Washington D.C. - On the brink of Nowruz, the Iranian calendar New Year to be celebrated at around 1 am Thursday (Tehran time), a session was held at the famous U.S. Senate John F. Kennedy Hall to discuss human rights and democracy in Iran. Senior U.S. senators from both parties, along with prominent political dignitaries and former American officials emphasized on the continuing nature of Iran’s uprising, the prospects of change in Iran, the necessity to provide bipartisan support for the Iranian opposition coalition National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) and the ten-point plan presented by NCRI President Maryam Rajavi. They also discussed various terrorist conspiracies and demonizing campaigns pursued by Tehran, especially against the Iranian opposition group People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK).
Senator Jeanne Shaheen, a member of the Foreign Affairs, Armed Forces and Budget committees, and John Boozman, head of the Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies, defended the objectives of the Iranian people in their struggle for freedom.
General James Jones, former National Security Advisor of the Obama administration, Senator Joseph Lieberman, former U.S. vice presidential candidate, Governor Tom Ridge, former U.S. Homeland Security Secretary, and Ambassador Lincoln Bloomfield, former director of the U.S. State Department Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, also participated in this important gathering.
In their speeches, these prominent figures expressed their support for Mrs. Rajavi’s ten-point plan, describing the platform as a clear agenda for Iran’s future, and the NCRI as the democratic alternative to the mullahs’ regime ruling Iran. The Iranian uprising, continuing to this day for the past 15 months, was also another topic of discussion.
A variety of senators from both parties, senior aids and foreign affairs experts in the main U.S. Senate committees focusing on foreign policy, national security, defense and confronting threats, took part in this event. Representatives of diplomatic missions in Washington, Middle East affairs experts, think tank fellows and reporters of mainstream media were also seen participating.
Expressing her best wishes for the Iranian people and congratulating their nation on Nowruz, Senator Shaheen emphasized on her support for the Iranian people’s struggle for freedom and establishing a free Iran based on respecting human rights and living in peaceful coexistence with other nations.
Senator Boozman referred to the widespread support enjoyed by the Iranian Resistance, and once again highlighted supporting and standing shoulder to shoulder with the Iranian people’s struggle.
General James Jones evaluated the mullahs’ warmongering to spread fundamentalism in the Middle East, and described Tehran’s terrorist plots against the Iranian opposition as the other aspect of the mullahs’ domestic crackdown and warmongering abroad. He shed light on the Iranian people’s uprising for freedom and getting rid of the mullahs’ regime. A few days ago, in his latest confrontation with human rights and state of law, the mullahs’ Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei appointed a “Death Commission” member as his new judiciary chief, Jones explained. Ebrahim Raisi played a leading role during the summer 1988 massacre of over 30,000 political prisoners, mostly PMOI/MEK members and supporters. In his first statement, Raisi said security is of the utmost priority and promised to take firm action against any dissent. The security described by Raisi is of course the regime’s security, and not that of Iran.
We know that oppression and corruption, however severe, will never stop the Iranian people’s bravery and wishes for freedom and to live in a country that fulfills their dreams, General Jones said. This is why the protests are continuing in a very organized manner with a clear goal of liberating Iran, he added, calling for support for the Iranian people’s struggle for freedom. General Jones also expressed his support for Mrs. Rajavi’s ten-point plan for the future of Iran.
Senator Joseph Liberman said the regime in Iran is literally decaying and the Iranian people are courageously protesting the mullah’s regime. One of the reasons behind this regime’s decay is the U.S. sanctions against the mullahs, he added, calling for support for the NCRI. Senator Lieberman voiced his support for further U.S. sanctions against the mullahs and standing alongside the Iranian people. This prominent senator said the NCRI, led by Mrs. Rajavi, is an opposition ready to replace the mullahs’ regime and her ten-point plan is a phenomenal platform that deserves a call to support.
Governor Ridge in his remarks explained why he supports the NCRI and PMOI/MEK, shed light on various characteristics of the religious fascism ruling Iran despite claims of regime President Hassan Rouhani being a moderate. We have decided to do whatever we can to publicly support Mrs. Rajavi and the NCRI, he said, adding change will come and this change does not mean returning to the past, to the monarchy, which can never be described as democratic. This change also doesn’t mean maintaining the status quo, Governor Ridge continued, adding this change is for freedom and equality.
Ambassador Bloomfield reiterated how he got acquainted with the PMOI/MEK and called for probes into the mullahs’ ponds in the U.S., including anti-espionage investigations against the regime and the activities of its elements and lobbies in the U.S.