Nonviolent Action around the World – 29 July 2009 (Part 1)

July 29, 2009
Singapore Democrats

This post is at least a year old. Some of the links in this post may no longer work correctly.

RESISTANCE AND REPRESSION IN IRAN
 

Iran opposition leader calls for more street protests
By: Borzou Daragahi, LA Times, July 28, 2009
Iran’s leading opposition figure called on his supporters Monday to head into the streets daily during a religious festival next week, potentially escalating tensions at a time when his election rival, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, is to be sworn in for a second term.
Read Full Article…

Iran’s protesters, phase 2 of their feisty campaign
By: Robin Wright, Time, July 27, 2009
Phase 2 has begun. Six weeks after millions took to the streets to protest Iran’s presidential election, their uprising has morphed into a feistier, more imaginative and potentially enduring campaign.
Read Full Article…

Complete interview with Iranian dissident journalist Akbar Ganji
By: Democracy Now, July 27, 2009
Iran’s preeminent political dissident, investigative journalist Akbar Ganji was in front of the United Nations on Thursday, leading a 3-day hunger strike to demand the release of all prisoners of conscience in Iran. To watch the video:  
Read Full Article…
 
Clashes among Iran’s leaders, two protesters said to have died in custody
By: Borzou Daragahi and Ramin Mostaghim, LA Times, July 27, 2007
New ruptures emerged in Iran’s government Sunday when President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad angered fellow conservatives by abruptly sacking as many as four ministers who had opposed his choice for vice president.
Read Full Article…

Ahmadinejad may face confidence vote in parliament
By: CNN, July 26, 2009
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad fired two members of his cabinet, and may have to face a vote of confidence in parliament for the final few days of his current term, two semi-official Iranian news agencies reported Sunday.
Read Full Article…

Iran dissident murdered in jail
By: AFP, July 26, 2009
A Young Iranian man arrested in protests against President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s disputed re-election has died after over a week in custody, two reformist newspapers reported on Saturday.
Read Full Article…

 Iran’s opposition asks to mourn iconic victim
By: Nasser Karimi, AP, July 26, 2009
Iran’s opposition leader asked authorities Sunday for permission to hold a memorial service for victims of last month’s post-election unrest, including a young woman whose death was caught on video and became a symbol for protesters.
Read Full Article…

200 Seattle marchers gather in global day of solidarity to protest Iran
By: Marc Ramirez, Seattle Times, July 26, 2009
Calling for awareness and United Nations intervention, nearly 200 people marched through downtown Seattle Saturday to support ongoing protests in Iran disputing last month’s presidential election.
Read Full Article…
 
Revolutionary Guard tightens hold in Iran crisis
By: Hamza Hendawi, AP, July 26, 2009
The Revolutionary Guard tightened its already powerful hold over Iran during the post-election turmoil, raising alarm among some Iranians that it is transforming the Islamic Republic into a military state.
Read Full Article…
 
Iran opposition urges clerics to fight ‘oppression’
By: AFP, July 25, 2009
Opposition leaders called on Iran’s top clerics on Saturday to intervene to prevent “oppression” by the authorities, as a detained protester was reportedly killed in custody.
Read Full Article…
 
People protest outside Iranian embassies against arrests
By: Prague Daily, July 25, 2009
Today’s worldwide event was held in more than 80 cities. The participants demanded that the arrested Iranians be released. Several tens of people came to the Iranian embassy in Prague today to express their support to people who have been arrested in Iran during demonstrations against the re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as president.
Read Full Article…

Controversial figure in Iran moved from one key post into another
By: CNN, July 25, 2009
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has appointed Esfandyar Rahim Mashaie as his adviser, a day after the controversial political figure resigned as first vice president, Iran’s state-run news agency reported on Saturday.
Read Full Article…
 
Mohammad Kamrani, another victim of the recent demonstrations
By: IHRV, July 23, 2009
Last Thursday, Mohammad Kamrani died in Mehr hospital in Tehran as a result of injuries he had sustained while being held in Evin Prison.  After a mourning ceremony, Mr. Kamrani’s body was buried in Behesht Zahra cemetery on Saturday
Read Full Article…
 
Iran: Regime “hemorrhaging” power as Moussavi announces charter and new political front
By: Michael Allen, Democracy Digest, July 23, 2009
A new, broad-based reformist group is being formed by opposition leader Mir-Hossein Moussavi who this week insisted that protests against the government would continue until all detained protesters were released.
Read Full Article…
 
Iran: Recent developments and implications for US policy
By: US Foreign Relations Committee, July 22, 2009
Transcript of Abbas Milani’s Testimony before Committee on Foreign Affairs
US House of Representatives.
Read Full Article
 
