Archiv für den Tag 26. April 2011

Leading Human Rights Lawyer Detained on Spurious Charges

Case Highlights Attack on the Legal Community

(24 April 2011) The Iranian Judiciary and Intelligence Ministry should immediately release  prominent human rights lawyer Mohammad Seifzadeh, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said today. The Campaign expressed serious concern regarding Seifzadeh’s baseless detention and reported ill health.  He has been denied access to his attorney, and other internationally guaranteed due process rights.

“The arrest of Mohammad Seifzazeh is yet another illegal assault on Iran’s human rights defense community,” said Hadi Ghaemi, spokesperson for the Campaign.

“Seifzadeh is being prosecuted because of his adherence to professional ethical standards, and his praiseworthy defense of those denied their human rights,” he said.

Mohammad Seifzadeh is an internationally recognized lawyer and a founding member of Center for Human Rights Defenders. A lower court sentenced him to nine years in prison and a 10 year ban on legal practice in October 2010.  His case is currently under review by Appeals Court Branch 54.  His charges in the case are “collusion and assembly with the intent to disrupt internal security,” “propagation activities against the regime,” and “establishing the Center for Human Rights Defenders.”

In an interview with the Campaign, Marzieh Nikara, Seifzadeh’ lawyer, said that he has been in detention inside the Intelligence Office of the northwestern city of Orumiyeh for the past two weeks on charges of attempting to leave the country illegally.  Nikara told the Campaign that Seifzadeh had gone to Orumiyeh for a research project, adding that she did not know how and when her client had been arrested. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Mahdieh Golroo Awaits Court Decision on Statement Allegedly Issued In Prison

In an interview with the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, Amir Raeesian, Mahdieh Golroo’s lawyer, talked about the new case raised at Branch 28 of Tehran’s Revolutionary Court against his client and two other prisoners of conscience, Bahareh Hedayat, and Majid Tavakoli. “In her first case, a verdict was issued and she was sentenced to prison, but the case that is currently under review in Branch 28 is raised against her along with Ms. Bahareh Hedayat and Mr. Majid Tavakoli on the charge of ‘propagating against the regime.’ We continue to await hearing about the court date,” Raeesian told the Campaign.

“She was previously sentenced to two years and four months in prison, and after appeal, the ‘propagating’ charge was dropped and four months were reduced [from her sentence] at the appeals stage. She is now serving the remaining 2 years,” said Raeesian.

“The new case is related to a statement published on 7 December 2010 on the occasion of Student’s Day. Apparently, the university and the people who published the statement, claimed that it was signed by Mahdieh Golroo, Bahareh Hedayat, and Majid Tavakoli. The case was established after this statement was published on 7 December,” said Raeesian, adding that he was not sure the exact date the new case was formed.

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Iran:“Human Rights Organizations Should Defend The Rights of Prisoners,” Says Filmmaker’s Wife

In an interview with the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, Fatemeh Maleki, the wife of journalist and filmmaker Mohammad Nourizad, said she has had no word from her husband for the past month. “My last meeting with Mr. Nourizad was on 18 March, and I have not heard from him since. He was in critical condition with his kidney problem, and [the problem with] his teeth; I think he may have lost all his teeth by now. The day he was recalled to prison, he was scheduled for treatment, but authorities said that we had to take him back to prison, and that they would pursue his dental work there, but it was never pursued and right now I have no information about him at all,” Maleki told the Campaign.

“I have not and will not try to find out why they won’t let us visit him or let him call us because I feel that they don’t understand what we are talking about at all, and our current conditions are not important for them at all. At this time, I demand the release of Mohammad Nourizad, and not having telephone contact or visitations with him. Efforts and struggles for getting visitation rights or telephone contact with family members of prisoners is a game they have imposed on us,” said Maleki.

“I would like to ask human rights organizations to step in independently and with impartiality towards groups and governments, and to defend the rights of those in prison,” she added.

“Even if they believe that Mr. Nourizad has committed crimes which deserve punishment, I believe 1.5 years in prison is sufficient punishment for him. Putting him in a place where he couldn’t say or do anything for 1.5 years is sufficient,” said Nourizad’s wife.

