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Maryam Rajavi Speaks at Celebration of MEK’s Founding

Maryam Rajavi Participate in a ceremony at Ashraf3

The President-elect Maryam Rajavi, speaking at Ashraf 3, on the occasion of the 54th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK)- September 3, 2019

Friday will mark the 54th anniversary of the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK’s) founding. On Tuesday, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), gave a speech at Ashraf-3 in honor of the occasion. Mrs. Rajavi honored the founders of the MEK—Mohammad Hanifnejad, Saeed Mohsen, and Asghar Badizadegan—as well as it is past and present leaders, and she recounted some of the organization’s history and the sacrifices made by its members. She also emphasized the importance of the goals of the MEK and assured those present that they are capable of leading Iran toward freedom and progress.

The following are some of the highlights from her speech:

Founders and Leaders

“The founders of the MEK stepped into a difficult and unfamiliar path, but they broke through the impasse by an admirable faith and confidence. They started everything anew, a professional struggle based on an ideology which rejected exploitation, and promoted sacrifice and selflessness,” Mrs. Rajavi said.

“Today, the great founder of the PMOI, Mohammad Hanifnejad, is watching us and is present among us. He can see that the seed he planted has now turned into a lush and blossoming jungle,” she continued.

Mrs. Rajavi spoke about how proud she was to be a member of an organization with progressive leadership and values.

“I am proud to be a member of an organization and a resistance movement led by Massoud Rajavi for five decades in a formidable struggle against two dictatorships, and towards progress and evolution,” she said.

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Massoud-Rajavi, the historical leader of the Iranian Opposition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“From the bottom of my heart, I am proud to be a member of an organization and a movement where women have been at the helm for over 30 years of its 54-year existence,” Mrs. Rajavi continued. “The Secretary-Generals leading the MEK in these years are my dear sisters: Fahimeh Arvani, Shahrzad Sadr, Mahvash Sepehri, Beheshteh Shadrou, Mojgan Parsaii, Sedigheh Hosseini, Zohreh Akhyani and Zahra Merrikhi. Every one of them has represented great values in the ranks of the organization. They have been symbols of sincerity and integrity, energy and vivacity, strength and firmness, leadership and resilience, selflessness, modesty and humility, accountability, truthfulness, steadfastness, patience, and triumph,” she added.

The MEK’s Goals

“The People Mojahedin Organization of Iran(PMOI/ MEK) is a treasure trove filled with the Iranian people’s historical steadfastness. And I assure you that this organization spearheads the Iranian society’s quest for liberation from tyranny, discrimination, and injustice, and it will realize the true aspirations of the people of Iran for a glorious future,” said Mrs. Rajavi.

“This has been the subject of the People Mojahedin Organization of IranPMOI’s 54-year struggle. It has been the goal of 120,000 of the best children of the people of Iran. This is what hundreds of thousands of political prisoners have been tortured and suffered for, and millions and millions of dissidents have endured its pain under oppression. The essence of the PMOI’s quest is freedom and equality,” she added.

“In contrast to the one-dimensional outlooks of various opposing schools of thought over the past two centuries, the PMOI set both freedom and equality as their goals. They have risen up for breaking the chains of repression, and for eliminating discrimination and injustice. The PMOI has made great sacrifices over the past 40 years in its struggle for freedom. The PMOI’s name is synonymous with the word “freedom.” At the same time, this is a movement determined to obliterate oppression and exploitation,” she emphasized.

Mrs. Rajavi described the mullahs’ history of corruption, beginning with the confiscation of all public property by Khomeini in 1979 and continuing to the present day.

“They have taken over public lands, forests, natural resources, waters, the environment, banks, the national money market, factories, public companies, the lion’s share of oil, gas and petrochemical revenues, communications, and the market of internet software,” she said.

Rajavi stressed that Khamenei’s corruption has led to “destitution, poverty, and homelessness” among the Iranian people.

“Today, the situation in Iran is so disastrous that people have to sell their kidneys; they have to sleep on the streets; women even sell their infants, and destitute women do not have any form of support. All honorable Iranians are deeply upset by such tragic conditions,” she said.

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Democratic Islam

Mrs. Rajavi discussed the MEK’s commitment to democratic Islam and its rejection of “the mullahs’ abuse of Islam to gain power and wealth.”

“In the beginning, Mohammad Hanifnejad rejected those interpretations of Islam which advocated exploitation. He showed that Islam does not defend oppressive classes, but is on the side of the deprived and the oppressed,” she explained.

“A decade later, Massoud Rajavi underlined the threat posed by the reactionary religious outlooks, drew the line between the Islam which the PMOI believed in and the reactionary version which later seized power,” Mrs. Rajavi continued.

“The PMOI believes in the original faith introduced by Mohammad whose emancipating message rejected class oppression as well as racial and gender discrimination. It defends women’s equality and the autonomy of oppressed ethnic groups. It advocates people’s sovereignty and does not accept any form of coercion and compulsion,” she added.

The MEK’s Message Today

Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), entering the 54th founding ceremony of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (MEK)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs. Rajavi concluded her speech by sharing the MEK’s message to the younger generation and to Iranian society as a whole.

“It is possible to break the chains of repression and exploitation.

“It is possible to liberate society from gender discrimination and create new relations based on gender equality and human solidarity.

“Freedom and justice are part and parcel. It is possible to instate freedom, justice, and equality and the MEK has risen to realize this goal.

“It is possible to have a genuine antithesis based on democratic Islam overcome ignorance, superstition, and reaction disguised in the cloak of Islam,” Mrs. Rajavi stated.

