Zeynab Jalalian – UN calls for immediate release


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Zeynab Jalalian

Zeynab Jalalian, kurdish political prisoner, initially sentenced to death, only  later to lifetime prison.
Zeynab, born in 1982 [ ۱۳۶۱ ] is a  kurdish political prisoner from Maku , imprisoned in Dizel Abad, Kermanshah.

she never confessed to any political activity, but it’s often referred to her as a kurdish political activist.




13 May 2016
UN HRC Working Group calls for immediate release of Zeynab Jalalian – the only female political prisoner to be given a life sentence

” .. Taking into account all the circumstances of the case, especially the risk of irreparable harm to Ms. Jalalian’s health and physical integrity, the Working Group considers that the adequate remedy would be to release Ms. Jalalian immediately, and accord her an enforceable right to compensation ..”
full text:

02 June 2016

Kurdistan Human Rights Network –   شبکه‌ی حقوق بشر  کردستان

رأی سازمان ملل: زینب جلالیان باید فورا آزاد و خسارات وارده به او جبران شود


****** please sign the petition for Zeynab ******

Help Zeynab Jalalian Receive Proper Medical Attention



16 June 2014 – – please follow the call for urgent action by amnesty international
and write mails to the provided authorities

html:  URGENT ACTION – KURDISH WOMAN losing sight in Iranian prison

Zeynab Jalalian, a member of Iranian’s Kurdish minority, currently serving a life sentence in Kermanshah Prison, western Iran, is at risk of losing her eyesight and she is in urgent need of medical care.



11 March 2015  –  زینب جلالیان و چشم‌هایش


08 March 2015  – Kurdistan Human Rights Network


update on Justice 4 Iran

March 2015 / esfand 1393 on Justice4Iran

هفت سال گذشت… موارد نقض حقوق بشر در پرونده زینب جلالیان، زندانی سیاسی کرد

08 March 2013/ 17 esfand 1393 on Justice4Iran

شکایت به سازمان ملل: حبس زینب جلالیان را غیرقانونی اعلام کنید

Rights groups call on UN experts to intervene on behalf of a Kurdish woman activist on the seventh anniversary of her arrest on Women’s Day

cited on kurdane.com  شکایت به سازمان ملل: حبس زینب جلالیان را غیرقانونی اعلام کنید

and on bbc  ابراز نگرانی سازمان‌های حقوق بشری از وضعیت زینب جلالیان زندانی زن کرد


23 january 2015 – 3 bahman 1393 on hrana:

” … Zaynab Jalalian has been transferred from women’s ward of Kermanshah prison to central prison of Khoy almost two months ago. Khoy prison does not have special ward for political prisoners. … has contact with her lawyers (Dr. Mohammad Sharif and Amir Salar Davoodi) regularly.  … ”

انتقال زینب جلالیان به زندان خوی

from her lawyer’s [Amirsalar Davoodi] FB page:
زینب جلالیان چندی است (حدود دوماه قبل) که از زندان دیزل آباد به زندان مرکزی خوی منتقل شده است.
البته زینب همچنان از بیماری ناخونک (بیماری چشمی) رنج می برد, لیکن بینایی اش بر قرار است. شایعه نابینایی زینب را تکذیب می کنیم.
زینب در زندان مرکزی خوی که فاقد بند سیاسی است, امکان ملاقات خانواده اش را یافته است.
پیش از این فاصله زیاد محل نگهداری زینب تا محل اقامت خانواده اش, به صورت قابل توجهی امکان ملاقات او و خانواده را با سختی همراه ساخته بود.
زینب شرایط عمومی مناسبی دارد و مرتبا با وکلای خود (دکتر محمد شریف و امیرسالار داودی) در تماس است.
گفتنی است تاکنون چندین بار ملاقات حضوری هم در محل زندان دیزل آباد ما بین ما وکلای زینب و او برقرار گردیده است.


16 july 2014 – 26 tir 1393 on  Hrana: “Zeynab Jalalian’s kidney disease is getting worse and Kermanshah prison authorities ignore her for treatment and she is in critical condition.

“Zeynab Jalalian is suffering great pain in her kidney and her condition is critical. Prison’s authorities also do not act for her treatment.” One of her relatives told HRANA.

Her eyes also need treatment and she is losing her sight and it is being ignored for a long time.”

