DITA, Tiranan (Albania), February 27 2016:…These people will now come to Albania. Two thousand people should not be given the freedom to continue as before. The important thing is they are not given the opportunity to carry out the [terrorist] activities they have done in Iraq. Be assured that the organization is not the ‘opposition’ Mujahedin of Iran, this label has been falsely created by America to use them. They are trying to gather all the Mujahedin in Albania …
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(Translated by Iran Interlink)
Albanians should be wary of Mojahedin Khalq activities in their country
By Entela Resuli
Ehsan Bidi, 38, has been living in Albania for three years. When he first arrived in this country in 2013, he was sent to the city of Elbasani.
He had been part of the Mujahedin organization, but had already separated from it when he arrived. He is a mechanical engineer by profession.
Ehsan lived for several months in the center of Albania (Elbasan) and then moved to Lushnje. For more than a year now he has been living in the capital in a suburban area, in a rented apartment.
I met Ehsan near the neighborhood where he lives and we had a conversation, not just about living here, but I learned more from him about his homeland Iran, his reasons for coming to Albania and what he thinks about the situation of the Mujahedeen now they have come to Albania.
“After several attempts, I came to Albania. At first it was thought that I would come along with my friends here, but the organization wrote an article about me claiming that I am a spy for the Iranian government. The UNCHR was afraid for my life and sent me to live in Elbasan. I stayed there 3-4 months. The organization did not allow me to meet with my friends in Albania, and gave orders for others not contact me. After a few months I was sent to Lushnje, and after staying there for some time, I came to Tirana.”
Q: What happened with you and your family in Iran?
[After the revolution] Iran was under dictatorship. My whole family were supporters of the Mujahedin organization. One of my uncles was a supporter of the Iranian regime. This has left marks on my family – two of my uncles were arrested and later hanged. At that time I became a member of the Mujahedin organization, but I have now separated from them. I originally joined the organization because of my relatives and my mother.
Q: You are currently in Albania, but this has added to your family problems because of your distance from Iran?
My mother died two years ago. It’s just my father and sister now. We make continuous calls via the internet. They are very happy that I came to Albania. Previously they have had problems, but now, no. When they (the Iranian government) realized that I had joined the Mujahedin organization, they detained my parents and my sister. From the moment I said that I have separated from the organization, they have not bothered us anymore.
Q: Did you stand against the Iranian regime because of the persecution against your family, or was it that you yourself do not want dictatorship?
What happened to my uncles left its mark of course. But life in Iran, the lack of freedom and the executions there, all these have affected my reaction. I was 12 years old when I first witnessed a public hanging. What I endured there was torturous. Once I was beaten just because I hung out with my girlfriend in the street. My whole family has been under pressure from the regime. My mother could not go to see her mother and sisters. This kind of dictatorship posed by the Iranian government provoked me to seek political change.
Q: Did you know that Albania has suffered almost 50 years of dictatorship until recently?
You do not have a spiritual leader as we do. Iran is a religious dictatorship. A religious and ideological dictatorship is very difficult to overturn. There are some other countries that have this kind of power base like Iran and they are the ones who decide when they will give up power. Even though millions of people shed blood there, these dictatorships won’t fall. I’m not sure, but I believe that even 10 or 20 years ahead, this kind of event is difficult to make happen.
Q: How do you feel in Albania, do you feel safe?
Until now, with the help of the police and the help given to us by the Interior Ministry here, I feel somewhat safe, though, occasionally, I feel a kind of fear that something might happen. It is the [Mujahedin] organization, which plays a kind of game that blocks me from all sides. In my belief, the Mujahedin organization is more of a dictatorship than the Iranian government itself. Eight months ago the organization publicized a petition demanding that I be banished from Albania. I’m actually trying to work toward my own departure from here.
Q: So you have stood against the organization and the government of Iran. Which do you hate more right now?
The Mujahedin organization. They are more dangerous than the Iranian government. I have supported them, I have lived with them, and I have seen the terrible torture that is done by them. My friends have been killed by them. Their brazenness knows no boundaries. I have no problem with the Mujahedin members themselves, they are people like me. But the leaders and the executive members are very problematic. They have committed so much injustice in the name of freedom and democracy.
Q: What do you think of the other Mujahedeen who will come to Albania?
I heard that about two thousand more people will come. It was agreed that they would go to Romania, but Romania was rejected under pressure from the Iraqi government.
