Dear Friends,

I wish you all a very happy new year, full of health, happiness and success. I hope this will the year for the overthrow of the Islamic Regime by the Iranian people, and that we will celebrate 2012 in a free and democratic Iran.

While we are celebrating the New Year with our family, friends and loved ones let’s remember those who are no longer with us to celebrate the new year including Ali Saremi, Farzad Kamangar, Shirin Alamhooli, Akbar Siadat, Farhad Vakili, Hassan Hekmat Demir, Ehsan Fatahiyan, Fasih Yasamini, Ali Heydariyan and hundreds of other freedom fighters who were murdered by the Islamic Regime in the past year.

Also let’s take a moment to remember their families, all political prisoners in Iran and elsewhere in the world, and their families who must enter the new year away from their loved ones.

In hopes of a wonderful new year for all.

Happy 2011


On Saturday December 25th 2010 I attended a protest in Toronto which was organized by the Committee for Defence of Political Prisoners in Iran, to protest against the death sentence of a Kurdish student activist Habibollah Latifi who was scheduled to be executed on Sunday December 26th by the Islamic Regime in Iran.

After about 10 minutes of listening to slogans that were being chanted by a woman who had taken upon herself to lead the slogan chanting, I left the protest in disgust. Given that we are dealing with a Regime that has systematically arrested, tortured, raped and executed its opponents for the past 31 years it seemed absurd to use such slogans as “We ask the Islamic Regime to free political prisoners, or to stop the execution of Habibollah Latifi.” There were no slogans what so ever advocating a change of government or change of system, it almost seemed like they were staying away from these types of slogans on purpose.

This protest got me thinking about an important issue, what should our slogans be during demonstrations against the Islamic Regime?

On December 10th 2010 a number of activists gathered in front of the Islamic Regime Embassy in Germany and protested against the violations of the human rights committed by the Islamic Regime. The protestors carried many banners with various slogans, including the slogan “ Sarnegun bad Jomhuriye Islami” roughly translated to “Islamic Regime must be overthrown”. Embassy workers complained to the police about this specific slogan which they had found offensive and asked the police to force the protestors to remove this slogans. The police intervened and tried to forcefully remove the banner, and a struggle ensued between the protestors and the police which can be seen in this video. What was most interesting about this was the fact that the ONLY slogan the Regime agents were concerned about and afraid of was the one related to the overthrow of the Islamic Regime!

After the June 2009 [s]election millions of Iranians took to the streets and the most prominent and wide spread slogan used by the Iranians became “Independence, freedom, IRANIAN Republic.” This was a clear message to the Regime that Iranians no longer wanted an Islamic Regime and an Islamic Republic. The Regime felt so threatened by this slogan that even the so called opposition leader Mousavi came out and said people’s slogan must be “Islamic Republic, not one word more and not one word less.”


These are just two examples of effectiveness of clear anti-Regime slogans. Most of us have experienced at one time or another Regime lobbyists and reformists, disguised as activists trying to prevent activists from chanting anti-regime slogans during protests and instead encouraging either “silent protests” or protests with neutral slogans which do not attack the Regime directly.

On Tuesday morning Ali Saremi, an Iranian activist was executed by the Regime. Mr. Saremi was a long term activist who had spent more than 20 years of his life in Islamic Regime prisons before being executed. He was not fighting for reform, he was not fighting for human rights alone, he was fighting to change the Regime.

Habibollah Latifi, the young Kurdish student activist has been in prison for three years, way before the 2009 [s]elections and way before the concept of Mousavi’s reform became an issue in Iran. Again these are only two examples among thousands in Iran.

Is it not our job and duty as activists living in free countries, to at the very least follow in the path of these individuals and promote and demand total and absolute change of government, which is the only way to help stop arbitrary arrests, torture, rape and executions in Iran? What is the point of organizing a protest in honour of Mr. Saberi for example, but not shouting the slogans he lived and died for?

In the past year we’ve seen the increase in arrests, torture and execution of activists in Iran. This is the time of rape, torture and execution in Iran. This is NOT the time to be politically correct or a time to appease Regime lobbyists and reformists disguised as activists.

This is the time to be firm, to know where we have to stand in order to be effective and make a difference, and to stand firm on that path. This is the time for slogans that demand total and complete change of government. Nothing less is acceptable.

Down with the Islamic Regime
Long Live Freedom in Iran


According to news report from Abdullah Mohtadi the secretary general of the Komale Party OF Iranain Kurdistan the arrests in Kurdistan continues and at least 31 activists have been arrested.

The lives of these individuals may very well be in danger and it is believed that the Regime is preparing for a wave of false televised confessions obtained under torture, long prison terms and execution for Kurdish activists.

According to other news from Sne News a Kurdish student activit Dalir Eskandari who was summoned to the Ministry of Intelligence in Kurdistan this morning has not been heard of since.

Furthermore three members of Mr. Habibollah Latifi’s family his father and two sisters have been released from custody.

Down with the Islamic Regime in Iran
Long Live Freedom in Iran

Sources:
Abdullah Mohtadi

Sne News


According to news reports from “Human Rights and Democracy Activists in Iran” Mr. Ali Saremi (63) a political prisoner was executed this morning (Tehran time) in the notorious Evin Prison.

Mr. Saremi had spent more than 20 years in Islamic Regime prisons, subjected to brutal torture and solitary confinement for months after each arrest after which he was sentenced to long prison terms. Throughout the arrests, torture, solitary confinement and imprisonment he never gave up on his ideals and beliefs and continued to fight against the Regime.

He was last arrested in 2007 for participating and giving a speech in the 19th memorial of the mass execution of political prisoners in 1988. After three years of pre-trial custody he was sentenced to death.

According to further news from “Human Rights and Democracy Activists in Iran” the family of Mr. Saremi including his wife and daughter along with tens of activists had gathered n front of the Evin Prison from the night before demanding to see him, however they were not given permission. After the execution was carried out Mr. Saremi’s family and activists started protesting against the Regime, which resulted in the arrest of large number of the protestors including: Ms. Mahin Saremi and Ms. Pouya Saremi (Mr. Saremi’s wife and daughter) Ms. Mahbube Mansour, Mr. Hadi Mansouri and Mr. Akbar Sanjari as well as many unidentified protestors.

Despite the arrests and threats by the security forces there is still a large number of people who have gathered in front of the Evin Prison.

Another political prisoner Mr. Akbar Siadat who had been charged with “spying for Israel” was also executed at the Evin Prison yesterday.

My condolences go out to the families and friends of Mr. Saremi and Mr. Siadat as well as to the Iranian nation who has lost two brave men at the hands of the Islamic Regime.

Down with the Islamic Regime in Iran
Long Live Freedom in Iran

Source: Human Rights and Democracy Activists in Iran


At least 20 Kurdish activists including Habibollah Latifi’s family members have been arrested in the last day by security forces in Sanandaj.

Last Night 20 Kurdish activists were arrested in the city of Sanandaj and were taken to unknown locations. Those arrested include: Mr. Pedram Nasrollahi, Mr. Hashem Rostami, Mr. Zahed Mradiyan, Mr. Mahmood Mahmoodi, Mr. Saeed Saedi, Mr. Hamid Malek Alklami, Ms. Simin Chayichi, Mr. Vahed Majidi, Mr. Jian Zafari, Mr. Abbas Latifi, father of Habibollah Latifi, Three of Habibollah's brothers, Three of Habibollah's sisters, the wife of Habib’s brother and five other activists, at least one of them a woman. Also there is news that Mr. Mokhtar Zarei a student activist has also disappeared.

According to reliable news coming from Iran close to 50 security forces attacked the residence of Habibollah Latifi’s family and by using force and pepper spray arrested Mr. Latifi’s family members and other activists who were present in their home at the time. The only family member that was not arrested was Mr. Latifi’s 10 year old sister Bahareh.

Further according to Sene News, Afshin Sheykhol-Eslami, Yahya Ghavami two former political prisoners and Hiva Masoudi have “disappeared.”

According to news from Campaign in Support of Political and Social Prisoners the internet in the city of Sanandaj and surrounding cities has slowed down to the point where it is impossible so send any files through email. Security forces can be seen all around the city of Sanandaj in order to stop any further protests, however activists have still gathered in front of the Court and the Sanandaj Prison demanding to obtain information about those recently arrested.

It is clear from this recent wave of arrests in Sanandaj that the Regime is once again trying create an atmosphere of fear and terror among Kurdish activists in response to the large protest in support of Habibollah Latifi in front of the Sanandaj Prison Saturday night.

