Maryam Rajavi before U.S. Congress

Congressional hearing rightly reverses marginalization of Iranian opposition

In an article published on The Hill by former Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.), Mr. Tancredo commends The House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-Calif.), and chair of subcommittee on Terrorism, non-proliferation and Trade, Judge Ted Poe (R-Texas) for having the done the right thing: “affording the U.S. Congress the opportunity to examine facts and hear from those in the field, rather than relying only on experts within the beltway.”

NCRI President-elect Maryam Rajavi’s testimony is long overdue, according to Tancredo.  Mrs. Rajavi is qualified to speak at the testimony because her advocacy efforts has focused on defeating a regime that pursued sectarian violence in Iraq and supported Assad, which led to the rise of ISIS.  Over the past three decades, as many as 120,000 activists of Mrs. Rajavi’s movement have been executed in Iran in the hands of those who were “the de facto mentors of ISIS.”

Tancredo goes on to describe Tehran’s regional policy as:

“egregious regional policy meddling and fomenting unrest in countries from Syria to Yemen, its fostering of Islamic fundamentalists, its state sponsorship of terrorism, its virulent anti-Israeli rhetoric, its detention of four American citizens, and its flagrant abuses of the most rudimentary rights of Iranian citizens are among a litany of issues that should be addressed by any comprehensive Iran policy. Iran has been the number one preoccupation of Secretary of State John Kerry and his entourage.”

Tehran’s is threatened by Mrs. Rajavi’s presence as a witness at hearing, and as a result have reacted harshly. Maryam Rajavi has a democratic 10-point plan for the future of Iran, which calls for:

  • the separation of church and state
  • equal rights for women
  • free market economy
  • peace in the Middle East
  • a non-nuclear republic