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Message of the Mullahs’ delirious

Hassan Rouhani and Javad ZarifOn 6 and 7 August, Rouhani once again took the stage delivering a speech about negotiating with the US. In his speech he begged and threatened at the same time. What was behind this flippancy? What is the common denominator of these words and Khamenei’s remarks on 7th of August?

One must seek the answer in the state of the regime which is worse than one might imagine. In May, Rouhani met agents of IRGC serving in the section of “art & culture” saying: ” we have hard days, more than you think of. These are our hard days.” “Problems are such that some nights if I sleep two hours, I thank God that I could sleep two hours.” He added. These remarks were three months ago. On Wednesday, August 8, Rouhani again complained in his speech, saying desperately: “Our evil wishing enemies have never sanctioned us so harsh during the past 40 years ” He added: “Our people, of course, went through difficulties and difficult times. Our people went through a difficult year last year. It was a very difficult year, and this year they are having a difficult year. The government’s resources are limited.”
Similar words

What are the similarities in his remarks three and six months ago? If we look more closely, we can find some similarities. Three and six months ago he talked about hard days; now, he still admits: ” We are in a hard day, under pressure!” However, the distance between “hard days” three months ago and now, is the distance between two oceans.

Reason for hardships

He is partly right in saying that the situation is getting tougher every day, because during this period oil exports, which are the main source of the regime’s revenue, have fallen from one million or 700000-800000 barrels a day to 100,000 barrels a day; Is this enough to understand how critical the situation of the regime is? This is just in the economic field. The hidden parts of his remarks are the deteriorated political situation, the painful political slams including:

Sanctioning Khamenei, the supreme leader
Listing Zarif, regime’s Foreign Minister, as terrorist by the US
Events regarding oil tankers in the Persian Gulf
Series of MEK rallies in Brussels, Stockholm, Washington DC, Berlin and London
Unveil of Ashraf 3 in Albania
The regime’s desperation against these slams
Confronting these deadly blows, the regime has no solution but hollow promises and lies. The harsher the situation, the more the deception. In fact, the regime is submerged in desperation and frustration. Pointing to the corruption in the regime, on 7 August, Khamenei told a group of athletes he was receiving: “Problems should not stop the youth and disappoint them, because despair is poisonous, and if previous generations were stopped and disappointed, we would have remained under the monarchy.”

Rouhani’s charlatanism

On 7 August, again Rouhani referred to fairy tales saying the US is disappointed, because their sanctions and policy of maximum pressure were to no avail.

He should be asked which one the public must trust: Your claims or your groan on 6 and 7 of August about harshness of the current situation? Your claims or reduction of oil exports into one thousand barrel a day? Let’s ask Rouhani: if hardness was good and has made the US desperate, why haven’t you taken advantage of this situation? If it is good, what are these complaints?

Impact of Zarif’s sanction on the regime

It is crystal clear that these hollow promises and lies by Rouhani aim basically motivating the regime’s frustrated forces, however, it is hard to believe there would be any change in their moral. Then, why Rouhani is saying this? Because, recently, the regime has received a baffler blow in his Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif being sanctioned. This sanction in addition to sanctioning Khamenei and the IRGC has had such a juggernaut impact on the regime that it is still under the shock.

The Mullahs’ imminent fate

What the Iranian people understand out of these delirious remarks is: toppling the corrupt regime in Iran will happen much sooner than everyone can imagine, and they are more determined than ever to put an end to this religious dictatorship.

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Sanctions on Zarif Leave Mullahs Angry and Helpless

Javad Zarif during a quarrel in regime Majlis

Photo Archive: A true face of the always “laughing” Javad Zarif and his Deputy Araghchi (first rights) during a fight in Regime’s Majlis (parliament).

Last week the United States Treasury Department imposed sanctions on Iranian regime Foreign Minister Javad Zarif for his role in carrying out the regime’s criminal policies and terrorist activities. The mullahs responded to the sanctions with anger and frustration, calling on U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to condemn the act, according to a Reuters report.

Majid Takht-e Ravanchi, the Iranian regime’s Ambassador to the U.N., wrote a letter to Guterres this week accusing the U.S. of a “brazen violation of the fundamental principles of international law.” He urged the U.N. to take action against the United States.

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) described its reasons for the designation in a statement, dated July 31, 2019:

“Javad Zarif implements the reckless agenda of Iran’s Supreme Leader, and is the regime’s primary spokesperson around the world. The United States is sending a clear message to the Iranian regime that its recent behavior is completely unacceptable,” said Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin. “At the same time the Iranian regime denies Iranian citizens’ access to social media, Foreign Minister Javad Zarif spreads the regime’s propaganda and disinformation around the world through these mediums.”

Maximum Pressure

The sanctions against Zarif are the latest in a series of actions taken against the Iranian regime as part of the United States’ “maximum pressure” campaign. The U.S. Treasury imposed sanctions on the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) and Regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei earlier this year.

The U.S. Department of State released a statement regarding the sanctions on Zarif, which read, in part: “Foreign Minister Zarif and the Foreign Ministry he runs take their direction from the Supreme Leader and his office. Foreign Minister Zarif is a key enabler of Ayatollah Khamenei’s policies throughout the region and around the world.”

The MEK and National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) have called repeatedly for sanctions to be imposed against Javad Zarif because of his role in the regime’s terrorist activities and suppressive policies. Zarif has been called a “moderate” and an “’experienced diplomat’ by many U.S. officials who hoped that he might prove capable of negotiating peace between the United States and Iran. He branded himself as the calm voice of the regime, while he justified Iran’s policies on state-sponsored terrorism, warmongering in the Middle East, nuclear missiles, and attacks against the MEK.

The current U.S. administration has chosen to break with this policy and sever ties with Zarif.

“Javad Zarif oversees a foreign ministry that has coordinated with one of the Iranian regime’s most nefarious state entities, the IRGC-Qods Force (IRGC-QF), which is designated pursuant to terrorism and human rights authorities,” said U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin in the statement announcing new sanctions.

