No 269

News Bulletin of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran

9 June 2008

IAEA report accentuates further sanctions on Tehran
On June 2, The Iranian Resistance called on international community to adopt a firm policy and impose comprehensive sanctions on the clerical fascism ruling Iran, as IAEA board of governors met in Vienna. The IAEA report revealed part of the regime’s ominous intentions in its drive to obtain nuclear bomb. The report reiterated, “However, at this stage, Iran has not provided the Agency with all the information, access to documents and access to individuals necessary to support Iran’s statements.… Agency is of the view that Iran may have additional information, in particular on high explosives testing and missile related activities, which could shed more light on the nature of these alleged studies and which Iran should share with the Agency.” IAEA report added, “The Agency’s overall assessment of the nature of Iran’s nuclear program also requires, inter alia, an understanding of the role of the uranium metal document, and clarifications by Iran concerning some procurement activities of military related institutions, which remain outstanding. Substantive explanations are required from Iran to support its statements on the alleged studies and on other information with a possible military dimension.” The report stressed that the “studies on the green salt project, high explosives testing and missile re-entry vehicle project remain a matter of serious concern. Clarification of this is critical to an assessment of Iran’s past and present nuclear program.”
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At the European Parliament

EU Presidency urged to remove PMOI from terror list

In the panel from left: John Leech MP, Senator Dirk Claes, Paulo Casaca MEP, Janusz Onyszkiewicz MEP, Alejo Vidal-Quadras, EP Vice-President, Maryam Rajavi, NCRI President-elect, Lord Russell-Johnston, Struan Stevenson MEP, Lord Clarke and David Jones MP

Following the UK Court of Appeal’s definitive ruling on May 7 ordering the British Home Secretary to remove the main Iranian opposition, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI), from its proscribed organizations list, major moves were launched to remove the unjust label from the organization in the European Union. Continued on page 4

Following UK Court of Appeal judgment

Belgian Senate Majority calls on EU Council to take PMOI off the list
In a joint press release on May 28, senators Dirk Claes (Christian Democrat) and Patrik Vankrunkelsven (Open VLD), announced a declaration by majority members of the Belgian Senate, calling for removal of the PMOI from EU’s terror list. The press release said:
“The UK Court of appeal in a definitive judgment on 7 May 2008 declared that maintaining the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI) in the list of proscribed organisations has been ‘perverse’ and ‘flawed.’ It ordered the UK government to de-proscribe the PMOI. “Following the UK verdict, 36 Senators from major political parties in Belgium signed a joint statement. Belgian senators wrote: ‘There is no doubt that a democratic change in Iran is not only the urgent desire of the Iranian people but also a need for peace and tranquility in the region as well as a need for the Western countries. As the leader of the
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Tehran launches Missile on Ashraf City
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Belgian Senate Majority ...
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Italy: Ahmadinejad is persona non-grata

opposition, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, mentioned in the Belgian Senate (in October 2006) and in the European Parliament (in December 2007): This change can only be done by the Iranian people and the opposition, and only if the obstacles in this way are put aside, in particular the terrorist label on the main opposition.’ “The Belgian Senate, in December 2005, and the Chamber, in April 2006, unanimously adopted two resolutions on the situation of the human rights and the role of the opposition. They called on the Belgian Government and the European Union to revise the inclusion of the PMOI on the terrorist list. “On 12 December 2006, the Court of First Instance of European Communities in Luxembourg annulled the Council Decision to put the PMOI in EU terrorist list. “TheBelgiansenatorsconcluded:Wecallupon the Belgian government and the Council of the European Union to immediately remove the PMOI from the EU terrorist list. This has proven to be a necessity for respect of human rights and for a change in Iran.”

IAEA report accentuates further sanctions ...
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The report citing the defiance of the Security Council resolutions by Iranian regime further added, “Contrary to the decisions of the Security Council, Iran has not suspended its enrichment related activities, having continued the operation of PFEP and FEP and the installation of both new cascades and of new generation centrifuges for test purposes. Iran has also continued with the construction of the IR–40 reactor.” The IAEA’s report sheds light on some aspects of the Iranian regime’s breaches of the law and clearly reveals the regime’s ominous intention of obtaining nuclear weapons. While the clerical regime is actively and with all available means violating the UN Security Council resolutions, the imposition of comprehensive military, technological, diplomatic, and oil sanctions by the UN Security Council is more important than ever before. Any delays or pinning hope on possible negotiations with the regime would only provide time to the mullahs and take the region as well as the international community a step closer to the war.

