The Iranian people, who have suffered torture and unjust executions under the rule of the mullahs, spoke out on International Human Rights Day on December 11. This demonstration was held in Paris and called out the regime for its human rights violations, particularly the 1988 massacre of political prisoners.
For those who live in #Iran, the regime has abused not only the people, but the environment. As a result, the Iranian people find themselves in the position of trying to save their culture and country from the ones that are supposed to be protecting and defending them.
“Saving human rights and [the] environment in Iran hinges on regime change,” said the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) President-elect #Maryam Rajavi in a message to those in attendance at the demonstration. In addition to the demonstration, the One Planet Summit was also being held in Paris. The focus of the summit was the environment and the impact of climate change. In Iran, multiple issues regarding water, air quality, and soil erosion have come to the fore, as the regime has not managed the environment effectively. The Iranian people are suffering as a result.
“To contain domestic crises and their own instability, they have resorted to war and slaughter of the peoples of the region. Therefore, realization of the #Iranian people’s urgent demand to bring down the ruling religious dictatorship seeks not only to revive freedom, human rights, justice, and the environment in Iran, but is essential to peace and security in the region and around the world,” said Rajavi.
The demonstration was attended by a number of French, European, and Arab personalities, who participated along with thousands of Iranians. They included former Algerian Prime Minister Sid Ahmed Ghozali; Jean-François Legaret and Jacques Boutault, mayors of First and Second districts of Paris; Jean-Pierre Michel and Jean-Pierre Brard, former members of the #French National Assembly and Senate; Jean-Pierre Becquet, former mayor of Auvers-sur-Oise; Governor Yves Bonnet, former director of DST; Alejo Vidal Quadras, President of the In Search of Justice Foundation and former Vice President of the European Parliament; Struan Stevenson, President of the European Iraqi Freedom Association; Judge François Colcombet; Mehdi Same’e, chair of the NCRI Industries Committee; Pierre Berci, President of the New #Human Rights Foundation; and Jacky Duminy, mayor of Ors. Gerard Lauton read out the message of the President of the Teachers’ Syndicate. Mohmoud Ghobash from the #Syrian Opposition, and Jamal Al-Awazi, President of the International Press Agency in #Paris, also addressed the demonstration of Iranians in Paris on #Human Rights Day.
The decades of mullahs’ rule have been focused on consolidating power, stripping the Iranian people of resources, while funding their expansion of power throughout the region. The Islamic #Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), the military might of the Supreme Leader and the regime, has been key to this consolidation of power.
“The pillars of their regime were based on a sea of blood spilling from the bodies of Iran’s best children, including victims of the 1988 massacre. They continued their reign by export of terrorism and fundamentalism, destroyed the country’s education, art, and culture, ruined its social ethics and devastated the economy,” said Rajavi.
As part of the demonstration, Rajavi and other speakers urged the international community to condition their relations and trade with Iran on the regime stopping all executions and ending torture within the country. There also need to be efforts to bind the regime into a concrete agreement that stops their missile program. The IRGC and its militias also need to be driven out of the region, as they currently are actively contributing to the instability throughout the Middle East.
Demonstrators chanted, “Trade with the mullahs is trade in blood,” and “Trade with IRGC upholds flogging and hangings.” The demonstration ended after four hours by reading a resolution in support of the Iranian people’s demand for regime change. The resolution also included support for the 10-Point Plan for the Future of Iran, which guarantees a democratic Iran, separation of religion and state, gender equality, and equal rights for all Iranians, regardless of ethnicity or religion.
“Khomeini and his accomplices commenced their rule by suppression of freedoms…they wasted the environment and waged war and terrorism against our neighbors,” said Rajavi. She also noted that the regime has not backed the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. “Whatever their decision, it will not alter the regime’s ravenous destruction of Iran’s climate and environment. They neither have the intention nor the power or funds to bring about such a change.”
For the demonstrators, it was another chance to share with the world the impact of the regime and its constant military objectives, as well as showcasing who is paying the real price for the mullahs’ power grab.