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  • Masoud Dalvand 10:26 am on 8 Mar 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Iranian Regime’s Abuse of Human Rights Must Be Addressed 

    At the end of last year, millions of people in Iran took to the streets to protest against the economic issues that were affecting all classes of society. The protests started in the city of Mashhad and spread across the country. They quickly turned into anti-government demonstrations and calls for “Death to Khamenei  and Death to Rouhani”. It was very clear that the people of Iran see regime change as the only way forward.

    As always, when the Iranian regime is faced with dissent and protests, there was a major crackdown. Thousands of people were arrested and scores of people were killed. This reaction from the regime is not surprising – it is the standard reaction that the people of Iran have experiences, and the world has witnessed, for decades.

    However, the international community failed to respond accordingly. And the Iranian regime has not been made to face the consequences of its unjust oppression and its violation of human rights.

    The people of Iran have not been dissuaded – not by the Iranian regime’s brutal reaction and not by the relative silence of many international leaders. They are strongly supported by each other in Iran and they have the backing of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), the main opposition to the regime.

    There are still protests going on across the country and young people were chanting the same slogans about regime change that were heard in January.

    It is important that the West reacts to the protests and to the regime’s brutal attempts at extinguishing them. Europe in particular must take action. It is taking about trade deals and normalized relations with Iran, but this must be postponed until Iran takes human rights seriously. The EU upholds the human rights of its citizens and it must ensure that it does not negotiate with a regime that disregards those of its own people.

    For as long as Europe remains silent, the Iranian regime will continue to ignore human rights. It has faced impunity for decades and the only way to put an end to this is for international leaders and organisations, as well as the European Parliament, to demand an international commission of inquiry into the human rights abuses. Silence is complicity.

    The regime is in a place of extreme desperation. It is under pressure from its own people, but also from the United States because of the 2015 nuclear deal. President Trump, who has made his feelings about Iran very clear, is threatening to pull the United States out of the deal if Europe does not fix the major flaws.

    The United States is keen to address Iran’s ballistic missile program and there is talk of further sanctions that will cripple the country.

    More pressure like this will likely push the regime over the edge. It cannot be allowed to continue its belligerent rampage across the Middle East and the people of Iran must have their human rights restored. Let’s not forget that the international community must uphold the rights of everyone.


  • Masoud Dalvand 10:12 pm on 1 Mar 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    How to Tackle the Iranian Regime’s Internet Censorship 

    Internet censorship in Iran

    The Iranian Regime has long struggled to restrict access to the internet in order to keep its censorship machine running smoothly.

    After all, they saw the damage the internet could do to their brutal regime when images and videos of the Regime’s violence toward peaceful protesters went viral on social media in 2009.

    But things have gotten worse for the mullahs in recent years, with the increased popularity of secure, encrypted messaging applications (i.e. Telegrams, Whatsapp) that make it harder for governments to monitor an individual’s internet traffic.

    A new report by Iranian opposition coalition, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) sheds light on the Regime’s desperate campaign to adapt its surveillance and censorship equipment in order to survive now that the internet is so commonplace.

    The report, entitled “Iran: Cyber Repression: How the IRGC Uses Cyberwarfare to Preserve the Theocracy”, exposes how the Regime covertly and overtly spies on its citizens and spreads propaganda across social media.

    The NCRI also provided a list of Regime-created variations of the Telegram app, promoted as Farsi versions, which the Regime wanted to trick the public into downloading in order to spy on their internet activity, identify and arrest activists, and introduce malware that would prevent the user from accessing opposition channels.

    The most downloaded of the Regime’s apps is Mobogram, developed by Hanista, a front company for the Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRGC).

    The Regime even slowed down or blocked traffic to the official Telegram app to force people into downloading their versions.

    The Regime is specifically targeting Telegram because it has over 40 million users in Iran and was widely used by protesters in the uprising at the start of 2018.

    The Regime even got its malware-filled apps onto Google Play and Apple’s App Store, which violates the terms of service for both stores. Google has since identified one and removed it, but there are more on there.

