Kurier| Khamenei: Der kranke Mann und die Bombe

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei - Foto: AP/Uncredited

In Teheran ringt man um die Macht – mit oder ohne atomare Geheimpläne.

Selten war der Revolutionsführer so deutlich wie zum persischen Neujahr vor wenigen Tagen. Alle Iraner, verkündete Ali Khamenei, sollten sich hinter Präsident Rohani und dessen Verhandler im Atomstreit stellen. Ein Atomabkommen sei notwendig, vor allem aus einem Grund: “Die Sanktionen gegen Iran müssen danach sofort aufgehoben werden.”

Der 74-Jährige macht damit deutlich, worum es ihm und dem innersten Kreis der Macht in Teheran geht: Die über Jahre mehr und mehr verschärften Sanktionen der UNO, aber auch einzelner Staaten wie den USA, haben die iranische Wirtschaft inzwischen schwer geschädigt. Dazu kommen der dramatisch gefallene Ölpreis und eine anhaltende Trockenheit im Land. Man steckt in einer tiefen wirtschaftlichen Krise und die trifft inzwischen nicht nur die normale Bevölkerung, sondern auch die politische Elite: Das heißt auch Khamenei selbst. Immerhin soll das von einem seiner Söhne geleitete Firmenimperium der Familie etwa 90 Milliarden US-Dollar wert sein.

Krebs im Endstadium?

Für Khamenei wird die Zeit knapp. Dass er seit Jahren an Prostatakrebs erkrankt ist, hat die Führung in Teheran sogar offiziell gemacht. Dass er vor Kurzem neuerlich für längere Zeit ins Spital musste, machte nicht nur die Mächtigen im Iran merklich nervös. Plötzlich kursierten Gerüchte, der Revolutionsführer sei bereits tot – schafften es bald sogar in westliche und israelische Medien.

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AFP| Wüste statt Wasser: Der Iran trocknet aus

Der Iran hat mit Wasserknappheit und Dürren zu kämpfen, die Stauseen des Landes sind nur zu 40 Prozent gefüllt. Gründe sind der Klimawandel und Probleme beim Wassermanagement. AFPTV hat zum Weltwassertag mit Menschen im einstigen Hamun-Feuchtgebiet im Südosten des Landes gesprochen, das in den vergangenen Jahren ausgetrocknet ist.

Welcome Refugees – International Day against Racism

Heute ist der Internationale Tag gegen Rassismus! Wenn ihr Lust habt, macht doch mit und zeigt auch bei Facebook, Pinterest,Google+ oder sonstigen Medien dass ihr euch klar gegen Rassismus positioniert…

Teilt das Bild, nutzt es als Profilbild oder tut irgendetwas ganz anderes das zeigt, dass Rassismus im Jahr 2015 keinen Platz mehr hat!

Schönes Wochenende euch allen!

Quelle: Antirassistisches Infoportal Berlin-Brandenburg

Will Qasem Soleimani enter politics?

Qasem Soleimani uses a walkie-talkie at the front line during offensive operations against Islamic State militants in the town of Tal Ksaiba in Salahuddin province, March 8, 2015. (photo by REUTERS/Stringer)

Qasem Soleimani is now known to many who follow Middle Eastern affairs. The commander of Iran’s Quds Force, the division of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) responsible for Iran’s files outside of its borders, has been everywhere in both Western and regional media the last couple of years. Pictures of Soleimani inside Iraq alongside Iraqi forces and Shiite militias have become ubiquitous since June 2014 when the Sunni extremist group Islamic State (IS) took over parts of Iraq.

On the Iranian Students’ News Agency (ISNA), Zahra Asghari took a closer look at the man who competed head to head in polls for Iran’s Person of the Year with the popular nuclear negotiator Mohammad Javad Zarif.

