Mir Hossein Mousavi and Zahra Rahnavard’s Position on the Upcoming Presidential Elections as Described by their Daughter Zahra
June 10th, 2013 – [Kaleme – Haniyeh Rezaii] In an interview with Kaleme opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi’s daughter Zahra Mousavi denounces the continued pressure and restrictions imposed upon her family, discusses Mir Hossein Mousavi and Zahra Rahnavard’s position on the upcoming presidential elections, while once again expressing concern regarding the physical well being of her parents.
The full content of Zahra Mousavi’s interview with Kaleme is as follows:
When was the last time you heard from your parents? Do you have any update on their current condition?
One of my sisters was recently allowed a very short visit with our parents. If we take this past visit into account, in the past 7 months two of us have been allowed one visitation and the third sister two visitations with our parents. As you can see our visitation rights continue to be restricted and we continue to grapple with the pressure imposed upon us by the security apparatus in Iran. We are also deprived of all phone calls. They won’t even grant us the basic rights afforded to all prisoners under the law. On the rare occasion that we have been granted visitation, it has been impossible to visit with our parents in a peaceful environment given the commotion associated with the unannounced and unexpected visitations, the extreme psychological pressure exerted on us and on our parents, the heavy presence of security officers and the watchful eyes of the security cameras. Given the restricted nature of the visitations we generally have little time for extensive conversations, other than greetings and a brief dialogue about our lives. As a result we don’t have detailed information on their condition and well being. It is difficult to have a real conversation both for them and for us.
In your opinion, how are your parents enduring their house arrest?
Our parents are political figures. Their life together has always been a combination of a normal and loving existence intertwined with their political activities. The ramifications of having a politically active life in countries with similar condition such as ours are apparent to all. As a result, despite the fact that the level of corruption and injustice far exceeds what they could have imagined, our parents were nevertheless always mentally prepared for the potential consequences of their political activism. Though they have always been in great spirits and their faith has only strengthened as a result of the difficulties over the years, their physical condition has however seriously deteriorated and this is one of our greatest concerns. We have endured the pain and anxiety of separation, the lack of news regarding our parents and the complex and cruel nature of the interactions with the security apparatus, but their physical condition is concerning to say the least.
Can you please expand upon this last point? What exact physical ailments are your parents suffering from?
My mother’s blood sugar has increased and the arthritis in her hands and shoulders is much more prominent. She is in pain and yet nothing has been done regarding her medical condition. My father was also supposed to go for a check up with the doctors who preformed his cardiac stent operation in May, but the security agents announced that they will take him to a hospital of their choice. When my father went for his first check up and stress test to this hospital affiliated with the security apparatus, as a result of an apparent collusion between the security agents and the physicians, they did not shut off the stress test machine despite the fact that my father was not feeling well and the stress test was positive. Given the circumstances of his last visit, my father did not feel comfortable putting his life in the hands of the aforementioned physicians and facility and did not agree to continue treatment there. As a result, he has been unable to complete his medical treatment. They are however providing him with the medicine that was prescribed by his former physician. Despite our continued insistence to review his medical files we continue to be deprived of access to his files. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags
Berlin| Künste und Menschenrechte im Iran: Mir Hossein Mousavi 49. Akademie-Gespräch/ Do, 06. Juni 2013
Do, 06. Juni 2013,
19:00 Uhr, Pariser Platz
Mir Hossein Mousavi, Demonstration in Teheran 2009
Der Künstler und Politiker Mir Hossein Mousavi und seine Frau, die Bildhauerin und Kunstprofessorin Zahra Rahnaward, stehen seit 2011 in Teheran unter Hausarrest. Jede Kommunikation mit der Außenwelt wird ihnen verwehrt, die freie Ausübung ihrer künstlerischen Arbeit ist für sie unmöglich. Der Oppositionsführer und Präsidentschaftskandidat hatte 2009 unmittelbar nach den Präsidentschaftswahlen in Teheran zu Massenprotesten gegen Wahlmanipulationen aufgerufen. Mit der Niederschlagung dieser Demonstrationen wurde die „Grüne Bewegung“ geboren.
Im Anschluss an die Ausstellungseröffnung sprechen Naika Foroutan und Klaus Staeck mit Ardeshir Amir Arjomand und Shirin Ebadi über die Situation des ehemaligen Präsidenten der iranischen Akademie der Künste und anderer verfolgter Künstler im Iran.
Die Ausstellung „Meditationen der Freiheit“ zeigt bis zum 23. Juni 28 Papierarbeiten von Mir Hossein Mousavi in der Akademie der Künste am Pariser Platz. Sie stammen aus dem letzten Jahrzehnt. Ein großer Teil seines Werks wurde beschlagnahmt. Mousavis abstrakte Arbeiten nehmen die Tradition der islamischen Mystik auf und verstehen sich als Meditationen zur individuellen und gesellschaftlichen Existenz.
Teilnehmer am Gespräch:
Ardeshir Amir Arjomand, Berater von Mir Hossein Mousavi
Shirin Ebadi, Juristin, erste Richterin im Iran, Friedensnobelpreisträgerin 2003, seit 2009 Exil in Großbritannien
Naika Foroutan, Sozialwissenschaftlerin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Klaus Staeck, Präsident der Akademie der Künste