On the eve of the school year in Iran; the catastrophe of deprived children of education; 7.4 million children!

Iranian children school deprived of education

By Masoud Dalvand

On the eve of the start of the school year , the great catastrophe of deprived children of studying in Iran; 7.4 million Iranian children deprived of education.

The school year in Iran begins on September 23. For anyone studying for a child is full of memories, but Iranian children are deprived of their education because of the poverty caused by the corrupt governance of the religious dictatorship or they should go to school in the most difficult conditions.

Social disasters in Iran are endless. Abandoned children from infancy, child labor  who exploited most severely, unprecedented spread of prostitution and addiction, the millions of unemployed, rising prices of the basic needs of the people and the destruction of lakes and rivers and the environment of the country.

Another disaster is the deprivation of millions of Iranian children from education.

Approximately 327,000 children in the streets of Tehran who weren_t going to school

Approximately 327,000 children in the streets of Tehran who weren’t going to school

All of these disasters have developed over the past 40 years in Iran, with spending hundreds billions dollars of Iranian national wealth, by the mullahs, for repression of the Iranian people and their protests, export of fundamentalism and terrorism to the Middle East, and the project of counter-national of nuclear weapons. It should also be added that; the production of long-range ballistic missiles and the creation of proxy wars in the Middle East through the creation of militant and terrorist groups such as Hezbollah and the support of the bloodthirsty Bashar al-Assad in Syria. Why? The answer is:

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Iranian children’s school bags!

It is no secret that the Iranian regime spends billions of dollars on its terrorist and extremist ambitions abroad. And these foreign expenditures, aimed at preserving the regime’s hold on power at home and the region, are not only taking their toll on the livelihoods of the people of Iran but are also negatively affecting the lives of the future generations of Iran.

On September 14, Iran’s Ruydad news website published a report in which it revealed damning statistics about the educational conditions of children inside Iran. According to this state-run website, Iranian regime officials are offering conflicting accounts of how many Iranian children have or don’t have access to basic education. Writes the site: “Like many other national statistics, the exact number of children who have been deprived of education is not available. The figures offered by the ministry education differs from that of the Well-being Organization. The Mardom-Nahad body and other NGOs also offer different information.”

The report concludes that such differences between the figures itself speak to the criticality of the situation.

According to Ruydad, the caretaker of the Iranian regime’s labor ministry says that in the first three months of the Persian year (March-June), the government has identified approximately 327,000 children in the streets of Tehran who weren’t going to school. This is the statistics offered by the Well-being Organization.

Taking this figure as a basis to offset the entire country, in the most optimistic calculation, in which the uneducated children of other provinces (31 in total) are estimated at a third of Tehran, the total sums up to around 3.5 million children across the country who aren’t going to school.

The Ruydad report writes: “The situation could be worse than this: According to the most recent consensus, the country’s 7- to 19-year-old population is around 20 million people. If we compare this figure to the last consensus, which counted 12.6 million Iranian students, the count of children deprived of education spikes to 7.4 million!”

Despite all of the evidence, during the presidency of Hassan Rouhani and his predecessor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian regime’s education ministry never acknowledged these statistics.

Farideh Oladghobad, a member of the education and research commission in the Iranian regime’s parliament, says, “A while ago, the head of education in one of the counties of Golestan province approached us and said that they are faced with a large number of children who aren’t going to school, most of them being girls.”

Oladghobad added, “We don’t have accurate figures of the number of children who have been deprived of education across the country. For example, in Sistan and Baluchestan province, where the living conditions are harsh, our estimates are 100,000 uneducated children, but we don’t know if the other provinces are worse or not.”

According to the Iranian regime’s constitution, the government is responsible for providing quality education to all Iranian children, but the MP lays the blame at the feet of the people themselves, adding that the regime will be ratifying new regulations to penalize families who don’t send their children to school, not taking into account that a large portion of the population is living in substandard conditions and are struggling to make ends meet.

This will provide the Iranian regime with yet another excuse to tax the people and empty their pockets of their last rials.

According to the statistics provided by international bodies and the Iranian opposition, the Iranian regime spends a nearly $16-25 billion on the war in Syria, where it is struggling to prop up the regime of Bashar al-Assad against opposition forces. This amount alone is more than enough to pay for the educational expenses of students in Iran and to renovate schools across the country.

According to a recent report by the state-run Mehr newspaper, there are 32,000 primary schools for more than 4 million students across the country, and 300,000 educational personnel are working in these schools. Many of the buildings of these schools are so decayed that they might collapse or cave-in, Mehr warns.

