NEW BRIEFING PAPER CALLS FOR MORE ATTENTION TO FREEDOM OF RELIGION IN ACHIEVING THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS

NEW YORK, NY, USA, September 20, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Speaking ahead of the Dialogue, Hon Nqabayomzi Kwankwa, a member of Parliament in South Africa and Chair of AfriPAHR and FoRBLN Board Member said: ‘’Parliamentarians and faith leaders are in unique positions to promote fundamental freedoms, including freedom of religion or belief. They hold powerful positions in society and have social influence that can bring about not only policy, legal and institutional change but also attitudinal change in society.’’

“Over 50 years of Religions for Peace’s unique capacitation of multi-religious collaboration in over 100 countries, proves that freedom of thought, conscience and belief underlines any and all human freedoms and rights. Faith actors remain critical agents of change or the lack thereof.”, said Prof. Dr. Azza Karam, Secretary General, Religions for Peace.

The High-Level Dialogue is part of a series of consultations taking place this Autumn which will coincide with other briefing papers on FoRB and health (SDG 3), inclusive and equitable education (SDG 4), gender equality and empowerment (SDG 5), reducing inequalities (SDG 10), combatting climate change (SDG 13) and access to justice for all. More information can be found here.

The Leaving No One Behind series of publications and consultation has been commissioned by FoRBLN, an international consortium funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO).

‘’This and subsequent briefing papers will provide concrete suggestions for parliamentarians and faith leaders to address inequalities in relation to religion or belief using the SDGs framework. The aim is to bring larger, more international concepts closer to the ground, so that policies and laws are informed by context-based discussions and lived experiences’’, said Dr Charles Reed, Director of Operations FoRBLN

‘’Such publications and consultations stir an important debate that should be part of our global discourse. In exploring ways FoRB might contribute to sustainable, inclusive, and equitable social and economic development for all, we find that cross-network sharing, and peer-to-peer learning is vital for parliamentarians’’, adds Liv Kvanvig, Director, IPPFoRB (a consortium member of the FoRBLN) and Head of the Freedom of Religion or Belief Centre, Norwegian Helsinki Committee (NHC)

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Guy Roofing Stands with Senior Living on Provider Relief Fund

Roof replacement on a senior living facility by Guy Roofing.

Guy Roofing is a trusted partner within the senior living industry, delivering critical repairs, maintenance, and roof replacements to senior living facilities across the nation.

Guy Roofing voiced their support for Argentum’s Standing with Seniors campaign, an initiative supporting the release of key funds for senior living providers.

The senior living industry protects our country’s most vulnerable population; during this pandemic, these facilities have been left on hold for months, despite being among the hardest-hit.”

— Jeff Guy

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA, UNITED STATES, September 20, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Guy Roofing voiced their support for Argentum’s Standing with Seniors campaign, an initiative supporting the release of key funds for senior living providers.

“The delay of the Biden administration in delivering these much-needed funds is abominable,” remarked Jeff Guy, Vice President of Guy Roofing. “The senior living industry protects our country’s most vulnerable population; during this pandemic, these facilities have been left on hold for months, despite being among the hardest-hit.”

Provider Relief Funds provide critical assistance to caregivers to ensure residents are safe, healthy, and protected. Despite 2 million senior citizens residing in facilities across the nation, less than 1% of funds have been distributed to these providers – resulting in over $30 billion in operating expenses and losses as senior living facilities scramble to make ends meet. Distributing this government funding would allow for key updates to communities – everything from structural maintenance, supply and equipment upgrades, and operational support.

Per the Standing with Seniors site, the advocacy organization states: “Over half of assisted living facilities nation-wide are operating at a loss and many say they will not be able to sustain operations for another year if they do not receive federal relief.”

Guy Roofing is a trusted partner within the senior living industry, delivering critical repairs, maintenance, and roof replacements to senior living facilities across the nation. “Each and every senior living facility is a family,” continued Guy. “As a third-generation, family-owned company, we take particular interest in the needs of these seniors; this population represents our fathers, our mothers, our grandparents, our own family. We want to assert our support for Standing With Seniors, and we call on Congress to immediately release Provider Relief Funds.”

For more information on Standing with Seniors, visit: Standing with Seniors

ABOUT GUY ROOFING: Founded in 1970, Guy Roofing is a leading commercial, industrial, and residential roofing contractor with a national footprint. The family-owned-and-operated company is headquartered in Spartanburg, SC, with a second corporate campus in Charlotte, NC. Guy Roofing is a trusted provider for senior living facilities across the US. For more information, visit guyroofing.com.

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Industry Experts to Discuss Source of Funds and Foreign Currency Exchange Issues in Direct EB-5

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, USA, September 20, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — EB5 Affiliate Network (EB5AN), a leading EB-5 investment fund manager, regional center operator, and consultancy firm will host a live webinar on Thursday, September 23, 2021, at 2:00 PM EDT, to discuss how prospective EB-5 investors from countries like Vietnam should approach the direct EB-5 source of funds process, particularly with regards to foreign currency exchange and remittance restrictions. EB5AN founders and managing partners Sam Silverman and Mike Schoenfeld will be joined by expert immigration lawyer Robert Gaffney of the Law Offices of Robert P. Gaffney, a leading immigration law firm.

“Foreign currency exchange and remittance issues can be tricky to navigate,” said Silverman. “However, there are several ways for investors to navigate through these restrictions and still make their direct EB-5 investment at $500,000.”

