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Iranians for Human Rights and Democracy

"We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people, but for the appalling silence of the good people." Martin Luther King,Jr.

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I am another Iranian striving for Human Rights and Democracy. read and sign the petition Please support the IRANIAN WOMENS' ONE MILLION SIGNATURES CAMPAIGNto change the discriminatory laws against women in Iran.

Monday, July 31, 2006

Please sign petition to save Malek Ghorbani from stoning

Stoning is a cruel and unusual punishment. Please sign this petition to save Malek Ghorbani from a stoning sentence.

Also this website offers more detailed information on other stoning cases in Iran.

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Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Please Sign Petition to save Ashraf Kolhari from stoning sentence

Please consider signing this petition to stop the stoning of this woman.

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announcement to stop the stoning of five more women in Iran
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Monday, July 24, 2006

Akbar Ganji to continue resistance with Fighting for womens rights

Gooya news has posted a letter by Akbar Ganji where he states he wants to fight for women's rights.

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Iran: Vocal In Support For Hizballah, Iranians Go To Lebanon

"The Pro-Justice Student Movement" announced it will be sending students to go to Lebanon to fight Isreal. Basiji disputes the announcement. Meanwhile Hezbollah contests the claim that Iran is telling it what to do.


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Saturday, July 22, 2006

News Report Indicates that Iranians don't want Any part of Isreali-Hezbollah conflict

The following article by the New York Times reports that many Iranians do not want Iran to be involved with the Isreali-Hezbollah conflict. They resent the Islamic Republic for giving their money to Hezbollah, while many have to work two jobs or double shifts to feed their families. While Iranians are willing to stand up for the consequences that may ensue from the Nuclear Crisis, they are not interested in seeing any hardships because of this conflict.

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Monday, July 17, 2006

More pictures of Akbar Ganji's Hunger Strike at UN

Here are some more pictures on this webisite:

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Sunday, July 16, 2006

Account of Hunger Strike with Akbar Ganji at UN July 15 2006



“Perhaps we can gather 10-15 people to discuss and outline the path to freedom. The days of heroes that descend from the sky are gone. We have to work with the people that are amongst us here on earth. Moreover, we shouldn’t rely on me, or any other leader to make a democracy. People come and go. Rather we should rely on our ideas to make our new democracy.” Akbar Ganji

Here are my observations of the Hunger Strike event for freeing Iranian political prisoners that took place in front of the United Nations Headquarters in New York. When I arrived, organizers were placing signs up here and there. They were very nice big signs, such that my dinky homemade one looked pale in comparison. The organizers were very dedicated. Two organizers in particular were wearing the Hunger Strike badge and they were working so hard. They were putting up signs here and there in the heat and not having eaten at all. I spoke with a few of the others present. One individual said that he decided to come at the last minute. “I normally stay away from politics, but this time, something is different.” He exclaimed. We talked about how the Islamic Republic of Iran has such a savage and violent nature. One of the people present told me that the Islamic Revolution was violent in nature from the beginning. He told me that back in the late 70s the demonstrators would chant “edam”, meaning “hanging” for the loyalists of the regime before the Islamic Republic of Iran. I didn’t know that. I took a flier that was being circulated, but I didn’t really read it at the time, I just tucked it away in my notebook.

When Ganji’s arrival was announced all of the sudden the crowd was energized. People held up their signs, they chanted “freedom for political prisoners in Iran”, “Democracy for Iran”, “Justice for Iran”, “Democracy yes, Theocracy no” and Akbar Ganji was given flowers. He walked around shook people’s hands. Akbar Atri was in the crowd also. He shook Ganji’s hand and they kissed each other’s cheek, the customary Iranian greeting. First Akbar Ganji had to give interviews to CNN, Fox News, The New York Times and I think maybe one other news media. For one of the interviews we gathered around Ganji holding our signs. Among the crowd, a man lifted his two children up in his arms so that they could see. Later Ganji sat on the steps and gave another interview with a sharp Iranian reporter. She came across as very intelligent and seasoned in her field of journalism. Then Akbar Ganji spoke, in a very soft voice, and we all listened.

Akbar Ganji emphasized as to the extreme dire conditions that the prisoners in Iran are under and that political prisoners must be freed.

He spoke about the need for the world to become aware of Iran’s Freedom, Human Rights and Democracy movement. He noted that in his conversations with various prominent figures in West that the message was the same: the world will not tolerate a nuclear Iran and unless something changes they will attack. Ganji said that we Iranians need to establish a democracy or prove that a democracy movement is in existence in Iran to prevent an attack on the country. He said that he was told by the West that they see how violent Iran is to its own people, what kind of a harsher treatment should they expect of a nuclear Iran towards the world? Ganji also pointed out that an attack on Iran would hurt the Democracy movement as well, because then all people struggling for it will be accused of treason.

