UANI Calls on Austria’s Palfinger to End Business in Iran, Given Regime’s Use of Its Cranes for Hangings

  UANI Calls on Austria’s Palfinger to End Business in Iran, Given Regime’s
  Use of Its Cranes for Hangings

Business Wire

NEW YORK -- February 21, 2013

Today, United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) continued its Cranes Campaign by
calling on Austria’s Palfinger AG to immediately end its business in Iran,
where the Iranian regime is using its cranes to stage public executions.

Recently, photos have been published of Palfinger cranes being used by the
Iranian regime for public executions. Palfinger partners with Iranian
companies such as Pasargad Petrogas, and Palfinger apparently attended the
International Maritime Exhibition held in Tehran last month.

UANI's Cranes Campaign highlights the Iranian regime's record of conducting
public executions by hanging its citizens from cranes. In a July 2011 Los
Angeles Times op-ed, "Iran's Execution Binge," UANI CEO, Ambassador Mark D.
Wallace, called on crane manufacturers to "take the principled stand of
renouncing their business ties with the regime until Iran becomes a civilized
member of the international community."

In response to UANI’s campaign, prominent crane manufacturers Terex, Liebherr,
Tadano, Konecranes, and UNIC have announced the end of their business in Iran.

In a letter to Palfinger CEO Herbert Ortner, Ambassador Wallace wrote:

… Recently, photos have been published of Palfinger cranes being used in such
public executions. Specifically, a Palfinger crane was used on May 26, 2011
for the execution of an Iranian convict in Qazvin, Iran. While UANI recognizes
that Palfinger is in no way condoning this behavior, it is important for
Palfinger to send the strongest message possible to the Iranian regime that
the misuse of Palfinger products for such gruesome activities is wholly
unacceptable.

Accordingly, UANI is calling on Palfinger to end all business activities in
Iran. Palfinger’s Iran business activities are clearly documented on its
website. For example, Pasargad Petrogas Co., an entity engaged in “marine,
drilling (onshore, offshore), shipbuilding, oil, gas and petrochemical
projects” in Iran is cited as one of Palfinger’s Iran partners. Palfinger’s
relationship with Pasargad Petrogas is particularly alarming since “the sale,
supply or transfer to Iran of further key equipment and technology which could
be used in key sectors in the oil and natural gas industry or, in the
petrochemical industry,” has been prohibited by the European Union since
January 2012.

In addition, the Iranian company Machine Alat-e  Iran claims to be the
exclusive distributor of Palfinger cranes in Iran. Palfinger also indicates
that it recently attended the International Maritime Exhibition in Tehran in
January 2013.

UANI has requested a response from Palfinger by March 1, 2013.

Click here to read UANI’s full letter to Palfinger.

Contact:

United Against Nuclear Iran
Nathan Carleton, 212-554-3296
press@uani.com
 
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