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Maryam Rajavi Speaks at International Conference at MEK Headquarters in Albania

International Conference in Ashraf 3 titled, “Mullahs’ regime source of war and instability in the region-Iranian resistance messenger of peace and freedom”-June 29, 2019

The MEK hosted an international conference on Saturday at their headquarters in Albania, Ashraf 3. The conference was entitled “Mullahs’ regime, source of war and instability in the region; Iranian Resistance, messenger of peace and freedom” and included speeches by European and Australian parliamentarians, politicians, lawyers, and religious figures.

An international delegation visited Ashraf 3, the MEK headquarters in Albania, in conjunction with the conference.

Speakers at the conference expressed solidarity with the Iranian people and their desire to end the mullahs’ rule, and they stated their support for the MEK and the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) as the viable democratic alternative to the theocratic regime currently in power. They also condemned the regime for its terrorist activities and destabilization of the Middle East, as well as its gross human rights violations against the Iranian people, and called for a firm policy to hold the regime accountable for its actions.

Maryam Rajavi’s Speech

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi gave the keynote address at the conference. Her speech was a fiery condemnation of the regime and the policy of appeasement, coupled with an appeal to the international community to take a firm stance against the Iranian regime.

She thanked the international dignitaries in attendance, noting that their presence at Ashraf 3 “sends a message of solidarity to the people of Iran who are fed up with the ruling theocracy, and are poised to topple it.”

Aggressive Actions

Mrs. Rajavi described Iran’s aggressive actions over the past few weeks, which have included attacks on four commercial ships, the destruction of two major oil pipelines in Saudi Arabia, a rocket attack intended for the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, missile attacks on airports in Saudi Arabia, and an attack on a Japanese tanker during a diplomatic visit by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The latest act of aggression came when the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) shot down a U.S. drone over international airspace.

She noted the hypocrisy of those who have accused the Iranian Resistance of trying to push the U.S. into waging war with Iran in the past. “For their part, an assortment of regime apologists, lobbyists, operatives and agents, who for years had accused the Iranian Resistance and their freedom-loving and humanitarian supporters of being warmongers, claimed that those advocating for human rights and freedom in Iran seek to lure the U.S. to wage war. What a disgraceful lie!” she said.

Mrs. Rajavi asked, “Now, have these attacks made it clear to proponents of appeasement that the Iranian regime is the very source of conflict in the Middle East? Or this time, do they want to give the mullahs a peace prize?”

The president-elect of the Iranian opposition, addressing the International conference at MEK’s compound, Ashraf 3 in Albania- June 2019

“Freedom, democracy and human rights are the Iranian people’s inalienable rights,” Mrs. Rajavi emphasized. “The main question is: Are the Iranian people not entitled to freedom, democracy, and human rights?”

Mrs. Rajavi questioned why European governments have remained silent about the fate of Iranian political prisoners who were arrested for their participation in the December 2017 uprisings.

“During your visit to Tehran when you were taking selfies with regime officials, should you not have at least asked the regime’s president Rouhani to allow you to visit, albeit symbolically, the prisons?” she asked.

Mrs. Rajavi said that the Iranian regime’s attempts to suppress dissent have had the opposite effect. Iran is now a “powder keg” of protests, and the MEK Resistance Units have become a powerful force within the country.

“This explosive situation has compelled the mullahs to resort to crisis-manufacturing,” she said, reminding her audience that regime Supreme Leader Khamenei described the wars in Syria, Yemen, and Lebanon as “an important part of the regime’s security.”

“He and other regime leaders have repeatedly acknowledged that without waging wars abroad, they would have to confront the arisen people of Iran “in Kermanshah and Hamedan” or “in Sistan, Azerbaijan, Shiraz, and Isfahan,” Rajavi added.

Failure of the Iran Nuclear Deal

Mrs. Rajavi then turned her focus to the Iran nuclear deal. “Political and commercial partners of the mullahs’ rule on both sides of the Atlantic deliberately cover up the obvious reality that the regime’s warmongering intensified after the July 2015 nuclear accord,” she said.

“On the day of the signing of that agreement, I emphasized on behalf of the Iranian Resistance, that in order to avoid war in the region, the P5+1 ‘should … firmly insist on evicting the regime from the Middle East and prevent its interferences all over the region. This is a fundamental necessity that needs to be included in any agreement as a foundational principle.’”

Mrs. Rajavi stated that she had renewed her concerns in December of 2017, telling European Parliament that “if the ruling religious fascism is not dealt with decisively, it would inflict a deadly conflict on the region and the world.”

Rajavi then described the many times that the Iranian regime violated the deal since 2017, test-firing missiles, distributing weapons to terrorist proxies, and firing ballistic weapons at Saudi Arabia.

