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Resistance units in Iran, organized by the MEK

MEK Resistance Units Are Organizing a Revolution

Resistance units in Iran, organized by the MEK

MEK the main engine behind the protests in Iran

An article published in Mojahedin.org on Tuesday described how the  MEK and its resistance units created the foundation upon which the ongoing uprising was built. The article, written by Dr. Behrouz Puyan, political science expert from Tehran, further explains how the MEK’s resistance units will lead to a revolution that will topple the corrupt regime.
Dr. Puyan believes that the Iranian Resistance is close to toppling the mullahs’ regime and that revolution is imminent. According to Puyan, the Resistance stands so close to victory because of the work that has been done over the past four decades by the MEK.

In Dr. Puyan’s article, he wrote that Massoud Rajavi, the historical leader of the MEK, called for the creation of the resistance units in Iran. With these resistance units, Rajavi established bonds between people working on the revolution from within society and those revolutionaries from the core of the MEK.

This time-tested strategy has proved to be effective in the current uprising that began last December and has continued for the last ten months. The MEK’s resistance units have successfully organized and led protests and strikes across Iran, despite massive efforts by the regime to suppress the uprising. Now, according to Puyan, the MEK, has become the target of a demonization campaign by the regime and its affiliates both inside Iran and abroad.

Dr. Puyan concludes from Iran’s state-run media and quotes from regime officials that the mullahs are concerned about the MEK’s resistance units and their ability to affect the stability of the regime. Puyan notes that the regime has gone so far as to emphasize the importance of other resistance groups, hoping to downplay the influence of the
National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) and the MEK.

Of course, though many other so-called opposition groups have now surfaced, the MEK has spent the last forty years opposing the mullahs. According to Dr. Puyan’s article, the MEK is best equipped to plan and direct the country towards a true revolution.

Dr. Puyan writes that the MEK’s organized structure allows it to influence events on the ground. He emphasizes that the regime has resorted to intimidation tactics, such as an increase in the use of torture and executions. Puyan stresses that these brutal efforts at suppression inevitably accelerate revolution.

As a result, writes Dr. Puyan, resistance units are essential in directing and organizing the revolution and breaking the atmosphere of intimidation at critical junctures.

Over the ten months of the uprising, the MEK has developed and implemented their resistance units. These teams, which now form a large network, are in direct contact with the Iranian people.

Resistance units, concluded Dr. Puyan, are injecting new life into Iranian society and propelling the uprising forward by organizing and leading the movement.

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Annual report on violations of human rights in Iran

Iran Human Rights Monitor’s Harrowing Annual Report on the Use of the Death Penalty in Iran

Annual report on violations of human rights in Iran

Photo Credit to Iran HRM: More than 3600 people have been executed under Hassan Rouhani-Zarif tenure in Iran.

Iran Human Rights Monitor released its annual report on the use of the death penalty in Iran on October 9th, 2018. The report denounced the clerical regime’s use of such brutal and barbaric punishments, which has put them among the most violent regimes in the world.

The World Leaders in Executions

The mullahs’ regime executes more people per capita than any other country on the planet. It executes a similar number of its citizens to China each year, but China’s population is more than 17 times larger than Iran’s.

What separates the clerical regime in Iran from other violent government is the ease at which it hands out capital punishment sentences. In Iran, political dissidents, religious minorities and juvenile offenders are commonly executed, with many of their crimes nothing more than political resistance.

The annual report from Iran Human Rights Monitor puts the total number of death sentences carried out under current President Hassan Rouhani at around 3,602. Of these, 34 were juvenile offenders.

Killing Iran’s Youth

Only four countries have executed juveniles since 2013. Unfortunately, Iran is one of them.

As well as the 34 juvenile offenders executed, a further 85 men and women are currently on death row for crimes they allegedly committed as a minor.

This is a clear breach of international law, which states that the death sentence “shall not be imposed for crimes committed by persons below 18 years of age”.

