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Rajavi called on West on the issue of human rights in Iran

On Saturday, Maryam Rajavi the leader of the Iranian opposition called on Western countries to predicate their relations with the regime on the resolution of the human rights issue in Iran, especially abolishing executions, ending torture.

On Saturday, Maryam Rajavi the leader of the Iranian opposition called on Western countries to predicate their relations with the regime on the resolution of the human rights issue in Iran, especially abolishing executions, ending torture and suppression and accepting respect for the freedom of speech. Rajavi was the Keynote speaker of the first international gathering of Iranian youth associations, which was held in Paris.
The President-elect of the Iranian Resistance called upon the West to " stop the policy of appeasement and offering concessions to the regime” and addressing them directly said, “Do not close your eyes on the regime's crimes against Iranian people, and do not look the other way regarding the role of this regime in the genocide in Syria, the deadly invasion of Iraq, and meddling in the affairs of other countries in the region."
Representatives of some 50 Iranian youth associations took part in the gathering on Saturday.
The representatives of Iranian youth associations underscored the points accentuated by Mrs. Rajavi at the European Parliament last week, “Human rights is the Achilles heel of this regime."
The young Iranian activists stipulated that in his 10-month dossier, Rouhani has shown that he is part and parcel of the mullahs’ regime with no mission other than to preserve the regime.
The representatives of Iranian youth associations reiterated: "The only way to put an end to the current crisis facing Iran is via regime change. We declare our support for the 10 point plan of Mrs. Rajavi."
Rudy Giuliani (Mayor of New York City from 1994 to 2001), Governor Howard Dean (Chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 2005 to 2009), Judge Michael Mukasey (the 81st Attorney General of the United States), Judge Louis Freeh (Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation from 1993 to 2001), Professor Alan Dershowitz (America’s most renowned civil liberties lawyer and one of the most distinguished defenders of individual rights), and Senator Robert Torricelli (senator from New Jersey from 1997 to 2003) were among the speakers at the event.
The event marked the third anniversary of a massacre of residents of Camp Ashraf, home to Iranian dissidents for a quarter century in Iraq on April 8, 2011. Iraqi armed forces stormed the camp at the behest of Iran, and murdered 36 defenseless residents, wounding hundreds.
Rajavi referred to the multiple massacres at Ashraf and repeated attacks to Camp Liberty, the new place of residence of Iranian dissidents in Iraq saying: "We demand that the UN Secretary General unequivocally and steadfastly put an end to any collaboration and ignoring the crimes against humanity and to establish an independent investigation on mass-executions and hostage takings in Ashraf. These steps are necessary to prevent future crimes against humanity and for preserving the credibility and honor of the UN.”
She also reprimanded the U.N. for its "abhorrent lack of action", along with that of the US regarding repeated missile attacks on residents of Camp Liberty. President Rajavi urged both the U.N. and U.S. to compel the Government of Iraq to carry out its commitments to provide safety and security to the residents. These protections include installing protective T-walls, and revoking the anti-human medical treatment imposed on the Camp’s residents. Rajavi underlined the plight of those still held prisoner saying: "We demand the release of residents of Ashraf who were taken as hostage, and transfer of all residents of Camp Liberty, in particular the wounded or sick residents to Europe and the US.”

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MEPs back Maryam Rajavi's plan for regime change in Iran

A conference at the European Parliament has given its full backing to Maryam Rajavi's ten-point plan for regime change in Iran. MEPs also demanded an end to executions and human rights abuses in Iran, urgent protection for Camp Liberty.

A conference at the Europeanhas given its full backing to Maryam Rajavi's ten-point plan for regime change in Iran.

MEPs also demanded an end to executions and human rights abuses in Iran, urgent protection for Camp Liberty and a
UN probe into the Camp Ashraf massacre.

Mrs Rajavi told the conference: "Last week’s hysterical rhetoric of the Mullahs in reaction to the EU resolution regarding the violation of Human Rights in Iran indicates that the issue of human rights is the Achilles’ heel of this regime.

"Ten months after Rouhani took office, the unprecedented number of executions and criminal massacres at Camp Ashraf and Camp Liberty prove that this government does not have the minimum capacity for reform and moderation. The solution is regime change.

"Acknowledging the right of the Iranian people and their resistance for regime change, and providing protection for the residents of Camp Liberty is both the desire of the Iranian people and vital for the world community to secure regional and global peace and tranquillity."

Speakers stressed that Iran has never abandoned its plan to attain the nuclear bomb, and that human rights abuses have worsened and executions have increased to 700 under president Hassan Rouhani. The president also appointed a hostage-taker and a terrorist as the Iranian regime’s Ambassador to the United Nations.

The Iranian regime is also seeking to annihilate the organized opposition in Camp Liberty in Iraq, with the assistance of its puppet government in Baghdad.

The massacre of 52 PMOI members in Ashraf on September 1, 2013, repeated missile barrages on Camp Liberty, intensifying the medical blockade at the camp, repeated threats to extraditing these refugees and silence and inaction by the US, the UN and EU have all created a very perilous situation for these refugees, the conference heard.

Delegates and MEPs demanded the swift release of the seven Ashraf hostages, the transfer of all residents to Europe and the United States, protection and medical equipment at Camp Liberty and the permanent stationing of UN observers and Blue Helmet peacekeepers at the camp.

