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Iran HRM's Annual report on human rights in Iran

Iran Human Rights Monitor Releases Damning Assessment of Iranian Human Rights in its 2018 Report

Iran HRM's Annual report on human rights in Iran

Iran Human Rights Monitor published its annual report on the violations of human rights in Iran

ran Human Rights Monitor has released its annual report on the domestic situation within Iran. This year’s 24-page report is of particular importance as this year marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The report outlines how the people of Iran are systematically having their basic human rights violated by the brutal and bloody clerical regime. Public hangings, floggings, and forced amputations have become commonplace. Those that are arrested suffer intolerable and inhumane conditions in the Iranian prison system.

The regime’s judiciary institutions have been used to promote the regime’s aims, including arresting and imprisoning political dissidents, including members of the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK), civil rights activists, students, journalists, with no regard for international law and basic human rights.

The Report’s Findings

Iran Human Rights Monitor found the regime’s 2018 record to be particularly concerning. The group reported that last year there were 285 executions, 8,000 arbitrary arrests, and cases of 12 jailed protesters killed while enduring torture in Iran’s prisons.

Among those arrested were four women, and six individuals who had committed the crimes they were convicted of when they were under the age of 18.

Limited Freedom of Expression

The report found that Iranian freedom of expression has deteriorated in 2018. The national uprising at the end of 2017 and the beginning of 2018 was met with violence. More than 58 protestors died while exercising their right to express their opinions publicly, and 8,000 others were arrested and thrown in jail.

Protesters in Europe Condemn Regime’s Terrorism and Surge in Executions

Those that were arrested were denied access to legal representation, the Iran Human Rights Monitor found. There were also verifiable reports of the regime administering methadone to protestors in regime custody to depict them as drug addicts.

Torture

Once arrested, many of Iran’s prisoners are subjected to torture during interrogations. At least 20 people were tortured to death across Iran in 2018, with a variety of torture methods being employed against prisoners including, mock executions, beatings, burnings, electric shocks, sleep deprivation, and solitary confinement.

Taymour Khaledian, a civic activist who was held at a State Security Force base last winter, reported being severely beaten and “sexually tortured” while in regime custody. His injuries were so extensive he was unable to sit afterward. The majority of Iran’s prisoners do not receive medical care for their injuries.

Kangaroo Courts

The report found that the Iranian judiciary system consistently failed to hold fair trials to those accused of crimes. Confessions used to convict those on trial were often obtained during torture, even in cases which resulted in death sentences.

For those accused of national security crime, including political crimes and civil disobedience, the regime will only allow legal representation for the defense if they use one of 20 regime-affiliated lawyers. Therefore, these trials are never fair or independent.

Freedom of Religion

In addition, the regime frequently violates the rights of religious minorities in Iran. They face reduced education and employment opportunities, harassment, lengthy prison sentences, and restrictions on their ability to practice their religions.

In a particularly high-profile case this year, two Christians, Saheb Fadaei and Fatimeh Bakherti, who had converted from Islam, were sentenced to over a year in prison for “spreading propaganda against the regime”. Many other Christians are often imprisoned on similar charges.

Gender Discrimination

Women and young females receive some of the worst treatment in the country. The Global Gender Gap in 2017 ranked Iran among the bottom four countries on earth for its treatment of women.

Women’s wages are lower than their male counterparts. They are also not permitted the same access to divorce, employment opportunities, political representation, and representation in both criminal and family lawsuits as men are.

The unemployment rate among women stands at double the rate among men. As a result, many women holding college degrees are forced to accept employment that pays less than one-third of the minimum wage in Iran.

Child Soldiers

The Iranian regime also engages in one of the most deplorable crimes in existence in the modern world. It uses children as soldiers in combat situations.

Nikki Haley, the former US ambassador to the UN publicly revealed that the US had evidence of the regime using children in combat roles since early 2015. The children were sent to fight in Syria in support of the violent Assad regime. Some of the children were just 14 years old.

