GENEVA – Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (8 August 2014) – United Nations human rights experts* today expressed grave concern over the recent escalating trend of arrest and sentencing of individuals exercising their rights to freedom of expression and opinion, peaceful assembly and association.
Since 22 May 2014, at least 36 individuals that include journalists, bloggers, filmmakers and authors, many of whom are also human rights activists, have been arrested summoned or sentenced in connection with their journalistic activities or for simply expressing their opinion on social media websites. Some of them have also been charged for ‘gathering and colluding against national security’ following their participation in peaceful assemblies. Continue reading
The West has made the ‘strategic mistake’ of side-lining the Iranian Resistance and instead engaging with the Iranian regime in a fruitless bid to halt their production of a nuclear bomb, a leading Middle Eastern expert has told a conference in Paris.
Dr Walid Phares, professor and commentator on global terrorism and Middle Eastern affairs, also accused the international community of abandoning Iranian dissidents affiliated with the People’s Mojaheidn Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) stranded in Camp Liberty in Iraq, which he branded a ‘jail’. Continue reading
Originally published on National Review Online
Last week, the Washington Post’s Tehran correspondent was arrested. The charges are unspecified, but according to the paper, Jason Rezaian, 38, his Iranian wife, Yeganeh Salehi, and two other U.S. citizens were detained. State Department spokesman Marie Harf issued a protest that didn’t even rise to the level of tepid, saying, “Our highest priority is the safety and welfare of U.S. citizens abroad.”
Reassured? Rezaian and the others join a list of Americans held captive — many for years and years. Continue reading
Originally published on Ashcam
By Amir Basiri*
Today marks the fifth anniversary of the first deadly attack by Iraqi security forces against Ashraf City, located in Iraq’s Diyala Province and home to thousands of Iranian refugees. Although the raid on the camp was perpetrated by the Iraqi government at the behest of the Iranian regime, the wrong decision and actions – or lack thereof – of the US government played a pivotal role in facilitating the tragedy that occurred five years ago on this day.
Ashraf, which had been inhabited by Iranian dissidents striving for an end to tyranny and suppression in their country, had been a perennial thorn in side of the Iranian regime, and a beacon of hope for millions of Iranian people living under the iron-fisted rule of the mullahs in Tehran. As an Ashrafi, I was proud to be part of a community that symbolised an Iran founded on the principles of freedom, democracy and equality – a nuclear-free Iran that would peacefully coexist with its neighbours in the region and all the nations of the world. Continue reading
Wasting time and bargaining during nuclear negotiations is the mullahs’ only mode of operation; they will let up only when confronted with firmness
• In light of the regional circumstances, Khamenei wants to maintain the regime’s nuclear infrastructure and capability for acquiring the bomb
• The international community must pursue the full implementation of UN Security Council resolutions by the clerical regime
The President-elect of the Iranian Resistance, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, has described the fruitless Vienna negotiations and the regime’s refusal to accept a comprehensive agreement that could permanently prevent it from acquiring a nuclear weapon as a failure for the policy of appeasing and showing latitude towards the regime. Continue reading
Continued from 12-MONTH REPORT CARD: IRAN UNDER HASSAN ROUHANI – Part II
In Rouhani’s government the policy of meddling in other countries and exporting terrorism and fundamentalism has intensified each day.
The US State Department recently reported that the Iranian regime remains a major supporter of terrorism and continues to challenge requests to prove its nuclear ambitions are peaceful. The State Department added that Tehran is pressing its support of Palestinian terrorist groups and strengthening its presence in Africa, and attempting to smuggle weapons to separatists in Yemen and Bahrain. Continue reading
Continued from 12-MONTH REPORT CARD: IRAN UNDER HASSAN ROUHANI – Part I
Repression and execution have intensified under Hassan Rouhani’s tenure, provoking immense international concerns.
On March 16, 2014, UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon expressed concerns over the soaring rate of executions in Iran – including as many as 675 last year – and said in a report to the UN Human Rights Council,“The new government has not changed its approach regarding the application of the death penalty and seems to have followed the practice of previous administrations, which relied heavily on the death penalty to combat crime.” Continue reading
Originally published on Clarion Project
July 15th, 2014
The sixth and final round of talks between the Iranian regime and P5+1, which started on July 3, is quickly running its course toward its self-imposed July 20 deadline, at which time world powers and the Iranian regime are supposed to reach a final agreement on Iran’s illicit nuclear program and curb the nuclear capabilities of a regime that has already proven to be a regional and global threat without nuclear weapons.
The talks were initially launched with a lot of pomp and ceremony. Accordingly, a lot of optimism was pumped into mainstream media, mainly centered on the positive changes that would supposedly occur now that the Iranian regime’s new president Hassan Rouhani had assumed office, and his foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was at the helm of Iranian negotiating team. Continue reading
America’s failure to keep its promise to protect Iranian dissidents in Camp Liberty is putting its credibility in the world at risk, top foreign policy and military leaders have told President Barack Obama.
In a letter to The White House, the US dignitaries reminded Mr Obama that America had pledged to protect the Iranian MEK members if they surrendered their weapons and renounced violence. Continue reading
Rudy Giuliani, former Mayor of New York & US Presidential Candidate, spoke at the great gathering of Iranians in Paris, and underscored the importance of protecting the residents of Camp Liberty. Following are excerpts from his speech.
But the regime change in Iran is easy. There is an alternative in Iran, an alternative that stands for democracy, stands for freedom, stands for human rights, stands for the rights of a woman, is led by a woman, and most importantly at this time in our history, it stands for a non-nuclear Iran, and that is of course the MEK and Madam Rajavi…. Continue reading