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News Bulletin of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
5 May 2008
In a seminar at the European Parliamentary Association in Strasbourg
European, French Parliamentarians call for removal of terror label from PMOI, a ﬁrm policy on Tehran
“The Iranian regime is on its way out. France’s and Europe’s political and economic ties can
only be guaranteed by standing with the Iranian people”
Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the Iranian Resistance
“France as the next president of EU
must stress on implementing the rulings of European courts annulling terror designation of the PMOI”
Alejo Vidal-Quadras Vice-President of the European Parliament
“The European attitude with respect to the People’s Mojahedin Organization “does not correspond to our rule of law”
Adrien Zeller President of the French Alsace region Council
Front row from left: Eugenijus Gentvilas, MEP, former Prime Minister of Lithuania; Lord Slynn of Hadley, former judge at the European Court of Justice; Alain Vivien, former French secretary of state on European Aﬀairs; Adrien Zeller, president of Alsace regional council from the ruling UMP party in France; Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the Iranian Resistance; Patricia Schillinger, member of the French senate; Struan Stvenson, Vice-president of EPP-ED group at the European Parliament; Sid Ahmed Ghozali former Algerian Prime Minister; Paulo Casaca, MEP and Co-chair of the Friends of a Free Iran Intergroup at the European Parliament; Alain Ferry, member of the French National Assembly; François Colcombet, former French MP and judge. Second row from left: Jean-Philippe Maurer, French MP from UMP; Alejo Vidal-Quadras, Vice-president of the European Parliament; Jaroslav Zverina, MEP from Czech Republic; Dr Saleh Rajavi, NCRI representative in France; Jan Zahradil, MEP from Czech Republic; Jean-Pierre Spitzer, lawyer, Danish MEPs Søren Bo Søndergaard and Mogens Camre
An alliance in defense of democracy in Iran
Parliamentarians and personalities from diﬀerent countries gathered in a seminar to voice support for Maryam Rajavi’s “Third Option” for democratic change in Iran
Reﬂecting on the Council of Ministers’ approach to the expectation of the Iranian people, the NCRI President-elect, Maryam Rajavi, a guest of honor at the seminar, said, “Democratic and fair election is what the People’s Mojahedin and the Iranian Resistance have been ﬁghting for from the outset.” She recalled the injustice striking her movement in Europe which constitutes obstacle to a democratic change in her homeland. The European Parliament Vicepresident, Alejo Vidal-Quadras, spoke about his direct knowledge and experience of the Resistance movement before dozens of MEPs and French MPs in the seminar, and added, “The Iranian Resistance and the people of Iran are lucky to have such a leader,” in reference to the role of Mrs. Rajavi in leading the opposition to the regime. The elected members of the European nations as well as judges in the EU and London courts speak with the same voice in their own ways. To hinder the opposition to the religious fascism is a service to the ruling dictatorship. The legislative and the judicial branches of the European Union, which is celebrated for its institutions, demand an immediate end to the policy of appeasement visà-vis the mullahs’ regime. Can the EU Council of Ministers delay court rulings by ignoring public opinion? Concerning the mullahs’ regime, France, which is going to take over the EU presidency next July, has already chosen a language which deﬁes fruitless politics of the past. In these circumstances, where the security of Europe, peace in the Middle East and democracy in Iran are at stake, it is important for the EU to side with the Iranian people and their desire for freedom. In doing so, France should implement the court rulings and remove the PMOI from the EU’s terror list.
From left: Jean-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.
pril 24 for the Iranian Resistance is a highly symbolic day. Prof. Kazem Rajavi, a distinguished ﬁgure representing the Resistance at the United Nations, was assassinated on this day in Geneva, in 1990, by terrorist agents directly sent by Tehran. A number of other members and sympathizers of the Iranian Resistance faced similar tragic fate. The main member organization of the Resistance, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI), a victim of the Iranian regime’s brutal crackdown at home and unbridled terrorism outside the country, has unjustly been labeled as “terrorist.” It has been ﬁghting the theocratic regime for more than a quarter of a century at a heavy price. This injustice, motivated by lucrative trade or the illusion to see reform in a system tied to Khomeini’s legacy, would never have been acceptable by those who sought the fundamental principles of the European Union prevail against short term interests. “We are here to assert our values, to create the conditions of a real peace based on rights,” said Adrien Zeller, president of the Alsace Regional Council in eastern France, while opening a debate on April 24
at the European Parliamentary Association (APE) in Strasbourg. He has defended these values during his long career at the European, national and regional level. It was this modern humanist, committed Christian Democrat, honored by those on the Right and respected by the Left, who initiated this seminar, the point of convergence of the tireless eﬀorts of two parliamentary committees working beyond political diversities, to implement the rule of law within the EU. The ﬁrst, “Friends of a Free Iran,” an inter-group within the European Parliament, led by energetic MEPs, has been ﬁghting in Brussels to get decisions of the European and British courts demanding the removal of PMOI from the EU and UK terrorist lists respected. The second, the “French Committee for a Democratic Iran” (CFID) brings together MPs, senators, former ministers and jurists who are demanding justice in France for the Iranian Resistance. “The Iranian people deserve a democratic and fair election,” declared the European Union presidency while denouncing the mullahs’ parliamentary election sham last March.
European Parliamentary Association - Starsbourg The Panel and Parliamnetarians discussing the solution to the Iran crisis
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The Iranian Resistance is represented by a remarkable woman
Adrien Zeller, president of the council for the French Alsace region:
Lord Slynn of Hadley
Former judge at European Court of Justice
keep up pressure on EU Council to comply with court ruling
“The way the PMOI is dealt with, condemned and blacklisted, does not honor our rule of law.”
would like to tell you how proud I am today as an Alsatian to see that several colleagues and former colleagues and MPs from Alsace region are beside Mrs. Rajavi for an important day here in Strasbourg. Many developments will take place here in Strasbourg which will certainly help Europeans to become more aware of the existence of a strong expectation regarding Iran and its future, with its archaic and dangerous regime. Due to a series of interests coming across one another, the European Union has not yet found the ways and means to help Iran achieve democracy, as rightly deﬁned by the NCRI and represented by a remarkable and exceptional woman. We are thus on their sides. Together with other members of parliament, former MPs and oﬃcials, I would like to speak about support for the Iranian Resistance movement. We are surprised by the way in which our countries, England, France or European Union, deal with the main Iranian ﹴ ﹴResistance movement, namely the People’s Mojahedin, that I had the opportunity of meeting with them in my visit to Auvers-sur-Oise. We think that the way this movement is dealt with, even condemned and blacklisted, do not correspond to the rule of law that we have to support. So I would like to say clearly that we are here to urge the authorities to support those in the European Parliament and especially in the French National Assembly who are aware of this paradox and the situation that does not necessarily respect our rule of law. I do not need to tell you about the situation of human rights, and especially women’s rights, in a country like Iran. We are here to assert our values, to encourage all those who hold responsibilities, to take into account the people’s expectation, friends’ expectation and that of all of us. We need an environment in the Middle East and in Europe to create conditions of a real peace based on rights, on respect for others, on respect for democracy and also based on western values, the same values that exist in Iran and are represented by Mrs. Rajavi more than anyone else. On this day, we express our full solidarity with the Iranian Resistance and aﬃrm our will to see our institutions better respect the rights of the movement.
