Monday, December 01, 2008


Maryam Rajavi visits Holocaust museum and memorial, condemns historical crimes of massacre of Jews by Hitler
On Tuesday 25 November 2008, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi visited the Holocaust museum and memorial in Berlin. In this visit, chairman of the Judicial Commission of the German parliament and a number of other representatives of the Federal parliament and political, religious and academic personalities accompanied Mrs. Rajavi. In contrast with the religious fascism in Iran and Ahmadinejad, Mrs. Rajavi condemned the historical crime of massacre of Jews by Hitler. Mrs. Rajavi said: “My presence here means the Iranian people and Resistance, contrary to the religious fascism ruling Iran and Ahmadinejad, condemn the historical crime of massacre of Jews by Hitler. The reason that Ahmadinejad and the clerical dictatorship deny this historical event is because their nature is similar to the fascists and we have frequently emphasized that appeasement with that religious fascism has a threat of a world’s disastrous war like appeasement with Hitler resulted. Continuance of the mullahs’ anti-human rule and acquiring nuclear bomb by that regime is not only against the Iranian people’s freedom and sovereignty, but a threat of peace for the region and the whole world.'Hermann-Josef` Scharf, member of German Parliament from Democrat- Christian party said: “Your visit to the monument of victims of fascism is a great and shocking moment and is an indication of democratic nature of the organized resistance of the Iranian people against religious fascism.Referring to Mrs. Rajavi’s speech at the parliamentary session of the Bundestag, he said:' Your speech demonstrated again that the Iranian Resistance is a democratic resistance that struggles for the Iranian people’s freedom and human rights.Hemann Josef Scharf added:' Your visit to Germany and your remarks addressing German members of Parliament was very impressive and important; and we cannot be indifferent to the pains and sufferings of the Iranian people under the rule of religious fascism. We assure you that the German MPs who have signed the statement of support for the “third option” would support wholeheartedly the Iranian people and your endeavors for Iran’s freedom and achieving democracy in Iran.'

Canadian Parliamentary session held to support Iranian Resistance
On invitation of the Canadian Committee of Friends of Democratic Iran, a parliamentary session titled 'Iran’s Challenges' was held in Canadian Parliament on Thursday, November 20, 2008. In this session that was held on the second day of re-opening of Canadian Parliament after that country’s new elections, a number of parliamentarians and their advisors participated. In their speeches, they supported the third option of the Iranian Resistance for democratic change in Iran. They regarded the unjust terrorist tag against the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI) an obstacle to the Iranian people’s just resistance and asked for annulment of this labeling. The speakers emphasized that along with parliamentarians of other countries, the Canadian parliamentarians could have a determining role in accomplishment of democratic change in Iran. Mrs. Raymonde Folco, Canadian Member of Parliament, delivered her speech and described the history and reasons of terrorist designation of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI). She said: 'The purpose of this session is to emphasize the removal of the PMOI as the Iranian regime’s biggest democratic opposition from list of terrorist organizations.' Addressing the parliamentarians, Paul Forseth, former Canadian MP and Co-chair of the Canadian Committee of Friends of Democratic Iran, referred to the importance of their role in correction of the mistake that led to the unjust terrorist designation of the PMOI. He said 'Iran has turned into an international problem today. Exportation of terrorism and threatening other countries, in addition to other cases like murder, torture, and execution of citizens, demands that we stand against this regime and defend the PMOI’s democratic opposition

Kiyan-Tire striking workers beaten up
NCRI, 27 November, 2008 - Hundreds of Kiyan-Tire factory workers gathered outside the mullahs’ Cooperation Ministry on Valiasr Avenue in Tehran. The striking workers carried signs reading, 'We demand our unpaid salaries' and 'We don’t have enough to buy a loaf of bread.'he authorities in the ministry called in the State Security Forces (SSF) -- mullahs’ suppressive police -- to remove the demonstrating workers.The SSF agents attacked the workers beating and arresting a number of them. The strikers have not been paid for the past seven months. Nearly 7,000 families of the striking workers are in economic disaster with winter just around the corner in Iran. Nearly 1,200 workers walked out on April 12 for the first time when the hand-picked management called in the SSF to crush their demonstration. A number of the workers were arrested in that incident. The mullah’s regime, fearing the spread of the move, rushed hundreds of the SSF agents to the scene to suppress the strikers. However, the local residents and youths clashed with the SSF units in support of the striking workers. They threw stones and sticks at the security forces. It has been one of the longest strikes by the workers in the country. Kiyan-Tire is only second to that of the Sugar Cane factory workers in the southwestern city of Shoosh in which more than 5,000 workers are still on strike over their unpaid salaries since last year.

