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British MPs Issue Letter Supporting Expulsion of Iranian Regime Diplomats from Albania

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The British Committee For Iran Freedom (BCFIF), consist of dignitaries and Parliamentarians in UK, that support a free and democratic Iran during a conference on the occasion of the Human Rights Day in London-December 10, 2018

The British Parliamentary Committee for Iran Freedom recently added its name to the list of those supporting the decision by the Albanian government to expel two Iranian diplomats from its borders.

The group of MPs released a letter applauding the unprecedented move to expel the Iranian regime’s ambassador to Albania and another regime diplomat and further calling upon the British government to “publicly extend support to the Government of Albania and to work with other EU member states to thoroughly investigate and expose the danger of Iran’s diplomatic missions supporting and engaging in terrorism in Europe, in particular against Iranian dissidents and pro-democracy activists. Those found involved in such act of state-sponsored terrorism by the regime in Iran must be prosecuted and expelled from European territories.”

Threat to National Security

In December, the Albanian government announced that they had expelled Iranian regime Ambassador

Gholamhossein Mohammadnia and another Iranian diplomat because of their “involvement in activities that harm the country’s security” and “violating their diplomatic status.”

Reaction from U.S. Officials

U.S. officials were quick to support the measure by Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama. U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton, who is a longtime supporter of the MEK, issued the first public words of support for the expulsion of the regime’s diplomats. He tweeted: “Prime Minister Edi Rama of Albania just expelled the Iranian ambassador, signaling to Iran’s leaders that their support for terrorism will not be tolerated. We stand with PM Rama and the Albanian people as they stand up to Iran’s reckless behavior in Europe and across the globe.”

Albania’s Decision to Expel Regime Diplomats is Welcomed by the Trump Administration

His tweet was soon followed by another message of support by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who tweeted: “European nations have thwarted three Iranian plots this year alone. The world must stand together to sanction Iran’s regime until it changes its destructive behavior.”

The British Parliamentary Committee for Iran Freedom’s Statement

The British MP’s statement detailed the numerous attempted terrorist attacks by the regime and its operatives against the MEK and the Iranian Opposition that have been thwarted over the past year. Since March 2018, regime agents have been arrested for espionage or attempted terrorism in Albania, Belgium, the United States, and Norway.

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According to the statement: “The surge of terrorist activities and espionage by Iran’s regime against dissidents and the NCRI in 2018 comes amidst growing popular dissent and anti-regime protests in Iran, which senior Iranian officials blame on the opposition movement, the NCRI, and the PMOI.”

The statement goes on: “These foiled plots show that the Iranian government has taken a decision to use its embassies and diplomats to plan and carry out terrorist activities and espionage on European soil, especially against those who oppose the theocratic regime, in clear breach of international law.”

The British MPs conclude: “The Albanian decision to expel Iranian diplomats sends the right message to Iran, the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism, that European countries will not accept such unacceptable and illegal behavior by the regime”.

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German delegation visits Ashraf3- MEK's residence in Albania

Martin Patzelt Praises Albania and Urges EU Leaders to End Policy of Appeasement

German delegation visits Ashraf3- MEK's residence in Albania

The German delegation consist of present and former members of the Germany’s Bundestag (Parliament) visit Ashraf3, the residence of Iran’s principal opposition, the MEK-October 2018

Martin Patzelt, a member of the German Bundestag for the Christian Democratic Union Party, wrote an op-ed piece in Online Focus. The politician praised the Albanian government for their role in the fight against the Iranian regime and called on Europe to do more to oppose Iran’s state-sponsored terrorism.

He began by describing the important role Albania has played in welcoming persecuted communities. They housed Jews persecuted by the Nazis, and today, the country hosts the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK), an Iranian pro-democracy group living in exile.

Patzelt praised Albania for its “contribution to peace and humanity”, remarking that “after decades of dictatorship, the Albanian people know… the value of freedom”.

