Sofortige Einberufung einer Konferenz für globale, multinationale, internationale und weltweite Abrüstung und für Frieden, Dialog, Verständigung und Versöhnung, Öffentliche Petition an den Deutschen Bundestag.
Petition vom 15. März 2019, Erst-Veröffentlichung bei Avaaz.org, Zweit-Veröffentlichung bei Facebook.
Friedensbewegungen fordern ein Ende der deutschen Rüstungs-Exporte nach Ägypten
Deutsche Waffen gefährden friedliche Demonstranten in Ägypten – Friedensorganisationen kritisieren „aktuelle Verdoppelung der Waffenexporte an das diktatorische Regime in Ägypten“ – „Ägypten ist als Entwicklungsland bedeutendster Empfänger deutscher Waffen“ – Grässlin und Russmann fordern „sofortigen Rüstungsexport-Stopp für Ägypten und alle anderen menschenrechtsverletzenden Staaten“
Frankfurt / Freiburg / Stuttgart. 1. Februar 2011. (and). In einer gemeinsamen Presse-Erkärung fordern die Deutsche Friedensgesellschaft – Vereinigte KriegsdienstgegnerInnen
(DFG-VK), das RüstungsInformationsBüro (RIB e.V., Freiburg) und die Kampagne gegen Rüstungs-Export bei Ohne Rüstung Leben (ORL) ein sofortiges Ende der deutschen Rüstungs-Exporte nach Ägypten. Deutschland zählt zu einem der größten Rüstungs- und Waffen-Exporteuren, die die Nation Ägypten seit Jahren mit Waffen beliefern. Deutsche Waffen gefährden zur Zeit das Leben von friedlichen Demonstranten in Ägypten, die Menschenrechte, Meinungs- Informtions- und Kommunikations-Freiheit, soziale Gerechtigkeit und den Rücktritt von Präsident Hosni Mubarak fordern.
In Ägypten ist seit dem Jahr 1981 die Notstandsgesetzgebung ununterbrochen in Kraft. Die Menschenrechtslage sei katastrophal.[#1] .Mit der Waffengewalt staatlicher Sicherheitskräfte, die selbst massiv an Menschenrechtsverletzungen beteiligt waren und sind, konnte sich das diktatorische Regime in Kairo drei Jahrzehnte lang an der Macht halten. Derzeit riskieren Ägypterinnen und Ägyptern ihr Leben, indem sie ihren Protest gegen das diktatorische Regime unter Hosni Mubarak öffentlich artikulieren. Ägyptische Polizisten schießen auf weit überwiegend friedliche Demonstranten, mehr als hundert Menschen sind bereits ums Leben gekommen.
Bundesaußenminister Dr. Guido Westerwelle (FDP) erklärte, „der Weg zur Stabilität führt über die Wahrung der Menschen- und Bürgerrechte“.[#2] Erklärungen wie diese „wirken heuchlerisch angesichts der Tatsache, dass Deutschland zu den Hauptwaffenlieferanten der diktatorischen Machthaber in Ägypten zählt“, sagte Jürgen Grässlin, Bundessprecher der Deutschen Friedensgesellschaft – Vereinigte KriegsdienstgegnerInnen (DFG-VK) und Vorsitzender des RüstungsInformationsBüros (RIB e.V.). Der Freiburger Rüstungsexperte warf der Bundesregierung vor, dass sie 2009 gegenüber dem Vorjahr „mehr als eine Verdoppelung der Lieferungen von Waffen und Rüstungsgütern an Ägypten genehmigt“ habe. So sei der Genehmigungswert von 33,6 Millionen Euro (2008) auf 77,5 Millionen Euro (2009) „dramatisch gesteigert worden“.
