Sunday, September 07, 2008


European Parliament Resolution on executions in Iran and protection of Ashraf residents
The European Parliament approved an important resolution on “Executions in Iran' and the necessity of protection of Ashraf residents according to the Fourth Geneva Convention. In the course of discussing the resolution, the Europe’s Commissionaire said:, we believe Geneva Convention must be put into effect regarding Camp AshrafParts of this resolution read: “The European Parliament,having regard to its previous resolutions on Iran, notably those concerning human rights and in particular the resolution on the execution of juvenile offenders in Iran adopted on 19 June 2008, having regard to the Declaration of 18 July 2008 by the Presidency on behalf of the European Union concerning application of the death penalty in Iran,having regard to the Declaration of 29 July, 2008, by the Presidency on behalf of the European Union on the execution of 29 people in Evin prison in Iran,whereas there is reason for concern that members and associates of the Iranian opposition who are regrouped and protected in Camp Ashraf in Northern Iraq by US-led Multi National Forces under Article 27 of the IV(4th) Geneva Convention are under threat of being expelled or forcibly returned to Iran, where they could face heavy persecution and possibly even the death penalty, Calls on Iraqi and US authorities not to forcibly return to Iran any Iranian opposition members, refugees and asylum seekers who would be at serious risk of persecution and to notably work together with the UNHCR and others to find a satisfactory long term solution to the situation of those currently in Camp Ashraf; Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Government and Parliament of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Council, the Commission, the High Representative for the CFSP, the governments and parliaments of the Member States, the Secretary General of the United Nations, the UN Commission on Human Rights, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, the Government of the United States and of Iraq.

Iranian sit-in in Geneva for Ashraf protection continues for 12th day
In the twelfth day of Geneva sit-in which coincided with September 5, anniversary of foundation of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI), the Iranians and participant families of Ashraf residents, persisted on their commitment for protection of Ashraf residents. Speakers such as Cary Pollard, former member of British House of Commons and Henrick Yari, former Swedish MP and a member of committee of Friends of Free Iran in Sweden stressed that on the protection of the PMOI under the Geneva 4th convention and added that the transfer of the Ashraf protection to the government of Iraq is a violation of laws and will lead to massacre of the PMOI members. Other speakers were Eric Walberg, attorney and member of Committee of Friends of Free Iran in Sweden, Asghar Adibi, member of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, and former member of Iranian National Soccer team, Mohsen Azudanlou, member of the National Council of Resistance of Iran. During sit-in, a delegation of participating political personalities and delegations of the participant families of Ashraf residents referred to the UN High Commissionaire for Refugees, bureau of UN High Commissionaire for Human Rights, and the US delegation in UN in Geneva and informed them the demands of sit-in.

Stopping "mal-veiling" in the airports
National Council of Resistance of Iran said in a statement: The State Security Forces (SSF) - mullahs’ suppressive police- at the airports stopped 128 women passengers from boarding the planes. In addition, it has given 171,000 oral warnings and took another 6,799 written commitments from the passengers before they began their journey for not violating the mullahs’ dress codes again, the state-run news agency Entekhab reported on Saturday. 'Despite seasonal travel pikes, we have been able to enforce the law at the airports nationwide,' Brig. Gen. Mahmoud Botshekan, the airports’ SSF chief was quoted as saying to Entekhab. NCRI added: The so-called 'boosting public security plan' was first introduced in April 2007 to combat popular uprisings. Mass street arrests of hundreds of thousands of women and youth under the pretext of 'mal-veiling' and cracking down on 'thugs and hooligans' followed. In the same period, more than 300 prisoners were sent to gallows.

Crackdown on internet cafes in Sanandaj
NCRI - The State Security Forces (SSF) - mullahs’ suppressive police - Small Businesses Task Force, cracked down on internet cafes in the western city of Sanandaj on Thursday. The police units virtually tore down the cafes into pieces and beat up the customers primarily youths spending time in these places in summer leisure time. The SSF Chastity Units in line with the so-called 'boosting public security plan,' effective April 2007, make arrests of the youngsters deemed appearing immodest in public.The SSF in 2007 closed down 24 Internet cafes and other coffee shops, arresting 23 people, state-run media reported then. Colonel Nader Sarkari, a SSF official told IRNA news agency that in a single day 435 coffee shops have been inspected, 170 had been warned and '23 people were detained', adding 11 of them were women in Tehran. 'Using immoral computer games, storing obscene photos ... and the presence of women wearing improper dresses were among the reasons why they have been closed down,' Sarkari said. The cafe crackdowns coincide at that time with a new wave of suppression of women under the pretext of 'improper dress'.

People clashed with security forces in Shiraz
More than 200 people of Shiraz clashed with the suppressive agents of State Security Force (SSF) in protest to the arrest and mayhem of a young girl. According to received reports, the SSF agents intended to arrest a young girl in Shiraz on Thursday but when they were faced with her resistance and protesting outcry, they beat her. The people watching this scene attacked the SSF vehicle and clashed with the agents.The anti-riot agents shot at air and beat the people; they arrested the girl and a number of the youth who confronted against them.