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    Brave women in Iran have taken to the streets and are burning their hijabs to protest the suspected murder of Mahsa Amini. Mahsa Amini was arrested by the Iranian “morality police” for not wearing her hijab correctly, and she later died in their custody. Source: NowThis News/YouTube Iranian president Ebrahim Raisi and Iran’s chief justice, Mohseni Ejei, have promised a full investigation, but given the conservatives on the ruling Guardian Council, they likely can’t be trusted to do so. The United Nations has called for an independent investigation into Amini’s death, and President Biden should too! Iran’s morality code is deeply institutionalized in misogyny. No woman should ever have to live in fear that she might be murdered for not wearing her hijab. Iranian women deserve to have the right to self-expression. Sign this petition to tell President Biden to open a full investigation into Iran’s crimes against women! You can also raise awareness through activism apparel by wearing sustainable brands like Tiny Rescue. Check out the Climate Change Collection! Tell President Biden to immediately open an investigation...
    Unfortunately, the world is not a very peaceful or safe place for many individuals. From conflict to abuse to exploitation, there is so much cruelty inflicted on both humans and animals. While this can get disheartening and difficult to hear about, petitions are a great way to use your voice for good. Just by signing one, you are a part of helping those who are not treated fairly. You can even share them with your friends and acquaintances to increase your impact. Through petitions, we can reach those in power and demand justice for others. They are valuable tools for making positive changes in the world. If you are looking for a way to help animals and humans, here are 10 petitions you should sign this week, including Tell Biden to Investigate Iran for Crimes Against Women, Protect Indigenous Lands in Brazil, and Demand Justice For Llama That Was Beaten to Death! Raise awareness through activism apparel by wearing sustainable brands like Tiny Rescue. Check out the Climate Change Collection! We want to thank you for being the change you...
    Russia has charged dozens of Ukrainian soldiers with 'crimes against humanity' and wants them tried by an international tribunal led by Syria and Iran, the country's top investigator has said. Alexander Bastrykin, who heads the Russian Investigative Committee, said 92 Ukrainian 'commanders and subordinates' have been charged with 'crimes against the peace and security of mankind' over the war. Another 96 people, including 51 of Ukraine's top commanders, have been put on a wanted list which includes politicians and 'nationalists', Bastrykin added. Alexander Bastrykin, Russia's top investigator, says 92 Ukrainian commanders and their subordinates have been charged for 'crimes against humanity' The 68-year-old said it is 'extremely doubtful' whether the men could be prosecuted by the United Nations, due to what he called 'the collective position of the West' in supporting Kyiv. Instead, he told local newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta that the men should be tried by an international tribunal led by Russia's partners. Such nations would include ex-Soviet states such as Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Tajikistan, and allies further abroad such as India, China and Brazil. Iran and Syria should also...
    STOCKHOLM (AP) — A Swedish court was expected to give a verdict Thursday in the trial of an Iranian citizen accused of murder and other war crimes during the final phase of the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s. Swedish prosecutors alleged in Stockholm District Court that Hamid Noury took part in severe atrocities in July-August 1988 while working as an assistant to the deputy prosecutor at the Gohardasht prison outside the Iranian city of Karaj. They said Iran’s supreme leader at the time, Ayatollah Khomeini, had issued an execution order for all prisoners in the country who sympathized and remained loyal with the Iranian opposition group Mujahedeen-e-Khalq, known as MEK. Due to that order, a large number of prisoners were executed in the Gohardasht prison between July 30 and Aug. 16, 1988, the Swedish prosecutors said. The Swedish prosecutors said Noury was suspected of “intentionally killing, together with other perpetrators, a large number of prisoners who sympathized with various left-wing groups and who were regarded as apostates.” During the trial proceedings that ended May 4, Noury has denied...
    HARROWING records leaked from Iran's torturous prisons reveal 5,370 people are holed up on death row on charges as petty as drinking alcohol or insulting the Supreme Leader. The classified documents include 51 people condemned to vile stoning deaths and some 3,802 prisoners set to be executed on the country's barbaric "eye for an eye" laws - known as Qisas. 4A man is led to a noose in Iran's brutal execution system Those condemned to Qisas are often maimed and executed by victims’ grieving families The cruel law is designed to inflict as much pain as possible in retaliation - including having eyes gouged out, hands chopped off and even the mass, public hangings. Shock records, obtained by The Sun Online from sources of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) smuggled from inside Iran's prisons, reveal the names, ages and charges of those on death row as of September 26, 2020. It means some executions may have already been carried out and new ones added. Read more from IranNUKE THREAT Nuclear war fears as Iran 'dangerously close to...
