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  • Masoud Dalvand 9:37 pm on 13 Mar 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Iranian official: International conventions won’t have any benefits for the country 

    Iran, March 13, 2019 – As the controversy over approving the necessary bills to join the Financial Actions Task Force (FATF) rises, the cronies of Iranian regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei are trying to blame Hassan Rouhani’s government for the current political impasse, international isolation, and economic miseries of the establishment.

    On March 8, Tehran’s interim Friday prayer leader—Friday prayer leaders are always appointed by Ali Khamenei’s office and represent his faction’s views and policies throughout the country—Kazem Seddiqi ridiculed Rouhani’s promises to turn on factories and the economy while the nuclear centrifuges keep running and said: “Now, our nuclear [program] has been curbed with the JCPOA and the centrifuges are limited, but food on the tables hasn’t increased. They promised that they want them both to work, but unfortunately both turned out to nothing.”

    A day later, state-run newspaper Ebtekar, close to Rouhani’s faction, responded to the onslaught on the so-called reformists in the Friday prayers throughout the country: “Yesterday’s Friday prayer podiums have been the focus of contempt and scorn for the government. It seems that ridiculing the government in every Friday prayer has become a principle for Hassan Rouhani’s opponents.”

    “Some pundits describe the limbo that the FATF bills are facing as political and a means to paint Rouhani’s government as dysfunctional. They believe that the current opponents of the bills have been proponents of them in previous governments and pursued their approval,” the newspaper further wrote.

    While the popular discontent with the current state of the economy increases in Iran, both sides of the political elite try to paint their opponents as the culprit of what is in fact the result of four decades of corruption by the whole power structure.

    Gholamreza Mesbahi-Moghadam, former member of the Iranian parliament and current member of the powerful Expediency Discernment Council where the fate of the FATF bills is under review, complained about the current sanctions and reiterated that the FATF bills will not be approved saying: “One of the money-laundering crimes is when an exchange is made where the seller and buyer are covers and not real. In order to circumvent the sanctions, we can’t help but having cover exchanges. We will create cover companies in Iran. We will create cover companies in other countries so that we can achieve our international exchanges by circumventing the sanctions. The meaning of joining these two bills, these two conventions is that we refrain from such exchanges. Can we do that? If we cannot do that under sanctions, then we can’t do that.”

    “What is this insistence on the part of the president and the government and others and the media of a particular faction to put the Expediency Discernment Council to approve [the bills]? I say it from right here that no, we will decide based on the regime’s expediency, not fancies and whims,” he further said.

    Mohammad Ali Nekunam, Khamenei’s representative in the Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari province and the Friday prayer leader of Shahr-e Kord, expressed his concerns about sequels to the JCPOA and said: “Some people exaggerate the JCPOA to bring about the next JCPOAs. Unfortunately, it has been seen that some have taken action to bring about the second and third JCPOA and wanted to cede regarding the missile program and the human rights as Western countries want it and they would have brought difficulties upon the regime.”

    In the important city of Isfahan, Mohammad Taqi Rahbar, the city’s Friday prayer Imam said: “We should also be wary about the enemy’s tricks for the people.”

    “Enslaving international conventions won’t have any benefits for the country,” he added.

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  • Masoud Dalvand 9:37 am on 12 Mar 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Iran: Regime Change Is Within Reach 

    Masoud Dalvand(Freedom Star):

    An interesting article by writer and political activist Shahriar Kia regarding the current situation in Iran and the prospects for the future of the Mullahs dictatorship in Iran is published on the official website of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, which is very helpful in understanding the current situation in Iran.
    I invite you to read this article.

    Iran: Regime Change Is Within Reach

    By Shahriar Kia

    The Iranian regime has been identified as the number one threat to peace and security in the Middle East.

    Its malign interventions in numerous nations across the region have cost the lives of many, and has cost Iran billions of dollars. Billions of dollars that could have improved some of the horrific social conditions in Iran.

    Freedom in Iran is non-existent and the people have been brutally denied the most basic of human rights.

    The economic and social conditions are getting worse and worse and an increasing number of people are falling into absolute poverty. Corruption is rife and is present at all levels of the country’s leadership. The notorious IRGC – the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps – is tasked with protecting the country’s clerical rule. It plays a major role in all major activities and it has a huge stake in the country’s economy.

    It has the backing of the regime’s Leader Ali Khamenei. In fact, one could say that the government has less control than the IRGC. It does not have to pay tax and it oversees the violent crackdown on the widespread popular discontent through its paramilitary branch – the Basij force.

    Democracy is also non-existent in Iran and any candidates for presidency are vetted. The main contenders in any election have been effectively hand-selected. This means that the people are voting from a very limited selection of candidates in which anyone the authorities deem not being suitable being eliminated from the very start. The IRGC heavily depends on this selection process for its survival too.

    The people of Iran took to the streets at the end of 2017 and have maintained domestic pressure on the regime ever since. They want to take their future into their own hands and they want to make sure that change, for the better, happens soon. They have watched the regime celebrate the 40th anniversary of the revolution and it is an anniversary they hoped the regime would not be in place to witness.

    The people know that moderation is never going to appear with the clerical regime. It relies on repression, suppression, the export of terrorism and the spreading of chaos across the region for its survival. It has had many opportunities to change its behaviour and it had the opportunity to make positive change when the nuclear deal was signed and billions of dollars were freed up. But it blew the opportunity and made it very clear that the Iranian people are not a priority.

