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  • Masoud Dalvand 4:42 pm on 14 Jul 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Legacy of a dictator: Iran’s 30,000 murdered, then and now 


    By Hassan Mahmoudi

    In the wake of the 30th anniversary of the massacre of 30,000 political prisoners in summer of 1988 in Iran, the people of Iran and especially families of the victims are still waiting for justice and an international tribune.

    In the summer of 1988, the political prisoners were systematically executed in almost two months. In a barbaric two-month purge, prisoners, including teenagers as young as 14, were loaded onto trucks in groups and hanged from cranes.

    During the past three decades, the regime blocked all attempts to investigate the extent of the massacre. They even went farther to cover up the crimes by toppling and damaging cemeteries and headstones of martyrdom graves with bulldozers.

    In Iran, there is no criminal justice system or government institutions deterring crime or sanctioning those who violate laws with criminal penalties. The supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, controls everything. He sets the tone and direction of Iran’s domestic and foreign policies. Many of those in the “Death Commission” responsible for the 1988 massacre are still in power, including Mostafa Pour-Mohammadi, who is now Iran’s justice minister in President Hassan Rouhani’s Cabinet, and cleric Ebrahim Raisi, favored candidate of the supreme leader for the 2017 presidential election. Both, defended the massacre of 1988.

    “[A] dictatorship that appoints as its justice minister someone who killed 30,000 people is telling you everything you need to know about the core nature of the dictatorship,” said Newt Gingrich, 50th speaker of the United States House of Representatives, at the Free Iran Rally in Paris on July 1, 2017. “[D]ictatorships like the one in Iran threaten freedom anywhere,” according to Gingrich, who called Iran the largest supporter of state terrorism in the world.

    The massacre was ordered by the Khomeini decree, called a fatwa, that reads: “[P]olitical prisoners throughout the country who remain steadfast in their backing for the Mojahedin (MEK) are condemned to execution.”

    The massacre happened 30 years ago to eliminate the main opposition group, the MEK. Despite the continuation of execution, torture, and crackdown during the past three decades, miraculously, the regime has failed. “You will someday be proud to say you were a part of what freed Iran,” Gingrich said.

    “I want to salute you today for your courage and for your perseverance of the MEK and the NCRI,” Said Linda Chavez, chairman of the Center for Equal Opportunity and former director of the Office of Public Liaison, at the Paris gathering. “You are the ones who remain committed to freedom and to democracy for Iran and to eradicate the suppression, the terrorism, and the regime’s demonizing campaign that has been directed at you. Your perseverance gives up hope that we shall, in the end, defeat the phenomenon of Islamic fundamentalism, whose heart beats in the clerical regime in Iran. I wish you a good meeting, and I wish that your message will be carried throughout the world.”

    “They have on their hands the blood of so many of your people,” said former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani, “but they have on their hands the blood of my people, too, who they helped to kill in Iraq and who they’ve helped to kill for years and who they’ve held hostage. If they’re not a terrorist organization, there is no such thing as a terrorist organization. And we should declare them a terrorist organization so we can cut them off of support around the world.” Giuliani wants the Revolutionary Guards to be classed as at terrorist organization.

    Despite the dark legacy of Iran’s dictator, the “light of liberty can overcome and replace the darkness of the tyrannical Iranian regime,” Tom Ridge, the former United States secretary of homeland security, said at the rally. “The light of freedom is kept going by all those who have lost their lives for the cause.”

    As the Greek philosopher Xenophon put it, “the true test of a movement is whether its followers will adhere to his cause from their own volition, enduring the most arduous hardships without being forced to do so, and remaining steadfast in the moments of greatest peril.”

    Hassan Mahmoudi is a human rights advocate, specializing in political and economic issues relating to Iran and the Middle East.@hassan_mahmou1

    Originally published at http://www.americanthinker.com.

  • Masoud Dalvand 7:38 am on 12 Jul 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Why Are Suppression and Arrests Ramping up in Iran? 

    Iranian political prisoner, Majid Assadi

    INU Staff writer, July 9, 2017 — According to reports obtained from inside Iran, the past months have seen a spike in arrests and executions. In fear of mass anti-state protests similar to those that took place in 2009, the regime has resorted to raid the homes of political and human rights activists in Iran, especially the supporters of the main resistance group People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK).
    This happens against the backdrop of a widespread campaign in Iran condemning the regime’s three-decade-long crimes in the country’s prisons, especially the massacre of 30 thousand political prisoners in the summer of 1988.
    One of the more recent cases is that of Majid Assadi, 34, who lives in Karaj, 40 km west of Tehran. Holding a degree in economics from the Alameh Tabatabai University, Assadi is a student activist, former political prisoner, and a supporter of the MEK.
    On February 18, 2017 agents of the Ministry or Intelligence and Security (MOIS) arrested Assadi after they violently broke into his father’s home in Karaj.
    The ten armed MOIS agents arrested Assadi and ransacked his house without any warrant.
    At the time of the arrest, the agents also harmed Assadi’s ailing father, who had just undergone a liver implant surgery as part of his cancer treatment.
    The agents handcuffed Assadi in front of his family and interrogated his family in his presence to torment him. They then confiscated all of his personal belongings, including his personal computer, phone and books.
    Assadi was subsequently transferred to the Karaj intelligence office, and from there to Evin prison’s ward 209, where political prisoners are held. He spent 50 days in solitary confinement, under severe mental pressure and interrogations.
    Since the time of his arrest, Assadi has been held in a state of limbo. After lingering in wards 209 and 240, he was transferred to Gohardasht prison in recent weeks.
    According to the latest reports, Assadi is now in Gohardasht and his case remains unsettled.
    In 2008, Assadi was arrested for attending a ceremony to commemorate the anniversary of the 1999 student protests in Tehran. Assadi was held in solitary confinement for 52 days.
    In 2010 he was given a four-year prison sentence. His appeal request was rejected, and he was imprisoned from 2011 to 2015.
    At present, Majid Assadi’s family have called on human rights organizations and other relevant international bodies to help save his life and deliver him from the dungeons of the Iranian regime, where human rights activists are executed and tortured to keep the mullahs in power.

    Originally published at http://www.mojahedin.org.

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