NCRI - The annual Iran Freedom rally in Paris on June 13, 2015 was the largest international pro-democracy gathering for Iran. Iranians and their international supporters declared their support for Iranian opposition leader Maryam Rajavi’s 10-point plan for a future free Iran and reiterated that in order to defeat Islamic fundamentalism there needs to be regime change in Iran. More than 600 international political dignitaries, including 120 lawmakers from 60 countries, attended in support of the political platform of Iran’s Parliament in exile, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI). They also demanded international protection for members of Iran’s main opposition group, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI or Mujahedin-e Khalq, MEK), in Camp Liberty, Iraq. Here are highlights of the event in the Villepinte convention center in pictures.

 

Iranian opposition leader Maryam Rajavi stands next to a memorial for 120,000 ‘martyrs of freedom in Iran’ during grand gathering in Parc des Expositions exhibition center on June 13, 2015 in Villepinte

Iranian opposition leader Maryam Rajavi stands next to a memorial for 120,000 ‘martyrs of freedom in Iran’ during grand gathering in Parc des Expositions exhibition center on June 13, 2015 in Villepinte 


Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran speaks during major Iran Freedom rally in Parc des Expositions exhibition center on June 13, 2015 in Villepinte

 Maryam Rajavi greets supporters in Iran Freedom rally on June 13, 2015 in Paris' Villepinte exhibition center.

 

Top Iranian opposition leader Maryam Rajavi is cheered by supporters during mass rally for democratic change in Iran in Parc des Expositions exhibition center on June 13, 2015 in Villepinte

Top Iranian opposition leader Maryam Rajavi is cheered by supporters during mass rally for democratic change in Iran in Parc des Expositions exhibition center on June 13, 2015 in Villepinte.

 

Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran speaks during major Iran Freedom rally in Parc des Expositions exhibition center on June 13, 2015 in Villepinte

Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) speaks during major Iran Freedom rally in Parc des Expositions exhibition center on June 13, 2015 in Villepinte.

 

Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran speaks during major Iran Freedom rally in Parc des Expositions exhibition center on June 13, 2015 in Villepinte

 Rajavi gestures to supporters in major Iran Freedom rally.

 

Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran speaks during major Iran Freedom rally in Parc des Expositions exhibition center on June 13, 2015 in Villepinte

Rajavi: 'We can and we must.'

 

Iranian supporters of the People’s Mujahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) and their international supporters condemn human rights abuses, nuclear proliferation and sponsorship of terrorism by Iran’s regime and urge the international community to recognize Iran’s Parliament-in-exile, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI)

Iranian supporters of the People’s Mujahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) and their international supporters condemn human rights abuses, nuclear proliferation and sponsorship of terrorism by Iran’s regime and urge the international community to recognize Iran’s Parliament-in-exile, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI).

 

Iranians chant “Down with the dictator in Iran” in grand gathering in Parc des Expositions exhibition center on June 13, 2015 in Villepinte

Iranians chant “Down with the dictator in Iran” in grand gathering in Parc des Expositions exhibition center on June 13, 2015 in Villepinte.

  

International political dignitaries and lawmakers attend Iran Freedom rally in Paris alongside Iranian opposition leader Maryam Rajavi in support of the political platform of Iran’s Parliament in exile, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI). They demand international protection for members of Iran’s main opposition group, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI or Mujahedin-e Khalq, MEK) in Camp Liberty, Iraq. 

 

More than 600 international political dignitaries, including 120 lawmakers from 60 countries, attend Iran Freedom rally in support of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) and demand United Nations protection for members of Iran’s main opposition group, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI, or Mujahedin-e Khalq, MEK) in Camp Libety, Iraq

More than 600 international political dignitaries, including 120 lawmakers from 60 countries, attend Iran Freedom rally in support of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) and demand United Nations protection for members of Iran’s main opposition group, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI, or Mujahedin-e Khalq, MEK) in Camp Libety, Iraq.

  

 "We can and we must." Mass rally for democracy in Iran with Maryam Rajavi

 

Rajavi speaks during major Iran Freedom rally in Parc des Expositions exhibition center on June 13, 2015 in Villepinte

 Rajavi speaks during major Iran Freedom rally in Parc des Expositions exhibition center on June 13, 2015 in Villepinte.

 

Young Iranians rally behind opposition leader Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the NCRI, in Iran Freedom rally on June 13, 2015 in Paris (Villepinte)

 Young Iranians rally behind opposition leader Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the NCRI, in Iran Freedom rally on June 13, 2015 in Paris (Villepinte).

