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Mujahedin Khalk


Having removed the anti-Iranian terrorist Mujahedin Khalk (MK) from its blacklist, some 100 members of the European Parliament (EU) are asking the U.S. to do the same, citing the self-styled Marxist-Islamist group’s commitment to the West and its opposition to religious fundamentalism. The New York Times’ Elizabeth Rubin calls the Masoud Rajavi-led Mujahedin Khalk a cult that operates like “any other military dictatorship. No one can criticize Rajavi, and everyone must go through routine self-criticism sessions . . . if there is a sign of resistance, you are not considered revolutionary enough and you need more ideological training. Either people break away or succumb.” Other cult-like features include psychological coercion, physical abuse, and forced sterilization. [csr 8.2, 2009)

Mujahedin Khalq (MEK)
Cult-like Commune of Iranian Exiles in Iraq
The Mujahedin Khalq (“People’s Holy Warriors”) settlement in Iraq, peopled by Iranian exiles who hope to overthrow the Teheran government, is “a deeply paranoid cult guilty of imprisoning and brainwashing new recruits,” according to detractors and former members. “The sense of being on the front lines in the fight against an evil foe fuels an obsessive level of commitment that MEK cadres and leaders say is vital to their cause.” [csr 4.2 2005]

In order to focus on the struggle, married residents of the well-developed town must divorce and remain celibate. Children were sent out of the commune shortly after the 1991 Persian Gulf War. The language people use indicates a high degree of political indoctrination. The more than 400 who have defected in recent years are called “quitters, too weak to pay the price.” [csr 4.2 2005]

Although Shiite religious observance is mandatory, MEK is wholeheartedly feminist. Pictures of leaders Maryam and Massoud Rajavi are everywhere, and Maryam’s sayings and ideas are cited in a way reminiscent of Maoist China. Communication with the outside world is passed first through the leadership. (Ashraf Khalil, Los Angeles Times, Internet, 3/19/05) [csr 4.2 2005]

Mujahedeen Khalk
Dissidents Called “Cult”
Nine members of the Iranian dissident group Mujahedeen Khalk have immolated themselves in front of TV cameras as a protest against a recent raid on their Paris headquarters by French police. A City University of New York professor who has written a book entitled “The Iranian Mujahedeen” says that charismatic leader Massoud Rajavi closely controls members’ behavior, “who you sleep with, who you marry, who he sleeps with — everything. They stopped being a mass movement with Marxist roots and became basically a cult.” [csr 2.3 2003]

An Iranian National Council representative in London called the self-immolations the desperate actions “of people who are willing to put everything on the line to liberate their countries.” He said that former members critical of the group are “paid agents of the Iranian intelligence ministry.” [csr 2.3 2003]

Former members say that the Mujahedeen Khalk grew into a hermetic society when it lost support in Iran for siding with Iraq in its decade-long conflict against Iran. One former member says that followers had no contact with the outside world. “They can’t listen to news, read a newspaper, the Internet. During two years in Paris, I left the base just two days.” (Karl Vick, Washington Post, in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Internet, 6/29/03) [csr 2.3 2003]

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Iran-Interlink.org
- to inform as widely as possible about the real nature of the Iranian Mojahedin Khalq cult and to act as a pressure group in this regard
- to help individuals who wish to leave the Mojahedin to find refuge in a country where they will feel safe and secure
- to help those who leave to come to terms with their experiences within the Mojahedin and to re-establish themselves as members of the wider community in which they come to live with a viable and independent lifestyle
- to reconcile and reunite people who leave the Mojahedin with their family and friends, by mutual consent, and to involve established Iranians in helping these vulnerable people