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November 19, 2006

Iranian Dissident Trapped in Moscow Airport (Video)

Topics: Iran

Via Pajamas Media - Michael Ledeen provides some background on why Iranian dissident Zahra Kamalfar has been living with her children under unspeakable conditions in the transit area of Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport for 73 days.

A one-time demonstrator against the extremist theocracy, she escaped from an Iranian prison when on a two-day furlough to visit her children. She ended up being buffeted from country to country. Now in imminent danger (possibly Monday, if the Russians cooperate) of being taken back to the Islamic Republic for the Mullah's version of justice, Ms. Kamalfar speaks out in this dramatic video smuggled out of the airport to Pajamas Media.

... This video documents an all-too common tragedy: Iranian opponents of the regime wandering the world in search of a country willing to let them live in safety. In many ways, it is reminiscent of the plight of the European Jews during the Nazi period. Then, too, refugees knocked on the doors of many nations, often ending back in the Reich.




(translation by Iranian-American filmmaker Ardeshir Arian)

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Also via Pajamas Media, there's more on Kamalfar and her children at the blog of Iranian human rights activist Ardeshir Dolat. Sign a petition for Kamalfar's freedom with the UNHCR (United Nations Refugee Agency) and Russian immigration authorities here.

Posted by Richard at November 19, 2006 8:39 AM



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