After spending years inside various prisons across Iran due to my opposition against the regime, in 2008 I was transferred to Evin Prison in Tehran. Entering ward 209 I saw three middle-aged men with long beards and very wooly hair, with a difficult accent that made it hard to understand what Farsi they were speaking. However, very soon I realized that all three were young men in their 20s and 30s from the province of Sistan & Baluchistan whose locals have suffered much.
The name of one of these young men was Behzad, and he was very quiet and calm. When I first met him he welcomed me very kindly and with his small and not-so sharp scissors he began cutting my hair. On that day I began talking with Behzad, and it was then when I realized that behind this very calm and quiet face there was actually a large wrath waiting to roar. Behzad Narouie was a local of the brave people of Baluchistan in southeastern Iran.
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On the morning of 19 June 1982, we had just eaten breakfast in the IRGC prison in the northern city of Lahijan. We tried sat in the corner of our cell in order to read a book. There were nine of us and were confined in a 16 meter squared cell. We were all political prisoners and opposed the religious regime in Iran for the crimes it had carried out against youths and freedom-loving individuals. Suddenly, the cell door that was locked with a heavy chain opened. The guard looked at us and said: Mohammad and Abdullah Samizadeh, come out! Mohaammad and Abdullah were brothers; both stepped out of the cell after a moment. I was a bit surprised; why did they take Mohammad and Abdullah at 7 in the morning I thought to myself. We became worried.
Continue reading Iran: three decades of execution and hanging continues
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
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.
Continue reading Video: Daughter of Iran political prisoner speaks out
By Hamid Imeni
Lost in my memories I remembered the first half of 1981 when for a few months a movie named “I want to live” starring Fara Foste was on Tehran’s silver screens. At that time it was about two months since I had fled from a Revolutionary Guards prison, only a few days before my execution. Therefore, I fully understood the moral objective sought in that film.
I suddenly remembered the thousands of prisoners who before being executed did not even give their names to the henchmen, and the regime posted their pictures asking their families to identify their children at the forensics. The families, after paying the gun-squad charges of their own children’s execution, would finally receive their dead bodies! Although this may seem unbelievable, but it is truly painstaking for a father to pay for the bullets that killed his own son, just to receive his dead body! All of them loved life and had devoted their all struggling for it.
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By Assadolah Nabavi
“If a ruler never steps out of the path of rightness, he will be destroyed. A ruler must be as keen as a fox, and as violent as a lion… Monarchs must only remain loyal to their oaths when it is in their interests, otherwise emirs must at times go back on their words… but if deemed necessary to cover up this characteristic, they must be a professional in histrionics and guile… there will always be those who have been deceived…”
This is just a look at the viewpoint of Renaissance philosopher Machiavelli in his book the ‘King’.
Continue reading Iran: If only Machiavelli were alive!