The U.S. State Department’s annual report on human rights
The U.S. State Department released its annual report on human rights around the world on Friday. The report, mandated by Congress, documents human rights conditions in nearly 200 countries and territories and is put together by staff in U.S. embassies. This year's report was largely completed during former President Barack Obama's tenure.
In the introduction to this year's report, Tillerson wrote "our values are our interests when it comes to human rights." The following is the part on Iran.
NCRI - The young man from southern oil reach city of Ahvaz who had sought asylum in the Netherlands got arrested by Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) Headquarters as soon as he returned to Iran. He was then sentenced to 6 years of imprisonment at the trial by the Revolutionary Court of Ahvaz.
On March 2nd, the website of al-Arabiya wrote in this regard: “Zia Savari aged 24 from Ahvaz returned to this city in March 2016 from the Netherlands. He then got arrested by IRGC Headquarters on April 14th 2016. He was charged with "membership in al-Ahwaz Liberation Movement" and "propaganda against the Islamic Republic of Iran" and sentenced to 6 years of imprisonment.
NCRI - To put more pressure on prisoners in ward 4 of Gohardasht Prison by applying white torture on them, the Iranian regime’s judiciary and Prisons Organization have installed eight jamming devices there.
According to reports on March 1, following the increased pressures on political prisoners in Karaj Gohardasht Prison and closing all the ward’s outlets, a number of additional jamming devices were obtained and installed next to previous ones, to make sure that all the prisoners are affected by their carcinogenic waves. This comes at a time when the elderly prisoners there had got used to the amount of wave generated by previous devices and could somehow tolerate the pain and other symptoms caused by them, by taking anti-nausea and painkiller medications. With new devices installed, however, many of the prisoners are now suffering from dizziness, nausea, headache, and diarrhea, starting from today.
Six human rights organisations with consultative status to the United Nations human rights body have submitted a joint written statement to the current session of the Human Rights Council about the 1988 massacre of political prisoners in Iran and the need for the international community to hold the perpetrators to account.
In the summer of 1988, the Iranian regime summarily and extra-judicially executed tens of thousands of political prisoners held in jails across Iran. The vast majority of the victims were activists of the opposition the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI) or (MEK).
Executions and crackdown against Iran’s youth is increasingly on the rise. Many inmates in their 20’s and 30’s have been executed or killed during the past months, while hundreds have also been arrested or mistreated. Wrote Donya Jam in ‘News Blaze’ on February 26, 2017.
Dozens of prisoners have been hanged during the first two weeks of February, including a mass execution of 12 prisoners in Gohardasht Prison, west of Tehran, on Feb. 15. 13 inmates, including prisoners aged 29 and 30, were executed between Feb. 11-13 in the prisons of Qom, Zabol, Jiroft and Mashhad.
NCRI - Four Turkish speaking civil rights activists in Iran have been sentenced to 45 years in jail and 8 years of exile on charges including commemorating International Mother Language Day.
According to the verdict, the activists have been interrogated and convicted due to their beliefs and peaceful cultural and linguistic activities.
A Washington-based lawyer for a U.S. permanent resident imprisoned in Iran by IRGC has called him as a "hostage."
Jason Poblete said in a statement on Thursday that Iranian accusations that Nizar Zakka confessed to authorities are "completely false." AP, reported on February 23, 2017.
Date issued: February 22, 2017
‘Politics of demonization’ upbringing division and fear
Amnesty International releases its Annual Report for 2016 to 2017. The report, The State of the World’s Human Rights, delivers the most comprehensive analysis of the state of human rights around the world, covering 159 countries. It says in part that in 2016, governments turned a blind eye to war crimes, pushed through deals that undermine the right to claim asylum, passed laws that violate free expression, incited murder of people simply because they are accused of using drugs, justified torture and mass surveillance, and extended draconian police powers.Governments also turned on refugees and migrants; often an easy target for scapegoating. Amnesty International’s Annual Report documents how 36 countries violated international law by unlawfully sending refugees back to a country where their rights were at risk.
NCRI - Iranian regime’s head of judiciary has ordered that Sunni prisoners convicted of drug trafficking to be executed as soon as possible so that they won’t be subject to the new legislation approved by regime’s Parliament.
According to reports, a senior judiciary official has revealed a secret decree given by the head of regime’s judiciary ‘Sadegh Amoli Larijani’ to courts to quickly go ahead with the execution of Sunni prisoners convicted of drug trafficking.