“We are encouraging foreign nationals looking to immigrate to the United States to act quickly to take advantage of the lower investment threshold,” Silverman continued. “Successfully navigating the EB-5 investment process and selecting an investment is vital to a successful immigrant petition.”

Gaffney agreed and emphasized that investors shouldn’t wait to invest. “We likely have a very short window for investment at $500,000. Anyone thinking of making an investment should take steps now to start the source-of-funds documentation process.”

Interested investors should attend the webinar on September 23. Enquiries should be sent by e-mail to info@eb5an.com.

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Created in 1990, the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Visa has long been a gateway to the United States for foreign nationals living abroad, as well as by those already working or studying in the U.S. on nonimmigrant visas including H-1B, L-1B, and F-1. Thousands of families from all over the world have successfully immigrated by making a job-creating investment in a U.S.-based business enterprise. The EB-5 program has facilitated billions of dollars of foreign direct investment into the United States and created tens of thousands of jobs over the last three decades.

EB5 Affiliate Network is an internationally known EB-5 investment fund manager, regional center operator, and consultancy that has facilitated more than $1 billion of investment under the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Visa program. EB5AN works with firms in multiple industries to create high-quality direct and regional center-sponsored investment offerings throughout the United States. EB5AN’s investment funds serve immigrant investors from more than 60 countries with a portfolio of low-risk investments in world-class business ventures.

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(Video) Iran: Teachers Continue Protests as Authorities Refrain from Addressing their Demands

September 20, 2021 - Teachers in Tehran and many other cities, including Isfahan, Karaj, Shiraz, Ahvaz, Tabriz, Qom, Ilam, Ardabil, Yasuj, Khorramabad, Bandar Abbas, Shahrekord, Kermanshah, and Dehdasht, on the morning of Saturday, September 18, protested

(PMOI / MEK Iran) and (NCRI): Teachers in Tehran and many other cities, including Isfahan, Karaj, Shiraz, Ahvaz, Tabriz, Qom, Ilam, Ardabil, Yasuj, Khorramabad, Bandar Abbas, Shahrekord, Kermanshah, and Dehdasht, on the morning of Saturday, September 18.

September 20, 2021 - (PMOI / MEK Iran) and (NCRI): Teachers protested the non-implementation of the ranking plan, non-payment of the retirees’ bonuses, and their dire working and living conditions.

(PMOI / MEK Iran) and (NCRI): Teachers protested the non-implementation of the ranking plan, non-payment of the retirees’ bonuses, and their dire working and living conditions.

September 20, 2021 - (NCRI) and (PMOI / MEK Iran): Teachers called the “Green Licensees” held their 15th day of protests against their non-employment in front of the Ministry of Education.

(NCRI) and (PMOI / MEK Iran): Teachers called the “Green Licensees” held their 15th day of protests against their non-employment in front of the Ministry of Education.

September 20, 2021 - Tabriz, (NCRI) and (PMOI / MEK Iran): Tabriz, The teachers chanted, The imprisoned teacher must be released; No discrimination, no compromise, payment of salaries without having to beg for it.

(NCRI) and (PMOI / MEK Iran): Tabriz, The teachers chanted, The imprisoned teacher must be released; No discrimination, no compromise, payment of salaries without having to beg for it.

September 20, 2021 - Ilam: The teachers chanted, No discrimination, no compromise, granting our ranks without having to beg for it. Even if we die, we will obtain our rights; Teachers will die, but will not accept discrimination.

(NCRI) and (PMOI / MEK Iran): Ilam: The teachers chanted, No discrimination, no compromise, granting our ranks without having to beg for it. Even if we die, we will obtain our rights; Teachers will die, but will not accept discrimination.

September 20, 2021 - Ahvaz: The teachers chanted, Unless we obtain our rights, we  are not going to attend classes. The ranking is our inalienable rights; and teachers, demand your rights.”

Ahvaz: The teachers chanted, Unless we obtain our rights, we are not going to attend classes. The ranking is our inalienable rights; and teachers, demand your rights.”

September 20, 2021 - Teachers in Tehran called the “Green Licensees” held their 15th day of protests against their non-employment in front of the Ministry of Education.

Teachers in Tehran called the “Green Licensees” held their 15th day of protests against their non-employment in front of the Ministry of Education.

September 20, 2021 - (PMOI / MEK Iran) and (NCRI): “The imprisoned teachers must be released; Even if we die, we will obtain our rights; teachers, demand your rights”.

(PMOI / MEK Iran) and (NCRI): Dehdasht, “The imprisoned teachers must be released; Even if we die, we will obtain our rights; teachers, demand your rights”.

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi hailed the protesting teachers and retirees and called on students to support the freedom-loving teachers and educators.

Continued protests by teachers, workers, other working sectors with chants of 'we will obtain our rights even if we die' bespeak the Iranian peoples resolve to overthrow the mullahs’ religious fascism”

— NCRI

PARIS, FRANCE, September 20, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), and the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI/MEK), reported that teachers protest in 14 cities across Iran.

On Sunday, “green report card teachers,” Iranian teachers who have passed the education ministry’s employment test, held the sixteenth consecutive day of their rally in front of the education ministry in Tehran, protesting the regime’s refusal to employ them.

Some of the teachers had traveled to the capital from other cities to make their voices heard.

