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  • Masoud Dalvand 9:29 am on August 21, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Seeking justice for victims of 1988 massacre is indispensable for the Iranian nation’s campaign to overthrow the regime in Iran 

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    Maryam Rajavi’s speech on the anniversary of 1988 massacre of political prisoners

    Dear sisters and brothers, the honorable friends of the Iranian Resistance,

    I salute you all.

    The presence of supporters of Iranian Resistance in this gathering, which is calling for justice for the victims of the 1988 massacre in Iran, is heartwarming.

    This is an extraordinary gathering. Among you here today, more than 920 have spent many years in prisons of the Shah and Khomeini. Nearly 10 percent were incarcerated under the Shah and about 90 percent under the mullahs’ regime. Some served anywhere from 5 to 10 and 12, 13, 15 and even 17 years.

    In 2009, the Iranian Resistance’s Leader Massoud Rajavi said that the names of all of you, who were in Camp Ashraf, Iraq, at the time, had been sent to all relevant international organizations.

    The renowned American law professor Alan Dershowitz, once described the residents of Ashraf as “the largest concentration of witnesses” to the crimes of the Iranian regime in the world and urged the international community to protect these witnesses.

    Hail to each and every one of you!

    Seeking justice for victims of 1988 massacre is indispensable for the Iranian nation’s campaign to overthrow the regime in Iran

    Paying Greatest Tribute to the heroes of 1988

    Every freedom-loving Iranian pays respects to the martyred heroes of the 1988 massacre and honors their memory. The highest and most precious commemoration, however, is what you did by reaching Ashraf from the regime’s torture chambers amid the many mass killings. You bore the scars and the wounds of torture on your bodies, but could not be stopped. You suffered greatly under the regime’s blockade in Ashraf and Liberty and persevered despite your injured bodies.
    You recounted the innocence of the victims, conveyed their defiance of surrender and their message to everyone.

    Indeed, what could be a more effective and appropriate commemoration for those martyrs than what you did?
    Time and again, I have heard you speak of the valiant Mojahdein prisoners who hailed Massoud Rajavi when facing the torturers and executioners. They called out his name while bidding farewell when taken to the gallows.

    By repeating this forbidden name, they wanted to not only express their love and faith in Massoud but to send a message to every one of us.

    Their message was to Mojahedin who were continuing their path, to the generation that would follow them and to the youths who would be hearing their unfinished story. And that message was: to follow Massoud Rajavi’s path and ideal, the path of paying the price of freedom, the path of the unrelenting struggle for equality, and the path to fight for a society devoid of oppression, discrimination, ignorance, and duplicity.

    The founders of the tradition of standing by one’s ideals

    Dear brothers and sisters,

    Khomeini issued the fatwa for this horrific massacre. In those days, in response to the objections of Hossein Ali Montazeri, his heir apparent at the time, he wrote, “The religious responsibility of this decree lies with me” and stated his wish for the annihilation of the PMOI/MEK.

    But now, history has damned Khomeini and the Mojahedin are the flames of hope, inspiring freedom.

    September 6 will mark the 52nd anniversary of the founding of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran. Our founders founded this organization to bring freedom and eradicate all forms of oppression. To do so, they sacrificed their lives.

    They taught their comrades in arm to be the harbingers of new values and lead the way. They also taught us the secret, which is to be truthful and willing to sacrifice.

    The PMOI members massacred in 1988 were faithful to this same teaching. They persevered on their stance in the fight against the ruling religious tyranny. They thus founded a tradition which was later called, “standing by one’s ideal.”

    Indeed, our movement has survived and thrived because it has stood by its ideal to liberate the people of Iran.

    Iran’s future and the Iranian people’s freedom will be achieved by standing by one’s ideal, namely keeping aloft the flag and paying the price of overthrowing the mullahs’ reactionary Caliphate.

    The Martyrs’ Final Message

    So, in the memory of those massacred heroes, let us recall some of their final words and messages.

    Daryoush Rezaii, born in Mahidasht in Kermanshah, wrote in a poem for freedom:
    “O’ freedom! Neither you thirst for blood, nor do we want to shed our own blood. How unfortunate that the evil executioners have drenched the path between us in blood.”

    And these are the words of a brave PMOI woman, Zahra Bijanyar, who had been imprisoned for years in Ghezel Hessar Prison, to her relatives:

    “I have realized that even if the oppressors mutilate our bodies they cannot take our lives so long as we remain steadfast in our beliefs. They can take our lives only when we sell out our faith and hearts. This is the secret to resistance and sacrifice in the history of mankind. Pray to God to bestow me faith and belief so that I would never put that which I desire before His.”

    And Ahmad Ra’ouf, from Rasht, said, “They kept beating me all the time and asking me my name. I knew that they knew my name, but I did not tell them anything. I wanted to test myself and see how steel become stained steel.”

    Now, let us flash back 29 years, to a scene in the city of Gatchsaran in southern Iran. The body of a young girl was hanging in the city’s main square. It was Massoumeh Barzandeh who was only 20 at the time of her execution. A sign on her clothes said: “She had been a PMOI recruiter.”

    Massoumeh rose to the Heavens, but she continues to recruit young people for the PMOI. And today, 29 years on, Amnesty International writes in its report that “younger human rights defenders born after the 1979 Revolution” are targeted for “seeking the truth and justice” for the victims of the massacres in the 1980s.

    And finally, I want to pay homage to Monireh Rajavi. Throughout her detention, she cared for all her cellmates. She was a selfless and emancipated woman. Let us not forget the words she said to her cellmates in prison: “They want to kill our humanity and this is what we must fight against. We must show our affection toward each other more than ever.”

