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Wikileaks Julian Assange’s accusers should not be anonymity

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on January 8, 2011
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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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Shirin Ebadi on human rights in Iran

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on December 31, 2010

Bosnian filmmakers protest jailing of Iranian directors

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on December 28, 2010

About 50 Bosnian filmmakers and actors gathered Monday in front of the Iranian embassy in Sarajevo to protest against prison sentences handed out to directors Jafar Panahi and Mohammad Rasoulof.

“It is terrible that in the 21st century there are fascist systems that do not allow freedom of speech, of expression, of art,” said Bosnian director Jasmila Zbanic, the Berlin Festival’s 2006 Golden Bear winner for her movie Grbavica.

“I came to provide my support to my colleague Panahi who I have met in Berlin. I really feel bad because of what happened to him,” she told reporters.

Defying snow and freezing temperature, the protestors watched one of Panahi’s films on a huge screen erected opposite the Iranian embassy.

Last week the 50-year old Panahi was sentenced to six years in prison and banned from making films or leaving Iran for 20 years. Rasoulof was reportedly given the same sentence.

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Notoriously Stupid Sarah Palin & Co Wants WikiLeaks Leader Pursued Like al-Qaida Operative

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on December 28, 2010

Iran refuses Berlin festival invitation to Iranian filmmaker, Panahi

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on December 27, 2010

Iranian ministry of culture has told the Berlin Film Festival instead of Jafar Panahi, Iranian filmmaker recently sentenced to six years in prison, they can invite other Iranian filmmakers to serve in their jury panel.

The film and audiovisual department of the ministry of culture reported that Iranian embassy in Germany has forwarded a copy of Dieter Kosslick’s invitation to Iranian foreign ministry which has been duly forwarded to the ministry of culture.

The director of the Berlin Film Festival, Dieter Kosslick has invited Jafar Panahi to serve as a member of the festival’s jury in the 61st Berlin Film Festival.

The ministry has responded to the invitation saying that in view of the legal proceedings against Panahi, he will not be able to serve in their jury. They have however suggested a list of filmmakers with names such as Kiarostami, Jozani, Hatamikia and a number of other Iranian filmmakers which the festival can invite to their event in February.

Jafar Panahi was arrested in the post-election protests to the controversial re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. He was released on bail in May and the court has recently sentenced him to six years in jail and 20 years ban from filmmaking and travel abroad.

The Berlin Festival has officially spoken out against Panahi’s sentence and expressed complete support for the persecuted filmmaker.

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Iran Dissidents Speak Out

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on December 25, 2010

Ten Indians convicted for smuggling in Iran

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on December 23, 2010

The men, all from Gujarat, worked in a UAE-based marine service company.

Iranian activists end their protest in Geneva

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on December 23, 2010

Shirin Ebadi and the group of Iranian women activists who started a sit-in outside the offices of the United Nations in Geneva on December 20 to protest against the continued incarceration of their peer, Nasrin Sotoudeh, ended their sit-in today.

Nasrin Sotoudeh, the Iranian lawyer who has been jailed in Iran since September on charges of “propaganda against the regime and collaboration with the Human Rights Defenders Centre”, ended her hunger strike yesterday at the behest of her family and numerous political figures who were deeply concerned for her well-being.

As Sotoudeh languished in jail after almost three weeks of hunger strike while the Iranian judiciary remained unresponsive to her demands for a just trial, Shirin Ebadi along with Mahboubeh Abbasgholizadeh, Shadi Sadr, Parvin Ardalan, Mansureh Shojaee, Khadijeh Moghaddam and Asieh Amini, seven prominent Iranian women’s rights activists began a sit-in in front of UN offices in Geneva to focus attention on Sotoudeh’s plight.

Tthese activists issued a statement on Wednesday maintaining that they had organized their sit-in “to enable the voice of Nasrin Sotoudeh to speak to the world” and also to enlist the assistance of the UN Human Rights Council to save their imprisoned colleague.

“Unfortunately our protests have not been successful;” the statement goes on to add. “Nasrin and other political prisoners are still incarcerated under inhumane conditions. During the three-day sit-in many civil and human rights’ activists declared their support for the sit-in. As a result, the protest against harsh conditions of Nasrin has evolved into a general demand for investigating unfair convictions of all political prisoners in Iran.” They point out that in the mean time two more women’s rights activists, Bahareh Hedayat and Mehdieh Golrou, sentenced to long imprisonment terms, have started a hunger strike to protest against their dire situation in prison.

They list the numerous other imprisoned dissidents such as Mohammad Nourizad, Ebrahim Yazdi, Mohammad Oliaeifar and Moansor Osanlo who are suffering from fragile health in Iranian prisons while the judiciary refuses to provide them with adequate health care.

They refer to the plight of student activists, such as Ahmad Zeydabadi and Abdollah Momeni, as well as journalists such as Bahman Ahmadi Amoi, Massoud Bastani and Nazanin Khosravani imprisoned for long prison terms or held in legal limbo.

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