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Iranian Regime Demands the Release of Frozen Money Abroad

If releasing Iran’s regime frozen assets, as in the past, the regime will spend it on both terrorism and the mullahs’ proxy groups in the region, in Yemen, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, or it flowed into the pockets of the IRGC and the mullahs.
If releasing Iran’s regime frozen assets, as in the past, the regime will spend it on both terrorism and the mullahs’ proxy groups in the region, in Yemen, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, or it flowed into the pockets of the IRGC and the mullahs.

With the current economic crises in Iran, the Iranian regime has been pressuring countries around the world, who have the regime’s money frozen in accounts, to release the money for immediate use. However, the question remains as to whether this money will be used to fund the regime’s malign activities or to help the Iranian people out of the crises.

Official figures of the amount of Tehran’s frozen money stored in accounts abroad are non-existent, but it is speculated that the amount ranges between $20 billion and $180 billion. Most notably in the demands for the release of funds, the regime has been increasing pressure on South Korea to release over $7 billion.

The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) said, “The South Korean government has refused to give any cash to the Iranian regime, citing the U.S. sanctions on Tehran’s oil export. This has been a similar case with China, Japan, and India.”

Any money that can be released is allowed to be spent on procuring vaccines in order to keep control of the Covid-19 outbreak in Iran. According to figures from the Iranian opposition, Iran’s current death toll from the pandemic has reached over 453,900, while figures engineered by the regime have given a lower toll of 122,868. Either way, these figures confirm that the worst is not over in Iran.

The NCRI said, “The Iranian regime could have prevented the current Covid-19 crisis by using credible vaccines. But the regime’s Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, has effectively banned credible WHO-approved vaccines from the US and UK since January 8, 2021.”

Also Read: Khamenei Bans Coronavirus Vaccines

The sanctions on the regime are in place due to their malign activities and will only be lifted if the mullahs agree to cease their support of terrorism and stop the regime’s nuclear program, neither of which they are likely to do any time soon.

The NCRI said, “The regime needs a flow of cash to fund its terrorist proxy groups such as Hezbollah and Houthis. According to an exclusive report published by the U.S. State Department in 2020, the Iranian regime pays as much as $700 million in funds annually to Hezbollah.”

In recent revelations uncovered by the Iranian Resistance in regards to the regime’s extensive UAV program, the fact that the regime often funds their terrorist allied groups has been confirmed. The NCRI stated that in the early 2000s, a number of members of the Hezbollah group in Lebanon received training on aircrafts in Iran with a company that produces UAVs. Later, the regime sent several of the aircrafts to Lebanon for the Hezbollah’s use.

When the regime became a part of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, formerly known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), they receive billions of dollars from abroad. The money was never used to improve the living conditions of the Iranian people, and was instead used to fund the regime’s terrorist activities. As a result, major protests in Iran erupted in 2018 because of the economic crises that society was facing, which later led to the notable November 2019 uprising.

The lack of action from western governments into curbing the regime’s malign activities has allowed the mullahs to advance their nuclear programs, as well as their missile and UAV programs, unattested. All the while, over 80% of Iranians are living under the poverty line, in appalling living conditions with the lack of many job opportunities.

Also Read: Iran: People’s Poverty a Result of Sanctions or Plundering by Corrupt Mullahs and IRGC Terrorists?

The NCRI said, “None of the sanctions against the regime should be lifted until it has stopped all its rogue behavior and intransigence in the region and its repression of the Iranian people.”

Iran: Fearing Arrest, Ebrahim Raisi Cancels Trip to Scotland for COP26 Conference, 2021 UN Climate Change

 Iranian regime president Ebrahim Raisi will not attend the UN climate change conference in Scotland
Iranian regime president Ebrahim Raisi will not attend the UN climate change conference in Scotland

Iranian regime president Ebrahim Raisi will not attend the UN climate change conference in Scotland in November.

The foreign ministry spokesman said there were never plans for Raisi to join COP26. Ironically, state media had widely publicized Raisi’s invitation to the conference in June.

