Markus LöningA human rights official in Germany has strongly criticized the Iranian regime’s abysmal and systematic human rights violations, saying that the German government considers such abuses to be unacceptable, Germany’s official radio station reported on Thursday.

TORONTO STAR - The United Nations has rightly scuppered a bid by Iran for a seat on the THE  executive board of UN Women, a new agency to promote equality for women. Thought to be a shoo-in, Iran was trounced by East Timor when the votes were counted Wednesday.

KhatamiA member of the Iranian regime’s Assembly of Experts said inhumane punishments by the regime, such as amputation, display “compassion” and a “framework for showing kindness” by the clerical regime. He called for more vigilance in implementing such sentences.

Simultaneous with a policy to lift subsidies and in response to a popular backlash, the Iranian regime has set up a new base of suppression in the province of Esfahan.

According to the state-run Jomhouri daily on Tuesday, the head of the public relations office of Esfahan governorship said the regime’s measure in the province takes place in line with attempts to “satisfactorily implement the plan of targeted subsidies.”

Woman prisonA female political prisoner has been sentenced to a heavy sentence of 3 years in prison in Iran, according to reports obtained by the Human Rights and Democracy Activists in Iran.

Ms. Zahra Safai also spent some time in prison as a political prisoner in the 1980s. She was sentenced by a regime judge identified as Salavati.

Exacution23 more prisoners were hanged in secret at the Vakil Abad prison in Mashhad in October. The victims were charged with transporting drugs, and were executed without the knowledge of their families or lawyers, and were not even themselves informed until a few hours before their deaths.

SarkobFollowing the Iranian regime’s decision to lift subsidies and in preparation to curb popular protests in response to the move, the regime has begun a large-scale suppressive maneuver by its State Punishments Organization (SPO).

According to the state-run ISNA, the SPO has already started the suppressive maneuver in Tehran and other Iranian cities.

Phone-EvinNCRI – Telephone lines at some sections of Evin Prison, including a ward where clerics are held, were disconnected on Tuesday prior to November 4 anniversary of last year’s nationwide protests.

IraqThe Iranian Resistance strongly condemns the string of bombings in Baghdad last night that spilled the blood of a large number of innocent people. It expressed its condolences to the bereaved families and wished quick recovery for the wounded.

It also called for an impartial investigation under the supervision of the United Nations about these terrorist crimes, and added that such investigations would undoubtedly expose the mullahs’ regime and its agents in Iraq whose hands are tainted with blood.

Kate AllenWithout international focus, Iran will continue to use rape to torture political opponents, writes Kate Allen.
 
By Kate Allen - 01 Nov 2010
“…rape is not just a blow to one person; it is a blow to the whole family. A victim of rape is never healed with the passing of time. With every look given by a father, the wounds open again.” - Bahareh Maghami, a victim of rape in Iran April 2010 
Echoing earlier reports by human rights groups, the British media has recently highlighted the case of a young woman from Iran, "Leyla", who was allegedly abducted, detained and raped by that country's security forces because her fiancée was involved in the demonstrations that followed Iran’s disputed presidential election last year.
 
It’s a terrible story and sadly not a unique one. Following the post-election demonstrations, the Iranian authorities cracked down with astonishing severity on anyone perceived to be involved in criticism of the status quo. Thousands of people were arrested: students, lawyers, journalists, trade unionists and human rights campaigners were all targeted. Hundreds of people were subsequently tried unfairly in mass "show trials", some of which led to executions. But as more people were released from detention, the details of abuse, including rape of both men and women, were repeated again and again.