Human Rights Activist Maryam Rajavi Calls for Regime Change at Paris Conference

Maryam Rajavi, head of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, called on the international community to support a 10-point plan for regime change in Iran and described alarming conditions for political prisoners at a Paris conference on July 1.

The conference, Free Iran, featured an estimated 100,000 participants, including refugees from Iran, Syria, and Palestine, as well as a myriad of American and European diplomatic officials and politicians.

Like any political organization, the National Council of Resistance of Iran has been controversial. It was listed by the US State Department as a “terrorist” organization until 2012, when then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sought its removal. Iran regards the organization as a “terrorist” front. Other descriptions of the organization have called it the only legitimate independent Iranian political party, of a sort, as a number of dissident voices against the Iranian government have found expression within it. Credit: National Council of Resistance of Iran via Storyful