Archiv für den Tag 1. Februar 2012

Election in Iran

by: Mohammad Mostafaei
The Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) will hold elections next month. Of course, an election that can withstand international scrutiny is crucial for a democratic society. So how democratic will the elections be?
Thirty-two years ago, when Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the Shah of Iran, left Iran and was replaced by Khomeini, the IRI adopted a written constitution. According to the new constitution, all Iranian law would follow Sharia Law. Over ninety-eight percent of the electorate participated in the constitutional referendum and they overwhelmingly approved what is now the IRI’s current system.
During the time of the Shah, Iranian religious radicals did not have the freedom to speak out against the Shah, yet he said they were free to practice their religion. The people of Iran took him at his word and they were very devout.
Before the 1979 revolution Khomeini, living in Paris, spoke of democracy, elections, peace, and wealth. He accused the Shah of being a dictator, and said the Shah was not a proper leader for Iran and must be deposed. He declared that Iran must be an Islamic country with free and democratic elections. He and his group (including some Islamic radicals) appealed to the people generally, some political parties in Iran, and the leaders of several countries including France and the UK. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

VOA: US Intel Chiefs Assess Iranian Threat

CIA Director David Petraeus (r) listens as Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, left, testifies on Capitol Hill, Washington, Jan. 31, 2012.

Photo: AP
CIA Director David Petraeus (r) listens as Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, left, testifies on Capitol Hill, Washington, Jan. 31, 2012. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Im Bundestag notiert: Neuansiedlung besonders schutzbedürftiger Flüchtlinge

Berlin: (hib/STO) Die Aufnahme und Neuansiedlung besonders schutzbedürftiger Flüchtlinge aus Drittstaaten thematisiert die Fraktion Bündnis 90/Die Grünen in einer Kleinen Anfrage (17/8416). Darin verweisen die Abgeordneten darauf, dass die Konferenz der Innenminister aus Bund und Ländern im Dezember 2011 die Beteiligung Deutschlands an einem dauerhaften „Resettlement-Programm“ in Zusammenarbeit mit dem UN-Hochkommissar für Flüchtlinge angekündigt habe. Wissen will die Fraktion unter anderem, wie viele Menschen die Bundesrepublik in den Jahren 2008 bis 2011 neu angesiedelt hat.

Im Bundestag notiert: Umgang mit homosexuellen Flüchtlingen

Berlin: (hib/STO) Im Asylverfahren wird eine begründete Furcht vor Verfolgung wegen der sexuellen Orientierung nach Einschätzung des Bundesamtes für Migration und Flüchtlinge (BAMF) „eher selten vorgetragen und glaubhaft gemacht“. Das geht aus der Antwort der Bundesregierung (17/8357) auf eine Kleine Anfrage der Fraktion Die Linke (17/8228) zum „asylrechtlichen Umgang mit homosexuellen Flüchtlingen“ hervor. Danach stellt das BAMF im Rahmen einer Prognoseentscheidung bei glaubhaft gemachter Homosexualität fest, ob deren Entdeckung im Herkunftsland „beachtlich wahrscheinlich ist und ob der Betreffende deshalb mit asylerheblicher Verfolgung rechnen muss“.

‚The People Themselves‘: Group Urges Silent Protests on Feb 14

by MUHAMMAD SAHIMI in Los Angeles

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Two Iranian Kurdish Political Prisoners on Death Row Appeal to Dr. Ahmad Shahid UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Iran

Dr. Ahmad Shahid

The honorable representative of the Human Rights Council of the United Nations

This letter is the expression of the pain and torment that we, Zanyar and Loqman Moradi, two innocent brothers, have suffered since we were detained in Iran’s Reja’i Shahr prison nearly a year ago. At the writing of this letter we stand condemned to be executed on the basis of false and trumped up charges. We implore international and human rights organizations to come to our help and save our lives. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

The Latest from Iran (1 February): Is the Supreme Leader Fretting About Syria?

Qaddafi, Assad, Khamenei0715 GMT: Protest Watch. On Monday, we briefly noted, „The opposition Coordination Council of the Green Path of Hope has called for a rally on 25 Bahman (14 February). The same occasion last year saw one of the last significant public protests by the Green Movement in Tehran. It also brought the house arrests of opposition figures Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi.“

What I did not put in that entry, but what was in my mind as I wrote was this: the Council has put out calls for public demonstrations on several occasions over the last year, but amidst the continuing crackdown on dissent, this has not brought a significant public response. So will this 25 Bahman return to the tens of thousands on the streets last year, or will protest be muted? Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

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