Dutch government froze contacts with Iran after hanging

The Dutch government froze official contacts with Iran on Saturday to protest the hanging of a Dutch-Iranian woman, the Foreign Ministry said.

Source: ANF

Iranian Ambassador Gharib Abadi was informed of the sanctions after he confirmed reports that Zahra Bahrami, 45, was executed in Tehran Saturday.

His embassy later said the hanging was “an internal issue” that should have no impact on diplomatic relations.

Iranian state television reported Bahrami was hanged for possessing and selling drugs. The report said that initially Bahrami was arrested for committing “security crimes,” but it did not say what became of that case. Continue reading

Iran hanged Dutch Woman

Zahra Bahrami, the 45 year old Iranian-Dutch citizen and mother of two who was arrested during the 2009 Ashura protests (December 27, 2009), was hanged today reported the website Persian2English.

Source: ANF

Zahra Bahrami was executed even though her second case file with political charges was still opened and unresolved.

On August 16, 2010, branch 15 of the Tehran Revolutionary Court charged her with Moharebeh (enmity against God). She was detained since December 27, 2009 and spent a long duration of time in solitary confinement. Her other charges included “Acting against national security”, “Propaganda against the regime”, and “Membership in a royalist group”. Continue reading

Global Day of Action against Iran’s Executions

International Committee Against Execution – UK has announced a Global Day of Action against Iran’s Executions and in support of  political prisoners in Iran

Saturday 29th Jan 2011, London

2-4pm, Trafalgar Square, North Terrace

(outside the National Gallery)


Iran detains three women lawyers

Iranian authorities have arrested three women lawyers at an airport in Tehran after they arrived on a flight from Turkey, media reported on Sunday.

Source: ANF News Desk

The three detained at Imam Khomeini airport Saturday were identified as Sara Sabaghian, Maryam Kianersi and Maryam Karbasi, reformist newspapers Arman and Shargh said, without providing further details.

Sabaghian reportedly represented a detained opposition blogger and Kianersi was on the defence team of Kobra Najjar, a woman sentenced to death by stoning who was acquitted and freed about two years ago. Continue reading

Let’s unite against stoning and execution

Evaluation of the history of sovereignty would reveal the fact that violence has been the main characteristic of power seeking mentalities.

Source: Kurdish Info

The political prisoners in the Iranian Detentions- Evaluation of the history of sovereignty would reveal the fact that violence has been the main characteristic of power seeking mentalities. It is however in clear violation of the international human rights standards and democracy. Continue reading

The Danger of Execution Is Still Hanging Over Sakineh’s Head

Sajjad, in a new call to the whole world, has asked for his mother to be saved.  We once again emphasize the necessity of a powerful continuation of the international effort to save Sakineh.

Mohsen Ejeei, spokesperson of the Judiciary of the Islamic Republic of Iran, announced today, September 27, 2010, that Sakineh was sentenced to stoning as well as execution [for the fabricated murder charge invented by the regime], and that the punishment for murder [execution, most likely by hanging] takes priority over the punishment for adultery [stoning].
It is necessary to recall that on their recent trip to New York, Ahmadinejad and Mashaai, his Vice-President, had announced that a stoning sentence has never been handed down in Sakineh’s case. Continue reading

End solitary confinement of Iranian political prisoners

07 August 2010

Human Rights Watch published an appeal concerning 17 Iranian political prisoners

Source: ANF Network

Human Rights Watch published a press release calling for Iranian prison authorities to end the solitary confinement of 17 political prisoners and afford them all the protections to which they are entitled, including access to their families and lawyers.

According to the organization all 17 prisoners have been on a hunger strike since July 26 to protest deteriorating conditions inside Evin Prison and have been prohibited from contacting their families.

The 17 are among hundreds held in Ward 350 of Tehran’s Evin Prison, many of whom were unlawfully detained as part of the mass arrests of political dissidents and peaceful demonstrators following the disputed June 12, 2009 presidential election. There is speculation that more prisoners may have joined the hunger strike in recent days. Continue reading

TAKE ACTION: Execution of Zeinab Jalalian Imminent

URGENT: Female Kurdish political prisoner Zeinab Jalalian has been moved to the enforcement section of the Islamic Republic’s detention facilities; her execution is deemed imminent.

