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سحرخیز: به پرونده آمران رسیدگی نکنید، به مراجع بین المللی شکایت می کنم /Isa Saharkhiz threatens to take his case to International Courts

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Isa Saharkhiz, imprisoned journalist and an advocate for the freedom of press in Iran, in an open letter to the head of judiciary, which was released on Saturday, warned that if his complaints against some of the Iranian officials are not investigated within a month he will take his case to international courts.

Regarding Mohseni Ezhei’s (the Prosecutor General) role in tortures at the prisons, Isa Saharkhiz writes in his open letter: “He is someone who has personally beaten and bashed detainees while at different posts and Mr. Mohseni Ezhei is the very person that in the post of the deputy of the judiciary in an official session of the committee for control of the media threw a sugar holder at the representative of the country’s editor-in-chiefs, which [hit me and] led to serious bruises on my waist, and then he injured me by biting my shoulder.”

In his open letter, Isa Saharkhiz also makes a complaint against Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and considers him responsible as well.

At the end of his open letter, Isa Saharkhiz makes his case against the supreme leader and writes: “The highest official in the Islamic Republic that has given and continues to give himself the right to interfere in all legislative, executive and judiciary affairs of the country and the heads of branches of the government contrary to the constitution and its spirit, consider his statements and orders conclusive in all affairs, has a decisive and undeniable role and as the result of this position has the responsibility for the actions of the people under his command and the extensive violations.”

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Iran Parliament chief issues warning for Ahmadinejad

Radio Zamaneh – Omidvar Rezai, member of Iranian Parliament’s executive committee announced that speaker of the Parliament Ali Larijani has issued a warning to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad regarding the government’s failure to deliver its new laws to the House.

Khabar online reports that since the beginning of Iranian New Year in March, the government has not informed the Parliament of its new laws.

The committee of Government Acts Review gave an official warning to the administration to heed the 138 Article of the constitution which demands that all government Acts must be reviewed by the parliament to assure correspondence with the law. The committee is comprised of representatives from the parliament as well as the government and the judiciary.

Rezai maintains that the government is “making excuses” to delay the process. He adds that the executive committee of the Parliament “ prefers to work in mutual understanding with the government but if the government refuses to carry out Article 138 of the constitution, the Parliament will have to make use of its legal powers.”

“Warning, questioning, impeaching and putting the adequacy of the president to a vote” are amongst the powers of the Parliament.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad administration has been in constant dispute with the Parliament in the past year and his refusal to carry out a number of approved parliamentary acts has made speaker of the Parliament and other members accuse him of being in violation of the law.

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Administration Supporters Seeking Islam Without Clergy

Roozonline – While protests against last year’s presidential elections have created divisions between the government and protesters, and as political forces have reorganized themselves along new fault lines, news reports point to increasing divisions among the Principalists, the ideologue group that is in power. In the latest incident of this sort, Morteza Nabavi, the editor-in-chief of the conservative Resalat daily, warned against the “emergence of a deviant faction within the Principalists” that support Ahmadinejad, and other Principalist group that strives to turn Ahmadinejad into a “Putin” [a reference to the former Russian President who after two presidential terms openly supported Dmitry Medvedev to succeed him and then assumed the position of Prime Minister himself].

Concern about Ahmadinejad’s supporters is not a new phenomenon. Much discussion existed about him and his supporters since his first days in office in 2005. The most important discussions revolved around ayatollah Mesbah Yazdi, one of Ahmadinejad’s most important supporters and his spiritual god father, who has been often accused of vying for more power (especially since Mesbah Yazdi ran for a seat in the Assembly of Experts in 2006 on a separate slate.) Mesbah Yazdi’s power has been on the rise ever since.

Perhaps that’s why a Principalist blogger writes, “Mesbah is the behind-the-scenes threat against ayatollah Khamenei. The supreme leader has been gradually moving toward the respectful dismissal of Ahmadinejad while at the same time not wanting to leave the field entirely to Ahmadinejad and Mesbah by fully eliminating the Greens. Ahmadinejad kissed Mr. Khamenei’s hands in 2005 but not in 2009, an  indication of the direction in their relations. Publications like Ansar News refer to Mesbah as ‘Imam Mesbah,’ and lately claimed, that ‘serving Mesbah is serving the hidden Imam.’ Visit the Ansar News website and read it yourselves.”

