By: Zohair Ahmad

While 265 members of the European Parliament have strongly condemned the human rights violations committed by the Iranian regime, Some politicians still play the appeasement policy when it comes to the Iranian regime.  In a joint statement, some European MP’s blasted Tehran for its abysmal human rights record.  During Rouhani’s last tenure 3000 prisoners were executed, Iran has the highest number of executions per capita.

The MP’s added that Rouhani’sminister of justice is a self-confessed murderer who was a member of the Death Committee, ordering the executions of over 30 000 political prisoners in 1988, mostly members of MEK/PMOI. The MP’s called for an investigation of the 1988 massacre, lead by the UNHCR and the Human Rights Council.
Despite that, On August 5, 2017,  several European politicians have plans to attend the Inauguration Ceremony in Iran. The most prominent of the visitors are Federica Mogherini, head of the European foreign policy and foreign ministers of Germany, France, and the United Kingdom. This ceremony is a smokescreen to cover up the international sanctions, the adoption of a new bill on sanctions and that the IRGC was blacklisted in both the two US Houses.  The Regime has on forehand mobilized 100 embassies to invite foreign delegations to attend the Ceremony.

The very fact that foreign delegates are attending this Ceremony will encourage the regime to do what ever they please. Some politicians still believe that the only way to get the regime to change their ways is by appeasing them, even if that is proven wrong time and time again.  Ever since the movement that is demanding justice for the victims of the 1988 massacre have gotten more and more support for their claim by prominent politicians around the world. The regime is getting more and more isolated and is using their lobbies to stop the development.  Mogherini is one of the politicians that wrongly believe that the JCPOA is the right tool to make the regime change their policy. One thing is made very clear by human rights abuse records in Iran, the clerical regime has no intention to change their ways. If the Human rights abuse in Iran is going to be stopped we must have a regime change.

During the past months, there have been several attempts from the clerical regime in Iran to whitewash their crimes, in July this year several European politicians visited Evin Prison in a well-orchestrated charade to give the impression that there are no human rights violations in Iran, but the abuse is happening daily, take the mandatory hijab law, or the violations of human rights that are being committed by executing children.  The list of crimes against human rights in Iran is long and bloody and will keep growing longer unless we take a stand and stand by the demands of the Iranian people. 

 

One other issue that should be addressed during this visit must be this: why does Iran vilify human rights defenders as enemies of the state? In the new Amnesty International report published 02.August they noted that the Iranian regime has waged a vicious crackdown on human rights defenders ever since Rouhani became president in 2013.  it is a paradox that while the clerical regime is bragging about their increased engagement with the UN and EU,  the human rights defenders are being punished for their contact with the same offices and they are being labeled as traitors and foreign agents.  

 “In these circumstances, we are deeply concerned that the European Union’s Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini will travel to Tehran on August 5 to attend the inauguration ceremony of Rouhani’s 2nd term, according to her spokesperson.

Such a visit will only encourage the mullahs to continue their repressive actions against the Iranian people, with EU’s blessing. This will also give a wrong message to the people of Iran who look at Europe to defend their rights.” Concluded the statement of Mr. Gérard Deprez MEP and Chair of the ‘Friends of a Free Iran’ in European Parliament regarding Mogherini’s visit to Iran.

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