Monday, February 26, 2018

Iranian Justice Minister Alireza Avaei, a perpetrator of the 1988 massacre, has no place in UNHRC panel





JUSTICE MINISTER’S SPEECH HIGHLIGHTS IRAN’S ONGOING DISREGARD FOR HUMAN RIGHTS

IRAN NEWS UPDATE, 01 March 20 18-- On Wednesday, the UN Dispatch pointed to the previous day’s speech to the UN Human Rights Council by Iranian Justice Minister Alireza Avaei, in order to highlight the “contentious” relationship between that body and the Islamic Republic. Avaei’s speech had been a source of controversy since the list of speakers at the newly opened session of the HRC was publicized last week. The council noted that the Iranian official was not directly invited and that any UN member state may address a session’s opening and choose its own representative. Nonetheless, human rights activists and opponents of Iran’s clerical regime urged world powers and the HRC to condemn Avaei and cancel his speech.

NCRI specifically called upon the EU to condemn Avaei’s appearance before the HRC. AFP and AP also reported on the positions of the Iranian Resistance and quoted:

“Allowing Avaie to address the Human Rights Council is disgraceful and would make a mockery of the United Nations and its human rights mechanisms,” Shahin Gobadi, a member of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, told AFP

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JUSTICE MINISTER’S SPEECH HIGHLIGHTS IRAN’S ONGOING DISREGARD FOR HUMAN RIGHTS

Critics Blast UN for Giving Iran’s Justice Minister a Platform at Human Rights Council

The Tower, Feb, 28, 2018 - Protesters gathered outside as Iran’s Justice Minister Alireza Avaei, who is under a European Union travel ban for human rights violations, spoke before the United Nations Human Rights Council, The New York Times reported Tuesday.
Avaei, who, like his predecessor, Mustafa Pour-Mohammadi, played a role in thousands of summary executions in the 1980s, was sanctioned in 2011 by the European Union for “arbitrary arrests, denials of prisoners’ rights and increase of executions” during the time he served as President of Tehran Judiciary. He was able to attend the council’s opening session because Switzerland is not a member state of the EU.
A protest organized by the National Council of Resistance of Iran ( NCRI ) had about a hundred people outside the council’s building. One of the protesters told VOA News that Avaei was one of those responsible for carrying out the mass killings of political prisoners in 1988 at the behest of Iran’s Supreme Leader at the time, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
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Iran’s Justice Minister Alireza Avaei,

Blacklisted Iranian Official Stirs Outrage at U.N. Human Rights Council

GENEVA, New York Times, Feb. 27, 2018 — He was a prosecutor of Iran’s Islamic revolution and acquired a notorious reputation for the arbitrary executions of thousands of opponents. A few decades later he oversaw the judiciary’s 2009 trials of anti-government protesters and was denounced overseas, not least by the United Nations .
But on Tuesday the former prosecutor, Alireza Avaei, now Iran’s minister of justice, appeared at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, one of nearly 100 ministers and dignitaries to speak at the start of its main session this year. The reaction inside and outside the council was outrage.
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Justice Minister Alireza Avaei’

Iranian regime minister addresses UN rights body despite harsh criticism

GENEVA, Washington Post, Feb. 28, 2018 — Iran’s justice minister, a sanctioned human rights violator, unapologetically took the podium at the U.N.’s top human rights body Tuesday to berate U.S. and Saudi policies, defying calls for him to stay away in a visit a top U.S. diplomat said made a “mockery” of the body.
Justice Minister Alireza Avaei’s visit has been criticized because he’s faced EU sanctions for six years for his role in arbitrary arrests, denying prisoners’ rights, and increasing executions in Iran. Switzerland, which hosts a key U.N. office and the council, has also handed him economic sanctions — but not banned him from visiting.
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Protests Against U.N. Speech by Iran Regime's Minister, Implicated in Mass Executions

NCRI - The Iranian community in Switzerland, supporters of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), on Tuesday held a rally in front of the UN Headquarters in Geneva against Alireza Avaei, Justice Minster of the clerical regime, at the Human Rights Council.

