Nejat Society Nationwide Gathering – Report

Nejat Society Nationwide Gathering – Report

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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A Report on the Nejat Society Nationwide Gathering

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.

MEK members families gathered together

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.

Ebrahim Khodabandeh Nejat Society Nationwide Gathering

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.”

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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.

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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.

Families Appeal Albanian Authorities To Allow Access loved Ones In MEK

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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We Welcome MEK Proposal . Nejat NGO says on behalf of Families

We Welcome MEK Proposal . Nejat NGO says on behalf of Families Nejat Society, June 27 2020:… According to several websites of the Albania based Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MEK, MKO), an open letter dated June 23, 2020 has been written by a number of organization members, who are based in the MEK camp in Manza, to some Albanian officials. In this letter the coronavirus outbreak in Tehran and other parts of Iran was dramatized and then used as a conclusive excuse for dismissing the MEK members’ families’ applications for visas to travel to Albania to visit their loved ones who are trapped in the MEK camp. How is it that the outbreak of the virus has so far not been an obstacle to frequent visits by MEK officials between Albania, Italy, France, and other places? We Welcome MEK Proposal . Nejat NGO says on behalf of Families 

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According to several websites of the Albania based Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MEK, MKO), an open letter dated June 23, 2020 has been written by a number of organization members, who are based in the MEK camp in Manza, to some Albanian officials.

In this letter the coronavirus outbreak in Tehran and other parts of Iran was dramatized and then used as a conclusive excuse for dismissing the MEK members’ families’ applications for visas to travel to Albania to visit their loved ones who are trapped in the MEK camp. How is it that the outbreak of the virus has so far not been an obstacle to frequent visits by MEK officials between Albania, Italy, France, and other places?

The letter refers to the families’ petition with more than 11250 signatures “Urging Albanian government to let the families contact their loved ones in the MEK camp” and irrationally label their request a terrorist conspiracy. No one has yet discovered that the disease can spread through an audio or visual call with their family.

It should be mentioned that the families’ applying for visas to visit Albania goes back to at least two years before the outbreak of the corona pandemic. Some families actually managed to go to Tirana and approached the MEK residence, trying to learn about the situation of their loved ones, but they were harassed by the MEK guards and unfortunately the Albanian police did not support the families.

This letter was signed by:

Alireza Balali
Mahmood Saadat
Farzin Hashemi
Abbas Golrezan
Mehri Saadat
Parvaneh Rabiey Abbasi
Hamid Reza Noori
Mostafa Ghaedi
Jafar Mamlooki
Khalil Hajhoseini
Ali Asghar Eslami
Reza Salami
Sadegh Keyhan
Shokuh Ghasemi
Tayebeh Yeganeh
Mohamad Jafar Najafi
Nahid Saadat
Mohammad Hassan Bagherzadeh
Mohammad Reza Bagherzadeh
Mostafa Forooghi
Vahid Dowlatshahi Araghi
Gholamreza Ghadery

We immediately informed their families that some vital signs were finally observed from their loved ones, which made them very happy indeed. But they were puzzled by the idea that if they are allowed to write to the Albanian officials, why they are not permitted to write to their own families to relieve them of worry? Unfortunately we had no answer to that. We wished more names had been mentioned.

Over one thousand families have written to their loved ones and published these letters in cyberspace with photos and contact numbers with the hope that it would reach them. This has surely reached the MEK officials. The same could easily be done by the MEK members for their families and there was no need to trouble the Albanian officials.

This letter after saying a lot about everything and everywhere, which is not our concern at all, puts a suggestion as follows:

We have asked the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to send an international fact-finding mission to Iran in the presence of the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights situation on Iran and our representatives to meet with families in Iran and to publish its report for the knowledge of the public.

Nejat Society, on behalf of the suffering families of the MEK members in Albania, most warmly welcomes this proposal and would be more than happy to be the host of any person or organization wishing to meet the families in Iran and publish a report, provided they also be able to take the families’ letters to their loved ones and meet them in MEK camp in Albania and bring back their replies.

