Reporter: US vice-president? Joe Biden? says he is prepared to engage in direct talks with Iran over its contentious nuclear program but only if Iranian were serious. Meanwhile in Paris? dignitaries from across the world have been meeting to discuss regime change in Iran. Howard Dean is there. He is the former chairman of US democratic national committee and he ran for the 2004 democratic presidential nomination. I asked him first about Mr. Biden’s comments.
Howard Dean: It is always a good thing to talk? but I will be very much against lifting any of the sanctions? I think the sanctions got to be stronger. Talking with Iran in the past has provided absolutely nothing. So? while I am always willing to talk? I think we have to assume that they are going to talk in bad shape as they have in the past.
Conference emphasizes need to adopt resolute policy toward clerical regime, recognize Iranian Resistance, support 10-point plan of Maryam Rajavi, return Liberty residents to Ashraf
On Saturday, February 2, on the eve of the thirty-fourth anniversary of the Anti-Monarchy revolution in Iran, on the invitation of the French Committee for a Free Iran, an international conference was held in Paris, titled “Anniversary of Revolution, Change in 2013”, where many prominent dignitaries from France, Europe, United States and parliamentary delegations from Egypt, Spain, Czech Republic and Estonia participated and offered speeches.
Paris, February 2, 2013 - Dear Madame Rajavi, members of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, members of the French Committee for Democratic Iran, ladies and gentlemen, dear Iranian friends, many nice words and wise words have already been said, and it is difficult to add. Iran as a country and Iranian people as a nation among others have a great and rich culture. The great history and the dignity of Iranian people are well known and admired. As other civilized nations, Iranian people have the full right to free self-determination, peace, freedom, rights and civil liberties, legitimate democratic government established by popular vote. Things which are so evident and natural for a majority of world nations are unfortunately not available for present day Iranian people. If people are murdered and executed, there is no right to life. If people are tortured, inhumanely treated, corporally punished and mutilated, if they are prosecuted for their religion and convictions, freedom of expression there is no freedom. No equality, no civil society, no democracy. No nation merits such conditions and treatment. These medieval violations of human rights accompanied with nuclear threats to outside world must not continue. Those who are responsible must be brought to justice.
Paris, February 2, 2013 - Dear Madame Rajavi, dear colleagues, dear women and men of the Iranian nation, let me politely greet you on behalf of the Parliament of the Czech Republic. I am coming from the country of Vaclav Havel so thank you dear colleagues for many beautiful words about Vaclav Havel. Czech Republic, Czechoslovakia in the past, knows the time of the totalitarian regime [0:00:39]. We remember hundreds of deaths, tortured and jailed people in the Czechoslovakia. We know the statement that (at present) state regime which is repressing the human rights of hundreds of thousands of its citizens. We are the bearer of what these are capable of. Citizens of my country lived in such a state almost half a century. Several members of my family were imprisoned. Even one of them died in a consequence of the jail. We have been living in a free country, Czech Republic, since more than 20 years. We do belong in a united Europe which is bringing the (sureness) of peace and cooperation. Yes, we create the rules together. These rules and regulations are not accepted with pleasure sometimes, but still in a way of the democratic rules and respect to the human rights, rule of law, and independent justice. We are proud of the Nobel Prize for Peace that the European Union received.
