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Iranians Protest Unpaid Wages, Regime Suppression, and Unfair Rules in Daily Acts of Rebellion

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Photo Credit to Mojahedin.org-Protest by various sectors of the society in Iran continues.

Anti-regime protests in Iran continue on a daily basis in response to the country’s failing economy, government corruption, and human rights abuses. These protests have continued for over a year, despite the regime’s repeated attempts to suppress them.

The following is an abbreviated list of some of the protests that have taken place in Iran and reported by MEK sources, over the past week :

Railway Workers

On Tuesday, railway workers in Tabriz launched a strike in protest of unpaid wages. Regime officials attempted to intimidate the workers, but despite their threats, the striking employees of the Islamic Republic Railroad Company blocked the railroad tracks and prevented the train from entering the station.

 

Unpaid wages for railway workers in Iran have been an ongoing issue, leading to several protests over the past year. The Tabriz railway workers went on strike for several days in January to protest unpaid wages but ended their strike after the regime promised to pay their wages in full. Unfortunately, authorities have not made good on these promises, and the railway workers were forced to strike again.

Meanwhile, in Shahrud, railway workers continued their strike for the fourth consecutive day on Tuesday. The Shahrud railway workers launched their strike on Sunday in response to unpaid wages.

Railroad workers in Hormozgan and Kerman have launched similar strikes over the past week. The workers are all demanding that their overdue wages be paid.

Regime authorities have refused to take responsibility for the problem, claiming that other organizations and authorities bear the responsibility for paying the railway workers. The Islamic Republic Railroad Company claims that its subcontractors are responsible for paying the workers’ wages.

 

While the regime passes blame, the workers who maintain Iran’s railroads are left without the means to feed their families or meet their basic needs. The MEK has reported on numerous strikes over the past year by workers who were forced to protest because their wages were withheld for months. The regime refuses to acknowledge its patterns of denying its people pay for their work.

University Students

On Tuesday, students at Tehran University protested against the university’s imposition of arbitrary rules in its housing system. Earlier this week, school regulators canceled the housing of several students at the university. The students were living in the married students’ dormitory. Students were angered by the action and scheduled a number of protests in response.

Taxi Drivers

On Tuesday, taxi drivers in Dorud rallied in front of the governor’s office to protest the arrest of their colleagues. They chanted, “Imprisoned drivers must be freed!”

The taxi drivers were arrested after another demonstration on Saturday in protest of poor working conditions. The regime responded to that protest by raiding the homes of the protesters after the demonstration and arresting four of them.

 

The drivers refused to be intimidated by the regime’s acts of suppression and gathered again on Tuesday to demand the release of their colleagues and to continue their protests for better working conditions.

The MEK’s Resistance Units work with protesters on the ground and through social media to organize and spread the word of strikes and demonstrations. Dissent can no longer be suppressed, and the people’s voices are being heard. The cries for regime change grow louder each day.

 

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Javad Zarif Resigns in Wake of Widespread Foreign Policy Failure

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MEK protesters rally in front of the Munich Security Conference, condemning Javad Zarif’s presence at the conference and asking for his accountability for 40 years of terror and executions in Iran and in the region-February 17, 2019

On Monday night Iranian regime Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif announced his resignation in an Instagram post, which read, in part: “I apologize for my inability to continue serving and all the shortcomings during my tenure.”

Zarif’s resignation made headlines around the world within hours of his Instagram post, and regime state-run media outlets rushed to confirm the story.

The Fars news agency confirmed Zarif’s resignation in an interview with their foreign affairs reporter, who said that “an informed source close to the Foreign Minister confirmed this report.”

Zarif’s departure is the latest in a series of international crises facing the regime. The re-imposition of sanctions following the U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal has further weakened the already struggling Iranian economy, the regime recently failed to meet the terms necessary to retain its membership in the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), and the European Union has taken a series of measures to sanction Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) agents and expel regime diplomats over the past year because of their involvement in terrorist activities.

Munich Security Conference

Zarif has recently come under pressure for his role in the regime’s terrorist plots and meddling in the Middle East. Earlier this month, world leaders from sixty countries gathered in Warsaw to discuss Iran’s role in fostering instability in the Middle East. Days later Zarif lost his temper when asked a series of tough questions while attending the Munich Security Conference in Germany.

 

Zarif, who was clearly rattled by the presence of hundreds of MEK protesters calling for his ejection from the conference, was unable to coherently answer questions about the regime’s terrorist plots on European soil in 2018. Instead, he chose to vilify the MEK: the intended victims of the regime’s plots.

