Category Archives : Human Rights

Sunni Muslims’ Tale of Grievances in Iran
23 Jan
11:28

Sunni Muslims’ Tale of Grievances in Iran

Sharif Behruz for BasNews published on 22.01.2015 The Municipal authorities of Iran’s capital city, Tehran, closed and sealed off the only prayer house – not a mosque – for Sunni Muslims in Tehran, Kurdpa News Agency reported. The Municipality acted on the closure a week after the Greater Tehran Police barred the…

Argentina prosecutor who leveled Iran accusations found dead + Video
19 Jan
11:45

Argentina prosecutor who leveled Iran accusations found dead + Video

APJanuary 19, 2015, 2:02 PM BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – A prosecutor who had accused President Cristina Fernandez of shielding Iranian suspects in the nation’s deadliest terror attack was found dead of a gunshot wound in his apartment, but prosecutors said Monday there was no indication that anybody else was involved…

Iraq: Yezidi women and girls face harrowing sexual violence
23 Dec
8:52

Iraq: Yezidi women and girls face harrowing sexual violence

Amnesty International Torture, including rape and other forms of sexual violence, suffered by women and girls from Iraq’s Yezidi minority who were abducted by the armed group calling itself the Islamic State (IS), highlights the savagery of IS rule, said Amnesty International in a new briefing today.   Escape from…

Kurdish Canadians on hunger strike in front of CBC headquarters in Vancouver
23 Dec
1:23

Kurdish Canadians on hunger strike in front of CBC headquarters in Vancouver

A group of Kurdish-Canadian activists in Vancouver BC have started protesting in front of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) main office to attract media attention to the plight of 29 Kurdish political prisoners on hunger strike for more than a month in Orumiyeh’s Central Prison. The campaign to stage a hunger strike…

Kurdish Political Prisoners on Hunger Strike Threatened with Further Prosecution and Execution
19 Dec
10:56

Kurdish Political Prisoners on Hunger Strike Threatened with Further Prosecution and Execution

The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran Nearly a month into their hunger strike inside the Orumiyeh Central Prison to protest dangerous and inhumane prison conditions, 27 Kurdish political prisoners have been summoned and threatened with new judicial cases if they don’t cease their hunger strike, a source told…

Amnesty: Alleged juvenile offender among 10 hunger strikers threatened with immediate execution
19 Dec
9:57

Amnesty: Alleged juvenile offender among 10 hunger strikers threatened with immediate execution

The Iranian authorities’ threat to expedite the execution of 10 men on death row in retaliation for going on hunger strike is deplorable, said Amnesty International as it called for the death sentences to be commuted immediately. One of the 10, Saman Naseem, was sentenced to death in 2013 for…

Remembering Iran’s Imprisoned Kurds on UN Human Rights Day
10 Dec
9:35

Remembering Iran’s Imprisoned Kurds on UN Human Rights Day

Sharif Behruz for The Daily Beast Today, December 10, marks United Nations Human Rights Day, first proclaimed in 1950 “to bring to the attention ‘of the peoples of the world’ the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as the common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations.” Today also…

Freedom House: Iran, world’s worst abuser of internet freedom
05 Dec
6:37

Freedom House: Iran, world’s worst abuser of internet freedom

U.S.-based rights watchdog says Internet freedom around the world has deteriorated for the fourth consecutive year, with the steepest declines in Russia, Ukraine, and Turkey. In its “Freedom On The Net 2014″ report, released on December 4, Freedom House says that Iran, Syria, and China are the world’s worst abusers…

Observations on Islamic state of Iran’s second UN review
12 Nov
4:02

Observations on Islamic state of Iran’s second UN review

Sharif Behruz The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) a mechanism of the Human Rights Council which works on reviewing the human rights record of UN member states reviewed the regime of Islamic Republic of Iran’s human rights record on Thursday, October 31. In this session of the Council, 102 countries commented…

Religious minorities under threat in the Middle East: Yazidi Leaders Seek Help Against ISIS
01 Nov
8:15

Religious minorities under threat in the Middle East: Yazidi Leaders Seek Help Against ISIS

A delegation of top Yazidi religious and cultural leaders came to the US this week (October 24-31) seeking help for their community in Iraq, which has been devastated by ISIS extremists. ISIS considers the ancient religious minority to be pagan. More than 300,000 Yazidis have been driven from their homes…

Worsened human rights violation by Iran’s Islamic Republic, reports Special Rapporteur Ahmed Shaheed
28 Oct
5:48

Worsened human rights violation by Iran’s Islamic Republic, reports Special Rapporteur Ahmed Shaheed

Watch Dr. Shaheed officially present his report on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran to the 68th session of the UN General Assembly’s Third Committee on Tuesday, October 28, 2013 at 3pm. Source

Scores arrested in Iran following Kurdistan-wide Kobane solidarity protests
17 Oct
1:40

Scores arrested in Iran following Kurdistan-wide Kobane solidarity protests

Following the wave of solidarity for Kobane across the Kurdish communities, the Kurds of Iran also staged large demonstrations in major cities across the Kurdish region. Protests were held in major Kurdish cities of Sanandaj, Kirmashan, Wurme, Ilam, Mahabad, Saghiz, Sardasht, Jiwanro, Kamyaran, and even Tehran and Tabriz. Almost all…

Iran’s Kurds: A Possible Gateway to Political and Democratic Change?
03 Oct
2:06

Iran’s Kurds: A Possible Gateway to Political and Democratic Change?

  UNPO Brussels, 30 September 2014 – Justice for Iran’s Kurds was the title and overarching theme of a conference jointly organised by the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) and the International Network of Iranian Kurdistan Human Rights (INIKHR), which was held yesterday [29 September 2014] at Nieuwspoort in…

As Rouhani delivered his verdict at the UN, so were his hanging judges back home
02 Oct
2:32

As Rouhani delivered his verdict at the UN, so were his hanging judges back home

Iranian President Rouhani speaks reasonably about nuclear negotiations and stabilizing the Middle East, but at home the “hanging judges” are still at work. When Iranian President Hassan Rouhani answered questions from media leaders at the United Nations General Assembly about the Iranian nuclear program and ISIS last week, there were…

Islamic State’s Hypocrite at the UN debating racism
25 Sep
7:51

Islamic State’s Hypocrite at the UN debating racism

Sharif Behruz On September 23, 2014, Human Rights Council debated the issues of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related forms of intolerance in follow-up to and implementation of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action. The Islamic State of Iran’s hypocritical representative went on the offensive and lambasted number of…