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  • Iran uprising - is the end in sight for the Islamic regime?
     Reply #210 - November 18, 2019, 09:51 AM

    Video: https://mobile.twitter.com/AlinejadMasih/status/1196255118880124929
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    On the third day of #IranProtests, watch this brave Iranian woman remove her compulsory hijab on a bridge & challenge Iran's dictators.

    "We've suffered for 40 years" amid a crowd of protesting drivers and their applause.

  • Iran uprising - is the end in sight for the Islamic regime?
     Reply #211 - November 18, 2019, 10:18 AM

    CBC report from Saturday
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=12nLyhaXQH0
  • Iran uprising - is the end in sight for the Islamic regime?
     Reply #212 - November 18, 2019, 10:25 AM

    Leaked intelligence reports expose how Iran dominates Iraq
  • Iran uprising - is the end in sight for the Islamic regime?
     Reply #213 - November 18, 2019, 02:51 PM

    How the Iranian government shut off the internet
  • Iran uprising - is the end in sight for the Islamic regime?
     Reply #214 - November 18, 2019, 03:11 PM

    Murder and mass arrests to silence Behbahan protesters
  • Iran uprising - is the end in sight for the Islamic regime?
     Reply #215 - November 18, 2019, 06:32 PM

    Thread: https://mobile.twitter.com/AlinejadMasih/status/1196493213957337089
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    1) The death toll from #IranProtests is much higher than what's reported.

    Dozens of people have been killed.

  • Iran uprising - is the end in sight for the Islamic regime?
     Reply #216 - November 18, 2019, 10:44 PM

    https://mobile.twitter.com/GissouNia/status/1196532235056242689
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    I see a lot of well-intentioned folks here attacking each other and it’s not constructive. You all want the best for the Iranian people. But you have different ideas of how to get there.

    This isn't the time to be squabbling about diaspora politics. Ppl actually on the ground in Iran are risking their lives to voice their discontent w/ the status quo. All we need to do as observers ATM is support them publicly & take concrete, targeted actions to support

    For Iranian diaspora who didn't grow up in the US, it can be hard to understand why some Iranian-Americans take positions that appear to support the lifespan of the regime. I believe it’s an overcorrect born out of the idea that imperialism is a sin that trumps all other ills.

    The problem is, many of these folks—including me—came of age during the Bush era. We felt the perception shift towards Americans after the US invaded Iraq.

    When I moved to Holland in 2005, all anyone wanted to talk about was Bush’s ruinous policies and how Americans were so dumb. I only got a pass in part by being perceived as Iranian as well, so not fully a “clueless” American.

    For anyone working in human rights that led to a deep shame. How could you be a credible American voice on freedom & democracy when your own govt was torturing ppl in Guantanamo? It led a lot of Americans to self-reflect on the US role in the world.

    Part of this is also driven by fear. When you’ve grown up in a country that has a global military footprint and will actually bomb another it’s not fantasy to imagine that they will do the same to Iran.

    You would not have the same feeling if you’ve grown up in Canada, France, the UK or another country that would maybe be part of a US-led coalition to go to war with another country but never spearheading it.

    As this intersects w/ Iranian identity however, it's a toxic mix. In an effort to acknowledge destructive US policies of intervention in the Middle East, we now have a situation where some Iranian-Americans are inadvertently legitimizing & apologizing for Iran’s leadership.

    You don’t have to do that. This is a regime that systematically executed thousands of its political opponents in the 1980s and then promoted the killers to the highest ranks of government. The ills of US foreign policy do not make that reality of Iran’s leadership any less true.

    Look at your Twitter timeline. If you are spending more time talking about how US sanctions are the cause of Iranians' economic woes than sharing news of the IRI’s attacks on protesters and the internet shutdown then please reflect on that ratio.

    Similarly, if you’re acting like US sanctions have had no destructive effect on the impoverished classes in Iran and that Iran’s economic lot is only due to the IRI’s mismanagement and corruption then you’re also not dealing in reality.

