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Congressman Tom McClintock’s Remarks to the Free Iran World Summit 2021- July 10, 2021

Congressman Tom McClintock (R-CA), the House Judiciary Committee, addressed at the Free Iran World Summit 2021 on July 10, 2021.

Hi everybody.  I’m Congressman Tom McClintock of California.

America has just celebrated the 245th anniversary of our Independence from a tyrannical king who trampled on the fundamental right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness that is the birthright of every human being.  We look upon July 4, 1776 as the day we took back our freedom, our dignity, and our future.

I believe such a day is fast approaching for the people of Iran, and that centuries from now, a free, prosperous and happy nation will look back to you – to each of you in this convention today – and to so many more fighting for Iran’s destiny at home and abroad – with the same gratitude and thanksgiving and reverence that Americans look back on our founding freedom fighters.

We call it the “Spirit of ‘76”, the compelling desire and will to throw off the bonds of tyranny and secure for our children the blessings of liberty.  Nowhere in the world today is that Spirit of 76 stronger than it is right here and right now.  You can see it – you can feel it – in the many rounds of protests in over 100 cities across Iran since 2017.  But, if we fail to hold the current regime to account, there is no telling what it may decide to do next about those who desire such basic freedoms. 

Iran is one of the oldest and greatest civilizations in history, but it has been suppressed and plundered by a clique of theocratic thugs that comprise the illegitimate Iranian government.  In past eras, the Iranian people have known the happiness and prosperity that freedom makes possible and are now seeking to reclaim it. 

This is why I am pleased to announce today that 249 members of the United States House of Representatives – A solid majority of the entire House and made up of Republicans and Democrats — have co-sponsored House Resolution 118 – Expressing support for the Iranian people’s desire for a democratic, secular, and non-nuclear republic of Iran and condemning the violations of human rights and state sponsored terrorism by the Iranian Government.

I have written to President Biden to call attention to this resolution and urge his Administration that the United States must hold Iran’s corrupt regime accountable for its crimes against its people and its continued sponsorship of global terrorism. 

Recently, the Biden Administration has considered reentering the disastrous nuclear deal that lifted sanctions against the world’s largest sponsor of global terrorism and allowed it to develop nuclear weapons with no meaningful oversight.  Thankfully, the Iranian people have resisted nuclear adventurism and have pushed for a non-nuclear country.  It was the Iranian resistance that first blew the lid on the regime’s illegal nuclear sites and weapons programs.  These are realities entrenched in the Iranian people’s psyche and stamped with their countless sacrifices in over a century of struggle for a secular, representative democracy.

This resolution conveys the sense of an overwhelming majority of Congress that Iranian rulers must be held accountable for their unrelenting destructive behavior and that the United States must pursue a clear eyed and fact-based policy approach to dealing with the Iranian regime.  H.Res.118 emphasizes that the world stands with the freedom fighters of Iran and against the tyrannical rulers who have devastated the country and the Middle East through terrorism and brutality. 

This House resolution comes ahead of the recent election of Iran’s new President, Ebrahim Raisi, a criminal who has committed egregious human rights violations against political opponents, journalists, and anyone else who dares to oppose him.  According to Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, Raisi was part of the four-member “death commission” responsible for the 1988 massacre whereas many as 30,000 political prisoners were murdered, most of whom were involved with the Iranian opposition movement.  

To date, the Iranian government continues to deny this atrocity and still frequently calls upon the Revolutionary Guard to wage violence against peaceful protesters and political dissidents, which is why our resolution acknowledges this massacre and calls for long overdue accountability of current senior Iranian officials who sanctioned this death committee. 

H. Res.118 details a picture that many in the global community have come to refer to as “an ongoing crime against humanity” in Iran – where thousands are regularly and arbitrarily detained, tortured, assaulted and murdered without due process of law or regards for their God given, inalienable rights. 

Although, as the Iranian regime has become more oppressive and extreme, the international resistance to them has become stronger and more resolute.  The more the story of Iran is told, of its proud ancient heritage of freedom and civilization, and of its current curse of despotism and terror, the more the world has rallied to its cause.

