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Human Rights
June 5-9, 2000 / Khordad 16-20, 1379

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June 9, 2000

Guardian Council overturns result, raises fear of demonstrations

TEHRAN, June 9 (AFP) - Iran's polls watchdog has overturned the election of a reformist candidate in favour of his conservative rival in a southwestern city, raising fears of protest demonstrations, the official news agency IRNA said Friday. The Guardians Council, which is overwhelmingly conservative, quashed the election of Rahman Karghosha in the industrial city of Arak because of numerous complaints and discrepancies in the ballots, IRNA said >>> FULL TEXT

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UN women forum wtruggles with abortion, sex rights

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - In the last hours of a U.N. women's conference, delegates from 180 nations struggled on Friday to resolve controversial issues on abortion, sexual rights and sex education for teen-agers. The so-called Beijing-Plus-Five meeting, which began Monday, has been torn by charges from more liberal groups that the Vatican and some Islamic countries are trying to roll back gains for women articulated five years ago in China >>> FULL TEXT

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* Guardian Council overturns result
* UN women forum wtruggles with abortion, sex rights
* Momentum builds to free Abdollah Nouri
* Lawyer for jailed women activists quits
* US rabbis arrive in Tehran
* Leading reformist calls for respect for rights
* Reformers aim for free press, expression
* Student leader arrested
* Lawyers for Iran Jews hand in final defence papers
* 26,000 refugees return to Afghanistan from Iran
* Rohani calls for legal satellite dishes
* Abdollah Nuri hospitalised with neck pain
* 2001 Agriculture Appropriations Bill!
* Iranian Jews 'unlikely to get harsh sentences'
* Justice rather than Jews seen on trial in Iran

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June 8, 2000

Momentum builds to free Abdollah Nouri

TEHRAN, June 7 (Reuters) - Supporters of the jailed Iranian cleric Abdollah Nouri said on Wednesday that hopes for his release were improving after the head of the new parliament offered to help free him. Associates of Nouri, who was taken from prison earlier this week to hospital for treatment of a slipped disc, said that the parliamentary speaker Mehdi Karroubi had agreed to seek the reformist cleric's freedom >>> FULL TEXT

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Lawyer for jailed women activists quits

TEHRAN 6 June (IPS) -- Mrs. Shirin Ebadi, one of the most eminent Iranian female lawyers announced that she was resigning to represent a colleague and a publisher in protest to the "illegal" behaviour of the Iranian Judiciary concerning political detainees. Speaking to reporters, including the Persian and Pashtou Services of the BBC, Mrs. Ebadi revealed that in the one month she has been representing Mrs. Mehranguiz Kar, a secularits lawyer and Mrs. Shahla Lahiji, an independent Publisher, the Judiciary has adamantly refused her to contact the prisoners and talk and consult with them >>> FULL TEXT

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June 7, 2000

US rabbis arrive in Tehran

In a statement received by telephone in the IranMania.com office in London, Rabbi Chaim Lefkowitz secretary of 'Neturei Karta International' based in New York, describing itself as an 'Anti-Zionist Jewish movement' confirmed that four Rabbis from their ogranisation have made a trip to Iran "To proclaim and distingtify the difference between Zionism and Judaism" >>> FULL TEXT

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June 6, 2000

Leading Majlis reformist calls for respect for human rights

TEHRAN, June 6 (AFP) - Leading Iranian reformist Mohammad-Reza Khatami made a swingeing attack Tuesday on the abuse of human rights in Iran, including arbitrary arrests, torture and censorship, and called on the new parliament to defend personal freedoms. "Unfortunately, I have to say that the rights of the people as laid down in the constitution are not respected, " Khatami, brother of Iran's President Mohammad Khatami, said in his maiden speech to the reformist-dominated parliament which took office on May 27 >>> FULL TEXT

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Reformers aim for free press, expression

TEHRAN, June 6 (Reuters) - Iran's biggest reformist faction, estimating its strength in the new parliament at roughly half the 290 seats, has pledged to push back the boundaries of free expression in the Islamic Republic. Mohsen Mirdomadi, a prominent member of the Islamic Iran Participation Front, was quoted on Tuesday as saying the group would take aim at a restrictive press law passed in the waning days of the old, conservative-led parliament >>> FULL TEXT

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Student leader arrested

TEHRAN, June 6 (AFP) - Mahmud Shushtari, secretary of Tehran University's Islamic Students Association, was arrested Tuesday by the university security service and handed over to the intelligence ministry, the association said >>> FULL TEXT

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Lawyers for Iran Jews hand in final defence papers

TEHRAN, June 6 (Reuters) - Lawyers for most of the Iranian Jews on trial in the southern city of Shiraz for alleged spying for Israel handed in their final defence statement to the Revolutionary Court on Tuesday. Lead defence lawyer Esmail Naseri, spokesman for a team of attorneys representing nine of the 10 defendants who remain in custody, said the 26-page statement claiming the innocence of their clients was lodged with Judge Sadegh Nourani >>> FULL TEXT

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26,000 refugees return to Afghanistan from Iran

TEHRAN, June 6 (AFP) - About 26,000 Afghan refugees in Iran have returned to Afghanistan since an agreement between Tehran and the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) took effect in early April, the interior ministry said Tuesday. The agreement signed February 14 allowed undocumented Afghan refugees to request asylum within six months or request to return >>> FULL TEXT

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Rohani calls for legal satellite dishes

TEHRAN, June 5 (Reuters) - A prominent political cleric has urged Iran to finally legalise satellite television, arguing that the Islamic Republic is capable of defending its values from undue foreign influence. Hassan Rowhani, secretary of the powerful Supreme National Security Council, said Iran had to open itself up to the outside world and offer its citizens, particularly young people, greater access to modern trends >>> FULL TEXT

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June 5, 2000

* Abdollah Nuri hospitalised with neck pain

TEHRAN, June 5 (AFP) - Imprisoned Iranian reformist Abdollah Nuri has been taken from Tehran's Evin prison to hospital after suffering "severe pain" in the vertebrae of his neck, his brother Ali Reza Nuri told AFP Monday. "He was hospitalised on Saturday and will stay there until his pain hasgone," said Ali Reza, who himself is a reformist MP elected in Tehran >>> FULL TEXT

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* Do not strike the Nethercutt language or Iran from the FY 2001 Agriculture Appropriations Bill!

Iranians for International Cooperation -- Summary: Next week, Congress will vote whether to lift sanctions on food and medicine on all nations including Iran. Contact your representative and voice your support for the lifting sanctions >>> FULL TEXT

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As of December 31, 1998 (Committee to Protect Journalists) - Since President Muhammad Khatemi took office in August 1997, Iran's press has benefited from his agenda of social and political reforms. Newspapers are now tackling political subjects that would have been unthinkable only a year earlier. But almost as quickly as journalists realized their new freedoms, the press found itself the target of a relentless attacks from hard-line supporters of Iran's spiritual guide Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ... FULL TEXT


Missing: Pirouz Davani

A special web page has been created for Pirouz Davani, a political activist who left his home in Tehran on the 25th of August 1998 and has not been heard from since. On the 27th of August foreign radio stations quoted reports that he had been arrested ... GO TO WEB SITE



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