Construction Company Liebherr to End Its Business in Iran Following UANI Cranes Campaign

FOR
IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August
24, 2011

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Construction
Company Liebherr to End Its Business in Iran Following UANI Cranes
Campaign

 

New
York, NY - On
Wednesday, United Against Nuclear
Iran (UANI) applauded
Swiss-German construction equipment manufacturer Liebherr for pledging
to end
its business in Iran.

 

In
recent correspondence with UANI, Liebherr executives stated
that Liebherr "will cease all business operations in Iran."

 

Further,
Liebherr informed UANI that as of May 2011, it had
"informed [its] former customers and business associates in Iran that
the
companies of the Liebherr Group will cease their business activities
with
them."

 

UANI
applauds Liebherr for its decision, which it made after
learning about the Iranian regime's use of construction cranes for
gruesome
public hangings.

 

Said
UANI President, Ambassador Mark D. Wallace:

 

Liebherr
is the fourth major crane company to pull out of Iran
following UANI's Cranes Campaign. UANI applauds Liebherr for its
decision and
good judgment and appreciates Liebherr's willingness to work with UANI
on this
serious human rights issue.

 

The
Iranian regime's use of cranes to publicly hang its citizens
is truly disturbing, and it is driving more and more companies away
from Iran.
The world is showing the regime that its violations of international
law and
human rights abuses will be met with consequences.

 

As
part of its "Cranes Campaign,"
UANI first called on Liebherr
to stop supplying cranes to
Iran in April, and noted that the government of Germany had expressed concerns
about the possibility of
Liebherr cranes being used by blacklisted Iranian shell companies to
support
Tehran's missile program.

 

UANI's
"Cranes Campaign"
highlights the Iranian
regime's abhorrent record of public executions by hanging its citizens
from
cranes. On July 6, Ambassador Wallace, in a Los Angeles Times
op-ed, "Iran's Execution Binge,"
detailed the
Iranian regime's use of foreign construction cranes for public hangings
and
called on Liebherr and other 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."

 

Liebherr
joins crane manufacturers Tadano, Terex, and UNIC in
announcing an end to its business in
Iran following the Cranes Campaign.

 

Click
here to learn
more about UANI's Cranes Campaign.

 

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