Despite the friendly atmosphere, Rouhani could not avoid facing huge protests as thousands of people denounced Iranian regime's policy towards Syria and violation of human rights. Iranian opposition group, the People’s Mojahedeen of Iran, with headquarters outside Paris, held a demonstration, and 61 lawmakers signed an open letter to François Hollande condemning Iran’s human rights record, with executions on the rise, and what it called its 'strategy of chaos' in the Middle East.
Across the city, protesters waving Iranian flags joined a four-kilometer march to Invalides square, the military complex that includes Napoleon’s tomb where Rouhani was welcomed earlier in the day.
Iranian regime is the world’s most prolific executioner of offenders convicted while juveniles, Amnesty International said Tuesday, accusing the Islamic republic of using torture and ill-treatment to extract confessions from minors. The rights group said Iran 'tops the grim global table of executioners of juvenile offenders' with 73 recorded executions between 2005 and 2015, including at least four last year. 'Iran is one of the few countries that continues to execute juvenile offenders in blatant violation of the absolute legal prohibition on the use of the death penalty against people under the age of 18 years at the time of the crime,' said Amnesty’s Middle East deputy director, Said Boumedouha.
International, local and Arabic media reported this demonstration that took 6 hours on Paris streets. An eye witness demonstrator told Radio Irava that the pedestrians and people from their balconies waved yellow scarfs. Yellow is the color for the Camp Ashraf residents who belong to Iranian opposition movement MEK or PMOI, People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran.
Reuters, reported on Jan. 30th that Russian airstrikes on Syria have killed nearly 1,400 civilians since Moscow started its aerial campaign nearly four months ago, a group monitoring the war said on Saturday.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which collects information from a network of sources on the ground, said the Russian strikes had also killed 965 ISIS fighters as well as 1,233 Syrian rebels.
The main Syrian opposition group in Geneva for peace talks on Saturday has demanded a halt to a joint Russian and Syrian bombing campaign they say targets mostly civilians in rebel held areas as a pre-condition for engaging in talks with the Syrian government.
Russia began a major aerial campaign on Sept. 30 to help its ally Syrian President Bashar al Assad. Moscow says it is targeting ISIS militants but rebels and residents say the Russian air strikes are causing hundreds of civilian casualties in indiscriminate bombing of civilian areas away from the front line.
According to Iranian resistance' Women Committee Jan. 27, the Iranian authorities have demanded $200,000 in bail for the release of political prisoner Atena Daemee. Her family is currently seeking ways to gather this extremely heavy bail to win the release of their young daughter. A method used by Iran’s judiciary and intelligence officials is issuing heavy bails for the release of innocent prisoners who have not committed a crime and are behind bars due to the allegations raised by the regime.
Iranian regime's “Cyber War” law enforcement agency has launched campaigns in cyberspace
describing women as “DANGEROUS SPECIES”, attempting to tag a negative image of women.
Iranian resistance sources say these regime agents have carried out initiatives in Telegram and other social media networks under the pretext of “virtue in cyberspace”. They have been seen posting messages on Telegram depicting women as dangerous beings.
The “Virtue in Cyberspace” campaign warns Iranian users on social media.
The Revolutionary Guards was the first government entity that proposed the idea of training “Cyber War Commandos” as a necessity to defend the Islamic regime.
BBC English reported on 30 JAN 2016- that another 16 people have starved to death in the besieged
Syrian town of Madaya since UN aid convoys reached it earlier this month, according to charity Medecins Sans Frontiers.
The charity says there are also 33 people in danger of dying. Brice de la Vingne, MSF operations director, said the situation was 'totally unacceptable' when people 'should have been evacuated weeks ago'. MSF previously said 30 people died of starvation in the town late last year.
Earlier in January, two emergency convoys of food and aid supplies were delivered to Madaya, where up to 40,000 people are believed to be trapped in appalling conditions.
The report comes as talks on ending the Syrian conflict take place in Geneva.
Negotiators representing Syria's main opposition groups were expected to arrive on Saturday, after earlier boycotting the launch of the peace talks. Aid deliveries to besieged towns is a key demand from opposition groups.
The UN says some 400,000 people are trapped and in need of emergency assistance in 15 locations in Syria. Media captionSome people in Madaya said they were being forced to eat cats and grass.
Madaya, in the mountains 25km (15 miles) north-west of Damascus, has been besieged for six months by government forces and their allies in Lebanon's Hezbollah movement.
According to the State-run ILNA Jan. 27, Most of the addicted women in the Iranian Capital, Tehran, are those living in city suburbs, said Shahindokht Molaverdi, Rouhani’s deputy in women and family affairs. “The elements and reasons that lead to this migration and damages are equal for men and women; there is unequal development across the country,” she said. “This unequal development and migration also leads to a rise in the number of people living in city outskirts. We currently have more than 10 million people across the country living in city outskirts, and this is a dangerous sign,” Molaverdi added. “Women are generally more vulnerable than men, let alone those who are living in the conditions of city outskirts,” she continued.
Priest Saeed Abedini, who was freed this month from an Iranian prison as part of a U.S.-Iranian prisoner swap, said in a television interview aired on Monday that he was tortured and left in solitary confinement for refusing to sign a false confession and saw other prisoners being taken to be hanged. Saeed Abedini was imprisoned in 2012 on charges of setting up home churches. He was detained while building an orphanage in his native country Iran.
Abedini told Fox News that while in Tehran's Evin prison he was beaten by interrogators, left with dangerous prisoner who tried to kill him and watched people screaming and crying while taken to be hanged. He said that he was threatened to be killed even after he's free in US. Abedini said he also saw other prisoners undergo torture. Groups of Sunni Muslims who had been imprisoned only because of their faith were hanged on a weekly basis, he said.