Source: Kurdish Info

 A woman named Zeynep Jalaliyan, whose whereabouts is unknown, is under the threat of execution. It is stated that Celaliyan, whose case is sent to the Execution Institution, could be executed at any time. Another Kurdish political captive named Hebibulla Gulperipur, who is in Mahabad prison, is also under the threat of execution. It has been found out that Gulperipur, who has been tortured for going on hunger strike, is constantly receiving death threats. In the meantime, although it has been 52 days, the bodies of 5 captives, 4 of whom are from PJAK, who have been executed on 9th May, are not still delivered to their families.

TAKE ACTION: Execution of Zeinab Jalalian Imminent
URGENT: Female Kurdish political prisoner Zeinab Jalalian has been moved to the enforcement section of the Islamic Republic’s detention facilities; her execution is deemed imminent.

Zeinab, 27, is from Maku, a city in the far northwest corner of Iran in province of West Azerbaijan.  She was arrested in May 2008 in Kermanshah and accused of ‘waging war against God’ (Mohareb) and belonging to the PKK (an outlawed political organization).

Her “trial,” in which she was denied legal defense, lasted about 5 minutes, reminiscent of the 1988 mass executions of thousands of political prisoners, for which there is now a demand to convene an international court to try the perpetrators.  Zeinab was sentenced to death in that sham trial and the sentence has been upheld. Originally imprisoned in Kermanshah prison, she was transferred to the detention center of the Ministry of Information in March 2010, and has now been moved to the “enforcement” section of the facility, signaling impending execution.

Here is 27-year old Zeinab Jalalian’s letter to the world, pleading for help:

Dear Human Rights Organisations:

My name is Ms Zeinab Jalalian (زینب جلالیان). I am a 27-year-old Kurdish female political prisoner in prison in Iran. My death sentence was confirmed by the Iranian Supreme Court.

    I am currently ill because of torture and I don’t have any lawyer to defend me. I want to tell you that my trial took only few minutes. The Court told me: “You are an enemy of God. You must be hanged very soon.” That was the sum of my entire court process. I asked the judge to give me permission to say good bye to my mother and family before my execution. He told me to “shut up” and rejected my request.

    Zeinab Jalalian (زینب جلالیان)

Kurdish woman prisoner on hunger strike

Zeynab Bayazidi, former member of the Kurdistan Human Rights Organization, has gone on hunger strike in Zanjan prison.


According to Movakerian news agency, Bayadizi’s mother has confirmed this news and said: “Zeynab has gone on hunger strike in protest to the inappropriate behavior of the chief of Zanjan Prison with a number of female prisoners.”

Zeynab Bayazidi is a former member of Kurdistan Human Rights Organization and the One Million Signatures Campaign, has been detained in Zanjan prison for nearly two years. The Revolutionary Court of Mahabad had sentenced her to 4 years imprisonment in Zanjan Central Prison.

Saving Sakineh, but forgetting Zeynab

This is a tragedy that belongs to modern powerplay and the current moment, and that calls for a much more thoughtful response from outside observers

Source: OpenDemocracy

Anonymous, 9 July 2010

In the west, those tragedies occasionally flicker across our front pages or perform a brief morbid dance on our television screens.

But it is difficult to understand how they infuse Iranian culture, politics, and every day life.

The stoning of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, a 43 year old woman sentenced to death for allegedly committing adultery, is just one manifestation of the horror faced by Iranians who’ve fallen foul of the government. Her case is particularly heart rending, and worthy of international attention, because of her son’s desperate plea to the world to save his mother.

In May 2006 Sakineh was accused of having an ‘illicit relationship’ with two men after the death of her husband, who was allegedly murdered. Sakineh received 99 lashes as punishment; but when the trial for her husband’s death opened, the main suspect accused Sakineh of having an affair whilst her husband was still living – a more severe crime. Sakineh confessed to adultery, but later retracted her confession on grounds of duress.

Under article 71 of Iran’s penal code, the punishment for adultery is listed as ‘killing or stoning’. Adultery can be proven by either ‘four just men, or three just men and two just women’. In other words, the testimony of a woman is of less value than – and needs the corroboration of – a man.

It perhaps comes as no surprise then that mercy for this woman was slow in arriving; her appeals for pardon were twice rebuffed.  But what more do we know of the country that condemned her to such a fate, and of the laws that Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt has lambasted as ‘medieval’? What lies beyond the media’s telescopic lens? Continue reading