ince the ﬁrst time that I was asked to advise on whether men and women in Ashraf were protected persons in international law under the Geneva Convention, I tried to emphasize the importance of the role of the courts in deﬁning and enforcing the law. The judgment of the Court of First Instance in Luxembourg exempliﬁes that approach. It was a strong and clear decision that including the PMOI on the list of proscribed organizations was unlawful and wrong. Without a suﬃcient statement of reason and in doing so it denied the PMOI a fair hearing. The EU Council of Ministers without appealing simply ignored the ruling and refused to carry out the court’s decision. That was contrary to the rule of law. There is no doubt in my mind that the Council’s argument that this was only a procedural ruling simply cannot be right and therefore it is necessary to keep up the pressure on the Council to comply with the ruling of the court. It is now for you as parliamentarians to ensure the Council does carry out the rule of law. In the United Kingdom, the Proscribed Organizations Appeal Commission (POAC), a specialized court with a very distinguished retired High Court judge, with some very experienced and distinguished senior lawyers, ruled in the clearest terms that «the PMOI no longer satisﬁes any of the criteria necessary for the maintenance of their proscription.» In other words, the PMOI is not concerned in terrorism. What stronger and clearer language could you have than that? As a result of that the Commission ﬁnally said, «We order that the Secretary of State lay before the Parliament the draft of an order removing the PMOI from the list of proscribed organizations.» What stronger language could you have than that. On the evidence they said that it was «perverse.» That is a very strong phrase for a tribunal or a court to use against the activity of a senior minister but they had no doubt about it and if you read the 140 pages of the ruling you will have no doubt either. The Council in the early days followed the lead of the British government in supporting their resolution that the PMOI should be put on the terrorist list. We have heard several times that the representatives of other countries saying that we had followed the British. For the PMOI to be left on the list on a further review requires unanimity of the members of the Council. How can the other states say that they are now obliged as a matter of policy to follow the lead of the British government in order to support this resolution in light of this decision of the tribunal. Rule of law must apply; the tribunal has spoken and if the British government refuses to obey it, then there is a very strong argument why other states should have doubts about desirability of unanimously supporting this resolution. It needs only one vote to say no and that would be the end of the proscription.
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Alejo Vidal-Quadras: “Maintaining the PMOI
former secretary of state for European Aﬀairs founding member of CFID
on the terrorist list is a concession by Europe to the Iranian regime against our own interests.”
It is now time to take up a diﬀerent approach
Another indication of the strength of the movement, in my view, is the Iranian regime’s fear of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI). Many of you might be familiar with the huge disinformation campaign of the Iranian regime to discredit the PMOI and the NCRI. The Iranian regime is fully aware that it is only the Resistance which can bring about regime change. Their support in Iran is also illustrated by their capability to obtain highly conﬁdential and secret intelligence. The PMOI and NCRI have made a huge contribution to the world by revealing the Tehran’s nuclear weapons sites. Moreover, the PMOI advocates a democratic and tolerant Islam. That makes this movement the antitheses to the fundamentalist mullahs. This is very important from a wider perspective of combating Islamic fundamentalism. Therefore, I believe by maintaining the PMOI in the terror list, Europe is paying service to the Iranian regime against our own interest. In this regard the French government plays an important role. I believe during the previous French administration Mrs. Rajavi and her movement were unjustly treated. We welcome the ﬁrm position of President Sarkozy vis-à-vis the Iranian regime and its nuclear weapons program. France should stress the need for implementing the rulings of competent European courts which have annulled the designation of the PMOI as a terrorist group and also resolution by Council of European and European Parliament demanding the removal of the PMOI from terror lists. We are asking for no more than respect for the rule of law. Time has come to be on the side of the Iranian people. I believe the Iranian Resistance and the people of Iran are lucky to have such a distinguished leader. In addition, my colleagues and I had the opportunity to meet and discuss with members of the Resistance here in European Parliament, in Paris and Ashraf in Iraq, and we are convinced that this is a movement committed to democracy and secularism. At this point, it is my honor to introduce to you our keynote speaker, Madam Maryam Rajavi. She is very well known to all of you and I do not need to say much. I would only like to say to you Madam Rajavi, that I believe you are truly representing the desires of the Iranian people for a better life, for liberty and democracy.
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Alejo Vidal-Quadras, Vice-president of European Parliament and co-chair of the seminar
End abusive judicial proceeding
One might have expected the French government of the time to pay more attention to the peaceful struggle led by the Resistance forces against the oppressive mullahs’ regime. It was not the case, especially after signing large number of contracts which appeared to have improperly inﬂuenced government authorities between 2002 and 2003. Therefore, a wide scale police operation was launched against the Resistance in exile under most unlawful conditions in June 2003. The French public opinion was not deceived by arguments claimed against the Resistance, which caused outrage for those who were aware of its goals and methods of activities and of its internal democratic functioning. Parallel to this judicial case, the EU Council of Ministers designated the PMOI in the list of terrorist organizations led by states involved in a perilous policy of economic contracts with their political counterpart. Against this dangerous innovation, a number of personalities felt morally responsible and rose to express their indignation against successive denials of justice in a loud and clear way. They formed a committee in France for the return of democracy to Iran. Domestically, our committee is campaigning to close once and for all the judicial proceedings improperly launched in France against members of the Iranian Resistance since 2003. Devoid of any substance, it seems to have been elaborated with as much uncertainties as the placement of PMOI – but not NCRI since it is not designated on the European list of terrorist organizations. Here too, we are looking for the elements which would justify terrorist charges that have not been proven so far. The ruling of the British court (POAC) encouraged us and justiﬁed the determination of the Resistance’s defenders. Regarding the nuclear issue, the French Committee for a Democratic Iran welcomes and supports coercive measures adopted by both United Nations and the European Union and wants the strengthening and possible extension to new areas which would impose particularly restrictive measures on the regime’s banking activities and activities in the ﬁeld of oil.
