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Soheil Arabi was taken to hospital after condition became critical due to hunger strike.

Executions and Hunger Strikes inside Regime’s Prisons

Soheil Arabi was taken to hospital after condition became critical due to hunger strike.

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Soheil Arabi, a political prisoner on hunger strike in Fashafuyeh Prison in protest to poor prison conditions, violent mistreatment of prisoners by prison guards and officials. Arabi has been on hunger strike for the past 30 days-July 17 2019

The human rights situation in Iran continues to worsen amid deteriorating prison conditions and an increase in executions. Nine prisoners were executed over a two-day period this week, and conditions inside Iranian prisons have become so dire that a number of inmates have been forced to go on life-threatening hunger strikes to protest for basic rights.

Executions

A total of nine prisoners were hanged on July 16th and 17th in Iran. Two of the prisoners were executed publicly.

On Tuesday morning, a prisoner was publicly executed in the city of Khandab, central Iran. On Wednesday morning, authorities conducted another public hanging in Bandar Mahshahr, southwest Iran.

Four prisoners were hanged on Tuesday in Urmia prison in northwestern Iran, and another two were executed on Wednesday. A woman was also executed on Wednesday in Nowshahr prison, northern Iran.

Hunger Strikes

Hunger strikes have become more common as a form of protest among Iranian political prisoners due to the mullahs’ crackdown on political dissent, which has caused massive overcrowding and subhuman conditions inside the regime’s prisons.

 

Political prisoner Sanaz Allahyari was beaten by violent inmates in Evin Prison after the twelfth day of her hunger strike. After the beating, she was transferred to another ward of the prison as punishment for the attack. Ms. Allahyari was suffering from severe weakness at the time of the beating due to her hunger strike. She has also been sick from an unknown illness for over two months, which has caused stomach pain, weight loss, and trembling in her extremities.

 

Ms. Allahyari’s husband, Amir Hossein Mohammadi Fard, wrote a letter to the head of the 28th Branch of the Tehran Revolutionary Court on July 2nd asking for medical treatment for his wife. He also demanded the release of Ms. Allahyari and the other detainees who were arrested for their support of the Haft Tappeh Sugarcane Factory workers’ strike. When his demands were not met, he joined Ms. Allahyari on her hunger strike.

Political prisoner Soheil Arabi was taken to a hospital after he had a seizure along with a severe drop in blood pressure in Fashafuyeh Prison. Arabi has been on a hunger strike for 30 days and has lost 10 kilograms. Reports from the MEK network indicate that he was returned to prison shortly after his condition was stabilized.

This is Mr. Ahabi’s third hunger strike in protest of substandard prison conditions and violence by prison employees.

MEK sources report that six political prisoners in Evin Prison have started a hunger strike in protest of the violation of their rights as political prisoners. The prisoners, Hossein Sarlack, Morteza Nazari Sadhi, Mohsen Aminpour, Reza Bazazadeh, Behrouz Zare and Reza Mohammad Hosseini, issued a statement listing the following demands:

  • the separation of political prisoners from other prisoners;
  • the conditional release of all political prisoners;
  • the recognition of political prisoners as “political” prisoners and not “security” prisoners by the regime;
  • the right to a lawyer in all legal proceedings.

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1988 massacre of political prisoners in Iran

Amnesty International: Regime’s Treatment of Families of 1988 Massacre Victims Amounts to Torture, Crimes against Humanity

1988 massacre of political prisoners in Iran

More than 30,000 political prisoners, mainly MEK activists were slain during the summer of 1988, a crime against humanity that has yet to be accounted for.

The Iranian regime’s treatment of family members of the victims of the 1988 Massacre constitutes torture, concluded Amnesty International in a June 26th post on its website in honor of International Day in Support of Victims of Torture.

Amnesty further stated that “[t]orture and other inhumane acts amount to crimes against humanity when they form part of a systematic or widespread attack.

More than thirty years have passed since the summer of 1988, when the Iranian regime executed 30,000 political prisoners, most of whom were MEK activists, and buried them in mass graves. The families of the victims have never received any justice for this crime against humanity, as none of the perpetrators have faced any consequences for their actions, and many have gone on to attain high-ranking positions within the regime.

Continued Torment

Amnesty International wrote in its statement that the regime continues to torment families of the victims by refusing to disclose the circumstances of their deaths and the locations of their bodies. Those who have asked for the truth or seek justice for their relatives have been harassed, threatened, intimidated, and attacked.

“The Iranian authorities’ ongoing refusal to acknowledge the deaths or to reveal the fate and whereabouts of those forcibly disappeared and killed has placed a cruel burden on family members who continue to be haunted by a sense of anguish, uncertainty and injustice,” said Philip Luther, Research and Advocacy Director for the Middle East and North Africa at Amnesty International.

“There is no doubt that the agonizing suffering inflicted on victims’ families for more than 30 years violates the absolute prohibition on torture and other cruel and inhuman treatment under international law,” he added.

Amnesty International interviewed families of the victims of the 1988 Massacre and found that many of the victim’s parents had developed physical or mental health issues as a result of their children’s deaths, including heart attacks, depression, delusions, and suicidal tendencies.

