Iran’s position on Internet Freedom: second worst!

“Not all countries are equal when it comes to cyber security and internet freedom. Many are poorly equipped to handle cyber attacks, while others are better equipped but more frequently targeted. Some countries boast free and open internet, while others impose strict censorship systems that block access to the web and punish citizens for what they post.” – said by Richard Patterson

When it comes to topic of Internet Freedom, no one expects to hear lot of good stories about Iran! Iranian government has been providing one of the most limited, low speed, bad quality and highly censored internet in the world.

New info-graphic from CompriTech pulled together data from 10 different sources to provide a comprehensive picture of which countries have the best and worst track record in terms of Internet freedom and cybersecurity in which Iran has been rated as second worst country in the field of Internet Freedom.

Iran is second worst country in internet freedom
Info-graphic by Richard Patterson in Comparitech

For complete info-graphic, please visit this link.

Queer of Persia

Iran boat in Amsterdam gay pride 2017
Iran Boat in Amsterdam Canal Pride Parade 2017



For the very first time, Iran is going to be represented in Amsterdam Canal Pride Parade 2017. This would be the first time that “Iran” is going to be any LGBTI pride parade in Europe.

JoopeA who is one of the main organizers of this event, has started a registration form for those who would like to come on the boat and show that “We are rock and this is our pride!”

The registration is open to Persian-speaking community all over the world from now to June 10th, 2017. Capacity of the boat is limited. Don’t forget to register as soon as possible.
You can sent your RSVP to [email protected] in case you are not Persian-speaking but you would like to come on the boat.

To register please visit this link. To read more about the event please visit this link.


JoopeA’s office has been attacked!

attack on JoopeA office

Last Friday, March 3rd, 2017 was indeed a huge shock to JoopeA’s members in the Netherlands.

There was a meeting hold in JoopeA’s office on LGBTIQ issues with six JoopeA’s members and two guests last Friday around 9:00pm that the unit has been attacked by an unconscious man. While the man was busy destroying tables, furnitures and computers in other rooms, we’ve contacted police. Police forces has arrived when the man was trying to force himself into our room by pouring red liquid on people.

attack on JoopeA office


Police forces captured the man into their custody. Hopefully, no one has been  injured physically during the accident.

attack on JoopeA office


Regarding to police, there is no information about the identity of the man and his motivation for the attack. Police is still investigating about it.

attack on JoopeA office


JoopeA group has been moved to this new donated office which is located in shared community unit in Amsterdam since December 2016. While this office is great help toward our work, it lacks basic security equipments. JoopeA has contacted several larger organizations to attract their support for securing this office for LGBTIQ Rights works way before this accident. But unfortunately, it wasn’t successful so far.

We are the rainbow!

We are proud to present that Zamaneh Media and JoopeA are selected to run Iran boat for the first time during Amsterdam Canal Parade 2017.

Amsterdam has unique sort of LGBTI Pride Parade because groups and organizations are on boats passing by through canals of the city.

Amsterdam gay pride

This is the second national event in the Netherlands after the King’s day.

Although group of Iranians has been marched among other nationalities before, but this is the first time that Iranians are going to march in Amsterdam LGBTI Pride Parade independently.

This year’s theme of parade is “This is my pride”. The boats parade will take place on Saturday, August 5th 2017.

We are Iranian, we are part of LGBTI and alliances community, we are for equal rights, and this is our pride!

JNews is open to participations

JoopeA News (JNews) which is known for it’s publication on Sexual Rights & Sexual Q&A in Persian is open to partial participations now.

JNews has a dedicated editorial who are working daily. But it’s not all about dedication. This group is friendly and supportive as well. They couch you in any steps and it can be your first pleasant professional experiences in online media.

If you are interested in participating in JNews by become a part-time writer, translator or being active in web-administrations, don’t hesitate to send an email to [email protected]

For more information on JNews please visit the website:

We’ve been pinned on the map!

New office view

New year of 2017 has been began with a very good news for us: “We have our new office in Amsterdam now!”

This new office still has a lot to be a full functional office. But we are glad & optimistic to a better future. We do our best to expand LGBTIQ Rights & Internet Freedom specially in Middle East & Iran.

Unfortunately, we cannot accept guests at office yet. But our postal address is available as always for any mails and packages:

Stichting JoopeA
Postbus 22339
1100CH Amsterdam

Great thank to Stichting De Key for lending us this space.

JoopeA in iBridges 2016

We can name iBridges one of the most successful conferences that connects Iranians to high tech organizations in the world. It has started small, but as today, it has participants from more than 40 countries which more than one fifth of them comes from Iran. Regarding to official statistics, 200 entrepreneurs and more are participating to attract 50 funders from LA to get supporting for their projects.

This year iBridges has been held in Barcelona, Spain from seven to ten December.

Raham Rafiee from JoopeA foundation participates in the conference. JoopeA is providing projects such as JAssist for people in restricted countries which can be helpful for small organizations and startups in Iran.

If your project needs online assistance such as SSL Certificates, VPS, secure emails, etc and you are looking for free services, please contact Raham at [email protected] or follow him on twitter.

Looking forward to be in touch.

Can you help us pin our new office in Amsterdam?

JoopeA with all sub-projects (JNews, JClub, JAssist, Homophilia, etc) are growing every day after another & it means more complexity. We have grown as much as we can’t stay in our current shell. We to have to open up & move to a new place.

Do you know a place that we can use? Do you know a company or people who likes to support our goal? Or do you have a spare room or office space that we can use for limited amount of time in Amsterdam?

Please contact us at: [email protected]
Or leave us a voice/text message on: +31 68 5104509

We are looking forward to hear from you.

If you like to know more about JoopeA Foundation and the work we do, please visit About Us.

In case you are interested in donating JoopeA in cash please visit this link.