Tehran Times, October 19 2016:…“Cyanide”, the latest film by Behruz Shoeibi, about Mojahedin-e-Khalq Organization (MKO, MeK – also known as People’s Mujahedin of Iran, PMOI), an Iranian political–militant organization in exile that carried out many terrorist operations during the 1980s to overthrow the Iranian government, premiered at Eyvan-e Shams Hall on Monday Evening. Shoeibi, members of the cast and crew, and Cinema …
“Cyanide” about Mojahedin Khalq (Rajavi cult, MKO, MEK, NCRI …) story premieres in Tehran
TEHRAN – “Cyanide”, the latest film by Behruz Shoeibi, about Mojahedin-e-Khalq Organization (MKO, MeK – also known as People’s Mujahedin of Iran, PMOI), an Iranian political–militant organization in exile that carried out many terrorist operations during the 1980s to overthrow the Iranian government, premiered at Eyvan-e Shams Hall on Monday Evening.
Shoeibi, members of the cast and crew, and Cinema Organization of Iran Director Hojjatollah Ayyubi attended the screening of the movie.
“Today is the time to spotlight this subject,” Ayyubi said in a brief speech before the screening of the film.
“The world today is facing the threat of Daesh, but the Iranian people previously experienced such a threat by deviant groups such as the MKO, which was much worse than Daesh,” he added.
He said that he would do his best to see that the film would have successful screenings across the country.
Starring Hamed Komeili and Hanieh Tavassoli, “Cyanide” tells the story of Vahid Afrakhteh, a devout Muslim member of the MKO military unit during the reign of Iran’s last monarch, Mohammad-Reza Shah.
He is gradually changed into an obedient Marxist under the influence of his fellow member Taqi Shahram.
Vahid is arrested by Iranian intelligence agents after assassinating a U.S. military envoy in Iran.
He voluntarily cooperates with SAVAK to arrest his bandmates, all of whom are executed.
Photo: Hamed Komeili in a scene from “Cyanide”
Modern Slaves (documentary)
Press TV, September 29 2016:… An example of such slavery is practiced by the Mojahedin-e-Khalq Organization (MKO) and it has been well portrayed in the movie, “The Mina Facility”. The MKO, claiming to seek democracy, plunged into moral deterioration throughout its conduct and went as far as forming alliance with Saddam Hussein to attack its home country and kill innocent people. MKO recruits its members based on one criterion: unquestioning obedience; changes their ideology …
Synopsis: Slavery is reflected in destructive mind-control in its modern form. Being treated like animals, traditional slaves were consciously aware of their being enslaved, while modern slaves are not only unaware of their slavery but they also worship their slave-holders like an idol. Modern slaves are so heavily brainwashed that they even pride themselves on serving their leaders. An example of such slavery is practiced by the Mojahedin-e-Khalq Organization (MKO) and it has been well portrayed in the movie, “The Mina Facility”. The MKO, claiming to seek democracy, plunged into moral deterioration throughout its conduct and went as far as forming alliance with Saddam Hussein to attack its home country and kill innocent people. MKO recruits its members based on one criterion: unquestioning obedience; changes their ideology by introducing the leader as God, and employs them as tools for carrying out acts of terrorism. In this exclusive documentary by Press TV, the producers of “The Mina Facility” present an in-depth analysis of how cults such as MKO operate. A former member of this organization provides some solutions for coming up against ideologies promoting modern slaver
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Narration: The Walk Free Foundation in Australia defines slavery as “situations of exploitation that a person cannot refuse or leave because of threats, violence, coercion, abuse of power or deception.”Down through the ages, slaves were treated like chattels by their masters, and deprived of basic rights, they were subjugated and exploited under systematic pressure that would leave their lives in pieces. That’s why ancient slaves would risk life and limb breaking free from ball and chain.
SOUNDBITE [English] Jim Jones, Cult Leader at the peoples Temple:“Take your Glasses off. Just dare enough be. Now, Look at my face. I love you. the people of you. And most important the Christ love you. What do you see?”
SOUNDBITE [English] A Follower: “One thing real.”
Narration: In tandem with scientific progress and technological advance, human societies became labyrinthine allowing slavery to rear its ugly head, but this time in intricate patterns; in fact slavery did not end with abolition in the 19th century but came to the surface time and time again; mind control is the modern form of this protean phenomenon.
