Sunday, September 04, 2016


The Canadian Friends of A Democratic Iran in a statement Sept. 1 Called for Condemnation of The 1988 Massacre in Iran and litigation. Twenty eight years ago, more than 30,000 political prisoners - A former senior official of Iran’s intelligence ministry says the exact number is 33,700 – were massacred in the summer of 1988, based on a Fatwa (Religious decree) issued by Khomeini, founder of the current clerical regime ruling Iran.
On August 15, an audio tape of HossainAli Montazeri, Khomeini’s former heir, containing his conversation with 4 former judicial and intelligence officials in charge of the massacre in Tehran, was disclosed, revealing shocking details about this savage crime-- the most massive killing of the political prisoners since the Second World War.
One of the four is Mostafa Pour-Mohammadi, the current Minister of Justice under Rouhani; another is Raeesi, Head of the Court of Judges; a third was recently appointed by Khamenei as head of one of Iran’s largest economic and political institutions and is said to have been nominated as a successor to Khamenei.
In Khomeini’s Fatwa here, “Monafeqin (Meaning hypocrites, the term used by Iran regime for the PMOI/MEK affiliates) have no belief in Islam and are apostates; they have waged war against God; therefore, anyone in all prisons across the country who still support them must be sentenced to execution.” Asked by his supreme judge about the Fatwa, Khomeini emphasized, “Anyone who supports Monafeqin, no matter at what stage of his or her sentence is, must be executed. Enemies of Islam must be immediately exterminated.”

In three letters to Khomeini, Ayatollah Montazeri opposed the massacre, saying, “Killing thousands of people in few days” will be counterproductive. PMOI represents… a school of thought which will spread through killing.”
Many of those executed were prisoners who had already received a sentence and were serving their prison terms; others were former political prisoners or families affiliated with the PMOI, who were arrested following Khomeini’s Fatwa. In Tehran and in up to 70 cities across Iran, “Death Committees” were formed to execute Khomeini’s barbaric Fatwa.
Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the International Federation of Human Rights League have all condemned the 1988 massacre, terming it a crime against humanity.

On June 5, 2013, Canada’s Parliament adopted a motion by unanimous consent of all the members, which reads, “This House condemns the mass murder of political prisoners in Iran in the summer of 1988 as constituting crimes against humanity, honours the memory of the victims buried in mass graves at Khavaran cemetery and other locations in Iran, and establishes September 1st as a day of solidarity with political prisoners in Iran.”
Canadian Friends of A Democratic Iran (CFDI) and many members of the Canadian Parliament express their deep solidarity with the victims’ families and understand their appeal for justice. We also believe that silence in the face of this horrific crime will further embolden high-ranking authorities of the regime in political, security and judicial institutions to continue to massacre political prisoners.
Therefore, we urge our government to promote the motion adopted in June 2013, to take the necessary measures as a UN member state to investigate this crime against humanity, to bring to trial the perpetrators, and to place it on the agenda of the UN Human Rights Council, the UN General Assembly and the Security Council.
David Kilgour, Co-Chair of Canadian Friends of Democratic Iran added that Members of Canada’s Parliament such as Hon. Judy Sgro former minister of immigration, Hon. Wayne Easter, former Attorney General and Candice Bergen, Former Minister of Social Affairs have expressed strong feelings about this matter.

- Saturday Sept.3rd the Iranian-Canadians during their weekly protest in front of the Parliament and across from PM office supported the international movement for justice of 1988 Massacre of 30,000 political prisoners in Iran. This protest drew the attention of the pedestrians.

With the mandate of Ahmad Shaheed expiring in November, Ms. Asimah (Asma) Jahangir will replace him as UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Iran. Born in 1952 in Lahore, Ms. Jahangir is a renowned human rights activist and an advocate of women's rights in Pakistan. She has been working with the United Nations for years. In 1981, she was the first woman to set up a law firm in Pakistan. Her next step was to help found the Women’s Action Forum (WAF) that campaigned against Pakistan's discriminatory legislation, most notably against the Proposed Law of Evidence, where the value of a woman's testimony was reduced to half that of a man's testimony, and the Hadood Ordinances, where victims of rape had to prove their innocence or else face punishment themselves. Ms. Jahangir imprisoned under Gen. Zia Ul-haq and placed under house arrest under Gen. Parviz Musaharraf. In 2010, she was the first woman to serve as the President of Supreme Court Bar Association of Pakistan. Ms. Jahangir was the UN Special Rapporteur on the death penalty from 1998 to 2004. She served as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief from August 2004 to July 2010, when she criticized the Iranian regime for its violation of the rights of Baha'i minorities in Iran.

There are women prisoners in Iran with no sentences. 
State-run Mehr news agency Aug. 31th, wrote that in a report on conditions of prisons, Head of Prisons Organization Asghar Jahangir wrote: 76% of imprisoned women are married. 22% of prisoners are accused and have not received definite sentences, with the number women exceeding men.

Sobhani one of the ranking mullahs in the Seminary School of the Iran's Holy City of Qom, declared, "The government must pay special attention to the problem of men's unemployment. They must provide circumstances that three-fourths of men and one-fourth of women in the country have access to jobs. Unfortunately, today women have more jobs than men do and women's share of employment is higher than men's."
The reality is that Women's overall share of employment and economic participation in Iran is only 12%.

Jewelry, tie and bow tie are now consider Forbidden Clothing in Fars province- Iran. Iranian regime's authorities in Fars province have added an unconventional scheme called "The clash with unusual clothing" including Jewelry, tie and bow tie. Fars police chief warned the sellers that their merchandise would be confiscated and the vendor's case would be sent to the court.

A Baha'i citizen was transferred from Evin's notorious Cell block 209 to the Women's Ward on Tuesday, August 13, 2016. Jila Shahriari was arrested on August 10, 2016. She is the sister-in-law of Mahvash Shahriari, another Baha'i prisoner detained in the women's ward of Evin. There is no information available on the reasons for the arrest of Jila Shahriari.

Semnan's Prosecutor said it is a crime for women to wear clothes that do not comply with government standards
According to State-run Asr-e Iran website Aug. 30, In remarks made on August 29, 2016, Haydar Asiyabi stressed that there are special laws as well as the Islamic Penal Code to deal with the issue of clothes which are against Islamic standards. He added, "If a person's style of dress was both an example of mal-veiling and an example of wearing clothes that violate public decency, the person would commit two crimes which must be dealt with."

International relations director of the Nursing Regime Organization declared that more than 1,000 nurses leave Iran every year, reported State-run Mehr news agency Aug. 31. Ibrahim Mohammadi announced that high pressure at work, low pay and social parameters are among the factors leading to exodus of nurses from Iran.