Maryam Rajavi

MEK Iran: On Human Rights Day, Maryam Rajavi Asks World to Hold Iran Regime Accountable for its Crimes

Maryam Rajavi

Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of National Resistance of Iran delivered a message on Universal Declaration of Human Rights

On Tuesday, December 10th, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), delivered a message on the occasion of the anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. She demanded that the United Nations immediately send a fact-finding mission to Iran to determine the number of victims of the November Uprising and to investigate the status of those arrested during the protests.

A Revolt for Freedom and Democracy

“The uprising of the people of Iran which started simultaneously in 190 cities and towns across Iran on November 15, is a revolt for freedom and democracy,” said Mrs. Rajavi. “It is an uprising to end religious tyranny, and the poverty, destitution, and devastation it has imposed on the Iranian people’s social and economic life,” she continued.

“This is a rebellion against raising the prices of goods which has driven large sectors of the population into poverty. This is an uprising to end the mullahs’ wars, crimes and terrorism in the Middle East and the world. This is an uprising to achieve progress, wellbeing, and justice,” she added.

Denial of Rights

Mrs. Rajavi enumerated the ways that the mullahs have systematically deprived the Iranian people of their human rights. She said that people’s rights had been denied or violated in the following areas:

  • the right to life through the execution of 120,000 MEK members over four decades;
  • the right to participate in legitimate free elections;
  • the right to enjoy the rule of law, replacing it with an absolute totalitarian rule;
  • the “freedom of thought, conscience, and religion;”
  • the right to free access and dissemination of ideas and information;
  • the right to a free press;
  • the right to unrestricted and unmonitored telephone and digital communication;
  • equal rights for ethnic groups;
  • the right to form labor unions and student associations; and
  • equal rights and protections for women.

Mrs. Rajavi stated that under these circumstances, the Iranian people have been left with no choice but to exercise the option provided to them in the preamble of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and have taken “as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression.”

What the Uprising Revealed

Mrs. Rajavi stated that the Uprising proved several things about the state of Iran. First, it confirmed that the people of Iran are ready and willing to overthrow the corrupt clerical regime. Second, the uprising showed the power and influence that the MEK and its Resistance Units within Iran. The MEK organized and led the revolt in cities across the country. Finally, the uprising proved that the mullahs’ regime is on its way out.

A Call to the International Community

Mrs. Rajavi concluded her message with an urgent plea to the international community.

“The horrendous mass killing of November 2019 is one of the most horrific crimes of the 21st century,” she emphasized. “The EU should demand an immediate halt to the killings and arrests. If the regime does not comply, they must readily pull the trigger of UN Security Council sanctions,” she continued.

“The clerical regime is making every effort and using all means to conceal the truth about the death toll. The United Nations must immediately dispatch fact-finding missions to Iran to investigate about those killed, injured and imprisoned,” she went on.

Mrs. Rajavi stressed that the arrested protesters face torture and execution, making a fact-finding mission “urgent and indispensable.”

She also urged the U.N. Security Council to declare the regime’s leaders responsible for crimes against humanity and to ensure that they face justice.

Finally, she asked the international community to stand with the Iranian people in their struggle for freedom and democracy, saying, “I urge the world to recognize the Iranian people’s Resistance and uprising for the overthrow of the regime.”

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