Iran Interlink, April 01 2016:… Former MEK member Ehsan Bidi staged a sit-in outside the UNHCR office in Tirana, Albania where he has refugee status. The MEK openly threaten to kill him because he left them. Bidi and other formers were told by the UN office that their funds and accommodation would be stopped from end of March. They have now all been evicted and made homeless. While Bidi protested he was approached by a television journalist but when the police took Bidi …
Iran Interlink Weekly Digest – April 1, 2016
++ Former MEK member Ehsan Bidi staged a sit-in outside the UNHCR office in Tirana, Albania where he has refugee status. The MEK openly threaten to kill him because he left them. Bidi and other formers were told by the UN office that their funds and accommodation would be stopped from end of March. They have now all been evicted and made homeless. While Bidi protested he was approached by a television journalist but when the police took Bidi away they also forcefully confiscated the contact card he had been given. According to Bidi, the responsible person at the UN, Nicola, has been replaced in the past few days by someone from Pakistan who claims to know nothing except that the UN is not allowed to pay for the refugees from today. The UN attributes this situation to an agreement between the Albanian government, the US, MEK and the UNHCR. According to this agreement, Albania should only provide land and the individual refugees’ expenses are to be met by the MEK. The problem is that not only will the MEK not provide for these formers’ expenses, they actually want to kill Bidi. Bidi says that already a few members have been forced to humiliate themselves and beg the MEK to be allowed again to become terrorists for money. They all have refugee status. When Bidi questioned Nicola and other authorities they said ‘there are two ways; either go back to the MEK, or go to the Iranian embassy and ask to be taken back to Iran (this is while they have political asylum in Albania). When Bidi insisted on having this in writing, UN officials called on plain clothes ‘police’, who beat him up and removed him from the area. Bidi has not given up his protest and regularly posts updates on Facebook. He can’t go back to the MEK and he can’t return to Iran. Obviously something is wrong with this situation and the only logical explanation is the corruption in Albania. Bidi has stated that if he is found dead, it will be “because of a coalition of the MEK and Albania and its mafia – whether this is in the UN or elsewhere”.
++ Maryam Rajavi is again ardently supporting Daesh and Syrian armed groups – who are fighting against each other. She criticises the West for not openly helping them. MEK critics write ‘we know they are with Daesh and other terrorists, but clearly the MEK has become deflated because they are on the losing side again’. Some refer to Maryam Rajavi’s Norouz speech which sounded tired and defeatist; although she still tries to pretend the MEK is an opposition to Iran yet she actually has nothing constructive to say.
++ After the terrorist attacks in Brussels last week, some commentators remarked ‘you host the MEK in Europe, of course you are not serious about fighting terrorism’. Some pointed out that the MEK invented terrorist suicide bombings, which they performed before and after the Iranian revolution. This is not something found in Iranian religious culture but only belongs to the MEK. Now it has become common in these new pseudo-religious Islamist terrorist groups.
++ A month away from International Workers Day on May 1, the MEK are already publishing propaganda in name of Abbas Davari. He was assigned Chief of the NCRI Workers’ Commission specifically because he originally joined the MEK as an illiterate worker (who is now approaching 80 years old). The MEK’s ‘support the workers’ pose has become ridiculed because of Abbas Davari’s notoriety as the contact between Saddam’s secret services and the MEK from before they went to Iraq. Videos showing him arguing with Saddam’s men over money and handing over intelligence against Iran for all these years are all in the public domain. Some commentators joke that Davari should be advocating for Saddam’s ex-henchmen who don’t get paid instead of talking about workers in Iran. He named on the wanted list for murder, kidnapping and torture by Iraq’s Judiciary. Iraqi police can’t arrest him while he is in Camp Liberty so he is kept there. One article compares this current propaganda campaign with previous MEK events such as the recent International Womens’ Day and suggests that the MEK now try to sneak events in prior to their real date so that they won’t be confronted by people’s reactions and ridicule.
++ An article by Nejat Bloggers exposes the MEK as Godfathers of suicide bombing and says this behaviour is achieved through cult indoctrination. The events in Belgium are no different from the work the MEK has been carrying out for decades. “In case of the MKO, in better words “the Cult of Rajavi”, the leader Massoud Rajavi manipulated his rank and file with a very complicated methodology of indoctrination. Massoud’s followers were indoctrinated that killing the innocent is inevitable consequence of fighting for the cult’s cause. Members of the cult of Rajavi were manipulated that these missions were the only way to fight for their leader. They were then glorified as martyrs.
“Although the realization that MKO terrorists view themselves as soldiers engaged in a just war does not legitimize their cause or methods, it does provide some insight into their motivation. The MKO’s history is overwhelmed with suicide bombings, self-immolations and swallowing cyanide capsules just because these acts were wisely indoctrinated in the minds of members.”
++ Former MEK member Anne Khodabandeh (Singleton) wrote a letter for The Guardian in response to the National Union of Teachers’ rejection of the Home Office’s Prevent Strategy. “As an ordinary Leeds lass who spent two decades embroiled in a foreign terrorist organisation in the 1980s and 90s, I was deeply disappointed by the NUT’s vote to reject the Home Office’s Prevent strategy (Report, theguardian.com, 28 March). Last week, in a presentation to the Suffolk Prevent conference, I was able to explain in detail the mechanisms behind how radicalisation takes place. That the psychological manipulation involved in radicalisation is similar to that which underlies domestic violence and child sexual exploitation. That the different belief systems espoused by various violent extremist groups are almost irrelevant because their radicalising behaviour is the same.
“The audience response was overwhelmingly positive. They understood Prevent not as a political or ideological assault on their communities, but first and foremost as a safeguarding issue. They unequivocally understood that schools and colleges need to make space for challenging conversations and that through listening to explanations like the one I give as a former terrorist, everyone in the public sector can gain the confidence needed to effectively fulfil their obligations under Prevent. I can only assume that NUT members’ reaction is due to the undeniably patchy and poor Prevent training which is being delivered by people who don’t have a clear grasp of the issue. But as somebody who might have been rescued if the Prevent and Channel programmes had existed when I was radicalised, I can only say that it would be a disaster if the fallout from weak and incoherent training is allowed to blight the future of the Prevent duty.”
Albanians should be wary of Mojahedin Khalq activities in their country
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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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.