Compounding the families’ suffering is the Iranian regime’s determination to cover up the crime. Families have either been denied death certificates or given certificates that cited natural causes, illness, or “death” as the cause of death. Officials refuse to acknowledge the existence of mass graves, despite satellite evidence to the contrary, and have bulldozed or constructed buildings or roads over known mass graves. Relatives are forbidden from holding mourning rituals or commemorations for their loved ones or having public discussions about the massacre.

Support for Amnesty’s Position

Amnesty International holds the position that the Iranian regime is systematically violating the absolute prohibition of torture and other ill-treatment of the families of victims of the 1988 Massacre. This opinion is supported by the expert opinions of United Nations human rights bodies on the impact of enforced disappearances on victims’ relatives.

The UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances recognizes that the anguish and suffering caused to a family by the disappearance of a loved one and by the continuing uncertainty concerning their fate or whereabouts “reaches the threshold of torture.”

 

The UN Human Rights Committee also recognizes that the suffering caused to a family by the disappearance of their loved ones, the secrecy surrounding the execution date and place of burial, and the refusal to hand over a body for burial have the effect of punishing families and causing mental distress,

and as such amounts to a violation of the prohibition on torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment.

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Alireza Shir Mohammad Ali's funeral

Regime Steps up Crackdown Efforts as Protest Movement Grows

Alireza Shir Mohammad Ali's funeral

Photo credit to Iran HRM- The funeral of the murdered political prisoner, Alireza Shir Mohammad Ali

The Iranian regime is responding to the increasing number of protests and calls for regime change taking place across the country with a series of suppressive measures intended to prevent an uprising among the Iranian people. The MEK’s Resistance Units have mobilized the Iranian Resistance movement to magnify their protests for a free Iran, making these efforts futile. Further regime crackdowns only illustrate the need for change and energize the Resistance.

Political Prisoner Stabbed to Death

The regime has stepped up its crackdown on political prisoners as part of its ongoing attempt to suppress the rising wave of protests that threatens to topple the mullahs’ rule.

The most recent example of the regime’s brutality toward political prisoners took place on June 10th in Tehran’s Fashafuyeh Prison when 21-year-old political prisoner Alireza Shir Mohammad Ali was stabbed to death by two prisoners.

Shir Mohammad Ali was arrested in 2018 for engaging in internet activism and sentenced to eight years in prison. He was scheduled to appear in court for an appeal on July 9th.

Last week, Shir Mohammad Ali’s cellmate,  Barzan Mohammadi, wrote a letter alleging that the murdered was carried out on the orders of prison officials.

“Mohammad Reza Khalilzadeh, the murderer and his partner in murder Hamidreza Shojaei Zavareh, have been on death row for several years on various charges including two murders, one in Rajaie Shahr Prison and one outside the prison, and kidnappings,” Mohammadi wrote.

Mohammadi explained in his letter that the murderers were allowed into their cell and that they had repeatedly threatened to kill Mohammadi and Shir Mohammad Ali.

“They said that we have to murder one of you so that we could be transferred back to Rajaie Shahr Prison,” he wrote.

Mohammadi said that prison officials ignored the threats and allowed the murder to happen.

The Iranian regime has used violent criminals to kill political prisoners in the past.

Monitoring Weddings

The regime recently extended its crackdown on civil liberties to include a plan to monitor weddings.

On Tuesday, the Governor of the northwestern province of Qazvin announced that provincial authorities will prosecute the owners of homes where weddings are held if the evidence is found that alcohol or narcotics are present during the festivities.

Norollah Ghodrati, the head of Qazvin’s Judiciary, commented on the new policy, saying, “In weddings, the use of narcotics should be seriously monitored and controlled,” said.

Tourist Train Seized

Seyed Eunice Hosseini Alami, the Prosecutor of Sari in the northern province of Mazandaran, recently announced the seizure of a “mixed tourism train.”

“The Prosecutor of northern Savad Koh seized a train with a mixed gender tour,” Alami said.

Alamo further stated that any tour that “carries out actions that were against the law would be dealt with.”

The regime has tightened enforcement of the law to punish behavior as innocent as participating in mixed gender groups and wearing “inappropriate” clothing.

Concert Cancelled

Officials canceled a concert by Iranian pop singer in the northeastern province of North Khorasan on June 17th. The singer had obtained all the necessary permits and had already performed an earlier concert.

Officials cited the reason for the ban as “abnormal behavior and lack of observance of Islamic ethics by the audience on the first night of the concert.”

 

 

 

 

 

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June 21, March for regime change in Iran by supporters of the MEK in Washington D.C.

MEK Supporters Rally in Washington, D.C. for a Free Iran

 

June 21, March for regime change in Iran by supporters of the MEK in Washington D.C.

Supporters of the MEK, Iran’s principal opposition march in Washington D.C. in solidarity with the Iranian people’s protests for freedom and democracy in Iran-June 21, 2019

MEK supporters and members of the Iranian-American Communities gathered in front of the U.S. State Department in Washington, D.C. on Friday for the second in a series of Free Iran rallies that are taking place this summer in world capitals. The Free Iran gathering is an annual event held by the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) each summer, but the growth of the Iranian Resistance has led to a total of five rallies this summer.

