Sunday, August 21, 2016

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On August, 20th, Maryam Rajavi the president-elect of the Iranian resistance said: on the 28th anniversary of the massacre of 30,000 political prisoners, we salute the pure souls of those fearless warriors who are the beacons of Iran's freedom and resistance. She called for the formation of a movement to obtain justice for victims of the 1988 Massacre. She said: The time has come to launch a movement to obtain justice over the massacre of political prisoners in Iran and expand it everywhere and by any means possible.
The litigation movement must, in the first step, seek to indict the mullahs' supreme leader Ali Khamenei. ...This movement must hold the Velayat-e Faqih regime accountable for the secrets it has concealed on this horrendous crime.
The regime's leaders must release the complete list of those massacred.
They must declare how many they executed in every city and every province.
They must announce where the victims are buried and where are their mass graves?
It is the most basic right of every bereaved mother to know where her child is buried.
She added: The United Nations and the UN Security Council must make the political and legal arrangements for the international prosecution of leaders of this regime on the charge of committing crime against humanity.
The formal, international condemnation of the 1988 massacre is a necessary step towards ending all mass executions in Iran which was recently repeated in the simultaneous execution of 25 Sunni prisoners.

In another news the International Committee In Search of Justice (ISJ) called for an international tribunal to investigate the recent publication of a shocking audio recording of a meeting of Ayatollah Montazeri, designated successor to Iran’s former Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khomeini, in the midst of the mass execution of political prisoners in the summer of 1988, reveals another dimension of this horrific crime and underscores the need to investigate this atrocity.
On the twenty-eighth anniversary of the massacre of an estimated 30,000 political prisoners in Iran, most of whom were members and supporters of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK), the International Committee In Search of Justice (ISJ) once again emphasizes the need to refer this massacre which is a real holocaust, to the UN Security Council and to establish an international tribunal to prosecute those responsible for this barbarity.
As part of this movement Iranians in different countries such as England, Amsterdam, Germany, Sweden, Italy, Belgium, Canada, Norway, Switzerland, France and US have held a 3 day hunger strike. In Toronto the 3 day hunger strike began on Sat and will end on Monday from noon to 8pm.

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A British charity worker who stands accused of being a ‘Western spy’ has faced trial in Iran, her family has revealed.
The Iranian regime held a court hearing for Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe an Iranian-British woman who on her way back to England in April was arrested with her 2 year old child in Iran and jailed.
According to Metro, Aug. 20th, the three hour hearing took place behind closed doors on Sunday and it is understood her trial judge is considering what charges to set. Nazanin met with her lawyer for the first time three days before the trial, her family said.
Although Nazanin was arrested in April, the first accusations against the Thomson Reuters Foundation project manager where she works, weren’t made public until June, when the Kerman Branch of the Revolutionary Guard accused her of the ‘soft overthrow’ of the regime.
The Iranian Judiciary said last month that she had been indicted for ‘sowing unrest’, a subsequent release from the Mizan news agent called her an agent for the Thomson Reuters Foundation. Metro added that the August release claimed the foundation’s charitable work was cover for intelligence ‘used for spying and intelligence operations for Western governments’ and part of ‘an infiltration project.’ This has been refuted by The Foundation and her family.
Her husband, Richard, who has been campaigning for her release from the UK, said: ‘We remain in the hands of the judge, and continue to hope for a happy outcome, and for Nazanin and Gabriella to be home soon.
‘Even after the trial, we are still unclear on what Nazanin is actually charged with. I am waiting to see which part of Nazanin’s holiday or her charity work in training and education is seen as a crime.
‘As an outsider, the Revolutionary Court system is strange to get my head around – not just that it is so secret, but also the fact that the charges come only after the trial has finished.
‘It has an upside down quality to defend against. It risks making the crime fit the punishment, rather than the other way round.’
Nazanin’s lawyer has submitted written materials to the Judge in defense of the allegations.
Nazanin's daughter Gabriella, a British national, remains living with relatives in Iran. Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is one of a number of dual-nationality Iranians detained since March.

