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Iran: Narges Mohammadi Calls on MPs to End the “Illegal” Torture of Solitary Confinement in Iran’s Prisons

October 14, 2017

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Imprisoned prominent human rights activist Narges Mohammadi has called on members of Iran’s Parliament to investigate and end the “illegal” practice of solitary confinement of prisoners.

“As a defender of human rights who has been tortured by this practice, I consider it my duty to take every opportunity to express my protest against solitary confinement, the suffering victims of which I continue to see in Evin Prison,” wrote Narges Mohammadi in a letter from the prison where she is serving a 16-year sentence for peacefully advocating for human rights.

“I am sure you are aware that under the laws and regulations of the Islamic Republic of Iran, and based on the opinion of the Supreme Administrative Court, keeping suspects in solitary confinement is not only illegal, but also a clear violation of the constitutional and basic human rights and dignity of prisoners, instituted by the security and judicial agencies without rules or limits,” she wrote.

Article 39 of Iran’s Constitution forbids “all affronts to the dignity and repute of persons arrested, detained, imprisoned, or banished.”

The letter, published by the Defenders of Human Rights Center on October 8, 2017, addressed members of Parliament’s Article 90 Committee, which is authorized by the Constitution to investigate citizens’ complaints against the executive, legislative and judicial branches of state.

In her letter, Mohammadi—a 45-year-old mother of twins who is currently being held in Evin Prison’s Women’s Ward—mentioned 15 other cellmates who she said have spent a total of 140 months in solitary confinement throughout different periods of their incarceration.

https://www.iranhumanrights.org/2017/10/narges-mohammadi-calls-on-mps-to-end-the-illegal-torture-of-solitary-confinement-in-irans-prisons/

http://iran-hrm.com/index.php/2017/10/12/iran-female-prisoner-says-prisoners-kept-prolonged-time-solitary-confinement/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narges_Mohammadi

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Argentina/Iran/Israel: Argentine Judge Summons Ex-President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner in Ongoing Probe of Cover-up of Iran’s Responsibility for 1994 Buenos Aires Jewish Center Bombing

October 9, 2017

The Argentine federal judge investigating the allegation that ex-President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner’s administration conspired with Iran to hide Tehran’s culpability for the deadly 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish center in Buenos Aires announced on Monday that Kirchner has been subpoenaed to appear before him on October 26.

In the latest sensational development in a case that has proceeded for over twenty years without a single conviction, Judge Claudio Bonadio banned Kirchner and fourteen other defendants from leaving the country until they have provided their testimonies.

Bonadio’s case is based on the original complaint that was to have been submitted by late special prosecutor Alberto Nisman in January 2015, which laid out the charge of complicity with Iran against Kirchner, her foreign minister Hector Timerman and several other officials. Nisman was found dead in his Buenos Aires apartment the night before he was due to present his complaint to Argentina’s Congress; the initial spurious claim that Nisman committed suicide was finally disproven last week, when an official report from from Argentina’s Gendarmeria Nacional concluded that the federal prosecutor had been beaten, drugged, and then shot execution-style.

https://www.algemeiner.com/2017/10/09/argentine-judge-summons-ex-president-cristina-fernandez-de-kirchner-in-ongoing-probe-of-cover-up-of-irans-responsibility-for-1994-buenos-aires-jewish-center-bombing/

https://www.timesofisrael.com/judge-subpoenaes-argentine-ex-president-in-amia-inquiry/

https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-10-10/an-unsolved-death-drives-argentina-to-fiction

https://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Argentina-Fernandez-to-Testify-in-Case-of-Alleged-Bombing-Cover-Up-in-1994-20171010-0006.html

http://www.thetower.org/5522-former-argentinian-president-ordered-to-testify-in-terror-cover-up-probe/

http://fr.timesofisrael.com/attentat-amia-un-juge-cite-a-comparaitre-lex-presidente-de-largentine/ (FRANCAIS)

Iran: Release human rights activists from unjust imprisonment

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The space for human rights activism in Iran is rapidly shrinking, as the state’s judicial and security bodies intensify their crackdown. But anti-death penalty campaigners, women’s and minority rights activists, trade unionists, and many others bravely continue to speak up.