Characterizing the “Green Movement” as a side distraction, the blogger continues, “While pure and clean Basij forces and supporters of the supreme leader are spending their energy to fight the conspiracy leaders [a reference to Mir-Hossein Mousavi and Karoubi], Imam’s family and even grand ayatollahs, ayatollah Mesbah is targeting the supreme leader’s last remaining sources of power in an effort to capture the post and we are focusing all our efforts to suppress the so-called green students. One by one, Mesbah first took Hashemi Rafsanjani away from the supreme leader, then the Imam’s family, then the three conspiracy leaders, who, like it or not, are strong personalities in the regime, and recently weakened the Majlis while pretending to defend the supreme leader. The Basiji youth must be careful. Mesbah is occupying Mr. Khamenei’s post.”

The Principalists are already worried about the eleventh presidential election in 2013, in which Ahmadinejad does not qualify to run for a third term. Amir Mohebian, an editor of Resalat daily and a right wing strategist, wrote, “It is possible that Mr. Ahmadinejad would assume a more influential role in the upcoming presidential election and even before that, in the Majlis election. It is even possible that the Putin model is chosen, meaning that Mr. Ahmadinejad would bring forward a candidate close to himself as the next president.”

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یادداشتی پیرامون قطعنامه ۱۹۲۹ شورای امنیت /A Note by Mousavi regarding the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1929

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Green Voice of FreedomIn a piece published by the Kaleme website, Green Movement Leader Mir Hossein Mousavi has expressed his views on the fourth round of United Nations sanction against Iran in early June 2010. The former Iranian prime minister has also discussed ways with which Iran can face the consequences of the UN resolution 1929 against Iran.

Mousavi said that “The resolution and the resolutions could have been prevented from being forced on our country” if the authorities had acted with “wisdom and rationality.” Referring to Ahmadinejad’s mockery of the resolutions, Mousavi added, “saying that this resolution was like a used handkerchief does not reduce the tragedy brought about as a result of explosive and deceitful policies.”

“Foul language and insults towards other countries are only for internal usage and for an uninformed few,” Mousavi said. “But the external reality is that it will not affect the worsening of the situation,” he stated while adding that unlike Iran, in other countries, it was the national interests of those countries are above the interests of those officials.

“For me, it is as clear as day that this resolution will affect the security and economy of our country. It will cause our gross [domestic] product to decline, it will increase unemployment and worsen the people’s daily and social problems, it will widen the gap between us and developing countries especially neighbouring countries, which will be the last nail in the coffin of the twenty-year development plan.”

“Who in their right minds is not aware that after the resolution, our country is more vulnerable and isolated than before?” Mousavi asked. “We must all look at the fate of other countries in the region, trapped by their leaders’ big-headed and empty rhetoric who found dark and unfortunate fates.”

Mousavi also called for finding “solutions that could minimise the threats against the dependence, territorial integrity and the legitimate rights of the country while at the same time protecting the citizens’ freedom and rights”. “Ensuring national interests without the backing of free and informed citizens is not possible,” he argued and added that the “green networks” had the task of finding solutions to the country’s current problems.

“Before pointing out a number of these solutions, it is important to emphasise on the condemnation of this unjust resolution,” Mousavi stressed. In addition he pointed out the double standards of the United Nations in dealing with the crimes against Palestinian people as well as Iran’s nuclear programme. “We are denied our right to use peaceful nuclear technology. Undoubtedly, this is a resolution against our people. Nevertheless, we cannot overlook the effects of adventurist and turbulent policies.”

Mousavi stated that the first and most necessary solution was “honestly informing the nation.” “It is the right of the people to know about the nature of the resolution and other resolutions that are being added. They must know what effects these sanctions have on their livelihoods, the rate of unemployment, inflation, production and the country’s progress and security.”

Mousavi also responded to Ahmadinejad’s claims that the resolution was insignificant. “By merely saying that the resolution is a piece of torn paper, the problems of the people and the country are not resolved. If the people are to resist against the unwanted crises, their trust is necessary, and trust cannot be achieved unless through the state’s veracity and a transparency of information.”

The 2009 presidential candidate warned of the dangers of the latest round of sanctions and the lack of knowledge in respect to it. He added that many of the people did not realise the danger of the new resolution. “If we want to increase the people’s readiness as the most important deterrence element against any possible dangers, we must inform them about the security repercussions of the present conditions.” Mousavi also called on authorities to allow for non-state media to carry out their role in candidly informing the public about the status quo.