The presence of mullahs’ president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at a UN food summit in Rome sparked international condemnation and protests in Italy. Protests in Rome were organized by political groups, politicians, activists and supporters of the Iranian Resistance. Ahmadinejad’s presence at the summit “addressing the tragedy of hunger in the world symbolizes the devastating contradiction between the violence of totalitarian governments and their demagogic statements,” demonstration organizers said in a statement. “For nearly 30 years, the rulers in Tehran have negated the rights of religious and ethnic minorities, women, student associations and anyone who does not agree with the regime’s policies,” the statement added. The Iranian Resistance which opposed the visit right from the beginning also welcomed the decision by Pope Benedict XVI and the Prime Minister of Italy, Silvio Berlusconi, not to meet with the mullahs’ president. The statement reiterated “Ahmadinejad is a war criminal and he should be put on trial for his crimes against humanity.” On Monday, June 2, it was reported that the name of Ahmadinejad was scraped from the list of guests to a reception hosted by the Italian Prime Minister and the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. In a television interview on Saturday, prior to Ahmadinejad’s trip to Italy, Mr. Franco Frattini, the Italian Foreign Minister, said that there were many reasons not to meet with Ahmadinejad. His remarks were followed later by a comment by the Vice-chair of the Italian Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs, Mrs. Fiamma Nirenstein. While expressing her dislike at the regime, she said that it posed a threat to the international community and support to the opponents of the regime was on the parliament’s agenda. Mrs. Nirenstein made it clear that the regime’s bid to acquire nuclear weapons was
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not the only reason for European’s hatred towards Ahmadinejad and rejected any talks with a man who only believes in violence. She admitted to the failure of current international sanctions and said that Italy would soon adopt more decisive measures against the regime. She added that in view of human rights violations in Iran, pressures on the regime should increase. Mrs. Stefania Craxi, deputy Foreign Minister, also called for further sanctions and firm policies on the regime. She criticized western policy on the regime and said she believed that the only solution to the problem in Iran was through support for the opponents of the regime. In protest to Ahmadinejad’s trip to Italy, a press conference was initiated by the Iranian Resistance in Rome. The conference was attended by Italian political and human rights figures as well as members of the Parliament. They called for a firm policy against the clerical dictatorship and its rejection by the international community. As the first speaker, Mr. Antonio Stango, General Secretary of the Italian Helsinki Watch and a leading figure in the Italian Radical Party, welcomed the decision by the Italian Prime Minister and the Foreign Minister as well as the Pope not to meet Ahmadinejad and declared the support of MPs from his party to the conference. NCRI representative in Italy, Mr. Abulqassem Rezai, deplored Ahmajdinejad’s presence at the FAO conference and quoted Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, saying that the regime has no capacity for change or retreat and the only solution to the problem in Iran was democratic change through Iranian people and their organized resistance. Other speakers in the conference included Mr. Alessandro Forlani, former MP from Christian Democratic Party; Mr. Mario Lana, President of the Italian Lawyers Union in Defense of Human Rights; Mr. Gustavo Selva former senator; Mr. Aldo Forbice, radio program producer; Mr. Aurelio Salvatore Misiti, MP from Party of Italian Values; and members of the NCRI delegation; Mr. Reza Olia, Iranian artist, and Ms. Fereshteh Karimi.

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Tehran launches missile on Ashraf city
War crime against “Protected Persons under the Fourth Geneva Convention” in Iraqi territory
Calls on UN Security Council, Multinational Force-Iraq and the Iraqi government to adopt punitive measures and evict the Iranian regime from Iraq
On Monday, May 26, at 16:23 local time, the mullahs’ regime, in a clear act of war, attacked Ashraf City, in northeast Iraq, using Grad missiles. The missiles were engraved with Persian date of manufacture, “24-5-1384” which corresponds to August 15, 2005. No injuries were reported. The criminal attack occurred three weeks after the definitive judgment of the UK Court of Appeal to remove the PMOI from the terrorist list. The Mullahs’ hysteric reaction to this ruling continues unabated with the regime’s leaders reacting furiously. Following the regime’s failure to prevent the annulment of the terror label, the mullahs’ regime ordered its embassy in Baghdad to plan attacks against the residents of Ashraf as a priority. Any assault on residents of Ashraf who are all “protected persons” under the “Fourth Geneva Convention” is a clear violation of international law, International Humanitarian Law, and Geneva Conventions. This attack is clearly a war crime. The People’s Mojahedin Organisation of Iran calls upon the UN Security Council, International Committee of Red Cross, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Multinational ForceIraq and the Iraqi Government to condemn the Iranian regime’s war crimes in Iraqi territory against protected persons, and to adopt punitive measures against the religious fascism ruling Iran and to evict the Iranian regime from Iraq. The Iranian Resistance calls for expulsion of mullahs’ ambassador to Baghdad, Kazemi Qomi, a commander of the terrorist Qods Force, and closure of the Mullahs’ embassy in Baghdad which serves as a base for terrorism and espionage. The embassy is the main center for insecurity and instability in Iraq. Mrs. Maryam Rajvi, President-elect of the Iranian Resistance, described the missile attack on Ashraf city an act of war on behalf of the mullahs’ regime and a “war crime” committed against “declared protected persons according to Geneva Conventions.” She said, “The theocratic regime ruling Iran has resorted to this crime after a humiliating failure in preventing the annulment of the terrorist label and the ruling of the British Court of Appeal in order to export its internal crises.” The assault took place despite the fact that Ashraf residents have had no weapons for the past 5 years and have not engaged in any military operations and their protection has been the responsibility of the coalition forces.

