Thursday, March 08, 2012

Iran: statement

Hardliners in Iran criticised the blocking of a number of websites supportive of Ahmadinejad, they were reportedly blocked by the country's judiciary, which is closely aligned with Khamenei. Several of the filtered websites were said to have posted comments critical of parliamentary speaker Ali Larijani, who is close to Khamenei and a critic of Ahmadinejad.Also journalists were temporarily detained.
In an online statement cyberactivists said that the selective filtering of sites and the arrests are irrational.They warned that it could damage the country's "holy" cyberwar.
They also said that some of the websites and blogs that are being filtered played a key role in 2009's postelection crackdown.

Human Rights Watch said in a statement that Iran’s judiciary should immediately overturn the sentence of 18 years in prison for humanrights lawyer Abdolfattah Soltani and release him.
Shirin Ebadi says that at least 42 lawyers had faced government persecution since June 2009.
Also Nasrin Sotoudeh, Mohammad Seifzadeh, and Javid Houtan Kian were convicted to prisonterms and long bans to practice law.
Several other convicted lawyers Mohammad Ali Dadkhah and Khalil Bahramian were allowed to be released from detention on submitting money for bail and await the results of their appeals outside of prison.
source: HRHI

Ahmad Shaheed, the Special Rapporteur of United Nations about the humanrights situation in Iran has in the 36 pages report, documented a pattern of fundamental human rights violations in Iran.
The official reaction of the Iranian government to the in September 2011 released report dismiss it as Western “propaganda".

Change for Equality said in a statement that while being denied the opportunity to celebrate Womensday or express their demands in the streets, they have taken this opportunity to say that they are opposed to war and each of these short films express the reasons for that opposition.
The video's are here and are English subtitled.

Jon Stewart in The Daily Show


In Iran there are childoffenders, still on death row.

Children are being hanged to death.
A child will be hanged to death.

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