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A French Court Approves Extradition of Iranian Missile Expert to the US

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The recent revelation of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) on regime’s clandestine Nuclear program.

A French court in Aix en Provence has approved the extradition of an Iranian missile expert to the US to face charges. Jalal Rohollahnejad, an aerospace engineer attempted to illegally transfer US military technology to Iran.

Rohollahnejad was arrested on arrival in southern France in February. Authorities took him into custody at Nice Airport after he arrived on a flight from Tehran via Moscow. A French court rejected a bail request.

Global Espionage

Rohollahnejad is accused of attempting to import military-grade industrial microwave systems and anti-drone systems into Iran via the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The technology is a key component in many high-power weapons.

The engineer has links to Rayan Roshd Afszar, an Iranian company tied to the regime’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC). The IRGC and its subsidiaries were recently designated as a foreign terrorist organization by the US government.

If Rohollahnejad is convicted, he could serve up to 60 years behind bars in the US.

Iran’s Weapons Development Program

Rohollahnejad’s extradition comes on the back of a discovery of a 55,000-page tome describing Iran’s clandestine weapons development program. The document reveals the regime’s extensive attempts to construct five nuclear weapons and an underground testing facility within Iran.

Under the Ahmad Plan, the regime sought to develop a shock wave generator system. The system is used in nuclear weapons to initiate a charge that would cause weapons-grade plutonium to reach a supercritical mass and generate a nuclear explosion.

The People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK), the largest Iranian opposition group, has long maintained that the clerical regime in Iran has violated the terms of the nuclear deal negotiated with the P5+1 in 2015. Since 1991, the group has worked tirelessly to expose more than 100 secret nuclear projects and has played a key role in preventing the Iranian regime from achieving its nuclear ambitions.

The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo shared the MEK’s suspicions. In an arms state compliance report, the State Department revealed it has misgivings about the regime’s intentions to resume its nuclear development program.

The discovery of Rohollahnejad’s activities only serves to further confirm the existence of a clandestine weapons program within Iran. The regime did not abandon its weapons programs in 2015.

The regime relies on its nuclear ambitions as a source of its power. While the clerical regime remains in charge, it will not stop its weapons programs. The only way forward to guarantee a nuclear-free Iran is to topple the regime and usher in a new democratic era.

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Member of 1988 Massacre death committee appointed as deputy Majlis speaker

Former Death Committee Member Abdolreza Mesri Becomes New Deputy Speaker of Regime’s Parliament

Member of 1988 Massacre death committee appointed as deputy Majlis speaker

Abdolreza Mesri member of 1988 massacre death committee appointed as the deputy Speaker of regime’s Parliament

Monday, May 27th, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) released a statement regarding the selection of former Death Committee member Abdolreza Mesri as Deputy Speaker of the Iranian regime’s Majlis (parliament). Masri officially assumed the duties of Deputy Speaker on Sunday.

Mesri’s Role in the Executions of Political Prisoners

Mesri served as the head interrogator and torturer in Kermanshah Province from 1981 to 1986 under the leadership of Mullah Ali Fallahian, who was known for his persecution of political prisoners.

In the summer of 1988, then-Supreme Leader and founder of the Islamic Republic Ruhollah Khomeini issued a fatwa ordering the executions of all imprisoned MEK members in Iran. In order to swiftly condemn and execute the tens of thousands of political prisoners in Iranian prisons, Khomeini set up three-member Death Committees in provinces across the country to convict prisoners in “trials” lasting only a few minutes. Once condemned, the prisoners, who included elderly people, teenagers as young as 15, and pregnant women, were executed in groups. Each Death Committee consisted of a prosecutor, a Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) interrogator, and a judge. Mesri was a prosecutor on Kermanshah’s Death Committee.

30,000 people, most of whom were MEK members, were executed over the course of a single summer in the 1988 Massacre. To date, none of the perpetrators of this crime against humanity have been accountable for their actions.

Mesri has since served as Deputy Prosecutor of Kurdistan Province and as a prosecutor in Kermanshah Province. He played an active role in the torture and execution of political prisoners in both positions.