“The United States is listening to the wrong folks… what is clear is that there are people in Europe who have been on Europe’s terrorism list up until 2012,” Zarif said. “What happened all of a sudden that they were withdrawn from the terrorism list?… In 1998, the U.S. put the MEK on the terrorism list and in 2012 they took them off the terrorism list.”

 

Zarif continued his off-topic rant with angry words directed at high-ranking U.S. officials. “[U.S. President Donald Trump’s lawyer] Rudy Giuliani spoke yesterday for the MEK. [U.S. National Security Advisor] John Bolton has spoken for the MEK. John Bolton is angry because he promised the MEK that he would celebrate in 2019 in Iran with them. They are still in Paris,” he added.

MEK Protests

Zarif’s unhinged behavior at the Munich Conference was most likely a contributing factor to his sudden resignation, but his tantrum in Germany was reflective of the regime’s frustration with international relations. When Zarif arrived at the Munich Security Conference, he was greeted by hundreds of MEK supporters holding signs and banners calling him a terrorist and demanding that he be expelled from the conference. They chanted, “Terrorist Zarif, out of Munich!” and “Kick Javad Zarif out!”

MEK Supporters Protest for Zarif’s Expulsion from Munich Security Conference

As a member of the regime’s Supreme National Security Council, Zarif plays a key role in all decisions regarding terrorist attacks and assassinations. The MEK protesters in Munich urged the international community to expel Zarif because of his terrorist actions and to recognize the right of the Iranian people to rise up and overthrow their oppressors.

 

The MEK previously held protests this month in Paris and at the Warsaw Conference. All three protests were attended by hundreds of members of the Iranian diaspora and included well-respected speakers who called for the international community to recognize the right of the Iranian people to overthrow the mullahs’ regime and establish a free Iran.

 

This series of large and well-organized protests across Europe in such a short period of time has left the regime angry and afraid. The mullahs already see the MEK as an existential threat, so the presence of an organized resistance that can follow international conferences around the world has become a thorn in the side of regime leaders. The Munich protesters appear to have caused Zarif to have a total meltdown. The Iranian Resistance grows stronger by the day; the regime grows weaker. Freedom is close at hand.

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Zarif Resigns as Protesters Protest His Planned Speech in Geneva

MEK's supporters protest outside HRC40 in Geneva

MEK supporters rally opposite UN Geneva amid the Fortieth Session of the Human Rights Council, to protest Javad Zarif’s planned speech at the council. Protesters called for regime’s accountability for the 1988 massacre of 30,000 political prisoners and for the ongoing violations of human rights in Iran, urging the UN to expel regime’s representatives from the Council.

Members of the Iranian diaspora across Europe and their international allies gathered in Geneva to protest the arrival of the regime’s foreign minister Javad Zarif at the UN. As the UN’s fortieth Human Rights Council convened, the Iranian resistance used Zarif’s arrival as an opportunity to draw attention to the glaring human rights violations perpetuated by the Iranian regime.

A Violent and Bloody Regime

Under current President Hassan Rouhani, the Iranian regime has carried out at least 3,590 executions, including 30 executions on those that were juveniles when the crime was allegedly committed. This figure makes Iran the country with the highest rate of executions per capita in the world.

As members of the Iranian resistance protested the regime’s atrocities in Geneva, they carried images of those executed by the mullahs over the forty years of their tyrannical rule. They also carried banners condemning the regime’s 1988 massacre of the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK).

Over the space of a single summer in 1988, the clerical regime executed around 30,000 members of the political opposition group, the MEK. In Geneva, a small exhibit dedicated to the 30,000 victims of the massacre was erected. The protestors echoed Amnesty International’s recent calls for the UN to open an investigation into the massacre and hold those accountable to justice.

Ending the Mullahs Export of Terror

The protestors also expressed their anger and dismay at the regime’s state-sponsored terror activities that played out across Europe and the West in 2018. The regime was involved in the planning of terror attacks in France, Albania, and the US.

The protestors in Geneva called on the European governments to expel Iranian diplomats and prevent the regime using diplomatic buildings and figures as cover for underground terror activities. The protestors held banners with messages stating that there is no place in the UN for executioners and terrorist-agents.

Infighting in Within the Regime Leadership

As protestors gathered, Javad Zarif issued his resignation in a surprise twist of events. His resignations underscored protestors messages that the Iranian regime is in turmoil. Infighting has caused deep rifts in the leadership, which most likely prompted Zarif’s sudden resignation.