The teachers have been protesting since last year, but the regime has refrained from addressing their demands.

As the start of the academic year nears, the teachers are back to the street to resume their protests and remind the government of its duties.

This latest round of protests began on September 3 and has been ongoing every day.

Some of the teachers spend the night in front of the education ministry and resume their demonstrations during the day.

On Saturday, teachers held simultaneous protests in several cities, including Ilam, Ahvaz, Isfahan, Shiraz, and Dehdasht. Saturday’s protest rallies also included retired teachers, who are facing severe economic problems as the regime refuses to adjust pensions with the growing inflation rate and the depreciating national currency.

The protesters also called for the release of teachers who have been arrested by the regime for taking part in demonstrations.

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), voiced her support for the protesting teachers and called on Iranians to support the teachers and other communities who are protesting for their rights.

She said that the continued protests by teachers, workers, and other working sectors with chants of “we will obtain our rights even if we die” bespeak the Iranian people’s resolve to overthrow the mullahs’ religious fascism.

The continued protests by the teachers have become a cause of concern for the regime.

On September 12, security forces attacked the protesters and targeted them with tear gas.

The teachers held another round of protests in June, demanding the education ministry to provide them with employment opportunities.

Regime authorities have tried to downplay the protests and the demands of the teachers, claiming that some of the protesters have “failed their exams.”

Despite the shortage of teachers across Iran, the education ministry refrains from employing the teachers.

The teachers chanted:

The imprisoned teacher must be released;

No discrimination, no compromise, payment of salaries without having to beg for it;

No discrimination, no compromise, granting our ranks without having to beg for it;

Even if we die, we will obtain our rights; Teachers will die, but will not accept discrimination;

Unless we obtain our rights, we are not going to attend classes;

The ranking is our inalienable rights; and teachers, demand your rights.”

Shahin Gobadi
NCRI
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Announcing Video Movie Series | ME – Mother Earth – ME | the movie, from Alpha to Omega and Beyond

ME the movie

Crack the Code to your Heart

One down!

Assembled from Ancient texts, science and several Leymen's Intuitions. Many contributors, presented by Ride Thera Publishing.

Mother Earth – Her Meditating Energy, Her Meditative Entropy
Our Mental Era with Her Mathematical Electroforms Her Magnificent Evolutionism
Her Morphogenetic Envision-ings Her Massive Energy”

— Kevin Gilbert

BURNS, OR, UNITED STATES, September 20, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Ride Thera Publishing was born out of one couple's journey to explain the world and experience what it was like to look directly at the end of the world. During our journey we met most of the conspiracy theorists and joined several end of the world groups. We went all the way twice to uprooting from East Coast to West Coast to watch the end of the world from purchase in those locations.

All the while assembling all the data and Intel we had collected during our time together of 36 years. This movie series is the culmination of the questions and answers to all the questions we ever had since we were small children. All the questions about what the earth is and how it got to the way it is today. And the same questions about ourselves and humanity at large and our various cultures and civilizations and previous civilizations and perhaps future civilizations.

The video series will ask and answer all of these questions and more starting with our first presentation Part 1: ME – Mother Earth – ME.

Read our website for "99 Nagging Questions from the Heart" to accompany this web video series at https://crack-the-code.com/

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Fang Family Announces Donation of AsianWeek Issues to Shanghai Municipal Library

1,500 original editions of AsianWeek donated to Shanghai Library, aimed at enhancing mutual understanding of the history of Asian Americans in the United States

1,500 original editions of AsianWeek newspaper were donated to the Shanghai Library, aimed at enhancing a mutual understanding of the history of Asian Americans in the United States”

— AsianWeek

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, September 19, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Fang Family Foundation Announces AsianWeek Donation Ceremony

The Fang Family Foundation in partnership with the Shanghai Library announces the donation of more than 1,500 original editions of AsianWeek newspaper publications to the Shanghai Library, aimed at enhancing a mutual understanding of the history of Chinese Americans in the United States over the past 40 years. In particular, this recent donation is one of many long-term cooperation projects aimed at connecting and helping promote historical and cultural exchanges between the two sister cities of Shanghai and San Francisco.

AsianWeek was founded in 1979 by John Fang, a Chinese American newspaperman in San Francisco, with the support of his wife Florence Fang. It was the first and largest English- language print and online publication serving Asian Americans, promoting and providing a voice in the long struggle for recognition of the Asian American community. In the more than 40 years since its founding, sons James Fang, who served as the chairman of the San Francisco- Shanghai Sister Cities Committee for nearly two decades, and Ted Fang, the first Chinese American to serve as the president of a major daily newspaper in the United States, established AsianWeek into the well-known "Voice of Asian America.” The weekly newspaper has been digitized since 2009, with the now-scanned and electronic versions accessible to the public and researched and discovered by person, time, category, and topic.

In December 2020, Florence Fang, owner of AsianWeek and honorary trustee of Peking University, her son, Ted Fang, and Daphne Fang, in collaboration with the Shanghai Foreign Affairs Office, the Publicity Department of the Shanghai Municipal Party Committee, and the San Francisco-Shanghai Sister Cities Committee, generously agreed to release to the public free of charge more than 30 years of original editions of AsianWeek were submitted to the Shanghai Foreign Languages Library. Over 1,500 newspaper were digitally scanned using advanced AI technology, allowing for easy, accessible research and study of the history of Chinese Americans through the archival record of newspapers.

