Saturday, April 21, 2018

#Iran, reports& #news of #strikes& #protests on April2018




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Residents of Marivan clashed with the Suppressive IRGC mercenaries

Iran, April 25, 2018 – Residents of Marivan, in Kurdistan province clashed with the suppressive state security forces last night after the IRGC shot a Kurdish man dead.
The clashes continued well into the night and stretched all the way to Bu-Ali Hospital, which is on the other side of the town.
Residents of Marivan were angry, because an IRGC commander, Col. Kaveh Kohneh-Pooshi had shot Haj Latif Nami, a resident of Marivan and had set his home on fire. The people demanded that this commander would be turned over to the authorities for his criminal act or be handed over to the people.



Escalation of protests in Iran's drought-ridden Isfahan province

- On April 13th, as farmers continued their protests against the government’s water policies in Iran’s Isfahan Province, they received a surprising blow. During a Friday prayer sermon in Isfahan on that same day, Ayatollah Yousef Tabatabaeinejad said, “As someone who has always been on the farmers’ side, I don’t think they have the right to demonstrate.
” He added, “Religious and revolutionary farmers would not do such a thing. They should separate themselves from seditious elements.”

The Iran Meteorological Organization reports that at least 97 percent of the country is experiencing drought to some degree. However, Isfahan’s farmers say that government mismanagement has exacerbated the drought, as water is diverted from the province’s main river to neighboring Yazd Province.
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Workers At Qazvin Steel Company Protest Expulsion Of Colleagues In Takestan, Iran

Apr 23, 2018-- More than 200 workers from the Qazvin Steel Company gathered on Sunday, April 22, in front of the office of the Gazvin Governor in Iran, to protest the expulsion of their colleagues.
One of the Qazvin Steel protesting workers said: “Since yesterday morning, factory managers refuse to pay at least three months of wage and salary due to shortages of funds and prevented about 100 of our colleagues to enter their workplace.
Stating that the work experience of some expelled workers reaches up to 15 years of work, the worker said: “In total, the plant has about 200 workers, which, in addition to lack of job security, the private-sector employer disregards salary payments too”.

“Workers are worried that the layoffs of workers will continue and we will see the layoffs of other contract workers in the coming weeks,” the worker said.


Retired Laborers Of Western Alborz Coal Mine In Tehran, Iran Stage Protest Demanding Retirement Claims

Apr 23, 2018-- On Sunday, April 22, 2018, a group of retired workers of Western Alborz Coal Mine located in Gilan Province gathered in front of the Iranian Mines and Mining Industries Development and Renovation Organization Building (IMIDRO) in Tehran, Iran.
The retired workers also gathered yesterday in front of the Iran Minerals Production and Supply Company (IMPASCO). They demanded the authorities meet their unfulfilled retirement claims.

The Protesting retirees at the Western Alborz Coal Mine have currently not received their pensions for February and March, and the Steel Fund is said to have created many problems in providing health care and welfare for the retirees.


Phase 19 workers in Asaluyeh protested by closing the gates of the factory


April 22, 2018 - A group of workers from the South Park phase 19 natural-gas project in Asaluyeh, southern Iran, gathered to protest against their layoff in front the factory entrance. Protestors closed the gate to the factory and did not allow anyone to enter or exit the premises. Workers are demanding their return to work. Government agents laid off these workers after the expansion project was completed, and are hiring their friends based on favoritism and not qualification.

Marivan University Students Support Bordering Bazaar Merchants’ Protests And Strikes In Iran

Apr 22, 2018 -- On Sunday, April 22nd, merchants and businessmen of the Baneh bazaar and market continued their nationwide strike after several consecutive days in protest to the closure of Iran’s borders and increasing tariffs. Marivan University students also expressed their support for the merchants’ strikes in the bordering towns of Iran.
The Iranian government has completely closed the borders of Baneh, Marivan, Piranhasar, and Sardasht in recent months. The closure of the borders, and especially the porters’ pathway borders, has led to a sharp rise in unemployment.

According to the representative of the city of Marivan, 8,000 people have been unemployed in the city, causing a sharp recession among merchants and businesses.
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Strike of merchants and shopkeepers in border provinces continue for one week

On Saturday, April 21, the strike of merchants and shopkeepers in the provinces of Kurdistan, Kermanshah and West Azarbaijan continued for the seventh consecutive day.
The merchants of Sare-Pol-e Zahab and Mahabad also joined the protest on Friday. Meanwhile, repressive forces have arrested a number of strikers in recent days to prevent the spread of these protests.
On Saturday, Sardasht merchants protested in front of the governorate building against rising customs duties.
In Baneh, a poor young man was arrested because he had protested in front of Saeed Jalili, Khamenei’s representative, against the killings of border porters, the hunger of the people in the area, and stoppage of their business on Wednesday, April 18. Jalili's visit to Baneh, which was aimed at deceiving the protesters and forcing them to end the strike, failed ignominiously.
In Piranshahr, regime mercenaries set fire at one of the cars of the strikers in the Kani Shinkah area in order to intimidate them.
In the border town of Bazargan (West Azerbaijan), people protested against the closure of border routes, which has been their only way of earning money and making their living, by blocking the main street of the city.
In yet another development in Sanandaj, workers from the Mohammadi manufacturing company stopped working in protest against the expulsion of one of their colleagues. Following a visit by a representative of Khamenei and the governor, one of the workers objected to the severe exploitation of the workers and the low level of wages. The employer immediately fired the worker, which provoked a strong protest by the workers.



Labor Protests At Orumieh Steel Manufacturing Factory In West Azarbaijan, Iran
On Saturday, April 21, 2018, workers at Orumieh Steel Manufacturing Factory in West Azarbaijan, Iran spread a large empty table and staged a protest sit-in and rally.

The steel manufacturing workers launched the protest in front of the Governorate of West Azerbaijan because they have not received one year of their salary and their social security premiums
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Workers Of Dam Construction Project In Piranshahr, Iran Go On Strike
The workers of the dam construction project in Piranshahr, western Iran went on strike against the lack of salary payments.
Despite threats from the government of expulsion from work, the workers of the Kani Siv dam in Piranshahr are on the fifth day of their strike as a sign of protest.

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Expelled Workers of South Pars Gas company blocked the entrance to the south pars complex
in a protest action, expelled workers of phase 19 of the South Pars Gas Complex blocked the entrance to the Complex (in Assaluyeh) and did not allow anyone to pass in or out of the complex.

