Secretary of Iran’s Human Rights Council Mohammad Javad Larijani blasted Asma Jahangir, the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights, for her support for Monafeqin-e Khalq Organization (MKO, also known as MEK, PMOI and NCRI) terrorist group.
“She has strongly supported Monafeqin (hypocrites as MKO members are called in Iran), naming them as supporters of human rights while they have assassinated at least 17,000 people in Iran. It is not acceptable at all; what kind of report is this? Certainly, it is a political job,” Larijani said on Saturday.
He referred to Jahangir’s latest report on Iran, calling it completely unprofessional, incorrect and unjustified.
“She has defended those who have participated in terrorist operations. Of course, I named Monafeqin before but she has also supported those who have collaborated in the explosions carried out by PJAK (the Party for Free Life of Kurdistan) and in Sistan and Balouchestan (province in Southeastern Iran), calling them as advocates of human rights.”
The MKO, founded in the 1960s, blended elements of Islamism and Stalinism and participated in the overthrow of the US-backed Shah of Iran in 1979. Ahead of the revolution, the MKO conducted attacks and assassinations against both Iranian and western targets.
The group started assassination of the citizens and officials after the revolution in a bid to take control of the newly-established Islamic Republic. It killed several of Iran’s new leaders in the early years after the revolution, including the then President, Mohammad Ali Rajayee, Prime Minister, Mohammad Javad Bahonar and the Judiciary Chief, Mohammad Hossein Beheshti who were martyred in bomb attacks by the MKO members in 1981.
The group fled to Iraq in 1986, where it was protected by Saddam Hussein and where it helped the Iraqi dictator suppress Shiite and Kurd uprisings in the country.
The terrorist group joined Saddam’s army during the Iraqi imposed war on Iran (1980-1988) and helped Saddam and killed thousands of Iranian civilians and soldiers during the US-backed Iraqi imposed war on Iran.
Since the 2003 US invasion of Iraq, the group, which now adheres to a pro-free-market philosophy, has been strongly backed by neo-conservatives in the United States, who argued for the MKO to be taken off the US terror list.
The US formally removed the MKO from its list of terror organizations in early September, one week after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sent the US Congress a classified communication about the move. The decision made by Clinton enabled the group to have its assets under the US jurisdiction unfrozen and do business with the American entities, the State Department said in a statement at the time.
In September 2012, the last groups of the MKO terrorists left Camp Ashraf, their main training center in Iraq’s Diyala province. They have been transferred to Camp Liberty. Hundreds of the MKO terrorists have now been sent to Europe, where their names were taken off the blacklist even two years before the US.
The MKO has assassinated over 12,000 Iranians in the last 4 decades. The terrorist group had even killed large numbers of Americans and Europeans in several terror attacks before the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
Some 17,000 Iranians have lost their lives in terror attacks in the 38 years after the Revolution.