However, Patzelt lamented, the European Union has not shared Albania’s enthusiasm for upholding Iranian human rights and protecting democracy.

Intensified Terror Activities

Following Albania’s admission of the MEK, the Iranian regime intensified its terror activities on Albanian soil. The Iranian embassy in the Albanian capital of Tirana nearly doubled its personnel numbers and devoted a section of the embassies activities to planning attacks against the MEK and its members.

Albania Expels Iranian Regime Ambassador and His Deputy For Terrorism

But the MEK was not deterred and channeled its efforts into the construction of a compound outside the capital. In just twelve months, a compound complete with dormitories, dentists, meeting rooms, a sports center, stores, and hairdressers has been constructed. The MEK and its members live in the compound in relative safety behind its walls.

However, the Iranian regime has attempted to violate this haven. In March, two regime agents were arrested in connection with a plot to bomb the MEK compound during the Persian New Year celebrations.

In response to this attempted terror attack on Albanian soil, the Albanian government expelled the regime ambassador to Iran, as well as other high-profile diplomats in a stern message of defiance to the Iranian regime.

A Muted EU Response

Despite Albania’s strong stance, few other European governments are willing to follow suit. Many would prefer to maintain a policy of appeasement to the Iranian regime. Patzelt lamented, “this is all the more inconceivable since just this year, in France, Germany, Belgium and Denmark assassination plans or dangerous intelligence activities were conducted by the Iranian regime”.

Patzelt asserts that the regime’s surge in terror activities is due to the mounting domestic pressure it is facing at home. 2018 has seen a wave of protests break out across Iran, affecting many of its key sectors including logistics, education, and manufacturing.

Patzelt concludes that “Iranian expansionist policy” and its “chaos in the Middle East and unbridled expansion of fundamentalist ideas and ideologies” should be countered wherever it occurs.

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“This includes the support of people who risked their lives for freedom” who “now need to be protected themselves”. The heads of state in Europe should adopt a tougher stance against the Iranian regime, not just to protect dissidents and Iranian human rights, but to protect their own national security interests from Iranian terrorism.

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The US Can Force Europe to Take a Tougher Stance Against Iran by Designating MOIS a Terror Organisation

Increase in terrorist activities of the Iranian regime

Assadollah Assadi, the mastermind behind the Iranian regime’s foiled terror plot to bomb MEK’s annual gathering in Paris-June 30th, 2018

Alarabiya published an opinion piece outlining the increasing international concern over Iran’s state-sponsored terrorist activities. 2018 has seen a surge in Iranian terrorism across the world as European authorities have foiled several terror plots and which were traced back to the Iranian regime leadership.

“If ISIS targeted people arbitrarily without any operation center in the EU, Iran’s regime uses its embassies to organize terrorist operations across Europe”, the piece said.

The most recent development was the expulsion of the Iranian ambassador to Albania and another high-level diplomat. Albania’s government cited increasing security threats as the reason for the expulsion.

In March, during the Persian New Year celebrations, two Iranian agents working for the Ministry of Intelligence (MOIS) were arrested for plotting a terror attack on Albanian soil. The attack’s target was members of the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK) currently living in exile in a compound near the Albanian capital of Tirana.

The Iranian regime scrambles to distance itself from the foiled terror attack in Europe

Following the Albanian government’s decision to expel the diplomats, President Trump personally praised the Albanian Prime Minister, Edi Rama. He thanked him for his “steadfast efforts to stand up to Iran and to counter its destabilizing activities and efforts to silence dissidents around the globe.”

A Growing Operation

Prior to the MEK’s arrival on Albanian soil, the country was on the regime’s periphery. It had a small embassy in Tirana through which it managed diplomatic operations. However, since the MEK arrived in 2016 after fleeing regime attacks on its compounds in Iraq, the regime has expanded the Albanian embassy’s operations, “almost doubling the size and the number of staff”, according to Alarabiya.