These people will now come to Albania. Two thousand people should not be given the freedom to continue as before. The important thing is they are not given the opportunity to carry out the [terrorist] activities they have done in Iraq. Be assured that the organization is not the ‘opposition’ Mujahedin of Iran, this label has been falsely created by America to use them. They are trying to gather all the Mujahedin in Albania. If two thousand people come here and are not kept under control, Albania is lost. Imagine, there will be three thousand people here, a small city.
You Albanian people are very nice and welcoming, but you do not know their intentions. You think that they are simply against Iran. You do not know that behind the human side of their face, wolves are hidden.
Q: Why should I believe you rather than what they say?
You do not stand and work alongside me and so do not believe me. But we are in the 21st century and there are many other sources from which to understand the actions and activities of the organization. You can find evidence in Europe and Arabia.
Q: During your residence here and what you have come to know, how you regard the Albanian people?
The people here are very nice, warm, clean and are people I respect very much. When I was in Lushnjë, I received news that my mother died and an Albanian wept with me. It thrilled me. Until now I have not been hurt by Albania, whenever they discover that I’m a foreigner, they help me.
As for evil? I have seen the leader of the Mujahedin organization.
Q: Your organization does not allow marriages. You are now free from this restriction, what will you do about that in Albania?
I will marry an Albanian girl before long. I had a girlfriend in Lushnje, and for reasons beyond our control, we parted. I find Albanian women very beautiful. But besides that they are also very loyal. When beauty fades it is important to have these honest qualities.
Q: Do you believe in God?
Without hesitation I can say that without the Lord I would not have gotten this far. With his help I managed. But I am not a fanatic as you might think. I respect the man and then his religion.
Mojahedin Khaq Rajavi cult Feb2012-Part1
Rajavi cult abuse – Albania must protect human rights of Iranian refugees from MEK
Anne Khodabandeh (Singleton) , Iran Interlink, January 24 2015:… Albania’s efforts to improve its human rights and bring them into line with European and international standards could be seriously undermined if it does not take action to curtail the activities of the terrorist Mojahedin Khalq cult organisation in that country. There is strong evidence that …
Rajavi cult abuse – Albania must protect human rights of Iranian refugees from MEK
Albania’s efforts to improve its human rights and bring them into line with European and international standards could be seriously undermined if it does not take action to curtail the activities of the terrorist Mojahedin Khalq cult organisation in that country. There is strong evidence that the MEK has bought land and property just outside Tirana in order to create a closed cult enclave similar to ones in Iraq, and that it is using coercion to keep refugees captive there where they are subject to systematic human rights abuses outside the supervision of the Albanian authorities.
The MEK is a terrorist organisation. It is being dismantled in Iraq because its presence and its activities there are illegal under Iraq’s constitutional law. UN officials have made high level efforts to persuade third countries to accept these individuals, in particular those with previous connections to those countries. Understandably, most Western countries have been extremely reluctant to allow trained terrorists into their countries even as refugees. Albania has, however, generously accepted to receive some of the Iranians as refugees. Since 2013, over four hundred of these former MEK combatants have been transferred from Camp Liberty in Iraq to Tirana by the UNHCR as refugees.
Unfortunately UN officials responsible for undertaking to transfer the residents of Camp Liberty have been hindered further in their task by the cult nature of the group. The MEK leaders have effectively imprisoned and isolated the residents of Camp Liberty just outside Baghdad, and refuse to allow them to leave independently or have contact with the outside world. This has meant that families wishing to help their loved ones have been unable to do so. MEK treatment of these people involves the violation of nearly all their internationally recognised human rights; including the right to form a family, to enjoy citizenship, freedom of belief and many more.
Once they arrive in Albania one of the first things all the new arrivals do is to contact their families and seek out other forms of support. The refugees are given time limited support by the UN refugee agency – accommodation and a small living allowance – which is deemed sufficient for them to settle in their new country and make new lives for themselves.
But the MEK does not easily relinquish its control over these former members and has made every effort to prevent them from living independently. One obvious reason is that the MEK want to maintain numbers so they can advertise to Western sponsors as an opposition group. But more importantly, these new arrivals are desperate to tell their stories. They want to speak out about the suffering they endured, some for many, many years. Their stories are of terrible internal human rights abuses committed by the MEK leaders over a period of thirty years (documented by HRW and RAND) and which are still ongoing. They are also witnesses to the MEK’s war crimes while the leaders Massoud and Maryam Rajavi collaborated with Saddam Hussein. The MEK is desperate to silence them.
