Hassan raises hopes
Iran’s coming president will be Hassan Rohani. Two weeks ago, just before the presidential elections, not few analysts were convinced that it could have been Said Jalili though as well. One week after the elections and with Hassan Rohani chosen by a majority of those who accepted the tight voting conditions in Iran, Human Rights Organisations all over the world express concern that Mr Rohani should keep to his promises and improve the human rights situation and free all political prisoners. Meanwhile some Human Rights Organisations gathered in Hannover, Germany on Friday, 21st of June 2013 in a conference on the perspectives for civil society in Iran after Mr Rohani will have taken over. After Mrs Naziri recited a poem about an ant that unites with other ants to withstand the tyrannical system of the scorpions the moderator of the conference, Mr. H. Gabel, who runs a background information website on Iran called mehriran.de introduced into the circumstances of the latest elections. Professor Gholamasad delivered the keynote speech on what he analysed is the nature of the system and the conditions for a serious change in favour of respect for human, citizens, social rights and ecological and economical prospects for the future of Irans population. Professor Gholamasad stressed on two facts: 1. the expasionist ideology of velayat-e-faghi hiding behind the mask of Islam including non-tolerance for anyone who doesn’t follow this interpretation with no prospect of change as Mr Rohanis record until now shows a tight loyality to the leader and to the system. 2. the lack of possibilities to raise organisations within Iran and participate in creating a strong civil society that is dedicated to improving life for every Iranian and not just an elite. Finally he concluded that western governments must focus on Human Rights instead on negotiations about the nuclear case, because a democratic Iran would not need to be feared for his aggressivness.
Mrs Boons followed as the next speaker on behalf of the International Organisation to preserve Human Rights in Iran. She gave a summary of some commentaries on the elections in the wetsern press and concluded that her organization will keep an eye on Mr Rohanis performance concerning Human Rights and continue protests and streetactions in favor of the suppressed and unjustly treated people in Iran.
Dr. Kamal Sido, a Syrian born expert on Near East, who spoke on behalf of the Society for threatened people based in Goettingen, Germany expressed his worries that Iran might face the same fate as Syria and Iran could be torn apart if the questions of the circumstances of ethnic and religious minorities will not be dealt with in an all-embracing manner. He requested that Mr Rohani should stick to his promises and raised three demands:
– local autonomy for ethnic minorities in the frame of an Iranian confederation.
– freedom of believe for each religious communities
– abolishment of the death penalty and complying with international Human Rights standards.
Finally Mrs Tessa Spethmann, representing Amnesty International university group Hannover gave an outline of Amnesty’s request to respect human rights in Iran. She introduced the case of the student Majid Tavakoli who was jailed after a speech he held at the university in Teheran after the rigged elections of 2009. She invited the audience to help with petitions for individuals rights and help keep an eye on the whole situation. After a discussion round with the audience that was interested in both the political surrounding of Iran and the human rights questions, Mrs Spethmann read from a letter of Nasrin Sotoudeh to her daughter, a poem dedictaed to Mrs Sotoudeh by Rasoul Moatamedi called "Inscribed" was recited in combination with music. Finally Mrs Naziri ended the conference with a poem about the earth of the home country which she dedicated to Omid Kokabee, another prisoner of the regime. Mr Gabel reminded the audience of the case of a political prisoner in Evin who had lost his vital interest to survive when he learned that there were Europeans taking interest in the situation of political prisoners in Iran. He claimed that saved his life and inspired him to resist. Thus the audience to this kind of conferences give support and inspire courage and hope for the people in Iran to take care of their future freedom.