Attack Condemned
The missile attack on Ashraf City was widely condemned by political groups and personalities across the world. In a joint statement, the Coordination Committee for Iraqi Nationalist Forces comprised of the National Accord Front chaired by Dr. Ayad Alawi, former Iraqi Prime Minister; The Congress of Iraqi People, chaired by Dr. Adnan Duleimi; the Iraqi National Dialogue Front, chaired by Dr. Saleh Mutlak; and the Council for Iraqi National Dialogue, chaired by Sheikh Khalaf Al-Elyan, strongly condemned the attack on Ashraf. The statement considered the attack as an open act of aggression violating the sovereignty of Iraq and the international laws. They reiterated that time has come to put an end to the Iranian regime’s presence in Iraq and its meddling in that country.

Iranian made Grad missile landed in Ashraf City

Among many others in Iraq, at least 12 members of parliament from four different groups condemned the attack. Dozens of political and human rights groups and personalities in Europe, North America and Australia condemned the attack and called for immediate action to stop Iranian regime’s aggression. Hundreds of Iranians across the world held demonstrations against the regime and called on international competent bodies to intervene and stop mullahs’ terrorist aggressions.

INSIDE IRAN
Sugar cane factory strike
Chanting slogans against factory’s management, Sugar cane Factory workers in Haft-Tapeh gathered in the industrial complex on June 2, their 28th day of strike. They shouted, “Workers will die but will not give in to humiliation,” “Our monthly salary is our inalienable right” and “Job and life are our inalienable rights.” Several thousands of protesting workers marched toward the building of the factory’s management.

Juvenile offenders face death
Three young men identified as Behrooz (Behnood) Shojaee, Mohammad Fadaei and Saeed Jazee are facing gallows soon. All three were under 18 at the time of the alleged crimes. The mullahs’ judiciary has already announced the scheduled time for their hangings to be: June 3, 11 and 25 respectively. There are at least 75 juveniles on death row in Iran, according to international human rights organizations. In its latest statement on June 4, the Slovenian Presidency of the EU said, “These juvenile death sentences are in direct contravention of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s international obligations and commitments, specifically as set out in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, both clearly prohibiting the execution of minors or people who have been convicted of crimes committed when they were minors. These international legal obligations have been freely entered into by the Islamic Republic of Iran and must be fully respected by the Iranian authorities.”

3,000 brick workers on strike
More than 3,000 workers at Qarchak Brick Factory in Varamin, central Iran, have been on strike for the past 26 days. Thousands of women, men and children working in the factory demand rise in their wage from about $12.5 to $15 for every 1,000 brick they produce. The deprived workers in this factory work for 17 hours a day. Workers in dozens of other factories and workshops are currently on strike across Iran.

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EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT MEETING

