“Freedom From Islam”

Something that is not mentioned as often as it should:

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Eleanor Roosevelt with UDHR written in Spanish. Image via Wikipedia

As noted in a 2008 report by a Christian human-rights organization, “Apostates from Islam to another religion suffer a host of serious abuses from their families, communities and nations.” These renegade Muslims may well face the death penalty in countries such as Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Sudan, and other forms of oppression in many other Muslim societies.

The reason for this systemic violation of religious freedom is, unfortunately, religious. Most classical schools of sharia law consider apostasy from Islam a crime punishable by death. A hadith attributed to the Prophet Muhammad is quite clear on this: “If somebody [among Muslims] discards his religion, kill him.” The implication is that Islam is a religion with free entry but no free exit. Continue reading

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Iran: Jailed Filmmaker Challenges Khamenei

Jailed Iranian Filmmaker Challenges Supreme Leader – Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty � 2010:

“Iranian filmmaker and journalist Mohammad Nourizad has written an open letter (Persian) to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei arguing that the United States does more to protect religious freedom and moral values than Iran, RFE/RL’s Radio Farda reports.

Nourizad — who has been in Tehran’s Evin prison since August — wrote in his letter on October 10 that since Iran’s disputed 2009 presidential election, violations of people’s privacy has become more common.

He said religious mobs have attacked the home of Ayatollah Yusef Sanei, a critic of Khamenei. In the United States, by contrast, he said personal privacy is strictly protected by law.

Nourizad previously wrote for the conservative newspaper “Keyhan” and said he fully supported Khamenei until last year’s controversial presidential election caused him to speak out against the government.

He was arrested late last year after publishing several open letters on his blog deemed as disrespectful to Khamenei and other senior officials. He was sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison. He also was sentenced to 50 lashes on charges that remain unclear.

He was released on June 24 but summoned back to prison in August after writing a blog post that was critical of Khamenei.

Referring in his letter to religious freedom in the United States, Nourizad wrote: “The American judicial authority defends Muslims’ rights and allows them to build mosques just a short distance from the Twin Towers. But in Islamic Iran, Sunni Muslims are not allowed their own mosque to worship without fear in Tehran.”

Comparing morality in Iran and the United States, Nourizad wrote: “Americans have been brought up in such a way that they seldom lie, while lying is clearly evident among the people and authorities in our country.””

Iran: opposition leaders ‘flee Tehran’ as government mobs threaten death

Iran’s state news agency IRNA said that two leaders of “sedition” in the country have fled to a northern Iranian province. The top opposition leaders are Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi had fled the capital.

“Two of those who played a major role in igniting tension in Iran following the (June presidential) vote, fled Tehran and went to a northern province because they were scared of people, who demanded their punishment,” IRNA said.

Supporters of the two men dismissed the report. Hossein Karoubi, the son of moderate defeated presidential candidate Mehdi Karoubi, said his father and opposition leader Mirhossein Mousavi were still in Tehran.

…Earlier, television footage showed crowds in areas including Tehran’s Enghelab Square, chanting slogans and waving pro-regime placards.

“O free-willed leader, we are ready, we are ready,” they shouted in reference to supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. (Only the Supremre Leader is “free-willed”, the rest are slaves?)

The rallies were called in response to a series of opposition protests against President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s disputed June re-election. Mousavi and Karroubi were the main challengers in that poll.

via Iran leaders ‘flee Tehran’ as government mobs threaten death – Telegraph.

What a democracy, hein? People flood the streets to support a Government who has just killed 15 people while protesting the same Government.

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Iran: Kharroubi publishes prison rape account

And threatens to publish more if the denial continues:

While the young man was not identified, his charges were graphic and emotional, and documented official indifference — even callousness — toward his account.

“I was in prison, I was blindfolded and my hands were tied,” the young man told Mr. Karroubi. “I was beaten nearly to death, and worse than all of that, they did something to me which even unbelievers and idol worshipers would denounce.”

