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Free Iran 2023 Summit and Iran’s Uprising Anniversary

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As the anniversary of the 2022 uprising approaches, one integral facet that reverberates beyond Iran’s borders is the resounding international support that bolstered the nation’s cry for change. This article delves into a historical event that encapsulates this support: the Free Iran World Summit 2023.

On a momentous Saturday, July 1, 2023, history was etched anew as this summit commenced at the headquarters of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) in Auvers-sur-Oise, located to the north of Paris. This seminal gathering, mirroring the global backing for Iran’s nationwide uprising, transcended geographical boundaries and ideological divides, uniting individuals from all corners of the world in a fervent pursuit of a Democratic Republic.

Simultaneously, on the streets of Vauban Square, Paris, a powerful demonstration unfolded, showcasing Iranians abroad who had converged in unprecedented numbers. Their united presence stood as a resolute testament to their unyielding support for Iran’s Uprising and the Iranian resistance. Amidst the passionate crowd, the demand for a democratic republic and a clear separation of religion and state reverberated, magnified by their unwavering commitment to Mrs. Maryam Rajavi’s visionary Ten-Point Plan. This unified chorus rang out as a clarion call for transformation, symbolizing the unwavering spirit of a nation determined to carve its own destiny.

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In a remarkable display of international solidarity, more than 500 legislators, former Presidents, Prime Ministers, Ministers, and esteemed dignitaries converged at the summit from the United States, Europe, and the Middle East. Their presence magnified the importance of this event, each participant an embodiment of hope for a better Iran. Distinguished voices echoed as the summit’s proceedings unfolded, with notable figures such as former U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence, former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and former Prime Minister of Belgium Guy Verhofstadt gracing the stage with their impassioned speeches.

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The illustrious gathering did not stop at political figures alone; it embraced the wisdom of former advisors, foreign ministers, ambassadors, and esteemed personalities who understood the gravity of Iran’s journey toward liberation. Bernard Kushner, Michèle Alliot-Marie, Hubert Védrine, and Senator Giulio Terzi, former foreign ministers of France and Italy, along with other esteemed international participants like Ambassador John Bolton and former NATO Supreme Allied Commander General Wesley Clark, illuminated the path forward with their insights and perspectives.

The global resonance of this event extended even further as Ms. Liz Truss, former Prime Minister of the UK, and Mr. Mike Pompeo, former U.S. Secretary of State, took to virtual platforms to address the audience, reaffirming their commitment to Iran’s struggle for democracy.

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The 2023 Free Iran World Summit captured the essence of unity, resilience, and unwavering spirit that characterized this momentous gathering. Amid the echoing calls for liberation, it became a platform for the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) to unveil an alternative vision, resolute in its opposition to the oppressive regime that had plagued the nation for so long. This summit became a pivotal global stage, shining a light on the unyielding determination of the NCRI and its commitment to presenting a brighter future for Iran.

This page stands as a chronicle of the historic summit, a collection of narratives that capture the essence of this transformative event. It delves into the profound significance of the speeches emanating from former U.S. Vice President Mike Pence to world leaders, diplomats, and influencers from every corner of the globe. The resonating discussions underscored the far-reaching impact of Iran’s resistance movement, setting the stage for a new chapter in the nation’s history – one defined by unity, democracy, and hope.

Former American VP Mike Pence: American People Stand for Free Iran

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Former US Vice President Mike Pence delivered a speech at the Free Iran World Summit in Paris calling for the support of the Iranian Resistance movement and its leader, Maryam Rajavi.

Vice President Pence began his speech by expressing support for the Iranian people and their desire for freedom. He called for the free nations of the world to support the Iranian people and to apply maximum pressure on the Iranian regime.

“The Iranian people are demanding freedom,” Pence said. “They are tired of living under a murderous and tyrannical regime. They deserve to live in a country where they can enjoy freedom of expression, freedom of assembly, and the right to choose their own leaders.”

Vice President Pence also condemned the Iranian regime, calling it “one of the worst human rights violators in the world.” He highlighted the regime’s human rights abuses, including the execution of political prisoners and the suppression of dissent.

“The Iranian regime must be held accountable for its crimes,” Pence said. “The international community must support the Iranian Resistance movement and its leader, Maryam Rajavi, in their quest to establish a free and democratic Iran.”

The full text of the speech

Former Canadian PM Stephen Harper: Iran’s Regime Must Face Determination and Strength

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Stephen Harper said that the Iranian regime is more brutal, dysfunctional, and corrupt than the Shah’s regime. He also said that there is a viable alternative to the regime: the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI).

“The only realistic policy in dealing with this regime is not fear and weakness; it is determination and strength,” Harper said. “It is not to soften sanctions; it is to toughen them. It is not to accept human rights violations; it is to condemn them. It is not to excuse the regime’s institutions; it is to list them as agents of terror.”

Harper also called on the international community to end its silence and inaction on Iran and stand in solidarity with the Iranian people in their desire for a free, secular, and democratic state.

“The NCRI’s vision for Iran is a commitment to free elections, freedom of assembly and expression, pluralism and the rule of law, human rights and gender equality, the separation of religion and state, and the autonomy of Iran’s ethnic minorities,” Harper said. “Millions around the world stand with the Iranian people in wanting to see a better future for Iran.”