It is becoming increasingly evident that Iran’s rulers are beginning to fear this resistance.  During the massive opposition protests in late 2018, authorities shut down the internet for more than a week to suppress information about the protests and related state violence.  When silencing protesters wasn’t enough for them, they killed them in the streets.  

Despite domestic and international acknowledgement of Iran’s oppression, the regime has remained intent on provocation and destabilization.  They attack foreign oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz and continue using embassies as fronts to plot terrorism. 

This regime has made clear that it intends to break any agreement, tell any lie, and commit any atrocity to obtain nuclear weapons and once acquired, to use them against peaceful countries throughout the world.  Short of a devastating war, the only thing that will stop them is the Iranian people rising up to overthrow them. 

So you are not only fighting for the freedom of Iran, you are fighting for peace throughout the world.

When America won its freedom 245 years ago, one of our Founders, John Adams, said, “Whatever may be our fate, be assured that this declaration will stand.  It may cost treasure.  It may cost blood.  But it will stand.  And it will richly compensate for both.  Through the thick gloom of the present, I can see the brightness of the future as the sun in heaven.  We shall make this a glorious day – an immortal day.  When we are in our graves, our children will honor it… On its annual return, they will shed tears…not for subjugation and slavery … but of exultation, gratitude and joy.”

Such a day will dawn – and dawn soon – for the Iranian people, who will look back through the generations to the struggle that each of you are now waging.   They will know that it was your sacrifices that reclaimed their birthright to liberty, prosperity, and happiness.  Let us strive to see that day.

Franco Frattini’s Remarks to the Free Iran World Summit 2021- July 10, 2021

Franco Frattini, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Italy (2008 –2011) & (2002 –2004), European Commissioner for Justice, Freedom and Security (2004 –2008), addressed at the Free Iran World Summit 2021 on July 10, 2021.

Madame President Rajavi, ladies and gentlemen, dear members of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, thank you very much for allowing me to attend this very important world forum.

Much has been said, nevertheless, I would like to start by saying, I’ve been listening to President Rajavi very carefully. Madam President, thank you very much for your words that I consider, as European, a wake-up call for Europe. I can see a wake-up call for the international community as a whole. Why? Because during the years, myself, as the foreign minister or vice president of European Commission, many of my colleagues in European Union, in America, in North America, and elsewhere, have been having contact with representatives of Iranian regime, sometimes so-called reformists, sometimes so-called conservatives.

I can tell you, from my direct experience, no differences at all. I always found one thing, the Iranian negotiators are very good gamblers. They are very capable of trying to hide from their counterparts while sitting at the table, like European councils of ministers, or the United Nation assembly. They are capable of trying to hide what they are doing at the expenses of the Iranian people.

This is a clear point, and this is why it’s so important. What you Madame President Rajavi, we just said, what you have in your heart in your mind, a country that is rich in nature, by now is tremendously poor. It is poor, economically, it is poor because when you don’t enjoy non-negotiable fundamental rights, that country is extremely poor. Because the basic rights, the right to be free to express your opinion, the right to women and men to be equally respected, the right to profess a religion, these are basic rights in your country. Your beautiful country is tremendously poor. This is why it’s so important that you repeat your message that the National Council repeats a message, which is not only of, I would say, hope. I think you will succeed. I’m sure sooner, the better, but you will succeed in getting freedom and liberty for your country. But it’s important now to open the eyes of the international community.

When the Iranian negotiators try to regain ground to bring on the table the European Union negotiators or the P5+1 member countries, they do– and this is my deep conviction only because they use the nuclear deal as the leverage for a recognition of their role in the region. They want to be recognized politically, and this is the point where they should fail. They cannot be recognized as a viable partner, a viable negotiator.

Nuclear is only one element of a general number of issues and the issues that bring me with my mind to the 30,000 political prisoners, to the executions, to the death penalties, and to the deprivation of fundamental freedoms. There is not only nuclear negotiation. And if we fall into the trap to sit around the table and to negotiate again, we just give the regime a legitimation, a recognition of their role.