“Having compensated for the shortcomings of the revolutions of the past century, the Iranian Resistance has matured in the 21st century and borne fruit in the course of its struggle for freedom and equality,” she said.

“This is the organization, the tradition, the path and practice of the deprived but aware youths of Iran who created the uprisings of December 2017 and January 2018,” she continued.

“This is the movement and ideal of youths who have formed their resistance units and kept the flame of Iran’s uprising alight in every city across the country and inside the cells and wards of Khamenei’s prisons.

“They are resisting everywhere. By relying on its people, the great Army of Freedom will also take the same path to turn this dark page of Iran’s history,” she declared.

Mrs. Rajavi emphasized the resilience of the MEK in the face of torture and persecution, saying:

“There is not an infinitesimal possibility that the MEK would give up on their plan for freedom and popular sovereignty and the overthrow of the mullahs’ religious dictatorship.

And this is the pride which shines throughout the history of the MEK.

“They endured captivity in the cage and coffin, they went through the 1988 Massacre; they went to the gallows by the thousands; they lied down before Humvees and bulldozers in Ashraf; their bodies were hanged from the cliff in Charzebar or from beams in half-constructed buildings in cities across Iran, but they’re never was an infinitesimal possibility for them to give up their fight, and they will not do so until the day Iran is free.

In the contemporary history of Iran, the MEK is known for its commitment to carry on their bloody shoulders any burden that is necessary for the advancement of their struggle.”

Finally, Mrs. Rajavi sent words of encouragement to the people of Iran who are still waiting for freedom from the mullahs’ regime.

“I want to give assurances to the people of Iran that the MEK is capable of overthrowing the regime by relying on their people,” she emphasized. They are capable of replacing religious tyranny with freedom, democracy, and separation of religion and state. They can replace distrust with trust, insecurity, and fear with security, and injustice with equality.

“They are capable of leading Iran towards freedom, prosperity, and progress,” she concluded.

 

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MEK:  Harbinger of hope for a democratic future in Iran

The founders of the Peoples Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK)

Mohammad Hanifnejad, Saeed Mohsen and Ali Asghar Badizadegan founded the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (MEK /PMOI) on September 5, 1965

Fifty- four years ago, the People’s Mujahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), was founded by Mohammad Hanifnejad and two other young intellectuals, Saeed Mohsen and Ali Asghar Badizadegan. The three wanted to establish a Muslim, progressive, patriotic, and democratic organization. They were determined to pave the way for a democratic government to replace the Shah’s regime.

In the first six years, the MEK succeeded, for the first time, to introduce a new, systematic and comprehensive vision of Islam that was entirely independent of what was espoused and advocated by the fundamentalist mullahs who considered the interpretation of Islam their exclusive domain.

The 1950s and 1960s in Iran were marked by repression against dissidents. After the 1953 coup against the popular Prime Minister, Dr. Mohammad Mossadeq, the Shah, and his notorious secret police, the SAVAK, suppressed all political opponents and forced many others into silence.

Under these circumstances, MEK (also referred to as Mujahedin-e Khalq) was founded on September 6, 1965, and eventually became the most enduring Iranian opposition movement.

In a series of raids in August and September 1971, the SAVAK arrested all MEK leaders and 90 percent of its cadres. On May 25, 1972, the founders of the MEK (PMOI) along with two members of its leadership, Mahmoud Asgarizadeh, and Rassoul Meshkinfam, were executed by firing squad after months of imprisonment and torture. With their sacrifice, they became the pioneers in the anti-Shah struggle.

Trial of MEK members in1972

The members and leaders of PMOI/MEK become widely known in society for their defense in the military courts of Shah, in which they defy the ruling power and its corruption

The Iranian Resistance’s Leader Massoud Rajavi was among the MEK leaders arrested by SAVAK. He, like his colleagues, was tried before the Shah’s military tribunals and sentenced to death. His older brother, Prof. Kazem Rajavi, who was renowned for his academic and human rights work in Switzerland, launched a major campaign to save Massoud Rajavi’s life. Several prominent European leaders intervened, including Amnesty International, Francois Mitterrand, and the prominent French Philosopher Jean-Paul Satre, forcing the Shah to commute Massoud Rajavi’s death sentence to life imprisonment.

While in prison and following the execution of MEK’s founders, Massoud Rajavi assumed the leadership of the organization and declared the reactionary and backward interpretation of Islam, espoused by Khomeini and his band of clerics, as the most serious threat to the democratic aspirations of the Iranian people.

MEK peaceful demonstration in Tehran-May 2, 1981

Archive photo: The “Mothers” demonstration, on May 2, 1981, when over 200,000 supporters of the MEK, took it to the streets of Tehran to protest the killing of 2 teenage girls (MEK activists), who were shot dead for distributing information behind a stand in one of the streets in Mazandaran.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now, 54 years later, the MEK, as the largest, best organized, and most capable Iranian opposition organization, has emerged as the harbinger of change and hope for a democratic and prosperous future for the people of Iran.

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MEK-Iran: Iranian regime’s hollow shows of force burst every day

Tens of thousands of MEK supporters in Berlin Free Iran Rally

Free Iran Rally in Berlin- Over ten thousands supporters of MEK, took to the streets in Berlin to show solidarity with the uprisings in Iran.

The Iranian dictatorship needs to demonstrate a hollow show of force in order to preserve its shaky balance. All dictatorships follow the same logic. Without it, their house of cards would crumble. The Shah’s regime was a good example. His tyranny did not stand a chance against the unwavering resolve of the Iranian people for change when time came for him to stop torture and executions in prisons.