The cancellation follows global calls to prosecute Raisi for his past crimes. Raisi played a key role in the mass killings of over 30,000 political prisoners in 1988 massacre

According to jurists and legal experts, the 1988 massacre is a genocide and crime against humanity.

Read more: https://english.mojahedin.org/i/ebrahim-raisi-glasgow-conference-20211012

MEK Members Khadijeh Borhani and Seyed Hossein Seyed Ahmadi Testify From Ashraf 3 — Online From Durrës Court in Albania With Stockholm Court in Sweden — October 12, 2021

Tuesday, October 12, 2021: In the session of the Stockholm court, for the executioner Hamid Noury, two MEK members, Khadijeh Borhani and Seyed Hossein Seyed Ahmadi from Ashraf 3, connected online from the Durrës court in Albania to the Stockholm court and testified.

  Khadijeh Borhani and Seyed Hossein Seyed Ahmadi from Ashraf 3
Khadijeh Borhani and Seyed Hossein Seyed Ahmadi from Ashraf 3

Six of Khadijeh Borhani’s brothers and the wife of one of her brothers have been martyred by the clerical regime. Three of these seven proud Mujahideen were killed in the 1988 massacre in Gohardasht, Evin, and Qazvin prisons.
Khadijeh Borhani was arrested at the age of thirteen in an attack by the IRGC on their home in Qazvin and spent eight months in prison.

Seyyed Hossein Seyyed Ahmadi’s brothers, Seyyed Mohsen Seyyed Ahmadi and Seyyed Mohammad Seyyed Ahmadi were martyred during the 1988 massacre Gohardasht and Evin Prison, and Khomeini’s henchmen martyred the wife of one of his brothers.
Seyyed Ali Seyyed Ahmadi, another brother of Seyyed Hussein, was brutally executed and martyred on September 1, 2013, when Mullahs’ mercenaries attacked the Ashraf camp.

Outside the courtroom, at the same time as the trial of the executioner Hamid Noury, freedom-loving Iranians, MEK supporters carried pictures of Martyr Borhani’s brothers and other martyrs of the 1988 massacre, calling for the trial of mullahs’ leaders, including Ali Khamenei and Ebrahim Raisi, for crimes against humanity.

MEK supporters sang the anthem “O Iran” in front of the court. They also chanted slogans against the mullahs’ regime.

Iranian Girls Are the Main Victims of the Regime’s Misogynistic Discrimination

The Iranian girl child is the youngest victim of cruel discriminations
The Iranian girl child is the youngest victim of cruel discriminations

October 11 marks the United Nations’ International Day of the Girl Child, the day of observation is used to raise awareness of gender inequality and provide more opportunities for young girls around the world. At the same time, young girls in Iran are the ones most at victim from the Iranian regime’s misogynistic ideologies.

The theme of this year’s day of observation is ‘Digital Generation, Our Generation’ and is focused on addressing the needs of girls throughout the pandemic. Iranian girls have struggled immensely, especially when it has come to education. As many classes were moved online during the pandemic, many young girls in Iran were deprived of access to computers, tablets and smartphones, as well as access to the internet, leaving hundreds of thousands unable to participate in their education.

The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) Women Committee said, “The global occasion can reflect the successful emergence of girls and young women as part of society. But unfortunately, under the rule of a misogynist regime, most news about the Iranian girl child concerns violence, suicide, and forced child marriages—other news concerns deprivations from education, healthy nutrition, and medical care.”

The extreme poverty in Iran, especially in the past year, has led to an increase in the numbers of girls who have had to drop out of school or be forced into child marriages. Even at the young age of 13 and 14, many girls have turned to prostitution to earn money for their families.

Ebrahim Raisi, the Iranian regime president, abolished the UN’s 2030 Education Document in Iran last month, a universal and collective commitment to provide inclusive and good quality education for everyone. On the other hand, the regime’s National Document on the Rights of Children and Adolescents only focuses on the support of marriage for children under the age of 13, stating that child marriages are not illegal.