And their role is unfortunately also the one to destabilize the whole Middle East, especially now, after the election of Mr. Raisi. There was not an election, it was a designation– a designation from the supreme guide. And, frankly speaking, if this was the designation, in my personal opinion, this was a message of weakness, not a message of strength, because designating Mr. Raisi means the regime is going towards more repression, because it’s losing completely its reputation. It is a clear point in international relations. If a given regime is losing its reputation, it has to increase repression to silent the free voice. Fortunately, you are a free voice, a free voice speaking through a network worldwide, but you have to help people of Iran to regain ground and to be able to express their free voice inside Iran.

And when people talk about sanctions, again, in my personal opinion, sanctions are not affecting the free people of Iran, because lifting sanction would represent only to give more money to the regime, not to give more money to the free people of Iran, because it happened recently, during the moment where the sanction had been lifted, what was the result? Poverty, despair, no freedom, exactly the same as the period of time, where the sanctions are enforced. We had to clarify this point, because it is very often used as regime propaganda.

You want the sanction to affect people. It’s not the people to be affected, it is the regime. They are the finances of the regime, it is the corruption of the regime, it is the imbalance distribution of wealth among the people, which is affected by giving more money to the regime. What to do about this increasing threat represented by an aggressive regime and led by a designated president that should be held accountable for having been responsible for thousands and thousands of people executed, people being political prisoners.

First of all, I would like to say thanks to your wake up call to my colleagues in Europe. Should seriously consider not sitting whatsoever around the same table with the Iranian dignitaries. This will be a clear message. I cannot recognize persons who try to sign an agreement, bloody hands. We have been doing things concerning other regimes. We have to be very frank, very strict in respecting our Constitution, the Charter of Fundamental Rights of European Union. Having been myself, also commissioner for fundamental rights, I’ve been made aware in that capacity of the tragedy involving human rights in Iran. And this was the time of the so-called reformist, not the time of Mr. Raisi. Imagine now, what kind of deterioration one could expect.

First message, Europe don’t sit together around the same table to negotiate, don’t legitimize, don’t recognize the legitimacy as a serious interlocutor of a country whose president deserves to be held accountable, tends to an investigation, which is, I would say, encouraged and promoted, but still did not become a reality. So, this is the first message.

The second message. Europe and the West should be absolutely clear on Middle East. Let’s be clear on this stabilizing role of Iranian regime in the whole of the Middle East, in the countries like Syria, by infiltrating the guard, the past around guard to Iraq to destabilize the old region. And these another element to be taken into consideration by those who believe that maybe one day Iran could be negotiating with Arab countries. This is not absolutely the truth. It’s impossible. It is again, the play of the gamblers. They try to hide what is really behind the scene. Behind the scene is sterile, is deprivation of rights.

In conclusion, I think what you are doing now is not only a wake-up call. And the previous speakers already highlighted a number of very important points, but it is an appeal for respecting universal rights. These are not only the legitimated rights of the Iranian people. These are universal rights. A given country does not deserve to be considered a normal banner, a viable country, if the complete denial of universal rights becomes the normality. This is a point. This is the added value of your struggle for rights.

This is the message to us, to Europe, to the west, to those that consider your struggle for right a struggle for non-negotiable position. Never negotiate with those that make of repression, a wave of lives and make of repression in normality in the regime. I’m sure the sooner, the better.

In any case, since you are doing the right thing, the others are on the bad side of the history. They will lose. You will win. Thank you very much.

British MPs Urge UK Government to hold Regime to Account for Deadly Crackdown on Protesters in Iran’s Khuzestan Province

On July 30, 2021, The British Committee for Iran Freedom (BCFIF) issued a statement in regard to the major protests in the Iranian Khuzestan province against water shortages.

