Sunday, September 27, 2015

For the first time and on September 25, terror cell ringleader Zakaria Amara, who plotted terror attacks in downtown Toronto was stripped of his Canadian citizenship, thanks to a law passed by the Conservative government.
Defence Minister Jason Kenney confirmed in an interview Saturday that the government had revoked Amara’s citizenship. He called it a “fitting first application” of law that he played a key role in bringing to Parliament.

In another news on Sept. 23rd Canada's foreign minister Honorable Rob Nicholson, announced a re-elected Conservative Government will improve the sanctions regime via the Special Economic Measures Act by automatically imposing travel bans against any individuals subject to economic sanctions, by reducing the burden on Canadian businesses by producing a consolidated list of those who have been sanctioned, and, by adding gross violations of human rights to the list of eligible grounds for sanctions.
Currently, Canada’s sanction(s) regime can be used against threats which pose a ‘grave breach to international peace and security,’ or to those who have been listed by international organizations. These important improvements will ensure that sanctions are even more targeted and precise, and will enable Canada to take action against individuals and organizations that demonstrate a blatant disregard for human rights. In many countries around the world, key individuals responsible for abusing human rights must be held to account. These improvements will allow Canada to target individuals and organizations that operate across borders or independent of particular regimes.
“This is a warning to those who continue to suppress journalists, activists and minorities, like those in Iran, Syria, Russia, North Korea, Sri Lanka and elsewhere,” said Nicholson. “You will be held accountable for your brutal human rights abuses.”

According to human rights advocates in Iran, Pastor Saeed Abedini, held in Gohardasht Prison of Karaj (west of Tehran), was summoned on September 22 by the prison counterintelligence branch and agents, Bahraini and Mazare’ threatened to file new court cases and the use of torture against him.
Mazare’ had an electric shocker in his hand and would turn it on and off at times in an attempt to terrify this prisoner of conscience.
From March of this year Saeed Abedini an Iranian-American Paster has been the subject of harassment many times. He was also transferred to solitary confinement once during this period. His wife and children live in US and are advocating for his release.

According to the family of Mohammad Ali Taheri his hunger strike entered its 43rd day on Thursday in Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison . Based on information received by the Iranian resistance from inside Iran, Mr. Taheri's health condition is very poor and prison authorities are neglecting his deteriorating health. Amnesty International had reported a few weeks ago how Mr. Taheri was threatened to death by his interrogators.
“My brother is a prisoner of conscience. There are those, however, who are seeking to make the entire case political,” said Azardokht Taheri, Taheri's sister.
Ahmad Shaheed, the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran has called for the suspension of the death sentence issued for this prisoner of conscience.

Hassan Taffah, an 86-year old prison detained in Gohardasht Prison of Karaj, west of Tehran, was transferred to a hospital outside of prison on Saturday, September 19. But, hospital officials refused to accept him into the facility and this elder prisoner was returned to Gohardasht Prison that night. He has leukemia.

Mehdi Bahluli and Mohammad Reza Nik-nezhad, two imprisoned teachers in Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison , were summoned to court Wednesday, marking the first day of the new Iranian school year. Moghise, one of the leading people involved in the massacre of political prisoners back in 1988, was the "judge" in this hearing.
According to another report, the Teachers Union had called on all members to wear black on this first day of the school year and one teacher in the city of Roodsar, northern Iran, was summoned for wearing such clothing.
Mr. Teymouri, was summoned by the school security and Ministry of Intelligence agents only 20 minutes in to start of his class.
The call made by the Teachers Union to wear black was in protest to the recent increase in crackdown measures against teachers across Iran.

The catastrophic consequences of the destruction caused by the policies adopted by Iranian regime is increasing day by day.
Dried up Lake Urumieh has led to an increase in cancer cases, skin illnesses and eye irritation amongst Iranians.
State experts and sources have admitted to this catastrophe and a member of the regime’s Majles or parliament referred to the 2.5% increase in ultraviolet rays around the lake.
“This increase can be an answer to the escalating number of cancer cases around Lake Urumieh,” he said.

The office of Reza Khandan, husband of Nasrin Sotudeh, lawyer and rights activist, has been sealed by security agents. Reza Khandan writes on his face book page: “My office and all others in our building today(Sept. 22nd) were sealed under orders issued by the public prosecutor. This took place at a time when I was not in my office. Nasrin and I had gone to the Quds prosecutor’s office and police station to follow up on the phone threats we have been receiving for the past 3 months. In addition to my office, the office of a film production company that had enjoyed official documents was also sealed.”

The state-run IRNA news agency has published a full report on Women's unemployment in Iran.
“Unemployment amongst women in 20 provinces across Iran is above 20%, and only 11 provinces are actually under 20%. The provinces of Fars and Mazandaran, with 37.8% and 31.8% respectively, have the highest rate of women’s unemployment in the country.”
According to the state-run IRNA news agency Unemployment amongst young women between the ages of 15 and 24 in Iran is over 40%.
Statistics show unemployment rates amongst young women in Kohgilaviye & Boyer Ahmad Province to be 82.8%, and these numbers are 70.5% in Alborz Province; 68.7% in Ilam Province; 77.3% in Tehran Province; 65.6% in Mazandaran Province; and 62.3% in Chahar Mahal & Bakhtiary Province.

Repressive police forces in Iran shot and murdered a Kurdish citizen, media reports indicate. This individual was identified as Ismaeel, 20-year old.
Hid body was held for some time in the Mariwan hospital and security units prevented his family from collecting his body.

The Iranian regime hanged a teenager in the north-eastern city of Mashhad. The unnamed 19-year-old young man was hanged in Mashhad's central prison last Sunday. Under Hassan Rouhani's presidency in the last 2 years, 2000 people have been executed in Iran. The Iranians plan to rally outside the United Nations in New York on Monday September 28 to denounce the visit by the Iranian regime's President Hassan Rouhani to the UN General Assembly.
The rally, which is being organized by the Organization of Iranian-American Communities (OIAC), will press the international community to hold the regime in Iran accountable for its abhorrent human rights record.