This is just a glimpse of the crimes that the Iranian regime is committing against the people of Iran. As far as the people are concerned, they’ve made it clear that their miseries, including their children’s lack of access to proper education, will only end when the mullahs’ regime is gone, a fact they’ve made clear in their ongoing protests across the country where they are chanting slogans against the regime in its entirety.

 

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Iranian opposition warns against uptick in Tehran’s terrorist activities

Iranian regime agents

In a conference held in London on September 13, members of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), the main Iranian opposition coalition, as well as politician and dignitaries from the UK discussed the Iranian regime’s aggravating terrorist activities in Europe and especially in Albania against members of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK).

The panel also discussed the role of the Iranian regime’s embassies in espionage and terror activities. Further details were provided about Assadollah Assadi, an Iranian diplomat who was involved in a foiled terror plot against the Free Iran Rally in June, and Reza Amiri Moghaddam, the head of the Iranian regime’s European terror activities in the Intelligence ministry.

Abandoned children, a deeply troubling social crisis in Iran

Abandoned children, a deeply troubling social crisis

By Masoud Dalvand

I recently read a shocking report on the situation of abandoned children in Iran, which hurts the hearts of every human being. First, I’ll draw your attention to the most important parts of this report.

A report on the horrifying impact, caused by Iran’s regime, on abandoned children. This situation is worsening by the day.

One of the many tragedies the Iranian society is suffering from during the reign of the mullahs is the rising number of abandoned children. While facing an uncertain future, these children are abandoned in a variety of public places. The majority of them fall victim to a large number of malign social crises plaguing Iran.

The rising numbers are mind-boggling. Through the course of 2017, a total of 181 children were taken in by the Children Welfare Organization in Alborz Province, northern Iran.

According to the deputy of social affairs in the Welfare Organization of Khorasan Razavi Province of northeast Iran, one child is abandoned each day in the city streets or even the local holy shrine. Mashhad has the highest average rate of abandoned children throughout Iran, the official adds.

Over 580 babies were admitted to the special section of this entity in 2017, according to this same source, all abandoned or ill-treated by their parents.

Every day five abandoned babies are admitted to the special babies’ centers, according to the Tehran Province deputy of social affairs.

In the city of Isfahan alone, authorities are admitting 16 abandoned babies each month.

True statistics are obviously far beyond these numbers provided by the regime’s official sources.

The former director of welfare issues in Iran’s Ministry of Interior says around 950 to 1,000 babies under the age of three are abandoned each year in Iran. The Welfare Organization then becomes responsible for these cases. Many other babies are literally sold because their parents are too poor to afford to raise them. There are no official records and statistics on this increasingly troubling phenomenon.

The dark reality is that these babies’ parents, living in poverty, are so desperate that they are left with no option other than abandoning their newborns, hoping a children welfare society takes them in or they are adopted by families able to provide care for them.

Abandoned children in Iran

Abandoned children in Iran without shelter

Head of Iran’s Social Trauma Society also considers poverty as the root cause of this dilemma. These babies’ families cannot afford their very basic needs and cannot even afford the cost of an abortion.

These abandoned babies/children face uncertain futures under a regime that has no plans on how to protect them. The government-run hospitals refuse to take in or provide treatment for any children whose parents are poor and not able to pay for their treatment. This leaves a large portion of Iran’s population deprived of health care, especially for their children.

The province of Isfahan is now witnessing this crisis reaching a critical point. All the while, the more deprived provinces of Kurdistan and Sistan & Baluchistan are experiencing even worse conditions.

There are, of course, no records on the increasing number of children being sold and purchased. Many such children fall victim to a mafia-like network, ending up living the life of crimes or even being traded for harvesting their body organs.

At the end of this disturbing spectrum, regime officials and their inner circle enjoy living luxurious lives. The so-called “aghazadeh” (loosely translated into the offspring of nobles) enjoy highly-equipped kindergartens or are sent to European and American schools.

A regime-affiliated website described these kindergartens with indoor heated swimming pools, multi-purpose gyms and sports centers equipped with rock climbing walls, ice skating rings, ballet classes, chess clubs, English and French classes, music courses and much, much more facilities. These are all for children under the age of seven.

The report adds one such facility is located in Zafaranieh of northern Tehran, charging 12 million rials a month, while another kindergarten in Saadatabad charges 10 million rials a month and a third such example, located in western Tehran, costs 6 million rials a month for each child.

Abandoned children are suffering from the reign of the mullahs.

Abandoned children are suffering from the reign of the mullahs.