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said that 30 percent of Iranians are suffering from hunger although the Iranian Ministry of Health refused to publish “confidential” data mentioned in the latest ministry report on social threats.
According to Asharq Al-Awsat, Aug. 20, Iranian regime deputy Minister of Health Ali Akbar Sayyari
Sayyari explained that statistics carried out by the Ministry of Labor prove his statements regarding the aggravation of hunger and poverty among Iranians. He noted in his statements that the Iranian Ministry of Health requested not to publish the confidential statistics that were included in the most recent report for the ministry on social threats, as quoted by Mehr News agency.

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Iranian regime has formed what it calls the 'Liberation Army' whose units as it says will be deployed in Arab countries, according to reports.
Currently, Iranian regime is involved in large scale, in multiple conflicts notably Syria and Yemen and also interferes in internal affairs of Iraq and Lebanon through its proxies.
Mohammad Ali Al Falaki, who heads the 'Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps', said in an interview published on Friday by Al Mashriq news that Iran is involved on three fronts: Iraq, Syria and Yemen.
Iran 'created the Liberation Army in Syria under the leadership of Qassem Soleimani', said Falaki, who leads forces in Syria.
Soleimani who is on US terrorist list is the head of the Revolutionary Guard Corps' elite Quds Force.
'The forces that belong to this army are not Iranians only. In any place where there is a fight, we organize and supply the army from the people of the area,' said Falaki.
According to different and multiple reports Tehran has been recruiting tens of thousands of Afghan and Pakistanis to step up the country's efforts in the Syrian war, offering them salaries to join the war on the side of Bashar al-Assad.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

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On Aug. 9 the digital audio tape recording belonging to Hossein Ali Montazeri the former heir to Khomeini rule, surfaced on amontazeri.com on the anniversary of political prisoner's Massacre in 1988 which has created an uproar among regime's top authorities. On this audio tape Montazeri protests the mass executions of thousands of political prisoners in 1988. Montazeri was dismissed by Khomeini the former supreme leader of the Iranian regime and under house arrest for his protest until he died in 2009. In the summer of 1988, the Iranian regime summarily and extra-judicially executed 30,000 political prisoners held in jails across Iran. This massacre was carried out on the basis of a fatwa by Khomeini. The Iranian regime has never acknowledged these executions or provided any information as to how many prisoners were killed. The majority of the slain political prisoners were from the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK). A day later on Aug. 10, 2016 the regime's Ministry of Intelligence requested that Montazeri's son remove this file and on Sat. Aug. 13 he was summoned for questioning.
Maryam Rajavi the president-elect of the Iranian resistance described the tape as a historic document and said: The tape recording of Mr. Montazeri’s Meeting with Those Responsible for Mass Executions of Political Prisoners is a Testament to Mojahedin’s Refusal to Surrender and to Regime Leaders’ Responsibility for Crimes Against Humanity
Khamenei, whose name is mentioned in the remarks made by the members of the “death commission” in this very meeting, openly declared his support for the mass executions that same year, and in the 28 years since has maintained close ties with the murderous officials who carried them out. He is a mastermind of these atrocities, and must be made to answer to the Iranian people and put on trial, she said.
She added: Mr. Montazeri, himself a founder and ideologue of the principle of velayat-e-faqih (absolute rule of the clergy), emphasizes in the recording, “The Iranian people are repulsed by the velayat-e-faqih” and “later will say that Agha(referring to Khomeini) was bloodthirsty and brutal figure.” His statements attest to the illegitimacy of the ruling regime from the 1980s, to the people’s repugnance towards the velayat-e-faqih, and to the righteousness of the resistance to overthrow that regime. Montazeri’s remarks addressed to the four members of the ‘death commission’ that this massacre was “the greatest crime committed during the Islamic Republic,” and the four officials’ acknowledgement that they were in the process of massacring the Mojahedin political prisoners and planning how to continue this atrocity, leave no room for doubt that the actions of these four men and many other leaders of the regime involved in these atrocities are, by any measure or definition, a crime against humanity.
She added: The international community, therefore, is obligated to bring them to justice. In particular because these four individuals and the others who carried out the massacre of political prisoners referred to in this meeting have, from the beginning of this regime to the present day, held posts at the highest levels of the judicial, political and intelligence  . At present, Mostafa Pourmohammadi is Hassan Rouhani ’s Minister of Justice. Hossein-Ali Nayyeri is the current head of the Supreme Disciplinary Court for Judges. And Ebrahim Raeesi is among the regime’s most senior clerics and the head of the Astan Qods-e Razavi foundation (a multi-billion dollar religious, political and economic conglomerate and one of the most important political and economic powerhouses in the clerical regime).

