Iran Update
Volume: 1 - Issue:  4125 May 2010
Iran Update
Dear Friend,

We are delighted to present you with the current issue of Iran Update, a publication of International Solidarity for Democratic Change in Iran (ISDCI).    
UN Secretary General's quarterly report to Security Council stresses on Ashraf residents rights
UNAMI
23 May 2010

UN Secretary General in his quarterly report to the Security Council pursuant to Resolution 1883, Ban Ki-moon, stressed the rights of residents of Camp Ashraf, Iraq, for protection against arbitrary displacement in Iraq or forced extradition to Iran. In this quarterly report to the Security Council, which provides an update on UN activities in Iraq during the months of March, April, and May 2010, the UNSG states:
"UNAMI continues to monitor the situation in Camp Ashraf in Diyala Governorate. ... Although no significant outbreaks of violence have occurred during the reporting period, distrust and tensions between both sides remained, with limited cooperation regarding access to services and supplies in the camp. UNAMI, while reiterating the right of the Government of Iraq to exercise its authority over Camp Ashraf and the obligation of the camp's residents to fully respect the law and the authority of the Government of Iraq, has continued to advocate for the residents' unhindered access to goods and services of a humanitarian nature, as well as for their right to be protected from arbitrary mass displacement or forced repatriation against their will in violation of the universally accepted principle of non-refoulement. UNAMI remains committed to assisting both parties find an acceptable resolution to this problem."
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Pressures on incarcerated PMOI supporters and families of Ashraf residents continue to mount
NCRI
23 May 2010

Hamid HaeriNCRI - On Wednesday, May 19, the clerical regime, during a kangaroo court, tried Mr. Hamid Haeri, a 60-year-old political prisoner, on charges of "moharebeh" (waging war against God), supporting the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), persistent political activity and propaganda against the regime. He was arrested in a raid on his house by the regime's intelligence agents on December 6, 2009 on charges of visiting his child and brother in Camp Ashraf, Iraq. The raid took place while he was in bed recovering from a serious car accident.
He was then transferred to Ward 209 of Evin prison. The regime's interrogators and torturers have placed Mr. Haeri under continual physical and psychological torture, threatening him that if he refuses to comply with their demands, they will also arrest his wife and daughter and place them under torture..
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Profile of an assassin-turned-diplomat
Iran Focus
Exclusive
23 May 2010

London, May 23 - Iran announced on Friday that it had officially protested to the United Nations against the United States for denying a visa to its deputy foreign minister. Iran Focus has learnt that the US may have rejected the visa request because the diplomat, Mohammad Mehdi Akhondzadeh Basti, had in fact played a key role in the assassination of a prominent Iranian opposition leader near Geneva in 1990.
Iran claims the US abused its position as host of the world body by denying the visa. But Swiss court records and Iranian opposition officials point to Akhondzadeh Basti's involvement in the 24 April 1990 gunning down in broad daylight of Professor Kazem Rajavi, post-revolutionary Iran's first ambassador to the UN headquarters in Geneva.
Dr. Rajavi was a renowned human rights advocate and elder brother of Massoud Rajavi, the historical leader of Iran's main opposition group People's Mojahedin (PMOI).
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Mother of executed teacher thanks Iranians and protestors for denouncing executions
NCRI
23 May 2010

NCRI - The mother of Farzad Kamangar, a Kurdish teacher who was executed by the Iranian regime at the notorious Evin prison in Tehran on May 9 along with 4 other political prisoners, has sent a message to all organizations and individuals who attempted to save the life of her son and later condemned his cruel execution. In a part of the letter addressed to the freedom-loving people of Iran, Ms. Kamangar states:
On my behalf, please say hello to all organizations, groups and dignified and freedom-loving individuals, and all the beloved people across the world who tried to free him from prison, protested, wrote letters, signed letters, and later after the death of Farzad, expressed solidarity with us from near and afar. I know what people did and how hard they tried. Please convey my warm and endless greetings to all of them. I expect all these beloved individuals to continue the path of Farzad. I am now the mother of thousands of Farzads. I have said repeatedly that Farzad was not mine only, he was the son of all Iranians.
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Iran: death sentences again and again...
FIDH (International Federation of Human Rights)
Press Release
20 May 2010

 
International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)
Iranian League for the Defence of Human Rights (LDDHI)

Press release

Iran: death sentences again and again...

Paris, 19 May 2010: The Tehran prosecutor announced on Saturday 15 May that the death sentences pronounced against three out of 10 post-election protesters charged with "moharebeh"(fighting god) have been upheld by the appeal court. In all, he said, 217 sentences against post-election protesters have been confirmed by the appeal courts.

Ahmad Daneshpur-Moqaddam, Mohsen Daneshpur-Moqaddam and Abdolreza Qanbari have reportedly applied for pardon after the confirmation of their death sentence in appeal. Three other death sentences pronounced against post-election protesters by the court of first instance have been overturned and replaced with prison terms: the people concerned are Motahareh Bahrami Haqiqi, Rayhaneh Hajj-Ebrahim-Dabbagh and Hadi Qaemi. Those six prisoners are charged with connections to the Mujahedin Khalq (People's Mujahedin Organization of Iran - PMOI). 
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In This Issue
UN Secretary General's quarterly report to Security Council stresses on Ashraf residents rights
Pressures on incarcerated PMOI supporters and families of Ashraf residents continue to mount
Profile of an assassin-turned-diplomat
Mother of executed teacher thanks Iranians and protestors for denouncing executions
Iran: death sentences again and again
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Invitation
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International Solidarity with the people of Iran &
Members of Iranian opposition in Camp Ashraf - Iraq
Paris - 26 June 2010
 
A grand assembly will be held near Paris on the anniversary of the Iranian people's nationwide uprising for democracy and to express solidarity with Iranian dissidents in Camp Ashraf-Iraq. The event has already been sponsored by over 100 European Parliamentarians and political dignitaries. Hundreds of dignitaries across the world as well as tens of thousands of Iranians are expected to participate in the event. Please call or email us to register for an advance entry pass and an introduction booklet. Early registrations begin on Friday, 21 May 2010