Iran’s Political Future Uncertain as Top Official Dies

Filmmakers Clash as Rouhani’s Agenda Leaves Iranians Divided

By Ladane Nasseri

After decades portraying starkly different visions of Iran through their movies, two of the nation’s leading filmmakers have turned on each other in a dispute that has sucked in some of the country’s top officials.

At the heart of the discord betweenEbrahim Hatamikia, a household name in Iran, and Abbas Kiarostami, whose films have won global recognition, is the cinematic portrayal of the 1980s war with Iraq. Hidden in the acrimonious exchanges is a tussle between those who stand by the tenets of the Islamic Republic, and draw power from proximity to the clerical establishment, and proponents of a more open, liberal Iran.

Their clash symbolizes “a type of free-thinking versus the authoritative opinion of the state,” said Parviz Barati, an author of books on Iranian culture and commentator for the Shargh newspaper in Tehran. “The same friction we see between these two icons of cinema is visible within Iranian society.”

Iran was invaded by its neighbor just months after the 1979 revolution, the start of an eight-year war that killed hundreds of thousands, and it remains a central pillar of the Islamic Republic’s identity, known as the Sacred Defense. Yet it’s receding into history for many younger Iranians, who are more concerned about the country’s international isolation and played a key part in electing President Hassan Rouhani with a mandate to end it.

The directors’ spat escalated last month, with Hatamikia, 53, for whom the revolution and the war continue to define the Iranian state, accusing Kiarostami of being a “darling of foreign film festivals” who has denigrated the conflict’s martyrs.

‘Time of Peace’

Kiarostami, 74, whose films explore human relationships and topics such as compassion or justice often through child actors, shot back in a newspaper interview, implying Hatamikia’s war movies were formulaic rehashes of Hollywood themes, while denying he doubted the heroism of those who died fighting Iraqi forces.

“In a time of peace, I am not interested in talking about war,” he told the Etemaad newspaper on Oct. 9, alluding to the need for cinema to discuss contemporary issues.

There are no shortage of those. Rouhani and his hardline opponents are at odds over policies from curbing the nation’s nuclear program, in return for the lifting of international sanctions, to greater access to the Internet.

No Slogans

Supporters have rallied round the two directors. Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the Qods Force and the increasingly public face of Iran’s contribution to the fight against the Islamic State militant group in Iraq and Syria, wrote an open letter to Hatamikia encouraging him to ignore criticism and “continue on your path” as “your prize is people’s awakened conscience.”

“In the West, they still make movies about World War II,” said Hamid Asemani, 34, a communications student at Allameh Tabatabai University in Tehran. “Our war only ended some two decades ago. Of course it’s important that we still document and discuss it.”

Defending Kiarostami, Hojatollah Ayoubi, deputy culture minister and head of Iran’s Organization of Cinema, said the director is also “enamored by” sacrifices made in the war though he wants to depict them in “his own style.”

Kiarostami is “very open to the world,” said Barati. “His fans are mostly liberal, more independent-minded reformists who back democracy,” he said. “Kiarostami doesn’t deliver slogans in his movies and stays away from ideology. Such people have always been under pressure. Some like Kiarostami have remained in Iran while others have left.”

Calibrated Defiance

Sparring between two stars of the cinema over something as sensitive as the war, the start of which authorities commemorate with the Sacred Defense Week each September, was bound to generate passions.

“In contemporary Iran, it’s impossible to criticize the war,” said Roxanne Varzi, an assistant professor of film and media studies at the University of California in Irvine and author of “Warring Souls: Youth, Media and Martyrdom in Post-Revolution Iran.” It’s “at the heart of the entire authority of the state.”

Most challenges to the clerical establishment in Iran are acts of calibrated defiance rather than outright confrontation. That’s become easier since Rouhani came to power signaling support for greater freedoms on university campuses and criticizing aggressive moral policing.

Formative Episode

Conservative opponents have accused his government of diluting the declared objectives of the revolution, such as independence from the U.S. and social stability.