Sanctions and economic chaos are driving the clerical regime to the edge but it is trying hard to give a false impression to its foreign interlocutors. Its presence in Yemen, Syria, and Iraq is an active part of this strategy. Attacking vessels and adventurism in the Strait of Hormuz is but a hollow show of force by the Iranian regime.

As another component of the regime’s same strategy at home, Ebrahim Raisi has been appointed as the Judiciary Chief. Its intention is to remind everyone that the regime is still capable of using torture and execution as initiatives for putting down any opposition to its rule.

Back in the day, the mullahs’ regime deceived European countries and some in the U.S. with its show of “moderation” and “reform.” Those days are long gone and the regime has no power to sit at the negotiation table. Hassan Rouhani said: “When you are negotiating from a weak position, you have to give up something,” and he added that it would start a downward spiral.

Soon after the bubbles begin to burst, a new round of protests and demonstration will follow. The ruling clerics know full well that they are not able to put down new uprisings in cities since the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) units are ready to act. Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, said in an interview with Fox News:

“Today, the ruling mullahs fear the role of the Mujahedeen e-Khalq, (MEK), and resistance units in leading and continuing the uprisings. At the same time, the regime is surrounded politically and internationally and in economic terms, it is on the verge of collapse.”

There are those in the U.S. and Europe that for economic gains have buried their heads in the sand and do not admit to the regime’s weakness. They also do not admit that the ruling regime is on its final leg. According to the Wall Street Journal: “European officials say conditions could now be coalescing around a preliminary agreement aimed at allowing Iran to be able to sell at least 700,000 barrels of oil a day—more than double its current exports. It also envisions a credit line of some $15 billion so Iran could draw on hard currency, getting around U.S. sanctions that freeze Iran’s export revenues in foreign bank accounts.”

 

The mullahs’ problems begin with lack of legitimacy among Iranian citizens.  The suppressive policies which have been around for 40 years have lost their effect. Iran is boiling with dissent and the people no longer fear the regime. Under MEK’s leadership as a catalyst, organized resistance will culminate in the regime’s downfall. MEK has a plan and popular backing as well as international support to face the regime anytime and anywhere.

The MEK is present among different strata of society and has been a whistleblower for the mullahs’ regime’s nuclear and missile proliferation programs. It has exposed its terrorist activities in the region and its meddling in the internal affairs of other countries.

The MEK introduces the right policy for peace and stability in the region. Therefore, the mullahs’ suppressive measure is always directed at MEK and its supporters in Iran. The theocratic regime is constantly busy planning terrorist plots, spreading lies and conducting disinformation campaigns against the main opposition, MEK.

It would be wise for Western countries and Iran’s neighbors to stop a shortsighted policy based on economic gains. They are better off standing on the right side of the history and support the Iranian people and their Resistance for democracy and freedom for Iran. A strong and well-organized MEK with its plan for a peaceful transition will realize the Iranian people’s dreams and stability in the region and beyond.

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Zarif, Soleimani: Two Sides of the Same Coin

Zarif and Soleimani

Archive photo- Iranian regime foreign minister Javad Zarif (Right), meeting with the commander of the Qods Force Qassem Soleimani.

In unprecedented remarks, the Iranian regime’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif told the state-run daily Entekhab on September 1, 2019: “Commander Soleimani and I never felt we have any differences. We have been working together closely for over 20 years,”

The next day, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) issued a statement which said in part:

“… Zarif, while bowing to the criminal commander of the terrorist Qods Force Qassem Soleimani, reiterated that he and his ministry represent nothing other than the ruling theocracy’s terrorist and warmongering policies.”

“During the U.S. attack on Iraq, as Iran’s representative in New York, I spoke, on orders from the country’s senior leadership, to American officials and had the greatest coordination with commander Soleimani. Subsequently, when I became minister, the two of us decided to make sure we meet at least once a week when we were both in Tehran to review the latest developments and undertake the necessary coordination,” Zarif added.

Time and again, the NCRI and its main component, the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK)have stated that Zarif is the emissary for a regime, which is the world recorder in executions, is the most active state sponsor of terrorism, is the primary source of crisis and chaos in the region, and is the main patron of Syrian dictator Bashar Al-Assad in his massacre of the people of Syria. He brags about his companionship with such criminals as Hassan Nasrallah, Imad Mughniyah and Qassem Soleimani.

 “Engaging in trade, maintaining diplomatic ties, and meeting with the regime’s leaders from whichever faction only strengthen and empower the IRGC and the terrorist Qods Force, and provide fuel to the mullahs’ machinery of terror and warmongering,” the NCRI statement concluded.

Zarif’s remarks, as well as decades of experience, confirm that the regime’s Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, along with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) hold the levers of the regime’s foreign policy. Now, it should be clear, as never before, that there is absolutely no difference between the regime’s factions The Iranian people have recognized this fact as was evident in their chants during 2018 uprising, “Reformers, hardliners, the game is now over.” It is time for Europe to wake up to this reality as well.

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Assembly of Experts Member: The People Dislike Us

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Scenes of the Iranian people protesting the mullahs’ rule

A member of the regime’s Assembly of Experts stated the obvious in recent remarks about the Iranian people. Hashem Hashemzadeh Herisi, a former member of Iran’s Majlis (parliament) and a current member of the Assembly of Experts, said, “The people dislike us and are discontent with us… not only our narrative but everything about us must change.”

Herisi, who also serves as the Friday prayers imam in Tabriz, Azerbaijan Province, added, “We talk the talk of Takfir, considering one side the servants of the regime and the other traitors.”