Global Responsibility

Regime President Hassan Rouhani responded to the sanctions with confusion. “They are talking about negotiation and at the same time they sanction the foreign minister,” he said. “If they want to negotiate, is there any other channel than the foreign ministry?”

The Iranian regime has been severely weakened by the series of sanctions imposed by the United States and is close to its breaking point. Its response to these sanctions has been to intensify suppression at home and to escalate its aggression toward the international community. The situation is volatile, and appeasement is unlikely to prevent further hostility.

Morally, it is wrong to provide financial support to a regime that murders its own people and exports terrorism. Logically, it is unwise to support a regime that uses its embassies to plot terrorist attacks across the world.

The regime will fall. The international community does not have the responsibility to take down the mullahs by force. That is for the Iranian people and their resistance to do. The international community can let go of that burden. The Iranian people need only two things from the rest of the world:

  1. Stop providing money and legitimacy to the Iranian regime.
  2. Recognize the right of the Iranian people to overthrow their oppressors. The MEK and NCRI stand ready to build a free and democratic country with NCRI President Maryam Rajavi and her Ten-point Plan for Iran’s Democratic Future.

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Maryam Rajavi Calls for Justice for Victims of 1988 Massacre in Speech to Free Iran Conference

Maryam Rajavi addressing MEK members during 1988 Massacre Conerence

Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), speaking at the conference “Calling for Justice for the 1988 Massacre” – Ashraf3 the MEK’s compound, Albania- July 15, 2019

Maryam Rajavi, leader of the Iranian opposition speaking at the conference “calling for justice for victims of the 1988 Massacre” said that Khomeini, the Iranian regime founder’s intention for ordering the 1988 massacre was to uproot the MEK.

The final day of the Free Iran Conference at Ashraf 3, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI /MEK)’s headquarter in Albania, on Monday, July 15th, was devoted to the topic of the 1988 Massacre of 30,000 political prisoners by the Iranian regime.

Background

In the summer of 1988, Ruhollah Khomeini issued a fatwa calling for the execution of all MEK members imprisoned in Iran. He formed three-member Death Committees in prisons across the country to carry out trials that lasted only minutes. Prisoners were executed in groups and buried in mass graves.

To date, none of the perpetrators of this crime against humanity have been brought to justice. Many of those responsible have gone on to hold high-ranking positions within the regime.

On Monday, survivors of the massacre shared their testimony of the brutal crime against humanity, and political dignitaries, human rights activists, and members of the NCRI and MEK discussed the urgent need to hold the perpetrators of the mass executions accountable for their crimes. Mrs. Maryam Rajavi delivered the keynote address.

Mrs. Rajavi’s Speech

“The massacre of the MEK and the other combatants and political prisoners was a blood-drenched encounter between the Middle Ages and tomorrow’s generation: the generation that created the 1979 Revolution, who represented a nation resolved to have a society based on freedom and equality but ran into the monster of religious tyranny and invasion of pillage and repression. The massacre of 1988 was the horrifying scene of such historic confrontation, but it was not the end, despite its excruciating pain and agony. It was the beginning of a new confrontation which still continues and will ultimately write the fate of the Iranian nation with the word ‘freedom,’” said Mrs. Rajavi.

“Khomeini’s intention in ordering the 1988 Massacre was to uproot and obliterate the MEK…The most intense killings began in Evin and Gohardasht Prisons and were specifically aimed at MEK members,” she said.

Mrs. Rajavi stated that the 1988 Massacre was carried out in 110 cities in Iran and that those cities have become hotbeds of protests and uprisings. “It is no accident,” she said, that these cities are now the scenes of resistance by Iranians of every ethnicity, religion, and sector of society.

“The people of Iran are united for the regime’s overthrow and achieving freedom,” she emphasized. “Our society has such a fervent fire in her heart, leaving Khamenei at an impasse. So the regime’s overthrow is the definite and certain fate of the mullahs,” she added.

“The time has come for the United Nations to form an international fact-finding mission for the 1988 Massacre, and the world to recognize the right of the people of Iran to resistance and struggle to overthrow the mullahs’ religious dictatorship,” said Mrs. Rajavi.

“I call on all Iranians in Iran and abroad to help advance and expand the Call for Justice movement for the victims of the  1988 Massacre. This is the movement of the oppressed, the suppressed and the bereaved,” she stressed.

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MEK-Iran: European Panel Calls For End to Europe’s Appeasement Policy Towards Iran

Day-3 of Free Iran conference at Ashraf 3

On day 3 of Free Iran convention at the MEK’s compound in Albania, a conference hosted very distinguished European politicians that discussed EU’s ongoing positions on Iran. The conference was titled, “Iran: Support People’s uprisings and Resistance
No to Mullahs’ terrorism, Nuclear, and Missile program”-July 13, 2019- Ashraf 3

On Sunday, July 14, 2019, the fourth day of the Free Iran Conference at Ashraf 3, the MEK’s headquarters in Albania called for an end to Europe’s policy of appeasement to the mullahs ruling Iran. The conference began with a panel of distinguished speakers from Europe. The topic of the panel was “Iran: Support People’s Uprising and Resistance. No to Mullahs’ Terrorism, Nuclear, and Missile Program.”

The panelists touched on a number of issues during the two-hour event. Some of the most notable moments from the panel are summarized below.

Paolo Corsini

Italian Politician and Academic

“The West should end appeasement of Iran’s regime. We should support the Iranian people and the organized Resistance, the MEK, to bring about regime change. A viable alternative to the regime exists in Iran. It is the National Council of Resistance of Iran,” said Corsini.

 

Dr. Matthew Offord

British MP

The Iranian regime is making a mistake in thinking that we in Britain will be scared of its provocations. It should be assured that the UK is not scared. The UK has made it very clear we will protect ourselves, Dr. Offord said.

 

“I genuinely believe change is coming to Iran,” said Offord. The members of the MEK have re-emerged from the destruction of Camp Ashraf and Camp Liberty. They have launched Ashraf 3 and have been embraced by the people of Albania,” he added.

