Archiv für den Tag 19. September 2011

Iran News Round Up (Sep. 19)

Supreme Leader tells Islamic Awakening Conference not to trust NATO countries; Larijani blasts Yemeni regime for brutal crackdown on protesters, blames foreign countries for fomenting unrest in Syria; Iran arrests six individuals on charges of aiding BBC; Thailand refuses fuel to Iranian airplanes


  • Addressing the people of Qazvin, Rafsanjani complains of the Intelligence Ministry and „Hezbollahi kids“ troubling him and the Azad University.

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England: Die britische Regierung beschneidet die Rechtshilfe für Asylsuchende – „The asylum seekers facing a Kafkaesque legal nightmare“.

Viele bleiben ohne sachkundige Rechtshilfe und haben keinen Zugang zu ihren eigenen Akten.

Über die Situation berichtet der Guardian am 4. August 2011 unter der Überschrift „The asylum seekers facing a Kafkaesque legal nightmare“.


Woldat Teklebrhan has found an unusual way to pass the time. The 28-year-old Eritrean asylum seeker keeps practising his driving licence theory test on a DVD. „I do the test because I don’t have anything else to do. I get them perfect – 20/20,“ he says with pride. But Teklebrhan can’t drive in this country. In fact, there is not much he can do. He can’t work. He can’t study. He can’t claim support from the state. Officially he is not allowed to stay in Britain. But he can’t leave. And now he can’t get even find a solicitor to help him escape this demoralising and exhausting state of limbo.

The number of people fleeing persecution and arriving on our shores has fallen significantly in recent years. In the first three months of 2011, 4,845 people sought asylum in the UK. Yet these people, from failed states and oppressive regimes, from Somalia, Eritrea, Iran and the Arab Spring uprisings, are funnelled into a Kafkaesque nightmare. Legal aid has been slashed and is facing another £350m cut. More than 400 barristers have warned that victims of torture, children and the mentally ill will have their lives put at risk by cuts that, they say, will create legal aid „deserts“ where it is impossible to find publicly funded access to justice.

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Frankreich: Albtraum für Asylsuchende

Aufnahmebedingungen von Asylbewerbern in Frankreich
Einen Überblick über die Aufnahmebedingungen von Asylbewerbern in Frankreich gibt ein aktueller Beitrag von Dominique Chivot auf der Homepage der Cimade. Eine zunächst für PRO ASYL interne Zwecke und daher unlektorierte Übersetzung findet sich hier (üblicher Speicherort).
In Paris gibt es in den letzten Wochen zahlreiche Aktivitäten der sans-papiers ohne Dach über dem Kopf und ihrer UnterstützerInnen. So z.B. ein Go-In in einem Luxusrestaurant, Aufbau von Zeltlagern für diejenigen, die aus ihren Wohnungen geräumt wurden, Demos etc. Einen Eindruck vermitteln verschiedene Videos auf der Homepage des Vereins DAL (Droit au logement, übersetzt: Recht auf Wohnung).

Die Regierung hat das Problem der fehlenden Unterkünfte im Juli diesen Jahres noch verschärft, als sie der angesehenen Samu Social, die sich in Paris um Obdachlose kümmert, die Mittel um 25 Prozent kürzte. Für die Organisation war es daraufhin nicht mehr möglich, ihre Notunterkunft zu halten und Plätze in Hotels zu mieten.
Der Gründer und Vorsitzende von Samu Social, Xavier Emmanuelli, trat daraufhin von seinem Posten zurück und begründete in einem Interview mit der satirischen Wochenzeitung Charlie Hebdo seinen Schritt u.a. folgendermaßen: „Für die soziale Nothilfe sollen die kleinen grauen Männer, wie Nietzsche sagte, zuständig sein. Die Technologen, die Typen, die Struktur, Budget denken, und nicht Sorge um den anderen […] Mein ganzes Leben lang habe ich gekämpft. So etwas will ich nicht unterstützen“ (zitiert in Libération vom 19. Juli 2011).


New York: Ahmadinejad is not welcome here

UANI Unveils „Mobile“ Ahmadinejad Billboard, Moving Through Manhattan This Week


New York, NY – Today, United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) announced the launch of a mobile billboard coinciding with Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s visit to New York this week. The billboard reads „AS WE REMEMBER 9/11 TEN YEARS LATER, AL QAEDA’S SILENT PARTNER IS COMING TO NEW YORK: TAKE ACTION AT UANI.COM

The mobile billboard is attached to the bed of a truck, and will be driven through Midtown Manhattan all this week between 42nd and 50th streets, near the United Nations. It will make stops at Iran’s UN Mission, and also at the Warwick hotel, which has irresponsibly decided to host Ahmadinejad and his delegation.

