The Constitutionalists Movement of Iran Press Releases
May 24, 1997
Iranians Strike a Blow Against the Islamic Republic
Washington, D.C. -- Iranians have exploited the opportunity to choose between bad or worse, to strike a blow against the Islamic Republic and show their rejection of the clerical regime's repressive policies by rejecting Khamenei's hand-picked candidate, Nateq-Nouri. Iranians used the occasion to show their strong disapproval of the leaders of the regime and their policies that have repressed Iranian youth and women and caused poverty, unemployment and misery in Iran.
Mohammad Khatami’s upset victory over Ali Akbar Nateq-Nouri in the Islamic Republic's presidential election is especially significant since he was supported by the clerical regime's leader Ali Khamenei.
During the campaign, Khatami made many promises to gain the support of Iranian youth, women and others who object to the regime's oppressive behavior. Khatami pledged to increase social freedom, respect civil liberties, and solve the problems of rampant inflation and high unemployment. Khamenei's supporters have attacked Khatami for embracing "anti-revolutionary ideas."
Regardless of whether Khatami fulfills his promises to the Iranian people, the resounding rejection of the regime's policies by Iranians has irrevocably changed the situation in Iran. Khatami must either confront the regime's repressive leaders and organs, in order to carry out his promises, or ignore the promises and continue the bankrupt policies of the regime. Either way, Iranians have opened a new chapter in the campaign to achieve democracy and rule of law.
"In the past, many leaders of the Islamic Republic have made promises to respect the rights of the Iranian people, but they have never delivered on those promise. Therefore, until the Islamic Republic ceases to repress Iranians, the promises by the leaders of the regime are viewed with doubt and skepticism by the Iranian people," said Dr. Khosrow Akmal , CMI's Secretary General. "Iranians demand freedom for prominent journalist Faraj Sarkuhi, and all other political prisoners, and freedom of speech and the press," he added.
The Constitutionalists Movement of Iran is a political organization, striving to bring freedom, democracy, and the rule of law to Iran.April 29, 1997
EU Response to Islamic Republic's Terrorism is Too Weak
Washington, D.C. -- The European Union's decision, at the April 29 meeting in Luxembourg, to send its ambassadors back to Iran, sends the wrong message to the Islamic Republic. The clerical dictatorship's leaders had predicted such a weak response from the EU countries. The timid response of the EU, despite compelling evidence of the orders by the Islamic Republic's leaders to assassinate Iranian dissidents, confirms the belief of the regime's leaders that they can get away with murder.
We strongly urge the Austrian Government to reopen the case of the assassination of the leader of the Kurdish Democratic Party of Iran, Abdul Rahman Ghassemlou, one of his deputies Abdullah Ghaderi-Azar and Fazel Rasoul, a Kurdish activist, who were shot dead on July 13, 1989 in a Vienna apartment.
We also urge the French Government to thoroughly investigate the brutal murders of the Iranians who have been assassinated by the Islamic Republic's terrorists in France (Dr. Cyrus Elahi in 1990, and Dr. Reza Mazlouman in 1996), and convict their murderers.
The mullahs feel that the decision of the European governments to send their ambassadors back to Iran, once again proves that these countries will ignore the Islamic Republic's terrorist attacks against Iranians worldwide and the repression against Iranian writers and journalists, in order to appease the greedy individuals who simply seek to profit from trade with the tyrannical regime of the mullahs. Such blatant disregard for the legitimate interests of the Iranian people will seriously damage the long-term interests of Europeans in Iran. Europeans should remember that Iran is country with a long history, and while the Islamic Republic's rule will not last, the Iranian people will endure. The Iranian people will remember those who support democracy, and those who damage Iranian interests by embracing the outlaw Islamic Republic.
We urge all countries to severely limit the number of representatives of the Islamic Republic in embassies, and refuse to offer any credits or loans to the regime.
The Constitutionalists Movement of Iran is a political organization, striving to bring freedom, democracy, and the rule of law to Iran.
April 10, 1997
German Court Convicts Islamic Republic's Terrorists
Washington, D.C. -- Today, a German court gave life sentences to two terrorists of the Islamic Republic for their part in the assassination of four Iranian Kurd opposition figures. Two other terrorists received prison sentences between 5 and 11 years. Furthermore, the judge said that the evidence had shown that the order for the assassination had been given by the Islamic Republic's spiritual leader Ali Khamenei and president Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, who made the decision in their "Committee for Special Affairs."
The prosecution had charged that the defendants acted on direct orders of the Islamic Republic's leaders in assassinating the four victims in the Mykonos Greek restaurant in Berlin on September 17, 1992.