    Alireza Jafarzadeh, the deputy director of the NCRI’s Washington office, said: “The Iranian regime is currently hard at work to test the success of these apps on the people of Iran first. If not confronted, its next victims will be the people of other nations.”

    Jafarzadeh added that the unit responsible for this surveillance is the same one tasked with cyber warfare against the West.

    What can be done?

    The Iranian Regime is unlikely to impose a total internet blackout as they fear repercussions on their already bankrupt economy, which will fuel social unrest. That’s why they’re trying to maintain control with cyber espionage.

    • The tech community must work with governments in order to counter the Iranian Regime’s censorship efforts

    • Internet service providers should work with the Iranian Resistance to identify the front companies and developers that are making and distributing malicious apps on behalf of the Iranian Regime

    • All app stores must investigate the apps on their site and remove malware-inflicted apps exposed by the NCRI

    • Telegram should revoke the Iranian Regime’s developers access to its Application Programming Interfaces, so that they can no longer create malware-infected versions

  • Masoud Dalvand 10:57 am on 26 Jan 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Iran Regime’s Senior Mullah: Cyberspace Is a Blow to Our Lives 

    Iran Regime_s Senior Mullah- Cyberspace Is a Blow to Our Lives

    The speaker of Iran regime’s Assembly of Experts,  Mullah Ahmad Jannati, announced Khamenei’s “a few hours” meeting with a number of cyberspace “experts”, adding that “a move is to be made” after the meeting.


    Janati also added that “Cyberspace is a blow to our lives. If they took away (blocked) the cyberspace, we wouldn’t have so many problems. I have said that we cannot totally block the cyberspace but we can slow it down.”

    جنتي لعنتي

    Mullah Ahmad Jannati

    According to the state-run Tasnim news agency affiliated to terrorist Quds force, on Thursday January 25, Janati announced this issue in the joint meeting of the Assembly of Experts’ Presidium with the internal commissions.
    He did not mention the content of the meeting, but added that “they are supposed to do make a move. But it’s important to know what to do and who should do it.”

    Without mentioning the details, he added that “we must dismiss the people who are incapacitated and hire the mighty ones. So there should be changes in this organization.”

    Jannati added in his statement that “they could control it earlier and prevent it from going so fast… We cannot stop it at all, it’s impossible, but we can reduce it.”

    The Head of the Assembly of Experts quoted some people but did not name them and said: “They say that it is already too little late and we did not stop them in the recent events and disturbances arose.”

    The question is; What is really the horror of the mullahs regime? If the internet slows down or disconnects, their problem is solved?

    As I wrote in one of my previous articles, Iran’s Problem Isn’t the Internet; It’s the Regime.

    The Iranian Regime is blaming the current popular uprising in the country to two main factors: access to the internet and Iran’s enemies abroad. They believe that the enemies of the Iranian Regime are joining together to undermine the Regime and rile up the people via social networking sites.

    Of course, the actual reason for the protests is Regime corruption and a failure to meet the needs of its people and the only enemies of the Regime that are responsible for the protests are the Iranian people themselves.
    Ali Jafari, commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), and others in the faction of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei have blamed President Hassan Rouhani for the widespread access to the internet and a lack of official control over it.

    Indeed, Iranian Prosecutor-General Mohammad Jafar Montazeri said on

    January 4: “The Internet is considered to be a source of damage that destroys homes and creates many problems for families and young people, Internet

    and, unfortunately, no effort is being made to direct it. If we do not think of a solution for the Internet, and for the foreigners’ plots, a harsh future awaits us. We must block the active channels that aim to destroy society’s morality, to denigrate the sacred values, and to destroy society’s security.”

    However, given the high levels of internet censorship in Iran prior to the uprising, it is almost impossible to follow the logic of an internet used by the Regime’s enemies to create havoc online and stir up the protests.

    So what is the Regime doing in response to the protests? Are they meeting the public’s demands for pulling out of costly foreign wars? Are they revising the budget to provide subsidies for the poor?

