|They are arrested, imprisoned and tortured
but more of them stand up, cry out and give their lives.
|As they say, “we only want freedom,
but they get no support from the
|Women have continued their protests
against gender apartheid Islamic regime.
In front of the Sports Stadium gates in Iran women are asking “where is my share, where is my rights? And; “my share half of freedom, stadiums are for all”
On Saturday April 11 the Iranian/American women held a rally in front of the building where the world wrestling games between the American and Iranian wrestlers were being held, in Los Angeles California, calling for Iranian women’s right to enter the sports stadiums and cheer for their players.
One of the actions that the Islamic regime has taken against Iranian women is barring them from entering the sports stadiums. Although the women of other countries are allowed to be at the games cheering their players in the games held in Iran, the old clergymen have refused to allow the women of Iran to attend the games despite decades of protests and wonderful films like Jafar Panahi’s ‘Offside’.
Unfortunately the international sports organizations such as the world cup have not only refused to punish the Khomeinists for this, they even went so far as barring the women’s soccer team in London because the Islamic style uniforms that has been forced on Iranian players.
The international campaign for human rights in Iran quotes Ms. Nasrin Sotudeh, Lawyer and human rights activist, as saying: “the supposition that the international negotiations or agreements on the nuclear problems will automatically solve the problem of our human rights and open the sports stadiums’ doors to women, is not true.”
However, on Thursday 9th of April, 2015, Mr. Mohammad Reza Naqdi the head of the Basij paramilitary organization had a different opinion which he announced to a group of Basij women: “Attending the sports stadiums is quite unnecessary for women as they fulfill much more important roles in our social and cultural areas. Iranian women are required to help the downtrodden people of Bahrain, Yemen, Palestine, Iraq and others.” Naqdi; continued: “what Iranian women should want is to play a part in the liberation of Jerusalem.”
By RICK GLADSTONEJAN. 25, 2016
Iran is one of the leading executioners of juvenile offenders, despite its improved legal protections for children and a pledge more than two decades ago to end the death penalty for convicts younger than 18, Amnesty International said Monday.
In a new report, Amnesty International said that it had documented the execution of at least 73 juveniles in Iran from 2005 to 2015 and that 160 juvenile offenders are languishing on the country’s death row.
The report casts doubt on laws meant to improve children’s rights in Iran in the past few years, including new discretion by judges to impose alternative punishments on juveniles convicted of capital crimes. In reality, the report said, these changes are attempts by the authorities to “whitewash their continuing violations of children’s rights and deflect criticism of their appalling record as one of the world’s last executioners of juvenile offenders.”
Amnesty International, a leading global advocate for abolition of the death penalty, had also recorded the execution of juveniles in Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Yemen, and there are juveniles on death row in the Maldives and Nigeria.
There is little doubt among rights groups that Iran has executed more people convicted of capital crimes committed as minors than any other country.
“Iran is almost certainly the world leader in executing juvenile offenders,” Michael G. Bochenek, senior counsel of the children’s rights division at Human Rights Watch, said in a post on its website in April.
Amnesty International has released its report as a United Nations committee is reviewing compliance with the Convention of the Rights of the Child. In 1994, Iran ratified that treaty, which prohibits capital punishment and life imprisonment without the possibility of release for offenses committed by people younger than 18.
“This report sheds light on Iran’s shameful disregard for the rights of children,” Said Boumedouha, deputy director of Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Program, said in a statement released with the report. “Despite some juvenile justice reforms, Iran continues to lag behind the rest of the world, maintaining laws that permit girls as young as 9 and boys as young as 15 to be sentenced to death.”
There was no immediate comment from Iranian officials on the Amnesty International report. Requests for a response from Iran’s mission to the United Nations in New York were not returned. The Iranian judicial authorities have previously sought to impugn reporting by Amnesty International about Iran’s use of the death penalty as biased and lacking credibility.
Elise Auerbach, an Iran specialist in Amnesty International’s United States branch, said Iran had in the past sought to sidestep criticism of its juvenile death-penalty practices by saying that offenders were not executed until after they had reached adulthood.
“They have executed juvenile offenders,” she said. “If the person commits a crime at age 15 and is not executed until age 21, they’re still executed as juvenile offenders.”
Ms. Auerbach said the report, written by researchers at Amnesty International’s headquarters in London, was based on information received from death-penalty opponents and human rights defenders in Iran, as well as from lawyers and relatives of juveniles convicted of capital crimes in Iran.
Now that Iran is emerging from an era of international sanctions and is seeking broader acceptance, Ms. Auerbach said, rights groups are hoping that the Iranian authorities “realize they have to act in accordance with international human rights standards.”