Internationale Persönlichkeiten fordern Freilassung iranischer politischer Gefangener

Zamaaneh, 25. Januar 2011 – Mehr als 130 Schriftsteller, Intellektuelle und Professoren aus der ganzen Welt haben den iranischen obersten Führer aufgefordert, die politischen Gefangenen in Iran, darunter auch den betagten Generalsekretär der Reformpartei „Iranische Freiheitsfront“ Ebrahim Yazdi, freizulassen.

In ihrem an Ayatollah Khamenei adressierten Brief schreiben sie, das einzige Verbrechen, dessen sich diese Gefangenen schuldig gemacht hätten, sei der friedliche Protest gegen die Politik der Regierung.

Unter den Unterzeichnern des Briefes sind Noam Chomsky, Jürgen Habermas, John Esposito, Ariel Dorfman und UN-Menschenrechtsberichterstatter Richard Falk.

Sie schreiben, Yazdi sei mit 80 Jahren der älteste polititsche Gefangene nicht nur in Iran, sondern weltweit. Er habe sein Leben lang für „die Förderung der Menschenrechte in der islamischen Welt“ und „demokratische Reformen in Iran“ gearbeitet.

Der Brief bezeichnet die fortgesetzte Inhaftierung von Aktivisten wie Bahreh Hedayat, Majid Tavakoli, Emad Bahavar, Mansour Osanloo und Hoda Saber als „klare Verstöße gegen die iranische Verfassung“ und „im Widerspruch zu internationalen Verpflichtungen des Landes“.

In dem Brief, der auch an Präsident Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, den Vorsitzenden des Expertenrats Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Parlamentsprecher Ali Larijani und Justizchef Sadegh Larijani ging, wird vor einer Gleichgültigkeit gegnüber den Menschenrechten gewarnt. Diese führe zu einer Beschädigung des Vertrauens zwischen der Regierung und den Bürgern. Das Schicksal des Vorgängerregimes in Iran sei eine natürliche Folge einer ähnlichen Situation gewesen, die damals im politischen Umfeld Irans geherrscht habe.

Die Unterzeichner rufen den obersten Führer auf, alle politischen Gefangenen freizulassen und die Ideale der Revolution von 1979 realisieren zu helfen.

Ebrahim Yazdi war letzten Monat zur Sonderunterbringung in das Geheimdienstministerium der Islamischen Republik verlegt worden.

Seiner Frau wurde mitgeteilt, dass er aus dem Evin-Gefängnis ins Krankenhaus und von dort in ein „geschütztes Haus“ auf militärischem Areal gebracht worden sei.

Im Zuge der staatlichen Niederschlagung der Proteste gegen den umstrittenen Sieg Mahmoud Ahmadinejads bei den Präsidentschaftswahlen von 2009 war Ebrahim Yazdi zwei Mal verhaftet worden. Er ist seit Jahrzehnten in der Politik Irans aktiv. Im Jahre 1979 kehrte er an der Seite Ayatollah Khomeinis, des Begründers der Islamischen Republik Iran, nach Iran zurück.

Er war Außenminister in der Interimsregierung Mehdi Bazargans und Abgeordneter im Parlament.

Veröffentlicht bei Radio Zamaaneh am 25. Januar 2011
Quelle (Englisch): http://radiozamaneh.com/english/content/international-cultural-figures-call-release-iranian-political-prisoners

Der Wortlaut des Briefes sowie die beeindruckende Unterschriftenliste (entnommen bei Green Voice of Freedom):

We are writing to appeal to you for the immediate and unconditional release of Dr. Ebrahim Yazdi and all prisoners of conscience in the Islamic Republic of Iran whose sole offence is to speak out peacefully against the policies of your government. Their detention and abuse is an unjustifiable violation of internationally accepted norms of human rights and international law and is surely an affront to all religions that are based on the principles of justice, legality, and compassion. Furthermore, the detention of these prisoners of conscience is in violation of Iran’s own constitution and laws as well as Iran’s international obligations under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant of Civil and Political Rights, both of which the Islamic Republic of Iran has formally endorsed.

