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Iran: Amnesty International Calls for Condemnation of Iran’s Deterioration of Human Rights Record at the UN Human Rights Council

Amnesty International calls on publicly condemn the deterioration in Iran’s human rights record during the country’s upcoming review session at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on 8 November”

On November 6, 2019, Amnesty International released a statement calling the international community to “publicly condemn the deterioration in Iran’s human rights record during the country’s upcoming review session at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on 8 November”

The organization urges states taking part in Iran’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) to denounce the widespread human rights violations and make concrete recommendations for the Iranian authorities to address them.

“From horrific execution rates to the relentless persecution of human rights defenders, rampant discrimination against women and minorities, and ongoing crimes against humanity, the catalog of appalling violations recorded in Iran reveals a sharp deterioration in its human rights record,” said Philip Luther, Research and Advocacy Director for the Middle East and North Africa at Amnesty International.

It is worth noting that on September 20, 2019, Human rights experts from various countries took part in a conference held at the United Nations European Headquarters in Geneva, calling to end the three-decade-long impunity Iranian regime officials have been enjoying in relation to continuing human rights violations across the country, and especially the 1988 massacre of political prisoners. Over 30,000 political prisoners, mainly members and supporters of the Iranian opposition Mujahedin-e Khalq (PMOI/MEK), were then executed in just a few months.

“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,” Kristy Brimelow, QC, an international human rights lawyer, said in her remarks.

“In July 2019, Mostafa Pourmohammadi, mullahs’ former minister of justice, responded to allegations of 1988 executions and defended them as the execution of terrorists. But evidence shows the contrary. Many of the people had been arrested for distributing leaflets, many were children.”

“It is time that we write the history within the judicial setting as to what happened in 1988, and this crime against humanity must be recognized beyond political goals, but within its judicial context. Otherwise, what’s the point of the UN?” said Swiss MP Laurence Fellman Rielle

“We are witnessing progress in seeing the perpetrators of this crime being brought before a court. Since launching the campaign for justice for the 1988 massacre victims, many of the perpetrators have been exposed and the crime has been documented,”.

“Amnesty International has also rallied to expose this crime. It has underlined that if the perpetrators are not held to account before a tribunal, more crimes and massacres will take place. Amnesty called it a crime against humanity. Amnesty has also gathered testimonies from hundreds of witnesses,” she added.

Henrik Hermansson, a political scientist and human rights researcher, reminded the conference of a number of reports covering the 1988 massacre.

“We have the locations of 60 mass graves… The 1988 massacre shaped Iran’s political system. The massacre was carried out by many authorities. Many death commission members now hold important positions in the government,” he explained.

“Iran’s large financial institutions are controlled by the perpetrators. Iran’s current supreme leader, who was the regime’s president in 1988, was directly involved. The 1988 massacre became a career-making moment for many Iranian officials.

“When officials are trained on the mass murder of dissidents, mass murder is how they will respond to protests. The continued impunity of this crime contributes to this continued crime.

“We should understand impunity is a cause of human rights violation and a violation of itself. There’s still a role for the UN and international human rights community to end impunity, even if it has political ramifications.

“I call on member states to discuss the 1988 massacre with the Special Rapporteur to make sure it’s not dropped again. Failure to investigate is also a crime,” he concluded.

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Poster of Maryam Rajavi hung by MEK resistance unit

MEK Resistance Units’ Activities Expand in Iran

Poster of Maryam Rajavi hung by MEK resistance unit

While the Iranian regime stays engulfed in a series of fatal crises, MEK‘s resistance unites mount their activities across the country.

Detailing some activities of the MEK’s units, the Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) released a statement on November 7, 2019.

The statement reads: ” During the first week of November 2019, despite suppressive measures by the clerical regime, the Resistance Units hung and posted large banners carrying pictures of Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), and Mr. Massoud Rajavi, as well as banners containing their messages in expressways and public locations in Tehran (including in Saveh and Tehran Pars expressways) and in a number of cities, including Mashhad (Khorassan Razavi), Sa’di Township (West Azerbaijan), Ardakan (Yazd), Shorkhrood (Mazandaran), Rasht and Fumanat (Gilan), as well as Golestan, Qom and Hamedan provinces.”