Explaining the decision, the National Council of Resistance of Iran’s (NCRI’s) Mohammad Mohaddessin tweeted, “Zarif’s resignation for whatever reason and regardless of the outcome, indicates [an] escalation of the crisis and internal power struggle in the regime, also its international failures.”

Mohaddessin said, “in the past 5.5 years, Zarif tried to create a façade of a “moderate image” for Iran’s religious fascism and pave the way for trade with the regime,” he added, “Zarif’s time has come to an end. Whether his resignation is finalized or overturned… [the] world will no longer be duped by Rouhani & Zarif.”

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MEK Iran-Iranian Communities in Europe Prepare to Demonstrate Javad Zarif’s Arrival at the UN

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Rally in Geneva, to protest Iranian regime’s top diplomat terrorist the current Human Rights Council in Geneva-February 26, 2019

Iranian communities across Europe and supporters of the MEK will travel to the United Nation’s headquarters on the 26th of February to protest the arrival of Javad Zarif, the Iranian regime’s foreign minister. Between 2.30pm and 4.30pm, the Iranian opposition and their international allies will protest at Place des Nations and call for the Iranian regime and Javad Zarif´s immediate removal from the United Nations.

Rouhani's record of terror and executions in Iran

Rouhani’s record on violations of human rights during his tenure.

Zarif is part of the regime leadership that has organized at least 120,000 executions of Iranian citizens. It has routinely employed torture and terrorism. Medieval torture methods have been permitted to return to Iran, including stoning, eye gouging, and sleep deprivation.

The UN General Assembly has condemned the regime’s use of torture on 65 separate occasions, yet still welcomes regime figures into the UN General Assembly.

A Year of Shame

Speaking about the human rights abuses carried out in Iran, human rights group Amnesty International’s the Middle East and North Africa Research and Advocacy Director, Philip Luther, said, “2018 will go down in history as a ‘year of shame’ for Iran.”

The Iranian regime responded to a growing protest movement by intensifying its bloody crackdown on political dissent and free speech. The regime arrested at least 7,000 protestors in the twelve-month period, with many of them languishing in regime custody on arbitrary charges.

In December, Amnesty International revealed the findings of its investigation into the 1988 massacre of the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK). The regime executed 30,000 MEK members in a single summer in 1988. The lack of international response, both at the time and since the massacre, has empowered the Iranian regime and led it to conclude that it can carry out violent human rights abuses with impunity.

Changing Times?

There are signs of change on the horizon, however, the change will only materialize if the Iranian community, both at home and abroad, applies pressure to international organizations like the UN.

Amnesty International issued a statement to the UN Human Rights Council calling for the group to investigate the Iranian regime and its conduct in 1988 in its next session.

It is in this vein that the Alliance for Public Awareness-Iranian Communities in Europe (APA-ice) invites all Iranians to participate in the upcoming demonstration in Geneva. It is up to the Iranian diaspora living in Europe to give their family and friends in Iran voices. The regime is doing everything it can to silence these voices, but they must, and will, be heard.

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Iranian Regime Denies Life-Saving Medical Care to Political Prisoner

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Arash Sadeghi, a political prisoner, that has been denied medical care

The Iranian regime is once again refusing to allow a critically ill political prisoner access to lifesaving medical care. Arash Sadeghi has a rare form of bone cancer and is being denied a transfer for specialized medical treatment, despite the recommendations of his doctors and his deteriorating condition.

The 38-year-old Sadeghi was sentenced to 19 years in prison for his peaceful human rights activism, which included speaking to Amnesty International and media outlets about human rights and the illegal 2009 Presidential election in Iran. He was convicted of “acting against national security, attending protests, defamation of the supreme leader, forming illegal groups, and propaganda against the regime” and sentenced to 15 years. He had been given a four-year suspended sentence in an earlier trial, and this was added to his new conviction.

Sadeghi disputes these charges, saying that they were fabricated by the regime judiciary and the Revolutionary Guard Corps.

Sadeghi has had medical issues since being transferred to Raja’i Shahr prison in Karaj in June 2016. Physicians believe that his problems stem from an untreated shoulder infection that developed after surgery, leaving him with severe arm pain. Infections are common in Iranian prisons, where hygiene conditions are poor and medical care is substandard.

Sadeghi was finally sent to a medical center, where doctors found a malignant tumor in his shoulder and recommended that he be transferred immediately to a hospital where he could receive treatment for cancer. Prison authorities blocked this request, though, and denied all requests for further treatment. Sadeghi has even been denied checkups by prison doctors. Sadeghi was initially not even informed that he had cancer.

