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Reza Outadi a protester who was shot dead by Iranian regime security forces in Karaj

Amnesty International to Iranian Regime: Release all Protesters

 

Reza Outadi a protester who was shot dead by Iranian regime security forces in Karaj

Reza Outadi, shot dead by Iranian regime security forces during peaceful demonstrations in Karaj-August 2018

Amnesty International has called upon Iranian authorities to release those who have been arrested solely for taking part in the protests. In an August 8th letter, Amnesty International also called for the authorities to conduct a prompt, impartial, and independent investigation into the shooting of Reza Outadi, a protester in Karaj who was killed on August 3, 2018.

The Iranian regime has responded to the spread protests and demonstrations across the country over the past week, with violent suppression and widespread arrests based on reports from MEK network inside Iran.

The letter from Amnesty International also urged authorities to protect those who have been detained from torture and other poor treatment and to reveal the location and dates of the dozens of detainees whose status has been unknown since their arrests.

Among those detained by the regime is Human Rights Defender Nader Afshari. He was arrested by Ministry of Intelligence Services (MOIS) agents in Karaj on August 1, 2018. He is believed to be held in a secret facility, but his exact whereabouts are unknown.

Amnesty International has expressed concern about reports that detainees who have been taken to Evin prison, Shahr-e Rey prison, and Fashafouyeh prison have not been given much if any access to their families or attorneys.

Protests began on July 31st in response to the rapid decrease in value of the rial and quickly spread across Iran. Deep dissatisfaction with the regime and its policies caused the protests to shift rapidly from economic matters to calls for regime change. The MEK network inside Iran reported chants of “Death to Khamenei!” and “Death to the the dictator!” in cities across Iran.

The regime responded to the protests with violent suppression, injuring dozens of people in the process. Videos taken during the protests and shared on social media show crowds of people running from the sound of gunfire.

Reza Outadi was a 26-year-old man who went to a protest in Karaj on August 3rd and was shot to death. The regime’s Prosecutor General of Karaj said that Outadi was “killed by gunfire that came from protesters amidst the rioting that took place” in Karaj. He claimed that Outadi was “shot in the back and killed.” He further claimed that security forces were also injured as a result of being shot, stabbed, and hit with stones. Reports from the MEK network in Iran say that Outadi was shot by security forces who fired into a crowd of unarmed protesters. During last December protests, at least 50 protesters were slain by repressive security forces, some under torture, while the regime authorities had claimed they had committed suicide!

The Fars News reported on August 7th that the regime’s Prosecutor General of Karaj announced that a special unit was to be set up to investigate Reza Outadi’s death.

Amnesty International has expressed concern that the regime’s special unit does not meet the standards of impartiality and independence required under international law. Amnesty urges Iranian authorities to ensure that the investigation into Reza Outadi‘ dreary is both impartial and independent and that anyone who is reasonably suspected of criminal responsibility is brought to justice in a fair trial without the death penalty as an option.

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An Interview with Hanif Jazayeri: The Iranian People Have Spoken Loud and Clear

Recent Protests Mark a New Era for Iran’s Opposition

Recent Protests Mark a New Era for Iran’s Opposition

On the 6th of August, as US sanctions affecting the purchase of dollars, metals, and car and plane parts were re-imposed on Iran, an interview with Hanif Jazayeri was broadcast across major American cities. Listeners in Las Vegas, Baltimore, Minneapolis, New Orleans, Raleigh, and Pittsburgh could tune in to hear the Iranian news editor discuss the latest wave of economic sanctions and their effect on the already unstable clerical regime.

The United States announced its latest wave of sanctions, which will target the Iranian oil industry, the backbone of the Iranian economy; however, the EU and Russia have already voiced their opposition to the sanctions. They announced they would prefer to salvage the crumbling JCPOA agreement.

A New Breed of Protest

Hanif opened the interview by fielding a question on the changing nature of the Iranian protest movement. He said, “the Iranian people have spoken loud and clear”, “they are blaming the regime for their economic hardship”. In the wake of the JCPOA, the Iranian regime unlocked billions of dollars in aid packages, but the people saw none of the benefits.

