President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, Maryam Rajavi, emphasizes the importance of focusing on the human rights situation in Iran.
According to the New York Daily News article, “Now empower Iran’s dissidents”, Maryam explains that the back and forth between supporters and opponents of the Iran nuclear deal have caused there to be more focus on the execution, imprisonments, intimidations, and repression of the Iranian people by current leaders. She explains that by denying people their human rights, the regime will continue to hold its illegitimate power in Iran.
“That is why in the eyes of the Iranian people, the Iranian resistance’s exposure of the regime’s clandestine nuclear program, was such a watershed moment. It struck a blow for the forces of human rights and freedom at home as well as peace and stability in the region”, says Rajavi.
Since the beginning of Hassan Rouhani’s presidency, over 2,000 people have been assassinated. “Teachers, students, workers, Sunnis, converts to Christianity, bloggers, journalists, and many others” are part of the crackdown on citizens and women are harassed regularly. Amnesty International stated that “Iranian authorities have retained an iron grip over academic establishments.”
“My message to the United States and the West is that the long-term solution to the Iranian threat lies neither in foreign military intervention nor in collaboration with a regime that is so oppressive at home and so destabilizing abroad.”