The Cult of Rajavi has all criteria of Modern Slavery

The Cult of Rajavi has all criteria of Modern Slavery

Maryam Rajavi Saddam's private army NCRIMazda Parsi, Nejat Society, June 07 2016:… For those who have experienced living in the Mujahedin Khalq Organization, the above mentioned characteristics of modern slavery looks very tangible and familiar. They can even add more traits of modern slavery in the cult of Rajavi including forced marriage, separation of parents and children, sleep deprivation and a lot of other examples of human rights violations. RAND report commissioned by US Department of Defense … 

Maryam Rajavi Saddam's private army NCRICouncil of Foreign Relations, 2014: Mujahadeen-e-Khalq (MEK). Backgrounders

زهره قائمی فرمانده ترور صیاد شیرازیIraqi daily: Mojahedin Khalq are building new terror camps inside Albania to replace Iraqi 

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The Cult of Rajavi has all criteria of Modern Slavery

According to Walk Free Foundation – movement to end modern slavery – near 46 million people of the world are trapped in modern slavery. The foundation which is in Australia defines slavery as “situations of exploitation that a person cannot refuse or leave because of threats, violence, and coercion, abuse of power or deception.” According to the foundation, in modern forms of slavery, a person is forced to work for free. It also includes, child slavery, forced marriage, domestic servitude and forced labour in which victims are made to work through violence and intimidation.

For those who have experienced living in the Mujahedin Khalq Organization, the above mentioned characteristics of modern slavery looks very tangible and familiar. They can even add more traits of modern slavery in the cult of Rajavi including forced marriage, separation of parents and children, sleep deprivation and a lot of other examples of human rights violations. RAND report commissioned by US Department of Defense found that the MKO is a cult that utilizes practices such as mandatory divorce, celibacy, authoritarian control, forced labor, sleep deprivation, physical abuse, and confiscation of assets, emotional isolation, and the imprisonment of dissident members.

While the MKO claims to be opposed to “any kind of exploitation of human by another human”, the truth of the life inside this cult–like group proves the opposite.

According to the Walk Free Foundation half of the victims of modern slavery are girls and women and 1/3 of detected victims of slavery is a child. As for the MKO Cult about 900 people out of its near 3000 victims are female and a large number of children of the group members have been also victims of its destructive cult-like system.

Based on testimonies of former members of the group such as Nadereh Afshar and Manizheh Habashi, children in the MKO camps were kept separated from their parents and forced to work. After the first Gulf War, children were sent to Europe where they were forced to beg on the streets to raise funds for the group. Forced begging is considered by Walk Free as an example of modern slavery in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America and in the Middle East. The foundation states that kids “are forced to beg on the streets by criminals.”

68 % of slaves around the world are subjected to forced labour. About the cult of Rajavi, approximately all members are subjected to forced labour. They have to work long hours of the day. They always suffer sleep deprivation. Former members of the cult of Rajavi describe exhausting working schedule in the MKO as useless tasks that was supposed to keep them busy. Zahra Mirbaqeri recalls that she was forced to carry a heavy bag of stones from a place to another. She had to run while carrying an 80-kilo-weight bag.

The Walk Free Foundation also clarifies that in modern slavery systems, victims are kept behind closed doors. Members of the Mujahedin Khalq are not allowed to call or contact anyone outside their camps. They are barred from using phone, and the Internet. The news of the outside world is filtered by the group authorities. They are only fed with the group’s propaganda media.

Victims of the MKO are kept in the group’s camps in Iraq, Albania and France. They are living under the most tyrannical supervision system. Those who succeeded to escape the MKO actually risked their life because Massoud Rajavi has told them that the group has no exit door – see Human Rights Watch report on the abuses in the MKO titled “No Exit”, published in 2005. The walk Free Foundation says, “Victims say those who are caught trying to escape can be killed or thrown overboard. “

Sexual labour is another example of human rights abuse that is taken place in modern slavery, according to the foundation. This crime has been widely committed by the MKO leader, Massoud Rajavi. He is the only person in the cult who has the right to get married and to have sexual relationships. So, he authorized himself to have sex with a number of female members of the so-called Elite Council of the cult. Batoul Soltani who is a defector of the MKO Cult revealed Massoud Rajavi’s sexual crimes.

