18 Jul – The former intelligence minister of Iran has admitted that former Supreme Leader Ruhollah Khomeini ordered the executions of 30,000 political prisoners affiliated with the Iranian Resistance group, People’s Mojahedin Organisation of Iran (PMOI or MEK) in the summer of 1988.
Ali Fallahian, gave an interview to the Regime-affiliated Tarikh Online website on July 9, in which he acknowledged that Khomeini had announced a fatwa calling for the extermination of all those affiliated with the MEK.
He said: “The Imam (Khomeini) decreed, ‘At least execute those who say this and who maintain their belief. It doesn’t make sense to release them.’ Then some continued to put pressure and moan that these people are this and that in prison, so it was decided that a committee be formed. Some people say that these people handed down sentences for a collective massacre. They did not do such a thing. It was decided that this 3-man committee, whose members were from the (Intelligence) Ministry and judges and were knowledgeable and were from the Prosecutor’s Office, would evaluate to see if anyone was pardonable from execution. That was the task of this committee; they were not tasked with issuing death sentences.”
It is worth noting that the interviewer seemed shocked by this admission and pointed out that the death commissions also spared some people from execution, which Fallahian agreed with. In reality, the death commission spared very few people and the PMOI (MEK) member had to renounce their political belief, go on TV to denounce the PMOI (MEK), and check the areas where Iran was fighting Iraq for landmines.
Fallahian referred to those people who refused to renounce their beliefs as “crazy”, but when you consider their alternative, you can understand why many stand by their beliefs.
He also revealed that many of those who were arrested for supporting the MEK were not armed when they were arrested and those who were armed, were at home and there were only a couple of guns between a big group of people. The MEK members were only classed as being part of an armed rebellion because they were part of the MEK, which the Regime saw as a political threat.
Fallahian revealed that the Regime made no distinction between members and supporters, which is why they executed even the lowest-ranking supporters rather than holding them as prisoners of war.
He said: “They were part of that organisation. They were prepared to carry out operations. Maybe today someone goes and buys bread for the people in the team house, or someone might go provide other provisions… (But they are all part of it).”
Hossein-Ali Montazeri, then heir to the supreme leader, spoke to the death commission and criticised them for executing pregnant women, which is against even the laws that the mullahs wrote. For this he was stripped of his position and kept under house arrest for the rest of his life.
In 2016, when his son Ahmad released an audio recording of his father’s conversation with the death commission, he was sentenced to 21 years in jail.
Fallahian said: “[Montazeri Snr.] had another problem, and he found differences with the Imam (Khomeini). At the beginning he too agreed (with Khomeini’s position). But he became of the view that these executions would eventually lead to history judging against us and against Islam so it’s better that we don’t do this so that in the future when our enemies take up their pens they would not write appallingly about us. But the Imam said, ‘No, you carry out your religious duties and don’t wait for history’s judgment’.”
So, now the international community must bring the Iranian Regime before the International Criminal Court in order to account for their crimes against humanity.
- Thursday, July 20, 2017
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Christian political prisoner called Ebrahim Fiouzi, in Gohardasht prison located in the city of Karaj, west of Tehran, went on hunger strike to protest the pressures on his fellow christian inmates.
He wrote in his letter:
“The Judicial system mistreats the new Christian converts. Any religious Christian books are not allowed too. In addition, Iran’s judicial system imposes unfair and heavy sentences against the Christian converts and 10 people are detained and sentenced to long-term imprisonments. Therefore, I go on hunger strike on July 17, 2017, for consecutive 10 days in order to support the demands of those dear converts. In a letter to Tehran’s Prosecutor on July 16, 2017, I have talked of these limitations and announced that, “The Iran regime does not determine religion for the people and the church authorities are the only ones responsible for this matter.”
- Thursday, July 20, 2017
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13 Jun – The US House of Representatives has passed a bill condemning the 1988 Iranian massacre of 30,000 political prisoners,
Resolution 188, officially titled: The condemnation of the Iranian government for the massacre of political prisoners in 1988 and the invitation to call for justice for the victims, is a rare example of a bill that receives bipartisan support in an increasingly partisan Congress.
It was introduced by the Chair of the House Homeland Security Committee, Micheal McCaul (Dem) and the Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Eliot Engel (Rep) who released a joint statement explaining the importance of that bill.
