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Cablegate: Timor-Leste: President Ramos-Horta Condemns Iranian Human

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SUBJECT: TIMOR-LESTE: PRESIDENT RAMOS-HORTA CONDEMNS IRANIAN HUMAN
RIGHTS VIOLATIONS

REF: MULL 2/7/10 E-MAIL

1. (SBU) On February 8, DCM met with Jose Turquel, Foreign
Policy Advisor to President Ramos-Horta, and, per ref
instructions, urged the GOTL to issue a public statement
condemning the ongoing human rights violations in Iran. On
February 9, DCM conveyed the same message to Isilio Coelho,
National Director for Multilateral and Bilateral Affairs at the
MFA. Both Turquel and Coelho said that they share U.S. concerns
and would raise the issue with their superiors.

2. (U) On February 13, President Ramos-Horta issued the
following press release:

Begin Text:

President strongly condemns execution of activists in Iran

The President of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste and
Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Dr. Josi Ramos-Horta, strongly
condemns the execution of the activists Mohammad Reza Ali-Zamani
and Arash Rahmanipour, hanged January 28th, in Iran.

The two activists were accused of `muharebeh' - blasphemy and
armed insurrection against the Islamic Republic of Iran - and
sentenced to death for their alleged involvement in the turmoil
in the aftermath of the Presidential Elections in June 2009. The
elections were won - allegedly through fraud - by Mr. Mahmud
Ahmadinedjad, which guaranteed his second term as President of
the Republic.

During the turmoil, thousands of activists were detained and 11
sentenced to death. Two of them, Mohammad Reza Ali-Zamani and
Arash Rahmanipour, have already been hanged.

The Nobel Peace Prize Laureate is firmly against the death
penalty, under any circumstances, and defends its abolition
according to the resolution approved by the UN General Assembly
in 2007.

Dr. Ramos-Horta appeals to the Iranian authorities to suspend
immediately the sentences against the activists, as a first step
to a moratorium of the death penalty.

The Iranian authorities must respect freedom of expression and
association, states the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate.

The human rights situation in the Islamic Republic of Iran will
be discussed next Tuesday February 15th, at the HRC in Geneva,
Switzerland.

End Text.

HENICK

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