SOUNDBITE [Persian] Ebrahim Khodabandeh, Former MKO Member: “Destructive mind-control cults are also called modern slavery. Slavery is a set of relations in which the slave-holder is the owner of their slaves’ life, property, and honor and they have full possession of them. In current age, the same set of relations exists in destructive mind-control cults as well as terrorist cults in which a leader possesses all their cult’s members with this different that in traditional slavery, the slave knows that there are enslaved, feels the whip on their back and escape if they can and rebel if they can, but in modern slavery which we see nowadays the slave worship their slave-holder and doesn’t want to break away and takes pride in being there. The slave is brainwashed in a way that is pleased with the situation and is ready to do anything.”
SOUNDBITE [Arabic] A one of the ISIL Followers: “Do not go astray like many people in Moses’ tribe, dear friends!”
SOUNDBITE [Persian] Ebrahim Khodabandeh, Former MKO Member: “Terrorist cults are a serious social problem that cause individuals trouble and it’s really difficult or even impossible to get rid of them. Now, what shall be done to this big serious social problem? Like all other social problems, in this case cultism, raising awareness is of paramount importance. Raising awareness in forms like promotion, films, documentaries and even raising awareness among school students is something being done in many countries right now.”
Narration: Since its advent, cinema has been an influential medium in entertaining people and promoting ideas. And artists with social concerns use it to reflect important event sand grim realities, trying to warn show the dangers before modern man. In this regard, slavery and racial discrimination give humanity a cause for concern and many filmmakers a theme to explore. Despite some mitigating factors, the fear of enslavement remains intense on the human psyche and it pops up from time to time in the movies with themes like modern slavery and cultish brainwashing.
SOUNDBITE [Persian] Artist at The Mina Facility Movie: “What happened to you, darling? Get her some sugar water.”
Narration: “The Mina Facility” Unfold love story in which a young couple find themselves in ten gold in a Cultish web wounded by the Mojahedin-e Khalgh Organization a freedom seeking group that became Phonetic overtime with the blood of over 12000 Iranians on his hands.
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SOUNDBITE [Persian] Milad KeyMaram, Actor: “See everything from my point of view.”
SOUNDBITE [Persian] Kamal Tabrizi, Film Director: “The theme of the film is about an event our people experienced in the past. In Iran in a decade that I call it ‘the decade of terror’ because there were many acts of terror at that time, many people in the streets would come across a bomb or a shooting all of a sudden. There was a group our people had to deal with and that group tried to undermine public security in their own ways.”
SOUNDBITE [Persian] Manouchehr Mohammadi, Film Producer: “The Mina Facility was important for me because first we could remind our country’s younger generation of what period of time we experienced and second we are not immune to plights like that; it might appear in other different forms but the most notorious one in the history of our revolution is the very Mojahedin-e Khalgh Organization (MKO) that plunged into moral deterioration whether in their inner conduct, or their organizational conduct, or their betrayal of the country etc.”
SOUNDBITE [Persian] Maryam Rajavi, The leader of MKO Organization: “To all military commanders, forwards! Fire! Forwards! Fire!”
Narration: Man is a supreme creature in all divine religions, hence their legal system primarily revolves around human relations and human dignity. By the same token, almost all schools of thought cherish family as the kernel of community and the anchor of social morality. But the question is, “how cultism relates to this vital social institution and how the former affects the latter?”
SOUNDBITE [Persian] Ebrahim Khodabandeh, Former MKO Member: “All destructive mind-control cults and terrorist cults basically target society. But the fact is that family as the main institution in society is always like a fort in front of social harms like cultism. That’s why cults are against family.”
SOUNDBITE [Persian] Manouchehr Mohammadi, Film Producer: “The first thing within them to be killed is love in the true sense of the word; the love for the family, the love for the spouse, the love for the child, and the love for many other things. In other words, you have to love and worship only the leader of the cult and nothing else is worth being loved.”