The good thing is that the MEK is not worried for the UN representatives travelling to Iran and visiting countless number of families in the prevalence of the coronavirus. Referring to the MEK proposal, would they be ready to let the suggested party into their camp accompanied with the old mothers and fathers?

Years ago we handed over a great number of letters from the families to the ICRC to be taken to Ashraf garrison in Iraq. This never happened and the letters were brought back after some months. The ICRC official finally said that he could manage take letters to Bagram prison in Afghanistan for al-Qaeda members, but he is so sorry that he could not take any letters to the inhabitants of the MEK camp.

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MEK cult in Albania poses public health risk

MEK cult in Albania poses public health riskMassoud Khodabandeh, Responsible Statecraft, April 25 2020:… The Albanian authorities, including the security services, do not have access to the camp. According to investigative journalist Gjergji Thanasi, who lives in Durres county near the MEK camp, the Health Ministry “deals with Camp Ashraf 3 as if it does not exist. There is not a single line in the Durres Municipality health officials’ paperwork written about the camp and its residents. No Albanian health official has ever entered the camp.” This means that no matter how hard epidemiologists may be working to trace the contacts of positive cases throughout the country, the MEK will not submit to allow Health Ministry staff inside the camp to test the individuals there. Thanasi goes on to explain, “the MEK have their own doctors, nurses, and dentists. When they have seriously ill patients, they hire private ambulances to transport them to a public hospital in Tirana.” MEK cult in Albania poses public health risk 

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MEK cult in Albania poses public health risk

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With its small population of 2.8 million people, the Republic of Albania may appear to have a more manageable task (depending, of course, on the availability of health care resources) of testing and tracking contacts to halt the spread of the coronavirus, than countries with multiple millions of citizens living in large, sprawling cities and conurbations. But as Albania extends its lockdown to stop the spread of the coronavirus, the country faces a specific problem that some other countries also face — notably South Korea — the presence of a closed and secretive cult in the midst of the population.

MEK cult in Albania poses public health risk

MEK cult in Albania poses public health risk

Since its arrival in Albania in 2016, the Iranian Mojahedin-e Khalq (MEK), also known as the Rajavi cult after its leaders Massoud and Maryam Rajavi, the group has caused problems for the authorities and citizens of their host country. Exploiting the unresolved problems of crime, corruption, and a weak state dependent on American approval, the MEK has manipulated, bribed, and intimidated its way into the political, media, and criminal elements of Alabania. According to well-known historian Olsi Jazexhi, the MEK has even perverted Albania’s foreign policy making it a hub for anti-Iran activities and creating a security nightmare for Albania’s police and security services.

Now the group poses another risk to the country — a public health risk that cannot be assessed or managed.

In 2017, both tacit support from the Trump administration, and overt support from neoconservative personalities, enabled MEK leaders to evade a planned de-radicalization program and instead build a closed secure camp in Manez — a remote town in the county of Durres — to house up to 2,000 cult members. Camp Ashraf 3 — as it is known — is guarded by private armed security personnel as well as MEK officials; only invited persons are allowed entry. Before this mass incarceration, dozens of members took advantage of the move to Albania to separate from the group. They reported terrible human rights abuses and conditions of modern slavery in the MEK. Journalists were refused entry to the camp to interview members locked up there.

For the majority of MEK members then, a lockdown may seem irrelevant since they were already in forced isolation from the outside world, but for Albania, the existence of the group in the country poses a real dilemma.

Although most cult members will not emerge in public, the group relies on regular supplies from outside, particularly food and medicine, and those who emerge to procure these supplies are part of a greater chain of contacts that stretch all the way to Italy. Not only are MEK members who move around Albania unaccountable and untraced, the MEK is notorious for trafficking its own members past national borders.

