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  1. Turkey's Government Arrested The Editor of " Jomhouriat" Newspaper ( On Republic )
  2. " Sepah " Has Threatened More Journalists Will Be Arrested ………….
  3. According to News: A Person Who Was Receiving Oil From The Ministry Of Oil To Sell , Took 160 Billion Tumans Of Iranian Government Money And Escaped To Canada …..!!!??????
  4. *** Yemen: Coalition used UK cruise miss...
  5. Iranian Refugees Sew Their Mouths Shut: ‘I Cannot Go Back. I Will Be Hanged.’
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Turkey's Government Arrested The Editor of " Jomhouriat" Newspaper ( On Republic )

Turkey's Government and their collaboration with ISIS …….

According to news the prosecutor in Turkey arrested the editor of the " Jomhouriat" newspaper .
The editor  and another journalist who works for the same newspaper were arrest on Thursday by apparently a  complaint from Tayyip Erdogan the president of Turkey. But the reality is that , early this year both this journalists disclosed news and video about a load of packages on the border of Turkey and Syria which was headed for ISIS and the packages were including guns and ammunitions in medical packages.
The Government arrested these journalist for disclosing this parcels which was banned for publication.


Journalism isn't a crime !
Don't Shoot the messengers !

To be continued …...

" Sepah " Has Threatened More Journalists Will Be Arrested ………….

According to Sepah's website ( Sepah= the Revolutionary Guards ) known as Gerdab , Alireza Rahmani the spokesperson for the Sepah's commanding office on cyber security said; Surely those other journalists working with newspapers inside the country  and are in collaboration with Behnoud ( A pro- reform  Iranian Journalist who is currently working for BBC -farsi programs and living in England)will be dealt with when their turn comes up.

The Intelligence of Sepah ( the revolutionary guard ) is carrying an underground assault on all journalists in media or civil rights activists and others who are critical to the regime before the coming of parliamentary and assembly of experts election in next March.  Their main targets are the pro -reformists and particularly those who have actively participated during green movement. Masoud Behnoud a well known journalist is known for his active support for reform and reformists government and green movement . Behnoud currently live in London and works with BBC Farsi programs.



According to News: A Person Who Was Receiving Oil From The Ministry Of Oil To Sell , Took 160 Billion Tumans Of Iranian Government Money And Escaped To Canada …..!!!??????

According to Mr. Naser Saraj the head of the inspection Organization of the Country , a man like Babak Zanjani ( Who is currently in trial for money laundering & corruption ) who was receiving oil from the ministry of oil to sell , took 160 billion Tumans ( Iranian money ) and escaped the country for Canada .
Mr. Saraj who was in Pakistan speaking to IRNA reporter on Wednesday said, most of the money launderers and corrupted people in the country have escaped to Canada . Mr. Saraj did not mention or disclose the name of the person but he said , we will try to return the money to the country.
He add by saying that, when someone like this escape to a country , we can't do anything but hope that the destination country will cooperate with us and return the person back to the country.



*** Yemen: Coalition used UK cruise miss...

Yemen: Coalition used UK cruise missile in unlawful airstrike

UK should stop selling air-to-ground munitions to Saudi Arabia-led forces


25 November 2015
The Saudi Arabia-led coalition used a British-made cruise missile to destroy a Yemeni ceramics factory, a civilian object, on 23 September, 2015, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said today, based on field research and interviews with eyewitnesses at the scene. 

The attack on the factory in the Sana’a governorate, which appeared to be producing only civilian goods, killed one person, and was in apparent violation of international humanitarian law (IHL), the laws of war.
This strike, using a British missile supplied in the 1990s, undermines the claim of Ministers that the Saudi Arabia-led coalition’s use of UK military equipment is consistent with IHL, and that the UK monitors such compliance “very carefully”. The organizations are unaware of any credible coalition investigation into this or other apparently unlawful airstrikes for possible IHL violations.
“The UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond claims he favours ‘proper investigations’ into possible breaches of the laws of war in Yemen. This strike provides a perfect test case – the UK should urgently press the Saudi Arabia-led coalition to open a credible investigation into this strike, as well as others that appear to have violated the laws of war,” said Lama Fakih, Senior Crisis Advisor at Amnesty International. 
“The latest revelations show UK policy to be both misleading and seriously ineffective. Despite multiple, well-documented cases of violations of the laws of war by the Gulf coalition in Yemen, UK Ministers have consistently refused to acknowledge this. The UK should suspend further sales of aerial munitions to coalition members pending a thorough investigation into this case, and other apparently unlawful air strikes,” said David Mepham, UK Director at Human Rights Watch. 