The protesters have been demanding a return to their work and object to hiring non-indigenous forces instead of native people in the area.
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Workers' gathering in various Iranian cities
Workers of Dezful, a city in southwestern Iran, gathered for the fifth consecutive day on Saturday to protest against a lengthy delay in the payment of their salaries.
In Abadan, also southwestern Iran, city workers staged a protest against several months of delay in receiving their salaries.
In Sanandaj, west of Iran, a group of workers at the "Industrial Town No3" went on strike in protest to the layoff of one of their coworkers.


Workers of Sarvbad, west of Iran, went on strike to protest against their long overdue salaries.
Strikes by merchants and shop owners in Baneh, Mahabad, Sardasht and Javanrood

April 21, 2018 - Cities of Baneh, Mahabad, Sardasht and Javanrood, in western Iran, witnessed once again on Saturday, a widespread general strike by merchants and shop owners. They protested against the closure of the western border passes, which shut down their businesses solely dependent on trade with neighboring Iraq. The strike is also in protest against a sharp increase in customs duties.


New Protests In Kazerun With Chants Of "Beware Of The Day When We Take Up Arms."
On Friday, April 20, 2018, thousands of residents of Kazerun, southern Iran, staged anti-regime protests for the fifth consecutive day. People also gathered in the city's grand mosque and denounced the regime's plan to divide the city.

 The demonstration was held while the city's so-called city council, Friday prayers’ leader, and state media had announced that all gatherings were banned until the Kazerun city separation plan is determined.
Residents of Kazeroun,including a remarkable number of brave women continued their protests against segregation of the city for the fourth consecutive day.

Anti-Riot Forces Take Up Positions In Kazerun To Quell Major Protest

On Thursday, April 19, despite the presence of heavily-armed anti-riot forces, thousands of residents of Kazerun, southern Iran, turned out for a fourth consecutive day of protests over the regime’s plans to divide the city. There was a strong presence of women in the ranks of the protesters.
In one section of the city square, where the protest was being held, youth bravely chanted at the suppressive security forces:
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Women’s extensive participation in the protest in Kazeroun

18 April 2018-- Thousands of residents of Kazeroun, one of the major cities of Fars Province in southern Iran, staged a huge demonstration for the third consecutive day in the city’s main square. Women’s presence in this protest on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, was active and remarkable.
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Continuation Of Strikes In Kurdistan, Kermanshah And West Azarbaijan Provinces, And Arresting A Number Of Protesters

A general strike was underway in a number of western Iranian cities on Wednesday, April 18th in Marivan, Mahabad, Saqqez, and Piranshahr. Bazaar merchants and store owners in these cities were protesting to the sudden jump in customs tariffs and the closer of the border passes. All these cities are located at the Iran-Iraq border.
On Wednesdays and Thursdays, April 18 and 19, the strike of merchants and shopkeepers in the cities of the border regions of Kurdistan, Kermanshah and West Azarbaijan provinces continued in wider dimensions than before. In addition to the cities of Javanrood, Baneh, Marivan and Saghez, the merchants in the towns of Sardasht, Mahabad, Boukan and Piranshahr also joined the strikers.
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Friday, April 6, 2018

A Short History of the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK)



WHAT IS THE NCRI?
by Mahmood Hakamian

The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) is a broad coalition of democratic groups, organisations and personalities that are opposed to the theocratic regime in Iran and want to see regime change.
The NCRI wish to see a democratic republic established in Iran, with separation of religion and state, and a special focus on human rights and gender equality.
Massoud Rajavi, the leader of the Iranian Resistance, founded it in 1981 in Tehran after the mullahs hijacked the 1979 Iranian Revolution, rigged the 1980 election, and began to attack the popular resistance group, the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK).
There are five organizations that make up the NCRI, with the biggest and most popular being the MEK.
THE NCRI TODAY
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How One MEK Rally Scared the Mullahs So Much That They Banned All Political Rallies


How One MEK Rally Scared the Mullahs So Much That They Banned All Political Rallies

By Jubin Katiraie

The mullahs’ regime became increasingly like a dictatorship following the rigged elections of 1980, when the mullahs stole power from the Iranian people and their democratic resistance forces the People's Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI/MEK).
In June, five months after the election, the mullahs closed down the universities under the auspices of a “cultural revolution”, but in reality, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei wanted to suppress a group that was more likely to rebel against the mullahs.
Shortly after this, the MEK called a demonstration against the mullahs’ malign behaviour at Amjadiyeh Stadium in Tehran on June 12, which attracted more than 200,000 people.
At the rally, MEK leader Massoud Rajavi addressed the dangers of the mullahs’ rising dictatorship and called on the MEK supporters to defend the freedoms that had been fought for in the 1979 revolution including freedom of speech, associations, and gatherings.
He also declared that the mullahs would not intimidate the MEK. He said: “We’re not afraid of bullets. If freedom means death, then we will die.
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A Short History of the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK)

The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran or Mojahedin-e Khalq (PMOI/MEK) is a political group dedicated to the realization of a free and democratic Iran, but how did it start?
On September 6, 1965, the MEK was founded by three engineers Mohammad Hanifnejad, Said Mohsen, and Ali-Ashgar Badizadgan.
They had previously been involved with the Freedom/Liberation Movement, created by Medhi Bazargan in May 1961, which advocated for the democratic principles that were laid out in the Iranian constitution following the 1905 resolution. The group had been allowed to peacefully assemble and advocate for political freedom and the separation of powers for two years.
However, in 1963, Ruhollah Khomeini gave a public speech criticising the monarchy and was arrested. In response, large free speech and anti-monarchy protests broke out across Iran, which the Freedom Party supported.
These protests were violently put down by the Shah’s police, with thousands of people dying in what would become known as the June Uprising. Following the protests, the Shah outlawed pro-democracy groups, like the Freedom Party, and imprisoned their leaders. Bazargan was sentenced to ten years in prison.
The MEK founders knew that the fight for democracy in Iran was not over, but also knew that they had to find a different path as repeating the actions of the Freedom Movement was sure to fail.

WHAT REALLY HAPPENED TO THE MEK AT CAMP ASHRAF IN IRAQ?
by Mahmood Hakamian 
In 1986, around 1,000 members of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) travelled to Iraq in order to build a new operations base for their resistance group with the hopes of bringing democracy to Iran.
They were given a barren patch of land in the desert, near the Iranian border, which had a few deserted and partially-constructed buildings, but no running water or electricity. This was Camp Ashraf. It expanded quickly as MEK supporters from the US and the EU travelled to the camp in order to help free the Iranian people from the grasp of the mullahs.

