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Hengaw https://hengaw.net/en\
HRA https://www.en-hrana.org
Iran Human Rights https://iranhr.net/en/
KHRN http://kurdistanhumanrights.org/en
KMMK https://kmmk-ge.org/
Kurdistan Press Agency https://kurdpa.net/en
Kurdistan24 https://www.kurdistan24.net/en
Rudaw https://www.rudaw.net/english

NEWS

  1. Iran executes accused spy for Israel
  2. Raisi canceled his trip to Switzerland for fear of arrest
  3. Kurdish journalist Ezîzî sent to Evin Prison
  4. Uncertainty regarding the fate of four Kurdish political prisoners held for 507 days
  5. Sakharov Prize 2023 awarded to Jina Mahsa Amini, Women Life Freedom in EU Parliament
  6. Sakharov Prize awarded to Jina Mahsa Amini and the ‘Jin, Jiyan, Azadi’ movement in Iran
  7. US says Iran-backed attacks in Iraq, Kurdistan Region ‘unacceptable’
  8. Kurdistan on the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
  9. Environmental Activist Kaveh Karimian Sentenced to Two Years in Prison
  10. Iranian prosecutor demands death sentence for Swedish diplomat
  11. Implementation of Five Teachers Union Activists’ Imprisonment Sentences
  12. Kurdish filmmakers take Silver award at Red Sea festival
  13. New wave of migration from Rojhelat to Europe bodes more tragedy
  14. The security agencies have made televised confessions and expressions of remorse among the conditions of Zeinab Jalalian’s right to access medical services
  15. UN human rights office condemns Iran executions
  16. Iranian forces injure seven kolbars
  17. Kurdish artists and activists in Khorasan summoned and threatened for wearing Kurdish clothes
  18. Cutting down trees in the Bukan county village of “Thamba”
  19. Nasty drought in Syria, Iraq and Iran wouldn’t have happened without climate change, study finds
  20. Kurdpa became a member of the “World Coalition Against the Death Penalty”
  21. At least 32 killed in fire at detox centre in Iran
  22. Two Asylum Seekers lost their lives in Belarus due to severe cold weather
  23. US condemns arrest of human rights activists in Iran: State Dept spox
  24. Lawyer Nesrin Sotoudeh taken into custody at the funeral of Armita Geravand
  25. Iranian teenager Armita Geravand died after a month in a coma

 

OPINION, COMMENTARY, ANALYSIS

  1. KJAR calls for the defense of female political prisoners in Iran
  2. Narges Mohammadi: Compulsory hijab is neither a religious obligation nor a cultural model
  3. The Joint statement human rights organizations of Iran regarding the torture and deprivation of the designated lawyer of the Azerbaijani Turkish political and human rights activists detained in Iran
  4. AI: Iranian security forces used rape and sexual violence to crush “Woman Life Freedom” uprising
  5. Hana’s representative speech at the United Nations 16th Forum on Minority Issues and Iranian representatives’ attempts to prevent it
  6. Kurdish Diaspora: A Significant Force!
  7. Iranian rapper Toomaj Salehi arrested again
  8. HRA Press Release: International Women Human Rights Defenders Day and their Challenging Path in Iran
  9. November 20, World Children’s Day
  10. Extrajudicial Executions: Shahryar Mohammadi Killing
  11. Assassination Attempt on Kurdish Lawyer and Political Activist Sohrab Rahmati in the Kurdistan Region
  12. Solidarity with the Kurdish people from Abya Yala
  13. Group NGOs applaud Germany’s initiative for a Special Session on human rights in Iran and call for the swift establishment of an investigative accountability body

 

