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From 10th of December 2011, the Human Rights Day,  different groups from Germany will join a new "Solidarity" action. This action is a commitment to the defense of human rights and solidarity with political prisoners and other groups and individuals, who are persecuted, arrested and put under strong political pressure in Iran.

Ali-Reza is a prominent Kurdish writer who has published more than twelve books. He writes in Farsi, the Persian language in Iran, and in Kurdish. He is described as a "cultural" activist. Ali-Reza is born on 22 December 1971 in the Kurdish village Sengdiwar in the province of Khorasan in the northeast of Iran. Prior to his abduction, he lived with his family in Ghasem-Abad, a suburb of Mashhad, the capital of Khorasan Razavi, and worked in the public relations department at the Ferdowsi University of Mashhad.
On 30 July 2011 at 1.30 o’clock, armed, plainclothes members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) storm the house of the Kurd Ali-Reza Sepahi Laeen. The writer is carried away handcuffed and blindfolded.. Until now his whereabouts are unknown. His wife and three daughters are very worried: without his daily medication,  the life of Ali-Reza, who is seriously suffering from diabetes, is in danger. He also faces severe physical and psychological torture as political prisoners are systematically tortured in Iran. Ali-Reza is innocent. His only crime is his commitment to the Kurdish language and culture. In the multi-ethnic state, the Kurds and many other minorities are discriminated and persecuted.

"Human rights organizations like the Society for Threatened People are the strong arm of the world's conscience and the first elements of the righteousness practiced worldwide” (Yehudi Menuhin)
In no eye blind
The international human rights organization Society for Threatened People (GfbV) is working for pursued and threatened ethnic and religious minorities, nationalities and indigenous communities. We take sides of the victims of crimes against humanity, call the perpetrators and their accomplices ruthlessly by their names. Even if victims become perpetrators later on, we are not silent, because our guideline is  "in no eye blind".

Hossein Derakshan, blogger, held in Irans prison

Hossein Derakhshan (* 1975), son of Iranian-Canadian parents, is being considered as the father of the Iranian bloggers and "podcast movement." Already in the 1990’s, he wrote several articles for magazines of the Iranian opposition movement and instructions to construct blogs in Persian language. Despite the nationwide ban to travel to Israel, Derakhshan visited Israel in 2006 - in addition to his regime-critical Internet activities, the reason for his arrest on 1 November 2008. Derakhshan was locked up in the notorious Evin prison. 
After a two year lasting investigation, the 15th Chamber of the Revolutionary Court sentenced him on 28 September 2010  in absentia to 19.5 years in prison and a fine of the equivalent of  € 30,000. The verdict was "blasphemy", "propaganda against the government", "collaboration with hostile governments" and "operating an obscene website." The under the pseudonym "Hoder" blogging Derakhshan has been convicted to one of the longest prison sentences ever in the Islamic Republic imposed against a blogger.
Under the political sponsorship program,  Viola Cramon-Taubadel (Alliance 90/The Greens) untertook a sponsorship for Hossein Derakhshan.
We, the IGFM, stand for the immediate and unconditional release of Hossein Derakhshan. For this, we refer, to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of the UN, which is flagrantly infringed here. No one shall be persecuted and detained because of his non-violent expression of opinion.

Nasser Khosrau, poet of the old days

"You are born of human beings, hence human beings also love 
Why striving to be a monster? Be a human being."


Nasser Khossrau(1003-1078 AD) lived during the Seljuk dynasty. He was critical towards the regime. During nearly 7 years, he traveled in the present states of Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Iran, Syria, Palestine and Iraq and lived for two years in Egypt. After years of fleeing the persecution of the monarchs of that time, he died in Yomagan in the Afghan province Badachstan. If internet would have existed in those days, he certainly would have been a famous blogger pleading for freedom of expression.

The human rights organization IGFM was founded in Frankfurt am Main in 1972. It supports people who work in a non-violent way for the realization of human rights in their countries or who are persecuted because they demand justice. The work of the IGFM is based on the United Nations’Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 10 December 1948.
The IGFM is represented by 26 sections and four national groups, by which Iran is one of our priorities/core countries. The IGFM is in close contact with human rights observers and organizations on the ground. The work of the IGFM extends from particular case work over press and public relations activities to humanitarian aid in situ.

