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German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on TV on Sunday, “Together with the EU’s Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini, we agreed to invite the Iranian foreign minister, if possible next week.”
Iran’s regime proclaimed on Sunday that it has broken protests which have surged across the country since December 28, declaring that “the main plotters of recent scattered riots…have been identified and arrested”.Gen. Saeed Montazer al-Mahdi (pictured), a high-ranking official in Iran’s police, said on Sunday that a few “deceived elements” and “rioters” had breached security and damaged private and public property, but “the people and protesters who had rightful demands were separated in the minimum time possible from the organizers and those directing and the violators were identified and arrested”.
8 Jan 2018 – Former German MP Volker Beck has filed a criminal complaint against Ayatollah Shahroudi for murder and crimes against humanity. Shahroudi, former chief of justice and the current chief of the Iranian “Expediency Discernment Council” is currently treated in a German clinic in Hannover.
“Inzwischen hat Ex-Bundestagsabgeordnete Volker Beck Anzeige gegen Schahrudi wegen Mordes und Verbrechen gegen die Menschlichkeit gestellt. „Wir dürfen kein Sanatorium für Menschenrechtsverbrecher sein, sondern müssen sie zur Verantwortung ziehen“, sagte Beck zu BILD. „Grundsätzlich ist es in Deutschland möglich, Straftaten zu verfolgen, die im Ausland begangen wurden“, sagt Jurist Ulf Buermeyer, Vorsitzender der Gesellschaft für Freiheitsrechte, zu BILD.
„Dabei können auch lebenslange Freiheitsstrafen verhängt werden. Für solche Fälle gibt es jedoch einige hohe Hürden, gerade wenn wie hier diplomatische Fragen eine Rolle spielen.“Der Chef der Menschenrechtsorganisation Human Rights Watch appelliert an die Bundesregierung, den Fall ernst zu nehmen. „Die Justizbehörden sollten sich einschalten und falls Fluchtgefahr besteht, muss entsprechend gehandelt werden“, sagt Wenzel Michalski zu BILD.
Die Menschenrechtsbeauftragten der Bundesregierung würden schließlich seit Jahren in trauriger Regelmäßigkeit die Hinrichtungen von Minderjährigen im Iran verurteilen, so Michalski weiter. „Nun könnten auf die politischen Verurteilungen auch mal Taten folgen.“Die exil-iranische Aktivistin Mina Ahadi hat Dutzende Iraner vertreten, deren Angehörige unter Schahrudi hingerichtet wurden. Ihre Gnadengesuche richtete sie direkt an ihn – und er lehnte alle ab. „Schahrudi ist ein gefährlicher Mann mit Blut an den Händen. Die deutschen Behörden müssen dringend gegen ihn ermitteln.” www.mesop.de
Jan 4, 2018 | When the Protests Die Down, Iran’s Economic Problems Will Live On
- Some of the grievances behind the recent wave of protests in Iran, such as disappointment with the nuclear deal and low oil prices, will remain beyond the government’s power to change.
- Unstable food prices, decreasing purchasing power and high rates of unemployment and underemployment will continue to pose problems for everyday citizens across the country.
- The sensitive reform measures necessary to overhaul subsidy systems, labor laws and business contracts, which are as much political as they are economic, will probably set off more unrest in the future.
After a week of public protests, the dust is starting to settle in Iran. Without clear leadership or a specific political movement for protesters to gather around, the intensity of the demonstrations that popped up around the country has begun to dissipate. But that doesn’t mean the government in Tehran can breathe easy. The economic grievances that sparked the initial unrest are still alive and well among the Iranian public, and many of them are beyond the power of the current administration to fix. Furthermore, the work required to address the issues that are within the government’s control risks upsetting the delicate balance of Iranian politics.
7 January 2018: Workers in Iran Issue Joint Statement Demanding Release of Recently Detained Protesters
by missionfreeiran ⋅ January 7, 2018 ⋅ – Workers’ organizations in Iran have issued a new joint statement demanding the release of all political prisoners in Iran, and explicitly those protesters who have been recently detained. The full text in Farsi appears below; a summary of this statement is presented in English:
The crackdown on, and detention of, students and demonstrators will only reinforce the labor movement, and encourage the people to fight for freedom.
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IRANIAN PEOPLE BURNED QASSEM SOLEIMANIS POSTER-PICTURE
Overview – The protests that erupted in Iran in late December brought to the surface, once again, the internal public criticism surrounding the immense investments of the Iranian regime outside of its borders. As part of the protests, many Iranian citizens demonstrated against the regime’s policy, which in their view, prioritizes support for the Syrian regime and the “resistance front” over solving the economic and social problems afflicting Iran’s citizenry. Protesters have been documented chanting against the Supreme Leader and even setting fire to posters of Khamenei and the Commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps’ (IRGC) Qods Force, Qasem Soleimani. The domestic criticism against Iran’s regional involvement is not new, especially regarding the heavy price Iran has paid in recent years to finance its military activities in Syria and Iraq. However, the effect of this criticism on decision-makers in Tehran is extremely limited, and we assess that it is unlikely at this time that it will yield a change in Iran’s efforts to continue cementing its influence in the region, as this policy is perceived by the regime as a vital national interest.
MESOP NEWS INTEL : ONLY TRUMP STEADFAST AGAINST THE MULLAH DICTATORS
7 Jan 2018 – DEBKA FILES ISRAEL – On the heels of the first protests to hit the Iranian regime, Washington will turn the screw by negating financial benefits afforded by the nuclear deal. To this end, President Donald Trump will use the deadlines he faces as of next week for certifying the Iranian nuclear deal and approving sanctions waivers. This intent was indicated by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in an AP interview Friday, Jan. 5.
Since the president had demanded that the 2015 nuclear accord with Iran be either “fixed or cancelled,” Tillerson said the administration was working with lawmakers on legislation for making it more acceptable to the president.
Borzou Daragahi – 7 Jan 2018 – Iran political prisoners are routinely denied permission to obtain outside medical care when they get sick. Meanwhile Agha gets to go to Germany (on the public’s dime?) when he needs quality healthcare – www.mesop.de
Emily Thornberry Says Labour Cannot Back Iran Protesters Because It’s Unclear Who Has ‘White Hats’
Jeremy Corbyn has been under pressure to speak out over unrest. – Huffington Post – 05/01/2018 18:07 GMT – Huffington Post – Labour is unable to back demonstrators protesting against the Iranian government because it is unclear who has ‘the white hats’.
Jeremy Corbyn has been under increasing pressure to speak out over the unrest, which was sparked by economic hardships facing citizens and left more than 20 people dead, with 450 arrested in Tehran.
6 Jan 2018 It’s not even a little bit surprising is it? Corbyn’s Shadow Foreign Secretary says the protesters in #Iran are not necessarily better than the dictatorship that’s murdering them, as “we’ve seen … in Syria … [and] Libya”. More via www.mesop.de
MESOP NEWS “MUST READ”!
6 Jan 2018 – What to Know About the Protests in Iran https://www.chathamhouse.org/expert/comment/what-know-about-protests-iran … by @sanamvakil • Protests in Iran should be taken seriously https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/protests-iran-180105222527929.html … by @massoumehtorfeh • Why haven’t reformists joined the protests sweeping Iran? https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2018/01/05/why-havent-reformists-joined-the-protests-sweeping-iran … by @malikadivar
Why haven’t reformists joined the protests sweeping Iran?
By Mohammad Ali Kadivar January 5 at 4:00 PM – https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2018/01/05/why-havent-reformists-joined-the-protests-sweeping-iran/?utm_term=.34c51361cfd1
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