    Nope. They’ve instituted a brutal crackdown on the protesters, resulting in at least 50 deaths and at least 8,000 arrests and they’ve also increased internet censorship- going so far as to block it entirely in some regions- and have even proposed the creation of an intranet for Iran, to block sites that they consider to be dangerous, like Instagram, or a Regime-run social network.

    They now consider internet use in Iran to be akin to letting an enemy into your home. Some have even demanded that the Rohani government apologize for their failure to develop a Regime-controlled intranet before.

    The Regime is so scared of their people being able to contact the outside world (especially Western media and culture) that, on January 6, they announced that English studies would now be banned in government and non-government elementary schools.

  • Masoud Dalvand 6:06 pm on 25 Jan 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Iran regime must free the woman who took stand against compulsory veiling 

    Vida Movahed

    The image of a young Iranian woman protesting against the compulsory hijab quickly went viral on social media.

    Amnesty International is calling on Iranian authorities to “immediately and unconditionally” release a woman who was arrested in Tehran last month for apparently protesting peacefully against the country’s mandatory Islamic dress code.

    In a January 24 statement, the London-based rights group also reiterated its calls on the authorities to “end the persecution of women who speak out against compulsory veiling, and abolish this discriminatory and humiliating practice.”

    A video showing the woman standing on a concrete structure in Tehran’s Enghelab (Revolution) Street without wearing a headscarf has gone viral on social media since December 27.

    She was silently waving a white flag in an apparent protest against the compulsory hijab, which in Iran refers to Islamic dress that covers the hair and body.

    Amnesty International quoted three eyewitnesses as saying that police arrested the woman on the spot and transferred her to a nearby detention center.

    Her name, Vida Movahed, is said to be 31 years old and has a 19-month-old baby.

    She boldly protested the compulsory veil in crowded downtown Tehran by taking off her shawl and waving it in the air on a stick. Simultaneously, she spoke about freedom and women’s right to choose their own clothing. A number of youths present in the scene gave her support.

    The incident took place on Wednesday, December 27, 2017, in Tehran’s Enghelab Avenue. The State Security forces arrested the young woman and the young passersby who had supported her.

    The arrests were made the same day as Tehran’s police chief claimed that no one would be arrested for mal-veiling. He said no criminal complaints would be filed for them, they will not be sent to court but will have to attend “educational” classes to correct their behavior. (The state-run Tasnim news agency – December 27, 2017)

    But the reality that exists in Iran today is that the repression of women was not unique to this young woman.

    The NCRI Women’s Committee, published a video about detainees during Iran protests especially women.  According to the information released by the committee, 400 women have been arrested in the southwestern city of Izeh, alone. Dozens of women have been arrested in Tehran. Seven women arrested in the city of Saqqez, in Iranian Kurdistan.
    In the first two weeks of January, 50 were shot dead and at least 8000 people have been arrested for taking part in the uprising and exercising their rights to freedom of expression and association.  At least 10 of these prisoners have been tortured to death in prison.

    The NCRI Women’s Committee echoes the Iranian people’s demand is to take urgent action to immediately release all those imprisoned under torture for taking part in the uprising.

    The fact is, the most striking images coming from Iran uprising are of women.
    They are risking the most to speak out against the Iranian regime.
    Women have demonstrated tremendous courage in the nationwide protests.
    The NCRI Women’s Committee calls on all freedom loving people of the world to support the struggle of Iranian women in their quest for freedom.

    Maryam Rajavi Iran opposition leader urges Council of Europe to compel Tehran to release arrested, she said:

    I urge the Council of Europe and its member states to take effective measures and binding decisions to compel the religious fascism to:

    -Immediate freedom of the prisoners of the uprising
    -Freedom of expression and association;

    No more repression and no more compulsory veil;

    Now and just today.

    Also, a petition has been prepared for the release of the detainees of Iran protests, to be sent to the Secretary-General of the UN. By signing this petition and sharing the news of the detainees, including the girl of Enghelab Street, we should try to release them.