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Iran:Journalist’s Family in Shock Over Harsh Sentence

On 17 April, reformist journalist Nazanin Khosravani was sentenced to six years in prison on charges of “assembly and collusion for acting against national security,” and “propagating against the regime” by Branch 26 of Tehran’s Revolutionary Court with Judge Pirabbasi presiding.

Khosravani’s family remains in shock at the news of such a heavy sentence and do not know what actions they need to take in order to have the sentence overturned. Khosravani’s lawyer, Farideh Gheirat, said that she will appeal the sentence within the allotted time.

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Iran: Der zugedröhnte Gottesstaat – ZDF heute journal – ZDFmediathek

Mit offiziell mehr als drei Millionen Süchtigen ist der Iran eine Nation auf Droge. Die Jugend versinkt im Drogensumpf. Willenlos und ruhiggestellt. Iran gilt als größter Drogenschmuggler weltweit.

Der Bericht

Teheran im Bauch

Oldenburger Lokalteil: Mathias Kopetzki, Jahrgang 1973, wuchs in Hude auf und machte in Oldenburg sein Abitur. Erst nach und nach entschlüsselte er das Geheimnis seiner Herkunft. Sein leiblicher Vater ist Iraner und nahm irgendwann, als Mathias längst erwachsen war, Kontakt zu seinem Sohn auf. Über diese späte Begegnung mit seinem Vater und seiner Familie in Teheran hat Mathias das Buch “Teheran im Bauch – Wie meines Vaters Land mich fand” geschrieben, das am 25. April erscheint. Der Oldenburger Lokalteil druckt einen Auszug mit Lokalkolorit.

Der Wind blies mir in den Mantel und auf dem Bahnhofsvorplatz roch es nach Schnee. Saeed trug einen Parker, hatte einen buschigen Schnurrbart.  Seine Halbglatze glänzte mir entgegen, da er die Mütze abnahm, um mich zu begrüßen. Offensichtlich kannte er mein Aussehen. Am liebsten wäre ich umgekehrt.
,,Salaam, Mathias!”, rief er und drückte mich an sich.
Er stank nach Rauch und Schweiß. Mehr aus Höflichkeit erwiderte ich seine Umarmung.
Er starrte mich an. ,,Ich habe dich sofort erkannt, du siehst deinem Vater sehr ähnlich – wie bei ihm wachsen deine Augenbrauen zusammen! Im Iran ein Zeichen männlicher Schönheit!” Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Profiles of the Iranian Asylum-Seekers on Hunger Strike in Limassol, Cyprus

A group of Iranian asylum-seekers who are illegally detained in Limassol, Cyprus, have gone on hunger strike to demand the return of a refugee’s child who has been illegally given to another family; the release from detention of all asylum-seekers who are being held for no other reason than in relation to an expired passport or visa; and the review and correction of their asylum-seekers‘ files with the assistance of a competent translator other than the one believed by the asylum-seekers to be collaborating with the Islamic Republic.

These are their profiles, showing that they are victims of arbitrary and illegal detention by the government of Cyprus. None of them has had their rights as refugees upheld, and both UNHCR and the government of Cyprus should be held responsible.

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Iran: „U.S. Concerns and Policy Responses“

07.04.2011 – Quelle: Congressional Research Service

Iran: „U.S. Concerns and Policy Responses“

Bericht zur politischen und Sicherheitslage (Regierung und Opposition; Menschenrechte; terroristische Gruppen; Militär) [ID 155814]

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Version vom 7. April 2011

Iran: „Further information on Urgent Action: 106/11 [MDE 13/045/2011]“

15.04.2011 – Quelle: Amnesty International

Iran: „Further information on Urgent Action: 106/11 [MDE 13/045/2011]“

Gesetzesentwurf über NGOs und zivilgesellschaftliche Organisationen, der kurz vor der Zustimmung des Parlaments stand, für 3-monatige Prüfung an ein Komitee abgegeben; der Entscheidung ging starke Kritik aus dem In-und Ausland voraus [ID 158725]

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Iran: „Freedom on the Net 2011“

18.04.2011 – Quelle: Freedom House

Iran: „Freedom on the Net 2011“

Bericht zur Freiheit digitaler Medien und des Internet (Beobachtungszeitraum 2009/2010) [ID 158765]

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