The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) is a democratic alternative to the current Iranian government. It was founded in 1981 by Massoud Rajavi. NCRI is a large coalition of dissidents and organizations, such as the "Association of Iranian Scholars and Professionals" and the "Association of Iranian Women", that support democratic regime change in Iran. Since 1993, it has been led by Maryam Rajavi, who acts as the president-elect of NCRI.
The organization defends Western values such as secularism and women's rights. Its political platform includes support for human rights, women, capitalism, religious freedom, minority rights, and Iran’s integration into the global community. One half of its members are women. The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) incorporates many religious and ethnic minorities, as well as members of different political outlooks, serving as a guarantee for Iran’s unity.
The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) has repeatedly called for free elections under the United Nation auspices. The party promotes peace and coexistence, with a goal to rebuild Iran free of weapons of mass destruction. This is to be done with the help of the people of Iran, Iranian experts in exile, and friendly support from the world. The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) is committed to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the Convention against Torture, and the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women.
The NCRI aims to establish a secular democratic republic in Iran, based on the separation of religion and state. There are five organizations represented in the NCRI, including the People’s Mujahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), the largest and most popular resistance group in Iran.
The National Council of Resistance of Iran NCRI currently maintains representative offices in many European countries and the United States. These offices are in contact with national and local governments, parliaments, NGOs and also the Iranian diaspora in that country. Members of the NCRI reside in various countries including the United States and Europe. Members, in addition to personal and professional engagements, participate in independent political, human rights, cultural, and extra-curricular activities which may not be related to the NCRI. All members are committed to the NCRI's plans and resolutions.