Paris, February 2, 2013 - Thank you. Thank you very much. Thank you. [French and Spanish] That's all I know in both languages. I want to just a personal note, I have been attending these events for two years and I have seen the growth not just in terms of numbers and intensity of the support and the crowds and the leadership. It's my honor to be with so many distinguished political leaders from Eastern Europe, Western Europe, the United States, Republican party, Democratic party, presidential candidates, Madame Rajavi. I also note the enormous strength of your movement and how stronger it has become in the last two years and the intensity and strength of the crowds. And I have noticed that the women are the loudest and the most passionate. [applause]
I want to make six points. Because the issues relating to humanitarian factors and Camp Liberty and Camp Ashraf there are more experts that are able to speak about those conditions and the role of the United Nations. And I think we need to listen to that humanitarian component, and in particular I want to thank Colonel Wes martin who keeps us all every day informed, almost every day [applause] of what is happening. I also want to thank Colonel Martin—he's from my state of New Mexico, and we're different political parties but when I was attacked in my state who came to the rescue but Colonel Martin. And Wes, I appreciate that. It shows the strength of the movement, thank you. [applause] As well my thanks for the staff of Madame Rajavi, both here in Paris and [0:03:05] who helped me in Washington. I love to say his name. [applause]
Paris, February 2, 2013 - As dramatic change continues to race across the Middle East, there’s a secret war going on in Washington and in other capitols of the world on the future of policy towards Iran—the most strategically important and dangerous country in the region. Now, the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence and Security, the MOIS, is fully engaged in this battle. In fact, they’re probably directing it. They suborn America and other countries’ media, think tanks, and even the general public. Now even in ancient times nations and governments, even communities, have relied on intelligence as an essential guide to statecraft. For example, the Persian Empire, the moguls of India, and even the city state of Venice, Italy utilized intelligence in a systematic manner as an essential feature of the government. And it’s evident from these histories that there are different objectives. Intelligence was always supposed to be a reflection of the culture and the value system of a society. In the past, some of that was used for conquest to vanquish enemies, but when the modern state evolved, a fundamental change occurred in the nature of intelligence as an instrument of the government.
Paris, February 2, 2013 - Madame president, honorable guests, ladies and gentlemen, the video clip that you have just seen has revived on me very painful experience. It was me who first visited Ashraf and did the body count. I reported what I saw on the ground and UNAMI did not show any interest in making the report public. I had to make the report public through irregular, unusual way of reporting. And I passed the report to Geneva that made it public. It is [0:00:51] (history). [applause]
Now I would like to share some experience with you very briefly just to tell you how sometimes good intentions turn to bad ones and end up with people being sent to prisons. Indeed, the first idea of drafting and signing an MOU with the government of Iraq, it was mine. And we did it with the best of intentions is to give a status to the Ashrafis, to find a way out with dignity. Unfortunately this idea was hijacked and used indeed to send people to a detention center. But I would like to share some ideas with you with this MOU, the memorandum of understanding signed with the government of Iraq. First, we drafted it so that we give protection to the Ashrafis. But [0:02:17] intervention in this process made it a process, an MOU for persecution, not protection. The first thing for those who didn't see the MOU, there was no reference to humanitarian law. In fact it was crossed from the draft. No reference whatsoever to humanitarian law, international humanitarian law is unacceptable for the government of Iraq.
Paris, February 2, 2013 - Thank you very, very much. It's a pleasure to be with you again. I flew in last night from Washington where John Kerry was in his first day as the new United States Secretary of State taking over for my former boss, Hillary Clinton, someone who like Madame Rajavi also provides an extraordinary example for women in the world. Now, on Secretary Kerry's to-do list there are some significant challenges. There is the emerging crisis in Mali, and I wish to pay tribute to the French government for its intervention in Mali and the success that it has achieved thus far. There are several countries in transition—Tunisia, Egypt and Libya—and it is difficult to determine at any one moment whether they're moving forward, sideways or backwards. We know that their democratic development will not proceed in a straight line and will be the work of a generation. And I completely agree with the comments made a moment ago that there is a real danger that these revolutions are being hijacked away from the women who in Tahrir Square and other places have called for a change in their respective countries. There is the tragedy that continues to unfold in Syria, with the accompanying challenge of developing an effective Syrian opposition building up its credibility and legitimacy both outside and particularly inside the country. Iran has been a significant factor in protecting the existing government despite a death roll that now has risen above 70,000 people killed with hundreds of thousands displaced either inside Syria or in neighboring states such as Turkey or Jordan. And let me join in saluting the courage and determination of the Syrian opposition in confronting this extraordinary violence perpetrated by the Assad government with the help of the Iranian government. [applause] Their courage is extraordinary, as we know, shared by the people at Camp Ashraf and Camp Liberty.
