Monday, September 21, 2009


Maryam Rajavi: People’s uprising continues until establishment of democracy and freedom in Iran
Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran said in a statement on September 18, that: Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the Iranian Resistance, lauded people in Tehran and other cities for turning the mullahs’ so-called ‘Quds Day’ show into a major uprising for freedom. To the Iranian people in Iran She said: Your uprising today is a major victory against Khamenei and Ahmadinejad. They failed to stop you despite mobilizing all their forces and using the most barbaric tortures, raping boys and girls in jails and savagely attacking Camp Ashraf in Iraq.She reiterated: The powerful uprising today in Tehran, Shiraz, Tabriz, Mashhad, Esfahan and other cities echoes the glaring fact that the Iranian people’s uprising for freedom will continue until complete change of the entire clerical regime and establishment of freedom and democracy in our enchained homeland. Indeed, it is an uprising until victory.People’s slogans such as “we will fight, we will die, but we’ll take our country back” and their angry cries against Khamenei highlight the courageous morale of the Iranian people whose voice has not been silenced by all the killings, tortures and brutal suppressions, noted Mrs. Rajavi.The President-elect of the Iranian Resistance emphasized that people’s slogan “Torture and rape are no longer effective,” which could be heard from the streets of central Tehran today, disgraced Khamenei and exposed his shameful failure to hold on to power by resorting to sexual assaults against male and female prisoners. This has brought for him nothing but greater dishonour, embarrassment and even more instability for his regime.She added: Today’s widespread uprising is also a big defeat for Khamenei’s suppressive plans. For weeks he had placed the plan to contain today’s uprising on top of the political and security priorities of his regime and was personally commanding the suppressive operation through Sarallah Base.All the suppressive apparatus of the regime including the Revolutionary Guards Corps, the paramilitary Bassij force, the Ministry of Intelligence and Security, State Security Forces and the Anti Riot units, were used but today the people’s uprising surpassed all of them. She reminded the world powers still bidding on negotiating with the falling regime and insist on continuing with the appeasement policy to receive the message of Iranian people from across the country. Those countries must no longer pin their hopes on a regime which is on the verge of collapse. The disgraceful policy of appeasement should be replaced with comprehensive sanctions to stop the Iranian regime from obtaining nuclear weapons.

Anglican Church leader concerned about Iraq's Camp Ashraf
Reuters reported that the spiritual head of the Anglican Church expressed concern Sunday about Iranian exiles living in a camp in Iraq, saying they faced "human rights violations" that needed to be addressed urgently. Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams said both the United States and the Iraqi government had a duty to protect the residents of Camp Ashraf, home to the People's Mujahideen Organization of Iran (PMOI) dissident group. "The continuing situation in Camp Ashraf, together with the fact that the 36 people taken from the camp in July have not been released, constitutes a humanitarian and human rights issue of real magnitude and urgency," Williams said in a statement. The camp's 3,500 residents had been under the protection of the U.S. military until the facility was handed over to Iraqi jurisdiction last January.In late July, Iraqi forces took control of the camp, northwest of Baghdad, sparking clashes in which at least seven exiles were killed. Some of the residents have been on hunger strike since, demanding that the 36 people seized during the riot are freed and the Iraqi forces who took control of the camp leave. "Both the government of Iraq and the government of the United States -- as the agency responsible for the transfer of the residents to another jurisdiction -- have an obligation to secure the rights of these residents and to defend them from violence or abuse," Williams said on his Website. "I hope that all concerned will listen to what those across the world who are deeply anxious about these human rights violations are saying, and respond as a matter of urgency." Some members of the U.S. Congress have criticized President Barack Obama's administration for ignoring the situation and giving an inadequate response to the July clashes. U.S. officials say the camp is a matter for Baghdad since it took control of its own security matters, but have stated that the residents should be treated humanely and not forcibly repatriated to Iran. However, human rights lawyers accuse Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki of ignoring assurances given to Washington about the treatment of those in the camp, an irritant for the Iraqi government which has close ties to Iran. Williams said there was a strong argument in giving Ashraf residents "protected persons" status under international law, and also urged the hunger strikers to end their protest. "Further loss of life would only compound recent tragic events," he said.

Hunger strike continues in Ottawa

Today (Sep. 21,09) was the 55th day of the hunger strike in Ottawa in front of the U.S. embassy. The hunger strikers want the release of 36 Iranian hostages taken by the Iraqi forces after their raid on camp Ashraf in Diala Province by the order of the Iranian regime’s supreme leader. The hostages are the members of the opposition group (PMOI) who have vowed to over thrown the clerical regime in Iran. On Sat. two of the people on hunger strike were rushed to the hospital because of heart pain and panic attack but both are refusing to break their hunger strikes. They say they will continue until the 36 hostages are released.