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Khaled Fouad Allam con Emma Bonino, febbraio 2006
Emma Bonino (left) and Khaled Fouad Allam
ITALY. HOC PRESENTS REPORT ON HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS IN IRAN AND APPEAL TO SAVE NAZANIN

February 17, 2006: a press conference took place at Hands Off Cain headquarters in Rome highlighting human rights violations in Iran and the case of Nazanin, the minor sentenced to death after being charged with killing one of the men who had attempted to rape her. The conference saw the presentation of the appeal to save Nazanin, which asks the United Nations and the European Union to work in bringing about respect in Iran for the life of its citizens and to assure the right to freedom and democracy. For Hands Off Cain the death penalty in Iran is first of all a battle for the affirmation of human rights and the constitution of a democratic state. Commencing with the plight of Nazanin, HOC denounces Iran for its disregard even for the most fundamental of human rights, particularly with relation to women.
At least eight minors were hanged in the county in 2005 in direct violation of the International Convention on the Rights of the Child. “Minors continue to be hanged and women stoned to death,” stated Elisabetta Zamparutti, editor of the Hands Off Cain Report: “The Death Penalty Worldwide”. “Iran, which denies these executions internationally, is a regime with two facets: for this we are appealing to the international community to act to put an end to these appalling violations”. “We made this appeal,” said MEP Emma Bonino, “Not only due to the ghastly nature of these cases, but because we believe we should support those democratic groups in Iran which haven’t got any political say. Europe focuses all its attentions on Iran’s nuclear program and this shows the Iranian people that it is not interested in what happens to them.”
As well as the appeal signed by various personalities, Hands Off Cain also presented its dossier: The Death Penalty and More in the Mullahs’ Regime “Iran is a country of enormous capabilities,” explained Khaled Fouad Allam, professor of Muslim sociology at Trieste University, “But also great contradictions. I would define its democracy as totalitarian: there are women who drive busses and teach at universities but the regime’s ideology conjugates its political agenda with its religious one. The government is the problem because the population aspires to something completely different”. Another bleak chapter is the clampdown on press freedom, expounded on by Iranian journalist Ahmad Rafat, spokesman for the initiative for freedom of expression in Iran.
Rafat highlighted the ‘extrajudicial executions’ and in particular the ‘fake suicides’, an issue related to recent events surrounding seven journalists from the Iranian publication 'Tamaddon Hormozgan', arrested following the publication of an article satirising the Islamic revolution. According to prison authorities, the 19 year old author of the article, Elham
Froutan, had already attempted suicide twice but was saved by the intervention of the guards. Many, however, believe that the events are just a pretext: the executions of other journalists have in the past been defined as suicide by judicial authorities. Such was the case with Zahra Kazemi, the Canadian photo reporter of Iranian origin who died in Evin prison due to the abuse she was submitted to. (Sources: Aki, Ansa, 17/02/2006)

BANGLADESH. 22 MILITANTS SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR BOMBINGS
PENNSYLVANIA. JUDGE BARS EXECUTION, CITES MENTAL ILLNESS
UNITED STATES. DEATH SENTENCES IN 2005 REACHED RECORD LOW
CHINA. PROVINCE TAPS THIEVES WITH EXECUTION
YEMEN. MAN EXECUTED FOR US MISSIONARY KILLINGS
CHINA. 8,000 EXECUTIONS EVERY YEAR, SCHOLAR AT THE ACADEMY OF SOCIAL SCIENCES
VIETNAM. LAOS MAN SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING
AFGHANISTAN. COURT SENTENCES FORMER SPY CHIEF TO DEATH
CHINA. DEATH PENALTY CASES TO BE HEARD IN OPEN COURT
IRAN. MAN HANGED FOR RAPE
CHINA. TWO TAIWANESE EXECUTED FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING
UNITED STATES. CALIFORNIA HOLDS OFF MORALES EXECUTION
UNITED STATES. SUPREME COURT REJECTS NEW ALIBI EVIDENCE AT SENTENCING
THE PHILIPPINES. ARROYO: I'LL WORK TO SCRAP DEATH PENALTY
SOUTH KOREA. JUSTICE MINISTRY TO RECONSIDER DEATH PENALTY
HANDS OFF CAIN. STOP WITH THE HYPOCRISY OF THE HUMANENESS OF LETHAL INJECTION
ARIZONA, US. LAWMAKERS APOLOGIZE TO THE 100TH PERSON FREED FROM DEATH ROW
PAKISTAN. 11 MEN SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT
TURKEY. PROTOCOL NO. 13 RATIFIED
JAPAN. CULT LEADER FIT TO APPEAL AGAINST DEATH SENTENCE
IRAN. 22-YEAR-OLD MAN HANGED IN PRISON
VIETNAM. PRESIDENT COMMUTES DEATH SENTENCES OF TWO AUSTRALIANS
IRAN. EXECUTION OF MINORS TO CONTINUE
IRAN. TWO MEN EXECUTED IN SOUTHERN CITY
RUSSIA. BESLAN SUSPECT'S LAWYER APPEALS FOR 'FAIR' SENTENCE AMID CALLS FOR EXECUTION
CALIFORNIA, USA. CALIFORNIA TURNS TO MEDICS FOR NEXT EXECUTION
JORDAN. NINE SENTENCED TO DEATH IN TERROR PLOT
IRAN. 15-YEAR-OLD SCHOOLBOY SENTENCED TO DEATH
THE PHILIPPINES. PRESIDENT COMMUTES 280 DEATH SENTENCES
TEXAS, USA. TEXAS CARRIES OUT ITS FOURTH EXECUTION OF THE YEAR

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