Filed under: 2007, Iran, Kavousifar, Kavoussifar, Khatami, Lapidation, Lesbian, LGBT, Peine de mort, Pendaison, Public Lashing, Tehran, Tehranian, Torture
Filed under: 2007, Asylum, Charia, Emambakhsh, Every One, Féminisme, flagellation, Gay, Iran, Lapidation, Lesbianisme, LGBT, Pegah, Pegah Emambakhsh, Spartakism, Stoning, Téhéran, Tehran, Tehranian, UK
A message from Pegah Emambakhsh to all the groups and people who are helping her.
Thanks to a wonderful person, an Iranian woman who lives in Italy and who has been working for many years in the field of human rights, a friend we are proud to have among the members of the EveryOne Group, we are in almost daily contact with Pegah who is imprisoned in Yarl’s Wood prison.
September 8th, 2007, Pegah has sent through this mutual friend a message for all the groups, activists, politicians and everyday people who are trying to solve her case.
”Dear friends, as you well know, I am having a difficult time right now, with no assurances for the future and with a lot of pain in my soul. I cannot deny that I am still very frightened, and the separation from my beloved children hurts so much that at times it seems unbearable. You don’t know how much of a comfort it is to me to know that you are out there. You don’t even know me, yet you are working for my cause, sticking your necks out and fighting for me, you write to me and send me wonderful flowers. I wasn’t expecting anything like this. Even many of the Iranians I was in contact with here in the United Kingdom abandoned me when they found out the reason I had applied for asylum. I haven’t heard from them since, they don’t want anything to do with me. I never imagined there were groups like you around. I hope the future offers me the opportunity to meet each and every person who has shown me so much friendship. I am feeling much calmer, I am happy to have all this protection, all this love that instils in me new energy and a desire to go on living. My dear friends, I am taking good care of the flowers you sent me. I am so proud of them! They have aroused a bit of jealousy in the other women here at Yarl’s Wood. I read the letters and postcards you have sent me over and over again. I have had a lot of time to think about what is happening to me and, in spite of not feeling ready to speak in public yet, once I get out of here I want to do something for humanity. Many thanks to you all.
Everyone Group – Roberto Malini, Matteo Pegoraro, Dario Picciau, Ahmad Rafat, Steed Gamero, Arsham Parsi, Fabio Patronelli, Glenys Robinson, Salvatore Conte
Filed under: 2007, Asile, Asylum, Barbara Pollastrini, Council of Europe, Deportation, Emambakhsh, Féminisme, flagellation, Gay, Iran, Pegah, Pegah Emambakhsh, Prison, Roberto Malini, Sadism, Sharia, Spartakus, Stoning, Téhéran, Tehran, Tehranian, UK, Vigil
What the case of Pegah Emambakhsh teaches us
Roberto Malini – EveryOne Group | 05.09.2007 00:12
The case of Pegah Emambakhsh has revealed that Europe has abandoned a long time ago the road of the respect for human rights. The fear for the fight between the different culture and the suspiciousness towards the others has slowly sunk our civilisation in a cultural and social swamp. People see enemies everywhere. The values of the freedom have been replaced from those – ambiguous and dangerous – of the security.
Dear friends, our invitation to send flowers to Pegah Emambakhsh has been hailed by hundred and hundred of people all over the world. The splendid bunches of roses, lilies and orchidee raised her moral. Pegah feels you all near her and your neighborly gives her courage and hope for the future.
In the meanwhile the world speaks a lot about this case. The case of Pegah Emambakhsh has revealed that Europe has abandoned a long time ago the road of the respect for human rights. The fear for the fight between the different culture and the suspiciousness towards the others has slowly sunk our civilisation in a cultural and social swamp. People see enemies everywhere. The values of the freedom have been replaced from those – ambiguous and dangerous – of the security.
In a scenario of blind terror, dominated by the phantoms of the weapons of mass destruction, the assassination attempts, the demographic invasion and the fall of the Western civilisation, racism and xenofobia aliment themselves leading men without scruples to the apogee of the power.
Like in 1920 and 1930 years (in Germany), the family and the nation are presented by the guardians of the death as bulwark against the fall. Whipping boys of this sick situation are once again the weak people, the poor ones, the different people, that are not lapidated by fundamentalist regimes, but the nations in which we live.
The case of Pegah helps us to understand that we are losing the principles on which the free world is founded: the respect of the rights, of the traditions, opinions and the dreams of the humanity. We have created immortal laws, like the Universal Declaration of the Human rights or the Convention on the Status of Refugees: laws that guide us to deal with the minorities in the right way; laws that help us to escape from the barbarisms, laws that indicate us the building of a more right world, where everyone has the possibility to express himself and to try of being happy.
But today we are forgetting those sacred laws. The case of Pegah Emambakhsh has revealed us that “the information” (the media), that is the voice of all of us, is not more an common asset, but an instrument that prides the constituted power.
The United Kingdom of these weeks is a clear example of this decline of the information. The vicissitude of Pegah incarnates all the values that we have lost. It is a story of love, courage, justice seeking, solidarity and at the same time a story of pain, violence, death and injustice.
