Open Letter from the “Free Iran” Association to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Albania
We would like to inform you that the authors of this paper are human rights activists who have had a history of organizational co-operation with the Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization under the leadership of Masood Rajavi and Maryam Rajavi in Iraq and Albania, but due to political differences and access terrorist and sectarian organizations of this organization have been separated from this organization.
We, besides appreciating the efforts of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Albania, we consider it necessary to further help and informing for the work of refugees and members of Mojahedin-e Khalq who wish to separate from this organization or those who have already been separated from this organization.
According to the close knowledge and experience of our long-standing cooperation (10-30 years) with the Mojahedin-Khalq organization and also the reports published by the police and the Albanian Interior Ministry and the new members who abandoned the Mojahedine organization, we believe that the process of brainwashing and the isolation of persons and arrestees within the organization goes further to the base of Mojahedin-e Khalq in Albania.
But in spite of inhuman and illegal conditions, members of Mojahedin-e Khalq have created the conditions for being separated from the mental and physical occupation of this cult. Unfortunately, UNHCR unlawfully and in violation of the fundamental human rights provisions has deviated from some of its responsibilities by entrusting the cult of Mojahedin-e Khalq and has allowed this organization to made inhumane pressures to its members who, according to international law, are recognized as refugees and have not paid attention to the problems that these people have reported to UNHCR’s offices in Albania, while not being able to exercise their fundamental rights.
Under the provisions of international law and the fundamental obligations of the UNHCR High Commissioner for the Protection of Refugee Rights, we have been waiting for you to help these refugees who have been separated from the cult of Mojahedin-e Khalq. But our reports show that this is not true and that the process of staying and legal issues in Albania are facing with serious obstacles.
The UNHCR High Commissioner should provide direct financial assistance to all refugees, regardless of this if, he has been disconnected from the Mojahedin-e Khalq organization in Albania or is still present there. According to you, can the UNHCR High Commissioner entrust his responsibilities to a terrorist cult who has committed thousands of terrorist operations and human rights violations in his story?
International human rights organizations have made various reports on the negative performance of the organization, as can be seen from the Human Rights Watch report on widespread human rights violations in the camps of this organization.
Currently, over 240 members of Mojahedin-e Khalq, who have been part of this organization, reside in Tirana, where police and the Interior Ministry of Albania are in contact with them, they have also confirmed the brainwashing of prisoners at the headquarters of Mojahedin-e Khalq in Albania, which are in line with the reports of international human rights organizations.
Now arises the question that, how UNHCR’s High Commissioner some parts of his formal and organizational responsibilities trusts to a sectarian and violent organization?
Are not UNHCR officials in Albania aware that the Mojahedin organization treats its members as slaves and does not allow them to meet and talk with their families?
We hope that UNHCR in Albania closely monitor the works and responsibilities of its staff, in order to provide better conditions for refugees separated from the Mojahedin-e Khalk Organization.
Association “Free Iran-Mojahedin-e Khalq survivors in Albania”
Dedicated copies for:
– Interior Ministry of Albania
– Albanian representatives in the European Parliament in Albanian
Free Iran (Survivors of Rajavi cult in Albania)