She also pointed out that by furthering the policy of appeasement, Europe was allowing the mullahs to continue their bloody wars in Syria and Yemen and their growing meddling in Iraq.

The International conference at MEK’s residents (Ashraf3) in Albania-June 2019

They are also complicit in the regime’s demonization campaign against the MEK, which included a series of attempted terrorist attacks on European soil in 2018.

Mrs. Rajavi went on to emphasize that the Iranian regime is not acting from a position of power but from “a hollow show of force.”

“In reality, the mullahs do not have a reliable military force, and they lack popular support and a sound economic system,” she said.

“At home, the mullahs derive their ‘power’ from executing, torturing and suppressing the defenseless population. Abroad, they act with impunity because no one has challenged their warmongering and terrorism.”

Mrs. Rajavi reiterated that “overthrowing this regime is the sole responsibility of the Iranian people, the great army of liberation, the Resistance and Units of Rebellion.”

The Policy of Appeasement

The overarching theme of Mrs. Rajavi’s speech was the danger of continuing the policy of appeasement, and she spent a portion of her address specifically reaffirming this message.

“The policy of appeasement has portrayed the mullahs’ empty rhetoric and warmongering as a reflection of their power,” she said.

“The policy of appeasement has given the mullahs free rein to engage in misinformation and demonization campaigns against the Mojahedin [MEK] and the Iranian Resistance, and to prevent the formation of a front against the mullahs’ religious fascism, with the Iranian Resistance at its core,” she continued.

“And finally, this is a policy that has deliberately turned a blind eye to the de facto war the regime has been waging against other countries in the region,” Mrs. Rajavi added.

Rajavi urged European leaders not to repeat the damage done to the Iranian people by making concessions to the mullahs again. She said anyone partnering with the regime to circumvent sanctions was complicit in preserving their dictatorship.

Calls to Action

Mrs. Rajavi closed her speech with several calls to action.

“Blacklisting the corrupt and vicious core of the regime, the Office of the Supreme Leader Khamenei, which took place after a three-decade delay, has been welcomed by the Iranian public. The blacklisting must be extended to the regime’s president, Hassan Rouhani,” she said.

“The UN Security Council must declare that the clerical regime in Iran is a threat to global peace and security,” she went on.

“The dossier of human rights abuses and massacre of political prisoners in Iran must be referred to the UN Security Council and international tribunals,” Mrs. Rajavi continued.

“We call on all countries to join the international front against the religious fascism,” she said.

“The International community, and specifically the European Union, must recognize that resistance is the Iranian people’s right to establish the sovereignty of the people of Iran,” she concluded.

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NCRI Women’s Committee Calls for Release of British-Iranian Woman Held Hostage by Regime

Richard Ratcliffe, on hunger strike in front of Iran's embassy in London

Nazanin Zaghari’s health condition is deteriorating due to lack of medical care. Richard Ratcliffe, her husband has also been on hunger strike in front of the Iranian regime’s embassy in London, demanding the unconditional release of his wife from prison.

Imprisoned British-Iranian dual citizen Nazanin Zaghari is nearing the third week of her hunger strike, despite pressure from the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), according to a Friday report from the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) Women’s Committee.

Zaghari began her hunger strike on June 15, 2019, to protest her unfair imprisonment by the Iranian regime. She chose her daughter’s birthday to begin her strike as a symbol of the regime’s cruel separation of Zaghari from her young daughter when she was initially arrested in April 2016. According to her husband, Richard Ratcliffe, Zaghari is demanding “unconditional freedom” before she will end her strike.

Zaghari has been imprisoned for three years, during which time her physical health has deteriorated, according to MEK sources inside Iran. Iranian prisons are notoriously unhygienic and routinely deny inmates access to healthcare. It is common for prisoners to develop serious health issues while imprisoned.

Richard Ratcliffe is also on a hunger strike in solidarity with his wife. He said that Zarghari initiated the strike, but he followed suit on the same day in support of her release. Ratcliffe has been protesting outside of the Iranian Embassy in London for his wife’s freedom.

Mr. Ratcliffe said that he was able to speak with Zaghari on the phone last weekend, and she restated her demand for unconditional release. She also said that the Revolutionary Guards have pressured her to end her strike.

“She was pretty traumatized,” Ratcliffe said in reference to the phone call. “She was being pressured by the Revolutionary Guard at that point to end the hunger strike. Their job is to be scary. They certainly are. This is day twelve of our hunger strike. It’s tough for me and I’m sure it’s much tougher for her.”

