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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



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



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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Textbook co-authored by Kurdish scholar offers marginalized youth and those with disabilities fair a چاپ ارسال به دوست
Cklara Moradian, VOKRadio, Los Angeles, California, USA   

Textbook co-authored by Kurdish American scholar offers marginalized youth and those with disabilities fair access to education


May 25-2020

By: Cklara Moradian


It is with great honor and a deep sense of pride that I share with you Dr. Soraya Fallah’s textbook Learning Challenges for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) Students With Disabilities, co-authored with two other leading national educational experts Dr. Bronte Reynolds and Dr. Wendy Murawski. I have so much respect and admiration for the work they have been able to contribute to our world.

I write this note from a dual perspective. First and foremost, I am the daughter of a scholar and so a witness to the journey from the book’s inception in those early dissertation days to what is now a remarkable accomplishment of a scholarly, peer-reviewed reference source meant to provide guidance and knowledge to educators, teachers, administrators, social workers, clinicians, and parents. But maybe, more importantly, I am sharing my thoughts about this book as a former student with a disability from an understudied and underserved population myself, and as a current professional Social Worker and Psychotherapist serving Culturally and Linguistically Diverse youth with disabilities at a leading pediatric hospital.

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Our Kurdish poets چاپ ارسال به دوست
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Our Kurdish poets

 By Colm Patrick MacManus (1944-2011)
Responding to the ideological needs of the Kurdish national liberation movement, which gained momentum in the late nineteenth century, Kurdish classical literature gradually gave way to a new, more flexible version of classical poetry known as "neo-classicism", which represented a transitional period from official classical poetry to modern poetry.
The theory and practice of modernisation was introduced through new literary trends in Turkish literature effected under the influence of European modernisation movements.
The vanguards of this new trend in Turkish literature were Taufiq Hikmat, Namiq Kamal and others. Their work largely influenced Kurdish intellectuals within the Ottoman administration before and during the First World War. These intellectuals became very familiar with the modes of Turkish national revival and took from it what befitted their own nationalistic ideas and ideals: to revive their indigenous literary forms and traditions to preserve, promote and purify their national language, to introduce liberal ideas of progress and modern civilisation, to establish various media which are necessary to perform these tasks, such as opening schools for teaching the mother tongue, setting up cultural societies and associations, establishing printing presses, magazines and newspapers in the Kurdish language. 
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