To get around this law, the Iranian regime detains the juvenile offenders until their 18th birthday, after which they are summarily executed. This year, five juvenile offenders were executed in this manner, including Mahboubeh Mofidi.

Mofidi was 20 when the regime executed her at Nowshahr prison in January. She was married at 13 and murdered her husband three years later when she was 17. Despite committing the crime as a juvenile, the regime executed her.

2018: A Bloody Year

Since January, 223 people have been executed. 35 of these were executed in public. Iran Human Rights Monitor was quick to assert that these were conservative estimates. Given many executions take place behind closed doors, it is difficult to gather an exact figure.

For the mullahs, the death penalty is not a punishment but a way of controlling the population and preserving their grip on power.

Political Dissidents

As protests spread across Iran, affecting Iran’s key trades and industries, the mullahs are increasingly awarding the death penalty to suppress the Iranian opposition. Many are arrested on the charge of being affiliated with the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK).

This was most recently on display in the Iranian truck drivers’ strike. After protests broke out across Iran’s major towns and cities, the mullahs were quick to threaten the strikers with execution.

Since January 2018, 10 political prisoners have been executed, despite intense pressure from international human rights groups calling for their release.

In the case of Ramin Hossein Panahi. He was executed after little more than a show trial over charges that he allegedly drew a weapon on agents of Iran’s security forces.

He was denied visitation from his lawyer and family. There was evidence that he had been tortured into signing a “confession” and was subsequently awarded the death penalty. In protest at his unfair treatment, Panahi went on hunger strike, even sewing his lips together in protest. He was executed on September 8th.

No Due Process

What makes Iran Human Rights Monitor’s findings all the more concerning is that many, as in Panahi’s case, are executed without a fair trial.

Short trials supported by confessions obtained under torture rob young Iranians of the opportunity to defend themselves. Without due process, many are convicted and sentenced to death in a matter of hours.

The conditions prisoners are held in are also inhumane and grossly unethical. Iranian death row wards are comparable to medieval scenes of torture. Many prisoners are subjected to solitary confinement for long periods at a time and are routinely tortured.

Those on death row are frequently restricted to bathing once every two months an using a toilet once every 24 hours. They are fed rations no larger than the size of the palm of a hand.

Iran Human Rights Monitor verified reports of guards pouring boiling water on prisoners, poking their genitalia with needles, pulling out prisoners’ nails, leaving prisoners in absolute darkness for up to 40 days, and hanging prisoners from their wrists or ankles.

Prisoners can spend up to a decade living in these conditions.

For the families, they hear little of the fate of their loved one. In many cases, they are only informed of the execution after it has taken place, robbing them of the opportunity to say their goodbyes.

To add insult, the regime often forces the families to pay for the noose or bullet involved in the execution of their loved one. If they do not pay, they do not receive the victim’s body.

Iran Human Rights Monitor took the opportunity to urge international human rights groups and advocates, to apply pressure to the Iranian regime to compel it to stop employing this cruel and barbaric use of the death penalty.

For a more detailed report, please refer to: https://iran-hrm.com/index.php/2018/10/08/cruel-and-inhuman-executions-in-iran/

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Merchants in Tehran and Dozens of Cities in Iran Answer the Call to Protest and Close Their Shops

National Merchants strike in Iran

Merchants in more than 50 cities in Iran go on strike to protest the sky rising prices and the plunge in rial’s value.

On Monday morning, merchants in Tehran and dozens of other cities in Iran answered last week’s call to strike and refused to open their shops. Tehran’s merchants announced last week that they were planning a strike in solidarity with Iran’s striking truck drivers. They are also protesting economic issues, including the latest plunge in the value of the rial, the increase in foreign exchange rates, rising prices, and the spread of poverty.

Iran Bazaar merchants join nationwide strike

The strike is taking place despite the regime’s days-long efforts to suppress the protests in advance.