The Walk Free Foundation presents statistics and information on slavery around the world such as Thailand, UK and etc. It tries to inform the world on the huge human rights violations that are committed today in modern societies. Victims of the Mujahedin Khalq cult should be considered as part of the bog population who suffer modern slavery. The case of the MKO victims seems to be more critical because of the pro-democratic gesture of its leaders and its propaganda. In fact, members of the MKO Cult are exposed to the most horrible human rights violations despite the group’s propaganda claims for democracy and freedom.

By Mazda Parsi

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Anne Khodabandeh (Singleton): Silencing the victims of Mojahedin Khalq (MKO, MEK, Rajavi cult, PMOI, NCRI …) to promote Maryam Rajavi

Document on Mojahedin Khalq released by RAND (The Mujahedin-e Khalq in Iraq, A Policy Conundrum)

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Gender Segregation Everywhere in Mojahedin Khalq (MEK, MKO, NCRI) Cult 

Gender Segregation Mojahedin Khalq MEK NCRI Rajavi cultMazda Paris, Nejat Society, April 14 2016:… The freelance British journalist Owen Bennet Jones in his book, “Terrorists? Us?” defines how the MKO destructive cult turned in to the “Cherished ally” of the West. He accurately describes the development of Rajavi’s cult-like control system in the MKO after the disastrous failure in his Saddam-backed military operation against Iran called “Eternal Light”. “Rajavi had to … 

Female MEK militants at Camp Ashraf in 2006Owen Bennett Jones, BBC, April 15 2012: An Iranian mystery: Just who are the MEK

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Gender Segregation Everywhere in Mojahedin Khalq (MEK, MKO, NCRI) Cult

Gender segregation has always been a controversial issue depending on social, religious and legal structure. Critics of gender segregation argue that it is a violation of human rights and denial of capabilities of a specific sex. This phenomenon is a very iconic aspect of the life inside the Mujahedin Khalq Organizatin (the MKO) as a cult-like group. However, the group makes efforts to launch pro-democracy propaganda, chanting slogans of human rights, gender equality and feminism and condemning the Iranian Government for human rights violation and gender segregation.

جداسازی اجباری زنان در فرقه رجوی مجاهدین خلق

A short news on the MKO propaganda website reports what it calls “a religious decree issued for segregation of sexes in transport systems.” The alleged report quotes from the state source website ‘hamshahrionline.ir that ”according to the train company schedule, and in cooperation with the Islamic republic’s train service, a special section has been assigned to women for traveling between Tehran and Mashhad on Nour Railways’ for the first time.”

The MKO propaganda accuses the Islamic Republic of continuing “to implement gender segregation across the country” while its own record on gender segregation is notoriously known to the world. The MKO’s abusive structure has been discussed by various bodies. Independent reports from Human Rights Watch and from the RAND Corporation have gathered facts on the group’s cult-like control over members, which according to RAND, include “a near-religious devotion to the Rajavis … public self-deprecation sessions, mandatory divorce, celibacy, enforced separation from family and friends and gender segregation.” [1]

The women only passenger wagons in widely customary across the world. In many countries like, Brazil, Japan, Mexico, and Indonesia gender segregated transport system is used to create a more relaxing and peaceful journey for women. A recent report says that, a central German regional railway is also launching a special women and children only area for their trains “. [2] Regardless the controversial arguments that gender segregated carriages on trains are effective to prevent sexual harassments against women or not, the MKO –also known as the Cult of Rajavi—lacks the least competency to argue about such issues.

