MEK: Upcoming Free Iran Summit
Iran’s people firmly boycotted the regime’s sham election on 18 June. The Iranian people have been firmly calling in great numbers for an end to the current leadership since the beginning of 2018. Now is the time for the international community to support them in rejecting the theocratic framework that supports the regime.
Iran’s people firmly rejected the regime
The international community should sanction Ebrahim Raisi, the regime’s new president and judiciary chief, and should commit to his government’s collective diplomatic isolation.
Raisi is an infamous human rights offender who was only brought into power through a sham election that reinforces the dictatorship’s agenda.
In 1988, Raisi was a major figure in “death commission” in Tehran, which administrated the mass execution of the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran), members, and other political prisoners. He played a key part in the repression of a nationwide uprising in 2019, as the head of the judiciary, which revived the message of public support for regime change, following on from the January 2018 protests.
The second uprising covered approximately 200 towns and cities and the regime’s response was cruel and immediate. They ordered the shooting and murder of 1,500 people and arrested 12,000 individuals in a matter of days. This led to further imprisonment and torturous interrogation.
Ruhollah Khomeini, the previous Supreme Leader and founder of the regime, declared the MEK to be in ‘enmity against God” in 1988. He ordered the mass execution of over 30,000 MEK members in an attempt to end the organized dissent. The regime maintained that nothing remained of the Iranian resistance following the massacre.
The threat to the regime’s power
In the face of the uprising, the regime could no longer deny the Iranian resistance. The Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei gave a speech during the uprising, stating that the MEK had “prepared for months” to assist such a large-scale uprising.
Thousands of arrests and dozens of murders forced the uprising back underground. Following this, regime officials continued to warn one another in speeches and public declarations about the organized, pro-democracy resistance movement and the threat to the regime’s power.
Free Iran World Summit
The Iranian people’s connection to the Free Iran World Summit, a meeting of Iranian ex-pat and political supporters from around the world, is significant in any year but particularly so in the aftermath of June’s sham election.
The Iranian people have staged the most successful electoral boycott in the history of the regime’s rule and so now is a meaningful moment to see support for their efforts to ensure the regime is not seen a politically legitimate by the international community.
The regime change is on the horizon
As the NCRI proves that Iran’s citizens have a worldwide base of support and an alternative government working for a free and democratic country, protests are certain to grow and intensify.
Now, in this time of unparalleled crisis for the Iranian regime, the international community should put pressure on Raisi and others over their history of human rights violations and their developing plans to crack down harder on the Iranian resistance.