Sunday, July 30, 2017


On July 29, Iranian-Canadians in Ottawa in front of the Parliament Hill and across from Prime Minister's office held their weekly protest in condemnation of the violations of human rights in Iran and to convey the message of the Justice movement for the trial of the perpetrators of the 1988 Massacre when 30,000 political prisoners were executied in the summer of 1988 by Khomeini's Fatwa. This protest drew Canadians' attenion who took film and photo of the protest.

Prominent Canadian human rights lawyer, David Matas, who is also the holder of the Canadian Medal and the supporter of the Iranian Resistance, called for an end to the impunity and justice for the perpetrators of the massacre of 1988 of which 30 thousand political prisoners were killed. Those responsible for such crimes are currently holding office in Iran. David Matas delivered speech at the 22nd anniversary for the victims of AMIA terrorist bombing, which occurred in Buenos Aires by the Iran regime. He stated, "Canada has added Iran to the list entitled with "Justice for the Victims of Terrorism." Canada must keep Iran on this list until the defendants of AMIA bombing will be prosecuted."
David Matas called for the adoption of the bill to sanction the Iran regime. This bill is currently under review in the Canadian Senate.

On July 25, US congress passed Iran Sanctions Bill to counter with
Iranian regime’s ballistic missile program and terrorist activities, and to designate the IRGC Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps as a terrorist group.
The new sanctions are approved following the Resistance of Iran’s widespread activities, revealing the IRGC’s role in repression at home and exporting terrorism and fundamentalism abroad, as well as its role in regime’s nuclear and missile program.
The United States also punished the Iranian regime on Friday July 28, for its launch this week of a satellite-carrying rocket into space by hitting six Iranian entities with sanctions targeting the regime’s ballistic missiles program.
The sanctions hit six Iranian subsidiaries of the Shahid Hemmat Industrial Group, described by the U.S. Treasury Department as “central” to Tehran’s ballistic missiles program. The US Congress also extends sanctions on the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) for its involvement in terrorism.
Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), welcomed adoption of a bill by both chambers of the US Congress which imposes new sanctions on the Iranian regime for violating human rights and pursuing ballistic missiles saying: “Since several years ago, the Iranian Resistance had urged the terrorist designation of the IRGC, as it preserves the entirety of the clerical regime and acts as its main apparatus for domestic suppression and export of terrorism and fundamentalism. However, the policy of appeasing the mullahs’ religious dictatorship paved the way for the IRGC and its proxies’ rampage in the entire region.”
Mrs. Rajavi underscored the need for the immediate and complete implementation of these sanctions and their respective provisions. She emphasized that there should be no loopholes that would allow the regime and its official and unofficial entities, as well as its domestic and foreign interlocutors to evade the implications of the bill.

Iranian political prisoner, changiz Ghadam Kheiri has been on hunger strike since Monday July 24 to protest pressures on him by the prison officials.
Despite certification by the prison physicians that he needs surgery due to his deteriorating health, Changiz who is currently in Masjed Soleiman Prison in Khouzestan province (Southwestern Iran) has been deprived of receiving medical care imposed by the Ministry of Intelligence. In protest to the Ministry of Intelligence's impediment in releasing him on medical grounds, and his inadequate situation in prison, he has gone on hunger strike since Monday July 24.
Changiz Ghadam Kheiri who was wounded at the time of his arrest, after more than 5 years of his arrest, still has shrapnel in his body and has been kept in poor sanitary conditions and he's placed in section 1 where addicts are kept. Changiz 29, is sentenced to 40 years of imprisonment for a 6 months membership in one of Iran's Kurdish parties.

According to Shafaghna news agency July 22, Bassij and State Security Force motorist patrols tasked with the suppression of women on the streets started their job in Qom 125 kilometers south of Tehran-Iran capital. “The plan of the Moral Security patrols which focuses on women’s observance of the veil and chastity, was implemented by the motorist patrols of Bassij and SSF in Qom. The project was carried out in several areas, including Safa’iyeh, Salariyeh and Saduq 45m Ave,” announced Mehdi Kaheh, Qom’s Prosecutor.

With the completion of the prison sentence of Christian prisoner Maryam Naghash Zargaran, her family were informed on Friday, July 28, to go to Evin Prison to receive her. The family waited long hours, but prison authorities did not release Ms. Zargaran. Neither did they give a clear explanation to Maryam's protest. Maryam Naghash Zargaran was first summoned and interrogated by the Ministry of Intelligence in Tehran in February 2011. She was Subsequently transferred to Evin Prison on November 10, 2012 and has remained in prison to date.

A woman was executed on Wednesday, July 26, in Orumiyeh Central Prison North West Iran. Her identity has not been announced. She was the 80th woman to be executed during Hassan Rouhani's tenur. The 79th Iranian woman who was only 25 years old was executed in Babol northern Iran on the same day.

According to state-run Tabnak July 27, Iranian "Women cannot be granted permit to freely leave the
country without their husband’s permission because it contradicts the Islamic Shariaa.", said Minoo Aslani head of women's Bassij paramilitary force. She reiterated, "This law has been derived from the sacred Shariaa laws and is necessary for solidifying the foundations of any marriage." She repudiated arguments seeking to balance this law as unnecessary and added, "It’s a wrong premise that this law is cumbersome to researchers and scholars who intend to leave the country for their studies."

The State run Fanous news agency reported on July 23rd that, the secretary of the parliamentary Health Commission said that hospitals must have stricter rules on the veiling (Hijab) of nurses. “Unfortunately in some hospitals we encounter nurses and other personnel who have mistaken the medical environment with a fashion show,” Bashir Khaleghi said.

The State Security forces of Marivan stopped and confiscated the bicycles of young women who were riding their bikes around the Zaribar Lake in this city in the western Iranian Kurdistan Province. Around the same time last year, the State Security forces in Marivan prevented the bicycling campaign of young women to promote protection of the environment. The SSF’s measure also met with widespread protests at the time.

The number of pre-school children who live in Iranian prisons along with their mothers has reached 2300. Mohammad Javad Fat’hi, member of the judicial committee of the Iranian regime's parliament, announced on July 22, that 2300 kids are in prisons along with their parents, a situation which is “very strange” and “needs to be deliberated on.”
Fat’hi urged the Prisons Organization to provide a “transparent statistics on the number of imprisoned mothers,” adding, “Concealing the figures do not solve any problems, although the high numbers could be really regrettable.” (The state-run T.News website, July 22, 2017)