At a conference of Iranian communities on December 15, speakers connected via a multiplex. The attendees were in more than 40 cities located throughout Europe, North America, and Australia.
One of the key speakers was Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) and the author of a 10-point plan for the democratic future of a free Iran. She called for the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) to be blacklisted as terrorist organizations.
“Tehran’s recourse to terrorism is not a transient or tactical reaction, but a strategic outlet for it to confront the uprisings and its overthrow. Today, the regime uses terrorism to confront the Iranian people’s uprisings,” said Rajavi. Despite their efforts to distract the Iranian people, ongoing protests that began in December 2017 have shown those efforts have failed.
She stressed that the international community needed to respond to these terrorist activities with clear and consistent action, including placing the IRGC and MOIS on the U.S. List of Foreign Terrorist Organizations and the European Union’s Terror List.
Rajavi also called leaders in Europe who are still trying to keep the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) alive despite the terrorist activities of the MOIS.
“Isn’t it regrettable that despite disclosure of the mullahs’ terrorism on European soil, the regime’s appeasers are still trying to find a way to deal with the regime and seeking to aid the murderers of the Iranian people? We tell them: If you don’t want to stand by the people of Iran, at least do not victimize the security of your own citizens,” said Rajavi.
Speakers Demonstrate Support for Iranian Resistance
Patrick Kennedy, a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives was one of the speakers at the conference. “Contrary to the Iranian regime’s propaganda, both Democrats and Republicans in the U.S. are united in supporting a firm policy on Iran and to stand with the Iranian people in their desire for change and to have a republic based on free election, separation of religion and state, and gender equality. It is within this context that we support Maryam Rajavi and her 10-point declaration for a free Iran,” said Kennedy.
Columbian Senator Ingrid Betancourt, who was a hostage in Columbia for several years, noted, “Over the past year, the Iranian regime has increased its terrorist activities in Europe and simultaneously, intensified its propaganda against the MEK. This clearly shows the fear of the regime form the MEK and its decisive role in the continued anti-regime protests in Iran and their desire for regime change.”
She encouraged European governments to adopt a firm policy regarding Iran, while the media needs to be alert to avoid spreading the regime’s propaganda. Many of the speakers noted that Europe’s response to Iran has been very two-sided and not supportive of the efforts of the Iranian people to create change.
Calls for UN Security Council to Address Human Rights
Another aspect of the conference was the fact that the Iranian regime and its leaders have not been held to account for its human rights abuses, including the 1988 massacre of political prisoners. Rajavi called on the UN Security Council to hold the regime and its leaders accountable for their actions against the Iranian people.
Dozens of representatives also offered support for the Iranian people and their ongoing protests and uprisings. Despite continued pressure by the regime, the Iranian people continue to call for change. Other speakers showed support for Rajavi’s 10-point plan, seeing it as the future of Iran.