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Extra: European Union Calls on US to Drop MKO from Terror List

25 Nov 2010 20:068 Comments

EU Urges U.S. to Remove Iran Group From Terror List

Wall Street Journal | Nov 25

The European Parliament Thursday passed a written declaration calling on the U.S. to remove the People's Mujahideen of Iran from its list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations.

The resolution became official when more than half the members of the 736-seat chamber signed it, but support was nearly unanimous, a parliament official said.

The People's Mujahideen, which aims to overthrow the Iranian government, has been on the list since 1997, when the U.S.'s Clinton administration put it there in a bid to secure closer cooperation with Tehran.

In July, a U.S. federal appeals court ordered the State Department to reconsider its decision.

Specifically, the European Parliament demanded that EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton "urge" the U.S. to remove People's Mujahideen from the list. Mrs. Ashton hasn't yet responded, a spokeswoman said.

EU Lawmakers Urge U.S. to Remove Iranian Group From Terror List

Bloomberg | Nov 25

In January 2009, the EU allowed the group to operate freely throughout the 27-nation bloc, ending restrictions imposed in 2002.

Ashton should also push the United Nations to provide "urgent protection" for the residents of Camp Ashraf in Iraq, which has been a base for the group's members since 1986, lawmakers said in the statement.

U.S. forces handed over responsibility for security at the camp to Iraq in February 2009. Since then, the group says its 3,400 residents have been deliberately mistreated by the pro-Iranian Iraqi government.

Iran blames the Mujahedeen for the assassinations of high-ranking Iranian officials in the 1970s and 1980s. The group says it has foresworn violence.

related reading | No Exit: Human Rights Abuses Inside the Mojahedin Khalq Camps (Human Rights Watch) | The Bloody Red Summer of 1988 (Tehran Bureau)

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These girls are the by product of the brutal treatment of the dissidents by the Iranian regime. MKO has done a lot bad. It has been harbored in Iraq and helped Saddam. It has been involved in bombing....etc. But at the same time its people are part and parcels of Iranian nation as a whole.
In theory there should be a reconciliation process that can get these people back to their homes and let them to express their political opinions in a peaceful manner, yet in reality, Most if no All of these living souls are going to join their brethren and sisters in graveyards, should they ever step in Iran.

Yet another for another time i feel bad for Iran and its people.

Persiantraveler / November 26, 2010 6:25 AM

MKO is a union of bastards, they are killers, they killed a lot of civilians in Iran. more than thousands. shame on EU

perfect / November 26, 2010 9:25 AM

There is an easy solution for the ever so caring Europeans. Take these people back to Europe (France) where they can live happily and side by side their leader. Mrs. Rajavi enjoys a lavish life style on the million$ MKO received (on camera) from Saddam while murdering Iranians and Iraqi Kurds. However, to send these people back to Iran and entrusting their fate to the murderers running the Barbaric Republic is a crime against humanity.

It is also quite clear MKO and its political front organization namely National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) have no place amongst the Iranian people.NONE.
The removal of MKO from the European list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations is yet another proof that the West and Europe in particular is in favor of a backward Islamic government in Iran, but one under western control and influence enabling them to rob the resources of that country for yet another 30+ years.
Additionally, as long as the West dominates the energy resources of the Middle East the next rising but energy starved powers namely China and India will remain in check.

The push for MKO's removal from the terrorist list started in England. Does that surprise the Iranian people?
France conveniently furnishes residence to the MKO's leadership and now the Americans are pressured to join in. The very same scenario of 1979 leading to the introduction of a backward, murdering Islamist named Khomeini and the follow up role back of Iran.

How convenient.

But the game is over for these limey rats. Today’s youth of Iran will never fall in the same trap of 1979. Iran will emerge free and victorious.


Niloofar / November 26, 2010 1:26 PM

No, no, and no way. Why is Europe suddenly turned into a protector of this awful group? This cult has a nasty past, and a fanatic present. Their lack of respect for human life even today in their camp ashraf in iraq is so severe. Their leaders have so much blood on their hands.

If Europe is so concerned, then they should take in their low-ranking individuals who have never participated in any terror activity to their countries, and at the same time bring their leaders (specially the core criminals massoud & maryam rajavi) to trial and/or kick them out of europe. The group SHOULD remain on terrorist list because that is what they are and that is what they have been. Iranians are struggling to re-build a democratic country and have no desire to replace a fanatic gang with a fanatic cult.

Shahab / November 26, 2010 9:35 PM

Ditto, ditto, and ditto!

Ekbatana / November 27, 2010 2:27 AM

MKO does not have any right in Iran's future, not when they moved to Iraq and sided with Saddam during the war and attacked Iranian troops when ever they got chance
their ideology does not have a place in today's Iranian political and social structure
we are looking forward not backward to some insane Marxist Islamic movement with bunch of lunatics as their leaders.
European Union should think harder on their policy toward groups with such dark history

Navid / November 27, 2010 8:19 AM

@ All
I dont really care for MKO as a group or ideology yet i believe that those who want to give up MKO and get back to iran, should have be able to. Those who are suspected to be involved in any atrocity should have the chance to stand in a impartial court and defend themselves, if there is any defense to be made.
Yet without a proper procedure, you can not disentitle people from their mother land, no matter who you are.

An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.

Agnostic / November 28, 2010 6:54 AM

They are just meant people who are all againgst Iran and people. They are power seekers who no body in Iran respect them.
They are so funny bastards.

Hossein / December 2, 2010 4:33 PM