    The domestic pressure is mounting and the international pressure is increasing. Most of the international pressure is from the United States. President Donald Trump has had Iran on his agenda for some time and he has vowed to tackle the threat thoroughly and effectively.

    The European Union, on the other hand, has been perversely light on the Iranian regime considering the number of attempted terrorist attacks and assassinations that intelligence agencies have foiled.

    Regime change is within reach and it will be precipitated by the international community recognising and responding to the Iranian regime’s threat effectively.

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 11:10 am on 10 Mar 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Syrian Network for Human Rights calls for the release of all detained Syrian women 

    Masoud Dalvand(Freedom Star):

    On World Women’s Day, reports of repression, torture and imprisonment of women who are in Syria under the bloodthirsty dictatorship of Bashar al-Assad are very uncomfortable.
    This dictatorial regime, such as its supporter in the region, the religious and criminal dictatorship of the mullahs in Iran, whose main nature is their misogyny idiology, continue to the inhumane punishments against the Syrian liberators women.
    The official website of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) has reported on the situation of Syrian women, quoting Syria’s network of human rights, to find out about the status of Syrian women and efforts to support them.

    Syrian Network for Human Rights calls for the release of all detained Syrian women

    March 9, 2019 – The Syrian Network for Human Rights on Friday, March 8th issued a statement to mark the Women’s Day calling for the release of 7,721 women who have been detained by the Assad regime.

    The statement reads: “sexual exploitation of female inmates in prisons is continuing. At least half million people including 13,500 women are held in Assad’s notorious prisons.”

    Syrian Network for Human Rights said many dissidents in Assad prisons have been either killed under torture or have been executed.

    Syrian Network for Human Rights is an independent, neutral, non-governmental, non-profit human rights organization, which aims to document the ongoing human rights violation in Syria.

    Read more:

    Orient News reported on March 9, 2019, that thousands of demonstrators took to the streets on Friday (March 8) in Aleppo countryside, calling for the immediate release of women detainees at the Assad regime’s detention centers.

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    Thousands demonstrated to demand the freedom of detained women in Syria

    On the International Women’s Day (IWD), the demonstrators in several cities, towns, and villages in Aleppo countryside, stood in solidarity with women in Assad’s detention centers, calling for the release of detainees at the Assad regime’s centers, especially women and children.

    Friday’s demonstrations were organized in support of the Conscience Movement, an alliance of individuals, rights groups and organizations who demand the release of women and children from the jails of Assad regime.

    The demonstrators called on the international community to force the Assad regime to release the detainees in its prisons.

    A child raised a placard which read: “On the International Women’s Day, where is my mother? where is my sister?”

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    Free all women and children from Assad’s prisons

    Other demonstrators raised the names of their relatives and the year at which they were arrested.

    Significant participation of women and children was noted in the demonstrations, according to Orient correspondents.

    According to the Conscience Movement, more than 13,500 Syrian women have been incarcerated since 2011, while more than 7,000 women remain in detention where they are subjected to all forms of torture.

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    Free all women and children from the Assad regime’s prisons

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 7:27 pm on 7 Mar 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Annual Report 2019- A comprehensive look into the conditions of women in Iran on the eve of the International Women’s Day. 

    Masoud Dalvand(Freedom Star):

    The annual report of the Women’s Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran on the conditions of women in Iran under the rule of misogyny regime is a comprehensive report with documented information.
    The website of the Committee of Women of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), while reviewing this report, has provided a link to its complete document for public study.
    I invite you to read this valuable report on the eve of International Women’s Day.

    Annual Report 2019 – NCRI Women’s Committee

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    The NCRI Women’s Committee puts out its Annual Report 2019 on the eve of the International Women’s Day.

    Last year, as we were preparing our Annual Report 2018, Iran was going through a massive outbreak of protests which quickly spread to some 160 cities across the country.

    One year on, daily protests and nationwide uprisings have turned into a regular trend, changing the face of an oppressed nation to an arisen people crying out for “freedom and regime change” in all four corners of the country.

    Iranian women also stepped up their participation in protests. They took to the streets at every opportunity. Compared to 436 protests last year, they participated in some 1,500 pickets, strikes, sit-ins, rallies and marches to demand their own and their people’s rights.

    In the NCRI Women’s Committee’s Annual Report 2019, you can see that Iranian women of all ages and all walks of life, young students and retired teachers, nurses and farmers, villagers and plundered investors, all took to the streets and cried out for freedom and demanded their rights. In their cries, we heard the grievances of a nation suffering in the clutches of a bunch of corrupt rulers.

    Iranian women’s impact on the democratic movement was so much that the regime’s IRGC commanders had to acknowledge their leading role on multiple occasions and confess to the larger number of arrests from among women.

    Amnesty International said the arrests signal crisis in Iran human rights. Human Rights Watch called on Iranian authorities to drop all charges brought against protesters for peaceful assembly and release those detained on that basis. And the UN General Assembly urged the Iranian regime to end “widespread restrictions on the right to freedom of opinion and expression and the right to freedom of assembly” and to stop the “harassment and intimidation” of political opponents, human rights defenders, defenders of the rights of minorities and women, workers, students and environmental activists.