 

Young Iranians rally behind opposition leader Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the NCRI, in Iran Freedom rally on June 13, 2015 in Paris (Villepinte)

 Young Iranians rally behind opposition leader Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the NCRI, in Iran Freedom rally on June 13, 2015 in Paris (Villepinte).

 

 Young Iranians support opposition leader Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the NCRI, in Iran Freedom rally on June 13, 2015 in Paris (Villepinte)

  Young Iranians support opposition leader Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the NCRI, in Iran Freedom rally on June 13, 2015 in Paris (Villepinte).

 

Rep. Robert Pittenger of the US House Committee on Financial Services, in major Iran Freedom rally in Parc des Expositions exhibition center on June 13, 2015 in Villepinte, condemns human rights abuses, nuclear proliferation and sponsorship of terrorism by Iran’s regime

 Rep. Robert Pittenger of the US House Committee on Financial Services, in major Iran Freedom rally in Parc des Expositions exhibition center on June 13, 2015 in Villepinte, condemns human rights abuses, nuclear proliferation and sponsorship of terrorism by Iran’s regime.

 

 Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, Chairman of the US House Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia and Emerging Threats: I see a day when elections will be held in Iran and the mullahs won’t be choosing the candidates. I see a day when Iran will rejoin the family of nations of free people. I see a day when the people of Camp Liberty will be welcomed home as heroes into a free Iran. Today, it is my honor to join you in reminding the corrupt and brutal mullahs who control Iran today that their day is coming and it will come soon

 Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, Chairman of the US House Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia and Emerging Threats: I see a day when elections will be held in Iran and the mullahs won’t be choosing the candidates. I see a day when Iran will rejoin the family of nations of free people. I see a day when the people of Camp Liberty will be welcomed home as heroes into a free Iran. Today, it is my honor to join you in reminding the corrupt and brutal mullahs who control Iran today that their day is coming and it will come soon.

 

Delegation of top former US officials addresses major Iran Freedom rally in Parc des Expositions exhibition center on June 13, 2015 in Villepinte. They read out bi-partisan text signed by 38 former senior US officials supporting the democratic 10-point plan of opposition leader Maryam Rajavi for a future free Iran. They say that in order to stop nuclear proliferation in Iran and defeat Islamic fundamentalism there needs to be support for Iran’s Parliament-in-exile, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), to bring about regime change. They also call on the Obama administration to live up to its legal obligation of protecting thousands of members of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) in Camp Liberty, Iraq

 Delegation of top former US officials addresses major Iran Freedom rally in Parc des Expositions exhibition center on June 13, 2015 in Villepinte. They read out bi-partisan text signed by 38 former senior US officials supporting the democratic 10-point plan of opposition leader Maryam Rajavi for a future free Iran. They say that in order to stop nuclear proliferation in Iran and defeat Islamic fundamentalism there needs to be support for Iran’s Parliament-in-exile, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), to bring about regime change. They also call on the Obama administration to live up to its legal obligation of protecting thousands of members of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) in Camp Liberty, Iraq.

 

Former Canadian Prime Minister Kim Campbell in major Iran Freedom rally in Parc des Expositions exhibition center on June 13, 2015 in Villepinte, supports establishment of human rights in Iran

Former Canadian Prime Minister Kim Campbell in major Iran Freedom rally in Parc des Expositions exhibition center on June 13, 2015 in Villepinte, supports establishment of human rights in Iran.

 

Group photo of Canadian dignitaries at major Iran Freedom rally in Parc des Expositions exhibition center on June 13, 2015 in Villepinte

Group photo of Canadian dignitaries at major Iran Freedom rally in Parc des Expositions exhibition center on June 13, 2015 in Villepinte.

 

David P. Smith, Canadian Senator: Rouhani is not a moderate. Executions are at their highest levels since the 1980s. We believe that the fundamental freedoms are all contained in Mrs Rajavi's 10-point plan. I have read it numerous times, and I can say all the political parties in Canada would support these basic democratic objectives

David P. Smith, Canadian Senator: Rouhani is not a moderate. Executions are at their highest levels since the 1980s. We believe that the fundamental freedoms are all contained in Mrs Rajavi's 10-point plan. I have read it numerous times, and I can say all the political parties in Canada would support these basic democratic objectives.

 

Group photo: Maryam Rajavi with delegation from Arizona, US.

