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Maryam Rajavi on the World Day against the Death Penalty

Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of NCRI

Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of NCRI delivering speech on the memory of MEK’s martyrs.(file photo)

On October 10, which was the World Day against the Death Penalty, Maryam Rajavi, the leader of the Iranian opposition, president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), gave a speech about execution in Iran, which has stolen the lives of 120,000, Mujahedin-e Khalq (PMOI/MEK) members and supporters.

Rajavi said the sacrifice of the martyrs not only exposed the bloody nature of the mullahs’ religious dictatorship but also helped raise support for banning the death penalty in Iran; something that she is sure will happen as soon as the mullahs are overthrown.

Rajavi said: “Over the past 40 years, the cycle of executions of youths in Iran actually perpetuated the rule of the mullahs’ religious tyranny. Such bloody insanity has created an atmosphere of suppression and terror crucial to preserving the mullahs’ decadent regime, on the one hand. And on the other, it provided a mechanism for training ruthless mercenaries to take on the rule. Their fieldwork included interrogation and torture of victims, laying the hanging noose around their necks or giving them the coup de grace. Having passed this course, Ebrahim Raisi, an executioner involved in the 1988 massacre, has now become the head of the Judiciary.”

Rajavi noted that there were 253 executions in Iran in 2018 alone, according to international bodies, but that this was only a small number because many executions are carried out secretly. She also highlighted that at least four of these executions were carried out on juvenile offenders, while the number of executions of political prisoners has increased dramatically over that period.

She then mentioned the murder of a political prisoner that was planned by prison authorities in Greater Tehran Prison in June and the execution of three political prisoners in Dezful and Kazerun in July and August, before citing the secret executions of 22 Arab compatriots in November 2018, as reported by Amnesty International.

Rajavi said that these executions, combined with the Regime’s brutal suppression of the Iranian people, makes it all the more urgent for the United Nations and international human rights bodies to investigate how political prisoners are being treated in Iran. She warned against allowing the regime to threaten the lives of political prisoners in a desperate effort to counter the protest movement, pointing out that appeasement has only led to more executions.

Rajavi said:  “Appeasement is what the clerical regime relies upon to export their terrorism by taking advantage of their diplomatic facilities on European soil and through warmongering in the region… To stand up to a regime which is the main threat to global peace and security, all governments need to make their ties and commerce with the clerical regime contingent on end to executions and torture in Iran.”

She advised that the dossier on human rights abuses in Iran must be referred to the UN Security Council and the International Tribunal, that the UN should pressure the regime to admit their fact-finding delegation to prisons where political prisoners are held, and that the international community should recognize the Iranian people’s right to a “sovereign republic”.

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Tens of thousands have been executed in Iran

Iran: The Number One State in Death Penalty Per Capita in the world

Tens of thousands have been executed in Iran

120,000 MEK members and supporters haven executed in Iran since 1981

Tenth of October, is the international day against the Death penalty; however, in Iran under the current despotic regime of mullahs, gallows are everywhere to take the lives of citizens every day. According to the annual report of Amnesty International Iran is still the number one state in execution per-capita as well as in torture and lack of legal procedures.

The Iranian regime is widely using the death penalty to terrorize and intimidate society. In many occasions, it uses this apparatus to target political and conscience opponents, and also ethnic and religious minorities in a discriminative manner.

Last year, Ali Khamenei, Supreme Leader of the Iranian regime, appointed Ebrahim Raeesi, the key figure in the Death Committee during the 1988 massacre in Iran, that sent 30000 MEK members and supporters to the gallows, as the head of Judiciary. Since Raissi took the office the number of executions has raised dramatically.

Robert Paladino, the US State Department speak person, in a Tweet in March 2019 wrote:

” Ebrahim Raeesi, involved in mass executions of political prisoners, was chosen to lead #Iran’s judiciary. What a disgrace! The regime makes a mockery of the legal process by allowing unfair trials and inhumane prison conditions. Iranians deserve better!”

350 death sentences in three months

According to the State-run agency, IRNA, 18 June 2019, Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Eje’ i, first deputy of regime’s Judiciary, admitted that just during the first three months of this year, there had been 350 death sentences and 250 more are under consideration. During August, 40 death sentences have been issued in Iran. In a statement on 8 August 2019, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) stated that there have been 46 executions for five weeks, 39 just in July.

Rouhani’s record

Gross violation of human rights since Rouhani took office, clearly shows the dire situation in Iran. According to the human rights organizations, in the last five and half years, during Rouhani’s presidency, 400 people have been executed, 56 per month; with ninety-seven women executed in this period.