Friday prayers imams are Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s mouthpieces in Iran’s cities and towns. The Assembly of Experts is tasked with choosing the Supreme Leader. It is worth noting that Herisi speaks for the mullahs when he says that the people don’t like them.

In reference to the regime’s founder and first Supreme Leader, Herisi said: “Khomeini was afraid of the people and the people’s discontent, and when the time comes that they will put us all aside. [Khomeini] said you should be afraid of the day when the people understand your nature,” he added.

“In some of the Quran’s verses, it says that the most unfortunate of people are those who do something wrong and think that they’ve done something right,” Herisi concluded.

Economic Crisis

The poor economic situation in Iran

Archive Photo- Long ques for purchasing rationed meat in Iran- Tehran

In a recent interview with the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC)–affiliated Fars news agency, former Majlis (parliament) member Emad Afroogh discussed the growing despair among the Iranian people over the unbearable economic conditions in the country. “According to a survey, 78 percent of the people believe their most dire problems are economic,” he said.

“Today, the people, when they compare their living conditions with that of officials, they come to the conclusion that nobody is caring for them and they are sort of abandoned,” Emad Afroogh he continued. “People face increasing prices every day and authorities try to pacify them with empty promises.”

Economic conditions have grown so dire that many Iranians have resorted to digging through public garbage cans for food, according to previous MEK reports. Protests by defrauded investors, unpaid workers and pensioners, and workers demanding better pay and benefits are a daily occurrence in cities across Iran. The MEK has been active in helping to organize and spread information about protests and demonstrations, which has led to desperate attempts by the regime to stifle dissent and eliminate the MEK and the Iranian Resistance.

The Upcoming School Year

The summer break ends in a few weeks, and many Iranian parents worry that they will be unable to afford basic school supplies for their children. Stationery prices alone have risen by over 40 percent in just the past year, and families are struggling to make ends meet without added expenses.

To add insult to injury, notebooks are now printed with regime propaganda to reinforce the misinformation which has been sprinkled throughout students’ textbooks since the dawn of the mullahs’ rule.

Of course, people dislike the mullahs. Unfortunately, the regime is unwilling to change its ways. The Iranian people are responsible for changing the regime and this change will be achieved by the main Iranian opposition movement, PMOI/MEK.

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Maryam Rajavi: Regime Must Be Held Accountable for 1988 Massacre

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Paris District 1 City Hall conference “Iran: Massacred Human Rights: 31st anniversary of the massacre of 30,000 political prisoners in 1988 in Iran, mainly MEK members

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), delivered a message at the Paris District 1 City Hall on Friday at a conference entitled

“Iran: Massacred Human Rights: 31st anniversary of the massacre of 30,000 political prisoners in 1988.”

Mrs. Rajavi’s speech focused on the international community’s failure to hold the regime accountable for its malign actions, including the 1988 Massacre. She argued that this policy of appeasement places the entire world at risk.

Mrs. Rajavi explained that the 1998 Massacre occurred as the result of a fatwa writing by regime founder Ruhollah Khomeini ordering the execution of all prisoners in Iran who remained loyal to the  MEK. Many of those who were executed had already completed their sentences, said Mrs. Rajavi.

“Khomeini’s death decree triggered a wave of killings in prisons across Iran to the extent that virtually no prisoner remained in any of the wards. But this was not enough for Khomeini. He ordered the re-arrest of throngs of PMOI [MEK] supporters who had been previously released from prison. These arrestees were also swiftly executed,” she added.

Thirty-one years later, the people responsible for this crime are among the highest-ranking officials within the regime. Former executioners now hold the positions of Head of the Judiciary and Minister of Justice, said Mrs. Rajavi.

“The regime also continues to refuse giving information on the victims of the 1988 massacre and the families of those massacred are still being persecuted. Despite the passage of 31 years, they still do not know where their loved ones are buried,” she said.

Mrs. Rajavi further noted that:

 “Just last month, Mostafa Pour Mohammadi, one of the key members of the Death Commissions carrying out the 1988 massacre, said, “The Mujahedin-e Khalq (PMOI/ MEK) have desecrated the (regime’s) image throughout the world… Now is the time to fight the PMOI… The PMOI/MEK is the most treacherous enemies of this nation and they must be dealt with one by one.”

Active Pursuit of Massacre

Mrs. Rajavi said that the mullahs’ fear of being overthrown has driven their active pursuit of manslaughter and massacre. She pointed to last year’s foiled bombing attack of the annual Free Iran gathering in Villepinte, France, which led to the arrest of an Iranian regime diplomat and four mercenaries. They are all currently awaiting trial in Belgium.

“This incident proved that the regime is still pursuing Khomeini’s evil intentions and the policy of massacring their opponents,” she said.

“On the international level, this policy amounts to meddling in the region, warmongering, massacre of the people of Syria, attacks on oil tankers, jeopardizing the safety of international waters, terrorism, and hostage-taking,” Mrs. Rajavi added.

The Solution

Mrs. Rajavi said that the Iranian regime must be dealt with by the Iranian people who seek to overthrow the dictatorship.

“The international community will also have to recognize the desire of the Iranian people and Resistance if they want to get rid of the epicenter of fundamentalism and terrorism in the world. They must not grant concessions to the mullahs,” she emphasized.

“These relations are not only morally reprehensible but are politically wrong because they encourage and embolden the mullahs in blackmailing, hostage-taking and terrorism. Then, in return for massive concessions granted by the West, they take only one step back. In this way, European governments are not only hurting themselves but are putting global peace and security at risk,” she explained.