Habibollah Latifi a 29 year old Kurdish student and activist was scheduled to be executed early Sunday morning because of his political views and activities. Along with wide spread international campaigns, the brave people of Sanandaj were able to prevent the Regime from carrying out the execution by gathering in large numbers in front of the Central Sanandaj Prison and protesting.

It must be noted that although the execution of Habibollah Latifi was not carried out Sunday morning, the death sentence is still in effect and can be carried out at any moment.

Now there is further concern for the safety and well being of Mr. Latifi’s family and all other activists who have been arrested in the past day.

I urge all human rights organizations, activists and international organizations to continue the campaign to save Mr. Latifi and support his family and other Kurdish activists who have been recently arrested.

Down with the Islamic Regime in Iran
Long Live Freedom in Iran

Sources:

http://www.snanews4.blogfa.com/
http://parsdailynews.com/76470.htm
http://kampain89.blogfa.com/post-71.aspx


Last night, the security forces raided the house of death row Kurdish political prisoner Habibollah Latifi and detained 8 of his family members On Sunday night, the security forces raided the house of Habibollah Latifi and detained his family after searching the house. His 3 sisters, 3 brothers, father and sister in law are among the detainees.

There has been no information as to the reason for the arrests but there are concerns since the arrests have taken place after the execution was halted.

The execution which was opposed by many activists was not carried out yesterday after the sit-in of his family and a group of people next to prison.

The head of the prison had told his family that they would be able to visit him upon the resume of office hours.

Habibollah Latifi was arrested on October 21, 2007 and was tortured for four months in solitary confinement. On June 30, 2008, has was sentenced to death during a short court session which was held at the first branch of the Sanandaj Revolutionary Court presided by Judje Hasan Babai in the absence of any family members.

He was convicted of crimes against national security and Moharebeh (waging war against God) based on Verse 33 of Maedeh (Quaran), first, third, and fifth chapter of the Imam Khomeini’s book (Tahrirol masael) as well as codes 183, 186, 190 and 191of Islamic penal code.

Following his objection to the unlawful verdict, on January 29, 2009, the sentence was upheld by the appeals court. After the transfer of this case to the Supreme Court, the sentence was once again upheld on April 5, 2009 and he is currently being held at Sanandaj prison.


Source: RAHANA


Three days of national and international campaign ended with a great victory tonight when we all received the news that the execution of Habibollah Latifi, a young Kurdish Iranian activist was not carried out as scheduled by the Islamic Regime.

According to news from various human rights activists in Iran, hundreds of activists, and families of political prisoners joined the Latifi family in front of the central Sanandaj Prison, and protested against the execution of Mr. Latifi.

While there was also a strong international campaign in support of Mr. Latifi, I strongly believe that it was the presence of brave people of Sanandaj in front of the prison that forced the Regime to back down and not carry out the execution.

This has been a great victory for us all, and although we should all take a moment to enjoy and celebrate our victory, let us not forget the fact that the death sentence for Mr. Latifi is still in effect and can be carried out at any time. Let us also remember that at least 16 other Kurdish activists are currently awaiting execution, and so the campaigns need to continue.

Let us also remember that while the execution of Mr. Latifi has been temporarily halted, there is only one way to make sure Habib’s are not executed for their political beliefs, the only way is total and complete Regime change. Tonight people of Sanandaj gave a clear example that they have the power to force the Regime to back down, this is a great sign of hope for all of us. I hope this movement that started tonight in Sanandaj will continue and spread to other cities in Iran. That is the only way to permanently stop the Regime from committing its atrocities.

I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas, and encourage everyone to take a moment to celebrate our victory, then we can go back to working hard and making sure there are many more victories such as this one.

My thoughts are with Habib and his family tonight.

Down With the Islamic Regime in Iran
Long Live Freedom in Iran


Today a number of activists in Toronto gathered at the Mel Lastman Square in solidarity with Habibollah Laitif, a Kurdish Iranian activist who is set to be executed Sunday morning Iran time, in the central Sanandaj Prison. Habibollah is a 29 year old activist who was sentenced to death after an unfair "trial" and after being subjected to brutal torture for months, in order to force a false confession from him.

According to news from Iran currently activists have gathered in front of the Central Sanandaj Prison in Iran, protesting against the execution of Mr. Latifi.

Down with the Islamic Regime in Iran

Long Live Freedom in Iran


I want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and happy holidays. While we are celebrating this joyous time of the year with our family, friends and loved ones, please let’s remember those who are less fortunate both in Canada and other countries.

Let’s keep Habibollah Latifi, a young Kurdish activist who is set to be executed Sunday morning Iran time for his political beliefs and activities in our hearts and minds. Perhaps we may not be able to stop the execution, but we must try. In the face of this injustice we must try to become part of the solution rather than staying silent and remaining part of the problem.

Today I keep in my mind and heart all political prisoners and their families, families of those who have lost their loved ones at the hands of the Islamic Regime and of course Habibollah Latifi.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

Down with the Islamic Regime
Long Live Freedom in Iran


According to news received from Habbibolah Latifi’s lawyer Mr. Nikbakht, Mr. Latifi is set to be executed on Sunday December 26th 2010 in Sanandaj Prison, in Iran.

Habibollah Latifi is a 29 years old Kurdish activist who was majoring in engineering in Eylam University when he was arrested on October 23rd 2007 in the city of Sanandaj. Mr. Latifi was charged with “endangering state security” and was brutally tortured in order to force a confession from him. Eight months after his arrest he was sentenced to death by the “Revolutionary Court” in the city of Sanandaj and the death sentence was upheld by the “Court of Appeal” in Sanandaj in February of 2009. Mr. Latifi’s full biography can be found here.

The Islamic Regime in Iran has shown in the past year that it will not hesitate in executing political activist and has in fact, since November of 2009, executed at least 7 Kurdish political activists, including Ehsan Fatahiyan, Fasih Yasamini, Farzad Kamangar, Farhad Vakili, Hassan Hekmat Demir, Ali Heydariyan and Ms. Shirin Alamhooli.

The Danger to Mr. Latifi’s life is imminent and we may only have a few days to raise our voice against yet another atrocity which will be committed by the Islamic Regime. I am urging all human rights activist, human rights organizations and the governments of democratic countries to raise their voice against this injustice and help save the life of Mr. Latifi whose crime is standing up and fighting against injustice.

Being Christmas season I appreciate that disseminating this news and taking action will be more difficult however I urge everyone to please help save the life of this young man.

Down with the Islamic Regime in Iran
Long Live Freedom in Iran

IRAN: TIME FOR REGIME CHANGE
For the world and the Iranians themselves, it is the only solution



The world has known for some time that Iran is committed to acquiring nuclear weapons, despite the fact that this is an illegal pursuit according to international law. This combined with Ali Akbar Salehi, the regime’s atomic chief’s recent announcement that Iran has produced a first batch of yellowcake uranium and is self sufficient in the entire nuclear field cycle, should be of great concern to the international community.

The Islamic Regime in Iran has been a threat to the stability of the Middle East for years, in particular with its financial support for terrorist organizations such as Hezbollah and Hamas. This threat has been further expanded by Ahmadinejads’ denial of the Holocaust, his statement that” Israel should be wiped off the world map” as well as the regime’s strong influence in certain parts of Iraq. One can only imagine how a nuclear Iran would pose a serious threat not only to an already unstable Middle East, but also to Europe and the West, including Canada.

The recent revelations by WikiLeaks have confirmed what many of us suspected: Iran's very own neighbors, the Arab States, have pointed the finger at Iran - not Israel, contrary to what so many so-called experts have been telling us - as their main threat and worry. They are right to do so.

While the international community should be seriously concerned about and focus on the nuclear issue, this should not be at the expense of the grave human rights violations in Iran.

For the past 31 years the regime has silenced the voices of opposition by using brutal force, by arbitrarily arresting dissidents, torturing, raping and executing them. The systematic human rights violations in Iran are not only geared towards dissidents, but also towards all religious and ethnic minorities, women, students, workers, journalists, lawyers and teachers to name a few groups.

Another group of individuals who are targeted are homosexual. Persecution of homosexuals in Iran came to light in July of 2005 when two young men aged 16 and 18 were executed in the city of Mashad on charges of homosexuality, and that persecution continues today.

