Iran Update
Volume: 1 - Issue:  726 August 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).    
Iran defiant in nuclear documents
Associated Press
GEORGE JAHN
3 August 2010

top international officials suggest little prospect of major progress, with Tehran combative and unlikely to offer any concessions. Two letters, both written late last month and obtained by The Associated Press, reflect Iran's apparent determination to continue the nuclear activities that have led to new rounds of U.N., EU, and U.S. sanctions over fears that Tehran might be seeking to develop nuclear arms.
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Behrooz Kazemi calling to stop his father's executed in Iran
Al Bawaba
5 August 2010
Immediately after the Iran-Iraq War, Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fatwa to eradicate "without delay" all political prisoners "still insisting on their stance." Some 30,000 political prisoners, a vast majority from the main Iranian opposition, the People's Mojahedin (PMOI), were subsequently rounded up and hanged in prison yards in groups in a space of a few months. The victims were dumped into mass graves, and a cover-up campaign quickly ensued.
Still, 22 years on, members of the so-called "Death Commission" who implemented Khomeini's cruel "final solution" lead lavish lives and hold Cabinet posts, continuing to hand down execution sentences for political prisoners like Mr. Jaafar Kazemi, 47 (one of the few survivals of that massacre) on death row as "Moharebe" (enemy of God) for sympathizing to the PMOI and visiting his son Behrooz Kazemi 18, n Camp Ashraf in Iraq.
Behrooz Kazemi, has called upon humanitarian Organizations and urged to take necessary measures to stop his father's execution. He has also written an article to be published in media informing public opinion about immanent execution of his father, attempting to stop the crime against his father and other political prisoners in Iran
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Death row Prisoner of Conscience challenges Iran's rulers
Iran Focus
5 August 2010

I have read once more in newspapers that the [regime's] prosecutor has said that the death sentences of six PMOI supporters have been confirmed and will soon be implemented. The prosecutor must be asked: Have you really given this nation anything other than death, poverty, terror and batons over the past thirty one years that you have been in power?
Looking back at the events of the past 31 years, one would realize that the execution of us six is not a novel and astonishing tale! This is the only thing that you are capable of doing. Have you dreadful reactionaries brought anything for the Iranian people other than death?
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Mass. to divest pension investments in Iran
Boston Herald
4 August 2010

Massachusetts will be required to divest public pension money from companies doing business with Iran under a bill Gov. Deval Patrick is set to sign. The bill would require the state to divest its pensions from foreign oil and gas firms with active investments of more than $20 million in the country.
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Jurists call for UN intervention to stop Ayatollahs' crimes
NCRI
4 August 2010

The International Committee of Jurists (ICJ) today urged the UN to "urgently" intervene in Iran against the regime of the ayatollahs, who are responsible for the execution of 33,000 political opponents during a crack down in 1988, in order to "stop the execution of more innocent people." The chairman of the Committee helping victims of repression in Iran, William Bourdon, said at a news conference in Paris that this was a tragedy. "They ended the lives of those who were simply defending their ideals," and this trend is also continuing today "while Western governments and the international community exercise silence."
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A massacre gone unpunished
Iran Focus
Editorial
2 August 2010

The international community has made some important - albeit delayed and so far insufficient - strides in holding Tehran accountable for its nuclear defiance. More serious sanctions by Washington and the European Union mean more pressure on Tehran to comply with its obligations. But, the regime has not been held to account for its flagrant and persistent human rights abuses.
In 1988, Iranian prisons saw perhaps the most heinous case of state-organised mass murder since the end of the Second World War. Immediately after Ayatollah Khomeini "drank the poisonous chalice of the cease-fire" in the Iran-Iraq War, he issued a fatwa to eradicate "without delay" all political prisoners "still insisting on their stance."
Some 30,000 political prisoners, a vast majority from the main Iranian dissident group, the People's Mojahedin (PMOI), were subsequently rounded up and hanged in prison yards in groups in a space of a few months. The first series of round-the-clock executions continued with extraordinary speed for several weeks in complete secrecy. The victims were dumped into mass graves, and a cover-up campaign quickly ensued.
Human rights groups, including Amnesty International, call it a manifest case of a "crime against humanity."
Still, 22 years on, members of the so-called "Death Commission" who implemented Khomeini's cruel "final solution" lead lavish lives and hold Cabinet posts, continuing to hand down execution sentences for political prisoners like Jaafar Kazemi, 47, who is on death row for participating in last year's anti-government demonstrations and visiting his son in Camp Ashraf in Iraq, home to 3,400 members of the PMOI.
It would be a disgrace if western governments continue to exercise the same inexplicable silence that has tainted the previous two decades. Perpetrators of the 1988 massacre must be brought to justice much like those responsible for crimes in Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia were. It is time for the United Nations Security Council to take up the dossier of the 1988 massacre. Silence and inaction are inexcusable.
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In This Issue
Iran defiant in nuclear documents
Behrooz Kazemi calling to stop his father's executed in Iran
Death row Prisoner of Conscience challenges Iran's rulers
Mass. to divest pension investments in Iran
Jurists call for UN intervention to stop Ayatollahs' crimes
A massacre gone unpunished.
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