Iranian regime is known to be a major concern and challenge for the international community. These concerns cover an extensive range of issues, including nuclear activities, Sponsoring world terrorism, violation of human rights, meddling in other countries’ affairs, etc.
Iran meddling in others’ affairs
In 2013, Political sources in Sana’a revealed the Iranian regime is expanding its intelligence activities in Yemen by recruiting youths it is training in Lebanon and Iran under the cover of advertising institutions and humanitarian activities, Al Arabiya TV reported.
These sources said some Hezbollah elements have entered Yemen to supervise over spying operations by various groups, all in the interest of the Iranian regime.
Furthermore, activists, reporters and political figures – including Yemenis MPs – are being recruited by the Howthis and Hezbollah to spy for Tehran.
A large number of Howthi supporting youths and other activists seeking to be recruited have increased their trips to Iran via Beirut. Official reports indicate that Iranian travellers coming from Beirut will receive documents allowing them to travel to Iran. Yemen security sources said hundreds of Yemenis students are receiving education under the supervision of Iranian religious groups
Egypt issues strong warning to Iran - 4/17/2014
Mojtaba Amani, head of Iran’s interest office in Cairo, was summoned to the Egyptian Foreign Ministry where officials warned him of meddling and measures far more than those known as diplomatic customs.
The Egyptian Foreign Ministry especially protested the Iranian regime’s officials meeting with Muslim Brotherhood officials.
Iran seeking nuclear threats
4/11/2014 - UK government spokesman in Middle East and North African affairs said Iran is interfering in its neighboring countries’ affairs.
The UK government knows Iran’s nuclear program is not peaceful, she said, adding due to Iran’s interference in the internal affairs of neighboring countries, especially Syria, Iran has a negative role in the Middle East and this is a subject that concerns the UK government.
UK leader describes Iranian regime as violent
British Prime Minister David Cameron described the mullahs’ regime ruling Iran as a ‘violent regime’, adding Iran obtaining a nuclear weapon will be a threat for the entire world
Delivering a speech in the Israeli Knesset, Cameron said he shares the deep concerns and widespread doubts in the Iranian regime, Reuters reported.
I am not very excited about the new regime, he said in reference to Rouhani coming to power, and said the smuggling of weapons by Iran is yet another abhorring act by this regime.
US judge approves confiscating billions of Iranian regime’s assets in New York
Iran, a major sponsor of world terrorism
A federal judge has approved plans to sell a 36-story Manhattan office building and other properties owned by Iran nationwide in what will be the largest terrorism-related forfeiture ever, AP cited a prosecutor saying Thursday, April 17th.
U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said Judge Katherine Forrest approved the deal between the U.S. government and 19 holders of more than $5 billion in terrorism-related judgments against the government of Iran, including claims brought by the estates of victims killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Violation of human rights in Iran, an international concern
Amnesty International March 2014 -Death sentences and executions in 2013
Executions in Iran rose even further during 2013. After the election on 14 June of Hassan Rouhani as Iran’s new President, some steps to improve the country’s image were undertaken, such as the release of possibly dozens of political prisoners, including one under sentence of death. However, there were no indications that his election led to changes in Iran’s application of the death penalty.
Amnesty International has documented numerous cases in which the death penalty was seemingly used to oppress activities of political or cultural representatives of Iran’s ethnic minorities, such as the Ahwazi Arab, Azerbaijani, Baluchi or Kurdish minorities.
EP Friends of a Free Iran Committee condemns vicious Evin raid
Excerpts of a Press Release
19 April 2014
Friends of a Free Iran in the European Parliament strongly condemns Thursday’s barbaric raid against political prisoners in Evin Prison in Tehran.
According to Amnesty International, “Reports of prison guards raiding Section 350 of Tehran’s Evin Prison, where many political prisoners are held, have emerged raising fears about the safety of prisoners. The unrest appears to have resulted in prisoners sustaining injuries, including broken ribs. It has been reported that at least 32 individuals from Section 350 have been transferred to solitary confinement in Section 240 of the prison.
