Mazda Parsi, Nejat Society, April 10 2021:… According to Whitsett and Kent, “A frequent consequence of cult involvement—and one that may have dramatic implications for diagnosis and treatment of former members—is the assault that these groups make upon family units among their adherents“. The evidence is officially published on the MEK-run websites from time to time, particularly after, each family member of the MEK adherents try to call on human rights bodies and file appeals against the MEK leaders. MEK cult and families
MEK cult and families
Leila is the Youngest child of Rahim Kayukan. She was born in 1979, two years before his father, Rahim would leave the entire family behind to join the Mujahedin Khalq Organization, in September 1981. When Rahim left the family other siblings of Leila, Mozhgan, Mehran and Mosen were respectively, 13, 10 and 4 years old. At the time, their mother, Behjat Sediqi was 32 years old and since then she has never been contacted by her husband.
For four decades, Rahim Kayukan has been a member of the Mujahedin Khalq and is in the group’s camp in Albania now. He is one of the thousand Iranians who are kept under the cult-like structure of the Mujahedin Khalq. Rahim was a flight technician of the Iran National Airlines when he was recruited by the MEK. What has stopped Rahim from contacting his wife and children during these long years?
It may seem strange how intelligent people can get caught up in such a bizarre and dangerous cult like the MEK. But the fact is that cults target individuals throughout their life spans and across all socioeconomic groups and backgrounds. “Regrettably, it is impossible to quantify how many people are involved in potentially damaging cultic religions or similar ideological commitments,” Doni Whitsett & Stephen A. Kent assert in a paper on “Cults and Families”.
The authors of the article, referring to a large number of comprehensive books and researches on the issue, attempt to raise the awareness in ways that facilitate the ability of professionals to evaluate the impact of cults on some people who get trapped in these cults. They focus on both families within the cults and families outside of cults that are impacted by the cultic involvement of one or more of their members.
According to Whitsett and Kent, “A frequent consequence of cult involvement—and one that may have dramatic implications for diagnosis and treatment of former members—is the assault that these groups make upon family units among their adherents“. The evidence is officially published on the MEK-run websites from time to time, particularly after, each family member of the MEK adherents try to call on human rights bodies and file appeals against the MEK leaders.
In case of Leila Kayukan, her recent testimony in court made the MEK propaganda agents assault her family by accusing her of being dishonest about her father. This is an official position taken by the MEK vitrines in the social media which is exposed to the outside world. Not mentioning the way they treat members and their families inside the isolated camps of the Cult of Rajavi.
The authors of “Cults and Families”, believe that cult leaders use several factors to break the bonds between members and their families. “These factors include intensive resocialization into the new, deviant beliefs and behaviors; the demonization of people’s pre-cult lives; intense punishment and shaming regimes; restrictions on exogenous social contacts; heavy financial and time commitments; and constant demands to value group commitments over family considerations.”
According to the article, cult leaders impose various regressive techniques on their members that interfere with their ability to critically assess their situations. Authors also assert that the most virulent forms of regression.This kind of treatment demonstrate the disordered personalities of the cult leaders. however, probably reflect the disordered personalities of some leaders. They present several examples of cult leaders who suffer from various forms of psychological dysfunction.
“Many groups attack the formation of parent–child bonds by geographically separating children from their parents,” they state. “For example, various Eastern-based religious groups operate educational facilities back in their home countries, and often Western followers send their children to these overseas facilities for schooling. Consequently, children and parents see each other very infrequently, as distant strangers assume child-rearing and educational responsibilities. The children, therefore, cannot rely upon their parents in times of need.”
In addition to children like Leila and her siblings, there have been many children who were taken to the MEK camps by their parents but later on they were separated from them. then distanced from them. The number of children who have been separated from their parents by the MEK leaders mount to over 700. In just one cargo, over 300 children were separated from their parents in Camp Ashraf and were transferred via Jordan to Europe in 1990. The horrible fates of these children should be considered as cases of child and teen abuse.
Moreover, “similar threats to those directed against parent–child relationships also exist against spousal relationships”. The authors of the paper suggest, “In highly restrictive groups, strong marriages challenge leaders’ ability to control and receive the constant attention of the two partners. Moreover, couples are likely to establish private confidences—to share intimate feelings, dreams, desires, and perhaps doubts—all of which threaten paranoid leaders and evoke envy in those who have narcissistic and borderline personality disorders.” Therefore, forced divorces and mandatory celibacy in the MEK are definitely the sign of Massoud Rajavi’s personality disorders.
Thus, Rahim Kayukan and hundreds of his peers are trapped in the Cult of Rajavi. They are not allowed to talk and even think about their family. They are under daily pressure to denounce any relationship with the world except with the orders of the leaders Maryam and Massoud Rajavi. This is always mentioned in the testimonies of former members of the group and confirmed in the article too.
“Often groups require members to reveal their supposed deficiencies and shortcomings in assemblies, meetings, or other public settings,” Whitsett and Kent write. “Members, therefore, are trapped in double binds. On the one hand, if they go public with doubts or private opinions, then others will attack and possibly expel them. On the other hand, if they withhold their private (and possibly negative) thoughts, then they likely feel deceitful and inadequate to the tasks of their groups’ missions. Thus, many members are locked in inner battles between self-protection and group solidarity. Because they are torn in these ways, it is exceedingly difficult for them to provide emotional and cognitive guidance to children (not to mention to other adults).”