    Maybe you think US sanctions bringing the Iranian economy to its knees is a justified foreign policy strategy, that’s a different debate. But don’t pretend US sanctions have no humanitarian impact.

    In sum, don’t let your anti-imperialism blind you from showing solidarity w/ the protesters. They have legitimate grievances that aren't US/Saudi-made. Also don’t be an imperialist shill that thinks US led regime change is the answer. Just support the ppl of Iran w/ clear eyes.

    Iranians who came to the US later in life generally do not suffer from the same ills. They’ve lived under a dictatorship and rightly see it for what it is. Even if they don’t condone US foreign policy, that doesn’t cancel out their animus towards repressive forces back in Iran.

    Iranians in other countries, try to understand where your American counterparts are coming from when their anti-imperialist views take over. The fear of bombing people makes us go too far in the other direction sometimes.

    Many of these folks think they are doing the right thing by calling out America’s abuses to the exclusion of all else. Call them out on it but also be thankful that you didn’t grow up with the same baggage.



  • Iran uprising - is the end in sight for the Islamic regime?
     Reply #217 - November 19, 2019, 12:56 AM

    https://mobile.twitter.com/HadiNili/status/1196563101925224449 https://mobile.twitter.com/HadiNili/status/1196565038842155008
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    Journo in Tehran makes it to send a few twts despite restrix:
    "Back to pre-Internet era…Even ppl in Tehran are unaware of Tehran's protests, let alone of other cities. On Sat, I thought the protests were over in Tehran until I went to the streets…"

    "Today everywhere the number of forces was bigger… It's more normal in Central Tehran, nothing going on in North Tehran, but in the East & West there are still clashes going on overnight".

  • Iran uprising - is the end in sight for the Islamic regime?
     Reply #218 - November 19, 2019, 09:40 AM

    https://mobile.twitter.com/jadi/status/1196665332611596288
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    Woke up. Checked the Internet. And is completely cut off in whole #iran . Started my multi layered SSH tunnel for a narrow 128kbps-ish connection toward the free world to tweet this and check the news, if any can pass. This is the most severe #filternet we ever had.

  • Iran uprising - is the end in sight for the Islamic regime?
     Reply #219 - November 19, 2019, 09:53 AM

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=M4c_oNS5gJg
  • Iran uprising - is the end in sight for the Islamic regime?
     Reply #220 - November 19, 2019, 03:59 PM

    https://mobile.twitter.com/amnesty/status/1196817980522405888
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    At least 106 protesters in 21 cities have been killed in #Iran, according to reports we have received. Verified video footage, eyewitness testimony & information gathered from activists outside Iran reveal a harrowing pattern of unlawful killings by Iranian security forces.

  • Iran uprising - is the end in sight for the Islamic regime?
     Reply #221 - November 19, 2019, 04:15 PM

     https://mobile.twitter.com/BahmanKalbasi/status/1196754455611551745
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    We have obtained more videos of direct shooting of protesters by #Iran’s government snipers. These images are from the western city of Kermanshah. Clearly showing them emerging from the back of trees and street corners to target protesters and then firing.

  • Iran uprising - is the end in sight for the Islamic regime?
     Reply #222 - November 19, 2019, 04:37 PM

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sh3jfCHz1QM


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12nLyhaXQH0

    these  idiots in the Iranian mullah government  since 1979  could not develop the industry for refining crude they get from the ground but working for  developing  nuclear bombs...

    Do not let silence become your legacy  
    I renounced my faith to become a kafir, 
    the beloved betrayed me and turned in to  a Muslim
     
  • Iran uprising - is the end in sight for the Islamic regime?
     Reply #223 - November 19, 2019, 04:40 PM

    Video: https://mobile.twitter.com/AmmarMaleki/status/1196822946523824135
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    I was on @euronews to talk about #IranProtests. I said that the Islamic revolutionary guard is going to test the world & their reaction if they repeat what they did in Syria. Iranians are in need and angry seeing I.R. spent billions of dollars to destabilize Syria,Iraq & Lebanon!

