- - Monday, September 13, 2021

Let me first emphasize to you, dear participants [of the Free Iran World Summit], is my message through you to the Iranian people, to all those watching the event via satellite or online. I just regret not being able to address you in person.

My special greeting goes to the keynote speaker of the summit, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi.

Let me start by saying what I have said many times before, the Iranian people deserve democracy, freedom, and human rights, and should be formally supported by the international community. As you know, the European Union (EU) has put a range of restrictive measures in place in response to many issues of concern. Specifically, the EU restrictive measures adopted in response to serious human rights violations by Iran. The Iranian regime must be held accountable for human rights violations and the international community must be more firm on this.

I would also like to address the families of the 30,000 political prisoners who perished during the 1988 massacre and send my support for justice and accountability and the formation of the United Nations Commission of Inquiry into the 1988 massacre.

For nearly 33 years, the world had forgotten about the victims of this massacre. This should change. The United Nations Commission of Inquiry is of crucial importance to shed light on the horrible 1988 massacre. Families of the victims see the Commission of Inquiry as a means so that they could finally obtain justice and closure.

This is especially important in light of the fact that the regime’s next president will be Ebrahim Raisi, who is accused by Amnesty International of crimes against humanity for his role in the massacre.

Therefore, once again, I clearly and loudly support the call of the UN investigator on human rights in Iran, who called for an independent inquiry into allegations of state ordered executions of thousands of political prisoners and the role played by the president-elect as the then deputy prosecutor.

Dear friends, I will personally continue being engaged on all these issues of concern. You can always count on my understanding and support.

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