Iranian Resistance urges cancellation of trip to Tehran by representative of International Olympics Committee

The Iranian Resistance expresses its regret over, and urges the cancellation of, the scheduled trip to Tehran by Ms. Anita Defranz, the representative of the International Olympics Committee, to take part in the second "Women's Islamic Games."

By holding these games, Iran's ruling theocracy pursues no aim other than covering up the savage suppression of, and inhuman discrimination toward, Iranian women.

The notion that such concessions to the mullahs' religious, terrorist dictatorship would encourage "moderation" within this regime is only a mirage. Developments in recent months demonstrate that none of the clerical regime's factions, including Khatami's, have the interest or the power to bring about the slightest reform in this medieval regime. Such ill-advised initiatives only embolden the mullahs to export terrorism and to suppress the Iranian people, especially women.

Iranian women are denied their most basic human rights. They take part in a limited number of athletic fields under extremely restrictive conditions. By the same token, they are deprived of the right to choose their occupation and fields of study.

Fearing society's explosive state, in particular widespread disenchantment among women, the mullahs' misogynous regime stages such theatrics as "Women's Islamic Games." It also tries to legitimize under the banner of Islam its repressive policies by attracting foreign guests to such programs.

Representative Office of the National Council of Resistance of Iran - Washington, DC
December 7, 1997

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