Participants in the rally called for the international community to recognize the right of the Iranian people to overthrow their oppressors and for the blacklisting of all agents of the Iranian regime.

The event was attended by thousands of members of the Iranian diaspora and included speeches from prominent current and former U.S. politicians. Below are some highlights from the day’s events:

A spokesperson for the Organization of Iranian-American Communities (OIAC) opened the rally with a welcome to attendees. He followed with a call for the U.S. Department of State to designate the Iranian regime Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) as a terrorist organization.

He also asked the U.S. to recognize the NCRI as the viable democratic alternative to the mullahs’ regime. “With this comes to the recognition of an alternative to the Iranian regime,” he said. “Mrs. Maryam Rajavi and the NCRI have demonstrated leadership, a significant network, and the organizational capabilities to free Iran. We support Mrs. Maryam Rajavi in her 10-point plan for a free, democratic and non-nuclear Iran.”

Senator Robert Torricelli

Former U.S. Senator (D-NJ), Former U.S Representative (D-NJ)

Senator Torricelli stressed that the Iranian regime is corrupt and incapable of change. “We’re here to remind our friends in this building and the White House that there are some things about the regime that must be remembered. There is no reforming the mullahs in Tehran,” he said.

Torricelli emphasized, “Terrorists don’t reform! The reality is the mullahs will never change, they will develop nuclear weapons, they will spread terror. We need regime change and we need it now!”

Torricelli stated that democratic change would come from the people of Iran. “Where will new leadership come?” he asked. “It will come from the millions of people in Iran and abroad. The people of Iran are talented and educated. They can run their country in freedom. They don’t need the mullahs to run their country.”

Torricelli addressed European leaders and the United Nations, saying, “If Iran were a nation in Europe, you wouldn’t tolerate the mullahs for a minute because of their executions, the torture, and death. Do the people of Iran deserve less because they don’t live in Europe?”

“The Iranian people deserve what all people deserve: a free country of their own,” the former senator concluded.

Representative Brad Sherman

U.S. Representative (D-CA)

Representative Sherman spoke about the regime’s human rights violations and its exportation of terrorism, saying, “This is a regime known for mass executions, the jailing of journalists, it’s fueling of extremism around the region, and Iranians have stood up at great risk to themselves and shouted, “No Gaza! No Lebanon! No Syria! My life for Iran!”

Sherman expressed his support for the MEK and the Iranian Resistance, saying, “We stand in solidarity with brave Iranians who are fighting for a new chapter in this great nation’s history. This chapter will be written by Iranians, not by Americans.”

He added, “Democracy will come to Iran from Iran, not from U.S. intervention.”

Sherman ended on a hopeful note. “I look forward to the day we see free elections in Iran,” he said.

Representative Tom McClintock

U.S. Representative (R-CA)

Congressman Tom McClintock used his speech to praise the strength of the Iranian Resistance in standing up to the mullahs.

“The Iranian freedom movement has not just endured, it has grown dramatically,” he said. “ As the injustices and the atrocities of the Iranian regime have become so widespread and so despised, as the tyranny of the mullahs has become more extreme, the international resistance to them has become more resolute.”

McClintock condemned the Iranian regime, calling its claim to power “illegitimate.” “[Iran] has been oppressed and plundered by a gang of thugs who have appointed themselves as the rulers of the country. Their claim to power is illegitimate and the time to topple them is approaching. Their desperation is showing both at home and abroad,” he stated.

Representative McClintock referenced the regime’s terrorist activities against MEK members abroad, its acts of aggression toward neighboring countries, and its recent attack on a U.S. drone as examples of the regime’s desperation.

McClintock closed his speech with words of encouragement to the assembled MEK supporters: “Your cause is just, and in the full measure of time, just causes always prevail.”

Maryam Rajavi

President-elect of the NCRI

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi delivered a video message to the rally attendees. She called out the regime for its attempts to distract the Iranian people by painting the U.S. as the enemy. “To fend off the people’s fury, for forty years, the murderous mullahs have pointed their fingers at the U.S. as the enemy. But we were not deceived,” she said.

“Now, the people of Iran cry out in every street and alley that “our enemy is right here; the mullahs lie when they say America is the enemy.”

Indeed, this is a regime whose Constitution has formally replaced people’s sovereignty and universal suffrage with the rule of the mullahs,” she added.

Mrs. Rajavi explained the purpose of spoke the mullahs’ demonization campaign against the MEK. “The disgraceful demonization campaign against the Iranian Resistance in the pro-appeasement media seeks to perpetuate the narrative that the people of Iran are better off with the theocratic rule of the mullahs; There is no alternative, and don’t even think or talk about it,” she said.

Mrs. Rajavi said that this is part of a larger strategy to preserve the policy of appeasement toward the mullahs, which allows them to act without consequences.

“Now,” she said, “If the U.S. administration does not appease the mullahs’ tyranny, it would be a warmonger.”

