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IRAN: REFUSING COMPROMISE

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In the case of the somewhat more publicly visible negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 group of nations, there remains a common thread of optimism in public statements, but this stands in contrast to others indicating that compromise will not be forthcoming from the Iranian side. According to the AFP, Iranian officials still claim to be committed to securing a final agreement before the extended November 24 deadline. But those same officials are unwilling to review their negotiating position, or depending on how one interprets their comments, they may be unwilling to make any concessions whatsoever.

 

“We are entering with goodwill into further negotiations with the P5+1 group and we want to reach an agreement… but we are not willing to pay any price,” said Iranian negotiator Majid Takht Ravanchi. Continue reading

IRAN: ON NUCLEAR NEGOTIATIONS THE SUPREME LEADER MAKES THE DECISIONS. FOREIGN MINISTRY IS JUST A MODERATOR

 

Khamenei_cartoonIn an interview with the state-run ISNA news agency on August 15, Alaadin Boroujerdi, head of the Parliamentary Committee on National Security and Foreign Policy, described the issues of Iran’s nuclear program negotiations, homeland security, and security interventions in Iraq and Syria. 

On the nuclear issue and ongoing negotiations with 5+1, Boroujerdi said the decision making body is the Supreme National Security Council and the Foreign Ministry is just a “moderator” in the nuclear negotiations. “On the nuclear issue, the Supreme National Security Council makes the decisions and effectively formulates guidelines for the negotiation team,” Boroujerdi said and emphasized, “This means that the decisions are transferred to the Foreign Ministry and the negotiating team is a moderator for the decisions in the diplomatic arena in the nuclear negotiations.” Continue reading

UN rapporteur demands investigation into massacre of Iranian MEK in Iraq

A full investigation must be carried out into the September 1, 2013, massacre of 52 members of the People’s Mojaheidn Organization of Iran at Camp Ashraf, and the abduction of seven residents, a leading member of Advisory Committee of the UN Human Rights Council has demanded.

Jean Ziegler, Deputy of the Advisory Committee of the UN Human Rights Council, told a conference in Geneva: “On 9 December, 2013, six United Nations special procedures mandate holders including myself issued a press release and appeal demanding an investigation of the massacres of the 52 residents of camp Ashraf and enforced disappearance of of 7 residents.”

“An independent investigation remains a priority, which I reaffirm today. Barely two weeks before the first anniversary of the massacre a year ago,” he added.

He also praised Maryam Rajavi’s leadership of the Iranian Resistance, adding: “I salute your perseverance and express here my solidarity as the United Nations rapporteur with all victims in particular with the victims of the massacres not only in Ashraf and camp Liberty but before.

 

MENSCHRECHT KOMMISSION MENSCHENRECHTSKOMMISSION TREFFEN“I reaffirm the right of the victims to truth to an independent investigation of the massacres and disappearances and the right to justice.”

Iraqi forces under the command of Nouri al-Maliki massacred PMOI membersat Camp Ashraf on September 1 last year at the behest of the Iranian regime.

The August 13 conference in which Mrs Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the Iranian Resistance was keynote speaker, was chaired by Ms. Anne-Marie Lizin, Honorary President of the Belgian Senate. Continue reading

Iraqi forces continue preventing entry of fuel tankers to Camp Liberty

Preventing entry of fuel for six days in a row has made Camp Liberty residents face a dangerous humanitarian crisis

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On Monday, August 18, 2014, for the sixth day in a row the Iraqi forces stationed at Camp Liberty located near Baghdad International Airport, home to Iranian refugees in Iraq, prevented entry of fuel that is essential for providing the minimum humanitarian needs of the residents.

Providing minimum daily necessities in Camp Liberty relies on the continuous and non-stop flow of fuel into the camp.

The fuel powers generators which are used for lighting, cooking food, storing foodstuffs, air conditioning in trailers where the residents live, the purification of water and pumping it into the camp and the drainage of black water.