A live ceremony commemorating this donation and its significance will be held at the Shanghai Library on September 17, 2021, 10:00-11:30 am, Beijing time (September 16, 2021, 7:00-8:30 pm Pacific Time). Members of the Shanghai Library, the Shanghai Foreign Affairs Office, Municipal Party Committee, the San Francisco-Shanghai Sister City Committee, the Sino- Overseas Economic and Cultural Exchange Center, the Special Fund of Shanghai Charity Foundation, and the Bay Area Council along with the Consulate General in San Francisco, the Director of Foreign Affairs Office of the City of San Francisco, and the Fang family (Florence, Ted, and Daphne) will be on hand both virtually and in person as part of the presentation.

Founded in 1979 in San Francisco, AsianWeek proudly served as the first and largest English- language print and online publication in the United States serving the Asian American community. Through the lens of its Asian American journalists and staff, it chronicled the growth and development of Asian America within American history. Today, AsianWeek’s mission through its database project is to celebrate and preserve post-1965 Asian American history by connecting the Asian American community to the narratives, perspectives and lenses of Asian American storytellers, newsmakers and community members.
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(Video) MEK Supporters Inside Iran Called for Protests and Uprisings to Achieve Freedom and Democracy

September 19, 2021 - the Resistance Units and supporters of the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK/PMOI) called for protests and uprisings to achieve freedom and democracy in Iran by posting banners and placards and writing graffiti.

(NCRI) and (PMOI / MEK Iran): The Resistance Units and supporters of the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK/PMOI) called for protests and uprisings to achieve freedom and democracy in Iran by posting banners and placards and writing graffiti.

September 19, 2021 - These activities took place despite the state of full alert by the regime's security forces. The activities took place in different parts of the Greater Tehran, Qom, Mashhad, Shiraz, Rasht, Qazvin, Robat Karim, Lahijan, Ramsar, Yasuj,

(NCRI)&(PMOI/MEK Iran): These activities took place despite the state of full alert by the regime’s security forces. The activities took place in different parts of the Greater Tehran, Qom, Mashhad, Shiraz, Rasht, Qazvin, Robat Karim, Lahijan, Ramsar, Yasuj, and Kazerun

September 19, 2021 - Tehran— “Down with Khamenei, Viva Rajavi”. Rasht— “Down with the rule of mullahs”. Kazerun— “Down with the oppressor, be it the Shah or Ali Khamenei”.

(NCRI) and (PMOI / MEK Iran): Tehran — “Down with Khamenei, Viva Rajavi”. Rasht— “Down with the rule of mullahs”. Kazerun— “Down with the oppressor, be it the Shah or Ali Khamenei”.

September 19, 2021 - Tehran— “Down with Khamenei, Viva Rajavi”. Robat Karim— “The Iranian people do not want both the coronavirus and mullahs”. Qom- “Down with Khamenei,". Tehran— “Down with Khamenei, Viva Rajavi”. Mashhad- “Down with Khamenei,".

(NCRI) and (PMOI / MEK Iran): Tehran — “Down with Khamenei, Viva Rajavi”. Robat Karim— “The Iranian people do not want both the coronavirus and mullahs”. Qom- “Down with Khamenei,”. Tehran— “Down with Khamenei, Viva Rajavi”. Mashhad- “Down with Khamenei,”.

September 19, 2021 - Tehran— “Down with Khamenei, Viva Rajavi”. Qom— “The Iranian people live in poverty and the supreme leader is getting richer”. Tehran— “Down with Khamenei, Viva Rajavi”. Mashhad- “Down with Khamenei,".

(NCRI) and (PMOI / MEK Iran): Tehran — “Down with Khamenei, Viva Rajavi”. Qom— “The Iranian people live in poverty and the supreme leader is getting richer”. Tehran— “Down with Khamenei, Viva Rajavi”. Mashhad- “Down with Khamenei,”.

September 19, 2021 - The Iranian opposition network, PMOI/MEK Resistance Units install posters of the Iranian Resistance leader Massoud Rajavi.

(NCRI) and (PMOI / MEK Iran): The Iranian opposition network, PMOI/MEK Resistance Units install posters of the Iranian Resistance leader Massoud Rajavi.

September 19, 2021 - Shiraz - "Maryam Rajavi: The MEK is the hope for Iran's future," "Maryam Rajavi: The Iranian people will win the battle of destiny against Khamenei, who has been the reason for so many losses with the COVID-19,".

(NCRI) and (PMOI / MEK Iran): Shiraz – “Maryam Rajavi: The MEK is the hope for Iran’s future,” “Maryam Rajavi: The Iranian people will win the battle of destiny against Khamenei, who has been the reason for so many losses with the COVID-19,”.

September 19, 2021 - The Resistance Units and supporters of the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK/PMOI) called for protests and uprisings to achieve freedom and democracy in Iran by writing graffiti.Qom —  “Down with Khamenei,”.

(NCRI) and (PMOI / MEK Iran): The Resistance Units and supporters of the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK/PMOI) called for protests and uprisings to achieve freedom and democracy in Iran by writing graffiti.Qom — “Down with Khamenei,”.

Maryam Rajavi: "The Iranian people will win the battle of destiny against Khamenei, who has been the reason for so many losses with the COVID-19,"

MEK Resistance Units install posters of the Iranian Resistance leader Massoud Rajavi and Maryam Rajavi in public places. They also take to graffiti writing slogans against the Iranian regime.”

