Maryam Rajavi Focuses on Progress, Calls for Action on Human Rights

Article published on Nov. 28, 2016
Article published on Nov. 28, 2016

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President-Elect Maryam Rajavi of the NCRI spoke at the Call for Justice; Ending Impunity for Perpetrators of Crimes Against Humanity in Iran and Syria conference in Paris 

on November 26, 2016, as part of a panel of leaders from France, Europe, the Middle East and the Syrian Opposition. Mrs. Rajavi first drew attention to the safe and secure relocation of the members of the PMOI from Camp Liberty to Europe. However, there were those who lost their lives in the pursuit of this goal.“We have not forgotten the 141 noble men and women who died in the criminal attacks by Khamenei and Maleki’s henchmen. We will never forget the seven PMOI members who were taken hostage. Pursuing justice at an international court for these killings and the plundered properties of the residents of Ashraf is part of the rights of the Iranian people and it is impossible that we would ever give up on restitution of these rights,” said Rajavi.

Within Iran, there have been increased protests and strikes, especially within the cities, such as Tehran. Mrs. Rajavi pointed out that Bazaar merchants, students, political prisoners and others are protesting at the Parliament, universities and even within the prisons. Others who have lost property are staging demonstrations in front of government centers.

According to Iran’s Interior Minister, various groups of people had taken to the streets and staged 200 acts of protest just in Mashhad, the second largest city in Iran. “The problem is not limited to the unfair layoffs and expulsions, the unpaid wages and salaries, and the various forms of discrimination and injustice. The main problem is the very existence of a regime that constantly creates such mishaps, fraud and devastation,” said Rajavi. “The situation needs to be changed from despotism, poverty and regression to freedom, happiness and progress.”

Another main point was the nuclear agreement with Iran, which involved multiple concessions from key world leaders and countries, including the United States. Rajavi pointed out that the mullahs have failed to achieve their most important objectives with the signing of the agreement.

“At the time, I warned against giving such unjustified concessions to the mullahs, which forsook implementation of the UNSC resolutions and complete termination of the regime’s nuclear project,” said Rajavi.

However, the nuclear agreement has now become counterproductive for the regime, noted Rajavi, as she pointed to the continued poverty and hunger in Iran, as well as the inability of the mullahs to contain their own internal factions or the social protests.

“The worst mistake of the United States in the region was its appeasement of the mullahs ruling Iran. From now on, the region would move towards peace and tranquility to the extent that the U.S. distances itself from this disastrous policy,” said Rajavi. She pointed to multiple instances where the appeasement policy allowed Iran to kill members of the resistance, as well as giving them the ability to implement policies meddling in Iraq and Syria, plus encouraging an increase in terrorism throughout the Middle East, Europe and the United States.

“The European Union may have a positive impact on the situation in Iran and the Middle East to the extent that it conditions the EU’s political and commercial relations with Tehran on an end to executions,” said Rajavi, pointing out one of Iran’s greatest human rights violations.

As part of her speech, Ms. Rajavi announced the formation of the committee of Justice for the Victims of the 1988 Massacre in Iran (JVMI) in Geneva. This committee is part of a larger call for justice for massacred political prisoners in Iran and other killings throughout the past three decades. Several key resolutions and condemnations from various European parliamentary groups and the United States Congress have advanced the cause “at a greater pace,” said Rajavi.

“At the heart of this Justice Seeking Movement is bringing down the oppressors. The main demand of this Justice Seeking Movement is the overthrow of the Velayat-e Faqih regime in its entirety. This is the main goal of the people of Iran, and we can and we must achieve it,” said Rajavi.

Finally, Rajavi spoke about the “regime’s meddling in the region and especially in Syria,” and its impact on the problem of ISIS/ISIL. “Nothing is more catastrophic than cooperating with the Iranian regime to fight Daesh (ISIS/ISIL). This would strengthen the Iranian regime and its terrorism, and would nourish Daesh, politically and socially,” said Rajavi. Instead, she called on the nations and states of the Middle East to “evict the Iranian regime from the entire region” and for Western nations to not give “any form of assistance to the crisis-riddled regime of Iran.”

Finally, Rajavi spoke about the Resistance, and its principle of fighting on, tirelessly paving the way, making sacrifices and showing determination to achieve the goal of a free Iran.

Other speakers at the conference included Shabnam Maddadzadeh, a student activist who was imprisoned for 5 years; and Ingrid Betancourt, a former Presidential candidate and senator of Columbia.

The conference was moderated by Ms. Sylvie Fassier, an elected representative of France. Delegates and speakers from the international community also spoke about Syria and the situation in Aleppo. There were also updates from members of the Syrian resistance.

Former political prisoners and young PMOI supporters that have recently left Iran discussed their experiences, particularly those involving the repressive Iranian regime and the activities of the PMOI inside Iran. The conference included an exhibition that displayed images of the victims of the 1988 massacre of 30,000 political prisoners in Iran.