Mrs. Rajavi stressed that the international community must investigate the 1988 Massacre as part of ending the policy of appeasement. She cited a December 2018 report about the 1988 Massacre by Amnesty International, which stated: “Iran is facing a crisis of impunity… The succession of atrocities in Iran is intractably linked to the impunity that has been enjoyed by the Iranian authorities.”

“The time has come for the international community to end three decades of impunity for the clerical regime’s leaders in accounting for their crimes,” said Mrs. Rajavi.

She urged the international community to demand that the dossier of human rights violation in Iran, particularly the 1988 Massacre, be referred to the U.N. Security Council. She further asked the U.N. to launch an international mission to investigate the 1988 Massacre.

“Khamenei and other leaders of the Iranian regime must face justice for committing crimes against humanity,” Mrs. Rajavi said.

“And the world must recognize the Iranian people’s right to resist and fight for the overthrow of the ruling religious fascism,” she added.

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Paying tribute to victims of Sep 1 massacre of MEK members in Ashraf, Iraq

52 were massacred in Ahsraf

52 unarmed residents, members of MEK, were slaughtered in Camp Ashraf on 1st Sep 2013

This September 1 marks the sixth anniversary of the 2013 Camp Ashraf massacre. Iraqi security forces, acting at the behest of the Iranian regime, shot to death, execution-style, some with their hands tied behind their backs, 52 unarmed Iranian dissidents, of Iran’s main opposition movement, the Mujahedin-e Khalq (PMOI/MEK).

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Iraqi forces at the behest of Iranian regime killed 52 residents of Camp Ashraf in 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Several, initially wounded, were shot in the head in the Camp’s clinic while being treated. All the medical staff were also murdered. The assault force abducted seven more residents, including six women.

The attack took place at a time that MEK members were granted ‘protected persons’ status under the Fourth Geneva Convention and the United States had guaranteed Their protection.

Over the past six years, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), has repeatedly called on the United Nations Secretary-General and the High Commissioner for Human Rights to conduct an independent and comprehensive investigation into the September 1, 2013 massacre and to hold those responsible to account.

On September 2, 2017, while honoring the fallen heroes of the 2013 massacre, Mrs. Rajavi said, “

We pledge to always remember their sacrifice and wage an unrelenting battle that will overthrow the mullahs’ religious dictatorship. Indeed, each moment in that historic confrontation in Ashraf that September day was astonishing. Let us remember the words of Massoud Rajavi, the Resistance’s Leader, who said, “If you were to ask me to give a simple definition of the word Mojahed, I would say that being a Mojahed means adhering to one’s pledge through eternal sacrifice in the history of Iran.”

Mrs. Rajavi elaborated on the regime’s motives for planning and carrying out the massacre at Camp Ashraf.

“What they sought was to either physically annihilate the PMOI/MEK or to force them to surrender. And that left no other options.  Over the past years, in the context of the choice between giving up or continuing the fight, the PMOI/MEK has always chosen to persevere and fight on, the very choice that has been the secret to the movement’s survival and advancement,” she said.

In an article about the massacre of MEK members on 1 Sep 2015, retired Army Col. Wesley Martin, a former base commander in Camp Ashraf wrote, “Suddenly on September 1, 2013, fifty-two wonderful lives were extinguished and seven others were taken hostage by the brutality of a corrupt government. Their lives have been taken, but their memories will never be lost as long as we live and the spirit of democracy lives within each of us. The time will come in the future when we are together again. We will appreciate the opportunity we had to know and work with each other in this life. We will also be proud of knowing we never gave up on each other and never gave up on striving to bring peace and stability to the world.”

Honoring the memory of the victims in Iran 

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Supporters of MEK commemorate 1 Sep victims in Tehran, Iran

During the past six years, MEK supporters inside Iran have held ceremonies to honor the memory of Ashraf residents murdered on September 1, 2013. Taking up serious risks of arrest and persecution by regime security forces, they have also placed posters in memory of the 52 martyrs on walls, phone booths and other public areas in cities across Iran.

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International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances and Iran’s 1988 Massacre

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30000 political prisoners mainly MEK members massacred in 1988 in Iran

August 30th marks the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances. Amnesty International issued a statement in regard to this day.

“The Iranian authorities’ continued failure to disclose the fate and whereabouts of thousands of political dissidents who were forcibly disappeared and extrajudicially executed in secret during Iran’s 1988 prison massacres has sparked a crisis that for decades has been largely overlooked by the international community,”

The statement refers to the 1988 massacre of over 30,000 political prisoners, mostly members, and supporters of the main Iranian opposition, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI), Mujahedin-e Khalq or MEK.

On July 15, 2019, a number of survivors of the massacre testified in a conference held in Ashraf 3 in Albania.

Majid Sahebjam, a MEK member, who was in prison for 17 years for supporting the MEK was one of the witnesses.

“My crime was supporting the MEK. I witnessed many human rights violations. The 1988 massacre was a premeditated and well-planned crime. Some of the people who were directly involved in this crime still hold high positions of power. The regime has done everything in its power to hide its crime. In the short trials, which lasted only a few minutes, the judges only asked one question: They asked about the political association of the defendant. Uttering the word “Mojahed, MEK member” was enough to seal the fate of the prisoner and send him to the gallows…I know at least 20 families who lost two of their children to the regime’s executioners. Many of the executed prisoners were aged 14, 15, and 16 when they were arrested. During the 1988 massacre, dozens of MEK supporters had served their sentences. However, they were kept in prison because they would not repent their support for the MEK. They were executed in 1988 because of their dedication to freedom and human values,” Sahebjam addressed the conference.