Scandals involving Mesri

According to the NCRI statement, Mesri was appointed to the position of Minister of Welfare and Social Security in 2006 and as the Ambassador of the Mullahs in Venezuela in 2009. Mesri has faced a series of scandals since his appointment as Minister of Welfare and Social Security. Although corruption is generally ignored among top regime officials, infighting among regime factions led to a number of public revelations of corruption and embezzlement within the Ministry of Welfare and Social Security. Mesri was also exposed for having falsified his educational credentials.

It is common for regime officials with records of gross human rights violations to go on to attain high-ranking positions with the regime. In fact, Mesri is the second Death Committee member in only a few months to receive such a promotion. In March, regime Supreme Leader appointed Ebrahim Raisi as the new Judiciary Chief. Raisi sat on Tehran’s Death Committee, where he personally sent thousands of MEK members to their deaths. Since his appointment, human rights violations have skyrocketed.

Raisi and Mesri are only the latest perpetrators of the 1988 Massacre to ascend to the highest levels of the regime. For the thousands of survivors and family members of the victims of the massacre who are still waiting for justice for their loved ones, this comes as a slap in the face. These men should not walk free, much less hold power.

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412 People Arrested for Eating Publicly During Ramadan, Says Kermanshah Policy Deputy

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Photo credit to Iran-hrm.com: The repressive security forces harassing a man for eating during the month of Ramadan

On May 22nd, Mohammad Reza Amouie, the Social Deputy of Kermanshah Police, announced that during the first half of Ramadan his department had warned 800 stores for selling food during the fast and closed 87 others for “ignoring police warnings,” according to a report from the state-run Mehr news agency.

 

In addition, Amouie said that police in the province had taken written commitments from 1,731 people against openly eating in public and detained another 412 people for eating publicly. Police filed cases against 170 of those who were detained.

Amouie added that 569 drivers were given warnings for eating and drinking in their cars and that those who ignored the warnings had their cars seized. 49 cars have been impounded so far.

 

The state-run Tasnim news agency reported that officials shut down five stores in the city of Kouhdasht in Lorestan Province for selling food during the Ramadan Fast.

Exclusions from Ramadan Fast

 

The ban on eating or drinking in public does not apply to children, people with health problems, travelers, or non-Muslims. However, it is not always evident at first glance if someone has a health issue, and police have been ramping up arbitrary enforcement of laws in the ongoing crackdown on the Iranian people.

 

Iran’s Islamic Penal Code does not explicitly forbid the public consumption of food or water during the Ramadan fast, but it does allow for punishment of harām (sinful) acts under Article 638, which states:

 

“Anyone in public places and roads who openly commits a harām (sinful) act, in addition to the punishment provided for the act, shall be sentenced to two months’ imprisonment or up to 74 lashes; and if they commit an act that is not punishable but violates public prudence, they shall only be sentenced to ten days to two months’ imprisonment or up to 74 lashes.”

A Wider Pattern of Crackdowns

 

This same article was recently used to justify the enforcement of a ban on public cycling by women. It was declared a harām act by regime Supreme Leader in a 2016 fatwa, but the ban was loosely enforced in the city of Isfahan until earlier this month when pressure from clerics led to a crackdown.

 

These crackdowns are part of a wider pattern of suppressive actions by the mullahs’ regime in recent months as they desperately try to hold onto power. Iranian men were warned at the beginning of Ramadan to avoid looking at women at all and told that those in violation could face punishment by the morality police.

 

The MEK’s political platform states, “We are committed to the separation of Religion and State. In our view, any form of discrimination against the followers of any religion and denomination will be prohibited.”

 

Under the mullahs’ regime, religion has become a weapon of the state. The MEK believes that this is not the purpose of religion or of government and that people should be free to practice their faith as they see fit.

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Iran Test Ballistic Missiles in breach of UN resolution 2231

55,000 Page Trove Reveals Iranian Regime’s Clandestine Nuclear Development Program

 

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The Iranian regime’s recent Missile test, a breach of 2231 UN resolution.