Avaei has been directly implicated in the massacre of 30,000 political prisoners, the majority of whom were members and supporters of the main opposition movement, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), in 1988. He was a member of the Death Commission in Khuzestan Province that sent many political prisoners, including juveniles, to execution during the massacre.

Scores of families of victims of the 1988 massacre took part in Tuesday’s protest.

The Geneva protest continued for several hours despite the bitter cold weather. The protesters waved Iranian flags with the ‘lion and sun’ insignia.

AFP: Feb. 27, 2018.-Protests Against Presence of Iran Regime's Sanctioned Minister in U.N.

NCRI Submits a Complaint to the Swiss General Prosecutor Against Alireza Avaei

Appeal to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Human Rights Council must be a forum to investigate Avaei’s crimes
Simultaneous with arrival of the Iranian regime’s Minister of Justice, Alireza Avaei, in Switzerland on February 26, Marc Bonnant, a distinguished Swiss lawyer, submitted a complaint on behalf of the NCRI to the Swiss General Prosecutor, Michael Lauber, calling for prosecution of Avaei for crimes against humanity. Avaei was one of the officials involved in Massacre of political prisoners in 1988.

The complaint file that contains criminal records of Avaei states that welcoming him in Switzerland “profoundly contradicts morale and the rights” and “the Human Rights Council of the United Nations is wrongly welcoming him to speak ironically about the human rights.” The complaint goes on saying that Avaei’s record “has earned him financial sanctions within the European Union” and he is also on the Swiss blacklist for “human rights violations, arbitrary arrests, denial of the rights of prisoners and executions.”

The file also refers to Avaei’s role in the 1988 massacre of political prisoners in the western province of Khuzestan, including Dezful, and based on eyewitness accounts adds: “In conclusion of a thorough analysis, the massacres of political opponents perpetrated during the great wave of repression from the end of July 1988 to January 1989, must be legally classified as crimes against humanity within the meaning of art. 7 of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court of 1998, the content of which is reflected in Art. 264a CP.”

In the meantime, Mohammad Mohaddessin, Chair of the NCRI’s Foreign Affairs Committee, wrote to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, urging him to cancel Avaei’s intervention at the opening session of the Human Rights Council and said, this would remain “as a dark stain on the Council and would be considered as an affront against people of Iran in general and families of victims in particular.” He added, “It is now time to end offering important international forums on human rights to such criminals and instead take measures to hold them accountable and end their impunity. These forums must turn into bodies to investigate their crimes,” especially due to the fact that Avaei’s crimes has continued to date. As the Minister of Justice, he is directly or indirectly responsible for the arrest of at least 8000 people during the protests started on December 28, 2017, and killing of some 50 protesters in the streets or under torture.
Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
February26, 2018


Nikki Haley: The Human Rights Council should be ashamed to allow Avaei to address its membership

Press Release: Ambassador Haley on Iran Human Rights Violator Speaking at UN Human Rights Council

February 25, 2018

This week, Iran’s Minister of Justice, Seyyed Alireza Avaei, is set to address the UN Human Rights Council. Mr. Avaei is responsible for some of the worst human rights violations in Iran, including preventing political freedoms and promoting repression, violence, and extrajudicial killings of political prisoners.
“The Human Rights Council should be ashamed to allow Mr. Avaei to address its membership. Yet again the Council discredits itself by allowing serial human rights abusers to highjack its work and make a mockery of its mandate to promote universal human rights. This does nothing but reinforce the United States’ call for much needed reforms at the Council for it to be viewed as a good investment of our time and money,” said Ambassador Haley.

the Iranian regime’s Justice Minister Alireza Avaei,

The Iranian Resistance condemns in the strongest terms the planned trip by the Iranian regime’s Justice Minister Alireza Avaei, a perpetrator of the 1988 massacre, to Geneva to address the United Nations Human Rights Council. It calls for his speech to be cancelled and for Avaei to face arrest and prosecution for crimes against humanity.