    Let us applaud for one minute for all these heroes and heroines.

    The conspiracy of silence is shattered

    Dear sisters and brothers, honorable friends,

    The Campaign Calling for Justice for the Victims of the 1988 Massacre has expanded over the past year both in Iran and abroad. In response, the clerical regime undertook enormous effort to neutralize this movement. But it has failed miserably.

    The mullahs were forced to retreat from their policy of hiding the 1988 massacre. The conspiracy of silence was shattered. The regime’s officials tried to justify this horrendous crime but they could not convince even many of their own clerics to defend the fatwa issued by Khomeini.

    Indeed, the prospect of the regime’s overthrow stymied the regime’s supporters and allies. In contrast, many spoke out in defense of the PMOI/MEK. Many opened their eyes and saw the righteousness of the PMOI’s path and ideal such that throughout the past year, the mullahs repeatedly said and wrote that the PMOI/MEK had been vindicated in society.

    This was yet another major defeat for the mullahs’ theocratic regime.

    After the sham presidential election, when offering an assessment of the state of the regime, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s said the place of victims and executioners had been switched.

    Yes, we managed to overcome the regime’s official propaganda.

    Everyone saw that Khamenei had made a major political investment in Ebrahim Raisi, a member of the Death Commission in the 1988 massacre, to become president. But he was defeated by the Call for Justice movement.

    The 1988 massacre is the hallmark of the mullahs’ religious dictatorship. In his first term, Hassan Rouhani appointed Mostafa Pour Mohammadi, a member of the Death Commission, as his Justice Minister. Now, in his second term, he has nominated as Minister of Justice another perpetrator of the massacre in Khuzistan Province. The European Union has already designated and sanctioned this man, Alireza Avayi, for being directly involved in violations of human rights. In reality, none of the regime’s factions can or want to distance themselves from this crime.

    For this reason, in the past year, a number of the regime’s most disgraced murderers tried to justify the massacre in the face of the Call for Justice movement. These admissions are among the most important documents incriminating the regime’s leaders. They once again proved that it is the Iranian people’s inalienable right to overthrow the regime.

    That you have compelled them to make such admissions represents one of the achievements of the Call for Justice movement over the past year. These confessions are particularly important because they have been made recently and can therefore provide a solid basis for an international commission of inquiry into the 1988 massacre.
    At the same time, it is essential that the UN Security Council refer this case to the International Criminal Court to arrange for the prosecution of the regime’s leaders and those responsible for the massacre.

    How the international community approaches this genocide and this crime against humanity is a litmus test of its adherence to the principles of human rights. As Massoud Rajavi said years ago, the prosecution and punishment of the perpetrators and masterminds of the 1988 massacre are the inalienable rights of human society, the people of Iran, and the PMOI/MEK.

    Owing to the valuable year-round activities of the Resistance’s network inside Iran, today, we have ample evidence and documents. They include many names of the victims, the names of 112members of the Death Commission in Tehran and other provinces, nearly all of whom hold key positions in the regime. We also have the names and particulars of 213 criminals who carried out the death decrees in 35 cities as well as the information about the locations of several mass graves that had been previously hidden.

    A precious achievement to offer to the Iranian people and all activists of the Call for Justice Movement

    The PMOI Investigative Unit has recently acquired the names of hundreds of victims of the massacre in 1988 from inside the country. Each of these names has been thoroughly examined and verified, and their files have been completed. Accordingly, today, we announce the names of 426 members of the PMOI massacred in 1988, but whose names had not been announced previously.

    Also, the new edition of the book titled, Crime Against Humanity, has been published in English. It contains the names and particulars of more than 5,000 PMOI martyrs as well as the pictures of hundreds of victims and their graves.

    This book is presented to the people of Iran on the eve of the 52nd anniversary of the foundation of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran.

    The work by the PMOI Investigative Unit is continuing and the names and particulars of many other martyrs are being investigated. Once completed they will be made public.

    Here, I would like to call on my fellow compatriots help us in finding new names, pictures and particulars of the martyrs.

    I would also like to extend my gratitude to my countrymen and women, particularly the supporters of the PMOI/MEK inside Iran, for their endeavors in the collection of the new names.

    Indeed, this tremendous dossier must be made public line by line. It must be made clear what happened in the prisons of Ahwaz, Mashhad, Tabriz, Shiraz, Isfahan, Kermanshah, Qom, and other cities.

    Since the first days of this massacre, the regime started to arrest and subsequently execute many supporters of the PMOI/MEK and former political prisoners who were not in prison. It must be determined who were the ones arrested and executed and what happened in the summary trials in western Iran?

    At the time, the courts dealing with crimes committed at the war fronts were given a different mission and placed at the service of the regime’s killing machine. Ali Razini, presently a Supreme Court official, and Salimi, a former member of the Guardian Council, are among those who held the summary trials and ordered the execution of several groups of residents in cities in western Iran. They executed youngsters who had assisted the National Liberation Army of Iran. The ruling mullahs, however, have not published any information on those murders and the so-called trials.

    Over the past 29 years, we have repeatedly insisted that information on these incidents must be made public.

    In 1995, the regime had to agree to a visit by the UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Iran, Professor Maurice Capithorne.

    In a telegram on February 9, 1996, on the eve of Capithorne’s visit, Massoud Rajavi raised 15 important questions:

    How many prisoners has the clerical regime executed so far and how many of them lost their lives under torture?