Asghari wrote that when pictures of Soleimani in Iraq first appeared on social media, ISNA chose not to republish the pictures assuming that the images were accidentally leaked online. But as more images of Soleimani appeared in Iraq, on the front line among Iraqi forces and leaders, it became clear the pictures were being released intentionally.

Asghari wrote that while a number of IRGC commanders are advising the Iraqi forces and the Popular Mobilization Units fighting IS, it is clear that Soleimani’s role goes beyond that. Asghari continued that the pictures of Soleimani across various provinces in Iraq have raised questions domestically, regionally and internationally. And since there seems to be no desire by Iranian officials to answer these questions, it has only fueled more rumors and speculation.

Despite Soleimani being the head of the Quds Force, before June 2014, there were few pictures, videos or speeches available of him to the point that Asghari wrote that before this point “interviewing him or writing a report about him was not possible for Iranian media.” Interestingly, even in this long profile of Soleimani, none of the sources Asghari interviewed were willing to speak on the record. The sources of course all had high praise for Soleimani, telling Asghari that they believe that the only other figure who has the same attributes and success record as Soleimani is Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah.

Despite the popularity of his pictures in Iraq, Asghari noted that Soleimani pictures in Tehran, at the funeral of commanders and fighters killed in Syria and Iraq, or at IRGC ceremonies, have become popular as well. Asghari also wrote that Soleimani was at a funeral ceremony for Jihad Mughniyeh, son of former Hezbollah commander Imad Mughniyeh who was assassinated in 2008 by Israeli and US intelligence. Jihad was killed by an Israel strike in the Golan Heights in January 2015. The article says that Jihad was the nephew of Soleimani. Though it’s not confirmed anywhere else, Iranian media before have reported that Imad Mughniyeh was married to Soleimani’s sister.

The central question that Asghari asks is: “Has the 59-year-old unrivaled commander of the battlefield outside of Iran’s borders ever thought about the world of politics?” Asghari, naturally, does not have an exact answer, but she has ideas.

When a source close to Soleimani was asked about claims that Soleimani is “Iran’s foreign minister in the region,” he responded “the stature of Soleimani is higher than that of a foreign minister.” The source continued that Soleimani “is not a partisan” figure and that his experiences in the Balkans, the Middle East and eastern Iran have made him a “military specialist.”

Asghari wrote that “despite access to precise information, the pictures of Soleimani speak for themselves.” The article argued that in none of the pictures of Soleimani in Iraq was he wearing an IRGC uniform or even an Iraqi uniform and is not even wearing military boots, suggesting that the pictures reveal desires for a nonmilitary role.

It’s impossible to know what Soleimani’s next steps are. At the moment, the commander who appears to prefer to spend his time in the trenches at the front line in Iraq may not be tempted by the monotony and bureaucracy that comes with public office. But given his popularity and closeness to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Soleimani has a wide range of options.

Source: ALMonitor

Grußwort zum Nouruzfest: US-Präsident Barack Obama

Guten Tag! Ich wünsche allen, die das Nouruzfest in den Vereinigten Staaten und auf der ganzen Welt feiern: Nouruz Mubarak.

Seit Tausenden von Jahren kommen Familien und Freunde an diesem Tag zusammen, um den neuen Frühling und das neue Jahr willkommen zu heißen. Letzte Woche hat meine Frau Michelle hier im Weißen Haus das Nouruz-Fest begangen. Es war ein Fest der lebendigen Kulturen, der Speisen, der Musik und der Freundschaft unserer vielen in Diaspora lebenden Gemeinden, die hier in den Vereinigten Staaten jeden Tag einen außergewöhnlichen Beitrag leisten. Wir haben sogar unsere eigene Haft-Sin-Tafel mit Symbolen für unsere Hoffnungen für das neue Jahr dekoriert.

