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Camp Ashraf in Iraq: Spanish court investigates a close ally of Maliki

A Spanish court investigation is to include Faleh al-Fayad, security adviser to the Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. This comes in the wake of a complaint filed against him as a person responsible for serious breaches of the Fourth Geneva Convention for his alleged involvement in the killings on April 8, 2011, and September 1, 2013, of protected persons under the Fourth Geneva Convention living in Camp Ashraf, according to the decision.

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UK Peer: US policy on Iran must re-couple the nuclear and human rights issues

Tuesday, 30 June 2015 14:32

Lord Alton of LiverpoolThe United States government must not turn a blind eye on 'abysmal' human rights abuses by the Iranian regime in their attempt to strike a nuclear agreement, Prof. David Alton, a member of the United Kingdom House of Lords, has said.

Writing for on Tuesday, Lord Alton of Liverpool said: "The Obama administration seems to believe that any nuclear agreement - whatever it is - will promote greater understanding between Iran and the United States and thus increase Western influence in the Islamic country. But the facts suggest otherwise."

"A weak nuclear agreement threatens to legitimise virtually all of the activities of a regime whose 'moderate' elements are insignificantly different from its hardliners. This will almost certainly increase its hold on Iranian society and set back the cause of human rights."

Lord Alton added: "On June 13th, in a speech to her supporters, at a major rally attended by more than 100,000 people, Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), characterised the situation in this way: 'Unfortunately, Western governments, the United States in particular, violated UN Security Council resolutions and offered major concessions, propelling the regime closer to the Bomb.' Many other critics agree, and of course their concerns about a weak nuclear deal with Iran are well founded."

"Because a certain segment of the Iranian government has simply remained at the negotiating table – all the while raising its demands and keeping progress very slow – the Obama administration has apparently convinced itself that the regime is on the course to moderation. But this is delusional, and one look at the behaviour of the regime should make that clear," he said.

"During the first year of the presidency of supposedly moderate Hassan Rouhani, the rate of executions in Iran reached its highest level in a decade. This in a country that already had the highest rate per capita in the entire world. The current pace of hangings is on track to push the figure over 1,000 for the year: repeat, 1000 executions in 2015."

"The Iranian parliament’s 'plan to promote virtue and prevent vice' has been blamed for a series of acid attacks on women; the worsening aggression toward journalists is reflected in the targeting of Westerners such as Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian; and in one recent incident an Iranian police officer stopped a dog-walker on the street in Tehran and shot his beloved pet in the head. Dissenters, non-believers, and minorities fare little better. Human rights and human dignity are routinely trampled on."

The cause of human rights in Iran, Lord Alton argued, "can only be advanced by standing up to the regime and by re-coupling the nuclear and human rights issues that the Obama administration has specifically separated within its Iran policy."

Lord Alton urged the West to heed the warning of Mrs Maryam Rajavi who in her June 13 speech explained that all of the problems associated with Iran today are 'interconnected', and 'all of them go to the very heart of the regime':

“The only way to end the violations of human rights in Iran, the nuclear impasse, the crises in the region, and the confrontation with ISIS and terrorism is to topple the Caliph of regression and terrorism in Iran.”

Professor Lord Alton of Liverpool is a cross-bench member of the House of Lords and a leading member of the British Parliamentary Committee for Iran Freedom.



Iran regime amputates hands of two prisoners

Monday, 29 June 2015 17:59

Amputation in Shiraz 2012-01-24The Iranian regime on Sunday amputated the hands of two prisoners in the central prison of Mashhad, northeast Iran.

One of the victims, identified only by the initials M. E., was a 26-year-old resident of Mashhad, the state-run daily Khorasan wrote on Monday. The second victim was not identified; the report simply stated that this young man was transferred from Khorasan Jonubi province to the same prison in Mashhad where the sentence was carried out.

State media claimed that the two men had been convicted of theft.


UK lawmakers urge P5+1 to step up pressure on Iran regime in nuke talks

Monday, 29 June 2015 14:00

Members of the United Kingdom’s Houses of Parliament on Monday urged the P5+1 countries that are negotiating an agreement with the Iranian regime over its nuclear program to insist that there must be international inspections of Iran's military sites.