SOUNDBITE [Persian] Masoud Rajavi, Leader of MKO Organization: “I told you that I want your everything for the overthrow. Come on! Give it to me soon and without any delay! What does it mean? It means, “Give me your hearts”;It means, “Give me your love””
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SOUNDBITE [Persian] Kamal Tabrizi, Film Director: “Such events have occurred many times in such groups; since family creates emotional feelings in individuals, it is naturally at odds with one-sided and mechanical point of view and it’s natural that an organization with a mechanical form is at odds with moral and emotional traits of the family to reach its own goals and it cannot stand for example love in the family; a kind of dependency of husbands and wives on each other or even on children. Therefore, it can be said that with ruining families, such organizations can feel more powerful.”
SOUNDBITE [Persian] Ebrahim Khodabandeh, Former MKO Member: “Another point shown in this film is invading cities that was the organization’s strategy and it was Masoud Rajavis’ idea. He had told Saddam Hussein that in order to defeat Iran, he’d better attack cities with rockets. This idea springs from a cultish way of thinking which stands opposite society; cults allow themselves to do anything to come to power, including using terrorism and doing away with society.”
Narration: In all destructive mind control cults, individuals are regarded as commodities with different price tags; the more they serve their master, the more valuable they are. Against such a backdrop, many of them would resemble androids that cannot think for themselves but are programmed to do what their leader wishes them to do; to put it simply, they become psychologically controlled persons.
SOUNDBITE [Persian] A one of the MKO’s Followers: “The criterion is the love for Maryam and the faith in Maryam is the ideological criterion. Today I know that it’s not me fighting. In the scene there is someone else who is fighting and when you establish a foothold somewhere else, you can see weakness no more.”
SOUNDBITE [Persian] Manouchehr Mohammadi, Film Producer: “When I was a college student, I met in person some of those people who later joined the organization and climbed up the echelons. Our problem with them at university was that – it was before the Islamic Revolution of Iran –they were not interested in questioning. For them, orders were orders. In other words, in cultism they take away from you the ability to think, the ability to think, to choose, to decide, and to defend your decision – whether the decision is right or wrong.”
SOUNDBITE [Persian] Kamal Tabrizi, Film Director: “Expecting individuals to behave like machines, to behave without thinking, feeling or choosing and putting them in a situation to do what they are dictated; this is dealt with in the team house in The Mina Facility and the issue of betrayal and what affects the passionate relationship between the couple in the film. In fact, the characters are put at a crossroads to whether follow their hearts and public morality or otherwise to follow blindly what is called as manifestos.”
Narration: Cult members are evaluated with one criterion, namely unquestioning obedience; and cult leaders never bow their heads in shame for it; on the contrary, they want their disciples to shout out their allegiance in both private and public meetings.
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SOUNDBITE [Persian] A one of the MKO’s Followers: “I vow to stay on the path of the MKO to the last drop of my blood and to my last breath and to take my brothers and sisters to Tehran and crush the regime. Ready! Ready! Ready!”
SOUNDBITE [Persian] Manouchehr Mohammadi, Film Producer: “A tyrannical behavior with violence, physical removal, torture, and brainwashing is very common in such cults. Basically, it’s part of their principles to worship the leader of the cult like God and obey him or her blindly.”
SOUNDBITE [Persian] Masoud Rajavi, MKO Leader: “What we ratified is obligatory; the same goes for the choice we made; are you allowed to say no?”
SOUNDBITE [Persian] Maryam Rajavi, MKO Leader: “You say you declare and it is obligatory; the only answer that I can give is to ask you not to issue this order.”
SOUNDBITE [Persian] Masoud Rajavi, MKO Leader: “So as I understood, you don’t say no to our will, if you may, do you?”
SOUNDBITE [Persian] Maryam Rajavi, MKO Leader: “Because it’s your order …”
SOUNDBITE [Persian] Masoud Rajavi, MKO Leader: “… and accept it.”
SOUNDBITE [Persian] Kamal Tabrizi, Film Director: “This is the example I always give: horses that are put in front of carts are always blindfolded not to see other directions and to move only in a direction shown by the whip. Honestly, those who enter such systems are like these horses that have to move on a way designed by the whips of ideology, rules and regulations and rites all cults and groups have.
The title of the film ‘The Mina Facility’ comes out of the situation in the team house. According to our research, we knew that during the 1980s, the place the group was based in used to be referred as facility. So, the Mina facility refers to where the character Mina is based in.