Political death sentences

Three MEK supportes executed by Iranian regime

Political prisoners Kazemi and Haj-Aghaie  (Jan 2011), and Ali Saremi(Dec 2010), all supporters of MEK executed by the Iranian regime

Based on statistics released by Mujahedin-e Khalq (PMOI/MEK), 120,000 Iranians have been killed by the Iranian regime. MEK has published the names and particulars of 20,000 of MEK members and supporters in two books, “Crime against Humanity”, and in “Fallen for Freedom”.

In an unprecedented crime against humanity since world war two, 30,000 political prisoners, mainly MEK members and supporters were executed in cold blood in just a few months in 1988 on direct orders of Khomeini, the founder of the mullahs’ regime.

Executions of ethnic and religious minorities, such as Kurds, Arabs, Baluchis, Sunnis, and Baha’is have turned to a routine in Iran. 22 prisoners of conscience, Sunnis, were killed in a mass execution on 2 August 2016.

NO death penalty in a Free Iran

On 10 October 2015, in a speech delivered to a conference on the International Day against Death penalty Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the NCRI, said:

“Our plan for future is an Iran without the death penalty, obliterating the mullahs’ religious decrees and establishing an independent judiciary, defending democratic values, freedom, equality, and sanctity of every citizen’s private life; no one will be arrested arbitrarily and torture is banned.”

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End the Impunity for Those Who Carried Out 1988 Iran Massacre

1988 massacre

In 1988, 30,000 political prisoners of MEK members were summarily executed in Iran on the Fatwa of Regime Founder Ruhollah Khomeini

In the summer of 1988, 30,000 political prisoners were summarily executed in Iran on the Fatwa of Regime Founder Ruhollah Khomeini for their support of the opposition group People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI, Mujahedin-e Khalq or MEK). For over 30 years, the families of the victims have sought answers, but were routinely silenced by the Regime, even executed themselves on some occasions, and ignored by the world.

In 2016, a justice-seeking movement was established to end the mullahs’ impunity and prevent something like this from happening again. The movement is demanding the names of the victims, the locations of their graves, identification of perpetrators, and prosecution of those responsible for this crime against humanity.

Now, there has been some condemnation of the massacre by governing bodies, after survivors and witnesses testified and especially following the release of a 1988 audio file of then Khomeini’s heir Hossein Ali Montazeri criticizing the massacre as “the greatest crime committed in the Islamic Republic [for which] history will condemn us”. But still, the perpetrators remain free, with many still serving in the Regime, including head of the judiciary Ebrahim Raisi, minister of justice Alireza Avaei, head of the Supreme Disciplinary Court for Judges Hossein Ali Nayyeri,  and member of the Assembly of Experts Mohammad Hossein Ahmadi.

Hossein Ali Nayyeri,Mohammad Hossein Ahmadi,Mostafa Pour Mohammadi

The perpetrators of the 1988 massacre in the Islamic Republic

These officials have openly defended the massacre, with former justice minister Mostafa Pour Mohammadi even claiming he was “proud” to carry out the massacre and would do so again. The Regime has also seen fit to destroy evidence, like mass graves, in order to evade international investigations, should one ever come to pass.

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Geoffrey Ronald Robertson AO, QC is a human rights barrister, academic, author and broadcaster.

It is clear that there should be international action to hold the perpetrators of the 1988 massacre responsible and end their impunity for what human rights barrister Geoffrey Robertson QC described as

“one of the biggest human carnages since World War II”.

The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) wrote:

“In light of the new evidence and information surfaced since 2016 when the Call-for-Justice movement emerged, and the admissions made by the clerical regime’s officials defending the massacre, the time has come for the international community to break its 30-year silence and end three decades of impunity for the clerical regime leaders in Iran.”

They advised that it is time for the United Nations to launch an independent investigation into this crime against humanity and for the dossier of human rights violations in Iran, particularly the executions of the 1980s, to be referred to the UN Security Council.

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Torching symbols of Khamenei

Torching the Iranian regime’s symbols

Torching symbols of Khamenei

Youths Torch Symbols of Mullahs’ Regime in Different Cities

On the 39th anniversary of 27 September 1981, rebellious youths in Iran torched poster of mullahs’ regime’s founder and current Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei as well as Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) and Bassij forces’ bases across the county over the weekend.