Zahra Ayatollahi, a member of the Women’s Socio-Cultural Council of the Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution said that while parents forcing their child into marriage is illegal, under the law if the girl wishes to marry a young boy and the parents and the court approve it, the marriage is deemed legal.

The NCRI Women Committee said, “The Coronavirus outbreak harshly affected the lives of the vast majority of Iranian families already living under the poverty line. As a result, many families end up selling their daughters out of extreme poverty.”

The secretary of the National Authority for the Convention on the Rights of the Child, Mahmoud Abbassi highlighted that many families wed their daughters in exchange for as little as one million tomans ($36) due to poverty, with some weddings taking place before the girl turns 13, and then only later registering the marriage when the child is of age.

Official figures suggest that the number of child marriages in Iran is ‘about 30% higher’ than the current global average. The state-run ISNA news agency reported in February that between March and December last year, the number of marriages registered in Iran for girls aged between 10 and 14 was 23,698.

The NCRI Women Committee said, “The latest report of the National Statistics Center in 2020 indicated that the number of marriages of girls aged 10 to 14 was 31,379. The report also recorded 364 deliveries for mothers under the age of 15 in the summer of 2020.”

Frances Townsend’s Remarks to the Free Iran World Summit 2021–July 12, 2021

Frances Townsend, Homeland Security Advisor to the U.S. President (2004-2007), addressed at the 2nd Day of The Free Iran World Summit on July 12, 2021.

Hello, and thank you for the invitation to join you again today, this time virtually. I care deeply about supporting brave patriots just as you who continue to fight for a democratic Iran despite the threats that come from the thugs who control around today.

I remain committed to speaking out in support of a free and democratic Iran since leaving the White House. The current regime has no interest in meaningful reform, which would, by necessity, remove them from power. While the world engages with Iran on its nuclear weapons program, the many other malign activities of the regime must not be ignored.

Since the 2015, signing of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the Iranian regime took the millions of dollars released to them and stepped up its terror activities within the region and around the world, launching cyberattacks against Saudi Arabia, providing military funds and support to the Houthis in Yemen, and of course, targeting their opponents both inside and outside of Iran.

In 2018, the regime launched a well-planned, well-funded, but thankfully poorly executed attack just outside one of our rallies in Paris, which was led by Mrs. Rajavi. It was attended by a long list of international dignitaries, many of whom you will hear from today. This brazen attempt to intimidate and coerce the opposition has only made us stronger and more resolute.

Shortly after President Biden’s inauguration this year, those responsible were sentenced to heavy prison terms, the regime allowing the main terrorists responsible for the plot to travel to Europe on a diplomatic passport is only one important fact tying the Iranian regime to the attempted bombing of that rally, attended by 1000s. Even the JC even signing the JCP away seems to have had no impact on the regime’s terrorist activities.

The guilty verdict in this case was vehemently opposed by Ron’s leadership, yet Rouhani alluded to terrorist operations such as this one as having the prior approval of the regime. He said, and I quote, “All the complex issues of foreign policy and the field of defense are discussed in the supreme National Security Council, whether we want to carry out a defensive operation, and whether we have to carry out an offensive operation somewhere, or whether we want to undertake an important political task. They will definitely be discussed in the NSSC.”

The conviction of Asadollah Asadi along with his three accomplices will greatly influence the counterterrorism efforts across Europe in the future. Asadi was unable to maintain his diplomatic immunity as a defense strategy, and his cohorts were stripped of their dual Iranian Belgian citizenship. Bahram Ghassemi, a spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry, continues to push the narrative that this was for the ‘stage conspiracy’ to sever relationships between Europe and Iran, and that these four men were victims of a larger political scheme.

There was a continued effort to hold the Islamic Republic of Iran accountable for these acts of terrorism. We should remain hopeful that for future legislation allowing EU states to stoop to sue a state for terrorism and financial compensation for its victims. Iran is still lobbying to reverse the sanctions put in place, and it could be closer than we think. As recently as Friday, the US Treasury removed three Iranian nationals from its list of individuals who are subject to certain US sanctions. An anonymous Treasury spokesman said, “These delistings do not reflect any change in US government sanctions policy towards Iran. They have nothing to do with the ongoing JCPOA negotiations in Vienna.”

