In memory of more than 1,500 protesters, who were fallen during protests in November 2019. The Iranian people show their will for extending protests to the nationwide uprising against the mullahs’ regime.
Netizens inside Iran and expatriate Iranians across the globe pay homage to those who sacrificed their lives for freedom via #از_آبان_بگو—Say about Aban [November] and #آبان_ادامه_دارد—Aban [November] continues.
You can see another part of the testimonies of eyewitnesses of the 1988 massacre in Iran in the following clip.
This part is dedicated to the testimony of Ms. Nahid Taheri.
My name is Nahid Taheri. I was imprisoned from February 1982 until April 1984 in Hamedan prison, also known as Ershadgah prison.
I was a student at the time of my arrest. Ershadgah was a place the regime could force us to abandon our ideals, but they failed.
During the time I was in prison, the criminal Ebrahim Raisi was Hamedan’s prosecutor, and another mullah, Salimi, was the judge in our city.
Every prisoner went to court and received a sentence. Raisi used to summon all women and announce their verdicts. Raisi announced the execution sentence of many of my cellmates, including Mahnaz Sahrakar, Mina Abdoli from Malayer, Fakhri Gholami from Kermanshah. All of them were executed in 1983.
One of Raisi’s methods in 1983 was to sentence the death row prisoners to death by hanging. He did not use the firing squad, as he wanted the prisoner to suffer more.
On the anniversary of the introduction of Mrs. Maryam Rajavi as the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) for the transition period, the Resistance Units and supporters of the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK/PMOI) undertook a nationwide campaign in which they expressed their support for Mrs. Rajavi and her 10-point plan for a democratic republic based on the separation of religion and state, which guarantees freedom and equality for all sectors of the society.
The campaign included posting banners and placards and writing slogans in public and distributing leaflets in different areas of Tehran, Mashhad, Isfahan, Shiraz, Tabriz, Karaj, Ahvaz, Ardabil, Qom, Rasht, Kashan, Semnan, Sari, Urmia, Anzali, Amol, Neyshabur, Nowshahr, Rudsar, Langarud, Chalus, Lahijan, Gorgan, Kazerun, Kashmar, Omidiyeh, Khash, Saravan, and Shahroud. The campaign, which was carried out in a tight-security atmosphere, was welcomed by the local people.
The banners and placards that were installed on the highways and motorways of Iran’s metropolises read:
“Maryam Rajavi: “The overthrow of the regime is inevitable. Iran will be freed,”
“Maryam Rajavi: Tomorrow’s Iran will be a country of respect for human rights,”
“Maryam Rajavi’s ten-point plan for a free future Iran,”
“Maryam Rajavi: the clerical regime must and will be overthrown, and freedom and democracy will prevail,”
“Maryam Rajavi: No to compulsory hijab, No to compulsory religion, No to dictatorship,”
“Maryam Rajavi: The time has come for Iran to be freed from the mullahs’ occupation,”
“Maryam Rajavi: No to Velayat-e-Faqih, yes to a democratic secular republic based on the people’s vote,”
“Iran’s bright future with Maryam Rajavi, onward freedom,”
” Maryam Rajavi: Now it is the women’s turn to stand up against all forms of oppression,”
“The Iranian people have decided to gain their freedom and establish a democratic republic,”
“Maryam is the Iranian people’s hope for a bright future,”
It is with great shock and sadness that we learned of the passing of Sir David Amess MP, the co-chairman of the British Committee for Iran Freedom (BCFIF) after being stabbed in a constituency meeting in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex.
The Iranian Community in Belgium condemns this vicious attack, which was an assault not only on Sir David but also on democracy in the UK. We extend our condolences to his family, wife, and children. Our thoughts and prayers are with them, his staff, and parliamentary colleagues at this difficult time.
Sir David was a champion of human rights and democracy in Iran for more than three decades. He consistently spoke in support of the Iranian people’s democratic aspirations and the Iranian Resistance movement, NCRI. During his time in the parliament, he frequently raised the many serious threats from the regime in Tehran at parliamentary conferences, debates, and in Early Days Motions advocating for a firm policy on Iran focused on human rights and holding the regime to account for its violations of those rights and terrorism.