recall, nearly four years ago, here in Strasbourg, you told us that «the Iranian regime through its increasing meddling in Iraq and pursuit of nuclear weapons poses the greatest challenge to the international community.” You were correct Madam President. There is now a consensus about the Iranian regime’s threat for peace and security in the region and the world over. We only need to look at the role of the Iranian regime in the 33 day war in Lebanon or their domination in Iraq, and the progress they have made in enrichment of uranium to realize the extent of the danger we are facing. But you also told us about the solution four years ago. Rejecting war and appeasement you said there is a third option: Change brought about by the Iranian people and the Iranian Resistance. I think this is the crux of the matter. We have gone through years of appeasement. All avenues in that direction have been exhausted. The outcome has been counter-productive. Now it is time to take a diﬀerent course. Now it is time to support the third option oﬀered by Mrs. Rajavi: Democratic change by the people of Iran and their Resistance. The Iranian Resistance has the necessary ingredient to bring about change in Iran. The NCRI platform calls for establishment of a secular system with gender equality, freedom of assembly and expression, abolishing death penalty, market economy and good relation with all countries. The Resistance enjoys widespread support both inside and outside Iran. Last June I participated in a meeting in Paris, where 60,000 Iranians from all walks of life and all over Europe had gone to listen to Mrs. Rajavi.
Maryam Rajavi President-elect of the Iranian Resistance
Democratic Change in Iran is the most viable option
turning point in the Iranian regime’s policies. I am referring to the second round of the parliamentary elections scheduled for tomorrow. Under the religious dictatorship, elections and the parliament are nothing but a farce, and the terms “reformer” and “conservative” are truly hollow because all factions within the regime must believe in, and be necessarily committed to, the principle of the velayat-e faqih (supremacy of clerical leadership). The velayat-e faqih regime is a medieval system, which relies on repression at home and export of terrorism and religious fascism abroad in order to stay in power. According to Articles 5 and 11 of the Constitution, the regime’s leader is the ruler of all Muslims around the world, and «[the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran] must constantly strive to bring about the political, economic, and cultural A democratic unity of the Islamic world.» and fair According to Article 110, absolute election is what power rests squarely in the hands of the the People’s Supreme Leader who determines the Mojahedin and policies of the state. He is the Commanderin-Chief of the Armed Forces and appoints the Iranian senior military and police commanders, the Resistance have highest ranking judicial oﬃcial, head of the been ﬁghting state radio and television, and the clerics in the watchdog Guardian Council. for from the During the parliamentary elections outset last month, the nationwide network of the People’s Mojahedin Organization monitored 25,000 out of the 45,000 polling stations across the country. It found that about 95 percent of eligible voters stayed away from the vote. Even government ﬁgures prove the extensive scope of the boycott. According to oﬃcial ﬁgures, candidates who won seats in the Majlis did so with only ﬁve to 12 percent of the vote. Khamenei mercilessly purged his rivals and set up a hand-picked Parliament, most of whose deputies are former torturers and terrorists. By appointing Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as president in 2005, Khamenei had already embarked on purging other factions within the regime. This purge reached its climax during the recent elections. In an April 9th speech, Ahmadinejad
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The world needs a bold initiative vis-à-vis Iranian regime
The following is the text of the speech by Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the Iranian Resistance, at the seminar in Strasbourg on April 24: Today, the crises in the Middle East represent the most important problems facing the international community. Chaos and insecurity in Iraq and Afghanistan, crises in Lebanon and in Palestine’s autonomous territories and hindrance of peace in the Middle East are but a few of such problems. Iran, under the rule of the mullahs, acts as the heartland of Islamic fundamentalism and is the epicenter of these crises. I will try to address this issue by considering four key aspects: - The mullahs’ policies are on an irreversible path of extremism. - The policy of anticipation for the regime to change its behavior has failed. - The key to the crisis is in the hands of the Iranian Resistance. - And ﬁnally, these circumstances warrant a European initiative directed by France, as it assumes the EU presidency.
spoke about a political surgery in the regime. A day later, he proclaimed that he would not rest until “the corrupt global domination” would be completely vanished. On April 16th, Ahmadinejad announced that the building and development of Iran is a mission that would ultimately coincide with another, namely changing the dominating powers of the world. As such, he pledged further purges of internal factions, “cutting their hands,” and “uprooting” them. This was an unprecedented turning point in the three decades of the mullahs’ rule. Khamenei’s main target, however, were not the so-called reformist factions. The main objective was to pave the way to obtain nuclear weapons. Khamenei sought to patch the holes within his own faction in order to confront the domestic and international implications of the regime’s rush toward the A-bomb. After the elections, Ahmadinejad said that this session of the Majlis will serve to enable the regime to harness the entire capacity of its nuclear program. I am pleased that the European Union described the mullahs’ Majlis election as being neither free nor fair. The EU stated that “the Iranian people deserve a democratic and fair election.” And a democratic and fair election is what the People’s Mojahedin and the Iranian Resistance have been ﬁghting for from the outset. We must therefore ask why the European Union has labeled a struggle to achieve free elections and democracy as terrorism.
Export of terrorism and fundamentalism
One manifestation of the regime’s unipolarization and extremism is the increase in its export of terrorism and instability in the Middle East region. You are aware of the extent of the regime’s terrorist meddling in Iraq. For several years, senior US commanders and oﬃcials sought to downplay the Iranian regime’s threat. Today, they too acknowledge that Iran poses a strategic threat to Iraq.
A turning point in the Iranian regime
Our meeting today coincides with a
In Lebanon, the mullahs have strengthened Hezbollah’s missile stockpile both in terms of quantity and quality. Following the war in Lebanon in 2006, the mullahs provided 14 billion dollars to Hezbollah. This occurred at a time when more than eighty percent of Iranians live below the poverty line. Lebanese political parties have warned that with the removal of political obstacles Hezbollah would take over the control of the country in a matter of days, not weeks. All signs point to the fact that the mullahs have adopted a more extremist policy.
