On Tuesday February 23rd 201 Islamic Regime security forces “captured” Abdulmalik Rigi, the 27 year old leader of the armed Balouchi/Iranian opposition group Jundullah.

Jundullah is also known as People’s Resistance Movement of Iran and is a Sunni, Balouchi group that carries out armed operations against the Islamic Regime.

There have been numerous and contradictory accounts of how Mr. Rigi was “captured.” Regime’s English language network Press TV reported that he was “arrested” in one of Iran’s southern ports when his jet was “forced” to land while taking him from Kyragyzstan to Dubai.

Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting Agency however reported that he had been “captured” abroad and brought to Iran. Despite different reports one thing is for certain, Mr. Rigi was not simply apprehended, he was kidnapped and brought to Iran.

on their website Jundullah has claimed that the United States through a “backroom” deal helped the Regime in the capture of Mr. Rigi. There have been other speculations about the involvement of Pakistan and their help in the “capture” of Mr. Rigi.

While many Iranian opposition may not agree with Mr. Rigi’s political convictions, silence in the face of this international kidnapping may have very negative implications for Iranian opposition abroad.

If today we remain silent in the face of this international kidnapping and allow the Islamic Regime and any other country that through “backroom” deals may have helped in the capture of Mr. Rigi we risk facing similar situations with other opposition leaders and activists in the near future.

Today we must not remain silent, we must voice our concerns loud and clear. We must ask how and why Mr. Rigi was captured. We must inquire into which other countries may have been involved in the capture of Mr. Rigi in an attempt to help the Regime to meet their end of a “backroom” deal. There is no doubt that if the United States was involved in any way in the capture of Mr. Rigi, that means all opposition may be in danger regardless of where they may be.

Today Mr. Rigi was kidnapped, tomorrow they might come for the communists, then for the monarchists and then for me and you.

"First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a communist;
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a trade unionist;
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Jew;
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak out for me."

Down with the Islamic Regime in Iran
Long Live Freedom in Iran


Mr. Hamed Omidi a student and a human rights activist who is majoring in Technology at the “Alameh Tabatabi” University in Tehran was arrested last Wednesday, February 17th 2010.

He was transferred to Section 209 of the Evin Prison which is under the direct control of the Ministry of the Intelligence on Sunday February 21st 2010.

Mr. Omidi was arrested by security forces in the bus station, in the city of Tekab, while he was trying to travel back to Tehran to attend university.

Currently there is no news about his health and well being and the authorities have refused to give any information to his family.

News Provider: Kurdistan Human Rights Association
Translation by: Sayeh Hassan


Rising Conflict in Iranian Kurdistan
Kurdish Herald Vol. 2 Issue 1, February 2010 -
by Sayeh Hassan


One of the most under-reported human rights issues in Iran is the current state of Kurdish political prisoners, and in particular, the current eighteen political prisoners who are on death row and may be facing imminent execution. Unfortunately, serious consequences and escalated conflict may be imminent if the conditions continue to be ignored.

While a few of the individuals on death row such as Farzad Kamangar, Zeynab Jalaliyan and Habibollah Latifi, have received some international attention, most of the Kurdish political prisoners facing execution are virtually unknown. There are currently eighteen Kurdish political prisoners on death row, two of whom are women. All of these individuals were subjected to torture and “tried” behind closed doors in sham trials, and in most cases, without the presence of their lawyers.

In the past two months, two Kurdish political activists have been executed by the Islamic Regime of Iran (IRI).


Kurdish students in the city of Kermanshah protest against the detainment of Kurdish political prisoners

A young Kurdish activist, Ehsan Fatahiyan, was the first to be executed on 11 November 2009. In the weeks leading up to his execution, a number of international and national campaigns were initiated in order to try to pressure IRI authorities not to carry out the execution. According to his lawyer, Fatahiyan underwent torture during his incarceration and IRI authorities were regularly using brutal torture tactics in order to force Fatahiyan to confess. Fatahiyan, however, refused to confess to the allegations against him and was subsequently executed.

In his last letter before being executed, Fatahiyan wrote: “If the rules and oppressors think that, with my death the Kurdish question will go away, they are wrong…they will only add to the flame of this fire.”

Fatahiyan’s letter may have generated some anxiety among government officials in the IRI. Certainly his words seemed to foretell the violent clashes that ensued days after his execution between protestors in the Kurdistan province and riot police. Lawmakers in Iran sent a letter to the judiciary following Fatahiyan execution warning the judicial authority about the risks of further alienating the ethnic Kurdish population. However, the warnings were not heeded and IRI authorities continued to carry out the sentences handed down by the courts.

