The Canadian Friends of a Democratic Iran have called for immediate international condemnation of a raid and attacks on political prisoners by Iranian forces at Iran's notorious Evin prison.
Revolutionary guards stormed Ward 350 and wounded prisoners in the assault aimed at stemming the leak of information from inside the prison to the outside world on April 17, 2014.
The Canadian group's co-Chairman David Kilgour said in a statement: "The Iranian regime raid on Evin prison and attacking and wounding defenseless political prisoners in dreadful Evin prison requires immediate condemnation by western countries
"The situation of political prisoners in Evin notorious prison after April 17 raid on Ward 350 and reported dispatching of Revolutionary Guards and agents of the Iranian Intelligence Ministry to contain the leakage of information to outside world and preparing the ground for further attacks and killing is of great concern.
"Reportedly, political prisoners and supporters of the main Iranian opposition of People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran, PMOI (MEK), have been severely wounded in the attack, suffering broken ribs and bleeding. Others protesting the raid have started a hunger strike.
"Sacrificing human rights under the pretext of nuclear negotiations is a dangerous path that is in contradiction to the principles on which the United Nations was built.
"We therefore call on the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Ms Navi Pillay to initiate an independent and impartial investigation into the deteriorating situation of political prisoners in Iran and the April 17 raid on Evin prison.
"And we urge Canada, the United States and the international community to respond to call of conscience and condemn this barbaric act against political prisoners in Iran."
Among those injured in the attacks were Gholamreza Khosravi Savadjani, Assadollah Hadi, Javad Fouladvand and Assadollah Assadi, who are all in critical condition, the statement said.
It added: "Rouhani’s abysmal human rights record, combined with his choice of Mullah PourMohammadi, one of the main officials responsible for the massacre of political prisoners in the summer of 1988 based on Khomeini’s fatwa, and Hamid Abou Talebi, a known hostage taker and mastermind of the assassination of the National Council of Resistance of Iran’s representative is Italy, Mohammad Hossein Naghdi, leaves no ambiguity to understand the hollow of reform and moderation."
******The Iranian regime has executed 33 prisoners in Iran since the brutal attack on political prisoners in Evin. 8 in Dizeh-Abad prison in Kermanshah where one of the victims named Vali Khan Nazari had spent 19 years in prison.
On April 22, five prisoners were executed in the Gohadasht prison.
On April 21, six inmates, including a 20 year old prisoner, were hanged in the Ghezel-Hessar prison in Karaj. On the same day, three inmates, one of whom 20, were executed in Mashhad.
On April 17, four prisoners were hanged in Bandar-Abbas prison. Three of the executed were 17, 16 and 14 respectively when they were arrested.
On the same day, Samkou Khorshidi, 32, a Kurd prisoner, was sent to gallows in Kermanshah on the charge of ‘Moharebeh’ (enmity against God).
Two inmates by the names of Rasoul Fakhireh,50, and Ali Arab, 32, were also hanged in Zahedan’s central prison on April 19 and April 22. On Sat. another man was hanged in Public in Semnan identified as H.B. and three others were executed in Zobol on Saturday.
The Iranian regime since Friday morning, increased the price of rationed gasoline by 75%, free-market gasoline by 50%, and diesel fuel by 66%. This measure will only ramp up inflation and prices and cause further poverty for the general population that according to the regime’s own declared standards are living under the poverty line.
The Iranian resistance's reaction to the price hike in Gasoline in Iran was echoed in its statement April 25th. It says: The mind boggling increase in the fuel price on the pretext of providing aid baskets is while most of the country’s wealth, especially the oil revenues, is spent on the internal suppression, the anti-nationalistic project of attaining nuclear weapons, export of terrorism, warmongering abroad, and in particular the slaughter of the Syrian people and preventing the downfall of Bashar Assad, or is plundered by regime’s leaders and transferred to their foreign bank accounts. The Iranian people have to take this price hike in fuel while just one of the foundations controlled by Khamenei according to Reuters Nov. 11, 2013 report, has 95 Billion dollars in assets. All of the revenues of this huge empire are spent on suppression, massacre and terror unchecked. Most of the property of this foundation has been usurped from ordinary people using various pretexts. The Iranian regime in fear of the repeat of Gas stations being blown up by people in 2007 on Thursday night alerted its forces to get ready at gas stations in Tehran.