Dieses Jahr sind es Hoffnungen auf Fortschritte für die Beziehungen zwischen der Islamischen Republik Iran und der internationalen Gemeinschaft, auch den Vereinigten Staaten. Ich möchte diese Gelegenheit also erneut nutzen, um mich direkt an die Bevölkerung und die politische Führung Irans zu wenden. Von Teheran bis Schiras und Täbris, von den Küsten des Kaspischen Meeres bis zum Persischen Golf versammeln Sie sich um die Nouruz-Tafel in Dankbarkeit für das Gute, und Sie schauen in die Zukunft.

Dieses Jahr haben wir die beste Möglichkeit seit Jahrzehnten, die Beziehungen zwischen unseren Ländern anders zu gestalten. Vor etwas mehr als einem Jahr erreichten wir eine erste Absichtserklärung bezüglich des iranischen Atomprogramms. Und wir haben unsere Zusagen auf beiden Seiten eingehalten. Iran hat die Weiterentwicklung seines Atomprogramms angehalten und in einigen Bereichen sogar zurückgefahren. Die internationale Gemeinschaft und auch die Vereinigten Staaten haben einige Sanktionen gegen Iran gelockert. Jetzt führen unsere Diplomaten – und unsere Wissenschaftler – Verhandlungen, von denen wir uns eine umfassende Lösung erhoffen, die die Sorgen der internationalen Gemeinschaft hinsichtlich des iranischen Atomprogramms ausräumt.

Die kommenden Tage und Wochen werden entscheidend sein. Unsere Verhandlungen machen Fortschritte, aber es gibt noch Lücken. Es gibt Menschen in unseren beiden und in anderen Ländern, die eine diplomatische Lösung ablehnen. Meine Botschaft an Sie – die Menschen im Iran – ist, dass wir uns für die Zukunft, die wir uns wünschen, gemeinsam einsetzen müssen.

Wie ich schon oft gesagt habe, glaube ich, dass unsere Länder diese Angelegenheit friedlich, auf diplomatischem Weg lösen können. Ayatollah Chamenei, das geistliche Oberhaupt Irans, hat eine Fatwa gegen die Herstellung von Kernwaffen erlassen, und Präsident Rohani hat bekräftigt, dass die Islamische Republik nie eine Atomwaffe herstellen wird. Genau wie die internationale Gemeinschaft haben auch die Vereinigten Staaten immer gesagt, dass Iran im Rahmen der internationalen Verpflichtungen Zugang zu friedlich nutzbarer Kernenergie haben sollte. Wenn Iran bedeutende, nachvollziehbare Schritte unternimmt, kann das Land der Welt zeigen, dass das iranische Atomprogramm tatsächlich nur friedlich genutzt wird.

Die Führer Irans können zwischen zwei Möglichkeiten wählen. Wenn sie keiner vernünftigen Abmachung zustimmen können, bleibt Iran in seiner heutigen Situation: Das Land und die Bevölkerung sind von großen Teilen der Welt isoliert, was iranischen Familien viel Elend gebracht und vielen jungen Iranern Arbeitsplätze und Chancen genommen hat, die sie verdient hätten.

Wenn die iranische Führung allerdings einer vernünftigen Abmachung zustimmen kann, kann das die Situation verbessern und der iranischen Bevölkerung mehr Möglichkeiten eröffnen: mehr Handel und Verbindungen mit anderen Ländern, mehr ausländische Investitionen und Arbeitsplätze auch für junge Iraner, mehr kultureller Austausch und die Möglichkeit für iranische Studenten ins Ausland zu reisen, mehr Partnerschaften in Bereichen wie Wissenschaft, Technologie und Innovation. Mit anderen Worten, ein baldiges Nuklearabkommen würde dazu beitragen, die Tür zu einer besseren Zukunft zu öffnen für Sie, das iranische Volk, das der Welt als Nachfahre einer großartigen Zivilisation so viel zu bieten hat.

