Paris, February 8, 2014 – On the eve of the 35th anniversary of the anti-monarchial revolution, the first universal convention of Iranians abroad was held in Paris, France on February 8, 2014. Over 300 Iranian associations from all over the world participated. These associations were represented by a wide range of intellectuals, political and human rights activists, women’s rights activists, entrepreneurs, experts of many professions, and students. Many of these representatives were ethnic and religious minorities.
In a declaration adopted at the end of the convention the following points were highlighted:
- The overthrow of the clerical regime is necessary, as is the establishment of a democratic republic based on the separation of mosque and state that would respect all individual and political freedoms. The only way to establish democracy and freedom, along with economic growth, is to overthrow the mullahs’ regime and all its internal factions.
- Rouhani, the new President, is a continuation of the regime of Velayat-e faqih and has been involved in every crime by this regime since day one. Speaking to the torturers of the Ministry of Intelligence on February 3, he said that in Iran “there is only one flag and only one man who holds the flag” and that is Khamenei, and “everyone should move under that flag and to think that there is another flag in the country is neither sensible nor Sharia-bound”. Cooperation of foreign states with this regime under the false pretext of strengthening the moderates while ignoring the will of the Iranian people for regime change is only legitimizing a regime that has executed hundreds and tortured thousands.
- The mullahs’ regime, engulfed by internal and economic crises, the international sanctions, and fearful of a popular uprising, accepted the Geneva accord and retreated one step from their nuclear projects. We warn against offering any concessions to this regime and underline that in the next stage of negotiations only a firm policy that includes ratcheting up sanctions, implementing Security Council resolutions, additional protocol, and the closure of all nuclear sites can prevent the terrorists ruling Iran from attaining the nuclear bomb.
- We disapprove the silence of the international community, particularly the United States, Europe and the United Nations, in face of the barbaric and systematic violations of human rights in Iran. We further emphasize that the problem of the Iranian people with this regime is not just about the nuclear issue. Turning a blind eye to the violation of human rights and exportation of terrorism is to welcome catastrophe and is hence unacceptable. This regime is not just against the Iranian people, but it is a threat to peace and security in the region and around the world. The international community should side with the Iranian people and their legitimate desire to overthrow this regime.
- We consider the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) as the only democratic alternative to the clerical regime and the espousing of the 10-point platform of Mrs. Rajavi, the President-elect of NCRI, as imperatives for the overthrow of the mullahs’ and the establishment of a democratic regime in Iran. The NCRI is the most enduring political coalition in Iran’s history and encompasses various political, ethnic and religious inclinations. Only the NCRI and the PMOI are capable of a smooth transition of power to the people in the aftermath of mullahs’ overthrow.
- Despite the tortures and executions inside Iran and the carrying out of bloodbaths in Ashraf and Camp Liberty, the mullahs’ regime has failed to slow the resistance in Iran.
- We call on Iranians to remain strong. Do not be intimidated by the Regime’s strong-arm tactics. Meeting face to face and confronting agents of religious fascism ruling Iran who have targeted the Iranian Resistance and its leadership is a nationalistic and patriotic duty for any freedom-loving Iranian.