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Students' protest over the car crash at Azad University

Tehran Students Demand Accountability for Bus Crash in Third Day of Protests

Students' protest over the car crash at Azad University

The students in Azad University, protest the car crash that killed 10 students last week. December 31, 2018

Students at the Science and Research branch of Azad University in Tehran held their third day of demonstrations on Monday. The protesters sat in the middle of the street, blocking the road. The students were protesting the bus accident last week that killed ten and injured dozens more.

Protests at Tehran University

Tehran University students also protested on Monday, marching outside their campus in protest of the crackdown against students at the Science and Research branch at Azad University

MEK sources report that the protesters chanted, “No fear, we’re all together!”

“Incompetent officials, resign, resign!”
“Facing our nation, with our backs to the enemy!”

The Tehran University students were also protesting the bus accident that took the lives of ten students. Reports from MEK sources indicate that protesters at the rally clashed with plainclothes security forces who were dispatched to prevent the protest from spreading. Further clashes were reported as security forces attempted to prevent the students from marching to Enghelab (Revolution) Square in Tehran.

The students chanted, “Coward, coward!” at the security forces as they continued their protest. Sources witnessed a security agent attempt to arrest a woman for protesting. Other protesters prevented her arrest and allowed her to escape.

Deadly Bus Crash

Azad University Students Maintain Protest for Second Consecutive Day

The protests, which began on Saturday, are in response to a deadly bus crash and subsequent cover-up by University officials. The accident occurred when a bus carrying university students careened off a mountainous road and crashed into a concrete column, killing 10 passengers and injuring another 27. Officials initially claimed that the driver of the bus had a heart attack, causing the crash, but the coroner investigating the case later denied that claim.

Dangerous Buses

The protesters say that university and regime officials did not do enough to prevent the crash. Iranian universities use buses that are old, in poor condition, and not well-maintained. The fleet of buses meant to serve Iran’s students are dangerous.

University officials at Azad University attempted to placate the angry students by washing the remaining buses in their fleet. They then claimed that these were new buses. The students were not fooled by this transparent and insulting lie and have demanded that university officials be held to account for their failure to provide safe transportation and for their role in the fatal bus crash.

Protesters’ Demands

According to reports, regime Attorney General Mohammad Jafar Montazeri visited Azad University on Sunday, hoping to stem the spread of protests. The students demanded answers from Montazeri and insisted that he be held to account.

Meanwhile, Mohammad Mehdi Tehranchi, the President of Azad University’s Science and Research branch, was so desperate to avoid students that he fled campus in his car, running over several students in the process. Two students were later  treated at the hospital for injuries to their feet.

The protesters are demanding that officials take responsibility for their negligence toward the students. They are demanding the resignation of Ali-Akbar Velayati, the chairman of the university’s the board of trustees. Velayati is a close advisor to regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. The Iranian regime spends billions of dollars exporting terrorism and funding its ballistic missile program, but tran’s students are left in dangerous conditions, due to lack of funding.

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German delegation visits Ashraf3- MEK's residence in Albania

Martin Patzelt Praises Albania and Urges EU Leaders to End Policy of Appeasement

German delegation visits Ashraf3- MEK's residence in Albania

The German delegation consist of present and former members of the Germany’s Bundestag (Parliament) visit Ashraf3, the residence of Iran’s principal opposition, the MEK-October 2018

Martin Patzelt, a member of the German Bundestag for the Christian Democratic Union Party, wrote an op-ed piece in Online Focus. The politician praised the Albanian government for their role in the fight against the Iranian regime and called on Europe to do more to oppose Iran’s state-sponsored terrorism.

He began by describing the important role Albania has played in welcoming persecuted communities. They housed Jews persecuted by the Nazis, and today, the country hosts the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK), an Iranian pro-democracy group living in exile.

Patzelt praised Albania for its “contribution to peace and humanity”, remarking that “after decades of dictatorship, the Albanian people know… the value of freedom”.