The youths also posted pictures of the Iranian Resistance’s Leadership on walls and overpasses of different cities and signs with anti-government slogans such as Down with  Khamenei, Long live freedom and Democracy and Freedom with Maryam Rajavi.  These activities were carried out in cities such as Tehran, Tabriz, Shahr-e-Rey, Mashhad, Shiraz, Kermanshah, Orumiyeh, Ilam, Zahedan, Khoy, Ramsar, Omidiyeh, Chaboksar.

On September 27, 1981, the youths, supporters of the People’s Mujahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) demonstrated chanting “Down with Khomeini” for the first time in central Tehran since 1979. Members of the IRGC opened fire to the crowd killing hundreds and arresting many more. The detainees were executed on the same day or the days that followed. The MEK has published names of 1142 fallen martyrs of the September 27th.

After that fateful day, a new chapter opened in Iran’s history. One that was marked by a people standing to a back warded regime that was trying to impose its will on a proud nation. The Iranian Resistance leader Masoud Rajavi tried very hard to stop violence and bloodshed from happing in Iran in two years prior to June 20th, 1981. A day that the IRGC opened fire indiscriminately on 500000 unarmed demonstrators which turned up on MEK’s call filling the streets of downtown Tehran in the afternoon.

Khomeini’s mind was set on ruling with the idea of Velayat-e Faqih (absolute rule of clerics). Such thinking left no room for democracy and freedom. Rajavi highlighted the importance of individual freedoms and presented the Iranian people with an alternative to an obsolete doctrine represented by the mullahs. Therefore, September 27 marked the first attempt by the MEK to show the people that Khomeini’s regime has no tolerance for dialog and must go. Khomeini, Khamenei and their likes responded with an iron fist and filled the prisons with freedom fighters. Thousands were executed and they showed no mercy even to underage children or pregnant women.

MEK had no chose but to resist and stand up for its people, and they did. It took the rest of the world some four decades to realize the true nature of the mullahs’ regime. A wake-up call came in 2016 when Mrs. Maryam Rajavi President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) started the Justice Movement campaign for fallen heroes of the 1988 massacre of a political prisoner in Iran. Later that year Grant Ayatollah Hossein-Ali Montazeri’s son released an audiotape of his late father speaking to a four-member “Death Commission” tasked by Khomeini to cleans 30000 political prisoners. Then many human rights organizations reacted. Amnesty International as the most prominent human rights organization took the lead in publishing a number of eye-opening reports on the gruesome 1988 massacre. Finally, the curtains were dropped on curtly of the mullahs’ regime. It is by no means the end of the road. According to Amnesty, 1988 events, amount to a crime against humanity and therefore does not expire and all perpetrators must stand trial before an international criminal court. Khamenei and his cronies have no escape from justice. It is only a matter of time.

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Mrs. Ramesh Sepehrrad, from OIAC

Ramesh Sepehrrad; In a free Iran only the ballot box determines the legitimacy of the future government

Mrs. Ramesh Sepehrrad, from OIAC

Dr. Ramesh Sepehrrad, from OIAC delivering a speech to the New York Conference discussing the future of Iran-September 24, 2019

In a conference discussing the future of Iran, the representative of the Organization of Iranian-American Communities (OIAC) outlined the organization’s vision for the future of Iran.

Dr. Ramesh Sepehrrad, from OIAC, delivered a speech that was warmly receipted by the audience. Below please find an excerpt of her speech:

“It is my privilege and honor to speak to you on behalf of the Organization of Iranian- American Community who for more than twenty-five years has been primarily focusing on echoing the voice of the Iranian people as their struggle for human rights and democracy in our native land Iran.

Over the last century Iran has seen two brutal dictatorships, under the Pahlavi’s monarchy which in collaboration with the mullahs worked against the democratic and nationalistic government of Dr. Mosaddeq and now dealing with the misogynist regime since 1979, the religious fascist of mullahs who are incapable of reform or even engaging in a meaningful way with the Iranian people or for the rest of the world for that matter.

When it comes to this regime because this regime believes in the system of Velayat-e Faqih, this regime is committed and remains committed to the system of Velayat-e Faqih, and that means an absolute power that is only for non-elected male clerics, according to the regime’s constitution.

What has to be very clear is that the Iranian people’s rejection of both monarchy and mullahcracy is based on historic lessons from their struggle for freedom and democracy over the last several decades. This is not a partisan preference; it is simply the reality of Iran’s recent history. The 1979 revolution is Iran’s historic rejection of monarchy. While the mullahs have high jacked the revolution, the waves of the popular uprising in rejection of the mullahs during the 1980s, 1990s and most notably the 2009 and 2018 are the ongoing rejection of this regime in its entirety.