The title ‘The Mina Facility’ refers more to the theme of the film than the place Mina is located in and the theme is that you see individuals as tools that like other tools can be at your service to have their functions.
I think it’s David Lyn who says that the actor is just like an object on stage; if you have a vase on stage, or a book or a table, the character has the same position; it’s like a lifeless object because it’s the director that directs the character and tells them where to go and what to say where. This is putting individuals in a position you like.”
SOUNDBITE [Persian] Maryam Rajavi, MKO Leader: “Sitting here, when I cannot accept, believe and make connection with the one step away from me, how can I claim that I can make connection with the one I cannot see and is different from me in nature? How?”
Narration: What all these cults always claim is at odds with what they do in reality. They never follow a set of beliefs and principles.
SOUNDBITE [Persian] Masoud Rajavi, MKO Leader: “But who am I? I’m going to introduce myself to you. Are you ready?”
Narration: The ruling masters are good liars who feed their followers worthless lies, half-truths and fabrications so as to tap into their psyche and cast their magic spells over them. They have no clear ideology but a set of psychological methodology to usurp weak minds.
SOUNDBITE [Persian] Manouchehr Mohammadi, Film Producer: “Spiritual needs and the desire for justice are two factors that usually make individuals go for irregular ways in addition to regular ones. It’s usually at this point that ideological and political misuses happen. Groups that I call them ‘the merchants of spirituality’ and ‘the merchants of justice’ come and target the educated generation in particular.”
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SOUNDBITE [Persian] Masoud Rajavi, MKO Leader: “Remember, the first night of the revolution, I asked you to give me everything; even your sins? Everything, all right? I’ll bear them all. Come on!”
SOUNDBITE [Persian] Kamal Tabrizi, Film Director: “To put it right, in my view it’s an ideological deviation because there is such kind of ideology. The informed ones around the world know that Muslims are not like these. Islam does not stand such kind of violence. But how is it possible that Daesh with its flag with mottos like ‘Allah is greater’ or ‘There is no god but God,” is using violence in society. So, it seems that it is rooted in the same thing; it has an ideological, religious root but it has undoubtedly gone astray; it’s a kind of deviation we called ‘hypocritical’ and attributed it to the MKO can now be attributed to Daesh because it claims that it’s acting according to Sharia and under such claim is approaching its goals.”
Narration: Going against what it pretends, the MKO is a group with all traits of a full-fledged cult. The Rajavis’ group is a classic example for a destructive mind control cult in the world. Betraying their homeland and siding with its vocal enemy is the outcome of such cultish behaviors.
SOUNDBITE [Arabic] LTG Habbush, Iraqi Intelligence Official: “How much [oil] had we allocated for the MKO?”
SOUNDBITE [Arabic] An Iraqi Officer: “Five million barrels a year.”
SOUNDBITE [Arabic] LTG Habbush, Iraqi Intelligence Official: “Five billion barrels? Write a letter to Mr President [Saddam Hussein] saying that brother Masoud asks for a larger allocation.”
SOUNDBITE [Persian] The Mina Facility Movie: “- You say it’s not the time for such things! It’s a romantic time. Happy our wedding anniversary, honey.
– You son of a gun!
– Give it to me.”
SOUNDBITE [Persian] Manouchehr Mohammadi, Film Producer: “In my opinion, The Mina Facility is first of all a romantic story. It reflects a kind, compassionate viewpoint deep-seated in all Iranians.”
SOUNDBITE [Persian] Kamal Tabrizi, Film Director: “Now, Mehran is trying to deceive you.
I think it’s an eclectic film. It’s family first dealt with in the film but as it moves on the chasm in family that results from pressure exerted by such groups turns gradually into a feeling or a kind of hero that is put in an dynamic situation and shows a behavior that is quite different from the one in the first half of the film.
People around the world should know that our people – including the youths who may not remember well that decade – experienced a movement like that of Daesh in that decade and things that happened in society were almost like the ones happening in our neighboring countries and even in many European countries. Suppose a place like a concert hall explodes and a large number are killed. The same events used frequently to happen in our society which were followed by bombing cities.”
SOUNDBITE [Persian] The Mina Facility Movie: “- How much did I tell you to get the idea of marriage out of your head?
