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  • Masoud Dalvand 5:16 pm on 16 Jan 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    Iran: 104th Woman Executed During Rouhani’s Tenure 

    104 women executed under Rouhani in Iran

    An Iranian woman, identified as Sara M, was executed last week in Mashad Prison, central Iran, according to the Women’s Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI). Her execution marks the 104th time a woman has been executed during the so-called ‘moderate’ Presidency of the Hassan Rouhani who took office in 2013.


    The state-run Rokna news agency, reported on January 14 that Sara M, who was arrested at the age of 32 in 2016, spent two years in prison before being executed in early January 2020.  

    Sara M. is the first woman to be executed in Iran in 2020. In 2019, the Iranian regime executed 16 women simultaneous with increasing suppression and executions in Iran. In the three weeks of December 2019, alone, six women were executed by the regime in various Iranian prisons.

    These women were identified as:  

    1. Somayyeh Shahbazi Jahrouii, December 4, 2019, Sepidar Prison of Ahvaz 
    2. Fatemeh Ghezel Safarlou, December 4, 2019, Gohardasht Prison of Karaj 
    3. Nargess o-Sadat Tabaii, December 4, 2019, Gohardasht Prison of Karaj 
    4. Maryam, December 8, 2019, Central Prison of Mashhad 
    5. Fatemeh R., December 9, 2019, Gohardasht Prison of Karaj 
    6. Eshrat Nazari, December 18, 2019, Gohardasht Prison of Karaj 

    The Iranian regime is the world’s top executioner per capita and has the highest record of women’s execution around the globe. The regime’s criminal code fails to categorize murders according to their degrees; therefore, many women who have allegedly killed male offenders in self-defense are sentenced to death.

    “Many women are currently awaiting execution in prison. Some of these women are being held in Qarchak Prison on the death row. These women are mostly mothers and have several children,” added the report by the NCRI’s Women’s Committee 

    The recent execution is in line with the regime’s brutal crackdown on the Iranian anti-regime protesters, especially women, during the nationwide Iran protests in November.  

    According to the monthly report published by the NCRI’s Women’s Committee on December 2019, and as Reuters has confirmed in December, “about 400 women and 17 teenagers” were among over 1500 people killed during the Iran protests.  

    “400 women fell for freedom during Iran protests, registered Iran women’s resolve for freedom and equality,” added the report by the NCRI’s Women’s Committee.  

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 1:16 pm on 7 Jan 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    2019 Marked by Iran Regime’s Brutal Crackdown on Society – Annual Report by Human Rights Group 

    2019 was marked by a brutal crackdown on the Iranian society, according to the annual report of a leading human rights group, Iran Human Rights Monitor (Iran HRM), published on Monday.


    In its annual report published on January 6, 2019, Iran HRM highlighted how the Iranian regime had arrested and tortured hundreds of rights activists throughout 2019.

    “Vindictive crackdown against human rights defenders as well as the heavy-handed treatment of political prisoners also stark indications of mounting repression in Iran. Human rights defenders, members of minority communities, lawyers, journalists, labor and teacher’s rights activists and women have continued to be intimidated, harassed, arrested and detained,” read the report.  

    While referring to the ongoing use of capital punishment by the Iranian regime the report added, “Iran’s deliberate use of the capital punishment has remained a constant source of international outrage and condemnation. According to several independent international bodies including the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran and Amnesty International, Iran is the leading state in number of executions per capita. Iran also tops the charts in the number of executions of minors and juvenile offenders.” 

    In its report, Iran HRM confirmed the Iranian regime’s use of torture and corporal punishments in prisons and wrote, “Accounts from former prisoners reveal the use of rape, beatings, mock executions and other forms of torture in Iran’s prisons, especially against dissidents. Prisoners dying under torture is a common happening.” 

    In another part of this report, Iran HRM referred to the nationwide Iran protests in mid-November over gasoline price-hike and the Iranian regime’s brutal crackdown on these protests: “Investigative reports by Iran Human Rights Monitor put the number of those arrested since November 15, at over 12,000, adding that at least 1,500 protesters have been killed by the state security forces during the protests. At least 4,000 have been injured, some with life threatening wounds.” 