The MEK’s leading members made frequent trips to Italy in the early months of this year, exposing them to COVID-19. In this respect, it is important to acknowledge that the MEK members are not all based in the closed camp. Last year, MEK leader Maryam Rajavi was forced to leave her base in France and set up her new headquarters in Albania. Many leading members live in the capital Tirana and occupy a variety of premises — from business offices to an entire floor of the International Hotel in Skanderbeg Square in Tirana. Where are those people now? What contact did they have between Italy and the residents of Camp Ashraf 3? Durres county is the epicenter of the current coronavirus epidemic in Albania. Have MEK members inside been infected?

We don’t know and we may never know. The Albanian authorities, including the security services, do not have access to the camp. According to investigative journalist Gjergji Thanasi, who lives in Durres county near the MEK camp, the Health Ministry “deals with Camp Ashraf 3 as if it does not exist. There is not a single line in the Durres Municipality health officials’ paperwork written about the camp and its residents. No Albanian health official has ever entered the camp.”

This means that no matter how hard epidemiologists may be working to trace the contacts of positive cases throughout the country, the MEK will not submit to allow Health Ministry staff inside the camp to test the individuals there. Thanasi goes on to explain, “the MEK have their own doctors, nurses, and dentists. When they have seriously ill patients, they hire private ambulances to transport them to a public hospital in Tirana.”

What is deeply concerning in this crisis, however, are the messages emerging from the camp and covertly passed to those who are concerned with their welfare. Over a thousand families of these disappeared MEK members, who have been trying for two decades to gain contact with their loved ones, say these messages are alarming. They say that the MEK leaders have blocked every form of access to medical care and hospital visits have been cancelled. They also report that some people have gone missing and nobody knows where they are. Everyone inside the camp is worried about the virus and that they are getting no help. They say there is a general sense of dread about the spread of COVID-19.

According to Thanasi, employees of Durres Municipality who engaged in disinfecting streets, squares, flea markets, and agriculture produce markets had contacted the MEK camp via the local Manez council officials offering to disinfect the camp. “We were thanked profusely before our offer was very politely turned down. The commanders at the camp insisted they had already thoroughly disinfected the camp”, Thanasi was told. The Municipal workers however added there was “no evidence this had been done.”

Outside the camp, local residents have observed the MEK’s efforts to deal with the crisis. Speaking to Thanasi, one resident said, at the camp entrance, Albanian armed security guards and MEK members have been observed wearing masks and gloves, “but those on duty at a second gate do not always use protective gear.”

It appears that in public, MEK personnel will wear the masks and gloves, but a group of MEK members who work in a small facility outside the camp fence opposite the main entrance generally do not wear protection. It could be that a shortage of PPE means the MEK has to adopt a public relations exercise to be seen to observe distancing, isolation and protective measures. More cynically, the patchy distribution of protective gear could be linked to a hierarchy of privilege.

Without official oversight, it is not known how many MEK members will contract the virus and how many will die as a result. What is known is that since arriving in Albania, dozens of MEK members have died — reportedly from old age and illness — yet their reported cause of death cannot be relied upon.

MEK leaders mostly refuse post-mortem examinations. The MEK leaders are just as unlikely to report incidences of COVID-19 infections and deaths. MEK members are especially susceptible to the ravages of this virus. Their average age is around 65, with some members in their seventies and eighties. Many members have underlying health issues, and weakness brought on by the decades of overwork and harsh living conditions endured in Iraq. Rajavi herself is so frightened of succumbing to the virus that back in March she had one of her parliamentary lobbyists raise the possibility of travelling to the UK where even as a visitor she could access world class medical facilities.

Clearly, even if the MEK does eventually allow sick members to be tested and gain access medical care, Albania is barely equipped to deal with a widespread outbreak of the coronavirus among the indigenous population. If this troublesome group consumes badly needed resources, the finger of blame will surely go to Albania’s corrupt politicians who allow this group to flout the country’s laws and national interests and pursue its own agenda. That finger of blame must as well point directly at the Trump administration too. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is happy to use MEK propaganda churned out by the troll farm in Camp Ashraf 3 by enslaved members to attack Iran and justify the continuation of extreme sanctions. What responsibility will he take for the health and wellbeing of these people and the people of Albania.

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