Thursday, July 7, 2016

Rep. Brad Sherman commends Maryam Rajavi for Iran rights advocacy

NCRI - United States Congressman Brad Sherman (D-CA) who serves in the Foreign Affairs Committee sent a message of solidarity to the Paris-held Iranian resistance rally, called “Free Iran”, scheduled for July 9. He commended Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) for her “advocacy of democracy, human and women’s rights in Iran.”
“Only when ballot box determines who holds power, when both women and men can speak freely and Parties can debate, will the Iranian people be able to govern the country for the benefit of all,” stated Sherman in his video message.
Congressman Sherman also emphasized in his message that the Iranian regime remains an existential threat to the US allies in the Middle East as well as peace in the world.  He expressed his concerns that the mullahs are defying proliferators of terrorism and extremism.
The following is the complete text of Congressman Brad Sherman’s message to the Iranian “Free Iran” rally in Paris.
Hello to my fellow parliamentarians, people of Paris and Madam Rajavi, I am United States Congressman Brad Sherman from California's best named City Sherman Oaks, for 20 years I have served on the Foreign Affairs Committee of the House of Representatives, for the past 20 years I focused on preventing Iran from having a nuclear weapon and on implementing an American foreign policy that reflects our values and our dedication to Human Rights.
I want to commend the MEK for the critical role it played in exposing the Iranian regime's nuclear weapons program. Following the attack on Camp Liberty last year, my colleagues on the House Foreign Affairs committee and I, passed a resolution about demanding the safety of the MEK residents of Camp Liberty, we did this to make it clear to the government of Iraq how serious this issue is and it's need to fulfill its obligations under international law.
The current Iranian regime is not only an existential threat to the US allies in the Middle East and the Peace of the world, but is also a defiant proliferator of terrorism and extremism, I have introduced a bill in the United States Congress, the Iran Revolutionary Guard Corps Sanctions Act to require the U.S. President to block and prohibit all transactions in property and property interests of anyone who knowingly does business with the IRGC, the world must challenge the Iranian regime intensified support for terrorism across the Middle East including Syria, Yemen and Iraq.
I remain committed to ensuring that Iran does not get nuclear weapons that's why I broke with my own political party and opposed the recent Iran nuclear deal, I am sure that the Iranian regime will cheat on that deal and we will then move forward with new sanctions which will force a new policy and hopefully a new regime in Tehran.
I also want to commend Madame Rajavi for her advocacy of democracy, human and women's rights in Iran, only when The Ballot Box determines who holds power, when both women and men can speak freely and Parties can debate, will the Iranian people be able to govern the country for the benefit of all, that is why the commitment of the National Council of resistance of Iran to secular pluralist efforts that respect Liberties, that's why it's just so important, I hope you all enjoy this year's convention. I wish I could be there with you in Paris, I am Congressman Brad Sherman.
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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Iranians in Belgium protest EU’s silence on human rights abuse in Iran

NCRI - About 100 members of Brussels’ Iranian community held a protest in the Belgian capital’s Schuman Square outside the European institutions on Thursday to denounce the silence of the European Union regarding the abysmal human rights violations that are ongoing in Iran. They urged European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini to cancel her planned trip to Iran next week.
The protesters decried the fact that the EU has ignored human rights abuses in Iran since the nuclear negotiations began two years ago. The Iranians said the European Union cannot justify its silence.

According to a report by the Brussels Times, “for the Iranian people what matters most is freedom,” said a protester. “The nuclear agreement is not solving any human rights issues. Europe is defined by its democratic values. It has set them aside while it was negotiating this agreement.”
The protestors pointed out that over 1,800 people have been hanged since Hassan Rouhani became president on August 4, 2013, the report said.
They further underscored that on the day the nuclear agreement was reached last week, basic services such as the provision of food were blocked at Camp Liberty in Iraq which houses thousands of members of Iran’s main opposition group People’s Mojahedin of Iran, PMOI (Mujahedin-e Khalq, MEK). The inhumane blockade by the Iraqi government lasted for five days.
The protesters sent a message of support to the more than 200 teachers who were arrested in Tehran during a protest outside the regime’s Majlis (Parliament) demanding their minimum rights on Wednesday.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Muslim gathering in Paris calls for solidarity against Islamic fundamentalism

A conference hosted by the Iranian resistance in Paris on July 2 aimed at denouncing the Iranian regime’s role in causing sectarian tension in the Middle East region and presenting a solution to the multitude of crises that plague the region. Titled “Democratic and Tolerant Islam vs. Fundamentalist, Religious Dictatorship,” the conference was attended by hundreds of Muslim dignitaries and politicians from various countries across the globe.
Maryam Rajavi named Iran as a stark example where “the ruling mullahs have enchained the nation by unremitting executions, torture of prisoners, amputation of limbs, gouging of eyes, acid attacks on women.” Rajavi drew an analogy between the Iranian regime, ISIS and other extremist groups which share similar traits, including imposing religion by force, establishing tyranny under the name of god, and resorting to terrorism and expansionism under religious pretexts.
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