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نامه مجید دری از زندان بهبهان :مردم این شهر حس غربتم را شکستند / A Letter by Majid Dori from Exile: “The Behbahani People Have Broken My Solitude”

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Majid Dori, the imprisoned *starred student banned from continuing his education, was recently exiled from Evin to Behbahan prison, a [location] that is one thousand kilometers away from the residence of his parents. Majid will now have to complete the remaining five years of his prison sentence in Behbahan. In his latest letter, however, Majid does not speak of the thousand kilometers distance between him and his parents. Instead, he informed them that he is not alone.

Majid told his family that he no longer feels alone; that he is amongst the warm and kindhearted Behbahani’s who are happy to meet a freedom-fighting student activist and have accepted him with open arms. Though Majid Dori has traveled kilometers, he cries out loud: “I am not a stranger here, I don’t feel as though I am in exile. I salute you from behind the thick walls of Behbahan prison and say: “I too am a Behbahani. The citizens of Behbahan have accepted me with open arms.”

The complete content of Majid Dori’s letter is as follows:

The Behbahani People Have Broken My Solitude

 

May he who stands in the way of you and I becoming us, see his home destroyed;

In the name of freedom; the freedom which I roared and for which I was deprived of a right to eduction;

In the name of freedom; the freedom which I screamed and for which I was imprisoned;

In the name of freedom; the freedom which I uttered and for which I was sent to exile…

In the name of freedom; the freedom that once tasted, [now] makes you immune to chains, imprisonment, exile and execution;

I salute freedom! I salute the innocent blood that was shed in its pursuit;

I salute the lives we lost for the cause of freedom.

On Saturday morning, they transferred me from Evin to Behbahan prison. I have been charged with Moharebeh “enemy of God” and sentenced in Judge PirAbasi’s courtroom; a courtroom where my lawyers and I were deprived of the opportunity to present a defense.

Receiving the Moharebeh sentence evokes fear in any human being. I became a Mohareb because I refused to live like an animal. If defending the right to education, the undeniable and inalienable right of every individual is waging war against God, then I am a Mohareb. If helping political prisoners, if showing compassion and sympathy toward their families is waging war against God, then I am a Mohareb. If publishing the names of those who have been killed and arrested and obtaining legal representation for those who have been arrested without cause and taken to undisclosed locations by unknown individuals is waging war against God, then I am a Mohareb. Yes, I am a Mohareb. No matter when or where, I am proud to be a Mohareb; this war is worth fighting as it is in the pursuit of freedom.

Do you believe that if people hear that I have provided comfort to families of political prisoners, supported a lonely prisoner, and published the names of those who have been killed and arrested, then they will belittle and humiliate me? Do you truly believe that incarceration and exile can stand in the way of humanity?

Those who came to power as a result of fraud, lies and denial and have entrenched themselves through suppression and intimidation will resort to anything in order to remain in power. Those who view every humane act as evil, every critical thought as an act by a Mohareb, and every innovative idea as destructive have no choice but to use endless suppression as a tool to silence the masses.

Here is to a new dawn that will bury the darkness in the dungeons of history, ensuring that the perpetrators of these crimes are brought to justice. May God help those who must stand before the people tomorrow and be accountable for their inhumane acts. If only they would at minimum adhere to the slogans they chant to others and the laws they so often make references to; if only they would practice what they preach and what they claim to be legal.

I have now been transferred to Behbahan prison in southern Iran, a prison that lacks medical and cultural facilities. When I first arrived I never believed that I would be able to continue, to endure the conditions in a prison where prisoners co-exist regardless of their crimes. I didn’t think I could survive in a prison where there are no political prisoners, where most prisoners have committed crimes such as murder, drug trafficking and theft. I thought I would be alone and out of place…

But the warm and familiar voices of the Behbahani’s warmed the frozen blood in my veins. When the Behbahani’s came to the prison gate on visitation day and asked to see me, the thousand kilometer distance between me and my family was no longer unbearable.