The freelance British journalist Owen Bennet Jones in his book, “Terrorists? Us?” defines how the MKO destructive cult turned in to the “Cherished ally” of the West. He accurately describes the development of Rajavi’s cult-like control system in the MKO after the disastrous failure in his Saddam-backed military operation against Iran called “Eternal Light”. “Rajavi had to come up with an explanation for the defeat,” he writes.” His unorthodox solution was to tell his fighters they had lost because they had been distracted by love and sex. He commanded members to divorce, become celibate and live in communal, single-sex accommodation, just like soldiers in a regular army. Filled with ideas of self-sacrifice and martyrdom, they did as they were told. (The celibacy rule is to this day so tightly enforced that there are separate times for men and women to use Camp Ashraf’s petrol station.) Members were urged to transfer their passions from their former spouses to their leaders, the Rajavis. Aware that people were becoming sexually frustrated, meetings were organized where members were obliged to confess their sexual fantasies in public. If you did confess to something, other members spat at you. Friendships were also discouraged at Camp Ashraf, and so were children. From the mid-1980s, citing safety concerns, the leadership ordered that several hundred children living in the camp be moved to pro-MEK foster families in Europe and Canada. Some parents have not seen their children for more than twenty years.” [3]

Gender segregation in the MKO is mandatory. It is neither permissive –ordered by law— nor voluntary. Inside Camp Ashraf eating places, dormitories, gas stations and even streets were sex-segregated. The couple, both defectors of the MKO, Ann Singleton and Massoud Khodabandeh described the violations committed against members of the MKO cult in their book “The Life of Camp Ashraf Mojahedin-e Khalq – Victims of Many Masters” :

“Over the years former members who escaped from Camp Ashraf have told their stories to a world unwilling or unable to listen. Thousands of them consistently and courageously described the conditions of the internal revolutions and Rajavi’s bizarre requirements for members to divorce and to remove all the children from the camp; to undergo the daily humiliations of public self-confessions which enforce the celibacy and gender apartheid; to suffer micro-management of their every waking moment which imposed deliberately exhausting work schedules and disorienting indoctrination sessions; to be deprived of any information from and contact with the outside world and their families. Rajavi did all this to keep his members from leaving. When this failed, he imprisoned them.”[4]

Rania Abouzeid of the Time also provides a comprehensive account on the MKO’s hypocrisy: “Camp Ashraf, with its gender-segregated dormitories, manicured lawns, flower beds and tree-lined streets, is the only home many of the residents have known. The MEK maintains firm control over its members, preventing them from marrying and restricting or preventing contact with family elsewhere.” [5]

Constant human rights violation and gender segregation are in the essence of the MKO as terrorist destructive cult even if it is relocated in Europe in the heart of democracy; and even if its propaganda resorts to each and every means possible.

Mazda Parsi

Sources:

1] Goulka, Jeremiah, Hansell, Lydia, Wilke, Elizabeth, Larson, Judith, The Mujahedin-e Khalq in Iraq, A Policy Conundrum, RAND, 2009

[2] Lane, JJ, Oliver, German Railway Launches Gender Segregated Carriages In Wake Of Sex Attacks, breitbart.com, March26, 2016

[3] Jones, Owen Bennett, Terrorists? Us?, Vol. 34 No. 11 · 7 ,London Review of Books, June 2012

[4] Khodabandeh, Anne, Khodabandeh, Massoud, The Life of Camp Ashraf Mojahedin-e Khalq – Victims of Many Masters, IRAN-INTERLINK, September 2011

[5] Abouzeid, Rania, Why Is the Iraqi Military Cracking Down on an Iranian Camp?, The Time, April 15, 2011

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Open Letter to Susana Klien and Caroline Haworth of Womankind Worldwide 

A number of survivors of Rajavi cult,  August 31 2015:… This summer, your charity floated an engaging invitation on its Facebook page for women to nominate their ‘women’s rights idol’. Sadly, perhaps inevitably, Womankind was then inundated with nominations and praise for Maryam Rajavi. The effect has been to hijack the page and spoil its intent. The Mojahedin are …

محمدی و حسین نژاد قربانیان فرقه رجوی مجاهدین خلقOur story thus far: Another Mojahedin attack on two fathers and the sister of MEK’s captives

(Received with many thanks – Iran Interlink)

Open Letter to Susana Klien and Caroline Haworth of Womankind Worldwide

تعدادی از زنان نجات یافته از فرقه رجوی مجاهدین خلق

As the outgoing and the incoming CEOs you will both be sensitive to the enduring reputation of your valuable charity Womankind Worldwide. We hope therefore that you are aware by now that you have become the latest target for another of the Mojahedin Khalq’s deceptive propaganda campaigns.