    “They shut down the internet in a bid to hide the extent of their suppression and lethal crackdown on protests in the longest blackout the country has ever seen,” read the report.  

    “Iran Human Rights Monitor urges the international community to hold the mullahs accountable for their crimes against humanity and stand by the Iranian people in their struggle to achieve their basic human rights,” Iran HRM concluded.  

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 7:48 pm on 10 Dec 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    At Least 1000 Protesters Killed in Iran in November – Monthly Report by Human Rights Group 

    At least 25 women have been killed by Iran’s regime in the course of the nationwide Iran protests that first erupted on November 15.

    The main opposition group People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI), also known as the Mujahedin-e-Khalq (MEK), has named 400 of more than 1000 protesters who have been killed by the regime’s security forces.


    Massoumeh Darabpour was the twenty-fifth female martyr of the uprising identified in the new list of names of 30 martyrs verified by the MEK.

    Darabpour was killed during Iran protests in Ahvaz, according to the Women’s Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) 

    More than 4,000 persons have been wounded or injured during the Iran protests, and over 12,000 persons have been arrested. The wave of arbitrary arrests continues across Iran.

    The NCRI’s Women’s Committee reports that on December 6, 2019, a woman by the name of Nadia Sobhani, 25, was arrested by the Intelligence Ministry in Javanrud, Kermanshah. She was accused of filming the protests. The Sobhani family has not been successful in obtaining any information on the fate of their daughter. 

    At a press briefing on December 5, 2019, Brian Hook, the U.S. Special Representative for Iran, affirmed the number of deaths in the recent Iran protests may have surpassed 1,000. He added that the regime’s treatment of the Iranian people is abhorrent and unacceptable. 

    Hook said, “It appears the regime could have murdered over a thousand Iranian citizens since the protests began.  We cannot be certain because the regime blocks information.  Among those murdered are at least a dozen children, including 13 and 14-year-olds.  We have received reports from family members of victims who tried to recover the bodies.  The authorities demanded that the families first pay the cost of the bullets they used.  In many cases, authorities would not hand over the bodies until their family promised not to hold public funerals.” 

    He added, “In Mahshahr, a city in southwest Iran, a number of Iranian demonstrators blocked a road.  The State Department has received videos of what happened next.  Without warning, the IRGC opened fire on the protesters, killing several people.  Many of the protesters fled to nearby marshlands to escape.  The IRGC tracked them down and surrounded them with machine guns mounted on trucks.  They then sprayed the protesters with bullets.  Between the rounds of machine-gun fire, the screams of the victims can be heard.  In this one incident alone, the regime murdered as many as a hundred Iranians and possibly more. When it was over, the regime loaded the bodies into trucks.  We do not yet know where these bodies went, but we are learning more and more about how the Iranian regime treats its own people.” 

    “The United States calls for the immediate release of all protesters detained in prison, as well as all the political prisoners currently held by the regime,” Ambassador Hook added. 

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 10:11 am on 10 Nov 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Garbage collector children: Iran’s modern slavery 

    Iranian children collect and sort garbage for a living

    Iran, November 9, 2019—In one of the corners of Shar-e Rey, south of Tehran, there’s a garbage lot that has become very important to a group of locals who make their living from sorting trash and—if lucky—find something valuable or edible. Sadly, most of these people are young children who are struggling to survive the deteriorating living conditions in Iran.

    But recently, the state-run ISNA news agency reported, “On October 16, a number of garbage lots in Ashraf Abad of Shar-e Rey were destroyed. The destruction took place without prior notice and no one officially assumed responsibility for it. After the destruction of the garbage lots, the garbage collectors were forced to spend several nights in the neighboring deserts.”

    The news outlet added, “The destruction of the lot took place while the municipality mafia was charging ever garbage collector child 35 million rials for access to the lot and 5-7 million rials for renting them small shacks to live in.”

    Trash children are not in Shar-e Rey alone. This is a phenomenon that has become all too common in every city and town in Iran.

