Brief on Iran

OIAC Brief On Iran, July 21st 2014

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Brief On Iran 
July, 21/ 2014

  Iraq Crisis & U.S. Interests: Iran’s Meddling, 

Maliki’s Role & the Path Ahead 

Gen. James T. Conway,
34th Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, Served in Iraq (2003-2004),

Amb. Adam Ereli,

Former State Dep. Spokesperson (2003-2006) and Ambassador to Bahrain (2007-2011),

Dr. Walid Phares,

The author of The Lost Spring: US Policy in the Middle East and Catastrophes to Avoid. 
 
Cannon Caucus Room (CHOB-345)

U.S. House of Representatives

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

3:00 pm -4:30 pm

R.S.V.P: info@oiac.org

 

Iran- Human Rights (Women, Minorities, Ethnics)

The Iranian regime’s judiciary has sentenced political Prisoner Arzhang Davoodi to death for his opposition to the clerical regime, according to reports received from Iran. Mr. Davoodi has already served 10 years in prison

Davoodi, 62, a teacher, was arrested in October 2003 and was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment which was later increased to 20 years.

 

 

NCRI – The Iranian Resistance calls to save the lives of five political prisoners in Ghezel-Hessar and Gohardasht prisons in Karaj. It also asks all international authorities and human rights organizations to take urgent action to consider the demands of these prisoners, to stop antihuman pressures against them, and to abolish death sentence for four of them.

Four Kurdish Sunni prisoners by the names of Hamed Ahmadi, Kamal Malai, and Jamshid and Jahangir Dehghani (two brothers) are in dire physical conditions due to having been on hunger strike for 35 days. They were accused and sentenced to death only for their religious beliefs and being charged with ‘propagating against the state, corrupt on Earth and Moharebeh (waging war on God)’ by the mullahs’ judiciary. They went on hunger strike after they were transferred from Gohardasht to Ghezel- Hessar prison to be executed. These four prisoners had also gone on hunger strike for 75 days four and a half months ago in protest at issuing their death penalty.

 

Transfer of a journalist to the general ward of Evin prison for serving sentence

According to media reports on Wednesday 9 July 2014, Ms. Marzieh Rasouli, journalist, was transferred to Evin prison general ward to serve her sentence. She is the second journalist summoned to Evin prison in the past two weeks to serve their prison sentences. Prior to Rasouli, Ms. Reyhaneh Tabatabaei was also transferred to Evin Prison.

 

An Italian anti-death penalty group says the number of executions worldwide increased last year due to high number of executions in Iran and Iraq.

The organization Hands off Cain, based in Rome, said Friday that despite a global trend toward capital punishment abolition at least 4,106 people were executed in 2013, up from 3,967 in 2012, due to increases in Iran and Iraq.

Hands off Cain said 12 additional states were considered to have abolished the death penalty in 2013 or so far in 2014.

Iran- Terrorism Activities (Middle East)

Najaf: The removal of Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki would be an “important part” of the solution to Iraq’s political crisis, a spokesperson for one of the country’s top Shiite clerics said.

The statement is the first from any of Iraq’s revered Shiite religious leaders to explicitly endorse Al Maliki’s ouster, and is one of a string of recent announcements indicating a more active national role for the usually taciturn clergy.

I have known Maliki, or Abu Isra, as he is known to people close to him, for more than a decade. I have traveled across three continents with him. I know his family and his inner circle. When Maliki was an obscure member of parliament, I was among the very few Americans in Baghdad who took his phone calls.

 

Preparation of the ground for massacre of Liberty residents

The Iranian clerical regime’s campaign to spread false information about the cooperation of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) and the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) with ISIS, which started since the early days of the recent Iraq crisis, continues.

The goal is clearly preparing the ground for a large scale massacre Iranian refugees, members of PMOI (MEK), in Camp Liberty.

Iran- Nuclear Activities

 

France-Presse (AFP):

The protracted negotiations on the Iranian nuclear program “will not work” if not “give time” to Tehran for “more deception,” Maryam Rajavi the president of the main exiled Iranian opposition group saidSaturday.

In a statement, the President of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), described “the fruitless Vienna negotiations and the regime’s refusal to accept a comprehensive agreement that could permanently prevent it from acquiring a nuclear weapon as a failure for the policy of appeasing and showing latitude towards the regime.”

France said on Saturday it hoped the extension on nuclear talks between the West and the Iranian regime would convince Tehran to make the “indispensable choices” needed to reach a long term deal, but warned that major differences still remained.

The announcement to give diplomacy until Nov. 24 came in the early hours of Saturday, a day before the July 20 deadline that the Iranian regime, the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China had earlier set for an agreement.

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