The details of this statement are as follows:

The popular protests against water shortages in Iran’s Khuzestan province began almost two weeks ago and have continued in many cities since despite the regime’s desperate efforts to crack down and stop the protests, including dispatching IRGC units, opening fire on protesters and shutting down the internet in the province. According to reports, at least 12 people have been killed and many more have been injured and arrested.

The protests have also spread to other Iranian cities and provinces with people taking to the streets in solidarity with the protesters in Khuzestan province. People are chanting “Death to dictator” at these popular protests targeting the regime in its entirety. The protests show that the people of Iran see the regime and its corrupt policies as the main cause of crises in the country.

Prof. Lord Alton of Liverpool said: “Since 2019, crackdown on popular protests, killing protesters and cutting off Internet have become more the rule than exception in response to growing popular protest and dissent against the regime.

“The UK Government must strongly condemn this alarming trend and take the lead at the international level to establish a UN investigation into the extrajudicial killing of protesters and execution of political prisoners as a first step to hold the regime and its leaders to account.”

Rt Hon David Jones MP said: “Reports of protesters being killed and injured because of their protests over lack of  access to water are extremely troubling. The regime spends billions of dollars on domestic repression, destabilising the region and exporting terrorism, but is unwilling to address a crisis that affects the fundamental health and well-being of the Iranian people.

“The UK Government put in place the Global Human Rights Sanctions Regulations last year for exactly such circumstances as these and should now use them to impose sanctions on those Iranian leaders and organisations responsible for this gross affront to the most basic of human rights: the right to a supply of water.”

Steve McCabe MP added: “I join colleagues in condemning the deadly crackdown on the protests against water shortages and urge the UK Government to do the same.

“There must be accountability as a notorious human rights abuser, Ebrahim Raisi, is set to take over the presidency in August. And I call on the UK Government to use the Magnitsky sanctions in this regard and to work with allies to secure an international process that ends the impunity regime leaders and officials have enjoyed in the last four decades for killing peaceful protesters and other human rights abuses.”

British Committee for Iran Freedom

30 July 2021

Martin Luther King III’s Remarks to the Free Iran World Summit 2021- July 10, 2021

Martin Luther King III, Human Rights Advocate and Son of Dr Martin Luther King Jr, addressed at the Free Iran World Summit 2021 on July 10, 2021.

Thank you for introducing me and for making my participation in this conference possible. I thank the organizers of the 2021 convention for a free Iran and Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, for your ongoing commitment and your visionary leadership in support of human rights, social justice and democracy.

I am honored that you have invited me to address this historic conference. I am inspired by the vision, courage and dedication of the pro-democracy and human rights movements in Iran. Your freedom coalition, which includes more than 500 organizations and leaders, has persisted with extraordinary dedication against overwhelming oppression, brutality and injustice in Iran.

I am concerned about human rights and the freedom struggle in Iran partly because Iran is one of the largest nations of the world. Only 17 nations have more people, and Iran has more people than any European country.

But the main reason I am concerned about what is happening in Iran is because, as my father, Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” And that remains one of the compelling truths of our times.

And yet, despite the terrible legacy of oppression that the Iranian people have suffered for so many years, I have tremendous confidence that their freedom struggle will prevail. The people of Iran will prevail because their cause is just, their courage is strong, and their vision of a better society is a powerful moral force for democracy and human rights.

And so, I wholeheartedly support legislation in the U.S. congress to promote freedom and human rights in Iran. House resolution 118, which expresses the Iranian people’s desire for a democratic, secular, and nonnuclear republic of Iran, also condemns violations of human rights and state-sponsored terrorism by the Iranian government. This important legislation now has nearly 240 sponsors, and I call on every member of the United States Congress to join in sponsoring this bill.

In addition, I strongly support the ten-point plan for Iran’s future, developed by Maryam Rajavi and other leaders who are resisting the dictatorship in Iran. The stated goals of this plan include genuine democracy and self-determination for all Iranians; freedom of speech and association; ending the death penalty; religious freedom for all Iranians; eradicating discrimination based on gender; establishing an independent judicial system and compliance with the universal declaration of human rights; equal employment opportunities; an end to development of nuclear weapons and all weapons of mass destruction; and a commitment to peaceful coexistence.

