The majority of members in the Norwegian Parliament, known as Storting, have joined a global campaign in support of the Iranian people’s uprising. They stand for the establishment of a democratic republic of Iran based on the separation of religion and state, while endorsing Mrs. Maryam Rajavi’s ten-point plan.
The Parliament majority strongly condemned the regime’s involvement in terrorist activities in the Middle East and Europe. Norwegian MPs urged the international community to designate the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist organization and hold regime leaders accountable for their crimes against humanity.
The statement by the Norwegian Parliament majority includes representatives from all ten constituent parties. Notably, three party leaders, three deputy speakers of the Parliament, the heads of four committees, and eleven ranking members of the committees have signed it. Additionally, a former Prime Minister and four former ministers are among the signatories.
The Norwegian Parliament members expressed their support and placed emphasis on Mrs. Maryam Rajavi’s ten-point plan in their statement. The plan encompasses important principles such as free elections, freedom of assembly, freedom of expression, abolition of the death penalty, gender equality, separation of religion and state, autonomy for ethnicities, and a non-nuclear Iran.
The full statement signed by the majority of the Norwegian parliament is reflected below:
Support the Iranian People in Their Struggle
for a Secular and Democratic Republic
For the past six months, the world has witnessed a sweeping popular uprising in Iran, demanding freedom and democracy. Some 750 protesters have been killed and 30,000 arrested. While any change should come from the Iranian people and their own resistance, the international community has its own responsibility.
We stand in solidarity with the people of Iran in their desire for a secular and democratic republic where no individual, regardless of religion or birthright, has any privilege over others. Through their slogans the Iranian people have made it clear that they reject all forms of dictatorship, be it the deposed Shah or the current theocratic regime and thus reject any association with either.
We believe it is for the Iranian people to decide their future. However, we recognize the fact that over the past four decades, the democratic coalition of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) has constantly and tirelessly pursued democratic change. In this respect, we believe the Ten-point Plan articulated by the NCRI President, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, deserves our support. It stands for free elections, freedom of assembly and expression, abolition of the death penalty, gender equality, the separation of religion and state, autonomy for Iran’s ethnicities, and a non-nuclear Iran.
The Iranian people’s courageous uprising can be attributed, on the one hand, to the explosive state of Iranian society, a product of suppression, poverty, discrimination, and government corruption, and, on the other hand, four decades of nationwide organized resistance. Tragically, in the summer of 1988 alone, over 30,000 political prisoners – the vast majority of whom were members of the MEK – were brutally massacred.
We condemn the Iranian regime’s meddling in the Middle East region and Europe, including its terrorist attempts and cyber-attacks in Albania.
We urge the international community to stand with the Iranian people in their quest for change and to take decisive steps against the current regime. This includes blacklisting the IRGC and holding regime officials accountable for their crimes against humanity.