Hatamikia, who spent time at the front in the 1980s documenting the conflict, “is a believer in the cause and what the war stood for,” said Saeed Zeydabadi-nejad, a senior fellow at the School of Oriental and African Studies’ Centre of Media Studies in London.

His dedication has won him support from conservatives who see the resistance of the then-nascent Islamic Republic to foreign aggression as one of Iran’s most formative episodes.

For many Iranians, half of whom according to the United Nations Population Fund are below the age of 24, his films don’t relate to their present lives. “Hatamikia made movies about a period of Iran’s history and they had their impact,” Ali Honarvar, a 29-year-old sculptor in Tehran, said by phone. “But this isn’t all there is.”

Source: Bloomberg

Rafsanjani may run for chairmanship of Iran’s Assembly of Experts

Source: Tehran Times

Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani may run for the chairmanship of the Assembly of Experts, replacing late Ayatollah Mohammad-Reza Mahdavi Kani, a close source to him has said.

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Ayatollah Mahdavi Kani passed away on October 21. The 83-year-old ayatollah had gone into a coma on June 4 due to a major heart attack.

The Assembly of Experts is tasked with electing and supervising the leader of the Islamic Revolution.

The source close to Rafsanjani dismissed recent reports about his reluctance to be elected the chairman of the assembly, according to Jomhouri Islami newspaper.

“If certain people, whom I deem incompetent to be the chairman of the Assembly of Experts, intend to get nominated for the post, I will run for the chairmanship of the assembly,” the source quoted Rafsanjani as saying.

Rafsanjani, who is currently chairman of the Expediency Council, held the post before Ayatollah Mahdavi Kani was elected the chairman of the assembly in March 2011.

UN Special Rapporteur concerned with forced and early marriages ahead of the upcoming UPR on Iran


Justice for Iran | 28 October 2014 – During a Press Conference  held on October 26, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Iran, Dr Ahmed Shaheed, expressed his concern regarding forced and early marriages of girls in Iran, just ahead of presenting his seventh report to the UN Human Rights Committee. According to Shaheed, current bills under consideration further deepen discrimination against women. In addition, referring to JFI findings analysing 2012 official statistics, the rate of marriage involving girls below the age of 10 rose to 1537, while more than 40,000 girls below the age of 15 faced marriage, and courts were permitted to sanction marriage involving girls below the age of 9.

Following Iran’s first UPR in February 2010, the Islamic Republic failed to accept any of the three recommendations on sexual orientation and gender identity, or act on the ten recommendations it accepted regarding the rights of women and girls. Iran’ second UPR takes place on Friday 31 October 2014 in Geneva.

During a recent nationally televised interview, Mohammad Javad Larijani, Secretary General of Iran’s High Council for Human Rights, refrained from commenting on Shaheed’s report, particularly on homosexuality, forced and early marriage, and said: “We will respond to all issues in detail verbally and in writing through the media” and “in the upcoming UPR session later this week.” In reference to the right to free and full consent in marriage in the UN Declaration of the Right to Marriage and Family, Larijani exclaimed: “The west intends to impose and promote its new interpretation of marriage in the Islamic Republic and to us this is dangerous.”

Following Iran’s first UPR in February 2010, the Islamic Republic failed to accept any of the three recommendations on sexual orientation and gender identity, or act on the ten recommendations it accepted regarding the rights of women and girls. Iran’ second UPR takes place on Friday 31 October 2014 in Geneva.

According to the statistics reflected in Shaheed’s report at least 48,580 girls between 10 and 14 years of age were married out of whom, except for 13, every single girl gave birth to at least one child before reaching the age of 15. In response Iran claims forced marriages are illegal and all such cases were based on mutual consent.

His report makes reference to other related violations such as the legal age for marriage set at 13, conditioning marriage for younger girls on court permission, and refusal by the Guardian Council in 2002 to increase the minimum age to 15 while more recently Iranian MPs moved to accommodate adoptive parents marrying adopted children.

Shaheed’s criticism of gender pay gap

The Special Rapporteur also expressed his concern regarding lack of equal pay for women and men. He also highlighted gender-based discrimination in accessing higher education: “female student admission rate of 62% in 2007-2008 has dropped down to 48% in 2012-2013.” Meanwhile Larijani claims “with regards to education we have progress well and women have made great advances.”

