Sunday, April 16, 2017


Washington Examiner, News now, EU Reporters, Fox news to name a few on April 15 reported that Sen. John McCain, met with a group representing Iranian dissidents in Albania on Friday.
Speaking to members of the Mujaheddin-e Khalq, the largest of five organizations in the National Council of Resistance of Iran, at their headquarters in Tirana, McCain spoke about his opposition to the Iranian regime. 'Someday, Iran will be free. Someday, we will all gather in that square,' McCain said. The dissident group, also known as the Mujaheddin-e Khalq, has revealed information on Iran's nuclear and terror activities over the years.
The MEK says 140 MEK members were killed in seven attacks on Camps Ashraf and Liberty in Iraq by the Iranian regime, the Iraqi army and the pro-regime Iraqi terrorist militias.
In 2004, following the U.S. invasion of Iraq, the MEK residing at Camp Ashraf handed over their weapons and submitted to US military protection.
During the meeting, Mrs. Rajavi the president-elect of the National Council of Resistance thanked Senator McCain for his relentless endeavors in support of safe transfer of members of the PMOI outside of Iraq. She pointed out, “Today, there is consensus on the destructive role of the clerical regime in the region and that the religious fascism ruling Iran is the main source of war, terrorism, crisis in the Middle East.”  As long as the clerical regime is in power, Rajavi said, it will not stop its export of terrorism and fundamentalism. Rajavi added that from all indications the clerical regime is engulfed in social, political, and economic deadlock. The Iranian people and the resistance are more determined and prepared than ever to overthrow the ruling theocracy and to establish democracy and national sovereignty in Iran, she said.

Security guards raided the women's ward in Evin prison in Tehran-Iran on Wednesday, April 12, to inspect the prisoners' belongings. Women were frisked in a humiliating manner, then the guards took them outside and searched all their personal belongings.

The Prosecutor's representative threatened political prisoner Atena Daemi that he would accuse her of committing a crime because she has started a hunger strike. The children's rights activist Atena Daemi started her hunger strike on Saturday, April 8, to protest the imprisonment verdict issued for her sisters, Ensieh and Hanieh. Her family went to the Prosecutor on April 12, to urge them to attend to Atena's situation, but the representative of the Prosecutor, Haji Moradi, made threats to indict Atena.

On Thursday April 13, the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned the Tehran Prisons Organization and Sohrab Soleimani, a senior official within Iran’s State Prison Organization, in connection with serious human rights abuses in Iran. This action reflects the United States’ deep concern regarding the human rights situation in Iran. Sohrab Soleimani is the brother of Iranian regime's most high-profile military chief Qassem Soleimani.

Yesterday was the last day of registrations for the Iranian regime's presidential election. The Minister of Interior Abdulreza Rahmani Fazli paid a visit to the Election Headquarters on April 11 to oversee registration of volunteers for the election. He said in his remarks, that "the interpretation of the law so far indicates that the term 'political statesmen' does not include women." (The state-run Daneshju website – Apr. 11, 2017)
Article 115 of the Iranian regime's Constitution states that the country's president must be elected from among the religious and political statesmen (rejal). The word rejal literally means men of high achievement.
The Minister of Interior's explicit remarks means that the women registering to run for the elections will not be qualified by the Interior Ministry and will be deprived of being elected to presidency. More than 1500 ordinary people have registered for the election knowing that they wouldn't be approved by the guidance council.

According to Asre-Iran State-run website April 11, a 45-year-old woman was arrested by the Cyber Police (FATA) in northern Iranian Gilan Province for her activities on the Internet. There has been no news about the woman's identity and her place of detention.

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres designated on April 10, 2017, children’s rights activist and Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai as a UN Messenger of Peace. The 19 year old activist also became an honorary Canadian citizen.


Judiciary officials refused to grant furlough to human rights activist Narges Mohammadi who is presently detained in Evin Prison in Iran. This is while they have already received a 600-million-touman bail bond for her. Ms. Mohammadi has finished serving a six-year sentence for her first case. She has started serving another 10-year sentence as the second stage of her case which began on March 15, 2017. The Women's Committee of the Iranian resistance issued a statement on May 19, 2016, demanding revocation of Narges Mohammadi's unjust verdict and her release.