Iran Update
Volume: 1 - Issue:  3 26 February 2010
Iran Update

We are delighted to present you with the current issue of Iran Update, a publication of International Solidarity for Democratic Change in Iran (ISDCI).
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Mohammad Pour-Abdollah's Family Urges Ban Ki Moon to Help    
25 February 2010
Mohammad Pour-Abdollah's family has asked Ban Ki Moon and all human rights organizations to help save the detained student from the dangerous conditions of Ghezel Hesar prison, where he is serving a 6-year prison term. Ghezel Hesar Prison is reserved for dangerous inmates convicted of drug trafficking and murder. Iran's own laws require separation of prisoners based on the severity and nature of their crimes.
Hamid Rohani: "If the Executions of 1988 Are Not Repeated, the Recent Insurrection Will Continue"  
24 February 2010
Referring to the executions of 1988 in an interview with a student publication, Hojatoleslam Hamid Rohani said that in dealing with the recent insurrections the confrontation methods of 1988 must be repeated.

HRANA - Hojatoleslam Hamid Rohani has said: "In dealing with the recent insurrection, the confrontation methods of 1988 must be repeated."

According to Vatan Emrooz, in an interview with a student publication Rohani, while referring to the executions of "Monafeqin" ((meaning hypocrites, a term used by the Iranian regime for the opposition People's Mojahedin Organisation of Iran) during the not0rious summer of 1988, noted: "The situation in 1988 was such that the Monafeqin who were in  prison tactically announced their repentance. After the ceasefire [in the Iran-Iraq war] when the Monafeqin  attacked Iran (referring to Mojahedine Khalq's attack on Iran's western border in July 1988), these people too rioted in prison and began to set the prison on fire so that when they [Monafeqin] reached Tehran, they could finish the work together! Imam [Khomeini] then said that those who are involved in the issue are Mahdoor Al-dam (meaning their blood can be spilled with impunity) and must be tried and punished, and those executions were able to gouge the eyes of the insurrection and dry the roots of the incident. I think that if the recent insurrections are not dealt with in the same decisive, serious and revolutionary manner, this problem will continue."
Maryam Rajavi at European Parliament: "Women are vanguard of democratic change in Iran"   
Maryam Rajavi Website
23 February 2010
On February 23, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi met with the officials and members of the European Parliament at its headquarters in Brussels to discuss the current situation in Iran and the need for the European Union to adopt a new policy in support the people's uprising for democratic change. Upon her arrival at the European Parliament in Brussels she was welcomed by a delegation of Euro MPs headed by Dr. Alejo Vidal-Quadras, EP Vice President, Edit Bauer of the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality, Sari Essayah, the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs, Mariya  Nedelcheva of the Committee on Petitions. Struan Stevenson, Chair of the Friends of a Free Iran Intergroup, Jan Zahradil, Vice-Chair of the European Conservatives and Reformists, Potito Salatto and Tune Kelam.
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Putting Human Rights First
We invite you to write to your national government officials to ask them to freeze all commercial and diplomatic ties with the Iranian regime until there is a full stop to repression of protests in Iran, release of political prisoners and respect for human rights as demanded in the recent UN Human Rights Council session.