Ava Association (Germany)
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Ava Association Visits the European Parliament
On 9th September 2004, a delegation of the Ava Association (Germany) represented by Mr Mohammed Hossein Sobhani, Mr Milad Ariyayi and Mr Khosro Jan Nesaran, was received by and had meetings in the European Parliament with:
Ms Angela Subhan, Head of Human Rights (Iran) in the European Parliament
Ms Veronique Dekeyser, MEP (Belgium) and member of the Foreign Affairs Committee
Ms Simone Susskind, consultant to the Judiciary Minister of Belgium
The delegation raised their deep concern over the behaviour of the Belgian Government in bowing to the pressure of the Likudists in Israel and the NeoCons in the US to divide global terrorism into Good Terrorists and Bad Terrorists and therefore allow the Mojahedin-e Khalq Organisation (MKO) to operate freely, to recruit and misuse the democratic institutions of that country.
In this three hour meeting, the delegation gave a briefing about the systematic human rights abuses inside the MKO and its use of imprisonment, physical and mental torture and above all, the handing over of disaffected members and critics to the former regime of Saddam Hussein which resulted in the victims being subjected to severe mistreatment in the prisons of the Intelligence Services and in Abu Ghraib prison of the toppled dictator. Ms Dekeyser and Subhan as well as Ms Susskind were deeply touched by the briefing and the evidence presented by the delegation.
The delegation continued by presenting reports and documents concerning their continued activities in helping the families of the remaining detained disaffected members of the MKO in Ashraf camp in Iraq, and received welcome news from the European Parliament of its readiness in helping to resolve the problem in accordance with international humanitarian law.
The delegation emphasised that the MKO cannot be considered as a political organisation as long as it continues its violent and terrorist activities. The group has no social support whether among Iranian society in general or among the opposition forces against the current ruling regime.
In this meeting, the plots by MKO agents to physically eliminate about 25 of their ex members and executives in European countries were discussed. Plots which required the French police to arrest Maryam Rajavi and more than 160 of their members and leaders on 17 June 2003 in Paris.
At the end, both sides emphasised expanding their dialogue and briefings in the future.