Brian Binley

Former British MP

“We first came to Albania back in 2014 with a task to the country’s Prime Minister, Mr. Edi Rama, and we asked him to accept more Camp Ashraf and Camp Liberty residents,” said Binley.

“We pleaded with the Prime Minister and it wasn’t hard. He asked us shouldn’t you be making this request to other European countries? We told him we were working hard on this issue and the Prime Minister said he would accept more Ashraf/Liberty residents. I pay massive tribute to Mr. Edi Rama for convincing the people of Albania to accept more of the Iranian opposition members in their country,” Binley continued.

“Having revisited Albania now, this country has made great progress in the past five years,” he added.

“This great city of Ashraf 3 showed Mr. Rama kept his process. There has been astounding progress in Ashraf 3. All this work in just a year and a half is incredible. I always knew that those of people who had gone through the hell of Camp Liberty would get things moving for themselves. You have built yourself a city and I congratulate you from the bottom of my heart, Mr. Binley said warmly.

“There’s more work to do and that is our task. There is much we can do in our country for the ten-point plan of Mrs. Maryam Rajavi,” he stressed.

Sergio D’Elia

Former Member of Italian Parliament, Activist

“Ashraf 3 is not only a symbol; you are a sample for the future of Iran. You are no longer just resistance against the regime; you are now a freedom movement,” said Mr. D’Elia.

“You can be free and also build up Iran. You are reliable, trustworthy, symbols of law and justice. By seeing Ashraf and you, I am convinced the MEK have created a sample of Iran in this city.

I hope we are in Tehran next year. We can see Tehran here because Ashraf 3 exists and future free Iran will also become a reality. The MEK is now part of my family, and that is why I call you my brothers and sisters,” he concluded.

John Perry

Former Irish Minister and Politician

“It is very important to see the encouraging work of the PMOI/MEK. Especially when 56 million people are under the age of 25 in Iran. The new force of technology will certainly spread the word,” said Perry.

“It is now time for Europe to stand with Iran, and say enough is enough, to support Iranians remove the Khamenei regime and the mullahs from power. The future generation of Iran deserves an opportunity to live a free Iran,” he stressed.

Gerry Horkan

Irish Senator

Senator Horkan referred to the speed at which Ashraf 3 had been constructed, saying, “We never think things will change so quickly, but they will. Hopefully, very soon we will see free, fair and democratic elections in Iran and Iranians will be voting for President Maryam Rajavi at the first election for a free and democratic Iran where freedom of religion is allowed. That is part of the Ten-point plan that we support.”

“There is huge global support for the NCRI and MEK in Ashraf 3. Hopefully, soon we will see action and deliver results, including a free and fair government in Iran,” he concluded.

Leo Dautzenberg

Former Member of German Bundestag

“The people in Iran and their struggle is the best sign of change to come to Iran. We can see that the mullahs are using Iranian wealth for their private interests. They are using the Iranian people’s money for terrorism and accelerating war in the Middle East. We do have a great responsibility and a duty towards the Middle East, and we should conduct this together,” said Dautzenberg.

“With the protests in Iran, we can also see that toppling the Iranian regime has to happen from within the country, and we have to support it from the outside. The change must come from within and from Ashraf 3,” he added.

“You have a president who, with her Ten-point Plan, which is very convincing, has created an alternative which represents freedom and democracy. This is also our choice for the future. From a European and German angle, we need to step forward and support this ten-point plan,” he concluded.

Kenneth Lewis

Swedish Lawyer

“There are still a lot of people in Europe who have not understood that appeasement is not the way forward, and don’t care about human rights. Huge support is growing for this movement and we have work to do,” said Mr. Lewis.

“Human rights should be the most important aspect in dealing with the regime in Iran,” he stressed.

“Ashraf 3 is a wonderful achievement. This is an important part of the resistance. The fight to overthrow the mullahs is taking place on the streets of Tehran. Your program will be an essential contribution to that,” Lewis concluded.

Linda Lee

Former President of Law Society of England and Wales

“We in the U.K. Law Society have and will support your cause for a free Iran. We want freedom for you. I couldn’t believe what a wonderful community and spirit is in Ashraf 3. This is not a town, it lives and breathes. The mothers and daughters who have suffered so much are so positive in spirit. This is a wonderful community of people,” said Ms. Lee.

“I believe that we are now so close. I want for all the men and women of Iran to have freedom. Next year we will be in Tehran,” she concluded.

Brian Medway

Australian Pastor

“We support the MEK. Your integrity and commitment to serve the best interests of Iran, without any idea of how long this may take, this draws our affection. We will make your voice known in Australia,” said Medway.

Lars Rise

Former Norwegian MP

“In 2005 my wife and I visited the MEK in Camp Ashraf in Iraq. After the first two days in Ashraf, my wife said I have never experienced such love. Ashrafis are people of integrity and love. It is the complete opposite of the regime in Iran,” said Mr. Rise of his experiences with MEK members.

“The leadership of this movement through Madame Maryam Rajavi is realizing amazing results. I always say I am a member of this movement and always will be,” he concluded.

Frederick Azzopardi

Member of Maltese Parliament

“The Iranian people are being denied their universal rights. The Iranian regime funds terrorism and threatens the world with nuclear proliferation. This regime is responsible of crimes against humanity that are punishable under international law,” stated Mr. Azzopardi.

“As Madame President Rajavi has said, regime change is the task of the Iranian people. We should support the Iranian people at all times.

Our message to the people is: We will never abandon you until your justified cause is fulfilled. You are, indeed, our heroes. Our common mission is a free Iran,” he concluded.

Paul Forseth

Former Canadian MP

“In solidarity, we will continue to support the Iranian people. The MEK members in Ashraf 3 should be known as the ‘overcomers.’ For the Iranian people, the future is much brighter than the past,” said the former Canadian MP.

Professor Alfred de Zayas

Former U.N. Independent Expert on the Promotion of a Democratic and Equitable International Order

“The mullahs are not just going to roll over. Change, however, must come from within. I wish you success, perseverance, peace, and happiness in Iran,” said Professor de Zayas.