    How many were executed during the massacre of political prisoners in summer and fall 1988, to which even Mr. Hossein-Ali Montazeri, then-Khomeini’s designated successor protested?

    Where were the bodies of those executed buried? Are their families and relatives still not informed of their places of burial and are they not authorized to visit the graves of their loved ones?

    And where are the mass graves? How many victims are buried there and what are their names?

    Yes, we will not relent until each and every one of these cases are opened and until everyone involved in this crime against humanity is put on trial before the people of Iran.

    13 instances of crime and treason committed by the regime

    Dear sisters and brothers,

    The regime that shed the blood of Iran’s most valiant children, subsequently sanctioned every other crime by violating all ethical and humanitarian principles.

    Today, the Call for Justice Movement has shaken the clerical regime to its foundations and is focusing on all of the mullahs’ crimes and treacheries, including:

    The mass executions of the 1980s;
    The massacres in the Kurdistan of Iran;
    The forced dispatch of thousands of teenagers to the minefields during the war with Iraq and other war crimes;
    The chain murders of dissident intellectuals;
    The assassinations of hundreds of opponents abroad;
    The bloody crackdown on the uprising in Qazvin;
    The crackdown on the 2009 uprising and the atrocities which took place in Kahrizak Prison;
    The systematic assaults on women in prisons;
    The mutilation of Christian priests;
    The repeated slaughter of our Arab compatriots in Khuzistan;
    The bombing of the Holy Shrine of Imam Reza;
    The terrorist operations against other countries, including in Mecca, Saudi Arabia;
    And the dossiers of seven bloodbaths at camps Ashraf and Liberty in Iraq, especially the massacre of 52 PMOI members on September 1, 2013.

    These 13 dossiers, are some of the most important crimes that the regime has perpetrated.
    The more the Call for Justice Movement advances, the more these dossiers are brought out of darkness.

    The Call for Justice is the Iranian nation’s noble campaign to expand the struggle and resistance

    The Call for Justice for the victims of the 1988 massacre is a national issue and an indispensable part of the Iranian people’s noble campaign to overthrow the clerical regime.

    This campaign seeks to expand the resistance and the battle to bring down the religious tyrannical regime in Iran and establish freedom, democracy, and equality for all citizens.

    We salute all those who have risen against the clerical regime. From here, we send our greetings to the political prisoners in Iran, especially those who are presently on hunger strike in Gohardasht Prison. We hail all of them for their determination and resistance.

    I am confident that the religious dictatorship ruling Iran will be overthrown by the Iranian people’s uprising and resistance, and with their Army of Freedom and 1,000 bastions of rebellion.

    The sacrifices made by our martyrs continue to open the way and guarantee our people’s victory.

    God bless you all.

     

     

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  • Masoud Dalvand 6:09 pm on August 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Commemorating martyrs of 1988 Massacre in Iran-Tirana 19-8-2017 

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 7:07 am on August 18, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Video-Senior US Senate Delegation, Maryam Rajavi meet in Tirana, Albania 

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 9:18 pm on August 17, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Why is Tehran terrified of US senators meeting with the Iranian opposition? 

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    by Amir Basiri

    Sens. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Thom Tillis, R-N.C., met with National Council of Resistance of Iran President Maryam Rajavi and members of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran. Rajavi thanked the senators for their firm position toward Iran, especially the adoption of new sanctions against the ruling regime and the Revolutionary Guards for their human rights abuses, Iran’s ballistic missile program, and the export of terrorism.

    The Iranian regime has constantly tried to downplay the role and influence of the opposition coalition, the National Council of Resistance of Iran, and its main constituent, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), by portraying them as marginal and insignificant. Yet, its mainstream media and top officials are constantly betraying the regime’s real feelings and fear of the group.

    The latest episode came after U.S. senators visited the organization’s headquarters in Tirana, Albania. Sens. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Thom Tillis, R-N.C., met with NCRI President Maryam Rajavi and members of the MEK, and discussed the latest developments in Iran and the Middle East as well as solutions to end the current crisis in that region.

    Rajavi thanked the senators for their firm position toward Iran, especially the adoption of new sanctions against the ruling regime and the Revolutionary Guards for their human rights abuses, Iran’s ballistic missile program, and the export of terrorism.

    Less than a day later, dozens of mainstream media outlets representing all factions and branches of the Iranian regime expressed concern about the lawmakers’ visit, calling it a provocative move meant to cause instability in Iran.

    The visit comes as the Trump administration is reviewing its policy toward Iran’s nefarious activities, and cabinet officials have hinted at supporting regime change, a goal that the MEK and NCRI have been calling for since 1981.

    The Iranian regime and its backers in the West try to portray support for regime change as a path that will lead to another military invasion in the region, and a possible repeat of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts. However, the NCRI believes that the Iranian people and their resistance movement are fully capable of achieving regime change without the need for a foreign intervention.

    In her meeting with the senators, Rajavi emphasized that contrary to the propaganda by the Iranian regime’s apologists, the ruling theocracy is rotten to the core and very fragile. Without foreign support, especially the policy of appeasement pursued in the U.S. and Europe, it would not have survived so long.

    She added that regime change in Iran is necessary and within reach because a viable and democratic alternative exists.

    The Iranian regime is increasingly extremely worried about the momentum that is building around the NCRI’s goal. In April, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., made a similar trip to Albania and met with the MEK and NCRI’s leadership. Other U.S. dignitaries and politicians attended the group’s annual rally in Paris last month, where they underlined the necessity for regime change in Iran.

