Sunday, January 12, 2020

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According to reports the angry Iranians pour to the streets on their second days of protests and called for Khamenei's overthrow. The people in Azadi square in Tehran chanted for the Mullahs' to go away. They are protesting the downing of the Ukrainian airliner by the IRGC missiles on Jan. 8 which killed all 176 passengers and crews. There were 147 Iranians on board, and 57 were Canadians citizens.

On Friday Jan. 9 Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in his second conference announced that the Ukrainian airliner was shot down by the Iranian regime's missile.
In a massive protest in downtown Tehran-Iran with chants of “death to dictator,” thousands of students from Tehran universities declared their abhorrence at the slaughter of innocent passengers of a Ukrainian airliner and called for resignation of Ali Khamenei, the regime's supreme leader.
On Saturday, January 11, students of Tehran, Amir Kabir, Sharif Industrial, Allameh Tabatabaii, Teachers’ Training Universities and others took to the streets. Chanting, “Command-in-Chief of Armed Forces, resign, resign,” they marched in Hafez Avenue in downtown Tehran and called for the overthrow of Khamenei’s regime.
Security forces raided the protesters and used tear gas to disperse them. They shut down the gates of the University, locking in those still inside the campus. Female students confronted the anti-riot units calling them scoundrels. The protesters also tore down picture of Qasem Soleimani.
The students chanted radical slogans, most of them directed against the regime's supreme leader, Ali Khamenei. Their chants included, “1,500 killed in November,” “Death to this theocracy, for crimes in all these years,” “Soleimani was a murderer, his leader is a murderer, too,” “We did not give our lives to compromise and praise the murderous leader,” “Don’t call us seditious, you are the sedition, you the oppressor,” “Khamenei shame on you, leave the country alone,” “IRGC shame on you, leave the country alone,” “student dies but does not succumb,” etc.
The protests came in the wake of the clerical regime accepting the responsibility of downing of the Ukrainian airliner killing 176 innocent passengers and crew on board. The regime said the IRGC anti-aircraft systems had struck the Ukrainian flight due to human error.
Prior to the protests Saturday evening, the students of Tehran University of Art and Tehran’s Amir Kabir University held vigils to commemorate the victims of the Ukrainian plane crash.
A number of students of Sharif Industrial University, Tehran University and Amir Kabir University were among the victims. The names of some of the female students who died in the downing of the Ukrainian airliner follows:
Nassim Rahmanifar, Elma Oladi, Shadi Jamshidi, Pouneh Gorji, Parinaz Ghaderpanah, Saba Sa’adat, Sara Sa’adat, Delaram Dadash-Nejad, Marzieh Forutan, Zeinab Assadi Lari, Azar Mamani, Sara Mamani, Ayda Farzaneh, Ghazal Nourian, Sajedeh Sara’iyan, and Ghanimat Ajdari.
Some physicians and university professors were also among the women killed in the Ukrainian plane disaster: Mojgan Daneshmand, professor of engineering in University of Alberta in Canada, Shokoufeh Choupan-Nejad, gynecologist; Neda Sediqi, surgeon and an ophthalmologist.

