Rajavi: By condemning mullahs in UN Third Committee, international community acknowledges that Tehran regime is incapable of reform

During the fifty-second session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly adopted a strongly-worded resolution condemning the continuing violations of human rights in Iran by the mullahs' religious, terrorist dictatorship, including "the large and increasing number of executions," torture and inhuman punishment, "stoning, amputation and public executions," discrimination against religious minorities, and "the lack of full and equal enjoyment of women of human rights."

Mr. Massoud Rajavi, President of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, described the condemnation of the mullahs' regime by the highest international human rights authority as another irrefutable document reaffirming that the regime ruling Iran cannot reform itself.

By adopting this resolution, Mr. Rajavi said, the world community acknowledges the fact that the illusions about moderation of the regime are but a mirage and that its factions are in no way different from one another so far as suppression and export of terrorism are concerned. The Iranian Resistance has been underscoring this fact for the last 16 years, he added.

The NCR President stressed that developments in recent weeks in Iran, the attacks by the mullahs' club-wielders against Mr. Montazeri, Khomeini's former successor, and the crackdown on and widespread arrest of dissident clergy and theology students reflect the fact that the criminal mullahs are neither interested nor able to take a single step back from all-out repression.

Mr. Rajavi said: Now that the different organs of the United Nations have condemned the mullahs' medieval dictatorship in 41 resolutions, the time has come for the international community to refer the mullahs' record of flagrant violations of human rights and terrorism to the UN Security Council for the adoption of binding decisions.

In its resolution, the Third Committee instructs the clerical regime "to take effective measures to eliminate human rights violations against women, including all discrimination in law and in practice," and "refrain from violence against members of the Iranian opposition living abroad."

Four months into Mohammad Khatami's presidency, more than 60 persons have been either stoned or hanged in public in cities across Iran. The clerical regime has also assassinated 18 of its opponents abroad during the same period, and violently crushed popular demonstrations as well as protests by students and workers in various parts of the country.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
November 26, 1997

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