Group photo: Maryam Rajavi with delegation from Arizona, US.

 

 Maryam Rajavi greeting US dignitaries and lawmakers.

 Maryam Rajavi greeting US dignitaries and lawmakers.

 

Mrs. Rajavi with European dignitaries

 Mrs. Rajavi with European dignitaries.

 

 General George Casey, former Commander of the Multi-National Force Iraq (2004-2007) and Chief of Staff of the US Army until 2011, and Gen. James T. Conway, a four-star former Commandant of the US Marine Corps, address major Iran Freedom rally in Villepinte on Saturday, June 13, 2015

 General George Casey, former Commander of the Multi-National Force Iraq (2004-2007) and Chief of Staff of the US Army until 2011, and Gen. James T. Conway, a four-star former Commandant of the US Marine Corps, address major Iran Freedom rally in Villepinte on Saturday, June 13, 2015.

 

Front row, from left: Linda Chavez, former White House director of public liaison; Judge Michael Mukasey, the 81st Attorney General of the US; John Bolton, former US ambassador to the UN and under-secretary of state for arms control. Second row: Kenneth Blackwell, former Cincinnati mayor and US ambassador to the UN human rights commission

Front row, from left: Linda Chavez, former White House director of public liaison; Judge Michael Mukasey, the 81st Attorney General of the US; John Bolton, former US ambassador to the UN and under-secretary of state for arms control. Second row: Kenneth Blackwell, former Cincinnati mayor and US ambassador to the UN human rights commission.

 

US dignitaries attend Iran Freedom rally alongside Mrs. Rajavi

 US dignitaries attend Iran Freedom rally alongside Mrs. Rajavi.

 

Frances Townsend, former Homeland Security ‎Advisor to President George W. Bush: Supporting ‎the Iranian Resistance is the missing part of the US ‎administration policy. ... Ms. Maryam Rajavi precisely represents the ‎genuine opposition to Iran’s fundamentalist ‎clerics

 Frances Townsend, former Homeland Security ‎Advisor to President George W. Bush: Supporting ‎the Iranian Resistance is the missing part of the US ‎administration policy. ... Ms. Maryam Rajavi precisely represents the ‎genuine opposition to Iran’s fundamentalist ‎clerics.

 

Howard Dean, former US Democratic Party chairman and former Governor of Vermont: America did not keep its promise to Camp Liberty residents

Howard Dean, former US Democratic Party chairman and former Governor of Vermont: America did not keep its promise to Camp Liberty residents.

 

John Bolton, former US Ambassador to the UN: This is despite the fact there’s simply no evidence that the people of Iran want the ayatollahs to have nuclear weapons. The idea that this is a matter of pride for the Iranian citizens is propaganda from the regime. The NCRI platform has long made it clear that in a democratic Iran there would be no nuclear weapons, no weapons of mass destruction. The MEK over time has done more to make the world aware of the clandestine nuclear weapons program of the ayatollahs than anyone else

John Bolton, former US Ambassador to the UN: This is despite the fact there’s simply no evidence that the people of Iran want the ayatollahs to have nuclear weapons. The idea that this is a matter of pride for the Iranian citizens is propaganda from the regime. The NCRI platform has long made it clear that in a democratic Iran there would be no nuclear weapons, no weapons of mass destruction. The MEK over time has done more to make the world aware of the clandestine nuclear weapons program of the ayatollahs than anyone else.

 

James Woolsey, former director of the CIA: We do not have, in my judgment, a reasonable chance of persuading the ayatollahs to agree with us on any sensible approach toward nuclear weapons. The agreement that is being negotiated is worse than worthless, and will only add to the impetus behind moving toward more and more nuclearization of the Middle East as well as the outside world. We need to stop that

James Woolsey, former director of the CIA: We do not have, in my judgment, a reasonable chance of persuading the ayatollahs to agree with us on any sensible approach toward nuclear weapons. The agreement that is being negotiated is worse than worthless, and will only add to the impetus behind moving toward more and more nuclearization of the Middle East as well as the outside world. We need to stop that.