Roger Lyons

Former President of Britain’s Trades Union Congress TUC

Mr. Lyons spoke about the ongoing efforts by the TUC to support Iran’s workers. “We have been showing solidarity with the workers in Iran who face brutal repression. We have been educating various industries in order to support Iran’s workers,” he said.

Lyons also called attention to the plight of British-Iranian dual national citizen Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe. “She was arrested as a spy in Iran by the regime and separated from her baby,” Lyons explained. “The mullahs didn’t even give her decent medical attention. This is an outrageous example of the mullahs’ treachery. The mullahs’ attitude is making people understand far more about the need to support the Iranian Resistance and regime change in Iran. The evidence is here. Public opinion is strong and we will continue to campaign until we win,” he concluded.

Sir David Amess

British MP

“This Free Iran conference and gathering in Albania is all about democracy,” said Sir Amess.

“What an example of the MEK to build such a wonderful camp in such a short period. It is absolutely magnificent. It is wonderful being with people who seek to establish freedom and justice for the Iranian people,” he added.

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U.K. Daily Star: Iranian Regime Uses Terrorist Proxies to Carry out Operations Worldwide

The Iranian regime's terrorist activities.

Ali Khamenei and Hassan Rouhani are the two highest ranking Iranian officials that oversea all Iranian regime’s terrorist activities.

Members of the Peoples Mojahedin Organization of Iran (MEK) with intelligence sources in Iran revealed new information about the extent of the Iranian regime’s use of terrorist proxy groups to the U.K. Daily Star newspaper.

According to the August 3rd report, the Iranian regime uses proxy groups overseen by the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps’ (IRGC) Quds Force to carry out operations in Europe and the United States

In its report, the Daily Star wrote: “The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI)—an opposition group which advocates the overthrow of the regime—warned the worsening political situation will see more use of these so-called proxies.”

Stratfor’s Analysis

The security intelligence group Stratfor also described the spread of Iranian-linked proxy forces in a report published earlier this year. Their analysis suggested that Iranian Regime proxy forces were directly involved in terrorist activities in Iraq, Lebanon, and Gaza. Stratfor also provided evidence that the Iranian regime provided material support for proxy forces in Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, and Lebanon.

Iranian regime proxies have been linked to incidents in Europe, the U.S., South America, Asia, and Africa.

Current tensions with the U.S. have led to a number of attacks on tankers in the Strait of Hormuz, which have also been linked to regime proxies.

Crises from all Directions

Shahin Gobadi, the spokesman for the MEK, was interviewed by the Daily Star about the regime’s increasing aggression. He warned that the mullahs are “facing crises from all directions.”

“In this situation, the mullahs’ only solution is resorting to stepped-up suppression, more arrests, more terrorism and extremist measures abroad to maintain the regime’s balance and to prevent the situation from further deteriorating,” Gobadi explained.

“Export of extremism, terrorism, and belligerence in the region have been a pillar of survival of the clerical regime for the past 40 years,” he continued.

“This pillar has complimented the other pillar, total repression and suppression,” Gobadi added.

Training Foreign Mercenaries

The Daily Star report also wrote that MEK officials believe that the Iranian regime is now training foreign mercenaries to work as proxies. The Lebanese Hezbollah terrorist group is one of the largest of these groups linked to the regime, receiving approximately $1 billion a year from the Iranian government.

“Hezbollah has played a key role in the regime’s terrorism even outside of the Middle East,” said Gobadi.

“Hezbollah explicitly confessed that Iran provides everything, from money to weapons, ammunition, food, and clothing to Hezbollah and that without the clerical regime in Iran, Hezbollah cannot continue its survival,” he added.

The Solution is Regime Change

According to Gobadi, the growth of proxy forces can be traced back to the 2003 Iraq War, which “opened the doors to the regime as a gateway to the rest of the region.”

Gobadi explained, “The expansion of the regime’s conduct in the region did not stem from its strength and prowess. Rather it was the consequence of the weak approach of the international community.”

Gobadi stressed that the international community must impose further sanctions on the Iranian regime and designate the regime and its proxies as terrorists.

“The ultimate solution is regime change by the Iranian people and the Resistance. The West should recognize the right of the people of Iran and the Resistance for regime change and should stand on their side,” he continued.

“The clerical regime has never been as weak as today, and the prospect of its overthrow has never been so close,” Gobadi added.

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Three Iranian Activists Sentenced to Ten-Year Prison Sentences for Violating Compulsory Veil

3 female activists receive heavy sentences

Photo credit to Women.NCR-Iran.org-Iranian activists sentenced to heavy prison sentences for disobeying the repressive dress code for women in Iran.

Three Iranian women were each given ten-year prison sentences for violating the Iranian regime’s laws on mandatory veiling in public. Yasaman Ariaie; her mother, Monireh Arabshahi; and Mojgan Keshavarz, were sentenced to a total of 55 years and six months in prison on a variety of charges stemming from their civil rights work and their noncompliance with compulsory hijab.

The sentences were handed down on July 31st by Judge Moghiseh in the 28th Branch of the Revolutionary Court in Tehran. The civil rights activists’ lawyers were not allowed to be present at the sentencing.

Judge Moghiseh sentenced Ariaie, Arabshahi, and Keshavarz to five years in prison for “assembly and collusion with the intent of acting against national security,” one year for “spreading propaganda against the state,” and ten years for “encouraging and providing the means for moral corruption.” Mojgan Keshavarz was given an additional seven years and six months in prison for “blasphemy.”

The ten-year sentences for “encouraging and providing the means for moral corruption” were imposed due to the activists’ failure to comply with compulsory public veiling laws.

A source present at the court proceedings described Judge Moghiseh’s treatment of the activists as “unsuitable and insulting.” Moghiseh verbally abused the women as he read his verdict.

Judge Moghiseh threatened the three women with long sentences in the notorious Qarchak Prison and barred their lawyers from following up with legal procedures until his verdict was announced.

According to Amir Raiesian, Ariaie and Arabshahi’s lawyer, attorneys were prohibited from attending court proceedings and legal procedures.

