Denied rights of families of MEK members

Denied rights of families of MEK members

Bagher Mohammadi Saddam POW Denied rights of familiesNejat Society, November 19 2020:… Bagher Mohammadi is the most recent defector of the MEK who, a few weeks ago, escaped the group to enjoy the rest of his life in free world. He was a soldier of the Iranian army in Iran-Iraq war when he was confined by the MEK forces in 1988. He was taken as a hostage by the group for 32 years. His family has been looking forward for his release during these years. Denied rights of families of MEK members 

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Denied rights of families of MEK members

The Parents, wives and children who miss their loved ones in the Mujahedin Khalq Organization (the MEK, MKO, PMOI, Cult of Rajavi) are probably the most ignored people in the mass media, although their case of human rights violation is one of the most critical ones. Their rights of contacting their loved ones in the MEK have been violated by the MEK leaders for over three decades.

On the other side, the basic rights of those who are in the MEK are violated on daily basis because they do not have access to the outside world. There is no supervision on the cult-like regulations of the group. Being deprived of contacting their loved ones, the MEK members are forced labors, kept in forced celibacy under the strict jargons of a manipulative ideological system under the leadership of Maryam and Masoud Rajavi.

Defectors of the group are living witnesses whose testimonies should be taken serious by the human rights activists.

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Bagher Mohammadi In Albania

Bagher Mohammadi is the most recent defector of the MEK who, a few weeks ago, escaped the group to enjoy the rest of his life in free world. He was a soldier of the Iranian army in Iran-Iraq war when he was confined by the MEK forces in 1988. He was taken as a hostage by the group for 32 years. His family has been looking forward for his release during these years.

In the official statement that Bagher published after his defection from the MEK he announced that the group leaders had never informed him about the actions his family had taken in order to visit him. “In those days, my family had come to camp Ashraf several times,” he writes. “My mother and my brother had come but I was never told about them. When I defected the group in Albania I could manage to contact my family and then I got to know that they had tried a lot to visit me in the MEK.”

Bagher is not the first defector of the MEK with such an experience. A large number of former members of the MEK assert that once they were in the group they had no news of their family, even sometimes they were told fake news about their families.

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Gholam Ali Mirzaei in Albania

GholamAli Mirzaiee is another defector living in Albania. He was recently interviewed by BBC Persian. The report about the life of Gholam Ali in the MEK prison, shows the scenes of his family in front of Camp Ashraf, Iraq, in 2010.

His wife Fereshteh Mehdian is calling on him holding a board with his name on. Another scene shows Gholam Ali on the MEK’s official TV channel claiming that those who are in front of Ashraf are not his family but the agents of the Iranian Intelligence. However, the BBC had interviewed Fereshteh at the time. “My husband was a war prisoner for ten years and then imprisoned in the MEK for 21 years,” She told reporters.

“MY son was 27 days old when his father went to war and now he is 31. He has not seen his father yet.” When ten years later, Gholam Ali was asked by the BBC reporter why he was denied to visit his wife in 2010, he said, “When I heard my name from the loud speakers in front of Ashraf, I told the authorities that I had heard my name, I thought my family was there but they told me that they were not families they were mercenaries of the Iranian intelligence ministry”.

He is now in contact with his family in Iran. The BBC report shows him video calling with his son.

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Farhad Rabiee is the son of Barat Rabiee. Barat is still a captive in the MEK’s camp Ashraf 3 in Manza, Albania. Farhad tried hard to visit his dad in camp Ashraf, Iraq. He was allowed to meet him only once. That only time turned out to be the worse memory of his whole life. In 2003, Farhad and his family went to Camp Ashraf, Iraq to visit his Barat. Farhad was nineteen at the time. In an interview with Mardom TV, he recounts the story of that unpleasant and unforgettable day. As soon as he saw his father, he hugged him but the authorities of the MEK got mad at Barat. He was not permitted to receive his family warmly. “Farhad is the mercenary of the Iranian regime”, the authorities argued.

Farhad recalls the bitter memories of that day. When his father wanted to hug his wife (Farhad’s mother), he was confronted by the group authorities again. Farhad witnessed her mother being physically attacked by female members of the MEK. “That day was the worst memory of my whole life… I saw with my own eyes that my mom’s heart broke, she was standing away weeping tears while MEK members were shouting at her” he says.

Kazem Shahidi is the brother of Jassem Shahidi. Jassem has been in the MEK for over 35 years. His family including his elderly mother has never seen him during these years. A few years ago, they went to Camp Ashraf, Iraq but they MEK leaders did not allow them to visit Jassem. Instead, they were attacked by stones or other things thrown from inside the camp. “My mother was harasses [in front of Ashraf] and again we could not contact my brother”, Kazem says. He has recently sent letters and messages to Albanian authorities, human rights bodies and activists asking them to pave the way for families to contact their loved ones in the MEK’s prison-like camp in Albania.

The cases of grieving families of MEK members are countless. They have been making efforts to find a way to contact their children in the MEK. Their calls must be heard. The elderly heartbroken parents should be able to see their beloved children before they die. This is a severe humanitarian issue.

