Police beat and arrest families of Akbar Ganji and Nasser Zarafshan

first_imgNasser Zarafshan suffers from kidney disease and requires immediate medical attention. Zarafshan’s lawyer, Mohammed Ali Dadkhah, told Human Rights Watch that his client is not receiving any specialist care inside the prison. In protest to his condition, Nasser Zarafshan also started a hunger strike on June 7 and his health is reportedly deteriorating. News News Organisation IranMiddle East – North Africa Both Ganji and Zarafshan are seriously ill and in urgent need of medical care. Denial of medical care amounts to cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment, forbidden under Iranian law and Article 7 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Iran is a state party. News March 18, 2021 Find out more Akbar Ganji, an investigative journalist who uncovered the involvement of government officials in the murder of intellectuals and journalists in the 1990s, was jailed in April 2000. He was subsequently sentenced to six years in prison on vaguely worded charges including “acting against national security” in connection with his participation at a conference in Berlin. He has served more than 62 months in prison. Follow the news on Iran Joined by Nobel Peace prize winner Shirin Ebadi, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, the International Federation for Human Rights and Reporters Without Borders today expressed concerns for the health and safety of these dissidents. Nasser Zarafshan is a lawyer who represented the families of intellectuals and journalists murdered by intelligence ministry agents in 1998. In 2002, he was sentenced following a manifestly unfair trial in a military court to five years in prison for “dissemination of confidential information.” News Police wielding clubs beat family members of journalist Akbar Ganji, including his wife and brother, the journalist Masud Bastiani, and two members of the Association of Iranian writers on 16 June 2005.They had been taking part in a sit-in organised by relatives of prisoners outside Evine Prison, where police the previous day dispersed a group of around 60 people.They were then arrested and held throughout the day at the offices of police intelligence then the Tehran general prosecutor‚s office.Ganji‚s lawyers have not been allowed to see their client since he was re-imprisoned on 10 June. Tehran‚s prosecutor, Said Mortazavi said the journalist was currently in “The suite”, a name given to a special section of the prison under sole and direct control of the prosecutor‚s office, in which Zahra Kazemi was murdered. The wife of Nasser Zarafshan, lawyer for murdered intellectuals and journalists, told Reporters Without Borders that she was very concerned about her husband‚s health. The prison doctor has said his blood pressure is very low and he has reportedly lost 10 kilos since starting a hunger strike on 7 June.—————————— 15.05.2005 – Jailed Dissidents Denied Medical CareThe Iranian judiciary should immediately release prisoners of conscience, particularly those in urgent need of medical treatment, a group of leading international human rights organizations said today.Akbar Ganji, Nasser Zarafshan, Reza Alijani, Taqi Rahmani and Hoda Saber have been imprisoned solely because of their political views and peaceful activities, the organizations said. The authorities should release them immediately and unconditionally. Help by sharing this information IranMiddle East – North Africa Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, the International Federation for Human Rights, and Reporters without Borders, along with Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi, said that the Iranian authorities are responsible for the health and safety of all those detained by the state, including Akbar Ganji and Nasser Zarafshan. June 9, 2021 Find out more Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 RSF_en “Akbar Ganji is in prison just for peacefully criticizing the authorities,” said Shirin Ebadi, who is also Ganji’s lawyer. “His mistreatment in prison is a serious violation of fundamental human rights standards.” Receive email alerts After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists to go further Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists June 16, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Police beat and arrest families of Akbar Ganji and Nasser Zarafshan Two vocal critics of the government, Akbar Ganji and Nasser Zarafshan, have been denied medical care in prison. The prison administration’s request for their medical care was overruled by the judiciary. Akbar Ganji is suffering from acute asthma and is currently being held in solitary confinement at Tehran’s Evin prison. He is barred from any contact with his family or lawyers. He was briefly released for medical care on May 30, but was reimprisoned on June 10 before obtaining treatment. According to his wife, Akbar Ganji started a hunger strike as soon as he was returned to Evin prison. February 25, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Snow

