Maryam Rajavi began by expressing her deepest respects to the members of the British Parliament and all dignified personalities who have taken a stand in favor of democracy and human rights in Iran.
She said: “On the World Day against the Death Penalty you have addressed an issue which is my compatriots’ most basic and fundamental human right. Our people and resistance have paid a heavy price in the resistance against theocracy in Iran. 120,000 political executions, hundreds of thousands of tortured dissidents, and constant suppression of and discrimination against women as well as ethnic and religious minorities.”
But why do the mullahs enforce such a bloody crackdown? Because the Regime will fall without it, cut down by widespread protests that erupted after public discontent became too much for the people to bear.
Maryam Rajavi said: “In the first half of this month, thousands of the people of Lordegan took to the streets in southwestern Iran to protest against the regime. The city of Arak which, only 200 km away from the capital, has seen two series of workers’ protests just in recent weeks. In the meantime, the resistance units in Iran have expanded their activities against the regime’s centers of suppression. Our people demand the overthrow of the mullahs’ religious tyranny.”
She explained that many advocates of democracy around the globe support this demand but the vile policy of appeasement has suppressed the people in order to serve the mullahs.
Maryam Rajavi said: “The flagrant violations of human rights of the people of Iran, including continuing executions, are being justified by the policy of appeasement and silence pursued by western governments. About 4,000 people have been executed in Iran since 2013 when Rouhani became president.”
She then explained that Rouhani could never be considered a “moderate”, but that his crimes were overlooked in order to justify Western appeasement of the Regime. Maryam Rajavi said that appeasement allows the clerical regime to commit its terrorism on European soil, attack vessels in international waters, and strike oil facilities in neighboring countries.
She said: “This policy has been, first and foremost, to detriment of the Iranian people. To change it I am counting on you, the honorable representatives of the people of Britain. Firmness vis-à-vis this regime is imperative to global and regional peace and security. Any ties or trade with this regime must be predicated on ending executions and torture in Iran, and stopping the export of terrorism.”
She continued: “The human rights dossier of the Iranian regime, and the 1988 massacre of political prisoners in Iran must be referred to the UN Security Council and international tribunals. The international community must recognize the Iranian people’s right to resistance for a sovereign republic. Our Resistance seeks to establish a republic based on freedom, democracy and the separation of religion and state, making human rights and gender equality the highest priority.”