Paris, February 20, 2013 - Thank you very much for the kind introduction and for the honour of being here today. 100 years after the faithful days of August 1914 we are reminded of how often France has been on the front line to fight for Liberty and how great the sacrifice has been. And now you are there again.
I am proud that our countries have led the effort to stop the mullahs from obtaining nuclear weapons. And it would be a good policy if the only weapon that Iran threatened the world with was the atomic weapon, and it would be a good policy if the only threat was in the future. But the fact is that Iran is waging war against the world every day and it is not waiting for nuclear weapons. It has waged war against its own people, consuming thousands of lives, for thirty years. It is waging war against the people of Syria, innocent people in Africa, it has consumed thousands of lives in Iraq. Iran is at war with the civilised world, every single day.
Text of Address by Mrs. Maryam Rajavi,
President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
Paris, 2 February 2013 - Dear Friends, Distinguished Guests,
I salute you and the honorable personalities joining us today from the United States, France, Spain, Estonia, Egypt and other countries. On the eve of the anniversary of the anti-monarchic revolution, we honor that usurped revolution and renew our pledge to overthrow the ruling regime in its entirety. When I chose to walk in the path of freedom. I decided to sacrifice my life for freedom
In the stormy seas
The guardian of tyranny
Adeptly fights it out
With the God of Freedom
Indeed, we are committed to bring the current phase, the overthrowing of the ruling theocracy, to a victorious end by relying on our enlightened and courageous people. And it shall be so.
In a few days, we will celebrate the anniversary of February 8, 1982, which is a glorious peak in the history of Iran’s freedom.
Hail to Ashraf Rajavi and Moussa Khiabani and their comrades who fought valiantly on that day and made the ultimate sacrifice. Their perseverance against the religious fascism earned them eternal praise from our nation.
Three decades after the murderous and fundamentalist regime came to power in Iran, extremists are roaming free in the four corners of the world, from Indonesia on the shores of the Pacific to Central Asia and to West Africa.
Let me begin by asking these questions:
Was the spread of fundamentalism in such dimensions not containable?
Was the result of the Arab Spring inevitable? And if not, what is the solution?
How did Islamic fundamentalism assume power in Iran?
Geneva, February 28, 2013 - Allow me to underline what is the most striking or interesting feature on this terrorist attack. The Iraqi Chapter of Hezbollah has not refrained from no effort to claim that they did orchestrated and did this attack under the instructions dictated by the supreme leader of Iran.
This is very peculiar because as you all know, Hezbollah, either in Lebanon, Iraq or other countries normally do not associate themselves with such terrorist attacks. But this time, they actually made the effort to announce to the international community that they did commit this crime. Of course, nobody doubts their claim, but by doing so, they are trying to keep the fiction that Nouri al Maleki is not responsible for this attack.
Geneva, February 28, 2013 - Thank you Mr President. Thank you Madam President. It was really a painful experience for me, three years and a half I spent in Iraq, a very injuring experience. My sister next to me (Ms. Zanjani) was one of the victims that I was there personally, in Ashraf, to persuade her to leave and to go look after herself in Canada. And she firmly refused my offer to help sending her for treatment in Canada. But my job in Iraq as chief of human rights was to promote and protect human rights. My job in Iraq, as advisor to the Special Representative of the Secretary General (SRSG) is to advise him on the right path for finding a dignified way for the Ashrafis to get out of that situation and I must admit that I think I failed in both missions, because I did not protect and I did not really change much on the ground in Ashraf. But the reality is that I witnessed a lot and I could tell you that the experience I went through, it is extremely difficult to summarize it in a few minutes but I'll make sure that I won't be too long
Geneva, February 28, 2013 - Thank you very much Mr. President and Madam Rajavi. This morning, here in the Palais de Nations the Deputy Foreign Minister for Iran, Mr. Mohammad Mehdi Akhundzadeh made a speech in which he said: Iran’s commitment to the protection of and promotion of human rights is steadfast. Tell that to these people, hanging from cranes in public executions. Tell it to the people who have suffered lapidation, rape, amputations, floggings, and torture.
Mr. Akhundzadeh, the Deputy Foreign Minister from Iran knows Geneva well. He was sent here by the mullahs in 1990 as part of a team who assassinated Dr. Kazem Rajavi, the brother-in-law of Mrs. Rajavi. And the police have his name on records here. They want to interrogate him about that offense, and he returns here disgracefully today, rewarded for his service to the mullahs by being given a ministerial office and coming to Geneva to lecture us about human rights. This is an outrage.
Geneva, February 28, 2013 - Good afternoon my dear friends. I am happy to be with you again this afternoon and despite the sadness and the sorrow I feel for the victims of that murderous rocket attack, I’m nevertheless encouraged by the fact that you, the representative of the democratic opposition in Iran, and in my view, the true representatives of the people of Iran, are more committed than ever to continue the struggle for justice and freedom and for democratic change in Iran.
And this strong commitment and strong inspirit is the result of the leadership of President Rajavi that I appreciate highly and highly admire. My friends, last time when we met us in Paris, I was more optimistic than today. The decision that our American friends would remove MEK from their blacklist was imminent, we knew it was coming; it was something like a visible silver lining, and we believed that perhaps a solution could be found for the safety and protection of the Ashrafis.
