Sayeh Hassan

Sayeh Hassan is a Toronto based Barrister & Solicitor and owner of Shiro-khorshid-forever.

Most Recent Articles by Sayeh Hassan:

Iranian Revolutionary Guards Attack Kurdish Opposition Group in Iraq

Jul 20, 2011 — Sayeh Hassan

Over the weekend thousands of Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) Troops crossed into Iraq and attacked Iraqi Kurdish villages.

According to an article by Kenneth Timmerman in Newsmax, the Revolutionary Guards are targeting basis for Free Life Party of Kurdistan (PJAK), a Kurdish/Iranian opposition group currently operating in Iran.

The Iranian Embassy in Canada Should be Shut Down!

Jul 15, 2011 — Sayeh Hassan

On July 8th 2011 Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird announced that Canada together with the United Kingdom and the United States is increasing restrictions on the Iranian authorities to hold them accountable for their international human rights obligations.

Commemorating 18 Tir- July 9th 1999 Pro-Democracy Demonstrations

Jul 6, 2011 — Sayeh Hassan

imageThe twelfth anniversary of 18 Tir (July 9th 1999) the Iranian pro-democracy uprising that shook the Islamic Regime for six days is fast approaching and once again activists in Iran and abroad are getting ready to mark this day with worldwide protests.

While 18 Tir protests were trigged by the banning of a reformist newspaper “Salam’, the protests quickly escalated into a six day anti-government demonstrations which sought to overthrow the Islamic Regime in its entirety. While the students had started the protests, soon Iranians from all walks of life joined in the fight against the government and shook the Regime to the core.

What is most significant about 18 Tir is the fact that this was the first time in 20 years where Iranian people came out in overwhelming numbers to fight against the government and for democracy in Iran. While the pro-democracy movement in Iran had been active from the very beginning of the revolution, this was the first time ever people came out in such significant numbers and attacked the Regime publicly and in the streets.

Why is the National Art Centre hosting an event organized by the Islamic Regime Embassy?

May 31, 2011 — Sayeh Hassan

As many of us are aware the Islamic Regime Embassy in Ottawa is organizing a “cultural event” called Iran the Land of Glory, which is to take place at the National Art Centre, in Ottawa on June 4th.

Execution of Two Brothers in Iran-Habibollah Latifi may be Next!

May 17, 2011 — Sayeh Hassan

imageLast night two young brothers Abdollah (29) and Mohammad (27) were executed by the Islamic Regime in the city of Isfehan. Two brothers had been arrested in March of 2010 and “convicted” after mock trials without defence lawyers on charges of “involvement with anti revolutionary groups”, “armed opposition” and being a “mohareb” (enemy of God).

Last night thousands of activists awaited by their phones, TV’s and computers waiting to see whether the executions would be carried out. Thousands of activists had come together on facebook and twitter, circulating news about the brothers, writing to the authorities and hoping that the executions would be halted.

Mohammad and Abdollah Fatehi on the brink of Execution in Iran

May 16, 2011 — Sayeh Hassan

According to news reports from Committee of Human Rights Reporters two brothers Mohammad (27) and Abdollah (29) who are currently being held in the intelligence service section of the Isfehan Prison are scheduled to be executed tomorow morning.

These brothers are political prisoners and were subjected to brutal physical and psychological torture in order to force confessions from them. According to a statement from their father, their lawyer was not allowed to be present during the” trial”, after which they were “convicted” of communicating with opposition groups, armed opposition and being a “mohareb” (enemy of God).

Violent Attacks on MEK in Camp Ashraf

Apr 8, 2011 — Sayeh Hassan

According to many news sources including The Guardian, Iraqi forces have attacked Camp Ashraf in Iraq and have killed at least 3 people and injured 13. According to MEK the death toll maybe as high as 23.

While many of us may not agree with the MEK ideology we cannot remain silent while fellow Iranians are being massacred. This is not so much political issue as it is a “human issue” and I would urge everyone to break the silence and to condemn this brutal act by the Iraqi forces.

Open Letter-Iranian Community Expresses Grave Concern Regarding CIC’s “Iran in Context E

Apr 6, 2011 — Sayeh Hassan

The Honorable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defense
Jennifer Jeffs, Canadian International Council President
Richard B. Fadden, Canadian Security Intelligence Director
Jim Balsillie, Co-CEO, Research In Motion
Perrin Beatty, President and CEO, Canadian Chamber of Commerce
André Desmarais, President & CEO- Power Corporation of Canada

Re: Iranian Community Expresses Grave Concern Regarding CIC’s “Iran in Context Event”

Fire Festival (Charshanbeh Soori) Celebrations in Iran Despite Threats from the Regime

Mar 17, 2011 — Sayeh Hassan

Every year Iranians celebrate the last Tuesday of the year by gathering in the streets and jumping over bonfires. In the recent years the Fire Festival has also been used as an excuse to gather and protests against the Regime. This year was no different and despite severe threats by the Islamic Regime Iranians came out and celebrated the fire festival and protested against the Regime.

In Tehran people burned the pictures of Khamenei (the Supreme Leader and Ahmadinejad) and chanted “Mobarak, Ben Ali, its turn of Seyed Ali.” People also jumped over bonfires, sang and danced celebrating the coming of a new year.

News Reports on General Strike in Kurdistan of Iran

Feb 21, 2011 — Sayeh Hassan

Kurdistan and Kurd News: There was a general strike in most areas of the Kurdistan in Iran today.
In the city of Saqez about 70% of all stores and Bazar was closed as the city joined the general strike in a protest against the Islamic Regime.