The responsibility for the unarmed MEK members in Iraq was transferred from the US to the Iraqi government, but the MEK (and various legal experts and NGOs) opposed this and believed that they would be in danger if the US left them under Iraqi control. Their reasoning was that Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki was working on behalf of the Iranian Regime, who were keeping him in power.
The US dismissed this because they had written assurances from the Iraqi government that the MEK would be treated in accordance with Iraq’s Constitution, laws, and international obligations. However, it turned out that the MEK was right.
Since the US left, 116 MEK members were killed by Iraqi forces and over 1,300 injured.
Despite the violations of human rights, international law, and the 2004 agreement between the US and the MEK, there has been no independent investigation of these crimes and no one was brought to justice.
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WHAT HAPPENED TO THE MEK IN CAMP LIBERTY?

UNFIT LIVING CONDITIONS
The MEK had transformed their previous home of Camp Ashraf into a fully functioning city, so you can imagine how they felt about being moved to a place which an expert from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) concluded was unfit to accommodate them.
Camp Liberty no electricity, no running or potable water, no sewage system, no public lighting, no room for recreation, damaged kitchen and dining facilities, and inadequate living quarters. Still Martin Kobler, Special Representative for Iraq and the Head of United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), agreed to the relocation without allowing the MEK to view it and produced a report that said it met the international humanitarian standards required.
Kobler’s report actually caused Tahar Boumedra, former Chief of the Human Rights Office of UNAMI to resign in protest at the lies given to the MEK, the international community, and the UN Security Council.
Boumedra said that Kobler’s agreement with the Iraqi government “[violated] each and every article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the corresponding provisions of the ICCRP [the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights]”.
Still, the majority of the MEK were forcibly relocated to Camp Liberty where, in addition to inadequate living conditions, they were still faced with harassment and violence by the Iraqi security forces on behalf of the Iranian Regime.
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THE ROLE OF THE MEK IN THE IRAN-IRAQ WAR
by Mahmood Hakamian 

In this piece, we will look at the role of the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) during the Iran-Iraq war, but let’s begin with some background to the war.
How did the war begin?
Iraq invaded Iran on September 20, 1980, following repeated provocative border crossings by Iranian forces and warmongering military actions ordered by Khomeini, then supreme leader of regime. Nonetheless, majority of Iranians, including the MEK, went into battle to defend their homeland.
By January 1981, the tide on the war had turned against Iran, and by June 1982, Iran had reclaimed almost all of its lost territory. Iraqi President Saddam Hussein proposed a ceasefire and the withdrawal of his troops from Iranian land, but by then the Iranian mullahs could smell blood in the water and refused to agree to the peace talks.
How was the MEK involved?

What Happened to the MEK During the 1979 Revolution? 
 we left off last time, the mullahs had stolen the 1979 Revolution from the MEK and the people of Iran and were instead using it to serve their own interests. Ruhollah Khomeini had returned from exile only to appoint Supreme Leader (essentially, naming himself king) and appoint the clergy to the government against the wishes of the Iranian People.
The MEK had made clear that they were opposed to this, rejected the mullahs’ offer of ill-gotten power, and had launched a campaign to run against the mullahs in the proposed 1980 election. For that, the Supreme Leader ordered his terrorist gangs (Hezbollah) to attack the MEK.
The MEK took a position of non-violence and waited for the election, which would rightly see them elected as members of parliament. The mullahs, scared of the MEK’s popularity, didn’t want that to happen and instead chose to sabotage the elections.

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HOW THE MULLAHS STOLE THE 1980 ELECTION FROM THE IRANIAN PEOPLE AND MEK

This is the last piece in a series about the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) and the 1979 Iranian Revolution.
Our previous piece ended with the mullah’s launching violent attacks on the MEK via Ruhollah Khomeini’s terrorist gangs (i.e. Hezbollah) in order to intimidate the MEK into dropping out of the 1980 election. The MEK refused to bow out or to join the mullahs in abusing their power, believing that the democratic system would be allowed to work fairly
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The Foundation of The People's Mojahedin Organization Of Iran
The Foundation of The People's Mojahedin Organization Of Iran

The People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran, was founded on Sept. 6th, 1965 by Mohammad Hanifnejad and two other young intellectuals, Sa'id Mohsen and Ali-Asghar Badi'zadegan . The three wanted to establish a Muslim, progressive, nationalist and democratic organization. 
The ultimate goal of the founders, who were all university graduate, was to pave the way for a democratic government to replace the Shah's regime. In contrast to most of their contemporaries, they believed that a new, democratically inclined interpretation of Islam was the means to this end. They set about establishing a political organization that could survive the shah's repression and respond to the needs of ordinary citizens.
Until 1971, however, the PMOI was involved in formulating a new interpretation of Islam that rejected traditional and reactionary understanding of the religion. In six years the Mojahedin succeeded, for the first time, in the modern day Islamic world in presenting a new, systematic and comprehensive vision of Islam that was entirely independent of what was espoused and advocated by the fundamentalist mullahs who considered the interpretation of Islam their exclusive domain. 

Relateed:




June 20 1981-Beginning of the Iranian people's resistance for freedom

interviews with Women of Iranian Resistance


Monday, March 19, 2018

Iran-#Nowruz celebration with the #Iranian #opposition




MARYAM RAJAVI’S MESSAGE TO THE NOWRUZ GATHERING AT THE FRENCH NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

On the occasion of Nowruz, the Persian New Year, a gathering was held at the French National Assembly on April 11, 2018, where a number of Members of Parliament and French personalities participated.
In a video message to this gathering, Maryam Rajavi congratulated everyone on the New Year and said:

Nowruz is an ancient festivity of several thousand years, symbolizing the Iranian people’s hope for change. In recent decades, Iranians’ embrace of Nowruz has also been a form of expression of opposition to the mullahs’ religious dictatorship which is the enemy of Iran’s culture and civilization.

This year, Nowruz had a distinctive feature because it had been greatly affected by the protests which started on December 28, 2017, and quickly spread to 142 cities across the country. Many Iranians say, “This year, spring started on December 28.”

Since then, popular demonstrations and strikes have continued extensively and incessantly all across the country, including repeated general strikes in the Kurdish areas, demonstrations in recent weeks by Arab Iranians in the oil-rich regions of the south, strikes and protests by the Steel Industry and Sugar Cane workers, continuous protests by farmers in Isfahan, and the recent protests in Tehran.

