Malcolm Fowler – A Counterproductive Approach to Iran
London, December 11, 2012 - The next speaker I bring to your attention is an equally distinguished lawyer. Now I was told when I was a middle manager ‘never appoint a lawyer or an accountant to your board and certainly never make them chairman’, but I’m sure these two gentlemen refute that particular advice. Malcolm is a member of the human rights committee of the law society, a great friend of this particular organisation, and why we should be particularly pleased that you should be with us today too.
London, December 11, 2012 - Members of this house, ladies and gentlemen, I am going to say the truth and exactly the truth, the way I lived it in Iraq and in Ashraf and, as I said in the Congress, I'm prepared to say what I am saying or not before any court of law.
In fact, as a matter of propaganda, I was asked to deliver a letter to the Iraqi Government, sort of certifying that they had given advice and medical treatment to the residents against some favours and just for a government to request the United Nations to certify that they are behaving well in Ashraf, against allowing me to access detainees and further issues of human rights.
Brian Binley – To Regime in Tehran, It Is Time to Go
London, December 11, 2012 - Ladies and gentlemen can I say how good it is to be with you again and the particular privilege to play Chair. You may think this is a bit like a bus interchange because people are coming and going its because they have committees to attend and you will understand, and now my Lord Maginnis is about to leave us, a great supporter, thank you sir. As David Amess my colleague and co-Chairman said it is now time to introduce you to my good colleague, back for the same side in the House of Commons but we meet on many, many issues and agree, Steven if you be kind to speak.
Baroness May Blood – Crackdown on Families of the Iranian Opposition
London, December 11, 2012 - Dear Friends, in my remarks I would like to focus on the Iranian regime’s crackdown on the family members of the Iranian opposition, the PMOI members now living in Camp Ashraf.
While protests following 2009 sham presidential elections are a part of history now, dissent in Iran continues to grow. Following is a report of a memorial ceremony honoring dissident blogger Sattar Beheshti who died last month in custody of Iran's Cyber Police.
Mother Protests Son's Death Under Torture
Forty days past Sattar Beheshti's death under torture while in custody of Iranian police, family of the dissident blogger gathered along with a considerable number of Iranian citizens in Robat Karim cemetery near Tehran to honor his memory, yesterday. The ceremony turned into a protest against the clerical regime.
"You killed my guardian, God destroy you," screamed Sattar's mother while walking through the cemetery holding a large picture of her son. "I'm proud of my son. Torturers said he laughed while they were beating him. I'm proud of him." Sattar's sister was accompanying her mother, holding a picture of the victim. She was also screaming that she was proud of her brother.
Paris, December 5 2012 – President of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), which is Iran's opposition in exile, called on France and the European Union Wednesday to "recognize" the "Iranian Resistance" for a regime change in Iran, similar to what has transpired with Syria.
Iran - PMOI Delisting and Prospect of Change in 2013
Paris, November 17, 2012 - At the invitation of the French Committee for a Democratic Iran, a conference was held in Paris on November 17, 2012 to discuss prospect of change in Iran after the delisting of the MeK in the US. Being the first of such conferences after the Secretary Clinton's decision to delist the MeK, the hall was packed and several hundreds were not able to get into the conference hall.
Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, and several US prominent personalities as well as a parliamentary delegation from Egypt and a delegation from the Syrian opposition addressed the conference. Francois Colcombet, a founding member of the French Committee for Democratic Iran made the opening remarks. The conference was chaired by Senator Robert Torricelli.
Paris, November 17, 2012 - Madam Rajavi, distinguished guests and friends of freedom, in the last couple of months we have a won great victory. The MEK has been removed from the US terrorist list. With this delisting the regime in Iran has been put on notice and is one step closer to falling. Freedom is at our doorsteps. The people of Iran will be seeing a new day where fear of the government will no longer be part of their daily lives.
The world will no longer fear in the evil regime holding nuclear weapon. But my friends our struggles are far from over. We have our friends and family in Iraq. They are now being held in the prison camp Liberty and in Ashraf. Our friends and family are under great pressure by the Iranian agents, Iraqi police and army. They continue to be denied the basic human rights and needs. We all enjoy here in our freedom which we take for granted for many days.