However, Patzelt lamented, the European Union has not shared Albania’s enthusiasm for upholding Iranian human rights and protecting democracy.

Intensified Terror Activities

Following Albania’s admission of the MEK, the Iranian regime intensified its terror activities on Albanian soil. The Iranian embassy in the Albanian capital of Tirana nearly doubled its personnel numbers and devoted a section of the embassies activities to planning attacks against the MEK and its members.

Albania Expels Iranian Regime Ambassador and His Deputy For Terrorism

But the MEK was not deterred and channeled its efforts into the construction of a compound outside the capital. In just twelve months, a compound complete with dormitories, dentists, meeting rooms, a sports center, stores, and hairdressers has been constructed. The MEK and its members live in the compound in relative safety behind its walls.

However, the Iranian regime has attempted to violate this haven. In March, two regime agents were arrested in connection with a plot to bomb the MEK compound during the Persian New Year celebrations.

In response to this attempted terror attack on Albanian soil, the Albanian government expelled the regime ambassador to Iran, as well as other high-profile diplomats in a stern message of defiance to the Iranian regime.

A Muted EU Response

Despite Albania’s strong stance, few other European governments are willing to follow suit. Many would prefer to maintain a policy of appeasement to the Iranian regime. Patzelt lamented, “this is all the more inconceivable since just this year, in France, Germany, Belgium and Denmark assassination plans or dangerous intelligence activities were conducted by the Iranian regime”.

Patzelt asserts that the regime’s surge in terror activities is due to the mounting domestic pressure it is facing at home. 2018 has seen a wave of protests break out across Iran, affecting many of its key sectors including logistics, education, and manufacturing.

Patzelt concludes that “Iranian expansionist policy” and its “chaos in the Middle East and unbridled expansion of fundamentalist ideas and ideologies” should be countered wherever it occurs.

A German Delegation Visits the MEK Compound in Albania

“This includes the support of people who risked their lives for freedom” who “now need to be protected themselves”. The heads of state in Europe should adopt a tougher stance against the Iranian regime, not just to protect dissidents and Iranian human rights, but to protect their own national security interests from Iranian terrorism.

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Demonstration of Azad University student in Tehran.

Azad University Students Maintain Protest for Second Consecutive Day

Demonstration of Azad University student in Tehran.

Iran Protests continue in Azad University in Tehran, despite regime’s security measure.-December 3,2018

Protesters at Azad University gathered on Sunday, December 30th, for the second consecutive day to protest the loss of their peers in a tragic bus accident.

The students from Tehran’s Azad University of Science and Research turned out to protest the irresponsible plunder of public assets by the Iranian regime which has left Iran’s roads in dangerous conditions.

Traffic accidents are rampant, and the public infrastructure is ill-equipped to handle other disasters such as fires and earthquakes.

The senior management of the university is all under the direct control of the Iranian regime leadership. The head of the board of trustees of the university, Ali Akbar Velayati is an adviser and former foreign minister to Khamenei. The Supreme Leader’s office controls university affairs.

It was hardly surprising, therefore, that the university president avoided answering student’s demands and instead preferred to flee the university in his car.

The regime and university dismissed low ranking officials in the wake of the accident, but the dismissals did not affect the individuals responsible for the crime.

The Iranian resistance movement, including the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK) and the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), expressed their sincere condolences to the families and peers of the students killed in the accident.

They also echoed the protesting students’ sentiments that the culprits responsible for the accident were not the low-level officials removed from their posts, but the regime’s leadership itself. “Due to astronomical plunders and expenditures on suppression and terrorism, this regime has caused the highest rate of casualties in such incidents”, a statement from the NCRI read.

A display of bravery

The students turned out despite a heavy regime presence in the form of plainclothes agents. The Ministry of Intelligence (MOIS) deployed Basij and Heraset agents inside the university to prevent the protests from spreading.

