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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
Maryam Rajavi to Testify

Maryam Rajavi testifying before US Congress is a step towards correct policy on Iran

Tomorrow beginning at 2pm EST The House Committee on Foreign Affairs will be holding a Subcommittee Hearing: “ISIS: Defining the Enemy.”  For the first time ever, Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the NCRI, will be testifying before US Congress.  It is rare for foreign dignitaries to testify before the US Congress, and with Mrs. Rajavi invited to be a witness, this hearing will be a historic event and above all a step towards correct policy on Iran.

Below is a list of of witnesses according toThe House Committee on Foreign Affairs website:

Witnesses

Panel I

The Honorable Robert Ford
Senior Fellow
The Middle East Institute
(Former U.S. Ambassador to Syria)

Walid Phares, Ph.D.
Co-Secretary General
Transatlantic Parliamentary Group on Counterterrorism

Panel II

Ms. Maryam Rajavi
President-Elect
National Council of Resistance of Iran
(Appearing via teleconference)

The Live stream of the hearing will begin at 2pm EST and is available to watch here:http://foreignaffairs.house.gov/live-video-feed

Tune in to the live stream to support Maryam Rajavi, who has been a long time advocate for human rights and democratic change in Iran.

Follow @Freedom4Iran and @Rajavi4Freedom for more information leading up to the event as well as live updates during the hearing.

 

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