Tehran’ carpet and gold coin markets are closed, as are the shopping centers in western Tehran and the shops on Kargar Avenue. As of 10:30 AM Monday morning in Tehran, merchants in Mashhad, Tabriz, Kermanshah, Sanandaj, Zahedan, Orumieh (Urmia), Karaj, Gorgan, Zanjan, Arak, Baneh, Marivan, Saqqez, Paveh, Borazjan, Kazerun, Kenarak, Chabahar, Hirmand, Miandoab, Sardasht, Piranshahr, Iranshahr and Saravan have joined the strike.

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council is Resistance of Iran (NCRI), applauded the striking merchants and said that the strike shows that the Iranian people want a change in regime.

Mrs. Rajavi said that the strike is part of the nationwide uprising by the people of Iran that has the goal of overthrowing the corrupt regime and restoring democratic rule to the country.

The Iranian regime authorities blame MEK and its resistance units for the popular protests that have been taking place throughout Iran.

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Truck driver's strike continues in to third week

Iran’s Truck Driver Strike Enters its Third Week

Truck driver's strike continues in to third week

Iran’s truck drivers strike enters its third week, despite regime’s repressive measures including the arrest of dozens of drivers.

Despite threats to their liberty and lives, the truck drivers of Iran have continued their strike into its third week. The strike has spread rapidly across the country, now engulfing 310 towns and cities across the country, including Tehran, and towns in Fars province, Isfahan, Lorestan, West Azerbaijan, and Hamedan, amongst others, reports by MEK‘s network inside Iran.

Significant numbers of striking drivers have been detained by regime officials. The Fars province Judiciary announced that 35 drivers had been arrested. In Isfahan, the figure was 13. At least a further 168 drivers have been arrested in other parts of the country, according to the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI).

The drivers are being charged with crimes such as “disrupting the flow of transportation” and “provoking drivers to strike”.

The Ultimate Sacrifice

The regime’s Chief Prosecutor, Montazeri, threatened the striking drivers with execution two weeks ago. Mullah Larijani echoed his comments, asserting that those involved would be severely punished.

But still, in a remarkable display of courage, the striking drivers have turned out in force, with far-reaching results. Because around 90% of Iran’s goods are transported via the country’s elaborate network of roads, the truck drivers’ strike has been crippling for the Iranian economy.

Iran’s Truck Driver’s Strike Continues to Cripple Iran

The state-run news agency has used the success of the strike to attack the strikers. Fars News Agency accused the drivers of “causing dissatisfaction in the population”, and of harming the country’s economy.

But it is not the drivers harming the economy, it is the mullahs themselves. The strikers are protesting exorbitant insurance premiums and logistics costs, rampant corruption among regime officials, arbitrary tolls and taxes, and ever decreasing wages. If the mullahs took steps to end this rampant abuse of power, the striking truck drivers would return to work and the Iranian economy could continue to turn over.

The price of spare parts for trucks has increased by more than 600% in recent times. Many truckers cannot afford to replace tires, putting them out of work. Even when they do earn, the plummeting value of the rial means few are able to earn a livable wage.

When the truckers are working, road conditions have deteriorated to the point that many are unsafe and cause further damage to the trucks. Which means more expensive repairs, keeping truck drivers in a perpetual spiral of poverty.

In an attempt to break the strike, the regime made false promises. In footage released from Bandar Abbas Terminal, plainclothes regime agents can be seen disseminating falsehoods in an attempt to get the striking drivers to return to work.

Maryam Rajavi’s Message of Support

The President-elect of the NCRI, Maryam Rajavi, pledged her support for the striking drivers. She urged the general public to stand with them in a gesture of solidarity.

The leader of Iran’s main opposition also condemned the regime’s repressive and violent response to the strikes. She cited the arrests and violence as a sign of the regime’s vulnerability.

Maryam Rajavi also reminded the public that the mullahs are to blame for Iran’s plunder and economic demise. Their thieving and mismanagement created this situation, not the brave Iranians taking to the streets in protest.

Finally, she urged human rights organizations to pressure the regime to free those arrested. She also implored the international community to reject Hassan Rouhani and his violent and criminal regime from the international community. There should be no place for barbarians and human rights abusers among the international heads of state.

