Samstag, 22. September 2012
USA: Mudschahidin keine terroristische Vereinigung mehr Euronews: Die USA haben die iranische Oppositionsbewegung Modschahedin–e Chalgh, auch Volksmudschahidin genannt, von ihrer Liste der terroristischen Vereinigungen gestrichen. Washington folgte damit der Europäischen Union, die die Gruppe bereits im Jahr 2009 aus ihrem Verzeichnis getilgt hatte. Die Organisation kämpfte gegen die Herrschaft des persischen Schah und nach der iranischen Revolution von 1979 gegen die islamische Führung des Landes. 2003 hatten die Mitglieder ihre Entwaffnung erklärt. Die Organisation soll nun ihre Basis im irakischen Camp Ashraf verlassen und auf einen ehemaligen amerikanischen Militärstützpunkt in Bagdad umziehen. Im Irak hatte die Bewegung bereits unter Saddam Hussein Unterschlupf gefunden.
Sonntag, 9. September 2012
Samstag, 8. September 2012
http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/gholamreza-khosravi.html Petition Background (Preamble): Death Sentence Of Political Prisoner Gholamreza Khosravi Savadjani Has Been Upheld By persianbanoo Branch 31 of the Supreme Court has sentenced Gholamreza Khosravi Savadjani, a political prisoner incarcerated in Evin prison, to death. On April 21, 2012, Branch 31 of the Supreme Court upheld the death sentence of political prisoner Gholamreza Khosravi and forwarded the death sentence to the Enforcement Division. According to human rights reports, on March 7, 2012, Khosravi’s case No. 9009980002013634, carrying a death sentence, was forwarded to Branch 31 of the Supreme Court. This sentence was upheld jointly by the head of the Brach Mr. Jafari & by a Mr. Tabatabaei. This former 80′s political prisoner, was arrested in 2006 on charges of donating money to an opposition satellite TV station. In 2007, he was tried in a Court in Rafsanjan on charges of espionage and donating money to Mojahedin Khalgh Organization and was sentenced to three years in prison plus three years suspended sentence. According to reports by the Human Rights and Democracy Activists, this sentence was objected to by the Intelligence Ministry and therefore it was changed to six years in prison. Upon additional charges pressed by the Defense Ministry, the case of this political prisoner entered a new phase, and after a one year incarceration in Intelligence Ministry’s solitary confinement, he was transferred to the Defense Ministry’s prison 64. After going through long periods of interrogations, he was put on trial in Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court presided by Judge Pirabbasi, on charges of Moharebeh (Enmity against God). Judge Pirabbasi ruled the charges beyond the scope of his court’s jurisdiction. The ruling issued by Branch 26 was overturned by the Supreme Court, and the case was returned to the same court for retrial, which resulted in a death sentence issued in 2010. This last verdict was also overturned by the Supreme Court and sent back to Branch 26 in November of 2011 for retrial, which ultimately resulted in a death sentence for the defendant. It must be noted that Gholamreza Khosravi was incarcerated in solitary confinement in Ward 240 of Evin prison during this entire time, in addition to the solitary confinements in Kerman prison and the Defense Ministry’s prison 64.
Samstag, 1. September 2012
Iranian American Community of Northern California: Bi-Partisan Panel lauds Iranian dissidents in Iraq, urges Secretary Clinton to de-list the Iranian opposition, MeK, and ensure the peaceful resettlement of all Camp Ashraf residents in third countries PR Newswire WASHINGTON, Aug. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In a symposium at the historic Willard Intercontinental Hotel on Saturday, former senior U.S. officials urged the State Department to delist the main Iranian opposition group, the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MeK), and protect its members in Camps Ashraf and Liberty in Iraq. In his opening remarks, former Congressman Patrick Kennedy made a reference to the 6th group of 400 of the residents of Camp Ashraf who were preparing to go to Camp Liberty from Ashraf: "As the sixth convoy leaves and because of the leadership and good will gesture of Madam Rajavi, it's appropriate that we call on the Iraqi government, that we call on the United Nations and Mr. Kobler to finally do the right thing and that's honor the humanitarian issues that have been pointed out in the Memorandum of Understanding." General James Jones, President Obama's former National Security Advisor, and former Commander, Supreme Allied Command-Europe, who could not attend the conference, said in a written message, "The right thing to do, the humanitarian thing to do, is for the United States to remove the terrorist listing currently ascribed to the people of Camp Ashraf and Camp Liberty, and to champion a program of third country repatriation as soon as possible." Former Attorney General Michael Mukasey described Secretary Clinton's linkage of cooperation in the closure of Ashraf and the de-listing of the MeK as being "completely lawless, because it's got nothing to do with standards under the statute." He added, "The continued listing of MeK is the main obstacle to resettlement and the MeK has done all in its power to comply with even the irrelevant demand that Ashraf be closed. Enough is enough." Judges Mukasey concluded that the residents of Camp Ashraf "have already put their lives on the line yet again by trying to organize yet another convey and have been frustrated in that effort; it is not time to urge further accommodation by the residents, it is time to urge common sense on the State Department." Former CIA Director Porter Goss added, "My job is to find terrorists…We looked at Camp Ashraf but we didn't find any… Nobody has been able to find any; we sent the FBI, we sent the military." Former New York Senator Alfonse D'Amato agreed, "MeK has been the sworn enemy of the corrupt Mullahs who are there now. Let's make them our friend… Let's bring down terrorism." Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert said the focus should be to make sure that MeK is de-listed. "If that happens, it takes away the issue of Ashraf. It takes away the issue of Camp Liberty and gives people the opportunity to be repatriated to a country of their choice." As to the impact of the voice of Congress so far, Mr. Hastert said, "I think it puts the State Department in a tenuous situation in the reticence that they've had in not de-listing the MeK. If the State Department doesn't do its job, Congress can withhold part of the funding for the State Department." "What is not difficult," former Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, said "is this question of de-listing MeK… From a justice perspective, it would appear to be the only thing that we could do." Gov. Ritter added, "After watching the promises made in 2003 to the residents of Camp Ashraf, not just by the United States Government and the United Nations, but by the international community, in many respects those have been really unilaterally broken." "This notion of transferring from Ashraf to Liberty and that it would be in a sense a transition, for the American people a transition from one place to a worse place on your way to a better place is not a just transition," he added. Former Coalition Forces Commander in Afghanistan Gen. Dan McNeill, said, "A nuclear weapons capable Iran with its present government would be a traumatically destabilizing factor for not just the Gulf but for a greater reason. Where does it stop?" General McNeill added, "I do advocate replacing such a repressive government, by plebiscite and popular demand, it would fair far better. It would also set an example for others in the region." "When I talk to the State Department, they say, oh, these are the MeK, as if somehow or other they're terrorists. Well, prove it. The court compelled you to prove it and I sat in that court hearing room. And I didn't hear anything. Where is the proof? I heard nothing from my friends in the Department. I keep asking the Treasury Department, where is the proof? I get no answer from the Treasury Department. I asked the Justice Department, where is the proof that this is a terrorist organization? I can't even get the benefit of a reply," noted former senior White House advisor Ambassador Marc Ginsberg. SOURCE Iranian-American Community of Northern California