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There are 4 messages totalling 246 lines in this issue.

Topics of the day:

1. <No subject given>
2. I call on Iranians abroad to defend the rights of the IRI officials to
travel abroad safely (2)
3. FW: Report from AI for Algeria II

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Date: Fri, 3 Apr 1998 10:18:19 +0200
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad.abdolian@RSA.ERICSSON.SE>
Subject: <No subject given>

Hi,
The Kamkar's group will perform at Berwalldshallen in Stokholm together
with the Nacka Symphony Orchester.

Time: 17:30 Sunday 5th Apr. 1997
Place: Swedish Radio's Berwaldshallen
Stockholm, Sweden

Persian and Kurdish music and songs (?)

For tickets you can contact Ferdoosi bookstore, or
Ianian Culture Club (IKF) in Stockholm.

It will be the first time I hear Persian Clasical music performed together
with the Western European one at the same time.

I believe it will be a great pleasure to sith there and listen to their
lovely music.

Regards,
Farhad A.

#====================================================#
# Farhad Abdolian, farhad.abdolian@rsa.ericsson.se #
# HW Design Engineer @ Ericsson Radio Access AB #
# Dept. B/UF, Box 11, S-164 93 Stockholm, Sweden #
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Date: Fri, 3 Apr 1998 20:43:59 +1000
From: Mehdi Ardalan <mardalan@LAUREL.OCS.MQ.EDU.AU>
Subject: Re: I call on Iranians abroad to defend the rights of the IRI
officials to travel abroad safely

Perpetrators of such violence are so few and their representation so
marginal that just because they grab a few headlines, one should not
concieve of them as a problem. In a truly free and civil Iran, all the
Ansar, radical communists, fanatic MKO people and hysterical royalists
combined wont be able to even grab one parlimentary seat if the people
had any say about it.

Cheers
Mehdi



On Thu, 2 Apr 1998, Asghar Abdi wrote:

> According to the news broadcast by the IRI media and echoes from the MKO
> and the NCRI publications, Mr Mohajerani was attacked by some Iranian
> opposition activists, during his visit to Europe. According to Jame'eh
> Newspaper, Iran's National Football Team was also assaulted by some Iranians
> in another European country. Dr. Abdulkarim Soroush was also attacked and
> insulted by members of the Iran Communist Party in Germany recently. More
> surprisingly, the Communist Party of Iran warned Dr Soroush to shut up and
> not to speak and threatened him with further physical attacks. Also Abbass
> Ma'rufi was attacked by opposition activists when he was entering a hall to
> give a talk in a European country.
> While Iranian human rights defenders and Iranian democrats have been
> defending the basic rights of Iranians inside Iran, their silence about the
> obvious harrassment of Islamist and secular non-communist intellectuals is
> an alarming sign of double standards. Therefore, I invite those concerned
> about human rights and freedom of expression to raise their voice of concern
> regarding the violation of freedom of expression of intellectuals by
> extremist opposition groups who represent the other side of
> Ansar-e-Hezbullah fascism.
>
> Asghar Abdi
>
> thr 005
> unesco-mayor-attack
> mayor expresses regret over mko attack on mohajerani
> tehran, april 2, irna -- the secretary general of the u.n.
> educational, scientific and cultural organization (unesco) federico
> mayor wednesday in stockholm voiced readiness to further upgrade
> iran-unesco relations to materialize unesco goals including justice
> and freedom.
> addressing the cultural ministers of unesco member states, he
> expressed regret over the violence which broke out when iranian
> minister of culture and islamic guidance ataollah mohajerani was
> delivering a speech at the unesco conference.
> a member of the terrorist mojahedin khalq organization (mko)
> attacked mohajerani while he was addressing the conference. the
> iranian minister continued his speech calmly after the attack.
> the unesco chief said that any kind of violence by anyone and
> anywhere is condemned, particularly in such a cultural atmoshpere in
> which anyone is able to speak out freely.
> the colombian minister of culture who chaired the conference
> also condemned the attack.
> heads of participant delegations from different countries
> including india, vietnam, saudi arabia, maghreb, and nigeria as
> well as swedish foreign ministry director general also voiced their
> regret over the incident.
> fs/rr
> end
> ::irna 02/04/98 12:27
>

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Date: Fri, 3 Apr 1998 17:07:21 +0200
From: Jamshid Naghizadeh <janakgf1@CALVADOS.ZRZ.TU-BERLIN.DE>
Subject: Re: I call on Iranians abroad to defend the rights of the IRI
officials to travel abroad safely

Mehdi Ardalan wrote:
>
> Perpetrators of such violence are so few and their representation so
> marginal that just because they grab a few headlines, one should not
> concieve of them as a problem. In a truly free and civil Iran, all the
> Ansar, radical communists, fanatic MKO people and hysterical royalists
> combined wont be able to even grab one parlimentary seat if the people
> had any say about it.
>
> Cheers
> Mehdi
>
> On Thu, 2 Apr 1998, Asghar Abdi wrote:
>
> > According to the news broadcast by the IRI media and echoes from the MKO
> > and the NCRI publications, Mr Mohajerani was attacked by some Iranian
> > opposition activists, during his visit to Europe. According to Jame'eh
> > Newspaper, Iran's National Football Team was also assaulted by some Iranians
> > in another European country. Dr. Abdulkarim Soroush was also attacked and
> > insulted by members of the Iran Communist Party in Germany recently.