    Without a doubt, the fate of the poor children of Iran is one of the most tragic results of the 40-year corrupt rule of the mullahs. These are children who have no bright future and, instead of spending their days in classrooms and their nights in the warm shelter of their families, are forced to go exhausting and humiliating work to make ends meet.

    After destroying the lives of porters and fuel porters, the Iranian regime is now trampling the lives of garbage collector children. While the regime lays waste to the lives and makeshift homes of poor Iranian children who live in trash pits, its authorities are making a lot of money from exploiting them.

    In one of the many confessions and disclosures Iranian regime officials and state-run media make in their rivalries, the Mehr news agency, tied to the Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS), reported about a mafia network that has taken shape around the garbage collector children, whose members “kill people, cut ears, and move around with bodyguards.” The publication further wrote, “In Tehran, there are more than 4,700 children searching in trash, and 40 percent of them are the only breadwinners of their families. These children are at risk of being infected with various diseases, including Hepatitis, AIDS, skin diseases, etc.”

    Modern slavery

    The extent of the disaster only becomes evident when we consider how this phenomenon is gradually expanding to every corner of the country. But even worse is how Iranian authorities abuse these children.

    On March 29, 2018, in an article titled, “Trash children are cheap labor,” the state-run ILNA news agency wrote, “The municipality is faced with a problem. If it stops the activities of trash children, it will be forced to pay higher wages to workers of legal age. These children can’t claim their rights through legal channels. And this is why they’re being abused. Trash children are considered cheap labor and contractors prefer to keep them at any cost.”

    On September 25, ISNA ran a piece in which it described the situation of garbage sorters as such: “One of the social organizations in Karaj examined 60 locations where these children gather trash and came to harrowing findings. The average age of garbage collectors is 12, but there are also 4-year-old children among them. They live in makeshift homes made of junk and have no bath or washroom. They are threatened by various diseases and hostile animals. The children work 10-20 hours a day, a situation that can only be described as ‘modern slavery.’”

    Confessions by government sources

    Why is the situation of garbage sorter children growing worse? The main reason is that the corrupt officials and institutions of the Iranian regime have turned them into a profitable business opportunity.

    On October 29, Tasnim, a website run by the terrorist Quds Force, wrote, “The lack of official oversight on the situation of garbage collector children has enabled some municipality contractors to abuse these children and make huge profits from their daylong work while giving them a very little reward. Most of these children spend the night in the garbage lots and live there, and we all know how vulnerable they are. Some of these children are infected with Hepatitis, AIDS, Typhoid, and Tetanus.”

    On June 13, the IRGC-owned Fars news agency wrote, “The municipality of Tehran has outsourced garbage gathering activities to contractors at 2 trillion rials. According to estimates, the contractors make 100-150 percent profit. The runners up are the managers. The final ring of this cycle is the children. In recent months, while conducting this research, we discovered that many Iranian children and families in Tehran are entering the cycle of garbage collection.”

    Even though the regime’s own media only reveal a fraction of the realities, these revelations prove that like other social crises such as addiction and body organ trafficking, the disturbing situation of garbage collectors is directly linked to government institutions and officials who are exploiting Iran’s children to line their pockets.

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 3:08 pm on 29 Oct 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Children being sold in Iran 

    Poor Iranian Children

    Iran, October 28, 2019—The mullahs’ regime in Iran is known to care less about the Iranian people’s problems and needs. In fact, the mullahs are nothing but an occupying force taking advantage of the Iranian people, the country’s economy, culture, educational system, civilization, history and geography.

    This regime also denies all social crises and associates such issues with foreign elements, or places the blame on the Iranian people themselves.

    On July 1, 2017, the Fars news agency, known to be directly affiliated to the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), published a report titled, “Children facing the threat of being leased or having their body parts smuggled / Children being butchered in the shadows of weak laws.”

    The piece specifically cites Fatemeh Daneshvar, a member of the Tehran city council saying, “In many cases children simply disappear and their body parts are smuggled. Sometime later, their dead bodies turn up in deserted areas without kidneys and eyes.”