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Iran: Jailed Teachers Criticize Regime in Open Letter on World Teachers Day

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Teachers in Iran are being suppressed and denied their rights, including a fair pay. Many teachers have been arrested and are imprisoned as a result.

October 5th marked the 70th anniversary of the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that established education as a fundamental right. It was also World Teachers Day, a day set aside to honor teachers and their valuable contributions to the future of society.

On this occasion, imprisoned Iranian teachers Esmail Abdi and Mahmoud Beheshti Langeroudi, both of whom are currently detained in Evin Prison, penned an open letter to Iran’s teachers.

The two educators wished Iranian teachers a happy World Teachers Day and then described the ways that teachers’ rights have been trampled by the Iranian regime. They wrote that “the right to independent unions, separated from the government and political parties, the right to protest and go on strike and practice freedom of speech which is the minimum rights of teachers and wage earners have been violated for years by all the administrations of the Islamic Republic.”

Esmail Abdi, a 44-year-old high school teacher, and Mahmoud Beheshti Langroudi were both members of the Iranian Teachers’ Trade Association (ITTA). Abdi was Secretary General of the organization before he began his six year prison term. Langroudi was the ITTA’s spokesperson. He was given a five-year prison sentence for “assembling and colluding against national security” and “spreading propaganda against the state.”

MEK sources inside Iran report that teachers live under the poverty line and that those who form unions to stand up for their rights are jailed and prosecuted. According to human rights advocates, a number of teachers are currently imprisoned for exercising their right to protest.

On World Teachers Day, activists held a protest to help draw attention to the plight of these imprisoned teachers. A video on social media shows a female teacher with a sign saying, “Esmail Abdi must be released.” Other protesters can be seen in the video holding pictures of jailed Iranian teachers.

“Every year, the budget ratified for education only suffices to pay for basic expenses and the teachers’ salaries, which are already half the poverty line,” said teachers’ activist Mojgan Bagheri in a September 26th interview with the state-run Salamat News website.

Seyed Mohammad Javad Abtahi, member of the regime’s Parliament’s Education and Research Committee agreed, adding, “The livelihood of teachers hired by the Education Ministry is also far from decent. Teachers are struggling to earn their living and at the same time fulfill their professional obligations… In a good educational system, teachers must enjoy the most value and importance… However, this has not happened for Iranian teachers and they face a plethora of problems, particularly economic problems.”

Teachers in Iran are paid poverty wages, and most work on temporary contracts. Teachers do not receive benefits, and they frequently go for months without receiving their salaries.

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The new UN human rights commissioner condemns the execution of a Juvenile offender

U.N. High Commissioner Condemns Execution of Iranian Juvenile Offender/Domestic Violence Victim

The new UN human rights commissioner condemns the execution of a Juvenile offender

Michelle Bachelet, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, condemns the execution of Zeinab Sekaanvand Lokran. She called for an end to the execution of the juveniles.

On Friday, Michelle Bachelet, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, condemned the execution of Zeinab Sekaanvand Lokran and called for an end to the execution of juvenile offenders. The 24-year-old Iranian Kurdish woman was executed on October 2, 2018. She was only 17 when she was arrested for the murder of her husband.

In a statement about the execution, High Commissioner Bachelet said, “The sheer injustice in the case of Zeinab Sekaanvand Lokran is deeply distressing. The serious question marks over her conviction appear not to have been adequately addressed before she was executed.”

 

Lokran was executed despite pleas from Amnesty International to halt her execution, as well as appeals from the U.N. Special Rapporteurs and the U.N. Secretary-General dating back to her conviction in October 2014.

 

Lokran was arrested in February 2012 and tortured by police over a 20 day period before confessing to the murder of her husband. She later recanted her confession and said that her husband’s brother, whom she said raped her repeatedly, committed the murder and promised to pardon her if she took the blame for his crime. Lokran, who was forced into marriage at the age of 15, further said that she had endured months of physical and verbal abuse at the hands of her husband and he had refused to grant her a divorce.