– What’s happened?”
Narration: the Mina facility was nominated for 9 crystal Simorghs at the thirty fourth fajr international film festival.
SOUNDBITE [Persian] Speaker of Fajr Film Festival: “The Crystal Simorgh’s nominees for the best screenplay: Mr. Farhad Towhidi and Mr. Morteza Esfehani for the screenplay of The Mina Facility.”
SOUNDBITE [Persian] Farhad Towhidi, Screenwriter of The Mina Facility: “If we are at this point today and haven’t picked the main fruits of the Revolution yet, that is a guarantee for unconditional freedom, I think the blame lies with these groups’ cultish behaviors which contribute to the radicalization of the atmosphere. They assassinated 17,000 people during that decade and caused a lot of conflict throughout Iran. I think, beside other accusations against the group, this group pushed back the process of democracy.”
SOUNDBITE [Persian] The Mina Facility Movie: “- She wasn’t at the hospital either.
– Obtain a search warrant for her home soon.”
SOUNDBITE [Persian] Ebrahim Khodabandeh, Former MKO Member: “Given the fact that I was a full-time member of the MKO for 23 years, and that I’ve been studying on cults and terrorist groups over the past 12-odd years, having watched the movie ‘The Mina Facility’ I daresay that all parts of it reflect reality and it’s like a documentary film about a team house belonging to the organization.”
Let’s stand up together and free our children from Rajavi and the MEK
Comrades in Arms – Sexual abuse by Massoud and Maryam Rajavi
An Unfinished documentary for my daughter – Trapped in Rajavi cult, Mojahedin Khalq
Rajavi Ideology – ‘shed blood for publicity’
Iran Interlink, October 30 2015:…Rajavis are responsible for the deaths of over 25,000 Iraqi citizens. In this context we may never discover who launched attacks on the MEK. What we can state however, is that the Rajavis caused these deaths because in spite of giving ‘repeated warnings’ they refused to allow these vulnerable individuals to be taken to safety…
Rajavi Ideology – ‘shed blood for publicity’
Massoud and Maryam Rajavi are personally responsible for the deaths of 25 residents along with several Iraqi soldiers during a katyusha attack aimed at Camp Liberty yesterday. Maryam Rajavi’s only response has been to say ‘we warned you repeatedly this would happen’.
In the context of real events in Iraq this sounds more like a wish than a warning. What Rajavi does not reveal is that, in spite of fears of exactly the kind of attack she has repeatedly looked forward to, she and her husband have consistently refused to allow the MEK members to leave Iraq and take refuge in third countries. Since 2003, successive Iraqi governments have ruled the MEK’s presence in Iraq unconstitutional and have worked with the United Nations, the International Committee of the Red Cross, Iraq’s ministry of human rights and the Iranian embassy in Iraq to find a safe and peaceful way to remove all the MEK from Iraq. With the principle of non-refoulement accepted by all other parties as the basis of this programme, only the MEK leaders refused to cooperate.
Even when the resident’s families and even the MEK’s own lobbyists in the West like Rudi Giuliani, John Bolton, Brian Binley and Struan Stevenson, have tried to rescue the individuals trapped in the MEK camps in Iraq, the Rajavis have time and time again refused to let them go or to let them be helped. Even though many individuals who managed to escape the camps have made their way to safety in Europe. Even though millions of refugees fleeing Syria and Iraq have made their way to Europe. Even though the UN negotiated a safe haven in Albania to which it is slowly but surely transferring the remaining residents of Camp Liberty. If Rajavi had allowed these people to leave five years ago, these tragic deaths would not have occurred.
The MEK has many enemies in Iraq. As part of Saddam Hussein’s repressive apparatus and known as ‘Saddam’s Private Army’, the Rajavis and their MEK are responsible for the deaths of over 25,000 Iraqi citizens. In this context we may never discover who launched yesterday’s or any previous attacks on the MEK in Iraq. What we can state with absolute certainty, however, is that the Rajavis caused these deaths because in spite of giving ‘repeated warnings’ they refused to allow these vulnerable individuals to be taken to safety. They deliberately left them in harms way.