The medieval practice of stoning is still being practiced by the Islamic Regime and there are currently tens of women who are facing execution by stoning in Iran. Sakineh Ashtiani is one of these women, who became well known after an international campaign to halt her execution received worldwide attention.

The human rights violations committed by the Regime have also reached Iranian/Canadians who choose to visit Iran. In 2003 Zahra Kazemi, a freelance photographer was arrested in front of the notorious Evin Prison while taking pictures of the families of political prisoners who had gathered in front of the prison. Ms. Kazemi was tortured and raped in prison, and died in custody as a result of injuries she had sustained during torture.

Most recently Saeed Malekpour an Iranian born Canadian resident was sentenced to death on charges of taking action against national security by designing and moderating adult content websites," as well as "agitation against the regime" and "insulting the sanctity of Islam." In an open letter to prison officials Mr. Malekpour stated that he had been tortured in order to make false confessions. This is not out of ordinary as prisoners in Iran are systematically tortured to make false confessions or/and to create an atmosphere of fear and terror to prevent further dissent against the government.


While the regime has been committing gross human rights violations against the Iranian people for the past 31 years, the international community was finally able to see the extent of these violations and the brutality of the regime in the aftermath of the June 2009 [s]elections.

The dissent against the regime is growing on the home front as is the concern of the international community over the nuclear issues. There is only one viable solution to the danger posed by the regime in Iran, the overthrow of the Islamic Regime by the Iranian people and the implementation of a secular and democratic government elected by the people.

Canada has already shown a leadership role when it comes to both the human rights and the nuclear issue in Iran, and can continue to be a great force in helping the Iranian people achieve their goal for a free, secular and democratic Iran. Canada has condemned human rights violations committed by the regime on an international level, as well as actively promoting and supporting smart sanctions against the regime including oil sanctions.

Canada needs to continue to symbolically support the pro-democracy movement in Iran by condemning all human right violations committed by the regime on the international level. It also should push and petition for smart sanctions, particularly oil sanctions which will have a crippling effect on the Regime.

Oil sanctions imposed by the international community will serve to cut off approximately 85% of the regime’s revenue; this along with the growing dissent at home can be a realistic and viable way for the removal of the threat of the Islamic Regime from the Middle East.

Iran is a great country, heir to a great civilization. It has so much to offer to Iranians themselves and to the world. Close to 70% of Iran’s population is under the age of 30, smart, educated, worldly, open and forward-looking - everything their Islamist leaders are not. Iranians deserve better than the ayatollahs repressing them now. As Canadians, it is our duty to help them in any way we can.

Down with Islamic Regime in Iran
Long Live Freedom in Iran

Sayeh Hassan
Barrister & Solicitor


When I started my blog almost four years ago I decided to call it “Shiro-Khorshid Forever” (Lion and Sun Forever), because of the unifying aspect of the Lion and Sun Flag. One of the first things the Islamic Regime did after coming to power was to change the symbols of our national flag (Lion and Sun) and replace it with Arabic Symbols in an attempt to strip us of our history and nationality.

The Regime was not successful in its quest, and 31 years later Iranians from almost all political fractions including monarchists to modern leftist groups to those who support a republic to armed opposition groups such as the MKO all unite under this flag. All these groups and organizations may have different beliefs and ideologies which divide them, but the Lion and Sun, this unifying symbol always brings them together under one umbrella.

It is exactly this unifying aspect of the Lion and Sun which has instilled great fear in the heart of the Regime. It is this unifying aspect which has caused former Regime Agents turned “activists” to attack our flag, our history and to try to cause a division within the real opposition.

Today I had the pleasure of listening to a short speech by Roozbeh Farahanipour, the founder and the Executive Director of the Marzeporgohar Party (Glorious Frontiers Party) which sums up my sentiments on the Lion and Sun Flag very well. I invite everyone to listen and hopefully enjoy it as much as I did.

Lion and Sun Flag, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Down with the Islamic Regime in Iran

Long Live Freedom in Iran


While there are hundreds of political prisoners and non-political prisoners in Iran who are awaiting execution, these days the focus has been shifted on only one person, leaving everyone else, especially political prisoners far behind.

While it may be easier and more politically correct to jump on a single popular band wagon, I think it is crucial for us to keep in mind the fact that these hundreds (if not more) prisoners and in particular political prisoners are at risk of imminent execution. This is especially so because while all eyes are on the campaign for Ms. Sakineh Ashtinani, it is much easier for the Regime to execute other political prisoners without having to worry about a negative reaction from the international community.

As a pro-democracy activist I see it as my duty to remind everyone that there are many political prisoners who could use the help of the international campaigns, and if we remain silent today, tomorrow might be too late. In the past year alone at least 6 Kurdish political prisoners Ehsan Fatahiyan, Farzad Kamangar, Shirin Alam Holi, Fasih Yasamini, Ali Heydariyan and Farhad Vakili have been executed by the Islamic Regime.

Currently there are at least 19 Kurdish prisoners who are currently awaiting execution. Let’s remember them.

1. Ms. Zeynab Jalaliyan

2. Habibollah Latifi

3. Habibollah Golparipour

4. Shirkuh Moarefi

5. Ramezan Ahmad

6. Farha Chalesh

7. Rostam Arkiya

8. Rashid Akhkandi

9. Ali Heydar

10. Hossein Khazari

11. Aziz Mohammadzadeh

12. Sami Hosseini

13. Jamal Mohammadi

14. Hassan Talei

15. Ahmad Pouladkhani

16. Mostafa Salimi

17. Iraj Mohammadi

18. Anvar Rostami

19. Mohammad Amin Aghooshi

Down with the Islamic Regime in Iran
Long Live Freedom in Iran

I came across a very amusing news article titled “Iran Warns Against Canada Travel” in Press TV website today. As many of my readers may be aware Press TV is closely linked to the Islamic Regime and follows and carries out the Regime propaganda.

I found the article amusing because a government like Islamic Regime which is a government of fear, terror, imprisonment, rape, torture and murder is criticizing Canada and the Canadian Government. The article among other things states “Many Muslims, particularly Iranians, are deprived of their social and political rights and Canadian police have proved to be incapable of following the cases filed by Iranians residing in Canada, the statement added.”

As a lawyer I have the opportunity to witness democracy and Justice in the Canadian courtrooms everyday and feel fortunate to be living in a country with due process, right to legal counsel, right to be free from unreasonable search and seizure, right to remain silent and so many other rights which does not exist within the Islamic Regime’s so called “judicial system.”

The irony of this article is that if the Canadian Embassy in Tehran decided to give out visa’s to ordinary Iranians they would be flocking to the Embassy, as many Iranians are eager to get out of Iran which has become a big prison for most Iranians.

This article is not to be taken seriously because it is SERIOUSLY OBSURD, I wonder what will be next, Saudi Arabia criticizing women’s rights in Canada?

Down with the Islamic Regime in Iran
Long Live Freedom in Iran


Last year on this day Ehsan Fatahiyan a Kurdish political activist in Iran was executed by Islamic Regime officials. Ehsan spent 18 months in prison before his execution and was subjected to torture for many months in order to force a false confession from him, however he never confessed. He had originally been sentenced to 10 years of imprisonment on the charges of being a “mohareb” (enemy of god) however; on appeal the death sentence was imposed.

Days before his execution a global campaign was started to stop his execution, thousands of signatures were gathered only in a few days, and people from all walks of life came together in an attempt to stop his execution. Unfortunately the campaign was not successful and on November 11, 2009 the execution was carried out in the central Sanandaj Prison.

Today I honour Ehsan’s memory as well as the memory of all Iranian freedom fighters that in one way or another have stood up against the Islamic Regime and have fought for an Iran where all Iranians regardless of their ethnicity, religion, sex or sexual orientation can live in peace and harmony.

Today I stand in solidarity with the families of all Iranian freedom fighters who have suffered a great loss but have not been defeated.

In memory of Ehsan, long live his memory,

Down with the Islamic Regime
Long Live Freedom in Iran

By: Sayeh Hassan


According to news reports from Human Rights and Democracy Activists in Iran this morning at 10:00am Behrouz Javid Tehrani, a long time political prisoner and pro-democracy activist was sentenced to 74 lashes, and the sentence was immediately carried out by Hassan Akhriyan a notorious prison official.

Behrouz Javid Tehrani is a pro-democracy activist who has spent most of his adult life in the notorious Islamic Regime prisons. Behrouz was first arrested in 1999 during the pro-democracy student protests. He was released in 2004 and immediately resumed his pro-democracy activities and was arrested again in 2005 and has been in the Gohardasht Prison in Karaj since his arrest.

