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German Government Continues Animosity Towards Iranian Rights Activists while Courting the Islamic Regime (INCLUDES LETTER-WRITING ACTION)

The German government has, over the past two years, repeated a shameful history of using violently repressive measures against rights activists who demonstrate against the brutal Islamic Republic of Iran and demand freedom for people in Iran.

On 9 February 2010 in Berlin, German police unleashed their aggression against demonstrators outside the Islamic regime’s embassy, carrying tear gas and kicking and pushing the protesters who had come out in support of Iranian people and against the Islamic Republic. (video clip, 9 Feb 2010)

On International Human Rights Day, 10 December 2010, people demonstrated once again outside of the Islamic Republic’s embassy in Berlin, calling for freedom in Iran, and carrying the usual signs, including one that read, “Down with the Islamic Republic!” A witness reports that one of the Embassy staff approached the police and said, “We don’t want this banner in front of our embassy.” Without provocation from the protesters, and at the behest of the Islamic Republic’s embassy staff, the German police attacked the demonstrators, violently wrested the “Down with Islamic Republic” banner out of their hands, and then proceeded to assault and arrest a number of demonstrators at the permitted action. The German police forces even brought police dogs to intimidate people. The German police beat and kicked one 57-year-old woman so badly that they broke her spine (fifth cervical vertebrae) and left her lying suffering in the winter snow as they continued their strenuous assaults on civilians. A number of other injured protesters were detained by the police for several hours. (video clip, 10 Dec 2010)

These repeated criminal attacks by German police thugs are sufficient to demonstrate both the clear animosity of the German government towards those demanding freedom for people living under repression in Iran, and, at the same time the German government’s support for the Islamic regime in Iran. Yet to underscore the German government’s position vis-a-vis people opposing the Islamic Republic and demanding peoples’ rights and freedom in Iran, it has chosen to extend its persecution of those opposing the Islamic regime by forcing them to stand trial in court!

German Government Uses Its Courts to Extend the Reach of Islamic Republic’s Repression
After the Islamic Republic filed suit against opposition groups in Berlin for their 10 December 2010 protest against execution in Iran and for hoisting placards saying “Down with the Islamic Republic,” the German police complemented the regime’s action by filing suit against 6 of the December demonstrators on charges of resisting arrest, attempting to free those already arrested, and, as lesser charges, for attacking the police.

The first session of these court hearings was held on 30 June 2011, when a member of the Committee for the Defense of Iranian Political Prisoners in Berlin was tried on charges of attacking and hitting the police, trying to free one of the political activists who was about to be arrested by the police, and resisting arrest. The Committee for the Defense of Iranian Political Prisoners in Berlin reports that the first two accusations were rejected by the prosecution based on the video clip of the events of 10 December 2010 provided to the authorities. However, the charge of resisting arrest remains, and the activist has been sentenced to one year’s imprisonment (suspended) and a fine of 300 Euros. It should be noted that during this trial, 5 members of the German police forces were present to testify against the activist, yet the the policeman who beat and injured the activist during the demonstration in December failed to appear in the court.

The German Government Obeys Demands of Mass Murderers, Invites them to Visit German Parliament
It must be pointed out that Ali Reza Sheikh Attar, the Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran to Germany and the person responsible for directing German forces to muzzle Iranian activists outside the regime’s embassy, not only represents a regime of torture, stoning and execution, but is himself personally responsible for the murder of masses of Iranian people. During his tenure as governor of the Kurdistan and West Azarbaijan provinces from 1980 to 1985, Ali Reza Sheikh Attar had a decisive role in oppressing Kurdish people in Iran, and even sanctioned a massacre of Iranian Kurds. He has been incriminated in files submitted to the International Criminal Court by Iranian activists as a participant in genocide. In fact it is Ali Reza Sheikh Attar who is the criminal to be arrested and put on trial for crimes against humanity. Yet, while knowing this full well, the German government chooses to heed this murderer’s demands to arrest and prosecute in a court of law people calling out for freedom, equality, and democracy in Iran.

At the same time, on the same date that the Iranian activist was put on trial for opposing the crimes of the Islamic regime in Iran, the German government invited an official delegation from the Iranian Majlis Parliament to meet with Germany’s Bundestag Parliament. This outrage occurs just months after the German government asked the European Union to lift the EU travel sanctions on the Islamic Republic’s foreign minister, Ali Akbar Salehi, so that he could travel to a security conference in Munich.

The German Government’s Support of the Islamic Republic Dictatorship is a Deep Offense to Honorable People in Germany and Worldwide
The Islamic Republic has for 32 years suppressed the population of Iran, putting people in prison even for the “crime” of thinking, no less for the crime of having a demand. This barbaric repression of the Islamic regime has resulted in 6 million people taking refuge in other countries and hundreds of thousands of people imprisoned or executed, while the criminals of the Islamic regime use the so-called democracies of the West to further their bloody agenda. The entire world is aware of these facts, and yet still the German government, in continuation and sordid reflection of the Islamic Republic’s policy and practice, attacks, assaults, arrests and forces to stand trial in a farcical court people who have had a thought – a demand for freedom and democracy – that they dared to express.

