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The main victims of public executions in Iran are teens and young adults whose ages range between 18 through 25.

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Stop Fundamentalism – Reports from news agencies and Iranian sources indicate that a man identified only by his first name ‘Mohammed’ has been the latest victim of public execution in Iran.

The execution took place on April 5 in the city of Bam, the scene of the devastating earthquake of December 2003.

The man was convicted of murdering another man in 2005, authorities say.

The execution brings the total number of people executed in Iran in 2006 to 30 according to France Press News Agency.

Public executions in Iran are used as means of controlling the ever growing public dissent especially amongst the youth in Iran.  Therefore, the main victims of these public executions are teens and young adults whose ages range between 18 through 25.

Currently, there are at least two young women in Iran on death row.  Delara Darabi 19, and Nazanin 18, both committed their crimes when they were under 18.

Issue 40

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Issue 40 March 31 2006
In this issue

  • High-tech missile hits many targets in one shut!
  • Security Council gives Iran 30 days
  • Another Political Prisoner on Death Row
  • Afghan testing freedom of religion
  • Please donate and support StopFundamentalism.com
  • Last week finally the nuclear dossier of Iran’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 Iran’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.

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    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 Iran’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.

    Please sign here against the violation of human rights in Iran

    Nima

    High-tech missile hits many targets in one shut!

    March 31, 2006 (Stop Fundamentalism) – Iran claims to have successfully test-fired a missile capable of dodging radars and multiple targeting in a naval maneuver.

    Hossein Salami, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Air Force Commander told this to the state television in an interview. He described the successful test as “a 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.

    Security Council gives Iran 30 days

    March 30, 2006 (Stop Fundamentalism) – 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 Iran’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.

    Another Political Prisoner on Death Row

    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.

    Afghan testing freedom of religion

    Stop Fundamentalism, March 27, 2006 – 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.

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    Iran’s Human Rights record deserves immediate attention

    Public Executions of political prisoners

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    Last week, the nuclear dossier of Iran’s theocratic regime was officially brought before the United Nations Security Council and a Presidential Statement was released calling on Tehran to abandon its all enrichment-related activity.

    Although the statement was watered down to accommodate Russia and China, 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 long we may be away before sanctions are imposed, the referral in and of itself is a major step in dealing with the mullahs.  The regime’s reaction, ludicrous statements and the hollow show of force is indicative of the seriousness of the Security Council referral.

    What we must not forget and should surely press for, is the fact that the situation of human rights in Iran also merits a great deal of action and requires swift international action.

    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 ceasefire in the Iran-Iraq war, no less than 30,000 political prisoners were massacred in Iran in a matter of few months following a fatwa by Khomeini.

    High-tech missile hits many targets in one shut!

    Multi Target Anti Missile Radar Dodging Iranian Technology advance

    Iran test-fires a missile capable of dodging radars and multiple targeting in a naval maneuver.


    March 31, 2006 (Stop Fundamentalism) – Iran claims to have successfully test-fired a missile capable of dodging radars and multiple targeting in a naval maneuver.

    Hossein Salami, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Air Force Commander told this to the state television in an interview.  He described the successful test as “a 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.

    "It uses multiple warhead technology, which (means) after the detachment of its warhead it becomes divergent, enabling it to hit different targets at the same time accurately, therefore fooling the enemy’s anti-missile systems."

    The missile was tested on the first day of weeklong military exercises in the Persian Gulf.  Over 17,000 soldiers and 1,500 naval vessels of various types would be present in the operations of this war game, during which the Iranian military’s readiness to defend the country would be displayed, the IRGC announced Wednesday.

    Security Council gives Iran 30 days

    Nuke MullahMarch 30, 2006 (Stop Fundamentalism) – 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 Iran’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.

    "We will not, definitely, suspend enrichment," Iran’s ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency, Aliasghar Soltaniyeh, said on Thursday.

    Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki condemned the West for taking Iran to the UN Security Council and its “unjustified propaganda.”

    Another Political Prisoner on Death Row

    Valiollah Feiz-MahdaviAccording 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.

    In February, the human rights group Amnesty International announced that it had “grave concern” about the “alarming rate” of executions in Iran, in particular highlighting the cases of a number of political prisoners, several of whom are on death row.

    “Hojjat Zamani’s execution has fuelled fears that other political prisoners may be at risk of imminent execution,” Amnesty International said.

    The rights group said that there had been reports circulating since the start of February that “a number of political and other prisoners who are under death sentence have been told by prison officials that they would be executed if Iran should be referred to the UN Security Council over the resumption of its nuclear program.”

    Afghan testing freedom of religion

    Stop Fundamentalism, March 27, 2006 – 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. 

    Even after his release, the man, Abdul Rahman 41, father of two, is now condemned to leave his country and live in exile for the rest of his life.  To be free, apparently his lawyers had to claim for him to be unfit to stand trial due to mental illness.  Rahman has denied any mental issues.

    The release is widely expected to end a trial that has caused international concern over freedom of religion in Afghanistan, but has also become a rallying point for Islamic hard-liners and fundamentalists.

