IRAN: THE 1988 MASSACRE OF POLITICAL PRISONERS IN IRAN AND MEK MAKING SIGNIFICANT INROADS IN IRANIAN POLITICAL LANDSCAPE

Published on Iran News Update

Twenty-six years have passed since one of the worst crimes against humanity of the latter half of the twentieth century. That crime that has been little noticed in the West and its perpetrators has never been brought to justice.

In late July 1988 political prisoners were killed en masse in a months-long wave of executions across Iran. By the time it stopped that autumn, 30,000 individuals had been slaughtered, the overwhelming majority of them activists of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK).  Continue reading IRAN: THE 1988 MASSACRE OF POLITICAL PRISONERS IN IRAN AND MEK MAKING SIGNIFICANT INROADS IN IRANIAN POLITICAL LANDSCAPE

Senate briefing condemns Iranian regime destructive role in Iraq

At a senate briefing at Capitol Hill, entitled “Tumult in Iraq: Maliki’s Role and Iran’s Nefarious Influence,” several senior former officials and a U.S. senator strongly condemned the Iranian regime’s destructive role in Iraq.

Armed Services and Appropriation committees member Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO), former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, former Democratic National Committee Chair and Vermont Governor Howard Dean, former State Department Policy Planning director Ambassador Mitchell Reiss, prominent author and Middle East expert Dr. Walid Phares, and former Senior Antiterrorism/Force Protection Officer, Coalition Forces – Iraq, Retired Col. Wes Martin spoke at the briefing. Continue reading Senate briefing condemns Iranian regime destructive role in Iraq

“The bitter taste of betrayal” – a personal account of the 2009 Ashraf City massacre

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 “The bitter taste of betrayal” – a personal account of the 2009 Ashraf City massacre

Five years after massacre at Camp Ashraf on July 28-29, 2009

On July 28-29, 2009, Iraqi forces stormed Camp Ashraf and murdered eleven defenseless residents while U.S. forces were still present at the camp and only observed the events as they unraveled. During the same attack, Iraqi forces abducted 36 of the residents.

It was only after 72 days of a hunger strike by the hostages, hundreds of Camp Ashraf residents, and Iranians across the world that the Iraqi government was forced to release the hostages, who by then were on the brink of death. Continue reading Five years after massacre at Camp Ashraf on July 28-29, 2009

Arab lawyers demand protection for Liberty and Ashraf massacre probe

NCRI – More than 13,000 Arab lawyers and judges have demanded improved security for the residents of Camp Liberty and a full investigation into the September 1, 2013, massacre at Camp Ashraf.

The joint statement published by Assembly of Independent Jurists For Defense of Human Rights in Iraq also calls on the United nations to deploy troops in Camp Liberty to provide daily protection for Iranian residents of Camp Liberty. Continue reading Arab lawyers demand protection for Liberty and Ashraf massacre probe

Iranian regime officials ask Iraq to intensify suppression of Camp Liberty residents

Ali Shamkhani, Secretary of the mullahs’ regime Security Council and Zohrevand, senior advisor of terrorist operations, in trip to Iraq demanded revocation of security and increasing pressure and suppressive measures for Liberty residents

According to reports received from within Iran, Shamkhani, the clerical regime’s Security Council Secretary and Qassem Soleimani, commander of the terrorist Qods Force, and other accompanying Iranian Revolutionary Guards in meetings last week with Maliki and his national security adviser Faleh Fayyaz and other Iraqi political and security officials demanded increased pressure and intensification of suppressive measures against Liberty residents. Continue reading Iranian regime officials ask Iraq to intensify suppression of Camp Liberty residents

Iraqi forces send away more buyers of Camp Ashraf property

4 Iraqi merchants turned back from Camp Liberty entrance after several hours delay

In the past months 75 merchants gone to Liberty to buy Ashraf property have been turned back

NCRI – On Wednesday, 23 July 2014, four Iraqi merchants who had referred to Camp Liberty to discuss purchase of residents’ property in Ashraf were not allowed to enter the camp and were turned back by the Iraqi Prime Ministry agents under the command of Ahmed Khozair after they were stalled at Camp Liberty’s entrance checkpoint for several hours in the scorching weather in the month of Ramadan. This is while the specifications of these merchants had been given to Iraqi agents and UNAMI in advance. Thus, in the recent months, at least 75 Iraqi merchants who had gone to Camp Liberty to purchase the property in Ashraf have been turned back. Continue reading Iraqi forces send away more buyers of Camp Ashraf property