Sunday, January 05, 2020

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On January 03, Qassem Soleimani the notorious commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards (IRGC)terrorist Quds Force, along with Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the head of Iraq's suppressive Bassij was killed by the US military strike in Iraq. Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), for the transition period said: "Qassem Soleimani was one of the most vicious criminals in Iran's history. He was personally involved in the massacre of hundreds of thousands of people in the region and in driving millions of others from their homes. He was also the mastermind of the massacre of the Mujahedin-e Khalq (PMOI/MEK) in Camp Ashraf in Iraq, and of many other terrorist operations against the Iranian Resistance in that country, in Iran, and in other countries. With his elimination, the process of overthrowing the mullahs will be greatly expedited," The U.S. government blacklisted Soleimani for his active role in the spread of terrorism across the globe. Soleimani, dubbed as the "Shadow Commander," was the regime's highest-ranking General second-in-command after the regime's supreme leader, Ali Khamenei.
Soleimani joined the Revolutionary Guards in 1979 after the 1979 revolution. Furthermore, he played an active role in the suppression of the Kurdish minority. 
QASSEM SOLEIMANI IN THE IRAN-IRAQ WAR 
After the Iran-Iraq War, Suleimani trained several battalions of the IRGC in the southern city of Kerman and dispatched them to the southern front. Shortly he was sent to the city of Susangerd as commander of a company. At the beginning of the war, Suleimani commanded one of the brigades of the 41st Division of Kerman. During the war, he was promoted and became commander of the 41 Mechanized Division of the so-called Thar-Allah brigade. 
Qassem Soleimani and the monopoly of production and distribution of drugs 
Following the regime's cease-fire with Iraq, the IRGC seized a monopoly on drug trafficking under the pretext of "Fighting drug traffickers" to finance its overseas operations. Until his appointment as the head of IRGC the Quds Force in 1997, Ghassem Suleimani was responsible for the production and distribution of narcotics from Afghanistan to countries in the region and Africa, Europe, and the United States. 
QASSEM SOLEIMANI'S APPOINTMENT AS HEAD OF THE QUDS FORCE 
In mid-1998, Khamenei appointed Qassem Soleimani as commander of the Quds Force. From that date until his death, Qassem Soleimani was the source and the force behind all the chaos and humanitarian crises and terrorism in the Middle East countries and other Asian countries in Africa, America, and Europe. Qassem Soleimani was Khamenei's top commander and directly received his orders from him. He was Khamenei's adviser in Afghanistan and Iraq, and in the Supreme Council of the Security Council, Soleimani had the last word on regime's interference in the affairs of countries in the Middle East. In affairs, Soleimani was personally involved in promoting the regime's political influence and terrorist activities in Lebanon, Syria, and Palestine. 
Dexter Filkins, a Pulitzer Prize-winning American journalist, wrote a detailed report on Qassem Soleimani on September 30, 2013, entitled "Shadow Commander." 
"Suleimani took command of the Quds Force fifteen years ago, and in that time he has sought to reshape the Middle East in Iran's favor, working as a power broker and as a military force: assassinating rivals, arming allies, and, for most of a decade, directing a network of militant groups that killed hundreds of Americans in Iraq. The U.S. Department of the Treasury has sanctioned Soleimani for his role in supporting the Assad regime, and for abetting terrorism," read the report.
Mrs. Rajavi has stated, "It is time for the regime's armed forces to refrain from firing on the Iranian people, lay down their weapons and surrender. The armed forces' patriotic personnel must join the people of Iran."  The international community, especially the European Union, must end the policy of appeasement and recognize the right of the Iranian people to resist and rise for freedom to replace popular sovereignty in place of the mullahs' rule.


