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2009-08-10 07:00:00

NEW YORK, Aug. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- In an unprecedented meeting at the UN, Professor Manouchehr Ganji, a former UN special Rapporteur on Human Rights and currently an opposition leader and human rights protagonist for Iran, met with senior ranking UN Officials regarding the gross & systematic violations of human rights by the regime in Iran. "I conveyed my message of gratitude to the Secretary General for his June 22 statement of urgent concern over the Iranian Regime's disregard and...

2006-06-13 09:58:49

By Edmund Blair TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran opened the large steel doors of its notorious Evin prison to journalists on Tuesday, showing off spruced-up women's cells and a well-equipped clinic in a move aimed at countering criticism about poor conditions. But the rare tour of the jail in the leafy suburbs of north Tehran did not include buildings where a Canadian-Iranian philosopher is held on spying charges without access to a lawyer or cells of men who make up most of the 2,500...

2006-03-18 08:54:52

By Saeed Komeijani TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran's most prominent political dissident, Akbar Ganji, has been released after six years in prison for criticizing some of the most powerful figures in the Islamic Republic, his lawyer said on Saturday. Ganji, a journalist, was jailed in 2000 for articles linking senior officials to the serial killings of dissidents in 1998. His articles particularly targeted influential cleric Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Iran's president from 1989 to 1997. A...

2006-03-18 06:39:36

By Saeed Komeijani TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran's most prominent political dissident, Akbar Ganji, has been released from prison after six years behind bars for criticizing some of the most powerful figures in the Islamic Republic. Ganji, a journalist, was jailed in 2000 after writing articles linking senior officials to the serial killings of political dissidents in 1998. His articles particularly targeted powerful cleric Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Iran's president from 1989 to 1997. A...

2005-11-03 19:22:10

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States accused Iran on Thursday of mistreating a jailed journalist so badly his health was at serious risk, in a case that has drawn worldwide condemnation of the Islamic republic. Washington, which is locked in a dispute with Iran over Tehran's suspected pursuit of a nuclear bomb and persistently complains about its human rights record, said Akbar Ganji's wife and nongovernmental groups reported his deteriorating health. "His maltreatment at the...

2005-09-04 08:52:13

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Dissident Iranian journalist Akbar Ganji has recovered sufficiently from his two-month-long hunger strike to return to prison, Iran's Justice Minister Jamal Karimirad said on Sunday. Ganji, jailed in 2000 after writing a series of articles linking senior officials to the murder of political dissidents, was hospitalized in July when his health deteriorated due to a hunger strike aimed at pressuring authorities to release him. The outspoken reporter, whose plight...

2005-08-11 09:53:34

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Around 250 supporters of Akbar Ganji, the Iranian dissident journalist who has been on hunger strike for 63 days, held a peaceful protest on Thursday outside the hospital where he is being held. It was the latest effort by supporters of the maverick journalist, jailed in 2000 for "acting against national security" and other crimes, to call for his release and try to persuade him to end his hunger strike. Former student activist Ali Afshari said officials prevented a...

2005-08-10 08:42:31

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Dissident Iranian journalist Akbar Ganji is still on hunger strike, a hospital official was quoted as saying on Wednesday, contradicting an official from the conservative judiciary who said he was eating again. Judiciary spokesman Jamal Karimirad said on Tuesday Ganji had ended his eight-week hunger strike after calls from his family and friends, who were concerned that he could die. But Sirus Tabesh, head of public relations at Tehran's Milad hospital, said this was...

2005-08-09 06:46:42

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Jailed Iranian journalist Akbar Ganji has broken his eight-week-old hunger strike after calls by family and friends concerned about his deteriorating health, a judiciary spokesman said on Tuesday. "Thankfully his condition is better than before ... He has recently broken his hunger strike," he said. "It seems that this was due to the requests made by other people for him to end his hunger strike." Ganji's plight has provoked comments of outrage and concern from the...

2005-08-07 09:50:10

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iranian human rights lawyer and 2003 Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi on Sunday urged her client, dissident journalist Akbar Ganji, to end a 58-day-old hunger strike undertaken in protest at his imprisonment. "I am worried about Ganji's health. Right now, what matters is his life," Ebadi, who has written to Ganji to convey her message, told Reuters. "As one of his lawyers ... I sincerely urge Ganji to end his hunger strike and eat food." Ganji, 46, an outspoken...


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