December 13, 2016 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada
The Honourable Stéphane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, today issued the following statement amid reports of merciless attacks perpetrated by the Assad regime and its backers in eastern Aleppo and reported civilian killings and disappearances:
NCRI - Sunni political prisoners of Gohardasht prison in Western Tehran issued a statement calling for immediate release of two civil and women rights activists, political prisoners Narges Mohammadi and Atena Daemi.
NCRI - On the eve of the Human Rights Day, European lawmakers held a conference at the European Parliament on Wednesday December7. They strongly condemned the violations of human rights in Iran and urged the EU High Representative, Federica Mogherini and Member States to condition the expansion of relationships with Iran to the halt of executions.
This meeting was held by the initiative of the Friends of a Free Iran intergroup at the European Parliament, which has support of some 300 MEPs from different political groups. The keynote speaker was the Iranian opposition leader, Maryam Rajavi who heads the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI).
NCRI - In a message from Aleppo, young Syrian girl Lina Shami asked for help from people around the world to do something to save them. This message is in English and published widely on social networks.
Lina Shami: “To all those who hear my voice: We are facing genocide here in East Aleppo. This might be my last video message. More than 50 thousand civilians who have risen up and resisted against Assad’s dictatorship are facing the threat of execution or being killed in the bombing.”
NCRI - Human rights activists and informed sources have reported that Bashar Assad’s forces and their allies (Iranian regime’s affiliated militants) have executed at least 200 people in four districts of East Aleppo.
According to Al-Hadath TV Network, based on these reports, medical staff of Al-Hayat Hospital in Classeh neighborhood in Aleppo are among those executed. These people were executed by firing bullets.
In addition, the Assad regime’s allied militants have brutally burned 9 children and 4 women alive in Al- Ferdows neighborhood in Aleppo.
NCRI - Jawad al-Khatib, Syrian activist from the besieged neighborhood of East Aleppo asked said in a message that the only demand is not the exit of the citizens from the besieged areas, but to stop the cascade of blood.
According to Al-Jazeera, he said, "Just stop the bloodbath, which is currently underway in the Bostan region behind me ... there is no place to bury the dead. The situation is crazy and people can no longer tolerate. This is the last video message that I am sending because we got tired of talks and speeches and no one does nothing."
NCRI - Ban Ki-moon, the United Nations’ Secretary-General, has expressed his surprise and shock about the huge number of civilians that have been subjected to great atrocities in the city of Aleppo in Syria.
His spokesman, Stephane Dujarric, said on Monday: “While stressing that the United Nations is not able to independently verify these reports, the secretary-general is conveying his grave concern to the relevant parties.”
Al Arabiya English Tuesday, December 13, 2016 reported that Syrian regime forces backed by Iran regime and sectarian militias carried out on Monday nearly two hundred executions in Aleppo, which included women and children, according to eyewitnesses from within the city, Al Arabiya News Channel reported.
A firing squad from Bashar al-Assad’s forces and militiamen also executed medical staff.
NCRI - To the sheikhs of the Islamic nations ... to the religious leaders of armed groups ... to anyone who once claimed ideological concerns about this nation.
I am one of the girls of Aleppo who will be raped in a few moments... There are neither any weapons nor men to defend us against these savages which are called the country’s Army.
I do not want anything from you ... I’m not even asking you to say a prayer for me ... So long as I can talk, I think my own prayers would be more sincere than what you may say.