Ebrahim Yazdi is a man of honor who has for over 60 years devoted his life to democratic reforms in Iran and the promotion of respect for human rights throughout the Muslim world. Before the revolution, for two decades, he lived in exile where he worked tirelessly to expose the abusive rule of the Pahlavi monarchy. After the 1979 Revolution, he served with dignity and loyalty as Iran’s Foreign Minister under Prime Minister Mehdi Bazargan. While in office, these two exceptional political leaders, opposed on principle the summary and arbitrary executions of enemies of the Iranian regime being carried out at that time. They later resigned in protest against the seizure of the US embassy in November 1979.

Ebrahim Yazdi is today the Secretary-General of the Freedom Movement of Iran (Nehzat-e Azadi Iran). He and the Freedom Movement have unequivocally insisted that their activities rely only on legal and non-violent methods of political opposition. He opposed the continuation of the war with Iraq after the expulsion of Iraqi forces from Iranian territory in 1982. As a believer in national reconciliation he has devoted himself to dialogue and mutual respect between Iran’s various political and social groups and has championed social and political reform and minority rights. For over thirty years, Ebrahim Yazdi has been a voice for moderation inside Iran, rejecting all initiatives by Iran’s governing elites that lead to violence, cause enmity within the society, and involve denials of human dignity. He has bravely criticized illegal government actions and the concentration of power in the hands of a few.

Dr. Yazdi has been arrested three times since the 2009 presidential election in Iran. At the time of his most recent arrest on October 1, 2010, he was attending a prayer service in a private house in the city of Isfahan. Police violently attacked the home and took him and several others into custody under the pretext that this was “an unauthorized prayer service”. Ebrahim Yazdi is now 80 years of age and in poor health. Indeed, at the age of 80, Dr. Yazdi is the oldest political prisoner in Iran and one of the oldest captives held anywhere in the world. Your government has subjected him to repeated and lengthy imprisonment as well as debilitating interrogations, definitely contributing to his need for emergency open heart surgery. Continued imprisonment may result in further severe deteriorations in his health.

We respectfully appeal to you to instruct your government to release Ebrahim Yazdi and all other non-violent prisoners of conscience in Iran, including Nasrin Sotoodeh, Mohammad Nourizad, Mostafa Tajzadeh, Abdullah Momeni, Majid Tavakkoli, Farid Taheri, Emad Bahavar, Bahareh Hedayat, Jafar Panahi, Leila Tavassoli, Mahdiyeh Golroo, Mohsen Mirdamadi, Feizullah Arab Sorkhi, Emaddedin Baghi, Mansour Osanloo, Issa Saharkhiz, Masoud Bastani, Ahmad Zeidabadi, Hoda Saber, Nazanin Khosravani, Mohsen Safaii Farahani, Reihaneh Tabatabai, Sajedeh Kinoush Rad, Mohsen Aminzadeh, Abdollah Ramazanzadeh, Farzaneh Roustaii, Mehdi Mahmoodian, Zhila Bani Yaghoob, Bahman Ahmadi Amoui, and Fariborz Raiis Dana.

We appeal to you to end this disregard for human rights that will eventually destroy all trust between your government and Iran’s citizens and block national dialogue and reform through reliance on the democratic institutions and practices of civil society. Wherever normal political activities of citizens is prevented and punished, other less peaceful means of change become inevitable. The regime of the late Shah of Iran is a telling example of the political consequences of such a degeneration of the Iranian governing process. Against all odds, with admirable courage, and at great human sacrifice, the people of Iran were ultimately successful in removing Shah’s powerful, yet abusive regime. The goal of the Iranian Revolution was to realize its inspiring vision of independence, freedom, constitutional governance, and popular sovereignty. Again, we appeal to you to release all prisoners of conscience in your prisons and to start a forthright dialogue with the Iranian people to bring that noble vision back to life and turn it finally into a reality. The people of Iran deserve nothing less.

