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Hold the Iranian Regime Accountable for Its Atrocities

This article posred on Americab Thinkers – October 9 2016

By Shahriar Kia

October 10th will mark the 14th World Day Against Death Penalty, where people around the world will rally to support the abolition of executions. While we have reason to celebrate progress in seeing more countries abolish the death penalty in 2015, with 169 of the 193 member states of the UN having been execution-free in the past year, we also need to raise awareness and alarm in regions and countries where the state of human rights and the application of capital punishment has continued to deteriorate.

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The Next President Has a Serious Call to Make on Iran Policy

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Among the many foreign policy challenges that the next President of the United States will face, Iran will be a prominent one.

The regime in Tehran is known for its instigation of terrorism and strife across Lebanon, Iraq and Yemen. It has gained notorious fame for its violent meddling in the internal affairs of other countries, its support for the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in slaughtering more than 500,000 Syrians, and its track record of human rights violations against its own citizens, especially women and youth.

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As UN Fetes Rouhani, Iranian Resistance Vows to Keep Fighting

By David A. Patten

posted on NEWSMAX.COM  Saturday, 24 Sep 2016

Iranian President Hasan Rouhani — who former U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman says should be treated as “an international pariah” because his country “has more blood on its hands” than North Korea – has been warmly received by some members of the United Nations this week.

Rouhani’s visit to New York follows revelations of the Obama administration’s controversial decision to ship $1.7 billion to Iran — an arrangement the administration insists did not amount to paying ransom.

But the cash appeared to secure the release of U.S. prisoners in Iran, while consummating a deal with Iran’s mullahs that was intended to limit their nuclear enrichment activities for about a decade.

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The 1988 massacre against the MEK/PMOI resurfaces in Geneva

Le Temps, the only nationwide French-language  daily newspaper of Switzerland. Published an article on September 21, about the subject of formation of the Committee “Justice for the victims of the 1988 massacre Iran.” Following is the English translation of this article.

A recording of Hossein Ali Montazeri, the designated successor of Ayatollah Khomeini, sheds new light on the event

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Maryam Rajavi: Relocation of Camp Liberty residents, a strategic setback for the clerical regime, calls for a new era of change and advancement

Iranians celebrated the successful conclusion of Camp Liberty residents’ relocation from Iraq to Europe at the office of the National Council of Resistance of Iran in Auvers-sur-Oise on Saturday, September 10, 2016, in a ceremony in the presence of French, European and Arab dignitaries.

The Iranian Resistance’s President-elect Maryam Rajavi described the relocation as a strategic setback for the clerical regime, adding that the bells toll and call for change and for an era of progress and advancement.

Maryam Rajavi added: In these 14 years, thanks to the endurance of the PMOI and its members in Ashraf and Camp Liberty, and relentless political and international campaigns, the clerical regime’s schemes to destroy and annihilate the Iranian Resistance were thwarted. The Iranian people’s movement for freedom thus took a substantial step forward against the clerical regime. The regime’s plan to guarantee its own survival with the physical elimination of the PMOI/MEK was foiled.

A number of political dignitaries, old friends of the Iranian Resistance, and staunch defendants of Ashraf attended the ceremony. They included Sid Ahmad Ghozali, former Prime Minister of Algeria; Alejo Vidal Quadras, President of the International Committee in Search of Justice (ISJ) and former Vice President of the European Parliament; Ms. Ingrid Betancourt, former presidential candidate for Columbia; Madam Annisa Boumediene, Expert on Islam and former First Lady of Algeria; Tahar Boumedra, former Chief of the Human Rights Office of the UN Assistance Mission to Iraq, and in charge of the Case in Ashraf; Bishop Jacque Gaillot and Mr. Jean-Pierre Muller, mayor of Magny-en-Vexin and head of the Committee of mayors against fundamentalism and for human rights; Pierre Bercis, President of the New Human Rights Foundation, and Sheikh Dahou Meskine, Secretary General of the Joint Committee of Muslims against Fundamentalism and for Human Rights.

They congratulated Mrs. Rajavi and the Iranian Resistance, and described the 14-year endurance of the PMOI in Ashraf and Liberty as an historical example.

In another part of her remarks, Mrs. Rajavi said: The regime ostensibly wanted to expel the Mojahedin from Iraq and to send them away from the Iranian border. Still, the mullahs’ real demand was their annihilation or their surrender to the mullahs’ rule. The fake arrest warrants issued by the Iraqi judiciary, the extradition schemes and the red notices passed on to Interpol, sought to pave the way for the same purpose.

The PMOI, however, endured in the face of a ruthless siege; it kept alight the flames of struggle for freedom and held high the flag of the movement for the overthrow of the Velayat-e Faqih regime. It preserved the Iranian nation’s moral, activist and strategic asset amidst the most horrifying crises in the Middle East.

Maryam Rajavi admired the powerful chain of solidarity and support for the residents of Ashraf and Camp Liberty in all five continents and added: It was the great power of conscience that rushed to the aid of the resistance from all around the world and prevent much worse disasters.

Referring to the movement to obtain justice for the victims of the 1988 massacre in Iran, the Iranian Resistance’s President-elect asserted: A new chapter has now opened, which is marked by the full-fledged advancement for the overthrow of the Velayat-e Faqih.

She added: It is not without reason that just yesterday, mullah Ahmad Jannati, head of the Assembly of Experts and the regime’s Council of Guardians, set all considerations aside and said, “If the PMOI had been given more opportunity and if they had not been massacred, they would have uprooted the regime.” So, at issue was not Islam or the Quran but preservation of the regime and its power by any means. But let me make it clear for Khamenei and his regime: The Iranian Resistance is now prepared a hundred times stronger and more experienced to forge ahead in its struggle.

Transforming Iran Should Be Core US Policy

By Shahriar Kia

America is gearing up for what is making to be probably the most sensitive and important presidential elections in modern history. Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump will most definitely face major national security challenges very unique in nature. One of these is the seemingly insoluble Middle East crisis, with many aspects preplexing experts considering how to find a tangible and acceptable solution for all. As time is running out in this corner of the globe, the region is experiencing a level of anarchy never seen before.

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Iran: Sunni execution proves human rights sanctions are necessary

At a time when one would think Iran after the nuclear agreement with the international community would begin to wind down its human rights violations, especially the use of executions, recent reports indicate 33 individuals were sent to the gallows on Tuesday, Aug. 2. Congress should dismiss any call for appeasement vis-à-vis Iran and continue pursuing and holding firm its sanctions against the mullahs’, especially those punishing Tehran’s atrocious human rights violations.

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