By Staff Writer, Irna Probe
Thursday, 2 June 2016
France Culture nationwide radio broadcasted a special documentary titled “The Voice of the Iranian Resistance” and an interview with Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the Iranian opposition National Council of Resistance of Iran. This 55-minute program consisted of an introduction of the Iranian Resistance movement and the leading role of women, interviews with various Resistance members and also French dignitaries including renowned anthropologist Professor Francoise Eritie, former French human rights minister Rama Yade, and former French judge and MP François Colcombet, founder of the French Judges Syndicate.
Segments of this program are provided below:
This opposition has been struggling since the Shah’s era and is now led by a woman named Maryam Rajavi. The NCRI is a coalition of opposition groups, including the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran.
“I strongly oppose imposing clothing regulations and the hijab on women. All women should be free. Do you know that Hassan Rouhani was one of the first figures in this regime that implemented mandatory hijab regulations. During his tenure 2,300 people have been executed, of which 70 were women,” Maryam Rajavi said. “There is no difference between the viewpoints of Daesh (the Arabic acronym for the self-proclaimed Islamic State, ISIS, ISIL) and that of the fundamentalist mullahs ruling Iran. Iran is behind the crimes in Syria and this is paving the path for the rise and expansion of Daesh. All these crimes inside Iran and abroad are taking place under the banner of Islam. Despite the fact that the mullahs have institutionalized and legalized misogynist viewpoints, the women in Iran are always resisting against the mullahs’ regime.”
“In my opinion women are the final response to fundamentalism. That is why we say women are the force of change. The presence of young women and their leading role in the Iranian Resistance movement proves how women are involved in political leadership. This guarantees freedom and democracy in the future Iran,” she added.
“We support an end to executions, separation of church and state, equality amongst all Iranian citizens from any religion, gender equality in all aspects of life, and especially the participation of women in political leadership…. We also want a nuclear-free or non-nuclear Iran,” Maryam Rajavi concluded.
“I have personally been very impressed by the work of Mrs. Rajavi,” said Professor Francoise Eritie. “Because of the quality and honesty of her struggle. She has new ideas and has decided to involve women in responsibilities and power.”
“It wasn’t easy for me to accompany the NCRI,” said former French human rights minister Rama Yade. “The Iranian Resistance was in the European and French terror lists. Furthermore, following the [June 2003] attack on [their headquarters north of Paris] the French judiciary opened a case against them. All of this prevented me as a member of the government being banned from meeting with them. At that time there was a leniency to appease and engage with Iran. Investigations showed there was nothing to find and the French judiciary ruled they are not terrorists… One must say this was a contradiction that had cloaked the government’s attraction to engage with Iran. When I was able to meet with them I saw very united group. There is a need for a face, such as Mrs. Rajavi. And also traditions, about their martyrs. This is a type of transition to the younger generation. They are very brave and full of determination. And they truly have a significant amount of determination to continue their struggle for the past several decades.”
“The Rouhani regime is no different from the regime’s past. The diplomatic terms used in the international stage, in the meetings of senior officials regarding the human rights situation in Iran, they have no relativity with the scope of executions taking place in this country. Also the number of death sentences issued for dissidents, women and juveniles that are currently taking place in public. These executions are carried out to cement a climate of fear,” she added.
“The economy is monopolized by the Revolutionary Guards and there is no economic opening. The Iranian market has everyone’s attention and French media are issuing reports of a new Iran, tourism, the ancient Iran, ‘freedom’ of women and similar issues. These are very repulsive reports. We must not exchange our values for economic interest. Our values are considered our higher interests and experience shows whenever we fail to raise the issue of human rights with this or that dictator to create jobs here in France, in the end no contract is signed.”