Archiv für den Tag 8. Februar 2012

Soleimani Nia, translator and poet arrested

clip_image002PEN International’s Writers in Prison Committee is seriously concerned about the arrest of literary translator and poet Mohammad Soleimani Nia, who has been held without charge since 10 January 2012. The reason for his detention is not known. PEN is seeking further information about his well-being and any charges against him as a matter of urgency, and it calls for hisimmediate and unconditional release if held solely for the peaceful exercise of his right to freedom of expression as guaranteed by Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Iran is a signatory.

According to PEN’s information, Mohammad Soleimani Nia, aged 39, was detained on 10 January 2012 after responding to a summons to report to the Revolutionary Court in Tehran. After arriving at court, he was accompanied by security guards to his home in Karaj, outside Tehran, which he shares with his parents. The guards searched the house and seized computer equipment and documents before taking him away.

According to a source close to his family, Soleimani Nia has been under pressure since late November 2011, when he was questioned by security and intelligence officers and banned from leaving Iran. According to Iranian American writer Firoozeh Dumas, who worked closely with Soleimani Nia on the translation of her book Funny in Farsi, he had been developing a website similar to ‘LinkedIn’ designed to help Iranians find work. No information about his whereabouts or any charges against  him have been made known, although his family fear that he is being held in solitary confinement in Tehran’s Evin prison, notorious for its harsh conditions. There are mounting concerns for his well -being.

The arrest of Mohammad Soleimani Nia comes during a renewed crackdown on independent and dissenting voices ahead of the parliamentary elections scheduled for March 2012. At least ten journalists have been arrested in January 2012, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).


Iran News Round Up (Feb. 8)

Supreme Leader’s aide says Hezbollah nightmare for Israel; Nasrallah says Tehran not to order Hezbollah if Israel attacks; Russia to continue military cooperation with Iran; intelligence minister warns of enemy plots to stir tension during upcoming parliamentary polls

  • Mohammad Mohammadi Golpayegani, the head of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s Office, praises Khamenei’s intelligence: „I remember the day when Nelson Mandela, the South African leader came to visit him and called him ‚my leader.'“ Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Eye on Iran: India Boosts Iran Oil Imports

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WSJ: „India has boosted its imports of Iranian oil, becoming the Islamic Republic’s largest customer last month and largely offsetting a cut in Chinese purchases as sanctions fail to dent Tehran’s sales for now, people within the oil industry said this week. ‚India scooped much of the crude the Chinese didn’t want,‘ one person said. Iranian crude exports to India rose to 550,000 barrels a day in January, up 37.5% from December, the person said. That partly offset a 50% cut in crude exports to China–now at about 250,000 barrels a day–amid a pricing dispute. Based on preliminary figures, overall Iranian crude exports remained broadly unchanged at 2.10 million barrels a day, compared with 2.14 million barrels a day in December, amid easing seasonal demand in the first half of the year… Despite a pledge to find alternatives, South Africa also doubled its Iranian oil imports to 100,000 barrels a day, a person familiar with the situation said.“ Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Ahmadinejad prepared for questioning

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has announced that he is prepared to be questioned by Parliament in advance of the March 2 parliamentary elections.

A group of MPs has been working hard over the past few months to get the president to appear before Parliament to be questioned on a series of irregularities in his conduct and that of his administration.

IRNA reported on Wednesday that the president’s representative in Parliament, Mohammadreza Mirtajedini, said: “The president is prepared to appear in Parliament starting next week to respond to questions from the MPs.”

The motion to question the president has been months in the making but it has faced repeated obstacles. While some MPs are convinced that the president needs to be questioned on certain issues, other are worried that he might use the platform to make scandalous statements that would harm the establishment.

This is the first time the Iranian Parliament has ever summoned a president for questioning. The suggested questions cover a range of subjects, including: irregularities in the delivery of funds for the Tehran subway; ambiguities in employment statistics, and the president’s reluctance to follow the Supreme Leader’s decision to reinstate Intelligence Minister Heydar Moslehi.

