Sunday, April 12, 2009


Italian legislatures protest restrictions on Ashraf
In a press conference in Rome, a number of Italian legislatures from Italian Parliament and Senate along with chairman of Italian Human Rights’ League and Secretary of Italian Committee of Parliamentarians and Citizens protested against illegal and inhumane limitations against Ashraf residents and against Iraqi government’s refusal to issue visas for Italian political and human rights personalities to visit Ashraf and called on international human rights authorities for lifting illegal limitations from Ashraf City.Dr. Alfredo Arpaia, chairman of Italian Human Rights League, said: 'We know that 3,500 people are under pressure in Ashraf; we also know the Iranian dictatorial and totalitarian government and know that human lives are of no value to it. This explains why I am here to support this group along with our international federation; we requested for visas to visit Ashraf City but we have received no answer yet. We ask all governments not to be only after economical interests and to heed humanitarian problems too; we have the duty to encourage the United Nations and all human rights organizations to intervene in this matter and defend Ashraf’s rights.

Worldwide demonstration of Iranians protesting against Ashraf siege continued for the fourth week
In the fourth week of worldwide demonstrations and protests against pressures dictated by the Iranian regime and illegal measures by Muwaffaq al-Rubaie against Ashraf residents, the Iranians staged demonstrations in front of the Iraqi embassies in Canada, London, Washington, Berlin, The Hague and Stockholm.
The protested in Canada gathered in front of the Iraqi embassy in Ottawa on Monday. They demanded the end of siege of Ashraf and its 3500 residence. The siege began after a direct order by Khamenie the supreme leader of the Iranian regime and carried out by Muwaffagh al-Rubaie, Iraq’s adviser of the country’s national security. The Iranians will gather in front of the Iraqi embassy on Monday April 20th.

Iraqi physicians eventually allowed in Camp Ashraf after a week-long prohibition
Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran said in a statement on April 11th that the Iraqi surgeons and medical doctors were eventually allowed in Camp Ashraf on Friday after a week-long prohibition. They visited patients at Tabataba’i clinic of the Camp. According to reports from Ashraf, Ms. Fatemeh Alizadeh who suffers from cancer and five other patients were operated on Friday. On April 3, the Iraqi forces prevented physicians who had been visiting patients in Ashraf for many years from entering Ashraf. The move by Iraqi forces provoked widespread protests among Iranian communities and Iraqi political forces, parliamentarians, tribal leaders and citizens. Many parliamentarians, political and human rights personalities and organizations from across the world also expressed their concerns and protested the move.

Iranian regime hanged three for mosque bombing
Assiciated France Press reported on Thursday: Iran hanged on Friday three men convicted of a mosque bombing which left 14 people dead in the southern city of Shiraz a year ago, the official IRNA news agency reported. Mohsen Eslamian, 21, and Ali Asghar Pashtar, 20 -- both university students -- and Rouzbeh Yahyazadeh, 32, had been charged last year as ’mohareb’ (enemies of God) and ’corrupt on earth’ by a revolutionary court in Tehran.The three men were hanged in the city’s Adelabad prison.

Workers of two major Iranian factories protested against unpaid salaries
The workers of Haft-Tappe Sugar Cane Factory in Khusestan province (Southwestern Iran) went on strike on Tuesday to protest against unpaid salaries and arrest of the syndicate’s head of board of directors.Also, more than 800 workers of Bardsir Sugar Factory in Kerman province (central Iran) gathered in front of the labour office of the city to protest against 6-months unpaid salaries. The protesters said they live in such a very hard livelihood condition that they are not able to buy even bread on New Year’s Day.