Sir David met on many occasions with the president-elect of the NCRI, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi. He also led a strong, cross-party delegation of British MPs and Peers to several gatherings of the Iranian Resistance movement, NCRI, in Paris presenting statements of support for a free and democratic Iran signed by hundreds of parliamentarians.
Sir David was among the 35 MPs and Peers who led the successful legal campaign against the politically motivated proscription of the main Iranian opposition movement, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), in the United Kingdom in 2007. He was also relentless in his efforts to secure the safety and well-being of the combatants of freedom in camps Ashraf and Liberty in Iraq and their safe and successful relocation to Albania and other European countries.
“One of the proudest things I have ever done in my political career is to support the National Council of Resistance of Iran which calls for the Iranian regime to be replaced with a safer and more democratic government,” Sir David declared on 6th September 2021.
The day before the stabbing attack, Sir David wrote an article in Townhall highlighting the involvement of the Iranian regime’s President Ebrahim Raisi in the 1988 massacre of political prisoners in Iran and supporting the call by the Anglo-Iranian community to arrest him if attended the COP26 climate change conference in Glasgow in November.
Ultimately, Sir David passed away doing what he loved most, namely serving his constituency. He will be remembered for his kindness and commitment, missed not only by the people of Southend West but also by millions of Iranians dreaming about a free Iran, who have lost a dear friend and their champion today.
For Iranians he was a pioneer of human rights, as it has be reflected by Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, David Amess was an enemy of dictators, especially the mullahs’ dictatorship in Iran. For forty years, he stood relentlessly with the Iranian people for freedom and against religious fascism. After four decades of full and humble support of Sir David Amess for the Iranian Resistance and people, he will be remembered among the martyrs of freedom.
On October 12, 2021, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran(NCRI), sent a message on the occasion of the passing away of Otto Bernhardt. Below is the full text of this message:
I offer my profound condolences to the people of Germany, especially to the supporters of the Iranian resistance in that country and the freedom fighters across the world, on the passing of Mr. Otto Bernhardt, a great friend of the Iranian people and resistance.
From the very beginning, Mr. Bernhardt was one of the German political figures who, by adopting a firm policy vis-à-vis the Iranian regime, rejected the policy of appeasement and the disregard for human rights violations in Iran.
A member of the German parliament and a member of the board of directors of the Conrad Adenauer Foundation, Mr. Bernhardt always defended Iran’s freedom fighters, namely the residents of Ashraf. He always spoke out against the brutal attacks by Khamenei’s agents and led the campaign to condemn the perpetrators of these attacks.
He also played a prominent and invaluable role in the campaign to remove the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) from the European Union’s terrorist list.
Recognizing the brutal nature of the clerical dictatorship and his deep belief in human values, freedom, and democracy, Mr. Bernhardt always believed in the legitimacy of the Iranian resistance and, along with other German figures, played a decisive role in countering the clerical regime conspiracies in Germany and at international forums.
I offer my heartfelt condolences to the family of this extraordinary and noble human being and wish them patience.
Undoubtedly, the memory and legacy of this distinguished German figure will be recorded in the annals of Iran’s history and remembered by the Iranian people.
With at least 16 executions carried out in Iran just in the second week of October alone, and with barely two months left until 2021 draws to a close, the Iranian regime has already overtaken the number of executions that took place the previous year.
In figures reported by the Iran Human Rights Monitor, the total number of executions carried out in 2020 was 255, whereas the numbers so far for 2021 stand at 288 as of Monday, October 18. Currently, Iran has the highest annual rate of executions per capita, a status they have maintained for a while under the control of the mullahs’ regime.
The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) said, “Iran is also one of only a few countries in the world to routinely issue death sentences for persons who were under the age of 18 at the time of their alleged crimes. This practice is unequivocally banned under international law, as is the use of the death penalty.”
