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Members of Congress and prominent political figures in U.S. called for greater attention to human rights abuses in Iran and that nuclear talks should not ignore the clerical regime’s appalling rights record.
The briefing held on Capitol Hill also touched on the need to protect Iranian dissidents at Camp Liberty, the failure of recent nuclear talks, and the Iranian regime’s destructive role in the region.
Canadian foreign affairs minister John Baird said in statement after the adoption of Iran resolution at the UN: "The adoption of this Canadian-led resolution demonstrates that the international community continues to condemn Iran’s abysmal record on human rights.
"Canada is heartened by the support this resolution received and reiterates to the Iranian people that their dignity remains at the forefront of the agenda.
The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) overwhelmingly adopted Friday a resolution on "Right of the Palestinian People to Self Determination.”
The resolution was adopted with 180 votes in favor, seven against and four abstentions. Israel, the US, Canada and four islands: Nauru, Palau, Micronesia and the Marshall Islands voted against the resolution.
The Iranian regime's henchmen hanged at least 11 prisoners is cities of Shiraz and Qazvin.
A group of eight prisoners were hanged secretly on Sunday, December 14 in Adelabad Prison in city of Shiraz.Two other inmates were hanged on Wednesday in the same prion.
The Iranian regime has banned tours on this year's Yalda festival - which marks the Northern Hemisphere’s shortest night of the year - and warned offenders that they will be 'dealt with'.
Shab-e Yalda, or Yalda night, is celebrated on the night between the last day of the ninth month (Azar) and the first day of the tenth month (Day) of the Iranian civil calendar, which corresponds to the night of December 20 or 21 each year.
The Iranian regime has not been flexible enough in talks with the West aimed at halting the regime's project to build a nuclear bomb, officials from Britain and France said this week.
The criticism of Iran's stance at the end of another round of negotiations between the regime and officials from the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China.
Hassan Rouhani, the president of the clerical regime in Iran has issued his support for Syrian dictator Basher al-Assad and praised his regime's fight against 'terrorism and foreign conspiracies'.
Hassan Rouhani said after a meeting with Syrian Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi this week: "Stability of Syria proves the line of resistance cannot be defeated."
Iran may played a role in a recent hacking attack at Sony Pictures Entertainment after the company released a film about the fictional assassination of North Korean Leader Kim Jong-Un.
The FBI believes the Iranian regime, as well as China or Russia, could have provided the highly sophisticated malware that corrupted Sony's computers, an intelligence source said.
NCRI - Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the Iranian Resistance, described the 61st resolution condemning the brutal and systematic violation of human rights in Iran adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on December 18, 2014, as another decisive document on illegitimacy of having economic and political relationship with the ruling clerical regime in Iran and added: "This resolution leaves no doubt that the regime's appalling human rights record must be referred to the Security Council for binding and preventive measures, and those responsible for 120,000 political executions must be brought to justice."
Iranian dissidents in Camp Liberty have staged a protest at psychological torture by Iraqi guards who are broadcasting sound into the camp through giant loudspeakers.
One camp resident told the Al-Jazeera news channel on Wednesday: "We are protesting today the sound torture of Camp Liberty by Iraqi intelligence agents. For 45 days, agents of the Iranian regime that were stationed here during the previous Iraqi government have began torturing residents by broadcasting sound into the camp, closest to where the sick are housed."