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There are 5 messages totalling 349 lines in this issue.

Topics of the day:

1. pakistan-norouz-massacre
2. NOROOZ APPEAL
3. VIDEO SCREENING - "HIDDEN FACES: WOMEN SEEKING REFUGE"
4. 51 Iranian writers and PEN letters to support Sarkuhi's right to travel
abroad
5. Ayatollah Meshkini's speech (BBC)

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Date: Sun, 22 Mar 1998 12:52:51 +0100
From: Asghar Abdi <asghar@BTINTERNET.COM>
Subject: pakistan-norouz-massacre

thr 016
pakistan-norouz-massacre
ja'afari movement severely condemns massacre of muslims in hongu
islamabad, march 21, irna -- pakistani senator and head of political
department of ja'afari movement of pakistan, javad hadi in peshawar
saturday strongly condemned the carnage of muslims participating in
marking the norouz celebrations at hongu, a small township 70
kilometers south of peshawar in sarhad (frontier) province.
hadi told irna that both police and para-military forces were
rendered impotent in their controlling the outburst of the terrorist
group.
the pakistani senator said that the provincial governor has been
forewarned to prepare itself to stand against the terroristic
activities, adding that if it failed, the people will take over the
responsibility of defending themselves.
hadi further pointed out that since sepah sahabi's activities have
been curtailed in punjab province, they have shifted their activities
to sarhad province.
the head of political department then propounded that had the
activities of sepah sahabeh been quelled on world qods day, such a
tragedy would have been greatly reduced.
javad hadi implicating one of the representatives of national
federal parliament from sarhad province, said that a small group was
being supported for terrostic activities.
earlier a supreme sunnite council affiliated to sepah sahabeh had
forewarned the people of taking part in norouz celebrations in hongu.
in two separate attacks on saturday, the terrorists massacred
pakistanis who were taking part in norouz celebrations. seven people
were killed in the carnage.
dh/dh
end
::irna 21/03/98 20:11

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Date: Mon, 23 Mar 1998 13:57:37 EST
From: CHAIRNGO <CHAIRNGO@AOL.COM>
Subject: NOROOZ APPEAL

March 21, 1998

Dear Friend,

Recently, a woman called to say that her sister was in an Istanbul jail,
having been deported from France without being given the opportunity to apply
for asylum. Noosha had fled a sentence of death by stoning in Iran and was at
risk of being forcibly returned by the Turkish authorities to her
executioners. We intervened immediately, contacting the United Nations High
Commissioner for Refugees and Turkish human rights organizations. The
International Federation of Iranian Refugees' (IFIR) branch in Turkey met with
UNHCR officials and advocated on her behalf. As a result, the UNHCR
interviewed Noosha in jail and recognized her as a refugee. She will
eventually be resettled in a safe country.

In addition to assisting women fleeing gender-based persecution in Iran, our
campaign against stoning has reverberated throughout the world with nearly
1,000 individuals and organizations issuing resolutions condemning the Islamic
regime and the savagery of stoning. In March alone, over 450 organizations
and the Italian and South African delegates signed our resolution at the UN
Commission on the Status of Women's annual meeting in which the Islamic
government was a participating member.

Our activism must continue. The barbaric practice of stoning must end and
with it the regime that perpetuates such gross violations. To continue to
assist countless individuals fleeing persecution and to expose the regime's
system of gender-apartheid, we need your support.

This Norooz, please contribute as generously as you can.

With best wishes for the Norooz,

Ramesh Ahmadi Keyvan Javid Maryam Namazie Laili Panahi
Committee for Humanitarian Assistance to Iranian Refugees (CHAIR)
International Federation of Iranian Refugees (IFIR)
International Campaign in Defense of Women's Rights in Iran

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Date: Mon, 23 Mar 1998 14:47:41 EST
From: CHAIRNGO <CHAIRNGO@AOL.COM>
Subject: VIDEO SCREENING - "HIDDEN FACES: WOMEN SEEKING REFUGE"

The Committee for Humanitarian Assistance to Iranian Refugees (CHAIR) invites
you to a free screening of "Hidden Faces: Women Seeking Refuge" co-produced by
CHAIR. The video was developed with several other community-based
organizations in NYC who participated in the Education Video Center's (EVC)
Community Organizers' Television workshop. Another video, "Voices of
Workfare" will also be screened.

The screening will take place on Thursday, March 26, 1998 from 7:00p.m. to
9:00p.m. at the EVC, located at 55 East 25th Street, 4th Floor, (between Park
Avenue South and Madison Avenue) in Manhattan.