People of Iran, are not making any distinction between so-called reformers and hardliners, so why should we? This red line has been drawn by the blood and sacrifices of more than 120,000 martyrs for freedom in order to move Iran away from despotism of the past and religious tyranny of present. Therefore, it is our red-line too and crossing of this red-line under whatever pretext, is unacceptable, because it is undermining the true democracy movement in Iran.

The international community has not yet recognized the depth and extent of the ongoing crimes against the people of Iran, especially, the 1988 massacre of political prisoners. In our view, just as the Mayor (Giuliani) said Khamenei, Rouhani, Zarif, Qasem Soleimani, Ebrahim Raisi after four decades of execution and oppression, war, terrorism, subversion, mayhem by the terrorist IRGC and Ministry of Intelligence are all international criminals and must stand trial in the international tribunals and courts.

All of us gathered here agree that the Iranian regime is the enemy of not just the Iranian people but also the rest of the world. We agree that this regime must go. We also agree that it is up to Iranian people and their organized opposition movement, who shall and will bring this regime down in its entirety. We have also gathered here to emphasize the path forward for free Iran. OIAC stands for a non-nuclear, democratic, secular, Republic of Iran based on the following key principals:

  • In a free Iran, only the ballot box determines the legitimacy of the future government.
  • Freedom of speech, expression, association, and religion for all Iranians, and equal rights for all ethnic groups in the framework of Iran’s territorial integrity is a must in a free Iran. As my Baluchi sister said: we won’t let this regime colonize us any longer, we won’t let them divide us based on ethnic lines, we are all standing for the territorial integrity of Iran. We are Iranians first and we want this regime down together and if anyone has any doubt that we cannot do this, I will invite them to look to the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK), where the Baluchis, the Kurds, the Turks, and the Fars, all of them, all the Iranian ethnic groups, have come together under one banner, the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK), fighting against this regime. We have done it before and Iran will do it again. Iran will do it again because the National Council of Resistance of Iran and the platform that it has, represents the diversity of Iran. This is our strengths. We will not let them colonize our ethnic groups.
  • In a free Iran, complete gender equality in all political, social, cultural, and economic spheres women of our native land are on the forefront to overthrow this misogynist regime; and we stand with them wholeheartedly.

In a free Iran, women will have all their rights to choose their clothing, and any exploitation of women on whatever pretext will be rejected.

In a free Iran, we would have a commitment to the universal declaration of human rights and all international covenants.

In a free Iran, the death penalty will be abolished; no more political prisoners, no more prisoners of conscience, and they will be released after the downfall of this regime.

The path to progress and prosperity in a free Iran is based on the followings:

  • Justice and equal opportunity for employment and occupation are imperative for all Iranians in a free market economy. Cronyism, nepotism, corruption or the mafia-style of government shall not be acceptable.
  • The rights of workers, farmers, nurses, employees, teachers, educators, retired people will be upheld and respected.
  • The diaspora, this is all of us, will have a duty of reversing the brain drain and support the rebuilding of Iran based on progressive labor laws and rights. Forced child labor must be abolished.
  • The future of Iran’s youth will be in high-quality education so that Iran can develop the next generation of workforce and scholars to thrive and contribute to the modern world. Iranian scientific community shall focus on humane advancement of technology, knowledge, innovation, and infrastructure for improving the lives of Iranian people.
  • No more weapons of mass destruction; we stand for a non-nuclear Iran.
  • Iranian scientific community shall also focus on reversing the environmental crises, water shortage, unnatural floods, earthquakes, through utilizing best practices in order to reverse the damage done under this criminal regime.
  • Iran shall live in peace and coexistence and cooperation and mutual respect with its neighbors and the international community. No more regional meddling and no more support for terrorist or the extremist groups.

So at this point, I’ll ask all delegates to think a moment, and envision an Iran based on these principals, and the path to recovery, an Iran that is worthy of our heritage, our history and the sacrifices made to date. Together, we must refrain from divisiveness. We need to aim all of our energies and efforts to change this regime first.

In 2002 the head of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, Massoud Rajavi announced the NCRI’s plan for promoting the national solidarity front to encompass all Iranians and political entities who reject the monarchy and the system of Velayat-e Faqih and our campaigning for a democratic independent and secular republic to come together. This call was faced with overwhelming misinformation and disinformation campaign by regime cronies and MOIS agents.