In 2018, the MOIS has been relentless in its persecution of protestors. Following the December/January uprisings, the regime arrested more than 8,000 protestors, many of which were subject to brutal torture and prison conditions that amounted to severe human rights abuses.

But the protesters would not be deterred, chanting “students rather die than tolerate humiliation”, “Velayati, Velayati, you are responsible for this crime”, and “incompetent person in charge should be tried!” Other chants went even further, asserting, “You shameless killer!”

Several students also blocked the traffic outside the university. In response, the regime’s agents stopped students entering the university buildings to prevent the protest’s spread.

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Child marriage in Iran

Iranian Regime MP Defends Parliament’s Failure to Pass Child Marriage Bill

Child marriage in Iran

Photo Credit to IranNewsWire: The Iranian regime promotes child marriage rather than protecting young girls from forced and early marriages.

The Iranian regime parliament’s Legal Commission defended the rejection of a bill which would have completely banned child marriage in Iran. The “Child Spouse Bill,” which was introduced into the regime parliament in 2016, would have completely banned marriage for girls under the age of 13 and boys under the age of 16.

Hassan Nourozi, the spokesperson for the parliament’s Legal Commission, justified the bill’s failure in comments that were broadcast on state-run media.

“For a girl who is alone and has no one, marriage is definitely a game changer,” he said.

The Child Spouse Bill

The Child Spouse Bill would prohibit marriage for girls under the age of 13 and boys under the age of 16. Girls between the ages of 13-16 and boys between the ages of 16-18 would need parental consent and permission from the court to marry. Girls over the age of 16 and boys over the age of 18 could marry without permission.

Child Marriage Statistics

Official sources cite at least 37,000 registered marriages of girls between the ages of 10-14 in Iran in 2017. There are 24,000 divorcées under the age of 18 in Iran. 15,000 of those women are under the age of 15.

A 2017 Iranian media report said that 17% of girls in Iran married when they were under 18 years of age.

Contradictions in Current Law

In his defense of Parliament’s rejection of the bill, Nourozi said, “In our opinion, there are some problems in the proposed bill because many of the criteria are not acceptable. According to the representatives in the Legal Commission, a 15-year-old girl is not considered a child … and is fit to marry.”

Nourozi noted that Sharia law, Qom jurisprudence, and Iranian and Lebanese experts all say that girls enter puberty at the age of nine. He compared the experience of his grandmother with Iranian girls in 2018, saying, “My own grandmother was married at 9 years of age and did not have any problems.”

 

He added, “Our point is that if a girl who does not have a father and has problems can marry a 17-year-old young (man), and there is no problem with that.”

 

Statistics contradict Nourozi’s contention that girls marry 17-year-old boys. Most underage girls are forced to marry much older men. In 2013, over 41,000 girls under the legal age were registered for marriage, but only 300 underage boys were registered.

 

Shahnaz Sajad, an official at the Vice Presidency for Women and Family Affairs, said in an interview with the state-run ILNA news agency that child marriage results from poverty, cultural deprivation, and addiction.

“What percent of 13-year-old girls or under 13 year-olds in our society think about marriage with a 14 or 16-year-old boy?” Sajad asked. “These cases are very rare.”

She added, “When the father of a 12-year-old girl forces her to marry because she does not want to marry, the legitimacy of such a marriage is legally and religiously problematic.”

The MEK is opposed to the regime’s oppression of women, including child marriage. The MEK and the Iranian Opposition offer a democratic alternative to the religious dictatorship, in which men and women can have equal representation in government. Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the Iranian Opposition, has a ten-point plan to restore democratic rule to Iran after the fall of the mullahs’ regime and to ensure that child marriage is a thing of the past.

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Albanian President Expresses Support for Expulsion of Iranian Regime Diplomats

Ilir Meta supports the expulsion of Iranian regime's diplomats for terrorism involvement.

Ilir Meta, the President of Albania, expressed his support for the expulsion of the Iranian regime’s diplomats.