Fore more information, contact CHAIR, GPO Box 7051, New York, NY 10116. Tel:
212-747-1046. Fax: 212-425-7240. E-mail: chairngo@aol.com.

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Date: Mon, 23 Mar 1998 23:34:53 -0500
From: Rahim Bajoghli <rbajoghli@JUNO.COM>
Subject: 51 Iranian writers and PEN letters to support Sarkuhi's right to
travel abroad

51 Iranian writers and PEN letters to support
Sarkuhi's right to travel abroad


March 18, 1998

Dear colleagues
Enclosed is a letter of protest about illegal denial of Faraj Sarkouhi's
right to get his passport and to travel abroad, signed by 51 Iranian
writers to President Khatami. This letter is sent to Iranian press and
International PEN.

The text of the letter;

March 13, 1998

Mr. Khatami, President of Islamic Republic of Iran

Faraj Sarkouhi, a literary critic and a prominent journalist, after one
year of imprisonment, was released on January 28, 1998. Since then he has
applied for a passport to attend several cultural conferences abroad.
However, he has been denied the passport. We undersigned writers believe
that the right to travel and free interchange of thoughts is essential
rights of all. Therefore, by this letter, we are expressing our protest
against this denial of passport.

1)A. SHAMLOO, 2)M. DOLATABADI, 3)H. GOLSHIRI, 4)M. SEPANLOO,
5)SIMIN BEHBAHANI 6)A. BABACHAHI, 7)M. R. BATENI, 8)B. BIJARI, 9)M.
POUYANDEH, 10)A. KHAMEE, 11)R. DARIUSH, 12)A. DARVISHIAN, 13)F. TAHERI
14)S. EBADI, 15)A. KABOLI, 16)M. KAR, 17)K. KARDAVANI, 18)M. KOUSHAN,
19)S. LAHIJI, 20)M. MOKHTARI, 21)A. YOUNESI, 22)A. CHELTAN, 23)J. MOJABI,
24)S. ASGHARI, 25) P. BABAEE, 26) A. BABAEE, 27)J. BARZEGAR, 28)F.
TAMIMI, 29)A.
JABARI, 30)M. JAVAHER KALAM, 31)J. JAHANSHAI, 32)M. KHALILI, 33)K.
DEYHIMI, 34)G. ROOBIN, 35)E. RAHA, 36)A. SHAHROUDI, 37)H. SHEKARI, 38)P.
SEDAGHAT, 39)O. SALAHI, 40)A. AZIMI, 41)K. ANGHAEE, 42)M. GHABRIEE, 43)M.
KARIMZADEH, 44)G. KARIMI, 45)K. GHOHARI, 46)S. MOHAMADI, 47)H. MALEKI,
48)H. MOUSAVI, 49)N. MEHRBAN, 50)H. YAZDANPANAH, 51) E. YOUNESI

March 19, 1998

His Excellency Hojjatoleslam val-moslemin Sayed Mohammad
Khatami President of the Islamic Republic of Iran

The Presidency
Palestine Avenue
Azerbaiijan Intersection
Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
011-98-21-674-790

Your Excellency,

As an international organization of writers we write to express our
ongoing solidarity with our colleague, Faraj Sakouhi. While we welcomed
his release on January 28, 1998, we write again to urge you to allow Mr.
Sarkouhi to exercise his right to travel abroad freely if he so wishes.
We at PEN American Center hope that he is able to accept our invitation
to visit the United States to share with us his insights into
contemporary Iranian literary endeavor.

Mr. Sarkouhi has been invited to many international gatherings, notably,
the World Association of Newspapers, has asked him, as a distinguished
Iranian journalist, to participate in a conference, in Sweden, on
Cultural Policies for Development, under the auspices of UNESCO. In a
letter to Your Excellency, signed by fifty-one of Iran's distinguished
writers and intellectuals, our Iranian colleagues have joined in
expressing their concern regarding what is seen as a denial of Mr.
Sarkouhi=92s right to
obtain his passport and travel abroad.

According to our information, Mr. Sarkouhi's driver's license and
identity card were returned to him upon his release, however, he has yet
to recover his passport. Officials from the Passport Office have refuted
Mr. Sarkouhi's insistence that his passport was confiscated at the time
of his arrest, and have forced him to declare his passport lost and to
apply for a new one. Mr. Sarkouhi's need to acquire his passport is
urgent given the
understandable eagerness to reunite with his family. We respectfully ask
for your personal intervention in this matter so that Mr. Sarkouhi may
promptly regain his fundamental right to travel abroad.

Thank you for your consideration. We look forward to your response.