Mousavi also compared the handling of the nuclear issue under two different administrations of Mr Khatami and Ahmadinejad and called for more advisors to be used in dealing with the nuclear crisis, especially due to the new circumstances. “As far as I know, contrary to the presidency of Mr Khatami, fewer and less experienced people are in charge of dealing with this sensitive dossier. One of the reasons for entering this unpleasant and critical phase is a lack of able advisors.” He also criticised the cloud of secrecy over the process of decision making on the nuclear issue. “Weren’t the people supposed to govern their own destiny?” he asked.

“Due to the current gap between the people and the state, the threat of outsiders and ill-wishers is more than ever before … an illegitimate and oppressive government at war with its people, cannot stand against foreign threats. Under such conditions, it must either concede to the outsiders or place the country on the verge of a devastating threat.”

Mousavi added that the present situation meant that it was “vital” to hold free and competitive elections and to ensure the freedom of the press and political prisoners and to attend to the needs of the post-election victims. “If our asset in dealing with the current situation is the nation, their votes and opinions must be respected and for any decision to be taken, its effects on the lives of employees, workers, teachers and impoverished sectors of society must be considered before anything.” Mousavi added that it was unfair for the country’s youth and poor to suffer as a result of the leaders’ despotic and adventurist decisions.

The war-time head of state also acknowledged that more than ever before, the Islamic Republic lacked “competent forces” among its ranks. He called for all the country’s managerial resources to be utilised as a way out of the crisis and criticised the removal of many capable managers from their positions. He expressed his dismay over the barring of former president Mohammad Khatami from travelling to Japan. “Does it not raise eyebrows when the country’s former president (with the respect he has on the international stage) is barred from taking advantage of an international platform for defending the people’s rights in the nuclear issue?”

With regards to the Revolutionary Guards’ expanding political and economic function in the country, Mousavi also pointed out the IRGC’s role in the post-election oppressions, arrests and interrogation of political prisoners as well as the Guards involvement in the financial sector with an “unbelievable size”. In addition, he called for the IRGC to return to its initial purpose which was to protect the country in the face of foreign threats and to create an environment suitable for economic development and fighting corruption. “Unfortunately, we will witness a decline in the reputation of the IRGC and a dwindling of popular support for the IRGC. It is foreseeable that with the current trend, the IRGC will defend its companies, shares as well as financial and monitory institutes instead of defending the people and the country.”

Mousavi also called for amendments to be made to the role of the IRGC and the Basij militia in light of the recent resolution and the sanctions against Iran. He also argued that the attacks by Basij militia against Green Movement leaders and the parliament served those behind the sanctions against the country.

In the end, Mousavi acknowledged that the reason for the sanctions against Iran was not aimed exclusively at the government. Recalling the CIA coup of 1953 that overthrew the democratically elected government of Mosaddegh and the experiences of Iraq and Afghanistan, Mousavi stated that certain elements within the Iranian government might favour further tension between Iran and foreign powers and might even encourage military action against Iran. “The Green Movement must use all of its international assets to show foreign powers that it will not allow them to take advantage of the current illegitimate government’s weaknesses and to harm the independence, territorial integrity and the country’s supreme interests.”

“Through the widespread information among different social sectors and the elite, the Green Movement will not allow the oppressors to escape accountability and responsibility and to increase the oppression and terrorising of [political] opponents by placing the country in a state of alert and welcoming military conflict or by giving in to disgraceful agreements over the most important national interests simply for the sake of ensuring their own short-term interests.”

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Tavakoli blasts Ahmadinejad for moves against Parliament

Radio Zamaneh – Iranian conservative MP Ahmad Tavakoli sharply criticized Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for inciting violations of the laws passed by the parliament.

Tavakoli condemned Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for refusing to execute certain laws passed by the parliament and the Guardian Council based on his own judgement.

Ahamdinejad is also accused of blocking the course of justice in the financial corruption charges brought against his vice-president.

Ahmad Tavakoli maintained that Ahmadinejad actions have weakened the legislative branch of the government and the law.

Tavakoli also condemned the pro-Ahmadinejad crowd that protested in front of the Parliament recently threatening to “blast” the House if the parliament refused to follow Ahmadinejad’s direction.

Ahmad Tavakoli described the action as an “alarm bell” and urged the government and the judiciary to hear this “alarm.”

In addition to his declarations in parliament, Tavakoli published further criticism of Ahmadinejad in his website, Alef.