Richard Falk
Albert G. Milbank Professor of International Law Emeritus, Princeton University
Research Professor, Global Studies, University of California-Santa Barbara

A copy was sent to:

Ayatullah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Head of the Assembly of Experts and Expediency Council, Islamic Republic of Iran
Ayatullah Sadeqh Larijani, Head of Judiciary, Islamic Republic of Iran
Dr. Mahmood Ahmadinejad, President, Islamic Republic of Iran
Dr. Ali Larijani, Speaker of the Majlis, Islamic Republic of Iran
Mr. Mohammad Khazaee, Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the United Nations

Appeal’s Supporting Names and Signatures

Douglas Allen, Professor of Philosophy, University of Maine

Alice Amsden, Barton L. Weller Professor of Development Economics, MIT

Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na’im (from Sudan), Charles Howard Candler Professor of Law, Emory University School of Law

Kwame Anthony Appiah, Laurance S Rockefeller University Professor of Philosophy and the University Center for Human Values, Princeton University; President, PEN American Center; Chair, Board of Officers, American Philosophical Association

Sibylle Appuhn-Radtke, Professor for the History of Arts, University of Erlangen, Germany

Andrew Arato, Professor in Political and Social Theory, New School for Social Research

Stanley Aronowitz, Distinguished Professor of Sociology, CUNY Graduate Center

Talal Asad, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, Graduate Center, City University of New York

Anthony Barnett Founder, Open Democracy

Robert N. Bellah, Professor of Sociology, Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley

Ronald Beiner, Professor of Political Science, University of Toronto

Seyla Benhabib, Eugene Meyer Professor of Political Science and Philosophy Yale University

Richard J. Bernstein, Vera List Professor of Philosophy, New School for Social Research

Michael Bérubé Paterno Family Professor in Literature, Director, Institute for the Arts and Humanities, The Pennsylvania State University

Michael Bordt, President of the Munich School of Philosophy, Germany

Rony Brauman Professeur at Sciences Po (Paris), former president of MSF ( France)

Stephen Eric Bronner, Distinguished Professor of Political Science, Rutgers University

Rainer Brunner, Directeur de recherche, CNRS, Paris, France

Ian Buruma, Henry R. Luce Professor, at Bard College, New York

Charles E. Butterworth, Emeritus Professor, University of Maryland

Craig Calhoun, University Professor of the Social Sciences, Director, Institute for Public Knowledge, New York University

Craig Campbell, Director and Professor, Public Safety Management Program, St. Edward’s University

Richard Caplan, Professor of International Relations, Director, Centre for International Studies, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford

Jose Casanova, Professor of Sociology and Senior Fellow Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, at Georgetown University

Peter Chelkowski, University Professor

Partha Chatterjee, Professor of anthropology, Columbia University, New York

Noam Chomsky, Institute Professor (retired), MIT, Cambridge MA, USA

Simon Critchley, Chair Department of philosophy, New School for Social Research, New York

Fred Dallmayr, Chair and Professor of Philosophy and Political Science, Senior Fellow of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame

Joyce Davis, President of the World Affairs Council of Harrisburg and an independent journalist and media consultant

Ariel Dorfman, Author, Distinguished Professor, Duke University

Shadia Drury, Professor of Philosophy, University of Regina

Martín Espada, Professor of English, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

John L. Esposito, University Professor and Founding Director, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Christian-Muslim Understanding, George Town University

Roxanne L. Euben, Ralph Emerson and Alice Freeman Palmer Professor of Political Science, Wellesley College

Michel Feher, Writer

Patrick Franke, Professor of Islamic Studies, University of Bamberg, Germany

Edward Friedman, Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Johan Galtung, Founder TRANSCEND, Professor of Peace Studies

Robert Gassmann, Prof. em. of Chinese Studies, University of Zurich, Switzerland

Todd Gitlin, Professor of Journalism and Sociology, Chair, Ph. D. Program in Communications, Columbia University

