The Iranian Resistance holds the third day of the “Free Iran World Summit” today.
vowing to redouble the efforts to free Iran, as all developments indicate another uprising is on the horizon.
Today’s event focuses on the regime’s systematic human rights violations, the 1988 massacre of over 30,000 political prisoners across Iran, and the need to prosecute senior regime officials. Including the regime’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, president-select Ebrahim Raisi, and Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Eje’i, the newly appointed judiciary chief.
The first two days of the “Free Iran” world summit featured international dignitaries and opposition supporters attending this largest-ever online event. This event was attended by nearly 1,029 politicians, 11 former Prime Ministers, and 70 former ministers. The Iranian Resistance’s virtual event is joining people from more than 50,000 locations throughout 105 countries calling on the international community to support the Iranian people in their quest to overthrow the oppressive theocracy ruling Iran.
The Free Iran Global Summit is the voice of the largest organized resistance in Iran, calling for the clerical regime’s overthrow; and echoes the Iranian people’s voice calling for a democratic Iran.
The content of this will be updated with the latest info about today’s gathering.
Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI)
“When it comes to the Iranian people’s relationship with the regime, the appointment of Ebrahim Raisi, the henchman of the 1988 massacre, to the presidency of the mullahs’ religious dictatorship is a reflection of the era of its overthrow,” said Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), in her address to the conference. “And in political terms, it is the end for illusions of moderation within the regime. It marks the failure of Western governments’ policy of complacency toward the religious fascism.”
“As far as the international community is concerned, this is a test of whether it will engage and deal with this genocidal regime or whether it will stand with the Iranian people.
“We say to the world community, especially to Western governments, that Mullah Raisi is a criminal guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity in 1988.
“He is guilty because as one of the regime’s highest Judiciary officials during the last 40 years, he played a decisive role in the execution and murder of the Iranian people’s children.
“He is guilty because he is one of the leaders of a regime that killed 1,500 youths during the November 2019 uprising, a figure that researchers say is actually three times higher.
“Raisi is guilty because even today he defends all his past crimes and insists on continuing them.
“On behalf of the Iranian people and their Resistance, I emphasize that the United Nations and the international community should recognize the 1988 massacre in Iran as genocide and a crime against humanity.
“I call on the UN Security Council to take action to hold the leaders of the mullahs’ regime, especially Ali Khamenei, Raisi, and Ejeii, accountable for committing genocide and crimes against humanity. The United Nations must not allow Raisi to participate in the next session of the General Assembly. This would be an unforgivable insult to the peoples of all countries who send their representatives to the United Nations.”
Ingrid Betancourt, former Colombian Senator and Presidential Candidate
No matter the mask they choose to wear, Ahmadinejad, Rouhani, Raisi, they are all one and the same. They are all part of this blood-thirsty monster sitting in history with contempt for the values we share.
They won’t prevail. The end is here, and it has a name and face. The name is the name of every Ashrafi, and the face is the face of you, Maryam Rajavi. It is because of the example of your resilience and determination that young people in Iran are daring to defy this homicidal regime.
You are the custodians of that precious truth that the mullahs have tried to erase and rewrite. And they can meddle with the pages of the history books, they can erase the traces of the mass graves that speak of their crimes, they can even force people under torture to submit to their lies or by paying them, but they will never succeed in taming your hearts.
What keeps you together is not the hatred, the fear or the rage, the vengeance and the ferociousness, but the dignifying thirst of justice and truth, and the immense transforming power of the love you share for your country.
It is because young Iranians know this that they are following you. It is because there is the face of a woman that has suffered and doesn’t give up that represents the strength and the good in sheer contrast to the evil faces of the mullahs that Iranians are envisioning today the end of their nightmare.
Robert Torricelli, U.S. Senator (1997-2003)
In 1988 when the regime waged war on its own people attempting to destroy the MEK through murder, those who sought compromise lost legitimacy. Those who would rule from within and seek change lost the right to rule.
Only one organization never sought compromise, has no blood on its hands, never denied the freedom of any arrangement, stood tall and has the means, the resources and determination, to rule a free and democratic Iran at peace with the world, the MEK, and only one leader, Mrs. Rajavi.
We may have our differences on many issues in America, but when it comes to ending this regime and standing alongside the Iranian people, you cannot get a thin piece of paper between us on our resolve. It builds by the year. One voice, one policy, from one country.
Now the great choice will be in the family of nations. Will they take a stand? Hear me clearly. If the United Nations decides that Raisi belongs to the United Nations, then the United Nations does not belong in New York. We must not host terrorists, despots, and mass murderers. Take a stand!
Rudy Giuliani, Mayor of New York City (1994-2001)
The choice just made by the Ayatollah has in many ways to me better indication of just how fragile this regime is, and just how close this regime is to collapse.
To put in charge of your government a man that is a mass murder… is extraordinarily stupid.
That’s a sign that you really feel that things are moving against you, and you have to become as brutal as possible. The selection of Raisi is exactly that.
I don’t know that the international world really understands how many protests there have been, how far they have gone, how they have permeated the entire country, and they have permeated the social structure of Iran. But the regime understands what all of these protests mean.
You, Madam Rajavi, and your brave and wonderful movement, you are at the core of this.