Initial Arrests

Yasaman Ariaie was arrested on April 10th for not violating the mandatory veil. Her mother, political prisoner Monireh Arabshahi, was arrested the following day. They are both currently being held in Section 5 of Qarchak Prison. Section 5 generally holds foreign nationals.

Mojgan Keshavarz was arrested in her home on April 25th for not observing the compulsory veil in public. She was transferred to Qarchak Prison six days later.

Violence Toward Political Prisoners

The Iranian regime claims to not have any political prisoners, so they are often housed with violent criminals. It is common for political prisoners at Qarchak Prison to be beaten by non-political prisoners, often at the behest of prison officials.

Yasaman Ariaie was recently the victim of a violent assault by an inmate at Qarchak. The prisoner struck her repeatedly in the shoulder blade.

The MEK’s Position

The MEK strongly opposes laws that govern the way women dress. The MEK’s political platform specifically states that women should have full gender equality, including the right to choose their own clothing.

The MEK’s political platform also states, “We believe in the rule of law and justice. We want to set up a modern judicial system based on the principles of presumption of innocence, the right to defense, effective judicial protection and the right to be tried in a public court. We also seek the total independence of judges. The mullahs’ Sharia law will be abolished.”

No one in a free country should be arrested under Islamic law or stand trial without the full benefit of legal representation.

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi and the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) are fighting to end the oppressive dictatorship that imprisons women for daring to walk outside without covering their hair and conducts sham trials without allowing defendants legal representation.

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Justice for the 1988 Massacre victim's rally-Geneva

Witnesses to the 1988 Massacre Tell Their Stories on Day Five of the Free Iran Conference

Justice for the 1988 Massacre victim's rally-Geneva

Protest Rally, Place des Nations, Geneva,26/02/2019 – Hundreds of Iranian exiles supporters of the Peoples Mojahedin Organization of Iran (MEK), carried Iranian flags and banners opposed to the Iranian regime in a rally on Tuesday February, 26,2019 in front of the UN Headquarters in Geneva to protest grave violations of human rights in Iran, particularly the 1988 massacre of more than 30,000 political prisoners (mainly MEK members).

The final day of the Free Iran Conference was dedicated to seeking justice for the 30,000 victims of the 1988 Massacre and their families. A number of dignitaries gave speeches on Monday, but the most memorable words came from survivors of the massacre. Their words are summarized below.

Kobra Jokar

“I spent six years in prison. The Revolutionary Guards arrested me while I was pregnant. I was taken to Evin Prison and the torture chambers. I was transferred to Ward 209. In the cell, I saw four torturers torture my husband in front of me. They also tortured me in front of him,” said Ms. Jokar.

“A few days later, they executed my husband with 75 others. The torturer said his intention was for him to never see his child. When I gave birth to my child, they took me to a hospital and quickly brought me back to prison even though I was very ill. I personally knew 50 MEK pregnant women who were executed, including Masumeh, the sister of Mrs. Maryam Rajavi,” she said.

“In prison, they would not give milk and food for the kids, and my cellmates would provide their sugar rations to me to give something to my baby. There was no doctor or medication for the children. In the public ward, there were only 15 minutes of warm water every other day, which we had to use to give the children a bath. Many of these children had lost their parents,” Ms. Jokar continued.

“The torturers even interrogated the children. They strapped a six-year-old girl to a chair in a dark room and said they would leave her there if she did not reveal the names of her mother’s friends,” she said.

“I managed to escape prison in 1986. All of those ladies who shared the cell with me were executed in the 1988 massacre,” Ms. Jokar said.

“The roots of our hopes and faith in our leaders helped us overcome the dark times in prison and to fight for freedom,” she concluded. Ms. Jokar remained stoic throughout her testimony but many in the room were visibly moved by her words.

Hengameh Haj-Hassan

“I was a nurse in Tehran. In 1981, I was arrested and imprisoned in Evin Prison and Gohardasht Prison along with many of my colleagues. We were charged with helping the people who were injured by the IRGC,” said Ms. Haj-Hassan.

“In prison, we were subjected to severe tortures. Insomnia, packed cells, sleeping in coffins were what we had to endure,” she said.

“I was in a cage for seven months. These were small partitions where you could only squat. You couldn’t move, you couldn’t even cough or sneeze. If we moved, we were tortured. Our eyes were blindfolded. My eyesight has been degraded and my back was injured. I was operated on five times and yet I still have not recovered,” Ms. Haj-Hassan continued.

“When we came out of the cages, our friends didn’t recognize us. Inside the cage, we had to be prepared for any torture at any moment. The torturers used any excuse to torture us,” she emphasized.

“The torturer told us that we would die here. We were only given three minutes per day to go to the bathroom. We couldn’t even brush our teeth. The food they gave us was scarce and very dirty. At night, when we were allowed to sleep, they would turn on loudspeakers and play the regime’s mourning songs,” she added.

“The torturers sought to break our will and force us to turn our backs on our struggle. I decided that I would not tell the enemy the name of the Mojahed. My friend Shekar was arrested with me, and she was executed in 1988 after suffering torture and the cage,” she stressed.

“I decided to prepare myself for hard days. I scheduled all my moments every day. My program was I started to remember all the songs and the contents of the Mojahedin books and the martyrs’ biographies that I already had read and started to repeat them. I had a physical exercise program. We weren’t allowed to move, but I exercised in my mind. I nursed patients in my mind,” she explained.

“At night, when we couldn’t sleep due to the loudspeakers, I trained myself to shut down those noises and take myself to pleasant places in my memories,” she added.

“The hardest times were the feeling of loneliness. I thought of God, and I thought of my leader, Massoud Rajavi. I spoke to him, and this way, I didn’t feel alone anymore,” Ms. Hassan continued.

“The torturers thought they would break our will through torture. However, they only made us stronger, as we understood that this proved what we were doing was right,” she emphasized.

“In prison, we considered ourselves PMOI representatives, and we deemed it our responsibility to defend their values. When I came out of prison, the first thing I did was to re-join my organization. This is a path that will continue until the end,” Ms. Haj-Hassan concluded. Her speech drew chants and applause from the audience.