Mahmoud Royaie another MEK member who spent 10 years in regime’s prisons also addressed the conference.

“Many of my friends were teenagers when they were arrested. They spent many years in prison and were finally executed. People had served their sentences, and their families were waiting for them. However, they never got to see them. One of my friends was executed five years after his sentence was finished. He was taken to the gallows only because he defended the name of the MEK,” Royaie said. “Some of these families are still staring at the pictures of their loved ones and crying after 30 years. Some lost their sanity when their children were executed. The regime even executed the disabled and handicapped. Yet they stood tall when they went to the gallows. One of my friends had lost his mind due to tortures. However, when they took him to the judge, he stood tall and said, “I’m a Mojahed, MEK member.” He was executed.”

Kobra Jokar, a MEK member also addressed the conference. She managed to escape from prison before the massacre.

“I was in the regime’s prisons for six years. The Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) arrested me while I was pregnant. I was taken to Evin prison and the torture chambers. I was transferred to Ward 209. In the cell, I saw four torturers torture my husband in front of me. They also tortured me in front of him,” She said.  “A few days later, they executed him with 75 others…The regime executed 50 pregnant women, including Masumeh, the sister of Mrs. Maryam Rajavi…I managed to escape prison in 1987. One year later, all of those ladies who shared the cell with me were executed in the 1988 massacre.”

Mostafa Naderi, a MEK member shared his story and said:

“I spent 11 years in prison, five of those years in solitary confinement. During the 1988 massacre, I was hospitalized because of torture. I was unconscious when they called my name for execution, and this is how I survived. In the beginning, they said nothing of the executions, claiming the prisoners were going for family visits. In many smaller cities, not even a single person survived to tell the story of the massacre. In prison, I was severely tortured. After eight months of torture, I and five other prisoners were taken to a mullah who said we would be executed that night. They took us to the place for execution. They tied our hands and we heard the guns being loaded. They fired, but they aimed a bit higher than our heads. We suffered a traumatic experience. One of the prisoners fainted and another lost his eyesight. The 1988 massacre was planned from two years before. However, the massacre continues to this day. We must stop this.

The time has come for the United Nations to launch an international independent fact-finding mission to determine the fate of victims of the 1988 massacre in Iran.

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Europe Should Support MEK, Says Irish Lawmaker

Former MP from Ireland, speaking at MEK's Free Iran rally in Stockholm

Former Irish Minister and member of the parliament, Mr. John Perry, speaking at MEK’s rally in Stockholm- Demonstrators, hold a banner, with Massoud Rajavi and Maryam Rajavi’s photo in the front row, calling for solidarity with the Iranian people’s uprising for a free Iran-July 21, 2019

The Iranian regime poses a threat to peace and stability in the Middle East and across the world, and Europe should support the main Iranian Opposition as the democratic alternative to the mullahs’ clerical dictatorship, writes former Irish Member of Parliament John Perry in an op-ed for the Eurasia Review.

 

In his August 29th opinion piece, the former lawmaker and Minister of State for Small Business wrote that the Iranian regime is “extremely unpopular among both Iranians and regional countries, and is today the greatest threat to a prosperous Iran and to stability and peace in the Middle East and the world.”

According to Mr. Perry, the regime and the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) have persecuted, tortured, and killed countless Iranians over their 40-year rule. He cited the 1988 Massacre of 30,000 political prisoners, most of whom were MEK members, as his prime example.

 

“The IRGC’s destabilizing interventions in the region have resulted in hundreds of thousands of innocent people being killed and have displaced millions,” he wrote.

A Key Component

“A key component that has been overlooked for too long is the organized Iranian opposition,” Mr. Perry continued. “Thousands of Iranians recently rallied in London to remind participants in that debate, particularly in Europe, of the democratic aspirations of the Iranian people and their coalition of opposition, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI).”

Perry explained that the MEK “played a major role in organizing and promoting a nationwide uprising at the beginning of 2018,” forcing even Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei to acknowledge their role in popularizing the message of regime change.

“More and more Iranian officials have been speaking publicly about the MEK in a way that it is evident Tehran recognizes the challenge it poses to the theocratic system. Such trends leave Western policymakers with no excuse for ignoring the resistance or denying the potential for domestically-driven regime change,” Perry emphasized.

Mr. Perry stressed that the Iranian Resistance has not asked for either financial or military support. “They have simply called on the EU to adopt a firm policy on Iran and to designate the regime’s Supreme Leader, Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, and Ministry of Intelligence as terrorist entities,” he wrote.

“No Iran expert or Western diplomat can seriously dispute the fact that these entities are involved in terrorism abroad and have been responsible for domestic repression since the 1979 revolution,” he added.

Strong Support

Perry noted that the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) has strong support both within Iran and well as among politicians across the world.

“Its progressive leader Maryam Rajavi has presented a 10-point plan for the future of Iran, which envisions and guarantees a free, democratic, secular, non-nuclear and peaceful Iran, with an independent judiciary system that respects the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,” he stated.

“Maryam Rajavi’s vision for Iran’s future will surely be beneficial to the interests of the entire international community and I am convinced that the Iranian people and their resistance movement are our best allies for bringing that future about,” Perry continued.

Support from the International Community

Mr. Perry wrote that the regime is currently at the weakest point in its 40-year history, and the NCRI believes that regime change is now within reach by the Iranian people. “Thus, the EU does not need to directly engage in the process, but must only put pressure on the Iranian regime and hold its leaders to account for their atrocities and terrorism at home and abroad,” he explained.