— NCRI

PARIS, FRANCE, September 19, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Resistance Units and supporters of the Mojahedin-e Khalq (MEK/PMOI) called for protests and uprisings to achieve freedom and democracy in Iran by posting banners and placards and writing graffiti.

These activities took place despite the state of full alert by the regime's security forces. The activities took place in different parts of the Greater Tehran, Qom, Mashhad, Shiraz, Rasht, Qazvin, Robat Karim, Lahijan, Ramsar, Yasuj, and Kazerun.

“The Iranian people want to get rid of Covid-19 and the mullahs,” says the internal network of the opposition People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), the Iranian Resistance Units.

The vast activities of the MEK’s Resistance Units inside Iran pointed out that the main cause of the country’s fifth peak is nothing but the inhuman policies of the regime’s Supreme leader Ali Khamenei who banned the import of WHO-approved vaccines.

The Iranian Resistance Units also spread anti-regime slogans emphasizing that the only solution to fix the situation is to rise and overthrow the mullahs.

In Tehran, despite the heavy presence of security forces, the Resistance Units installed huge posters of Iranian resistance leader Massoud Rajavi and President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) Maryam Rajavi.

Anti-regime activities were also carried out in cities such as Shiraz, Isfahan, Mashhad, Qom, Rasht, Kazerun, Qazvin, Ramsar, Yasuj, Lahijan, Robat Karim, Ardakan, Langarud, Hamadan, Saveh, Minudasht, and Gorgan.

Some of the slogans were:

"Maryam Rajavi: The MEK is the hope for Iran's future,".

"Maryam Rajavi: The Iranian people will win the battle of destiny against Khamenei, who has been the reason for so many losses with the COVID-19,".

"Massoud Rajavi (leader of the Iranian Resistance): Definition of Mujahedin-e Khalq: True to commitment, with maximum sacrifice, in the nation’s history,”.

“Massoud Rajavi: The Iranian people do not want the Coronavirus nor the mullahs,".

"Down with the Khamenei, hail to Rajavi,".

"While people are begging to make ends meet, Khamenei lives like a king,".

"Down with Khamenei, hail to Rajavi,".

The Resistance Units also took to graffiti in these cities spreading slogans against the regime’s new President, Ebrahim Raisi, also known as the butcher of Iran’s 1988 massacre of thousands of political prisoners.

“Down with Khamenei, down with Raisi, hail to Rajavi and hail to freedom,” their slogans read.

The Resistance Units also spread the slogan “Down with the oppressor, be it the Shah or Ali Khamenei,” which echoes the Iranian people’s desire not to return to the era of the Shah monarchy and to live in a democratic republic.

The Resistance Units are a network of MEK activists inside Iran who have revolted against the current regime as small cells of resistance of the Iranian opposition movement, working together to play a leading role in Iran’s protests.

This network is grown extensively in recent years, especially among youths, and during the annual event of the Iranian Resistance, the Free Iran Global Summit 2021, above 1000 video messages were sent from across Iran in support of the MEK’s struggle for freedom.

According to Iranian regime officials and state-run media, was the main factor in the December 2017 and November 2019 nationwide uprisings. After the December 2017 nationwide protests Khamenei stated on January 9, 2018, that “the MEK are the third side of a triangle that created the uprising that they had prepared since months earlier.”

Also, on November 17, 2019, two days after the nationwide protests over the sudden increase in gasoline prices began, Khamenei acknowledged the impact of Iranian Resistance Units and referred to the MEK as a “wicked and criminal collective” who are “constantly encouraging and inviting people on social networks and elsewhere to conduct these evil acts.”

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“The Iranian people do not want both Covid-19 and the mullahs,” say opposition MEK Resistance Units


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New Book Makes the Case to Bring Iranian Regime's President Ebrahim Raisi to Justice

NCRI-US’s New Book, IRAN: Call for Justice, makes the case to bring Iranian regime’s president Ebrahim Raisi to justice. It establishes his role in the massacre of 30,000 political prisoners in 1988 and the killing of 1,500 protesters in 2019.

Iranian regime’s former Supreme Leader Ruhollah Khomeini’s evil fatwa which was the basis for the genocidal and swift massacre of over 30,000 political prisoners, primarily members of the main Iranian opposition, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK).

NCRI-US’s New Book, IRAN: Call for Justice, makes the case to bring Iranian regime’s president Ebrahim Raisi to justice. It establishes his role in the massacre of 30,000 political prisoners in 1988 and the killing of 1,500 protesters in 2019.

NCRI-US's new book establishes Raisi's role in the massacre of 30,000 political prisoners in 1988 and the killing of 1,500 protesters in 2019.

We should see Raisi removed from the presidency and, most significantly of all, see this government removed from power in Tehran, so that the gifted people of Iran can again choose their own leaders.”

— Hon. Joe Lieberman, former Senator from Connecticut

WASHINGTON, DC, UNITED STATES, September 18, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — The second edition of 'IRAN: Call for Justice –The Case to Hold Ebrahim Raisi to Account for Crimes Against Humanity,' by the U.S. Representative Office of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI-US), will be released on Tuesday, September 21, 2021, the day that the new president of the Iranian regime, Ebrahim Raisi, is scheduled to address the 76th session of the UN General Assembly. The book centers on establishing the role that Raisi has played in egregious human rights violations, primarily in the massacre of thousands of political prisoners in 1988, and the killing of 1,500 protesters in November 2019.

