Archiv für den Tag 15. September 2011

CDU: Religionsfreiheit “Wer schweigt, akzeptiert dieses Unrecht”

CDU-Generalsekretär Gröhe machte in einem Brief gegenüber dem iranischen Botschafter Ali Reza Sheikh Attar deutlich, dass man das Verhalten gegenüber dem inhaftierten und zum Tode verurteilten iranischen Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani nicht akzeptieren könne. “Die CDU setzt sich mit aller Entschiedenheit für verfolgte Christen ein”, so Gröhe. Fälle, wie die von Youcef Nadarkhani, seien eine bedrückende Mahnung im Hinblick auf die massive Beeinträchtigung der Religionsfreiheit in vielen Teilen der Welt.
CDU-Generalsekretär Hermann Gröhe“Niemand darf durch Zwang in seinem Recht auf Religionsfreiheit eingeschränkt werden”

 

Youcef Nadarkhani, der mit 19 Jahren vom Islam zum evangelischen Christentum konvertierte, wurde im Dezember 2006 zum ersten Mal verhaftet. Man beschuldigte ihn des “Abfalls vom islamischen Glauben” und der “Verbreitung nichtislamischer Lehren”. Ohne Verurteilung wurde er wieder freigelassen. Als er das durch die iranische Verfassung garantierte Recht auf Religionsfreiheit in Anspruch nehmen wollte, wurde er am 12. Oktober 2009 erneut verhaftet. Seitdem ist der Pastor im Gefängnis der Geheimpolizei in der Stadt Lakan inhaftiert.

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In Case You Missed It: “To Curb Terror, Focus on Iran”

To curb terror, focus on Iran

U.S. can’t afford to overlook that the nation is a major sponsor of al-Qaida

 

By MARK D. WALLACE

Newsday

September 15, 2011

For the first time since the Taliban-led Afghanistan government provided the home base for Osama bin Laden’s attacks on America, a nation has been directly identified as a state sponsor of al-Qaida. That country is Iran.

Unfortunately, our collective response to Iran’s support of the most reviled terror group on Earth lags far behind the universal condemnation the Afghan government received 10 years ago. The world’s economic powers and their leading companies still do business in Iran — all while it provides al-Qaida with financing, safe harbor, weapons and training. And Iran is aggressively attempting to build a nuclear weapon.

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Iraqi Kurdistan: Cross-Border Attacks Should Spare Iraqi Civilians

Publisher: Human Rights Watch
Published: September 2, 2011

 

At Least 10 Dead; Hundreds of Families Displaced

(Beirut) – Iran and Turkey’s cross-border attacks inIraqi Kurdistan have killed at least 10 civilians and displaced hundreds since mid-July 2011, Human Rights Watch said today. Some of the attacks may have been carried out without sufficient attempts to ensure minimal impact on civilians, Human Rights Watch said.

Both Iran and Turkey say that their military operations, including artillery and aerial bombardments, are aimed at armed groups operating out of Iraqi Kurdistan along the northern and eastern borders. When Human Rights Watch visited those areas in August, Iraqi residents and officials said that many of the targeted areas are purely civilian and are not being used by the armed groups.

Evidence suggests that the regular Iranian bombardments may be an attempt to force Iraqi civilians out of some areas near the Iranian border.

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Iran: Allow Peaceful Protests Over Lake’s Destruction

Publisher: Human Rights Watch
Published: September 10, 2011
Type: Appeal/Urgent Action

 

(New York) – Iranian authorities should allow peaceful protests against government policies that may be accelerating the drying up of Lake Urmia in Western Azerbaijan province, Human Rights Watch said today. The authorities should immediately release people arrested for exercising their right to assemble or speak out against the government. Family members and other witnesses told Human Rights Watch that several hundred protesters and activists have been arrested since late August 2011.

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The Latest from Iran (15 September): So What Happens to the US Hikers?

1050 GMT: The US Hikers. Masoud Shafiee, the lawyer for imprisoned US hikers Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer, says he hasfiled all necessary paperwork for their release on bail, but he does not expect judges to act before Saturday.

1000 GMT: Political Prisoner Watch. The Guardian also carries the story, reported in EA yesterday, that an appeal courts has set the prison sentence of prominent defence attorney Nasrin Sotoudeh at six years, with a 10-year ban on legal practice.

Sotoudeh was sentenced in December 2010 to 11 years in prison and a 20-year ban on professional activity.