The despicable behavior of the German government does not represent the will of the German people. Honorable people in Germany do not accept this outrageous behavior from the German government, and neither do people throughout the rest of the humane world.

People in Germany and worldwide have not only the fundamental right but the obligation to oppose the Islamic regime in Iran. It is a regime that executes more people than any other country in the world, that uses rape campaigns as a means to subdue the entire population, that embraces the barbaric practice of stoning people to death, that keeps masses of people in a perpetual state of impoverishment and uses the proceeds from the sale of the peoples’ oil to fund terror – on many occasions committed in Germany itself – war, and suppression abroad, most recently in the bloody massacres of oppressed Syrian people calling for freedom.

We stand in solidarity with the 6 activists who have had charges brought against them by the German government as a result of their exercise of free speech in opposition to one of the most barbaric and criminal regimes extant in the world today: the Islamic Republic of Iran. These activists were unlawfully attacked by German police forces and therefore had the right to resist the criminal attacks of those German police.

We demand that the German government immediately overturn any sentence that has been upheld against any of these activists, and withdraw from prosecution of the remaining activists who face charges stemming from the attacks against them by the German police.

And we demand that the German government immediately cease and desist from its political courtship of the bloody-handed Islamic Republic of Iran. It is a humiliation to German people, to Iranian people, and to all of humanity for a government within the European Union to embrace this criminal regime, effectively supporting its policies of murderous repression in Iran while implementing those same policies against Iranian activists in Germany.

We ask all honorable people worldwide to write to representatives of the German government and the European Union in support of these demands.
A sample letter appears below that you can use as a model for your own letter.

To Angela Merkel, Guido Westerwelle and the German Bundestag Parliament:

I am writing to you with regard to the German government’s prosecution of Iranian activists who defended themselves against illegal attacks by the German police during a permitted demonstration. These activists were demonstrating at the Islamic Republic Embassy against execution and in support of freedom and democracy in Iran .

I object to the German government bringing charges against these people as a result of their exercise of free speech in opposition to one of the most barbaric and criminal regimes extant in the world today: the Islamic Republic of Iran.

I demand that the German government immediately overturn any sentence that has been upheld against any of these activists, and withdraw from prosecution of the remaining activists who face charges stemming from the attacks against them by the German police.

Further, I demand that the German government immediately cease and desist from its political courtship of the bloody-handed Islamic Republic of Iran. It is a humiliation to German people, to Iranian people, and to all of humanity for a government within the European Union to embrace this criminal regime, effectively supporting its policies of murderous repression in Iran while implementing those same policies against Iranian activists in Germany.

Sincerely,
[your name]

Recipient list:
Guido Westerwell, German Foreign Minister;
Maja Kocijancic, Deputy for Catherine Ashton, Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs;
Klaus Wowereit, den Regierende Bürger-meister von Berlin;
Senator Dr. Ehrhart Körting; and
UN Secretary General and the Office of the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights

Email addresses: guido.westerwelle@auswaertiges-amt.de, maja.kocijancic@ec.europa.eu,
der-regierende-buergermeister@senatskanzlei.berlin.de, sabine.haefele@seninnsport.berlin.de, inquiries@un.org, sg@un.org, npillay@ohchr.org, urgent-action@ohchr.org

You may also choose to send to the following:

Selected international bar associations:
iba@int-bar.org, ccbe@ccbe.eu, ethics@barcouncil.org.uk, info@eyba.org, ace@avocatline.com.fr, info@advocatenorde.nl, consiglio@ordineavvocati.roma.it, admin@barobirlik.org.tr, abailo@staff.abanet.org

Foreign ministries and selected other government responsibles:
jerzy.buzek@europarl.europa.eu, michael.spindelegger@bmeia.gv.at, kab.bz@diplobel.fed.be, info@mvp.gov.ba, iprd@mfa.government.bg, imprensa@itamaraty.gov.br, imprensa@planalto.gov.br, pm@pm.gc.ca, ministar@mvpei.hr, minforeign1@mfa.gov.cy, podatelna@mzv.cz, udenrigsministeren@um.dk, vminfo@vm.ee, umi@formin.fi, bernard.kouchner@diplomatie.gouv.fr, inform@mfa.gov.ge, gpapandreou@parliament.gr, titkarsag.konz@kum.hu, external@utn.stjr.is, dcpf@mea.gov.in, minister@dfa.ie, gabinetto@cert.esteri.it, segreteria.frattini@esteri.it, mfa.cha@mfa.gov.lv, tonio.borg@gov.mt, secdep@mfa.md, post@mfa.no, DNZPC.Sekretariat@msz.gov.pl, ministro@mne.gov.pt, senec@mne.gov.pt, pm@pm.gov.pt, msp@mfa.rs, ministry@mid.ru, miguel.moratinos@maec.es, beatriz.lorenzo@maec.es, registrator@foreign.ministry.se, info@eda.admin.ch, info@mfa.gov.tr, haguew@parliament.uk, stewartkb@state.gov, info_leader@leader.ir

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