Mazda Parsi

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Request to expedite the processing of hundreds of complaints by families

complaints by families of MEK in AlbaniaEbrahim Khodabandeh, Nejat Society, November 05 2020:… On behalf of the suffering families of the members of the Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MEK, MKO), whose loved ones joined this organization, and now have no information about their status, I would like to inform you that more than six months ago these families sent hundreds of complaints, with detailed documents and explanations. They demanded that the situation of their loved ones who became members of the MEK be investigated. Request to expedite the processing of hundreds of complaints by families 

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Letter from the CEO of the Iranian Nejat Society to the UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances (CED)

United Nations Committee on Enforced Disappearances (CED)
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
United Nations Office in Geneva
1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland
November 3, 2020

On behalf of the suffering families of the members of the Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MEK, MKO), whose loved ones joined this organization, and now have no information about their status, I would like to inform you that more than six months ago these families sent hundreds of complaints, with detailed documents and explanations. They demanded that the situation of their loved ones who became members of the MEK be investigated.

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The MEK was stationed at Camp Ashraf in Iraq under Saddam Hussein and was fighting against Iran alongside the Iraqis. After the fall of Saddam Hussein, the Camp came under US protection and was then handed over to Iraqi forces as ‘the last stronghold of Saddam Hussein’.

At the urging of successive Iraqi governments and with the efforts of the United Nations, the process of MEK expulsion began, and the names of each group leaving Iraq and entering Albania were announced. The process was slow and in very small numbers. But suddenly, in the late summer of 2016, the organization announced that the rest of the people (nearly 3,000), who were supposed to be only several hundreds, had also been transferred to Albania. The names of these people were never published.

MEK members are housed in a remote, isolated camp in Albania where the residents are inaccessible and uncontactable. The families of hundreds of MEK members have no information about the condition of their loved ones.

Also, many of these families have faced various economic and legal problems, including issues related to inheritance, due to the disappearance of these people, and the lack of access to these people has caused them many difficulties for years. MEK members do not have the opportunity to do legal work or appoint a lawyer.

Recently, the MEK reacted to the complaints of these families to the UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances in its media and tried to make public a few out of their thousands of members and pretend that they have not disappeared but could be found in a certain place. However, their families still have no communication with or access to them.

Hundreds of letters have been sent by these families to the Committee on Enforced Disappearances. A small number of respondents have requested the completion of explanations and documents, which has been done immediately, but it seems that the process is very slow.

It should be noted that on February 6, 2007, Albania signed the United Nations International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance, adopted in New York on December 20, 2006, which entered into force on November 8, 2007.

According to Article 31 of the Convention, a State Party must cooperate in the case of the enforced disappearance of any particular person in its own country. Article 32 also emphasizes this issue and the responsibilities of the member states.

These families have sent a great many letters to the Albanian government with the necessary explanations and specifications and have raised a petition signed by more than 11,000 people. The original signatures have been delivered to the Albanian embassy in Paris on 550 pages, but unfortunately there has not been any response from the Albanian government up to now. Therefore, the UN Committee needs to clarify its undertakings on the complaints it has received, and to take legal action to resolve this issue.

On behalf of the families, I would like to thank the Committee on Enforced Disappearances in advance and look forward to learning from you.

Ebrahim Khodabandeh
Nejat Society CEO
Tehran, Iran

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Ebrahim Khodabandeh Nejat Society Nationwide Gathering Nejat Society, July 19 2020:… Khodabandeh then referred to the Rajavi cult’s response, saying that the Rajavi response to the request, like all destructive cults, was base obscenity, slander and insult. He cited the example of a mother who has not heard the voice of her son – who had one day joined the MEK for some reason – for more than 30 years. He explained that for years this mother has been writing in various forms and by letter to whoever it occurred to her that she could, and that she had asked only for a call from her son. But after all this, the Rajavi cult brought the son to their television, and instead of a few kind words that would make his mother happy, the son started swearing at his mother and called her a mercenary, terrorist and even a “so-called mother.” Nejat Society Nationwide Gathering – Report 

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Nejat BloggersJuly 19, 2020

Nejat Society, in solidarity with the families of the captive members of the Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MEK, MKO, Rajavi Cult) in Albania, held a nationwide online gathering with the participation of a number of provincial representatives and the presence of some families on Thursday, July 16, 2020.

The online gathering began at 10:30 a.m. and lasted for three and a half hours and was broadcast live on the Nejat NGO site. A limited number of families from a total of 20 provinces were able to speak on the program and convey their messages on behalf of all families. A number of provinces were unable to connect and participate in the gathering due to shortage of time.

First, Ebrahim Khodabandeh, CEO of Nejat Society, explained the recent activities of the families and the society. He thanked and appreciated the activists of the society in all provinces, as well as the families who have always supported them. He then reported on some of the activities of Nejat Society and the families.
He said that with the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, families’ concerns about the situation of their relatives in the remote and isolated MEK camp in Albania had increased, and they were rightly worried about the health of their loved ones. This prompted them to write letters to the World Health Organization and Albanian officials, as well as international authorities, demanding to be in contact with their loved ones.

