Archiv für den Tag 15. August 2011

Statement by the High Representative Catherine Ashton on the increasing use of the death penalty in Iran.

Catherine Ashton, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security
Policy and Vice-President of the Commission, issued the following statement:

“I am deeply concerned by the increasing number of executions in Iran. According to data now
compiled from many sources, the rate of executions in Iran during the first half of 2011 make it the
world’s leading user of the death penalty per inhabitant. This alarming development clearly
contravenes the worldwide trend towards the abolition of the death penalty, as exemplified by the
increasing support to the UN General Assembly Resolutions calling for a moratorium on the use of
the death penalty.
The EU holds a strong and principled position against the death penalty. The EU therefore calls on Iran,
as it does on all states insisting on maintaining the death penalty, to halt pending executionsand to instate
 a moratorium on the death penalty.”

Statement by the spokesperson of EU High Representative Catherine Ashton on the recent sentencing of Iranian human rights lawyer Mohammad Ali Dadkhah

The spokesperson of Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and
Security Policy and Vice President of the Commission, issued the following statement:

“The High Representative expresses her serious concern over the increasingly difficult conditions
for human rights lawyers in Iran. The latest example is the case of prominent human rights lawyer
Mohammad Ali Dadkhah, who was arrested in 2009 and recently sentenced to 9 years in prison and
a 10 year occupational ban. The persecution of human rights defenders in Iran is in breach of the
international obligations that Iran has itself signed up to. The High Representative calls on Iran to
respect these obligations, which she believes would warrant a review of the case of Mohammad Ali

CHRR: 14 Female Political Prisoners Who Are Denied Furlough

According to the Bureau of Prison Rules and Regulations, granting furlough is the legal rights of a prisoner. However, the authorities continue to deny many of the political prisoners the furlough that they are entitled to according to law.

Currently there are number of political prisoners in various prisons in Iran that have been denied furlough despite being in prison for long periods of time.

This issue becomes more important and relevant for the female political prisoners, because many of them have small children and lengthy absences from their families and their children could inflict irreversible damage to them.

Currently there are number of female political prisoners in Evin prison who have children under the age of 18 but have not been granted furlough since being incarcerated.

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Iran News Round Up (August 15)


Iran Video Special: Europe & US Need Freedom Most of All

See Also, The Latest from Iran (15 August): The World According to the Regime

Iran Special: An Appeal to the UN Special Rapporteur (Alinejad)

In an interview with RT, Ahmadinejad says that nukes are the weapons from yesterday, Iran isn’t meddling in the affairs of others, „justice and dignity are among the requirements of all human beings,“ and the US and Europe need freedom more than Iran, because Iran already has so much. But hey, even Ahmadinejad admits, Iran isn’t perfect.

Iran Special: An Appeal to the UN Special Rapporteur (Alinejad)

Former Maldives foreign minister Ahmed Shaheed has been assigned UN Special Rapporteur to Iran in order to investigate the human rights abuses. Iranian journalist Masih Alinejad writes this open letter (reprinted with permission from the author) with a simple message:

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The Latest from Iran (15 August): The World According to the Regime


1424 GMT: Cartoon alert – The result of the cooperation between Khatam al-Anbia, a large engineering firm with close ties to the Revolutionary Guard Corps, and the oil ministry (Kowsar):

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Eye On Iran: Iran’s „Nuclear Partner“ Russia Seeks To Revive Global Talks

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Reuters: „Russia will look to revive nuclear talks between Iran and the world’s biggest economic and military powers this week, hoping its special relationship with Tehran can help jolt back to life negotiations that some analysts consider ‚dead in the water.‘ Presidential Security Council secretary Nikolai Patrushev is due to meet his Iranian counterpart and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Tehran on Monday and is expected to raise a Russian plan to restart the talks that collapsed in January.“

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Iran zensiert Klassiker “Chosrou und Schirin”

Irans Kulturministerium will nach mehr als acht Jahrhunderten ein berühmtes Liebesepos der persischen Literatur zensieren. Teile des Buchs “Chosrou und Schirin” sollen nach 831 Jahren verboten werden, berichtete die Nachrichtenagentur Mehr. Das Ministerium habe den zuständigen Verlag gebeten, Passagen zu streichen, sagte Fariba Nabati vom Verlag Peydayesh, der das Liebesepos seit Jahren herausbringt.

Das Liebesdrama um Chosrou und Schirin wurde 1177 von Nesami Gandschawi geschrieben und 1180 veröffentlicht. Seitdem zählt es zu den berühmtesten Epen der persischen Literatur.

Der Verlag wollte das Layout für die achte Auflage ändern und schickte es an das Ministerium, um die Genehmigung für die Publikation zu erhalten, berichtete Nabati. Sie sei schockiert gewesen, als das Ministerium ihr mitteilte, dass Passagen zensiert werden müssen. Darunter sollen auch Satzteile sein wie “irgendwo hingehen, wo wir alleine sein können” oder “Hände halten”.

Muss man dazu noch etwas sagen?

Deutscher Bundestag: Kleine Anfrage- Die aktuelle Situation im Lager Ashraf (Irak) / Fraktion DIE LINKE

Kleine Anfrage
der Abgeordneten Thomas Nord, Jan van Aken, Christine Buchholz, Wolfgang
Gehrcke, Andrej Hunko, Niema Movassat, Alexander Ulrich, Kathrin Vogler und
der Fraktion DIE LINKE.

Die aktuelle Situation im Lager Ashraf (Irak)

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