Sunday, September 25, 2016

NEWS))))))


The Media Express, September 22, reported that thousands of Iranian-Americans hailing from across the United States denounced the visit to the United Nations by the Iranian regime’s president Hassan Rouhani in a large and boisterous rally in New York on Tuesday Sept 20.
In a rally, organized by the Organization of Iranian American Communities in the U.S., the participants also urged the UN Security Council to investigate the gruesome massacre of 30,000 political prisoners in Iran in 1988, seen as one of the biggest human atrocities since World War II. They called for the prosecution of regime officials directly involved in the crime against humanity.
Rouhani’s justice minister, Mostafa Pourmohammadi, recently proclaimed that he is “proud” to have been involved in the brutal killings.
Speakers at the rally included former Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman, the British Barrister and President of the UN Court for War Crimes in Sierra Leone Sir Geoffrey Robertson, QC, who compiled a report on the 1988 massacre and Pastor Saeed Abedini, who until recently imprisoned in Iran for his Christian faith.
In her remarks, the National Council of Resistance of Iran’s President-elect Maryam Rajavi said, “As long as the United States allows the leaders of a regime that Washington itself describes as the leading state sponsor of terrorism to set foot on American soil, and so long as the United Nations hosts them at the General Assembly instead of arranging for the ruling mullahs to face international tribunals for crimes against humanity, it means that they are standing against the Iranian people’s desire for freedom and democracy.”
She added that without the eviction of the Iranian regime “from Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Lebanon, there is no conceivable end in sight for the crises in the region. Appeasing this regime and standing on its side is a policy that has harmed the entire world.”


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French-language  daily, Le Temps, the only nationwide newspaper in Switzerland published an article on September 21, about the subject of formation of the Committee 'Justice for the victims of the 1988 massacre Iran.' In the summer of 1988, 30,000 political prisoners were executed by Khomeini's fatwa. They were as young as 13 and as old as late 60's. According to Reza Malek, former Deputy Director of Research in Intelligent Ministry, the number of victims are higher than 30,000.

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According to Washington Examiner, Sept. 23, the House passed legislation late Thursday that would prohibit the federal government from making any cash payments to the Iranian regime, in protest of President Obama's recently discovered decision to pay Iran $1.7 billion in cash in January.
And while the White House has said Obama would veto the bill, 16 Democrats joined with Republicans to pass the measure, 254-163.
Obama announced the huge payout to Iranian regime earlier, and said it was part of a settlement for a decades-old transaction for US military equipment that was never finalized.
But officials only recently admitted that the first installment of that payment was delayed in order to ensure Iranian regime released four US hostages, and that all three installments were paid in cash.

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Reuters reported on Sept 23, that the Syrian Civil Defense, also known as the White Helmets, shared the Sweden's "Right Livelihood Award" with Egyptian feminist and human rights activist Mozn Hassan, Russia's Svetlana Gannushkina, who campaigns for the rights of migrants and refugees, and independent Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet. The award is known as Sweden's alternative Nobel Prize. The four laureates will share a cash award of 3 million Swedish crowns ($352,000).

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Khamenei's representative in the State Security Force called on SSF commanders to be personally on the site for social clampdown.
Bahrami said on September 22, that SSF commanders can act as agents of enjoining good and forbidding evil and turn themselves into examples for society.
Bahrami continued: Enjoining good and forbidding evil, in practice, is the only thing that can protect society, today. This endeavor should lead to people's becoming agents of enjoining good and forbidding evil, themselves.
One of the main issues of "enjoining good and forbidding evil" concerns women's way of dressing, wearing make-up, and covering their hair. (The state-run Arya news agency – September 22, 2016)
In another development, mullah Nouri Hamedani called for dealing with women in offices and ministries. Hamedani said: The issue of Virtue and Veil must not be dragged on, so long. The ministries must act and begin dealing with the issue within their own departments. (The state-run Tasnim news agency – September 22, 2016)

Tehran's Beheshti University has set a disciplinary pledge for girls' clothing in order to admit them to school.
Female students are required to sign pledges according to which they have to wear simple clothes and a certain type of shoes; they must not wear sports clothing, lively colors, hi-heels, boots, jewelry or perfume.
The pledge also contains other details for the type of manteaux, hats, shawls, nail manicures, etc. which female students are required to observe. (The state-run Mehr news agency – September 20, 2016)

