German Reporter Says He Was Beaten in Iran – ABC News

February 5, 2012

null(abc/AP)Hellwig and German photographer Jens Koch — both working for Bild am Sonntag — had entered Iran on tourist visas and were detained in October 2010 after interviewing the son of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, an Iranian woman sentenced to death by stoning for adultery.
Her case had generated widespread international outrage.
The two journalists were freed a year ago after German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle traveled to Tehran for a rare meeting with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, then brought the pair home on his government plane.
Iranian resistance groups later criticized Westerwelle’s Tehran visit as a propaganda victory for the Iranian regime.
Hellwig said that prison guards, in an apparent move to frighten him, took him “to a torture cell to show me what they were using there to torture people.”
I was beaten. And there were some other things, but I do not want to talk about them,” he said.(MORE)

These silly Germans were shocked… just shocked! What do you think he doesn’t want to talk about? I’m guessing his ass is sore.


US Complicit in Human Rights Abuses

November 29, 2010

And where are the feminists who should be at the barricades over this issue? 

Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani’s imminent execution in Iran — by being stoned or hangied – has elicited protests across the globe. Ms. Ashtiani has been found guilty of adultery; tortured by women-hating prison guards, and has become a symbol of Sharia inspired laws that mistreat women.
Ironically and poignantly, Iran is on the United Nations Committee for Women’s Rights and will soon join the Executive Committee for the Asian region. Yet remarkably Ambassador Susan Rice has not uttered a word on behalf of Ms. Ashtiani, or said anything about Iran’s representation on the UN committee, a silence that is once again telling about the moral collapse and indifference to human rights of this administration.
It is unacceptable that Iran is in a position to negotiate women’s rights when the government routinely violates these rights — a condition comparable to having Nazis investigate the human rights violations of Jews. To make matters worse, the Obama administration through its silence is thereby complicit in the crime against fundamental rights.
Even the New York Times and the Washington Post have covered the story. Mina Ahadi, a spokesman for the International Committee Against Stoning and Execution, has been engaged in non-stop demonstrations against the Iranian government and its perverse judicial decision.
Remarkably, Ms. Ashtiani probably has no idea that there is vocal support for her cause. Iranian mullahs do not react to appeals of reason and fairness: Only when their positions are watched and challenged with condemnation, do the mullahs pay attention.
This explains why the United States’ official inattention to this matter is tragic. As we have not offered a diplomatic protest — have not uttered a word about Iran’s role on the Committee for Women’s Rights, the United States has abandoned its moral leadership in matters affecting all women.

Iran stoning woman calls herself a ‘sinner’ on state TV

November 17, 2010
These Muslims are more stupid then I thought. do they really think they influence anyone by forcing this woman to say she deserves to have rocks thrown at her head?

Sakineh Mohammadi-Ashtiani
The woman, identified as Ashtiani, said in the state TV report shown on Monday: ‘I am a sinner’

The stoning sentence against the 43-year-old Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani has been put on hold and is now being reviewed by Iran’s supreme court. The case has raised an international outcry, embarrassing Tehran. The woman, identified as Ashtiani, said in the state TV report shown on Monday: “I am a sinner.” State TV also aired comments from Ashtiani’s son, her lawyer and two Germans who were arrested allegedly while trying to interview Ashtiani’s family. Her son and lawyer are also in custody.

Protest Iran

November 16, 2010

Femen went topless at an event at the Iranian embassy to protest the sentence of death by stoning that Iran meted out to Sakineh Mohammadi-Ashtiani. Few things attract attention like a group of topless women. Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani was tortured for two days before she agreed to confess on TV, Her lawyer said. Feminists should be at the barricades over this issue….but they are not, the Femen stepped in. via

HEY LADIES… Keep on Keeping On! Nicolas Sarkozy talks tough. Iran laughs

November 12, 2010

I guess Nicolas Sarkozy wanted to show Carla Bruni that he was a real man… because he looks like a limp dhimmi to Israel and those that stand up for the dignity of women.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy is reported to have personally lodged an extremely violent telephone protest with Iranian authorities in which he said he was considering her fate as being a matter he was taking personally before warning that if Iran “touched one hair of her head” he would see to it that all talks on all issues with Iran would be instantly halted. via

women’s dignity is important to Sarkozy… and Obama… heh
Ever get the feeling that those
who cater to Arabists
are not a good example of masculinity?
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
What a fine example our enlightened Western leaders set for the Savages
Courtesy Presidential Press and Information Office of the Kremlin

Hard-line Islamist nations Iran and Saudi Arabia are hoping to join the board of U.N. Women when the votes are counted on Wednesday – the United Nations’ new agency for women, established in July after years of effort by women’s groups.