“If the U.S. obstructs the Iranian regime’s path toward nuclear weapons, it would be a warmonger,” she continued.

Mrs. Rajavi described the cost of appeasement: “When the mullahs pay no price for their conduct, they become more emboldened and go even further. Firing of rockets in Mosul and Basra and the missile attack on the U.S. drone are clear examples,” she said.

Mrs. Rajavi also spoke of the regime’s warmongering in the Middle East and its devastating effect on both regional stability and the Iranian people. “The people of Iran who have been inundated with floods, destitution, and various calamities are crying out, ‘Let go of Syria, think of us instead!’” she said.

She added: “But the regime’s crimes in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Lebanon, and Afghanistan have so far brought them no serious consequences.”

Mrs. Rajavi emphasized that the regime is beyond reform, saying, “The experience of the past forty years has shown that the theocratic regime is incapable of any reform or change in behavior.”

“We do not want anything more than freedom and human rights, which will open the way for development and justice. This will ensure peace and security in Iran and the Middle East, an Iran free of religious fascism, a non-nuclear Iran, an Iran without terrorism and belligerence,” Mrs. Rajavi concluded.

General Jack Keane

Retired Four Star General and former Vice-Chief of Staff, U.S. Army

General Keane discussed the need to hold the Iranian accountable for its actions. He said, “2018 was a major turning point for Iran. The United States pulled out of the nuclear deal and for the first time in 39 years put Iran on notice.”

Keane addressed the Iranian regime directly. “Using your proxies to drive the wars in Syria and Yemen must stop,” he stressed. “Providing Hamas and Hezbollah with rockets and missiles to attack Israel must stop. Undermining the government of Iraq must stop. Undermining other governments in the region must stop. Building ballistic missiles must stop. You must stop sponsoring terrorism. And you cannot enrich uranium and develop a path to a nuclear weapon. And you must stop repressing your people.”

General Keane described the effects of the U.S. “maximum pressure” campaign on the Iranian economy and noted that “the Iranian people are correctly blaming the Iranian regime and not the United States.”

General Keane said that the U.S. would not back down from its pressure on the Iranian regime, despite its threats and provocation.

Finally, Keane vowed to stand beside the Iranian people. “We will be there with you until you get your homeland and your freedom back,” he said.

Governor Bill Richardson

Former Governor of New Mexico (D), former Secretary of Energy, former Ambassador to the United Nations

Governor Richardson greeted the attendees, pointing out that he had been speaking for the MEK for ten years. He voiced his strong support for the Iranian Resistance in his speech, using his time to hail the strengths of the NCRI and the MEK.

“We need a new regime, and that regime is you, the MEK, the NCRI, the alternative,” Richardson said.

“It’s a strong organization, with a lot of confidence and commitment and leadership abilities. The top leader, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, is a great leader,” he continued.

Governor Richardson enumerated Maryam Rajavi’s ten-point plan for Iran’s democratic future, explaining its merits. He then concluded his speech by saying, “[Mrs. Rajavi’s] ten-point plan sounds like America, it sounds like democracy. If there’s a free Iran and a free election, this is what will happen.”

Senator Bob Menendez

U.S. Senator (D-NJ), Ranking Member Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Senator Menendez sent a written message to the assembled participants at the rally, in which he condemned the Iranian regime for its threats to the United States and its human rights violations to its own people.

He wrote, [A]cross the Middle East, Iran continues to threaten the national security and interests of the United States. It continues to pursue a belligerent, ballistic missile program.”

“The people of Iran suffer under a repressive regime with absolutely no respect for basic human rights and no economic investment in their welfare,” he continued. “I will always support justice and human rights, peace and security and above all else, the rights of all Iranians to fundamental freedoms.”

Senator John Cornyn

U.S. Senator (R-TX), Senate Select Committee on Intelligence

Senator John Cornyn also sent a written message to be read at the rally:

“As recent events have demonstrated, the Iranian authoritarian government is a dangerous and destabilizing regional influence that rules its people with an iron fist, suppressing their individual rights and subjecting them to humanitarian abuse. As the largest State sponsor of terror in the world, Iran has bankrolled terrorist organizations that have waged war and undermined regional stability for decades,” his message read.

His statement continued: “It is important to point out that the Iranian people are the greatest victims of this brutal regime. They have struggled under the Ayatollahs for decades. But the struggle of the Iranian people has not gone unnoticed. In order to help the Iranian people, I believe that it is important for the United States to support the Administration’s ‘maximum pressure policy.’ A policy that promotes freedom and individual rights of the people while taking every step necessary to liberate them from the regime’s oppressive rule.”

Following the speeches, demonstrators marched from the State Department to the White House.

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Child forced marriage resulting in a rise on suicide in Iran

Forced Marriages are Major Factor in Suicides, According to NCRI Women’s Committee Report

Child forced marriage resulting in a rise on suicide in Iran

A young woman in Mashhad jumped from a height on May 30, 2019

The suicide rate among young women in Iran continues to rise as social and economic conditions in the country deteriorate. Although a number of factors are responsible for the increase in deaths, recent reports indicate that forced marriage is a major cause of suicide. Women lack legal support in these marriages, creating a lack of options.