Failure of policy of appeasement
Those who pinned hope on behavior change on the part of the mullahs failed. Behavior change is only a mirage. This message was especially reﬂected in the mullahs’ Majlis election. The mullahs ignored the 5+1 incentives package oﬀered in June 2006. These incentives were underscored in four United Nations Security Council resolutions. But the mullahs took the opposite road. The EU-troika engaged in nuclear talks with the mullahs for over four and a half years. This only served to provide more time to the mullahs to complete their nuclear weapons program. The nuclear talks amounted to a major policy mistake on the part of the West; But not the biggest one.
admitting that the aim was to dismantle the Resistance. By committing this enormous mistake, the West has deprived not only the Iranian people but also the world of being free from aggressive fundamentalists ruling Iran as well as democratic change in the country. Placing the Mojahedin in the terrorist list had no factual basis from the outset. In Europe, it was the British government, which ﬁrst demanded the designation. Later, UK oﬃcials admitted that the designation was in response to the demands of the mullahs. On 12 December 2006, the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg annulled the decision by the EU Council of Ministers to include the PMOI in the terrorist list. On 30 November 2007, a court in the UK described the British Home Secretary’s decision to proscribe the PMOI as being «perverse.» The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and the European Parliament adopted resolutions in which they called for the implementation of these rulings. Regrettably, the Council of Ministers has so far refused to abide by these rulings. The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has stated that, «The EU Council of Ministers has violated the rule of law.»
The Iranian Resistance seeks to establish a secular, parliamentary democracy in Iran. The National Council of Resistance is a coalition composed of 530 members with diﬀerent political orientations. As part of its platform, it advocates gender equality, equal rights for all religious minorities, abolishment of the death penalty, a market economy and mutually fair relations with the rest of the world.
Recognition of the Iranian Resistance and the French role
Today, the world needs a bold initiative vis-àvis the Iranian crisis as the classic solutions of appeasement and military action have proven to be at an impasse. Democratic change by the Iranian people and the Resistance is the most eﬀective and least costly solution. Europe can embark on a historic initiative and support democratic change in Iran in order to break the deadlock. France will assume the EU presidency in about two months. Unlike the past, France has adopted a decisive policy towards the Iranian regime. This decisiveness will only prove eﬀective when it is coupled with the recognition of the Iranian people’s Resistance. The most important step in this path is to remove the People’s Mojahedin from the EU list of terrorist groups. Respect for the rule of law warrants this step. France has been among the founders of the rule of law in Europe. This step would send the strongest message of friendship and solidarity to the Iranian people. The headquarters of the National Council of Resistance, the democratic alternative to the mullahs’ regime, has been in Paris for the past 27 years. This is an opportunity for France to ﬁnd a European solution for the Iranian problem. I would like to remind you that the NCRI is not in the terrorist list. Recognizing the Iranian Resistance is an eﬀective strategy in the face of the mullahs’ hegemonic designs for the Middle East. The Iranian regime is on its way out. France’s and Europe’s political and economic ties can only be guaranteed by standing with the Iranian people as they struggle for liberty in their homeland. I therefore call on Europe to open a new chapter in its relations with the Iranian people by recognizing the NCRI. I call on Europe to open a new chapter by establishing friendship with the Iranian people and their Resistance in defense of freedom and human rights, and also for the sake of global peace and security.
Solution to Iran problem
Let me now address the third issue: What is the solution to the Iranian crisis? On the one hand, no one is interested in a repeat of the Iraq scenario in Iran. On the other hand, the eﬀorts to change the mullahs’ behavior have failed. Therefore, the only eﬀective solution to this crisis is democratic change by the Iranian people and their Resistance. The National Council of Resistance and the People’s Mojahedin of Iran are the only organized movements capable of setting in motion the enormous anti-regime potential within Iran. The recent elections made it crystal clear that the Iranian society is in an explosive state and that the people desire change. Despite increasing repression, there were more than 5,000 anti-government demonstrations by various social sectors across Iran in 2007. The Mojahedin, as the pivotal force within the National Council of Resistance, believes in a democratic and tolerant Islam. This movement enjoys a vast popular base and has been ﬁghting the ruling fundamentalist regime in Iran for three decades. For this reason, it represents the antithesis to the ominous phenomenon of Islamic fundamentalism.
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PMOI designated unlawfully
The most important mistake was committed with the crackdown of the Iranian Resistance and its main component, the People’s Mojahedin. This played into the hands of the mullahs. The West placed the Mojahedin (and not the National Council of Resistance of Iran) in the terrorist list, and thus shackled a movement, which was ﬁghting for democracy and free elections in Iran. Similarly, in Iraq, the United States bombed Mojahedin camps in April 2003 at the behest of the mullahs. This was their biggest mistake and provided ample opportunity for the regime to dominate Iraq. A declaration signed by 5.2 million Iraqis in June 2006, stressed: The bombing and disarming of the People’s Mojahedin in Ashraf, the bastion of resistance, upset the strategic balance in the Middle East in favor of the mullahs in Iran. This mistake mirrored another one in France in June 2003 when our movement was the target of a major police operation on the bogus charge of terrorism. At the time, oﬃcials were openly
Struan Stevenson, Vice-president of EPP-ED group at the European Parliament, Co-chair of the Friends of a Free Iran Inter-group
Firmness against Iranian regime is useless unless it is accompanied by action. We must remove the PMOI from the terror list
possibly be a non-threatening nuclear program? But it is part of our policy of appeasement. We have heard from the PMOI, from their courageous supporters within Iran, who were the ﬁrst to tell the West, to tell our intelligence agencies in Europe and the US of the existence of the nuclear program. They have given all these information to us in the West and yet all we do is to raise our pretence of backing the UN sanctions. This is all completely bogus. The information that was recently given to me from Trans Atlantic Institute showed major European companies working with the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps within Iran. I had asked the PMOI to get their people, again at the risk of their own lives, to check the information inside Iran and to ﬁnd out if European companies really are breaking sanctions. Last week they delivered to me the answer; a terrorism anywhere in the world? Why have we not severed our diplomatic relations with them? Why do we allow our ambassadors to cozy up to these former torturers and brutal oppressors in Tehran? Why do we allow their odious ambassadors to mingle amongst us in our parliaments here in Europe? The US has placed the IRGC on their terror list and the Qods Force. Why have we not done so in the EU? Well I can tell you the answer in one word is MONEY! There are too many vested interests in Europe ﬁlling their pockets with great contracts with Iran and they wish to keep it going even to the point of supplying Iran with the technology it needs to build its nuclear weapons which will then threaten the stability of the world. This is an outrage and the only people who are prepared to stand up and expose that outrage are the PMOI and what
e have fought the campaign to have the PMOI removed from the EU and the UK and the US terror lists where they have been unjustly placed on bogus trumped up charges mostly at the behest of the mullahs’ regime in Tehran. We have met many obstacles on several occasions when we sought to invite Mrs. Rajavi to come to the European Parliament. Most recently when we invited her to come and speak to the EPP-ED group which I am a Vice-President of, in Strasbourg, we had phone calls from Tehran where Javier Solana, was at that point meeting with the mullahs to try to persuade them to give up their nuclear enrichment program, he was on the telephone to Angela Merkel, and we then had the intervention of Chancellor Wolfgang Schüssel of Austria and leaders from around the EU telling our democratically elected MEPs that we should not meet with Mrs. Rajavi. This was unbelievable, the pressure was intense but we said we are freely elected democratic politicians and we will decide who we meet, we will not be told who we meet by Tehran, and we had a very successful meeting with Mrs. Rajavi. We have had campaigns of viliﬁcation in the media waged against us by the Iranian intelligence with spurious press articles, calling Paulo Casaca, myself and others who support the PMOI as friends of terrorists. Paulo has had particularly a campaign waged against him in his own national newspapers in Portugal. I have had similar press in the UK. You ﬁnd on their websites that are listed in these spurious advertisements you ﬁnd telephone numbers and email addresses which are blank when you try to contact them. These are all placed and funded by the Iranian Intelligence. They are afraid of the PMOI, they recognize that it is the key opposition movement, they know it is the only threat to their stranglehold that they have on Iran. That is why they become hysterical when they hear meetings like this is taking place, when hear that democratic politicians in Europe are meeting with Mrs. Rajavi and listening to her message. We have Ahmadinejad boasting that he has 6,000 centrifuges ready to work. Of course we are told in the West that this is a perfectly straight forward peaceful nuclear program to produce electricity. Where then is the nuclear power station? There is one existing nuclear power station at Bushehr. There is no other nuclear power station being built, the Russians have a contract to supply all the fuel to Bushehr, where is the new nuclear power station? Why are we so stupid about this? Why do we even begin to believe this message that it could
From left: Adrien Zeller, Maryam Rajavi, Lord Slynn, Struan Stevenson, Patricia Schillinger, Paulo Casaca, Sid Ahmad Ghozali, Nicole Fontaine, MEP and former president of the European Parliament; Mogens Camre MEP and Jaroslav Zverina MEP.
