Iran Update
Volume: 1 - Issue:  5 3 March 2010
Iran Update
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We are delighted to present you with the current issue of Iran Update, a publication of International Solidarity for Democratic Change in Iran (ISDCI).
 
International Solidarity for Democratic Change in Iran (ISDCI) is a public benefit association comprised of members of Parliament, political dignitaries, human rights advocates and organizations throughout the world, as well as different Iranian organisations, associations and personalities.
 
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Paradox of repression and release of prisoners   
ISDCI Viewpoint
2 March 2010
 
 
The Iranian regime has been faced with an unprecedented general uprising engulfing all of Iranian society for over months. The average Iranian citizen on the streets of Tehran and other cities understands the dramatic turn of tides and the regime's weakness more than anyone else. They have expressed this in over eight major occasions by marching in the streets and shouting "Down with Dictator" and "Down with the principle of vellayat faqih (rule of the religious jurisprudent)."
 
A major rift at the top has widened and spread to the core of society, spreading like a barn fire among even families of the regime's top officials. Sons and daughters of government and security officials have marched to cal for the downfall of a regime their fathers are scurrying to prop up. Yet, even those fathers can see the end is coming and that repression is not what it was before, and can never be again. Police patrols attract jeers and sneers when in the past they invoked fear. Arrests and prison terms are temporary stints to learn, organize, and make friends among opposition activists.
 
As Iranian society drifts away from the regime's control and its intimidation loses effect, families gather everynight in front of Evin prison in Tehran to protest and call for release of political prisoners. The regime needs repression but finds that repression has lost its effect as a general uprising continues to shake its foundations. So it releases prisoners in order to appease a part of the populace. In doing so it hopes to regain control.
 
It must be noted that external pressure brought by human rights organisations and a critical international community has considerable effect as the regime loses its footing and will encourage the Iranian people to continue to press for their freedoms. ISDCI invites all its friends and human rights defenders to raise their voices in support of political prisoners in Iran and for Ashraf as well.
 
 
Dr. Maleki released on bail from Evin   
ISDCI
2 March 2010
 
 
Dr. Mohammad Maleki, the first head of University of Tehran after the 1979 revolution, has been released on bail from Evin prison. According to reports from Iran, Dr. Maleki was arrested on 22 August 2009 and detained for 191 days despite his old age and ailing heath.

After seven months of detention, Dr. Maleki's family had expressed grave concerns regarding his deteriorating health, and had urged the international community to take action for his freedom.
 
 
 
ExecutiveAction analysis concludes RAND report on MeK (PMOI) highly flawed   
ExecutiveAction LLC
1 March 2010
 
 
ExecutiveAction LLC has released a detailed analysis of the RAND Report, The Mujahedin-e Khalq: A Policy Conundrum, calling the document "deeply flawed" and "polemical." According to Neil C. Livingstone, Chairman and CEO of ExecutiveAction, LLC, the report appears to have been written to "justify the destruction of the MeK as a group, without regard to their lives or the consequences of the U.S. committing grave breaches of international law."
 
"The RAND report fails to include material evidence, misrepresents critical issues, contains biased and pejorative characterizations, and utilizes sources of dubious credibility," Livingstone said. "The report clearly violates RAND's standard of 'objective analysis' and thus its recommendations should be disregarded by policymakers."
 
The RAND report, released in July 2009, focuses on the circumstances surrounding the 3,400 MeK members at Camp Ashraf. It recommends the U.S. should encourage the government of Iraq to involuntarily deport (refoule) the entire population of Ashraf to Iran, in violation of international law.

 
 
 
Iran not cooperating on nuclear issue: IAEA chief    
AFP
1 March 2010
 
 
The head of the UN atomic watchdog, Yukiya Amano, said Monday that Iran is still not giving sufficient information on its nuclear activities but that a uranium fuel deal is still on the table. In an address to the International Atomic Energy Agency board of governors, Amano said: "We cannot confirm that all nuclear material in Iran is in peaceful activities because Iran has not provided the agency with the necessary cooperation."
 
 
 
Arab organisations call on Iraq to end siege of Camp Ashraf    
NCRI
27 February 2010
 
 
In a joint statement, fifteen organizations in defense of human rights and international law from various Arabic countries strongly condemned measures taken by the Iraqi authorities against the residents of Camp Ashraf.
 
 
 
Thank you for your readership. We welcome your comments. 
 
 
Sincerely,
 
ISDCI News Group
In This Issue
Dr. Maleki released on bail from Evin
ExecutiveAction: RAND report on MeK (PMOI) highly flawed
Iran not cooperating on nuclear issue: IAEA chief
Call for Iraq to end siege of Camp Ashraf
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