  • Iran uprising - is the end in sight for the Islamic regime?
     Reply #224 - November 19, 2019, 05:07 PM

    https://iranwire.com/en/features/6465
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    In a secret order to sports federations, Iran’s ministry of sports has instructed the immediate cancellation of all national sports events in cities where protests have erupted over the last few days...

  • Iran uprising - is the end in sight for the Islamic regime?
     Reply #225 - November 19, 2019, 05:56 PM

    https://www.brookings.edu/blog/order-from-chaos/2019/11/19/iranian-protesters-strike-at-the-heart-of-the-regimes-revolutionary-legitimacy/
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    Protests erupted in more than 100 Iranian cities over the weekend, sparked by the government’s decision to triple gasoline prices in a bid to fill a budget deficit. Demonstrators blocked traffic on major highways, burned posters of Iranian leaders in effigy, and attacked banks, government buildings, and symbols of the revolutionary system. The regime responded immediately and with brute force, imposing a near-total blackout of the internet and mobile lines and deploying snipers and security forces to the streets of its own cities. Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, denounced the demonstrators as “thugs” and its president, Hassan Rouhani, warned that government surveillance would empower reprisals against all who participated. If the unofficial reports of dead and wounded are anywhere near accurate, this might be the most deadly uprising since the 1979 revolution. The demonstrations echo the unrest that convulsed Iran in late 2017 and early 2018, although this latest round appears to be more widespread and more violent...

  • Iran uprising - is the end in sight for the Islamic regime?
     Reply #226 - November 19, 2019, 06:17 PM

    Video: https://mobile.twitter.com/France24_en/status/1196845322842062850
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    #Iran’s near-total internet #blackout amid violent protests: @sanamf24 speaks to @maasalan on this week’s @MEastMatters to shed light on how authorities are trying to keep the population “in the dark”

  • Iran uprising - is the end in sight for the Islamic regime?
     Reply #227 - November 19, 2019, 08:14 PM

    https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2019/11/iran-more-than-100-protesters-believed-to-be-killed-as-top-officials-give-green-light-to-crush-protests/
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    Verified video footage, eyewitness testimony from people on the ground and information gathered from human rights activists outside Iran reveal a harrowing pattern of unlawful killings by Iranian security forces, which have used excessive and lethal force to crush largely peaceful protests in more than 100 cities across Iran sparked by a hike in fuel prices on 15 November, said Amnesty International today.

    At least 106 protesters in 21 cities have been killed, according to credible reports received by Amnesty International. The organization believes that the real death toll may be much higher, with some reports suggesting as many as 200 have been killed. State media have reported only a handful of protester deaths, as well as the deaths of at least four members of the security forces.

    Video footage shows security forces using firearms, water cannons and tear gas to disperse protests and beating demonstrators with batons. Images of bullet casings left on the ground afterwards, as well as the resulting high death toll, indicate that they used live ammunition...

  • Iran uprising - is the end in sight for the Islamic regime?
     Reply #228 - November 19, 2019, 08:38 PM

    Channel 4 News video: https://www.channel4.com/news/over-one-hundred-people-killed-in-iran-protests-say-amnesty
  • Iran uprising - is the end in sight for the Islamic regime?
     Reply #229 - November 20, 2019, 12:09 AM

    CBC podcast: https://www.cbc.ca/radio/asithappens/activist-shares-stories-videos-from-iranian-protesters-in-defiance-of-internet-blackout-1.5364947
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    Masih Alinejad says that as long as people keep sending her videos and stories from the front lines of Iran's deadly protests, she'll keep sharing them with the world.

    Alinejad is an Iranian activist and journalist who lives in New York City. She says she's received more than 600 videos from people in her home country who want to spread the news about what's happening on the ground.