But this is not the end of this bitter story. Children who have not been abandoned are now between the ages lower of 10 and between 10 and 15 years in their best children’s life years to study at school and their talents flourish because of the poverty caused by corruption, plunder, theft and exploitation caused by the rule of the mullahs’ dictatorship has been abandoned. Whether in the streets and medieval workshops and waste centers, they are busy with begging or hard working, and every day they are harassed and abused by regime repressive agents, and despite their high talent, they cannot go to school. This is also a huge humanitarian catastrophe in the country.

In Iran, children are abandoned because of poverty from the very beginning of their birth or at the higher age, are severely harassed and exploited. This horrible condition must end. But the solution is not in the corrupt and criminal regime, the solution is only to continue the ongoing nationwide protests and uprisings and to change this regime and establish freedom, democracy and justice in Iran.

 

 

Iran’s regime vowing strikes “beyond the seas”

Iran Regime Vows Strikes Outside Borders, ‘Beyond the Seas_

Iran Regime Vows Strikes Outside Borders, ‘Beyond the Seas’

Iran, Sept. 12, 2018 – The Iranian regime is plotting attacks outside of its own borders and will go the distance of carrying out these measures “beyond the seas,” according to a top military figure. Tehran will seek to conduct attacks on those the mullahs consider their “enemies,” said former Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) chief Yahya Rahim Safavi.

Such statements are further highlighting the Iranian regime’s clandestine operations inside mainland United States and throughout Europe, especially after two operatives in Albania and a number of others, including a Vienna-based diplomat, in Germany, Belgium and France have been arrested on terrorism-related charges.

“We warn the enemies of the Islamic Revolution that if they make an aggression against the Islamic Iran, we will chase and punish them not only outside the borders but also beyond the seas,” Safavi, a top aide to Iranian regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said on Monday in Tehran.

The remarks were made just days after the IRGC launched a missile strike in Iraq’s Kurdistan region targeting Iranian Kurdish dissident groups. The Iranian regime has vowed further strikes in its western neighbor.

Tehran has claimed responsibility of conducting airstrikes during the weekend.

“The IRGC Aerospace Force’s missile unit in cooperation with the IRGC Ground Force’s drone unit targeted the headquarters and a meeting of the leaders of a filthy and criminal grouplet and a center for training affiliated terrorists with 7 short-range ground-to-ground missiles yesterday (Saturday),” the IRGC said in a statement provided by state-controlled press.

Safavi’s rhetoric also comes after the arrest of two Iranian regime operatives in the United States facing charges of plotting terror attacks against various targets and gathering information about Iranian opposition members. U.S. officials are warning about Iranian regime espionage activities expanding beyond their borders and the mullahs’ regime gaining further capability of conducting terror attacks throughout the Middle East and even across the globe.

New Details on the Iranian Regime’s Terrorist Activities in Europe 

 

53rd Anniversary of the Founding of the PMOI

The 53rd Anniversary of the Founding of the PMOI

EXCERPTS FROM MASSOUD RAJAVI‘S COMMENTS ABOUT THE PMOI/MEK

Massoud-Rajavi

Massoud Rajavi, the leader of the Iranian opposition: “In those times, when the Shah dictatorship rules, when throats were stricken and the traditional [opposition] leaders had been incapacitated, it was the great Hanif (Mohammad Hanifnejad) and his comrades Saeid [Mohsen] and Asghar [Badizadegan] who rose and broke through the dead end.
The Mojahedin have an extraordinary story. The shah and mullahs’ regime—especially the mullahs—did everything they could to destroy the organization that Hanif had founded.
We have truly come a long way, and the interesting thing is that everyone has seen that for every hour and every centimeter of progress, we’ve paid the price in full and did not achieve it through political trickery. And all along, the enemy has been attacking us not only from the front, but they’ve stabbed us in the back abundantly as well. But regardless, we had to stick to our principles.
This is God’s work, knowing that if Khomeini will rule Iran in the future, he made sure that Hanifnejad preceded him and created a generation of combatants that would fight against Khomeini and his regime.”
Massoud Rajavi, the leader of the Iranian opposition: “In those times, when the Shah dictatorship rules, when throats were stricken and the traditional [opposition] leaders had been incapacitated, it was the great Hanif (Mohammad Hanifnejad) and his comrades Saeid [Mohsen] and Asghar [Badizadegan] who rose and broke through the dead end.
The Mojahedin have an extraordinary story. The shah and mullahs’ regime—especially the mullahs—did everything they could to destroy the organization that Hanif had founded.
We have truly come a long way, and the interesting thing is that everyone has seen that for every hour and every centimeter of progress, we’ve paid the price in full and did not achieve it through political trickery. And all along, the enemy has been attacking us not only from the front, but they’ve stabbed us in the back abundantly as well. But regardless, we had to stick to our principles.
This is God’s work, knowing that if Khomeini will rule Iran in the future, he made sure that Hanifnejad preceded him and created a generation of combatants that would fight against Khomeini and his regime.”