In addition to expanding the building and hiring more staff, the regime sent an MOIS agent to the country as its ambassador and created a special section of the embassy devoted to planning attacks against the MEK and the Iranian opposition.

The regime’s activities in Albania have been a microcosm of a growing surge in terror activities in Europe. 2018 saw the foiled terror plot in Albania, a foiled terror attack in Paris in June, an assassination attempt against a political dissident in Denmark, and the arrest of two MOIS agents in the United States on espionage charges.

Alongside their violent terror attacks, the regime has coordinated an extensive misinformation campaign against the MEK. Recent hit pieces against the MEK have appeared in the Guardian, Al Jazeera, MSNBC, and Channel 4.

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The response has been somewhat muted. Following the attempted attack on the MEK’s Grand Gathering in June, the French government expelled diplomats and froze MOIS assets. However, few countries have followed suit, making Albania’s decision a landmark moment.

Many observers attribute this surge in state-sponsored violence against political dissidents to a decades-long policy of appeasement towards the Iranian regime from Western governments. “In their view, the current EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and her colleagues are responsible for this emerging threat to [the] EU’s security”, the Alarabiya piece states.

The Alarabiya piece asserts that the US government could force Europe’s governments to adopt a tougher stance by designating Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and the MOIS as terrorist organizations. “This is what the Iranian people, dissidents and dozens of prominent Western politicians ask and call for”, the piece concludes.

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The US Congress Must Hold Khamenei Responsible for its Terrorist Acts and Rights Abuses

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Archive photo-Iranian diaspora, supporters of the MEK, hold a demonstration in support of the Iran Protests for freedom and democracy at home, holding placards of the historical leader of MEK, Massoud Rajavi, and the president-elect of the Iranian opposition, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi.

On Thursday, December 27th, Townhall published an op-ed from Bruce Malcolm, the Director of the Institute for Democratic Strategies. Malcolm, an expert in his field, took the opportunity to call on Congress and the Trump administration to take a firmer stance against the dangerous Iranian dictatorship.

Malcolm describes how the regime’s vulnerability was exposed at the beginning of 2018 following the extensive nationwide protests that racked the country in January. As the anniversary of the uprising approaches, “the anti-regime uprising has grown, invisibility and viability, coalescing into a unified movement that now includes virtually all sectors of Iranian society”, Malcolm writes.

Stevenson Calls on EU to End Policy of Appeasement

Since the December and January uprising, which rapidly spread to 140 of Iran’s cities, a steady stream of protests, strikes, and demonstrations has engulfed Iranian society and industry. Truck drivers, teachers, steelworkers, and farmers have periodically left their jobs and taken to the streets to express their dismay and fury at the repressive policies of the mullahs.

Malcolm writes, “driven by disastrous economic policies, skyrocketing inflation, unemployment, political corruption, and the omnipresent repression, their political demands strike to the heart of the matter”.

The regime’s response has exposed the chinks in its armor. It has lacked structure and has little in the way of a strategic plan beyond violence and repression. The regime has demonized and threatened protestors in an attempt to break up the demonstrations. It has also targeted messaging platforms like Telegram and Instagram to prevent the spread of protests. “Contrary to the views of some in the West, his [Supreme Leader Khamenei’s] regime is a fragile, failing state”, Malcolm asserts.

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A War of Words

Khamenei and the mullahs have frequently resorted to branding Iranian political dissidents and critics as “terrorists” to turn the tide of public opinion against their political opponents.

Malcolm describes how the regime berates “the leading opposition, the People’s Mojahedin of Iran (MEK)… in an effort to contain the mounting protests in Tehran”.

Alongside a propaganda war against the protestors, 2018 has seen the Iranian regime increase its terror activities against the Iranian opposition and the MEK in Europe. “This year four terrorist plots were uncovered”, Malcolm writes, “including the bombing of an opposition rally outside Paris where tens of thousands were in attendance”.