 

The NCRI Women’s Committee reported on the recent suicides of young women in Iran. Their report is summarized below. The women described took their own lives during the last thirty days because they felt they had no other choice. Their stories are all too common under the mullahs’ regime. The MEK is committed to fighting for a free Iran where women have choices other than suicide or forced marriage.

  • Kimia Sheikhani; 19; June 15, 2019: Sheikhani fled to her father’s home after a fight with her husband. She then hanged herself.
  • Golpari Amiri; May 31, 2019: Amiri’s suicide also took place after a fight with her husband caused her to flee her home.
  • Sara Esmaili; 17; May 31, 2019; Pasveh village, Piranshahr: Esmaili committed suicide to avoid forced marriage to a relative.
  • Unnamed; June 15, 2019; Fajrabad village, Oshnavieh: No details were released about this woman or her method or reason for suicide.
  • Unnamed; 20, June 15, 2919, Gorgavi village, Oshnavieh: The suicide victim in this report was married, but no other details were released about her death.

Overdoses

Several young women died last month after intentionally overdosing on rice pills. This is a common suicide method in Iran.

  • Souma Khedri; 19; June 5, 2019; Kiyouleh village, Baneh: Khedri took a fatal dose of rice pills to avoid a forced marriage to a relative. Her family refused to release her body to the Coroner, possibly to avoid having her death ruled as a suicide.

 

Another four women committed suicide last month using rice pills.

  • Kajal Mahmoudi; 21; May 29, 2019; Urmia;
  • Mahin Mohammadi; June 1, 2019; Abdanan;
  • Zahra Sharifi; 25; June 11, 2019; Ilam;
  • Shiva Khosravi; 29; June 14, 2019; Paveh.

Jumping off Buildings

  • Unnamed: May 30, 2019; Mashhad; A woman died after jumping from the topic a building on Amouzegar Boulevard. She, like many Iranian women, was struggling under the weight of financial pressure.
  • Unnamed; 34; May 22, 2019; Tehran; A mother jumped from a four-story building with her six-year-old son. Both died.

Self Immolation

  • Kobra Assadi; 20; May 29, 2019; Assadi committed suicide by setting herself on fire.

Maryam Rajavi’s Ten-Point Plan

National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) President-elect Maryam Rajavi has created a ten-point plan for women’s rights in Iran as part of her larger plan for Iran’s democratic future. Her plan ensures that women will not only have the freedom to make their own choices but will also have equal representation in government. The ten points are:

  1. Fundamental freedoms and rights
  2. Equality before the law
  3. Freedom of choosing one’s own clothing
  4. Equal participation in political leadership
  5. Equality in the economic sphere
  6. Equality in the family
  7. Prohibition of violence
  8. Prohibition of sexual exploitation
  9.  Repealing Mullahs’ Sharia laws
  10. Social benefits

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Plundering the Iranian people's wealth by the current regime

Rouhani’s Energy Minister Blames “Consumerist Society” for U.S. Sanctions, Saying “Iranians Eat a Lot”

Plundering the Iranian people's wealth by the current regime

Forty years of corruption and repression, has left the Iranian people in terrible economic condition.

The Iranian regime was sanctioned by the United States because of the Iranian people’s “bad habits in consumption,” said Iranian regime Ministry of Energy Reza Ardakanian in a recent interview with the state-run ILNA News Agency.

“Iranians eat a lot and dress in extravagance,” asserted Ardakanian. In fact, state-run news agencies reported that Iranians are now eating 70% less than they were before the current economic crisis, and many have resorted to digging through public garbage bins to find food.

Ardakanian claimed that Iranians had more food, clothing, and higher housing budgets than people in developed countries but have satisfaction and happiness levels at “one-hundredth” of that of people from developed and industrialized countries. The Energy Minister did not name any specific countries, but he may have been referring to the 2019 Gallup Global Emotions Report, which ranked Iran as one of the five unhappiest countries in the world.

According to Ardakanian, the re-imposition of U.S. sanctions on Iran was due to a “consumerist society.”

“The reason we were sanctioned was our bad habits in consumption,” he said. “The (U.S.) realized that our weakness is consumption. We are a consumerist society. Why is China not being sanctioned like this? Because they are satisfied with one meal a day.”

Ardakanian’s statements contradict the regime’s own reports, which show that the economy is in crisis. Iran’s economic condition has become so dire that some economists have begun to draw class distinctions in Iran based on levels of poverty. There is no longer a middle class; there are only the elite and the poor, and the poor can be divided into subgroups.

The Poverty Line

The poverty line is the minimum level of income that is considered adequate. 80% of Iranians live below the poverty line.

The Absolute Poverty Line

The absolute poverty line is the level at which a family cannot provide for their basic needs, such as food, shelter, clothing, and hygiene. Absolute poverty is a life-threatening condition.

Hossein Raghfar, an economist associated with the regime, puts the absolute poverty line in Iran at 1.5 million tomans per month (approximately 120 USD).

