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Iranians Call on UNGA to Recognize Their Struggle for A Free Iran

ranians Call on UNGA to Recognize Their Struggle for A Free Iran

In an online conference on September 18, the Iranian coalition opposition National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) called the United Nations General Assembly to support the Iranian people’s struggle for freedom, justice, equality, and the rule of law.

The NCRI underscored the imperative of re-imposing international sanctions, including six UN Security Council resolutions, against the religious fascism in Iran. The event organizers and distinguished speakers emphasized on the necessity of holding the genocidal regime ruling Iran accountable for killing over 1,500 protesters in the nationwide November protests and executing political prisoners like Navid Afkari, a national wrestling champion whose execution shocked the sports community and millions of people across the globe.

Prominent dignitaries such as the NCRI president-elect Maryam Rajavi, Rudy Giuliani, Joseph Lieberman, Gen. James Jones, Newt Gingrich, Robert Torricelli, Gen. Jack Keane, Giulio Terzi, and David Jones highlighted the importance of adopting a firm policy vis-à-vis Iran and put away with, once and for all, the appeasement policy that the Iranian regime has prospered from for over four decades now.

Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the NCRI, at the online event calling for international support for a free Iran, imposing sanctions targeting the regime, and holding the mullahs accountable for their ongoing crimes

Maryam Rajavi

Today, Navid Afkari lives on in the hearts and struggles of thousands of Resistance Units in Iran who will continue to resist and rise up for freedom and justice… The people of Iran want this regime punished through a comprehensive boycott.

Faced with executions and massacres, the people of Iran urge the United Nations, and the UN Security Council, in particular, to restore snapback sanctions stipulated in the six UN resolutions against the clerical regime in Iran. Otherwise, Khamenei will continue to ravage the nation as his regime’s survival depends on murder and suppression.

Just as is the case with executions and carnage, the mullahs’ regime ranks first in the rate of per capita coronavirus fatalities in the world… Rouhani and Khamenei have in fact adopted the strategy of causing mass human casualties to protect their regime from the Iranian people’s protests and from the danger of being overthrown.

The coronavirus is the mullahs’ strongest ally; imprisonment and executions are their most essential instruments of power, and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) is the most reliable killing machine to prop up their rule.

As world leaders prepare for their yearly speeches at the UNGA, I would like to emphasize three important issues:

First, a reminder of the fact that the clerical regime is at war with the people of Iran and with the world community.

Second, the imperative to stop the wrongheaded international policies that practically aid the murderers of the people of Iran, allowing the religious fascism to violate the rights of the people of Iran and spread war and terrorism in the Middle East. 

And third, a call for the adoption of a three-pronged policy vis-à-vis the mullahs’ regime in Iran comprised of: human rights for all Iranians, a comprehensive boycott of the mullahs’ religious dictatorship; and recognition of the Iranian people’s Resistance as well as the struggle in Iran to overthrow the mullahs and achieve freedom for the Iranian people.

Award-winning journalist Trish Regan hosted the online event calling for international support for a free Iran, imposing sanctions targeting the regime and holding the mullahs accountable for their ongoing crimes

Trish Regan

Afterward, award-winning journalist Trish Regan the online event calling for international support for a free Iran, imposing sanctions targeting the regime and holding the mullahs accountable for their ongoing crimes. She also expressed her happiness for joining great friends of the Iranian Resistance.

Rudy Giuliani, former Mayor of New York at the online event calling for international support for a free Iran, imposing sanctions targeting the regime and holding the mullahs accountable for their ongoing crimes

Rudy Giuliani

The regime is showing every indication that they’re on their last legs. Everyone knows they are a regime of terror. From the late 1970s until now, every year has been terror and slaughter. They have the worst record in killing their own people. But they continue to receive support from countries that should know better.

For too long, the United States was sympathetic to Iran. It seemed to be a priority to keep a dangerous nuclear agreement. Why? There’s no reason for it. Nor is there any reason for European governments to not support sanctions against the regime.

The world is now facing a crucial question on the policy toward Iran. The dispute is on whether the arms embargo on the regime should be lifted or more severe sanctions should be imposed. The arms embargo is critical to keep the status quo in place, but we have to go further.

Europeans have refused to support the United States. They claim to defend freedom and democracy and human rights. But they have abandoned those principles. They are doing business with a barbaric regime. They have abandoned methods of pressure that can free the people of Iran from bondage. 