You are an obsessive compulsion for Ayatollah Khamenei. You are an obsessive compulsion for them, you are an obsessive compulsion for all of the criminals that run Iran. They have proven to us that you are a legitimate alternative. And yet we have so many in the West who close their ears to it.
All Americans are with you in your fight for freedom. We are willing to sacrifice as if we are fighting for our own freedom because we admire you so much and we know how much you can do for the world.
Matteo Renzi, Prime Minister of Italy (2014-2016)
The relation between your country, the Middle East, and in general between you and the rest of the world will be particularly interesting because in that area we will play a crucial role for the future of humanity.
The countries with great history have to be part of the right path for the future. Only if we recognize what is the priority today and for that I think Iran is at a crucial point.
I think we have to admit three very important points:
Firstly, without a clear message of refusing the theocracy and dictatorship in Iran it will be impossible to write a page of freedom and our values of liberty.
Secondly, we have to accept the idea for the European Union to try to give hope for the people who fight against the regime. I think we have a very good message, and this is a good time.
Thirdly, it is not the time to fight for a nuclear bomb in Iran. It is a time to fight against poverty in Iran because it is unacceptable in a country so rich not only in history but in assets as your country to be in this situation.
We have to come back to open the doors of Iran to the global community and the global community to Iran. But the only way is through regime change.
Fredrik Reinfeldt, Prime Minister of Sweden (2006-2014)
100,000 or more people that originate from Iran are now actually living in Sweden, following very closely what happens in the Middle East and in Iran. I know that this is an example for many of you and remember this is what happens with suppression and dictatorship. People flee, try to find a better life, and it is very often the most entrepreneurial that are trying to get away the first. The ones you really need to create, the best of societies, will instead end up somewhere else. That is the price you pay when you suppress freedom and when you do not tolerate that people are different.
The autocrats, the people with absolute power, are always afraid of their own population. They are always controlling their own people because that is the kind of paranoia that always evolves in this kind of country.
We also see that where there is absolute power, we have seen that they want to show themselves as being more democratic. Therefore, we see efforts to deliver elections as they say because everyone wants to look as if they have the popular support of their people. But don’t believe them. What they do is that they rig elections. We have seen this in Russia, and we have definitely seen it in Iran.
We need to stand up and say there is a better solution and that is of course the search for democracy. Democracy is not just the cast of votes. It has to be fair elections, it has to be open, it has to be allowing everyone to search for public office, and also with the right to bring out their message, and you need to have free and open media.
No one should have absolute power. All over the world we have learned the lesson that all forms of power need to be balanced.
It is so important that you are gathering today because you are hoping for something better like many people are doing all over the world in reaction to totalitarian rule and authoritarian rulers.
Enda Kenny, Prime Minister of Ireland (2011-2017)
We cannot stand for the 1988 massacre. The United Nations and the European Council must do more.
The governments who deal with Iran must consistently raise the question of human rights, floggings, disappearances, executions, and the denial of the rights that we take for granted.
The United Nations, European Council, the Council of Europe, and every government doing business with Iran must consistently raise the question of human rights and the infringement of those rights by this autocratic government.
Carlo Cottarelli, Director of the International Monetary Fund (2014), Prime Minister of Italy (2018)
Iran has been at the center of the world’s culture and economic development. It is sad, upsetting, and disturbing to see the Iranian people going through such difficult times over the last decade.
Iran’s poor economic performance points at mistakes in domestic policies, lack of economic reform, and severe shortcomings in the economic governance framework.
Over the last decades in the post-revolution era, the Iranian economy suffered from severe economic mismanagement, which added to the economic consequences of the political mismanagement.
MEP Guy Verhofstadt, former Prime Minister of Belgium (1999-2008)
Iran will never become a democracy under the current regime. In the western press we talk a lot about hardliners and moderates, but I think as long as Khamenei holds the ultimate power, that is a hoax.
These elections were a farce and on top of this we cannot be sure that the official results have not been tampered with.
Today I want to also talk to you about the impact the election of Raisi will have for Iran’s relationship with the West.
The nuclear deal will only be possible and can only survive if the new Iranian leadership will allow the International Atomic Energy Agency to do its job and I highly doubt that Raisi will be supportive of nuclear inspections.
We should not expect Iran to open up to the West. Raisi in fact hates our democratic values and let us not forget that he is under U.S. sanctions over a past that includes the extrajudicial killings of thousands of political prisoners.
We will probably see Iran intensify its attempts to control developments in neighboring states. Iran’s missile program and a more powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps will be dangerous for the security of the region.
Biden will have a hard time convincing the American public and Congress that the deal will be in the interest of the United States.
I believe we should strive to revive the deal but not at any cost. I think it would be a fatal mistake to only focus on the nuclear threat and regard human rights violations as a secondary issue.
We must pursue a dual strategy in which we put human rights higher on the agenda while trying to establish a safer environment in the Middle East.
The EU is still seen as an honest broker and must take its responsibility. So, I urge the High Commission for Foreign Policy, Mr. Borrell, to step up and develop a comprehensive plan to defend basic human rights in Iran and organize collective security in the Persian Gulf. And in this plan, we must put more emphasis on human rights than we have so far.