We have received information that a number of the prisoners were severely wounded and suffered bleeding and fractures. Amongst them Gholamreza Khossravi Savadjani, Assadollah Hadi, Javad Fouladvand and Assadollah Assadi are in critical condition. Assadollah Hadi who recently had open-heart surgery, is in a serious condition. The guards also destroyed all prisoners’ belongings and took with them their handwritten papers.
This latest barbaric act and the 10 month record human rights abuse under President Rouhani, leaves no hope of moderation and reform within the ruling theocracy. After the undemocratic presidential elections many parliamentarians have realized that he is no moderate,
The Iranian opposition, NCRI, which calls for a democratic, secular, and non-nuclear Iran, has long been viewed by Tehran as an existential threat, which explains why the regime has constantly demanded its extradition. In recent years, this opposition and its leader Maryam Rajavi have scored major political victories and international support, and its standing in European parliaments and Congress has been on the rise, further alarming Tehran
Iranian youths back Maryam Rajavi solution for regime change
Iranian youth movements have declared their support Maryam Rajavi’s ten-point platform for regime change as the only solution for the country’s future.
Representatives of 43 Iranian youth associations meeting in Paris on April 12, 2014 also demanded that Iran’s seat at the United Nations be given to the Iranian Resistance.
Iranian Resistance seeks legitimate alternative for mullahs’ rule
Prominent American, French and Arabic dignitaries in the international conference in Paris entitled “Iran 2013 - Prospect of Change”
The speakers emphasized Maryam Rajavi’s 10 point plan consists of universal democratic values, the opposition under her leadership is a legitimate alternative for the mullahs’ regime, and it must be supported and recognized by the world community.
Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the Iranian Resistance, said in her speech the trend of events in Iran, the advances made by the Resistance and international developments all indicate the time for the mullahs’ overthrow has arrived.
“The regime is entangled in a five-sided crisis, each one of which leads it to either an implosion or overthrow,” Mrs. Rajavi said.
Maryam Rajavi’s Ten Point Plan for Future Iran
In a meeting at the Council of Europe in April 2006, Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the Iranian Resistance, elaborated on the movement’s vision for a future Iran:
1. In our view, the ballot box is the only criterion for legitimacy. Accordingly, we seek a republic based on universal suffrage.
2. We want a pluralist system, freedom of parties and assembly. We respect all individual freedoms. We underscore complete freedom of expression and of the media and unconditional access by all to the internet.
3. We support and are committed to the abolition of death penalty.
4. We are committed to the separation of Religion and State. Any form of discrimination against the followers of any religion and denomination will be prohibited.
5. We believe in complete gender equality in political, social and economic arenas. We are also committed to equal participation of women in political leadership. Any form of discrimination against women will be abolished. They will enjoy the right to freely choose their clothing. They are free in marriage, divorce, education and employment.
6. We believe in the rule of law and justice. We want to set up a modern judicial system based on the principles of presumption of innocence, the right to defense, effective judicial protection and the right to be tried in a public court. We also seek the total independence of judges. The mullahs’ Sharia law will be abolished.
7. We are committed to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and international covenant and conventions, including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the Convention against Torture, and the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women.
We are committed to the equality of all nationalities. We underscore the plan for the autonomy of Iranian Kurdistan, adopted by the National Council of Resistance of Iran. The language and culture of our compatriots from whatever nationality, are among our nation’s human resources and must spread and be promulgated in tomorrow’s Iran.
8. We recognize private property, private investment and the market economy. All Iranian people must enjoy equal opportunity in employment and in business ventures. We will protect and revitalize the environment.
9. Our foreign policy will be based on peaceful coexistence, international and regional peace and cooperation, as well as respect for the United Nations Charter.
10. We want a non-nuclear Iran, free of weapons of mass destruction.
Maryam Rajavi is the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), a coalition of some 500 Iranian opposition groups and personalities, committed to a democratic, secular and non-nuclear republic in Iran. Half of NCRI’s members are women. As a Parliament-in-exile, the Council’s primary task is to hold free and fair elections for a Legislative and National Constituent Assembly in Iran no more than six months after the ouster of the ruling theocracy.