This summer, your charity floated an engaging invitation on its Facebook page for women to nominate their ‘women’s rights idol’. Sadly, perhaps inevitably, Womankind was then inundated with nominations and praise for Maryam Rajavi. The effect has been to hijack the page and spoil its intent.

The Mojahedin are not doing this to promote women’s rights and cannot point to a single real-life example of what Maryam Rajavi is supposed to have done to help women. Instead they are trying to whitewash their savage past and evade the court cases and allegations of gross human rights abuses inside the organisation.

We are all witnesses to the cruelties Maryam Rajavi has inflicted on the female members of the cult she created with her fugitive husband Massoud Rajavi. Maryam Rajavi is indisputably responsible for the deaths and mistreatment of tens of women members. And this is an ongoing problem. Only this month Maryam Rajavi’s response to a young Iranian Canadian woman who visited her headquarters in Auvers-sur-Oise, France, searching for her sister, was to send a gang of thugs into the street to beat her up. This is not the action of a defender of women’s rights.

Have no doubt, Maryam Rajavi’s notoriety is known worldwide – from the US State Department and Human Rights Watch to the Human Rights Ministry of Iraq. And closer to home, the Foreign and Commonwealth office and the Home Office in the UK.

Although we are confident that you have no intention of allowing the reputation of Womankind Worldwide to be tarnished by association with this cult and its leaders, we thought a friendly heads-up to be appropriate at this stage. All of us are happy to provide more information on this issue. The following links are a good starting point.

Yours sincerely,

Batoul Soltani – Germany
Open letter of Iranian Women’s Association to Mr. Otto Bernhardet: Do you know who Maryam Rajavi is?

Homeyra Mohammad Nejad – Germany
Open letter to Mrs. Jane Holl Lute

Nasrin Ebrahimi – Switzerland
Beware of Maryam Rajavi’s deception (open letter to Régine Deforge)

Zahra Mirbagheri – Iran
78 signatories: Mojahedin Khalq terror group are threatening to kill us in your country (Open letter to François Hollande)

Zahra Moini – Germany
President Hollande should curtail violent activities of Mojahedin Khalq (Rajavi cult) in France

Anne Khodabandeh (Singleton) – U.K.
Silencing the victims of Mojahedin Khalq (MKO, MEK, Rajavi cult, PMOI, NCRI …) to promote Maryam Rajavi

And some relevant links:

In 1997, the Home Secretary excluded Mrs Rajavi from the UK on the ground that “ We need to take a firm stance against terrorism”. That exclusion remains in force.
http://ukhumanrightsblog.com/2014/11/12/government-may-weigh-rights-against-national-security-without-courts-interference/

Mujahadeen-e-Khalq (MEK). Backgrounders
http://www.cfr.org/iran/mujahadeen-e-khalq-mek/p9158

No Exit: Human Rights Abuses inside the Mojahedin Khalq Camps
http://www.hrw.org/legacy/backgrounder/mena/iran0505/

UN: continued concerns about abuses committed by the PMOI/MeK leadership.
http://www.uniraq.org/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=1567:unami-half-yearly-report-on-human-rights-january-to-june-2013&Itemid=605&lang=en

New document on Mojahedin Khalq released by RAND (The Mujahedin-e Khalq in Iraq, A Policy Conundrum)
http://www.rand.org/pubs/monographs/MG871.html

State Department’s Report on Mojahedin Khalq Orgainsation, Rajavi cult
http://www.iran-interlink.org/?mod=view&id=2309

Iran Interlink Fourth Report from Baghdad
https://iran-interlink.org/wordpress/?p=5536

Comrades in Arms – Sexual abuse by Massoud and Maryam Rajavi
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jpDUMaIntS8&feature=youtu.be

An Unfinished documentary for my daughter – Trapped in Rajavi cult, Mojahedin Khalq
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CEb5-ZBuk4k

Miss Mohammady: Our story thus far: Another Mojahedin attack on two fathers and the sister of MEK’s captives
https://iran-interlink.org/wordpress/?p=6454

Behind the deceptive face of Maryam Rajavi’s Women’s Day meeting in Berlin
https://iran-interlink.org/wordpress/?p=5906

