Archiv für den Tag 21. August 2011

Swedish Government to Deport Another Iranian Activist to Torture & Probable Execution in Iran: Ahwazi Activist Ali Mansouri

The Swedish government continues with its utterly inhumane politics of deporting Iranian political asylum-seekers at clear danger of further torture and possible execution in Iran. We have only just learned of Ali’s case: on Friday, he was lured to the Swedish polce station with promises of discussing his asylum case and assurances that he would not be detained or deported. Ali went to the police station innocently, only to be detained and informed that he would be deported to Iran within a matter of days. This is Ali’s story. We will follow with additional information and calls for action. Ali’s case is urgent and we will have to do all we can to stop is deportation given so little time in which to act.

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Berlin: Regierender Bürgermeister Wowereit (SPD) zeigt Solidarität mit iranischer Bürgerrechtsbewegung

Foto: Nic Frank –  Vielen Dank für die vielen tollen Fotos!

(Berlin) – Der Regierende Bürgermeister Klaus Wowereit (SPD) zeigte Solidarität mit der iranischen Bürgerrechtsbewegung. Gerne ließ er sich ein „grünes“ Armband umhängen, das mit dem iranischen Wort „Azadi“ beschrieben war. Interessiert hörte er den Ausführungen der Berliner Bürgerrechtler Katayun Pirdawari, Farin Fakhari und Lutz Bucklitsch über die Situation im Iran an. Belustigt war er über das ihm geschenkte „grüne“ Armband. Sein Kommentar hierzu: “ Wenn das die „GRÜNEN“ sehen würden…..“

Auf dem Schwul-/Lesbischen-Fest in Friedrichshain unterstützten zahlreiche Politiker – SPD, Grüne, Die Linke, CDU, FDP – die Aktion zur Unterstützung der iranischen Bürgerrechtsbewegung. Alle waren schockiert über das Ausmaß der Verfolgung von Homosexuellen im Iran. Hunderte Festbesucher trugen gerne das grüne Solidaritätsarmband „Azadi“, was kostenlos an die Festbesucher verteilt wurde.

The Latest from Iran (20 August): Regime’s Cyber-Warriors „We Don’t Get No Respect“

US citizens Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal, shown with fellow hiker Sarah Shourd, who were convicted today of spying and sentenced to eight years in prison (see 1350 GMT)

1422 GMT: Some People are So Ungrateful Watch. The head of State broadcaster IRIB, Ezzatollah Zarghami, has declared that he said to the „losing“ candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi after the 2009 Presidential elections, „You got these 13 million votes only with the help of IRIB.“

The official returns, challenged by millions of Iranians in the days after the ballot, showed President Ahmadinejad with 24 million votes v. Mousavi’s 13 million.

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Iran Feature: Assessing Supreme Leader v. Ahmadinejad

We post this article by Afrooz Mahdavi, writing in the US journal The Nation, in part because it offers an overview of the complexity of the conflict within Iran — involving the Supreme Leader, President Ahmadinejad, conservative/principlist factions, the Revolutionary Guards, and the reformists and being waged on economic as well as political fronts.

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„The Islamic Republic Should Know that Until the Fall of This Regime, Mitra Kahrom Will Fight.“

Mitra is in detention in Sweden, on the verge of being deported back to her torturers in the Islamic Republic of Iran. We do not accept the illegal deportation of Mitra Kahrom by the Swedish government. Join us in demanding Mitra’s human right to live free of both political and gender-based persecution by reading her words and signing her petition.

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