Referring to the resistance units that joined together in a number of cities holding placards, the statement highlights the writings on the placards as: ““With Maryam Rajavi, we can and we must build a new Iran”, “With the expansion and combining Resistance Units we will form units of the Liberation Army,” “Resistance Units are the catalyst in perpetuating the uprisings and guaranteeing their victory,” “Expand Resistance Units in schools,” “Turn every school into a Resistance Unit,” “Rise to continue the uprisings and free Iran from the occupation of the mullahs,” “Freedom is the greatest lesson for Iranian youths,” We can and we must turn every school into a Resistance Unit,” “Expand Resistance Units in Schools,” “Freedom and victory are in your hands,” “With Maryam Rajavi we will take back Iran,” and “Resistance Units, the catalyst to continue the uprisings.”

Below are some of the images of MEK resistance units’ activities.

Tehran – Saveh Expressway

“With Maryam Rajavi we will take back Iran”

Tehran – Tehran Pars Expressway

“We can and we must build a new Iran”

Tehran – Maryam Rajavi:

“Freedom is the greatest lesson for Iran’s youths” 

Tehran – Maryam Rajavi

“Freedom and victory are in your hands”

Hamedan – Maryam Rajavi

“Make every school a center of Resistance”

 

Mazandaran Province, northern Iran

Maryam Rajavi: “Expand the Resistance units in schools”

Ardakan, Yazd Province, central Iran

Massoud Rajavi: “We will create a liberation army thru expanding and combining Resistance Units” 

Sa’di township – East Azerbaijan Province (northwest)

Massoud Rajavi: “We will create liberation army units thru expanding and combining Resistance Units” 

Mashhad – Khorassan Razavi Province, northeast

Massoud Rajavi: “Resistance Units help the uprisings to continue”

Fumanat –  Gilan Province, northern Iran

Mrs. Rajavi’s pictures 

Gilan Province, northern Iran 

Maryam Rajavi: “Freedom is the greatest lesson for Iran’s youths”  

Gilan Province, northern Iran 

Maryam Rajavi: “Freedom is the greatest lesson for Iran’s youths”  

Tehran

Maryam Rajavi: “Rise up to continue the uprisings and to free Iran from the mullahs’ occupation”

Qom, central Iran

Maryam Rajavi: “We can and we must turn every school into a center of Resistance”

Tehran

“Maryam Rajavi: “Turn every school into a center of Resistance”

Maryam Rajavi:

“Freedom is the greatest lesson for Iran’s youths”  

Rasht – Gilan Province, northern Iran

Maryam Rajavi: “freedom is the greatest lesson for Iran’s youths”

Golestan Province – Northern Iran

Maryam Rajavi: “Rise up to continue the uprisings and to free Iran from the mullahs’ occupation”

Hail to Rajavi, down with despotism

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MOIS misuses Tweeter against MEK

Iran Regime’s Fake French Tweets

MOIS misuses Tweeter against MEK

MOIS misuses Tweeter against MEK

The Iranian regime, boxed into a corner, the uprisings against the mullahs’ interference in Iraq and Lebanon, and unable to stop a rising tide of protests by the Iranian Resistance at home and abroad, have resorted to using fake social media profiles to share false news in order to boost its forces morale.

Websites affiliated with the regime’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) and its operatives have posted several pieces citing a fake Twitter account attributed to the French president’s Secretary-General Alexis Kohler, which said that the Mujahedin-e Khalq (PMOI/MEK) will soon be expelled from France.

The Elysée Palace denied the report and said that this was not the position of Elysée, adding that Kohler does not have a Twitter account.

On November 4, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI)’s Committee on Security and Counterterrorism issued a statement to underscore that these tweets bore the clear markings of the Iranian regime.

The account was created in February 2014, but no tweets were published until three months ago. There have been 46 tweets posted on the account since; 40 of which were copy-pasted public material and six, all posted on October 30th, are purely anti-PMOI/MEK nonsense that sounds similar to that coming out of the regime’s propaganda machine. Weirder still, all six tweets were posted simultaneously at 4:06 am Paris time and none of the information contained within appears on any other known French Government websites or media outlets.

How likely is it that Kohler set up a Twitter account five years ago, only started using it in August, and then posted six tweets in a minute bashing a pro-democracy group that has lived peacefully in France for nearly 40 years? Very unlikely.

