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I am copying partially this post by my friend Plateau, post which is really frightening about the degree of contempt these men are treated with, only by collecting signatures for a petition intended to ensure women’s equality. 13 activists have already been imprisoned by that crime.

Today at last Amir Yaghoubali (right) went to the judimagege and judge ruled that he has to be moved to the Evin prison. His sister asked the judge What is Amirs crime?! Is talking with people and gathering signatures illegal?  (referring to 1 million signatures campaign for gender equality and womens rights). He (the judge) asnwered Being Legal or Illegal is not the issue. The issue for me is the reason of doing this. He is man, so WHY he is active in these womens issues? He has to study and nothing more. And this man is our JUDGE! He has to learn that being a feminist or believing the equality of men and women is not dependent on being MAN or WOMAN. It depends on having a functioning mind.

Oh ! And one important point to mention. In Iran hijab is obligatory but we have two kind of Hijab; Manto and Chador. Chador is a big black scarf which reaches to the floor and Muslims wear it. But the Manto is a more moderated hijab just like a long shirt plus a scarf. This one is easier to wear and most of the Iranians wears that (or forced to wear that). Ive just learned that if you do not wear Chador (the long black scarf) you DO NOT HAVE A RIGHT TO ENTER ANY COURT! It means if you do not wear chador, you do not have the right to justice! Same thing applies to many hospitals and official offices. This is a shame: If you do not act as I say, you do not have any rights in this regime.

Updated (1) – Amir Yaghoubali Transfered to Section 209 of Evin Prison (Payvand News – excerpt) – After 5 days in detention, reports indicate that Amir Yaghoubali has been transferred to the 209th Section of Evin Prison. Instead of releasing Amir, as promised by Judge Jamshidi, family members were reportedly informed that Amir has been transferred to the 209th Section of Evin Prison. This order was apparently issued by Judge Hadad, in the security branch of the Revolutionary Courts.

Amir is one of a growing number of young men, involved in the One Million Signatures Campaign, and the womens movement. Through their growing activism on behalf of equal rights for women, these young men not only forgo the rights unjustifiably accorded to them by law, but take risks and face imprisonment in an effort to ensure that women in Iran are viewed as full human beings under the law. Their commitment to human rights and equality should be met with applause and encouragement, not imprisonment.

It should be noted that the act of collecting signatures for a petition intended for the Parliament is not defined as an illegal activity under Iranian law. To date 13 members of the One Million Signatures Campaign have been illegally arrested for involvement in this most civil and peaceful of activities.

Stoning, Hejab & Gender Equality (Update) « Plateau of Iran

More abuse on Iran, by Noggr:

One such case was the brothers Pourya and Pouya Fazlollahi, one an indoor football player for Paysa and the other a wrestling champion. Hardly an immodest pair, but their crime was that they used to hand out political flyers and articles to their friends, particularly those by the Reza Pahlavi.

Early in the morning on May 17th they heard their door broken open and masked men rushing in to the house. The brothers soon had a gun pointed to their head, handcuffed and then dragged out in to the street. The bruises tell us what happened afterwards.

Some days ago I wrote about the Iranian stoned man. Plateau has posted more about him:

Heinous and horrible crime what they have done with this man, only for marrying a woman, marriage which was declared void and both man and woman accused of adulterers. She has not been stoned… yet -That I know of-.

Also read Serendip about Iran being Al-Qaeda’s lair.

One of two known Al Qaeda leadership councils meets regularly in eastern Iran, where the American intelligence community believes dozens of senior Al Qaeda leaders have reconstituted a good part of the terror conglomerate’s senior leadership structure.

Noggr posts Iran is also sending weapons to the Taliban, acording to UK and meddling in Iraq.

Read Kamagir on how Iranian mullahs are preparing to censor the movie “Titanic” (Leonardo Di Caprio and Kate Winslet starring):

the movie will not be more than 90 minutes long (out of the original 194 minutes), the piece goes on by asking what the relationship between Jack and Rose can be. “They can not be brother and sister, neither can they be any other family members”, Mehr adds. This rather weired sentence refers to the fact that “lover” is not a legitimate role in movies shown in the national television. Thus, Jack and Rose have to be a couple or siblings. Their passion makes both options impossible. Mehr lists other impossible concepts of the movie as “the scene on the deck, the drawing scene, dances and parties”. “The card-playing scene might however survive”, Mehr adds.

And the roles in a film cannot be stoned to death, hein?

Read also “Ayatollahs go Scientific“: Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi had called cloning “not creation of human beings or animals, as some exaggerate, but one of the mysteries of the world“. Help!! They want to clone themselves. Imagine 1000 Ahmadinejads in this world… Horrible.

A comenter in Kamangir’s blog writes:

If you get yourself cloned and your clone commits a crime like adultry, will you also be stoned?

Good question. I guess they are preparing clones (h/t Elentirto blame them after giving hands to beautiful brunettes. Oh no, I’m Khatami, and I’m respectful. It was my clone the one who perform that shameful act. Punish him.

:mrgreen:

If this people did not have so much power (and possibilities of harming others smile_baringteeth) they could be good sitcom actors…

About economic situation in Iran. h/t Barcepundit.

For a more amiable look of Iran, look at the photos Plateau has posted here. The photo of Khoy, where Iranian carpets are made is great!

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