… the young man’s account challenges the notion that the state is run by a “just leader.” He said that one day, when Mr. Karroubi was filming their discussion, three government men came to Mr. Karroubi’s office to question him. The young man agreed to go with them to visit a doctor.

On the way, he said, “I asked them why they had done this, why they had treated us like this, what had we done?”

The response was, “When the supreme leader confirmed the election result, everyone should have recognized it.”

… In his statement to Mr. Karroubi, the young man who said he was raped said that in his case, his questioners suggested he was to blame, even asking if he enjoyed the attack. Then they threatened him.

“While we were waiting, the officer told me he didn’t think anyone was capable of such an act and accused me of lying,” the man said. “He asked me if I realized the kind of trouble I would get into if I couldn’t prove the charges.”

via Reformer in Iran Publishes Account of a Prison Rape – NYTimes.com.

A former political prisoner in Kahrizak explains in this video her experience there:

via Global Voices Online:

Rape and torture are not a new phenomenon in Iran’s prisons, but the recent events have focused more attention on the prisons of the Islamic Regime. Iranian civil society activists, including Reza Allamehzadeh, a leading film director, have been using citizen media to highlight testimonies about the Iranian tragedy.

A former political prisoner recounts the experience of being imprisoned, tortured and raped in an Iranian prison in the 1980s. She was only 17 years old at the time, and did not know why she had been arrested. More than 84,000 people have watched her testimony on YouTube. [video above].

Iran’s torture houses have been in existence for 30 years, however, and Kharizak is not the only one.

Interestingly this is not aired in any major MSM.

Before:

  1. The mass trial and crackdown on dissidents and people from other faiths continue.
  2. Row over rape and torture of dissidents continue.
  3. Parliamentary leader dismisses sex abuse claims.
  4. Opposition leader wants investigation into protestors’ rapes.
  5. No death penalty for virgins.

Iran: the emergence of Internet newspapers

Global Voices Online » Iran: Protests prompt emergence of underground Internet newspapers

:newspaper:The recent emergence of internet newspapers in Iran is evidence of the will of Iranian citizens and opposition forces to continue to communicate even as the Islamic Republic intensifies censorship, filtering and repression. By reading Internet newspapers we learn that the Iranian protest movement is as diverse as is Iranian society and its blogosphere.

In the last two months, the Islamic Republic’s security forces have tightened their grip on the media, this after Iran was swept by large-scale protests against the June 12 presidential election results, which declared incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad the winner.

(…) Under such difficult circumstances for the media, we are witnessing a new phenomenon inside Iran: the emergence of “underground” Internet
newspapers.

At the end of June, at least two such newspapers were launched: Khyaboon (”Street”) and Kalam Sabz (”Green Word”) where the word “green” is a reference to Mir Hussein Mousavi’s campaign colors. So far, Khyaboon has published 13 issues and Kalam Sabz has published 10. Khyaboon is available only by email and the paper has no website or blog. Kalam Sabz also uses email, but has a website. Both journals are distributed in PDF file format.

A common point between two publications is that both of them are against the current president and Iranian Supreme Leader Ayathollah Ali Khamenei‘s decision to approve Ahmadinejad’s victory.

(…) Reading the new underground internet newspapers offers a sense of deepening crisis in Iran and the sad state of its media. Khyaboon and Kalam Sabz shed light on the divergent strains within the protest movement and the way in which one part of society radicalises its requests and slogans.

Zeitoon, an Iran-based blogger, describes a similar situation on her blog. At a Thursday demonstration she observed lots of “down with Khamenei”, “down with dictator” and “Allaho Akbar” slogans, but there were only a few times that she heard Mousavi’s name.

Meanwhile in Canada, a global day of action demanding an end to the persecution and imprisonment of opposition activists in Iran, has taken place. In the Netherlands, around 2000 people turned up to Amsterdam’s anti-Iran demonstration. In several other parts of the world, there were also demonstrations and gatherings in protest for the brutal repression of oponents by the Islamist regime.

A list of those killed or arrested by Government forces during post-elections riots, can be found here.

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