Annual Conference for Democratic Change in Iran to be Held June 22, 2013

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June 20, 2013 (Paris, France) – The tenth annual Conference for Democratic Change in Iran, Onward to Freedom, will be hosted on June 22, 2013 in Paris, France. The conference is the largest political event of the Iranian people in opposition to the ruling religious dictatorship in Iran. It will feature scores of world leaders and elected officials in a rejection of the Mullah’s recent election and call for regime change by Iranian people and the organized opposition. 

 

Rudy Giuliani, former Mayor of New York City, John Bolton, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Tom Ridge, former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and more than 100 other international policy influencers are expected to attend.

 

Sponsored by human rights organizations and parliamentary committees around the world, the annual conference has been held in late June since 2004 and commemorates the 1981 uprising against then Ayatollah Khomeini and his clerical regime.

 

In cooperation with the Iranian Resistance movement, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) and its popular leader Maryam Rajavi, Onward to Freedom will address prospects for democratic change in Iran and the impact of recent elections on peace in the Middle East.

 

IranNewsUpdate.com (INU) will feature live coverage of the Onward to Freedom conference on its website including video interviews of speakers and additional commentary.  Updates and inside commentary on the event can be found on Twitter at Twitter.com/IranNewsUpdate1 and on Facebook at Facebook.com/IranNewsUpdate.  Follow @IranNewsUpdate1 and tweet #IranFreedom and #DCII for all updates on the Onward to Freedom conference.

 

INU features news, analysis and commentary on events inside Iran and the Iranian Diaspora to audiences around the world. News and information is provided in cooperation with the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), the parliament in exile of the Iranian Resistance and the PMOI/MEK. Analyses on developments on Iran and the region are provided by INU experts. Media and researchers are welcome to use INU news and commentaries, with attribution made to IranNewsUpdate.com 

 

STATEMENT REGARDING IRANIAN ELECTION DAY

“What the world witnessed in Iran today was not a true election. It was a sham and a show, and no amount of propaganda or extended polling times from the regime will change that reality. The election was indeed boycotted by the majority of the Iranian people.  A voting exercise that offers only candidates loyal to the supreme leader is no election at all.

Supreme leader Khamenei has called in an estimated 1 million security personnel as well as paramilitary Basij forces and agents for the ministry of intelligence in fear of another uprising and to prevent any protests or uprisings.

Building this massive show of security from one polling station to the next, while herding journalists on guided tours to give the semblance of high voter turnout, will not fool any sophisticated observer.

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NCRI - In a vain effort to prevent the explosion of society during the election masquerade, the religious fascists ruling Iran have initiated a vast assault over recent days on the sympathizers of the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), family members of Ashraf and Liberty residents, released political prisoners, and institutions connected with the PMOI (MEK) and its supporters.

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NCRI - On Wednesday, May 1, supporters of the Iranian Resistance joined Workers’ Day demonstrations in various countries in the world and supported the rights of Iranian laborers and toilers who live in dire conditions.

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NCRI - In a thinly-veiled reference to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iranian regime's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei warned in his speech on Saturday (April 27, 2013) that people 'should not stir up trouble' and 'should avoid fuelling anxiety and fear among the people'. Khamenei added: “Some comments that have been made recently are truly inappropriate.

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NCRI - The United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on Friday extending the mandate of Mr. Ahmad Shaheed, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran for one year.

The resolution deplored the Iranian regime’s failure to implement Human Rights Council and UN General Assembly resolutions regarding the human rights situation in Iran and expressed serious concerns for not permitting access to the country by the Special Rapporteur.

The Iranian Resistance, welcomed the adoption of the Human Rights Council resolution and once again stressed that the adoption of such resolutions, although valuable, are not enough as
the gallows, torture, amputation and eye gouging are rampant in prisons and streets in various cities across Iran, while Iranian youths are being arrested and killed simply because of expressing their opinion on their blogs, and while thousands of students, women, laborers, reporters and intellectuals are in the worst conditions in the regime’s prisons and under suppression.

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