Prominent American and European Politicians Urge UN, US, and EU for Immediate Action for Protection and Well-Being of Ashraf and Liberty Residents and Their Relocation to Third Countries
PARIS, March 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –
Maryam Rajavi: The only way to stop Iran building a nuclear bomb or
unprecedented conflict and crisis triggered by the mullahs is regime change by the Iranian
people and the Iranian Resistance
At an international conference by the French Committee for a Democratic Iran (CFID)
held in Paris on Saturday, March 24, speakers from the United States and Europe stressed
the need for a firm policy towards the Iranian regime.
In the meeting that was attended by thousands of Iranians dignitaries also called for
the protection of the rights of Ashraf and Liberty residents and the removal of the
terrorism label on the main Iranian opposition movement, the People’s Mojahedin
Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) by the U.S. State Department.
Speakers at the conference, who had come from the U.S. and Europe for this event
included: Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the Iranian resistance, Rudy Giuliani,
former mayor of New York and US Presidential Candidate (2008), Michael Mukasey, US
Attorney General (2007-2009), Secretary Tom Ridge, the first US Homeland Security
Secretary (2003-2005) and former Governor of Pennsylvania; John Bolton, former US
Ambassador to the United Nations, Patrick Kennedy, member of the US Congress (1991-2011);
Glenn Carle, former Deputy National Intelligence for Transnational Threats; Col. Wesley
Martin, former Commander of the MNF-I anti-terrorism unit and commander of Forward
Operation Base in Ashraf; Lt. Col Leo McCloskey, Commander of Forward Operation Base in
Ashraf until 2008; Guenter Verheugen, Commissioner of Europe (1999-2009) and former
minister of State in the Department of Foreign Affairs of Germany; Gerhart Baum, former
German Federal Minister of the Interior; Klaus Bresser, former Chief Editor of the German
Channel 2 TV (ZDF); Jacques Desallangre, Member of French National Assembly; David Amess,
Member of British Parliament; Lucio Malan, member of Italian Senate and NATO Parliamentary
Assembly; Geoffrey Robertson, Q.C., LL.B., B.C.L., First President of UN Special Court on
War Crimes for Sierra Leon and member of the UN Justice Council.
Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the Iranian resistance, offered her condolences
to the French people, the Jewish society and the families of the victims of the terrorist
attacks in Toulouse. She blamed this tragedy on fundamentalism under the guise of Islam,
whose roots are found in Tehran and Qom. Warnings had been issued about this phenomenon as
far back as 25 years ago and these crimes had nothing to do with Islam, Mrs Rajavi
stressed. She said the only means of defeating the fundamentalism and terrorism that hides
behind Islam is an alternative based on a democratic and tolerant Islam, and that the PMOI
represents this democratic alternative which is the anti-thesis to extremism – an Islam
with the message of mercy, freedom, equality, brotherhood, love and co-existence between
all religions and all of humanity.
In this conference, which coincided with the Iranian New Year, Mrs Rajavi declared
that with global solidarity, it would be possible to make this the year that sees the
defeat of the religious fascism ruling Iran. She added that the only solution to prevent
an Iranian nuclear bomb or unprecedented conflict and crisis triggered by the mullahs is
regime change by the Iranian people and the Iranian resistance.
Mrs Rajavi said: “In order to escape their demise, the mullahs have reverted to war
with the Iranian people, the people of the region and the international community. At the
centre of these measures is their effort to annihilate the organized resistance which
holds the key for change in Iran. Attacking Ashraf is done within this context.”
“The policy of the United States and the European Union, bowing to the demands of the
regime over Ashraf and the continuation of unjustified designation of the Mojahedin (MEK)
has worked in favour of the Tehran’s mullahs,” she emphasized.
