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    Calling For Iranian Regime Change And Accountability

    December 26, 2022
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    The death of the Iranian Kurdish woman Mahsa Amini, 22, by the Iranian morality police in September has brought Iranian citizens to the streets to protest the Islamic Republic and its radical Sharia laws and the thunder for regime change is growing. 

    Going into its fourth month after Amini’s death, Iranians from all walks of life inside Iran are rallying for an end to the mullahs’ reign for its brutal repression with slogans of “Women, Life, Freedom” and “Death to Khamenei.”

    The Iranian Resistance, the PMOI/MEK, has suffered for 40 years with over 120,000 executed by the brutal Islamic regime as they fight to overthrow tyranny. Thousands of young MEK members, mostly women, have recently been slain by the mullahs.

    From afar, Reza Pahlavi, the son of the late Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, and Iranian Empress Farah Pahlavi have taken an active role in supporting the protests from outside the country and have called upon the international community to apply further pressure against the regime. 

    Iranians globally stand in solidarity with the protestors and have called for condemnation, further sanctions and to abandon the nuclear agreement. The U.S., Canada, the European Union and the United Nations have taken such measures. 

    The Biden administration has implemented economic sanctions against the regime’s security forces and morality police and ceased nuclear negotiations.

    Canada expanded their sanctions and have banned Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) members and their families from entering Canada and have targeted their financial assets.

    At the UN’s Economic and Social Council, 29 members voted to remove Iran from a key UN women’s rights group.

    Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and President Ebrahim Raise continue to denounce the protests and accuse them of being supported by “foreign services,” deploying regime security forces, IRGC troops, and Basij paramilitary forces to brutally crackdown on the protesters. 

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    According human rights groups, the government has killed hundreds, imprisoned many while brutally interrogating and torturing them. Young women have been raped and killed in prison and on the streets for supporting the protests. 

    One young Iranian man, Majidreza Rahnavard, was hanged on a crane.  

    Ashkan Khatibi, a TV and cinema actor in Iran who was detained three months ago for standing with the protesters has spoken out. In a post Saturday, Khatibi, 43, said that in the past three months he has been living in hiding and fear. “I was arrested and questioned for allegations made against me 90 days ago, charged and my case was handed over to a judge,” he wrote in Persian in his post which also included a message in English.

    Khatibi said his “endless” interrogations came with verbal and physical violence and that after being freed he was assaulted in the street by plainclothes security forces who accused him of blasphemy. The actor said he received so many death threats by phone that he had to change his cellphone number. “I had to leave behind my career, my life, and everything that I had worked hard for all my life.”

    On Christmas Eve, Canada’s envoy to the United Nations Bob Rae posted his interview on Twitter with Iran International during which he said organizations focused on accountability have started to gather and verify information about the current wave of antigovernment protests. 

    Rae praised efforts by the United Nations “to get to the root of the injustices that are happening to make sure that the investigations are in place; that we are gathering the information and the evidence that will lead to accountability.” 

    The Canadian diplomat underlined that there should be consequences for the criminal acts, “and many things that are happening in Iran are criminal,” he said, noting that there are “abuses of human rights and abuses of international law.”



    Christine Dolan

    Christine Dolan is a seasoned Investigative Journalist, television producer, author, and photographer. She is Co-Founder of American Conversations whose format focuses on in-depth analysis of critical issues about “the story behind the headlines.”
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