VIENNA, May 20 (Reuters) - Iran has been using front companies to skirt international export controls and purchase a graphite compound that can be used in nuclear and conventional arms, an Iranian exile said on Friday.
It was with surprise and disappointment that we recently learned of a critical report published by Human Rights Watch (HRW) on the People's Mojahedin Organisation of Iran (PMOI). The stories by supposed 'former members' of the PMOI interviewed by HRW contained nothing new and are highly likely to be fabrications.
By GEORGE JAHN
May. 20, 2005 (The Associated Press)- Iran is circumventing international export bans on sensitive dual-use materials by smuggling graphite and a graphite compound that can be used to make conventional and nuclear weapons, an Iranian dissident and a senior diplomat said Friday.
Iranian Opposition Group's Supporters convened in Huntington Beach to say the People's Mujahedin, isIranian Opposition Group's Supporters convened in Huntington Beach to say the People's Mujahedin, is Iran's best hope.
By David Haldane, Times Staff Writer - May 23, 2005
A crowd of about 500 people gathered in Huntington Beach on Sunday to demand that the United States support the Iranian opposition and remove its most powerful armed group, the People's Mujahedin, from the government's list of terrorist organizations
European lawmakers and jurists called on French authorities to drop charges against officials of the opposition National Council of Resistance of Iran and put an end to what they described as harassment of opponents of Iran’s clerical regime in France.
One-sided report of Human Rights Watch on the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran violates the right of defence, the most basic humanitarian right
The Human Rights Watch in a report published on May 18, alleged that the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI) mistreats its members.
We were shocked to find out that the Human Rights Watch had not informed the PMOI regarding any of these allegations prior to publishing its report.
This conduct of the Human Rights Watch is in clear violation of all well- established international standards and the basic right of defence.
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19 May, 2005
Commenting on a Human Rights Watch report on the Iranian resistance and the People’s Mojahedin Organisation of Iran (PMOI) the British Committee for Iran Freedom said:
"Human Rights Watch has been made a fool of by the mullahs. It has accepted unsubstantiated allegations without asking the PMOI for comment."
The People's Mujahedeen Organisation said in a statement in Paris that the report by the US-based group Human Rights Watch was nothing more than "a highly politicised invective against the Iranian resistance movement."
International Human Rights Committee and Law Reform Board
Law Socitey of England and Wales
The content of the baseless and unsubstantiated allegations made by those interviewed did not surprise me, as I have read their allegations and the Iranian Mojahedin's responses in various publications before. However, what concerned me was the fact that Human Rights Watch decided to publish such a report without carrying out the most basic checks to ensure the accuracy and truth of the testimonies provided and without giving the Iranian Mojahedin an opportunity to respond.
The PMOI whose members and sympathisers have been the primary victims of the Iranian regime's barbarity over the past quarter of a century, and who have sacrificed everything to struggle for the liberation of their people, are not in the business of mistreating their members, sympathisers or anyone else for that matter.