REPORTS

  1. November/December 2023: Human rights violations in Iranian Kurdistan
  2. Report: Human Rights Defenders in Iran 2023
  3. HRA with legal support of UpRights: Gender, Political Persecution in Iran since at least Sept 2022
  4. Hengaw Organization’s Reports from October and November 2023
  5. Monthly Report of November 2023: Human rights violations in Iranian Kurdistan
  6. KMMK-G Interim Report on the Situation of Human Rights in Kurdistan of Iran
    7. Kurdistan; 58 Kurdish Kolbars Killed and Injured in Two Weeks (3 Killed and 55 Injured)
  7. Monthly Report of October 2023: Human rights violations in Iranian Kurdistan

 

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NEWS

  1. Iran executes accused spy for Israel

15 December 2023 | Rudaw

Iran executed one person on charges of espionage for Israel’s Mossad intelligence service in Sistan and Baluchestan province, state media reported on Saturday.

https://www.rudaw.net/english/middleeast/iran/16122023

 

  1. Raisi canceled his trip to Switzerland for fear of arrest

13 December 2023 | HANA

According to the schedule announced by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Raisi was supposed to give a speech at the annual meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council at the venue of the meeting in Geneva, Switzerland…

https://hana-hr.org/content/20231217-raisi-canceled-his-trip-to-switzerland-for-fear-of-arrest

 

  1. Kurdish journalist Ezîzî sent to Evin Prison

13 December 2023 | ANF

According to the news in Iranian media, Kurdish journalist and former political prisoner Pexşan Ezîzî, who was detained by Iranian government forces, was sent to the women’s detention section in Evin Prison after 4 months of interrogation.

https://anfenglishmobile.com/freedom-of-the-press/kurdish-journalist-ezizi-sent-to-evin-prison-70748

 

  1. Uncertainty regarding the fate of four Kurdish political prisoners held for 507 days

13 December 2023 | HANA

More than 507 days have passed since the arrest of four Kurdish political prisoners named “Wafa Azarbar, Pejman Fatehi, Mohammad Faramarzi and Mohsen Mazloum”, but until now there is no information about their fate and whereabouts.

https://hana-hr.org/content/20231217-uncertainty-regarding-the-fate-of-four-kurdish-political-prisoners-held-for-507-days

 

  1. Sakharov Prize 2023 awarded to Jina Mahsa Amini, Women Life Freedom in EU Parliament

12 December 2023 | KHRN

The 2023 Sakharov human rights prize was awarded to Jina Mahsa Amini and the Jin Jiyan Azadi (Women Life Freedom) Movement at a ceremony in the European Parliament today.

https://kurdistanhumanrights.org/en/news/2023/12/12/sakharov-prize-2023-awarded-to-jina-amini-jin-jiyan-azadi-in-eu-parliament/

 

  1. Sakharov Prize awarded to Jina Mahsa Amini and the ‘Jin, Jiyan, Azadi’ movement in Iran

12 December 2023 | ANF

The EP 2023 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought has been awarded to Jina Mahsa Amini and the ‘Jin, Jiyan, Azadi’ (Woman, Life, Freedom) movement in Iran, in a ceremony on 12 December.

https://anfenglishmobile.com/news/sakharov-prize-awarded-to-jina-mahsa-amini-and-the-jin-jiyan-azadi-movement-in-iran-70739

 

  1. US says Iran-backed attacks in Iraq, Kurdistan Region ‘unacceptable’

12 December 2023 | Rudaw

The continued attacks by Iran-aligned groups targeting American interests in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region are “unacceptable” and need to stop, the US State Department told Rudaw on Monday, stressing that Washington expects Baghdad to take all possible measures to address the problem.

https://www.rudaw.net/english/middleeast/iraq/12122023

 

  1. Kurdistan on the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

11 December 2023 | HANA

On December 10, 2023, the global community will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the landmark document that affirms the inherent and inalienable rights of every person.

https://hana-hr.org/content/20231217-kurdistan-on-the-75th-anniversary-of-the-universal-declaration-of-human-rights

 