Akbar Ganji stressed that Iranians need to let the world know that we want freedom and we want democracy. He said many believe that if Iranians don’t want war with the West, then that means they will support the Islamic Republic. He stated that this does not need to be the case. We don’t have to support the Islamic Republic of Iran just because we don’t want war. He said that many Middle Eastern countries result in a dictatorship because they have oil. He emphasized that not all countries without oil are democratic either, but that oil does seem to contribute for the tendency of a country to become a dictatorship.

Akbar Ganji stressed the need for tolerance and that Iranians need to learn how to put their differences aside and live with with each other. He pointed out how in a democratic country all would have the right to exist. Shahi people, democrats, Islamic, all should be able to live peacefully side by side. “Everyone has the right to live with their own ideas.”

He also noted that he is not the leader of the democratic movement. “We need a leader who has a deep perception of the issues, one who is gentle and promotes peace, not one who is violent and advocates brutality” he exclaimed. “Perhaps we can gather 10-15 people together to discuss and outline the path to freedom. The days of heroes that descend from the sky are gone. We have to work with the people that are amongst us here on earth. Moreover, we shouldn’t rely on me, or any other leader to make a democracy. People come and go. Rather we should rely on our ideas to make our new democracy.”


He pointed out that Iranians can’t just talk about freedom, Human Rights and Democracy anymore. We have to be brave, and active, we cannot achieve freedom otherwise. One individual in the audience asked for a clarification on his definition of democracy. “Are you working for a democracy under the umbrella of the Islamic Republic of Iran, (Khamenei)?” Akbar Ganji smiled and replied ” I thought I was clear, I am telling you that I want those in charge of the Islamic Republic of Iran to step down and I am advocating the creation of a brand new democratic Iran.”

During the Question and Answer session it started to drizzle. One of members of the audience took an umbrella and held it above Akbar Ganji’s head. Akbar Ganji paused, and said:” Rain is one of the most beautiful phenomena in nature. Please don’t take the rain away from me.” The individual removed the umbrella. One could not help but feel so shallow as to take the rain for granted, and only imagine that Ganji’s deep appreciation for it could be stemming from his hard days in Iran’s prison.

A question came up in regards to how in the early days of the revolution people were chanting for the execution of loyalists to the Shah’s regime and if the same was to be applied to this change in Iran. Akbar Ganji replied: “We are not interested in filling Iran’s jails nor do we have the intention of using Iran’s hanging scaffolds.”

Another question arose about the West’s role in causing the creation of Iran’s current dictatorhsip. Ganji responded that the West admits that they had a role in Iran’s political affairs and they confess that it was a mistake to do so. What are we supposed to do? There is no alternative but to move forward and try to correct the situation in Iran.

Ganji patiently answered as many questions as he could. Then he left for the day, with the promise to return the next. For the remainder of the evening the demonstration schedule was to stay until 9:00 pm and hear others amongst them speak.

The next day, I looked back at the flier that was given earlier. It was about how one of the demonstrator’s husband, and two brother-in-laws as well as 14 other friends were arrested and then executed in Iran’s prisons. Her relatives and friends were buried in Khavaran mass graves and they were never given the exact reason as to why their families were murdered by the Islamic Republic of Iran. The author of the flier also indicates how she and her toddler children were put in prison as well and that her sister-in-law had to give birth to her second child in prison. I will type out the flier verbatim in a separate post. Reading her flier, it makes me want change all the more. Did the Islamic Republic of Iran really think that their awful crimes would never become known to the people?

I would like to thank the organizers of the demonstration. They truly put a lot of hard work into making the event a success.

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Flier from demonstrator participating at UN rally 07/15/2006

The following is the flier that was circulated at the Hunger Strike event in Front of the United Nations in New York, July 15, 2006. I retyped the flier, so therefore the pictures mentioned are not available:

I am Banoo Saberi a 45 year old Iranian woman living in the USA and I have come to take part in a 3 day long hunger strike in front of the United Nations, New York for the release of political prisons in Iran. This hunger strike which will begin on the 14th of July 2006 was suggested by the well-known Iranian journalist Akbar Ganji.

My husband Abbass Ali Monshi Roodsari (the father of my two children) and I were arrested on the 9th of Mordad 1986. My children were with me in jail. After 3 months, my daughter who was 2 and a half years old, and my son who was about 7 months old, were given to my parents. I was released from prison after several months.

My husband was sentenced to 6 years in prison. After 2 years, in 1989, my husband was executed in the prison. It happened during the national tragedy of mass execution of prisoners. My husband was buried in an area called Khavaran with thousands of other victims of the mass execution.