Jürgen Habermas, Philosopher and Social Thinker

Gerd Haeffner, Professor of Philosophy, Munich School of Philosophy, Germany

Michael Hainz, Institute of Societal Politics, Munich School of Philosophy, Germany

Thomas Harrison, Co-Director, Campaign for Peace and Democracy

W. D. Hart, Professor of Philosophy, University of Illinois at Chicago

Seamus Heaney, Professor, Previously Teaching at Harvard

Sonja Hegasy, Vice-Director of the Center of the Modern Orient, Berlin, Germany

David Held, Graham Wallas Professor of Political Science, LSE, United Kingdom

Dick Howard, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, SUNY at Stony Brook

Elizabeth Shakman Hurd, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Northwestern University

David B. Ingram, Professor of Philosophy, Loyola University Chicago

Mark Juergensmeyer, Director Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies University of California, Santa Barbara

M.H. Kaldor, Prof. of Global Governance, London School of Economics

Otto Kallscheuer, Political Philosopher, University of Sassari, Italy

John Keane, Professor of Politics at the University of Sydney and the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin (WZB)
Thomas Keenan, Professor, Bard College

Rashid Khalidi, Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies Department of History, Columbia University

Anke von Kügelgen, Professor of Islamic Studies, University of Bern, Switzerland

Mirjam Künkler, Assistant Professor in Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University

Timur Kuran, Professor of Economics and Political Science and Gorter Family Professor of Islamic Studies, Duke University

Ernesto Laclau, Emeritus Professor at Essex University, UK

Joanne Landy Co-Director, Campaign for Peace and Democracy

Robert D. Lee, Professor of Political Science, Colorado College
Jesse Lemisch, Professor Emeritus, History, John Jay Coll of Criminal Justice, CUNY

Zachary Lockman Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies and of History, New York University

Claudio Lomnitz, Campbell Family Professor of Anthropology, Columbia University

Steven Lukes, Professor of Sociology at New York University

Cecelia Lynch, Professor of Political Science, and Director, Center for Global Peace and Conflict Studies, UC Irvine

Alan Macfarlane, F.B.A., Professor of Anthropological Science, Emeritus, University of Cambridge

Mahmood Mamdani, Professor and Director, Makerere Institute of Social Research, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda and Herbert Lehman Professor of Government, Columbia University, New York

Ulrika Mårtensson, Associate professor, Religious studies, The Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Brinkley Messick, Professor of Anthropology, Columbia University

Pankaj Mishra, Writer

Tariq Modood, MBE, AcSS, Professor of Sociology, Politics and Public Policy, Director, University Research Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship and Founding Co-editor of Ethnicities (Sage), University of Bristol, UK

Ebrahim Moosa, Associate Professor of Islamic Studies, Department of Religion, Duke University

Rosalind Morris, Professor, Anthropology, Columbia University

Chantal Mouffe, Professor and Director of the Centre for the Study of Democracy, University of Westminster, London

Johannes Müller, Prof. Dr., Institute for Social and Development Studies (Institut für Gesellschaftspolitik) at the Munich School of Philosophy, Germany

Anne Norton, Professor of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania

Claus Offe, Dr. rer. pol. Dr. h. c. Claus Offe, Dipl.-Soz., Professor em. of Political Science Hertie School of Governance, Berlin, Germany

Friederike Pannewick, Professor of Arab Studies, Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies, Universität Marburg, Germany

Philip Pettit, L.S.Rockefeller University Professor of Politics and Human Values, Princeton University

Philip Pettit, Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University

Katha Pollitt, Writer

Noah Porter, Professor Emeritus of Philosophical Theology, Yale University, Senior Fellow, Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, University of Virginia

Hilary Putnam University Professor Emeritus, Harvard University

Joanne Rappaport, Professor, Department of Anthropology, Georgetown University

Joseph Raz, Thomas M. Macioce Professor of Law at Columbia Law School

Stefan Reichmuth, Professor of Islamic Studies, University of Bochum, Germany

David Rieff, Writer

Maurus Reinkowski, Professor of Islamic Studies and the History of the Islamic Peoples, University of Basel, Switzerland