During a recent nationally televised interview, Mohammad Javad Larijani, Secretary General of Iran’s High Council for Human Rights, refrained from commenting on Shaheed’s report, particularly on homosexuality, forced and early marriageDuring a recent nationally televised interview, Mohammad Javad Larijani, Secretary General of Iran’s High Council for Human Rights, refrained from commenting on Shaheed’s report, particularly on homosexuality, forced and early marriage

Larijani also states the Islamic Republic supports Universal Periodic Review (UPR): “…it is a regular report and we accept it; Iran has prepared a report following collaboration with organisations and supervision of the High Council for Human Rights, one of the most organised reports so far.”

In its report Iran writes it has implemented all recommendations it accepted in 2010 with the exception of only four. However, a cursory examination of Iran’s human rights record over the past four years and its report this year points to its failure to address many recommendations and issues submitted to the UN.

Over the past two months JFI has briefed more than 70 permanent missions at the UN in Geneva in order to present facts and recommendations regarding the situation of LGBT people and a number of issues pertaining to women’s rights.

JFI also submitted a shadow report with some recommendations on girl marriages, forced hijab, and the situation of homosexual and transgender citizens in Iran to the UN Human Rights Council, as well as recommendations regarding the new policies pertaining to family planning to various member states.


Stemmen bis Iran sich öffnet

Mahana Jami ganz oben - auf dem Tehraner Fernsehturm. Foto: privat.Mahana Jami ganz oben – auf dem Tehraner Fernsehturm. Foto: privat.

Sie trägt Highheels im Rollstuhl und träumt davon, im BMW laut singend durch ihre strengreligiöse Heimatstadt zu cruisen. Die Iranerin Mahana Jami, gelähmte Gewichtheberin, begeistert das Land mit Stärke und Optimismus. Ein Portrait von Anna Leli. 

Mahana Jamis Händedruck ist fest entschlossen. So große, kräftige Hände hätte man an der zierlichen jungen Frau mit dem sorgfältig auffällig geschminkten Gesicht kaum erwartet. Ihr Kopftuch – im Iran sind Frauen verpflichtet sich das Haar zu bedecken – trägt sie streng gebunden. Ihr Lachen aber zeigt eine Prise Ungestüm. In der revolutionären, Islamischen Republik Iran kann das der Moralpolizei leicht mal als unsittlich auffallen. Doch das herausfordernde Lachen passt zu Mahana: immerhin ist sie iranische Meisterin in einer herausfordernden Disziplin.  Wir treffen uns in einem der großen Teheraner Parks. Die Grünflächen sind im Iran vielerorts Symbole für gewisse Freiräume vom streng-religiösen Regime: Frauen dürfen hier Fahrrad fahren, Pärchen treffen sich. Seit letztes Jahr Präsident Hassan Rouhani den strengen Ahmadinedschad ablöste, sind auch die Kontrollen der Moralpolizei viel seltener geworden.

„Sind Sie nicht…?“ Ein Spaziergänger erkennt die 31-jährige Mahana. Seit sie vor zwei Jahren zur Primetime im iranischen Fernsehen gezeigt wurde, passiert ihr das öfter. Da hatte sie gerade allein mit der Kraft ihrer Arme den Milad Tower erklommen: 1.866 Stufen auf das Wahrzeichen Teherans. Mahana ist vom Rumpf abwärts gelähmt. Ihre Beine, die heute in strassbesetzten Highheels im Rollstuhl stehen, tragen sie keinen Zentimeter seit sie im Alter von zwei Jahren an Polio erkrankte. „Als Kind waren alle Stufen für mich unüberwindbare Hindernisse. Dann habe ich begriffen, dass sie eigentlich Herausforderungen sind“, sagt Mahana und strahlt. „Ich hab mir Stufen zum Lebensmittelpunkt gemacht.“

