Arash Hejazi Blog

For Neda: The film: Tuesday 21 June, 10.00 PM on More 4 (UK only)

On 20 June 2009, Neda Agha Soltan was shot in the heart by a sniper and lay bleeding to death in a backstreet of Tehran. Within hours of her death this young Iranian woman’s dying moments, captured on mobile phones, were appearing on computer screens across the world. Anthony Thomas’s film tells Neda’s personal story and attempts to find out...

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...

Arash Hejazi’s Interview with the Italian Magazine Io Dona: I can’t live in silence, Neda’s eyes hunt me

“Non posso vivere nel silenzio, gli occhi di Neda mi perseguitano” Dal suo rifugio a Londra parla ilmedico che cercò di salvare la studentessa-simbolo della rivolta iraniana. E che trovò il coraggio graziea Paolo Coelho di Emanuela Zuccalà, Io Dona, 20 May 2011 UNA RAGAZZA A TERRA, il volto percorso da rivoli di sangue scuro. Due uomini tentanodi rianimarla. Uno...

‘You don’t deserve to be published’ Book censorship in Iran

Censorship is as old as human intellect. It has been practised in almost every country at some level throughout history: from 399 BC, when Socrates was forced to drink poison, to the horrors of the Inquisition, and the oficial coining of the concept with the publication of Index Librorum Prohibitorum by the Roman Catholic Church; from the obligation of English publishers to register their books with the Stationers’ Company in the 16th century until the case of D. H. Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover; and the Nazi book-burning campaign and the absolute offfijicial control of the governments of the USSR, China, and Eastern European countries over published material.

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...

Arash Hejazi’s interview with his shadow

“If I have decided that I should write, It is only because I should introduce myself to my shadow–a shadow which rests in a stooped position on the wall, and which appears to be voraciously swallowing all that I write down.” from The Blind Owl, by Sadeq Hedayat. I am having a very sincere and straightforward interview with my shadow,...

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,...

Mousavi and Karroubi, the opposition leaders in Iran, apply for permission to rally in Tehran, in support of the protesters in Egypt

Just two days after Ayatollah Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran claimed in the Friday Prayers on 2 February that Egypt’s insurrection, and similar popular revolts across the Arab world, are inspired by Islamist political ideology and have their origin in the 1979 Iranian revolution that overthrew the Shah and thus encouraged the protesters in these...

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...

Iran denies banning of Paulo Coelho’s books

Read the statement of the Embassy of Iran in Brasilia here. To know about what started this visit here and here. Also read more about the case in Times. Here is my statement in response: I read the statement of the Embassy of Iran in Brasilia with astonishment. I felt pity for a government whose only resort against the public...

Paulo Coelho’s books are banned in Iran

I was informed two days ago by someone I know in the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance of Iran (unfortunately I cannot disclose the person’s name for their security) that they have an order to ban all of Paulo Coelho’s books in Iran, and no books having Paulo Coelho’s name on them as their author will be authorized to...

The Gaze of the Gazelle, a story of a generation: Arash Hejazi’s Memoir

Well, there is something to write about after all. My memoirs The Gaze of the Gazelle, is coming out in spring 2011 by Seagull Books in English. Writing this memoir in the past twelve months has been the only help I have had to survive the memory of the horrors I experienced last year, in June 2009, when Neda, the...

Ahmadinejad preparing for the apocalypse

The most dangerous attitude of Ahmadinejad’s administration, and at the same time the most satirical one, was the allegations on his relationship with the idea of the emergence of the Hidden Imam. There were rumors that he was part of a messianic Shiite sect, led by the clecic Ayatollah Mesbah Yazdi. According to the Shiite lore, the Hidden Imam had...

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...

Ahmadinejad versus Oxford University and Neda

The Iranian Embassy Objects to the Queens College’s Neda Scholarship The Queen’s College venerates the memory of Neda Agha Soltan; the Iranian Government blames it on Arash Hejazi! The paradox in the Iranian Government’s Statement Regarding Neda The paradox lies in the fact that the Iranian government has reacted in different manners towards the death of Neda. First, the head...