    The regime is also having trouble containing MEK’s increased activism inside Iran. In the run-up to the May’s presidential elections, despite the numerous threats issued by regime officials and Iran’s security apparatus, the group’s supporters carried out widespread campaigns across Iran, denouncing the undemocratic nature of the elections and exposing the criminal history of the candidates.

    The trip of U.S. lawmakers to Tirana is one more problem the Iranian regime will have to deal with as it is faced with an opposition that is growing in influence and support, and it no longer has the advantage of a U.S. administration geared toward appeasement and concessions.

    Originally published in the   washingtonexaminer

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 8:08 am on August 17, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Iran Wary as Opposition Meets With US Senators 

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    Iranian opposition leader Maryam Rajavi (L-center) meets with US senators in Albania (Photo: courtesy)

    BY SHAHRIAR KIA 

    How to deal with Iran has become a very controversial and complex matter for the Trump administration. Washington is currently weighing how to tackle Tehran’s belligerence through adopting a comprehensive Iran policy.

    Delivering a significant blow to Tehran, a delegation of prominent United States senators were in the Balkans last weekend, visiting leaders and members of the Iranian opposition, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), in Tirana, the capital of Albania.
    The delegation consisted of
    • Senators Roy Blunt vice president of the Republican Conference and member of the Appropriation, Select Intelligence, Rules and Administration, Commerce, Science and Transportation committees
    • John Cornyn, the majority whip and a member of the Judiciary, Select Intelligence and Finance committees
    • Thom Tillis, a member of the Armed Services, Judiciary, Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs and Veterans’ Affairs committees
    Iranian opposition leader Maryam Rajavi, president of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) — the political coalition consisting of the PMOI/MEK and a slate of other Iranian dissident groups and individuals — hosted the American senators for a meeting to discuss recent developments regarding Iran and the entire Middle East.
    “Led by Senator Blunt, the delegation congratulated the safe and secure relocation of all Camp Liberty residents outside of Iraq and wished them success in their struggle for democracy and human rights in Iran,” according to an NCRI statement.
    Rajavi took advantage of the occasion to extend her gratitude to the actions taken by the U.S. Senate, especially by Senator Blunt, to safeguard and protect thousands of MEK members during their stay at the camp in Iraq.
    The MEK also enjoyed senate support during their tumultuous campaign of relocating each and every member outside of Iraq to safety.
    This high-profile visit comes only three months after a similar visit by Senator John McCain, chairman of Senate Armed Services Committee, back in April when McCain met with NCRI President Rajavi and briefly visited the MEK members.
    Especially since 2009 and onward, McCain has been a fierce critic of Tehran and strong supporter of the Iranian people’s struggle for freedom and democracy. He is especially known for his passionate tribute to the young Iranian woman Neda Agha Sultan who died “with her eyes open” on the streets of Tehran during the Green Revolution.
    This significant meeting between a delegation of American senators and the Iranian opposition adds to Tehran’s long list of concerns.
    New Congressional sanctions have placed Iran under extreme restrictions due to its ballistic missile drive, support for terrorism and proxy terror groups across the Middle East, and gross human rights abuses.
    Iran, however, will not be reining in its belligerence any time soon.
    “Iran’s parliament gave initial approval on Sunday to a bill to boost spending on Tehran’s missile program and the elite Revolutionary Guards in retaliation for new sanctions imposed by the United States,” according to Reuters.
    This move would provide over $260 million to both Iran’s ballistic missile program and the terrorist-designated IRGC Quds Force.
    Trump has signaled his intention of holding Iran in non-compliance with the pact aimed at curbing the regime’s nuclear program. Nikki Haley, US Ambassador to the United Nations, has plans to meet with Yukiya Amano, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, prior to this organization’s set schedule to issue its September report on Iran’s nuclear program.
    With such a move looming, Tehran received an important message from the meeting in Tirana. Senior congressional members are taking the lead in establishing an increasing consensus to take action in line with regime change policy in the face of the mullahs in Iran.
    Shahriar Kia is a political analyst and member of Iranian opposition (PMOI/MEK). He graduated from North Texas University.Twitter

    Source: Iran Wary as Opposition Meets With US Senators | Clarion Project

     

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 8:39 am on August 13, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Senior U.S. Senate Delegation, Maryam Rajavi Meet in Tirana, the Albanian Capital 

    Four US senators meet with Maryam Rajavi in Tirana, Albania

    Senior U.S. Senate Delegation, Maryam Rajavi meet in Tirana, the Albanian Capital

    Senators also met MEK members relocated from Iraq

     

    On Saturday, August 12, 2017, a senior delegation from the United States Senate meet with Maryam Rajavi, in the Albanian capital, Tirana, and discussed the situation of the members of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) in Albania, the latest developments in Iran and the Middle East as well as solutions to end to current crisis in that region.

    Four US senators meet with Maryam Rajavi in Tirana, Albania

    The Senate delegation was comprised of Senators Roy Blunt, Vice President of the Republican Conference, and member of the Appropriation, Select Intelligence, Rules and Administration, and Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committees; John Cornyn, the Majority Whip, and a member of the Judiciary, Select Intelligence, and Finance committees; and Thom Tillis, a member of the Armed Services, Judiciary, Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs and Veterans’ Affairs committees.

    The meeting, at one of the centers of the MEK in Albania, was initiated by Senator Roy Blunt, as the delegation was on a visit to Albania.

