By: Ibrahim Seyedi
We are a volunteer group of members of the Iranian opposition People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran who exited our country back in the 1980s due to the harsh repression and crackdown imposed by the regime’s leader Khomeini against us. We entered Iraq through legal means as political refugees and stationed in a camp called Ashraf, located 90 kilometers north of Baghdad. Our objective was to continue our struggle against the Iranian regime’s warmongering, export of terrorism and fundamentalism in our homeland and the entire Middle East. For around a quarter of a century we lived in our traditional home in Ashraf and enjoyed adequate recreational accommodations, service facilities and infrastructure. Ashraf met all standards of a relatively modern city along with a university and schools, summer pools, asphalt roads, kitchens, a bakery, a food storage complex, restaurant, shopping mall, sports centers, religious sites, city parks, small orchards, a central library with books and novels written by famous writers from across the globe, a hospital equipped with medical supplies along with hi-tech scanners, strong shelters that protected us against bombing threats, and last but not least, a number of 1 MW power generators that made us independent from Iraq’s nationwide power grid.
Continue reading Iraq: Consequences of a Betrayed Commitment
By: Ibrahim Seyedi
In tandem with the missile attack, it is 5 days now that Government of Iraq prevents entry of food, fuel to camp and bars discharge of sewage
The Security Council should act immediately to punish perpetrators of missile attack, provide security of Camp Liberty, and lift its blockade
Continue reading 5 days after attack, Iraq Gov bars entry of food & fuel to Camp Liberty
Arresting PMOI families: hefty price for freedom and democracy
Since the first days of the mullahs’ rule in Iran, pressuring PMOI families to cooperate with the regime has been a long lasting policy. Over the past three decades thousands of PMOI families have been harassed, tortured, even executed. This policy has continued in recent years with the regime arresting and executing individuals just because their relatives were members of the PMOI at Ashraf or now Camp Liberty.
The latest of such arrests came on 11 October when the parents of PMOI member, Shaqayeq Azimi, were arrested just because their daughter was a member of the PMOI. At a recent conference in the British Parliament Ms. Azimi addressed the British Parliamentary Committee for Iran Freedom and spoke about this incident. She said:
“I was informed a few days ago that my parents have been arrested in Iran on October 11 due to the activities of my sister and me and for being supporters and sympathizers of the PMOI (MEK).
Continue reading Iran: PMOI families arrested
By Nasrin Younesi
My country Iran has a 2,500 year history; the country of Cyrus the Great, where the first freedom charter was written is now in the hands of mullahs; savage animals who pretend to be human.
In all corners of the world, people rise up to demand their rights, and if their demands are not met, at least their voice is heard.
However, the ruthless mullahs have for the past 4 decades punished any voice of discontent with torture and execution. Yet given that freedom and liberation runs in the veins of every Iranian, they will pay the price, even if it costs them their lives. Continue reading Iran’s Islamic republic main source of fundamentalism and instability
In recent days, the mullahs’ Ministry of Intelligence (MOIS) has arrested a number of families of PMOI and the residents of Liberty and released of political prisoners. Mrs. Fatemeh Mosanna, Mrs. Fatemeh Ziaei, Mr. Mahmoud Azimi and Mr. Alireza Shariat Panahi are among the detainees.
Continue reading IRAN: Arresting of the families of Liberty residents and PMOI members
Watch the video of the testimony by Paria Kohandel, a young Iranian political activist who is the daughter of prominent political prisoner Saleh Kohandel and who escaped the sufferings and torments in Iran months ago.
Text of speech by Paria Kohandel at a conference on human rights in Iran on the occasion of the World Day Against the Death Penalty
Paris – October 10, 2015
Greetings to my dear sister Maryam [Rajavi] and all you dear friends,
Greetings to the combatants in Camp Liberty and all my compatriots that hear my voice,
My name is Paria Kohandel and I left Iran only a few months ago.
My father is political prisoner Saleh Kohandel who is imprisoned in the dreaded Gohardasht Prison.
On April 19, 2011, my dear uncle Akbar and my beloved aunt Mahdieh were martyred in an attack [on Camp Ashraf] by Nuri Maliki’s paid hands.
The United Nations and the European Union have a duty to ensure the protection of thousands of members of the main Iranian opposition group, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI or MEK), in Camp Liberty in Iraq, Ryszard Czarnecki, Vice President of the European Parliament, said in Brussels on Wednesday.
“As you know we in the European Parliament have been closely following the situation of these Iranian refugees in Camp Ashraf and now in Camp Liberty,” Mr. Czarnecki told a meeting on human rights in Iran at the European Parliament.
Continue reading Top Euro-MP: UN must ensure protection of Camp Liberty residents