Lokran was refused access to an attorney until her trial, and authorities refused to investigate her claims of domestic abuse and rape. The court also refused to investigate her claim that she was coerced into a confession.

High Commissioner Bachelet condemned the execution of Lokran and spoke out about Iran’s use of the death penalty against juveniles in general. “As a State party to both the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Iran has an obligation to abide by their provisions and to end the use of the death penalty against juvenile offenders,”

Zeinab Sekaanvand Lokran is the 84th woman to be executed under regime President Rouhani. She is an example of the poor treatment of women under the regime, particularly those in rural villages, many of whom were forced into marriage before the age of 18. She is also an example of the way religious and ethnic minorities are treated in Iran’s legal system. It is common for Iranian Kurdish citizens as well as other ethnicities in Iran to be denied legal representation and coerced into false confessions.

The MEK is organizing the Iranian Resistance movement to fight for an alternative to the existing regime. Zeinab Sekaanvand Lokran should not have had to marry at age 15. She should not have been abused or raped. She should not have been tortured or coerced into a false confession. She should not have been denied an attorney, and she should not have been executed.

High Commissioner Bachelet summed up her statement with these words: “The bottom line is that she was a juvenile at the time the offense was committed and international law clearly prohibits the execution of juvenile offenders.”

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Khamenei speaks to the Basij - October 2018

Khamenei Attempts to Boost Morale in Speech to Basijis

Khamenei speaks to the Basij - October 2018

Iranian regime’s dictator, Ali Khamenei addresses his local security forces, the Basisj-October 2018

On Thursday, regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei spoke to a gathering of Basij (Regime’s main repressive force in dealing with protests in Iran) from across Iran. The speech was intended to boost morale among the Basijis and bolster their confidence in the faltering regime as the deadline for the second round of U.S. sanctions grows near.

Khamenei addressed those within the regime’s ranks who believe that the U.S. sanctions are so detrimental to Iran that the regime has no choice but to reconcile with the United States. “I explicitly declare that they are betraying,” Khamenei said. “This is the biggest betrayal and as long as I am alive, I will not let this happen in the country.”

Khamenei called on the Basijis to fail the sanctions and to slam the United States.

The Supreme Leader went on to discuss the various crises that are currently threatening the stability of the regime and the well-being of its people. He acknowledged the economic catastrophe facing Iran, describing it as a “shortage of livelihoods for a large part of the population.”

IRGC and Basij Repressive Forces Posed as “Inspirational”!

Khamenei then characterized the widely loathed Basij Force as “a true image of the country” and “inspirational” to others, adding that the Basij and the Revolutionary Guards should fire freely whenever it was necessary.

The Supreme Leader made reference to his own fears that the United States would overthrow the regime, saying: “The President of the United States has told some European leaders that you wait two-three months, after two, three months, the Islamic Republic will be thrown off.” He then confirmed that the survival of the Iranian regime depends upon meddling in the region and nuclear weapons testing and that the regime would fight to continue to do both. “These are also elements of our power. So the battlefield is here, the battlefield, the field of confrontation of arrogance with Islamic Iran, is all that is the cause of the Islamic Iran’s power … This is one of the areas of conflict,” Khamenei said.

Although he acknowledged his fears about “fatigue, destitution and disability” of regime officials and the widespread defection of mercenaries, Khamenei confidently told the Basijis, “Our growth is superior to our defections.”

Khamenei addressed the dissenters within his own regime, calling them “easy-hearted, insincere and hypocrite intellectuals,” and “disheartened, demoralized, cowardly, opportunistic, self-defeating …. hopeless and lazy people,”  who, “if not the agent of the enemy, are not nevertheless men of the field to the country’s progress” and produce “corruption and disagreement.”

Khamenei referred to the free press, the Internet, and social media as the enemy and the equivalent of chemical weapons. He discussed the media’s continuous revelations of the regime’s corruption and crime, saying: “With the very dangerous means of the media … by trying to portray a fake image, they try to distract the thoughts of the Iranian people.” The regime banned the social messaging app Telegram earlier this year in an attempt to prevent it from being used by MEK activists to spread the news about the regime and information about upcoming protests and demonstrations. The ban was ineffective.