Sadeghi has been denied hospital care since September, and his shoulder infection continues to worsen. He is no longer able to move his right arm at all.

Amnesty International Campaign

Amnesty International launched a campaign in September in an attempt to compel the Iranian regime to transfer Sadeghi to the Cancer Institute. The Amnesty Campaign followed an earlier plea to the Prosecutor’s office in Tehran from Sadeghi’s family to authorize his transfer so that he could undergo further tests.

The Amnesty campaign stated: “Arash’s life is hanging in the balance – medical staffs are saying that “time is of the essence” … The Iranian authorities [need] to release Arash immediately and ensure he gets the specialized medical care he needs.”

The campaign gathered 11,000 signatures but was ignored by the Prosecutor’s office and prison authorities. Sadeghi is still badly in need of treatment.

The regime is well-known for its treatment of political prisoners. In 1988, the regime rounded up 30,000 political prisoners, most of them MEK members, and executed them in groups because of their political beliefs. The regime has still not been held accountable for this crime against humanity, despite calls from numerous human rights groups, including Amnesty International, and the families of the MEK members who were massacred.

Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee

Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee, Sadeghi’s wife, is also currently a political prisoner in an Iranian prison. Iraee was given a six-year sentence after security forces discovered a fictional story she had written in a journal during a raid of her home. Iraee’s story was about women who were stoned to death by the Iranian regime, a practice that is still in use today.

Iraee was hospitalized at the time of her trial and was unable to mount a defense on her behalf. The judge in her trial, Abolqasem Salavati, refused to postpone the proceedings until she could be present and convicted her in absentia of “collusion against national security,” “propaganda against the state,” “spreading lies in cyberspace,” and “insulting the founder of the Islamic Republic [regime Supreme Leader Ali Khameini]. Her conviction was upheld on appeal.

Sadeghi went on a 71-day hunger strike to protest his wife’s sentence. The strike received international attention but left him with a number of health issues.

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Maryam Rajavi Addresses Conference entitled “Iran Perspectives: 2019”

Maryam Rajavi addresses the French MPs in a conference held at the Parliament building.

Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the Iranian opposition, addressed MPs and attendees at the Conference, “Iran Perspective 2019” held at Colbert Hall in the French Parliament building-February 21, 2019

On Thursday, the Parliamentary Committee for a Democratic Iran at the French National Assembly held a conference, entitled “Iran Perspectives: 2019.”  The event called for a firm policy in Europe toward the Iranian regime in light of its terrorist activities on European soil and its human rights abuses of its own people.

French Committee of Parliamentarians for a Free Iran Holds a Conference Discussing Future Policy Towards Iran

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi was one of several speakers at the conference. In her speech, she refuted the idea that moderates exist in the Iranian regime, then discussed the regime’s terrorist activities in Europe, the role of the MEK in the ongoing protests in Iran, and the regime’s demonization campaign against the MEK. She also urged the French government to recognize the right of the Iranian people to rise up and overthrow the mullahs’ regime and create a free Iran.

No “Moderate”

In her speech, Mrs. Rajavi said that many Western leaders initially saw regime President Hassan

Rouhani's record of terror and executions in Iran

Rouhani’s record on violations of human rights during his tenure.

Rouhani as a “moderate” who was “able to bring about positive change in the theocratic regime.” Mrs. Rajavi disputed this idea, saying, “It was under this pretext, that western governments gave great concessions to the mullahs’ religious dictatorship.”

Rajavi noted Rouhani’s record as regime President: “Thousands of executions; several massacres in camps Ashraf and Liberty where members of the PMOI/MEK used to reside; wasting of Iran’s revenues on fomenting wars in the region; terrorist operations by the Ministry of Intelligence (MOIS) which he commands; and the missile program of the Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). As a result of which the majority of the people of Iran have become destitute.”

Terrorist Activities

She then enumerated the many terrorist plots by the regime that have occurred under Rouhani’s leadership: “He assigned his Ministry of Intelligence and diplomats to launch a major terrorist operation against the Iranian Resistance’s grand gathering in Villepinte. The sanctions imposed on the mullahs’ Intelligence Ministry by France and the European Union further confirmed that Rouhani’s government was the perpetrator of the plot.

“Although their attack in France was ill-fated, they did not give up. They hatched further schemes. A terrorist plot in Denmark; an espionage and terrorist plot against members of the Iranian Resistance in the U.S.; espionage in the army of Germany and attacking the supporters of the Iranian Resistance in that country; and in March 2018, they failed in another major terrorist attack against a PMOI/MEK gathering in Albania.”