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Yesterday Sept. 24 a group on a anniversary of the first gathering of a Turkish group called "Saturday mothers" gathered in front of the Parliament Hill. They have been seeking justice for their loved ones whom have been killed by the Turkish gov. in the past 21 years. Among the banners I saw a picture of the Iranian mothers in "Khavaran" cemetery. Khavaran is a cemetery in Tehran where the Iranian regime in 1988 buried a number of 30,000 executed political prisoners. You can listen to what a couple said about Saturday Mothers HERE

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Please sign this petition and help us keep the Iranian regime out of Canada;

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NEWS))))))

On September 13, members of Canadian Parliament Mr. James Bezan, Official Opposition Critic to National Defense and Peter Kent, Official Opposition Critic to foreign affairs issued a statement regarding the transfer of the remaining Iranian refugees from Camp Liberty in Iraq to Albania. It says: “This week’s news brings an end to a long journey and campaign to ensure that the members of the People’s Mojahedin of Iran or MEK were treated with dignity, respect, and had their basic human rights protected. It is our hope that these individuals will be able to live long and fulfilling lives without the fear of reprisal by the dictatorial regime of Iran.
“Members of the Iranian opposition played a central role in producing a positive solution for the residents of ‎Camp Liberty. Those struggling to bring change, democracy, and human rights to Iran were able to draw international attention to the persecution faced by the residents of Camp Liberty and were able to build a coalition of nations, including Canada, who supported their efforts.
“The previous Conservative government took bold and principled positions on Iran. We severed all diplomatic ties with the Islamic Republic of Iran, closing Canada’s embassy in Tehran and expelling Iranian diplomats from Ottawa for their non-compliance with United Nations Security Council resolutions regarding its nuclear program and Iran’s regional policies. We designated the Iranian Revolutionary Guards as a terrorist organization. Canada stands in solidarity with all those opposed to the brutal leadership in Iran.
“With this in mind, there is a significant amount of work to be done. Human rights around the world
are abused on a daily basis by corrupt officials of tyrannical regimes. Canada must, and can do more to put pressure on these governments to respect the rule of law and freedoms of their citizens.”

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On the occasion of the 71st session of the UN General Assembly in New York, 22 former UN human rights special rapporteurs issued a statement on September 16, calling for the release of Homa Hoodfar, a 65-year-old Iranian-Canadian professor who's been jailed in Iran.
The statement reads in part: "We stress that Iran is breaching its national constitutional principles by arbitrarily arresting and detaining people for simply expressing their opinion and conducting academic research, as is their professional right and duty. Professor Hoodfar’s ill-treatment is a violation of the rights of individuals to freedom of thought, opinion, and speech which are explicitly protected under the ICCPR (Articles 18, 19& 21), to which the Islamic Republic of Iran is a State Party." It added: "The Islamic Republic of Iran, a State Party to the ICCPR, has accused Professor Hoodfar of collaborating with a hostile foreign government against national security, promoting propaganda against the Iranian state and for “dabbling in feminism.” They called for Ms Hoodfar's immediate release.

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Tehran's Prosecutor rejected the request for conditional release of Christian prisoner of conscience Maryam Naghash Zargaran. On September 15, officials of the Prosecutor's Office informed Ms. Zargaran's family that she must report back to prison, as soon as possible. Maryam Naghash Zargaran had been granted medical leave on August 21, 2016, after a relatively long hunger strike. Ms. Zargaran suffers from ASD and underwent a heart surgery nine years ago, which requires her to receive special and constant medical care but prison officials do not agree with her conditional release.

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Security forces in Iran prevented Ms. Mansoureh Behkish from leaving the country on September 16. Ms. Behkish was going to visit her children abroad.
Agents stopped Ms. Behkish while her passport bore a valid departure stamp and she had passed the airport controls.
Ms. Behkish is a human rights activist and has lost six sister and brothers during the executions of the 1980s in Iran.