On Saturday, December 23rd, Albanian President Ilir Meta stated his support for the recent expulsion of Iranian regime diplomats from his country. Meta said that the regime’s ambassador and the head of Tehran’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security branch in Albania’s activities posed a threat to national security and that their expulsion was necessary.

Albanian Interior Minister Sandër Lleshaj also spoke about the expulsion of the regime diplomats in an interview on the same day.

He said, “The Iranian regime is recognized as the leading state sponsor of terrorism in the world.”

He added, “The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) has been threatened in other countries. This is a method used by the Iranian regime’s security agents under the cover of diplomats. We don’t consider the PMOI/MEK as a threat to Albania’s security. This is the position of the Albanian government, police and security officials. Our viewpoint about the PMOI/MEK is without any bias or prejudice. They are friends that have been welcomed to reside in Albania and this has nothing to do with their political activities.”

Support from Opposition

According to Albania Daily News, Lulzim Basha, Albanian Democratic Party leader and head of the opposition, also expressed support for the expulsion of the Iranian regime diplomats, citing national security concerns.

“On behalf of the Democratic Party and the Albanian opposition, I express my support for the government’s decision to announce Iranian diplomats as unwanted elements and back measures to see to their expulsion,” he said. “They carried out activities in violation of their ‘diplomatic status’ and endangered our national security. The Democratic Party considers governmental national security infrastructures, ongoing commitments and honest cooperation with our allies as the only solution to prevent and neutralize such measures on the soil of the Republic of Albania.”

On Wednesday, December 19th, Albania’s Foreign Ministry announced that it had expelled Iran’s ambassador to Albania and an unnamed diplomat for “damaging its national security.”

Support from United States

U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton, who has been a longtime supporter of the MEK, was the first public figure to express support for Albania’s decision, tweeting on Wednesday afternoon:

“Prime Minister Edi Rama of Albania just expelled the Iranian ambassador, signaling to Iran’s leaders that their support for terrorism will not be tolerated. We stand with PM Rama and the Albanian people as they stand up to Iran’s reckless behavior in Europe and across the globe.”

U.S. President Donald Trump wrote a letter to Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama thanking him for “standing up to Iran.” He wrote:

Albania’s Decision to Expel Regime Diplomats is Welcomed by the Trump Administration

“Thank you for your steadfast efforts to stand up to Iran and to counter its destabilizing activities and efforts to silence dissidents around the globe. The leadership you have shown by expelling Iran’s Ambassador to your country exemplifies our joint efforts to show the Iranian government that its terrorist activities in Europe and around the world will have severe consequences.”

The Iranian regime has been directly implicated in a number of foiled terrorist plots against the MEK this year. Since the MEK relocated its residence to Albania, its members have been under constant threat by regime terrorists. In March 2018, a terrorist plot by regime agents against a MEK Nowruz celebration in Albania was foiled.

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The US Can Force Europe to Take a Tougher Stance Against Iran by Designating MOIS a Terror Organisation

Increase in terrorist activities of the Iranian regime

Assadollah Assadi, the mastermind behind the Iranian regime’s foiled terror plot to bomb MEK’s annual gathering in Paris-June 30th, 2018

Alarabiya published an opinion piece outlining the increasing international concern over Iran’s state-sponsored terrorist activities. 2018 has seen a surge in Iranian terrorism across the world as European authorities have foiled several terror plots and which were traced back to the Iranian regime leadership.

“If ISIS targeted people arbitrarily without any operation center in the EU, Iran’s regime uses its embassies to organize terrorist operations across Europe”, the piece said.

The most recent development was the expulsion of the Iranian ambassador to Albania and another high-level diplomat. Albania’s government cited increasing security threats as the reason for the expulsion.

In March, during the Persian New Year celebrations, two Iranian agents working for the Ministry of Intelligence (MOIS) were arrested for plotting a terror attack on Albanian soil. The attack’s target was members of the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK) currently living in exile in a compound near the Albanian capital of Tirana.