I was no longer alone. I no longer feel as though I am in exile. Today from behind the thick walls of this prison I pay my respect to every single one of them and say to my parents, “Father, mother, I am not alone here. My Behbahani fathers, mothers, brothers and sisters shattered my feeling of loneliness and exile. I can now proudly cry out, I too am a Behbahani! The citizens of Behbahan have accepted me with open arms. I salute their honor and dignity!”

I look forward to the day that as a result of our efforts and suffering, you and I become us…..

Majid Dori

November 2010  Behbahan Prison

*Editor’s Note: The system of issuing stars against students was developed by Iran’s Ministry of Advanced Education so students with disciplinary issues would get penalized. After a student collects a certain number of stars, he or she is banned from education. The system is primarily used against student activists.

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Tehran’s prosecutor says opposition leaders on borrowed time

Tehran Prosecutor General slammed Iranian opposition leaders for speaking out against the execution of five political prisoners on Sunday and warned that this is “a fresh crime” that will be added to their list of offenses “once the time for the prosecution of the heads of sedition arrives.”

Fars news agency reports that Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi claimed the execution of the five political prisoners on Sunday has no connection with the post-election unrest.

Dowlatabadi criticized the leaders for making condemnatory remarks without being aware of the judicial files of these individuals and insisted that the membership of the executed prisoners in “anti-Revolutionary” groups justify their execution according to the teachings of Imam Khomeini, founder of the Islamic Republic.

Without directly naming MirHosein Mousavi, the Prosecutor General indicated that the opposition leader “has no right to dispute the final decisions of the courts and make statements that only suit the enemies of the Islamic Republic regime.”

MirHosein Mousavi is one of the Iranian opposition leaders who condemned the recent execution of five political prisoners in an announcement and described them as “unjust.”

Dowlatabadi reacted to the announcement saying: “These actions are an attempt to get ahead of everyone to say that whatever sentence is issued by the judiciary has no credibility.”

He accused Mousavi of publishing lies and added: “Most of his stances (Mousavi’s) and those of the other defeated candidate of the recent elections (Mehdi Karroubi) are criminal but the regime has postponed their prosecution for a more appropriate time.”

MirHosein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi are the two candidates of the June presidential elections that have disputed the victory of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in 2009 and claim the ballot was rigged. The controversy triggered widespread protests in Iran which started with mass street protest in the cities of all major cities of the country.

The government has adopted a policy of violent oppression against the peaceful protesters and so far thousands have been arrested and many have received heavy sentences ranging from execution to imprisonment and exile.

While the five people executed on Sunday were not directly connected with the post-election events, the opposition and human rights groups have suggested that the Islamic Republic carried out the sudden executions, which were carried out without proper notification to respective attorneys and families, to create an atmosphere of fear so that the public will refrain from participating in any possible protests for the upcoming anniversary of the disputed June elections.

Dowlatabadi also declared that ten post-election detainees who were arrested during the Ashura Day protests have been accused of “Moharebeh” (enmity with God) and three of these sentences have been upheld by the appellate court.

Tehran Prosecutor identified the three individuals as Ahmad Daneshpour Moghaddam, Mohsen Daneshpour Moghaddam and Abdolreza Qanbari.

Dowlatabadi added that they are connected with the dissident group, People’s Mojahedin of Iran Organization and they have asked for “clemency.”

He also announced that the death sentences of Mohammad Ali Saremi, Jafar Kazemi and Mohammad Ali Hajaghai, who according to Dowlatabadi are also members of People’s Mojahedin, have been approved by the appeals court.

He went on to say that Motahareh Bahrami Haqiqi, Reyhaneh Hajebrahim Dabbaq and Hadi Ghaemi are three individuals who were sentenced to execution in the preliminary court, but the appeals court reduced their sentences to imprisonment.

