Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the Iranian opposition, was the keynote speaker of the first international gathering of Iranian youth associations in Paris on April 12, 2014. She declared that “Human Rights are the Achilles heel of this regime.”
Mrs. Maryam Rajavi emphasized her desire for the Western countries to stop turning aside and start admonishing the current regime. Rajavi told the West to ”stop the policy of appeasement and offering concessions to the regime.” The Western countries must insist that the regime abolish executions, end the torture and suppression and start allowing freedom of speech. The regime’s lack of respect for the Iranian people must end.
The 43 Iranian youth associations from Europe, the United States, Australia and Iran wholeheartedly supported Mrs. Rajavi’s 10-point platform. The youth echoed the points accentuated by Mrs. Rajavi at the European Parliament last week. The youth associations underscored Rajavi’s point that “The only way to put an end to the current crisis facing Iran is via regime change.”
Rouhani has demonstrated in his ten month dossier that he supports the mullahs’ regime and chooses to preserve the regime and its human rights abuses. Rajavi and the young Iranian activists are livid at the brutal treatment of the Iranian people, the genocide in Syria, the deadly invasion of Iraq, and the meddling of the regime in the affairs of other countries in the region.
Joining Mrs. Rajavi and the Iranian youth associations in their outrage at the human rights abuses of the current regime were such noteworthy speakers as Rudy Giuliani (Mayor of New York City from 1994 to 2001), Governor Howard Dean (Chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 2005 to 2009), Judge Michael Mukasey (the 81st Attorney General of the United States), Judge Louis Freeh (Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation from 1993 to 2001), Professor Alan Dershowitz (America’s most renowned civil liberties lawyer and one of the most distinguished defenders of individual rights), and Senator Robert Torricelli (senator from New Jersey from 1997 to 2003).
The Paris event marked the third anniversary of the April 8, 2011 massacre of residents of Ashraf and Camp Liberty. Iraqi troops at the behest of Iran’s corrupt regime stormed Camp Liberty and murdered 36 defenseless residents and wounded hundreds more. Among the brave martyrs were Saba Haft Baradaran, Assieh Rakhshani, Nasstaran Azeimei, Faezeh Rajabi, Mahdieh and Akbar Madadzadeh, Zohair Zakeri, Hanif Kafaei and Massoud Hajiloei.
Camp Liberty has been home to Iranian dissidents for a quarter century. The multiple massacres at Ashraf and the repeated attacks to Camp Liberty occurred despite the assurances of safety for the residents of Camp Liberty by the United Nations, The European Union and the United States government. Rajavi said “We demand that the UN Secretary General unequivocally and steadfastly put an end to any collaboration and ignoring the crimes against humanity and to establish an independent investigation on mass-executions and hostage takings in Ashraf. These steps are necessary to prevent future crimes against humanity and for preserving the credibility and honor of the UN.”
Rajavi spared no words as she reprimanded the United Nations for its “abhorrent lack of action” and the United States for allowing the repeated missile attacks on residents of Camp Liberty. Rajavi insisted that the United Nations and the United States government compel the government of Iraq to carry out its commitments to provide safety and security to the residents of Ashraf and Camp Liberty.
The protections Rajavi and the dignitaries requested included installing protective T-walls, revoking the anti-human medical treatment, and the release of those still help prisoner. Rajavi said, “We demand the release of residents of Ashraf who were taken as hostage, and transfer of all residents of Camp Liberty, in particular the wounded or sick residents to Europe and the United States.”
Maryam Rajavi, the 43 Iranian youth associations and the esteemed dignitaries stood together calling for a regime change and the end of the human rights abuses of the current Iranian regime.