The Iranian regime scrambles to distance itself from the foiled terror attack in Europe

Following the Albanian government’s decision to expel the diplomats, President Trump personally praised the Albanian Prime Minister, Edi Rama. He thanked him for his “steadfast efforts to stand up to Iran and to counter its destabilizing activities and efforts to silence dissidents around the globe.”

A Growing Operation

Prior to the MEK’s arrival on Albanian soil, the country was on the regime’s periphery. It had a small embassy in Tirana through which it managed diplomatic operations. However, since the MEK arrived in 2016 after fleeing regime attacks on its compounds in Iraq, the regime has expanded the Albanian embassy’s operations, “almost doubling the size and the number of staff”, according to Alarabiya.

In addition to expanding the building and hiring more staff, the regime sent an MOIS agent to the country as its ambassador and created a special section of the embassy devoted to planning attacks against the MEK and the Iranian opposition.

The regime’s activities in Albania have been a microcosm of a growing surge in terror activities in Europe. 2018 saw the foiled terror plot in Albania, a foiled terror attack in Paris in June, an assassination attempt against a political dissident in Denmark, and the arrest of two MOIS agents in the United States on espionage charges.

Alongside their violent terror attacks, the regime has coordinated an extensive misinformation campaign against the MEK. Recent hit pieces against the MEK have appeared in the Guardian, Al Jazeera, MSNBC, and Channel 4.

Channel 4 News Report Serves as Tool for Iran Lobby

The response has been somewhat muted. Following the attempted attack on the MEK’s Grand Gathering in June, the French government expelled diplomats and froze MOIS assets. However, few countries have followed suit, making Albania’s decision a landmark moment.

Many observers attribute this surge in state-sponsored violence against political dissidents to a decades-long policy of appeasement towards the Iranian regime from Western governments. “In their view, the current EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and her colleagues are responsible for this emerging threat to [the] EU’s security”, the Alarabiya piece states.

The Alarabiya piece asserts that the US government could force Europe’s governments to adopt a tougher stance by designating Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and the MOIS as terrorist organizations. “This is what the Iranian people, dissidents and dozens of prominent Western politicians ask and call for”, the piece concludes.

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Regime Agents Interfere with Ceremonies to Honor Martyrs of Uprisings

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Archive photo- Funeral Ceremony For 3 Martyrs Of Kazerun Uprising, With Chants Of: Death To The Dictator; Oh, My Martyred Brother, We’ll Continue Your Path; My Imprisoned Brother Must Be Freed

December 28th marks the one-year anniversary of the Iranian uprisings, a massive series of popular protests and demonstrations against the clerical regime which spread to over 140 cities and every province in Iran over a two-week period. The uprisings, which shook the Islamic Republic to its core, started a protest movement that continued a year later and threatens to topple the regime.

The uprisings also forced the Iranian regime to acknowledge the influence of the MEK within Iran. The MEK has been instrumental in organizing and leading the popular protests that have taken place throughout Iran over the past year. The mullahs, who have long claimed that the MEK is a fringe movement with little influence within the country, has been forced to admit that the MEK is a powerful force within Iran.

Regime Experts Admit MEK’s Major Role in Recent Protests

The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) is using this occasion to take a series of suppressive measures against the families of those who were killed during previous uprisings by the Iranian people. The regime hopes that these acts of suppression will stop the ongoing protest movement from spreading further and prevent another uprising.

Family Members of December 2017 Martyrs Summoned

MEK sources report that IRGC intelligence agents summoned family members of martyrs of the 2017 uprising. The family members, who live in the city of Dorud in Lorestan Province, southwest Iran, were told not to conduct any interviews with foreign or domestic media outlets or to speak about what happened to their family.

The IRGC agents also prohibited the martyrs’ families from holding public ceremonies to honor their loved ones. Families were told they could only hold private ceremonies with prior permission from the IRGC. Further, IRGC agents must be present at the ceremonies.