An op-ed in US news outlet The Hill highlighting the ways that the Iranian regime has defied the JCPOA nuclear deal. “Details an effort to build five nuclear weapons and prepare an underground nuclear test site in the early 2000s, has revealed an unpleasant truth: Iranian regime has been in violation of the spirit, if not the letter, of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).”

The People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK) has long maintained that the Iranian regime was not acting in compliance with the agreement signed with the P5+1 community. It has exposed key details of the regime’s nuclear program and missile development activities.

Now, what the Iranian opposition has long suspected, has been confirmed by the US State Department. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo revealed in an arms compliance report that it had serious misgivings over the regime’s retention of the archives. The department questioned whether the Iranian regime always intended to resume its nuclear development program.

A recent trove of documents, totaling more than 55,000 printed pages revealed that the Iranian nuclear program did not end in 2015. It also revealed that the program is much further along than the US and its allies believed.

A Flawed Deal

Many of the issues stem from the terms of the Iranian nuclear deal negotiated in 2015. “Instead of demanding a nuclear standard for Iran that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has applied to other countries… many are turning a blind eye to Tehran’s dangerous transgressions,” the Hill published.

Under the terms of the agreement, the IAEA was not permitted to carry out inspection of Iranian nuclear sites, including sites used in the Ahmad Plan, which the MEK revealed was a cornerstone of the regime’s pursuit of nuclear weapons.

“Why would a country that claims its nuclear program is permanently peaceful maintain such information and equipment?” The answer is that the regime clearly never abandoned its nuclear ambitions and closed its development sites.

Instead of ending it [Its nuclear program], Iran reoriented its nuclear weapons program to survive as a smaller, more camouflaged one,” the Hill writes.

Its announcement that it would no longer abide by the terms of the JCPOA surprised nobody in the opposition. It merely confirmed that the regime had not set aside its ambitions of obtaining the nuclear weapon and was now openly prepared to resume its missile development activities.

Different Treatment

The Hill op-ed questioned why the new revelations are being differently to previous findings that states violated international non-proliferation agreements. When the Swiss government was discovered to be in possession of nuclear weapons designs, it was forced to destroy them under the close supervision of the IAEA.

When a similar situation occurred in Libya, the IAEA took possession of the documents. The 55,000-page-trove is far larger than the designed the Libya and Switzerland possessed. So why the muted response?

“More robust IAEA inspections are obviously required, with inspectors gaining access to the documents, relevant facilities, equipment, and key personnel mentioned in the seized part of the archive,” the Hill argues. “Iran should not destroy any information or equipment, or alter locations before the IAEA has completed its investigations,” it added.

Not carrying out this oversight would undermine the international rule-based order and set a dangerous precedent for other nations with nuclear aspirations. It also undermines the IAEA and its international credibility.

“Non-action is not an option,” the Hill concludes. The stakes are too high.

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Workers Pay the Price of the Regime’s Disastrous Economic Policies

Iran’s economy is on the verge of collapse, and the situation becomes direr each day. Although the crisis has created fear and chaos among regime leaders, who fear that they might lose their tenuous claim to power, Iranian workers have borne the brunt of the crushing effects of the economic devastation.

The Death Line

According to the Assistant Head of the East Azerbaijan Coordination Center for Islamic Labor Councils, Iranian workers only earn enough to cover 28% of their essential needs, defined as food, shelter, and clothing.

Regime official Faramarz Tofighi described these conditions in grim terms. “80 percent of the workers are living beyond the death line,” he said.

The death line is below the absolute poverty line and is defined as the point at which a person can no longer afford even the most basic items needed for survival. Workers and their families have been driven to take out loans with high-interest rates, sell their organs, and dig through public trash cans for food. A growing number of Iranians have been driven to suicide because of extreme poverty and a lack of hope for the future. Iran has been rated as one of the unhappiest countries in the world.

The already disastrous conditions are deteriorating even further as prices for basic goods rise on a daily, and sometimes hourly basis. Workers who already live in poverty have been forced to protest for paychecks that have been delayed for months. Many workers have been downgraded from permanent employees to temporary or contract workers, causing further hardship.

