Monday, October 14, 2013

Since the beginning of 2013 until October 10, the International Day against Death Penalty, 471 executions of prisoners by the Iranian regime have been registered with 231, including executions of 10 women, carried out since the sham June 14 Presidential election. This is while information on many executions never leaks out of prisons. Some victims were under 18 at the time of committing their alleged crimes. By decree of judicial elements, some of those executed received dozens of lashes hours prior to their executions.
In many cities, prisoners were hanged in public to create fear. Some cities that were scene of public executions were Noshahr, Babol, Ghaemshahr, Tonekabon,
Shiraz, Jahrom, Fassa, Ahwaz, Dehdasht, Hendijan, Shahr-e Kord, Ilam and Karaj. Many were mass executions in groups numbering 10 to 20 prisoners. State media widely publish horrifying pictures of these executions to generate further terror.
Six verdicts of hand amputation in Shiraz, four sentences of stoning, including that of two women in Tabriz, and a decree to gouge out the eye and cut off the ear of an imprisoned labourer in Tehran, is another example of the atrocity of the Iranian regime. 

Mass execution of 15 inmates in prison southeast of Iran
The Iranian regime sent 15 inmates to the gallows in Zahedan Central Prison, located in south-eastern Iran. This massacre took place yesterday morning. Some of the victims included women and youths.

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the Iranian Resistance, described death verdicts of dozens of Sunni political prisoners as anti-human and anti-Islamic. She said: “This medieval regime is unable to continue its reign for a single day without execution, torture and murder.”
Mrs. Rajavi called on the UN Security Council, the Human Rights Council, the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and the Secretary-General, as well as the European Union and the
United States government to take urgent action to save lives of these prisoners and free them. She also called on religious leaders, Sunni or Shiite, in Iran and other Islamic countries to rise and oppose the escalating trend of executions in Iran that is blatant transgression of Islamic teachings and its different branches and not to allow the ominous dictatorship ruling Iran to continue with its corruption and atrocities under cover of religion.

residents of Arak stage their 17th protest gathering
According to Iranian National TV Oct. 13, the people of Arak in central Iran staged their 17th rally in the city’s “National Garden” protesting high air pollution.

On October 10, 2013, the European Parliament, in its formal session in Strasbourg, adopted a resolution on “recent violence in Iraq” and strongly condemned “the attack on Camp Ashraf on 1st September 2013 by Iraqi forces which left 52 Iranian refugees dead and the abduction of 7 residents including 6 women who, as stated by High Representative Baroness Ashton, are believed to be held in Baghdad, and calls for their immediate and unconditional release.”
Alejo Vidal-Quadras , Vice-President of the European Parliament from the centre-right EPP said, “I welcome the adoption of this resolution which was supported unanimously by all political groups in the Parliament and I urge Iraq to stop its violent terror campaign against the 3000 Iranian democratic opposition members in camp Liberty and to release the 7 PMOI-MEK members who were abducted by Iraqi forces last month.” Hundreds of people in Camp Liberty, Berlin, Geneva, London, Ottawa, and Melbourne are on hunger strike for the release of 7 Ashraf hostages. In Ottawa today is the 40th day of Hunger strike and sit-in in front of the US embassy. 

Friday unity prayers and demonstrations against Maliki’s sectarian policies and insults against Iraq’s Sunni figures were staged in the six provinces. In Baghdad, al-Anbar, Salahaddin, Neinawa, Kirkuk and Diyala demonstrators pressed their demands and held rallies despite Maliki’s repressive measures.
The Iraqi people’s demonstrations were held while Maliki’s forces resorted to numerous suppressive measures. In
Kirkuk,  Maliki’s forces arrested Akram al-Obeidi, spokesman of the popular committees in this city. Baghdad TV aired this news adding, “The unit that arrested al-Obeidi was in plain clothing.”
Baghdad TV also reported, “A leading sheikh was injured in an armed attack against a mosque in west
Simultaneously, al-Sharqiya TV reported that
Iraq’s Ministry of Communications had announced on Friday that all Internet services would be down.

Rebels kill five Iranian elite troops in Kurdish region
According to Agnes France Press Oct. 11, rebels killed five members of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard in a clash Thursday in the Kurdish Baneh region in the northwest, media reports said.
“Five members of the Revolutionary Guard were killed in fighting with counter-revolutionaries in Baneh... two others were wounded and taken to hospital,” the
Fars news agency said, citing sources in the elite military force. The Baneh region is on the border with Iraq’s Kurdish region. In April 2012 rebel Kurds, killed four Revolutionary Guards in the same region.


Hamed Ghasemi Shall returned to Canada on Thursday after enduring 5 years of imprisonment in Iranian jail. He was arrested in 2008 when visiting his mother and sentenced to death for speionage and waging war against God or Moharebe. The Iranian regime show such maneuvers in the hope to improve its relations with Canada. John Baird Canada's foreign affair minister said on Tuesday we have a long way to go in order improve our relations. He emphasized that Canada is looking for significant progress in the human rights situation in Iran. Iran's human rights record is deteriorating and is the main issue. We also urges Iran to stop supporting terrorism.