Maryam Rajavi sends Christmas and New Year greetings to Christian compatriots, pays tribute to priests murdered by mullahs

In a message on the occasion of Christmas and the New Year, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the Iranian Resistance's President-elect, greeted her fellow Christian compatriots and all followers of Christ around the world.

Recalling the increasing restrictions imposed on Christians in Iran and the suppressive conduct of the mullahs, including the murder of the Rev. Mohammad Baqer Yousefi in early November, Mrs. Rajavi pointed out that the treatment of religious minorities by the mullahs' religious, terrorist dictatorship is diametrically opposed to the teachings of Islam and the Holy Quran which always insist on tolerance, compassion, justice, and observance of the rights of religious minorities.

Mrs. Rajavi lauded the representatives of hundreds of thousands of Christians at the UN General Assembly who voted to condemn the violations of human rights in Iran, particularly the discriminations against religious minorities and the lack of security for the Christian minority some of whom have been terrorized and assassinated.

The Iranian Resistance's President-elect paid tribute to the martyred Bishop Haik Hosepian Mehr who gave his life for expressing the truth. She called on her Christian compatriots and the honorable clergy of the Iranian Churches to try in every possible way to convey the news of the specific cases of persecution and systematic violations of the rights of Christians and adherents of other faiths to the offices of the Iranian Resistance or directly to the international human rights organizations.

In another part of her message, Mrs. Rajavi recalled the active participation of Christians in resistance movements at various junctures of the Iranian history, including their presence in the National Liberation Army of Iran and said: The clerical regime aims to annihilate the spirit of struggle and resistance by terrorizing the society and parting its various sectors. Mrs. Rajavi reiterated that freedom and equality for the followers of all religions in Iran depend on the liberation of the country from the clutches of the criminal mullahs. She therefore called on her Christian compatriots to join the Resistance and demonstrate ever greater solidarity.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran - Paris
December 24, 1996

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