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Shirin Ebadi: “Nokia Siemens’ action a major accomplishment for Iranians and for people of the world”
Author: Intl. Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, Published on: 6 October 2010
In a press release published last week, Nokia Siemens Networks [NSN - joint venture Nokia & Siemens] referred to a meeting the multi-national company’s representatives had with [Nobel Peace Laureate] Shirin Ebadi, discussing transparency. “[NSN] is aware of credible reports that the Iranian authorities use communications technology to suppress political activity in a way that is inconsistent with that government’s human rights obligations,” stated the press release. “As a result of these credible reports, [NSN] halted all work related to monitoring centers in Iran in 2009"...Shirin Ebadi expressed hope that [NSN]'s attitude would lead other software providers, especially Chinese companies, to realize that technology must not be used against the people...According to Ms. Ebadi, through Iranian government’s negotiations with Eutelsat, the company participated in censorship...[T]hrough an agreement Eutelsat Company made with the Iranian government...BBC and Voice of America television stations were...put on...[a less effective] satellite...As a result, a number of people cannot have free access to information.