According to Raghfar, 40% of Iranians live under the absolute poverty line, based on 2012 statistics.

The Extreme Poverty Line

Raghfar also discussed the extreme poverty line, which has also been called the “line of hunger” or the “line of death.” Families living in extreme poverty cannot meet their basic food needs even with their combined salaries. Raghfar said that more than 14% of rural Iranians currently live in extreme poverty.

The economic catastrophe in Iran is the result of forty years of corruption and incompetence at the hands of the mullahs. There is no free market in Iran, only a system in which half of the economy is controlled by the Revolutionary Guards. While 80% of the Iranian people live in poverty, the mullahs and their friends plunder the country’s wealth and resources on terrorism, warmongering, and oppression.

The MEK believes that true democracy depends on a market economy that is accessible to every Iranian. No free country can function when its wealth is distributed only to those in power, particularly when those in power are incompetent and their rule is absolute.

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MEK-Iran: Regime-Affiliated Groups Use Thuggery and Intimidation Against Political Opposition in Iran

The new oppressive patrol-Razavion

Razavion security forces, the new repressive measure to fight the growing protests in Iran

The Iranian regime has taken steps to strengthen its repressive measures in northern Iran. In Gilan Province, the regime has assembled more than 2,000 groups to maintain order and quash social unrest.

State-Sponsored Thuggery

These groups use tactics of violence and intimidation to maintain order. The regime’s thugs issue verbal and physical warnings to locals in an attempt to deter them from joining the rising opposition movement and participating in protests.

Mohammad Abdullah-Poor, a senior member of the regime’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), defended the measures on Tuesday. He said: “The Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) in Gilan Province, alongside the Basij and other forces, will be involved in measures aimed at [the] ‘promotion of virtue and prevention of vice’,” he said.

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Among the tasked assigned to these extra-judicial groups is the enforcement of the regime’s strict veiling laws. In his address to senior IRGC and Basij figures, Abdullah-Poor said, “The issue of ‘chastity and hijab’ (attire rules) are no ordinary matters. In fact, they are considered political and security dossiers for the country.”

He accused the governments of the US and Europe of “focusing on encouraging our people into a Western lifestyle.” He claimed that the groups had issued more than 28,000 warnings for veiling infractions on their weekly patrols.

A Knee-Jerk Response to the Deteriorating Situation

The motives behind the regime’s crackdown on civil freedoms in northern Iran is clear. Over the last 18 months, since the 2018 nationwide uprising, the Iranian opposition has been gradually amassing support. Protests now take place on a near daily basis across the country.

The regime has suffered a loss of face at the beginning of 2018 when nationwide protests engulfed all 142 of Iran’s major towns and cities. Not only were the people making their firm opposition to the regime know, but the regime has also been unable to restore order for two weeks.

It is determined to prevent a repeat of 2018. Public protests have now spread to all of Iran’s major industry, drawing support from Iranians from all walks of life and from all segments of a democratic society.

Retired Iranian Teachers Protest Low, Unpaid Wages

In three months of 2018 alone, there were major uprisings in Kazerun, Tehran, Khuzestan, Karaj, Isfahan, and Shiraz. The volume and frequency of these protests have increased by 100% on the previous year’s levels.

The regime has proven itself incapable of solving any of the economic and social problems that plague Iranian society. The protests, therefore, will not let up. To preserve its grip on power, the regime is resorting to violence, intimidation, and repression.

As the regime becomes weaker and the protest movement becomes stronger, the mullahs increase their repressive measures.

MEK Resistance Units Work Tirelessly

The pressure is mounting. With each passing day, the overthrow of the regime looks increasingly inevitable.

The resistance units of the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK) work tirelessly in Iran’s cities and towns to oppose the regime’s corruption, human rights abuses, and malign activities. Their work has been a deciding factor in the sustained momentum of the opposition movement.

Resistance units organize protests and help crack the atmosphere of fear and repression the regime attempts to instill across the countryside and cities.

Even the regime has been forced to acknowledge the success of the MEK and its resistance units. In January, the Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei accused the US of plotting protests with the MEK and another “wealthy Persian Gulf country.”

Zare’ee, an IRGC commander, also said the MEK was “inspiring the young generation.” An advisor for the regime’s cyber warfare preparations estimated that the MEK played a role in the organization of 90% of Iranian protests. He told the state-run Fars news agency: “They have infiltrated all strata; the truckers and the bazaar merchants. They are guiding them.”

The climate of fear of the MEK’s capabilities is guiding the regime’s response to sustained public pressure. The crackdown on political opposition is designed to threaten and intimidate the MEK and its supporters in an attempt to get them to end their campaign of peaceful protest.

But experience has shown that the protests will grow more every day despite all repressive measures until this regime is overthrown by people and their resistance.

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MEK rally against the executions in Iran

Iran Human Rights Monitor’s May Report on Human Rights Describes Brutal Crackdown

 

MEK rally against the executions in Iran

Archive photo- MEK supporters Rally in London, asking for justice for the victims of the 1988 massacre of 30,000 political prisoners in Iran – November 2016

Iran Human Rights Monitor published its monthly human rights report on Monday, which detailed the regime’s crimes against its citizens in the month of May. The report is summarized below.