    In the Annual Report 2019 of the NCRI Women’s Committee you can see that the fearless women who got arrested and those who were already in chains continued their resistance inside prisons, refusing to buckle under, and instead brought the authorities to their knees.

    In our Annual Report 2019, the NCRI Women’s Committee endeavored to offer a more in-depth and comprehensive

    look into the conditions of women in Iran since last March. We hope to enjoy more of your solidarity and support in the coming year as the courageous and determined women of Iran will be making their final moves in their quest for freedom and equal rights.

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 8:57 am on 7 Mar 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    A Look at the Destruction of Iran’s Economy by Mullahs After 40 Years of Religious Dictatorship – Video 

    Masoud Dalvand(Freedom Star):

    An overview of the black list of the religious dictatorship of Iran ruling over 40 years of their shameful rule, shows a devastated country economically and creating widespread poverty in the society, with the suppression and torture and the execution of any opposition voices in Iran, as well as the destruction of the country’s environment, the oppression of women and the youth inside Iran, and the export of crises and the war and terrorism outside the Iranian borders.
    Concerning the results of 40 years of devastation of the mullahs in Iran, it has been possible to write many books and figures of many of the catastrophes that this dictatorship has brought over Iran, which is not possible in this article.
    But the following brief report with an interesting and informative video gives a brief look at the destruction of the Iranian economy by the mullahs. This report and video are provided by YouTube’s PMOI/MEK YouTube channel.

    How the mullahs destroyed Iran’s economy

    40 years after Iran’s 1979 revolution, the ruling mullahs have taken the country back to the Middle Ages.

    Iran has large natural resources and the potential to improve the lives of all Iranians.
    In addition, Iran owns 7% of mines of the world, the largest hydrocarbon sources (Oil and Gas) in the world, 9.3% of the world’s oil and 18% of the world’s gas, and Iran itself has more natural sources than the entire EU area.
    But Iran is ruled by a dictatorship that spends all its wealth in terrorism and suppression.
    The fact is that Iran is ruled by a corrupt government that has looted Iranian people’s property to extend its rule. Iran under mullahs ranked 93rd in the world in health care, in welfare, Iranian people are ranked 108 out of 149 countries and the Iranian regime is on the top of the list of countries suffering from state-run money laundering and this is one of the reasons that the Iranian regime is ranked 138 in the world in corruption and also among top countries with high inflation rates
    Iranian workers’ monthly salary is less than $100 and Iran is the only country that uses all its renewable water resources and is being pushed toward an irreversible water crisis by the government.
    Moreover, Iran has some of the most dangerous roads in the world and is among the top countries in road fatalities.
    The mismanagement of Iran’s economy has led to mass dissatisfaction and protests. The people of Iran believe they deserve better.
    In the past year, Iranian people have taken to the streets to reclaim their country and destiny.

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 11:00 am on 4 Mar 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Another look at crimes against humanity by the mullahs regime in Iran; The 1988 Massacre. 


    Over 30,000 political prisoners were sent to the gallows by the mullahs’ regime in Iran during the summer 1988 massacre

    Masoud Dalvand(Freedom Star):

    After 30 years of the terrible massacres of Iranian political prisoners in 1988, the extent of this catastrophe and the great crime against humanity has not yet been fully revealed. In this terrible massacre of more than 30,000 political prisoners, most of them were members and supporters of the PMOI/MEK, they were executed in a short time for being guilty of loyalty to their beliefs, ruthlessly by the mullahs regime and based on an anti-human fatwa of Khomeini.

    It is imperative that all human rights defenders in the world and all opponents of executions join the movement seeking justice for victims of the #1988Massacre, to bring the perpetrators of this great crime to justice. The executions of that massacre still in Iran are at the head of the highest government and judicial authorities and have not yet been accounted for by their crimes.

    In the highly informative article published on the website of the PMOI, it once again focuses on other dimensions of this major anti-human crime.

    I invite you to read this article.

    Iran: Senior regime insider acknowledges 1988 massacre

    Iran, March 4, 2019 – Mostafa Pourmohammadi, former judiciary minister in the cabinet of Hassan Rouhani, President of the mullahs’ regime in Iran, has acknowledged his crimes during the horrendous summer 1988 massacre of over 30,000 political prisoners. The majority of the victims sent to the gallows during in this crime against humanity were members and supporters of the Iranian opposition People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK). Pourmohammadi was a member of the notorious “Death Commission” that sent the political prisoners to their deaths.

    “This is an active case. This dossier is now very much alive and the enemy has invested on this issue. And now, discussing this matter would be playing into the enemy’s hands. That is why I haven’t talked about this subject. I don’t know when it would be proper to talk about this matter… and unfortunately, the publication of that tape was literally an act of treason,” Pourmohammadi said in a state TV interview on Friday night. He was referring to the publication of a tape of remarks made back in 1988 by Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, the then successor of regime founder Ruhollah Khomeini, who criticized the regime’s genocide in prisons throughout the country.

    “… it was a betrayal to the revolution and [Khomeini], and even to Mr. Montazeri. Mr. Montazeri made remarks, good or bad, wrong or whatever. He made a decision. That meeting and the publication of those remarks led to Mr. Montazeri’s sacking. When people make stupid decisions, seeking to take revenge, they become blind, and can no longer determine what is right or wrong,” he added.