In a November 2018 interview with the state-run ISNA news agency, Davoud Mirzaie, an expert on the Iranian economy, said that Iran’s workers have lost 80% of their purchasing power due to the plummeting value of the Iranian rial. He added that the regime’s efforts to remedy the situation have failed.

“The 19.5 percent wage increase has not shown itself in the workers’ lives, meaning the value of their wages in March 2018 is far below its value in March 2016. In other words, the workers’ purchasing power has decreased between 50 to 80 percent. This is causing numerous problems for the families of the country’s workers.” He added, “Such conditions have left the workers unable to provide for their basic needs. Therefore, labor unions have time and again called on the Ministry of Labor to see into this issue. Unfortunately, this has remained unresolved,” he said.

Unjust Labor Laws

The regime’s unjust labor laws have worsened conditions for workers. Iran does not meet any international labor norms or standards and systematically violates workers’ rights. The MEK has repeatedly called for the regime to be held accountable for its oppression of workers and its cruel labor practices and intimidation of workers.

Labor activist Abdollah Vatankhah spoke to the state-run ILNA news agency about the lack of protection afforded to workers under regime law.

“The laws do not protect the working class and the government refuses to take responsibility and has abandoned us,” he said. “Policies such as privatization have destroyed our lives.”

Vatankhah said that the regime was gradually removing policies meant to support the working class, thus “plundering public property under the name of privatization.”

“Workers have been abandoned. Such actions will cause workers to cry out and protest,” he warned.

“This is why you can hear the cries of workers in Haft Tappeh, HEPCO, and the Ahvaz Steel company. By removing its support, the government has made life harder for workers whereas an investor has no problem in terms of providing medicine and can provide drugs from the heart of foreign countries if he needs to,” he added.

Vatankhah was referring to policies such as the recent decision by the High Insurance Council to exclude foreign chemotherapy drugs from Iran’s health insurance. While proponents of the policy argue that the change will boost domestic production, working-class families who rely on this insurance worry that it will the endanger lives of impoverished families.

Approximately 11 million insured workers in Iran face serious health problems. Some chemotherapy medications cost between two and three million tomans. Workers who make 1.4 million tomans per month at most are unable to access these life-saving drugs.

Suppression of Labor Unions

In 2018, Iranian workers staged 1,865 protests against low wages, poor working conditions, delayed paychecks, regime corruption, and rising prices.

The regime responded to these protests with brutal suppression, arresting dozens of labor activists and trade union members for their roles in the peaceful demonstrations.

Labor activists Jafar Azimzadeh, Secretary of the Board of the Free Workers Trade Union, and  Esmaeil Bakhshi, spokesman of the Haft Tappeh Sugar Plant Workers Trade Union, are currently imprisoned. Teacher activists Esmaeil Abdi, Mahmoud Beheshti Langarudi, Mohammad Habibi, Rouhollah Mardani, and Abdul Reza Qanbari are also languishing in the regime’s prisons. All of these activists have been accused of “security crimes” after being organizing demonstrations or union activities. Habibi was additionally sentenced to lashes.

Iranian law does not recognize the right to create labor unions that are not sanctioned by the regime. As a result, trade union members are subject to harsh sentences for their efforts to support workers’ rights.

Article 22 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and Article 8 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) protect the right to form and join labor unions. Iran is a party to both of these treaties and stands in flagrant violation according to its laws.

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Iranian Regime Steps up Attempts to Police Internet Access

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Iranian regime under “moderate” Rouhani filters Internet.

The Internet and social media have played a vital role in the growing resistance movement. Since the massive popular uprising of December 2017, the MEK has harnessed the power of social media to spread the news of the regime’s corruption and to organize protests and resistance activities. The regime has responded to this threat to its power by tightening restrictions to online media.

Regime officials have made a number of recent comments indicating that they plan to further restrict the public’s access to online information.

The mullahs’ Assembly of Experts released a statement on January 17th, which contained ominous language about the regime’s plans for the future of Internet censorship. It read:

“The Ministry of Communications, the High Council of Cyberspace, and all related institutions should actively engage in establishing order in the cyberspace, confront unethical issues and psychological warfare by the enemy, and take serious steps in monitoring and confronting the opposition and unethical networks.”

