The most serious situation in the world

Nosrat Hosseini

I would like to talk today about the most serious situation in the world, it called Iran.

This is my country, where I was born and where the most dangerous government in the world exists. Of course the government is not democratic, and uses weapons against its own people, abuses human rights and exports terrorism.

Just a quick report about the situation in Iran may give you a picture what's happening there.

4,100 protest acts recorded in the past Iranian year

According to a report by the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI), during the Persian calendar year of 1384 (March 20, 2005 - March 20, 2006), Iranian cities were the scenes of over 4,100 protests, strikes, and clashes between the people and the repressive forces.

These protests involved different sectors of society from white collar workers to teachers and students to political prisoners. At least 1,380 protests were staged by workers, and 737 protests by students, academics and university professors.

The continuation and spread of protests came while 182 prisoners were executed and 123 execution sentences were handed down. Last year, 63 newspapers were shutdown, eight amputations were carried out, and hundreds of thousands arrested, 7000 of whom were detained for political reasons.

"Comprehensive sanctions against the regime are called for to prevent it from obtaining nuclear weapons."

In the year to March 2006, political prisoners and members of the Iranian Resistance staged hunger strikes for a total of nine weeks.

During this period, the regime's henchmen attacked the houses of Tehran's transit workers and arrested their wives and children in order to crush their strike. In Qom, the regime staged crackdown on the Dervishes' mosques and gathering centers, destroying their buildings and arresting a number of them.

The protests included hunger strikes by political prisoners, uprisings in Mahabad, Gheshm, Piranshahr, and demonstrations during the Festival of Fire celebration at the year's end, strikes, sit-ins, road closures by workers, commemoration of the International Women's Day in Laleh Park in Tehran, protest by young women outside the gates of sports stadiums and protests following football games.

In many uprisings, people took to the streets and engaged the State Security Forces (SSF) and the Paramilitary Bassij forces, Intelligence Ministry and plainclothes agents. Many banks, government offices, security operation centers and Intelligence Ministry offices were attacked and destroyed by the people.

The dramatic rise and continuation of protests, uprising and demonstrations clearly reflects the anger and hatred of the Iranian people towards the ruling medieval theocracy.

It also reflects the Iranian people's resolve to overthrow this inhuman regime in its entirety and bring about democratic change in Iran.

Mis-using the situation in Iraq

The news is short: Reporting on the Iranian regime's meddling in Iraq, the Al-Etjah Al-Akhar weekly of March 27 published information by a former leader of an Iraqi militia group. The following is an excerpt from the weekly's report on comments by the group leader, Abu Kadhim:

Our group members were assigned to undertake many missions in Basra. We had a meeting with the Iranian Intelligence officials at the headquarters of one of the organizations. In this meeting, we were provided with information on the targets that had been chosen for assassination. Those selected by the Iranian regime as targets of assassination were local officials, academics, journalists and specially (Iraqi Army) officers who had fought in the war with Iran. The Iranian regime backs the death squads and Ahmadinejad's government funds a large number of these squads to spread chaos and incite the Iraqi people. The documents obtained in this regard, indicate that the death squads have networks recruited by the Badr militias or the Qods Corps battalions and have presently infiltrated the Interior and Defense Ministries of Iraq.

The European Union's three biggest nations - Germany, France and Britain - called off two-and-a-half years of talks with Iran after it announced in January that it would resume enrichment work and shortly thereafter resumed small-scale enrichment of uranium.

Mrs Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, welcomed the statement adopted unanimously by the United Nations Security Council, which called for a halt in all uranium enrichment activities including any research.

Mrs Rajavi called for comprehensive sanctions against the regime to prevent it from obtaining nuclear weapons.

The President-elect of the Iranian Resistance described the UN Security Council's Statement as a useful and necessary step. 'The only way to prevent the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism from arming itself with nuclear weapons is to completely abandon appeasement and act firmly and quickly against the mullahs,' Mrs Rajavi said.

Recalling three years of fruitless talks with the mullahs, Mrs Rajavi added, 'While the mullahs secretly and openly insist on continuing their nuclear projects and uranium enrichment, any hesitation and delay in adopting a firm policy and enforcing sanctions against the mullahs' regime, will only give them more time, the only thing they need to acquire nuclear weapons.'

Mrs Maryam Rajavi said in an interview with the Sunday Telegraph last Sunday: 'I do not agree with foreign military intervention. However, if the international community and the Security Council hesitate in adopting a firm policy on Iran, the regime would obtain the only thing it needs to acquire nuclear weapons, namely time. Then we would be facing an Islamic fundamentalist regime, the leading state sponsor of terrorism, armed with nuclear weapons. This would make war inevitable.'

I thank you for your attention.

Nosrat Hosseini is studying for an Arts degree in history and gender at Melbourne University. She is a member of the Iranian Women's Association and the Association of Iranian Refugees in Melbourne where she is very active on the shocking human rights situation in Iran. This is the text of her speech to the Palm Sunday Rally & March for Peace held at Parramatta on 9 April 2006. Nosrat was named Young Citizen of the Year by Moreland City Council for the 2006 Australia Day Awards, and was awarded Young Woman Achiever by Moreland City Council, Honouring Women in Moreland Awards in 2004. For all the speeches and photos from Palm Sunday 2006 in Sydney, see