Friedo Ricken, Professor em. of Philosophy at Munich School of Philosophy and University of Salzburg

William R. Roff, Professor Emeritus of History, Columbia University, New York, Hon. Professorial Fellow, Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies, University of Edinburgh

Jonathan Rosenbaum, Visiting Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University

Stephan Rosiny, German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA), Institute of Middle East Studies, Hamburg, Germany

Sara Roy, Senior Research Scholar, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University

Sharon Stanton Russell, BA, MA, MPA, PHD, Research Affiliate at Center for International Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and, in 1974-1975 Academic Year, Consultant for Manpower Policy, Planning and Evaluation of the Kavar Village Health Worker Project, from the Department of Community Medicine, Pahlavi University School of Medicine, Shiraz, Iran

Alfred Stepan, Wallace Sayre Professor of Government, Columbia University

Malise Ruthven, Ph.D., independent researcher and writer based in London UK

Joe Sacco, Cartoonist

Saskia Sassen, Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology, Columbia University

Reinhard Schulze, Professor of Islamic Studies, University of Bern, Switzerland

Christoph Schumann, Professor for Politics and Contemporary History of the Middle East, University of Erlangen, Germany

Jillian Schwedler, Associate Professor and Honors Program Director Department of Political Science, University of Massachusetts

Richard Sennett, School Professor of Sociology, emeritus, The London School of Economics

Martin Shaw, Professorial Fellow in International Relations and Human Rights, Roehampton University, London, Research Professor of International Relations, Sussex University

Samer S. Shehata, Assistant Professor of Arab Politics, Center for Contemporary Arab Studies

Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

David Schweickart, Professor of Philosophy, Loyola University Chicago

Tamara Sonn, Wm. R. Kenan Professor of Humanities, Department of Religious Studies, College of William & Mary

Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, University Professor in the Humanities, Columbia University

Christian Steineck, Professor of Japanese Studies, University of Zürich, Switzerland

Alfred Stepan, Wallace Sayre Professor of Government, Columbia University

Jeffrey Stout Professor of Religion, Princeton University

Charles Taylor, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at McGill University

Mary Ann Tetreault, Cox Distinguished Professor of International Affairs, Trinity University

Justin Tiwald Assistant Professor of Philosophy, San Francisco State University

Chris Toensing, Executive Director, Middle East Research and Information Project

Michael J. Thompson Professor, William Paterson University

Andreas Trampota, Munich School of Philosophy, Germany

Stephen Van Evera Ford International professor of Political Science, MIT

Johannes Wallacher, Professor for Social Sciences, Economics and Ethics, Munich School of Philosophy, Germany

Michael Walzer, Professor (emeritus) of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, co-editor of Dissent magazine

Wolfram Weisse, Director of the Academy of World Religions, University of Hamburg, Germany

Cornell West, Professor of Sociology, Princeton University

Stefan Wild, Professor em. of Semitic Languages and Islamic Studies, University of Bonn, Germany

Nicholas Wolterstorff, Noah Porter Professor Emeritus of Philosophical Theology, Yale University; and Senior Fellow, Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, University of Virginia

Reinhard Zintl, Professor of Political Studies, University of Bamberg, Germany

Michael Zirinsky, Professor of History, Boise State University

Slavoj Zizek, Co-Director, International Institute for Humanities, Birkbeck School of Law, University of London

Sami Zubaida, Emeritus Professor of Politics and Sociology, Birkbeck, University of London

2 Antworten zu “Internationale Persönlichkeiten fordern Freilassung iranischer politischer Gefangener

  1. Pingback: 132 Intellectuals Call on Supreme Leader to Release Ebrahim Yazdi and Prisoners of Conscience | Persian2English

  2. Next step would be the changing of foreign affaires
    against all states discriminating human rights.

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