Many people in the international community support the Iranian people in their desire for regime change, but are concerned about where this leaves Iran. After all, there have been many cases of regime change in countries across the world that have succeeded in ousting one dictator only to be left with another or split by several warring factions.
uckily, this is not a problem in Iran. The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) is a coalition of pro-democracy dissident groups, which is ready and willing to serve as a transitional government for six months after the mullahs fall. That’s just enough time to institute a new constitution and prepare for the country’s first free and fair elections.
The NCRI has support from the majority of Iranians, but it also enjoys a working relationship with many parliaments around the world – currently serving as Iran’s parliament-in-exile. They are prepared to change Iran for the better. NCRI President-elect Maryam Rajavi has even laid out that vision in a ten-point plan for a Free Iran. Let’s look at that now.
1. Elections: The NCRI believe that the only way for someone to gain political power in Iran should be through a free and fair election. That’s why they want Iran to have universal suffrage.
2. Pluralism: The NCRI believes in freedom. This means freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, freedom of political parties, freedom of the press, and unconditional access to the internet.
3. Death Penalty: The NCRI will abolish the death penalty in Iran.
4. Separation of religion and state: The NCRI believe that there should be a clear separation between religion and state. They would also ban any discrimination based on religion and denomination.
5. Gender Equality: The NCRI is committed to the equality of women in political, social, and economic arenas and would ban any discrimination based on gender. The NCRI would give women freedom in areas of family life, education, clothing, and employment. They are also committed to the equal participation of women in political leadership, which is why so many of their leaders are women.
6. Judicial System: The NCRI would set up a modern judicial system based on the rule of law, including the presumption of innocence, the right to defence, effective judicial protection and the right to be tried in a public court. They would ban Sharia law and make the judiciary independent from the executives.
7. Human Rights and Equality: The NCRI is committed to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and all international covenant and conventions. They are committed to the equality of all nationalities and would seek an autonomous Iranian Kurdistan.
8. Market Economy: The NCRI believes that all Iranians should enjoy equal opportunity in employment and in business ventures. They also pledge to protect the environment.
9. Nuclear Policy: The NCRI wants a non-nuclear Iran, with no weapons of mass destruction.
10. Foreign Policy: The NCRI’s foreign policy will be based on peaceful coexistence, cooperation, and respect for the United Nations Charter.