UN Headquarters in Geneva: Demonstration Against Human Rights Violation in Iran
Switzerland, Feb. 26, 2019 - As the United Nations Human Rights Council convened to hold its 40th session at the international body’s headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, a large crowd of Iranian dissidents gathered to protest flagrant human rights violations and terrorism of the Iranian regime.
The demonstration, held at the Place des Nations, called for the ouster of the Iranian regime from the United Nations and the recognition of the Iranian Resistance, symbolized in the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), as the legitimate representative and voice of the Iranian people.
The demonstrators put up large posters containing images of people executed by the Iranian regime. In the past 40 years, the mullahs have executed more than 120,000 Iranian dissidents, most of them members and supporters of the main Iranian opposition group, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK).
The demonstrators also called on the UN to launch an official probe into the mass execution of thousands of political prisoners in 1988. At the time, under the orders of then-supreme leader Ruhollah Khomeini, the Iranian regime sent more than 30,000 prisoners to the gallows due to their insistence on opposing the regime. Most of the victims of this atrocious crime against humanity, which became known as the “1988 massacre,” were PMOI/MEK members and supporters.
The demonstrators voiced their support for the NCRI, which represents the sole organized and democratic alternative to the brutal rule of the mullahs. “Democracy, freedom, with Maryam Rajavi,” the demonstrators were chanting, referring to Maryam Rajavi, the president-elect of the NCRI.
The protesters also voiced their support for Iranian “Resistance Units,” supporters of PMOI/MEK inside Iran who have been bravely challenging the Iranian regime and its repressive forces. In the past months, these Resistance Units have been setting fire to posters and banners of regime leaders and icons, undermining the mullahs’ efforts to exude power and quell protests that have been raging across the country since December 2017.
“Resistance units, we support you,” the protesters were chanting.
#Iranian opposition supporters hold a rally in Geneva on Tuesday, Feb 26,— mostafa.m (@MostafaMe4) February 27, 2019
protesting #Iran Rep visit to the United Nations’ European headquarters. #FreeIran #IranRegimeChange #HRC40 #HumanRights @EU_UNGeneva #PMOI/#MEK pic.twitter.com/m2xUUU1bSX
While #Zarif seems 2b playing resignation ridicules due to unsolvable crisis&infightings w/in the criminal regime,#Iranian supporters of #MEK, protest his planned speech at #HRC40(@UNHumanRights) in #Geneva. #FreeIran pic.twitter.com/CMPWdySm2x— Ka Veh (@kaveh20092009) February 26, 2019
Holding the pictures of some of the fallen heroes of #MEK,protesters condemn the planned speech by #Zarif, who symbolizes 40yrs of execution, terror&warmongering in the region. #IranRegimeChange #FreeIran #HRC40 @UNHumanRights @USAdarFarsi pic.twitter.com/CXu30PHgjf— Ka Veh (@kaveh20092009) February 26, 2019
.@UNGeneva - Feb. 26, 2019, #PMOI / #MEK supporters rallying, protesting the mullahs’ gross #HumanRights violations in #Iran#IranRegimeOutOfUN #FreeIran #HRC40@EU_UNGeneva@eu_eeas @USUNhttps://t.co/Ybk0HjQT2K pic.twitter.com/UyjoFniydE— Iran Freedom (@4FreedominIran) February 26, 2019