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On Wednesday Sept. 16, the Iranian regime sent 8 prisoners to the gallows in Gohardasht Prison, Karaj, west of Tehran. Two young men aged 22 and 24 were among the victims.
In other reports, another prisoner Ra’uf Hassani was hanged in Sanandaj Central Prison (western Iran) in the early hours of Wednesday morning. He had already endured 13 years behind bars and was transferred to solitary confinement on Tuesday in preparations for his execution.
Two other prisoners were hanged Sat. Sept. 19, in Rasht Central Prison, located in northern Iran. The victims were 45 and 46 years of age.
Yesterday Sat. Sept. 19, the same group of Iranian-Canadians holding weekly protest in front of US embassy, condemned the wave of executions in Iran and the human rights violations by the Iranian regime. They said that under moderate Hassan Rouhani's presidency in the past 2 years, 2000 people have been executed.
The Iranian regime's judiciary chief in the city of Behshahr in northern Iran announced that there have been death sentences issued for 7 prisoners on Saturday, and two of these verdicts will be carried out in the coming week.
Iran under the ruling Mullahs, is ranked first in the world in executions per capita. Mullahs have been on an execution rampage following the July 14th nuclear agreement signed in Vienna with the P5+1.
On Saturday, September 19th marked 38th day of the hunger strike launched by Mohammad Ali Taheri. His conditions have been reported as deteriorated.
Mohammad Ali Taheri began his hunger strike on Thursday, August 13th protesting the death sentence issued against him. His followers staged a protest Sat. in front of Evin prison where he's been held but they were faced with threats from the police.
Attacks by Boko Haram fundamentalists in Nigeria during the past 5 months alone have forced over 500,000 children to flee into displacement, said Christophe Boulierac for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). During the past few months a total of 1.4 million children in Nigeria and other neighboring countries have fled from their homes, half of which were under the age of 5, Boulierac added. UNICEF also called for more attention to the status of 219 girls abducted by Boko Haram back in April 2014.
The Foreign Affairs Committee of Iranian Resistance strongly condemned the visit of Netherlands foreign minister Mr. Bert Koenders to Iran on Sept. 19 and called on the country’s parliamentarians and human rights defenders to stop this visit that encourages the regime to carry out more executions and suppression that is against the interests of the Iranian people and their will for the establishment of democracy. Netherlands Foreign Minister arrived in Tehran today.
FAC said in its Sept. 19, statement: The leaders of the velayat-e faqih regime that Netherlands’ foreign minister plans to meet have the execution of 120,000 political prisoners in their infamous record and are dubbed “Godfather of ISIS” by the Iranian people. The number of executions in the two years of Rouhani’s presidency stands at 2000.
The leaders of this regime are, for example, the actual murderers of Motahare (Zahra) Bahrami, the Dutch-Iranian citizen who was arrested in the 2009 uprising and subsequently executed on January 29, 2011. This trip in the midst of large number of executions is nothing but disrespect for human rights and democratic values, said the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Iranian resistance.
International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Yukiya Amano arrived in Tehran on Saturday.
Two diplomats in Vienna said on Friday to the Associated Press that Amano is in Tehran to pressure Iran to allow access to nuclear scientists for interviews. These interviews will take place under the framework of the investigations regarding the military dimensions of Iran’s nuclear program.
Amano is on a mission to gather information about the military dimensions of Iranian regime’s nuclear program prior to October 15th and according to the Associated Press another important aspect of Amano’s talks in Tehran will be the very suspicious Parchin military-nuclear site.
A Canadian study has found that many Iranian journalists who have been the targets of state-sanctioned aggression are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and depression.
The symptoms are especially severe for those who have been arrested by Iranian government agents, according to the study being released Thursday.
Toronto-based psychiatrist Anthony Feinstein, an expert on the effects of trauma exposure on war correspondents and other reporters, looked at surveys done by 114 experienced Iranian journalists — more than half women — randomly selected from about 400 names.
