Iran news in brief, August 29, 2019
Iran news in brief, August 31, 2019
Conference Held in Paris’s District 1 City Hall to Call for Action Over Iran’s 1988 Massacre
An event commemorating Iran's 1988 massacre of political prisoners was held on Friday in Paris District 1's City Hall.
The conference, titled, “Iran: Massacred Human Rights: 31st anniversary of massacre of 30,000 political prisoners in 1988,” brought together French lawmakers, mayors and human rights activists who appealed to the French government and the United Nations to hold Iranian officials accountable for their crime against humanity.
Iranian opposition leader Maryam Rajavi sent a message to the conference, saying:
The time has come for the international community to end three decades of impunity for the clerical regime’s leaders in accounting for their crimes.
The dossier of human rights violations in Iran, particularly the massacre in 1988, must be referred to the UN Security Council.
Khamenei and other leaders of the Iranian regime must face justice for committing crimes against humanity.
The United Nations must launch an international mission to investigate the 1988 massacre in Iran.
And the world must recognize the Iranian people’s right to resist and fight for the overthrow of the ruling religious fascism.
Iran Regime Further Breaches 2015 Nuclear Deal
The Iranian regime has further breached its nuclear deal with world powers, increasing its stock of enriched uranium and refining it to a greater purity than allowed, a report by the United Nations atomic agency said on Friday.
The quarterly report from the International Atomic Energy Agency, which is policing the 2015 deal, confirms Iran's regime is progressively backing out of the deal.
In July, the IAEA said Iran's regime exceeded both a 202.8-kg limit on its enriched uranium stock and its 3.67% cap on the fissile purity to which it is allowed to refine uranium.
Friday’s quarterly report to member states obtained by Reuters said the Iranian regime has accumulated 241.6 kg of enriched uranium and is enriching at around the same level as before, up to 4.5%.
US Treasury Targets Oil Tanker Adrian Darya 1 and Its Captain
The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control took action on Friday against Adrian Darya 1, an oil tanker transporting 2.1 million barrels of Iranian crude oil ultimately benefitting the Iranian Regime’s Revolutionary Guards Qods Force. The Adrian Darya 1 was sanctioned based on a law which targets terrorists and those providing support to terrorism or acts of terrorism.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a tweet: Today, the US Treasury designated the Adrian Darya 1 and its captain for providing assistance to the IRGC to sell illicit oil from Iran to Syria. The U.S. will not idly watch the Assad regime use Iranian oil to terrorize its own people.
Irish Lawmaker Says Iran's Regime Is Dying; It Is Time to Support the Opposition
Iran's regime is in its dying days, and Europe should look to the Iranian Resistance as the democratic alternative to the mullahs' rule, former Irish Minister and lawmaker John Perry argues.
In an op-ed for the Eurasia Review on August 29, Mr. Perry pointed out that Iran's regime is "extremely unpopular among both Iranians and regional countries, and is today the greatest threat to a prosperous Iran and to stability and peace in the Middle East and the world."
The Iranian regime and its Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps have systematically violated human rights, prosecuted, tortured and killed an uncountable number of Iranians over the course of 40 years.
"A key component that has been overlooked for too long is the organized Iranian opposition."
Mr. Perry pointed out that the NCRI has "both strong support among Iranians as well as politicians and parliamentarians from the US, Canada, Europe and the Arab world."
"Its progressive leader Maryam Rajavi has presented a 10-point plan for the future of Iran, which envisions and guarantees a free, democratic, secular, non-nuclear and peaceful Iran, with an independent judiciary system that respects the Universal Declaration of Human Rights."
Iran news in brief, August 30, 2019
Iranian Regime's Rocket Launch Ends in Failure
Satellite images show that an Iranian rocket appears to have exploded on the launch pad Thursday.
The satellite pictures were taken Thursday morning of the regime's Imam Khomeini Space Center in Iran’s Semnan Province.
The photos show black smoke and part of a painted launch pad apparently scorched away.
David Schmerler, a senior research associate at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, told The Associated Press: “Whatever happened there, it blew up and you’re looking at the smoldering remains of what used to be there.”
The failure is the third by the Iranian regime this year. In January and February, the regime attempted to launch two rockets, both of which failed to reach orbit.
New Plan Enforced to Step up Suppression of Women for Improper Veiling
A new plan is going to be enforced across Iran this week to further step up suppression of women for improper veiling. The acting commander of Police, Ayyoub Soleimani, said the new plan, called Nazer 2 (or Observer 2), is going to be implemented.
The new plan is designed to put maximum pressure on women. According to the new plan, Police will be present in public places, major stores, and beaches to give warnings to women who are considered improperly veiled based on the regime’s standards.