Paris, February 2, 2013 - Thank you very much. Thank you. Thank you for your very kind introduction. I want to thank Madame Rajavi for her extraordinary speech. And I ask after you've heard the speech of Madame Rajavi, who do you think should be president of Iran, Ahmadinejad or Madame Rajavi? [applause] [chanting] Those values of gender equality, of separation of mosque and state, freedom, of abolishing the death penalty, those are not just Iranian values. Those are American values and we should be supporting those who wish to spread democratic values around the world.
Paris, February 2, 2013 - Thank you, very, very much. And I have to confess that that does make me feel welcome, so I'm grateful. Callista and I are delighted to be with you today. This is the fourth time I have worked with you, and in the short time I've been directly involved we have seen progress, for example, in your legal status in the United States—progress that did not seem possible a few years ago. Things are developing. It was totally appropriate that your master of ceremonies it eh attorney who first took up the case and who in the last 11 years has made such a difference in making sure that the world understands that this is a movement for freedom, for democracy, for equality, not a movement for terrorism. And so I commend your master of ceremonies for the great work he did. And I commend your leader for the extraordinary courage she has shown in standing up to a dictatorial regime quite capable of killing, torturing and assassinating. It is an honor to be with you today. [applause]
Paris, February 2, 2013 - Good evening all to you. It's really an honor to stand here. And first of all maybe I'd like to give best wishes from Estonian Parliamentarians who couldn't attend in this event, and best wishes all to you and to Mrs. Maryam Rajavi as well. I take the risk to say that Estonians really understand what Iranian people are living through nowadays. And it's very simple way, because we lived under Soviet occupation five decades, more than 50 years under Soviet Russian occupation. Russia, which is now ally of mullah regime in Europe. So, with killings, executions, deportation and huge, huge pressure from the regime. And I think that every people, every single person of free world must even try to understand the difficulty of fighting against dictatorship, against criminal regime. And I think everyone must try to support these kind of fightings. And I think everyone in here agrees that Iranian regime, what it is today, is a great danger to the whole, whole world. We must remember it. If every day people are executed, (systematically) killed, that's not normal. You know, dictatorships and dictators are like cancer or AIDS, we can't live peacefully in the world when regime like mullah regime, Iran, continues its existence. It must be stopped. [applause]
Paris, February 2, 2013 - My brothers, my sisters, I thank you. Before I start I'd like to do the same thing I've done the past two times, to make a point to all our guests here. Everybody in this room who has a loved one—a brother, a sister, a son, a daughter, a father, a mother—at Camp Ashraf or Camp Liberty, please stand. Members of the panel, this is how real the situation is. Here are the people who have a very strong, vested interest of the situation at Camp Liberty and Camp Ashraf, and I share with you. They are my brothers and my sisters there as well and we need to fight to get them out. [applause] Thank you, thank you.
Albert Einstein was correct when he stated, "The world is a dangerous place to live not because of the people who are evil but because of the people who do not do anything about it." The residents of Liberty and Ashraf dedicated themselves to correcting the evil that had taken over the government of Iran. Unfortunately, the residents have become victims of that evil, and that evil now controlling the government of Iraq. Meanwhile, covering their ears, eyes and mouth, we have the United Nations, the United States State Department and Western media seeing no evil, hearing no evil, and speaking no evil.
December 19, 2012 - Mrs. Rajavi, President-elect of the Iranian Resistance? visits Spain to gain support for a policy of regime change towards Iran. In her first visit to Spain, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the Iranian Resistance, entered Madrid on Monday December 17 for a few days visit at the invitation of members of the Chamber of Deputies and Senate of Spain. On Tuesday, Mrs Rajavi presented an assessment of Iran crisis as well as its prospects and solutions in the Human Rights Committee of the Chamber of Deputies and the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Senate.
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