Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Iran: activist

Shirin Ebadi told during a news conference that she has lodged a complaint against news agency IRNA over an article claiming that her daughter had converted to the Bahai faith.
Ebadi accuses the state news agency of "spreading lies, insults and defamation."
The allegation is a serious one in Iran, not only is the Bahai faith outlawed but any conversion from Islam is regarded as apostasy, an offence punishable by death. Ebadi thinks that the allegation is related to her decision to defend seven Bahais arrested in April.
Earlier this year she had received death threats pinned to her office door, one of which was signed "The Association of anti-Bahais".

In Sanandaj, Kurdistan province are the teachers Hasan Ghorbani and Kaveh Rostami released after paying bail.
Four teachers, from those arrested in April while pursuing the case of Farzad Kamangar are still detained.
Also Sama and Habib Bahmani, members of Collective Advocates for Human Rights in Iran, and Farzad Hasan-Mirzaei, civil rightsactivist in Bokan are still detained.

Iran is acting with harsher and stronger punishments against labour-activists.
Seyed Qaleb Hosseini, is sentenced to 50 lashes and 6 months in prison.
Abdullah Khani, is sentenced to 40 lashes and 91 days in prison.
Sousan Razani and Shiva Kheirabadi, are sentenced to 15 lashes and 3 months in jail.
Housseni, Khani, Razani and Kheirabadi were prosecuted in connection with an illegal May Day demonstration in Sanandaj, Kurdistan province.
Khaled Hosseini is , sentenced to 30 lashes and a suspended prison sentence for his attempts to aid imprisoned labour activist Mahmoud Salehi.
Labour activist Afshim Shams is imprisoned awaiting sentencing.
Shams is a member of The Coordinating Committee to Help Form Workers’ Organizations, and The Committee in Defense of Mahmoud Salehi.
In Tehran, the ongoing struggle by bus drivers to form an independent organisation has resulted in a recent dismissal verdict against 9 members of the bus workers syndicate.
The leader of the syndicate, Mansour Osanloo, was sentenced to five years imprisonment last year.
Labour unions are theoretically legal in Iran although attempts to form independent labour unions are often attacked.
A corporatist labour organisation, The Workers' House, is the main mediating body between capital and labour. This organization occasionally challenges governmental decisions, but it is seen to be a tool against workers.

In Iran there are childoffenders, still on death row.

Children are being hanged to death.
A child will be hanged to death.
Poster amnesty.nl

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