Graves of protesters killed by Iranian security forces in December 2017 protests. Hamze Lashni-Zand (photo on the right) was martyred in Dorud

Ceremony for 2017 Martyr Held under High-security Measures

Also in Dorud, family members of Hamze Lashn, who was martyred in the December 2017 uprisings, held ceremonies at his home and the cemetery in his honor. The ceremonies took place under heavy security measures by security and intelligence agents, who prevented people from outside of the family, particularly young people, from participating in the ceremony.

Ceremony for 2017 Martyr Disrupted

Family members of Hossein Reza Gholkhanbaz living in the city of Tuyserkan in Hamadan Province held a ceremony in memory of the martyr of the December 2017 uprisings. The ceremony was disrupted when IRGC agents stormed their home and arrested some of Gholkhanbaz’s family members.

Family Members of 2009 Martyrs Prevented from Holding Ceremony

The family of Abbas (Shahram) Farajzadeh Tarani, who was killed in the December 2009 uprisings, planned to hold a ceremony in his honor but were prevented from doing so by Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) agents. According to Abbas Farajzadeh’s sister, “Regrettably, agents of Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) called me and canceled the late Shahram Farajzaeh’s ceremony and emphasized that they would cause legal problems for us and for our guests if we did not cancel the ceremony.”
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The US Congress Must Hold Khamenei Responsible for its Terrorist Acts and Rights Abuses

MEK supporters demonstrate for a Free Iran

Archive photo-Iranian diaspora, supporters of the MEK, hold a demonstration in support of the Iran Protests for freedom and democracy at home, holding placards of the historical leader of MEK, Massoud Rajavi, and the president-elect of the Iranian opposition, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi.

On Thursday, December 27th, Townhall published an op-ed from Bruce Malcolm, the Director of the Institute for Democratic Strategies. Malcolm, an expert in his field, took the opportunity to call on Congress and the Trump administration to take a firmer stance against the dangerous Iranian dictatorship.

Malcolm describes how the regime’s vulnerability was exposed at the beginning of 2018 following the extensive nationwide protests that racked the country in January. As the anniversary of the uprising approaches, “the anti-regime uprising has grown, invisibility and viability, coalescing into a unified movement that now includes virtually all sectors of Iranian society”, Malcolm writes.

Stevenson Calls on EU to End Policy of Appeasement

Since the December and January uprising, which rapidly spread to 140 of Iran’s cities, a steady stream of protests, strikes, and demonstrations has engulfed Iranian society and industry. Truck drivers, teachers, steelworkers, and farmers have periodically left their jobs and taken to the streets to express their dismay and fury at the repressive policies of the mullahs.

Malcolm writes, “driven by disastrous economic policies, skyrocketing inflation, unemployment, political corruption, and the omnipresent repression, their political demands strike to the heart of the matter”.

The regime’s response has exposed the chinks in its armor. It has lacked structure and has little in the way of a strategic plan beyond violence and repression. The regime has demonized and threatened protestors in an attempt to break up the demonstrations. It has also targeted messaging platforms like Telegram and Instagram to prevent the spread of protests. “Contrary to the views of some in the West, his [Supreme Leader Khamenei’s] regime is a fragile, failing state”, Malcolm asserts.

An Interview with Hanif Jazayeri: The Iranian People Have Spoken Loud and Clear

A War of Words

Khamenei and the mullahs have frequently resorted to branding Iranian political dissidents and critics as “terrorists” to turn the tide of public opinion against their political opponents.

Malcolm describes how the regime berates “the leading opposition, the People’s Mojahedin of Iran (MEK)… in an effort to contain the mounting protests in Tehran”.

Alongside a propaganda war against the protestors, 2018 has seen the Iranian regime increase its terror activities against the Iranian opposition and the MEK in Europe. “This year four terrorist plots were uncovered”, Malcolm writes, “including the bombing of an opposition rally outside Paris where tens of thousands were in attendance”.