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Former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo: Iran Protests Are the Result of 40 Years of Organized Opposition

70th US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gave a speech in support of the Iranian people's uprising to overthrow the mullahs' regime in Iran, standing with Mrs. Rajavi, the NCRI, and the MEK for a free Iran.

Former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered a speech at the Free Iran World Summit in Paris in which he condemned the Iranian regime and called for the international community to continue to pressure it.

“The Iranian regime is a brutal and oppressive regime that crushes its own people and sponsors terrorism around the world,” Pompeo said. “The Iranian people are rising up against the regime and demanding freedom. The Biden administration’s efforts to appease the Iranian regime are a betrayal of the Iranian people and will only make the world a more dangerous place.”

Pompeo also called on the international community to continue to pressure the Iranian regime until it changes its behavior. He said that the United States will not negotiate with the Iranian regime until it stops its human rights abuses, stops sponsoring terrorism, and stops developing nuclear weapons.

“The Iranian people deserve freedom, and the international community must do everything it can to help them achieve it,” Pompeo said. “We must continue to pressure the Iranian regime until it changes its behavior.”

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Former US National Security Advisor John Bolton: World Should Work with Organized Resistance to Bring Iran’s Regime Down

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In his speech, Ambassador Bolton said that the 2015 Iran nuclear deal was a bad deal because it did not stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons and it did not uncover all aspects of the program. He also said that the Iranian regime is using the money from the nuclear deal to fund terrorism and its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

Bolton said that the Iranian regime is weaker than at any time since 1979, and the protests against the regime are a sign of its vulnerability. He also said that the Iranian regime is trying to pressure Western governments to release its assets and to prevent the NCRI from operating.

Bolton called on the international community to work with the NCRI to bring down the Iranian regime and to establish a democratic government in Iran. He said that the only acceptable outcome of the struggle against the Iranian regime is a government of the people, by the people, and for the people.

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Former UK Prime Minister Liz Truss: It’s Time to Be Tougher on Iran’s Regime

Elizabeth Truss, former UK Prime Minister, gave a speech in support of the Iranian people's uprising to overthrow the mullahs' regime in Iran, standing with Mrs. Rajavi, the NCRI, and the MEK for a free Iran.

Former British Prime Minister Liz Truss has warned that freedom and democracy are under greater threat than they have been in decades, citing the rise of authoritarian regimes such as China, Russia, and Iran.

She said that these regimes have been emboldened by the free world’s complacency and appeasement.

“We have been complacent in the face of the rise of authoritarian regimes,” Truss said. “We have allowed them to believe that they can get away with their behavior. We have appeased them. And we have not stood up to them.”

Truss called on the free world to take a tougher stance against these regimes and to support the brave people who are fighting for freedom and democracy.

“We must be tougher,” she said. “We must be more clear. And we must be more positive about the future.”

With respect to Iran, Truss specifically said, “We must not allow the Iranian regime to get its hands on nuclear weapons,” she said. “We must support the women of Iran who are fighting for freedom. And we must stop the use of state hostage-taking by Iran.”

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Former UK Speaker of House of Commons John Bercow: Iran Has an Alternative with over 40 Years of Preparation

John Bercow, former Speaker of the UK House of Commons, gave a speech in support of the Iranian people's uprising to overthrow the mullahs' regime in Iran, standing with Mrs. Rajavi, the NCRI, and the MEK for a free Iran.

John Bercow began his speech by saying that change is possible in Iran and that it is within reach. He called the Iranian regime’s argument that there is no alternative to their rule a “council of despair” and a “shocking display of political cynicism.”

Bercow also rejected the appeasement thesis, which argues that we should accept the Iranian regime as it is. He said that there is an alternative to the Iranian regime, and that is the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) led by Maryam Rajavi.

Bercow praised the NCRI as a “well-organized, soundly structured, and conceptually coherent movement” that has been preparing for change for over 40 years. He also said that Maryam Rajavi is a “woman of indefatigability, indestructibility, and inexhaustibility” who deserves our support.

Bercow concluded his speech by calling on the international community to support the people of Iran in their struggle for freedom. He said that we must “not concede, abandon, or fall short in our support” and that we must “speak up and speak out for the people of Iran.”

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Ukrainian MP Kira Rudik: Freedom Will Prevail in Ukraine and Iran

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Ukrainian MP Kira Rudik began by talking about the importance of unity. She said that Ukraine would not have been able to survive the war without the support of its allies. She then turned to the importance of fighting for freedom, even when it is difficult. She said that freedom is not free and that it is important to be willing to pay the price for it.

“We have learned that freedom is not free,” Rudik said. “It requires sacrifice and determination. It requires us to be willing to put our lives on the line for what we believe in.”

Rudik also talked about the importance of justice for those who have suffered under totalitarian regimes. She said that it is important to make sure that evil is not allowed to go unpunished.

“We have also learned that unpunished evil always returns,” Rudik said. “This is why it is so critical to make sure not only that we win the war, but that we have justice for all who suffered from the totalitarian regimes.”

Finally, Rudik talked about the importance of never giving up hope. She said that Ukraine has already achieved many things that were once thought impossible, and she believes that Iran can do the same.

“We have learned that impossible is nothing,” Rudik said. “If the people of Ukraine can achieve what we have, then the people of Iran can achieve anything they set their minds to.”

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Former Slovenian PM Janez Janša: Change in Iran Is Inevitable

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Speaking at the Free Iran World Summit in Paris, Janša said that the Iranian people “deserve democracy, freedom, and the protection of their human rights.” He called on the world governments to “hold the Iranian regime accountable” for its human rights violations.

