Among those attending from the United States are the former US Congressman and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Newt Gingrich, and former New York City Mayor, Rudy Giuliani.

This select group supports a regime change, believing that the human rights situation in Iran is growing worse, and that the current regime is not the moderate regime originally presented to the rest of the world.  

In fact, the NCRI believes that the regime becoming more ‘closed and introverted’, according to their website, which states that the number of executions is at the highest it’s been in the past 25 years. In addition, it cites that, “the Iranian regime is institutionally sowing discord in the region especially in Syria and is continuing to export Islamic fundamentalism”.  There is also evidence that Tehran is still testing ballistic missiles, in violation of the UN Security Council Resolution 2231. Moreover, there’s been no improvement in the country’s economic situation, and infighting has reached unprecedented levels.

The legitimacy of elections under the current regime, following the election of Ahmad Jannati, 90 – “who already headed the Guardian Council and is a staunch loyalist of the regime’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei – as the head of the Assembly of Experts”, has also been criticized by the NCRI.  They say that “he now heads two key bodies, which shows that elections under this regime are meaningless and the regime’s choices are evermore limited”.

“The big question is what is the direction of the turbulent situation in Iran and where is Iran heading?” the statement adds. “The outcome of these developments and the future of the Iranian regime will have a huge strategic impact on the entire region – a fact that has triggered serious debate in the West.”

These issues, as well as the 10-point plan proposed by NCRI President-elect, Maryam Rajavi, calling for the introduction of full democracy, equality for men and women, the abolition of the death penalty and the separation of religion and state, will be highlighted and discussed this Saturday at the “Free Iran” conference in Paris.