Their determination is met with severe consequences – they are locked up after grossly unfair trials, and branded as “enemies of the state” and “traitors” by the Iranian state media.

Narges Mohammadi is a distinguished and award-winning human rights activist. An inspiration to many, she speaks out against the death penalty and passionately defends women’s rights. She has already served six years in prison for her work at the Centre for Human Rights Defenders. She has now been sentenced to a further 16 years behind bars. Narges has suffered seizures in prison and requires specialized medical care which she cannot receive there. She has been cruelly separated from her family, including her two young children, Ali and Kiana, who she has not seen for two years.

https://www.amnesty.org/en/get-involved/take-action/iran-release-human-rights-activists/?utm_source=FBPAGE-IS&utm_medium=social&utm_content=1102959843&utm_campaign=Human%20Rights%20Defenders

http://iran-hrm.com/index.php/2017/09/29/iran-release-human-rights-activists-unjust-imprisonment/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narges_Mohammadi

Argentina/Iran/Israel: Le rôle du régime iranien dans le meurtre d’un procureur argentin

le 3 octobre, 2017

Le rôle du régime iranien dans le meurtre d’un procureur argentin

Dans un article publié dans le Real Clear World, Toby Dershowitz, vice-président de la Fondation pour la défense des démocraties, a rapporté sur l’enquête concernant l’assassinat en 2015 du procureur Alberto Nisman. Celui-ci a eu lieu la veille du jour où il devait présenter des preuves impliquant le régime iranien dans la plus grande attaque terroriste en Argentine et démontrait que la présidente de l’époque, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, essayait de couvrir cette implication.

M. Dershowitz a souligné que le rapport de police de 400 pages « a découvert ce que la plupart des gens auraient trouvé instinctivement. » M. Nisman ne s’est pas suicidé, mais il a été assassiné. En réalité, il a été drogué, puis passé à tabac, ce qui ne conduit pas à l’hypothèse du suicide. Pourtant, Mme Kirchner a décrit sa mort en tant que suicide, le résultat d’une dispute avec sa partenaire, et même un meurtre pour la piéger.

L’affaire est cependant loin d’être résolue. Nous ne savons toujours pas qui l’a tué, qui l’a commandité et pour quelles raisons.

M. Dershowitz a écrit : « De nombreux observateurs pensent qu’il n’était pas la cible. La cible était les preuves qu’il devait exposer concernant le rôle de l’Iran dans le terrorisme dans l’hémisphère occidental, et concernant les tentatives présumées de Mme Kirchner pour couvrir le rôle de l’Iran dans les attentats du 18 juillet 1994 contre l’AMIA, le centre de la communauté israélite à Buenos Aires. »

Cet attentat a fait 85 morts et des centaines de blessés.

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https://www.ncr-iran.org/fr/actualites/droits-humains/20247-le-role-du-regime-iranien-dans-le-meurtre-d-un-procureur-argentin

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alberto_Nisman

https://www.algemeiner.com/2017/10/02/official-report-death-of-argentine-prosecutor-in-1994-buenos-aires-jewish-center-bombing-case-was-result-of-murder-not-suicide/ (ENGLISH)

https://www.thedailybeast.com/inside-the-murder-of-the-prosecutor-who-fingered-irans-terror-team-in-argentina (ENGLISH)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alberto_Nisman (ENGLISH)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_of_Alberto_Nisman (ENGLISH)

http://tn.com.ar/politica/la-muerte-de-alberto-nisman-diego-lagomarsino-pidio-la-nulidad-de-la-pericia-de-gendarmeria_824718 (ESPANOL)

Iran: Detained lawyer in poor physical health in Evin Prison

September 30, 2017

Abdolfattah Soltani

Masoumeh Dehqan, wife of Abdolfattah Soltani, a lawyer detained in Section 350 in Evin Prison, has expressed concern over her husband’s physical health.
Masoumeh Dehqan has posted the following message on her Instagram page:
“We had a visit today. My husband Abdolfattah Soltani was once again very ill. He said he had been suffering from severe digestive problems and colitis for several days. Two months ago, during his leave, tests showed that he was suffering from severe anemia, which the doctor said would not improve if his situation did not change”.
“Unfortunately, he now has hemorrhoid on top of the anemia,” she wrote.
“As days go by, he becomes weaker and his illnesses including blood pressure, waist and neck lumbar disc, and gastrointestinal problems, deteriorates”.
Soltani, who is an Iranian human rights lawyer, was arrested on Saturday, September 10, 2011, and was sentenced to 18 years in prison and 20 years of disbarment for receiving the Nuremberg Human Rights Prize from Germany, giving interviews to the media about his clients’ cases and participating in the establishment of the Center of Human Rights Defenders. The sentence was later reduced to 13 years in an appeals court.