Photo number one shows my son sitting in Khavaran when he was 4 years old. The other photo is of Abbass. My sister’s husband was also executed. When my sister was arrested with her 2 year old daughter, she was 8 months pregnant, and she gave birth to her 2nd daughter 13 days after being arrested. Later, my sister and her children were released. Her husband was imprisoned in Tabriz prison because he was from Sarab (a city close to Tabriz). During the mass execution of prisoners in 1989, my sister’s husband was among those who were executed in Tabriz.

We were told that he was buried in Vadi Rahmat cemetery of Tabriz. My husband’s sister’s husband was also executed. We lost 14 of my closest friends during this tragedy. The total number of victims of this mass execution exceeded several thousand.

18 years on, there has still been no independent investigation of the national tragedy. The government officials have not disclosed the exact reason for the execution of each victim. The exact number of executions is not known. The exact location of the graves of each victim is not clear, raising the suspicion that the victims were buried in mass graves.

I join this campaign for the release of political prisoners in Iran, hoping to prevent a repeat of the 1989 mass executions.

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Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Names and Personal Information of Brutal Police Women beating women on June 12, 2006

The following are the names and information of the Police Women that beat the demonstrators on June 12, 2006. Please take care yourselves to verify the facts. The information was obtained from Ahmad Batebi's Blog

Shahla Ashtiani
Personal number: 70763210
Living in Tehran's Salsabeel area


Parvin Hosseini
Personal Number: 80124654
Living in Tehran's Otabak area


Shirin Jalalli Afshar
Personal Number: 75875403
Living in Tehran's Shahrak Pars


Gol Mohammadi
Personal Number: 83641485
Living in Tehran's Azarbaijan street


Sahar Darbani
Personal Number: 81459743
Living in Tehran's Resalat Area


Faredeh Maliki
Personal Number: 78431985
Living in Tehran's Shahrak Rah Ahan


Maryam Kolhar


Masood Naderi
Living in Tehran's Eskandari Street

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Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Reminder: Hunger Strike/Demonstration with Akbar Ganji this Weekend, July 14-16


There will be a hunger strike in front of the U.N. in New York with Akbar Ganji on July 12-16 2006. The hunger strike is to show the Iranian people's demand for the Islamic Republic of Iran to free all political prisoners, particularly:

Dr. Ramin Jahanbegloo
Mansour Osanloo
Ali Akbar Mousavi Khoeni

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Massood Bastani sentenced to 74 lashes and 3 million rials penalty

Massood Bastani was a reporter and was sentenced to 74 lashes and 3 million rials. He was charged with distrupting the peace of the community by participating in "illegal" protests. (meaning protests that say something that the mullahs don't like to hear). Previously he was sentenced to six months in Arak jail for writing editorials for a newspaper.

source: Advar news

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"It is important to know what we want to replace this Regime with..." Akbar Ganji

I have posted here a speech given by Akbar Ganji in France about Democracy and Human Rights. He emphasised how a Democracy is Universal and that there is no such thing as an "Islamic Democracy" You either have a real democracy or you have none at all. He stated that under the current regime, certain people are given special privlidges due to having certain traits. Akbar Ganji stated that under a true democracy, there would be no such class that is above the rest, weather it be due to religious reasons or due to claiming to be special because of family lineage. He also stated that foundation of Democracy and Human Rights is equality.

He also made the point that not all Iranians are against the current regime. (I personally am appalled by whoever supports this regime, but.... continuing on.....). He stated that some are willing to die for this regime. However if a true democracy was in place, our differences could be resolved through dialogue.

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Monday, July 10, 2006

To Forgive or not to forgive the IRI criminals?

I saw this article on Rooz online on the discussion of forgiving the IRI criminals once the regime falls. While I lean toward forgiveness, I believe discussion on this is very important. I'm proud of the fact that the exchange of ideas on this matter is present. Thank you Akbar Ganji for proposing it and thank you Monireh Baradaran for writing your article stating a rebuttal, and as a result kicking off the debate.

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Thursday, July 06, 2006

Hunger Strike in front of the U.N. with Akbar Ganji


There will be a hunger strike in front of the U.N. in New York with Akbar Ganji on July 12-16 2006. The hunger strike is to show the Iranian people's demand for the Islamic Republic of Iran to free all political prisoners, particularly:

Dr. Ramin Jahanbegloo
Mansour Osanloo
Ali Akbar Mousavi Khoeni

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Petition to free Yashar Ghajar, Abed Tavancheh and other Iranian bloggers

Here is a petition to demand the freedom of Yashar Ghajar, Abed Tavancheh and other bloggers.

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Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Akbar Ganji threatens Mass Hunger Strike Movement if political prisoners in Iran not freed

Akbar Ganji has threatened to initiate mass hunger strikes in England, France, Germany and the U.S. if the following political prisoners in Iran are not freed:

Ramin Jahanbegloo
Mansoor Osanloo
Ali Akbar Mossavi Khoeni

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