Janša also called for the establishment of a United Nations Commission of Inquiry into the 1988 massacre of political prisoners in Iran. He said that the families of the victims “yearn for this commission to finally deliver justice and closure.”

Janša praised the resilience and bravery of the Iranian opposition, and called for the imposition of comprehensive sanctions on Iran’s regime. He said that these actions would demonstrate the international community’s solidarity with the Iranian people and their aspirations for freedom.

Janša concluded his speech by saying that he would “remain personally committed and engaged” on the issue of Iran. He said that he would “continue to pursue justice, freedom, and human rights for the Iranian people.”

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Former German Minister Peter Altmaier: Be Prepared for Democracy and Freedom in Iran

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In his speech, Peter Altmaier said that the Iranian people “deserve all our support and all our help.” He praised the patience and dedication of the Iranian people, and said that their struggle for freedom is “a universal declaration of the basic value of individual freedom and democracy.”

Altmaier also called for the international community to rally around the Ten-Points Plan, a democratic roadmap for Iran put forward by the National Council of Resistance of Iran. He said that the Ten-Points Plan “has to play a key role in the efforts now to be developed” to support the Iranian people’s struggle for freedom.

Altmaier condemned the Iranian regime’s decision to side with Russia in the war against Ukraine. He said that this decision is “another, even more disastrous crime” by the regime, and that it must be stopped.

Altmaier concluded his speech by saying that he is “convinced that the Iranian people will overcome this nightmare of oppression.” He said that he will visit Tehran as soon as the Iranian people have achieved freedom, and that he will meet with them in a “free country that will give hope to the rest of the world.”

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US Gen Wesley Clark: With Leadership on the Ground, We’ll Be in Tehran Next Year

Gen. Wesley Clark, U.S. Presidential Candidate 2004, gave a speech in support of the Iranian people's uprising to overthrow the mullahs' regime in Iran, standing with Mrs. Rajavi, the NCRI, and the MEK for a free Iran.

In his speech, Gen Wesley Clark said that the Iranian regime is a “brutal and repressive dictatorship” that must be brought down. He also praised the courage and determination of the Iranian Resistance, led by Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, in their struggle for freedom.

“The Iranian people deserve freedom and democracy,” Clark said. “They have suffered enough under the ayatollahs’ rule. The international community must now stand with the Iranian Resistance and help them to achieve their goals.”

Clark concluded his speech by saying that he believes the Iranian regime is “on the brink of collapse.” He called on the international community to “seize this opportunity” and help the Iranian people to achieve their long-awaited freedom.

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Former US National Security Advisor Gen Jones: Iran’s Regime Recognizes NCRI Is a Threat to Their Tyrannical Rule

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Speaking at the Free Iran World Summit in Paris General James Jones said that the Iranian regime is a “brutal and repressive dictatorship” that must be brought down. He also praised the courage and determination of the Iranian Resistance, led by Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, in their struggle for freedom.

“The Iranian people deserve freedom and democracy,” Jones said. “They have suffered enough under the ayatollahs’ rule. The international community must now stand with the Iranian Resistance and help them to achieve their goals.”

Jones called for an end to the policy of appeasement towards the Iranian regime. He argued that this policy has only served to embolden the regime and make it more repressive. He instead called for a policy of clear decisiveness, which would prioritize support for the Iranian people’s quest for freedom and democracy.

“The time has come to bid farewell to the failed policy of thinking that the regime can ever be trusted to join the family of free nations,” Jones said. “We stand shoulder to shoulder with the Iranian people and their unwavering Resistance movement.”

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Irish Senate Leader Lisa Chambers: Change is Coming to Iran

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The leader of the Irish Senate, Lisa Chambers, has condemned the human rights abuses being committed by the Iranian authorities and pledged to do everything she can to help the Iranian people achieve freedom and democracy.

Chambers specifically mentioned the executions of peaceful protesters, the restrictions on freedom of expression and assembly, and the use of force against women and girls. She said that these abuses are “unacceptable” and that the Irish government “utterly condemns” them.

Chambers also talked about the role that women are playing in the fight for freedom in Iran. She said that women are leading the protests and that they are making a real difference.

“The voices and the actions of the young people of Iran have been particularly impressive,” Chambers said. “And because they are your future leaders and because they are the future of your country, it gives me great hope to see every day the power and the influence that they exert in their own communities and right across the Iranian countryside.”

Chambers concluded her speech by saying that she believes change is possible in Iran. She said that the Irish people are on the side of the Iranian people, and that they will do everything they can to help bring about freedom and democracy.

“I truly believe that change is possible, and that change is coming,” Chambers said. “And our message here today, as the Irish delegation from both houses of our parliament is that Irish politicians are on your side.”

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Italian Senator Giulio Terzi: Iran’s Disinformation Allows Fake Alternatives to Claim Status

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Speaking at the Free Iran World Summit in Paris, Senator Giulio Terzi said that the Iranian regime is a “brutal and repressive dictatorship” that must be brought down. He also praised the courage and determination of the Iranian Resistance, led by Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, in their struggle for freedom.

“The Iranian regime is a threat to peace and stability in the region and the world,” Terzi said. “It must be brought down, and the international community must play a role in this.”