Das steht heute auf dem Spiel. Und diese Möglichkeit bietet sich vielleicht nicht so schnell wieder. Ich glaube, dass unsere Nationen eine historische Chance haben, diese Angelegenheit friedlich zu lösen – eine Chance, die wir nicht verpassen sollten. Wie der Dichter Hafis schrieb: „Es ist Frühlingsanfang. Sei im Herzen froh. Denn viele Blumen werden blühen während du in Ton verharrst.“

Jahrzehntelang trennten Misstrauen und Angst unsere Nationen. Jetzt ist Frühlingsanfang. Wir haben eine Chance – eine Chance –, Fortschritte zu erzielen, von denen unsere Länder und die ganze Welt viele Jahre lang profitieren werden. Es liegt nun an uns allen, Iranern und Amerikanern, diese Chance zu nutzen und die Möglichkeiten zu ergreifen, die in dieser neuen Zeit aus ihr erwachsen können.

Vielen Dank und Nouruzetan Pirooz.

Quelle:

Originaltext: Remarks by President Obama on Nowruz

US-Botschaft Berlin, Abteilung für öffentliche Angelegenheiten

Desert Dancer – der Traum vom Tanzen

Der junge Iraner Afshin Ghaffarian (Reece Ritchie) tanzt für sein Leben gern, obwohl das Ausleben genau dieser Leidenschaft in seinem Heimatland unter Strafe steht. Sein großes Interesse wird neu befeuert, als es ihm gelingt, an seiner Teheraner Uni einen Internet-Account zu hacken und darüber an Musik- und Tanzvideos aus aller Welt zu kommen, von Michael Jackson bis zu Pina Bausch. Gemeinsam mit ein paar anderen Interessierten gründet Afshin eine geheime Tanzgruppe, die sich in einem abgelegenen Raum zum Proben trifft. Eine der Tänzerinnen ist die geheimnisvolle Elaheh (Freida Pinto), für die Afshin schnell mehr empfindet. Doch die versteckte Tänzergemeinschaft gerät in Gefahr, je näher die Präsidentschaftswahlen rücken und umso größer die politischen und gesellschaftlichen Spannungen im Land werden. Afshin entschließt sich trotzdem zu einem Auftritt…

Hintergrund:

Afshin Ghaffarian (Persian: افشین غفاریان‎, Persian pronunciation: [æfʃiːn-e ɢæˈffɒːɾiːɒːn]; born 1986 in Mashhad) is an IranianChoreographer, Director, Dancer, Actor anyway Reformancer.[1] Desert Dancer is a 2014 movie inspired by his life. Ghaffarian was portrayed by Reece Ritchie.[2]

Ghaffarian started his art career in 1999, in Saba Art Center.[1] He holds an Hight school diploma in Cinema and a Bachelor of Arts inTheatre from Islamic Azad University Central Tehran Branch.[1]

In late 2009, he received media attention after his performance in “Strange But True”, part of Iranian cultural festival in Mulheim an der Ruhr, Germany. As the play ended, he appeared with a green bracelet, a sign of Green movement, chanting “Where is my vote?”.[3] He did not return to Iran and went to France as a refugee.[4] He met and collaborated with Shahrokh Moshkin Ghalam in France.[5] During 2010-2011, he attended Centre National de la Danse.[1]

Ghaffarian is the founder of the “Reformances” company (a portmanteau of the words Reform and Performance).[6]

  1. “Afshin Ghaffarian”. reformances.com (in Persian). Retrieved 2 February 2015.
  2. “Interview with Afshin Ghaffarian; Cat On The Wall Webzine”. Catonthewall.net. Retrieved 2013-01-09.
  3.  Mirian, Shahram (4 December 2009). افشین غفاریان: می‌خواهم صدایی از جنس صدای مردم باشم. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (in Persian). Retrieved 2 February 2015.
  4. Mirian, Shahram (4 December 2009). “Afshin Ghaffarian, the secret dancer, and his flight to freedom”. The Australian. Retrieved 4 January 2010.
  5. Quillard, Par Marion (4 December 2009). “”En Iran, le corps est un péché””. Le Monde (in French). Retrieved 28 January 2010.
  6. Rostami, Shahla (31 December 2011). افشین غفاریان با “فریاد ایرانی” شگفتی آفرید. Radio France Internationale (in Persian). Retrieved 2 February 2015.