تشدید بیماری کلیه زینب جلالیان و عدم رسیدگی پزشکی


12 June 2014 – Fereshteh Ghazi on roozonline :

زینب جلالیان در خطر نابینایی


25 May 2014 –  Arash Nezamı was informed  that Zeynab Jalalian suffers from Pterygium, an eye disease [ ‘Symptoms of pterygium include persistent redness from  inflammation, foreign body sensation, tearing, which can cause bleeding, dry and itchy eyes. In advanced cases the pterygium can affect vision as it invades the cornea with the potential of obscuring the optical center of the cornea and inducing astigmatism and corneal scarring,which usually requires surgery. ‘ ]; the Prosecutor’s Office is reportedly denying Zeynab the right to undergo surgery on her eye. The condition is weakening her vision and making her see blurry. An alternative to surgery (since the prosecutor won’t allow her!) is to reportedly use sterile eye drops for a long period of time. [ ‘Some of the irritating symptoms can be addressed with artificial tears. However, no reliable medical treatment exists to reduce or even prevent pterygium progression. Definitive treatment is achieved only by surgical removal. Long-term follow up is required as pterygium may recur even after complete surgical correction.’ ] The prosecutor has reportedly provided no explanation as to why he is rejecting Zeynab’s right to seek the proper medical treatment. However, the report states that Zeynab has been locked up for the past seven years now [without one single day of furlough! ]  and has endured severe psychological and physical abuse. The Ministry of Intelligence have reportedly placed much pressure on her this whole time to provide them with false confessions.

4 khordad 1393 – via Arash Nezamı 

” بدنبال افزایش نگرانی ها از وضعیت سلامتی زینب جلالیان یک منبع مطلع اعلام کرد که چشمان این زندانی سیاسی مبتلا به بیماری ” ناخونک ” است ولی دادستان با عمل جراحی زینب جلالیان مخالفت می کند. بیماری ناخونک به دلیل ضایعه ای در سفیدی چشم است که در صورت پیشرفت سبب تاری دید و کم بینایی می شود . زینب جلالیان در هفت سال گذشته تحت شکنجه های بی وقفه روحی و جسمی قرار داشته و سنگین ترین حکم سیاسی در میان زندانیان زن را دارد ، حبس ابد . “یک تکه گوشت اضافه در سفیدی چشم زینب جلالیان وجود دارد که تشخیص پزشکان بیماری ناخونک بوده . دو راه برای درمان ناخونک وجود دارد اول عمل جراحی که دادستان مخالفت کرده و دوم استفاده از قطره استریل چشم برای مدت طولانی .پزشکان می گویند علائم این بیماری در مراحل اولیه خفیف است ولی به تدریج باعث خارش، سوزش و قرمزی چشم می شود. در موارد پیشرفته تر، بیماری ناخونک سبب تاری دید و کم بینایی در بیمار می شود و باید با عمل جراحی رفع شود.مسئولان دستگاه قضایی ایران دستکم نگفته اند که چرا با درمان زینب جلالیان مخالفت می کنند اما زینب جلالیان که به اتهامات سیاسی از هفت سال پیش در زندان بسر می برد بطور مداوم و پس از صدور حکم نیز تحت فشارهای وزارت اطلاعات بوده تا به اعترافات تلویزیونی تن دهد .



Zeynab Jalalian on wikipedia – a compilation of  info available in English, including sources


some previous news and info

18 April 2014 – united 4 Iran – Bayern :  Gefangenenportrait – Zeynab Jalalian


08 March 2014 – I.R.A.N.: Life for Iranian Women on International Women’s Day 2014

“Zeinab Jalalian, falsely accused of membership of a political organisation, brutally tortured and sentenced to life imprisonment. She has been imprisoned since she was 25 years old and is now seriously ill in prison as a result of her torture.”


25 February 2014 – Fereshteh Ghazi/roozonline:   هفت سال بدون مرخصی و ۳ سال بدون ملاقاتی


13 January 2014 – hrana: Zaynab Jalalian still imprisoned in Kermanshah

21 dey 1392 hrana:  مخالفت با انتقال زینب جلالیان به زندان ماکو

06 October 2013 – hrana: No medical treatment for Zeynab Jalalian /She is on verge of blindness

12 mehr 1392 – هرانا؛ محرومیت زینب جلالیان از امکانات درمانی / وی در آستانه نابینایی قرار دارد


10 July 2010 – 19 tir 1389:  Persian2English &  CHRR

Zeynab Jalalian’s lawyer “optimistic” about appeal



Zeynab’s data  in Iran’s Prisoner Information
profile: on the partly restored RAHANA page
Arrested in Kermanshah July 2007, transferred to Sanandaj prison
Charged with alleged membership in the outlawed Free Life Party of Kurdistan, or PJAK which she denies.
Often wrongly described as a political activist.
Jan 2009: Sentenced to death without presence of a lawyer, maintained by appeals
Suffering from eyes illness because of torture. Medical treatment denied since she is on death row
27 Nov 2009: Sentence maintained by Supreme Court
18 Mar 2010: Transferred to Evin 209
Back to Kermanshah prison (date unknown)
Verbally informed of reduction in her sentence from execution to imprisonment. Situation unclear at this time.
15 Dec 2011: Sentenced by Supreme Court to Life term: CHRR نقض حکم اعدام؛ محکومیت زینب جلالیان به حبس ابد

