RUTHLESS ASSASSINATION OF DR. KAZEM RAJAVI
> -- HON. JIM BATES (Extension
of Remarks - May 10, 1990)
HON. JIM BATES
in the House of Representatives
THURSDAY, MAY 10, 1990
- Mr. BATES. Mr. Speaker, I am certain many of you, with great sadness,
have learned of the ruthless assassination of a prominent human rights
activist, Dr. Kazem Rajavi, by the Iranian regime's mercenaries in recent
weeks. Dr. Rajavi, an outstanding international representative of the
Iranian people's resistance for peace and freedom, was the brother of Mr.
Massoud Rajavi, the president of the National Council of Resistance of
Iran, who has perspicaciously led a popular resistance against the Tehran
clerical tyranny for almost a decade.
- Dr. Rajavi devoted the last 19 years of his life to unrelented
activities against the dictatorships of the Shah and Khomeini. He often
attended various international conferences and forums to expose the
unabated violations of human rights in Iran and to defend the very rights
that the Iranian people had fought for and sacrificed so many lives for
under the Shah's tyranny.
- After the fall of the Shah, Dr. Rajavi was Iran's first Ambassador to
the U.N. headquarters in Geneva. However, shortly after his appointment, he
resigned his post in protest to the repressive policies and terrorist
activities of the ruling clerics in Iran. He then intensified his campaign
against mass executions, arbitrary arrests, and the medieval tortures
exercised by the clerics in Tehran. Since the formation of the National
Council of Resistance in 1981, Dr. Rajavi had been representing the Iranian
Resistance in many international assemblies, and every year headed the
resistance delegation to the U.N. General Assembly in New York and the
Commission of Human rights in Geneva. His constant and effective efforts,
prompting international attention to the horrible situation in Iran,
resulted in condemnation of the Iranian clerical despotism by the United
Nations and a variety of other human rights organizations in the past few
- Dr. Rajavi was a resident of France from 1957 to 1968, and subsequently
resided in Switzerland, where he was given political asylum. He received
six doctorate degrees in the fields of law, political science and sociology
from the universities of Paris and Geneva, where he held professorship's
post in the last 10 years.
- Due to his active and effective role in condemning the medieval
autocracy ruling Iran, the regime's authorities despised him and plotted
his murder. On many occasions, he was reportedly threatened with death by
the Khomeini regime's terrorist-diplomats and personal envoys of
Rafsanjani, the Iranian President, to Europe. Nonetheless, he constantly
and bravely confronted Khomeini's agents in the various organs of the
United Nations, engaging in a full-fledged struggle for human rights and
for helping to establish a democratically elected government by the
National Council of Resistance of Iran.
- As the regime's verbal onslaught on Dr. Rajavi failed to stop his
faithful, vigorous activities against the abuses perpetuated under the
clerics in Iran, Rafsanjani ordered his proteges in Geneva to shed his
blood, and it was on April 24 that Dr. Rajavi, 56, was slain reportedly by
12 bullets fired from a machinegun by two gunmen.
- The assassination of Dr. Rajavi by the Tehran agents once again proves
to the world that in the past decade, even after Khomeini's celebrated
death, things have not changed in Iran; that is, terrorism and repression
continue to be the cornerstone of the crumbling regime. The most recent
annual report of the Department of State, `Patterns of Global Terrorism,'
makes clear that `the events of 1989 indicate Tehran continued to view the
selective use of terrorism as a legitimate tool to achieve foreign policy.'
The report calls Iran the most active state sponsor of terrorism last year,
backing 28 attacks, including the assassinations of `at least five Iranian
dissidents.' As the Washington Post, April 27, 1990, puts it, considering
Rafsanjani any different from the terrorist clique in Iran is a `ridiculous
- We have lost a genuine symbol of service to the great cause of human
rights, the embodiment of a people's resolve for peace and freedom. We are
honored to salute Dr. Rajavi for giving his life of struggle for human
rights a brilliant personification of the utmost devotion.
- We rise today to express our profound condolences to his family,
especially to his brother Mr. Massoud Rajavi, who as the leader of a
nationwide resistance for which his brother sacrificed his life, more than
anybody else holds dear the invaluable services that Dr. Kazem Rajavi
rendered to the just cause of the Iranian people.
- To pay special tribute to Dr. Rajavi, I would like to ask my colleagues
to rise and join me in 1 minute of silence.
- I also urge the U.S. administration and the U.N. Secretary General to
intervene and to take all necessary steps to cease the cowardly acts of
terrorism and the continuing wave of summary executions and arbitrary
arrests by the Iranian authorities.
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