All the world is speaking about it. It is spoken in the houses, where people are moved for the vicissitude of Pegah and send postcards and flowers to her. Flowers in the gaol of Yarl’s Wood! It is spoken in the highest political centers, where it is asked how is possible that a civil state have organized deportations of refugees towards the torture and the death, like in darkest times of our History.
But the press and the television of the United Kingdom have tried to hide the story of Pegah with the silence. A guilty silence, that we hope will be broken by some brave journalist or a network boss that still has a conscience.
As for us, we have been contacted by a British journalists and also interviewed from an important television. No word that we have pronounced has been successively published or sent on-air. In regard to a stronger power than the freedom of speech, expression and information.
The case of Pegah Emambakhsh, dear friends, citizens of the United Kingdom, teaches us that only you can help the men whom are governing you to find again the way of the civilisation. It teaches that only you can help all those who should provide you information to make it with honesty, as free men and patriots, as compassionate men and do not as servants of the powerful ones, especially now that the powerful ones are changing to executioners.
Citizens of the United Kingdom ask for truth and justice. Take truth and justice and if they won’t be guaranteed, then change the men that are governing you, the men who inform to you, until you have the privilege of being able to exert the democracy.
Otherwise, while you’re distracted by silly news about Cristiano Ronaldo (that’s just an example), you will leave them free to destroy all the patrimony of truth and justice that has been handed down through centuries of civilisation, of thought and progress.
For the EveryOne Group, Roberto Malini
In the meanwhile Pegah waits with anxiety that justice will be done. We invite you to send her letters and postcards, that will relieve and help her to serenely pass the time till the decision of the judges of the appeal. Write her at the following address:
Yarl’ s Wood Immigration Removal Centre,
Clapham, Bedfordshire MK41 6HL,
Filed under: 2007, Asile, Asylum, Bernard Kouchner, Charia, David Auerbach Chiffrin, France, Gay, Homosexuality, Iran, IRQO, LGBT, Queer, Sharia, Spartakism, Tehran, Tehranian, Tjenbé Rèd
Dans une lettre adressée à David Auerbach Chiffrin, le président de l’association Tjenbé Rèd, Thierry Coudert, directeur de cabinet au Ministère de l’Immigration, confirme que la France a accordé à Hamid, le jeune réfugié homosexuel iranien, une carte de résident valable 10 ans.
Ministère de l’Immigration, de l’Intégration, de l’Identité Nationale et du Codéveloppement
Le directeur de cabinet
Paris, le 23 août 2007
Monsieur le Secrétaire général,
Par un courrier du 31 juillet dernier, vous avez attiré mon attention sur la demande d’asile déposée par un ressortissant iranien, prénommé Hamid, contraint de quitter son pays en raison de son orientation sexuelle. Sur un plan plus général, vous demandez des éclaircissements sur la position de notre Ministère concernant les ressortissants étrangers présents en France et qui risqueraient, en cas de retour forcé vers leur pays, de se trouver exposés à des menaces ou à des persécutions au seul motif de leur homosexualité.
Sur le premier point, j’ai le plaisir de vous informer que l’intéressé, qui a été entendu le 2 août dernier par l’office français de protection des réfugiés et apatrides (OFPRA), s’est vu reconnaître la qualité de réfugié et remettre, en cette qualité, une carte de résident valable dix ans. Dès lors, il n’encourt plus aucun risque de retour forcé vers son pays.
D’une façon générale, je puis vous confirmer que les risques de persécutions encourus dans le pays d’origine à raison de l’orientation sexuelle figurent bien évidemment, au même titre que d’autres types de risques, parmi les motifs susceptibles d’ouvrir droit au bénéfice du statut de réfugié. Une telle décision est prise souverainement par l’OFPRA, au terme d’un examen individuel, sous le contrôle juridictionnel de la commission de recours des réfugiés.
Tels sont les éléments que je souhaitais porter à votre connaissance.
Je vous prie de croire, Monsieur le Secrétaire général, à l’assurance de mes sentiments les meilleurs.
ATTN : Monsieur David Auerbach Chiffrin
Secrétaire général de l’Association Tjenbé Rèd
113, boulevard Voltaire
Nous remercions, avec gratitude, toutes les personnes à l’origine de cette décision, les membres du cabinet ministériel qui ont oeuvré en faveur du cas d’Hamid, les fonctionnaires de l’OFPRA, et le ministre Bernard Kouchner qui fit faire le 26 juillet 2007, une déclaration de presse avec convocation de l’ambassadeur d’Iran pour y condamner les exécutions d’homosexuels. La France, ici, a eu une attitude émérite à l’égard du réfugié homosexuel (après une âpre lutte des activistes), en considérant les risques encourus par Hamid dans son pays d’origine, l’Iran, risques encourus (flagellation et pendaison) à cause de son orientation sexuelle.
Merci à Act-Up, à Tjembé Rèd, aux Panthères Roses et à Tapages 67.