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Ali Khamenei, the Iranian regime's supreme leader, issued a fatwa banning women from riding bicycles in public and in front of strangers. He said: "Riding bicycle often attracts the attention of men and exposes the society to corruption, and thus contravenes women's chastity, and it must be abandoned." (The state-run media, September 10, 2016) A week before this fatwa, Khamenei defined women's only "role and mission" as "motherhood and housekeeping" when he was declaring the "direction of the state" and general policies on "family." (Khamenei's website – September 3, 2016)

Sunday, September 11, 2016

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The final group of Iranian Camp Liberty residents left Iraq on
Friday Sept. 9. This final round of departures from Iraq marks the successful conclusion to the four-and-a-half-year-long resettlement process despite the Iranian regime’s conspiracies, obstruction and threats, which continued to the very last day.
Exploiting the post-invasion atmosphere in Iraq, the ruling clerical regime did its utmost to destroy the PMOI/MEK. Three massacres at Camp Ashraf, five missile attacks on Camp Liberty, two cases of abduction of residents, and the imposition of a full-fledged eight-year siege, which left nearly 200 residents dead, constituted parts of this inhumane, albeit futile, plan.
The transfer of the PMOI members and regime’s major defeat in this regard, which takes place simultaneous with growing calls seeking justice for 30,000 political prisoners massacred in 1988, opens a new chapter for the Iranian people and Resistance.
The PMOI/MEK is the main Iranian opposition. Yesterday the Iranian-Canadians with their decorated cars marched the streets of down town Ottawa to celebrate the successful relocation of all the residents of Camp Liberty AKA Prison Liberty to Albania.

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The Iranian regime hung 7 prisoners simultaneously on Sat. Sept 10. Also 2 prisoners were hanged in Rasht central prison last Sat. They were identified as A.B 52 and G.P 32 years old. Last week a man named Eynollah Mohammadzadeh was hanged in Vakile Abad prison in Mashhad.
The Iranian regime is planning to amputate the hand of a prisoner in gohar Dasht prison after 18 years of imprisonment. His name is Mohmmad Reza Farahnak and his 12 year sentence was up six years ago but the prison authorities refused to let him free because of his amputation sentence.


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According to reports, political prisoner “Behnam Mousivand” has been on hunger strike since Wednesday September 7 in Evin Detention Center located in north of Tehran, Capital of Iran.
He started his hunger strike after being beaten by regime’s agents in ‘common ward’ section of the prison which ended up with a broken head in September 5.
The prison authorities at the Evin prison also transferred political prisoner “Ali Moezzi” to Gohardasht prison for protesting against beating of Behnam Mousivand.

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On Monday, September 5, Ahmad Montazeri (The son of the former heir to Khomeini), was summoned and interrogated for the seventh time and eventually charged with acting against national security interests due to publishing his father's audio files revealing new details about the massacre of Iran's political prisoners in 1988.
Ahmad Montazeri wrote in his telegram channel: "Following the publication of audio files of Ayatollah Montazeri regarding the executions in the summer of 1988, Today I was summoned in the clergy Court of Qom, they charged me with acting against national security and asked me to defend myself, I wrote in response that due to citations of numerous legal articles which is unclear for me I do not accept the charges and will respond after consulting with my attorney, then I was released on 700 million Rials (almost $23000) bail and the next appearance date is scheduled for Sept. 7,2016.

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Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a British-Iranian citizen, who has been in jail for the past five months, was sentenced to five years in prison. The verdict was issued on September 6, but Zaghari informed her husband on Friday, September 9, 2016, in a telephone contact from prison.
Her husband Richard Ratcliffe said it is ridiculous to issue a ruling without announcing the charges, and it is tantamount to punishing someone without having committed a crime.
Nazanin Zaghari was arrested on April 3, 2016, as she was about to leave the country. She had traveled to Iran along with her child for a family visit. Her 2 year old daughter Gabriella a British Citizen who is not allowed to leave Iran, remains in Iran under her grandparents care.

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On Friday, September 9, 2016, a large group of women and labor activists gathered in Vadi Rahmat Cemetery in Tabriz to pay tribute to the late Shahrokh Zamani, labor activist and political prisoner, who was found dead in Gohardasht Prison, in suspicious circumstances on September 13, 2015. His cellmates found his lifeless body in his bed with bloody mouth and bruised head. Before his death, he had written a note indicating that he had been threatened directly and indirectly by the Dept. of Intelligence. "My death in prison under whatever pretext is caused by the officials."
Activist mothers and relatives of political prisoners managed to hold a memorial ceremony in Tabriz, despite threats of clampdown by the Intelligence Ministry.