He also maintained that Arsalan Abadi and Mohammad Valian were acquitted from the charge of “Moharebeh.”

Source:  RadioZamaneh

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More retaliation against Ayatollah Dastgheib

Possibly in response to Ayatollah Dastgheib’s meeting with a senior group from Mir Hossein Mousavi headquarters and his subsequent remarks that were published denouncing the governments use of the charge of “Mohareb” against protestors and other remarks critical of the press, a group of plain-clothed militia have attacked the office of Ayatollah Seyed Ali Mohammad Dastgheib and have vandalised the site by spraying paint.

According to Iranian websites Jaras and Borhan, yesterday and not for the first time, the office of Ayatollah Dastgheib was attacked. After the attackers were confronted with the closed door of the office, they sprayed black paint on the door and walls of the building.

Ayatollah Dastgheib is a senior cleric from the city of Shiraz and a member of the Assembly of Experts. Following the electoral coup of June 2009, he has been a vocal supporter of the Green Movement. 

Source: Irangreenvoice

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Should Ayatollah Boroujerdi become the symbolic leader of Iran’s opposition

While we respect the opposition leaders in Iran;  Mousavi, Karroubi and Khatami, we believe that they can’t lead to ultimate victory.  The triad of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei (including son, Mojtaba), Leadership of the Revolutionary Guard and the Ahmadinejad bloc (Hojjatieh) are firmly in control and are completely unwilling to compromise or negotiate.  The triad  is well aware that giving in to any of the demands by the oppositon will not only weaken their individual positions of power, but will, over the long term weaken the Islamic Republic, and probably lead to its eventual demise.  The experience during reformist President Khatami’s two terms (1997-2005), in which his policies of reform led to repeated clashes with the hardline and conservative elements within the government, of which almost all Khatami lost, sealed the fate of the reform movement in Iran.  A  reform movement that the regime at the time allowed (many believe they helped to create) in order to be a release valve for the steam of growing public discontent, so as not to allow a boiling over into the streets.  The reform movement was never going to be permitted to flourish into a major political bloc. This became very clear in the Parliamentary elections of 2004, when the Guardian Council ( which applys the will of Supreme Leader) banned  most of the reformist members of the parliament and all the candidates of the Islamic Iran Participation Front  party from running.  This led to the conservatives winning at least 70% of the seats.   The triad has been and will continue to purge the reform movement until their voice is but a faint whisper. 

But, the movement does owe much to the oppositon leaders, as without them, it would probably have perished long ago.   Although, since the Ashura protests, it has become clearer that the movement and the current leaders are on ever diverging paths.   While it should continue to support these individuals, a singular figure that the majority of  the movement could identify with and galvanize around (just as Khomeini was during the Islamic Revolution), someone who clearly symbolizes the desires of the movement, and has sacrificed everything for people’s freedom could be a powerful symbol and deliver the movements message to the regime “loud and clear.”  If  it is separation of mosque and state, individual freedoms along with, open, fair and free elections that are the movements ultimate goals, we can only find one man who can fit the bill, Ayatollah Boroujerdi.

