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Defiant Iran insults new Human Rights Council

Saied Mortazavi

Mortazavi, was directly responsible for Zahra Kazimi’s death

Once again the mullahs’ regime deliberately insults the international community.  This time by sending some notorious anti-human rights characters among its delegation to the United Nations new Human Rights Council in Geneva.

One character, well known for his involvement in torture and killing of many Iranians is Saeed Mortazavi, the Prosecutor General of Tehran.

Mortazavi, was directly responsible for Zahra Kazimi’s death. An Iranian-Canadian-photojournalist, who was raped, tortured and killed by Mortazavi himself in the Evin prison in 2003.  Kazemi’s death received international attention as it created a serious rift in the relationship between Iran and Canada at the time.

"His presence at the Human Rights Council is really shocking. It is an insult to the victims of repression in Iran," Lynn Tehini, of the journalist’s rights group Reporters Without Borders, told AFP.

Talebani urges Iran to end meddling in Iraq

Stop Fundamentalism – The Los Angles Times reported on June 17 that Southern Iraq has fallen under the sway of Shiite militiamen and political parties with ties to Iran, and Sunnis fear that they are being targeted with the Shiite-dominated government’s apathy, if not approval.

"We don’t want to accuse anybody, but we really want to ask the government, ‘Where is your new security plan?’ ", said Sheik Abdul Baset Subaii, a Basra spokesman for the Muslim Scholars Assn., a Sunni Arab religious group.

President Jalal Talabani, an ethnic Kurd who maintains friendly ties with both the United States and Iran, acknowledged in a TV interview Friday evening that some Shiite militias continued to receive support from Tehran. But he said Iraq was no stranger to foreign influence.

What does West’s incentive package mean to Iran

Iran Incentive Package from WestWe have been very outspoken regarding what the outcome of giving incentives and more time as a result to Iranian regime on this website.  What one of regime’s state-controled dailies has commented about the incentive package is quite noteworthy.  We publish the translation of these comments below without any changes.
Kayhan daily, June 7, commentary — What Javier Solana offered as a package of concessions to Iran is so worthless that it does not even merit a study.

But, the mere trend of giving concessions to Iran is not all that bad. This is only the beginning; the westerners will be coming to Iran a lot more bringing more concesWsions….

There are times when Iran can cause a hundred percent insecurity for the West in the region. That is to create a situation where the West would not feel secure even one little bit. Or it can reduce the threat from hundred percent to 10 percent. This would mean 90 percent security to the West in the region. But this has a price to pay.

Enraged crowd in Iraq sets fire to Iran consulates

Stop Fundamentalism – Al-Jazeera TV reported on June 15 that a crowd of angry Iraqis attacked the Iranian consulates in two cities to call for an end to Tehran’s meddling in Iraq.

Al-Jazeera said, by attacking the Iranian consulates in Basra and Karbala, people in these cities expressed their outrage over mullahs’ interferences in their country.

The protesting crowd pulled out the entrance gate, throwing stones at the main consular building and set fire to part of it.

Journalists arrested for covering women’s protest in Tehran, Iran

Stop Fundamentalism – Peyk Iran, news daily published in Iran, reported on June 24 that many reporters covering the demonstration for women’s rights in Tehran were beaten and arrested by security forces and taken to an undisclosed location.

Among them were Jeylah Bany Yaqoub and Bahman Ahmadi Amouye which are well known experienced reporters and Taraneh Bany Yaqoub a reporter and a web logger.

Iran’s Consulate in Iraq attacked by demonstrators

Demonstrators condemn Iranian meddling in Iraq, attack regime’s consulate in Karbala

Stop Fundamentalism, Karbola, Iraq – Salaheddin TV in Karbala reported on June 12 that demonstrators from supporters of Shiite Iraqi Scholar, Ayatollah Mahmoud Al-Hassani, attacked the Iranian Consulate in Karbala and hurled stones at it.

This attack caused the Consulate’s guards to fire their guns to disperse the protesters.

The over 500-strong demonstration erupted after an Iranian TV channel, Kowthar, said that Ayatollah Mahmoud Hassani is not a religious scholar because of violating the principles and rules of Shiism and that he is being pursued by Justice (Ministry).

Iran executes 4 women

Iran executes 4 womenThe mullahs’ regime has hanged eight people in past four days according to Iranian state-run dailies.
On June 12, three women were hanged in Chobindar Prison in the city of Qazvin, west of Tehran.   Qazvin prison officials did not announce the names of these women.

A fourth female victim, identified as Farzaneh Youzan, was hanged in a prison in southeastern town of Iranshahr.
On June 15, a man identified as Ali Babaee, was also hanged in Iranshahr Prison, according to the state-run daily Resalat. 

A firm policy vs. security guarantees towards Iran

Mullahs and NukesThe Iranian regime’s response to the latest report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), once again shows that not only can the mullahs not be trusted to keep any of their agreements or promises, but also that they will use any opportunity to advance their own inauspicious aims.  They do this while simultaneously and shamelessly talking about being prepared to negotiate and invite everyone to have “patience.”

On the same day that Javier Solana was in Tehran, the mullahs’ regime started injecting uranium hexafluoride into its 164 nuclear centrifuge cascade.

Furthermore, according to reports published by the IAEA, traces of highly enriched uranium have also been found by international inspectors at a nuclear site in Tehran.

Nevertheless, the regime’s representative in Vienna called with obscenity mixed with threats for an end to “political gestures” and added, “Let’s not have any repeated allegations. The other party should be careful not to intensify the situation.  We need to have talks in a peaceful and productive atmosphere.”

Appeals court lifts restrictions on 17 members of Iranian exile group

PARIS (AP) _ The Paris Appeals Court on Friday lifted restrictions placed on 17 members of an exiled Iranian opposition group, including one of its leaders, three years after they were arrested in a huge sweep on suspicion of having links to terrorism.

The court lifted a series of measures, including one that forbids the suspects from leaving French territory and another that forbids them from meeting with one another.

The 17 are members of the Mujahedeen Khalq, the largest exiled Iranian opposition group, and include co-leader Maryam Rajavi, the wife of Iraq-based Massoud Rajavi.

They were among nearly 170 people arrested in a massive sweep on June 17, 2003, in which police seized computers and more than US$1 million as part of an investigation into terrorism links.

Verdict drops restrictive orders against Iran Resistance President

Maryam Rajavi

Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran

Stop Fundamentalism, June 16, 2006 – The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) announced in a statement today that the Paris Appeals Court has dropped all restrictions against Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the Iranian Resistance based in France.

The orders were imposed on 16 active members of the Iranian Resistance including Mrs. Rajavi, following the raid of June 17, 2003 on the headquarters of the movement near Paris.

About 170 members and supporters of the NCRI were arrested after the clampdown which involved 1300 French police members on a dozen locations belonging to Iranian refugees.

The operation was unprecedented in the history of France for the past 35 years, due to the number of police officers involved, and received enormous media coverage at the time.  All those arrested were released shortly after but sixteen were still under restrictive orders after 3 years.

The rulings came despite the fact that the investigative magistrates were insisting on continuing the restrictions.