Homa Jaberi

“I was in the regime’s prisons for five years and I witnessed many tortures. I was arrested in 1981 because I had participated in a peaceful MEK protest and spent many years in Gohardasht (Rajai Shahr) and Evin prisons. When the regime wasn’t able to break the will of the MEK woman through torture, they created a compound called the ‘residential units,’” said Ms. Jaberi.

“This was a secret compound. I was there for 40 days. From the first day, I was tortured brutally with whips and physically beaten. They took all of us to a room, blindfolded us, and told us that they would kill us until that night. They tortured us for hours until midnight,” she stated.

“My hands were swollen from the whiplashes. My face and body were bruised. The regime’s torturer said, ‘This is your hell. No one will hear you here. You will all die here.’ They kept us awake for many days and didn’t let us sleep,” she continued.

“Some of my friends were kept in this place for six months. We weren’t even allowed to scream under torture. Every command was given with whip lashes. For instance, if they wanted to tell us that we could sleep, they would do so by whipping us,” she added.

“After 40 days, I was taken to Evin Prison. Some of my friends had lost their mental balance. Some of the prisoners would not even speak of the tortures they had suffered. They said that the torturers made them make animal noises and insult themselves. Some had been raped,” Ms. Jaberi explained.

“I have faith that with the leadership of Massoud and Maryam Rajavi, we will free Iran. It was this faith that helped me overcome the tough conditions of the prison,” she concluded to cheers and chants from the audience.

A video clip about the 1988 Massacre was shown to the conference attendees. MEK members held up photographs of loved ones who were martyred in the massacre. Some held more than one photograph. Mrs. Rajavi wiped tears from her eyes during the presentation.

Witnesses to the 1988 Massacre

Majid Saheb Jam

“I was imprisoned for 17 years. My crime was supporting the MEK. I witnessed many human rights violations. The 1988 massacre was a premeditated and well-planned crime. Some of the people who were directly involved in this crime still hold high positions of power. The regime has done everything in its power to hide its crime. It didn’t even tell the families of the victims the whereabouts of the burial places,” said Mr. Sahebjam.

“During the massacre, the judges only asked one question, in a short trial that lasted only a few minutes. They asked, “What are your charges?” Uttering the word ‘Mojahed’ was enough to seal the fate of the prisoner and send him to the gallows,” he added.

“The prisoners in the regime’s dungeons bore the scars of torture on their bodies. The 1988 massacre was an opportunity for the regime to hide the evidence of its horrible crimes. I personally know at least 20 families who have lost two of their children to the executioners of the regime,” he went on.

“Many of the prisoners were aged 14,15 and 16 when they were arrested. These people were later executed by the regime,” he stressed.

“During the 1988 massacre, dozens of MEK supporters had served their sentence. However, they were kept in prison because they would not repent their support for the MEK. They were executed in 1988 because of their dedication to freedom and human values,” Sahebjam concluded.

Mostafa Naderi

“I spent 11 years in prison, five of those years in solitary confinement. During the 1988 massacre, I was hospitalized because of torture. I was unconscious in the clinic when they called my name for execution, and this is how I survived,” said Mr. Naderi.

“After the executions, when you were taken to the cells, they asked for your name and checked in a notebook. In the notebook, all the names were crossed, which meant they were executed,” he explained.

“In the beginning, they said nothing of the executions, claiming the prisoners were going for family visits. In many smaller cities, not even a single person survived to tell the story of the massacre,” Mr. Naderi added.

“In prison, I was severely tortured. After eight months of torture, I and five other prisoners were taken to a mullah who said we were enemies of God and would be executed that night. They took us to the place of execution. They tied our hands and we heard the guns being loaded. They fired, but they show a meter above our heads. We suffered a traumatic experience. One of the prisoners fainted and another lost his eyesight,” he said.

“The 1988 massacre was planned from two years before. However, the massacre continues to this day. We must stop this,” Mr. Naderi concluded.

 

Mahmoud Royaei

“I spent 10 years in the regime’s prisons. Many of my friends were teenagers when they were arrested. They spent many years in prison and were finally executed. People who had served their sentences and their families were waiting for them. However, they never got to see them,” said Mr. Royaie.

“One of my friends was executed five years after his sentence was finished. He was taken to the gallows just as he defended the name of Mojahed. Many of the prisoners’ families died after hearing that their loved ones were executed. The father of one of my friends had a cardiac arrest when he heard about his son’s execution. So you could say the regime even executed our families,” he said.

“Some of these families are still staring at the pictures of their loved ones and crying after 30 years. Some of the parents lost their sanity when their children were executed,” Mr. Royaie added.

“The regime even executed the disabled and handicapped. Yet these prisoners stood tall when they went to the gallows. One of my friends had lost his mentality due to the tortures. However, when they took him to the judge, he stood tall and said, ‘I’m a Mojahed.’ He was executed,” he recalled.

“The 1988 massacre was a national disaster, but it is also the pride of our nation. Today, people who weren’t even born then are calling for justice. The members of the 1988 ‘Death Commissions’ are members of the government today,” Mr. Royaie said.

“When I think about those brave prisoners, I am humbled. With the justice movement, I feel that they’re here with us, in Ashraf 3,” he concluded.

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Former U.S. Ambassador: Senior Regime Leaders Should Be Prosecuted for War Crimes Targetting MEK

Lincoln Bloomfield on Hill TV

Ambassador Lincoln Bloomfield, in an interview with the Hill TV about his expert research on MEK

The Hill TV interviewed former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs Ambassador Lincoln Bloomfield about the MEK as part of its series on Iran this May. In his interview, Ambassador Bloomfield addressed propaganda concerning the MEK and discussed Iran’s future.

Highlights from the interview included:

Interviewer: What are the most serious of the Iranian opposition groups? Is the MEK the strongest one in opposing the Iranian regime?