    Led by Senator Blunt, the delegation congratulated the safe and secure relocation of all Camp Liberty residents outside of Iraq and wished them success in their struggle for democracy and human rights in Iran. Having undertaken extensive efforts to ensure the security of MEK members in Camp Liberty, Iraq, and their transfer outside that country in previous years, Senator Blunt described the relocation as a major victory for the Iranian people and Resistance and lauded the efforts of Maryam Rajavi and the Iranian Resistance for the success of this major mission.

    Maryam Rajavi thanked the Senators for their decisive position vis-à-vis the Iranian regime, especially the adoption of a new resolution which imposed sanctions on the clerical regime and the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) for human rights abuses, the ballistic missile program, and the export of terrorism. She expressed gratitude for the efforts of the U.S. Senate, particularly Senator Blunt, regarding the protection of thousands of MEK members in Camp Liberty, Iraq, and their safe relocation to Albania.

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    Maryam Rajavi emphasized that contrary to the propaganda by the Iranian regime’s apologists, the ruling theocracy was rotten to the core and very fragile. Without foreign support, especially the policy of appeasement pursued in the U.S. and Europe, it would not have survived so long. She added that regime change in Iran is necessary and within reach because a viable and democratic alternative exists. Maryam Rajavi said equating regime change by the Iranian people for democracy with war and instability in the region is a sheer lie, the source of which is the Iranian regime’s lobby in western capitals. They demagogically turn the truth on its head, she noted, adding that the overthrow of the Tehran regime was a prerequisite to ending crisis and war in the Middle East.

    Maryam Rajavi underscored the need for imposing comprehensive sanctions on the Iranian regime’s banking and oil sector, expelling the IRGC and its affiliated militias from Syria, Iraq, and other regional countries, taking urgent steps to punish the regime for widespread political executions, especially the 1988 massacre of 30,000 political prisoners, setting up a commission of inquiry to investigate this major crime against humanity with the aim of bringing to justice the perpetrators, and recognizing the aspirations of the Iranian people and Resistance to overthrow the ruling religious tyranny and to establish freedom and democracy, and a republic based on the separation of religion and state, gender equality, and a non-nuclear Iran.

    The Senate delegation also met with a number of MEK members as well as witnesses to, and victims of, the Iranian regime’s atrocities in Iran and camps Ashraf and Liberty.

    Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
    August 12, 2017

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  • Masoud Dalvand 7:52 am on April 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    ANALYSIS: In the middle of election fever, Iran opposition gets major boost 

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    As the regime in Iran is engulfed with major turbulence over its upcoming presidential election, scheduled for May 19, Tehran saw its concerns increase significantly as Senator John McCain, Chairman of the US Senate Armed Forces Committee and a very influential senior member of the Republican Party, visited Iranian opposition People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) in Albania on Friday.

    McCain went on to meet with Maryam Rajavi, President of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), a conglomerate of different Iranian dissident organizations and individuals seeking regime change in Iran. The PMOI/MEK is the largest of five different organizations in the NCRI.

    The leading American senator also congratulated PMOI/MEK members on their successful relocation to Albania from Iraq after being the target of at least seven attacks by Iran-backed proxy militias in camps named Ashraf and Liberty near Baghdad from 2009 to 2016.

    The visit signals the NCRI being the solution in the face of the regime in Iran, especially since Senator McCain endorsed the NCRI’s goals while considering the regime in Iran responsible for terrorism across the region and citing the Bashar Assad regime in Syria as just one such example.

    “We now see an Iranian government that is attempting to extend its influence and tyranny throughout the Middle East. It is a fact that Bashar Assad would not be in power today if it had not been for the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and the Iranian help and Hezbollah that came in to Syria when Bashar Assad was about to fall,” Senator McCain said at a gathering held by the PMOI/MEK at one of their sites in the Albanian capital of Tirana.

    ‘Tyranny and terrorism’

    “I express my condolences to everyone in this room who has lost a loved one as a result of the Iranian tyranny and terrorism. You have stood up, fought, and sacrificed for freedom, for the right to live free, for the right to determine your future, for the right that is God given. …I thank you for being an example,” Mr. McCain said as he also thanked the government of Albania for accepting the PMOI/MEK members.

    Senator McCain commended Mrs. Rajavi’s leadership and emphasized, “Someday Iran will be free.” In her remarks NCRI President Maryam Rajavi also highlighted the atrocities committed by Tehran across the Middle East, most notably seen in Syria, Iraq and Yemen.

    “There is consensus on the destructive role of the clerical regime in the region and that the religious fascism ruling Iran is the main source of war, terrorism, crisis in the Middle East,” Mrs. Rajavi underscored, going on to explain how regime change in Iran is not only essential to bringing an end to gross human rights violations, but also considered a necessity for terminating war and crisis, and finally establishing peace and tranquility across the region.

    As long as Iran’s mullahs are in power, Mrs. Rajavi said, they will continue to export their terrorism and fundamentalism in their quest to obtain dominating hegemony throughout the Middle East.

    The nuclear program

    This significant development places further spotlight on the regime in Iran, its nuclear program and its decades of support for terrorism throughout the Middle East. After enjoying eight years of appeasement and rapprochement from the US under the Obama administration, Iran is now facing extreme pressure after being placed “on notice” by the Trump administration and seeing its puppet, the Assad regime, being the target of a cruise missile attack that analysts say was highly calculated by the White House, both militarily and politically.

    While not specifically mentioned during the Senator’s visit, one major initiative pursued by the NCRI is the designation of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) as a foreign terrorist organization. This campaign enjoys vast bipartisan support in Congress and has the potential of delivering a major blow to Iran’s nefarious role in the Middle East.