 Ayatollah Sayed Hossein Kazemeyni Boroujerdi is a Shi’a cleric who is currently imprisoned in Evin.  He advocates the separation of religion and government.  He opposes the concept of Velayat-e faqih ( rule by islamic jurists ) by which the Islamic Republic of Iran is based.  He first expressed his opposition to the Islamic government of Iran in 1994.  He said Iranians are “tired of the religion of politics and political slogans.” The Iranians “believe that they are loyal to the fundamentals of the true religion and the Prophet’s mission, but they are opposed to the politicization of religion and its exploitation by a group that has nothing to do with true Islam. Islam is the religion of tolerance, forbearance, and mercy, to the point where [the Qur’an] emphasized to us that ‘there is no compulsion in religion.”  For more than a decade, Boroujerdi defied the regime and was summoned several times before the special court for the clergy.  Over the years, he has been arrested, imprisoned and tortured on numerous occasions and his mosque has been expropriated.  Still, he continued to lead prayers in his home, and as the crowds grew, he then moved the services to his fathers mosque, Masjed-e Nour.  By July 2006, the mosque could no longer accomodate the masses who were coming to hear his sermons, so he started to hold services in stadiums.  The regime was beginning to feel threatened, so they turned up the heat.  Many of his followers started to camp outside his home in order to protect him.  For more than two months the regimes threats escalated, and on more than one occasion they tried to arrest him, but his followers prevented this.  The regime finally issued a warrant for Boroujerdi and the many supporters of the Ayatollah who had been living at his home in order to protect him. On October 7, 2006 a crowd of 1,000 or more supporters, including many women, gathered around his house, clashed with, and prevented his arrest by security forces.  Many were injured, but they also captured several security agents, although they eventually released them.  The security forces returned the following day,  October 8, 2006, and after  heated battles with  Boroujerdi’s supporters, finally arrested him and several hundred of his followers ( reported to be 172 women and 225 men).

 He and 17 followers were initially sentenced to death, but the death sentences were later dropped. On 13 August 2007 he was sentenced to serve one year in prison in Tehran, followed by ten years in prison in Yazd, although he currently is in Evin prison.  In addition to his sentence of 11 years’ imprisonment, Ayatollah Boroujerdi was also defrocked (banned from wearing his clerical robes and thereby from practicing his clerical duties), and his house and all his belongings were confiscated.  One of the charges against him was “mohareb” (warring against God), sounds familiar, doesn’t it? 

His grandfather was one of the leading religious leaders for five decades in pre-revolution Iran.  He also believed in the separation of mosque and state.  He eventually became the leading religious figure in Iran and was highly respected by Iranians.  To this day, many of the elder Iranians have his picture hanging on their walls, as does my father.  In the mid 50’s, Ayatollah Khomeini tried to recruit Boroujerdi in the campaign that was raised against the Bahai’s, but he refused.   His death in 1961, left a leadership vacumn, in which gave rise to Khomeini.  His son, the current Boroujerdi’s father, was also widely respected and he refused to support Ayatollah Khomeini’s’s efforts to establish the Islamic regime in 1979.  As a result of his refusal of support he was persecuted and imprisoned where he eventually died in 2002 under suspicious circumstances.  His followers and his son secretly buried his body in Masjed-e Nour, which then  became a focal point for prayer among his many followers.  Shortly thereafter, the regime ordered the desecration of his grave and the Masjed-e Nour mosque was taken over by the state.

 On 1 May 2009, Ayatollah Boroujerdi wrote a letter to the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon, requesting that international observers be sent to Iran in order to assist the Iranian people in an open referendum on the system of government. Apparently in retaliation for this letter, Ayatollah Boroujerdi was subjected to beatings on 5 May. He went on a hunger strike to protest the beatings and the suspension of his rights to make phone calls to his family and lawyer.

It is clear as day that Ayatollah Boroujerdi is the “only true religious leader” in Iran who represents all that is good in Islam and  defends to the death, the human rights, dignity and the true will of the Iranian people.  At least three generations of right minded religious leaders whom all supported the separation of religion and politics.  With all due respect for the current opposition leaders, they have horrible human rights records while they were in positions of power, they still support Khamenei, whom is ultimately responsible for, and could stop with but one order;  the arrests, beatings, rapes and murders of our brothers and sisters, and lastly, they still believe with all their heart, in the Islamic Republic of Iran and the greatness of its founder, Ayatollah Khomeini.

Petition to free Ayatollah Boroujerdi

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تبلیغ در شهر برای مراسم اعدام محارب! + عکس

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Death sentences handed to Iranian protesters challenged by reformist cleric

Outspoken reformist cleric, Ayatollah Sanei, in response to a question regarding the charge of enmity with God, (moharebeh) says that “protests against the government and its actions” do not constitute” moharebeh.

