The Iranian Resistance on Feb. 5th called on the United Nations and international human rights organizations to condemn the detention and harassment of Dr. Mohammad Maleki, the first Tehran University Chancellor after the 1979 revolution.
At 10 am Friday, February 5, the 82-year-old Dr. Maleki was arrested by a group of MOIS agents at Parkway Intersection in Tehran. The agents treated him cruelly as they pushed him into a Peugeot. As a result Dr. Maleki suffered an injury to the head and severe soreness of the body. Several hours later, the supressive forces abandoned him in a deserted area near Behesht-e Zahra in southern Tehran.
Dr. Maleki who was first arrested in 1981 has spent many years in the regime’s prisons. Although very ill, he has been detained and imprisoned many times and again in recent years by the regime’s suppressive organs. Dr. Maleki and a few of his friends in a symbolic act were picking up garbage from the streets.
According to Reuters Feb 4, Canada will not rush to lifting sanctions against Iranian regime, said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Speaking to reporters in Calgary, where earlier in the day he met with oil industry leaders, Trudeau said the deal had helped dampen Iran's nuclear capabilities but there were still significant concerns around what he called the country's state sponsorship of terrorism and abuse of human rights.
'We're going to be very careful and thoughtful, working and coordinating with our allies in the way that we move to reengage and lift sanctions on Iran,' Trudeau said. 'We're going to be responsible about it.
In a related news the Canadian government imposed new sanctions against Iranian regime's missile program and six individuals and one organization.
Canadian Foreign Minister Stephen Dion said Canada is concerned about Iran's "nuclear ambitions" and added: "Canada will not ignore its standards especially in the areas of Iranian regime's human rights violations. Canadian Foreign Minister stressed that "broad sanctions, brought the Iranian regime to the negotiating table and led to an agreement that pushed back regime's nuclear program.
Canadian government said: We will continue our strong commitment towards human rights situation in Iran. Canada is against Iranian regime's support for terrorist organizations and ballistic missile program.
A supporter of a religious minority “Erfan Halghe” who was previously detained and released, was again summoned on Thursday, January 28 by branch 1060 of the Tehran Criminal Court to answer to new charges set against her. She was ordered to appear in court on February 9. Ms. Saie had been previously charged with “disrupting public order” and “taking part in illegal assemblies in support of Mohammad Ali Taheri”. She was then temporarily released on bail.
Currently a large number of supporters and sympathizers of the “Erfan Halghe” group have been sentenced to prison or have open judicial dossiers. Furthermore, during the past few months the supporters of Dr. Mohammad Ali Taheri, the founder and leader of this group, has also been facing judicial prosecution. Dr. Mohammad Taheri currently is on an indefinit hunger strike to be freed unconditionaly. He has served his 5 year imprisonment.
Ghazipour, member of Iranian regime's Majlis(Parliament) warned that %50 of society is comprised on women and said "the main responsibility in life is raising children, and this is on women’s shoulders. If women are to be always present at work in offices, who is to raise the children? Who will provide them religious teachings? Who will teach them moral and cultural matters? The Islamic society in Iran is proud of its women’s hijab! We must support them in order to maintain the dignity of women’s hijab!” The Iranian regime imposed compulsary Hijab on women in 1979 by force.
prevented medical care to go to political prisoner Zeinab Jalalian outside of prison. According to Iranian resistance Jan. 13, the public prosecutor of the city of Khuy, northwest Iran, has Jalalian is suffering from pterygium and intestinal problems, and she had requested to be sent to a hospital outside the prison after her transfer to Khuy Prison due to inadequate assets in this clinic.
Associated France Press reported February 5, that a growing number of young girls are being forced to marriege in Iran, UN rights experts warned Thursday.
Following a review of the situation in Iran, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) urged the country to “repeal all legal provisions that authorize, condone or lead to child sexual abuse.”
The committee, which is made up of 18 independent experts who monitor the implementation of international children’s rights treaties, said it was “seriously concerned” over reports that child marriages in Iran were on the rise. A growing number of “girls at the age of 10 years or younger … are subjected to forced marriages to much older men,” CRC said. Stressing the devastating effects child marriage can have on the physical and mental health of young girls, the experts called on Tehran to introduce national laws clearly banning and criminalizing the practice. The committee also raised a range of other disturbing issues, including the fact that boys in the country are considered criminally responsible at the age of 15, and girls at nine.
This means children down to those ages can be subjected to “sentences involving torture or cruel, degrading treatment of punishment,” it said. Most distressing perhaps is that some crimes committed as a minor in Iran are punishable by death. “Children have been executed in Iran,” committee member Bernard Gastaud told reporters. His colleague Benyam Mezmur described the situation as being “of very serious concern”.
Free Beacon, February 4, that Sen. John McCain (R., Ariz.) on Thursday lambasted the Obama administration’s Iran policy for humiliating the United States and increasing violence in the region, focusing particularly on Iran’s growing aggression after the nuclear deal it struck with the U.S. and five other world powers. Speaking on the Senate floor, McCain argued the president is disengaging from the Middle East while tilting the regional balance of power in favor of Iran at the expense of US allies when greater American leadership is required. “This is another chapter in American history of humiliation, of a failure of leadership,” said McCain, who serves as chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee. “And all of that, of course, is no better epitomized and symbolized than by what happened when the Iranians captured two American vessels that happened to stray into their territorial waters.”