Gohardasht Prison is known for its brutal conditions and for housing extremely dangerous convicts. Behrouz has been subjected to systematic torture and has spent extensive time in solitary confinement over the past five years.

Although the Islamic Regime agents have tried very hard to break Behrouz’s spirit, they have not been successful. Behrouz has continued his pro-democracy activities from prison in spite of great risk to his safety and well being.

I stand in solidarity with Behrouz and thousands of men and women like him who have managed to remain strong and fight for what they believe in the face of great injustice.

ORIGINAL LINK

Down with the Islamic Regime in Iran
Long Live Freedom in Iran

Following is my letter which was published in the National Post in response to the Article titled: Re: Only Military Threat Can Stop Iran: Netanyahu, Nov. 8.

I disagree with the assertion that the only way to stop the Islamic regime in Iran is the threat of military intervention. Such a threat will be counterproductive; as much as the Iranian people are unhappy with the Islamic regime, they will stand behind it against any foreign military intervention. This will set back the pro-democracy movement in Iran which has been stronger and more alive than ever in the past year-and-a-half.

A more productive way of stopping Iran is oil sanctions. Oil exports make up almost 85% of Iran's current annual income, and without that money to pay government workers, and the Revolutionary Guard, the regime will collapse within months.

Tough oil sanctions and international support for the pro-democracy movement inside Iran is the only way to stop the Islamic regime from acquiring nuclear weapons.

Sayeh Hassan, Toronto.

Click here for the original letter

WHY WAS CANADA'S RCMP PROMOTING AN EXTREMIST PRO-IRANIAN CONFERENCE ?

Sayeh Hassan, a Toronto criminal lawyer and activist for the Iranian democratic movement told the Winnipeg Jewish Review that “The Iranian professors that were scheduled to speak at the conference“are closely linked to the Iranian regime and are not dissidents.”

She said that the Iranian NGO the Islamic World Peace , which Amari leads, is “an extremely anti-West and anti-Semitic organization, and “as can be seen from their website this organization is a mouthpiece for the Islamic Regime.”

Click here to read the article

RCMP linked to controversial conference
By BRIAN LILLEY, Parliamentary Bureau

OTTAWA - A Muslim imam deemed too controversial to speak at National Defence headquarters in Ottawa will speak on Thursday at another event promoted by the RCMP.

This event will be held at the Government Conference Centre across from Parliament Hill.

Zijad Delic, the president of the Canadian Islamic Congress, had his speech at military HQ cancelled earlier this month by Defence Minister Peter MacKay. MacKay’s office said Delic and his organization were too controversial.

On Thursday, Delic will moderate a panel on the topic, “Just and Sustainable Peace – A Global Challenge.”

The conference is organized by a group called the Ottawa Group of Four and is scheduled to include Bloc MP Richard Nadeau among its speakers.

The main speakers, however, come from Iran’s Tehran University. Sayeh Hassan, a Toronto criminal lawyer and activist for the Iranian democratic movement, told QMI Agency these professors are not dissidents in the regime of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

“These are all professors that are closely linked to the regime, they are not dissidents,” Hassan said.

“People like myself that have escaped the regime and the propaganda are concerned that now they’re bringing these professors promoting the regime to Ottawa.”

Another one of the speakers is Dr. Davood Ameri of the Islamic World Peace Forum. The website for that organization features graphic anti-Semitic cartoons including one showing an Israeli soldier shooting a baby next to a sign that reads Gaza. The website’s front page focuses on what it deems human rights abuses in America and labels the U.S. a terrorist state.

The conference has been promoted within the RCMP by the federal police force’s “ethnic liaison officer.”

http://www.torontosun.com/news/canada/2010/10/26/15840736.html

UPDATE:

RCMP told to drop extreme event

BRIAN LILLEY, Parliamentary Bureau

OTTAWA - The RCMP have been told to drop any participation in a "peace" conference scheduled for Thursday night in Ottawa.

The RCMP's "ethnic liaison office" was promoting the event to members of the national force and one of the participants is a member of the Mounties' cultural diversity committee. On Wednesday, Public Safety Minister Vic Toews told the Mounties to have nothing to do with events promoting hatred.

"As soon as I learned about this event I asked the RCMP to explain its involvement. I have asked it to immediately cease any participation," Toews told the Commons.

"Let me be clear. Canada's national police force must have no involvement in any event organized by those who promote extremism and hatred."

Davood Ameri of the Islamic World Peace Forum is listed as a speaker for the event called, "Just and Sustainable Peace – A Global Challenge." Ameri's group runs a website that features graphic anti-Semitic cartoons and a series of articles that call the U.S. a terrorist state and document what it deems human rights abuses in the U.S.

The event is being held at the Government Conference Centre across from Parliament Hill and also features several professors from the University of Tehran. Sayeh Hassan, an Iranian-Canadian lawyer and activist in the pro-democracy movement, told QMI Agency that the professors coming are closely linked to the oppressive regime of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

The event is to be moderated by Imam Zijad Delic, the president of the Canadian Islamic Congress. Delic had a speaking engagement at National Defence headquarters cancelled earlier this month after Defence Minister Peter MacKay deemed him and his organization "too controversial."

Delic told QMI that he is taking part in the event as a moderator and only agreed to take part because it is a conference on peace.

"If these people propose anything that goes against Canadian values, I will oppose," Delic said.

Calls to the organizers of the conference for comment were not returned.

http://m.torontosun.com/News/15853896.1?fullscreen#news

Tonight 50% of Torontonians came out and voted for their mayoral candidate, a higher voter turnout than we had seen in the past two municipal elections. Tonight Toronto voted for change and elected Rob Ford by 47% of the votes (as of the time I am writing this article) as its 64th Mayor.

Following the campaign over the past few months and especially the weeks leading up to the elections has been exciting and thrilling for me. It is no secret that I have supported Rob Ford all along, and I couldn’t be more thrilled by Toronto’s decision tonight.

However I think an even bigger victory tonight has been the large voter turnout, as well as the civility between Rob Ford, George Smitherman and Joe Pantalone tonight. I watched the concession speech of both Smitherman and Pantalone and I was quite impressed with both candidates. In particular George Smitherman was very gracious and all class, for the very first time since he announced his candidacy for Mayor of Toronto I was impressed with him.

In my opinion the best man won tonight, however watching the democratic process in action over the past few months has been a reward in itself. I feel lucky and privileged to be living in Canada and able to participate in free and fair elections.

Long Live Freedom and Democracy


With the Toronto mayoral election approaching, the political tension in the city is high. Two major candidates in this race are Rob Ford and George Smitherman, and our city is buzzing with the names of these candidates.

This afternoon I was driving down Warden street when I noticed numerous lawn signs both for Mr. Ford and Mr. Smitherman. Seeing these signs really got me thinking about how fortunate we are to be living in Canada. There are so many countries in the world where the political system is dictatorial, and it does not allow for fair and free elections. People are not allowed to choose the candidates they want, to openly support them and the election process is really a [s]election.

We Canadians are so fortunate to be living in a country where we are free to choose who we want to vote for, we can campaign for that individual and promote them in many different ways, including lawn and car signs. As I was driving by I saw one house had put up Mr. Ford’s sign and the house right next to it Mr. Smitherman’s sign. It is so wonderful to live in a society where neighbours can disagree about political views and candidates, promote their own political views openly, and yet remain neighbours and perhaps even friends.

A few days ago I was involved in a discussion on facebook with an individual in Toronto who is a human rights activist and a university student, yet she was full of personal attacks and insults for Mr.Ford and was involved in insulting and name calling Mr.Ford’s potential supporters. I was quite disturbed to see this, although it is perfectly natural for people to disagree on political views, it is very un-Canadian to throw insults, and personally attack either the candidates or the voters. That discussion left a terrible taste in my mouth, but today seeing all these different signs side by side gave me new hope and reminded me once again about how fortunate I am to be living in Canada.

Although I have already voted I am eagerly waiting for October 25th when I hope the best man will win. ROB FORD FOR TORONTO MAYOR.

Down with the Islamic Regime
Long Live Freedom in Iran

According to news reports from Human Rights and Democracy Activists in Iran, there are currently at least 32 female prisoners (non-political) in the notorious Evin Prison who are facing execution.

