Maryam Rajavi: This is a litmus test of whether the international community will engage and deal with this genocidal regime or stand with the Iranian people.
Speeches by former Prime Ministers of Italy, Belgium, Sweden, Romania, and Ireland, and dozens of former EU Ministers
Speeches by John Bolton, Joseph Lieberman, Rudy Giuliani, Louis Freeh, Michael Mukasey, Gens. Conway and Keane
On the third day of the Free Iran World Summit 2021, the Democratic Alternative of the March to Victory, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), referring to the reasons for Khamenei installing Ebrahim Raisi, the murderer of the MEK and the henchman of the 1988 massacre, said that in political terms, his ascension dashed the myth of moderation within the regime. It marked the failure of Western governments’ policy of complacency toward religious fascism. Mrs. Rajavi added: As far as the international community is concerned, this is the litmus test of whether it will engage and deal with this genocidal regime or stand with the Iranian people. The United Nations must not allow Raisi to attend the next session of the General Assembly.
Neither concealing the crime, nor hiding the graves of the martyrs, nor distorting the identities of the martyrs will be able to hinder or stop the call-for-justice movement. #FreeIran2021 #1988Massacre https://t.co/dTNOIOKvVs pic.twitter.com/lp8tz9XzRg
— Maryam Rajavi (@Maryam_Rajavi) July 12, 2021
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Rentzi (2014-2016), in his address, said: I tried with my European colleagues to write a new page [on Iran] when I was prime minister. I visited Tehran as a member of the G7. I tried to discuss with people … to finally arrive at an agreement against a nuclear bomb and the tensions of the past. But sadly, we failed. That is the truth. We failed. The idea [that we could] arrive at a very important point of change in Iran was, unfortunately, a failure. And I recognize that now… So, the only way for the European Union today is to learn from our past, also from our mistakes, because we tried very strongly to achieve a good result for peace, but it was impossible. The European Union has to refuse that approach and try to give hope to the people who are fighting against the regime. We have to use every type of power, soft power or hard power, to [isolate] the Iranian regime [in favor of] our desire to change the model. We cannot accept in 2021 an approach against rights and freedoms. … So, this is the time to write a page of radical change and support the people who fight to cancel the theocracy. … I tried to make every effort as a pragmatic politician to encourage a dialogue [with the regime] but I have to admit today that this situation is really difficult. We have to write a page for freedom and new values. … This is not possible without a change of the regime [in Iran]. Particularly in today’s situation after the vote [June 18 sham elections] and the polemic of a president whose role is known in 1988 [massacre], I am absolutely persuaded that there is no way to give peace, prosperity, and a [better] future to Iran if we do not accept the idea of radical regime change.
Guy Verhofstadt, MEP, Prime Minister of Belgium 2008, said, “In fact, Raisi hates our democratic values. Let us not forget that he is under U.S. sanctions over the past that includes the extrajudicial killing of thousands of political prisoners. And I think, it will be very difficult for Biden to defend a deal with a man who is regarded as a mass murderer. I think it will be a fatal mistake to only focus on the nuclear threat and regard the human rights violations as a secondary issue. We must never close our eyes to the rigged elections, the terrorist attempts of the Iranian regime, even on European soil, and the human rights violations that occur in Iran every single day… We need to directly target the leaders who are responsible by using, for example, our new instrument, our European Magnitsky Act.”
Carlo Cottarelli, former director of the Fiscal Affairs of the International Monetary Fund and Italy’s interim Prime Minister in 2018, said in his speech to the Summit as an economist that over the past millennium, Iran has always been at the center of world civilization. But the abysmal current situation as a result of the mullahs’ rule and, he said, is painful to watch as the Iranian people experience incredible hardships, including the economic situation and the lack of freedoms and democracy.
Petre Roman, former Romanian Prime Minister condemned the systematic violation of fundamental rights in Iran. He referred to the recent sham elections in Iran and said: You are freedom fighters. The Iranian people should be able to voice their demands. As a result of elections that were not free, a new president has risen who has committed crimes against humanity. The UN must conduct a fair and thorough investigation to shed light on the facts and developments as well as the role of Raisi. Mr. Roman added: I sincerely respect those inside Iran that are fighting for freedom. I know what resistance in such a difficult atmosphere of suppression means. The time has come for Iran to become a peaceful nation, abandon the path of aggression, and establish a government that respects popular sovereignty. Your gathering takes place at a very crucial moment.
In his address, John Bolton, United States National Security Advisor from 2018 to 2019, referring to the boycott of the regime’s sham presidential election, said: “I think when you couple that very low turnout in the election with the rising level of protest in 2019 and 2020, again, all around Iran, it shows just how fragile the regime support is and how ultimately its survival depends on the Revolutionary Guards, not on popular support… The election, I think, of Raisi also proves that making concessions to the regime will not change their behavior.
The nuclear deal, as we all know, was, in effect, not a constraint on the ayatollahs’ desire to get nuclear weapons, but an incentive they have taken advantage of it. The regime has not stopped its pursuit of nuclear weapons. They remain even more determined to continue to achieve that objective. They want relief from the US unilateral sanctions, which have had such a significant effect on the economy. But they are planning to do exactly what the regime did in twenty fifteen.”
