NCRI - Former European lawmaker Struan Stevenson has been a staunch supporter of freedom for the Iranian people for many years. Until his retirement in 2014, he chaired the Friends of a Free Iran Intergroup (Caucus) in the European Parliament for over 10 years. During that time and in subsequent years, he has participated in the annual “Free Iran” rallies organized by the Iranian Resistance each year in Paris.
NCRI - Professor Raymond Tanter has told ncr-iran.org why he thinks the Iranian Resistance’s upcoming “Free Iran” rally in Paris on July 9 is important.
Prof. Tanter, a former senior staff member of the U.S. National Security Council and a professor emeritus at the University of Michigan, said in an interview: “As a scholar studying the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq (PMOI or MEK), the main resistance group that rejects clerical rule, and espouses a secular, democratic, and nonnuclear Iran, I have had the privilege of conducting a series of interviews in the annual rallies in Paris sponsored by supporters of the resistance.”
NCRI - The following is the text of the position by Lord Alton of Liverpool in the meeting on Iran in the House of Commons on Thursday in the run-up to the July 9 Free Iran rally in Paris.
Lord Alton pointed to
- The increasing number of executions in Iran, with near to 1000 executions only last year, the highest number during the last two decades according to the UN Special Rapporteur on Iran;
At a conference in the House of Commons on Thursday, June 30, UK policy toward Iran was discussed by a panel consisting of experts on Iranian affairs and parliamentarians from both Houses of Parliament and each major political party.
The parliamentarians expressed their concern over recent increases in the number of executions in Iran and the use of barbaric punishments such as flogging and amputations by Iranian authorities.
The Rt. Hon. David Jones, former Senior Government Minister and Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group for a Free and Democratic Iran, met with Maryam Rajavi in Auvers-sur-Oise, France.
following the declaration of support by the majority of members of the British House of Commons and a large number from the House of Lords, for the Iranian Resistance for democracy and freedom, on June 2016.
United States intelligence agencies recently identified nine training camps inside Iran where jihadists from Afghanistan are being schooled for fighting in Syria, according to U.S. defense officials.
The camps are part of a large-scale paramilitary training program run by the Iranian regime’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), Islamic shock troops, to battle Syrian rebels opposing the regime of Bashar al Assad that Tehran is backing, the Washington Free Beacon reported on Friday.
No amount of trade and economic growth can make up for the suffering and loss of life caused by Iran’s brutal regime. The West must demand change before deepening relations with Tehran, writes Gérard Deprez, a veteran member of the European Parliament.
Mr. Deprez is vice-president of the Belgian Liberal Mouvement Reformateur Party and chairs the Friends of a Free Iran group in the European Parliament.
NCRI - Political prisoner Arzhang Davoudi, who has suffered brutal physical and mental torture at the hands of the Iranian regime since 2003, sent out a message from Rajai-Shahr (Gohardasht) Prison this week, which invited all people who support democracy and freedom to participate in the Iranian Resistance’s “Free Iran” gathering held on July 9 in Paris.
Prof. Raymond Tanter, a former senior staff member of the U.S. National Security Council, has written an op-ed in the run-up to the anniversary of the world powers’ nuclear deal with the Iranian regime.
In an article for Townhall on Thursday, Prof. Tanter writes:
Agreed to on July 14, 2015, we are fast approaching the first year anniversary of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) between Iran and the world powers. The next couple of weeks are an ideal time to evaluate what changes have occurred in the interim.
NCRI - Imprisoned Iranian workers' rights activist Jafar Azimzadeh who is on day 63 of a hunger strike is in critical condition.
According to reports from inside Iran, eye-witnesses at the hospital where he is being held said he threw up today and doctors have said that his condition is very serious since his digestive system no longer even accepts water. Doctors have said he has passed the point of no return.