi into defending his wife’s academic record.

“By attacking me, he really started a [new] phase in the oppression of women, and by insulting [me] during that television debate, the clampdown on women had begun. After that, I was attacked, in a personal way, numerous times in the streets by anti-riot police who used both electric batons and pepper spray and their websites and media continue to show their profound revulsion towards me through slurs and slanders.”

Zahra Rahnavard expressed dismay over the fact that women have been one of the “most oppressed sectors of society” in Iran, “whose position and rights have always been belittled.” “Women have been oppressed all throughout history,” she said, “and Ahmadinejad’s government represents a portion of the history of oppression against women.”

“Women entered the election [race] in a far more significant way and after the election, they were at the forefront of the Green Movement and the repression against women increased to the same extent, both in the streets and in prisons.”

The opposition figure also blamed the authorities for a radicalisation of the Green Movement’s slogans, but maintained that the movement’s strategy was peaceful with moral and cultural commitments. “But when the ‘Where is my vote?’ slogan is met with such violence, the reactions will be different. They could not use their blunt teeth to untie knots that could have been opened by hand and these blunt teeth of violence, which the regime resorts to, cannot untie this knot. You saw how the slogans went beyond ‘Where is my vote’ and you can see that they have turned into extreme and radical ones.” “Nevertheless,” Rahnavard reminded, “these slogans will never distance themselves from mercy, clemency and companionship and this is the movement’s weapon, otherwise, it will face defeat.”

Rahnavard stressed that the Green Movement’s inception was closely linked with the reform movement in Iran which began in the late 90s after the election of Mohammad Khatami as president in May 1997. She said that the Green Movement was “pluralist, but it does not plan to topple and is not a separatist [movement]. If it speaks about the rights of ethnic [minorities], this does not mean that [the minorities] seek separatism or that we are proposing such an idea. We see this pluralism, while [at the same time] maintaining unity.”

Speaking on the Green Movement’s leadership and the adversary it faces, Rahnavard said that the country’s current rulers were not willing to let go of power and that a “powerful organisation,” armed with weapons and a monopoly over the country’s oil riches and media apparatus, was in control of the country’s affairs. “They oppress the people using these weapons to stay in power,” she said, while praising the Green Movement’s use of its members’ “collective wisdom” which went “beyond individuals.” 

“Whether they like it or not, Mr Karroubi, Mousavi and Khatami are considered to be the leaders of the movement and are alongside the people.” she pointed out. “In effect, an interaction has been formed between the nation and the leaders of the movement. Agreeing upon the constitution and its full implementation, while [taking into account] the fact that constitution is subject to change, is at the core of the national agreement within the Green Movement.” 
 
Regarding the issue of state oppression and violence, Rahnavard stated that it would only further provoke and strengthen civil protest. “Let’s not forget that [protesting in] the street is not the only option,” she said. “Violence will strengthen the Green Movement in its path and will help the movement in deepening and become more pervasive,” she added. “Personally, I have prepared myself for the gallows and am prepared to pay with my life for ideals such as freedom, democracy and the rule of law.”

Also, Rahnavard slammed what she called the Iranian regime’s “belittling” of humans and its interferences in the personal lifestyle and beliefs of individuals. “One woman wishes to be tanned, another prefers to be pale, one dresses one way and the other dress another way, what business of yours is it?” she asked Iranian authorities. Rahnavard also drew parallels between the enforcement of Hijab in post-revolutionary Iran and Reza Shah’s attempts to ban Hijab altogether. She argued that if women and youth were left to themselves, they would strengthen Iran’s “national prestige” and give the country a more “rational” image without compromising personal tastes and individuals’ sense of aesthetics.

In the end, Rahnavard praised the wives of political activists for their political, emotional and at times, romantic letters of support to their husbands behind prison bars and expressed hope that one day, these letters would be published. “Each one, in their own way, has contributed these political literatures to the Green Movement and the Iranian nation.”

Translation by GVF

Filed under: iran election, Iran News, Iranian protests, Karroubi, revolution, میرحسین موسوی خامنه Mousavi, ایران iran, , , ,

ولایت فقیه HIV سیاسی اجتماعی

The Supreme leader system (Velayat-e faqih) is like Political and social HIV!

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هرانا؛ حشمت الله طبرزدی: از دادگاه های بین المللی میخواهم به شکایت من علیه اقای خامنه ای رسیدگی کنند / Denied Justice in Iran, Tabarzadi moves to sue Khamenei in International Court

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[HRAA] Heshmatollah Tabarzadi, a political prisoner currently in Rajaei Shahr Prison in the city of Karaj, has written to exiled Iranian lawyers and asked them to present his charges against Khamenei to the International Criminal Court.  The body of this letter, which follows below, has been given to the HRANAwebsite. 

Honourable defence attorneys: Batavan Gitty Poorfasel, Nasreen Sotoudeh, Mr Mohamad Oliayifard, Khabel Bahrameyan, Mohamad Ali Dadkhah, Jahangeer Mohmoodi

Warm greetings to you, honest lawyers, wise and of good conscience.

