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Iran Round Up – 30.Juni 2011

Summary
Ahmadinejad comments on aides’ arrest; parliament steps up pressure on Mashaei; Supreme Leader accuses U.S., Israel of attempts to derail pro-democracy movements in Middle East
Politics

  • Presidential crisis:
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Eye on Iran – 30.Juni 2011

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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

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Stimmen aus dem Iran – ARTE TV

EIL: Prisoners Declare End of Hunger Strike

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.

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Concurrent With Admission of Group Executions, 26 More Hanged Secretly in Mashad

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.

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A History of United Nations Special Representatives and Rapporteurs in Iran

This chart collects UN Special Representative and Rapporteur activity in Iran since 1980.

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Name of UN Representative: Mandates/ Concerns/ Findings/Visits: Significant Reports/Relevant Information:
Olof Palme 

Special Representative to Iran (and Iraq) 

 

November 1979-1982 

Mandate to:

  • visit the Iran-Iraq border;
  • assist in ending the conflict between Iran and Iraq;
  • verify peace negotiations between Iran and Iraq;
  • report back to the Secretary-General, who would, in turn, keep the Security Council informed of the Special Representatives findings.

Human rights concerns, with regard to findings of visits, include:

  • the treatment of minorities and discrimination against non-Islamic religious groups, specifically related to the treatment of Baha’is.

Mr. Palme visited Iran five times between 1980 and 1982.

 

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Iran News Round Up – 29.Juni 2011

Politics

  • Presidential crisis:
    • Asr-e Iran analyzes Ahmadinejad’s foreign policy calculations:
      • „The foundation of Ahmadinejad’s foreign policy is based on the principle that the enemy will under no circumstance engage in a military attack to topple the regime in Iran. With such a principle, Ahmadinejad operates with a completely open mind concerning his policies… Ahmadinejad follows the same policy in domestic politics. In other words, he believes that the pressure and criticism against him, regardless how harsh and bitter, in the end do not threaten his presidency and he can end his second term in office…“
    • Hojjat al-Eslam Mojtaba Zolnour, former deputy representative of the Supreme Leader to the Revolutionary Guards, addresses the prayers at the Ahl-e Beit Mosque in Qom:
    • Commenting on whether Ahmadinejad could meet the same destiny as Abol-Hassan Bani-Sadr, Iran’s first president after the 1979 revolution: „It is possible that this happens. We can’t refute it, but God willing it will not be so.“
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