For too long, the Iranian regime’s lobbyists and apologists have worked to divide us by propagating falsehood and smear campaigns, lies and propaganda. This must stop. We must put an end to the disinformation campaign and the echo chamber against the MEK and the NCRI. We will end this.

This regime-change movement inside Iran is growing stronger day by day, because of the MEK’s resistance units and their ongoing efforts that are expanding to organize the public. We can do the same in exile, this means we need to be entirely focused on the threat of the Iranian regime and the need to overthrow this regime with all the factions within this regime. We need not be distracted by the regime’s ongoing propaganda as we push for further isolation of the regime, to provide support for regime change by Iranians. We must demonstrate political maturity and commitment to these principals and be fully committed to them, which can guarantee an enduring and effective unity against this regime. I’m hopeful that we will get there in solidarity which did not begin today, it has been going on for the last 40 years because of the National Council of Resistance of Iran.”

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The UNHCR General Debate, the 13th meeting, Geneva

NGOs at the UN: Stop Violation of Human Rights in Iran

The UNHCR General Debate, the 13th meeting, Geneva

The UNHCR General Debate, 42nd Session, the 13th meeting- Geneva headquarters of the United Nation- September 13, 2019

The 42nd session of the Human Rights Council is being held 9 – 27 September 2019 in Geneva. Once again the dire situation of human rights in Iran is the core concern of this session. In the General Debate, the 13th meeting, some NGOs discussed the issue.

The representative of the International Association for Women’s Equality said: “In Iran today, there is a tragic situation when it comes to the rights of women. Under the current President, the repression of women is unabated, quite revers, very many women have been executed over the past five years. ….. women are deprived of freedoms and are kept away from public and political life, but they are always protesting. All of these protests mean that women are suffering in this part of the world. We join those organizations that have condemned the death of a female football fan that set herself on fire in front of Parliament. Many civil rights militants, women journalists, trade unionist have been sentenced to lashes and long prison sentences up to ten years for having defended the rights of workers and new individuals have been sentenced to death for having protested against the death penalty. We call on UNHCR to denounce this pressure which is unbearable for women in Iran.”

Another NGO, Women’s Human Rights International Association, expressed its concern about the worsening situation of human rights in Iran, saying:

“During the three months of Summer 2019, the Iranian government executed around 100 people including 6 women. In this way, we can see that the Iranian authorities have not renounced the use of the death penalty and continue to use it at a high level. That is why Iran, remains the country that executed the most in the world in terms of its population. These executions sometimes involve prisoners sentenced to death for acts allegedly committed before the age of eighteen. In his last report the special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, Mr. Javaid Rehman wrote that he deeply regretted that the Islamic Republic of Iran continues to sentence children to death for more often than any other state. ….. the UNSG, Antonio Guterres, also stated that he was deeply disturbed by the number of juvenile offenders being executed in Iran. He called on the human rights Council to put more pressure on the Iranian government to abolish the death penalty.”

Sahar Sanaie reminded the report of the previous United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of Human Rights in Iran, the late Ms. Asmah Jahangir, saying: “Between July and August 1988, thousands of political prisoners, men, women, and  teenagers, were reportedly executed pursuant to a fatwa issued by the then Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khomeini.”

Ms. Jahangir call for a comprehensive investigation into the 1988 massacre

In 2017, in her first address to the Third Committee of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Ms. Asmah Jahangir called for a comprehensive and independent investigation into the massacre of political prisoners in 1988, mainly Mujahedin-e Khalq (PMOI/ MEK’)s members. She said, “the significant number of petitions, communications, and documentation related to the reported execution of thousands of political prisoners, men, women, and teenagers in 1988, speaks of a deep and unremitting pain that must be surely addressed. The killings themselves have been acknowledged by some at the highest levels of the State. Almost on a daily basis, I receive heartfelt letters from the relatives of those killed calling for answers. The families of the victims have a right to remedy, reparation, and the right to know about the truth of these events and the fate of the victims without risking reprisal.”

For decades, the MEK has asked the UN for a comprehensive and independent investigation into the massacre. The MEK reiterated that the perpetrators of this massacre must be held accountable.

