Sunday, December 14, 2014


Iran: Political prisoners in Urumia prison have started their liquid-free hunger strike

27 political prisoners in Ward 12 of the Urumia prison, northern Iran, who have been on hunger strike for the past 24 days, switched to liquid-free or dry hunger strike on Saturday. Health conditions of a number of these prisoners are reported dire and the prison authorities and intelligence ministry agents involved in their case have forced them to break their hunger strike or face hastily execution.
In a message sent out, the prisoners have said that they would continue with their hunger strike until their demands are met. they also said that 4 prisoners who had been summoned for questioning, were threatened again to be executed if their hunger strike continues. They are told that their lives are in the hands of the intelligence ministry and that prison authorities cannot do anything for
them. They are also told that no human rights organization or even Ahmad Shaheed, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, cannot save their lives, here is the Islamic Republic and your lives are in our hands.

In another new the families of Kurdish political prisoners who are on hunger strike in Urumia prison, started their hunger strike on Tuesday Dec. 9 in solidarity with their loved ones. They staged a sit-in protest in front of the Kurdish Parliament in the city of Suliemania, Iraq. They asked the Iraqi Kurdish parliament to use its influence to free the Kurdish political prisoners in Iran and to demand an end to pressures and inhumane treatments of Kurdish political prisoners right now on hunger strike.

Prisoners on hunger strike demand end to death penalty in Iran

Hundreds of prisoners have been on hunger strike in Iran since December 2 in protest to the execution of 11 inmates.
The 538 prisoners are also demanding a halt to group executions and the unconditional abolition of capital punishment.
Javad Larijani, the regime’s notorious advocate of torture and execution, hinted in a December 4 interview with
France 24 that some changes may be made to capital punishment legislation, although days later regime judiciary officials denied any changes would be made and insisted the sentences would remain in law. The deputy of the regime’s judiciary system said: 'The penal code does not change. There may be some changes to criminal procedure reforms. But the latter part of the law, capital punishment, will not change.'

Maryam Rajavi: International community must not overlook human rights crisis in Iran

The President elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi , appeared at the European Parliament in Brussels on December 10th, commemorating international human rights day, and calling on the international community to act on the ongoing human rights crisis in Iran.
Ms. Rajavi, who addressed a major conference at the European Parliament, noted that the rise in executions during the first year of Hassan Rouhani presidency, and called for the world to take note of the crisis in the country, saying; “There is no such thing as human rights in Iran…The mullahs’ constitution; the penal code; the civil code; the laws adopted by the regime’s parliament are all based on the violation of human rights.” Mrs. Rajavi also said that the Iranian nuclear issue cannot be separated from the issue of democracy and human rights in
Iran, and called on the West to adopt a tougher stance on the matter. She added that the nuclear program has no legitimacy in the face of ongoing demands for freedom and economic opportunities in the country. Ms. Rajavi also pointed out the ongoing crisis in Syria and Iraq, which have been caused by Iranian regime's intervention and interference, and given rise to fundamentalist groups like ISIS.  Mrs. Rajavi spoke with dismay in regards to the continuation of the six-year siege against members of the principal Iranian opposition, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) in Camp Liberty in Iraq. She called on the European Union to “change its policy with respect to the savage tyranny ruling Iran and to show resolve”.

Iran: 4 executions, including one woman, on international Human Rights Day

The Iranian regime hanged 4 people in Karaj and Qazvin on Dec. 10 the International Human Rights Day. One of the victims was a woman and one of an Afghan national. Since Hassan Rouhani the Iranian regime's president took office, some 1200 people have been executed. According to Iranian resistance in the past 19 days 55 people including 3 women have been executed.

Iran regime arrests a Christian citizen

The Ministry of Intelligence and Security, MOIS arrested Ibrahim Hassan-Zadeh, a Christian man in the southern city of Shiraz. The plain clothes agents of the intelligence ministry approached Ibrahim, a church pastor at his house in mid-November.

Tehran: Afghan refugees protest plundering by Iranian regime

Afghan families living in Iran gathered in front of the UNHCR office in Tehran to protest the plundering by the Iranian regime Ministry of Education. The protesting families said close to 3 months since the schools have started, the school superintendents have sent them bills for tuition payments 3 times higher than last years’.
More than 200 women attended this gathering to demand lower tuitions for their children.
Afghan refugees residing in
Iran are mostly construction workers which work on a daily basis and don’t have a steady job. The Iranian regime receives funds from UN for each afghan child who go to school in Iran.

EU, US confirm Iran nuclear to resume Dec 17
The EU and the US confirmed Friday that nuclear talks with the Iranian regime will resume on December 17 in Geneva after the last round of talks failed to reach a deal with Tehran last month. The European Union's diplomatic service said the talks will be at the level of senior policy officials rather than foreign ministers. Washington confirmed that acting Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman would first hold bilateral talks with the Iranian regime’s delegation in the Swiss city on Monday and Tuesday, December 15 to 16.

Iran’s Labour minister confesses: 12 million Iranian under poverty line

  Ali Rabeei, regime’s Labour and cooperation minister said that there are at least 12 million people living under the poverty line. According to Iran’s official statistics, the population of the country is at 77.9 million people.
Hossein Raghfar, an economic expert says based on population statistics announced in 2012, almost 40 percent of
Iran’s population live under the poverty line.