Right to reject Abutelabi

Originally posted in The Hill

By Soona Samsami

Much is being made inside the Beltway about the appointment of Hamid Abutalebi as Iran’s next ambassador to the United Nations. The emissary to the world’s highest authority on human rights is accused–by several of the former American hostages who were held in Tehran after the 1979 Revolution no less–of taking an active role in their abduction and brutal captivity. Sadly, this revelation is merely the most recent and most public exposure of the true face of the Iranian regime, whose mask of “moderation” is beginning to crumble. Continue reading


Howard Dean: US should honour its principles, protect Iranian opposition members in Camp Liberty

America should protect the 3,000 residents of Camp Liberty and not ‘sell them out’ during the nuclear negotiations, former US Governor Howard Dean has told a conference in Paris.

Iran had already lied about its aim of obtaining a nuclear bomb and the US should not tarnish itself and undermine its standing in the world by making deals with people who will not keep their word, he said in a speech on April 12. Continue reading


Rouhani’s new UN Envoy – Hostage-taker and Terrorist

Originally posted on Humanitarian Intervention Center

By Majeed Mohades

While in most countries, criminal records prevent people from taking up government posts, in Iran, human rights violations, terrorism, and suppression of opposition members are forms of proving fealty to the rulers. It is through such heinous acts that one can curry favour with the ruling mullahs, and climb the ladder of power in the outdated, medieval hierarchy of their despotic regime.

Tehran’s newly appointed representative to the United Nations is living proof that such a career path is a successful one, and lately has become the source of much controversy and debate. Evidently, Rouhani’s selection of Hamid Aboutalebi – a member of the radical student group that stormed the American embassy in Tehran in 1979 – as his new UN envoy is not helping the “moderate” image he has sought to cultivate for his presidency. Obama’s failed policy of rapprochement with Iran now faces yet another major challenge, especially in light of information the Iranian resistance has revealed regarding Aboutalebi’s criminal record. Continue reading

December 26: Camp Liberty under missile attack by Iraqi forces for the fourth time in 2013

Iraqi government deliberately keeps Camp Liberty vulnerable against rocket attacks

Camp Liberty, an obsolete U.S. army outpost near Baghdad International Airport now inhabited by 3,000-odd Iranian refugees, has become the center of an escalating humanitarian crisis in the recent months as the Iraqi government proves through its actions that it has no intention to provide security for the camp’s residents. Once fully-equipped with 12-foot-tall concrete walls to protect U.S. soldiers from any sort of attack, today the camp is a mere shadow of its former self, and its accommodations offer no protection against rocket attacks that are frequently launched against it. Continue reading


Maryam Rajavi calls on West to make contingent their relations with the mullahs’ regime to the issue of human rights

In the conference of Iran, Regime Change, Provision of Security for Camp Liberty Residents

In his 10-month dossier, Rouhani has shown that he is part and parcel of the mullahs’ regime with no mission other than to preserve the regime

Call for urgent action by international community to release seven Ashraf hostages, provide security of Camp Liberty, and transfer refugees to U.S. and Europe

On Saturday, April 12, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the Iranian Resistance, called on the international community, especially the Western governments, to make contingent their relations with the mullahs’ regime to the human rights situation in Iran, especially the abolishment of executions, cessation of torture and suppression, and respect for freedom of expression by this regime.

Mrs. Rajavi was the keynote speaker to the conference, held in Paris in presence of delegations from Iranian youth associations from across the world. She asserted, “End the policy of appeasement and making concessions to the regime. On the pretext of nuclear talks, do not turn a blind eye on the crimes committed by this regime against the Iranian people and the regime’s role in the genocide in Syria, and its deadly occupation of Iraq.” Continue reading


Maryam Rajavi attends int’l conference on Iran at the European Parliament

Press release by Friends of a Free Iran European Parliament

 Brussels- On Wednesday 9 April, a high level conference on Iran was held in the European Parliament. The meeting moderated by Struan Stevenson, chair of the Friends of a Free Iran intergroup, included speeches by Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the Iranian Resistance; Michèle Alliot-Marie, former French Minister of Defense and Foreign Affairs; Tahar Boumedra, the former UNAMI Chief of Human Rights and the person in charge of the Camp Ashraf dossier (2009-2012), plus many senior members of the European Parliament from various political groups including Alejo Vidal-Quadras , Vice-President of the European Parliament, Stephen Hughes, First Vice-President of the Socialists-Democrats group, Vytautas Landsbergis former President of Lithuania, Eduard Kukan former Foreign Minister of Slovakia, EP Quaestor Jim Higgins from Ireland, Tunne Kelam from Estonia, Oreste Rossi from Italy, Derk Jan Eppink from the Netherlands as well as Chairman of Belgian Senate’s Equal Rights Committee Nele Lijnen and Belgian MP Els Demol. Continue reading

Rouhani and Khamenei

Khamenei: No one has the right to trade ‘nuclear achievements’

Ali Khamenei, the Iranian regime’s Supreme Leader said on Wednesday: “None of the nuclear achievements of the country can be given up. No one has the right to trade these achievements and no one will do this.”

He made the remarks in meeting with the director, managers and experts of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran. The meeting was held on the occasion of the National Day of Nuclear Technology. Continue reading


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