Israeli Whistleblower Welcome to Norway
Posted by Fredsvenn den april 24, 2008
Hvis Norge virkelig er mot atomvåpen, hvorfor har vi ikke gjort mer for å redde den israelske varsleren Vanunu, han har jo lidd mer for sin kamp mot atomvåpen enn noen annen? Hvis vi vil unngå at Iran anskaffer atomvåpen, hvorfor godtar vi så lett og taust Israels atomvåpen?
Erna Solberg avslo asyl for Vanunu i 2005, regjeringen Bondevik mente at det ikke var fare for hans liv og helse. Om Vanunu ikke er i akutt livsfare, er han i konstant livsfare. Det er elementær viten at 11 ½ års isolasjon i en celle på 6 kvm. betyr alvorlig helsefare.
Norge kjenner godt til Vanunus intense ønske om å forlate Israel. Fra første stund har det haglet med henstillinger også til Regjeringen Stoltenberg, fra Vanunus støttekomité, fra fagbevegelse, kirke, fribyen Kristiansand, Universitetet i Tromsø, forfatterorganisasjonen PEN, AUF og Aps lokale lag i Oslo, Akershus, Elverum osv. To dager etter at Stoltenberg tiltrådte, fikk hver enkelt statsråd boken ´Vanunu´ med en personlig henstilling fra Bestemødre for fred. Når skal Norge ta grep og verne Vanunu mot ekstreme rettskrenkelser?
Fredrik S. Heffermehl, den internasjonale Vanunu-komiteen
Dear Vanunu supporters and HR activists (please share with movement and media),
I have been too busy to inform international friends and networks of a major development of the Vanunu work here. The story is the following:
After hectic political discussions within the three-party Norwegian coalition cabinet, the Minister of Immigration, Bjarne Hakon Hanssen, (Labor, Norway´s biggest Party) said last Friday that Mordechai Vanunu is welcome to Norway: » If he gets a job offer here, he will of course get a permit to stay and work in Norway». Vanunu is the nuclear whistleblower who has been Israel´s hostage since his kidnap by Mossad agents from London in 1986.
Confronted with the fact that Vanunu is banned by government decree from leaving Israel, a member of the cabinet, Aslaug Haga, Center Party leader and former deputy Foreign Minister, admitted that a major diplomatic effort towards Israel will be needed. Then, on Sunday night, a meeting of the National Committee of the third member party of the coalition cabinet, the Socialist Left Party, decided to invite Vanunu to come to Norway in May this year.
– This welcome to Norway does not solve Vanunu´s problem, but is a major step forward, says Fredrik S. Heffermehl, a Norwegian, for the International Vanunu Committee. Up to now our efforts to protect Vanunu´s elementary human rights have received only cold shoulders. After 21 _ years the brutalit inhumanity against Vanunu has to stop. Since a secret deterrent is ineffective, Vanunu did Israel a service by documenting the nuclear weapons program. Israel´s illtreatment of him is totally meaningless, unfair and unacceptable from a state laying claim to be a democracy under the rule of law, Heffermehl says.
Vanunu has been exposed to severe inhumanity and human rights violations for 21 _ years, first the kidnap, then a secret trial, then 11 _ years in strict isolation, and then – at the end of his full sentence – he was not free, but subjected to additional punishment, bans on travel and talk, a grave violation of his basic freedoms under international treaties. Vanunu has done more for a nuclear free world than most of us, and has suffered more for his principled action against an illegal weapon, our
The political breakthrough for Vanunu, with the three-party coalition government, followed a brilliant piece of investigative journalism, where Vidar Ystad, one of Norway´s finest political journalists uncovered that since 2005 The Norwegian Immigration Authority has held the view that Vanunu fulfilled all requirements for political asylum in Norway and, further, that the former conservative government of Kjell Magne Bondevik had broken the law when its Minister of Immigration, Erna Solberg, leader of the Conservative Party, interfered to stop the Immigration Authority from granting asylum to Vanunu.
Fredrik S. Heffermehl, the International Vanunu Committee
http://www.vanunu.org, («Updates») gives access to a legal briefs by US lawyers, my report on the decision against Vanunu in Israel´s Supreme Court etc.
In Norwewgian: Check http://www.google.no – with search word: Vanunu
Fredrik S. Heffermehl