 

Zaghari has shown determination in her efforts to end her role as a bargaining chip in the Iranian regime’s negotiations with the U.K. She said previously that she would do anything to let the governments of both Iran and the U.K. know that enough is enough. The Iranian regime has a policy of kidnapping and taking hostages as a form of diplomacy. Zaghari is a victim of this policy.

Background

Nazanin Zaghari is a British-Iranian dual citizen who worked as a project manager for the Thompson Reuters Foundation in the U.K. In March 2016, she and her two-year-old daughter, Gabriella, flew to Iran to visit her parents. On April 3, 2016, Zaghari was detained at the airport as she and Gabriella were preparing to board a flight home to the U.K. She and her daughter were separated, and Zaghari was imprisoned for several months without trial before finally being sentenced to five years in prison.

An Urgent Call to Action

The Women’s Committee of the NCRI repeats its call for the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Human Rights Council, and other defenders of human rights and women’s rights to condemn the Iranian regime’s practice of kidnapping and hostage-taking and to take urgent action to free Nazanin Zaghari.

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Amnesty International: Regime’s Treatment of Families of 1988 Massacre Victims Amounts to Torture, Crimes against Humanity

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More than 30,000 political prisoners, mainly MEK activists were slain during the summer of 1988, a crime against humanity that has yet to be accounted for.

The Iranian regime’s treatment of family members of the victims of the 1988 Massacre constitutes torture, concluded Amnesty International in a June 26th post on its website in honor of International Day in Support of Victims of Torture.

Amnesty further stated that “[t]orture and other inhumane acts amount to crimes against humanity when they form part of a systematic or widespread attack.

More than thirty years have passed since the summer of 1988, when the Iranian regime executed 30,000 political prisoners, most of whom were MEK activists, and buried them in mass graves. The families of the victims have never received any justice for this crime against humanity, as none of the perpetrators have faced any consequences for their actions, and many have gone on to attain high-ranking positions within the regime.

Continued Torment

Amnesty International wrote in its statement that the regime continues to torment families of the victims by refusing to disclose the circumstances of their deaths and the locations of their bodies. Those who have asked for the truth or seek justice for their relatives have been harassed, threatened, intimidated, and attacked.

“The Iranian authorities’ ongoing refusal to acknowledge the deaths or to reveal the fate and whereabouts of those forcibly disappeared and killed has placed a cruel burden on family members who continue to be haunted by a sense of anguish, uncertainty and injustice,” said Philip Luther, Research and Advocacy Director for the Middle East and North Africa at Amnesty International.

“There is no doubt that the agonizing suffering inflicted on victims’ families for more than 30 years violates the absolute prohibition on torture and other cruel and inhuman treatment under international law,” he added.

Amnesty International interviewed families of the victims of the 1988 Massacre and found that many of the victim’s parents had developed physical or mental health issues as a result of their children’s deaths, including heart attacks, depression, delusions, and suicidal tendencies.

Compounding the families’ suffering is the Iranian regime’s determination to cover up the crime. Families have either been denied death certificates or given certificates that cited natural causes, illness, or “death” as the cause of death. Officials refuse to acknowledge the existence of mass graves, despite satellite evidence to the contrary, and have bulldozed or constructed buildings or roads over known mass graves. Relatives are forbidden from holding mourning rituals or commemorations for their loved ones or having public discussions about the massacre.

Support for Amnesty’s Position

Amnesty International holds the position that the Iranian regime is systematically violating the absolute prohibition of torture and other ill-treatment of the families of victims of the 1988 Massacre. This opinion is supported by the expert opinions of United Nations human rights bodies on the impact of enforced disappearances on victims’ relatives.

The UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances recognizes that the anguish and suffering caused to a family by the disappearance of a loved one and by the continuing uncertainty concerning their fate or whereabouts “reaches the threshold of torture.”

 

The UN Human Rights Committee also recognizes that the suffering caused to a family by the disappearance of their loved ones, the secrecy surrounding the execution date and place of burial, and the refusal to hand over a body for burial have the effect of punishing families and causing mental distress,

and as such amounts to a violation of the prohibition on torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment.

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Increase in terrorist activities of the Iranian regime

Regime Diplomat Terrorist Transported Explosives in Foiled 2018 Paris Bombing on Austrian Passenger Flight

Increase in terrorist activities of the Iranian regime

The Iranian regime terrorist activities in Europe involving many of its Embassy staffs. Assadollah Assadi, one of the high officials of the regime in its embassy in Austria, was arrested last year for masterminding a failed terror plot to bomb the huge Iran gathering with over 100,000 participants in Villepinte Paris.

