Archiv für den Tag 11. Dezember 2011

Call for Solidarity with Iranian Women’s Movement: Coming Together with The Butterflies for Peace

Translated by: Kiana Karimi

Feminist School:The following statement has been endorsed by over 160 prominent Iranian women’s rights advocates, activists and scholars living abroad. This was meant to show solidarity with women’s rights activists inside Iran and echo their voices internationally. Despite the continuous repression of civil rights advocates inside Iran, over 70 courageous women from different political backgrounds came together and issued a statement against domestic and state violence in Iran. Faced with the latest rising tension and threat of military clash between the Iranian regime and the western powers over the nuclear issue, these activists impel the Iranian authorities and warmongers at home and internationally to engage in negotiation and dialogue rather than violence and war.

The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is seared into our memory by the example of the “Unforgettable Butterflies,” three brave sisters from the Dominican Republic burnt in the fire of dictatorship. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Deutschland: Überwachungssystemhersteller / Germany: Spy companies

15 companies

Why Virtual Embassy Tehran? دلیل ایجاد سفارت مجازی تهران چیست؟

This place is for you, the Iranian People…

The events of 1979 are well-known:  the Islamic Revolution, the storming of the U.S. mission and the taking of U.S. diplomats as hostages have all been recounted on film and in print.  While the world knows that the United States lost an Embassy in Iran, in fact, we lost more: we were deprived of a relationship with the Iranian people, access to Iranian society, and thousands of daily interactions between American and Iranian citizens.  Certainly, Switzerland, our Protecting Power in Tehran, has been invaluable during these last three decades in managing important consular and humanitarian issues, but the absence of an American presence in Iran means we have little opportunity to make our voice heard to a broader Iranian audience.  Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

State Department Fact Sheet: Energy-Related Sanctions on Iran

U.S. Department of State
Bureau of Economic, Energy and Business Affairs
November 25, 2011

Fact Sheet


Energy-Related Sanctions under Executive Order (E.O.) 13590

On November 21, 2011, President Obama signed E.O. 13590 as part of a series of measures the United States took to increase pressure on Iran to comply with its full range of international nuclear obligations and engage in constructive negotiations on the future of its nuclear program. Executive Order 13590 expands on existing energy-related sanctions to authorize sanctions on persons that knowingly provide goods, services, technology, or support (above certain limited monetary thresholds) to Iran that could directly and significantly contribute to either the maintenance or enhancement of Iran’s ability to develop petroleum resources located in Iran or to the maintenance or expansion of Iran’s domestic production of petrochemical products. These sanctions are intended to further address the connection between Iran’s energy sector and its nuclear program that were highlighted in UNSCR 1929 and the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act (CISADA). The United States is committed to using the E.O. and other existing sanctions to hold the Iranian regime accountable for its refusal to comply with its international obligations regarding its nuclear program. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

VOA: Iranian Rights Activists Criticize Tehran’s Satellite Jamming

An Iranian man walks past a satellite dish on a rooftop in northern Tehran, January 15, 2011.

Photo: Reuters
An Iranian man walks past a satellite dish on a rooftop in northern Tehran, January 15, 2011.

Two prominent Iranian human rights activists are calling on the European Union and United States to take action against European satellite companies who host Iranian state programming. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

US Official Disputes Reports Iran Shot Down US Drone

Photo: VOA

A U.S. official on Sunday disputed reports in the Iranian media that Iran’s armed forces shot down an unmanned U.S. reconnaissance drone that violated its airspace.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said “there is absolutely no indication up to this point that the drone was shot down.”
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Clinton’s Address in Geneva on International Human Rights Day

U.S. Department of State

Remarks by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton

Palais des Nations Geneva, Switzerland

December 6, 2011

Remarks in Recognition of International Human Rights Day

Good evening, and let me express my deep honor and pleasure at being here. I want to thank Director General Tokayev and Ms. Wyden along with other ministers, ambassadors, excellencies, and UN partners. This weekend, we will celebrate Human Rights Day, the anniversary of one of the great accomplishments of the last century. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Omid, a memorial in defense of human rights in Iran

A Description of Omid

The men and women whose stories you can read on this page are now all citizens of a silent city named Omid (“hope” in Persian). There, victims of persecution have found a common life whose substance is memory.

Omid’s citizens were of varying social origins, nationalities, and religions; they held diverse, and often opposing, opinions and ideologies. Despite the differences in their personality, spirit and moral fiber, they are all united in Omid by their natural rights and their humanity. What makes them fellow citizens is the fact that one day each of them was unfairly and arbitrarily deprived of his or her life. At that moment, while the world watched the unspeakable happen, an individual destiny was shattered, a family was destroyed, and an indescribable suffering was inflicted.

If you wander around this city, you will realize that, through their common ordeal, the citizens of Omid have created another Iran, an imaginary Iran: a democratic polity, pluralistic and diverse, where citizens posthumously enjoy their human rights.