December 2017 Uprising

Mrs. Rajavi then described the uprising and subsequent nationwide protest movement that began in Iran in December 2017 and continues today, “drastically destabiliz[ing] the regime.” She further discussed the economic catastrophe facing the country in terms of high inflation, slow economic growth, and high unemployment. “These are the characteristics of the Iranian economy in the present circumstances,” she said. “It is reminiscent of a building on the verge of collapse. Nevertheless, the regime has increased its next year’s budget for military and security expenditures.”

MEK Resistance Units

Rajavi went on to discuss the MEK’s Resistance Units. “A new force has emerged to counter the mullahs, the Resistance Units. These units are made up of members and supporters of the Iranian Resistance. They come from among the younger and freedom-loving generation of Iranians.”

Mrs. Rajavi emphasized the influence that the Resistance Units have had on organizing the Iranian people in their anti-regime protests. “In the past year,” she said, “the Resistance Units have spread their anti-regime activities to dozens of cities across the country. They have turned into beacons of hope for the people of Iran.”

Demonization Campaign

The Iranian regime is very aware of the MEK’s power and influence, according to Mrs. Rajavi, and has stepped up its efforts to spread “falsities against the Iranian Resistance.”

“The theocratic regime ruling Iran spends exorbitant sums of money on creating a network of reporters who are friends of the Ministry of Intelligence,” said Mrs. Rajavi. “Through them, the regime deploys the foreign press against the Iranian Resistance to project that the regime does not have any alternatives and the interests of western countries are best served by dealing with their regime.”

End the Era of Appeasement

Mrs. Rajavi argued that it is clear that Rouhani is no moderate and that the time for appeasing Tehran is passed.

“Turning a blind eye to the Iranian Resistance is not only to the detriment of the people of Iran but also to the detriment of the Middle East and the world who are in this way deprived of the key to the Iranian problem,” Rajavi said.

She continued, “It is wrong to worry about regime change by the Iranian people and resistance. Iran will not crumble in the course of such change. Rather, the main obstacle to Iran’s progress and the main cause of wars and crisis in the region will thus be removed.”

Mrs. Rajavi urged the French government to recognize the right of the Iranian people to rise up against their oppressors and initiate a “bold policy” in the E.U. She described this policy as one that  “places France and Europe besides the people of Iran and would respect the Iranian people’s struggle for freedom and democracy. The right of the Iranian people’s Resistance to overthrow the mullahs’ religious dictatorship must be recognized.”

Maryam Rajavi, the president-elect of the Iranian opposition, addressing the conference “Iran Perspective 2019” held at the French Assemblee Nationale building- February 21, 2019

Rajavi emphasized that the NCRI and the MEK represent a well-organized movement with a plan for the orderly transition to a peaceful democracy in Iran after the fall of the mullahs’ regime. “This is the message of the Iranian people’s liberating uprisings and the Resistance Units,” she said. “I must stress that our Resistance is an accountable, dedicated and qualified movement which has a modified plan for the future of Iran.”

Mrs. Rajavi concluded her speech with a brief description of the NCRI’s political platform, which forms the backbone of her ten-point plan for Iran’s democratic. future. She said, “We enjoy our people’s support in seeking to establish a republic based on the separation of religion and state, gender equality, the abolition of the death penalty, an independent judiciary, autonomy for ethnic groups, a foreign policy based on peaceful co-existence, and a non-nuclear Iran.”

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Mohseni Eje’ii, the regime’s First Deputy Minister and Spokesman of Iran regime's Judiciary

Iranian Regime Judiciary Blocks Anti-Domestic Violence Bill, Citing Fears that Men Would Be Punished for “Minor Violations”

Mohseni Eje’ii, the regime’s First Deputy Minister and Spokesman of Iran regime's Judiciary

Gholam-Hossein Mohseni Eje’ii, the Iranian regime’s First Deputy Minister and Spokesman of the notorious Judiciary, during a news briefing in Tehran

The Iranian regime’s Judiciary struck another blow against women’s rights recently when it blocked passage of the Provision of Security for Women Against Violence (PSW) bill. The all-male Judiciary called for fundamental revisions to the bill, citing concerns that jailing men for domestic abuse might weaken the family structure.

The PSW bill would impose penalties, including jail time, for men found guilty of domestic violence. The regime has blocked passage of this bill in one form or another for thirteen years. Meanwhile, women in Iran are left with no recourse when dealing with abusive spouses.

