Sunday, July 20, 2008


Anti-government gathering for continuous black outs in Kermanshah
A group of Kermanshahi people (western Iranian city) gathered in front of the country’s western region power office of the city to protest against the continuous electricity cut off in the city. In fear of spreading out this protesting gathering, the suppressive State Security Force (SSF) agents attacked the gatherers and arrested 6. Among them there are a few of the power office workers.

Death sentences for five prisoners in the southern city of Kerman
NCRI (National Council Resistance of Iran) said in a statement that Colonel Ali Qazizadeh, a commander of the State Security Forces (SSF) - mullahs’ suppressive police - announced the death sentences for five prisoners in the southern city of Kerman, reported the state-run news agency Mehr on Thursday. 'They were accused of rape,' he said. Col. Qaizizadeh told a press conference in Kerman that the prisoners soon will face gallows since their death sentences have been upheld by the mullahs’ Supreme Court. 'In the initial investigations by the SSF, seventeen individuals were suspected of commuting the crime. However, it is certain that seven were eventually convicted and since two are still at large five others will be soon hanged,' Qazizadeh added. The crime allegedly took place in Mohiabad Township near Kerman. In past week alone the mullah’s regime ruling Iran hanged at least 11 prisoners across the country.
The NCRI said in another statement on July 15th that the regime publicly flogged six prisoners in the Modaress Street in northeastern city of Sabzevar. The men in their teens received lashes for what the judiciary called 'committing mischief in the streets.' The sentence was carried out in an area where the victims lived. The plaintiffs in this case were willing to give up their complaints in return for the victims’ pardon by the law. However, the judiciary showed no leniency and executed the sentence under the pretext of enforcing the so-called 'public security plan.' On June 26, mullahs’ highest judicial authority, Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi, said public flogging is an effective criminal deterrent, while imprisonment is a useless punishment.In an interview broadcast on state TV on June 25 in the evening program, the head of the Iranian regime’s Judicial Authority complained that 'many Iranian judges, influenced by western propaganda and fearing they will be accused of failing to respect human rights, are not sentencing offenders to effective penalties like public flogging'. 'Public flogging is one of most just sentences that can be inflicted on someone who has committed a crime,' said Shahroudi. 'The publication of photos and news of public floggings is the best deterrent, while three or four months in prison has no effect,' 'We must reduce prison sentences and make use of public flogging more to punish offenders.' He said. In May, the rights group Amnesty International urged Iranian courts to suspend flogging sentences. 'Flogging is a form of cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment, which amounts to torture,' the organization said. Amnesty said it was outlawed under Article 7 of the United Nations International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. In its latest report, Amnesty International said sentences of flogging and amputation continued to be implemented in Iran, and torture and ill-treatment were widespread in prisons and detention centers.

Hundreds protested against extortion by municipality in Southern Iranian City
Hundreds of the people of Marvdasht, southern Iranian city in Fars province, gathered to oppose extortion of the municipality under the pretext of housing tax. The protesting people gathered in front of governorate and municipality buildings and asked for stopping plundering the people by these predatory organs.

French deputies back Iranian opposition group
Associated France Press reported on July 17 that the French deputies presented exiled Iranian opposition leader Maryam Rajavi with a declaration calling for democratic change in Iran in a ceremony at France's National Assembly Wednesday and they called for the main Iranian armed opposition group, the People's Mojehedin Organisation of Iran (PMOI), to be removed from the European Union's list of terrorist organizations. The declaration drafted by parties from all sides of the house and signed by 290 French deputies, condemned the "terrible human rights violations in Iran." British Members of Parliament and deputies from the European Parliament, in Paris to attend a conference, also attended the ceremony. Communist deputy Jean-Pierre Brard said they would be pushing for the PMOI to be reclassified during France's six-month presidency of the European Union, which started this month. "A great number of deputies consider that the policy of complacency (towards Iran) has not led to anything and that the governments' positions smell too much of oil," he added. AFP added: The PMOI is the armed wing of Rajavi's National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) and is currently listed as a terrorist group by the European Union and the United States. British Conservative MP Brian Binley called for the EU to follow the example of Britain and lift the terrorist label on the PMOI, which Britain did last month, a decision bitterly attacked by Tehran.