In summer of 1988, over 30,000 political prisoners were executed across dozens of cities in Iran after a fatwa issued by the former Supreme Leader, Ruhollah Khomeini. The victims of this clear case of crimes against humanity were primarily (90%) members or supporters of the main Iranian opposition, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI), also known as the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK).

As evidenced by Khomeini’s hand-written fatwa, the 1988 massacre amounts to genocide. Current Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei was president during the carnage, and Raisi, who has continued in his role as henchman to this day, was one of four members of the infamous death commission in Tehran. The book details the evidence for bringing both Khamenei and Raisi before an international tribunal.

Hon. Michael B. Mukasey, the 81st Attorney General of the United States, writes in the preface: “In the summer of 1988, a committee of four senior Iranian officials that became known as the ‘death committee’ acted to carry out the terms of a fatwa issued by then-Supreme Leader the Ayatollah Khomeini to kill tens of thousands of Iranian prisoners, most of them members of MEK…. Now, for the first time — in 'IRAN: Call for Justice,' Ebrahim Raisi, Iran’s new president, has been pulled out of the shadows and had the spotlight shined directly on him as one member of this committee. This slim volume tells the world much of what it needs to know about Raisi’s criminal deeds and bloody rise to power…This important volume deserves to be read and acted upon.”

In his foreword, former U.S. Democratic senator from Connecticut Joe Lieberman writes: “Raisi is unapologetic in response to charges that he led the death commissions of 1988 that resulted in the death of thousands of his fellow Iranians. He does not deny his involvement. He proudly defends it. In Raisi’s own words, ‘It is my honor that I fought against hypocrisy [MEK].’ That is why it won’t be difficult to make the case against him in an international court of justice. Raisi justifies the genocide of thousands of Iranians based only on their political opinions. And that is why he must be brought to justice for the crimes against humanity he has committed.

“…We should see him removed from the presidency and, most significantly of all, see this government removed from power in Tehran, so that the gifted people of Iran can again choose their own leaders and enjoy political and economic freedom and opportunity.”

Geoffrey Robertson QC, who served as the first President and Appeal Judge in the UN War Crimes Court in Sierra Leone, outlines the series of breaches of rules of international law by the Iranian regime during the 1988 massacre “which entail both state responsibility and individual accountability for war crimes and crimes against humanity.” He notes in his introduction to the book: “The situation in Iran today illustrates the consequences of impunity for crimes against humanity that have never been properly investigated or acknowledged… Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei was the President in 1988 and fully supported the prison massacres. Evin prison, scene of mass murder in 1988, remains a brutal environment for blindfolded prisoners picked up for no more serious offence than attending student demonstrations or contacting NGOs concerned about human rights…”

Evidence of Raisi’s involvement is overwhelming. While the concerns in the U.S. and the European Union may be the JCPOA, the real issue before them should be the need to institute legal proceedings against Ebrahim Raisi. Iran in 2021 is on the threshold of fundamental change. The clerics' Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, finds his regime increasingly weak and in jeopardy following a series of uprisings since 2017, systemic corruption, a bankrupt economy, and an explosive society. Thus, Raisi, a notorious mass murderer, was handpicked by Khamenei, to take on the position of president of the regime.

'IRAN: Call for Justice' makes the case that if the world community is serious about ending the vicious abuses of human rights in Iran, it must take effective steps to end the impunity regarding the 1988 massacre and halt the unequaled rate of executions. Raisi’s presidency and the ongoing protest movement should prompt the world to recognize the Iranian people’s right to determine their future and to establish a free, democratic, secular, nonnuclear republic in Iran.

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(Video) Iran: EX-Political Prisoner Gives Harrowing Testimony in Swedish Court

September 18, 2021 - While the court proceeded, a large group of Iranians resumed their protest rally in front of the court, calling for the prosecution of senior regime officials, including Raisi and supreme leader Ali Khamenei.

(PMOI / MEK Iran) and (NCRI): While the court proceeded, a large group of Iranians resumed their protest rally in front of the court, calling for the prosecution of senior regime officials, including Raisi and supreme leader Ali Khamenei.

24th August, 2021 -The 1988 massacre did not just happen. It was rooted in a fundamental conflict between the people of Iran, demanding freedom, democracy, and economic and social development after the overthrow of the Shah, and a religious tyranny incapa

(PMOI / MEK Iran) and (NCRI): The 1988 massacre did not just happen. It was rooted in a fundamental conflict between the people of Iran, demanding freedom, democracy, and economic and social development after the overthrow of the Shah.

24th August, 2021 - Thousands of Iranians gathered in Stockholm, Sweden, calling for a firm policy towards the Iranian regime and to hold the regime to account for the 1988 massacre of the political prisoners in Iran.

(PMOI / MEK Iran) and (NCRI): Thousands of Iranians gathered in Stockholm, Sweden, calling for a firm policy towards the Iranian regime and to hold the regime to account for the 1988 massacre of the political prisoners in Iran.

19 July, 2021 - In the summer of 1988, “death commissions” throughout Iran systematically interrogated, condemned, and executed 30,000 political prisoners as part of an effort to stamp out organized opposition to the fledgling theocratic dictatorship.

(PMOI / MEK Iran) and (NCRI): In the summer of 1988, “death commissions” throughout Iran systematically interrogated, condemned, and executed 30,000 political prisoners as part of an effort to stamp out organized opposition to the fledgling theocratic dictatorship.

