Monday, December 15, 2008


Shocking crimes in mullahs’ medieval prison of Kahrizak unveiled
Secretariat of the National Council of Iranian Resistance said in Dec. 13, 2008 that; Eighteen women died of inhuman conditions in Kahrizak medieval prison, southern suburbs of Tehran. The 18 inmates were locked in a metal mobile container during the scorching summer heat in August since there was no women ward in Kahrizak prison. They died of dehydration and respiration problems and prison authorities paid no attention to their problems. Other prisoners found out about the tragedy by the odour of decomposing bodies spread in the prison complex. The regime made no attempt to transfer the bodies and left them in the metal cells to create more fear among other prisoners. The prison authorities tried to cover up their crime by claiming 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. These crimes are committed under the supervision of Revolutionary Guard Mohammad Reza Radan, Commander of the State Security Forces. He regularly visits this prison and praises the henchmen for their suppressive crimes. Kahrizak prisoners are mostly victims of raids in the streets or are picked up by the mullahs’ police patrols. These arrests are not subject to any judicial process and none of the detainees are handed over to judicial authorities for investigations while they experience months of detention and torture. During their detention they have been denied of minimum due process of law. The Iranian Resistance draws the attention of human rights organizations in particular the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to the tragic situation in Iran and calls for condemnation of these crimes. It also calls for referral of the regime’s human rights dossier to the UN Security Council for adoption of urgent and binding measures.

Iranian regime’s plot against Iranian Resistance failed in Finland
Finnish Justice Ministry officially and firmly rejected the Iranian regime’s demands against the Iranian Resistance. In its latest conspiracy, the Iranian regime had made huge efforts and dispatched its intelligence agents to Finland aiming at misusing Interpol’s documents against the PMOI and the Iranian Resistance. On Friday 12 December 2008, Mrs. Tuija Brax, the Finnish Minister of Justice, rejected the demand of the mullahs ruling Iran by issuing an official written order by virtue of the Finnish laws and announced in an official statement: 'The requests lacked legal legitimacy and no acceptable reasons and must be rejected immediately based on the law.' Following the order, the Iranian Resistance asked for removing the names and documents presented by the Iranian regime against its opposition in the Interpol, and asked for expulsion of the regime from Interpol. On Saturday, December 13, Mr. Mohammad Ali Jaberzadeh, chairman of the Committee of Political Studies of the NCRI and Hadi Roshanravani, member of the NCRI, entered Paris and were welcomed by the senior secretary of the NCRI and a number of other NCRI members. They had participated in the demonstration of Iranians in Helsinki simultaneous with the European conference of Peace and Security and also in a press conference in Helsinki for international revelation of the Iranian regime’s plots and conspiracies.

The families of Ashraf residents and supporters of the Iranian Resistance from different US and Canadian cities held their ninety first day of sit-in in sub-zero temperature outside of the White House. In this sit-in Moslem Eskandar Filabi, chairman of the Sport Committee of the NCRI said: 'We have gathered here to tell the White House to respect the human rights laws written in 1907 and 1949. One of these laws is the Fourth Geneva Convention. According to this law the United States is responsible for the lives of all single residents of Ashraf under current situation in Iraq. We ask the White House to guarantee continuing protection of Ashraf based on the law.'

Garbage collectors walked out in Khorramshahr
According to National Council of Resistance of Iran’s statement, the garbage collectors walked out in protest to their back pays by the mullahs’ local authorities in the port city of Khorramshahr in southwestern Iran, reported the state-run website Tabnak on Friday. The municipal employees went on strike over their unpaid salaries. They have not been paid for the past four months. Workers gathered outside governor’s office demanding their rights. Garbage has not been collected and caused much discomfort among the citizens. Abadan and Khorramshahr are two cites completely destroyed by the Iran-Iraq war. However, after two decades since the end of the war local residents are suffering from extreme poverty. On November 24, Garbage collectors went on strike over the sudden move by the mullahs’ municipal authorities to layoff some 1,200 in Abadan, some 18 kilometers south of Khorramshahr. Some 2,000 garbage collectors work for the government in the city. However, in a suppressive measure, the municipal authorities have decided to turn over 800 government employees to private sector. The rest will be laid off.Turning over mostly government-run entities to so-called private sector is another way the mullahs’ regime is trying to escape from paying the deprived Iranian workers the fraction of what they deserve especially in terms of paying for their health insurance. The private management for the formerly state-owned factories, workshops and other entities and in this case the city workers are mostly former Revolutionary Guards turned businessmen.