9. Environmental Activist Kaveh Karimian Sentenced to Two Years in Prison

10 December 2023 | Hengaw

Kaveh Karimian, a prominent Kurdish environmental activist and member of the “Green Chia” association in Marivan, has been sentenced to two years of suspended imprisonment by the judicial system of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

https://hengaw.net/en/news/2023/12/headline-environmental-activist-kaveh-karimian-sentenced-to-two-years-in-prison

 

10. Iranian prosecutor demands death sentence for Swedish diplomat

10 December 2023 | Rudaw

The trial of a jailed Swedish diplomat began in Tehran on Sunday with the prosecutor accusing him of “corruption on earth” and cooperation with Israel, and calling for the death penalty.

https://www.rudaw.net/english/middleeast/iran/10122023

 

11. Implementation of Five Teachers Union Activists’ Imprisonment Sentences

10 December 2023 | Hengaw

Afshin Razmjoui and Mohammad Ali Zhamtkesh, teachers previously sentenced to five years in prison, along with Mozhgan Bagheri, sentenced to two years, were apprehended and transported to prison by security forces for the execution of their sentences.

https://hengaw.net/en/news/2023/11/implementation-of-five-teachers-union-activists-imprisonment-sentences

 

12. Kurdish filmmakers take Silver award at Red Sea festival

09 December 2023 | Rudaw

Kurdish filmmakers took home a Silver award for a short film at the prestigious Red Sea International Film Festival. “I am very thrilled that the movie received an award at the Red Sea film festival, given the fact that the Red Sea is a huge festival,” Saman Hosseinpuor told Rudaw’s Payam Sarbast on Friday

https://www.rudaw.net/english/people-places/091220231

 

13. New wave of migration from Rojhelat to Europe bodes more tragedy

05 December 2023 | Rudaw

For years, Rizgar dedicated his every waking hour and worked any job he could get his hands on, in hopes of eking out a living for himself and his family.

https://www.rudaw.net/english/middleeast/iran/05122023

 

14. The security agencies have made televised confessions and expressions of remorse among the conditions of Zeinab Jalalian’s right to access medical services

03 December 2023 | Kurdpa

Zeinab Jalalian, a Kurdish political prisoner from the city of Maku who is spending her sixteenth year in prison in Yazd, is still deprived of access to adequate medical care due to the opposition of the Ministry of Intelligence.

https://kurdpa.net/en/news/2023/12/6

 

  1. UN human rights office condemns Iran executions

29 November 2023 | Rudaw

The United Nations human rights office on Tuesday deplored the executions carried out by the Iranian regime last week, reiterating call on Tehran to halt the application of the death penalty.

https://www.rudaw.net/english/middleeast/iran/29112023

 

  1. Iranian forces injure seven kolbars

18 November 2023 | ANF

According to the Kurdistan Human Rights Network, 7 kolbars were injured as a result of fire opened by Iranian forces within the borders of Bane district of Sine city of Eastern Kurdistan in the last 3 days.

https://anfenglishmobile.com/kurdistan/iranian-forces-injure-seven-kolbars-70368

 

  1. Kurdish artists and activists in Khorasan summoned and threatened for wearing Kurdish clothes

17 November 2023 | Hengaw

By announcing a ban on wearing Kurdish clothes, the Iranian security institutions have prevented the Kurdish citizens from Khorasan from attending various events wearing Kurdish clothing, and have summoned and interrogated a number of Kurdish activists and artists.

https://hengaw.net/en/news/2023/11/kurdish-artists-and-activists-in-khorasan-summoned-and-threatened-for-wearing-kurdish-clothes

 

  1. Cutting down trees in the Bukan county village of “Thamba”

10 November 2023 | HANA

Unfortunately, the ever increasing economic pressures, out of control inflation, poverty and unemployment and lack of public awareness about this rare treasure have caused a terrible influx of ignorant and generally unemployed people…

https://hana-hr.org/content/20231110-cutting-down-trees-in-the-bukan-county-village-of-thamba

 

