Ever since the earliest days of the mullahs’ rule, they have tried to suppress the MEK through disinformation campaigns at home and abroad, criminalising MEK membership, and even the executions of over 120,000 MEK members and supporters. Why would the mullahs work so hard to eliminate a group that posed no threat at all to them? And what kind of fringe group has over 120,000 people willing to risk their lives to support their cause?
Of course, the MEK is no fringe group. In fact, it is the oldest, longest running, and largest anti-fundamentalist Muslim group in the Middle East and has spent the past 50 years fighting two dictatorships to bring freedom and democracy to Iran. It is a strong organization that has broad support across the world, as can be seen by the people who attend MEK rallies and conferences every year, but they also have great support within Iran, which is how the nationwide anti-regime protests of this year were so well-organised and effective.
But why would the MEK enjoy such incredible support? Because they are advocating for the values most prized by the Iranian people and most countries throughout the world: democracy, freedom, and equality. The MEK reject the fundamentalist mullahs’ regime and its totalitarian rule in favour of a 10-point-plan that would bring those values to Iran.
The 10-point-plan, designed by MEK leader Maryam Rajavi, champions the repeal of the mullahs’ Sharia law, equality for everyone regardless of gender, ethnicity, or any other marginalised identity, and working with the rest of the modern world.
The plan includes:
1. The introduction of free and fair elections, universal suffrage for those aged over 18, and the ballot box as the sole criterion for political legitimacy
2. Respect for freedom of speech, expression, political affiliation, assembly, and the press, along with uncensored internet access for all
3. A ban on the death penalty and other forms of cruel and unusual punishments (i.e. torture, floggings, blindings)
4. The separation of religion and state, which would also include a ban on discrimination based on religious affiliation or denomination
5. Full gender equality, which would include banning discrimination against women across all areas, allowing women to make their own decisions in matters of marriage, divorce, clothing, education and employment, and ensuring the equal participation of women in political leadership
6. The introduction of a modern judicial system that emphasizes the presumption of innocence, the right to a defence, the right to be tried in a public court, and due process, as well as the abolishment of the mullahs’ Sharia law
7. A commitment to human rights as laid out in the Universal Declaration of Humans Rights and its international covenants and conventions, as well as support for an autonomous Iranian Kurdistan.
8. A commitment to a free market economy, with equal opportunity for all Iranians, as well as a strong commitment to the environment
9. A commitment to peaceful coexistence with other countries, including putting an end to the mullahs’ destabilisation of the Middle East
10. A commitment to a non-nuclear Iran with no weapons of mass destruction