Iran Bans Western Music on State Media

20 December 2005
Iran Bars Western Music on State MediaLos Angeles Times

TEHRAN — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has barred all Western music from state radio and TV stations, partially reviving a ban imposed after the 1979 Islamic Revolution, when popular music was outlawed as un-Islamic under Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

In recent years it had become common to hear hip-hop blaring from car radios in Tehran's streets, and songs by Western pop stars such as Eric Clapton and the Eagles often accompanied Iranian broadcasts.

UN censures Iran's human rights violations

19 December 2005
United Nations LogoLondon, Dec. 17 - The United Nations General Assembly adopted on Friday a resolution censuring widespread human rights violations in Iran.

The Assembly expressed its serious concern over the continuing harassment, intimidation and persecution of human rights defenders, non-governmental organisations, political opponents, religious dissenters, journalists, and students through undue restrictions on freedoms of assembly, press and expression, arbitrary arrests, as well as the disqualification of large numbers of prospective candidates during the June 2005 presidential elections.


13 December 2005
IRAN: APPEAL FOR NO MORE JUVENILE EXECUTIONSTehran, 13 Dec. (AKI) - After receiving numerous allegations that juveniles have been executed in Iran over the past year, a United Nations rights expert is calling on the country’s government not to carry out the death penalty against Rostam Tajik, a 20-year-old Afghan national who was only 16 when he is alleged to have committed murder.

"Executing a juvenile offender is not the way to mark December 10, which is International Human Rights Day," said Philip Alston, the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions of the UN Commission on Human Rights.

Abuse 'widespread' in Iraqi prisons

07 December 2005
A US military doctor says US troops intervene when they can, but Iraqis run the jails.

By Dan Murphy | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor

Abuse 'widespread' in Iraqi prisonsBAGHDAD AND CAIRO – After a US raid on a secret Iraqi government jail last month revealed some detainees were tortured and abused there, Interior Minister Bayan Jabr insisted abuse claims were exaggerated and that torture will not be tolerated in the new Iraq.

US soldiers and some Iraqi officials disagree. They say not only is prisoner abuse widespread, but that much of it is carried out by Mr. Jabr's subordinates. Efforts to bring the problem under control during the past year have largely been frustrated by indifference from senior Iraqi officials, they say.


Iran to hang Afghan youth for crime committed as minor

06 December 2005
Iran to hang Afghan youth for crime committed as minorTehran, Iran, Dec. 06 – A young Afghan man is set to be executed on Saturday for a crime he committed as a minor, a semi-official daily reported on Tuesday.

Rostam Tajik, 20 years old, will be hanged in public in the central Iranian city of Isfahan, the hard-line daily Kayhan wrote.

Iran: President Says Light Surrounded Him During UN Speech

02 December 2005

Iran: President Says Light Surrounded Him During UN SpeechBy Golnaz Esfandiari

Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad says that when he delivered his speech at the UN General Assembly in September, he felt there was a light around him and that the attention of the world leaders in the audience was unblinkingly focused upon him. The claim has caused a stir in Iran, as a transcript and video recording of Ahmadinejad's comments have been published on an Iranian website, There are also reports that a CD showing Ahmadinejad making the comments also has been widely distributed in Iran. Is the Iranian president claiming to be divinely inspired?

Prague, 29 November 2005 (RFE/RL) -- According the report by, President Ahmadinejad made the comments in a meeting with one of Iran's leading clerics, Ayatollah Javadi Amoli.

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