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According to reports, the Iranian regime’s Security and  Intelligence forces violently raided section 5 of Central Prison in Karaj on Tuesday September 7.
The Security and Intelligence forces accompanied by prison guards, brutally beat many prisoners while inspecting and destroying their belongings, and transferred six prisoners to solitary confinements for further interrogation.
The agents also threatened the prisoners of this section, majority of whom are sentenced with death by hanging, that their execution would occur earlier if they do not cooperate.
The security forces have asked prisoners to explain the leakage of news reports on executions in this prison, including that of the 12 prisoners who were hanged at the dawn of 28th of August.
The prisoners of this prison had leaked audio and video documents of sentenced inmates prior to their executions to outside.

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The Afghan government is protesting Iranian regime's decision to blindfold Afghans and put them in cages in the center of Shiraz this week.
Nearly two dozen handcuffed Afghan refugees were displayed in a large metal cage in Shiraz the capital of Fars province in Iran. The deputy police chief of Shiraz, Nasser Keshawarz, said the refugees were among some 200 foreign nationals who entered Iran illegally and were arrested. Pictures of the public detention went viral on the internet, drawing outrage from Afghans and human rights activists, and an official diplomatic protest from Kabul.
'Afghanistan's Ministry of Refugees and Returnees strongly condemns this inhumane and humiliating treatment and violation of human dignity of Afghan refugees by the Shiraz city police,' the Afghan government said in a statement.
Roughly 3 million Afghans live in Iran. Most of them settled there after fleeing war and conflict in their homeland, and many lack basic rights and live without a formal status. About 950,000 Afghans in Iran are classified as refugees.
Iranian regime has sent thousands of Afghan refugees, mainly ethnic Shi'ite Hazaras, to Syria to fight alongside forces of Hezbollah and Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard forces in support of the Syrian government. A lot of Afghans have died in the Syrian war.
In an online post, Hazara asked educated Iranians to fight what he termed a systematic prejudice by Iran against Afghan refugees.
In general, Afghans living in Iran try to keep a low profile as to not anger the regime.
'They [Iranian authorities] are very tough on us, and even one of my colleagues got a threatening message to not talk with foreign media about the incident,' Said Afghan journalist Kazem Sharafuddin from Mashhad.

Sunday, September 04, 2016

NEWS))))))

The Canadian Friends of A Democratic Iran in a statement Sept. 1 Called for Condemnation of The 1988 Massacre in Iran and litigation. Twenty eight years ago, more than 30,000 political prisoners - A former senior official of Iran’s intelligence ministry says the exact number is 33,700 – were massacred in the summer of 1988, based on a Fatwa (Religious decree) issued by Khomeini, founder of the current clerical regime ruling Iran.
On August 15, an audio tape of HossainAli Montazeri, Khomeini’s former heir, containing his conversation with 4 former judicial and intelligence officials in charge of the massacre in Tehran, was disclosed, revealing shocking details about this savage crime-- the most massive killing of the political prisoners since the Second World War.
One of the four is Mostafa Pour-Mohammadi, the current Minister of Justice under Rouhani; another is Raeesi, Head of the Court of Judges; a third was recently appointed by Khamenei as head of one of Iran’s largest economic and political institutions and is said to have been nominated as a successor to Khamenei.
In Khomeini’s Fatwa here, “Monafeqin (Meaning hypocrites, the term used by Iran regime for the PMOI/MEK affiliates) have no belief in Islam and are apostates; they have waged war against God; therefore, anyone in all prisons across the country who still support them must be sentenced to execution.” Asked by his supreme judge about the Fatwa, Khomeini emphasized, “Anyone who supports Monafeqin, no matter at what stage of his or her sentence is, must be executed. Enemies of Islam must be immediately exterminated.”

In three letters to Khomeini, Ayatollah Montazeri opposed the massacre, saying, “Killing thousands of people in few days” will be counterproductive. PMOI represents… a school of thought which will spread through killing.”
Many of those executed were prisoners who had already received a sentence and were serving their prison terms; others were former political prisoners or families affiliated with the PMOI, who were arrested following Khomeini’s Fatwa. In Tehran and in up to 70 cities across Iran, “Death Committees” were formed to execute Khomeini’s barbaric Fatwa.
Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the International Federation of Human Rights League have all condemned the 1988 massacre, terming it a crime against humanity.

