WAVE OF SUPPORT FOR ASHRAF

March 30, 2010

12 March 2010, Great-Britain:

Majority of British MPs urge UK to help protect Iranian dissidents in Camp Ashraf 

Press release by The British Parliamentary Committee for Iran Freedom:

“A majority of backbench MPs on Thursday called on the Government to take urgent measures at the United Nations for the world body to protect 3,400 Iranian opposition members based at Camp Ashraf in Iraq. The cross-party MPs were backed in their call by more than 150 Peers. ”

14 March 2010, Finland:

Majority of lawmakers support Iran uprising, rights of Camp Ashraf residents 

At a session organized by the Human Rights group of the Finnish Parliament, and in the presence of Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the Iranian Resistance’s President-elect, at the parliament building, a declaration of support by the majority of the country’s lawmakers for the Iranian people’s uprising and the rights of Camp Ashraf residents was unveiled. A book containing the signatures of the lawmakers was presented to Mrs. Rajavi by Mr. Kimmo Sasi, the Chairman of the Finnish Parliament’s Constitutional Law Committee.

The declaration of majority support at the Finnish Parliament in support of the Iranian people’s uprising and the rights of Camp Ashraf residents was signed by more than 100 members of the Finnish Parliament, including 6 committee chairs, 11 deputy chairs, and leaders and deputies of various factions.

18 March 2010, USA:

Bi-Partisan majority in the U.S. House calls for protection of Camp Ashraf residents 

U.S. Congressman Bob Filner (D-CA), Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, and Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Ranking Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, were joined yesterday by ten of their colleagues, including three from the House Foreign Affairs Committee, in a press conference to announce the support by a bi-partisan House majority for the humanitarian rights and protection of residents of Camp Ashraf in Iraq.

24 March 2010, Germany:

German lawmakers defend Ashraf residents’ rights and support Iranian nationwide uprising 

A statement defending the rights of Ashraf residents in Iraq and expressing support for the nationwide uprising in Iran signed by over 100 German lawmakers from various political parties were presented in a meeting on March 23 at the Reichstagpräsidentenpalast of the German Bundestag. The meeting was attended by Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the Iranian Resistance and a number of German MPs and heads of parliamentary committees.

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February 12, 2010


ISJ strongly condemns medieval trials and death sentences in Iran

February 7, 2010

International support for nationwide uprising of the Iranian people Strong condemnation of medieval trials and death sentences ISJ

February 5, 2010 – The International Committee In Search of Justice (ISJ) comprised of 2,000 parliamentarians from Europe and North America and Canada, expresses support for the nationwide uprising of the Iranian people and follows closely, with deep concern and dismay, reports about the medieval trials and death sentences issued by the Iranian regime against political opponents.


Norge bekymret for menneskerettighetssituasjonen i Iran

February 6, 2010

Site Utenriksdepartementet

Nyhet, 04.02.2010

– Jeg er dypt bekymret over den ytterligere forverringen av menneskerettighetssituasjonen i Iran etter fjorårets presidentvalg, sier statssekretær Gry Larsen.

Norge fordømmer henrettelsen av to personer som fant sted torsdag forrige uke. Mohammed Reza Ali-Zamani og Arash Rahmanipour ble dømt til døden i en masserettssak i august i fjor, blant annet for delaktighet i planleggingen av valgurolighetene etter presidentvalget i juni 2009.

I alt elleve personer er dømt til døden for tilknytning til urolighetene etter presidentvalget i 2009. Dette har skjedd i masserettssaker med manglende advokatbistand og tvungne, offentlige tilståelser.

– Den graverende mangelen på en rettferdig rettergang er svært bekymringsfullt og i strid med  grunnleggende rettssikkerhetsprinsipp som Iran har forpliktet seg til å følge. Jeg oppfordrer Iran til å etterleve sine internasjonale forpliktelser i tråd med grunnleggende menneskerettigheter og å respektere ytrings- og forsamlingsfriheten, sier statssekretær Gry Larsen.

http://www.regjeringen.no/nb/dep/ud/aktuelt/nyheter/2010/mr_iran.html?id=592753


Victory: Iran: Families persistent protests force regime to release a small number of prisoners

February 4, 2010
Families movement will continue with people’s support until the release of all prisoners

On the wake of February 11 anniversary, the clerical regime faced with public anger and disgust was forced last weekend to release a small number of those detained during the uprising due to continued and widespread protests by families of political prisoners. The move comes while the mullahs have sentenced to death a number of detainees charged with “moharebeh” (enmity against God) and many others are facing trials for the same charge.


EU’s incoming foreign policy chief condemns Iranian regime

January 12, 2010
       
11 January 2010
The European Union’s incoming foreign policy chief condemned Iranian regime on Monday for failing to comply with international demands regarding its nuclear weapons program.Britain’s Catherine Ashton, who took over as foreign policy chief last month from Javier Solana, said the world cannot let Iranian regime to stall for time as tensions build in the Middle East over suspicions that it is pursuing nuclear weapons.

“I think it is highly regrettable that Iran did not accept the agreement that was proposed by the International Atomic Energy Agency,” Ashton said.

