Iran Update
Volume: 1 - Issue:  8927 November 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).    

EU urges U.S. to remove Iran Group from terror list

The Wall Street Journal 
25 November 2010

The European Parliament Thursday passed a written declaration calling on the U.S. to remove the People's Mujahideen of Iran from its list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations.

The resolution became official when more than half the members of the 736-seat chamber signed it, but support was nearly unanimous, a parliament official said. The resolution also called on Iraq to cease its blockade of Camp Ashraf, a settlement of more than 3,000 Iranian dissidents near the border between the two countries

 

The People's Mujahideen, which aims to overthrow the Iranian government, has been on the list since 1997, when the U.S.'s Clinton administration put it there in a bid to secure closer cooperation with Tehran.

In July, a U.S. federal appeals court ordered the State Department to reconsider its decision. The European Union removed the group from its list of terrorist organizations in 2009.

Specifically, the European Parliament demanded that EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton "urge" the U.S. to remove People's Mujahideen from the list. Mrs. Ashton hasn't yet responded, a spokeswoman said.

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Nigeria charges arms traffickers

Al Jazeera
26 November 2010

A member of Iran's Revolutionary Guards and three Nigerians have been charged in court for illegal arms trafficking.

Nigeria reported the seizure of the arms shipment, which had been hidden in containers of building materials, to the United Nations Security Council this month for an apparent breach of UN sanctions on Iran...

"This is a matter of great national importance, and if I may add, it has international implications," Matthew Idakwo, the prosecutor, said. "These arms were imported from Iran to our country. It is of great interest to the world. In fact, the United Nations has interest in this matter."

Hafsat Soso, the judge, said the four men would remain in the custody of Nigeria's state security service as investigations continued.

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UN concerned about Iran's 'crackdown' on activists

China.org.cn 
24 November 2010

The United Nations human rights chief today voiced concern about the fate of human rights defenders in Iran, whose situation she says is becoming increasingly difficult.

Navi Pillay cited in particular the case of Nasrin Sotoudeh, who was on hunger strike for several weeks in Tehran's Evin Prison....

"I am very concerned that Nasrin Sotoudeh's case is part of a much broader crackdown, and that the situation of human rights defenders in Iran is growing more and more difficult," said Ms. Pillay, the UN's High Commissioner for Human Rights. "I urge the Iranian authorities to review her case urgently and expedite her release."

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Gambia Severs Diplomatic Ties With Iran

All Headline News 
24 November 2010

Banjul, Gambia (AHN) - Gambia has ordered all Iranian government representatives to leave the West African country within two days of time, halting all diplomatic relations with Iran without giving any reason.

"All government of The Gambia projects and programs, which were being implemented in cooperation with the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran, have been cancelled," the Gambian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

 

This will also end several Iranian funded projects, including $2 billion deal to supply heavy and commercial vehicles to the West African nation.
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US defense chiefs warns LatAm nations on Iran cooperation

AFP
22 November 2010

SANTA CRUZ, Bolivia - Latin American nations need to be cautious with Iran and its motives when negotiating development of their nuclear capacities, the US defense chief warned here Sunday.

"I think that countries that are dealing with Iran in this arena need to be very cautious and very careful about how they interact with the Iranians in terms of what the Iranians motives might be and what they're really trying to do," US Defense Secretary Robert Gates told journalists ahead of a pan-American defense meeting

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In This Issue
EU urges U.S. to remove Iran Group from terror list
Nigeria charges arms traffickers
UN concerned about Iran's 'crackdown' on activists
Gambia Severs Diplomatic Ties With Iran
US defense chiefs warns LatAm nations on Iran cooperation
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