The speakers called on the international community in general and the EU in particular to adopt a principled and firm policy.
DECLARATION BY 2000 FRENCH MAYORS AND ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES, PRESENTED TO MARYAM RAJAVI, CONDEMNS EXECUTIONS IN IRAN
At the Paris conference on the “Explosive conditions in Iran, mullahs’ regime in crises”, Messrs. Jean-François Legaret, Mayor of the 1st District of Paris, and Jacques Boutault, Mayor of the 2nd District of Paris, presented a declaration to Maryam Rajavi on behalf of 2000 mayors and elected representatives of France. Before handing in the declaration
Ex-Marine Corps general: ‘US no longer playing softball with Iranian regime’
An international conference titled “Mullahs’ regime in crises, explosive situation in Iran, meddling in other countries” was held in Paris, where several dignitaries from the US, France, Canada, EU and the Middle East addressed the Iranian situation.
Among the speakers was General James Conway who was the Commanding General of the US Marine Corps from 2006 to 2010. He was commander of 90,000 US and British forces in Iraq and served two tours in Iraq. During his time there, some of the most important officials in the Trump administration were his subordinates.
Maryam Rajavi, the President of the National Council of Resistance of Iran was the keynote speaker of the conference. Rajavi said as the international community is recognizing the need to stand up to the Iranian regime’s malign activities, the mullahs are besieged with crisis at home and public discontent is expanding, putting the regime’s overthrow within reach.
MARYAM RAJAVI: THE CLERICAL REGIME’S OVERTHROW IS CERTAIN AND WITHIN REACH
Maryam Rajavi: The clerical regime is a hundred times more dangerous than Daesh and confronting it is far more imperative
“Just as it was necessary to confront Daesh, it is far more imperative now to fight a hundred-times greater danger: the religious dictatorship in Iran, the IRGC and its mercenary militias.”
This was reiterated by Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, in a speech to a conference in Paris focusing on “Explosive Conditions in Iran, Mullahs’ Regime in Crises”, on Saturday, December 16, 2017.
Mrs. Rajavi pointed out, “The international community has finally acknowledged the dangers and threats posed by the IRGC albeit long overdue. These statements are a positive step forward but not sufficient to confront the increasing damages caused by this destructive force and the heavy price the nations in the region have paid because of western governments’ appeasement of the regime over so many years.”
She emphasized, “The overthrow of the clerical regime is certain and within reach. This is the only solution to the problems in Iran, the region, and the world.”
The conference opened by Jacques Boutault, Mayor of the 2nd District of Paris, consisted of three panels of European, Arab and Islamic, as well as North American dignitaries.
The speakers of the first panel included Gilbert Mitterrand, President of France Libertés; Roger Godsiff and Matthew Offord, members of the British Parliament; Michele de Vaucouleurs, Member of the French National Assembly and President of the Parliamentary Committee for Democratic Iran; Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger, former German Minister of Justice; Rama Yade, former French Minister for Human Rights; Gerry Horkan, Chair of the Senate Budget Committee and deputy leader of the opposition party in the Irish Senate; Michael Kaminski, member of the Parliament of Poland; Romeo Nicoara, Member of the Romanian Parliament; and Otto Bernhardt, former Member of German Federal Parliament.
The speakers of the second panel included Sid Ahmed Ghozali, former Prime Minister of Algeria; George Sabra, President of the opposition Syrian National Council; Selva Oksoy, Vice Chair of the Syrian Coalition; Michel Kilo, a prominent Syrian opposition figure; Bassam Alamoush, former Ambassador of Jordan to Iran and former Minister of Administrative Development; Abdallah Altayar, Head of the Center for Future Gulf; Issa Turki, member of the Parliament of Bahrain; and Reyad Yassin, Ambassador of the Republic of Yemen in France and former Minister of Foreign Affairs.
The third panelists included Ambassador Lincoln Bloomfield, former Assistant U.S. Secretary of State; General James Conway, former Commandant of the U.S. Marines; and John Baird, former Foreign Minister of Canada.
Mrs. Rajavi pointed out in her speech, “If the mullahs’ religious tyranny was not so detested within the country, it would not have needed the IRGC, the Qods Force, and a dozen mercenary groups in the region. And if the regime was not so unstable, it would not have needed to engage in destructive wars in the region. The regime’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and IRGC commanders have reiterated time and again that if they don’t fight in Syria and Iraq, they would have to fight in Tehran, Hamedan and Isfahan.
“Despite massive repression, they are terrified of the ultimate showdown with the Iranian people. They fear the Iranian people’s resolve for change, embodied in their organized resistance.”
Underlining the fact that the clerical regime is more vulnerable than ever, the Iranian Resistance’s President-elect called on western governments to undertake the following measures:
• Designate the IRGC as a terrorist entity and deny this criminal force and the entire Iranian regime access to the international banking system;
• Expel the IRGC and its militias from Syria, Iraq, and other countries in the region and prevent their transfer of troops and arms via these countries;
• Expel the operatives of the terrorist Qods Force and the Intelligence Ministry (MOIS) from Europe and the U.S.;
• Predicate all diplomatic and commercial relations with the mullahs’ religious dictatorship on an end to torture and executions in Iran;
• Call on the UN Security Council to set up a special tribunal on or refer the dossier of the Iranian regime’s crimes, particularly the 1988 massacre of 30,000 political prisoners, to the International Criminal Court;
• Support reimbursing the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran and the National Liberation Army of Iran for their properties, equipment, arms and basecamps by the government of Iraq.
