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In memory of 30000 fallen heroes, massacred in 1988

MEK Affiliates Sentenced to Death, Imprisonment for Anti-regime Activism

In memory of 30000 fallen heroes, massacred in 1988

A monument made in memory of 30,000 political prisoners, who were brutally executed in summer of 1988, mainly supporters of the MEK

On Sunday, Tehran’s Revolutionary Court handed down prison sentences to four men affiliated with the MEK. One of these men was condemned to death after the completion of his sentence.

Judge Mohammad Moghiseh, head of Branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court in Tehran, sentenced Abdullah Ghasempour, 34, to death and an eight-year prison term on charges of “waging war on God,” “assembly and collusion,” and “membership in the MEK.” Moghiseh is known for his cruelty in cracking down on any voice of opposition against the regime.

Ghasempour was accused of setting fire to a Basij base, filming his actions, and sending the footage to MEK for media distribution.

Abdullah’s brother, 32-year-old  Mohammad Hossein Ghasempour, 30-year-old Alireza Habibian, and 34-year-old Akbar Dalir were each given five-and-a-half-year prison sentences for “assembly and collusion.” They are currently being held in Ward Four of Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison.

The four men were arrested on May 21, 2018, and transferred to Evin Prison, where they were held for almost a year before standing trial.

The Basij Force is a paramilitary guard that is an affiliate with the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), which was recently designated a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) by the United States. The Basiji and the IRGC are responsible for a large number of repressive actions and human rights violations in Iran.

Recent Arrests of MEK Affiliates

On May 17th, the National Council of Resistance of Iran released the names of eleven activists who had been arrested over the past month for supporting the MEK.

NCRI Releases Statement Calling for Release of Political Prisoners

This followed an announcement from regime Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi saying that 116 teams associated with the MEK had been arrested over the past year and a subsequent statement from the Director General of the Intelligence Ministry in East Azerbaijan Province announcing that there had been 110 arrests and encounters with the MEK in his province in 2018.

The actual number of arrests is much higher, as these numbers do not account for arrests by the regime’s other repressive organs, such as the IRGC, IRGC intelligence, local law enforcement, and prosecutors.

On April 23rd, the MEK released a list of activists that have been detained for affiliation to the MEK. The following are the names and known information of the detainees:

  • Farshad Etemadifar, 24, Gachsaran, June 2018;
  • Omid Javid Nasab, 20, Gachsaran, June 2018;
  • Farshad, 21, Gachsaran, June 2018;
  • Farshid Baharan, 21, Yasouj, Khordad 2018;
  • Mehrzad Baharan, 27, Yasouj, June 2018;
  • Amir Ramin Fard, 38, Tabriz, June 2018
  • Shahyad Ghanavati, 32, Ahvaz, September 2018;
  • Afshin Barzegar Jamshidi, 29, September 2018;
  • Majid Mahmoudian, 37, Tabriz, September 2018;
  • Mohammad Reza Hasan Maleki, 33, Semnan, October 2018;
  • Zarir Hadipour, 56, Kohdasht, October 2018;
  • Farhang Khorshidi, 41, Kohdasht, October 2018;
  • Alireza Barzegar, 40, Karaj, October 2018;
  • Pouriya Vahidian, Tehran, November 2018;
  • Manoochehr Farhadi, 50, Isfahan, February 2019;
  • Seyyed Mehdi Vafaie, 35, Tehran, February 2019;
  • Hossein Noori Derakhshan, 36, Tehran, February 2019;
  • Hamid Kashani, Ghaemshahr, February 2019;
  • Vahid Bani Ameriyan, 26, Tehran, March 2019;
  • Pooya Ghobadi, 26, Tehran, March 2019;
  • Sina Zahiri, 36, Tehran, March 2019;
  • Mohsen Farid, 44, Tehran, March 2019;
  • Parsa Sedighi Hamedani, 24, with her sister, Urmia, 22, March 2019;
  • Ebrahim Khalil Sedighi Hamedani, 60, Urmia, March 2019;
  • Afshin Shahsavari, 27, Tehran, March 2019;
  • Abbas Shahbazi, 41, Ahvaz, March 2019;
  • Najah Anvar Hamidi, 60, Ahvaz, March 2019; and
  • Najah Anvar Hamidi, 60, Ahvaz, March 2019.

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Zarif and Alavi during Tehran's security conference

Tsarism Op-Ed Challenges the Regime’s Claim of “116 Resistance Units” Arrested

Zarif and Alavi during Tehran's security conference

Regime’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and regime’s Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi, during a security conference in Iran. A close relationship between the two Ministries both inside and outside Iran

Tsarism, a news and analysis site, published an op-ed on the Iranian intelligence minister’s claim that the regime has arrested and “dealt with” 116 resistance units. The announcement came after the US State Department announced the inclusion of the regime’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) on its terror blacklist.

