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Human Rights

By: Heshmat Alavi

Developments in the Middle East have placed the spotlight once again on Iran and its hegemonic temptations. This goes parallel to calls from parties such as France and Germany, whom Iran previously counted on in the face of U.S. pressures, demanding Tehran reel in its ballistic missile program and support for proxy groups across the region.

While all such measures are necessary and deserve escalation, Tehran’s human rights violations demand even more attention. This is the one issue that both shivers fear in the ruling regime and provides direct support for the Iranian people in their struggle for freedom, democracy and all the other values embraced by today’s 21st century world.

WASHINGTON, Dec. 4, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In a panel at the National Press Club by the Washington Office of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI-US), human rights experts called for accountability for Iranian regime's human rights abuses.

Referring to NCRI's newly released book, "Iran, Where Mass Murderers Rule, The 1988 Massacre of 30,000 Political Prisoners and the Continuing Atrocities," former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Human Rights Commission, Kenneth Blackwell, called for accountability into the 1988 massacre to "put pressure on the regime to give access so that we might shine light on the evils that were done… [to give] hope to [those] inside Iran." Blackwell added, "our delegation at the U.N. [should] continue to be a leading voice, not only on international terrorism…by the regime, but …to bring justice to a regime … that is a threat to the basic fabric of humanity across the globe."

Former Director of the White House Office of Public Liaison, Linda Chavez, referred to the role of women in the opposition. "It is no accident," that Iran's opposition movement "is led by a woman, Madame Maryam Rajavi. She stands as a real affront to this regime. The regime hates and fears the MEK [Mujahedin-e Khalq] because in the MEK women … are allowed to lead others. And men are willing to listen and to follow them; a major threat to a regime that wants to imprison half its people."

NCRI's U.S. Representative, Soona Samsami said, "why the regime continues to perpetrate such atrocities and continuing? The answer is simple; it fears its population. Despite harsh crackdown, Tehran has been unable to extinguish the Iranian people's yearning for change, freedom, and human rights."

Former U.S. Ambassador to Morocco, Marc Ginsberg emphasized, "The violation of human rights has become an inconvenient truth to those who have decided that the Iran nuclear agreement is what begins and ends our engagement with Iran… We need to begin holding Iran accountable."

Former U.S. Ambassador to Bahrain, Adam Ereli, said, "Many of the perpetrators of this crime are in positions of high authority and this has produced a culture of impunity that Iran's rulers exploit to continue arresting, torturing, and murdering at will and without consequences or penalty… The only way to stop rogue regimes from using terror and murder as tools of their rule is to hold them accountable for their crimes."


 Source : http://www.ncrius.org

Prisoner of conscience Golrokh Iraee sent an open letter from Evin Prisonwhere she is detained calling for justice for the perpetrators of the 1980s massacres in Iran. The letter comes in the wake of the acceptance by the UN working group on enforced or involuntary disappearances of the complaint filed by political prisoner Maryam Akbari Monfared demanding information about the fate of her siblings executed during the massacre of 30,000 political prisoners in 1988. In parts of her letter, Ms. Iraee writes:
“Some recall the 80’s, some have heard about it, but Maryam has lived through it…
With a simple yes or no answer, they executed thousands with a firing square or the gallows. They then piled their bodies, some of which still had life in them, on top of each other in trucks dripping with blood destined for mass graves without gravestones in the dead of night …
And now, this common pain will not subside until all is said and a compelling response is given instead of the denials and the excuses…
Maryam is not just one person.
She is (the voice) of thousands who have lost their family members to the firing squad or the gallows, or in street clashes or under torture, or to the hate of the despotism which has laid the foundations for this tyranny.
Today Maryam is looking for justice for a family that they have tried to kill off, but they are remembered and they have gone down in history.
Maryam’s three brothers and one sister gave their lives for the freedom of their country…
It is merited that we become the voice of those who have been crying out all these years in the skies of this sleepy city, and declare that we all want justice for the bloody crimes of the 80’s…
Hoping for a tomorrow in which the silence has been broken, the unsaid has been said, and justice has prevailed for the innocent who were slain.
Golrokh Ibrahimi Iraie
Women’s Section of Evin Prison
November 2017. “

Iran’s Kermanshah Earthquake

A magnitude 7.3 earthquake shook western Iran on Sunday November 12. This has been the deadliest quake in the world this year.
The majority of victims were Iranian. “More than 1,000 people have lost their lives,” Iranian MP Ahmad Safari said to the state-run ILNA news agency 72 hours after the quake.
“I went to a village where they said they pulled 20 corpses from under the rubble. They were not even counted in the death toll. 70 people died just in one alley of the town of Sarpol-e Zahab.

No Excuse for Sending a 13-Year-Old to War

By: Tara Sepehri Far

“How old are you?” the interviewer asks.

“Thirteen,” replies the boy, in uniform.

“Thirteen years – thirteen years old!” the interviewer repeats, proudly, as the camera pans upward to the grinning, bearded faces of uniformed men, apparently Iranian soldiers, who pat their young recruit on the back.

Prisoner of conscience Golrokh Iraee sent an open letter from Evin Prison where she is detained calling for justice for the perpetrators of the 1980s massacres in Iran. The letter comes in the wake of the acceptance by the UN working group on enforced or involuntary disappearances of the complaint filed by political prisoner Maryam Akbari Monfared demanding information about the fate of her siblings executed during the massacre of 30,000 political prisoners in 1988.

To the shock of the public, Iranian TV published a report about an Iranian child soldier fighting in the Syrian war.

Iran sent thousands of children to into battle during the Iran-Iraq War (1980-88). However, it was widely believed that children were no longer being used as soldiers by the Islamic Republic.

The report revealed that Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) is actively recruiting Iranian children to fight in the Syrian war.

The jailing of a British citizen highlights a crackdown on journalists at home and abroad

BEHIND the grimy frosted windows of an abandoned shopfront in the backstreets of central London lies a plush modern office, full of banks of computer screens monitoring Iran’s internet output. The office is one of many Western media projects working to outwit the censors who seek to suppress all but the official discourse of Iran’s Islamic Republic. Much of the funding comes from America’s Near East Regional Democracy programme, which allocates about $30m a year to promoting democracy and human rights in Iran.

In response to the annual Reporters Without Borders Prize awarded to him, the Iranian political prisoner, Soheil Arabi, , said in a letter: “No reward can make me happy unless together hand in hand we uproot the oppression and overthrow the oppressors.”In part of the letter, this political prisoner currently detained in Ward 8 of Evin prison said: “When most media were in the hands of two factions that compete in censorship

November 20 is designated as the United Nations’ Universal Children’s Day. However, the Iranian regime does not cherish children. In fact, during the Iraq-Iraq war, it has been reported that Khomeini’s regime used hundreds of thousands of schoolchildren as cannon fodder.The young recruits are said to have received only one to three months of military training before they were being sent to the war front.