The regime has also expanded the role of its military and the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) in policing the Internet, which has alarmed many human rights and Internet freedom activists.

In April, regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei appointed former IRGC chief Mohammad Ali Jafari as head of the IRGC Baghiatallah Cultural and Social Headquarters (BCSH). Jafari will lead the organization in its mission to fight the “soft war” supposedly taking place between the Iranian regime and the West.

Current Restrictions to Online Access

The Iranian regime has taken a special interest in the online activities of students, who tend to be more politically active and likely to seek out uncensored information on the Internet and through social media.

On April 21, 2019, the Supreme Cultural Revolution Council’s Committee for the “Islamization of Universities” passed an amendment to its academic disciplinary regulations prohibiting university students from participating in “unethical” online activities. However, the definition of unethical was left undefined, leaving officials free to arbitrarily punish students.

Jamasb Nozari, director of the state-run Academic Affairs Organization, commented on the amendment in an April 26, 2019 interview with the state-run Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA).

“Publishing unethical photos or committing immoral acts in cyberspace and on information-sharing networks will result in disciplinary action against students,” he said.

The new rule does not define what is and isn’t “unethical,” giving the authorities free rein to make arbitrary decisions.

The regime enforces its draconian censorship measures on the broader population as well. For example, last year the Iranian regime banned the popular messaging app Telegram. Subscribers of

Iran’s Hamrah Aval mobile phone company who attempt to access Telegram without using encryption software are now redirected to a website where the following message appears:

“By the order of the Prosecutor General, accessing this content is prohibited and in violation of the laws of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Your device specifications and internet identification have been recorded.”

Failure of the Regime’s Restrictions

Tech-savvy Iranians have been able to successfully bypass the regime’s restrictions through the use of VPNs and other encryption software, which has flustered regime officials.

On January 21, regime president Hassan Rouhani acknowledged that efforts to censor the Internet had so far been unsuccessful. He said:

“Well, we were unsuccessful in some of our efforts in recent years,” he said. “We thought it is under our control. We thought it would be filtered if we just ordered so…. What should we do with VPNs?”

Four days prior to Rouhani’s statement, Ahmad Khatami, the spokesman for the board of directors of Assembly of Experts, voiced similar concerns, saying that “everyone agreed that the damages inflicted by the cyberspace were serious.”

Although it is encouraging that the regime has failed in its efforts to restrict access to the Internet so far, the battle is far from over. State-run media has recently begun reporting on a new state agency, known as the Prosecutor General’s Cyber Division Rapid Reaction Center. This agency, which has opened branch offices in cities including Mashhad, Ardabil, and Khorramabad since the beginning of 2019, appears to have the mission of monitoring and censoring online content and activities.

To date, regime officials have not released any information about the agency or its purpose, although some have speculated that it could have been created to more effectively carry out the judiciary’s orders to block websites and apps.

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NCRI Publishes Letter from MEK Legal Counsel to Dagens Næringsliv Newspaper

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The entrance to Ashraf 3, MEK’s place of residence in Albania

On Friday, May 24th, the National Council of Resistance (NCRI) released a letter written by Behzad Saffari, legal advisor for the MEK in Albania, to Amund Djuve, the Editor-in-Chief of the Dagens Næringsliv newspaper on April 1, 2019.

The letter referred to an incident on March 27, 2019 in which a journalist from the newspaper, later identified as Eskil Engdal, accompanied by a regime Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) agent from the Iranian regime’s Embassy in Albania, Gjergji Thanasi, photographed the MEK compound in Albania. The compound, which houses MEK members who have been repeatedly targeted by terrorist attacks from the Iranian regime, explicitly prohibits photography at its entrances because of security concerns. The photographer and MOIS agent ignored the clearly posted signs and continued to aggressively take photographs even after they were asked to stop by Albanian security guards.

Continuous Terrorist Threats

 

The letter explained that the MEK has been subject to continuous terrorist threats by the Iranian regime, who see the opposition movement as an existential threat to their rule. In March 2018, Albanian authorities foiled a terrorist plot to bomb a Nowruz celebration at the MEK compound. An investigation resulted in the expulsion of two Iranian regime terrorists, the Iranian ambassador, and a high-ranking regime diplomat from Albania.

