Tuesday, November 18, 2008


Ban Ki-moon reiterates on the rights of Ashraf residents
National Council of Resistance of Iran said in a statement: In his latest report to the UN Security Council on the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon reiterated the rights of the Ashraf residents in Iraq. In article 45 of his report he emphasized on the need for 'continued close monitor of the situation of the People’s Mujahedin.' Following is a full text of the article: 45. UNAMI continued to monitor closely the situation of the People’s Mujahedin of Iran members who are living in the Ashraf camp in Diyala Governorate. They are still under the protection of the United States army following an agreement signed in 2004, but the Government of Iraq has expressed its intention to take full control of the camp in the near future. In a letter dated 15 October 2008 to the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Iraq, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights urged the Government of Iraq to protect Ashraf residents from forcible deportation, expulsion or repatriation in violation of the non-refoulement principle, and to refrain from any action that would endanger their life or security. It is also important that the humanitarian needs of the camp’s residents, including access to food and medical care, be met by those protecting the camp.

Two prisoners hanged in Lakan north Iran
The Iranian regime hanged two prisoners identified as Parviz.K and Afrasyab.N in the Lakan Township in Northern Province of Mazandaran, reported the official news agency IRNA on Thursday. In a report on October 21st to the UN General Assembly, the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed his concern over the rights of women and minorities in Iran, as well as over the death penalty, including juvenile executions and stoning. The report said there has been a sudden surge of executions in recent months, and the UN Human Rights Committee has sounded the alarm over the “extremely high numbers of death sentences, many resulting from trials in which the guarantees of due process of law had not been properly applied.”

Special police patrols
The Iranian regime announced the start of a new 'security drills' in Tehran for a six day period beginning on Monday. Simultaneous with the games, the State Security Forces (SSF) - mullahs’ suppressive police - has tightened the security by having Special Patrols on Tehran traffic jammed streets. According to reliable reports from the Resistance sources in Iran, most street corners are manned with 10 SSF agents. In addition, there are Special Patrol Vehicles roaming around the city districts making their presence visible to local residents. They intentionally turn on their sirens and beacon lights to terrorize the public. Rajabzadeh called the new move 'public security and serenity.' He then went on to say,'30,000 SSF agents with 4,000 military vehicles and 50 helicopters will guarantee Tehran’s security during the manoeuvres.'On November 1, Brig. Gen. Abdullah Iraqi, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Crops (IRGC) Prophet Mohammad’s garrison in charge of Tehran’s protection announced a new security plan for the capital, reported the state-run news agency Fars. 'Units from Bassij [paramilitary Bassij force] joining the regular State Security Forces (SSF) began patrolling the streets of capitals,' Iraqi said. 'We tested these units for their performance on duty with regular SSF units and the results were overwhelming. Thus, since October 28, the mix Bassij and SSF units went fully operational throughout Tehran. The units will replace the fixed check points operating in the capital,' Iraqi added. He said that the reasons for the changes were a better security respond to the citizens’ growing need for higher security in Tehran’s districts. However, the real reason behind the IRGC and SSF new plans are adopting more suppressive measures against rising popular protests in Tehran and elsewhere in the country.

2,000 students stage anti-government sit-in for 5th day in south eastern Iran
More than 2,000 students of Sistan and Baluchestan University in south eastern Iran staged strike and sit-in for five consecutive days. While chanting anti-government slogans and singing the 'school friend', the students continued their protesting move. They asked for dismissal of the University President, director of guards and the director of 'disciplinary Committee.' According to latest reports, all classes at Sistan and Baluchestan University are shut down and the students continue to ask for their demands. The student who was stabbed by the government agents on Monday is in critical condition due to severe injuries to his kidney and digestive system.