Iran Update
Volume: 1 - Issue:  463 June 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).    
Latest IAEA report sounds alarm bells for the international community 
NCRI
3 June 2010

The President-elect of the Iranian Resistance, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, described the latest report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on the nuclear activities of the religious fascism ruling Iran as an alarm bell for the international community. Mrs. Rajavi urged the UN Security Council to impose comprehensive oil, arms, technological and diplomatic sanctions against the clerical regime without further delay. Mrs. Rajavi added: The report clearly demonstrates that when it comes to its nuclear projects, the clerical regime has no other objective but to obtain nuclear weapons. Its only goal for resorting to such ridiculous maneuvers as swapping low-enriched uranium with 20 percent enriched uranium in Turkey is to both delay or prevent approval of serious sanctions and also buy the time needed to obtain a nuclear bomb. Any delay in the imposition of comprehensive sanctions would only help the terrorist mullahs ruling Iran to get their hands on a nuclear weapon sooner.
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UN report faults Iraqi government's reply on Camp Ashraf
ISDCI
2 June 2010

The UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Philip Alston, issued a report to the Human Rights Council on 1 June on promotion and protection of human rights, in which the Special Rapporteur addressed last July's attack by Iraqi forces on defenceless Iranian dissidents in Camp Ashraf in Iraq. In a section titled, "Excessive use of force by Iraqi security forces during an operation in Camp Ashraf." 
The UN Special Rapporteur "notes the response of the Government of Iraq, and regrets that the response fails to address any of the issues raised in the Special Rapporteur's communication. In particular, the Government's response does not explain why it believes that the use of force that resulted in the deaths of 11 Camp Ashraf residents and injuries to hundreds more comports with the requirements of strict necessity and proportionality in law enforcement operations. Nor does the Government explain, as it was requested to do, what instructions were provided to its security forces for the operation, and how the choice of means and methods used met the requirements of applicable human rights law. The response also does not address allegations that the Government's security forces prevented medical care from reaching the injured during, and for several days after, the operation. Finally, the Government's response does not explain whether it undertook any investigation into the legality of, and responsibility for, the alleged killings."
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UN envoy: Iran sanctions vote expected soon
The Washington Post
2 June 2010

UNITED NATIONS -- The president of the U.N. Security Council says members are making progress on the text of a resolution that would impose new sanctions on Iran and a vote is expected soon.
Mexico's U.N. Ambassador Claude Heller, the council president for June, told a news conference Wednesday that the United States and the other co-sponsors of the resolution would like "to have a vote - we don't know - in the next 10 days."
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Free Iran's political prisoners
Voice of America
2 June 2010

The Iranian government has released internationally-renowned Iranian film-maker Jafar Panahi from prison. He had been held since his arrest in Tehran in early March, allegedly for planning to make a movie about the violence following last June's disputed presidential election...
The international community is also concerned about the conditions that Iranian prisoners of conscience are forced to endure, including long periods of solitary confinement, illegal pressure tactics, and an inadequate level of medical attention.
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Iranian authorities step up arrests of women for 'immodest' dress
Reuters
Thomas Erdbrink
2 June 2010

TEHRAN -- Iranian authorities have begun police patrols in the capital to arrest women wearing clothes deemed improper. The campaign against loose-fitting veils and other signs of modernism comes as government opponents are calling for rallies to mark the anniversary of the disputed presidential election, and critics of the crackdown say it is stoking feelings of discontent.
But hard-liners say that improper veiling is a "security issue" and that "loose morality" threatens the core of the Islamic republic.
Iran's interior minister has promised a "chastity plan" to promote the proper covering "from kindergarten to families," though the details are unclear. Tehran police have been arresting women for wearing short coats or improper veils and even for being too suntanned. Witnesses report fines up to $800 for dress considered immodest.
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Iran central bank to sell 45 bln euros -media
Reuters
Writing by Robin Pomeroy; editing by John Stonestreet
2 June 2010

TEHRAN, June 2 (Reuters) - Iran's central bank will sell 45 billion euros from reserves to buy dollars and gold, state-owned media said on Wednesday, signalling a u-turn on a long-standing policy to limit exposure to the currency of its most powerful enemy...
Appearing to give precedence to economic factors over ideology, the switch would be a major policy reversal for Tehran, which for many years has shunned the dollar as part of its opposition to Washington.
At a 2007 OPEC summit, Iran -- the world's fifth-largest oil exporter -- suggested oil should be priced in a basket of currencies rather than dollars, but it failed to win over other member states except Venezuela.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told reporters at that time the dollar was a "worthless piece of paper"..
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In This Issue
Latest IAEA report sounds alarm bells for the international community
UN report faults Iraqi government's reply on Camp Ashraf
UN envoy: Iran sanctions vote expected soon
Free Iran's political prisoners
Iranian authorities step up arrests of women for 'immodest' dress
Iran central bank to sell 45 bln euros -media
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