“Without unfettered access for IAEA inspectors to Iran's military sites and nuclear scientists, any nuclear agreement between the P5+1 and Tehran would be meaningless,” the British Parliamentary Committee for Iran Freedom (BPCIF) said in a statement on its website.


Amnesty International: Draconian amendment further erodes fair trial rights in Iran

Saturday, 27 June 2015 13:14

Reyhaneh Jabbari in a courtThe Iranian authorities have put another nail in the coffin of justice by making a retrogressive amendment in Iran’s new Code of Criminal Procedures which limits the right to access an independent lawyer of one’s choice during primary investigations in certain criminal cases, Amnesty International has said.

“The draconian development came in the form of a last-minute amendment to a new Code of Criminal Procedures, which was passed in April 2014 and was entered into force on 22 June 2015.


IRAN: 92 arrested in restaurant during Ramadan

Saturday, 27 June 2015 12:42

Archive photo - Young being arrestedIranian security forces have raided a hotel restaurant and arrested 92 young men and women for eating and drinking ‘in public’ in the month of Ramadan.

The hotel in the northwestern city of Tabriz was raided on Monday. The restaurant manager along with 41 girls and 51 boys were arrested.

Ali Esmaeelpour, a senior state security forces official in the city, confirmed the arrests. Those detained were referred to the regime’s judiciary for sentencing.


Examiner: Rouhani afraid of another mass uprising in Iran

Tuesday, 26 May 2015 12:01

Mass protest June 15The Iranian regime's president Hassan Rouhani is "apparently afraid of another mass uprising", similar to the one in 2009 which nearly brought the regime "to its knees", according to an article in Thursday's edition of the

"One easy way to keep people placated is to ensure that there is hope of a nuclear deal," it wrote.

The P5+1 states - Britain, China, France, Russia, the US and Germany - hope to strike a deal with the Iranian regime by June 30 that would curtail Tehran’s nuclear effort in exchange for sanctions relief.

"[The] NCRI held a press conference today in which deputy director Alireza Jafarzadeh outlined a strong argument that Iran's tactics are part of a larger effort to secure favorable terms, while giving little ground in exchange. NCRI gathered information from both public sources, including books written by leading Iranian officials, and also connections within the regime itself."

"While it is difficult to determine the veracity of the NCRI's inside claims, the group is widely credited for having revealed the existence of Iran's nuclear program. Among others, President George W. Bush credited the NCRI with revealing Iran's nuclear program back in 2005."

"Given the NCRI's track record of success, it's difficult to dismiss their claims, especially with a nuclear deal appearing all the more elusive and any potential deal likely to be watered down. At various times the Iranian government hinted that it would be willing to send its uranium to third party countries, such as Russia, for enrichment. This past February the Iranian government shot that idea down for good."

In recent weeks both the regime's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and Defense Minister Hossein Dehqan have stated bluntly that its military bases will be off limits, and will not be a part of any agreement.

"If this turns out to be correct it should come as no surprise, according to the NCRI. The NCRI has argued that Iran's non-military nuclear installations are, in fact, only a small part of the country's nuclear programs, and are not vital for the continued research and development of a nuclear weapon," the article said.

"Khamenei has drawn three red lines in negotiations, and as Iran's Supreme Leader, these lines cannot be ignored under any circumstances, unless Khamenei gives the go-ahead. No promises by negotiators or President Rouhani will be able to stipulate otherwise.”

"The Supreme leader has stipulated that there will be no access to military sites for the inspectors, no access to Iranian nuclear scientists for the inspectors, and no stopping of Research and Development (R&D) in the nuclear field.”

"As long as these three red lines are maintained, Iran could theoretically continue with its alleged efforts to develop a nuclear weapon. Further, only disclosed nuclear sites are on the bargaining table while any still-hidden nuclear sites would remain hidden,” it added.


EU: No progress made on human rights in Iran in 2014

Thursday, 25 June 2015 10:19

European UnionThe European Union has criticized the state of human rights in Iran under Hassan Rouhani, in its annual report published this week.

