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Clinton Iran does not want peace deal

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on January 11, 2011

Thousands of animals mysteriously die across the world

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on January 11, 2011

Iranian lawyer sentenced to 11 years in prison

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on January 10, 2011

Jailed Iranian lawyer, Nasrin Sotoudeh was sentenced to 11 years in prison as well as 20 years ban from travel abroad and from legal practice.

Her husband, Reza Khandan informed the Human Rights Reporters Committee that they now have 20 days to appeal the sentence.

Reza Khandan also added that Sotoudeh was given one year in prison for “propaganda against the regime while for the two other charges of “activities against national security and failing to adhere to Islamic hijab (head covering) in a filmed speech” she was given five years each.

Khandan reported that her wife was very distressed over the heavy sentence that she has received.

Nasrin Sotoudeh, whose practice mainly focused on human rights violation cases, was arrested on September 4 and has been in Evin Prison since.

She has gone on hunger strike twice to protest against her inappropriate treatment in jail and the legal proceedings of her case.

Her arrest has been protested by several human rights activists and organizations both in Iran and abroad.

The most recent protest was a three-day sit-in organized by seven Iranian women activists including Nobel Peace laureate, Shirin Ebadi in front of the United Nations Office at Geneva on December 19.

On the third day, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay issued a letter addressed to Ebadi stating that she will follow up on Sotoudeh’s case and other Iranian political prisoners through all legal channels open to her and her office. 

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70 people dead in IranAir Boeing-727 crash in Iran

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on January 10, 2011

Persecution in Iran: Snippets of the New Revelation

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on January 10, 2011

Iran claims nuclear technology breakthrough

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on January 8, 2011

Iran’s nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi says his country is now capable of making the fuel plates and rods used inside nuclear reactors.

Western analysts have previously said the Islamic republic did not possess such technology.

The US and other Western nations suspect that Iran is attempting to build nuclear weapons.

Tehran strongly denies the accusation, saying its nuclear programme is for peaceful civilian purposes.

Mr. Salehi told Fars news agency that Iran had completed construction of a facility in the city of Isfahan to produce the plates and rods.

“We have built an advanced manufacturing unit in the Isfahan site for the fuel plates,” Mr Salehi, who is also acting foreign minister, told Fars news agency.

“A grand transformation has taken place in the production of plates and rods. With the completion of the unit in Isfahan, we are one of the few countries which can produce fuel rods and fuel plates.”

Fuel rods are designed to contain enriched uranium and are housed inside the nuclear reactor.

Mr Salehi’s comments come ahead of the next round of talks in Istanbul between Iran and six world powers – the US, UK, China, Russia, France and Germany – over Tehran’s nuclear programme.

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Wikileaks Julian Assange’s accusers should not be anonymity

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on January 8, 2011

Human rights film festival invites jailed Iranian filmmaker to sit on jury

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on January 8, 2011

Jailed Iranian film director Jafar Panahi has been invited to join the jury at an international film festival in Switzerland in March that focuses on human rights, organizers said Thursday.

Last month, an Iranian court sentenced Panahi, 50, widely known outside Iran for films such as “The Circle” (2000), “Crimson Gold” (2003) and “Offside” (2006) to six years in jail for alleged subversion, his lawyer said.

The winner of many international awards and a supporter of opposition leader MirHossein Mousavi in last year’s disputed presidential election, Panahi was arrested in early March. He was kept in detention for 88 days, during which he went on a hunger strike.

“He has also been banned from making films, writing any kind of scripts, traveling abroad and talking to local and foreign media for 20 years,” Panahi’s lawyer said after his sentencing.

According to a statement released in Italy in November, Panahi had gone on trial in Iran accused of making a film without permission and inciting opposition protests after the 2009 election that led to months of political turmoil.

The International Film Festival and Forum on Human rights (Fifidh) said in a statement it had invited Panahi to the jury alongside Spanish author Jorge Semprun, Italian writer Antonio Tabucchi, actress and director Zabou Breitman, and a Swiss filmmaker Jean Stephane Brin.

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Iranian-Dutch citizen sentenced to death in Iran

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on January 7, 2011

Iran has issued a death sentence on drug-related charges for Zahra Bahrami, the Iranian-Dutch citizen who was arrested in the protests of December 2009. The court sentence also includes “confiscation of her possessions, car and house.”

Jinoose Sharif Razi, Bahrami’s lawyer told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that her client is charged for two separate cases. The first is connected with her arrest during Ashura Day anti-government protests and the second is a charge of keeping drugs in her home.

Sharif Razi reports that they have currently only processed the file on drug charges and adds: “Since the amount of drugs discovered at her home is over a certain limit, she has been issued the death penalty.”

Bahrami’s lawyer also indicated that her client denies having any drugs at her home. Her sentence has not been confirmed yet and has been sent to the Chief Prosecutor of Iran for further deliberation.

According to this report, 400g of cocaine and 400g of opium were found in Bahrami’s home and according to Iranian law, carrying over 30g of heroine can carry the death penalty. In terms of opium, however, over 20 kg is the limit that can justify the death sentence.

According to Bahrami’s lawyer, drug charges are usually processed with greater urgency. The court sentence on drug charges cannot be appealed but are instead sent to the Chief Prosecutor for more deliberation and finalization.

Zahra Bahrami is also facing the charge of “enmity with God” in connection with her arrest on Ashura Day in December 2009.

Uri Rosenthal, Dutch foreign minister has called on the Iranian embassy to clarify Zahra Bahrami’s situation. He declared grave concern regarding the death sentence which was announced in Dutch media yesterday.

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Prince Alireza Pahlavi’s final wish: “Scatter my ashes over the Caspian sea”

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on January 6, 2011