The bill, which states that many of those responsible for the massacre are still high-ranking members of the Regime, including the current Head of the Judiciary Mostafa Pourmohammadi, had 46 co-sponsors.
Other signatories who were highly influential in getting the bill to the House include Ed Royce, the Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Pete Sessions, the Chair of House Rules Committee, Barbara Comstock, Tom MacClintock, Bill Keating, Brad Sherman, Donald Young, and Judy Chu, who proposed the resolution to the Foreign Affairs Committee in the first place.
Forty-six legislators from both parties will now send an open invitation to the White House and the governments of US allies asking them to publically condemn the Iranian Regime for the 1988 massacre.
They are also going to call upon the United Nations and ask them to set up an investigation committee to bring the perpetrators of the worst crimes against humanity since World War Two to justice.
The Iranian Regime cannot deny their involvement in the massacre, thanks to the brave actions of one young man last year who released a tape of a conversation between his father Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri and the Death Commission responsible for sending people to the gallows.
In the tape, Montazeri can be heard talking about the Regime’s efforts to exterminate members of the political opposition party, the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI/MEK), on the Fatwa of the former Supreme Leader of Iran, Khomeini.
He calls the massacre “the greatest crime that the Islamic Republic of Iran has committed and the history will condemn us”, and was stripped of his position and sentenced to house arrest for the rest of his life.
The Regime sent the younger Montazeri to prison for releasing that tape, something they would not have done had the tape be a forgery.
- Thursday, June 15, 2017
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12 Jun – Two Ohio parents have shared the heartbreaking story of the loss of their son and why the Iranian Regime must be held to account.
Les and Donna Kuglics wrote an opinion piece for Cleveland, in which they call for the Iranian Regime to be held responsible for the death of their son, Air Force Staff Sgt. Matthew Kuglics, who was killed by a roadside bomb in 2007, in Kirkuk, northern Iraq.
His parents believe that the terrorists who planted that bomb were being supported by the Iranian Regime and if it wasn’t for them, Matthew would still be alive today.
They wrote: “Matthew was everything you would want in a son, a serviceman and an American. Raised in Green, Ohio, since he was five years old, Matthew was a high school soccer player with an easy smile and a joke ever at the ready, always putting others before himself. That quality led him to enlist in the Air Force, where he served his country throughout the United States, in Korea, and, ultimately, in Iraq.”
Matthew was killed just days after his 25th birthday and although, Les and Donna have struggled to come to terms with his death, they have also fought to find out more.
They wrote: “We learned the explosion that killed Matthew was no ordinary roadside bomb. It was called an explosively formed penetrator or EFP. The military calls it a shaped charge because, when the bomb is detonated, a copper cone is formed into a slug that can punch through armoured vehicles like the up-armored Chevy Suburban Matthew was in.”
They continued: “We also learned that the U.S. military had traced these EFPs to Iran and that Iran’s leadership was supplying them to local militias it controlled to target U.S. service members in Iraq.”
At the time, Iran was still under economic sanctions from most of the world and has to finance their terrorist activity with the help of others, including a financial clearinghouse system which was based in the United States.
Les and Donna wrote: “These attacks were not acts of war carried out by Iraqi, or even Iranian, soldiers in uniform. They were terrorist attacks, committed by Iranian-sponsored killers trained to blend into the civilian population that killed or wounded hundreds of Americans.”
That is why the Kuglics chose to join with more than a hundred families who had lost loved ones as a result of these terror attacks and bring lawsuits against the Iranian Regime and the financial institutions that funded them.
The process is slow and the Regime has not yet responded, but the Kuglics want to prove the Regime’s involvement in Matthew’s death and have it recognised in a court of law.
They wrote: “Although the outcome is uncertain, we hope that, as the facts become known about the terrorism Iran perpetrated and its bankers facilitated against our troops in Iraq, justice will prevail. That won’t heal the wound opened in our lives ten year ago, but it will serve as a fitting tribute to our son and the life he sacrificed for our country.”
- Thursday, June 15, 2017
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May 10 – Following last Wednesday’s deadly mine explosion in Golestan Province, the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani finally saw fit to visit the city, on Sunday, during his re-election campaign tour.
However, Rouhani was met by protesters who were angry that safety concerns had not been addressed prior to the explosion which killed dozens of miners and angry that Rouhani had not appeared beforehand.