Holding the Barbaric Regime to Account

In its report, Human Rights Monitor also urged the international community and supporters of democracy around the world to hold the mullahs to account for their crimes against the Iranian people.

The downtrodden and oppressed citizens of Iran are routinely silenced and ignored. They need their international supporters to be their voice and assist them in fighting the regime and bringing justice against those committing crimes against humanity.

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Student Day protests in Iran

University Students in Cities across Iran Protest Regime Suppression

Student Day protests in Iran

Archive-Student’s protest in Iran – On the occasion of the “Student’s Day” – December 2014

On Tuesday, students at a number of universities in Iran protested the suppression of students. The protests, which occurred prior to the upcoming Student Day this Friday the 7th, involved students from Tehran Polytechnic University, Tabriz Sahand University, Babol Noshirvani University, among others.

According to MEK sources in Iran, protests in Tehran turned violent as students clashed with Basij forces who had been dispatched to suppress the demonstration. Despite the regime’s attempts to prevent the protests, the students from Polytechnic University continued with their rally, chanting: “Imprisoned workers must be released!”

“Imprisoned students must be released!”

“Cannon, Tank, Machine Gun do not work anymore!”

“Real teachers should be released!”

“Death to this deceitful government!“

Students from the Faculty of Social Sciences of Tehran Allameh University, Kermanshah Razi University, and Sirjan University of Medical Sciences used the upcoming Student Day as an occasion to protest the regime and its acts of suppression toward university students. The students from Kermanshah Razi University also protested in support of teachers and workers who have participated in the growing strike movement this year. They chanted: “Student, Worker, Teacher, United, United!”

“Teachers are in jail from Khorasan to Tehran!”

“Free imprisoned teachers!”

The following day, students at Semnan University of Medical Sciences turned a visit from regime President Hassan Rouhani into a protest. When Rouhani entered the university hall, a group of students chanted, “Inflation, high prices, you, Rouhani respond!”

Babol Noushirvan University held their own protest against student suppression. The students carried signs reading: “Stop suppression of students!”

“Student would rather die than accept this humiliation!”

Repressive policies at universities in Iran are common, and penalties for violating these policies are severe. The Herasat Department at Chamran University in Kerman, which is a branch of the Ministry of Intelligence that operates on university campuses, has imposed repressive policies at Chamran. One of these policies states that students are not allowed inside each other’s rooms. Any student found inside another student’s room is fine 100,000 tomans.

This is only a single example of a policy at one university. Iranian universities are governed by policies and laws meant to repress students and prevent them from expressing independent thoughts or actions. The mullahs hope that by limiting freedom on university campuses, they can stop the youth of Iran from rising up against the theocracy that oppresses them. It is becoming clear that the opposite is true.

The youth of Iran are a large part of the ongoing uprising that is taking place among all sectors in the country. The MEK and the Iranian Opposition are working to organize and lead this massive movement to overthrow the corrupt regime and restore democracy to Iran.

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MEP Describes Visit to MEK’s Residence -Ashraf 3

MEPs delegation in a conference in Ashraf3

MEPs delegation in a conference held in Tirana-Ashraf3, during their three day visit to the place of residence of the MEK-November 2018

In November, Czech MEP Jaromír Štětina, Vice-Chair of Subcommittee on Security and Defence in the European Parliament, visited Ashraf 3, the MEK camp in Tirana, Albania. He was accompanied by Estonian MEP Tunne Kelam, and former Scottish MEP Struan Stevenson. Štětina wrote about his experience visiting the camp in a recent article in euroactiv.com.

Štětina, like many who have visited Ashraf 3 before him, was struck by how quickly the residents of the camp have built a functioning city from the ground up. In his article, Štětina described the numerous facilities that have been built in less than a year.

Ashraf 3, which is named after the camps in Iraq that the MEK were forced to leave, has functioning water purification facilities, a medical and dental center, pharmacies, bakeries, a sports complex, a library, meeting halls, and learning centers. The entire project has been financed by donations and loans from supporters of the MEK. No government has financed any part of Ashraf 3.