Terzi called for an end to the policy of appeasement towards the Iranian regime. He argued that this policy has only served to embolden the regime and make it more repressive. He instead called for a policy of clear decisiveness, which would prioritize support for the Iranian people’s quest for freedom and democracy.

“The international community must stand with the Iranian people and their Resistance movement,” Terzi said. “They deserve no less.”

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Former Irish PM Enda Kenney: I Say to Iran’s Regime, Change Is on Its Way

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Former Irish PM Enda Kenney cited the recent UN report on human rights in Iran, which documented the regime’s widespread abuses, including the use of lethal force against protesters, torture, and sexual violence.

“The Iranian regime is a threat to its own people, to the region, and to the world,” Kenny said. “It must be brought down.”

Kenny called on the international community to impose tougher sanctions on the regime, to support the Iranian people’s struggle for freedom, and to hold the regime accountable for its crimes against humanity.

“The Iranian people will not be silenced,” he said. “They will eventually achieve their goal of freedom.”

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Senator Joseph Lieberman: Resistance Fighters in Tehran Are Most Immediate Threat to Regime’s Survival

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In his speech, Senator Joseph Lieberman said that the Iranian regime is a “brutal and repressive dictatorship” that must be brought down. He warned against the dangers of negotiating with the regime, which he compared to Hitler’s Germany.

“The West must not negotiate with the Iranian regime, as this will only embolden them,” Lieberman said. “The only way to bring about change in Iran is to impose tough sanctions and to support the NCRI/MEK, which is the only viable alternative to the current regime.”

Lieberman praised Mrs. Rajavi’s leadership and her commitment to freedom and democracy. He said that she is a “courageous and inspiring leader” who is dedicated to the cause of freedom in Iran.

“I urge all those who support freedom in Iran to unite and continue fighting until victory is achieved,” Lieberman said. “The tide of history is on our side, and together we will bring about the downfall of the Iranian regime and the establishment of a free and democratic Iran.”

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Former Canadian FM John Baird: Revolution in Iran Is Very Well Organized

John Baird, former Canadian Foreign Minister, gave a speech in support of the Iranian people's uprising to overthrow the mullahs' regime in Iran, standing with Mrs. Rajavi, the NCRI, and the MEK for a free Iran.

In his speech, John Baird said that the Iranian regime is a “brutal and repressive dictatorship” that must be brought down. He warned against the dangers of negotiating with the regime, which he compared to Hitler’s Germany.

“The West must not negotiate with the Iranian regime, as this will only embolden them,” Baird said. “The only way to bring about change in Iran is to impose tough sanctions and to support the NCRI/MEK, which is the only viable alternative to the current regime.”

Baird also praised the Canadian government’s decision to cut off relations with Iran and expel its diplomats. He condemned the Iranian regime’s support for terrorism, its nuclear program, and its human rights abuses.

“The Iranian regime is a threat to peace and security in the region and the world,” Baird said. “It must be held accountable for its crimes.”

Baird concluded his speech by expressing his solidarity with the Iranian people and their struggle for freedom.

“The Iranian people are demanding freedom and democracy, and they will not be silenced,” Baird said. “I stand with them in their struggle.”

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US Secretary Gary Locke: Iran Protests in 2022 Were Result of 40+ Years of Organized Resistance

Gov. Gary Locke, former U.S. Secretary of Commerce and Governer of Washington State, gave a speech in support of the Iranian people's uprising to overthrow the mullahs' regime in Iran, standing with Mrs. Rajavi, the NCRI, and the MEK for a free Iran.

In his speech at the Free Iran World Summit 2023 in Paris, Gary Locke said that the Iranian regime is a “corrupt and brutal terrorist regime” that is responsible for human rights abuses, state sponsorship of terrorism, and economic mismanagement.

“The people of Iran have paid a heavy price in their resistance against two dictatorships, the current regime and the Shah,” Locke said. “And many of you in the audience have suffered as political prisoners or lost family members at the hands of the current regime, including during the 1988 massacre.”

Locke called on the international community to “hold regime leaders accountable for decades of crimes against humanity” and to support the NCRI and the Iranian people in their struggle for freedom.

He also highlighted the role of women in the Iranian resistance. “The role of women in the leadership ranks of the Resistance and in fighting back against the clerics is clearly evident in the streets of Iran,” Locke said.

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US Rep Lance Gooden: Tehran’s Obsession with MEK Gives Them Credibility

U.S. Congressman Lance Gooden gave a speech in support of the Iranian people's uprising to overthrow the mullahs' regime in Iran, standing with Mrs. Rajavi, the NCRI, and the MEK for a free Iran.

Congressman Gooden said that he and his colleagues in the United States Congress believe in a free Iran and support the Ten-Point Plan by NCRI President-elect Maryam Rajavi. He praised the NCRI as the leader of the Iranian resistance and said that the regime’s obsession with the NCRI is a sign of its strength and credibility.

“We are so proud to stand with you,” Gooden said. “We are proud to stand by you, Madam Rajavi. And on behalf of all members of Congress, we are with you, and we stand with you.”

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US Rep Raul Ruiz: I Support a Democratic, Free Republic of Iran

U.S. Congressman Raul Ruiz gave a speech in support of the Iranian people's uprising to overthrow the mullahs' regime in Iran, standing with Mrs. Rajavi, the NCRI, and the MEK for a free Iran.

Congressman Raul Ruiz spoke in solidarity with the Iranian people and the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) in their struggle for freedom and democracy at the Free Iran World Summit 2023 in Paris on Saturday.