  • Masoud Dalvand 11:35 am on 15 Jan 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    In spite of repression and crimes against the people, the great uprising of Iran will not stop 

    Iran Protests -

    By Masoud Dalvand

    According to reliable sources inside Iran, the regime has arrested more than 8,000 people in recent protests. The announcement made by the Iranian Resistance in this regard is very significant. In this announcement we read:

    Call for immediate action to free the detainees and to protect their families

    The massive and widespread arrests of youths in different cities, which have started since the beginning of the uprising at December 28, still continues. According to reports obtained from inside Iran and from within the regime, the number of arrestees has mounted to at least 8,000 by the end of the second week of the uprising. In recent days, several of these prisoners were martyred under the tortures.

    Despite the regime’s attempts to conceal the number of arrests, it is so high that the regime’s officials in a number of cities have inevitably admitted to parts of it.

    • A week ago Mahmoud Sadeghi, a member of parliament, said the number of arrestees amounts to 3,700.
    • On January 2, political-security deputy governor of Tehran said 450 people were arrested in Tehran in only three days (December 30, to January 1st).
    • “On Dec. 30 and 31, 396 people were arrested in Arak and other cities of the Central Province, 65 of whom were teenagers,” said the Chief Justice of the Central province on January 4th.
    • The deputy governor of Golestan stated on January 3, “With the arrest of about 150 of insurgents in Gorgan, calm has returned to this city”
    • “In recent days, when there were some rioting and turmoil in Hamedan, more than 150 people were arrested,” Hamedan Governor said on January 2.
    • Mashhad deputy prosecutor said on January 3, “A total of 138 people were arrested in disturbances”.
    • The commander of Kerman Provincial Guard Corps (Sarallah) said on January 2, “During the recent turmoil, more than 80 rioters were arrested and handed over to the authorities”.

    -“In the illegal gatherings of Kashan, about 50 to 60 people were arrested,” Kashan Prosecutor said on January 1.

    • According to Bahman Taherkhani, a parliamentarian from Takistan, on Jan. 2, “Some 50 people with ominous intentions caused unrest in this city, who should be punished according to their crimes”. He added, “The presence of individuals with a leading role in recent riots is another sign that these disturbances are organized.”
    • According to reports from the prisons in Ahwaz and other cities in Khuzestan, the number of arrestees in the province is 1,600.
    • The regime’s parliamentarian from Izeh said he does not have an accurate number of arrestees. He added that the detainees are mostly teenagers and yourhts aged 16 to 24 years old. Hundreds have been arrested in Izeh, according to reports.

    The Iranian Resistance calls on all the people, especially the youth, to support the arrestees and their families, and to rise up for the release of prisoners. It also calls on the Security Council and the Secretary-General of the United Nations, the European Union and the member states, and the US government, as well as all human rights organizations, to strongly condemn the mullahs’ regime for these blatant anti-human crimes, and to adopt effective measures to free the arrestees.

    Numerous reports from various cities of the country alleging mistreatment of prisoners and martyrdom of a number of them under torture makes it very essential and urgent to establish an investigative committee by the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the United Nations Human Rights Council to investigate into the arbitrary arrests and the crimes carried out in the mullahs’ regime’s prisons.

    Logical conclusions about the realities of the uprising of Iran

    All of the above facts indicate the extent and depth of the uprising of the Iranian people. An uprising that has not stopped. The mullah’s regime has established a fully-fledged and undeclared military rule throughout 142 cities in Iran, which has held hundreds of demonstrations.

    The Iranian regime is under immense pressure at the minute. The people have taken to the street en masse to protest and hold anti-government demonstrations. The people are slamming the regime for plundering the nation’s wealth on conflicts abroad.

    Will the Iranian regime pay attention to the demands of the people? Almost certainly not. For almost four decades, the people of Iran have been suffering under a cruel and callous regime that uses brutality to oppress.

    Iran has a history of protesting, but the current unrest is unlike any before. This time, it is all sectors of society that are calling for regime change. The people know that they face execution, arrest, imprisonment and torture, yet they are still risking everything to make their calls for regime change heard. It is clear now that regime change is the only way forward. The only way to ensure that their bleak futures have any kind of hope.