It is clear that, members of MEK have no way out of the Cult-like system of the group. They are certainly live cases of human rights violation that the International community is responsible to rescue them before irreparable damage is taking its toll.
MEK cult and families
MEK Leaders Torture Prosecutions
Geopolitica and Press TV, Tehran, March 09 2021:… According to Batool Soltani, another member of the leadership council of the group, women in this cult are deprived of the most basic rights, they do not have the right to marry, let alone choose a husband, in this cult because having a social life, having private things like a private bedroom, do not matter and women cannot go anywhere alone. No one dared to criticize the organization, and many women were physically abused. sexual exploitation was done for the leader of the cult, who was Massoud Rajavi. MEK Leaders Torture Prosecutions .
MEK Leaders Torture Prosecutions
1-Holding a trial for the Mojahedin Khalq in Iran
The investigation into the complaints of 42 former members of the Mojahedin Khalq against the senior members of the group has begun. In the first court hearing the petitions of these individuals, part of the physical and mental torture committed by the Mojahedin Khalq was stated.
At the beginning of the hearing, Judge Pourmoridi, while announcing the formality of the hearing, said: The defendants, in this case, are the group of Hypocrites (Mujahedin-e Khalq), Massoud Rajavi, Maryam Rajavi, Mehdi Abrishamchi, Abolghasem Rezaei, Seyed Mohammad Seyed Mohaddesi, Majid Hariri, Mahboubeh Jamshidi, Mehdi Moradi, Mojgan Parsai, Mohammad Ali Tofighi Khaniki, Mohammad Hayati, Abbas Ali Seifipour, Hadi Roshanrovan, Alireza Jafarzadeh, Mohammad Sadegh Sadat Darbandi, Mahvash Sepehri, Azra Alavi Taleghani, Mehdi Ali Gholi, Mohammad Javad Ghadiri Modarresi, Sara Samsami, and Giti Givechian.
He continued: “Through France and Albania, where the members of this group reside, the notification was made after the submission of the petition.” We directly talked to the Albanian Ministry of Justice so that they could receive the notification sent to them through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The head of the court said: the notification was sent in January of 2021 and two months of legal opportunity have passed until the investigation.
The lawyer of the 42 ex-members of MEK, Mr. Tavasoli said in the petition: “Human Rights Watch has provided a detailed investigation in this regard, some of the documents of which are mentioned in the petition.”
“At different times, a series of instructions have been given to the members of this group, one of the instructions of that headquarter was regarding the social section of the group.”
He continued: For example, Massoud Rajavi declares that everyone should divorce their spouses and all family emotions should be on my side, everyone should just love me and live for me.
One of the leaders of this cult, Massoud Banisadr, who left the cult, says: ‘Operation Forough Javidan, which we refer to in Iran as Operation Mersad, destroyed our political hope, which for me and many others it signaled an ideological end. We all became actors who played with each other and encouraged each other, and after Operation Forough, the well of honesty dried up completely.
“According to Batool Soltani, another member of the leadership council of the group, women in this cult are deprived of the most basic rights, they do not have the right to marry, let alone choose a husband, in this cult because having a social life, having private things like a private bedroom, do not matter and women cannot go anywhere alone. No one dared to criticize the organization, and many women were physically abused”.
He continued: sexual exploitation was done for the leader of the cult, who was Massoud Rajavi.
He stressed: According to Human Rights Watch, this group uses three types of prisons. The first type is small units known as guesthouses. The second type of imprisoning was inside the camp which was called Bengal incarceration, and the third type was the incarceration in which women were physically tortured.
The lawyer continued: “Beating with cable, burning, beating, etc. are among the tortures that the victims of this group, who are among the plaintiffs of this case, suffered.” One of the members who had the word “mother” tattooed on his arm was forced to remove the word from his hand by heating it.
“Forcing to sleep with Massoud Rajavi, cutting body parts, severely beating and throwing on pieces of hot glass is part of the tortures that the victims of this group and the plaintiffs suffered and has caused psychological damage to the plaintiffs.”
He added: The members of the hypocrites (MEK) were obliged to work 14 hours of forced labor, including doing agriculture, transportation, torture, etc., for little food per day; In many cases, the work done by the members was useless and so that the person would not be unemployed. The plaintiffs, in this case, are people who have been harmed for years, and therefore financial compensation can never make up for the lives lost to these people.
Referring to the declaration of Human Rights, he said: “According to this declaration, all human beings are born free and everyone has the right of life, liberty, and security, and no one can be enslaved or tortured.” Given the principles enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations and the fact that these rights derive from the inherent dignity of the human person and in view of the above and the basic rule of civil liability, the issuance of a sentence following the statements is requested.
2- Former MKO members file lawsuits against leaders for torture, rights violation
A court session has been held in Tehran to look into the complaints filed a by a group of former members of the terrorist Mujahedin Khalgh grouplet known as MKO, who have fled to the country after several years of being under torture and oppression by the MKO leaders namely Masoud and Maryam Rajavi and other senior officials of the terrorist cult.
This is the first time that such a lawsuit has been filed at a legal court. The 42 individuals claim damages and compensation in connection with imprisonment, torture.
MEK Leaders Torture Prosecutions
With Trump gone , is the MEK finished ?Moderated by Mr Parsa Sorbi this live online debate on Mardom TV, addressed this question. A panel of nine experts talked about the many various and complex aspects of this issue