Gholam-Hossein Mohseni Eje’ii, the regime’s First Deputy Minister and Spokesman of the Judiciary, commented on the Judiciary’s call for revisions. “The objective of adopting this bill is to fortify the family environment so that women, spouses, and others, would feel secure in every respect,” he said. “Now, the question is whether the articles contained in the PSW bill provide such security or not.”

“De-imprisonment”

Eje’ii claimed that the Iranian regime has a policy of “de-imprisonment” and that the bill prescribes  jail time for every “minor violation.” In order to violate the law, one would have to physically assault a woman, so Eje’ii’s second statement is in keeping with the regime’s general attitude that women are of little value. As for his claim about “de-imprisonment,” Iran’s prisons are so overcrowded that inmates are forced to sleep on floors and in hallways. Iranian prisons are currently filled to between three and four times their capacity, so if the regime’s policy is to de-imprison its citizens, the policy is a spectacular failure.

“Greatest Blow to Women and Families”

Eje’ii went on to justify the Judiciary’s demand for revisions, saying, “The PSW bill contained numerous problems so much that it could not be reformed. The solution is to draft a totally different bill or to reform the existing bill only in collaboration with the government.”

Hadi Sadeqi, the Cultural Deputy of the Judiciary, used similar arguments when he claimed that the PSW bill was fundamentally flawed. Sadeqi claimed that the bill could not support women while sending their husbands to jails. He further characterized the imprisonment of domestic abusers as “the greatest blow to women and families.”

Sadeqi said, “When a woman sends her husband to jail, then that man can never be a husband for her again, and the woman must accept the risk of getting divorced in advance.”

The idea that it is better for a woman to live in an unsafe home with a violent man than to see that man face consequences for his actions is reprehensible. The fact that the possibility of divorce should lay at the feet of the victim of domestic violence and used as a deterrent for her to report his crime is abhorrent. The ideology behind the statement that a man “can never be a husband” after being called to account for a violent attack on his wife is disgusting.

The failure, after thirteen years, of the Iranian regime to pass the PSW bill and the justifications by the Judiciary after the most sabotage reveal the ugly truth about the regime’s attitude toward women. The level of disdain by the mullahs toward women is so ingrained as to be unchangeable. The women and families of Iran deserve better.

An Alternative for Iran

The MEK and National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) are fighting for a better future for Iran. Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the NCRI, has a ten-point plan for a free and democratic Iran that includes gender equality and equal representation in government as a key tenet. The men and women of the MEK and the NCRI are working for an Iran in which families are strong and violence against women is not accepted or justified. When women are oppressed, society as a whole suffers. No one is truly free in a society where half of those living in it are deprived of basic rights.

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Conference "Future of Iran in 2019"

French Committee of Parliamentarians for a Free Iran Holds a Conference Discussing Future Policy Towards Iran

Conference "Future of Iran in 2019"

Maryam Rajavi, the president-elect of the Iranian opposition (NCRI), addressing a conference at Colbert Hall at the French Parliament -February 21, 2019

On Thursday, the Committee of Parliamentarians for a Free Iran (CPID) organized a meeting in the Colbert Hall at the French Parliament on the Iranian people’s fight for freedom. The meeting’s purpose was to chart Iranian human rights abuses and the role the clerical regime plays in state-sponsored terror and explore the role the French Government can play in the Iranian people’s journey towards a democratic Iran.

A Dire Situation in Iran

Andre Chassaigne opened the speeches with a scathing review of the Iranian regime’s human rights record. “The human rights situation in Iran is catastrophic,” he said, “between 2013 and 2019 more than 3,600 people were executed.”

He lamented the fate of Iran’s lorry drivers. “During last year, at least 268 lorry drivers were arrested in Iran,” he said, referring to the string of lorry drivers’ strikes that saw protestors arrested and threatened with death sentences for their involvement in the protests.

When Member of the French Parliament, Mr. Herve Saulignac took the floor, he outlined the regime’s involvement in murders on European soil. “It’s necessary to have a demanding approach to the regime,” in the wake of the regime’s violent and nefarious schemes on French soil. “But the strength of France is to stand alongside the Iranian people and their aspirations for a free Iran”, he stressed.

In June last year, the Iranian regime plotted to detonate a car bomb in Paris at the annual Grand Gathering of the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK), a prominent Iranian opposition pro-democracy group. The would-be assassins, a Belgian-Iranian couple traveling to the event in an explosive-laden vehicle, were apprehended by European authorities en-route to Paris.