Analysis of weapon remnants
Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have examined the weapon remnants at the 23 September strike site and identified the munition used as a PGM-500 ‘Hakim’ air-launched cruise missile
, supplied in the mid-1990s and manufactured by the UK firm Marconi Dynamics. The analysis compared fragments photographed at the strike site with unexploded remnants of the same missile type from a separate strike and found both were consistent with the deployment of an air-launched PGM-500 ‘Hakim’. The other recorded strike using this type of cruise missile hit an open field on 4 or 5 November in Sahar in Sa’da governorate in northern Yemen and did not result in any known casualties.
Marconi markings are clearly visible on a component part recovered from the Sana’a strike site. Stocks of this missile are in service with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Air Force, which has the capability to fire them from both Mirage 2000s and F-16F aircraft.  

Witness accounts of 23 September strike

Amnesty International staff visited the Sana’a strike site on 6 November and they, as well as Human Rights Watch, later interviewed one of the factory owners and other witnesses to the strike.
The airstrike took place between 11 and 11:30 a.m. on 23 September in the village of Matna in Beni Matar district, west of Sana’a. Witnesses and one of the factory owners said that four missiles hit the Radfan Ceramics Factory in quick succession.

Ibrahim Ghaleb Mohammad al-Sawary, the son of one of the factory directors, who was in the vicinity during the attack, told Human Rights Watch: “I was getting ready to pray, leaning back on the wall of the factory when suddenly I heard whizzing followed by a very loud explosion. I started running away but less than two minutes later we heard the second explosion. I saw people running away from their homes – kids, older people and young people – all of them scared like us and running away without knowing where.”
He later returned to the factory, which had smoke rising from it and was in ruins, particularly the section with heavy machines used to heat and press the ceramics, which was entirely destroyed.
One man in the vicinity, Yahya Abd al-Karim al-Sawary, 28, was killed by shrapnel as he was fleeing the area. A local resident who asked to remain anonymous told Human Rights Watch that the victim had been working as a guard at a makeshift detention facility run by Ansarullah,
 the political wing of the Huthis, a Zaidi Shi’a armed group in northern Yemen. The site had originally been a government building known as the Productive Families Centre, approximately 140 metres from the factory compound. The airstrikes did not hit the detention facility. 
Ali Ahmad al-Faqih, 55, who was injured in the attack, said that he had been on a motorbike trying to check on his family who live next to the factory during a brief lull between airstrikes – not realizing the attack had not finished: “I heard a whizz and knew it was a rocket coming,” he said. “I lay down and prayed out loud. I saw all my body covered in blood.” Al-Faqih was later taken to a private hospital, where he underwent surgery to remove shrapnel from his chest. 

Another local resident told Human Rights Watch that a second civilian, Elham Hussein Hussein Taher, a 14-year-old girl who lived near the factory, was also injured in the attack.  

Ghalib Muhammad al-Sawary, one of the factory owners, told Amnesty International that the factory had never been used for any military purpose. Other witnesses told Human Rights Watch that no fighters or military vehicles were in or near the factory at the time of the attack.