Štětina also wrote about the resilience of the Ashrafis, who were displaced several times and were the victim of multiple attacks by pro-Iran militias during the years they lived in Iraq. Before arriving in Tirana, camp residents had their belongings confiscated. Štětina wrote that he had worked as a war correspondent for a number of years and had often seen displaced people in difficult situations. He was struck by the high spirits and morale of the 3,000 Ashrafis and their commitment to the cause of freedom for the Iranian people.

The Iranian regime, according to Štětina, was angry that the MEK camp was safely relocated to Albania. As the primary opposition to the regime, the MEK poses an existential threat to the mullahs, especially in light of the ongoing uprisings taking place across the country. The regime has been unable to suppress the protests and strikes taking place throughout Iran for almost a year, so it has launched a new smear campaign against the MEK in an attempt to prevent the opposition from gaining more support while simultaneously setting the stage for new terrorist plots against the MEK in Europe.

The regime’s demonization campaign, according to Štětina, includes media reports claiming that the MEK camp is a “cult-like” environment where members are cut off from the world and are forbidden by leaders from leaving the camp.

Štětina vehemently asserted that these were false claims. He wrote that in his short visit he met hundreds of camp residents who all expressed their commitment to a free Iran. Residents left the camp freely for shopping, recreation, appointments, or other purposes.

Former Scottish MEP Describes His Visit to Ashraf 3 in Albania and the Regime’s Vicious Misinformation Campaign

Štětina expressed his admiration for the women of Ashraf 3. During his visit to the camp, Štětina wrote that the women spoke of their sacrifices and commitment to fight against the oppressive regime no matter the price.

Over the course of the past year, Iran has been the scene of widespread protests and strikes. The workers of the Haft Tappeh sugar factory and the Ahvaz Steel factory in Khuzestan Province have been on strike for several weeks in protest of months of unpaid wages. Iranian truck drivers, teachers, farmers, and merchants have all participated in multiple nationwide strikes this year. A number of other sectors have protested or been on strike as well. The regime blames the MEK and Ashraf residents for organizing the protests, according to Štětina.

Štětina wrote that the regime has gone to great lengths to eliminate the MEK as a threat, even resorting to terror attacks. An attempted car bombing at a Nowruz celebration in Tirana was foiled by Albanian police in March. In June, an Iranian diplomat was arrested in Germany for masterminding a plot to bomb an Iranian Opposition gathering outside of Paris.

Last month, according to Štětina, Denmark recalled its Ambassador to Iran after an assassination plot targeting Iranian MEK members in Copenhagen was foiled.

Štětina ended his article by pointing out that E.U. High Representative Federica Mogherini has remained silent about the Iranian regime’s terrorist plots on European soil. Štětina went on to state that he and many of his colleagues believe that the High Representative should place a higher priority on expelling Iranian regime diplomats from the E.U.

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Amnesty International's report on the 1988 massacre

Amnesty International Holds Press Conference Following its Landmark Report on 1988 Massacre

Amnesty International's report on the 1988 massacre

Amnesty International published its report on the crime against humanity, the massacre of the political prisoners in Iran during the summer of 1988.

Amnesty International held a news conference today following the release of its new landmark report on the 1988 massacre in Iran.

The report, entitled “Blood-Soaked Secrets: Why Iran’s 1988 Prison Massacres are Ongoing Crimes Against Humanity”, compiled testimonies, documentary evidence, and audio-visual evidence to illustrate the Iranian regime’s barbaric and systematic slaughter of tens of th members of the Iranian opposition, the People’s Mojahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK).

A Carefully Planned and Systematically Executed Mass Murder Operation

The report found that the regime targeted members of the Iranian opposition, including the MEK and groups, keeping their families in the dark about their whereabouts and ultimate execution.

 

The regime then falsified death certificates and carried out secret burials to hide its atrocities and absolve itself of any blame or scrutiny. Amnesty International found the regime guilty of several crimes under international law, including enforced disappearance, torture, and crimes against humanity.