The Need for Firm Action

The President-elect of the Iranian opposition, Maryam Rajavi, addressed the French Parliamentarians at the conference on Thursday. She had a message for the French government in the wake of the failed attack. “I urge the French government to initiate a bold policy in the EU,” she said.

She argued that the regime today is in a vulnerable state. “The mullahs are badly in need of political and commercial relations with Europe. Nonetheless, they cannot forgo terrorist operations in the heart of Europe… they are much weaker than is conceived,” she said.

She described how MEK resistance units are mobilizing the Iranian people and Iran’s “younger and freedom-loving generation.” She added they “have spread their anti-regime activities to dozens of cities across the country.”

“The policy of appeasement must be terminated,” Maryam Rajavi said, adding, “tying hopes to investments in and commercial deals with Iran is an illusion.” Pursuing a policy of appeasement, she argued, “is not only to the detriment of the people of Iran but also to the detriment of the Middle East and the world.”

Member of the Parliament, Frederic Reiss followed Maryam Rajavi at the podium and pledged his support to the Iranian people’s cause. “You have our support,” he said. “The Iranian people deserve Freedom and Democracy,” he added.

Two Types of Terrorism

Ingrid Betancourt, the Columbian politician, accused the regime in Iran of “practicing two kinds of terrorism”. “Hard terrorism,” she said,” to kill, and mild terrorism, to dis-inform and slander the NCRI and the resistance(The MEK).”

Tahar Boumedra echoed Ingrid Betancourt’s sentiments. He denounced the regime’s use of the Western media to spread lies and disinformation. “The media should apologize for their wrongdoings,” he added.

Boumedra went on to call for a UN investigation into the regime’s crimes against humanity, including its execution of 30,000 political prisoners in the summer of 1988.

Madame Vaucouleurs, the president of the CPID, closed out the speeches. She concluded the event by welcoming the committee’s progress, particularly its decision to meet with victims of repression at the hands of the Iranian regime. Her final words were to reiterate that the goal of the MEK and its allies, “is not to monopolize power in Iran, but to hand it over to the people for that it has been structured and has a program.”

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Spiegel hit piece against MEK

Why Der Spiegel is Little More than a Regime Mouthpiece

Spiegel hit piece against MEK

Spiegel published a full of lies story about MEK, Iran’s main opposition force, raising an outrage among the Iranian communities-February 2019

Der Spiegel, a German magazine, published a hit piece against the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK) and the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI). The piece, entitled “Prisoners of the Rebellion”, went to press on February 16 and contained a host of mistruths and lies about the Iranian opposition groups.

The article spouted the regime’s propaganda without meeting even the basic principles of journalistic integrity. The authors declined to visit the MEK’s compound in Albania and ignored correspondences with the NCRI in which the pro-democracy group sent documents disproving the regime’s allegations. Instead, the writers spent time with the regime’s Basij agents in Iran, interviewed members of the regime’s Ministry of Intelligence (MOIS) disguised as former MEK members without dealing with the group itself directly.

Waiting for the Perfect Time

Nothing demonstrates that the piece was little more than a poorly-informed hatched job against the MEK more than the timing of the piece.

In a statement released following the article’s publication, the NCRI revealed that it had been in communication with Der Spiegel’s deputy foreign editor, Mr Mathieu von Rohr, who had confirmed that the article was due to be published on November 24, 2018.

The article’s publication was delayed until “a time that the Iranian regime needed such “support,” the NCRI’s statement read. The recent conference in Warsaw which saw more than 60 governments from nations around the world come together to explore ways of dealing with the Iranian threat clearly prompted Der Spiegel to believe that this was the time the regime needed the “support” the article could lend.

The article was immediately picked up by all the Iranian state-run media outlets, which centered their coverage on the baseless allegations that the MEK carried out massacres and brutal acts of torture at its base in Albania.

Snubbed Invitations

The NCRI’s statement shows that the MEK and the NCRI had been in contact with von Rohr in the run-up to the article’s publication and were aware of the allegations about to be levied against them.

In a gesture of transparency, the MEK invited Der Spiegel to visit the group’s residence in Albania. The group frequently invites politicians and dignitaries to the compound, most recently former Scottish MEP Struan Stevenson and former Bundestag President Rita Sussmuth both visited the compound. However, Der Spiegel did not reply to the group’s invitation. The magazine clearly had no inclination of getting to the truth of the matter and instead preferred to accept the regime’s lies at face value.

The regime sent a letter instead. The NCRI’s statement claims that Mathieu von Rohr sent a letter with ten questions for the MEK and gave a deadline of one week for the group to answer said questions.

