13-year-old killed under torture for carrying 20 liters of gasoline
Revolutionary Guards Brigadier General Hossein Zolfaghari, deputy interior minister in Rouhani’s cabinet, has described news about the slaughter of impoverished porters in Iran as "misleading."
Referring to the porters as "smugglers", Zolfaghari callously said: "Those who are shot at are not porters. The issue of porters is different from smugglers. At night, there are people busy smuggling in the mountains. Border guards order them to stop. When they pay no attention, bullets are fired into the air, however, sometimes they don’t care again. Police, border guards and the Supreme National Security Council have emphasized that if possible the people should not be shot at, but that if this did occur, it should be done with minimal damage" (state-run ILNA news agency, November 5). Zolfaghari was previously a commander of the border police and was directly involved in the killing of a large number of border porters.
Iranian Resistance strongly condemns the shocking and disgusting behaviour toward asylum seekers who have been forcibly transferred from Australia to the remote island of Manos in Papua New Guinea, and are in effect being held in detention there, and condemned it as a flagrant violation of the holy asylum principle and other international conventions and treaties. Reiterating that the Australian government is responsible for the safety and security of these asylum seekers, Iranian Resistance calls for active intervention of parliament, political parties and organizations advocating refugee rights in Australia to end this human tragedy, and urges them to help these asylum seekers, especially the Iranian asylum seekers, and not allow them to suffer more pain while they have fled from the hell created by the mullahs’ regime.
Political prisoner Mohammad Nazari is in dangerously critical conditions after 94 days of hunger strike. Mr. Nazari is currently detained in Gohardasht Prison, Karaj - west of Tehran. The National Council of Resistance of Iran calls on international defenders of human rights, particularly the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Special Rapporteur on human rights in Iran, the special rapporteurs on arbitrary arrests, torture and the right to life, to take urgent action and effective measures to save his life and gain his freedom.
In her first address to the Third Committee of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Ms. Asma Jahangir, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of Human Rights in Iran, called for a comprehensive and independent investigation into the massacre of political prisoners in 1988. She said, "the significant number of petitions, communications, and documentation related to the reported execution of thousands of political prisoners, men, women, and teenagers in 1988, speaks of a deep and unremitting pain that must be surely addressed. The killings themselves have been acknowledged by some at the highest levels of the State. Almost on a daily basis, I receive heartfelt letters from the relatives of those killed calling for answers. The families of the victims have a right to remedy, reparation, and the right to know about the truth of these events and the fate of the victims without risking reprisal.”
The Iranian Resistance calls on all international authorities, particularly the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, and the Special Rapporteurs on Arbitrary Detention and the Right to Life to take urgent and effective measures to save the lives of political prisoners, and calls for the establishment of a fact-finding mission to address the plight of political prisoners in Iran.
On Thursday, October 5, 2017, Mohammad Jarahi, a noble worker, who had spent more than five years in the prison of Iranian regime for restoring the rights of workers, died in hospital.
Mohammad Jarahi was arrested on June 8, 2011, along with Shahrokh Zamani, on charges of "propaganda against the regime" and "assembly and conspiracy against national security" in Tabriz and was sentenced to five years discretionary imprisonment.
Iranian Resistance calls on all international human rights advocates to take action to save Soheil Arabi’s life, a 32-year-old political prisoner who is in a state of emergency on his thirty-ninth day of hunger strike (including 9 days of dry strike), and demands urgent and effective action for his freedom. Soheil Arabi, despite deterioration of his condition, is deprived of necessary treatment.