Archiv für den Tag 4. Januar 2012
Bill Defies International Community and Iran’s Own Commitments
The UN Secretary General, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Iran, the UN General Assembly, and the UN Human Rights Council have repeatedly called on Iran to revise its penal code to adhere to international human rights standards. In February 2010, the Iranian government accepted specific recommendations made under its Universal Periodic Review to ensure that its laws were in conformity with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) to which it is a state party.
Nonetheless, today, Iran’s parliament is preparing to pass the “Islamic Penal Bill” – legislation that flouts its legal obligations under the ICCPR. The legislation endangers free expression and reinforces laws that violate the rights of Iranian citizens. The bill fails to prohibit stoning, lashing, and other cruel, inhuman, and degrading punishments; redress discriminatory laws; or, raise the age of majority for girls and boys. In a particularly worrisome clause, the bill expands punishment for “actions against national security”, a charge that has routinely been used to persecute dissidents. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags
Die EU-Staaten sind sich einig: Sie wollen die Regierung in Teheran mit einem Importverbot für Öl unter Druck setzen. Der Iran interessiert sich für die Drohung indes nur wenig – und will seine Kunden einfach ersetzen.
BrüsselIm Atomstreit mit dem Iran will die Europäischen Union die Regierung in Teheran mit einem Ölembargo unter Druck setzen. Die Mitgliedstaaten hätten sich grundsätzlich auf ein Importverbot geeinigt, sagten mehrere EU-Diplomaten am Mittwoch in Brüssel. Umstritten seien nur noch Details wie der Beginn des Embargos. Der Ölpreis legte daraufhin leicht zu.
|Teheran,02 Jan,(MNA):Der iranische Präsident spricht sich für Bestrebungen zur Anhebung des Niveaus in den Beziehungen zu anderen Ländern .|
|Der iranische Präsident spricht sich für Bestrebungen zur Anhebung des Niveaus in den Beziehungen zu anderen Ländern aus – abgesehen von den Beziehungen zu den USA und dem zionistischen Regime.
Auf einer gemeinsamen Sitzung des Kabinetts mit den Leitern der iranischen Vertretungen im Ausland ergänzte Ahmadinejad: „Teheran wird keine Beziehungen zum zionistischen Regime, dessen Legitimität es grundsätzlich nicht akzeptiert, anbahnen.”
Er erklärte weiter einen Ausbau von Beziehungen zwischen den Ministern und den Leitern der iranischen Vertretungen im Ausland für wünschenswert.
AP: ”The Obama administration on Tuesday brushed aside Iran’s warning to keep U.S. aircraft carriers out of the Gulf, dismissing its threats as a consequence of hard-hitting American sanctions on the Iranian economy. Provoking a hostile start to what could prove a pivotal year for Iran, the country’s army chief said American vessels were unwelcome in the Gulf, the strategic waterway that carries to market much of the oil pumped in the Middle East… Just Iranian saber-rattling, with no effect on U.S. plans or military movements, spokesmen in Washington said. ‘It’s the latest round of Iranian threats and is confirmation that Tehran is under increasing pressure for its continued failure to live up to its international obligations,’ White House press secretary Jay Carney said.” http://t.uani.com/As4Sy3 Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags
خانواده امیرحکمتی اعترافات تلویزیونی او را دروغی و تحت فشارخواندند: « تحت فشاربودیم که با رسانه ها صحبت نکنیم چون قول دادند به زودی آزاد می شود»
1200 GMT: Rafsanjani Watch. On Tuesday, Faezeh Hashemi, the daughter of former President Hashemi Rafsanjani, was given a six-month prison sentence and banned for five years from political, cultural, and media activity for “anti-regime propaganda”.
Today it is reported that the passports of the family of Rafsanjani’s son Mehdi Hashemi have been confiscated at Imam Khomeini International Airport as they returned from the United Arab Emirates.
Mehdi Hashemi is now based in Britain as a doctoral student at Oxford University. Iranian prosecutors have named him as a conspirator in the attempted “velvet revolution” after the 2009 Presidential election. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags
Central Bank Head Bahmani & President AhmadinejadWriting for Payvand, Amir Naghshineh-Pour explains the reasons behind the fall of the Iranian currency in recent months, and especially in the last three weeks, and considers the prospects:
The Central Bank is losing its battle with the local Iranian gold and foreign exchange markets. Central Bank governor, Mahmoud Bahmani, has been struggling futilely with market forces for a few months now, to prevent potentially profound devaluation of the Iranian rial. For years monetary policy has been based on clutching the rial against the USD despite double digit inflation and directive bank deposit rates lower than the rate of inflation. It seems that at last people are losing their confidence with the rial and exchanging their rial based capital to non-rial liquid asset classes such as gold and foreign currencies to safeguard their resources. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags
So what do you do after 10 days of showing off your ships and declaring that you have fired missiles, taken out simulated enemy submarines and taken down simulated enemy drones, and scared off a US aircraft carrier?
Do you step up the pressure, feeding the media jitters that you are going to close the Straits of Hormuz, choking off much of the world’s oil supply?
No, because you were never going to do that in the first place. That would mean an actual confrontation and its likely costs, instead of the benefits of propaganda.
Instead, you declare victory.
The Iranian media is united in shouting this morning that the enemy has been vanquished just by the display of Tehran’s strength. State news agency IRNA quotes Iran’s army commander that the US is a “paper tiger”. Fars headlines with leading MP Alaeddin Boroujerdi’s declaration: Iran has demonstrated that the US “needs a guardian who keeps the area safe”.
Press TV features Minister of Defense Ahmad Vahidi, “Maneuvers Displayed Iran Navy’s Might“. Then, in the most telling article — because it pulls back the posture of escalation while pronouncing the final score of Iran 1, US 0 — the website features Pentagon spokesman George Little, ”No one in [the American] government seeks confrontation over the Strait of Hormuz. It is important to lower the temperature.”
Stand down, everybody. The world will not be engulfed in US-Iran war this week. Or the next
Of course, there are the small matters away from the Persian Gulf, such as the economic tensions within Iran. But that should not be mentioned here. Not when a regime is declaring victory.