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Activist: Internet Users in Iran Face Execution

By    |   Friday, 21 Nov 2014 05:04 PM

The U.S. government needs to stand by the Iranian people, who face massive amounts of human rights violations, says Soona Samsami, U.S. representative for the National Council of Resistance of Iran.

"For example, there is an increase in public executions since [Iranian President] Hassan Rouhani has come into office since last year — more than 1,000 people have been executed," Samsami, who was born in Iran and left after the Revolution in 1979, told Ed Berliner on "MidPoint" on Newsmax TV Friday.

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"There is strict violence against women, and there have been 25 cases of acid attacks recently in the city of Isfahan on faces of women in other cities around Iran," she explained.

"There are cases of executions of minors and there are so many cases of Kurdish and minorities that have been killed," she said.

"The Internet is blocked in Iran from the population. Many of the Internet users actually are facing execution," she added.

The National Council of Resistance of Iran is a coalition of Iranian groups that want democracy in Iran. The group calls itself the Iranian "parliament-in-exile" that hopes "to establish a secular democratic republic in Iran, based on the separation of religion and state."

"The United Nations on Tuesday passed a resolution on a number of situations on human rights violation in Iran," which Samsami says the U.N. has done 61 times.

"Unfortunately, since the policy from the U.S. administration, in the last 30 years, has been negotiating and sending wrong messages and signals to the Iranian people, unfortunately, there has not been a chance for the Iranian people to be heard," she said.

Samsami contends that the problem is the appeasement policy of the United States and the Western world that discourages the Iranians.

"In 2009 when millions of people in the streets of Iran were standing for their rights and asking to be heard, a cry for freedom, and were trying to be heard through the Western world and the whole world — unfortunately, still the appeasement policy was going on and that's why you don't get to see millions and millions of people who want change," she explained.

"It's because of the policy of appeasement that won't let [the Iranians be heard] and discourages people," she said.

"The Iranian people look up to the American people and that they have admiration for peaceful and friendly relationships," she added.

According to Samsami, the "Iranian people would very much like to have a very friendly and good peaceful relationship with the American people."

She says that the "Iranian people stand for democracy and freedom in Iran" and "they cherish and admire the founding fathers of the United States of America as they stand for liberty, democracy and freedom."

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The U.S. government needs to stand by the Iranian people, who face massive amounts of human rights violations, says Soona Samsami, U.S. representative for the National Council of Resistance of Iran.
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