    It is a known fact that the IRGC is the main party training and dispatching foot-soldiers to Syria to maintain Assad in power, supporting Shiite extremists in Iraq in their killings of Sunnis and other minorities, and continuously funneling arms and other logistics to the Houthis in Yemen.

    Senator McCain’s backing of the NCRI has escalated at a sensitive timing for Tehran as the regime is less than a month away from a crucial presidential election. The entire Iranian regime apparatus is currently engulfed in the resulting power struggles amongst feuding factions that can lead to massive protests and uprisings by the powder keg Iranian society.

    via  ANALYSIS: In the middle of election fever, Iran opposition gets major boost — Iran Commentary

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 3:17 pm on April 15, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Meeting of Senator McCain and Maryam Rajavi- Senator McCain Visits PMOI Members from Ashraf in Tirana 

    Maryam Rajavi met with Sentor John McCain at a grand gathering in Tiran, Albania

    Maryam Rajavi met with Sentor John McCain at a grand gathering in Tirana, Albania

    Senator McCain to MEK: You are an example to everyone in the world that is struggling for freedom.
    Maryam Rajavi : As the regime is beset by deepening crises, we are closer than ever to our goal of freedom.

      

      

    Friday, April 14, 2017, Senator John McCain, Chair of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, met with Maryam Rajavi in Tirana. They discussed the latest developments in Iran, the Iranian regime’s criminal meddling in the region, as well as the future prospects.
    Maryam Rajavi expressed her appreciations to Senator McCain for his unsparing efforts in support of the MEK from Ashraf and their relocation out of Iraq. She said, ‘Today, there is a general consensus in the region on the clerical regime’s destructive role and there is no doubt that the religious fascism ruling Iran is the prime source of war, terrorism and crisis in the region.’
    ‘Regime change is not only the need for ending brutal violations of human rights in Iran but to establish peace and tranquility in the region,’ she added. ‘As long as the clerical regime is in power, it would not give up export of terrorism and fundamentalism.’
    Senator McCain said he believed that the Iranian regime, Bashar Assad and Daesh were all interrelated and inseparable entities. He stressed on the need to oust Bashar Assad and to confront the Iranian regime’s destructive role in Syria and Iraq.
    Maryam Rajavi noted, ‘All indications are that the clerical regime is at an impasse socially, politically, and economically and consequently is quite vulnerable. In the meantime, the Iranian people and Resistance are more determined than ever for the overthrow of the regime and establishment of democracy and popular sovereignty.’
    Prior to this meeting, Senator McCain was accompanied by Maryam Rajavi for a visit to one of the MEK headquarters in Tirana where he was warmly welcomed in the gathering of MEK members relocated from Ashraf to Albania.
    Deputy Chief of the US Mission in Albania and a number of US Embassy staff in Tirana as well as a delegation of Senator McCain’s advisors accompanied him in this visit.
    In her speech to the gathering, Maryam Rajavi praised Senator McCain for his efforts in support of the MEK members and said, ‘The relocation of PMOI members was a great achievement. Their persistence and sacrifices, coupled with international support made the relocation possible. You played a key role in the safe relocation of Camp Liberty residents and the people of Iran are grateful.’
    Mrs. Rajavi also underlined the Resistance’s resolve to continue their struggle to overthrow the clerical regime. She pointed out, ‘During the 2009 uprisings in Iran, while the Iranian people’s desire for freedom and democracy was brutally crushed, the US government unfortunately remained silent. But the Iranian people have never given up their desire for regime change. We are more determined than ever to establish freedom and democracy in Iran. As the regime is beset by deepening crises, we are closer than ever to achieving our goal.’
    On the recent developments in the region, Maryam Rajavi noted, ‘The Iranian regime is responsible for committing war crimes in Syria and it must be evicted from that country. Aside from its valuable humanitarian aspect, I believe this is the right policy from a merely political standpoint.’
    Senator McCain also addressed the MEK freedom fighters and congratulated them on their successful relocation from Iraq. He admired their perseverance and steadfastness despite suffering great losses. He said, ‘There is no doubt that the people in this room have suffered. They have suffered not only themselves but in the loss of their loved ones because of the Iranian tyranny, and I express my condolences to everyone in this room who has lost a loved one as a result of the Iranian tyranny and terrorism.’ He also expressed his appreciation to the government of Albania for their hospitality.

    The Chair of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee told MEK members, ‘You have stood up and fought and sacrificed for freedom, for the right to live free, for the right to determine your own future, for the rights that are God given.’
    ‘I thank you for being an example, an example to the whole world, that those people who are willing to fight and sacrifice for freedom will achieve it, and you are an example to everyone in the world that is struggling for (freedom),’ Senator McCain remarked.
    Senator McCain lauded Maryam Rajavi’s leadership. He declared, ‘Someday, Iran will be free. Someday, we will all gather in that square.’
    Following the speeches, Maryam Rajavi presented a copy of the List of 20,000 PMOI Martyrs, Fallen for Freedom, to Senator McCain. She described the book containing only part of the overall 120,000 martyrs as ‘the greatest asset of the Iranian Resistance.’
    Senator McCain also met and talked with a number of MEK freedom fighters, former political prisoners, and members who had lost relatives under the Iranian regime about their personal experiences.

     

    Source: Meeting of Senator McCain and Maryam Rajavi- Senator McCain Visits PMOI Members from Ashraf in Tirana

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 8:39 pm on March 9, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    International Women’s Day Conference – Tirana 2017 

    On the eve of the International Women’s Day, a grand meeting entitled “Women in Political Leadership” was held in Tirana, Albania.

