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Iran: World must strongly condemn use of lethal force against protesters as death toll rises to 161 چاپ ارسال به دوست
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Amnesty International:

Iran; World must strongly condemn use of lethal force against protesters as death toll rises to 161

Updated: 29 November 2019, 10:41 UTC

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The confirmed number of protesters killed in Iran has risen to at least 161 protesters, according to credible reports received by Amnesty International.

The real death toll is likely to be significantly higher.

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The international community must denounce the intentional lethal use of force by Iranian security forces that has resulted in the killings of at least 143 protesters since demonstrations broke out on 15 November, Amnesty International said today.

According to credible reports received by the organization, at least 143 people were killed. The deaths have resulted almost entirely from the use of firearms. One man was reported to have died after inhaling tear gas, another after being beaten. Amnesty International believes that the death toll is significantly higher and is continuing to investigate.

"The rising death toll is an alarming indication of just how ruthless the treatment of unarmed protesters has been by the Iranian authorities and reveals their appalling assault on human life," said Philip Luther, Research and Advocacy Director for the Middle East and North Africa at Amnesty International.

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An Open Letter to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Repression in Kurdistan and Iran چاپ ارسال به دوست
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An Open Letter to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Repression in Iranian Kurdistan

 
A Joint Letter to Denounce Iran's Crackdown and to Save the Lives of Thousands of Detainees

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To: Dr. Michelle Bachelet Jeria


United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

Palais Wilson, United Nations; the Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights
Geneva, Switzerland

Dear High Commissioner,

Over the last week you like many of us you have recollected scattered scenes of heinous crimes against protesters in Iran and wondered about the Orwellian nightmare that has reined over Iran under the Islamic Republic of Iran. As the result of "the political panic" that the ISI has felt, it shutdown Internet and stifled every form of communication within and across Iranian communities to prevent any depictions and coverage of its acts of terrorism so that to nip in the bud the legitimate protests against the sudden hike in fuel cost. Using its terror network and propaganda inside the country, it managed to repress the digital coverage of the protests.

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A Passion for Justice: One Man's Dedication to Civil Rights چاپ ارسال به دوست
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A Passion for Justice: One Man's Dedication to Civil Rights!

 07/28/2018

 
"Ralph D. Fertig documents origins and episodes in the Civil Rights Movement. He has been a steady and consistent advocate for civil rights through non-violent direct action in most of his 88 years. We met in the 1961 Freedom Rides and in his book, A Passion for Justice, Fertig chronicles struggles for desegregation before, through and since then. In the current political climate, this is a book for today."

-John Lewis, US Congressman

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"Hailed by the Washington Post as the "Conscience of Washington," and by the Los Angeles Times as "a cog in the wheel of justice," Ralph D. Fertig began his social activism in his home, filled with German Jewish refugees."

  Ralph Fertig was born to German immigrant parents in 1930 and was raised in Chicago.

In high school and college, he campaigned for desegregation and justice in housing and employment. At the University of Chicago, he fought for academic freedom.

He received a B.A. from the University of Chicago in 1950, an M.A. from Columbia University in 1952, and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Chicago in 1955.

While earning his bachelor's degree, Fertig formed a student branch of the NAACP. He subsequently became a member of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights and viewed Paul Robeson as one of his heroes.

He began social work organizing peace between warring street gangs on Chicago's South side. Fertig organized programs for equal rights with the Congress Of Racial Equality and the Americans for Democratic Action.

He became a Freedom Rider on a bus bound for Jackson, Mississippi, to help integrate interstate buses. The Sheriff in Selma, Alabama threw him in jail, where White prisoners kicked in his ribs.


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A Joint Letter to Mr. Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights چاپ ارسال به دوست
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A Joint Letter to Mr. Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, on Imminent Execution of Ramin Hossein Panahi, a Kurdish Political Prisoner in Iran

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H.E. Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein

United Nation High Commissioner for Human Rights

Palais Wilson

52, rue de Paquis 10

1211 Geneva Switzerland

Re: The Imminent Execution of Ramin Hossein Panahi, a Kurdish Political Prisoner in Iran

Your Excellency,

Yet another Kurdish human rights activist, Ramin Hossein Panahi is in imminent danger of execution in Iran. According to Hossein Ahmadiniaz, Mr. Panahi’s lawyer the supreme court of Iran has upheld the death sentence rather than advising the proper legal functions and procedures to be followed. Although no documented charges have been brought against Mr. Panahi, he has been kept in solitary confinement and incommunicado, leading to his ongoing hunger strike against the unbearable prison conditions.  Mr. Panahi’s father, who had recently been able to speak to his son briefly on the phone, is apprehensive and wants the whole world to know about the imminent danger that his son faces. The terrified parents of Mr. Panahi have announced a sit-in front of the prison and have threatened that if their son is executed, they will also put an end to their own lives. The plight of this family is typical of many Kurdish and other Iranian families whose members are in prison, many of whom are on death row.

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KURDISH IRANIAN PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE CRITICALLY ILL: MOHAMMAD NAZARI چاپ ارسال به دوست
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KURDISH IRANIAN PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE CRITICALLY ILL: 

MOHAMMAD NAZARI

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23 October 2017, Index number: MDE 13/7327/2017 

 Prisoner of conscience Mohammad Nazari, who has been unjustly languishing in prison for over two decades, is critically ill and needs urgent medical care outside prison. He has been on hunger strike since 30 July, demanding his release from prison. He must be released immediately and unconditionally.

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Adnan Hassanpour a well-known Kurdish journalist released after 10 years in jail in Iran چاپ ارسال به دوست
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Adnan Hassanpour a well-known Kurdish journalist released after 10 years in jail in Iran
 
September 10, 2016
 
 
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Adnan Hassanpour, a well-known Kurdish journalist and editor of now-defunct Kurdish-Persian weekly Aso has been released after spending almost 10 years behind bars.
Adnan Hassanpour was arrested in 2006 on charges of moharebeh, fighting with God. He was initially charged with "espionage," "acting against national security," and "active armed resistance against the state" (Moharebeh). In July 2007, he was convicted and sentenced to death by Marivan Revolutionary Court. 
 
Later, his sentence reduced to 15 years prison in exile. That conviction was overturned on appeal and he was retried on charges of working for outlawed parties and espionage, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).
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