. One woman who found the thought revolting was Iranian 2003 Nobel laureate, activist Shirin Ebadi. “How can a country that has not ratified the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) … be a member of that board and speak about women’s rights?” she demanded Tuesday at a U.N. news conference. Speaking through a Persian translator, Ebadi added, “I think that this board – with the members that we can see – will not get anywhere.” The two Middle Eastern Arab nations are among the 50 countries who stood as candidates to the 41-member executive board of the agency, with Iran having led the race for the top spot. Ten spots on the board are reserved for Asian nations – and only 10 Asian countries were in the running for those spots, including Iran. But at the 11th hour, an 11th candidate was found, throwing a monkey wrench into Iran’s well-oiled diplomatic machinery. The United States, Canada and Australia had been working behind the scenes to recruit rivals to keep the Islamic Republic off the 41-member board. Timor-Leste – the official name for East Timor – suddenly joined the race, bringing the number of Asian candidates to 11 and making it theoretically possible to leave Iran out. Australia in particular enjoys an exceptionally close relationship with the small Asian nation. Women in Saudi Arabia make up less than 10 percent of the work force in that country, are forbidden to drive, and must receive permission from a male guardian to travel, work, study and marry. Generally, a woman who goes out in public must be accompanied by a male – even a minor – in order to avoid being harassed or viewed with disdain. Iran recently decided to delay the execution of a woman by stoning due to a flood of worldwide condemnation that created major pressure on the Tehran government. Nevertheless, it is unclear when or if Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, convicted of adultery, will again be forced to face her tormentors, who spent four years in prison. The 43-year-old widow and mother of two’s original sentence to death by stoning was reportedly suspended. However, the government alleged that she murdered her husband as well – a charge that didn’t stick – and said she could be executed by hanging for the crime. In addition to being tortured repeatedly, she also received 99 lashes twice – once, before the eyes of her 17-year-old son.
word to our brothers. cruel men make whores

Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani confession to murder on Iran state TV

August 12, 2010
Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani. Her lawyer said she was tortured for two days before she agreed to appear on TV. Photograph: AP

Sakineh Mohammadi AshtianiThe Iranian woman whose sentence to death by stoning sparked an international outcry is feared to be facing imminent execution, after she was put on a state-run TV programme last night where she confessed to adultery and involvement in a murder.
Speaking shakily in her native Azeri language, which could be heard through a voiceover, Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani told an interviewer that she was an accomplice to the murder of her husband and that she had an extramarital relationship with her husband’s cousin. Her lawyer told the Guardian last night that his client, a 43-year-old mother of two, was tortured for two days before the interview was recorded in Tabriz prison, where she has been held for the past four years.
“She was severely beaten up and tortured until she accepted to appear in front of camera. Her 22-year-old son, Sajad and her 17-year-old daughter Saeedeh are completely traumatised by watching this programme,” said Houtan Kian.
He added that there were now fears that the Iranian authorities would act quickly to carry out the death sentence, which was reportedly commuted to hanging after an international outcry last month. The sentence was initially for “having an illicit relationship outside marriage” but some Iranian officials have claimed she was also found guilty of murdering her husband and should still face death by stoning.
The interview was broadcast on a show called 20:30, a day after US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged Tehran to honour treaty obligations to respect the rights of citizens and halt executions.
Observers suggested one of the signs she was speaking under duress was that in the interview she blamed the western media for interfering in her personal life.
In an interview last week with the Guardian through an intermediary, Mohammadi Ashtiani accused the Iranian authorities of lying about the charges against her to confuse the media in order to pave the way to execute her in secret. “I was found guilty of adultery and was acquitted of murder,” she said.
Amnesty International condemned the “so-called” confession and said the independence of Iran‘s judiciary was “tattered” by the broadcast. “This makes a complete mockery of the judiciary system in Iran,” said Drewery Dyke of Amnesty’s Iran team. “Iran is inventing crimes … it is an unacceptable practice that flies in the face of justice.”
Mina Ahadi of the Iran Committee against Stoning (ICAS) said: “It’s not the first time Iran has put an innocent victim on a televised programme and killed them on the basis of their forced confessions – it has happened numerously in the first decade of the Islamic Revolution.”
Iran’s state-run TV suggested international attention over Mohammadi Ashtiani was “western propaganda” aimed at forcing Iran to release three American hikers who have been held since last year.