The economic consequences of sanctions continue to be a motivating factor pushing the regime back to the negotiating table, and now there is no time to back off what has been an enormously effective sanctions program. The sham election of Ebrahim Raisi is a reminder to the governments in Europe and the United States that making concessions to this regime under any pretext would be counterproductive.

Raisi is a serial human rights violator of basic human rights, who should be put on trial and investigated for his horrendous crimes against humanity and not handpicked by the theocracy to lead Iran. He was a member of the death committee in 1988, which sent thousands of political prisoners, especially from the MEK to their execution. In his first press conference after the sham election, he defended his role in that mass killing, saying that he should be rewarded for it because it was in defense of the Iranian people and national security. Nothing could be further from the truth. He is also responsible for the illegal arrest and torture of thousands of protesters in Iran during the demonstrations of 2019. Raisi stands with his conviction that his actions are in protection of human rights of his people, and not crimes against the Iranian people.

The United States sanctioned Raisi in 2019 for his role in these human rights violations, but it remains difficult to hold him to any basic standard. Amnesty International Secretary General, Agnes Callamard remains committed to hold Raisi liable for his crimes, but also to expose this election for what it really was, yet another crime against the human rights and democracy of Iran. She said, Ebraham Raisi‘s rise to the presidency follows an electoral process that was conducted in a highly repressive environment, which barred women, members of religious minorities and candidates with opposing views from running for office.

The desire for democracy in Iran is not a fleeting dream among disconnected individuals across the Iranian nation. There is a deep-rooted network of resistance that remains organized and committed to change. We always have a choice when negotiating with foreign nations, and acceptance of the Iranian regimes is not a foregone conclusion. The United States along with the rest of the world does not have to yield to Iran becoming a nuclear state, and should not respond to the use of terrorism as a political tool.

Mrs. Rajavi’s 10-point plan for the future of Iran continues to be a solid framework for a future democratic republic. There is a viable alternative to the current situation, and we must not forget that. Mrs. Rajavi remained resolute in her defiance of the regime and her commitment to democratic principles, including, among others, the freedom of speech, the equality of women, and ensuring a non-nuclear Iran.

I will never walk away from a fight I know we can win, and I will stand with the MEK, the NCRI and the continued effort to uphold human rights in Iran and around the world. It is both imperative and our responsibility to speak up for those in Iran who cannot because they have been silenced by the regime.

We must remain committed, strong, persistent and tenacious to reach our ultimate goal of a free and democratic Iran, where a rally such as this can be held. I am proud to play a small part in this endeavor and will remain with you until we can see that day. Thank you.

Iranian Resistance Supporters Rally for World Day Against Death Penalty in Belgium; Khamenei and Raisi Must Be Prosecuted

 Supporters of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) and the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) demonstrated in front of the European Commission headquarters in Schuman Square in Brussels and in Antwerp, Belgium
Supporters of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) and the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) demonstrated in front of the European Commission headquarters in Schuman Square in Brussels and in Antwerp, Belgium

Iranians and supporters of the Iranian resistance (NCRI and MEK) staged a demonstration and exhibition in Belgium on October 8 and 9, on the eve of the World Day against the Death Penalty. Supporters of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) and the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) demonstrated in front of the European Commission headquarters in Schuman Square in Brussels and in Antwerp, Belgium. Also, they held a rally and street exhibition at Opera Square in Antwerp.

The program was welcomed by Belgian politicians. Belgian representatives from different political parties attended the program and gave speeches and participated in acts. They condemned the executions in Iran under the rule of the mullahs and declared their solidarity with the people and the resistance of Iran.

Mark Demesmaeker, a former member of the European Union and a current member of the Belgian Senate, described the presidential administration in Iran as a symbol of immunity that should be challenged. “The ‘1988 massacre is a clear example of genocide. This government, led by its president, has more power over the ‘1988 massacre.