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Judit Neurink: Iranian resistance group MKO to move to Albania

آن خدابنده سرگی بلیسکوPresident of MIVILUDES Serge Blisko with Anne Khodabandeh (Singleton) of the FST

Anne Khodabandeh London Sep 2014Expert in cultic abuse and terrorism in the MEK speaks in London charity meeting

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Silencing the victims of Mojahedin Khalq (MKO, MEK, Rajavi cult, PMOI, NCRI …) to promote Maryam Rajavi – March 2013

Anne Singleton (Khodabandeh), Middle East Strategy Consultants, March 06 2013: … These women face a backlash of ‘power and money’ to stop them talking, while the same ‘power and money’ grooms the perpetrator, Maryam Rajavi, to talk about the rights of women and criticise marriage laws and say how they should be changed in the favour of women. ‘Power and money’ believe the MEK should not only be removed from terrorism lists but should be paraded in parliaments as exemplars of feminism. ‘Power and money’ are so dishonest that they cast the MEK in the role of victim while condemning the former women members as torturers, spies and agents …

(Maryam Rajavi directly ordered the massacre of Kurdish people)
 
Anne Singleton (Khodabandeh), Middle East Strategy Consultants, March 06 2013
http://www.mesconsult.com
Author of “Saddam’s Private Army” and “The life of Camp Ashraf”
http://www.camp-ashraf.com
International Women’s Day on 8 March is rooted in women’s demands for better working pay and conditions, and for voting rights, and has expanded to encompass women’s global struggle for equal rights and equal participation in social, political and economic processes.
In spite of considerable progress, continued vigilance and action are required to ensure that women’s equality is gained and maintained in all aspects of life all over the world.
In this context what are we to understand about Maryam Rajavi’s claim to feminist credentials?
Rather than take Maryam Rajavi’s words and image at face value, let us examine her actions and behaviour toward women in her own organisation. The best people to help in this respect are the women members of the Mojahedin. Understandably, current female MEK members cannot speak freely about their experience of being in this organisation because they must only iterate the MEK’s public stance.
However, those women who have recently left the MEK are certainly free to talk about the situation for women inside the MEK. Even so, their courage must be acknowledged. Not only is it difficult for women to break social taboos to talk about sexual abuse, but like whistleblowers everywhere, they are subjected to enormous pressure to keep quiet.
Indeed, just a glance at the difficulties faced by these women in recent months speaks volumes about the MEK’s real approach to women. Since making public statements in a conference held the Autumn of 2012 about sexual abuses committed by the MEK leaders, Massoud and Maryam Rajavi, against them and other women members, the following incidents have taken place against these women.
Batoul Soltani previously spoke out about the abuse of women in the MEK in both Baghdad and now in Europe where she lives. She was recently attacked in front of her house and her neighbours had to come to her rescue. The MEK have published indecipherable false documents on their websites alleging that while she was a member of the Mojahedin’s Leadership Council (the highest rank after the Rajavis), she was working for the Iranian Intelligence Ministry. Batoul joined the MEK with her husband and two month old baby when she was barely eighteen years old. She had been a member for over twenty years.
Nasrin Ebrahimi, who now lives in Switzerland, was fourteen years old when she was taken to the MEK’s Camp Ashraf in Iraq. She was only able to escape after the American army forced the MEK to disarm in 2003. Nasrin was invited to the European Parliament to testify about her experience as a woman in the Mojahedin. After that she suffered such severe harassment by the MEK that she changed country twice to escape them. Police have had to protect her for some time against the MEK. Recently she has again been approached and threatened in Switzerland for joining the group of women exposing the abuses.
Zahra Bagheri crawled combat-style over a kilometre for hours in the dark to escape Camp Ashraf. Her body was so lacerated and bleeding that the Iraqi soldiers who found her wept on seeing her injuries. She spent several weeks in hospital recovering from this ordeal. In addition she has had to undergo various operations in Germany because of neglect of her medical conditions while she was in Ashraf. She also joined the other women in the Autumn 2012 conference. The MEK are currently using her two sisters and her brother who remain in Camp Liberty to perform on their TV to swear at Zahra and their mother.
In the last two months, three more women have escaped from Camp Liberty. Seeing this treatment is it surprising that they are reluctant to talk to human rights investigators in Iraq even though privately they corroborate the experiences told by the women above.
They talk about Maryam Rajavi grooming young women and having them dance naked for her and Massoud. They say that after raping them Massoud gives them a medallion with his picture on it. There are 100 names, perhaps more, of women who have had hysterectomies; that is one in ten women in the MEK. They say this is done so that Rajavi can order them to sleep with him or any other man without fear of pregnancy.
It is public knowledge that the MEK instigated forced divorces long before the fall of Saddam so that for twenty years there have been no children in the MEK. In interviews with the BBC they proudly announced it and defended this policy. According to recent escapees, Rajavi has told the MEK the following: ‘According to Islamic rule, if a woman turns against her husband he has the right to kill her. According to the Internal Revolution you are all my wives. So if any of you betrays me and leaves the MEK I have the right to kill you under Islamic law.’ On the MEK websites they have published Massoud Rajavi’s threat: ‘I have evidence about everybody and if they leave I will expose them.’ It is thought he may have film of sexual acts.
(Women “rewarded” with pendants and robes after sexual ordeal)
 