The miners, who were still covered in coal soot after searching for their still-missing colleagues, began to assault the armoured SUV as it passed through. The car, which was undamaged, did not stop, proceeding to drive through the crowd and sped away down a hill.
Rouhani went to the Zemestanyourt mine to speak to the miners and their families. In his speech, he insisted that that the government was responsible for the lives of mine workers; however, given the upcoming election, it is likely that this is all spin.
He said: “Be sure that we will pursue this issue and also your demands. Those who are guilty in this incident should be prosecuted by a court.”
However, miners had previously raised safety complaints with the mining company which is owned by the Bassij, associated with the Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), which is itself a part of the Regime. Their complaints were ignored and, in some cases, led to violence against the person who raised the issue.
One worker said: “A few years ago when I filed a complaint in Azadshahr’s court, they beat me up…”
If the Regime were unwilling to listen before, why are they promising prosecutions now?
A sibling to one of the fallen mineworkers said: “Where was he a few days ago? Has he come to collect votes for himself? I want my brother back.”
At least 35 people have been killed in the mine explosion, with 22 bodies recovered and more yet to be found.
This is far from the first mining disaster in Iran, a country heavily dependent on coal for its steel mills. In 2013, 11 miners were killed in two separate incidents, while in 2009, 20 workers were killed in several incidents.
It is believed that lax health and safety laws and inadequate emergency services are to blame.
Since the 2015 nuclear deal, which lifted sanctions on the Gulf country, Iran has been renovating its mines in an attempt to score business contracts but these renovations have been less focused on improvements and more focused on increased production.
- Wednesday, May 10, 2017
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May 10, The Iranian state-run Vatan daily published a statement on Monday issued by so-called Oil Industry Specialists in an attempt to undermine a recent speech delivered by the Iranian regime’s President Hassan Rouhani.
Vatan, linked to the faction of the Iranian regime’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, said in its report:
“As you know based on the latest United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, in the past four years, meaning during [Rouhani’s tenure] foreign investment in Iran has decreased 300% from $4bn in 2012 to $1bn in 2016!… Why have Shell and Repsol pulled out of phases 13 and 14 of the South Pars gas field despite a year of negotiations?! Why is Statoil of Norway not willing to cooperate with Iran’s National Oil Company in the joint Azar field?!”
- Wednesday, May 10, 2017
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April, 20 – The US Government have imposed new sanctions on the Iranian Regime and Congress Members from both sides of the aisle are applauding the effort.
The sanctions were levied on the Tehran Prisons Department for violating the human rights of those held there and committing brutal crimes, like torture, rape, and murder.
Further sanctions were levied against Sohrab Soleimani, who is the brother of the Senior Officer of Iran’s terror squad, the Revolutionary Guards Corps, Ghasem Soleimani.
When the Treasury Department announced these sanctions, Democrats and Republicans came together to applaud the decision and call for further sanctions against a Regime that violates the basic human rights of its people.
Ed Royce, Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, remarked that he was delighted at the news.
Ted Poe, Chair of the House Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade, was no doubt pleased that the Treasury Department took notice of the letter that he wrote urging that further sanctions be placed on those who violate human rights in Iran.
The letter, which was also sent to the American Minister of Justice, was co-signed by bipartisan Congress members. It expressed concerns over human rights violations in Iran and suggested that measures be taken to punish the mullahs.
The letter advised that the Iranian Regime uses its terror squad, the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), its secret police force, the Basij, and its disciplinary police to crush opposition and abuse the Iranian people.
It also addressed the imprisonment of dual-citizens from Western countries, who are accused of the most ludicrous of crimes with no evidence given. The Iranian Regime is using the dual nationals as bargaining chips in order to obtain concessions from their countries; therefore, they have taken foreign nationals hostage.
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Chair of the House Committee on the Middle East and North Africa, approved of the Treasury Department’s move and is working with Congressman Poe to seek further sanctions.
Ros-Lehtinen also commented on the sham election in Iran, reaffirming her belief that the Iranian people deserve democracy and freedom, rather than the repressive Regime that supports terrorism.
The US Government, the UN General Assembly, and all human rights organisations have reported on the devastating situation of human rights in Iran.
The next logical step is for the US Congress to designate the IRGC as a foreign terror organisation and impose sanctions on all businesses who work with them or are owned by them.