Your honors know better than I that the main problem the Iranian nation faces is the lack of a judiciary body that is powerful and independent from the government.

Because the head of this judicial system is unelected and appointed by the leader of the government, and the powers of that leader are equal to the powerof all the nation, as a matter of fact, the interpretation of the ‘absolute power of religious law’ is elevated above elected powers and the powers endowed by the nation.

The assigned head of government is not accountable to the people but to theSupreme Leader and various government factions. Moreover, there is a systematic interference in the judicary affairs and in particular in the work of judges.

Security forces, the centers of power and even the military can easily influence the judges.  The judges are neither elected nor democratically assigned. They are instead assigned by the power center of the regime. 

Judiciary procedures are not respected. This is especially the case when security or revolutionary courts deal with allegations against political prisoners. In these courts the sentences are determined solely by the will of various security centers.

Article 168 of the constitution states, “Allegations of political crimes should be investigated in public courts of competent jurisdiction with presence of lawyers and a jury.” This Article has never been respected.    

To establish an independent, just and strong judiciary, the principles of separation of various branches of the state must be respected. The head ofthe judiciary must be elected by experienced, skilled, independent and just judges. The judges must be independent and only follow the intentions of laws and justice. It should not be possible for the government or any other institutionto influence judges, the supreme council of judges or the head of thejudiciary.    

Ladies and Gentlemen; 

100 years ago, the Constitutional Revolution achieved freedom and held adesire for justice. The freedom fighters at the head of that revolution knew that without an independent judiciary, one cannot obtain freedom, democracy, development, security and justice. But with an independent judiciary that seeks to implement justice, one can attain all of the nation’s legal demands. 

It has been nearly 110 years since that revolution, but now we are facing a force that is in complete control of the military, security and ideological establishment. 

Justice, fairness and neutrality have been the primary sacrifices at the altar of this ideological and illegal force. 

Unjust and prejudiced courts pursue cases against people based on their religious and political beliefs. These courts forced me to confess without explanation. I and others like me feel no hope for the rule of law and for justice and continue to be victimized by tyranny and prejudice. 

What avenue exists for victims like me to pursue justice?

If the government and the security apparatus in the country violate our rights we should be able to get justice in the courts. 

But when the judicial system is under the power and influence of the same establishment of powerful security and government systems, then what avenue remains for defenseless citizens? 

For 16 years I have sustained material and non-material damages at the hands of the security, military and judicial establishments.

Examples include the forced discontinuation and closure of publications, including Payame Daneshjo, Gozareshe Rooz and Hooyate-Khesh, all of which I was an editor or editor-in-chief of, and which were all illegally banned by the government between the years of 1993-1999. This caused great material and non-material damages to both myself and my colleagues. 

They have taken away my basic rights and trampled all over the constitution,  because freedom of speech is a basic right of every citizen. 

In the past 16 years, I have been illegally detained on several occasions. Specifically, I have been in detention since December 2009 to this day and have been imprisoned in different facilities for a total of 11 years and 8 months over the past 16 years. I have spent 33 of those months in solitary confinement and under torture in intelligence detention centers. After all this time, now they have sentenced me to 9 years imprisonment and 74 lashes. 

During this time, the 26th Branch of the Revolutionary Court, under the leadership of Judge Hadad Zarei Dehnavi, illegally disbanded the Islamic Association of University Students and Graduates, of which I was a leader. 

They have stopped meetings and peaceful protests that are a basic and legal right of my fellow citizens and myself and instead have given me imprisonment, torture and social isolation. 

They have taken away from me the right to freedom of speech, the right to form political parties and the right to take part in the political future of the country – which are all recognized by the Declaration of Human Rights. Instead, they have investigated my beliefs and brought me social isolation and jail time. 

Repeatedly, illegally and while armed they have entered my house, seized my possessions, and caused fear and insecurity among my family members. 

In the last 16 years, even in my house, those times I was not in jail, I have had no security. I have been repeatedly insulted, beaten and tortured. During an attack by plain clothes forces on November 15, 2007, in the office of weekly magazine Payam-e-Daneshjoo, they beat me almost to death.

My rights have been taken away. In the last 16 years this regime has withheld and postponed my freedom, censored my ideas, and made me insecure and unsafe. This has been done under three different judiciary heads: Mr. Mohammad Yazdi, Mr. Mahmood Shahroodi, and Mr. Sadeq Larijani. But the real responsibility is assigned to the Supreme Leader, who is answerable for any actions beyond law. Therefore all powers are ultimately under the jurisdiction of this leader.

Based on this, I, who am now imprisoned under new illegal and unjust charges,ask you honorable lawyers to help me so that I can remedy some of the losses that I have sustained by pursuing charges against the Islamic Republic through international courts – something that I have been forced to do [as I have no other avenue left to pursue].

 I am officially sending my protest against Mr. Ali Khamenei, the leader of Islamic Republic of Iran directly to international courts and I ask you the honourable lawyers and all free men for help so this complaint can find its legal course and be pursued effectively. 