According to this news report many of these women have been convicted of charges of possession of drugs or murder. While these are serious charges, it is important to keep in mind that these women live in a country ruled by the Islamic Regime, where there is no due process, many accused do not get to ever meet their lawyers before “trial”, and some don’t get to ever see a lawyer until after they have been “convicted” and “sentenced.” Trials usually take place behind closed doors, without a jury and with a biased judge whose only real training is “religious training.” In a country where the “Supreme Leader” Khamenei has a great 6 education it is not surprising that the so called “justice system” is in the hands of religious fundamentalist who are in no way qualified to be in the positions that they are.

Having said that I think it’s really important to take notice of these women, whose names we have most probably never heard before, and we may never hear again, and to realize that this is just the tip of the ice berg, one prison. We do not know the statistics from prisons in smaller cities where it is much more difficult to obtain any news from prisons.

A few months ago a campaign was started by Ms. Mina Ahadi who is a member of the central committee of the Worker-Communist Party of Iran in support of Ms. Sakineh Ashtiani who had been sentenced to death by stoning by the Islamic Regime. It is unfortunate that Ms. Ahadi has chosen to focus on one individual, and while bringing all media attention on Ms. Ashtiani, has simultaneously managed to take all attention AWAY from other lesser known political prisoners who are facing the same sentence.
This is one of the obvious dangers of individuals campaigns, and it’s a technique which the Islamic Regime has taken advantage of on many occasions, torturing, raping and executing many prisoners while the media attention was on a single case.

I hope that will not be the case on this occasion and I really hope all freedom loving people who have taken part in Ms. Ashtiani’s campaign and have supported her will do the same thing for other lesser known prisoners who are facing the same faith.

Please note at least in 10 0f these cases the “judge” who sentenced these women to death was Aziz Mohammadi.

The names of these women is as follows:

1. Ms. Soraya Zekr-Nejad, home maker, has been in prison for 4 years, was convicted of possession of drugs and is currently in section 3 of the women’s ward in the Evin Prison.
2. Ms. Ashraf Amiri, (38), home maker, has been in prison for 2 years, convicted of possession of drugs, her husband was executed on similar charges.
3. Ms. Soheila Pourhosseini (19), home maker, has been in prison for one year, has been convicted of murder.
4. Ms. Ashraf Kolher, (45), home maker, has been in prison for 9 years, has been sentenced to death by STONNING on charges of murder and adultery.
5. Ms. Shahla Jahed, has been in prison for 8 years, convicted of murder, the “judge” who sentenced her to death is Jafar Zadeh.
6. Ms. Kobra Rahmanpour, (29), home maker, has been in prison for 9 years, convicted of murder, “Judge” who sentenced her was Aziz Mohammadi.
7. Ms. Sogand Jahani, (28), home maker, has been in prison for 2.5 years, has been convicted of murder, “Judge” who sentenced her is Aziz Mohammadi.
8. Ms. Reyhane Jabri, (25), convicted of murder, has been in prison for 3.5 years,
9. Ms. Sadat Safavi, (45), home maker, has been convicted of possession of drugs, has been in prison for the past 3 years.
10. Ms. Sahar Pari Khani, (23) home maker, has been in prison for 3 years, has been convicted of murder.
11. Ms. Fatemeh Hadad, (34) home maker, has been in prison for 1.5 years, has been convicted of murder.
12. Ms. Akram Ali Mohammadi, (29) has been in prison for 5 years, has been convicted of murder.
13. Ms. Fereshteh Beygovand, (45), has been in prison for 5 years, has been convicted of possession of drugs.
14. Ms. Lila Khajevandi, (32) homes maker, has been in prison for 2.5 years, has been convicted of possession of drugs.
15. Ms. Noghre Khazayi (47) home maker, has been in prison for 4 years, has been convicted of possession of drugs and murder.
16. Ms. Lidiya Tavakoli Mahlati (28) has been in prison for 5 years, has been convicted of murder. The “judge” who sentenced her is Kaveh Kamrahi.
17. Ms. Fatemeh Masih (40) has been in prison for 15 years, has been convicted of murder, the “judge” who sentenced her was Aziz Mohammadi.
18. Ms. Mahbubeh Shikhler (18), convicted of murder, has been in prison for one year, the “judge” who sentenced her was Aziz Mohammadi.
19. Ms. Mina Cheraghi, 25, has been in prison for two years, has been convicted of possession of drugs.
20. Ms. Sherafat Beykovand, has been in prison for 5 years, has been convicted of possession and being a carrier of drugs.
21. Ms. Azita Mlahashemi, has been in prison for 6 years, the “judge” who sentenced her is Aziz Mohammadi.
22. Ms. Farahnaz Nik-khah, has been in prison for 7 years, has been convicted of murder, the “judge” who sentenced her is Aziz Mohammadi.
23. Ms. Raziyeh Julideh (35) and her daughter Ms. Marziyeh Tavakoli (20) has been convicted of murder.
24. Ms. Zarin Taj Gahrib, has been in prison for 4 years, the “judge” who sentenced her is Hemat Yar.
25. Ms. Zahra Adi Gozari Moghaddam, has been in prison for 7 years, has been convicted of murder, the “judge” who sentenced her is Aziz Mohammadi.
26. Ms. Masoumeh Aghayi, has been in prison for 3 years, has been convicted of murder, the “judge” who sentenced her is Aziz Mohammadi.
27. Ms. Saideh Khodayi-Del, has been in prison for 8.5 years, has been convicted of being an accessory to murder, the “judge” who sentenced her is Tabatabayi.
28. Ms. Soheila Pourhosseini, has been in prison for 10 months, has been convicted of murder.
29. Ms. Marziyeh Rahmani, on charges of being accessory to murder, has been in prison for 5 years, the “judge” who sentenced her is Aziz Mohammadi.
30. Ms. Zahra Rahimi, has been in prison for 5 months, has been convicted of murder.
31. Ms. Nasrin Najafi, has been in prison for 1 year, convicted of murder.
32. Ms. Azam Ahmadvand (27) has been in prison for six years, the judge who sentenced her is Aziz Mohamadi.

Down with the Islamic Regime in Iran
Long Live Freedom in Iran

News Report from: Human Rights and Democracy Activists in Iran http://hrdai.blogspot.com/2010/10/blog-post_05.html


As many fellow Torontonians may be aware one of the social housing buildings on Toronto caught fire on Friday ( September 24th 2010) forcing 1200 residents to be evacuated from their homes. There is concern that the fire has made parts of the apartment building’s structure unsafe. Until the building is deemed to be safe, 1200 residents will remain homeless.

According to various news reports around 800 of the residents have been able to make alternative arrangements to meet their needs by staying with friends and family, however there are still 400 people who are in need of help. This includes elderly citizens, as well as families with children and pets.

About 250 individuals are staying at Wellesley Community Centre while 150 of them are housed at McCaul Street. These people have been left with no change of clothes, no warm clothing, toiletries and children are left without school supplies and all other necessities.

I know many of us may be busy with our own lives and may not even have heard about this latest tragedy in our own city, so I am hoping to bring everyone’s attention to this matter and urge Torontonians to do what they can to help these individuals who have been left temporarily homeless through no fault of their own.

I understand CLOTHING, SCHOOL SUPPLIES, TOILETRIES and other necessities can be dropped off at 519 Church Street between 9:00am to 9:00pm from Monday to Friday and from 10:00am to 5:00pm on the weekend.

The cultural attaché of the Islamic Regime in Iran, through charity foundations, Iranian-Islamic media friendly, and under pretext of “Iranian cinema”, has been lobbying for and promoting the Islamic regime agenda abroad, particularly in Canada.

For years the Islamic Regime’s agents in Canada have tried to mask the brutality and inhumanity of the Islamic Regime by organizing “cultural” events such as film festivals, poetry nights, and other cultural festivals such as the “Iranian Fire Festival” and “Nowrouz” (Persian New Year) - all in an attempt to hide the real nature of the Islamic Regime.

“Canada’s 2nd Iranian Film Festival” (September 20-25, 2010) is such an event, which is being organized by Persia Film, and supported by “National Youth Organization of the Islamic Republic of Iran” headed by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the “Holocaust denier” and president of Islamic Regime and “The Office of “Supreme Leader” Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Khamenei”.

The fact that the organizers of this festival are closely related to the “National Youth Organization of the Islamic Republic” and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and “The Office of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Khamenei” are funding such an event is nothing short of hypocrisy. While restricting and censoring artists inside the country, the Islamic Regime is using these types of cultural events as propaganda and trying to convince the International Community that it respects freedom of expression and the rights of Iranian Artists.

