Archiv für den Tag 9. Juni 2011
Walid verdient sich in Damas seinen Lebensunterhalt als Taxifahrer. Seine Freundin Souhaire trifft er nur heimlich, denn die Tradition verbietet es, dass sich nicht verheiratete Paare zusammen in der Öffentlichkeit zeigen. So gut es geht, nutzen sie Walids Taxi für gemeinsame Schäferstündchen. Da bietet Souhaire Walid eines Tages an, sie auf eine Reise nach Teheran zu begleiten, wo sie eine Freundin besuchen möchte. Walid willigt ein. Im Schlafwagen des Zuges haben sie zwar mehr Intimsphäre, gleichzeitig führt ihre mehrtägige Zweisamkeit aber zum Abkühlen der Beziehung…
June 12, 2011: A Day to Reconnect, Recommit, & Remember
Today, nearly two years since Iran’s disputed election, many of Iran’s best and brightest face extremely unjust imprisonment and sentences for daring to voice dissent.
Hundreds continue to endure systematic persecution, detentions, torture – and worse – simply for their faith, ethnicity or beliefs. And though the protests in Iran have lessened under the heavy hand of Iran’s authorities, the gross human and civil rights violations have only intensified.
With much of the world’s attention now focused on the Arab Spring movements across the Middle East and North Africa, the focus on struggles for human rights has turned away from Iran. However, Iran’s movement IS continuing. Nobel Laureate, Dr. Shirin Ebadi, has compared the movement in Iran to a “fire under the ashes” with glowing embers that can re-ignite at any time.
It is with great pleasure to share some of the best news that has come out of Iran in months.
The first piece of good news is that detained union activist, Mansour Ossanlou, has been released on bail after nearly four years of imprisonment. This is especially positive news considering the extent to which his health deteriorated while in prison.
The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF), which has long pushed for Mansour Ossanlou’s release, published the news, emphasizing the role of the international community: “He is free because trade unionists worldwide demanded justice.”
Another promising development relates to Iranian-born Canadian Resident, Saeed Malekpour, who was initially sentenced to death in Iran on baseless charges of web offenses.
On June 2, the Free Saeed Malekpour Campaign posted that the “Iranian supreme court threw out Saeed’s death sentence and ordered a new penalty trial. Saeed [will be able to] finally meet his IT lawyer… to prepare a defense case for the new trial.”
Many of you took action on behalf of both individuals, whether by mailing postcards, sending e-letters, creating messages of support, and more.
International awareness is key to achieving positive developments in what sometimes seems like dire cases. Your efforts, your passion, and your ongoing commitment have all contributed to carrying their stories and the injustices they face far beyond our individual computer screens.
Anmerkung der Redaktion: Über die Deportation von 45 Flüchtlingen gibt es derzeit keine Bestätigung. Daher müssen wir vorerst diese Angabe in Zweifel ziehen. Wir bemühen uns gerade alle Angaben bestätigen zu lassen. Das wird aber eine Weile dauern. Trotzdem halten wir an der Veröffentlichung fest, weil es wichtig ist, über die Situation iranischer Flüchtlinge zu berichten.
This report was sent to us by Azad Ahmad, the Iranian political activist who is the spokesperson and chair of the Campaign „No to Deportation,“ and spokesperson of the International Committee against Execution, Kurdistan Branch.
While he was getting ready to participate in the May 1st (International Workers‘ Day) gathering outside the office of the Governor of Kirkuk, and preparing to address the crowd, Azad Ahmad was arrested behind the scenes by the Kirkuk Police.
Ahmad was taken to the police station in Ghuriyeh in Kirkuk. After being questioned by the police in Ghuriyeh, he was detained there until the following day, when he was taken to the Court of Kirkuk to be interrogated by a judge from the National Office of Investigation. Azad Ahmad reports that during this investigation, he was humiliated, he was blindfolded, and his hands were tied. He was accused of fictitious crimes and repeatedly threatened with deportation to Iran. After 4 hours of interrogation, he was transferred to the Information Detention Center, where he was kept in solitary confinement for three days, until the 7th of May 2011, when he was transferred to the common detention center in Kirkuk. The following day, the 8th of May 2011, he was interrogated again by the Information Office of Kirkuk, and put under the same pressures and threats for 3 more hours.