On-site investigation
During its on-site investigation Amnesty International did not observe any evidence that would indicate that the factory had been used for a military purpose. The organization observed that the area directly surrounding the factory compound appeared to be residential and that it was next to the 26 September Hospital.
The strikes on the factory caused minor damage to the hospital. Amnesty International visited the hospital on 6 November and observed the damage and spoke with staff who had been there during the strike.
The owners of the ceramics factory, which opened in 1994, said that it was the only such facility in the country, and employed around 330 workers, primarily from the village of Matna. However, its owners said they were forced to stop operations in April this year due to security fears for its staff and difficulties obtaining fuel to operate machinery. 
IHL prohibits deliberate attacks on civilians not taking a direct part in hostilities and on civilian objects, and attacks that do not distinguish between civilians or civilian objects and combatants or military objectives, or that cause disproportionate harm to civilians or civilian objects in relation to the direct military advantage that may be anticipated. Such attacks are serious violations of IHL and if committed with criminal intent can constitute war crimes.
All countries have legal responsibilities under international law to control the transfer of weapons and to restrict or prohibit their transfer in certain circumstances. The UK is a party to the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), which came into force in late 2014, and played a leading role in its establishment. Under article 6 of the treaty, a country is prohibited from authorizing an arms transfer if it has knowledge at the time of authorization that the arms would be used in the commission of “attacks directed against civilian objects or civilians protected as such, or other war crimes as defined by international agreements to which it is a Party.” Further, article 7 of the ATT requires that states assess the potential that the arms being exported could be used to commit a serious violation of international human rights or humanitarian law; if there is an overriding risk of this, their export shall not be authorized.
As it is now evident that there is such a risk, the UK and all other countries that supply arms to the members of the Saudi Arabia-led coalition should suspend all transfers of weapons that pose a substantial risk of being used in unlawful airstrikes in Yemen, particularly air-to-ground munitions, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said.
An independent international inquiry should be established to investigate alleged violations by all parties to the conflict in Yemen, establish the facts, and identify those responsible for violations with a view to ensuring that they are held accountable. 
Public Document 

To download images of the weapon remnants from the 23 September airstrike, please visit: 

For more information or to arrange interviews, please contact:
For Amnesty International:In London, Amnesty International's press office: +44 20 7413 5566 or +44 (0) 777 847 2126; email: 
For Human Rights Watch:
In London, David Mepham (English): +44-7572-603-995 (mobile); or Twitter @mephamd
In Erbil, Belkis Wille (English, Arabic, French, German): +964-751-139-4857 (mobile); or Twitter: @belkiswille

Iranian Refugees Sew Their Mouths Shut: ‘I Cannot Go Back. I Will Be Hanged.’

A migrant sits in no-man's land with his mouth sewn shut during a protest near the village of Idomeni at the Greek-Macedonian border, on Monday, Nov. 23, 2015. Several European countries, including EU members Slovenia and Croatia and non-members Serbia and Macedonia, have declared they will only allow "war-zone refugees" from Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria to transit through their countries on their way to central and northern Europe. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)

NOV 23, 2015 4:03PM

At least six Iranian refugees sewed their mouths shut at the Greek-Macedonian border to pressure authorities to let them pass into Macedonia on their way to western Europe, according to Reuters
The group of refugees had been at the border for four days, stranded after European officials tightened border policies in the wake of the deadly terror attacks in Paris, France. 
They are among hundreds of people from Iran, Morocco, Pakistan and Bangladesh who were barred entry after Slovenia and other European countries stated they would only grant access to people fleeing violence from Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan. People from other countries were considered “economic migrants,” and therefore would not be allowed passage. Between Sunday and Monday, about 2,900 people crossed into Macedonia — down from 6,000 the previous day. 
One Iranian refugee went on a hunger strike and told Reuters that he sewed his mouth shut because “I cannot go back. I will be hanged.” He added that he wanted to go “to any free country in the world.” 
Other refugees and asylum seekers have taken similar extreme measures to indicate that they cannot return to their countries of origin because of fear of death or persecution. Last February, for instance, more than a dozen people arriving on the Italian island of Lampedusa also sewed their mouths shut with fishing wire and a sewing needle, claiming that they were put in deplorable conditions in immigrant detention centers without any word on the progress of their asylum applications. 
And even here in the United States, people who don’t want to be removed back to their countries have risked their own lives to show that they can’t be sent back. One Bangladeshi immigrant told ThinkProgress that he had gone on a hunger strike because returning to Bangladesh where he’s a member of the opposition party could result in his imprisonment or even worse, death. “I knew if I go back, I’m going to lose my life so I decided with other detainees that if we die, we’ll die here without eating,” the former detainee said. 
Iranian Refugees removed their shirt and sew their mouth and they are on hunger strike at the border between Macedonia and Greek ………They were prevented from entering into EU countries …...
UNHCR must help Iranian refugees to settle in a third country . Most of these Iranian refugees are political refugees but unable to present their case. Most of Iranian refugees falls in the political refugees categories and not the economic refugees……….


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