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Human Rights Experts at 1988 Massacre at U.N. Conference

Human Rights Experts Criticize Failure to Investigate 1988 Massacre at U.N. Conference

Human Rights Experts at 1988 Massacre at U.N. Conference

The panel of Human Rights Experts Criticize UN’s Failure to Investigate 1988 Massacre during a Conference held in Geneva Headquarters of the United Nations-September 20, 2019

During two conferences, International human rights experts called for an investigation into the Iranian regime’s human rights abuses at a conference at the United Nations headquarters on Friday. The wide-ranging panels of experts asked specifically for those responsible for the 1988 Massacre to be held accountable for their crimes against humanity.

fatwa issued by regime founder Ruhollah Khomeini

In the summer of 1988, more than 30,000 political prisoners, most of whom were mujahedin-Khalq (PMOI/ MEK) members, were executed based on a fatwa issued by Ruhollah Khomeini, the then regime Supreme Leader, and were buried in mass graves.

Why an Investigation Is Imperative

During the first panel, international human rights lawyer Kirsty Brimelow, QC addressed the audience on why she thinks an investigation into the 1988 massacre is imperative. She asked:

“Why should there now be a tribunal on the crime against humanity committed in 1988? First, because lawyers have examined evidence and know beyond doubt that a crime was committed. If Iran disputes that, we have a process for that.”

international human rights lawyer Kirsty Brimelow

Kirsty Brimelow International human rights experts called for an investigation into the Iranian regime’s human rights abuses at a conference at the United Nations headquarters

Optimism about the Future

Swiss MP Laurence Fellman Rielle expressed optimism that the campaign to hold the regime responsible for the 1988 Massacre is gaining traction.

“We are witnessing progress in seeing the perpetrators of this crime being brought before a court. Since launching the Campaign for Justice for the Victims of the 1988 Massacre, many of the perpetrators have been exposed and the crime has been documented,” he said.





Conference on human rights situation in Iran-Geneva, September 2019

In a conference organized by the Non-violent Radical Party, held at the Geneva Offices of the United Nations, the situation of human rights in Iran was discussed. Tahar Boumedra, former UNAMI chief, former UN expert, Alfred-Maurice de Zayas, and Giulio Terzi, former Foreign Minister of Italy were among the distinguished speakers. September 20, 2019

Human Rights Condition in Iran – Conference Held in the UN Headquarters in Geneva

During the second panel of experts, which was organized by the Non-violent Radical Party, Alfred-Maurice de Zayas, the former U.N. expert on the Promotion of a Democratic and Equitable International Order, also touched on the same subject, the 1988 massacre in Iran and explained:

” the full scope of the regime’s crimes and the failure of the U.N. to investigate. 30,000 human beings are only the tip of the iceberg. 120,000 of the MEK members have been killed. Back then Maurice Copithorne dropped the issue of the massacres because he thought it had already been dealt with by his predecessors,” he said.

“The High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Human Rights Council must investigate this crime against humanity. The Special Rapporteur on truth and justice, as well as the rapporteur on torture and arbitrary detention, must also look into this. This is a matter for the Human Rights Council and the UPR,” de Zayas added.

Former Italian Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi was the guest speaker at the second conference, who also focused his speech on the 1988 massacre:

“Yesterday, the European Parliament condemned the Iranian regime’s human rights violations,” he said in reference to the cross-party early day motion used on Thursday. The heart and voice of Europe are expressed by human rights. Human rights must be a priority between EU institutions and the outside world. The EU has a fundamental role to promote freedom, rule of law, and protect freedoms,” he said.

“The [UN] Human Rights Council must discuss this. When we look at the geopolitical situation in the Gulf, there is no doubt that we must focus much more on human rights when we negotiate with Iran. Human rights and fundamental freedoms must come back to the center of this playing field,” he added.

Witnesses to the 1988 Massacre

Three women testified as witnesses to the regime’s extrajudicial executions and human rights abuses. They all suffered inhumane treatment in the regime’s prisons and lost family members to the 1988 Massacre and the regime’s extrajudicial executions.

One of the survivors, former political prisoner Massoumeh Joushaghani, said:

“I was a victim of the regime’s human rights violations. I want to know what the UN has done. This crime has been buried under the rug for 30 years. I am the voice of all my friends who were executed in 1988.

I want the UN to bring the perpetrators of the 1988 massacre, who are serving in senior positions in the Iranian government, to justice. The suffering of the families of victims continues.”


Amnesty International has been a leading voice in the campaign to expose what it has called a crime against humanity. Amnesty has emphasized that if the perpetrators of the 1988 Massacre are not made to account for their crimes before an international tribunal, more crimes and massacres will take place.