major German company is supplying tunneling equipment, mass of tunneling machinery of huge sophistication without which the nuclear bunkers could not be built for the nuclear program in Iran. You can see in some of these pictures the IRGC signs above the tunnels. The IRGC is on the US terror list together with the Qods Force. We have German companies supplying tunneling equipments and sending teams of experts over to Iran to train the Iranians how these equipments works and then selling these machineries to them in order for them to continue with their nuclear program and build the bunkers that are necessary. There are major Italian companies supplying dual use equipment. Both of these corporations are working with the IRGC’s Khatam military engineering complex which is on the UN’s sanctions list. Both of these companies from Germany and Italy are breaking sanctions. Why do we follow the policy of appeasement with a regime which is the biggest state sponsor of
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do we do? At the direct request of the mullahs we placed the PMOI on the UK terror list, on the EU terror list and eﬀectively gag them, tie their hands, freeze all their assets and stop them lobbying in the corridors of power where they could bring eﬀective opposition to bear on this tittering regime in Tehran. This is a regime which is tittering on the brink of extinction but it needs a shove, it needs a push to topple it and that push can only come from the main opposition party and from the inspired leadership of Mrs. Rajavi. So I say to the French presidency when Mr. Sarkozy takes over on the ﬁrst of July, we respect that he had taken a tough resolve against the nuclear program in Iran, but we say to him it is no use talking tough unless you can back it up with action and the way to send them the most profound signal that we mean business to the mullahs is to take the PMOI oﬀ the EU terror list and start backing them as the only possibility of restoring democracy to that beleaguered nation.
Member of European Parliament, Co-chair of the Friends of a Free Iran Inter-group
Sid Ahmad Ghozali
Former Algerian Prime Minister
Fight a moral injustice
Against a theocratic design for power
I would like to draw your attention to three points. First, the question of so-called radicalism, fanaticism or fundamentalism. You cannot grasp the importance of the problem if you do not understand the principle of Velayat-e-Faghih, the absolute power of the religious jurisprudence which makes the Iranian revolution diﬀerent from others. It means that there is a theocratic ploy to seize power which you cannot compare to any other thing. Second, is the question of religious terrorism of suicide. It was created by Ayatollah Khomeini. The military as well as ideological training of groups like Al-Qaeda, are based on the pattern of Lebanese Hezbollah. The Hezbollah is simply the international department of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards. The Iranian regime created right in the beginning a department for neighborhood terrorism, for the region surrounding Iran. If you do not understand that religious terrorism of suicide as something stemming from Khomeini’s revolution, then you will not understand the current situation. Ahmadinejad has clearly declared that the task of the Islamic Republic of Iran was to propagate the Islamic revolution throughout the world. We must understand that this is exactly what he is looking for. This is not rhetoric. It is exactly what the Iranian regime wants to do. So, there is a real global project. The most important issue in my opinion is Iraq. In Iraq what we did was to replace the previous regime with agents of the Iranian regime. The Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution in Iraq which is the main organization in power in Iraq is an organization that has been created within the Iranian Revolutionary Guards. I have in front of me a press release of 1980’s where they say clearly: If ever the USA dared to strike Iran, we will all carry out suicide attacks across the world. That was long before we could speak about Al-Qaeda. So this is an organization that has certainly not changed, they are exactly the same, the same ideas and the same methods.
I hold an absolute trust that the day will come when the Iranian Resistance will prevail and triumph. But the problem is that a destructive work of several decades has propagated throughout the western public opinion an image which is exactly opposite to the reality. And we, the friends of the Iranian Resistance, must make extra eﬀorts so that the western opinion discovers the truth. I would like to speak ﬁrst as a witness because I come from the ArabMuslim world. What makes the originality of the Iranian Resistance is not that it represents an exceptional case; it is that it comes from the only country ruled by a religious fascist dictatorship where Islamic fundamentalists are ruling. Secondly, it is the only country where there is a real rooted popular resistance which is not newborn, but is 50 years old and has fought the Shah’s dictatorship and is now ﬁghting the mullahs’ dictatorship. I would like to say that the paradox lies in the fact that the American nation, for which I personally vow an unlimited admiration for its institutions, wrote in its Declaration of Independence the right of the American people to overthrow any oppressive government, but this nation denies this right to other people, particularly to the Iranian people. Ironically, it was the ﬁrst government which listed the People’s Mojahedin Organisation as a terrorist entity. And paradoxically, it is the same government, whose generals being in charge of the region, disarmed Ashraf and made investigations in Ashraf, and says that it is not a terrorist organization. It is for this reason that this decision that you are all ﬁghting against, i.e listing the PMOI as a terrorist organization, is a wicked one; because it is shameless and unfair and was decided by governments, which in their own words, wanted to appease the mullahs’ regime. It’s wicked because it is an unlawful measure in the West, as it was condemned by the European Court of Justice and condemned by a British court. This decision is denounced by European law. It is at the same time a moral injustice because it is made to weaken and destroy the right of a people to oppose a dictatorship. And it leads to a triple political fault. The ﬁrst is that it distorts the image of Europe. For, what does Europe represent for us, as your neighbors in Algeria? In our view, Europe stands for a fundamental pillar which is the rule of law and which promotes the development of an era of prosperity on the basis of democracy. Europe is based on the unity of states, not by war and bloodshed, but on the basis of the popular will. Now, when the European governments do not respect their own laws, they give an extremely distorted image of Europe aﬀecting its international and internal credibility, because the public opinion notes that you do not respect your own laws. The second political fault concerns the relations with the mullahs’ regime. Have the European governments forgotten that the ridiculous policy of “appeasement” had already been tried in 1938, when Chamberlain and Daladier went to Munich to appease the Nazi regime? And thirdly, a fault from the international politics point of view; Iraq has been handed to the mullahs’ regime, and moreover, in order to ﬁnd a solution in Iraq, we deprive ourselves from a precious source which can be a source of peace, the People’s Mojahedin Organization that knows this region very well, that knows Iraq, that is a democratic organization and has the credibility and support of the Iranian people. You know it very well, but public opinion does not. Over ﬁve million Iraqis have supported this movement.
