Rajavi: Time to expel mullahs from UN and boycott Iran's murderous regime

The 52th session of the General Assembly in New York voted 79 to 30 in favor of the United Nations 39th resolution condemning "continuing violations of human rights" in Iran, including "the high number of executions", torture, "restrictions on the freedom of expression, thought, opinion and the press", "widespread discrimination against women", "significant toughening of criminal legislation", and the "harassment and persecution" of "writers and members of the press" in Iran.

The UN General Assembly deplored "the continuing politically-motivated violence against Iranians" outside Iran and called on the mullahs' regime "to refrain from activities against members of the Iranian opposition living abroad and the harassment of thei r relatives within Iran."

Mr. Massoud Rajavi, President of the National Council of Resistance, welcomed the resolution and said: The decisive vote of the highest international human rights body, for the twelfth consecutive year, against the religious, terrorist dictatorship ruling Iran makes it all the more imperative that the mullahs' murderous regime be expelled from the international community, including the United Nations, and that Iran's seat at this body be transferred to the National Council of Resistance of Iran which repr esents the overwhelming majority of the Iranian people.

The NCR President noted that the ruling mullahs' disregard to persistent global concerns and their trampling upon the internationally recognized human rights instruments, has made it urgently necessary that the regime's appalling record on human rights an d terrorism be referred to the United Nations Security Council.

Citing a 200% increase in the number of executions and another 300% rise in the assassination of opponents abroad in 1996, extensive arrests including those of 55,000 in 8 months under the pretext of smuggling, the endless chain of suppressive military an d security maneuvers in various regions, the stepped up clampdown on intellectuals and writers, and the persecution of religious minorities and ruthless murders of their leaders, Mr. Rajavi emphasized that the popular uprisings recently in the Kermanshah province reveal the illegitimacy of the regime and the general public's hatred of the mullahs' religious, terrorist dictatorship.

The President of the NCR added: It is high time that the international community adopt practical and effective punishments, including a comprehensive oil, arms and technological embargo to deprive the mullahs' outlaw regime from means of domestic suppress ion and international export of terrorism and unrest to other parts of the world.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran - Paris
December 13, 1996

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