The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) has reported that several of their representatives attended the annual Forum 2000 Conference in Prague. Also in attendance were numerous political and religious leaders, prominent social figures and human rights defenders from around the world.
The conference named “Who are the future leaders? The courage for taking responsibility” was from 17th to 19th October and was held in the Žofín Palace in Prague.
Tibet’s spiritual leader, Dalai Lama, and former ministers of Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia took part in the conference. The famous chess champion and human rights defender Garry Kasparov was also there.
Representing the NCRI were Parviz Khazai and Hossein Abedini (representatives of the NCRI in Nordic countries and England respectively). They took part in various sessions and reiterated the importance of bringing the perpetrators of the Massacre of 1988 as well as the violators of human rights to justice.
The NCRI delegation met with several leaders and figures and were able to speak about the NCRI’s stance on the human rights abuses in Iran.
Tibet’s spiritual leader, Dalai Lama, spoke at a session entitled “Globalization and Current Challenges”. Here Parviz Khazai of the NCRI said: “The religious fundamentalism has not begun from Syria or elsewhere. It started from Iran when Khomeini established an Islamic regime. We have to support Mrs. Maryam Rajavi who is a Muslim woman that has stood against fundamentalism. We are trying to disclose the real face of the Mullahs’ regime that exploits the Islam wrongfully and unjustly.”
In a seminar about tyrannical regimes, the former Minister of Justice in Canada, Irwin Cotler, spoke about the 1988 massacre in Iran. He said: “The massacre of 1988 was carried out by those who are currently in power in Iran including the Minister of Justice, Mostafa Pourmohammadi. That’s why we’re calling for an investigation into the massacre of 1988.On the 1st of September in Canada, we unanimously commemorate the political prisoners and those who have been executed in Iran at that time and that’s why we also have a week entitled as ‘Auditing Iran’s regime’ in order to focus on the internal repressions in Iran.”
In this meeting, Hossein Abedini emphasised the necessity of facilitating the litigation movement for bringing the perpetrators of the Massacre of 1988 to trial.