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Tracking Number:  253583

Title:  "US Urges Iran to Repeal Rushdie Death Decree." The US has repeatedly condemned both the death decree against author Salman Rushdie and the bounty offered by Iran as incompatible with basic standards of international conduct. The US abhors Iran's decision to increase the bounty on Rushdie's life. (921116)

Translated Title:  EU insta Iran abrogue decreto muerte contra Rushdie. (921116)
Date:  19921116

Text:
U.S. URGES IRAN TO REPEAL RUSHDIE DEATH DECREE

(VOA Editorial) (360) (Following is an editorial, broadcast by the Voice of America November 15 reflecting the views of the U.S. government.)

The Iranian government's continuing human rights abuses were the subject of a recent meeting of the U.N. Human Rights Commission in Geneva. Commission members criticized the Iranian government for violating the rights of the people of Iran, as well as for exporting human rights abuses by supporting international terrorism. Commission members expressed particular concern over Iran's call for the murder of a citizen of another country, British writer Salman Rushdie.

Salman Rushdie is the author of a novel called The Satanic Verses. The call for his death was first issued in February 1989 by former Iranian ruler, the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. A large bounty was offered for Rushdie's murder. Threats were also made against people involved in publishing or selling his book. After Khomeini's death in June 1989, it was hoped that Iran's new rulers would rescind the death decree. Instead, the decree was renewed, and this month a state-run religious organization increased the bounty.

Since the death decree was issued, Salman Rushdie has been forced to live in hiding and under constant guard. Others associated with The Satanic Verses have been victims of violence. Last year, the Japanese translator of the Rushdie novel was stabbed to death, and an Italian translator was stabbed and seriously wounded.

As Salman Rushdie said earlier this year, in one of his rare public appearances, "What has been done to The Satanic Verses, its author, publisher, translators and booksellers, is one of the great crimes against freedom of recent years. It is time to say that this miscarriage of justice cannot continue."

The United States has repeatedly condemned both the death decree against Salman Rushdie and the bounty offered by Iran as incompatible with basic standards of international conduct. The United States abhors Iran's decision to increase the bounty on Rushdie's life. The United States calls on the government of Iran to repeal the death decree, withdraw the bounty offer and cease its support for international terrorism.

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File Identification:  11/16/92, TXT102; 11/16/92, AEF112; 11/16/92, PFS152; 11/16/92, EFS153; 11/16/92, LEF111; 11/16/92, NEA114; 11/17/92, LSI207
Product Name:  Wireless File; VOA Editorials
Product Code:  WF; VO
Languages:  Spanish
Keywords:  IRAN-US RELATIONS; IRAN/Cultural Affairs; ISLAMIC FUNDAMENTALISM; LITERATURE; RUSHDIE, SALMAN
Document Type:  EDI
Thematic Codes:  1NE; 2TE
Target Areas:  AF; AR; EA; EU; NE
PDQ Text Link:  253583; 253912
USIA Notes:  *92111602.TXT



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