How likely it is that this is the work of the Iranian regime’s cyber army rather than the French Presidency? Incredibly. This is one of their top tactics. Create the account and leave it dormant until they need to make the changes.

But because the Western media and other social media platforms recognized that this account was fake, the MOIS websites tried to resurrect it after six days.

This is not even the first time the regime has tried this in 2019. In July, they published a fake report claiming that Pierre Cochard, “a French diplomat resident in Israel”, had written a series of tweets about NCRI President Maryam Rajavi visiting Israel to meet Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the head of Mossad. The French Foreign Ministry said that Cochard was not behind the Twitter account.

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Iraqis show their anger against the interfere of Iranian regime in their internal affairs

Mullahs Strategic Depth is Collapsing

Iraqis show their anger against the interfere of Iranian regime in their internal affairs

Iraqis show their anger against the interfere of the Iranian regime in their internal affairs, October 2019

In an interview with Fox News, Mark Dubowitz, head of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, said that by spending nearly one billion dollars a year to support its terrorist proxy forces, the Iranian regime is the worst state sponsor of terrorism in the world, expanding its malign influence throughout the globe.

He added that the Iranian regime is a military dictatorship that has occupied Iran; Iranian people hate this regime. This regime has spent billions of dollars in supporting the brutality of Bashar al-Assad in Syria. The Head of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies concluded that the Iranian authorities try to make nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) for delivering them, which beyond terrorism, is a prime threat.

Bryan Hook, U.S. State Department’s special representative for Iran, emphasized the Washington determination in continuing sanctions against the Iranian regime. He added that the Iranian regime has spent 16 billion dollars for its paramilitary groups in Syria and Iraq. Hook believes that sanctions against the Iranian regime are a reflection of the Iranian regime’s measures for destabilizing the region. He added that Washington continues sanctioning the Iranian regime until this regime accepts negotiations for a nuclear deal.

Stressing that sanctions have weakened Iran’s economy compared to two years ago, Mr. Hook said that sanctions have led to the reduction of Iranian oil exports from 2.5 million to 120 thousand barrels a day.

With mounting unrest in Iraq and Lebanon, the Iranian regime witnesses its “Strategic depth” collapsing. It seems that spending billions of dollars in Iraq and Lebanon has been in vain. The biggest blow to Ali Khamenei, the supreme leader of the regime and Qasem Soleimani, head of the terrorist Quds Force, who spent Iranian wealth on the Hezbullah in Lebanon and paramilitary forces in Iraq, while keeping eighty percent of the Iranian people under the poverty line.

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), said in 2004 that while their nuclear program has been a strategic means for the mullahs’ survival; however, the regime’s interference in Iraq is a hundred times more dangerous than its nuclear program.

The world has paid a heavy price for the disastrous strategy of the US in the Middle East past years. Millions of people in Iran, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and Yemen suffered from Iranian terrorism in the region.

Iranians, as well as Iraqis and the people of Lebanon, reject the Iranian regime’s interference.

The religious dictatorship ruling Iran is gripped in profound crises. There is no question that the regime’s days are numbered. In contrast, the democratic alternative is flourishing.

The MEK and Iranians, as well as Iraqis and the people of Lebanon, are determined to get rid of the mullahs building free democratic countries to guarantee peace and co-existence in the region.

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Maryam Rajavi at the French National Assembly on 29 October, 2019

Maryam Rajavi: Iranian Regime Is Never Going to Change Its behavior – Part II

Maryam Rajavi at the French National Assembly on 29 October, 2019

Maryam Rajavi at the French National Assembly on 29 October 2019

In a conference at the French National Assembly on 29 October, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), stressed that in absence of a firm policy, the regime gets further emboldened and tensions and crises aggravate.

Bellow is the second part of Mrs. Rajavi’s speech at the conference:

“• The Iranian regime is never going to change its behavior because it is too weak and isolated; any change in behavior would lead to regime change.

  • The regime cannot abandon warmongering or its nuclear and missile projects in return for economic and political concessions. This is why the regime refused the chance to do so despite being offered the best possible opportunity.

  • Absent a firm policy, the regime gets further emboldened and tensions and crises aggravate.

     


She then pointed to the solution saying: The solution is to support the people of Iran who call for the regime’s overthrow.