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Eye on Iran: US Rejects Iran ‘Charm Offensive’ in Nuke Dispute

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AP: “The U.S. dismissed Wednesday a recent offer by Iran to discuss its disputed nuclear program with world powers as a ‘charm offensive,’ saying Iran was ‘flouting’ its international obligations. The statement by Glyn Davies, chief U.S. delegate to the International Atomic Energy Agency, comes before next week’s U.N. General Assembly meeting. Davies said the Islamic republic’s latest offer for talks fails to provide any fresh indications of an Iranian commitment to address international concerns that it could be working on nuclear warhead experiments. ‘Stonewalling the IAEA, flouting U.N. Security Council obligations and mounting this most recent charm offensive do not reflect a good-faith effort to resolve those concerns,’ Davies told reporters. Iran already is under four sets of Security Council sanctions for refusing to freeze uranium enrichment, as the U.S. and its Western allies have been demanding for years.” http://t.uani.com/qYZ1jE

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Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung: Bericht zur aktuellen Entwicklung der Menschenrechte im Iran

Oliver ErnstBerlin15. Sept. 2011

Die regionalen Transformationsprozesse finden im Iran kein Echo – jetzt wurde der renommierte iranische Menschenrechtsanwalt Abdolfatah Soltani in Teheran verhaftet.

„Die Geschichte hat bewiesen, dass keine undemokratische Regierung für immer bestehen wird“, sagte die iranische Friedensnobelpreisträgerin Shirin Ebadi kürzlich bei einem Besuch in den USA. Fast resignativ ergänzte sie: „Wenn man das Unrecht nicht beseitigen kann, dann sollte man zumindest darüber sprechen!“

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Weimar: FRAUEN – KULTUR UND BILDUNG IM IRAN – HAFIS-GEDENKTAG WEIMAR 2011

DATUM/UHRZEIT : 12. Oktober 2011, 18.00

ORT: Mon Ami Jugend- und Kulturzentrum, Graben 6, 99423 Weimar


Der Gedenktag erinnert an die Geistesfreundschaft zwischen Hafis und Goethe und wurde erstmalig 2009 begangen.

Der deutsch-iranische Kulturaustausch ist kulturell spannend und politisch sensibel, stehen sich doch im Dialog zwischen Iran und Deutschland zwei Staaten mit sehr unterschiedlichen Kulturen, Gesellschaften und politischen Systemen gegenüber.

In der Musik, im Theater, in der Literatur und im Film hat der Kulturdialog in den letzten Jahren dennoch einen wichtigen Beitrag dazu geleistet, uns ein differenziertes Bild vom Iran zu vermitteln. Oftmals stehen dabei Frauen im Mittelpunkt: als Kulturschaffende, als Wissenschaftlerinnen, als Autorinnen, als gesellschaftlich Engagierte.

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Iran Feature: Parliament, the Regime, and the Influence of the Clerics (Alem)

Yasmin Alem, a specialist in international development, answers questions about the shifting position of clerics in Iran’s political system for the Iran Primer of the US Institute of Peace:

The number of clerics in Iran’s parliament has gradually decreased since the 1979 revolution. What factors explain the diminished numbers?

The decline in clerical representation in parliament can be attributed to two main factors.

First, as revolutionary fervor dissipated in the late 1980s, the popularity of clerics, considered the main pillars of the Islamic revolution, began to waver. Despite Ayatollah Khomeini’s promise to keep the clergy from interfering in politics, they joined the political fray and thus lost their unimpeachable moral aura. While clerics assumed 50 and 55 percent of the seats in the first and second Majles (Iranian Parliament), respectively, today they represent merely 14 percent of the parliament’s membership.

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Interview with Lawyer of Javid Houtan Kian, Courageous Advocate of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani [ENG & FA]

The below is an interview conducted by HRANA with the former lawyer of Javid Houtan Kian, who courageously defended Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani against a stoning execution in Iran. For the past year, Houtan Kian has been held under severe torture as a political prisoner – because he defended his client.

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URGENT: Letter-Writing Action: Stop Sweden’s Illegal Deportation of Kurdish Opposition Activist Fouad Velzi!

Send this sample letter (adjust to your own taste) to stop the Swedish government’s illegal attempt to deport Kurdish Iranian opposition activist Fouad Velzi.

 

Fouad Velzi is currently being held in detention by the government of Sweden with the intent to illegally deport him to the Islamic Republic of Iran. The Swedish government intends to return Fouad to detention, torture, and possible execution at the hands of a regime that has executed at least 37 people over the past 10 days. It is up to us to do all in our power to stop this crime.

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