Khamenei appointed Esmail Ghaani to replace Qasem Soleimani. According to the Iranian resistance he is among the most criminal commanders of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), who for the past 40 years has played the most significant role in the suppression of the Iranian people and the massacres in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and other regional countries.
Ghaani, born in 1957 in Bojnourd, joined the IRGC since the early days of the establishment of the mullahs' regime. Since 1980, he was sent to the Iranian Kurdistan region to suppress people there.
In subsequent years, he was one of the IRGC commanders during the Iran-Iraq war and sent a large number of youth, teenagers, and students to the killing fields. Khomeini continued that war in order to prolong the survival of his disgraceful rule.
As has been stated in the report by the General Command of the National Liberation Army of Iran (NLA) on the Eternal Light Operation, Ghaani fought the freedom fighters as the Commander of the Nasr 5 Division. According to the same report, Soleimani was also involved in the same operation as the Commander of the Sarollah 31 Division. (See the General Command Report, p. 49). They were responsible for killing many of the wounded and prisoners of the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) in the battlefield.
Following the end of the war, Ghaani spent some time as the Commander of Intelligence in the Kurdistan region, Intelligence Office Chief of the IRGC Joint Command, Commander of the IRGC Air Force, and Deputy Intelligence Chief of the IRGC Joint Command.
In 1987, Ghaani was appointed as the Ansar Corps Commander, which was responsible for operations in Afghanistan and Pakistan. In this capacity, he organized and commanded special IRGC operations in Afghanistan.
During the uprising of thousands of people in Mashhad in 1992, Ghaani played a decisive role in suppressing the protests.
During the Student Uprising in July 1999, Ghaani was one of the signatories of a letter by 24 IRGC commanders to then-regime President Mohammad Khatami, demanding the severe suppression of the students.
Ghaani has been involved in the export of warmongering and terrorism to Iraq. Since April 2014, Ghaani routinely traveled to Iraq to supervise the training and organization of militias. Following the war on the people of al-Anbar by then-Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, Ghaani traveled to Iraq in the four-member delegation of the Qods Force on May 17, 2014. In subsequent months, as stated in the NCRI Secretariat's statement on December 26, 2014, the Commander of the Qods Force " set up a joint Tactical Operations Center in Anbar" with Maliki's army and police forces. Iraj Masjedi and a number of other senior officials of the Qods Force were established in Iraq and Esmail Ghaani Akbarnejad, Qassem Soleimani's Deputy, regularly travelled to Iraq to supervise the situation."
On May 2, 2015, the Security and Counterterrorism Committee of the NCRI wrote in a statement: "On July 12, 2014, speaking to a group of Qods Force commanders, IRGC Brigadier General Esmail Qa’ani, Deputy Qods Force Commander, announced a new phase of operations by Ansarullah in Yemen. He said: With this operation, we will place Saudi Arabia in a vulnerable position. In an interview with state-run TV on May 23, 2014, Ghaani admitted that the Houthi militias were trained by the regime. He said: "The defenders of Yemen were trained under the flag of the Islamic Republic. The enemies cannot confront the Yemeni fighters."
The NCRI Secretariat's May 25, 2015 statement said that the responsibility for the Yemen war in the Quds Force rests with Ghaani, and he has set up meetings with Houthi commanders in Tehran. At that time, a large number of Houthi commanders and officials who were wounded in the Yemen war were being treated at the Imam Reza hospital in the city of Mashhad. The number of the wounded is so large that the hospital is refusing to provide bends to the residents of the city itself. Following treatment, the injured Houthis are sent to the Qasr-e Talai (Golden Palace) Hotel in Imam Reza Street, which is controlled by the IRGC. In its May 2, 2015 statement, the NCRI had also said: "On March 23 (2015), the Qods Force airlifted 52 of the wounded members of the Ansarollah (Houthis) to the IRGC Baqiyatollah Hospital in Tehran. Ghaani personally visited them at the hospital."
Ghaani played an active part in the clerical regime's meddling in Syria and was involved in the massacre of the people of this country. The NCRI Security and Anti-terrorism Committee said in its statement on November 30, 2015, that following the killing of IRGC commander Hossein Hamedani on October 8, 2015, Ghaani assumed command of the war in Aleppo.
Placed on the list of sanctions by the U.S. government, Ghaani has organized a vast network of smuggling in order to supply arms and funds to terrorist proxies in various countries, including Afghanistan, Lebanon, Syria and Iraq.

