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What it stresses is that people who are protected persons have contact with their families. It stresses that there should be a list of every single member, every single person who’s protected person made available to relatives. It says that anyone who is a protected person can ask to leave that country. These are very very important rights every single person in camp Ashraf has but they don’t know they have those rights; it’s our job to push from the outside to break down those barriers and we can do that together and that’s the stage we’re at now, where we have now a very powerful legal framework to help to get these people out wherever they want to go whether back to Iran or to European countries
Hello, my name is Anne Singelton, otherwise known as the wife of Massoud Khodabandeh. I have written a lot about the Mujahideen. This is the first time actually I have to stand up and talk about them, so I’m very nervous, …. I think what might be the first question for all of you is that why is a non-Iranian woman involved with the mujahideen and I can give you a simple answer: because like all of you I have my own story, I got pulled into it in my own way just as all of you in your own ways got involved. But once I was in there I found the same thing that all you found out, that this is not what we thought it would be. After years and years of struggle I think we all know now that this organization is not the organization that we joined. It’s not doing and being the way that we wanted it to be. For may be twelve years, I supported the Mojahedin from a distance I was a young person I was student. I got caught up in a kind of romantic idea of revolution. How romantic is revolution? And I found the Mojahedin’s struggle something very pure and very worthwhile so I supported the organization for a long time until one moment, a very defining moment I decided to give up everything I had, my house, my car, my job and join the organization full time. I was dragged into a cult. I didn’t know I was being dragged in. but the techniques which were used to pull all of you in were used on me too. And they work; you get pulled in give up slowly and give up everything that you have. And you end up completely enthralled. I mean you’re their prisoner. You don’t know that you’re their prisoner but you become their prisoner and at that point they can do anything they like with you and they do… I have to say that I haven’t come here to tell you my story because there are stories much more interesting than mine. What I want to say is that like most of you when I was in that organization I had no idea of what was happening behind the scenes. There are, I can say that, most of you who have left that organization had found out and that’s why you left. It took me three years from the moment I decided I wasn’t cut out to be Mojahed. And I became as you describe “Borideh” (defector) and it took me three years to actually leave them because they wouldn’t let me leave, as you know. It fortunately was a lot easier for me because I was in my own country. But even then in my own country with my own language with our social security system with everything with my family around me it was extremely hard to leave. Because they kept telling me “you belong to Maryam Rajavi” and something that had been worked on inside my head believed them and I found it extremely hard to reject that brainwashing, because it is brainwashing. What I didn’t know until I left the organization completely is that for years and years and years people like me who wanted to leave were ending up in Abu Ghraib prison, were ending up in the Mojahedin zone prison in Ashraf (camp). I had no idea and yet I have been supporting that organization for the greater part of two decades as an insider, so you can imagine how easy it is for that organization to fool western politicians and media. If someone like me who was inside them didn’t know about the cruelties, the lies, the deception, and the brainwashing techniques how can anyone outside that organization find that out. When I left, that became to my main objective to let the world know what I had recently discovered. That’s why I set up an organization called Iran-interlink, that’s why I wrote my book and that’s why I continue today like all of you to come and speak out against Maryam Rajavi, Massoud Rajavi and the violation of human rights which they inflict on their own members, every single member it’s not just people like yourselves who’ve been in prison, it’s not just the people who’ve left and become dissident, every single member of that organization who’s subjected to their psychological manipulation is a victim of human rights abuse. One of the other aims that I had, as well as to speak out about the organization, was to help people get out. I have to confess that it was my mother-in-law who started me off on that track. she reckoned I have rescued on of her sons and now she asked me to go and rescue her other son who was still in the mujahideen. I am sure you all know Ibrahim Khodabandeh who somehow rescued himself. So a lot of the focus of our work has been to try to help and support the people, rather to work to get people out of the organization. Of course, that’s extremely difficult that Mojahedin don’t allow contact within themselves and with the outside world that is part of their sect culture that’s what holds the whole thing together. I won’t talk a lot about what we’ve done in the past what I will say is that the best gift in a way that we’ve had in this work is that the mujahideen in Iraq have been granted protected person status under the fourth Geneva convention in Camp Ashraf . Now the mujahideen of course declare that is a victory on their own part because they said that they were not being recognized as terrorists even though the people who gave them protected status insisted that they’re still a terrorist outfit. I don’t think that’s relevant to terrorist and non-terrorist the history speaks for itself. What the protected status per protected person status person does; well, it gives legal framework to the work of people like us. I recommend that you all look at the document. I’m sure it’s in Farsi on the United Nations’s website. What it stresses is that people who are protected persons have contact with their families. It stresses that there should be a list of every single member, every single person who’s protected person made available to relatives. It says that anyone who is a protected person can ask to leave that country. These are very very important rights every single person in camp Ashraf has but they don’t know they have those rights; it’s our job to push from the outside to break down those barriers and we can do that together and that’s the stage we’re at now, where we have now a very powerful legal framework to help to get these people out wherever they want to go whether back to Iran or to European countries. They, under that law, are treated as individuals not members of an organization that’s the distinction we have to keep pushing these people are individual people they are not slaves of Rajavi.

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