Sunday, December 30, 2007

RAWA slams US human rights violations; exposes Iranian meddling in Afghanistan


During the long dark days of Taliban rule in Afghanistan, one group that stood out in resisting the medieval madness of the Mullahs was the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA).

No friends of the Taliban, RAWA suffered immensely at the hands of sharia law by the fanatics who ruled Kabul. Therefore when RAWA issues a communique deploring the US for human rights violations in Afghanistan, we better pay attention.

Here is a communique issued by these brave women on the occasion of UN Human Rights Day where they expose the farce that the Karzai government is fighting fundamnetalism. They suggest that far from fighting the Islamists, the Kabul regime is working with them, speciallt the Islamists based in Iran.

The communique says:

"More importantly, they keep silent about the wider, more devastating and more active meddling of the brutal Iranian regime in Afghanistan through its cultural and media agents. Pro-Iranian regime politicians and intellectuals are as much traitorous to democracy and human rights as the intellectuals and politicians who, from an ethnocentric and reactionary point of view, call the barbarism and terror of Taliban a “national armed resistance,” and shamelessly defend them."

In our critique of the medieval Islamist agenda, we need to be careful (this applies to me too) that our words and actions are not seen as an endorsement of the atrocities being committeed in the name of enlightement.

Read and reflect.

Tarek Fatah
December 10, 2007

RAWA communiqué on Universal Human Rights DayThe US and her fundamentalist
stooges are the main human rights
violators in Afghanistan

The US and her allies tried to legitimize their military occupation of Afghanistan under the banner of “bringing freedom and democracy for Afghan people”. But as we have experienced in the past three decades, in regard to the fate of our people, the US government first of all considers her own political and economic interests and has empowered and equipped the most traitorous, anti-democratic, misogynist and corrupt fundamentalist gangs in Afghanistan.

Human rights violations are widespread across Afghanistan
In the past few years, for a thousand times the lies of US claims in the so-called “War on terror” were uncovered. By relying on the criminal bands of the Northern Alliance, the US made a game of values like democracy, human rights, women’s rights etc. thus disgracing our mournful nation.

The US created a government from those people responsible for massacres in Pul-e-Charkhi, Dasht-e-Chamtala, Kapisa, Karala, Dasht-e-Lieli, 65,000 Kabulis and tens of mass graves across the country. Now the US tries to include infamous killers like Mullah Omer and Gulbuddin Hekmatyar into the government, which will be another big hypocrisy in the “war against terror”.

The reinstatement of the Northern Alliance to power crushed the hopes of our people for freedom and prosperity into desperation and proved that for the Bush administration, defeating terrorism so that our people can be happy, have no significance at all.

The US administration plays a funny anti-Taliban game and pretends that a super power is unable to defeat a small, marginalized and medieval-minded gang which is actually her own product. But our people found by experience in the past few years that the US doesn’t want to defeat the Taliban and Al-Qaeda, because then they will have no excuse to stay in Afghanistan and work towards the realization of its economical, political and strategic interests in the region.

After about seven years, there is no peace, human rights, democracy and reconstruction in Afghanistan. On the contrary, the destitution and suffering of our people has doubled everyday.

Our people, and even our unfortunate children, fall victim to the Jehadis’ infighting (Baghlan incident), the Taliban’s untargeted blasts and the US/NATO’s non-stop bombardments. The Northern Alliance blood-suckers, who are part of Karzai’s team and have key government posts, continue to be the main and the most serious obstacle towards the establishment of peace and democracy in Afghanistan. The existence of tens of illegal private security companies run by these mafia bands are enough to realize their sinister intentions and the danger they pose.

Human rights violations, crime, and corruption have reached their peak, so much so that Mr. Karzai is forced to make friendly pleas to the ministers and members of the parliament, asking them to “keep some limits”! Accusations about women being raped in prisons were so numerous that even a pro-warlord woman in the parliament had no choice but to acknowledge them.

Rabbani, Khalili, Massoud, Sayyaf, Fahim, Ismael and other criminals for the sake of being “ISI” and “VEVAK” agents could become “leaders” in the early 90’s, invited their god-father General Hamid Gul of ISI to become their army chief. But today they raise anti-Pakistan slogans to hide their corruption and wrong-doings. In this act they even go further and abuse Pakistani people. But they never talk about the dirty act of Pakistan in creating fundamentalist bands and imposing them on our people.

More importantly, they keep silent about the wider, more devastating and more active meddling of the brutal Iranian regime in Afghanistan through its cultural and media agents. Pro-Iranian regime politicians and intellectuals are as much traitorous to democracy and human rights as the intellectuals and politicians who, from an ethnocentric and reactionary point of view, call the barbarism and terror of Taliban a “national armed resistance,” and shamelessly defend them.

The Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA) has announced a number of times that when the legislative, administrative and judicial bodies are ruled by drug-lords and warlords or their Talibi, Gulbudini, Parchami and Khalqi accomplices, they will never do anything positive for our deprived people. Rather these bodies will act as a mechanism to continue the ongoing crime, drug-trade and looting by these mafia bands to become richer.

If the US government replaces Karzai with a new puppet, even if he is not from among the Jehadi criminals, it will be just a deception of our people and an attempt to put the responsibilities of today’s tragedies on the shoulders of a single person. Such a move will have no positive outcome for our nation. Only a president who rely on people and come to power through a fair election, free from any kind of dependence or dealings with the fundamentalists, would be ideal for Afghan people.

Instead of defeating Al-Qaeda, Taliban and Gulbuddini terrorists and disarming the Northern Alliance, the foreign troops are creating confusion among the people of the world. We believe that if these troops leave Afghanistan, our people will not feel any kind of vacuum but rather will become more free and come out of their current puzzlement and doubts. In such a situation, they will face the Taliban and Northern Alliance without their “national” mask, and rise to fight with these terrorist enemies. Neither the US nor any other power wants to release Afghan people from the fetters of the fundamentalists.

Afghanistan’s freedom can be achieved by Afghan people themselves. Relying on one enemy to defeat another is a wrong policy which has just tightened the grip of the Northern Alliance and their masters on the neck of our nation.

