The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is taking fresh aim at Tehran with stepped-up sanctions to punish the regime in Tehran for aggressive non-nuclear activities.
The measures, which are likely to come up in February, are likely to address everything from the recent ballistic missile tests by the regime in Iran and to the country’s human rights violations, the Washington Post reports.
U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Tuesday the Pentagon would seek a $582.7 billion defense budget next year which its spending would be refocused to address five big challenges facing the U.S. military: Russia, China, North Korea, Iran and Islamic State, Reuters reported.
Speaking to the Economic Club of Washington, Carter said the budget is needed for the Pentagon to reshape its spending priorities in a new strategic environment marked by Russian assertiveness and the rise of Islamic State. He said the Pentagon's funding request would be in line with last year's congressional budget deal.
Source: Ouest-France*, 1 February 2016
The visit by the Iranian regime’s president to France ended with many industrial contracts but also by a deafening silence on the issue of human rights. But in Iran, the death penalty is widely practiced to keep the Iranians in terror of a theocratic dictatorship.
José Bové, a prominent French Member of the European Parliament, told thousands of supporters of the Iranian opposition at the ‘No To Rouhani’ rally in Paris on Thursday that the appalling human rights situation in Iran must not be overlooked.
He told the protesters waving Iranian flags: “It's a great joy to see all those Iranian flags that represent freedom of a population that had to fight 30 years ago against the dictatorship of the Shah of Iran."
Jean-François Legaret, mayor of the 1st district of Paris, addressed a demonstration by thousands of Iranians and human rights activists against the presence of the Iranian regime’s president, Hassan Rouhani, in the French capital.
The protesters urged France and other EU governments to make their relations with the Iranian regime contingent upon an improvement of human rights in Iran and an end to the support of the mullahs for the massacre of the Syrian people by Bashar al-Assad’s regime.
The United Arab Emirates’ Ambassador to the US has accused Iran's regime of continuing to spread instability in the region after the nuclear deal.
“Since the signing of the nuclear deal, we have seen nothing but more Iranian aggression,” said Yousef Al Otaiba.
The Iranian regime’s judiciary in Golestan Province has sentenced 24 Baha’i citizens to a total of 193 years in prison.
Mohsen Qanbari, a judge in a so-called court in the city of Gorgan, said the 24 Baha’is have been sentenced for “propaganda against the system [the Iranian regime]”.
‘Hassan Rouhani isn't a moderate leader and secular people, democratic people and women are brutally repressed’ in Iran and the inhuman nature of the regime has not changed, former French human rights minister Rama Yade told thousands of supporters of the Iranian opposition on Thursday in Paris protesting the visit to France by the president of the clerical regime.
Mrs. Rama Yade said ‘Rouhani's visit to Paris must be an historical opportunity for such rallies,’ adding that the ‘death penalty must be abolished; political prisoners must be freed; freedom of speech must prevail; censorship must stop; freedom of conscience for everyone must prevail; there must be equality between men and women.’
Former Italian Foreign Minister, Guilio Maria Terzi, told thousands of supporters of the Iranian opposition at the No To Rouhani rally in Paris on Thursday that European governments should not forget their principles such as respect for human rights during their dealings with Hassan Rouhani, the president of the clerical regime in Iran.
Describing the regime that Hassan Rouhani represents as a “regime that is linked to murderous militia, killing thousands of people in Syria, in Iraq, in the Middle East; that supports and funds a global terrorism network, and a regime that is still on the terrorist list in some countries in Europe,” Mr. Terzi voiced his concern about Rouhani's visit to France and Italy.
Speaking at the rally by thousands of Iranians in Paris on Thursday protesting the recent visit by Hassan Rouhani, the president of the clerical regime in Tehran, the president of the France Libertés Foundation called on France not to sacrifice human rights for economic and financial purposes.
Gilbert Mitterrand, son of late French president Francois Mitterrand, said: The France Libertés foundation asks the powerful nations, the International community and the French president to support the great Iranian people, who are victims of more than 120 000 political executions, where minors are prosecuted, where women are mutilated, where no law can support the hatred they suffer. That is our message.
“We will not be deceived by Hassan Rouhani’s smiles. If he was a true moderate, on his very first day of presidency he would have protested against the executions that are happening in Iran; he would have released the political prisoners; he would have stopped acid attacks on women and many other brutal punishments,” Dr. Alejo Vidal-Quadras, President of International Committee In Search of Justice declared in his speech at Thursday’s rally by thousands of Iranians in Paris simaltanous with Hassan Rouhani’s visit to France.
Hassan Rouhani is one of the most senior officials responsible for violations of human rights in Iran and massacre in the region
President of clerical regime Hassan Rouhani's visit to Paris was met with a wave of protests by Iranians, French political figures, human rights organizations and activists, and French citizens. Thursday at noon, in a large demonstration in Paris (Place Denfert-Rochereau) protestors called on the French officials to chastise Rouhani for the dire situation of human rights in Iran, the policy of export of terrorism and fundamentalism, and the destructive conflicts in the region, especially for buttressing the criminal President of Syria Bashar al-Assad.
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Iranians protesting against Hassan Rouhani leave Denfert-Rochereau Square for a march in streets of Paris.