Mrs. Rajavi discussed the growing recent protests in Iran and said:

” Today, the people of Iran are protesting and holding strikes in factories, in the streets, in Isfahan, Lordegan, Arak and other cities, but they are suppressed. In their view, the only solution to their misery is the overthrow of the regime.

In their protests, they have time and again addressed the regime’s leaders, telling them to let go of Syria, but the mullahs keep spending the lion’s share of the nation’s revenues on war and terrorism in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, and Yemen. The country’s economy is paralyzed. The economic growth rate has shrunk by 9.5 percent, and the inflation rate is between 40 and 50 percent. In a nutshell, the mullahs’ regime is engulfed in one of the most critical periods of its rule.

The religious dictatorship ruling Iran does not represent the Iranian people nor their rich history and culture. “

 


Highlighting the expectation from France she said:

“As the leading country in Europe, France must take the initiative to open the path to democracy in Iran, and to support human rights, the Iranian people and the Resistance. This is the only way we can restore peace in the Middle East and bring about stability and democracy.”

In conclusion, Mrs. Rajavi said:

” There is a democratic alternative capable of establishing a democratic and pluralist republic based on the separation of religion and state, gender equality, the autonomy of ethnic groups, and a non-nuclear Iran.

The National Council of Resistance of Iran is capable of replacing this regime and peacefully transferring power to elected representatives of the people of Iran.

Our people, resistance and resistance units are prepared to achieve this, and we hope that Europe and France stand with the Iranian people and their legitimate demands and aspirations.”

An exhibition in this regard was on display all day close to the National Assembly.

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Maryam Rajavi Assemblee Nationale Paris

Maryam Rajavi: Terrorism and Warmongering Are the Strategic Means of Iranian Regime’s Survival- Part I

 

Maryam Rajavi Assemblee Nationale Paris

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), delivers a speech at the French National Assembly on 29 October 2019

In a conference at the French National Assembly on 29 October, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), stressed that since Rouhani took office, four thousand death penalties were issued. She said that she hoped Europe and France would stand with the Iranian people and their legitimate demands and aspirations.

In her speech, Mrs. Rajavi first thanked the members of the National Assembly for their invaluable efforts against the mullahs’ religious rule in Iran in support of the Iranian people and their resistance, stressing that these efforts will never be forgotten.

The President-elect of the NCRI first reviewed the human rights’ record in the past four decades in Iran and said:

” The people of Iran have been struggling for more than 40 years against a regime which is the world’s record holder of executions per capita. Since 2013, when Hassan Rouhani became president, some 4,000 people have been executed. And 120,000 political executions have been carried out under the mullahs’ regime since 1981, including the massacre of 30,000 political prisoners in the summer of 1988.”

She then pointed to a new book containing part of the names of massacred MEK members. This book has recently been published by the Call-for-Justice movement.

Mentioning that the 1988 massacre in Iran was the worst state-sponsored massacre since World War II, Mrs. Rajavi said:

” Some of the key perpetrators of this massacre are presently holding positions such as the Head of the Judiciary and the Minister of Justice in Rouhani’s government.

Can you imagine? What kind of justice this is?

This regime has institutionalized discrimination against women in its laws. The highest number of executions of women in the world and their most vicious tortures have been carried out by this regime. Presently, a large number of women are incarcerated in Iran for their peaceful activities or their faith.”

Mrs. Rajavi then discussed the destructive role of the Iranian regime outside Iran and said:

” Outside Iran, the clerical regime is the main cause of instability and wars in the Middle East.

Over the past years, the world has heard a lot about the crimes of ISIS, or Daesh. Their crimes are similar to those committed by the clerical regime in Iran and in the region in the past four decades. They have the same anti-human ideology: dictatorship and savagery under the banner of religion, terrorism, and expansionism, and misogyny. When this ideology dominates a big country like Iran, it becomes a hundred times more dangerous than Daesh, which emerged as a result of the clerical regime’s crimes in Iraq and Syria coupled with international silence.”

Mrs. Rajavi stressed that if inaction vis-à-vis the regime’s crimes in Iran and abroad persists, the clerics and their actions will reproduce groups like Daesh (ISIS). The regime is quite concerned over the latest setback to Daesh.


The regime’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) and their militias slaughter people in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and Yemen.

