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Maryam Rajavi said the US must cease dealing with Iran until it stops using torture

By Harriet Sinclair

The leader of the Iranian resistance has sent a strong message to the new US administration: Cease relations with Iran until the country stops torture and executions.

Maryam Rajavi, the leader of the People's Mujahedin of Iran, spoke at a gathering in the Albanian capital Tirana to mark the Persian New Year, and took the opportunity to issue some demands to US President Donald Trump's administration.

Maryam Rajavi addressed her greeting at Nowruz celebration, the Iranian New Year, which was held at Tirana Albania with PMOI members and guests from Albania, France and United States:

Congratulations on Nowruz, the blossoming of spring and the beginning of the year 1396!
Greetings to each and every one of you freedom fighters who have established the Third Ashraf contrary to the wishes of the Velayat-e Faqih regime!

Senator Robert Torricelli spoke at the Grand Gathering of the Iranian Resistance and its supporters celebrating the Great Nowruz.

Senator Torricelli said in part that with Maryam Rajavi, Iranian people would have their freedom and the right to live a prosperous life.

The former U.S. Senator said: 'Everyone in Iran has a role… big or small, take a stand, be part of the free Iran, make your decision today to end the dictatorship, person by person, village by village, across Iran, take a stand now.'

WASHINGTON, March 17, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --- Marking the Iranian New Year of 1396, bi-partisan senior members of the United States Senate joined the Nowruz gathering, sponsored by the Organization of Iranian American Communities (OIAC), calling for change in Iran.

While criticizing the Iranian regime's malign behavior, Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman, John McCain (R-AZ) said, "I think the only thing that the Iranian regime understands is, as Ronald Reagan called it, peace through strength.  But most of all, I hope that we can give the people who are now residing in that country the hope and belief and commitment to all of us that someday they will know freedom again."

NCRI - March 15th, 1993 marks the day when Mohammad Hossein Naghdi, a member of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), was assassinated in Italy by Iranian intelligence agents.

Naghdi was Iran’s former charge d’affaires in the Iranian embassy in Rome. However, he joined the Iranian Resistance in 1982 and became a member of the NCRI representative delegation in Italy. From 1983 onward he became the NCRI representative in Italy.

On the day of his murder two individuals on a motorcycle near Rome’s Alba Square approached Naghdi’s vehicle at 9:30 am and opened fire. Naghdi lost his life before he reached the hospital.

Iranian media are waging an online war against an opposition group - some whose members live in exile in Albania - launching new websites in Albanian to influence local opinion.

By Fatjona Mejdini

Tirana - An Iranian NGO called the Habilian Association has added a new section in Albanian to its news website, Habilian, aiming to target Iranian opposition activists who have found refuge in Albania in recent years.

NCRI Statement

Thousands of working and retired teachers took to the streets on Thursday staging numerous protests in Tehran and various cities across Iran, demanding the release of their jailed colleagues and condemning judiciary rulings issued against the teacher community. Delayed paychecks, minimum benefits and equal pay similar to other government employees were other demands raised by the protesting teachers.

At a time when the poverty line set by the Iranian regime for a family of four is 40 million rials (equal to around $1,000), the salaries of most teachers sits at around 10 million rials.

The Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), is the primary tool of domestic repression and export of terrorism in the region

March 9, 2017. On the occasion of Nowruz (Iranian New Year) a ceremony was held in Rayburn Foyer of US House of Representatives in which members of Iranian-American communities and a number of representatives participated, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the president of the Iranian Resistance send a message to this meeting, the following is the full text of her message:

February 28, 2017 on the upcoming occasion of the International Women’s Day (March 8) Mrs. Maryam Rajavi the president elect of the Iranian resistance send a message to a meeting at UK parliament titled: “Women the force for change.” The following is the full text of her speech:

Honorable members of parliament,
Dear friends,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

Six human rights organisations with consultative status to the United Nations human rights body have submitted a joint written statement to the current session of the Human Rights Council about the 1988 massacre of political prisoners in Iran and the need for the international community to hold the perpetrators to account.

In the summer of 1988, the Iranian regime summarily and extra-judicially executed tens of thousands of political prisoners held in jails across Iran. The vast majority of the victims were activists of the opposition the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI) or (MEK).