Archiv für den Tag 18. Oktober 2011



Gavin Macdermott

Staff Writer

Last Monday was ‘World Day against the Death Penalty’ and whilst many Trinity students were enjoying the eccentric spectacle of Bollywood filmmaking in Front Square, some human rights activists were attending an altogether quite different event. DU Amnesty, Scholars at Risk and Trinity Equality Fund had the pleasure of welcoming Mohammad Mostafaei, an Iranian human rights lawyer, to the Davis Theatre to give a talk entitled ‘No to Execution: A Mediation on Five Tragic Situations’. Mohammad was forced to flee his native Iran last year after working as a defence lawyer for Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani who was sentenced to death by stoning for adultery convictions. According to a recent article in The Guradian her death sentence is “on hold”. Mohammad himself, his wife and brother-in-law were imprisoned by Iranian authorities. Now based in Norway with his family, Mohammad was released after international pressure mounted on the authorities. He has been sponsored by Amnesty International and Trinity Equality Fund to tour Ireland promoting the anti-death penalty cause. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Iran for Beginners: So What is This $2.8 Billion Bank Fraud?

Former Bank Melli Head Mahmoud Reza KhavariKevan Harris, writing for The Iran Primer of the US Institute of Peace, sets out the massive bank fraud engulfing Iranian finance and politics:

What’s the origin of the Islamic Republic’s biggest banking scandal?

The financial conglomerate Amir Mansour Arya Investment Development Company allegedly procured several letters of credit from domestic banks totaling $2.8 billion — far above the company’s available collateral. The Arya Group, founded by Amir Mansour Khosravi and now controlled by his son Mah-Afarid, controlled around $3.8 billion in assets, including 52 companies with 20,000 workers.
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The Latest from Iran (18 October): The Same Old Mahmoud

1858 GMT: Currency Watch. Despite the Central Bank’s promises to strengthen the value of the Iranian currency, the rial is still 1250 to $1 on the free market, as opposed to an official rate of 1056:1. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Iran News Round Up (Oct. 18)

Supreme Leader hints at changing presidential system in Iran with parliamentary one; Ahmadinejad rejects cultural warfare with West; Iranian leaders describe U.S. terror allegations against Iran as Washington’s attempt to divert attention from domestic problems; Iran renews call on U.S. to present evidence of terror allegations; Tehran urges Riyadh to avoid hasty reaction to U.S. claims against Iran; army commander says U.S. too weak to attack Iran

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Iranian Filmmakers Call for International Boycott of State-Run Film and TV Organizations


A month after the arrest of five independent Iranian filmmakers on charges of working for BBC Persian, 21 Iranian filmmakers and actors living outside of the country signed a statement asking the international community to boycott official Iranian film and television organizations and impose sanctions on Iranian media officials. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Eye on Iran: Iran Secretly Executing Hundreds of Prisoners: UN

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AFP: „Iran’s authoritarian regime has secretly executed hundreds of prisoners, according to a new UN report detailing growing rights abuses in the Islamic republic. The mysterious executions at Vakilabad prison in Mashhad in eastern Iran were highlighted in a report compiled by Ahmed Shaheed, the new UN special rapporteur on the human rights situation in Iran. Shaheed, who assumed responsibility for the mandate on August 1, billed this as an interim report cataloging the most recent trends in the human rights situation in Iran. The report, which is to be presented to the UN General Assembly on Wednesday, details a raft of abuses from the denial of women’s rights to torture, but the most shocking data was the skyrocketing rate of executions… ‚Furthermore, authorities reportedly conducted more than 300 secret executions at Vakilabad prison in 2010,‘ the report said. ‚Vakilabad officials, in violation of Iranian law, allegedly carried out the executions without the knowledge or presence of the inmates‘ lawyers or families and without prior notification to those executed,‘ it said. ‚It has also been reported that at least 146 secret executions have taken place to date in 2011.'“  Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Deutschland:4.132 Asylanträge im September 2011/ Iraner +20%

Im September 2011 wurden beim Bundesamt für Migration und Flüchtlinge 4.132 Asylerstanträge gestellt. Die Zahl der Asylbewerber stieg im Vergleich zum Vormonat um 105 Personen (2,6 Prozent).Im Vergleich zum Vorjahresmonat September 2010 sank die Zahl der Asylbewerber um 403 Personen (-8,9 Prozent).

564 Personen erhielten im September 2011 die Rechtsstellung eines Flüchtlings nach der Genfer Konvention (19,0 Prozent aller Asylentscheidungen). Zudem erhielten 221 Personen (7,4 Prozent) sogenannten „subsidiären Schutz“ (Abschiebungsverbote gemäß § 60 Abs. 2, 3, 5 und 7 des Aufenthaltsgesetzes). Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

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