Senator Joe Lieberman outlined his assessment of the current situation, in light of Raisi’s ascension: There is only one solution that is left and that is regime change in Iran. Everything else has been tried. It is obvious that the regime itself will not change so that the people of Iran must change it. Every other alternative that will end the regime’s brutal denial of the rights of its citizens, its support of terrorism and aggression in the region, its development of nuclear weapons and the missiles to deliver them on close and distant nations; the only viable course of action left is resistance and revolution. And I have never been more optimistic that the regime in Iran is rotting at its core and is ready to fall. The people of Iran suffer. … These are leaders that spend more of their money on themselves and foreign terrorist groups than they do on the people of Iran. The people have had enough. The reality of Iran today leaves the people with only one option for a better life and that is regime change. … The government of Iran is at its weakest point since 1979, and the opportunity for ending it is at its strongest. With the courage of the Iranian people and support from all of us around the world, there can and will be a free, democratic and non-nuclear Iran soon in our time.”
Mayor Giuliani described the ascendance of Raisi, a criminal against humanity, as a sign of the regime’s fragility, and said it shows “just how close this regime is to collapsing.” He added that the regime’s decision to install Raisi, who “is not just a mass murderer, but one who is a prominent mass murderer and one who basically admits it, is extraordinarily stupid and risky.”
Mr. Giuliani recalled the regime’s terrorist plots against the Iranian Resistance in Albania and in Villepinte, France, and said: “These people [regime officials] are very shrewd evil people. We’ve seen a pattern of this. We saw it a few years ago in their attempt to assassinate us and going so far as to including Iranian diplomatic personnel in the groups that were coming to France and to Tirana to blow us up. That’s a sign of desperation. That’s a sign that things are moving against them.”
He added: “You are an obsessive compulsion for Khamenei, Raisi, and all of the criminals that run Iran, the war criminals. They have proven to us that you are a legitimate alternative. About a year ago, Khamenei said that the MEK is the only group that could really threaten us. … The regime is out, and whenever it is out, we are not going to have a situation like we had in Iraq. What you have ready is a government-in-waiting, with people with great expertise. You are ready to govern to the point whereas quickly as possible there can be a free and fair election.”
Mr. Giuliani also pointed to the hysteric reaction of the regime to the courageous remarks made earlier at the Summit by Slovenia’s Prime Minister, saying it simply showed the regime’s desperation and weakness.
Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI)
July 12, 2021
List of today’s speakers:
Prominent European figures such as Italian Prime Minister Matteo Rentzi (2014-2016), MEP and Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt (1999 – 2009), Enda Kenny, Irish Prime Minister (2011 – 2017), Carlo Cottarelli, Italian economist and former director of the International Monetary Fund, Italy’s designated Prime Minister (2018), Frederic Reinfeldt, Swedish Prime Minister (2006 to 2014), Petre Roman, Romanian Prime Minister (1989-1991), and Prominent supporters of the Iranian Resistance: Mayor Rudy Giuliani, John Bolton, Senator Joseph Lieberman, Senator Robert Torricelli, Judge Michael Mukasey, Dir. Louis Freeh, Ambassador Robert Joseph, Ambassador Marc Ginsberg, Ambassador Lincloln Bloomfield Jr., Frances Townsend, former U.S. Homeland Security Advisor, Theresa Payton, former White House Chief Information Officer, as well as dozens of European and Canadian Ministers, including from Canada, John Baird, Foreign Minister (2015), Tony Clement, President of the Treasure Board (2015), Wayne Easter, Minister of Agriculture (2006), Judy Sgro, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration (2005); From France, Rama Yade, Minister of Human Rights (2007-2009), Corinne Lepage, former Minister of the Environment; From Scandinavia, Timo Soini Deputy Prime Minister of Finland (2017) and Minister of Foreign Affairs (2019); from the Baltic States; Audronius Ažubalis, Lithuanian Foreign Minister (2012); Eduard Kukan, Slovak Foreign Minister (2006); From Ireland, Tom Kitt, Secretary of State (2008), Lucinda Creighton, Minister of State for European Affairs; Lord Henry Bellingham, Under Secretary of State at the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office; Alexandr Vondra, MEP, former Minister for Defense of the Czech Republic (2012), from Poland, Michał Kamiński, Secretary for Media Relations in Chancellery of the President (2007), Ryszard Kalisz, Minister of Interior and Administration (2005); From Albania, Tritan Shehu, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Albania(1997), Klajda Gjusha, Minister of European Integration (2017), Mimi Kodheli, Minister of Defense (2017); Also Senior U.S. military commanders including, General James Conway, General Jack Keane, General Charles Wald; James Woolsey, former CIA director (1995), and prominent political figures, such as Adrianus Melkert, former UNAMI representative in Iraq, Garry Kasparov, Russian chess grandmaster, Gilbert Mitterrand, President of the France Libertes Foundation, will be addressing the Summit.