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Maryam Rajavi addresses Brussels Conference on Iran New Wave of Terrorism

Maryam Rajavi: Regime Wants to Compel the World to Silence and Surrender

Maryam Rajavi addresses Brussels Conference on Iran New Wave of Terrorism

Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), addressing the conference “Iran New Wave of Terrorism- EU and US Response”-October 2018

On Thursday, October 4th, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi gave a video address to the participants of a seminar in Brussels. Entitled “Iran’s New Wave of Terrorism: The EU and US responses,” the seminar was held at the Residence Palace in Brussels and was attended by a number of political dignitaries.

Mrs. Rajavi discussed the Iranian regime’s use of terrorism and the importance of countering these terrorist acts. “The mullahs are highly motivated for terrorism. By using terrorism, the regime wants to compel the world to silence and surrender, Mrs. Rajavi said during her address. “The best response to such a regime is firmness. This is a responsible policy for global peace and security.”

Mrs. Rajavi stated that the regime has been unable to suppress the popular protests that have been taking place in Iran for the last nine months, noting that the regime’s highest-ranking officials have acknowledged the MEK’s role in organizing the uprisings. Meanwhile, she said,  the rial has lost 80 percent of its value over the past 12 months.

At the international level, the end of the policy of appeasement and the enforcement of stronger sanctions have put the regime in a tight corner.

“In reaction,” Mrs. Rajavi went on, “the mullahs have stepped up their suppression at home and terrorism abroad. By resorting to terrorism, they seek to blackmail the international community. They refuse to reduce their missile program and instead, continue to expand their terrorist activities.”

As examples, Mrs. Rajavi detailed the regime’s terrorist plots against the Iranian Resistance this year. In March, the regime attempted an attack on the MEK’s Nowruz gathering in Albania. In August, two Iranian spies were arrested in the United States for gathering intelligence to use against the Iranian Resistance in the U.S. In September, the regime attacked the headquarters of the Iranian Kurdish parties in Iraq with rockets. “The regime’s diplomats are systematically engaged in terrorism and espionage. In reality, terrorism is a key instrument for advancing their foreign policy,” stressed Mrs. Rajavi.

Mrs. Rajavi emphasized that “decisions for terrorist operations are made at the National Supreme Security Council presided by Hassan Rouhani, and subsequently approved by Khamenei.”

The institutions of the regime, including the Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS), the Quds Force, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,    work together to implement terrorist plots and cover up their schemes.

The mullahs and their lobbies endeavor to insinuate the theory that, first, the terrorist operations are carried out by arbitrary elements, and second, they are done by some internal factions seeking to sabotage what Rouhani and Zarif do,” Mrs. Rajavi explained.

“These lies, however, can deceive only those who are inclined to be deceived so that they could continue their relations with the mullahs’ theocratic regime,”  she added.

“The mullahs have repeatedly announced that they can achieve victory through terror.” Mrs. Rajavi stated.

“As a result,” she said, “ imposing silence on western governments has been a significant achievement for them. Remaining silent vis-à-vis terrorism is the most damaging form of appeasement of the mullahs’ theocratic regime. Unfortunately, this is currently the prevalent policy in Europe. This is a mistake which costs not only the security of Iranian people, but the security of Europe.”

Mrs. Rajavi concluded her address with a call to action on behalf of the Iranian people to the governments of Europe:

  • “Be firm against the mullahs.”
  • “Make public the dossiers on their terrorist activities.”
  • “Close down the regime’s embassies and other centers of espionage and terrorism.”
  • “Do not deal with the companies owned or affiliated with the Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and Khamenei’s executive staff. Every deal with these institutions contributes to funding terrorism.”
  • “Speak out against executions and torture of political prisoners and grave human rights violations in Iran, and prosecute the perpetrators of crimes against humanity for the past 40 years in Iran.”
  • “To prevent the Iranian regime’s terrorism in European countries, the EU declaration of April 29, 1997, must be enforced in dealing with the MOIS intelligence personnel and agents. The EU declaration calls for:
    • the suspension of official bilateral Ministerial visits to or from Iran under the present circumstances;
    • confirmation of the established policy of European Union Member States not to supply arms to Iran;
    • cooperation to ensure that visas are not granted to Iranians with intelligence and security functions;
    • concertation in excluding Iranian intelligence personnel from European Union Member States.”

