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Human rights sanctions: The next step against Iran

Originally posted on American Thinker

As Tehran strives to cope with increasing international isolation, the Third Committee of the United Nations General Assembly adopted a new resolution condemning human rights violations in Iran.  This is the 64th such condemnation slapped by U.N. entities against this regime’s human rights record.

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Opinion: No war needed for Iran regime change

   The article posted on Al Riyadh Daily

The objective of Ruhollah Khomeini, founder of the religious dictatorship under the pretext of the Islamic Republic of Iran, in establishing the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) on May 5th, 1979, was to form a military force completely loyal to the mullahs’ Velayat-e faqih system.

This entity, set to be equipped with modern and heavy weaponry, would be tasked to protect the ruling institution.

This is exactly why the IRGC is this regime’s Achilles Heel and weak point. If comprehensive and immediate sanctions truly disarm the regime of this lever and expel the IRGC from the Middle East, the pillar protecting Iran’s religious dictatorship in the face of popular uprisings and international crises will crumble.

As the Ayatollahs began to establish their rule, the IRGC was tasked to oppress and eliminate dissidents, pursue Tehran’s warmongering and export terrorism. The IRGC has played a very active role in the execution of over 120,000 political prisoners during the past four decades.

The IRGC was behind the crackdown campaigns of Iran’s 1999 and 2009 uprisings, and the oppression of Iran’s religious and ethnic minorities, including the Kurds, Iranian Arabs in Ahvaz and Baluchistan.

A decade later, the IRGC was also placed in charge of the regime’s nuclear projects, ballistic missile drive, and the country’s economy.

To this end, the IRGC has become this dictatorship’s political, strategic and economic guardian.

Despite all this, warmongering and exporting terrorism is of the utmost importance for Tehran and the IRGC has monopolized such a role.

Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, relying on the IRGC, is on the verge of establishing a fundamentalist empire stretching from Tehran to Beirut and the Mediterranean, continuing to extend to Yemen and the Red Sea.

This empire is the necessity in safeguarding the religious dictatorship ruling Iran, which is utterly loathed by Iran’s people.

IRGC in the Middle East

The IRGC is missioned to fuel sectarians and exporting terrorism across the region.

However, these measures are not a sign of Iran’s upper hand and stability. It is quite the opposite, resonating from Tehran’s weakness and terrified of its rule being toppled.

If Iran actually enjoyed stability and power there would never be any need to resort to terrorism.

Exporting terrorism and instigating sectarian wars, considering the heavy political price on the international stage and isolations, would never be in Tehran’s interest if it enjoyed stability at home.

Meddling in other countries is aimed at cloaking the crises that currently endanger the mullahs’ entire existence.

“If the IRGC had not fought the wars in Syria and Iraq, we would now have been fighting in Isfahan, Kermanshah, and Khorasan,” Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei is known to have said.

He recently took one step further and added, “If the IRGC were not present in the region who knows Tehran’s and streets nearby would be in whose hands.”

If this designation and comprehensive sanctions were imposed against the IRGC prior to this, and not delayed due to the West’s appeasement policy, we would not be witness to such humanitarian catastrophes, so many innocent lives lost in Syria, Iraq, and Yemen, and the harsh oppression of the Iranian people.

Necessity of regime change in Iran

During the past three decades, the Iranian regime has profited immensely from the West’s appeasement policy, especially when faced with the 2009 uprising that, according to the regime’s own senior officials, shackled the very pillars of their rule. However, the Iranian people were abandoned by the West.

Despite all these concessions and engagement with the mullahs, despite all the neglect in the face of their terrorism and crimes, Tehran was not only never contained, but left to further its savagery.

During the past few months based an initiative launched by regional states, seen very vividly in the historic Riyadh conference back in May, and the new US government vis-à-vis Iran has brought to life new hopes.

Following the adoption of a new Congress sanctions bill – signed into law by President Donald Trump – targeting the IRGC and designating this entity as a global terrorist, all the articles of this initiative must be implemented immediately and without any loopholes.

The IRGC should subsequently be evicted from Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and Lebanon.

Such actions will significantly weaken the IRGC. Only in such a scenario can Iran’s destructive meddling in the region be confronted, and Middle East peace and security guaranteed.

NCRI President Maryam Rajavi in a speech last month at the annual Iranian opposition convention in Paris emphasized on a very important matter.

“From the outset, the regime was at war with the people of Iran. All the other wars waged against foreign countries have been designed to cover up this main conflict.

But these wars are not an indication of the regime’s strength. They are an indication of the fact that no government in the region has ever attempted to prevent the regime’s belligerence,” she said.

For regime change in Iran, there is no need for war or military intervention by a foreign state. The international community needs only to end its appeasement, economic deals, and concessions to Tehran, which is literally maintaining this dictatorship in power.

The Iranian people and their organized opposition are fully capable of realizing this change.

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.

Merchants obstructed from purchasing Camp Liberty residents’ property despite approval by Government of Iraq

fact that for the second time last week Camp Liberty residents were officially informed that the Government of Iraq has approved the sale of their property in Camp Liberty, seven Iraqi merchants who had come to the camp to purchase the property were turned back on May 19, 2016. The merchants who had braved the difficult security condition in Iraq to come to Camp Liberty were insulted by officers of the Governmental Committee tasked to suppress Camp Liberty residents and were forced to return after a long delay.
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Call for formation of an international committee to investigate crimes of Iranian regime in Camp Ashraf

In a program broadcasted on April 22 and 23 on the prisons and torture centers of the paramilitary forces affiliated with the Iranian regime in Iraq and on the massacre of innocent people, especially the Sunnis, Al-Jazeera TV said: “Some of the abductees were transferred to secret prisons in Ashraf Base. This base formerly belonged to the People’s Mojahedin Organization [PMOI/MEK] but was occupied by the Badr militias. Right now, close to 150 people have been executed by the paramilitary Badr forces in Ashraf and buried in mass graves.”
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Iran political prisoner Saeed Masouri writes to UN Human Rights Council

Iranian political prisoner Saeed Masouri has written to the current session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva to expose recent further aggressions against political prisoners in Iran by the mullahs’ regime following the publication of an earlier joint letter to the council by political prisoners urging it to extend the mandate of its investigator on human rights abuses in Iran. Continue reading Iran political prisoner Saeed Masouri writes to UN Human Rights Council

Iraq: Camp Liberty residents protest rights violations, lack of security

Nearly three months after the launching of 80 rockets on an Iranian refugees camp located near Baghdad International Airport leaving 24 residents killed and more than 100 injured, a group of residents held a rally demanding protection and guarantees for their basic rights. The protesters raised placards emphasizing on the responsibilities of the United Nations and U.S. government regarding the residents’ protection, and called for urgent action to stop all prison-making measures carried out in this camp.
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