Alef website wrote last week that Saeed Mortazavi, a main suspect in the case of detainee death at Kahrizak Detention Centre was not among the individuals prosecuted in the case, insinuating that his connections with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has saved him from facing the law.

Saeed Mortazavi, who was the prosecutor of Tehran during controversial presidential elections of 2009 which led to widespread allegations of vote fraud and protests against the victory of Ahmadinejad, was removed from his position after the news of torture and abuse of prisoners at Kahrizak leaked into the open but was soon after appointed to lead the Anti-Smuggling Headquarters by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Ahamd Tavakoli’s call for the prosecution of Mortazavi comes at a time when two of the accused in the case were sentenced to execution and others were given imprisonment, fine and lashes for their participation in crimes committed at Kahrizak.

Tavakoli maintained that “legal discrimination” in this case has cost the Islamic Republic’s its legitimacy.

Tavakoli also reminds that the Parliament has the authority to impeach the president if his competence comes under question.

While the Parliament has the authority to impeach the president according to the constitution, its final vote has to also be approved by the Supreme Leader.

The law was once put to effect in 1981 when Abullhassan Banisadr, Iran’s first president, was impeached in his absence.

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اقتدارگرایان در حال اجرای یک قانون اساسی جدید هستند/ ضرورت رسانه ای فراگیر برای بیان حقیقت به مردم /Mousavi’s advisor: Green Media Outlet Vital to Informing People of the Truth (The Power Mongers Seek to Implement a New Constitution)

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Ardeshir Amir Arjomand is a former law professor at Beheshti University and an adviser to Mousavi. In an interview with Kalame, this law professor spoke of how he views the current condition in Iran and reflected both on the bitter and sweet memories of the events that succeeded the elections. Amir Arjomand criticized the policies of this regime over the years; policies that have led to the disqualification of honorable and qualified citizens under the pretext of infidelity towards the regime. He also complained about individuals who have tolerated and in some cases even endorsed fraud and in doing so have demonstrated that contrary to their claims, they are not only not committed to the Constitution and the regime, but in particular they reject the “Republic” part of the regime.

Translation of the interview by Negar Irani:

It has been a year since the inception of the Green Movement. What are your thoughts about this past year and the evolution of the Green movement during this time period?

The past year was filled with both bitter and memorable events. During the elections we witnessed a re-invigoration of hope and a desire for change by our people. A large segment of our society was fed up with the way the country was being run, with the lack of honesty, demagoguery, deceit, the difficult political and economic conditions and human rights violations.

In the first four years, the 9th government was in a solid position when it came to oil revenues. If they had implemented sound economic policies, our country would have benefited enormously. Instead as a result of their corruption and monopolization, our economy, our people’s livelihoods, our culture and behavior towards others suffered an irreparable blow that may never be recovered.

With Mir Hossein Mousavi’s entrance into the 10th presidential elections, our people once again began to believe in the possibility of change. Our nation began to feel more hopeful; hopeful about a return to rational thinking, honesty and ethics when dealing with the affairs of the country; hopeful about a return to a more open and relaxed political and cultural atmosphere and hopeful that there would be economic reforms. The election related activities of campaign supporters demonstrated the shift that had occurred in the political spectrum, leading to a hope that the various political factions would compete next to each other without any form of violence. There were also days of great bitterness, including widespread fraud organized and enforced through military intervention, even though the military is not suppose to intervene in politics and the election process. The election fraud was followed by the brutal attacks, illegal arrests and the killing of innocent citizens, through an army of plain clothes agents. The complete domination of the judiciary process by plain clothes agents, the atrocities at Kahrizak prison and the continued denials were all insults to millions of Iranian people.


Some within and some outside the regime seek to deny these facts. For example, they try to link unconstitutional, immoral behavior that is against our religion and infidelity towards the government to the Green movement. What is your opinion regarding this matter?

If anyone is accused of a lack of commitment, it is these gentlemen themselves who are all key players. They have put the country in crisis. For years they rejected and disqualified some of the most honorable and qualified citizens in our country, accusing them of infidelity towards the regime. However, these individuals [belonging to the ruling government], have tolerated and in some cases even endorsed fraud and in doing so have demonstrated that contrary to their claims, they are not only not committed to the Constitution and the regime, but in particular they reject the “Republic” part of the regime. Their only goal is to eliminate and destroy all potential competition.

