October 24, 2017

100 Members of Congress Urge Secretary Clinton to Delist Iran’s Main Opposition Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK)

THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Sponsors of the Resolution include 22 Committee and Sub-Committee Chairs, 23 Committee and Sub-Committee Ranking Members

Excerpts:

Whereas the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) seeks freedom, democracy, and human rights for the people of Iran; 

Whereas tens of thousands of MEK members have been executed by the Iranian regime; 

Whereas in 2004, MEK members in Camp Ashraf obtained ‘protected persons’ status under the Fourth Geneva Convention based on the United States investigators’ conclusions that none was a combatant or had committed a crime under any United States laws; 

Whereas senior United States military officers have acknowledged on multiple occasions that MEK’s intelligence has played a positive and effective role in saving the lives of American soldiers by exposing the threats and dangers of Iran’s terrorist interventions in Iraq; 

Whereas in 2008, the United Kingdom removed the MEK from the list of proscribed organizations and lifted all the consequent restrictions; 

Whereas in 2009, the Council of Ministers of the European Union voted unanimously to remove the MEK from the European Union’s list of terrorist organizations; 

Whereas in July 2010, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit held that the Department of State’s designation of the MEK as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) under section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1189) was faulty because it violated the due process rights of the group; 

Whereas the FTO designation of the MEK has been used by Iranian surrogates in Iraq as well as the Nuri al-Maliki Government in Iraq to attack the MEK members in Camp Ashraf or impose inhumane restrictions on them, which has led to loss of life; 

Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the House of Representatives –

(1) urges the Secretary of State to remove the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) from the Department of State’s list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations; and 

(2) urges the Secretary of State to lift all restrictions imposed on the MEK, its members, and its affiliates, which has emanated from its designation as a Foreign Terrorist Organization.

(Click on the this link or the image below for the PDF version)

Washington Times - 100 Members of Congress Urge Secretary Clinton to Delist Iran’s Main Opposition Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK)