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  • Masoud Dalvand 9:35 am on 30 Nov 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Iran worryingly recruits teenage children in its wars 

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    It has been reported that children as young as fifteen are being recruited by the Iranian regime to participate in armed conflicts. This is a blatant disregard of international law and the UN Security Council has reminded Iran that the UN Charter on children’s rights is applicable.
    The International Criminal Court sees the recruitment of anyone under eighteen years old for any activities related to armed combat as a war crime.
    It is scandalous that this is happening with such frequency in Iran, yet it is facing no obstacles.
    Children have not developed fully enough to participate in war and these children being recruited by the Iranian regime are at extreme risk for major physical and psychological consequences. It takes an extreme toll on the child, the family and society as a whole.
    International laws are in place to protect children, but they can only be protected if they are enforced. It is major negligence that the international laws are failing to protect these minors.
    Many of the children being recruited in Iran are from refugee families. They are sent to conflict zones, in particular Syria, where they will fight alongside Syrian dictator Bashar al Assad’s forces and allies.
    The shocking reason behind such a high number of child recruits is that the Syrian and Iranian regimes are trying to lower the number of reported government casualties and deaths to minimize the loss of morale within the troops. The lives of the children are not valued and the Iranian regime treats them as expendable.
    The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) is instrumental in recruiting minors. The IRGC plays a big role in many of the regime’s crimes and this is just another reason backing the drive by some to take international action to curb its influence.
    In order to be able to get so many recruits, the authorities promise them legal residency status in Iran. They also promise financial benefits and prey on the people that are living in extreme poverty in certain parts of society in the country.
    Human Rights Watch has spoken about this alarming practice and its Middle East director, Sarah Leah Whitson, called on Iran to immediately put an end to it. She also called on Iranian authorities to ensure that any refugee children that have been sent away to fight are withdrawn immediately. She said that it is Iran’s responsibility to protect children, not to prey on the vulnerable ones.
    It is imperative that those responsible are held to account for their crimes. The Iranian authorities have been boasting on television about how they are proud to send child recruits to Syria. Reports are conflicting with some saying that there are children as young as 14 being recruited, but in one television interview a young boy claiming to be only 13 spoke about his experience.
    Whatever the age, it is very clear that the situation is a war crime and that the young children should be experiencing life at school, not a war abroad.

    The Vahed Markazi Khabar state-run Television (Central News Unit TV) has released a video showing a 13-year-old Iranian soldier in a gathering of the so-called Defenders of the Shrine. The Shrine Defenders is the name Iran has given to its troop in the Syrian civil war. In this video, the 13-year-old child introduces himself as being from the province of Mazandaran. Another Iranian soldier calls him the youngest Iranian soldier in Syria. The 13-year-old says that he came to Syria under the influence of Ghassem Soleimani, the commander of the Iran Quds Force, and that he’s aware of the dangers of being killed. This video has been recorded in Abu Kamal.

    Transcript of video:
    • Hello, introduce yourself.
    I am Ali … (inaudible).
    • Where are you from?
    Me? Mazandaran.
    • How old are you?
    13
    • He’s 13 years old. So where are we now?
    Syria
    • This area?
    Kamal
    • Mashallah, the youngest Defender of the Shrine who came from Islamic Iran. And this is now the last moments for the terrorists in the Abu Kamal region. The city is completely clear and our friends have gathered here. Well, it was very strange to us, the 13-year-olds, the martyrs of the understanding are still here. So why are you here?
    Because I said to Hajj Qasim … (inaudible)
    • Well, let us know since this is a danger zone, there was the probability of you dying. Did you think of that?
    Yes.
    • You weren’t worried?
    No, martyrdom is an honor and a desire.
    • Mashallah, Mashallah. Now that the terrorists have run away and the city is free, how do you feel? What do you have to say to the terrorists and the Americans?
    I am very happy. I say to the Americans that Islam is victorious forever.
    • Islam is victorious forever! Now is there anything you want to say to your compatriots my dear brother?
    Support the Shrine Defenders.
    • What do you want to say to the martyrs of the Shrine?
    Well done to those who have given their lives for the Shrine.
    • Mashallah, Mashallah, to those who have given their lives to defend the Ahl al Beit… They were people martyred from your trenches. Do you remember any of them?
    Martyr Samadi and martyr Nazari
    • Martyr Samadi and martyr Nazari! Like our great brother, we have also lost the likes of Abbas, Qasem, Ali Asghar, and Ali Akbar to defend the people of Allah. Thousands of martyrs so that our national security would not be undermined and now it is the last days of the terrorists and we are in debt to the blood of the martyrs and the Shrine Defenders. In the hope that we come out victorious.
    Salute Zeinab.

    Source: Iran worryingly recruits teenage children in its wars

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  • Masoud Dalvand 11:25 am on 29 Nov 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Iran Regime’s Khamenei Is Modern Hitler 

    New Hitler

    NCRI Staff

    NCRI – No one should use the term ‘modern-day Hitler’ lightly. Hitler was responsible for one of the worst genocides in the 20th century and when most people compare modern politicians to him, they are trivialising that.

    However, there is one leader to whom that comparison applies without a shadow of a doubt: Ali Khamenei, Supreme Leader of Iran.

    In a recent New York Times interview, Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammad bin Salman not only called the Iranian regime’s top mullah, “the new Hitler of the Middle East” but also warned that, as we saw from former British PM Neville Chamberlain, “appeasement doesn’t work”.

    Prince Mohammad noted that the last thing anyone wants is for Iran to repeat the actions of Nazi Germany across the Middle East.

    The problem is that the Iranian Regime is already repeating history, as many Iranian dissidents, human rights groups, and families of political prisoners have long reported.

    Prince Mohammad comparison of Khamenei to Hitler is not extreme, it’s not shocking, and the most newsworthy thing about it is that some people fail to see the similarities.

    • Dictator hell bent on controlling the world even if it means ruining their country in the meantime? Check.

    • Oppressing and imprisoning religious and ethnic minorities? In Shiite Iran, minorities such as the Baha’i, Kurds, Christians and Sunnis are routinely oppressed.

    • Secret Police to enforce security at home and abroad? This would be the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps and its paramilitary branch, the Quds Force

    • Taking control of other nation states under the pretext of fighting a foreign enemy? For Khamenei, it is the proxy control of Yemen and Syria in order to expel ISIS.

    • Taking control of all news media and turning it into propaganda? Since President Rouhani came to power hundreds of journalists have been imprisoned, tortured and even executed.

    • Able to gain appeasement from the West through a maligned deal aimed at curbing their ability to wage war? This would be the 2015 Iran nuclear deal

    It is now time to confront the mullahs for their destabilizing behaviour, especially now that Iran had threatened to launch ballistic missiles against Europe after receiving criticism from the French President Emmanuel Macron.

    Laura Carnahan wrote: “The irony of Iran’s actions to Hitler’s speeches to blaming its enemies for driving Germany into the ground in the aftermath of World War I is striking and serves as a reminder that repeating the mistakes of the 1930s today will only lead down a path of regional conflict and even more suffering for the Iranian people.”

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 7:09 pm on 28 Nov 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Iran: Where Mass Murderers Rule 

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    The 1988 Massacre of 30,000 Political Prisoners and the Continuing Atrocities

    Iran: Where Mass Murderers Rule offers a glimpse into both the past and present atrocities committed by the Iranian regime. The book, published by the National Council of Resistance of Iran U.S. Representative Office (NCRI-US), examines Iran’s bloody history of political executions perpetrated by members of the government. Most importantly, it connects the horrors of the past with those of the present day, and sheds light on the lack of awareness and justice regarding these wrongdoings.