  1. Nasty drought in Syria, Iraq and Iran wouldn’t have happened without climate change, study finds

08 November 2023 | K24

A three-year drought that has left millions of people in Syria, Iraq and Iran with little water wouldn’t have happened without human-caused climate change, a new study found.

https://www.kurdistan24.net/en/story/33086-Nasty-drought-in-Syria,-Iraq-and-Iran-wouldn%27t-have-happened-without-climate-change,-study-finds

 

  1. Kurdpa became a member of the “World Coalition Against the Death Penalty”

05 November 2023 | Kurdpa

In October 2023, after a new round of actions by the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty to expand this alliance globally, the Kurdish Human Rights Organization, Kurdpa, joined the alliance.

https://kurdpa.net/en/news/2023/11/21

 

  1. At least 32 killed in fire at detox centre in Iran

03 November 2023 | ANF

According to media reports, at least 32 people have died in a major fire at a rehab centre for drug addicts in Iran. Sixteen more people were hospitalised as a result of the fire in the province of Gilan in the north of the country, the state news agency Irna reported on Friday, citing authorities.

https://anfenglishmobile.com/news/at-least-32-killed-in-fire-at-detox-centre-in-iran-70143

 

  1. Two Asylum Seekers lost their lives in Belarus due to severe cold weather

01 November 2023 | Hengaw

Ismaeil Darabi, a Kurdish resident from Sarpol-e Zahab, and an Arab resident from Ahvaz, both asylum seekers within the borders of Belarus, tragically lost their lives due to extreme cold weather.

https://hengaw.net/en/news/2023/11/two-asylum-seekers-lost-their-lives-in-belarus-due-to-severe-cold-weather

 

  1. US condemns arrest of human rights activists in Iran: State Dept spox

01 November 2023 | K24

US State Department Spokesperson Matthew Miller in a statement on Tuesday condemned Iranian authorities for their “violent assault” and “unjust detention” of human rights activists during the Oct. 29 funeral for the young Iranian-Kurdish woman, Armita Geravand.

https://www.kurdistan24.net/en/story/33023-US-condemns-arrest-of-human-rights-activists-in-Iran:-State-Dept-spox

 

  1. Lawyer Nesrin Sotoudeh taken into custody at the funeral of Armita Geravand

30 October 2023 | ANF

Nesrin Sotoudeh, an Iranian lawyer, writer, and outspoken human rights champion was reportedly taken into custody and beaten while attending the funeral of 17-year-old Armita Geravand on Sunday.

https://anfenglishmobile.com/human-rights/lawyer-nesrin-sotoudeh-taken-into-custody-at-funeral-of-armita-geravand-70064

 

  1. Iranian teenager Armita Geravand died after a month in a coma

28 October 2023 | ANF

Armita Geravand, 16, suffered “severe injuries” after an altercation with the so-called morality police at Shohada station in the Iranian capital Tehran on 1 October.

https://anfenglishmobile.com/human-rights/iranian-teenager-armita-garawand-died-after-a-month-in-a-coma-70034

 

 

OPINION, COMMENTARY, ANALYSIS

  1. KJAR calls for the defense of female political prisoners in Iran

14 December 2023 | ANF

The Community of Free Women of Eastern Kurdistan (KJAR) made a written statement on the continued detention of Kurdish political prisoner Zeinab Jalalian, the lack of news from KJAR member Warishe Moradi, who was kidnapped by Iranian intelligence, and the pressures on female political prisoners in Iran.

https://anfenglishmobile.com/women/kjar-calls-for-the-defense-of-female-political-prisoners-in-iran-70775

 

2. Narges Mohammadi: Compulsory hijab is neither a religious obligation nor a cultural model

10 December 2023 | ANF

Narges Mohammadi has been held in Tehran’s Evin prison since 2021 for her struggle against compulsory hijab and the death penalty in Iran.

https://anfenglishmobile.com/women/nargis-mohammadi-compulsory-hijab-is-neither-a-religious-obligation-nor-a-cultural-model-70707