• Recognize the National Council of Resistance of Iran as the sole democratic alternative to the religious, terrorist dictatorship ruling Iran. This is indispensable to ending and rectifying the disastrous policy of appeasement pursued by the US and Europe in the previous years.
Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
December 16, 2017
The Moving Testimony of Young Misagh Who Spent Nine Years in Prison in Iran
Misagh Yazdannejad is a young Iranian activist who recently left his country after spending more than nine years of his life in the jails of the Mullahs. He was attending a conference on 16 December at the Palais Brongniart in Paris on the Iranian subject, where he shared his experience under the rule of the religious fascism in Iran. Here is the text of his touching discourse at the conference titled, "The explosive situation of Iran, the mullahs' regime encircled by crises":
Greetings to everyone. And I thank all the distinguished guests who have voiced support for the Iranian people and Resistance in all these years.
My name is Misagh Yazdannejad. I am 31 years old and was imprisoned for nine years in Iran because I took part in ceremonies honoring the victims of the 1988 massacre and for sympathizing with the People’s Mojahedin. I left Iran secretly last year and have been in Europe for the past few months. As someone who has recently come from Iran and out of prison, I would like to say a couple of things.
|Said Shams is a courageous student who rose up against the tyranny of the mullahs in Iran before being arrested and tortured for his beliefs. Active in the student community to denounce the fundamentalist regime, young Saïd took part in the 2009 popular uprising in Iran, where he was led to measure the impact of the PMOI/MEK fight for change. Having recently left his country, he participated on December 16 at an international conference in Paris titled, "The explosive situation of Iran, the regime of the mullahs surrounded by crises". |
Click to read the text of his poignant speech
A major demonstration was held in Paris on December 11, to observe the International Human Rights Day (December 10) against the mullahs’ bloodletting regime and executions and torture in Iran.
The NCRI President-elect Maryam Rajavi sent a message to the demonstration which coincided with the One Plannet Summit in Paris. She said, "Saving human rights and environment in Iran hinges on regime change.”
She added: The clerical regime and its IRGC continuously destroy Iran’s environmental capacities for their military and security plans, missile program and malign objectives. To contain domestic crises and their own instability, they have resorted to war and slaughter of the peoples of the region. Therefore, realization of the Iranian people’s urgent demand to bring down the ruling religious dictatorship seeks not only to revive freedom, human rights, justice and the environment in Iran but is essential to peace and security in the region and around the world.
A number French, European and Arab personalities participated along with thousands of Iranians in the rally. They included former Algerian Prime Minister Sid Ahmed Ghozali; Jean-François Legaret and Jacques Boutault, mayors of First and Second districts of Paris; Jean-Pierre Michel and Jean-Pierre Brard, former members of the French National Assembly and Senate; Jean-Pierre Becquet, former mayor of Auvers-sur-Oise; Governor Yves Bonnet, former director of DST; Alejo Vidal Quadras, President of the In Search of Justice Foundation and former Vice President of the European Parliament; Struan Stevenson, President of the European Iraqi Freedom Association; Judge François Colcombet; Mehdi Same'e, chair of the NCRI Industries Committee; Pierre Berci, President of the New Human Rights Foundation; and Jacky Duminy, mayor of Ors. Gerard Lauton read out the message of the President of the Teachers' Syndicate. Mohmoud Ghobash from the Syrian Opposition, and Jamal Al-Awazi, President of the International Press Agency in Paris, also addressed the demonstration of Iranians in Paris on Human Rights Day.
In her message to the rally, Mrs. Rajavi described the 4-decade rule of the mullahs’ theocracy in Iran as an experience of “mounting devastation and destruction” and said, “The mullahs commenced their rule by suppression of freedoms. The pillars of their regime were based on a sea of blood spilling from the bodies of Iran’s best children including the victims of the 1988 massacre. They continued their reign by export of terrorism and fundamentalism, destroyed the country’s education, art, and culture, ruined its social ethics and devastated the environment.”
She urged the international community to condition their relations and trade with the Iranian regime on end to torture and executions in Iran, and undertake binding measures to stop the regime’s missile program and drive out the IRGC and its militias from countries in the region. She further called for recognition of the Iranian people’s desire and will for regime change.
The demonstrators chanted, “Trade with the mullahs is trade in blood”, “trade with IRGC upholds flogging and hangings”, “Rouhani’s record is plunder of all Iranians”, “free all political prisoners”, “democracy and freedom with Maryam Rajavi”, “every Iranian cries out, death to Rouhani”, “Rouhani is a charlatan, he is a murderous mullah”, “Khamenei is a murderer, he is murderer of all Iranians”, “Rouhani, murderer of the people of Iran”, etc.
The demonstration ended after four hours by reading out a resolution in support of the Iranian people’s urgent demand for the overthrow of the mullahs’ religious dictatorship. The resolution reiterated that Maryam Rajavi’s 10-point Plan for Future Iran guarantees a democratic society, separation of religion and state, gender equality, as well as equal rights and freedoms for various religious and ethnic groups in Iran.
The Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
December 11, 2017
Maryam Rajavi's speech at the European Parliament on the eve of the International Human Rights Day
MARYAM RAJAVI’S MESSAGE ON INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE ELIMINATION OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN
REGIME CHANGE IN IRAN AT REACH WITH THE ONLY ORGANIZED OPPOSITION (PMOI/MEK)