Happy NOROOZ – Wish Nowruz Mobarak!

To all Iranians!

On Nowruz wish happiness, hope and prosperity to last all year through.

{HAFTSEEN SPREAD}

sabzeh – wheat or lentil sprouts growing in a dish – symbolizing rebirth
samanoo – a sweet pudding made from wheat germ – symbolizing wealth
senjed – the dried fruit of the oleaster tree – symbolizing love
seer – garlic – symbolizing medicine
seeb – apples – symbolizing beauty and health
serkeh – vinegar – symbolizing age and patience
sekkeh – coins {prosperity and wealth}
sonbol – hyacinth flower symbolizing the start of spring

{OTHER ITEMS THAT ARE ALSO USED ON THE SPREAD}

a mirror and lit candles – symbolizing enlightenment and happiness
decorated eggs – symbolizing fertility
a bowl with goldfish – symbolizing life
holy book {depending on faith} – symbolizing God’s blessing

Iran 24/07| Human Right in Iran from Bad to Worst

human rights 2As Rouhani took office, his image of a moderate leader with aspirations for rapprochement with the West ignited sparks of hope that Iran would find itself out of isolation.

In regards to Tehran’s nuclear program, the sparks of hope turned into a bonfire with the preliminary agreement in Geneva. Since then, the bonfire grew and simmered but the fire of hope kept on burning, warming relations between Tehran and the rest of the world.

But as far as human rights in Iran are concerned, the sparks landed hopelessly on the hard and unwavering laws of the Islamic regime and Rouhani’s promises of reform never had a chance.

Now, over a year and a half into his presidency, the latest reports from the UN, one issued by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and another by the UN Special Rapporteur on Iran Ahmed Shaheed, the state of human rights in Iran has gone from bad to worst on nearly all fronts.

From Freedom of Speech to Jail

ankabootFreedom of speech is a rare commodity in Iran: anyone contradicting the regime’s guide lines is liable to find himself in jail, or worst.

Take social media, for example: Iranian leaders such as Khamenei, Rouhani, Zarif, Larijani etc… are heavy users of social media as part of their propaganda but the use of social media is not available to the majority of Iranians. In fact, the IRGC has launched a surveillance operation code-named “Ankaboot” (spider) which gathers data of over 8 million Iranian “likes” on facebook in an effort to root out “corrupters” and “insulters of Islam”. This program has led to at least 60-70 arrests and this is just the beginning.

More than 13 bloggers and journalists were arrested over the past year bringing the tally of imprisoned journalists to 30 including some, such as Soheil Arabi, who are facing death sentences for “insulting the Supreme Leader”.

Websites, newspapers and TV stations are shut down if they are found to be critical of the regime and it’s going to get worst as a “Media Council” bill is being drafted in parliament which will give the government more punitive powers over the media.

Shutting down media is supplemented with the systematic destruction of satellite dishesin order to make sure that content that is deemed unfit to the regime should not be seen or heard by the Iranian people.

Persecution of Religious Minorities

Education-Is-Not-A-Crime-846x454Despite the fact that the Iranian constitution allows for the freedom of religious minorities to exist, in reality, they are being persecuted.

Baha’is are singled out for persecution on a regular basis on many fronts. i.e.:

  • Burials: Tehran issues strict laws contrary to Baha’I traditions concerning burials and have repeatedly delayed Baha’I burials.
  • Education: Baha’i students are systematically discriminated in higher education and are regularly barred from registering in universities – this has sparked the worldwide “Education Is Not A Crime” campaign.

