Archiv für den Tag 11. November 2011

Frau Parastou Forouhar zur geplanten Reise in den Iran

Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren, liebe Freunde,

ich schreibe Ihnen, um Sie vor meiner bevorstehenden Reise in den Iran, an den politischen Morden im Herbst 1998 zu erinnern.

Meine Eltern, Parwaneh und Dariush Forouhar, zwei führende oppositionelle Politiker, die seit Jahrzehnten für eine demokratische Gesellschaftsordnung und für die Trennung vom Religion und Staat gekämpft hatten, waren die ersten Opfer einer Kette von Morden.

Weitere Opfer dieser politischen Verbrechen waren Mohammad Mokhtari und Mohammad Djafar Pouyandeh, zwei Mitglieder des Schriftstellerverbandes, die politischen Aktivisten Madjid Sharif und Pirouz Dawani und der Dichter Hamid Hadjizadeh, zusammen mit seinem zehnjährigen Sohn, Karoun.

Sie waren nicht die ersten Opfer in der langen Reihe der politischen Morde in Iran. Bereits Jahre zuvor wurden Dissidenten, die sich aktiv für Meinungsfreiheit eingesetzt hatten, innerhalb und außerhalb Irans, Opfer dieser organisierten staatlichen Gewalttaten, durch deren stets wiederkehrendes Muster der Brutalität, die iranische Opposition ein Leben im Schatten des Schreckens führen musste.  Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Eye on Iran: U.S. Plans Bomb Sales in Gulf to Counter Iran

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WSJ: „The Obama administration has quietly drawn up plans to provide a key Persian Gulf ally with thousands of advanced ‚bunker-buster‘ bombs and other munitions, part of a stepped-up U.S. effort to build a regional coalition to counter Iran. The proposed sale to the United Arab Emirates would vastly expand the existing capabilities of the country’s air force to target fixed structures, which could include bunkers and tunnels-the kind of installations where Iran is believed to be developing weapons. The move represents one way the Obama administration intends to keep Iran in check, as it struggles to find adequate backing for new United Nations sanctions-even after a report by the U.N. nuclear watchdog concluded this week that Tehran has been developing the technologies needed to produce a nuclear weapon. The oil-rich U.A.E. traditionally has had strong trade relations with Iran. But the ruling al Nahyan family in Abu Dhabi, the Emirati capital, is seen as one of the most hawkish against Iran among the monarchies in the Persian Gulf, and the country’s leadership has openly expressed fear of an Iranian nuclear weapon. Tehran also has regularly claimed sovereignty over three of the U.A.E.’s Persian Gulf islands, though it denies its nuclear program is for anything but peaceful purposes.“ http://t.uani.com/tfGXjh
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Iraq: Need to ensure the protection of the residents of Camp Ashraf

Geneva11 November 2011The OMCT calls on the authorities of Iraq to ensure the full respect for the rights of the residents of Camp Ashraf located in Iraq and on the international community to step up its efforts to prevent serious human rights violations and the forcible return of its residents to Iran in violation of the principle of non-refoulement.

“The deadline set by the Iraqi government to close Camp Ashraf by the end of 2011 without a safe solution for its residents, causes an acute risk of grave and serious human rights violations”, said Gerald Staberock, Secretary General of the OMCT.
The Iraqi government has repeatedly stated that the camp should be closed and its residents expelled from Iraq. Recent statements by Iraqi’s Prime Minister and Foreign Minister to close down the camp by the end of 2011 without a safe solution for its residents are all the more alarming. The OMCT recalls that Iraq has clear obligations under international human rights law to ensure the safety of the camps residents’ and that it is prohibited to forcible return them to Iran, where they may face torture, ill-treatment and other serious human rights violations.
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