1988 Massacre

MEK: Human Rights Abuses in Iran Not Acknowledged by Foreign Governments

1988 Massacre

The opposition organization, The  (NCRI), and its constituent groups, especially the (PMOI / MEK Iran) have made efforts to get foreign governments to acknowledge what has been going on in Iran and the current human rights abuses.

It has only been a year since one of Iran’s largest protests swept through the country. The Iranian theocratic regime responded with brutal force, killing 1,500 protesters and arresting many more. Reuters confirmed in a special report on December 23, 2019, about the deadly crackdown on November nationwide protests in Iran the death toll of 1500 that was announced by the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran) on December 15, 2019.

The regime has never been held accountable for this and many other breaches of human rights in Iran by foreign governments. It is unfortunate for ordinary Iranians that this policy of appeasement has meant that the Iranian regime thinks it is immune from criticism.

One exception is the release of a detailed report on the aftermath of the protest by Amnesty International, called “Trampling Humanity.” This report exposes the full horror of the beatings, electric shock treatment, burns, torture, executions, and mass arrests that occurred because of the protests that had only started because of a sudden and unexpected rise in gasoline prices.

The opposition organization, The National Council of Resistance of Iran’s (NCRI), and its constituent groups, especially the People’s Mojahedin of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran) have made efforts to get foreign governments to acknowledge what has been going on in Iran and the current human rights abuses.

The NCRI hosted an online conference on October 7th in which many foreign politicians were invited to take part. A former MEP and French Minister of Defense and Foreign Affairs, Michèle Alliot-Marie, said at the conference: “I deplore what is going on in Iran today. It is in contradiction to the values I hold dear and the values of the EU. I regret the fact that those European bodies that defend democracy are remaining silent on these issues.”

The regime in Iran is currently escalating its repression on anyone in Iran it thinks is opposing the mullahs’ grip on power. The methods the regime is using is simply further alienating its own people, who are yearning for a change in regime.

The NCRI and (PMOI / MEK Iran), are offering Iran an alternative vision of how to run a country, and are advocating a free and democratic Iran with rights for women and minority groups and freedom of religion.

It is this vision and the very real prospect of an uprising in Iran that scares the mullahs and causes them to do the only thing they seem to know how to react and that is to increase the scale of violence and repression.

Abuses have been ignored since the 1988 massacre

A Slovakian MEP, Ivan Štefanec, pointed out that human rights abuses in Iran are “the continuation of the 1988 massacre of 30,000 political prisoners which remains unpunished.” “Human rights should come first,” said Štefanec, alluding to the downplaying of the situation in Iran by European governments who are keen not to rock the boat and are especially keen on preserving the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran.

A trial of one of the regime’s own terrorists disguised as a diplomat, Assadollah Assadi, is set to begin on November 27th in Belgium, and this trial may provide an opportunity for European governments to take Iran’s actions, both inside Iran and outside of it on European soil, more seriously. “We usually deal with human rights violations and terrorist activities of the Iranian regime as two separate issues whereas [they] are two sides of the same coin,” said a Czech MEP, Stanislav Polčák.

The international community must address the situation in Iran much more firmly or face another possible terrorist attack of the scale planned by Assadi and his three protagonists more often.

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran’s (NCRI): The time has come for the closure of the Iranian regime’s embassies which serve as centers for terrorist operations. The clerical regime’s leaders must be held accountable and punished for their crimes.

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