Meeting with Iran’s Larijani "tense", says Iraq’s VP
The official website of Iraq’s Vice President wrote on November 6, 2009 that Tariq al-Hashemi, the Vice President of Iraq, has said that a meeting with Mr. Ali Larijani, the Speaker of Iran’s Consultative Assembly, and his delegation took place in an uncomfortable and probably tense atmosphere.He added, “I informed Mr. Larijani that Iran’s illegitimate and unreasonable meddling in Iraq’s internal affairs particularly as it regards security and political spheres has led many Iraqis to lose faith in the prospect of normalization of relations between the two countries.”he VP also said, “I asked Mr. Larijani to explain about Iran’s policy towards many of the issues relating to Iraq, including the shutting down of water for 42 Iraqi rivers, violations with regards to common oil wells, regional water sources in Iraq, reduction of the Shatt al-Arab , exporting expired food products and drugs to Iraq, and a number of other complex issues.”He went on to say, “However, as usual, Mr. Ali Larijani denied these reports. Even when I stressed that I can back up my claims by relying on official Iraqi documents by personalities close to Iran as well as reports by the Iraqi government, Mr. Larijani once again denied the reports I introduced in the meeting. This meeting was not at all comfortable.”With regards to Larijani’s call on al-Hashemi to issue a pardon meant for the release of a number of Iranian prisoners in Iraq who were arrested for illegal entry into Iraq or for violation of residency laws, the VP said, “I called on Mr. Larijani to free Iraqi prisoners in Iran and in return I will study the option of a pardon for Iranian prisoners in Iraq and return the ball to Iran’s court.”
Specialist physicians were prevented from entering Camp Ashraf on orders of Iraqi government’s committee for suppression of Ashraf
The Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran issued a statement on November 9, 2009, stressing that upon the order of the Iraqi government’s committee for suppression of Camp Ashraf residents, Iraqi forces on Sunday prevented the entry of a group of specialist physicians to the camp whose had come to treat patients at the camp’s hospital. This is for the fourth time during the past month that the Iraqi forces have prevented physicians from entering the camp. The forces threatened the physicians with arrests as they tried again to enter the camp. Previously, they were forced to return on October 21 and 28 and November 1. NCRI added: The physicians are barred while many of some 500 camp residents who were injured during the July 27-28 brutal attacks by Iraqi forces are in need of special medical attention. Also, Iraqi forces prevented two fuel tankers from entering the camp last week. Their drivers were arrested and taken to Khalis city prison and their tankers were seized. The Iraqi committee for suppression of Ashraf had ordered that no fuel should be allowed into the Camp. The committee is located in the Iraqi Prime Ministry.Ali Larijani, mullahs’ Parliament Speaker said in his latest visit to Iraq: “According to international laws majority of Ashraf resident criminals and must be extradited to Iran and we believe any hesitation in this regard would not be appropriate for Iraq… They must be expelled from Iraq and actions have been taken in this regard and we expect that the terrorists do not find sanctuary in our friendly and neighboring country. (State-run Fars news agency, November 4, 2009)The Iranian Resistance drew the attention of the United Nations Secretary General, Special Representative of the Secretary General for Iraq, UNAMI, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, U.S. Ambassador to Iraq and the Commander of the U.S. forces to the cruel siege imposed on Ashraf residents since the beginning of 2009 and calls for immediate measures to end the inhumane siege. The European Parliament, in its April 24, 2009 resolution, urged Iraq to respect the rights of Ashraf residents as Protected Persons under the Geneva Conventions, remove blockade on Ashraf and refrain from expelling or forcibly displacing them.
Iran: Six hanged in three cities
NCRI said in a statement on Nov. 7th that four prisoners hanged in Kerman prison on Saturday, Fars state-run news agency report. They were named as Morteza Y., Akbar J., Mehdi B. and Alireza S. Today’s hangings took place three days after the November 4 mass uprising and is aimed to intimidate people and create fear among youths who have displayed their resolve to overthrow the dictatorial regime and establish democracy and people’s rule in their nationwide protests over recent months. On Tuesday, November 3, a prisoner by the name of Abdulhamid Rigi was hanged in Zahedan prison. A 25-year-old man was also hanged in Bojnourd prison, reported Khorrasan daily, October 13. The Iranian Resistance called on all human rights organizations to condemn growing violations of human rights and rising number of executions in Iran. It also calls on them to adopt urgent measures to stop executions in Iran.
Journalists union: Danish student jailed in Iran
Denmark’s journalists union says one of its members is being held in a jail in Tehran.The Danish Union of Journalists says Niels Krogsgaard 'apparently was arrested in connection with a demonstration on Wednesday.' The union said Friday that Krogsgaard is a Danish journalism student who went to Iran to work on an academic paper on Iranian politics. The union said it located Krogsgaard in an Iranian jail with the help of the Brussels-based International Federation of Journalists. A reporter for French news agency (Agence France Presse) was detained Wednesday while covering a state-sanctioned rally to mark the 30th anniversary of the U.S. Embassy takeover. Anti-government protesters also clashed with police in counter-marches.