She addaed that “there are international rules that we have. And if the country wants to be treated as I believe its history, its geography and its people deserve to be treated, it has to work with us. And I deplore all the violations of human rights that we have seen, and of course I want to be ready for dialogue but it is not an excuse to play for time.”


Iran: End slide to more bloodshed

January 12, 2010

http://www.amnesty.org/en/for-media/press-releases/iran-end-slide-more-bloodshed-20091228

28 December 2009

Amnesty International today condemned the further and wholly avoidable loss of up to 8-15 lives in Iran during the ‘Ashoura religious commemorations.

The organization called on the authorities to ensure that those attending funerals and commemorations in the coming days and weeks are guaranteed the right to assemble peacefully and to express their opposition to the current government.

“The spiral of violence is growing in Iran and the excessive force by the security forces appears to be meeting unprecedented resistance from protestors,” said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, Amnesty International Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa.

Demonstrations on 27 December were policed by the Basij, a plain-clothed, volunteer paramilitary force under the control of the Revolutionary Guards, and the Special Forces units of the police. In the unrest following June’s presidential elections, Basij personnel used firearms.

“The loss of life during ‘Ashoura was wholly avoidable and this slide to more bloodshed must end now,” said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui.

Amnesty International has only been able to contact people in central Tehran who spoke of day-long clashes, from Vali Asr Square, College and Hafez Bridges – the latter of which security personnel used to hurl rocks at vehicles below – and Revolution Square (Meydan-e Enghlab) in the day to Mir-Damad street late into the evening as swathes of the city with covered in the smoke from the tear gas.

The funeral of 35 year old Seyed Ali Mousavi, the nephew of former presidential candidate and political leader, Mir Hossein Mousavi, is expected to take place along with others in the coming days.

Iran is bound by international human rights treaties such as the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights that guarantee the right of peaceful assembly and expression.

“Despite Amnesty International’s and others’ advance appeals, in far too many places the authorities singularly failed to respect the rights of those Iranians taking part in ‘Ashoura commemorations to peacefully assemble and to express themselves, even in opposition to the government. We deplore the increased levels of violence and renewed killing on ‘Ashoura that was wholly avoidable.”

“The Supreme Leader and government must instruct the police to end the use of force while leaders of the Revolutionary Guard must withdraw the Basij from demonstrations since time and time again it has been shown that their actions are fuelling conflict, leading to the loss of life.”

Amnesty International again urged the authorities to invite to Iran independent human rights experts, such as those from the UN, in order to make an independent investigation into ongoing human rights violations.

“Inquiries announced by the authorities so far have been confusing and opaque and are simply not believed by most Iranians,” Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui said.

Amnesty International also expressed concern at reports of arrests that are said to have taken place on 28 December. Reports indicate that political leader had once again been detained along with three advisors to Mir Hossein Mousavi and Ayatollah Mousavi Tabrizi, a religious leader.

Human rights activist was detained at 06:45 in the morning, reportedly by four plain-clothed and armed men who are said to have forcibly entered Baghi’s residence. A Dubai TV correspondent, a Syrian national, appeared to be unaccounted for in the course of 27 December.

Amnesty International considers Emadeddin Baghi and Ebrahim Yazdi to be prisoners of conscience.

Background:

The unrest on ‘Ashoura was the worst since the days following the June 2009 presidential election. As then, the mobile phone networks and internet services appeared largely disabled.

‘Ashoura, the 10th day of the Islamic month of Moharram, is a Shi’a Muslim religious occasion marking the killing, or martyrdom, of Hossein, the grandson of the Prophet Mohammad and an important religious and community leader.

By around 21:00 GMT on 27 December the Acting Head of the Law Enforcement Forces (LEF) for Greater Tehran, Ahmad Reza Radan had admitted to four deaths in Tehran, adding that there were 300 hundred arrests.

One person was said to have fallen off a bridge; two in car accidents and only one man – whose identity was not revealed – was said to have been shot. It is widely believed that this was a reference to Mir Hossein Mousavi’s nephew.

Commander Ahmad Reza Radan of the Iranian police called the shooting suspicious since the police were not equipped with guns. During the unrest in June and July 2009, it appeared that only the Basij militia and members of the Revolutionary Guards were armed.

The authorities have claimed that some of those arrested belonged the illegal People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI), banned since the early 1980s.

The Jonbesh-e Rah-e Sabz (JARAS) news outlet issued five names of individuals who were said to have been killed on ‘Ashoura: Mehdi Farhadinia, Mohammad Ali Rasekhinia, Amir Arshadi, Shahram Faraji and Seyed Ali Mousavi, who is said to be the nephew of Mir Hossein Mousavi, one of the presidential candidates in June’s election. Amnesty International has not been able to confirm the names issued.

Confrontation between thousands of mourners marking what is believed by Shi’a Muslims to be the martyrdom of Emam Hossein on the tenth (‘ashoura) day of the month of Moharram and security officials were reported from Tabriz, Babol and Mashhad in the north of Iran; Tehran, Qom, Najaf Abad and Esfahan in the centre and Shiraz in the south