- July 20, 2010
Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani has been imprisoned in Tabriz Prison in northwestern Iran since 2005, having suffered 99 lashes and been condemned to die by public stoning for her alleged adultery. Until last month, those facts were known only to a small handful of people working quietly through the Iranian legal system to secure her release.
By BRIAN LILLEY, Parliamentary Bureau
TORONTO SUN - OTTAWA - It's a country that will execute women for adultery, has more than 100 children under 18 on death row and answered public protests over election results by opening fire on crowds numbering in the thousands.
Friends of a Free Iran intergroup in the European Parliament welcomes a US court ruling in favour of the Iranian opposition PMOI.On Friday 16 July, a US federal appeals court in Washington ruled that the US government erred in classifying the Iranian People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI-MeK) as a terrorist organization. The court ordered the State Department to review its decision to label this opposition group as a foreign terrorist organization, strongly suggesting the designation should be revoked.
TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran's prosecutor called on Sunday for tighter checks on women who fail to observe Islamic dress code in public, the semi-official Mehr news agency reported.Under Iran's Sharia law, imposed after the 1979 Islamic revolution, women are obliged to cover their hair and wear long, loose-fitting clothes. Violators can receive lashes, fines or imprisonment. "Unfortunately the law ... which considers violation of the Islamic dress code as a punishable crime, has not been implemented in the country in the past 15 years," said general prosecutor Gholamhossein Mohseni-Ejei.
"Under the law, violators of public chastity should be
The Washington Post
THE MORE INFORMATION becomes available about Iranian nuclear scientist Shahram Amiri, the more the Obama administration's version of events seems borne out: He freely chose to leave Iran for the United States, and he freely chose to return. That he was allowed to do so is in keeping with U.S. law and common decency. But it also ought to provide an example for the government of Iran, whose respect for its own laws, not to mention decency, is sporadic at best. For nearly a year, Iran has been holding three young Americans who, unlike Mr. Amiri, have no involvement in espionage but would like to freely return to their homes. Those prisoners -- Shane Bauer, Sarah Shourd and Josh Fattal -- have been in custody since July 31, 2009, when they were arrested while hiking near the border between Iran and Iraqi Kurdistan. The three may have crossed the border unintentionally; they have not had a chance to tell their stories. What's certain is that Iran has been holding them ever since in the notorious Evin prison outside Tehran -- neither releasing them nor charging them with a crime, in violation of Iranian law.
A political prisoner launched a hunger strike on Wednesday in protest to the medieval prison conditions and inhumane restrictions imposed in the Iranian regime’s prisons, and a regular prisoner has died after being held in solitary confinement for two years.According to obtained reports, Arjang Davoudi, who is being held at Ward 3 of Karaj’s Gohardasht prison, the prison’s warden, Ali Haj Kazem, has placed Mr. Davoudi in intolerable conditions in solitary confinement and deprived him of medical treatment. One of Mr. Davoudi’s fingers has been broken for the past three months and is in a bad condition. The clerical regime’s agents have also cut off Mr. Davoudi’s telephone contact with his family. Hassan Zare Dehnavi, a torturer at the Kahrizak death camp, has sold Mr. Davoudi’s house, which was locked, to other regime agents, putting his wife in difficult circumstances.