A Lingering Injustice

For the families of the victims of the 1988 massacre, the report marks a landmark moment in the fight for justice.

They have suffered 30-years of distorted truth and lies about the fate of their loved ones. “To this day, their families are denied [the] truth,” said Amnesty International’s David Griffiths. “[The] new Amnesty International report demands truth and justice now”.

For a long time, the authorities treated the killings as state secrets, the Amnesty report found. Any time the wall of secrecy was penetrated, the regime responded with harsh reprisals and levied charges against those accused of “disclosing state secrets”.

In a press conference following the report’s release, Amnesty International’s Iran researcher, Raha Bahreini said, “authorities have never acknowledged even one of [the] mass grave sites where they dumped bodies”.

The regime has actually hailed those responsible for the 1988 killings as heroes. Alireza Avaei, the regime’s current Minister for Justice was part of the “death commission” for Dezful and oversaw executions in that city.

The current Head of the Supreme Court for Judges, Hossein Ali Nayyeri, was also part of a “death commission” in 1988, as was Mostafa Pour Mohammadi, who was a representative for the Ministry of Intelligence (MOIS).

In a statement, Amnesty International said, “families and survivors have been grossly failed by the UN and the international community. The lack of condemnation from the UN Commission of Human Rights at the time and the failure of the UN General Assembly to refer the situation to the Security Council emboldened Iran’s authorities to continue to deny the truth and inflict torture and ill-treatment on the families.”

The ongoing lack of accountability and justice means that families still do not know where their loved ones’ bodies are located. The regime will not acknowledge the existence of mass grave sites, let alone disclose their locations.

Holding Those to Account

In the report, Amnesty International recommended that the UN establish an independent and impartial international mechanism to hold those responsible within the regime to account for their crimes.

This sentiment was echoed by its Middle East Research Director, Lynn Maalouf who said on Twitter, “Amnesty International considers the extrajudicial executions and enforced disappearances to be crimes against humanity”.

The MEK and other campaigners for democracy and justice across the globe will welcome Amnesty International’s investigation of one of the bloodiest and most evil chapters in Iran’s history.

However, it is only effective if international legal mechanisms and the UN can work to pressure Iran into investigating the matter and putting those responsible for these heinous crimes on trial. Those responsible must be made to answer for their crimes before civilian courts. Only then will justice have been served for the families of the 1988 victims.

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Simaye Azadi telethon-November 2018

MEK reports: Supporting Independent News Outlets is More Important Now Than Ever

Simaye Azadi telethon-November 2018

Simay Azadi Telethon held from November 30th to December 2, 2018- A parade of support for MEK and the Iranian opposition at home

Given the extent of the Iranian regime’s campaign of disinformation, lending support to trustworthy Iranian news outlets is now more important than ever, according to the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) and the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK).

In September, Twitter announced the closure of 770 regime-affiliated accounts, in one of the regime’s largest disinformation campaigns to date. The accounts spread deliberately inflammatory content, often demonizing the MEK and other members of the Iranian opposition.

Shortly afterward, a three-page article appeared in the British newspaper, the Guardian. The piece, written by Arron Merat, a known regime affiliate with ties to the regime’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS), also spread lies and falsehoods about the MEK.

The most recent example of the regime’s disinformation campaign came from a Reuter’s report which identified 70 websites dedicated to spreading the regime’s lies and propaganda.

These misinformation campaigns are particularly damaging to the MEK and the Iranian resistance. The regime uses its propaganda outlets to legitimize terror attacks on resistance groups, much like the bomb attack planned at the MEK’s Grand Gathering event in Paris.

Domestic Propaganda

These misinformation campaigns targeted independent observers and citizens abroad. For example, many of the 770 regime-affiliated Twitter accounts were regime affiliate posing as foreign journalists and citizens.

But perhaps the most extensive misinformation campaign is being waged at home, within Iran. Hassan Rouhani has systematically dismantled the free press. He has shuttered independent news outlets, tightened restrictions on social media access and restricted the news people reach online.