„Die Einzelgenehmigungen für ‚Kleinwaffen’ sind aufgrund der hohen Opferzahlen besonders folgenschwer“, so Jürgen Grässlin. Die für ihre rücksichtslose Vorgehensweise bekannte ägyptische Polizei verfüge über Maschinenpistolen des Typs MP5, entwickelt von Heckler & Koch in Oberndorf. Allein im Jahr 2009 habe Ägypten weitere 884 Maschinenpistolen und Bestandteile im Wert von 866.037 Euro erhalten.[#3]
„Die Machthaber in Kairo erhielten Teile für Panzer, gepanzerte Fahrzeuge, militärische Landfahrzeuge und Kommunikationsausrüstung“, erklärte Paul Russmann, Sprecher der Kampagne gegen Rüstungsexport bei Ohne Rüstung Leben (ORL). Insgesamt sei „Ägypten mittlerweile sogar das bedeutendste Empfängerland in der Liste der aus Deutschland belieferten Entwicklungsländer“.
Die Gemeinsame Konferenz Kirche und Entwicklung (GKKE) stufte Ägypten in ihrem Rüstungsexportbericht 2009 als „problematisches“ Empfängerland ein. Die dortige Menschenrechtssituation sei laut Bericht der beiden großen christlichen Kirchen „sehr schlecht“, die Gefahr der Unverträglichkeit von Rüstung und Entwicklung sei „groß“.[#4] „Angesichts der katastrophalen Menschenrechtslage hätte Ägypten unter Diktator Mubarak niemals Waffen aus Deutschland und anderen Ländern erhalten dürfen“, erklärte ORL-Sprecher Paul Russmann.
Grässlin und Russmann forderten die Bundesregierung auf, „mit sofortiger Wirkung einen Rüstungsexportstopp gegenüber Ägypten und allen anderen Menschenrechts-verletzenden Staaten zu verhängen“.
Medien- und Presse-Kontakt:
Jürgen Grässlin, Freiburg, Tel.: 0761-76 78 208, firstname.lastname@example.org
Paul Russmann, Stuttgart, Tel.: 0176-28 04 45 23, email@example.com
#1 AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL REPORT 2010, Ägypten, S. 67 ff.
#2 Focus Online vom 26.01.2011
#3 Bericht der Bundesregierung über ihre Exportpolitik für
konventionelle Rüstungsgüter im Jahre 2008 (Rüstungsexportbericht 2008),
und Rüstungsexportbericht 2009, S. 15, 24, 34, 110
#4 GKKE-Rüstungsexportbericht 2009, Fachgruppe Rüstungsexporte, S. 40
Ministry has 65 employees or co-workers in country and is monitoring the situation carefully
Cairo (Egypt) / London (United Kingdom). February 1, 2011. SAT-7 is in a unique position in times of crisis to be able to offer support, wise counsel and encouragement to its viewers. Following the recent bomb attack on a church in Alexandria SAT-7 interrupted its normal programming to broadcast special live programmes giving local Church leaders a chance to respond and minister to people. Although all of SAT-7’s five channels remain on air, the current unrest in Egypt has affected SAT-7’s scheduled live programming from the Egypt studios which have been cancelled due to the unavailability of communication services. Please pray that these services become available once again so that we can continue this aspect of our ministry to the Egypt Church.
Statement from SAT-7 International CEO Terence Ascott:
“We, like many others, are very concerned about the situation in Egypt. We have many staff there and of course we are anxious to ensure that they all remain safe during this time of turmoil. On a personal level, I was also distressed to hear this morning that my son, who is a teacher in Cairo, was among the 2,000 injured in yesterday’s demonstrations – hit in the face by a rubber bullet as he passed out water bottles to both demonstrators and the security forces alike.
Mobile phone lines have been periodically disconnected in the country so it is generally difficult to contact people living there – because most rely exclusively on their mobile phones. The Internet has also been down. But landlines seem to be functioning and we have heard that most of our team is staying out of harm’s way.
The anger being vented on the streets against the Egyptian authorities is based on years of pent-up frustration. The country has experienced decades of stagnation – economic, educational and political. The lack of freedoms and opportunity has left an entire generation feeling hopeless.
