IRAN LIBERATION - MAY 5, 2008
An alliance in defense of democracy in Iran
Parliamentarians and personalities from diﬀerentcountriesgatheredinaseminartovoice support for Maryam Rajavi’s “TirdOption”fordemocraticchangeinIran
pril 24 for the Iranian Resistanceis a highly symbolic day. Prof.Kazem Rajavi, a distinguished ﬁgurerepresenting the Resistance at the UnitedNations, was assassinated on this day inGeneva, in 1990, by terrorist agents directly sent by Tehran. A number of other membersand sympathizers of the Iranian Resistancefaced similar tragic fate.emainmemberorganizationof the Resistance, the People’s MojahedinOrganization of Iran (PMOI), a victimof the Iranian regime’s brutal crackdownat home and unbridled terrorism outsidethe country, has unjustly been labeled as“terrorist.” It has been ﬁghtingthetheocraticregime for more than a quarter of a century at a heavy price.isinjustice,motivatedbylucrativetrade or the illusion to see reform in asystem tied to Khomeini’s legacy, wouldnever have been acceptable by those whosought the fundamental principles of theEuropean Union prevail against short terminterests. “We are here to assert our values,to create the conditions of a real peace basedon rights,” said Adrien Zeller, president of the Alsace Regional Council in easternFrance, while opening a debate on April 24at the European Parliamentary Association(APE) in Strasbourg. He has defendedthese values during his long career at theEuropean, national and regional level.It was this modern humanist,committed Christian Democrat, honoredby those on the Right and respected by the Left, who initiated this seminar, thepoint of convergence of the tireless eﬀortsof two parliamentary committees workingbeyond political diversities, to implementthe rule of law within the EU.eﬁrst,“Friendsofa FreeIran,”an inter-group within the EuropeanParliament, led by energetic MEPs, hasbeen ﬁghtinginBrusselstogetdecisionsof the European and British courtsdemanding the removal of PMOI fromthe EU and UK terrorist lists respected.esecond,the“FrenchCommitteeforaDemocratic Iran” (CFID) brings togetherMPs, senators, former ministers and jurists who are demanding justice in France forthe Iranian Resistance.“eIranianpeopledeserveademocratic and fair election,” declaredthe European Union presidency whiledenouncing the mullahs’ parliamentary election sham last March.ReﬂectingontheCouncilof Ministers’ approach to the expectationof the Iranian people, the NCRIPresident-elect, Maryam Rajavi, aguest of honor at the seminar, said,“Democratic and fair election is what the People’s Mojahedin and theIranian Resistance have been ﬁghtingfor from the outset.”She recalled the injustice strikingher movement in Europe whichconstitutes obstacle to a democraticchange in her homeland.eEuropeanParliamentVice-president, Alejo Vidal-Quadras,spoke about his direct knowledgeand experience of the Resistancemovement before dozens of MEPsand French MPs in the seminar,and added, “eIranianResistanceand the people of Iran are lucky tohave such a leader,” in reference tothe role of Mrs. Rajavi in leading theopposition to the regime.eelectedmembersoftheEuropean nations as well as judges inthe EU and London courts speak withthe same voice in their own ways. Tohinder the opposition to the religiousfascism is a service to the rulingdictatorship. elegislativeandthe judicial branches of the EuropeanUnion, which is celebrated for itsinstitutions, demand an immediateend to the policy of appeasement vis-à-vis the mullahs’ regime. Can theEU Council of Ministers delay courtrulings by ignoring public opinion?Concerning the mullahs’regime, France, which is going totake over the EU presidency next July, has already chosen a language which deﬁesfruitlesspoliticsofthepast. In these circumstances, wherethe security of Europe, peace in theMiddle East and democracy in Iranare at stake, it is important for theEU to side with the Iranian peopleand their desire for freedom. Indoing so, France should implementthe court rulings and remove thePMOI from the EU’s terror list.
EuropeanParliamentary Association- Starsbourg TePaneland Parliamnetariansdiscussing the solution to the Iran crisis
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ean-Philippe Maurer,French MP; Edit Bauer, Slovac MEP;
Alain Vivien, founding member of CFID; Adrien Zeller, president of Alsace Regional Council; Maryam Rajavi, president-elect of the NCRI; Alejo Vidal-Quadras, Vice-president of European Parliament; Lord Slynn of Hadley, Struan Stevenson, co-chair of the Friends of a Free Iran Inter-group at the EP.