    This regime official continues with more shocking remarks. “Time and again we had warned about the phenomenon of children being sold. In dangerous neighborhoods such as Herandi, children simply get lost and their parents do not even file complaints. These individuals have special life styles and their parents literally care less about them as many of them are suffering from drug addiction,” she said.

    Daneshvar’s remarks shed light on more atrocious aspects of this crisis. “Families are seen leasing their children for work and they may not see their children for weeks. They don’t get worried and believe that they will eventually return. In this area it is very often seen that children are sold off,” this Tehran city council member added.

    Her remarks, however, continued in interesting manner, aiming to blame the children and their families for the entire phenomenon of this network smuggling children’s body parts.

    “Parents should be very careful about their children and must immediately file reports if their children go missing… In many cases it is witnessed that these parents lack even the slightest sense of responsibility towards their children,” she added.

    The publication of these report in state-run media launched growing dissent amongst Iranian youth and people from all walks of life, expressing their anger in protests in social media. The situation reached a point where regime officials were forced to begin denying any such issues in order to prevent further protests and future consequences.

    In a matter of hours, the Tasnim news agency, affiliated to the IRGC Quds Force, ran a report citing an “informed source” inside the regime’s own police saying, “These claims about children being found without kidneys and eyes in the outskirts of Tehran are completely false… Such lies endanger the society’s psychological security and the capital police has never had any files of children’s bodies being found in such circumstances.” This clearly indicates how the mullahs’ regime is utterly terrified of such reports in its own media evolving into protests targeting the regime’s ruling apparatus.

    Despite the rushed publication of a denial in the Tasnim news agency, a state-run website focusing on events inside the regime’s Majlis (parliament) published a piece titled, “The necessity to seriously confront networks smuggling children.”

    The piece refers to remarks made by a Majlis member acknowledging the fact there are “children working the streets.”

    “Considering the methods now being used by municipality contractors, there must be a supervising entity and networks linked to children seen gathering trash should be held accountable in order to decrease such a dilemma,” the October 23 piece reads.

    Children working in the streets in Iran while they should be in school-(File photo)

    Articles and reports about “labor children” as a social crisis have been on the rise in recent years for the Iranian regime. This is especially true in regard to children seen searching in the trash for hours and regime insiders profiting enormously from this trend.

    Considering the fact that all these factions and networks are linked directly to the regime’s ruling elite, there are no actions witnessed to confront such grave social issues. When these factions and networks are merely seeking further profits, they actually establish new inhumane methods to obtain that escalate in their profits.

    As a result, one can conclude that the very party behind the suffering of children in Iran is none other than the mullahs’ regime and their elements across the country. As long as this regime is in power, the Iranian people, especially their children, will continue suffering under their greedy rule.

     
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  • Masoud Dalvand 8:50 pm on 24 Oct 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Child laborers in Iran, the hungriest, the most oppressed 

    Child laborers in Iran, the hungriest, the most oppressed.
    Children labor in Iran

    The number of child laborers in Iran exceeds 7 million.
    Their conditions are the product of organized crime by the mullahs’ religious dictatorship.
    Instead of going to school, they are put to work under inhuman conditions to earn a meager living.
    They work between 10 to 20 hours every day. This is modern slavery.
    They can be seen everywhere in large cities, peddling or panhandling at most intersections.
    They are exploited in the brick kilns, or hired in Tehran’s Bazaar to carry heavy loads.
    They carry jerry cans of oil through mined routes to Pakistan
    They can be seen hungry and distressed wandering in the streets.
    5,000 children are working as scavengers in Tehran.
    Iron deficiency, lice, skin and ear infections, severe malnutrition, hepatitis A and AIDS are just some of the diseases that girl children sifting through garbage are affected with.
    Most of these girls are sexually exploited.
    Iranian child laborers are the hungriest, the most innocent and the most oppressed sector of Iranian society.
    Economic bankruptcy is one of the main contributors to poverty which in turn contributes to child labor.
    At least a quarter of Iranian students are forced to quit school every year, a large number of whom join the estimated 3 to 7 million child laborers. This is according to a member of the mullahs’ parliament. (The state-run salamatnews.com, September 27, 2017)
    Drop-out of girl children, 6 years and older, is widespread particularly in the provinces of Sistan and Baluchestan, Khuzestan, Western Azerbaijan, and Eastern Azerbaijan.
    Abbas Soltanian, deputy for mid-level education in the Ministry of Education, announced last year, “A total of 4.23 percent of students dropped out of school in the previous academic year. Girl students constituted 4.17 percent of it, meaning that there is a big difference between girls’ and boys’ dropouts.” (The state-run ILNA news agency – June 25, 2018)