    The ceremony featured the Iranian Resistance’s President-elect Maryam Rajavi as the keynote speaker as well as a number of distinguished politicians, personalities and women’s rights activists from different countries who addressed the conference and declared solidarity with the Iranian Resistance and its pioneering women.

    The presence of a group of 1000 Iranian Resistance’s women who resisted 14 years in camps Ashraf and Liberty in this IWD ceremony was the focal point of attention and speeches in this conference.

    In addition to speeches, the IWD celebration also featured musical performances and documentary video clips on the plight of Iranian women and their 150-year struggle for freedom.

    Maryam Rajavi

    Iranian Resistance’s President-elect

    Excerpts of remarks at IWD conference – Tirana, 2017

    Please allow me to explain in this regard a special experience of the Iranian Resistance.

    In the 1990s, we faced the issue of women’s leadership on various levels which changed the organizational structure of our movement. Our women had stepped into a path that had no previous precedent or examples in the past. So, they decided to remove anything that bore any sign of inequality, anything that ignored women or obstructed their collective participation, and built new relations in their stead…

    The main question is how did they overcome the customs and traditions deeply entrenched through thousands of years, and how did they manage to carry on and move forward. The truth is that, this transformation since its inception in our movement, did not aim to simply switch the leadership roles of women and men.

    The experience of women’s leadership in our movement became possible with the role that men played as pioneers of this new world.

    These liberated men formed new collective relations among themselves. They eagerly and passionately defended the cause of women’s equality everywhere and endorsed their leadership. They created new values and ethics based on honesty, self-sacrifice, and giving priority to others.

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    Linda Chavez

    Former White House director of the Office of Public Liaison and Chair of the Center for Equal Opportunity

    Excerpts of remarks at IWD conference – Tirana, 2017

    I must tell you, this is an extremely humbling experience.

    There is no measure of joy that describes the joy of seeing all of you here safe, no longer under attacks by rockets, no longer everyday wondering whether or not you would have clean water and health facilities but here, safe and sound.

    The fact is you are here but there is much to overcome and you are the very people who can lead the Iranian people and overcome the oppression that has been a fact of life in Iran for decades now.

    Under the leadership of Madam Rajavi, you are the future of Iran.

    What you stand for are the very ideals of liberty and freedom and democracy that all human beings want for themselves and which will in fact be the best guarantor of peace throughout the world.

    What Madam Rajavi has put together in her ten point plan which calls for an independent judiciary, freedom of the press, absolute equality between men and women, a separation of religion from the state; all of these things are the necessary building blocks of democracy and freedom.

    Click here to read the full text.

    Click here to watch the clip.

    Ingrid Betancourt

    Former senator and presidential candidate – Colombia

     Excerpts of remarks at IWD conference – Tirana, 2017

    As I was looking at you from my seat I was thinking in all those years. That we have been getting together for the 8 of March to celebrate women’s day. And our hearts were broken because we were talking to you and you were not with us.

    So, you see today, we’re celebrating Women’s Day. And we’re celebrating leadership in women. But I have to tell you we’re far beyond women leadership. Today, what we are celebrating is you: Women of Courage. You are our heroes.

    And all those stories that you have told me that I cannot summarize today, all the things that you didn’t tell me that are in your heart, those are the things that have to be written because they are the legends that will be told in future generations in Iran …

    Click here to read the full text.

    Click here to watch the clip.

    Iveta Radicova

    The first woman Prime Minister of Slovakia and former Minister of Defense and Labour

    Excerpts of remarks at IWD conference – Tirana, 2017

    And this is my experience from my own country from our Europe.

    I think that we need to take three very important steps.  And this is my experience from my own country from our Europe.

    The first step is to change the regime from dictatorship to democracy. That’s true. The second step is to create a really democratic government, democratic structures, and democratic free elections. And you have a good leader to do it.

    And then is the most complicated step, when you have the power. You are democratically elected and you have to implement human rights on all levels of social life.

    It means that we need to implement and promote three basic moral principles of human beings. First is tolerance.

    The second moral principle is trust.

    And last, solidarity.

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    Click here to watch the clip.

    Najima Thay Thay,

    Former Minister of Education – Morocco

    Excerpts of remarks at IWD conference – Tirana, 2017

    I congratulate you on the International Women’s Day and the fact that you have elected a woman to be your political leader. This is very invaluable. You have stood against a fundamentalist religious dictatorship that has suppressed women for four decades. Tens of thousands of women have sacrificed their lives in this path but they have also achieved considerable achievements in their movement in the realm of gender equality.

    My brothers and sisters,

    Your power is not only that you are freedom fighters. You are resisting while you are seeking no personal interests in Iran. You want Iran to be independent. You fight to bring freedom, honor and democracy to your country.

    Definitely, the Iranian people would never find any leader better than Maryam Rajavi.

     

    Senator Evelyne Yonnet

    Member of the French Senate

    Excerpts of remarks at IWD conference – Tirana, 2017

    You are opposing a hardliner regime that uses religion as a tool to create fear and terrorize people, put them behind the bars and even kill them.

    Your struggle is admirable. I can tell you that the entire world is watching you. While the world is moving in a dangerous direction, other oppressed women can find an opportunity to move and you serve as a model for them.

     

    Julie Girling

    Member of the European Parliament from the UK

    Excerpts of remarks at IWD conference – Tirana, 2017

    My principal interest is the struggle for equality and respect for women all over the world. So, I was very happy to accept the kind invitation to come here today to your conference for International Women’s Day.