Following a thorough investigation by the MEK in conjunction with the French authorities, it was concluded that the regime leadership and Ministry of Intelligence (MOIS) were personally involved in the coordination and planning of the terror attack. An Iranian diplomat based at the regime’s embassy in Austria was arrested over his involvement in the foiled plot and will face trial in Belgium.

The regime has also expanded its nefarious activities in the US. Two Iranian agents were arrested on espionage charges in the US earlier this year.

A Viable Alternative

Malcolm writes, “the alternative to the Iranian regime is democracy, and the opposition”. The MEK has a coherent ten-point plan for bringing democracy to Iran and ensuring a smooth transition from the autocratic rule of the Supreme Leader to a fully-functioning democracy.

“Iranians want a republic, not an Islamic republic led by the mullahs”, Malcolm writes. “With 37 years of experience and dedication, the NCRI (MEK) has proven itself as the genuine alternative that can achieve democracy and create a free modern society”.

Malcolm concludes, “Iran’s people have reached the end of their rope, and will no longer tolerate a regime built on suppression, financial malfeasance, and terror.” The MEK is gaining traction daily and the mullahs’ days in power are numbered.

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“This is the time for the US Congress and administration to hold the Ayatollah and his regime responsible for their terrorist acts and human rights abuses, and to endorse the Iranian people’s efforts to achieve democracy and freedom”.

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Lack of Investigation into 1988 Massacre is an ‘Abject Failure’ and Emboldened Mullahs to Commit Further Human Rights Abuses

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More than 30,000 political prisoners, mainly MEK activists were slain during the summer of 1988, a crime against humanity that has yet to be accounted for.

On Wednesday, December 26th, International Policy Digest published a piece from Reza Shafiee, a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI). In the piece, Shafiee urges the UN and the international community to investigate the atrocities committed by the Iranian regime in the summer of 1988.

Shaifee uses a recent 200-page Amnesty International report on the massacre of 1988 as his point of departure. In the summer of 1988, the Iranian regime slaughtered over 30,000 members of the political opposition in regime custody, the vast majority were members of the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK).

“Khomeini hastily put together a committee to exterminate the prisoners”, Shaifee wrote. To give the executions religious legitimacy, Khomeini issued a fatwa which gave the green light to “one of the most heinous crimes against humanity the world had seen in the 20th century”.

Reza Shafiee argues that it was the lack of a formal investigation into these crimes that emboldened the mullahs and created the regime of today that frequently runs roughshod over the basic human rights of Iran’s citizens.

“Impunity for crimes in those days emboldened the regime over the years to the extent that it is leveling the graves of the same victims all over Iran”, he writes.

There was an early whistle-blower, Ayatollah Hossein-Ali Montazeri, who publicly objected to the massacre. For his objections, he was placed under house arrest by the Iranian regime. In 2016, his son leaked an audiotape in which Montazeri can clearly be heard discussing the massacre with Khomeini’s “Death Commission” in 1988.

In the tape, Montazeri tells warns them of the severity of the crimes they are committing. He said, “the greatest crime committed during the reign of the Islamic Republic, for which history will condemn us, has been committed by you. Your names will in the future be etched in the annals of history as criminals”.

Shafiee goes on to echo the Amnesty International report’s recommendations that the perpetrators for the 1988 massacre be identified and hauled in front of the international criminal court for crimes against humanity.

The president-elect of the Iranian opposition, Maryam Rajavi, has also echoed these calls. On the eve of the 28th anniversary of the massacre, she led the Iranian opposition in a campaign called the “Movement for Justice”. The campaign’s goal was to initiate a UN Security Council investigation into the massacre and hold the mullahs responsible to account.

 

Perhaps the most concerning aspect of the 1988 massacre, is that many responsible for the atrocities have been rewarded by the Iranian regime and now hold positions of power. Ebrahim Raisi was part of the Death Commission in 1988. He now runs Astan Quds Razavi, one of the wealthiest charities in Iran and is a close confidant of the current Supreme Leader.

