Brief on Iran

OIAC Newsletter- Brief On Iran, October 27th/ 2014

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Brief On Iran 
October, 27/ 2014
  Iran- Human Rights (Women, Minorities, Ethnics)
 OIAC strongly condemns Execution of Reyhaneh Jabbari’s in Iran
OIAC News On Iran

All evidence indicate that the criminal execution of Ms. Rayhaneh Jabbari after seven and a half years incarceration and torture that took place despite widespread protests and international calls had political reasons and motives and that this execution was unlawful even in the framework of mullahs’ medieval laws.

Because Ms. Jabbari was arrested for defending herself against the aggression of a mullahs’ intelligence agent, henchmen did not observe the minimum legal process of even their own system during the investigations and her trial as they were afraid of the disclosure of the secrets of the Mafia of murder, assassination and corruption of the clerical regime; i.e. the Ministry of Intelligence. Amnesty International declared that “the execution of Iranian Reyhaneh Jabbari who was convicted after a deeply flawed investigation and trial is an affront to justice… This is another bloody stain on Iran’s human rights record”.

OIAC News On Iran

WASHINGTON, Oct. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ – The Organization of Iranian American Communities condemns the recent wave of acid attacks directed towards women in Iran,  the latest example of the ongoing war against women in the country. According to recent reports, as many as 25 women have been the victims of heinous attacks involving acid thrown onto their faces by men on motorcycles.

These attacks are motivated by a culture of misogyny and repression towards women that is a direct result of the ruling regimes and its policy of gender apartheid. The Iranian regime is complicit in these crimes as the state continues to maintain policies which encourage or acquiesce towards gender based violence.

The attacks come in the wake of a recent law passed by the regimes parliament which is meant to protect citizens who feel “compelled to correct” those who do not adhere to their view of Islamic morality. This form of state sanctioned persecution is reminiscent of the fascist dictatorships and is a clear indication of the regimes strategy of violence and terror.

Iran Human Rights

An October 22, 2014 gathering in front of the Iranian Parliament to protest the recent acid attacks against women has ended in the violent beating and arrests of several citizens, human rights activist Narges Mohammadi told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. Sources also told the Campaign that plainclothes agents used batons and tear gas to disperse the large crowd that had gathered outside the Judiciary building in the city of Isfahan.

“Our intent for this gathering was to protest some of the plans by members of the Parliament which are targeting women’s bodies and psyche. Plans such as the  ‘Plan on Protection of Promoters of Virtue and Preventers of Vice’ and the ‘Plan to Protect Chastity and Hijab’ have issues and vocabulary that may be abused in the Iranian society and turned into excuses for violence [against women],” said Narges Mohammadi.

Iran Human Rights

Iran Human Rights, October 23, 2014: Four prisoners were hanged for drug-related charges in the prison of Rasht (Northern Iran) on Saturday October 18, reported the official website of the Iranian Judiciary in Gilan Province.  One of the prisoners identified as “A. M.” (32 year old, name of father Gholam Rasoul)  was an Afghan citizen and was sentenced to death for possession of 1995 grams of heroin. The other prisoners were identified as “M.H.” (46) charged for participation in buying, possession and trafficking of 27 kilograms f opium; “M.A.” (44; son of Ismaeil) for one kilogram of Crystal and 330 grams of heroin; “M.A.” (34, son of Tavakol) for buying 2200 grams of Crystal said the report.

According to the state run Iranian news agency Fars, a 35 year old man was hanged in the prison of Amol (Northern Iran) yesterday morning, Wednesday October 22. The prisoner was sentenced to “Qisas” (retribution in kind) for murdering one of his friends in 2008, said the report.

  Iran- Terrorism Activities (Middle East)
Associated Press

SANAA, Yemen (AP) – Fighting in central Yemen between Shiite Houthi rebels and an influential tribe in the town of Radda killed at least 250 people over three days of clashes, security officials said Monday.

 The violence in Yemen’s central Bayda province saw fighters from the strong Qifa tribe force the Houthis out of the Manasih area in Radda, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity as they weren’t authorized to speak to journalists.

Last week, the Houthis entered Radda, some 200 kilometers (125 miles) south of the capital, Sanaa, after the commander of the army’s Battalion 193 gave up his troops positions. The commander is said to be a loyalist of the ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who was deposed after the country’s 2011 uprising.

The Wall Street Journal

John McCain & Lindsey Graham

The airstrikes and other actions President Obama is taking against Islamic State deserve bipartisan support. They are beginning to degrade the terrorist group, also known as ISIS, but will not destroy it, for one reason above all: The administration still has no effective policy to remove Bashar Assad from power and end the conflict in Syria.

Administration officials have called their approach “ISIS first.” …..

The Hill

As the fight to neutralize, rollback and eventually eliminate the threat of the extremist group Islamic State rages on, the international community – in particular the West – should not forget that the policy in dealing with the extremist regime ruling Iran can have a crucial role in either seeing the campaign’s success – or its utter failure.

The Islamic State, a group also known as ISIS or ISIL, has in past months occupied swaths of Iraq and Syria and aims at establishing a Caliphate based on a twisted and violent interpretation of Islam. It strives to expand its borders, and through highly-publicize violent methods tries to intimidate the international community into recognizing its hegemony in the region.

 Iran- Nuclear Activities
Yahoo News AP

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) – Tehran says it has banned the U.N.’s envoy for human rights in Iran from visiting the country, accusing him of political bias.

Mohammad Javad Larijani, a senior judicial official, on Monday called U.N. Special Rapporteur Ahmad Shaheed a “media actor” and accused him of issuing politically-motivated reports.

Shaheed has repeatedly accused Iran of “widespread and systematic violations of human rights.” He was appointed in 2011 but never actually allowed to visit Iran.

The United Nations, as well as several Western governments and human rights groups, has criticized Iran for the execution on Saturday of Reyhaneh Jabbari, a woman convicted of murdering a man she alleged was trying to rape her. After a 7-year-long investigation, a court rejected Jabbari’s self-defense claim and she was hanged for premeditated murder.

The New York Times

JERUSALEM – Israel is deeply concerned about the trajectory of the ongoing negotiations concerning Iran’s nuclear program. The talks are moving in the wrong direction, especially on the core issue of uranium enrichment.

Although Iran has modified its tone recently, there have hardly been any changes of substance since the soft-spoken president, Hassan Rouhani, took over the reins from his aggressive predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Neither administration has budged from the insistence that Iran should retain most of the 9,400 operational centrifuges it deploys to enrich uranium, as well as its nearly completed nuclear reactor in Arak, which could produce plutonium in the future.

Iran has softened its inflammatory anti-Western rhetoric and shown some flexibility on less important issues but we must not be duped by these gestures. President Obama must stand by his declaration that no deal with Iran is better than a bad deal.

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