A Global Success for people’s uprising in Iran
The Iranian Resistance and its fundamental force, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran held a three-day online “Free Iran Global Summit”, the largest of its kind, in solidarity with the people’s uprising in Iran and establishing democracy.
The online gathering connected Iranians at 30,000 locations in Iran, in Ashraf-3 in Albania and in more than 100 countries.
One thousand dignitaries, including political leaders, parliamentarians, cultural and religious figures participated in the gathering, supporting the Iranian people's call for the overthrow of a religious dictatorship and Mrs. Maryam Rajavi's 10-point plan for a future Iran.
At the same time, a large demonstration in Berlin was held and rallies and demonstrations by Iranians in various cities around the world joined the gathering.
The first day of the conference, entitled, “Iran Rising Up for Freedom, Resistance Units Key to Victory” started with remarks by Mrs. Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI).
Eighteen U.S. lawmakers addressed the Summit, including Senator McSally, Senator Ben Cardin, Senator John Cornyn, Senator Todd Young, Senator Mike Braun, Senator Marco Rubio, Senator Bob Menendez, Senator John Boozman, and members of the House of Representatives Paul Gosar, Lance Gooden, Tim Burchett, David Trone, Tom Emmer, Don Bacon, Ralph Norman, Mario Díaz-Balart,
Many distinguished parliamentarians from Europe also addressed the Summit, including:
David Jones, former U.K. Secretary of Brexit; Theresa Villiers, former U.K. Secretary of State for Environment and Rural Affairs, Baroness Verma, member of the House of Lords, John Perry, former Irish minister, Mathew Offord, David Ames, and Bishop John Prichard, from the UK House of Commons, and Luís Leite Ramos, Vice-President of the PPE at the European Parliament, Martin Patzelt and Thomas Nord from the German Parliament, Philippe Goslen from the French Parliament, Senators Lucio Malan, Renata Polurini and Roberto Rampi from the Senate and the Italian Parliament, and many others.
The second day of the Summit, on Sunday, July 19, 2020 was held live with Ashraf3 on the 32nd anniversary of the massacre of 30,000 political prisoners. Several international lawyers and political figures, as well as several MEK members, who had served time in the mullahs' prisons and witnessed the massacre, spoke at the gathering.
Speaking at the gathering, Mrs. Rajavi called the 1988 massacre, "The greatest unpunished crime against humanity." By his fatwa sanctioning the 1988 massacre, Khomeini intended to annihilate the generation of the MEK, to guarantee his rule, just as the Mongols did in Iran
Prominent personalities and jurists spoke at the conference, including: Baroness Boothroyd, former Speaker of the UK House of Commons, Giulio Terzi, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Italy, Geoffrey Robertson QC, a human rights barrister, Professor Alan Dershowitz, prominent U.S. civil rights lawyer, Ambassador Lincoln Bloomfield, former Assistant of U.S. Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs, Ambassador Ken Blackwell, US ambassador to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, Sir Geoffrey Bindman QC, representative of the International Commission of Jurists on Human Rights Missions, Henri Luclerc Prominent French Lawyer and Honorary President of the Human Rights League.
On Monday, July 20, on the third day of the Summit, a conference entitled "Iran Regime’s Terrorism – Shut Down Tehran’s Embassies Abroad, Expel its Agents, Operatives” was held among members of the MEK in Ashraf-3. The live-streamed virtual gathering brought together hundreds of distinguished political figures from the United States, Europe including Albania.
In her address, Mrs. Rajavi referred to 450 cases of terrorist operations abroad by the Iranian regime and a surge in these activities since 2003 with recent terrorists’ plots in France and Albania against MEK led by Iranian diplomats.
Other speakers of this event included Mayor Jooliani, former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, Pandeli Majko, Minister of State for Albanian Diaspora, , the head of the Republican Party of Albania and former Defense Secretary Fatmir Mediu, vice-chairman of the Albania Democratic Party Edmon Spaho, Secretary of the Albanian Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee Elona Jebrja, Valentina Leskaj, former Vice-President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, and members of the Albanian Parliament Grida Duma, Endri Hasa, Orjola Pampuri, Fatbarda Kadiu, and former member of the Albanian Parliament Namik Kopliku. Prominent Albanian human rights activists and lawyers also addressed the conference.
The distinguished writer and women rights activist in Albania, Diana Culi presented her new book about MEK women, Thousand Stars, to the conference.
The representatives of local leaders in Manza and surrounding regions read out a statement supporting MEK.