Christians are also persecuted and at least 92 Christians are in jail for their religious beliefs. On Christmas day, mass arrests were conducted in churches across the nation and several pastors remain in jail to this date.

Even Sunnis are persecuted and are not given permits to build new mosques while being told that they should pray in Shiite mosques instead.

Segregation and Persecution of Women

acid attackA set of new laws are being drafted to increase the persecution of women in Iran:

Together with women’s hair being hidden, women’s voices are being shut: Women are not allowed to sing in public. Some musicians were brave enough to defy these laws only to find their concerts shut down. Other prominent Iranian singers simply left the country to sing elsewhere.

Executions Rise

jabbariDespite all the pressure against Iran to tone down its policy of the death penalty, the numbers of executions is at a 12 year peak and is the highest per capita in the world. The human rights chief Javad Larijani made a big issue about  the fact that “80%”  of the executions were for drug-related offenses, as if that made it OK, but in fact, that number is closer to 50%. Out of 753 documented executions, 362 were drug-related. The rest of the executions include 13 juveniles and 25 women.

High profile executions  include the hanging of Reyhaneh Jabbari, 26, whose crime was killing an employee at the Ministry of Intelligence who attempted to rape her and the Kurdish Saman Naseem, 22, for the crime of “enmity against God” while being a juvenile.

In order to understand fully just how bad the situation is, one should read the list of executions and identify the charges of those executed which include “Moharebeh” (enmity against God” and many suspicious “N/A” charges which could be anything from freedom of speech to human rights activism.

Rouhani promised radical changes in the state of human rights in Iran and to his credit, he continues to speak out on these issues.

Unfortunately, he seems powerless to “walk the talk” and Rouhani has not introduced one single bill which eases the desecration of human rights in Iran. Oh, and Tehran’s response to the UN reports? Tehran, as in the past, shows neither acceptance nor remorse and instead simply deemed “unrealistic” and “biased”.

Source : Iran24/07

MIGAZIN| SPRACHKURSE FÜR FLÜCHTLINGE – Nach 100 Deutschstunden ist meist Feierabend

In vielen Bundesländern werden Flüchtlingen Sprachkurse angeboten. Das Angebot gleicht aber einem Flickenteppich. Und weil die Kurse nicht viel kosten dürfen, sind die Standards deutlich niedriger als bei den regulären Integrationskursen.

Hier ein gemeinnütziges und soziales Nachhilfeprojekt im Stadtteil Osdorfer Born

Hier ein gemeinnütziges und soziales Nachhilfeprojekt im Stadtteil Osdorfer Born
Vor Suleiman T. liegen Kopien und Notizpapiere. Es geht um Zahlen, Begrüßungsformeln und Uhrzeiten. Seit acht Monaten lebt der junge Syrer in einem engen Hamburger Flüchtlingscontainer. Ihm geht es ähnlich wie den anderen Teilnehmern aus Afghanistan, Eritrea, Somalia und dem Iran. Sie absolvieren 100 Stunden “Erstorientierung für Flüchtlinge”. Freiwillig und kostenlos. Bücher und Fahrtkosten müssen sie aber selbst bezahlen. Die Teilnehmer kommen gerne. Die Möglichkeit haben allerdings nur wenige: 300 Flüchtlingen im Jahr finanziert Hamburg diese Schulung – und veranschlagt dafür rund 88.000 Euro.

Iran’s UPR response offers bleak outlook for Baha’is and human rights

GENEVA — Iran’s limited and conditional acceptance of just two out of ten recommendations made by other governments about its ongoing persecution of Baha’is today suggests there will be no significant change in government policy in the near future – and a bleak outlook for human rights generally in Iran.

“The sad reality is that Iran has largely refused to accept recommendations made by the international community that it end discrimination against Baha’is, offering instead to the Human Rights Council only token concessions on the issue,” said Diane Ala’i, the representative of the Baha’i International Community in Geneva.