As the first group arrived, the MEK dispatched senior members from Paris to intimidate them and re-create the cult hierarchy in Tirana. Although unable to physically contain these people, the MEK first offered money and then issued threats to coerce them into compliance. Even so, over half of them rejected the MEK.
The MEK has now created a physical space in which the cult can continue to impose the same strict controls that exist in all its bases. Albanian authorities overseeing the resettlement of these refugees may choose to believe the MEK’s deceptive arguments that this is a humanitarian act because this appears to fulfil the obligations the government has toward the refugees. But former MEK members and cult experts know that already this inaccessible enclave hides systematic human rights abuses.
A country’s commitment to improve human rights for its citizens must not be allowed to exclude the most vulnerable people, including refugees. If Albania is serious about ratifying international human rights conventions and harmonising existing legislation to comply with European standards this issue must be addressed as a matter of urgency before conditions for these vulnerable refugees become intractable.
Rajavi’s lobbyists demand Mojahedin Khalq terrorist cult in Iraq be re-armed rather than removed
Anne Khodabandeh (Singleton), Iran Interlink, January 14 2015:… Whether delusional or corrupt, this gang – listed below and now posing as the International Committee in Search of Justice (ISJ) – says the residents of Camp Liberty should have their “personal protection weapons returned to them for self-defence following serious threats and attacks [sic] as the …
Rajavi’s lobbyists demand Mojahedin Khalq terrorist cult in Iraq be re-armed rather than removed
It is surely ironic that the same bunch of people who lobbied hard and at great expense to have the Mojahedin Khalq terrorist cult removed from European and American terrorist lists (the flimsy claim they had renounced terrorism was only possible because in 2003 the US army captured, disarmed and confined them to a single camp in Iraq), is now lobbying to have them re-armed.
Whether delusional or corrupt, this gang – listed below and now posing as the International Committee in Search of Justice (ISJ) – says the residents of Camp Liberty should have their “personal protection weapons returned to them for self-defence following serious threats and attacks [sic] as the Iranian regime’s intervention in Iraq grows”. But has neglected to inform their English speaking audience that the MEK leader, Massoud Rajavi, has demanded the MEK be re-armed with heavy weapons as well as small arms.
In any case, anyone who knows anything about the situation of Camp Liberty knows that the residents are deliberately imprisoned incommunicado inside the camp by the MEK leaders, that the greatest danger these residents face is from these MEK leaders, and that small arms are wanted in order to impose greater control over these captives as they become more and more desperate to escape the tyranny of the cult.
The ISJ statement should certainly not be read without context: Since attaining sovereignty in 2009, each successive government of Iraq has designated the MEK as a terrorist entity which must, under the Constitution, be entirely removed from Iraqi territory. The demand for re-arming rather than removing this group is doubly insulting for a country still swarming with Western spawned terrorist groups.
Perhaps the most ironic ‘complaint’ of the Committee is that the government of Iraq is not investigating the September 1, 2013 attack on Camp Ashraf in which fifty three people died. How is this possible when forty two key eye witnesses – survivors of the attack – have been incarcerated by the MEK inside Camp Liberty so that no investigator in the world has access to them?
Instead of demanding the MEK be re-armed ready to utilize violence again – the raison d’etre of the terrorist cult – this gang should be demanding from Massoud and Maryam Rajavi that each resident of Camp Liberty be given the opportunity to make contact with their families in privacy and to freely leave the camp if they desire. Then we would see how quickly and efficiently these people can be resettled.