This is also an attempt by the Islamic Regime and its Agents to take the attention away from 31 years of arbitrary imprisonment, torture, rape and execution of thousands of political prisoners. As Canadians who are concerned with freedom of speech and expression and the right to life and liberty we must stand up against events funded by dictatorship governments such as the Islamic Regime which are busy oppression, torturing, raping and executing innocent people at home, while trying to pose as a democratic state abroad.

We ask all concerned citizens to contact Mr. Michael Grit the theatre manager for Richmond Hill Centre for performing arts and voice your concerns.

Artists in Exile – Canadian Chapter
September2010

Contact information for:

Mr. Michael Grit
Theatre Manager, theatre@richmondhill.ca, Tel: 905-787-8471, Ext: 222
10268 Yonge Street, Richmond Hill, ON L4C 3B7
Administration Phone: (905) 787-8471 Administration Fax: (905) 787-9757


Recently Pastor Terry Jones of the Dove World Outreach Centre announced that his church would be celebrating “Burn the Koran Day” on September 11th 2010 in remembrance of those who lost their lives in the 9/11 attacks.

This issue has given rise to a lot of controversy and has been covered by almost all major news agencies. I think this issue is important enough for me to write a few paragraphs on it.

Burning the Koran is not only counterproductive but also dangerous. It is dangerous not only because it will most likely lead to a lash-back from fundamentalist Muslims, but because it will help in the creation of many more fundamentalist Jihadists which is the last thing our world needs.

In my opinion Islam is an oppressive, violent and sexist religion, however the way to combat it is not by burning the Koran which millions of Muslims worship and follow blindly without ever having read it.

In order to combat the dangers posed by Islam let’s encourage Muslims to actually read the Koran in their own language and to understand it. How many women who actually read the Koran and understand it will keep on worshipping it and making excuses for the sexism and violence that exists in this book?

I am a strong believer in “if you want to fight against something, first learn everything you can about it.” That’s the only way to fight against evil.

If before the Revolution in Iran in 1979 the Shah had allowed people to read the “Resaleh of Khomeini” instead of outlawing this book, I think today Iran would be in a much different state. After the Revolution once people started reading Khomeini’s Resaleh and realized the type of garbage that was written in it, they started to realize what a huge mistake they had made by supporting him.

If there are campaigns to burn the Koran it will increase the sympathy towards it and it will give a greater excuse to Islamic Government such as the Islamic Regime and Islamic entities such as Al-Qaeda to recruit even more Islamic fundamentalists and terrorists. All they have to say is “look the west is burning the Koran, Islam is in danger” and ignorant people who have never read the Koran will line up to defend Islam and kill innocent people while doing it.

Instead let’s encourage Muslims to read the Koran and challenge them to defend the violence, oppression and sexism which is strongly promoted in this book.

Down with the Islamic Regime
Long Live Freedom in Iran


Below is the message of Deputy FM Ayalon to the Iranian people.

Yesterday, (Monday, 23 August 2010), Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon addressed the people of Iran on Kol Yisrael Persian radio. During the broadcast people in Iran called in to the station and spoke with the Deputy Foreign Minister to ask questions. Below is a synopsis of Deputy Foreign Minister Ayalon's comments:

"Israel bears no animosity towards the Iranian people. We have deep respect and aspire to cooperate with them to bring about a better reality in the region. The problem is intrinsic to the Iranian regime and its conduct, particularly regarding the nuclear issue. This is a regime that calls for 'Death to the United States, Great Britain and Israel'. The Iranian regime spreads instability, supports terror, and oppresses its own people. It is impossible to accept atomic weapons in the hands of such a regime.

The Iranian reactor constitutes a tremendous danger to the stability of the entire region and to world peace in general because, besides nuclear armaments, Iran is also developing a missile system that threatens countries beyond the Middle East, such as Europe. Nuclear weapons in Iran's hands will enable it to threaten all the Arab governments with its present means (subversive elements in various countries, agents, and so forth). Even now it controls bodies that function as a state within a state, in Lebanon, Yemen, the Palestinian Authority, and other places.

Another point that does not always come up in the Iranian context, due to the nuclear threat, is the glaring violation of civil rights inside Iran. This is an aggressive dictatorial regime, and all progressive elements throughout the world should take action against it, if only for that reason. Israel congratulates the Iranian people for their efforts to liberate themselves from the burden of the oppressive regime. At international forums, Israel has raised the issue of the suffering of the Iranian people and the cruelty of the regime ruling them. That is the main thing we can do for such an illustrious nation suffering from oppression. But in the end, it is the Iranian people themselves who must take their fate in their own hands and act to achieve their rights. The more the citizens of Iran increase their protest activities, the higher the international support will be."

In response to a question regarding the likelihood of regional war, the deputy minister replied that :"There is always the possibility of sudden, unplanned deterioration due to one action or another. Israel is committed to defending its citizens and if attacked will act accordingly. A fear exists that Iran - as it becomes more pressured by sanctions - will goad those under its patronage in Hizbullah and Hamas to initiate military action against Israel. There's also a possibility that Iran will make a military move against the Arab Gulf states and harm the flow of oil to the world, in which case the entire situation will degrade into widespread confrontations. Remember that the sanctions are aimed against Iran's efforts to arm itself with nuclear weapons, and if they don't elicit results, the United States and other nations might consider other options."

http://www.mfa.gov.il/MFA/Government/Speeches+by+Israeli+leaders/2010/Message_DepFM_Ayalon_Iranian_people_23-Aug-2010.htm


Four years ago today, Akbar Mohammadi, a well known student leader died under very suspicious circumstances in the notorious Evin Prison. Mr. Mohammadi had been arrested during the July 9th 1999 pro-democracy student demonstrations that shook Iran and struck fear in the heart of the Islamic Regime.

Mr. Mohammadi was charged with being one of leaders of the July 9th student uprising and was originally sentenced to death, however under international pressure his sentence was reduced to 15 years.

Unfortunately I never had the opportunity to meet Akbar Mohammadi personally or speak to him; however I followed his work very closely. I’ve always considered him a true hero, because he remained defiant against the Regime even under the most brutal circumstances. I had the pleasure of reading his memoir where he described not giving in to the Regime and their requests, even though he knew he would face immediate torture and flogging.

Akbar Mohammadi remained defiant throughout the seven years he spent in the Islamic Regime prisons, standing up for his own rights, rights of other political prisoners and the rights of the Iranian people. In July of 2006 he went on a hunger strike and died under very suspicious circumstances. Many including myself believe that he was murdered by the Regime while in prison, because he refused to cooperate with them.

Today while many other prominent “student activists” who were arrested with him are free, living in Los Angeles of Washington and working with VOA, Akbar Mohammadi is gone… His memory however remains with us as someone who fought for what he believed in, and did not falter even in the face of intolerable hardships.

In his memory and the memory of thousands of other freedom fighters who have lost their lives for a free and democratic Iran.

Down with the Islamic Regime in Iran
Long Live Freedom in Iran


According to news received from Mr. Omidi’s family Hamed Omidi, has been sentenced to 3 years of imprisonment by Branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court in Tehran. Mr. Omidi’s family received this news yesterday through a telephone call from Hamed. Mr. Omidi has been in pre-trial custody for the past 160 days.

News Source: Confidential Source

3سال حبس برای دانشجوی کورد حاد امیدی
به گزارش رسیده از سوی خانواده حامد امیدی نامبرده به سه سال حبس از سوی سعبه 28دادگاه انقلاب تهران به ریاست مغیسه از آخوندهای رژیم محکوم شده است .این خبر در پی تماس تلفنی دیروز نامبرده با خانواده اش منتشر شده و هنوز اطلاعات کامل آن از سوی وکیل نامبرده منتشر نشده است .نامبده بیش از 160 روز است که در بازداشت موقت به سر می برد


Sakine Mohammadi is a 43 years old Iranian woman who was sentenced to being stoned to death by the Islamic Regime in Iran for having an “illicit” relationship. Ms. Sakine Mohammadi has had to endure the punishment of flogging (99 lashes) and has been in prison for the past five years.

Due to wide scale international pressure the Islamic Regime ambassador in London issued a statement denying the fact that Ms. Mohammadi- Ashtiani will be stoned to death; however Ms. Mohammadi is still in prison and at risk of imminent execution.