Lending Support to Free and Independent Media

Although many large independent news outlets have been shuttered, there are still sources of reliable, independent information on offer to the Iranian public.

Supporting these independent outlets is more important now than ever before. Since the nationwide uprisings in December and January, the clamor for regime change among the Iranian people has intensified.

However, without an independent free press, these demands go unheard. Free and independent media outlets give voice to these demands and show citizens across Iran that they are not alone.

One example of Iran’s independent media was on display in the Simaye Azadi’s telethon (Iran National Television-INTV). Despite the intense constraints surrounding the media in Iran, Azadi has consistently given the Iranian people a voice in these dark times. This has earned him the support of the Iranian people.

The financial independence of Iran National Television allows it to operate in an environment where many other independent outlets are forced to cave to regime oppression.

INTV holds regular fundraising telethons through which finances are raised. Even in times of extreme economic hardship, like those facing Iranians today, the Iranian public digs deeps and gives what it can to INTV during these difficult times to ensure Iran’s free press lives on and gives hope to millions.

This does not come without risk. Unfortunately, the regime has put to death activists accused of supporting media outlets, yet many Iranians will not be deterred and are willing to risk it all to ensure Iranians are kept abreast of the latest human rights abuses, protests, and incarcerations of the Iranian resistance movement.

INTV also receives extensive support from the Iranian diaspora across the world. At the channel’s latest telethon, Saeed in the United States donated $250,000 to the outlet. He said, “as a physician, I have dedicated a large part of my career to be able to support the movement and consider this as part of my share to free Iran”.

https://twitter.com/4FreedominIran/status/1068969825823797250f the Iranian people”.

Several high-profile politicians also called on people across the world to support Iranian freedom of speech and the free press by donating to INTV. Struan Stevenson, a former Scottish member of the European Parliament (MEP) told supporters over Twitter, “I encourage everyone to support the 30 Nov-2 Dec telethon”.

“Our sole weapon… are our truthfulness and our honesty”

Senior MEK member, Ehsan Amin praised Azadi for his tireless devotion to upholding the principles of a free and independent media organization. Amin said, “Azadi has always been in the front line of the struggle against the regime’s smear campaign against the Resistance, and plays a vital role in revealing the true nature of such allegations”.

Amin added, “our sole weapon in the face of the regime’s demagogy is our truthfulness and our honesty”.

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Ahvaz Steelworkers protest - Day 24.

Ahvaz Steel Workers Gain Support in Their Protests

Ahvaz Steelworkers protest - Day 24.

The protest by thousands of Steelworkers in Ahvaz continues.

Monday marked the 24th day of protests for the workers of the Iran National Steel Industrial Group in Ahvaz, Khuzestan, report MEK sources inside Iran. The workers once again rallied in the streets of Ahvaz to demand payment of their wages, which they have not received for several months.

The protesting workers held banners reading, “The workers are awake, they are fed up with exploitation!” and “Don’t make workers the victims of mafia deals!”

The Ahvaz steelworkers have demanded their unpaid wages for months, but they have been ignored by both their employers and the Iranian regime. The workers have now been forced to strike in order to make their voices heard.

The regime has responded to the protests with threats and intimidation. The head of the regime’s judiciary threatened to arrest the striking workers, calling their protests “sedition.” Nevertheless, the steelworkers have continued to rally on the streets of Ahvaz for more than three weeks to demand payment for their work.

Regime officials recently announced that two months of wages had been deposited into the workers’ accounts. However, according to the state-run ILNA new agency, workers reported that only 120 workers were paid. The 3,500 striking workers did not receive their wages.

The Ahvaz steelworkers place the blame for their situation on the regime and its corrupt policies. They are among many groups of oppressed Iranian workers who are suffering from the Iranian regime’s corruption. The workers of the Haft Tappeh sugar factory in Shush, Khuzestan have been protesting for their unpaid wages for 29 days. The factory workers blame the regime for allowing the privatization of their company, which has nearly bankrupted it.

