Britain sees culture of repression in Iran

LONDON, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- There's a "cynical attempt" by Tehran to silence domestic opponents of the Iranian government, British Minister for the Middle East Alistair Burt said.

Iran pressed on political freedoms

GENEVA, Switzerland, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Iranian authorities are called on by the United Nations to take measures that ensure the political system is open to all voices, a special envoy said.

Early concerns raised for Iranian election

NEW YORK, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Human Rights Watch said an "obsessive" campaign in Iran against journalists and rights lawyers suggest the country has no interest in a free political system.

Pro-reform voices emerge in Iran

TEHRAN, June 26 (UPI) -- An Iranian political leader said it was time for pro-reform movements to return to the country's political landscape for the sake of the country.

Free rights leader, HRW tells Iran

NEW YORK, March 8 (UPI) -- Human Rights Watch called on Tehran to overturn an 18-year prison sentence given to one of the founders of a banned human rights group.
Iranian opposition leader missing

Iranian opposition leader missing

TEHRAN, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- Iranian human rights activists said they were "extremely concerned" about the welfare of opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi, who has been missing for six weeks.
U.S. lawmakers react to Iranian arrests

U.S. lawmakers react to Iranian arrests

WASHINGTON, March 2 (UPI) -- The arrest of Iranian opposition leaders indicates Tehran is misguided and shows signs of weakness, two U.S. Republican lawmakers said.
Iranian opposition leader missing?

Iranian opposition leader missing?

TEHRAN, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- Iranian security forces have taken opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi and his wife to an undisclosed location, an anti-regime Web site claims.
Opposition under attack in Iran

Opposition under attack in Iran

TEHRAN, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Iranian security officials allegedly bombarded the home of opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi with percussion grenades, his Web site claims.

Karroubi under house arrest in Iran

TEHRAN, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Iranian opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi is under strict house arrest with even close family members unable to see him, his son says.
Iran's opposition leader under arrest

Iran's opposition leader under arrest

TEHRAN, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Iranian opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi was put under house arrest after calling for mass rallies in solidarity with Arab protesters, his relatives said.
Tehran thrives on chaos, Karroubi says

Tehran thrives on chaos, Karroubi says

TEHRAN, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- The regime in Tehran depends on international and domestic calamities to justify its existence, Iranian opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi said.

Tehran denies ties to Karroubi raids

TEHRAN, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- Violence at the home of Iranian opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi was the act of militant individuals, a statement from the Revolutionary Guard Corps read.

Opposition figure challenges Khamenei

TEHRAN, July 20 (UPI) -- The supreme leader of Iran must answer for his stance on the Iranian prison system, a former aide to Iranian presidential candidate Mehdi Karroubi said.

Sanctions benefit IRGC, Karroubi says

TEHRAN, July 12 (UPI) -- The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps is profiting from U.S. and international sanctions on Iran, opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi said.
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Mehdi Karroubi
Iran's opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi (R) waves among his supporters while they gather to mourn Neda Agha-Soltan, the young woman killed in post-election violence who has become a symbol for the opposition to Tehran's hardline leaders and other victims of recent clashes, at Behesht-e-Zahra cemetery just outside of Tehran, Iran on July 30, 2009. Hundreds of supporters of Iran's opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi gathered in central Tehran to commemorate those killed in the unrest that erupted after the June presidential election on Thursday. (UPI Photo/STR)

Mehdi Karroubi (Persian: مهدی کروبی, Mehdī Karrūbĩ; born 26 September 1937 in Aligoudarz, Lorestan) is an influential Iranian reformist politician, democracy activist, mojtahed, and chairman of the National Trust Party. He was Chairman of the parliament from 1989 to 1992 and 2000 to 2004, and a presidential candidate in the 2005 and 2009 presidential elections.

He is a founding member and former chairman of the Association of Combatant Clerics party. Karroubi is a critic of the Guardian Council and Iran's Judicial System and calls himself a follower of Iran's ex-leader Ruhollah Khomeini. By appointment of the Supreme Leader, he was a member of the Expediency Discernment Council and an adviser, posts he held until resigning from all his posts on June 19, 2005 after the first round of the 2005 presidential election.

He has been described as a "moderate" with a "mostly rural" base of support. Karroubi considers himself a pragmatic reformist and now is one of the leaders of the opposition movement in Iran.

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