Monday, December 29, 2008


Iranian Resistance demonstrated in Brussels to protest against lawbreaking of EU Council of Ministers
Iranians and supporters of the people’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI) staged a demonstration in protest in Brussels on Saturday to the EU’s defiance to implement the ruling of the European Court of First Instance regarding annulment of the terrorist designation of the PMOI. They also started a sit-in outside of the EU headquarters against the lawbreaking act of the EU Council of Ministers.Professor Eric David, President of the Law College of the Brussels’ Free University, also attended the Brussels sit-in. The participants and speakers warned against direct impacts of terrorist designation of PMOI on emboldening Iran’s clerical dictatorship in suppression of the opposition, and on intensification of conspiracies against Ashraf residents and setting the grounds for a human catastrophe. The participants in the Brussels’ demonstration announced that in protest to the infamous lawbreaking of the EU Council of Ministers, the sit-in in Brussels would continue until the Council of Ministers abides by the rule of court and law.

Participants protested against Rubaie’s remarks on Ashraf
123rd day of the sit-in in Geneva was held by Iranians and families of Ashraf residents outside of the UN headquarters today (28th of December). The protestors, while chanting slogans in support of Ashraf residents, rallied in front of the UN European headquarters and strongly condemned the remarks of the Iraqi government’s National Security Advisor’s remarks and his lawbreaking threats against Ashraf City. Mr. Muwaffaq al-Rubaie said in a statement "The Iraqi government is responsible for their security and it continues to implement its plans to shut down the camp and to either deport its population to their country or to a third country. Remaining in Iraq is not an option for them." The announcement was made during a visit by a government delegation to the camp in Iraq where about 3,500 members of the People's Mujahedeen Organisation of Iran (PMOI) are based.

Norway deplores executions in Iran
The Norway Post, wrote on December 26, 2008 that Norway deplores the executions of 10 persons in Iran on Christmas Eve. Prior to the executions Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere appealed to Iran to stop in time and not go ahead with the executions. Last week Norway aligned itself with an EU declaration on the mass executions in Tehran’s Evin Prison on 26 November and other repeated violations of human rights that have taken place in Iran lately. - It is highly regrettable. Norway is opposed to all forms of capital punishment, the Foreign Minister continued. - Norway is engaged in the fight to abolish capital punishment, both in international organisations and through active cooperation with human rights organisations and likeminded countries. We regularly raise the issue of capital punishment as a matter of principle with countries where it is practiced. We focus special attention on individual cases where we know that there are plans to carry out the death penalty in a particularly inhuman way or to execute minors, pregnant women or persons who cannot be deemed criminally responsible. In such cases Norway considers use of the death penalty to be a violation of international law, Stoere said. Last week Norway aligned itself with an EU declaration on the mass executions in Tehran’s Evin Prison on 26 November and other repeated violations of human rights that have taken place in Iran lately.

Thirty students summoned to ’disciplinary committee
National Council of Resistance of Iran said in a statement that with 19 new students summoned to Shiraz University’s 'disciplinary committee' the total number of students called by the committee has reached 30, reported the state run daily Etemaad on Thursday.The students were summoned because they had participated in December 9th and 10th ’Student Day’ ceremonies in Shiraz University in southern Iran, Etemaad said.Students summoned to the 'disciplinary committee' in the past always received suspensions notices, the paper added. Among those called in by the committee this time, there were those who had been suspended for a number of semesters in the past and now are facing total expulsion from the school, Etemaad emphasized. Since the early days of mullahs’ rule, the Iranian universities have been the scene of much anti-government protests. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s ascendency to power in 2005 was an inclination point in student protest when Tehran’s Polytechnic (Amirkabir) University students burned his pictures before his eyes on December 20th of 2005. On December 14, following the two days of much heated student protests marking the Student Day in Shiraz University, Etemaad reported that Paramilitary Bassij Students have threaten to 'take the matters in their own hands if the government goes soft on students.'Mullahs’ security forces also had threatened the student activists with their lives right after the protests ended on December 10.

More suppressive measures underway for youths
Brig. Gen. Ahmadreza Radan, Deputy Chief of the State Security Forces (SSF) --mullahs’ suppressive police-- threatened the youths with 'breaking their necks,' reported the state television on Thursday. While calling the Iranian youths 'thugs and hooligans,' Radan said, 'It was natural [that with our measures] some crimes would drop sharply.''But let me assure you that if I face any ’hooligan’ anywhere, I would [personally] break his neck,' Radan said. Radan is known among Iranian people for his ruthlessness. He was mainly behind the 'boosting public security plan.' The '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.
A prisoner hanged in Noshahr A prisoner was hanged by the mullahs’ judiciary in the northern city of Noshahr, reported the semi-official news agency Fars on Thursday. On December 19, the UN General Assembly condemned the widespread human rights violations in Iran. It was the 55th such resolutions passed by the UN bodies on human rights violations in Iran.

A man murdered in Isfahan prison by the guards
National Council of Resistance of Iran revealed on Monday that a prisoner indentified as 35-year-old Mohammad Ali Sadeqi was arrested by anti-narcotics division of Isfahan’s Dastgerd prison in central Iran last week. Upon his arrival at the facility, he was badly beaten by his jail keepers. According to the family, both of his kidneys malfunctioned because of the tortures. Despite the repeated requests by the prisoner for medical attention, he was kept in a quarantine cell for a few days with no attention. On Saturday, Sadeqi died of kidney failure and his body was handed over to his family. 18 women inmates were locked in a metal mobile container during the scorching summer heat last August since there was no women ward in Kahrizak prison in southern suburbs of Tehran. They died of dehydration and respiration problems and prison authorities paid no attention to their problems. Instead the prison authorities tried to cover it up so they claimed that the prisoners died of heart failure or committed suicide. According to eye witnesses, in October 2007, ten other prisoners died under torture in this prison. During that period 80 children who were staying with their mothers in the same prison were kept in inhumane conditions in a warehouse.

Five hanged in Qom
The mullahs’ judiciary hanged five prisoners in the holy city of Qom, reported the state-run daily Iran on Sunday. The men were identified as Mohammad Reza, 37, Hossein, 37, Esmail, 26, Alireza, 41, and Hamid, 22. Alireza was sent to the gallows on Thursday morning for what the regime called being 'corrupt on earth' for 'promoting superstitions.' The report did not elaborate.