European lawmakers and jurists called on French authorities to drop charges against officials of the opposition National Council of Resistance of Iran and put an end to what they described as harassment of opponents of Iran’s clerical regime in France.
For immediate release
19 May, 2005
Commenting on a Human Rights Watch report on the Iranian resistance and the People’s Mojahedin Organisation of Iran (PMOI) the British Committee for Iran Freedom said:
"Human Rights Watch has been made a fool of by the mullahs. It has accepted unsubstantiated allegations without asking the PMOI for comment."
The People's Mujahedeen Organisation said in a statement in Paris that the report by the US-based group Human Rights Watch was nothing more than "a highly politicised invective against the Iranian resistance movement."
One-sided report of Human Rights Watch on the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran violates the right of defence, the most basic humanitarian right
The Human Rights Watch in a report published on May 18, alleged that the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI) mistreats its members.
We were shocked to find out that the Human Rights Watch had not informed the PMOI regarding any of these allegations prior to publishing its report.
This conduct of the Human Rights Watch is in clear violation of all well- established international standards and the basic right of defence.
International Human Rights Committee and Law Reform Board
Law Socitey of England and Wales
The content of the baseless and unsubstantiated allegations made by those interviewed did not surprise me, as I have read their allegations and the Iranian Mojahedin's responses in various publications before. However, what concerned me was the fact that Human Rights Watch decided to publish such a report without carrying out the most basic checks to ensure the accuracy and truth of the testimonies provided and without giving the Iranian Mojahedin an opportunity to respond.
The PMOI whose members and sympathisers have been the primary victims of the Iranian regime's barbarity over the past quarter of a century, and who have sacrificed everything to struggle for the liberation of their people, are not in the business of mistreating their members, sympathisers or anyone else for that matter.
Here we are witnessing the second anniversary of the storming of the residence of Maryam Rajavi and her colleagues in Paris.
Two years without proper charge being made. Two years of uncertainty, two years of anxiety of those people wrongly being accused of doing things against the law in France.
I send my best wishes to the gathering taking place today. Special greetings to Madam Rajavi and her colleagues who are continuing to fight for justice and freedom.