EXCERPTS FROM MARYAM RAJAVI‘S COMMENTS ABOUT THE PMOI/MEK

Maryam Rajavi

Maryam Rajavi, the president of the Iranian Oppostion: “Mojahedin is a movement that follows democratic Islam and is the vanguard of struggle against religious tyranny and extremism. The organization has paid a high price for the freedom of Iran and the Iranian people.
In the founding of the PMOI/MEK, Mohammad Hanifnejad, Saeid Mohsen and Ali Asghar Badizadegan, three great icons of the Iranian people, brought forth new and progressive ideas. The PMOI was founded in rebellion against outdated mindsets and to create a new world.
They set an example of loyalty to principles and they paid the price with their life. So we salute the great founders of the PMOI/MEK, who started a journey to which Iran’s freedom movement owes its existence today.
And we salute Massoud [Rajavi], who has guided this movement through numerous trials, has documented the philosophical and political foundations of this struggle, and has paid a heavy price to educate the generation that is at the forefront of this struggle for freedom. He’s been at the helm of a long and all-out struggle against extremism and tyranny and has defended and propagated the ideals and values of the struggle for freedom. This organization is a bulwark in defense of freedom. This is a struggle that will continue until the overthrow of the religious dictatorship in Iran.”

The  People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) in the Eyes of the Others

The PMOI in the Eyes of the Others

GENERALHUGH SHELTON, FORMER US JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF

 

 

 

 

look whose strategic goals in Iraq and throughout the region are best allied with the goals of the US and the rest of Europe. And if you do that you will see that unquestionably the Iranian regime must be gone, they must be displaced, they must be taken out. If you want to be on the side of victory, you must align yourself with the MEK. The mullahs see the alignment of Mrs. Rajavi’s 10-point program with the democratic systems of Europe and the US as an existential treat, which is one reason why they are so fearful of the MEK. Making their fears come true should be the goal of the Obama administration…”

GOVERNOR TOM RIDGE

“We must take our inspiration from the men and women at Liberty who have refused, refused to bow to terror…”

GOVERNOR TOM RIDGE, FIRST US HOMELAND SECRETARY:

“We must take our inspiration from the men and women at Liberty who have refused, refused to bow to terror…”

MAYORRUDY GIULIANI

Former New York City

Mayor Rudy Giuliani: Republicans, Democrats, people who have very different political opinion agree on one thing: The mullahs must go, the Ayatollah must go, and it must be replaced by a democratic government, which Madame Rajavi represents.

FORMER U.S. HOUSE SPEAKERNEWT GINGRICH

at the annual rally of MEK and NCRI supporters: There is a movement, there is an opportunity, for freedom, for democracy, for equal rights. And that movement is meeting right here today and it is vastly larger than any other movement trying to help Iran.

at the annual rally of MEK and NCRI supporters: There is a movement, there is an opportunity, for freedom, for democracy, for equal rights. And that movement is meeting right here today and it is vastly larger than any other movement trying to help Iran.

FRENCH POLITICIAN FRANCOIS COLCOMBET:

: Massoud Rajavi is the only person who called for a democratic revolution in face of the religious dictatorship of the mullahs. Today, the messages of Massoud Rajavi continue to inspire activists and freedom lovers in Iran.

NORWEGIAN POLITICIAN LARS RISE:

What we call the [Iranian] Resistance, is in fact the strongest democratic opposition any country has abroad today. All of this shows that this movement is a powerful alternative to the religious dictatorship in Iran.

FORMER U.S. SENATOR ROBERT TORICELLI:

You are in the fighting ring of history. We stand with the people of Ashraf, we stand with the MEK, we stand with the people in the streets of Iran fighting for freedom.

DUTCH POLITICIAN AND FORMER UN ENVOY TO IRAQ AD MELKERT:

I salute the movement that never gave up, never surrendered and continues to advocate the cause of democratic change.

FORMER COLOMBIAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE INGRID BETANCOURT:

We are with you in every step. We are with you inch by inch in the path to democracy. We are with you in every hard bit, in every cry, in every wound, with you until you are finally free.

JEAN FRANCOIS LEGARET, MAYOR OF THE 8TH ARRONDISSEMENT OF PARIS:

In Tehran, your president Maryam Rajavi will utter the same words that General de Gaulle said: “Iran insulted, Iran broken, Iran martyred, but Iran is liberated.”

ROBERT JOSEPH, FORMER US UNDERSECRETARY OF STATE FOR ARMS CONTROL AND INTERNATIONAL SECURITY:

“We must recognize and promote the essential role that the MEK can play as a catalyst for change. Madam Rajavi is the catalyst for the establishment of a free and democratic Iran…”

FORMER ALBANIAN PRIME MINISTER, SALI BERISHA:

“Allow me to salute Madame Rajavi the president, to salute all of you, people of the opposition the Resistance of Iran, the staunchest, the strongest, the oldest opposition of our time fighting for freedom and dignity of its nation…”

AMBASSADOR ADAM ERELI:

“Instead of appeasing the clerical regime with sanctions relief and trying to get a nuclear deal, we should be confronting them in a number of ways, first and foremost, by supporting a responsible, democratic and credible opposition. The fact of the matter is there is serious dissention, a serious unrest and serious dissatisfaction within Iran with the leadership that they have been burdened with for over past 30 years, and second of all outside and inside Iran there is a credible organization that help channel that decent which is the Mojahedin e-Khalq, their symbol of which is Ashraf and Liberty…”

MR. LOUIS FREEH, DIRECTOR OF FBI (1993-2001):

“We are here today to be witnesses against acquiescence. The word is acquiescence. It was called by one of my colleagues. We are surrounded by heroes today. The martyrs here on board are MEK members. Madam Rajavi, you talked about the roadmap to freedom. We should keep in mind the roadmap to freedom and safety for our brothers and sisters in Camp Ashraf and Camp Liberty…”

JOHN BOLTON, FORMER US REPRESENTATIVE TO THE UNITED NATIONS:

“Legitimizing Iran’s nuclear program, as the Geneva deal did, and making it permanent legitimizes the regime the last thing that we need. The people of Iran understand how devastating this would be for their hopes for free and fair elections and a representative government. In fact to the last ten to fifteen years it’s been the MEK more than any other group that has brought to the public attention of the world key aspects of the Ayatollahs nuclear program to make it clear just how dangerous a threat that it is. Now the policies we should pursue I think are clear…”

GOVERNOR BILL RICHARDSON, FORMER US ENERGY SECRETARY:

“The most important question for us is there any change for Iran? And the answer is YES because it is you, it’s the MEK, it’s Maryam Rajavi, it is the freedom loving people of Iran that want democracy, who want human rights…”

CONGRESSMAN PATRICK KENNEDY:

freedom fighter named Maryam Rajavi and a new organization MEK, and I say history must repeat itself.
We need to change our policy… There is an alternative to the mullahs. There is an alternative to this brutal regime, this dictatorship, and if you don’t know what the future of Iran look like, just look at those beautiful pictures of Ashraf, to get an idea of what the future of Iran can look like under a democratic country that has freedom and liberty for all of its residents. You can see it in the face of Ashrafis in how they can turn a desert it into a beautiful city of Ashraf…”

DR. WALID PHARES, PROFESSOR AND COMMENTATOR ON GLOBAL TERRORISM AND MIDDLE EASTERN AFFAIRS SAID:

“The strategic mistake that the US made was to ignore the center of the Iranian opposition, the Mojahedin-e Khalq (MEK), and instead engage with the Khomeini’s regime… We have abandoned the noble cause of a free Iran. We did not leave Iraq with a vibrant exiled Iranian community ready to struggle to regain Iran. The Mojahedin-e Khalq (MEK) has shown the world that they can bring Muslim moderates together with Shiites, with Sunnis, with Christians, with Jews.

Mohammad Hanifnejad Saeid Mohsen and Ali Asghar Badizadegan

Mohammad Hanifnejad, Saeid Mohsen and Ali Asghar Badizadegan

Fifty third anniversary of the founding of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran

A look at the report on human rights abuses in Iran in August 2018 and the impact of such inhumane violations

Iran Human Rights Monitor, Monthly Report - August 2018

Iran Human Rights Monitor (IRAN HRM) released a comprehensive report on human rights violations in Iran, under the rule of the Mullahs in August 2018, which clearly illustrates the extent of the crimes of this regime in various topics. In the following report, I have provided the readers with the most important parts of this report.

Iran Human Rights Monitor, Monthly Report – August 2018

Introduction 

August was marked with news of at least 30 executions, one case of flogging and 25 flogging sentences, 10 arbitrary killings and six deaths in custody.

Mistreatment and torture of political prisoners including by denying their needed medical treatment, arrests of civil and human rights activists, and handing out heavy sentences for students arrested during the Iran uprising in December/January, are the basic components of a routine practice by the regime.

In the month of August, a suspicious forest fire took the lives of four environmental activists. Reports indicate that the blaze was launched as a result of IRGC artillery fire on August 25. When regime authorities refuse to provide any support, people & activists are forced to such measures to fight a fire.

Sharif Bajour and Omid Kohnepoushi, members of the Chya Green Association, and Mohammad Pazhouhi and Rahmat Hakiminia, members of the Marivan Department of Environment, died from smoke inhalation and severe burns.

Two others — Mokhtar Aminejad, 33, and Mohammad Moradveisi, 57 — were injured in the flames. Moradveisi was transferred to the city of Sanandaj by helicopter due to the severity of his burns.

Marivan County Governor Mohammad Sharifi said that the fire broke out near the villages of Selsi and Pileh in Marivan County due to the scorching temperatures the region had been experiencing the day before. Of those who were present when the flames swelled out of control, i.e. civilians, environmental activists, and forces from the Department of Environment, Mohammad Sharifi said: “Unfortunately on Saturday morning at 9, when gusts of wind exacerbated the blaze, four were engulfed and died, and two more were injured.”

Bajour was a member of the Board of Directors of the Chya Green Association and a well-known environmental activist who had reportedly been arrested and interrogated several times by security apparatuses in regards to his environmental activities.

Chya Green Association was among the most active NGOs orchestrating efforts to contain the fire. Within hours of the activists’ deaths, Marivan citizens took to the streets in front of Bou-Ali hospital where the bodies of the dead are being held.

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In the month of August, a suspicious forest fire took the lives of four environmental activists.

Executions, arbitrary murders, deaths in custody

  1. Executions

Iran Human Rights Monitor has registered 30 executions in the month of August, of which only six cases have been made public by the state media.

  • On the morning of August 13, a prisoner identified as Moslem Shiri was executed at Ardabil Central Prison. He was arrested on the charge of murder in June 2009. Moslem Shiri went on a hunger strike for a week in December last year in protest against the continuous harassment by prison authorities. Moslem Shiri, was accused of murdering one of the relatives of Farhad Nowrouzi, one of the officials of the Central Prison of Ardebil. The official had reportedly tortured the prisoner in solitary confinement and threatened him with death during the past nine years. Nowrouzi had told the prisoner that, “Your punishment is not death with the gallows. I will kill you slowly and your voice do not get anywhere.”

  • One prisoner identified as Keramat Hassani was hanged on Monday, August 20, at Gachsaran Prison on murder charges. Keramat Hassani and his family were the only residents of a village in Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad, southwest Iran. According to a close source to the family, Mr. Hassani’s family was attacked by three robbers in 2010 and in the ensuing clash between the family members and the robbers, the family’s young son unarms one of the robbers but is killed by the other two attackers. Mr. Hassani uses his hunting rifle against the robbers which leads to the death of one of them while the other one becomes paralyzed. Keramat Hassani had gone on a hunger strike last year protesting the authorities who had frequently tortured him.
  • Iran hanged six men convicted of stealing 10kg of gold jewelry using cold weapons, the state media reported. The victims were convicted of stealing 10kg of gold in 2015 from a car carrying gold jewelry in Mashhad’s airport Blvd. Although the culprits only injured one person during the incident, the six men, all under the age of 30, were sentenced to death for the charge of “Moharebeh” (enmity with God).
  1. Arbitrary murders

Iran Human Rights Monitor recorded 10 arbitrary murders.

  • On August 3, a protester identified by social media accounts as , 25, was shot and killed during protests in Karaj. Iranian authorities reportedly pressured relatives of Otadi to identify him as a pro-government militiaman.

  • 20year old Sajjad Zargani was gunned down by state police, on August 16. He was on a motorcycle & didn’t stop at a checkpoint. In response, the police opened fire & murdered the young man.
  • Seven porters were shot and killed by border patrols. Two young men, Hasel Badbarin, 18, and Tohid Haghdar, 19, are among those killed.
  1. Deaths in custody

 At least six prisoners lost their lives due to being denied medical access, torture or committing suicide in Iran’s prisons.

  • An inmate of Urmia Central Prison, Moloud Vanousheh, who suffered intestinal illness, lost his life on August 3, due to being denied medical access.
  • An inmate of Central Prison of Zahedan, took his own life on August 14, due to inhumane pressures imposed on him. There is no information available on his fate.
  • Five inmates of Sanandaj Prison, attempted suicide on August 18, by taking pills and hanging themselves. One of them, Eghbal Khosravi lost his life and the others were taken to hospital.
  • Majid Ebrahimi, director of a Telegram Messenger channel in Iran, was found dead on August 10, in a Shahreza road after disappearing for two days. Sources say authorities demanded he close down his social media channel but he refused.

Inhuman treatment and cruel punishments

  • Iranian political prisoner, Mohammad Mozaffari, received 74 lashes at Evin prison. According to the political prisoner’s brother, on the morning of Sunday, August 5, Mohammad Mozaffari received 74 lashes. He was sentenced to 2 years’ imprisonment, 74 lashes, and a fine of 2 million Tomans on the charge of “propaganda against the system” and “insulting the leadership and the clergy” because of his peaceful activities and disclosing information about the condition of political prisoners.

  • The lawyer of teachers’ rights activist, Mohammad Habibi said that his client has been sentenced to seven years and a half in prison, the state-run ISNA news agency reported on August 4, 2018.

  • Attorney Amir Raisian was cited by the state media as saying that Mohammad Habibi was sentenced to seven years and a half by the branch 26 of Revolutionary Court.
  • 17 members of Gonabadi Dervish order were sentenced to a total of 143 years behind bars, 1480 lashes, exile to remote locations, ban on leaving the country, and ban on any forms of social or political activities. Since May 2018, revolutionary courts have sentenced at least 208 members of the religious minority to prison terms and other punishments in trials that violate their rights, according to Human Rights Watch.
  • The 102nd branch of Criminal court sentenced Shoja Hossein Zadeh, director of the Baneh news Telegram Channel to 74 lashes. The verdict was issued on charges of insulting President Hassan Rouhani in the Bana news channel in the absence of Shoja Hossein Zadeh.

Arrests

Iran Human Rights Monitor registered 557 arrests across the country including 202 politically motivated arrests, eight arrests on religious and ethnic grounds, and 347 arbitrary arrests.

Here are some instances:

  • According to the state media 20 protesters in Karaj were detained by security forces during the recent protests over high inflation and increasing economic hardship caused in part by the dramatic decline of the national currency, the rial. The actual figures however suggest that at least the authorities have detained more than 50 people during protests in Tehran. A number of the detainees have been taken to the Great Tehran Penitentiary.
  • At the end of a football match on August 10, in Azadi Stadium between teams of Tehran and Tabrizin Tehran the state security forces arrested 43 fans.
  • At least 17 fans were arrested after a footbal match in Ghadir Stadium of Ahvaz,
  • The state security forces arrested at least 40 Azerbaijani Turkic activists on August 10, after attacking their camp in Mount Sabalan, northwest Iran.
  • 40 men and women were arrested for taking part in a private party in South Khorasan’s Province, in the suburbs of Birjand. South Khorasan’s deputy Prosecutor, Mohammd Reza Arab Sheibani, said, “Those arrested aged 20 to 35 years.” “The 24 women and 16 men were arrested on charges of consuming alcoholic drinks.” he added. (IRNA state-run News Agency – Aug. 16, 2018)
  • A wave of arrests of civil and human rights activists by Iran’s security agents has led to the detainment of Zahra Modarreszadeh and her jusband Reza Bozorgmehr, Sahar Kazemi, Nagisa Shahbazi, Nader Afshari, Farhad Meysami and Behnam Ebrahimzadeh.

Prisoners

In the last few weeks, a number of prisoners across the country have declared hunger strike.

Nasrin Sotoudeh Lawyer and human rights activist

Nasrin Sotoudeh

Nasrin Sotoudeh started a hunger strike on August 25th in protest to her arrest and the judicial pressures being placed on her family, relatives, and friends.

She published an open letter outlining her reasons for the strike.

Ramin Hossein Panahi Political prisoner

Ramin Hossein Panahi

Sentenced to death, Ramin Hossein Panahi was recently transferred to Karaj’s Rajai Shahr

Prison and declared hunger strike on August 27th by sewing his lips together. He is protesting his sentence and multiple violations of his legal rights. His lawyers published a statement sharing the reasons behind the strike. According to them, his whereabouts have been unknown since his August 26th transfer out of Rajai Shahr.