Mit 27 wog sie 75 Kilogramm und stemmte 113

Mahana wuchs als Waise auf, die Eltern gaben das Mädchen ab, als sie an Polio erkrankte. Sie ging auf öffentliche Schulen, kein bisschen barrierefrei. Und sie wollte weiter lernen auch als sie den Lehrern zu schwer wurde, um sie jeden Tag die 169 Stufen bis zum Klassenzimmer hinaufzutragen. Also begann sie, die Treppen selbst zu erklimmen – kraft ihrer Arme. „Ich habe begriffen: Ich musste aufhören, die Defizite zu sehen und auf meine eigenen Fähigkeiten vertrauen,“ erzählt sie. Mit 18 Jahren stellte sie den iranischen Rekord im Rollstuhlrennen auf. Mit 19 begann sie, Gewichte zu heben. Mit 27 wog sie 75 Kilogramm und stemmte 113. So wurde sie ein bisschen bekannt – und zu einer Persönlichkeit nationalen Interesses für Iran. Als Einladungen zu internationalen Wettbewerben kommen, reden ihr staatliche Beamte ins Gewissen: Ginge sie ins Ausland, könne das Probleme geben; bliebe sie, werde man sie im Iran fördern. Sie blieb, doch die versprochene Förderung erfüllte sich nie. „Ich bin stolz, Iranerin zu sein! Aber ich kann der ganzen Welt ein Vorbild sein!“, sagt die junge Frau energisch. Optimismus, sagt sie, ist ihr Leben.

Tatsächlich ist Mahana nur zu Besuch in Teheran: Morgen hat sie einen Termin im Innenministerium. Sie möchte nach Dubai reisen zu einem Wettbewerb für Menschen mit Behinderung: Sie soll die 60 Etagen des berühmten segelförmigen Burj al Arab erklimmen. Preisgeld 40.000 US Dollar. Bislang stellten sich die iranischen Behörden quer: Man fürchtet, Mahana könnte sich aus dem Iran absetzen. Doch die Sportlerin setzt auf die Gunst der Stunde: Seit Präsident Rouhani im Amt ist, stehen die politischen Zeichen auf Öffnung – und Mahana hofft auf die Ausreisegenehmigung. Das Preisgeld wäre ihr Ticket in eine bessere, selbstbestimmte Zukunft.

Mahana ist quasi mittellos. Sie hat einen Studienplatz für Chemie an der Universität von Mashhad ergattert und kommt dort kostenlos im Wohnheim unter. Die Großstadt Mashhad im Nordosten Irans ist bekannt für ihre religiöse Strenge. „Mein Traum ist es, reich zu werden. Dann kaufe ich mir einen dicken Mercedes, behindertengerecht, dreh die Musik auf und kurble die Fenster runter und cruise singend durch Mashhad!“ Singen in der Öffentlichkeit ist Frauen im Iran verboten, aber: „Wenn ich reich bin, dann kann ich alles tun“, lacht Mahana. Jetzt heißt es hoffen darauf, dass es weitergeht mit der Öffnung des Landes. Bis dahin trainiert sie weiter: acht Stunden täglich Gewichte stemmen, ganz allein.

Anmerkung der Redaktion: Die Begegnung mit Mahana Jami fand im Sommer 2014 statt. Ob die Ausreise klappte und Mahana das Preisgeld bekam, ließ sich nicht mehr nachverfolgen.




