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Category: Human Rights

Neda, the girl who died so the world knew

Three years ago, on 20 June 2009, Neda, the Iranian girl, bled to death on the streets of Tehran, shot by an Iranian pro-government militiaman during the protests to the fraudulent presidential elections. She was one of hundreds of people who were slain by the Iranian brutal government, just because she aspired for change. Right before she died, her gaze...

Care about human rights more than you care about Iran’s nuclear ambitions

I was recently in Sweden for the launch of my memoir, The Gaze of the Gazelle, called 47 Sekunder: En berättelse om Irans förlorade generation in Swedish. There, among the warm hospitality of the Swedish publisher and the encouraging and welcoming approach of the Swedish media, I was asked the same two questions over and over again: What do you...

17 February… I was born, Giuordano Bruno was burnt alive, and there are still people dying for their dreams

It was my birthday yesterday. 17 February was the day that Giurdano Bruno was burnt alive, Newsweek was published for the first time, and Sadeq Hedayat, the great Iranian author was born. I did want to become an author and publisher, following Hedayat and Newsweek; but I never dreamt that I would be following Bruno’s path one day. Now I...

Dr Shaheed, what you have presented is just the tip of the iceberg: An open letter to Dr Ahmed Shaheed, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran

[Read the text in Persian Here] Dear Dr Ahmed Shaheed, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran, I am Arash Hejazi, an Iranian physician, writer, publisher and journalist, and the Doctor who tried to save the young girl shot to death by the Iranian Basij or the pro-government militia, orchestrated by the Revolutiosnary...

O World! Enough hesitation! It’s time to act

[I first published this post in 30 December 2009, but unfortunately, nearly two years later, the world is just starting to realise the real danger of the regime occupying the maginificent land of Iran. I decided to publish it again without changing a word.] [Read the text in Persian Here] [Read the text in French Here] Hundreds of newspapers have...

Washington Post’s analysis on Iran is ignorant and Naive: There is more depth to what the Iranian people are doing

An article published in Washington Post on June 16 2011, called ‘In Iran, ‘couch rebels’ prefer Facebook’, claims — based on its interview with three or four Iranians, whose identity (except for Abbas Abdi) is not known — that the Iranian people have given up on their protests that started in 2009, because they prefer ‘playing Internet games such as...

The Iranian Police Killed the Daughter of an Iranian Dissident at Her Father’s Funeral

Iranian activist dies in scuffle at her father’s funeral Haleh Sahabi, daughter of veteran dissident Ezatollah Sahabi, reportedly clashed with security forces guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 1 June 2011 11.18 BST The daughter of a prominent veteran Iranian dissident has died after reportedly scuffling with security forces at his funeral. she was holding a picture of her father to her chest and...

Chief of the ‘Moral Security’ Police in Tehran: Not observing the Islamic cover for women, using satellite dishes and dog-walking are infringing the civil rights!

Aftabnews.ir 09/05/2011 َ The highlights of General Roozbahani’s interview with Aftabnews on Monday 09 May: – The police will enter the war with West’s cultural invasion and moral corruption with all its might. – We will strictly prohibit dog-walking after the legistlation is passed through the parliament. Dogs creat insecurity for the citizens and sometimes they bark! – Not observing...

More than 150 Iranian prisoners killed or injured during clash with the Guards

Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRNA), 16/03/2011 According HRNA, 150 inmates of the Ghezel-Hessar Prison near in Karaj, Iran, have been killed or injured by the security guards last night, after protesting to the imminent execution of 10 prisoners. According to reports, the prisoners shouted: ‘Stop Executions!’ and they broke down the gates to the wards. At 9pm last night,...

Iran, Tunisia, Egypt… What’s next? Time up for dictators?

In the last three years, from 2009 to 2011, several uprisings against dictatorships around the world have happened [namely: Iran, Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan, Yemen, Niger, Thailand and Sudan] with different outcomes. But this does not change the fact that it seems that the people living under dictatorship and totalitarian regimes are fed up.  While some of these oppressive governments have...

O World! Enough hesitation! It’s time to act

[Read the text in Persian Here] [Read the text in French Here] Hundreds of newspapers have been shut down in Iran; international reporters have been banned; hundreds of Iranian journalists are in prison; internet has almost been shut down; the sophisticated filtering system has blocked the contact of the Iranian people with the world; the police is massacring people in...

The open letter of Neda to President Obama

The letter bellow was posted on my facebook discussion page yesterday by the ID Mehdi Amin, which I’m sure is an alias. The letter is based on my open letter to President Obama; but this time it’s not me who is addressing the President; it’s Neda Agha Soltan. It was a really moving letter and therefore I have posted here...

Arash Hejazi’s Interview with The Times / November 13, 2009

Iranian doctor Arash Hejazi who tried to rescue Neda Soltan tells of wounds that never heal As Arash Hejazi sat in an Oxford coffee bar, members of Iran’s Basij militia in Tehran were demanding his extradition outside the British Embassy. The previous day the Iranian regime had sent an Oxford college a letter of protest over a scholarship given to...

Mr. Ahmadinejad, it’s enough. Shame on you! Open your eyes!

In the past three months, millions of the Iranians declared that they don’t want you; in different tones, in the campaigns before the elections, on the day of the election and during the protests after the election; despite and your ruthless and cruel oppression. Have you asked yourself even once that why these people don’t like you and why they...

Neda Agha Soltan murder witness at risk of torture in Tehran prison

Caspian Makan, the fiancé of Neda Agha Soltan, a young woman killed in the recent protests in Iran, has been held in detention since 26 June, after he made a statement linking her murder to the pro-government Basij militia. Currently held in Evin Prison in Tehran, Caspian Makan is reported to have told his family that if he signs a...

International Publishers Association Calls for the Immediate Release of Publishes List of Arrested Iranian Journalists, Publishers & Writers

Source: International Publishers Association Geneva, 31 July 2009 Following the massive wave of arrests targeting bloggers, journalists, publishers and writers, the International Publishers Association (IPA) publishes a list of some of those under arrest (see Note for Editors), and demands their immediate release. IPA also calls on the Iranian authorities to drop the investigation of Arash Hejazi, the publisher who...

A note for future generations: 02/07/2009

My fear, however, is of dying in a land where the wage of the grave-digger is higher than the price of human freedom. Ahmad Shamlu, Iranian contemporary poet After my June 25th interview on BBC regarding my personal observations on Neda Agha Soltan’s brutal murder, I read in the press on July 1st that a warrant had been issued by...

The Times (26/06/2009): Doctor tells how Neda Soltan was shot

They were a few brief minutes that Arash Hejazi will never forget, that have changed his life for ever, that have shocked the world and ripped every last shred of legitimacy from Iran’s tyrannical regime. There was the pandemonium of the protests, the terror as the riot police charged, and the sudden crack. And there was this beautiful young woman...