By publishing the book “Some Documents of the Bloody and Traitorous Jehadi Years”, RAWA has taken another small step in unmasking and prosecuting the war criminals of the past three decades. But we will not stop here. In the face of continuous threats by the terrorists sitting in the parliament and the government, we will not be intimidated and despite the passivity and compromises of intellectuals in this regard, we are determined that with the help of justice-loving people and organizations of Afghanistan and around the world, will work to push the war criminals into a court of justice and reclaim billions of dollars worth of national assets from them. Only then the eyes of our grief-stricken people may no longer burn endlessly for justice and democracy.
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Saturday, December 22, 2007

A call to an international protest to free students in Iran!

A call to an international protest to free students in Iran!
A call to freedom – loving Iranian abroad!
A call to international organisations around the world!
Freedom – loving people!
More than two weeks ago 43 students and political activists across the cities of Iran were either abducted or were arrested before, during and after the national student day on 7th December in Iran and all of them were imprisoned.
The arrested students who have not committed any crime but defending freedom and equality; those students who have expressed their opposition to the militarised atmosphere in the universities created by security forces; our comrades who have not committed any crime and only defended humanity and justice; the students who organised the national students day with slogans such as “No War”, “University is Not a Militaries Camps”, “No Sexual Apartheid”, “Long Live Freedom & Equality”, “Workers Unity”, have been accused of actions against country’s security including conspiracy and bombings.
It is a fact that political prisoners in horrible wards 209 and 325 of Evin prison live under difficult conditions. Every day we here news about bad health and worsening of the physical condition of our comrades. According to news we have received our friends are under torture and all physical and psychological pressure. We are gravely concerned about our comrades as their families are banned to visit them. Students’ lawyers are not permitted to meet them and they are deprived of their basic human rights.
This treatment of students by the Islamic Republic has been faced with a fierce international protest. The amnesty international has organised a campaign to free students. The head of the EU Parliament has asked for their immediate release. During the last two weeks we have received hundreds of protest letters from across the world and numerous protest actions and demonstrations against the Islamic Republic and for immediate release of the imprisoned students have been organised.
On behalf of all students, we the Freedom and Equality – seeking Students are very proud of these waves of solidarity and thank all who were with and for us in these difficult days. But the fact of the matter is that despite all these efforts, our friends are still in prison.
To release the arrested students an international action is urgently required!
We call all the international organisations and campaigns to join us on 28th December to protest against the Islamic Republic and raise your voice to free the students in Iran. Your solidarity and joint actions all around the world will strengthen our efforts and make the release of our friends and comrades possible.The movement for freedom and equality urgently needs your support and solidarity and united action.
Long Live Freedom!
Long Live Equality!
Freedom and Equality – seeking Students of Universities in Iran
19 December 2007 / 28th Azar 1386

Monday, November 26, 2007


A call to all Political Parties, Organisations and concerned Individuals!
The threat of US attack against Iran has pushed the country to the verge of a catastrophe. The consequence of an attack will be dire. Such an attack will either lead to the strengthening of the Islamic Republic’s position vis-à-vis people of Iran, or to the disintegration of the fabric of the society and the unleashing of various armed Islamic and fascistic gangs. Such a scenario and prospect are totally unacceptable. We cannot wait for this calamity to fall on us. We must stop it now.
The only option open to the people of Iran is to redouble their efforts to bring down the Islamic Republic. Organising and leading these efforts are the task of the political parties and forces that no doubt will, each according to their own policies and plans, be engaged in.
Further to their own independent activities, the political parties are obliged to play their parts in raising the public awareness and understanding of the current political climate and promote a greater self-awareness of the dangers that lie ahead and pave the way for the establishment of a civilised and orderly condition to carry out political activities and deprive, the Islamic Republic and the political gangs, of the opportunity to turn Iran into a new Iraq.
We, at our recent congress and indeed the previous one, highlighted this situation and while warning against such a development, called on the opposition political parties to sign up to an accord to oppose the war and support an orderly political environment for all to carry out their activities. Unfortunately our pleas were not heeded.
Today, with the prospect of the war looming, we have been forced to re-launch our efforts, this time publicly, and call on all concerned political forces and individuals to do their utmost to prevent such a development.
The least that could be done is for the political parties to sign up to a set of fundamental political principles and endeavour to extend these principles to the whole of the society. The success of such an effort can decide the fate of the country and the region.
The following statement does not represent our plan of action or our political platform. It is a minimum requirement that can, in the fast moving political scene of today’s Iran, offer a barrier against the spectre of a catastrophe that awaits our society. We call on you to join this effort.
Executive Committee
Worker-communist Party of Iran- Hekmatist
October 29, 2007

Against the war and in defence of preservation of civil life in Iran
The ongoing confrontation between the US and the Islamic Republic has raised the threat of US military attack against Iran. The policies and aims of both warring sides are alien to the well being of the people of Iran and the region.
Along with this confrontation the presence of various armed Islamic and tribal gangs, supported by both sides, have pushed Iran closer to the verge of a catastrophe on a scale much bigger than what we have witnessed in Iraq.
Under these circumstances we declare that:
The Islamic Republic itself is an important element in fuelling the threat of war and plunging the country into chaos. We deplore any appeasement and rapprochement towards the regime or any of its factions. The overthrow of the regime and dismantling all its oppressive apparatuses and organs of terror and reaction is the most effective way of countering the threat of war the prerequisite for a progressive development in Iran.
Any military intervention by the US or Israel must be opposed and stopped. Such interferences play into the hands of the Iranian regime and will lead to the collapse of the fabrics of the society and the degeneration of the country into chaos and the total break down of civil life. We deplore any collaboration and cooperation with these states over military intervention in Iran.
The imposition of economic sanctions will primarily hurt the people of Iran. It is obvious, from the sanctions against Iraq, that the first victim of economic sanctions will be the vulnerable groups in the country; children, elderly and the deprived sections of the society. We oppose economic sanction and condemn any calls in support of blockades and imposition of economic sanction against Iran.
Exploiting and playing the cultural, ethnic and religious difference is a recipe for ethnic cleansing and civil wars across Iran. We strongly condemn any such attempts to exploit these differences. Promoting the universal rights of people of Iran to live as equal citizens must be regarded as the basis of politics in Iran.
The decision to shape the future political system in Iran is the undeniable right of the people of Iran. People must be allowed to freely determine the nature of their future regime. The precondition to exercising this right is the overthrow of the Islamic Republic and the recognition and establishment of full social and political freedoms.
We, on our part, guarantee the following rights and abide by them:
a- Unconditional freedom of expression, belief, media, assembly, organisation, party politics and strike.
b- Full and unconditional equality of women and men in social and political life. Abolition of all legislations contravening this principle.
c- Equal rights for all citizens regardless of their belief, gender, religion, ethnicity, and race and residency status.
d- Separation of religion from state and education.
e- Abolition of all laws and legislations that are rooted in religion. Freedom of religion and atheism.
f- Release of all political prisoners.
g- Abolition of capital punishment.
h- Provision of adequate unemployment benefit for everyone above the age of 16 and available for work. Provision of unemployment benefits and other essential costs for those unable to work due to physical or mental disabilities.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Is Ahmadi Nezhd going to checkmate Harper on failing to protect Canadian abroad?