We call on the European Union to condemn the brutal and systematic human rights violations in Iran.” Continuing and increasing political relations, economic relations with this regime must be conditional on a complete cessation of executions in Iran. We call on the international community and the European Union to recognize the massacre of 1988 in Iran as genocide and a crime against humanity. “We urge them to take the necessary steps to refer this case to the Security Council, and to end the immunity of the perpetrators and perpetrators of the massacre, especially Ali Khamenei and Ibrahim Raisi.” Said senator Demesmaeker.

Mrs. Sophie Rohonyi, a member of the Belgian Federal Parliament, was another key speaker. “The fight against the death penalty and barbarism goes beyond ideologies and political parties because it is ultimately a struggle for the universality of human rights. And specifically, if we want to look at the barbarity of the Iranian regime, which attacks women, children, and uses the death penalty, which has been abolished in Belgium for years, and we must protect our principles and democracy. “Thank you for your courage.” She added.

Honorary Member of the Brussels Parliament, Serge de Petoul, also called the execution a barbaric act, in which governments commit atrocities in public. “Today’s heroes are those who are against the Iranian system, and they are the people who must be heard. Today I send my message in solidarity with your courage, and your support for this action,” he said, supporting the Iranian fighters and people. And the things you say, and the fact that you are informing the public, that there is an execution every day in Iran, we are here today and tomorrow as well, to tell the people to get the right amount and to announce the necessity to the international community. “To end this regime.”

Father Daniel also expressed his solidarity with the Iranian people and the families of the victims by attending the program and praying for the victims of execution in Iran.

Mr. Hassan Eghbali, president of the Association for the Protection of Ethnicities and Religions in Iran, was another speaker. Referring to the 1988 massacre and the regime’s miserable situation against the Iranian people, he said: “It is true that the mullahs have never historically been equal in their hatred of the Iranian people, and plunder national treasures, however, according to Amnesty International regarding religious and ethnic minorities, regime agents transport death row inmates to unknown locations and keep the news of their execution secret for months and in some cases for years.

Dr. Masoud Kashefi was a speaker in Antwerp. He emphasized on the role of the international community to end death penalty in Iran.

The Time Is Now to Hold Raisi and Iran’s Regime Accountable for Their Crimes

The Time Is Now to Hold Raisi and Iran’s Regime Accountable for Their Crimes
The Time Is Now to Hold Raisi and Iran’s Regime Accountable for Their Crimes

With the Iranian regime’s president Ebrahim Raisi due to attend the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland in a few weeks, calls have once again rang out to ban his participation and hold him accountable for his role in the 1988 massacre of 30,000 political prisoners in Iran.

The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) said, “Raisi and his cabinet are “the embodiment of four decades of mullahs’ religious dictatorship and terrorism,” as the Iranian opposition leader, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi has underlined.”

Allowing Raisi to use such a platform to address the world is nothing short of a disgrace for the memory of the thousands of prisoners who were executed in the summer of 1988, and a defiance in the face of those who have called for his prosecution ever since.

Along with Raisi, a large number of the key ministers of his administration have just as appalling histories of crimes against humanity. Ahmad Vahidi, the Interior Minister, was involved in many of the regime’s high-profile terrorist acts during his tenure in the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) Quds Force, including the 1994 bombing in Argentina which killed 85 people.

The new Foreign Minister, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, while affiliated with the Quds Force, was involved in domestic and international attacks on dissenters.

The NCRI said, “Raisi’s choice to head the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, Mohammad Eslami, has virtually no scientific background that would qualify him for the position. But he does boast a history of support for the regime’s proliferation activities dating back to the very founding of the Iranian nuclear program.”

Raisi’s involvement in the 1988 massacre shows just how committed he was, and still is, for violently punishing those whose views go against those of the regime. Raisi served as a key figure on the ‘death commission’ in Tehran, a panel of judges who implemented a fatwa issued by then-supreme leader Ruhollah Khomeini, which called for the deaths of supporters of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK).