 

Saffari also referred to the foiled terrorist attack on the annual gathering of the MEK in June 2018 and the arrest of two MOIS agents in the United States in August 2018 for spying on MEK members.

Prior Espionage Activities

 

Saffari’s letter described Gjergji Thanasi’s prior espionage activities against MEK members in Albania, noting that he has posed as a journalist, chauffeur, and interpreter in order to get close to the MEK compound to film and collect information about security systems that have been put in place to protect residents from attack from regime terrorists.

 

Saffari questioned the newspaper journalist’s association with an Iranian regime agent, calling it “an increasing disturbing matter.” He also noted that the MEK had become aware that Engdal had met with MOIS agents claiming to be former members of the MEK who are on the payroll of the Iranian regime’s embassy in Albania.

False Claims against the MEK

Saffari contradicted false claims that the MEK compound is isolated and closed to outsiders, stating that since the group moved to Albania in 2018, “dozens of Albanian and International reporters and US and European personalities including Albanian Ministers have freely visited the compound.” He went on to add that “Albanian citizens in large and small groups come to the compound to visit their friends.”

A German Delegation Visits the MEK Compound in Albania

Saffari included documentation regarding the false and inflammatory article published by Der Spiegel magazine about the MEK. In March 2019, a German court ordered the magazine to remove false allegations against the MEK or pay a fine of up to €250,000 or face a six month prison sentence if the fine was not paid.

Saffari concluded his letter by respectfully asking

Dagens Næringsliv and Eskil Engdal not to unknowingly become tools of the mullahs’ regime used to “enhance its objectives and prepare the grounds for assassinations of the Iranian refugees in Albania.”

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Mario Baldasaro releases new report on the Iranian regime funding terrorism.

Italian Politicians Hold Conference on Iranian Regime Terrorism

Mario Baldasaro releases new report on the Iranian regime funding terrorism.

Conference at the Headquarter of Italy’s Radical Party, introducing a report by the former Deputy Finance Minister of Italy, Mario Baldasaro entitled “What if Iran spent its terror group budget on domestic issues?”

On Friday, Mario Baldasaro, former Deputy Finance Minister of Italy, released a report entitled “What if Iran spent its terror group budget on domestic issues?” at a conference held at the headquarters of Italy’s Radical Party and hosted by former Italian MP Elisabetta Zamparutti. Former Italian Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi, Senator Lucio Malan, Senator Roberto Rampi, former Italian MP Nicola Chirachi, Hands Off Cain Secretary Sergio Dalia, and Iranian community spokesman Behzad Bahrebar also spoke at the conference.

Elisabetta Zamparutti

Former MP Zamparutti opened the conference by reminding attendees of the lengths that the Iranian regime has gone to in its attempts to eliminate the MEK and continue its rule. She noted that the regime’s ambassador and one of its diplomats were expelled from Albania because of their roles in an attempted terrorist attack on the MEK headquarters in Tirana (Asraf 3). She added that Iran executes more of its citizens per capita than any other country in the world.

Mario Baldasaro

Baldasaro presented his report on the Iranian regime’s financial support of terrorist groups, which found that the mullahs budget at least $1 billion per year to its proxies in Iraq, Yemen, Lebanon, and Latin America. Baldasaro stated that over the past four years, this money could have created 2.4 million jobs and reconstructed the country’s infrastructure if it had not been spent on terrorism.

Lucio Malan

Senator Malan’s speech concerned financial corruption and human rights violations under the regime’s rule. He stressed that the mullahs stay in power through their use of executions, torture, lashing, and crackdowns against religious and ethnic minorities. He emphasized that Western countries should not ignore these acts and should stop doing business with the Iranian regime.

Roberto Rampi

Senator Rampi, who sits on the Italian Senate Human Rights Committee condemned the regime for its oppression of its own people and its aggression toward neighboring countries. He pointed out that the Iranian regime is the number one state sponsor of terrorism in the world and that global stability cannot be achieved without taking a firm stance against the mullahs.