The explosives used in the foiled bombing plot against the 2018 MEK gathering outside of Paris last year were transported on an Austrian passenger plane, according to a report published in the Arabic language Independent newspaper on Tuesday. The report uncovered new details about the planned terrorist attack on the 2018 Free Iran event in Villepinte, France, which was attended by more than 100,000 members of the Iranian Resistance and hundreds of prominent politicians, human rights activists, and dignitaries from around the world.

The planned attack was foiled when an Iranian couple was arrested in Belgium on the day of the rally carrying 500 grams of TATP explosives in their car. The couple was en route to the gathering with plans to set off the explosives inside the auditorium where the rally was taking place when they were apprehended by Belgian police, working in conjunction with French and German authorities.

 

According to the Independent newspaper, Assadollah Assadi, a Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) agent and regime diplomat stationed in Austria since 2014, obtained the TATP explosives in Iran to use in the terrorist attack. Tehran planned the bombing long in advance, and Assadi was tasked with mapping out and supervising the operation by officials at the highest levels of the regime.

Transporting Explosives

The report described how Assadi transferred the highly explosive material from Tehran to Austria to deliver to the Iranian couple who were charged with detonating the bomb. Assadi left the regime’s embassy in Austria on June 20, 2018, and traveled to Tehran, where he took possession of the TATP explosives. He then placed the highly explosive material into a diplomatic suitcase and boarded the Austrian airline flight OS872 from Tehran to Vienna. There were 240 passengers on the Airbus A320 with Assadi’s bomb.

 

Assadi was arrested in Germany on the day of the rally and charged with masterminding the attack. Despite protests and threats from the regime, he was extradited to Belgium, where he is currently awaiting trial for attempted murder in connection with the foiled bombing. The Iranian couple also faces charges related to the attack, and one other accomplice who was arrested at the site of the rally has also been charged in connection with the plot against the MEK.

Implications

The foiled bombing of the Free Iran gathering was one of several attempted attacks on the MEK and Iranian dissidents in 2018. The regime attempted to bomb a Nowruz celebration at the MEK’s compound in Albania in March 2018, prompting sanctions from the Albanian government. In August 2018, the FBI arrested two MOIS agents in the U.S. for espionage activities against MEK members. The E.U. expelled several MOIS agents and regime diplomats because of terrorist activities and threats to European security last year.

 

The Iranian regime sees the MEK as an existential threat, and it will stop at nothing to eliminate its opposition. This places the MEK at risk, but it places the international community at risk as well. 240 passengers sat on an international flight with a terrorist with a bomb in 2018. That bomb then traveled in a car in cities full of people on its way to an auditorium packed with 100,000 civilians asking for freedom. The Iranian regime does not care who is in the path when it detonates its bombs.

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The US Announces the Latest Round of Iranian Sanctions

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Iranian regime foreign minister Javad Zarif (Right), meeting with the commander of the Qods Force Qassem Soleimani. Based on the Treasury department’s announcement, Zarif will also be included in the list of Iranian regime sanctioned officials this week.

On Monday, the US announced that it would impose fresh sanctions on the Iranian regime’s Supreme Leader and other senior officials.

US President Donald Trump told reporters in the Oval Office that he would be tightening the pressure on the Iranian regime. The new sanctions exclude Khamenei and commanders in the Iranian military from US financial institutions. They also restrict access to their assets in the US.

The president called the measures a “strong and proportionate response to Iran’s increasingly provocative actions.” He also reaffirmed his administration’s commitment to ensuring that the Iranian regime will never develop a nuclear weapon. While he also maintained that the US was not seeking a conflict with the regime, adding “we do not ask for conflict”.

Senior Regime Officials Affected

In addition to the Supreme Leader, regime Foreign Minister Javad Zarif will also be blocked from accessing assets in US financial institutions. Eight commanders from the regime’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) were also included in the blacklist.

According to the Trump administration, the sanctions will see “billions” of dollars’ worth of assets frozen.

The Iranian opposition Position on New Sanctions

Trump’s announcement was met warmly by members of the Iranian opposition movement. The President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI)Maryam Rajavi also reflected on the news on her Twitter account:

“Sanctioning Khamenei & his office, the epicenter of crime, corruption & terrorism in Iran, is spot-on and most imperative,” she said.

Alireza Jafarzedah, the deputy director of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) in the US, also welcomed the move. He reminded his followers that the Mojahedin-e Khalq (MEK) called for the sanction of senior regime officials, including the Supreme Leader himself, in its May 1st press conference in Washington D.C.

He went on to call the sanctions “a step in the right direction.”

