Maryam Rajavi: HRW Report a catalogue of lies intended to help the ruling theocracy in Iran on the eve of presidential election farce
The intent is to prevent the removal of Mojahedin from terrorist list, which has gained growing support in Europe, U.S.
Timing and haste to produce the report, no inquiries from Mojahedin, the nature of sources, testimony-by-telephone which serve to preserve an anti-human regime reach unprecedented nadir in manipulating human rights
The Iranian Resistance’s President-elect, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, described the report by Human Rights Watch (HRW) against the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI), as a catalogue of false allegations and a shameful example of rushing to the aid of the religious dictatorship ruling Iran. On the eve of the discredited presidential election farce, the clerical regime was in dire need of such an endorsement, she said.
Mrs. Rajavi added, "This report contains nothing new. It is a rehash of allegations by notoriously discredited agents of the Iranian regime’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS). That no inquiries were made to either the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) or the PMOI and that no notice was taken of explanations made public by the Iranian Resistance, and the haste in putting out this report, clearly reveal the political agenda behind it."
"The statement by HRW refers to the fact that the call for the removal of the PMOI from the terrorist list enjoys growing support in Europe and the U.S. But it underscores, “The Iranian government has a dreadful record on human rights. But it would be a huge mistake to promote an opposition group that is responsible for serious human rights abuses.’”
The Iranian Resistance’s President-elect added, "As part of a dirty demonization campaign to keep the PMOI on the terrorism list, this report is an unprecedented example of using the smokescreen of human rights allegations to keep an anti-human regime in power. The clerical regime had also claimed that weapons of mass destruction were being hidden in PMOI camps and that Iraq’s prisons were overflowing with “disaffected” Mojahedin. After the fall of the Iraqi regime not even one such prisoner was found. Despite 150 terrorist operations by the mullahs against PMOI members and camps in Iraqi territory, which left dozens killed and hundreds wounded and despite dozens of others murdered by Tehran’s Intelligence Ministry infiltrators, the Mojahedin did not punish even one of those agents and returned all of them to Iran. No one has been sent to Iraqi prisons by the Mojahedin, no one has been tortured and no one has gone to Iraqi authorities or agencies except to request legal passage from the border. US forces have done so in the past two years to facilitate the case of those who wanted to leave."
Mrs. Rajavi recalled, "If HRW were truly concerned at the violations of human rights by the Mojahedin, it had the opportunity to visit PMOI camps in Iraq after the Iranian Resistance Leader Massoud Rajavi extended an invitation to it for a visit. Eleven years ago, on October 28, 1994, when HRW levied similar allegations against the Iranian Resistance, to set the stage for the Clinton administration to label the Mojahedin as terrorist, Mr. Rajavi said in an October 7, 1994 interview with the Associated Press and in an October 28, 1994 letter to HRW that the organization was welcomed to visit PMOI camps in Iraq. Fully aware that such allegations were completely false, HRW never responded to the invitation."
In the October 7, 1994 interview, the Associated Press quoted Mr. Rajavi: “Human Rights Watch or any other independent group can visit PMOI camps and facilities and talk to anyone.” Prior to October 1994, representatives of the Iranian Resistance had invited HRW twice to visit PMOI camps in Iraq. More surprisingly, in the past two years, while the Mojahedin members were consolidated in Camp Ashraf under U.S. forces’ control and different U.S. agencies were investigating everything, HRW did not think of visiting the camps, to investigate in-situ these allegations in order to prepare a factual report.
“Clearly, the demonization campaign that seeks to discredit the Iranian opposition is indispensable to policy of preserving and expanding political and economic ties with a regime that has executed 120,000 political prisoners, is the primary source of exporting terrorism and fundamentalism, and seeks to obtain nuclear weapons, particularly at a time when 2.8 million Iraqis have supported the Mojahedin and the Iranian Resistance,” Mrs. Rajavi added.
Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
May 19, 2005