We are proud of being Muslims and we believe that Islamic principles enable people and our society to achieve their goals. However being a Muslim does not mean that we should allow a bunch of violent individuals and monopolists who seek to take advantage of religion, to impose their version of religion on us, or to tell us what our understanding of Islam should be, or how to be good Muslims. Unlike them, our goal is not to impose our interpretation of and approach to Islam on others. The only interpretation of Islam that is compatible with the truth about this divine religion is the one that speaks of the principles of human dignity and a fundamental right to justice and human liberty and freedom. We appose using religion as a tool and also believe that it is immoral to turn religious institutions into state owned entities.

Recently we have all witnessed the deceitful efforts by the power mongers to turn religious institutions (seminaries) into state owned entities. This when the seminaries are one of the most ancient and historic institutions in Iran’s civil society. In the same context, we have also witnessed their effort to create new Marjaa (sources of emulation) and to destroy the existing Marjaa.

As Muslims we are obligated to fight against such a deceitful approach to religion.


You referred to the lack of commitment to the constitution by the ruling government and referred to this lack of commitment as a type of infidelity. These days there is a lot of discussion regarding legislative institutions in our country and how some non judiciary entities have entered the legislative process, misusing the law to justify their illegal behavior. What is your opinion on this subject?

I will leave the detailed discussion of this subject to another time. I would like to however emphasize one fundamental point. The main condition for the existence of any constitution and in this case our Constitution is the belief that everyone, including the highest government officials are limited in their power both as institutions and as individuals. Without limited powers, the claim that we are commitment to the constitution is meaningless.

From 1992 and since the objection of the Guardian Council towards the law and a list of both governmental and non governmental institutions, the laws can only be ratified under the leadership and with the approval of the Supreme Leader. Providing unlimited powers to one institution and threatening the power of others creates an imbalance in the relationship between these institutions leading to some institutions having no access to or protection under the law.

It looks as though the Guardian Council instead of protecting the Constitution has turned into an institution intent on destroying it. It is true that according to the Constitution, the Guardian Council is to interpret the law. However, this institution does not have the absolute advisory, elective and interpretation authority. In other words, they cannot just interpret the constitution, a national covenant, however they choose to or deem necessary. Interpretation must be in accordance to principles, proven practices and within certain limits.

With their arbitrary interpretations, the Guardian Council is in fact creating a new Constitution for the country. They alter the Constitution with this type arbitrary interpretations; these changes effect the Republic and the people’s right to self determination. Take for example the legislative legitimacy of the Supreme Cultural Revolution Council. In order to confront the 6th parliament (Majlis) and neutralize the people’s representatives, the Guardian Council resorted to interpretations of the Constitution that limited the legislative powers of the Majlis.


Some institutions believe that the resolutions put forth by the Supreme Cultural Revolution Council are considered the law. Do you agree with this interpretation?

The Supreme Cultural Revolution Council was not included in the Constitution in 1979. As per the Imam’s request, the amendments made to the Constitution after 1979 which included the formation of the Expediency Council, still made no reference to the Cultural Revolution Council.

Now the Guardian Council alone has decided to legitimize the legal power of this institution. They even go as far as saying that when a subject is brought up by the Cultural Revolution Council, the parliament (Majlis) has no right to interfere. They keep announcing that the Imam said: “This council is responsible for ratifying laws”. First, this claim has no validity. The president at the time, wrote a letter to the Imam asking that the council be given legal authority. To which the Imam answered, the decision making powers of this council should be enacted, not that this council should ratify laws. Or for example that statutes should be put in effect. Second, even if they are to ratify the law, they are still not above the law. Apart from that the Imam did not want to be put in charge of the Legislature or to create a new legislative entity. The Imam’s last word was that we must return to the principles of the Constitution.


Let’s get back to the Green movement and it’s relation to these institutions. A Green Charter was proposed in Mr. Mousavi’s recently published statement number 18. Based on the description you just provided on how the Constitution should be implemented, what is your understanding of the Constitution within the landscape of the Green movement’s Charter?

The Green Movement’s Charter points out to a number of important issues, each of which requires a discussion in and of itself. In general one can say that this Charter could have been introduced 8-10 months ago. However, I believe that if that had occurred, we would have had less of a participatory and democratic process and regardless of the content, to some it would have seemed as though the content was being forced on the people. Today, however, the suggestions made in this Charter can be viewed as the culmination of the evolution of the Green movement over the past year. This Charter provides a set of coherent and consistent principles necessary to further develop cooperation and expand the movement.

