Earlier this year, Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) - the coalition which includes the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) - gave a speech to visiting lawmakers at the MEK headquarters in Albania, where many MEK members were relocated to following prolonged attacks from the Iranian Regime and its proxy forces at the former MEK base in Iraq.
The successful relocation of the 3,000 MEK members was a triumph that allowed for a more stable base of operations to remove the Regime and put in place a Free Iran. Rajavi’s speech emphasized the practical outlook for the MEK’s project and encouraged the international community to support an assertive foreign policy on Iran that supports the MEK rather than the mullahs.
Rajavi said that the relocation of the MEK was a good start, but the international community still has a long way to go to make up for the decades-long appeasement policy shown to the mullahs.
Rajavi said: “Imagine for a moment, what would have happened if such a disastrous policy would not have been adopted from the outset.”
Indeed, the mullahs may have been defeated by the MEK years ago and Iran would be a shining beacon of democracy. It may have even prevented the 1988 massacre.
Rajavi also called on Iranians at home and abroad to help advance the Call for Justice movement to get justice for the victims of the 1988 massacre, who were political prisoners; mainly members of the MEK.
Rajavi said: “The time has come for the international community to end 3 decades of impunity for the leaders of the regime in Iran, holding [Supreme Leader Ali] Khamenei and his accomplice accountable for their crimes against humanity and the genocide committed in the 1988 Massacre at an international tribunal.”
The massacre killed 30,000 MEK members who were campaigning for democracy, including many just found in possession of pro-MEK leaflets. No one has yet been brought to justice for these crimes, rather those like Hassan Rouhani, Mostafa Pour Mohammadi, and Ebrahim Raisi, have been promoted to positions of power (President, Justice Minister, and Head of the Judiciary respectively).
In fact, the only ones punished were those who spoke out against the massacre. Hossein Ali Montazeri, who was next in line to be Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic, warned his fellow officials at the time that if they continued, they would only be remembered as criminals for facilitating thousands of politically motivated executions of the MEK. In response, he was shunned by the regime, stripped of his post, and spent the rest of his life under house arrest.
His son was sent to prison in 2016 after releasing an audio recording of Montazeri’s denouncement of the massacre of the MEK.
Of course, the most often punished are the MEK members and supporters who lost family during the massacre and simply want to know what happened.
This should tell lawmakers all they need to know about Iran’s view of human rights, Rouhani’s “moderate” credentials, and the future the Iranian people will face if the international community continues trying to appease the mullahs.