    Issue 39

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  • Iran: first stop to establish democracy in the Middle East
  • Iran wants to dominate Mid-East nations
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  • Apparently, the talks between the US and the Iranians are to go ahead.

    While there is not a set date as of yet, the two sides are sort of beefing up for the meeting.

    Washington accuses Tehran of fomenting Shi’ite violence in Iraq. Tehran denies the charge and blames the sectarian strife on the invasion and occupation by U.S.-led forces.

    “Iranian agents train and arm Shiite militias such as the Mahdi Army, linked to one of Iraq’s most powerful clerics,” Khalilzad said, “and work closely with Sunni Arab-led insurgent forces including Ansar al-Sunna, blamed for dozens of deadly attacks on Iraqi and American soldiers and Shiite civilians.”

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    The calls by Iran for dialogue over Iraq coincided with deliberations by the U.N. Security Council, of which the United States is a permanent member, over possible actions against Iran for its controversial nuclear program.

    At the United Nations Security Council Britain, France and the United States are trying to win Russian and Chinese support for a statement pressing Iran to end uranium enrichment.

    Although I hope for the best but please allow me to say here that Iran uses these talks just to stall action against itself for just a bit longer as long as possible.

    Editor

    Iran: first stop to establish democracy in the Middle East

    Nima Sharif

    In the past few weeks, many European and American officials have acknowledged that the path to a free Middle East passes through Tehran. In another words, the only way to see peace and freedom prevail in the Middle East and especially in Iraq, is to see a democratic government taking power in Iran.

    Although the Iranian people have been saying this for the past 3 years while being pretty much ignored by the Westerners but coming to this conclusion is by itself a sign of reaching a new and deeper understanding of the region by Western leaders.

    Before the war in Iraq, Americans believed that they could some how get along with the Iranians as the biggest neighbor to that country. To be sure, the US, through diplomatic channels, officially asked the Iranians not to meddle in the war and for the duration of the operations and they did actually succeed to keep them out. Later on, it turned out that the Americans had actually met with the Iranians a few times in Europe to discuss the matter.

    Iran wants to dominate Mid-East nations

    Stop Fundamentalism – A top ranking official of Iranian regime admitted a nuclear Iran would be able to “dominate 17 Muslim countries” in the Middle East.

    “The West believes that if we master nuclear technology, we will be transformed into a regional superpower and will dominate 17 Muslim countries in this neighborhood”, Mohsen Rezai, the secretary general of the State Expediency Council, told the paramilitary Bassij forces in the south-western city of Masjid Soleiman on Friday, according to the news agency IRNA.

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    Major General Rezai, who for years headed Iran’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps and is close to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said that the West was trying to prevent Tehran from making industrial and technological progress.

    “We have reached a very important stage and we need to pay a price for making Iran powerful,” Rezai said.

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    Stop Fundamentalism – A top ranking official of Iranian regime admitted a nuclear Iran would be able to “dominate 17 Muslim countries” in the Middle East.

    “The West believes that if we master nuclear technology, we will be transformed into a regional superpower and will dominate 17 Muslim countries in this neighborhood”, Mohsen Rezai, the secretary general of the State Expediency Council, told the paramilitary Bassij forces in the south-western city of Masjid Soleiman on Friday, according to the news agency IRNA.

    Major General Rezai, who for years headed Iran’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps and is close to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said that the West was trying to prevent Tehran from making industrial and technological progress.

    “We have reached a very important stage and we need to pay a price for making Iran powerful,” Rezai said.

    With U.N. negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program deadlocked Friday, the United States and Britain voiced alarm that Tehran’s uranium-enrichment program is advancing.

    Iran: first stop to establish democracy in the Middle East

    Nima Sharif

    In the past few weeks, many European and American officials have acknowledged that the path to a free Middle East passes through Tehran.  In another words, the only way to see peace and freedom prevail in the Middle East and especially in Iraq, is to see a democratic government taking power in Iran.

    Although the Iranian people have been saying this for the past 3 years while being pretty much ignored by the Westerners but coming to this conclusion is by itself a sign of reaching a new and deeper understanding of the region by Western leaders.

    Before the war in Iraq, Americans believed that they could some how get along with the Iranians as the biggest neighbor to that country.  To be sure, the US, through diplomatic channels, officially asked the Iranians not to meddle in the war and for the duration of the operations and they did actually succeed to keep them out.  Later on, it turned out that the Americans had actually met with the Iranians a few times in Europe to discuss the matter.

    In return for not meddling during the war, Iran asked the allies to bomb and annihilate their longtime enemy, the Peoples Mujahedin Orgnization of Iran (PMOI) that was based in Iraq.  PMOI is recognized as the biggest and the most organized dissident Iranian movement that exists outside the country and has vowed to overthrow the mullahs in Tehran.  Just before the war the PMOI declared non-partisan to the war nevertheless their basis were bombed and many of their members were killed.

    Soon after though, the PMOI and the American Command in Iraq reached a peace accord putting the PMOI at the protection of the US forces in accordance with the Geneva conventions.