AsPresident-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), Maryam Rajavi has long been and continues to be an advocate for change and democracy in Iran. Mrs. Rajavi says, “We are not fighting and making sacrifices to be able to grab onto power. We have not even set our sights on sharing power and the ability to govern. Our biggest mission is the establishment of the people’s sovereignty and democracy….” Villepente, June 2012 International Solidarity in Support of the Resistance Movement
Maryam Rajavi has outlined a ten-point plan for the future of Iran.The viewpoints are meant to herald the establishment of a genuine and enduring democracy in Iran, to which Mrs. Rajavi has dedicated her life,these views include:
“1. In our view, the ballot box is the only criterion for legitimacy. Accordingly, we seek a republic based on universal suffrage.
2. We want a pluralist system, freedom of parties and assembly. We respect all individual freedoms. We underscore complete freedom of expression and of the media and unconditional access by all to the internet.
3. We support and are committed to the abolition of death penalty.
4. We are committed to the separation of Religion and State. Any form of discrimination against the followers of any religion and denomination will be prohibited.
5. We believe in complete gender equality in political, social and economic arenas. We are also committed to equal participation of women in political leadership. Any form of discrimination against women will be abolished. They will enjoy the right to freely choose their clothing. They are free in marriage, divorce, education and employment.
6. We believe in the rule of law and justice. We want to set up a modern judicial system based on the principles of presumption of innocence, the right to defense, effective judicial protection and the right to be tried in a public court. We also seek the total independence of judges. The mullahs’ Sharia law will be abolished.
7. We are committed to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and international covenant and conventions, including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the Convention against Torture, and the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women.
We are committed to the equality of all nationalities. We underscore the plan for the autonomy of Iranian Kurdistan, adopted by the National Council of Resistance of Iran. The language and culture of our compatriots from whatever nationality, are among our nation’s human resources and must spread and be promulgated in tomorrow’s Iran.
8. We recognize private property, private investment and the market economy. All Iranian people must enjoy equal opportunity in employment and in business ventures. We will protect and revitalize the environment.
9. Our foreign policy will be based on peaceful coexistence, international and regional peace and cooperation, as well as respect for the United Nations Charter.
10. We want a non-nuclear Iran, free of weapons of mass destruction.”
Another aspect of Maryam Rajavi’s accomplishments include theremoval of the PMOI from the terrorist list in Europe and the U.S.,thedelisting of the PMOI in the United Kingdom in 2008 and the European Union in 2009, the dismissal of terrorism charges in the June 17, 2003 by a senior French Investigative magistrate in May 2011, and in September 2012, the revocation of the PMOI’s terrorist designation in the United States.
Maryam Rajavi has given extensive lectures on both the modern and democratic interpretations of Islam. “Islam, Women and Equality” and “Women, the Force for Change” are publications based on Mrs. Rajavi’s different speeches in conferences around the world. MaryamRajavi presented her most recent publications: Women Against Fundamentalism on International Women’s Day.
Maryam Rajavi was a keynote speaker at a major gathering of Iranian representatives in Paris of June, 2012.At the gathering, declarations were made by more than 4,000 parliamentarians from 40 countries in support of the Iranian Resistance.The parliamentarians, which included majorities in the European Parliament, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe,called for the providing protection for the residents of Ashraf and Liberty and urged the international community to recognize the National Council of Resistance of Iran.
Maryam Rajavi’sglobal campaign embodies the most prominent political and social personalities, former senior U.S. officials and military leaders, lawmakers and political dignitaries in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Australia including Rudy Giuliani, Newt Gingrich and General James Jones. Maryam Rajavi’s movement has achieved great success and international recognition and credibility in defense of the Iranian Resistance and its organized entity in camps Ashraf and Liberty. Maryam Rajavi continues to urge the intervention of the United States and United Nations in the release of Camp Ashraf hostages.
In 2014, Maryam Rajavi was chosen as top International Woman for International Women’s Day 2014.
Maryam Rajavi, received special recognition from the GBA (God Believers Association), on International Women’s Day. The GBA formerly known as the National Integration Assembly, honors individuals who exhibit distinguished social, national or international services. A leader of human rights and women's rights, Maryam Rajavi believes that women represent an important role in the fight to achieve democracy in Iran.
Massoud Rajavi was born in the small town of Tabas, in 1947. He earned his political science degree from Tehran University.. He is the husband of Maryam Rajavi.
Born December 4, 1953 in Tehran, Maryam Rajavi began her political activism nearly four decades ago. After serving as an organizer in the anti-Shah student moment for six years, Rajavi joined the social section of the People’s Mojahedin of Iran in 1979. She was a parliament candidate in 1980 and was named joint-leader of the PMOI in 1985, a position she held until 1993 when she became Secretary General. In 1993, Maryam Rajavi became the President-elect of the NCRI.Her husband, Massoud Rajavi, president of the NCRI, joined the PMOI in1967, and became involved early on with discussions on religion, history, and revolutionary theory, which influenced the PMOI’s modern interpretation of Islam.
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