Archiv für den Tag 11. Juni 2011
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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.
In a 24/7 news cycle world, we often expect quick resolutions and immediate conclusions. However, as history has shown, movements take time. Momentum in movements is challenging to realize and sustain and takes patience, trust and determination. To ensure human rights are adhered to and sustained, grassroots activism and engagement is a necessity in every society. >>Read More
Goals & Demands
The day’s goals involve encouraging activists worldwide to continue highlighting Iran’s human rights violations; to sustain international support for the Iranian people and their aspirations; and to urge the United Nations and governments worldwide to support human rights in Iran and to hold accountable those responsible for rights abuses.
The day’s demands directly call on the Islamic Republic of Iran to respect the universal rights of Iran’s citizens (including the freedom of expression, association, and assembly and the right to hold free and fair elections); to stop discrimination on the basis of gender, religion, or ethnicity; to release all prisoners of conscience; and to institute a moratorium on all execution sentences and move towards the total abolishment of the death penalty. >>Read More
The day’s sponsors include
–Baha’i International Community
–Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies
–Democracy Coalition Project
–International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran
–International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)
–Ligue pour la Défense des droits de l’homme en Iran (LDDHI)
–Noble Women’s Initiative
Get Involved! Organize an Event
Various events have already been confirmed across the world, ranging from an art and music event in Amsterdam, to a Race 4 Rights event in Washington DC, to recreating Azadi Square in Chicago and New York, to a panel on religious freedom and women’s rights in London, to a Bike 4 Iran marathon in Madrid.
There are numerous ways you and your organization can get involved, either by organizing an event for the day or by participating in various online actions. Organizing an event can be as complicated as a public art installation to simply meeting friends at a café to write letters or sigh postcards.
The full list of events can be found on the12June.org event map. If you are hosting a human rights focused event you would like to see included on the event map, please e-mail the event details and relevant links to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Take Action Online!
U4I welcomes everyone to take part in the day by participating in various online actions, including a pledge drive, downloading and mailing postcards, and sending e-letters to various UN officials and Foreign Ministers.
To download, print, and mail postcards, click here.
Participate in the Pledge Drive
The online pledge drive is one of the online components of the day. You or your group can commit to completing one or more Iran-focused actions over the coming year.
You can pledge to recommit to anything from ongoing advocacy for a specific prisoner of conscience, to writing and mailing postcards to your government representatives, to passing a Resolution of Support, to organizing events, to building relationships with your local media, and more! The pledge can be found here. >>Read More
If you or your organization is interested in coordinating an event, please send an e-mail to email@example.com so we can share your plans with the world via the U4I calendar and Google map.
Please share footage of your actions by e-mailing pictures or links to uploaded videos to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please also include a short summary of your event, where it took place, who it was hosted by, and what was done.
Make sure to also take part in the online actions and encourage your friends and networks to do the same! Know the U4I team is here to support you and help you meet your commitments and pledges, whatever they may be! If you have any questions, please e-mail us at email@example.com.
Amnesty International Document: Iran – Dire Human Rights Situation Persists Two Years After Disputed Election
9 June 2011
AI Index: MDE 13/057/2011
Iran: Dire human rights situation persists t wo years after disputed election
Two years after the disputed election of 12 June 2009 which saw President Mahmoud Ahmadinejhad returned to power, the human rights situation in Iran remains dire.
The security forces continue to use violence against peaceful protestors and have carried out thousands of arrests. Many detainees have been tortured or otherwise ill-treated and hundreds have been sentenced to prison terms and in some case death after grossly unfair trials. Prison conditions are harsh.
Opposition leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, who stood against President Ahmadinejhad in the June 2009 election, have been held under house arrest, together with their wives, Zahra Rahnavard and Fatemeh Karroubi, for more than 100 days without any legal order.
In commemoration of the second anniversary of the post-election violence and crack-down on dissent orchestrated by the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center (IHRDC) today published a report on the use of rape as a method of torture by Iranian prison authorities. The report, Surviving Rape in Iran’s Prisons, may be found here. The Persian version will be available next week.
Allegations of rape and sexual violence of political prisoners began to emerge after the Islamic Republic of Iran was established in 1979 and have continued, to varying degrees, to the present. However, not surprisingly, there is no reliable estimate of the number of prisoners raped in the Islamic Republic’s prisons. The reasons are simple: few rape victims are willing to speak about their experiences due to (1) government pressure and acquiescence, and (2) social stigma. Iranian authorities have and continue to acquiesce to rapes of prisoners by guards and interrogators who use rape to crush detainees‘ spirit, inflict humiliation, discourage their dissent, force them to confess to crimes, and ultimately to intimidate them and others – all in violation of international human rights and Iranian law.
This report documents the ordeals of five former prisoners – two women and three men. They span the almost 30 years of the Islamic Republic’s existence. Four witnesses were raped; one was threatened with rape and saw rape victims. All were traumatized and some considered suicide.
(10 June 2011) On the second anniversary of the disputed June 2009 election and the ensuing repression, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran today released video testimony from a young female detainee describing in detail her severe torture and repeated rape after her arbitrary arrest.
Her forceful testimony challenges the Iranian authorities’ official narrative, which denies widespread use of torture and rape by security forces against ordinary protestors.
“Rape is one of the worst forms of torture and allegation after allegation of sadistic torture and sexual abuse continue to emerge,” said Hadi Ghaemi, the Campaign’s spokesperson.
“How can the Iranian Judiciary claim a shred of legitimacy if it continues to shield the perpetrators of such atrocities? Its credibility is gone with the wind as it promotes a climate of rampant impunity,” he added.
The Campaign expressed serious concern that the same security and intelligence apparatus that committed the gross atrocities detailed in this video testimony, continues to be in charge of the arbitrary detention, interrogation, and imprisonment of prisoners of conscience and dissidents.
Over the past two years the Judiciary has become a tool of the security and intelligence agents, demonstrating an utter lack of independence.
Im Streit zwischen Irans geistlichem Führer Ali Chamenei und Präsident Mahmud Ahmadinedschad geht es um den Zugriff auf die Öleinnahmen. Von Rudolph Chimelli
Niemand in Teheran spricht offen davon, doch beim Machtkampf zwischen Präsident Mahmud Ahmadinedschad und den Konservativen um den geistlichen Führer Ali Chamenei geht es nicht nur um ideologische Grundsätze, sondern auch um Geld. Genauer gesagt, um das Verfügungsrecht über die Erdöleinnahmen, von denen das Land und sein Regime leben.
Indem er Erdölminister Massud Mirkasemi entließ und selber dessen Ressort übernahm, gab der Präsident seine Absicht zu erkennen, aus der Nationalen Ölgesellschaft und ihrem Ministerium wieder wie einst den beherrschenden Organismus für Irans wirtschaftliche Entwicklung zu machen. Das geistliche Verfassungsgericht, der Wächterrat, hat Ahmadinedschads Selbsternennung als ungesetzlich gerügt, doch der Staatschef kümmert sich nicht darum.