Archiv für den Tag 5. Januar 2012

LA Times: Iran ministry shutters independent film institute

Marzieh Vafamehr in "My Tehran for Sale"

REPORTING FROM TEHRAN AND BEIRUT — Iran has pulled the plug on the independent Iranian House of Cinema, an organization bringing together thousands of people in Iran’s film industry.

The minister of culture and Islamic guidance, Mohammed Hosseini, said the institution was operating illegally, the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported Wednesday. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags


UANI Applauds EU, Urges Swift Implementation of Iran Oil Embargo

New York, NY – United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) President, Ambassador Mark D. Wallace, issued the follow statement today regarding the EU’s provisional decision to ban imports of Iranian oil, a measure UANI publicly called for throughout 2011.

We applaud the EU for its plan to ban imports of Iranian oil, and urge member states to quickly implement this embargo. An oil ban by EU states will significantly threaten the Iranian regime’s tenuous hold on power, and lessen the funds it will have to pursue nuclear weapons, sponsor terrorists, and threaten the world.

The tide has truly turned over the past few months as evidenced by the U.S.’s move to sanction Iran’s Central Bank, Chinese companies leaving Iran, and Europe’s impending embargo of Iranian oil imports. Just months ago these measures were being described as unlikely, yet intense public pressure, Iranian intransigence, and committed lawmakers have made them a reality. The international community is now applying more leverage than ever before to pressure Iran into changing course and halting its illegal nuclear weapons program.

UANI has continually called for EU states to ban the importing of Iranian oil, including in aSeptember Op-Ed in The [UK] Times, and a November Op-Ed in The National Review.

According to The New York Times, oil makes up 60 percent of Iran’s economy, and European countries purchased about 18 percent of Iranian oil exports in 2010.

Social Media Carries Prison Message From Iranian Activist

Awell-known Iranian political activist, Heshmatollah Tabarzadi, has managed to send out an unprecedented video message from the Rajayishahr prison in which he dismisses Iran’s repressive measures aimed at silencing dissent and predicts they will fail.

„Freedom is the essence of human being I believe, in fact without freedom no choice has a meaning,“ he says in the 15-minute-plus video.

The video was recorded recently on a mobile phone and posted on YouTube. It was then quickly shared on Facebook, blogs, and other social media sites.

Tabarzadi the head of the banned Democratic Front of Iran who has been in and out of prison for the past several years, is currently serving an eight-year prison sentence after being convicted of security charges that are often being brought against Iranian political activists. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Radio Free Europe: Iran Announces New Restrictions For Internet Cafes

A woman surfs the Internet at a cybercafe in central Tehran.

Iran’s cyberpolice have issued new guidelines for Internet cafes that appear to be part of the Iranian establishment’s efforts to tighten its control of the Internet.

According to the new rules, the personal information of citizens visiting cybercafes, such as their name, father’s name, national ID number, and telephone number, will be registered. Cafe owners will be required to keep the personal and contact information of their clients and also a record of the websites and pages visited for six months. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Iran’s Secret Hangings: Mass Unannounced Executions in Mashhad’s Vakilabad Prison

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Since January 2010, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has published dozens of reports of unannounced secret group executions at Vakilabad Prison in the northeast city of Mashhad. These executions were largely in violation of international human rights law and domestic procedures. Judicial authorities have continuously evaded questions about these executions and the names of those executed have never been officially announced.

This briefing paper features the first list of victims of secret executions in Vakilabad and other execution statistics, as well as witness testimony and official accounts of the executions. This briefing paper also details the major characteristics and illegality of these executions. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Eye on Iran: EU Agrees to Embargo on Iranian Crude

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Reuters: „European governments have agreed in principle to ban imports of Iranian oil, EU diplomats said on Wednesday, dealing a blow to Tehran that crowns new Western sanctions months before an Iranian election. The prospective embargo by the European Union, along with tough U.S. financial measures signed into law by President Barack Obama on New Year’s Eve, form a concerted Western campaign to hold back Iran’s nuclear program… Diplomats said EU envoys held talks on Iran in the last days of December, and that any objections to an oil embargo had been dropped – notably from crisis-hit Greece which gets a third of its oil from Iran, relying on Tehran’s lenient financing. Spain and Italy are also big buyers. ‚A lot of progress has been made,‘ one EU diplomat said, speaking on condition of anonymity. ‚The principle of an oil embargo is agreed. It is not being debated any more.'“  Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

ABOUT AGE 26 NATIONALITY Iran RELIGION Non-believer CIVIL STATUS Married EDUCATION high school diploma OCCUPATION university student RANK/POSITION — AFFILIATION revolutionary leftist   CASE DATE OF EXECUTION December 1982 LOCATION Evin Prison, Tehran, Iran MODE OF EXECUTION shooting CHARGES Unknown charge

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The information about Ms. Manijeh Hoda’i has been drawn from an interview with her brother. She is also one of the 12028 individuals listed in an addendum to the Mojahed magazine (No 261), published by Mojahedin Khalq Organization in 1985. The list includes individuals, affiliated with various opposition groups, who were executed or killed during clashes with the Islamic Republic security forces from June 1981 to the publication date of the magazine. Additionally, her name is mentioned in the list of the “Martyrs of the Peykar Organization for the Liberation of the Working Class” published on the website of Andeesheh va Peykar. This list contains the names of those members of the organization who died after the revolution of 1979. More than 400 of the individuals on this list have been executed. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Snapshot: 6 Months of Human Rights Violations and Political Arrests in Iran’s Azerbaijan Provinces

During the six-month period from 21 March to 21 September 2011 more than 320 cultural, political, women’s rights, and human rights activists were arrested in Iran’s West and East Azerbaijan Provinces, according to local sources.

The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran confirmed the names of 326 people prosecuted in these provinces. Sources told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that many more detainees were released immediately or within a few days of their arrest. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

The Latest from Iran (5 January): Shaky Currency, Desperate Measures, and An Outright Lie

The Tehran Times Proclaims Currency Victory1300 GMT: Oil Watch. Sources say China will halve imports of Iranian crude oil for a second consecutive month, amidst a dispute over payment terms.

Sinopec, which processes around nine-tenths of China’s Iranian oil imports, is insisting on 90 days to pay for imports, while Iran wants payment in 60 days. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Berlin: Begegnung mit Parastou Fourouhar – Das Land, in dem meine Eltern umgebracht wurden – Liebeserklärung an den Iran

Di, 31.1.12 19 bis 21 Uhr Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung
Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, Berlin
Begegnung mit Parastou Fourouhar
Das Land, in dem meine Eltern umgebracht wurden – Liebeserklärung an den Iran


Der 21. November 1998 ist ein Schicksalstag im Leben Parastou Forouhars: Dariush und Parvaneh Forouhar, Vertreter der politischen Opposition im Iran, werden in ihrem Haus brutal ermordet. Die Spuren weisen in die Reihen des Mullah-Regimes. Seither reist die iranisch-stämmige Künstlerin Parastou Forouhar zum Todestag ihrer Eltern in den Iran. Sie erzählt von diesen Reisen: Von unzähligen Wartestunden in tristen Vorzimmern. Von Überwachung und Schikane. Von Hoffnung und Resignation und von der Liebe zu einem zerrissenen und gespaltenen Land.

Mit: Parastou Fourouhar (Künstlerin/Autorin, Iran/Deutschland)

Moderation: Werner Bloch (Journalist und Autor) Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

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