OIAC strongly denounces the planned appearance at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) by Iranian Justice Minister Alireza Avaei,
We call on the United Nations Human Rights Council to resend its invitation to Avaei and urge it instead to consider rightful grievances of the 1988 massacre victims.”
— OIAC

the Iranian regime’s Justice Minister Alireza Avaei,

Ban Iran’s Justice Minister from addressing UN Human Rights Council over his role in crime against humanity in 1988 massacre

Families of the victims of the 1988 massacre are deeply concerned over the planned participation of the Iranian Justice Minister Alireza Avaei at the High-Level Segment of the 37th Session of the Human Rights Council on 27 February 2018.

Although Justice for the Victims of the 1988 Massacre in Iran (JVMI) feels that with its appalling human rights record no high-level delegate from the Islamic Republic of Iran should be welcome to address the HRC, Avaei’s attendance is far more disconcerting.

Avaei was Prosecutor-General and member of the 1988 Death Commission in Dezful, south-west Iran, that extra-legally sent large numbers of political prisoners to their death. At a civil society hearing in Geneva on 1 February 2018, survivors of the massacre and international human rights experts testified about the massacre which under the definition of the Rome Statute constituted a crime against humanity. Avaei’s name was repeatedly brought up over his role in the massacre.
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What Are Iran Regime's Criminals Doing in the UN Human Rights Council?

Two months have passed since Iran’s uprising. A revolt that continues to wreak havoc across the ruling regime in Iran. Senior officials, terrified of the consequences and awaiting punishments in the near future from the Iranian people, are busy pointing fingers at others for years of crimes and crackdown.

Two such examples vividly explain this reality.

The horrific murder of Iranian-Canadian photojournalist Zahra Kazemi has remained silent for years. She was arrested in Iran back in 2003 and murdered after horrific torture. Her body was not given to her family and buried by the authorities, while completely denying the murder. Reports indicate they splashed her body with acid to destroy any evidence of crimes.

Nearly 15 years later, Ali Younesi, former intelligence minister under Mohammad Khatami, acknowledges the fact that authorities murdered her. However, to deny any role for himself and the “reformist” Khatami he accused former Tehran public prosecutor Saeed Mortazavi as the main individual behind Kazemi’s death.
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Calls for Independent International Inquiry Into 1988 Massacre of Political Prisoners in Iran

Call for justice for the victims of the massacre of the political prisoners in 1988 in Iran

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Saturday, February 17, 2018

International Women's Day; Iran Uprising and the Role of Women



Maryam Rajavi

Maryam Rajavi: The Arisen and Combatant Women of Iran Are the Pivotal Force for Change

On the International Women's Day, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the Iranian Resistance, said women were at the center of the nationwide uprising in January 2018, which shook the regime of the mullahs to the core. She added the 39-year history of this regime is a history of suppression of Iranian women, and year after year, misogynist laws have been increased and repressive measures against women have been intensified. The smallest demands of women in this regime cannot be implemented, because the echo of each of these demands in the ear of the mullahs is the same as overthrowing the regime.

Mrs. Rajavi pointed out that the mullahs have deprived women of one of their most basic rights i.e. the right to choose clothing, and have imposed compulsory veiling on women as a means for general social clampdown.

She told the ruling mullahs that when you have tortured and executed tens of thousands of Mojahedin and other activist women, when you have taken away their most basic rights, then the Iranian woman has the right to overthrow the clerical regime. And this right will certainly be upheld. Overthrowing this regime is the right of Iranian woman. At the same time, it is her only way to achieve freedom and equality. As attested by the experience of the past 39 years, this regime has left no other method or means.

Ms. Rajavi said the Iranian uprising is not just for the overthrow of a political system; it is an uprising against religious fundamentalism. Women did not take to the streets to demand anything from the regime; they want to eliminate the clerical regime. Women have not risen up to demand only their own freedom; they have risen up to liberate the entire nation.