  • Iran uprising - is the end in sight for the Islamic regime?
     Reply #230 - November 20, 2019, 12:23 AM

    https://www.brookings.edu/blog/order-from-chaos/2019/11/19/why-iranians-are-revolting-again/
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    This new wave of protests and their slogans are reminiscent of the last major uprising that shook the Islamic Republic at the turn of the year 2018, before it died down following state suppression and the absence of middle-class involvement. In other words, the current protests must be seen as a continuation of the 2017-18 uprising, whose combined socio-economic and political grievances and drivers have remained unaddressed. Now as then, the protests have been sparked by economic grievances, yet they immediately turned into anti-regime demonstrations targeting the legitimacy of all wings of the regime — the so-called moderates as well as hardliners. They also spread to all corners of the country. Another parallel is the moderate or reformist political faction’s opposition to the protests, as they continue to benefit from the same system they have claimed to be willing to reform.

    A key difference is scale: Even judging from the low estimates provided by the state, the number of protesters has doubled from 42,000 (according to the Interior Ministry) during the 2017-18 protests to 87,000 (according to an unnamed Iranian intelligence organization) in recent weeks. Crucially, the capital of Tehran has seen more protests than back then, with a large number of major roads blocked by protesters.

    Also, compared to almost two years ago, both people’s and the regime’s resolve has become more ferocious. Protesters have become more fearless, facing the forces of repression more adamantly and expressing their rage more openly — from burning down images of Khamenei and the statue of the founder of the Islamic Republic Ayatollah Khomeini to attacking sites affiliates to the police, the Basij (the paramilitary force) and Friday prayer imams, as well as banks. These are all symbols of the regime’s social, political, and economic oppression, which have been thorns in the flesh of young Iranians’ daily lives. The acts of vandalism that took place beyond that are mainly an expression of the immense pressure people have been facing, which has now exploded. Despite these acts, the protests have been largely peaceful, while authorities have green-lighted a brutal crackdown. Only a day after protests broke out, the regime imposed an unprecedented total internet blackout, hiding the situation from national and international scrutiny. That the internet is still shut down only signals that despite the heavy use of violence, the security forces haven’t been able to successfully squash the unrest. Also, within the ranks of the army, the police, and even the IRGC, many share those collective grievances. If protests continue, there might be chances of them sympathizing with or even joining the demonstrators. Hence the urgency and severity of state suppression.

    A reason for the crackdown’s complication lies, in contrast to the 2017-18 upheaval, in the dispersed nature of the protests — with people gathering in multiple points across their cities —, making it harder to effectively suppress them, even though the state has deployed hundreds of thousands of security forces. In addition, there are indications that this time around protests have been spreading to more segments of society that have entered into strike to join them, like in the case of the Bazaar and of some universities.

  • Iran uprising - is the end in sight for the Islamic regime?
     Reply #231 - November 20, 2019, 12:36 AM

    UNHCHR press briefing: https://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=25311&LangID=E
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=DrrygtOo9hE
  • Iran uprising - is the end in sight for the Islamic regime?
     Reply #232 - November 20, 2019, 10:28 AM

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=rbXCOUzgXVc
  • Iran uprising - is the end in sight for the Islamic regime?
     Reply #233 - November 20, 2019, 10:46 AM

    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/19/opinion/iran-internet-ban.html
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    Authoritarian governments have increasingly sought to use internet disruptions and blockades as weapons to crush dissent. Reports of internet shutdowns have recently come from Hong Kong, Iraq and Indian-controlled Kashmir, where access to the internet has been cut off for more than three months now.

    Now it’s Iran’s turn. Over the weekend, the government imposed a nationwide internet blackout to suppress news of anti-government protests. The country’s internet access was disrupted during the protests in 2017 and 2018 — but this almost complete shutdown sets a new oppressive benchmark...

  • Iran uprising - is the end in sight for the Islamic regime?
     Reply #234 - November 20, 2019, 11:34 AM

    Thread: https://mobile.twitter.com/GissouNia/status/1196946683977879553
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    People keep commenting on this video in my mentions so I finally watched it. I believe the argument here is based on an outdated view of the powers of a state.

  • Iran uprising - is the end in sight for the Islamic regime?
     Reply #235 - November 20, 2019, 11:39 AM

    Thread: https://mobile.twitter.com/HadiNili/status/1197050453806243840
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    Iran connectivity to the internet has been less than 5% over the past 4 day bc of a gov-imposed internet blackout and now the authorities are trying to shut down that very small connection too.

