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Iranian Alert -- DAY 44 -- LIVE THREAD PING LIST
The Iranian Student Movement Up To The Minute Reports ^ | 7.23.2003 | DoctorZin

Posted on 07/23/2003 12:25:53 AM PDT by DoctorZIn

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To: nuconvert; dixiechick2000
Abosolutely true.
Unfortunately, no one except the USA did pay attention to what these Mullahs have done to the people of Iran.
There is no doubt that Canada, EU and other countries just want their own beneifts in Iran. They kept quiet to have them.
41 posted on 07/23/2003 10:03:27 PM PDT by F14 Pilot (If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it.)
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To: nuconvert; DoctorZIn; dixiechick2000
I have read some where that, 30 detainees, mostly students, are under the heaviest torture methods and actions in Evin Prison, Tehran, to make them talk.
Why Canada and EU are quiet?
I know why but lets keep it in our heart and just think about the situation they are in now at this moment.
No one except of us will pay attention!!!!
42 posted on 07/23/2003 10:08:19 PM PDT by F14 Pilot (If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it.)
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Iran asks Canada to avoid "illogical" actions

World News
Jul 23, 2003

TEHRAN - Iran called on Canada to avoid taking "premature and illogical" actions Wednesday after Ottowa recalled its ambassador to protest Tehran's refusal to return the body of an Iranian-Canadian journalist who died in custody here.

"The recall of an ambassador for consultations is normal in diplomatic relations, but Canada's attitude over the regrettable death of an Iranian citizen is unjustified," foreign ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi said.

"We hope Canada will avoid premature and illogical actions that could further complicate the situation."Earlier Canada announced it was recalling its ambassador over the death of Zahra Kazemi, who was arrested while taking pictures outside a Tehran prison on June 23 and died while in custody.

Kazemi, 54, died on July 11 of a brain haemorrhage resulting from a blow to the head, an official Iranian report into her death said Monday, without specifying how the blow was sustained or allocating responsibility.

Stephan Hachemi, her son who lives in Montreal, had repeatedly demanded, with Ottawa's backing, that his mother's body be returned to Canada for an independent autopsy and burial.

But Iran does not recognize dual nationality and on Wednesday the state news agency IRNA said Kazemi had been buried "at the request of her mother" in the southwestern Iranian city of Shiraz.

"The government of the Islamic republic is determined to uncover the details of this painful incident," Asefi said.

The Kazemi affair has soured Iran's relations with Canada, which, unlike the United States, had followed European Union states in following a policy of constructive engagement with the Islamic regime in Tehran.
43 posted on 07/23/2003 10:15:35 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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Press Release

Iran: The situation takes a very disturbing turn for the worse

Serious development of arbitrary practices

Urgent call for an international investigative commission on the death of Mrs. Kazemi

Request for the immediate suspension of the Teheran Public Prosecutor

Paris, 18 July 2003-FIDH and LDDHI are deeply shocked at the news of the circumstances of the death in detention of Mrs. Zahra Kazemi, an Irano-Canadian photographer. Mrs. Zahra Kazemi was arrested on 23 June 2003 by men in plain clothes belonging to the militia which, under the direction of the Teheran Public Prosecutor, Said Mortazavi, had arrested student leaders and journalists and carried out acts of violence during the student demonstrations. She was transferred to prison 359, belonging to the intelligence department of the Pastaran (Guardians of the Revolution). The day after her arrest, the Teheran Public Prosecutor ordered Mrs Kazemi’s domicile be searched by the police.

On 27 June 2003, Mrs. Kazemi was transferred, while in a coma, to the Baghiatollah military hospital. She died shortly afterwards; the official cause of death was first given to be a cerebro-vascular accident.

On 13 July 2003, President Khatami ordered four of his ministers to investigate the circumstances of her death. On 16 July the Iranian Vice-President, Mohammed Ali Abtahi, issued a public statement on the first results of the enquiry, recognising that death was the result of a brain haemorrhage caused by head blows received by Mrs. Kazemi.

It is not known at present what has happened to her body; conflicting reports are rumoured concerning her burial.

FIDH and LDDHI are extremely concerned at this information, especially as several dozen student leaders and journalists were arrested at the same time as Mrs. Kazemi, and by the same militia. Their place of detention is not known. In addition, out of the 4,000 held for questioning following the demonstrations held last June and the beginning of July, nearly 2,000 people are currently detained, in violation of the rules of international law. FIDH and LDDHI have good reason to fear that those persons are subjected to ill-treatment, and that their detention is arbitrary.

FIDH and LDDHI therefore call for the immediate organisation of an independent and impartial international investigative mission, composed of experts in forensic medicine and jurists, with the task of elucidating the circumstances of Mrs. Kazemi’s death.

The mission should also assess the individual responsibilities surrounding the death of Mrs. Kazemi, and order that proceedings be initiated against those persons identified as being responsible before independent and impartial courts. The mission should bring in the Special United Nations Rapporteur on the freedom of opinion and expression, whose visit, which had initially been authorised, was postponed sine die by the Iranian authorities.

Furthermore FIDH and LDDHI issue an immediate call for the suspension of the Teheran Public Prosecutor, Mr. Said Mortazavi, and for the opening of an investigation against him for his responsibility in the perpetration of acts of torture, owing to his role as the head of the militia who have spread terror, beaten and abducted demonstrators and student leaders and journalists, and to his position of authority over the detention centres belonging to the Guardians of the Revolution, where Mrs. Kazemi was allegedly tortured.

His past history is alas well known: the Special Representative of the United Nations for Iran, Mr. Copithorne, had already recognised that Mr. Mortazavi had been responsible for newspapers being closed down in 2000, for the wave of arrests of journalists and publishers, for the arrest of intellectuals who participated in a meeting in Berlin, and for the arrest of lawyers for facts related to the legitimate exercise of their profession when acting for the defence. His recent appointment as Public Prosecutor for Teheran was, for the same reasons, recently dubbed “regrettable and questionable” by the United Nations Working Group on arbitrary detention, in the report of their visit to Iran.

Lastly, FIDH and LDDHI demand that the student leaders, journalists and the roughly 2,000 persons still detained in unknown places be immediately released, in view of the arbitrary nature of their detention. If for some of them the charges were liable to be upheld, FIDH and LDDHI request that they be guaranteed the right to a fair trial, and that their conditions of detention be in accordance with relevant international and regional standards.

Finally FIDH and LDDHI issue an appeal to the International Community and to the Italian Presidency of the European Union, in particular in the framework of its dialogue with Iran on Human Rights; that they exercise firm pressure to ensure that these recommendations be put into effect without further delay.

Press contact : + 33 1 43 55 25 18
44 posted on 07/23/2003 10:17:19 PM PDT by F14 Pilot (If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it.)
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Join Us at the Iranian Alert -- DAY 45 -- LIVE THREAD PING LIST

Live Thread Ping List | 7.24.2003 | DoctorZIn

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45 posted on 07/24/2003 12:02:59 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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