The President-elect of the Iranian Resistance added the present circumstances have provided the potential for continuing the protests, and women have a decisive role in shattering the atmosphere of fear, repression, and skepticism, as well as organizing the uprisings and spreading the protests.

According to Mrs. Rajavi, supporting the struggle against fundamentalism is the greatest project of this era for advocates of women's rights, and since the heart of this fundamentalism beats in Iran and under the clerical rule, supporting the Iranian people’s uprising, and especially the Iranian women, for the overthrow of the clerical regime is doubly important.

Mrs. Rajavi once again underscored the urgent demands of the Iranian people and the resistance, which she had raised in the Council of Europe on January 24, and called for immediate global action to release of the prisoners of the uprising, guarantee freedom of speech and assembly, and abolition of women’s suppression and the compulsory veil.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
March 8, 2018


The cry of distress of Iranian women, France must hear this day international women's rights 2018

It is this fight for light that Democrats around the world must support.
For International Women's Rights Day
Rama Yade  The Huffington Post, 8 March 2018 - CLICK HERE TO READhttps://english.mojahedin.org/newsen/61975/The-cry-of-distress-of-Iranian-women-France-must-hear-this-day-international-women's-rights-2018
International Women's Day; Iran Uprising and the Role of Women


Dignitaries from five continents participate in Paris Conference, entitled,“Women Force for Change, Iran Uprising and the Role of Women”

The NCRI President-elect Maryam Rajavi addressed a conference in Paris on Saturday, February 17, 2018. In her remarks to the conference entitled, “Women Force for Change, Iran uprising and the role of women,” she hailed Iran’s brave and freedom loving women who played their role in the struggle against fundamentalism, also women all around the world who resisted against dictatorship, fundamentalism and violence, particularly the women of Syria.

Maryam Rajavi said, “Iran’s uprising is not only for the overthrow of a political regime, but is a revolt against religious fundamentalism. This would be a blissful dawn not only for the people of Iran but for all the peoples of the region and the world.”

Maryam Rajavi said, “The day, when Iranian women destroy the entrenchments of fundamentalism in Iran, freedom and equality will have a leap forward all across the world. Therefore, supporting the Iranian people’s uprising against fundamentalism is the greatest project of our time for advocates of women’s rights. Any activity in defense of the arrested women, any effort to expose the torture of prisoners, and anything you do to compel your governments to severe relations with the clerical regime, is going to be very effective.”

A number of prominent women including political personalities, lawmakers, jurists, judges, mothers of martyrs and advocates of women’s rights from 23 countries in five continents participated in the conference.

Maryam Rajavi noted the pivotal role of women and youth in the uprising in January and said, “Women have not taken to the streets to demand anything from the regime; rather, they want to eliminate the clerical regime. Women have not risen up to demand only their own freedom; they have risen up to liberate the whole nation. As attested by the experience of the past 39 years, it is not possible to fulfill the most rudimentary demands of women under this regime, from abolition of the compulsory veil to the elimination of all forms of discrimination and inequality. Women did not benefit from the game of so-called reformists vs. hardliners. Women’s rights are not obtained unless by overthrow of the clerical regime. Regime change is the right of Iranian woman and the only way to achieve freedom and equality.”

Mrs. Rajavi said the mullahs’ aim in suppression of women, including the compulsory veil, is to obstruct their path and repress the society as a whole. She said, “Contrary to the mullahs’ claims, imposing the veil (Hijab) by compulsion is diametrically against Islam. Faith is based on one’s free choice and out of free will. Whenever the regime wants to politically suffocate the society, they launch a campaign to arrest women under the pretext of improper veiling.
Mojahedin women participated in the protest march against the compulsory veil in March 1979, although they wore the scarf, themselves.”

Mrs. Rajavi addressed women across Iran and said, “By shattering the atmosphere of fear, repression and disbelief, revive hope and courage in people and reinforce the power of youth in confronting suppression. To continue the uprising, women from all walks of life need to form the bastions of rebellion and the councils of resistance in every city and village.”