  • Iran uprising - is the end in sight for the Islamic regime?
     Reply #236 - November 20, 2019, 11:49 AM

    France 24: 'It looks like a war zone': Our Observers report from inside Iran’s protests
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    The sudden announcement by Iran’s government on November 15 of gasoline (petrol) price hikes of as much as 300 percent has led to days of protests across the country – and violent repression by its security services. While no official tolls have been announced, reports suggest dozens of protesters have been killed and hundreds of buildings been burned: banks, gas stations, police stations and other governmental buildings. Our Observers were able to send information before a near-complete ban on foreign internet traffic was put in place on November 17...

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    “Sima” is one of our Observers in the southern suburbs of Tehran. She managed to talk to FRANCE 24 on November 17 before all internet and phone lines in the town were cut.

    It looks like a war zone. Our entire town is on fire. All the banks have been burned. People are angry because the police have reacted with unimaginable violence. I witnessed the 2009 Green Movement in Tehran, but the repression then was nothing compared with what we are seeing now.

    I saw at least 10 dead bodies on the streets of our neighbourhood. I knew some of the people who were killed. One of them was a carpenter from our street. He wasn’t even participating in the protests. He was just standing in front of his store when he was hit by a bullet and killed.

    The internet is down so we have no way of sharing what’s happening here with the outside world. They are killing anyone they see in the streets. People are fighting back however they can: burning trashcans, banks, ATMs – anything that symbolises the government.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=RP_qKQaV44o
  • Iran uprising - is the end in sight for the Islamic regime?
     Reply #237 - November 20, 2019, 01:10 PM

    https://mobile.twitter.com/KavehMoussavi/status/1196561095915450369
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    I warn every commanding officer of the IRGC-you issue an order to fire on civilians, we will identify and immediately proceed to issue International Arrest Warrants against you. You have been warned! Cease and desist forthwith. Abandon this criminal regime and join the people.


    https://mobile.twitter.com/KavehMoussavi/status/1196580887632207876
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    IRGC snatching bodies of murdered from hospital morgues and organising secret burials. This constitutes a continuing crime in International Criminal Law. As soon as the culprits are identified, I shall draft indictments and obtain International Arrest Warrants.


    https://mobile.twitter.com/PhilipGrant40/status/1194588394841661440
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    BREAKING: arrest made in #Sweden in 1988 prison massacre in #Iran.
    #universaljurisdiction


    https://www.rferl.org/a/iranian-national-detained-sweden-1988-mass-executions/30269703.html
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    An Iranian citizen has been remanded in custody in Sweden on suspicion of carrying out crimes against humanity and murder in the late 1980s in Iran.

    Swedish Prosecutor Karolina Wieslander said on November 13 that the unidentified man was suspected of committing the crimes between July 28, 1988, and August 31, 1988, in Tehran. The prosecutor did not elaborate.

    His lawyer, Lars Hultgren, told the Swedish news agency TT that the man insists he is innocent, adding "they have taken the wrong guy."

    The 58-year-old man was reportedly arrested on November 9 at Stockholm’s international airport.

    Sweden-based activist Iraj Mesdaghi and human rights lawyer Kaveh Moussavi told RFE/RL’s Radio Farda that they have documents proving that the man served as a judge at the Gohardasht prison on the outskirts of the city of Karaj west of the capital Tehran.

    They claim that the man had played an "active role" in the 1988 mass executions of political prisoners, during which several thousand members of the Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO), leftist groups, students, and others were executed in Iran's prisons in what Amnesty International describes as "a coordinated effort to eliminate political opposition."

    Agnes Callamard, the UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial executions, called the arrest an “important first step towards justice for the 1988 massacre.”

    “This would be the very first time that someone is charged in relation to the events,” Callamard tweeted.

    The London-based rights group has called on the United Nations to establish an "independent, impartial and effective international mechanism" to help bring those responsible for the extrajudicial executions to justice.


    https://iranwire.com/en/features/6436
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    Swedish authorities have jailed an Iranian prosecutor alleged to have played a role in the mass executions of prisoners in 1988 — one of the most shocking events in the history of the Islamic Republic.