The regime has been rallying around its IRGC in recent weeks, with regime officials turning up to a parliamentary session wearing IRGC uniforms in a gesture of solidarity. It has also attempted to downplay the listing, asserting that the foreign terror organization (FTO) listing would not impact the group.

Dealing with 116 MEK Resistance Units

In an attempt to boost the morale of the IRGC and other repressive units, the Iranian Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi announced during Friday prayers last week that the regime had arrested and “dealt with” 166 resistance units as part of “national security efforts”.

He said: “Over the past year, we have confronted 116 [resistance] units affiliated with the Mujahedin-e Khalq organization [the People’s Mojahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK / PMOI)].” He claimed that this crackdown had come from the regime’s Supreme Leader Khamenei himself.

An Underestimation

Following the announcement, the National Council of Resistance of Iran(NCRI), the umbrella organization of the People’s Mojahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK), claimed that Alavi’s estimate was an underrepresentation of the true figure. It asserted that the number of arrests was far higher than those Alavi claimed, suggesting that he may have omitted units and MEK members arrested by the IRGC’s Intelligence and Information Protection branches.

The President-elect of the Iranian opposition, Maryam Rajavi called on the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to arrange for an international delegation to visit the arrested activists currently detained in Iranian regime prisons. Alongside her calls, the MEK and NCRI published a list of prisoners currently in regime custody.

The Iranian opposition and the MEK have long called on the international community to scrutinize the Iranian regime’s arbitrary arrests and torture against political dissidents. Following the nationwide uprisings that broke out at the end of 2017 and early days of 2018, 14 prisoners died in regime custody. Many died during torturous interrogations.

More Determined Than Ever

Despite the daily persecution and constant threat of arrest, MEK resistance units are more committed than ever to confronting the regime and challenging its reign of tyranny and violence. On April 18, resistance units set fire to IRGC bases across Iran.

The op-ed assessed that “the resistance units are one of the most important parts of the Iranian people’s revolution, and they are playing their historical role in various methods.”

It concluded: “By organizing and leading the Iranian uprising in an effective manner, resistance units are injecting hope and new life into society.”

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Mahmoud Alavi

Regime Intelligence Minister Cites MEK Arrests in Attempt to Boost Flagging Morale, Prompting Call to Release Political Prisoners

Mahmoud Alavi

Mahmoud Alavi, the Iranian regime’s Minister of Intelligence aside Hassan Rouhani the president of the dictatorship ruling Iran

On April 19th, Mullah Mahmoud Alavi, the regime’s Minister of Intelligence, made an appearance at Friday prayers in Tehran in which he attempted to raise morale of the country’s military forces in light of the recent designation of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) by the United States. The designation carries significant economic and political consequences for a regime that is already facing crises from all sides.

Arrests of MEK Members

Alavi focused his remarks on the regime’s suppression of the MEK during the last year in the Iranian calendar (March 21, 2018 to March 20, 2019), saying that during this time “116 teams related to the PMOI [MEK] have been dealt with.” He confusingly referred to these suppressive acts as “intelligence epic” and said that the ministry’s actions were due to “major national security reviews in light of Khamenei’s breakthrough guidelines.”

Alavi insisted that these achievements were carried out through Khamenei’s tailoring and said that the details of the suppressive acts should be shared with the public through “national media.” The regime’s state-run media have become widely distrusted by the Iranian people, who view the mullahs’ news agencies as propaganda. It is common for protesters to chant, “Our shame, our shame, our radio, and TV!” Regime leaders have expressed frustration at their inability to stop people from turning to the Internet and social media for unfiltered news.

The Minister of Intelligence has not officially released the true number of MEK members arrested during the last Iranian calendar year. He intentionally omitted arrests made by the regime’s other suppressive agencies, such as the

IRC Intelligence Organization, IRGC Intelligence Protection Organization, State Security Forces (SSF) and the Prosecutor’s Office.

 

Alavi’s choice to focus on the MEK is in keeping with the regime’s strategy of placing the blame for the FTO designation or IRGC on the resistance organization.

Maryam Rajavi’s Statement

After Alavi’s Remarks on Friday, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), released a statement calling for the immediate release of MEK political prisoners in Oran. She called on the Secretary-General of the United Nations, the High Commissioner and the Human Rights Council of the United Nations, and international human rights organizations to form delegations to visit the regime’s prisons and meet with the prisoners and to take immediate action to secure their release. She emphasized that the prisoners are subject to torture and execution. Mrs. Rajavi further demanded that the regime publish the names of all of those who have been arrested and honor their rights in accordance with the international conventions it has adopted.

The Iranian regime is notorious for its mistreatment of political prisoners. Dissidents are routinely tortured while in custody, sometimes to the point of death. During the uprisings of December 2017/January 2018, at least 14 people died after being tortured while in custody.

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