......[deletion]

> > Asghar Abdi

The incidence of these events has increased since the ellection of
Khatami.
As Mehdi Ardalan says, these groups are very small minority within
Iran and would not manage to get a single representative ellected,
hoever, they seem to be aided by forces who oppose any democratice
within Iran.

Another occurence of this type was at the recent appearance of Iranian
UN representative in Annaheim California, where Hecklers disrupted the
meeting which resulted in the cancellation of the second appearnce
by Mr. Nejad-Hoseinian. Apparently the protest was well organized
and protesters showed STONING VIDEO in order to discredit Iran.

--jamshid

ANAHEIM, Calif., April 2 (UPI) _ A top Iranian official canceled the
second of two
planned engagements in Ahaheim, Calif., (Thursday) after reportedly
receiving threats
and being met by a rowdy crowd. Organizers say Mohammad Haji
Nejad-Hosseinian,
Iran's permanent representative to the United Nations, changed his plans
after
protesters appeared at his first talk.

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Date: Fri, 3 Apr 1998 23:21:29 +0100
From: Asghar Abdi <asghar@BTINTERNET.COM>
Subject: FW: Report from AI for Algeria II

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From: "Asghar Abdi" <asghar@btinternet.com>
To: algeria watch international <awi@afn.org>
Subject: Report from AI for Algeria II
Date: Fri, Apr 3, 1998, 11:18 pm


MUSTAPHA BOUCHECHI (Algerian Human Rights Lawyer)

95% of my clients have been either tortured or killed. Torture,
disappearance and extrajudiciary killings are widespread phenomena. One of
my clients who was arrested and imprisoned two years ago describes his
memories as follows:
On the 6th of August 1994 , he was arrested and was retained in a room (175
cms X 150 cms) along with 7 other people. In August the weather in Algeria
is very hot. There was no water available. After three days four inmates
died due to the lack of air conditioning and water. The other three died by
the fifth day. Two of the inmates were brothers. Their father was searching
for his sons. I told the father that his children were dead but I did not
dare to tell him how for one month.
The judicary system is not informed about the arrests. Thousands have
disappeared in this way and we hope that some of them are still alive.
The credibility of Algerians as a nation has been destroyed. We were proud
of being heroes of independence in the region. Now the freedom fighters have
become a nation of violence.
On one Friday four years ago, 80 people were arrested by police and there
has been no news about their whereabouts. Families want to know the fate of
their relatives so they may mourn once and for all.
This is a general policy. In 1992, a law was passed to enable the army to
arrest any person in any part of Algeria without informing the local
authorities. Another law allows the security forces to arrest and kill the
accused without a warrant from the judicary.
Judges say that they know about the torture used by the security forces and
police, and the confessions are not reliable, but they can't stop it.
One day, an armed group were massacring inhabitants of a village for 7 hours
from 10 pm to 5 am in the name of GIA and people were screaming for help and
the police did nothing to help the people.....

I was not able to concentrate on the other speakers and therefore I cannot
comment on their speeches. I remember that Miss Karima explained the
activities of Algerian Youth to end the violence in recent years, and she
added that the government has banned their activities recently and the media
does not cover their campaigns.

In summary, at 7 p.m. the Committee Room was packed with 350 people and
there were a lot of people waiting in a queue. After half an hour, the
organisers were able to get another two rooms and the 350 more people were
accommodated in the rooms. In other words, the speakers repeated their talks
three times, which was exhausting for them. The audience were local white
Britons as well as Algerians and other nationalities. Algerian men and
women were apparent among the others. Algerians looked alike and I asked one
of the Algerians about their racial origin, and fortunately he did not
understand my question.
There were two Arab women with headscarves which indicated the degree of
committment among Islamists for Human Rights causes. If it had been a
demonstration against Israel, I would have seen hundreds of scarved women in
the queue.
The number of audience was encouraging compared to other AI campaigns.
During AI campaign in South London against Arms Trade to oppressive regimes,
there were about 350 participants.
The organisers were heartened to arrange more rallies to raise the awareness
of British society about the suffering of the Algerians.

Report was prepared by Dr. Asghar Abdi, MD, PhD., Birmingham, UK,
"asghar@btinternet.com".
The speaker should not be held responsible for the accuracy of my report.

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