Iranians Supporters of the Resistance (NCRI & PMOI/MEK) from more than 40 states across the United States held a demonstration in Freedom Plaza, Washington D.C. on Friday, 8 March 2019, on the occasion of International Women’s Day followed by a rally towards the White House where the demonstrators expressed their support for the Iranian people’s uprising for regime change in Iran.
U.S. Representative, Sheila Jackson Lee; Linda Chavez, American Author & Chairwoman of the Center for Equal Opportunity; and Adam Ereli, Former U.S. Ambassador to Bahrain Were Among Speakers in the Rally.
The Iranians are seeking a Republic based on separation of religion & state, freedom of opinion and speech and individual freedom as well as freedom of assembly and peaceful demonstrations. They are calling for recognition of the NCRI as the only democratic alternative to the current dictatorial regime in Iran. They are also calling on international community to end their appeasement policy towards the mullahs regime and recognize the Iranian people’s right for democratic regime change to establish a secular and democratic republic.
In a televised message to the rally, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), underlined the crises engulfing the mullahs’ regime and the regime’s desperate state, and reiterated the need for the international community to recognize the Iranian people’s struggle for regime change.
Read the Text of Mr. Rajavi’s Message Here.
As Mrs. Rajavi, the NCRI President-elect, emphasized: In order to rectify and end the disastrous appeasement policy over the past four decades, it is imperative to recognize the NCRI as the sole democratic alternative to the religious dictatorship in Iran.
In addition to the above visions for a Free Iran stipulated in Mrs. Rajavi’s 10-Point Platform, as the only democratic alternative to the mullahs destructive ideology, the platform elaborates on the movement’s vision for the Free Iran of Tomorrow.
Maryam Rajavi’s 10-Point Platform Presented in a Meeting at the Council of Europe in April 2006:
1. In our view, the ballot box is the only criterion for legitimacy. Accordingly, we seek a republic based on universal suffrage.
2. We want a pluralist system, freedom of parties and assembly. We respect all individual freedoms. We underscore complete freedom of expression and of the media and unconditional access by all to the internet.
3. We support and are committed to the abolition of death penalty.
4. We are committed to the separation of Religion and State. Any form of discrimination against the followers of any religion and denomination will be prohibited.
5. We believe in complete gender equality in political, social and economic arenas. We are also committed to equal participation of women in political leadership. Any form of discrimination against women will be abolished. They will enjoy the right to freely choose their clothing. They are free in marriage, divorce, education and employment.
6. We believe in the rule of law and justice. We want to set up a modern judicial system based on the principles of presumption of innocence, the right to defense, effective judicial protection and the right to be tried in a public court. We also seek the total independence of judges. The mullahs’ Sharia law will be abolished.
7. We are committed to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and international covenant and conventions, including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the Convention against Torture, and the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women.
We are committed to the equality of all nationalities. We underscore the plan for the autonomy of Iranian Kurdistan, adopted by the National Council of Resistance of Iran. The language and culture of our compatriots from whatever nationality, are among our nation’s human resources and must spread and be promulgated in tomorrow’s Iran.
8. We recognize private property, private investment and the market economy. All Iranian people must enjoy equal opportunity in employment and in business ventures. We will protect and revitalize the environment.
9. Our foreign policy will be based on peaceful coexistence, international and regional peace and cooperation, as well as respect for the United Nations Charter.
10. We want a non-nuclear Iran, free of weapons of mass destruction.
Video => Mrs. Rajavi also presented her Platform in the #FreeIran gathering on June 30, 2018 in Paris:
Maryam Rajavi is the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), a coalition of some 500 Iranian opposition groups and personalities, committed to a democratic, secular and non-nuclear republic in Iran. Half of NCRI’s members are women. As a Parliament-in-exile, the Council’s primary task is to hold free and fair elections for a Legislative and National Constituent Assembly in Iran no more than six months after the ouster of the ruling theocracy.