- to inform as widely as possible about the real nature of the Iranian Mojahedin Khalq cult and to act as a pressure group in this regard - to help individuals who wish to leave the Mojahedin to find refuge in a country where they will feel safe and secure - to help those who leave to come to terms with their experiences within the Mojahedin and to re-establish themselves as members of the wider community in which they come to live with a viable and independent lifestyle - to reconcile and reunite people who leave the Mojahedin with their family and friends, by mutual consent, and to involve established Iranians in helping these vulnerable people
About Iran Interlink
Iran Interlink has been established as a point of contact for families and friends of members of the Iranian Mojahedin-e Khalq (aka MKO, MEK, PMOI, NCR, NCRI, NLA, MISS) which is now based in Iraq.
There is now urgent concern since the Mojahedin has been designated as a terrorist entity by the US State Department, the UK government and the European Union. Whilst the description and activities reported are accurate, they do not reflect the full situation of the Mojahedin. There are around three thousand disarmed combatants in Iraq under protection of US forces who still wear military uniform, are officially recognized as members of a terrorist entity but, in spite of repeated demands by the Iraqi Government, have not been disbanded or removed from their training base.
Over the past 15 years, the Mojahedin has been changed from an armed political force into a cult. As the Mojahedin has become more cult-like it has become more closed and insular. Those people who joined the organisation for political reasons now find themselves in a completely changed organisation, in a totally different world scene. Over the years, as with any organisation, people have left the Mojahedin for any number of reasons; personal, political etc. At present, many more would like to leave and are prevented from doing so. The fundamental human rights of these people are being severely violated.
The Mojahedin has retained the bulk of its forces in Iraq and is holding some of them there against their will. People who wish to leave are prevented first and foremost because they are in Iraq and have no money, passport or identity papers. They are unable to find succour in Iraq because the Mojahedin has been designated by the Iraqi government as a foreign terrorist group. Mojahedin members are regarded as enemies of the State and without the protection of American forces would be dealt with accordingly. The Mojahedin claims its members are refugees in Iraq but international bodies as well as the Iraqi Government refute this claim and continue to regard it as a foreign terrorist group.
Iran-Interlink is extremely concerned about the fate of those people who would like to leave the organisation and are prevented from doing so. People who managed to leave in the past have reported abuses and mistreatment. This includes both physical and psychological pressure. Iran-Interlink is also concerned that because of the psychological coercion and manipulation, members of the Mojahedin cult are not free to choose a course of action for themselves. Their thoughts and actions are strictly controlled by the leadership. Since the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, over 800 members of the Mojahedin have escaped Camp Ashraf and taken refuge in the American Army TIPF camp. Around half of these have been successfully repatriated to join their families in Iran on a voluntary basis. In this they have received help from Iranian NGO Nejat Society which has offices throughout Iran.
Iran-Interlink believes that all the members of the Mojahedin are being denied every one of their basic human rights as set out in the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In this regard, Iran-Interlink has the following objectives:
- To expose the Mojahedin as a religious/personality cult - To expose the Mojahedin’s abuse of the fundamental human rights of its members - To pinpoint responsibility for the terrorist actions and human rights abuses of the Mojahedin on its leader Massoud Rajavi, and expose his ruthless exploitation of the members in this regard
Our Point of View
Iran-Interlink believes that twenty years of living cheek by jowl with the Iraqi regime, being fed and armed by Saddam Hussein, is proof enough that the Mojahedin is an undemocratic force. The Mojahedin is profoundly unaccountable. Even the Mojahedin alias, the National Council of Resistance of Iran is totally undemocratic. There are no secret ballots of any nature and no system by which the members can have the self-appointed leader removed or replaced.
This has allowed its ruthlessly ambitious leader to turn what was once a hugely popular political armed force struggling against the Iranian regime, into a cult; with all the abuses of human rights that implies. The separation of spouses, and removal of children is a clear signature of cult behaviour. Members are required to love and worship only the leader and to reject familial love as corrupted.
Further, Iran-Interlink contends that the Mojahedin has done the work of the Iranian regime for them by effectively vilifying and crushing any other opposition group, organisation or individual in order to maintain their position as the only viable opposition. This has severely inhibited the growth of any democratic opposition to the Iranian regime.
Due to its autocratic nature and civilian deaths during its armed attacks inside Iran, the Mojahedin can no longer claim to represent the aspirations of Iranians living either inside or outside their country.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: What is Iran-Interlink's position as regards the Iranian regime.
A: At Iran-Interlink, we believe that a secular democracy is the best way to protect and promote the rights and responsibilities of all the citizens of a country.
Q: The site is not balanced. Why don't you have anything on your site about the human rights abuses of the Iranian regime.
A: There is a huge amount of documented evidence concerning the human rights situation inside Iran. There is little, however, which describes the human rights violations committed by the Mojahedin organisation. Iran-Interlink sees no benefit in comparing the two situations. We stress that membership of a cult like the Mojahedin automatically removes even basic human rights like freedom of thought from the person due to the element of mind control and psychological manipulation/coercion inherent in all cult membership.
Q: Why does Iran-Interlink describe the Mojahedin organisation as a cult. I thought it was a political organisation.
A: All cults share the same characteristics and the Mojahedin organisation fits all these definitions. There are five major characteristics by which a group can be identified as a cult. It indoctrinates its members; it forms a closed, totalitarian society; it has a self-appointed, messianic and charismatic leader; it exploits its members financially; and it believes that the ends justify the means. Another characteristic of cults is that they offer to make the world a better place. This can be by religious means, or as with the Mojahedin organisation, by political means. As a cult the Mojahedin has no place in Iranian or any other political scene. Its only function is to support the leaders and to provide only them with power and money.