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ISJ conference in Brussels- Iran new wave of terrorism

Committee in Search of Justice (ISJ) Holds Conference on Iranian State-Sponsored Terrorism

ISJ conference in Brussels- Iran new wave of terrorism

The International Committee in Search of Justice (ISJ) holds a conference entitles “Iran, New Wave of Terrorism- US, EU response”-October 2018

On Thursday, October 4th, The International Committee in Search of Justice (ISJ), held a conference entitled the New Wave of Iranian Terrorism. The conference came after the Iranian regime increased its international terror activities.

In late June, an Iranian diplomat working at the Iranian embassy in Vienna provided a Belgian-Iranian couple with explosives to be used in an attack against the annual gathering of the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK). The foiled attack came just weeks after another failed bombing against the MEK in Albania.

Shortly afterward, two Iranians were arrested in the US on espionage charges. The arrests and foiled terror attacks mark an uptick in dangerous and nefarious activity from the Iranian regime.

EU must speak out

Lord Carlile’s turn to speak. The member of the UK’s House of Lords. He said, “a country that executes people in mass scale is not a country we should be doing business with.”

Alongside economic sanctions, Carlile suggested that the international community lend support to the Iranian opposition, including the NCRI and the MEK, calling the MEK, “the only group which represents an alternative to the regime.”

Finally, Alejo Vidal-Quadras, the former Vice-president of the European Parliament offered some of the most inciteful comments of the day.

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He said, “we must learn the lessons of history. There are enemies who can be turned into friends and those who must be defeated”, adding, “it is time to change our approach and promote regime change in Iran”.

A Wrong Narrative

The conference dealt with how European nations should respond to this show of aggression. Giulio Terzi, the former Italian Foreign Minister, who was at the MEK’s Grand Gathering in June, was unequivocal in his response.

He condemned state-sponsored terrorism as “something completely against the unity that exists in the European institution”. He was also concerned about how Europe should respond to this threat.

He was concerned by European leaders “selling a wrong narrative to the public” regarding the Iranian regime. Despite what European leaders believe, Iran’s leadership cannot be reasoned with.

Silence Invites More Attacks

Terzi welcomed the news that Iranian diplomat, Assadollah Assadi, had been extradited to Belgium to face charges for his involvement in the Grand Gathering attack, but wished more had been done.

“I don’t recall any other threat being… as it was with Villepinte”, he said, lamenting the lack outpouring from the European community.

He suggested that recent events in Europe were just the beginning of exposing the Iranian leadership’s behaviour.

He pointed to other dangerous activities undertaken by the Iranian regime both in the Middle East and beyond. Terzi mentioned Iranian-backed organisations in Germany and Italy that are heavily involved in radicalizing young Shia Muslims.

“There is a conflict of interest between the necessity of fight[ing]… terrorism and the policy on Iran”, Terzi asserted, “in Europe [the] highest places are just looking away”. Terzi called for a more decisive position from the European heads of state regarding Iran, echoing the comments of President-elect and leader of the MEK, Maryam Rajavi.

Terzi compared the threat of the Iranian regime to that of the Islamic State (IS), calling Iran a “much bigger threat as a terrorist country”.

Bob Torricelli, a former US Senator and member of the House of Representatives, echoed Terzi’s comments. He called the failed terror attack in Paris, “part of a pattern, not an isolated event”.

Torricelli suggests that the increase in violence may stem from the regime’s weakening position in power. “It is a pattern well-recognised in history”, he said, “as a despotic regime is under pressure”.