Visit Omid, meet its citizens, and, by doing so, bring them back in memory. Let them challenge our conscience so that in the future we will prevent this kind of tragedy from happening again. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Hand Amputation in Yazd: A man’s fingers were amputated for alleged robbery

Publisher: Yazd Provincial Courthouse
Type: Report


“The Revolutionary Public Prosecutor of Yazd, Jamal Qezavati, referred to the hand amputation ruling against a robber that was carried out in the central prison of Yazd and stated: This individual had been convicted eight times before, and recently he had committed 27 robberies from people’s houses. This ruling was carried out in prison in order to teach other robbers a lesson.”

Yazd Province’s Anti-special offense Commission, third session, 29 October 2011

A Letter from the Family of Sa’id Malekpur : An Iranian Prisoner on Death Row

Author: The Family of Sa’id Malekpur/ABF Translation
Publisher: Abdorrahman Boroumand Foundation
Published: December 6, 2011
Type: Letter


The Boroumand Foundation’s note: Sa’id Malekpur, a 35-year-old web designer and permanent resident of Canada since 2004, travelled to Iran in 2008 in order to visit his ailing father. Whilst in Iran, he was arrested by Revolutionary Guard forces. Prior to his arrest, he had created a program enabling users to upload photos on websites. That program had then been used to post pornographic images, which he said had happened without his knowledge. Later in November 2010, Branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court sentenced Mr. Malekpur to death stemming from charges of “management of pornographic sites, insulting the clergy, insulting the leadership, insulting the president, affiliation with anti-government groups, and corruption on earth.” Human rights groups have reported that he was tortured while being held for more than a year in solitary confinement in Evin Prison. His case was the object of an international campaign protesting his death sentence and calling for his release. The present text is an appeal by Sa’id Malekpur’s family that was translated by the Boroumand Foundation.

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Reported executions in Iran: November 2011 – 37

November 2011 37
This year (2011) 509
Last year (2010) 532
In 2009 446
In 2008 425
In 2007 468

These statistics are drawn from ABF’s daily surveys of more than 50 newspapers, websites, and blogs. The majority of these executions have been announced by the authorities themselves or reported by the semi-official media inside Iran. The exact number of executions is difficult to assess, however, as the reports are not always systematic and complete. Moreover, the Iranian authorities do not allow the independent investigation and monitoring of cases in which the death penalty is enforced. The numbers above include only individuals executed after formal judicial proceedings and do not include any who have died in detention or those assassinated or killed by security forces.


One person’s story : Mr. Ehsan Shekari


AGE 24


RELIGION Presumed Muslim



OCCUPATION security forces


AFFILIATION army, current regime

DATE OF EXECUTION September 21, 1997

LOCATION Qasr Prison, Tehran, Iran


CHARGES Murder Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

TAZ: IRANISCHER REGISSEUR ÜBER SEINE ARBEIT – “Lieber in meinem eigenen Land fremd”

Filmemacher Mohammad Rasoulof droht ein Jahr Haft. Trotzdem stellte er in Berlin seinen neuen Spielfilm vor. Ein Gespräch über Selbstzensur und einen Alltag in Angst.INTERVIEW CRISTINA NORD

Szene aus “Good Bye”: Die junge Anwältin versucht verzweifelt ein Visum zu erlangen, um den Iran zu verlassen. Bild:  Around the World in 14 Films Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

The Latest from Iran (10 December): After the Drone Show

2110 GMT: Political Prisoner Watch. Filmmaker Mojtaba Mirtahmasb, detained in September, has been released from prison.

Mirtahmasb was one of six directors seized on charges that they worked for BBC Persian.

1630 GMT: Surveillance Watch. Huawei Technologies, a leading Chinese manufacturer of telecommunications equipment, has said on its website that it will voluntarily restrict business in Iran because of the “increasingly complex situation” there.

Huawei declared it will not seek new customers will limit business activities with existing clients. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Iran Analysis: Will the European Union Ban Imports of Tehran’s Oil? (Probably.)

Last week we noted that the European Union had not imposed a ban on imports on Iranian oil, primiarly because of the concern of southern European countries such as Greece over a cut-off of supplies; however, we noted that the EU was pursuing alternative suppliers and would likely revive the issue at its next meeting in January. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Huawei to Scale Back Business in Iran

In Case You Missed It: UANI Success Featured in Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Reuters

Major Newspapers Report Huawei’s Iran Pullback, UANI’s Role

By Loretta Chao, Steve Stecklow, and Farnaz Fassihi

The Wall Street Journal

December 10, 2011

Chinese telecommunications- equipment maker Huawei Technologies Co. said it will scale back its business in Iran, where the company provides services to government-controlled telecom operators, following reports that Iranian police were using mobile-network technology to track down and arrest dissidents.

Shenzhen-based Huawei will “voluntarily restrict its business development there by no longer seeking new customers and limiting its business activities with existing customers,” according to a statement Friday on the company’s website. It said the company was making the move due to the “increasingly complex situation in Iran.” Company spokesmen declined to elaborate. … Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

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