09 Jun 2012: Reported in serious health condition but unable to get treatment for intestinal problems related to injuries sustained under torture. Source: ICHR  کوتاهی در رسیدگی به خونریزی داخلی زینب جلالیان زندانیان عقیدتی کرد

Asylrechtsänderung – Krise der Menschlichkeit


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we are in danger

(1) Politisch Verfolgte genießen Asylrecht. (2) Auf Absatz 1 kann sich nicht berufen, wer aus einem Mitgliedstaat der Europäischen Gemeinschaften oder aus einem anderen Drittstaat einreist, in dem die Anwendung des Abkommens über die Rechtsstellung der Flüchtlinge und der Konvention zum Schutze der Menschenrechte und Grundfreiheiten sichergestellt ist. Die Staaten außerhalb der Europäischen Gemeinschaften, auf die die Voraussetzungen des Satzes 1 zutreffen, werden durch Gesetz, das der Zustimmung des Bundesrates bedarf, bestimmt. In den Fällen des Satzes 1 können aufenthaltsbeendende Maßnahmen unabhängig von einem hiergegen eingelegten Rechtsbehelf vollzogen werden. (3) Durch Gesetz, das der Zustimmung des Bundesrates bedarf, können Staaten bestimmt werden, bei denen auf Grund der Rechtslage, der Rechtsanwendung und der allgemeinen politischen Verhältnisse gewährleistet erscheint, daß dort weder politische Verfolgung noch unmenschliche oder erniedrigende Bestrafung oder Behandlung stattfindet. Es wird vermutet, daß ein Ausländer aus einem solchen Staat nicht verfolgt wird, solange er nicht Tatsachen vorträgt, die die Annahme begründen, daß er entgegen dieser Vermutung politisch verfolgt wird. (4) Die Vollziehung aufenthaltsbeendender Maßnahmen wird in den Fällen des Absatzes 3 und in anderen Fällen, die offensichtlich unbegründet sind oder als offensichtlich unbegründet gelten, durch das Gericht nur ausgesetzt, wenn ernstliche Zweifel an der Rechtmäßigkeit der Maßnahme bestehen; der Prüfungsumfang kann eingeschränkt werden und verspätetes Vorbringen unberücksichtigt bleiben. Das Nähere ist durch Gesetz zu bestimmen. (5) Die Absätze 1 bis 4 stehen völkerrechtlichen Verträgen von Mitgliedstaaten der Europäischen Gemeinschaften untereinander und mit dritten Staaten nicht entgegen, die unter Beachtung der Verpflichtungen aus dem Abkommen über die Rechtsstellung der Flüchtlinge und der Konvention zum Schutze der Menschenrechte und Grundfreiheiten, deren Anwendung in den Vertragsstaaten sichergestellt sein muß, Zuständigkeitsregelungen für die Prüfung von Asylbegehren einschließlich der gegenseitigen Anerkennung von Asylentscheidungen treffen.


Heribert Prantl – Bericht SZ  – 17. September 2015

Gesetzentwurf wegen Flüchtlingskrise – Regierung plant Verschärfung des Asylrechts


Heribert Prantl – Kommmentar in der SZ – 17. September 2015

Gesetzentwurf zu Flüchtlingskrise –  Ein Apfel, ein Ei, eine Rückfahrkarte

Das geplante neue deutsche Asyl-Abschreckungsrecht ist ein Frevel. Es hungert die Geflohenen aus.


via Pro Asyl – 17. September 2015

Der neue Gesetzentwurf der Bundesregierung ist blanker Hohn angesichts von Tausenden hilfsbereiten Bürgerinnen und Bürgern, oftmals engagierten lokalen Behörden und den dieser Tage unersetzbaren Initiativen der Zivilgesellschaft, die sich alle bemühen, Schutzsuchende menschenwürdig aufzunehmen. Er verschärft die Unterbringungsprobleme, statt sie zu lösen. Er bürokratisiert, statt zu vereinfachen. Er grenzt Flüchtlinge aus, statt sie zu integrieren. weiterlesen 

Und er ist schlicht verfassungswidrig !!!




Pro Asyl – 22. September 2015  –

Asylrechtsverschärfung: Gesetzentwurf bleibt verfassungswidrig

Die Bundesregierung hat sich auf eine neue Version des Gesetzentwurfes mit dem Titel „Asylverfahrensbeschleunigungsgesetz“ geeinigt – doch das Gesetzesvorhaben, das zahlreiche Instrumente zur Ausgrenzung und Abschreckung von Schutzsuchenden enthält, ist und bleibt verfassungswidrig.