Clearly, the people of Iran have embarked on a movement for regime change. A Persian proverb says, “A good year starts with a good spring.”

It is, therefore, foreseeable that the coming year is going to bear a powerful protest movement in Iran. The mullahs’ regime is essentially unstable and such instability is going to aggravate. Regime change at the hands of the people of Iran is inevitable.

Fortunately, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI), the pivotal force in the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), has expanded its networks inside the country. These networks had an essential role in the protests in December and January. The regime’s officials, particularly the mullahs’ supreme leader, have acknowledged the role of the Mojahedin in the uprising.

The clerical regime’s spin doctors used to claim that the situation in Iran would improve after the nuclear deal and lifting of the sanctions. The clerical dictatorship, however, stepped up its domestic repression, expanded its ballistic missile program, and fueled the wars in the Middle East. We have always emphasized that this regime will never become moderate because if it does, it would lose all its power.

Fortunately, today, France has questioned the regime’s missile program and its role in destabilizing the Middle East. The people of Iran, however, expect France to take the additional step of standing by them. They expect France to defend human rights and the people’s uprisings in Iran.

Lasting stability in Iran and tranquility in the Middle East depends on the overthrow of the religious dictatorship of the mullahs.

We have been seeking to establish a pluralist republic in Iran; a republic based on the separation of religion and state and gender equality; a non-nuclear Iran where the death penalty is abolished, ethnic groups enjoy autonomy in the framework of Iran’s national integrity, people enjoy equal economic opportunities and the environment is respected.

Wishing you a nice spring.
MARYAM RAJAVI
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MARYAM RAJAVI: DEALING WITH THE CLERICAL REGIME IS AGAINST THE PEOPLE OF IRAN AND GLOBAL PEACE AND SECURITY

A Nowruz gathering was held on Wednesday, March 28, 2018, at the UK Parliament in the presence of a number of members of both Houses of the Parliament, British lawyers and political dignitaries as well as representatives of the Iranian Community in Britain. In a video message to this meeting, Maryam Rajavi praised the efforts of UK parliamentarians and personalities in support of the Iranian people’s aspirations for freedom and democracy.
Click here to read the text of her remarks

MARYAM RAJAVI: WELCOMING THE GREAT NOWRUZ OF FREEDOM
The Time Is up for Protecting This Decadent Regime and the Uprising Will Continue Until Final Victory

The New Year Can and Must Be Turned Into a Year Full of Uprisings

This is the spring of uprising. Be it that in this victorious journey, the uprisings culminate in the spring of freedom
Fellow compatriots, dear friends, sisters, and brothers,

Happy New Year and Happy Nowruz!

With the arrival of the New Year, we can hear the steps of Iranian protesters in 142 cities across the country. We hear protesters and the PMOI combatants of freedom marching, who will ultimately end the reign of this evil regime.

This year’s spring has passed through the uprisings. Indeed, this is a spring of uprising. Let us hope that in its victorious journey it would lead to the spring of freedom.

We are delighted to be joined today in this Nowruz celebration by the long-time friend and supporter of Iranian Resistance in the most difficult days of Camp Ashraf, Mayor Giuliani.

Since the very beginning, he opposed the terrorist designation of the Iranian people’s just resistance for freedom that sought to rid Iran of the fundamentalist mullahs, the real godfathers of Daesh (ISIS/ISIL).

He also opposed the PMOI’s relocation from Ashraf to the killing field named, “Liberty”, sugarcoated by the United Nations and the UNHCR, considering it to be sheer duplicity.
He represented the conscientious Americans who also stood with the people of Iran during the 2009 uprisings, opposed the policy of appeasement, and pointed to the right policy.

I also welcome the dear friend of the PMOI, Minister Pandeli Majko. The names of Pandeli Majko and his wife, Enkelejda, will be remembered in the history of relations between the people of Iran and Albania.
And we also welcome Mrs. Elona Gjebrea, and Mr. Fatmir Mediu. We thank you for all your efforts that broke through all the obstacles. You are all very welcomed.

We can, and we must turn the New Year into a year of uprisings
Fellow compatriots, sisters, and brothers,

Iran’s society was characterized by protests and uprisings throughout the past year.
In spring, the Call for Justice movement for the victims of the 1988 massacre, defeated Khamenei’s plans in the sham presidential elections.

In summer, the People’s Mojahedin of Iran elected their new Secretary General and gained momentum to prepare for the resistance and uprisings.

In autumn, in the wake of the earthquake in Kermanshah Province, the people of Iran expressed their rage against, and hatred of, the mullahs.

And in winter, the uprisings erupted nationwide aimed at overthrowing the clerical regime. Since then, the rising waves of protests have been striking at the wall of repression.

Last year ended with the season of uprising, and the coming year can and must be turned into a year of uprisings. And this is going to be an uprising, a revolution, until victory.

1,000 Ashrafs as centers of rebellion
Fellow compatriots,
In nature, spring follows winter. But the spring of freedom can come at any moment, though not by itself. It will come only if we show our determination and would be willing to sacrifice our lives. It will come only if we are organized and united around a single strategy.

For this reason, the uprisings in December and January brought the fresh scent of spring in the middle of winter.

This uprising emerged from under repression. This is an uprising that organizes and unites.

Read Maryam Rajavi's Nowruz Remarks click here

Celebration of Nowruz with Mayor Rudy Juliani and Maryam Rajavi in Albania

Celebration of Nowruz with Mayor Rudy Juliani and Maryam Rajavi in Albania

March, 20, 2018 - Maryam Rajavi :  This year would be the year of commitment and responsibility and a year of full of hope and determination of the Iranian people and the Resistance.

As I said: This is the spring for Iran and there would not be any winter.
Hopefully we will celebrate the next New Year ( Nowruz ) in Iran in the presence of Massoud Rajavi

Maryam Rajavi thanked all the guessed, musicians, performers and the audience.
She said over 4 decade the PMOI has been in the forefront of the exposing the mullahs' dictatorship. People Iran through this uprising show the world and especially all those politicians who advocated appeasement with the mullahs that this tyrannical clerical regime's time is up and will undoubtedly go.

We are here because we believe that there is only one Iran. The truth is not a letter to be written, but a quality that no one can change.
You are so proud of your history and so brave in front of dangers and bullets.

Pandeli Majko: You are now part of Albania. I know some time ago no one would believe that Albania would open its doors to all of you.
I will not be very official speaking with you, because I am your friend, and my wife and I consider Mrs. Rajavi our family.