Iranian opposition to attend Swedish meeting

Some 50 exiled members of the Iranian opposition and civil society will meet in Stockholm at the weekend to discuss how to help implement democracy in Iran, organisers said Tuesday.
The two-day conference „will gather leading representatives from different parts of the opposition outside the country as well as writers, activists and university professors outside Iran,“ the Olof Palme Centre said in a statement.

The „Unity for Democracy in Iran“ conference will aim to „make it possible for different parts of the opposition to meet and discuss how they can coordinate their efforts for democracy in Iran,“ it said. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

In Case You Missed It: „To Protect Human Rights, Companies Must Pull Out Of Iran“

Op-Ed By UANI President, Ambassador Mark D. Wallace, and Board Member Irwin Cotler Runs In Local Papers Across America

The following Op-Ed by UANI President, Ambassador Mark D.Wallace, and Irwin Cotler, a member of Parliament in Canada, has appeared in multiple publications over the past week, including newspapers in CaliforniaIndianaMarylandNevadaNew Jersey, and Texas.

To protect human rights, companies must pull out of Iran

By Mark D. Wallace and Irwin Cotler

The Prince George’s Sentinel 

Late last year, the United Nations‘ Special Rapporteur on human rights, Ahmed Shaheed, briefed the General Assembly about the state of human rights in Iran, and he painted an extremely bleak picture. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Political Prisoner Abolfazl Ghadyani Transferred to the Intensive Care Unit at Modares Hospital in Tehran

by banooyesabz

February 8th, 2012  [Kaleme]  63 year old political prisoner Abolfazl Ghadyani, in dire physical condition has reportedly been transferred to the Intensive Care Unit at Modares Hospital in Tehran.

Kaleme reports that although Ghadyani who suffers from a heart condition was in dire physical condition in the past few days, prison officials nevertheless refused to provide him with medical care.

In addition to his heart condition, 63 year old Ghadyani suffers from acute hyperthyroidism and a prostate condition and has recently lost a significant amount of weight. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Arrest Sweeps Target Arab Minority

Dozens Held; 2 Have Died in Custody
  • © 2011 Human Rights Watch

(New York) – Iranian security forces arrested more than 65 Arab residents during security sweeps in Iran’s Arab-majority Khuzestan province since late 2011 according to local activists, Human Rights Watch said today. The Iranian government should immediately charge or release those arrested, Human Rights Watch said. Authorities should also investigate reports by local activists that two detainees have died in Intelligence Ministry detention facilities in the past week. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

TAKE ACTION: Free Mousavi, Karroubi, and Rahnavard

Dear Supporter,

Join the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran to call for the release of Mir Hossein Mousavi, Mehdi Karroubi, and Zahra Rahnavard, who are under house arrest without legal process because they called for democratic rights and peaceful protests.

TAKE ACTION by sending letters to the foreign ministers of 25 countries to call for their release, and also an optional letter to Iranian officials demanding the end to the house arrest. Watch and share our video and our timeline, entitled “News of a Kidnapping.”

Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

The Latest from Iran (8 February): Seeking the Voice of the Nation

Nikahang Kowsar comments on the regime’s recent detentions, interrogations, and harassment of people associated with BBC Persian


2010 GMT: Political Prisoner Watch. News emerges that reformist candidate Dr Behruz Rashidyani, disqualified by the Guardian Council from standing in the March elections, was arrested three weeks ago.

1825 GMT: The Battle Within. First Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi has hit back at MP Ahmad Tavakoli, a leading critic of the Government. Rahimi claimed Tavakoli has obtained his university degree illegally and „is a corrupt liar and landgrabber“.

1756 GMT: Loyalty Watch. Ayatollah Haeri Shirazi has said that, with the Islamic Revolution, the rule of the Hidden Imam has started and Ayatollah Khamenei represents him. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

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