I ask the ladies Ms. Mehrangizkar and Ms. Shirin Ebadi, and Mr. Abdolkarimi Laheji and Mr. Mohamad Mostafaie and all international lawyers and relevant organizations related to human rights to help me in this important matter.

I accuse Mr. Ali Khamenei – who holds absolute, supra-legal, unaccountable and life-long powers – of crimes against me as listed below,  and I seek remedy for all the material and non-material damages that he has incurred upon me:

  1. Forced censorship and investigation of beliefs
  2. Illegal banning of magazines: Payam-e-Daneshjoo, Neda-ye-Daneshjoo, Hoviyat-e-Khish and Gozaresh-e-Rooz.
  3. Deprivation of rights such as freedom of speech.
  4. Repeated beatings by security, police and military forces.
  5. Frequent and repeated detentions.
  6. Torture in military and intelligence prisons.
  7. The convictions and lengthy prison sentences are issued by incompetent security courts and under various provisions. These are violations of  the principles of the constitution regarding the fundamental rights of citizens and that of all free people. 
  8. In addition to the 11 years of my life I’ve already spent in prison, I’ve been sentenced to 9 additional years and 74 lashes.
  9. Closing all my party, organization and legal activities by arresting me,repressing and denying me my basic rights.
  10. Putting me under the pressure of security forces; threatening and intimidating my family members with telephone threats; and attacking my home and office.
  11. Preventing meetings and peaceful protests which are the legal rights of every free citizen. These rights have been suppressed under the guise of collusion and conspiracy to disturb national security.
  12. Preventing me from participating in the free self-determination through free elections. This action has been done by the Guardian Council.

 

It is important to note that there are documents and sources available support the claims above and will be delivered as soon as an international court is convened to pursue charges against the government under Ali Khamenei for their criminal actions. 

Hashmatullah Tabarzadi, Political Prisoner 

Karaj, Iran 

Rejaeeshahr Prison, 2010

English Translation by Liss Nup

 

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Rafsanjani: “the free flow of information can not be contained”

Expediency Council Chairman Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has said in modern day the free flow of information can not be contained as the means of communication are mushrooming.

“Today is the era of explosion of information and the flow of information can not be restricted. The groundwork should be laid in a way that people can use these tools (means of communication) appropriately in order to find the right path,” Rafsanjani said during a meeting with a number of university students and graduates on Sunday.

In the modern world if some groups want to impose their viewpoints on other people they will face people’s resistance, he noted.

Rafsanjani also said the Iranian youth will have a bright future, since their awareness toward the issues facing the country is growing, he said.

“The future is very bright, because of the growth of the society’s awareness and the existence of cultured and educated people, although we may face some problems in the path (to success),” he stated.

Eleswhere in his remarks, Rafsanjani commented on the domestic and foreign polices that the Iranian government should adopt.

In the area of foreign policy, officials should seek interaction with other nations while preserving the Islamic system’s principles, he said.

The domestic policies should also be based on people’s vote and freedoms set out in the Constitution, he explained.

Mehr News

Filed under: iran election, Iran News, Iranian protests, Rafsanjani, revolution, ایران iran,

Latest University news from Iran

According to reports in the first week of Aban (Persian month starting from October 23) there is to be a briefing in the Science and Industrial University for the Protection Department forces in this university.

Regime forces in universities have recently become active in the arts and national universities. Of their activities is spreading rumors in the university which are in the interests of Ahmadinejad. Of these rumors is that Ahmadinejad opposes the clerics and if he is put away from the government the system will become completely clerical.

According to reports from the Sush and Khazaneh and Edam Squares, on Friday flyers were distributed challenging Khamenei on Ashura (religious ceremony marking the death of the revered Shiite Imam, Imam Hossein son of Ali and grandson of Mohammad). 

Students of the Teacher Training University clashed with security forces outside the entrance of this university on October 18 because of the fact that female students were harassed under the excuse of ‘improper veiling’.

Young people and students in Amir Abad and Fisher Abad wrote on the walls of public places to call for a protest for Student Day in Iran. Some of their messages were ‘Students fight while Khamenei trembles’ and ‘Don’t forget December 7 (Students Day)’, and ‘death to Khamenei’.

ISC

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Technical office of Basij was set on fire

A technical office for printing and duplicating belonging to Amir Almomenin Mosque in Zarinshahr was set on fire on Wednesday night. This office was used for printing leaflets and brochures for the Basij. This office on Wednesday printed and distributed a long leaflet about Khamenei’s travel to Qom.

According to reports, possibly this false leaflet has caused anger among the freedom loving youths, so they have done this job.

As some experts said, in this office, there were the newest printing and duplicating machines and this place was used to distribute lies of Basij.

ISC

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Our perserverance is our sword, Our unity is our shield, AZADI… is our destiny!

Brave Women Of Iran

A special note we would like to share with the brave and beautiful women of Iran; You have shown extraordinary courage, passion, pride, humility and humanity in the face of great injustice. The world has taken notice and we are all humbled by your strength and determination. If you are the future, then we all are comforted by how bright it will shine.

The One Who Wishes To Move A Mountain, Must Start By Removing Stones

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