    Women are a positive voice for change. They all need our support. So I’m going to go away from here today having enjoyed this amazing feeling here. It is very uplifting to see how committed you all are under the enormously difficult circumstances that you have all experienced… And I’m going to bottle that little bit of feeling and take it away with me and try and make sure that certainly in my country and in the rest of the European Union people listen and people join you and help you and I hope as others have said to be there on the day when you’re able to go back to Tehran.

    Click here to read the full text.

    Click here to watch the clip.

    Senator Stefania Pezzopane

    Member of the Italian Senate

    Excerpts of remarks at IWD conference – Tirana, 2017

    I have always been worried and upset about the situation of women in the Middle East.

    Your experience has always had my admiration. You are a point of reliance even for us as Italian women and for myself as an Italian senator.

    The women of Iran have been struggling for long years for their freedom. Iranian women are among the most intellectual and the most educated women in the region. They are strongly against religious dictatorship and this why they are suppressed.

    This is very important to us that the group which is opposing the religious tyranny is a Muslim force led by women. Having Maryam Rajavi at the helms of the Iranian Resistance and her political platform for a free Iran based on pluralism has a clear message for the Iranian people that the alternative to this regime not only will end oppression against women but will be a model of gender equality in the World of Islam and the Middle East.

    Laurence Fehlmann Rielle

    Member of the Swiss Parliament

    Despite civil repression and discrimination against women in Iran, they have played a role in the resistance against the regime. Women in Iran are defying the theocratic regime in every aspect such as their social life in universities, in the work places, and so on.

    But the most remarkable aspect of Iranian women’s defiance of the regime is their participation in the resistance. You can be very proud that some 52 percent of the National Council of Resistance of Iran are women. By comparison, if you see Switzerland which is a so-called developed country, we are only 32 percent represented in the parliament.

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    Click here to watch the clip.

     

    Source: International Women’s Day Conference – Tirana 2017

     

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 8:14 pm on March 9, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    International Women’s Day Conference – Tirana 2017 

    IWD Tirana

    On the eve of International Women’s Day, a conference entitled “Women in Political Leadership” was held in Tirana, Albania. The keynote speaker was National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) President-elect Maryam Rajavi, as well as distinguished politicians, personalities, and women’s rights activists throughout the international community.

    There were a group of 1,000 women from the Camps Ashraf and Liberty, which were a focal point throughout the program. In addition, the program featured musical performances and documentary video clips on Iranian women and their 150-year struggle for freedom.

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    One of the speakers was Linda Chavez, a former White House director of the Office of Public Liaison and Chair of the Center for Equal Opportunity, who noted, “What Madam Rajavi has put together in her ten-point plan, which calls for an independent judiciary, freedom of the press, absolute equality between men and women, [and] a separation of religion from the state; all of these things are necessary building block of democracy and freedom.”

    Still, she acknowledged that the reality in Iran is that “women are not just second class citizens, they are treated almost as if they are subhuman.”

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    Iveta Radicova

    Another European speaker was Iveta Radicova, the first woman Prime Minister of Slovakia and former Minister of Defense and Labour, who spoke from the perspective of the experience of her own country’s political changes. “The first step is to change the regime from a dictatorship to democracy. That’s true. The second step is to create a really democratic government, democratic structures, and democratic free elections…Then is the most complicated step, when you have the power. You are democratically elected and you have to implement human rights on all levels of social life,” said Radicova.

    Other speakers praised Rajavi’s leadership and her 10-point plan for a democratic Iran. “This is very important to us that the group, which is opposing the religious tyranny is a Muslim force led by women. Having Maryam Rajavi at the helm of the Iranian Resistance and her political platform for a free Iran based on pluralism has a clear message for the Iranian people that the alternative to this regime, not only will end oppression against women, but will be a model of gender equality in the World of Islam and the Middle East,” said Senator Stefania Pezzopane, a member of the Italian Senate.

    Laurence Fehlmann Rielle, a member of the Swiss Parliament, noted, “The most remarkable aspect of Iranian women’s defiance of the regime is their participation in the resistance. You can be very proud that some 52% of the National Council of Resistance of Iran are women. By comparison, if you see Switzerland, which is a so-called developed country, we are only 32% represented in the parliament.”

    The speakers also remarked on how inspired they were by the women that are part of the Iranian resistance. “Women are a positive voice for change…It is very uplifting to see how committed you all are under the enormously difficult circumstances that you have all experienced…And I’m going to bottle that little bit of feeling and take it away with me and try and make sure that certainly in my country and in the rest of the European Union people listen and people join you and help you and I hope as others have said to be there on the day when you’re able to go back to Tehran,” said Julie Girling, member of the European Parliament from the UK.

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    In the end, the meeting encouraged and committed to the stand Iranian women have taken against the fundamentalism of the current Iranian regime and the determination of the resistance to create a democratic Iran with equal rights for women, politically, legally and socially.

    “So, you see today, we’re celebrating Women’s Day. And we’re celebrating leadership in women. But I have to tell you, we’re far beyond women leadership. Today, what we are celebrating is you: Women of Courage. You are our heroes,” said Ingrid Betancourt, former Senator and Presidential Candidate in Colombia, who was speaking to the women in the audience from Camp Liberty and Ashraf.

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    Ingrid Betancourt

    “And all those stories that you have told me that I cannot summarize today, all the things that you didn’t tell me that are in your heart, those are the things that have to be written because they are the legends that will be told in future generations in Iran of this resistance that will bring freedom, equality, and justice to your country.”

    via  International Women’s Day Conference – Tirana 2017 — The Media Express

     
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