The NCRI said, “Raisi has continued his human rights abuses after the 1988 massacre. At the time of the major Iran protests in 2019 Raisi was serving as head of the judiciary and thus oversaw major aspects of the regime’s response to that unrest.”

As the November 2019 uprising began, within a few days, over 1,500 people protesting were shot and killed by security forces, with thousands more injured and arrested. At the same time, Raisi was promoted from the head of the judiciary to the head of the executive branch, leaving little to no denial that things would only get worse as he assumed his new position.

Domestic attacks weren’t the only danger that people had to face as Raisi climbed to higher positions within the regime. In 2018, a failed bomb plot occurred in France during an NCRI rally, which could have been catastrophic if the plot hadn’t been thwarted. Since then, a diplomat-terrorist, and his three accomplices, have been tried and sentenced for the bomb plot and are collectively spending at least 70 years behind bars.

This, however, is one of only a few prosecutions brought against people affiliated with the regime for their crimes against humanity. Now is the time that the higher officials, and Raisi himself, need to be held accountable and face the consequences of their actions.

The NCRI said, “Those actions only reinforce the inherent threat that his regime poses to the Iranian people and global security. Rather than being dismissed in favor of the preservation of the status quo, that threat must be met head-on with sanctions, diplomatic isolation, and support for the domestic opposition movement working to free Iran from religious tyranny.”

Demonstrations of Iranians, Supporters of the MEK in European Cities, on the World Day Against the Death Penalty — October 9-10, 2021

The World Day Against Death Penalty — Demonstrations by the MEK Supporters — October 10
The World Day Against Death Penalty — Demonstrations by the MEK Supporters — October 10

October 9-10, 2021: From London, to Geneva, Amsterdam, and Rome and from Paris, to Berlin, Malmö, Stockholm, Copenhagen, and Brussels and other European cities, freedom-loving Iranians took to the streets to draw attention to ongoing crimes against humanity and executions in Iran, marking the World Day against the Death Penalty.

Freedom-loving Iranians, supporters of the Iranian resistance (PMOI and NCRI), demonstrated in various countries around the Europe against the death penalty in Iran.

They chanted slogans against the death penalty in Iran under the rule of the mullahs.

Supporters of the MEK called for the trial of the regime’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei and the mass murderer Ebrahim Raisi. Because they committed genocide and crimes against humanity in the 1988 massacre.

Watch a brief report of these large-scale demonstrations in the video below:

Maryam Rajavi Message on the World Day Against the Death Penalty; Demonstrations of Freedom-Loving Iranians, MEK Supporters in Berlin — October 9, 2021

Maryam Rajavi Sent a Message on the World Day Against the Death Penalty
Maryam Rajavi Sent a Message on the World Day Against the Death Penalty

On Saturday, October 9, 2021, a rally was held in Berlin by freedom-loving Iranians, supporters of the Iranian resistance (PMOI and NCRI), marking the World Day Against the Death Penalty. They chanted slogans against the death penalty in Iran under the rule of the mullahs.

In a video message to the rally, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the NCRI told the Resistance’s supporters:

“In contrast to the mullahs’ cruelty and callousness, we honor compassion and humanity.
This is a message that promotes solidarity and friendship in Iranian society; a message that galvanizes powerful uprisings to end the regime of executions and massacres; and this outcome will surely be realized.
On this World Day Against the Death Penalty, the cries of the executed political prisoners and prisoners that were murdered under torture can be heard in Iran’s blood-stained skies.”

Mrs. Rajavi added: “This year’s World Day Against the Death Penalty has been dedicated to women, which is a further cause for condemnation and expression of abhorrence toward the misogynist regime, more than any other regime. The ruling theocracy in Iran carries out the highest number of executions against women in the modern world,”
“The Iranian people demand the international prosecution of Khamenei, Raisi, [regime Judiciary Chief Gholam-Hossein] Eje’i, and other henchmen responsible for massacres and murders in Iran.”