Archiv für den Tag 24. Januar 2012

Iran Summons Danish Envoy to Protest EU Ban

Iran has summoned the Danish ambassador in Tehran to protest what it calls the European Union’s “illogical” decision to ban Iranian oil imports.

Iranian state news agency IRNA says foreign ministry official Ali Asghar Khaji summoned the Danish envoy on Tuesday, a day after the 27-nation EU agreed to stop all Iranian oil imports by July 1. Denmark currently holds the rotating EU presidency.

IRNA says Khaji accused the EU of acting in a reckless manner and doing the bidding of the United States, which also tightened sanctions on Iran in recent weeks and welcomed the EU oil embargo.

Eye on Iran: Bank Tejarat Banned by U.S., EU in Move Stifling Iran Trade

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Bloomberg: “The U.S. and European Union took steps to cut off from the international financial system Bank Tejarat, the last institution financing high-volume exports and imports between Iran and Europe. The coordinated actions will have consequences for tens of billions of dollars in legitimate and illicit trade. The U.S. Treasury Department yesterday designated Bank Tejarat, Iran’s third-largest bank, for providing financial services to the country’s banks and companies that are under international sanctions for involvement in Iran’s nuclear and missile proliferation. Financial institutions anywhere in the world that do business with the bank risk being cut off themselves from the U.S. financial system.” http://t.uani.com/y1nlE2  Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Deutschland: 45.741 Asylanträge im Jahr 2011 / Iraner +35% zum Vorjahr

Im Jahr 2011 wurden beim Bundesamt für Migration und Flüchtlinge 45.741 Asylerstanträge gestellt, 4.409 mehr als im Jahr 2010. Dies bedeutet eine Steigerung gegenüber dem Vorjahr um etwa 11 Prozent.

Die erneute Steigerung der Zahl der Asylbewerber ist vor allem auf den vermehrten Zugang aus den Hauptherkunftsländern, hier vor allem aus Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syrien und dem Iran, sowie auf die weiterhin hohen Zugangszahlen aus Serbien und dem Irak zurückzuführen. Allein 71 Prozent aller Asylbewerber im Jahr 2011 kamen aus den zehn Hauptherkunftsländern.

Insgesamt 7.098 Personen erhielten im Jahr 2011 die Rechtsstellung eines Flüchtlings nach der Genfer Konvention (16,4 Prozent aller Asylbewerber). Zudem erhielten 2.577 Personen (5,9 Prozent) sogenannten „subsidiären Schutz“ (Abschiebungsverbote gemäß § 60 Abs. 2, 3, 5 und 7 Aufenthaltsgesetz). Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Iran: Authorities Defiant on Rights Record

Executions Soar, Activists and Dissidents Systematically Suppressed

(New York) – Iranian authorities in 2011 carried out more than 600 executions and imprisoned more journalists and bloggers than any other country, Human Rights Watch said today in issuing its World Report 2012 Iran chapter. Iran’s judiciary works hand-in-hand with security and intelligence forces to harass, imprison and convict opposition and rights activists, despite increasing international condemnation of the country’s rights record.

In March the United Nations Human Rights Council appointed Ahmed Shaheed to be the first special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran since 2002. Since Shaheed’s appointment the Iranian government has refused him entry to the country, executed more than 400 prisoners – including people convicted of committing crimes when they were children, and prosecuted dozens of outspoken lawyers, journalists, and rights activists for their peaceful speech and associational activities. In February the authorities placed the 2009 presidential candidates Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi under house arrest, where they remain. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Iranians’ links with Skype cut

Shahrzadnews:Satellite links between the internet-based free telephone service Skype and its Iranian customers were disrupted in recent days, leading to speculation that the Tehran government was trying to force citizens to use its own National Internet Service instead.