 

Aneesa Ahmed, former Deputy Minister of Women's Affairs in Maldives: To my sisters and brothers in Camp Liberty I express my full support and solidarity with you and I assure you that I will do whatever I can for your safety and rights. Mrs. Rajavi, I salute you for your courage and steadfastness in fighting for democracy and human rights. You are an inspiration to all women and us Muslim women in particular. Indeed, you have become our role model. I wish you and NCRI success in your fight to bring change for the Iranian people

 Aneesa Ahmed, former Deputy Minister of Women's Affairs in Maldives: To my sisters and brothers in Camp Liberty I express my full support and solidarity with you and I assure you that I will do whatever I can for your safety and rights. Mrs. Rajavi, I salute you for your courage and steadfastness in fighting for democracy and human rights. You are an inspiration to all women and us Muslim women in particular. Indeed, you have become our role model. I wish you and NCRI success in your fight to bring change for the Iranian people.

 

Nazir Hakim, General Secretary of the Political Bureau of the Syrian National Coalition, speaks in major Iran Freedom rally in Parc des Expositions exhibition center on June 13, 2015 in Villepinte

Nazir Hakim, General Secretary of the Political Bureau of the Syrian National Coalition, speaks in major Iran Freedom rally in Parc des Expositions exhibition center on June 13, 2015 in Villepinte.

 

Delegation from Arab countries attend major Iran Freedom rally in Parc des Expositions exhibition center on June 13, 2015 in Villepinte

Delegation from Arab countries attend major Iran Freedom rally in Parc des Expositions exhibition center on June 13, 2015 in Villepinte.

 

Mr. Sid Ahmed Ghozali, former Prime Minister of Algeria, addresses the Iran Freedom rally

 Mr. Sid Ahmed Ghozali, former Prime Minister of Algeria, addresses the Iran Freedom rally.

 

Delegation from Germany addresses major Iran Freedom rally in Parc des Expositions exhibition center on June 13, 2015 in Villepinte

 Delegation from Germany addresses major Iran Freedom rally in Parc des Expositions exhibition center on June 13, 2015 in Villepinte.

 

Rita Süssmuth, former Speaker of Germany's Bundestag, speaks in major Iran Freedom rally in Parc des Expositions exhibition center on June 13, 2015 in Villepinte

 Rita Süssmuth, former Speaker of Germany's Bundestag, speaks in major Iran Freedom rally in Parc des Expositions exhibition center on June 13, 2015 in Villepinte.

 

United Kingdom lawmakers attend Iran Freedom rally in Paris

United Kingdom lawmakers attend Iran Freedom rally in Paris.

 

UK Parliamentary delegation addresses major Iran Freedom rally in Parc des Expositions exhibition center on June 13, 2015 in Villepinte.

UK Parliamentary delegation addresses major Iran Freedom rally in Parc des Expositions exhibition center on June 13, 2015 in Villepinte. 

 

European Parliament delegation addresses Iran Freedom rally

European Parliament delegation addresses Iran Freedom rally.

 

Gilbert Mitterrand, son of the late French President François Mitterrand and head of the human rights group France Libertés, stands alongside Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the Iranian Resistance

Gilbert Mitterrand, son of the late French President François Mitterrand and head of the human rights group France Libertés, stands alongside Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the Iranian Resistance.

 

French elected officials address Iran Freedom rally

 French elected officials address Iran Freedom rally.

 

Michèle Alliot-Marie, Member of the European Parliament and former French Minister of Foreign Affairs, Defense, Interior and Justice (2002-2011); and Bernard Kouchner, former French Foreign Minister.

 

Rama Yade, France's former Human Rights Minister: You are rallying behind President Rajavi who tirelessly shows you the way to freedom. You represent the people inside Iran who are under the oppression of this regime and whose rights are being violated. Your presence here is a sign of the Iranian people’s desire for change

 Rama Yade, France's former Human Rights Minister: You are rallying behind President Rajavi who tirelessly shows you the way to freedom. You represent the people inside Iran who are under the oppression of this regime and whose rights are being violated. Your presence here is a sign of the Iranian people’s desire for change.

 

French Socialist lawmaker Dominique Lefebvre, chairman of the Parliamentary Committee for a Democratic Iran (CPID) in the National Assembly, addresses rally for Iran Freedom

 French Socialist lawmaker Dominique Lefebvre, chairman of the Parliamentary Committee for a Democratic Iran (CPID) in the National Assembly, addresses rally for Iran Freedom.

 

Delegation from Italy addresses major Iran Freedom rally in Parc des Expositions exhibition center on June 13, 2015 in Villepinte. The lawmakers declared their support for the political platform of Iran’s Parliament in exile, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), and the 10-point plan of opposition leader Maryam Rajavi for a future free Iran

 Delegation from Italy addresses major Iran Freedom rally in Parc des Expositions exhibition center on June 13, 2015 in Villepinte. The lawmakers declared their support for the political platform of Iran’s Parliament in exile, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), and the 10-point plan of opposition leader Maryam Rajavi for a future free Iran.

