Members of the board of a federally funded human rights organization who accused its former president of consorting with banned terrorist groups are now advocating for another outlawed terror organization.  Aurel Braun, a University of Toronto professor and chairman of the board of Rights & Democracy (R&D), this month encouraged the Senate committee on foreign affairs and international trade to look to the Mujahedeen-e Khalq (MEK) to replace Iran’s current regime.  David Matas, a human rights lawyer and an R&D board member, has given several lectures defending the MEK and arguing for its removal from the terrorist list.  On at least one occasion his travel expenses to Europe were paid by the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), which the U.S. State Department describes as the MEK’s political front.

The MEK — also known as the People’s Mujahedeen of Iran or PMOI — is listed as a terrorist group in Canada and the United States, but has been removed from the British and European Union terrorist lists and has not been linked to any attacks since 2001.  The organization has also claimed to have provided intelligence about Iran’s nuclear program.

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