    We start today with Jon Allsop of Columbia Journalism Review critiquing both the substance and the spectacle of the first of six meetings of the House Select Committee to Investigate the Jan. 6 Attack on the United States Capitol. Last night, at 8pm Eastern, the preemptive noise ceased and the hearing began. Bennie Thompson, the committee’s Democratic chair, immediately started to lay out Trump’s culpability for the events of January 6, calling the attack on the Capitol “the culmination of an attempted coup”; then, Liz Cheney, the Republican vice-chair, picked up the thread, introducing videos of pretaped testimony that showed people close to Trump—his former attorney general William Barr; his daughter Ivanka—calling his claims of a stolen election “bullshit,” to borrow Barr’s word. There followed a harrowing montage packaging never-before-seen footage of the insurrection, followed by a break, followed by live testimony from two witnesses: Nick Quested, a British documentarian who was embedded with the extremist group the Proud Boys around the time of the insurrection, and Caroline Edwards, a police officer whom the mob knocked violently to the floor and who later slipped in her colleagues’...
    On Tuesday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends,” Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby stated that “relations with Russia are not at a premium” and shouldn’t be due to their actions in Ukraine and “war crimes” in Ukraine, but the U.S. still wants “to pursue a nuclear deal with Iran” and it’s not as though the nuclear deal talks are “being led by Russia.” Kirby said, “I mean, we, obviously, still want to pursue a nuclear deal with Iran and the United States is very much involved in that discussion, Brian. It’s not like it’s being led by Russia.” He added, “We are involved in these talks. We want to see a deal. We think that’s the best outcome here, for Iran not to pursue nuclear weapons. Look, Brian, Russia is the aggressor here. And I think we have seen — here at the Pentagon, we’re certainly seeing clear evidence that the Russian military is conducting war crimes. We think it’s important for the investigative process to continue. We’re going to contribute to that. But, obviously, relations with...
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran has executed two gay men who were convicted on charges of sodomy and spent six years on death row, a rights group reported. Homosexuality is illegal in Iran, considered one of the most repressive places in the world for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. According to a report on Sunday by the Human Rights Activists News Agency, the two men were identified as Mehrdad Karimpour and Farid Mohammadi. They were sentenced to death for “forced sexual intercourse between two men” and hanged in a prison in the northwestern city of Maragheh, some 500 kilometers (310 miles) from the capital, Tehran. Last July, two other men were executed on the same charges in Maragheh, the group said. It added that last year, Iran executed 299 people, including four convicted of crimes committed as children. Also in 2021, Iran sentenced 85 people to death. Last October, the U.N.’s independent investigator on human rights in Iran, Javaid Rehman told the U.N. General Assembly’s human rights committee that Iran continues to implement the...
    HELSINKI (AP) — Swedish public prosecutors said Tuesday they have charged an Iranian citizen with committing grave war crimes during the final phase of the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s. The Swedish Prosecution Authority said the suspect worked in July-August 1988 as an assistant to the deputy prosecutor in the Gohardasht prison outside the Iranian city of Karaj and allegedly took part in severe atrocities there. During the eight-year Iran-Iraq conflict, Iran was subjected to attacks by the People’s Mujahedin of Iran, a political-militant organization, which advocated overthrowing the leadership of the Islamic Republic of Iran and installing its own government. The Swedish prosecutors said Iran’s then supreme leader, Ayatollah Khomeini, issued an order for the execution of all prisoners in Iranian prisons who sympathized and remained loyal with the Mujahedin organization. Due to that order, a large number of prisoners were executed in the Gohardasht prison between July 30 and August 16, 1988, the prosecutors said. According to a Swedish indictment, the suspect “along with other perpetrators in the prison, participated in mass executions and is suspected of...
    IRANIAN hardline cleric Ebrahim Raisi has won a landslide victory to be declared the country's next president - but he has a bloody history steeped in murder and executions, activists claim. Raisi - known by some as The Butcher - seemingly stormed to victory after winning some 50 per cent of the 29million votes cast in the election on Friday. 8Ebrahim Raisi is known as 'The Butcher' for his role in torture and executionsCredit: Getty The 60-year-old's securing of the office means all arms of the Iranian regime are now in the hands of ultra conservative hardliners. He will take power next month when the reigns are handed over by outgoing - and more moderate - leader Hassan Rouhani. Iran's president is the second-highest ranking official in the country, second only to the Ayatollah. And his victory comes after an attempted boycott of the election after Iranian authorities disqualified candidates pushing for regime reforms. Raisi stood on a counter-corruption platform amid ongoing economic hardship in Iran, but the judge's history is steeped in blood. Opposition activists claim he will...
