Beyond Durban

APRIL 21, 2009 – At the time that President Ahmadinejad was once again spouting his familiar Israel is a “cruel and repressive racist regime” act in Geneva, in which even the Palestinian delegation walked out of, International Christian Concern was reporting that “two former Muslim women who recently became Christians in Iran, Marzieh Amairizadeh Esmaeilabad, 30, and Maryam Rustampoor, 27, seen here in the photo, were imprisoned by Iranian officials on March 5 and incarcerated in the infamous Evin prison. Inmates at this prison are tortured and face other forms of mistreatment. The two women were imprisoned because they were practicing their Christian faith, but Iranian officials allege that they were involved in ‘anti-government activities.’

untitled2Iranian officials asked the women to post bail at the staggering amount of $400,000 in order to be released, but when Marzieh’s sisters tried to pay the bail fee, the government officials refused to accept it.

Both women are allowed just a one minute telephone call every day to their immediate families. Both are unwell and in need of urgent medical attention. During their last call on March 28, Marzieh said that she was suffering from an infection and a high fever. She said ‘I am dying.'”

On January 17, 2009 jewishinfoNews reported: As incredible as it may seem, it was announced that Iran will chair the UN’s US$9 billion plus ‘flagship’ agency, The United Nations Development Program, (UNDP), a ‘gem’ of a position, which will substantially increase Iran’s influence, especially in the developing world’s craving for a piece of the nuclear pie.

This is all the more fascinating especially when one reads that the UNDP is the “UN’s global development network, an organization advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life and help developing countries attract and use aid effectively.”

UNDP state, “In all our activities, we encourage the protection of human rights and the empowerment of women.

As we reported on July 14, 2008, “Since the establishment of the Islamic government in Iran in 1979, women have counted as one-half of a man. They do not get the custody of their children. They do not have the choice in their clothing, residence, leaving the house, working, education or travelling without the permission of their husband. The age at which girls are allowed to marry is nine. Men can divorce the women at any time they wish and can marry several wives in addition to them. Girls inherit one-half of that which boys do and so on.

State-owned press reports that in Tehran, 120 women have been hung in public in the first five months of the Iranian year; that suicide among the women of Iran has been the highest in world history.”


MAY 2, 2009.  AP reported today that “Iran has hanged a female prisoner after she spent six years in prison following a conviction for murder as a juvenile.  Her lawyer, Mohammad Mostafaei, says Delara Darabi, 23, was hanged Friday in a prison in Rasht in the absence of her family or legal representation. She was only 17 when she committed her crime, making her a juvenile. The sentence has prompted condemnation from international human rights groups. Mostafaei says the execution is a violation of Iranian law that bans the execution of a criminal in the absence of the lawyer. He also says execution of offenders, who committed crimes as juveniles. is a ‘gross violation of international law’ and a ‘flagrant breach of Iran’s international obligations and commitments.’ ”

(Photo credit: ICC)



  1. Maybe through the act of doing the work of the UNDP, the Iranian government will learn as they open their eyes to the parts of the world where rights are honored as well as those areas where rights are abused. Even through the dark-tinted sunglasses of Islam and other hard-line belief systems, the good works of people can be seen. The works may be despised, resented and dismissed, but they are seen nevertheless. That may lead to change and transformation of a closed society to one that is open and part of the greater global community… or not.

  2. Why would one be surprised! The UN fold against minority pressure, but discriminatory against anything Christian… so much for human rights… “pathetic” is totally inadequate to describe what has developed in recent years. As for freedom of religion!

    UNDP state, “In all our activities, we encourage the protection of human rights and the empowerment of women. Now they put one of the worst countries regarding empowerment to chair the UNDP… unbelieveable to say the least.
    -Ian Walsh, Australia

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