    “Well, I defended [Khomeini’s] move. We had a mission in regards to the [PMOI/MEK], back when I was the Revolutionary Court prosecutor. I issued many indictments against the [PMOI/MEK] and sent it to the court. Many of them were condemned, many were executed and many other verdicts,” Pourmohammadi continued.

    “Some of the men and others, and reporters, have sought to ask me questions. I have answered that I do not play into the enemy’s hands. Unfortunately, one of the unwise insiders was provoked for an unknown reason and published that tape. There’s no reason that we should be deceived by the enemy’s plans. We should play into their hands. We have much to say and we will say so when the time comes.”

    Read more about the 1988 massacre:

    More than 30 years ago have gone since the horrific and brutal massacre of political prisoners that was carried out in just one short summer by the criminal mullahs ruling Iran. 
    In the summer of 1988, the clerical regime summarily and extra-judicially executed about 30,000 political prisoners held in jails across the country. This heinous massacre was carried out upon a fatwa by the Islamic regime founder, Ruhollah Khomeini.
    There are strong indications that Khomeini’s fatwa was issued on July 26, 1988.
    The Iranian regime has never acknowledged these executions, or provided any information as to how so many prisoners were killed in a matter of just a few months.
    The majority of those executed were either serving prison sentences for their political activities or had already finished their sentences but their time in jail was extended.

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    Some of them had previously been imprisoned and released, but were re-arrested and executed as part of this heinous massacre.
    The wave of executions of political prisoners began in late July and continued unabated for several months.
    By the time it ended in the early autumn of 1988, some 30,000 political prisoners, the overwhelming majority activists of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI or MEK), were slaughtered.

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    A site of a mass grave for some of the victims of the 1988 massacre of political prisoners in Iran

    The events that led to this incomprehensible and unseen brutality

    From 1981 to 1987 – Thousands and thousands of Iranian activists, mainly youth, were arrested and tortured for opposing the regime’s brutal grip on power and for supporting the People’s Mojahedin of Iran (PMOI, MEK). Interrogators threw political prisoners on torture benches, tearing them apart to destroy their wills and hearts. Young girls and boys were indiscriminately tortured and executed with no mercy. Women and men were beaten to death. Virgin girls were raped the night before their execution to supposedly prevent them from going to the heavens. Mothers were tortured in front of their children or children in front of their mothers to break their will. Wives were raped in front of their husbands, sisters in front of their brothers. They had to choose between repenting or suffering the doomed destiny.

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    Paving the way for the unholy massacre

    In the final phases of the Iran-Iraq war, Khomeini who felt that defeat was imminent, decided to take his revenge on the political prisoners. Most of the prisoners from that period of time who lived through to tell their ordeal, know that the regime was preparing all along for an extensive massacre from the onset and the first step of this diabolical scheme begun in the fall and winter of 1987.
    The regime started to sort and separate prisoners all over the country. The only thing that distinguished the prisoners was their political affiliation, whether they had repented and denounced the MEK, or they showed commitment to the only Nationwide Resistance against the mullahs, the MEK. Khomeini issued fatwas (religious decrees) ordering the execution of anyone who had not “repented” and who was not willing to collaborate entirely with the regime.
    Many memories of those who survived that horrific ordeal and are alive now are as vivid as black and white. In one instance, according to one survival, it was in the afternoon of a March day in 1988 that Majid Sarlak, an interrogator and torturer in the notorious Evin Prison, barged in to the women’s ward looking anguished and carrying bunch of forms and applications. He told the prisoners that “the sentence for those who continue their pledge to ‘Mojafeghin’ (the regime’s derogatory term to describe the PMOI/MEK) is execution. “You have lived too long”, he shouted “and now the time has come to take care of you.”

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    The executions started from Evin Prison, because almost all those with death sentences were kept in Evin and most of the life sentences were in another horrifying prison, called Gohardasht. Among those who were transferred from Gohardasht to Evin, were many that had already finished their sentence and were kept in prison extra time. But this didn’t end in Evin, and soon included other prisons, i.e. Gohardasht, Qezelhesar and other prison in the entire country.

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    Evin Prison in Tehran

    Mass executions of prisoners in 1988 begins with Khomeini’s death decree

    The massacres began, and everyday hundreds of political prisoners were sent to the gallows and their corpses buried hastily in mass graves all around the country, particularly in the capital Tehran.
    Khomeini decreed: “Whoever at any stage continues to pledge legions to the [Mojahedin] must be executed. Annihilate the enemies of Islam immediately.” He went on to add: “… Those who are in prisons throughout the country and remain steadfast in their support for the MEK/PMOI are waging war on God and are condemned to execution… It is naive to show mercy to those who wage war on God.”

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    Khomeini’s “Death Decree” for mass executions of Iranian political prisoners in 1988

    But in other cities and towns around the country, the regime was faced with difficulties in mass executing prisoners. Unlike Tehran which is a large city and things happen normally without much notice, other cities are relatively smaller and if the regime had begun mass killings, people would soon notice and would spark unrest and even uprising. So the evil clerical regime started to move prisoners from smaller towns and cities to the capital and some to faraway destinations to avoid unrest. Therefore, prisoners were moved in hundreds to Gohardasht, Evin and other prisons. 
    Parviz Mojahednia, a young male prisoner who was arrested while still a teenager, called his mother before being transfered to Tehran telling her that “They are moving us out of here to be executed soon.”