Es kann der Bundesregierung nicht schnell genug gehen: Vor dem Hintergrund der aktuellen Überforderung des Bundesamts für Migration und Flüchtlinge und des Mangels an Unterkünften für Flüchtlinge soll das so genannte  Asylverfahrensbeschleunigungsgesetz nun schnellstens mit den Ländern abgestimmt und anschließend von Bundestag und Bundesrat beschlossen werden. Doch die Eile täuscht darüber hinweg, dass das Gesetz zur Bewältigung der akuten Herausforderungen nichts beiträgt – im Gegenteil. Daran hat auch die jüngste Überarbeitung des Gesetzentwurfes nichts geändert: Er zielt weiterhin darauf, Schutzsuchende durch Ausgrenzung und Diskriminierung abzuschrecken, nicht, wie der Titel verspricht, auf eine Beschleunigung der Asylverfahren. weiterlesen …


Staatsministerin Özoğuz zu den Ergebnissen des Flüchtlingsgipfels

„Ich begrüße, dass wir uns endlich auf eine strukturelle und substanzielle finanzielle Unterstützung der Länder durch den Bund geeinigt haben. Die Länder sind jetzt in der Pflicht, die finanzielle Entlastung in angemessenem Umfang an die Kommunen weiterzugeben. Hier braucht es maximale Transparenz.

Besondere Bedeutung kommt der Zusage des Bundes zu, die Asylverfahren trotz der steigenden Antragszahlen auf durchschnittlich drei Monate zu verkürzen. Es muss uns gelingen, zu schnelleren Entscheidungen zu kommen, den Rückstau von inzwischen über einer viertel Million Altfällen abzuarbeiten und die Zeit zwischen Registrierung und Antragsstellung deutlich zu verkürzen. Sonst wird die Not der Länder und Kommunen trotz der finanziellen Entlastung unweigerlich größer.

Als Integrationsbeauftragter ist mir vor allem die Zusage des Bundes wichtig, die Integrationskurse für Asylbewerber mit guter Bleibeperspektive zu öffnen und die Mittel entsprechend dem gestiegenen Bedarf aufzustocken. Sprache ist der Schlüssel zur Integration, das Geld für die Kurse ist daher mehr als gut angelegt. Ich nehme den Bundes-innenminister beim Wort, dass hier nicht an der falschen Stelle gespart wird und die Kurse auf eine solide finanzielle Basis gestellt werden.

Bedauerlich ist, dass wir bei der Gesundheitskarte keine bundesweit einheitliche Regelung geschafft haben. Gut ist zwar, dass der Bund die gesetzlichen Voraussetzungen für die Einführung der Karte schaffen wird. Es bleibt den Ländern aber freigestellt, ob sie diese bei sich einführen. In Hamburg und Bremen hat sich gezeigt, dass durch die Karte sogar erhebliche Verwaltungskosten gespart werden. Grundsätzlich ist sie aus humanitären Gründen wichtig, damit erkrankte Asylbewerber direkt zum Arzt gehen können, statt den Umweg über die Sozialbehörde machen zu müssen.

Aus der Absicht heraus, möglichst falsche Anreize zu mindern, wurde beschlossen, in Erstaufnahmeeinrichtungen das Taschengeld durch Sachleistungen zu ersetzen. Es wird sich zeigen müssen, ob diese Maßnahme tatsächlich die erhoffte Wirkung hat. Abzuwarten bleibt ebenfalls, wie die angekündigten Hotspots in den EU-Mitgliedstaaten und die Wartezentren in Deutschland tatsächlich ausgestaltet werden. Hier sehe ich noch viele Fragezeichen“


Pro Asyl – 25. September 2015 –  Bund-Länder-Gipfel:

CDU/CSU, SPD und Grüne einigen sich auf massive Asylrechtsverschärfung

CDU, CSU, SPD und Grüne klopfen sich gegenseitig auf die Schultern für den gestern gefassten Beschluss der Ministerpräsidentenkonferenz zur Flüchtlingspolitik. Tatsächlich konnten sich vor allem die asylpolitischen Hardliner durchsetzen, insbesondere das Bundesinnenministerium. Ob auf EU-Ebene oder in der Innenpolitik: Deutschland setzt auf Abschottung.   weiterlesen

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der Zusammenhang erschließt sich nicht von selbst?? nein?? — doch, bestimmt:

Mujtaba, freier Photograph aus Afghanistan, begleitet eine Gruppe afghanischer Flüchtlinge mit der Kamera; in Urmia / Iran an der Grenze zur Türkei fängt  seine Dokumentation an und endet -vorerst- auf einer griechischen Insel mit Tränen der Erleichterung

mehr fotos auf instagram: https://instagram.com/mujtaba.jalali/ 


Wikipedia – Asylrecht (Deutschland)

Das Asylrecht für politisch Verfolgte ist in Deutschland ein im Grundgesetz verankertes Grundrecht. Nach heftiger öffentlicher Debatte im Jahr 1993 wurde das bis dahin schrankenlos gewährte Asylgrundrecht aus Art. 16 Abs. 2 Satz 2 GG herausgenommen und nach Art. 16a Abs. 1 GG übertragen.