    It is possible that the regime, with severe repression and military rule, can temporarily stop some protests, but the feature of the uprising this time of the Iranian people is demand of remove the corrupt and vampire ruler of Khamenei and Rouhani deceitful and criminal. The clear desire of the people to destroy the dictatorship and establish of republic based on human rights, freedom and justice without the mullahs.

    As Maryam Rajavi, the president-elect of the Iranian Resistance in her article in the Wall Street Journal, wrote:

    The 2009 protests were sparked by rifts at the top of the regime. The current protests which began in city of Mashhad & quickly spread across the country were motivated by rising prices, economic ruin,corruption & resentment toward the regime.

    The final differentiating factor is the pace of events. In less than 24 hours, the protesters’ slogans shifted from economic woes to rejection of the entire regime. The establishment has been caught off guard and is scrambling to find a unified solution.

    No, this time no one has the power to stop the raging waves of the uprising of the Iranian people. This uprising will continue until the overthrow of the entire of the terrorist religious dictatorship and the achievement of the final victory. This is the logic of evolution and history that should never be forgotten.


    • bluemoone 11:35 am on 25 Jan 2018 Permalink

      I believe the spirit and determination of the Iranian people helps to keep us going in our quests here.

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    • Masoud Dalvand 11:50 am on 25 Jan 2018 Permalink

      Yes, you’re right Danielle. Do you know that in the uprising in Iran, the most motivated and passionate uprisers who are in the first line of the uprising are young Iranian women and girls?
      This is a very important message to reactionary and anti-women mullahs in Iran. And a message of encouragement to all leading women in the Equality movement.


    • bluemoone 12:03 am on 26 Jan 2018 Permalink

      Absolutely! It also makes a strong statement against our government spreading racist and sexist propaganda that other societies repress their women and they can’t stand up for themselves. Our society is guilty of the same repression, racism and sexism and women everywhere have the strength to band together and get the changes they want.

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    • Masoud Dalvand 7:40 am on 26 Jan 2018 Permalink

      With such knowledgeable and prominent women(as you), surely the future is clear.


    • bluemoone 10:36 am on 28 Jan 2018 Permalink

      You always say the greatest things

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    • Masoud Dalvand 10:59 am on 28 Jan 2018 Permalink

      Thank you Danielle. You always encourage me, but you write amazing poems and pieces, so I should say my view point, you are a great woman, great poet and a great friend.


    • bluemoone 10:14 am on 29 Jan 2018 Permalink

      Thank you Masoud. I feel the same about you. Your writing is so strong and emotional and so easy to connect to. You are always so supportive of my writing and I appreciate that so much. Making friends with you was one of the best things about last year.

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    • Masoud Dalvand 10:22 am on 29 Jan 2018 Permalink

      Me too Danielle, thanks for kind words.


  • Masoud Dalvand 9:56 am on 10 Jan 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    The Threat of Social Media to the Iranian Regime 

    The Threat of Social Media to the Iranian

    To organise the ongoing protests and anti-government demonstrations in Iran, the people have been using social media. It has enabled the people to arrange protests and to share information.

    The most popular application that is used is called Telegram and it has been said that more than 50 percent of the population has used it. It is a messaging application that is simple to use and the people can share videos and information. The service is encrypted.

    However, faced with the threat of the people, the Iranian regime is taking great pains to hamper the ability of the people to protest and rally, and it is planning to replace Telegram and other such applications with ones that it can censor in the way it wants.

    It is quite remarkable that the Iranian people have been able to coordinate their protests in the way that they have. It just goes to show, not just the power of the people, but also the extent of their anger and how deeply engrained it is all across the country.

    During Friday prayers last week, a leading cleric, Mullah Ahmad Khatami admitted the role of social media and applications such as Telegram, saying that “cyberspace (…) was kindling the fire of the battle”. He said: “It was cyberspace that every moment said where protesters were gathering, and what slogans they were chanting.”

    Social media has always been a great threat to the Iranian regime and it was in 2009 that it saw its power in action. With information, images, videos and messages shared on social media during the protests, the world could really see what was happening inside the country. The people were angry following the presidential election and they used all means possible to make their voices heard. Facebook and Twitter were two of the most popular platforms at that time and when the uprising had settled down the Iranian regime banned both.