Rudy Giuliani: Anywhere you need me, I am there. there is one place that I want to go and it will make me happier than being here with you, and that is Tehran.

The statement by president Trump on the occasion of Nowruz was read at the gathering by Rudy Giuliani.

An uprising is a desire of the people for freedom. same as any uprising, anywhere in the world. People want to have the freedom to chose their own religion. Women want to have their freedom. And look at the way your organization is operating with a woman as a leader. She is my champion.
I have a simple message for the regime: their future is in hell.
I just suggest to them that they step aside.
Rudy Giuliani: this is a very emotional moment for me to be here with you in Tirana.
I would like to express our gratitude to the government of Albania.
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MARYAM RAJAVI
A Call for Regime Change Policy in Iran, by Close Trump Ally

President Trump’s Nowruz message:
“The history of Nowruz is rooted in Iran, where for millennia a proud nation has overcome great challenges by the strength of its culture and the resilience of its people. Today, the Iranian people face another challenge: rulers who serve themselves instead of serving the people.
Heshmat Alavi wrote in an article in the Forbes on March 21, read the article 


MARYAM RAJAVI MEETS MAYOR RUDY GIULIANI

Maryam Rajavi met with Rudy Giuliani, advisor to the US President on Cyber Security and former Mayor of New York, met on Sunday, March 18, 2018.
They discussed the clerical regime’s crises particularly in the wake of the nationwide uprising of the people of Iran and the need to adopt a decisive policy vis-à-vis the clerical regime in its terminal phase.

Maryam Rajavi said the Iranian people’s desire for regime change was expressed loud and clear in their uprising. They showed that they will not be satisfied by anything less than the regime’s overthrow. So, it is time for the International Community to respect their desire and recognize the alternative to this medieval regime.

Rudy Giuliani praised the Iranian people’s recent uprising and said the MEK’s role in organizing the protests --which compelled the regime’s leader and president to acknowledge it—bespeaks of the Iranian Resistance’s potential and capabilities for change in Iran.

In Iran, unlike other countries in the region, there is an alternative to the ruling regime, said Rudy Giuliani and reiterated, this is why regime change will promote peace and tranquility in the region which have been seriously undermined by the Iranian regime.

He underlined his support for the Iranian Resistance led by Maryam Rajavi for regime change and establishment of freedom and democracy in Iran.


Additional US Support for Regime Change in Iran

NCRI - Two American senators have pledged their support for a non-profit Iranian-American group, based in the US, which wants to replace the theocratic Iranian Regime with a democratic and secular government.

Maryland Senator Ben Cardin (Democrat) and Arkansas Senator John Boozman (Republican) made this pledge during their speeches at an annual luncheon held by the Organization of Iranian-American Communities (OIAC) to celebrate the Iranian New Year (Nowruz).
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EU Reporter, March 20 , 2018 -Maryam Rajavi on #Nowruz celebration: The New Year can and must be turned into a year full of uprisings

Riyadh Daily- March 21, 2018 - Maryam Rajavi’s: The New Year can and must be turned into a year full of uprisings

IBNA, March 21, 2018-Mojahedin celebrate the Iranian New Year in Tirana, Rudy Giuliani invited in it 

On Nowruz, the Iranian New Year Bi-Partisan Members of Congress support a free Iran at Capitol Hill event

WASHINGTON, DC, USA, on the occasion of the Iranian New year which will be on Tuesday March 21, 2018, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and 11 other bipartisan members of Congress joined Iranian American Community members and Congressional staffers at an event titled, “Iran Uprising and Nowruz 2018,” to celebrate the Iranian New Year. They expressed optimism that a new day is indeed coming for the people of Iran and expressed support for a free, secular, democratic, and nuclear Iran.
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In the collective anThe historic conscience of the Iranian nation, Nowruz is the translation of these propitious words: Freedom and democracy.

The fact that Iranians so much love to celebrate #Nowruz derives from their deep individual and social need to express their desire for freedom and prosperity.


The New Year will see the expansion of protests in #Iran‌. Iranians urge the International Community to recognize their struggle for the overthrow of the clerical regime and the democratic alternative


IRAN’S GREAT “HOUSE CLEANING” IS ON THE WAY

Maryam Rajavi: The protest movement has not stopped. Waves of protests follow one another. This is how people rise up and create their genuine feast of freedom.

This winter, entwined with protests and uprisings, is now going to give its place to spring in such a way to prepare the future year for movement and uprising and for advancement towards victory and freedom.
In reality, the protests did not stop their movement despite widespread arrests and especially the regime’s slaughter of innocent youths under torture. The movement continued to thrive in the general strike of Baneh, the extensive protests of the Steel workers of Isfahan, the protests by workers of Haft Tappeh Sugar Cane Factory in Khuzistan, and the uprising of the farmers in east Isfahan. Waves of protests follow one another.
This is how people rise up and create their genuine feast of freedom.
The rise of this blissful Nowrouz is coupled with the fall of the old regime and the ruling fundamentalists. The mullahs’ religious tyranny faces multiple challenges: A powerful popular protest movement, an internal fight over Khamenei’s heir, its shrinking financial resources, a deadlock in the war in Syria, international tensions over its ballistic missile program and the JCPOA, the defections from its Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), etc. However, the most terrifying for the regime are four major incidents:
The most terrifying things for the regime are four major predicaments: The ubiquitous chants of “death to Khamenei”, eruption of the protests despite maximum suppression, and the absence of external escape goats such as the war with Iraq or the fight against Daesh, and assistance from advocates of the policy of appeasement. This year, in contrast to the previous years, the regime has no way out.
The clerical dictatorship is at an impasse which is the product of years of steadfast perseverance of the people of Iran, their valiant children in the PMOI, and the protesters. This is, of course, very important but what is more inspiring for the people of Iran is the new horizon which has emerged through the uprisings in December and January and is going to answer the question of regime change by 1,000 bastions of rebellion, 1,000 Ashraf's and the Army of Freedom.
The time has come for the great house cleaning in our homeland.
Iran’s genuine Nowrouz is on its way.