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Khodabandeh also referred to the petition by families, asking the Albanian Prime Minister, as the person in charge of the MEK, to remove obstacles to meeting with members of the MEK, or at least to establish phone/video calls with families on an ongoing basis.

This petition attracted nearly 11,500 signatures from families, relatives, friends and acquaintances of members of the Rajavi cult from all over the world, who wanted nothing more than connection with their relations in the MEK camp in Albania.

Khodabandeh then referred to the Rajavi cult’s response, saying that the Rajavi response to the request, like all destructive cults, was base obscenity, slander and insult. He cited the example of a mother who has not heard the voice of her son – who had one day joined the MEK for some reason – for more than 30 years. He explained that for years this mother has been writing in various forms and by letter to whoever it occurred to her that she could, and that she had asked only for a call from her son. But after all this, the Rajavi cult brought the son to their television, and instead of a few kind words that would make his mother happy, the son started swearing at his mother and called her a mercenary, terrorist and even a “so-called mother.”

The CEO of the Nejat Society said that the MEK and Maryam Rajavi can shout for democracy, freedom, human rights, social justice, etc. from morning to night, and hold regular conferences and seminars, costing millions of dollars and bring war mongering American politicians to the stage, but in practice even cannot allow a kind word from the son of an elderly mother who is struggling with various diseases and finds herself in the last days of her life so that her only wish is to hear the voice of her child.
Khodabandeh concluded that all those slogans about defending the freedom and rights of the people, in practice start with these families, and when the MEK members do this to their families and when also MEK leaders do not tolerate the slightest word of dissent, it is clear what model of democracy and human rights they promise.
The program was broadcast live from the Nejat NGO site, and at the same time it was possible to post comments and log in to the chat system, where many families introduced themselves and wrote their messages. Their loving messages encourage the activists of Nejat Society.

The families stated that they had only one humanitarian demand and asked what was wrong with an organization that could connect 2,000 points to have a video chat but is unable to connect one simple video link for members to contact their family to make them happy? Aren’t these families among the people?

One of the interesting things that one of the families said was that while his relative was held captive by Saddam Hussein in an Iraqi POW camp, his letters kept arriving, informing his family of his condition, but after he was handed over to the MEK, there were no more letters and no further connection.

In his speech, Khodabandeh referred to the Rajavi cult’s excuses for preventing its members from visiting their families, and said that the organization used the excuse of the danger of coronavirus to prevent the visits. He asked if the officials of the organization do not meet or travel? In fact, he said, they are constantly traveling between France, Italy and Albania. Don’t they have a tight group life in a closed camp?

He continued that another excuse the Rajavi cult uses is ‘security threats’. They should be asked what security threats elderly parents can pose to the MEK in Albania. The ‘security threat’ has always been an excuse to separate a person from the family in the Rajavi cult from the beginning.

Regarding preventing members from communicating with their families, the CEO of the Nejat Society explained that this goes back to the cultic nature of the MEK. Cults not only coerce members to sever contact with their family, they also induce the member to hate and fear their family and have no feelings for them.

The member’s feelings must only be for the leader. For this reason, the cult does not allow its members to establish a loving and emotional relationship with their families, but instead they must confront their families with insults and slander so that their innate emotional attachment is not revived to hinder the brainwashing process.

Ebrahim Khodabandeh then raised the issue of the dilemma the MEK is now facing. He suggested that Nejat Society’s activities had placed the Rajavi cult at a crossroads. The organization must either obey the wishes of the families and allow the members’ relationship with their families, which is what we want. And this would show that the MEK has the capacity not to be afraid of families and family emotions. Or it continues in its current way,

Exposing more and more of its anti-popular nature to the public, and it reveals that its slogans are completely empty and hollow, and that in practice the MEK is something else.

In the next part, the Rajavi cult’s suggestion of a visit by an international delegation to the families in Iran to prepare a report in this regard was welcomed.

Khodabandeh announced, on behalf of all the families, that this proposal is welcome, and the families are ready to meet and talk with any foreign delegation. And, of course, this delegation should also visit the MEK camp in Albania and talk to the members and deliver the letters of the families and bring their answers back.

In the end, while apologizing to the provinces and the families who did not have time to speak, the demands of the families were summarized, which is the same demand that was raised in the petition of the families with nearly 11,500 signatures addressed to the Albanian government as being responsible for the MEK. It means endorsing the right of families to communicate with their loved ones in the MEK camp in Albania and removing obstacles to establishing this connection.

About 2,000 MEK members are based in the cult camp in Albania, who are deprived rights such as the right to communicate with the outside world, especially with family and friends, the right to marry and create a family, the right to leave the cult, the right to criticize the cult leader and the organizational actions, the right to privacy and many other basic rights.
The extent to which the Rajavi cult fears families as part of the Iranian people and the hysterical and irrational reactions they evoke is truly thought-provoking. This fear proves to what extent the MEK is anti-people and to what extent it has the potential to suppress.
In this conference, the voices of the families were brought to every quarter and will be repeated over and over. The Rajavi cult will expose its anti-popular nature through threats and blackmail against the claims of the elderly mothers and fathers. They will not evade or silence these claims.

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