On 6 January 2010, another young Kurdish activist Fasih Yasamani was executed in the city of Saqqez. Yasamani was 28 years old and was convicted in a show trial of being a member of the Kurdish rebel group, Party for a Free Life in Kurdistan (PJAK). Similar to Fatahiyan, Yasamani underwent brutal torture while in the custody of authorities, and according to his lawyer, had been forced to give a confession about the allegations against him.

Civil unrest in Iran has been a frequently reported news story in the last year. For Kurds, unrest in Iran is all but a new phenomenon as the Kurdish regions have been the constant hotspot for clashes between people and the regime despite often going unreported due to a number of circumstances. However, the risk that the clashes and violence may raise to much higher levels as a result of the executions of peaceful Kurdish activists is troublesome. Already, an active Kurdish rebel party has stepped up its attacks. Last week, PJAK rebels took responsibility for the assassination of an Iranian prosecutor, Vali Haji Gholizadeh. Gholizadeh was infamously known by Kurds for demanding lengthy prison terms and executions for political prisoners. He was also the prosecutor who had asked for the death sentence of Yasamani.

There is great concern that this recent assassination may lead to a backlash by the IRI and more executions of Kurdish political prisoners. Although there have been numerous assassinations of judges and religious figures in Iranian Kurdistan in the recent months, this is the first time that PJAK has taken responsibility for an assassination. The executions of activists by the IRI may only further generate support for and empower groups like PJAK. The impact of repression on conflict is certainly not a new concept. The result may be an increased propensity for rebellion in the Kurdish regions and an influx of support for armed resistance.

http://www.kurdishherald.com/issue/v002/001/article06.php




Activists and freedom loving Iranians gathered in front of the Islamic Regime Embassy in Ottawa today from 11:00am to 1:30pm to show their opposition to the Islamic Regime in Iran.

The protestors included individuals from various groups including monarchist and leftist groups as well as independent people like myself who did not belong to any political groups or organizations. Many individuals travelled from Montreal and Toronto to attend the protest. The Lion and Sun Flags were flying high as usual.

As always it was so wonderful to see so many activists from different groups and with different ideologies form a united front against the Islamic Regime. Only with a united front and solidarity with the Iranian people can we overthrow the Islamic Regime, and it is wonderful to see we are getting there.

Open microphone was available for anyone who wanted to speak and numerous speakers including myself spoke about the brutality and inhumanity of the Islamic Regime and we once again announced our solidarity with the Iranian People in Iran.

I spoke about the fact that Iranians were against all fractions of the Islamic Regime (hardliner and reformists) and that Iranian people wanted real change, which can only mean REGIME CHANGE.

The protestors also shouted slogans such as “down with the Islamic Regime, down with Khamenei, Down with Mousavi and Rafsanjani, political prisoners must be free, shut down Iranian Embassy, and the house of terror must be closed (referring to the Islamic Regime Embassy in Ottawa).”

A very special guest Mr. Matthew A. Biderman, LL.B from the Honourable Irwin Cotler’s office also attended the protest to show his solidarity with the Iranian people. A very special thanks to the Honourable Irwin Cotler M.P. and Mr. Biderman for their solidarity and support for the Iranian people’s fight for a free, democratic and secular Iran.

In Solidarity with the Iranian People

Down with the Islamic Regime in Iran

Long Live Freedom in Iran

I will be going to Ottawa tomorrow morning to participate in the protest in front of the Islamic Regime Embassy, which is the only embassy in North America. The protest will be from 11am-3pm and I hope to see everyone there. Because of the 5 hour travel time each way I won’t be in front of the computer probably until 9pm or so and won’t be able to cover or translate any news that is coming from inside Iran.

I’ll do my best to catch up once I am back. I will also be taking lots of pictures to share with everyone.

In Solidarity with the Iranian people...

Down with the Islamic Regime in Iran
Long Live Freedom in Iran


In light of a number of comments and emails I have received regarding my article Blood Concert in Toronto-Islamic Regime’s Cultural Ambassadors at Roy Thomson Hall , I thought it might be beneficial for my readers to expand on some of th points I made, which may have not been clearly set out in my previous article.

If one looks at history they will note that dictatorships have always used art in different forms (music, literature and cinema) to take attention away from their crimes. One such dictatorship was the Nazi’s who massacred hundreds of thousands of Jews on one side, then organized and promoted cultural and art related events on the other side to distract from the crimes they were committing. The Islamic Regime has used the very same approach in the past 31 years, by oppressing dissent at home and promoting cultural events abroad.

There is no doubt that the “Masters of Persian Music” are highly talented and may very well be some of the top musicians in the world in their own filed. That in fact is the reason they are useful to the Islamic Regime. The Regime cannot distract people and take away attention from its own crimes with mediocrity. The issue at hand is not the individuals but the effect of the concerts instead.