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Iranian authorities have intensified their repression of women’s rights activists in the country in the first half of this year, carrying out a series of harsh interrogations and increasingly likening any collective initiative relating to women’s rights to criminal activity, Amnesty International said on Wednesday Aug. 10. The organization’s research reveals that since January 2016 more than a dozen women’s rights activists in Tehran have been summoned for long, intensive interrogations by the Revolutionary Guards, and threatened with imprisonment on national security-related charges. “It is utterly shameful that the Iranian authorities are treating peaceful activists who seek women’s equal participation in decision-making bodies as enemies of the state. Speaking up for women’s equality is not a crime. We are calling for an immediate end to this heightened harassment and intimidation, which is yet another blow for women’s rights in Iran,” said Magdalena Mughrabi, Interim Deputy Middle East and North Africa Programme Director at Amnesty International.

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The Iranian regime hanged Kurdish political prisoner, Mohammad Abdollahi, 35, in Orumiyeh
Central Prison on Aug. 9. He was a native of the city of Bukan. He was accused of Moharebeh or "Waging war against God".  Abdollahi was hanged with 5 other prisoners named: Kamran Pouraft, Tohid Pourmehdi, Jabrail Kanaani, Jahangir Razavizade and his wife Parisa Hatami. The couple's child who was living in prison was handed over to her relative before execution.

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- In the capital city Tehran, preschool teachers continued their third day of rally in front of the Iranian regime’s Majlis, or Parliament on Tuesday August 9, from 8 in the morning. Protesters came from different cities and called for determination of their employment status. The protests follow more than five years delay by the regime in responding to the teachers’ demands. The regime has each time refused to respond to the rights of teachers and has instead threatened them or acted to expel or suppress them.

- In Mashhad, north-east Iran, on Tuesday, August 9, a group of financial victims of the state-affiliated Pardissian Company rallied in front of the state-run Khorasan newspaper affiliated to the regime’s Astan Qods conglomerate in Mashhad Sadoughi Street.
They protested the lack of coverage by this newspaper about their issues.

- The city of Rasht in northern Iran also witnessed a protest rally of Chuka employees in front of the entrance gate of the company.
Demonstrating workers carried banners reading “Respect workers' rights' and called for an immediate resolution to their excruciating circumstances.
Chuka Company has been closed down for several months under the pretext of repairs and the worker's salaries have not been paid. The protest surpassed its second day.



Sunday, August 07, 2016

NEWS))))))

Canadian authorities have refused entry of more than 230 visas to residents of Iran, Nepal, Nigeria, Congo, Haiti and Morocco into Canada. They were invited to participate in an annual World Social Forum which will be held on Aug. 16 in Montreal. This is the first that this forum is held in a G7 country. The World Social Forum was formed in 2001 in opposition to the World Economic Forum and also began the process of globalization.


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On the 28th anniversary of massacre of 30,000 political prisoners in the summer of 1988, the Iranian regime on Tuesday Aug. 2nd 2016, in a mass execution hanged some 30 or more Kurdish political prisoners which outraged Iranians around the world including inside Iran. The exact numbers of the victims has not been released by the regime. Mrs. Maryam Rajavi the president-elect of the Iranian resistance called the mass executions of the Kurdish prisoners of the Gohardasht prison "an appalling crime against humanity" and called on all human rights bodies to condemned it. Zied Raad AlHossein UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the US state department, Germany, France and the European Union condemnd the massacre of political prisoners in Iran. Also Anthony Housefather a Canadian Federal MP wrote on his tweeter account on Tues: More mass executions were reported in Iran today. I condemn this act in the strongest term. Gross abuse of human rights by this regime.
Shahram Ahmadi was among the Sunni prisoners executed whose brother Bahram was also executed 5 years a go.
Since Aug. 2 a dozen prisoners have been hanged in different prisons in Iran. Under Hassan Rouhani the regime's president 2500 prisoners have been executed since he took office in 2013.