Furthermore many Iranians said their Facebook pages became inaccessible in the same period. One wrote to Shahrzad News saying: “I have not been able to access Facebook in the past few days, but whether this is due to slow internet connections, or because the service itself is having problems, I do not know”

Don`t forget: THE HIDDEN SIDE OF IRAN – Discrimination against ethnic and religious minorities

Article 1: All human beings are born free and equal
in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a
spirit of brotherhood. Article 2: Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration,
without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion,
national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the
basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person
belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.
Article 3: Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security

The hidden site of Iran

Journalists Detained in Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Solitary Cells

Author: Friends of Parastou Dokouhaki and Marzieh Rasouli
Publisher: http://parastoomarzieh.blogspot.com/

Parastoo Dokouhaki and Marzieh Rasouli, Iranian journalists and bloggers who were arrested last week, are being kept in solitary cells at Tehran’s Evin prison. Latest reports from Iran indicate that the two are held by the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (Sepah) in the so-called ‘Ward AA’ (do Alef). The AA Ward of the Evin Prison is not under the jurisdiction or supervision of the Iranian Prisons Organizations, and is illegally run by the Intelligence Department of the IRGC. Last week, agents stormed the houses of Dokouhaki and Rasouli and arrested the aforementioned, confiscating their laptops and other personal belongings. The two have been charged with “acting against national security” and “propaganda against the regime” – loosely defined charges that are repeatedly used in a range of cases. The real reasons for the arrests are, thus, not clear. So far, the journalists have been denied the right of access to attorney and no visitation with their family has been granted. Dokouhaki and Rasouli are not the only journalists arrested within the last few days; Sahameddin Bouraghani, Fatemeh Kheradmand, Ehsan Houshmand, Said Madani, Farshad Ghorban Pour, Mohammad Soleimaninia, Nasrin Nematollahi, Peyman Pakmehr, and Shahram Manoucheri are among the many journalists, bloggers and Web activists who have been arrested in the recent weeks. Furthermore, family members of reporters employed by Persian media outlets outside of Iran, such as BBC Persian, have been harassed or detained.

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ZDF: “Ein nervenaufreibendes Leben” Teheran, Tag zwei einer Reise

von Linda Arendt

Der Iran kann seit den Sanktionen kaum noch Benzin importieren. Für die Machthaber ein Signal, damit sie ihre Atomforschung stoppen. Für die Menschen, die in Iran leben, ein Grund, ihren Kraftstoff selbst herzustellen. Eine Reisebericht aus Teheran.

Heute ist ein guter Tag, sagt Shirin, denn wir können den Damavand sehen. Das heißt wenig Smog, keine Kopfschmerzen. Seit der Iran durch die Sanktionen kaum noch Benzin importieren kann, wird versucht, Kraftstoff selbst herzustellen. Viele sprechen von gepanschtem Gift, das einem durch die vielen Autos, die sich durch die Straßen schieben, die Luft zum atmen nimmt. Auch die ausgesendeten Störsignale, die verhindern sollen, dass die Iraner ausländische Fernsehsender empfangen, verursachten Kopfschmerzen, sagen viele. Wir sind zum Pizzaessen im “Murano” verabredet mit Shirins Cousin Reza und einer Freundin, Simin. “Es riecht nach Krieg”, sagt Reza. Die Israelis werden mit amerikanischer Unterstützung das Land angreifen, da ist sich Reza sicher. Beide Seiten stellten auf stur. Aber was kann man machen? Nicht mehr als er jedenfalls. Reza arbeitet hart daran, das Land zu verlassen – wie so viele hier. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Iran Featured Question: Is the Currency in Free Fall?

Claimed footage of Iranians seeking foreign currency and gold in an open — and illegal — Tehran market on Monday


We will keep an eye on the story of the European Union sanctions, to be formally announced today after they were adopted by Foreign Ministers on Monday, but that tale — while headlining in the international media — is a supporting actor for the main event.

By the time the EU’s cut-off of Tehran’s oil imports comes into place on 1 July, and even before its new measures on links with Iran’s Central Bank takes full effect, we are likely to see significant — if not climactic — changes in Iran’s economy. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

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