Friday, September 15, 2006

Iranian interior minister denied US visa for UN visit

Kash Kheirkhah

In a letter to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and quoted by the IRNA news agency, Mostafa Pur-Mohammadi has complained to the United Nations that U.S. authorities have blocked his participation in a UN gathering by failing to issue him a visa. Pourmohamadi said the move contravenes the United States' international obligations as the host country of the UN and violates Iran's rights. The letter was delivered to the UN on September 14. Pourmohamadi had applied for a U.S. visa to attend this week's UN meeting on migration.

This development once again puctuates the significant difference that exists between the way US sees human rights violations in Iran and the way the appeasing Europeans do. While the US blocked Pur-Mohammadi's visa, Saeed Mortazavi, Iran's notorious prosecutor who has been involved in the torture and murder of Iranian dissidents, was recently allowed to participate in a human rights conference in Geneva. This is why Europe can NEVER be trusted and this why the only true ally the Iranian people have is the United States.

But who is Mustafa pur-mohammadi?

Human Rights Watch-- Minister of Murder:

During Pour-Mohammadi’s tenure as top deputy of the Ministry of Information from 1987 to 1999, agents of the ministry systematically engaged in extrajudicial killings of opposition figures, political activists, and intellectuals. In 1988, the Iranian government executed thousands of political prisoners held inside Iranian jails. The deliberate and systematic manner in which these extrajudicial executions took place may constitute a crime against humanity under international law, Human Rights Watch said. Mustafa Pour-Mohammadi was a member of the three-person committee that ordered prisoners held in Tehran’s notorious Evin prison to their summary executions. From 1990 to 1999, Pour-Mohammadi was director of foreign intelligence operations in the Ministry of Information. During this period, dozens of opposition figures were assassinated abroad. In some of these cases the hand of the Iranian government has been well established, while in others there are credible allegations of government involvement. Pour-Mohammadi is at the center of strong allegations of direct involvement in orchestrating these assassinations. In 1998, agents of the Ministry of Information killed five prominent activist intellectuals in Tehran. An Iranian source with first-hand knowledge of the investigation told Human Rights Watch that Pour-Mohammadi was implicated by investigators in those killings and even that an arrest warrant was about to be issued for him. “But instead it was arranged that he leave his post in the Ministry of Information,” this source said.

Pour-Mohammadi and the 1988 Prison Massacres

Pour-Mohammadi and the 1998 Serial Murders of Dissident Intellectuals