London, December 11, 2012 - I have greatly valued my links with the PMOI and the Iranian opposition movement over several years. I became connected with the cause when the PMOI had been listed under the Terrorism Act 2000 as a prohibited terrorist organisation and when I looked at the evidence and the history and met the people involved, I realised immediately that this was a gross error. It should never have happened. The way that the legislation was framed made it extremely difficult to challenge the presence of one organisation among all those listed, and it was necessary – in order to get them delisted – to go through a very lengthy process which eventually took about eight years when we finally ended up in the Court of Appeal, and I have to say opposed tooth and nail by our government all the way along the line. They would not recognise that the PMOI is not a terrorist organisation, is a legitimate organisation pursuing political aims and should never have been prohibited. The consequences of prohibition, of course, were extremely serious. It meant that criminal offences were committed by anybody who was involved in any way with that organisation.
London, December 11, 2012 - Thank you Mr. chairman, if you forgive me, i am going to do exactly i did last week, begin by asking a question, first question i want to ask is, as a representative of our foreign and commonwealth office, is there an observer from our foreign and commonwealth office is here today. don’t worry putting up your hand you would get huge round of applause if you come from foreign and commonwealth office.
London, December 11, 2012 - I think the most things which need saying have been said. Because I think the situation in Iran is so critical because especially I was really astonished when we hear from somebody from the United Nations representative here that so much pressure is put on them to play around producing reports which indicate there's nothing wrong, now you can't get worse than that. And I think organisation like ours here. ? I won't repeat all those statistics because a lot of people were killed, executions all over the place, even I understand one thousand people are still in prison on the death row and those are only numbers which is given by Iranian people themselves but the numbers ??? are much higher than that the people that were killed were much, much higher. So I think it is time that, as Brian said earlier on, that we should put people on the spot. You look on this government here they can recognise the Syrian situation very, very quickly. That people got together and it create a committee and this government is very quick to recognise that. What is wrong was recognising NCRI because that is a wellknown organisation and why are they taking that much time to recognise them. And I think it is time we write to William Hague, in writing not just calling on him, simply writing to him that this committee want to invite Madame Rajavi to this parliament and let us see what he has to say. And we should also write to the United Nations that why they are so keen to let loose people like Kobler ?…..? same people of Camp Ashraf. Can't they find somebody more humane who can take that road and let us see what they have to say? And I think, if people just talk more, these things and there is nothing in writing I think it will still stay in the air. So from this committee I urge you to put these things in writing to the United Nations, to our own government to do just two things recognise NCRI and ?……..? government for Iran otherwise these things will carry on. And I also say to the United Nations that if you send some officers there don't torture them that they go against their conscience to produce a report which are not right.
London, December 11, 2012 - The next speaker I bring to your attention is an equally distinguished lawyer. Now I was told when I was a middle manager ‘never appoint a lawyer or an accountant to your board and certainly never make them chairman’, but I’m sure these two gentlemen refute that particular advice. Malcolm is a member of the human rights committee of the law society, a great friend of this particular organisation, and why we should be particularly pleased that you should be with us today too.
London, December 11, 2012 - Members of this house, ladies and gentlemen, I am going to say the truth and exactly the truth, the way I lived it in Iraq and in Ashraf and, as I said in the Congress, I'm prepared to say what I am saying or not before any court of law.
In fact, as a matter of propaganda, I was asked to deliver a letter to the Iraqi Government, sort of certifying that they had given advice and medical treatment to the residents against some favours and just for a government to request the United Nations to certify that they are behaving well in Ashraf, against allowing me to access detainees and further issues of human rights.
London, December 11, 2012 - Ladies and gentlemen can I say how good it is to be with you again and the particular privilege to play Chair. You may think this is a bit like a bus interchange because people are coming and going its because they have committees to attend and you will understand, and now my Lord Maginnis is about to leave us, a great supporter, thank you sir. As David Amess my colleague and co-Chairman said it is now time to introduce you to my good colleague, back for the same side in the House of Commons but we meet on many, many issues and agree, Steven if you be kind to speak.
London, December 11, 2012 - Dear Friends, in my remarks I would like to focus on the Iranian regime’s crackdown on the family members of the Iranian opposition, the PMOI members now living in Camp Ashraf.
Human rights in Iran, the legitimate opposition and a new western policy
December 11, 2012 - A day after the “UN Human Rights Day” cross party parliamentarians gathered in the House of Commons to condemn human rights abuses inside Iran. Amongst the speakers were a former Home Secretary and a former senior UN human rights official. They demanded support for Iran’s legitimate opposition movement and the recognition of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) as the future interim government of that country. While much has been made of the Iranian regime’s nuclear ambitions, the speakers were determined to highlight the continued suffering of the Iranian people. The conference was addressed by Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President?elect of the NCRI. She told the gathered members of parliament via video link that, “...the West must make the continuation of their political relations with the regime conditional on the ending of hanging and torture of prisoners.” Mrs. Rajavi ended her speech by demanding an entire change in Western policy, to one which has at the heart of it regime change and the overthrow of the current regime by the Iranian people and their opposition movement.
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While protests following 2009 sham presidential elections are a part of history now, dissent in Iran continues to grow. Following is a report of a memorial ceremony honoring dissident blogger Sattar Beheshti who died last month in custody of Iran's Cyber Police.
Forty days past Sattar Beheshti's death under torture while in custody of Iranian police, family of the dissident blogger gathered along with a considerable number of Iranian citizens in Robat Karim cemetery near Tehran to honor his memory, yesterday. The ceremony turned into a protest against the clerical regime.
"You killed my guardian, God destroy you," screamed Sattar's mother while walking through the cemetery holding a large picture of her son. "I'm proud of my son. Torturers said he laughed while they were beating him. I'm proud of him." Sattar's sister was accompanying her mother, holding a picture of the victim. She was also screaming that she was proud of her brother.
Source: AFP – Translated from French
Paris, December 5 2012 – President of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), which is Iran's opposition in exile, called on France and the European Union Wednesday to "recognize" the "Iranian Resistance" for a regime change in Iran, similar to what has transpired with Syria.
Paris, November 17, 2012 - Madam Rajavi, distinguished guests and friends of freedom, in the last couple of months we have a won great victory. The MEK has been removed from the US terrorist list. With this delisting the regime in Iran has been put on notice and is one step closer to falling. Freedom is at our doorsteps. The people of Iran will be seeing a new day where fear of the government will no longer be part of their daily lives.
The world will no longer fear in the evil regime holding nuclear weapon. But my friends our struggles are far from over. We have our friends and family in Iraq. They are now being held in the prison camp Liberty and in Ashraf. Our friends and family are under great pressure by the Iranian agents, Iraqi police and army. They continue to be denied the basic human rights and needs. We all enjoy here in our freedom which we take for granted for many days.
Paris, November 17, 2012 - Thank you very much, Friends of Ashraf and Liberty, I say this to you directly because as you know I have been to Ashraf and I will go to Liberty as my colleagues have said. I will go to Liberty and turn it into a Valley Square.
Even before the dissidents have become the rage of this age, the Iran policy committee was studying dissidents. Half a decade ago we started working on this problem and we made significant progress even before the Egyptian, the Tunisian and the Syrian revolt which will eventually happen to our Syrian colleagues, it will happen, faith is the power.
A couple of conclusions that emerged from one of our books called “appeasing the Ayatollahs and supressing democracy,” and I want to thank Allen Gerson who helped formulate that particular title.
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