WHAT IS THE NCRI?

by Mahmood Hakamian

The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) is a broad coalition of democratic groups, organisations and personalities that are opposed to the theocratic regime in Iran and want to see regime change.

The NCRI wish to see a democratic republic established in Iran, with separation of religion and state, and a special focus on human rights and gender equality.

Massoud Rajavi, the leader of the Iranian Resistance, founded it in 1981 in Tehran after the mullahs hijacked the 1979 Iranian Revolution, rigged the 1980 election, and began to attack the popular resistance group, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK).

There are five organizations that make up the NCRI, with the biggest and most popular being the MEK.

THE NCRI TODAY

The NCRI now serves are the parliament-in-exile for Iran, ready to take over when the mullahs’ regime falls. The NCRI’s 25 expert-led committees will form a provisional coalition government for six months until an election can be held. Its main responsibilities will be organising Iran’s first free and fair elections and transferring power to the people of Iran.

Until that point, the NCRI, led byPresident-elect Maryam Rajavi, is meeting with representatives from all around the world and forming working relationships in preparation for a Free Iran.

They also advocate for the international community to hold the Iranian Regime to account for its crimes, including terrorism, human rights abuses, and violations of international resolutions.

It has over 500 members that represent a broad spectrum of political beliefs in Iran and includes many Iranians that are shut out of the sphere under the mullahs, like ethnic and religious minorities (i.e. Kurds, Baluchis, Armenians, Jews and Zoroastrians) and women.

THE NCRI’S PLATFORM

The NCRI has a detailed platform with six main sections: human rights, gender equality, and a robust economy, freedom of religion, better international relations, and recognition of the rights of national minorities.

Let’s look at them in more detail.

Human rights

THE NCRI WOULD:

  • abolish the death penalty
    • adhere to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and relevant covenants
    • support free speech, free association, and a free press
    • prevent any violation of individual and social rights
    Gender equality

THE NCRI WOULD:

  • give women the vote and allow women to run for office
    • give women the right to pursue any career that they want regardless of the consent of their male relatives
    • give women the right to choose their own clothing
    Economy

THE NCRI WOULD:

  • promote national capitalism and the market economy
    • emphasise the importance of using the latest scientific and technological advancements
    • increase relations with the industrialized world
    Religious freedom

THE NCRI WOULD:

  • separate religion and state
    • ban all forms of religious discrimination
    • remove Sharia law
    Ethnic minorities

THE NCRI WOULD:

  • recognise the rights of all ethnic and national minorities
    • give autonomy to Iranian Kurdistan in all areas except for foreign policy, national defence, national security, foreign trade and customs
    International relations

THE NCRI WOULD:

  • respect for the United Nations Charter and international conventions and treaties
    • not interfere in the internal affairs of other countries
    • support the Middle East peace process
    • condemn any aggression and expansionism in the Middle East
    • opposes nuclear proliferation
    • oppose the production of weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missiles

This article was first published irannewsupdate

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