Report of #Nowruz ceremony on 2017

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Sunday, March 11, 2018

Iran-the End of Persian Year, Prelude to Protests in New Year-full report of The Fire Festival uprising





For one day, Iranian people defy regime during annual festival

Two months after massive uprisings erupted across Iran, the ruling regime is still hard-pressed to re-establish its control over the country. The regime’s waning power was emphasized again on Tuesday when protesters poured to the streets on the occasion of Iran’s Fire Festival. Iran’s rulers have always been disdainful of the Fire Festival, an ancient Persian tradition that takes place on the last Tuesday before the Iranian New Year, during which people head outdoors to celebrate by jumping over small fires and lighting firecrackers and fireworks.

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Hundreds Were Arrested During The Country’s Fire Festival
The Iranian regime resorted to crack down on people celebrating the country’ fire festival which is annually celebrated on the eve of the last Tuesday of Persian calendar year.
The State Security forces were on full alert and oppressive measures taken by the regime, including widespread arrests.
According to the Security Force officials hundreds were arrested in different cities.
Tehran police chief Hossein Rahimi announced that 74 people were arrested for “breaking the norms” and “using dangerous explosives.” (The state-run Jam News, March

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Chants Of "Death to Khamenei", "Death to the Dictator"; And Burning Images of Khomeini, Khamenei and Rouhani

In spite of the extensive repressive measures and security forces on full alert, the courageous youth across different cities in Iran, turned the celebration of Chaharshanbeh Souri into a scene of expressing protest and disgust against the religious fascism ruling Iran.
According to reports from Tehran and other cities such as Kermanshah, Ahwaz, Qom, Noorabad of Lorestan, Golmoghan of Ardabil, Saveh, ... photos and banners of Khamenei, Khomeini and Rouhani as well as many repression centers were set ablaze by the youth, and the slogans “Death to Khamenei” and “Death to the Dictator” were chanted in many cities of the country.
On a balloon that the young people in Kermanshah sent to the air it was written “Death to Khamenei, IRGC, Bassij and Police”. Also, brave youths in Kermanshah burned up a great banner of Khamenei in Kermanshah last night (March 12).
Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
March 13, 2018


The End of Persian Year, Prelude to Protests in New Year
By Hossein Abedini

The Persian New Year will begin next Tuesday as Iranian people face serious economic and social crises.
According to the reports and analyses, not only the Iranians recent nationwide uprising has not stopped but it has deepened.
The authorities anxiously expect new anti-regime protests in the coming New Year but before the end of the current year, the theocracy faces a dangerous situation in the night before the last Wednesday of the year, which is famously known ”Chaharshanbe Souri”.
Actually, the Chaharshanbe Souri is an ancient event, which people celebrate by making bonefire and using firecracker. For the fundamentalist clerics in Tehran, the event is a nightmare because it is an opportunity for millions of Iranians to come to the streets and new wave of protests could happen.
But this year the regime is much more frightened because Iranians are determined to turn the event into political protests.
Thus, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has mobilised its oppressive forces to control major cities and in particular the capital, Tehran, as well as Mashhad, Shiraz, Qom, Isfahan etc.

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Following is the link of  the videos:

Iran, Young protesters burn down government trash cans in protest against the clerical regime

Tehran, Sadeghieh square - Young protestors set fire to the regime's trash cans marking the Feast of Fire, but expressing thier anger and frustration against the corrupt and tyrannical mullahs' regime. March 13, 2018

Iran youth throw firecrackers as they close down roads

Young men in Ali Abad district of the capital, throw firecrackers as they closed down the streets in their neighborhood. Security forces were afraid to get involved and none could be seen in the vicinity.


Police clashed with youth in Shahin-Shahr

The Iranian regime closed down roads in Shahin Shahr, near the main central city of Esfahan, and clashes erupted between the oppressive security forces and the youth. The police fired tear gas to disperse the protesters.

Firecrackers exploding right in front of security forces

Firecrackers exploding right in front of security forces, afraid to react, in Behbahan, south -west of Iran. March 13, 2018

Youth throw firecrackers at Basij headquarters in Varamni, the small town north of Tehran. March 13, 2018

Shahr Rey youth, set fire on government garbage can

Fire Festival, Shahr Rey - Youth, set fire to garbage bin, and chase away a fire truck with firecrackers before it had a chance to put the fire out. March 13, 2018

'Students' park - Police force is keeping its distance from the protesting celebrators

Youth in Ahwaz confront savage Basij forces
Ahwaz, March 13, 2018 – Ahwazi youth activists confronted oppressive Basij forces in Kian Pars district using defensive and preventing measure to avert a raid by the security forces. They used fireworks and firecrackers as they were confronted by the riot police.
Witnesses reported that the sound of firecrackers were continuous and people set Khamenei's posters on fire.


The Fox News interviewed two of the protest organizers from their home base in Iran.
click here to read the interview

Iran’s traditional Fire Festival set to upset regime

For thousands of years now, Iran has witnessed a Fire Festival on the last Tuesday of every year. Iranians ring in the New Year on the spring equinox, which corresponds to March 20 this year. But first, they bid winter farewell by holding a national day of Charshanbeh Soori as it is called in Farsi, the language of Iran.

Charshanbeh Soori is a fire festival in the tradition of Iran’s ancient Zoroastrian religion whose adherents believed in the duality of light (good) and darkness (evil).  By lighting bonfires in the streets at the end of the last Tuesday of each year and jumping over them, Iranians sing and chant, “Let your ruddiness be mine, my paleness be yours.” They also do some trick or treating that is called spoon-banging where youngsters in disguises visit neighbors and receive snacks. No Charshanbeh Soori would be complete without fireworks.

Iran’s ultra-right theocratic regime has discouraged Charshanbeh Soori and tries to dampen public enthusiasm for it by public displays of police and security forces warning residents to refrain from participating in the festival. However, Iranians have managed to ignore and sidestep regime intimidation and impediments to carry on with their rich traditions every year since 1979.

And so it is that every year Charshanbeh Soori has become a flashpoint between the Iranian public, particularly the youth, and the religious dictatorship’s shock troops who roam the streets in intimidation.

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An Uprising Leading to Overthrow
is a good article by Mohammad Mohaddessin, chair of the NCRI Foreign Affairs Committee must read

Breaking:
Iran, March 13 2018 -

The Iranian National Fire Festival, which is held on the eve of the last Wednesday of the Persian calendar year, has begun in most cities

#MaryamRajavi calls on #Iranian ppl to raise up in support of #IranProtests."The mullahs must go. Sovereignty belongs to the people of #Iran‌."
#FireFest #4ShanbeSouri #PMOI #MEK

This National Fire Festival, has now become a focal point of Ayatollahs’ nightmare.
Mullahs' Regime Fear From Another Uprising in Fire Festival; Its Suppressive and Deterrent Measures
Every year, the Iranian people take advantage of this occasion to protest against the regime.
Mullah Mahmoud Salavati from Qom, South of Tehran,

Her is a video clip from Tehran

Brave Iranian youth attacked to the #IRGC bace in Lavasanat

Fire Festival celebrations begin in Sanandaj, in Kurdistan province, west of Iran. Youth begin exploding firecrackers.



