Archiv für den Tag 20. Juli 2011

The Latest from Iran (20 July): „Harmless“ Opposition?

1710 GMT: Political Prisoner Watch. A friend of physician and blogger Mehdi Khazali has given an account of the arrest after Khazali was summoned to the Ministry of Intelligence on Monday:


When Dr. Khazali arrived at the Intelligence Ministry they presented him with an arrest warrant. Dr. Khazali told them this warrant is 10 days old and he already posted bond for it four days ago. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

International Coalition for Rights of Iranian Refugees Calls for Protest against the Government of Cyprus‘ Attack on Unarmed Iranian Asylum-Seekers

20 July 2011, Washington, D.C. — The International Coalition for the Rights of Iranian Refugees calls for a protest action against the Cypriot authorities‘ criminal assault on defenseless Iranian asylum-seekers detained in relation to their migration status. Protest actions and pickets are already organized this weekend for Stockholm, Sweden and Washington DC, United States, with additional cities forthcoming.


On Tuesday, 12 July, 2011, approximately 35 police officers and other Cypriot authorities violently assaulted a group of Iranian refugees held in Larnaca detention center. During the attack, the Cypriot authorities threatened the refugees with handguns and used batons and brass knuckles to brutally beat the Iranian refugees, including an elderly 72-year old asylum-seeker, who was transferred to solitary confinement after the beatings. He, along with his family, was deported to Iran in the following days. One refugee is reported to have sustained a broken leg, for which he has received no medical treatment.

We do not accept the continued crimes against asylum-seekers by the Cypriot government. We call all refugee, civil, and human rights activists to demonstrate at the Embassies of the Government of Cyprus worldwide, or at travel agencies specializing in Cyprus tourism.


– We demand that all asylum-seekers attacked in Larnaca detention by the Cypriot authorities be provided urgent international assistance in being removed from this facility and transferred, with the assistance of UNHCR, to a safe third country.

– We demand immediate investigation of prison and detention conditions in Cyprus by the International Red Cross. We express particularly urgent concern regarding the medical condition of Mostafa Taghilou, whose leg is reported broken.

– We demand that the Cypriot government be held accountable immediately at level of the European Union.

Members of the ICRIR include Action for Democracy and Human Rights in the Middle East, International Federation for Iranian Refugees, Iranian Refugees Action Network, Iranian Refugee Amnesty Network, and Mission Free Iran.

Eye on Iran – Iran’s Acceleration of Its Nuclear Program Angers the West

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Guardian: „Western capitals have reacted angrily to an announcement by Iran that it is installing more advanced centrifuges in a uranium enrichment plant with the aim of accelerating its nuclear programme. ‚The installation of new centrifuges with better quality and speed is ongoing,‘ Ramin Mehmanparast, the Iranian foreign ministry spokesman, told reporters at his weekly press briefing. ‚We have announced it and the agency [the International Atomic Energy Agency] has full supervision of them. They are fully aware that Iran’s peaceful nuclear activity continues to progress. This is another confirmation of the Islamic republic’s successful strides in its nuclear activities.‘ However, France said Iran’s move – which Tehran claims could triple the rate at which it enriches uranium – confirmed suspicions that the Iranian nuclear programme had ’no credible civilian application‘. The French foreign ministry said: „Iran has just given in to another provocation by announcing the imminent installation of next generation centrifuges. This is a new violation of six security council resolutions and 10 resolutions by the council of governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency [IAEA].‘ The British Foreign Office said the announcement ‚further undermines Iran’s claim that its nuclear programme is designed for purely peaceful purposes, and demonstrates the urgency of increasing pressure on Iran … Iran must understand that we will not be distracted by events in the region and it should not doubt our resolve.'“

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Radio Zamaneh Interview with Iranian Kurdish Refugees in al-Waleed Camp, Iraq | به زندگی در چادر پایان می‌دهیم ‎[ENG | FA]‎

Radio Zamaneh Interview with Iranian Kurdish Refugees in al-Waleed Camp, Iraq | به زندگی در چادر پایان می‌دهیم [ENG | FA]
by Mohsen Kakarash

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Iran Document: The Authors of „New Green Manifesto“ Issue Another Statement

UPDATE 1920 GMT: insideIRAN has posted a copy of the Persian version of the „New Green Manifesto“

Last week, based in the US and France, published a document in English (see separate entry) from representatives of „dozens of groups in Iran“ which „offer[ed] several recommendations for the reform and strengthening of the Green Movement“. The representatives sought a Green Movement which would be an umbrella for those seeking the rights of workers, the impoverished, women, and ethnic and religious minorities, and declared, „We believe that [the] goal of the complete subordination of all government and state posts to direct popular sovereignty needs to be clearly and repeatedly stated.“

The document has gotten some attention, but it is still shrouded in mystery — who are these groups in Iran which have chosen to issue a new manifesto? And why have opposition outlets such as Rah-e Sabz and Kalemeh declined to publish the Persian text?

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