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    One report revealed that a few days after July 18, 1988 seize-fire of the Iran-Iraq war, a number of young female political prisoners including, Farah Eslami, Hakimeh Rizvandi, Marzieh Rahmati, Nasrin Rajabi and Josumeh Heidari were removed from Ilam prison, in western Iran, to the city of Saleh-Abad under the pretext of the previous prison being unsafe for them. But they were executed the following day, of course after they were raped.

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    Farah Eslami, Marzieh Rahmati and Josumeh Heidari

    “Death Commission” of 1988 massacre of political prisoners

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    Main members of the death commission

    Khomeini assigned an “Amnesty Commission” for prisons. In reality it was a “Death Commission” comprised of the three individuals: A representative of the Ministry of Intelligence, a religious judge and a prosecutor. The final decision rested with the Intelligence Ministry official. They held a trial for a few minutes that resembled more of an interrogation session. The questions were focused on whether the inmate continued to have any allegiances to the PMOI (MEK). The PMOI prisoners made up of more than 90 percent of those taken before the “Death Commission.” If the prisoners were not willing to collaborate totally with the regime against the PMOI, it was viewed as a sign of sympathy to the organization and the sentence was immediate execution. The task of the Death Commission was to determine whether a prisoner was a so-called “Enemy of God” or not. In the case of Mojahedin prisoners, that determination was often made after only a single question about their party affiliation. Those who said “Mojahedin” rather than the derogatory “Monafeqin” were sent to be hanged.

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    Iranian officials who were involved in the massacre of Pol. Prisoners

    Khomeini’s successor protested the wildly rush of executions of prisoners in 1988 massacre

    The haste to execute was so abhorrent that some of Khomeini’s closest confidantes, most notably, Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, Khomeini’s successor, had doubts and protested it. In letters to Khomeini, Montazeri urged for some leniency and slowing down. But Khomeini ordered there should be no mercy to anyone, including teenagers. He said pregnant women should not be spared or have the chance to give birth to their child and should be executed immediately.
    In December 2000, Montazeri published his memoirs. The book revealed shocking documents on the atrocities committed by the clerical regime, none as horrendous as the massacre of 30,000 political prisoners in 1988 on the strict orders of Khomeini.
    Montazeri’s book was not the first document informing the world of this massacre. News of the carnage had already begun to trickle through the iron curtain of censorship imposed by the mullahs to ensure a complete blackout on their crime.

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    Text of Montazeri’s letter to Khomeini on July 31, 1988, complaining that mass execution of Mojahedin (PMOI/MEK) prisoners would only embolden them and enhance their legitimacy and popularity appeal.

    Khomeini required total conformity from the regime’s officials


    All officials of the regime at the time had to conform fully to this massacre or they would be sacked or deposed. Ayatollah Montazeri, who protested the massacre, fell from grace and was sacked by Khomeini in March 1989. Montzaeri’s memoirs in December 2000 and its shocking enclosures exposed the horrendous scale of the massacre. What gave weight to the revelations is that they were made by a man who was at the time of the executions the officially ordained successor to Khomeini and the second highest authority in Iran. Yet, when it came to massacring political prisoners, Khomeini showed no mercy to the slightest nonconformity even by his own successor, Ayatollah Montazeri.

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    Untold stories of the massacre revealed by witnesses

    “Prison officials called a woman in the city of Zanjan, northwestern Iran and told her that your son has been freed, come and take him. The woman was so happy and jubilant that called her neighbors and friends, barrowed a car and decorated it with flowers and pictures of his son. She wore her finest dresses and gathered everybody and prepared a homecoming party for her dear son to come home. She went to the prison where she was told to go to pick up her son. But in a bitter and horrific shock, saw a bag of clothing belonging to her son and an address where the boy was buried. When she went back home where the family and friends were impatiently waiting to see the freed man, the homecoming turned to mourning. It is said that the woman never laughed again and kept crying in silence.”

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    Another story reveals of a young man who was arrested under an assumed name. He never revealed his true identity. This young man’s name was Mortaza Tajic. He spent 7 years in prisons under the assumed name and his parents were never able to find him. His father did everything to get a lead as to his whereabouts. In 1986 he openly created a scene to be arrested and sent to the prison so he could find out about his son from inside the prison. But was never able to identify him. Finally in 1988 Mortaza was executed under that assumed name of Mojtaba Hashem-Khani, and his body was buried in a mass grave never identified by his parents.

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    Some prisoners i.e. Taibah Khosrow-abadi, Tahmineh Sotoodeh and Mohsen Mohammad-Bagher were congenitally paralyzed. Shahin Panahi, another young female prisoner had lost a limb. Leila Dashti had brain tumor and was scheduled to be operated on soon. Ashraf Ahmadi, Soosan Salehi and Gholam-reza Mashhadi-Ebrahi had heart disease. But they all were executed despite their disabilities. There were dozens of others like them in the prison which were sent to the gallows.

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    Many students who were taken from their high-school benches to prisons, were finally executed after 7 years of imprisonment. Lives were destroyed, families were torn apart and mothers died after they heard of their loved ones’ executions. 
    Now after 28 years, many families are still searching for peace of mind.