18th August, 2021 - Ebrahim Raisi, the architect of the massacre of political prisoners must face justice

(PMOI / MEK Iran) and (NCRI): As Amnesty International’s Secretary General said, “That Ebrahim Raisi has risen to the presidency instead of being investigated for the crimes against humanity of murder, enforced disappearance, and torture is a grim reminder that impunity

18th August, 2021 - Maryam Rajavi at the World Summit for a Free Iran 4

(PMOI / MEK Iran) and (NCRI): Maryam Rajavi at the World Summit for a Free Iran. We say to the world community, especially to Western governments, that Mullah Raisi is a criminal guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity in 1988.

July 27, 2021 - (PMOI / MEK Iran) and (NCRI): Publication of indictment and documents in the Case of Hamid Noury, Iranian Regime Henchman, by Swedish Prosecutor Authority.

(PMOI / MEK Iran) and (NCRI): Publication of indictment and documents in the Case of Hamid Noury, Iranian Regime Henchman, by Swedish Prosecutor Authority.

July 27, 2021 - “Massacre of Political Prisoners” that was published by the PMOI 22 years ago, which includes a list of a considerable number of agents and perpetrators of the massacre, including Hamid Abbasi (Noury), in addition to the memoirs of a numbe

(PMOI / MEK Iran) & (NCRI): “Massacre of Political Prisoners” that was published by the PMOI 22 years ago, which includes a list of a considerable number of agents & perpetrators of the massacre including Hamid Noury, in addition to the memoirs of a number of MEK member

“1988 massacre,” the swift and brutal execution of more than 30,000 political prisoners, mostly MEK members and supporters, in the summer of 1988.

The 1988 massacre has been described as a war crime and crime against humanity. Legal experts also recognize it as a “genocide” and should be addressed by international tribunals.”

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PARIS, FRANCE, September 18, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — A Swedish court convened the trial of Hamid Noury, an Iranian regime official who has played an active role in torturing Iranian political prisoners in the 1980s. As one of the authorities of Gohardasht Prison (Karaj), Noury is now standing trial in a court where many of his victims are giving harrowing testimonies of how he and other regime officials brutally tortured prisoners.

Noury was arrested in 2019 after arriving in Stockholm on a commercial flight from Iran. Among his crimes is taking part in what has become known as the “1988 massacre,” the swift and brutal execution of more than 30,000 political prisoners, mostly MEK members and supporters, in the summer of 1988.

During the fifteenth session, Ramezan Fathi, a former political prisoner and a supporter of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), testified before the court about the brutal conditions in Iran’s prisons and Noury’s crimes.

In his testimony, Fathi, who was arrested in 1981 and imprisoned in Gohardasht prison, confirmed that Noury was directly involved in beating and torturing political prisoners. According to Fathi, Noury took prisoners to the “gas chamber,” a small cell that had no windows and openings.

Prison guards covered the slit under the door with blankets and kept the prisoners in the cell for hours until they passed out from lack of oxygen. “The prisoners have kept in the gas chamber to the point that sweat dripped from their toes and was asphyxiated,” Fathi said. “When they were taken out of the gas chamber, the prison guards, who were members of the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) and took orders from Hamid Noury, stood in two rows and brutally beat the prisoners as they passed between them.”

Fathi said that Noury and other prison authorities constantly threatened the prisoners and said that they would one day explode grenades in their cells.

The former political prisoner said that in the summer of 1988, as the mass executions started, he personally saw prison guards carrying wheelbarrows loaded with hanging ropes into the execution halls and coming back with the same wheelbarrows filled with the slippers of the executed prisoners. Authorities used refrigerator trucks to transfer the bodies of the executed prisoners out of Gohardasht Prison, Fathi said.

Fathi also said in court that the preparations for the 1988 massacre began in the winter of 1987 when prison authorities began classifying the prisoners based on their habits and their level of resistance against the persecution by the prison guards.

Fathi also witnessed prison guards bring a MEK member named Naser Mansouri out of the prison’s hospital on a stretcher and take him to the “death committee,” led by Hossein Ali Nayeri, where he was questioned for one minute and taken to the execution hall in that same stretcher.

The death committee, which also included regime president Ebrahim Raisi, was a group of regime officials who summoned political prisoners and tried them in kangaroo courts that lasted no longer than a few minutes. Any prisoner who did not disavow their support for the MEK was immediately taken for execution.

Fathi also testified that one of the prisoners was taken for execution after he suffered a seizure in the “death hall,” the place the inmates as they waited for their turn to be executed. In his testimony, Fathi stressed that the prisoners bravely defended their identity as supporters and members of the MEK, and this is the only reason that the regime executed them.

During the seventeenth session, Akbar Bandali, a former political prisoner and a supporter of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), testified before the court.

Bandali was born in Tehran and has an MSc in geology from Tabriz University. He was arrested in the summer of 1981 on Charges of supporting the MEK while he was on military service.

In his remarks, Bandali said that in 1987, a year before the mass executions, one of the prisoners asked Noury why they were being transferred to the ward known as “Jahad,” to which Noury responded, “We want to execute the prisoners who are up there.” Bandali emphasized that the 1988 massacre was in the plans since 1987.