There has been a call by International Committee Against Stoning and International Committee Against Executions to declare July 24th International Sakine Mohammadi Ashtiani Day, and take to the streets where ever we are at 2:00pm to voice our support for Ms. Mohammadi Ashtiani and to voice our abhorrence against the barbaric practice of stoning used by the Islamic Regime.

There will be protest in front of the Canadian Parliament in Ottawa from 12:00pm-3pm on Saturday July 24th 2010 which I will be attending, however I think it is crucial to keep a few things in mind.

1. For every Sakine Mohammadi Ashtiani that we know about there are tens that we don’t know about who may be secretly executed or stoned to death at any moment.

2. For every political prisoner we know about who is currently facing execution there are tens or maybe hundreds that we do not know about and will never find out about.

3. Focusing on one person or one case at a time is never enough for above stated reasons and it is crucial to focus on the cause of the problem, the root which is the Islamic Regime.

There is only one way to make sure no woman in Iran will ever be stoned again, no political prisoner will be raped or tortured or executed, and that the law will be used to protect the people rather than to oppress them. The only way is Regime Change.

So while I will be participating in the protest to bring awareness about Ms. Mohammadi Ashtiani’s situation as well as to shed light on the issue of stoning in Iran, I will also keep in mind the fact that there are many Ms. Mohammadi Ashtiani’s in Iran and the only way to help them all is to focus on total and complete Regime Change in Iran. I hope everyone else will keep this in mind as well.

Down with the Islamic Regime in Iran
Long Live Freedom in Iran

Date: July 24th 2010
Location: Canadian Parliament-Ottawa, Canada
Time: 12:00-3:00pm


After more than a week the strike of the merchants in Tehran continues, and has spread to other cities as well. While the merchants (Bazaari’s) have traditionally always supported the Regime, their strike will (even if inadvertently) support the pro-democracy movement in Iran, as the Bazaar has always been a key economical factor in Iran. Below is my translation of various news reports about the strike of the Grand Bazaar in Tehran as well as in other cities.

Strike in the city of Tabriz

According to Iran Press News, the strike of merchants in the Bazaar in Tabriz continued today. It must be noted that the Regime has tried to scare the merchants into breaking their strike by threatening to attack their homes and families, however so far these threats have had the opposite effect and the strike continues, with the support of many ordinary people. Today the stores in the small city of “Valiasr” close to Tabriz was also closed in solidarity with the Tabriz merchants.

Following are two videos from today’s strike in Tabriz. Video 1, video 2

http://www.iranpressnews.com/source/079650.htm


Tehran Grand Bazaar


Today the merchants in the Grand Bazaar in Tehran continued their strike which started last Monday in response to the proposed tax increase by the government. Last week the merchants were attacked by security forces and Basij, and a well known merchant was stabbed and later on died in the hospital. Although the Regime has backed down and has announced a tax decrease, there doesn’t seem to be an end to the strike of the merchants in the Grand Bazaar in Iran.

Video 1

http://www.iranpressnews.com/source/079637.htm

There are also reports that the strike of the merchants has spread to number of other cities including Esfehan, Mashad, Kermanshah, Hamedan and numerous cities in the Kurdistan of Iran.

http://www.iranpressnews.com/source/079620.htm


Down with the Islamic Regime in Iran
Long Live Freedom in Iran


According to news reports from “Human Rights and Democracy Activists in Iran” Behrouz Javid Tehrani has been finally transferred to the common ward in Section 1 of the Gohardasht prison, after spending 53 days in solitary confinement and being subjected to brutal torture.

Mr. Tehrani a pro-democracy activist who was originally arrested during the pro-democracy protests of July 9th 1999 has spent most of the past 11 years in the Islamic Regime prisons. Mr. Tehrani has sent the past year in the notorious Section 1 of the Gohardasht prison, also known as “the dog house, the dark hole, the end of the road.” The prisoners are taken here to be tortured and to be “broken.”

While in solitary confinement Mr. Tehrani went on a hunger strike in order to defend his own rights and the rights of other political prisoners. Even under the worst conditions imaginable Mr. Tehrani has never given up his fight for freedom and democracy.

Down with the Islamic Regime
Long Live Freedom in Iran

Source of news report: http://hrdai.blogspot.com/2010/07/53.html


Today pro-democracy activists gathered in the Mel-Lastman Square in Toronto to commemorate the 11th anniversary of the July 9th (18 Tir) 1999 pro-democracy demonstrations.

The July 9th 1999 protests were the first large scale pro-democracy protests since the Islamic Regime had come to power and have become a source of inspiration for activists both inside and outside of Iran.

A student activist Ebrahim Ezat Nejad was shot to death during the protests, while a student leader Akbar Mohammadi was killed by the Islamic Regime agents in the notorious Evin Prison in August of 2006, while serving a 15 year jail sentence for his participation in the protests. Behrouz Javid Tehrani another well known pro-democracy student activist is still in prison 11 years after the 18 Tir protests because of his pro-democracy activities.

Tonight we remember Ebrahim Ezat Nejad and Akbar Mohammadi, while keeping Behrouz Javid Tehrani in our thoughts and prayers. We also remember those who have lost their lives in the past 31 years for a free and democratic Iran.

Down with the Islamic Regime in Iran
Long Live Freedom in Iran


Although the merchants have gone on a strike because of raised taxes rather than a purely political motive, if the strike does continue it is likely that it will have a crippling effect on the Regime and will inadvertently help the pro-demcracy movement in Iran.



According to various news reports from Iran Press News the merchants in the Tehran Market (Bazaar) are on their third (3rd) day of strike. The merchants started their strike in response to the increase in taxes and have continued the strike after a merchant was stabbed and died in the hospital by security forces yesterday afternoon.

According to these news reports between 80-100 merchants gathered in the area of “Sabzeh Meydan” and chanted slogans such as “death to dictator and death to this misleading government.” A number of young students also joined the protests. The protestors were surrounded by security forces and it looked like the security forces may attack the protestors at any moment.

At around 1:30pm most of the stores in the main sections of the Bazaar including gold/jewelry stores, fabric stores, carpet stores and stores selling bulk goods were closed.

The news of the strike of the Tehran Merchants is spreading to cities around Tehran and there is a possibility that they may join the strike.

Down with the Islamic Regime in Iran
Long Live Freedom in Iran

Sources:

http://www.iranpressnews.com/source/079301.htm

http://www.iranpressnews.com/source/079286.htm

The merchants going on a strike is very exciting news, as they are generally supporters of Regime and have not been known for going on strikes or showing solidarity with the Iranian people. I think the fact that merchants are going on strike can be seen as a sign of Regime losing some of its most faithful supporters. I am very optimistic about this and will be following the developments closely in the next few weeks.

According to various news reports from Iran Press News this morning a large number of merchants, including those selling gold and cloth did not open their stores in protest against the increase in taxes by the Islamic Regime. The strike which had started yesterday July 6th continued today.

Only few stores were open on the street of gold merchants and the presence of security forces was strong in the Bazaar.

It must be noted that this is a very important development as the Bazaar has traditionally supported the Regime, and even last year after the presidential [s]elections when millions of people protested and many were murdered by Regime Agents, the merchants did not react and did not strike.

According to other news reports from Iran Press News, the merchants in the city of Esfehan who wanted to go on strike in solidarity with the Tehran merchants have been threatened by the security forces. The Regime fears a strike by the merchants as the Bazaar is a very important economical factor in Iran.

At 3:00pm Tehran time the security forces attacked some of the closed stores including number of stores that sell cloth and cause a great deal of economic damage to the stores.

There have also been reports of serious physical altercations between the security forces and the merchants, where many merchants have been arrested, and a well known merchant Haj Kashani was stabbed by security forces and died later on in the hospital.

The security forces have also fired tear gas at the merchants who are reportedly fighting back physically and chanting anti-Regime slogans. All paths to the Bazaar has been closed by the security forces and even the subways are not stopping at the Bazaar station.

Number of well known merchants have announced that tomorrow Thursday July 8th will be a day of general strike by the merchants in protest against the attack of security forces and the murder of Haj Kashani.

Down with the Islamic Regime in Iran
Long Live Freedom in Iran

Translations by: Sayeh Hassan
Sources:

http://www.iranpressnews.com/source/079231.htm
http://www.iranpressnews.com/source/079234.htm
http://www.iranpressnews.com/source/079239.htm


According to news reports from Human Rights and Democracy Activists in Iran Mr. Behrouz Javid-Tehrani is on his 11th day of hunger strike in protest against the torture and in-humane treatment he is receiving in Section 1 of the Gohardasht Prison.

