Saturday, February 18, 2006

Statement of the Association of Iranian Bloggers (Penlog) concerning brutal execution of Hojjat Zamani and start of massacre of political prisoners in Iran

The Association of Iranian Bloggers (Penlog) denounces the brutal execution of Mr. Hojjat Zamani, Political Prisoner, and warns the world about the beginning of another massacre by the Iranian Government. Elham Afrootan, a 20-years old Journalist from Hormozgan Province, who mistakenly had published an article from a blog in a local paper, is in hospital , in coma. In the past two days seven people in Ahvaz and three in Tehran have been sentenced to death. Authorities of Gohardasht Prison in Karaj (Rajayi Shahr) have blatantly warned the prisoners that if the Iran’s case goes to the Security Council, they will be executed one by one.

Association of Iranian Blogwriters (Penlog), according to its charter, defends the right of freedom of expression for all political prisoners including jailed journalists and bloggers and expresses concern over the re-start of execution of political prisoners in Iran.

Association of Iranian Blogwriters (Penlog) urges the Human Rights organizations to send delegates to Iran to evaluate the situation Political Prisoners and not let them fall victims to the Iranian government’s vengeance.

We ask the United Nations not to ignore the serious abjure of Human Rights in Iran and to condition Iran’s membership in UN to complete observance of the articles of Universal Human Rights Declaration.

Association of Iranian Blogwriters (Penlog)
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Monday, February 13, 2006

The Association of Iranian Blogwriters (Penlog) respects the freedom of speech for reporters and blogwriters and condemns the hysterical attacks on the Western Embassies.

The Association of Iranian Blogwriters (Penlog) condemns the attacks in Tehran to the embassies of Western countries such as Norway, Denmark and England to protest publication of the cartoons in a Danish newspaper.

The attackers are none other than the thugs who receive their orders from the same agent provocateurs who have hijacked and ceased power in Iran . Under the protection of the tyrannical Iranian government, they violently and atrociously attack all peaceful protestation gatherings organized by the Iranian teachers, students, workers, nurses and women, in their endeavor for freedom and democracy.

In addition to condemning these atrocious attacks, Penlog condemns the violation of freedom of expression by the fundamentalist Islamic regime of Iran that is using the publication of the cartoons by the Danish paper, some four months after their publication, as a means to distract the mounting international pressure on itself.

The tyrannical government of Iran violates the freedom of expression in Iran by censoring and filtering the Internet and by arresting, flogging, imprisoning and torturing the Iranian blogwriters who simply express their opinions.

We appeal to the international community to mount pressure on the Islamic Republic of Iran to respect the freedom of expression, human rights and to unconditionally release all the blogwriters and political prisoners in Iran. We appeal to the United Nations not to undermine the serious abuse of human rights in Iran and precondition Iran's membership in the United Nations to observation of the basic human rights in Iran as stated in the Human Rights Declaration.

The Association of Iranian Blogwriters (Penlog)
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