Security forces raid home of student activist

April 27, 2010

Agents of the Arak Prosecutor’s Office entered the home of Abed Tavancheh, a former student activist, and threw out the residents intending to seal the house shut.

Abed Tavancheh is a former member of the Islamic Association of Amir Kabir University who was sentenced to one year of prison by the Revolutionary Court last December. But the Revolutionary Court refrained from giving him his written sentence and as a result, Tavancheh and his lawyer Naser Zarafshan did not sign the sentence which was orally announced to them. The judge presiding over the case then illegally sent this sentence to the Prison Sentence Implementation Department without first referring it to a court of review. 

After this illegal measure, Dr. Zarafshan immediately filed a complaint against the judge but with pressure from the Arak Intelligence Agency, the Prosecutor’s office considered the sentence confirmed and the agents of the Prison Sentence Implementation Department raided this student’s home in an attempt to arrest him (even on the countdown to the New Iranian Year).

Finally, today, these agents came to his home, (the ownership document of his home had been pledged for Tavancheh’s temporary release from prison) and gathered the home belongings to seal it shut. These agents temporarily ceased their action after they were met with resistance from the residents of the house but they threatened that they will seal the house as soon as possible because they had an evacuation warrant.

The Tavancheh family is currently in a poor mental state and security forces constantly call their home demanding that they hand over their son to security forces. (Student News – April 24, 2010)


State run news agency fires female journalist for participation in demo

April 27, 2010

Zeinab Kazemzadeh (ISNA reporter) who was arrested in her home at 3 am on February 7, 2010 by 9 agents of the Intelligence Agency went to the ISNA offices after her release from prison, but Saied Pourali, the former head of this news agency, called her a ‘traitor’ and said that they cannot accept her as a employee in ISNA.


Tortured jailed human rights activist taken to prison infirmary

April 15, 2010

Abolfazl Abedini, a former member of the Human Rights Activists in Iran who has recently been sentenced to 11 years of prison has been transferred to the infirmary in Evin Prison. This human rights activist was severely beaten by security forces upon his arrival in Cellblock 2A in Evin Prison and after resisting the torture for a few hours, was taken to the prison infirmary because he could not bear the severe blows as he suffers from a serious case of ‘mitral valve prolapse’. (Human Rights Activists in Iran – April 11, 2010)


Iranian New Year’s Day 13 celebrations …

April 3, 2010

Friday, 2 April 2010:

On the Iranian New Year’s Day 13 celebrations (Sizdeh-Be-Dar or a tradition symbolizing the rejection of evil on day 13 of the year) the Tehran residents turned the event into a display of their anger and hatred toward the clerical regime.

Protests and clashes in Orumieh and Esfahan  A large crowd of protesters gathered on a bridge over the Orumieh Lake on Friday, on the occasion of the Day 13 of the Iranian New Year, Sizdeh-be-dar chanting anti-regime slogans. The suppressive forces fired teargas to break up the crowd and made several arrests. Demonstrators protested against reactionary policies of the regime and drying up of the well-known Orumieh Lake.

See video’s: 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUBNSYVh-2Q

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQp9oRceaeg&feature=related

 

Clashes and hit and runs in Tehran’s Jannat Abad  A large number of courageous people and youths of Jannat Abad (northwestern Tehran), who had formed a gathering to celebrate the 13th day of Iranian New Year in woodlands near the Iran Pars juncture, continued their celebrations with chants of “death to dictator.” Cheers by other youths and car horns were mixed together increasing the noise.

 “Down with the principle of velayat-e faqih” chanted in Tehran’s Chitgar Park  Tehran residents staged protests in Chitgar Park today to mark Sizdeh-be-dar, the Day 13 of the Iranian New Year. They expressed their hatred toward the clerical regime by chanting “Down with Velayat (Supreme Leader of the clerical regime).”

Dozens arrested or wounded in anti-regime demonstrations in Tehran  Tehran residents who had gone to Park-e Shahr for the occasion of the Day 13 of the Iranian New Year known as Sizdeh-be-dar staged anti-regime demonstration adjacent to Bab Homayoun Street chanting “Down with Khamenei” and “Khamenei is a murderer, his rule is illegitimate.” Protesters clashed with suppressive forces and resisted their attack.

Young people in Esfahan clash with suppressive agents  Clashes in Aineh Park of Esfahan have continued and a number of agents of the clerical regime have been beaten up by young people in hit and run skirmishes.

Protests and clashes in Tehran  At about 16:00 local time, people staged demonstrations in Daneshjou Park of Tehran chanting “Khamenei is a murderer, his rule is illegitimate.” During clashes with suppressive forces some 15 protesters were arrested.

Protesters chanting “Khamenei is a murderer, his rule is illegimate” clash with suppressive forces  Despite heavy atmosphere of repression, people in Esfahan turned the traditional celebrations on the Day 13 of the Iranian New Year into protests against the clerical rule. People and youths demonstrated in Esfahan’s Aineh Park chanting “Down with Khamenei” as a gesture of rejecting evil on Day 13. Young people clashed with suppressive forces when they were attacked by them.

