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Month: April, 2011

Resignation: Accepted… Rejected… Iranian pantomime!

Several Iranian and non-Iranian news agencies reported that, Mr Heydar Moslehi, the Iranian minister of Intelligence and National Security tendered resignation earlier today.

A few hours later, it was reported that the Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad accepted the resignation, however, he appointed Mr Moslehi as the president’s advisor for intelligent and security affairs.

Couple of hours later, it was reported that due to the disagreement of the Iranian supreme leader, Khamenei, with the resignation of Mr Moslehi from the ministry of intelligence, he was immediately appointed as the minister of Intelligence again and his resignation was thereby rejected.

Considering this news, we understand not only that individuals have no control over what they do in Iran. But, we also witness the failure of the so called Islamic Democracy, as well as its obvious transformation to dictatorship.

Based on the Iranian constitution, the supreme leader does not have any control over the cabinet, and the members of the cabinet are merely chosen by the president, and then accepted by the parliament. Also, it indicates that the supreme leader must not interfere with the cabinet appointments and its affairs.

Acting against the constitution of a country suggests that the Iranian supreme leader has the power to do so. Which directly and logically leads anyone to conclude the action, and the policies of the corresponding government, classifiable as a dictatorship.

Concerns about the violation of Refugees’ Human Rights in the Netherlands

Gerd Leers

Minister for Immigration and Asylum Affairs
Postbus 20011, 2500 EA
Den Haag
The Netherlands

RE: Refugees’ Human Rights

Dear Dr Leers,

I am deeply concerned about the policies of the Dutch government regarding the asylum seekers in the Netherlands. The unbelievable incident of the self-immolation of an Iranian asylum seeker in Dam Square in Amsterdam was not only a tragedy, but an event that has probably deeply damaged the credibility of the advocacy of Human Rights in the Netherlands, and within the European Union.

It is reported that the above-mentioned individual had been in the Netherlands for 8 years and despite his insistence over the fact that his life was in danger in Iran, the Dutch government was about to issue a deportation order for him, which on its own can be considered as a violation of Human Rights. Condemning the Dutch government and holding it responsible for this incident, the world therefore understands that he would have not taken his life in its worst way in public if it was not to prove a fact. The very fact that he was telling the truth. It is also understood that the law of immigration in the Netherlands is very tough whereas incidents of such nature have been observed in the past as well.

The Netherlands’ international Human Rights obligations require the government to provide the asylum seekers with reasonable services. The Netherlands is also a party to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), and is therefore obliged to ensure that the individuals are not being rendered homeless or vulnerable to the violation of other human rights.

I therefore request you to:

  • consider the current situation of the countries to which the asylum seekers may face deportation to. Some such countries as Iran, Afghanistan or Libya do not particularly welcome the deported asylum seekers, much less if their statuses in their countries of origin are politically involved.
  • look deeper into the cases concerning the LGBT as they are widely refused, and individuals affected may face capital punishments, or living a cosmetic life in order to remain alive in their countries of origin. The Netherlands is among the most vigorous countries in terms of defending the LGBT rights, the world so understands. And appreciating your efforts in terms of gaining the asylum seekers of such nature the right of getting reunited with their families, it is expected that you take further actions regarding this matter.
  • carry out an impartial and thorough investigation into the self-immolation incident in Dam Square, with the results made public and those responsible brought to justice.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely yours,

Pouria Hadjibagheri

Political and Civil Rights Activist
Member of Amnesty International and Reporters without Borders

 

Stop forcibly evicting communities in Alta Verapaz

11 April 2011

Ing. Juan Alfonso De León, Minister of Agriculture
Lic. Carlos Menocal, Minister of Interior

RE: Stop forcibly evicting communities in Alta Verapaz

Dear Ing. Juan Alfonso De León and Lic. Carlos Menocal

I am deeply concerned about the recent reports of forced evictions of around 12 rural communities in the municipality of Panzós, Department of Alta Verapaz, Guatemala. I understand that the evictions were carried out in violation of international human rights standards and that the evicted communities currently do not have access to shelter, water or food. I am also disturbed about reports of the death of Antonio Beb Ac, a community member, during one of the forced evictions.

Guatemala’s international human rights obligations require the government to provide communities due to be affected by evictions with full and timely information about government proposals, to engage in a genuine negotiation with the community to explore all alternatives to eviction, and to offer full compensation or alternative, adequate housing. Guatemala is a party to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), and is therefore obliged to ensure that evictions do not result in individuals being rendered homeless or vulnerable to the violation of other human rights.

I therefore urge you to:

  • Stop all evictions until appropriate safeguards and procedures are put in place in accordance with Guatemala’s human rights obligations to protect the rights of those who will be evicted.
  • Carry out an impartial and thorough investigation into the death of Antonio Beb Ac, with the results made public and those responsible brought to justice.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely yours,

Pouria Hadjibagheri

Political and Civil Rights Activist
Member of Amnesty International and Reporters without Borders

Condolences

Xenatisch web-group would like to hereby express its deepest condolences about the incident which took place yesterday in Dam Square, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Yesterday, an Iranian asylum seeker committed self-immolation after the rejection of his asylum case and facing the risk of deportation to Iran.

A human being gave up his life to express a message to us. A message which is not to be forgotten. He set  himself on fire to tell us that he was trying to tell the truth, but no one was hearing him. Everyone was being accusing. And everyone was standing on the position of “You are WRONG unless otherwise is proven”. When did this change? When did we start to say this? Because it used to be the other way around.

Protect the Human…

No human is illegal…

I therefore strongly condemn the Dutch government for not attempting to prevent such an incident, and sincerely hope to see a change in their policy within the nearest future.

Pouria Hadjibagheri

Political and Civil Rights Activist
Freelance Photographer and Photojournalist
Member of the Amnesty International and the Reporters without Borders
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Starry, starry night.
Portraits hung in empty halls,
Frameless head on nameless walls,
With eyes that watch the world and can’t forget.
Like the strangers that you’ve met,
The ragged men in the ragged clothes,
The silver thorn of bloody rose,
Lie crushed and broken on the virgin snow.  

Now I think I know what you tried to say to me,
How you suffered for your sanity,
How you tried to set them free.
They would not listen, they’re not listening still.
Perhaps they never will…

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This video contains very disturbing images and is not recommended to those who are suffering from mental, neurological, cardiological or pulmonary diseases, or under the age of 18.

Israeli Prime Minister’s Interview:

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s interview with a YouTube supported online channel. I find this interview very interesting, and agree with most of the points made in it, personally.

He is pointing out some of the important aspects of the Israeli policies among his speech.