Iran and Vietnam update

IRAN - 9th MAY 2006 

Iran ban on women at sporting events upheld


The supreme leader of Iran has vetoed a ruling by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that would have allowed women to attend major sporting events.

Fear growing for Iran’s Jews: report in The Scotsman


Since Mahmoud Ahmadinejad came to power last June, life for Iran's 25,000 Jews has become even more precarious as the president defiantly pursues a nuclear policy while declaring Israel should be "wiped off the world map".

Leading intellectual and journalist arrested


Reporters Without Borders voiced outrage today at the imprisonment of pro-reform intellectual and journalist Ramin Jahanbeglou, who was arrested at Tehran airport on 28 April after criticising the Iranian government in a series of interviews for Canadian, Spanish and French newspapers in recent weeks. He was transferred yesterday to Evin prison.

54 young people flogged for partying


Anti-vice police flogged 54 young boys and girls for attending a celebration in the northern province of Mazandaran, a state-run daily reported.

EU Presidency condemns state of human rights in Iran 06.05.06

The statement by EU states expressed "serious concern" over the state of human rights, in particular "the general increase in executions" in Iran.

52 Sufis sentenced to flogging


The Iranian regime has in the past few days intensified a crackdown on members of the Iranian dervish community.

Belgian parliament supports removal of People’s Mojahedin from terror list


In an article by Alain Lallemand in the Belgian daily Le Soir, it was reported that the Parliament of Belgium adopted a resolution on Iran on Thursday, April 27, calling on the Belgian government to reconsider the “listing of the PMOI as a terrorist organisation”.

Iran launches Islamic dress drive


Authorities in Iran are to crack down on women failing to follow the regime's definition of good Islamic dress.

Regime hangs 13, sentences 23 to death in two days


The Iranian regime's state-controlled media reported that 15 prisoners were sentenced to death in Gohardasht Prison in Karaj (west of Tehran) yesterday and that death sentences for three other prisoners in Fars Province (southern Iran) had been upheld.

VIETNAM - 9th MAY 2006 

EU Commissioner urged to request cyber-dissidents’ release


Reporters Without Borders wrote to European commissioner for external relations Benita Ferrero-Waldner today asking her to raise the issue of five imprisoned Internet users during a three-day official visit to Vietnam: Ferrero-Waldner claims to have raised the issue with Vietnamese officials.

Vietnam recommended by US Commission on International Religious Freedom for ‘Countries of Particular Concern’ status again for 2006 (see also Iran link)


One of the most significant human rights acts of the U.S. government is the designation of

“countries of particular concern,” or CPCs, for ongoing, egregious violations of religious freedom. CPC designation is not an end point, but the beginning of focused diplomatic activity required by the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 (IRFA).

Court gives death sentence for fraud


Duong Quang Tri is believed to be the most recent person known to be sentenced to death for a non-violent economic crime. He joins at least another 10 people on death row for similar crimes.

Autocratic Gen-Sec Nong Duc Manh reappointed as Vietnam’s party leader


Vietnam's Communist Party has announced that Nong Duc Manh will be re-appointed as its general secretary for another five year term.