The following is a monthly report summarizing the human rights status in Iran in September/October (Solar calendar, month of Mehr), 2014. This report has been prepared by the office of Statistics and Publications of the Human Rights Activists Association of Iran. Considering the ongoing suppression and ban on independent human rights activist organizations in Iran, this report may not be considered a comprehensive and complete reflection of the current status of human rights situation in Iran. It should be noted that the department of Statistics also publishes an annual report about the human rights conditions in Iran in the form analytical and statistical report.
An overview of the human rights situation in Iran in September/ October
During months of September/October 2014, systematic Human rights violations in Iran continued with a quick pace just like before. The second day of this month saw the controversial execution of “Mohsen Amir Aslani” on the charges of “Corruption on earth” and “Heresy in religion” along with three other prisoners at Rajaee Shahr Prison. Further executions followed In Mashhad, Zahedan , a  juvenile who committed murder at the age of 14 in Tabriz and group execution of 7 prisoners at Qezel Hesar Prison. A 22-year-old who was charged with the homicide of “Ali Khalili” (a Basiji militia who was also a student at Hawza) while Ali was performing “Enjoining good” received a death sentence.
During this month, Human Right organisations expressed their concerns about the possible execution of “Saman Nasim”. He was charged with being a member of anti-regime opposition Kurdish group while he was 17 and has been sentenced to death. In his report, Ahmed Shaheed, the United Nations Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Iran criticized the execution of 852 people in Iran during the last year. In his report he described the increasing number of execution as “alerting” and demanded the stop of executions.  At the same time with Ahmed Shaheed’s report, Human Rights Activists Association of Iran also published a report in which at least 548 executions were reported from October 2013 to October 2014.
During the last month several incidents confirmed the continues and increasing pressure on Sunni followers in Iran such as: arrest and uncertainty about the situation of “Hafez-Tohid Ghoreishi (Molavi)” Fridays prayer Imam of “Imam Shafeie” Mosque at “Shalqon” village -a rural district of “Talesh”  district in Gilan- ; alleged beating of Sunni prisoners and their families at Karaj Rajaee Shahr Prison ; arrests of more than 20 Sunni citizens in “Taze Abad Javanrood”; arrests of 14 Sunni citizens in “Torkaman Shahra”; arrests of 4 Sunni students in Kerman state .
Following further Human Rights Violation of Religious Minorities in Iran, a week after the protest of “Daravish” (Sufis sect followers) was crushed by the security forces in front of Tehran Public Prosecutors office and police injured tens of protesters by beating them and shooting tear gas at them, about 1000 “Gonabadi Darvish” gathered to send their objection message to the government and the authorities.
The gathering was formed after Tehran’s chief of police promises to meet the demands of the “Daravish” and prisoners on strike proved to be empty. In additions, the statement made by the Minister of Intelligence in which he called “Daravish” as people with no religion has raised their anger.
This month was also a difficult one for Bahais. Examples of the most visible violations of Bahai citizens’ rights were: Arrest and conviction of a young Bahia follower in Shiraz; putting pressure on the family of “Ataollah Rezvani”( a Bahai citizen who was murdered mysteriously ) to accept the closure of the case; and the exile of “Farhad Eghbali” a Bahai Prisoner to Karaj Rjaee Shahr Prison.
As it was anticipated, this month proved to be a tougher month for converted Christians. According to the reports, 3 Christian priests “Behnam Irani”, “ Reza Rabbani” and “ Alireza Haghnejad” were sentenced to 18 years imprisonment with exile at Islamic Revolutionary Court.  3 converted Christians “Shahram Ghaedi”, “Heshmat Shafie” and “Emad Haghi” were arrested in Folad shahr in Isfahan.
One of the most concerning reports published in the month of Mehr was about the injury of a 9-year-old labourer at work. Although this report can be classified in the labour and work safety domain, but Children Rights violation and child labour complicated issue is more of importance in this report.
In Children Rights domain, it is important to mention the act of an Elementary school’s principal in Bandar Abbas who physically punished all fifth year students. The punishment was given to the fifth year class while their teacher was absent for the day and students were making noises. The Principal confirmed that he physically punished them and mentioned that he would do it again if it is necessary.
In the month of Mehr, apart from the vast issue of compulsory cover (Hijab) for women, approval of new laws of “Enjoining good and forbidding wrong” and the tragedy of Acid attacks in Isfahan, Iranian women were also subject to attacks and discriminations in cultural domain.  Prosecution of a female who performed solo singing at Talar-e-Vahdat and prohibiting female musicians from playing at a concert in Isfahan are examples of these discriminations.
In the area of workers, just like other areas, this month was full of incidents. Two widespread strikes in Ahwaz and Rodbar and the layoff of 100 workers at Abadan Refinery while they have not received the last three months wages were some of these events. In addition, gathering of 700 Telecommunications’ employees; further prevention of hundreds of workers at “Navarad va Loleh Safa” from entering the factory; protest gathering of current and retired workers of Mazandaran Weaving factory for being at a loss with regards to their salary were among the events of this month. Furthermore, death of a Corn Drying factory worker at Ravansar and death of two workers in a fire incident at a production workshop have added to this month calamities for Iranian workers and labour society.
