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Crane Manufacturer, UNIC, Ends Business With Iran

Reut Cohen |
August 8, 2011 | 12:18 p.m. PDT

Executive Producer

United Against Nuclear Iran has warned construction companies of Iran’s grisly misuse of cranes. (Hapal, Creative Commons)
United Against Nuclear Iran has warned construction companies of Iran’s grisly misuse of cranes. (Hapal, Creative Commons)
Japanese crane manufacturer Furukawa UNIC has announced it has ended business with the Iranian regime following reports that its cranes have been used to stage public executions.

The decision comes on the heels of two other companies, Tadano and Terex, which ended relations with Iran following awareness campaigns by United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) warning construction companies of Iran’s grisly misuse of cranes.

Officials from UNIC wrote to United Against Nuclear Iran, stating that they will no longer sell products to Iran or profit from such sales. The company added that they "will not accept orders for any of our products if such products are known to be destined for Iran."

"UANI commends UNIC for refusing to do business in Iran and taking a stand against Iran's ghastly public execution binge," said the president of United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI), Mark Wallace, in a public statement. "UANI calls on all crane companies to end their business in Iran and their indirect investment in Iran's barbaric execution campaign."

In a Los Angeles Times op-ed Wallace named several hydraulic crane manufacturers, including UNIC and Tadano, as doing business with Iran. In the editorial Wallace called on these companies to take a "principled stand of renouncing their business ties with the regime until Iran becomes a civilized member of the international community."

United Against Nuclear Iran first brought the issue to the attention of the crane manufacturer in May. In a press release on its website, UANI included photographs of UNIC cranes used in public executions.

According to Amnesty International, more than 135 executions have taken place in Iran just this year. At least 13 of those executions were public hangings.

As a result of the regime's sponsorship of terror and human rights abuses, UANI has worked to implement debarment laws in California and Florida that make it illegal for companies doing business with Iran from receiving state contracts. In a telephone interview, UANI said they are working to encourage other states to pass similar legislation and will continue to identify companies doing business with Iran.


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