Iran: Haft Tappeh Workers Strike for 26th Day, Ignoring False Promises and Intimidation

As the strikes have gone on, the striking workers have gained support from the Iranian people and from human rights activists and labor rights groups across the world. MEK sources report that students have joined the steel workers’ protests. Students were seen holding signs reading, ““We’re the workers’ children; we’ll stand by their side!”

Regime officials have been forced to acknowledge that workers in Iran are unhappy with labor conditions in the country. State media has run a number of reports about the regime’s deep concerns that the workers’ dissatisfaction will lead to a large scale revolt led by the MEK.

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Day 24 of Ahvaz protest by workers

Iran: Ahvaz Steel Workers Protest for 24th Day

Day 24 of Ahvaz protest by workers

The protest in Ahvaz continues, despite the repressive measures the government has taken.

Saturday marked the 22nd day of protests by the Iran National Steel Industrial Group. The workers rallied in front of the Khuzestan governorate in Ahvaz with signs reading, “The workers of Ahvaz are awake and fed up with being exploited!” and “Don’t make the workers the victims of mafia scheme!”

 

The Ahvaz steelworkers went on strike in November in protest of not receiving their wages for several months. The workers were protesting for several months prior to the strike for basic rights, but the regime has yet to respond to any of their demands. Reports from the MEK sources inside Iran indicate that the protests have continued.

The workers blame the regime for their situation, saying that the government’s corruption is responsible for the factors leading to their protests and strikes. At Saturday’s protest, the workers chanted, “You’re taking advantage of Islam and have made the lives of the people a misery!” and “They speak of Hossein but they pride in their thievery!” The chants were in reference to the regime’s perversion of religious edicts and principles in order to rob the Iranian people of their wealth. Imam Hossein refers to the grandson of the Prophet Mohammed, a revered symbol for Shiite Muslims.

Iranian Merchants, Steel Workers, and Factory Workers Strike as Part of Growing Nationwide Movement

The protests by the Ahvaz steelworkers are occurring simultaneously to strikes by the workers of the Haft Tappeh sugar factory in Shush. Both sets of striking workers are in Khuzestan Province, and they have been supportive of each other throughout the protests.

The Ahvaz steelworkers and Haft Tappeh factory workers have gained support from people across Iran, including students, teachers, truck drivers, merchants, and youth. Each of these groups have expressed solidarity with the striking workers. The MEK and the Iranian Opposition have also expressed their support for the workers’ strikes, and Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), urged others to join the workers in solidarity with their protests.

As the strikes and protests have gained international attention, the striking workers have also received messages of support from workers’ unions and syndicates from around the world.

The Ahvaz steelworkers have vowed to continue their protests until their demands are met. On Saturday, the workers chanted, “Shame on the government that deceives the people!”

 

Strikes and protests have become common in Iran over the past year. The economy is in free fall, and the regime’s corrupt policies have left Iranian workers no recourse other than to take to the streets to protest. Regime officials have warned that a crisis is brewing due to workers losing their trust in their employers and the government.

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Simaye Azadi Telethon on its second day-December 1

Simaye Azadi Holds Second Day of Telethon

Simaye Azadi Telethon on its second day-December 1

Moslem Eskandar Filaby, world wrestling champion, and the chairman of NCRI’s Sport Committee, participated in Simaye Azadi Telethon

December 1st was the second day of the most recent telethon hosted by Simaye Azadi, Iran’s National TV (INTV). The satellite television station, known as the Voice of Iran, regularly hosts these telethons to bring attention to the atrocities committed by the Iranian regime and to give a voice to the people of Iran who have been silenced by the mullahs.

The telethon also offers an opportunity for supporters of the MEK and the Iranian Opposition to make donations to Simay Azadi, this beacon of hope and inspiration to millions who receive the news of activities and positions of the MEK and the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) via this progressive media via satellite.

On Saturday, supporters of the MEK from across the world called into the telethon with donations. The callers described their motivations for supporting the Iranian Opposition. Here are some of their words:

“Iranian people have a slogan: ‘Our shame, Our shame, is our television and radio (referring to the state media, and their misinforming programs) .’ Ashrafis say that is our pride and you are part of this pride.”

