Monday, November 29, 2021

IRAN: Executions by Iran's Security Forces - NEWS

Amnesty International,  November, 2021

This document contains the details of 324 men, women and children documented by Amnesty International as having been killed by Iran’s security forces during their crackdown on mass protests that erupted across Iran between 15 and 19 November 2019, following the government’s announcement about the significant overnight rise in the price of fuel.

Amnesty International believes that the real number of those killed is higher than 324. The organization is aware of scores of additional names that have been reported online, but has assessed that it does not yet have sufficient reliable details to include them in its list of 324 recorded deaths. The lack of access to information is due, in large part, to the climate of intense fear created by the authorities, which has resulted in fewer families and other informed individuals being willing to speak out. 

On 16 November 2021, Amnesty International published some of these reported names in Persian on its Telegram, Instagram and Twitter accounts, and invited anyone with information about them or other victims hitherto unknown to contact the organization. The selection of these reported names was based on the amount of information available online about the date, place and circumstances of the alleged deaths, and/or the availability of pictures said to be depicting the reported victims and/or the gravesites where they were buried. 

Amnesty International has found the security forces’ use of lethal force against the vast majority of those killed to be unlawful. In almost all protests that took place between 15 and 19 November, there is no evidence that people were in possession of firearms or that they posed an imminent threat to life that would have warranted the use of lethal force, according to extensive research, including video analysis, conducted by Amnesty International. The organization is aware of two reported exceptions in one city on 18 November and early hours of 19 November where gunfire is believed to have been exchanged between a number of protesters and security forces

Amnesty International has found that at least 238 of the recorded deaths resulted from incidents that took place over just two days on 16 and 17 November. 



Tuesday, November 23, 2021

IRAN: Detained Students at Risk for Death Penalty - URGENT ACTION

Amnesty International, November 23, 2021.

Iranian university students Ali Younesi and Amirhossein Moradi, arbitrarily detained without trial in section 209 of Tehran’s Evin prison since 10 April 2020, are at risk of being convicted in a grossly unfair trial of a spurious charge that carries the death penalty. 

Ministry of intelligence agents beat them and held them in prolonged solitary confinement in harsh conditions to extract forced “confessions”. They are prisoners of conscience targeted for exercising their right to family life.




Monday, November 15, 2021

CHINA: Zhan's Health is Critical - Send a Tweet

Amnesty International, Australia, Nov 14, 2021

Together, over 16,000 people have signed the petition calling on Chinese authorities to free Zhan immediately and unconditionally.


However, Zhan’s situation is more critical than ever. She has been on hunger strike in protest of her incarceration and is at risk of dying if she is not urgently released to receive medical treatment. Her family say they do not expect her to live through the winter if she is not released on medical grounds.


We must keep taking action and maintain this pressure to demand Zhan’s immediate release.

Send a tweet to the Chinese Embassy to demand Zhan’s release.

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Write for Rights 2021

When we all act together, we have the power to change lives.
Write for Rights is the world’s biggest human rights event, where millions of people around the world come together to protect the rights of others.
It began when a group of activists in Poland held a 24-hour letter-writing marathon, writing letters day and night on behalf of people whose rights had been wronged. 20 years later, and it has turned into our biggest campaign where we all come together to protect the human rights of people at risk.
From 2,326 letters in 2001 to 4.5 million letters, tweets and petition signatures today, Write for Rights supporters have used the power of their voice to help others. Together, they’ve helped transform the lives of more than 100 people, freeing them from torture, harassment, or unjust imprisonment.  

Click here for information about each case and how YOU can be involved!
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Friday, November 5, 2021

IRAN & UK: Richard Ratcliffe Hunger Strike Continues - NEWS

Amnesty International, UK, November 4, 2021.

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s husband, Richard Ratcliffe, has begun another hunger strike outside the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office. He is demanding urgent action from the government over his wife’s continued detention in Iran. 


Richard is now entering day 12 of his hunger strike. This form of protest is distressing and risky and at this point, Richard is already feeling his energy levels dipping.