Bloomfield: I can’t speak for the 80 million people in Iran, and neither can anyone else because if you say anything favorable about the MEK or the National Council of Resistance of Iran, you could face imprisonment, amputation, execution, or if the religious judge likes you, exile…They are very well organized. They are very competent. And what people don’t realize is it’s a women-led organization, almost at every level.

Interviewer: Congressman Brad Sherman recognized the critical role the MEK played in revealing Iran’s nuclear weapons program in 2002. What can you tell us about that?

Bloomfield: President Bush also acknowledged that an opposition group had come up with this information. There were certain sites that were unknown until they revealed by the opposition. This is when the U.S. and the European Union were negotiating with Iran on their nuclear program…When it turned out the Iranians were dealing in bad faith, something that President Rouhani bragged about, later on, that’s when the U.N. put very strict sanctions on Iran in 2009.

Interviewer: What can you tell us about the reality of the terrorism accusations against the MEK and have they ever been listed as a terrorist group?

Bloomfield: They’ve been listed as a terrorist group, from 1996 to 2012, and the story that needs to be told is that they have never been terrorists. There have been four major court cases, including in the U.S., that led Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to take them off the list because they couldn’t come up with any credible evidence that they had been terrorists…Not one member of this group in 54 years has ever been prosecuted as a terrorist by a country ruled by the rule of law under due process.

Interviewer: There are also critics of the MEK who say that it operates like a cult. What are they referring to?

Bloomfield: They are referring to the intense loyalty that the supporters have for each other. They have a level of trust which spooks some people. But if you realize that tens of thousands of their relatives have been jailed, tortured, and murdered over the years…all of these survivors stick together, and they probably don’t trust anyone else…They are basically being chased…They are not a cult.

Interviewer: How effective and how widespread are the Iranian regime’s anti-MEK propaganda efforts?

Bloomfield: They’ve been extremely effective… They’ve repeated things so often that people in Washington have come to believe it…If I were a correspondent and wanted a visa to Tehran and wanted to come back in one piece and wanted an interview with Foreign Minister Zarif, I would never say a word about this group. The minute you say something about the MEK or NCRI that’s real, you’re never going to Iran again, you’re never getting another interview.

Interviewer: You have been working on Mideast issues and national security issues for a long time. What should the United States’ approach be going forward with the MEK be?

Bloomfield: My points have nothing to do with military confrontation. I think that would unite the Iranian people behind their own government. I think that’s a natural reaction. I think what we really should be doing is showing what the people in this regime have been guilty of…I would put war crimes dossiers together, and I would take senior leaders of the Iranian regime to The Hague and prosecute them for war crimes. To get that information, someone needs to talk to the NCRI.

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The U.S. Treasury department sanctions Javad Zarif

U.S. Imposes Sanctions on Regime Foreign Minister Javad Zarif

The U.S. Treasury department sanctions Javad Zarif

The U.S. Department of Treasury imposed new sanctions on the Iranian regime’s Foreign Minister, Javad Zarif-for acting for the Supreme Leader of Iran July 31, 2019

The United States Treasury Department announced on Wednesday the addition of regime Foreign Minister Javad Zarif to the Office of Foreign Assets Control’s Specially Designated Nationals List. The designation and its accompanying sanctions will prohibit Zarif from entering the U.S. or using the U.S. financial system.

Statement from the Treasury Department

According to the Treasury Department statement, the designation was made “because Zarif acted or purported to act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran.”

U.S. Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin cited specific actions taken by Zarif that warranted the designation in the statement:

“Javad Zarif implements the reckless agenda of Iran’s Supreme Leader and is the regime’s primary spokesperson around the world.  The United States is sending a clear message to the Iranian regime that its recent behavior is completely unacceptable,” said Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin. “At the same time the Iranian regime denies Iranian citizens’ access to social media, Foreign Minister Javad Zarif spreads the regime’s propaganda and disinformation around the world through these mediums.”

The statement also notes Zarif’s role in attempting to interfere with U.S. elections:

“Zarif’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and its high ranking officials have engaged in and funded efforts to influence elections, some of which have involved the IRGC-QF.  Additionally, senior officials of Iran’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs sought to facilitate the release of two IRGC-QF operatives from a foreign country by making payments to foreign judiciary officials.”

The MEK and the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) have repeatedly called for sanctions against regime President Hassan Rouhani, Javad Zarif, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, the IRGC, and the MOIS because of their terrorist activities in the Middle East and abroad.

Maryam Rajavi’s Earlier Statements

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi stressed the need for sanctions against Zarif in several speeches this summer, which she then tweeted for further emphasis.

Int’l gathering at Ashraf 3 – June 29, 2019:

Blacklisting the corrupt & vicious core of the regime, the Office of Ali Khamenei, which took place after a 3-decade delay, has been welcomed by the Iranian public. The blacklisting must be extended to Hassan Rouhani [and Javad Zarif].

Message to Iranians’ rally in London– July 27, 2019:

We urge Britain, Europe & all states to stop accommodating the mullahs. Do not help them scale down the sanctions. Stand up to them. Place the IRGC, the MOIS, Khamenei’s office,Hassan Rouhani [& Javad Zarif] on the terror list.

Reaction from the Iranian Resistance

The MEK and the Iranian Resistance sees the sanctions against Zarif as a positive step toward holding the regime accountable for its actions.

Mohammed Mohaddessin, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the NCRI, tweeted in response to the designation:

Zarif & his ministry’s role is to justify suppression, the export of terrorism & warmongering. He boasts being a friend to Ghassem Soleimani, Bashar Assad & Hassan Nasrollah. His ministry along with Khamenei’s office, Rouhani  &MOIS must be included in the terrorist list. #Iran

Shahin Gobadi, Spokesman for the MEK, also responded favorably to the news:

Placing Zarif in the sanctions list is a positive step. His mission has been to justify the regime’s atrocities against the people of #Iran including the 1988 massacre and the mullahs’ export of terrorism and belligerence. Time to impose sanctions on Rouhani #FreeIran

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Regime Advisor Defends 1988 Massacre, Vows to “Eliminate MEK”

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Ayatollah Montazeri, regime’s ex-Supreme leader’s heir, ina taped message revealed the extent of the massacre of the MEK supporters, calling it “the greatest crime committed in the Islamic Republic, for which history will condemn” the mullahs ruling Iran for.