The media landscape in Iran    
 
By: Greg Bruno, Council on Foreign Relations, July 22, 2009
Iranian authorities have reinforced controls on major domestic media following the upheaval over contested presidential election results in June 2009. One month after the disputed vote, nearly forty journalists remained in Iranian prisons.
Read Full Article

Iran: Five IFEX members and numerous other organizations condemn repression ahead of International Day of Solidarity
By: IFEX, July 22, 2009
We, the undersigned human rights organizations and advocates from the Arab region, express our utter condemnation of all forms of brutal repression undertaken by the Iranian authorities against large masses of the Iranian people involved in peaceful demonstrations and protests against the course and outcome of the Iranian presidential elections.
Read Full Article…

‘I wed Iranian girls before execution’

By: Sabina Amidi, Jerusalem Post, July 19, 2009
In a shocking and unprecedented interview, directly exposing the inhumanity of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s religious regime in Iran, a serving member of the paramilitary Basiji militia has told this reporter of his role in suppressing opposition street protests in recent weeks.    
Read Full Article…

 

CRISIS IN HONDURAS

US revokes diplomatic visas of Honduran coup members
By: Al Giordano, The Field, July 28, 2009
The Department of State is currently reviewing the diplomatic (A) visas of individuals who are members of the de facto regime in Honduras, as well as the derivative visas for family members of these individuals. We have already revoked diplomatic visas issued to four such individuals who received their diplomatic visas in connection with positions held prior to June 28 under the Zelaya administration, but who now serve the de facto regime.
Read Full Article…

A president kicked out, but not alone in defiance
By: New York Times, July 28, 2008
Since Mr. Zelaya arrived here on Friday to taunt the de facto government that exiled him a month ago, hundreds of Hondurans have answered his call to join him just across the border in Nicaragua. They are teachers, students, the self-employed and laborers. This is the front line in what Mr. Zelaya calls his “rebellion.”
Read Full Article…
 
Honduran Congress puts off vote on Zelaya return
By: Claudia Parsons and Gustavo Palencia, Reuters, July 28, 2009
The Honduran Congress on Monday avoided a vote on whether ousted President Manuel Zelaya can return to power after a coup last month, saying it was a matter for the Supreme Court to decide.
Read Full Article…

Exiled Honduran leader cites divide at home
By: AP, July 27, 2009
Ousted President Manuel Zelaya has encamped his roving government-in-exile in this sleepy mountain town near the Honduran border to launch his return to power after a coup last month.
Read Full Article…

Human rights court denounces press censorship in Honduras
By: The Knight Center for Journalism, July 27, 2009
Catalina Botero, the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), said there are “permanent forms of exclusion and censorship” in the wake of the coup that overthrew Manuel Zelaya, Telesur reports.
Read Full Article…
 
Honduras’ Manuel Zelaya seeks more international support
By: Jum Wyss, Miami Herald, July 27, 2009
Admitting that his plans to march across Honduras’ southern border and recapture the presidency have been frustrated, ousted leader Manuel Zelaya said Sunday he would continue to drum up international support and pressed the United States to take a stronger stand in the month-long political crisis.
Read Full Article…

Honduras: Time to choose
By: Adam Isacson, Open Democracy, July 27, 2009
There’s a clear reason why every country in Latin America so quickly lined up against the military coup in Honduras on 28 June 2009: because it was terrifying.
Read Full Article…
 
Ousted Honduran leader vows to camp on border
By: Huffington Post, July 26, 2009
Ousted President Manuel Zelaya encamped his roving government in exile in this sleepy mountain town near the Honduran border Sunday to launch his return to power after a coup last month.
Read Full Article…
 
Honduras general live on Radio Globo, wants San José Accord signed
By: Al Giordano, The Field, July 25, 2009
It’s a weird moment on the independent radio of Honduras. The radio announcer is raking coup general Romeo Vaquez Velazquez over the coals – asking about the curfew, the snipers, the loss of basic rights – and the general stays on the line denying everything but completely at the announcer’s mercy.
Read Full Article…
 
Venezuela’s Chavez blasts U.S., allies on Honduras
By: Reuters, July 25, 2009
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said on Saturday the United States wanted Honduras’ de facto government to consolidate power and win upcoming elections but that he would recognize only the government deposed in a coup last month.
Read Full Article…

Evo Morales, United States took part in the coup d’état in Honduras
By: Bolivia Rising, 23 July, 2009
United States took part in the coup d’état carried out against the President of Honduras, Jose Manuel Zelaya Rosales, because they did not do anything to prevent it and they are doing nothing to make possible his return as Head of State, said this Thursday the President of Bolivia, Evo Morales.
Read Full Article…