Some of the components of this Charter may have been presented in speeches given in the past, but the Charter itself is a new concept and its introduction was an important and necessary act. This Charter addresses some of the most important questions such as the role and responsibility of governance, the people’s role, democracy as a form of ethical governance, human rights, different ways to view and interpret Islam, our civil society, Constitution and last but not least, methods of peaceful resistance and the leadership of the Green movement.

One of the areas discussed is the Constitution. I believe that the reliance of the leaders of the Green movement on the implementation of the Constitution is understandable. I personally accept the fact that the Constitution has a number of flaws, some of which are serious flaws. Particularly when it comes to the issue of institutions involved with the electoral process. With all its current flaws, the Constitution still provides us with considerable ability to defend freedom, justice, and the right of the people to self determination. The legitimacy of the Green leaders is in their ability to allow people to determine their own fate, in other words, in their ability to promote self determination through the people’s votes as defined in the Constitution.


Some believe that all existing problems stem from the Constitution. In your opinion however, the Constitution is much more extensive than the way it is being interpreted today. What we are witnessing today is a completely different interpretation of the Constitution.

I don’t believe in the claim that all the problems in our country stem from our Constitution. We must be realistic. Let’s not forget that a perfect Constitution with out any flaws is not the only prerequisite for democracy. Some countries, such as Azerbaijan, operating under dictatorships have very democratic Constitutions. The Constitution is important, but what is even more important is how it is implemented. These gentlemen would have done the exact same thing with any other Constitution. They would have openly planned and executed a coup.

In response to your previous question, I would like to reiterate therefore that since the Green movement is a non violent movement, the reliance of its leaders on the democratic capacity of the Constitution is a reasonable strategy. Particularly because there is concern that due to the existence of power mongers within the different government institutions, emphasis on the law in order to protect the rights of citizens will be neglected. These power mongers define laws that are unjust and against freedom, or interpret current laws in a manner that allows for violence and injustice with in the framework of the law. A good example of this type of interpretation of the law was seen during Hitler’s Fascist rule.

It looks as though the leaders of the Green movement are very aware of this danger. This can be seen in their continuous emphasis on fundamental rights, the importance of human rights and remaining within the law and preventing the misuse of the law. The leaders of the movement have announced on numerous occasions the law should not be used as a vehicle to legitimize discrimination, violence and oppression.


How can we scientifically and effectively fight this type of lawlessness?

In my opinion, we must pay attention to three areas. Currently, our laws in the area of legal procedures, arrests, sentences and imprisonment do not meet the standards required to provide the necessary protections for our citizens. However, sadly, they [the ruling government] do not even apply the existing laws. If they would apply them correctly, some of the existing problems would be eliminated. The Green movement activists and human rights organizations should first and foremost focus on making sure that the existing laws are executed correctly. Secondly, by relying on our civil society and increasing pressure, they must work to stop these autocrats from enacting unjust laws or including anything they want under the law. Lastly, we must seek to modify and correct unjust laws though continuous and organized efforts. The law should express the will of the people.

In my opinion, in the past year, the illegitimate government and its supporters were forced to spend their entire capital coming close to bankruptcy. In contrast the Green movement despite all the challenges it faced only further expanded and strengthened.

The issue is that the slightest non violent activity by the movement has been responded to with violence and imprisonment. This has created very difficult conditions for the movement to grow. Even the leaders of the movement have been exposed to this form of violence as evident in the attacks on Mr. Karroubi and the Marjaa.

The survival and perseverance of the movement against a group that stops at nothing when it comes to violence; a movement that has survived an electoral coup followed by a military, economic and information dissemination coup, is in itself a significant victory. The oppressors are self destructing. In contrast the Green movement has entered a phase of stability and expansion through democratic dialogue and the creation of unity.

Another point is the issue of the movement’s leadership. In reality, the Green movement is not a political party. Under the current circumstances having what is referred to as leadership in classical terms though perhaps impossible, by no means implies that the movement is lacking leadership. The leadership of the movement is partially achieved through decentralized social networks. The success of such networks depends on a number of factors, such as the continuous empowerment of the networks and the existence of leaders with integrity, perseverance and the fortitude to represent the people. Lastly, it is important to establish independent media and information dissemination channels designed to create unity and to build consensus. Fortunately, to date the leaders of the movement have exhibited strength, endurance and an admirable level of honesty and integrity. The further development and expansion of social networks is vital to the movement and it requires further discussion and initiative by the activists within the movement.


