NCRI - Parliamentary Committees of “Friends of Free Iran” in various European countries including Sweden, Romania, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Iceland and Estonia in separate letters to the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zied Ra’ed Al-Hussein, urged him to take action for the safety of political prisoner, Ali Moezzi, who was kidnapped by Gohardasht prison officials on January 4 and transferred to an unknown location.
NCRI - Member of Iranian regime’s parliament ‘Mohammad Javad Fathi’ has acknowledged that there are 15 million records in regime’s judiciary.
In his parliamentary speech on Monday January 6, Fathi said that “it’s really a shame that in the lands of the unbelievers (Western countries), prisons are closed each year and their courthouses become smaller whereas here in the ‘House of Islam’ we’ve acted in such a way that the number of our judicial cases has reached 15 million.”
NCRI - In an interview with Aljazeera TV, Iraqi lawyer and director of London based National Center for Justice ‘Dr. Sheikhly’ discusses an Amnesty International report on the Iranian regime’s militia group ‘Al-Hasad Al-Shaabi’ being equipped with Western weapons.
Aljazeera TV: what do you think about the ‘Al-Hashd Al-Shaabi’ militias being armed with Western weapons?
Dr. Sheikhly from London: first of all, the Amnesty International report is an undeniable document which shows the crimes and infringements committed by ‘Al-Hashd Al-Shaabi’ are state-sponsored. They possess government weapons. They have American and Russian weapons, or obtain their weapons from EU countries or the Iranian regime.
On Jan. 4, the reports came from within Gohardasht Prison, near the Iranian capital Tehran, that activist and political prisoner Ali Moezzi, still behind bars despite completing his term, had disappeared. Wrote Dr Ali Safavi a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran and president of the Near East Policy Research, in ‘The Hill’ on January 9, 2017, the article continues as follows.
Iran after Rafsanjani
Dying at the age of 82 from a heart attack on Sunday, former Iranian president Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani had a long record of guiding the regime’s lethal measures domestically and abroad, including suicide bombings and eliminating exiled dissidents. Such an image is far from the “moderate” that Western media found in him. Wrote Amir Basiri in the ‘American Thinker’ on January 10, 2017, the article continues as follows.
NCRI - Following the United Nations fourth resolution condemning Iran regime for the 1988 massacre of 30,000 political prisoners in Iran, Hashemi Rafsanjani said: “These claimed executions are just rumors for propaganda purposes.”
At the time, despite ample evidence and after the UN General Assembly adopted the resolution in 1988, Rafsanjani came to the scene on December 2, 1988 to conceal the crime and deny it ever happened to evade accountability. He told state-run news agencies: “The claimed executions are just rumors for propaganda purpose in order to cover up internal crisis within the People’s Mojahedin Organization (PMOI/MEK) and to take the organization out of impasse.”
NCRI - On Sunday, January 8, in an interview with Simay-e Azadi TV, Mustafa Baru, a commander of Free Syrian Army who is a signatory to the nationwide Syria ceasefire as the representative of Syrian fighters stressed that the Iranian regime’s agents are the main culprit for violation of cease-fire.
Baru said “Naturally, there’s an ongoing truce violation and the reason is the presence of different kinds of militias in Syria. Currently, Assad’s regime is by no means ruling over Syria. Assad is not even ruling over the regions that are under his control. Rather, these regions are being dominated by the militias and bands that have divided these areas among themselves.”
NCRI - Former Iranian President Ali-Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, who died on January 8, 2017, aged 82, was one of the two pillars and ‘key to the equilibrium’ of the Iranian regime.
Over the past 38 years, both under Khomeini and in later years, Rafsanjani played a critical role in suppression at home and export of terrorism abroad as well as in the quest to acquire nuclear weapons. Though portrayed by some Western media outlets as a “pragmatist” or “moderate,” during his long career he was associated with some of the regime’s most egregious actions, including mass-casualty terror attacks and the assassinations of exiled dissidents.
NCRI - The regime in Iran says it will not allow Syria to divide but the regime considers Syria as one of its own provinces. How can this contradiction be interpreted? In this regard, Dr. Ibrahim Al-Jabavi, manager of Syria’s advertising board, in an interview with Orient TV explains:
“The Iranian regime advances its project through its tails like Bashar al-Assad and Hezbollah and other militants from different countries it has dispatched to Syria with the flag of sectarianism to serve the regime’s goals… We have said before and repeat it again that the Hezbollah and Iraqi, Afghan, and Pakistani militants and the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) have not come to Syria merely to support Bashar Assad but to implement the Iran regime’s project which is summarized in Shiite Crescent.”
GENEVA ( 9 January 2017) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Iran, Ms. Asma Jahangir, today raised alarm over the critical health situation of several prisoners of conscience on prolonged hunger strike in the country.
In recent weeks, at least eight prisoners of conscience have been on life threatening hunger strike in Iran to contest the legality of their detention. Among them are Mr. Saeed Shirzad, Mr. Ali Shariati, Mr. Mohammad Reza Nekounam, Mr. Hassan Rastegari Majd, Mr. Mehdi Koukhian, Mr. Nizar Zakka, and Mr. Mohammed Ali Taheri.