    Almost anybody who served time at Gohardasht Prison, also known as Rajaei Shahr, in the 1980s is familiar with Hamid Nouri, a pseudonym for Hamid Abbasi, who was an assistant prosecutor for the prison at the time.

    According to testimonies from former Rajaei Shahr inmates, during the 1980s Nouri served on the prison’s “death panel” that decided which political prisoners were to be executed and when. “There were assistant prosecutors like Hamid Abbasi who testified before the committee,” writes Iraj Mesdaghi, a former political prisoner who has written extensively about Iranian political prisoners in the 1980s. “They were people who added fuel to the fire and tried to bring the panel to a consensus over the decision to execute.”

    On November 13, Swedish authorities arrested Hamid Nouri in Stockholm by order of a Swedish court after a private plaintiff, Kaveh Mousavi, brought a case against him. Mousavi, a lawyer and arbitrator for the International Court of Arbitration, is also an Associate Research Fellow at Oxford University in the United Kingdom. Nouri has been charged with five counts, all of which are related to the 1980s massacre of political prisoners in Iran.

    In 1988, toward the end of the Iran-Iraq War, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini ordered the secret mass execution of thousands of Iranian political prisoners. Most were leftists, and many were members of the People’s Mojahedin Organization (MEK), which had sided with Saddam Hussein’s Iraq during the war. Acting on Khomeini’s behalf, a small group of high-ranking officials went into Iranian prisons and questioned prisoners — most of whom the judiciary had already sentenced to prison terms — about their religious and political affiliations. Those deemed unlikely to recommit themselves to Islam and Khomeini were sent in groups to be executed by hanging, and were then buried in secret.

    The victims were buried in mass graves. Their families were not only not allowed to bury their loved ones, they were not informed of exactly where they had been buried.

    Based on evidence and documents provided by Iraj Mesdaghi, the court in Stockholm has extended Nouri’s detention for four more weeks so that eyewitnesses can testify at the court.

    “For months I kept his movements under surveillance,” Iraj Mesdaghi told IranWire. “He had traveled to Germany many times and this time he wanted to travel to Italy on a one-year visa. We had been planning for this for a long time and several lawyers in the UK, Germany and Sweden were kept informed. With the cooperation of Mr. Mousavi and the warrant from the Swedish prosecutor, he was arrested the moment he landed at Stockholm Arlanda Airport. We had enough evidence and documents to convince the Swedish judiciary and the prosecutor.”

    Iraj Mesdaghi was not at the airport when Nouri was arrested, but he followed events as they unfolded and rushed to the court once Nouri was in custody. “It was a very important moment for us because he and others, like Mohammad Moghiseh, who was known in prison as ‘Naserian,’ played central roles in planning for the 1988 massacre. He was instrumental and serious in selecting the prisoners and prioritizing who appeared before the death panel. The judges in the death panel, of course, were not closely familiar with the prisoners, so this gentleman and Naserian presented the necessary justifications to the panel to convince them that the prisoners they had selected must be executed.”

    “Hamid Nouri read the names of the prisoners and lined them up,” Mesdaghi remembers. “He then asked the guards to take them to their ward but the word ‘ward’ was actually code word for them to take the prisoner to the gallows. I myself had witnessed him many times in prison.”

    Later, following up on Nouri, Iraj Mesdaghi found out that he was still active in Iranian political life and worked for the intelligence ministry. “He has close relations with [current head of the judiciary] Ebrahim Raeesi, [former intelligence minister] Ali Fallahian, [former justice minister] Mostafa Pourmohammadi and Judge Moghiseh and worked with the intelligence Ministry under the assumed names of Vahid and Abdollah.” Raeesi sat on the so-called death committee set up by Ayatollah Khomeini.

    Mesdaghi was in court when the charges against Nouri were read but, under Swedish law, he was required to leave the courtroom when the charges were discussed in the presence of the prosecutor and his assistants. He was again present in court when the judge prepared to take the decision to extend Nouri’s arrest for another four weeks.

    Isn’t Mesdaghi worried that the Iranian government will interfere and try to secure the freedom of the defendant, I asked? “Sweden has one of the highest standards of justice and has the necessary experience in handling cases like this,” said Mesdaghi. “Our evidence is very comprehensive and convincing.”

    Kaveh Mousavi told IranWire that he had lodged the case against Nouri in memory of those who unjustly lost their lives in the 1980s.

    Mousavi and his team led by Iraj Mesdaghi had expected Nouri to be arrested in Germany and had prepared everything for such an eventuality. But on the morning of November 9, Mesdaghi’s sources informed him that Nouri had suddenly changed his itinerary and was flying to Sweden. “After Mr. Hamid Nouri’s travel plans changed I had a limited time — only six hours on a weekend — to convince the Swedish prosecutor to arrest him,” Mousavi told me.

    Mousavi said he had the help of a team of 18 lawyers. “Considering that in Sweden the assumption is that people are innocent until proven otherwise, I had told Mr. Mesdaghi to gather enough convincing evidence for his arrest and we succeeded in doing so,” he said.

    Mousavi said crimes such as the 1988 mass executions are so extreme that they are not subject to the statute of limitations, which allows for events to be exempt from legal proceedings beyond a certain time. “Such crimes have a public aspect, meaning that they are not crimes against an individual but are considered crimes against humanity and can be prosecuted anywhere in the world. They are subject to judicial prosecution wherever humans live. War crimes, genocide and torture are among such crimes and are not subject to the statute of limitations. As a human being, as an Iranian and as a lawyer, I have always felt unhappy that those who were executed in the 1980s never received the due process of law and an impartial judgment.”

    “The evidence was sent and I prepared my complaint,” Mousavi told me. “Now that we have reached this point I no longer insist to remain as a private plaintiff because many have announced that they want to join the suit or want to testify. Based on Swedish laws, I can either remain as a private plaintiff or leave the suit, in which case the Swedish government itself would follow the matter.”

    The mass execution of political prisoners started after Operation Mersad, the last major military operation of the Iran-Iraq war in July 1988, which was a major victory for Iran. According to Mousavi, Nouri has now been charged with war crimes for his participation in the executions. “Many young prisoners who had no record of armed activities, who just supported a political movement and who were serving their prison sentences were executed en masse after this military operation that had nothing to do with them,” he says. “Even a prisoner of war has rights and must not be put to death, let alone somebody who was never involved in the war.”

    Mousavi says that the Iranian embassy has hired expensive lawyers to defend Nouri. “We have gathered enough evidence so that they cannot get him off through legal maneuvers and by resorting to the statute of limitations,” Mousavi said. One  charge Mousavi brought against Nouri was “making individuals disappear,” and he has argued that until the bodies of the missing individuals are found and identified by their families this charge remains valid and the defense of statute of limitations cannot apply. Even after so many years, the families of many victims of the 1988 massacre have yet to know how they died or where they have been buried.

    Mousavi says that he is “101 percent” confident that Nouri will not be released by Sweden’s justice system.


    https://www.theglobeandmail.com/politics/article-families-hope-for-answers-justice-after-arrest-of-iranian-accused-of/
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    An arrest thousands of kilometres away in Sweden is reverberating through the Iranian diaspora in Canada and giving hope to families who have waited 31 years to find out what happened to their relatives in Iran’s worst mass murder in modern history.

    Last week, the Swedish Prosecution Authority announced the arrest of an Iranian man suspected of committing crimes against humanity and murder in July and August of 1988. He is being held in custody until Dec. 11, when prosecutors will have to decide whether to indict him.

    As Iran was rocked again by internal unrest this weekend, with mass protests against the regime breaking out across the country, victims from a crackdown of political opponents more than three decades ago are getting their first glance at justice.

    Lawyers for the civilian complainant allege that the suspect, identified as Hamid Nouri, was an assistant prosecutor in Iran’s extrajudicial tribunals, known as the death commissions, which sentenced approximately 5,000 political dissidents to death based solely on their political or religious beliefs.

