Maryam Rajavi at the UN in Geneva: In View of Developments in Iraq, the U.S. Must Carry Out its Commitments to the Safety and Security of Camp Liberty Residents

GENEVA, August 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --

Iranian regime must be completely evicted from Iraq to prevent repeat of past atrocities in that country 

Rouhani's one-year record reflects his total failure, especially in the field of human rights and freedoms in Iran 

Dossier on human rights abuses in Iran, especially the 1988 massacre of 30,000 political prisoners, must be referred to the UN Security Council 

In a conference at the United Nations European Headquarters in Geneva on August 13, Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the Iranian Resistance, emphasized that in view of new developments in Iraq, the United States must carry out its commitments vis-à-vis the safety and security of Camp Liberty residents in that country.

Mrs. Rajavi added the recent ouster of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who has acted at the behest of the Iranian regime in carrying out violent repressions, including three massacres of members of the Iranian Resistance, represents an irremediable strategic defeat for the mullahs. Rajavi applauded this change as a cancellation of the Iranian regime's eight-year political investment in Iraq and expressed hope that the efforts of Iraqi freedom-seekers would ultimately lead to the total eviction of the Iranian regime from Iraq. The Iranian resistance anticipates that this will bring an end to the suppression and human rights violations directed against Iranian refugees in Camp Liberty, and guarantee their security until they can be relocated to Europe or America.

Mrs. Rajavi noted that over the past eight years, Iraq has operated as a puppet regime of the Iranian mullahs, holding onto power through bloodshed and a systemic purge of Sunnis, under the direction of Iran's Qods Force. Through mass murder and bombings, it confronted the widespread revolution by Iraqi tribes and people who were seeking a non-sectarian democratic system. Meanwhile, the conditions created by the Iran-Iraq partnership empowered an extremist terrorist group, to divert the Iraqi people's revolution and to massacre the innocent, attack minorities and assault the honor and dignity of women. It has, through aggression and forced migration, crushed Iraq's Christian and Yizidi communities.

As for Hassan Rouhani's one-year record, Mrs. Rajavi said that while his most important promise was moderation, his record contradicts this. During his tenure the number of executions exceeds 800, much more than previous years. This clearly shows that the regime has entered its final phase. All these executions and arrests represent the mullahs' desperate reaction to a growing threat to their existence.

Pointing to the increase in pressures against religious and ethnic minorities and the arrest of dozens of journalists and bloggers, she emphasized that it is foolish to pin one's hopes on the idea of change from within the religious dictatorship. Whoever comes from within this regime inevitably defends suppression and killings.

Mrs. Rajavi called on the world community to not tolerate the regime's human rights abuses, not abandon the issue of human rights during nuclear talks and not delay the referral of the regime's human rights dossier to the UN Security Council any longer.

At the conference, held on the 26th anniversary of the massacre of 30,000 political prisoners in Iran in 1988, Mrs. Rajavi urged that the dossier on this massacre be referred to the United Nations Security Council and that those responsible, all of whom are senior regime officials, be prosecuted.

The meeting was held with the participation of representatives of human rights organizations, and various political figures. Speakers strongly condemned the Iraqi government's attacks against the Iranian refugees in Camps Ashraf and Liberty in Iraq at the behest of the Iranian regime, and their logistical and medical siege, demanding an immediate end to the attacks and restrictions that have so far killed 116 people and brought 20 others to death due to denial of medical treatment. Speakers also called for the release of six women and one man taken hostage at Camp Ashraf in September 2013.

This meeting was chaired by Ms. Anne-Marie Lizin, Honorary President of the Belgian Senate. In addition to Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, speakers included, Professor Jean Ziegler, member of  UN Human Rights Advisory Committee, Professor Alfred Zayas, United Nations Special Rapporteur on democratic and equitable order, Remi Pagani, member of the Geneva City Council, Geoffrey Robertson, prominent British lawyer and First President of UN Special Court on War Crimes for Sierra Leone and member of the UN Justice Council, Ms.Najat al-Astal, Member of Parliament from Palestine, members of a Syrian coalition delegation including Mohammad Kadah, Deputy Chair of the Syrian National Coalition, and Dr. Haitham Maleh, president of the legal section of Syrian opposition, Sabah al-Mukhtar, prominent Iraqi lawyer and president of the Arab lawyers Union in the UK, Ms.Julie Ward, Member of European Parliament, Peter Mathews, Member of Parliament from Ireland, Christiane Perregaux, co-president of the Constituent Assembly of the Council of Geneva, Dr. Tahar Boumedra, former advisor to the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in Iraq and former chief of the Human Rights section of UNAMI, MS. Sarah Chandler, Head of Human Rights Committee of the Law Society in England and Wales, Dr. Saleh Rajavi, NCRI representative in Switzerland and France, and Ashraf Al-Shabrawi, former member of the Egyptian parliament.


SOURCE Iran News Update




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