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Is Ahmadi Nezhd going to checkmate Harper on failing to protect Canadian abroad?

Is Ahmadi Nezhd going to checkmate Harper on failing to protect Canadian abroad?By : Saeed
If you want to know how strong the Canadian government foreign influence is outside of Canada, no need to travel or read the reports, just look at the cases of the Canadian detained aboard to find out how many governments do not take Canada seriously. From William Sampson who was on death row in Saudi Arabia (2001-2003) to Maher Arar who sent back to syria in cooepration with Canadian inteliignec eservce and US , Zahra Kazemi who murdered in Iran, to Huseyin Celil in China. And so on but it is not over yet.

On Dec16, 2006, Sabri Rafipour a Canadian _Iranian has been detained in Cuba for alleged bribery. He held in an isolation cell where he beat and tortured ruthlessly. From being refused water for six days, being hit, head first , against iron door and just living under inhuman conditions in only wearing underwear for some months; it is evident that Canada has not been doing anything to fix this terrible situation.

45 days after being arrested, Julia a representative staff from Canadian Embassy in Cuba met Sabri rafipour, who advised Rafipour to sign an agreement ordered by the Cuban to get him out of isolation and into the public area. However, this agreement was written in Spanish, which is a language that Rafipour cannot read. This issue meant that Mr. Rafipour was eventually forced into signing something that he did not even know of the context and which was said to be the only way to get out of isolation.

The Cuban desk at the foreign affair ministry claims that no Canadian has filed a complaint for mistreatment in Cuban prisons and as concluded as such everything must be ok in the prison system. On the contrary, a Canadian male, Mr. Piere M…… , 72 years old resident of Quebec died on Aug 30 2006 due to constant denial medical care by the prison authorities .To our knowledge Canadian government never asked the Cubans for reason of the death.

When I met briefly Prime Minister Mr. Harper on June 15, 07, at a round table in Toronto I requested for his help for an intervention in pushing for the proper legal procedure to solve the problem. On the same day, I talked to his press secretary, who told me to email her, which I did several times, too. Although Mr. Harper sent a letter to Mr. MacKay , Foreign affair minister at the time, it was all that was done and even with that , nothing serious to the advancement of solving the problem occurred. Finally, Peter Mackay replaced with Mr. Maxime Bernier. The Canadian embassy received approval from the Cuban government to see Sabri Rafipour in jail but all of the sudden, two days before the arranged visit date; the Cuban informed Canada that Cuba do not recognize Sabri Rafipour as a Canadian citizen, but as an Iranian. During this time, the Iranian ambassador to Havana met the military prosecution and formally requested the immediate extradition of Sabri Rafipour to Iran. It is interesting to note that Sabri Rafipour was a dissident to the Tehran regime. On other hand, Canada is ignored while is being the forth-ranked trade country with Cuba.

On July 20, 07 I raised the concerns on the mistreatment of Canadian in Cuba with Mr. Jack Layton, the leader of NDP, in Toronto who he promised to help the family with following up the case, it was a disappointment once again no action was taken .

After waiting for more than 150 days for the Conservative government and an additional waiting for 80 days for the NDP to show some kind of result, I informed Mr. Stephan Dion, the leader of Liberal party , on Oct 14, 07 who was in Toronto through his press secretary while I meeting in Toronto with Ethnic journalists. In addition, On Oct 22, 07, I informed some of the GTA Liberal MPs whose ridings include many Iranian residences. Still no result, yet.

Ambassadors, Zahra Kazemi and Cuban connections

While Alireza Nobari ‘s nomination as the new ambassador by Ahmadi Nezhad government to Ottawa is in limbo due to tension between two countries on the case of Zahra kaezemi , Iran has not approved the new Canada ambassador to Tehran who is already in Tehran. One of the senior clergy advisor who was on a semi official tour to promote the relation between Iran and Canada said “It is very important for Ahmadi nezhad’s government to have a good relation with Canada”. He continues, “We know that Harper is under pressure from United State administration to hold the approval of the new ambassador but if Harper continues to play game , we will expel the Canadian ambassador within 48 hours “. When asked about Zahra kaezemi, he said” it was a big mistake handling her case. He added Canada is acting politically due to the fact that Canada has ignored other cases such as Canadian Journalist killed in Egypt.”

To my understanding, if Ahmadi Nezhad brings back RafiPour to Iran, then they will go on a propaganda campaign against Canada on double standard on human rights issues.Keep in mind Canada needs to keep Iran on the side due to fragile situation in Afghanistan, It looks to me that Harper does not have much options to move against Ahmadi Nezhad.

Canadian must stand for the values that they believe in

We urge Canada to take stronger position to protect Canadian abroad, while recognizing the sovereignty of other nations. Canadian government has an obligation to protect the citizens abroad.

Unfortunately, Canadian foreign policy is weakening Canada’s reputation. Canadian foreign policy needs a valiantly restructure to build more confidence among Canadian, and to maintain its well-known reputation for peace keeping around the globe. Multiculturalism in our country is a rear treasure that will give Canada a primary role in making the world a better place to live.

For a stronger Canada, Canadian government needs a vision based on human values and Canadian principals for more efficient diplomacy at the global stage. Replacing inexperienced ministers’ will not make Canada’s situation better. In addition, we need fresh and energetic forces in some of the departments of the foreign ministry. With respect to those who are working hard in foreign ministry and care about Canada’s future, according to a source inside ministry, drinking coffee is what they do most of the day.

Canada can make a difference in the world if all Canadian voices get across to Ottawa.