As one of hundreds of victims we would like to give attention to the fate of Naim Najafi. He is a student and was part of the kurdish literary community in Khermanshah. He was arrested early in August 2011 with Jamal Khani, poet and Farhad Vakilinia, teacher. All three of them are members of the Banan literary society in Gilan-e Gharb where they edited the cultural website of "Tagh-e Vossan". They are being accused by the regime to act against national security and to have supported kurdish opposition groups. Naim Najafi received a four years sentence. 

Poetry 
is liberation,
Relief and Freedom.
It is indecision,
                      that finally
                                     grows towards certitude.
And than a bullett,
                      that finally
becomes a massive
missile.

Also PEN likes to contribute to this solidarity action.
The focus of the public attention to the screaming, inhuman and ongoing injustice by the rulers of Iran and the way they suppress their citizens might be lost by the current global developments. However, every day in Iran is a day of a thousand fold of tortures. 

"Mothers of Laleh Park are the voice of the victims of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the past 33 years and demand the freedom of all political-consciences prisoners and the abolishment of capital punishment and will not rest till all those ordered and carried out these crime are put on an open trial and brought to justice.
With solidarity and organizing, let us make the struggle of women in the world into a progressive movement against violence worldwide."

From a declaration by the Mothers

Dear fellow citizens,

A happy and succesfull New Year 2012 to all humans of the world, especially to those who struggleand engage for freedom and justice. 
2011 has come to its end, nevertheless thousands of Iranian families and mothers, whose children have been murdered, jailed or have disappeared during the 33 years of the brutal regime, have not lost their hope for justice and freedom and have stood up tirelessly.
Instead the government of the Islamic Republic puts pressure on these families. They find themselves in prison and subjected to torture in order to give up their struggle against the executions and break finally. But in vain!
We shall pass the claims and grievances of these mothers and families to all democratic people and countries in the world. In the same time we will walk along with them to reach our common goals and will never watch silently what happens in our native country.
What we claim:

 

  1. Compliance with Human Rights
  2. Release of all political prisoners and people who think and believe differently
  3. Abolishment of all kinds of executions
  4. Public trials for leaders, commanders and performers of crimes that have been committed throughout the last 33 years

We are grateful to and wish to thank all freedom loving Iranian and German citizens who have supported our actions last year.

Nasrin Sotoudeh, a mother of two young children, gained prominence in Iran and internationally for her work to abolish the juvenile death penalty, improve the rights of women, and defend prisoners of conscience. She received the 2008 HRI-Prize for Human Rights form the Italian based Human Rights International Committee. In 2011, Sotoudeh was awarded the prestigious Pen International Freedom to Write Award.
Authorities arrested Sotoudeh on 4 September 2010. She was subsequently charged with “acting against national security” and “propaganda against the regime,” and sentenced in September 2011 by an appeals court to six years in prison and a 10-year ban on legal practice.
Sotoudeh’s case has been consistently cited as a violation of human rights by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in Iran, numerous governments and the European Union, as well as international rights NGOs.

With a lamp in my hand,
and a lamp shining ahead,
I am on my way
to fight against darkness.

The cradles of weariness
have stopped swaying,
And in the depths a sun
lightens the burnt-out galaxies.

The riotous cries of lightning,
When the hailstones take form
in the restless wombs of clouds;
And the silent pain of the vine

When the baby grapes appear
at the top of long, winding branches:

My cry was all an escape from pain,
Because, in the most horrible nights,
I have been seeking the sun
with a hopeless prayer.

You have come from the suns,
from the dawns.

In a void where there was neither a God, nor fire,
I have been seeking your glances
and your trust
with a hopeless prayer.

A vital current
Between two deaths
In the emptiness between two solitudes:
Your trust is something like this!

Your joy is ruthless and noble,
Your breaths in my empty hands
are songs and grass.
I rise!