In the domain of unions and union rights, this month included the controversial issue of suspension of “Nasrin Sotoudeh” well-known lawyer and member of the human rights defenders union.  Branch Two of the Lawyers’ Disciplinary Court at the Iranian Bar Association banned “Nasrin Sotoudeh” from her legal practice for three years and she went on strike in front of the Iranian Bar Association building.
In the area of LGBT, this report has also highlighted the arrest of a youngster after he left his cell number on his Facebook personal profile to find a gay sex partner.
The environment also received a warning along with the water Supply and Air pollution crisis. “Hossien Amiri Khamkani”, Zarand representative at Iran’s parliament said: “the biggest artificial jungle of the world in north of Kerman is on the verge of extinction.”  In addition, the director of Iran National Project of Preserving Ponds said: “about 70% of ponds across the country are at critical stage. Also, 200 villages evacuated because of drought at Sistan and Baluchistan state.
Another bold incident worth mentioning with regards to Human Rights in Iran was the production and publication of the booklet of “Mine, the Silent killer of Iranians” by Human Rights Activist Association of Iran. This book is an unprecedented research about the victims of Mines in Iran covering the past 24 years. According to this booklet 8034 victims affected by Mines in Iran in the mentioned period.
Particular attention to the violations of human rights
This section of report pays specific attention to more sensitive cases of human rights violations which were more of interests for public opinion during the month of Mehr. Obviously, this specific attention doesn’t mean that these kinds of reports reflect the severity and dimension of the human rights violations.
Such cases are the death of one citizen during a Police raid (NAJA) for confiscating satellite dishes. Also, the attempt of Judiciary system to execute the death penalty of “Reyhaneh Jabbari” – a young girl who claimed that she was defending herself while she committed homicide- resulted in extensive complaints which temporary postponed the execution.
After 100 days of detention, “Ghonche Ghavami” and her cellmate “Atena Farghdani” went on hunger strike in protest to their unclear fate which moved the public opinion to a huge extent.  Transfer of “Zahra Rahnavard” to the hospital for an eye operation was another human right issue which attracted a huge public opinions’ attention.
Instating the “Enjoining good and forbidding wrong” protection law in Iran’s Parliament, widespread arrests of Kobani supporter activists in Tehran and also unhuman act of Acid attacks on women in Isfahan with the excuse of Bad- Hejabi ( not following Islamic dress code) were among the most noted issues in Mehr.
Human rights reports in the shadow of “Little Attention”
In contrast to the previous section of the report, many of the human rights reports faced “little attention” or even no attention by the media including social media activists which are forming a part of public opinion. It is important to note that these neglects are often unintentional but there are also intentional discriminations which could facilitate even further violations of human rights in Iran.
An example is the report about the injury of 4 students when a classroom ceiling collapsed in a school located in a village. On a different occasion, “Abolfazl Rostami”, a 15-year-old student from the city of Robat Karim in the state of Tehran was shot to death during the military training.  This is a clear example of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child violation which states: Children should not be trained or used in military environment. This news has received very little attention.
In this section, there are reports about the prevention of Eyd-e-Ghorban prayer for Sunni citizens in Tehran, which is a continuing wrong custom since the Islamic Revolution which resulted in the widespread violation of large Sunni population. In addition, several followers of Erfan-e-Halgheh ( Interuniversalism ,which is a Religious- Conscience believe ) were arrested while they gathered to protest against the imprisonment of their spiritual leader Dr Mohammad Ali Taheri . These were also remained hidden from the public opinions’ attention.
Iran Association of General Surgeons reported an increase in the number of Breast Cancers.  This association issued warnings about the reduction of age of Breast Cancer among young women. According to their statistics, one in every four women is diagnosed with Breast Cancer.
While Iranian people are living in fear and unrest from the recent Acid attacks and incompetence of security forces in dealing with the situation and arresting those responsible in Isfahan, the commander of the “Sepah Saheb-o-alzaman” in Isfahan claimed that they have identified and destroyed the biggest cyber group of anti- morality in this state. He also added:” this group formed of six head members who created a platform for anti-morality behaviour and obscene cyber environment. They were recruiting members (young males and females) and were taking advantage of these members.”. These arrests also received little attention from the public in the shadow of the recent events in Isfahan.
The office of Statistics and Publication of Human Rights Activists Association in Iran

