Tens of Thousands in Iranian Opposition Rally Call for Camp Ashraf Protection

Nima Sharif 23 June 2011

By: Nima Sharif

Protection of Camp Ashraf and its 3400 residents from atrocities of the Iranian regime and Iraqi government was the main message a cheering crowd of tens of thousands of Iranian dissidents gathered at Villepinte, Paris tried to get across.

In the biggest demonstration in Europe since the start of the Middle East uprising for freedom and the Arab Spring, and in a clear show of power and popular support, the Iranian main opposition movement, the People’s Mojahedin Organization (PMOI/MEK) of Iran, brought in thousands of supporters on Saturday June 18 to France to rally for freedom.

The keynote speaker at the rally was Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran which also includes PMOI. Other speakers included the once presidential candidate, US Mayor Giuliani, former American Attorney General, Michael Mukasey, Tom Ridge the first US Secretary for Homeland Security and the Whitehouse Chief of Staff during the Bush Administration, Andrew Card.

Accelerating the Persian and Arab Springs

Alireza Jafarzadeh 17 June 2011

Alireza Jafarzadeh
From weblogs of
HUFFENGTON POST
Photograph of 2009 Protests in IranTwo years after the June 2009 sham presidential elections in Iran and consequent mass anti-regime uprisings, the honeymoon seems to be over for the regime's beleaguered president. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is now at loggerheads with Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, who actually secured his "victory" two years ago. Their floundering alliance may also signal a crack in the levee of repression, which for two years has stayed the nationwide anger from washing the mullahs from power.

Iran - Enabling the Persian Spring

Ali Safavi 10 June 2011

Ali Safavi
From Weblogs of Huffington Post
In his speech last month about the seismic shifts unfolding in the Middle East, President Obama referred to the "shouts of human dignity... being heard across the region" and said, "The question before us is what role America will play as this story unfolds."

The ousting of several dictators in recent months, the latest being Ali Abdullah Saleh of Yemen, and calls for democracy echoing across the region, are clear signals that change is inevitable. That is partly why the president stressed, "There must be no doubt that the United States of America welcomes change that advances self-determination and opportunity."

Iran Sanctions American Officials for Human Rights Violations

Nima 26 May 2011

Stop Fundamentalism, 26 May, 2011 - Speaker for Iran’s National Security Commission in the country's Islamic Council which plays the role of a Parliament, proposed a plan Tuesday to sanction and indicted a number of American officials on the charges of violations of human rights and crimes against humanity, reported Mehr state-run news agency.

Catherine Ashton Calls for a Camp Ashraf Resolution

Nima 24 May 2011

Baroness Catherin AshtonThe High Representative of Foreign Affairs of the European Union, Baroness Catherine Ashton, in a press briefing , yesterday 23 May, told reporters that one of the subjects discussed at the Foreign Affairs Council was "Camp Ashraf."  

"Those of you who have seen the debates in the EP will also know how important the issue of Camp Ashraf is," said Ashton to reporters.

Camp Ashraf Crisis at EU Council of Ministers Meeting

Nima Sharif 23 May 2011

European Union High Representative Catherin AshtonNima Sharif
Europe’s Council of Foreign Ministers met in Brussels today to discuss, among other things, the deploring incidents at Camp Ashraf on 8 April this year that led to the tragic death of 34 unarmed residents of the camp and hundreds of injuries.

While the European Parliaments initiative provides for a long-term solution to the Crisis at Camp Ashraf, the European Union Council of Foreign Ministers should not overlook the immediate danger and the need for protection of the camp residents from further aggressions.  A permanent European observing team at the location will undoubtedly prevent more losses of life.

In fact as a major player in today’s world affairs, the EU should take the center stage in insuring that the international humanitarian laws are respected in Iraq.  This is especially important at the time when American forces are lowering their presence in that country thus the danger of such incidents would drastically multiply.  Europe no longer can afford to stand aside in face of international events and crisis.  Ashraf and its protection will be the chance for Europe to realize its role in the new global equation.

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