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Saturday, October 6, 2007

Urgent: Farzad Hamidi

From : Farzad Hamidi Soha Date : 15.09.2007

Case number : 385-06C01956 in UNHCR-Turkey-Ankara( United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees )
to whom may it concern
Please be aware that i am seeking refugee.i have been registered by
UNHCR-Turkey-Ankara in 29.08.2006.
My name is Farzad Hamidi Soha, and i am an iranian doctor of medicine.
My life is still in risk, because i have been recognized by iran Government as a political opposition, and i don' t believe religious ideas of iran Regime.
Therefore, the iran Government is looking for me to kill me, only because i am Spokesman of iran Democratic Front (a student group against iran Government that challenges regime with pen and expression) and the writer of a book named Philosophical Segments.
i was in prison in iran for 39 monthes, 9 monthes of it in solitary cell and 17 monthes of it in murderers prison.
iran regime tortured me hard in prison and broke 3 of my ribs completely.
Documents of my political activities in iran are in hands of
UNHCR-Turkey-Ankara.These documents are clear and more than 300 papers, and you can search for ' Dr. farzad hamidi ' in Google site in internet to see
some of them,
But UNHCR in Turkey/Ankara have not answered to me since one year ago.
Now i am asking you to help me.
if it is possible, ask UNHCR in Turkey/Ankara to reply my case to help me to settle down in a safe country.
Thank you to take your time to read my letter.
Yours sincerely : Farzad.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Nineteen years ago, several thousand political activists, imprisoned by the Iranian regime were brutally killed.

Nineteen years ago, several thousand political activists, imprisoned by the Iranian regime were brutally killed. The exact number of those killed are not known but based on historical facts it is believed that between 4 to 14 thousand people were killed during a few weeks time span. By getting to the roots of this criminal act, we can not reverse the history. Neither we can bring back to life those who were unjustly killed but we can help bring a closure for the families and to put a stop to torture and executions to happen again, not only in Iran but throughout the world.
This Year’s gathering in Toronto Canada.

When: September, 30, 2007 from 4:30 to 6:30pm

Where: OISE 252 Bloor St. West Room 2212

Organizing Committee Commemorating the Victims of Mass Executions in Iran, 1988

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Turkish Government Sent 5 Refugees back To Torture And Even Execution

To Whom It May Concern:

Re: Deportation of Pezhman Piran, Alireza Ranjbar, Seyed Ali Alemzadeh, Abolfazl Ajorlou, and Mojtaba Vatanpour

It has come to our attention that Pezhman Piran, an UN-recognised refugee in Van, Turkey, has been detained by the Turkish police and has been or is in the process of being deported back to the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Mr. Piran is an Iranian-Kurd political activist whose history with the Iranian regime has made him a vulnerable target of persecution and violence. The merits of Mr. Piran’s background have already been recognised by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) office in Van, Turkey, hence their extension of refugee status to him.

It is an obscene violation of human rights and international law if the Turkish authorities deport an individual who has been recognised as politically vulnerable by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Mr. Piran faces certain torture and/or execution should the deportation order be carried out. The Turkish state will certainly have Mr. Piran’s blood on its hands if he is transferred over to Iranian authorities.

We believe that Mr. Piran was detained along with four other individuals who also face deportation. In addition to Mr. Piran, two other detained individuals are UN-recognised refugees. We do not know the whereabouts of Mr. Piran or the others, but have been informed by assets on the ground in Van that he has been detained and is being deported. We enjoin your organisation to intervene on behalf of Mr. Piran and the four other individuals, whose names are: Alireza Ranjbar, Seyed Ali Alemzadeh, Abolfazl Ajerlou, Mojtaba Vatanpour.
We are absolutely certain that the abovementioned individuals will either be executed or subjected to the worst torture should they be transferred over to the Iranian authorities.

Monday, September 3, 2007

Letter To Turkish Internal Ministry

To: Turkish Internal Ministry

3 September 2007

We have been informed that Mr.Pejman Piran(case no. 05C00794)has been arrested by Turkish police authorities in Van for unknown reasons. According to a report we have received from Turkey, Mr.Piran is about to be deported to Iran. Mr. Piran is a well-known activist in Iran and for the International Human Right organisations as well as for NGO organisations in Iran. Mr.Piran has been protected by UNHCR office in Turkey for his well-founded fear that has been external to the refugee statuts.

We, the undersigned Associations and oraganisations, urge Rerfugee section of the Turkish Internal Ministry as well as Turkish police authorities take necessary action fo the relaese of Mr Pejman Piran and privent him to be deported to Iran. Due to his risky situation, he will face prosecution if he returns to Iran.

NGO Organsiation of Kanoon Emrooz, Brnch office in Mashad
NGO Organsiation of Kanoon Emrooz, Brnch office in Tehran
NGO Organsiation of Eshterak NGO
Association of Iranian Poltical prisonersin(in Exile)

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Request to end the Hunger Strike of Adnan Hassanpour and Hiva Boutimar

The families of Adnan Hassanpour and Abdolvahed Boutimar, two political prisoners who were recently sentenced to death by the Revolutionary Courts have requested their son’s to end their hunger strike.
In a letter addressed to their sons the family members have written “ Since the Islamic Regime Officials do not give much worth to human life, and taking into consideration the fact that other political prisoners have lost their lives while on hunger strike, we beg you to stop your strike even in the face of this unjust death sentence.”The families of these two journalists and social activists have urged the International Community, human rights activists and organizations to voice their concern over this unjust sentence against these two activists.
It is reported that Mr. Hassanpour and Mr. Boutimar have been on a hunger strike for the past 45 days. According to their defence lawyer their physical health has deteriorated dramatically and their health and well being is in grave danger. No attention has been paid to their demands by the Regime Officials.Last year two political prisoners Akbar Mohammadi and Valliollah Feyze Mahdavi died while on hunger strike in Iranian Prisons.
Posted by Iranian Political Prisoners Association

Monday, August 27, 2007

Iranian Human Rights Activist Considers it Wrong to Deport Turkey’s Iranian Refugees

