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Icelandic Parliament Majority Joins Global Campaign in Support of Iranian Freedom and Democracy

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A majority of Icelandic parliamentarians have joined the global campaign in support of Iranian freedom and democracy, endorsing the statement titled “Supporting Freedom and Resistance in Iran for Global Peace and Security.” This move signifies their solidarity with the Iranian people and their resistance against oppression.

The statement has been signed by 33 members of the Icelandic Parliament (Althingi), including four committee chairs, four committee vice-chairs, and six members of the Foreign Affairs Committee. Among the signatories are two parliamentary party leaders and three former ministers, reflecting broad and significant support from Iceland’s political landscape.

The Althingi, one of the oldest parliaments in the world and one of the first legislative bodies in human history has strongly condemned the brutal suppression of the Iranian people, including ethnic and religious minorities, and the violence against women in prisons. The statement highlights that while women are the primary victims of the misogynistic regime, they also hold leadership positions in the Iranian resistance.

The Icelandic MPs are calling on all governments to support Maryam Rajavi’s Ten-Point Plan for a democratic republic in Iran. This plan advocates for the separation of religion and state and gender equality, ensuring a democratic system for the Iranian people.

The majority of Icelandic parliamentarians have condemned the recent sham trials against the leadership of the Iranian resistance and 100 members of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK). They view these trials as pretexts for justifying terrorist acts against dissidents, particularly in Europe. The statement reaffirms the need for accountability for the 1988 massacre and ongoing crimes against humanity, recognizing the right of the Iranian people and the MEK Resistance Units to oppose the IRGC.

The statement by the Icelandic parliamentarians emphasizes the destructive role of the Iranian regime in the Middle East and underscores the necessity of designating the IRGC as a terrorist organization. They urge the international community to take decisive action to support the Iranian people’s struggle for freedom and democracy.

 

Statement on Iran

Supporting Freedom and Resistance in Iran for Global Peace and Security

We are deeply concerned by the Iranian regime’s ruthless suppression of the people of Iran, including ethnic and religious minorities. During the 2022 uprising, according to the UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Iran, “verified videos show security forces deliberately shooting unarmed protesters from a short distance”.

Amnesty International’s December 2023 report exposes sexual violence against women in Iranian prisons. Women are the first victims of oppression by the ruling misogynist regime. On the other hand, in the Iranian resistance, women are in leadership positions.

Iran remains the world’s leading per capita executioner. In 1988 alone, 30,000 political prisoners were massacred within weeks following the decree by the regime’s Supreme Leader Ruhollah Khomeini to execute affiliates of the People’s Mojahedin Organisation of Iran (PMOI/MEK) who persisted in supporting the organization.

The Iranian regime has initiated a farcical trial in absentia for the Iranian Resistance leadership and 100 members of the PMOI who have been in Europe for years, alleging crimes such as Moharebeh (waging war against God). This trial is evidently a pretext for laying the groundwork to commit terrorist acts against them, particularly in Europe, and to pressure European authorities to restrict dissidents, particularly those residing in Ashraf-3, Albania. The Iranian judiciary serves as Khamenei’s repressive tool for killing and terrorism.

Europe has become the roaming ground for Iran’s state terrorism. In February 2021, a court in Antwerp, Belgium, sentenced a serving Iranian diplomat to 20 years in prison for attempting to bomb the annual summit of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) in a Paris suburb. However, in May 2023, the mullahs released him in exchange for a hostage who was taken for this purpose.

The ruling religious dictatorship is incapable of reform. During the 2022 uprising, the Iranian people rejected any form of dictatorship, whether monarchical or theocratic and called for regime change to establish a democratic republic.

The people of Iran are being denied all of their political and civil rights; whereas, the Preamble to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights underscores the fundamental rights of all human beings, and states: “It is essential if man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that human rights should be protected by the rule of law”.

We are deeply concerned about the outbreak of war in the Middle East and its overall consequences for world peace and security. It is now proven that the head of the snake is in Iran.

  1. We condemn the flagrant violations of human rights, particularly the suppression of women, and we call for the perpetrators of the 1988 massacre to be held accountable for ongoing crimes against humanity.
  2. We urge all governments to support NCRI President-elect Maryam Rajavi’s Ten-point Plan for a democratic republic based on the separation of religion and state and gender equality, the autonomy of Iran’s ethnic groups, and a non-nuclear country.
  3. We strongly condemn the Iranian regime’s actions against Iranian dissidents in Ashraf-3, Albania, and we reaffirm their rights under the 1951 Geneva Convention and the European Convention on Human Rights.
  4. As the Iranian regime has blocked all political avenues for change, the free world must recognize the right of the Iranian people to rise up and the right of the MEK Resistance Units to confront the IRGC.
  5. We strongly condemn the Iranian regime’s destructive role in the Middle East and its belligerent policies. We call for the terrorist designation of the IRGC and the implementation of oil sanctions on the regime.