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 8:38 pm on 24 Oct 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Miners in Iran, earn a living at the cost of losing their lives! 

    Miners in Iran earn a living at the cost of losing their lives
    Iranian Miners

    Working in the mines is one of the most difficult and at the same time dangerous and harmful for human health. Governments therefore seek to minimize the threat of this occupation by increasing the level of confidence through strict enforcement of strict safety standards. On the other hand, by providing higher salaries and appropriate insurance and health services to workers and workers in the sector, they can provide psychological security and reassurance.
    But under the rule of the mullahs in Iran, all the laws of humanity are left behind the borders of the denomination. The only rule is more exploitation and more brutal robbery. From the deaths of workers to injuries and limb failure, and from protests to forced layoffs and severance pay to flogging a protesting worker, there is no day when we hear bitter and sad news from this work area.

    Latest victims; Tabas miners
    On October 17, 2019, two workers in the demolition tunnel unfortunately lost their lives and died under the tunnel. Various government sources quoted the news that the mine is privately owned.
    Saman Kavoush is a small contractor operating under the umbrella of Imidro. Imidro is also in charge of one of the government spheres of the regime’s clerical gang, formerly governor of Boyer Ahmad.
    On the other hand, Saeed Samadi, secretary of the Coal Society in the Mullahs’ government, said that in this  incident culprit was not “ Saman Kavoush ” but “Impasco”. (Rouzgar-e-Madan website – October 17, 2019) Given that Impasco is a 100% state-owned company, we find that the mullahs and their government are no different from the provincial private sector in sacrificing workers and exploiting them to fill their own pockets, they don’t.

    Another point to note is that the Iranian regime’s media continue to say that because of the darkness of the air, it is not possible to cover the inaction and indifference of government agents with the cover of the “private sector”! At night, helicopters and airplanes seem to be unable to move and are designed only for the day. In flood days in the provinces of Lorestan and Khuzestan (March 2019) it was also said that air support was not possible. While demonstrating the deceitful march of Arbaeen, in addition to millions of dollars from the hungry bag, under the direction of Ali Khamenei, the supreme leader of the regime, the nation’s equipment and facilities were served around the clock for road construction, equipping, supporting and launching a maneuver.
    Samadi admits that there is a lot of clutter in the “ Saman Kavoush ” Mine and that is why some time ago another mine was cut off. (Rouzgar-e-Madan website October 17, 2019)

    Strange and unwanted confession
    Davood Shahraki, head of the General Directorate of Industry and Mining in South Khorasan province, in an effort to exonerate and mitigate the incident under his responsibility, unwittingly says something can be better understood about the depth of the tragedy and the unfortunate situation of the miners. Speaking to the Young Journalists Club (affiliated with the Revolutionary Guards-IRGC), which echoes the site of Mining Day, he said that despite these incidents, South Khorasan province had the least mining incidence among other mines in the country! (The same source)

    Not the first, not the last, a bitter and continuing story
    With a brief digression, we find that many of these deaths and injuries have been occurring over the past few months for workers in Iran’s mines, but government officials have paid no heed to efforts to improve workers’ safety. Sadly, not only do they not pay attention to their safety and health standards, but also by misusing the widespread unemployment that is one of the mullahs’ rule in Iran, they are not even paying their salaries and benefits on time. When workers come out to protest, such as the experience of “Aqa Qala”, they are flogged.
    The point is that government agents, in the face of war and factional disputes, are forced to make unwanted confessions. Massoudi, a member of the regime’s House of Representatives, admits: “The law of mines is not enforced. Deprived of dust, dirt and irritation right. “(ISNA News Agency October 14, 2019)

