Maryam Rajavi: Khatami is no different from other criminal mullahs' in violating women's rights

In a session, presided over by Mohammad Khatami, the clerical regime's President, the Supreme Council of Cultural Revolution decided that "the Islamic Republic of Iran not join the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women," the state-controlled daily Jomhouri-Islami reported.

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the Iranian Resistance's President-elect, said while most countries have recognized and joined this convention, the mullahs' decision "not to join" reflects the depth of this medieval dictatorship's misogyny. It demonstrates that despite his hollow sloganeering, Khatami is no different from the other criminal mullahs in trampling upon the most fundamental human rights, especially of women, Mrs. Rajavi added.

Arresting, brutally torturing and executing of tens of thousands of Mojahedin women and other women activists, violating the most fundamental political and social rights of women, depriving them of the right to leadership, presidency, judgeship, education, and employment in many fields, stripping them of the right to travel, divorce, custody of children, etc. are but some examples of such abuses by of the religious tyranny ruling Iran. The Khomeini regime utilities these criminal actions as a lever to impose repression on the society.

Hailing those women who sacrificed their lives in the struggle against this misogynous regime, Mrs. Rajavi said: Women's extensive presence in the Iranian Resistance and their significant role in the command structure of the National Liberation Army of Iran manifests the Iranian women's will to free their enchained homeland from clutches of the mullahs' religious, terrorist dictatorship, establish democracy in Iran and realize women's equality with men. They have demonstrated that to reach this goal, they do not hesitate to pay any price.

On the eve of the 1995 Women's World Conference in Beijing, the Iranian Resistance exposed one of the Khomeini regime's internal documents according to which the Supreme Council of Cultural Revolution had in a comprehensive report described the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women as "a tool for colonialist objectives." The document specified: "This convention calls for women's equality with men in all respects. This is while the Imam has said that 'equality in all respects will trample upon several imperative verdicts of Islam... You must state your repugnance at equal rights (for women and men).' "

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
February 7, 1998

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