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General Anzeiger| Demonstration für inhaftierte Journalisten

Das Wetter hatten sie auf ihrer Seite. Strahlender Sonnenschein begrüßte die rund 80 engagierten Läufer, die sich am Sonntag am Beueler Rheinufer zum “Lauf für die Menschenrechte” versammelten. Mit dem von Amnesty International (AI) organisierten Lauf, der bereits zum 16. Mal in Bonn stattfand, wollten die Teilnehmer ein Zeichen setzen.
Rund 80 Läufer nahmen am Friedenslauf teil. Foto: Max Malsch
Sie joggten für die Rechte von Journalisten im Iran. Um den Körper trugen sie Schilder mit der Aufschrift “Freiheit für Abedini Nasr”. Der iranische Journalist wurde 2010 im Zuge einer Verhaftungswelle gegen Menschenrechtsaktivisten im Iran verhaftet und befindet sich seitdem in Gefangenschaft, wo er Berichten zufolge auch misshandelt wurde.

In Briefen an den iranischen Botschafter appelliert AI regelmäßig für die Freilassung des Journalisten. Durch den “Lauf für die Menschenrechte” sollte die Öffentlichkeit für das Thema sensibilisiert werden. “Solche Aktionen sind für uns enorm wichtig. Denn die Öffentlichkeit ist unsere wichtigste Waffe”, erklärte Jamil Balga, der Gruppensprecher der AI-Bezirksgruppe Bonn-Mitte. “Und in 30 bis 40 Prozent der Fälle führen unsere Protestaktionen auch zum Erfolg.”

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Iran: Machtkampf in Führungsriege

Im Iran geht ein tiefer Riss durch die Führungsriege. Nach dem Tod des einflussreichen Expertenratchefs Ayatollah Mohammad Reza Mahdavi-Kani in der vergangenen Woche beginnen die Hardliner hinter den Kulissen für zwei wichtige Wahlen 2015 zu mobilisieren: Das Parlament und der Expertenrat müssen neu besetzt werden.

Im Expertenrat, jenem 86-köpfigen Gremium aus Geistlichen, das die Arbeit des Obersten Geistlichen Führers Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei beurteilen, und ihn (ab-)wählen können, brodelt es hinter den Kulissen der Führung gewaltig. Schon im vergangenen Monat wurde die Wahl eines Nachfolgers für Mahdavi-Kani, der seit Juni im Koma lag, überraschend verschoben.

Furcht vor moderatem Kandidaten
“Es war so, dass sich die Hardliner im Expertenrat davor gefürchtet haben, dass ein moderater Kandidat als Nachfolger bestimmt wird und somit ihre eigene Macht beschneidet und den Einfluss des als moderat geltenden Präsidenten Hassan Rohani forciert hätte. Daher wurde diese Variante eines Interimschefs gewählt”, analysiert ein Teheraner Politologe.

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Reyhaneh Jabbari

Sie kämpfte fast sieben Jahre gegen dieses Urteil an: Reyhaneh Jabbari im Dezember 2008 vor Gericht in Teheran. Der Vorwurf: Mord. Sie sagt: Es war Notwehr. Der Mann wollte sie vergewaltigen

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Hintergrund: So geriet Jabbari in die Mühlen der iranischen Justiz

Mit gerade mal 19 Jahren traf die junge Innenarchitektin auf den Mann, der ihr Leben – auf grausame Weise – für immer verändern sollte. Der Arzt und laut „New York Times“ Geheimdienstler Morteza Abdolali Sarbandi (47) bittet sie, seine Praxis einzurichten.

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