 

  1. The Joint statement human rights organizations of Iran regarding the torture and deprivation of the designated lawyer of the Azerbaijani Turkish political and human rights activists detained in Iran

09 December 2023 | Kurdpa

Today November 26, 2023, three months have passed since several political and human rights activists of the Turkish Azerbaijani in various cities of Iran were arbitrarily and violently arrested by the security agencies of the Islamic Republic of Iran…

https://kurdpa.net/en/news/2023/12/23

 

4. AI: Iranian security forces used rape and sexual violence to crush “Woman Life Freedom” uprising

06 December 2023 | ANF

Security forces in Iran used rape and other forms of sexual violence, amounting to torture and other ill-treatment, to intimidate and punish peaceful protesters during the 2022 “Woman Life Freedom” uprising, Amnesty International said in a new report published today.

https://anfenglishmobile.com/human-rights/ai-iranian-security-forces-used-rape-and-sexual-violence-to-crush-woman-life-freedom-uprising-70642

 

5. Hana’s representative speech at the United Nations 16th Forum on Minority Issues and Iranian representatives’ attempts to prevent it

03 December 2023 | HANA

The 16th session of the Forum on Minority Issues held on November 30 and December 1 at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva.

https://hana-hr.org/content/2023123-hana-s-representative-speech-at-the-united-nations-16th-forum-on-minority-issues-and-iranian-representatives-attempts-to-prevent-it

 

6. Kurdish Diaspora: A Significant Force!

01 December 2023 | K24

Expatriates living away from their homeland wield considerable influence in their host countries in a variety of ways.

https://www.kurdistan24.net/en/opinion/33319-Kurdish-Diaspora:-A-Significant-Force!

 

7. Iranian rapper Toomaj Salehi arrested again

01 December 2023 | ANF

Iranian rapper Toomaj Salehi has been arrested again just days after his release from prison. The news portal of the judicial authority Misan Online wrote about the arrest on Thursday.

https://anfenglishmobile.com/culture/iranian-rapper-toomaj-salehi-arrested-again-70553

 

  1. HRA Press Release: International Women Human Rights Defenders Day and their Challenging Path in Iran

28 November 2023 | HRA

On the 29th of November, the United Nations commemorates and pays homage to women human rights defenders. It is imperative to acknowledge that all individuals engaged in the cause of human rights confront inherent risks and threats to their lives as they endeavor to combat various societal injustices.

https://www.hra-iran.org/en/uncategorized/hra-press-release-international-women-human-rights-defenders-day-and-their-challenging-path-in-iran

 

  1. November 20, World Children’s Day

20 November 2023 | HANA

In the  AD calendar, November 20, has been designated as International Children’s Day by the United Nations, although June 1, has been designated as Children’s Day in some countries.

https://hana-hr.org/content/20231217-november-20-world-children-s-day

 

  1. Extrajudicial Executions: Shahryar Mohammadi Killing

18 November 2023 | KHRN

Joint explanation of the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (Network) and the “Abdorrahman Boroumand Center for Human Rights in Iran (ABC)…

https://kurdistanhumanrights.org/en/2023/11/18/extrajudicial-executions-shahryar-mohammadi-killing/

 

  1. Assassination Attempt on Kurdish Lawyer and Political Activist Sohrab Rahmati in the Kurdistan Region

16 November 2023 | ANF

Sohrab Rahmati, a prominent political activist and member of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region Bar Association, faced an assassination attempt in Erbil, the capital of the Kurdistan Regional Government. Rahmati, who had been a target of threats from agents of the Islamic Republic of Iran, succumbed to the attack.

https://hengaw.net/en/news/2023/11/assassination-attempt-on-kurdish-lawyer-and-political-activist-sohrab-rahmati-in-the-kurdistan-region

 