These reforms can help chart Iran’s course toward a new era of hope and progress for all of the people of Iran, and they merit the support of people of good will everywhere.

People in Iran and in every nation want freedom, human rights and democracy. And the United States should lead the way in supporting these legitimate aspirations. It is my hope that not only the U.S. Congress, but also the American people will join in supporting this great cause.

I am encouraged by the nonviolent uprisings of the resistance movement in Iran, the boycott of the sham “elections” by a large majority of Iranians and the growing support the Iranian Resistance has received from the international community. The Iranian freedom movement is gathering strength daily, and with the continued support of people of good will around the world, the Iranian people will win freedom and real democracy in due course.

And, as we build the great global coalition in support of freedom, dignity and human rights in Iran, let us embrace the awareness that we are all sisters and brothers in the human family. We are called by our many faiths and philosophies to look out for one another. We are challenged to support our mutual struggles for freedom, justice and equality. And our grand strategy must be to create the world-wide ‘beloved community,’ in which all people can live together in peace and prosperity.

In closing, I was gratified by Maryam Rajavi’s “I have a dream” speech, which affirmed solidarity with my father, Martin Luther King, Jr.’s vision of a world where all people can live together in justice, equality and peace. And today, I want you to know that my father’s dream of hope and brotherhood and sisterhood very much includes the people of Iran.

And so, let us dare to dream of a world where no Iranian child goes to bed hungry at night, a world where every Iranian family has decent shelter, employment for their breadwinners and educational opportunities for its young people. Let us dare to dream about a new era, when the weapons of mass violence are replaced with the plowshares of renewal.

Thank you and may God continue to bless you all.

Fatmir Mediu’s Remarks to the Free Iran World Summit 2021- July 10, 2021

Fatmir Mediu, Chairman of the Republican Party of Albania, addressed at the Free Iran World Summit 2021 on July 10, 2021.

Dear Madame Rajavi, dear friends from Iran, dear friends from around the world, I have been privileged to get to know and work with my friends from Iran and all of you in the great cause of freedom.

Nothing is more important in life than freedom. Thank you for giving me the chance once more to address this extraordinary international conference from across the globe.

Iran is a country of great history, and should be the country of Iranians that want to live in peace and freedom. I should congratulate every Iranian people on the resistance for organizing such a great gathering. The Iranian people have a history of almost half of the century protesting, resisting and sacrificing for the country and freedom. We have seen it in 1999, 2011, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, and more than 1,500 people were killed during the November 2019 popular protest.

First, I believe we should be uniting and condemning all these brutal atrocities of the Iran regime against Iranian people and MEK. But I don’t believe this is enough. Second, we shouldn’t just say great words about the sacrifice of Iranian people, but we should be united and have discussions in our parliament, congress, and we should push our governments to stand strong against brutal atrocities of the regime.

As Albanians who have tried to do our part, and we are still doing our part, not just host our friends from Iran, but stand firm in policy against terrorism. We did expel the Iranian regime ambassador in Albania together with three other diplomats in December 2018 for their engagement blob against MEK in Tehran.

I believe that all agents and mercenaries in the Iranian regime, intelligence, security agencies should be expelled from Albania and the rest of Europe. On April 2021, US Congress supported the resolution No. 118 that was a support for Iranian people’s desire for democratic, secular, and non-nuclear Republic of Iran and condemns violation of human rights the state sponsored terrorism by the Iranian government. The resolution also supports the 10-point plan of Madame Rajavi, NCRI President for free Iran.

Thanks to American congressmen, the Resolution praises positive and important steps of Albanian government expelling multiple Iranian diplomats in response to the news that the regime has also deployed terrorist activities against members of MEK in Albania.

We should work on the same resolutions in our Parliament’s and the European Parliament as well. Recently, Iran had so-called elections. They elected President Raisi that is accused for mass murder and crime against humanity. It makes more obvious the Iranian regime will not stop being against his own people and threat to the rest of the world. Amnesty International in 2021 June 19, Raisi has risen to the present the presidency instead of being investigated for the crimes against humanity of murder and forced disappearance and torture. His grim reminder the impunity reigns supreme in Iran.

