Amnesty International called to Help free eight prisoners of conscience in Iran
Eight prisoners of conscience in Iran – among them human rights defenders, activists, artists and teachers – have gone on hunger strike to protest against their imprisonment. Their health is deteriorating fast – join us to call for their immediate and unconditional release.
Senior U.S. and European government officials reiterate their hopes that Iran’s economic recovery and its rehabilitation into the global economy could help support last year’s nuclear deal and strengthen President Hassan Rouhani, whom they view as a moderate. Well, no court of justice scrutinizes anybody for his dreams, particularly when there is a great need for changing our world into a more peaceful and civilized one. The reality, nevertheless, does not always make our wishes come true. It is unfortunate that the glare of profitable business has made these officials commit a few miscalculations in their wish.
Many parliamentarians in the West express doubts if Tehran has done anything since last year’s nuclear agreement to reduce its support for terrorist groups in the Middle East. Iran has clearly remained a key supporter of Syrian dictator Bashar Al Assad.
October 10th will mark the 14th World Day Against Death Penalty, where people around the world will rally to support the abolition of executions. While we have reason to celebrate progress in seeing more countries abolish the death penalty in 2015, with 169 of the 193 member states of the UN having been execution-free in the past year, we also need to raise awareness and alarm in regions and countries where the state of human rights and the application of capital punishment has continued to deteriorate.
Among the many foreign policy challenges that the next President of the United States will face, Iran will be a prominent one.
The regime in Tehran is known for its instigation of terrorism and strife across Lebanon, Iraq and Yemen. It has gained notorious fame for its violent meddling in the internal affairs of other countries, its support for the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in slaughtering more than 500,000 Syrians, and its track record ofhuman rights violations against its own citizens, especially women and youth.
Iranian President Hasan Rouhani — who former U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman says should be treated as “an international pariah” because his country “has more blood on its hands” than North Korea – has been warmly received by some members of the United Nations this week.
Rouhani’s visit to New York follows revelations of the Obama administration’s controversial decision to ship $1.7 billion to Iran — an arrangement the administration insists did not amount to paying ransom.
But the cash appeared to secure the release of U.S. prisoners in Iran, while consummating a deal with Iran’s mullahs that was intended to limit their nuclear enrichment activities for about a decade.
Le Temps, the only nationwide French-language daily newspaper of Switzerland. Published an article on September 21, about the subject of formation of the Committee “Justice for the victims of the 1988 massacre Iran.” Following is the English translation of this article.
A recording of Hossein Ali Montazeri, the designated successor of Ayatollah Khomeini, sheds new light on the event