Category Archives: Iran

The Road to Jerusalem: IS Follows Saladin’s Steps

Osamah Golpy

By Osamah Golpy: A popular Arabic song started to emerge in the second Palestinian intifada in 2000. It glorifies two Palestinians, a father and a son: the boy crying and the father waving, all in the eyes of the whole world, and then a burst of gunfire and dust, after which the boy is seen…

Kurd Journalist Kaboudvand, Jailed in Iran, Wins International Human Rights Prize

By Ava Homa (who received the award on his behalf): The International Center for Human Rights (ICHR) has awarded the 2014 Human Rights Prize to Muhammad Seddigh Kaboudvand, a Kurdish Journalist serving a ten-and-a-half year sentence in Evin Prison. Kaboudvand, an adopted member of PEN International was also named the international journalist of the year…

Iran: Not Just a Nuclear Issue, Save Kurdish Political Prisoners!

Rebwar Reshid

By Rebwar Rashed: The talks about Iran’s nuclear program and the negotiation between Iran and world powers have overshadowed the human rights issue. Iran’s nuclear program is just one, albeit a big one, of Iran’s many problems which include, for example: suppressing Kurdish people and others, such as the Balochi’s and Arabs; institutional and structural…

The war against Turkey/ISIS

By Dr. Jan Best de Vries: To my friend Salih Muslim “Under the pretense of stopping an ISIS attack on Turkey (for ISIS fighters constantly attack Kobane from Turkey – JBdeV) , the Turkish army bombarded the center of Kobani with tanks and artillery”, Kurdish newspaper Rudaw quoted Anwar Muslim, the co-chairman of Kobani, as saying…

Poetry in Exile

Yasin Aziz

By Yasin Aziz: ‘The refuge we all seek is protection from forces which wrench us away from the security and comfort, physical and mental, which give dignity and meaning to human existence’ Aung San Suu Kyi Exile from country, family, social life, the atmosphere one is used to for many years: the warm social relations,…

Iranian Kurdish Women Seek a Voice

By Ava Homa: Oslo, NORWAY—The fourth Kurdish Iranian Women Conference was held this weekend in the capital of Norway. In a two day gathering, Kurdish women from across Europe, North America and Middle East came together to review the history of women’s movement and discuss its continuity. The conference has a central committee, mainly based…

UN, human rights and the inevitability of change towards a working policy for Iran

By Jamal Ekhtiar: Over the past three and a half decades, human rights issues in Iran have been on the agenda of the United Nations International rights system, but no progress has been made and now there must inevitably be change in the UN’s Iran rights policy. While the system claims to safeguard and protect human…

More Flaws in the Strategy to Defeat the Islamic State

By Glenn M Stewart B.A., M.A. Oxon: The political and strategic ramifications of the remarks made yesterday by General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff about the possibility of using US advisors in support of both Kurdish and Iraqi government forces to attack IS forces in Iraq have clearly not been thought…

Terror, executions, the right to life, prison conditions and extra suffering for regional Iran

By Jamal Ekhtiar: One of the serious concerns under the current system in Iran is the violation of rights to life, including arbitrary executions carried out without equitable trials. The Iranian government usually justifies executions in the name of fighting crime and drug smuggling, which is an excuse because it could use other ways to…

Why Obama’s Strategy to Defeat the Islamic State Won’t Work

By Glenn M Stewart B.A., M.A. Oxon: The recent statement by the Obama administration outlining a strategy to defeat the Islamic State issued in an attempt to cover its irresponsible but honest admission that it does not have a strategy to defeat the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq is inadequate at best and laughable…

The UN and the non-implementation of existing rights laws by the Iran government

By Jamal Ekhtiar: Most of UN Special Rapporteur Dr. Shaheed’s recommendations concern some hundreds of individuals and, linked with this, Dr. Shaheed makes recommendations to the government in Iran about how to improve its legislation. However, in reality, the problems of human rights in Iran are not only associated with the need for new laws….

Shaheed’s UN reports and marginalized civil society in regional Iran

By Jamal Ekhtiar: Another issue covered by the Special Rapporteur and the UN rights system is civil society, but the UN has been unable to address some vital problems of Iran’s severely deprived regions. Yet again the UN focusses on issues facing central Iran and overlooks other problems that need care and attention. Civil society…

Shaheed, the UN and ignored historical grievances of Balochestan, Ahwaz and Kurdistan

By Jamal Ekhtiar: The term ‘minority’ has been wrongly used in UN literature to define sizable nationalities in Iran and minority rights has been a pillar of the UN rights system, but retrograde developments have prevented the realization of even recognized minority rights for several nationalities in Iran. Bookmark on Delicious Recommend on Facebook Share…

Iran: Shaheed’s UN reports and a few dark spots on rights to education

By Jamal Ekhtiar: The United Nations rights bodies carelessly mishandle the issues of social and cultural rights, education and students problems with their ‘selfish uproar’ rhetoric, but their long history of so-called human rights safeguarding in Iran has produced no tangible results. The UN rights system seems to respect and advocate rights to safety and…

Shaheed’s UN reports; realization and violations of socioeconomic rights in Iran

By Jamal Ekhtiar: United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Iran, Ahmed Shaheed, focuses on some minor socioeconomic issues, while overlooking more vital concerns affecting the lives of millions in the country. One area he often covers in his reports is gender inequality and limitations placed on women’s employment. He also refers…