17. August 2015, Süddeutsche Zeitung

Flüchtlings-Debatte Das Jahrhundert-Problem

Das 21. Jahrhundert wird einmal daran gemessen werden, wie es mit den Flüchtlingen umgegangen ist.

news from Iran – reliable sources


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who to trust?  it took me some years to find out …

some great pages have disappeared; e.g.  I still miss RAHANA’s database  …

HRANA  خبرگزاری هرانا      https://hra-news.org/fa/

HRANA – english:   http://hra-news.org/en/


majzooban noor – مجذوبان نور  : http://www.majzooban.org/fa/

Majzooban noor  – english: http://www.majzooban.org/en/


CHRR – کميته گزارشگران حقوق بشر  :  http://chrr.biz/

Committee of Human Rights Reporters english: http://chrr.biz/index-en.php


عدالت برای ایران : http://justice4iran.org/persian/

Justice 4 Iran:  http://justice4iran.org/


Iran Human Rights: english: http://iranhr.net/

حقوق بشر ایران  : http://iranhr.net/persian/


Iran Human Rights Documentation Center: http://www.iranhrdc.org/english/

IHRDC مرکز اسناد حقوق بشر ایران  – http://www.iranhrdc.org/persian/


توانا : https://tavaana.org/

Tavaana: https://tavaana.org/en


P.C.E.D. – جمعیت مبارزه با تبعیض تحصیلی [persian only] http://www.edu-right.net/


translations incl background info: Persian 2 English – persian2english.com


Freedom Messenger- Ghasedane Azadi – قاصدان آزادی  [ for news in persian ]

fastest news channel  – https://www.facebook.com/Freedom.Messenger


Kurdistan Human Rights Network: http://kurdistanhumanrights.org/

Kurdish news: http://en.firatajans.com/news/news

Sunni Prisoners: http://www.SunniPrisonersIran.com/

Ahwaz News Agency: http://www.ahwaziarabs.info/

Azerbaijan: Oyannews english: http://oyannews.com/en/

Radio Koocheh  رادیوکوچه   – http://radiokoocheh.com/

Radio Zamaneh رادیو زمانه : http://archive.radiozamaneh.com/

Radio zamaneh english: http://archive.radiozamaneh.com/english/

good journalism: Al Jazeera america – http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/


monatlicher Iran Report  der Heinrich Böll-Stiftung von B. Nirumand: http://www.boell.de/de/iran-report

mehriran: http://mehriran.de/


Iran’s Political Prisoners – list-database

Deutsch Lernen, Abitur und Studium – Förderung


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Koordinierungsstelle Bildungsberatung Garantiefonds Hochschule
bei der Bundesarbeitsgemeinschaft Katholische Jugendsozialarbeit (BAG KJS) e. V.
Carl-Mosterts-Platz 1, 40477 Düsseldorf

mit Unterstützng durch das Familienministerium

Arbeitserlaubnisrecht für Flüchtlinge und MigrantInnen


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Arbeitserlaubnisrecht für Flüchtlinge und MigrantInnen –
6. aktualisierte Auflage, November 2014
Flüchtlingsrat Niedersachsen

Munich – NGOs supporting refugees / asylum seekers


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Zirndorf_Germany welcoming refugees (7)

Refugee Law Clinic Munich for  legal advice; you’re asked to send an email before beratung@lawclinicmunich.de

REFUGIO – Beratungs- und Behandlungszentrum für Flüchtlinge und Folteropfer counselling and psychotherapie for refugees and victims of torture

Karawane München – Für die Rechte der Flüchtlinge und MigrantInnen

Bayerischer Flüchtlingsrat

Münchner Flüchtlingsrat

“Kreative Hilfe für Flüchtlinge in München”

Bildung für junge Flüchtlinge‘  Anlaufstellen und Angebote in München

contact details for [all] different offers and possibilities regarding education


for  supporters –  two links on Sueddeutsche Zeitung with lots of infoZirndorf_Germany welcoming refugees (6)

26 September 2014: 
Flüchtlinge in München Wo Ihre Hilfe gebraucht wird
03 Dezember 2014:
Spenden für Flüchtlinge Wie Sie helfen können – und wie nicht

Iranian Christian Converts Risk Deportation from Europe


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Iranian Christian Converts at Risk of being Deported to Iran from Europe

their stories in short:

Fantoft Stave Church - Norge -

Fantoft Stave Church – Norge –

the Iranian Christian Convert claims asylum in Norway

his application for asylum often becomes denied  based on “The Country of Origin Information Centre (Landinfo)”   by Norway’s authorities:

Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (Utlendingsdirektoratet – UDI) and the Norway’s Immigration Appeals Board (Utlendingsnemnda – UNE ) UNE –

he then receives the utvisningsvedtak (letter saying he has to leave Norway),  if he doesn’t leave within the mentioned period, he will be forcibly deported

so he flees to Germany, as Germany is known to provide asylum for Iranian Christian converts (GERMANY- asylum granted for Iranian convert to Christianity)

but then, due to Dublin III regulations, (safe first country in Europe) Germany deports this asylum seeker back to Norway … from where he will be deported to Iran


some basic info:

NOAS (Norwegian Oranisation for Asylum Seekers)

in June 2014 published a detailed 45 pages dossier, available in norwegian only

Tro, håp og forfølgelse / Faith, Hope and Persecution / Glaube, Hoffnung und Verfolgung

and some reports:

May 2014 – Noas bekymret for tvangsreturer til Iran

June 2014 – Kristne konvertitter returneres til forfølgelse i Iran

contact details for NOAS :
phone + 47 22 365660; noas@noas.org; Torggata 22, NO-0183 Oslo



Die sogenannte Dublin-Verordnung (aktuell: “Dublin III”, VO 604/2013 vom 26. Juni 2013) ist eine europarechtliche Verordnung. Sie legt Regelungen zur Bestimmung des Mitgliedstaates fest, der für die Durchführung eines Asylverfahrens zuständig ist.

Dublin III-Verordnung

Verordnung 604/2013 vom 26.6.2013 (Abl. L 180/31 vom 29.6.2013)

Durchführungsverordnung (EU) Nr. 118/2014 der Kommission vom 30. Januar 2014 (Abl. L 38/1 vom 8.2.2014)

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What happens to young people who are forcibly removed to Afghanistan?


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What happens to young people who are forcibly removed to Afghanistan? We are in Kabul to find out. | Refugee Support Network.

3 things you need to know about life for young returnees in Afghanistan

1. Safety and security

2. ‘Survival’ mentality

3. Not being ‘known’Afghanistan_returnee

rape – cruellest torture and deadly weapon


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rape is the cruellest torture –

with the single target to destroy the personality, the soul, the pride of the victim –

[ .. if only all victims could tell of their torture – to heal their souls, to fight their destruction, to fight the aim of systematic torture  .. ]

قربانیان تجاوز جنسی- Support victims of sexual assault in prisons of Iran

این گروه برای حمایت از قربانیان تجاوز جنسی , بویژه همدلی با قربانیان تجاوز جنسی در زندانهای جمهوری اسلامی تشکیل شده است. از نظر بسیاری از ایرانیان تجاوز جنسی بیش از آن که مایه ننگ متجاوز محسوب شود مایه شرم قربانیان این عمل غیر انسانی خوانده میشود. هدف این گروه ایجاد فرصت بحث و گفتگوی بی پرده درباره عوارض تجاوز ,اعلام حمایت از قربانیان آن , تشویق ایشان به دوری از پنهان کاری و تشویق اطرافیانشان به گشودن آغوش احترام و همدردی و بیش از همه تلاش برای تغییر نگرش واپسگرای جامعه به قربانیان تجاوز جنسی و حمایت از ستم کشیدگانی است که نه تنها توسط متجاوزین بلکه گاه حتی پس از وقوع تجاوز توسط نزدیکترین خویشاوندانشان مورد بی حرمتی واقع میشوند.

 This is a Facebook support group for rape victims of the prisons of the Islamic Republic of Iran. For the majority of Iranians being raped is a source of great shame. The social stigma is attached to the victims of rape, not its perpetrators. With the formation of this group we hope to make it possible to discuss rape and its consequences openly and without embarrassment, and to encourage the families to support and love rape victims, and bring a positive change in the views of Iranians who condemn and stigmatize them.


25 May 2014 – The Japan Times –

World largely turns a blind eye to male rape

Addressing sexual violence against women and men is one of the critical human rights challenges of our time.

Male rape is widespread, particularly in conflict situations. Because few men report cases of rape, statistics under-represent the actual number of men who are sexually assaulted.

In addition to Egypt, the rape of political prisoners has been reported in Chile, Greece, Iran, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), El Salvador, and Sarajevo during the Bosnian conflict. …..


Jan 2014 – by UK-based  Iran Human Rights Review

Sexual torture of women political prisoners in the Islamic Republic of Iran

شکنجۀ جنسی زنان زندانی سیاسی در جمهوری اسلامی ایران


June 2013 – Justice For Iran –

Raped out of Paradise: Women in Prisons of the Islamic Republic of Iran

this brief [42 pages report as pdf] is base on extensive research carried out over a two-year period pointing to systematic, widespread, state-sponsored policies that place sexual torture, including rape, at the heart of the Islamic Republic’s judicial machinery and arms such as the Islamic Republic Guards Corps.
It also delineates the wide-ranging forms of sexual torture practiced in prisons since the inception of the Islamic Republic. The most appalling practice remains ‘rape of virgins’ prior to execution. The Islamic Republic is the first state to justify and rationalize this form of torture in the name of religion …