List of members of the ISJ according to the MEK:
Alejo Vidal-Quadras, former MEP; Patrick Kennedy, former Congressman; Günter Verheugen, former member of the EU Commission; Nicole Fontaine, former MEP; General Hugh Shelton former US military; David Kilgour, former Canadian Secretary of State; Ingrid Betancourt; Raymond Tanter; Horst Teltschik; Colonel Wesley Martin, former US military; Senator Lucio Malan, Italian Senate; Alessandro Pagano MP; Antonio Razzi, Italian Senate; Gérard Deprez MEP; Ryszard Czarnecki, MEP; Tunne Kelam MEP; Lord Carlile, UK; Lord Clarke, UK; Lord Maginnis, UK; Lord Dholakia, UK
Paulo Casaca, Struan Stevenson and Alejo Vidal-Quadras lost their seats as MEPs over support for terrorism
European MEK Supporters Downplay ISIS Role in Iraq (aka Mojahedin Khalq, MKO, NCRI, Rajavi cult)
MEPs support for MEK terrorists undermines human rights pressure on Iran (letter to Federica Mogherini)
Massoud Khodabandeh, Middle East Strategy Consultants, London, December 09 2014:… By publishing an article directed by the MEK, a group of MEPs has played directly into the hands of Iran’s hardliners. The MEPs Gérard DEPREZ, Tunne KELAM, Ryszard CZARNECKI EP Vice-President, Eduard KUKAN, José BOVÉ, Julie WARD, and Rina Ronja KARI are …
MEPs support for MEK terrorists undermines human rights pressure on Iran
Open Letter to Federica Mogherini, the new EU foreign policy chief
As you are aware the Iranian Mojahedin Khalq terrorist group works through the “Friends of a Free Iran” in the European Parliament. This parliament is to give a platform today (December 10) to the second-in-command of this group Maryam Rajavi (a private room has been hired in the buildings by one of the MEK’s lobbyists purely for lobbying purposes). Not only that, a group of MEPs has boldly written to you demanding you change your policy to suit this woman. What possibly can be their motive? As a European citizen and an expert in the field of cults and terrorism, I cannot agree that you ignore such a presence in the parliament. It cannot be in the best interests of the European Parliament as a home to democracy to give a platform to for what is an undemocratic stance toward the people of Iran.
By publishing an article directed by the MEK, a group of MEPs has played directly into the hands of Iran’s hardliners. The MEPs Gérard DEPREZ (ALDE – Belgium), Tunne KELAM (EPP – Estonia), Ryszard CZARNECKI EP Vice-President (ECR – Poland), Eduard KUKAN (EPP – Slovakia), José BOVÉ (Greens – France) Julie WARD (S&D – UK) and Rina Ronja KARI (GUE/NGL – Denmark) are members of the MEK’s ‘Friends of a Free Iran’ in the European Parliament.
The article starts with the claim that Ban Ki Moon said people should hold their governments to account. He did not say that the EP should interfere in the internal affairs of another country. Certainly these MEPs have no mandate to hold another country’s government to account in this way. It is not their elected government, but that of a sovereign nation with its own electorate. It is certain Ban Ki Moon was referring to this electorate when he made this statement.
However, let us allow that Iran’s human rights record, like that of every other country of the world, should come under proper scrutiny. The proper bodies to conduct such research are those quoted by these MEPs – the UN – in particular the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran – Reporters Without Borders, Amnesty International. The reports of these bodies are public knowledge and widely available.
(Interestingly, in addition to all these human rights bodies, there is hardly a group or organisation or government, and not a single Iranian opposition group inside or outside Iran which has not condemned the Mojahedin Khalq for its human rights abuses time and time again.)
Now, if the MEPs do indeed see fit to challenge Iran over this issue on International Human Rights Day, is it not proper to do so directly, through dialogue, communication and diplomacy, rather than a futile rant. A rant which, in addition, quotes the second-in-command of the Mojahedin Khalq terrorist group, Maryam Rajavi. This group of MEPs has been persuaded – somehow – to have her words put into their mouths as though they cannot make their own statements or figure out their own political arguments. (The MEK shoehorned one of their favourite words, ‘embolden’, into the piece but didn’t manage to get another favourite, ‘appeasement’ in.)
As a result they stupidly allow themselves to say such things as “Tehran has also been the center [sic] for the expansion of terrorism and fundamentalism throughout the region, endangering world peace and security.” The article cannot and does not present any evidence for this opinion. Indeed, most sensible people anywhere would point first to Saudi Arabia and other Gulf States as the source of increased terrorism and fundamentalism in the region. But then, the MEK are known advocates of ISIS and other terrorist groups.
Relying on this argument, these MEPs are demanding less dialogue with Iran, not more. Again, back to the ‘let’s bomb Iran or at least disrupt dialogue’ narrative.
Such nonsense has delighted Iran. The semi-official Fars News Agency has immediately translated the article for distribution among Farsi speakers in Iran and worldwide. What better argument could the hardliners have that the issue of human rights is being politicised than to have the leader of a notorious terrorist group put their words into your mouth.
These MEPs really need to get to grips with the fact they are being manipulated into pursuing an agenda not of their own making, which ultimately serves to worsen human rights in Iran and to help crush any indigenous opposition movements and activities. Any Iranian not associated with the MEK terrorist group – on any side of the argument – will tell them this.