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The US State Department designated Aas’ib Ahl al-Haq, also known as AAH, one of the Iranian regime’s proxy groups in Iraq, as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) on Friday Jan 3rd. The US Secretary also declared, his department has designated the AAH’s leaders, brothers Qays and Laith al-Khazali, as Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGT).
“AAH and its leaders are violent proxies of the Islamic Republic of Iran,” Secretary Pompeo continued, “Acting on behalf of their masters in Tehran, they use violence and terror to further the Iranian regime’s efforts to undermine Iraqi sovereignty.”   
The State Department also confirmed, a long-time revelation by the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), of the Iranian regime’s funding of terrorist groups in Iraq saying, “AAH is extensively funded and trained by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Quds Force, an entity that was part of the IRGC designation as an FTO in April 2019.”  
“AAH, led by Qays and Laith al-Khazali, is an Iran-backed, militant organization that has claimed responsibility for more than 6,000 attacks against U.S. and Coalitions forces since its creation in 2006. AAH has carried out highly sophisticated operations, including mortar attacks on an American base, the downing of a British helicopter, and an attack on the Karbala Provincial Headquarters that resulted in the capture and murder of five American soldiers,” read the statement.   
“Today’s designations follow an action taken by the U.S. Department of the Treasury on December 6, 2019, to designate Qays and Laith al-Khazali pursuant to E.O. 13818 for their involvement in serious human rights abuses in Iraq, including approving the use of lethal force against protesters for the purpose of public intimidation,” added the statement.   
According to the State Department, “AAH, led by Qays and Laith al-Khazali, is an Iran-backed, militant organization that has claimed responsibility for more than 6,000 attacks against U.S. and Coalitions forces since its creation in 2006.”  
This designation follows the U.S. strike targeting Qasem Soleimani, commander of the IRGC terrorist Quds Force, along with Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the head of Iraq's suppressive Bassij was killed by the US military strike in Iraq.

Sunday, December 29, 2019

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The bill for ‘Provision of Security for Women (PSW)’ will not be adopted in Iran regime’s parliament after all. This bill has been stalled for 9 years in the labyrinths of decision making in the parliament. The bill has been passed around among various departments of the government and after ultimately removing any executive function, has remained to be examined in Hassan Rouhani Administration.
Fatemeh Zolghadr, Spokeswoman for the Cultural Commission in the parliament echoed Parvaneh Salahshouri’s statements about the latest situation on the PSW and said, “The bill has been sent from the judiciary and returned to the government, but we do not know why it has remained silent in the government.” She also added, “A month ago, at a meeting with Masoumeh Ebtekar, the issue was raised that the bill was being considered by the state commission to make the final amendments, but so far nothing has been reported and it is unlikely it will reach the parliament this year.” (The state-run Rokna News Agency – December 27, 2019)
It should be noted that the 11th National Consultative Assembly (Majlis) will have elections next June. At a meeting on September 18, 2018, to review the bill for Provision of Security for Women, Parvaneh Salahshouri, a member of mullahs’ parliament, said, “The bill initially called, ‘Elimination of Violence Against Women’, was first renamed as Provision of Security for Women. For two and a half years, the bill has been supposed to come back to the parliament, but the bill has got stuck in a labyrinth incomparable to any other bill or plan.” (The state-run IRNA news agency – September 18, 2018) Parastoo Sarmadi, a regime expert on the issue, said, “Iran has one of the highest statistics on violence against women, and this makes adoption of the bill for Provision of Security for Women even more urgent.” (The state-run ILNA news agency – September 18, 2018)
The main and most violent forms of violence against women are perpetrated by government officials in Iran. Iran is also the only country in the world where thousands of women have been executed or murdered under torture for their opposition against the regime. During the nationwide uprising in November 2019, 400 women were among those killed. The exact number of women arrested during the uprising is still unknown.

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Political prisoner, Atena Daemi a child rights activist was transferred to solitary confinement on Saturday, December 28. On his twitter account, Atena Daemi’s father, Hossien Daemi tweeted about the transfer of his daughter to solitary confinement and wrote, “Atena’s condition is dire and her doctor has requested immediate and emergency hospitalization. Instead of the hospital, they transferred my daughter to solitary confinement.”
Ensiyeh Daemi, Atena Daemi’s sister also tweeted, “We did not have a call from prison and after visiting prison no one, neither the head of prison nor the prosecutor, was accountable, and declined to comment. There have been reports that Atena has been transferred to Ward 2A of the IRGC intelligence detention center. For us, the reason for Atena’s transfer and how she was transferred is unclear and worrying.”