Soleimani said, “The plan is going to be implemented this week (beginning on Saturday), and in every place which is more public, our presence and monitoring will be more serious.”
The Iranian Regime’s Police had already implemented the Nazer 1 plan to monitor women who remove their veils inside their cars.
Iran Regime Collectively Executes 8 People in Gohardasht Prison
Eight people were collectively executed in Iran's notorious Gohardasht Prison in Karaj on August 29.
They were transferred to solitary confinement on August 26 to be prepared for execution.
On Wednesday morning, Iranian authorities executed a man who had killed the regime’s notorious Friday Prayers Leader in Kazerun.
Also, authorities in Babol, northern Iran, hanged a man in public during the early morning hours of Monday, the state media reported.
On the same day, the regime executed a woman in Mashhad prison.
Rights Group Publishes New Report on Enforced Disappearances in Iran
To mark the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances on 30 August, the human rights group Iran Human Rights Monitor has published a new report, titled: "Enforced Disappearances in Iran and the 1988 Massacre".
The report says the Iranian regime has a history of cracking down on its opponents. Incommunicado detentions, arbitrary abductions, summary executions, torture and enforced disappearances are among practices commonly used against opponents.
Dissident intellectuals and students, ethnic groups and religious minorities, and members and supporters of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran have always been targeted.
The group urged the United Nations to take all necessary measures to end impunity for Iranian officials.
It said the time has come for referring the dossier of human rights violations in Iran, particularly the enforced disappearances and executions of the 1980s and the 1988 massacre of political prisoners, to the UN Security Council.
The full report is available on the Iran HRM website.
Iran news in brief, August 28, 2019
Iranian Regime's President Wants US to Lift Sanctions Before Any Talks
The Iranian regime's president back-pedaled Tuesday on possible talks with Donald Trump, saying the U.S. president must first lift sanctions imposed on the regime.
Hassan Rouhani’s change of heart came a day after Trump said Monday that there’s a “really good chance” the two could meet on their nuclear impasse after a surprise intervention by French President Emmanuel Macron during the G-7 summit to try to bring Washington and Tehran together.
Rouhani said in a televised speech: “Without the U.S.’s withdrawal from sanctions, we will not witness any positive development.”
“If someone intends to make it as just a photo op with Rouhani, that is not possible,” he said.
Iran Regime Is the World’s Biggest Jailer of Women Journalists
Iran's regime is now the world’s biggest jailer of women journalists; the global media watchdog Reporters Without Borders has announced.
Reporters Without Borders said on its website on Monday that it was "alarmed" by a "new wave of arrests and interrogations of women journalists" in Iran since the start of August 2019.
"The Islamic Republic is now the world’s biggest jailer of women journalists, with a total of ten currently held," the media freedom organization said.
“Already one of the world’s five biggest jailers of journalists, Iran is now holding more women in connection with their journalistic activities than any other country in the world,” said the head of the group's Iran Desk.
“We call on Javaid Rehman, the UN special rapporteur on the human rights situation in Iran, to intervene with the utmost urgency to obtain their release and to address the disastrous press freedom situation in this country,” he added.
Iran is ranked 170th out of 180 countries in the watchdog’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index.
Iran Journalist Flees Zarif Delegation to Stay in Sweden
An Iranian journalist covering Foreign Minister Javad Zarif's Nordic tour has fled the official delegation and applied for residency in Sweden, officials in Sweden said Tuesday.
The Swedish Migration Agency said Amir-Tohid Fazel, a political reporter for the Iranian regime's ultra-conservative Moj news agency, had "applied for a residence permit in Sweden on 21 August 2019".
Fazel was travelling with Zarif's delegation as part of an international tour of European countries.
On August 20, "when I was in Sweden, one of my colleagues in Tehran contacted me via internet and said 'four plainclothes came to the news agency with a warrant for your arrest'," he said in an interview with Swedish television SVT.
Iran Court Upholds British Council Worker's 10-Year Jail Sentence
British Council worker Aras Amiri has had a 10-year prison sentence for “cultural infiltration”, which the Iranian regime regards as tantamount to espionage, upheld by the regime's appeals court.
Ms Amiri, who is from Iran but lives in the UK, was identified "because of her cultural infiltration in society through arts and her widespread activities,” a judiciary spokesman said.
State media also named two other people convicted of spying. British-Iranian Anousheh Ashouri was sentenced to 12 years after being found guilty of allegedly sending intelligence to Israel and "for acquiring illegitimate wealth".
Iranian Ali Johari was also given a 12-year prison term, accused of working for Israeli intelligence agencies and visiting Israel to get citizenship.