    So it is clear to see why the Iranian regime is keen to prevent the people from using the internet. The people are used to this kind of suppression. Over the years, the regime has taken, or tried to take, more control over the private lives of the people.

    Khatami said last week: “We support a cyberspace whose key is in the hands of the (ruling) system. I’m saying this on behalf of the people: the nation does not support a cyberspace which America holds the key to.” He claims that the people of Iran are being influenced by the United States and its president. This is no doubt because of Trump’s support of the people of Iran.

    The regime, however, underestimates the Iranian population which is largely young. Like elsewhere in the world, Iranians are very attached to their smartphones, despite the extreme poverty, and they see them as a way to gain freedom. Furthermore, the people are able to find ways around the bans and are still able to use banned applications such as Twitter and Facebook.

    It is evident that the regime is clutching at straws and we will see that it is impossible for it to outwit the powerful population.

  • Masoud Dalvand 10:07 am on 15 Dec 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Iran: Flogging Sentence for a Young Kurdish Female Student 

    Flogging a young woman

    The Women’s Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran condemns the flogging sentence issued for a young Kurdish female student and calls on the Iranian women and youth to protest against such criminal verdicts.

    The NCRI Women’s Committee urges international human rights and women’s rights organizations to undertake effective measures to stop such cruel and inhuman punishments.

    On December 7, the Student Day in Iran, the clerical regime’s court in Saqqez, Iranian Kurdistan, sentenced Zamaneh Zivi to cash fine and 50 lashes of the whip on the charge of “disruption of public order.” She is a senior student of law at Payam Noor University of Saqqez in Kurdistan.

    The Iranian regime’s resort to such an inhuman punishment for a girl student only indicates its fear of rebellions by the Iranian people, particularly the students and youth. It also reveals the true nature of Rouhani, the mullahs’ president who pretends to be a moderate.

    The Women’s Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
    December 14, 2017

  • Masoud Dalvand 9:12 pm on 8 Dec 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    A glance at the abysmal human rights situation in Iran 


    By Masoud Dalvand

    Iran’s Human Rights Monitor has issued a comprehensive annual report of the shameful human rights situation under the rule of criminal mullahs. Referring to the report of Ms. Jahangir, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran, explains about the lack of an independent judiciary in Iran and numerous violations of the basic rights of the Iranian people and the suppression and increase of oppression in Iran.

    In this report, the latest criminality of the Iranian regime can be seen in the deliberate neglect of the state of the earthquake in the west of the country.

    Also, with regard to the right to life for humans, the increasing number of executions and arbitrary murders in Iran has been addressed.

    The report provides good information on the situation of Iranian prisons and prisoners in general, in particular political prisoners and women imprisoned, and the intensification of suppression and the very inhuman situation of detainees.

    Another part of the report describes the retaliation against human rights activists in Iran by the mullahs regime.

    Non-human punishments and punishments, such as flogging in public and amputations, are another part of this comprehensive report.


    Violations of freedom of expression, the press, religious minorities and ethnic minorities are another part of this annual report.



    The violation of the economic, social and cultural rights of the Iranian people, such as workers and child laborers, has been described by the Iranian regime in this report.

    child laborers


    You can read this comprehensive report on the link below:

    A glance at the abysmal human rights situation in Iran



  • Masoud Dalvand 11:48 am on 7 Dec 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    European Lawmakers Condemn Human Rights Violations in Iran, Express Support for Iranian Democratic Opposition 

    Maryam Rajavi's speech at the European Parliament on the eve of

    Press release by the Friends of a Free Iran inter-group at the European Parliament- Brussels- 6 December 2017 

    On Wednesday, 6 December 2017, on the initiative of the Friends of a Free Iran inter-group at the European Parliament, which enjoys the support of several hundred MEPs from various political groups, a conference on the occasion of the International Human Rights Day was held at the European Parliament in Brussels. The key note speaker was Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI). Dozens of MEPs and a large number of parliamentary assistants, diplomats and journalists were present. The Scottish veteran politician Struan Stevenson was also one of the guest speakers.