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Soha Mortezaii another political prisoner went on a hunger strike. In a telephone call to her family, Soha Mortezaii explained the injustice concerns in her case and in a letter to the Prosecutor’s Office in Evin Prison she wrote: “When a prisoner like me can not secure bail, you have to release me on a pledge. What I am seeing now is the injustice and discrimination that I have been imprisoned for. Since I cannot afford the bail, I have to stay in prison. In protest of this unfair process, I will go on hunger strike until the assignment is made.”
Student activist Soha Mortezaii was arrested during the December uprising along with a number of other students and later sentenced to six years in prison.




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Civil activist Nosrat Beheshti, a retired teacher in Mashhad, was arrested by Ministry of Intelligence agents at her home on December 24, and transferred to an unknown location. Her family’s follow-up and referral to judiciary and security agencies to learn the reason for her arrest and whereabouts have so far failed.

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Political prisoner Narges Mohammadi was sent to exile to the Prison of Zanjan. From Zanjan Prison, she wrote, “I would not give up crying out against oppression.” Her husband, Taqi Rahmani, who lives abroad,  tweeted that political prisoner Narges Mohammadi had been transferred from Evin Prison to exile in Zanjan Prison in the morning of Wednesday, December 25, 2019, without a verdict, by force and physical violence.
The Warden of Evin Prison had smashed her several times to the wall and in the course of the wrangling with guards, she was injured and her arms started bleeding. Prison authorities had earlier deprived this prisoner from visits and telephone calls due to her sit-in protest.
Political prisoner Narges Mohammadi had earlier written a letter denouncing the regime’s use of force against protesters in Iran and calling on everyone to take a stand for the prosecution of those responsible.
In her letter on December 1, 2019, she pointed to the situation of two of those arrested during the protests in November 2019. She wrote about a wounded young protester who had been taken to Evin Prison. “His appearance showed that bleeding, infection and swelling of his feet had overwhelmed him and that was why the interrogators of Ward 209 of Evin had brought him from solitary cell to the clinic. He was very young from Islamshahr. I told him to insist on being treated for his leg otherwise it would be amputated. He said, ‘I’m going to be executed. What’s the difference with leg or without it? They have not even put Betadine on my wound since the day they arrested me.”
Political prisoner Nargess Mohammadi also wrote about a young woman only 20 years old. She said, “The interrogator had caught her hair and dragged her around. Insulting her with very vile language, such that she couldn’t repeat his words. Then he had opened his belt and banged it on the chair and table to frighten the young woman and have her say whatever they wanted in front of the camera. Not once, but several times.”

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Elimination of death penalty for juveniles under 18 is not on the Iranian regime’s agenda. On December 25, the women’s fraction in the Iranian parliament discussed the issue of elimination of death penalty for juveniles under 18 years of age. The Deputy of Legal Affairs of Parliament in the Ministry of Justice confessed to the execution of children under 18 years of age and said, “We are not considering the elimination of death penalty for juveniles!” “We still face executions of children under the age of 18,” said Tayebeh Siavoshi, who heads the legal committee for the women’s fraction of the Majlis.
Another official, Amiri, admitted to the shocking statistics of these executions and said, “Since 2017 until now, 15 children have been executed, and at present, we have between 6 to 7 cases of children on death row.” (The state-run Khaneh Melat Website – December 25, 2019)
The executions of women and girls under the age of 18 continue in the regime’s prisons. Women victims of executions in Iran are primarily victims of poverty and the mullahs’ misogynist laws regarding early and forced marriages.
Fatemeh R. was a 21-year-old woman who was executed around December 9, 2019, on the charge of killing her husband. (The state-run T. news.ir, December 16, 2019) She was a minor, only 17 at the time of committing the crime.
Zeinab Sekaanvand was executed on October 2018, in the Central Prison of Urmia. She was only 24 at the time of execution. Zeinab Sekaanvand had been forced into marriage at the age of 15. She lived two painful years, being battered everyday by her husband. She was arrested on the charge of killing him at age 17 and eventually executed in 2018.
The clerical regime in Iran is the world’s top per capita executioner. The Iranian Resistance calls for the abolition of the death penalty, particularly the executions of minors and children under the age of 18.