Congressman Ruiz said that he is inspired by the courage of the Iranian people, especially the women and girls who are fighting for their rights. He condemned the Iranian regime’s human rights abuses and called for its immediate overthrow.

“I am a proud supporter of the Iranian people’s desire for a democratic and non-nuclear Republic of Iran,” Ruiz said. “I am inspired by their courage and their determination to build a better future for themselves and their children. I know that one day, they will achieve their dream of freedom and democracy.”

Ruiz also expressed his support for the NCRI and its Ten-Point Plan for a free and democratic Iran. The Ten-Point Plan calls for the establishment of a secular, democratic republic in Iran that respects human rights and the rule of law.

“The NCRI is the only viable alternative to the Iranian regime,” Ruiz said. “It is a coalition of Iranian exiles who are committed to building a free and democratic Iran. I urge the international community to support the NCRI and its Ten-Point Plan.”

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Canadian MP Judy Sgro: We Are on Our Way to Democracy in Iran

Judy Sgro, Canadian MPl, gave a speech in support of the Iranian people's uprising to overthrow the mullahs' regime in Iran, standing with Mrs. Rajavi, the NCRI, and the MEK for a free Iran.

Judy Sgro, a former Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, praised the NCRI’s Ten-Point Plan for a free and democratic Iran.

“Canada has led the United Nations General Assembly resolution on the situation of human rights in Iran for the 20th consecutive year,” Sgro said. “We have also hosted a meeting of women foreign ministers on the topic of human rights violations in Iran, and we have supported the initiative to establish an international fact-finding mission to investigate alleged human rights violations in Iran.”

Sgro said that Canada will continue to work with its partners to hold the Iranian regime accountable for its human rights abuses and to bring about a free and democratic Iran.

“We are on our way to the road to democracy,” Sgro said. “You can count on Canada and all your other partners that we’ll be on that road to democracy together.”

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Former Iceland PM Geir Hilmar Haarde: Stop Appeasing Criminal Leadership in Tehran

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Former Iceland Prime Minister Geir Hilmar Haarde called on the West to end its policy of appeasement towards the Iranian regime and help the people of Iran make the regime change from within.

Haarde said that the West’s current policy of appeasement has emboldened the Iranian regime to increase its human rights violations, the use of hostage-taking, and support for global terrorism.

“The West must abandon its policy of appeasement towards the Iranian regime and adopt a policy that supports the Iranian people and their legitimate aspirations for democracy and freedom,” Haarde said. “This policy involves openly supporting the NCRI and its leader as well as Madam Rajavi’s Ten-Point Plan.”

Haarde said that the West has a moral obligation to support the Iranian people in their struggle for freedom. He said that the Iranian regime is a threat to peace and security in the region and the world and that it must be brought down.

“The West must not stand on the wrong side of history,” Haarde said. “It must stand with the Iranian people and help them to achieve their dream of freedom and democracy.”

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Colombian Presidential Candidate Ingrid Betancourt: Facing Totalitarian Regime, NCRI Is the Only One Remaining Steadfast

Ingrid Betancourt, former Colombian Presidential Candidate, gave a speech in support of the Iranian people and Resistance led by NCRI President-elect Maryam Rajavi for prosecuting the mullahs' crimes against humanity and genocide at Free Iran World Summit—Day 3

At the Free Iran World Summit 2023, Mrs. Ingrid Betancourt, a major candidate in the Colombian presidential elections in 2022, a former Senator, and a French-Colombian hostage, delivered very inspiring remarks about the Iranian Resistance as well as the clerical regime’s efforts to demonize the movement. The event, which was held from July 1st to 3rd in the headquarters of the National Council of Resistance of Iran near the French capital, hosted hundreds of world-stage leaders and lawmakers who discussed global policy and how it has to deal with the current regime ruling in Iran.

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Former French FM Michèle Alliot-Marie: We Have a Responsibility to Act for Iran

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At the Free Iran World Summit 2023, Michèle Alliot-Marie, former French Minister of Foreign Affairs, acknowledging the years-long dedication of the Iranian Resistance’s struggle, praised Maryam Rajavi’s unwavering commitment to democracy. She highlighted the global threats to freedom and democracy and emphasized the responsibility of democratic countries to take action. Mrs. Alliot-Marie acknowledged the courage of Iranians fighting for fundamental rights and concluded with confidence that the path to democracy lies ahead.

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Former French FM Bernard Kouchner: I Wish Madam Rajavi to Prevail

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At the Free Iran World Summit 2023, Bernard Kouchner, former Foreign Minister of France (2007-2010), voiced his support for the Iranian Resistance movement and the anticipated liberation of Iran. He raised concerns about Iran’s manufacturing of weapons, particularly drones used in attacks on Ukraine, emphasizing the dangers posed by the alliance of evil states. While acknowledging NCRI President-elect Mrs. Maryam Rajavi’s impactful fight, he urged Iranians to recognize the interconnectedness of events within their country. Expressing admiration for their efforts, he reaffirmed his commitment to their cause and his hopes for a positive regime change.

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Former Kosovan PM Avdullah Hoti Calls for United Support for Iranian Resistance

Avdullah Hoti, former Kosovan Prime Minister, gave a speech in support of the Iranian people's uprising to overthrow the mullahs' regime in Iran, standing with Mrs. Rajavi, the NCRI, and the MEK for a free Iran.

