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Panel Calls for Accountability Against Iran Rulers for Massacre of Political Prisoners

Panel Calls for Accountability Against Iran Rulers for Massacre of Political Prisoners

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Washington, DC- 1 December 2017- A panel of experts was organized by the National Council of Resistance of Iran, U.S. Representative Office (NCRI-US) to discuss the situation of human rights in Iran, and U.S. policy regarding it. The panel coincided with the release of a new well-documented book, Iran: Where Mass Murderers Rule: The 1988 Massacre of 30,000 Political Prisoners and the Continuing Atrocities. The event was held at the National Press Club a week ahead of Human Rights Day and highlighted the need to designate certain Iranian officials as major human rights violators subject to sanctions. The panel began with an introduction from former U.S. Ambassador to Bahrain and panel moderator, Adam Ereli. Soona Samsami, the U.S. Representative of NCRI delivered her remarks on the significance of the book, “because it is not only intended to commemorate the past, but to draw attention to the present as well as the future. [It explains that] every day, new blood from a new Iranian citizen is spilled at the hands of an inhumane, corrupt, regime… these hands, however, are the same hands today as they were thirty years ago.” Samsami continued to say “the way forward certainly involves holding the regime accountable for not only its past crimes against humanity, but its current violations as well.” Linda Chavez, former Director of the White House Office of Public Liaison, who was also former U.S. Expert elected by the United Nations Human Rights Commission to the U.N. Sub-commission on the Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities drew on her experience of dealing with the Iranian opposition since decades ago when the group was providing information to the United Nations in Geneva and emphasized that there is bi-partisan consensus on the need to condemn the regime and hold the rulers accountable for their crimes. Chavez discussed the current Iranian regime’s treatment of women. “We have a society in Iran in which it would be an understatement to say half of the population are regarded as second-class citizens. Women in Iran are not even given the rights of second-class citizens… One of the reasons I think the regime hates and fears the MEK is because women are allowed to be in leadership positions.” The Honorable J. Kenneth "Ken" Blackwell, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Human Rights Commission, talked on how the Iran regime can and should be confronted. “I think, if in fact, we keep the pressure as part of the comprehensive pressure that we put on the regime, we can help bring closure to the families of the victims of the summer of blood in 1988… It is incumbent upon us as individuals, us as nation states, and as communities of nation states, to put the pressure on the regime to give access to the community so that we may shine light - individual light, collective light - on the evils that were done by the regime.” With conviction in his voice, Blackwell continued. “We want to demand that our delegation at the UN continues to be leading voice... not only on the threats to national terrorism that is perpetuated by and advanced by the regime... but we in fact want to bring justice to those human rights fighters who in fact have the experience of a brutal history… where people who were just passing out leaflets in 1988 were part of the human victims of a regime that is dark, that is anti-human rights, and that is a threat to the basic fabric of humanity across the globe.” Closing the panel was former Ambassador to Morocco, Marc Ginsberg. His words called on his own political party, the Democrats, to act on their values of freedom and equality. “If anything, we Democrats should be champions of holding Iran accountable!” Touching on the current focus of the party, he demanded that to “expand the debate about Iran. It is not merely the issue of the Iran nuclear agreement, it is its violation as a state sponsor of terror.”
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Sweden: World Day Against the Death Penalty ,Iranian Resistance Demonstration

Sweden: World Day Against the Death Penalty ,Iranian Resistance Demonstration

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Sweden - Stockholm. On the occasion of October 10, the World Day Against the Death Penalty, Iranians and the supporters of the Iranian Resistance, held a demonstration and marching from Swedish parliament.The participant political personalities and human rights defenders condemned the increasing rate of executions by the Iranian regime.
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Rally Against Iran Regime's Death Penalty in Norway