Regime officials openly acknowledge this fact, blatantly flouting international human rights standards and laws. In other unlawful acts, the regime’s security forces often secure confessions under torture, and murder charges are often used as a pretence for the politically motived executions that take place across Iran.
The latter practice was used in the case of Navid Afkari, a national champion wrestler accused of killing a security guard during an anti-regime protest. Despite an international campaign to save his life, Afkari was executed in September 2020. Only later did it come to light that there was surveillance footage that proved his innocence.
At the time of Afkari’s execution, Ebrahim Raisi was positioned as the head of the judiciary. During his tenure, Raisi oversaw the severe crackdown of the nationwide uprising that took place in November 2019, during which 1,500 protesters were brutally killed by regime security forces, while thousands of others were arrested and tortured.
The NCRI said, “Earlier this year, Raisi was selected as the regime’s new president, sparking new protests over his role in the crackdown as well as his longstanding legacy as a violator of human rights and one of the regime’s foremost advocates for capital punishment, other forms of corporal punishment, and the violent suppression of dissent.”
During the summer of 1988, Raisi was recruited as an official on the Tehran ‘death commission’, and was tasked with implementing a fatwa issued by then-Supreme Leader Ruhollah Khomeini which called for the executions of supporters of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK). By the end of that summer, over 30,000 political prisoners lost their lives for refusing to denounce their support of the Resistance group.
The NCRI said, “His crackdown on dissent in 2019 and the ongoing acceleration of Iran’s execution rate both suggest that this process is well underway, and this in turn fuels calls for the international community to take meaningful action in support of human rights.”
A number of Iranian expatriates held a series of rallies in Stockholm on Monday to bring more international attention to the 1988 massacre and call for the perpetrators to be prosecuted for their crimes against humanity. The protests took place at the same time as the latest session in the Swedish criminal court of the trial of Hamid Noury. The former Iranian prison official was arrested as he entered Sweden in 2019, on the principle of universal jurisdiction, for his involvement in the massacre.
The NCRI said, “The same principle could be applied to Ebrahim Raisi, who should be barred from traveling to any Western nation, or else arrested after he does so. Earlier in October, former Member of the European Parliament Struan Stevenson issued a formal request for this arrest to Police Scotland when it appeared as if Raisi might travel to Glasgow for the COP26 climate change conference.”
You can see another part of the testimonies of eyewitnesses of the 1988 massacre in Iran in the following clip.
This part is dedicated to the testimony of Mr. Ali Zolfaghari.
My name is Ali Zolfaghari. I was arrested in 1981 for supporting the Mojahedin-e Khalq (MEK). I spent some time in a prison in Rasht, northern Iran. I had many cellmates who were the MEK’s supporters and members.
They were executed later those years for persisting in their ideals and supporting the MEK.
One of my cellmates was Reza Niknam. He heroically accepted all responsibilities of the actions done by our group of five people. He was executed on June 30, 1982.
The regime did not allow Reza Niknami’s parents to bury their son in the cemetery. So, his mother was forced to bury him under the stairs in their home.
From recent events in the Middle East, Central Asia, and Europe, it is evident that the main threat to global security is the acts of terrorism upheld by Islamic fundamentalism. Previous attempts to fight terrorism with military approaches have shown that this method is not enough to quell the reign of terror.
Not even nationalism and other contemporary movements can compete against the Islamic fundamentalism ingrained into the Iranian regime, and other dictatorships like them.
Dr. Saeid Sajadi wrote in his article on the website of the National Council of Resistance of Iran(NCRI), “A force capable of withstanding that phenomenon should be rooted in the region’s culture; it should be capable of disarming Islamic fundamentalism from its main weapon- i.e., the claim of representing Islam. Further, it should nurture a selfless generation ready to confront the forces of terrorism and Islamic fundamentalism at all fronts.”
Prior to the modern Europe, the path from secular sovereign states through to the democratic countries we recognise today was not easy. Through cultural renaissance and economic development, Europe “had to be set free from the traditional religious chains through Luther’s reformation movement.”
Thought to be the most prominent social theorist of the last century, Max Weber linked Europe’s rise of capitalism to Martin Luther’s reformation, and the sense of individualism that followed.