http://iran-hrm.com/index.php/2017/09/30/iran-detained-lawyer-poor-physical-health-evin-prison/

https://www.iranhumanrights.org/2017/09/rouhanis-intelligence-ministry-abdolfattah-soltani/

https://irannewsupdate.com/news/human-rights/4273-iran-hunger-strikes-and-medical-deprivation-continue-as-tehran-lies-about-human-rights.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abdolfattah_Soltani

Iran/AI: Release human rights activists from unjust imprisonment

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The space for human rights activism in Iran is rapidly shrinking, as the state’s judicial and security bodies intensify their crackdown. But anti-death penalty campaigners, women’s and minority rights activists, trade unionists, and many others bravely continue to speak up.

Their determination is met with severe consequences – they are locked up after grossly unfair trials, and branded as “enemies of the state” and “traitors” by the Iranian state media.

Narges Mohammadi is a distinguished and award-winning human rights activist. An inspiration to many, she speaks out against the death penalty and passionately defends women’s rights. She has already served six years in prison for her work at the Centre for Human Rights Defenders. She has now been sentenced to a further 16 years behind bars. Narges has suffered seizures in prison and requires specialized medical care which she cannot receive there. She has been cruelly separated from her family, including her two young children, Ali and Kiana, who she has not seen for two years.

https://www.amnesty.org/en/get-involved/take-action/iran-release-human-rights-activists/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narges_Mohammadi

Argentina/Israel/Iran: Argentine prosecutor Nisman death, a homicide, according to toxicology report

September 23, 2017

Nisman was investigating the 1994 bombing of AMIA Jewish community center  and accused then-President Cristina Fernandez of covering up Iran’s role in the bombing

A new toxicology report on the body of Alberto Nisman, the late Argentine prosecutor, found that ketamine and clonazepam were in his blood at the time his death, Argentine federal criminal prosecutor Ricardo Saenz announced this week.

Nisman was investigating the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish community center in Buenos Aires and accused then-President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner and Foreign Minister Hector Timerman of covering up Iran’s role in the bombing through a memorandum of understanding with Teheran. The memorandum of understanding was later declared unconstitutional. Nisman was found dead in his apartment of a gunshot wound to his head hours before he was due to present his findings to a closed-door session of Congress.

While clonazepam is a tranquilizer, ketamine is an anesthetic that is often used by veterinarians on animals. According to Argentine newspaper La Nacion, after the toxicology analysis was released, Saenz said in a radio interview that “there is plenty of evidence in the case that indicates that it is a homicide,” he added that the discovery of ketamine “would be one more.”

Echoing Saenz’s charge, a Wall Street Journal editorial on Wednesday observed that “it is highly unlikely Nisman would have voluntarily ingested such a drug.” The Journal also raised the question of Iran’s involvement in Nisman’s death. This is not the first time that Iran’s connection to the death of the prosecutor has surfaced. In 2015, Christopher Dickey, foreign editor for The Daily Beast, raised the possibility that Nisman was murdered by Iran, highlighting that Islamic Republic has a history of assassinating opposition figures and others who might harm their regime.

http://en.mercopress.com/2017/09/22/argentine-prosecutor-nisman-death-a-homicide-according-to-toxicology-report

http://www.wral.com/new-probe-says-death-of-argentine-prosecutor-a-homicide/16966899/

http://www.france24.com/en/20170923-prosecutor-nisman-probing-argentina-president-kirchner-fernandez-murdered

http://lobelog.com/alberto-nisman-was-murdered-but-we-still-dont-know-why/

http://www.thedailybeast.com/inside-the-murder-of-the-prosecutor-who-fingered-irans-terror-team-in-argentina