    In a statement on October 20, 2019, the Labor Commission – the National Council of Resistance of Iran, while sympathizing with the victims of occupational accidents, wrote: “These are very few of the disasters caused by the lack of minimum occupational safety equipment available to the state media. Much more. Iran is ranked 102nd in the world in terms of occupational safety and health by the mullahs. These statistics show extremely outrageous exploitation of workers. “
    It is clear that these figures are not complete and that the catastrophic situation of the workers employed in this sector can be traced to the large and small incidents of the past few years, such as the explosion of the Yurt mine in the Golestan province or the Kerman Babnizo mine.
    In one word, under the rule of the mullahs in Iran, only the workers and toilers of the country have been oppressed. The oppression that will only be abolished by the spread of organized resistance throughout the country and by the steadfast will of the workers in Iran.

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 9:11 pm on 23 Oct 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Maryam Rajavi reveals names of 5000 victims of the 1988 massacre by Iran’s regime at a conference in the European Parliament 

    Maryam Rajavi in the European Parliament 23 Oct 2019
    Maryam Rajavi in the European Parliament- 23 Oct 2019

    Strasbourg – Members of the European Parliament, joined by other dignitaries from across Europe called for a strong European approach vis-a-vis the Iranian regime’s human rights violations and warmongering.

    A conference organized by the European Parliament Friends of a Free Iran Intergroup also called for accountability of Iranian regime officials regarding the 1988 massacre of over 30,000 political prisoners in Iran. Most of these victims were members and supporters of the Iranian opposition People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK).

    A book containing names and particulars of 5015 victims of the massacre, as well as coordinates of 36 mass grave in Iran containing remains of the massacred was presented to the conference by Maryam Rajavi, president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI).

    “Today, I would like to introduce an extraordinary document to the representatives of the people of Europe. A book containing the names of more than 5,000 prisoners massacred by the mullahs in Iran. The book is the story of a nation who has been suppressed in Iran, and abroad, her human rights, freedoms and resistance have been overlooked,” Mrs. Rajavi said in her opening remarks.

    “Western governments and the United Nations closed their eyes on this crime. Enjoying impunity for such a horrible crime, the regime spread its war to the Middle East which is still ongoing,” she added.

    She urged that the massacre case be referred to the UN Security Council.

    Mrs. Rajavi affirmed that only today the Albanian police announced that the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Quds force had tried to bomb a gathering of Mujahedin-e-Khalq (MEK) members in Albania in March 2019, and that the latter’s mercenaries and agents, including under the guise of former MEK members,  had been active in Albania and in the region to gather information and engage in terrorist activities against the democratic alternative for Iran.

    Several MEPs spoke in the conference.

    Conference in the European Parliament 23 Oct

    “The Iranian regime has been the source of instability as the doctrine for its survival. The Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) and its terrorist proxies fight in different Middle East countries. The mullahs have formed close alliance with Russia, North Korea, and the Bashar al-Assad dictatorship in Syria,” said Milan Zver from Slovenia.

    “We should call on European governments to recognize the Iranian Resistance as the true alternative. Let us send a strong message to the people of Iran that we are with you until we have a free Iran,” affirmed Ryszard Czamecki from Poland.

    “Iranians took to the streets on several occasions. In the last uprising, the hostility to the regime was very clear and the people called on Iranian regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei to go. The people do not want this regime. The EU policy must be based on this reality,” said Anthea McIntyre, British Conservative MEP for the West Midlands.

    “There is a democratic alternative to this regime. It is led by Maryam Rajavi and your ten-point plan. Many members of this parliament support her. I look forward to the day when we are all able to go to a free Iran with Maryam Rajavi as its elected democratic president,” she concluded.

    Italian MEP Alessandra Moretti paid special attention to the situation of women in Iran: “I have heard a lot about the strong role of women in Iran’s protests and their talents in the society. I understand the heavy price that has been paid for freedom. We must push for an end to the death penalty and the punishing and imprisonment of activists. We are here to push the European Parliament to condition any deals with the regime on the conditions of respect for human rights and an end to executions, which does not comply with international standards and values for justice.”