Discussing the mullahs’ terrorism and warmongering in Iran, the President-elect of the NCRI said:

” This medieval regime belongs to the past. Terrorism and warmongering are the strategic means of survival. For this reason, they undermined European efforts, including those by the French President to reduce tensions. They continued attacking tankers in international waters and oil installations in neighboring countries.

Why did the regime step up its terrorism and domestic suppression, and refuse the initiatives put forth by France? Because it cannot moderate itself, because the president carries out the whims of the Supreme Leader because the regime’s leaders want to ensure their own survival instead of caring for the interests of the people, and, finally, because the regime lacks the minimum stability.

They are playing a duplicitous game by using these initiatives to buy time and continue their aggression in the region and expand their ballistic missile program. All the while, in their domestic propaganda, they insult France and Europe.

This is what we have experienced in the past 40 years. If this regime had the slightest capacity for reform, we would have not paid such a heavy price in this long and arduous struggle against it.

The Mojahedin quickly learned that the only means for the survival of this theocratic regime are domestic suppression, foreign wars, and crises-making.

The regime understands only the language of firmness. The ruling mullahs consider silence, leniency, and calls for negotiation as signs of weakness.

While they try to make it appear as though Europe needs mediation, they are the ones in need of it. They have been emboldened because of inaction towards their regime’s outlaw behavior and belligerence.”

An exhibition in this regard was on display all day close to the National Assembly.

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Maryam Rajavi delivering speech at the French National Assembly

French Conference Over Iran Human Rights Abuses

Maryam Rajavi delivering a speech at the French National Assembly, October 29, 2019

The Parliamentary Committee for a Democratic Iran (CPID) held a conference in the French National Assembly about the human rights situation in Iran on Tuesday, with Maryam Rajavi, president-elect of the National Council of the Resistance of Iran (NCRI), serving as keynote speaker, where they addressed the need to hold the Iranian regime accountable for its abuses.

During the conference, titled “Iran: repression, belligerence, need for a new approach”, several French deputies from across the political spectrum have underlined the need for a new policy towards the regime following the failure of recent international initiatives contains the regime’s destabilizing role in the Middle East.

At the conference, Rajavi introduced a new book containing the names of 5,000 of the 30,000 members of the Mujahedin-e Khalq (PMOI/MEK) who were executed by the regime in 1988.

She also drew attention to women’s rights abuses in Iran, noting that there is “institutionalized discrimination against women” in Iran’s laws, with “a large number of women are incarcerated in Iran for their peaceful activities or their faith”.

Rajavi also stressed that the regime takes foreign nationals hostage and uses its embassies to commit terrorist attacks in the West, which undermines European efforts to reduce tensions with Iran. She also explained that the regime will not change its behavior, rather it has been emboldened by the appeasement policies of the West, so it must be overthrown by the people.

Rajavi said: “France must take the initiative to open the path to democracy in Iran, and to support human rights, the Iranian people and the Resistance. This is the only way we can restore peace in the Middle East and bring about stability and democracy.”

Michèle de Vaucouleurs, Vice-Chairperson, and Chairperson of the Parliamentary Committee for a Democratic Iran noted that the Committee informed French parliamentarians and public opinion on human rights and women’s rights in Iran. She said that during her recent visit to Ashraf 3, the new home for the PMOI/MEK in Albania, she saw a source of hope for Iranians who hope to liberate their country from a religious dictatorship.

MP André Chassaigne said that Iran is boiling over with popular protests and that the only solution is to support the Iranian people in addressing the regime’s violations of human rights, while Philippe Gosselin, the co-chair of the Parliamentary Committee for a Democratic Iran, praised   Rajavi’s ten-point plan for freedom and democracy in Iran.

MP Yannick Favennec, a member of the Defense Committee of the French Parliament and Vice-Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee for a Democratic Iran, said that Iran was destroying the security of the region by increasing instability.

Favennec said: “Foreign war and negotiations without end lead to more aggression and threats. We must think about change and support regime change by the Iranian people and the Iranian resistance.”

