In a stinging rebuke to Daniel Benjamin’s article critiquing the Mujahidin e-Khalq (MEK), and, by extension, the potential choice of Rudy Giuliani as Trump’s secretary of state, former Democratic Senator for New Jersey, Robert Torricelli, argued that Giuliani had served the U.S. well by participating in a broad coalition of American policy-makers committed to the MEK as a legitimate democratic opposition to the current Iranian regime.
That coalition, Torricelli wrote, “includes two former chairmen of the joint chiefs, two former CIA directors, a former attorney general and the former chairs of both political parties,” and spans the “ideological range,” comprising “everyone from Howard Dean and Patrick Kennedy to Newt Gingrich and John Bolton.”
On Saturday November 26, Al-Arabiya TV published a report regarding a conference held in Paris on Saturday.
The report reads:"the political figures and legal organizations called for the referral of the case to international courts regarding the increasing number of executions in Iran. They also stressed on prosecuting the Iranian authorities who committed killings and mass executions."
20.00: This concludes the live updates to this page about the Paris conference demanding justice for the victims of the #1988massacre in #Iran and the ongoing massacre of innocent people in #Syria.
1. L,In democracies like America, we have learned that tolerance and respect for all religions and individual freedom of religion are essential to a peaceful society.
That is why we agree with the NCRI that the Iran will remain a threat to its neighbors and to its own people so long as the Supreme Leader claims total authority over the nation’s affairs and violates the sovereignty of other countries.
At a conference in the House of Commons on Thursday, 17 November, chaired by Rt Revd John Pritchard, former Bishop of Oxford, cross party MPs, Lords and British religious leaders expressed their serious concerns over the alarming rate of executions in Iran, including public hangings and execution of juvenile offender and women.
Panellists welcomed the adopted resolution on human rights in Iran by the UN General Assembly’s Third Committee on November 15, applauding remarks by Ambassador Martin Shearman, of the UK Mission to the United Nations, that “It remains crucial that we keep a focus on human rights and continue to hold the Iranian Government to account for its human rights record.”
Maryam Rajavi meets Gérard Deprez, President of the Friends of a Free Iran (FOFI) at the European Parliament
Dr. Gérard Deprez, former Belgian Cabinet Minister, President of the Friends of a Free Iran (FOFI) inter parliamentary group at the European Parliament, and Vice-Chairman of the EP's Committee on Budgets, met and held talks with Maryam Rajavi on November 11, 2016, at her residence in Auvers-sur-Oise.
NCRI - At the prospect of a re-writing of US foreign policy towards Iran following Donald Trump's presidential election victory, the Iran lobby in Washington has got to work reports Independent Journal Review(IJR.)
Trita Parsi, founder of the lobby group, the National Iranian American Council (NIAC), and a "vitriolic" critic of Trump, writing in Foreign Policy, claimed that the US could not unilaterally alter the nuclear deal with Iran which lifted some sanctions on the regime. This is false. He also claimed that unhappiness with the deal could lead to Hassan Rouhani’s defeat in next year’s presidential elections. This is to be welcomed given his human rights record.
NCRI - Families of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (MEK/PMOI) martyrs and political prisoners, supporters of (MEK/PMOI), in Tehran, Shahrekord, Tabriz and Mashhad issued statements in support of the political prisoner, Maryam Akbari Monfared... and called for her immediate and unconditional release.
Excerpts of the statement by families of MEK/PMOI martyrs in Mashhad:
On Saturday, 19 November, the Anglo-Iranian community including supporters of the Iranian Resistance, the NCRI and human rights activists will highlight and condemn the alarming rate of executions in Iran at a rally in Trafalgar Square.
The participants will also urge the British government to support the International Campaign for Justice by taking appropriate steps on the international level to bring the perpetrators of the 1988 massacre of political prisoners in Iran to justice.