The UK government has again rejected any possibility of Maryam Rajavi, de facto leader of the Mojahedin Khalq (MEK), entering the UK. Rajavi is currently based in France but visited Albania over several weeks earlier this year to be with her followers who are now based there.
This emphatic stance from the UK government toward Rajavi and the MEK highlights the opprobrium with which the group is viewed in parliamentary circles right across Europe. A recent report from the European Parliament also brought the continued presence of the MEK in Europe into question. The new President of France, Emmanuel Macron, has a clear choice – whether to move to close down the MEK’s headquarters in the popular tourist village of Auvers-sur-Oise and expel the members to Albania where there are no concerns for their safety, or to continue to host the controversial group, allowing Rajavi to advocate violent regime change toward Iran from the French capital.
House of Parliament, UK, July 2017:
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether it is her policy to allow Maryam Rajavi into the UK.
In 2014 the Supreme Court upheld the Home Secretary’s decision to maintain the exclusion of Maryam Rajavi.