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New published book on the names of 1988 massacre

MEK Book Launch Spurs Hope for Change in Iran Policy in EU

New published book on the names of 1988 massacre

A newly published book about the names of MEK members killed in the 1988 massacre in Iran was revealed by Mrs. Rajavi in the European parliamentarians

European parliamentarians praised the leading Iranian dissident group, Mujahedin-e Khalq (PMOI/MEK), and urged the European Union and its member states to take further action to confront Iran over its human rights abuses on Wednesday after Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) debuted a new book detailing the Regime’s crimes.
The book, called “Crime Against Humanity”, contains the names of 5,000 people slaughtered by the Iranian regime during the 1988 massacre of 30,000 political prisoners, mainly MEK members. (The names of many victims are not known because of the secrecy and silence that the regime enforces around the massacre, with victims buried anonymously in mass graves and the regime imprisoning those who dare to question where their loved ones are.)

The book contains the locations of the mass graves of the victims of the 1988 massacre in 36 cities, names of members of 35 death commissions, and names of 110 cities where the massacre was carried out and the locations of three dozen mass graves.
At the event, keynote speaker,  Maryam Rajavi, called for a “firm European policy which necessarily requires lending support to the Iranian people’s resistance [in order] to establish democracy and popular sovereignty” in Iran.
She then highlighted recent events, including attacks on tankers in the Strait of Hormuz , and on the oil refinery in Saudi Arabia, as proof that her prior warning to the European Parliament is coming true, which was that if Iran was not dealt with decisively, they will “impose a fatal war on the region and the world”.Many EU politicians attended the release, held in a committee meeting room at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, praised Rajavi and the MEK, and called on the EU to adjust its Iran policy.

 

Polish MEP and former minister of foreign affairs Anna Fotyga, who chaired Wednesday’s event, called on the EU to “focus on human rights abuses when it comes to relations with Iran”.Italian MEP Patrizia Toia told Rajavi: “You have our full support in your struggle to achieve freedom and democracy for your people.”
While Andrea Dessi, a senior fellow at Rome-based think tank the Institute for International Affairs, said this could push the EU into adopting a more hard-line stance toward Iran in line with the US.
Dessi said in an interview: “We are not going to see a policy shift on Iran from one day to the next. This was a relatively low-key event, but it’s still significant that it took place and that it was well attended even as the European Union is focused on Brexit and what is taking place on the Turkey-Syria border.”

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Giulio Terzi

Terzi: EU Must Hold Iran Regime Accountable for 1988 Massacre

Giulio Terzi

Hon. Giulio Terzi, the former Foreign Minister of Italy

Former Italian Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi has written an op-ed urging the European Union to hold Iranian regime officials accountable for the 1988 massacre of 30,000 political prisoners, mainly Mujahedin-e Khalq (PMOI/MEK) members, and supporters, in Iran because no one has been brought to justice in the past 30 years.

Terzi wrote that this impunity is the result of Western governments’ silence over the crimes of the regime and appeasement of the mullahs.

At a conference in July 2018, Maryam Rajavi, the president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), said that the international community was made aware of the massacre almost as soon as it began, but Western governments refused to say anything to stop or expose the crime against humanity.

Terzi wrote:

“The world should have grown more and more receptive to that message as it witnessed the public conduct of the Iranian regime. But somehow, that conduct has never overcome the Western world’s misguided optimism about the potential for political reform within the Islamic Republic. That optimism was perhaps never on clearer display than following the election of President Hassan Rouhani in 2013, which paved the way for the signing of the Iran nuclear deal, or Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action two years later.”

 

He highlights that this is something that “seriously undercuts” Europe’s commitment to human rights, especially when the Regime is covering up more evidence of the massacre with each passing year and conducting more crimes like it. Survivors and relatives of its victims are demanding accountability, justice, and closure, which means that the world should listen.

Terzi said:

 “Both Khamenei and Rouhani are committed to upholding the legacy of the 1988 massacre, which primarily targeted the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI, Mujahedin-e Khalq or MEK) and sought to stamp out any serious challenge to a dictatorial system that was then still struggling to secure its hold on power. In March of this year, Khamenei appointed one of the leading perpetrators of the massacre, Ebrahim Raisi, as the new head of the judiciary. And Rouhani has twice appointed members of the 1988 ‘death commissions’ to the position of Justice Minister.”

This means European leaders should use international pressure to bring those who took part in the massacre of the MEK members and supporters to justice or they will only further “embolden the regime’s domestic terrorism” and therefore cannot claim a commitment to human rights.