A lamp in my hand, a lamp in my heart.
I polish my rusty soul.
I set a mirror opposite yours
To make your image infinite.

"The political and ideological independent Iranian-German Association  “United for Iran Cologne/Bonn" was founded after the world's spectacular peaceful protests of the" Green Movement" against the suspected irregular election of MahmoudAhmadinejad’s re-election in June 2009 by dedicated Iranian men and women in Germany in order to support the "green movement" in Iran in their efforts to achieve democracy and freedom.
After the crackdown of the peaceful civilian protests in Iran with an unprecedented wave of repression by the regime, the issues of human rights and political refugees became more prominent in the activities of United4Iran.
The goal of the association is to expose the human rights situation, the situation of political refugees and the current political and social developments in Iran and inform the public by gatherings and actions, and to offer interested persons the opportunity to actively engage in the human rights issue."

Shahabi who was arrested in June in Tehran, has been on a hunger strike for over a week in protest to his uncertain standing in Evin.
This union activist’s brother said that on his last visit on Thursday, Reza told him that he will remain on hunger strike and will continue abstaining from food until his status is clarified and his prison condition made clear.
Shahabi’s hunger strike comes after the second time the judicial authorities deny his request for bail.
His bail was once set at forty thousand dollars in November and later at seventy thousand dollars in the recent days.

Hands cuffed on the back
Looks with eyes full of bloody tears
out of the window onto the street.

Rain disperses the blood
and from the pavement people sprout
with their silky red chests offering the petals of love to freedom.

Those hands cuffed on the back
long for the river.
but the hangman spits his fireful
breath through the house of the cages.

 Looks from the window onto the street.
The city is desperate for the rebellion of the river
The raven croak from the cities minarete,
Looks from the window onto the street.

Hastily the vultures tear up bodies in obsession.
Mothers plant flowers in blood plasma
and men and women raise their voices 
in their sore bodies to sing the hymn of freedom

Mahmoud Khalili, September 2009 

Hands cuffed on the back
Looks with eyes full of bloody tears
out of the window onto the street.
Rain disperses the blood
and from the pavement people sprout
with their silky red chests offering the petals of love to freedom

 Looks from the window onto the street.
Those hands cuffed on the back
long for the river.

The city is desperate for the rebellion of the river
but the hangman spits his fireful
breath through the house of the cages.

The raven croak from the cities minarete,
Hastily the vultures tear up bodies in obsession.

Looks from the window onto the street.
Mothers plant flowers in blood plasma
and men and women raise their voices 
in their sore bodies to sing the hymn of freedom

Mahmoud Khalili, September 2009 

Union of solidarity with the workers movement in Iran is a group that has set itself the task to bring to attention to the public the struggle of Iranian workers against the reign of terror and the despotic system that is anti-workers.

contact: kanon.hannover@yahoo.de  
Blog:  iran-arbeiterbewegung-info.blogspot.com

"Since the beginning of September 2011, several dervishes, journalists and lawyers have been ended up in the Iranian mills of injustice. Some are in the political tract of Tehran's Evin prison or they are being tortured in the dungeons of the secret police of Shiraz.
It is very probable that they all will be tortured to extract confessions in order to be able to discredit the head of their order and to portray him as a spy for the West. These confessions would serve the regime as confirmation of their allegations, which are used in the campaigns against various religious minorities in Iran and would legitimize the apartheid policy of the regime."

 "It is through science that human beings can become whole,
 And without science animals they prove to be,
 However knowledge without action is ignorance;
 And through ignorance you cannot reach to truth." 

Human rights in Iran are high on the political agenda of Western countries. The present regime in Iran claims on a regular basis that the "Islamic" human rights are entirely different from "Western" human rights. Serious Islam scholars and Koran experts reject these statements and describe the Iranian regime in Iran as a manipulative power clique, that masks its violent actions by unilateral interpretations of religious traditions.
The International Organization to preserve Human Rights in Iran is especially committed to those people in Iran who get little attention and advocacy. The many religious minorities, and spiritual oriented groups are amongst others at the centre of violent regime attacks. In bringing the attention of the outside world to the events in Iran, we show our ‘Solidarity’ to the people of Iran and warn the regime that it can not execute its mopping up operations unseen.

