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
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Ryszard Czarnecki

VP European Parliament: Support moderate Muslims against fundamentalism

Ryszard Czarnecki

Ryszard Czarnecki, vice-President of the European Parliament, speaks at International Women’s Day in Berlin.

Ryszard Czarnecki, vice president of the European Parliament, published an article on The Hill that discusses the issue of the world’s media focusing primarily on the stories of ISIS and the brutal attacks they’ve committed using the banner of Islam,  is over shadowing stories of the scores of hangings, public floggings and political arrests orchestrated by the Iranian regime.

Czarnecki, who spoke at the International Women’s Day Conference in Berlin earlier this month along side several other international political leaders, including NCRI President-elect, Maryam Rajavi, says the lack of domestic progress in Iran is clear.    The lack of focus and attention on the progression of Iran, has “allowed much of the world to ignore the truly global dimensions of Islamic extremism, in turn allowing it to ignore the truly moderate Muslim voices that are best suited to rooting out that ideology at its source, as opposed to simply confronting it in a series of airstrikes and half-measures against specific, localized targets.”

He concluded stating: “I firmly believe that Islamic fundamentalism can best be confronted by progressive Muslims like those who organized the massive rally in Berlin. I hope that next time we will be joined by many more Western policymakers who understand the value of promoting these voices as part of a comprehensive solution to Islamic extremism.”

Read the full article on The Hill.

 

NCRI Women's Committee Protest

“Iran’s war on women”

In a recent article published on The Hill by Soona Samsami, representative in the United States for the National Council of Resistance of Iran, Samsami highlights that Iran’s ongoing war on women is being overlooked in the midst of nuclear talks between the U.S. and Iran.  The Iranian regime in Tehran continues its “policy of disenfranchisement and apartheid with respect to women.”

Following the International Women’s Day conference in Berlin earlier this month, where NCRI President-elect Maryam Rajavi spoke, This week the Iranian regime proposed a draft for a law aimed at boosting the country’s population, according to The Hill.  Amnesty International claimed this law would, “reduce Iranian women to baby-making machines.”  This proposed law would block employment to women at certain jobs if they choose not to have children.

“This past year has seen repression and discrimination against women increase in many forms. The regime continues to maintain policies which encourage or acquiesce towards gender based violence. As many as 25 women were the victims of heinous attacks involving acid thrown onto their faces by men on motorcycles. The attacks were motivated by a culture of misogyny and repression towards women, and a direct result of the ruling regime and its policy of gender apartheid. The attacks occurred after a law was passed by the regimes parliament to protect citizens who feel “compelled to correct” those who do not adhere to their view of Islamic morality. In reality it legitimated gender based violence against women who were wearing makeup or were accused of being “improperly” veiled.”

As women are victims of the mullah’s dictatorship, the PMOI supports gender equality in all aspects.

Read the full article on The Hill.