Ayatollah Sanei’s religious pronouncement was published in his official website saying: “Whenever an organized group protests against the government and its actions, it is definitely not fighting against God (mohareb).”

According to the pronouncement, the actions of the protesters constitute “defence of their rights and grievance against the oppression that they have suffered.”

Aytollah Sanei maintains that referring to these individuals as enemies of God (moharebs) is akin to “slandering Islam” and one of the most heinous sins of all.
 

Read more @ RadioZamaneh

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Mehdi Karroubi offers 5-point plan for start of reconciliation in Iran راهکارهای مهدی کروبی برای خروج از وضعیت کنونی

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In an apparent response to the attack on Mehdi Karroubi in Qazvin by elements of the regime, he issued a statement in which he blasted  the authorities and said he would not be deterred.  He also offered up a five point plan to end the standoff.

He said that some in the establishment think that they can block the course of reform by closing down newspapers and putting reformers in jail … but I remain firm in the path that I have chosen.”  He also said, “such threats will not frighten me and will not weaken me in this path.”

“I have not faltered on my way in the face of increasing intimidation and threats. I have become more determined and prepared myself and my children for any disaster,” Karroubi said.  We were not aware that reclaiming your vote and protesting against political robbery is equal to being corrupt on earth and Mohareb (enemy of God) in these gentlemen’s eyes,” he added.

He then offers a five point plan as follows:

1) admission by Government officials of injustices 2) adherence to the values of the Islamic Revolution through guarantees such as freedom of the press and legal rights 3) adherence to non-violence for reform and acceptance of the Supreme Leader 4) acceptance of criticism and an end to violence against those who dissent 5) a national debate so Iranian people can make a free and informed decision about the way forward for the country.

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Ayatollah Mesbah Yazdi calls protestors “Corruptors on earth”

The leader of the Haghani Circle (Hojjatieh), and one of the principal architects of the stolen election, fundamentalist leader Ayatollah Mesbah Yazdi in a recent sermon called the post-election events “corruption on earth.” According to Iranian laws, punishment for a “corrupter on earth” and “mohareb” is death.

At a gathering of IRGC commanders, Mesbah Yazdi who now heads Imam Khomeini’s Educational and Research Institute in Qum said: “Seditions and events which have taken place in the country over the past few months have not been unprecedented in the history and they won’t be the last of them, either.  Of course the types of slogans, actions, and covers are different now, but they share the same titles of one or more ‘corruptions on earth.”

After the verdicts for five Ashura protesters who are facing execution was announced, concern about such statements which obviously provide religious justification for execution of political dissidents who criticize the Islamic Republic’s Leader on grounds of identification as “mohareb” has been rising.  Over the past few months, several sources have reported of Ayatollah Mesbah Yazdi’s having issued “fatwa’s” after calling anti-government protesters as “mohareb,” news which has never been denied by this extremist cleric who is a member of the Council of Experts, nor those close to him.

Original source: Iranhumanrights.org

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Iranian conservative lawmaker resigns

In an unprecedented move, a conservative Member of Parliament and a pro-Ahmadinejad hardliner, Ruhollah Hoseinian surrendered his letter of resignation today complaining that he finds himself “defeated” by the establishment of certain people in the governing offices of the regime who are, according to Hoseinian, “at a 180-degree angle from the Supreme Leadership.”

Full story @ RadioZamaneh

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نفر از متهمان حوادث عاشورا به اتهام محاربه محاكمه می‌‌شوند

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Our perserverance is our sword, Our unity is our shield, AZADI… is our destiny!

Brave Women Of Iran

A special note we would like to share with the brave and beautiful women of Iran; You have shown extraordinary courage, passion, pride, humility and humanity in the face of great injustice. The world has taken notice and we are all humbled by your strength and determination. If you are the future, then we all are comforted by how bright it will shine.

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