|Friends of Humanity Newsletter|
Last week finally the nuclear dossier of Iranâ€™s theocratic regime was officially brought before the United Nations Security Council and a Presidential Statement was released calling on Tehran to abandon its nuclear program.
Although the statement was toned down in many ways to bring Russia and China aboard, it is important to realize the significance of the first step taken by the Security Council.
No matter what Iran may do now and how many steps we may be away before real sanctions are imposed, the referral by itself is a major step in dealing with the mullahs results of which can be seen and heard in their reactions, ludicrous statements and hollow show of force (please refer to multi- targeting missile in this issue.)
What we must not forget and surly press for, is the fact that there is one issue left mainly unattended with regards to the tyrannical regime in Iran that also deserves immediate attention by the world community and the Security Council. This important issue is Iranâ€™s Human Rights record.
The mullahs have in the past resorted to mass executions in order to keep their grip on power and control the public. In 1988, after the Iran-Iraq war was called to a halt by Ayatollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic, about 30,000 political prisoners were massacred in Iran in a two months period by direct orders from the Ayatollah.
The execution of a member of the Iranian Resistance, Mr. Hojjat Zamani on February 7 and the threats to execute another political prisoner by the name of Valiollah Feiz-Mahdavi on May 6, rings an alarming sound of a nearing genocide.
To prevent this disaster from happened, the United Nations Security Council should attend Iranâ€™s Human Rights violations in parallel with its nuclear record and assign a special envoy to investigate the dreadful situations of prisoners in Iran specially the political prisoners.
March 31, 2006 (Stop Fundamentalism) â€“ Iran claims to have successfully test-fired a missile capable of dodging radars and multiple targeting in a naval maneuver.
Hossein Salami, Iranâ€™s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Air Force Commander told this to the state television in an interview. He described the successful test as â€œa prominent achievement of the country’s defense capability."
"The missile’s design and production was done by the scientists in the Iranian defense ministry. It has unique capabilities which are unmatched in the world’s advanced armies, since it was built based on our defense needs," Salami said.
March 30, 2006 (Stop Fundamentalism) â€“ After three weeks of intense negotiations between 5 veto- wielding permanent members of the UN Security Council, all 15 members of the Council unanimously approved a Presidential Statement about Iranâ€™s nuclear program.
The non-binding statement that was approved on Wednesday gives Iran 30 days to stop all nuclear projects and uranium enrichments and return to the negotiating table or face isolation.
The statement stepped back from five precise demands made in an earlier draft, including access to individuals, documentation, and nuclear sites. However, diplomats said the statement implicitly endorsed them by calling on Tehran to take all steps previously stipulated by the IAEA board.
According to sources in Iran, the prison officials in Gohardash, west of Tehran, have notified a political prisoner that he will be executed on May 6.
Mr. Valiollah Feiz-Mahdavi was notified of his execution on March 24, sources say.
Another prisoner of conscience, Hojjat Zamani, was hanged in Gohardasht Prison on February 7. Zamani, 31 at the time he was hanged, had undergone severe physical and psychological torture to break his morale and compel him to express remorse and surrender.
Stop Fundamentalism, March 27, 2006 â€“ News from Afghan and international news agencies indicate the release of a man who converted from Islam to Christianity, 15 years ago, who was facing a death sentence issued by the state court in Afghanistan.