The NCRI and MEK played an instrumental role in demonstrating the Javad Zarif connection to Iranian state-sponsored terror. In 2018, the group revealed a web of terror that had spread across Europe and the US. This elaborate terror network received orders to carry out bomb attacks and assassinations from senior figures in the regime, including Zarif, President Hassan Rouhani and the Supreme Leader.

Where Next?

In her post, Maryam Rajavi laid out her calls for the next step to oppose the regime’s terror mechanism and human rights abuses. She called on the US government to expand existing sanctions to include the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence (MOIS).

The MOIS was behind a string of failed terror attacks in 2018, including the planned detonation of a car bomb in Paris and a bomb attack on the MEK’s compound in Albania.

The leader of Iran’s opposition had previously called for blacklisting of the MOIS in addition to other steps as solutions to prevent the expansion of the Iranian regime’s terrorism:

1. Recognizing the right of the Iranian people and the Resistance to overthrow the ruling religious fascism and to establish freedom.
2. Placing the Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) and other organs of suppression & export of terrorism and fundamentalism on State Department’s FTO list as well as on the EU’s terror watch list.
3. Expelling the agents of the MOIS and the terrorist IRGC and Quds Force from the United States and Europe.
4. Referring the dossier on the Iranian regime’s human rights violations and the massacre of political prisoners to the United Nations Security Council and the International Court of Justice.
5. Expelling the illegitimate clerical regime from the UN and recognizing the Iranian Resistance as the true representative of the Iranian people.
6. Evicting the Iranian regime and its forces from Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Lebanon and Afghanistan.

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Trump signs a new Executive order sanctioning Khamenei and his affiliates

Trump Announces Latest Round of Sanctions Targeting Iran’s Supreme Leader and Senior Regime Officials

 

Trump signs a new Executive order sanctioning Khamenei and his affiliates

THe president of the U.S., issued a new executive order, sanctioning the Iranian regime’s supreme leader-June 24, 2019

In the latest round of sanctions, the Trump administration is targeting the Iranian regime’s Supreme Leader and other senior officials.

On Monday, June 24, US President Donald Trump announced fresh sanctions against the Iranian regime following the downing of a US drone last Thursday.

Addressing Iranian Aggression

President Trump told reporters that the sanctions were a response to Iranian regime aggression but would have happened anyway due to the regime’s increasing hostility in the region.

Last week, the US released a video that it claims show regime forces removing unexploded ordinance from the hull of a Japanese oil tanker in the Persian Gulf. The Trump administration believes the regime was behind two attacks on international tankers.

The sanctions will, he said, “deny the Supreme Leader and the Supreme Leader’s office, and those closely affiliated with him and the office, access to key financial resources and support.”

He added: “We call on the regime to abandon its nuclear ambitions, change its destructive behavior, respect the rights of its people, and return in good faith to the negotiating table.”

The new sanctions are the latest moves from the Trump administration designed to limit the regime’s inflow of cash. In April, Trump and his cabinet announced the designation of the regime’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) as a foreign terror organization (FTO). The listing cut off international support for the repressive organ, limiting its ability to accept assistance, support, and counsel from international citizens or companies.

In May, Trump also reintroduced sanctions against the regime’s petrochemical industry. He ordered countries to stop importing Iranian oil in an attempt to bring the regime to the negotiating table.

Tough Diplomacy

Senior figures inside the Iranian regime criticized the move. The Iranian Foreign Secretary, Javad Zarif, who was one of the names the Trump administration announced would be subject to sanctions, denounced the decision over Twitter.

In a post, he accused Trump and his advisors of despising diplomacy and having a “thirst for war.” Under the new sanctions, Zarif and others will be excluded from the US financial system and their assets in the US.

The rest of the eight officials include senior figures in the Army, Navy, IRGC, and Iranian aerospace industry.

The White House also revealed that the sanctions could be extended to anybody who has business ties to the named officials. “Anybody who conducts significant transactions with these sanctioned individuals may be exposed to sanctions themselves,” it said in a statement.

Welcomed by the Opposition

The Iranian opposition welcomed the announcement. President-elect of the Iranian opposition, Maryam Rajavicalled the decision “spot on” and “most impressive”. She urged the US government to consider adding the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence (MOIS) to its list of foreign terrorist groups as well.

The MOIS was behind a string of planned terror attacks on European soil in 2018, including a plan to detonate a car bomb at an opposition-organized event in Paris last summer.

Mohammad Mohaddessin, the chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) also welcomed the announcement of the latest sanctions. He called the move an “imperative step.”

“Khamenei & his office are the primary center of execution, torture, suppression, the export of terrorism & warmongering,” he added. “It is the source of theft, embezzlement, corruption, poverty & unemployment,” and “holds the key to the nuclear weapons program.”

