Iran and Vietnam update
IRAN - 9th MAY 2006
Iran ban on women at sporting events upheld
The supreme leader of Iran has vetoed a ruling by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that would have allowed women to attend major sporting events.
Fear growing for Iran’s Jews: report in The Scotsman
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad came to power last June, life for Iran's 25,000
Jews has become even more precarious as the president defiantly
pursues a nuclear policy while declaring Israel should be "wiped off
the world map".
Reporters Without Borders voiced outrage today at the imprisonment of pro-reform intellectual and journalist Ramin Jahanbeglou, who was arrested at Tehran airport on 28 April after criticising the Iranian government in a series of interviews for Canadian, Spanish and French newspapers in recent weeks. He was transferred yesterday to Evin prison.
54 young people flogged for partying
police flogged 54 young boys and girls for attending a celebration
in the northern province of Mazandaran, a state-run daily reported.
The statement by EU states expressed "serious concern" over the state of human rights, in particular "the general increase in executions" in Iran.
52 Sufis sentenced to flogging05.05.06
The Iranian regime has in the past few days intensified a crackdown on members of the Iranian dervish community.
Belgian parliament supports removal of People’s Mojahedin from terror list
04.05.06In an article by Alain Lallemand in the Belgian daily Le Soir, it was reported that the Parliament of Belgium adopted a resolution on Iran on Thursday, April 27, calling on the Belgian government to reconsider the “listing of the PMOI as a terrorist organisation”.
Iran launches Islamic dress drive
21.04.06Authorities in Iran are to crack down on women failing to follow the regime's definition of good Islamic dress.
Regime hangs 13, sentences 23 to death in two days
The Iranian regime's state-controlled media reported that 15 prisoners were sentenced to death in Gohardasht Prison in Karaj (west of Tehran) yesterday and that death sentences for three other prisoners in Fars Province (southern Iran) had been upheld.
VIETNAM - 9th MAY 2006
EU Commissioner urged to request cyber-dissidents’ release
Without Borders wrote to European commissioner for external
relations Benita Ferrero-Waldner today asking her to raise the issue
of five imprisoned Internet users during a three-day official visit
to Vietnam: Ferrero-Waldner claims to have raised the issue with
One of the most significant human rights acts of the U.S. government is the designation of
“countries of particular concern,”
or CPCs, for ongoing, egregious violations of religious freedom. CPC
designation is not an end point, but the beginning of focused
diplomatic activity required by the International Religious Freedom
Act of 1998 (IRFA).
Autocratic Gen-Sec Nong Duc Manh reappointed as Vietnam’s party leader25.04.06 http://www.rsf.org/article.php3?id_article=1087 http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/4941144.stm
Vietnam's Communist Party has announced that Nong Duc Manh will be re-appointed as its general secretary for another five year term.