Archiv für den Tag 29. Juni 2011

UANI Applauds Layher, California Contractor, for Ending Its Business in Iran

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 UANI will now list Layher as withdrawn on the Iran Business Registry (IBR), which California has been using to vet state contractors.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:

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EA: The Latest from Iran (29 June): Possibility of a Blackout

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.

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IRAN: Release of prominent human rights defender, while others remain detained

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) Baghifounder 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.

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Statement from Austrian Foreign Ministry: Stop the violence against women in the Middle East

Original in German | Source in English

Plassnik: Stop the violence against women in the Middle East!
Special Envoy on the latest form of violence against women in Libya, Egypt and Iran

Vienna, 9 June 2011 – As far as the public at the international level is concerned, there has been great progress and a profound paradigm shift in recent years with regard to the topic of violence against women in conflict situations. A statute of the International Criminal Court, for instance, condemns the systematic deployment of rape and sexual violence as war crimes and crimes against humanity under international law.

“With this in mind, the latest cases of structural violence against women in our southern neighbourhood and in the Middle East are even more upsetting,” said Ursula Plassnik, Special Envoy for International Women’s Issues at the Foreign Ministry, at a press conference today.

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Amnesty Alert: Woman detained for human rights activism


UA: 196/11 Index: MDE 13/063/2011 Iran Date: 23 June 2011 Date: 23 June 2011



Iranian human rights activist, Mansoureh Behkish , was arrested on 12 June 2011. She is a member of the  Mourning Mothers  group , which campaigns against human rights violation ssuch as unlawful killings, arbitrary arrests, torture, and enforced disappearances She is at risk of torture or other ill-treatment.

Mansoureh Behkish, 54, was arrested by men believed to belong to the Ministry of Intelligence when they recognised her in a street in Tehran, at 8pm on 12 June 2011. She is now held in Section 209 of Evin Prison. She was able to make a short phone call to her mother two or three days after her arrest and again on 20 June, but could not talk about the conditions of her detention. Mansoureh Behkish suffers from a neurodegenerative disease called diffuse myelinoclastic sclerosis, or sometimes referred to as “Schilder’s disease”.

The ‘Mourning Mothers’ group mainly comprises women whose children have been killed, disappeared or detained in post-election violence in Iran since June 2009, but it quickly grew to include relatives of other victims of human rights violations and their supporters. Mansoureh Behkish has lost several members of her family who were executed in the 1980s; since then she has been an activist and has been detained several times before.

Mansoureh Behkish was among 33 women from the ‘Mourning Mothers’ group arrested during their weekly meeting in Laleh Park, Tehran, on 9 January 2010 and held for several days. On 17 March 2010, she was prevented from travelling to Italy to visit her children and her passport was confiscated. She remains banned from travel abroad.

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Eye on Iran – 29.Juni 2011

Top Stories

AFP: „Iran has carried out secret tests of missiles capable of delivering a nuclear payload in breach of UN resolutions, British Foreign Secretary William Hague said Wednesday. Hague’s comments came a day after Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards said they had fired 14 missiles in an exercise, one of them a medium-range weapon capable of striking Israel or US targets in the Gulf. In a statement to lawmakers, Hague said: ‚Iran has also been carrying out covert ballistic missile tests and rocket launches, including testing missiles capable of delivering a nuclear payload in contravention of UN resolution 1929.‘ He said Iran had also announced plans to triple its capacity to produce 20 percent enriched uranium, adding: ‚These are enrichment levels far greater than is needed for peaceful nuclear energy. We will maintain and continue to increase pressure on Iran to negotiate an agreement on their nuclear programme,‘ including sanctions, he said. On Tuesday US State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said Iran was ‚bragging‘ about its assets, but did not specify whether Washington thought the tested missiles were nuclear-capable.“

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The Latest from Iran (28 June): Towards the Next Elections

1810 GMT: Khamenei’s Balancing Act? More on the statement of the Supreme Leader’s representative to the Revolutionary Guards, Mojtaba Zolnour (see 1435 GMT)….

While defending Ayatollah Khamenei’s support of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the 2009 election, Zolnour said that the „nezam“ (system) was interrogating elements of the „deviant current“.

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Iran News Round Up – 28.Juni 2011

Mashaei accused of connection with Britain’s MI6; Iran test-fires 14 missiles, cites Israel, American bases in region as potential targets

  • Presidential Crisis:
    • Sobh-e Sadeq accuses Esfandiar Rahim-Mashaei of being connected to the British MI6.
    • According to Mashreq, Mashaei’s absence from the political scene does not mean he has resigned from politics, but is a sign of his behind the scenes machinations.
    • According to Haft-e Sobh, close to Ahmadineajd, a number of Revolutionary Guards commanders close to Tehran Mayor Mohammad-Baqer Qalibaf have resigned from their positions in order to run for parliament.
  • According to Sobh-e Sadeq, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei had told the translator of a novel by Akram Osman, an Afghan author based in Norway, that he had read Osman’s book, which came as a surprise to the translator since the book had not yet been released in Iran.

“I Saw Prison Abuse,” Says Mohammad Nourizad


In an interview with the International Campaign with Human Rights in Iran, Mohammad Nourizad, a filmmaker, journalist and prisoner of conscience currently on furlough, provided details about his own case as well as the abuse of other prisoners. “I saw a young man who had been beaten, his lips were torn, and he had been slapped in the face numerous times. I believe what Hamzeh Karami and Abdollah Momeni said [about prison abuse] was accurate. They were badly tortured.” In separate letters from prison, political prisoners Hamzeh Karami and Abdollah Momenireported being  abused and tortured.
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