Despite the aggressive attempts of the Islamic Republic to intimidate German officials to ignore the role of the clerical dictatorship's involvement in the brutal murders, presiding judge Frithjof Kubsch had the courage to implement justice and maintain the independence of the German judicial system. CMI commends the courage of the German judiciary, especially judge Kubsch and state prosecutor Bruno Jost who carefully considered the evidence and ensured that the murderers are convicted.
As a result of the findings of the court, the German government has recalled its ambassador for consultations and said it would no longer take part in "critical dialogue" with the Islamic Republic. Other European Union countries have also recalled their ambassadors from Tehran, and broken off the failed policy of "critical dialogue." Many other countries, including Norway, Finland, Australia and New Zealand have also recalled their ambassadors from Tehran. The United States has supported the court's verdict and urged the EU to impose strong sanctions on the Islamic Republic. Norway agrees that sanctions should be imposed on the clerical dictatorship.
The German government has also expelled four agents of the Islamic Republic from Germany. The Islamic Republic has responded by expelling four German diplomats and recalling its ambassador from Germany.
The murder of the four Kurds by the Islamic Republic is only the tip of the iceberg. Since 1979, the Islamic Republic has murdered thousands of Iranians inside and outside Iran. Presently, there are thousands of political prisoners in the Islamic Republic. The mullahs execute hundreds of political prisoners every year. The outlaw regime has also intensified its attacks against Iranian writers and journalists. In January 1997, the mullahs arrested prominent Iranian writer Faraj Sarkuhi. Sarkuhi was among 134 writers who signed an open letter in 1994 which called for an end to censorship in Iran. The writers who signed the letter have been threatened to withdraw their signatures, and several of them have died in suspicious circumstances. In March 1997, Ebrahim Zalzadeh, the editor of Me'yar magazine, was abducted by the regime's agents, and his body was abandoned in a Tehran street.
CMI urges Germany and the other EU countries to support the efforts of the Iranian people to establish a government of the people, by the people, for the people. We believe that Europe's democracies can have an important role in supporting the movement for democracy and human rights in Iran. A strong free, and democratic Iran is in the world's long-term strategic interest.
"We urge all countries to impose strong sanctions on the illegitimate Islamic Republic, in order to emphasize condemnation of the regime's terrorist activities and express support for freedom and democracy in Iran," said Dr. Khosrow Akmal , CMI's Secretary General.
The Constitutionalists Movement of Iran is a political organization, striving to bring freedom, democracy, and the rule of law to Iran.
February 16, 1997
Iranian Oil Workers Demand Their Rights
Washington, D.C. -- Today, thousands of Iranian oil workers protested against the Islamic Republic outside the Oil Ministry in the heart of Tehran. The workers from an oil refinery in southern Tehran demanded wages that allow them to pay for the staggering cost of living that is increasing at a very high inflation rate. Moreover, they demanded the right to establish a worker's union to negotiate for their rights.
As usual, the regime used its thugs to viciously attack the peaceful protest, and arrest hundreds of protesters. The whereabouts of the arrested workers is unknown, and their lives are in grave danger. The regime considers such protests to be a serious threat to its survival, and treats those who engage in the protests as enemies of the clerical dictatorship.
As Amnesty International and United Nations reports indicate, prisoners are routinely tortured by the mullahs, and trials before the Islamic Revolutionary Courts fall far short of internationally recognized standards for fair trial. Trial hearings are usually held inside prisons; proceedings are summary, hearings often lasting a few minutes, with defendants having no access to legal counsel and no right of appeal.
We strongly condemn the Islamic Republic's brutal actions against Iranians, and we urge all individuals, organizations, and governments that are interested in human rights to compel the Islamic Republic to release the oil workers who have been arrested, and cease its campaign to repress Iranian workers.
February 4, 1997
The Islamic Republic Arrests Faraj Sarkuhi
Washington, D.C. -- On January 27, 1997, the Islamic Republic arrested prominent Iranian writer Faraj Sarkuhi and his brother Ismail. Despite numerous requests from international human rights organizations and several governments to obtain information about Faraj and Ismail Sarkuhi, the clerical regime has not revealed their whereabouts.
The mullahs had previously abducted Faraj Sarkuhi at Tehran Airport on November 3, 1996, when he planned to travel to Germany to join his wife and children. When Sarkuhi's family and international organizations asked the Islamic Republic about his whereabouts, the mullahs claimed that he had traveled to Germany. The regime insisted that Sarkuhi wasn't in Iran, despite the fact that Germany had no indication that he had entered Germany.
The mullahs held Sarkuhi incommunicado until December 20, when he was forced to meet with reporters at Tehran Airport to recite a bizarre story that the mullahs had dictated to him.
Before his arrest on January 27, Sarkuhi, the editor of Adineh magazine, wrote a detailed letter about his abduction by the Islamic Republic on November 3, and the severe pressure that the mullahs exerted on him to sign false statements. In the letter, which has been published in European newspapers, he indicates that the regime filmed interviews with him, and he was coerced to make false statements under duress.