The EU Annual Report on Human Rights and Democracy in the World in 2014, released on Monday, said that in Iran “no progress on human rights was made in 2014.”

“A lack of fundamental freedoms and violations of basic human rights including women's rights, in contravention of Iran’s international obligations, continued to be observed,” the report said.


74 lashes, prison term for anyone caught eating in Iran during Ramadan

Sunday, 21 June 2015 02:55

Lashing in Khorambad 2012-01-16Anyone in Iran caught eating or drinking in public during the days in the month of Ramadan may receive 74 lashes in addition to a jail term of up to two months, a high ranking judiciary official of the Iranian regime has threatened.

Dadkhoda Salari, the prosecutor general in the city of Kerman said on Friday: “Any individual who eats or drinks in public places could face a prison term of 10 days to two months and 74 lashes,” the state-run Mehr news agency reported.


“Women in Iran are becoming vocal in efforts to overcome misogyny”

Saturday, 20 June 2015 21:58

Mrs. Houri SeyyediIranian women are becoming more vocal and determined in their efforts to overcome “misogynist” laws in Iran under the mullahs’ rule, an official of the Iranian Resistance has said.

Mrs. Houri Seyyedi, discussed the situation of women’s rights in a live Question and Answer session on Friday broadcast on (NCRI Women’s Committee), with international journalists and rights activists posing questions via Twitter.


Iran: Women 'Forbidden' From Attending Volleyball Game

Friday, 19 June 2015 17:21

‘The entry of women at volleyball matches is forbidden,’ an official of the Iranian regime’s volleyball federation said on Friday, state-run ISNA news agency reported.

As part of the International Volleyball Federation’s (FIVB) 2015 World League, a match between Iran and the United States is scheduled to be held in the Azadi Sports Complex in Tehran on Friday.

The Iranian regime previously prohibited women from attending an international men’s volleyball match in June 2014, in contravention of the principle of gender non-discrimination in sports.


Reaction from Around the World to Iran Freedom Rally

Tuesday, 16 June 2015 23:24


Full coverage of the rally with Report, Videos and Photos

Edited video of the entire rally: It's over 9 hours long!

Here are a few reactions from Around the World to the Iran Freedom Rally in Paris, 13 June 2015


US Coverage

From the Washington Times: The Case for Regime Change in Iran

From the Breitbart (US) website: Thousands Rally in Paris for a Free and Democratic Iran

From the Daily Caller (US) website: Prominent Bipartisan Delegation Of Americans Back Iranian Opposition Movement At Paris Rally



Maryam Rajavi calls for freedom of belief for all faiths, Lord Singh tells BBC

Tuesday, 16 June 2015 22:34

Lord SinghIranian opposition leader Maryam Rajavi is calling for open democracy and freedom of belief for all faiths, Lord Singh of Wimbledon told the BBC on Tuesday.

Indarjit Singh, a cross-bench member of the United Kingdom's House of Lords was speaking on BBC Radio 4's 'Thought for the Day'.


Rudy Giuliani: Leaders of Iranian regime must be tried for crimes against humanity

Monday, 15 June 2015 22:44

Rudy Giuliani Paris June 2015The leaders of the clerical regime in Iran should be tired for crime against humanity for killings and executions of hundreds of thousands of people, Former mayor of New York City Rudy Giuliani told the largest gathering of Iranian opposition held on Saturday in Paris.

Mr. Giuliani who was a Republican presidential candidate in the 2008 said: "The ayatollahs must go. He and Hassan Rouhani and Ahmadinejad and all of the rest of them should be put on trial for crimes against humanity for the thousands and hundreds of thousands of people they have killed, and it is about time we stop ignoring it. Where is our decency and morality?”


Top former US officials urge dialogue with Iran's opposition

Monday, 15 June 2015 21:18

American delegation June 2015Top former U.S. officials present joint Iran policy statement to Maryam Rajavi

Former prominent US civilian and military officials and governors are urging President Barack Obama to adopt a new policy on Iran which would include dialogue with the Iranian opposition and support for the "10-point plan" of Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the Iranian Resistance, for a future free Iran.

Read Policy Initiative on Iran here


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