Reporting by PMOI/MEK
Paris, October 30, 2019—A conference held at the French National Assembly on Tuesday discussed the human rights situation in Iran and the need to hold Tehran to account for its rights abuses. Held at the initiative of the Parliamentary Committee for a Democratic Iran (CPID) in the National Assembly, the conference featured a keynote speech Maryam Rajavi, the president-elect of the National Council of the Resistance of Iran (NCRI).
Several French MPs from various political parties also spoke at the conference, titled, “Iran: repression, belligerence, need for a new approach.” The speakers underlined the need to adopt a new attitude towards this regime following the failure of recent international initiatives to contain its destabilizing role in the Middle East.
Mrs. Rajavi introduced a new book compiled by the Iranian resistance, which includes the names of 5,000 members of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) murdered by the Iranian regime. The victims were among 30,000 MEK members and supporters executed by the regime in 1988.
Maryam Rajavi introduces a new book compiled by the Iranian resistance
In her speech, Mrs. Rajavi also drew attention to the abuse of women’s rights in Iran. “This regime has institutionalized discrimination against women in its laws. The highest number of executions of women in the world and their most vicious tortures have been carried out by this regime. Presently, a large number of women are incarcerated in Iran for their peaceful activities or their faith,” she said.
Mrs. Rajavi stressed that the mullahs' regime takes hostages and uses its embassies and diplomats to commit terrorist attacks in Europe, particularly in France, to further its ends.
“This medieval regime belongs to the past. Terrorism and warmongering are the strategic means of its survival,” Mrs. Rajavi said. “For this reason, they undermined European efforts, including those by the French President to reduce tensions.”
Mrs. Rajavi also explained that given its weak state, the regime does not have the capacity to change its behavior. Neither will it abandon its warmongering and nuclear and ballistic missile projects in exchange for economic and political concessions. “Absent a firm policy, the regime gets further emboldened and tensions and crises aggravate,” Mrs. Rajavi said.
Mrs. Rajavi concluded by reminding the audience that the religious dictatorship ruling Iran does not represent the Iranian people. “As the leading country in Europe, France must take the initiative to open the path to democracy in Iran, and to support human rights, the Iranian people and the Resistance. This is the only way we can restore peace in the Middle East and bring about stability and democracy,” she said.
French parliamentarian André Chassaigne explained the developments in Iran after the nuclear deal and said that since then, Iran is boiling with popular protests. He added that the only solution to the challenges posed by Iran is to support the Iranian people in addressing the regime's violations of human rights.
French MP André Chassaigne
Mrs. Michèle de Vaucouleurs, Chairperson of the Parliamentary Committee for a Democratic Iran, stressed that the Committee has informed French parliamentarians and the French public opinion on the issue of human rights and women's rights in Iran, and touched on recent developments in Iran with human rights violations, especially in the field of repression of women.
Speaking of her visit to Ashraf 3, the stronghold of the PMOI/MEK in Albania, Mrs. de Vaucouleurs described MEK’s new headquarters as a source of hope for Iranians to liberate their country from the yoke of the religious dictatorship.
French MP Michèle de Vaucouleurs
Mr. Philippe Gosselin, co-chair of the Parliamentary Committee for a Democratic Iran, commended Mrs. Rajavi's ten-point plan for freedom and democracy in Iran, and peace and tranquility in the region and the world.
French MP Philippe Gosselin
MP Yannick Favennec, member of the Defense Committee of the French Parliament and Vice-Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee for a Democratic Iran, also spoke about the destructive actions of the Iranian regime in various countries of the region, which are the cause of instability in these countries. Mr. Favennec stressed that the solution to the Iranian issue can only come from the Iranians themselves, as Mrs. Maryam Rajavi has said time and again. “Foreign war and negotiations without end lead to more aggression and threats. We must think about change, and support regime change by the Iranian people and the Iranian resistance,” he added.
Simultaneous with the conference, an exhibition on the massacre of 30,000 political prisoners in Iran in 1988 was held next to the National Assembly on the Esplanade des Invalides.