Sarkuhi was among 134 writers who signed an open letter in 1994 which called for an end to censorship in Iran. The writers who signed the letter have been threatened to withdraw their signatures, and several of them have died in suspicious circumstances.
We are extremely concerned that the mullahs may have decided to murder Sarkuhi just as they killed prominent Iranian writer Ali Akbar Saidi-Sirjani in 1994 in order to intimidate other dissidents who are striving for human rights. CMI urges all individuals, organizations, and governments that are interested in human rights to compel the Islamic Republic to release Sarkuhi and all other political prisoners, and cease its campaign to repress pro-democracy Iranians.
December 10, 1996
CMI Condemns Human Rights Violations in Iran
Washington, D.C. -- On December 10, the international human rights day, the Constitutionalists Movement of Iran condemns the violations of the human rights of the Iranian people by the Islamic Republic.
The outlaw Islamic Republic continues to violate the human rights of Iranians. The illegitimate regime deprives Iranian women of their rights, and persists in attacking Iranian writers, intellectuals, dissidents, and minorities.
On May 27, terrorist agents of the Islamic Republic assassinated Iranian dissident Reza Mazlouman in his apartment in a Paris suburb. Mazlouman was vice-minister of education under the late Shah. He strongly opposed the outlaw Islamic Republic, and he had been active in the struggle to bring democracy and human rights to Iran.
On November 3, the Islamic Republic abducted Faraj Sarkouhi when he was boarding a flight at Tehran Airport to travel to Germany. Sarkouhi, the 49-year-old editor of the weekly Adineh, planned to join his family who have received political asylum in Germany.
Since 1979, the Islamic Republic has consistently persecuted religious minorities (Christians, Jews, Bahais, and Sunni Muslims). During 1996, the clerical dictatorship has assassinated numerous Iranian Sunni leaders in Iran and Pakistan.
On December 2, the regime's agents murdered Iranian Sunni leader, Mullah Mohammad Rabii, in his home in the city of Kermanshah in Western Iran. Subsequently, the regime's thugs assaulted Rabii's supporters who had gathered for a public funeral. The regime's agents attacked the mourners with machine-guns, killing more that 12 people and wounding many more.
Recently, a United Nations committee criticized the Islamic Republic for violating the human rights of Iranians. The committee is concerned with the "high number" of executions, lack of freedom of speech and the press, and discrimination against women.
The United Nations resolution "deplores the continuing, politically motivated violence" against religious minorities in Iran and urges the regime to refrain from harassing Iranians abroad.
The resolution followed a report by Maurice Copithorne, United Nations Special Representative on Human Rights, which cited increases in arrests and purges of those deemed hostile to the Islamic regime.
There is overwhelming evidence that the Islamic Republic has one of the worst human rights records in the world. As Amnesty International and United Nations reports indicate, political prisoners are routinely tortured by the mullahs, and trials before the Islamic Revolutionary Courts fall far short of internationally recognized standards for fair trial. Trial hearings are usually held inside prisons; proceedings are summary, hearings often lasting a few minutes, with defendants having no access to legal counsel and no right of appeal. Presently, there are thousands of political prisoners in the Islamic Republic.
CMI urges all individuals, organizations, and governments that are interested in human rights, democracy, and religious freedom, to support the legitimate struggle of the Iranian people to replace the outlaw Islamic Republic with a secular democratic government.
December 1, 1996
Germany Should Stop Cuddling The Islamic Republic
Washington, D.C. -- German prosecutors have presented overwhelming evidence proving the involvement of the leaders of the Islamic Republic in the September 1992 assassination of Iranian Kurdish leader Sadeq Sharafkandi and three of his colleagues in a Berlin restaurant.
Regrettably, despite the evidence of the Islamic Republic's crimes against Iranians, some German government leaders have continued to cuddle the clerical dictatorship and its murderous leaders.
Gross mismanagement of the Iranian economy, pervasive corruption, the plunder of Iran's national wealth, and brutal crimes against the Iranian people have put the Islamic Republic and its leaders on the fast track to self-destruction. Unless Germany abandons its current policy of cuddling the Islamic Republic, and adopts a policy of supporting democracy and human rights in Iran, Germany will also be on a fast track to destroying its relations with the Iranian people, and severely damaging its interests in the region.
We urge German leaders to stop supporting the Islamic Republic with trade and loans. We believe that, as a leading democracy, Germany can have an important role in supporting the movement for democracy and human rights in Iran.
A democratic Iran will restore the good relations that Iran enjoyed with other civilized countries before the Islamic Republic. Therefore, it's in the interest of all democratic governments to support the Iranians who are striving to bring a responsible government to Iran. A democratic Iran will promote mutually beneficial trade relations with all countries.
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