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The Ganji struggle continues

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 13, 2005 5:16 pm    Post subject: The Ganji struggle continues Reply with quote

Not only Ganji is still not freed, he is also been placed in solitary confinement. because of this, I am starting and will keep this thread alive so that we all can be as informed as possible about the situation. Please help me here and in anyway that you are able to.
Also, let me clarify that this is a struggle is not just for Ganji, but for the idea that we Iranians must have freedom, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Let us use Ganji as our rallying point.

Iran writer in 'jail quarantine'

Iranian dissident writer Akbar Ganji has been placed in solitary confinement after being transferred back to prison from hospital, his wife has said.
But Iran's judiciary later denied the claim, adding he was in "very good" health and was sharing a cell.

Mr Ganji, jailed in 2000 for writing articles in which he linked senior officials to the murder of dissidents, went on a hunger strike in June.

He resumed eating after allegedly being told he would be sent home.

'Broken promises'

But according to Massoumeh Shafii, his wife, he has now been put "in quarantine" for no apparent reason.

In an open letter published by the reformist website Emruz, she said there was no medical reason to keep him isolated from other prisoners.

She branded the decision "a two-way news quarantine or a political news blackout".

Ms Shafii, who has not been allowed to visit her husband for 18 days, said the decision to take him back to prison "went against some judicial officials' negotiations and agreements with Mr Ganji".

But Iranian Justice Minister Jamal Karimirad on Tuesday told journalists Mr Ganji had been returned to prison and was in a shared cell.

"His health condition is very good," he added.

Ganji ended his hunger strike last month while in hospital.

Ganji's lawyer, the Nobel prize-winner Shirin Ebadi, has said her client's release on parole is long overdue since he has already served almost all his six-year term.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 14, 2005 12:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

maybe he can't show up in public yet, because his appreance will show he wasn't on such long life threatening hunger strike as they want us to believe.

just kidding.

keep up the good work Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2005 2:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Until there are more news of him, let's put his words here so that all can read it without the trouble of having to search for it. As long as he is being forceably kept quiet, I think all that share his beliefs should act as his loudspeaker. Please do join in.

30 May 2005
Republican Manifesto II, Preface
Republican Manifesto, Book 2: Boycotting the presidential election, a step toward democracy and open society. By Akbar Ganji


1. The Republican Manifesto, on the one hand, offered a model for transition to democracy and, on the other hand, expressed the opinions of an imprisoned dissident. The reason for the author's subsequent silence was that he felt he did not have more to write and that he had said what he should about the current regime. The Republican Manifesto stated that all future elections that would take place in the Islamic Republic thereafter had to be boycotted. Now, while insisting on boycotting the presidential election in the continuation of the first book of the Republican Manifesto, a few suggestions are given as to the transition to democracy in Iran. The second book is shorter, since the arguments for some statements and the answers to some questions are given in the first book.

2. Many, especially abroad, critiqued the Republican Manifesto. The author is not only happy that his opinions are read and critiqued, but is also grateful for he has benefited greatly from the critiques. It is important to mention one point, however. The most serious alternative to the republican model is the constitutional (1) model of my dear friend, Mr. Hajjarian. In a discussion in the occasion of the 1500th day of my arrest, despite defending the ideal of republicanism, he rejected the republican strategy, considering the possibilities and capabilities of the involved parties. The author of these notes is still a republican and has tried here to make his stands more clear.

3. The author was arrested after giving a talk at Shiraz University on the theoretical foundations of Fascism (May 1997) and spent 90 days (Winter 1998) in Evin prison. (9 months of that sentence is outstanding, which must be cashed after the current imprisonment.) Now, in his second sentence, he has been in Evin prison for 1855 days. The prison sentence (denying freedom), forbidding telephone communication, various illnesses due to long-term imprisonment, psychological pressures on my family, various rumours and lies that were fabricated and propagated, are all part of the price that a dissident must pay in the sultanism of the Islamic Republic of Iran (I.R.I.).

It is clear that the publication of the second book of the Republican Manifesto, will cause new costs for the author. The issue is evident. The Leader does not tolerate the smallest criticism. The Leader is a god who must only be worshiped. He understands only the relationship between the god and his subject. He has made himself private modern jails in Evin prison: wing 2A (Islamic Revolutionary Guard Security Service prison), the first floor of wing 240 (Judiciary Security Service prison), and another part of wing 240 which is sometimes used by the Police Force Security Service.

In solitary cells of these prisons all sorts of physical and psychological tortures are being implemented to force prisoners to write "declarations of repentance" (Bloggers' case, Zahra Kazemi's case and the pollsters' case are but a few of examples of these methods). Naturally, any new restriction or deadly accident to the author is only possible with the Leader's direct orders. So, Mr. Khamenei is personally and directly responsible for any event. Confessions and repentance in solitary confinement are worthless and will only add to the shame of those who use Stalinist methods to banish the dissidents.

The author's long imprisonment is one of the examples demonstrating what the "religious democracy" claimed by the Leader has in store. Not only the chain killings project [of dissidents] but also the torture of those accused of perpetrating the chain killings, and the killing of Zahra Kazemi show what kind of paradise the so called religious democracy will be like, if it is given the chance to become reality! The bloggers' TV show was but a tiny exhibition of the wish to attain the goals through Stalinist methods.

Annihilating the author may make the Leader happy, but there is no fear of death when it is for the sake of freedom and respect for human rights. The "game of death" began a long time before today. It is not possible to block the flood of freedom by criminal acts. Be assured that the horizon of freedom will open and the children of the land of Iran will witness, in not so distant future, a government that is obliged to respect human rights.

Akbar Ganji
Evin Prison
May 2005
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2005 2:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Medical Quarantine???? They are trying to keep in in an Ideological Quarantine, not a medical one.
(Here is a dictionary definition of a Quarantine: Enforced isolation or restriction of free movement imposed to prevent the spread of contagious disease.)

The important questions that we must ask ourselves are:
Should we allow them the power to quarantine ideas?
Are you allowing them to have that power?

IranMania News - www.iranmania.com

Wife of Iran journalist without news for 3 weeks

LONDON, September 15 (IranMania) - The wife of jailed Iranian journalist Akbar Ganji complained that she had had no news of the dissident for three weeks and said he was being held in "medical quarantine", according to AFP.

"For the past 20 days, I have had no news of my husband and I am very worried about his health after such a long hunger strike," Massoumeh Shafiie wrote in an open letter to Reporters Without Borders, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.

Ganji, Iran's most prominent political prisoner, was sent back to jail from hospital more than a week ago after agreeing to end a hunger strike that lasted close to two months.

Shafiie said she had been told by judiciary officials that Ganji was "in medical quarantine, which adds to our worries" and added that they should "keep their promises" and release him.

On Tuesday, Justice Minister Jamal Karimi-Rad said Ganji was in good health and denied he was back in solitary confinement.

Ganji, 46, was sentenced to six years in prison in 2001 after he wrote articles implicating several regime officials in a string of gruesome murders of opposition intellectuals and writers -- crimes that shocked the country.

Last month United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan wrote to Iran's new hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to ask for Ganji's release "on humanitarian grounds".
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