He echoed Ms. Rajavi’s calls for blacklisting the MOIS.

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Maryam Rajavi's Speech during June 15, Free Iran rally in Brussels

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Maryam Rajavi's Speech during June 15, Free Iran rally in Brussels

Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the Iranian opposition, addressing thousands of MEK supporters in Brussels via video, during the Free Iran Rally-June 15, 2019

Thousands of members of the MEK and the Iranian Resistance gathered in Brussels on June 15, 2019, for the first in a series of Free Iran rallies. Mrs. Maryam Rajavi urged the European Union to impose comprehensive sanctions on the Iranian regime and reaffirmed the strong desire of the Iranian people for a free and democratic Iran in her keynote address at the rally.

The Overthrow of the Regime

Mrs. Rajavi spoke strongly about the rising anger in Iran toward the mullahs’ corrupt regime, noting the parallels between the current situation and the chaos leading up to the overthrow of the Shah.

“The decadent regime of the mullahs is surrounded by infuriated people fed up with the status quo, to the extent that just like the final days of the Shah’s regime, Majlis deputies openly express their alarm during the parliamentary sessions, one after the other warn against the regime’s calamitous destiny,” she said. “They openly challenge the regime’s president and dare him to eat like the rest of the people for just one month to see if he can tolerate such conditions.”

 

Mrs. Rajavi pointed out that regime President Hassan Rouhani and his ministers say that the current crisis is the worst the regime has faced in forty years of the mullahs’ rule. Rouhani blames Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei for the country’s problems, and Khamenei faults Rouhani, but Mrs. Rajavi emphasized that there is little difference between the two leaders.

 

“At the helm, the white turbaned mullah [Rouhani] blames the black turbaned mullah [Khamenei] for the faults, demanding more authority. But Khamenei’s response was that they should prepare to convene a solid Hezbollahi government,” Mrs. Rajavi explained.

“For the people of Iran, however, there is no difference between black turbans and white turbans. They want the overthrow of the entire regime and they cry out, ‘Our enemy is right here,” she added.

Mrs. Rajavi went on to state that the Iranian Resistance would happily welcome anyone who claimed to have an option that could “change the behavior of the mullahs’ religious fascist regime by offering economic and political incentives without budging on the human rights of the people of Iran and their right to sovereignty.”

Recognition of the Iranian Resistance

In her speech, Mrs. Rajavi said that polarization between pro- and anti-regime groups is increasing as the regime nears its final days. She stated that those who wish to preserve the regime or appease the mullahs express concern that any decisive measure will lead to war. Mrs. Rajavi answered these concerns with words from Massoud Rajavi.

“As Massoud Rajavi says, those concerned about the fate of the Iranian regime keep warning against the outbreak of war at any decisive juncture. ‘While the worst likely mistake for the U.S. and the international community to make with regard to the clerical regime is trying to avoid a war,’” Mrs. Rajavi quoted.

She continued: “He adds, “Four decades of experience show that the worst mistake is budging and hesitating to hit the head of the serpent with a rock. Without this, i.e. overthrowing this regime, Iran could not be freed. And this is a duty solely on the shoulders of the Iranian people and their Resistance. Therefore, it is imperative to recognize the right of the people of Iran to resist against and overthrow the mullahs’ regime.’”

Mrs. Rajavi stressed that the regime has attempted to preserve their rule by demonizing the MEK, whom they see as an existential threat.

“By demonizing the Mojahedin, the regime seeks to arrange the scene such that everyone concludes that the clerical regime is better and is what the Iranian people deserve,” she said. “So, they would be better off to give up resistance and continue their life in misery.”

A Call to Action

Mrs. Rajavi listed some of the regime’s terrorist activities in Europe in 2018, including attempted bombings in Albania and France, the arrests of regime mercenaries and regime diplomat Assadollah Assadi, and the expulsion of four regime diplomats from Europe. She pointed out that the Iranian Resistance has repeatedly warned that the Iranian regime’s embassies were used to carry out terrorist plots.

She then called on the European Union to take action in light of these terrorist plots and the regime’s past crimes against humanity.

“We demand that the regime’s terrorist diplomat arrested in Belgium be prosecuted as soon as possible. This is the right of Iranian refugees to learn the details of the mullahs’ terrorist plots in foreign countries. And this is requisite to any effort to prevent similar incidents in future,” Mrs. Rajavi said.

 

“We call on the European Union to impose comprehensive sanctions on the theocratic regime ruling Iran, and to designate the mullahs’ Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and their Ministry of Intelligence (MOIS) as terrorist entities. The regime’s mercenaries must be tried, punished and expelled,” she added.

