Welcoming extremism

In a statement released on January 28, the Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran has said that “It would be best if relations with the Iranian were to be made contingent upon a halt to executions and an improvement of human rights in Iran.”

The statement comes in light of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani visiting France and Italy. The NCRI is of the view that welcoming Rouhani is a mistake on the part of the western nations.

In the face of gross human rights abuses, it is highly callous on the past of European governments to “welcome the godfather of terrorism and fundamentalism.” His welcome will strengthen the regime as a whole and its most repressive factions and it will cause harms to human rights in Iran. It will also make the clerical regime in Iran bolder and further their purpose of warmongering in the region, especially in Syria, and export of Islamic extremism and terrorism.

The human rights abuses include 2200 executions (the highest number in the past 25 years), all out support for the Assad dictatorship and the slaughter of the Syrian people, a missile attack against Camp Liberty residents, and the official order for the expansion of the ballistic missile program of the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), which is tantamount to proliferation of Weapon of Mass Destruction.

Additionally, under Rouhani’s rule, suppression and executions of Sunni Muslims and Christians has increased and promises of economic prosperity have been broken. The NCRi is of the view that Iran’s economic situation has deteriorated since The President has committed himself to pay for the expenditure of the wars of the IRGC and the regime’s para-military forces in Syria, Yemen, and Iraq.

It is often argues is a “moderate”, but this is a false narrative created to suggest that the Iranian regime can actually be negotiated with.

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the Iranian Resistance, stated that, “As a mullah, Hassan Rouhani is a defender of the ruling theocracy and has sworn allegiance to the velayat-e faqih (absolute rule of the supreme leader). Rouhani has been among the most senior officials of the religious fascism ruling Iran throughout the past 37 years and has been involved in all its atrocities. He should face justice for crimes against humanity.”