During the summer of 1988, the Iranian regime carried out the swift and brutal execution of more than 30,000 political prisoners, mostly MEK members and supporters. The purge was directly ordered by Ruhollah Khomeini in an edict that explicitly stated that anyone supporting the MEK is an enemy of God and deserves to be executed.

Bandali, who spent 13 years in the regime’s prisons, testified before the court that when the executions started in July 1988, MEK prisoners were taken to the “Death Commission,” a group of judges who summoned political prisoners and tried them in kangaroo courts that lasted no longer than a few minutes. Bandali said the prisoners told the death commission that they supported the MEK were executed. One of the members of the death commission in Tehran and Karaj was Ebrahim Raisi, the regime’s current president.

During his prison term, Bandali was brutally tortured and sentenced to 15 years in prison. Bandali also witnessed violent tortures of other inmates during his time in Evin prison. Bandali said that as the 1988 massacre started, prison authorities constantly carried the bodies of executed prisoners, wrapped in sheets, into trucks and transferred them out of the prison.

“There was an IRGC guard on top of the truck and we saw the corpses being loaded into the back of the truck,” Bandali said. “I felt sick. I was going to explode from sadness.”

Bandali also said that after the first and second waves of executions, the prison guards told the prisoners to report on cellmates who supported the MEK.

Bandali quoted another prisoner and said, “Noury told the prisoners who weren’t executed that they must beg for pardon from Khomeini ‘because he has ordered us to execute all of you.’” Noury had also said that if they wanted to carry out Khomeini’s order, they would have to “executed half of Iran’s population.”

In addition to Gohardasht, Bandali spent time in Evin, Jamshidiyeh, and Ghezel Hesar prison, where he was tortured and witnessed the execution of many prisoners. Bandali testified that Noury was the leader of guards who beat prisoners. On one occasion, when Noury had realized that Bandali’s knee was hurt, he tortured him on the same spot and beat him violently.

Bandali also said that to punish prisoners, Noury took them to the “gas chamber,” a small cell that had no windows and openings. Prison guards covered the slit under the door with blankets and kept the prisoners in the cell for hours until they passed out from lack of oxygen. When the prisoners entered a comma-like state, the guards took them out of the gas chamber and, led by Noury, beat them with batons and electric cables.

While the court proceeded, a large group of Iranians resumed their protest rally in front of the court, calling for the prosecution of senior regime officials, including Raisi and supreme leader Ali Khamenei. Many of the protesters were family members of the thousands of dissidents murdered or executed by the regime.

The 1988 massacre has been described as a war crime and crime against humanity. Legal experts also recognize it as a “genocide” and should be addressed by international tribunals.

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The Tamils ask for the arrest of visiting Sri Lankan war criminal Gotabaya Rajapaksa by the U.S. Department of Justice

Sri Lankan War Criminals

Tamils hope that US Justice Department will do the right thing to bring this war criminal Gotabaya Rajapaksa to justice.

NEW YORK, NY, UNITED STATES, September 18, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Tamils for Biden wrote a letter to the U.S. Attorney General petitioning for the arrest of war criminal Gotabaya Rajapaksa for abuses committed against the Tamil populations while he served as Sri Lanka’s Defense Secretary.

Here is the copy of the letter:

Dear Attorney General Garland,

We the US Tamils write this letter to urge the arrest of visiting, on Monday September 20, the war criminal Gotabaya Rajapaksa for his international crimes against the Tamil people and humankind.

Most of the Tamils in Sri Lanka wanted us to write this letter to you. They are scared to talk about atrocities and killings during the war because the same war criminals are ruling the country now.

On December 9, 1948, the United Nations approved a written international agreement known as the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.

Genocide is an internationally recognized crime where acts are committed with the intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial, or religious group. These acts fall into five categories and Mr. Rajapaksa has committed the following five categories of criminal actions:

1. In 2009, the killing Tamils by bombing. Bishop Joseph Rayappu reported that 146,000 Tamils were massacred in the so-called “No Fire Zone.” UN panel reports estimate in their updated version that at least 80,000 Tamils were killed in the attacks.

2. Because of the heavy bombing and ruthless behavior of the Sri Lankan army, many Tamils lost their hands, legs, or other parts of their bodies, and became disabled.

3. Tamils are suffering from mental health problems, including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Many Tamils have committed suicide due to the psychological after-effects of the aggression and oppression during the Sri Lankan war.

4. Measures have been imposed intended to prevent Tamil births by sterilization as a permanent form of birth control, and in some places Tamil women have forcibly had their uteruses removed. Sometimes the Sri Lanka government also offers cash payment to Tamils to birth control procedures.

5. Tamil children have been forcible taken, with boys sold slave workers and girls sold as sex slaves.

As a result of Rajapaksa’s actions, 146,000 Tamils were massacred, 80,000 widows and 50,000 orphans were created, and over 25,000 persons have gone missing.

This all happened under Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s military leadership in 2009.

Many Tamils remain in internment camps without housing, jobs, or food. A repressive system has been designed to force the Tamils to leave their land.

Mr. Attorney General, please find a way to punish him in the United States. He was a former U.S. alien card holder.

For the Biden administration, arresting Rajapaksa would be a plus for the U.S. government’s human rights campaign.

How long can Tamils wait for justice and accountability? Among the world community of nations, only the U.S. has the power to punish this war criminal.

We hope that you and your justice department will do the right thing to bring this criminal Gotabaya Rajapaksa to justice.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

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