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A group of retirees held a protest in Tehran-Iran outside the parliament and commemorating the martyrs of the November uprising by holding up their pictures.
A group of retirees held a protest gathering and held up the photos of martyrs of the Iran uprising, including young women Nikta Esfandani and Mahnaz Mehdizadeh, on Monday, December 23, 2019. They said they were there to demand their plundered rights, to convey the demands of the innocent to those who do not hear or see the oppression of plundered people.
A group of retirees commemorate martyrs of Iran protests in Tehran
They declared in their gathering that they join the nationwide uprising of the people of Iran. They chanted, “death to the dictator,” “dictator, shame on you, leave our country alone.”
The retirees reiterated that they will continue their protests and will not surrender to security forces until their demands were met.
The spokesman for this gathering said, “We cry out in the streets. We do not beg you. We want our right. You, the government, you owe us. We have worked and toiled in this country for 30 years… Your security forces punch teachers and (elderly) fathers in the chest.”
Also on Monday, December 23, the defrauded investors of the IRGC- (Islamic Revolutianary Gaurd Corps)backed Caspian financial institute, and Tehran’s Arman, held a gathering outside the Judiciary building to express their protest to the plunder of their properties and wealth.

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On Monday, December 23, teachers held a nationwide sit-in protest in many cities of Iran to express support and solidarity with the retirees and complain about their own livelihood. They demanded the release of political prisoners, and called for free and fair education for all.

Sunday, December 22, 2019

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Hundreds of Arab women are imprisoned under torture in the prisons of Ahvaz, capital of Khuzestan Province in southwestern Iran. The news was published recently by the Al-Arabiya website. Citing information from a former female prisoner, Al-Arabiya wrote: “Zahra is one of hundreds of Arab women who is detained under torture in Ahvaz. She is imprisoned because she is a woman and because she is an Arab.”
Al-Arabiya wrote several women who have several children are detained in the prisons of Ahvaz.
Elaheh Darvishi, 19, was pregnant at the time of arrest. She was arrested due to the political activities of her husband. She gave birth to her child in prison. Prison guards threatened her, “If you don’t write what we want you to write, you and your fetus are going to be killed.” She is imprisoned with her infant under temporary detention status.
Many families do not speak publicly about the imprisonment of these women. They believe media attention would make it more difficult for their daughters. By remaining silent, the families want to lessen the torment these women have to go through every day.
The arbitrary arrests started in September 2018, after an attack on the Armed Forces’ parade in Ahvaz and are still ongoing. Security forces are stepping up these arrests to create an atmosphere of fear and terror and supplement the crackdown on the nationwide uprising.
Many of these women have been tortured in secret detention centers of the Ministry of Intelligence to make forced confessions. Some of their names are as the following:
Maryam Hemadi – DOB 1991, mother of a 1-year-old toddler
Sakineh Segour – DOB 1985, mother of a 1-year-old toddler
Zahra Shajarat – DOB 1982, mother of three children
Elaheh Darvishi, 19, mother of a 7-month-old infant
Zahra Hosseini – DOB 1995, mother of two girls 5 and 6 six years old
Makkieh Neissi, mother of three children, 5, 7, and 8 years old
Kholoud Sobhani – DOB 1999
Massoumeh Sa’eidawi, 48
Soussan Sa’eidawi, 45
Three other women by the names of Saghi, Akram and Khadijeh