Former Prime Minister of the Republic of Kosovo Avdullah Hoti delivered a powerful speech at the Free Iran World Summit 2023. With admiration for the Iranian people’s unwavering determination to resist and seek freedom and justice, Hoti urged world leaders to unite in support of the Iranian Resistance and the Iranian people. The summit served as a platform for the former Kosovan leader to draw parallels between Kosovo’s own struggle for independence and freedom from oppressive regimes and the resistance witnessed in Iran.

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British MP Anna Firth: UK Parliament Salutes Iranian Resistance’s Unbelievable Courage and Determination

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At the Free Iran Global Summit 2023, Anna Firth, a member of the UK House of Commons, expressed her solidarity with the brave young women and men of Iran and NCRI President-elect Mrs. Maryam Rajavi’s Ten-Point Plan. She commended their courage and determination in the struggle for justice, democracy, equality, and freedom in Iran. Mrs. Firth emphasized the need to end the oppression of women and called for endorsing the democratic alternative to the current regime. She expressed belief in the regime’s weakness and the impending change, envisioning a future global summit in a free Iran. The British MP concluded by presenting a book on behalf of the UK Parliament and highlighted Madame Rajavi‘s ability to draw inspiration.

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Maltese MP Bernard Grech: We Support Iranian People’s Uprising and Resistance Units

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Bernard Grech, member of the Maltese Parliament and Leader of the Maltese opposition, the Nationalist Party, delivered a heartfelt speech at the Free Iran World Summit on July 1, 2023. In his address, he expressed deep solidarity and support for the Iranian people’s uprising, highlighting their resilience and resistance in the fight for a new democratic and secular Republic. Mr. Grech condemned the Iranian regime’s oppressive measures, particularly the violation of human rights, and called for the protection of women’s rights and freedom of expression. He stood firmly behind the major opposition movement, the National Council of Resistance of Iran, and endorsed Mrs. Maryam Rajavi’s visionary Ten-Point Plan for a future Iran. Grech urged the international community to unite in supporting the Iranian people’s quest for change and holding the current regime accountable for its crimes against humanity.

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Former UNAMI Chief Ad Melkert: Regime Change in Iran is Within Reach

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Ad Melkert, the former Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and Head of the UN Assistance Mission to Iraq until 2011, delivered an inspiring speech at the Free Iran World Summit on July 1, 2023. Acknowledging the perseverance and solidarity of the Iranian people, Melkert emphasized that change in Iran is inevitable and should happen sooner rather than later. He praised the courage of the Iranian men and women who have risen against the merciless regime and stood up for a secular and democratic republic. Despite fading media attention, the uprising continues, Melkert said, and he urged the international community to remain vigilant and support the Iranian people’s quest for justice and freedom. He highlighted the importance of the UN’s fact-finding mission to investigate human rights violations and called for determined action to hold oppressors accountable.

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Swiss MP Laurence Fehlmann Rielle: Mrs. Rajavi’s Ten-Point Plan Eliminates All Forms of Discrimination

Laurence Fehlmann Rielle, Member of the National Council of Switzerland, gave a speech in support of the Iranian people's uprising to overthrow the mullahs' regime in Iran, standing with Mrs. Rajavi, the NCRI, and the MEK for a free Iran.

Laurence Fehlmann Rielle, a member of the Swiss Parliament and Representative of the Committee for Secularism and Democracy in Iran, delivered a powerful speech at the Free Iran World Summit on July 1, 2023. Joined by her colleagues Yvonne Ferry, Eric Vorue, and Christiane Perregot, she expressed Switzerland’s firm support for the defense of human rights and the establishment of true democracy in Iran, while emphasizing the importance of unity in achieving a democratic, secular, and inclusive society for the Iranian people. The Swiss MP also highlighted the importance of Mrs. Maryam Rajavi’s visionary Ten-Point Plan and called for the abolition of the death penalty.

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British MP David Jones: We Need to Protect Iranian Resistance Movement

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At the Free Iran World Summit 2023, David Jones, a member of the UK House of Commons, conveyed greetings from supporters of the Iranian Resistance in the British Parliament. He highlighted the regime’s obsessive focus on the Mujahedin-e-Khalq Organization (MEK/PMOI), demonstrating its effectiveness in countering the regime and offering a clear alternative plan for Iran. Jones emphasized the need to protect the rights of the Iranian resistance movement, including the PMOI, in every country. The British Committee for Iran Freedom pledged to uphold these rights in the United Kingdom.

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Former French FM Hubert Védrine: NCRI Has to Prepare for the Future

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Hubert Védrine, the Foreign Minister of France (1997-2002), was among the distinguished speakers at the Free Iran World Summit 2023. Praising the progress made by the Iranian Resistance movement, Mr. Vedrine raised a set of questions he found most pressing for the National Council of Resistance of Iran to answer. He called on the NCRI to prepare itself for an imminent change in Iran’s political landscape and the challenges ahead.

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Former Kosovan PM Avdullah Hoti Calls for United Support for Iranian Resistance

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Former Prime Minister of the Republic of Kosovo Avdullah Hoti delivered a powerful speech at the Free Iran World Summit 2023. With admiration for the Iranian people’s unwavering determination to resist and seek freedom and justice, Hoti urged world leaders to unite in support of the Iranian Resistance and the Iranian people. The summit served as a platform for the former Kosovan leader to draw parallels between Kosovo’s own struggle for independence and freedom from oppressive regimes and the resistance witnessed in Iran.