Referring to the transfer of 1200 Ashraf residents to Camp Liberty, Mrs Rajavi said:
“This transfer unfortunately has turned to a forcible displacement combined with a lot of
harassments and pressures. Despite the repeated calls of the United Nations High
Commissioner for Refugees, the residents do not have freedom of movement. They are also
deprived of meeting their family members and lawyers. Most importantly, the unjustified
presence of armed forces within the Camp’s private limits has created constant insecurity
for the residents.”
Mrs Rajavi also warned that the presence of armed forces inside the camp strongly adds
to the risk of a humanitarian catastrophe. In these circumstances, the UN is expected to
return to its real responsibility of defending the victim and the oppressed, or at least
to stay neutral between the Iraqi government and Ashraf residents.
Mrs Rajavi described the following steps necessary to continue the transfer of the
residents to Liberty and to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe in either Ashraf or
– Police and armed forces are completely removed from Camp Liberty and agreements in
this regard are implemented.
– The residents have the right to move their movable property to the new site and to
sell other property or to transfer it elsewhere.
– Obstacles that the Iraqi government has put in place for building infrastructure are
quickly removed so that the residents can build their basic necessities, such as a rest
place for the patients or paving the walkways for their transportation.
– The refugee status recertification of the residents by the UNHCR and their
relocation to third countries are expedited.
In his remarks, Mr Giuliani said: “Let me go there (Camp Liberty). Let me see it with
my own eyes. In other words, let’s see if my country that I love, the United States of
America, is living up to the promise that it made to the people of Ashraf to protect them
and to treat them decently or it’s breaking that promise. And if you don’t want to send
me, you can send Judge Mukasey or Tom Ridge or Patrick Kennedy or four or five of us and
then you can put us before Congress and put us under oath and I assure you, we’ll tell the
truth about it and we’ll get this resolved. Are we being misled or is the State Department
breaking its promise to the people of Ashraf? Let’s get an answer to it once and for all.”
The former Mayor of New York added: “And right now, the enemy of stopping a nuclear
Iran is appeasement. That’s the false notion that made Iran more determined to become
nuclear. Let’s stop the appeasement. Let’s stop trying to negotiate. Let’s stop writing
letters to the ayatollah. And let’s stand up, united as Americans in saying we are for
regime change in Iran and we will take any step necessary to stop Iran from becoming
Tom Ridge began by stating his readiness to join Mayor Giuliani on his trip to Camp
Liberty. He went on: “We will continue to stand with the MEK, with the freedom-loving
people of Ashraf and Liberty. I want to stand on the right side of history and I do not
worry about anything else.”
Mr Ridge described the scenes of attacks on Ashraf, and strongly criticised the US
government for trampling on the UN Charter, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and
the Geneva Conventions. He said: “How can my country ignore those vicious attacks? One
wonders when last time those responsible for Ashraf looked at those documents.”
He told the UN: “You have not done your job United Nations, and it is about time you
And he urged the US government: “If you want to send a message to Iran and Maliki
about how serious we are, I’ll give you one simple idea: delist the MEK.”
Michael Mukasey said: “This conference should be broadcast to the State Department.
Then they would see that Mrs Rajavi opened this conference by extending her condolences to
the Jewish community in Toulouse.”
The former U.S. Attorney General ridiculed the ‘unnamed sources’ at the State
Department, saying: “Why anonymous? What are they afraid of? They fear, but we have no
fear. We do not hide our names.”
And he told Iranians in audience: “Right prevails in my country and I hope it will not
be long before right will prevail in your country.”
Patrick Kennedy strongly criticized the UN and said: “We want action, no more words.”
He expressed solidarity with the residents of Camp Liberty, adding: “All of our thoughts
are with people in Camp Liberty who are being treated as prisoners and not refugees.”
Philippe Douste-Blazy, Special Adviser and Deputy to the UN Secretary General and
French Foreign Minister from 2005 to 2007, also voiced his support for the goals of this
conference via a video message.
Francois Colcombet, Magistrate – Former Member of French Parliament,
SOURCE French Committee for a Democratic Iran (CFID).