 

Ingrid Betancourt, former Presidential candidate in Colombia, speaks at a major Iran Freedom rally in Villepinte on June 13, 2015

 Ingrid Betancourt, former Presidential candidate in Colombia, speaks at a major Iran Freedom rally in Villepinte on June 13, 2015.

 

Gari Duran, Spanish Senator: There is strong support for this movement from across the globe. There are representatives from a long list of European countries who are here to express their support for Mrs Rajavi's movement

 Gari Duran, Spanish Senator: There is strong support for this movement from across the globe. There are representatives from a long list of European countries who are here to express their support for Mrs Rajavi's movement.

 

 Pedro Agramunt, Spanish lawmaker and President of the EPP group in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe: Madam Rajavi's presence has always attracted a lot of support for your movement and in our general session when she was our guest 200 members of Parliament from almost 30 different countries and all political spectrum signed a statement which supports her ten point plan for the future of Iran

 Pedro Agramunt, Spanish lawmaker and President of the EPP group in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe: Madam Rajavi's presence has always attracted a lot of support for your movement and in our general session when she was our guest 200 members of Parliament from almost 30 different countries and all political spectrum signed a statement which supports her ten point plan for the future of Iran.

 

Delegation from Nordic countries at the Iran Freedom rally in Paris

 Delegation from Nordic countries at the Iran Freedom rally in Paris.

 

 Australian delegation attend Iran Freedom rally

 Australian delegation attend Iran Freedom rally.

  

Group photo: Maryam Rajavi with delegation of dignitaries from Albania

 Group photo: Maryam Rajavi with delegation of dignitaries from Albania.

 

Albania’s state radio-television symphony orchestra gives live performance at the major Iran Freedom rally in Parc des Expositions exhibition center on June 13, 2015 in Villepinte, in solidarity with Iran’s pro-democracy movement led by opposition leader Maryam Rajavi

Albania’s state radio-television symphony orchestra gives live performance at the major Iran Freedom rally in Parc des Expositions exhibition center on June 13, 2015 in Villepinte, in solidarity with Iran’s pro-democracy movement led by opposition leader Maryam Rajavi.

 

Albania’s state radio-television symphony orchestra gives live performance at the major Iran Freedom rally in Parc des Expositions exhibition center on June 13, 2015 in Villepinte, in solidarity with Iran’s pro-democracy movement led by opposition leader Maryam Rajavi

Albania’s state radio-television symphony orchestra gives live performance at the major Iran Freedom rally in Parc des Expositions exhibition center on June 13, 2015 in Villepinte, in solidarity with Iran’s pro-democracy movement led by opposition leader Maryam Rajavi.

Albania’s state radio-television symphony orchestra gives live performance at the major Iran Freedom rally in Parc des Expositions exhibition center on June 13, 2015 in Villepinte, in solidarity with Iran’s pro-democracy movement led by opposition leader Maryam Rajavi

Albania’s state radio-television symphony orchestra gives live performance at the major Iran Freedom rally in Parc des Expositions exhibition center on June 13, 2015 in Villepinte, in solidarity with Iran’s pro-democracy movement led by opposition leader Maryam Rajavi.

 

Albania’s state radio-television symphony orchestra gives live performance at the major Iran Freedom rally in Parc des Expositions exhibition center on June 13, 2015 in Villepinte, in solidarity with Iran’s pro-democracy movement led by opposition leader Maryam Rajavi

 Albania’s state radio-television symphony orchestra gives live performance at the major Iran Freedom rally in Parc des Expositions exhibition center on June 13, 2015 in Villepinte, in solidarity with Iran’s pro-democracy movement led by opposition leader Maryam Rajavi.

 

Albania’s state radio-television symphony orchestra gives live performance at the major Iran Freedom rally in Parc des Expositions exhibition center on June 13, 2015 in Villepinte, in solidarity with Iran’s pro-democracy movement led by opposition leader Maryam Rajavi

Albania’s state radio-television symphony orchestra gives live performance at the major Iran Freedom rally in Parc des Expositions exhibition center on June 13, 2015 in Villepinte, in solidarity with Iran’s pro-democracy movement led by opposition leader Maryam Rajavi.

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