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Slovakian MEP Ivan Stefanec: Whole World Needs A Free Iran

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Mr. Ivan Stefanec, a member of the European Parliament from Slovakia, expressed his support and solidarity with the Iranian Resistance and the attendees at the Free Iran World Summit 2023. Drawing parallels with the experience in his own country, he acknowledged the belief and active involvement of the Iranian people in bringing about change. Mr. Stefanec emphasized that the importance of this change extends beyond Iran, as democracy fosters cooperation and opportunity while autocracies pose threats to human rights and global stability. He highlighted the crucial elements for change: strong leadership, a comprehensive plan, and the support of the people. The Slovakian MEP said he firmly believed that change is imminent and expressed the European Parliament’s unwavering support for a free Iran.

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Former UN Special Rapporteur Anand Grover: There Cannot Be A Higher Duty Than Giving Your Life For Freedom

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Mr. Anand Grover, former United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Health, acting member of the Global Commission on Drug Policy was among the distinguished guests and speakers at the NCRI international conference that addressed the 1988 massacre in Iran. The event was held on July 3 and attracted dozens of human rights experts and internationally renowned lawyers and former UN officials.

Mr. Grover conducted an inspiring speech, focusing on the mindset and strong conviction of those Iranian political prisoners who were murdered by the clerical regime. He stressed and highlighted the ideals that these people were willing to give their lives for and concluded that it’s the duty of those living to bring justice and accomplish the mission of those who have fallen for freedom.

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German MP Carsten Müller: Over 3,600 Lawmakers from All Free Nations Stand By Your Side

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At the Free Iran World Summit 2023, Carsten Müller, a member of the German Bundestag, expressed his deep sorrow over the tyranny of the Iranian regime and its impact on the people of Iran. He emphasized the importance of support and unity for the National Council of Resistance and the brave people in Iran fighting for their rights. Mr. Müller highlighted the significance of NCRI’s Ten-Point Plan and the overwhelming support it has garnered from lawmakers worldwide. He encouraged the people of Iran not to relent and assured them that together, they will achieve a free Iran.

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Former German Parliament Speaker Prof. Rita Süssmuth: Maryam Rajavi Encouraged Us to Keep Fighting

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Prof. Rita Süssmuth, former President of the German Bundestag (1988-1998), delivered an impassioned speech at the Free Iran World Summit on July 1, 2023. Emphasizing the strength and resilience of the Iranian resistance, Prof. Süssmuth praised the unity and support among parliamentarians, politicians, and people from around the world, especially in Europe, who have come together to stand with the Iranian Resistance and make it stronger than ever before. Addressing the demonization campaigns against the Iranian Resistance and its supporters, Süssmuth expressed her trust in Madame Rajavi and commended her efforts for her people and the cause of democracy worldwide.

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Former FBI Director Louis Freeh: Resistance Units Represent Courage of Deep and Principled Convictions

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Among the exceptional US and international delegations at the Free Iran World Summit 2023 was Mr. Louis Freeh, former Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He commended the courage and conviction of the freedom fighters and Resistance Units inside Iran, particularly admiring the young women involved. Alongside other esteemed officials on stage, Freeh stood by Madame Rajavi, considering her a hero and inspiration. He highlighted the regime’s loss of confidence in facing a restive society and the Iranian people, expressing optimism about the fight for freedom.

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Polish MEP Ryszard Czarnecki: There Is No Doubt That the Future Of Iran Lies In This Alternative

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Ryszard Czarnecki, MEP from Poland and former Minister for European Integration, addressed the Free Iran World Summit 2023, praising NCRI President-elect Maryam Rajavi’s leadership and her Ten-Point Plan for a democratic Iran that has already received strong support in the European Parliament. Drawing on Poland’s history, Czarnecki affirmed his country’s understanding of the value of freedom. He declared unwavering solidarity and commitment to supporting the Iranian Resistance in their quest for democracy and freedom.

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Former Romanian PM Petre Roman: All Dictators Denied Their Alternative

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At the Free Iran World Summit 2023, Mr. Petre Roman, former Prime Minister of Romania, expressed his heartfelt gratitude to NCRI President-elect Mrs. Maryam Rajavi and admiration for the fighters of freedom in Iran who stand against the cruel Iranian regime. He emphasized that all dictatorships, including Iran’s, only seek to maintain their own power, which is why they claim there is no alternative. Drawing on Romania’s own experience in overthrowing the Ceausescu dictatorship, he shared a powerful story of how the regime collapsed within hours under the pressure of the people’s will for freedom. Roman expressed confidence that similar events would occur in Iran, believing that the fight for freedom will ultimately prevail, and he expressed his deepest respect for their struggle.

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Former Canadian Minister Tony Clement: A New Iran Is Around the Corner

Tony Clement, former Canadian Minister, gave a speech in support of the Iranian people and Resistance led by NCRI President-elect Maryam Rajavi for prosecuting the mullahs' crimes against humanity and genocide at Free Iran World Summit—Day 3

Tony Clement, former President of the Canadian Treasury Board and former Minister, delivered an inspiring speech at an international conference that was held on July 3 at the headquarters of the National Council of Resistance of Iran addressing the 1988 massacre.