- Monday, April 24, 2017
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April 24 – Following the invitation of the previous day, on Sunday April 9th hundreds of families of those awaiting execution rallied in front of the regime’s Parliament, demanding the elimination of death penalty.
According to the news, the disciplinary forces that have been already present during the rally mistreated and insulted the families in order to disperse them since they feared for the spread of protests. Some members of families participating in the rally got arrested and transferred to an unknown place by the disciplinary forces.
The protesters came to Tehran from different cities and provinces including Kurdistan, Ilam, Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari, Bandar Abbas, Kerman, Yazd, Sistan and Baluchestan. 90 percent of those rallied were the women who had brought their children with as well. According to the state-run ILNA News, hundreds of protesters and families had also rallied in front of the Parliament of Iran on February 26th 2017 in order to protest against the death penalty.
The protesters in the rally called for the removal of death penalty for their children.
- Monday, April 24, 2017
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April 24, the mullahs’ antihuman regime hanged a young 21 year old man in public. It also sent eight prisoners to the gallows collectively in Gohardasht prison of Karaj. One of the executed was Mohsen Babai, 29 and a B.A. in accounting. He was married and was popular among other prisoners for his personality and humane behavior. A number of those executed had been previously taken to solitary cells and taken to the gallows several times. A number of political prisoners have gone on hunger strike to protest such brutal executions.
On April 20, another prisoner was hanged in Boroujerd prison after eight years in prison. Execution of three prisoners in Shiraz and Tabriz prisons on April 18, and execution of another inmate on April 16 in central prison of Bandar-Abbas are among other crimes of the regeime during recent days.
Recourse to the death penalty, especially mass executions, is taking place on the eve of elections in order to intensify the atmosphere of intimidation.
Iranian Resistance calls on the Iranian people, particularly the brave youth to protest against this medieval punishment and to express their solidarity with the families of the executed.
Any engagement of the international community with the mullahs’ regime has to be conditioned upon improvement of human rights situation, especially stoppage of executions.
- Monday, April 24, 2017
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NCRI – The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has issued an update on the situation of Camp Liberty residents.
The following is the full text of the UN Refugee Agency’s statement:
Update N° 14
Update on the implementation of solutions for residents of Hurriya Temporary Transit Location (TTL)
- The relocation of residents of the Hurriya Temporary Transit Location (TTL) out of Iraq continues to maintain momentum, with more than 1700 residents having now been relocated to a situation of safety in third countries. This represents a significant milestone: more than half of the residents registered by UNHCR have now been successfully relocated.
- Prospects for relocating all residents out of Iraq in 2016 are at their most buoyant since international efforts to find solutions began in 2011. UNHCR is supporting a steady and growing stream of movements out of Iraq in coming months. It is hoped that the process will be completed well before year end.
- This progress has been achieved with the cooperation of the residents who have proceeded with the relocation process despite difficult circumstances, including the attack on 4 July 2016, which fortunately did not result in any casualties.
- Ongoing success in the implementation of solutions has also been assisted by the residents’ commitment to meeting the bulk of the associated costs, particularly for long term support of all residents relocated out of Iraq who have no access to state-sponsored assistance. This commitment is crucial to the ongoing implementation of solutions for the group.
- UNHCR deeply appreciates the measures taken by some countries to relocate residents to situations of safety and security. Albania’s exceptional contribution to this humanitarian endeavour merits special note, as Albania has received a significant proportion of the residents who have been relocated. Likewise, the United States has been actively supporting the relocations in a number of ways, and without those sustained and concerted efforts, the progress reported here could not have been achieved.
- Despite noteworthy progress made over the last two years, UNHCR maintains its call upon States to find ways to offer long term solutions for the residents in the Hurriya TTL and to do so with urgency. This appeal should be read in light of the potential for more attacks on the Hurriya TTL, as has been recently witnessed. This emphasizes the need for quick and pragmatic action on the part of States to ensure that these people are very swiftly relocated to a situation of safety and security.
- UNHCR continues to call upon the Government of Iraq to take all possible measures to ensure the safety and well-being of residents, including ensuring access to life saving medical treatment and assistance with the provision of goods and services to enable the residents to make arrangements for their own protection.
- UNHCR also recalls the Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of Iraq and the United Nations explicitly recognizes that residents benefit from the principle of non-refoulement.
UNHCR, Geneva, 19 July 2016