Azerbaijan, Baku / Тrend corr D. Khatynoghlu / Deportation of Turkey’s political refugees while mass executions are still happening in Iran, threaten their lives. “It would be wrong,” the chairman of the World’s Iranian Refugee Federation, Farshad Hosseini, said from the Netherlands.
On 22 August, five Iranian refugees – Seyyed ali Alemzadeh, Abolfazl Ajorlu, Alireza Ranjbar, Mojtaba Vatanpour Naderiani, and Pejman Piran applied to the police department of the Turkish city of Van for registration of special refugee status. However, they were informed that they would be deported, according to the websites Iranpressnews and mediaforum.
The number of Iranian refugees arrested by the Turkish Government is available from the federation. However, it is not known whether they were deported to Iran. The federation is investigating this issue, Hosseini reported.
“Along with the expansion of political and economical relations between Turkey and Iran, a bilateral agreement on exchange of political refugees will possibly be signed,” the human rights activist said.
A number of Turkey’s opposition forces found political asylum in Iran. In the same way Iranian anti-governmental forces are given refuge in Turkey. “Despite the government denying the exchange of refugees, it not difficult to suppose Turkey and Iran are discussing this issue,” Hosseini said.
According to Hosseini, despite Turkey signing the European Convention on Human Rights, deportation threatens the lives of political refugees. He believes the deportation of political refugees to Iran is illegal.
Four of the deported refugees are members of the Mashrute party which struggles for the restoration of the monarchy in Iran, according to the website Akhbare-rooz.
Seyyed ali Alemzadeh and Abolfazl Ajorlu were subjected to serious psychological and physical torture in Tehran’s Evin prison.
Alireza Ranjbar and Mojtaba Vatanpour Naderiani had also been jailed before emigrating.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

::. Iranian Political Prisoners Association

Uncertainty over the where-abouts of two detained Kurdish students of Tehran University
Two student activists of Tehran University, of Kurdish origins, who were responsible for the daily news bulletin called "rouge name" have been detained by the Intelligence Ministry for the past two months.
The two are known to be " Sabah Nasiri" and " Hedayat Ghazali". The families of the detainees have complained that the where-abouts of their children has been kept away from them, although the active news bulletin of Amir Kabir University has already suggested that they are being interrogated and tortured in Sanadaj detention centre of the Intelligence Ministry.

Amirkabir Students : "we have been tortured to confess"
Three detained Amirkabir students ; Majid Tavakoli, Ahmad Ghassaban, Ehsan Mansouri, have announced that while in detention by the Intelligence Ministry , they have been tortured in the known 209 section of Evin prison, to confess to things they have not committed.

In letters given to their families they have announced that they have nothing to do with printing the faked student bulletin. (The bulletin had been accused of blasphemy by the Government)
Majid Tavakoli, in his letter has written he is to be trialed in the near future on grounds of confessions forced out of him through torture.

Ahmad Ghassaban also has written that, he too had to confess to acts he did not do, under torture, referring to these confessions as illegal and unreliable in any court.
Ehsan Mansoouri , the third captive student has also written that he has told the prosecutor in the court of being tortured in 209 Evin prison. He too has denied the legitimacy of these forced confessions.

Before publishing these letters, families of the students had informed the Minister of Justice of torture in 209 Evin.

The torture of these students involved the following:
A round the clock interrogation of the victims with no food or water, informing them of faked news; " death of a close member of family ", creating unbearable noise at all times, insulting family members ,threatening them and their families and close relatives, beating them simultaneously by 7 torturers, mixing political prisoners with ordinary criminals and killers, keeping them in cubic cells for 48 hours in which they could just stand, lashing prisoners with thick cables and rough wires to beat the flesh out, lying the victim and treading on feet and face by 7 torturers at the same time, standing on parts of the body and sitting on the waist for a long time, dicing the students between several torturers banging them to the wall, and forbidding any visit by doctors.
Mansour Osanloos attorney: Obvious traces of beatings could be seen on my clients' face
Yousoff Molayee, representing Mansour Osanloo in his case, said that during his visit on Osanloo on Tuesday, he could see obvious narks of beatings on his face.
Osanloos's attorney announced that his client was in good spirit, but was concerned over the delay over his eye operation.
Molayee also announced that Osanloo had been arrested while distributing a leaflet demanding an increase in salary for his fellow workers.
Mansour Osanloo is detained in the notorious Evin prison's 209 section.

Saturday, August 4, 2007


when there is no Human Right

Revolutionary guard (sepah pasdaran) arresting some peoples they said they doing capital crime like Murderer or making illogical remarks or unreasonable demands but all of this criminal was born after revolution in Iran and after leader ship of ayatollah khomeini if they became as a criminal Islamic republic of Iran must answer why?
Also they executed too many of them:
Tehran: 17
Khorasan: 7
Karaj: 4
Zahedan: 2, last week on Thursday
Tehran: 2, last week on Thursday

One Young man who was arrested by Iranian Regime (Meysam Lotfi) was arrested 9 years a go he was involved at Iranian University Movement at 9 July 1999 . His Mother Said:he never Kill any one or make any violation or capital crime.

Behzad Pilehvar

Wednesday, August 1, 2007


Execution (khorasan)

Dear All :

Tomorrow Agust 2 ,15 People will be executed at Iran .

Last week Iranian Regime Executed 17 People In Tehran (Capitel City)

12 People In Karaj ( Near Tehran)

7 People In Khorasan (North East Of Iran )

Friday, March 30, 2007

My presentation at University of Toronto

United Nations Association in Canada (UNA-Canada)
50th Anniversary of UN Peacekeeping

Children and War

My name is Behzad Pilehvar. I was born in the middle of a devastating war between Iran and Iraq. My parents opposed against the war and dictatorship in Iran. They both were arrested when I was 2. The Guards took me inside the jail along with my parents. I spent around a year and a half in jail. They first released me and delivered me to my grand-father. A year later, they released my mother and after 2 years my father was released. The war was continuing. At the age of 5 I witnessed bombardments of Iraqi planes an soon after Saddam Hussein used rockets to hit Iranian cities, especially the capital where we were living. There was a shelter in our school. I never forget the horror I felt when there was alarming sound calling to leave classes and rush to shelter. I lost some of my classmates, among them Mohammad who was my play-mate as well. The war made many children orphans. Every day children bring pictures of their father who had been killed in the war-front. I saw may children, even below the age 8 who had left the school to work and help their families financially. I had lost two cousins who were killed in the war.

