November 20, 2017

US Committee for Camp Ashraf Residents (USCCAR) Lauds MEK’s Delisting by Secretary Clinton

The delisting, while long overdue, is a courageous and correct decision by Secretary Clinton WASHINGTON, Sept. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ – The US Committee for Camp Ashraf Residents (USCCAR), representing thousands of Iranian-Americans whose loved ones are facing a humanitarian crisis as refugees in Camp Liberty in Iraq, lauds the removal of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) from the list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations by Secretary Hillary Clinton. The dark chapter of the blacklisting of the MEK, the most distinct feature of the policy of placating Iran’s ruling regime, is now behind us. USCCAR is hopeful that this courageous move by Secretary Clinton … [Read more...]

STATE DEPARTMENT: Delisting of the Mujahedin-e Khalq

It is official. MEK is now de-listed. In a statement released by the US Department of State earlier this afternoon, it is stated that : " The Secretary of State has decided, consistent with the law, to revoke the designation of the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK) and its aliases as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) under the Immigration and Nationality Act and to delist the MEK as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist under Executive Order 13224. These actions are effective today. Property and interests in property in the United States or within the possession or control of U.S. persons will no longer be blocked, and U.S. entities may engage in transactions with the MEK without obtaining … [Read more...]

U.S. to remove Iranian group from terror list, officials say

THE WASHINGTON POST The State Department is preparing to remove the Iranian opposition group Mujaheddin-e Khalq from the U.S. government’s terrorist list, siding with advocates who say the controversial organization should be rewarded for renouncing violence and providing intelligence on Iran’s nuclear program, senior Obama administration officials said Friday. The decision to begin the process of formally lifting the terrorist label is expected to be conveyed to Congress in documents as early as Friday, according to two senior officials briefed on the matter. The move comes two weeks before a court-ordered deadline and just six days after the dissident group vacated its former enclave … [Read more...]

Maryam Rajavi: Writ of the US Federal Court of Appeal is victory of justice

NCRI - In a writ, the US Federal Court of Appeal in Washington asked the US Secretary of State today to review the FTO designation of the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) within four months after this issuance of this writ adding "Should the Secretary fail to take action within the four-month period, the petition for writ of mandamus setting aside the FTO designation will be granted". Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the Iranian Resistance described today's ruling of the Washington Court of Appeal as victory of Justice over collusion and appeasement which ended the 15-year-long unjust terror label against the legitimate resistance movement of the Iranian people. … [Read more...]

Iran Group Must Get Ruling on Terrorist Label, Court Says

BLOOMBERG NEWS The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran, designated a terrorist group, must be told within four months by the U.S. State Department whether the label will be removed or an appeals court will order the change itself. The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington today said the department ignored a congressional mandate that requests for delisting be answered within 180 days, noting the People’s Mojahedin’s petition was filed almost four years ago. Unless Secretary of State Hillary Clinton rules within four months, the court will order the group’s delisting itself, the judges said. “The specificity and relative brevity of the 180-day deadline manifests Congress’s intent … [Read more...]

Clinton ordered to make terror list decision

CNN A federal appeals court has ordered Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to make a prompt decision on whether to remove an Iranian dissident group from the State Department's list of foreign terrorist organizations. The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia gave Clinton four months from Friday to deny or grant Mujahedeen-e-Khalq's request for removal from the list, or the court would issue a so-called writ of mandamus and remove the group itself. "We have been given no sufficient reason why the secretary, in the last 600 days, has not been able to make a decision which the Congress gave her only 180 days to make," the court said in its ruling. "If she fails … [Read more...]

U.S. told to decide Iranian group’s fate in four months

REUTERS WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Friday ordered Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to decide within four months whether to remove an Iranian dissident group from a U.S. terrorism list. The three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit unanimously ruled for the group, Mujahadin-e Khalq, or MEK, which has sought to force the State Department to take it off the list or decide within a specified time period on its request to be removed. The appeals court ordered Clinton to either grant or deny the group's petition in four months. If she fails to take action in that time, it said it would set aside the U.S. government's … [Read more...]

D.C. Circuit Criticizes State Dept. in Dispute Over Iranian Group

LEGAL TIMES BLOG (THE BLT) The U.S. State Department has four months to decide whether to continue to designate an Iranian dissident group as a foreign terrorist organization, a federal appeals court in Washington said today in an opinion that criticized the agency. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit said it will remove the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran from the list if the State Department fails to act in four months, posing a potential foreign relations headache for the government. The court's opinion is here. Lawyers for the PMOI in February asked the appeals court to give a 30-day deadline to the State Department to act on the … [Read more...]

State Department comes under criticism at D.C. Circuit hearing

THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL A federal appeals court in Washington appears poised to rule against the U.S. State Department in a dispute over the continued designation of a fringe Iranian resistance group as a foreign terrorist organization. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has a number of options available to it, including ordering the government to remove the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran from the foreign terrorist list or setting a deadline for the government to act on the petition from the group. The court could take a middle ground, requiring the government to provide reports on the status of the ongoing assessment. The Justice Department’s Robert Loeb, … [Read more...]

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 (Click on the this link or the image below for the PDF version)   … [Read more...]