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    Families of executed pol. prisoners in Iran

    From July 27, 1988 to August 16, some 200 prisoners, mainly from Mojahedin, were executed daily. The executions were carried out entirely confidential and without any official announcements. Even the guards were not allowed to contact their families, in order to prevent any leak of the news to the public. But this criminal act did not stay silent and broke out of prison barriers and walls. 
    In a telegram to the then UN Secretary General, Mr. Masoud Rajavi, the leader of Resistance unveiled the horrific extent of the massacres and told the Secretary General of the 860 corpses that were buried in mass graves in Tehran’s cemetery, Behesht-e Zahra, two weeks earlier. A wave of international protests and campaigns were kicked off to condemn these atrocities by the Iranian mullahs’ regime. The efforts by the supporters of the PMOI under the leadership of Mr. Masoud Rajavi, and continued protests and demonstrations throughout the world forced the criminal regime to halt the wave of executions in late September, but continued public hanging until the end of that year. Public executions were carried out under the pretext of robbery, smuggling and being bandits, to cover up the real intention of the regime which was to eliminate any dissent. In Tabriz in the winter of 1988 political prisoners were hanged in the city’s public squares and often kept on the noose for more than 24 hours to intimidate the public.

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     Public and international campaign protests around the world condemning the heinous massacre

    To date, there are only a little information about the extent of the massacre, especially in cities, including Isfahan, Shiraz, Rasht, Tabriz, Ardebil, Mashhad, Ahwaz, Abadan, Zahedan, Kerman and other major cities. And information in to the massacre in some other cities are about zero. In some prisons, every one of the prisoners were executed and no one survived to tell the tails of brutality against hundreds of innocent lives. 
    Undoubtedly, while the dagger of hate and fundamentalism is still in the hearts of a nation, unveiling the true stories and the depth of criminality is almost impossible. But that day will eventually come when writers and historians would talk about what went on in the dark dungeons of Khomeini and what a heavy price this nation paid to keep alive the hope of freedom and human dignity. 

    Role of Hassan Rouhani in 1988 massacre of political prisoners

    Hassan Rouhani was Deputy Commander-in-chief of the regime’s armed forces at the time. Furthermore, since 1982 he was a member of the regime’s Supreme Defense Council and a member of the Central Council of the War Logistics Headquarters.
    In those positions, he was fully cognizant of this hideous crime and obviously was in full conformity. 
    This shows that the notion that Rouhani is a “moderate” and “reform minded” is absolutely preposterous and baseless. Actually he, like all other senior officials of the regime, is a culprit of this hideous crime.

    International assessment

    There has been little international attention to this crime against humanity.In 2008, twenty years after the massacre Amnesty International “renewed its call for those responsible for the ‘prison massacre’ to be held accountable. There should be no impunity for such gross human rights violations, regardless of when they were committed.” Amnesty added: “Those responsible for the killings – one of the worst abuses to be committed in Iran – should be prosecuted and tried before a regularly and legally constituted court and with all necessary procedural guarantees, in accordance with international fair trial standards.”

    Justice not yet served

    The massacre of 1988 remains to be one of the darkest stains on the recent history of mankind, as one of the least exposed and discussed.
    Some human rights experts have described it as the greatest crime against humanity in the 20th Century following World War II that has gone unpunished.
    It is the darkest irony of this very dark episode, that of all its human rights violations the Iranian regime has been most successful at keeping the 1988 killings a secret from the international community and even from many Iranians. By now, virtually everyone knows of the reign of terror that immediately followed the Islamic Revolution, the Iranian government’s assassination campaign abroad, and the “Chain Murders” that targeted opposition intellectuals and activists in the late 1990s. Tragically, however, there is very little public awareness of the 1988 executions.
    Not only has there been no prosecution of the criminals who orchestrated and carried out that summer’s gruesome murders, but the regime continues to deny that they even occurred.
    The Iranian regime continues to deny the 1988 elimination of opposition prisoners. None of the perpetrators or masterminds have been brought to justice and none of the regime’s senior officials including the current Supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, have been held accountable.
    The pervasive silence of the past 28 years should be shattered. The UN should launch an independent investigation into one of the most hideous crimes against humanity after the Second World War.

     
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    How to analyze the Zarif resignation façade in Iran 

    Iran Commentary

    Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif returned to his post around 30 hours after his Instagram resignation post. During this entire charade, speculations were heard across the board about the motivation and true nature of this latest episode of escalating turmoil for the mullahs’ regime in Iran.

    What is certain, however, is the fact that Zarif’s resignation indicates a new acceleration of crises for Tehran, especially in regards to international relations and on specific matters, including the 2015 nuclear deal and outstanding anti-money laundering/terrorism financing resolutions under the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).

    With the Trump administration turning up the heat on Iran, international pressures and global/regional isolation are engulfing Tehran. State-run media outlets in Iran are also acknowledging these developments that are raising eyebrows and keeping senior decision-making officials awake at night.

    “Another conclusion of [Zarif’s] resignation is the 2015 nuclear deal coming to an end… There are figures…

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    Europe Should Forget About Saving the Iran Nuclear Deal 

    All Europe wants is to preserve the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran without undermining its partnership with the United States, but this is proving to be an impossible task.

    There is growing divide between the US and the EU, as evidenced at both the US-led Middle East summit in Warsaw and the Munich Security Conference, on how best to deal with Iran in general and the nuclear deal, or Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), specifically.

