Archiv für den Tag 15. August 2011
Statement by the High Representative Catherine Ashton on the increasing use of the death penalty in Iran.
Catherine Ashton, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the Commission, issued the following statement: “I am deeply concerned by the increasing number of executions in Iran. According to data now compiled from many sources, the rate of executions in Iran during the first half of 2011 make it the world’s leading user of the death penalty per inhabitant. This alarming development clearly contravenes the worldwide trend towards the abolition of the death penalty, as exemplified by the increasing support to the UN General Assembly Resolutions calling for a moratorium on the use of the death penalty. The EU holds a strong and principled position against the death penalty. The EU therefore calls on Iran, as it does on all states insisting on maintaining the death penalty, to halt pending executionsand to instate a moratorium on the death penalty.”
Statement by the spokesperson of EU High Representative Catherine Ashton on the recent sentencing of Iranian human rights lawyer Mohammad Ali Dadkhah
The spokesperson of Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the Commission, issued the following statement: “The High Representative expresses her serious concern over the increasingly difficult conditions for human rights lawyers in Iran. The latest example is the case of prominent human rights lawyer Mohammad Ali Dadkhah, who was arrested in 2009 and recently sentenced to 9 years in prison and a 10 year occupational ban. The persecution of human rights defenders in Iran is in breach of the international obligations that Iran has itself signed up to. The High Representative calls on Iran to respect these obligations, which she believes would warrant a review of the case of Mohammad Ali Dadkhah.”
According to the Bureau of Prison Rules and Regulations, granting furlough is the legal rights of a prisoner. However, the authorities continue to deny many of the political prisoners the furlough that they are entitled to according to law.
Currently there are number of political prisoners in various prisons in Iran that have been denied furlough despite being in prison for long periods of time.
This issue becomes more important and relevant for the female political prisoners, because many of them have small children and lengthy absences from their families and their children could inflict irreversible damage to them.
Currently there are number of female political prisoners in Evin prison who have children under the age of 18 but have not been granted furlough since being incarcerated.
In an interview with RT, Ahmadinejad says that nukes are the weapons from yesterday, Iran isn’t meddling in the affairs of others, “justice and dignity are among the requirements of all human beings,” and the US and Europe need freedom more than Iran, because Iran already has so much. But hey, even Ahmadinejad admits, Iran isn’t perfect.
Former Maldives foreign minister Ahmed Shaheed has been assigned UN Special Rapporteur to Iran in order to investigate the human rights abuses. Iranian journalist Masih Alinejad writes this open letter (reprinted with permission from the author) with a simple message:
Reuters: “Russia will look to revive nuclear talks between Iran and the world’s biggest economic and military powers this week, hoping its special relationship with Tehran can help jolt back to life negotiations that some analysts consider ‘dead in the water.’ Presidential Security Council secretary Nikolai Patrushev is due to meet his Iranian counterpart and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Tehran on Monday and is expected to raise a Russian plan to restart the talks that collapsed in January.”http://t.uani.com/pWt9Xh
Irans Kulturministerium will nach mehr als acht Jahrhunderten ein berühmtes Liebesepos der persischen Literatur zensieren. Teile des Buchs “Chosrou und Schirin” sollen nach 831 Jahren verboten werden, berichtete die Nachrichtenagentur Mehr. Das Ministerium habe den zuständigen Verlag gebeten, Passagen zu streichen, sagte Fariba Nabati vom Verlag Peydayesh, der das Liebesepos seit Jahren herausbringt.
Das Liebesdrama um Chosrou und Schirin wurde 1177 von Nesami Gandschawi geschrieben und 1180 veröffentlicht. Seitdem zählt es zu den berühmtesten Epen der persischen Literatur.
Der Verlag wollte das Layout für die achte Auflage ändern und schickte es an das Ministerium, um die Genehmigung für die Publikation zu erhalten, berichtete Nabati. Sie sei schockiert gewesen, als das Ministerium ihr mitteilte, dass Passagen zensiert werden müssen. Darunter sollen auch Satzteile sein wie “irgendwo hingehen, wo wir alleine sein können” oder “Hände halten”.
Muss man dazu noch etwas sagen?
Deutscher Bundestag: Kleine Anfrage- Die aktuelle Situation im Lager Ashraf (Irak) / Fraktion DIE LINKE
Kleine Anfrage der Abgeordneten Thomas Nord, Jan van Aken, Christine Buchholz, Wolfgang Gehrcke, Andrej Hunko, Niema Movassat, Alexander Ulrich, Kathrin Vogler und der Fraktion DIE LINKE. Die aktuelle Situation im Lager Ashraf (Irak)
Imprisoned blogger and human rights activist, Housein Roghani Maleki, has written a letter to Tehran Prosecutor General (Jafari-Dowlatabadi) describing the hardships of ward 350 in Evin prison and the illegal actions of IRGC (Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps) in not allowing him needed medical furlough.