Geneva, February 28, 2013 - A little less than two years ago I had the great pleasure of meeting Madam Rajavi, her support staff in Paris and many of you, many supporters of the MEK in Geneva, in Paris, in Washington, in New York, in Los Angeles and I became unofficial member of a group called Friends of MEK. You have heard today from ambassador Bolton who has done a great job, former Congressman Kennedy, also people whom you recognize, mayor Giuliani the mayor of New York, Louis Freeh former director of FBI, Michael Mukasey a judge and former attorney general of the US, my predecessor as governor Tom Ridge who went on to be the first secretary of the homeland security after 9/11, Howard Dean former governor of Vermont and presidential candidate, and many others too numerous to name including 4 generals who served in Iraq and got to know the MEK and residents of Ashraf very well.
Geneva, February 28, 2013 - Let me start by paying tribute to Dr. Taher Boumedra for his courage. I am very impressed that you have the courage to stand up against the leadership of UNAMI and testified at US congress afterwards. It was a great pleasure to watch your testimony in front of the members of US congress. Thank you for what you did.
Madam Rajavi, ladies and gentlemen, We are on historic ground here not only because the Geneva conventions were born here but also because of the idea of promoting human rights and peace in Europe after WW2 was born in Switzerland.
When Winston Churchill came to Switzerland after WW2, he said we needed a United States of Europe and the result was the council of Europe, the European declaration of human rights which later became the international convention of human rights.
Geneva, February 28, 2013 - Madam Rajavi just spoke so eloquently about the legacy of what brings us here today. She spoke about her personal legacy, that of her family members who have been part of the struggle to free the people of Iran from this brutal dictatorship. She talked about what brings us to Geneva, the legacy of human rights, the legacy of protecting refugees. In a sense, we are all heir to that legacy if we believe that there is an alternative to violence. Today in the world the international community thinks that the only final option to the intransigent of the Iranian mullahs to suspend their nuclear ambition is a military option; today in Geneva we commit ourselves to a different option; we commit ourselves to a non-violent option; a political option and that is to recognize and support the main Iranian Resistance to the mullahs in Tehran, the PMOI/MEK as the legitimate future.
Geneva, February 27, 2013 - Thank you Madame President. In fact, I was not expected to talk to you because I have not prepared a paper.
But I just want to read today what has been said by everybody and I want to underline the fact that everything that happened in Ashraf and Liberty, they’re not secret to the United Nations.
We have planned very carefully the procedure of evicting Ashraf, which is there for 26 years to a prison-like which is camp Liberty. In doing so, the United Nations, UNAMI in particular, knows exactly the consequences. But I could tell you that the consequences were premeditated and the clans that took place, particularly recently in camp Liberty were, premeditated under the person who should be held accountable, is quite well-known.
Geneva, February 28, 2013 - Thank you. Thank you very much. We meet here today as five permanent members of the security council and Germany have just finished two days of negotiations with the representatives of the regime in Tehran over the regime’s nuclear weapons program and we are in the middle of I am afraid a potentially catastrophic mistake in a proposal that was offered to the regime that would give it relief from the economic sanctions that was imposed on the regime and legitimize its nuclear weapons program. I hope this is not going to happen because it would represent both the strengthening of the regime and the likelihood of bringing nuclear weapons into its hands.
I want today to focus on the situation of the refuges in camp Liberty. Many people around the world wonder why the United Nations is so unpopular in the United States I am going to explain why using camp Liberty and the treatment of the Iranian refuges in Iraq as a case study and a scientific study on how UN does things wrong. What we are seeing now in respect to the treatment of the people in camp Liberty is the systemic failure of the United Nations and its entire system the UN assistance mission in Iraq acts as a paid agent of the Al Maliki government in Baghdad. UN High Commissioner for refugees and the under secretary general for coordinating humanitarian assistance in New York are failing to uphold their mandates and the UN system as a whole is once again being discredited. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon someone whom I have known personally for 20 years I think is not fully informed about what is happening but in any event is making a huge mistake on his own behalf and on behalf of the UN if he does not correct matters instantly.
Thank you very much, Ambassador. That film of course was very difficult to watch but if that doesn't get you angry and get you outraged then you have no sense of justice. You have no sense of fairness or a sense of decency.
The seven people you see here these are all human lives. Those are some of the bodies you saw laying there. None of these people had to die. This did not have to happen. It should not have happened. This was totally preventable. And these people were killed not by some accident or by some misfortune. These people were killed because of very very wrong decisions that were made by the United Nations and the United States. And for that I really am ashamed.
Let me tell you some of the background of this. Some of you know it in great detail and some of you don't know it at all. The attack on Feb 9th occurred just as we were about to have a session in Washington discussing this. We were all shocked to find out about this but I can't say we were all surprised because this has been coming for some time. The possibility of this has been coming for some time. All of these people have been in Iraq for some time at Camp Ashraf, which was a camp that developed over some 20 year plus period. It was a camp that was a decent place to live. Mostly made decent by them; by their own work, their own money. It was a place that wasn't entirely safe; there had been two attacks by the Iraqi military at the behest of the Iranian government. There have been two attacks on the facility and people have been killed. But because it was a large space and because there were permanent structures, there had been places built to protect against bombings. It was difficult for people to be killed in camp Ashraf. In fact the only way to invade camp Ashraf with Iraqi troops and have them mow the people down in the streets. Something that can be photographed, something that can be seen. And something that the Iraqi government had to pay a very very heavy price for. So instead of having these people remain there, being allowed to remain there, while they were being hopefully sent to other places under the auspices of the United Nations, the Iraqi government and the UN and the US Department of State required that they be moved from that facility to what you saw, something called camp liberty.
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.