Mr. Javid-Tehrani was transferred to Section 1 of the prison, also known as the “dog house,” “the dark whole,” and “end of the road” on May 30th. According to “unconfirmed reports” Mr. Javid-Tehrani is in the worst cell in Section 1 of the prison, and has been subjected to physical torture at least on a number of occasions. The torture has been conducted by Hassan Akhriyan, the head of Section 1 of Gohardasht prison as well as other prison officials.

The cell in which Mr. Javid Tehrani is located is high above the ground and more susceptible to heat. Currently the temperature in Karaj is 40C and with no cooling facilities in the cells, Mr. Javid-Tehrani has lost consciousness on a number of occasions.

Prisoners in Section 1 are given only enough food to keep them alive; they are allowed to use the washroom facilities only three (3) times a day, and to shower once every two (2) weeks. According to this report Mr. Javid-Tehrani has lost a great deal of weight due to these inhumane prison conditions.

It should also be noted that on the order form for his transfer to solitary cells, it is indicated that he must remain there indefinitely and there is no indication as to when this “sentence” may end.

Mr. Javid-Tehrani is a pro-democracy activist who was originally arrested during the July 9th 1999 pro-democracy demonstrations in Iran. He was released briefly in 2004 however was re-arrested when he did not cease to continue his pro-democracy activities. He has been in prison for most of the past 11 years.

Down with the Islamic Regime in Iran
Long Live Freedom in Iran

Translation by: Sayeh Hassan
Link to original article in Farsi: http://hrdai.blogspot.com/2010/07/blog-post_3654.html



We are fast approaching July 9th which marks the 11th year anniversary of the July 9th (18 Tir) 1999 pro-democracy student demonstration in Iran.

The 18 Tir demonstrations were originally triggered when a reformist newspaper “Salam” was banned from publication. As a reaction to the peaceful protests Regime Agents attacked the student dormitories in Tehran University where they beat and arrested hundreds of students and turned the dormitories into a blood bath. At least one student was murdered by Regime Agents when he was thrown off the dormitory balcony.


The students reacted to this brutal attack to the dormitories by organizing mass pro-democracy protests which quickly took a radical turn towards Regime change and away from reform. Thousands of ordinary freedom loving Iranians joined the students on the streets for the next five days, when Iran saw the largest pro-democracy demonstrations since the Revolution in 1979. Quickly it became very clear that the movement had nothing to do with reform and was about Regime change and democracy in Iran.

Thousands of students were arrested and charged with, among other things “risking national security.” Akbar Mohammadi was one of the students who was arrested and sentenced to death for his involvement in the peaceful demonstrations. Due to overwhelming international pressure his sentence was eventually reduced to 15 years of imprisonment. Unfortunately Akbar Mohammadi died under very suspicious circumstances on August 2nd 2006, in the notorious Evin Prison while he was on a hunger strike.

It is widely believed that he was murdered by the Regime Agents because throughout 7 years of imprisonment and the most brutal torture imaginable he refused to back down and refused to cooperate with the Regime in anyway.

The 18 Tir pro-democracy demonstrations has been perhaps one of the only significant pro-democracy events in the past 31 years that has not been tainted by the concept of reform, and has always been about democracy and Regime Change.

It is therefore extremely unfortunate and even opportunistic on part of some of the Toronto “activists” who have taken upon themselves to organize an event inviting a very well known reformist Mashallah Abbas-Zadeh in a desperate attempt to link the 18 Tir pro-democracy demonstrations to the reformist movement.

Having said that, as hard as these individuals might try, they will not be successful, because 18 Tir movement was a movement with a pure yet strong intention. Akbar Mohammadi sacrificed his life in order to pave the way for a democratic Iran. Behrouz Tehrani sacrificed his youth in order to pave the way for a democratic Iran. It would have been very easy for either one of these individuals to cooperate with the Regime as many well known “student leaders” have done, and live a comfortable life in Los Angeles or Washington, however the path for a democratic Iran is paved with people like Akbar and Behrouz and thousands of other freedom loving Iranians who will not compromise their beliefs and ideas for money or fame or anything else.

That is the reason why these “activists” in Toronto or anywhere else will never be successful in tainting this strong and historic pro-democracy movement. I condemn any opportunistic attempt by certain “activists” in Toronto to use this historic day to further their pro-reformist agenda.

In memory of Akbar Mohammadi and all other freedom loving Iranians who have sacrificed their lives for a free and democratic Iran.

Down with the Islamic Regime in Iran
Long Live Freedom in Iran


Over the past 17 years I have come to call Canada my home. My family and I have been able to have a new beginning in Canada, away from the tyranny and oppression of the Islamic Regime in Iran. I’ve come to realize that Canada is a country that provides numerous opportunities, as long as you are willing to work hard and take advantage of them.

Canada has given me the opportunity to complete a BA, graduate from law school and become a successful defence lawyer, while at the same time allowing me to stay true to my beliefs and ideas, allowing me to actively pursue my cause which is democracy and Regime change in Iran.

I am so grateful to be living in this country where I can speak my mind and not have to worry about Regime Agents kidnapping me in the middle of the night and taking me to unknown locations. I have no doubt that if I had stayed in Iran, today I would either be in prison or dead, and so I am even more grateful for the amazing life that I have in Canada.

I wish everyone a very happy Canada Day.

Sayeh Hassan
Barrister & Solicitor

According to news report from “Human Rights and Democracy Activists in Iran” the current conditions of the women’s ward in the notorious Evin Prison has become worse than ever.

Currently there are 28 female political prisoners are housed per prison cell. As the summer temperature in Tehran rises to as high as 40C there is no way for the prisoners to cool themselves. The heat in the cells is to such degree that prisoners have been fainting due to extreme heat.

Also the access to water has been terminated in the women’s ward and the female political prisoners have not even had access to drinking water for a number of days.

Further a number of female political prisoners have been suffering from food poisoning, however they have not been allowed to seek medical treatment. Some of the symptoms displayed by these women has been severe vomiting and diarrhea.

According to this news report there have been efforts by the prison authorities to create a division among the female political prisoners in an attempt to divide and conquer.

For example Ms. Mahdiye Golru, a student activist and a political prisoner was summoned by Tehran prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolat Abadi who threatened her for defending her former cellmate Shirin Alam-Hooli ( a Kurdish political prisoner who was executed on May 9th).

Jafar Abbas Dolat Abadi has also been involved in threatening and warning female political prisoners not to speak out and publisize the prison conditions in the women’s ward, threatening with punishing the entire group if anything about the conditions is published.

Down with the Islamic Regime in Iran
Long Live Freedom in Iran

Translation by: Sayeh Hassan
Original Link: http://hrdai.blogspot.com/2010/06/blog-post_3062.html


Yesterday was the one year anniversary of the murder of an innocent young woman Neda Agha-Soltan by the Islamic Regime agents in Iran. Neda was shot to death on the streets of Tehran while participating in a peaceful protest, in the aftermath of the Iranian presidential [s]elections. After her death it became clear that Neda had not voted and did not support any of the candidates. She joined the protests because she wanted freedom for the Iranian people. In the past year Neda’s beautiful and innocent face has become the symbol of freedom and hope for the Iranian people.

Yesterday many Iranians gathered in the Mel Lastman Square in Toronto, between 5-7pm to commemorate the memory of Neda and thousands of other innocent, freedom loving people who have lost their lives in order to help create a free and secular Iran.

The highlight of the program was two great speeches by Caspian Makan, Neda’s fiancé and a human rights activist, as well as a speech by Amir Abbas Fakhravar a well known political activist and the Secretary General of the Confederation of the Iranian Students who travelled from Washington to take part in this event.

Mr. Fakhravar’s speech can be seen here; I was quite impressed with his speech which focused on unity of the Iranian people, which I also think is extremely important.

It was a beautiful event and a great way to remember Neda and thousands of others who have lost their lives at the hands of the Islamic Regime in the past 31 years. It is important not only to remember these brave and freedom loving individuals, but to also continue on their path for a free, secular and democratic Iran.

In the memory of all innocent people who have lost their lives on the road for freedom and democracy,

Down with the Islamic Regime in Iran
Long Live Freedom in Iran

In the picture above: Amir Fakhravar, Caspian Makan, Saghar Kasrai, Sayeh Hassan

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