“This does not equate to encouraging conflict or war but rather signals to the Iranian people and their Resistance movement that it has the support of an international community that recognizes the people’s aspirations for freedom and democracy,” Perry added.

Economic Protests Spread

Meanwhile in Iran, workers and defrauded investors held at least eight protests over the course of two days to demand basic economic rights. The protests are emblematic of the growing unrest among the Iranian people as the regime continues to weaken.

Widespread corruption among Iran’s businesses, approximately half of which are controlled by the regime’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), has led to constant protests by defrauded credit customers and investors. Protests this week were held by defrauded creditors of the Shadi Gold Institution, defrauded buyers of Ramak Khodro cars, and defrauded members of the Tehran Electrical Workers’ Housing Cooperatives.

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Workers and pensioners also held a number of protests demanding their unpaid wages and pensions and striking for basic rights as workers. Protests were held by workers at HEPCO and  Farabi Petrochemical Company and pensioners at Western Azerbaijan Telecommunications company.

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A monument on the massacre of the political prisoners in Iran

New Iran HRM Report Details Regime Cover-up of Enforced Disappearances of MEK members

A monument on the massacre of the political prisoners in Iran

A monument on the 1988 massacre of the 30,000 political prisoners (mainly MEK members and supporters)

The Iranian regime has a long and brutal history of violently suppressing any individual or group that does not align with its rigid beliefs or who dares to speak in dissent. Protesters, religious minorities, journalists, and trade unionists are all frequent targets of the regime’s wrath, with the Peoples Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK) suffering the largest number of casualties at the hands of the clerical dictatorship.

Iran Human Rights Monitor (Iran HRM) released a report on Thursday detailing forced disappearances of political prisoners mainly MEK members and supporters in Iran during the 1980s and the regime’s continued persecution of the family members who seek justice for their family members who were disappeared in the 1980s or executed during the 1988 Massacre.

Enforced Disappearances

MEK peaceful rally-More than a half million MEK (PMOI) supporters attended a rally in Tehran on June 20, 1981, to protest against the mullahs' encroaching totalitarian policies and support freedom and democracy.

More than a half-million MEK supporters attended a rally in Tehran on June 20, 1981, to protest against the mullahs’ encroaching totalitarian policies and support freedom and democracy.

After the regime violently suppressed peaceful demonstrations on June 20, 1981, and firmly established its authoritarian rule, it shifted its crackdown to the MEK. This crackdown reached its climax during the 1988 Massacre 30,000 political prisoners, according to the Iran HRM report.

Over the course of a single summer, 30,000 political prisoners, most of whom were members of the MEK, were taken before extra-judicial death commissions and sentenced to execution in trials that lasted only minutes. Many of the victims, who included pregnant women and teenagers, had already completed their sentences but had not been released.

Outside of the regime’s prisons, widespread enforced disappearances were taking place at the same time. Former political prisoners and MEK supporters disappeared and were executed in secret.

According to the Iran HRM report, the victims were hanged by forklifts and cranes or from beams in partially-constructed buildings. Some were executed by firing squads. In order to expedite the murders, people were killed in groups of five or six in 30-minute intervals throughout the day.

International law states that the crime of enforced disappearance continues until the state reveals the fate or location of the individual concerned. If the disappeared individual is determined to be dead, the remains must be returned to their family. By this definition, the victims of the 1988 Massacre also count as victims of enforced disappearances under international law.

Mass Graves

The sheer number of victims made individual burial impossible, so the regime simply dumped the bodies into mass graves. There are an estimated 120 mass grave sites containing remains of victims of the 1988 Massacre and enforced disappearances, according to Iran HRM.

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The number of victims made individual burial impossible, so the regime simply dumped the bodies into mass graves

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

According to Amnesty International, the Iranian regime did not return any of the bodies of the victims of the 1988 Massacre to their families. They also did not disclose the location of the burial sites to most families, in an attempt to conceal their crimes. Some families were given a plastic bag containing the victim’s possessions, along with an order to never publicly mourn them. Few MEK families ever received death certificates.

Amnesty International reported that authorities in only five cities eventually told family members verbally that their loved ones were buried in mass graves and disclosed the locations. These officials now deny any knowledge of these graves or any other, despite satellite evidence to the contrary.

Officials in a handful of other cities gave family members the locations of individual graves and allowed them to construct headstones, but Amnesty International found that most of these graves aren’t in the cemetery’s online registry, prompting fears that the graves are empty. Several reports say that the gravestones were installed suddenly in 1988 or 1989 without prior digging, leading many to believe that officials lied to families to minimize the number of deaths from the 1988 Massacre. In 2017, one family did discover that the grave they were told their loved one rested in was empty, according to Amnesty.

Iran HRM noted that the Iranian regime has taken extreme measures to destroy all evidence of these mass graves. They have bulldozed the sites and built new cemeteries on top of them, paved over them, and constructed buildings and roads on top of the graves of their victims.

Mass grave of MEK members executed in 1988

Khavaran- A site of a mass grave for some of the MEK members and supporters that were executed during the 1988 massacre of political prisoners in Iran

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Family members of MEK who have attempted to find their loved ones’ graves have been arrested and tortured, according to Iran HRM.

Families cannot legally inquire about their relatives inside Iran.

None of the perpetrators of the 1988 Massacre have ever faced justice for their roles in this crime against humanity. Many have gone on to hold high-ranking positions within the regime. Amnesty International considers “the agonizing suffering inflicted on victims’ families for more than 30 years” is a violation of “the absolute prohibition on torture and other cruel and inhuman treatment under international law.”