    It seems like Europe’s success in standing up to the US’s “maximum pressure” policy on Iran will largely depend on what Iran does.

    The US has failed so far to obtain widespread high-level European support for its Iran policy, which is leaving the nuclear deal and reimposing sanctions to start, before bringing Iran back to the table for a new deal that addresses all of Iran’s malign problems.

    In fact, Europe has gone so far as to set up a financial mechanism, called the Instrument for Supporting Trade Exchanges (INSTEX), to facilitate trade with Iran in Euros in order to evade US sanctions. There are various issues with INSTEX already.

    1) Iran is questioning how it will help them, given that it only allows Iran to buy non-sanctioned goods (i.e. food and medicine) and requires Iran to implement the needed anti-money laundering and anti-terrorist financing bills from the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).

    2) The US maintains that it does violate sanctions

    3) Iran would have to rein in its state security apparatus

    Although, it’s hard to see why Europe is doing this at all. Iran has been caught at the centre of several terrorist and assassination plots against opposition groups in Europe over the past year, revealed that they lied about their nuclear weapons programme in violation of the nuclear deal, and have continued causing chaos across the Middle East. Is that really worth whatever financial benefits Europe is getting from the nuclear deal?

    Should Europe not join with the US and abandon the nuclear agreement in favour of not just maintaining their partnership with the US, but also supporting the Iranian people?

    After all, the Iranian people, who have been taking part in massive anti-regime protests since Dember 2017 are in favour of sanctions against the Regime, as these hit the mullahs hardest. This will allow the Iranian people to rise up and overthrow the mullahs who pose a real threat to the Iranian people and the world as a whole.

     
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    UN publishes Amnesty document calling for probe into 1988 massacre of political prisoners 

    Over 30,000 political prisoners, mainly members and supporters of the Iranian opposition People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran PMO-MEK, were executed by the mullahs’ regime in the span of a few months in 1988

    Feb. 24, 2019 – Amnesty International issued a statement, published by the United Nations General Assembly, calling for an investigation into the dossier of crimes committed by the current mullahs’ regime officials in Iran for their involvement in the 1988 massacre of over 30,000 political prisoners. Most of these victims were members and supporters of the Iranian opposition People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK).

    This statement reads:

    “Between late July and September 1988, the Iranian authorities forcibly disappeared and extrajudicially executed thousands of prisoners for their political opinions and dumped their bodies in unmarked individual and mass graves… Since then, the authorities have tormented the relatives by refusing to tell them when, how and why their loved ones were killed and by keeping their remains hidden. To reinforce secrecy, they have also destroyed mass grave sites and forbidden commemorations.”

    The United Nations Human Rights Council should see into the impunity enjoyed by mullahs’ officials following this crime against humanity in Iran.

    Amnesty International calls on all countries to extend the mission of the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Iran and support its cause. Amnesty also calls on Iranian officials to cooperate with this mission.

    “Given their widespread and systematic nature, Amnesty International considers that the extrajudicial executions and the ongoing enforced disappearances amount to crimes against humanity, and is calling for urgent action by the international community. No official has ever been brought to justice for these atrocities. Indeed, key judicial and government bodies which must ensure victims receive justice include officials who were tasked with carrying out the killings in 1988,” the Amnesty statement adds.

    In August 2017, following decades of silence by the international community, the then-UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Iran, Asma Jahangir, allocated a segment of her report to the 1988 massacre. This report emphasizes the regime’s retaliatory measures against families seeking the truth about the faith of their loved ones and efforts to have justice prevail. The Special Rapporteur’s report calls for an effective investigation into the facts and publicizing the truth.

    To this day, no such investigation has been conducted.

    Amnesty writes: “Iran is facing a crisis of impunity that goes beyond the lack of accountability for the enforced disappearances and extrajudicial executions of 1988.

    “Since 2016, the authorities have increasingly glorified the perpetrators of the mass killings as ‘national heroes’ and likened any criticism of the atrocities to support for ‘terrorism’.

    “Judicial, prosecution and government bodies, which should be responsible for ensuring justice for both past and ongoing crimes, include senior officials alleged to have been involved in the killings.

    “The authorities have for decades suppressed freedoms of belief, expression, association and peaceful assembly; conducted unfair and predominantly secret trials; committed widespread torture; executed hundreds of people every year; and kept thousands more on death row.”

    This painful reality is intractably linked to the impunity enjoyed by the authorities since the 1980s; the authorities believe they can commit human rights violations without repercussions.

    Amnesty International is calling on the UN to establish independent and effective investigations into the extrajudicial executions conducted in 1988, as well as the ongoing enforced disappearance of the victims and the torture and other ill-treatment of victims’ families.

     
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    The danger of overthrowing and the Iran’s mullahs response to it! 

    By Masoud Dalvand

    The severity of the crisis in the regime and the hopelessness of the regime’s superiors was highlighted by the Supreme Leader Khamenei in a speech on Monday, February 18, 2019, while he tried to show the regime is powerful and defeat the enemy. He repeatedly told the regime’s authorities that they would not be scared or frightened, but he himself expressed his horror by stating that the Americans closed the sword and the Europeans were abusing it.

    In Khamenei’s words, it was clear that the crises in the regime had more severity and depth. In this regard, are we facing a new quality?

