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Suicide increasing in Iran due to crackdown and poverty

Mazandaran Province, northern Iran – July 22 – An 18-year old girl committed suicide by throwing herself off a 6-story building.

Tehran Province – On Friday, July 21st, with the mother absent, the father of a 6-year old girl and 2-year old boy gave them suicide pills, and he too committed suicide. All three lost their lives.

Karaj, west of Tehran – July 22 – A construction worker climbed a crane and threw himself off, protesting not receiving his wage. He lost his life.

More than 2,300 children in Iran’s prisons

A member of Iran’s parliamentary judiciary and the legal commission said the number of children in Iran’s prisons have reached over 2,300, according to media reports. This is an indication that the number of women in these jails have also increased, the MP added.

In 2013 over 7,377 women were in jail in Iran, according to Zahra Boniyanian, advisor to the secretary general of the women and girls branch of Iran’s Anti-Drug Department.

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Maryam Rajavi: Let us turn the New Year into the year of defeat for religious fascism in Iran and the region

In a grand gathering in Tirana, Albania, on the occasion of the Persian New Year, the Iranian Resistance’s President-elect Maryam Rajavi wished that the New Year would be the year of breaking the chains of the religious fascism ruling Iran. Today marked the beginning of the Iranian New Year or Nowrouz that starts with the arrival of spring.  Mrs. Rajavi wished the looming of the spring of freedom and national sovereignty, the failure of the mullahs’ belligerence in the region, and the year of emancipation of the defenseless people of Syria from the clutches of the clerical regime ruling Iran.

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Help free eight prisoners of conscience in Iran

Amnesty International called to Help free eight prisoners of conscience in Iran

Eight prisoners of conscience in Iran – among them human rights defenders, activists, artists and teachers – have gone on hunger strike to protest against their imprisonment. Their health is deteriorating fast – join us to call for their immediate and unconditional release.

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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.

The plight of human rights violations in Iran

The European Parliament recently witnessed 270 of its members issue a strongly worded statement lashing out and condemning the regime in Iran for its continuous and horrendous trend of human rights violations in contrast to preposterous claims of reforms and adopting a new approach. The statement encourages and rightfully demands the European Union and all Western governments “to condition any further relations with Iran to a clear progress on human rights and a halt to executions.” Continue reading The plight of human rights violations in Iran

Iran-backed militia target opposition camp in Iraq in new rocket attack

Pro-Iran militia groups in Iraq on Monday, July 4th staged a new rocket attack against Camp Liberty near Baghdad International Airport, home to the remaining members of the Iranian opposition group People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI), destroying a large number of trailers and creating havoc amongst the community of Iranian refugees.
Early reports indicate a number of the residents in the camp have been injured and transferred to a nearby hospital for medical care. This is the latest rocket attack against this camp after the deadly 29 October 2015 attack that left over 24 residents killed and a large section of the camp leveled. This new rocket barrage is staged after 8 days of an intensified siege on Liberty imposed at the behest of the Iranian regime through the crackdown committee controlling daily affairs in the camp. All deliveries of fuel, food, medicine and hygiene products into Liberty have been banned and most recently even the rented sewage dump tracks are not allowed into the camp. This has left the residents facing a major hygiene crisis as the black water tanks will overflow into the residential areas.
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The residents of Camp Liberty were promised protection by the United Nations, the U.S. government and the government of Iraq. However, they have been the targets of five different rocket attacks from February 2013 to this day, leaving dozens of residents killed and injured. This recent attack has left the residents in further fear of their uncertain future in Iraq.