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French Parliamentary Figures Advocate for the Iranian People’s Pursuit of Democracy

French Parliamentary Figures Advocate for the Iranian People's Pursuit of Democracy

Paris, October 11, 2023: During a conference held at the French National Assembly to mark the World Day Against The Death Penalty, French parliamentarians, members, and supporters of the Iranian Resistance, along with human rights activists and politicians from various countries, came together to engage in a dialogue regarding the dire human rights situation in Iran under the theocratic dictatorship.

In her address, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, emphasized:
“The world must stand against the mullahs’ warmongering. Instrumentalizing the Palestinian issue is a well-known tactic of this deceitful regime. Today, Khamenei and Raisi want to transform the Iranian people’s uprising and struggle against religious fascism in Iran into a Muslim-Jewish war.
They seek a shield and a cover to contain the uprising and preserve the mullahs’ rule. The right policy is to stand against the clerical regime, the foremost state sponsor of terrorism and warmongering.
The 8-year war with Iraq was fought with the slogan “conquering Quds (Jerusalem) via Karbala.” The war left one million dead, 2 million disabled and injured, 4 million displaced, and caused a trillion dollars in material damage on the Iranian side.
In addition to this, there were daily executions, especially of the PMOI/MEK. Khomeini considered the war a “Divine Blessing” that could cover up the executions and repression while preserving his regime.
After the National Liberation Army of Iran (NLA) conquered the city of Mehran, which forced him to accept the ceasefire, Khomeini resorted to massacring political prisoners in prisons across the country and issued a fatwa for the immediate execution of every prisoner who remained loyal to the PMOI/MEK.
Khamenei has openly stated that if the regime does not engage in conflicts in Gaza, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, and Yemen, it will have to confront the angry people and rebellious youth in Kermanshah, Hamedan, Isfahan, and Tehran.
Khamenei relies on the inaction of Europe and the US when he resorts to warmongering and executions.
The massacre of innocent civilians fuels religious fascism in Iran and serves as a shield and cover to suppress the uprising and avoid its downfall. To achieve peace and freedom, one should target the head of the snake (leadership) in Tehran.
Recently, a network of regime agents was exposed in the US and Europe’s political institutions and government agencies. This revelation exposed the behind-the-scene events of the policy of appeasement. This network actively works at high levels in Washington, DC, Germany, Sweden, and undoubtedly in other countries, including France.
These agents receive their orders directly from the Iranian regime, and their mission is to influence Western governments to:
– Justify the clerical regime’s positions and demands regarding its nuclear program;
– Prevent new sanctions;
– Prevent the terrorist designation of the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC);
– Infiltrate other agents in government positions and as experts in the West.

They spread this big lie that the PMOI/MEK and the National Council of Resistance (NCRI) do not have any base of support inside Iran and are not an alternative.
The disclosure of this network proves the facts that we have said many times:
– That the mullahs’ regime dictates the policy of appeasement.
– The IRGC and the ministries in Tehran produce the lies to justify appeasement.

According to this critical experience, France is expected to take the initiative to expel the regime’s agents from the soil of France and Europe.
The time has come to revise European politics.
First, the European Troika’s decision to maintain missile sanctions against the regime is a positive step. But they should not forget to activate the trigger mechanism and restore the six UN Security Council resolutions on the regime’s nuclear projects.
Second, the regime’s access to European markets and universities to facilitate the production of weapons and means of repression should be prevented by strengthening the sanctions regime.
Third, I call on the French National Assembly to follow suit with the European Parliament and several European parliaments and include the IRGC in the terrorist list.”

Read the full speech of Mrs. Rajavi here.

André Chassaigne, head of the Communist bloc in the French Parliament and a member of the parliamentary Committee for Democratic Iran, pointed out that despite the regime’s repression, the MEK Resistance Units conducted more than 414 operations against the regime’s suppressive apparatus. These units represent a unified and active force in Iran, and the death penalty is not just a judicial punishment but a political tool for suppressing the people.

Marietje Schaake, a member of the National Assembly from the Socialist Party and a former rapporteur of the European Council on death sentences, emphasized the need for France to consistently address the issue of executions in the Parliament and the Senate to demonstrate opposition to such crimes worldwide.

Émile Blessig, a former senior MP and a founder of the parliamentary Committee for Democratic Iran, stressed the vital role of the National Council of Resistance, led by Mrs. Rajavi, in the struggle for a free and democratic Iran. He also highlighted the global support for the Iranian people’s fight for democracy and the prosecution of human rights violators.

MP Philippe Gosselin, deputy head of the parliamentary Committee for Democratic Iran, expressed his support for the Iranian people’s struggle for freedom and called for the continuity of their resistance.

MP Cécile Rilhac, a representative of the majority fraction and the head of the Parliamentary Committee for Democratic Iran, reaffirmed her commitment to support the Iranian people’s fight for democracy despite opposition from those advocating appeasement.

Dominique Attias, head of the Administrative Council of the European Lawyers’ Foundation, emphasized the relationship between the demand for the abolition of execution and modern democracy. She also criticized the regime’s attempts to discredit the resistance and stressed that the flame of freedom will lead Iran to democracy and the abolition of the death penalty.

Professor Aude de Thuin, former president of the Supreme Education Union, emphasized that the fight in Iran is about fundamental human rights and called on the United Nations to investigate arrests and disappearances.

Other speakers, including Jean-François Legaret, Jacques Bouthier, and Taher Boumedra, highlighted the importance of the struggle for a democratic Iran and the need to hold the Iranian regime accountable for its actions.

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