The overthrow of the religious dictatorial regime in Iran is not only inevitable and desirable, but a viable and competent democratic alternative with a rich history of standing by democratic ideals and values, and paying the highest price for it, exists.

The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) is an umbrella organization that serves as the democratic alternative to the current regime ruling Iran.  The NCRI was formed on an initiative by Massoud Rajavi, leader of the Iranian Resistance, in July of 1981 in Tehran, Iran. The PMOI/MEK is the pivotal force within the NCRI.



The NCRI is an inclusive and pluralistic parliament-in-exile. NCRI members include political figures representing a broad spectrum of political tendencies in Iran, as well as representatives of ethnic and religious minorities. The NCRI aims to establish a pluralistic republic in Iran, based on the separation of religion and state. Women comprise 52 percent of the Council’s members.


All members of the Council have one vote. All decisions are adopted by a simple majority.


The provisional government will be in power for only six months and its main responsibility is to hold free and fair elections for a Constituent Assembly and to transfer power to the representatives of the people of Iran.


Maryam Rajavi is the President-elect of the NCRI for the transitional period. Her mandate is to oversee the peaceful transfer of power to the Iranian people following the regime’s overthrow.


The NCRI has unanimously approved four major plans for future Iran that form the backbone of its policies and positions. These plans can be found in the annex to this guide (Women’s Plan, Peace Plan, Kurdish Autonomy Plan, Provisional Government’s Relations with Religions and Denominations).


1. In our view, the ballot box is the only criterion for legitimacy. Accordingly, we seek a republic based on universal suffrage.

2. We want a pluralist system, freedom of parties and assembly. We respect all individual freedoms. We underscore complete freedom of expression and of the media and unconditional access by all to the internet.

3. We support and are committed to the abolition of death penalty.

4. We are committed to the separation of Religion and State. Any form of discrimination against the followers of any religion and denomination will be prohibited.

5. We believe in complete gender equality in political, social and economic arenas. We are also committed to equal participation of women in political leadership. Any form of discrimination against women will be abolished. They will enjoy the right to freely choose their clothing. They are free in marriage, divorce, education and employment.

6. We believe in the rule of law and justice. We want to set up a modern judicial system based on the principles of presumption of innocence, the right to defense, effective judicial protection and the right to be tried in a public court. We also seek the total independence of judges. The mullahs’ Sharia law will be abolished.

7. We are committed to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and international covenants and conventions, including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the Convention against Torture, and the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women. We are committed to the equality of all ethnicities. We underscore the plan for the autonomy of Iranian Kurdistan, adopted by the National Council of Resistance of Iran. The language and culture of our compatriots from whatever ethnicity are among our nation’s human resources and must be revived and enhanced in tomorrow’s Iran.

8. We recognize private property, private investment and the market economy. All Iranian people must enjoy equal opportunity in employment and in business ventures. We will protect and revitalize the environment.

9. Our foreign policy will be based on peaceful coexistence, international and regional peace and cooperation, as well as respect for the United Nations Charter.

10. We want a non-nuclear Iran, free of weapons of mass destruction.

The exhibition has a section devoted to the political alternative and solution for replacing the current regime, specifically focused on the ten-point platform of Mrs. Maryam Rajavi.