Persecution of religious minorities

  • Baha’i student Romina Asgari was expelled from Islamic Azad University Central Tehran Branch, because of her Baha’i faith. Romina Asgari was dismissed after her 4th semester from the University due to being a Baha’i.
  • Sarir Mooghen, a 23-year-old Baha’i student, has been expelled from Isfahan’s Azad University just one semester before she was due to complete her Bachelor’s degree in architecture. She had been at the university since 2014. After the expulsion, security agents raided and searched Mooghen’s home in Isfahan and interrogated her for hours.
  • Iran The Revolutionary Court of Bushehr has sentenced a Christian couple and 10 other Iranian Christians to one year in prison each for ‘Propagating against the state in favor of Christianity.’ The group of Christian converts was arrested on April 7, 2015.
  • Security forces have blocked the burial of a Baha’i citizen, Abbas Kholousi, in his hometown, Kerman, who died on August 7. After four days the family was forced to bury him in another city.
  • A number of Baha’is were arrested on Friday, August 17, for their religious beliefs in Shiraz, southern Iran. They include Pezhman Shahriari, Dorna Esmaeili, Kourosh Rohani, Negar Misaghian and her husband Mahboub Habibi.

The above examples are just a small fraction of the terrible human rights abuses in the religious dictatorship that governs Iran. Along with the dire economic situation and the betrayal of the mullahs in treacherous treaties and the continuation of the export of terrorism to the countries of the Middle East and the destruction of the environment of Iran, these are all reasons for the nationwide uprisings against the mullahs’ regime. An uprising that will surely soon lead to the overthrow of this criminal regime and the establishment of freedom and prosperity in Iran and throughout the region.

 

Iran Regime Analyst Explains the Role of PMO/MEK in Nationwide Protests

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Aug. 30, 2018 – The state-run “Baharestaneh” website in Iran, associated to Iranian Regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, posted the following article on August 28th, indicating the mullahs’ utter fear of the Iranian Opposition People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK).

“It is necessary to take a look at the changes the PMOI/MEK have implemented in their tactics these days in comparison to the Dec/Jan protests period. For some times now, the PMOI/MEK launched a coordinated chorus indicating the Islamic Republic of Iran is in its final phase. Cyberspace has the role of providing back-up fire in this regard… The PMOI/MEK have changed their tactic now and the protests, even in comparison to the Dec/Jan period, have surpassed an undeniable reality…

“It is worth taking the time and looking at the differences in the PMOI/MEK today in comparison to Dec/Jan:

“1. In the past, the PMOI/MEK were known to ride waves. Today, however, they have infiltrated into many social sectors and among people from all walks of life, including truck drivers, bazaar store owners, people whose life savings have been stolen by state-run firms, teachers, workers and … and [PMOI/MEK] are guiding them in their protests.

“2. The nature of today’s protests has changed. For example, in the past it would take one or two days for social/economic chants to evolve into [anti-regime] slogans. Today, however, this transition is quickly turned into a political demonstration and slogans change into [anti-regime] chants.

“3. During the Dec/Jan period the protesters were unorganized and lacked leadership. There were vivid leadership mistakes on the ground and the movement lacked the necessary complexity. Today, however, in addition to gaining a gangster-like and aggressive spirit, [the protests] have the potential of establishing bunkers and shields in the streets in the case of a faceoff with security forces. This means the protesters are far more ready these days.

“4. Protesters, with the PMOI/MEK topping the list, lack any political reservations. They do not recognize any factional divisions inside the [Iranian regime] and they put the same amount of energy in their slogans against reformists as they do against principalists.

“5. The PMOI/MEK’s role in the Dec/Jan uprising is so undeniable that the Supreme Leader said in his January 9th speech: ‘A triangle was active in this regard… The PMOI/MEK were the third side of this triangle.”

“Currently, the fact that protesters are becoming organized is a game-changing factor in comparison to the Dec/Jan uprising. They have established entities dubbed ‘Resistance Units’ that are able to increase their numbers and have the potential of replacing leaders at the scene of protests [in case of arrests]!

“However, the most significant development is the linkage between these units to their leadership. Currently, these resistance units are receiving their guidance from Massoud Rajavi in the form of ‘Message to Resistance Units.’

“On August 2nd of this year Massoud Rajavi sent a message titled, ‘Fist with fist, attack with attack, fire with fire’ to lift the protesters’ spirits, promising them these protests will continue and expand with each passing day. He described the protests as more organized in comparison to the past, claiming the [regime] lacks the capacity to confront these measures.

“Now that the enemy of the state, with such an apparatus, has prepared for a confrontation, we must acknowledge the fact that we are all in the same boat. Therefore, one must tell all government officials and the associated others that the status quo is a very serious threat that one cannot easily neglect.”

This text, posted in an article associated to Khamenei himself, vividly describes the dire situation of Iran’s regime and how the mullahs’ entire apparatus is literally crippled in the face of escalating protests across the country, especially with PMOI/MEK resistance units galvanizing and spearheading these efforts to target the regime’s core entities.