    Is this the situation, as the regime’s leaders say, is due to a psychological propaganda war? Is Khamenei and Mullah Rouhani, President of the Iran regime, and other heads of this regime, that this difficult and critical phase is a transitory period and the regime can overcome its and remain live?

    And finally, when the conditions of the regime become more critical, we witness unprecedented levels of propaganda and the regime’s demonization against the PMOI/MEK as the main force of the resistance of Iran?

    The quality of the current crisis

    When it comes to the crisis in the regime, it comes to mind that this regime has always faced various crises; and so-called a system that lives in crisis.

    But the new conditions are special. Crises have reached to a point, to confessions of the regime’s leaders confirm that, so it is concluded that the situation is incomparable to before years and even months ago and accelerates towards a deterioration and more critical.

     In the economic field

    The words that are raised or sometimes leaked out through of the discussions about budget in the parliament, or the reports of the regime’s own sources on the status of factories and agricultural production, etc., are shocking.

    “It looks like next year, the system will engage in serious economic struggles to meet the country’s basic needs,” said Hermidas Bavand, an expert at Mullah Rouhani’s gang. 

    In the field of politics

    In the political context, if it is not worse than the economic situation, it’s definitely not better. Its index is the consensus that has emerged against the regime in the world, and Europe, which has supported the regime, is getting closer to the United States from the regime and closer to the United States because of its inability to respond to European conditions, including missile and regional policy. Warsaw Summit and Munich Security Conference.

     “Consolation to each other” at the height of panic

    The conditions are such that Khamenei must come to the scene and talk in public about the regime’s fears caused by the psychological warfare and the threat of the enemy and try to claim that we are strong and that the enemy is in decline… gives them a morale, but it’s interesting that even in his own words, the effects of horror are clearly obvious, for example, where he says that the United States has closed the sword and Europe has it, and be careful that you do not get caught. Is not all this a psychological war against the regime?

    The reversal of the reality of crises, and that this is a psychological warfare, is an approach that Khamenei and Mullah Rouhani repeatedly repeat. But beyond any discussion and analysis, is this economic situation that is in front of everyone’s eyes and that the leaders and agents of the regime’s media also admit it is a psychological warfare?

    Is this budget deficit, which now actually reaches half the total budget, is a psychological warfare?

    Is the scope of the closure of the factories and workshops now even reached the guilds in cities, for example, the closure of 180 restaurants in Tehran alone, due to the cost of meat and raw materials and lack of customers, etc., is psychological warfare?

    These facts are all the depths of this crisis. Of course, Mullah Rouhani and his government members, by providing false figures and figures, are trying to reverse the facts, but indisputable indices such as reaching the price of 1 Kg meat to over 100,000 Tomans(1,000,000 Rials) and the resumption of the dollar’s rising price after a periodic suspension and an increase in the rate of inflation that some The sources of the regime estimate it at 60%.

    The difference between psychological warfare and reality!

    Psychic warfare is usually something that is not really true, and if so, if it has an effect, it has a temporary effect. Like the same psychological warfare and demonization against the MEK that the regime has continued for 40 years, but it has no legs in reality, neither within the MEK nor in its social and political affiliation, and the international status of the MEK and the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), has no effect. It does continuously lead to more scandals of the regime itself, and it even inevitably come out from inside the regime and it also exposes at Its media. For example, the explosion of the shrine of Imam Reza by one of the organs of the regime, or the reality of serial killings of libertarian priests by the Ministry of Intelligence and Security of the regime(MOIS).

    If the regime’s crises, are only psychological warfare, with all the so-called “hope therapy” propaganda by the regime’s leaders, so they should be eliminated, while we see that the conditions are getting worse and this “hope therapy” is not beneficial. As it was on the recent trip Mullah Rouhani, to Bandar Abbas, in the face of an imminent explosion of the society whose people do not have bread on the table, has been flaring the battles between the regime’s gangs and the Friday Imam of Bandar Abbas forced to mock him in public and ridiculed Rouhani’s claims about “repeat opening of economic projects!”

    The relation between the rise of the regime’s psychological war against the MEK and the rise of the regime’s crisis.

    The relevance of these two categories is a logical relation. For example, when Mullah Larijani, the head of the judiciary and the regime’s Expediency Council, claims that the US government has been playing under the view of the MEK, it is because of the Warsaw Summit and the fact of authenticity of the MEK and the Iranian resistance as the only alternative of the regime, the horror has come down to it. Or, when the regime’s media writes that US rulers get paid by the MEK, they are showing off this “relevance”.

    It has now become clear that all propaganda against the MEK is not merely a hysterical hatred of the regime against its enemy. Because the regime actually sees the MEK’s line and the MEK’s analysis as it progresses inside and outside the country, and cannot do anything to stop it.

    The regime knows well, why the blade of its suppression slowed down?

    He knows well, why his breath in the face of people has been tight?

    He knows well, from where is the source of the deadly slogan of “reformist, hardliner, game is over!”

    And he knows that they are the MEK who have revealed the weakness of the regime on the international scene!

    And he knows that they are the MEK who are accelerating the developments and leading it to overthrow of the regime!

    And he knows well, if the regime had a chance to do so, only was destroying of this resistance, but by resettlement the members of the MEK to Albania, It has failed in massacre of MEK’s members.

    Now the mullah’s regime is being crazy by the hysterical propaganda against the organized forces of the Iranian Resistance PMOI/MEK.

     
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