Mostafa Pour-Mohammadi was also part of the Death Commission. He went on to hold the position of Justice Minister in President Hassan Rouhani’s first cabinet. Pour-Mohammadi has boasted of his role in the massacre, even stating that he was proud “to carry out God’s will”.

Pour-Mohammadi’s successor, Alireza Avaie was also a member of the Death Commission.

Phillip Luther, Amnesty International’s Advocacy Director for the Middle East and North Africa, called the lack of investigation into the 1988 massacre “an abject failure” which has had “catastrophic consequences not only on survivors and victim’s families but also on the rule of law and respect for human rights in the country”.

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Albanian Interior Minister: MEK Members Have Been Threatened by Iranian Security Services

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The Iranian regime’s Embassy in Albania, where at least two diplomats have been expelled for their involvement in terrorist activities against MEK

On Wednesday, December 19th, the Albanian government announced its decision to expel Iranian regime’s ambassador Gholamhossein Mohammadnia, as well as another “diplomat” based in the country in response to an increase in terror activities.

The identity of the second diplomat has not been revealed, but anonymous sources familiar with the decision claim it is Mostafa Roodaki, the first secretary of the Iranian embassy in Albania.

The government cited “damaging” Albanian “national security” as the reasoning behind the decision. The People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK) has established a compound near the Albanian capital of Tirana. Its members live in exile in the country. The MEK compound has been the target of Iranian aggression throughout 2018.

In March, the MEK compound was the target of an attempted car bomb attack. During the Persian New Year celebrations, the Iranian Ministry of Security (MOIS) planned to attack the compound. The plot was foiled when Albanian authorities detained two MOIS agents in the country and had them expelled.

Shortly afterward, in June, the MEK’s annual Grand Gathering event in Paris was targeted in a violent regime attack. Again, a car bomb was to be used at the event where more than 100,000 MEK members and allies of the Iranian opposition were gathered.

Like the attack in Albania, the plot only unraveled once European authorities arrested a Belgian-Iranian couple traveling to the event with homemade explosives. An investigation carried out by French authorities in the aftermath of the incident revealed that the senior leadership of the Iranian regime had been directly involved in the planning of the attack. The revelations prompted the French government to expel diplomats and seize assets belonging to the MOIS on French soil.

Alongside the violent terror campaign, the MOIS has embarked on an extensive disinformation campaign designed to vilify and demonize the MEK. The MOIS has published large amounts of Albanian-language propaganda in an attempt to turn public opinion against the MEK.

Albania’s move has been welcomed around the world

Following the Iranian government’s decision to remove the Iranian ambassador, supporters of the Iranian opposition movement from around the world lined up to show their support.

Donald Trump, in a letter, addressed to Edi Rama, personally thanked the Albanian government for its “steadfast efforts to stand up to Iran and its destabilizing activities and efforts to silence the dissidents around the globe”.

The Albanian Interior Minister, Sander Lleshi then said in an Interview with Albania’s Vision Plus TV that “MEK members have been threatened by the Iranian Security Services”. Explaining the Albanian government’s decision to expel the Iranian diplomats, Lleshi said, “we have welcomed them [the MEK] as friends”.

Maryam Rajavi, the president-elect of the Iranian opposition, welcomed the assessment and decision. She called the expulsion a “courageous act” and a “necessary step in countering terrorism”.

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Albania is safer, but the work is far from complete

The expulsion of the diplomats no doubt improves the safety of Albania for MEK members and other individuals affiliated with the Iranian opposition movement. However, the Iranian government remains active in the government and the threat is far from over. The Saadi Foundation in Albania remains affiliated with the Iranian government and the MOIS will still be able to launch attacks on the MEK as long as this organization maintains a presence in the region.

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Former Head of the European Parliament Calls for an Investigation into 1988 Massacre

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Dr. Alejo Vidal Quadras, former vice president of the European Parliament speaking at a conference at the presence of Maryam Rajavi, the leader of Iran opposition, held at the European Parliament-April 2014

UPI published an opinion piece on Tuesday, December 18th, written by the former Vice President of the European Parliament, Alejo Vidal-Quadras. The article calls for a full investigation into the 1988 massacre carried out against the Iranian opposition by the clerical regime. It also urges the international community to take steps to bring those responsible within the regime to justice.