first_imgThe snow is here. It came so suddenly, falling quickly onto mud-soaked trails still warm from an Indian Summer.Even the weekend was warm, although the skies threatened what was soon to come. Maybe it was my little brother Timmy gracing the Pisgah Forest from his home in Moab that kept the cold rain at bay for yet another day. We had an old-homey ride. Magic like that can turn the sucker hole of a storm into a glory hole, which it did. The dark clouds hung around the periphery, only slightly glistening us with drizzle in only the sweatiest of climbs.I guess I was just in denial. After all, November is over. I begrudgingly built a fire with soggy kindling, and spent the day trying to get it hotter and hotter. I never really accomplished that task despite expending all of my energy into making other people’s body’s better through massage. I just couldn’t shake the chill. The electric heater in the corner buzzed relentlessly, yet never really morphed into what I wanted it to be: a down comforter in a big bed with hot tea.I got the kids from school in my mud-spattered truck and the puppy greeted us with sloppy paws. I shivered in my down jacket. We slopped across the house in a stream from the back door to the front hall closet where we dumped our wet things. All the kids wanted to do was shoot their new cap guns, which I had banned to the outside for my own sanity. I built the fire bigger as I compromised with a gun battle in the garage where they also spun their bikes across the cold cement.Already the back yard is a quagmire, and the pump track a small swimming hole. This can’t bode well for what the trails look like, which is excellent justification for not riding. It was a true soaking over the last two days. The steady rain covered the region, quenching a rather dry crust, like leftover summer. If the snow falls like it has been we will see another lush spring. The moss finally came back this summer, but only in patches. I see that I’m already looking forward to meadows of wildflowers.So I dig through the back of the closet past the summer riding clothes and find the fleece tights and thermal shirts. It is time. Perhaps if I get warm enough I will work up the courage to leave the woodstove…last_img read more

Arsenal boss Unai Emery reveals what’s most impressed him about loan signing Dani Ceballos

first_img Comment Advertisement Nicolas Pepe is in contention to play on Sunday (Picture: Getty)Arsenal’s £72million summer signing Pepe could also feature against Newcastle, but Emery says he will be ‘patient’ with the Ivorian forward.‘Each day for him and for us is information we can save,’ he said.‘We hope he can be [available] for this match. With him, I want to be patient.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘He is in the same situation as the other players who have been coming in the last days.‘For example, Lucas Torreira, after one week of training today has his first ten minutes.‘With Pepe it’s the same. It’s better to be training and be working with us.’Which signing will have the biggest impact for Arsenal?Pepe0%Ceballos0%Luiz0%Tierney0%Martinelli0%Saliba0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Mason Greenwood can become a superstar in turbulent times at Manchester United Dani Ceballos could make his Premier League debut for Arsenal at Newcastle (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery has praised Dani Ceballos’ mentality and ‘hunger’ ahead of Arsenal’s Premier League opener away to Newcastle.Ceballos completed a season-long loan move from Real Madrid to Arsenal in the summer and the 23-year-old midfielder made two appearances for the north London outfit in pre-season.Nicolas Pepe, Kieran Tierney, David Luiz, Gabriel Martinelli and William Saliba – who has been loaned back to Saint-Etienne – also joined the Gunners in a busy transfer window for the club.Ceballos took a heavy kick to his ankle during the Gunners’ defeat to Barcelona at the Nou Camp and Emery feared the worst for his new player.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHowever, Ceballos returned to training the following day and is in line to make his first-team debut at St. James’ Park on Sunday afternoon.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Ceballos’ mind is very strong,’ Emery said ahead of the match.‘His mentality. Last Sunday, when he received a big kick on his ankle I thought “oh, it’s broken”.‘But after, on Monday, he was training – (he said) “I’m fine and want to train”.‘He is showing us every day his ambition, his hunger is big. I think we need players like this.’ Metro Sport ReporterSunday 11 Aug 2019 9:28 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link142Shares Advertisement Arsenal boss Unai Emery reveals what’s most impressed him about loan signing Dani Ceballoslast_img read more

Super Bowl 53: Rams coach Sean McVay explains RB Todd Gurley’s limited role

first_img“When you look at the overall work that a player of Todd’s caliber got, it was in large part due to the fact that we had gone into the game saying we wanted to get both those guys involved,” McVay said. “Then, as a result of us not being quite as efficient or not being able to convert on those third downs, it just limits those ops.”Gurley finished 2018 with 1,251 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns. He missed the last two games of the regular season because of a knee injury. Super Bowl 53: Three reasons why the Rams lost The Rams always planned to split carries between their two running backs in the Super Bowl, coach Sean McVay revealed Tuesday.Los Angeles star Todd Gurley received just 11 touches in his team’s 13-3 loss to the Patriots on Sunday, one game after he also had a reduced role in the Rams’ win in the NFC championship. McVay explained Tuesday the team also wanted backup C.J. Anderson to be involved in the offense against New England.“We had gone in knowing that we wanted to kind of almost have a shared load between he and C.J.,” McVay said at his season-ending press conference, via USA Today. “So, the amount of attempts just rushing the ball the last couple games was a little bit different.” Related Newscenter_img Super Bowl 53: What’s next for Rams? McVay said Gurley’s opportunities were limited because of the game’s flow.“We didn’t get the amount of plays off and didn’t have the drive continuity (we wanted),” McVay said. “That’s a big result of why those opportunities were limited for him and just going into the game the way we had thought.”Gurley ran for 35 yards in the Super Bowl loss while C.J. Anderson added 22 yards on the ground on seven carries.last_img read more