The MEK have for decades used violence, intimidation and harassment to prevent former members from speaking publicly about the abuses taking place inside the organisation.
News of these activities is suppressed because some people think that terrorism is a useful tool. These women face a backlash of ‘power and money’ to stop them talking, while the same ‘power and money’ grooms the perpetrator, Maryam Rajavi, to talk about the rights of women and criticise marriage laws and say how they should be changed in the favour of women. ‘Power and money’ believe the MEK should not only be removed from terrorism lists but should be paraded in parliaments as exemplars of feminism. ‘Power and money’ are so dishonest that they cast the MEK in the role of victim while condemning the former women members as torturers, spies and agents.
No one expects ‘power and money’ to take the side of victims, but to turn the tables in this way is truly sickening
 
(Camp Ashraf)
(E.U. Parliament)
(Baghdad University)

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Dear Washington: Kick Out This Iranian Militant Cult

Holly Dagres, Huffington Post, December 12 2014:… Maryam Rajavi’s marriage to one of the original founders of the MEK symbolized the transformation from an organization to a “cult of personality.” With the money provided by Iraqi President Saddam Hussein–they formed an alliance due to a deep disdain for the Iranian regime–to “construct self-sufficient camps” …
 
 
ثریا سپهرپور - اولریشSoraya Sepahpour-Ulrich, Foreign Policy Journal, November 08 2014:…In addition to the “Iran experts”, Washington has found itself other sources of ‘intelligence’, foremost; the Mojahedeen Khalg (MEK) terrorist cult. This group feeds Washington information provided them by Israel. Previous to this assignment, the cult was busy fighting alongside Saddam …
 
 
Anne Khodabandeh (Singleton), Iran Interlink, November 01 2014: … When a supporter of ISIS sits in the French parliamentary building and attacks President Obama, the cracks are seriously beginning to show in the West’s approach to resolving the whole Middle East situation. Observers may not be sufficiently informed to tell Western governments what to do in …
 
 
Azar Hossein Nejad, Hossin Nejad weblog, January 01 2015:…  I am contacting you to ask for your help regarding the situation of my sister, Zeinab Hossein Nejad, a 36 years old woman who is living in Camp Liberty in Baghdad, Iraq.  I never saw my parents or sister during my childhood and youth as all of them had to run for their lives. They left Iran along …  
 
 
فریده فرحیFarideh Farhi, Lobelog, April 22 2014: … members (some of them with links to the exiled Iranian opposition group, the Mujahadeen-e-Khalq (MEK), such as Spanish EPP member Alejo Vidal-Quadras and British ECR member Struan Stevenson) proposed amendments deleting the call for an opening of the EU office in Tehran, fully in line with the position of their supposed enemies — Iranian hardliners …
 
 
زهرا معینیNejat Association reporting from , Ashraf news, April 21 2014: …  Massoud Rajavi has ordered the officials of the Camp to intensify the limitations against women especially after the revelations by Batoul Soltani and other dispatched members who bravely exposed the internal affairs especially