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Full text of speech by Theresa Villie at Grand Gathering – 2017

Sep 19
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By Staff Writer, Iran Probe

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Thank you. It's a huge honor to be able to address this inspirational event for the very first time. I have the very highest regard for the British Iranian community in my constituency in chipping Barnet back in England. and I thank them warmly for the support that they've given me. I'm here today to support freedom for Iran. And I'm here with my colleagues from across different parties in Great Britain to pay tribute to Mrs. Rajavi, and to pay tribute to her for the lead she sets promoting justice for the Iranian people and a peaceful and democratic future for Iran. Mrs. Rajavi, I believe you're brave campaign for freedom and justice in Iran is a Just Cause and you have our support. Everyone here will be all too well aware of the shocking human rights record of the Iranian regime, which is a tyranny. Nearly 700 people were put to death in a single six-month period in 2015 that's equivalent to around three every single day of the year.

And sadly we all know that the Iranian regime leads the world in the execution of children. It is believed that at least 73 juvenile offenders were executed in the ten years between 2005 and 2015. We all know that members of minority faiths like Baha’is and Christians face oppression and discrimination and as many speakers of highlighted today it is also high time that women in Iran enjoyed freedom and equality once again.

I'm told that by the NCRI around 2000 women a day are arrested for failing to comply with the country's dress code. This is completely unacceptable. Ladies and gentlemen friends this regime is a deeply repressive one, which brutalizes much of its population and its pursuit of dominance in the region is a continuing source of instability in the Middle East.

It is the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism providing financial and material support to a range of lethal violent extremist terrorist groups. So the Iranian regime is responsible for many lives lost and families bereaved both within its own borders and beyond. Ladies and gentlemen it is a truly a source of evil in the world and I sincerely hope that one day the people of Iran will be able to free themselves from its grip and together build a brighter future based on the principles of freedom of democracy and I believe that Mrs. Rajavi and the National Council of Resistance in Iran will be at the forefront of that long road to freedom and I wish you well with the important task of heads.

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