On the brink of the U.N. General Assembly’s annual session, an online international summit, entitled “Trans-Atlantic Summit on Iran Policy, Time to Hold the Iranian Regime Accountable,” was held September 18. The Summit brought together Iranians in various countries around the world from 10,000 locations. Ms. Sheila Jackson Lee, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, joined the Summit.
Among the personalities who addressed the summit were 30 bipartisan U.S. lawmakers from the House and the Senate. Personalities including:
Senator Ted Cruz, Senator Roy Blunt, Senator Marco Rubio, Senator Bob Menendez, and dignitaries like Rudy Giuliani, former New York City mayor, General James Jones, National Security Advisor to President Obama (2009-2010), Newt Gingrich, 50th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Joseph Lieberman, former U.S. Senator, as well as a delegation of U.K. lawmakers, and Ambassador Giulio Terzi, former Foreign Minister of Italy.
Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the keynote speaker of the summit
Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the NCRI was the keynote speaker of the summit. She paid tribute to Navid Afkari, a rebellious national hero recently executed by the regime. Mrs. Rajavi said: “Faced with executions and massacres, the people of Iran urge the U.N. and the U.N. Security Council, in particular, to restore snapback sanctions stipulated in the six U.N. resolutions against the clerical regime in Iran.”
She continued,” Otherwise, Khamenei will continue to ravage the nation as his regime’s survival depends on murder and suppression. If Khamenei were to stop executions, he would lose control of the situation, and uprisings simmering in the depths of Iranian society would erupt and overthrow the mullahs’ religious fascism.”
At the summit, speakers demanded justice for over 30,000 MEK and other activists, political prisoners massacred in 1988. Also, they urged an end to the appeasement policy and requested those who ordered and carried out this great crime, who currently occupy high positions in the regime, to be brought to justice.
Sheila Jackson Lee, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives joined to the summit. In her remarks, Ms. Jackson Lee said, “I’m standing with the message of Mrs. Rajavi that we want freedom.”
Sheila Jackson Lee, member of the U.S. House of Representatives
I’m Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, and I rise to be able to support the fighters in Iran for human rights, and to stand with those like Madam Rajavi, who want human rights and the fights against the abuses, the horrible abuses that people are facing in Iran who just simply want justice, equality and human rights.
I’m glad to be a supporter of H. Res. 188 and H. Res. 752, 222 sponsors fighting against the 30,000 killed in 1988, and all those who are being killed even today, who are fighting against the abuse of those who are standing for freedom.
Human rights is a human right, and the people of Iran deserve human rights. The freedom fighters, the peaceful freedom fighters trying to stand against the regime; they need the support of those who love human rights and human dignity.
How stunning and shocking that a champion wrestler, Navid Afkari, was killed simply because he participated in a peaceful protest. We must have the United Nations investigate these human rights abuses. I am standing for human rights, justice in Iran.
I’m standing with the free-thinking people of Iran who want to end the human rights abuses and want a free and independent Iran for all people. I’m standing with the message of Mrs. Rajavi that we want freedom.
We want peaceful freedom, and we want it now. We must have all of our agencies that fight for freedom, and to end human rights abuses, they must be standing with the peace-loving people of Iran who want freedom now.