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Sports journalist and member of the Azerbaijani minority in Iran was first arrested in the City of Tabriz on 18 January 2010 and accused of "acts against national security" and "supporting "Pan-Turkism" (Unity Movement among Turkic People aiming to unite all turkish speaking peoples – Pan-Turkism) and for publishing posters in the Azerbaijani Turkic language featuring the Traktor Sazi team, which has become the symbol of Azerbaijani culture in the city of Tabriz. Azerbaijani Turkic is not recognized as an official language in Iran. Abdollah Sadoughi was released on March 2010 but was being kept under observation by the secret services. He was arrested on August 24, 2011 together with 30 other activists in connection to the protests calling for the government  to save the shrinking Lake Orumieh. Abdollah Sadoughi is suffering from stomach bleeding following 17 days of hunger strike.

Shams Ensemble

"Every day a smile! For the prisoners in Iran who engaged in freedom and justice inside their country I have the dearest wishes that they can laugh lightheartedly and that they can experience freedom. May the pain and sorrow that has been imposed upon them vanish and fade."

On Wednesday 11 May 2011, Iranian security forces arrested Maryam Bahreman, ingeneer, blogger and Iranian women’s rights and civil society activist in Shiraz. Bahreman is a founding member, and was the general secretary, of the Association of Women of Pars (Anjome Zanan Pars), which was established in 2003. As a member of this association, she was active in many women's movement activities including the One Million Signature Campaign. Bahreman was also a participant at the 2011 Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York in March where she was on a panel about women and ICT.
She was charged with “Actions against National Security”. 
Read more about Maryam Bahreman: rahana.org

No man is an island, John Donne

No man is an island, 
Entire of itself.

Each is a piece of the continent,

A part of the main.

If a clod be washed away by the sea,

Europe is the less...

Every man's death diminishes me,

For I am involved in mankind.

Therefore, never send not to know

For whom the bell tolls...
It tolls for thee. It tolls for thee.

Dr. Oliver Cech about his motivation to participate: "because it is an illusion that we are separated. What happens to a human being, happens to every single one of us. The english poet and mystic John Donne has put his view on this subject into this poem in 1624.

No man is an island, 
Entire of itself.

Each is a piece of the continent,

A part of the main.

If a clod be washed away by the sea,

Europe is the less...

Every man's death diminishes me,

For I am involved in mankind.

Therefore, never send not to know

For whom the bell tolls...
It tolls for thee. It tolls for thee." 

Kouhyar Goudarzi is a human rights defender, journalist, blogger.
He has been arrested for the first time in November 2009 and sentenced to one year in prison some months later. He has been charged among many other reasons with “propaganda against the regime through effective cooperation with the CHRR website”. He has been held 10 months in Evin and has then been transferred to Rajai Shahr prison, where he served the remainder of his prison sentence before being released on 14 December 2010.
While being in prison he was the international recipient of the 2010 John Aubuchon Freedom of the Press Award, given every year to individuals who have contributed to the press freedom.
On 31 July 2011, Kouhyar Goudarzi was reportedly arrested by agents of Iranian Ministry of Intelligence and brutally beaten at his arrest. To date, no State security bodies have admitted responsibility for his arrest.
On 1 August 2011, one day after Kouhyar’s arrest, his mother, Parvin Mokhtareh has been arrested. She is not been politically active, she was only asking for Kouhyar’s release while his first arrest. 

More Information on Kouhyar Goudarzi:iranhumanrights.org

Free my family campaign

The dignity of humans is unique and untouchable. With its politics Iran's regime transgresses every human rights aspect. Its violent and dictatorial treatment of diverse groups of the society like religious groups, Journalists, students, women and citizens who criticize their politics shows that there is a fascist system on its way in Iran. It hurts me deeply to see the people in Iran suffer from various discriminations. I would like to express my solidarity and support and I wish on the people in Iran hearts like lions, strength and persistance to reach to peace and democracy.