Iranians pledged to continue their uprising, following the first two state executions
Iran’s uprising, now in its fourth month, is entering a new phase, with regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and the entire mullah apparatus resorting to the brutality of executing people who have taken to the streets to exercise their God-given right to free assembly. Mohsen Shekari and Majidreza Rahnavard were executed in less than a week by the regime’s so-called judiciary, both on the mullah-fabricated charge of “Moharebeh,” or “waging war against God.”
Through these barbaric measures, the Iranian regime is desperately attempting to instil fear in Iranian society and silence the ongoing protests. The international community owes it to the Iranian people to hold this murderous regime accountable and to recognize their right to self-defence.
December 13 – Mashhad, northeast #Iran
Locals gathered for a ceremony to commemorate #MajidrezaRahnavard are seen chanting:
"So many years of crimes! Death to the mullahs' regime!"#IranRevolution2022pic.twitter.com/8lbPDOmWO5
— People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) (@Mojahedineng) December 13, 2022
Protests in Iran have now spread to at least 280 cities. According to sources from the Iranian opposition People’s Mojahedin of Iran (PMOI/MEK), the regime’s forces have killed over 700 people and arrested over 30,000. The MEK has released the names of 580 protesters who were killed. Other anti-regime demonstrations were held by students at the capital’s Sureh University, in Tabriz by the local University of Medical Sciences, and in Mashhad by Alzahra University.
Locals gathered in Shush, Khuzestan Province, southwest Iran, to honor Abbas Mansouri, a protester who allegedly committed suicide after being released from a prison where he was subjected to severe torture. People in Mashhad put up posters in Majid Reza’s hometown to honor him. Locals gathered at his grave, where he had been secretly buried the night before, and chanted, “Majid Reza is a martyr for the nation.”
Freedom-loving Iranians and supporters of the Iranian opposition MEK have rallied in 11 different cities across Europe, condemning Majidreza Rahnavard’s execution and expressing solidarity with Iran’s ongoing protests and revolution. Berlin, London, Aarhus, Stockholm, Geneva, Hanover, The Hague, Cologne, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Copenhagen, and Buchen are among the cities included.
Iranian opposition President-elect Maryam Rajavi of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), condemned Majidreza Rahnavard’s horrific execution and urged the international community to take “effective and concrete measures against the religious fascism ruling Iran to stop executions, torture, and killings in Iran.”
— Maryam Rajavi (@Maryam_Rajavi) December 12, 2022
“The bloodthirsty Khamenei took the life of Majidreza Rahnavard, another courageous young man in Mashhad, to save his falling regime. He tries in vain to fend off the resentment of 85 million Iranians but only expedites the religious dictatorship’s inevitable downfall. Majidreza Rahnavard was executed in public only 3 weeks after his arrest & after brutal torture. The United Nations, the UN Security Council, the European Union, and member states must take effective and concrete measures against the religious fascism ruling Iran to stop executions in Iran, torture, and killings. Words are not enough; the clerical regime’s embassies must be shut down, the Intelligence Ministry and Revolutionary Guards declared terrorist entities, and MOIS/IRGC mercenaries expelled. Dealing with such a disgraceful regime tramples the values of human rights,” the NCRI President-elect explained.
In its session on December 14, 2022, the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations General Assembly, voted with an absolute majority vote to expel the mullahs’ regime from the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). In contrast to the vote of 29 countries in favor, i.e. more than half of the ECOSOC members, only 8 countries voted against and 16 countries abstained.