On Wednesday, June 8, 2022, a meeting was held in the city of Revigliasco, Turin, Italy, entitled “Religious Government and Human Rights in Iran” in collaboration with the Cultural and Human Rights Associations: International Help, Proloco Revigliasco, Free and Democratic Iran, and Amnesty International’s branch in the Province of Piedmont.
At the beginning of the meeting, Mr. Marino Briccarlo, President of the Proloco Revigliasco Association, welcomed the guests and attendees, mainly university professors and representatives of human rights associations. He said, Iran is far from us in terms of geography, but we are with the Iranian people. We are not far away, and we have always been with them during these difficult years, and our meeting tonight proves this.
The next speaker was Mr. Andreani, Amnesty International’s director in the Italian province of Piedmont, who presented a slide show from Amnesty International’s annual report on widespread human rights abuses in Iran. He said last year’s presidential election in Iran was held in an utterly repressive atmosphere, in which Ebrahim Raisi, the current president of Iran and former head of the judiciary, who is accused of crimes against humanity, was elected.
In another part of his speech, he said: The Swedish Stockholm court recently witnessed the trial of Hamid Noury, one of the perpetrators of the executions of the Iranian political prisoners in the 1988 massacre.
Torture and ill-treatment of prisoners, inhumane conditions of the prisons, and failure to provide medicine and treatment are systematic processes in Iran.
The number of executions has increased compared to last year, and the execution of juveniles is very worrying.
The imprisonment of dual citizens ends with receiving money or exchanging government detainees in other countries. Unfortunately, the phenomenon of the immunity of government leaders allows them to continue widespread violations of citizens’ rights.
The next speaker at the conference was Dr. Giovanni Sartori, President of International Help, who, after summarizing the activities of the association and services in poor and dictatorial countries, added:
For the past 15 years, we have focused on the issue of Iran, religious dictatorship, the situation of the people, and the Iranian Resistance, and we have been working to support the Iranian people for their freedom and their organized Resistance, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI).
During these difficult and dark years, the Iranian people suffered a lot of pressure in various fields. Still, they never gave up, and these days, with their uprisings and demonstrations, they inform us that they are determined to change the regime and achieve freedom.
The last speaker was Dr. Yousef Lesani of the Free and Democratic Iran Association. After describing the repression, corruption, and plundering, destruction of the economy, and the massacre by the religious fascism in Iran, he added:
Since the selection of Ebrahim Raisi as president of the mullahs’ regime, who is one of the foremost perpetrators of the 1988 massacre and the suppression of the November 2019 uprising, the number of executions has risen and, at the same time, has plunged people into poverty and hunger.
For months, the people of Iran from different social classes have taken to the streets of cities with widespread protests and uprisings.
However, a significant and decisive point of hope in overthrowing the regime plays a key role: the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), led by the charismatic and courageous Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, which seeks the overthrow of the inhuman fundamentalists in Iran. Her 10-point plan is a clear picture of building an Iran that will offer democracy and peace soon as the only viable alternative.