The Network has been established in an effort to rescue the children who have been exploited by the Mojahedin and their war, and to expose the human rights abuses inflicted on them
The Family Network Association was formally introduced on Saturday 10th December 2005 at a Seminar in Sweden on Women and Children in the Mojahedin-e Khalq cult.
Swedish and international personalities who attended include: Ms Eva Arvidsson Member of Parliament; Mr Tommy Soderblom, Ms Brigitt Carlsson, Mr Sverre Launy from the Local Council; Ms Mona Ljungguist and Ms Lisa Sundling from the Swedish Red Cross.
Journalists who participated in the seminar reported on the work of the Family Network Association.
Nynashamns Posten published a full page article introducing the Family Network and its head, Ms Parvaneh Ahmadi. According to Parvaneh, the Network has been established in an effort to rescue the children who have been exploited by the Mojahedin and their war, and to expose the human rights abuses inflicted on them. Parvaneh told the newspaper, "We want to bring the children who have been denied freedom back to their normal lives".
She added, "hundreds of people who have been confined in Iraq after the invasion of that country have been raised in European countries. We ask European governments to take responsibility and to follow the cases of these children and see what their needs are". Ahmadi wants to bring the issue to the attention of the Members of Parliament, diplomats and human rights organization. She says: "we want to reach the European Parliament".
Ahmadi herself has been in the war [against Iran's clerical regime] and has suffered its consequences, she has lost three of her brothers in this struggle. She says, "In this association we have people who have seen war with their own eyes and many have experienced torture inside the Mojahedin. We cannot accept the continuation of this situation any more. We have to do something about it."
The Seminar was hosted by Thomas Schmidt. The opening speech by Ms Parvaneh Ahmadi, founder of the Family Network in Sweden was followed by a film from German television which showed how evidence of the brainwashing these children had undergone and the misuse of them in the Mojahedin-e Khalq cult organisation has been exposed.
Other speakers at the Seminar included Mr Alain Chevalerias, French journalist and author of the book "Burned Alive"; Ms Anne Singleton, author of the book "Saddam's Private Army"; Mr Massoud Khodabandeh, an ex official of the Mojahedin and its political front the National Council of Resistance, now working as a research analyst in the Centre de Recherché sur le Terrorisme in Paris. The Seminar ended with the speech of Amir Atefe, university lecturer in philosophy and member of the Iran Philosophy Academy.
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