Following the Human Rights Conference at the Iraqi Parliament in which Mr. Ad Melkert, Special Representative of the UN Secretary General and the Head of UNAMI spoke, the spokesperson for Mr. Melkert protested misrepresentation of Melkert’s speech by Nouri al-Maliki’s government-run TV station, al-Baghdadia.

Ms. Radhya Ashur, spokeswoman for the Representative of the UN Secretary General, told al-Baghdadia TV that: “Broadcasting Ad Melkert’s speech was accompanied by fabricated translation which led people to believe that the UN Secretary General’s Representative is praising Iraqi government’s record in human rights.”

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
June 9, 2011

In June 2009, the world watched as Iran’s security forces violently suppressed thousands of Iranians who were calling for transparency and accountability in their government. Nearly two years after Iran’s brave citizens took to the streets, the struggle for civil liberties and fundamental rights continues. Today, the United States has sanctioned three Iranian government entities complicit in the ongoing brutal repression – the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, the Basij Resistance Force, and Iran’s Law Enforcement Forces (LEF) – as well as LEF Commander Ismail Ahmadi Moghadam.

After mounting international and domestic pressures, the Iranian regime has finally released political prisoner Mansour Osanlou, according to Iran Khabar.

Mr. Osanlou, who was arrested four years ago and sent to Gohardasht prison, was freed on bail on Thursday. He is the head of the Tehran Bus Union and a workers’ activist.

A female political activist who was recently killed in Iran while attending her father’s funeral died as a result of a ruptured spleen, according to a doctor familiar with her injuries.

The doctor, who examined the body of Haleh Sahabi at the hospital she was transferred to, said, “Haleh Sahabi was murdered and did not die of natural causes.”

The Iranian regime has carried out a lashing sentence against a disabled political prisoner in Rasht city, according to Human Rights and Democracy Activists on Friday.

The sentence of 51 lashes against Hadi Abedi Bakhoda was carried out in Rasht prison on Monday, May 23. Mr. Bakhoda is physically disabled as a result of spinal injuries and cannot move. He uses a wheelchair to move around.

Letter of the Bishop of Oslo to Norwegian Foreign Affairs Minister

For provision of medical treatment and protection for Camp Ashraf residents

Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Jonas Gahr Støre
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Camp Ashraf Situation

20 May 2011  AI Index: MDE 13/051/2011

Amnesty International is concerned by the Iranian government’s continuing clampdown on dissent, including arbitrary arrests and the torture or other ill-treatment of people who express views opposed to those of the government. Some of those arrested have even been executed, after apparently unfair trials, including at least one minor. Amnesty International wrote to the Head of the Judiciary to express concern about these developments on 13 May 2011, but without response; the Iranian authorities rarely reply to communications from Amnesty International.

The Iranian regime has transferred 8 female political prisoners, some of whom are relatives of residents at Camp Ashraf, to Evin Prison from Varamin’s Qarchak Prison.

The names of these prisoners are Shabnam Madadzadeh, Maryam Haji Loui, Maryam Akbari Monfared, Masoumeh Yavari, Kobra Banazadeh Amirkhizi, Motahareh Bahrami, Mahvash Sabet, and Fariba Kamal Abadi.

Authorities didn’t even respect their last wish of hugging their mother

The mother of Fathi brothers, two political prisoners who were accused by the ruling dictatorship of “Moharebeh” or “war against God” and were executed yesterday, said in a message: When during the last visit I was facing my two sons, I told them to keeps their heads high and die with open eyes and look into the eyes of the henchman who is placing the noose around your neck, according to Iran-Khabar.

Mohammad and Abdullah Fathi, Two brothers, 27 and 28 years old charged with “Moharebeh” (waging war on God), were hanged in Isfahan.

On Tuesday May 17, the brutal clerical regime, hanged two political prisoners, Mohammad and Abdullah Fathi, 27 and 28 years old, in the Isfahan’s Dastgerd prison. The henchmen of the regime’s judiciary charged these two political prisoners with “Moharebeh” waging war on God through forming a group which committed armed robbery against the Islamic Republic.