In a July 24, 2019 interview with the state-run Mosalas magazine, Mostafa Pour-Mohammadi, Advisor to the Iranian regime’s Judiciary Chief and former Interior and Justice Minister defended the regime’s mass execution of 30,000 political prisoners in the 1988 Massacre and further vowed to carry on the regime’s efforts to seek out and kill MEK members until the group was eliminated.

The 1988 Massacre

Pour-Mohammadi was appointed to Tehran’s Death Commission in the summer of 1988 by regime founder Ruhollah Khomeini. The Death Commissions were tasked with carrying out Khomeini’s fatwa decreeing that all MEK political prisoners in Iran must be executed.

More than 30,000 political prisoners were executed over the course of the summer of 1988, most of whom were MEK members. To date, none of the perpetrators of this crime against humanity have been brought to justice. Many of those responsible for the executions have gone on to serve as high-ranking members of the regime.

Mostafa Pour-Mohammadi’s Interview with Mosalas Magazine

Pour-Mohammadi made a number of shocking statements about the 1988 Massacre, along with direct threats to the MEK, some of which are translated and excerpted below:

Question: A major accusation against the Islamic Republic, which is usually picked up by foreign news organizations, relates to the issue of the ‘Hypocrites’ [MEK] and the manner in which the Islamic Republic dealt with the MEK, the height of which was in 1988. You were in the Foreign Intelligence Department and had a role in this affair. You can explain how you were involved.

Mostafa Pour-Mohammadi: Look, your enemy is lying. It is making accusations. It is resorting to any evil act. It has no barrier. It is coordinating in detail with your enemies and does not hesitate to carry out any action against you. Imagine we are in the middle of this. Do you expect us to simply announce all our operational plans and those issues that they can use to their advantage and clobber us with every day? So that they sideline and cover up 100 of our logical and correct statements in the media, and expose two of our points which we accept are our weaknesses so that they can present an important point of history using just two or three issues and events, and cast this image in the public mindset? This is certainly not the right thing to do. They are blowing their propaganda horns and concentrating on this story.

When the criminal, traitor enemy [MEK] is carrying out operations as a brigade of the enemy [Iraq], are we really expected to talk about legal debates and civil and humanitarian protections when we are in the middle of a war, and say, ‘this happened here’, ‘that happened there’?..

Mostafa PourMohammadi, member of the “Death Committee” during the 1988 massacre of 30,000 political prisoners (mainly MEK activists) who were slain by a direct fatwa from the Iranian regime’s supreme leader, Rouhollah Khomeini.

Question: So the context of this saga was the war that was taking place.

Pour-Mohammadi: … Can you have an enemy that is worse than that? They destroy your image all around the world. There has not been a single case of such destruction in the past 40 years, other than those in which the MEK has had the leading role. We have not yet settled the score with the MEK. We will discuss these matters after we eliminate them. We are not joking. They need to come and answer for their crimes and treachery. … And now you want me to come forward and answer, in legal terms, why I threw a grenade into the wrong place or acting incorrectly? The MEK are all criminals. They must all be prosecuted in court. Under any law in this world, all of them have killed people and have waged war, and they must all face capital punishment.”

Question: Even those who were in prison [at the time]? Except for those who repented?

Pour-Mohammadi: Look! When you commute a sentence, on a temporary basis, for a criminal terrorist in prison, and then he behaves like he is taking part in the depth of the conspiracy and is cooperating [with the enemy], are you supposed to be dimwitted and simplistic and let him carry out any operation? Who would do that?

Question: Those who were executed were all collaborators?

Pour-Mohammadi: Look. These were the minimum legal protocols that were adhered to. No one doubts this. We were told to accept the word of even those who falsely repented. But when someone is involved in an operation plot, has plotted his escape, is planning to take over Jamaran [Khomeini’s home] the next day, kill the Imam [Khomeini] and his entourage, and take over the state broadcaster and all government centers, and has received an operational plan telling him where to go; are we supposed to be simplistic and say: ‘No, you weren’t on the frontline. You were backup forces. You were spying. You were a mechanic [for their] vehicles.’ Huh? Is that what we were supposed to say? Whoever is in the enemy lines is the enemy. What are we supposed to do to the enemy? We are supposed to fight the enemy. We have not yet eliminated them. Now’s not the time for such talk. Now’s the time to root them out. Today as well, the MEK is the most treacherous enemy of this nation. They need to come and answer and stand trial. We have to deal with each and every one of them…

I think the issue of the MEK is clear. We have no ambiguity about the MEK. We are at a time of war. Now is not the time for talk. Now is the time to fight them, now is the time to subdue them. Now is the time to conduct prosecutions. It is time to put the criminal world that defends terrorism in its place. Now is not the time to give legal answers and say for example, ‘this judge acted well’, ‘this judge acted poorly’ or to ask whether this file was closed properly. Yes, perhaps the Judiciary might have many weaknesses, and it might make a mistake now and then. Are we supposed to defend our mistakes? But, the issue is not about a mistake having been made. This whole issue is immaterial and does not merit attention. But, I think once, God willing, we get rid of the MEK, then these matters will become more clear with greater detail.

Statement from Amnesty International

Amnesty International issued a statement in response to Pour-Mohammadi’s interview expressing alarm at the lack of accountability from the perpetrators of the 1988 Massacre and the continued threats to the family members of the victims of the crime. The statement read, in part:

“The organization is particularly concerned about comments by Mostafa Pour Mohammadi accusing those advocating for truth and accountability of ‘terrorism’ and ‘collusion’ with Iran’s geopolitical enemies, and warning that they shall face prosecution. These comments, coupled with the appointment, in March 2019, of Ebrahim Raisi, who, like Mostafa Pour Mohammadi, was involved with the mass extrajudicial executions of 1988, to the position of the head of the judiciary, put survivors, family members of those executed and human rights defenders at increased risk of harassment and persecution simply for seeking truth and justice.”

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