“They have noticed this,” said Hanif, “and that is actually because all the money has been spent in Syria, to prop up the dictator there, to fund terrorist groups in the region, for the domestic suppression apparatus of the regime, and the rest of it has lined the pockets of the mullahs and their families.”

Following this blatant abuse of power and mismanagement of resources, the Iranian people have taken to the streets in their thousands to express their frustration at the mullahs’ regime. The people want an end to the regime.

The International Community

Hanif went on to mention the Iranian opposition leader, Maryam Rajavi’s appeal to the international community to impose sanctions on Iran’s oil industry and exclude the current regime from the international banking system. Only the regime’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) is benefitting from oil exports at present.

Hanif Jazayeri has played an active role himself in drumming up international support for the Iranian protest movement. He has been collecting footage from protestors in Iran and publishing them across social media to raise international awareness for the struggle of the Iranian people.

However, many within the international community have expressed reluctance and hesitation at the idea of reintroducing sanctions. A common argument against Maryam Rajavi’s proposal of sanctioning the Iranian oil industry is that it would further hurt the already struggling Iranian population.

Hanif attempted to dispel this common misconception. He cited the slogans adopted among the protestors which state, “our enemy is right here, they are lying when they say it is America”.

The people of Iran have suffered under the Iranian regime both when economic sanctions have been imposed, and after the sanctions were lifted. They saw no benefit from the lifting of the sanctions, their standard of living did not improve. Therefore, the lifting of the sanctions empowered the regime. It gave the Iranian regime more money to spend on suppressing the people.

Will Sanctions Empower Hardliners?

In response to Hanif’s argument, the interviewer countered that economic sanctions could empower the hardliners within Iran. They could be interpreted as “economic bullying” and allow the more extreme elements in Rouhani’s regime to portray Iran as a victim and being unfairly punished by the American government.

In reality, there are not hardliners and moderates within the Iranian regime. They are all hardliners. Rouhani himself has threatened to disrupt passage through the Strait of Hormuz if oil sanctions are imposed on Iran. His regime continues to arrest and execute political dissidents. There are no “hardliners” and “moderates”, only the regime in all its brutality.

Again, Hanif pointed to the slogans of the protestors to illustrate the point. The demonstrations across Iran have featured slogans stating, “no to hardliners, no to moderates”.

More than half of the country is in poverty and has been so for nearly forty years. For Iranians, the situation deteriorated after the sanctions were lifted. The regime received a financial windfall, which only gave them more resources to use in their routine abuse and repression of the Iranian people. “In the last two years, for example, the economic situation has spiraled downwards”, said Hanif.

Finally, Hanif Jazayeri saluted the brave protestors turning out across Iran, risking imprisonment and death in their determination to make their voices heard.

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UAE takes firmer position on Mullah's regime

The UAE Adds Nine Iranians to a Supporters of Terrorism Blacklist

UAE takes firmer position on Mullah's regime

The UAE increases oil production to help reduce oil purchase from Iran.

Ahead of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s Abu Dhabi visit on July 9th, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has placed nine Iranians on a blacklist for financing Revolutionary Guards Corp (IRGC) activities in the region.

The identities of the nine Iranians have not been disclosed. However, their addition to the terror financing blacklist means their bank accounts have been frozen.

Who are the nine?

Although not officially named, it is suspected that the nine Iranian entities and individuals are those that appeared on a US Treasury Department list as financial supporters of terrorism which were published in May.

The individuals on the list were Mas’ud Nikbakht, Sa’id Najafpur, Mohammad Hassan Khoda’i, Mohammad Reza Khedmati Valadzghard, Meghdad Amini, Foad Salehi, and Jahan Aras Kish. Also included on the blacklist were two companies, the Rashed Exchange, and Khedmati & Company Joint Partnership.

The US Treasury Department accused the seven individuals and two entities of funneling hundreds of millions of dollars into the Iranian regime’s IRGC and Quds forces through a vast currency exchange network. In a statement released at the time, US Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin said, “the Iranian regime and its Central Bank have abused access to entities in the UAE to acquire US dollars to fund the IRGC-QF’s malign activities, including to fund and arm its regional proxy groups.”