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The European Parliament passed a resolution denouncing Iranian security forces’ widespread and disproportionate use of force against protesters in the November 2019 protests. With 566 votes in favor and only 4 against, the resolution was adopted on Thursday, December 19 in the European Parliament headquarters in Strasbourg.
The resolution adopted by the European Parliament called on Tehran to announce the total number of deaths and detainees, conduct a prompt, impartial, independent and transparent investigation into allegations of excessive use of force, including direct targeting of protesters by security forces, and hold all perpetrators of violence accountable.
The MEP’s also demanded that all protesters, human rights defenders and journalists currently held under arrest in Iran for exercising their legitimate rights to freedom of expression and assembly are freed unconditionally; moreover, they demanded that the authorities inform all families of the location of their detained relatives, and calls for granting unhindered access for lawyers and international observers to all those detained during the protests and for providing identity of the detainees to the international community.
The resolution also strongly condemned Iran’s decision to shut down internet access to global networks, which prevented communication and the free flow of information for Iranian citizens; and underscored that such actions are a clear violation of the freedom of speech. They urged the Iranian authorities to lift all online based communications and services blockages.
The MEP’s stressed that fundamental rights such as freedom of expression and assembly must always be respected and calls on the Iranian authorities to live up to their international obligations, including under the ICCPR.
Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) said, “Representatives of the European people unanimously urged the United Nations to launch a comprehensive investigation into the suppression of the Iran protests, without delay. The European Union must take immediate action to expedite these investigations by the UN.”

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Days after the November uprising, news of the suspicious deaths of nearly 15 students in Ahvaz was released. Two of these students were women. Farhad Abulnejadian, head of Ahvaz University of Medical Sciences, acknowledged the deaths of these students. The body of one of the victims, Fatemeh Arasto, was found in the classroom on Sunday, December 15, 2019. She was a 2012 freshman, majoring in the medical field. (The state-run IRNA news agency – December 16, 2019)
Government officials did not provide information on the suspicious deaths of four Ahvaz University students.
Kianoush Jahanpour, director of public relations at the Ministry of Health and Medical Education, claimed that he had no exact information on the matter. (The state-run Khabar Online website – December 16, 2019)
Suspicious deaths of two female students in Ahvaz following crackdown on November uprisings
The large number of suspicious deaths of students, especially after the last November’s nationwide uprising, evokes memories of the arrested protesters who allegedly committed suicide in the January 2017 uprisings.
During the November protests, Khuzestan province was one of the centers of protests.
The regime’s repressive forces have arrested many protesters and used various inhumane methods against them. The suspicious suicides of students, along with finding the bodies of arrested protesters in various places, reveals the extent of the regime’s human rights abuses.
According to the Student Guild Council of the University of Tehran, the number of detainees at the university reaches up to 40 to 50 people. Some of these students have been taken to Evin Prison and some to the Greater Tehran Prison a.k.a. Fashafouyeh.
Tehran University Vice President Majid Sarsangi said, “The registrars are different. As to which institution has arrested the students, I have to say that the judiciary has different registrars. We do not know yet which registrar has arrested which student, and this is not relevant at all, since whichever registrar eventually arrested them the individuals are handed over to the judiciary.”

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The UN General Assembly adopted the United Nations’ 66th resolution calling on the Iranian regime to end its ongoing human rights violations.
On Wednesday, December 18, the UN General Assembly adopted the resolution on Iran regime with 81 favorable votes. The UN General Assembly urged the Iranian regime to release persons detained only for taking part in peaceful protests or the exercise of their human rights and fundamental freedoms.
Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, welcomed the 66th UN resolution and urged the highest world authority to “take effective measures to stop the escalating trend of human rights abuses and the continuous crimes against humanity by the clerical regime.”
She once again stressed, “The massacre of more than 1,500 people and youth, the wounding of 4,000 more and the arrest of 12,000 during the nationwide uprising in November is one of the most horrific crimes in the 21st century and by any measure amounts to crime against humanity.”
Mrs. Rajavi reiterated the need for the formation of a fact-finding mission by the UN to investigate the November massacre and to travel to Iran to visit the prisons and those arrested.