STEWART and PARTNERS today released the latest edition of its America’s Point of View (APOV) Survey which reports 40% of Americans identifying Iran under the mullahs rule as the country that poses the greatest threat to global security!
On the 20th of March this year, the Iranian people celebrate their New Year. The first day of spring is called “Nowrooz” and is one of the most important days in Iran.
Spring is the symbol of birth, new life and hope. May this year will bring an end to the tyranny and oppression of the Mullahs.
We wish the people in Iran a new year full of happiness, love and freedom!
Spring in Iran
HAPPY NOWROOZ !
The Canadian Friends of a Democratic Iran has learned that a group claiming to be family members of Ashraf residents and some agents of the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence has been brought outside Camp Ashraf to exert psychological pressure on the residents. The Al-Maliki government who violently attacked defenseless Ashraf residents in July 2009 leaving 11 dead and 500 injured, is acting once again on the orders of its Iranian counterparts to defuse the much needed attention to both the Iraqi election and the people’s uprising in Iran.
The propaganda machine of the Iranian regime clearly targets Ashraf residents who have been under inhuman siege for past 14 months. The goal appears to be setting the stage for another violent attack and forcible transfer of the residents that constitutes a crime against humanity.
On Tuesday February 16, the Iraqi committee responsible for suppression of Ashraf and the dispatched agents of the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence brought some journalists mainly affiliated with the Iranian regime’s media to tell them that Camp leaders deny access to family members of the residents to visit them.
In fact, the Canadian Friends of a Democratic Iran and the International Committee of Jurists in Defense of Ashraf have on numerous occasions called on the Iraqi government to allow family members, lawyers, journalists, parliamentarians and human rights organizations to freely visit Ashraf. This request including visa request by our members to visit Ashraf has been denied.
Pre-arranged media shows can not hide the fact that Ashraf residents have been denied their fundamental rights in the past 14 months due to severe inhuman siege of the Camp.
We call upon the US, the EU, the United Nations Secretary General and the Canadian Government to immediately intervene to end the siege of Ashraf and hold Al-Maliki accountable for denial of food, medicine, and humanitarian needs of the Camp residents.
We call for unfettered access to the Camp by family members, lawyers, parliamentarians and human rights organizations to assess the situation free from Iranian regime’s pressures and to prevent any further attack on the Camp.
Things are to be used and people are to be loved. The problem in today’s world is that people are used while things are loved!
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States and the European Union said on Monday they feared the Iranian government may crack down on opponents during this week’s anniversary of Iran’s 1979 Islamic revolution.
Washington and the EU issued a rare joint statement on Iran, warning the country’s leaders to live up to their international human rights obligations.
“We are particularly concerned by the potential for further violence and repression during the coming days, especially around the anniversary of the Islamic Republic’s founding on 11 February,” they said.
The Iranian opposition is expected to revive anti-government protests around the anniversary, raising the prospect of new clashes with the security forces.
Opposition supporters and security forces have clashed repeatedly since President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad won disputed elections in June. Many protesters have been rounded up and put on trial.
“The large-scale detentions and mass trials, the threatened execution of protesters, the intimidation of family members of those detained and the continuing denial to its citizens of the right to peaceful expression are contrary to human rights norms,” the EU-U.S. statement said.
“We call on the Government of Iran to live up to its international human rights obligations, to end its abuses against its own people, to hold accountable those who have committed the abuses and to release those who are exercising their rights.”
En iransk aktor vil kreve dødsstraff for fem personer som ble arrestert under opptøyene i Teheran i slutten av desember.
De fem som nå står tiltalt, beskyldes for å ha bånd til opposisjonsgruppen Folkets mujahedin. De er tiltalt for «moharebeh» – forbrytelser mot islam og staten. Under sharialovgivningen kan moharebeh straffes med dødsstraff.
Åtte personer ble drept og hundrevis ble pågrepet under demonstrasjonene som utviklet seg i forbindelse med den sjiamuslimske høytiden ashura i slutten av forrige måned. Iranske myndigheter lovte en snarlig rettergang for de pågrepne, som ble beskyldt fra geistlig hold for å ha vanæret den hellige høytiden.
Fra internasjonalt hold ble de iranske myndighetene fordømt for måten demonstrasjonene under ashura ble håndtert på, og anklaget for brudd på menneskerettighetene.