Sunday, August 29, 2010


Armed clashes break out among regime forces

According to obtained reports by the National Council of Resistance of Iran, in the midst of rising conflicts and divisions within the Iranian regime and among its various factions, on Wednesday, agents from the regime’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) engaged in a gun battle with members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). According to Jaras website, the clash took place after the IRGC’s intelligence agents installed hidden cameras and eavesdropping devices in a building in Tehran. A physical altercation broke out in public among the regime’s forces which led to an armed conflict. The IRGC Sarollah compound operates under the orders of the Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, and his son, Mojtaba, who is in charge of installing spying devices.

USCCAR Deplores Iraqi Forces’ Assault on Ashraf, Calls for US and UN Immediate Intervention

The US Committee for Camp Ashraf Residents (USCCAR) deplores the August 24, 2010, assault on and severe beating of two residents of Camp Ashraf by the Iraqi forces. It urges the United States and the United Nations to intervene immediately to halt the blatant violation of Iraq’s written assurances on humane treatment of Ashraf residents.
USSCAR also calls on the United Nations Secretary General, the United Nations Assistance Mission to Iraq
and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to also intervene to lift all restrictions placed on Camp Ashraf. Camp Ashraf is home to 3,400 members of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK). In July 2009, the Iraqi forces launched a deadly attack on unarmed residents of the Camp, killing 11 and wounding more than 500.

Amnesty International: Journalist Shiva Nazar Ahari may face death penalty

Amnesty International issued an urgent action on Monday saying Journalist and human rights defender Shiva Nazar Ahari appears to have been charged with moharebeh (enmity with God), which can carry the death penalty. Her next hearing is scheduled for 4 September 2010. She is a prisoner of conscience, held solely for the peaceful exercise of her rights to freedom of expression and association. Shiva Nazar Ahari, who is a member of the Iranian organization, the Committee of Human Rights Reporters (CHRR), has been detained since December 20, 2009. Apparently charged with of moharebeh, under Article 186 of the Iranian Penal Code, she has also been charged with 'assembly and collusion to commit a crime' (Article 610) and 'propaganda against the Regime' (Article 500). Amnesty International fears that such vague charges do not amount to a recognizably criminal offense. She is being tried in Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court in Tehran. Judicial officials and pro-government news agencies have publicly accused the CHRR and Shiva Nazar Ahari of contacting a banned group, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI), The CHRR and Shiva Nazar Ahari have strenuously denied these accusations. According to her mother, in April 2010, Shiva Nazar Ahari was charged with 'causing unease in the public mind through writing on the CHRR’s website and other sites' and 'acting against national security by participating in [anti-government] demonstrations on 4 November 2009 and 7 December 2009.'. Shiva Nazar Ahari denied attending the demonstrations, saying that she had been at work on those days. She has been in solitary confinement for much of the time. In February 2010 she told her family by phone that she had been placed in a 'cage-like' solitary confinement cell where she could not move her arms and legs. She has had only limited access to her family.

Iranian Refugees in Athens accepted for Political Asylum

After 32 days of hunger strike six Iranian refugees were accepted as political asylum seekers in Greece. By a high-level delegation from the Interior Ministry with Greek Minister personly signing ((Mykhalys Khrystvkhvydys)) their interviews had been held in hospital, whereto they had been transferred. Hamid’s mouth is open again. He saw his mouth in protest to his claim for refugee status in Greece in early July. Hamid and Vahid did not have to go through an interview, they just had been accepted. HAMID SADEGHI, VAHID FARSHBAF, SEYED ROUHOLLAH RAOUFI KALACHAYEH, FARHAJ GOLAMI,MOHAMAD SHAHANDEH, SADEGH FAREHAIE, are among those who were accepted for refugee status. Yanni will have his interview in the ministery on Tuesday. The interior minister told the Iranian refugee before their hunger strike that because of the very good relationship with the Iranian government, Greece was not able to accept them.