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Monthly Archive: August 2007

Aug 27 2007

September 7th: International day of action against executions in Iran

“We, who are imprisoned and who are on the death row in … Iranian prisons, call upon you all to come out on September 7, 2007 in a global action to bring attention to our situation in order to prevent these executions… Execution is unjust and should be abolished in Iran and all over the …

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Aug 27 2007

Your continued support is needed

25 August 2007 To global unions and world’s labour organisations Your continued support is needed to beat the current wave of repression and executions in Iran Dear friends Your August 9th international day of action was hugely welcomed and appreciated. Even if this has not yet led to the release of Mansoor Ossanlou and Mahmoud …

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Aug 27 2007

Free all political prisoners unconditionally

The Islamic republic of Iran has embarked on a wave of suppression in the last few months to confront extensive popular mass protest movement in Iran. Executions have increased, arrest and detention, suppression of women and youth has increased and has taken a brutal turn. Arrested protesting teacher have been given long sentences or been …

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Aug 26 2007

On imprisoned students

To Amnesty International, Human Rights Organizations and Student Associations and Groups I am writing you this letter regarding the situation of imprisoned students of Amirkabir University (Polytechnic) in Tehran. The Islamic Republic of Iran has launched a new wave of barbaric oppression in universities. Many students have been banned from studying; tens of others have …

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Aug 26 2007

Media soft on criticising Islam

To read Guardian coverage of the panel discussion I participated in at the Edinburgh International TV Festival this past Friday entitled ‘Don’t Mention Islam’, click here.

Aug 24 2007

Don’t mention Islam

I will be speaking on a panel called Don’t mention Islam at the Edinburgh International Television festival this Friday. Other panellists: Andrew Anthony, Author and Journalist Arzu Merali, Islamic Human Rights Commission Inayat Bunglawala, Vice Chair, Muslim Council of Britain Kevin Sutcliffe, Deputy Head of News & Current Affairs, Channel 4 Maryam Namazie, Spokesperson, Council …

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Aug 23 2007

Letter from death row political prisoners in Iran to EU and human rights organisations

“Work for the abolition of the death penalty and save the lives of those sentenced to death!” For around two years now the Islamic Republic government has stepped up the execution and torturing of political prisoners and dissidents on the pretext of security. The largest numbers of executions have taken place in the provinces of …

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Aug 23 2007

A new wave of atrocities of the Islamic regime in Iran

As you know, the Islamic Republic regime in Iran has launched a new wave of torture and executions in Iran’s prisons. This has led to deep concerns amongst prisoners who are under a sentence of death. On Tuesday July 3rd a number of political prisoners, as well as ordinary prisoners, in Evin Prison managed to …

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Aug 23 2007

In Iran they hang people in front of kids!

Help us end this barbarity! The picture speaks for itself. A regime struggling to survive has embarked on mass executions (in public and televised), daily harassment of women for flouting the Islamic dress (hejab) or for wearing makeup, torturing of jailed students and political prisoners, staging of confession shows on TV, locking up of labour …

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Aug 21 2007

Pegah must not be deported!

Defend the right to asylum of Pegah Emambakhsh, an Iranian lesbian, who faces deportation from Britain on August 23, 2007. Needless to say, her life is in danger. Support her now. You can find out more by going to the Iranian Queer Organisation’s website.

Aug 20 2007

TV International English on Council of Ex-Muslims

To see this week’s TV programme on the Council of Ex-Muslims, click here.

Aug 16 2007

Joint call for international protests against executions in Iran

International Society for Human Rights (ISHR) International Committee Against Execution (ICAE) A new wave of executions has started in Iran. Only in the last few weeks 25 people have been hanged in various cities. Gruesome scenes from the hangings, which are taking place in public and are aimed at intimidating people, can be seen in …

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Aug 16 2007

Forum for ex-Muslims

Just to let you know that a forum has recently begun on the Council of Ex-Muslim’s site. We are looking into developing a more professional one but until we do, please feel free to join and make your comments on it.

Aug 15 2007

Rebellions of women in Iran

To hear an interview with me on the rebellions of women in Iran on BBC World Service in a programme on rebels in art, click here. it begins at 24:15 minutes.

Aug 14 2007

The veil and violence against Women in Islamist societies

To read my article on the veil and violence against women in Islamist societies published in the latest issue of the International Humanist News, click here. To see clips of women’s protests in Iran, click here and here. There’s also a piece on Mina Ahadi and the Council of Ex-Muslims in it. The IHN is …

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Aug 13 2007

Taslima Nasrin attacked

From the National Secular Society Taslima Nasreen, whose book launch was stormed in Hyderabad, India, said she feared for her life as she took shelter in a backroom as pressmen and organisers tried to fend off the fanatics. “I have been attacked before,” said Taslima, “but it was never like yesterday. There were no police …

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Aug 11 2007

Situation in Iran and US militarism

To see TV International English 10 August 2007, click here. The programme is: Interview with Bahram Soroush on the International Day of Action for the release of labour activists Salehi and Osanlou in Iran, the situation of workers there and the positive effects of international solidarity actions Interview with Hamid Taqvaee on George Galloway’s defense …

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Aug 10 2007

Report on the International Day of Action

To see reports of some of the demonstrations held for Salehi and Osanlou, click here. Sorry it is in Farsi but you can still see pictures of some of the events.

Aug 09 2007

Join August 9 demonstrations anywhere you can

As I have reported a few days ago, today, August 9, is an international day of action to demand the release of two labour activists in Iran. To find out more, click here. Join demonstrations being held in cities across the world. Osanlou, Salehi and others must be supported and the Islamic regime in Iran …

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Aug 08 2007

Hands off Ehsan Jami

22 year old Ehsan Jami, the chairman of the Dutch Committee for ex-Muslims, has been ambushed and beaten a third time by Islamists this Monday. This time, however, the Dutch government has finally agreed to give him the protection he needs. Hand off Jami and all those who renounce religion and Islam and or criticise …

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