The IRGC and Quds forces are disrupting forces in the region. They are active in the Syrian conflict and have supplied Houthi forces in Yemen with weapons and military advisers. Iranian opposition leader and President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), Maryam Rajavi, has urged the international community to tackle the regime’s warmongering activities.

The UAE supports Tougher stance towards the Iranian regime

The latest move to freeze Iranian bank accounts in the UAE is a statement of support from the Emirati government. The UAE supported Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal and has backed the US decision to reimpose economic sanctions on the Iranian regime.

On his personal Twitter account, UAE Minister of State and Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash, pledged his support to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo after Pompeo announced the policy decision in May. Gargash said, “Uniting [our] efforts is the correct path for Iran to realize the futility of its incursions and expansionism”.

The US and the UAE enjoy close diplomatic ties. The UAE hosts 5,000 American troops and its port of Dubai is the US Navy’s busiest port abroad.

Striking the heart of the IRGC

The UAE is also working with the US to end constrict Iran’s oil revenues. The IRGC controls around 40% of the Iranian economy and is one of the main beneficiaries of Iran’s underground economy, estimated to be worth between US$100 and US$140 billion.

In an attempt to strike at IRGC oil revenues, the US has urged the international community to stop importing Iranian oil. To help end the global community’s reliance on Iranian oil, the US issued a statement to OPEC calling on other oil-producing nations to increase their oil production.

The UAE has answered the call. State-run Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. announced it will meet its goal of increasing oil production by an extra 200,000 barrels per day by the end of 2018. Saudi Arabia, OPEC’s largest oil producer, increased its oil production by 700,000 barrels per day in June 2018.

Faced with the prospect of being squeezed out of the oil market, the Iranian regime has responded with threats. In a speech to Iranian expatriates in Europe, Hassan Rouhani, regime’s president threatened to respond by closing the Strait of Hormuz. He said, “if Iran’s crude oil exports were threatened, the rest of the Mideast’s would be as well”.

One thing is clear. The mullahs will receive no assistance from the UAE. As the mullahs face shifting attitudes among the international community, their revenue channels face disruption.

The decision to freeze nine Iranian bank accounts in the UAE is a strong signal to the mullahs. The UAE and other players in the Middle East are not willing to tolerate the mullahs’ destabilizing activities and will oppose the regime anyway it can. Without a steady stream of oil revenue, and with a growing resistance movement at home the mullahs are running out of options.

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Secretary Pompeo describes new Iran Strategy

Why the Iranian People Support the Resumption of Sanctions Against the Iranian Regime

Secretary Pompeo describes new Iran Strategy

Secretary Pompeo’s speech on Iran-May 2018

The first of Donald Trump’s sanctions against the Iranian regime has been revealed following the withdrawal of the US from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo described the coming wave of sanctions against the clerical regime as “the strongest sanctions in history when we are complete.”

Secretary Pompeo explained the US government’s Iran policy as a three-pronged approach. The first strategy would be to apply financial pressure on the regime. The second would address the regime’s contributions to instability in the Middle East, particularly its financing of international terrorism. The third prong would see the US supporting the Iranian public and championing their cause.

A Clear Set of Criteria

The US Secretary of State was explicit in the requirements the Iranian regime would have to meet before the US would consider lifting the sanctions. He produced a set of 12 criteria that would have to be met. Among the criteria is the termination of the nuclear and ballistic missile programs, a cessation of meddling in the affairs of its neighbor states and an end to the financing of terrorism.

Many of the demands Secretary Pompeo laid out have been among the demands of the Iranian opposition since decades ago to end the policy of appeasement to the mullahs in Iran, however while secretary Pompeo spoke extensively about the Iranian people and their uprising against the mullahs, the end of human rights abuses and suppression of the Iranian population was not among the 12 demands.

Will the Sanctions Harm the Iranian People?

When economic sanctions are employed against a rogue government, there is often a concern among the international community that rather than affect those in power, the people bear the economic burden, and are forced further into poverty and financial hardship. This is actually the narrative that the Iran lobby had long been pursuing in a bid to prevent more crippling sanctions on the regime.

However, the people of Iran are in favor of the proposed sanctions. Iranian trade has not benefitted the Iranian population. The economy is under the control of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRCG) and the only beneficiaries of Iranian international trade are the IRCG and their affiliated companies.