Anyone who has any familiarity with the Islamic Regime and in particular the Ministry of Culture, also known as the Ministry of Censorship knows that artists in Iran are subjected to the worst type of censorship imaginable. In order to publish a book, make a movie, record an album etc… the artists must first receive permission from the Ministry of Culture. If the content of the art form is not in line with the Islamic Regime policies permit will not be granted under any circumstances.

The same is true for artists who want to perform abroad. They must have permission from the Ministry of Culture first, and that permission is not easy to come by. This raises a question mark as to how while certain independent artists are imprisoned or even “disappear”, while independent artists are not allowed to perform or publish their art, certain groups are so easily given permission to leave the Iran to perform abroad.

Further the fact that certain artists are so freely able to travel and perform aboard gives the false impression that there is freedom in the Islamic Republic, which again is not the case. The freedom is only for a certain group of people and artists not for everyone, and certainly not for those who are independent and do not support the Islamic Regime.

In this particular case I am aware that Mr. Kayhan Kalhor was in fact arrested for a short period of time, yet it’s interesting that he was released very quickly and then was allowed to freely travel the United States to take part in the anti-Ahmadinejad demonstrations. The Islamic Regime has made it quite clear especially in the past few months that it will not tolerate any opposition, so it’s very suspect how this individual was released so quickly and then allowed to participate in protests in New York!!

There are many artists in Iran who are supporter of reform rather than Regime change. This does not make them pro-democracy, as reform is another branch of the Islamic Regime and has nothing to do with people’s pro-democracy movement.

Lastly one of the things I love about living in Canada is the fact that I can exercise freedom of speech and expression. It is quite clear from some of the emails I received that the writers do not believe in the same concepts, and believe everyone must either agree with them or else.

I will certainly not remove my article or retract it for the above noted reasons. The demonstration will still go on and we will still voice our opposition against the Islamic Regime and their Cultural Ambassadors.

Down with the Islamic Regime in Iran
Long Live Freedom in Iran


Below is a news report from International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran in regards to the arrest of Mr. Kaveh Kermanshahi.

(3 February 2010) The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran denounced the arrest today of Kaveh Ghasemi Kermanshahi, a leading human rights activist, member of the Central Council of the Human Rights Organization of Kurdistan, and journalist.

“Kermanshahi is one of the most important sources of objective human rights information and analysis in Iran, and one of the few still courageously working to document, in a scientific way, the deprivation of human rights there,” stated Hadi Ghaemi, a spokesperson for the Campaign.

“Kaveh has committed no crime, and his arrest is an apparent attempt to shield the authorities from scrutiny ahead of expected protests on 11 February,” he added.

Kermanshahi was arrested in his hometown of Kermanshah in Western Iran. According to information obtained by the Campaign, seven security agents searched his home, confiscated his personal belongings, including his computer and written documents, and took him to an unknown place. The agents arrested him on the basis of a warrant that did not show the name of the authorities who issued it. No information was given to his family about where he was taken.

At twenty-five years old, Kermanshahi holds a law degree. As a human rights defender, his work is widely recognized for its quality and detail and his personal attention to political prisoners and their families. Kermanshahi was also member of the student alumni group ADVAR, and the One Million Signatures Campaign working for an end to gender discrimination.

http://www.iranhumanrights.org/2010/02/kermanshahi-arrest/


“The Masters of Persian Music” featuring Hosseing Alizadeh, Kayhan Kalhor and Hamid Reza Noubakhsh are having a concert at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto at 6:30 pm on Friday February 5th 2010.

The Islamic Regime in Iran through Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance, known as “Ministry of Censorship” has been restricting and censoring artists inside the country for the past 30 years. Iranian Artists inside Iran cannot publish their art such as books, records, films, and must apply and receive the approval by the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance. The suppression of “freedom of expression” and the state of censorship in Iran has had generated extremely difficult atmosphere for the artist which has led to the creation of “Underground Cinema/Arts” in Iran.

Also, while the Islamic Regime is busy arresting, torturing, raping and murdering dissidents in Iran, it also organizes concerts, film festivals and other cultural events to try to show a “civilized and humane side” of the Islamic Regime to the International Community. The Regime has been using these types of cultural and artistic events as propaganda to convince the International Community that it respects the Rights of Iranian Artists and their Rights to Freedom of Expression.

In light of the suppression of Freedom of Expression imposed on Iranian Society, artists, and arts community by Islamic Regime and the great restrictions and censorship put on Iranian independent artists inside Iran by the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance, We urge all freedom loving Canadians and Iranians in Toronto to show their solidarity with the freedom loving Iranians by boycotting this concert.

A protest is being organized by independent activists and dissidents in front of the Thomson Hall on Friday night and we urge all freedom loving Canadians to join us in voicing our opposition for the Islamic Regime and its’ “cultural events.”

Down with the Islamic Regime in Iran
Long Live Freedom in Iran

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