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Former president of Lithuania
Former French MP and judge
PMOI’s fundamental rights violated
I am angry at the Foreign Minister. Ever since the EU court annulled the terrorist listing of the PMOI, governments and the Council of Ministers have refused to implement the law. They refused by pleading that the court only ruled on matters concerning the procedure when the PMOI was designated as a terrorist group. The high judicial authority located only a few hundreds of meters away from here has assured since 50 years ago that fundamental rights are superior to material rights. So, respect for rights to a fair hearing, obligation to state reasons and the right to eﬀective judicial protection must not be considered as a simple rule of procedure. Here fundamental rights have not been respected. Only one rule must be implemented. It is that when an act is cancelled, it is necessary to put back the one who beneﬁted from the cancellation, in the legal position he stood previously. What was the legal position of the PMOI before it was listed? It was not on the list. Therefore the Council has only one legal solution, and it is to put back the PMOI where it was before 2002, that is, not on the list of the terrorist organizations.
EU must wake up to the reality
We have to ﬁnd fresh approaches to the issue of Iran. Europe has developed its own sort of extremism. The current challenge for EU is to get out European extreme shortsightedness. Nuclear technology plus the ideology of seeking hegemony in Tehran means a great war. To compare the stance of Stalin in 1939 as he said to his colleagues in Moscow that Communist parties cannot take over power in Europe in a normal situation, therefore we need a great war, hence we are going to sign alliance with Hitler. It is a simple formula and something similar is now going on here in Europe. What does Tehran’s nuclear policy mean? That arsenal of destruction is to be essentially completed. The suicide terrorism of crazy fanatics used today will be developed to the level of large groups. In my view Europe is still sleeping, they are only talking. One of the real tools of preventive counteraction would be the cooperation and support for the Iranian democratic opposition. It is so real and obvious, but yet not done? Is Europe, in such a perspective of a war over Israel, stupid or corrupt? This is a question to be put on the table before the European policy makers to wake them up.
Partnership with the Iranian Resistance
We must oppose violence of the Iranian regime, render trust and legitimacy to NCRI
What is the situation today? For years we have been engaged in negotiations with Iran, years in which we were locked in a stalemate. A practical and strategic impasse as the Iranian regime took advantage to consolidate internally and externally while making the international community lose much time. Through these negotiations we nearly lost all our principles. I believe that we have to peacefully and very clearly oppose the source of instability and violence by the Iranian regime and render trust and legitimacy to the NCRI as it deserves the whole support that a resistance movement needs. I call for a true partnership with what you, Mrs. Rajavi, represent in Iran and outside of Iran because the real issue is to establish a successful dialogue and give you the ability to be a true counterweight to the mullahs’ regime. The best way for you to form the counterweight, and I say it very strongly, is for parliamentarians to support the French Committee for a Democratic Iran. Because you show us the best way to engage positively in order to restore democracy in Iran. Democracy means to be able to denounce an expansionist and totalitarian regime which is quite at odds with our values. The voice of peace must prevail and that must guide us. The PMOI must be removed from the terrorist list as the case against them is void; it is hollow with no substance and lacks consistency.
Two years after having taken part in the revolution against the Shah, the PMOI launched its opposition against the Iranian regime and it was from that point when everything started. The PMOI was forced to take refuge in France. They lived sometimes in easy conditions but at other times it was very diﬃcult because there are still judicial proceedings. Nonetheless, to be able to stand in front of this terrible regime, one needs to be strong. Not only are you physically and judicially assaulted, but you are also the target of an exceptional campaign of disinformation. And this leads to the point of getting you registered on various lists of banned organizations. Despite all these you manage to survive. Another subject which strikes me in this meeting is the rather right attitude of the public opinion while governments give in very easily to force, corruption, money and to lucrative deals. Public opinions resist and support you. We saw it in 2003, when the French public opinion was not deceived by the stage setting of the judicial proceeding. And we see it in Iran, with a strong boycott of elections by people. It is quite meaningful in Iran when public opinion tries to resist the regime. But naturally, public opinion cannot resist alone, especially when free press does not exist. In fact it is necessary in this context to look for a political outlet and this is the aim of our meeting. The quest for this political outlet here can only be found in meetings and gatherings on some simple ideas. In fact the main idea, that is to say, the only organization which survived, which is still strong, which is very present, is the PMOI, and it has to be supported.