Both the Iranian and Iraqi governments used religion to drag people to war. In our school they repeatedly mentioned that they were fighting for God and Islam. They took children from the age of 10 as volunteer to fight in the war-zones. They were used as suicide bombers and hundreds of them were used to clear the minefields. They told children that they should be happy if they got killed because death would open the gate of paradise to them. According to a document published by the Democratic Party of Kurdistan. The government of Iran officially recruited 15-year-old children to fight in a civil war against Kurds who were called non-believers because belonged to the Sunni sect of Islam. The Iranian government belongs to the Shia sect. The war, according to the Iranian regime was Jihan – a kind of holy war for the victory of Islam, although it was against another Moslem country.

The war was ended in 1988 when I was 7. Before ending the war, the Iranian leader, Ayatollh Khomeini ordered the massacre of between 5 to 7 thousands political prisoners, among them some of our relatives and family friends. I never forget my friend Majeed who was 6 and they executed his father in his presence. The end of war did not end militarization of the country. They started giving children military training in school. Nobody could say no. I still feel fear when I remember those days. We had to face hunger and poverty because of war. Years after years I witnessed the negative impacts of war. Children of those days are grown up adults. I am one of the them. We still suffer from the after-effects of war. I call upon the whole world to work against the war and for piece, especially for children. Because all war are wars against children.

Children have been killed or made homeless or disabled by war. Still, many governments use them as child-soldiers. The best service to children is the prevention of war. It need lots of work by all of us with the involvement of youth and children themselves.

Have you ever asked yourself why there is war? In my opinion, it is because of global poverty, discrimination and dictatorship. Rich countries should help the poor and United Nation should be more active to make everyone enjoy human rights. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Convention on the Rights of the Child should be observed by all countries.

Following are some suggestions:

1. Governments and the UN must use political, economic and legal standards for the protection of children.
2. They must PROTECTION CHILDREN AND YOUTH who are already CAUGHT IN the war. They should give them all sorts of helps especially help for their health and education.
3. It is important to have a program for helping children after the end of the war.
Canada is a country famous for human rights. Our government must do its best to prevent war and help children who have become victims of conflicts. I hope that a day comes that all children enjoy the sweetness of childhood. What happened to me may not happen to anyone in the world.

The Plight of Northern Iraqi Refugees in Turkey

The Plight of Northern Iraqi Refugees in Turkey

By Behzad Pilehvar

As a government assisted refugee who has spent eighteen months of hard life in Turkey, I would like to share my concerns about the life and protection of Kurdish asylum seekers in Turkey.

There are thousands of asylum seekers living in a very difficult situation in Turkey. They have escaped to Turkey from many countries like Iraq, Iran, and Syria. Some are living in Turkey legally and others have to live an underground life. The focus of this article is on the plight of those refugees who live in Turkey legally and have been accepted by the UNHCR branch office there.

In early 2001, a group of Kurdish political activists (mainly Iranians) entered Turkey from Northern Iraq. They could not continue staying in Iraq due to lack of status and the fear of religious and political persecution by the ruling parties there. The kidnapping and assassination of Iranian opponents in Northern Iraq added to their well-founded fears. Despite the acceptance of a majority of these people as bonafide refugees by UHNCR, they have not yet been resettled in a safe third country.

In March 2003, before the outbreak of the war in Iraq, the UNHCR designated this group of refugees under the category of “People in Irregular Move” (See Agreement 1989, number 58 XL). The UNHCR branch in Turkey initially refused to accept them as bonafide refugees. It was a carte blanche for the police and the Ministry of Home Affairs to send these people to Iran, Iraq and Syria. There was great reluctance to provide these refugees with medical and psychiatric care, many of them needed greatly. After years of international lobbying and pressure from human and refugee rights groups, the UNHCR and the government of Turkey agreed in 2003 to let these people stay as foreigners in Turkey. This was with the condition that they pay ‘staying’ fees to the Ministry of Home Affairs. The fee was $250 per person for a period of 6 months.

On July the 2nd of 2003, Turkish security forces attacked a peaceful sit-in strike of a group of Iranian refugees and Turkish students in front of the office of the UNHCR. I was arrested along with two other asylum seekers and we faced the risk of deportation. It was not without effective pressure from human rights supporters and the Turkish media that the police released us. On August 20th 2003, the Turkish police arrested 20 asylum seekers, among them were 8 children. They were taken by the police to the border and abandoned in bad weather conditions. After fighting for their lives for three days, local people rescued them and they returned to the border city of Van. In November of that same year, the police in front of the UNHCR office arrested 53 refugees. The police decided to deport them from Turkey. However, they were released due to the intervention of human rights agencies.

In December 2003, the UNHCR branch office in turkey accepted these people as bonafide refugees from Northern Iraq. This came after they had been living in limbo for two years. In April 2004, Turkish police transferred these refugees to different cities. They were advised by the police to procure residence permits from the cities of their destination. The refugees faced lots of problems from local authorities in their bid to get the residence permits. The local authorities asked them for considerably high fees, in return for the permits. In June of 2004, the Turkish police gave the refugees a deadline to pay the fees by the end of the month. However, many refugees could not afford it. Therefore, on July the 8th, 54 refugees were arrested and forced to sign letters of removal from Turkey. They were given 15 days to leave Turkey voluntarily, to avoid being removed forcefully. In October 2005, Amnesty International asked the UNHCR to resettle these refugees in a safe third country.

The number of these refugees, according to UNHCR statistics of July 2005, is as follows: 1181 refugees (516 cases); This includes 62% men, 38% women, 277 children under the age of 18, 100 children under the age of 5 and two hundred single people. The average number of each family is estimated at 3.

There was a meeting between refugees and UNHCR officials in Turkey in September 2006. Unfortunately, the meeting did nothing to improve the safety of refugees in Turkey. In early December 2006, the Ministry of Home Affairs sent a communiqué to the refugees informing them that those with close relatives abroad and those who suffer from serious diseases (diseases such as cancer and diabetes), who were approximately 96 in number, can be resettled in a third country. Unfortunately, on the 15th of December following a meeting between the UNHCR and the Ministry of Home Affairs, this decision was cancelled.

It has been more than five years since the arrival of these refugees in Turkey. So far, there has been no attempt to resettle them in another country. These refugees suffer in Silence, as they are not permitted to work in Turkey. This is because, according to Turkish law, those employers who hire them, will be finding and criminally prosecuted. Also, their children are practically deprived of studying in Turkey due to the language barrier as well as the heavy cost of education there. At present, 277 children under 18 who have come from Northern Iraq do not have access to education.

