17 July 2003
Recent reports indicate
that 50 families of Mojahedin members have travelled to Iraq in order to save their
Massoud Rajavi's cult organization the People's Mojahedin of Iran or
Mojahedin-e Khalq. This effort has been co-ordinated by 'Nejat Association'
in Iran, which has been trying for 1 year to rescue members of the Mojahedin.
Nejat Association (which means 'Rescue' in Farsi) was formed by former members of
the Mojahedin who say they are thoroughly aware of the tricks and intrigues
employed by Rajavi.
Since last year, Mojahedin members' families in Iran have taken influential steps toward
saving their children, including gathering before the UN building in Tehran,
Iraqi embassy, writing letters to different communities, visiting European
parliamentarians and finally gathering before the Swiss embassy and
sending their requests to the Red Cross.
The Nejat Association-led efforts of families to save their children entered
phase when the families were informed about the internal situation of the group,
and when they found that their children are being held in camps by force and
that they have asked for help from inside the camps where they are captive.
Families became angry when Rajavi, in a desperate move, denied these families'
claims [that they have been denied access to their children] and
even invited families to visit Iraq and visit the holy shrines there as well
as their children. This
invitation was issued while Saddam Hussein was still in power and Rajavi never
imagined that one day the barriers between families and members may be removed.
The USA has now facilitated the conditions which allow for these meetings to
take place by removing Saddam and disarming Rajavi's cult. In these
circumstances, the Mojahedin members' families have decided to travel to
Iraq from Iran and confront Rajavi directly to demand from him their rights.
These families trusted the information released by former members, accepted
the risks and went on to say that they are the same people who gathered in
front of the UN Office and Swiss embassy in Tehran. The same people have
gone to try to free their children. And the same people who are no longer
deceived by Rajavi and have come to prove this. They say "we have come here
to the door of Ashraf camp. Now, you do what you promised and open the doors
to our children."
But until now the doors of Ashraf camp remain firmly closed to the families.
A representative of Nejat Association sent a statement by email about the
"This brave act will show the real face of Rajavi to the world. They have
shown that they are brave enough to go to Ashraf camp, but Rajavi hasn't
been brave enough to show himself to them and he will not open the doors."
He adds: "according to the latest news from the families, they gathered in
front of the Palestine Hotel in Baghdad to speak to the reporters who are
staying there and asked to meet with their children. They said they're ready
to go to Ashraf Camp."
Important note from Iran-Interlink
Although the above report reveals a similar campaign to Iran-Interlink's
Family Contact campaign, we state unreservedly that there is no link
whatsoever between Iran-Interlink and Nejat Association and we have no
information of Nejat Association's programme, sponsors or activities.