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Attack on Saudi oil facilities

Iran is behind attacks on Saudi oil facilities

Attack on Saudi oil facilities

Saudi Arabia’s Aramco oil refinery was attacked on Saturday, September 13, and more signs indicate Iran’s role

After weeks of making no comments on the most urgent matters of the nation, Khamenei broke his silence and said that there will be no talks with the US unless it repents. The Iranian regime’s leader poured cold water on European relentless efforts to set the stage for a possible meeting between the US President and Hassan Rouhani on the sidelines of UN General Assembly. He said: “Some Europeans [counties] are in the middle of … insisting on having a meeting with the President of the United States, [they] say all your problems will be solved to prove that maximum pressure is a successful policy. On the contrary, we must prove that the policy of maximum pressure is not worth an iota.”  Khamenei’s comments came a day after President Trump said that news of possible talks between him and Rouhani was “fake news.”

Rouhani Should Be Expelled from U.N. General Assembly and Security Council Meetings

From the first minutes after the heavy attacks on Saudi Arabia’s oil fields and refinery, fingers pointed at the mullahs’ regime for being behind the attacks. Although his proxies in Yemen rushed to claim responsibly hardly anyone took them seriously.

Khamenei gambled his entire regime by the attacks. He has very limited options at this point. According to his own fanatical experts, Iran is a bankrupt state. Not only his coffer does not cover the daily affairs of the state but he has to carry the load of financing his proxies throughout the Middle East.

Ahmad Zidabadi, a government official points out that this campaign and its promotion are essentially for domestic consumption. “Promoting such a policy is, for the most part, domestic consumption and mainly inspires forces that are sometimes worried about their future,” he wrote. “Attacks on Saudi oil facilities while the US points fingers at Iran, in this case, illustrates the overwhelming security and stability risks in the Gulf region,” Zaidabadi warns. Even now, those factions in the country which have been convinced that the war in the Persian Gulf will not happen are convinced that conflict is possible. ”

Another Iranian regime’s expert, Ali Bigdeli, wrote in the government-run Arman daily that although the regime’s officials did not accept responsibility for the attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities, they warned of the dangerous consequences of such actions. Bigdeli said that the US has already concluded:” Based on the satellite images obtained, we may have new information that Iran was behind it, using bases near the Persian Gulf. “Although we may think the attack was a demonstration of Houthis’ power, it could have unfortunate consequences because it threatens the security of the world.”

What is the logic behind taking such high risk?

No one in its right mind would take such a high risk of being wiped off the map unless his back is against the wall. Khamenei is precisely in that situation.

Although the Iranian regime gambled everything by attacking Saudi oil fields and the world’s largest refinery but it is not entirely wrong in counting on those in the West that are still willing to turn a blind eye on its belligerence in the region.

What is the right approach?

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) stated that the attack on a neighboring country’s oil installations was a major step and a new phase in the warmongering aggressions of the religious dictatorship ruling Iran, adding that exerting power and decisiveness is the only language the mullahs understand.

She added that inaction only emboldens this medieval regime, whose primary victims are the Iranian people, emphasizing that the ultimate solution to rid the world of Iran’s ruling religious fascism as the source of all crises in the region is a change of this illegitimate regime by the Iranian people and their organized resistance movement.

Mrs. Rajavi then offered a way out in which the Iranian people and their neighbors are the main beneficiaries. She suggested in her statement:

  • Previous United Nations Security Council resolutions on the mullahs’ nuclear weapons project and the ban on enrichment must be reinstated.
  • Eviction of the regime, it is Revolutionary Guards and mercenary militias from Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Lebanon, and Afghanistan is an urgent imperative.
  • The European Union must place Khamenei, his offices, the IRGC and the Ministry of Intelligence on the terrorist watch list.
  • The UN Security Council must refer to the clerical regime’s dossier on human rights abuses and atrocities, especially the 1988 massacre of 30,000 political prisoners, mainly Mujahedin-e Khalq (PMOI/MEK) members, and supporters,  to an international court.
  • The world community must recognize the right of the Iranian People’s Resistance to overthrow the ruling theocracy and attain freedom.

The Iranian regime will no doubt fall, it is only a matter of time.

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Maryam Rajavi: Inaction Emboldens the Regime

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Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the NCRI’s President-elect

The Iranian regime launched a coordinated missile and drone attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil installations last weekend. This is a blatant act of war, according to the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI).

Following the attack, regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei denied responsibility for the attacks and refused to engage in negotiations with the United States at any level unless “America repented.”