According to one of the Iranian interpreters, in a two-year period from the time of the arrival of refugees from Northern Iraq till the end of 2003 there has been more than 50 beatings and wounding of asylum seekers by the agents of the Turkish government. I have witnessed two of these events.

Who is responsible for not resettling these refugees? The UNHCR authorities in Turkey have always rejected any kind of negligence with respect to their involvement with refugees from Northern Iraq. They have blamed the government of Turkey for not providing exit visas to these people. On the other hand, the Ministry of Home Affairs in Turkey blames the UNHCR for not finding a safe third country for the resettlement of these vulnerable refugees. Following a deep analysis of the cases of these refugees, one can easily conclude that both sides are responsible. From the practice of both sides one might infer that the UNHCR and the Turkish government use refugees as scapegoats.

Finally, I request all individuals and human rights agencies as well as those who cherish the hope of a better future for humanity, to take action and help these highly vulnerable refugees in Turkey.

Behzad Pilehvar entered Turkey in April 2003. He resettled in Canada in December 2004.

Interview with NATIONAL POST

Disarming the children
Three men who grew up in war zones have joined the fight to rescue 300,000 young soldiers

Stewart Bell
National Post
Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Behzad Pilehvar was still a schoolboy when Iran's Revolutionary Guards started training him for war. They taught him how to fire machine guns and make bombs.
"They told you if you go to war and die, the blood will open the gates to paradise," the 25-yearold Toronto resident said yesterday. "They're killing the minds of children."
Mr. Pilehvar is now fighting back against the Revolutionary Guards, Tamil Tigers, Taliban, Lords Resistance Army and every other armed faction that uses children as canon fodder.
He and two other young men who grew up in war zones were to speak about their experiences at the University of Toronto last night to bring attention to the plight of the world's 300,000 child soldiers.
It is not a new cause. Graca Machel, the wife of Nelson Mandela, urged the United Nations to ban the recruitment of children back in 1996, and that was followed by a world conference in Winnipeg in 2000.
But child soldiers are now having their moment in the spotlight. The newly released A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier debuted last week at No. 2 on The New York Times best-seller list. The author, Ishmael Beah, will be touring Canada starting on March 28.
Hollywood has taken notice as well. Benin-born Djimon Hounsou was nominated for an Oscar this year for his role in Blood Diamond. He plays a father trying to rescue a son kidnapped by rebels and transformed into a drug-induced killer.
Celebrity goodwill ambassadors Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have also helped highlight the issue, visiting a jail for child soldiers in Haiti last year along with singer Wyclef Jean.
But has pop culture's acceptance as a worthy cause translated into action? "I would like to say yes to that, but I'm not sure," said Samantha Nutt, the founder and executive director of War Child Canada.
With so many issues competing for attention, the current favourite being global warming, it is not easy to be heard, she said, especially since many Canadians feel far removed from war.
Iraq, Afghanistan, Congo, northern Uganda, Sri Lanka and the Darfur region of Sudan top the list of today's hot spots for child soldiers. While children continue to wage war, there is at least a growing recognition that it is morally wrong and a violation of international law, Ms. Nutt said.
Liberia's former president, Charles Taylor, is now before a UN-backed war crimes court in Sierra Leone charged with 11 counts, including conscripting children under 15.
"It is increasingly being seen as something that eventually you're going to pay the piper for," Ms. Nutt said. "I think it's lessened the appetite for recruiting kids. At the same time it's still a huge problem that we need to continue to address."
Romeo Dallaire, the Senator and retired General who tried to stop the Rwandan genocide, is writing a book about child soldiers, following upon his best-seller Shake Hands With the Devil.
And Western governments have been meeting to address the problem. France hosted a "Let Us Free Children of War" conference in Paris last month. The result: the Paris Commitments, in which governments pledge to "spare no effort to end the unlawful recruitment or use of children by armed forces or groups."
Winnipeg resident Chol Kelei, 27, one of the speakers at last night's event, said while governments are saying the right things, they are not doing enough. "People talk about it and they don't take action."
Mr. Kelei was six when war broke out in his native Sudan. His father was killed two years later. He fled to Ethiopia, then back to Sudan, Uganda, Kenya and eventually to Canada in 2003.
He was not a child combatant, but he saw enough of it firsthand to make him want to put an end to the wars that pit armies of children against each other.
"We have a responsibility to do something."
Kimmie Weeks, who also spoke last night, said there are a lot of things people can do -- such as lobby their governments and raise money for non-profit groups that help rehabilitate child soldiers.
His own activism almost cost him his life.
Born in Liberia, he led a children's disarmament campaign that ran afoul of the government for exposing Mr. Taylor's child recruitment efforts. He spent three weeks hiding in friends' houses until a foreign embassy helped him escape, disguised as a member of a cultural dance troupe.
He now lives in Philadelphia, where he runs Youth Action International, which gets young people involved in helping war affected children. In his experience, once war breaks out, it is too late to help the kids. The work needs to be done in peacetime, he said.
"People do have power over their governments, and governments do listen."
For a photogallery of child soldiers from around the globe, visit media
© National Post 2007

Interview with TORONTO STAR

Forum in Toronto told that Canada must play a role in ending the use of children in battle