Raymond Tanter: The Gold Coin That Comes Out Of Ashraf
Paris, November 17, 2012 - Thank you very much, Friends of Ashraf and Liberty, I say this to you directly because as you know I have been to Ashraf and I will go to Liberty as my colleagues have said. I will go to Liberty and turn it into a Valley Square.
Even before the dissidents have become the rage of this age, the Iran policy committee was studying dissidents. Half a decade ago we started working on this problem and we made significant progress even before the Egyptian, the Tunisian and the Syrian revolt which will eventually happen to our Syrian colleagues, it will happen, faith is the power.
A couple of conclusions that emerged from one of our books called “appeasing the Ayatollahs and supressing democracy,” and I want to thank Allen Gerson who helped formulate that particular title.
Allen Gerson: Delisting Revolutionizes Moral of Iranian Youth
Paris, November 17, 2012 - Ladies and gentleman, it is my great pleasure to address you on this important victory. I would like to describe what we achieved in this victory and what it portends. But let me try, since it’s getting towards the end of a long afternoon, to try to summarize what I think all of the speakers have eluded to and what this is really all about.
It is, I suggest, about humanity. Humanity versus political expediency – humanity is the face of human dignity. Humanity is the face of democracy. Humanity speaks of pluralism. Humanity speaks of liberty. Political expediency and all government have to engage in political expedience, speaks above all else in the mantra of diplomacy. The mantra of diplomacy, as described as the maintenance, above all else, of smooth relations with other countries – all countries, all governments.
John Bolton: MEK Delisting Provides Opportunity for Regime Change in Iran
Paris, November 17, 2012 - Thank you very much, It is obviously a great occasion to celebrate delisting of MEK, a listing that should have never taken place to begin with. All credits to Madam Rajavi and everybody who worked so hard to do that.
The real question is what comes next and the pressure we should feel because of brevity of time that we may have to act is something to focus on. We are at a potentially critical moment throughout the Middle East. In the US we are focused on the assassination of four Americans in Ben Ghazi, on September 11th, the 11th anniversary of first September 11.
Who can say in the time since this meeting began and the time it ends what else would happen in the Middle East, in Syria, in Libya, in Gaze, in Yemen, in Jordan. We are in a point where forces in the region have begun to move beyond the control of governments to influence. I am very much worried that if we don’t cease the opportunity provided by the delisting of MEK to accomplish the objective of regime change in Iran the moment may passes by because the imperative to have an effective opposition is on us right now. It took a long time, too long, to get the terrorist designation lifted and it has limited the time that we may have to effect a regime change.
Mayor Rudy Giuliani: Seeking A Peaceful, Lawful, Democratic, And Non-Nuclear Iran
Paris, November 17, 2012 - Thank you! Thank you senator, thank you! Thank you very very much!
I have to begin by engaging in a very small parochial privilege. The first capital of the United States, the place where George Washington was sworn in as the President of the United States was New York City. Sorry! But that aside, we agree on everything else! [audience laughing with applause]
This is a wonderful meeting and it is a perfect time to do it. Because as the senator pointed out Churchill taught us that at certain points, you reach a stage in a fight and you can adequately describe it as the end of the beginning, and I believe we have done that. When we all came together at first, that all seemed highly impossible, but now, there has been delisting, now there is the ability of this wonderful coalition under Madam Rajavi to be able to advocate all over the world including in the United states. This is a victory that is a very very important one that makes a lot of other things possible. It would not have been possible, as the others pointed out, without your tremendous support.
Patrick Kennedy: A Tiny Ripple Of Hope; Making Possible What Was Impossible
Thank you so much for the honour of being with you, to celebrate what many thought was going to be impossible. And that was to get the U.S Department of States to reverse its position on listing of the FTO and to delist the MEK.
So we are here today to celebrate that. Why? Not only for the reasons that have just been said. Because, the MEK represents the most organized, political, financial organization that is opposed through democratic means to the ruling Mullahs in Tehran.
And it is important if we are ultimately to get the support of the United States congress and the rest of the world behind Maryam Rajavi and the MEK. It is important that we first delist this horrible terror-tag that has plagued the ability of the MEK to do what it is in the interest not only of the people of Iran but to do what is in the interest of all free and loving people and that is to end the tyrannical theocracy that has been brutally repressing the people of Tehran.