Highlighting the audacity of the Iranian government in criticizing the French government’s handling of protests, Mr. Clement stressed that the clerical regime is failing to acknowledge its own shortcomings in dealing with domestic demonstrations for over 40 years.

Mr. Clement then addressed the Iranian government’s dangerous yet incompetent nature, citing their mishandling of the downing of Ukrainian flight PS752 and the poor response to the COVID-19 pandemic as examples of their utter incompetence that only demonstrate their vulnerability and potential for defeat through the collective efforts of Iranians and the weight of their own shortcomings.

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Former Minister of Justice for Moldova Stanislav Pavlovschi: Time for Justice in Iran Is Now

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At an international event that was held at the NCRI headquarters near Paris to discuss the 1988 massacre of political prisoners in Iran, former Minister of Justice for Moldova and former Judge at the European Court of Human Rights Stanislav Pavlovschi emphasized the need for justice and accountability.

Judge Pavlovschi raised concerns about the lack of a fair judicial system in Iran, where human rights and dignity are not adequately protected. He advocated for an international, independent investigation into alleged extrajudicial executions and highlighted the importance of a judicial system that adheres to the principles of fair trial and modern justice, stressing the need to abolish the death penalty and other forms of cruel and inhuman punishment.

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Australian Senator Eric Abetz: International Community Must Recognize NCRI’s Legitimacy

Eric Abetz, former Australian Senator, gave a speech in support of the Iranian people and Resistance led by NCRI President-elect Maryam Rajavi for prosecuting the mullahs' crimes against humanity and genocide at Free Iran World Summit—Day 3

In his speech about the 1988 massacre at the NCRI headquarters on July 3, Senator Eric Abetz, former Leader of the Australian government in the Senate and former Minister, expressed his unwavering support for the Iranian Resistance and the struggle for freedom and democracy in Iran. He emphasized the importance of standing in solidarity with those fighting for freedom, condemning the tyrannical regime in Tehran.

Senator Abetz strongly criticized the brutal actions of the Iranian regime, from the 1988 massacre to the recent brutal executions. Calling for action to remove the clerical regime entirely and highlighting the need for a plan, inspired leadership, and determination to achieve success in the cause for a free Iran, Senator Abetz urged the international community to take a stronger stance against the regime and acknowledge the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) as the legitimate alternative to the regime.

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Former UN Human Rights Expert Ariel E Dulitzky: Every Single Enforced Disappearance Is A State Crime

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Mr. Ariel E Dulitzky, acting Director of the Latin America Initiative, former appointee to the United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances and its Chair-Rapporteur in 2013 (2013-2015), was among the distinguished speakers of the NCRI international conference on the 1988 massacre in Iran that was held on July 3.

In his speech, Mr. Dulitzky drew attention to the heart-wrenching reality of enforced disappearances, drawing parallels between the tragedies witnessed in Iran and the painful history of disappearances in his homeland, Argentina. With profound insight and emotion, he reminded the conference that disappearances are not merely events of the past, but ongoing crimes against humanity that demand our collective action and pursuit of justice.

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Former Rapporteur of High Criminal Court of Buenos Aires Irene Victoria Massimino: Iranian State Officials’ Impunity is A Crime by Itself

Irene Victoria Massimino Kjarsgaard, former Rapporteur of the High Criminal Court of Buenos Aires Province, gave a speech in support of the Iranian people and Resistance led by NCRI President-elect Maryam Rajavi for prosecuting the mullahs' crimes against humanity and genocide at Free Iran World Summit—Day 3

At an event that was held to discuss the mass killings of tens of thousands of political prisoners in Iran in the summer of 1988, Irene Victoria Massimino Kjarsgaard, former Rapporteur of the High Criminal Court of Buenos Aires, and co-founder and director of legal affairs of the Lincoln Institute for Genocide Prevention, took part and addressed the conference.

With extensive knowledge and expertise in the field of forced disappearances, this law professor compared the 1988 massacre in Iran with similar characteristics of the systemic human rights violations committed under the junta’s regime in Argentina. She explained why forced disappearances are a continuous crime, not only against the individuals targeted but also every other person that cares for the victims and is put under constant terror and intimidation by the institutional criminals functioning as the state.

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Former Amnesty International SG Pierre Sané: When Resistance Is Based on Justice, Freedom and Equality, It Will Win

Former Amnesty International SG Pierre Sané gave a speech in support of the Iranian people and Resistance led by NCRI President-elect Maryam Rajavi for prosecuting the mullahs' crimes against humanity and genocide at Free Iran World Summit—Day 3

On July 3, Mr. Pierre Sané, the founder and president of the Imagine Africa Institute, former UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences, and former Secretary General of Amnesty International was among the distinguished speakers at the international conference that addressed the 1988 massacre of political prisoners in Iran. With decades-long expertise in human rights advocacy, Mr. Sané touched on sensitive topics like the deafening silence and inaction of the international community concerning the grave human rights violations in Iran.

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European Lawyers Foundation Chair Dominique Attias: Iranian Women Have Become The Core of The Revolution

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At the Free Iran World Summit 2023, Mrs. Dominique Attias, Chair of the Board of Directors at the European Lawyers Foundation, praised the Iranian Resistance for their 40-year fight for freedom, despite challenges and sacrifices. She condemned the oppressive regime of Iran and called for justice, gender equality, and individual freedoms. Mrs. Attias also expressed her admiration for the strength of Iranian women and urged continuous support for their struggle.

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