Short video clips on the role of women in the Iran uprising and theatrical performances in this meeting were enthusiastically received by the audience.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
February 17, 2018

Read the text of the Speech by Maryam Rajavi on the occasion of International Women’s Day  (Feb. 17, 2018)

Read the text of the Speech by Maryam Rajavi on the occasion of International Women’s Day
(Feb. 17, 2018)

Read the text of the Speech by Maryam Rajavi on the occasion of International Women’s Day  (Feb. 17, 2018)

Opposition leader: Women should assume role of furthering Iran uprising
By Shahin Gobadi

Special to Al Arabiya English, 18 February 2018 
Women played a key role in recent protests in Iran, taking to the streets to eliminate the clerical regime and to liberate the entire nation, said Maryam Rajavi, an Iranian opposition leader on Saturday. She added that this was “a goal that would certainly be realized”.

Read the text of the Speech by Maryam Rajavi on the occasion of International Women’s Day  (Feb. 17, 2018)

International Women’s Day In Paris: Women from Five Continents Gathers in Support of Iranian Women
by Sara Diamond

UK. Blasting News, Feb. 19, 2018 - International women day, support for Iranian resistance and Iran uprising

Read the text of the Speech by Maryam Rajavi on the occasion of International Women’s Day  (Feb. 17, 2018)



Read the text of the Speech by Maryam Rajavi on the occasion of International Women’s Day  (Feb. 17, 2018)
International Women's Day; Iran Uprising and the Role of Women

Friday, February 16, 2018

#Iranprotests-#NCRI:#Iran #spying using“#weaponised”#apps which are available on #Apple & #Google's online stores


Washington Examiner-Apple and Google are letting Iran's cyber surveillance go unchecked

For years, the Iranian regime has been struggling to rein-in access to Internet services because it knows full-well providing unharnessed access to the Internet will defeat its censorship machine. The mullahs ruling Iran had a first-hand experience of what the Internet can do in 2009, when images and videos of the regime’s brutality toward peaceful protesters were broadcast worldwide on social media networks.
And with the advent of secure, encrypted messaging applications, keeping tabs on and monitoring Internet traffic has become even harder for the state.


Iran's cyber warfare against its people must not stand
BY RAYMOND TANTER AND IVAN SASCHA SHEEHAN

The Hill, Feb. 23, 2018 - New cyber revelations from the People’s Mujahedeen of Iran (MEK), the Iranian opposition movement, about the scope of mass surveillance by the Iranian regime are significant. Why? They show the desperation of the Iranian regime in confronting the uprising that began nationwide last December and has continued to this day.
Anti-government protesters  chanted slogans indicative of a revolution: “Death to the dictator,” “Death to (Supreme Leader) Khamenei”, “Death to (Hassan) Rouhani,” “Don’t be afraid, we are all together,” “Forget about Syria, think about us,” “Not Gaza, nor Lebanon, my life for Iran,” and “Reformer, Hardline, the Game Is Now Over.”
The fact that protests expanded to over 140 cities, by some estimates, constitutes an existential threat to the regime and an opportunity to use the people’s resentment as leverage against it. The Obama administration squandered valuable opportunities in the past — most notably during the 2009 anti-government protests in Iran.
Only when the Iranian regime employed cyber technology was it able to slow down the spread of the protests and wage large numbers of arrests.
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Iran Regime Increases Cyber Attacks on Australian Universities
Many Australian universities have been targeted by Iranian hackers in recent months, according to cyber security firm Crowd Strike in their 2018 Global Threat Report, and these attacks are now being investigated.
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SPY APP PROBE: Google launches full investigation into claims Iran is spying on millions of Brits using ‘weaponized’ phone apps

SPY APP PROBE: Google launches full investigation into claims Iran is spying on millions of Brits using ‘weaponized’ phone apps

By Mark Hodge

The Sun, 16th February 2018 - GOOGLE has launched a full investigation into claims Iran could be spying on Brits and Americans using 'weaponized' apps.
The Sun Online exclusively revealed yesterday how the Iranian regime has created its own messaging apps which are available on the search giant's online store.