A recent report from Amnesty International, entitled “Blood Soaked Secrets- Why Iran’s 1988 Prison Massacres are Ongoing Crimes Against Humanity”, provided a damning assessment of the scale of the 1988 massacre and the role the mullahs have played in covering up the massacre since.

Crimes Against Humanity

Between July and September 1988, the Iranian regime arbitrarily executed more than 30,000 political prisoners. The vast majority were from the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK), a pro-democracy group that opposes the regime in Iran and across the world.

The orders for the barbaric and brutal murders came from the Supreme Leader Ruhollah Musavi Khomeini. Vidal-Quadras writes, “all throughout the country, political prisoners were taken to ‘death committees’ that would ask them about their political and religious loyalties. Those who manifested continuing loyalty to the PMOI [MEK]… were summarily executed and in most cases buried in anonymous mass graves”.

The fact that many families were not informed of their loved one’s death, and to this day, many victims’ families do not know where their loved one was buried, makes the nature of the crimes ongoing.

“Since 1988 the Iranian regime not only has harassed and attacked the families of the victims searching for justice but has denied that the massacre took place”, Vidal-Quadras writes.

The Amnesty International report highlights the fact that some of the officials involved in the killings still occupy senior positions within the Iranian leadership today. The current Minister for Justice, Alireza Avaei, for example, was involved in the violent and brutal execution campaign.

The report concluded that the Iranian regime had carried out forced disappearances, torture, murder, and extermination to such a degree that they amounted to crimes against humanity.

The International Community Has an Obligation

Following the report, Vidal-Quadras concludes that the responsibility now lies with the international community to ensure the culprits are brought to justice. “As we very well know that the Islamic Republic’s institutions won’t ever guarantee a fair and thorough investigation”, he says, “we ask international bodies such as the United Nations and the International Criminal Court to ensure independent criminal investigations”.

Vidal-Quadras concludes, “We, in Europe, know that bringing justice to the victims of a crime against humanity not only means justice for those affected but a lesson of history for all to remember”, adding, “we bring justice not only to close a case but also to remind us and the next generations that crimes against humanity cannot be under any circumstances left unpunished”.

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Former US Congressman Addresses the MEK in Albania

Maryam Rajavi, greets the panel of speakers at the International Conference on her arrival to the conference hall.

Maryam Rajavi, greets former US Congressman, Patrick Kennedy at the International Conference against the Iranian regime’s terrorist activities and violations of human rights- Ashraf 3, Albania- December 15, 2018

Patrick Kennedy, a former Democratic representative of the U.S. House of Representatives, gave a speech to members of the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK) living in exile in Albania.

In the speech, he thanked Albania for being a kind and willing host to the Iranian opposition group and drew parallels between the two countries. “Anwar Khoja stole your country from you. Just as the mullahs have stolen Iran from the Iranian citizens”, he said.

Kennedy went on to address the recent surge in regime aggression against the MEK. He cited recent terrorist plots in Europe that targeted the opposition group, and the mullahs’ online misinformation campaign designed to turn public opinion against them.

“Major social media companies like Twitter, Google, and Facebook have all in recent months, suspended and removed hundreds of fake accounts”, he said. Kennedy’s comments come just a few weeks after Twitter announced the removal and suspension of more than 770 regime-affiliated accounts.

A Reminder of the 80s and 90s

Patrick Kennedy, Former US Congressman Addresses the MEK in Ashraf 3 in Albania, during the International Conference on Iranian regime’s growing terrorism and violations of human rights

“Tehran-backed terrorist attacks in France, Albania, and Denmark were foiled by close cooperation between the police and the security and judicial authorities of several European countries”, he continued, adding that the foiled plots of 2018 were reminiscent of the regime’s violent campaign against dissidents in the 80s and 90s.