While Luther’s movement was purely a reformation of religion at the time, for a movement to be able to defeat the Islamic fundamentalism of today once and for all, it needs to do much more than just reform the ideologies of Islam. The Iranian Resistance movement, led by the President-elect of the NCRI, Maryam Rajavi, can be viewed as such a movement that is capable of such a task.
The cultural and ideological perspectives of this movement alone have managed to overrule Iran’s theocracy, albeit at the cost of the lives of tens of thousands of supporters of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), who made themselves martyrs in the fight against the mullahs’ regime.
As a result of the Iranian Resistance’s ongoing fight against the regime, nearly 95% of Iran’s population stand behind them and echo the calls for regime change and the separation of religion and the state.
Dr. Saeid said, “The ruling regime in Iran manages to survive day-to-day only through extensive repression and execution. But this strategy is approaching a dead-end. The uprising of November 2019 is reflective of this fact.”
Earlier this year, the regime’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei selected Ebrahim Raisi to take over the presidential role. Raisi’s history of crimes against humanity, notably his major role in the execution of 30,000 political prisoners in the 1988 massacre, highlighted the regime’s attempts to consolidate power due to their dwindling grip on controlling the Iranian people.
It is apparent that the regime’s method of repression is no longer working as a deterrent as many Iranians are willing to pay the price, often with their lives, in order to reach a better tomorrow. With Maryam Rajavi and the MEK at the helm of the movement towards overthrowing the regime, that better tomorrow may be soon realized.
The Resistance movement has presented a complete world view of Islam in directed opposition to the mullahs’ ideologies on the topics of freedom, human rights, women’s rights, tolerance, and peace. The future free Iran, with these welcoming views on Islam, could finally usher in a new era and hopefully bring peaceful coexistence to the Middle East.
Dr. Sajadi said, “A final victory for the movement of Maryam Rajavi in Iran is a win for the people of the region and is in the interest of global peace and security. An all-encompassing renaissance in the Middle East awaits a free Iran.”
Dr. Saeid Sajadi has actively supported the movement for freedom and democracy in Iran for many years. He did all his undergraduate and graduate studies as well as professional training in the U.S. Dr. Sajadi is a practicing physician in the U.S., and he currently studies in the field of International Relations at Harvard University.
On Wednesday, October 20, the Stockholm court was dedicated to the testimony of Ali Zolfaghari(Bijan), a former political prisoner and one of the plaintiffs in the case and a witness to the 1988 massacre.
At the 32nd trial of Hamid Noury, a 1988 executioner in a Swedish court, before Ali Zolfaghari (Bijan) testimony, his lawyer gave a brief description of his arrest and his years in prison.
In his remarks, Mr. Zolfaghari recounted parts of the crimes of the regime’s executioners, including Hamid Noury. He said: I witnessed the transfer of some well-known Mojahedin prisoners to Mashhadi prisoners for execution. In another part of his testimony, Mr. Zolfaghari said: All the Revolutionary Guards(IRGC) participated in executing Mojahedin prisoners. Khomeini had ordered all Revolutionary Guards to be complicit in the crime.
Simultaneously with the trial, freedom-loving Iranians and the relatives of the 1988 massacred martyrs demonstrated in front of the courthouse.
MEK supporters chanted slogans against the mullahs’ regime and delivered speeches. They called for the prosecution of the regime’s leaders, especially Ali Khamenei, mass murderer Ebrahim Raisi, and Judiciary Chief Gholam-Hossein Ejei for genocide and crimes against humanity.
Also, in front of the court of the executioner Hamid Noury, the opening reading of the rally was read by Ms. Sima Mirzaei from the family of the 1988 massacre victims. Fourteen members of Ms. Mirzaei family were executed by the mullahs’ regime.
For more than two months, the tireless presence of freedom-loving Iranians, supporters of the Iranian resistance in cold and rainy weather, in front of the court, shows the determination of the Iranian people to seeking justice for martyrs of the 1988 massacre.