What is the Background?
The Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK) has been designated by the U.S. State
Department as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) ever since the FTO list
was established in 1997 and previously was designated in the Patterns on Global
- According to the State Department, the MEK is
a Marxist-Islamic Organization responsible for terrorist attacks that have
killed Americans and Iranians.
- As recently as 2009, the State Department
affirmed, “MEK leadership and members across the world maintain the capacity
and will to commit terrorist acts in Europe, the Middle East, the United States,
Canada and beyond.”
- RAND and Human Rights Watch have reported that
the MEK is a cult that commits human rights abuses against its own members,
including forced separation of families, torture, and indoctrination rituals.
What is the Problem?
A decision is imminent regarding whether the MEK will stay on the
terrorist list or if it will be permitted to receive U.S. Government funding
and support. The State Department has
been ordered to review the MEK’s terrorist designation as result of a legal
appeal by the MEK and a decision is expected in August 2011.
The MEK has spent millions of dollars on lobbyists, PR agents and
communications firms to orchestrate an unprecedented political campaign to pressure
its way off the terrorist list. High
profile former U.S. officials have received payment to advocate publicly for
the MEK, and Members of Congress have introduced resolutions calling for MEK to
be removed from the FTO list.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is
expected to issue a decision on whether the MEK will continue to listed as a
Foreign Terrorist Organization in August 2011.
The Iranian-American community must not stay
- The MEK does not represent the Iranian-American
community or the pro-democracy movement in Iran.
- We do not support the use of violence and war to
replace Iran’s undemocratic regime that abuses human rights with the MEK’s
undemocratic cult that tortures its own members.
- Our community’s view must be absolutely clear:
we support the aspirations of the Iranian people for human rights and democracy,
not the aspirations of Maryam Rajavi and the MEK.
- We call on the FBI and law enforcement to
enforce the law and investigate MEK activities, including paying U.S. officials
to speak at MEK conferences,
- We call on the State Department to not bend to
political pressure orchestrated by the MEK to have itself removed from the Foreign
Terrorist Organization list.
Help us set the record straight. To
take action visit: www.MEKterror.com