On June 5, 2013, Canada’s Parliament adopted a motion by unanimous consent of all the members, which reads, “This House condemns the mass murder of political prisoners in Iran in the summer of 1988 as constituting crimes against humanity, honours the memory of the victims buried in mass graves at Khavaran cemetery and other locations in Iran, and establishes September 1st as a day of solidarity with political prisoners in Iran.”
Canadian Friends of A Democratic Iran (CFDI) and many members of the Canadian Parliament express their deep solidarity with the victims’ families and understand their appeal for justice. We also believe that silence in the face of this horrific crime will further embolden high-ranking authorities of the regime in political, security and judicial institutions to continue to massacre political prisoners.
Therefore, we urge our government to promote the motion adopted in June 2013, to take the necessary measures as a UN member state to investigate this crime against humanity, to bring to trial the perpetrators, and to place it on the agenda of the UN Human Rights Council, the UN General Assembly and the Security Council.
David Kilgour, Co-Chair of Canadian Friends of Democratic Iran added that Members of Canada’s Parliament such as Hon. Judy Sgro former minister of immigration, Hon. Wayne Easter, former Attorney General and Candice Bergen, Former Minister of Social Affairs have expressed strong feelings about this matter.


- Saturday Sept.3rd the Iranian-Canadians during their weekly protest in front of the Parliament and across from PM office supported the international movement for justice of 1988 Massacre of 30,000 political prisoners in Iran. This protest drew the attention of the pedestrians.

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With the mandate of Ahmad Shaheed expiring in November, Ms. Asimah (Asma) Jahangir will replace him as UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Iran. Born in 1952 in Lahore, Ms. Jahangir is a renowned human rights activist and an advocate of women's rights in Pakistan. She has been working with the United Nations for years. In 1981, she was the first woman to set up a law firm in Pakistan. Her next step was to help found the Women’s Action Forum (WAF) that campaigned against Pakistan's discriminatory legislation, most notably against the Proposed Law of Evidence, where the value of a woman's testimony was reduced to half that of a man's testimony, and the Hadood Ordinances, where victims of rape had to prove their innocence or else face punishment themselves. Ms. Jahangir imprisoned under Gen. Zia Ul-haq and placed under house arrest under Gen. Parviz Musaharraf. In 2010, she was the first woman to serve as the President of Supreme Court Bar Association of Pakistan. Ms. Jahangir was the UN Special Rapporteur on the death penalty from 1998 to 2004. She served as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief from August 2004 to July 2010, when she criticized the Iranian regime for its violation of the rights of Baha'i minorities in Iran.

There are women prisoners in Iran with no sentences. 
State-run Mehr news agency Aug. 31th, wrote that in a report on conditions of prisons, Head of Prisons Organization Asghar Jahangir wrote: 76% of imprisoned women are married. 22% of prisoners are accused and have not received definite sentences, with the number women exceeding men.




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Sobhani one of the ranking mullahs in the Seminary School of the Iran's Holy City of Qom, declared, "The government must pay special attention to the problem of men's unemployment. They must provide circumstances that three-fourths of men and one-fourth of women in the country have access to jobs. Unfortunately, today women have more jobs than men do and women's share of employment is higher than men's."
The reality is that Women's overall share of employment and economic participation in Iran is only 12%.

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Jewelry, tie and bow tie are now consider Forbidden Clothing in Fars province- Iran. Iranian regime's authorities in Fars province have added an unconventional scheme called "The clash with unusual clothing" including Jewelry, tie and bow tie. Fars police chief warned the sellers that their merchandise would be confiscated and the vendor's case would be sent to the court.


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A Baha'i citizen was transferred from Evin's notorious Cell block 209 to the Women's Ward on Tuesday, August 13, 2016. Jila Shahriari was arrested on August 10, 2016. She is the sister-in-law of Mahvash Shahriari, another Baha'i prisoner detained in the women's ward of Evin. There is no information available on the reasons for the arrest of Jila Shahriari.


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Semnan's Prosecutor said it is a crime for women to wear clothes that do not comply with government standards
According to State-run Asr-e Iran website Aug. 30, In remarks made on August 29, 2016, Haydar Asiyabi stressed that there are special laws as well as the Islamic Penal Code to deal with the issue of clothes which are against Islamic standards. He added, "If a person's style of dress was both an example of mal-veiling and an example of wearing clothes that violate public decency, the person would commit two crimes which must be dealt with."

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International relations director of the Nursing Regime Organization declared that more than 1,000 nurses leave Iran every year, reported State-run Mehr news agency Aug. 31. Ibrahim Mohammadi announced that high pressure at work, low pay and social parameters are among the factors leading to exodus of nurses from Iran.