“They send the Europeans… to insist on us to come and have a meeting with the American President and all your problems will be solved. This is because they want to prove that the policy of maximum pressure is a success. On the contrary, we must prove that the policy of maximum pressure is not worth a penny,” Khamenei added.

U.S. sanctions have reduced Iranian oil exports to nearly zero, crippling its already struggling economy and limiting its ability to fund proxy wars in the region. The regime has responded by using its remaining resources to attack oil tankers and installations and threaten vessels in the strategically-important Strait of Hormuz. The mullahs are operating under the belief that if they can’t sell oil, no one can.

Maryam Rajavi’s Statement

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the NCRI, issued a statement regarding the latest act of aggression by the Iranian regime. She described the act on a neighboring country’s oil installations as a major step and a new phase in the warmongering and aggressive behavior of the religious dictatorship currently in power in Iran. She added that the world must respond with a decisive display of power, as this is the only language the mullahs understand.

Mrs. Rajavi further stated that inaction emboldens the tyrannical regime, and the primary victims of this inaction are the Iranian people. She emphasized that the Iranian regime is the source of all instability in the Middle East, and the only real solution to ridding the world of the continuing threat posed by Iran is regime change by the Iranian people and their organized resistance movement.

The Correct Response to the Regime’s Aggression

Mrs. Rajavi called on the international community to take the following actions in response to this most recent act of aggression by the Iranian regime:

  • Reinstate the previous U.N. Security Council resolutions on the regime’s nuclear weapons project and the ban on enrichment.
  • Evict the regime, its Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), and its mercenaries from Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Lebanon, and Afghanistan.
  • Add Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, his offices, the IRGC, and the regime’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) to the European Union’s terrorist watch list.
  • Act immediately within the U.N. Security Council to refer the dossier on the regime’s human rights abuses, particularly those committed during the 1988 Massacre of 30,000 political prisoners (most of whom were Mujahedin-e Khalq, MEK.PMOI, members), to the International Criminal Court.
  • Recognize the right of the Iranian Resistance to overthrow the ruling theocracy in favor of freedom and democracy.

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Iran 1988 massacre exhibition outside US Congress

1988 massacre exhibition in DC

Iranian-Americans and supporters of MEK hold an exhibition in memory of 30000 political prisoners executed in 1988 in Iran, outside the US congress on 12 Sep 2019

Members of the Iranian diaspora in Washington, DC have organized an exhibition on the victims of the mullah’s regime outside the US Congress to mark the 31st anniversary of the 1988 massacre of 30,000 political prisoners’ in Iran, mainly members and supporters of opposition group the People’s Mojahedin of Iran (also known as the PMOI, Mujahedin-e Khalq or MEK).

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Iranian diaspora pay tribute to the victims of the 1988 massacre in Iran, in Washington DC

The exhibition, sponsored by the Organization of Iranian American Communities, contained hundreds of pictures of the massacre victims, mainly members and supports of MEK, as well as some statues depicting political prisoners who were killed by the Regime and some scenes of torture and suffering.

Democrat Eliot Engel, Chair of the US House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, delivered a speech at the exhibition where he expressed Congress’s support of the Iranian people and their legitimate demands to stop the regime committing human rights violations.

He also stressed that the criminals who oversaw these executions in 1988 were given high-ranking positions in the Iranian regime rather than being prosecuted for crimes against humanity, including current Justice Minister Alireza Avaei and Head of the Judiciary Ebrahim Raisi.

Democratic Tennessee Representative Steve Cohen, Chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties, also delivered a speech, where he condemned Iran’s violations of the rights of its citizens.

Alireza Jafarzadeh, Deputy Director of the Washington office of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), said that the exhibition, which displays real pictures of the massacre victims, sends the world a message that the Iranian people won’t forget their cause against the Regime. He explained that the point of the exhibition is to motivate present and future generations to remember the crimes of the Mullahs’ regime against the Iranian people.

Jafarzadeh explained that these violations are far from over. How could they be when the people who carried out the massacres are still in power; particularly in the judiciary sector? He then called on international non-governmental organizations and the United Nations to investigate the Iranian Regime for the 1988 massacre, which is a crime against humanity, and the ongoing human rights violations of the Iranian people.

So far, the only people who have gone to jail relating to the massacre are those exposing it, including many families of the victims.

Earlier, the representatives of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland, urged the international community to find justice for the victims so that the Regime could not repeat such crimes.

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