Sincerely,

Anthony Appiah
Chair, Freedom-to-Write Committee

Karen Kennerly
Executive Director, PEN American Center

Diana Ayton-Shenker
Director, PEN Freedom-to-Write Program

March 19,
1998


PEN American Center
568 Broadway
New York City, New York 10012
Fax: 212-334-2181



Dear Colleagues,

We would like to express our best wishes to all of your members,
specially Edward Albee, Anthony Appiah, Homero Aridjis, Paul Auster,
Nadine Gordimer, Arthur Miller, Edward Said, and Michael Scammell, who
have signed the Open Letter to Iranian Writers and Intellectuals
congratulating Iranian New Year.

Iranian writers and intellectuals, individually and collectively, are
dedicated to freedom of expression and have been doing their utmost to
obtain it in Iran.

Specially in the last few years we experienced much hardship. In this
period, PEN International made it possible for our voice to be heard
world- wide.

We hope that in the coming year we would be able to re-activate once
again Iranian Writers Association (Kanoon Nevisandeghan), which for many
years has not been allowed to be active in its endeavor against
censorship.


With best greetings

Simin Behbahani, Amir Hossein Cheheltan, Ali Akbar Darvishian Mahmood
DolatAbadi, Houshang Golshiri, Iraj Kaboli, Faraj Sarkouhi Mansur
Kooshan, Javad Mojabi, Kazem Kaboli, Mohammad Ali Sepanloo
Ahmad Shamloo, Farzaneh Taheri

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Date: Tue, 24 Mar 1998 17:08:51 +1100
From: Mehdi Ardalan <mardalan@LAUREL.OCS.MQ.EDU.AU>
Subject: Ayatollah Meshkini's speech (BBC)

Source: Vision of the Islamic Republic of Iran Network 1, Tehran, in Persian
1430 gmt 21 Mar 98

Excerpts from the Friday prayer sermon delivered by the speaker of the
Assembly of Experts, Ayatollah Ali Akbar Meshkini-Qomi, in Qom on 20th
March, broadcast by Iranian TV on 21st March

In the name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate...

[The first Shi'i Imam Ali, said:] Nobody has the right to interfere [with my
leadership] since I have been elected by experts... Everybody, even in the
most remote areas, should accept this [leadership]...

If the experts [Assembly of Experts] reached consensus on the leadership of
a person and someone said that he did not accept this [his leadership], then
he should be made to change his mind by reasoning with him. And if he still
did not accept, then he should be sorted out with a sword. [Chants of
slogans in support]

I apologize for taking your time to explain these points. Your time is very
precious and I respect you and your time. But, sometimes we see that certain
issues are being raised or written about in the country which might result
in the blood of our dear martyrs being wasted. I should say something about
this. We see a group of people, who have been given pens to write, call into
question the meaning of the absolute leadership [of the supreme
jurisconsult, Persian: rahbari-ye motlaqeh]. Once upon a time, I explained
the meaning of absolute, but they did not seem to have understood it. Once
again they have said: Why should leadership be forever? Leadership should be
for a limited period of time. Three or four years as a leader is enough for
one person.

Leadership is one of the most dignified aspects of the issue of imamate
[being an imam]. If what they say is right, then we shall also say that Imam
Sadiq was an imam for a few years and that was enough. Similarly, the
prophet was also a messenger for a few years in Mecca, that is enough for
him. Similarly, we shall even say that God has been God since time
immemorial and that was enough for Him. Such people come up with a different
plan every day. Then they distort things, saying that the Guardian Council's
supervisory role should be abolished. They want the Guardian Council to just
sit idly by, watching people go to the Majlis and say nothing about it. They
want the road to the Majlis to be left open so that everyone who wants to
enter the Majlis can do so freely. This is the Majlis, the Majlis which has
been formed thanks to the immaculate blood of 100,000, 150,000 martyrs being
spilt. These people's blood has been spilt for God. Leadership is a divine
issue. I am not speaking about the person of the leader [Khamene'i], even
though he is the leader, we accept his leadership and pay our respect to
him. [Chants of: God is great, Khamene'i is the leader]

Another point is at issue here. The issue is that our foreign enemies and
those who unfortunately follow them inside the country, have focused their
attention on our constitution. They have realized that our constitution has
177 articles all of which are based on one principle...

All of the country and its laws revolve around the issue of leadership. That
is why they are attacking the leader from various directions...

They want to say that leadership only belongs to God. But they are wrong.
Leadership is ours. People such as Ali and those like him should be leaders.
O nation, God has granted us a divine government after one thousand and a
few hundred years. Please listen. God has granted us a divine government at
a special time, in a special land called Iran, and the government of the
hidden imam [12th Shi'i Imam Mahdi] has been set up...

(c) BBC Monitoring Summary of World Broadcasts.

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