Yesterday Sat. Aug. 6, the Iranian-Canadians gathered in front of the Parliament Hill and across from Prime Minister's office, condemning the mass execution of  Kurdish political Sunni prisoners. They called on Canadian government and International community to condemn Aug. 2, mass executions of Kurdish prisoners and to prevent future executions in Iran. They also called for the freedom of all political prisoners in Iran. The gathering drew the attentions of Tourists and pedestrians.

The members of the Anglo-Iranian community and supporters of the National Council of Resistance
of Iran (NCRI) in the United Kingdom have decided to stage a sit-in protest on the anniversary of the massacre of 30,000 Iranian political prisoners in the summer of 1988. This protest will include 3 days of hunger strike in London outside Downing Street in solidarity with political prisoners and the victims of torture and execution inside Iran. The sit-in started on Aug. 6, and will continue until the 8 of Aug. 2016.


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According to The Australian Times, August 4, a teenage boy has been hanged in Iran in the country’s first confirmed execution of a juvenile this year, prompting fears for the fate of 160 other young offenders on death row.
Hassan Afshar, 19, was executed at the prison in the city of Arak in central province on July 18, Amnesty International reported.

The execution went ahead even though he was only 17 at the time of the alleged crime and judicial officials had promised to review his case in September.
Iranian regime executed at least 75 juvenile offenders between 2005 and 2015, including 13 last year, according to Amnesty. Iran is a signatory to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which prohibits the use of the death penalty for children.

“Iran has proved that its sickening enthusiasm for putting juveniles to death, in contravention of international law, knows no bounds,” Magdalena Mughrabi, an interim deputy director at Amnesty, said. “They could not execute him quick enough.”

The Iranian authorities had scheduled the execution of another teenager for Thursday, August 4, 2016, but postponed the killing after public pressure. Alireza Tajiki was 15 years old when he was arrested. He was sentenced to death in 2013 after being tortured to confess and had been flogged, beaten and suspended by his arms and feet, Amnesty said.


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An Iranian regime nuclear scientist detained since 2010 has been executed, according to his family.
Shahram Amiri's mother said the body of her son had been returned to their hometown with rope marks around his neck, showing that he had been hanged.
He was later buried. Amiri had been held at a secret location after returning from the US.
Some reports say he had in-depth knowledge of Iran's nuclear programme.
Amiri, who was born in 1977, went missing after taking a pilgrimage to Mecca in 2009. He surfaced in US a year later.
In a video he claimed he had escaped from US custody. He returned to Tehran in 2010 to a hero's welcome.


