As the outgoing and the incoming CEOs you will both be sensitive to the enduring reputation of your valuable
This summer, your charity floated an engaging invitation on its Facebook page for women to nominate their ‘women’s rights idol’. Sadly, perhaps inevitably, Womankind was then inundated with nominations and praise for Maryam Rajavi. The effect has been to hijack the page and spoil its intent.
The Mojahedin are not doing this to promote women’s rights and cannot point to a single real-life example of what Maryam Rajavi is supposed to have done to help women. Instead they are trying to whitewash their savage past and evade the court cases and allegations of gross human rights abuses inside the organisation.
We are all witnesses to the cruelties Maryam Rajavi has inflicted on the female members of the cult she created with her fugitive husband Massoud Rajavi. Maryam Rajavi is indisputably responsible for the deaths and mistreatment of tens of women members. And this is an ongoing problem. Only this month Maryam Rajavi’s response to a young Iranian Canadian woman who visited her headquarters in Auvers-sur-Oise, France, searching for her sister, was to send a gang of thugs into the street to beat her up. This is not the action of a defender of women’s rights.
Have no doubt, Maryam Rajavi’s notoriety is known worldwide – from the US State Department and Human Rights Watch to the Human Rights Ministry of Iraq. And closer to home, the Foreign and Commonwealth office and the Home Office in the UK.
Although we are confident that you have no intention of allowing the reputation of Womankind Worldwide to be tarnished by association with this cult and its leaders, we thought a friendly heads-up to be appropriate at this stage. All of us are happy to provide more information on this issue. The following links are a good starting point.
Batoul Soltani – Germany
Homeyra Mohammad Nejad – Germany
Nasrin Ebrahimi – Switzerland
Zahra Mirbagheri – Iran
Zahra Moini – Germany
Anne Khodabandeh (Singleton) – U.K.
And some relevant links:
In 1997, the Home Secretary excluded Mrs Rajavi from the UK on the ground that “ We need to take a firm stance against terrorism”. That exclusion remains in force.
Mujahadeen-e-Khalq (MEK). Backgrounders
No Exit: Human Rights Abuses inside the Mojahedin Khalq Camps
UN: continued concerns about abuses committed by the PMOI/MeK leadership.
New document on Mojahedin Khalq released by RAND (The Mujahedin-e Khalq in Iraq, A Policy Conundrum)
State Department’s Report on Mojahedin Khalq Orgainsation, Rajavi cult
Iran Interlink Fourth Report from Baghdad
Comrades in Arms – Sexual abuse by Massoud and Maryam Rajavi
An Unfinished documentary for my daughter – Trapped in Rajavi cult, Mojahedin Khalq
Miss Mohammady: Our story thus far: Another Mojahedin attack on two fathers and the sister of MEK’s captives
Behind the deceptive face of Maryam Rajavi’s Women’s Day meeting in Berlin
By A number of survivors of Rajavi cult,