Death Penalty

Regime authorities publicly executed a man during Ramadan, despite the fact that Islam advises against execution during the holy month.

Tehran’s Revolutionary Court sentenced 34-year-old Abdullah Ghasempour to death for “waging war on God,” “assembly and collusion,” and “membership in the MEK.”

Ghasempour was arrested on May 21, 2018 for allegedly setting fire to a Basij base, filming the event, and sending the video to MEK media sources.

He was arrested along with his brother, Mohammad Hossein, Ghasempour, Alireza Habibian, and Akbar Dalir. They were each given five-and-a-half year sentences for their roles in the same incident.

Torture and Abuse

20-year-old political prisoner Ameneh Zaheri Sari is being denied hospital treatment for acute swelling. Doctors in Sepidar Prison have been unable to find the cause of her illness and have recommended that she be transferred immediately to a hospital for diagnosis.

Ms. Sari’s family raised money and paid for a 300 million toman bail bond from the Court of Ahvaz, but prison officials refuse to grant her transfer.

Cruel, Inhumane, and Degrading Punishment

23 prisoners in Greater Tehran Prison, Fashafoyeh are currently awaiting hand amputations as part of their sentences for theft.

Due Process Rights and Treatment of Prisoners

The regime’s Majlis (parliament) crafted a draft amendment to Iran’s Criminal Code that would deny political prisoners access to legal representation during their criminal investigations.

Regime Drafts Amendment to Deny Detainees Legal Representation

The amendment would apply to those arrested on “national security” charges, a vague term which is often used to imprison journalists, human rights activists, and political dissidents.

Amnesty International said that if the amendment were approved, it would be a “crushing blow to Iran’s already deeply defective justice system.”

Freedom of Expression, Association and Assembly

At least five striking workers from the Haft Tappeh sugar factory were arrested and another fifteen were summoned for questioning on May 14th, according to the ILNA news agency. The factory workers in the city of Shush were protesting their employers’ failure to provide New Year bonuses or pensions for the past two years.

Additional workers were arrested on May 14th and transferred to Dezful Prison. Reports indicate that at least six men were arrested, but the exact number is unknown.

More than 35 labor rights protesters were arrested after a demonstration in front of the regime’s Majlis. A number of the activists who were arrested at the demonstration are still detained at Iran’s notorious Evin Prison.

Security forces raided a private yoga class in the city of Gorgan and arrested approximately 30 people. According to a local justice department official, the people who were arrested were wearing “inappropriate outfits” and had “behaved inappropriately.”

Authorities seized the social media accounts of three well-known street musicians for publishing “criminal content.” The musicians, who had a total of more than 174,000 followers, had posted videos of their performances on social media.

Singer Negar Moazzam is under investigation by authorities for singing to a group of tourists in Isfahan Province.

Human Rights Activists and Political Prisoners

The Iran Writers’ Association (IWA) released a statement on May 16th in protest of the recent sentencing of three Iranian writers to a total of 18 years in prison. The statement described the court decision as an action “against all writers and everyone struggling for the freedom of expression.”

On May 13th, the regime’s judiciary announced that an Iranian woman who headed the British Council’s Iran desk had been sentenced to ten years in prison on charges of espionage. Although she was not named in the announcement, the British council later stated that the woman was likely Aras Amiri, an employee who was arrested in March 2018 while visiting her grandmother in Iran.

Freedom of Religion and Belief

Regime intelligence agents stormed a Presbyterian Church in the city of Tabriz last month, forcing its worshippers to leave and changing the locks. The cross on the building was taken down, and the church was forbidden to re-open.

Treatment of Ethnic Minorities

A young Baluchi man was shot and killed by state security forces in Sistan and Baluchistan Province after chasing him down for not having a driver’s license.

Protesters gathered in front of the governor’s office in Zahedan to protest his death. Local reports say that 30 of the protesters were arrested by security forces.

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NCRI Iran's democratic alternative

The End of the Mullahs’ Regime Is Imminent

NCRI Iran's democratic alternative

The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) the viable alternative to the dictatorship in Iran

The Iranian regime is in chaos due to an escalating economic crisis, rising social unrest, and growing international isolation. Forty years of failed policies have brought the mullahs to the inevitable end of their rule.

A recent editorial published on ncr-iran.org cited three factors that will lead to the imminent demise of the Iranian regime.

Social Unrest

The first factor cited was the growing unrest in Iran, which regime First Vice-President has described as a gas house ready to explode with a single ignition. The clerical regime’s continued repression of human rights and basic freedoms has led to widespread protests and rebellion.

The Presence of a Democratic Alternative

The second factor responsible for the regime’s terminal crisis is the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (MEK / PMOI). The NCRI with the MEK as its backbone has risen as a viable democratic alternative to the clerical regime over the past forty years, gaining popular support within Iran. The regime’s numerous attempts to destroy the MEK through mass executions, underhanded diplomatic dealings, propaganda attacks, and terrorist plots have all failed.