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Fire festival marks end of Persian year

Iranians take to the streets to celebrate Chaharshanbe Suri, the last Wednesday of year. Street parties, fireworks and fire-jumping were seen in the streets, sea beaches and gardens. Farah Abad beach of caspian sea, Sari, Iran.

Chahārshanbe Suri is a fire jumping festival, celebrated in Iran.
Loosely translated as Wednesday Light, from the word sur which means light in Persian, or more plausibly, consider sur to be a variant of sorkh (red) and take it to refer either to the fire itself or to the ruddiness (sorkhi), meaning good health or ripeness, supposedly obtained by jumping over it, is an ancient Iranian festival dating back to at least 1700 BCE of the early Zoroastrian era. Also called the Festival of Fire, it is a prelude to Nowruz, which marks the arrival of spring. The words Chahar Shanbeh mean Wednesday and Suri means red. Bonfires are lit to "keep the sun alive" until early morning. The celebration usually starts in the evening, with people making bonfires in the streets and jumping over them singing "zardi-ye man az toh, sorkhi-ye toh az man". The literal translation is, my yellow is yours, your red is mine. This is a purification rite. Loosely translated, this means you want the fire to take your pallor, sickness, and problems and in turn give you redness, warmth, and energy. There are Zoroastrian religious significance attached to Chahārshanbeh Suri and it serves as a cultural festival for Iranian peoples: Persian Jews, Persian Muslims, Assyrians native to Iran, Persian Armenians, Kurds, and Persian Zoroastrians.

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"Every religion gets a homeland"

Interview with an AIPAC delegate attending the AIPAC Policy Conference.

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Sydney citizen Ahmad Moussalli killed in Syria

The Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed their awareness of reports that a ninth Australian, Ahmad Moussalli had been killed in Syria. Posts on social media pages pay tribute to the Islamic preacher involved in the 'street dawah' movement.

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People in Tehran Mark Anniversary of the Islamic Revolution

People in the Iranian capital, Tehran, attended huge rallies this morning on February 11, 2014, to mark the 35th anniversary of the victory of the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

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Convention of over 300 Iranian associations held in Paris

On the eve of the 35th anniversary of the anti-monarchial revolution, representatives of over 300 Iranian associations from all over the world held their first universal convention in Paris, France.

The Iranian Diaspora held its international convention in Paris on Saturday. According to the organizers, the first convention of Iranian associations in Europe, United States, Canada and Australia was a success. They pointed out to the passage of the Declaration of Convention of Iranian for Democracy as a common ground for joint activity of Iranian associations the world over.

Over 300 associations and societies from across the globe joined together in the Iranian Diaspora. Intellectuals, political and human rights activists, women’s rights activists, noted authorities, entrepreneurs, professionals, students, and ethnic and religious minorities combined their passion, experience and intellect. The gathering of such a wide spectrum of prominent leaders all focused on the same goal spoke volumes for the necessity and urgency of the convention. The 40 associations from the United States as well as 14 other countries combined professional, vocational, regional, women and youth groups.

Noteworthy among the speakers, honorary guests and dignitaries were Bernard Kouchner, French Minister for Foreign and European Affairs (2007–2010), co-founder of Doctors Without Borders (MSF), Patrick Kennedy, son of late Senator Edward Kennedy and members of the U.S. House of Representatives (1995–2011), John Bolton, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations (2005–2006), Frances Townsend, Homeland Security Advisor to the U.S. President (2004–2007), Ambassador Marc Ginsberg, former United States Ambassador to Morocco, and Struan Stevenson, President of the European Parliament's Delegation for Relations with Iraq.

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the Charismatic leader of Iranian opposition was the keynote speaker and delivered a resounding speech which was treated with standing ovation from several thousand delegates attending the convention.

The convention was held on the eve of the 35th anniversary of the anti-monarchial revolution. The devastation and corruption of the infamous regime of Velayat-e faqih was so extensive that intellectuals fled the country. Those who were not fortunate enough to escape were deprived of their fundamental rights, tortured or executed. Women, youth, professionals and anyone brave enough to voice a dissenting opinion were violently silenced.

According to the convention participants, the promises of moderation have proved to be nothing more than a mirage. Hassan Rouhani’s cadre of officials has been incapable or unwilling to initiate any improvements. Human rights in Iran have remained nonexistent. More than two-thirds of the 700 executions during the last year occurred during Rouhani’s presidency. Freedom of the press, freedom of expression, freedom of association, nor freedom of information has improved; freedom has been non-existent. Women have continued to be suppressed and denied even basic rights. The voices of the youth have been muffled. Access to the Internet has been restricted. Policies which prevented freedom and access to information reek of dictatorship more than moderation.

Another significant issue discussed at the convention was Tehran’s meddling in Syria, Iraq and other countries. Tehran’s nuclear weapons program created a time sensitive need for a comprehensive agreement. The future of the world communities’ relationship with Iran reached international center stage. According to the Geneva agreement, Iran had to reach a solution on Tehran in 2014.

The passage of the Declaration of Convention of Iranian for Democracy supported the National Council of Resistance of Iran, the democratic opposition and the democratic alternative. President-elect of the NCRI, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi’s 10-point plan for a democratic future in Iran received the solid endorsement of the convention.

Endorsement of Rajavi’s 10-point plan solidified the goal of the associations in the Iranian Diaspora. The convention accomplished its mission to turn the future of Iran with the establishment of democracy, restoration of human rights and the formation of a secular government in Iran.

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