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Iran: Leaked official letters reveal state denial of COVID-19 crisis in prisons چاپ ارسال به دوست
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Iran: Leaked official letters reveal state denial of COVID-19 crisis in prisons


July 31st, 2020

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amnestylogo.gif Leaked official letters newly obtained by Amnesty International reveal that the Iranian government has ignored repeated pleas by senior officials responsible for managing Iran's prisons for additional resources to control the spread of COVID-19 and treat infected prisoners.

The organization reviewed copies of four letters signed by officials at Iran's Prisons Organization, which operates under the supervision of the judiciary, to the Ministry of Health, raising the alarm over serious shortages of protective equipment, disinfectant products, and essential medical devices. The Ministry of Health failed to respond, and Iran's prisons remain catastrophically unequipped for outbreaks.

 

These official letters provide damning evidence of the government's failure to protect prisoners. Urgent requests for resources have been ignored for months
Diana Eltahawy, Deputy Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa

The details in the letters stand in stark contrast to public statements by the former head of the Prisons Organization and current advisor to the head of the judiciary, Asghar Jahangir, who has lauded Iran's "exemplary" initiatives to protect prisoners from the pandemic, and denied reports of increasing infection rates and COVID-19-related deaths inside prisons resulting from overcrowding, unsanitary conditions and lack of access to health care. 

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AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL: Iran: Further Information: Syrian Kurd Under Threat of Execution in Iran چاپ ارسال به دوست
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AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL/Iran: Further Information: Syrian Kurd Under Threat of Execution in Iran: Kamal Hassan Ramezan Soulo


Dear Friends,

Please find attached and copied below an Urgent Action that Amnesty International issued today on Kamal Hassan Ramezan Soulo, a Syrian Kurd arbitrarily detained in Iran's West Azerbaijan province. Kamal Hassan Ramezan Suolo has been at risk of arbitrary execution for three years because ministry of intelligence officials refuse to acknowledge his real identity and instead are torturing and otherwise ill-treating him to make false "confessions" that he took part in an armed attack. They continue to seek his execution by claiming that he is a different man, despite two court rulings dismissing the claims. He must be released immediately.

Many thanks and best wishes,
Iran team
 
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Iran: Forcibly disappeared prisoner feared ‘executed by firing squad’ چاپ ارسال به دوست
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Amnesty International/ Iran: Forcibly disappeared prisoner feared ‘executed by firing squad

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Amnesty International

  30 June 2020, 15:18 UTC

The Iranian authorities are responsible for the ongoing crime of enforced disappearance against prisoner Hedayat Abdollahpour and his family, and must reveal the full truth concerning his secret execution and return his body to his family, Amnesty International said today.

The organization is also calling on the Iranian authorities to account for why they led his family and lawyers to believe that he was still alive for weeks after he was forcibly disappeared.

Hedayat Abdollahpour, a Kurdish prisoner on death row, was transferred on 9 May from the Central Prison of Urumieh, in West Azerbaijan province, to an undisclosed location. Over the following four weeks, the authorities refused to provide his family and lawyers with any information regarding his fate or whereabouts, therefore subjecting him to enforced disappearance.

 

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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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