It is my pleasure to be able to speak today to the Free Iran World Summit. That word ‘free’ in other words, like in freedom, democracy, and human rights, unfortunately doesn’t hold much meaning these days inside Iran.
The latest presidential election was a sham with less than 20%, perhaps as few as 10% of the people of Iran actually bothering to vote. The low voter turnout was despite threats by Ayatollah Khamenei that if you didn’t vote, it was a religious sin, and yet people still stayed away.
The next president is clearly a puppet of the Mullahs. And you have to ask yourself, why was this one man selected? And I think the answer is clear. It’s because of his history of repression and terror in obedience to the religious authorities in their repression of the Iranian people for so many years, dating back to the late 1980s when he served as a member of the death commission that resulted in 30,000 executions. Both Amnesty International and the U. N. Nations have called for Special Investigations into the role of this death commission and his culpability for this crime against humanity.
So, there’s no doubt that the regime in Iran once more is illegitimate. The people have indicated that they don’t support this regime. And it stands against a much better vision, a much more hopeful vision for Iran, one that is based on freedom and democracy and human rights and dignity, where people can assemble freely. They can read the books they want, they can post on social media as they wish, they can speak up. That’s the vision that Madame Rajavi has established for a new Iran. It’s very attractive. It is very appealing to millions of people across Iran and indeed across the world. But it is feared, terribly feared, by the regime and the Mullahs who control the levers of power in Tehran. The good news is time and history are on the side of Madame Rajavi and freedom for the Iranian people.