    Explainer: California reopens, mostly, on Tuesday Climate change is making Rocky Mountain forests more flammable now than at any time in the past 2,000 years Ebrahim Raisi, the favourite in Iran's presidential election, has used his position at the heart of the judiciary for grave rights violations, including mass executions of political prisoners, activists say. © Morteza NIKOUBAZL Activists say that Ebrahim Raisi, the favourite in Iran's presidential election, should face international justice rather than lead his country They say Raisi -- who now has victory in his sights on Friday after even conservative rivals were disqualified in vetting -- should face international justice rather than lead his country. At 60, the mid-ranking cleric is still relatively young for a figure who has held a succession of key positions, starting almost immediately after the fall of the shah in the Islamic revolution of 1979. At just 20, he was appointed prosecutor for the district of Karaj and then for Hamadan province, before in 1985 being promoted to deputy Tehran prosecutor. It was in this role, campaigners allege, that Raisi...
    Four men have been executed in Iran for gang-raping a woman in front of her husband who was tied up and made to watch.  The horrific attack took place while the couple were climbing a mountain in the Khorasan Razavi province and the men were hanged on Monday after an extensive police investigation.  Ruhollah Javidi Rad, Mohammad Sayadi Baghansgani, Mohammad Hosseini and Mohammad Watandoost were identified by Fariman police and were charged with the kidnapping and rape of a woman and with threats of violence towards a man. Four men have been executed in Iran for gang-raping a woman in front of her husband after he was tied up and made to watch. Pictured: people protest against Iran's capital punishment in Belgium The defendants had tied the man's hands and feet together before attacking his wife in front of him. The Criminal Court of Khorasan Razavi sent the case to the Supreme Court where the four men were sentenced to death by hanging in Mashhad Central Prison.   Iranian laws are normally structured to work against rape victims who often...
    FOUR MEN who gang-raped a woman in front of her husband as the couple climbed a mountain have been executed, according to reports. The perpetrators are believed to have bound the man's hands and feet together before inflicting a vile attack upon his wife in front of him. 3The four men were sentenced to death by hanging after they were convictedCredit: AP Photo The couple are believed to be keen mountain climbers who were ambushed in the Khorasan Razavi province in north-eastern Iran, according to Iran International TV. The four vile rapists named by the prosecutors office, Ruhollah Javidi Rad, Mohammad Sayadi Baghansgani, Mohammad Hosseini and Mohammad Watandoost, were arrested following a thorough investigation. The gruesome gang were charged with the kidnapping and rape of a woman and with threats of violence towards a man after they were identified by the city of Fariman’s police force. The Criminal Court of Khorasan Razavi sent the case to the Supreme Court, where the frightening foursome were sentenced to death by hanging. They were executed on the morning of March 15...
    IRAN has seen a surge in executions as well as amputations using a hideous medieval-style guillotine to remove victims' fingers. The country’s barbaric system of punishments sees prisoners hanged from cranes in public while there is also widespread use of horrific electric shocks and flogging. 11Iran has seen a surge in hangings and a number of other shocking punishmentsCredit: Fars News Agency 11A man having his fingers removed in a guillotineCredit: ISNA 11Condemned prisoners are left to dangleCredit: AFP The latest figures show Iran carries out around 250 executions a year, including about a dozen in public, in which the condemned die a slow agonising death while dangling in the air. At the same time, rights groups have said it is stepping up the use of a special guillotine that amputates the prisoners' fingers - also often carried out in public. Iran comes second only to China when it comes to number of executions worldwide - but with a much smaller population. Under its Islamic Penal Code, a death sentence can be handed down for crimes such as kidnapping, adultery,...
    Submit your letter to the editor via this form. Read more Letters to the Editor. Vaccine expansion to CVS seamless Something worked right. Hurray. On Thursday I read in The Mercury News that selected pharmacies would begin giving vaccinations on Friday (“CVS now offers vaccinations in the Bay Area,” B1, Feb. 12 ). I’m eligible. I went to the signup site right away. While I waited, the page refreshed reassuringly every 30 seconds. Four hours later — my turn. Signed up for Feb. 14 at a nearby CVS. I would a thousand times rather go to a local CVS than drag out to a sports arena. I got the first shot. The process at CVS was well organized, efficient, orderly, and smooth. Everyone was friendly and competent. If there was a bit of a wait, I didn’t mind, and I didn’t hear anyone complain. My thanks to Santa Clara County (especially Dr. Sara Cody) for being on top of this thing from the start, The Mercury News for keeping us so well informed, and CVS for great follow-through. Meredith Amyx...