At 2, Behzad Pilehvar became a political prisoner, jailed in Iran with his anti-war parents.
At 7, he lost his best friend to an Iraqi air-raid bomb.
At 13, he started military training, learning in school how to defend his country as a Basij youth guard.
"We learned how to use Colt pistols, AK-47s and landmines, just like we learned math and geography in class. I still have nightmares from hearing the thundering shots from training in a firing range on a military base," recalls Pilehvar, whose family came to Toronto in 2003 as government-sponsored refugees.
"We were taught to kill for God and Islam." He pauses. "And the Western world was our enemy."
Thanks to his peace-loving parents, Pilehvar didn't actually become a child soldier like some of his friends, brainwashed teenagers who were sent into the 1980-88 war with Iraq, some to be used as suicide bombers or "canaries" to clear minefields.
Last evening, the slender man, now 25, joined a forum on children and armed conflict at the University of Toronto, part of a cross-Canada panel series sponsored by the United Nations Association in Canada to mark the 50th anniversary of the first UN peacekeeping mission (a brainchild of then-foreign affairs minister Lester B. Pearson, who proposed sending a multinational contingent to the Suez region to defuse tensions there in 1956.)
While the issue of child soldiers has captured public attention, the problem hasn't abated. In parts of Asia, the Middle East, Chechnya, Colombia and especially in African nations, government forces, militias and armed opposition groups conscript kids as young as 9 to fight or provide support for those who do. The UN estimates there were 250,000 child soldiers last year.
"Some of these children are taken away from their families and forced to join. Others have lost their parents, and becoming a child soldier is the only way out," explained panelist Kimmi Weeks, who is founder of the Philadelphia-based Youth Action International, which offers post-war rehabilitation to youth in West Africa.
"There are those who look at it as a rite of passage that'd give them the power that they would not otherwise have."
Having grown up amid Liberia's civil war, which began in 1989, Weeks, 25, knows first-hand the traumatic impact on children, who often end up repeating the cycle of violence.
Chol Kelei left his home in Sudan at 8, trekking from refugee camp to refugee camp through Ethiopia, Uganda and Kenya to survive.
"War started in Sudan in 1955. It stopped in 1972 and started again in 1993," said the 24-year-old, who managed to leave the Dadab camp with the help of the UN Association in 2003. He now lives in Winnipeg and travels as a speaker for children affected by armed conflict.
"Unfortunately, we all grew up in a generation of war and many of us don't even know anything other than war. No one knows what it means by peace."
Weeks said aid groups that appear in an emergency are often gone when the war ends. Little attention is paid to the mental health of the war children.
"When these kids become adults, they simply revert to war again," he explained.
While Pilehvar is taking courses at Seneca College to complete his interrupted civil engineering studies, he's pondering a switch to political science or journalism. He hopes to learn to use politics and media to bring about change in conflict regions.
"Canada is a country famous for human rights. Our government must do its best to prevent war and help children who have become victims of conflicts," Pilehvar said.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

To: Ms. Louise Arbour United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights & Human Rights Watch & Amnesty international

To: Ms. Louise Arbour United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights & Human Rights Watch & Amnesty international

URGENT ACTION NEEDED FEARS FOR IRANIAN HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER Grave fears are held for the welfare of Iranian human rights campaigner, Keyvan Rafiee, since he was arrested by Iranian security forces in IRAN and he is 40 days in 209 sell Evin jail. Rafiee was well-known both inside and outside Iran for defending human rights, in particular the rights of workers and women. His web site provided much information to the outside world about human rights abuses inside Iran. Most recently he had reported on the student demonstrations that have taken place over the last few years. Just the latest of a number of activists and human rights’ Campaigners that have been detained by the Iranian authorities. A number of student activists have also disappeared or are being held in prison in Iran as the government cracks down on the pro-democracy movement. We are urging, the United Nations, and other human rights organizations to contact the Iranian government to demand the release of Rafiee
The Undersigned

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Turkey,UNHCR & iranian asylum seekers

My name is behzad pilehvar…
I am political refugee from Iran who is assisted by Canadian government to come to Canada from turkey.
I have spent 19 month in turkey as an asylum seeker.
I have seen hardship in my life as a refugee and in the lives of many other asylum seekers in turkey…
I never forget the tragedy of winter 2003 when my friend Eghbal Imam Panah received news about the rejection of his case from police.
He got stroke in police station … he died one week later in hospital. The UNHCR refused to give his wife and children refugee status following his tragic death.
They are living under ground in turkey today and there is no body to take care of them...
You all know about the situation in my country Iran.
There is dictatorship of religion and religion of dictatorship there.
The regime has taken country back to 1400 years ago the result is repression, torture, execution, hanging in public, serial killings, and execution of children.
You, in Canada, have come to know about the torture and death of the Canadian-Iranian photo journalist ZAHRA KAZEMI…
But there are hundreds of Zahra kazemi in Iran about them no body knows.
Iranian political activist and human right workers –even religious reformers have to escape Iran for neighboring countries like Turkey.
They hope that they will be safe and one day they will be resettled in safer country, but, sadly this not the case.
In turkey life for some refugees be come more miserable than Iran.
We all know that the government of turkey has imposed reservation on application of the UN refugee convention of 1951 and it s protocol of 1967 “only European asylum seekers can become refugee in Turkey, but according the regulation of November 30 1994 of government of turkey non _European asylum seekers can stay in that country under certain conditions:
1- they should have been accepted by UNHCR as refugees;
2- they should resettle in other countries;
3- They must be acceptable to home office.
The government of turkey and it s brutal police do not bother even about their own regulation .they attack refugees every day and send them back to torture and death. Problem starts right at the time of arrival.
An asylum seeker has 10 days to report to police. She or he must to pay $250 to the home office for 3 months of temporary stay. The next step is giving the life story and reason for escaping Iran to the home office .If accepted by the home office, the asylum seeker will be referred to the UNHCR .this mean that UNHCR and Turkish police work together hands in glove.
It is a well fact that there are secret agreements between government of Iran and Turkey.
If an asylum seeker is an important person with useful information for Iranian secret service, government of Turkey would refuse them asylum seeker and deport them by force.
Asylum seekers do not receive any money before their acceptance by the UNHCR, they live in poverty and horrible condition of life and they have no permission to work in Turkey .it takes a long time (between 1 to 5 years) for UNHCR to process and asylum claim living in limb is very hard for asylum seekers.
At any time they may be deported because the Iranian and Turkish secret police work together very closely. In 1997, for example, Mr. .karim toojelly was deported to Iran .he was executed in urumiah jail in Iran. There are more than 1200 Iranian refugees in Turkey who are accepted by UNHCR office there. They have been waiting for their resettlement for more than 2 years, but there is no help for them .they suffer from all sort physical and mental problems, but they have no medical care.
Asylum seekers are usually sent to border areas to live .there has been cases that are Iranian secret police and guards have crossed the border, they have beaten and even murdered asylum seekers, I am one of their victims.
In one case they have severely and in another case they stabbed my close friend .we also knows that there are no human rights in turkey. Any political activities are not allowed, this has had bad impacts on asylum seekers as well. In July 2003, we had rally in protest to the massacre in Iran in front of UNHCR office .I, my self came under deportation.9 months later, and the peaceful site in strike of asylum seeker from northern Iraq was attacked .they arrested 53 refugee and with lots of advocacy they did not deport them.
These types of attacks are daily events.
Right now 5 Iranian asylum seekers are under deportation.
And hundreds of other asylum seekers live under very miserable condition

Please do some thing before it is too late

Yours truly,
Jan 12 2007