Liberty is now facing a critical situation in this regard; dozens suffer heat stroke every day, and the sick and the elderly are in a dangerous condition. Continue reading

Iraq: Camp Liberty, a Humanitarian Crisis in the Making

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While recent developments in Iraq have worried the Iranian regime, Tehran is moving fast and frantically to avoid losing its sway over the Iraqi government and territory. Recent reports and finding on the involvement of Iranian forces and Iran-backed militias in clashes across Iraq are testament to the fact.
Of particular interest to the Iranian regime is the situation of thousands of PMOI opposition members residing in Camp Liberty, in the vicinity of Baghdad International Airport, who have been living in prison-like conditions under the control of the Iran-aligned government of Nouri al-Maliki. The Iranian regime has been taking advantage of the unrest in Iraq and the current power vacuum to strike at its most-feared opponents and possibly eliminate them as a threat. Continue reading

Iran: Over 40 prisoners executed in three weeks

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At least four more people were hanged in Iran last week, including a 22-year-old who was under 17 at the time of arrest.

Three prisoners were executed on Tuesday August 13, in the central prison in the city of Bandar Abbas, southern Iran. The public relations office of the regime’s judiciary declared on Friday August 15.

Another young man who was 18 years old when had been arrested on drug related charges was hanged on Wednesday, August 14, in a Prison in city of Birjand, north-eastern Iran. 

The recent executions brings the total of the announced executions during the past three weeks to at least 40 executions. Continue reading

Iran: At least 22 women executed during Rouhani’s first year

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The women’s committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran published its yearly report on the execution of women in Iran under Hassan Rouhani as part of the gross violation of human rights under the “moderate” president of the clerical regime.

The report published in the official website of the NCRI Women’s Committee, contains details of 22 women who have been executed during the past year, many with their name, date and place of execution.

Based on this report Hassan Rouhani’s government has publicly announced the execution of six of these women and the other 16 have been secretly executed in various cities in Iran. Continue reading

Ziegler calls for deployment of Blue Helmets to Camp Liberty, Iraq

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Mr. Jean Ziegler, member of the Advisory Committee of the UN Human Rights Council has called on the United Nation to station Blue Helmets to protect Iranian refugees in Camp Liberty who are facing danger in Iraq.

Mr. Ziegler told the Swiss TV channel Leman Blue on Wednesday: “We in the United Nations Advisory Committee of the UN Human Rights Council have two demand: Firstly, we want the United Nations to launch a credible international investigation into the massacre in Camp Ashraf which left tens killed. Secondly we demand that the UN Blue Helmets provide protection for the residents of Camp Liberty whose life are in danger daily. Continue reading

Iran: Common Denominator of Middle East Chaos

Source: Clarion Project

The mullahs rely on their regional proxies to instigate civil conflicts and stoke the fires of sectarianism in the countries of the region.

BY SHAHRIAR KIA

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Islamic Fundamentalism, the Iranian regime’s weapons of choice in the Middle-East

Everyone agrees that the Middle East region has become a hodgepodge of religious, ethnic and sectarian conflicts, with the prospects of a respite in death and destruction indeed being bleak. The effects are most evident in Iraq, Syria, Palestine, and more recently in Libya and Lebanon. Other countries are not immune and are under the imminent threat of being pulled into the fray by joining one of the many confusing conflicts that are ravaging the region.

Where opinions diverge is how to deal with this crisis.

Erroneous interpretations by regional and world powers in pinpointing the true source of the disaster and careless dithering in laying out a suitable roadmap and an effective approach to tackle the problem have given rise to the perception that peace and stability in the Middle East as a hopeless cause. Continue reading

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Iraq: Maliki appointed forces prevent delivery of fuel to Camp Liberty Iranians

For the third day in a row, on Friday, August 15, the Iraqi forces stationed at Camp Liberty located near Baghdad International Airport, home to Iranian refugees in Iraq, have prevented the delivery of fuel that is essential for providing the minimum humanitarian needs of the residents.

On Wednesday, August 13, the Iraqi forces prevented the entry of a fuel tanker to the camp and confiscated the vehicle. The tanker has been delivering the fuel purchased by the residents in the camp ever since the Iranian refugees transferred to Camp Liberty. Continue reading