February 22, 2018

Archives for January 2008

EU’s flawed combat against terrorism

Monday, 28 January 2008 Goesta GroenroosOpEdNews.com"Injustice is the best ally for terrorism," reiterated Dick Marty, the Swiss senator in a press conference last week following the ratification of a resolution by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe condemning the methods used by the EU and the UN Security Council for blacklisting groups and individuals.This resolution by Europe's human rights watchdog, was based on a report pointing out that the use of terrorist lists by the EU and UN is arbitrary and violates fundamental rights, thus putting at risk the very the fabric of a democratic society, i.e. the rule of lawWhat is more tragic is that, under the cloak of combating … [Read more...]

Placating tyranny

Thursday, 24 January 2008 By LORD CORBETT OF CASTLE VALE Chair, British Parliamentary Committee for Iran FreedomA judgment last year described the government's ban on Iran's PMOI as 'unlawful' - will Jack Straw ever admit to his part in it?The Guardian, January 21, 2008 - Rarely has a verdict been so damning to the government as that issued on November 30 last year by the Proscribed Organisations Appeals Commission (POAC) over the case of the main democratic Iranian opposition, the PMOI.Since 2001, at the behest of Iran's theocratic leaders, the government had banned the PMOI as a terrorist organisation under the Terrorism Act 2000, without a shred of evidence. The former home secretary, … [Read more...]

Empower Iranian people for democratic change

Wednesday, 23 January 2008NCRI – Speaking to a meeting in Atlanta on Monday, January 21, Professor Raymond Tanter, president of the Iran Policy Committee said, "The most powerful tool the United States can use to put Tehran's rulers on alert that gross violations of human rights must end is to empower the Iranian people for democratic change.”“To this end, the United States should remove the terrorist designations of the main, democratic Iranian opposition groups. The evidence behind such designations is specious, and the hampering of the democratic opposition jeopardizes U.S. national security interests,” he reiterated.Speaking on Dr. Martin Luther King Day, Professor Tanter explained … [Read more...]

Council of Europe: POAC ruling on Mojahedin of Iran a slap in the face of UK government

Wednesday, 23 January 2008 Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly describes the ruling by POAC to de-proscribe the PMOI a slap in the face for HM Government and calls on member states to abide by orders handed down by the judicial institutions Maryam Rajavi said that the EU Council is defying the judicial and legislative institutions and called on member states not to allow the continuation of such a scandal and lawlessnessNCRI - In its session today, Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly adopted the draft report and resolution on the terrorist lists prepared by its Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights (CLAHR). Citing the report, the resolution reiterated that "The Council of the … [Read more...]

Terror label against Mojahedin of Iran, “disastrous” effect of the EU blacklisting

Press AssociationWednesday, 23 January 2008 By Geoff Meade, PA Europe editorBrussels - United Nations and European Union blacklists of terrorist suspects were condemned this afternoon as a violation of human rights and a threat to the credibility of the international fight against terrorism.The damning verdict from Europe's human rights watchdog, the Council of Europe, was coupled with demands for a review of UN and EU blacklisting procedures.The Council's Parliamentary Assembly, meeting in Strasbourg, backed a report attacking the methods used by the UN Security Council and the EU to blacklist individuals and groups suspected of having terrorist connections abuse basic rights and are … [Read more...]

The menace of the mullahs’ fundamentalism

Middle East TimesFriday, 11 January 2008By Ali SafaviIn 2007, the turmoil in Pakistan culminated in the gruesome assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto on Dec. 27. Although the epicenter of this political tremor shook Pakistan, its ripple effect was quickly felt throughout the world.The incident was especially worrying because it demonstrated that, as the second most populous Muslim nation, Pakistan is seeing a sharp rise in Islamic fundamentalism. This trend has marred the country's political process in recent months with more bloodshed as a consequence. Aside from mounting concerns over the safety of Islamabad's nuclear stockpiles, the resulting violence has also tended to … [Read more...]