As chairman, Republican Party of Albania, I do support NCRI as the alternative to the regime to bring about peace and freedom in Iran. The 10-point plan of Madame Rajavi, the president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran for democratic, secular, and non-nuclear Republic of Iran is the way for free Iran. Once more, thank you very much and God bless you all.

Iran’s Regime Attempts to Suppress Khuzestan Protests Fail

The Netherlands Rally to Support the Khuzestan Uprising. They Called for International Pressure on Iran's Regime- July 26, 2021
The Netherlands Rally to Support the Khuzestan Uprising. They Called for International Pressure on Iran’s Regime- July 26, 2021

Since the protests over water shortages broke out in Khuzestan two weeks ago, the regime has sent in military convoys and opened fire on peaceful demonstrators with live ammunition, but news has been slow to filter out because of strategic internet blackouts across the region.

The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) reported that at least 12 people were murdered in these crackdowns, with those people being named, but warned that this number will rise as more information filters out whenever the internet comes on. The MEK explained that two of these people were just 17 and that five of them were under 30.

Of course, the regime’s attempt to quash the protests through violence has failed. Unsurprising, the people are angered by the murder of their fellow Iranians and the funeral of 17-year-old protester Hadi Bahmani actually spurred new anti-regime protests, as they showed support for those attacked and killed in the initial protests.

In Zanjan, Bojnurd, and other cities, protesters chanted “Iranians die, but we will not accept humiliation” and other slogans that call direct attention to the murders, affirming their intention to remain active in protests, even if the regime will continue to resort to violence.

Iranian Resistance leader Maryam Rajavi tweeted on Monday “Hail to the defiant youths in Tehran”, praising them for sounding the “death knell” of the regime and saying that the “protesters in Tehran display the Iranian people’s firm resolve to establish democracy and national sovereignty”.

This is not the first time that the regime has faced widespread protests. Nationwide uprisings sure to overthrow the mullahs began in 2017, each focusing on issues that were affecting people then and there, but also becoming increasingly political, with people calling for the mullahs to go. Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has even been forced to admit that the MEK was behind the protests, even though the official regime line has been that the MEK has little domestic support.

One of the most major uprisings took place in November 2019, where over 1,500 people were shot dead by the regime’s forces and 12,000 people were arrested, subjected to torture. The coronavirus helped to suppress the people’s anger because they needed to observe social distancing, but there is only so long this can hold out and, obviously, this is the breaking point.

The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) issued a statement on Sunday, July 25, urging “the United Nations Secretary-General, the UN Security Council, the European Union, and its member states to condemn these crimes against humanity” and take steps to hold the regime leaders accountable for similar crimes throughout the regime’s history.

Iran: Causes of the Khuzestan Water Crisis

The Iranian province of Khuzestan is experiencing temperatures above 50 degrees Celsius, the ongoing coronavirus outbreak without adequate vaccines, immense poverty, and a major water shortage that is causing people to die of thirst.

The people of Khuzestan have suffered under the regime for 40 years now, due to the eight-year war with Iraq, destructive policies, and widespread poverty, even though the province is rich in oil facilities and makes up about 14% of the country’s GDP. Now, they face extreme temperatures and a lack of water at the same time, despite having five large rivers running through it.

The Aftab-e Yazd daily wrote: “Khuzestan has not had so many problems overnight that it can be treated overnight. Beyond this issue, one can all government to account from [Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani] to the end of [Hassan] Rouhani’s government, all the governors and MPs of this province and this means that in Khuzestan, ‘we are all to blame!’”

Indeed, many of the supposed reformists are now asking what they did to improve the province when they were in power. (Hint: Nothing.)

Former MP Kianoosh Rad said: “Unfortunately, all post-revolution governments, left and right, reformist and hardliners, have all been involved in transferring water from the Karun tributaries to the central plateau of Iran for consumption in industries.”