Fearful Regime in Alert on the Verge of National Fire Festival

The regime’s security officials have expressed their deep anxiety over the potential escalation of anti-government protests during the fire festival, Chaharshanbeh Suri, to be held on the evening of Tuesday, March 13. This mood has been apparent in statements issued by Prosecutor Generals and Revolutionary Prosecutors of various provinces and cities around the country. In many cases, they have declared that they have set up a special branch to deal with violations and possible crimes related to Chaharshanbeh Suri.

IRGC Brigadier General Hossein Rahimi, commander of Greater Tehran's Police, warned on March 9 that those who would cause insecurity on Chahrshanbeh Souri (fire festival) would be arrested. He came back to the scene on March 7 and said: "Behaviors that are disruptive to the order ... is the red line of the police and we deal with them severely. The frorces will be on alert from 2:00 pm of Tuesday, and those who throw firecrackers from the vehicles and cause disturbance will be arrested themselves and their cars will be seized. We have discovered 100 million pieces of firecracker materials."
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The uprising in Iran will once again flare up. 
Flags of rebellious will be hoisted and brave activists will become the voice of voiceless.
On the eve of last Wednesday of the year, the day of Fire Festival, every street and every ally will become an anti-government bastion, and every home will become the resistance fortress for freedom and democracy.
On the eve the national Fire Festival, the brave youth and the rebellious hubs will start another uprising against the clerical dictatorship. Iran must be taken  back from this despotic regime.
The storm of uprising will never stop and will continue until the overthrow of this tyrannical regime. The uprising will continue until the establishment of freedom and democracy in Iran with the slogan of 'Down with the Dictator' and 'Down with Velayt e-Faqih (the guardianship of jurists).'
The spring of victory, freedom and democracy is near and Iran will be freed.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Iranian Justice Minister Alireza Avaei, a perpetrator of the 1988 massacre, has no place in UNHRC panel





JUSTICE MINISTER’S SPEECH HIGHLIGHTS IRAN’S ONGOING DISREGARD FOR HUMAN RIGHTS

IRAN NEWS UPDATE, 01 March 20 18-- On Wednesday, the UN Dispatch pointed to the previous day’s speech to the UN Human Rights Council by Iranian Justice Minister Alireza Avaei, in order to highlight the “contentious” relationship between that body and the Islamic Republic. Avaei’s speech had been a source of controversy since the list of speakers at the newly opened session of the HRC was publicized last week. The council noted that the Iranian official was not directly invited and that any UN member state may address a session’s opening and choose its own representative. Nonetheless, human rights activists and opponents of Iran’s clerical regime urged world powers and the HRC to condemn Avaei and cancel his speech.

NCRI specifically called upon the EU to condemn Avaei’s appearance before the HRC. AFP and AP also reported on the positions of the Iranian Resistance and quoted:

“Allowing Avaie to address the Human Rights Council is disgraceful and would make a mockery of the United Nations and its human rights mechanisms,” Shahin Gobadi, a member of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, told AFP

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JUSTICE MINISTER’S SPEECH HIGHLIGHTS IRAN’S ONGOING DISREGARD FOR HUMAN RIGHTS

Critics Blast UN for Giving Iran’s Justice Minister a Platform at Human Rights Council

The Tower, Feb, 28, 2018 - Protesters gathered outside as Iran’s Justice Minister Alireza Avaei, who is under a European Union travel ban for human rights violations, spoke before the United Nations Human Rights Council, The New York Times reported Tuesday.
Avaei, who, like his predecessor, Mustafa Pour-Mohammadi, played a role in thousands of summary executions in the 1980s, was sanctioned in 2011 by the European Union for “arbitrary arrests, denials of prisoners’ rights and increase of executions” during the time he served as President of Tehran Judiciary. He was able to attend the council’s opening session because Switzerland is not a member state of the EU.
A protest organized by the National Council of Resistance of Iran ( NCRI ) had about a hundred people outside the council’s building. One of the protesters told VOA News that Avaei was one of those responsible for carrying out the mass killings of political prisoners in 1988 at the behest of Iran’s Supreme Leader at the time, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
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Iran’s Justice Minister Alireza Avaei,

Blacklisted Iranian Official Stirs Outrage at U.N. Human Rights Council

GENEVA, New York Times, Feb. 27, 2018 — He was a prosecutor of Iran’s Islamic revolution and acquired a notorious reputation for the arbitrary executions of thousands of opponents. A few decades later he oversaw the judiciary’s 2009 trials of anti-government protesters and was denounced overseas, not least by the United Nations .
But on Tuesday the former prosecutor, Alireza Avaei, now Iran’s minister of justice, appeared at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, one of nearly 100 ministers and dignitaries to speak at the start of its main session this year. The reaction inside and outside the council was outrage.
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Justice Minister Alireza Avaei’

Iranian regime minister addresses UN rights body despite harsh criticism

GENEVA, Washington Post, Feb. 28, 2018 — Iran’s justice minister, a sanctioned human rights violator, unapologetically took the podium at the U.N.’s top human rights body Tuesday to berate U.S. and Saudi policies, defying calls for him to stay away in a visit a top U.S. diplomat said made a “mockery” of the body.
Justice Minister Alireza Avaei’s visit has been criticized because he’s faced EU sanctions for six years for his role in arbitrary arrests, denying prisoners’ rights, and increasing executions in Iran. Switzerland, which hosts a key U.N. office and the council, has also handed him economic sanctions — but not banned him from visiting.
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Protests Against U.N. Speech by Iran Regime's Minister, Implicated in Mass Executions

NCRI - The Iranian community in Switzerland, supporters of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), on Tuesday held a rally in front of the UN Headquarters in Geneva against Alireza Avaei, Justice Minster of the clerical regime, at the Human Rights Council.

Avaei has been directly implicated in the massacre of 30,000 political prisoners, the majority of whom were members and supporters of the main opposition movement, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), in 1988. He was a member of the Death Commission in Khuzestan Province that sent many political prisoners, including juveniles, to execution during the massacre.