The regime is killing people. They’re a regime that is desperate, and the best indication is that they are striking out hard. The situation is getting worse in Iran. They recently executed wrestling champion Navid Afkari for protesting. He was protesting the barbarity of the regime. Mostafa Salehi was executed for the same charge. The MEK announced recently that 20 other people are on death row for political charges, for opposing the regime. That is a barbaric dictatorship. You should not be doing business with them.

The regime of terror has increased its terrorist activities against the Iranian opposition. 

Three things must be priorities: 

  • the suffering of the Iranian people and their desire for change. They’ve had enough of this regime. 
  • Preventing the regime from obtaining a nuclear weapon. The regime should not be trusted with nuclear weapons.
  • There must be an end to the regime’s meddling and terrorist activities in the region and across the world. Terrorism and peace don’t go together. Agreements with people who sponsor terrorism are only agreements in words.
David Jones, British MP and former Secretary of State for Wales, at the online event calling for international support for a free Iran, imposing sanctions targeting the regime & holding the mullahs accountable for their ongoing crimes

David Jones

Iran is at a pivotal moment in its history. The people of Iran demand genuine democracy and regime change. The regime responds with repression, execution, and torture. The regime resorts to terrorism against the Iranian opposition. They continue to defy international opinion, including the global outcry to stop the execution of wrestling champion Navid Afkari.

The UK, France, and Germany are mistaken in their adherence to the flawed nuclear deal that doesn’t hold the regime to account. It emboldens the regime to continue its domestic crackdown and export terrorism across the region.

I stress that the UK should support the reimposition of sanctions on the regime and an international inquiry into the 1988 massacre of 30,000 political prisoners in Iran.

Gen. James Jones, the first National Security Advisor to President Barack Obama and the former Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, at the online event calling for international support for a free Iran, imposing sanctions targeting the regime & holding the mullahs accountable for their ongoing crimes

James Jones

There’s no question that Iran is the number one supporter of terrorism in many parts of the world. There’s no question their ultimate goal is to develop nuclear weapons. This regime has identified itself as the enemy of the people. 

Navid Afkari was executed despite a global outcry. They plotted to assassinate a US ambassador. What Iran is and has been for the past decades is beyond question. The question is what do we do about it?

The current agreement executed in Washington would send shockwaves in Tehran because the circle of countries that are in direct opposition to what Iran is doing is growing by leaps and bounds.

Gen. Jack Keane, former Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Army, at the online event calling for international support for a free Iran, imposing sanctions targeting the regime & holding the mullahs accountable for their ongoing crimes

Jack Keane

In the last year, 1,500 brave Iranians were killed by the mullahs because they protested the regime’s tyranny. 12,000 are in prison and are being tortured. Navid Afkari, the champion, was murdered by the regime this week. 

The JCPOA had provided the mullahs with $150 billion to fuel terrorism and given Iran a path to nuclear weapons. Qassem Soleimani, who ran Iran’s proxy wars and terror campaigns, was finally killed. His death was a major turning point for the leaders in the region to form an alliance against the mullahs.

The mullahs’ system is failing the Iranian people. Khamenei is trying to create a global economic crisis by disrupting the flow of oil, and he has failed.

Pandeli Majko, former Prime Minister of Albania, at the online event calling for international support for a free Iran, imposing sanctions targeting the regime & holding the mullahs accountable for their ongoing crimes

Pandeli Majko

Iran has turned the Middle East into a battlefield. The aggravated economic situation in Iran could have consequences. In this situation, we should be cautious and prepared. It is clear that any vacuum left by the West will be filled by Iran. This could elevate the status of Iran in the Middle East.

The MEK and Madam Rajavi are an alternative for peace between East and West. Their survival keeps hope not only for people in Iran but also for the relationship between East and West. 

We have helped MEK, but we have also helped ourselves. We are honored to have been considered a second home for the opposition of Iran. 

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt, at the online event calling for international support for a free Iran, imposing sanctions targeting the regime & holding the mullahs accountable for their ongoing crimes

Roy Blunt

The Iranian regime remains the leading state-sponsor of terrorism, violates its treaty obligations, and continues its disregard for human rights. They are destabilizing the Middle East, funding Shiite militias in Iraq, supporting the Assad regime in Syria, the Houthi rebels in Yemen, Hezbollah in Lebanon. They are trying to interfere in America’s election process.

The regime neglected its own people, suppressed information about the coronavirus outbreak, they refused support from the world. There are no limits they won’t go to harm the citizens of Iran. A failed regime in Iran has done everything it can to make Soleimani a martyr. But we know he was a bad person. He pretended to be a high-ranking military official but he was really a terrorist in a uniform. Thankfully, he was eliminated.

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, at the online event calling for international support for a free Iran, imposing sanctions targeting the regime & holding the mullahs accountable for their ongoing crimes

Ted Cruz

It is an absolute necessity that we hold the regime’s officials to account for their crimes against humanity. There is no outrage the regime will not commit. They tortured a confession out of Navid Afkari and they executed him. We must hold them to account for this crime.

The mullahs not only violently oppress their own people but also seek to project that oppression to other people across the world. 

Iran’s regime continues to finance terror and endangers the security of us and our allies. The snapback denies the regime resources and slows the nuclear program. Iran has consistently been in violation of nuclear restrictions before, during, and after the negotiation of the deal.

I remain committed to ensure that the Iranian regime is ultimately brought down.

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, at the online event calling for international support for a free Iran, imposing sanctions targeting the regime & holding the mullahs accountable for their ongoing crimes

Marco Rubio

There’s an enormous difference between the clerics ruling Iran and the people. Iran has contributed to mankind in many ways. Their leaders are radical clerics who want to eradicate everyone who stands in front of them. 

Not long ago, Iran was home to three major religions. Now it is governed by a radical regime. This battle is not simply to keep Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons and support terrorism. Our battle is to give Iran back to its people.

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen, at the online event calling for international support for a free Iran, imposing sanctions targeting the regime & holding the mullahs accountable for their ongoing crimes

Jeanne Shaheen

The government in Tehran continues to commit gross human rights violations in Iran and in the region. It has destabilized countries and prevented peace across the Middle East. At home, peaceful activists and human rights activists are arrested and tortured.

When hundreds of thousands of Iranians came to the streets and asked for change, the regime responded with force. The US must stand up for human rights everywhere and condemn injustice anywhere.

U.S. Senator Bob Menendez, at the online event calling for international support for a free Iran, imposing sanctions targeting the regime & holding the mullahs accountable for their ongoing crimes

Bob Menendez

Unfortunately, the Iranian regime continues to show the world it has no intention of changing its oppressive and reprehensible behavior.

Over the weekend, despite local and international appeals, the Iranian regime hanged a wrestling champion, Navid Afkari. His crime was participating in a protest against the regime. With no evidence and a forced confession, the regime convicted him for killing an undercover agent. We know the real reason they wanted him silenced. He was a strong voice for the voiceless against a repressive regime and for justice for his fellow compatriots. And of course, Navid is not the first person the regime has sought to silence.

Over the past year, we’ve seen them prove again on the world stage that they are not interested in making peace with their neighbors or respecting Iranian human rights. Beyond its abuses of people at home, the regime continues to support terrorism and the brutal regime of Bashar Al-Assad and continues its path towards nuclear weapons.

U.S. Senator Rob Portman, at the online event calling for international support for a free Iran, imposing sanctions targeting the regime & holding the mullahs accountable for their ongoing crimes

Rob Portman

Our conflict is with the fundamentalist regime that oppresses the people of Iran. I will continue to advocate for a tough policy that prevents them from acquiring nuclear weapons and suppress the people.

The regime must protect the rights of citizens and stop their destabilizing activities. The Iranian people desire freedom.

U.S. Senator Martha McSally, at the online event calling for international support for a free Iran, imposing sanctions targeting the regime & holding the mullahs accountable for their ongoing crimes

 Martha McSally

Its time for Iran to stop suppressing its people, and sponsoring terrorism and instead of becoming a positive actor in the Middle East. I’m inspired by the Iranian people who continue to put their lives on the line to protest the murderous Iranian regime. America stands with the protesters demanding their God-given rights for freedom.

It’s time for Iran to provide freedom and opportunity to its citizens and become a responsible actor in the region. The U.S. and the international community must continue to hold Iran accountable for its human rights violations and reprehensive behavior. We must endeavor to end their dangerous proliferation of nuclear weapons, terrorism, and the repression of their own citizens. Our world cannot be stable while the number one sponsor of terrorism continues to operate.

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, at the online event calling for international support for a free Iran, imposing sanctions targeting the regime & holding the mullahs accountable for their ongoing crimes

Kirsten Gillibrand

It is a privilege to send greetings to everyone attending the Summit to support freedom. I also send my regards to each of today’s speakers who are joining in this important effort to support democracy and freedom for the Iranian people.

U.S. Senator Ron Johnson, at the online event calling for international support for a free Iran, imposing sanctions targeting the regime & holding the mullahs accountable for their ongoing crimes

Ron Johnson

For decades, Iran has cracked down on dissenters and peaceful protesters. Navid Afkari is one of the latest victims of Iran’s brutal regime. The United States condemns his execution and continues to stand with the people of Iran.

Joseph Lieberman, former U.S. Senator from Connecticut, at the online event calling for international support for a free Iran, imposing sanctions targeting the regime & holding the mullahs accountable for their ongoing crimes

Joseph Lieberman

We have tried everything to change the behavior of the regime of Iran. It’s time for a conclusion. The regime will not change. We must change the regime in Iran. That is what we mean when we say freedom for the people in Iran. Sanctions must be extended. We must convince our allies in Europe to join us.

The regime used the money from JCPOA not to support the people but to support the IRGC, the Quds Force, and the terrorists in Lebanon and Syria. 

The regime can’t be trusted to be negotiated with. They proved that with their response to the nuclear deal. 

The people of Iran across national boundaries will join together in a new union. We are ready to support the freedom fighters in Iran in their uprising. We will not remain silent as you fight to bring about change.

Kelly Ayotte, former U.S. Senator from New Hampshire, at the online event calling for international support for a free Iran, imposing sanctions targeting the regime & holding the mullahs accountable for their ongoing crimes

Kelly Ayotte

We are for freedom for the Iranian people. It is well past time for the Iranian people to elect their representatives and have a government that protects their rights. The mullahs must go. That is the view on both sides of the aisle in Washington. And we know there is an alternative: Madam Rajavi’s ten-point plan.

We are at an important juncture. We know the Iranian people want peace. They don’t want their government to support terrorism and violence as it has. The mullahs have spent the people’s money on weapons that threaten the peace of the world and the Iranian people themselves. They spend billions on terror groups. The regime has plotted terrorist attacks around the world.

The Iranian people have suffered the most, and our hearts go out to them. The example of their barbarity is the recent execution of the heroic wrestler. 

Despite the reign of terror of the mullahs, there are those in the international community who are poised to give the mullahs relief from the arms embargo. It is really important that the arms embargo remains in place. If other nations don’t support this, they will regret it by seeing the harm Iran will do.

Newt Gingrich, former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, at the online event calling for international support for a free Iran, imposing sanctions targeting the regime & holding the mullahs accountable for their ongoing crimes

Newt Gingrich

The dictatorship is getting more and more desperate and the public is getting more and more unhappy. The fact that the killing of Soleimani did not result in an explosion of terrorist action is indicative of the mullahs’ power waning. But we still have a distance to go until we reach a free and peaceful Iran. 

I think what you’re doing is going to defeat the dictatorship. With each passing year, the people realize the future can’t be the mullahs, the Revolutionary Guards. I think you’re meeting at a key time, there will be more positive things happening, the forces of freedom will become stronger, the mullahs will become weaker and less capable.

Ambassador Robert Joseph, former Undersecretary for Arms Control & International Security of the U.S. Department of State, at the online event calling for international support for a free Iran, imposing sanctions targeting the regime & holding the mullahs accountable for their ongoing crimes

Robert Joseph

The Resistance Units are the true beacons of freedom. You’ve endured suffering at the hands of the regime for standing up for democracy and a secular republic. Your sacrifices and your success will inspire the next generation in Iran.

The end of the religious dictatorship is in sight. Even the policy of appeasement can’t save the religious dictatorship from its ultimate fate. We’re at a crossroads. The future of Iran will be affected by decisions made in the next months. 

We’ll snap back sanctions on the regime because of violations of the JCPOA. The regime openly acknowledges the violations. Will other countries follow the US lead to snap back sanctions? The practical effect is that companies will not want to do business with Iran. Companies will have to choose whether they will do business with the U.S. or Iran.

What will US policy be in Iran in the next administration? After the elections, will the US maintain a policy of maximum pressure or return to appeasement? The hope that the regime will reform is just a fantasy. 

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