EU Presidency urged to remove PMOI from terror list
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Former Prime Minister of Algeria; Francois Colcombet, A magistrate and Former Member of the French National Assembly; Jean-Pierre Spitzer, PMOI Lawyer in EU Court; Prof. Henk de Haan, Former Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Dutch Parliament; Catherine Neris, French MEP and Senator Dirk Claes from the Belgian Christian Democratic Party. Mrs. Rajavi was welcomed to the European Parliament by two EP Vice-Presidents Mr. Alejo Vidal Quadras from the EPP-ED group and Mr. Manuel Antonio dos Santos from the Socialist group and scores of other MEPs. A large group of Iranians also welcomed Mrs. Rajavi upon her arrival at the European Parliament. in an announcement in the begining of the conference, Senator Dirk Claes said that following the ruling of the UK Court of Appeal, in a joint statement, majority of Belgian Senators called on the EU to remove the PMOI from terrorist list. addressing the conference, Dr. Vidal-Quadras said, “We are convinced, Mrs. President, that your struggle is as much important for us in Europe, in the western world, as it is important of course for Iranians, The European Union must remove the because the regime that presently PMOI from the terrorist list immediately, is in power in your country is a threat for peace, stability and alleviate restrictions, damages imposed security not only in the Middle on the PMOI and recognize the Iranian East, but for the whole world.” He Resistance added, “Supporting democratic change in Iran is the only solution also addressed the meeting. They were among to the crisis the world is facing with regards to the the 35 British Parliamentarians who successfully Iranian regime’s quest for nuclear weapons and its challenged the UK Home Secretary’s proscription meddling in neighbouring countries, in Iraq, in of the PMOI. Lebanon and in Palestine.” Other distinguished speakers included; Janusz He emphasized, “Maintaining the PMOI Onyszkiewicz, MEP, Vice President of the Foreign in the European Union’s terror list is unlawful. I Affairs Committee of the EP; Struan Stevenson, therefore call on the EU Presidency to act according MEP, Vice President of the EPP-ED Group; to the courts judgments, to do it immediately and David Vaughan, CBE QC, PMOI Lawyer in the respect the rule of law. I urge the EU Presidency to European Union Court of Justice; Paulo Casaca, be consistent with its responsibilities in upholding MEP, Co-Chair of FOFI; Sid Ahmad Ghozali, the rule of law in Europe.” In a joint initiative by three parliamentary committees; Friends of a Free Iran Inter-group at the European Parliament (FOFI), British Parliamentary Committee for Iran Freedom (BPCIF) and French Committee for a democratic Iran (CFID), a conference was held at the European Parliament on May 28. The conference was attended by some 100 Euro MPs, members of both Houses of Parliament in Britain and dignitaries from other countries primarily from Europe. The meeting was chaired by Dr. Alejo Vidal-Quadras, Vice-President of the European Parliament. The keynote speaker was Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council or Resistance of Iran. A number of British parliamentarians from all major political parties including Lord RussellJohnston, former President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe; Lord Clarke of Hampstead, former chairman of the Labour Party; David Jones, shadow cabinet minister; Lord King of West Bromwich and John Leech

He then invited Mrs. Rajavi to deliver her speech. She began her remarks by addressing the EU and said, “I call upon the EU presidency to publicly announce that PMOI is no longer on the EU terror list and to include the delisting of the PMOI on the agenda of the next meeting of the Council of Ministers.” She reiterated, “The mullahs’ angry reaction to the judgment of the UK Court of Appeal shows their fear of the Resistance. Change in Iran is in reach but only through the Iranian people and the Resistance.” The Iranian Resistance’s President-elect then outlined her expectations and declared: - The European Union must respect the rule of law. It must remove the PMOI from the terrorist list immediately. It must alleviate restrictions and damages imposed on the PMOI, - The European Union must recognize the Iranian Resistance which is striving for democracy, - The European Union must halt any concessions to Tehran regime and impose comprehensive sanctions against the mullahs. Other Digniatries attending the conference included, Professor Raymond Tanter, Former Senior Staff Member, US National Security Council; Mogens Camre, Vice-President of UEN, Denmark; Avril Doyle, Head of the Irish Delegation, EPP-ED; Tunne Kelam, Head of Estonian Delegation, EPPED; Erik Meijer, MEP, GUE-NGL, the Netherlands; Professor Aloyzas Sakalas, MEP, Head of Lithuanian Delegation ,PSE; Soren Sondergaard, MEP, GUENGL, Denmark; Jean Spautz, Head of Luxembourg Delegation, EPP-ED; Jan Zahradil, Head of Czech Republic Delegation, EPP-ED; Edit Bauer, MEP, EPP-ED, Slovakia; Professor Wojciech Roszkowski, MEP, UEN, Poland; Alessandro Battilocchio, MEP, PSE, Italy; Emanuel Jardim Fernandes, MEP, PSE, Portugal; Den Dover, MEP, EPP-ED, UK; Senator Patrik Vankrunkelsven of Belgium; Pierre Bercis, President of the French New Human Rights; Bishop Jacques Gaillot from France; Antonio Stango, General Secretary of Italian Helsinki Watch; and Bernd Haeusler, lawyer, deputy Chair and spokesman on human rights at the Berlin Bar Association.

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