The online annual gathering of the Iranian Resistance, “Free Iran Global Summit” was held from 17 to 20 July, 2020, and attended by advocates of a free Iran, supporters of the Iranian Resistance, and Iranians who seek the overthrow of the ruling religious fascism in Iran. The online gathering connected Iranians at 30,000 locations in Iran, in Ashraf-3 in Albania as well as in more than 100 countries on 5 continents.
About 1,000 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.
Speakers at the first day of the summit, included:
Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Senator Joseph Lieberman, Mr. Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Mr. Stephen Harper, former Prime Minister of Canada, Mr. Sid Ghozali, former Prime Minister of Algeria, Mr. Pandeli Majko and Sali Berisha, former Prime Ministers of Albania, Mrs. Michèle Alliot-Marie, Mr. Giulio Terzi, Mr. John Baird, Mrs. Anna Fotyga, Former Foreign Ministers of France, Italy, Canada, and Poland, respectively, Mr. Riad Yassin and Mr. Khaled al-Yamani, former Foreign Ministers of Yemen, and Mr. Jawad Anani, former Foreign Minister of Jordan.
Eighteen U.S. lawmakers, including Sen. McSally, Sen. Ben Cardin, Sen. John Cornyn, Sen. Todd Young, Sen. Mike Braun, Sen Marco Rubio, Sen. Bob Menendez, Sen. 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, addressed the Summit or delivered messages.
The following distinguished personalities also addressed the global summit: Governor Tom Ridge former United States Secretary of Homeland Security, Michael Mukasey, former Attorney General of the United States, Louis J. Freeh, former Director of the FBI, former Senators, Former Senators Kelly Ayotte & Robert Torricelli, Theresa Payton, Director of Communications and Information Technology at the White House During George W. Bush Presidency, Gilbert Mitterrand, President of the France Liberty Foundation; Rama Yade, former France Human Rights Minister, Mr. David Jones, former U.K. Secretary of Brexit; Theresa Villiers, former U.K. Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Baroness Verma, former UK minister and a member of the House of Lords, Mr. John Perry, former Irish minister, Mr. Lulzim Basha, leader of the Democratic Party in Albania, Mr. Fatmir Mediu, Leader of the Republican Party and former Defense Minister in Albania, Mr. Ahmed Al-Jarallah editor-in-chief of the Kuwaiti newspapers Al-Seyassah,Mrs. Hoda Nasser from Egypt, Mr. Bassam Al Omoush former Jordanian Minister and Ambassador to Iran, Kimmo Sasi, former Finnish Minister for Transport and Communications, and Ambassadors, Robert Joseph, Lincoln Bloomfield, Kenneth Blackwell, and dignitaries such as Ingrid Betancourt former Colombian Presidential candidates, Linda Chavez, Patrik Kennedy, and Misters, 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, Misters 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, Mr. James Bezan and Mrs. Judy Sgro from the Canadian Parliament, Mr. Michał Kamiński, Vice- Chairman of the Polish Senate, Mr. Jean Francois Legaret, former Mayer of Paris 1, Gen. James Conway, Commander of the US Marine Corps, General George Casey, former Chief of Staff of the US Army, Jack Kane, former Deputy Chief of Staff, Mr. Ad Melkert former Special Representative of the UN Secretary General in Iraq, Tahar Boumedra, former UNAMI human rights representative in Iraq.
On the second day of the Free Iran Global Summit, on Sunday, July 19, 2020, , entitled, “The 1988 Massacre, A Crime Against Humanity, Remains Unpunished 32 Years After,” was held at Ashraf3 in Albania. The event was attended by Maryam Rajavi, the NCRI President-elect. 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.
Prominent personalities and jurists such as:
Baroness Boothroyd, former Speaker of the 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, Ingrid Betancourt, former senator and Colombian presidential candidate; 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 Leclerc, Prominent French Lawyer and Honorary President of the Human Rights League, Alejo Vidal Quadras, Former Vice President of the European Parliament, Tahar Boumedra, former Chief of the Human Rights Office of UNAMI, Steve McCabe, MP, Els Van Hoof, chairwoman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Belgian Parliament, Senator Lucio Malan, Honorary Vice-Chairman of the Italian People of Freedom Party, Renata Polverini, member of Italian Chamber of Deputies, and former President of the Lazio region, Senator Leo Housakos, member of the Canadian Senate, Taissir Tamimi, former chief Islamic judge of the Palestinian National Authority, and Lars Rise president of the Committee of the Friends of a Free Iran in Norway, spoke at the conference.
On Monday, July 20, 2020, on the third day of the Free Iran Global Summit, a conference entitled “Iran Regime’s Terrorism – Shut Down Tehran’s Embassies Abroad, Expel its Agents, Operatives” and attended by Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, was held among members of the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK/PMOI) in Ashraf-3. The live-streamed virtual gathering brought together hundreds of distinguished political figures from the United States, Europe, Albania, and the Arabic countries.
speakers of this event included:
Mayor Giuliani, former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, Pandeli Majko former Prime Minister of Albania, former U.S. Under Secretary of Defense for Policy John Rood, former Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Robert Joseph, Senator Robert Torricelli, former Foreign Minister and current Ambassador of Yemen to France, Riad Yassin, former State Department Spokesperson Adam Ereli, U.S. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, former U.S. Congressman, Judge Ted Poe, Chief of Staff of the United States Army General George Casey, senior-ranking member of the UK House of Lords and reviewer of antiterrorism legislation Lord Alex Carlile, Struan Stevenson, former President of the European Parliament’s Delegation for Relations with Iraq, British MP Bob Blackman, Secretary General of the Syrian Opposition Coalition Nasr Hariri, the head of the Republican Party of Albania and former Defense Secretary Fatmir Mediu, Deputy Director of the Albania Democratic Party Edmon Spaho, Secretary of the Albanian Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee and former Deputy Interior Minister Elona Gjebrea,, and members of the Albanian Parliament Valentina Leskaj, former Vice Chairperson of the Albanian Parliament and Vice-President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, and Grida Duma, Endri Hasa, Orjola Pampuri, Fatbarda Kadiu, and former member of the Albanian Parliament Namik Kolpliku, distinguished writer and women rights activist in Albania, Diana Çuli, and distinguished Albanian lawyer, Professor Margarita Kola.