In an interview with the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, celebrated Iranian filmmaker Nasser Taghvai said that despite statements made by the Prosecutor General last week, his wife, actress Marzieh Vafamehr, who was arrested more than a month ago for acting a role in the documentary “My Tehran For Sale,” has not yet been released. During a 26 July press conference, Prosecutor General Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei said that actresses Pegah Ahangarani and Marzieh Vafamehr were going to be released soon, but Vafamehr remains in prison. Taghvai also asked the United Nations to dispatch Iran’s Special Rapporteur to Tehran as soon as possible to observe the conditions of prisoners up close and to somehow defend them.
A local source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that Sajjad Jahanfar, a young author and researcher from Gilan-e-Gharb, was arrested on 12 August in Kermanshah. Jahanfar has authored several books, such as the seven-volume book, “Stories of The Medea Land,” in Persian and the Kurdish language.
Sajjad Jahanfar’s arrest took place when security forces showed up to the homes of several literary and cultural activists in Gilan-e-Gharb in the Kermanshah Province during the past two weeks, arresting at least three people.
The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran earlier announced the names of three arrested individuals, Jamal Khani, Farhad Vakilinia, and Naeem Najafi, who are members of the Banan Literary Society in Gilan-e-Gharb, and contributors to the cultural website Tagh-e-Vossan.
It is not yet clear on what charges the individuals have been arrested and none of them have so far been allowed to contact or see their families.
- Three Kurdish Literary and Cultural Figures Arrested A human rights activist in the Kurdistan Province told the…
- Shargh Newspaper Raided, Four Arrested A source in Tehran told the International Campaign for Human…
- Six Followers of Imprisoned Cleric Arrested Five days ago, the homes of supporters of dissident and…
Tuesdays of Solidarity: Together for Freedom of Political Prisoners in Iran until the Fall of the Regime
Mission Free Iran is opening a campaign called “Tuesdays of Solidarity: Together for Freedom of Political Prisoners in Iran until the Fall of the Regime.” Tuesday is the day of the week when families, friends, and loved ones gather outside of the regime’s prisons to wait for the chance to see their imprisoned beloved. We will mark each and every Tuesday from now until the fall of the Islamic Republic regime with activism and acts of solidarity in support of political prisoners in Iran. The campaign’s opening call appears below.
The court reviewing the case of the three Americans arrested more than two years ago on charges of “illegal entry into Iran” and “espionage,” has not yet issued its ruling, despite the fact that more than a week has passed since the last court session. The lawyer of the three Americans, Massoud Shafiee, told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer, who remain inside Evin Prison, are impatiently awaiting their ruling.
Mehdi Saharkhiz, son of journalist Issa Saharkhiz, who is currently serving his three-year prison term, told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that his father has been sentenced to an additional two years in prison. “The new ruling against him is like the other ones. It displays the personal animosity of Mr. Khamenei against my father for his criticisms of Khamenei. Now they are trying to abuse him in whatever way they can and keep him in prison longer,” said Saharkhiz.
Issa Saharkhiz, a political activist who was former head of the National Press Department of Iran’s Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance during the Khatami era, is currently at Rajaee Shahr Prison in Karaj. On 5 August, he was sentenced to an additional two years in prison for his former journalistic activities. Saharkhiz was arrested in the aftermath of the disputed 2009 election, and Judge Salavati sentenced him to three years in prison at Branch 15 of Tehran Revolutionary Court on charges of “insulting the Supreme Leader” and “propagating against the regime.” During his two years in prison, Issa Saharkhiz has not been allowed one day of furlough.
Reza Khandan, husband of imprisoned Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, talked to International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran about his five-hour detention along with his two children and his sister-in-law, during a recent visit with Sotoudeh. Khandan told the Campaign about the disrespectful treatment of prison staff and the physical abuse of his sister-in-law by a prison employee.
“During our visit, I was, as usual, making notes in my notebook about the things my wife was telling me to do, when a prison personnel tried to grab the notebook by rudely extending her hand in between me and my daughter. I resisted and did not give her the notebook, because it was my personal item and they were not allowed to inspect it. Inspecting people’s personal property requires a judicial order. If there is a limitation to what people can take to prison visits, the authorities should have made an announcement earlier. There were no prison staff at the entrance with whom we could leave our personal items. On principle, there is no limitation to the personal items of the visiting family members of prisoners, and everyone can go to the visitation room with their personal items. I have had this notebook with me during my previous weekly visits, too. Really, I never did find out why the prison staff wanted to take the notebook away. Then that prison official sent another staff member to me, and I didn’t give the notebook to that other person, either,” said Khandan.