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Don’t Let Ahmadinejad off the Hook in New York (Video)

(19 September 2011) As Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrives in New York, four New Yorkers who closely follow developments in Iran talk about why the Iranian people expect the media and UN dignitaries to focus primarily on holding Ahmadinejad accountable for Iran’s human rights crisis during their meetings with him.

Hadi Ghaemi, executive director of the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran is joined by Professor Hamid Dabashi of Columbia University, Bitta Mostofi, a lawyer and human rights activist, and David Fine. Fine, an undergraduate student at Columbia and managing editor in chief of its newspaper, The Current,argues why Columbia students invited to dine with Ahmadinejad should not be “thrilled” and refuse him the occasion for self-aggrandizement.

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The Latest from Iran (19 September): Ahmadinejad Leaves An Embezzlement Behind

1335 GMT: Ahmadinejad’s Watch. Well, here’s one question answered….

Observers of the President were wondering if he would dare take his controversial advisors, Vice President Hamid Baghaei and Chief of Staff Esfandiar Rahim-Mashai, with him to New York today.

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Iran Interview: Azerbaijani Activist Fakhteh Zamani Explains the Lake Urmia Protests

Fakhteh Zamani, director of the Association for the Defence of Azerbaijani Political Prisoners in Iran, talks about the protests over the environmental damage to Iran’s largest lake, Lake Urmia — moving from activists in Azerbaijan to football stadiums — the response by the Iranian authorities, and the possible developments, both for the lake and for Azerbaijani rights:

Eye on Iran: U.S. Weighs a Direct Line to Tehran

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WSJ: „A series of ’near-miss‘ encounters between American and Iranian forces in the Persian Gulf is pushing U.S. officials concerned about a broader conflict to weigh establishing a direct military hot line with the Islamic republic. U.S officials said they are especially worried about a fleet of speedboats likely controlled by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Tehran’s elite military force. The high-performance boats, which can be equipped with missiles, regularly challenge U.S. and allied warships that transit through the Persian Gulf. In recent months, a British destroyer fired warning shots at one of these boats as it appeared to be preparing to ram the larger ship. Iranian aircraft have also challenged U.S. ships in recent months. ‚Iran seems to be aggressively defensive,‘ said a U.S. official who studies Tehran’s military tactics. American officials, fearing that a misunderstanding could lead to wider conflict, are considering a formal proposal for emergency communications. At least initially, defense officials are most enthusiastic about expanding navy-to-navy contacts with Iran to prevent miscalculations. But they remain wary of any direct engagement with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, or IRGC, due to its deep ties to Middle East militant groups the U.S. has designated terrorist organizations, such as Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in the Palestinian territories.“

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Bahai support: Brazilians march together to demand justice

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil — The ongoing persecution of Iran’s Baha’i community featured prominently as 25,000 people from Brazil’s diverse traditions marched to defend the right to religious freedom and call for justice.

Established in 2008 by Rio’s Committee for Combating Religious Intolerance (CCIR), the Religious Freedom Walk initially aimed to call attention to the prejudice faced in Brazil by followers of traditional Afro-Brazilian religions. Since then, the march has become an annual event, growing from 2,000 participants at the first rally to this year’s record figure.

25,000 marchers took part in Rio’s Religious Freedom Walk on 18 September 2011.

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Iran: 22 Hinrichtungen am Sonntag









Teheran – Im Iran sind einem Bericht zufolge 22 verurteilte Drogenhändler hingerichtet worden. Die Männern seien am Sonntag in Teheran und der der 45 Kilometer westlich gelegenen Stadt Karadsch gehängt worden, berichtete die staatliche Tageszeitung „IRAN“ am Montag. Alle seien bereits vorbestraft gewesen.

Die iranischen Behörden machen keine offiziellen Angaben über die Zahl der Hinrichtungen im Land. Nach Angaben von Menschenrechtsorganisationen sind seit Jahresbeginn jedoch schon zahlreiche Menschen gehängt worden. Die Todesstrafe steht im Iran unter anderem auf Mord, Vergewaltigung, bewaffneten Raub und Entführung.

Quelle: net-tribune/RTL/dpaad

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