Sayeh Hassan: While Egyptians celebrated, Tehran’s mullahs lost face

Feb 16, 2011 — Sayeh Hassan

February 11 marked the 32nd anniversary of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Due to the world’s focus on Egypt, the event went unnoticed by most, but it was not forgotten.  Every February 11th sees anti-government demonstrations in Iran and worldwide, at which pro-democracy activists chant anti-government slogans against the entirety of the Islamic Regime, including not only the leadership, but the reformers. It’s not enough to reform the theocratic regime, say the protesters. It has to be torn down.

International Day in Support of all Political Prisoners in Iran

Jan 30, 2011 — Sayeh Hassan

Yesterday more than 23 cities worldwide held protests in support of all political prisoners in Iran, and in protest against the recent mass executions carried out by the Islamic Regime. Tens of activists gathered in Toronto to show their support and solidarity with political prisoners in Iran, and demanding Regime change in Iran.

Sayeh Hassan Speech At Iran Democratic Transition Conference-Washington DC

Jan 27, 2011 — Sayeh Hassan

Please find below the text of my speech at the Iran Democratic Transition Conference in Washington DC as well as the video of my speech.

The Islamic Regime Constitution: Reform v. Regime Change

Hello Everyone. It is a great pleasure to be here today and to speak to you about a topic that is very important to me, Regime Change in Iran.

Iran Democratic Transition Conference—Thoughts Observations

Jan 26, 2011 — Sayeh Hassan

imageThis weekend I attended and spoke at The Iran Democratic Transition Conference in George Washington University. The conference was organized by The Institute of World Politics and The Confederation of Iranian Students.

I attended as an independent activist and with an open mind; because I believe that if we want to promote democracy we have to start practicing it today! Although this was a very controversial conference, and I had received numerous calls from various political activists urging me not to attend, I decided to attend and judge for myself.

While this conference had the potential of accomplishing something very useful and positive, unfortunately it fell very short of that goal. Overall the goal of the conference seemed to be the self promotion of “The Confederation of Iranian Students” as well as an undertone of reformist propaganda.

Protest against Execution of Kurdish Political Prisoners by the Islamic Regime-Soleymaniye Iraq

Jan 21, 2011 — Sayeh Hassan

imageHundreds of activists came together today (January 20th 2011) in the city of Soleymaniye in Iraq, to protest against the execution of Kurdish political activist Hossein Khezri who was executed, without notice, on Saturday January 15th 2011, as well as about the possible imminent execution of other Kurdish activists including Zeynab Jalaliyan, Habibollah Latifi and Habibollah Golparipour.

The “Controversial” Film Iranium will be screened at the Library and Archives Canada

Jan 19, 2011 — Sayeh Hassan

Today I read a very disturbing article in the National Post “Archives Canada cancels screening of Iranian Film.” According to this article, The Free Thinking Film Society’s screening of “Iranium” (which criticizes Iran’s nuclear weapon program), scheduled for last night had been cancelled by the National Archives of Canada.

A Gathering in Honour of Shahpour Alireza Pahlavi in Toronto

Jan 17, 2011 — Sayeh Hassan

Last night I had the pleasure of attending an event in honour of Shahpour Alireza Pahlavi, which was organized by the “Movement to Support Freedom in Iran.” This event set itself apart from other events that have been organized in honour of Alireza Pahlavi in Toronto, because it was announced from the very beginning that this was a “political” event. This was a welcome change, it was honest and upfront; how can the death of a young man, who loved Iran and spent years of his life studying its history and civilization be anything but political?

Hossein Khezri an Iranian/Kurdish Political Prisoner may have been Executed this Morning-Iran

Jan 15, 2011 — Sayeh Hassan

imageAccording to various reliable news sources, a prisoner was executed in the Orumiye Prison this morning. Although the name of this prisoner has not yet been confirmed various websites have reported that the person executed may very well be a Kurdish political activist and prisoner Mr. Hossein Khezri. 

There is still a question mark, as numerous news sources have reported in the past few weeks that Mr. Khezri had been removed from Orumiye Prison and taken to an “unknown” location. Mr. Khezri’s brother has denied any knowledge of his execution this morning, and has stated that there is no news from his brother to confirm whether he is alive or has been executed.

Report from Shahpour Alireza Pahlavi’s Memorial Service-Toronto, Canada

Jan 8, 2011 — Sayeh Hassan

imageTonight hundreds of Iranians gathered in the Westin Prince Hotel in Toronto to commemorate the passing of Shahpour Alireza Pahlavi, the second son of the former Shah of Iran. It was a wonderful event, where people from clearly different political and ideological fractions came together to mark this very tragic event.  Shahpour Alireza Pahlavi, was highly educated, and loved Iran very much; These are two things that can never be disputed. It is still difficult to believe that Mr. Pahlavi took his own life and I am truly saddened by this tragic event.

Memorial Service For Shahpour Alireza Pahlavi-Toronto

Jan 6, 2011 — Sayeh Hassan

imageThe news of the death of Shahpour Alireza Pahlavi, the younger son of the late Shah of Iran came as a great surprise and disappointment.

I am still having a difficult time believing that he committed suicide, and feel truly sad for the loss of a young man who truly loved Iran.

My condolence to Alireza Pahlavi’s family, friends and loved ones.

A memorial service has been organized in honour of Mr. Pahlavi in Toronto on Friday January 7th from 6-8 p.m. in the Westin Prince Toronto Hotel, for anyone who might want to attend and honour his memory.