Although the attacks have been similar to those of the last century, the responses have not. Kennedy lamented that the West has not shown the same resolve and determination in opposition to the Iranian regime today.

The response to the 2018 attacks has been “very, very weak”, he said, “and inappropriate to the emerging threat” of the Iranian regime.

A Viable Opposition

Kennedy went on to suggest that the rationale behind the regime’s terror and misinformation campaigns was that the MEK represented a threat to its continued existence.

“It shows that the NCRI (the National Council of Resistance of Iran, the umbrella organization of the MEK) is a real force for change”, Kennedy said. He also cited the MEK’s president-elect Maryam Rajavi’s ten-point plan as a “viable roadmap for the people of Iran to establish a fair and free and democratic secular Republic of Iran in this crucial juncture in history”.

There are more signs of change on the horizon. Kennedy described how the majority of Iranians now live below the poverty line and corruption and unemployment are ravaging the Iranian economy.

This economic crisis is prompting more of the Iranian population to take to the street in protest. “People from various social strata are taking part in the nationwide protests”, Kennedy said. “Women, teachers, retirees, ordinary citizens who have lost their savings and pensions.”

The protests themselves have become more anti-regime in nature. Slogans like “down with the dictator, our enemy is right here”, and “death to Khamenei”, have become commonplace in Iran.

MEK, A Growing Opposition

Kennedy predicted that change in Iran is coming. “The mullahs do not know what they are up against”, he said, “right here are wonderful media laboratories that are helping to disseminate the true message of what’s going on in Iran”.

The regime’s routine human rights abuses are also beginning to earn it the attention of the international community. The UN General Assembly has adopted more than 60 resolutions condemning the regime’s actions.

There is an increasing voice calling for an investigation into the regime’s most heinous crime— the execution of 30,000 MEK members in 1988. A recent Amnesty International report called for an investigation into the incident and for those responsible in the Iranian leadership to be held to account.

The UN Must Investigate the 1988 Massacre

Kennedy concluded by saying, “it is amazing what you have built in a year, and it says to me something very hopeful. It says that if you could rebuild Camp Ashraf and Camp Liberty and you could build Ashraf here in Albania, then it won’t be long before you’re going to build Ashraf in Tehran”.

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Washington Times Piece Praises Albania’s Expulsion of Diplomats

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Edi Rama, Albani’s Prime Minister. He recently expelled Iranian regime’s Ambassador and his deputy for their involvement in terrorist activities against MEK

Todd Wood covered the Albanian expulsion of Iranian diplomats for the Washington Times. His piece appeared on the platform’s site on Thursday, December 20th.

“It’s worth noting and praising Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama’s recent decision to expel two Iranian diplomats, including the ambassador”, he wrote.

The Washington Times piece outlined the threat the Iranian regime poses to nations’ national security in the West. “Tehran has continued to run terrorist operations out of its diplomatic installations around the world”, Wood quips. “It is a criminal, a malignant cancer of a regime bent on exporting its medieval and corrupt dogma throughout the Middle East and the world”.

Many of the regime’s terror operations in Europe have been conducted against the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK), a fearless pro-democracy group whose members are living in exile in Albania.

A plot in June sought to detonate a car bomb at the MEK’s annual Grand Gathering event in Paris. The event was attended by political figures and journalists from around the world, including former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, and former New York Mayor and Trump’s legal advisor, Rudy Giuliani.

All Eyes Are on Iran Following A Surge in Terror Activities

The MEK compound in Albania has also been a target. A foiled Iranian mission to attack the compound during the Persian New Year celebrations in March led to the detention of Iranian agents.

A Welcome Response

Albania’s decision has been met with praise from democracy advocates around the world. The leader of the Iranian opposition, president-elect Maryam Rajavi, released a statement in which she praised the resolve of the Albanian prime minister.

She said that the mullahs in Iran must be shown that their “terrorist activities in Europe and across the world will have serious consequences”.

