Archiv für den Monat Juni 2011
Bloomberg: „Iran is furnishing new, more deadly weapons to Shiite Muslim militias targeting U.S. troops in Iraq as part of a pattern of renewed attempts to exert influence in the region, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said. About 40 percent of the deaths of American soldiers since the official end of U.S. combat operations almost 10 months ago have occurred in the past few weeks as a result of the attacks, Gates said yesterday in an interview at the Pentagon that also touched on Iran’s nuclear program. The U.S. has raised the attacks with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and others, said Gates, who leaves office today. Gates will be succeeded by Leon Panetta, director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Iran is ‚facilitating weapons, they’re facilitating training, there’s new technology that they’re providing,‘ Gates said. ‚They’re stepping this up, and it’s a concern.‘ Iran is supporting radical Shiite groups intent on ‚killing as many as possible in order to demonstrate to the Iraqi people that, in effect, they drove us out of Iraq at the end of the year,‘ he said. The attacks are increasing as the U.S. and Iraqi governments are discussing politically acceptable ways to extend the American military presence beyond December… The aid to radical allies inside Iraq reflects Iran’s stepped-up efforts to wield influence in the Middle East and the Persian Gulf region, Gates said. The pattern has become particularly evident since populist revolts began against authoritarian rule in Tunisia, Egypt and elsewhere, collectively known as the Arab Spring. ‚They didn’t create the Arab Spring or start it, but they are clearly trying to exploit it wherever they can,‘ said Gates… The Iranian threat to the U.S. forces has increased ‚in the last three or four months,‘ Gates said. Iran is supplying bigger ‚explosively formed penetrators,‘ or EFPs, a particularly powerful type of roadside bomb, and ‚improvised rocket-assisted munitions,‘ or IRAMs, he said.“ http://t.uani.com/mlIZ9t
On 26 June 2011, twelve prisoners of conscience declared an end to their nine-day long hunger strike. The prisoners started a hunger strike on 18 June to protest rampant impunity and lack of accountability following the deaths of two prominent activists, Haleh Sahabi and Hoda Saber.
Saber died in captivity from a heart attack on 10 June 2011. Saber had started a hunger strike to protest the death of Haleh Sahabi on 2 June. On 8 June, a prison official beat Saber when he was transferred to the prison clinic. On the morning of Saber’s death, prison officials failed to transfer him to a hospital for six hours after his heart attack.
Local sources in Mashad told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that 26 more inmates were hanged at Vakilabad Prison on 15 June 2011. At the same time, the Prosecutor of Mashad Mahmoud Zoghi admitted to secret group executions and without mentioning the number of executions over the past two and half years, referred to “the high number of executions.”
Zoghi acknowledged group executions while reporting the large number of drug trafficking cases in Vakilabad prison.
“With such a high volume of drug trafficking cases, the execution statistics are proportionate and foreign media unjustifiably exaggerate in this subject,” Zoghisaid.
This chart collects UN Special Representative and Rapporteur activity in Iran since 1980.
|Name of UN Representative:||Mandates/ Concerns/ Findings/Visits:||Significant Reports/Relevant Information:|
Special Representative to Iran (and Iraq)
Human rights concerns, with regard to findings of visits, include:
Mr. Palme visited Iran five times between 1980 and 1982.
New York, NY – United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) on Wednesday applauded Layher for ending its business in Iran.
This month Layher, a German construction group, contacted UANI in response to a notice it received from California’s Department of General Services. As the Financial Times reported this week, California has been notifying state contractors which have reportedly done business in Iran that they potentially will be barred from state government contracts under the terms of California’s 2010 Iran Contracting Act legislation.
Layher entered into discussions with UANI and agreed to sign UANI’s Iran Business Declarationcertifying that it has ended all business in Iran and will forego any future business there. UANI will now list Layher as withdrawn on the Iran Business Registry (IBR), which California has been using to vet state contractors.
Said UANI President, Ambassador Mark D. Wallace:
1430 GMT: All the President’s Men. And now Tehran Emrooz, close to Tehran Mayor Mohammad-Baqer Qalibaf, goes after the President’s advisors, claiming Vice President Hamid Baghaei was given a new post to sell govt buildings in Tehran. He then appointed two new officials to align allies with Ahmadinejad’s office.
Geneva-Paris, June 29, 2011. The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) and the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), welcomes the release of human rights defender Emadeddin (Emad) Baghi, founder of the Centre for the Defence of Prisoners‘ Rights and laureate of the 2009 Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders, but expresses its deepest concern about the ongoing arbitrary detention of other human rights defenders in Iran.