Omid Ehsani from Sweden said, “Simaye Azadi⁩ is like a school showing us how to fight against the Iranian regime.  This makes me happy and that is why my friends and I donate 32,000 Kronas.”

Jaromir Stetina, a Member of European Parliament, tweeted in support of the telethon, “I wanted to add my support for the great work which is being done by Simay-e-Azadi, which is an independent satellite TV channel that brings out news of the repression and human rights violations in Iran.”

A Swedish supporter said this: “We are a group of supporters of the Iranian people and resistance.  We are going to collect a group donation for you to help the downfall of the tyrants’ rule.”

Saeed from the U.S. donated $250,000. He had this to say about his donation: As a physician, I have dedicated a large part of my career to be able to support the movement and consider this as part of my share to a Free Iran and the MEK.

The telethon will conclude on Sunday, December 2nd.

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Iranian regime's terrorism and extremism infography

The West Must Organise a United and Organised Response to Iranian Terror

Iranian regime's terrorism and extremism infography

Credit to NCRI- “The IRGC is a Terror Group Spreading Violence and Extremism” infographic published on February 2017.
The infographic call on the U.S. to designate the IRGC as an FTO.

Alireza Jafarzedah, the Deputy Director of the Washington D.C. office of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) and spokesperson for the Iranian opposition, published a thought-provoking piece on US news site, Townhall.

The piece, entitled “Europe and the US Must Confront Iran’s Terror On Their Soil”, highlights the escalating threat Iran poses to the West and the need for Washington and its European allies to address increasing Iranian terrorist activities.

A Year of Terror Plots

“Over the past year, Europe and the United States have seen an unprecedented increase in terrorist threats”, Jafarzedah begins.

The Iranian regime has orchestrated attacks against the Iranian resistance group, the People’s Muhajedin Organisation of Iran (MEK), in Paris, Albania, Turkey, the Netherlands, and the US. It attempted to carry out a truck bomb attack in Paris, an assassination in Denmark, and a bomb plot on the MEK’s compound near Tirana, Albania’s capital.

“For decades, Tehran’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) has orchestrated terror plots abroad, using diplomatic facilities as cover”, Jafarzedah continues, and this year has been no different.

Following the regime’s foiled terror attack on the MEK’s annual Grand Gathering event in Paris, a diplomat working out of the regime’s Austrian embassy was arrested over coordinating the attack and supplying the would-be attackers with the explosive material.

The MEK revealed in a press conference later that the diplomat, named Assadollah Assadi, had been acting on the orders of the regime leadership, indicating that the elaborate web of Iranian terrorism runs from the upper echelons of the Iranian regime, and relies on diplomats working out of regime-affiliated embassies to execute the violent attacks.

Iranian Diplomat-Terrorist and Accomplices Arraigned in Belgian Court on Terrorism Charges

Uprisings at Home

Alireza Jafarzedah believes that the surge in Iranian terror activities can be explained by the mullahs weakening grip on the political landscape at home.

Iran has been racked by a wave of protests which began with the MEK-organised nationwide uprising in December and January. Major strikes in Iran’s key industries spread across the countries, and since January the mullahs have had to deal with a series of anti-regime strikes and protests among Iran’s truck drivers, teachers, steelworkers, factory workers, and students.

“Unable to crush the unfolding uprising at home, the mullahs are striking overseas”, Jafarzedah writes. This certainly makes sense as the targets in the majority of Iran’s state-sponsored terrorism abroad have been MEK members living abroad.

“Western governments need to take several concrete steps”

Jafarzedah goes on to outline several concrete steps that Western governments must take to protect their own citizens and end the regime’s terror machine in Europe and the West.

150 MEPs Sign Statement Calling for Expulsion of Regime Intelligence Agents from E.U.

“Firstly, begin arresting or expelling Iranian agents acting illegally”, he writes. There is no shortage of agents operating on foreign soil. In the last 12 months, four diplomats have been accused of illegal conduct or engaging in plotting terror attacks against the MEK. Three were expelled by the Dutch and French governments, the last was detained and will face charges for the Paris terror plot in Belgium.

