U.S. Newswire: On May 18, Human Rights Watch (HRW) released a report; "No exit: human rights violations in People's Mojahedin Organization's camps", accusing an Iranian opposition group, Mojahedin e-Khalq (MEK), of mistreatment of its members. This unprecedented report raises serious questions for the public, thus, Association of Iranian-Americans in New York (AIA) will hold a press conference at 1 UN Plaza Hotel on Wednesday, May 25, at 11 a.m. to Noon to discuss the validity of Human Right Watch's report.
AFP: The main Iranian opposition group, in exile and based in France, on Tuesday condemned the European Union for its so-called "betrayal" for negotiating with Tehran on its controversial nuclear program. "Negotiating with the mullahs' regime constitutes a betrayal," Mohammed Mohaddessin, an official in the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), told a news conference, accusing Tehran of massive human rights violations.
Iran Focus: London, May 24 More than a dozen British parliamentarians today called on the government to support the Iranian opposition, while denouncing a recent report by U.S.-based Human Rights Watch on the most active Iranian opposition group, the Peoples Mojahedin of Iran (PMOI), during a conference in the House of Commons.
Reuters: Negotiations between Iran and the European Union on the Iranian nuclear programme are more difficult than ever and the chances of averting a breakdown are only 50-50, a senior Iranian negotiator said on Tuesday. The foreign ministers of Britain, France and Germany and EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana will meet top Iranian negotiator ...
AFP: Negotiations this week between Iran and Europe on Tehran's nuclear programmes have a "50-50" chance of success, a top Iranian official said Tuesday after initial discussions among senior officials. "We are at the most difficult part of the negotiation," said Hossein Moussavian, top nuclear negotiator and member of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, after the closed-door talks in Brussels.
AFP: The United States said Monday it was "deeply troubled" by the disqualification of reformist presidential candidates in Iran, and vowed to stand by the Iranian people in fighting for democracy. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice led a strong attack on Tehran after the its hardline clergy barred more than 1,000 would-be contenders from the June 17 poll, leaving the field open to a handful of conservatives.
Iran Focus: Tehran, May 23 Hundreds of students demonstrated in and around Tehran University this evening, setting tyres alight and protesting what they said was an upcoming sham presidential election. Chants of down with dictatorship, down with tyranny, and referendum, referendum, this is what the people demand could be heard all around the university campus.
Iran Focus: Washington, May 23 - Colorado's Iranian-American Society will tomorrow hold a press conference on the implications of a recent report issued by New York-based Human Rights Watch on the Iranian opposition group People's Mujahedeen of Iran (MEK). The conference scheduled to take place at 11:00 a.m. in downtown Denver is expected to criticise HRW for the 28-page document which the Society says is based on a series of lies from the Iranian Information Ministry agents.
AFP: Senior deputies in Iran's conservative-controlled parliament have called for a review of diplomatic and commercial ties with Canada amid a continuing dispute over the murder here of Iranian-Canadian photographer Zahra Kazemi, a report said Monday. A statement from the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee said that in response to Ottawa's decision to "constrain" relations with ...
AFP: The European Union voiced deep disappointment Monday over the decision by Iran's election watchdog to eliminate many pro-reform candidates for June presidential polls. Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn, whose country currently holds the EU's rotating presidency, also presses Tehran to abide by its nuclear commitments ahead of crunch talks with European negotiators this week.
AFP: Iran must meet basic "commitments" -- including an international ban on nuclear weapons development and transparency in its upcoming presidential election, before it can be admitted to the World Trade Organization, White House spokesman Scott McClellan said Monday. McClellan said the White House in March gave its support to a European offer to help Iran gain admittance to the WTO, in exchange for assurances it would abandon its nuclear efforts.
AFP: British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw on Monday pressed Iran to stick by commitments to freeze its nuclear activities, ahead of what he said will be "tough" talks with the European Union this week. Arriving for a regular ministerial talks in Brussels, he confirmed that the talks -- between Iran and the foreign ministers of Britain, France and Germany, plus EU foreign policy head Javier Solana - will take place in Geneva on Wednesday.
Los Angeles Times: Iran's hard-line Guardian Council disqualified more than 1,000 presidential hopefuls on Sunday, narrowing a diverse field of candidates for next month's election to just six conservative contenders.
The surprise announcement all but guarantees that a conservative will take over the presidency from moderate Mohammad Khatami, whose attempts at reform have been stifled in the increasingly rigid political climate of recent years.
AFP: A senior Iranian official said Monday that this week's crisis talks with Britain, France and Germany are likely to be the last chance for the two sides to reach a deal on the Islamic republic's nuclear programme. "Nothing special would happen" if the talks fail, national security official Ali Agha Mohammadi told the student news agency ISNA, adding that Iran would simply continue the "natural process" of pressing on with controversial nuclear fuel work.
AFP: Iran's interior ministry, which is still controlled by reformists, said Monday that presidential election would go ahead as scheduled on June 17 even though powerful hardliners have disqualified the main pro-reform candidate. "We are bound by the law to organise the election on the given date," interior ministry spokesman Jahanbakhsh Khanjani told AFP.
Los Angeles Times: A crowd of about 500 people gathered in Huntington Beach on Sunday to demand that the United States support the Iranian opposition and remove its most powerful armed group, the People's Mujahedin, from the government's list of terrorist organizations.
Globe and Mail: Iran told Canada to back off yesterday over the case of Montreal photojournalist Zahra Kazemi, who died in Iranian custody, criticizing the Canadian government's "immaturity" and warning it to stop interfering in the case.
Spokesmen for both Iran's foreign ministry and its judiciary took shots at Canada over the weekend, and indicated that Ms. Kazemi's Canadian citizenship was irrelevant to them.