 

Like Terzi, Torricelli also warned the European community of the impact of inaction. “Silence invites more attacks”, he said, asking, “are the great democracies of Europe to be intimidated by the dictatorship in Iran?”

The former Senator urged Europe to act, not just to protect its own interests, but to protect others. “If Iran can kill in the streets of Europe, then why not a host of other nations?”

Torricelli called it a “defining moment” for Europe.

To Sanction or Not?

For Torricelli, sanctions are the way forward. His final words urged the European community to “forego some contracts” and apply economic pressure to the Iranian regime.

 

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Iran HRM monthly human rights report.

Three Condemned for Corruption after Bloody Month of Executions

Iran HRM monthly human rights report.

The monthly report of Human Rights violations in Iran- September 2018

Iran Human Rights Monitor released its monthly report on Monday, detailing the regime’s human rights violations in the month of September. The month was a bloody one for the regime, as the mullahs struggle to control the people of Iran with violence and brutality. Punishments have become increasingly harsh since the widespread uprising among the Iranian people began last December. The MEK condemns these acts of brutality.

Death Penalty for Corruption

The report was released one day after the regime sentenced three people to death for corruption charges. The businessman were not named, nor were specific details of their cases or the charges against them released, and their punishment will not be final until it is ratified by the Iranian regime’s highest court. Nevertheless, the regime hopes that the sentences will send a message to others who may take advantage of the country’s snowballing economic crisis. U.S. oil sanctions are set to take effect on November 4th, which will almost certainly exacerbate the situation.

The rial has been in free fall this year, losing 80% of its value. Some of this plunge is due to U.S. sanctions, but the devaluation of the rial began well before U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal in March. Every attempt by the regime to stabilize the currency and end the economic crisis has failed and led to more corruption.

On Saturday, one day before the sentences were handed down, the regime gave Iran’s central bank additional authority to manipulate the currency market in an attempt to prevent further devaluation of the rial. The Central Bank has attempted this strategy before, without success.

Executions

According to the report by Iran Human Rights Monitor, the regime executed a total of 33 people in the month of September. Of these:

  • nine were Kurdish and Balouch political prisoners, who were hanged for “Moharebeh” (waging war against God) and disturbing the security of the state;
  • three were Iranian Kurds—Zaniar Moradi, Loghman Moradi, and Ramin Hossein Panahi—who were executed despite international condemnation from human rights groups and calls to halt their executions;
  • eight were executed as a group on a single day;
  • one prisoner was hanged in public.

Regime Murders and Deaths in Custody

Seven arbitrary murders and nine deaths while in custody were recorded in the Human Rights Monitor report. They included:

  • a father of five who was shot for selling two gallons of gas to sell at the border;
  • a 17-year-old boy who was shot by IRGC forces;
  • a Kurdish father of an eight-year-old child who was shot after being arrested;
  • three men who died after being denied medical care;
  • one man who committed suicide while in custody due to his treatment there;
  • one man who died of torture a day after his arrest.

Floggings

Two flogging sentences were carried out, according to the report, one of which was public. Another six activists were sentenced to flogging this month.

Arrests

A total of 197 arrests were recorded by Iran Human Rights Monitor. A number of those arrested were participants in the protests against the executions of the three Kurdish activists on September 8th, and many others were striking truck drivers taking part in recent protests. Of those arrests:

  • 153 were politically motivated;
  • 22 were made on religious or ethnic grounds; and
  • 22 were arbitrary.

Persecution of Religious Minorities

The Iranian regime takes a number of measures to suppress religious minorities. These actions are ones that do not also fall under another category (arrest, murder, execution).

The regime denied college entrance to at least 57 Baha’i students and began a campaign to arrest those of the Baha’i faith.

  • At least 50 Baha’i students who had passed the national college entrance exams logged onto their accounts and found a message saying they had “deficient records” in the Evaluation Organization (Sanjesh). “Deficient records” is an option used to block (Baha’i) students from accessing their records and prevent them from continuing their education.
  • At least 20 Baha’is were arrested.

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