Following a thorough investigation by the MEK in conjunction with the French authorities, it was concluded that the regime leadership and Ministry of Intelligence (MOIS) were personally involved in the coordination and planning of the terror attack. An Iranian diplomat based at the regime’s embassy in Austria was arrested over his involvement in the foiled plot and will face trial in Belgium.

The regime has also expanded its nefarious activities in the US. Two Iranian agents were arrested on espionage charges in the US earlier this year.

A Viable Alternative

Malcolm writes, “the alternative to the Iranian regime is democracy, and the opposition”. The MEK has a coherent ten-point plan for bringing democracy to Iran and ensuring a smooth transition from the autocratic rule of the Supreme Leader to a fully-functioning democracy.

“Iranians want a republic, not an Islamic republic led by the mullahs”, Malcolm writes. “With 37 years of experience and dedication, the NCRI (MEK) has proven itself as the genuine alternative that can achieve democracy and create a free modern society”.

Malcolm concludes, “Iran’s people have reached the end of their rope, and will no longer tolerate a regime built on suppression, financial malfeasance, and terror.” The MEK is gaining traction daily and the mullahs’ days in power are numbered.

Regime Experts Admit MEK’s Major Role in Recent Protests

“This is the time for the US Congress and administration to hold the Ayatollah and his regime responsible for their terrorist acts and human rights abuses, and to endorse the Iranian people’s efforts to achieve democracy and freedom”.

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Lack of Investigation into 1988 Massacre is an ‘Abject Failure’ and Emboldened Mullahs to Commit Further Human Rights Abuses

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.

On Wednesday, December 26th, International Policy Digest published a piece from Reza Shafiee, a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI). In the piece, Shafiee urges the UN and the international community to investigate the atrocities committed by the Iranian regime in the summer of 1988.

Shaifee uses a recent 200-page Amnesty International report on the massacre of 1988 as his point of departure. In the summer of 1988, the Iranian regime slaughtered over 30,000 members of the political opposition in regime custody, the vast majority were members of the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK).

“Khomeini hastily put together a committee to exterminate the prisoners”, Shaifee wrote. To give the executions religious legitimacy, Khomeini issued a fatwa which gave the green light to “one of the most heinous crimes against humanity the world had seen in the 20th century”.

Reza Shafiee argues that it was the lack of a formal investigation into these crimes that emboldened the mullahs and created the regime of today that frequently runs roughshod over the basic human rights of Iran’s citizens.

“Impunity for crimes in those days emboldened the regime over the years to the extent that it is leveling the graves of the same victims all over Iran”, he writes.

There was an early whistle-blower, Ayatollah Hossein-Ali Montazeri, who publicly objected to the massacre. For his objections, he was placed under house arrest by the Iranian regime. In 2016, his son leaked an audiotape in which Montazeri can clearly be heard discussing the massacre with Khomeini’s “Death Commission” in 1988.

In the tape, Montazeri tells warns them of the severity of the crimes they are committing. He said, “the greatest crime committed during the reign of the Islamic Republic, for which history will condemn us, has been committed by you. Your names will in the future be etched in the annals of history as criminals”.

Shafiee goes on to echo the Amnesty International report’s recommendations that the perpetrators for the 1988 massacre be identified and hauled in front of the international criminal court for crimes against humanity.

The president-elect of the Iranian opposition, Maryam Rajavi, has also echoed these calls. On the eve of the 28th anniversary of the massacre, she led the Iranian opposition in a campaign called the “Movement for Justice”. The campaign’s goal was to initiate a UN Security Council investigation into the massacre and hold the mullahs responsible to account.

 

Perhaps the most concerning aspect of the 1988 massacre, is that many responsible for the atrocities have been rewarded by the Iranian regime and now hold positions of power. Ebrahim Raisi was part of the Death Commission in 1988. He now runs Astan Quds Razavi, one of the wealthiest charities in Iran and is a close confidant of the current Supreme Leader.