Giulio Terzi

Giulio Terzi cited several studies which describe Iran as a global threat. He condemned the mullahs for plundering the wealth of the Iranian people to maintain its rule and reminded conference attendees of the Iranian regime’s role in propping up Bashar Assad’s regime in Syria. He called for a firm policy toward the mullahs and an end to the policy of appeasement.

Nicola Chirachi

Chirachi praised the tough stance by the United States against the Iranian regime and encouraged Europe to take a stand against the mullahs as well. He emphasized that the regime has been forced to its knees politically, socially, and economically, and it is necessary to take a firm approach in confronting its policies.

Behzad Bahrebar

Behzad Bahrebar thanked Mr. Baldasaro for his research, saying that the report about the economic crisis caused by the mullahs’ corruption and plundering of the people’s wealth paints a sobering picture of the catastrophic effects of the regime’s rule. Bahrebar pointed out that the Iranian Resistance has said for forty years that the regime cannot be reformed.

Sergio Dalia

Hands Off Cain Secretary Sergio Dalia wrapped up the conference with a speech about the regime’s human rights record, which includes more than 3,800 executions during regime Hassan Rouhani’s tenure as President. He also described the 1988 Massacre of 30,000 political prisoners over the course of a single summer, a crime against humanity for which no one has ever been held accountable. Many of the perpetrators of this atrocity have risen to high-ranking offices within the regime, including the current judiciary chief. Dalia concluded that Europe’s policy of appeasement jeopardizes regional and global security.

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MEK supporters rally to demand EU blacklist MOIS

Struan Stevenson: E.U. Must Stop Turning a Blind Eye to Iranian Threat

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Supporters of MEK, hold a rally in front of the European Parliament in Brussels-November 2018

On Wednesday, May 22nd, Struan Stevenson voiced his concerns about the European Union’s continued appeasement of the mullahs’ regime in an op-ed on the United Press International website. Stevenson is the coordinator of the Campaign for Iran Change and a former member of the European Parliament representing Scotland. He is also a longtime supporter of the MEK who has written extensively on the subject of the mullahs’ regime.

In his latest piece, Stevenson discussed the failure of the E.U. to acknowledge the threat posed by the Iranian regime to the Middle East and the larger international community.

Terrorist Plots in the U.S. and Europe

Stevenson enumerated the many terrorist plots attempted in 2018 by the Iranian regime in the United States and Europe to eliminate their opposition. Last summer German police foiled an attempted terrorist attack  on the annual gathering of the National Council of Resistance of Iran outside of Paris. Regime diplomat Assadollah Assadi was arrested and charged by Belgian authorities for personally handing over 500 grams of TATP explosives to a Belgian-Iranian couple who were arrested en route to the event, which was attended by tens of thousands of MEK members and dozens of high-ranking politicians from the U.S., Europe, and around the world. Assadi and three accomplices are now awaiting trial in Belgium on terrorism charges.

 

Iranian agents acting at the behest of the regime have been sanctioned for their roles in additional terrorist plots in the United States, Denmark, Bulgaria, Albania, and the Netherlands, and several regime diplomats and Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) agents have been expelled from European countries. Stevenson emphasized that the regime uses its embassies to plan terrorist attacks on its opponents, which poses a danger to the international community.

 

Stevenson argued that the Iranian regime has now shifted their focus to a new enemy. U.S. oil sanctions and the designation of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist organization have crippled the Iranian economy and hindered the ability of the regime to fund its terrorist proxies in the Middle East.

 

The refusal of the United States to submit to the long-standing Western policy of appeasement toward the Iranian regime has enraged the mullahs, and they have desperately sought a way to retaliate against the U.S. According to Stevenson, the regime instructed its proxies to sabotage ships near the strategically-valuable

Straits of Hormuz, damaging four commercial vessels, including two oil tankers. Regime proxies then carried out armed drone attacks against Saudi oil pumping stations.

 

Stevenson wrote that regime leaders then ordered General Qassem Soleimani, commander of the terrorist Quds Force, to meet with Iranian-controlled militias in Baghdad to tell them to prepare for a proxy war. According to Stevenson, this was followed by a rocket attack on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad’s Green Zone.