Under the Iran deal, the Iranian regime received a $100-$150 billion financial windfalls. This had no effect on the Iranian people, who live in worse economic circumstances than they had prior to the lifting of the sanctions. In fact, the lifting of the sanctions and extra financial revenue allowed the regime to ramp up its domestic oppression and further interfere with conflicts in the region.

The people hope that with the resumption and intensification of international sanctions, it will limit the regime’s budget for repressive bodies and limit its campaign of tyranny against the Iranian population.

Maryam Rajavi’s Comments on Pompeo’s Speech

Responding to Mike Pompeo’s speech, leader of the Iranian opposition, Maryam Rajavi, called his recognition of the Iranian people’s struggle “a major step”. She added, “democratic change in Iran is the only solution to the problem in Iran and the crisis in the region. Forming an international front against the religious and terrorist dictatorship in Iran is a requisite for the establishment of peace, security and coexistence in the region and world over”.

In the wake of the announcement from the US, Europe now has a choice; persevere with their short-term strategy of maintaining lucrative economic ties with Iran, or stand with the democratic movement in Iran, end its appeasement of the Iranian regime, and stand on the people’s side in their quest for a free, democratic Iran.

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Iran Protests in Kazerun

MEK Network: Protests in Kazerun Continue Despite Regime’s clampdown

Protests continue in Kazerun

Iran Protests continues in Kazerun, despite repressive measures and mass arrests of the youth by IRGC forces.

Protests continue to rage in Kazerun as the youth of the province remain determined to vent their frustrations with the clerical regime. The protests continued throughout the night on Thursday the 17th of May, and into the morning of Friday the 18th of May.

The protesters turned out in spite of intense repressive measures taken from the regime. On Wednesday, the regime’s state security forces opened fire on protesters, killing two and leaving many more injured.

The mullahs have also brought in anti-riot units from nearby Isfahan and beyond to arrest protesters and quell the demonstrations. The security forces attacked the demonstrators with rubber bullets and tear gas canisters, leading to a number of injuries.

Clashes between the regime’s forces and the protesters broke out in several locations. Vehicles were burnt, as were several government centers. Protesters used burnt tyres and cars to block the roads and prevent the movement of the Revolutionary Guards and more anti-riot units.

Silencing Voices

Iran Protests in Kazerun

MEK Network: Protests in Kazerun Continue Despite Regime’s clampdown

The regime’s agents have threatened the citizens of Kazerun with severe repercussions for anyone that shares information about the situation in the province. The regime is adamant that no information be leaked to the international press and no protesters lying in the hospital be allowed to share their stories. The regime disconnected Kazerun’s internet in an attempt to silence the public and prevent news of the protests spreading across the country.

The official line from the regime, as reported by IRNA news agency, is that some people attempted to “set the Friday prayer’s place on fire” in Kazerun. Mullah Khorsand said, “some people on Friday morning broke one of the doors of the Friday prayer’s place in Kazerun and threw firebombs inside, which resulted in serious damage to an air conditioner”. The Deputy Governor of Fars province, Hadi Pajouhesh Jahromi, added that “the protesters burned a bank building on Friday morning and damaged the public property”.

The mullahs repeatedly asserted that the “situation in this city is completely under control”, calling the clashes “scattered skirmishes”, and urging the public “to ignore and not trust the news broadcast in the social media and foreign networks”.

Standing with the Protesters

The leader of the Iranian opposition, Maryam Rajavi, expressed messages of solidarity with the brave protesters. Rajavi hailed the heroic martyrs in Kazerun, called for the release of those imprisoned by the regime, and urged the Iranian public to assist those that are wounded.

Her message for the international community was to dispatch a UN delegation to the country. She urged a representative for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to visit the country and see the mullahs abuse of Iranian citizens for themselves.

The US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo pledged the support of the Trump administration. He tweeted a message of solidarity with the Iranian protesters on Friday morning (May 18th). It read, “we support the Iranian people who are demonstrating against an oppressive government. 3 deaths & internet disruption show the regime’s true nature”.