Mrs. Rajavi also demanded that the regime be held accountable for the 1988 Massacre of 30,000 political prisoners. “The regime’s leaders must face justice in an international tribunal and account for their crimes against the people of Iran and particularly the massacre of political prisoners in 1988,” she said.

Mrs. Rajavi concluded her speech by emphasizing that as the regime becomes weaker, the resistance must grow stronger.

“The sensitivity of the present juncture and the increasing weakening of the clerical regime place the burden of responsibility on the shoulders of each and every one of us,” she said. “Beyond the shadow of a doubt, the ruling regime cannot withstand our nation’s resistance and uprisings and their great Army of Freedom.”

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Washington Times Op-Ed: “The Iranian resistance is raising the profile of their movement against the regime”

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Thousands of supporters of the MEK attend Free Iran Rally, Brussels-June 15, 2019

Todd Wood of The Washington Times published an op-ed on Wednesday, June 19, detailing the large international protests taking place across the globe against the Iranian regime.

In solidarity with the growing protests in Iran for freedom and democracy, the Iranian opposition has organized a string of protests in cities across Europe and the US. On Saturday, thousands of supporters of the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK) and its allies met in Brussels and marched through the streets in protest at Iranian human rights abuses and aggression.

The next protest will take place in Washington D.C. on Friday, June 21.

Confronting Iranian Aggression

At the Iranian opposition rally in Brussels, several prominent academics and politicians addressed the crowd. The Iranian opposition’s president-elect, Maryam Rajavi, also addressed the supporters via video link. In her speech, Mrs. Rajavi reminded the leaders of the EU and international governments that the Iranian regime was twice caught plotting to detonate bombs in the heart of Europe in 2018.

“The terrorist operations in Europe, the attempted bombings in Albania and France, the arrests of the Iranian regime’s mercenaries and its terrorist diplomat, and the expulsions of another four of the regime’s terrorist diplomats over the past year, all verified the Iranian Resistance’s repeated disclosures that the Iranian regime’s embassies in Europe are all centers for planning and carrying out the regime’s criminal plots,” she emphatically declared.

She went on to request that the European governments follow the US’s lead and designate the Iranian regime’s Revolutionary Guards as an international terror group.

Unprecedented International Protests

The string of protests planned is the largest series of demonstrations ever organized by the MEK and the Iranian resistance.

Shahin Gobadi of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), the umbrella organization of the MEK, was quoted in L. Todd Wood’s article. He said:

“These protests are being held while the Iranian regime faces an explosive society that wants its downfall, and while the regime grapples with a nationwide resistance led by the People’s Mujahideen Organization of Iran (PMOI or MEK), inside Iran. And unlike the past, there are no signs of the appeasement policy in the U.S. to help the regime at this critical juncture. These crises have brought the regime’s internal conflicts to their highest levels, between Rouhani and Khamenei. All these indicate the regime is in its final phase. The series of marches by Iranians in different countries is a crucial answer to this situation.”

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Thousands of Iranians Gather in Brussels to Protest the Regime’s Human Rights Abuses and Terrorism

Supporters of the MEK, rally in Brussels in solidarity with Iran protests and in support of the Iranian resistance.

On Saturday, June 15, thousands of Iranians from across Europe convened in Brussels to make a statement to the EU on its handling of the Iranian regime. The rally denounced the regime’s blatant human rights abuses and use of international terrorism as a mechanism for statecraft.

Participants in the rally marched in the streets of the European capital in support of the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK), the largest pro-democracy Iranian opposition group.

The NCRI President-elect Maryam Rajavi addressed the protestors in a video message. She said: ““The decadent regime of the mullahs is surrounded by infuriated people fed up with the status quo, to the extent that just like the final days of the Shah’s regime.”

The regime has not faced such pressure in its four decades of existence. She added, “The people of Iran want the overthrow of the entire regime and they cry out, ‘Our enemy is right here.’”

She told those gathered that the MEK would be open to any solution, even those through economic and political means, to curb the mullahs’ behavior. However, she made clear that human rights protections and the Iranian people’s right to sovereignty would have to come first.

After four decades of watching the murderous and tyrannical regime operate with impunity in Iran, Maryam Rajavi, the MEK and the entire Iranian opposition movement are now convinced that the only way to protect Iranian human rights and sovereignty is with the overthrow of the clerical regime. “Therefore, it is imperative to recognize the right of the people of Iran to resist against and overthrow the mullahs’ regime,” she said.

A Knee-Jerk Response to an Unprecedented Threat

The mullahs have responded to the MEK’s surging popularity by launching a demonization campaign against the Iranian resistance movement. “By demonizing the Mojahedin, the regime seeks to arrange the scene such that everyone would conclude that the clerical regime is better. It is what the Iranian people deserve, and they would be better off to give up resistance,” Ms. Rajavi said.