Rally Against Iran Regime's Death Penalty in Norway

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NCRI Staff NCRI - On the eve of the International Day against the Death Penalty, the Iranians and supporters of the Iranian Resistance staged rally in front of the Norwegian Parliament condemning the executions carried out by the Iran regime. A number of Norwegian MPs participated in the rally and delivered speech. The speakers stressed on the necessity of defying human rights' violations in Iran demanding the Norwegian government to condition economic relations with the Iran regime to immediate halt of the executions. They also expressed solidarity with the Justice – seeking movement for the 1988 massacre of political prisoners, calling on the Norwegian government to recognize the massacre of 1988 as a crime against humanity. They also stressed that an international investigation committee should be held to try the perpetrators of the massacre of 1988. The speakers also condemned the Iranian regime's involvement in the region as well as its support for the terrorist groups calling for opposing such interference. The protesters were holding placards on which was written, "The perpetrators of the massacre of 1988 should be tried." The Norwegian MP from the Socialist party, Peter Eide, in his remarks, condemned the medieval tortures inflicted by the Iranian regime such as death penalty. He stated that he will pursue the Iran's human rights' violations in the Norwegian Parliament and also the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The member of Foreign Committee of the Norwegian Parliament, Eirik Sivertsen stressed on the sacred right of living, mentioned in the charter of the U.N. stating that the executions carried out by the Iranian regime are unacceptable. He further emphasized the importance of the struggle to abolish the death penalty. The representative of the National Resistance of Iran in Nordic countries, Parviz Khazaei stated that different countries of the world, including Norway, must exert political, diplomatic, and economic pressures on the Iranian regime which is a potential threat to the world and the enemy of humanity. The co-founder and one of the directors of Amnesty International of Norway, Ms. Kari Storhaug called for the trial of perpetrators of the 1988 Massacre, stating that this is the absolute right of the families to be notified of their beloveds' graves. The former Norwegian MP, Ingvar Godal expressed his support for the litigation movement to try the perpetrators of the massacre of 1988. The representative of the Revolutionary Khabat Organization of the Iranian Kurdistan, Ali Bahrami also expressed support as well. On the International Day against the Death Penalty, Mohammad Sadat Khansari also stated, "We have gathered here to support the Justice - Seeking movement. We call on the Norwegian government to recognize the massacre of 1988 as the crime against humanity. The Iranians wish that this religious tyranny topples".
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Speech by Mr Ryszard CZARNECKI Vice-President of the European Parliament

Speech by Mr Ryszard CZARNECKI Vice-President of the European Parliament

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Meeting of Friends of a Free Iran, European Parliament Wednesday 13 September 2017 Dear colleagues, Mr Chairman, Thank you very much for holding this important meeting today. I am very happy and honoured to have been a part of the Friends of a Free Iran group which has the support of hundreds of my colleagues in this parliament. Many of us in this group have different or even opposite views regarding domestic issues or about Europe, including my dear colleagues from Poland but we are all united in our hopes and dreams for a free Iran and in our support for the democratic opposition under the leadership of Mrs Maryam Rajavi. On Monday this week the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said that “Iran continues to severely restrict freedom of opinion and expression.” He said “ill-treatment of prisoners is widespread, and the judiciary continues to sentence people to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment, including amputation of limbs and blinding.” He also stressed that “Iran remains the country with the highest reported rate of executions per capita. “ I believe this is an important statement by the UN. It should be followed up by adopting tough policies against this religious dictatorship. As long as human rights violations continue in Iran, we can not have a normal relationship with this regime. We strongly condemn the current appeasement policies of Mrs Mogherini, who totally ignores repression against women in Iran but went to Iran to take part in the ceremony for Rouhani who does not even have one woman minister in his cabinet. And she keeps calling Rouhani a moderate ! This policy of closing the eyes to human rights violations in Iran and ignoring the sufferings of the Iranian people, is a disgrace and cannot be done under our name. I am deeply concerned about the victims of the 1988 massacre of 30,000 political prisoners in Iran. Most of the victims were from the PMOI. Many of those criminals who were responsible for that massacre in summer of 1988, are still holding top positions in this regime. That includes the current minister of justice who happens to be also in the black list of the EU for human rights violations. So I wish to use this opportunity to give a message to the people of Iran that we in the European Parliament are with you and will support you to be free. Thank you very much.
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Maryam Rajavi: The clerical regime’s overthrow is certain and within reach

Maryam Rajavi: The clerical regime’s overthrow is certain and within reach

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Maryam Rajavi's Speech to the Paris conference, “Mullahs’ Regime in Crises”-December 16, 2017

      

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