The regime’s campaign of terror against the Iranian opposition in Albania also shows the extent to which the organization threatens the regime’s existence. At the MEK’s Grand Gathering event in Paris, Rudy Giuliani asked, “if the MEK was not a threat to the regime, why are they trying so hard to kill them?”

A Regime in Turmoil

There are other signs that the regime is growing increasingly desperate in its bid to remain in power. The regime has intensified its campaigns of repression within Iran. Regime agents have carried out raids on protestors homes.

Regime’s Strategy to Avoid Responsibility for Terrorist Plot Involves Blaming MEK

Following the nationwide protests at the beginning of 2018, the regime arrested more than 8,000 peaceful protestors and members of the political opposition. These are not the actions of a regime confident about its position in power.

The good news is times are changing. The regime no longer has a president in the White House that is willing to make concessions. Trump has shown that he will not tolerate Iranian aggression.

The Trump administration is urging its European allies to adopt its economic sanctions against the Iranian regime to curb its nuclear ambitions and end its missile development programs.

Todd Woods concludes, “thankfully, we finally have a president willing to stand up to the Iranians and their enablers and make them worry about their own very survival”.

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The embassy of the Iranian regime in Albania

Albania’s Decision to Expel Regime Diplomats is Welcomed by the Trump Administration

The embassy of the Iranian regime in Albania

Iranian regime’s Embassy in Tirana- Albania

The Albanian government expelled two diplomats, including the Iranian ambassador, from the Iranian embassy in Tirana. Following a surge in Iranian state-sponsored terror activities on European soil and recent terror-arrests on the continent, the Albanian foreign ministry confirmed that it was expelling the diplomats for “violating their diplomatic status”.

The move drew praise from the Trump administration. The US president penned a letter to Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama which thanked the Albanian leader for countering Iranian “destabilizing activities and efforts to silence dissidents around the globe”.

According to reporting by The Independent, a source with knowledge of the matter said the expulsions were connected to an aborted March 2018 scheme by two alleged Iranian members of the Revolutionary Guard’s Quds Force, its foreign secret operations branch, caught planning “an explosive” attack against the base or personnel of the Mujahedin-e-Khalq, or MEK.

In the letter, Trump said the move would send a message to Tehran that its “terrorist activities in Europe and around the world will have severe consequences”.

Fox News in an article published at its website wrote: “Albania is a particular target for the regime as it is home to more than 2,000 Iranian dissidents belonging to People’s Mujahedin of Iran (MEK) after they were relocated from Iraq in 2016.

Maryam Rajavi, the president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), a coalition of Iranian resistance groups that includes MEK, said in a statement that Iran must be shown “their terrorist activities in Europe and across the world will have serious consequences.”

“The regime in Tehran is the godfather and the epicenter of terrorism under the banner of Islam in the world today.  As such, designating the Ministry of Intelligence as a terrorist entity and expelling the mullahs’ diplomat-terrorists from the U.S. and Europe is necessary for these countries’ security and is demanded by the Iranian people,” Fox News reported.

Other senior figures in the Trump administration also issued statements of solidarity with Albania following the decision. His National Security Adviser John Bolton, a supporter of the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK), released a statement on Twitter. It read, “We stand with PM Rama and the Albanian people as they stand up to Iran’s reckless behaviour in Europe and across the globe”.

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also issued a statement of support. He said, “the world must stand together to sanction Iran’s regime until it changes its destructive behaviour.”

2018 has seen a surge in Iranian terror activities. In June, an Iranian couple was arrested, along with a diplomat working at the Iranian embassy in Vienna, over their involvement in a plot to detonate a car bomb in Paris. The object of their attack was the annual Grand Gathering hosted by the MEK.

Further terror attacks were coordinated in Albania, where 2,000 members of the MEK are living in exile. Authorities in Denmark also reported foiling a planned assassination to be carried out by Iranian agents against a member of the opposition.

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