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Diplomat Artist Buzz on the role of the personality in diplomacy for Iran Nuclear Deal: By, Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

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By, Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey
The real leverage in favor of a deal now is that the US’s European/NATO allies may no longer be prepared to continue with sanctions & certainly are not inclined toward any military response to Iran.

Has Putin Been Manipulating Energy Prices? By, Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Will consumers in the West actually see petroleum prices drop rather than rise? The Ukraine crisis might have been expected to dramatically raise petroleum prices. Instead, prices have remained subdued.

Is Iran Nuclear Deal Good for Peace & Change? By, Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

While the deal may still be unproven in curbing an Iranian nuclear bomb, will it prove more effective in bringing closer a new Iranian revolution or at least evolution?

Religion Cause for War?

If you are reading this article to see which religion is called out as more blameworthy or which one will be projected in a ray of light as most righteous, then you will be disappointed, and perhaps your own identity acts more as bias rather than liberator of prejudice.

By, Ambasador Muhamed Sacirbey: Unlike most of American educated ambassadors, I actually also felt American & insisted on maintaining my US citizenship – something I was not only proud but perceived intertwined with representing an aspiringdemocracy, the Republic of Bosnia & Herzegovina (BiH), struggling to fend off aggression & genocide. Perhaps it was thus more natural that Zarif, even a couple of years junior to my 34, would become my most frequent contact with Iran.


Despite the fact that Ali Naderi was 17 at the time of his alleged crime and that Iran bans death sentences for those under 18 by party agreements, and strong protest from the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights, Iran executed him on 16 January, 2013.  Last year, 400 people were executed in Iran, most on drug-related charges. Questions of trial fairness, possible use of torture to extract confessions, and international standards for “most serious crimes” have been voiced by human rights groups.


UN News Centre Source

“We are deeply dismayed to hear about the reported execution in Iran of a juvenile offender on Wednesday 16 January 2013,” a spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Cécile Pouilly, told reporters in Geneva.

Mr. Naderi was executed for his alleged role in the murder of a woman when he was 17 years old, according to OHCHR. It was the first juvenile execution since September 2011.

“International human rights instruments – particularly the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights – to both of which the Islamic Republic of Iran is a party, impose an absolute ban on the death sentence against persons below the age of 18 at the time when the offence was committed,” Ms. Pouilly said. “We urge the Government of Iran to end the execution of juvenile offenders once and for all.”

OHCHR is also concerned about five other individuals – Mohammad Ali Amouri, Sayed Jaber Alboshoka, Sayed Mokhtar Alboshoka, Hashem Shabain Amouri and Hadi Rashidi – whose death sentences were recently upheld by the Supreme Court and appear to be at risk of imminent execution.

“There are serious concerns about the fairness of their trials and allegations that they were subjected to torture,” Ms. Pouilly said. “We urge the Government to restrict the use of the death penalty, to reduce the number of offences for which it may be imposed and to respect international standards guaranteeing due process and the protection of the rights of those facing the death penalty.”

According to OHCHR, more than 400 people were executed in Iran last year, the majority of whom were charged with drug-related offences that do not meet the threshold of “most serious crimes” to which the death penalty may be applied under international human rights law.

The UN agency also condemned the rise in public executions in Iran, stating they add to the already cruel, inhuman and degrading nature of the death penalty and have a dehumanizing effect on the victim and those who witness the execution. In 2012, 55 public executions were carried out. Last Sunday, two individuals were hung in a park in Tehran, the capital.



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Israel’s Prime Minister used visual props to demand UNSC draw a “red line” below which Iran’s Government would not be allowed to cross in alleged development of nuclear weapons. Much of world though is also anxious about lack of resolution to Israel/Palestine divide viewing Netanyahu’s Government as at best being tardy & worst at having crossed at least one red line in undermining “Two-State Solution”.

Release of Christian pastor charged with apostasy has been welcomed; however arrest & detention of many others continues to be of concern according to UN’s two human rights experts: Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, Ahmed Shaheed, & Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, Heiner Bielefeldt.

Blog Report: IRAN NUCLEAR TEST BAN TREATY, By Ambassador Mo
Today is International Day Against Nuclear Tests, ironically same day UNSG Ban Ki-moon is in Tehran to attend the Non-Aligned nations meeting. It is perhaps one of the problems in trying to convince Iran to abandon its nuclear program when some of globe’s democracies are part of a very small handful of states who still refuse to adopt the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. –More–