Archiv für den Tag 12. Mai 2011

U.S. Official Details Human Rights Abuses in Iran

May 11, 2011

Testimony

Michael H. Posner
Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor

Philo L. Dibble
Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs

Statement before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs

Washington, DC

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2.959 Asylanträge im April 2011 in Deutschland/ 216 aus dem Iran

Im April 2011 wurden beim Bundesamt für Migration und Flüchtlinge 2.959 Asylerstanträge gestellt. Die Zahl der Asylbewerber verringerte sich im Vergleich zum Vormonat um 568 Personen (-16,1 Prozent).

Im Vergleich zum Vorjahresmonat April 2010 stieg die Zahl der Asylbewerber um 566 Personen (23,7 Prozent).

620 Personen erhielten im April 2011 die Rechtsstellung eines Flüchtlings nach der Genfer Konvention (16,8 Prozent aller Asylentscheidungen). Zudem erhielten 256 Personen (6,9 Prozent) sogenannten „subsidiären Schutz“ (Abschiebungsverbote gemäß § 60 Abs. 2, 3, 5 und 7 Aufenthaltsgesetz).

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Bad news for Dutch political prisoners in Iran

Dutch-Iranian activist Abdullah al-Mansouri has been in prison in Iran for five years. It is not known how he is or indeed where he is being held. Tensions between Iran and the Netherlands have most likely resulted in the worsening of his situation and the situations of other Dutch citizens who are political prisoners in Iran.

Dutch-Iranian human rights activist Sadegh Nageshkar also fears that the political struggle between Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is bad news for political prisoners.

“The more the power struggle between Khamenei and Ahmadinejad intensifies, the more political prisoners – including al-Mansouri – come under pressure. This is designed to increase the Iranian people’s fears, so that they won’t fight for their rights and freedom.”

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Al Jazeera demands release of journalist: Dorothy PARVAZ

DOHA, QATAR - Al Jazeera has been given information that journalist Dorothy Parvaz has been deported from Syria to Iran.

This information has come from Syrian officials, who had previously told Al Jazeera they were holding Dorothy in Damascus, and that she would be released.

An Al Jazeera spokesman said: “We have now received information that she is being held in Tehran. We are calling for information from the Iranian authorities, access to Dorothy, and for her immediate release. We have had no contact with Dorothy since she left Doha on 29 April and we are deeply concerned for her welfare.”

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