Our prayer is that the current unrest will eventually result in positive change leading to greater justice, security and political openness in the country – for all Egyptians including the Christian minority which, historically, has often been neglected and marginalized. But this is not a religious revolt, it is a political one, and SAT-7 is not a political entity. So we encourage Christians everywhere to pray that President Mubarak and his advisors will have wisdom in how best to respond to the justifiable frustrations of the Egyptian people, and that the violence will not lead to an even greater loss of life.
Our Egypt office has asked specifically for prayer for the following:
· For safety for the staff as they face the same issues as all other Egyptians – uncertainty, danger, and fear.
· For freedom of movement without worry of violence.
· For protection for the Egypt office and equipment.
· For unity amongst Christians and an outpouring of love by the Church.
· For the ability to once again produce live programmes to support the local Church.
I and the SAT-7 leadership will continue to monitor the situation in Egypt carefully. SAT-7 is also joining with the 10 million or more Christians of Egypt in calling on believers around the world to pray for a peaceful, just, and positive outcome to result from the political storm raging across the country at this time.
Imprisoned Iranian Women Refuse to Deny Their Faith
Open Doors Launches Campaign Urging Iran to Release Christians Now
SANTA ANA, Calif., Nov. 5 /Christian Newswire/ — On August 9 two Christian women appeared before an Iranian judge who asked them to deny their faith and return to Islam. Maryam Rostampour, 27, and Marzieh Amirizadeh Esmaeilabad, 30, have been held in the notorious Evin prison in Tehran since March 5. They were originally accused of “acting against state security” and “taking part in illegal gatherings,” according to Compass Direct News. When both women refused to recant their faith, the judge sent them back to their prison cells “to think about it,” according to a source who spoke with family members.
“When they said, ‘Think about it,’ it means you are going back to jail,” said the source, according to Compass. “This is something we say in Iran. It means: ‘Since you’re not sorry, you’ll stay in jail for a long time, and maybe you’ll change your mind.'”
The source said the first goal of judges in such cases is usually to make “apostates” deny their faith through threats or by sending them back to prison for a longer time.
The women re-appeared in court on Oct. 7. The anti- state charge was dropped but they still face “apostasy” and “propagation of the Christian faith” charges.
Also, the women have undergone intense interrogations which have reportedly included sleep deprivation and other psychological pressure. They share a cell with over 20 other women and both have deteriorating health. Marzieh suffers from spinal pain, an infected tooth and intense headaches and is especially in need of medical attention, which has not been provided. Evin prison has received criticism for its human rights violations and executions in recent years.
On Oct. 26, the U.S. State Department designated Iran, along with seven other countries, as “Countries of Particular Concern” for their religious repression. The Islamic Republic reportedly imprisoned, harassed and intimidated people based on their religious beliefs, while government-controlled broadcast and print media intensified negative campaigns against religious minorities, the report said. Iran is ranked No. 3 on Open Doors’ World Watch List of countries where Christians suffer the most severe persecution.
The Open Doors USA advocacy department is launching a campaign asking people to send a respectful message to Iranian Ambassador Mohammad Khazaee, who is Iran’s permanent representative to the United Nations in New York City. The email messages will be sent to the government in Iran as well. The letters will ask for the immediate release of Maryam and Marzieh.
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“Maryam and Marzieh are suffering in an Iranian prison simply for refusing to recant their belief in Jesus Christ…they truly are modern heroes of the faith,” says Open Doors USA President/CEO Dr. Carl Moeller. “We must speak out against this injustice. Join our campaign urging the Iranian government to release these women.”
Pray for Maryam and Marzieh Sunday, Nov. 8, during the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church.
An estimated 100 million Christians worldwide suffer interrogation, arrest and even death for their faith in Christ, with millions more facing discrimination and alienation. Open Doors supports and strengthens believers in the world’s most difficult areas through Bible and Christian literature distribution, leadership training and assistance, Christian community development, prayer and presence ministry and advocacy on behalf of suffering believers. To partner with Open Doors USA, call toll free at 888-5-BIBLE-5 (888-524-2535) or go to our Website at http://www.OpenDoorsUSA.org.