The regime has established an elaborate terrorist network in Europe. From bases in Albania and Vienna, it orchestrates terror plots against MEK members living in exile in Europe. In 2018 alone, plots were discovered that would have led to terror attacks or assassinations in Albania, France, the US, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Denmark.

“The terrorist operations in Europe, the attempted bombings in Albania and France, the arrests of the Iranian regime’s mercenaries and its terrorist diplomat Assadollah Assadi, and the expulsions of another four of the regime’s terrorist diplomats over the past year, all verified the Iranian Resistance’s repeated disclosures that the Iranian regime’s embassies in Europe are all centers for planning and carrying out the regime’s criminal plots,” President-elect Maryam Rajavi said.

Ms. Rajavi concluded, “Therefore, we call on the European Union to impose comprehensive sanctions on the theocratic regime ruling Iran, and to designate the mullahs’ Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and their Ministry of Intelligence (MOIS) as terrorist entities.”

She called on the EU’s leaders to hold the regime to account and ensure the regime’s leaders face international criminal tribunals for their crimes against the Iranian people.

Former Italian Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi, former Colombian presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt and Former Vice President of the European Parliament Alejo Vidal Quadras also addressed the protestors.

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Child forced marriage resulting in a rise on suicide in Iran

Forced Marriages are Major Factor in Suicides, According to NCRI Women’s Committee Report

Child forced marriage resulting in a rise on suicide in Iran

A young woman in Mashhad jumped from a height on May 30, 2019

The suicide rate among young women in Iran continues to rise as social and economic conditions in the country deteriorate. Although a number of factors are responsible for the increase in deaths, recent reports indicate that forced marriage is a major cause of suicide. Women lack legal support in these marriages, creating a lack of options.

 

The NCRI Women’s Committee reported on the recent suicides of young women in Iran. Their report is summarized below. The women described took their own lives during the last thirty days because they felt they had no other choice. Their stories are all too common under the mullahs’ regime. The MEK is committed to fighting for a free Iran where women have choices other than suicide or forced marriage.

  • Kimia Sheikhani; 19; June 15, 2019: Sheikhani fled to her father’s home after a fight with her husband. She then hanged herself.
  • Golpari Amiri; May 31, 2019: Amiri’s suicide also took place after a fight with her husband caused her to flee her home.
  • Sara Esmaili; 17; May 31, 2019; Pasveh village, Piranshahr: Esmaili committed suicide to avoid forced marriage to a relative.
  • Unnamed; June 15, 2019; Fajrabad village, Oshnavieh: No details were released about this woman or her method or reason for suicide.
  • Unnamed; 20, June 15, 2919, Gorgavi village, Oshnavieh: The suicide victim in this report was married, but no other details were released about her death.

Overdoses

Several young women died last month after intentionally overdosing on rice pills. This is a common suicide method in Iran.

  • Souma Khedri; 19; June 5, 2019; Kiyouleh village, Baneh: Khedri took a fatal dose of rice pills to avoid a forced marriage to a relative. Her family refused to release her body to the Coroner, possibly to avoid having her death ruled as a suicide.

 

Another four women committed suicide last month using rice pills.

  • Kajal Mahmoudi; 21; May 29, 2019; Urmia;
  • Mahin Mohammadi; June 1, 2019; Abdanan;
  • Zahra Sharifi; 25; June 11, 2019; Ilam;
  • Shiva Khosravi; 29; June 14, 2019; Paveh.

Jumping off Buildings

  • Unnamed: May 30, 2019; Mashhad; A woman died after jumping from the topic a building on Amouzegar Boulevard. She, like many Iranian women, was struggling under the weight of financial pressure.
  • Unnamed; 34; May 22, 2019; Tehran; A mother jumped from a four-story building with her six-year-old son. Both died.

Self Immolation

  • Kobra Assadi; 20; May 29, 2019; Assadi committed suicide by setting herself on fire.

Maryam Rajavi’s Ten-Point Plan

National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) President-elect Maryam Rajavi has created a ten-point plan for women’s rights in Iran as part of her larger plan for Iran’s democratic future. Her plan ensures that women will not only have the freedom to make their own choices but will also have equal representation in government. The ten points are:

  1. Fundamental freedoms and rights
  2. Equality before the law
  3. Freedom of choosing one’s own clothing
  4. Equal participation in political leadership
  5. Equality in the economic sphere
  6. Equality in the family
  7. Prohibition of violence
  8. Prohibition of sexual exploitation
  9.  Repealing Mullahs’ Sharia laws
  10. Social benefits

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