  1. Solidarity with the Kurdish people from Abya Yala

07 November 2023 | ANF

The organizations from Abya Yala that attended the 1st World Youth Conference “Youth Writing History” issued a statement to “profoundly condemn the military aggression against Kurdish territories.”

https://anfenglishmobile.com/news/solidarity-with-the-kurdish-people-from-abya-yala-70191

 

  1. Group NGOs applaud Germany’s initiative for a Special Session on human rights in Iran and call for the swift establishment of an investigative accountability body

02 November 2023 | HRA

A group of NGOs applaud the German Government’s recent announcement of its decision to support a Special Session of the UN Human Rights Council on the grave human rights situation in Iran, with a view to “establish[ing] a UN mechanism” to ensure that “evidence can be collected and documented.“

https://www.hra-iran.org/en/uncategorized/group-ngos-applaud-germanys-initiative-for-a-special-session-on-human-rights-in-iran-and-call-for-the-swift-establishment-of-an-investigative-accountability-body

  

REPORTS

  1. November/December 2023: Human rights violations in Iranian Kurdistan

15 December 2023 | Kurdpa

More than 140 cases of human rights violations occurred in Rojhelat during the last 6 weeks.

https://kurdpa.net/en/news?page=2&Category=Human%20Rights

 

  1. Report: Human Rights Defenders in Iran 2023

15 December | IHR

Over a year after the start of the “Woman, Life, Freedom” movement, the plight of Iranian human rights defenders continues to be a matter of grave concern, as they face imprisonment, persecution, and harsh sentences for their unwavering dedication to advancing fundamental human rights in Iran.

https://iranhr.net/en/reports/36/

 

  1. HRA with legal support of UpRights: Gender, Political Persecution in Iran since at least Sept 2022

11 December 2023 | HRA

Human Rights Activists (HRA) with the legal support of UpRights conclude there are reasonable grounds to believe the crime against humanity of gender and political persecution has taken place in the Islamic Republic of Iran since at least 16 September 2022…

HRA with legal support of UpRights: Gender, Political Persecution in Iran since at least Sept 2022

 

  1. Hengaw Organization’s Reports from October and November 2023

09 December 2023 | Hengaw

Reports on arrests and prisoners, executions, Kolbars, woman rights and children…

https://hengaw.net/en/news?Category=statistics

 

  1. Monthly Report of November 2023: Human rights violations in Iranian Kurdistan

01 December | KHRN

In its monthly reports, the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) highlights cases of human rights violations in Kurdistan and violations of the rights of Kurdish civilians in different regions and cities across Iran.

https://kurdistanhumanrights.org/en/2023/12/01/monthly-report-of-november-2023/

 

  1. KMMK-G Interim Report on the Situation of Human Rights in Kurdistan of Iran
    1st January to 30 November, 2023

30 November | KMMK

This report provides up-to-date data and analysis on the situations of human rights in the Iranian Kurdistan-majority provinces of Iran from January 1 until November 30, 2023…

https://www.kmmk-ge.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/12/KMMK-G-Interim-Report-on-the-Situation-of-Human-Rights-in-Kurdistan-of-Iran-for-the-period-1st-January-to-November-30.-2023-SHM.pdf

 

  1. Kurdistan; 58 Kurdish Kolbars Killed and Injured in Two Weeks (3 Killed and 55 Injured)

21 November | Kurdpa

The direct shooting of government forces at Kolbars in the border areas of Kurdistan has witnessed a significant increase in recent weeks. In the past two weeks alone, 58 Kurdish Kolbars have been killed and injured in the border areas of Kurdistan.

https://kurdpa.net/en/news/2023/11/52

 

  1. Monthly Report of October 2023: Human rights violations in Iranian Kurdistan

01 November | KHRN

In its monthly reports, the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) highlights cases of human rights violations in Kurdistan and violations of the rights of Kurdish civilians in different regions and cities across Iran.

https://kurdistanhumanrights.org/en/2023/11/01/monthly-report-of-october-2023/