Three prisoners hanged in Zahedan
NCRI - The mullahs’ regime hanged three prisoners identified as Hossein Nahtani, Abdullah Dahmardeh, Mohammad Barahouni in the southeastern city of Zahedan, reported the official news agency IRNA on Monday. Despite new condemnation by the UN Third Committee on human rights, the Iranian regime is going full steam ahead in carrying out executions. In past two weeks alone eight prisoners were hanged and four more are facing gallows soon.Last Friday the UN body passed a resolution expressing deep concern over human rights violations by the ruling clerics in Iran. The UN document reads in part: 'Torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment such as flogging and amputations, public executions, stoning as a method of execution, execution of persons who were below 18 years of age at the time their offence was committed, arrests of and violent crackdowns on women exercising their right to assembly, increasing discrimination and other human rights violations against persons belonging to religious, ethnic, linguistic or other minorities, ongoing and serious restrictions of freedom of opinion and expression, peaceful assembly and association, and the increasing harassment, intimidation and persecution of human rights defenders,' are a common practice in Iran.

Eighteen hangings in past ten days
The Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran said in a statement on Nov. 26 that following the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the mullahs’ regime hanged ten prisoners, including a 37-year-old woman in Tehran’s notorious Evin prison. Thus, the number of executions in the past ten days rises to 18. Fatemeh Haqeqat-Projeh, mother of two teenage girls, spent seven years in prison before her hanging on Wednesday. She was executed for defending her 14-year-old daughter from being raped and was convicted of manslaughter. Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the Iranian Resistance expressed her condolences to the families of the mass executions. She said that soon the mullahs’ leaders will be held to account for their inhuman crimes against the Iranian people. She added that as the Iranian Resistance has often reiterated in the past, dealing with the mullahs’ medieval regime is illegitimate. Mrs. Rajavi said that since these executions come a week after the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly condemned the Iranian regime’s barbaric violation of human rights, it is high time that the UN Security Council condemns the regime’s crimes against the Iranian people and the region and sets the improvement for human rights situation in the country as a precondition to all economic relations with the mullahs’ regime.

Iranian court sentences man to be blinded by acid
Iranian newspapers say a court has sentenced a man to be blinded with acid under the country’s Islamic law, reported Associated Press on November 28, 2008.

Three more man to be executed in Iran
AFP, Tehran, Nov 29, 2008 - Iran has sentenced to death three men convicted of a mosque bombing which left 14 people dead in the southern city of Shiraz in April, Kayhan newspaper reported on Saturday. Prosecutor Ali Akbar Heidari-Far said Mohsen Eslamian, 21, and Ali Asghar Pashtar, 20 -- both university students -- and Rouzbeh Yahyazadeh, 32, would be hanged in Shiraz once the sentence was confirmed by the supreme court.'A revolutionary court in Tehran has found the three main accused of the case to be ’mohareb’ (enemies of God) and ’corrupt on the earth’,' he said, without disclosing when the verdict was issued. The three men were tried over the bombing of a packed mosque during evening prayers in Shiraz and also faced charges of 'belonging to a terrorist group,' cooperating with hostile armed groups, seeking to overthrow the Islamic system and planning to launch other attacks.

AI expresses concern over US-Iraqi pact for having no reference to Ashraf residents’ situation
By releasing a statement, Amnesty International expressed concern that the US-Iraqi pact contains no reference to the situation of Ashraf residents associated with the Iranian opposition-PMOI who have been under the US protection so far.The Amnesty International statement dated November 27, 2008, partly reads: 'The agreement contains no reference to the more than 2,000 Iranians associated with the People’s Mojahedeen Organization of Iran (PMOI), an Iranian opposition organization, who remain at Ashraf Camp in northern Iraq, where they have been under the protection of US forces for several years. The Iraqi government is reported to have told the PMOI that those at Camp Ashraf must leave Iraq by 31 December 2008. Some Iraqi officials have suggested that they will be forcibly expelled if they fail to comply. According to Amnesty International, the Iranians would be at risk of serious human rights violations if they were forcibly returned to Iran.' The statement also expressed concern over the situation of Iraqi detainees if they are delivered to the Iraqi officials after the US-Iraqi agreement.