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The People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI)
The People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI), also known as Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK), is the largest Iranian opposition group, with more than half a century of precedents in the fight for freedom and democracy in Iran. The Mujahedin-e Khalq is one of the components of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), a large coalition of dissidents and organizations that support democratic change in Iran.
The NCRI and Mujahedin-e Khalq are committed to the establishment of a secular, democratic and non-nuclear state in Iran. The principles to which Mujahedin-e Khalq adheres include freedom of opinion, expression, association, the press, respect for the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, gender equality, political pluralism, promotion of peace in the Middle East.
Massoud Rajavi, who served for seven years as a political prisoner before the 1978 Revolution, has been in charge of this Iranian opposition organization since 1972, after the Shah regime executed the founders of the Mujahedin-e Khalq. Maryam Rajavi, the wife of Massoud Rajavi, is the president of the NCRI.
The democratic organization Mujahedin-e Khalq played a major role in opposing the Iranian regime's nuclear arms race by unveiling its secret program for the first time in 2002. The organization has also been an important source of information on the terrorist plans of the regime in and its human rights violations in Iran.
The Iranian regime has executed more than 120,000 members and supporters of the Mujahedin-e Khalq since 1981, after banning all Iranian opposition groups in the country and carrying out a violent and widespread crackdown on all Iranian dissidents inside and outside Iran.
Despite all the trials and plots that the PMOI has gone through in more than half a century since its founding, it continues its struggle for freedom and democracy in Iran to this day.
The networks of the Mujahedin-e Khalq inside Iran
In the recent years, the networks of supporters and activists of the PMOI have played an important role in bypassing the Iranian regime's information censorship and creating a flow of information to and from Iran. During the popular uprisings in December and January 2017-2018 that shook the Iranian regime, the Iranian opposition networks inside the country helped to obtain news, photos and videos of the protests and broadcast them in the country and in the whole world. At the risk of their lives, the Mujahedin-e Khalq activists collected information about the protests and posted banners across the country to support regime change in Iran.
The highest officials of the Iranian regime, including its Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, acknowledged the role of the Mujahedin-e Khalq networks in organizing the protests.
Mujahedin-e Khalq International Support
The PMOI enjoys a broad support in the Iranian diaspora as well as organizations, politicians and personalities who share the values and goals of the Iranian opposition to freedom and democracy. In the United States and Europe, politicians and parliamentarians from across the political spectrum support the Mujahedin-e Khalq and the NCRI and regularly attend rallies of the Iranian opposition to express their support for the struggles of the Iranian people and the need for to face the terrorist and nuclear ambitions of the Iranian regime.
The Mujahedin-e Khalq is also very popular in the Middle East, where the countries of the region have suffered the most from the deadly interventions of the Iranian regime and support the Mujahedin-e Khalq, which they value as the antithesis of the mullahs' extremist ideology.