It should now be clear to everyone that the reason behind Massoud Rajavi’s insistence on keeping people in Iraqi is not because these aging and sick people are involved in a struggle against Iran. It is because of the ideology which he created after being released from prison in 1979 and began acting as the MEK’s spokesman. This ideology is simply expressed as ‘kill for publicity’. From 21st June 1981, the Eternal Light operation in 1988, the self-immolations in Europe in 2004 and the repeated attacks on Camps Ashraf and Liberty in Iraq, in all these cases Rajavi has caused deaths in order for an MEK spokesman to have a media interview and cry victim. The result is simply the continued survival of the MEK brand. The cost is counted in the lives of people who could easily be helped. These are not martyrs to a cause, they are victims of Rajavi’s vanity. Camp Liberty is nothing more than a blood bank waiting to be spent by Rajavi.
Families at Camp Liberty say ‘meeting our loved ones is a fundamental human right’
Iran Interlink, Camp Liberty, September 07 2015:… Newly arrived families stand outside Camp Liberty holding placards with the names of their loved ones. The slogans they shout say that ‘meeting with our loved ones is our fundamental human right’. Many have been denied contact for decades because the Rajavi cult bans members from contacting their families …
Families at Camp Liberty say ‘meeting our loved ones is a fundamental human right’
Newly arrived families stand outside Camp Liberty holding placards with the names of their loved ones. The slogans they shout say that ‘meeting with our loved ones is our fundamental human right’. Many have been denied contact for decades because the Rajavi cult bans members from contacting their families. These families are concerned that their loved ones may be transferred to Albania without notice and are appealing to UN and Iraqi officials as well as the MEK’s supporters to allow them to meet with them.
Family members of Camp Liberty residents appeal for help from Baghdad
Iran Interlink, Baghdad, September 06 2015:… 24 Iranians who have travelled from Khorasan Razavi, Khuzestan and Yazd provinces have just arrived in Baghdad. They will visit Camp Liberty tomorrow where they hope to make contact with their loved ones. These are family members of individuals in the camp and have become concerned about reports that …
Family members of Camp Liberty residents appeal for help from Baghdad
24 Iranians who have travelled from Khorasan Razavi, Khuzestan and Yazd provinces have just arrived in Baghdad. They will visit Camp Liberty tomorrow where they hope to make contact with their loved ones. These are family members of individuals in the camp and have become concerned about reports that their loved ones may be transferred to Albania without notice and wish to be able to see them. They stress that they have no political agenda and only wish to make family visits. They are not for or against anybody and don’t wish to persuade their loved ones in any way, only to meet with them. The family members appeal to anybody, including the MEK’s supporters, to help facilitate these meetings, after which they will return home.
Nejat families letter to Presdient Alebadi
Nejat Society, August 25 2015:… We are a number of families from Ilam Province, Iran. Each family has a loved one taken as a hostage by the Mujahdin Khalq Organization (the cult of Rajavi) for over twenty years. Our beloved children have not been allowed to even make a phone call to contact us. The Cult of Rajavi has kept them behind the bars of the cult …
Nejat families letter to Presdient Alebadi
Dear Mr. Presdient Heidar Alebadi,
We are a number of families from Ilam Province, Iran. Each family has a loved one taken as a hostage by the Mujahdin Khalq Organization (the cult of Rajavi) for over twenty years. Our beloved children have not been allowed to even make a phone call to contact us. The Cult of Rajavi has kept them behind the bars of the cult against their will.
Your majesty and the international community have witnessed a lot of the MKO’s hostages fleeing Camp Ashraf and Camp Liberty. They escaped their life and went to Europe where they revealed the true face of the cult.
They write of mental and physical torture they tolerated in the Cult of Rajavi. They tell their stories but the international and human rights bodies keep silent. No one care for our loved ones who have not succeeded to escape the MKO Camps.
We have traveled to Iraq several times, waiting behind the tall walls of Ashraf, suffering the hot weather in the hope of visiting our loved ones for just a moment, even from far distance.
Your cooperation and understanding to aid us meet our loved ones will be greatly appreciated.
