Spanish Pundit (II)

marzo 7, 2007

Iran: Alarm by the father of an imprisoned student

Filed under: Derechos Humanos,Iran,libertad de pensamiento — Nora @ 11:09 pm
Some days ago, I wrote about Ahmad Batebi brain attack. Today Le Monde.fr run an article about him. I translate the summary of his life:

Ahmad Batebi was no more than a “simple student”, his relatives say, he liked sport, he was open, a part-time actor, was arrested in 1999 after a demonstration in Iran, outside the University of Teheran, when he was helping the hurt demonstrators. He did not have any weapon in him. He was imprisoned at Evin’s prison, in Teheran, where he was interrogated continously, heat, tortured. He was hit in the face which broke all his front teeth.



[The continous torture] has left him with back problems, and a great nervous frailty. He was condemned to death for “subversion and sedition against God”. The verdict did not have enough basis enough, so Ali Khamenei, the Supreme Guide of the Revolution, changes the punishment for 15 years in prison, afterwards reduced to 10 years.



Afterwards he obtained a permission to go out of prison and marries in 2005. He did not come back to prison. “There is nothing against him“, his lawyer says, so he told them the same: “I have done nothing, you know it, I am not going back to prison“. During months nothing happens, he was going back to living a normal life, but he began speaking to foreign press, to send and receive e-mails.



Detained again 8 months ago, he is places in a high security wing of the Evin prison, in the 209 section, that “prison inside the prison” ruled by the secret service. After that, some alarming information is filtered: he has had a brain attack and loses conscience often. His parents think his life is threatened while another student, Akbar Mohammadi, died in prison, on July’06, in suspicious circumstances.

So, please, the people shouting about Guantánamo, can they also shout for the live of this brave man or that is so difficult for them to do?



Eehhh, no, USA is the Great Satan, don’t you see it?



My goodness….

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Algunos días atrás escribí sobre el segundo ataque cerebral que el estudiante iraní Ahmad Batebi, símbolo de la resistencia contra los ayatolás, ha tenido en prisión. Hoy Le Monde sacaba un artículo sobre él.



Ahmad Batebi fue detenido tras una manifestación de estudiantes cuando ayudaba a evacuar a los que habían sido heridos. No llevaba armas. Pero fue detenido e internado en la prisión de Evin en Teherán, donde fue interrogado sin descanso, golpeado y torturado. Le pegaron una patada en plena cara que le saltó los dientes de delante. Fue condenado a cadena perpetua por los delitos de “subversión y sedición contra Dios“. El veredicto era tan disparatado que el Guía supremo de la revolución, Alí Khamenei, primero redujo la pena a 15 años y luego a 10.



Fue dejado en libertad y se casó en 2005. Al primero no pasó nada, pero después empezó a hablar con la prensa extranjera y a intercambiar e-mails. “No he hecho nada y vosotros lo sabeis, no volveré a prisión“, decía.



Pero hace ocho meses fue de nuevo detenido. Está en el módulo de alta seguridad de Evin, llamado la “prisión dentro de la prisión“, que está gestionada por los servicios secretos.



Sus padres temen por su vida, porque después de este segundo ataque, pierde la conciencia a menudo. Además, el año pasado en julio, otro estudiante, Akbar Mohammadi, falleció también en la cárcel en circunstancias sospechosas.



Así que los que protestan por Guantánamo, ¿podrían por favor, protestar por este hombre? Ah, no que me dicen que el malo es EEUU.



My God–




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Turkish court shuts down YouTube

Filed under: libertad de pensamiento,Turquía,YouTube — Nora @ 8:56 pm

FT.com / World / Europe

Turkey’s largest internet services provider shut down access to the YouTube video-sharing web site on Wednesday after a court ruling that some of its content insulted Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey. The decision followed days of furious insult-sharing among Turkish and Greek users of the popular and controversial site.



The result was a flood of complaints to the site and to the media from Turkish users angered by what one newspaper said were “fanatic Greeks broadcasting videos” insulting Ataturk. Turk Telekom acted first by removing the offending items, but a court ordered access to the site to be blocked late on Tuesday after prosecutors brought a case against YouTube.



A message posted on the site late on Wednesday said access had been suspended following a decision by an Istanbul court. One video posted on the site allegedly claimed that Ataturk and Turks were “homosexuals”. Ataturk, who died in 1938, is a revered figure in Turkey and it is a crime to “insult” him or state institutions. Many writers, including the Nobel literature laureate Orhan Pamuk, have faced trial for work that allegedly breaches this law.


Turkish court orders YouTube blocked – Yahoo! News

The video prompting the ban allegedly said Ataturk and the Turkish people were homosexuals, news reports said. The CNN-Turk Web site featured a link allowing Turks to complain directly to YouTube about the “insult.”



On its front page on Wednesday, the newspaper Hurriyet said thousands of people had written YouTube and that the Ataturk videos had been removed from the site. “YouTube got the message,” the headline said. Insulting Ataturk or “Turkishness” is a crime in Turkey punishable by prison.

So someone in a video insults Turks and a whole site of internet is shut?? Wouldn’t it be sufficient to remove it?

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Un juzgado turco ha ordenado el acceso a YouTube después de que durante la semana pasada hubiera una “guerra” entre griegos y turcos en el sitio de internet. El cierre se ha realizado en base al mismo artículo por el que se condenó al famoso escritor Orhan Pamuk.



Al parecer, en uno de los vídeos se decía que Ataturk y los turcos eran homosexuales. La CNN de Turquía puso a disposición de sus usuarios la posibilidad de mandar una queja a YouTube. Así que mucha gente escribió a Google quejándose.



Me parece una decisión totalmente injustificada. Incluso si consideramos que el vídeo era insultante -que lo era…-, no me parece normal que impidan el acceso a TODO un portal sólo porque hay UN vídeo (o VARIOS) que sean insultantes.



Incluso quitar el vídeo me parece un poco excesivo…, teniendo en cuenta lo mal que se llevan griegos y turcos.




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Filed under: Sin categoría especial — Nora @ 9:38 am

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As Foro de Ermua has told us to do, till Justice is made in Spain.

I do not have time now, but I will post about new developments later.

Thanks to Desde el Exilio and La resistencia a ETA.

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