    Gianna Gancia from Italy was more precise: “We see the brutalities in Iran, but our representatives in Europe are only interested in trade with Iran. Our parliament has a duty to speak out and call on the European Commission to stop their relations with Iran and impose sanctions on this regime for its human rights violations. We want democratic change in Iran.”

    Former Colombian presidential elections’ candidate Ingrid Betancourt spoke about today’s revelations by the Albanian police concerning terrorist activities on the part of the mullahs’ regime in Europe against the Iranian democratic opposition.

    “Two people posing as journalists came to Albania with the aim to target the MEK members in a terror attack. No one knew what happened. The Albanian government released the details today,” she said.

    “In 2018, we were in a big conference in Paris to support the Iranian Resistance and express our opposition to the lack of justice and the corruption of the Iranian regime. The Iranian regime wanted to kill us all. On that day, two people were arrested with a bomb they wanted to install in the premises we had gathered to kill all of us. An Iranian diplomat was detained by German authorities because he was the head of this terror plot. He was an Iranian official, part of the government of Iran, on orders to kill us,” she concluded.

    Former French minister of Human Rights Rama Yade reiterated the human rights question in Iran: “The pain of the mothers of the 1988 massacre is still alive. What we need is the establishment of an independent inquiry into the 1988 massacre to shed light on this crime. There must be justice. Appeasement will not reduce the regime’s ballistic capabilities and its terrorism. What is important here is to give up this blank check and adopt a clear condemnation of the regime’s crimes,” she said.

    “Women have paid an especially heavy price in the past two years. We must do more. We owe it to this great nation and people. We must support the desire of the Iranian people for regime change and the establishment of a secular government based on the separation of church and state, and gender equality,” she concluded.

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 12:01 pm on 20 Oct 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    An Unforgettable Crime, Commemorating the 1988 Massacre in Iran, Mainly MEK Members and Supporters 

    30 years ago, the Iranian regime, committed a heinous crime and massacred 30,000 political prisoners, most of whom were the members or sympathizers of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI, Mujahedin-e Khalq or MEK).

    This massacre happened in less than two months in various prisons across Iran. The victims were either serving their sentences, or so many of them were on the verge of liberation.

    The regime’s “Death commission”, a group of 3 mullahs were handling the cases. Their so-called judgment took not more than a couple of minutes. The question was simple: What is your charge, it was enough to say MEK. Those 30,000 MEK members and supporters said so and were immediately taken to the gallows. In the battle between life and death, they chose death, a crimson death but defended their identity of being a MEK member and honored their fellow inmates and those youngsters who the regime massively executed them at the beginning of the 1980s for supporting the MEK.

    When these brave souls were taken to the gallows, no one helped them, the regime thought that it will never be held accountable for its crime. In fact, the regime counted on the international community’s inaction and silence.

    Since 1988 the MEK and the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) and its president-elect, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, have relentlessly followed up this case. Since Mrs. Rajavi initiated the campaign of Justice for the Victim of the 1988 massacre, thousands of Iranians, particularly those who lost their loved ones in the massacre of 1988 of MEK members took various actions. This includes protests in different cities around the world and organizing exhibitions, to hold the perpetrators of this crime accountable, who are the current high officials of the Iranian regime.

    Within the last two weeks, MEK supporters staged protests against the ongoing human rights violations in Iran and also commemorated the victims of the 1988 massacre.

    On Friday, October 4, on the eve of World Day Against the Death Penalty, Members of the Iranian community and families of the victims of 1988 massacre in Iran organized an exhibition in front of the UK parliament and called on the UK Government to recognize the mass execution of political prisoners as a crime against humanity and urged the UN to end impunity for the perpetrators who are in key positions of power in Iran.