    Gérard Deprez, Belgian MEP (ALDE) who chaired the conference said: “We call on the EU, especially the High Representative Mogherini to put human rights and women rights first when dealing with Iran. We are bitterly disappointed of her approach who is just obsessed and occupied with the nuclear deal or encouraging western companies to go to Iran. We urge her and also urge our European governments, including my own government in Belgium, to condition relations with Iran to a suspension of executions and a clear progress on human rights.”

    Maryam Rajavi said: “The regime has already exhausted its strategic resources. Economically, they are on the verge of bankruptcy. Socially, they have become ever more isolated. They failed in their strategy of destroying their main opposition and could not prevent the relocation of PMOI members out of Camp Liberty prison in Iraq.”

    Maryam Rajavi's speech at the European Parliament on the eve of

    Mrs Rajavi added that in such circumstances, the regime has two means of survival: more suppression and executions in Iran and stepping up its meddling abroad. This reflects the regime’s major internal crisis which it tries to cover up by expanding its influence in the region. Indeed, it seeks to put up a hollow show of force to discourage the international community from adopting a decisive policy against it.

    The regime’s leaders explicitly say Syria, Iraq and Yemen are the regime’s strategic depth and if they wrap up and leave those countries they would risk being overthrown. She reiterated, “As long as the international community fails to hold this regime accountable for its destructive behaviour, the mullahs will carry on with their dangerous adventures. The solution is showing firmness, not giving concessions. The EU has unfortunately abandoned its values in order to promote trade with the mullahs. It has turned a blind eye on the gross violations of human rights in Iran.”

    Ryszard Czarnecki, Vice-President of the European Parliament, said: “As long as executions continue in Iran, as long as freedom of speech is repressed in Iran, as long as religious minorities including Christians and Sunni Muslims are repressed in Iran, we cannot and we must not have a normal relation with this regime. Our informal group, Friends of a Free Iran, has always said that in our relations with Iran, Europe must put human rights first. We must not compromise on this.” He added: “The Iranian opposition is really feared by the Iranian regime which spends lot of energy and millions of euros against the democratic opposition under the leadership of Mrs Rajavi.”

    The members of European Parliament condemned the systematic human rights abuses in Iran, the regime’s ballistic missile projects and meddling and warmongering in the region. Many expressed support for Mrs Rajavi’s 10-point platform for a future Iran. The MEPs reiterated the following:

    1. Europe must not turn a blind eye to the widespread human rights violations in Iran. Trips to Tehran by European officials and MEPs are in practice to the benefit of the human rights violators in Iran.

    2. The regime’s record of executions, torture and murders over the past 38 years and in particular the massacre of 30,000 political prisoners in 1988 must be referred to the United Nations Security Council, and the officials of the regime and those responsible for these crimes must be held accountable.

    3. All signs suggest that the Iranian regime is facing widespread crises. The Iranian people have shown through repeated protests that they seek regime change. It is high time for the European Union to side with the Iranian people in their legitimate desire to achieve democratic change. Recognizing the NCRI is essential for ending and compensating for the previous catastrophic policies. Experience has shown that this regime is unable to reform.

    4. The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) controls the main part of Iran’s economy. The IRGC has brought starvation and poverty to the Iranian people and it is responsible for the massacre of the peoples of Syria, Iraq and Yemen. All economic deals with the IRGC and its affiliated companies must be halted, and it must be blacklisted. It is vital to expel the IRGC and its mercenary militias from the region.

    The MEPs called on the EU High Representative to base any relations with Iran on an improvement of the human rights situation, halt to executions and an end to its meddling in neighbouring countries and its ballistic missile program; otherwise such relations would run counter to Europe’s values and to peace and stability in the region and the world.

  • Masoud Dalvand 1:44 pm on 6 Dec 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    EU Policy on Iran, Human Rights, Regional Conduct, Missile Program 

    EU Policy on Iran, Human Rights, Regional Conduct, Missile Program.

    Live Webcast- For watching the  conference please click on the below link:

    Conference: EU Policy on Iran, Human Rights, Regional Conduct, Missile Program


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