Scores of families of victims of the 1988 massacre took part in Tuesday’s protest.

The Geneva protest continued for several hours despite the bitter cold weather. The protesters waved Iranian flags with the ‘lion and sun’ insignia.

AFP: Feb. 27, 2018.-Protests Against Presence of Iran Regime's Sanctioned Minister in U.N.

NCRI Submits a Complaint to the Swiss General Prosecutor Against Alireza Avaei

Appeal to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Human Rights Council must be a forum to investigate Avaei’s crimes
Simultaneous with arrival of the Iranian regime’s Minister of Justice, Alireza Avaei, in Switzerland on February 26, Marc Bonnant, a distinguished Swiss lawyer, submitted a complaint on behalf of the NCRI to the Swiss General Prosecutor, Michael Lauber, calling for prosecution of Avaei for crimes against humanity. Avaei was one of the officials involved in Massacre of political prisoners in 1988.

The complaint file that contains criminal records of Avaei states that welcoming him in Switzerland “profoundly contradicts morale and the rights” and “the Human Rights Council of the United Nations is wrongly welcoming him to speak ironically about the human rights.” The complaint goes on saying that Avaei’s record “has earned him financial sanctions within the European Union” and he is also on the Swiss blacklist for “human rights violations, arbitrary arrests, denial of the rights of prisoners and executions.”

The file also refers to Avaei’s role in the 1988 massacre of political prisoners in the western province of Khuzestan, including Dezful, and based on eyewitness accounts adds: “In conclusion of a thorough analysis, the massacres of political opponents perpetrated during the great wave of repression from the end of July 1988 to January 1989, must be legally classified as crimes against humanity within the meaning of art. 7 of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court of 1998, the content of which is reflected in Art. 264a CP.”

In the meantime, Mohammad Mohaddessin, Chair of the NCRI’s Foreign Affairs Committee, wrote to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, urging him to cancel Avaei’s intervention at the opening session of the Human Rights Council and said, this would remain “as a dark stain on the Council and would be considered as an affront against people of Iran in general and families of victims in particular.” He added, “It is now time to end offering important international forums on human rights to such criminals and instead take measures to hold them accountable and end their impunity. These forums must turn into bodies to investigate their crimes,” especially due to the fact that Avaei’s crimes has continued to date. As the Minister of Justice, he is directly or indirectly responsible for the arrest of at least 8000 people during the protests started on December 28, 2017, and killing of some 50 protesters in the streets or under torture.
Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
February26, 2018


Nikki Haley: The Human Rights Council should be ashamed to allow Avaei to address its membership

Press Release: Ambassador Haley on Iran Human Rights Violator Speaking at UN Human Rights Council

February 25, 2018

This week, Iran’s Minister of Justice, Seyyed Alireza Avaei, is set to address the UN Human Rights Council. Mr. Avaei is responsible for some of the worst human rights violations in Iran, including preventing political freedoms and promoting repression, violence, and extrajudicial killings of political prisoners.
“The Human Rights Council should be ashamed to allow Mr. Avaei to address its membership. Yet again the Council discredits itself by allowing serial human rights abusers to highjack its work and make a mockery of its mandate to promote universal human rights. This does nothing but reinforce the United States’ call for much needed reforms at the Council for it to be viewed as a good investment of our time and money,” said Ambassador Haley.

the Iranian regime’s Justice Minister Alireza Avaei,

The Iranian Resistance condemns in the strongest terms the planned trip by the Iranian regime’s Justice Minister Alireza Avaei, a perpetrator of the 1988 massacre, to Geneva to address the United Nations Human Rights Council. It calls for his speech to be cancelled and for Avaei to face arrest and prosecution for crimes against humanity.

OIAC strongly denounces the planned appearance at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) by Iranian Justice Minister Alireza Avaei,
We call on the United Nations Human Rights Council to resend its invitation to Avaei and urge it instead to consider rightful grievances of the 1988 massacre victims.”
— OIAC

the Iranian regime’s Justice Minister Alireza Avaei,

Ban Iran’s Justice Minister from addressing UN Human Rights Council over his role in crime against humanity in 1988 massacre

Families of the victims of the 1988 massacre are deeply concerned over the planned participation of the Iranian Justice Minister Alireza Avaei at the High-Level Segment of the 37th Session of the Human Rights Council on 27 February 2018.

Although Justice for the Victims of the 1988 Massacre in Iran (JVMI) feels that with its appalling human rights record no high-level delegate from the Islamic Republic of Iran should be welcome to address the HRC, Avaei’s attendance is far more disconcerting.

Avaei was Prosecutor-General and member of the 1988 Death Commission in Dezful, south-west Iran, that extra-legally sent large numbers of political prisoners to their death. At a civil society hearing in Geneva on 1 February 2018, survivors of the massacre and international human rights experts testified about the massacre which under the definition of the Rome Statute constituted a crime against humanity. Avaei’s name was repeatedly brought up over his role in the massacre.
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What Are Iran Regime's Criminals Doing in the UN Human Rights Council?

Two months have passed since Iran’s uprising. A revolt that continues to wreak havoc across the ruling regime in Iran. Senior officials, terrified of the consequences and awaiting punishments in the near future from the Iranian people, are busy pointing fingers at others for years of crimes and crackdown.

Two such examples vividly explain this reality.

The horrific murder of Iranian-Canadian photojournalist Zahra Kazemi has remained silent for years. She was arrested in Iran back in 2003 and murdered after horrific torture. Her body was not given to her family and buried by the authorities, while completely denying the murder. Reports indicate they splashed her body with acid to destroy any evidence of crimes.

Nearly 15 years later, Ali Younesi, former intelligence minister under Mohammad Khatami, acknowledges the fact that authorities murdered her. However, to deny any role for himself and the “reformist” Khatami he accused former Tehran public prosecutor Saeed Mortazavi as the main individual behind Kazemi’s death.
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Calls for Independent International Inquiry Into 1988 Massacre of Political Prisoners in Iran

Call for justice for the victims of the massacre of the political prisoners in 1988 in Iran

THE U.N. MUST INVESTIGATE IRAN'S 1988 MASSACRE, OR DETAINED PROTESTERS TODAY FACE SAME FATE
UN Must Act Against Iran Regime for Its Role in 1988 Massacre
Consultative Counsel of Human Rights member speaks out against 1988 massacre in Iran
Civil society urges UN to launch fact-finding mission to investigate Iran’s 1988 massacre in order to end impunity and prevent the same fate for detained protesters today
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