You referred to information dissemination. The oppressors seek to block all news regarding the Green movement and currently the little news that reaches the people is disseminated through a very limited number of media outlets. Mr. Mousavi in addition to emphasizing awareness though information dissemination has made references to the necessity for the establishment of an independent media outlet to achieve this goal. What steps have been taken in this area to date?

With regards to information dissemination unfortunately, the ruling government through the violation of the rights of the protesters and activists within the Green movement, has been effective in preventing the movement from freely connecting with the people. The IRIB has turned into the government’s propaganda machine waging psychological warfare against our people. The IRIB had an integral role in what happened before the elections, during the elections and after the elections. The fact that they engaged in clear violation of the law and legitimized violence and deceit is undeniable.

The Green movement seeks to inform people about privatization and the enforcement of Article 44 of the Constitution, so that they aware of the fact that the country’s capital is being put in the hands of a specific few all in the name of privatization. They [the ruling government] do not want people to know that a government that came to power with slogans that spoke of justice and fighting against corruption, is now itself one of the most corrupt governments in the past 50 year history of Iran. They don’t want the people to know how they physically destroy all those who appose them. They don’t want people to be aware of their irrational economic policies. As such they have made it impossible to establish an independent, domestic media outlet. Since the Green movement is based on the principle of creating awareness, it is incumbent upon every activist within the Green movement to do everything in their power to establish an independent and persuasive media outlet as suggested by the leaders of the Green movement.

Within the framework of the Green Charter, this type of media outlet can play a decisive role in the empowerment of social networks, further collaboration and the strengthening of national unity. With the support of the activists in the Green movement and the Iranian people, this goal can hopefully be achieved in the near future. To this end we ask for the support and assistance of all Green activists in the achievement of this goal.


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دانشگاه آزاد نمایندگان احمدی نژاد را راه نداد /Azad University Board of Founders invite Mousavi to their meeting and exclude Ahmadinejad representative

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The first meeting of the founders of the Azad University (country’s largest private university) after the recent widespread controversy and the efforts of Ahmadinejad’s administration to gain control over this institution by mobilizing their thugs in front of the parliament and pressuring the members of the parliament, was held.

In this meeting the founding members not only did not let the newly appointed representative of Ahmadinejad be present in the meeting but also by inviting Mir Hossein Mousavi once again expressed their firm objection to the recent legislation by Supreme Revolutionary Cultural Council (chaired by Ahmadinejad) in eliminating Mir Hossein Mosuavi’s name from the list of founding members of the University.

Of course this was not the only important event of this meeting, but also in this meeting the founding members of Azad University once again stressed on endowing the properties and belonging of the university in order to keep them safe from the hands of government and even passed the budget of the list of endowments.

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Parliament Again Becomes Battleground for Ahmadinejad-Rafsanjani Split

insideIran – The Iranian parliament passed a bill June 21 in which any changes to the constitution of Azad University, a network of private universities in Iran, must be approved by the so-called “Board of Founders,” and cannot be changed by the Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution, which is chaired by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

This bill is significant because it prevents President Ahmadinejad and Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei from taking over Iran’s most profitable educational system estimated by Kayhan, a hardline newspaper close to Khamenei, to possess assets worth up to 250 billion dollars.

Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani is the chairman of the Board of Founders and was the person behind the creation of private universities in Iran some 29 years ago. The current head of Azad University, Ahmad Jasbi, is considered a close ally of Rafsanjani. Jasbi is the longest serving executive in Iran for heading Azad University since its founding. Rafsanjani’s son, Mehdi Hashemi, is also a high-ranking executive of Azad University. The Iranian judiciary has issued an arrest warrant for Mehdi Hashemi, but he left Iran last summer before the warrant was issued in order to avoid prosecution.

The Supreme Council on the Cultural Revolution and President Ahmadinejad’s allies pursued a number of goals by seeking to take over Azad University. First, pro-government forces would have assumed control over a significant amount of money currently in the hands of Rafsanjani’s allies.

Second, by eliminating a major source of funding and removing Jasbi from his post, the hardliners would have moved one step closer to making Rafsanjani less relevant.

Third, Azad University operates campuses in the most remote corners of Iran, where public universities have traditionally failed to reach. Controlling this network of universities would have allowed hardliners to tighten their hold on Iran’s university campuses from where they have received stiff resistance and disobedience.