    The most infamous of these executions occurred in 1988, when Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fatwa ordering the killing of all people associated with the main Iranian opposition group, the Mujahedin-e-Khalq (MEK). This order included political prisoners that had already served their sentences, and the victims were given “trials” that lasted only minutes before their fate was decided for them. In total, around 30,000 political prisoners, mostly MEK members and associates, were executed over a period of five months as a result of the regime’s campaign to eliminate its political opponents. Iran: Where Mass Murderers Rule describes in detail these horrific events, and includes a firsthand account from a victim who managed to escape his fate. The book also provides a unique unveiling of the evidence against members of the regime that participated in the killings of 1988, and identifies guilty officials that remain in power today. In fact, this latest publication from NCRI-US catalogues statements from Iranian regime officials in which they acknowledge their participation in or fully endorse the “summer of blood.” In doing so, it effectively reveals to the world that these officials have admitted their roles as mass murderers, and yet have not been held accountable.

    Along with calling for justice in Iran for the crimes of the past, Iran: Where Mass Murderers Rule details the multitude of political executions in Iran today. Iran has the world’s highest rate of executions per capita, and also remains the only country on the planet that executes juveniles. The book chronicles some of the recent political killings in Iran, and also includes the resulting outcry from important entities, such as former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Amnesty International. It sheds light on the current state of human rights in Iran, presents the United Nations’ statements and findings regarding these issues, and provides informed advice on how Iran and the rest of the world should proceed on the long road to justice. Iran: Where Mass Murderers Rule produces a unique perspective of the Iranian regime and the officials that constitute it, offering never-before-seen evidence regarding the government’s true human rights record and concrete policy suggestions regarding the way forward.

    Iran: Where Mass Murderers Rule, published by the National Council of Resistance of Iran-U.S. Representative Office, is currently available for purchase on Amazon.

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 7:31 pm on 27 Nov 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Theresia Bothe singing in solidarity with the women of Iranian Resistance 

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 11:58 am on 27 Nov 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Iran ‘proud’ to send its children to fight in Syria! 

    13 year old Iranian child soldier in Syria. A report by Iran state TV broadcast today November 25 about an Iranian 13 year old child soldier sent by Revolutionary Guards to fight on the front lines in Syria.

    Iran ‘proud’ to send its children to fight in Syria. An Iranian television channel on Saturday broadcast a video in which a 13-year-old child soldier speaks about being sent to Syria to fight. In the video, a reporter asks the young soldier his age to which the boy replies “13,” while another gunman next to the child says that he is “the youngest child fighter.” “This child must be in school now and play and not on the war fronts, where adults get killed,” said one Iranian activist. A report by Human Rights Watch called for an investigation into the recruitment of children into Syria by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, calling on the international community and the United Nations to open an investigation into the issue and to add Iran to the annual list of perpetrators of child abuse.

     

     

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 9:33 pm on 26 Nov 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Those whose sufferings are not seen or heard. 

     

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 10:46 am on 25 Nov 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Iran earthquake reveals regime’s inaction, incompetence and inhuman nature 

     

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 10:14 am on 25 Nov 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women 

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    International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women:

    150 years of Iranian women’s struggle:

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 10:35 am on 24 Nov 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    “U.S. Policy on Iran: What Next After IRGC Terror Designation?” 

    US Policy on Iran 11/21/2017

    Sen. Joe Lieberman and Gen Chuck Wald at “US Policy On Iran: What Next After IRGC Terror Designation?”, moderated by Prof. Sasch Sheeahn from UB.
    Click on the follow link for watching all conference:

    https://www.pscp.tv/w/1yoKMMlqLAlKQ?t=24s

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 6:46 pm on 23 Nov 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Let us think about the children suffering in the earthquake stricken areas of Iran 

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    Let us think about the children suffering in the earthquake stricken areas of Iran, who are the first victims of the Iranian regime’s anti-human policies.

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