11 July 2011 – The Guardian

The rape of men: the darkest secret of war

Sexual violence is one of the most horrific weapons of war, an instrument of terror used against women. Yet huge numbers of men are also victims. In this harrowing report, Will Storr travels to Uganda to meet traumatised survivors, and reveals how male rape is endemic in many of the world’s conflicts

Of all the secrets of war, there is one that is so well kept that it exists mostly as a rumour. It is usually denied by the perpetrator and his victim. Governments, aid agencies and human rights defenders at the UN barely acknowledge its possibility. Yet every now and then someone gathers the courage to tell of it. …


published May 2011 by Iran Human Rights Documentation Center (IranHRDC)

Surviving Rape in Iran’s Prisons

This report documents the ordeals of five former prisoners – two women and three men – who provide their first-hand accounts of being raped, witnessing rape or being threatened with rape during their detention in Iranian prisons.

مرکز اسناد حقوق بشر ایران

 بازماندگان تجاوز در زندانهای ایران

این گزارش رنج و مصائب پنج قربانی- دو زن و سه مرد- را که در زندانهای ایران مورد تجاوز قرار گرفته و یا تهدید به تجاوز شده اند را مستند می‏سازد


01 November 2010 – The Telegraph  –  Rape in Iran’s prisons: the cruellest torture 

All acts of rape are grave abuses of human rights. But the abuse takes on an added significance when the rapist is a public official. The UN’s Special Rapporteur on torture states that rape constitutes torture when it is carried out by public officials or happens at their instigation. International and regional human rights bodies have ruled that rape by officials always amounts to torture, and cannot be considered to be simply a common criminal act…”” thanks to Kate Allen from Amnesty International


29 October 2010 – The TIMES –

Iranian couple suffered rape, torture and exile to be together

as this is available only for subscribers it was copied into this FB-note


12 October 2010 – The New Yorker –

Interview: Mehdi Karroubi on Iran’s Green Movement

“….In our culture, victims of rape suffer deep shame and depression. Moreover, the authorities made the situation very intimidating, such that rape victims were afraid to speak up. Even so, some of the rape victims came to see me, and consequently, some of them have been silenced or forced to leave the country. I do not even know how these people are doing or if they are recovering. ..””


01 July 2010/09 August 2010  – Persian2English  –

Professor Shahla Talebi: The Islamic Republic of Iran and the Rape of Men

speech given by Shahla Talebi, an Anthropology professor at Columbia University (New York City). The topic was “sexual tensions between the nation of Iran and its government.”

Talebi was imprisoned both during the Shah monarchy and the Islamic Republic regime. Her husband was a victim of the 1988 prison mass executions.

In her talk, she recalls one of her memories of the year 1981: the mother of a leftist activist reports her son’s ideological and religious views to the regime. Her son is consequently executed. Talebi explains the Iranian regime’s male dominated vision and approach …

Dr. Shahla Talebi continues with describing the difference between the rapes that occurred in Iranian prisons in the 1980′s and the rape of young men in prisons after the 2009 post-election protest:

During the 1980′s the regime still felt strong. It was of course aware of the threat by leftists and the Mujahedin. In fact, the regime thought it could seclude these groups easily from the rest of society.

As if these groups were an external entity, the regime regarded leftists and the Mujahedin as intruders who could be thrown out easily. That is why when they beat me inside the room, they told my husband outside the room that they were torturing his wife fiercely. They did not mean physical torture only. They wanted to make my husband believe that he was not an honorable man and thus they were permitted to do what they wanted to his wife. All this was to make a man feel not brave and honorable, without actually having to belittle him by calling him a woman.

What happened during the 1980′s was different from the events that took place during and after June 2009, because now the regime was positioned in a defensive situation.  Its manly characteristics were questioned because part of society rose in opposition. This part of society could no longer be called intruders and strangers. Thus, the regime stopped questioning the honor of a man, and began to question a man’s sexuality. Men were treated the same as women in regards to rape. Do you remember the case of a man whose interrogators instructed the torturers to impregnate him?

When the intentions to impregnate a man is stated, the man is aware he is unable to become pregnant; nonetheless, the man is labelled as a woman incapable of bearing a child [an action intended to imply that the man is an incapable woman].

I would like to emphasize that by observing the transformation of the regime, we can see how it has become more fearful of losing its manly status. That is why it insists to rape men versus raping women like in its previous approach.


1 July 2010zamaanehنگاه جمهوری اسلامی به تجاوز پسران

گفت‌وگو با شهلا طالبی، درباره‌ی نگاه مردانه‌ی حکومت اسلامی ایراننگاه جمهوری اسلامی به تجاوز پسرانپانته‌آ بهرامی

 «تنش بین ملت و دولت در پیوند با موضوع جنسیت در ایران»، محور سخنرانی دکتر شهلا طالبی، استاد مردم‌شناسی در آمریکا در دانشگاه کلمبیا… در نیویورک بود.


