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MEK Iran: Last Week’s Virtual Conference to Be Followed By 2nd One In July

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MEK Iran: Virtual Conference to Be Followed By 2nd One On 17th July. 2020

The following is a summary of an article that appeared recently in the conservative-leaning American online news website “Patriot Post.”

Unfortunately for the Iranian people, for the past four decades, the country has been run by a regime that is involved in terrorist activities both at home and abroad. It has become known in particular for its human rights abuses against its people. In recent years these have taken place because of the protests that have been ongoing for generations but have now become more prevalent, threatening the survival of the regime.

There is one democratic resistance group that has drawn enough support to uproot this theocracy and they are an organization that no one in America should be afraid of. This is because their core values are based on ‘freedom, liberty, separation of church and state, and gender equality.’

Virtual conference organized by the popular Iranian resistance group

The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), intent upon getting its voice heard despite global restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic last weekend organized an international, virtual conference. This was to celebrate 40 years since its founding and over those long years, it has still held together, despite vicious attacks by the Iranian regime.

A bipartisan group in the House of Representatives voted in favor of supporting the NCRI through House Resolution 374, not long before this virtual conference took place.

The virtual conference was supported by Western politicians from throughout the world. One of the key facts they shared was paying tribute to the loss of more than 120,000 activists over the past four decades. These were mainly members of the Mujahedin-e Khalq (PMOI / MEK Iran), which makes up the key force in the NCRI.

The shared aim of universal suffrage and democracy for Iran

The conference participants shared the common aim of supporting freedom for the Iranian people in terms of their right to live in a democracy free from torture, imprisonment, and abuse.

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the NCRI’s president-elect and keynote speaker at the conference, reminded the conference attendees that the Iranian regime should not be hoarding wealth created by the Iranian people to spend on bolstering up its cause.

Other attendees and speakers at the virtual conference included:

  • S. Senator Robert Torricelli;
  • former UK minister Baroness Verma;
  • French parliamentarian Michèle de Vaucouleurs;
  • former French human-rights minister Rama Yade;
  • former Colombian presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt;
  • former president of the German parliament Rita Süssmuth;
  • representatives of the Iranian community in the U.S. and Europe.

Key points made by some speakers

  • Senator Torricelli commended Mrs. Rajavi’s leadership in challenging times against a brutal dictatorship.
  • Rama Yade, former French Human Rights Minister praised the (PMOI / MEK Iran) for its inspirational role in supporting gender equality in the Middle East. She said the (PMOI / MEK Iran) “puts women at the heart of its work because it knows what women have brought to Iran.”
  • Senator Ingrid Betancourt of Colombia was full of praise for the Iranian people for continuing to struggle against the brutal regime that has lasted for 40 years.

What the conference proved

It shows there is a viable, democratic solution to the troubles that face Iran and all these robust resistance group needs are international support, not money and not guns.

This conference is not the end of global collaboration, as on July 17th hundreds of people from sixty countries in the global community will come together with thousands of ordinary Iranians in support of  “a free, democratic, and non-nuclear republic in Iran.’’

They need all the support they can muster because the regime is doing its utmost to silence them.

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