She noted that Iran gave only partial acceptance to two recommendations that specifically mentioned Baha’is in its response to October’s Universal Periodic Review at the Council, rejecting completely the other eight.

“Other governments in October offered some very strong and significant recommendations about how Iran could end its systematic persecution of Baha’is, but Iran has walked away from them almost entirely, accepting only two in a limited and conditional manner,” said Ms. Ala’i.

“Based on this – and their past record of failure to live up to recommendations made at the 2010 UPR – we doubt there will be any improvement in the near future for Baha’is, who are persecuted in Iran solely for their religious beliefs,” said Ms. Ala’i.

In a statement read today to the Council, Ms. Ala’i observed that during the October UPR, “Mr. Javad Larijani, the head of the delegation, claimed that Baha’is ‘are dealt [with] under the so called citizenship contract’ and ‘enjoy all the privileges of any citizen in Iran,’ and that ‘they have professors at the university’ and ‘students at the university.’

“But recently Ayatollah Bojnourdi, who was one of the drafters of the Charter for Citizenship Rights, publicly said: ‘We never say that Baha’is have the right to education; Baha’is don’t even have citizenship rights!’

“This is the sad truth of the reality in Iran,” Ms. Ala’i told the Council.

Ms. Ala’i expressed the hope that, in its desire to prove to the world its oft-stated respect for the Universal Periodic Review, Iran will begin with the easy step of allowing Baha’is unrestrained access to higher education, a development that would be in line with the two recommendations it has partially accepted.

What Iran accepted and rejected today

At Iran’s formal UPR session in October, other governments made 291 recommendations about how Iran might improve its human rights record. At its outcome session today, Iran accepted 130 of those. It gave partial acceptance to 59 of them, and it rejected completely 102 of them. Of those that mention Baha’is, two fell into the partial acceptance category, one from Chile and one from the Czech Republic. They were:

138.111. Adopt provisions to prevent all forms of discrimination against women and girls and, in particular, promote access to higher education for members of the Baha’i community and other religious minorities (Chile);

138.131. Review its legislation and policy so as to ensure freedom of religion of persons belonging to religious minorities, including Baha’i, as well as protection of their other human rights without any discrimination (Czech Republic);

Their partial acceptance, however, was conditioned by Iran’s statement “that full implementation of some of these recommendations is contrary to our constitution, basic laws and Islamic values” and “the course of action required to amend current laws need time and lengthy deliberations among different constituent parts in the legislative process.”

The eight recommendations regarding Baha’is which were rejected are as follows:

138.125. Put an end to acts of repression against ethnic and religious minorities, in particular Baha’is, and take effective measures to put an end to discriminatory policies against them (Luxembourg);

138.126. Eliminate reported discrimination against religious minorities such as the Baha’is and offer better legal protection to such communities (Sierra Leone);

138.128. Take measures to ensure non-discrimination in law and in practice against ethnic and religious minorities, including arbitrary detention and exclusion from higher education and government employment, as well as governmental interference in private employment, against persons belonging to the Baha’i community (Sweden);

138.129. Cease all discrimination against members of religious and ethnic minorities, including Baha’is, Dervishes, Christians, Ahwazi Arabs, Balochs and Kurds, and ensure respect for freedom of religion (Australia);

138.130. End discrimination in law and practice against all religious and ethnic minorities such as Baha’is, Sufis, Kurds and Sunni Arabs, and ensure full protection of their rights (Austria);

138.132. Put an end to discrimination and repression against people because of their ethnic and religious affiliation, including Baha’is, Kurds, Ahwazis and Christians (France);

138.133. End discrimination in law and practice against religious and ethnic minorities, including the Baha’i community (Lithuania);

138.134. Take steps to prevent discrimination and incitement to hatred against the Baha’i or any other ethnic or religious minority, regardless of whether it is officially recognized (Mexico).

Source: BAHAI World News

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