The French Parliamentary Committee For a Democratic Iran held a conference On Thursday February 21, titled “Iran Perspectives 2019,” calling for a firm policy vis-a-vis the Iranian regime’s aggravating terrorist threats and deteriorating human rights abuses.
French MP André Chassaigne, who expressed his concern about the human rights conditions in Iran was the first speaker of the meeting held at the Colbert Hall of the French National Assembly.
“The human rights situation in Iran is catastrophic,” Chassaigne said, drawing attention to more than 3,600 executions in Iran so-far during the tenure of Hassan Rouhani, the self-proclaimed “moderate” president of the mullahs’ regime.
Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), called on the French government to initiate a bold policy in the EU that supports the people of Iran and respects their struggle for freedom and democracy.
“The regime’s overthrow which is the desire of the people of Iran has never been so much within reach,” Mrs. Rajavi said.
“The mullahs are badly in need of political and commercial relations with Europe. Nonetheless, they cannot forgo terrorist operations in the heart of Europe because they are much weaker than is conceived; they do not know of any other way but to suppress and to create crisis,” She explained.
Mrs. Rajavi asked the attendees to look at Rouhani’s record and recalled: “Thousands of executions; Massacres in (Camps) Ashraf & Liberty (when PMOI/MEK members were in Iraq); Wasting Iran’s revenues on wars in the region; Terrorist operations by the Ministry of Intelligence and Security, MOIS, under his command; and the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) missile program, have impoverished the majority of the people in Iran.”
“A significant development in Iran has been the formation of Resistance Units. These units are made up of members and supporters of the Iranian Resistance who mostly come from among Iran’s younger and freedom-loving generation,” Mrs. Rajavi added. The vast network of PMOI/MEK Resistance Units inside Iran are encouraging the people’s daily protests.
“In addition to their terrorist plots, the mullahs have consistently been spreading falsities against the Iranian Resistance, fearing the impact of the PMOI/MEK and the Iranian Resistance on the uprisings,” She said.
“The policy of appeasement of the mullahs must be terminated. Tying hopes to investments in and commercial deals with Iran is an illusion,” she emphasized.
“Turning a blind eye to the Iranian Resistance is not only to the detriment of the people of Iran, but also to the detriment of the Middle East and the world who are in this way deprived of the key to the Iranian problem,” Mrs. Rajavi added.
“The main obstacle to Iran’s progress and the main cause of wars and crisis in the region will thus be removed,” she warned. “We enjoy our people’s support in establishing a republic based on the separation of religion & state, gender equality, abolition of the death penalty, an independent judiciary, autonomy for ethnic groups, a foreign policy based on peaceful co-existence, and a non-nuclear Iran.”
“In this country, we value the rights of women, liberties and human rights,” said French MP Sonia Krimi. “In my country of origin (Tunisia), I experienced the absence of freedom. We must listen to the calls for freedom,” She added.
“The EU has stated that it’s probable that the Iranian regime has been involved in assassinations on European soil and it is necessary that we adopt an according policy toward the Iranian regime,” said MP Hervé Saulignace who also praised the people of Iran, especially women and youth, who have had a leading role in nationwide protests that have been ongoing across Iran in the past year.
“It’s an honor to be with you. I’m here because I’m a woman and under the totalitarian regime of Iran, being a woman entail suffering,” said MP Sylvie Auconie. “The Iranian regime is a international problem. The Parliamentary Committee for a Democratic Iran must become more engaged.”
“You represent the true alternative, and you have our support,” said MP Frédéric Reiss addressing Mrs. Rajavi. “We question the EU, which continues to believe in the virtues of dialog (with the mullahs’ regime). I support the struggle for freedom in Iran.”