Maryam Rajavi, president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
Iran has been a complicated challenge for the international community in the past decades. Since 2003 that the National Council of Resistance of Iran (the opposition movement to the Ayatollah) revealed Iranian regime secrete nuclear program, this subject has formed the core policy of the EU and the US towards Iran. Iranian regime nuclear program usually appears on the headlines, although negotiations have been held in a disappointing atmosphere for several years. Despite an international wave to describe JCPOA as an achievement the deal had almost no guarantee from both sides. The former US president withdrew from the deal with a stroke of a pen and the Iranian regime reinitiated uranium enrichment to above 60% within few months. Still, a neutral observer affirms the EU and the US efforts to revive the deal even with providing concessions to the Iranian regime, writes Ali Bagheri.
The blockage in Iran nuclear deal is not because of the EU and the US bad intentions, or because Iran has no interest in negotiations. The failure of diplomacy between western powers and the Iranian regime has a deep and historical root in the Iranian society. On July 14, 2015, Maryam Rajavi (pictured), president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, stated that any agreement that disregards and fails to underscore the Iranian people’s human rights will only embolden the regime in its suppression and relentless executions. Today, six years after the signature of JCPOA, it is almost evident that the deal is failed and both sides are not capable to form an agreement, and this is due to the missing point as is it was stated in Maryam Rajavi’s message which is the human rights of the people of Iran.
If someone digs the contemporary history of Iran, a bloody war between Iranian people and the governing regimes for freedom and democracy forms the backbone of the social developments. This internal war has a direct influence on Iranian regime external policy. Iranian regime has thirst to equip its foreign bodies with wars, terrorism, and nuclear weapon to push back the international community whenever it needs to suppress the internal war, in other words the people of Iran.
For instance, the 8 years Iran-Iraq war was a cover to suppress the growing opposition against the establishment of Islamic Republic. On the top of all the crimes committed by Iranian regime officials, there is the 1988 Massacre when 30000 political prisoners, mainly MEK supporters were executed in a deafening international silence. This internal war can be addressed in every moment of the contemporary history of Iran.
Martin Luther King, Jr. once stated “the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” Truly, “Justice” is the last battlefield that Iranian people and their opposition are working extensively to change the policy in Europe and the US towards Iran. Although supporters of appeasement policy recognize no boarders to deal with murderer mullahs, Iranian people and their resistance trapped both the Iranian regime and the appeasement policy supporters in the hands of justice. This is the place that there is no way out.
In June 2018, when the Iranian diplomat terrorist was arrested for a foiled terrorist attack in Paris, the news covered the headlines all around the world. It was a case that Iranian regime clearly plotted a terrorist attack against the democratic opposition of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, NCRI. Despite an extensive effort by the Iranian regime to swap the Iranian diplomat terrorist with the Iranian-Swedish professor jailed in Evin prison, the definitiveness of Antwerp court halted any intervention of political interest in European justice, that Belgian minister of Justice affirmed the independence of powers in Belgium.
Belgium is a small country, but it changed the playground, and it must be admired for its determination. These days, another European court in Sweden opened the case of one of the criminals of the 1988 massacre in Iran. Hamid Noury who was arrested in Arlanda airport in Stockholm was one of the staff during the massacre who was involved to operate the orders of death commission about prisoners. According to the witnesses, he participated in executions, and he distributed sweets when he executed the political prisoners. But the 1988 massacre does not ends here, the sitting president in Iran, Ebrahim Raisi, was a member of death commissions in Tehran, who personally ordered thousands of executions, and the conviction of Hamid Noury and the recognition of 1988 massacre in European courts would be the biggest challenge for Irnaian regime officials.
The case of the Iranian diplomat terrorist in Belgium and the case of Hamid Noury in Sweden might look different in their natures, but the federal prosecutor of Switzerland opened a recent investigation about the assassination of Dr. Kazem Rajavi who was killed 30 years ago in Geneva. The federal prosecutor in Switzerland runs the new investigations about this terror under the chart of genocide and crime against humanity. Because, at that time Dr. Kazem Rajavi was working on the case of 1988 massacre which happened less than a year before his assassination. Without no surprise, the terrorists who killed Dr. Rajavi were entered to Switzerland with diplomatic passports, and they were in contact with the Iranian regime office in Geneva. Therefore, without any hesitations Iranian regime uses its diplomatic apparatus to conduct terrorist attacks against its opposition.
In all these cases, Iranian regime never distances itself from terrorists and criminals. It remained loyal to its agents and terrorists and vice versa. However, the new era that the Iranian people and their resistance entered is not conditioned to political interests and deals. The Iranian opposition movement, MEK and NCRI, are defending their rights and the rights of the Iranian people by means of judicial power. It is the place that the supporters of appeasement policy and the Iranian regime have already lost. They cannot push for deals or political interests in the court, but they should mention their facts, and the fact is that the Iranian regime has a dark history of human right violations, crimes, and terrorism, as it has been stated in 69 UN resolutions for human rights violations in Iran. In conclusion, we entered a new political era which is founded on justice and human rights. It might take sometimes until Europe and US obey the new situation and stop pushing for deals with mullahs, but there is no chance that the Iranian regime can endure the pressure from the Iranian opposition and the protests by the Iranian people as much as it loses its supports from western countries.
Ali Bagheri is an energy engineer, PhD from University of Mons. He is an Iranian activist and an advocate for human rights and democracy in Iran.