1,160 French mayors support the Iranian Resistance
1,160 French mayors and council chairmen from seven French districts call on the EU presidency to immediately implement the ruling of the European court ordering the removal of the PMOI from the list of terrorist organizationsA statement endorsed by 1,160 mayors in France, which declared solidarity with the Iranian Resistance, was unveiled at a press conference in Paris on Friday. In the statement, the mayors demanded from the French government, which holds the rotating European Union presidency, to implement the EU court ruling ordering the removal of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI) from the EU terror list. In addition to the mayors, the statement was also signed by 40 chairmen and deputies of councils in different districts and provinces in France. The mayors’ signatures, the entirety of which was put together as a book, were presented to Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the Iranian Resistance’s President-elect, at the press conference. This marks the first time that such a high number of mayors and elected district and provincial representatives from 97 French provinces and overseas territories adopt such an initiative. 135 of the mayors are also members of the French National Assembly and 31 others are members of the Senate.The statement reads in part, “It is the responsibility of the EU Council under the French presidency to implement the court rulings and the desire of the elected representatives of the people of Europe, and delist the PMOI. Maintaining the PMOI on the list is tantamount to defying the court ruling and trampling upon the rule of law, and would cause serious harm to the legacy of France as the EU president.”The initiative takes place a week after the Court of First Instance of the European Communities annulled the terrorist designation of the PMOI. In its December 4th verdict, the Court stated that the Council had violated the PMOI’s rights of defense and had deprived them of effective judicial protection. The ruling affirms that the allegations presented by France as the basis of the Council’s decision to list the PMOI had not relied on serious and credible clues or evidence.

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York, Security Council, 10 December, 2008 (excerpts) - The Security Council today heard the eighth quarterly briefing by the Chairman of the Committee established under Security Council resolution 1737 (2006) to monitor implementation of the sanctions imposed against Iran.Committee Chairman Jan Grauls of Belgium told an open meeting that the figures concerning States that had presented reports under that text and related decisions were 90 reports under resolution 1737 (2006), 77 reports under resolution 1747 (2007) and 63 reports under resolution 1803 (2008).Resolution 1737 (2006) banned trade with Iran in all items, materials, equipment, goods and technology that could contribute to the country’s enrichment-related, reprocessing or heavy-water-related activities, or to the development of nuclear-weapon delivery systems. In March 2007, the Council adopted resolution 1747, further tightening those sanctions by imposing a ban on arms sales and expanding the freeze on assets.A continued tightening of the sanctions regime occurred when the Council adopted resolution 1803 (2008), which, among other things, called upon all States to “exercise vigilance in the areas of publicly provided financial support for trade with Iran and of banking with Iran, particularly with respect to Bank Melli and Bank Saderat”. Other measures included the inspection of cargo suspected of carrying prohibited goods, and the extension of travel bans and asset freezes.Mr. Grauls reported that, on 15 October, the United States had provided a briefing on its efforts to implement provisions of resolutions 1737 (2006) and 1803 (2008) relating to the transfer of goods and technology to Iran that could contribute to enrichment-related, reprocessing or heavy-water-related activities, or to the development of nuclear weapon delivery systems. Following that briefing, some Committee members had also shared the steps they had taken to implement the relevant provisions. On the same date, Norway had provided a briefing on its plans to strengthen the effectiveness of the regulatory oversight of the safety at the Bushehr nuclear power plant.He said that, on 7 and 21 November, the Russian Federation had notified the Committee of supplies it had delivered for the light water reactor at Bushehr. In his previous briefing (see Press Release SC/9443), Mr. Grauls said, he had noted that the Committee members were considering a written request for certain specific information from a Member State, adding that the Committee subsequently had responded to the communication from that Member State.Following the briefing, representatives of the United States, France, Italy and the United Kingdom noted that, according to recent reports of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Iran continued to defy the demands of the Council and had not cooperated fully with the IAEA. They expressed support for the “dual-track” approach.The representative of France described additional European Union measures meant to ensure the implementation of Council decisions, in terms of embargoed goods and financial flows and cargo inspections. The United States representative noted the “chilling” fact that, according to the latest IAEA report (document GOV/2008/59 of 19 November), Iran now had 630 kilograms of low-enriched uranium, which was half the amount needed for the production of a nuclear bomb.The representative of the Russian Federation, expressing the hope that the Committee would continue to be guided by the spirit and letter of resolutions 1737 (2006), 1747 (2007) and 1803 (2008), said resolution 1835, adopted in September, clearly demonstrated the unity of the six countries -- China, France, Germany, Russian Federation, United Kingdom and United States -- regarding compliance with IAEA requirements.