The United States’ Response

The United States responded to these threats by deploying an aircraft carrier, B-52 bombers, and American troops to the Pacific Ocean.

United States President Donald Trump has voiced his willingness to engage in talks with Iran, but regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has so far refused. Trump and his administration have stressed that they do not seek war but will protect U.S. assets in the region. Last weekend, Trump took a stronger tone, tweeting, “If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran. Never threaten the United States again!”

 

The unprecedented series of tough measures taken by the United States against the Iranian regime has led to what Stevenson called a “knee-jerk response” from the European Union. Those who were comfortable with the old policy of appeasement have struggled to preserve the Iran nuclear deal and to bypass oil sanctions in order to continue doing business with the regime. E.U. leaders are now urging the U.S. to act with caution, which Stevenson believes plays into the hands of the mullahs, who are seeking allies as they desperately seek to avoid the collapse of their faltering regime. According to Stevenson, the European Union will not be swayed from their support of the mullahs by any amount of aggression or terrorism, no matter how egregious.

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MEK rally in Place des Nations, Geneva

Iranian Resistance Calls on U.N. to Stop Execution of MEK Activist

MEK rally in Place des Nations, Geneva

Archive photo- A rally by supporters of the MEK in Geneva, asking for an end to executions in Iran, and justice for the victims of the 1988 massacre of 30,000 political prisoners in Iran – November 2017

On Sunday, May 19th, the Revolutionary Court in Tehran sentenced four political prisoners associated with the MEK to prison sentences for their anti-regime activism. One of the four men was also given a death sentence.

Abdullah Ghassempour was sentenced to death after the completion of an eight-year prison sentence for charges of “aggression,” “assembly and collusion against the regime,” and “membership, propaganda, and cooperation with the People’s Mojahedin Organization [MEK].”

Mohammad Hossein Ghassempour (Abdullah’s brother), Alireza Habibian, and Akbar Dali were each sentenced to five-and-a-half year prison terms for “assembly and collusion against the regime.” All four men were arrested on May 21, 2018, and transferred to Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison, where they waited almost a full year before standing trial.

Mohammad Moghiseh’s Past

Tehran’s Revolutionary Court is headed by notorious regime henchman Mohammad Moghiseh, whose record of gross human rights violations against political prisoners extends back into the 1980s. During the 1988 Massacre, in which 30,000 political prisoners were executed in a single summer, Moghiseh sent scores of prisoners in Gohardasht, most of whom were MEK supporters, to their deaths. The 2001 book

Crime Against Humanity and the 2006 book

Fallen for Freedom: A List of 20,000 PMOI Martyrs both include Moghiseh among the list of perpetrators of the massacre who must be tried for crimes against humanity.

Crackdown on MEK Activists

Sunday’s sentencing comes in the midst of a harsh crackdown by the regime against MEK activists. Frustrated by the growth of Resistance Units and Resistance Councils, unable to suppress the rising tide of social unrest engulfing the country, and eager to deflect attention away from the rapidly escalating economic and diplomatic chaos that threatens to destroy the faltering regime, the mullahs have targeted the MEK with widespread arrests, long prison sentences, and executions.

On April 19th, regime Minister of Intelligence Mahmoud Alavi announced that 116 teams associated with the MEK had been “dealt with” over the past year. The following week, on April 24th, the Director General of the Intelligence Ministry in East Azerbaijan Province reported that 60 MEK members in the province had been arrested and another 50 had been “briefed” in the past year.

On April 23rd, the MEK released a list of 31 MEK members who had been arrested over the previous year. On May 17th, the MEK released 11 more names of people who were arrested between late April and mid-May.

A Call from the Iranian Resistance

The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) issued a statement calling on the Secretary-General, the High Commissioner, and the Human Rights Council of the United Nations, as well as international human rights groups to take immediate and urgent action to prevent the execution and secure the human rights of Abdullah Ghassempour and other political prisoners facing death, torture, and long-term imprisonment at the hands of the Iranian regime. It further calls for the appointment of delegations to visit Iranian prisons and meet with political prisoners there.

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