April 2010 – Iran Human Rights Documentation Center

Video and pictures of two prisoners under torture and rape in Rajaee Shahr Prison


02 October 2009 – CNN –

2 Iranian dissidents say they were raped in captivity


‎26 September 2009 – New York Times –

Iranian Protester Flees After Telling of Torture

When he eagerly joined the mass street protests that followed Iran’s tainted June 12 presidential elections, Ibrahim Sharifi, 24, hoped only to add his voice to the hundreds of thousands of demonstrators demanding that the government nullify the results. He never imagined that he would eventually have a far greater impact, as the only person willing to speak publicly about the brutal treatment he was subjected to in prison, including rape and torture.


19 September 2009 –  youtube –

Bravery and innocence has a face – Ebrahim Sharifi (rape victim)

“”ابراهیم شریفی از شکنجه و تجاوز جنسی میگوید…

Interview with “Radio Farda”. This brave man is one of the people that was arrested after the presidential elections in Iran. After he was released from prison he managed to leave Iran, but before that he met Mr. Karroubi (presidential candidate and the person who took it apon himself to investigate rape and torture claims) and told him about what had happened to him. I didn’t have the heart to hear his own voice but I red his interview with “radio Farda”. Here is a brief retelling of his story
He is a student (computer and Italian language) and worked as a volunteer in Mr. Karroubi’s presidential election campaign. He was arrested after the elections and transferred to an unknown location (with blindfolds). During his stay there he was blindfolded all the time and had his hands tied behind his back apart from those times when they were given food.

During his 3-4 FAKE execution he starts protesting and tells his investigator (torturer): “there is no need for this behavior. If you are going to kill me than kill me”. At that point he gets kicked in his stomach several times, falls on the flour and vomits blod. After that the investigator tells another person who is in that room to “take this …. and make him pregnant”. They drag him away to another room and rape him. He wakes up in an unknown hospital/clinic. From there he is taken to the Sbalan highway and released there. After he gets home he contacts the police and maneges to file a complain about what has happened to him (without telling about the rape). After many difficulties he is told to “let this be…. the intelligence is behind this”. He is than advised to take contact with Mr. Karroubi which he does. During their meeting Karroubi notices “from my voice and how i was talking” that there is something he is not telling so he empties the room. After a long discussion this brave man, finally brakes his silence and tells Karroubi about what they had done to him and bursts into tears.

Later Sharifi is included in a list of people who were presented to a s.c. committee to find the truth. But this committee later announced that there were no proof of any rape in any of the cases that Mr. Karroubi had presented. Right, just like there has never been any rapes in the prisons of the shameful islamic republic during the last 30 years, no way. Nor has there ever been any torture there either. No… these saints don’t do these things.

Anyway, during the hearings he (Sharifi) notices that these people are not after the truth but are rather trying to persuade him to either take back his claim or are trying to persuade him to accept that he has received money from Karroubi in order to tell this. (they are very good at this, everybody who is against them is either a spy, has received money, or is a pervert). He than goes underground, records a tape and sends it to a documentary filmmaker (Mr. Reza Allamehzadeh) and has now managed to leave the country.

I personally salute this brave soul and regret that he and many like him have had to endure such crimes. I hope he recovers from this


12 September 2009

Courageous Young Iranian Rape Victim in Hiding Speaks Out

subtitled videos  – merci @ Freedom Messenger

http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=1247109575032 part 1

http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=1247137615733 part 2


09 September 2009 – Amnesty International

Iranian rape and torture victims at renewed risk


24 August 2009 – Los Angles Times – babylon and beyond

IRAN: Officials blame alleged rape victim for his own jailhouse attack



different, as here rape was  not committed  by authorities, but worth reading anyway – mentioning the taboos

December 1992 – The Independent –

Inside Story: When man rapes man:

Victims daren’t report it, the law won’t recognise it, the public can’t understand it: but gradually the taboos around male rape are breaking down, reports Simon Garfield

Another attack in Ward 350 of Evin prison- destruction and confiscation of personal property of prisoners with intent to incite violence


One day after the transfer of a group of Ward 350 prisoners where only 62 prisoners remain, 60 security guards raided the ward and in the pretext of doing a search, they ransacked the area, confiscated personal property and destroyed the prisoners’ belongings.

According to Kaleme, while there is intense worry for the wellbeing and fate of the political prisoners in Ward 350, the pressure and ill treatment of the prisoners has been escalating on a daily basis. During the past weeks there have been various news of changes taking place in the situation of the prisoners. On Wednesday afternoon a score of security guards accompanied by the Head of the prison, Ali Ashraf Rashidi along with the Deputy Head of the Tehran Prisons Organization and his Executive Vice-President Javad Momeni showed up at Ward 350 of Evin prison in an unprecedented and very threatening manner, and personally took part…

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