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Latest from the U.N. General Assembly (all times local): ___ 12:22 p.m. Germany’s top diplomat says justice for victims of conflict is essential and is vowing that German courts will ensure that perpetrators of the worst crimes against humanity are held accountable. Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said he also backed U.N. investigations into alleged crimes “with all our might,” and stressed that Germany wasn’t only seeking justice for crimes during the nine-year conflict in Syria. “Those who don’t clearly distinguish between perpetrators and victims, who blur the line between right and wrong, shake the very foundations of our rules-based order ... jeopardize our peaceful coexistence itself,” he said. Maas singled out “those who stand in the way of the work of institutions such as the International Criminal Court,” a swipe at the United States, which strongly opposes the international war crimes tribunal. He also referred to veto-wielding U.N. Security Council members who use vetoes and “prevent its urgently needed reform with constantly new delay tactics." That is an almost certain reference to Russia and China....
    FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — For the third straight day, federal prosecutors have announced criminal charges accusing Iranian nationals with conducting cyberattacks in the U.S., with the charges this time targeting a member of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard. The most recent charges announced Thursday in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Virginia, accuse a member of the Revolutionary Guard and two others of stealing the identities of individuals working in aerospace and satellite technology. The hackers would then use those identities to launch phishing campaigns on the tech workers’ peers in order to launch malware and commandeer sensitive data and intellectual property, officials said. The accused Revolutionary Guard member is Said Arabi, 34. The other two are Mohammad Reza Espargham, 25, and Mohammad Bayati, 34, all Iranian nationals residing in Iran. Espargham is identified in a leader in the Iranian Dark Coders Team, described in the indictment as “a notorious group of Iranian hackers responsible for numerous computer intrusions worldwide.” All three are living in Iran. Court records do not list an attorney for any of the men. “The use of...
    By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - Weapons provided by Western powers and Iran to the warring sides in Yemen are fuelling the six-year-old conflict, marked by deadly Saudi-led coalition air strikes and Houthi shelling, U.N. investigators said on Wednesday. Coalition air strikes in the past year may amount to war crimes, while the Iran-aligned Houthi movement carried out killings and other abuses that may also constitute war crimes, they said. It was the third successive year that the panel of independent experts found that all parties had violated international law. This year's findings covered incidents from June 2019 to June 2020. Countries including Britain, Canada, France, Iran and the United States continued their support to the warring sides "including through arms transfers, thereby helping to perpetuate the conflict", the U.N. panel said in a report entitled "Yemen: A Pandemic of Impunity in a Tortured Land". "After years of documenting the terrible toll of this war, no one can say 'we did not know what was happening in Yemen'," said Kamel Jendoubi, chairman of the Group of Experts. The three experts...
    The faces of thousands of people killed by the Iranian regime were featured in a photo exhibit outside of Capitol Hill on Friday. “Today’s exhibit of pictures of 120,000 fallen for freedom in Iran manifests the Iranian people’s resolve for freedom while urging the international community to apply maximum pressure on the regime, including referring its human rights record to the U.N. Security Council,” Ramesh Sepehrrad, an advisory board member for the Organization of Iranian American Communities, told the Washington Examiner. The OIAC, which put on the event, is based in the United States and is tied to the National Council of Resistance of Iran, a leading dissident organization working to overthrow the Iranian regime. Displays show the photos of thousands of people killed by Iran over the past decades. The photos were set up outside of Capitol Hill on Friday. (OIAC) The regime’s killing of political prisoners in the 1980s, particularly in 1988, was a major focus. That year, thousands of activists who spoke out against the regime were secretly and summarily executed...
    On August 15, Democratic Representative Eric Swalwell of California proposed, through the medium of (what else?) Twitter, that after the election a “Presidential Crimes Commission” should be created to investigate the manifold derelictions of Donald J. Trump, including “[s]abotaging the mail to win an election.” He evidently regards this idea as a bold and meaningful innovation: “I don’t say this lightly.” Why is this a bad idea? Swalwell appears to be an able and articulate House member and has managed to snare at least his share of TV time on the cable news shows. A congressman since 2012, he is not a neophyte, and his membership on the intelligence and judiciary committees ought to make him knowledgeable about possible law-breaking by Trump. But a commission? That is a half-step stronger than demanding that someone conduct a study. I don’t question Swalwell’s motives, but I think that somewhere along the line this sort of action would result in the usual suspects subverting the commission’s intent. Based on my own experience in government, the preferred modus operandi of high-profile commissions is to contain...
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