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The Iranian Regime’s Bloody Week of Violence

The Iranian Regime’s Bloody Week of Violence

The Iranian Regime’s Bloody Week of Violence

The Iranian Regime’s Bloody Week of Violence

The Iranian regime unleashed a wave of violence against prisoners in Iran this week. The regime brutally executed 19 prisoners across the nation’s prisons, with eight of the 19 hung in a mass execution at Gohardasht Prison in Karaj province.

On April 17th, the wave of violence began with the execution of a prisoner in Tabriz. The next day, the hanging of the eight martyrs took place in Gohardasht Prison. On the same day, Bahman Varmazyar, a sports coach imprisoned in Hamadan, was executed by the regime. Five days later, on April 23rd, five prisoners from Urmia Prison were hanged, three from Kermanshah and one prisoner interned in Ilam were also sent to the gallows.

It was not just those that the regime executed that met their end this week. Mohsen Parvas took his own life on the 21st of April. He committed suicide in protest at the appalling conditions and overwhelming pressures on him in prison. Another 31-year-old, Nasir Zoraghi, died following restrictions on his access to medical assistance. He collapsed following a stroke in Zahedan Central Prison.

Many of those executed had endured show trials and arbitrary suspension of their human rights. They were prisoners like Ramin Hossein Panahi, a Kurdish political prisoner who had his death sentence upheld this week by the Iranian Supreme Court. His trial lasted less than an hour.

His lawyer described his illegal treatment at the hands of the Iranian authorities. There was no evidence pointing to Panahi’s charge of “taking up arms against the state”. He was unarmed when he was arrested by the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC).

While in prison, Panahi has been subject to torture, apparent from the marks and bruises on his skin. He was also only permitted to speak to his legal counsel on one occasion. On that occasion, the meeting took place under the watch of Iranian security agents.

These show trials and brutal executions are a violation of international law. It represents the Iranian regime attempting to maintain its weakening grip on power through the brutal administration of violent reprisals towards its critics.

The rise in executions is a desperate attempt to intimidate the public, who are taking to the streets to express their discontent, given the growing protests in objection to the reign of terror and corruption and the growing poverty.

The authorities wave of executions is unacceptable. It is time to put an end to these arbitrary executions, show trails, torturous interrogations, and illegal imprisonments. The Iranian people must mobilize and throw off the shackles of the regime.

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Women’s Rights Activists Urged to Condemn Savage Beating of Ailing Young Woman for Improper Veiling

Women’s Rights Activists Urged to Condemn Savage Beating of Ailing Young Woman for Improper Veiling

Women’s Rights Activists Urged to Condemn Savage Beating of Ailing Young Woman for Improper Veiling

Women’s Rights Activists Urged to Condemn Savage Beating of Ailing Young Woman for Improper Veiling

On Thursday, the Women’s Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) condemned the savage beating of a young woman who was accused of “improper veiling”. The MEK (PMOI) joins them in their condemnation of this human rights abuse by Rouhani’s regime repressive “Morality Police” (Gasht-e Ershad).

 

The NCRI and MEK (PMOI) urge all organizations supporting women’s rights and human rights to stand with them in strong condemnation of this brutal attack by the regime’s suppressive forces.

 

The beating took place in Tehran on Wednesday, April 18th. The Morality Police attacked the young woman, claiming that she was improperly veiled, and beat her into unconsciousness. The brutal attack occurred despite the protestations of the woman’s friends, who said that she had a heart condition.

 

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, responded to the savage attack, saying that the brutal beating once again illustrated the ugly, inhuman and anti-Islamic face of the misogynous ruling regime in Iran.

She also called upon the Iranian youth “to confront such disrespect and violation of Iranian women’s dignity and not to allow their sisters to be attacked by Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) and their mercenaries”

The violent enforcement of the strict women’s dress code, or hijab, in Iran is a means of controlling women and restricting the actions of Iranian society as a whole. Iranian women have fought against this oppression for 40 years and continue to do so, despite the brutality of the suppressive forces of the mullahs’ regime.

 

Mrs. Rajavi called upon the youth of Iran to counter this violence and repression against women by the Revolutionary Guard and its mercenaries and to stand up for their sisters and not allow them to be insulted, abused, and suppressed.

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