Terzi said:

“It’s clear that their efforts will continue even if the only endpoint is the Iranian regime’s overthrow. But it would be a shameful start to relations with a new, democratic Iran if none of its prospective international had heeded the call for justice for all those who died at the hands of a system that denied democracy to the Iranian people for so long.”

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Maryam Rajavi's banner in Tehran

MEK Activities Across Iran

Maryam Rajavi's banner in Tehran

Tehran- resistance units of the MEK install banner of Maryam Rajavi at Damavand road

Based on the sources of the Mujahedin-e Khalq (PMOI/MEK) and the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), during the period of 19 to 24 October 2019 in a campaign coinciding with the anniversary of the election of Mrs. Rajavi by the NCRI, the MEK resistance units accelerated their activities.

Enjoying a vast popular support, the defiant youth, supporters of the MEK, torched the symbols of the regime’s leadership, Khomeini, the founder of the religious dictatorship, and Ali Khamenei, the supreme leader, across Iran including, Mashhad (northeast), Shiraz (south), Zahedan (southeast), Kermanshah, Khorramabad and Boroujerd (west), Kashan (south-central), and Behbahan, and Gachsaran (southwest).

Based on a statement released by the Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran on October 25, 2019:

During the same period, large placards and banners carrying Mrs. Maryam Rajavi’s picture were posted in different parts of Tehran, like Abbas Abad, Arya Shahr, Nivaran, and Modarres Expressways, Tehran Pars, Kurdistan and Kaveh Expressways, and elsewhere. The same was done in public places in many other Iranian cities.

MEK’s activities dramatically promote hope for change in Iran amongst the young generation as well as women, the hope for establishing a free, democratic Iran. The MEK resistance units are the source of inspiration in the society inside Iran and among the Iranian community abroad. Posting posters of Massoud Rajavi, leader of the Iranian Resistance, and Maryam Rajavi, by the supporters of the MEK, indicates the popular support for the MEK’s objectives and the ten-point plan of Mrs. Maryam Rajavi for a democratic, secular, and pluralistic Iran.

Below are some images of the MEK’s resistance units torching the Iranian regime’s symbols.

Torching a banner of Ali Khameni in Tehran by a MEK resistance unit1

Torching a banner of Ali Khamenei in Tehran by a MEK resistance unit

Setting fire on the sign of Basij, the suppressive paramilitary force affiliated to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) in North-West city of Mashhad 2

Setting fire on the sign of Basij, the suppressive paramilitary force affiliated to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) in North-West city of Mashhad

Torching the sign of a regime's suppressive center in Kashan by a MEK resistance unit3

Torching the sign of a regime’s suppressive center in Kashan by a MEK resistance unit

A MEK resistance unit sets fire to the sign of a suppressive force in the Southern city of Behbahan 4

A MEK resistance unit sets fire to the sign of a suppressive force in the Southern city of Behbahan

Posting large placards and banners carrying Mrs. Rajavi’s picture by the MEK resistance units

Hanging a large banner carrying Mrs. Maryam Rajavi's picture, by a MEK resistance unit, Niavaran Highway, Tehran5

Hanging a large banner carrying Mrs. Maryam Rajavi’s picture, by a MEK resistance unit, Niavaran Highway, Tehran

A large placard carrying Maryam Rajavi's picture was hung over a bridge in Kaveh highway in Tehran by a MEK resistance unit6

A large placard carrying Maryam Rajavi’s picture was hung over a bridge in Kaveh highway in Tehran by a MEK resistance unit

A large placard carrying Maryam Rajavi's picture was hung over a bridge in Abbasabad, Tehran by a MEK resistance unit

A large placard carrying Maryam Rajavi’s picture was hung over a bridge in Abbasabad, Tehran by a MEK resistance unit

A large placard carrying Maryam Rajavi's picture was hung over a bridge in Kurdistan highway, Tehran, by a MEK resistance unit

A large placard carrying Maryam Rajavi’s picture was hung over a bridge in Kurdistan highway, Tehran, by a MEK resistance unit

A large placard carrying Maryam Rajavi's picture posted in Modares Highway, Tehran by a MEK resistance unit

A large placard carrying Maryam Rajavi’s picture posted in Modares Highway, Tehran by a MEK resistance unit

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