UANI Calls on Nokia and Nokia Siemens to End Their Business in Iran

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 1, 2010
Contact: Kimmie Lipscomb, press@uani.com

Phone: (212) 554-3296

UANI
Calls on Nokia and Nokia Siemens
to End Their Business in Iran 

New York, NY -  United Against Nuclear Iran
(UANI) on Thursday called on Nokia and Nokia Siemens Networks
(NSN) to end their business in Iran and to follow the lead of other
responsible
companies.  NSN's business dealings in Iran constitute a
violation of U.S.
law, and may preclude NSN from conducting business with the U.S.
Government. 
 
In a letter to Stephen Elop, the President and CEO of Nokia, UANI
President,
Ambassador Mark D. Wallace, wrote:  

The technologies that you
have
provided, and continue to provide, are being used by the Iranian regime
to
oppress the Iranian people and permit the regime to engage in egregious
human
rights violations. 
 
On July 1, 2010, President Obama signed into law new Iran sanctions
legislation, the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and
Divestment
Act of 2010 (CISADA).  NSN should also take special note of
"Section
106. Prohibition on Procurement Contracts with Persons that Export
Sensitive
Technology to Iran" of CISADA.  This provision specifically
targets
"hardware, software, telecommunications equipment, or any other
technology...used specifically... (A) to restrict the free flow of
unbiased
information in Iran; or (B) to disrupt, monitor, or otherwise restrict
speech
of the people of Iran." (Section 106, CISADA).
 
The imperative of ending its business in Iran applies not only to NSN,
but to
Nokia as well, which operates an office in Iran and has reported to the
Securities
and Exchange Commission (SEC) that its market share in Iran is
growing. 
 
Please be advised that CISADA expressly prohibits companies like NSN
from
entering into new or renewing any contracts with the U.S. government
(Section
106, CISADA) should NSN's business dealings in Iran continue. 
In recent
years, NSN has been awarded $29.1 million in U.S. government contracts.
(www.USASpending.gov). 

 
It is time to follow the lead of other responsible companies and stop
putting
short-term profits ahead of the lasting damage to not only your
corporate
image, but more importantly, to the people of Iran and the
international
community.

Please let us hear from you by October 14, 2010 as to whether or not
you will
take action to end NSN's business in Iran.

Click here to send a message to
Nokia and Nokia Siemens.
Click here to read the full
text of the letter to Nokia.
Click here to learn more about
the Iran Disclosure Project.

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