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“Mullahs want the atomic bomb”
April 24, 2008
Alsace region standing with the Iranian Resistance
Dernières Nouvelles d’Alsace
April 25, 2008 The Vice-President of the European Parliament and legal experts participated in a gathering of elected and former oﬃcials of Europe and France. A very cosmopolitan meeting since the former Algerian Prime Minister Sid Ahmad Ghozali was also present. The latter, urged Europeans to end their “policy of appeasement” towards Tehran. The EU had placed the “People’s Mojahedin of Iran” (PMOI) on its list of terrorist organizations on behest of Tehran regime ... But the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg annulled the terrorist designation in 2006, along with the British court in November 2007. But despite the resolutions of the European Parliament and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Brussels and the capitals of the EU do not take into account these decisions, while the PMOI is exercising tolerance. A strange attitude which “does not match our rule of law,” Adrien Zeller noted.
he is the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), a real parliament in exile that includes the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK). Maryam Rajavi leads the main Iranian opposition movement to the mullahs’ regime from France where she found refuge in the early 80’s. She responds to our questions about the crisis and parliamentary elections in Iran. The second round will take place Friday. Q: Dismissal of two ministers (Economy and Interior), election’s participation rate lower than expected… Maryam Rajavi: Resistance’s networks inside Iran, has monitored 25,000 out of the total of 45,000 polling stations in the country. Ninety ﬁve percent of the voters did not go to the ballot box despite the fact that all factions of the regime had invited to vote. Q: Therefore what do the 209 elected deputies represent? Maryam Rajavi: An electoral farce. Seventy percent of them are supporters of Ahmadinejad, who intends to use the parliament as a lever to obtain the atomic bomb and unify the ranks around the Supreme Leader in the face of international challenges. Q: Tehran claims that its nuclear program is exclusively civil... Maryam Rajavi: In late February, we revealed the existence of main research center for the bomb in Tehran, and another center for the manufacture of nuclear warheads. The mullahs want the bomb to ensure the survival of the regime in the region (Editor’s note: In 2002, the Iranian Resistance had revealed Tehran’s nuclear program). Q: When do you believe Iran could become a nuclear power? Maryam Rajavi: The U.S. intelligence services estimate 20132015, but that is what the regime wants every one to believe. I think it could get there much faster. It depends on its relations with the West. In this sense, the policy of appeasement led by the European Union (EU) over the years has proven to be a failure. Q: You intend to establish the democratic alternative in Iran, but the PMOI remains classiﬁed as terrorist ... Maryam Rajavi: Unfortunately, the EU’s persistence on the blacklisting despite the judgment of the court of First Instance of the European Communities in Luxembourg is a pledge to the religious dictatorship because the Iranian Resistance remains a force capable of bringing a change to Iran. Q: What do you expect from the French presidency of the EU from 1 July? Maryam Rajavi: There are signs that France, like others, has adopted a ﬁrmer policy, particularly on the nuclear issue. If it takes the initiative to support democratic change in Iran by recognizing the NCRI, then it may help breaking the current deadlock.
“Europeans strengthening Tehran regime”
The president Maryam Rajavi counting on the French presidency of the EU to end these inconsistencies: “Firmness of France towards Iran cannot be taken seriously unless the Resistance of the Iranian people is recognized, after removing the PMOI from the list of terrorist organizations.” And the Spanish Vicepresident of the European Parliament Alejo Vidal-Quadras warned: “In fact, Europeans strengthen the regime in Tehran by keeping the Mojahedin on the terrorist list ...”
Call to remove Iranian opposition from US and EU terror lists
in Iran. The group must be taken oﬀ the list to show Europe is against Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect the rule of the Mullahs, the Mullahs of the Iranian Resistance arrived in demanded the PMOI be put on the list. Strasbourg to demand that the People’s It is a concession to the mullahs... the Mojahedin Organisation of Iran be politics of indulgence,” she said. removed from the US and EU list of Many believe that the ban should terrorist organisations. In December be lifted as a matter of urgency to allow 2006, the European Court of First Iran’s opposition to work, without Instance ordered the EU to lift the fetters, to bring about democratic ban and again in 2007 the British change in Iran. Proscribed Organizations Appeal Describing elections in Iran as farce Commission ruled unequivocally that she said, “In a religious dictatorship, the organization is “not concerned in parliamentary elections have no meaning.” terrorism.” “Khamenei and Ahmadinejad “To call members of the People’s have prepared everything to create a Mojahedin Organisation of Iran parliament entirely favourable to their terrorists is the politics of indulgence goals, that is to say, obtaining the atom and is preventing democratic change bomb.”
April 24 & 25
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Tackling the Iranian Threat
By Rt. Hon. Lord David Waddington
May 2, 2008
May 4, 2008
By Rt. Hon. Lord Peter Fraser
Iran’s nuclear lure waning?
he Iranian Regime’s nuclear ambitions are a threat to world peace. In dealing with this threat and with the Regime’s unbridled meddling in Iraq and the Middle East, the West needs to make a strategic choice. The chairman of the United States’ Joint Chiefs of Staﬀ Admiral Michael G. Mullen acknowledged in April that Tehran was continuing to funnel weapons and other aid to extremists in Iraq for use against Coalition troops. He highlighted in particular the “increasingly lethal and malign inﬂuence” exercised by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard’s extra-territorial Qods Force, which is bent on destabilizing not only Iraq but the rest of the Middle East. Admiral Mullen’s words were then backed up by the U.S. ambassador to the UN, Zalmay Khalilzad, who on Monday told the Security Council that the Revolutionary Guard Qods Force “continues to arm, train, and fund illegal armed groups in Iraq”. He then added, “This lethal aid poses a signiﬁcant threat to Iraqi and multinational forces and to the stability and sovereignty of Iraq.” The Revolutionary Guard has also had a pivotal role in furthering the regime’s clandestine nuclear weapons program. The main opposition coalition, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), claims that the Revolutionary Guard is running a secret center to build a nuclear warhead at Mojdeh, southeast of Tehran. The Guard also supervises all uranium enrichment activity at the infamous Natanz complex. The international community seems to be almost entirely unaware of the regime’s stated intention to pursue its atomic work at any cost, and yet Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has been quite brazen about it. In February he boasted that Iran had gradually managed to pacify the international community’s demands that Iran comply with UN resolutions. “Those people who used to say Iran’s nuclear activity must be dismantled are now saying they are ready to accept our advances, on condition that it will not continue indeﬁnitely,” Khamenei said. “This is a great advance that would not have been realized except with perseverance.” Ahmadinejad is also on record as saying in February, “If they [the Security Council] want to continue with that path [of sanctions], we will not be harmed. They can issue resolutions for 100 years. ... If they continue [with this pressure], we have designed reciprocal actions.” I fear that the “reciprocal actions” would be felt on the streets of Baghdad, Beirut and the Gaza Strip in attacks masterminded by the Revolutionary Guard. Surely if the West is really determined to address the threat from Tehran, it needs to show some muscle rather than oﬀer more concessions to a regime with no intention of abandoning its unlawful activities. Most obviously, the EU and the U.S. need to lift their ban on the main Iranian Resistance group, the People’s Mojahedin Organisation of Iran. It is ridiculous that the PMOI/MEK, a leading member of the NCRI coalition with grassroots support in Iran and for that reason feared by the Regime, should be hampered in its work as it strives to bring democracy to Iran. It is unreasonable that it should be so hampered when, as the Clinton Administration admitted, it was banned in the ﬁrst place not because of American condemnation of its activities but in a futile and fruitless attempt by America to appease the regime and reach out to so-called ‘moderates’ within it. Both the Proscribed Organisations Appeal Commission in Britain and the European Court of Justice have already ruled that the ban on the PMOI is unlawful and should be lifted. It is high time the international community gave its full backing to the body the Regime most fears, and sends a signal to the Iranian people that we support their eﬀorts to bring about an end to the mullahs’ rule.
