Iranian Opposition, MEK, Removed From Canada’s Black List

Stop Fundamentalism – Iranian opposition, the Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization, MeK, has one more reason to celebrate at the 2012 year-end.  Following the United States’ September removal of MeK’s name from its designated foreign terrorist organizations list, the government of Canada announced today that it has also removed the organization from its black list.

The United Kingdom and the European Union removed the organization from similar lists in 2008 and 2009.  In place of the MeK, the Iranian Revolutionary Guards have been added to the Canadian black list in recent weeks.

MeK is the main Iranian opposition movement in exile that struggles to overthrow the Iranian theocratic regime.  Until recently, over 3400 members of the organization were based in Camp Ashraf in Iraq.  The camp was raided by Iraqi forces in 2009 and 2011 resulting in a massacre of about 50 unarmed residents. 

Through mediations by United States and United Nations, the residents agreed to relocate to a former American military camp named Camp Liberty were they are expected to be processed to be granted refugee status and resettled outside Iraq.

The MeK disarmed in 2003 when the coalition forces invaded Iraq. 

Meanwhile, the Iranian opposition leader, Maryam Rajavi, was in Spain on a parliamentary visit to raise awareness about the situation of human rights in Iran calling for support for a regime change in Iran.