Monday, June 10, 2013


Canada recognized massacre of Iranian political prisoners in 1988 as crime against humanity
On Wed. June 5th the Canadian Parliament with the support of all political parties unanimously passed a motion massacre 88 and recognized it as crime against humanity. In the summer of 1988 according to MEK, people's Mojahedin Organization of Iran 30,000 political prisoners were executed for insisting on their belief and ideologies. Khomeini in a written decree, ordered the executions of tens of thousands of political prisoners although from different groups but with the majority from the MEK.
On June 5, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird and Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, published a joint statement, while condoling the families of the victims added: "We will not forget the terrible summer of 1988, when the regime liquidated thousands of its political opponents, 25 years ago this year. We will not forget Zahra Kazemi, killed in an Iranian prison 10 years ago this summer. And we will not forget the innocent Iranians who face arrest, torture and death still today, simply for questioning the actions of this brutal regime." The Canadian Parliament also recognized Sep. 1st as a day of solidarity with the Iranian political prisoners.

Secret document reveals major setback on Iranian regime's nuclear program
INU reported June 7th: according to a confidential document of the Iranian regime, Tehran assesses that during the past ten years it has faced three major blows to the advancement of its nuclear program. The 37-page confidential document obtained by the Iranian Resistance network was prepared by the regime’s authorities to brief the new parliament members (in the 9th Majlis) that initiated its work in June 2012.

According to HRANA June 8, two followers of Ahl-e Haqq in Kurdistan set themselves on fire in protest to the persecution of another member of this group.  Ahl-e Haqq is a religious minority whose members are mostly ethnic Kurds. Hrana added: on June 4, 2013, Hassan Razavi set himself on fire in front of the main administrative office in the Kurdistan Province. Razavi’s self-immolation was in protest to how Keyumars Tamnak was being treated by officials in Hamadan Prison.  Tamnak had been forced to shave off his facial hair which is revered by the followers of Ahl-e Haqq. With severe burning to more than 60 percent of his body, Razavi was taken to a hospital in Tehran.  He is under police watch at the hospital, and no one including his family is allowed to see him. On June 5, another member of Ahl-e Haqq, Nimkard Tahari, set himself on fire in front of the same building after hearing that five prison officials had held Tamnak down to shave off his mustache. Tahari died en route to the hospital, and his body was buried in the city of Sahneh on Thursday, June 6, under increased security measures. Hrana reveals that the news of neither self-immolation has been covered by the local or national media and the leaders of Ahl-e Haqq have been summoned to the Intelligence Agency in the city of Sahneh and have been threatened.

A citizen arrested for what the Iranian officials call Blasphemy in Gilan province
The Cyber Police in Gilan Province has announced that an individual in the city of Rasht has been arrested for blasphemy posted on the Internet. Gilan’s Cyber Police Chief has also reminded all citizens that blasphemy is a crime for which there are severe penalties defined by the lawmakers. According to a report by Mohabat News and state run Fars News, Gilan’s Cyber Police has announced that Facebook pages containing blasphemy have been identified. We have found out who the pages belong to and in a surprise attack, we arrested the perpetrator in the city of Rasht ,” Gilan’s Cyber Police Chief Iraj Mohammad-Khani said. The individual's bail has been set at aprx. $600,000

In an unexpected move the authorities in the Zahedan prison in Iran have ordered all inmates to pay for setting up eavesdropping equipments for the prison facility in Zahedan or the cell phone system will be cut off. According to Hrana the prisoners have declared: “We’ve decided not to pay”.  The authorities have estimated that it will cost approximately $1,000 to purchase and set up the necessary eavesdropping equipment in each ward.  There are 11 wards in Zahedan Prison, and 3,500 inmates are incarcerated there for a variety of reasons.  About 20 inmates are identified as political prisoners or prisoners of conscience. In early 2013, there were between 50 to 60 political prisoners kept in this facility.  After two rounds of widespread protests by the prisoners, the majority of political prisoners were exiled to other locations such as Semnan, Bandar Abbas, Ardabil and Qazvin. Prison conditions in this facility are deplorable, and the inmates are denied basic necessities such as decent food, light, ventilation and sanitation.