ven as the U.N. Security Council was implementing its third round of sanctions against Iran over its nuclear weapons activities, the council’s ﬁve veto-wielding permanent members — Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States — and Germany met in London Friday to expand a 2006 oﬀer of economic incentives to Iran in return for a freeze on uranium enrichment. In coming weeks, however, the largest carrot dangled by the European Union and the United Kingdom in years of this policy may well be ripped from their grasp by the British and European Courts. The listing of Iran’s largest democratic opposition group, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI), as terrorist was the most signiﬁcant incentive ever granted to Tehran. However, legal proceedings at the European Court of Justice and an upcoming judgment by the British Court of Appeal could see this terror tag lifted in a matter of weeks. The case of the PMOI has been one which best describes the old adage “One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom ﬁghter.” However, the PMOI is evidently the freedom ﬁghter of many and the terrorist of very few. Unfortunately, those very few include current U.K. Justice Secretary Jack Straw who ﬁrst banned the PMOI in 2001 when he was home secretary. He later admitted in a BBC Radio 4 interview that he did so due to a demand from Tehran. The EU followed suit under pressure from the U.K. soon after. The argument about this opposition group has taken a signiﬁcant turn. Back in 2001 when the group was ﬁrst listed, it had conducted a number of attacks against the Iranian regime’s military structure. Many argued it was the inalienable right of a people to resort to armed struggle against a regime that was suppressing them in such a brutal manner and had executed more than 120,000 of its opponents. Such an argument may well have signiﬁcant weight, but British law does not see it this way. The rights and wrongs of such an approach are evidently a point of discussion. However, the PMOI’s tactics and its behavior have dramatically changed since 2001. The group has conducted no acts of violence since then, while its voluntary disarmament and neutrality in the recent Gulf war acted as further signiﬁcant evidence that this opposition group could no longer legally be labeled as an organization “concerned in terrorism.” This was the ﬁnding of the U.K.’s Proscribed Organizations Appeal Commission (POAC), set up speciﬁcally to hear such matters. It was before the POAC that the U.K. government laid its case regarding the PMOI on the table in open as well as closed hearings in which all classiﬁed material was scrutinized in depth. The POAC found in November that the continued terror listing of the PMOI was “perverse,” “ﬂawed” and “must be set aside.” On the back of a favorable decision by the European Court of Justice in December 2006, the PMOI now has two legal victories behind it. Maintaining a terror tag on the PMOI would not only be unjustiﬁable and illegal but would send all the wrong signals to the Iranian people as they struggle to bring about democratic change in their nation. Political arguments on this issue have a place of their own and the merits of supporting the PMOI will be discussed long and hard. However, this cannot overlap into our legal system where the rule of law must prevail.
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As EU President, French must remove the PMOI from the terror list - Rajavi
STRASBOURG, April 24, 2008 (AFP) - Maryam Rajavi, president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), announced on Thursday in Strasbourg that France should remove the People’s Mojahedin from the list of terrorist organizations drawn up by Brussels, during the French presidency of the EU. The NCRI is a political front for the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI) which is included in the list of terrorist organizations of the European Union (EU) and that of USA. Mrs. Rajavi welcomed “the current ﬁrm policy of France” to the Iranian regime at a conference on EU relations with Iran attended by members and former members of the European Parliament. “But, she continued, this ﬁrmness can not be taken seriously unless recognizing the Resistance of the Iranian people, ie by removing the PMOI from the list of terrorist organizations” established by the European Union. Denouncing the unfairness of parliamentary elections currently underway in Iran, she reiterated that PMOI and the NCRI “struggling since the ﬁrst day for free and fair elections.” Adrien Zeller, president of the UMP Regional Council of Alsace in eastern France and former Member of the European Parliament, said the forum that the maintenance of PMOI on the list “does not meet our rule of law.” The Spanish conservative Alejo Vidal-Quadras, Vice-president of the European Parliament took the view that Europeans “actually help the regime in Tehran while the Mojahedin remains on the list of terrorist organizations.” The British Conservative MEP Struan Stevenson, for his part welcomed the “ﬁrm policy of the current French president” but felt that it would also “send a clear message to Iran if the PMOI was removed from the terror list.” The symposium was organized at the headquarters of the European Parliamentary Association by the French Committee for a Democratic Iran (CFID) and the Friends of a free Iran inter-group at the European Parliament.
Euro MPs call on France to be ﬁrm on Iran
Reuters, Strasbourg - European parliamentarians in Strasbourg have called on Nicolas Sarkozy to put into practice the language that advocates ﬁrmness vis-à-vis the Iran when France assumes the EU presidency in the second half of 2008. “I say to the French presidency: this is not only to talk tough and ﬁrm. We must translate into practice,” said at a symposium Struan Stevenson, a British Conservative MEP who co-chairs the Friends of a free Iran Intergroup in the European parliament. “The ﬁrst step in this direction is to remove the PMOI (the People’s mojahedin Organization of Iran) from the list of terrorist organizations,” he added. This organization based in France is the subject of lawsuits since 2003. “I believe there is a consensus on the threat posed by the Iranian regime,” said Alejo Vidal-Quadras of Spain, Vicepresident of the European Parliament advocating “regime change led by the Iranian people and the Resistance.” The resistance movement against the Mullahs’ regime still remains on the “blacklist” of the European Union and is also on the blacklist in Britain, in spite of court decisions in its favor. The French Socialist deputy Alain Vivien has called on France to “support the Iranian Resistance and close the criminal proceedings improperly opened against it since 2003.” Seventeen members of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), including its president, Maryam Rajavi, were placed under investigation by the French judicial authorities in June 2003, including for “criminal association in relation with a terrorist enterprise” and “ﬁnancing terrorism.” Meanwhile, the maintenance of the PMOI on the list of terrorist organizations in the European Union and Great Britain “does not meet our rule of law”, said Adrien Zeller, president of the UMP Alsace region, eastern France. “Unlike the past, France has adopted a ﬁrm policy vis-à-vis the regime of the mullahs,” said in turn Maryam Rajavi invited to the meeting. “This ﬁrmness cannot be taken seriously unless it entails recognition of the Resistance of the Iranian people,” she added.
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