While Ahwaz MP Mojtaba Yousefi admitted to the implementation of unscientific water transfer projects in Khuzestan, saying that “Khuzestan witnessed a self-made flood of the Ministry of Energy in 2019 because they wanted to say that Khuzestan has surplus water resources and transfer it”.

All of this has been causing protests all over the province, spreading to other provinces, and gaining attention from all over the world

The French Liberation newspaper quoted an Iranian expert as saying that the drought is not due to drought, but due to the regime’s theft of natural resources, as well as mismanagement which has squandered the available water.

Due to this, former president Mahmood Ahmadinejad announced a few days ago that the regime is considering a “security plan” for Khuzestan.

Ahmadinejad said: “After the [Iran-Iraq] war the Supreme National Security Council approved a plan to prevent any investment in Khuzestan because the development of Khuzestan could cause problems for the government.”

It is clear that the problems in this province and the country as a whole will not be solves while the regime remains in charge.

Rallies by Iranians, Supporters of the MEK in the Netherlands, Sweden, U.S. & Canada in Support of the Khuzestan Uprising

Rallies by Iranians, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran(PMOI/MEK) in the Netherlands, Sweden, the United States and Canada in Support of the Khuzestan Uprising on 25 and 26 July 2021

On 26 July 2021, Iranians, supporters of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran(PMOI/MEK) demonstrate in The Hague in front of the Dutch Parliament in support of the Khuzestan uprising.

Iranian expatriates held a demonstration supporting brave protests throughout Iran that began from Khuzestan province on July 15 and continues to spread to numerous provinces across the country.

July 26, 2021– Also, Iranians, supporters of the MEK demonstrate in the United States, Atlanta in support of the Khuzestan uprising.

In addition, on July 25, 2021, in Sweden(Stockholm), U.S.(Dallas) and Canada(Montreal) Iranians held rallies in support of the Khuzestan uprising.

Crackdown on Iran Water Protests

New protests over water shortages began in Khuzestan two weeks ago on July 15, 2021, but, as is common with protests in Iran, it quickly became about regime change with people chanting slogans like “death to the dictator”, which has become common in anti-regime protests over the past four years.

The Iranian regime has responded to this by opening fire on the protesters, killing at least 12. The names of these 12 martyrs have been published by the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), but as the protests (and oppression by the regime) have increased, the state-run media have been warning that the repression will only increase the people’s hatred of the mullahs.

The Jahan-e Sanat daily said officials were “creat[ing] new crises with their approach to the current crises” and that this “immediate solution” would not actually solve the problem.

At the same time, many international organizations have spoken out about the human rights abuses in Iran, with Amnesty International writing in a statement on July 23 that the security forces “deployed unlawful force” through firing live ammunition at peaceful protesters.

Diana Eltahawy, AI’s Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa, said: “Using live ammunition against unarmed protesters posing no imminent threat to life is a horrifying violation of the authorities’ obligation to protect human life. Protesters in Iran who take to the streets to voice legitimate economic and political grievances face a barrage of gunfire, tear gas, and arrests.”

She continued: “Iran’s authorities have a harrowing track record of using unlawful lethal force. The events unfolding in Khuzestan have chilling echoes of November 2019, when security forces unlawfully killed hundreds of protesters and bystanders but were never held to account. Ending impunity is vital for preventing further bloodshed.” 

Of course, the regime’s human rights violations go back to 1979 and was most prominent during the 1988 massacre of 30,000 political prisoners, something that the international community has failed to investigate. At the end of 2020, following the regime’s refusal to respond to calls for an investigation, seven United Nations Human Rights Experts called for the international community to investigate because impunity has led to more abuse of the Iranian people.

The MEK wrote: “This impunity should end, or it would certainly have a consecutive devastating impact on the Iranian people’s life. The international community should hold the regime to account for the recent human rights violation in Khuzestan and the 1988 massacre. This would certainly end the regime’s grim human rights violations. “