Among the findings were that one in five had been tortured.
'I’ve looked at journalists in many societies and I’ve not come across a statistic like this,' Feinstein said in an interview.
'I did not expect the level of threat against this group to be so high.'
According to the survey, more than half had been arrested at least once. One in 10 had been assaulted, and half reported threats to their families because of the journalism. In addition:
— 78 percent had to stop working on a story because of threats or an assault;
— 61 percent reported being under state surveillance;
— 61 percent had been intimidated.
Feinstein pointed out that the journalists surveyed — about two-thirds of whom have left Iran — are not representative of all Iranian media given that those who avoid challenging the regime likely have much less to worry about.
Psychological tools turned up that 37 percent of those studied suffered moderately severe to very severe depression. Many suffered from nightmares and flashbacks, signs of post-traumatic stress.
The findings point to the need to help journalists in distress, Feinstein said.
'Post-traumatic stress disorder and depression are treatable,' he said. 'If you don’t treat them, they generally don’t go away, or they might get worse.' The psychological distress exhibited by the Iranian group is in line with counterparts in countries such as Mexico or Kenya, where journalists routinely face intimidation and physical violence, and with their western counterparts who work in war zones.
Two women have been fined $260 by a Tehran court for violating the Islamic dress code by not
Earlier this month, a police official said women drivers could have their cars impounded if they are caught driving with a poorly fixed veil or with their heads uncovered.
'In addition to the struggle to make women, and men, observe Islamic values in the public, police also interfere in people’s private lives. In the past six months, managers of 73 residential buildings have been 'called in' as part of the war against mixed 'night parties,' Arman quoted the same official as saying. The number of night parties has dropped sharply compared to last year,' he said.
Parties involving unmarried men and women are prohibited by law.
The Tasnim news agency, belonging to the terrorist Quds Force, cited an Iranian regime official
saying villages in Fars Province , central Iran, have a population of
1,457,000, of which one third are facing serious water shortage
problems. The population of 750 villages in this province are nearly
502,190 people, meaning one third of the entire rural population of Fars
Province, and they are facing serious water shortage problems. In the
past all ducts and fountains were adequate sources for the villages, yet
recently 50% of these ducts in this province have dried up.
their mandatory hijabs (headscarves) properly in public, AFP quoted a
judicial official saying recently. 'In recent days several cases have
been filed in the court for bad hijabs and, in two of them, the accused
were sentenced to pay 9 million rials equivalent of $260/232 euros, in
cash,' daily Arman quoted the official as saying. When in public, all
women in Iran, even foreigners, are required to wear the Hijab. No
details were given on what the women had done wrong to warrant the fine,
which is equivalent to the monthly minimum wage.
In the past two years under Hassan Rouhani ’s tenure no serious measures have been taken to resolve these problems, and in fact these issues have intensified. Furthermore, according to official numbers and admissions by the regime’s own officials the main source of the water shortage crisis is the policies adopted by this regime itself. More than 11 million people have been forced to migrate to the outskirts of large cities and recently Rouhani’s agriculture minister said if the water crisis continues in Iran this country will soon be very similar to Somalia and 50 million Iranians will be forced to migrate.
Iran: provincial prosecutor admits to torture of psychiatric patients
A disturbing news from Iran was circulating the net a few days a go that Eight days after the publication of a report on the torture and mistreatment of psychiatric patients enchained in a center for the physically and mentally ill in Karaj, west of Tehran, Alborz Province public prosecutor Shah-Karami admitted on Tuesday that 20 such patients were beaten. He also said some patients were confined to their positions using ropes and chains. The state-run Mehr news agency had reported on September 7th – without naming any officials – that a center for mentally ill patients in Alborz Province had been closed down a few months ago after it was proven that patients were tortured and harassed. Further reports showed patients were beaten, tortured by dogs and chained to their positions.