The parliamentary vote against the Supreme Council on Cultural Revolution and in favor of the Board of Founders is a victory for Rafsanjani. But this victory may not last long.

The parliament has come under enormous pressure by hardliners inside the government. In reaction to this bill, President Ahmadinejad canceled his meeting with Ali Larijani, the speaker of parliament, and Sadegh Larijani, Iran’s chief justice, Monday June 22. Supreme Leader Khamenei is also believed to be on the side of the government. Pro-government protestors have been demonstrating outside the parliament demanding the bill to be overturned.

The bill, if not overturned by the parliament in another vote, will go to the Guardian Council. The Guardians will most likely reject the bill, which will then go to the Expediency Council chaired by Rafsanjani.

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Rafsanjani and Khamenei’s Relations in Decline

Roozonline – Assembly of Experts and Expediency Council chairman Hashemi Rafsanjani announced for the first time that he has reduced relations with the Islamic Republic supreme leader seyed Ali Khamenei. He also criticized Khamenei for his “silence toward the elimination of the clergy” and said that Mahmoud “Ahmadinejad has put the regime’s achievements on sale.”

Less than two weeks ago, Rafsanjani’s office released a letter response to Vatan Emrooz daily – close to Mehrdad Bazrpash, an official in the Ahmadinejad administration. Media networks close to the administration claimed that the letter was released without the knowledge of the Assembly of Experts chairman. But in an interview with the “Modiriyat Ertebatat” (“Information Management”) journal, Rafsanjani reiterated his previous positions, criticized ayatollah Khamenei for “silence toward the elimination of the clergy,” and said that he had reduced relations with the supreme leader of the Islamic regime.

Rafsanjani also said, “I prefer to retire from politics,” but “I fear that it would have negative political implications and be viewed as a political tantrum.” Media outlets close to the administration and the Islamic Passdaran Revolutionary Guards Corps seized on the first part of Rafsanjani’s remark, while ignoring the second part.

According to ILNA, Rafsanjani said in the interview, “Unfortunately, during the debates, Mr. Ahmadinejad had made claims that were untrue. The true supporters of the regime expected a reaction from the [supreme] leader, because it wasn’t just about me. In that debate you saw a kind of confrontation with the clergy. Under the guise of opposing me, Mr. Khatami, Mr. Nategh-Nouri, and Mr. Karoubi, who were presidents and Majlis speakers, [Ahmadinejad] put all of the regime’s achievements on sale and implied that the clergy are incompetent in governing the country.”

Rafsanjani then blamed ayatollah Khamanei’s silence as the reason for writing his famous letter three days before last year’s election. He said, “At the Imam’s memorial I told him [Ahmadinejad], you have said incomplete things. I prefer that you correct them; otherwise I have to respond. I waited a few days and didn’t hear anything. Afterward I prepared a letter, because somebody had to respond to those claims.”

Rafsanjani said, “In the remaining time, I sent the letter to the supreme leader but unfortunately the letter hadn’t reached him during the two-hour window,” adding, “Because I didn’t receive an answer, I published the letter in the final moments before leaving [to see the supreme leader]. When I arrived there, the leader said, ‘I was reading your letter on the computer,’ meaning that he still hadn’t seen the original letter, even after it was published. I asked, ‘What do you think?’ He said, ‘I have no comments on the content, but want to mention one thing, that Mr. Ahmadinejad did not accuse you of corruption but only talked about your son.’ I said, ‘The atmosphere was such that even though he didn’t name me, everything was pointed at me.’ He said, ‘I really don’t have a comment on the content of the letter, but if I were you, I would have published it after the election.’”

In the interview, Rafsanjani also said, “Before, we had regular, definite weekly meetings. As the amount of work has decreased, we now meet once every other week, usually lasting about two hours. If things come up in between our meetings, we speak on the phone or in person.”

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مشروح کامل کنفرانس خبری با حضور مهدی کروبی و میرحسین موسوی(فیلم+عکس) /Mousavi and Karroubi online video press conference on the eve of 22 Khordad 1389

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Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi hold an online news conference and respond to questions by reporters on the eve of the 22nd of Khordad (June 12th). This news conference was hosted by Kaleme and included journalists from Advar News, Emrooz, Jaras, Kaleme, Saham News, TahavasolSabz, Iran Green Voice and Norooz. In this news conference, Mr Mousavi and Karroubi jointly responded to questions ranging from looking back at what occurred after the elections last year, to recent events and plans for the future of the Green movement.

English translation will be posted when available.

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