Iran Update
Volume: 2 - Issue:  11923 May 2011
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Iran Update


The Council of Ministers met today in Brussels. The humanitarian issue of Camp Ashraf was discussed among other issues. High Representative Catherin Ashton said to a press conference today that Europe will work with the United States and the UN to find a resolution to the issue.


The matter requires urgent attention. A massacre by the Iraqi forces against Iranian dissidents has already taken place. Europe cannot remain silent and indifferent to this crisis. 

Immediate need for protection for the residents of Camp Ashraf should not be over shadowed by any attempts to arrive at a long-term solution for the crisis.  The European Union can play a major role in either providing a solution by itself or sponsoring a resolution to the United Nations. A delegation of MEPs recently visited Iraq. It has subsequently proposed a plan to resolve this humanitarian crisis. The EU should give support to the proposal and make it the EU proposal. 

The Iraqi forces are still inside the camp and there is nothing in substance to stop them from another assault on the residents.  The only shield that has provided the current state of affairs is the international awareness and waves of condemnations purring in, deploring the massacre of 8 April.

For the same reason, the proposal attributed by the media to the Americans to displace the camp to another location until repatriation to other countries can result in total massacre of the residents as it will take away the international center of attention.

While the proposal by the European Parliament delegation is a considerable option to the crisis, before any discussion on details can be considered and any final solution can be reached, calming the situation at the camp is imperative.  No one can imagine a dialogue to take place while one side is holding a gun to the other party's head.


We are delighted to present you with the current issue of Iran Update, a publication of International Solidarity for Democratic Change in Iran (ISDCI). 


We recommend the following readings:

EU tightens sanctions on Iran
CIA spies included government officials
Syria Cracks Down on Social Media
Amnesty International
Some of those arrested have even been executed, after apparently unfair trials, including at least one minor.  Read On...
EU tightens sanctions on Iran over nuke program
Associated Press / The Boston Globe
The EU foreign ministers imposed asset freeze and travel bans on several additional Iranian officials and more than 100 companies. Read On...
Alleged CIA spies included government officials
Los Angeles Times
Government officials were among those netted in an Iranian counterespionage operation that Tehran's intelligence ministry touted this weekend.  Read On...
Syria Cracks Down on Social Media
The New York Times
The Syrian government is cracking down on protesters' use of social media.  Read On...

Other Suggested Readings:


Execution of Two political prisoners in Isfahan 

Lawsuit Reveals Iran's Direct Involvement in 9/11 Plot

European Initiative on Camp Ashraf - A Long-Term Solution 

Iran building rocket bases in Venezuela 

The British government must act now to help those at Camp Ashraf 

MPs, Peers back European Parliament solution to Camp Ashraf crisis 

North Korea, Iran Share Ballistic Missile Technology 

'Nakba' clashes: Iran, Syria trying to turn Arab Spring fury into attacks on Israel? 

Maryam Rajavi calls on France to take initiative to protect Ashraf residents 

France Dismisses Terror Probe of Iranian Opposition Group 

Proposal for a peaceful and permanent solution for Camp Ashraf ...  

Threat of massacre at Ashraf camp in Iraq, warn Euro-MPs 

Solving the Ashraf crisis  

Thank you for your reading Iran Update. We welcome your comments.



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