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$400 million worth of cash to Iran that coincided with the January release of 4 Americans detained in Tehran, according to US and European officials and congressional staff briefed on the operation afterward. According to Wall Street Journal, Aug. 3, the Obama administration secretly organized an airlift of Wooden pallets stacked with euros, Swiss francs and other currencies were flown into Iran on an unmarked cargo plane, according to these officials. The US procured the money from the central banks of the Netherlands and Switzerland, they said.
The money represented the first installment of a $1.7 billion settlement the Obama administration reached with the Iranian regime to resolve a decades-old dispute over a failed arms deal signed just before the 1979 fall of Iran’s last monarch.
The settlement coincided with the formal implementation that same weekend of the landmark nuclear agreement reached between Tehran, the US and other global powers the summer before.
“With the nuclear deal done, prisoners released, the time was right to resolve this dispute as well,” Barack Obama said at the White House on Jan. 17—without disclosing the $400 million cash payment. Senior US officials denied any link between the payment and the prisoner exchange. They say the way the various strands came together simultaneously was coincidental, not the result of any quid pro quo. But U.S. officials also acknowledge that Iranian negotiators on the prisoner exchange said they wanted the cash to show they had gained something tangible.
Sen. Tom Cotton, a Republican from Arkansas and a fierce foe of the Iran nuclear deal, accused President Obama of paying“ a $1.7 billion ransom to the ayatollahs for US hostages.”
“This break with longstanding U.S. policy put a price on the head of Americans, and has led Iran to continue its illegal seizures” of Americans, he said.
Since the cash shipment, the intelligence arm of the Revolutionary Guard has arrested two more Iranian-Americans. Tehran has also detained dual-nationals from France, Canada and the U.K. in recent months. Members of Congress are seeking to pass legislation preventing the Obama administration from making any further cash payments to Iran. One of the bills requires for the White House to make public the details of its $1.7 billion transfer to Iran.
“President Obama’s…payment to Iran in January, which we now know will fund Iran’s military expansion, is an appalling example of executive branch governance,” said Sen. James Lankford (R., Okla.), who co-wrote the bill. “Subsidizing Iran’s military is perhaps the worst use of taxpayer dollars ever by an American president.”

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Syrian fighters broke through to besieged opposition-held areas in eastern Aleppo on Saturday in an assault on a major government military complex meant to end a month-long siege.
The offensive against the government's Ramousah military complex, which contains a number of military colleges, began on Friday. Two rebel groups said on Saturday they had broken the siege.
The Syrian people in the streets of a part of eastern Aleppo celebrated the siege being broken. According to political exports the break of siege in Aleppo was a blow to the Iranian regime's full scale efforts in Syria to keep Bashar Al Assad in power.

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Teenage Munich killer Ali David Sonboly 'went on a weapons training holiday to Iran with his father' before murdering nine in gun rampage.
Daily Mail- Munich wrote: killer Ali David Sonboly went on a weapons training holiday to Iran with his father before embarking on his killing spree.
A fortnight after the 18-year-old lured young people to a McDonald's restaurant in Munich and killed nine of them before taking his own life it has emerged that the German-Iranian youth traveled with his father Masoud to Iran in December last year.
The news magazine Focus said that he underwent 'weapons training' while there which included firing guns.
 His father Masoud did not mention the Iranian trip, or gun firing while there, in an interview last weekend with the Bild am Sonntag newspaper.
At least 35 people were wounded during Sonboly's attack, which began at a McDonald's restaurant and ended with him turning his 9mm Glock pistol on himself.
Investigators have ruled out any link with ISIS jihadists, although he appeared to have planned the assault with chilling precision for a year.
Many of his victims in the bloodbath were of foreign origin and there are investigations into whether he deliberately targeted them.

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Crime Against Humanity


Iranian regime executed some 29  Prisonerس of Conscience executed in Iran on Aug. 2, 2016. Shahram Ahmadi who was imprisoned in 2009 was among the victims. His brother Bahram was executed 5 years a go.


The names of some of victims of Tuesdays mass executio in Iran: 
  1. Kaveh Veysi
  2. Taleb Molki
  3. Behrouz Shah-Nazari
  4. Barzan Nosratollah-Zadeh
  5. Farzad Shah-Nazari
  6. Varya Qaderi-Fard
  7. Keyvan Momeni-Fard
  8. Alam Bamashti
  9. Seyyed Jamal Seyyed-Moussavi
  10. Edris Ne'mati
  11. Ahmad Nasiri
  12. Mokhtar Rahimi
  13. Yavar Rahimi
  14. Pourya Mohammadi
  15. Farzad Honarjou
  16. Shahram Ahmadi
  17. Farshid Nasseri
  18. Amjad Salehi
  19. Omid Peyvand
  20. Arash Sharifi
  21. Kaveh Sharifi
  22. Shahu Ebrahimi
  23. Abdollah Sharifi
  24. Jamal Qaderi
  25. Omid Mahmoudi
  26. Mohammad Gharibi
  27. Fouad Yousefi
  28. Keyvan Karimi