The most recent foiled terrorist attacks on the MEK led to severe diplomatic consequences for the regime and its agents. The regime’s demonization campaign against the MEK has failed, and the opposition stands ready to bring democracy to Iran.

An End of the Era of Appeasement

The final unsolvable issue for the regime is the end of the era of appeasement. The mullahs have survived for the past forty years because Western governments turned a blind eye to their human rights abuses, nuclear and missile programs, and regional aggression. The current United States administration has taken the right approach in dealing with the Iranian regime. Last year, the U.S. reimposed oil sanctions on the Iranian regime. Earlier this year, it ended waivers to countries still receiving oil imports from the regime, with the goal of bringing the Iranian regime’s oil imports to zero. The U.S. also designated the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist organization.

The mullahs must now decide between two courses of action, both of which will lead to the end of the regime.

End its Malign Activities

The regime could meet the demands of the U.S and end its nuclear and missile programs, as well as its regional warmongering and terrorism. This is functionally impossible because the regime has shown itself to be incapable of reform. Khamenei has repeatedly said that a change in behavior is tantamount to a change in regime.

Increase Hostilities

The regime could further isolate itself and refuse to make changes. This would lead to war or internal collapse due to economic failure or social rebellion.

Both courses of actions would lead to the end of the regime, so the mullahs have chosen a third path: they are stalling for time.

The mullahs hope that the 2020 U.S. elections will lead to a change in policy. Until then, they hope to delay taking any action that will further antagonize the U.S. without making any concessions or appearing weak. This is a next-to-impossible task. There is also no guarantee that the 2020 elections will lead to a change in U.S. leadership.

At home, the mullahs are appointing repressive officials and cracking down on dissent to prepare for an inevitable rebellion. It seems clear that the mullahs know that the end is near.

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MEK supporters rally in different countries

MEK Supporters Rally in Europe, North America in Protest of Regime Crackdown

MEK supporters rally in different countries

World wrestling champion Moslem Skandar Filabi, chairman of the National Council of Resistance of Iran’s Sports Committee speaks at a rally in Canada, condemning the new wave of repression against the opposition- May 2019

On Wednesday, MEK supporters in Canada, Norway, Austria, Sweden, and the Netherlands held demonstrations in protest of the Iranian regime’s suppression of its own people and its support for terrorism abroad.

Demonstrations in Canada

Protesters in Toronto honored the day of the execution of MEK founders by the Shah’s monarchy in 1972. Moslem Eskandar Filabi, chair of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) Sports Commission gave a speech in commemoration of the MEK founders and their sacrifice. He also thanked the MEK members who have worked since then to bring democracy to Iran.

MEK protesters at the Ottawa demonstration called on the Canadian government to follow the United States’ lead and designate the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist organization. They also challenged the Canadian government to go further and designate the regime’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) as a terrorist organization as well. The Iranian protesters at the rally declared the desire of the Iranian people to overthrow the clerical regime and replace it with a free democracy.

Demonstration in Norway

NCRI representative Parvis Khazaei gave a speech at the demonstration in Oslo. Protesters at the rally called on the Norwegian government to blacklist the IRGC and MOIS and to issue sanctions against the Iranian regime.

Demonstration in Vienna

MEK supporters in Vienna held a rally in solidarity with the MEK’s growing network of Resistance Units in Iran and their fight to bring democracy to the country. The protesters held signs that read, “Uprising with Resistance Units.” They chanted, “[Iranian regime President Hassan] Rouhani is a terrorist!”

Demonstration in The Netherlands

MEK supporters in The Netherlands held a demonstration in Amsterdam in protest of the cruel and suppressive actions taken by the IRGC against the Iranian people. The protesters held signs describing the IRGC’s forty-year-history of torture, suppression, executions, and malign activities at home and abroad.

Demonstration in Switzerland

MEK Supporters in Genevee held a rally outside of the United Nations European Headquarters. One protester held a sign that read, “Effective sanctions targeting the mullahs’ regime is needed to stop the regime’s support for terrorism.”

The protesters chanted, “Plundering, crimes, Down with the mullahs’ regime!”

Demonstrations in Sweden

MEK members in Stockholm held a rally in support of NCRI President Mrs. Maryam Rajavi. The demonstrators reaffirmed their commitment to fighting for regime change in Iran.

MEK supporters in Gothenburg recognized the anniversary of the execution of MEK founders. They held signs saluting the MEK’s Resistance Units.

MEK supporters in Malmö focused on the Iranian regime’s human rights violations at their rally. One protester held a sign that read, “Teachers don’t belong in prison.”

 

The sign was in reference to the imprisonment of teacher activists by the Iranian regime. Teachers in Iran held numerous strikes and protests in 2018, including three nationwide strikes. The teachers were protesting substandard pay and benefits, a poor work environment, the inability to form labor unions, and the regime’s refusal to address their concerns. Because of the regime’s anti-labor laws banning trade unions and its aggressive crackdown on political dissent, a number of the teachers responsible for organizing the strikes and protests were arrested. Many of them are now serving long prison sentences.

 

 

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