Monday, March 14, 2005

Statement of the Association of Iranian Blogwriters (Penlog) to the assembly of the Human Rights Commission of the United Nations, Geneva

Honorable members of the Human Rights Commission of the United Nations, Participants of the 14 March 22 April 2005 Assembly, Geneva.,

The Iranian government is a member of the United Nations and has accepted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as an international obligation. However,the Iranian government vastly abuses this universal declaration. In particular the government in Iran systematically and repeatedly violates article nineteen, which guarantees the freedom of expression and free exchange of ideas, beliefs and information.

After the major shut-down of press, in particular newspapers, the youth, writers and reporters, started to use the only present window, namely writing in internet news-sites and blogs to communicate their ideas. Once again the Iranian government is violating article nineteen, ” Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers”, by systematic censorship of Internet sites, as well as persecution, arrest and imprisonment of web-reporters and Blogwriters. Some of the present facts are as follows:

-Ongoing summon and arrest of Blogwriters and reporters critical of the government. The last case was arrest of Blogwriters Mrs. Najme Omid-Parvar and her husband, Mr. Mohamad Reza Nasab-Abdullahi. Mrs. Omid-Parvar is pregnant, which makes her arrest and her conditions more critical.
-Continuous issue of long-term sentences for reporters and Blogwriters. The last case was a fourteen year sentence for Mr. Arash Sigarchi, a young Iranian blogwriter and reporter.
-Accusing the prisoners with false and fabricated charges and forcing admission to counterfeit allegations using torture. The latest case is Mr. Mojtaba Sami Nejad, a young Iranian blogwriter, who now, in his second arrest , has been accused with apostasy. The sentence for apostasy is execution in Iran and many young opponents of the regime have been executed solely on apostasy charge.

News similar to the abovementioned issues is broadcasted daily by national and international press.


Therefore the Association of Iranian Blogwriters (Penlog) urges the United Nations to use its only pressure means, the Human Rights Commission, to force the Iranian government to observe article nineteen of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.


Sincerely
Association of Iranian Blogwriters (Penlog)
http://penlog.blogspot.com

1 Comments:

Blogger Joacim Blomqvist said...

Hello friends and comrades
I would like to be a member of Penlog. My name is Joacim Blomqvist; my blog is Blommans blogg: http://www.yelah.net/blomman; my email is joacim.blomqvist@uppmana.nu

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