Maryam Rajavi is the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI).
Born December 4, 1953 in Tehran, Rajavi began her political activism nearly four decades ago. Rajavi attended the Sharif University of Technology in Iran where she earned a B.S. in Metallurgy. After serving as an organizer in the anti-Shah student moment for six years, Rajavi joined the social section of the People’s Mojahedin of Iran in 1979. She was a parliament candidate in 1980 and was named joint-leader of the PMOI in 1985, a position she held until 1993 when she became Secretary General. Additionally in 1993, she became the President-elect of the NCRI.
Rajavi believes, “Fundamentalism has become the primary threat to regional and global peace. The mullahs ruling in Iran manipulate the religious beliefs of more than one billion Muslims to expand their rule and export crisis and tension beyond Iran’s borders.”
Maryam Rajavi leads the struggle for democracy in Iran. With thousands of supports, she leads a global campaign that encompasses the most prominent political and social personalities, former senior U.S. officials and military leaders, lawmakers and political dignitaries in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Australia. Some of these officials include Rudy Giuliani, Newt Gingrich and General James Jones. The international recognition and credibility from this campaign has brought the NCRI increased support in fighting for a regime change and democracy in Iran.
At a conference in June 2012, Rajavi led a gathering that featured declarations by more than 4,000 parliamentarians from 40 countries to support the Iranian Resistance. The parliamentarians, which included majorities in the European Parliament, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and 28 national parliaments, called for the providing protection for the residents of Ashraf and Liberty and urged the international community to recognize the National Council of Resistance of Iran.
Rajavi has also successfully fought to remove the PMOI from the terrorist list in Europe and the U.S., and exposing the behind-the-scenes deals to appease the clerical regime. Her efforts led to the delisting of the PMOI in the United Kingdom, the European Union and the United States.
In March 2013, on International Women’s Day, Rajavi released her latest book, entitled “Women Against Fundamentalism” written in French. The book compiles the experiences of women in the Iranian Resistance fighting against Islamic Fundamentalism. In that spirit, women hold key positions in the Iranian Resistance, making up half the members of the NCRI.
In her fight for change and democracy, Maryam Rajavi also is eager to bring attention to Iran's rich, but endangered, artistic and cultural heritage. Many famous performers, filmmakers, artists, painters, sculptors, poets and writers have expressed their support for her platform for a free and secular Iran.
Maryam Rajavi's Speech at solidarity conference of Jordanian parliamentarians with the Iranian Resistance
I call upon Arab and Muslim governments of the region to actively support residents of Liberty and the Iranian people's Resistance, and I hope that esteemed parliamentarians take the initiative for their governments to take this courageous step.
Over the past two months, the mullahs and their lobby abroad have launched a campaign to give the impression that Rouhani will initiate fundamental changes. Through demagoguery and deception and by taking advantage of the weak American and European conducts, they seek to gain fresh concessions from the West and break the sanctions.
The regime is trying to destroy every aspect of the democratic process in the region. Some mistakenly believe that the Iranian regime seeks to impose the domination of Shiites over Sunnis. In reality, however, the regime intends to expand its sphere of influence and hegemony in the region in order to preserve its own fragile grip on power in Tehran.
The regime’s new president is among the senior elements of its war machine and export of terrorism and suppressive apparatus. So far as it concerns the nuclear program and regional meddling, he has no differences with Khamenei and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. And, even in this short period of time, he has spared no opportunity to support the Syrian dictator. We urge Arab governments to avoid harboring any false illusions in this regard and demand a complete halt in relations with the regime. These relationships harm the people of region especially in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine and other countries.
In a meeting On the Occasion of Month of Ramadan, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the Iranian Resistance called on all Muslims to come together in a united front against this regime and the terrorism and fundamentalism that it instigates. She said, “This regime is the enemy of all Muslims and all Arab and Islamic countries and the most formidable enemy of God and the people.”
"Talking about a moderate president in the religious fascism ruling Iran, where the power and all key institutions are controlled by the Supreme Leader, is nothing but deception," Mrs Maryam Rajavi, the president-elect of the Iranian Resistance said.
Fellow Iranians, Resident in Norway
Members and Representatives of Scandinavian-Iranian Associations in Support of the Iranian Resistance
Greetings to you all
I am very happy to be here in your gathering today.
I have come here to warn the international community to not close their eyes to the continued violations of human rights, daily executions, and repeated crimes of the mullahs’ dictatorship in Iran against members of the PMOI, and to its fanning of the flames of sectarian war in the region, under the guise of nuclear talks with this regime.
Conference praised the role of Maryam Rajavi in revealing the anti-Islamic nature of the regime ruling Iran and the misogyny and fundamentalism under the name of Islam
Maryam Rajavi: The campaign to overthrow mullahs’ regime is the struggle of all nations in the region for freedom and liberation from fundamentalism
On Sunday, March 02, on the eve of the International Women’s Day, an international conference was held in the main Headquarters of the Iranian Resistance in Auvers-sur-Oise. Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the Iranian Resistance, and a number of political personalities, women’s rights and human rights activists from various countries, especially from the Middle East, North Africa and Asia, participated in this conference.
NCRI - "If the Iranian regime were to abandon misogyny the ruling theocracy would collapse. Thus, neither Khatami nor Rouhani, who launched a charm offensive of reform and moderation, do not get close to easing the oppression and subjugation of women," Mrs Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the Iranian Resistance said in a speech at the international conference held in Paris on the occasion of the International Women’s Day.
A great number of prominent political, social and art figures, as well as human rights and women’s rights activists from five continents and delegations representing dozens of Iranian women’s associations and organizations throughout Europe and the United States attended the conference.
Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the Iranian Resistance, earlier this week wrote a commentary for Forbes exposing the un-Islamic nature of Islamic fundamentalists who massacre innoncent people in the name of religion.
Mrs. Rajavi pointed out that last week, billions of Muslims around the world celebrated Eid al-Fitr, which marks the joyous end of the holy month of Ramadan. To practicing Muslims of all stripes, Ramadan is a season of compassion, self-betterment and community, values wholly denigrated by the persistence of terrorism and tyranny under the name of Islam.