    It was a “religious inquisition,” said McGill University law professor Payam Akhavan, one of the lawyers for survivor and memoirist Iraj Mesdaghi, who alerted Swedish prosecutors.

    “He was an enthusiastic inquisitor and in addition to sending people to their deaths he tortured some of them," Prof. Akhavan said of Mr. Nouri.

    The accused’s lawyer did not respond to a request for comment but, according to the Associated Press, lawyer Lars Hultgren told Sweden’s TT News Agency that his client denies the charges, adding, “They have taken the wrong guy.”

    Representatives for the Iranian government also did not respond to requests for comment.

    In 2013, Canada became the first country to recognize the killings as crimes against humanity, but until now none of the perpetrators has faced justice, which means families have little to no information about their relatives’ deaths or burials.

    “It’s a very open wound for us,” Jafar Behkish said in an interview.

    Two of his brothers and a brother-in-law were killed in the 1988 massacre. Mr. Behkish, who moved to Canada in 2002, said he wants to know exactly when they were killed and who ordered the killings. Not knowing has affected his family’s life “completely.”

    Growing up in Iran, he was one of nine children. Five of them were killed at the hands of the regime in the first decade after the 1979 revolution.

    “They killed them because they didn’t believe in Islam,“ Mr. Behkish said of his brothers.

    For years the Iranian regime denied the mass murder, but after a grassroots fact-finding tribunal collected the details of the crimes in 2012, Tehran went from denial to defending them, Prof. Akhavan said. However, even with that admission, the little information the victims’ families have is from survivors, not from the government.

    “One of the main characteristics of this massacre was total silence,” Mr. Behkish said.

    Amnesty International calls the regime’s refusal to disclose how the victims died and where they are buried a continuing crime against humanity, and a breach of the “absolute prohibition of torture and other ill treatment by cruel practices."

    The lack of closure has haunted Nina Toobaei’s family and left them unable to move on. For 17 years, she said, her parents waited for their son to come home. Only after reading Mr. Mesdaghi’s memoirs of the death commissions did they realize he would not return.

    Ms. Toobaei, who also moved to Canada, said her brother survived the extrajudicial trials only to disappear three years later. The government has never disclosed what happened to him, but the last confirmed sighting of her brother is described in Mr. Mesdaghi’s memoirs, in prison.

    “There is no closure for us,” Ms. Toobaei said through tears.

    Mr. Nouri’s arrest has captured the attention of the international community. Philip Grant, the executive director of TRIAL International, which works to fight impunity for war crimes, said the case shows “the arm of justice can sometimes be long, even if belated.”

    Because crimes such as the 1988 massacres don’t fall under the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court, Mr. Grant said there is a “huge impunity gap” that the universal jurisdiction principle, which Sweden is using in this case, can bridge.

    The uncertainty surrounding Mr. Nouri’s case has Mr. Behkish tempering his expectations, but he said he hopes it will lead to accountability and information.

    Ms. Toobaei said she hopes Mr. Nouri will decide to talk “instead of denying and lying.”

    Former Canadian justice minister and Liberal MP Irwin Cotler, who co-sponsored Canada’s resolution on the killings with the late NDP MP Paul Dewar, said Canada’s role today should be to continue to “sound the alarm” and help establish an international tribunal on the crimes.

    “Not only is it not over, not only were they never brought to justice then, but they’re continuing to commit the crimes today," Mr. Cotler said. “It’s an astonishing impunity.”

  • Iran uprising - is the end in sight for the Islamic regime?
     Reply #238 - November 20, 2019, 02:17 PM

    Thread: https://mobile.twitter.com/maryamnayebyazd/status/1196981710094778369
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    #Iranprotests video from Friday in Khorramshahr. The guy you see talking is Meysam Adgipour. Regime was able to identify him using this footage and murder him. Activists only realized today the dead body from few days ago is Meysam's. His body hasn't been returned to his family.

  • Iran uprising - is the end in sight for the Islamic regime?
     Reply #239 - November 20, 2019, 02:41 PM

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=RYT13c9Gzv0
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