There is some appetite within the EU for a firmer stance against diplomats engaged in nefarious activities. 150 members of the European Parliament (MEPs) recently signed a letter calling for the expulsion of Iranian intelligence agents from EU soil.

“Secondly, Western governments should seriously consider shutting Iranian diplomatic facilities”, Jafarzedah suggests. Tehran has consistently demonstrated contempt for international and domestic law. The regime cannot be trusted to maintain facilities on Western soil without engaging in violence. Therefore, the West should consider limiting Tehran’s diplomatic activities.

“Thirdly, Western governments should work together to enact sanctions on firms that fund the terror”. The US has reintroduced sanctions against the Iranian regime and its affiliated companies. The EU must join the US the avoid Iranian companies bypassing these sanctions.

The only way to end terrorism is by cutting off its financing. This is why it is imperative the West stands firm and brings the full weight of sanctions against the Iranian companies involved in funding terrorism.

Jafarzedah concludes his article by suggesting that the regime is weaker than it portrays itself. With uprisings occurring on a daily basis, the regime in on the brink of collapse. He concludes, “the Iranian people’s desire for a new future is stronger than their fear of the regime. The West should recognize this and stand with them instead of their oppressors”. Only then will the West ensure that the Iran threat is neutralized once and for all and protect their citizens from terror attacks.

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Bus driver's statement of support for Haft-Tappeh workers

MEK-Iran: Iran’s Bus Drivers Issue a Statement of Support for the Workers of Haft Tappeh

Bus driver's statement of support for Haft-Tappeh workers

Bus Drivers in Tehran, support the workers of Haft-Tappeh sugarcane factory, who have been on a protest for the past month.

The Haft Tappeh workers received a boost when the Greater Tehran Bus Syndicate issued a public statement supporting their strike and condemning the arrest and regime violence against its labor activist, Esmaeel Bakhshi.

The Haft Tappeh workers have been on strike over unpaid wages and the forced privatization of the company for almost eight weeks. Bakhshi was arrested, along with 18 other protestors during the first week of the protest. While most of the other protestors were released shortly afterward, Bakhshi and several others were kept in regime custody.

News later emerged that Bakhshi was rushed to hospital after sustaining serious head injuries in regime custody.

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The Greater Tehran Bus Syndicate echoed the Haft Tappeh workers calls for Bakshi’s immediate release and the closure of any outstanding judicial cases against the Haft Tappeh protestors.

A Climate of Fear

The regime has resorted to its usual threats and oppression in an attempt to end the Haft Tappeh protests. The mayor of Shush, accompanied by the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) and plainclothes officers approached the protestors to issue threats unless they stopped the protests.

The protesting workers would not be deterred, instead of mounting chants against the corrupt mayor, and renewed chants of “jailed workers must be released”.

The arrests were also designed to create a climate of fear among protestors. However, they backfired. In the face of mounting regime violence, the protestors of Haft Tappeh have only received reinvigorated public support.

Many of Iran’s youth have taken to the streets with the striking workers in a clear display of solidarity.

The Iranian resistance group, the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK), also issued words of support. The President-elect of the Iranian opposition, Maryam Rajavi, took to Twitter to call on the Iranian public to stand with the brave workers.

Students from Tehran’s Art University also paid homage to the striking Haft Tappeh workers. Whilst holding their own anti-regime rally, the determined students chanted, “we’re the workers’ children, we will stand by their side”.

Additional Arrests

It wasn’t just Esmaeel Bakhshi that was detained on bogus charges, the former head of the Haft Tappeh sugarcane mill syndicate, Ali Nejati, was abducted from his home by regime forces and taken to an unknown location.

His loved ones are concerned as Mr. Nejati has a heart condition and was reportedly unwell when regime agents raided his property. He reportedly asked to see a warrant from the regime agents, but they were unable to produce a document.

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