Mobogram is allegedly spyware enabled and is available to download on Google

Mobogram is allegedly spyware enabled and is available to download on Google's online store and Apple's App store

According to an explosive report, the apps - also available from Apple's App store - are spyware-enabled to help Iranians hunt down anti-government protesters in the country.
A Google spokesman confirmed a probe has been launched.
He said: 'We always take feedback from the community seriously and are currently investigating the situation. While we don’t comment on specific apps, our Google Play policies are designed to provide a great experience for users.'
The most popular of these applications is called Mobogram, which is used by millions of Iranians and is available to download by westerners on Apple’s App Store.
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On 2.15.2018  the Iranian resistance office in  Washington D.C held a press conference on cyber repression in Iran, and introduced a new publication released by the name:

"Iran: Cyber Repression: How the IRGC Uses Cyberwarfare to Preserve the Theocracy"

Following is an explosive new report claims the spyware-enabled messaging apps, used by the evil regime, are being used by Iranian expats in the West to communicate with their relatives in the troubled country:

Iran: Cyber Repression: How the IRGC Uses Cyberwarfare to Preserve the Theocracy"

Iran devising apps for ‘mass surveillance’ of regime opponents: Report
By Guy Taylor

The Washington Times, February 15, 2018 - Iran’s intelligence services have “significantly accelerated” spying on their own citizens in the wake of the recent anti-regime protests that rocked the nation, according to an extensive new investigation being released Thursday by a leading Iranian exile dissident group.
The Paris-based National Council of Resistance of Iran ( NCRI ) claims the country’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps  and Ministry of Intelligence and Security are engaging in “mass surveillance” of protesters and dissidents, employing a web of state-produced mobile phone applications.
The report by NCRI, which fiercely opposed the regime in Tehran but has a record of exposing military and other internal workings of the government, contends that the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has spread its spyware so successfully that “millions of users” outside Iran could be exposed to it.
Thursday’s report claimed an “internal network” of sources tied to the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran or MEK — the principal member of the NCRI — has uncovered the regime’s use of “mass surveillance through malicious codes embedded in IRGC mobile apps to actively disrupt the communication of protesters and dissidents.”
“IRGC front companies are developing spyware-enabled apps for cyber-surveillance and repression,” the report said. Some of the apps have succeeded in penetrating platforms promoted by Google and Apple, and are tied to Telegram — the globally popular, cloud-based instant messaging service that was heavily used by demonstrators in the recent round of street protests.
“Through front companies, such as Hanista, the IRGC has created apps such as Mobogram, an unofficial Telegram fork,” the report claimed. “Ironically, some of these spyware-enabled apps are available on Google Play, Apple Store, and GitHub, potentially exposing millions of users worldwide to the IRGC’s spyware and surveillance activities.”
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NCRI: Iran spying on MILLIONS worldwide using ‘military-made apps on iTunes and Google'
By Henry Holloway

CYBER WARFARE: Iranian opposition group have alleged Tehran is using military-made apps to spy
Daily Star-15th February 2018- Tehran’s elite military wing the Revolutionary Guard (IRGC) is accused of being behind a huge cyberwarfare empire being used to police its own people.
This comes in the wake of huge protests across Iran as thousands in 142 cities call for the overthrow of the Islamic regime – which celebrated its 39th anniversary on Sunday.
Campaigners from the National Council of Resistance of Iran( NCRI ) have now laid out the scope of Iran’s cyber-developing capabilities.
Published today, the damning repot Iran: Cyber Repression accused the IRGC of developing apps which are unwittingly installed on people’s phones and then used as spying tools.
NCRI alleges these Iranian military-developed apps have also found their way onto iTunes, Google and Github – exposing “millions of users worldwide to the IRGC’s spyware and surveillance”.
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