Ali Asghar Barani
Families ask Human Rights Minister to intervene to allow interviews with their relatives in Camp Liberty
Almada Press, Baghdad, June 19 2015:… In a meeting with the Iranian families and the press at the ministry’s headquarters, Iraq’s Minister of Human Rights said “We have a responsibility as a state to protect the lives of these people according to agreements made between Iraq and the United Nations, and we respect all the international resolutions …
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(Translated by Iran Interlink)
Iranian families ask Iraq’s Human Rights Minister to intervene to allow interviews with their relatives in Camp Liberty
Almada Press – Baghdad
On Sunday 14th June, a number of Iranian families met with Iraq’s Human Rights Minister and asked him to intervene to allow interviews with their relatives in Camp Liberty, and stressed they need “only a few minutes” with them. The Ministry of Human Rights confirmed that the Mojahedin Khalq (MEK) leaders’ rejection of the requests of these families was based on “their relatives’ refusal to meet them because of the need to protect the lives of the members of the organization”.
Hussein, who is with the group of families, told Almada Press in an interview that, “we have many times tried to see our relatives despite the MEK’s claims that they won’t meet us, and we have had the help of all the parties involved including the Iraqi Ministry of Human Rights and the Red Cross. He pointed out that “all we want is an interview for a few minutes to check on [the wellbeing of] our relatives who have been with this organization for decades without contact with us.”
For her part, Hosna, the daughter of one of the members of the MEK Organization, told Almada Press, “I have repeatedly tried to meet with my father, whom I haven’t seen since I was born – he joined the MEK when I was only was 45 days old – but all attempts have failed. And after moving to Camp Liberty, this camp has very high walls and I cannot see him inside there even from a distance”. She continued, “the only time I have seen him was when they were in Camp Ashraf in Diyala province, when I saw him from far away without talking to him”.
In a meeting with the Iranian families and the press at the ministry’s headquarters, Iraq’s Minister of Human Rights said “We have a responsibility as a state to protect the lives of these people according to agreements made between Iraq and the United Nations, and we respect all the international resolutions, but their presence in Iraq is only for a limited period of time”. He noted, “We will not withhold any assistance that can be provided [to the families] and we will work very hard to secure the needs of these families who have come to meet their relatives in Iraq.”
Haider Hussain Mahdi, Director General of the Legal Department of the Ministry of Human Rights, told Almada Press that “the Ministry of Human Rights has received a group of Iranian families who want to visit their children and loved ones who are in Camp Liberty and this camp, as everyone knows, is home to members of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran.”
Mahdi continued, “The members of this organization numbered more than 3,000 in their camp in Diyala province during the era of the former regime. Following the ouster of that regime their demands to stay in Iraq were rejected by successive Iraqi governments because their continuation in Iraq is prohibited by law and the Iraqi constitution.” He pointed out that, “the Iraqi authorities are trying to expel them from Iraq in cooperation with the United Nations and US forces (when they were in Iraq).”
Mahdi said, “The families of these individuals, now and earlier, have flocked to Iraq to see them but always faced rejection by the organization which argued that its members do not want to see their loved ones coming from Iran.”
Mahdi said, “We are trying to provide all the facilities possible to enable these families to see their loved ones, and we will take their names and the names of those who they want to see in order to complete this interview process between the individual parties involved”. He pointed out that “all previous attempts failed because the leaders of the individuals inside the camp always rejected such visits or interviews”.
Press TV, October 30 2015:… Three Iraqi soldiers guarding the camp were also killed and at least 16 others wounded during the rocket attack, according to Iraqi police. In an interview with Fars news agency on Friday, Wathiq al-Battat, the leader of Iraq-based Mukhtar Army, claimed responsibility for the rocket attacks.In December 2011, the United Nations (UN) …
VIVIAN SALAMA, The Associated Press, Baghdad, October 29 2015:… A barrage of rockets slammed late Thursday into a former military base near the Baghdad International Airport that houses an Iranian refugee group, killing three Iraqi soldiers, officials said. The Iranian exiles said at least 20 of their people died in the attack. Iraqi police said 16 rockets …
Mazda Parsi, Nejat bloggers, October 29 2015:… While members of the Mujahedin Khalq Organization (the MKO) are undergoing unstable days of striving in a declining cult-like dissident group, US senators, paid by the MKO lobbies, wonder where the leader of the cult, Massoud Rajavi is. In an October7th, hearing before the US Senate committee on Armed …