Maryam Rajavi, the leader of the Iranian Resistance, is a well-known figure amongst Iranians, the Iranian diaspora, and international politicians.
Sadly, many others don’t know her story or what she stands for. Even more upsetting, some are swayed by the lies of the Iranian Regime about Maryam Rajavi and her movement. That is why we’re here to set the record straight with this short series on Maryam Rajavi’s life, achievements, and goals.
In our previous parts, we have discussed her early life, how she became involved with the Iranian Resistance, her ascendancy to the presidency, and an overview of her values. Here, we will talk about Maryam Rajavi’s advocacy for the Iranian Resistance.
Maryam Rajavi is the face of a global movement to bring freedom and democracy to Iran and has attracted hundreds of the most celebrated political and social personalities, including former US government officials, decorated military officers, and parliamentarians the world over.
Maryam Rajavi has brought significant victories to the Iranian Resistance in the past 25 years and now we will look at some of them.
International Campaign to Delist the MEK
Iranian Resistance group, the MEK, were wrongly placed on the terrorist watch lists in a misguided attempt to appease the Regime. Maryam Rajavi led a successful campaign to get the MEK removed from the lists of the UK (2008), European Union (2009), and the US (2012).
International Campaign in Defense of Resistance Members in Ashraf and Liberty
The US transferred the protection and security of over 3,000 Iranian Resistance members in Camp Ashraf to the Iraqi government in 2009, but the Iranian Regime attacked the camp on several occasions, sometimes using missiles or rockets, killing at least 100 and injuring thousands.
Maryam Rajavi led an international campaign to support the Resistance members at Ashraf and those who’d moved to Camp Liberty, gaining the support of thousands of parliamentarians around the world. This led to the adoption of a 2016 resolution in the US Congress calling for the provision of security for the residents of Camp Liberty. Eventually, in 2016, this led to the safe relocation from Iraq to Albania and other European countries of all MEK members.
Movement calling for justice for victims of the 1988 massacre
Also, in 2016, Maryam Rajavi announced that she was launching a justice-seeking movement for victims of the 1988 massacre in Iran. The movement demanded that all masterminds and perpetrators of the massacre of 30,000 political prisoners be prosecuted and that all victims have their names and burial sites published.
Maryam Rajavi’s Call for Justice grew rapidly, more than 25 years after the massacre occurred, and it became a top issue in Iran. The families of martyrs embraced the call and began to publish the names of the victims and any documents they had. It even got Regime leaders to break their long silence and admit to their role in this crime against humanity.
The Iranian Resistance held numerous meetings across the globe to increase condemnations of this horrible crime against humanity and calls for prosecution of those responsible for the massacre.
Maryam Rajavi has changed the face of the Iranian Resistance and will define it until the mullahs fall.