Human Rights Day 2010: Freedom to Speak Out Essential For Human Rights Defenders
London. December 9, 2010/3mnews.org/Article19.org/– On the occasion of the Human Rights Day, ARTICLE 19 calls on governments to protect the freedom of expression of human rights defenders speaking out against discrimination and other human rights abuses. Human rights defenders – whether human rights monitors, activists or journalists – actively seek justice, accountability and transparency for human rights abuses by working alone or in collaboration with others, at the local, national and/or international levels. Over the past year, ARTICLE 19 has witnessed that human rights defenders across the world have faced ever increasing threats to both themselves and their families simply for exercising their the right to freedom of expression and speaking out against discrimination, exclusion, oppression and violence. This issue, which confronts states such as Mexico, Egypt, Sri Lanka and China among many others, deserves more focussed attention and action by the international community.
Yet, too often, a culture of impunity surrounds such threats and actual attacks on human rights defenders who have raised their voices against violations. The denial of human rights defenders’ rights leads to a “chilling effect” on their right to freedom of expression, impedes the public’s “right to know” and is a significant restraint upon their ability to hold state and non-state actors accountable for abuses.
ARTICLE 19 therefore urges states to properly implement their existing international human rights obligations to protect human rights defenders, including those indicated in the Declaration on Human Rights Defenders and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. State officials or agents should not be involved directly or indirectly in targeted attacks against human rights defenders for exercising their right to speak out against human rights abuses, or any other reason. Any attacks on human rights defenders, wherever they occur, should be promptly and thoroughly investigated by a competent, independent and impartial body established by the state. The state authorities should hold accountable all persons found to have committed abuses against human rights defenders, regardless of political affiliation or rank, and according to procedures that meet international standards of due process. States should prevent, punish and redress the harm caused by state or private actors, including unidentified armed groups, to human rights defenders.
ARTICLE 19 also hopes that Human Rights Day 2010 will inspire and embolden a new generation of human rights defenders to speak up to end discrimination and other human rights violations whenever and wherever they are manifested.
Statement issued by Article 19 Human Rights Organization – Universal Right To Seek And To Publish Information Without Frontiers – Article 19: Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers — Universal Delcaration Of The Human Rights
London. December 3, 2010 /3mnews.org/– The Human Rights Organization Article 19 has released on Thursday a statement on the situation of Wikileaks, Julian Assange and the universal right to seek and to publish information of any kind aacording to article 19 of the Universal Declaration Of The Human Rights which have been proclaimed in 1948 by the United Nations in New York City in the United States of America. The controversy over the latest release of documents by Wikileaks and major newspapers should not be used by nations as an excuse to limit citizens’ rights to access information. ARTICLE 19 calls on governments around the world to fulfil their obligations to transparency and the public’s right to know, including the obligation to give full effect to principles of proactive and mandatory disclosure of information.
“Information is the oxygen of democracy” says Dr Agnes Callamard, ARTICLE 19 Executive Director. “Rather than passing more secrecy laws and threatening to prosecute journalists and whistleblowers, governments should focus on making more information available and only protecting that which can cause substantive harm. At the same time, journalists have an obligation to exercise caution when revealing possibly sensitive information.”
As ARTICLE 19 highlighted previously, respect for international standards on freedom of information and protection of whistleblowers are paramount to the debates on issues raised by latest releases. ARTICLE 19 maintains that under these standards, any restrictions on access to information must fall within the scope of the limited regime of exceptions. It is public bodies who are obliged to show that disclosure of the information would cause substantial harm and information should still be disclosed if the benefits of disclosure outweigh such harm. States should also adopt and implement a legal and policy framework that protects whistleblowers from prosecution, and allow for public interest exemptions for revealing information such as corruption or human rights abuses.
ARTICLE 19 notes that much of the information contained in the cables appears to be already available in the public domain. None of the released documents were classified as top secret and most of the information in those six per cent classified as secret was also publically known. Further, these documents would likely be released anyway in the course of requests under the US Freedom of Information Act.