    In another action, on Saturday, October 12, supporters of the MEK in Norway, held a demonstration to commemorate the World Day Against the Death Penalty, in front of the Norwegian Parliament and also to commemorate victims of the 1988 massacre of over 30,000 political prisoners in Iran. The MEK supporters held banners that read “Free Iran” and “No to execution”. Families of the victims of the 1988 massacre held pictures of their loved ones.

    In addition, on Saturday, October 12, supporters of the main Iranian opposition group, the National Council of Resistance of Iran and the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI, Mujahedin-e Khalq or MEK), in Malmo-Sweden, held a demonstration to commemorate victims of the 1988 massacre of over 30,000 political prisoners in Iran. Most of the victims were MEK supporters.

    The event included street displays of Iranian jails and execution. Photographs of MEK members executed by Iran’s regime were put on display.

    Family members of the victims of Iran’s regime addressed the protest and called on European leaders to refer to the regime’s human rights dossier to the United Nations Security Council. They demanded that the perpetrators of 1988 be held to account at the International Criminal Court.

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 9:16 pm on 16 Oct 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Human Rights, , , Rural Women in Iran,   

    Iran’s Rural Women Denied Their Basic Rights 

    The day 15 October is called by the United Nations the International Day of Rural Women. Most civilized nations commemorate this day to honor the hardships of rural women.

    Many individuals and groups also seize this opportunity and make it a means of eliminating potential discrimination and solving the problems and realization of the rights of rural women. In Iran, however, the authorities deny rural women their most basic rights.

    Rural women – 10 million deprived and poverty-stricken people

    According to statistics reported by Iran’s government, 10 million rural women live in Iran. It is no secret that because of the sovereignty and the autocratic laws of Iran, women are considered as second-class citizens, and their most basic rights, such as the right to choose their clothes, occupation, and education are violated completely in a legal and institutional way, but when it comes to rural women it turns out that the situation is getting worse. In addition to Iran’s prevailing laws, geographical and ethnic and regional factors also contribute to this horrific discrimination.
    Rural women are often subjected to cruel and inhumane discrimination that is difficult to believe.
    In fact, under Iran’s misogynist form of rule, the problems facing these women stem from three factors from the time of birth. They live under the autocratic rules in Iran, they are women and rural too. The unprecedented rise of female suicide in Iran is one of the consequences of such a cruel situation.

    Rural women; the astonishing statistics of self-immolation

    According to Iran’s officials the number of suicides in Iran, “shows a number about 5 to 7 cases per 1,000 people.” (Iran Online, 25 August 2018) According to Zahra Hazrati, a government sociologist, “Iran ranks first in self-immolation statistics in the Middle East.” (Khabar Fori 28 December 2017). This is one of the most common methods of suicide that a victim chooses to show the depth of his or her suffering and despair. The number of self-immolations in Dishmuk, a city in Kohgiluyeh and Boyer Ahmad Province, is a striking example of its kind that illustrates the depth of oppression and discrimination in Iran. According to media reports: “More than 11 cases of female self-immolation occurred in Dishmuk and surrounding villages in the first six months of 2019.”

    Rural women; absolute and cruel exploitation

    To say that women in the countryside do not even enjoy the minimum human rights is an understatement.
    A government scholar confessing to some of this horrendous and inhumane exploitation wrote: “More than 70% of livestock and poultry activities, about 40% of agriculture and horticulture activity, and 80% of traditional crop processing are carried out by rural and nomadic women. Rural women do not only contribute to the development of rural families and the local economy but also contribute to the national economy because of the role played by agricultural and livestock trading chains. ”(Hamdeli, 7 October 2019)
    The state media does not say anything about the gruesome and autocratic laws of Iran over rural women.  They blame male villagers for being the main culprit, even though the men also live in poverty and misery. Beyond all this, violence against rural women has also become casual. They are vulnerable to violence because of the lack of law and governmental support, and poverty and cultural backwardness in villages. Confronting this violence can sometimes cost them their lives. In the face of such overwhelming pressures, many rural women have no other choice than suicide and end their lives by their own hands.

    Women and girls, who do not have the slightest rights, choose the most difficult form of suicide, self-immolation, in order to make their own silent voice as loud as possible.

     
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