The NCRI’s statement reports that the questions included several regime-originated mistruths and propaganda statements. For example, the first question asked if MEK members were not permitted to use cell phones, clocks, and calendars, an often-touted regime lie.

The NCRI and MEK replied to the ten questions in a 6,600-word reply just four days later. In this letter, they once again extended an invitation to Der Spiegel and implored them to visit the MEK compound. Given that this letter was sent on November 18, and the final article was not published until February 16, there was ample time for Der Spiegel to dispatch reporters to the compound to conduct journalistic due diligence and investigate the regime’s lies.

A Close Relationship

Although Der Spiegel did not publish the article on the intended date of November 24, it did share the article with the Iranian regime. On November 24, the Nejat Association, an offshoot of the regime’s MOIS published a Der Spiegel interview with former MEK member, Gholamreza Shekari. The interview was eventually included in the final Der Spiegel piece.

The fact that the Iranian regime was able to publish segments of the article several months before Der Spiegel published the piece, demonstrates close ties and deep cooperation between the German magazine and the Iranian regime.

Following the publication of the interview, in which Gholamreza, a close regime affiliate, repeated the regime’s usual lies, the NCRI reached out to Der Spiegel once more. The letter read, “what the Iranian people will not forget and will not forgive are the war crimes and the crimes committed by this regime against humanity.” The letter reiterated that these crimes had gone unnoticed and unreported by Der Spiegel.

“The appeasement of the mullahs at the expense of the Iranian people and their suffering and the blood of hundreds of thousands of tortured and executed political prisoners are truly disgusting,” it added.

Finally, the letter concluded, “the regime may reiterate its vile defamation of the PMOI (MEK) with labels such as personality cult, domination, anti-democratic structure and sect as often as it wishes: this will not stop the fall of this regime, a process in which the PMOI (MEK) is at the forefront. The process that will lead to the demise of the mullahs has begun and is irreversible.”

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Hassan Rouhani speaking at the UN

MEK-Iran: Rouhani Reverses Course and Admits that the Regime is Facing “Tough Days”

Hassan Rouhani speaking at the UN

Archive photo-Hassan Rouhani speaking at the United Nations in September 2013,while the supporters of MEK protest outside the UN building in New York.

In a recent meeting with the Hormozgan Province council, Iranian regime President Hassan Rouhani said that Iran is going through “tough days,” a sharp reversal in tone from his statements to the Iranian people, in which he glossed over the country’s problems and presented a false picture of Iran’s future.

The Failure of “Hope Therapy”

Rouhani’s previous strategy of “hope therapy” involved a complete denial and neglect of the multiple crises facing Iran. After the United States withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal last year, it re-imposed sanctions, which worsened the already struggling Iranian economy. After the final and most severe wave of sanctions on Iran’s oil industry went into effect in November 2018, Rouhani claimed that the sanctions had no effect on the regime. This was while the Iranian rial plummeted in value, inflation skyrocketed, and economic protests raged in the streets of Iran.

A “War Situation”

In the February 17th meeting in the southern province of Iran, Rouhani characterized the ongoing unrest in Iran as a “war situation.” He said, “

On February 17, 2019, Rouhani attended Hormozgan Province’s council meeting and described the ongoing circumstances in Iran as a “war situation,” saying, “We must understand the current tidings in Iran and recognize what the situation is. Some people don’t believe that we are in a war situation. In war, you can be attacked by mortars, artillery firings, bombing and also direct bullets; sn Bandar-e Abbas. Just compare how many ships were berthing in our ports last year and how many are berthing now. We have so many problems due to sanctions. Our days are not easy, we are going through tough days.”

The Real Cause of Iran’s Economic Crisis

The Iranian regime first claimed that the re-imposed sanctions would have no effect, and now they are attempting to pin the blame for Iran’s economic catastrophe entirely on the same sanctions. The fact is that neither of these statements is true. While the U.S. sanctions have exacerbated the issues facing Iran, the country’s financial crisis began long before 2018. The mullahs’ incompetence, corruption, and mismanagement of Iran’s wealth have steadily eroded the middle-class and driven the majority of Iranians into poverty.

 

In December of 2017, thousands of Iranians took to the streets in a massive anti-regime uprising. The nationwide protests began largely as a result of widespread dissatisfaction with the country’s crumbling economy and fueled the Resistance movement that continues today, led by the MEK. People in cities and towns across Iran protest on a daily basis, chanting slogans such as, “Let go of Syria and think about us!” and “Our enemy is right here, they are lying when they say the enemy is the U.S.!”

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