Suppressive measures step up, mobile phones cut off  The Iranian regime, in fear of protests on the Day 13 of the Iranian New Year (Sizdah-be-dar traditional celebrations), has set up check points and inspection posts in most of Tehran’s main streets and public places. Cars and passersby are being stopped and searched. The suppressive measures are more intense in Azadi Square and Enghelab Square where more people gather to celebrate Sizdah-be-dar.

“Khamenei is a murderer, his rule is illegitimate” chanted protesters in Tehran’s Melat Park  On the Iranian New Year’s Day 13 celebrations (Sizdeh-Be-Dar or a tradition symbolizing the rejection of evil on day 13 of the year) the Tehran residents turned the event into a display of their anger and hatred toward the clerical regime.

Chants of “down with the principle of velayat-e faqih” echo on Tehran’s roof  On Thursday night, April 1, 2010, the courageous people and youths of Tehran’s Shahrak-e Gharb district took to their rooftops to voice their hatred towards the religious fascism ruling Iran by chanting “God is great,” “death to dictator” and “down with the principle of velayat-e faqih (absolute clerical rule).”


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.


A chilling message

March 30, 2010

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL: Iran executions send a chilling message       

29 March 2010

Recent developments in Iran have prompted fears that the Iranian authorities are once more using executions as a tool to try and quell political unrest, intimidate the population and send a signal that dissent will not be tolerated.

There was a noticeable surge in the rate of executions at the time of mass protests over last year’s disputed Presidential elections. Although many of the executions were for criminal offences committed before the unrest, they sent a chilling message to those involved in protests.

One hundred and twelve people were put to death in the eight weeks between the June election and the re-inauguration of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in early August- almost a third of the total for the entire year.

In 2009 as a whole at least 388 people were put to death in Iran – the largest number recorded by Amnesty International in recent years. Figures collated by various human rights organizations, including Amnesty International, suggest the annual number of executions has almost quadrupled since President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was first elected five years ago. Many of those executed did not receive fair trials.

“The continuing surge in executions at a time when Iran has experienced the most widespread popular unrest since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, combined with numerous statements by officials threatening protestors with execution, indicates that the Iranian authorities are again using the death penalty to try and cow the opposition and silence dissent,” said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa.

“SHOW TRIALS”

A series of “show trials” led to two men being hanged in January; the first executions which the authorities linked directly to the current unrest; although it later emerged that the pair were already in detention at the time of last June’s presidential election.

Among other things, they were convicted of “mohabareh”, or “enmity against God”. Nasrin Sotoudeh, lawyer for one of the men, Arash Rahmanipour, told Reuters  “An execution with this speed and rush has only one explanation … the government is trying to prevent the expansion of the current (opposition) movement through the spread of fear and intimidation.”

An increasing number of people have been charged with “moharebeh”, a vaguely-defined offence. According to Philip Alston, the UN’s Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, it is “imposed for a wide range of crimes, often fairly ill-defined and generally having some sort of political nature.”

At least nine other people, sentenced to death following the popular demonstrations which began last summer and were continuing at the end of 2009, are believed to be on death row.

Recent comments by Tehran prosecutor Abbas Ja’fari Dowlatabadi served to fan suspicions that the sentences were politically motivated. Referring to the imposition of death sentences on a group of protesters, he said: “Today the Islamic system has firmly put its opponents and dissidents in their place. The people will not allow such incidents to reoccur in the country.”

Link to Amnesty International report


Maryam Rajavi: Fire Festival uprising in Iran, a major defeat for clerical regime

March 27, 2010

17 March 2010

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the Iranian Resistance, described the Fire Festival uprising on Tuesday as a major defeat for the clerical regime and its suppressive machinery and massive propaganda apparatus.

The regime’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei in an anti-Iranian and anti-Islamic decree on Sunday said the festival has “no basis in sharia (Islamic religious law) and creates a lot of harm and corruption, (which is why) it is appropriate to avoid it.”

Mrs. Rajavi said: People of Tehran from east to west and from south to north united during the Fire Festival and chanted in unison “Down with Khamenei” and “down with dictator” and threw Khamenei’s posters along with his decree into the fire.

She emphasized: The uprising across Iran during the festival was a display of the capacities of the Iranian people and the Resistance to bring down the clerical regime and bring about a democratic change.

Many cities including Esfahan, Shiraz, Kashan, Ahwaz, Mashhad, Orumieh, Ardabil, Shahr-e Kord, Sanandaj, Ilam, Kermanshah, Lahijan, Karaj and Boroujerd were engulfed by people’s revolt during the Fire Festival. Burning the pictures of Khamenei and Khomeini and setting fire to suppressive forces’ centers and vehicles were a crushing response by people to any conciliation that have been encouraged by the regime’s internal factions calling on people not to participate in the Fire Festival uprising, Mrs. Rajavi noted.

The uprising on Tuesday took place against all suppressive measures, death sentences issued for those detained during the Ashura uprising, widespread arrests and extensive psychological warfare to prevent it.

Mrs. Rajavi called on international community to take urgent steps to release a large number of youths arrested during yesterday’s uprising and attacks by the suppressive forces last night.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran