Women political prisoners in quarantined section of Evin prison, protesting against violent and invasive body cavity searches and sexual abuse have gone on hunger strike since Tuesday 30th October 2012. According to the relatives of these prisoners, they were brutally searched by the hands of three female guards after the ward being raided by Evin security forces.
صرحت منظمة العفو الدولية اليوم أنه يتعين على السلطات الإيرانية حماية جميع المعتقلين والسجناء والسجينات من التعرض للمضايقات والمعاملة المهينة، وذلك في أعقاب قيام تسع من السجينات السياسيات، بينهن سجينات رأي، بالإضراب عن الطعام احتجاجاً على ما تعرضن له من إساءة على أيدي حارسات السجن حسب زعمهن. وتتضمن كوكبة السجينات المحتجزات في سجن إيفين بطهران ناشطات وصحفيات.وقد زعمن تعرضهن للتفتيش الجسدي المهين والمذل على أيدي حارسات السجن التابعات لقسم أمن السجون، واللواتي قمن بمصادرة مقتنياتهن الشخصية عقب التفتيش يوم الثلاثاء الماضي.
News that Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh has won the Sakharov Prize – an award from the European Parliament for human rights and freedom of thought - came as her health deteriorated due to a hunger strike in protest at the Iranian authorities’ refusal to allow her face-to-face visits with her 13-year-old daughter and five-year-old son.
On October 1st, more than three hundred human rights and women's rights activists published a statement in objection to the request of our provinces in Iran for registration of an intra-tribal tradition called “cease-blood1” to be placed on the National Iranian Heritage list. Those who objected regarded the request to be against the Human Rights Code and called the action anti-feminist.
Soheila Vahdati Bana, a scholar, writer and human rights activist focusing on Iranian women's and children's issues, has written numerous articles against the death penalty and state violence against women, children and ethnic and religious minorities. Her areas of research include the effects of mandatory hijab on the image of Iranian women and their role in society, the recent history of state oppression of followers of the Bahai Faith and child soldiers in Iran. She has also written extensively on the current Islamic Penal Code’s encroachment on women’s rights, the treatment of women as second class citizens and the deprivation of their sexual rights.
The U.N. Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment was adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations on December 10, 1984 through resolution 39/46. The Convention entered into force on June 26, 1987.
This United Nations Convention against Torture defines torture as “… any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person for such purposes as obtaining from him or a third person information or a confession, punishing him for an act he or a third person has committed or is suspected of having committed, or intimidating or coercing him or a third person, or for any reason based on discrimination of any kind, when such pain or suffering is inflicted by or at the instigation of or with the consent or acquiescence of a public official or other person acting in an official capacity.”
-Pourquoi cette approbation ? Pourquoi ce silence?
Lorsqu’en 1979 Khomeiny obligea les iraniennes à se voiler, elles sont descendues dans la rue pour manifester leur opposition à cette mesure discriminatoire et profondément misogyne.Dès cette époque Khomeiny proclama sa volonté d’exporter dans le monde entier ce modèle islamiste de stigmatisation du corps des femmes.
This submission to the Commission on the Status of Women (the Commission) is intended to draw the Commission’s attention to the continuing pattern of human rights violations experienced by women in Iran in reprisal for their peaceful human rights or political activities on account of their ethnic origin, their faith, the peaceful exercise of their rights to freedom of expression and association, or their relationship to men who have expressed views dissenting from those considered acceptable by the Iranian authorities.
Two years after an international outcry erupted over her sentence of stoning to death, Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani remains imprisoned in north-west Iran apparently still facing a stoning sentence. Her lawyer, Javid Houtan Kiyan, arrested on account of his advocacy for her, remains held as a prisoner of conscience, and is reported to have been sentenced to a lengthy prison term. He is believed to have been tortured during his detention.
Paris-Geneva, April 5, 2012. The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), deplores the sentencing of human rights defender Ms. Mansoureh Behkish and calls for an end to her judicial harassment.