Mostafa Pour-Mohammadi was also part of the Death Commission. He went on to hold the position of Justice Minister in President Hassan Rouhani’s first cabinet. Pour-Mohammadi has boasted of his role in the massacre, even stating that he was proud “to carry out God’s will”.

Pour-Mohammadi’s successor, Alireza Avaie was also a member of the Death Commission.

Phillip Luther, Amnesty International’s Advocacy Director for the Middle East and North Africa, called the lack of investigation into the 1988 massacre “an abject failure” which has had “catastrophic consequences not only on survivors and victim’s families but also on the rule of law and respect for human rights in the country”.

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Albanian Interior Minister: MEK Members Have Been Threatened by Iranian Security Services

The Iranian regime's embassy in Albania

The Iranian regime’s Embassy in Albania, where at least two diplomats have been expelled for their involvement in terrorist activities against MEK

On Wednesday, December 19th, the Albanian government announced its decision to expel Iranian regime’s ambassador Gholamhossein Mohammadnia, as well as another “diplomat” based in the country in response to an increase in terror activities.

The identity of the second diplomat has not been revealed, but anonymous sources familiar with the decision claim it is Mostafa Roodaki, the first secretary of the Iranian embassy in Albania.

The government cited “damaging” Albanian “national security” as the reasoning behind the decision. The People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK) has established a compound near the Albanian capital of Tirana. Its members live in exile in the country. The MEK compound has been the target of Iranian aggression throughout 2018.

In March, the MEK compound was the target of an attempted car bomb attack. During the Persian New Year celebrations, the Iranian Ministry of Security (MOIS) planned to attack the compound. The plot was foiled when Albanian authorities detained two MOIS agents in the country and had them expelled.

Shortly afterward, in June, the MEK’s annual Grand Gathering event in Paris was targeted in a violent regime attack. Again, a car bomb was to be used at the event where more than 100,000 MEK members and allies of the Iranian opposition were gathered.

Like the attack in Albania, the plot only unraveled once European authorities arrested a Belgian-Iranian couple traveling to the event with homemade explosives. An investigation carried out by French authorities in the aftermath of the incident revealed that the senior leadership of the Iranian regime had been directly involved in the planning of the attack. The revelations prompted the French government to expel diplomats and seize assets belonging to the MOIS on French soil.

Alongside the violent terror campaign, the MOIS has embarked on an extensive disinformation campaign designed to vilify and demonize the MEK. The MOIS has published large amounts of Albanian-language propaganda in an attempt to turn public opinion against the MEK.

Albania’s move has been welcomed around the world

Following the Iranian government’s decision to remove the Iranian ambassador, supporters of the Iranian opposition movement from around the world lined up to show their support.

Donald Trump, in a letter, addressed to Edi Rama, personally thanked the Albanian government for its “steadfast efforts to stand up to Iran and its destabilizing activities and efforts to silence the dissidents around the globe”.

The Albanian Interior Minister, Sander Lleshi then said in an Interview with Albania’s Vision Plus TV that “MEK members have been threatened by the Iranian Security Services”. Explaining the Albanian government’s decision to expel the Iranian diplomats, Lleshi said, “we have welcomed them [the MEK] as friends”.

Maryam Rajavi, the president-elect of the Iranian opposition, welcomed the assessment and decision. She called the expulsion a “courageous act” and a “necessary step in countering terrorism”.

Maryam Rajavi: Expulsion of Regime Diplomats from Albania Is “Courageous Act”

Albania is safer, but the work is far from complete

The expulsion of the diplomats no doubt improves the safety of Albania for MEK members and other individuals affiliated with the Iranian opposition movement. However, the Iranian government remains active in the government and the threat is far from over. The Saadi Foundation in Albania remains affiliated with the Iranian government and the MOIS will still be able to launch attacks on the MEK as long as this organization maintains a presence in the region.

Staff Writer

 

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