Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Living lives of dignity, courage and freedom,the Women who Made History

Maryam Rajavi: 
At the 2th anniversary of massacre at camp Ashraf I salute 52 heroic martyrs specially their commander Zohreh Ghaemi.
52 heroic martyrs of Ashraf massacre stood up against supreme leader are the source of inspiration for Iran ‘s youths to end tyranny.
We shall never forget that 7 PMOI members were taken hostage during Ashraf massacre and UN and western goverments did not take action.

Women have become indispensable to the Iranian opposition movement in its struggle for regime change and democracy in Iran. So, at every crucial juncture women are seen playing their crucial role in the movement. One such watershed moment took place on September 1, 2013, in Ashraf.
On September 1, 2013, as the Iranian regime was preparing to sit at the negotiating table in Geneva over its nuclear program, hit men massacred 52 unarmed, innocent, and legally protected civilians at Camp Ashraf, the 30-year seat of the Iranian opposition, the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran, in Iraq.
The assault began at 5 a.m. and lasted until late afternoon. Iraqi special forces and Iranian commandos machine gunned unarmed and defenseless people while their hands were tied behind their backs and shot them in the head; a big crime against humanity by all standards.

Of the 13-woman camp leadership, six were murdered and six were abducted and taken hostage. The 52 individuals killed were part of the one-hundred people who remained in Ashraf according to a quad-lateral agreement between Ashraf residents, the United States, the United Nations, and the Iraqi government to protect residents’ properties. All of them were protected persons under the Fourth Geneva Convention and classified as “persons of concern” who enjoy “international protection” by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and they had stayed in the camp based on assurances given by the U.N., the U.S., and the Iraqi government.

The Iranian regime sought to deal a heavy blow to its main existential threat, the PMOI/MEK, prior to the negotiations in Geneva where it had to give up its nuclear weapons program in exchange for lifting of crippling sanctions. Three months earlier, Hassan Rouhani took office, a sign of the regime's weakness inside Iran. In Iraq and Syria, the governments backed by the Iranian regime faced popular protests and international censures for chemical bombing of innocent people, respectively. The cowardly attack on defenseless people in Ashraf was therefore launched to overshadow the regime's weaknesses at a crucial juncture.

On the anniversary of this tragic massacre, let us remember the great women – the equal human beings-- who gave their lives to set an example of strength, steadfastness and devotion to the cause of freedom despite all its hardships and dangers.
Following is the story of the life of six heroic  women 

Zohreh Ghaemi

Zohreh Ghaemi

leader of Camp Ashraf on the day of the massacre
Donna M. Hughes, Professor, University of Rhode Island
The Willard Hotel, Washington, D.C., September 14, 2013

Ashraf, the immortal legend
3nd anniversary of massacre of PMOI members in Camp Ashraf

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