On Sat. Aug. 25 on the 30th anniversary of the executions of 30,000 political prisoners in Iran, a live international assembly via internet was held in 20 capitals and major cities around the world, in remembering the 30,000 fallen. The message of this conference which included 3 Canadian cities such as Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver, was to end impunity and prosecute the perpetrators. The keynote speaker, Mrs Maryam Rajavi the president-elect of the Iranian resistance and the only Democratic Alternative said: “For three decades, the international community has been silent over the massacre of political prisoners in Iran. As a result, the mullahs have continued with impunity to violate human rights in Iran, crack down on public protests, launch terrorist operations, and wage catastrophic wars in the Middle East and other countries. Now, the time has come to end this silence.” She urged the UN Security Council to prepare for the prosecution of the Iranian regime’s leaders, those responsible for the 1988 massacre, and the officials in charge of four decades of crimes against humanity in Iran and the regime’s spies and mercenaries must be expelled from western countries, and all relations must be terminated with the Iranian regime which takes advantage of diplomatic resources to promote state-sponsored terrorism. She stressed that the regime’s embassies must be shut down.
Mrs. Rajavi added, “The time has come for the world community to stand by the people of Iran in their uprising against the religious fascist regime ruling Iran and recognize their determination for regime change.”
The conference sponsored by Iranian communities in 20 major capitals in France, Germany, Britain, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Switzerland, Italy, Belgium, Austria, Romania and Canada, joined together in a video conference.
The political dignitaries, representatives of Iranian communities, witnesses to the 1988 massacre who spoke to the global video conference urged the International Community to support the Iranian people’s uprising for regime change and freedom, and adopt a decisive policy against the theocratic regime ruling Iran.
They also called for condemnation of the Iranian regime’s human rights abuses and terrorism, and prosecution of the masterminds and perpetrators of the 1988 massacre who are presently among the highest officials of the clerical regime and directly involved in the suppression of the ongoing anti-government protests in Iran.
According to state-run ISNA news agency Aug. 19, in response to a question about the ban on women’s entrance to sports stadiums in Iran, Makarem Shirazi replied, "The environment in the stadiums is not suitable for the presence of women, and there is no doubt that the mixing of youth and their freedom is a source of many moral and social problems. Additionally, in some sports, men do not have appropriate attires in front of women. Therefore, women need to refrain from attending such programs. Especially since they can watch them from the media and their presence is unnecessary.”
Officially, women are banned from entering stadiums and watching men’s games in Iran.
Three female relatives of a victim of the 1988 massacre in Iran were detained along with several other family members by Iranian regime’s agents in Gorgan, northern Iran. The fate and whereabouts of these detainees are not known. The women Committee of the Iranian resistance said on its website that in connection with the arrest of the three female relatives of a victim of the 1988 massacre and his other detained family members, the Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran issued a statement that stated, " In Gorgan, a number of family members of martyr Mohsen Mehrani, including Dr. Mojtaba Mehrani, dentist and 67 years old, Masih Mehrani, 62, and ladies Sousan Mehrani, 55, Mohaddaseh Mehrani, 50, and Elnaz, 28, (daughter of Mohaddaseh Mehrani), were arrested on July 19, 2018. There is no news about the detainees." The Women’s Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran calls on all international authorities and women's rights activists around the world to take action to save the lives of the families of political prisoners massacred in 1988, who are currently in captivity, and other detainees arrested during recent national protests in Iran.
In an interview with the state-run ISNA news agency in Kurdistan on August 18, Hassan Sumi said, “Out of the 4,520 registered marriage cases in the Kurdistan Province in the past four months of this year, 970 cases for females were under the age of 18. Underage females made up 21 percent of the total number of marriages in the province.” Sumi added, "According to the report up to the date of registration until August 6, 2018, out of 970 marriages, 659 were urban and 311 were rural."
Official figures indicate that 180,000 early marriages take place in Iran every year and comprise 24 percent of the total number of marriages. “The largest number of registered marriages of 10-14 girl children was in 2014 which amounted to 40,229. The number of girl children under 10 who have gotten married was 220 in 2011; 187 in 2012; 201 in 2013; 176 in 2014; and 179 in 2015. These figures are probably higher because of unregistered marriages,” said Batool Salimi Manesh, a social researcher.
She added, “As for the dispersal of child marriages in various cities, Razavi Khorasan Province (northeastern Iran) tops the list, followed by East Azerbaijan Province (northwestern Iran), and Sistan and Baluchestan (southeastern Iran). Of course, Lorestan Province (western Iran) also faces the problem of child marriages but their numbers are lower than other provinces and there is a long way before this phenomenon is uprooted.” (The state-run IRNA news agency - August 5, 2018)
Facebook announced that it has removed more than 600 accounts, groups and pages that are linked to a propaganda operation in Iran. The main aim of the disinformation campaign is to circulate fake news against Israel and Saudi Arabia. The campaign was aimed towards numerous countries including The United States, the United Kingdom and several countries in the Middle East and Latin America. CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, said that it removed hundreds of pages because of “networks of accounts that were misleading people about who they were and what they were doing”. He added: “We ban this kind of behavior because authenticity matters. People need to be able to trust the connections they make on Facebook. ”Social media group Twitter also said that it had pinpointed a number of fake accounts coming from Iran. Almost 300 Twitter accounts have been suspended “for engaging in coordinated manipulation”. The Iranian opposition has traditionally been a target of misinformation campaigns, which is continuing to date, since A top priority of Iran's Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) is the demonization of the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) to undercut its domestic and international support. To discredit the resistance organization, the MOIS publishes materials that falsely portray the organization's history, aspirations, and achievements. It operates attack websites that daily spew negative propaganda. And the Intelligence Ministry recruits former MEK activists through bribery and coercive measures and then uses them as witnesses to disseminate disinformation about the PMOI to government officials, NGO's, and the media.
This article which was published on the English website of NCRI (National Council of Resistance of Iran adds at the end that: “US administration is working to curb Iranian regime’s influence and there is a consensus among Iranian society that regime change is the only solution”.