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3 day visit by German delegation to Ashraf 3, MEK's compound in Albania

A German Delegation Visits the MEK Compound in Albania

3 day visit by German delegation to Ashraf 3, MEK's compound in Albania

The former President of the German Bundestag, Rita Süssmuth leads the German delegation in their visit to MEK Compound in Albania

3 day visit by German delegation to Ashraf 3, MEK's compound in Albania

A 3 day visit to Ashraf 3-MEK’s Compound in Albania – by a high profile German delegation , consist of the former President of the German Bundestag, Rita Süssmuth
Member of the German Parliament, Martin Patzelt, and Christian Zimmerman, a known human rights activist in Germany

From the 21st to the 23rd of October, the former President of the German Bundestag, Rita Süssmuth led a delegation to Ashraf 3. The group visited the exiled members of the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK) living in the compound near the Albanian capital of Tirana.

Whilst there, Süssmuth, the head of the Board and Advisory Council of the German Solidarity Committee for a Free Iran (DSFI), addressed the MEK members. She told them, “I admire you deeply because you repeatedly rebuild from the rubble”.

Rebuilding from Rubble

That is precisely what the MEK did. In 2013, the MEK was living and working at two camps in Iraq, Camp Ashraf and Camp Liberty. The Iranian regime, in its attempt to eradicate the Iranian opposition and liquify their camps, carried out coordinated assaults, killing 168 MEK members and injuring more than 1,700.

As their homes burned and their friends lay slaughtered, more than 3,000 MEK members were airlifted to Albania, where they found respite and safety.

There, they purchased some land outside the capital and set about rebuilding. They constructed a compound complete with shops, offices, sports facilities, kitchens and dormitories. The MEK named the compound, Ashraf 3.

High-Profile Visits

The MEK has drawn a series of high-profile visitors. Mrs. Süssmuth and the visit from the DSFI came shortly before the former Scottish member of the European Parliament (MEP) Struan Stevenson paid the Iranian resistance group a visit.

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The MEK enjoys extensive support among international politicians and journalists. Among their supporters are members of the US Senate and House of Representatives, including the former speaker, Newt Gingrich, and former mayor of New York, Rudy Giuliani.

Süssmuth and her delegation spent five hours at the MEK’s new compound, during which time they were able to speak extensively with MEK members. At a meeting in the evening, the delegation and MEK members discussed the inaccurate representation of the MEK in the press and the unjust prejudices and rapprochements of some European governments towards the group.

The Mullahs Disinformation

Many of these prejudices stem from the extensive disinformation campaigns organized by the Iranian regime leadership.

Among the deliberate falsehoods fabricated by the regime are the claims that MEK members are held at the compound against their will and that they are kept away from their families.

Süssmuth and her delegation quickly saw that is not the case. MEK members can enter and exit the compound as they please, with hundreds leaving the compound each day. Family visits are also welcome and even encouraged.

Words of Encouragement

The DSFI delegation had plenty of words of encouragement for the MEK members living at the compound. Süssmuth told the MEK members, “you are more alive today than you were in Camp Ashraf and Camp Liberty”, adding, “continue your struggle!”

Another member of the delegation, MP Martin Patzelt asked, “how can people fight for decades for freedom and democracy without losing their courage?” The answer was in front of him, “today my question was answered- here in your new settlement”. He added, “I wish you and all of us victory on this way”.

Christian Zimmerman, director for Human Rights and the interests of minorities in Berlin and a member of the DSFI said, “if anyone wants to know the alternative [to the mullahs], come to this settlement”.

Good Hosts

The delegation also held meetings with the Albanian government. They discussed the government’s efforts to keep the MEK safe and thwart the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence’s plots and nefarious plans to attack the MEK and its members.

Rita Süssmuth praised the Albanian government’s efforts and said the MEK’s progress “would not have been possible without the constructive cooperation of the government and citizens of Albania”.

Several in the delegation also stressed the importance of a unified and firm European stance against the Iranian regime. Otto Bernhardt, a member of the board of directors of the Konrad-Adenauer Foundation and Chairman of the DSFI, echoed recent calls from the MEK and other protest movements to expel Iranian officials and secret service members from European countries.

“DSFI is convinced that it is important for Albania to prevent Iranian secret agents from entering the country”, adding that “a regime overwhelmed by the crisis and whose future is very much in question is trying to discredit and attack the resistance”.

“We must do all we can to ensure that this resistance is recognized in Europe”, Bernhardt concluded.

Staff Writer

 

 

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The PMOI/MEK today is the oldest and largest anti-fundamentalist Muslim group in the Middle East.  It has been active for nearly a half-century, battling two dictatorships and a wide range of issues.  More than 120,000 members and supporters, because of their commitment to democracy and freedom, have been executed by the mullahs’ regime. The organization supports:

    • Universal suffrage as the sole criterion for legitimacy
    • A pluralistic system of governance
    • Respect for individual freedoms
    • A ban on the death penalty
    • Separation of religion and state
    • Full gender equality
    • Equal participation of women in political leadership
    • A modern judicial system that emphasizes the principle of innocence, a right to a defense, and due process
    • Free markets
    • Relations with all countries in the world
    • Commitment to a non-nuclear Iran

The PMOI/MEK remains a strong and cohesive organization, with a broad reach both worldwide and deep within Iran.  It is the leading voice for democracy in Iran, supported by its interpretation of Islam that discredits the fundamentalist mullahs’ regime.

 

 

 

The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI)

On July 21, 1981, Massoud Rajavi announced the formation of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), while he was still in Tehran and called on all democratic forces to join the coalition.  The announcement was precipitated by a vote in the Iranian parliament that declared the democratically-elected President Bani-Sadr incompetent.  Khomeini soon thereafter removed him from office.

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The NCRI is an inclusive and pluralistic parliament-in-exile that has more than 500 members, including representatives of ethnic and religious minorities, including Kurds, Baluchis, Armenians, Jews, and Zoroastrians.  Members of the NCRI support the establishment of a secular democratic republic of Iran, based on the separation of religion and government. 

The PMOI is one of five major members of the NCRI.  It is the largest and most popular resistance organization in Iran.

 

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