Ali Saremi

MEK supporter Ali Saremi was executed by regime authorities in 2011 for his peaceful activism on behalf of the victims of the 1988 Massacre and the enforced disappearances in Iran. Serena served a total of 23 years in prison for his activism. He was arrested in 2007 for delivering a speech at Khavaran Cemetery outside Tehran, calling for justice for the victims buried in mass unmarked graves on that site, and sentenced to death.

Maryam Akbari-Monfared

Political prisoner Maryam Akbari-Monfared lost three brothers and a sister in the 1980s under regime rule. Her siblings, Roghieh and Abdolreza, were executed during the 1988 Massacre, and while the regime verbally informed Akbari-Monfared’s parents of their executions, it has never revealed where they are buried.

In February 2017, Ms. Akbari-Monfared asked the U.N. for help in finding her siblings. Because their burial locations were never disclosed, the U.N. Working Group on Involuntary and Enforced Disappearances (WGEID) has recognized the two victims as enforced disappeared persons.

Mansoureh Behkish

Mansoureh Behkish is one of the many family members of victims of the 1988 Massacre who have been targeted by the regime for seeking justice. After losing six siblings in the 1988 Massacre, she has faced persecution by the regime for a number of peaceful activities, including holding memorial services at her home for political prisoners who were executed or forcibly disappeared during the 1980s, including her sister, four brothers and a brother-in-law; visiting the families of victims; taking flowers to the site of the unmarked mass graves in Khavaran where two of her brothers are buried; and posting about the Iranian regime’s human rights violations on Facebook and other online platforms.

Raheleh Rahemipour

The regime prosecuted Raheleh Rahemipour and sentenced her to two years in prison as retaliation for filing a complaint with the United Nations. The 65-year-old human rights activist reported the forced disappearance of her brother and infant daughter during their detention in Evin in Tehran between 1983 and 1984.

Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) officials informed Ms. Rahemipour would let her go free if she withdrew her complaint from the U.N.

Acts of Impunity

high ranking officials of the Iranian regime who are responsible for crimes against humanity, and were members of the “Death Committee” during the 1988 massacre of MEK supporters, but enjoy impunity and have actually been promoted to higher positions within the mullah’s ranks.

The regime has never had to answer for its crimes against humanity, so its human rights violations continue unabated. Without fear of consequences, regime leaders have no qualms about elevating war criminals to positions of power. Former Death Commissioner Ebrahim Raisi is now the regime’s Judiciary Chief. Former Death Commissioner Mostafa Pour Mohammadi, who is now an advisor to Raisi, recently publicly defended the 1988 Massacre and further vowed to “eliminate the MEK.”

Continued Enforced Disappearances

Enforced disappearances still happen under the mullahs’ rule, and they will continue until the regime is held accountable for its crimes.

Kurdish Political Prisoners

Shirin Alam Holi, Farzad Kamangar, Ali Heidarian, and Farhad Vakili were executed by the regime in 2010. Their bodies were never returned to their families, and their places of burial have not been disclosed. The UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances recently recognized all four of these cases as enforced disappearances and as such, has asked regime officials to submit documentation of the victims’ fates and locations.

Zanyar Moradi, Loghman Moradi, and Ramin Hossein Panah were executed on September 8, 2018. The executions took place despite widespread condemnation from the international community and months of protests by human rights organizations. Regime authorities refused to release the victims’ bodies to their families for burial.

University Student Protester

Saeed Zeinali was arrested on July 10, 1999, five days after widespread student protests took place across Iran. Zeinali, who was a 22-year-old Computer Science Major at Tehran University at the time of his arrest, has not been seen or heard from since a brief phone call three months after his arrest. Regime officials deny that any knowledge of his arrest.

An Ongoing Nightmare

For the families of the victims of the 1988 Massacre, the crime is far from over. “The families of those secretly killed in the 1988 prison massacres are still living through a nightmare. They and many others in Iran are haunted by the thousands of missing bodies, which have cast a specter over the country’s justice system to this day,” said Philip Luther, Middle East, and North Africa Research and Advocacy Director at Amnesty International.

“It is misguided to view the 1988 mass killings as historical events. The enforced disappearances are ongoing and, 30 years later, victims’ families continue to be tormented by anguish and uncertainty over the fate of their loved ones,” he added.

A Call to Action

The MEK and the Iranian Resistance urge the international community, the U.N. Security Council, the U.N. Human Rights Council and its member states, all other relevant United Nations agencies, the European Union, and all advocates of human rights and justice to end impunity for the perpetrators of the 1988 massacre.

The international community, particularly the U.N., Is obligated to hold Iran responsible for its role in this crime. The Iranian regime will continue to flagrantly violate human rights laws as long as it knows it can act without consequences.

The U.N. must refer to the dossier of human rights violations in Iran, particularly the enforced disappearances of the 1980s and the 1988 Massacre, to the U.N. Security Council.

The MEK urges the U.N. to conduct an independent investigation into the fates of the victims of forced disappearances during the 1988 Massacre.

“Crimes against humanity are exactly what the term suggests: crimes so serious that they concern not only their victims, survivors and the state in question but also humanity as a whole,” stated Amnesty International’sPhilip Luther, in calling for an international investigation into the 1988 Massacre.

“U.N. member states must use every opportunity, including the upcoming review of Iran’s human rights record at the U.N. Human Rights Council in November, to press the Iranian government to identify mass graves and reveal the fate and whereabouts of all victims of these tragic events,” he added.

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