ARTICLE 19 is concerned about efforts by the US Government and other countries to prosecute a Wikileaks representative for violating the Espionage Act or other national Officials Secrets Acts. IIt is an obligation of governments – not of media and private individuals – to protect the confidentiality of official information if necessary under legitimate interests. We also urge the media, government officials, academics, and others to condemn calls for violence against Wikileaks staff and whistleblowers.
ARTICLE 19 also rejects calls and demands to maintain or expand secrecy legislation rather than adopt a comprehensive right to information framework, including the obligation of proactive disclosure. Nations without freedom of information laws such as Singapore have used the Wikileaks revelations as an excuse to justify their current restrictive regimes, while China has blocked internet access to the site. We call on all governments to respect of the right to information and its importance in democratic processes.
ARTICLE 19 does not believe that the leaks are likely to chill the speech of officials and rejects any policy changes that would impact on the free flow of information in this area. Studies of the effects of right to information legislation in numerous countries have found that there has been little impact on the amount of information that is recorded or that opinions are blunted following an increase in transparency. In fact, in some cases, they have found that the quality of documents has improved with the knowledge that it will become public some day, and focus on provision of real political analysis. Officials have a duty to pass on important information and that is not lifted because of fears that it one day may become public. The US FOIA has been in effect for over 40 years so several generations of officials have learned to live with it.
ARTICLE 19 welcomes the apparently extensive efforts by the newspapers involved in the release of the embassy cables to review the documents, place them in context and ensure that the release of the information did not cause serious harm. Most of the analysis has been serious and has shone an important light on relations between nations. We also commend the fact that it was the combination and collaboration of electronic and mainstream media that gave strength to the latest release.
Article 19: Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers — Universal Delcaration Of The Human Rights. The full version of the Universal Declaration Of The Human Rights valid worldwide and universal are available on www.libertyandpeacenow.org/humanrights.htm
Bob Fu Files Petition on Behalf of Chen Guangcheng and Jiang Tianyong
MEDIA ADVISORY, Sept. 21, 2010. Christian Newswire. On September 20, 2010, Reverend Bob Fu, the President of China Aid Association, filed a petition to the United States Congress and Administration and the European Parliament and Commission for immediate intervention in two high-profile cases of persecution concerning human rights lawyers in China. The request concerned the hardship imposed by the government of Linyi, Shandong province on Chen Guangcheng and his family, and that of Jiang Tianyong and his family, foisted upon them by the Beijing government.
In 2005, the blind rights defender Chen Guangcheng exposed about 130,000 forced abortions carried out in Linyi family-planning programs, and provided legal assistance to the victims — poor, local farmers without legal aid. In January 2007, Chen Guangcheng was sentenced on charges of “intentional destruction of properties and inciting a mob to disrupt traffic.”
Although released from prison, Chen is extremely sick, and he and his family have received a threat from the government: If they contact the outside world again, they will be immediately sent to prison. Great concern for Chen Guangcheng’s life and his safety has arisen.
Jiang Tianyong is an outstanding Christian rights defense attorney dedicated to representing cases of human rights and religious persecution, with an objective to promote religious freedom and improve the legal system in China. He and other rights defense attorneys drew media attention during a hearing at the US House of Representatives in October 2009. Jiang testified on the issues of religious freedom in China and the violent and brutal implementation of the family-planning policies. From September 7th of this year, Attorney Jiang and his entire family have been suffering harassment and threats from government security agents. The safety of his entire family is now seriously threatened.
China Aid Association hereby makes the following proposals:
1. Request the US Congress and the European Parliament pass an emergency resolution on these cases.
2. Request the US Administration, European Commission or their consulates and embassies to send officials to Beijing to meet with Attorney Jiang Tianyong and also to visit the entire family of Chen Guangcheng in Linyi, Shandong province.
3. Assist the International Red Cross in dispatching medical staff to provide emergency medical care for Chen Guangcheng.